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tually the cafe) „but, Sir," concluded fhe, „'l fhould be glad to have your approbation 6f 6ur choice." — „H6w, Madam," replied he, „my approbation 6f fuch a choice! never. What! facrifice fo much beaiity, and fenfe, and goodness, to a creature infenfible of the bleffmg! ExcMe me. 'I can never approve of fuch a piece of injuftice! 'And 1 have my reafons!" — „Indeed, Sir,' cried Deborah, „if you have your reafons, that's an6ther affair; but 1 fhould be glad to know thofe reafons." — „Excule me, madam," returned he, „they lie too deep for difcovery:" (laying his hand upon his bofom) „they remain buried, rivetted here."

'After he was g6ne, upon general confi tation, we could not tell what to make thefe fine fentiments. Olivia confidered thenJ as inftances of the m6ft exalted paffion: but % •was not quite f6 fanguine: it Teemed to mq pretty plain, _ that they had more of love than; matrimony in them: yet, whatever they might; portend, it was revived to profecute the] fcheme 6f farmer Williams, who, from my' daughter's firft appearance,in the country, had paid her his addreffes.

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Scarce ctny virtue found to refift the' ppwer of long and pleajing temptation.

As 'I only ftudied my child's real happinefs, the affiduity of M'r. Williams pleafed me, as he was in eafy c'rcumftances, prudent, and fincere. 'It required but very little encoii

ragement to revive his former paffion; fo that m an evening or two he and M'r. Thornhill ret at our houfe, and. furveyed each other f6r 'me time with looks 6f anger: but Williams wci his landlord no rent, and Httle regarded I indignation. Olivia, on her Tide, acted i coquet to perfection, if that might be cald acting which was her real character," prending to lavifh all heV tendernefs 6n her new rer. M'r. Thornhill appeared quite dejected this preference, and with a penlive air took jive, though 1 own It puzzled me to find m fo much In pain as he appeared to be, lien he had It In his p6wer fo eafily to remot the caufe, b^r declaring an honourable paffion. p whatever uneafinefs he feemed to endure, could eafily be perceived that Olivia's dnguifh [is full greater. 'After fome cf thefe Interns between her lovers, 6f which there Sre feveral, fhe ufually retired to folitude, ftl there indulged her grief. 'It was In fuch Situation 'I found her one evening, after fhe pd !>een for fome time fupporting a fict'tious fyety— „Yoii now fee, my child," „faid "I, pat your confidence In M'r. Thornhill's pillion ras all a dtvam: he permits the rivalry of Pother, every way his inferior, though he ijiows It lies In his power to fectue y'oii to imfelf by a candid declaration." — „Y£s, Pali" returned fhe, „but he has his reafons f this delay; 'I know he has. The lincoiity f his looks and w6rds convince me of his M efteem. 'A fhort time, I hope, will Rcover the generality of his fentiments, and Evince you that opinion of him has been We jiift than yours." — „01ivia, my darling," itiiined I, „every fcheme that has been hitherto purfued to compel him to a declarati has been propofed and planned by your! nor can you in the leaft fay that "I have c ftrained you. But you rmift not fuppofe, dear, that 'I will ever be instrumental In fering his h6neft rival to be the dupe of y illplaced paflion. Whatever time you reqi to bring yoisr fancied admirer to an explana fhall be granted; but at the expiration of term, if he is ftill regardlefs, 1 muft abf tely inflft that honeft M'r. William? fhall be warded for bis fidelity. The character wl 'I have hitherto fupported in life demands from me, and mf tendernefs, as a par fhall never influence my integrity as a n Nime then your day, let it be as diftan you think pr6per, , and in the mean time t care to let M'r. Th6rnhi)l know the exact t on which 'I defign delivering you up to an6t! 'If he really loves you, his own good fi will readily fuggeft that there is but one thod alone to prevent his lofing you for ev — This propolal, which fhe could not confidering as perfectly juft, was readily agi to. She again renewed her moft politive ] inife of marrying M'r. Williams, in cafe of fither's infenfibllity, and at the next oppo nity, in M'r. Thornhill's prefence, that month was fixed upon for her nuptials ^ his rival.

Such vigorous proceedings feemed to double M'r. Thornhill's anxiety: but what Oi really felt gave me fi'ime unealinefs. 'In ftriiggle between prudence and paflion, her vacity quite forfook her, and every opportii of folitude was fought, and fpent in te 'One week paffed away; but M'r. Thori made no efforts to reftrain her nuptials. The fucceerling week he was full affiduous; but feot more open. 'On the third he difcontmued. lis vifits entirely, and inftaad 6f m-y daughter ieftifying any impatience, as 1 expected, fhe fccmed to retain a penfjve tranquillity, which I looked upon as refignation. For liry own Irt, T was now fincerely pleafed with thinkIg that m^r child was going to be feciired In | continuance of competence and peace, and requently applauded her refoliition, in preferpng happinefs to orientation-.

'It was within about four days 6f her intended niiptials, that my little family at night fere gathered round a charming Fire, telling lories of the paft, and laying fchcmes for the wire. Biified in f6rming a thoufand pr6jects *»d laughing at whatever folly came uppermoft. (pell, .Mofes," cried "I, we fhall foon, my (toy have a. wedding in the family; what is Jour opinion of matters and things in genepal?" — ^My opinion, father, is that all filings go on very well; anjl "I was ]uft now Blinking, that when flfter Livy is-married t<i farmer Williams, we fhall then have the loan if his c^der- profs ') and brewing- tubs f6r nothing." — „That we fhill, Mofes," — cried ft »and he will fing us Death and the Lady ), V raife our fpirits into the bargain." — „He

r) Cyder, Name tints Getranks, welches nus Aeffeln fonitet wird; Apfehvein.

0 Titel tines Gefanges, dejjin Melodic abfchrecktnd me* lancholifch ift. Der Tod redet miter andern da fin ein Madchen mit den Wovten an; , ,'

Fair Lady lay your coaftly robes afide,
No longer mult you glory in your pride.

has taught that fAng to our Dick," cried Mo fes, „and 'I think he goes through, it very pre tily." — „Does he fo?" cried 'I, ,,then let u have it: where's little Dick? let him up will h boldly." — „My brother Dick, cried Bill nry youngeft, Is juft g6ne out with flfter Llvj but M'r. Williams has taught inc two fongf and Til fing them for you, Papa. Whlq long do you chiife, The dying Swan t) , or tfl 'Elegy on the death of a mad dog?11 >,The el eg] child, by all means," faid 'I; „'I never heaq that yet; and Deborah, my life, grief yot know Is dry, let us have a bottle of the bel goofeberry wine, to keep up our fplrits. j have wept f6 much at all forts of elegies ^ late, that without an enlivening glafs "I aa Sure this will overcome me; and Saphy, 16v| take your guitar, and thrum In with the boj a little."

'An 'elegy on the Death of a Mad-dog.

Good people all, 6f every fort,

Give ear unto m-jr fong;
'And If you find It wond'rous fhort,

'It cannot hold you long. '.

'In 'Ifling • town there was a man,
'Of whom the" world might fay,

That ftlll a godly race he ran,
Whene'er he went to pray.

t) The dying fwatl ift die Ueberfchrift eines Ettglifthn Gefanges, der mit den War tun anfdngt:

'T was on a river's verdant fide

Juft at the dole of day;
A dying fwan with mufic try'd

To chafe her cares away. etc.

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