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'And now when bnfy crowds retire
To take their evening reft,
'And cheer'd his penlive gueft;
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'And fpread his vegetable ftore,
'And gaily preft, and fmil'd, 'And fkdl'd in legendary lore,
The lingering hour beguil'd.
Ar6und in fympathetic mirth
'Its tricks the kitten tries,
The crackling faggot flies.
But nothing could a charm impart
T6 footh the ftranger's woe; Tor grief was heavy at his heart;
'And tears began to flow.
His riling cares the hermit fpy'd,
With anfwering care oppreft: ,,'And whence, unhappy youth ,M he cry'd,
„The forrows of thy breaft?
„Fr6m better habitation fpurn'd,
,,'Or grieve for friendfhip unreturn'd,
,;Ala.s: the joys that fortune brings,
,/Are trifling and decay; ,,'And thofe who prize the paltry things,
„M6re trifling ftill than they.
,,'And there ferk'rn defpairing hid,
,,T11 lay me down and die: ,,'twsls 16 (f>T me that 'Edwin did,
,,'And fo for him will "I."
„ForbId it, heaven!'* the hermit cry'd,
'And clafp'd her t6 his breaft:
'Twas 'Edwin's felf that preft,
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,/Iurn, 'Angelina, ever dear,
,,Thiis let me hold thee to my heart,
,,'And Av'ry care refign;.,. ;, ■ ,,'And fhall we never, never part,
»Mf/ life., — my all that's mine?
,,]No, never, from this hour to part,
We'll live and love fo true;
While this ballad was reading, Sophia Teemed to mix an air 6f tendernefs with her approbation. But our tranquillity was foon difturbed hf the report of a gun juft by us, and immediately after a man was feen burftirig through the hedge, to take up the game he. had killed. This fportfman was the 'Squire's chaplain who had/fhot one of the blackbirds that f6 agreeably entertained vis. So loud a report, and fo near, ftartled my daughters; and 'I could perceive that Sophia in the fright had thrown herfelf into M'r. Burchell's arms for protection. The gentleman came up, an afked pardon for having disturbed, us, afFvrn ins that he was ignorant 6f our being £6 ncai He therefore fate down" by my yonngeft daugl ter, and fportfman like, offered her what 1 had killed that morning. She was going I refufej but a private look from her motht foon induced her to correct the miftake, aa accept his prefent, though with f'me reluctanct My wife, as ufual, difc Wered her pride in whlfper, obferving, that S'phy had made conqueft of the chaplain, as well as her fifte had of the 'Squire. 'I fufpected, howewe with more probability, that her affections wei
tended that night giving the young ladies^ ball by moon light, on the grafs - pint befor our door. „Nor can 1 deny," continued hi ,,but 1 hive in intereft in being flrft to delive this' meffage, as I expect for my • reward I be honoured wlih Mil's Sophy's hand as a pari ner." To this my girl replied, that fhe fhouli have no objection, if fhe could do it wit] honour: „Biit here," continued fhe, »isj gentleman," looking at M'r. Burchell, „wht has been my companion in the tafk for th day, £nd it is fit he fhould fhare in its amjj fements." M'r. Burchell returned her a cor pliinent for her intentions; but refigned her q to the chaplain, adding that he was to go thr night five miles, being invited to an harvq flipper. His refiifal appeared to me a lit extraordinary, nor cotild VI conceive how fe'nfible a girl as my yoiingeft, could tlui preter a man of broken fortunes to one wh6f