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And one, his little hand in hers,
Who weeps to see his sister weeping.

Then Jacqueline the silence broke.
She clasped her father's knees and spoke,
Her brother kneeling too;
While D'Arcy as before looked on,
Tho' from his manly cheek was gone
Its natural hue.
“ His praises from your lips I heard,
Till
my

fond heart was won ;
And, if in aught his Sire has erred,
Oh turn not from the Son !-
She, whom in joy, in grief you nursed;
Who climbed and called

you

father first, By that dear name conjuresOn her you thought—but to be kind ! When looked she up, but you inclined? These things, for ever in her mind, Oh are they gone from yours? Two kneeling at your feet behold; One-one how young ;-nor yet the other old. Oh spurn

them not-nor look so coldIf Jacqueline be cast away, Her bridal be her dying day.

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-Well, well might she believe in you!
She listened, and she found it true.”

He shook his aged locks of snow;
And twice he turned, and rose to go.
She hung; and was St. Pierre to blame,
If tears and smiles together came?
“Oh no-begone! I'll hear no more.”
But, as he spoke, his voice relented.
That
very

look thy mother wore
When she implored, and old Le Roc consented.
True, I have erred and will atone;
For still I love him as my own.
And now, in my hands, yours with his unite;
A father's blessing on your heads alight!

Nor let the least be sent away.
All hearts shall sing 'Adieu to sorrow!'
St. Pierre has found his child to-day;
And old and young shall dance to-morrow.”

Had Louis * then before the gate dismounted, Lost in the chase at set of sun;

• Louis the Fourteenth.

Like Henry when he heard recounted *
The generous deeds himself had done,
(What time the miller's maid Colette
Sung, while he supped, her chansonnette)
Then—when St. Pierre addressed his village-train,
Then had the monarch with a sigh confessed
A joy by him unsought and unpossessed,
- Without it what are all the rest ?
To love, and to be loved again.

Alluding to a popular story related of Henry the Fourth of France similar to ours of “ The King and Miller of Mansfield.”

HUMAN LIFE.

1819.

THE ARGUMENT.

Introduction ... Ringing of Bells in a neighbouring Vil

lage on the Birth of an Heir ... General Reflections on Human Life ... The Subject proposed ... Childhood ... Youth ... Manhood ... Love... Marriage ... Domestic Happiness and Affliction ... War ... Peace ... Civil Dissension ... Retirement from Active Life ... Old Age and its Enjoyments . . . Conclusion.

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