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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 conjures—

On 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 cold

If Jacqueline be cast away,

Her bridal be her dying day.

-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!

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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."




Introduction... Ringing of Bells in a neighbouring Village 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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