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anguish; lamenting my own presumption, which led me to raise my thoughts to him, whose station placed him so far above my hopes! I et me perish, but oh! let Bevil, noble Bevil be for ever happy!"
Overcome by the violence of her emotions, Indiana was unable to proceed; and Mr. Sealand was affected even to tears at the sight of her distress. He took her hand with tenderness; and was in the act of raising it to his lips, when the sight of a bracelet which she wore attracted his notice: he started, "Gracious heaven! what do I behold? how came you by this trinket? speak madam! for heaven's sake tell me who you are?"
"Your daughter, Sir, (exclaimed Isabella, suddenly bursting into the room), your own Indiana!"
Indiana shrieked, and sinking at his feet, was in an instant clasped to the breast of a father.
It was indeed most true; Mr. Sealand, the rich merchant, was the very Mr. Danvers, who twenty years before had left his native land, to evade the approach of poverty. He had been deeply afflicted, when he received news of the death of his wife and child; for the ship in which they had sailed from England.
was reported to have been wrecked, and every soul on board perished. He had sometime afterwards entered into a second marriage, and previous to his return to England had a large estate bequeathed to him, on the condition of his taking the name of Sealand. When he now made inquiries for Indiana as Miss Vanbrugen-the name of the captain who had adopted her; and which she had determined to retain, until she was restored to her family,—he had not the most distant idea whom he was going to meet : but Isabella knew him, though he had totally forgotten her; and naturally supposing his errand was to claim his child, she pleased herself with the idea of a delightful surprise to her beloved niece; and therefore waited in the adjoining apartment, till the sound of Indiana's distress reached her ear, and she returned to the room at the moment of Mr. Sealand's inquiry!
This unexpected discovery altered the posture of affairs, and put a speedy termination to all difficulties. Sir John Bevil received with joy the lovely Indiana as his daughter-in-law; and Bevil, in raptures, declared his love, and took her hand, as the first of all earthly blessings. Lucinda was too generous to lament the loss of half her fortune, by the discovery of a sister; and the claims of her two lovers were now easily arranged. The avaricious Cimberton thought proper to murmur at the loss of half his intended wife's property, while Myrtle only requested her hand, offering to relinquish her entire fortune, if such a sacrifice was necessary. Mrs. Sealand was a good deal disappointed; but the mercenary motives of her relative Cimberton left her little opportunity for undertaking his defence; she therefore yielded to necessity; and gave, though reluctantly, her consent to Myrtle ;-a consent she would nevertheless have gladly withheld, had she possessed the power. Preparations were instantly made of the most splendid nature, and in a few days,
the double union took place, of Bevil and Indiana, Myrtle and Lucinda.
Mysterious heaven, whose wise decrees full oft
Whose very frowns, the joyful heralds are
-O, that I were as great
well'st thou proud heart? I'll give thee acope to beat, Since foes have scope to beat both thee and me.* **會
IT is too often the hard fate of princes to be assailed by flattery, till the sacred voice of truth becomes offensive to their ears!-to be surrounded by sycophants who administer to their vices, till they learn to hate the friends who would lead them into the paths of virtue. Raised by their rank and station above the mass of human kind, restraint is irksome; and accustomed from infancy to believe that all they say or do is right,-is it a matter of surprise, they at length should feel it almost impossible to err? Thus are they lulled into a kind of imperfect security, shielded in imagination from the storms of fortune, as if fate itself was awed by the frowns of majesty, as if they justly thought
There's such divinity doth hedge a king,,