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Edward" always enacted the part in her of being able to see common among the mind of all the heroes and good knights blind. The moon's at the full to-night, and genii; else all was as before. Her an' they'll well-nigh finish wi' the cider, I chief playfellow now was the old blind take it, with the help o' she."
One bright beautiful day that autumn there was high feast and festival going on in the great orchard behind the house, for the cider-press had come up, and everybody about the farm had come in to help. The apple-trees, large and spreading, covered with the weird grey moss which clothes the branches in that soft damp climate with a sort of hoary hair, were hung with red and golden fruit and looked very idyllic. It was a prolific year, and the boughs were so laden that they would have broken under the weight of apples if they had not been propped up. Great baskets stood about in all directions to receive them; and a good deal of rude jollity was going on in this English vintage. The men were perched in the higher branches, and the women stood below catching the fruit, collecting it on the ground, picking out the decayed apples, and emptying the others into the insatiable maw of the rude cider-press, which turned with a harsh creaking, grating noise, pressing out the juice into pails on one side, while the most imperfectly crushed apples were carried off on the other for the pigs. "It's pretty late: you go and fetch Dannel home from the cider-wring; he's tired, and you too," said her uncle, smiling at Lettice, who had been running out all day, assisting greatly, as she considered, in all the processes.
"We've pretty nigh done now," said the old man, wearily, as she steered him carefully up among the piles of fruit. "He's a beautiful man, yer uncle, he is. I'm terrible much obliged to he. Madame Wynyate's trimming comikle in her temper, contrairy like, and I should just ha' toddled away years agone if it weren't along o' he: I knows that well enough."
"But you do a greatish deal, Dannel, up and down," said the child, as he stumbled among the apples.
Well," answered the old man, with some pride, "I'm tottery, and creaky, and wheezy, but I can twiddle about after summat as well as most on 'um, and I'm none for wasting my time as the young 'uns is. There ayn't narrer an orchat anywhere as this 'un; and that ratheripe* allays do bear such a wonderful deal o' hist fruit," he said, looking about with the curious affectation "Bring the rathe primrose that forsaken dies." - Lycidas.
"If the salt have lost (his) savour."-"Its" does not occur once in our translation of the Bible, and
only three times in Shakspeare.
"Them marks on her face looks so plain," mused Lettie. "What is they, Dannel?" That's the man as stole a nitch o' wood o' the Sabbath-day," replied he, "and he were sot up there for a warnin' to them as wants it-I don't. Yer granny allays thinks ill o' folk; she takes 'um by the wrong end, she do," muttered he, his wrongs rankling in his mind as they approached the house, and he heard Mrs. Wynyate's voice stern and sad.
"So yer uncle left yer the money after all, and not to Susan a bit," she was saying, rather reproachfully, to Amyas. I've just a heerd it from the man wi' the cider-wring, and he heerd it over at Wallcott's when he were there. Wallcott laughed, he did, and said how could ye be so soft, and pressed for money so bad?"
"Susan were poor and wanted it," replied Amyas, in an apologetic tone.
"And who was poor and wanted it here, I'd like to know?" grumbled his mother, as she went off to the cider. She was proud of his conduct for all this, though upon principle she spoke (and at great length too), when things were wrong, but kept silence when they were right, which is a depressing and dispiriting way of conducting life.
There, that's just him and her all over," continued the old man. "I mind one day when Norton Lisle were a-comin' after yer mother. What's come o' your father?" he said, suddenly turning to the child.
My father!" cried the little girl, surprised. No one ever mentioned him, and he had quite died out of her little life; but the word recalled old times in her childish recollections of something painful, though she could not have told what they were.
"Yea, he ayn't much of a one for to boast on, but he is thy father anyhow, and thou oughtest not to be kep from knowin' o' him, as I take it they does by thee," the old man went on with some glee. "I likes to rip up a mystery," he mumbled to himself, "and 'twill vex madam."
Why doesn't he come here?" asked the little girl in an awe-struck whisper.
"I take it thy grandmother couldn't abide he, and then he's a deal up and down adoin' what he likes, and he have just adropped thee into anither's nest like a cuckoo, and goes about the world free like, wi'out incumbrances. I heerd on him last down at Southport, sailin' for furrin' parts,
Australia or 'Merikee, or some o' them. I have seemed a more unlikely subject for Pr'aps he mayn't come back agin at all, the assaults of the fiend than the young who knows? But don't yer tell madam as girl, standing trembling in the shadow of I talked on him," said he, as they entered the house.
Amyas's fortunes seemed now to improve a little. There was a further fall of timber that winter, the price of wheat rose, as did that of bark, and he was able to tide over some of his difficulties, for a time at least. He began to look a little after Lettice's education, and she learnt more of the three R's than Mrs. Wynyate at all approved of. "As for reading, there isn't much use, as I see, for more o' that than 'll do the Catechism;" and as for arithmetic, anything beyond what was required to calculate the pounds of butter was sheer robbery of the dairy. Still, Lettice was quick at learning, and got on in spite of her grandmother's warnings of all sorts of evil connected with knowledge, ever since the days of grandmother Eve.
A considerable part of one's education, however, is that which nobody has given or is answerable for: the accidental inferences, the chance ideas, which are sown like seeds before the wind, and bear fruit, no one knows how or whence.
The old "dark" man was exceedingly fond of her, but, with the love of power so common among the blind, he exercised it somewhat despotically.
"And what d'ye hear o' yer uncle ?" he would say, importantly. "I'm in hopes as he's got plenty to do, and does it, not all along like yer father. What is it yer little hymn says? And Satan finds some mischief still for idle folk.' And, I take it, the Devil's always uncommon handy for to tempt them as holds out their hands to him. Ye know he's like a ragin' lion up and down the world."
"Was he ever seen lately, d'ye think, Dannel? whispered Lettie, almost too frightened to put her query,
"Bless ye, child, yes! Lambourne seed he as plain as the church tower at the turn in the Deep Lane, like a calf wi' saucer eyes, and I heerd o' one as had a sore struggle wi' him for's soul, dying down at Fordingdean."
Pleased with the effect he produced, the old man's stories grew more and more dreadful, and his accounts of the real presence of the Evil One began to take possesOne sion of the young girl's imagination. night, as she was preparing for her little evening devotions, it seemed to her as if he" was himself present in bodily form in the room, to prevent her from uttering her prayer. St. Agnes herself could hardly
the still moonlight, and looking the very
From that time she began to doubt whether there might not be a little mistake, and whether Satan was in the habit of walking into people's houses in this familiar way, at the present time, whatever might have been the case in former days. Her scepticism did not reach further, for was there not a formidable picture of the Witch of Endor in the folio Bible, which she had always turned over in an agony of dread lest the horrid image should haunt her dreams, though, Eve like, having once peeped" at it, her caution was of little "
Sometime after she was sitting by her uncle as usual on the Sunday evening, as she dearly loved to do, when the whole world seemed at rest, and he had time for "disIt was still broad sunshine, and course." warm, which disposes to courage; and private, which disposes to confidence.
"Uncle Amyas," said she, suddenly, "did you ever see the Devil your own self?"
"No, child,” he answered, laughing (and to her a great comfort the laugh was mind), "nor any one else that I know of. Are ye afraid of meeting him some day out walking?
"But, uncle Amyas," said she, evading the home thrust, "ye know it's said about his coming roaring to Bunyan, and how he was always hearing of him calling out all manner of temptations, and many folk have seen him too in the books, or how should they ha' told how he was made, ye know? SomeThem horns and his tail, ye know. body must have seen him sometime." The Pilgrim's Progress and Bunyan's Life were almost her only reading beside the Bible.
"Well, my little 'un," answered Amyas,
slowly, "for a' that I don't believe that he's seen. Evil temptations is strong enow in our own hearts in a' conscience, and p'r'aps they thinks of him till they believe they sees him wi' their own eyes. I can't say; but I take it, even if the Devil is as they tell on, that he's felt, not seen. No; I don't believe in him one bit," he went on with sudden energy;"'twould be a good God and an evil God if he's so strong and powerful as all that. Don't thee mind in Job how Satan's just sent out like one of the other angels-that's a very different concern. Don't ye be frightened that way, my little mayd. Ye needn't be afraid o' him nor any other bugs;' God is about us in all our ways, both to will and to do; not that other one."
row. A curious feeling of unreality about it sometimes came over her, but she put it from her with horror, and only esteemed it a fresh proof of her "parlous state." An odd volume of Fox's Book of Martyrs had got into the house, together with a dozen cotton umbrellas and a pile of manuscript violin music-effects from a bad debt (somehow Amyas often had bad debts) — and the stories of their sufferings had a grim attraction for her imagination. One night, as she sat in the window reading and considering whether she could have suffered for her faith like Latimer, or like Faithful in Vanity Fair—the one was to her as real an historical event as the other-she put her finger close to the candle to try. She held it manfully for a second or two, but snatched it away when it began to sting, and she cried bitterly afterwards as she bewailed her extreme sinfulness, proved thus by this searching test. She was carrying out her little experiments in philosophy and reli
Lettie was trying to prove the worth of her convictions in real life. Her grandmother's teaching had borne its fruit: she honestly believed in her own exceeding wickedness, over which, by fits and starts, she lamented herself with most sincere sor-gion like greater folk.
SEEING IS DECEIVING. Here is a row of ordi- | The Origin of the Four Gospels. By Constannary capital letters and figures
SSSSX X X X Z Z Z Z 333 38888
They are such as are made up of two parts of equal shapes. Look carefully at these and you will perceive that the upper halves of the characters are a very little smaller than the lower halves- so little that an ordinary eye will declare them to be of equal size. Now turn the page upside down, and, without any careful looking, you will see that this difference in size is very much exaggerated that the real top half of the letter is very much smaller than the bottom half. It will be seen from this that there is a tendency in the eye to enlarge the upper part of any object upon which it looks. We might draw two circles of unequal size, and so place them that they should appear equal. Once a Week.
The History of France. By Eyre Evans
tine Tischendorff. (Jackson, Walford, and Hodder.)
Mr. W. L. GAGE translates from the latest edition of Professor Tischendorff's work, and this, we are given to understand, has been revised and enlarged. Orthodoxy has no more able defender in Germany or, indeed, in Christendom than the writer; we have little more to do than to chronicle the appearance of his work in a form which renders it available for the English reader. Herr Tischendorff thinks that the canon (receiv ing the four gospels substantially as we have them now, and excluding what are called Apocryphal) was settled at the end of the first century, or, at the least, in the first years of the second. He here states exhaustively the arguments by which this view may be supported. Readers who may be professionally or otherwise interested in the subject car.. consult this volume
tter than Spectator.
The Shilling Shakespeare. Routledge.
THIS is, probably, the cheapest book ever pubMR. CROWE Completes in this volume a work on lished, intended, of course, to pay. It might, which he has bestowed a great amount of consci- we fancy, challenge comparison even with the entious labour, and which will doubtless possess a books which the religious societies print at a loss, permanent value. We doubt, indeed, whether, with the cheap Bibles, for instance, or the Pilwith the sources of information that are now open, grim's Progress at a penny. The type is wonit is possible for any man to perform such a task derfully clear, better, to give a familiar examsatisfactorily as writing the whole history of a ple, than that of the Bibles commonly known as great country like France. Mr. Crowe, for in-Polyglott." That we should like to read stance, gives to the description of the battle of Austerlitz less than a page, to that of Waterloo little more than two. It is manifest that this method of writing history admits neither of completeness nor of brilliancy. It is not possible within such limits either to discuss or to describe. Those who have once enjoyed Macaulay, Motley, or Froude will never be satisfied with anything so meagre. Spectator.
much of it is more than we can honestly say; but those who are obliged to read a multitude of books cannot help being fastidious. There are numbers of people, more happily situated, to whom the publication of this volume will be a great boon. We heartily wish the enterprise of Messrs. Routledge, which, we fancy, more than rivals any thing Transatlantic, may meet with the success which it deserves. Spectator.
A CHRISTIAN'S CREED.-AT PEACE.- AT THE WINDOW.
From Blackwood's Magazine.
'Tis twilight! the murmurous voices
No cloud in the faint azure heaven
And all is at peace!
At peace! ay, the peace of the desert-
At peace! when the music that thrilled us,
At peace! ay, the peace of the ocean,
From Good Words.
AT THE WINDOW.
BY THE AUTHOR OF "JOHN HALIFAX, GENTLEMAN."
ONLY to listen - listen and wait
For his slow firm step down the gravel walk, To hear the click-click of his hand at the gate And feel every heart-beat through careless talk:
Ah, love is sweet when life is young!
Only to watch him about the room,
Lighting it up with his quiet smile, That seems to lift the world out of gloom, And bring heaven nearer me for a while, A little while since love is young, And life is beautiful as long.
Only to love him- nothing more;
Never a thought of his loving me: Proud of him, glad in him, though he bore My heart to shipwreck on this smooth sea. Love's faith sees only grief, not wrong, And life is daring when 'tis young.
Ah me! what matter? The world goes round,
Though love be sorrow with half-grown wings;
And heaven is kind to the faithful heart;
The tears dried up in her shining eyes,
THERE is a rumour that Mr. Carlyle is engaged upon a life of George III., of whom he proposes to make a hero. It is impossible to say what Mr. Carlyle may not do, but we sincerely trust that there is no foundation for the report. Indeed, when one thinks of the great genius who wrote the history of the French Revolution, who interpreted Cromwell for us, who first acquainted his countrymen with the spirit of modern German literature, and then of the sham political prophet who put slavery into a nutshell and afterwards shot Niagara, one is disposed to think that after a certain age no man whose reputation is valuable to his country should be permitted to write. We hope Mr. Carlyle will let the poor, dull old king alone, if there is anything in the rumour beyond the suggestion of a feeble
WE are soon to have a "Life and Uncollected Works of Daniel Defoe," which will include a large number of essays, pamphlets, and other writings never before published. The discoverer and collector of these treasures is a Mr. Lee, who has for some years devoted himself to a praiseworthy task.
THE gentlemen who carry medicine-chests with them when they take a Saturday-to-Monday holiday, and the ladies who have always with them bags filled with the most wonderfully occult safeguards against impossible dangers, ought to add to their stores a quantity of carbolic acid. This acid, says the Homeward Mail, has been found to be a specific cure in cases of snake-bites. It would repay any lady or gentleman for carrying a bottle of carbolic acid for twenty years, if, at the end of twenty years, the acid saved her or his life. Supposing no snake ever came near, the sense of security is almost worth the trouble. Gentlemen who never Bat on the back of a horse, and who are very unlikely to try any such feat, are fond of carrying about with them an instrument for picking stones out of a horse's hoof: why should they not have a phial of carbolic acid always in their waistcoat-pocket?
MR. LONGFELLOW is at present residing on the borders of the Lake of Como. It is to be hoped that his stay in Europe will furnish him with matter for some eloquent and enduring
THE winter season of the London theatres will
commence shortly, and we are promised several novelties. Chief of these, of course, is Lord Lytton's play, which is now in preparation at the Lyceum. "The Rightful Heir " is the title which is now fixed upon. Then there is Mr. Halliday's adaptation of the "Fortunes of Nigel," with which Mr. Chatterton hopes to fill Drury Lane. Dr. Westland Marston will contribute another drama to the list of Haymarket pieces. Instead of, or along with, the burlesque
advertised to follow "Blow for Blow" at the Holborn, we are to have a drama by Watts Phillips. Now, it was bad enough to devote such a pretty and convenient theatre as the Holborn to the production of still another burlesque, but Mr. Watts Phillips - !
Ir has just been decided in Paris that the editor of a periodical cannot, without the consent of the contributor, cut out any portion of an article published under the signature of the author. The editor must either throw out the whole article, or gain the consent of the writer to his corrections, or publish the document entire, with all its suggestions of libel, foggy grammar, and violent partisanship staring him in the face. Fortunately, French journals are, as a rule, in no hurry about the publication of articles which comment on news; but here in England an editor would have picuty to do were he bound to gain the acquiescence of the contributor to the striking out of every awkward or compromising sentence.
WE Cut the following announcement from the Times:-"On the 19th Sept., at the Greek Eastern Church, London-wall, by the Rev. Narcissus Morphinos, Habeeb Risk Allah Bey, of 1, Hyde-park-terrace, to Mrs. Wogan, of Great Malvern. No cards."