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“ And the woman,” said I,“ won't you help her too ?
Look where she waits the while.”. “ Hang her-old cat!-if I do," quoth he, “ To souse her into the midst, 'twill be !"
For my life, I could not but smile,
So we left her to cross as best she might,
And I turn’d to the sightless child,
On a brow divinely mild.
The tears still swam in his large blue eyes,
And hung on his sickly cheekThose eyes, with their clouded vacancy, That looked towards, but not at me, Yet spoke to my heart more touchingly
Than the brightest could ever speak. I took his little hand in mine,
('Twas a delicate, small hand,) And the poor thing soon crept close to me, With a timid familiarity
No heart could e'er withstand.
By this time the woman had hobbled up
Ah, Goody !-what, safe ashore ?" Quoth Edmund I knew, without help from me, You'd paddle across”-askance look'd she, But spoke not a word ; so in company,
We moved on to church all four. But I felt the child's hand (still clasp'd in mine)
With a shrinking dread compress'd “ Do you love to go to church?” I said.“ Yes,” and he hung down his little head
“ But I love the church-yard best.”.
“ The church-yard ! my little fellow—and why?
Come, tell me why, and how ?"“ Because because" and the poor thing Sobb’d out the words, half-whispering
“ 'Cause mammy is there now.”
Feelings, too deep for utterance,
Thrill'd me a moment's space; At last—"My little friend,” said I, “ She's gone to live with God on high,
In Heaven, His dwelling-place;
And tell the truth alway,
“ Shall I go there to-day ?”-
To call you to his rest."-
I love the church-yard best."
And close to the church-door,
THE AUTO-BIOGRAPHY OF TIMOTHY TELL,
SCHOOLMASTER OF BIRCHENDALE.
We travelled the whole of the day; the grave gentleman in the middle nor did we stay to take any rest at assured me, he had met with the same night; but continued to pursue our remark in some book of travels he had route without let or hinderance, other read; so that I cannot be accused of than stopping for the necessary pe- imposing on my readers the mere phanriods of meals, at the different places tom of my own imagination. We had in our road. Notwithstanding the stopped to drink tea at a place, of rapidity with which I was wafted which I now forget the name, and through the country by this admira- were again embarked in the vehicle ; ble machine, I failed not to mark every I was deeply meditating on the event thing that attracted my notice ; and of my enterprize ; two or three of the I feel aware, that those benevolent company had nodded to sleep; the personages, who have accompanied me occasional discourse between the lothus far on my pilgrimage, have a quacious traveller and the young lady right to all the observations I made by was dropping into silence; and the the wayside. I regret indeed, for their whole of the interior of the machine sakes, that they are so few; but from was quiet and composure I was very the conformation of the vehicle, my disagreeably roused from my reverie range of sight was necessarily limited, by the Inquisitor, who had been yawnand indeed my attention was very much ing grievously for some time, and now, attracted to the interior of the coach, to divert his weariness, began to ply by the novelty of intercourse with me with very home questions, as to utter strangers, whose conversation where I was going, and the nature of and manners were to me as great cu- my business, and so forth. Unwilling riosities as the Unicorn or the Mam- to be rude, and seeing the rest of the moth would be to more travelled gen- company asleep, I ventured to tell him try. I took particular notice of the that I was “ going to London on busistate of the country through which I ness of importance, appertaining to passed, and was struck with the signs literature ;-and indeed to the welfare of luxury and prosperity which every- of society and mankind in general," ! where niet my eye. At first I kept a added in a low tone of voice ; for I did reckoning of every gentleman's-seat, not like to seem assuming, or to take village, and town, through which we an air of superiority over my less-dis. passel ; but when I had multiplied tinguished fellow-travellers. the knots on my handkerchief till the “ Doubtless, sir, doubtless," said space was exhausted, I was forced to the middle traveller, opening his eyes, abandon my inventory; and I am and leaning respectfully forward to therefore unable to inform iny reader catch the last words I had uttered. of the sum total between my native “ I was well convinced it could be no village and the metropolis. The face small matter that induced you to haof the country seemed varied--we zard yourself on the great ocean of sometimes ascended hills, but I think life, where so many slender barks are quite as often came down again. I wrecked. You have already, however, honestly confess, (I wish all travel met with admirers and well-wishers,” lers would do the same,) that I saw said he, bowing first to the old lady, but very little, and it would be very and then to all round. “ I am sure, I unfair to expect me to describe what wish success to your enterprizes, be I have not seen ; but we went so ex- they wliat they may."~" And that," tremely fast, that the whole country, said the inquisitive traveller, " is to hedges and all, seemed to be running be a mystery, it seems.”—“And likeaway from us, the which when I no- ly to remain so," subjoined the last ticed, and expressed my astonishment, comer. The gentleman in black shrug. Vol. XIII.
“ A more
ged his shouliers, and looked very my head indignantly." Then I'm significantly, nodding, as much as lo sure I don't know, nor can't guess."say, I knew best. " Well,” said the “ I am not at all surprised, sir, that inquisitive traveller, “ for my part, I. you should fall into the belief of this like every man to tell his business, if gentleman's being intrusted with the it's honest, and to make himself agree- secret commissions of government, wheable ; that's my way of going through ther foreign or domestic.”the world ; and if it's not fit to be trusty
„person certainly could not be talked of, why, I suppose it had better found," said the new-comer.
" Cernot.”—“But," said the young woman, tainly not,” rejoined the grave gentlewould not be pleasant to
“ Well,” said the inquisitor, tell every body one's private affairs.”- "I hope such gentlemen find it a plea
My dear, you must not pretend to sant trade; they must have some rare know any thing of the world at your dirty work to do now and then. I age. It does not look well to be so could not abide it.”—“ No, sir, doubt
_ secret.” The middle traveller shrug- less,” said the man in black, ged again. I began not to like these tomed, as you must be, to the perfume remarks, which seemed to be aimed at of your own wicked deeds, all others me; and I could not help thinking, must be intolerable.”—“I don't know there must be something in my ap
what you mean for to say, sir; but pearance which excited their suspicion. I'll be so bold as to tell you, that a I considered what it could be-I sur- good warm trade, do you see,' is no veyed myself from beginning to end, shame to any man. I warrant you, my buckles were properly adjusted in my daughter may take her choice of my shoes, which still shone with the some of the best matches in Londonivory-black of my own dear village Wicked deeds forsooth ! I'm not ashamy hose, knit by the hands of my med of my calling ; and many a nobleniece, and carefully mended by the man at the west end of the town, who same, shewed plainly how much I was has dipped his estate, would think an object of solicitude to those to whom there was no ill smell in the fruits of I belonged my black breeches, (a’tri- my tallow.” fle worn)-my coat and waistcoat in It now struck me, that my comstill better preservation—my cravat panions must have formed a mean tied and folded with peculiar neatness, opinion of my circumstances, and per so far all was well; and though there haps, however unjustly, harboured
; might be a little air of antiquity in the suspicion of me on the score of poverfashion of my clothes, (which suited ty. It is true, I had no riches to boast better with my age than the strange of; but I was desirous of shewing garments of the modern times,) yet I them how far removed was my case could not conceive why that should from one of penury. “ Riches, sir," operate to my prejudice. All this pass
said I,“ are the great stumbling-block ing through my mind, gave an appear- of this life. I know not, for my part, ance of confusion to my mauner, which why the poor are not as estimable as was increased by finding the eyes of all the rich, if a little money, more or less, my companions turned upon me at makes all the difference. But educa
tion, sir, is the thing which makes a “ Gentlemen," said I, a good deal real distinction betwixt man and man. embarrassed," I solemnly assure you,
What is it to me that I have my pocon the word of an old man, that I have ket-book well lined with this perishno secret, that is to say, (for my heart able article,” said I, at the same time beating loudly at this moment under- taking out my bank-note, and twirling neath my MS. forced me to make this it round in the very eyes of my antareservation,) no secret worth any one's gonist, and which I thought produced knowing, or concerning themselves an immediate effect, “ what is it to about, as it does not tend to the injury me, sir, if I have not also other qualiof any human being, but rather," I ties to distinguish me from the senseadded, (I fear a little too proudly,) less mass of mankind ?”—“ I agree
very much to the benefit of all man- with you entirely,” said the middle kind." Why, an't you a freema- traveller ; “ but you need not fear beson ?" said the inquisitor. “ No, in- ing overlooked amongst the common deed.”—“ A government spy, per- herd, whilst you have so many distinhaps," said the new-comer. I shook guishing characteristics. Indeed, I
tremble to think, with your advantages were all seeking to discover my treaof education, and the means you pos- sure, and ready to tear it from me. I sess, what a dangerous engine might began to think the strange man must you become in the hands of power, if be a conjuror, and leagued with the you were disposed to mischief, which powers of darkness. A cold damp seiI fervently trust you are not.”—“Lon- zed me. I dared not utter another don, sir, is a new world to me; but I word, but sat in a sort of aguish susa hope to escape all its perils, and put pense, and held fast the side of my coat my trust in Providence.”
_- A Me- on which my treasure lay, willing to thodist, I guess, by your way of talk- be prepared for any sudden attack. No ing," said the inquisitive traveller, violence was offered me, however, and sneering contemptuously. “ No, sir,' I began a little to recover from my fears. suid I, provoked, “a Church-of-Eng- And now we stopped at the foot of land man, and a Christian”-Like a steep hill, and all the passengers proyourself, I was going to say, but on se- posed walking up. I was glad of this; cond thoughts I omitted that. “I con- as it gave me an opportunity of drawfess," said the midille traveller, “I ing aside the man in black, whom I feel a slight impulse of curiosity my, could not now approach without feelself to know the object of such a jour, ings of awe. “ Sir," said I to him, ney to such a place, so fraught with “ I am at a loss to divine what led you perils. I feel convinced that it must to suspect my secret, or how you knew be a mission of no small interest that any thing of my history. I conjure has drawn Mr Timothy Tell, school- you to satisfy. my doubts, and explain master of Birchendale, from his re- to me by. what extraordinary means. tirement for the first time.”- Sir," you were acquainted with my hidden said I, gaping with astonishment at treasure."-"Upon my word, you puzthis strange man—"Sir, who told you zle me, sir-I assure you I am not a my name and calling? For Heaven's conjuror, whatever you may think.”sake; how was I made known to you ?” “ Indeed, sir, upon my word, ....I
-“ Do you think, then, this is the was not thinking ... I did not susfirst time I have heard of you? True, pect- “Oh no, you only thought I have never seen you before ; but I was Beelzebub, or something in that your fame, and that of your academy, way I forgive you with all my heart. have gone far and wide. Incognitos, But the truth is, that I should not have sooner or later, must be dropped. Emi- known even your name, had you not nent men must not hope to be hid un- let me into the secret yourself. For der a bushel, or to do things in a cor- when you displayed your riches to us ner; for they will come to light.” In so imprudently, I saw your name writa corner! thought I, and my heart ten in your pocket-book ; and, from throbbed with redoubled violence be- your conversation, I guessed you were neath my precious MS. In a corner ! a schoolmaster.” — But, sir, how did can he mean my waistcoat? What a you penetrate the mystery of the constrange unaccountable man is this, tents of my waistcoat ?"_" Of your who seems, with that searching glance waistcoat !--Indeed I never suspected of his, to see through me, as it were. any particular treasure there,-except, Heaven forbid ! “ In a corner, sir," indeed, as it enclosed a heart of priI repeated ; " I'm sure
-what do you mitivesimplicity and worth.--But have think ?-what can you mean?"- you then a concealed treasure? of what “ Nay, sir, your secret is safe in your does it consist, if I may inquire ? own breast, there you have kept it Come, I think you may trust me, now snugly all the time, and there let it I have explained to you how I perform lie still. It does not belong to me to my diabolical arts. I was so much reveal the hoarded treasure of your bo- won by his manner, that, upon his som ;” and he looked, I thought, very promising inviolable secrecy, I told significantly. I involuntarily laid my him the whole ; at which I was surhand on my breast, as if to ascertain prised to see him laugh heartily. Howthat my precious burden was still there. ever, he advised me to persevere in my
Ay, hold it fast,” continued he,“ or design, and he hoped to see me in print it will pop out, after all.”
very soon. He declared, as soon as he son My alarms were redoubled. I look- saw me, he perceived something ex-xil round me in terror. I felt as if sur- traordinary about me, and he propheTrounded by malignant spirits, who sied that literary glory awaited me;