Page images
[ocr errors]

ment I had not been quite so warm no questions," said Eulalie; “ I am in my protestations.

rejected, but I rejoice, I assure you, “ You are right, Eulalie," I said; I rejoice in the rejection. Let me “ my heart is, indeed, devoted to a but speak to him a few minutes in lady, so sweet, so kind, so beautiful private.” -I wish you knew her, Eulalie.” Speak on," said the Lady Alice, “ Is she tall or little ?”

“ I will not listen.” “ Just about your own height, I Eulalie then tript across the room, should think-but that detestable and putting her arm into mine, robe you wear hinders me from see- led me to a recess in the apartment, ing whether you resemble her in and said to me in a whisperany thing else.”

“ You have done well to break the « Hush-the Lady Alice.” Lady Alice's heart, by rejecting her

And the same tall majestic lady I daughter's hand. But remember, by had seen in London walked steadily this, that you have ruined Sir Wilinto the room. Though she had evie fred's hopes, and opened fresh dently worked herself up for some wounds in the breast of your father.” great exertion, she started when our “ Did they know of the Lady eyes met.

Alice's intention ?" “ Edward,” she said, “I have “ Yes; and approved of it. I have steeled my heart to the performance even been at Ellersby and seen your of a strange duty. Ere many months father.” are past, the door that divides me “ Eulalie ! Eulalie! will nothing from the world will have closed on move you to compassion. I have me for ever. I have but one pang told you I love another.” in leaving it-If Eulalie had but å “ But that other does not love you home!”

better than I do. I know the Lady “ Madam,” I said, “ if you will Adeline O'Carrol.” intrust her to my care.”

“ You amaze me, Eulalie. She is “ But this is weakness," continued a Protestant, and, so far, will be the Lady Alice, without having pleasing to my father." heard my words. " I suffered so “A Protestant! and so am I.” fearfully in my youth from a con- « What! in these habits ?cealment of my real feelings; and Ay; would you debar me from one other whom I need not name to assuming the only dress that enables you, was an equal victim, that I re- me to be useful to my mother ?solve that Eulalie's sufferings, if “ The Lady Adeline has my prosufferings she is doomed to endure, mise." shall not ariee from the same cause.

“ And so have I. Do you deny I have spoken of you to her so often; that till you came to Rome there I have praised your character so was no one you preferred to poor highly ; your friend, Sir Wilfred Eulalie.” Seymour, has joined me in these “ I do not deny it. But why torpraises so heartily, that you have but ment me with all these questions ?” to speak to make Eulalie happy- “ For this reasont. My mother, and me contented.”

whose grief grows beavier every I remained silent-thoughts of my

new mortification she inflicts upon engagement to Lady Adeline kept berself, has resolved finally to abancrowding into


don the world next Easter. After “ You speak not! You reject her! that she will not even see me, unless Eulalie, my poor Eulalie!”

for a few days at the Christmas of “ Nay, stop, madam,” for Eulalie each year. She is anxious to see me was resting her head on the shoulder happy before that time, and thinks of Lady Alice, and I could not bear no one is so likely to render me so to see her distress. “I shall soon be as the son of Edward Lonsdale. able to offer her the protection of a And yet you reject me, though I have home, where one, whom I feel cer- wealth and rank, and what the world tain you would love, if you only calls beauty." knew her, will be a sister to her, and “ You torture me, Eulalie. I am 1-a brother”.

true to another.” " And who is that one-I”

“ What if that other were to ab"Mother, dear mother, ask him solve you from your vows ?”

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]


[ocr errors]

you so."

“Impossible! she is too pure and She threw back her hood as she noble.''

spoke, and archly smiling at my sur“ But she does absolve you? I tell prise, I saw before me the Lady

Adeline ! “ And who are you? You have “ You'll tell my lady mother you'll never even told me your name yet.” consent, won't you?” she whisper

My name will shortly be the ed.” Lady Eulalie Lonsdale of Ellersby.” “ Yes, surely, certainly—but how, « The devil it will !”

in Heaven's name-how comes this?" “ Hush! I never thought you “ Very simply. My mother's concould be such a simpleton, Edward, vent name is Sister Alice; my own as to refuse a pretty-amiable-af- name is Adelina Eulalie O'Carrol fectionate-young creature like me. Sir Wilfred Seymour is my uncleLook here, now, I am going to lift but hush ! just now I've no time for up the hood and show you what a farther questionings. Come and set galaxy of charms your ridiculous my mother's heart at rest, and I proconstancy has tempted you to re- mise to trouble you with no more ject.”




“ Raphael, the sociable spirit."-Milton.
“ Here's glorious news!” cried Cousin Jack,

One Sunday, in a morning call
He made about a twelvemonth back-

“ The Sheriff's going to give a Ball!”

Up started Jane, and I, and Bess;

One general rapture seized us all;
“Pink satin shoes,”—“kid gloves,”—“ lace dress," —

“ That angel, Raphael, gives a Ball!”
The Sunday Times has got it in,

The John Bull, too, in pica small,
The Age, th' Observer-all begin

To talk of Sheriff Raphael's Ball!
And Pa's a liveryman, you know,

Of Bassishaw by London Wall,
And so, of course, we all shall go

To Mister Sheriff Raphael's Ball!
Next day Ma sent our porter, Bill,

To call a coach, to take us all
To Ellis's on Ludgate Hill,

To "shop ” for Sheriff Raphael's Ball!
There she, resolving to look nice,

Bought for herself a Cachemere shawl,
A Toque, and Bird of Paradise,

To wear at Sheriff Raphael's Ball;
And Betsy bought the sweetest things,

The last consignment from Bengal,
All green-and-gold and beetle's wings,

To be the pride of Raphael's Ball!
And Jane, a new white satin slip,

And I, because I'm rather tall,
A China crape, 10 trip

Away in at the Sheriff's Bali

[ocr errors]

And Cousin Jack, who's so genteel,

Before he went, engaged us all
To dance with him the new quadrille,

And waltz at Sheriff Raphael's Ball.

[ocr errors]

Oh bow we teased Madame de Lolme,

And Ma'amselle Victorine St Paul,
-"Pray don't forget to send all home,

In time for Sheriff Raphael's Ball.”
'Twas all prepared-gloves, bouquets, shoes,

And dresses-Jane's a thought too small; But ah! no Jack announc'd the news,

“To-morrow's Sheriff Raphael's Ball!"
At length he comes! in eager haste

His stock and plaited friil we maul-
Never was man so close embraced-

"Oh, Jack! When's Sheriff Raphael's Ball ?" “Why, really-I-that is-the day

Precisely"-with his Bond Street drawl
Cries Jack_“I can't exactly say

What day is fixed for Raphael's Ball;
“ But he who fills the civic chair,

I find, has promised him Guildhall,
So teu to one the new Lord Mayor

Will dance at Sheriff Raphael's Ball.
“For though my Lord's a Tory true,

And Raphael's but a Radi-cal,
Yet politics have nought to do,

You know, with any Sheriff's Ball.
" And Mister Pearson will be there,

With Galloway from Codger's Hall,
And all the Lumber Troop "_"Oh dear

I long for Sheriff Raphael's Ball!
“For there will be Sir John, whose son

At sixteen thought for place too small,
Grew, in one night, to,

He'll come to Sheriff Raphael's Ball.
" And Michael Scales will doff his steel,

And quit his snug Whitechapel stall,
Blue apron, block, and donkey veal,

To dance at Sheriff Raphael's Ball.”

At morn, at eve, that livelong week,

And e'en when night her sable pall
Had spread around, no tongue could speak

Of aught save Sheriff Raphael's Ball.

Nay, not our waking thoughts alone,

Our midnight dreams could we recall,
Ma, Jane, and Betsy all would own,

They were of Sheriff Raphael's Ball.


Time flies-three months are gone-again

Our Cousin Jack repeats bis call“ What news?” exclaims th' impatient train,

“ What news of Sheriff Raphael's Ball ?” Jack shakes his head" Alack!” cries he,

-His tones our very hearts appal “ He's striving to become M.P.,

And must perforce put off his Ball !”

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

Spring flies away—and summer then

The autumn leaves begin to fall,
Oh, Jack! in pity tell us, when,

Oh when is Sheriff Raphael's Ball ?
“ O'er Jane's white slip a bilious hue

By slow degrees begins to crawl-
A yellowish tint invades my blue-

'T will fade ere Sheriff Raphael's Ball. “ And poor Mamma l-although her part

The pbilosophic Ma'am de Staël Could not more firmly play,-her heart

In secret yearns for Raphael's Ball." On leaden wings November flies,

When worse disasters still befall, In rushes Jack_“ Alas!” he cries,

“ No hopes of Sheriff Raphael's Ball!

“ For, oh! there has been such a breeze,

A breeze that, fresheniog to a squall, Became a burricane-Agrees

A whirlwind with a Sheriff's Ball ?

“ Jane! Betsey ! Suel-that shocking man

He with the tail—who loves a brawl; That horrid, ranting, roaring Dan,

Has upset Sheriff Raphael's Ball. “ The blunt--the stuff-the rhino-ay,

Two thousand pounds! a glorious haul! A sum which had gone near to pay

The whole expense of Raphael's Ball !!” “ But 'tis done-all words are idle!”

(So sang Byron in his yawl) And we now perforce must bridle

Each fond wish for Raphael's Ball!
And yet the Gloves-the Crape-the Toque-

The spangled muslin from Nepaul !
-Oh, it would e'en a saint provoke,

Thus diddled out of Raphael's Ball!
Shame their heads! but, Dan, on thine

Our heaviest maledictions fall.
Pa's, Ma's, Jane's, Betsey's, Jack's, and mine,

Thou Thalaba of Raphael's Ball!



That human affairs are now un- parts inconsistent with their present dergoing a great and durable altera- condition, and the universal adaptation; that we are in a transition state tion of science, literature, arts, and of society, when new settlements manufactures to their wants. Sup. are taking place, and the old levels posing the most decided re-action to are heaved up, or displaced by ex. take place in public feeling in the pansive force from beneath, is uni- British dominions, and the most versally admitted; but the world is Conservative administration to be as yet in the dark as to the ultimate placed at the helm, still the state results, whether for good or evil, of is essentially revolutionized. The these vast and organic changes. great organic change has been made, While the popular advocates look and cannot be undone. Governupon them as the commencement of ment is no longer, and never again a new era in social existence-as the will be, as long as a mixed consiituopening of a period of knowledge, tion lasts, a free agent. It is impel. freedom, and general happiness, in led by the inclinations of the majo. which the human race, freed from rity of twelve hundred thousand the fetters of feudal tyranny, is to electors, in whom supreme power arrive at an unprecedented state is substantially vested. At one time of social felicity-the Conservative it may be too revolutionary, at anoparty every where regard them as ther too monarchical, but in either fraught with the worst possible ef- it can only be the reflecting mirror fects to all classes in society, and to of public opinion, and must receive, none more immediately than those not communicate, the impulse of by whom they are so blindly urged general thought. France is irrecoforward-as conducing to the de- verably and thoroughly revolutionstruction of all the bulwarks both of ized. All the checks, either on arproperty and freedom. While these bitrary or popular power, have been opposite and irreconcilable opinions completely destroyed by the insane are honestly and firmly maintained ambition of its populace; and its by millions on either side of this great capital has been transformed into a controversy, and victory inclines vast arena, where two savage wild sometimes to one side and some beasts, «equally fatal to mankind times to another in the course of despotic power and democratic amthe contests, civil and military, which bition-fiercely contend for the masit engenders, “ Time rolls on his tery, but where the fair form of free. ceaseless course;" the actors and the dom is never again destined to apspectators in tbe world's debate are pear. Spain and Portugal are torn alike hurried to the grave, and new by the same furious passions-a Vengenerations succ

cceed, who are borne déan struggle is maintained with along by the same mighty stream, heroic constancy in the north-a and inherit from their parents the Jacobin revolution is rapidly spreadpassions and prejudices inseparable ing in the south; and amidst a deadly from a question in which such civil war, and the confiscation of boundless expectations have been cburch and funded property, the deexcited on the one side, and such mocratic and despotic principles are vital interests are at stake on the rapidly coming into collision, and other.

threaten speedily there, as elseThe symptoms of this transition where, to extinguish all the securistate distinctly appear, not merely ties of real freedom in the shock. in the increase of political power on It is not merely, however, in the the part of the lower classes in al political world that the symptoms most every state of western Europe, of a vast organic change in Western but the general formation of warm Europe are to be discerned. Manhopes and anticipations on their ners and habits evince as clearly

" My Old House, or The Doctrine of Changes. Edinburgh, December, 1835." A treatise full of the truest philosophy, and well worthy of general attention in these times. “ Tocqueville, Democracy in America. Paris, 1835, Vol. II., and London, 1835."

« PreviousContinue »