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questing to see the lady of the domain, and mencement and improvement of her education holding in bis arms a bundle of rich drapery as her years sbould advance. wbich he seemed to have rescued froin the Though determined to provide for her supriver. The Countess, impelled by humanity, port, she feared not that the generous heart of hastened to the hall, and there saw the old the young Ernest would at any time blame ber man drawing from the envelope an infant, for her generosity, and as it was impossible, which seemed perisbing from cold and want, | under all these circumstances, that the fair but which, from the story kastily told by the Seraphina could pass for his sister, she took fisherman, she concluded had been swept by care as soon as reason had sufficiently dawned the floods from some of the villages in Bavaria. in their young minds, to inform them both of
Means were immediately used for the re the events of their infancy. The attachment covery of the child, whose pulsation soon re resulting from a vear similarity of years, and turping, gwe hopes of its perfect restoration, perhaps that delicacy of sentiment which perand the Countess had now not only leisure to vades the virtuous breast, had habituated listen to the old man's story (who'said that he them to consider each other as brother and had found it in a light wicker cradle which had sister, and to consider the Countess equally as been overturned upon the bank), but also to their mother, until the period when she chose examine the dress of the child and the fur. lo explain the mystery to them both. At this niture of its cradle, which bespoke opulence period Seraphina was old enongh both to uuand mobility.
derstand and to feel ber almost unprotected, The maternal affection which filled the || and really dependent situation ; vor cou'd she heart of the Countess, rendered her trem- | stop her tears when Ernest, now a fine youth blingly alive to the feelings of the unknown of fifteen, bade her weep no more as he would parents, and to the sorrows which must have still be a brother to her. filled their bosoms for the loss of a lovely A new feeling now filled the bosom of Sera. female infant not more than eighteen months || phina. She had considered herself as the old, supposing it doubiless to have perished ; || daughter of the Countess, and felt all that she therefore took the earliest opportunity of filial affection which would naturally arise making every inquiry respecting its parents, from the tenderness she bestowed upon her ; but the unsettled state of the country, from but now 1 his affection, if it did not absolutely the borrors of war, rendered all her inquiries | change its nature, was most powerfully stimu. unavailing.
lated by a feeling of gratitude of a different Prepossessed with the idea of its being of order to that which had impelled her youthful noble birth, and being unwilling to believe heart. Though too young to look forward, that it had been voluptarily deserted, in whicb, || she now felt a blush rise on her cheeks if at indeed, she was confirmed by the richness of any time she used the term' mother in the its habiliments, as well as by the time which presence of Ernest; yet she knew not why, must bave elapsed from its birth, she deter) unless it were that she feared he might suspect mined to take the same care of the child as if her of wishing from pecuniary or interested it had been her own, and to make a provision motives still to be considered as the daughter for it out of her own superfuity, if chance, or of the Countess; but even this idea was soon the all guiding hand of Providence should not effaced by the recollection of his generous restore it to its parents.
spirit which she well knew was never more Notwithstanding the probability of the gratified than when the Countess was most young adventuress being already a Christian, kind and most liberal towards her. the pious Countess availed herself of the rites Much of iheir education had already passed of the church, and though she did not believe together, and those hours wbich Ernest bad her fair charge to have dropped from the devoted to the more masculine studies under clouds, yet she bestowed on her the name of proper masters, had been filled by Seraphina Seraphina; and took measures for the com in attending to the instructions of the beneNo. XXXIII. Vol. V-N.S.
voleut Countess, who, though she had spared bad now fully explained to him the pleasure, no expence in procuring her lovely charge the mixed with surrow, which be felt sben it was education then in fashion, had determined to first announced to him that she was pot his form both ber miud and manners berself, a sister. task for which she was well fisted, and for Seraphina bad been too young hitherto to which she was amply repaid by the grateful check her feelings, but she now began to improvements of her young pupil.
think. She could not avoid boping that The Counters, like many other good and Ernest would not forget ber during his abamiable people who look not before them, bad sence from Waldeck; she wished it was pronever thought of the possibility of a juveni'e per for her to indulge those hopes; but when attachment between these young folks ; or if she reflected on the uncertainty of her birth, she did, even her pride of birth was not alarm on ber dependent situation, she feared it wrong ed by the idea, as she remained fully satisfied to indulge in reveries of future happiness that time would, or at least migbt satisfactorily | wbich might never occur, and though her explain every mystery of the ancestry of her breast bound.d with jay when the Countess protegée; yet still she could not help noticing talked of them both as her children, though with some degree of pain, mixed with pleasure, she cven wished that Eroest might feel the the apparently involuntary, yet often scdulous same happiness, nay, that he should know the ly watchful care of the young people to skun
sensations that swelled her bosom, yet no that intimacy of intercourse wbich circum sooner was he present than her most assiduous stances had hitherto warranted. She hailed it care was to conceal from his observation every as the dawn of delicacy alarmed by virtue, and
movement of that heart which beat but for bim though she cherished it with pleasure, she did alone. not fail sometimes in the liberality of her His first campaign was nearly over when a heart to thank Heaven, that should it ever be slight wound received in a skirmish, but at. 'its will to restore the amiable girl to her real tended with severe sympoms, rendered il pru. parents, still was there that embryo of affec. dent for him to retire to his dative air, where tion in their youthful bosoms which would under the tender care of a parent he might be preveni her from suffering the deprivation of restored to perfeet health, Seraphina's company, a fear which now always Duriug a long winter, which appeared too obtruded itself whenever she thought of the short to all parties, he was thus not only ex. propriety of recommencing ber inquiries; and posed to all the fascinations of mind and per. this sensation was much strengthened by the sou which shone in the lovely Seraphina, but neces she was now under of sending the
even to the more dangerous effects resulting youthful Ernest to the university of Leipzig, | from her tenderness, ber assiduous care, day, in order to complete his education preparatory bir watchful love which, though unkouwo to to his engaging in the profession of his father, || her, prompted every action, and was for which bis heart beat high, even thougb itpletely visible to the anxious and watchful should separate him from the only two objects Countess. The return of spriug, though it wbich in this world he loved.
did uot bring the lovers more together than At this period, the time of Ernest's depar- they were, thus domesticated, yet threw them ture for the university had arrived. Two more into each others separate society in those yea interspersed with visits to Waldeck walks in which the Countess could not accompcastle, soor passed away; another year at the pavy (bem. Yet Ernest feared to speak, and military school at Vienna would make him Seraphina trembled lest she should be obliged eighteen, wben he was destined to appear ju to hear. arms. The time flew rapidly; I bough his de As his departure for the ensuing campaign parture from bome was sad, yet bis absence was now approaching, their mutual embarrass. was always cheered with the bopes of return; meots seemed to jocrease. Seraphina now and a long and dangerous illness of the Countess, || dedicated her time so sedulously to the Courv bich rendered Seraphina bis correspondent, tess, and was so apxicus to avoid being alone
with the young Count, that the amiable ma- ,, me that you do not possiss? Shall I net have tron could not avoid perceiving it; por could wealth enough when an event, dreaded by us she refuse her tribule of silent praise to the both, wben the death of our inother shall put delicacy which prompted this evident self
her paternal domains in my bands? Ah! denial.
drive me not to that stale of despair whicb The evening previous to the departure of may render me base ecough to contemplate Waldeck had now arrived. Sauntering in a such an event with an: other idea than that deep embuwered alley of the gardens where of filial borror. Are you not already the child the treillage served as a complete obstruction of my mother's affection ? bave you not repaid to the right though not to the sound, be met her in docility and tenderness for every kind. the timid and apprehensive Seraphina, who ness bestowed ? or if a debt is still due, how would have turned into another walk but re can you repay it with more justice than by mained indecisive and trembling, when Wa!- | proinoting the bappiness of him whom only deck advancing cried :--"Why does my lovely she can love better than you, if that indeed is sister thus shun me on the eve of an absence possible? What have we then to fear froin ber? which may be final! why will she not allow Not for world3 would I disobey or disoblige me one moment to whisper those vows which her; not for ten thousand worlds would I I would gladly proclaim to a listening world! tempt you to any act that would be capable But the die is cast-to-morrow calls me from of exciting the smallest regret in your mind you; and now I shall be animated in danger, for actual error, or even for duties neglected, soothed eren in death, by knowing that you but why should we fear her reason, her justice, are tbus acquainted with every feeling of my
or her love? She knows, she must know our heart."
affection, dearest Seraphina, our mutual af"Ah! Waldeck,” said the blushing maid, fiction. Rad she disapp: ov of it would she “ this I thought to have avoided; any thing have permitted our intercourse? but this I could have borne. Alas! I dare will say that her reliance upon our prudence not deny that which it would be the height of has taught her not to fear it. Ob no! never ingratitude to confess. Nay, have I col con. could she have supposed that he who bas thys fessed it a thousand times in the innocence of been blessed in Seraphina's society could have childhood ? but I now know, I feel, my dependent been insensible to her merits. Ye:, ibus on situation. To listen to you, to indulge even
ibe eve of separation, I will not mingle further the reveries of my own beart, would be but to
regrets with our adieus. A few months will plant a dagger in the bosom of her whose bu restore us again to each other. I shall theu mauity saved me from death, and whose kind. be of age. Our mother sball they know our ness, prompted by a desire for my happiness, affection; and now that I go secure of your has perbaps only rendered me more susceptible love, there is nothing I will not dare, there is of misery."-Waldeck appeared impaient to nothing I will not attempt, to prove myself interrupt her, but she calmly said:.-" You worthy of you." must go! but go then without furcing me to Seraphina, whose heart beat responsive to confessions which on calm reflection you will these sentiments, yet felt her reason tell her kuow must make me miserable. If we are not that they were incompatible with strict ho. destined to meet, ob! let us not add to the Qour.--"Wbat," exclaimed she," would Wal. sorrows of separation by the intrusive recol. || deck desire? Does he ask me to cherish a lection of imprudence."
sentiment that may be productive of unbapWaldeck would now be heard, he would no piness and sorrow to ber who claims all my longer be silent, but exclaimed:-“Cruel Se. obedience, all my gratitude? Can I perform raphina! do you then confess a similarity of towards her:be common duties of my situation sentiments with mine, and can you think that when my heart tells me that I fail in my I should now obey you? But why should we greatest? Nay, whilst she is loading me with now conccal those sentiments? What can my benefits, whilst her generous heart is un'old: mother or my friends wish for in au union for lling to me every wish that fills it, cao I coldly
repress the animating glow of mutual confi. ment. Of his mother he took leave with all dence? Ah no! persuade me not to that which the affection of a son—of Seraphina be took I must conceal; urge me not to that which in leave, as well as he was able, with all the deany case must make one, or both, miserable!" licacy of a brother." Farewell!” exclaimed
“Ah! talk not of "exclaimed Waldeck, || he, “but whilst I am absent let me believe, when a slight rustling, aud the sound of foot. dearest mother, that Seraphina is still your steps arrested his attention, and the sight of ledderest care ; let me believe that you are the Countess sealed bis lips. Yet an irresist still anxious for tbe happiness of both your ible desire to acknowledge his passion for Se- children. And if." rapbina, impelled him to address ber; but she
“ Yes, my child,” replied the Countess has. prevented it, though with apparent inadvert. tily, our happiness when you are gone shall ence, and the whole party returned to the
be in talking of you. Fear not for the welfare house, where the evening was as sociably and
of Seraphina, her happiness shall be mine, and as happily spent as could be expected under let us look forward yet to many happy days." the circumstance of an approaching separa. In a few moments be was out of sight, and tion.
Seraphina, listless, almost despondent, fol. To Waldeck the Countess was tender and lowed the Countess to their usual sitting room. affectionate, and to Serapbina even more 80; The Countess perunitted a few hours to pass and the timid maid felt doubly happy in this over in the indulgence of sorrow for the loss of from a cousciousness that she had performed one so beloved; but in the evening, taking a duty.
the band of the trembling and conscious SeThe morning of departure ar: ived. Sera raphina, she gently said but what she said, phina fearing her own resolution avoided the must be the subject of anticipation to our fair sight of Waldeck until the heart-piercing mo. readers until the succeeding month.
Illustrations of the Graphic Art;
A LADY WITH A FAN OF FEATHERS, quite inky, in fact seeming to have been blacked
on purpose. But this, as the Parisian critic This head may be called a bigbly finished
observes is most outre; for although we see study, and one of great beauty. Its two sides
that the painter wished to produce tbe effect are without shade, and the judicious half-tints of a clear thin muslin spread over a black produce all the necessary effect without the stuff, yet he has quite failed in his intention. spectator feeling that the colouring wanis
The left hand too is deubed; but that apeither light or relief. To this peculiar beauty pears to bave arisen from some accidental we must add the merit of its possessing a
damage. strongly marked moral character, exhibiting a This portrait seems to have been done in soul of the tenderest animation illuminating a England; at least from an English lady, as it most amiable countenance, whilst ils easy and is said to be that of Anne, Lady Wake. Au geotle manner and expression are most bappily engraving has been taken from it by Clouwet. in agreement with tbe features.
A GENTLEMAN HOLDING HIS DAUGH. If defects can be found, they must be sought
TER BY THE HAND. for in the costume; and it may be said ibat the drapery in the upper part is too large, too In this bighly finished portrait, which is the profuse, although so nicely plaited in its vari- companion to " a Lady with her Daughter,” ous folds; whilst, lower down, the ruffles are 'I already given in No. 30, of this Work, we find