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Fair woman and fair woman's love
Form still a nobler prize,
And manly ardours rise;-
Outcast be he from bliss ;
Should never taste ber kiss !
The foe has left behind, That messenger of glory sent
To cheer each sinking mind; Blood sliall her altar purify,
Which foemen have profaned,
That too shall be maintained !
The patriotic fire,
Shall make our foes expire !
In love's and pleasure's trance,
From height and mountain glance ? Shall we not forth in courage firin,
When vengeance brings the day?
Float our foes away?
Father! to thee we cry;
Lead us to victory!
As I was one summer's evening looking over a book of lowers painted from nature, a pale sprig of eglan. tine brought to mind the neat white-washed cottage, by the side of which it had once flourished. The inmate of the humble dwelling was a poor but contented old woman, whom, owing to the various visits I had recently paid and received after a long absence from home, I had not been able to call on as usual: and hastily tying on my hat, I took my way through a lane almost impassable with wreaths of woodbine and other hedge wild flowers, to her habitation. It was the hour at which she was generally seated, spinning at her cottage door, and singing the songs best liked in her youth, and every step I took I listened for her voice; but the cow-boy trilling his lay, and the lowing of his herds, as they were slowly winding their homeward way from the still sun-tinged meadows, were the only sounds which broke on the stillness of the evening. I reached the spot I sought, but all was changed, all silence and desolation. The once neat little cottage stood no longer there, but piles of bricks and beams of wood were prouniscuously hurled in every direction. The little garden, beautiful in summer's bloom, and neat when bloom was over, (for there the fallen leaf and the insidious weed were never suffered to remain,) was now rudely trodden by the foot of the demolisher. The vegetables which the humble cottager used to vend for her maintenance, had been trampled down as heedlessly as her flowers, among which her favourite rose-tree, which had so lately lnxuriantly covered one end of her tenement, had been torn from the supporting wall, and laid with its green wreaths trailing along the path ; while around it wall-flowers, pinks, and polyanthuses, were crushed amid bricks, lime, dust, and mortar. Such a scene was so unexpected, the change so sudden, from the clean
and cheerful appearance that the same spot bore only a few months previously, that I became lost in wonder and conjecture. As I stood ruminating on the desola tion, I heard a wild and frenzied laugh, and on turning round, beheld the once-happy habitant of the humble dwelling. She was arrayed in a blue stuff gown, in happier days her Sunday garment, to which wild flowers of various descriptions, intermingled with straws, were affixed in whimsical arrangement. Still, in the curious costume, neatness was blended with absurdity, and her white cap and handkerchief told of better times. Tin voluntarily spoke to her, but she started back, and re pulsed my offered hand; then hastily stepping forward, gazed so intently on me, that I thought her looks were growing into recognition, and I was on the point of addressing her on the subject of her ruined abode, when the same wild laugh burst forth afresh, and she hastily fled from the spot.
On my return, I learnt that the cottage had been pulled down, and the garden laid waste, by order of the landlord, that the ground might be planted, to add to the extent of a plantation which he preferred seeing from his drawing-room windows to the straw-roofed tenement and its simple garden ; and that the old woman had offered, in her affection for the spot, to endeavour to pay an advance of rent, but was rejected, and from that hour she used to say all her peaceful days were gone, since the home which had sheltered her so many years was to be taken away ; and whenever another dwelling was proposed to her, “No, no," she would exclaim, “I can never like any other; it was here that my old father, when he was dying, said, “ Ellen, never leave this cottage: it was here you learnt your duty, it was here you saw your parents living poor, but contented :' yes," she would continue sigbing “ here in the summer's evening we sat together, on the old bench, listening to the music of the bees, and looking on our cottage flowers ; and since it may not be here that my head may sink to rest, I care not where it he." Thus would she lament the first misfortune she had sincerely felt, devoid of all the near connexions of life; the little spot of earth, and the humble comforts attached to it, were become unusually dear to her heart, and that heart was a warm one.
When the day for the poor woman's quitting arrived, she wandered off for weeks, no one could tell whither ; and then returned, bearing the signs of having suffered by illness, and want of proper food and rest, and with the melancholy aberration of intellect which I had so recently witnessed.
Time passed on, but no ray of returning reason dawned on the mind of the once-happy cottager. Decked with her fanciful trappings, I often met her : sometimes she was muttering an unintelligible jargon, at others, she was gathering wild flowers, and picking up straws, to form some new decoration to her whimsical dress ; at others, I beheld her culling the smooth and shining pebbles from the new gravelled road ; these she called her gems, and with such she was always amply provided, in order, as she said, to pay off all obligations
It had once been her pride to keep from asking parochial relief; if illness assailed her, she knew how to concoct salubrious mixtures from certain herbs ; if her crop of cucumbers failed, she would be doubly industrious in the harvest field ; and still a proud spirit of independence attended her wanderings, and shone con
spicuous amidst her malady, and she would give in re. | by the effects of gold and the most brilliant colours inturn, for the smallest gratuity she received, some of her termixed. valued pebbles. Many had been her friends the rich | A blue satin dress, worked in silver, and in the most had respected her for her industrious habits ; the aged exquisite style of embroidery. Few more strikingly poor had loved her for her friendliness and readiness to beautiful effects could be observed than the one proassist them at all times, to the best of her power, and duced by the above tasteful combination of colours and the young cottager would often forego a maying to sit designs. under the rose-tree at Ellen's door, and listen to her A Sesostris gauze, black foundation, and large boutales and songs. With a voice wild, and broken through quets, in gold and in squares. age and affliction, she would still sing verses of the A sylphide dress, lined with lilac and black gauze. latter, and, in her excited moments, would compose ex. This dress possesses a singular peculiarity : the two fa. tempore stanzas, at hearing which, the wandering brics, by means of extremely delicate work, bearing the goatherd listened, sighed, and blessed himself. No heir | appearance of but one. was born in the neighbourhood, but she honoured the
A royal Pompeia satin dress, worked in gold and silk, event by an effusion; no wedding train tripped over had, from its gold and fame.coloured ground, and the the village green, but she brought up the rear; and no variously coloured and beautifully worked silk bouact of oppression was talked of, but it received her ban, | quets, a most splendid appearance. at which many have shuddered; for although but a A rich white satin dress with little golden bouquets wild and wandering maniac, many of Ellen's maledice | placed close together, had a very sweet effect. tions have been fearfully verified.
A dress of black satin with sprigs of lilac of the 'Tis now many years ago that I beheld the subject of natural tint, this tale, but with other remembrances of the neighbour A white crape dress, the embroidery en chenilles hood of my birth, she and her sorrows are recalled to lightly and tastefully disposed. mind; and I have never heard of projected alterations A worked satin ball dress, open in front, with a in the grounds of the opulent, to effect which the cot Beatrice coiffure, had an excellent effect. tager's home was demolished, without thinking of the Hats, ' Caps, &c.--Little velvet hats for evening poor old woman; and should this little tale, founded
dress, seem to be likely to have a great run; they are on fact, ever meet the public eye, and be the means of extremely convenient for many accasions, and occupy a inducing one of the sons of wealth to spare the humble space in dress, somewhat between the chapeau de ville dwelling of the poor, with its garden of wild flowers, and the turban. For an evening dress party, the crown the wishes of its author will not be wholly angratified. must be small and gracefully elevated, it may be orna
mented by a couple of feathers, or, which is more simple, a few flowers.
A single feather placed on one side and fixed under LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS. the ribbon at the bottom of the crown, has been much
admired. FROM A VARIETY OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES,
Capotes in white satin ornamented with a branch of INCLUDING COPIOUS EXTRACTS FROM
lilac or rose, are in good taste. Under the shape, coques
of blonde or bouquets of extremely small delicate flowers “Le Petit Courrier des Dames"_"Journal de Paris et des Modes, L'Observateur des Modes et L'In
are intermixed tastefully in the side curls. discret"_" Le Follet Courrier des Salons"_"
In the disposition of some hats, an elegance is preLe
served and an appearance kept up, quite suitable for Mercure des Salons,” &c. &c.
dress occasions, which at the same time a negligé effect Dresses–Our present style of costume may now be may pervade, which gives a very charming appearance: said to have assumed an intelligible aspect, if not one in attempting this, crowding of ornaments, whether precisely laid down and minutely marked.
ribbons, feathers, &c., must be especially avoided, the Great display in pattern, richness and substantial manner of arrangement being of paramount importance, qualities in the material are indispensable in the present a single pæud sometimes attached to the crown and a costume of our ladies of ton.
small chaplet of Aowers beneath the band of hair almost The make is perhaps as much regulated by individual lost within the turn of the front, is frequently sufficient taste as at any former period.
for the embellishment of one of these simple hats. The style of the middle ages may be said to be gain - The placing of flowers under the shape is extremely ing still greater favor.
becoming to certain faces, but one essential to this is, · Embroidery again profusely decorates the fair, and that the wearer besides, should at least have a juvenility this in a style of elegance joined with (if it may be of appearance, so called) massive work, properly applicable to the Velvet capotes with satin or taffeta ribbons are fregorgeousness of the ground work.
quently ornamented with a half veil, and with a little We will cite a few examples of dresses that will serve blond cap flat on the forehead, with ribbon Berthes on to give a faithful idea of the extent to which the comble each side the face. de la mode is carried, as well as to facilitate those who The little Castillian hat, may be said decidedly to prefer a plainer and less labored style.
have the preference, now especially since the reign of A rose-coloured satin dress, worked in silver and the béret is now over. marone velvet, of great richness.
For ball dresses, blond, crapes, ærial tulle, Elizabeth A green satin dress, the trimming worked in velvet gauze, which is in the gothic style, satin gauze, and of the same colour.
blond gauze, For dress, reps faconnés and damasked A court dress of tissue de Memphis : a cachmire cashmere. painted in flowers and very admirable designs, heightened Seraglio scarfs of white satin worked in white bou