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