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Morning Excursion-Lady at Silford, who ?_Reflections on Delay
-Cecilia and Henry—The Lovers contracted—Visit to the Patron-Whom he finds there—Fanny described—The yielding of Vanity—Delay-Resentment-Want of Resolution-Further Entanglement_Danger-How met-Conclusion.
TALES OF THE HALL.
DELAY HAS DANGER.
THREE weeks had pass'd, and Richard rambles now
Whose generations lived and died ere man,
There is a town callid Silford, where his steed
“ This was the lady whom her lover bound “ In solemn contract, and then proved unsound: « Of this affair I have a clouded view, “ And should be glad to have it clear'd by you."
So Richard spake, and instant George replied,
“ Frail was the hero of my tale, but still
“ Some without meaning into guilt advance, “ From want of guard, from vanity, from chance; “ Man's weakness flies his more immediate pain, “ A little respite from his fears to gain ; “ And takes the part that he would gladly fly, “ If he had strength and courage to deny.
“ But now my tale, and let the moral say, “ When hope can sleep, there's Danger in Delay. “ Not that for rashness, Richard, I would plead, “ For unadvised alliance: No, indeed: “ Think ere the contract—but, contracted, stand “ No more debating, take the ready hand: • When hearts are willing, and when fears subside, “ Trust not to time, but let the knot be tied; - For when a lover has no more to do, • He thinks in leisure, what shall I pursue? “ And then who knows what objects come in view ? “ For when, assured, the man has nought to keep “ His wishes warm and active, then they sleep:
Hopes die with fears; and then a man must lose “ All the gay visions, and delicious views, « Once his mind's wealth! He travels at his ease, “ Nor horrors now nor fairy-beauty sees; “ When the kind goddess gives the wish'd assent, - No mortal business should the deed prevent;
“ But the bless'd youth should legal sanction seek . “ Ere yet th' assenting blush has filed the cheek.
“ And-hear me, Richard,-man has reptile-pride “ That often rises when his fears subside; “ When, like a trader feeling rich, he now “ Neglects his former smile, his humble bow, “ And, conscious of his hoarded wealth, assumes “ New airs, nor thinks how odious he becomes.
“ There is a wandering, wavering train of thought “ That something seeks where nothing should be sought, “ And will a self-delighted spirit move “ To dare the danger of pernicious love.
“ First be it granted all was duly said