I lecture not, my love; but do declare,
“You read you say—what your attainments are.'

Oh! you believe,' said she, that other things
« « Are read as well as histories of kings,
"And loves of plants, with all that simple stuff
«• About their sex, of which I know enough.

Well, if I must, I will


studies name, « • Blame if you please—I know you love to blame. « • When all our childish books were set apart, « « The first I read was “Wanderings of the Heart;' “It was a story, where was done a deed "So dreadful, that alone I fear'd to read.

« • The next was 'The Confessions of a Nun,-' "''Twas quite a shame such evil should be done; "Nun of-no matter for the creature's name, « For there are girls no nunnery can tame: “Then was the story of the Haunted Hall, Where the huge picture nodded from the wall 5. When the old lord look'd up with trembling dread, “And I grew pale, and shudder'd as I read : " "Then came the tales of Winters, Summers, Springs, « « At Bath and Brighton,—they were pretty things! 'No ghosts nor spectres there were heard or seen, ' But all was love and flight to Gretna-green. “Perhaps your greater learning may despise What others like, and there your

wisdom lies, « «Well! do not frown, I read the tender tales Of lonely cots, retreats in silent vales “For maids forsaken, and suspected wiyes;

Against whose peace some foe his plot contrives ; "With all the hidden schemes that none can clear 66 « Till the last book, and then the ghosts appear..

"I read all plays that on the boards succeed,
« And all the works, that ladies ever read,-
“Shakspeare, and all the rest,- I did, indeed, -
“Ay! you may stare; but, sir, believe it true

That we can read and learn, as well as you.

“I would not boast,—but I could act a scene .In any play, before I was fifteen.

and rhymes;

Nor is this all; for many are the times “I read in Pope and Milton, prose

They were our lessons, and, at ten years old, 'I could repeat-but now enough is told.


« "Sir, I can tell you I my mind applied
« « To all my studies, and was not denied
« Praise for my progress-


satisfied ?'

“ • Entirely, madam! else were I possess'd

By a strong spirit who could never rest. Yes ! yes, no more I question,-here I close “The theme for ever--let us to repose.'



A Friend arrives at the Hall_Old Bachelors and Maids Rela

tion of one His Parents—The first Courtship—The secondThe third-Long Interval—Travel Decline of Life The fourth Lady-Conclusion.

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