Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription PROFITS OF PARTING. 13
is one of that order. There are many fears, it is true ; but these
speak for life, nay hope, rather than for death. Every impulse,
in the hour which separates the voyagers, tells of life�of
vague and grateful anticipations�of renovating experiences
of predicted and promised enjoyments, which neutralize the
pain of parting, even in the breasts that most warmly love.
Those who remain weep, perhaps, more passionately than those
who go. Yet how sweet is that silent tear in the solitude
haunted by happy memories�in the little lovely realm of
home ! The voyager loses these presences and associations of
home ; but, in place of them, he dreams of discoveries to be
made which he shall yet bring home and share with those he
leaves. He will gather new associations to add to the delights
of home ; new aspects ; treasures for the eye and mind, which
shall make the solitary forget wholly the lonely length of his
absence. Nature has benevolently possessed us with prompt-
ings, such as these, which disarm remorse and apprehension :
else how should enterprise -brave the yet pathless waters, or
hope retread the wilderness ? Where should genius look for the
accompanying aid of perseverance ?. where would ambition seek
for encouragement ? where would merit find its reward ?
It is well to leave our homes for a season. It is wise to go
abroad among strangers. The mind and body, alike, become
debilitated, and lose their common energies as frequently from
the lack of change and new society as from any other cause.
Relaxation, in this way, from the toils of one station, serves to
enlarge the capacities, to make room for thought, to afford time
for the gathering of new materials, and for the exercise of all
the faculties of sense and sentiment. As the farther we go in
the natural, so in the moral world, a like journey in the same
manner yields us a wider horizon. We add to our stock by
attrition with strangers. A tacit trade is carried on between us.
Our modes of thinking, our thoughts themselves, our manners,
habits, aims, and desires if not exchanged for others�become
intermixed with, or modified by them. They gather from us as
much, in these concerns, and in this way, as we can possibly
derive from them ; and thus, by mutual acquaintance with each
other, we overcome foolish prejudices, subjugate ancient enmi-
ties, make new friends and associations, and all this simply by