Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXIII: Lovers' Doubts and Dreams >> Page 278

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 278 MELLICHAMPI+,.
tendance ! The pain of his wounds and bruises grew into a
positive pleasure, as it brought her nigh to him and so nigh ?
� as it disclosed to his imagination such a long train of enjoy-
ments in the future, coming from the constant association with
her. Love no longer wore her garb of holyday, but, iu the
rustic and unostentatious dress of home, she looked more
lovely to his sight, as she seemed more natural. Hitherto, be
had sought her only for sweet smiles and blessing words ; now
she gave him those cares of the true affection which manifested
its sincerity, which met the demand for them unshrinkingly
and with pleasure, and which bore their many tests, not only
without complaint or change, but with a positive delight. It
was thus that her heart proved its disinterestedness and devo-
tion ; and though Mellichampe had never doubted her readi-
ness to bestow so much, he yet never before bad imagined the
extent of her possession, and of the sweet liberality which
kept full pace with her affluence. Until now, he had never
realized, in his most reaching thought, how completely he
should become a dependant upon her regards for those sweet
sympathies, without which life is a barren waste, having the
doom of Adam that of a stern labor without yielding him
any of the flowers of Eden, and certainly withholding all, if
denying that most cherished of all its flowers which he brought
with him from its garden�the flower of unselfish love.
To be able to confide is to be happy in all conditions, how-
ever severe ; and this present feeling in his heart� the perfect
reliance upon her affection assured and strengthened the
warm passion. in his own, until, every doubt and fear, selfish-
ness and suspicion, were discarded from that region, leaving
nothing in their place but that devotedness to the one worthy
object which, as it is holy in the sight of Heaven, must be the
dearest of all human possessions in the contemplation of man.
With returning consciousness, when he discovered how she
had been employed, he carried her hand to his lips and kissed
it fervently. He felt too mlicli for several minutes to speak to
her. When he did, his words were little else than exclama-
tions.
" All, Janet�my awn my all ! ever nigh to me, as you