Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXIII: Lovers' Doubts and Dreams >> Page 283

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
To die for you at any moment."
Arid, for an hour after, a tearful silence, broken only by an
occasional word,_whicli spoke, like a long gathering tear, the
overcrowding emotions to which it brought relief, was all the
language of those two loving hearts, thus mingling sweetly
together amid the strife and the storm the present evil, the
impending danger, and the ever-threatening dread. The strife
and the hate without brought neither strife nor hate to them ;
and, like twin forms, mutually devoted to the last, amid the
raging seas and on a single spar, they clung to each other,
satisfied, though the tempest raged and the waves threatened,
to perish, if they might perish together. They were not, in
those sad moments, less confident and conscious of the sweets
of a mutual love, though filled with anticipations of evil, and
though they well knew that .a malignant and unforgiving
Hate stood watching at the door. And the affection was not
less sweet and sacred that it was followed by the thousand
doubts and apprehensions which at no moment utterly leave
the truly devoted, and which, in the present instance, came
crowding upon them with a thousand auxiliar terrors to exag-
gerate the form of the danger, and to multiply the accumula-
ting stings of fear.