Wlliam Gilmore Simms
Mellichampe: A Legend of the Santee >> Chapter XXXIV: Love Passages >> Page 290

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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 290 MELLICH A MPE.
to his bosom wonder not that I chafe at this restraint, even
though blessed with your sympathy and presence. Here, I
am not less conscious of the tenure by which.I hold your pres-
ence and my own life, than of the thousand pleasures which
your presence brings me. I love not the less because I pine
to love in security ; and feel not the less happy by your side
because I long for the moment to arrive when no power can
separate us. Now, are we not at the mercy of a wretch, whom
we know to possess no scruples of conscience, and who feels
few, if any, of the restraints of power ? In his mood, at his
caprice, we may be torn asunder, and--but let us speak of
other things."
And the conversation turned upon brighter topics. The
uttered hopes and the wishes of Mellichampe cheered the
heart of the maiden, until, even while the tears of a delicious
sensibility were streaming from her eyes, she forgot that hope
had its sorrows ; she forgot that love triumphant and impe-
rial love has still been ever known as the born victim of
vicissitudes.