Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 388 MELLICHAMPE.
It is he, and all's well if Scipio does not miss him. Janet,
dear love, we must see to this. Scipio may not yet be gone;
and, if not, methinks I can direct him to the very spot whence
these sounds come. I know I can. See, dear´┐Żhark! To
the north directly to the north is it not ? You hear it
now there, in that direction; and that is toward the little
bay that lies between this house and the avenue. That's just
the spot in which a good scout would lurk at such a moment,
and from that spot he knows that I can hear his signal. He
must be there now ; and if Scipio passes in that direction, he
must find him. If not gone, the fellow must go at once, for
Witherspoon can't remain long in one spot while in this neigh-
borhood. The scouts may trouble him. See to it, then, dear
Janet see if Scipio be not gone, and send him on that
course : and hold me not burdensome, dearest, that I give you,
in these dangerous hours, more employment than affection."
Speak not thus, dear Ernest," replied the maiden, fondly,
as she proceeded to execute the mission speak not thus
not thus to me. Are not Love's labors his pleasures always ?
does he not rejoice to serve? I do, I am sure. I feel that
my best pleasures are my labors always always when they
are taken for you.""Heaven bless you, my Janet," he murmured fondly in
reply, as his lips were pressed upon her forehead ; Heaven
bless you, and make me worthy of all this devotion."