Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Lea and Blanchard | 1842
Transcription BEAUCHAMPE. 37

which is to cure his disease. In her chamber she loaded
the weapons, and, with such resignation as belonged to
her philosophy, she waited for the propitious moment
when she might complete the deed.

IT was the Sabbath and a very lovely day. The sun
never shone more brightly in the heavens ; and as Marga-
ret Cooper surveyed its purple and mellow light, lying,
like some blessed spirit, at sleep upon the hills around her,
and reflected that she was about to behold it for the last
time, her sense of its exceeding beauty became more strong
than ever. Now that she was about to lose k for ever, it
seemed more beautiful than it had ever been before. This
is a natural effect, which the affections confer upon the
objects which delight and employ them. Even a tempo-
rary privation increases the loveliness of the external
nature. How we linger and look. That shade seems so
inviting; that old oak so venerable ! That rock,�how
often have we sat upon it, evening and morning, and
mused strange, wild, sweet fancies ! It is an effort to tear
one's self away�it is almost like.tearing away from life
itself, so many living affections feel the rending and the
straining�so many fibres that have their roots in the heart,
are torn and lacerated by the separation. Poor Margaret !
she looked from her window upon the bright and beautiful
world around her. Strange that sorrow should dwell in a
world so bright and beautiful ! Stranger still, that, dwell-
ing in such a world, it should not dwell there by sufferance
only and constraint ! that it should have such sway�such
privilege. That it should invade every sanctuary and leave
no home secure. Ah! but the difference between mere
sorrow and guilt ! Poor Margaret could not well under-
stand that! If she could�but no ! She was yet to learn
that the sorrows of the innocent have a healing effect.
That they produce a holy and ennobling strength, and a
juster appreciation of those evening shades of life which
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