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BON ATED BY THE
JANUARY TO APRIL, 1840.
SAUNDERS AND OTLEY, CONDUIT STREET;
BELL AND BRADFUTE, EDINBURGH; SMITH AND SON, GLASGOW;
AND CUMMING, DUBLIN.
BY EDWARD HOWARD, AUTHOR OF “ RATTLIN THE REEFER," &c.
IN THREE PARTS-PART SECOND.
Of all things insatiable, the heart of man is the most insatiate. The
one thing more" is the ever-growing curse, and a curse the more bitter to him who thinks that he has everything else. Has any one ever said sedately, soberly, and truly, twice in his life, “ I have now all my wishes realised ?” This the wise man cannot say, for such is the fallibility of human happiness, that he knows that the blessings for which he is grateful may be disguised miseries; the philanthropist cannot say it—the cry of poverty, the wail of misery, and the groan of pain, must ever check the exulting speech.
“ The one thing more was the bane of Sir Hugh Eustace's happiness. He panted to exclaim for once in his life, “I have now all my wishes realised ;” and this vain attempt at the impossible had involved him in so much moral guilt, that he now despaired of ever making the triumphant avowal, even in a very limited sense.
In early life he had loved, and in his love was most happy; the object of his attachment was his social equal, but he wanted something more than the staid and virtuous happiness of wedded love-he strove for the wild bliss of sacrifices-he obtained it—he degraded the object of his adoration, and then loathed the degradation that he had produced. Had he been content to have been virtuous, and to have left his victim so, his lot would have been an enviable one.
We will hurry over this past and great fault of his early life-a fault that he guiltily and sternl• made irreparable. He fought two duels with the relatives of the lady, one of which proved all but fatal to his opponent, and then the vengeance of man appeared to have found him inapproachable. So he was left to his conscience and his God. He deserted her whom he had ruined, and his unseen offspring, and closed his heart, as he supposed, for ever, against all those emotions
Jan. 1840.-VOL. XXVII.-NO, CV.