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tle and dear-bought experience, re- cell, from what it had presented in vive the long hidden and unfruitful the earlier stages of his imprisongerm, and cherish it into life ever ment. Its occupants were the same lasting The father's labour of love as then, the old afflicted man,
and had been ably seconded by the the poor guilty youth—and they were christian zeal of the officiating chap- alone together, and now for the last lain, who was unremitting in his vis- time, and earthly hope was none for its to the prisoner's cell, especially either of them. And yet, in that at those times when imperious ne- gloomy cell—that portal of the grave, cessity detained Andrew Cleaves at was Hope, not born of this world, his own desolate home, or forced and Peace, such as this world 6 him more unwillingly into the public neither give vor take away." "In haunts. But when (as was not un- the father's heart, a humble and holy frequent) Mr. Grey found the father confidence, that through Christ's and the son together, it was very af- atonement and intercession, the parfecting to observe with what a chas- don of his repentant child was altised and humbled spirit the aged ready registered in Heaven ; and in man acknowledged his own deficien the son's, a more chastised and tremcies – his own need of instruction, bling hope, built up on the same corand his own earnest desire to profit ner stone, and meekly testified by a by the spiritual teaching, and pious perfect submission to his awarded exhortations, addressed to his unhap- doom, far removed from the misera
Mr. Grey's voice not sel- ble triumph of false courage, and the dom faltered with emotion, as he presumptuous confidence of fanatic looked on his two hearers, the
eyes delusion. That evening was the of both fixed on him with such earn close of the last Sabbath Josiah was est reverence! Of the beautiful to pass on earth, and the old man youth !-and the old grey-haired had obtained the mournful privilege man!-and both so near the grave! of being locked up for the night in
The awful hour approached of Jo- the condemned cell. Father and siah's arraigument before an earthly son had that day partaken together tribunal, but his trial did not come of the sacrament of the Lord's Supon till the last day of the assizes. Its per; and when the pious and conresult was inevitable, had the cause passionate chaplain, who had adminbeen defended by the ablest counsel istered that holy rite, looked in upon in the land ; but no defence was at them before the closing of the prison tempted, all had been pre-arranged doors, they were sitting together between the father and son; and upon the low hard pallet, side by when the latter in a low but steady side, hand clasped in hand, -and few voice pleaded “Guilty" to the words passed between them, for they charge against him, and in spite of had spoken all. But the Bible lay merciful dissuasion from the Bench open upon the father's knees, and the itself, firmly persisted in that plea, eyes of both fallowed the same line, and it was finally recorded, the aged on the same page, as the old man parent who had accompanied him in- occasionally read in his deep solemn to Court, and borne up through all voice, some strengthening and consothe preliminary forms with unshaken latory seutence. The youth's tall fortitude, bowed his head in token slight form was visibly attenuated, of perfect acquiescence with that de- and his face was very pale--yet it cisive act, and yielding at last to na. had regained much of its sweet and tural weakness, suffered himself to youthful expression. The jetty curls be led away, as the Judge arose to of which his father had been so pronounce sentence.
proud, again clustered in glossy richOn the evening of the day preced- ness on his white and polished foreing that appointed for his execution, head, and as his head leant against far different was the scene in Josiah's the old man's shoulder, a large tear, 17 ATUENEUM, Vol. 9, 2d series.
which had trembled on the long black room, at the person of the reverend fringes of his downcast eye-lids, visitor, recalled him to the scene of dropt on the sacred page, which as- sad reality, and knowing that the suredly it profaned not. As the hour was come, he cast upward oue good chaplain gazed upon that earnest look of unutterable supplicayouthful countenance, his own eyes tion, and sofily pressing his lips to filled with tears, and he almost groan- the forehead of the still unconscious ed within himself, “ To be cut off sleeper, thus tenderly awakened him, so young!" But repressing that in- as he had often done before to light voluntary thought, as one of sinful and joy; but now to the light of a questioning with Heaven, he address new day, which for him, whose hours ed to each of his heart-stricken hear- were numbered, was to have no more ers, a few fitting words of comfort row but eternity. And from that and exhortation, and having knelt hour, till the earthly expiation was down with thema in short but fervent complete, Andrew Cleaves left not prayer, and promised to revisit them for one single instant, the side of his at the earliest hour of admission, he unhappy son ; and having surely redeparted for the night with his Mas- ceived strength from above, proporter's emphatic words, “Peace be tioned to his great necessity, not only
sustained himself firmly throughout The pale cold light of November the treniendous trial, but soothed and dawn yet feebly visited the cell, supported the fainting spirit of the when Mr. Grey re-entered early on poor youth, in his dishonoured pasthe fatal morning, and all was so sage through the Valley of the Shadstill within, he thought both slept, ow of Death, whispering hope and the parent and the child. Both had consolation, even within the portal lain' down together on the narrow of that gloony gate, through which, pallet, and the youth's eyes were according to the course of nature, heavy, and he "slept for sorrow;" himself should have gone first. And but in age, the whole weight falls when all was over, his aged hands within, and presses not upon the helped to compose in its narrow reaching eyelids : So the old man slept ceptacle that youthful form, which Dot. The son's cheek was pillowed should have followed his own remains on the father's breast, every feature to a peaceful grave, and laid his grey composed in angelic peace, and his head reverently in ihe dust. slumbers were deep and tranquil as Andrew Cleaves had provided those of infant innocence. One that his own cart, with the old fa. long pale hand was clasped within vourite horse, should be in readiness his father's—in that hard withered at the place of execution, that Galhand, which had toiled for him so lows-bill at a short distance from long-and as the chaplain drew near, C where his first outset with the and stooped over the bed, the old young Josiah had been so onimonsman, who had been so intently watch- ly impeded. Compunc ious bittering his child's placid sleep, as not to ness might have sharpened the arrow heed the opening of the cell, turned in his heart, had the absorbing prehis head round with an impatient ges- sent left room for retrospection. But ture, as if to prevent the disturbance to him, the past, the future, and all of that blessed rest. Perhaps he extraneous circumstances, were for a also had slumbered for a while, and time annihilated. In comparatively awaking with that young head upon light affliction, the heart takes strange his bosom, where it had so often lain delight, in aggravating its own sufin the beauty of childhood, his mind ferings, with bitter fancies, and dear had wandered back confusedly to remembrances, and dark anticipathat blissful season, and its fair vision tions; but a mighty grief sufficeth of parental hope. But one glance unto itself, in its terrible individuround the walls of the small prison ality.
So absorbed, yet acting as if me- white curtain before the little casechanically impelled, while aught re- ment, glanced round the chamber as maived to do, the old man proceed- if to ascertain that all was arranged ed with his appointed task, and with respectful neatness, and stephaving, with the assistance of friendly ping sofily, like one who feared to hands, lifted into the cart the shell disturb the slumbers of the sick, containing that poor all which now paused on the threshold 10 look back remained to him on carth, he quietly for a moment, and making fast the took his seat beside it, while those door, as if to secure his treasure, fulwho had so far lent their charitable lowed his friends into the outer room, aid, prepared to accompany the hum. and with quiet and collected firmble vehicle with its mournful freight, ness, rendered to all his grateful acand 10 lead the old horse-ah! how knowledgments for their charitable unconscious of his charge-with slow services, and set before them such and respectful pace, to the desolate refreshment as his poor nieans had home of his aged naster. Just as enabled him to provide. the simple arrangement was
Neither, while they silently parplete, the old man, whose eyes had took round his hunible board, did he not once wandered from the coffin, remit aught of kindly hospitality, lifted them for a moment to the face nor was it apparently by any painful of a woman, who had touched him effort that he so exerted himself. accidentally, as she stood beside the But there was that in his countecart. The sight of that face was nance and deportment, and in the like lightning from the past. It flash- tone of his low deep voice, which ed through heart and brain, and wake arrested the words of those who ened every nerve that thrilled to would have pressed him to eat and torturing memory; and almost he drink and be comforied," and carried could have cried aloud-" Hast thou conviction to the hearts of all, that found me, oh, mine enemy ?? but to his affliction One only could minhe refrained himself; and groaning ister; and that having rendered him in wardly, let fall his head upon his all the active service immediately breast in deep humility. Then slow- peedful, they should best consult his ly lifting ii, looked up again into that wishes, by leaving him to the unmoremienibered face, still fixed on him lested quiet of his solitary cottage. with an expression of unforgetting There was a whispering among themhardness; and laying his hand upon selves, as they stood up to departthe coffin, he said, in a subdued tone, and then a few lowly spoken, but “Woman! pray for me—the time earnest proffers, were made to return is come.”
at the close of evening, and watch The old nian looked up no more, through the hours of darkness, while neither spake nor moved, nor betray- the old grey head took rest in sleep, ed farther signs of consciousness, till by him whose slumbers needed no the bumble car, with its charitable guardianship. But the kindly offer escort, stopt at the gate of his own was declined with a gentle shake of cottage garden. Then rousing him- the head, and a faint smile which self to fresh exertion, his first care spoke more meaningly than words was to assist in bearing the body of and the old man spoke also, and his dead son under the shelter of that thanked and blessed them, and bade roof, beneath which, three-and-twen- them take no care for him, for he ty years before, he had welcomed should “now take rest.” So they him, a new-born babe-and to place retired - slowly and reluctantly rethe coffin (for he would have it so) tired-and left him to his coveted on his own bed, in his own chamber. solitude. Then lingering for a moment behind But there were not wanting some those who had helped him to deposit who, deeply moved with compassionthe untimely burden, he drew the ate anxiety for the desolate old man,
came about the cottage after night- was lowered into “ the pit where all
the seat arranged his mattress and pillow, and between his father and his mother; then his head pressing against the and when the old couple were laid coffin, and one arm flung across over side by side in the churchyardits side) he lay at length in sweet and where he had sat alone, upright tranquil slumber. He had told them against the high dark oak back, a he should “now take rest;" and, thriving bachelor," the cynosure of doubtless, that rest so taken, strange neighbouring eyes," and afterwards, and awful as it was to look upon, a staid and serious bridegroom, with was sweet and blessed, in compari- his matronly bride; and then again, son with all he had lately tasted. For alone in impregnable widowhood; him the bitterness of death was past; and, last of all, a proud and happy and the nearness of his own change, father, with his little son lifted up made of slight account the little in- beside him into the very place where tervening space of earthly darkness. he had stood between his own paOnce more his son lay beside him rents. Andrew Cleaves had said to on that same bed they had so often himself, as he gazed upon the dead shared together; and perhaps the body of his son, that no after circummoment of reunion with his forgiven stance of human life could affect him child was already anticipated in the with the slightest emotion of joy or dreams of that placid sleep, which sorrow; but when he finally made composed his venerable features in
over to another the possession of his such unearthly peace.
old pew, one pang of commingled Four days afterwards, the remains feeling thrilled through his heart, of Josiah Cleaves were quietly and and moistened the aged eyes that decently interred beside those of his had looked tearlessly into his son's mother, in Redburn churchyard. Six grave. labourers, formerly in the employ of The next Sunday after the funeAndrew, volunteered to bear the body ral, Andrew Cleaves was at church to its last resting-place; and two or as usual, but not in his accustomed three respectable persons, in decent place. Many pew-doors opened to mourning, walked behind the aged him, as he walked slowly and feebly solitary mourner. And beside him up the aisle, and many a hand was none other was a-kin to the dead, of put forth to the old man's arm, esthose who stood that day about that saying to draw him in with kindly untimely grave in Redburn church- violence; but gently disengaging yard; yet was his the only face, himself, and silently declining the which, as the affecting service pro- proffered accommodation, he passed ceeded, maintained uumoved compo- onward, and took his seat near the sure, and his the only dry eyes that communion-table, on the end of one followed the descent of the coffin, as it of the benches appropriated to the
parish poor; and from that time heavy chain, than to disentangle the forward, to the end of his days, An- meshes of a few seemingly slight drew Cleaves was to be seen iwice cords ; neither may the tree, which every Sabbath-day in that same has been warped when a sapling, place, more dignified in his sorrow be made straight when its green and his humility, and perhaps more branches are all gone, and the bare inwardly at peace, than he had ever trunk left scarred and risted on the been when the world went well with heath. him, and he counted himself a happy
Andrew still dwelt companionless
in his paternal cottage, and rarely Andrew Cleaves was an old man entered under any other roof, except when his great calamity befel him. that of the House of God. But, toHe had already numbered seven wards the close of his life, he was years beyond the age of man-his niore frequently drawn into interthreescore years and ten; and course with his fellow creatures, than though he bore up bravely during the at any former period of his existtime of trial, that time told after- ence. He haul continued to supwards tenfold in the account of Na- port himself, for four years after his ture, and he sank for a time almost son's death, on the sole profits of his into decrepit feebleness ; yet still garden, and of a little poultry that the lonely creature crept about as fed about his cottage ; with which usual, and was seen at his daily la- small merchandise he still performed bour, and at church and market, and his weekly journey to Canswered all greetings and kindly ket. But though the “green old queries, with courteous thankfulness, age" of honest Greybeard still yieldand assurances that he was well- ed good and willing service, it was quite well, and wanted for nothing, plain to be seen, that the crazy cart and was content to “ tarry the Lord's must soon drop to pieces, and painleisure." But it was easy to see he fully suspected that there was pinchhoped soon to depart, and all who ing want in Andrew's cottage, in spoke of him said his time would not lieu of the increasing comforts which be long, " for the old man's strength should afford “ a good soft pillow for was going.” Nevertheless, it was the old grey head.” And, thereGod's pleasure to delay the sum- upon, much kindly consultation took mons, which could not but have been place among the Magnates of the welcome, though it was awaited with parish, how to assist and benefit the submissive patience. Andrew Cleaves old man, without wounding his last survived his son's death upwards of lurking feeling of human pride-the nine years, and not only did his pride of living by the honest labour strong and sound constitution in great of his own hands, unindebted to pa
recover from the shock rochial or individual charity. An which for a time had prostrated its opportunity soon presented itself, for uncoinmon power, but his mind also the furtherance of their benevolent settled into a state of such perfect purpose. The foot carrier, who had peace, as at times almost brightened long travelled twice a-week, to aud into cheerfulness; and never before fro, between C and Redburn, had he tasted such pure enjoyment became disabled from continuing his from the sight of the green earth- office, the acceptance of which was of the summer sky, and the sweet immediately proposed to Andrew influence of the balony air.
Cleaves, and that a new light cart The old man would have been a should be provided for him by subwelcome and respected guest by scription, among those to whom the many a fire-side in Redburn village; regular carriage of packages larger but at his time of day, it was too late than could be conveyed by a foot to acquire social habits. It is often carrier, would prove a real accomeasier to break the bondage of a modation. The old man did not