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« THE IMPROVISATRICE,” “ THE VENETIAN BRACELET,"

&c. &c. &c.

Thus have I begun; .
And 'tis my hope to end successfully.

SHAKESPEARE.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

HENRY COLBURN AND RICHARD BENTLEY,

NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

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ROMANCE AND REALITY.

CHAPTER 1.

í “ Those first affections,
· Which, be they what they may,

Are yet the fountain light of all our day.”

“ Though nothing can bring back the hour,

We will grieve not rather find
Strength in what remains behind :
In the primal sympathy,
Which, having been, must ever be --
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering -
In the faith that looks through death.”

WORDSWORTH.

Of all passions, love is the most engrossing ? and the most superstitious. How often has a

leaf, a star, a breath of wind, been held as an omen! It draws all things into somewhat of relation to itself: it is despotic, and jealous of all authority but its own : it bars the heart

VOL. II.

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