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AL 1042.4.35

B В.

HART-20 COLLEGE LJORARY
FRON THE LIBRARY

Of FiL GAY
NOY, 3, 9016

boheney, Mrs. Harrist-lauziare cale:).

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THE

RIVALS OF ACADIA,

CHAPTER I.

Far on th' horizon's verge appears a speck
A spot-a mast-a sail-an armed deck !
Their little bark her men of watch descry,
And ampler canvas woos the wind from high.

LORD BYRON.

On a bright day in the summer of 1643, a light pleasure-boat shot gaily across the harbor of Boston, laden with a merry party, whose cheerful voices were long heard, mingling with the ripple of the waves, and the music of the breeze, which swelled the canvas, and bore them swiftly onward. A group of friends, who had collected on the shore to witness their departure, gradually dispersed, till, at length, a single individual only remained, whose eyes still followed the track of the vessel, though his countenance wore that abstracted air, which strewed his thoughts were detached from the pass

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