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less. The higher we ascend in the scale of a coronet at thy feet, and He placed a diacreation the more indestructible is love. Th3 dem on thy brow, and He promised thee a animal cherishes her offspring for a day, a mansion of glory, where thou shouldst hunweek, a month—and then the attraction of ger and thirst no more. the heart is broken evermore. But the love And now perhaps you can understand of the spirit is a love that loves alway. It the majestic sweep of St. John's argumentis the love of Solomon's Song; fire cannot having loved His own when they were in the burn it, water cannot drown it, cold cannot world, He loved them unto the end. He freeze it, absence cannot bury it. It annihi- means that, having loved them at the lowest, lates
space, it defies time, it outlasts change, no possible circumstance can ever alter that it overleaps death, it carries in its own bosom love. He cries in effect with the great Paul : the promise of immortality-it endureth all Who can now separate us from the love things.
of Christ ? Tribulation ? Distress? PerseThe test of love's endurance to the end is cution ? Famine? Pestilence ? Sword ? its sacrifice at the beginning. So says St. In all these things we are already conJohn in that marvellous passage which we querors ; already has every one of these have placed at the heading of this section - proved powerless to intercept the torrent of
:“ When Jesus knew that His hour was come, His love. No chasm can ever be so wide as having loved His own which were in the the first chasm, no gulf can ever be so broad world, He loved them unto the end." Let as the earliest gulf, no distance can ever be me try to paraphrase His meaning. He so vast as the expanse of that primitive says: You are asking for a test that the firmament which divided the waters of my Master will love you to the end. You ask, tribulation from the healing waters of eternal What if time should press heavy upon me, life. The love that could say to my chaos, what if the years should steal my beauty, “Let there be light," has proved its power what if the winds should beat upon my to endure all things. house and leave it in ruins; could His love Strong Son of God, Immortal Love, from survive that? Be still, thou trembling one; the fleeting favours of men, from the perish. that is the very state in which His love first able partialities of time, I fly to Thee. found you. He loved you when you were Rock of Ages, in whose cleft the heart that “in the world”-loved you before you loved once reposeth is enclosed for ever, I hide Him. Do you know how bankrupt you must myself in Thee. I hide myself from myself have been at that hour? Do you know what --from the changefulness of my own nature, it is not to love Him? I may be unable to from the capriciousness of my own fancy, fix my heart upon a special fellow-being, and from the fugitiveness of my own feeling. yet I may not be poor. There is a love The goodliness of my natural love is but as whose presence does not mean riches, and the flower of the field; it blooms in sumwhose absence does not mean poverty—it is mer, but it withers in the wintry hour. Prethe love of the form, the feature, the voice, serve my flower in winter, Thou Infinite the gesture, the person of the man. But He Love. Kindle it with the sunbeam of Thine is more than a person; He is a character; He own immortality. Grant it the power to is beauty personified; He is love incarnate. bloom amid the cold, to blossom in the snow, Not to love Him is not to love loveliness; to yield its fragrance in the unfriendly air. not to love Him is to be dead to the very Grant it the strength to live amid the ruins aspiration after goodness; not to love Him of the garden, to cheer the frost-bound soil, is to be blind even to the beauties of to shed its perfume over leafless boughs. My holiness, to have the light shining in dark- love has been the rose of Sharon, but it has ness, and the darkness comprehending it not yet been the lily of the valley. Reveal not. This was thy depth of ruin, omy its immortality amid the shadows of death. soul ; this was the far country into which Plant it where the sunbeams come latest, His love followed thee. He came to thee where the fruits lie lowest, where the shades when thou wert yet “in the world ”—the linger longest. Inspire it with Thine own world of materialism, the world which can-deathlessness, Thinë own exhaustlessness, not receive the Spirit because it knoweth Thine own everlastingness. Thou hast Him not. He came to thee in thy bank- bloomed as an evergreen upon the grave
of ruptcy, in thy squalor, in thy desertedness. dead humanity; plant my love side by side He came to thee when the lights were low, with Thine. Thou wilt show me the power when the rooms were unfurnished, when the of an endless life when my love shall endure garniture was paltry and mean; and He laid all things.
MAJOR AND MINOR.
By W. E. NORRIS,
" "MADEMOISELLE MERSAC," ETC. CHAPTER XII. -UNDER THE CLIFF.
His joy was short-lived. Alas! it is not
with impunity that a lover can betake himCOMMANDERS in the navy do not, as a self to the Persian Gulf
, nor is there any rule, seek for coastguard employment known means of preventing time from movunless they are getting on in life, and have ing on, or schoolgirls from developing into to face the imminence of that dread shelving young ladies during his absence. Poor Mitprocess whereby the slow flow of promotion chell found his old playfellow as charming as is kept moving ; but it was owing neither to ever, indeed, and vastly improved in respect advanced years nor to fear of being super- of form and feature; but she had quite given seded that that smart officer, Captain Mitchell, up romping; she had adopted serious, though happened to be where he was in the year of of course highly commendable, ideas about grace with which this history deals.' Long woman's mission, and she showed a very disbefore, when he had been a young lieutenant tinct dislike to being reminded of bygone studying gunnery at Portsmouth, and Admiral pranks. This was rather disheartening; but Greenwood had been upon active service, and what was a thousandfold worse was that, Kitty had been still in the schoolroom, he among the many admirers who beset her, had made up his mind that if ever he could there was one for whom she displayed a preafford to marry, Kitty Greenwood, and no dilection which was only too unmistakable. other, should be his wife. It was a bold From the very first Mitchell perceived that determination, for his prospects of possessing there could be little hope for him so long as means sufficient to maintain a family might Gilbert Segrave remained in the field. Of at that time have been represented by a that popular young man he conceived an simple zero, nor could it be said that he opinion so low that he very wisely refrained received any encouragement from the youth- from giving utterance to it, and only eviful object of his affections. However, he denced his dislike and contempt in indirect
, was very sanguine by nature, and it is true fashions, which rather amused than annoyed that in those callow days of thoughtless his rival. If he did not propose to Miss merriment Miss Kitty made a great friend Greenwood it was because such a proceeding of him, and delighted in his society. She would have been entirely superfluous. She was grateful to him for taking so much (and, for that matter, the whole neighbournotice of her; she admired his physical hood) was perfectly well acquainted with his strength; she participated in his somewhat sentiments, and he judged it better to await uproarious notions of fun; and when cruel events patiently than to court rejection. The fate decreed that Admiral Greenwood should principal event which he awaited was nothing retire to a life of dignified leisure, and that less than the disgrace and discomfiture of Lieutenant Mitchell should proceed to the Gilbert Segrave. Upon grounds which would Persian Gulf for his country's good, she gave hardly have borne examination, he had dehim her photograph at parting, and dropped cided that Gilbert was “a bad lót," and with a tear upon it.
a fine faith in eternal justice, he took it for Thus it came to pass that for a matter of granted that any one who could be so detwo years there was a happy man in the scribed must eventually show himself in his Persian Gulf, and very likely he was the true colours, and meet with his deserts. only one within that torrid region of whom Meanwhile, he was thankful if he could as much could be said. To be sure, it did obtain an occasional half-hour with Kitty not take a great deal to make him happy. when Gilbert was not present, and all the He returned to his native shores to find that more thankful for such brief intervals of a benevolent uncle was dead, leaving him a happiness because their occurrence was of fortune of a few hundreds a year; and when, the utmost rarity. It was he who, when almost simultaneously with this news, he was Miss Greenwood at last consented to fulfil given the refusal of an appointment which an oft-deferred engagement, and allow him would involve his residence at Kingscliff, to take her out for a sail in his twenty-ton what could he do but jump at the offer and cutter, the Zephyr, had proposed that they jump for joy, like the simpleton that he should make the bathing-cove at Beckton was ?
their goal-a most wily suggestion, since it XXVIII-16
not only insured the support of the enemy had seated herself a short distance farther (without which no suggestion would have forward, leant over the bulwarks and conhad a chance of success), but rendered it templated
the sunny expanse of blue water, almost imperative upon the enemy that he with her stout companion by her side. should await the party on shore with lun- “Beatrice, dear," said the latter," do you cheon, instead of accompanying them on really think that Cannes would be so much their short cruise.
better than this?” Miss Huntley and Miss Joy having con- “I have not the most distant intention of sented to take part in the expedition, going to Cannes," was the unexpected reply; Admiral and Mrs. Greenwood promptly cried "how could you think such a thing of me! off from it. They said that Miss Joy would Don't you know that we should meet all be a sufficient chaperon for their daughter, London there ?-possibly even Clementina and added, with some plausibility, that it herself. No, Matilda ; in spite of all foreign was a great deal too late in the year for old inducements, I think we will remain whero people to eat their meals out of doors, and we are, and where nobody that we ever saw loiter about in the shade.
or heard of before is the least likely to turn However, the day, when it came, proved up. Besides, I have always understood that
, to be one of those rare and delicious ones on the air of the Riviera is too dry for people which the inhabitants of Kingscliff were who suffer from bronchitis.”. accustomed to wear an air of modest triumph, Miss Joy gave a little sigh of satisfaction. assuring the credulous stranger that he now She was one of those happy and amiable knew what their winter climate was like. persons who are always satisfied when those The wind blew lightly from the north-west, about them are so; and this naturally made the sun shone down from an unclouded sky, her the very worst chaperon in the world. the frost, which a few miles inland had She turned her broad back now upon the silvered the grass and hardened the surface young lady who had been committed to her of the earth, could not penetrate beyond charge; and it may be hoped that poor those sheltering heights; and even Miss Joy, Mitchell spent an hour in which pleasure who had her own reasons for preferring dry was a little less neutralised by pain than land to salt water, was compelled to admit, was usually the case when his Kitty deigned as she scrambled on to the deck of the Zephyr, to talk to him. Pleasant or not, it could not that it would be impossible for any one to be indefinitely prolonged, and he was obliged feel squeamish in such weather.
at length to get about and make for the “Can't
take us for a long sail, Captain shore below Beckton, whence Brian and GilMitchell ?" the excellent woman asked. “An bert had been for some time watching his opportunity like this may never recur, and maneuvres with interest and amusement. it seems hardly worth while to have come on The bathing-cove where Gilbert was waitboard only to round that point and disembark ing to receive his guests was a warm little again. Why, we shall be there in less than nook beneath overhanging red cliffs, blocks a quarter of an hour !"
of which were continually crumbling away “Not quite so soon as that,” answered and becoming worn in due course by the Mitchell, who, for his part, would have waves into admirable natural tables. Upon asked for nothing better than to remain all one of these Gilbert had spread his cloth day at sea, without food or drink. “We and made ready his feast; and soon after shall have to take a good long reach out, and his preparations had been completed his then beat back against the wind. I dare say elder brother sauntered down from the house it will take us the best part of an hour and a and joined him. half.”
“What on earth are they about !” exNow it certainly need not have taken claimed Brian, pointing to the white sail in them anything like so long; and of that Miss the offing. "They seem to be going upon Greenwood, who was a sailor's daughter, was the same principle as the governor, who perhaps aware ; but perhaps also her kindness always travels up to town and down again of heart may have prompted her to keep her when he wants to get into the next county." suspicions to herself ; for women when in Gilbert laughed. He had no difficulty in love are seldom so selfish as men in a like guessing what the steersman's reasons were for predicament. Mitchell placed a wicker chair allowing himself such an exaggerated share for her close to the tiller, which he held, and of sea-room, and he was philosophical enough so they moved swiftly and smoothly out to feel quite unconcerned with regard to before the breeze, while Miss Huntley, who them.
“ Mitchell is taking advantage of a fair “Very seldom," answered the truthful wind,” said he. "Perhaps he thinks it will Brian ; " still, every now and again they do chop round and bring him back if he waits come when one least expects them. I have long enough. The wind very often does known it quite as warm in January and change in these parts, you know. I think it February as it is now.” was only yesterday that I was directing your “You don't say so ? Really I am very attention to that circumstance."
much tempted to buy a house in KingsThe speaker's tone was good-humoured, cliff.” but there was a certain subacid flavour in it "I wish you would !” exclaimed Brian which Brian noticed, not without surprise. fervently. He had not chanced to be alone with his “ Thanks; but why should you wish me brother since their drive home together on the to do a foolish thing? The house would be previous evening, nor had anything passed be locked up from year's end to year's end most tween them with reference to their father's likely. Just now I feel as if I should very sudden recantation. That Gilbert would be much like to have a little city of refuge in any degree disappointed thereby Brian which I could make for when the world had not for one moment supposed. Had became oppressive; but in reality it isn't their cases been reversed, he himself would easy to run away, and it is even less easy to undoubtedly have rejoiced with all his heart run far. Besides, all you people whom I am at the thought that he would not now be interested in here are sure to disperse before obliged to profit by an act of injustice; and long, and then I shan't care to come back.” it may be that he was somewhat unreason- " I, at all events, am a fixture,” remarked able in expecting a thoroughly prudent and Brian. clear-sighted man to feel as he would have "That would be a powerful attraction, if done.
one could feel as confident of the fact as you “All's well that ends well,” he remarked do; but I suspect you will find yourself rather doubtfully.
drawn up to London eventually, like every“I didn't know that we had come to the body else who has talent—or ought I, porend yet,” said Gilbert. "However, I con- haps, to say genius? To be such a musician gratulate you, so far. As for myself
, I can as you are, and to be satisfied with someonly regret that, as I said, Miss Huntley is times playing the organ on Sundays in a not the woman to espouse the younger son of country church, is an altogether impossible a country squire. If she were, I should feel state of things. You will have to compose ; it my duty to make myself very agreeable and you will have to make your composiin that quarter."
tions known, and so I venture to predict Brian strolled away without replying. He that you will be breathing the air of South did not like jokes of that kind. Gilbert was Kensington shortly.” evidently and undisguisedly in love with “Do you think so ?” asked Brian. He Kitty Greenwood, and although, to be sure, had very little-indeed, far too little-amthere was no immediate likelihood of his bition ; but at that moment an absurd idea being in a position to marry her, he ought came into his head that a famous musician not to talk as if he could possibly marry any might have claims upon the hand of a lady one else. Then, as was only natural, he fell of fortune to which the mere son of a counto thinking about Beatrice Huntley and her try gentleman could not pretend. alleged matrimonial destiny and forgot all “Of course I think so," replied Miss about his brother. He was still plunged in Huntley. “It is true, too, which is more to meditation when the cutter brought up in the purpose. What a happy thing it would the bay, and was only just in time to run be for certain other people whom I could down and help the ladies out of the small name if their future were as clearly marked boat into which they had been transferred. out for them as yours is !”
Miss Huntley's first words were very wel- They had wandered away a short distance come to him; for he judged by them, and from the others, and Miss Huntley, as she even more by the voice in which they were spoke, was gazing pensively at the little spoken, that her mood was no longer what group gathered round Gilbert's improvised it had been the night before.
table. “What a glorious day! and what a perfect "I don't mean your brother,” she added place for a picnic !” she said, as she stepped explanatorily; "I think I could tell his forlightly ashore. “Do you often have days tune with something like accuracy. But like this in winter ?"
what is to become of that poor, pretty little
girl and that great foolish sailor I haven't So Mitchell led her out to a space of hard an idea. I haven't an idea of what is to sand, and before he had whistled half-abecome of me either.”
dozen bars, enthusiasm and professional in“Won't that depend very much upon your stinct had swept all self-consciousness out of selves ?" Brian suggested.
her; insomuch that if Mr. Buswell had wit“I don't think so. Do you suppose Cap- nessed her performance he would without tain Mitchell can help being so comically any doubt have offered her then and there miserable, or that Kitty Greenwood can a lucrative engagement at the music-hall help being made ridiculously happy by the which it was his fixed intention to open in attentions of a man who, in the nature of the course of the ensuing year. things, will end by throwing her over? We Mr. Buswell was not so far favoured, but won't discuss the future, though. Let us somebody else was, for at this juncture Sir make the most of a smiling present and a Brian Segrave came slowly down from the luncheon which looks attractive. I am now heights and stood for a moment, leaning on going to be cheerful and scatter mirth his stick and surveying the group. around.'”
Gilbert, who was the first to catch sight of She was as good as her word. It may be his father, whisked round on his heels, thrust that her high spirits were, as she implied, his hands deep into his pockets and stared assumed; but it is much more likely that they out to sea, with his lips pursed up. “ Now were spontancous, for the perspicuous reader we shall have a row!" he whispered to will doubtless havediscovered by this time that Kitty, who was standing beside him. “The Miss Huntley had little power of self-control, chances are that he will order us all off as and seldom cared to exercise the little that she trespassers.” possessed. Be that as it may, her behaviour But the old gentleman was guilty of no during the al fresco meal was very much like such discourtesy. He approached softly and that of a schoolgirl out for a holiday, nor seated himself on a rock beside Miss Huntwas it long before her neighbours became in-ley, who, for her part, was in no wise disfected by her humour. She roused the concerted, but merely held up her hand as melancholy Mitchell from his gloom, per- a warning to him not to betray his presence. suaded him to exhibit some of those feats of Miss Joy, having her back turned towards legerdemain in which, like most naval men, the land, went on capering with the utmost a proficient, and finally to oblige agility; but Mitchell
, who was facing her, the company with a song of an exquisitely faltered, stopped whistling, and broke into comic character. Then, later in the after a loud, though somewhat embarrassed laugh. noon, when the party had broken up into Then poor Miss Joy executed a swift turntwos and had separated and met again, ing movement and her cheeks, which were nothing would satisfy her but that Miss Joy already flushed with exercise, assumed a rich should dance the sailor's hornpipe.
sunset glow. “You know you can do it, Matilda, you “Oh, Sir Brian,” she gasped, "what must have told me so over and over again, and you think of me!” now is the time to prove that you are no My dear lady," answered Sir Brian, “I vain boaster."
think you deserve all the applause we can “ Indeed I shall do nothing of the sort !” | give you for reminding us of a forgotten art. cried Miss Joy. “A likely story, at my In my young days dancing was one of the time of life, and with no music either! Not fine arts. I am old enough to remember but what the sailor's hornpipe is one of the Taglioni and Fanny Ellsler, and that makes me prettiest dances that ever was invented." a great deal too old to join a picnic of young
“So it is, Miss Joy," agreed Mitchell people nowadays, does it not Î I was watchheartily; "and I'll dance it with you and ing the workmen who are making a new whistle you a tune at the same time. Come path at the top of the cliff, and I thought I along !"
would just come down and have a look at Miss Joy declined energetically; but the you ; but I shall take myself off now. I general chorus of entreaty was too much for don't want to be a wet blanket.” her good-nature.
“He has managed to be a kill-joy, at all “Very well, then,” she said at length, events,” muttered Gilbert to his neighbour, “I'll just show you the step. There is no- with a side glance at the unfortunate dancer. thing to laugh at. I don't suppose one of you who was fanning herself with her pocketcould learn it under a month of hard prac-handkerchief, and looking the picture of tice."