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clandestinely sent them presents....
of poor, but honest parents......Her
means admit that they counterba
lanced her want of fortune.
“ He was inexorable !
“To relinquish my soul's treasure
. \ - - • * ring the three years it nestled in the bosom of hope........now Sud
denly found strength, and burst
into action. - *
sweet fascination of all-conquer
stancy......sealed the vow with a
an uncle......and to this charming retreat I led your adored mother.
“This spot had given me birth..... and was thereby endeared to my sweet Musarion......For three years our bliss was enviable........ when it pleased heaven to give you a sister, and rob me of her amiable mother
‘ at the same moment.
“ I was now indifferent to life;..... but the reflection of what I owed to the dear pledges of our past endearments, recalled me from the grave, to which I was hastening.... and appealed to me in behalf of an unprotected offspring, whom I dare not openly acknowledge. “I sent you to the Temple at Delphos......... which I considered a safe asylum.......where you might have the advantage of a liberal education. >
“I confided you to a particular
“friend, whom I enjoined to keep “ you in absolute ignorance of your “birth.....intending, when my father “ died, to avow my marriage with “ your mother, and publicly declare “ you to be my Son and Heir. “Your grandfather is lately dead; “ ........ but I was obliged by very “ urgent business to defer the execu“ tion of my designs.” When my father had concluded his narrative, he again embraced me;...... an old servant was called.....whose face was familiar to me.......he immediately recognised me......having been employed by my father, frequently, to visit me at Delphos, and report my improvements. A general joy took place in the family....The servants crowded round me, to celebrate the arrival of their , young master. This was a sudden change........and