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clandestinely sent them presents....
and so well were my good offices
managed,......... the parties did not
know their benefactor.
“ Time, however,.....in defiance of
precaution,....disclosed the secret....
These new proofs.....of what their
gratitude termed the nobility of my
sentiments........ completed the im-
pression my attentions had long
before made on the simple......con-
fiding....heart of this artless beauty.
“I soon read a tender confession
in the eyes of my adored Musarion
-------- her trembling lips yielded to
my fond importunity,......and con-
firmed my happiness.
“ There were, however, obstacles
to our union, which nought but
love could attempt to surmount.
“At last it was my good fortune
to discover Musarion to be an un-
doubted denizen of Athens,....born
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of poor, but honest parents......Her
father lost his life.....honorably
in the Peleponnesian war. -
“I flew to my father......revealed
my passion....... and conjured him,
as he valued my future peace......to
bless our union......But the old man
was not in love;........he saw my
lovely Musarion with different eyes
from mine;......and, though he ad-

means admit that they counterba

lanced her want of fortune.

“ He was inexorable !

“To relinquish my soul's treasure
- - - - - to barter the chaste joys of in-
nocent......unsuspecting.....love, for
worldly gain...........was a system
which even obedience to my father
could not force me to adopt.......As
new difficulties sprang up...our af-
fection seemed to renovate.....The
passion which had been calm du-

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. \ - - • * ring the three years it nestled in the bosom of hope........now Sud

denly found strength, and burst

into action. - *
“ The heart........ deluded by the

sweet fascination of all-conquer

stancy......sealed the vow with a
passionate embrace.....and......were
completely happy.
“This tender intercourse, so far
from diminishing our mutual trans-
ports, added fuel to the bright flame
which sparkled in our bosoms.......
and you, my dear Agathon, soon
increased our felicity. -
“ While we thus lived in each
other's Smiles....and borrowed new
existence from increasing love...
a small estate.....at some little dis-
tance from Athens......most oppor-
tunely fell to me by the death of

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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

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