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BY

THE AUTHOR OF

“MARGARET AND HER BRIDESMAIDS,”

« THE VALLEY OF A HUNDRED FIRES,”

&c. &c.

“Out of God's choicest treasury we bring down

New virtue to sustain all ill-new power
To braid life's thorns into a regal crown.
We pass'd into the outer world to prove
The strength miraculous of Sisters' Love."

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:
HURST AND BLACKETT, PUBLISHERS,
SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN,
13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1862.

The right of Translation is reserved,

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HARVARD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY SE" 8 194!

THE LADIES OF LOVEL-LEIGH.

CHAPTER I.

“How many links of love there are,

Sweet beings of unequal mould,
And natures all dissimilar;
The vile dross clasps the precious gold,
The ever-beating waves embrace
The stolid rock's unmoving base :
And fresh-born ivy tendrils cling
To the grey ruin mouldering,
Around the darkest clouds will play
The summer lightning's brightest ray:
And on the peaks of mountain snow,
The warmest tints of sunset glow.”—CALVERT.

A SHADOW had passed over our father's face as the shadows of evening fall silently into the coming night. He was disturbed

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