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The learned compute that seven hundred and sevei/ millions of millions of vibrations have penetrated the eye before the eye can distinguish ihe tints of a violet. What philosophy can calculate the vibrations of the heart before it can distinguish the colors of love t
While Guy Darrell thus passed his hours within the unfinished fragments of a dwelling builded for posterity, and among the still relics of remote generations, Love and Youth were weaving their warm eternal idyl on the sunny lawns by the gliding river.
There they are, Love and Youth, Lionel and Sophy, in the arbor round which her slight hands have twined the honey-suckle, fond imitation of that bower endeared by the memory of her earliest holiday — she seated coyly, he on the ground at her feet, as when Titania had watched his sleep. He has been reading to her, the book has fallen from his hand. What book.? That volume of poems so unintelligibly obscure to all but the dream- ing young, who are so unintelligibly obscure to themselves. But to the merit of those poems, I doubt if even George did jus- tice. It is not true, I believe, that they are not durable. Some day or other, when all the jargon so feelingly denounced by Colonel Morley, about " aesthetics," and " objective," and " sub- jective," has gone to its long home, some critic who can write English will probably bring that poor little volume fairly before the public ; and, with all its manifold faults, it will take a place in the affections, not of one single generation of the young, but — everlasting, ever-dreaming, ever-growing youth. But yoi] and I, reader, have no other interest in these poems, except this — that they were written by the brother-in-law of that whimsical, miserly Frank Vance, who perhaps, but for such a brother-in-law, would never have gone through the labor by which he has cul- tivated the genius that achieved his fame ; and if he had not cultivated that genius, he might never have known Lionel ; and if he had never known Lionel, Lionel might never perhaps have gone to the Surrey village, in which he saw the Phenomenon : And to push farther still that Voltaireian philosophy of ifs — if either Lionel or Frank Vance had not been so intimately asso- ciated in the Ininds of Sophy and Lionel with the golden holi- day on the beautiful river, Sophy and Lionel might not have thought so much of those poems ; and if they had not thought so much of those poems, there might not have been between them that link of poetry without which the love of two young people is a sentiment, always very pretty, it is true, but much