The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington - Vol. 2

The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington - Vol. 2

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The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington - Vol. 2

The Literary Life and Correspondence of the Countess of Blessington - Vol. 2

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"When the lamp is shattered,
The light in the dust lies dead;
When the cloud is scattered,
The rainbow's glory is shed.
When the lute is broken,
Sweet tones are remembered not;
When the lips have spoken,
Loved accents are soon forgot.

"As music and splendor
Survive not the lamp and the lute,
The heart's echoes render
No song, when the spirit is mute.
No song; but sad dirges,
Like the wind through a ruined cell,
Or the mournful surges
That ring the dead mariner's knell."

Shelley.

Peculiar circumstances enable me to give some details respecting the brief career and death of Miss Landon, at Cape Coast Castle, perhaps more to be relied on than any previous accounts that have been given to the Public by the friends of Mr. Maclean, or those who have been influenced by them.

Letitia Elizabeth Landon was born at Chelsea in 1802. Domestic occurrences had unfortunately led to a separation of L. E. L. from her family at an early period, and her residence with comparative strangers, who eventually, however, became her warmest friends. Miss Landon possessed qualities eminently calculated to gain esteem and affectionate regard—great warmth of feeling; a peculiar charm of manner and address; an affectionate, loving nature; a simplicity of mind, wholly free from affectation; a guileless character, childlike in many of its traits; devoid of all suspicion of evil intentions and designs, and yet not free from impulsive tendencies' and some degree of willful-

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