agonizing nervous headache, which compelled her at once to retire, and call for assistance. As for myself, while going homeward, I reflected with astonishment on the unflagging spiritual energy with which, for hour after hour, she had swept over lands and seas of thought, and, as my own excitement cooled, I became conscious of exhaustion, as if a week's life had been concentrated in a day. The interview, thus hastily sketched, may serve as a fair type of our usual intercourse. Always I found her open-eyed to beauty, fresh for wonder, with wings poised for flight, and fanning the coming breeze of inspiration. Always she seemed to see before her,—
A shape all light, which with one hand did flingYet more and more distinctly did I catch a plaintive tone of sorrow in her thought and speech, like the wail of an Aeolian harp heard at intervals from some upper window. She had never met one who could love her as she could love; and in the orange-grove of her affections the white, perfumed blossoms and golden fruit wasted away unclaimed. Through the mask of slight personal defects and ungraceful manners, of superficial hauteur and egotism, and occasional extravagance of sentiment, no equal had recognized the rare beauty of her spirit. She was yet alone. Among her papers remains this pathetic petition:—
Dew on the earth, as if she were the dawn,
And the invisible rain did ever sing
A silver music on the mossy lawn.
I am weary of thinking. I suffer great fatigue from living. Oh God, take me! take me wholly! Thou