maiden;’ and, winning the favor of Pocahontas
he desired her in marriage.
Quick of comprehension, the youthful princess received instruction with docility; and soon, in the little church of Jamestown
,—which rested on rough pine columns, fresh from the forest, and was in a style of rugged architecture as wild, if not as frail, as an Indian's wigwam,—she stood before the font, that out of the trunk of a tree ‘had been hewn hollow like a canoe,’ ‘openly renounced her country's idolatry, professed the faith of Jesus Christ
, and was baptized.’
‘The gaining of this one soul,’ ‘the first fruits of Virginian conversion,’ was followed by her nuptials with Rolfe
In April, 1613, to the joy of Sir Thomas Dale
, with the approbation of her father and friends, Opachisco, her uncle, gave the bride away; and she stammered before the altar her marriage vows, according to the rites of the English
Every historian of Virginia
commemorates the union with approbation; distinguished men trace from it their descent.
In 1616, the Indian
wife, instructed in the English
language, and bearing an English name, ‘the first Christian ever of her nation,’ sailed with her
husband for England
The daughter of the wilderness possessed the mild elements of female loveliness, half concealed, as if in the bud, and rendered the more beautiful by the childlike simplicity with which her education in the savannahs of the New World had in vested her. How could she fail to be caressed at court, and admired in the city?
As a wife, and as a young mother, her conduct was exemplary.
She had been able to contrast the magnificence of European
life with the freedom of the western forests; and now, as she was preparing to return to America
, at the age of twenty-two, she fell a victim to the English
saved, as if by the hand of mercy, from beholding the