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“Sunshine of Saint Eulalie” was she called ; for that was the

sunshine Which, as the farmers believed, would load their orchards with

apples ; She, too, would bring to her husband's house delight and abud

dance, Filling it full of love and the ruddy faces of children.

II.

Now had the season returned, when the nights grow colder and

longer, And the retreating sun the sign of the Scorpion enters. Birds of passage sailed through the leaden air, from the ice-bound, Desolate northern bays to the shores of tropical islands. Harvests were gathered in ; and wild with the winds of September Wrestled the trees of the forest, as Jacob of old with the angel. All the signs foretold a winter long and inclement. Bees, with prophetic instinct of want, had hoarded their honey Till the hives overflowed ; and the Indian hunters asserted Cold would the winter be, for thick was the fur of the foxes. Such was the advent of autumn. Then followed that beautiful

season, Called by the pious Acadian peasants the Summer of All-Saints ! Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the

landscape Lay as if new-created in all the freshness of childhood. Peace seemed to reign upon earth, and the restless heart of the

ocean

Was for a moment consoled. All sounds were in harmony blended. Voices of children at play, the crowing of cocks in the farm-yards, Thirr of wings in the drowsy air, and the cooing of pigeons,

All were subdued and low as the murmurs of love, and the great

sun

Looked with the eye of love through the golden vapours around

him ;

While arrayed in its robes of russet and scarlet and yellow, Bright with the sheen of the dew, each glittering tree of the forest Flashed like the plane-tree the Persian adorned with mantles and

jewels.

Now recommenced the reign of rest and affection and stillness. Day with its burden and heat had departed, and twilight de

scending Brought back the evening star to the sky, and the herds to the

homestead. Pawing the ground they came, and resting their necks on each

other, And with their nostrils distended inhaling the fresliness of

evening. Foremost, bearing the bell, Evangeline's beautiful heifer, Proud of her snow-white hide, and the ribbon that waved from

her collar, Quietly paced and slow, as if conscious of human affection. Then came the shepherd back with his bleating flocks from the

sea-side, Where was their favourite pasture. Behind them followed the

watch-dog, Patient, full of importance, and grand in the pride of his instinct, Walking from side to side with a lordly air, and superbly Waving his bushy tail, and urging forward the stragglers; Regent of flocks was he when the shepherd slept ; their protector, When from the forest at night, through the starry silence, the

wolves howled. Late, with the rising moon. returned the wains from the marshes,

Laden with bring hay, that filled the air with its odour.
Cheerily neighed the steeds, with dew on their manes and their

fetlocks,
While aloft on their shoulders the wooden and ponderous saddles,
Painted with brilliant dyes, and adorned with tassels of crimson,
Nodded in bright array, like hollyhocks heavy with blossoms.
Patiently stood the cows meanwhile, and yielded their udders
Unto the milkmaid's hand; whilst loud and in regular cadence
Into the sounding pails the foaming streamlets descended.
Lowing of cattle and peals of laughter were heard in the farm-

yard, Echoed back by the barns. Anon they sank into stillness ; Heavily closed, with a jarring sound, the valves of the barn-doors, Rattled the wooden bars, and all for a season was silent.

In-doors, warm by the wide-mouthed fireplace, idly the farmer Sat in his elbow-chair, and watched how the flames and the smoke

wreaths Struggled together like foes in a burning city. Behind him, Nodding and mocking along the wall, with gestures fantastic, Darted his own huge shadow, and vanished away into darkness. Faces, clumsily carved in oak, on the back of his arm-chair Laughed in the flickering light, and the pewter plates on the

dresser Caught and reflected the flame, as shields of armies the sunshine. Fragments of song the old man sang, and carols of Christmas, Such as at home, in the olden time, his fathers before him Sang in their Norman orchards and bright Burgundian vineyards Close at her father's side was the gentle Evangeline seated, Spinning flax for the loom, that stood in the corner behind her Silent awhile were its treadles, at rest was its diligent shuttle, While the monotonous drone of the wheel, like the drone of a

bagpipe,

Followed the old man's song, and united the fragments together. As in a church, when the chant of the choir at intervals ceases, Footfalls are heard in the aisles, or words of the priest at the altar, So, in each pause of the song, with measured motion the clock

clicked.

Thus as they sat, there were footsteps heard, and, suddenly

lifted, Sounded the wooden latch, and the door swung back on its hinges. Benedict knew by the hob-nailed shoes it was Basil the blacksmith, And by her beating heart Evangeline knew who was with him. “Welcome !" the farmer exclaimed, as their footsteps paused on

the threshold, “Welcome, Basil, my friend ! Come, take thy place on the settle Close by the chimney-side, which is always empty without thee; Take from the shelf overhead thy pipe and the box of tobacco ; Never so much thyself art thou as when through the curling Smoke of the pipe or the forge thy friendly and jovial face gleams Round and red as the harvest moon through the mist of the

marshes." Then, with a smile of content, thus answered Basil the blacksmith, Taking with easy air the accustomed seat by the fireside :“Benedict Bellefontaine, thou hast ever thy jest and thy ballad ! Ever in cheerfullest mood art thou, when others are filled with Gloomy forebodings of ill, and see only ruin before them. Happy art thou, as if every day thou hadst picked up a horseshoe.” Pausing a moment, to take the pipe that Evangeline brought him, And with a coal from the embers had lighted, he slowly continued : “Four days now are passed since the English ships at their anchors Ride in the Gaspereau's mouth, with their cannon pointed against

us.

What their design may be is unknown; but all are commanded On the morrow to meet in the church, where his Majesty's mandate

Will be proclaimed as law in the land. Alas ! in the meantime
Many surmises of evil alarm the hearts of the people.”
Then made answer the farmer :-“ Perhaps some friendlier

purpose
Brings these ships to our shores. Perhaps the harvests in

England By the untimely rains or untimelier heat have been blighted, And from our bursting barns they would feed their cattle and

children.” “Not so thinketh the folk in the village,” said, warmly, the black

smith, Shaking his head, as in doubt; then, heaving a sigh, he continued : “ Louisburg is not forgotten, nor Beau Séjour, nor Port Royal. Many already have fled to the forest, and lurk on its outskirts, Waiting with anxious hearts the dubious fate of to-morrow. Arms have been taken from us, and warlike weapons of all kinds: Nothing is left but the blacksmith's sledge and the scythe of the

mower.” Then with a pleasant smile made answer the jovial farmer :“ Safer are we unarmed, in the midst of our flocks and our corn

fields, Safer within these peaceful dikes, besieged by the ocean, Than were our fathers in forts, besieged by the enemy's cannon, Fear no evil, my friend, and to-night may no shadow of sorrow Fall on this house and hearth ; for this is the night of the

contract. Built are the house and the barn. The merry lads of the village Strongly have built them and well ; and, breaking the glebe round

about them, Filled the barn with hay, and the house with food for a twelve

month. René Leblanc will be here anon, with his papers and ink-horn. Shall we not then be glad, and rejoice in the joy of our children ?"

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