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'AIRY FAIRY LILIAN'

Hunger ford, Mrs. Margaret Half Hani ...

BY THE AUTHOR OF

PHYLLIS' MOLLY BAWN' MRS GEOFFREY' &c.

'Youth, I do adore thee;
Oh! my Love, my Love is young!'

The Passionate Pilgrim

A NEW EDITION

LONDON
SMITH, ELDER, & Co., 15 WATERLOO PLACE

1886

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'AIRY FAIRY LILIAN.'

CHAPTER I.

Home, sweet Home.

Old English So.g.

Down the broad oak staircase-through the silent hall -into the drawing-room runs Lilian, singing as she goes.

The room is deserted; through the half-closed blinds the glad sunshine is rushing, turning to gold all on which its soft touch lingers, and rendering the large, dull, handsome apartment almost comfortable.

Outside everything is bright, and warm, and genial, as should be in the heart of summer; within there is only gloom—and Lilian clad in her mourning robes. The contrast is dispiriting: there life, here death, or at least the knowledge of it. There joy, here the signs and trappings of woe.

The black gown and funereal trimmings hardly harmonise with the girl's flower-like face and the gay song that trembles on her lips. But, alas ! for how short a time does our first keen sorrow last; how swiftly are our dead forgotten; how seldom does grief kill! When eight long months have flown by across her father's grave Lilian finds, sometimes to her dismay, , that the hours she grieves for him form but a short part of her day.

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