TWENTY YEARS IN THE PHILIPPINES.
The wish to satisfy her, and also the remembrance of Anna's last words : " Return to thy country, and marry one of thy countrywomen," decided my resolution.
I soon made choice of one, who would have fully rendered a man happy who had not too frequently before him the remembrance of a previous union. Nevertheless, I was as happy as I could be. My new wife possessed every quality necessary for my happiness. By her I became father of two children, and I began to bless the determination which my mother had contributed so much to make me adopt ; but, alas ! happiness was never for me lasting ; the cup of bitterness was not yet exhausted, and I had still to shed many tears.
In the cemetery of Yertoux, a modest tomb for thee, poor mother ! is erected, between that of a husband and a son ; and soon after another grave was opened at Neuilly. In profound affliction I had the following lines engraved on the latter :
" Yeille, du haut des cieux, sur ta triste famille ;
Conserve-moi ton fils et revis dans ta fille."*
a " From Heaven's height look down and see The sorrows of thy family ; Preserve for me thy only boy, And in thy daughter give me joy.Ma " From Heaven's height look down and see The sorrows of thy family ; Preserve for me thy only boy, And in thy daughter give me joy.M