Excerpt from The Disowned It was the evening of a soft, warm day in the May of 17 - . The sun had already set, and the twilight was gathering slowly over the large, still masses of wood which lay on either side of one of those green lanes so peculiar to England. Here and there, the outline of the trees irregularly shrunk back from the road, leaving broad patches of waste land covered with fern - and the yellow blossoms of the dwarf furze, and, at more distant intervals, thick clusters of rushes, from which came the small hum of gnats - those evening revellers - alternately rising and sinking in the customary manner of their unkwn sports - till, as the shadows grew darker and darker, their thin and airy shapes were longer distinguishable, and solitary token of life or motion broke the voiceless motony of the surrounding woods. The first sound which invaded the silence came from the light, quick footsteps of a person, whose youth betrayed itself in its elastic and unmeasured tread, and in the gay, free carol, which broke out by fits and starts upon the gentle stillness of the evening. There was something rather indicative of poetical taste than musical science in the selection of this vesper hymn, which always commenced with - 'Tis merry, 'tis merry, in good green wood, and never proceeded a syllable farther than the end of the second line, When birds are about and singing; from the last word of which, after a brief pause, it invariably started forth into joyous iteration. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.