The dim dawn came, and after that the bright day, when he heard a low guttural sobbing, which came and went at intervals along the passage and which drew closer each time and more distinct He slipped over the edge, dropped his feet to the first ledge, and waited.
Stop that vile sobbing!
I heard her rustling through the air With sliding plume,--no sound beside, Save the sea-sobbings everywhere, And sighs of the subsiding tide.
When Miss Lavinia went to her room to see if the girl was comfortable and have a little go-to-bed chat by the fire, she found her stretched upon the bed; her head hidden between the pillows, in a vain effort to stifle her passionate sobbing.
Fortunately the organ and choristers were now combined to overcome the sobbing, and they succeeded.
Safe in the care of heavenly powers, The good we dreamed but might not do, Lost beauty magically new, Shall spring as surely as the flowers, When, 'mid the sobbing of the rain, The heart of April beats again.
After this there was a dead stillness, and I heard nothing more, upon either occasion, until nearly daybreak; unless, perhaps, I may mention a low sobbing, or murmuring sound, so very much suppressed as to be nearly inaudible--if, indeed, the whole of this latter noise were not rather produced by my own imagination.