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and the master, waking up, rubbed his nose in a passion, and ex- longer in a condition to labour. The two which I throw away, are for the claimed, The cats are good for nothing ; they let the mice in, who support of the two daughters my wife had by a former marriage ; for I bite the very hair off my head." And, so saying, he drove all the cannot hope that they will ever pay me, as they are in fact nothing to me. cats away, and the mouse gained her point.

Even though they should have a will to do it, when they shall be grown

up, and get husbands, they will no longer have a will of their own; and as The next night, as soon as the master was sound asleep, the mouse crept in again, and nibbled and gnawed at the ribbon until it broke I have married their mother, I am at present obliged to maintain them.”

The king listened with pleasure to this discourse of the peasant, but in halves, and down fell the stone, which she then tried to push out forbade him, under the severest penalties, to repeat what he had said to under the door. But this latter matter was very difficult for the any person whatever, unless in his presence. "Look me in the face,” poor mouse to manage, and she called to the monkey, who drew it said the king, and notice my features well.” quite out with his long paws. It was an easy matter for him, and The countryman did so, and promised to obey his commands. he carried the stone down to the water side, accompanied by the The king returned to the city, and the next day told the learned men of others. When they got there the monkey asked how they were his court, that on the preceding day he had met with a peasant who was to get at the chest. "Oh!" replied the bear, that is soon done; I capable of confounding them all. He then told them what the countryman will swim into the water, and you, monkey, shall sit upon my back, had said to him, without giving them the explanation ; only telling them holding fast with your paws, while you carry the stone in your his wife and himself, two he employed to pay his debts, two he lent, and

that the man earned eight pence a day ; with two of which he maintained mouth : you, mouse, can sit in my right ear."

two he gave away. He asked them how this could be ; but they could not They all did as the bear suggested, and he swam off down the river, but very soon he felt uneasy at the silence, and so began to guess at the explanation. The king said he would give them three days to

think chatter, saying, “Do you hear, Mr. Monkey, we are brave fellows, The doctors were very much astonished and embarrassed. At last they redon't you think?"

solved to endeavour to discover the countryman, and get the explanation But the monkey did not answer a word.

from his own mouth. They easily found what route the king had that day " Is that manners ?" said the bear, again, “ will you not give your taken, and then pursuing the same road themselves, at last they met with the comrade an answer? Crabbed fellow is he who makes no reply." country man who had so much entertained the king. They asked him. if he had

Then the monkey could no longer restrain himself, and, opening not said such and such things to the king, to which he replied in the his mouth to speak, he let the stone fall into the water. Then he affirmative. They then begged of him to give them the explanation, which cried out, “ You stupid fellow, how could I answer you with the he positively refused. They made him a thousand promises, but he would stone in my mouth ? Now it is lost, and all through your fault.”

not trust them. They went a second time and presented him with several ." Do not be angry,” said the bear, " we will soon recover it.” pieces of gold, on which the likeness of the king was stamped. The Thereupon they consulted together, and summoned all the frogs and he had said to the king; and as soon as they had extorted from the country

countryman seeing these, made no difficulty of telling them every thing other creatures living in the water, and said to them, “There is a

man the true sense of his enigmas, they returned, and explained them to powerful enemy coming against you; but make haste and procure the monarch. us the stones as quickly as possible, and we will then build a wall to The king was astonished at this, and doubted not but that they had protect you."

found out the countryman, against whom he was exceedingly enraged ; and These words frightened the water animals, and they brought up again disguising himself, went to seek him. As soon as he saw him, he stones on all sides; and at last came a fat old frog waddling along, said: “ Well my friend, why have you not kept your word with me?". who had the wonderful stone in his mouth, hanging by a piece

“ I, sir! I have kept my word, and have punctually obeyed your orders.” of red ribbon. Then the bear was glad, and relieving the frog of

“How can that be,” said the king, “ did I not forbid you to give any exhis burden, he politely said it was all right, they might go home planation to any one of the words you had spoken to me ? and yet I am again now," and so took a short leave.

fully convinced that you have explained the whole to people who have After this the three beasts swam to the man in the chest, and, made it their business to extort it from you.”

“It is true, sir," replied he, “but I have done nothing more than what breaking in the lid by the aid of stones, they found they had come

you ordered me. The first time they came without you, and of course I just in the nick of time, for he had long ago finished his jug of would tell them nothing: for you had forbidden me to say a word, unless I water and loaf of bread, and was almost starved. However, as saw your visage. On their coming to me a second time, they produced soon as the man had taken the wonderful stone in his hand, he me your visage, not a single one, but many of them, all striking likenesses wished himself quite well, and back in the castle with the garden of you, as you here see.” and stables. His wish was immediately gratified, and there he and He then showed the king all the pieces of coin they had given him. bis three faithful beasts dwelt together, happy and contented, all the

At the sight of these," continued the countryman, “I found no difficulty rest of their lives.

in telling them everything they wished to know.”

The king's astonishment was increased at the subtlety of the peasant's

wit; and judging that it was unworthy of royalty to suffer so much good THE SAGACIOUS COUNTRYMAN.

sense to be buried in the obscurity of a village, he took him to court with

him, and made his fortune. A CERTAIN king, walking one day in the country, in a disguised habit in order that he might not be known, met a peasant tilling the ground. His hair was as white as snow, and he worked bare-headed. The king said to

SONG TO THE LADY-BIRD. him:

LADY-BIRD! Lady-bird ! pretty one, stay! “God preserve thee, thou man of the earth.” " And thou also," replied the countryman, “ thou master of the earth."

Come sit on my finger, so happy and gay; “Why do you so call me ?” said the king; “Do you know me ?”

With me shall no mischief betide thee; *)0," said the peasant, “but I so call you, because God having created

No harm would I do thee, no foeman is near: the earth for the use of man, he ought to be the master of it."

I only would gaze on thy beauties so dear, The king seeing his white locks, said to him, “ It has snowed much on the mountain.''

Those beautiful winglets beside thee. * Time will so have it,” replied the countryman.

Lady-bird! Lady-bird ! fly away home ; The king perceiving that he was a man of some wit, he added, "I see

Thy house is a-fire, thy children will roam ; you still labour, though you are advanced in years."

List! list! to their cry and bewailing; "I am obliged,” replied the countryman, « not only to work for myself but also for those who are older than I am.”

The pitiless spider is weaving their doom, The king asked him how much he earned each day?

Then, Lady-bird ! Lady-bird! fly away home He answered, “ Eight pence,”

Hark! hark! to thy children's bewailing. “And is that sufficient," said the king, “ to support you ?" "It must do more than that,” replied the countryman, "for my own

Fly back again, back again, Lady-bird, dear! support is the least of my expenses."

Thy neighbours will merrily welcome thee here; “But what are your other expenses ?” asked the king.

With them shall no peril betide thee; “I spend daily two pence for my own and my wife's nourishment,” said

They'll love thee and guard thee from danger or care, he, “I pay my debts with two others, I daily lend two, and the other two I

They'll gaze on thy beautiful winglets so fair, “How can all this be ?” said the king.

Those beautiful winglets beside thee! • Thus," answered the peasant, “I spend two for the nourishment of my wife and myself, and upon so little a sum you may well suppose we do not live

SUMMER comes, the sportive swallow very luxuriously. With two others I pay my debts, that is, I have a father

Skims delighted o'er the scene ; and a mother, who are both too old to work; and by supporting them now

Harebells blue and cowslips yellow I pay the debt I contracted when I was young, and when they kept me.

Deck the fields and meadows green; Two others, which I lend, are for the nourishment of my children, who are

O'er the busy field around us, as yet too young to be able to work; for I was not a young man when I

See the mowers ply the scythe; married. This being the case, I lend them, hoping they will pay me when

Jogous hearts and looks surround us they shall be able to work, and I shall be borne down with years, and no

Jocund lads and maidens blithe.

throw away."

Without any further talk,

She made a sudden spring, And like many clever folk

Who aim at every thing, She overleaped her mark, And to their hole so dark The mice got safe away. Said the cat, “This is notorious !" And she mewed out quite uproarious.

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THE LEGEND OF LITTLE PEARL.
“Poor little Pearl, good little Pearl !”
Sighed every kindly neighbour ;
It was so sad to see a girl

So tender doomed to labour.
A wee bird fluttered from its nest,

Too soon was that meek creature:
Just fit to rest in mother's breast,

The darling of fond Nature.
God shield poor little ones, where all
Must help to be bread-bringers !
For, once afoot, there's none too small;

To ply their tiny fingers.
Poor Pearl, she had no time to play
The merry game of childhood;
From dawn to dark she worked all day,

A-wooding in the wild wood.
When others played, she stole apart
In pale and shadowy quiet:
Too full of care was her child heart

For laughter running riot.
Hard lot for such a tender life,

And miserable guerdon;
But like a womanly wee wife,

She bravely bore her burden.
One wintry day they wanted wood

When need was at the sorest;
Poor Pearl, without a bit of food,
Must up and 10 the forest.
But there she sank down in the snow,

All over numbed and aching;
Poor little Pearl, she cried as though

Her very heart was breaking.
The blinding snow shut out the house

From little Pearl so weary :
The lonesome wind among the boughs

Moaned with its warning eerie.
To little Pearl a Child-Christ came,

With footfall light as fairy;
He took her hand, he called her name,

His voice was sweet and airy.
His gentle eyes filled tenderly

With mystical wet brightness : “And would you like to come with me,

And wear this robe of whiteness ?” He bore her bundle to the door,

Gave her a flower when going : “My darling, I shall come once more,

When the little bud is blowing.” Home very wan came little Pearl,

But on her face strange glory:
They only thought, " What ails the girl ?"

And laughed to bear her story.
Next morning mother sought her child,

And clasped it to her bosom ;
Poor little Pearl, in death she smiled,
And the rose was full in blossom.

SALLY IN OUR ALLEY. Of all the girls that are so smart,

There's none like pretty Sally; She is the darling of my heart,

And she lives in our alley. There's ne'er a lady in the land

That's half so sweet as Sally;
She is the darling of my heart,

And she lives in our alley.
Her father he makes cabbage-nets,

And through the streets does cry 'em : Her mother she sells laces long,

To such as choose to buy 'em.
But sure such folks could ne'er endure

So sweet a girl as Sally;
She is the darling of my heart,

And she lives in our alley.
When she is by I leave my work,

I love her so sincerely;
My master comes like any Turk,

And bangs me most severely.
But let him bang his bellyfull,

I'll bear it all for Sally;
She is the darling of my heart,

And she lives in our alley.
Of all the days that's in the week,

I dearly love but one day;
And that's the day that comes betwixt

A Saturday and Monday;
For then I'm dress’d, all in my best,

To walk abroad with Sally;
She is the darling of my heart,

And she lives in our alley.
When Christmas comes about again,

Oh, then I shall have money;
I'll hoard it up, and, box and all,

I'll give it to my honey.
And would it were ten thousand pound,

I'd give it all to Sally ;
She is the darling of my heart,

And she lives in our alley.

THE OLD CAT AND THE MICE.

A FABLE,

A Cat, having grown old and feeble, and no longer able to catoh mice, as in her young days, when her claws were sharp, considered how she should entice the mice to jump down her throat At last she hit upon a very clever idea. She would pretend to be dead, or put herself into a bag, and hang herself up on a nail, in the hope that the mice would no longer fear to come within her reach. An old moase passing by, in company with a friend, spied pussy's trick, and so kept at a respectful distance, whispering to his friend,“

Many a bag have I seen before to-day, but never a one with a cat's head in it. Ah, Madame Pussy," said he, aloud," hang there if you like it. I would not come nearer to you, even if you were stuffed with hay. As my neighbour the owl says, 'Old birds are not easily caught with chaff.'”

ENIGMAS, ETC.

I.

THE HERMIT IN THE WOOD. FATHER JOHN was a holy man,

And he lived beside a wood;
The bramble fruit and the scarlet hip

Were all his simple food.
Twas when the rose began to bloom,

And flush in crimson dyes,
He said, " This blossom Adam saved

As a relic of Paradise.”
And when the thrush came to the lime
To

prune his darksome wing, He said, “ It is my little child's soul

An angel has taught to sing."

A STORY ABOUT THREE BLIND MICE.

THERE were three blind mice
Sitting on a shelf eating rice;
" I say,” said one,“ oh, isn't it nice ?”
“ I think,” said another," it wants a little

spice.”
“My dear sir," said the third, “you are rather

too precise;
Eat more, and talk a little less,
Was our poor pa's advice,

A truth he oft tried to impress
On his little brown, blind mice.”
The old gray cat
Sat on the thick rope mat,

Washing her face and head,
And listening to what they said.
Stop,” said she, “ till I've wiped me dry,
And i'll be with you by and by;

And if I'm not mistaken,

Unless you save your bacon,
My boys, I'll make you fly.”
She pricks up her ears,

And to the cupboard goes,
Saying, “Wait a bit, my dears,

Till I hook you with my loes,
For, as I haven't dined to day,
I'll just take lunch, then go away;"
And as she walked quite perpendicular,
Said, “I'm not at all particalar."

I am the weakest thing alive,
Yet dauntless with the strong I strive;
Defenceless and exposed I lie,
Yet old and young to serve me ily.
I prize not honours, wealth, or birth,
Nor greatest glories of the earth;
And 1, of all on mortal ground,
Alone arn independent found.
Exempt from envy and from pride,
All that I want is soon supplied ;
Unmoved by others' weal or woe,
Without a rival or a foe.
And by the wisest and the best,
My state has been accounted blest;
For Christians most advanced must be
In many things most like to me.

II.

CRADLE SONG. HUAH-A-BY baby,

On the tree top, When the wind blows,

The cradle will rock. When the bough breaks,

The cradle will fall, Down will come baby,

Bougb, cradle, and all.

Few feet in breadth, few more in height,
I help you to pass to and fro,

And am as common as a stair,
But if you change my left and right.
Sixteen and a half feet long I grow,
And quarter of an acre square.

III.
READ from the left, I shall be found,

A portion of all things that are.
But change your hand, and turn me round.

then am nothing but a snare.

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Co., Paternoster-row.

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" To the Castle of Sigor." FRIDOLIN'S FOUR FRIENDS.

That was the very place to which Fridolin was going. He could, T was during the time when the Saxons, who had invaded the therefore, take the old man there without going out of his road.

island of Britain, and were daily gaining new conquests with the Still he hesitated; but pity overcame his pride, and he said to aid of their swords, axes, and bows, that the Britons were opposed Stephenby Fridolin, a young warrior, the bravest of the brave, and as generous “If my father will stand up I will lift him on to my

horse." as brave. He put himself at the head of the most dangerous expe

The hermit rose up, sayingditions; and, when his enemies recognised his cre-t from afar, his “Does my son speak seriously? Does he really mean to seat a name echoed from troop to troop, and many a face became pale. poor hermit beside himn ?"

Fridolin often rode out alone, utterly regardless of danger, look- “If my father will but make haste," replied the Saxon, stretching ing neither to the right nor to the left ; courage had banished pru. out his hand. My mother's brother is expecting me.”. cence. He passed through perils and dangers of every kind, as the Stephen did not require any more persuasion. He took Fridolin's swimmer stems the waves, sustained and fortified by them, till he hand, and with some difficulty seated himself behind him on the found in them his greatest pleasure and happiness.

horse, sustaining himself by pressing one hand on the breast of the One day he descended into the plain alone without giving himself young chief. any concern about the chief MacDall, or any of his warriors, who “God will recompense the young man for his kindness to me,” opposed the progress of the Saxons. He took his way towards a exclaimed the old man, in a confident tone. castle his uncle had built, at the foot of the mountain, beside a lake, “If He can recompense me for the service I do you," objected whose waters were as blue as the flax-blossom. He was mounted Fridolin, smiling, “He can also enrich thee. How is it He leaves on his favourite war-horse, and carried a good yew-tree bow on his you without succour?”. shoulder, while from his belt hung a battle-axe and a sword inlaid “My son deceives himself,” replied the hermit, mildly. “My with silver. A buckler hung from the saddle-bow of his steed, God gives me as a resource the benevolence of the generous, and the which proceeded at a gentle pace, iron jingling against iron. pity of kind hearts. It is to Him that I am indebted for meeting Fridolin proceeded carelessly on his way, chanting an ancestral with thee." song, and striking with the point of his lance the light oak branches “But why does He not supply you with the horse you require ? that hung from the trees by the roadside.

Why must you receive from another what you ought to possess But suddenly he became silent, and checked his horse's bridle, yourself." upon perceiving before him, seated by the roadside, an old man,

" The God of Christians has wished men to live together in whom he recognised as the “ hermit of the lone rock."

brotherly love,” replied Stephen, “and he has ordained want to He was one of those solitary, devout men, who sought refuge, from excite compassion. If I had possessed the horse which you now lend the sinful ways of the world, in retirement to lonely mountain me the use of, thy heart had not possessed the good motive which peaks, dwelling there with no other shelter than a hut, composed of led you to offer it to me; you would not have been my benefactor, branches covered with reeds, and occupied in healing the sick, com- I thy protégé. It is my destitution that has excited thy virtue, forting the afflicted, and preaching the Gospel

and my gratitude. Worldly ties are thus formed; the weakness of Stephen had travelled a long distance on his holy errand, and his each one impels all to make an exchange of services and of sentistrength had failed him. He sank down on a mossy bank by the ments, which we can do without difficulty. Strong and powerful, roadside, his bleeding feet soiled with dust

, and, with his hands you have this day succoured me; who knows but some day you may joined upon the wooden crucifix which hung from his waist, he find protection in my weakness." songht repose in sleep.

Fridolin made no reply, but a smile played about his lips. He The noise made by the knight, as he drew near, awoke the old asked himself how he, a powerful chief, could find a support in this man, who raised his head, and saluted Fridolin by invoking a helpless old man ? blessing on his head. Although the young Saxon had not yet However, he allowed the hermit to discourse for a long time of heard the glad tidings,” he had learned to respect old age, and be the great laws which God had given to mankind, and to explain stopped his horse.

how this human life was only the preparation for another and a "What is the hermit of the lone rock doing here?" asked Fri- better existence. Although faith had not yet visited this noble

young heart, the discourse of Stephen sensibly penetrated it, and My son sees,” replied Stephen, " that I am reposing under appeared to soften it. It was like a little limpid stream, which, by

gliding silently through a fissure, succeeds in penetrating to the “Has my father no other shelter ?"

centre of the hardest rock. None, bereby ; and my feet refuse to bear me further."

While the one was speaking and the other listening, they arrived - Where do you wish to go?"

at the outskirts of a forest, where they encountered an archer, who 4.

dolin, respectfully: God's sky."

“ All

was attempting to repair the broken cord of his bow, but the old soon emerged upon a barren beath. All human traces had disapcord broke every time it was tried, and the archer bitterly reproached peared. As far as the eye could reach no sign of ploughed field or himself for his folly. “If I do not deceive myself,” said Stephen, smoke ascending from the peasant's cottage-chimney could be dis“here is a man who, for want of foresight, finds himself greatly cerned. Only the bleating of some sheep from the narrow ravines, embarrassed." “Who would wish to be in my predicament ?" cried where grass thinly grew, was heard, and as he approached, Fridolin the archer. "I set out at daybreak to hunt in the forest, and my perceived the sheep dispersed among the bushes. master is waiting for the game I kill to entertain his friends with; Suddenly their bleating became louder and more frequent; he and from neglecting to examine my bow before I set out, all my saw them collect together towards the centre of the ravine, and then hopes are frustrated, with no means of remedying my folly. By the run towards him with every sign of terror. bones of my ancestors, I would at this moment give eight days of “What frightens these creatures thus ?” inquired Fridolin of the my. life for a good hempen or leather string to my bow."

the hermit, quite surprised. "I hope," said Stephen, "you will be able to obtain one at a “Does not my son perceive those flaming eyes in the shade lesser sacrifice.” Then he whispered in Fridolin's ear, “ I see there's yonder P” replied Stephen. an extra cord wound round your bow, give it to this man, that he The Saxon raised himself up in his saddle. may remember he has met with Fridolin the Generous."

"By the honour of my mother, that is true !" cried he. The young chief nodded assent, and unwound from his bow a the wolves in the mountain seem to have met together here. They fine buckskin cord, and ofiered it to the hunter, who overwhelmed are as numerous as the sheep, and each will soon devour his own. Fridolin with thanks.

See, already the least diligent have been devoured.” “Dly young lord will find me not ungrateful,” he added, when he “Save the others, my son," said the hermit, eagerly, “and show saw Fridolin about to depart; "wherever he may be, and whatever the shepherd that you are Fridolin the Bold.” The Saxon drew his the dangers that surround bim, let him call upon Nadok, and if he sword, and spurring his horse, he rushed to attack the wolves, which, be within sound of his voice, he will hasten, like a faithful servant, at first, stopped dismayed. But this was only a first surprise. Upon to his assistance."

recognising the enemy they had to deal with they returned, and all The Saxon chief thanked him with a waive of his hand, and of them attacked bim at once. Fridolin turned his horse, so as to continued on his way. The hunter's offer of service did not appear make bim present his heels to his assailants, and struck with his to him of more value than that of the poor hermit of the lone rock. sword right and left so vigorously that every blow cost a wolf his

The road now became very bad; where the horse could with life. He was soon surrounded with wounded and dead wolves, great difficulty maintain its footing, for the soil was sandy and whose plaintive dying howls dismayed the rest of the troop, which stony. It required all Fridolin's skill and care to avoid falling into quickly fied to the mountains. the numerous holes that beset his path; he was finally obliged to Fridolin himself bled from several wounds which he could not seek another among the rocks.

avoid. The hermit quickly exerted himself to stop the bleeding; The travellers soon recognised that this precaution was not use- and wash his wounds. Meanwhile the shepherd arrived ; attracted less, for, upon arriving at a place where the road divided into several by the noise, he had reached the spot only just in time to see the branches, they encountered a wagon laden with corn, which the luist of the fray. He fell at the knees of the Saxon chief to thank careless driver had allowed to fall into a ravine, from which all the him. strength of his horses could not extricate it. Losing courage, the "I am only,” said he, “ a poor serf, given in charge of this flock wagoner seated himself by the road-side, and tore his hair in rage of sheep, of which ny master makes me give an account with a and despair.

whip in his hand. For every sheep devoured by the wolves my On hearing Fridolin's horse approach, he rose up terrified. The body will receive many blows, and I should have to pay the loss of hermit hastened to quiet his fears.

the flock with my life. God bless you, then, you who have saved “We are not robbers, brother," said he ; "you have nothing to my life: if ever you require it, come and demand it of me." fear from this Saxon nobleman."

Saying these words he kissed the feet of Fridolin, who ordered “ Blessings on his head, then," said the wagoner, saluting him him to rise. Then, pressed by time and the pain of his wounds, timidly, "för poor folks like me have as many enemies as a field of the young Saxon passed into a defile which would lead him by the ripe corn. If the birds do not devour the ears the wild boars shortest road to the Castle of Sigor. Already the roof of the trample them down, and, to crown all, when we have managed to friendly dwelling appeared in the distance, and the lights sparkled save a few sheaves, we try in vain to convey them home, for the through the gloom, when a score of horsemen, concealed in a bend quagmires swallow up what the brigands or the wild beasts have of the road, surrounded the Saxon chier, and overthrew him before spared."

he had time to draw his sword. As they were binding his hands a “Can you not get that wheel out of the hole ?” asked Fridolin, man approached, holding a torch in his hand. Fridolin recognised examining in what manner the wagon was stuck fast.

MacDall! The two foes exchanged glances; the eyes of one “ Alas! my good sir, I have tried with all my strength and skill," flashed with triumph, the other with rage, but neither uttered a replied the wagoner, disconsolately, “as you may see. My horses word. Upon a sign from MacDall, the Saxon was bound to a are covered with sweat, and my hand is crushed by the shaft. I can horse, and the troop galloped away by the road that led into the see no way out of my difficulty except by unloading my wagon, and forest. that cannot be done before it becomes dark, and then the robbers Two hours afterwards Fridolin, still bound, was sleeping on the will come and seize both my corn and the wagon, and I shall con. grass in a meadow; around him glowed the light of half-extinguished sider myself lucky if they do not hang me up on a branch of a tree. fires, near which some soldiers were watching. Their chief had Unless Providence interposes in my behalf, my corn and wagon is retired to the hut which served him for a tent, whither Stephen lost; and the only way to save myself is to take my horses away and followed him. leave the corn to its fate."

While exposed to the insulting gaze of his foes, Fridolin had " Alight from your horse, my son," said Stephen to the Saxon, regarded them with cold disdain, but when left alone, his face con"and let him see that you are Fridolin the Strony." The young chief cealed in the darkness of night, he abandoned himself without made no hesitation, and though it was but an inglorious task for a restraint to the bitterness of his emotions. warrior, he seized hold of a mattock, and employing it as a lever, he He knew MacDall well enough not to hope for mercy, and he raised the wheels out of the holes in which they had sunk into the would have resigned himself to the cruel death reserved for him it road, and pointed out to the wagoner in what direction he should this death had been previously avenged by an heroic struggle, but lead his horses; and then, pushing at the wagon behind, he made to perish miserably in an ambush, without having so much as drawn it go into a part of the road where it was easy to proceed.

bis sword !--to submit to an obscure death inflicted by chance conWhen he had accomplished this, and given some good advice querors-to fall at last uselessly to his friends and for his fame for to the wagoner, he re-mounted his horse ; but not before the an imprudence which they would misunderstand or blame! At this man had kissed his knees, and called down blessings on his thought his heart was nigh bursting with despair. He looked head.

desperately into the darkness to find some path of safety. He “May every prosperity attend the noble lord !” cried he; listened to the voice of the evening breeze, hoping it would bring may his oxen grow fat, and the ears of his corn grow a span bim a sign of deliverance, but the breeze continued to stir the long; but, mowing or reaping, let him never forget that the arms of leaves of the oak trees with the same monotonous murmur, and on Stomar and his kindred are always at his service."

every side the night presented its impenetrable darkness and gloom. Fridolin attached no more value to the words of the wagoner than Fridolin felt that every chance was gone, he buried his face in the he had done to those of the hunter and the hermit.

grass completely discouraged, and awaited his doom. These meetings had, however, retarded his progress, and the sun The moon had now accomplished o.le-half of her course. was now getting near the horizon; the road wound first among fires of the encampment cast a vague and lurid light around ; the dark thickets and brakes, and then through narrow gorges in the sentinels were dronsy: when suddenly a voice that appeared to rise mountains, enveloped in mist. The Saxon spurred his horse, and out of the earth called “Fridolin." He raised himself up on his

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elbow, and at a few paces distant perceived the hermit, seated, like themselves discovered, and retraced their steps in order to mislead himself, on the mossy ground.

the enemy, and made wide circuits to avoid him. “My son, be cautious," said the hermit, “and make no noise that The rain, which began to fall about midnight, slackened the may betray me while I whisper to you,- your life depends on it." pursuit, and finally enabled them to breathe more freely.

“Do you, then, bring me the means of saving it ?" asked the Saxon, But Fridolin escaped one danger only to fall into another. Heated in a whisper.

with walking, and, almost devoid of clothing, he soon felt the icy rain "Stretch out your hand and feel about you,” replied the hermit. which fell, and, shivering from head to foot, he with difficulty fol

Fridolin obeyed, and soon found a dagger. It was with difficulty lowed the hunter, who vainly attempted to encourage him; his that be could repress a cry of joy.

pace slackened, his teeth chattered, a film covered his eyes, and the “ Beware!"interrupted the hermit, eagerly. “Free yourself quietly hills appeared to him to be whirling around. from your bonds, and make your escape to the thicket on yourtight. Nadok cast anxious glances around him on every side, and at I will take your place, and the soldiers, half asleep, will not perceive length pointed to the roof of a cottage which stond at the bottom of a the change."

little dark alley. The Saxon executed all his instructions with so much skill and "My master may find a shelter yonder," said he, “but perhaps he promptitude that he awoke no suspicion among his guards, and in a will also find treachery MacDall would refuse nothing to him few moments he had glided into the midst of the thicket. He con- who would surrender such a prisoner as you. Who, then, would tinued to crawl upon his hands and knees until he reached the venture to trust such a peasant as Stomar ?" forest, beneath whose thick shade he became effectually concealed. "No," replied Fridolin, vehemently; "go, knock at his door, Slowly raising himself to his feet, and passing cautiously from and say that he who rescued his wagon from the ravine into which tree to tree, he arrived at the outskirts of the forest, and soon gained it had fallen demands his aid and protection." a gorge in the mountain.

Nadok obeyed, and soon returned, accompanied by the peasant and The transition from captivity to liberty had been so sudden and another companion, in whom Fridolin recognised the shepherd rapid that Fridolin walked on for some time without fully íoriel. realising his situation. He hurried along with no other thought Both men ran to him with great demonstrations of joy : they than that of removing himself as far as possible from the camp of raised the fugitive from the heath upon which he had fallen, and MacDall. The rocks, heaths, and torrents passed before his eyes lifting him up in their arms they carried him to the cottage in a like visions, without his making any effort to recognise them. At fainting state. Then they made up a good fire; Stomar brought out length his breath failed him, and he was forced to stop.

a barley cake, and Loriel a cheese made of ewes' milk. The Saxon, Turning his eyes behind him, he saw that the furest of oaks had revived by the warmth of the fire, ate what was presented to him. disappeared in the darkness of night, and he began to feel joy in his His strength, departed for a time, now revived again, and learning deliverance, but too many dangers still menaced him to allow of his that he was but a short distrnce from the castle of Sigor, he rose up stopping to rest long. His escape must soon be detected, and the and requested Nadok to conduct him there. whole of MacDall's troop would follow in pursuit. And supposing The farmer immediately ran to fetch his best horse, upon which even that he escaped from his foe. How, with no other weapon he assisted the chief to mount. Loriel covered his bare shoulders beside a dagger, could he defend himself against the attacks of wild with a large sheepskin, and, both joining the hunter, walked before beasts which swarmed on the mountain ? What means had he of to show him the way. finding his road? Where obtain the nourishment which he already By the time they arrived at the Castle of Sigor the sun had gilded began to feel the want of? How was he to replace the clothing of the hill tops with his early beams. which his enemy's soldiers had deprived him? These thoughts Arrived at the gate they met the old lord, who, informed by very quickly calmed his first transports of joy; he looked around Stephen of the peril bis nephew incurred, was about to hasten to his him in deep anxiety, and proceeded on his way more slowly. Every assistance with some armed vassals. The young warrior threw himmoment the howling of the wolves made him tremble; the noise of self into his arms, and in few words related how he had escaped. the springs flowing from the fissures in the rocks sounded in his ears Sigor wished to reward those to whom his nephew owed his safety, like the murmur of voices; the trunks of the birch trees assumed in but all refused any kind of recompense, declaring that they had only his eyes the forms of soldiers in ambush, and he stopped till he had paid a debt, and again at their departure bestowed upon Fridolin satisfied himself of his error.

their thanks. He soon reached the edge of a torrent, which poured its stream “My son need not be surprised at what they have done,” said the into a deep fissure it had made in the rocks. Fridolin endeavoured hermit; “ he who sows benefits will reap blessings. Man is not more to discover a ford by sounding the black waters that flowed at his wicked than the wild beast, and that recognises the hand that feeds feet, when suddenly he heard the noise of footsteps behind where he it. If these three unfortunate creatures have left prey, house, and stood.

flock to secure thy safety, it is not because thou art Fridolin the It was no illusion this time; he could hear the stones rattle brave and strong, but because all three recognised that thou art beneath regular footsteps, and a shadow appeared at the end of the Fridolix TuE GENEROUS. path.

The Saxon had in front of him the torrent, to the right and to the left inaccessible rocks; any attempt at flight was useless. Seizing

IIOME. his dagger, and plunging into the shade, he waited.

HOME ! how that blessed word thrills the ear! He who approached carried a bow on his shoulder, and appeared charged with a burden that impeded his progress. Fridolin, struck

In it recollections blend :

It tells of childhood's scenes so dear, with a sudden recollection, leaned his head forward to recognise who it was that approached. The hunter, perceiving him, stopped.

And speaks of many a cherished friend. “ Who goes there?” he asked, sharply.

O! through the world, where'er we roam, “One whom Nadok promised to serve," replied the fugitive,

Though souls be pure and lips be kind, boldly advancing.

The heart with fondness turns to home Although he was on foot, and nearly naked, yet Nadok recognised

Still turns to those it left behind. bin by the light of the moon. Fridolin briefly narrated what had happened to him, upon which the hunter suddenly threw the buck

The bird that soars to yonder skies he carried on his shoulders to the ground.

Though nigh to bearen seems yet unblessed;

It leaves them and with rapture flies “By my life !" he exclaimed, “I have come in good time, for you

Downward to its own much-loved nest.
are just in advance of those who seek you. I met them below
yonder, just beyond the great oaks. They crossed the torrent at its

Though beauteous scenes may meet its view,
Quick, and follow me, and gain the great pines; perhaps

And breezes blow from balmy groves, you may yet escape them.”

With wing untired and bosom true At these words, and without concerning himself further with the

It turns to that dear spot it loves. rich prey which he abandoned, he took the road, followed by the Saxon, that led to the mountain gorges, crossing the gaps, and climb

When heaven shall bid this soul depart, ing the easiest slopes.

This form return to kindred earth,

May the last throb which swells my heart Soon they heard, above the noise made by the falling waters, the

Heave where it started into birth. cries of the soldiers, with torches in their hands, searching every pook, and could see the light reflected on their weapons. Nadok,

And should affection shed one tearwith his bow in his left hand, and an arrow resting on the cord,

Should friendship linger round my tombcontinued to advance through the ravines, ready to shoot the first

The tribute will be doubly dear one who opposed his progress. On several occasions they believed

When given by those of "home, sweet home."

source.

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