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be seen but the old oak, and the gloomy wood, and the hovels; and and ran to Joe before his sister. “We may go, we may go, Joe !" the thunder rolled, and the winds whistled. It seemed that all about cried he. him was angry, so he turned homewards, frightened at what he had Stay for me, Joe, I beg,” said Miss Harriet, who presently done.
joined him. In the morning all the neighbours flocked together, asking one As soon as Joe found that the young gentry, as he called them, another what the noise and bustle of the last night could mean; and had obtained permission to accompany him, he took Frederick by when they looked about them, their trees seemed blighted and the the hand, and said, “Come along, my young master." meadows parched, the streams were dried up, and everything seemed Frederick's impatience was so great that he could scarcely be troubled and sorrowful.
restrained from running all the way, but his sister entreated him not But yet they all thought that, somehow or other, the wood had to make himself too hot. not near so forbidding a look as it used to have. Strange stories At length they arrived at the desired spot; Joe placed the ladder, were told: how one had heard flutterings in the air, another had and his young master, with a little assistance, mounted it very seen the wood as it were alive with little beings, that flew away from nimbly ; but who can describe his raptures when he beheld the it. Each neighbour told his tale, and all wondered what could nestlings! “Oh, the sweet creatures," cried he; "there are four have happened. But Rose and her husband knew what was of them, I declare! I never saw anything so pretty in my life! I the matter, and be wailed their folly; for they foresaw that their wish I might carry you all home." kind neighbours, to whom they owed all their luck, were gone for “That you must not do, Frederick," said his sister; "and I beg
you will come away, for you will either terrify the little creatures Among the bystanders none told a wilder story than the old or alarm the old birds, which, perhaps, are now waiting somewhere ferryman, who plied across the river at the side of the wood. He near to feed them.” told how, at midnight his boat was carried away, and how hundreds "Well, I will come away directly," said Frederick, " and so of little beings seemed to load it with treasure: how a strange piece good-bye, Robins! I hope you will come soon, along with your of gold was left for him in the boat as his fare : how the air seemed father and mother, to be fed in the parlour.” He then, under the full of fairy forms fluttering around : and how, at last, a great train conduct of his friend Joe, descended. passed over, that seemed to be guarding their leader to the meadows Joe next addressed Miss Harriet. * Now my young mistress," on the other side: and how he heard soft music floating around, said he, “will you go up?" As the steps of the ladder were broad, and sweet voices singing as they hovered overhead.
and the nest was not high, Miss Benson ventured to go up, and was Poor Elfie mourned their loss the most; and would spend whole equally delighted with her brother, but so fearful of terrifying the hours in looking upon the rose that her playfellow bad given her, little birds, and alarming the old ones, that she would only indulge and singing over it the pretty airs she had taught her; till at length, herself with a peep at the nest. when the year's charm had passed away, and it began to fade, she Frederick inquired how she liked the young
Robins. “They are planted the stalk in her garden, and there it grew and grew till she sweet creatures," said she," and I hope they will soon join our could sit under the shade of it, and think of her friend Gossamer. party of birds, for they appear to me ready to fly. But let us return
to mamma, for you know we promised her to stay but a little while besides, we hinder Joe from his work.”
“Never mind that," said the honest fellow; “master won't be THE ROBINS.
angry I am sartain, and if I thought he would I would work an hour later to fetch up lost time."
"Thank you, Joe,” replied Miss Harriet, “but I am sure papa would not desire you to do so.”
At this instant Frederick perceived the two Redbreasts, who were returning from their proposed excursion, and called to his sister to observe them. He was very desirous to watch whether they would go back to their nest, but she would on no account consent to stay lest her mamma should be displeased, and lest the birds should be frightened. Frederick, therefore, with reluctance followed her, and Joe attended them to the house.
As soon as they were out of sight the hen bird proposed to return to the nest; she had observed the party, and, though she did not see them looking into her habitation, she supposed, from their being so near, that they had been taking a view of it, and told her suspicions to her mate.
He agreed with her, and said he now expected to hear a fine story from the nestlings. “Let us return, however," said the mother, "for perhaps they have been terrified again.” “Well," said he, “I will attend you then ; but let me caution you, my dear, not to indulge their fearful disposition, because such indulgence will certainly prove injurious to them.” “I will do the best I can,” replied she,
and then flew to the nest, followed by her mate. JOE THE GARDENER VIEWING THE ROBINS' NEST.
She alighted upon the ivy, and, peeping into the nest, inquired how they all did ? Very well, dear mother,” said Robin. cried the father (who now alighted), “ all safe! Not one eat up by
the monster?" CHAPTER V.
“No, father,” replied Dicky, “we are not devoured ; and yet, I S_soon as Mrs. Benson returned to her children, Master assure you, the monster we saw before has been here again, and Frederick ran up to her, saying, “ Good news, good news
brought two others with him." mamma; Joe has found the robins' nest.”
“'Two others ! what, like himself ?” said the father. “I thought, “ Has he, indecd ?” said Mrs. Benson.
Flapsy, you were to die with apprehension if you saw him again ?" “ Yes, mamma,” said Miss Harriet, “and, if agreeable to you, we
“And so I believe I should have done, had not you, my good father, shall be glad to go along with Joe to see it.”
taught me to conquer my fears," replied Flapsy. “When I saw the “But how are you to get at it ?" said the lady, “for I suppose it top of him my heart began to flutter to such a degree that I was is some height from the ground ?”
ready to die, and every leather of me shook; but when I found he “Oh, I can climb a ladder very well,” cried Frederick.
stayed but a very little while, I recovered, and was in hopes he was "You climb a ladder! You are a clever gentleman at climbing, quite gone. My brothers and sisters, I believe, felt as I did; but we I kuow," replied his mamma ; " but do you propose to mount too, comforted one another that the danger was over for this day, and all Harriet? I think this is rather an indelicate scheme for a lady." agreed to make ourselves happy, and not fear this monster, since you
“ Joe tells me that the nest is but a very little way from the had assured us he was very harmless. However, before we were ground, mamma," answered Harriet ; " but if I find it otherwise, perfectly come to ourselves, we heard very uncommon noises, someyou may depend on my not going up."
times a hoarse sound, disagreeable to our ears as the croaking of a “On this condition I will permit you to go," said Mrs. Benson. raven, and sometimes a shriller noise, quite unlike the note of any "But pray, Mr. Frederick, let me remind you not to frighten your bird that we know of, and immediately after something presented little favourites."
itself to our view which bore a little resemblance to the monster, but "Not for all the world," said Frederick : 99 away he skipped ! by no means so large and frightful, Instead of being all over red, 1!
had on each side two spots of a more beautiful hue than Dicky's
THE STORY WITHOUT AN END. breast; the rest of it was of a more delicate white, excepting two streaks of a deep red, like the cherry you brought us the other day, and between these two streaks were rows of white bones, but by no means dreadful to behold, like those of the great monster ; its eyes were blue and white, and round this agreeable face was something which I cannot describe, very pretty, and as glossy as the feathers of a goldfinch. There was so cheerful and pleasing a look in this creature altogether, that notwithstanding I own I was rather afraid, yet I had pleasure in looking at it; but it stayed a very little time, and then disappeared.
" While we were puzzling ourselves with conjectures concerning it, another creature, larger than it, appeared before us, equally beau. tiful, and with an aspect so mild and gentle, that we were all charmed with it; but as if fearful of alarming us by its stay, it immediately retired, and we have been longing for you and my mother's return, in hopes you would be able to tell us what we have seen.” “I
am happy, my dears," said the mother, " to find you more composed than I expected; for as your father and I were flying together in order to come back to you we observed the monster, and the two pretty creatures Pecksy has described; the former is, as your father
III. before informed you, our friend the gardener, and the others are
The Child did not very well know what to think of all this; deep our young benefactors, by whose bounty we are every day regaled, in thought he went home and laid himself on his little bed, and all and who, I will venture to say, will do you no harm. You cannot night long in his dreams he was wandering about on the ocean, and think how kindly they treat us; and though there are a number of among the stars, and over the dark mountain. But the moon loved other birds who share their goodness, your father and I are favoured to look on the slumbering Child as he lay with his little head softly with their particular regard.”.
pillowed on his right arm. She lingered a long time before his little “Oh!" said Pecksy, " are these sweet creatures your friends ? I window, and went slowly away to lighten with her beams the dark long to go abroad that I may see them again."
chamber of some sick person. "Well,” cried Flapsy, “I perceive that if we judge from
As the moon's soft light rested on the Child's eyelids he fancied he appearances, we may often be mistaken. Who would have thought sat in a golden boat, on a great, great water ; countless stars swam that such an ugly monster as that gardener could have had a tender glittering on the dark mirror of the waters. He stretched out his heart ?"
hands to catch the nearest star, but it had vanished, and the water "Very true," replied the mother; "you must make it a rule, splashed up against him. Then he saw clearly that these were not Flapsy, to judge of mankind by their actions, and not by their the real stars; he looked up to the sky, and wished he could fly looks. I have known some of them whose appearance was as thither. engaging as that of our young benefactors, who were, notwith- But in the meantime the moon had wandered on her way; and standing, barbarous enough to take eggs out of a nest and spoil now the Child was led in its dream into the clouds, and he thought them : nay, even to carry away nest and all before the young ones he was sitting on a white sheep, and he saw mady lambs grazing were fledged, without knowing how to feed them, or having any around him. He tried to catch a little lamb to play with, but it was regard to the sorrows of the tender pareuts.”
nothing but mist and vapour; then the child was sorrowful, and he « Oh, what dangers there are in the world !” cried Pecksy:, “I wished himself down again in his own meadow where his own lamb shall be afraid to leave the nest.” “Why so, my love ?” said the
was sporting gaily about. mother; “every bird does not meet with hawks and cruel children.
Meanwhile the moon had gone to sleep behind the mountains, and You have already, as you sat on the nest, seen thousands of the all was dark around. Then the Child dreamt that he fell down into feathered race, of one kind or another, making their airy excursions, the dark, gloomy caverns of the mountain, and at that he was so full of mirth and gaiety.”
frightened that he suddenly awoke, just as morning peeped with her “ This orchard constantly resounds with the melody of those who bright eyes over the nearest hill. chant forth their songs of joy, and I believe there are no beings in the world happier than birds, for we are naturally formed for
IV. cheerfulness, and I trust that a prudent precaution, and following The Child started up, and, to recover himself from his fright, the rules we shall, from our experience, be able to give you, will went into the little garden behind his hut, where the flower-beds preserve you from the dangers to which the feathered 'race are were surrounded by venerable palm-trees, and where he knew that exposed.”
all the flowers would nod kindly at him. But, behold! the tulip * Instead of indulging your fears, Flapsy," said the father, turned up her nose, and the ranunculus held her head as stiffly as "gummon up all your courage, for to-morrow you shall, with your possible, that she might not bow good-morrow to him.
The rose brothers and sister, begin to see the world.” Dicky expressed great with her fair, round cheeks, smiled and greeted the Child lovingly; delight at this declaration, and Robin boasted that he had not the so he went up to her and kissed her fragrant mouth. And then the least remains of fear.
rose tenderly complained that he so seldom came into the garden, Flapsy, though still apprehensive of monsters, yet longed to see and that she gave out her bloom and her fragrance the live-long the gaieties of life, and Pecksy wished to comply with every desire of day in vain ; for the other flowers either could not see her, because her dear parents.
they were too low, or did not care to look at her, because they The approach of evening now reminded them that it was time to themselves were so rich in bloom and fragrance. But she was take repose, and turning its head under its wing, each bird soon most delighted when she glowed in the blooming head of a child, resigned itself to the gentle powers of sleep.
and could pour out all her heart's secrets to him in sweet odours. (To be continued.)
Among other things the rose whispered in his ear that she was the
And in truth the Child, while looking at her beauty, seemed to
have quite forgotten to go on ; till the blue larkspur called to him, All your leaves do open wide
and asked whether he cared nothing more about his faithful friend; Every morning, when on high The noble sun begins to ride ?
she said that she was unchanged, and that even in death she should
look upon him with eyes of unfading blue. This is why, my lady fair,
The Child thanked her for her true-heartedness, and passed on to If you would the reason know,
the hyacinth, who stood near the puffy, full-cheeked, gaudy tulips. For betimes the pleasant air Very cheerfully doth blow.
Even from a distance the hyacinth sent forth kisses to him, for she And the birds on every tree
knew no other way to express her love. Although she was not reSing a merry, merry tune;
markable for her beauty, yet the Child felt himself wondrously And the busy honey-bee
attracted by her, for he thought no flower loved him so well. But Comes to sip my honey soon,
the hyacinth poured out her full heart and wept bitterly, because This is all the reason why
she stood so lonely; the tulips were, indeed, her countrymen, but I my little leaves undo,
they were so cold and unfeeling that she was ashamed of them, Lady, lady, wait and try
The Child comforted her, and told her he did not think thing, were H I have not told you true,
so bad as she fancied. The tulips spoke their love in bright looko,
while she uttered her's in fragrant words; that these, indeed, were
THE BEAUTIFUL. lovelier and more intelligible, but that the others were not to be despised.
Then the hyacinth was comforted, and said she would be content; EARLY one morning in June, a father took his son Theodore into and the Child went on to the powdered auricula, who, in her bash
a rich man's garden, where Theodore had never been before. The fulness, looked kindly up to him, and would gladly have given him garden was far from the town, and beautifully adorned with all more than kind looks, had she had more to give. But the Child kinds of shrubs and plants, flower-beds and fruit-trees, arbours, was satisfied with her modest greeting : he felt that he was poor, and shady shrubberies. A clear brook flowed in various windings too, and he saw the deep, thoughtful colours that lay beneath her through the garden : rushing in a cascade from a rock; it after. golden dust. But the humble flower of her own accord sent him to wards formed a round lake, where, in the cool valley, a mill was her neighbour, the lily, whom she willingly acknowledged as her clacking; In the finest spots in the garden were mossy seats and queen. And when the Child came to the lily, the slender flower verdant bowers. waved to-and-fro, and bowed her pale head with gentle pride and
Theodore could not cease gazing upon and admiring all this stately modesty, and sent forth a fragrant greeting to him. The beauty ; he walked by the side of his father, mostly in silence, but Child knew not what had come to him; it reached his inmost heart, at times he would exclaim : “0, father, how beautiful and how so that his eyes filled with soft tears. Then he marked how the lovely is this garden !" lily gazed with a clear and steadfast eye upon the sun, and how
His father told him how, twelve years ago, this had been a desert the sun looked down again into her pure chalice, and how, amidst place and marshy ground, and that the new proprietor had arranged this interchange of looks, the three golden threads united in the and planted it all so beautifully, centre. And the child heard one scarlet lady-bird at the bottom of Then the boy's astonishment increased, and he praised the skilful the cup say to another, “ Knowest thou not that we dwell in the and judicious man, who had changed the appearance of the place flower of heaven?” and the other replied, “Yes, and now will so pleasantly, and made it so lovely and agreeable. the mystery be fulfiled.” And as the Child saw and heard all
When they had seen many things, and were tired with walking, this, the dim image of his unknown parents, veiled, as it were, in a the father took the boy through the shrubberies to the cascade of holy light, floated before his eyes; he strové to grasp it, but the the brook, and they sat down on the slope of the hill. Here they light was gone, and the Child slipped, and would have fallen, had heard the rushing of the water, which threw itself foaming over the not the branch of a currant bush caught and held him ; then he rocks, and listened to the song of the nightingale hidden in the took some of the bright berries for his morning's meal, and went bushes, accompanying the noise of the water. Then Theodore back to his hut, and stripped the little branches of their fruit. thought he had never before heard the nightingales sing so sweetly.
While they were sitting and listening they heard the voices of
children and of a man. They were the children of the miller, a FACTS FROM FAIRYLAND.
boy and girl, who led their grandfather, a blind old man, between "O then, I see Queen Mab Hath been with you!"
them, and spoke to him of the blooming shrubs and trees by the Wouldst thou know of me
wayside, cheering him with their loving words. Where our dwellings be?
Then they took their grandfather to an arbour, to a seat among 'Tis under this hill,
the singing nightingales, and kissed him and ran into the garden to Where the moonbeam chill
fetch flowers and fruit for hiin. Silvers the leaf and brightens the blade,
The old man smiled, and when he was alone, he took off his cap 'Tis under this mound
and prayed with a joyful countenance. Then Theodore and his Of greenest ground,
father were touched to the heart, and they prayed, and praised God That our crystal palaces are made.
in company with the old man. Theodore wept, overcome by his Wouldst thou know of me
feelings. Soon after the children came back singing merrily. What our food may be ?
They brought fragrant flowers and ripe fruit for their blind grandTis the sweetest breath
father. Which the bright flower hath,
Theodore said to his father when they returned home : "Oh, how That blossoms in wilderness afar;
rich and beautiful was this morning !"
In a harebell cup,
THE THREE HEADS OF THE WELL.
Long before Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, there 'Tis the freshest dew,
reigned in the eastern part of England a king who kept his court at And the clearest, too,
Colchester. He was witty, strong, and valiant, by which means he That ever hung or leaf or flower ;
subdued his enemies abroad, and maintained peace among his subAnd merry we skink
jects at home. Nevertheless, in the midst of his glory, his queen That wholesome drink,
died, leaving behind her an only daughter, about fifteen years of Thorough the quiet of the midnight hour.
age. This lady, from her courtly demeanour, beauty, and atlability, Wouldst thou know of me,
was the admiration of all who knew her; but, as covetuousness is
said to be the root of all evil, so it happened in this instance. What our pastimes be ?
The king hearing of a lady, who had likewise an only daughter, 'Tis the hunt and halloo, The dim greenwood through ;
for the sake of her riches had a mind to marry her; though she was O, bravely we prance it with hound and horn,
old, ugly, hook-nosed, and humpbacked, yet all this could not deter
him from marrying her. Her daughter, also, was a sallow dowdy, O'er moor and fell, And hollow dell,
full of envy and ill-nature, and, in short, was much of the same Till the notes of our Woodcraft wake the morn.
mould as her mother. This signified nothing, for in a few weeks
the king, attended by the nobility and gentry, brought his intended Wouldst thou know of me
bride to his palace, where the marriage rites were performed. What our garments be?
They had not been long at the court before they set the king 'Tis the viewless thread,
against his own beautiful daughter, which was done by false reports Which the gossamers spread
and accusations. The young princess, having lost her father's love, As they float in the cool of a summer eve bright,
grew weary of the court, and one day meeting with her father in And the down of the rose
the garden, she desired him, with tears in her eyes, to give her a Form doublet and hose,
small subsistence, and she would go and seek her fortune ; to which For our Squires of Dames on each festal night.
the king consented, and ordered her mother-in-law to make up Wouldst thou know of me
a small sum according to her discretion. She went to the queen, When our revelries, be?
who gave her a canvass bag of brown bread and hard cheese, with a 'Tis in the still night,
bottle of beer : though this was but a very pitiful dowry for a king's When the moonshine white
daughter. She took it, returned thanks, and proceeded on her Glitters in glory o'er land and sea,
journey, passing through groves, woods, and valleys, till at length That, with nimble foot,
she saw an old man sitting on a stone at the mouth of a cave, who To tabor and flute,
said, " Good morrow, fair maiden, wbither away so fast ?" We whirl with our loves round yon glad old tree.
“ Aged father,” says she, “I am going to seek my fortune.” W. MOTHERWELL. “What hast thou in thy bag and botile ?"
- In my bag I have got bread and cheese, and in my bottle good ing.” So the second and third heads came up, and met with no small beer; will you please to partake of either.”
better treatment than the first; whereupon the heads consulted Yes," said he," with all my heart."
among themselves what evils to plague her with for such usage. With that the lady pulled out her provisions, and bid him eat and The first said, "Let her be struck with leprosy in her face." welcome. He did 80, and gave her many thanks, saying thus: The second, "Let her have a foul breath.
There is a thick thorny hedge before you, which will appear The third bestowed on her a husband, though but a poor country impassable, but take this wand in your band, strike three times, and cobbler. say, Pray, hedge, let me come through, and it will open imme- This done, she goes on till she came to a town, and it being market diately; then, a little further, you will find a well; sit down on the day the people looked at her, and seeing such an evil face fled out brink of it, and there will come up three golden heads, which will of her sight, all but a poor cobbler, who not long before had mended speak: pray do whatever they require."
the shoes of an old hermit, who, having no money, gave him a box Promising she would follow his directions, she took her leave. of ointment for the cure of the leprosy, and a bottle of cordial for a Arriving at the hedge, and pursuing the old man's directioti
, it foul breath. divided, and gave her a passage; then, going to the well, she had no Now the cobbler, having a mind to do an act of charity, was induced sooner sat down than a golden head came up singing
to go up to her and ask her who she was. Wash me, and comb me,
I am," said she, the King of Colchester's daughter-in-law.” And lay me down softly,
* Well," said the cobbler, Rif I restore you to your natural comAnd lay me on a bank to dry,
plexion, and make a sound cure both in face and breath, will you, i That I may look pretty,
reward, take me for a husband ?" by
"Yes, friend,” replied she, “ with all my heart." "Yes," said she, and putting forth her hand, with a silver comb cu pe tinh this we heels, and Phen they were married, and after a few
With this the cobbler applied the remedies, and they worked the performed the office, placing it upon a primrose bank, came up a second and a third head, making the same request
, which days they set forward for the court at Colchester. she complied with. She then pulled out her provisions and ate her
When the queen understood she had inarried a poor cobbler, she dinner. Then said the
the heads one to another, « What shall we do for this the queen was not a source of sorrow to the king, who liad only lady who hath used us so kindly ?"
married her for her fortune, and bore her no affection ; and shortly The first said, “I will cause such addition to her beauty as shall afterwards he gave the cobbler a hundred pounds to take the daughter charm the most powerful prince in the world."
to a remote part of the kingdom, where he lived many years mend. The second said, "I will endow her with such perfume, both in ing shoes, while his wife assisted the housekeeping by spinning and body and breath, as shall far exceed the sweetest flowers."
selling the fruit of her labours at the country market. The third said, My gift shall be none of the least, for, as she is a king's daughter, I'll make her so fortunate that she shall become
LOCHINVÅR. queen to the greatest prince that reigns.”
This done, at their request she let them down into the well again, O, young LOCUINVAR is come out of the west, and so proceeded on her journey. She had not travelled long before Through all the wide border his steed was the best 11,1774 she saw a king hunting in the park with his nobles; she would have
And save his good broad-sword he weapon had none. avoided him, but the king having caught a sight of her, approached,
He rode all unarm'd, and he rode all alone, and, what with her beauty and perfumed breath, was so powerfully
So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war, mitten, that he was not able to subdue his passion, but commenced
There never was knight like the young Lochinvar. umur his courtship immediately, and was so successful that he gained her He stayed not for brake, and he stopped not for stone, love, and, conducting her to his palace, he caused her to be clothed He swam the Eske river where ford there was none; BESTE in the most magnificent apparel.
But, ere he alighted at Netherby gate, This being done, and the king finding that she was the King of The bride had consented, the gallant came late; Colchester's daughter, ordered some chariots to be got ready, that For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war, he might pay the king a visit. The chariot in which the king and Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar. queen rode was adorned with rich gems and ornaments of gold.
The So boldly he entered the Netherby hall, fing, her father, was at first astonished that his daughter
had been Among bridesmen, and kinsmen, and brothers and all; so fortunate as she was, till the young king made him sensible of all Then spoke the bride's father, his hand on his sword that had happened.
(For the poor craven bridegroom said never a word), Great was the joy at court amongst all, with the exception of the "O come ye in peace here or come ve in war, yoz queen and her club-footed daughter, who were ready to burst with Oi to dance at our bridal
, young Lord Lochinvar Pilva malice, and envied her happiness; and the greater was their mad- “I long wooed your daughter, my suit you denied ;) ness because she was now above them all. Great rejoicings, with Love swells like the Solway, but ebbs like its tiden feasting and dancing, continued many days. Then at length, with
And now am I come, with this lost love of mine, the dowry her father gave his daughter, they returned home,
To lead but one measure, drink one cup of wine. The deformed daughter, perceiving that her sister had been so
There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far, happy in seeking her fortune, would needs do the same ; so disclosing
That would gladly be bride to the young Lochinvar." her mind to her mother, all preparations were made, and she was furnished, not only with rich apparel, but sweetmeats, sugar,
The bride kissed the goblet; the knight took it up. almonds, &c., in great quantities, and a large bottle of Malaga sack
He quaffed off the wine, and he threw down the cup. Thus provided, she went the same road as her sister, and coming
She looked down to blush, and she looked up to sigh,
With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye. near the cave, the old man said, “Young woman, whither so fast ?" "What is that to you ?” said she,
He took her soft hand, ere her mother could bar, " Then,” said he, what have you in your bag and bottle ?"
"Now tread we a measure !" said young Lochinvar...) She answered, "Good things, which you shall not be troubled
So stately his form, and so lovely her face,
That never a hall such a galliard did grace ; "Won't you give me some ?" said he.
While her mother did fret, and her father did fume, No, not a bit, nor a drop, unless it would choke you."
And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonhet and plume; The old man frowned, saying, "Eyil fortune attend thee."
And the bride-maidens whispered "Twere better by far Going on, she came to the hedge, through which she espied a gap,
To have matched our fair cousin with young Lochinvar." and thought to pass through it, but going in, the hedge closed, and One touch to her hand, and one word in her ear, the thorns ran into her flesh, so that it was with great difficulty
charger stood neat ; she got out.
So light to the croupe the fair lady he swung, Being now in a painful condition, she searched for water to wash So light to the saddle before her
he sprung! herself, and, looking round, she saw the well; she sat down on the "She is won! we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur, brink of it, and one of the heads came up, saying,
They'll have fleet steeds that follow," quoth young Lochinvar. Wash me, and comb me,
There was mounting ʼmong Græmes of the Netherby clan; And lay me down softly,
Forsters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves they rode and they ran;
There was racing and chasing on Cannobie Lee,
But the lost bride of Netherby ne'er did they see. maslina
So daring in love, and so dauntless in war, But she banged it with her bottle, saying, " Take this for your wash- Have ye e'er heard of gallant like young
THE MERCHANT AND THE EMPEROR.
thirteenth drove us on shore at the foot of a mountain, which no
one on board the ship knew the name of. Some of my company In former times Germany was governed by a rich and powerful climbed this mountain, and from the summit perceived in the disEmperor, renowned for his courage and generosity. His name was Otho the Red, so called on account of his red beard. He married horses, and wagons laden with merchandise. Upon this intelligence
tance a great city, the streets of which were full of elephants, mules, Ottegebe, a pious woman, who, when quite young, consecrated her I resolved to enter it. I was well received by the inhabitants. The heart to God, and strove to cultivate in her husband's heart a love ruler of the country, seeing me pass by, recognised that I was a of virtue, a sense of justice, and the fervor of charity.
stranger, sent for me, and enquired if I understood the French They both united in the pious intention of founding the rich tongue, and if I was a Christian. When I had replied in the afArchbishopric of Magdebourg.. They endowed it with lands, towns, firmative to these two questions, he told me that he would take me and castles. The emperor desired that the canons of this episcopal under his protection, aud that if I would bring my merchandise into seat should be selected from among the sons of the noblest families. the city, he would admit it without exacting custom's duties, and he For Archbishop, he chose a prince of high birth and noble charac- assigned me a very nice house to live in. ter, and desired to be himself a vassal of the prelater
“When I showed to him the various kinds of goods I had brought When he had accomplished this great work, his mind became, in my ship, he exclaimed— Ah! never before have I seen such unfortunately, imbued with pride; he said, that no one had ever magnificent things. I am the only person in this country to whom before rendered so striking an homage to God, and that he had you can dispose of such rarities. Will you make an exchange? I therefore gained an exalted place in heaven. One day, when will give you a treasure which, though useless to me, will be advanhe was in his cathedral, he addressed the Lord in the following tageous to you. words :
" I accepted his offer without further explanation. He then led “Lord God, who art master of the universe and all created things, me to a hall, where I saw twelve youthful knights, chained together I have served Thee so faithfully that every tongue lauds my piety: in pairs ; then to another hall, where I saw fifteen women of regive me then to know what recompense Thou hast prepared for me.” markable beauty. Thereupon he heard a voice saying :
Well?' said the sovereign, will you accept of them ?' “ The Lord has raised thee up very high in this world: he has
Accept what ?' I enquired.' given thee power and riches. Thou hast made a pious use of thy
". These prisoners you see here. I am prepared to sell them to wealth, and an exalted place in heaven was assigned to thee: but you.' since thou hast become vain and proud of thy works, this place has
6. What can I do with them ?' been taken from thee. Rest contented now with the worldly favour
“ Sell them again at a good profit. These knights belong to some by which thou art glorified, and to regain the eternal reward, follow of the noblest English families. They were sent to accompany a the example of the good merchant, whose name is written in the princess of Denmark, whom their king intended to marry, and this Book of Life.
princess is here, in this hall, with her fourteen companions.' “What ?" exclaimed the Emperor, “can there be a merchant who
“I was greatly surprised, I must confess, at this proposal, for I had bas attained more merit than myself in the eyes of the Almighty ?”
expected to see him open the treasury of a Pagan prince, and not a " Yes," replied the unseen voice; “it is Gerhard of Cologne, visit slave-bazaar. The prince wished me to give him the whole of my him, and let him relate to you his history."
merchandise in exchange for these captives. I asked for time to Next day, Otho mounted his horse, and attended only by a mo
consider of it, but at night, while lying asleep on my bed, the voice
of an angel awoke me saying :dest escort, took his way to Cologne. Arrived at that city, he called together the magistrates and principal citizens, who immediately succourest these unfortunate persons, thou shalt be recompensed.
“God is angry at thy hesitation. In whatever manner thou hastened to his presence. He saw among them an old man with a snow-white beard, before whom every one inclined respectfully: it: if to acquire honour in the eyes of the world, thou shalt acquire
If with the view of obtaining a pecuniary advantage, thou shalt have This man was clothed in rich apparel, and wore a magnificent belt
, it: if for charity to serve God thou wilt gain an eternal crown. adorned with precious stones. It was the Good Gerhard. The Emperor stated that he had come to take counsel of the citizens of offering up my prayers, I went to the prince and informed him that
“I arose from my bed thanking God for his mercy, and after Cologne, and he begged them to name the one who among them I was ready to buy his slaves. He then led me to them, and inthey entertained the most respect for, in order that he might confer formed them of what he had done. The men fell at my feet, with him. They all, with unanimous voice, proclaimed Gerhard. Otho took him into his private cabinet, shut the door, and begged cess, who spoke French, told me that her father, the King of
promising to return me double the sum I paid for them. The prinGerhard to say what great action he had performed, and why he Denmark, and the King of England also, would pay a large ransom was every where spoken of as the “Good Gerhard."
for her. “ Sire," replied the old man," the people of this country, I know "Speak not to me of ransom,' I cried, 'I willingly devote all not the reason why, have a habit of giving such surnames. I have I possess to deliver you from captivity; and God forbid that I not deserved the one they bestow upon me; I have only had my should seek to derive any profit from this affair!' Next day all my good intentions, which the weakness of my nature has not allowed merchandise was discharged from the ship, and I then took leave of me to realize: I have bestowed upon the poor and needy only a the prince, who embraced me, weeping, and recommended me to the trifling almonry, and a little bread and beer, and sometimes an old protection of all the heathen gods-'Jupiter, Pallas, Juno, Mugarment.”
hammed, Mercury, Thetys, Neptune, Eolus; and moreover promised, “I know very well that you have done more than this, and I desire in remembrance of me, to be ever afterwards kind to all Christians you to tell me the thing you have done that gains you so much that fell into his hands. honour and respect from your fellow men."
“The ship from which the captives had been taken was restored to The old man fell upon his knees, and entreated the Emperor not them, and it sailed in company with my own. After sailing twelve to use bis imperial authority by giving such a command — adding, days we arrived on the coast of England. I then gave to the men that if, by the mercy of God, he had been so happy as to fulfil a the means of reaching their own country, but the woinen I took with Christian duty, any merit attached to the deed would be annulled if me, in order to restore them myself into the hands of their parents, he made a vain boast of it.
I arrived happily at Cologne, and I informed my friends that I had By these words the Emperor understood how superior this modest returned home richer than ever. The merchants of the city repaired citizen was to himself, so vain and proud of founding the see of to my warehouse to see the rare things I had brought with me, and Magdebourg. He again pressed the merchant to relate to him the finding nothing but the stones that had served to ballast my ship, events of his life, and Gerhard, daring no longer to disobey, began thought I was mocking them. My wife reproached me for having as follows:
employed my wealth in purchasing slaves: but my son said that we “At the death of my father I inherited a considerable fortune, had a very good fortune left still. which I wished to increase for the benefit of my son. In order to “I had apartments prepared in my house for my poor captives. inspire him with a taste for commerce I entrusted him with the care The princess applied herself to work, and wove, in most marvellons and management of a part of my business; then taking with me a fashion, stuffs of silk and gold. She was of so sweet a disposition, large sum of money, and a cargo of assorted merchandise, I set forth and so amiable, that whenever I experienced any annoyance the on a voyage to heathen countries. I took with me sufficient pro- sight of her face immediately soothed my ruffled temper. Nevervisions to last three years, and none but soter experienced sailors theless, in spite of every effort I obtained no intelligence from her manned my ship. I sailed to Livonia, Prussia, and Russia, where relatives, nor did I ever hear a word from the knights who had I collected a large quantity of valuable furs. Then I went to returned to England. I concluded that both the King of Denmark, Damascus, where I made large purchases of silk goods. I then set and the King of England were dead, and to secure safety and prosail towards my own country, when suddenly I was overtaken by a tection for the young stranger, who was in Germany without friends storm, which continued for twelve days and nights, and on the or resources of any kind, 1 proposed to her that she should marry