Imagens das páginas
PDF
ePub

Deev to enter his dominions ; should he hear of our affording you an In a few days the peris arrived with their prisoner within a asylum, he would instantly slay us all, far less would he spare you." short distance of the garden of Husnapari, where they halted for Haitim said in reply, “ If it is our destiny to enjoy longer life, no

the night. cne can slay us; and if you are afraid of the consequences, you can When half the night had elapsed, a select few of Husnapari's bind me hand and foot, and carry me as a captive into the presence of attendants, who were proficients in magic, approached the guards, your king.'

and overpowering their eyelids with sleep, they also cast a spell upon "What you propose," they rejoined, " is utterly absurd ; you have the eyes of Haitim, so that he fell into a profound slumber, and already shared of our hospitality; do you imagine, then, that we can carried him into the presence of their fair mistress. thus deliver you up to certain destruction ?"

The instant Husnapari beheld him her heart was deeply “Be under no hesitation,” replied Haitim," on account of any enamoured of his beauty. She lifted him in her arms, sleeping as danger that threatens me, for it is my resolution to have an audience he was, and carried bim into her own garden. of Mahpari as soon as possible; therefore convey me thither at all When Haitim awoke, and looked around him, he was surprised risks."

at finding himself surrounded by peri damsels of surpassing beauty, The peris were sadly perplexed on hearing Haitim's mad purpose, in the midst of a garden green and fragrant as that of Iram. and deliberated among themselves what was best to be done with He addressed this fair company and said, “ Tell me, who are you, him.

and who has brought me hither?" At length they resolved to detain him prisoner, and in the mean The fairest of the troop replied, “ This is the garden of Masnapari, time despatch a messenger to learn the king's pleasure regarding him, a peri of exalted rank, and I am his daughter. My name is and act accordingly.

Husnapari, or, the Beautiful Peri. When your arrival in our One of the peris was sent to his majesty, with instructions thus to dominions became known to me, my ardent desire to behold your address him : *Şire, we have just seized on the sea-shore one of the lovely form overcame my prudence, for which reason you were human race, who is now our prisoner ; if such be your royal | brought hither when asleep." pleasure, we are ready to conduct him into your august presence." Haitim rejoined, " Now that you have gained your wish, may

I The messenger departed and in the course of seven days arrived request that you will aid me in accomplishing my enterprise ?” at the peri court, and having received an audience, delivered his * How can I serve you ?” replied the beautiful peri. message to the king.

The object of my coming into your country,” said Haitim, “is Mahpari ordered the man to be carefully conveyed into his presence, to get possession of the Shahmuhra.” in order that he might himself examine him with regard to his journey "Your journey is to little purpose," replied Husnapari, "for no to peri-land.

living creature can get the Shahmuhra from the hands of the peri The messenger immediately returned, and stated that it was his king; stay with me, then, for my heart has been yours since the majesty's pleasure to have Haitim brought into his presence. The moment I first saw you." peris without delay made preparations for conveying their prisoner “I will comply with your request,” said Haitim, “if you procure to court.

for me the Shahmuhra." Meanwhile the report was rapidly spread through the country, “I repeat to you,” rejoined the peri, “ that I cannot ; no creature that one of the human race was being conveyed to the capital. can, by force or stratagem, get possession of the Shahmuhra, yet I

One of his majesty's grandees, by name Masnapari, had a beautiful know that you are destined to acquire this treasure. So far, you daughter called Husnapari, whose heart was restless and full of may rest satisfied.” curiosity. This fair damsel said to her companions : " I hear that a Haitim, therefore, remained for a time in the garden with Husnaman has somehow entered our king's dominions, and is now on his pari, where both of them experienced uninterrupted happiness in the way to the capital ; I wish it were possible for me to see what he is enjoyment of each other's society. like : they tell me that mankind are beautiful in countenance and

(To be continued.) graceful in form."

The attendants of Husnapari expressed their readiness to aid her in gratifying her wish, adding : “Fair lady, take your station by

THE STORY WITHOUT AN END. the way-side as the man passes, for after he is brought before the king it will be impossible to see him."

V. "But,” said Husnapаri,“ how can I leave my father's house, and But the Child stayed not long in the hut, all was so gloomy, on what pretence shall I get out ?"

close, and silent within ; while abroad every thing seemed to smile, After some consideration, her youthful companion suggested that and to exult in the clear and unbounded space. Therefore he went she should ask leave of her parents to be allowed to dwell in the out into the green wood, of which the dragon-fly had told him such garden-villa for a few days.

pleasant stories. But he found every thing far more beautiful and Husnapari, delighted with the stratagem, went to her mother, and lovely even than she had described it ; for all about, wherever he said, “ My dear mother, give me your permission to go out and enjoy went, the tender moss pressed his little feet, and the delicate grass for a few days the fragrance of the fields and the delights of the embraced his knees, and the flowers kissed his hands, and even the garden."

branches stroked his cheeks with a kind and refreshing touch, and “Receive your father's permission, my child,” replied the mother, the tall trees threw their fragrant shade around him. "and I shall be satisfied to let you go.'

There was no end to his delight. The little birds warbled and Husnapari was indulged with her father's consent, and attended sang, and fluttered and hopped about, and the delicate wood-flowers by her fair and youthful companion she went to the gardens, gave out their beauty and their odours; and every sweet sound took where she was allowed to remain as usual for forty days.

a sweet odour by the hand, and thus walked through the open door On her way thither, she further consulted her friends as to the of the child's heart, and held a joyous nuptial dance therein. But speediest means of seeing Haitim, the main object of her journey. the nightingale and the lily of the valley led the dance; for the They told her that those who guarded the sea of Kulzum were con- nightingale sang of nought but love, and the lily breathed of ducting the man from that quarter.

nought but innocence, and he was the bridegroom and she was the Husnapari and her companions, on hearing this, instead of bride. And the nightingale was never weary of repeating the same proceeding to the garden, swiftly transported themselves to the shores thing a hundred times over, for the spring of love which gushed of Kulzum, where they arrived in the space of three days, just at the from his heart was ever new; and the lily bowed her head bashfully, moment when the peris were about to depart with Haitim.

that no one might see her glowing heart. And yet the one lived so Observing the numerous assemblage on the sea-shore, Husnapari solely and entirely in the other that no one could see whether the halted with her train at some distance, and sent one of her attendants notes of the nightingale were floating lilies, or the lilies visible notes, to inquire who they were. The messenger soon returned, and falling like dew-drops from the nightingale's throat. informed her that these were the guardians of the shores of The Child's heart was full of joy, even to the brim. He sat himKulzum, and that they were about to convey the man to the king's self down, and he almost thought he should like to take root there, presence.

and live for ever among the sweet plants and flowers, and so become “I saw this man," continued the messenger ; "his face was beau- a true sharer in all their gentle pleasures. For he felt a deep tiful, and his hair waved in graceful curls. His form was elegant as delight in the still, secluded, twilight existence of the mosses and the moon when in her fourteenth night.”

small herbs, which felt not the storm, nor the frost, nor the When Husnapari heard this description of Haitim's beauty and scorching sunbeam; but dwelt quietly among their many friends and perfection, her desire to see him was greatly increased. She said to neighbours, feasting in peace and good-fellowship on the dew and the her peri train, “Alas ! when am I to behold with my own eyes this cool shadows which the mighty trees shed upon them. To them it lovely being ?”

was a high festival when a sunbeam chanced to visit their lowly “Let us watch them in the meantime from a distance," said her home; whilst the tops of the lofty trees could find joy and beauty companions, “and, when they halt for the night, perhaps we may be only in the purple rays of morning or evening. able to carry off the man while his guards are asleep."

THE CHILDREN IN THE WOOD.

A BALLAD.

He had not kept these pretty babes

A twelvemonth and a day,
When for their wealth he did devise

To make them both away.
He bargained with two ruffians rude,

Which were of furious mood,
That theys hould take the children young,

And slay them in the wood.

He told his wife and all he had,

He did the children send To be brought up to London fair,

With one that was his friend.

you bread

Now ponder well, you parents dear,

The words which I shall write, A doleful story you shall hear

In time brought forth to light : A gentleman of good account

In Norfolk lived of late,
Whose wealth and riches did surmount

Most men of his estate.
Sore sick he was, and like to die,

No help that he could have ;
His wife by him as sick did lie,

And both possess one grave.
No love between these two was lost,

Each was to other kind :
In love they lived, in love they died,

And left two babes behind : The one a fine and pretty boy,

Not passing three years old ; The other a girl more young than he,

and made in Beauty's mould. The father left his little son,

As plainly doth appear, When he to perfect age should come,

Three hundred pounds a-year ; And to his little daughter Jane,

Five hundred pounds in gold, To be paid down on marriage-day,

Which might not be controlled ; But if the children chanced to die,

Ere they to age should come, Their uncle should possess their

wealth, For so the will did run. “Now, brother,” said the dying man,

“Look on my children dear, Be good unto my boy and girl,

No friend else have I here: To God and you I do commend

My children night and day ;
But little while, be sure, we have

Within this world to stay.
You must be father and mother both,

And uncle all in one;
God knows what will become of them

When I am dead and gone."
With that bespake their mother dear;

“Oh, brother kind !" quoth she,
“ You are the man must bring our

babes To wealth or misery. And if you keep them carefully

Then God will you reward ; If otherwise you seem to deal,

God will your deeds regard." With lips as cold as any stone

She kissed her children small, “God bless you both, my children

dear ;" With that the tears did fall. These speeches then their brother spoke

To the sick couple there“The keeping of your children dear,

Sweet sister do not fear ;
God never prosper me or mine,

Nor aught else that I have,
If I do wrong your children dear

When you are laid in grave !"
Their parents being dead and gone,

The children home he takes,
And brings them both into his house,

And much of them he makes.

The other would not agree thereto,

So here they fell at strife,
With one another they did fight

About the children's life;
And he that was of mildest mood

Did slay the other there,
Within an unfrequented wood,

While babes did quake for fear. He took the children by the hand,

When tears stood in their eye, And bade them kindly go with him

And look they did not cry. And two long miles be led them on,

While they for food complain : “Stay here," quoth he, "I'll bring

When I do come again." These pretty babes, with hand in

hand,
Went wandering up and down,
But never more they saw the man

Returning from the town.
Their pretty lips with blackberries

Were all besmeared and dyed, And when they saw the darksome

night, They sat them down and cried. Thus wandered these two pretty

babes, Till death did end their grief, In one another's armıs they died,

As babes wanting relief.
No burial these pretty babes

Of any man receives,
Till Robin Redbreast painfully

Did cover them with leaves.
And now the heavy wrath of God

Upon their uncle fell;
Yea, fearful fiends did haunt his house,

His conscience felt a hell ;
His barns were fired, his goods con-

sumed, His lands were barren made, His cattle died within the field,

And nothing with him stayed. And in the voyage to Portugal

Two of his sons did die; And to conclude, himself was brought

To extreme misery. He pawned and mortgaged all his land

Ere seven years came about : And now at length this wicked act

Did by this means come out: The fellow that did take in hand

These children for to kill, Was for robbery judged to die,

As was God's blessed will; Who did confess the very truth

The which is here expressed :
Their uncle died while he for debt

In prison long did rest.
All you that be executors made,

And overseers eke,
Of children that be fatherless,

And infants mild and meek,
Take your example by this thing,

And yield to each his right, Lest God, with such-like misery,

Your wicked minds requite.

[graphic]

Away then went these pretty babes,

Rejoicing at that tide, Rejoicing with a merry mind

They should on cock-horse ride. They prate and prattle pleasantly,

As they ride on the way, To those who should their butchers be,

And work their lives' decay ; So that the pretty speech they had,

Made murderers' hearts relent, And they had undertook the deed

Full sore they did repent. Yet one of them more hard of heart,

Did vow to do his charge, Because the wretch that hired him,

Had paid him very large.

PLAYING UPON THE HAND-ORGAN.

THE ROBINS.

“Oh!" cried Miss Benson, “I cannot bear the thoughts of what the poor

little creatures must suffer." "Well,” said Master Jenkins “ since you feel so much for them, I think, Miss Harriet, you will make the best nurse. What say you, Lucy, will you give the nests to Miss Benson ?"

“ With all my heart,” replied his sister ; " and pray do not plague me with any more of them."

“I do not know that my mamma will let me accept them,” said Miss Benson ; “ but if she will I shall be glad to do so."

Frederick inquired what birds they were, and Master Jenkins informed him there was a nest of linnets, a nest of sparrows, and another of blackbirds. Frederick was all impatience to see them, and Miss Harriet longed to have the little creatures in her possession, that she might rescue them from their deplorable condition, and lessen the evils of captivity which they now suffered.

Her mamma had left her with her young companion, that they might indulge themselves in innocent amusements without restraint; but the tender-hearted Harriet could not engage in any diversion till she had made intercession in behalf of the poor birds. She therefore begged Miss Jenkins would accompany her to her mamma,

in order to ask permission to have the birds' nests., She accordingly MASTEB JENKINS TYING THE CAT AND DOG TOGETHER.—MASTER FREDERICK

went, and made her request known to Mrs. Benson, who readily consented ; observing, that though she had a very great objection to her children having birds' nests, yet she could not deny her daughter

on the present occasion. CHAPTER VI.

Harriet, from an unwillingness to expose her friend, had said but FTER Master and Miss Benson had been gratined with the little on the subject;

but Mrs. Benson, having great discernment, sight of the robins' nest, they were returning to the house, concluded that she made the request from a merciful motive, and

couducted by their friend Joe, when they were met in the knowing that Miss Jenkins had no kind mamma to give her instrucgarden by their mamma, accompanied by Miss Lucy Jenkins and tions, she thus addressed her: Ber brother Edward. The former was a fine girl about ten years the birds will not meet with the same kind treatment from you

“ I perceive, my young friend, that Harriet is apprehensive that old, the latter a robust, rude boy, turned of eleven. “We were coming to seek you, my dears," said Mrs. Benson to her children, which she is disposed to give them. I cannot think you have any " for I was fearful that the business you went upon would make you cruelty in your nature, but, perhaps, you have accustomed yourself forget your young visitors."

to consider birds only as playthings, without sense or feeling ; to me, "I cannot answer for Frederick,” replied Miss Benson, “but who am a great admirer of the beautiful little creatures, they appear indeed, mamma, 1 would not

, on any account, have slighted my in a very different light; and I have been an attentive observer of friends. How do you do, my dear Miss Jenkins ?” said she; “I am them, I assure you. Though they have not the gift of speech, like happy to see you. Will you yo with me into the play-room? I have us, all kinds of birds have particular notes which answer, in some got some very pretty new books. Frederick, have you nothing to measure, the purpose of words among them, by means of which show Master Jenkins ?” “O) yes,” said Frederick, “ I have got a they can call to their young ones, express their love for them, their new ball, a new top, a new organ, and twenty pretty things; but I fears for their safety, their anger towards those who would hurt bad rather go back and show him the robins."

them, &c., from which we may infer that it is cruel to rob birds of “The robins!" said Master Jenkins, “what robins ?”

their young, deprive them of their liberty, or exclude them from Why, our robins that have built in the ivy wall. You never

the blessings suited to their natures, for which it is impossible for us saw anything so pretty in your life as the little ones.”

to give them an equivalent. Besides, these creatures, insignificant “Oh! I can see birds enough at home," said Master Jenkins; as they appear in your estimation, were made by God as well as you. " but why did you not take the nest ? it would have been nice Have you not read, in the New Testament, my dear, that our diversion to you to toss the young birds about. I have had a great Saviour said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy ?' many nests this year, and do believe I have an hundred eggs.”

How, then, can you expect that God will send his blessings upon .An hundred eggs! and how do you propose to hatch them ? you if, instead of endeavouring to imitate Him in being merciful to said Miss Harriet, who turned back on hearing him talk in this the utmost of your power, you are wantonly cruel to innocent

creatures which He designed for happiness ?" “ Hatch them, Miss Benson ?" said he; "who ever thinks of

This admonition from Irs. Benson, which Miss Jenkins did not hatching bird's eggs?"

expect, made her look very serious, and brought tears into her eyes, "Oh? then, you eat them," said Frederick, “or, perhaps, let your

on which the good lady took her by the hand and kindly said, " I cook make puddings of them ?”

wish not to distress you, my dear, but merely to awaken the natural "No, indeed,” replied Master Jenkins, “I blow out the inside sentiments of your heart; reflect, at your leisure, on what I have and then run a thread through them, and give them to Lucy to taken the liberty of saying to you, and I am sure you will think hang up amongst her curiosities; and very pretty they look, I assure me your friend. I knew your dear mamma, and can assure you she you."

was remarkable for the tenderness of her disposition. But let me " And so," said Miss Harriet, "you had rather see a string of not detain you from your amusements ; go to your own apartment, empty egg-shells than hear a sweet concert of birds singing in the Harriet, and use your best endeavours to make your visitors happy. trees? I admire your taste, truly !"

You cannot, this evening, fetch the birds, because when Miss Why, is there any harm in taking birds' eggs ?” said Miss Jenkins goes it will be too late for you to take so long a walk, as Jenkins; “I never heard before that there was."

you must come back afterwards, and I make no doubt but that, to "My dear mamma,” replied Miss Benson, “has taught me to oblige you, she will feed them to night.” think there is harm in every action which gives unnecessary pain to Miss Harriet and Miss Jenkins returned, and found Frederick any living creature; and I own I have a very particular affection diverting himself with the hand-organ, which had lately been prefor birds.

sented by his god-papa; but Master Jenkins had laid hold of Miss “Well," said Miss Jenkins, “I have no notion of such affections, Harriet's dog, and was searching his own pocket for a piece of string, for my part. Sometimes, indeed, I try to rear those which Edward that he might tie him and the cat together, to see, as he said, bow brings home, but they are teasing, troublesome things, and I am not nicely they would fight; and so fully was he bent on this cruel lucky; to tell the truth, I do not concern myself much about them; purpose, that it was with difficulty he could be prevailed on to if they live they live, and if they die they die. He has brought me relinquish it. three nests this day to plague me: I thought to have fed the birds " Dear me," said he, “if ever I came into such a house in my before I came out, but being in a hurry to come to see you, I quite life; there is no fun here. What would you have said to Harry forgot it. Did you feed them, Edward ?” “ Not I,” said he ; “I Pritchard and me the other day, when we made the cats fly ?” thought you would do it ; it's enough for me to find the nests." “ Made the cats fly!” said Frederick; “how was that ?"

“And have you actually left three nests of young birds at home Why," replied he, we tied bladders to each side of their necks, without vi ctuals ?" exclaimed Miss Harriet.

and then flung them from the top of the house. There was an end "I did mot think of them, but will feed them when I return,” of their purring and mewing for some time, I assure you, for they said Miss Jenkins.

lay a long while struggling and gasping for breath, and if they had

[graphic]

manner.

66

Usage ?"

not had nine lives I think they must have died; but, at last, up As soon as the company was gone-"Pray, mamma,” said Miss they jumped, and away they ran scampering. Then out came little Harriet, “what did the Learned Pig do? I had a great mind to Jemmy, crying as if he had flown down himself, because we hurt ask Mrs. Franks, who said she saw it, but I was fearful she would the poor cats; he had a dog running after him, who, I suppose, think me impertinent.” meant to call us to task with his bow, wow! but we soon stopped his "" I commend your modesty, my dear,” replied Mrs. Benson, “ but tongue, for we caught the gentleman and drove him before us into a would not have it lead you into such a degree of restraint as to prenarrow lane, and then ran hooting after him into the village; a number vent you satisfying that laudable curiosity, without which young of boys joined us, and cried out, as we did, ' A mad dog! a mad dog! | persons must remain ignorant of many things very proper for them On this, several people pursued him with cudgels and broomsticks, to be acquainted with. Mrs. Franks would, I am sure, have been and at last he was shot by a man, but not dead; so others came and far from thinking you impertinent. Those inquiries only are thought knocked him about the head till he expired.”

troublesome by which children interrupt conversation, and endeavour “For shame! Master Jenkins," said Miss Harriet; "how can to attract attention to their own insignificant prattle, but all people you talk in that extravagant manner ? I cannot believe any young of good sense and good nature delight in giving them useful inforgentleman could bring his heart to such barbarities.”

mation. “Barbarities, indeed! why, have we not a right to do as we please "In respect to the Learned Pig, I have heard things which are to dogs and cats, or do you think they feel as we do? Fiddle-faddle quite astonishing in a species of animals generally regarded as very of your nonsense, say I; come, you must hear the end of my story. stupid. The creature was shown for a sight in a room provided for When the dog was dead we carried him home to little Jemmy, who the purpose, where a number of people assembled to view his perwas ready to break his heart for the loss of him; so we did not like formances. Two alphabets of large letters on card paper were to stand hearing his whining, therefore left bim and got a cock, placed on the floor; one of the company was then desired to propose whose legs we tied, and flung at him till he died. Then we set two word which he wished the pig to spell. This the keeper repeated others to fighting, and fine sport we had, for one was pecked till to the pig, which picked out every letter successively with his snout, his breast was laid open, and the other was blinded, so we left them and collected them together till the word was completed. He was to make up their quarrel as they could.”

then desired to tell the hour of the day, and one of the company held “Stop! stop!” exclaimed Miss Harriet; “for pity's sake, stop! a watch to him ; this he seemed with his little cunning eye to I can hear no more of your horrid stories, nor would I commit even examine very attentively; and, having done so, he picked out figures one of those barbarities, which you boast of, for the world. Poor for the hour and minute of the day. He exhibited a number of innocent creatures! what had they done to you to deserve such other tricks of the same nature, to the great diversion of the

spectators. “I beg, Edward,” said his sister, “that you will find some other “For my own part, though I was in London at the time he was way to entertain us, or I shall really tell Mrs. Benson of you.”. shown, and heard continually of this wonderful pig from persons of

“What are you growing tender-hearted all at once ?" cried he. my acquaintance, I never went to see him ; for I am fully persuaded

“I will tell you what I think when I go home,” replied Miss that great cruelty must have been used in teaching him things so Jenkins. As for poor Frederick, he could not restrain his tears, foreign to his nature, and therefore would not give any encourageand Harriet's flowed also at the bare idea of the sufferings of the ment to such a scheme.” poor animals ; but Master Jenkins was so accustomed to be guilty “ And do you think, mamma,” said Harriet, “ that the pig knew of those things without reflection, that there was no making any the letters, and could really spell words ?" impression of tenderness upon his mind, and he only laughed at “I think it possible, my dear, that the pig might be taught to their concern, and wanted to tell a long story about an ox that had know the letters at sight one from the other, and that his keeper been driven by a cruel drover till he went mad, but Miss Benson had some private sign by which he directed him to each that were and his sister stopped their ears.

wanted; but that he had an idea of spelling I can never believe; At last little Frederick went crying to his mamma, and the young nor are animals capable of attaining human sciences, because for ladies retired to another apartment ; so Master Jenkins amused these human faculties are requisite, and no art of man can change the himself with catching flies in the window, pulling the legs off some, nature of anything, though he may be able to improve that nature to and the wings from others, delighted with their contortions, which a certain degree, or at least to call forth to view powers which would were occasioned by the agonies they endured.

otherwise be hidden from us. As far as this can be done, consistently Mrs. Benson had some visitors, which prevented her talking to with our higher obligations, it may be an agreeable amusement, but this cruel boy, as she otherwise would have done, on hearing will never answer any important purpose to mankind ; and I would Frederick's account of him, but she determined to tell his papa, advise you, Harriet, never to give countenance to those people who which she accordingly did some time after, when he returned home. show wliat they call learned animals, as you may assure yourself

Master Jenkins was now disturbed from his barbarous sport by they practise great barbarities upon them, of which starving them being called to tea, and soon after that was over the servant came almost to death is most likely among the number ; and you may, to fetch him and his sister. Miss Harriet earnestly entreated her with the money such a sight would cost you, procure for yourselt friend Lucy to feed the birds properly till she should be allowed to a rational amusement, or even relieve some wretched creature from fetch them, who promised to do so, for she was greatly affected with extreme distress. But, my dear, it is now time for you to retire to Mrs. Benson's discourse, and then entreated her brother to take rest. I will, therefore, bid you good night." leave that she might return home. With this he readily complied,

(To be continued.) as there were no further opportunities for cruelty.

After her little visitors were departed, Miss Harriet went into the drawing-room, and, having paid her compliments, she sat herself

SUMMER. down that she might improve her mind by the conversation of the company. Her mamma perceived that she had been in tears, of

I'm coming along with a bounding pace, which Frederick had before explained the cause. “I do not wonder,

To finish the work that Spring begun; my love,” said she, “ that you should have been so affected with the

I've left them all with a brighter face, relation of such horrid barbarities as that thoughtless boy has, by

The flowers in the vales through which I've run. degrees, brought himself to practise, by way of amusement. However, do not suffer your mind to dwell on them, as the creatures on

I have hung festoons from laburnum trees, which he inflicted them are no longer objects of pity. It is wrong

And clothed the lilac, the birch, and broom;

I've wakened the sound of humming bees, to grieve for the death of animals as we do for the loss of our friends, because they certainly are not of so much consequence to

And deck'd all nature in brighter bloom. our happiness; and we are taught to think their sufferings end with

I've roused the laugh of the playful child, their lives, as they are not religious beings; and therefore the killing

And tired it out in the sunny noon; them, even in the most barbarous manner, is not like murdering a

All nature at my approach hath smild, human creature, who is, perhaps, unprepared to give an account of

And I've made fond lovers seek the moon. himself at the tribunal of Heaven." “I have been,” said a lady, who was present, “ for a long time

For this is my life, my glorious reign, accustomed to consider animals as mere machines, actuated by the

And I'll queen it well in my leafy bower ; unerring hand of Providence to do those things which are necessary

All shall be bright in rich domain; for the preservation of themselves and their offspring ; but the sight

I'm queen of the leaf, the bud, and the flower. of the Learned Pig, which has lately been shown in London, has

And I'll reign in triumph till Autumn time deranged these ideas, and I know not what to think.”

Shall conquer my green and verdant pride ; This led to a conversation on the instinct of animals, which young

Then I'll hie me to another clime, readers would not understand ; it would, therefore, be useless to

Till I'm called again as a sunny bride. repeat it.

my

[ocr errors]

THE FOUR SISTERS.

once myself, and I had such trouble with the young ones, for they

were afraid of the water, and I could not get them into it. I called I Have four sisters beyond the sea,

and scolded, but it was of no use. But let me see the egg-ah, yes! Para-mara, dictum, domine;

to be sure, that is a turkey's egg. Leave it, and teach the other little And they did send four presents to me,

ones to swim." Partum, quartum, paradise, tempum,

“I will sit on it a little longer," said the duck. “I have been Para-mara, dictum, domine!

sitting so long, that I may as well spend the harvest here."

“ It is no business of mine," said the old duck, and away she The first it was a bird without e'er a bone;

waddled. Para-mara, dictum, domine;

The great egg burst at last. “ Tchick! tchick !" said the little one, The second was a cherry without e'er a stone;

and out it tumbled—but, oh ! how large and ugly it was! The duck Partum, quartum, paradise, tempum,

looked at it. “That is a great strong creature,” said she : “none of Para-mara, dictum, domine!

the others are at all like it ; can it be a young turkey-cock? Well, The third it was a blanket without e'er a thread,

we shall soon find out; it must go into the water, though I push it Para-mara, dictum, domine;

in myself.” The fourth it was a book which no man could read,

The next day there was delightful weather, and the sun shone Partum, quartum, paradise, tempum,

warmly upon all the green leaves, when mother duck and all her Para-mara, dictum, domine!

family went down to the canal ; plump she went into the water. How can there be a bird without e'er a bone ?

“Quack ! quack !" cried she, and one duckling after another jumped

in. The water closed over their heads, but all came up again, and Para-mara, dictum, domine; How can there be a cherry without e'er a stone ?

swam together in the pleasantest manner ; their legs moved without

effort. All were there, even the ugly, grey one. Partum, quartum, paradise, tempum,

“No! it is not a turkey,” said the old duck; only see how prettily Para-mara, dictum, domine!

it moves its legs ! how upright it holds itself! it is my own child; How can there be a blanket without e'er a thread ?

it is also really very pretty, when one looks more closely at it. Quack! Para-mara, dictum, domine;

quack! now come with me, I will take you into the world, introduce How can there be a book which no man can read ?

you iu the duck-yard ; but keep close to me, or some one may tread Partum, quartum, paradise, tempum,

on you ; and beware of the cat." Para-mara, dictum, domine !

So they came into the duck-yard. There was a horrid noise ; two When the bird's in the shell there is no bone;

families were quarrelling about the remains of an eel, which in the Para-mara, dictum, domine;

end was secured by the cat. When the cherry's in the bud there is no stone ;

"See, my children, such is the way of the world,” said the mother Partum, quartum, paradise, tempum,

duck, wiping her beak, for she, too, was fond of eels.

“ Now use Para-mara, dictum, domine!

your legs," said she, “ keep together, and bow to the old duck you see

yonder. She is the most distinguished of all the fowls present, and When the blanket's in the fleece there is no thread;

is of Spanish blood, which acounts for her dignified appearance Para-mara, dictum, domine ;

and manners. And look, she has a red rag on her leg ! that is conWhen the book's in the press no man can read;

sidered extremely handsome, and is the greatest distinction a duck Partum, quartum, paradise, tempum,

can have. Don't turn your feet inwards; a well-educated duckling Para-mara, dictum, domine!

always keeps his legs far apart, like his father and mother, just so— look! Now bow your necks, and say .quack.'

And they did as they were told. But the other ducks who were in THE UGLY DUCKLING.

the yard looked at them, and said aloud, “Only see, now we have

another brood, as if there were not enough of us already ; and, fie ! It was beautiful in the country: it was summer-time; the wheat how ugly that one is; we will not endure it;" and immediately one was yellow, the oats were green, the hay was stacked up in the of the ducks flew at him, and bit him in the neck. green meadows, and the stork paraded about on his long red legs, “ Leave him alone," said the mother, “he is doing no one any discoursing in Egyptian, which language he had learned from his harm.” mother. The fields and meadows were skirted by thick woods, and “Yes, but he is so large, and so strange-looking; and therefore he a deep lake lay in the midst of the woods.

shall be teased." Yes, it was, indeed, beautiful in the country! The sunshine fell " Those are tine children that our good mother has," said the old warmly on an old mansion, surrounded by deep canals, and from the duck with the red rag on her leg. "All are pretty except one, and walls down to the water's edge there grew large burdock-leaves, so that has not turned out well ; I almost wish it could be hatched over high that children could stand upright among them without being again.” perceived. This place was as wild and unfrequented as the thickest " That cannot be, please your highness," said the mother. "Cerpart of the wood, and on that account a duck had chosen to make her tainly he is not handsome, but he is a very good child, and swims as nest there. She was sitting on her eggs; but the pleasure she had well as the others, indeed rather better. I think he will grow like felt at first was now almost gone, because she had been there so long, the others all in good time, and perhaps will look smaller. He stayed and had so few visitors, for the other ducks preferred swimming on so long in the egg-shell, that is the cause of the difference:" and she the canals to sitting among the burdock-leaves gossiping with her. scratched the Duckling's neck, and stroked his whole body. “Be

At last the eggs cracked one after another : “ Tchick, tchick !" sides," added she, “he is a drake; I think he will be very strong, All the eggs were alive, and one little head after another peered therefore it does not matter so much ; he will fight his way forth. Quack, quack!” said the duck, and all got up as well as through.” they could ; they peeped about from under the green leaves, and as " The other ducks are very pretty,” said the old Duck. “Pray green is good for the eyes, their mother let them look as long as they make yourselves at home, and if you find an eel's head you can bring pleased.

it to me.” " How large the world is !" said the little ones, for they found their And accordingly they made themselves at home. present situation very different to their former confined one, while But the poor little Duckling, who had come last out of its eggyet in the egg-shells.

sheil, and was so ugly, was bitten, pecked, and teased by both ducks “Do you imagine this to be the whole of the world ?" said the and hens. "It is so large,” said they all. And the turkey-cock, mother; "it extends far beyond the other side of the garden to the who had come into the world with spurs on, and therefore fancied he pastor's field; but I have never been there. Are you all here?” And was an emperor, puffed himself up like a ship in full sail, and then she got up. “No, not all: but the largest egg is still here. How marched up to the Duckling quite red with passion. The poor little long will this last ? Iam so weary of it!” And then she sat down thing scarcely knew what to do; he was quite distressed, because he

was so ugly, and because he was the jest of the poultry-yard. "Well, and how are you getting on ?” asked an old duck, who So passed the first day, and afterwards matters_grew worse and had come to pay her a visit.

worse—the poor Duckling was scorned by all. Even his brothers "This one egg keeps me so long,” said the mother ; "it will not and sisters behaved unkindly, and were constantly saying, “ The cat break; but you should see the others. They are the prettiest little fetch thee, thou nasty creature !" The inother said," " Ah, if thou ducklings I have seen in all my days; they are all like their father : wer't only far away !" The ducks bit him, the hens pecked him, and the good-for-nothing fellow, he has not been to visit me once!" the girl who fed the poultry kicked him. He ran over the hedge ;

“Let me see the egg that will not break," said the old duck; the little birds in the bushes were terrified. “That is because I am "depend upon it, it is a turkey's egg. I was cheated in the same way so ugly,” thought the Duckling, shutting his eyes, but he ran on.

again.

am

« AnteriorContinuar »