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power is taken from it. Now, this vain and harassing time may exert with respect to sorrow, as naturally enacontest of the unsubmitting mind against an evil, which bling and leading on the mind to exert its own means of it cannot bear to consider and to acknowledge as fixed and strength in overcoming the excess of its grief. That it upalterable for all existence, an evil it has not courage should overcome it altogether, is not to be desired. But to bear, and which tries to change that in imagination that it should overcome the anguish of its suffering, and which is unchangeable in nature, time will relieve. For retain a softened sorrow, mixed with grateful recollections the mind resorts to its understanding, and judges its own of affection, is not only to be desired for the happiness, vain efforts. It perceives its folly, and, by repeated en but is requisite to the virtue of a being, whose part in life deavours to subdue its will, brings itself into the frame it is not merely to be tender in affections, but strong for of submission, and uses itself to-regard as inevitable that the performance of duties. doom wbich indeed lies inevitably upon it. Time, therefore, inasmuch as it aids the mind to dispel or overcome these illusions of fresh-wounded and anacquainted grief,
IANTHE. does necessarily bring repose to the vehement agitations of passionate sorrow. These may be considered as the
What's female beauty but an air divine,
Through which the mind's all gentle graces shine ; first workings of the mind to its deliverance from pas ,!!! They, like the sun, irradiate all between, sion, and to the attainment of a calmer sorrow, under the
The body charms, because the soul is seen.
YOUNG. benefit of time. But, independently of these violeat emotions of the spirit, which are thus laid in some degree to I saw a lady, in a festal hall, rest, there are other important changes which go on in Move through the dance to music's liveliest tone; the mind, and which it owes necessarily to the mediation And ever as she pass'd, the eyes of all of time. To those to whom loss is recents the prominent
Were fix'd intent on her and her alone; consideration is their loss. The simple fact that the one
And she was fair !_and as she met their gaze, they loved is taken from them and gone that fact, new, None could restrain the whisper'd voice of praise ! strange, and bitter to their souls, occupies them entirely; . and the only light in which they cant conceivp of the child Methought there was a language in her face, or the friend is, as so freshly, and terribly dost. But that 2. More than mere beauty, few could comprehend; grievous pain is not the only emotion which in their A poetry, a music, and a grace, minds belongs to the remembrance of the person beloved. That chain'd my soul at once to be her friend ; On the contrary, the mind is stored with a thousand Such magic dwelt within her deep, dark eye, emotions of love, which purely delightful, and which, 1 bless'd her, while I own’d its witchery ! though in the first moments of separation they enhance its anguish, have yet their native power of pleasure, and I stole aside and silently apart will re-exert it. The time must come, then those full , Long gazed on her-then turn’d to mark the throng, recollections, which have been the treasure of happy, love, with whom she mingled, and I ask'd my heart will be the soothing of its affliction. All the gentle and What spell to this one maiden could belong, gracious qualities which were beloved, all the remembered That she thus shone supreme in beauty there, hours of kind and happy intercourse, will return, not as
While thousands seem to boast of charms as rare ? spectres, merely to haunt the mind with fear and sorrow, but as beatified visions, to console it with its own affec- But soon the mystery was resolved to light; tions. They have been, through long years, the delight Soon did I feel, in all its power and truth, of the heart of affection ; that is their natural power and How inward loveliness alone makes bright, virtue ; and that is the power they must again exert, 1. And lends a glory to the brow of youth! when the freshness of the loss is past, and the imind bie- Before whose dignity mere outward show gins again to recover strength and liberty, to look with Fades into air, like bells on ocean's flow! more composure on its situhtion, and to iweigh together the good and the evil, which have been dealt to it in that Ah! yes, 'tis true, as sunlight gilds the scene, affection. To love has been its happiness, and it may When soul shines pure through every word and look, still find happiness in loving, though the object is no All minds must feel her majesty serene; longer present. But grief, and the thought of death | 'Tis Heaven a radiance lends to Nature's book! and of immortality, have made that happiness, which And as bright skies to streams their hues impart, was once tender or unthinkingly gay, pow-isolemn and Her face reflected still the summer of the heart ! divine. Time renders yet another changes i. For the sor
GERTRUDE. row that is felt is not for our loss alone;' but it is sorrow, it is pity for the dead. The extinction of light and life, the snatching away of the spirit from all that it loved or
THE SHOEBLACK. delighted in, and the consigning of the living breathing frame to dissolution, seem to us a dite calamity to have
By Delta. fallen upon one that was full perhaps of young and gladsome life; and this feeling is strong and active in the
Ah, little kent thy mother,
That day she cradled thee, smidst of the fervour of grief. But as time bears us on
The lands that thon shouldst travel in, from the event, and we reason imore, itve know that this layiq Or the death, that thou shouldst dee.
old Song misfortune is not felt by them sıandatho sbryow we re 1:16] 1 tain is much more for ourselves thane for those who are FREMTAS no such thing as standing still in human at rest.
unikaluan 9/870 A silvi life-u thé avheel of fortune is continually revolving ; and Let me add one consideration mbres Tiene brings the we must either rise with it or fall.”. consolations of religion. " The mind that odrng/ itself to * Very true,” said my friend, as he emptied his glass,
this source of strength, must findi strength that will lift and turned a slittle more round to me; “ I will give by it up from the sorrows of a transitory world. s'all levil you a case in point, of which I happened to know my
which is of this life, must seem lessened to the mind that self. looks habitually upon eternity. Alt säffering must be 1.“ Some years ago--say fifteen or eighteen—as I was softened to the mind, which looks habitually to the hand returning from London by the mail-coach, I made halt from which it came, in humble and adoring gratitude for for a night at one of the York inns. The room into all the good it has given. In this, and in the other in which I was ushered was full of bagmen and travellers stances that have been mentioned, we see the power which of various cuts and kinds, and from the confused Babel
of sound I could occasionally hear a detached sentence Mr Melville were shortly after thrown into disorder by on politics--on the theatres on agriculture—on the late unsuccessful speculations; and matters at length grew so rainy weather—the price of stocks—soft goods and the bad as to involve bankruptcy and ruin. The old man petitions of the Roman Catholics. A knot in one corner was received into the country residence of a relation ; were discussing supper ; others, lounging beside the but, brought up in habits of activity and business, his hearth, toasted their toes'; while a third, and more nu- mind could not withstand the dread reverse; and, after merous party, half concealed amid puffy exhalations, a few listless months, one shock of palsy following anwashed down the flavour of their Ilavannahs with steam- other, hurried him off to a not unwelcome grave. ing savoury rum-punch. Being somewhat fatigued, and “ The penniless and imprudent Henry soon found that the assemblage not exactly quite to my taste, I tossed off he had wedded not only himself, but another, to misery, a sneaker, and rang for Boots,—that indispensable actor as the dark night of ruin closed around them. They of all drudgery work at your public 'establishments for were both young, and capable of exertion, but, living on board and lodging.
the faith of future prospects, and a speedy reconcilement, “ In bustled a tall, thin, squalid, miserable-looking they had contracted debts, from which they saw no poscreature, his curly black hair seemingly long unkempt, sible way of extricating themselves. Matters grew worse hanging about his ears “in most admired disorder.' His and worse, and at length the poor fellow was afraid to dress corresponded with his looks ; his jacket and waist leave his home from fear of bailiffs. coat were of dark fustian, and his trowsers, shabby and “ At length he fell into their hands, and was dragged shrivelled, bore some traces of having been originally to jail; and, on the news being incautiously carried to nankeen. Around his neck was twisted a blue cotton his young wife, she was seized with convulsions, and handkerchief, and the little of his linen seen, was not perished in giving birth to a child, not unfortunately only ragged, but dirty. In one hand he carried a boot dead. The heart of the miserable man was rent asunder jack, and in the other a pair of slippers, while from on learning his domestic calamities ; scorned and despiunder his arm depended a dingy towel, perhaps as a badge sed, friendless and unpitied, he beheld from the ironof office. I could not help thinking, as he crossed the bound windows of his prison, the coffin that contained room at my summons, “ here is a most lugubrious speci- the remains of his wife and child, carried through the men of mortality ; one of those night-hawks of society, streets by strangers to the place of interment, while, whom it would scarcely be comfortable to meet with, yearning with the feelings of the husband and father, he unarmed, on a solitary road, towards the twilight.' was denied the mournful solace of shedding a tear into
“ With down-looking face, the fellow made a hurried their grave. approach to me, as if he had the feeling of his task being “ Condemned to the social contamination of the base a disagreeable one, and the sooner got over the better. and vile, he endured the wretchedness and the disgrace of As he laid the slippers on the carpet, placed the boot- confinement for two months, when he was set at liberty jack at my foot, and was stooping his shoulder as a ful- by the benefit of the act which so provides, on making crum for assistance in my operations, I caught a distinct oath of surrendering up every thing. Into the world, glimpse of his faded features. I could not be mistaken. therefore, was he cast forth, branded and stigmatized, • Good Heavens !' said I to myself half aloud, can it destitute, and beggared in every thing but the generous possibly be Harry Melville !'
pride which with
held him from soliciting charity. Bred “ After the poor creature had shuffled out of the room to no profession, he knew not whereunto to turn his in an agitation which did not wholly escape the remark, hand; and misery pressed so hardly upon him, that unand provoke the idle laugh of some of the loungers, I hallowed thoughts of suicide began to suggest themselves hastily rang the bell, and was shown to my sleeping- to his troubled mind. From town to town he wandered, room by the waiter, whom I requested to bid the person soliciting the situation of clerk in any countinghouse ; come up who had brought me my slippers.
but, alas! he had no references to make as to character, “ I was allowed to pace about for some time in a per- no certificates of former engagements faithfully fulfilled. plexed and downcast mood, haunted by many a recollec- For days and days together, he had not even a morsel of tion of departed pleasures-by many delightful associa- bread to satisfy the pangs of hunger. To add to his tions of other years, which contrasted themselves with wretchedness, his clothes had become so shabby, from present dejection, when at length I heard a step timidly exposure to wind and rain, and sunshine, that he was approaching the door, and a slight tap was given. i ashamed to be seen in public, or during daylight,--so lay opened it eagerly, and there stood before me the same about the fields and wastes till sunset, when he ventured doleful apparition. I took hold of the poor fellow's hand, nearer to human dwellings. and led him to a chair ; but no sooner was he seated, and “ To have offered himself for any situation in such a the door shut upon us, than he put his hands over his squalid condition, would have been certain exposure to face, and burst into a flood of tears. When he had be- contumely, refusal, and suspicion ; and at length the come a little more tranquil, I soothed him in the best lingering rays of pride which had hitherto sustained him, way I could, and ventured to open my mind to him. sank amid the darkness of his destiny.
“Oh ! let me alone let me alone,' he said, sobbing Necessity is a stern teacher. Even the face of man, bitterly. ' I have deserved my fate. My own impru- which he had sought to shun in his misfortunes, became dence, more than misfortune, has reduced me to the state to him at length a sufferance necessary to be borne ; so, you see. Be not sorry for me; I am beneath your re as he was at first thrust from, so was he at length drawn gard. I have deserved it all.'
back to the dominion of society. From the moorland “ Having consoled him in the best manner I could, he wastes, where he could pick a few wild berries, and from voluntarily gave me the particulars of his history, which, the seashore, which afforded some shellfish, he came, by as far as memory serves me, were nearly to the follow- degrees imperceptible but sure, to be a spectator at the ing effect:
corner of streets, and a hanger-on about stableyards, Shortly after having been taken into the counting- where he casually earned a few pence by assisting the house of his father,--at that time a considerable West grooms to carry water, or lead gentlemen's horses. Low India merchant,- he had married, contrary to the will is the lowest situation which admits not of promotion, of his friends, in the hope that the affections of a parent and through course of time, my old schoolfellow came to could not long remain estranged to an only son, even be promoted to the office in which I found him.” though conscious that that son had injured him : Per “ Poor fellow ! did you ever hear what became of him haps in this his calculations were not altogether wrong; afterwards ?” but at this point foreknowledge failed, and unforeseen “ Yes I did, and a miserable end he had, though recircumstances blasted his prospects. The affairs of old deemed by the spirit of humanity which prompted it.
He was killed in rescuing a child, which had fallen before the people to a state of privation and suffering quite unthe wheels of the mail-coach; and the grateful parents exampled. The earlier of the winters of those years not only gave him a decent funeral, but erected a simple were so intensely cold, that the unhouseled children of tablet over bim, recording his fate, and their gratitude. nature died in the fields,—the birds dropped from the
“ It is dreadful to think on the abyss into which a trees,---and the smaller insects, such as flies, were nearly single erring step from the paths of prudence may pre exterminated. The meagre crops of those years had to cipitate us," said I.
be rescued from the snows of November and December“ Yes,” answered my friend ; "and there are a thou- a species of labour which deprived many of the poor sand ways of going wrong ; while I defy you to go right working people of the use of their hands and feet. At save by one.”
length the scarcity reached a height in 1700. The meal was then sold at two shillings a-peck, a price which
placed it almost beyond the reach of the common people. AN ORISON.
And not only was this great cardinal necessary of Scottish By Thomas Tod Stoddart.
domestic life elevated to such an exorbitant price, but it
was sometimes difficult to procure it at all. It is recorded, Lost are the living stars
that when women sometimes came to market, and found On yon blue welkin bright,
that the whole disposable grain of the place had been Far through the soundless vault of heaven
already disposed of, they would be seen clapping their Folded in light !
hands and tearing off their head-dresses, with the most
heart-rending exclamations of despair, knowing that they For the cloud-breathing sun
would have nothing to put into the mouths of their Unbinds his amber tresses,
children for a number of days, unless succoured by the And the mountain brows are blushing blood charity of their neighbours. In his earliest caresses.
Under such distressing circumstances, the affections of
domestic life were very apt to disappear in the selfishness The dews, which twilight shed
of individual misery. Honest Patrick Walker, the pious Through earth's great censer, wing
pamphleteer so much quoted in the “ Heart of MidTheir golden flight from a thousand flowers,
Lothian," relates, that some declared they “could mind The flowers of a fairy spring!
nothing but food, and were utterly unconcerned about
their souls, whether they went to heaven or hell.” Yet And the mossy-nested birds
there were, no doubt, many instances, also, of mothers Are marsball’d in the sky,
tearing the bite from their own disinterested mouths, to Striking the strings of Nature's lyre
give it to their offspring,---of good hearts which could In mirthful melody!
succour the deeper distress of friends, at the risk of their
own destruction, and of Christians who, regarding every The sea is foaming gold
evil in life as the infliction of an all-wise and unchalFrom his vases, far below,
lengeable Deity, would bear their pains with unbroken In blossoms of pale coral wreathed
minds, and fultil, till the very last, all the duties of a good Foliage of snow!
There lived in those days a certain bailie, in the town Beautiful, beautiful !
of Coldstream, whose descendant, in 1826, related to me Is the goodly sun uprisen,
the following anecdotes, which have been handed down Like a captive monarch to his throne,
by family tradition. From some far fortress-prison !
At one particular crisis of the famine, this goodman,
though one of the wealthiest in the place, found it quite Wonderful, wonderful,
impossible to produce a meal for his children. The day As heaven's great host, in night
had been spent entirely without food, and towards night Stirring creation's pulses, through
the little creatures were getting so clamorous, that the The awful infinite!
parents despaired of seeing them fall asleep without some
thing in the shape of supper. In this emergency, the The heart of the Eternal throbs
bailie bethought him of a barrel of ale which had long Tbrough thy immortal blaze,
lain in his cellar. But in the first place he called in the Sun! that hath flooded back the stars
town-piper with his bagpipes. Having set this official to In the ocean of thy gaze!
play a few merry tunes, the children all fell a-dancing,
and he then supplied them each with a little of the ale, And the night that shone with dreamy worlds
the piper included. Under this double intluence of music On its robe of grief-like hue,
and drink, the poor things danced still more energetically, Burst from thy golden bayonets, back
till at length they became so overpowered by fatigue and To the chaos where it grew !
the fumes of the liquor, as to fall into a profound sleep, from which they only awoke next morning to a meal
which had in the meantime been provided. THE DEAR YEARS.
During the famine, four bolls of oatmeal were sent to
Coldstream market to be sold, and were consigned to the By Robert Chambers.
care of the bailie. His wife took him aside, and, directed In former times, when Scotland was a poor, “ half- by the feelings of a mother, counselled him to secure one fed, balf-clad, half-sarkit” country at the very best, and of the bolls for the use of his own family. But be kindly ere the maxims of political economy, and the wealth in- rebuked her for her selfishness, and said he would pertroduced by commerce, had as yet provided men with the form what he considered his duty, by dealing out the means of obviating the effects of bad seasons, our popula- meal to the poor people, in portions corresponding to the tion was subject to the most awful miseries, in the shape extent of their families, ranking himself among the rest. of famine, which sometimes lasted with more or less He did so most scrupulously, and it was remarked, as a virulence for a course of years. The most severe cala token of the favour of Heaven for such correct principle, mity of this kind on record occurred at the meeting of that the little quota he thus reserved for his own use, the 17th and 18th centuries, when a series of bad crops, served to sustain his family exactly till another supply commencing in 1697, and not ending till 1704, reduced was procured.
The mortality occasioned by this famine was very great. she was alone known either for good or evil. Previous to The people, by way of making their little occasional sup- the unfortunate exposure which drove her from Ayrshire, plies of meal go as far as possible, used to grind it up she had been a decent-looking, Deatly dressed woman, with a vast proportion of way-side herbs and seeds of an with a trace of the gentility of better days; but now unhealthy character, which were almost as fatal as abso- misery had pinched her hard; her clothes were the most lute want. Patrick Walker tells us, that deaths and wretched that could be conceived, and, to use the expres. burials at length grew so frequent, that the living were sive phrase in which her tale was related, it was possible wearied with taking care of the dead; it was found dif to trace her path by the vermin which she dropped in her ficult to raise a sufficient company to inter a neighbour progress. The last circumstance was a sufficient cause, decently; and many corpses got neither coffin nor wind- | if no other had existed, for denying a lodging to the poor ing-sheet, but were drawn to the grave upon sledges, as is wretch, while the famine of the time afforded an equally done upon occasions of pestilence abroad. It was quite good reason for refusing to extend to her the means of a customary sight in Ayrshire, according to a traditionary supporting life. Thus circumstanced—an outcast, starved, source of intelligence, to see the bodies of people who had diseased, overrun with vermin—this miserable creature died of starvation, lying under the high thorn hedges, dragged her living corpse to the banks of the water of which then formed the only boundaries of roads and fields Annick, (a rivulet which runs through the parish of throughout the country. Many of these were never Stewarton, and discharges itself into the sea at Irvine,) buried, but, after lying above ground till the return of and there upon a little hillock lay down to die. Through better times re-awakened natural feelings in the breasts the kindness of a neighbouring farmer, the great-grandof the people, were put out of sight by a covering of father of my informant, who every day came out to the earth.
place where she was lying, and threw her a hannock and It is said, that the famine was fatal, to a remarkable a piece of cheese, she survived nine days, but died upon degree, in the northern province of Moray; in so much, the tenth, as striking a picture of human misery as ever that in the parish of Kininvie, only three smoking cot- cumbered the earth. The time was one of horrible tages were left, all the inhabitants of the others having sights, and accordingly no one stirred to offer her wretchdied during that heavy visitation. “From poverty and ed, dilapidated corpse the rites of burial, or even to fling the awful prevalence of mortality,” says a provincial a stone or a handful of earth upon it, for many months chronicler, (the ingenious Mr Carruthers of the Inver- | after. ness Courier,) “the ordinary rites of Christian burial were denied to the poor, and large holes were dug in many places, into which their bodies were consigned.
AT SEA IN A FOG. One maiden lady in Garmouth, whose memory is still gratefully embalmed in the recollections of the peasantry,
Were you ever at sea in a fog, provided shrouds and coffins for such as wandered to her
When the ship lies as still as a log, door to die; and, so anxious were the poor to avail them
And all round her edge selves of this last privilege, that they would husband their
The haze like a hedge little stock and journey far and near, that they might close
Keeps you close in a charming incog ? their eyes secure of decent interment !" In the Highlands, hunger pinched the people as hard as anywhere else. There used long to be a traditionary recollection at In
There is never a sound to be heard, verness, of a vision of poor famished wretches, who came Save the born of the man upon guard, out like spectres from the glens and woods, and set up a
That all vessels near wail of misery before the town, that pierced the very
May know to keep clear, hearts of the honest burghers, themselves very nearly as
For before them they can't see a yard. necessitous and as miserable. The following little tale of human ignominy and
Hands in pocket, and quid in cheek, Jack wretchedness, connected with the famine of 1700, is from the recollection of an aged gentleman, to whom it was
Keeps pensively pacing the deck,
Or splices a rope, related by his grandmother, the date of whose birth was 1701. For many years before the famine, a poor old
Having whistled till hope
Of a breeze has become quite a wreck. woman, belonging to the tribe of gentle beggars, as they are called ir. Scotland that is, persons originally of good condition, but who have been reduced to beggary-used to Upon every thing in the ship wander about Ayrshire, living chiefly in the houses of For days hangs the same cheerless drip; the farmers, to whom her company was acceptable, on
Says the captain, “ If we account of her having “ a wonderful gift of prayer.”
Must be wet, let it be About the year 1695, this sanctimonious person, though In a gale that will make our sails dip!" she had partaken of the family supper, was detected one night, at a farm-house where she lodged, licking the cream off one of the best boynes in the dairy. Such a failing
A man is sent up to the mast, in a professor” was very shocking to the religious feel.
In hopes he'll spy something at last :
“ Ho! what do you see ?" ings of the community, and, accordingly, the poor woman
You sing out; and sings he, was now so much despised and reviled, that she found it
“ Thick blankets of fog driving past !" necessary to disappear from that district of the country, and try her fortune in a scene where she was less known. In time, the people almost forgot the very existence of “Ay, blankets for Ocean to wrap such a person; the waves of society closed over her, and Himself in for a very long nap! she was the same to Ayrshire as if she had never lived.
Oh, for a cat's paw, But it would appear that the unhappy wretch did not
To give him a claw, find it possible to obtain a proper settlement anywhere And toussle the old boy's nightcap !" else, owing, perhaps, to ber not being anywhere else “ the accustomed beggar.” Thus, when the famine began, like a dejected bark driven back by storms to its little haven, she found it necessary to seek a shelter and sustenance, everywhere else denied, in the circle of country where
cution, to walk on to the next sur weary traveller, and composure of a nobleman of Otaheite.
journey, never to believe more than one-half of what he THE RED MANTLE. *
heard, and experience had taught him to disbelieve the From the German. +
other. Many years before the" beginning of the thirty-years' staircase, and reached a door which he opened
Following the landlord's directions, he mounted a spiral war, a young artisan bf Brement de himself in his trade, 'entereď a little hatunkt-town, not the key. A long sombre gallery, which echoed again to his distant from the
frontiers of the Netherránds, one dvě - sounding steps, brought him to a stately hall, out of which ing after a lovlig day dürfiey. " Every corner of the inn he passed by a side-door into a suite of apartments
, furwas already taken possession of ovä сátáváth of vágkotia and home the the utmost
luxury and elegance. He selecters: and the landlord, Wabulought, perhaps, the disco ed for his bedroom the most cheerful, from the windows vered something of the landlolipex'in 'his Yrarik, care-defy
of which he looked down upon the inn, and could hear ing countenance,' advised 'Kim, without' whüchercumte- every word that was spoken there. He lighted his wax
candles, set himself to supper, and ate with the relish had for 'It but' to take
The bigBundle oti again, muttering an elte wilile carbés ou this hard-hearted his teeth were busied, he never once thought of the ghost
bellied, bottle guaranteed him against thirst. As long as publican between his teeth!'1 s 11171 51 ditende
“there it of compassioni. Hre, my laa," the trixa; " Upon cats and rats battling." But, during the half hour of All of a suddetl thè' Host seemed to be setzed with a If at some distant noise timidity would cry
comes, courage instantly answered, “ nonsense! it's the second thoughts, I' think I can stofa night. There is room "enidagH idl the castle there, it is digestion, terror, whispered three anxious suggestions in not inhabited, and I hade the keyin Trithis offer, which his ear, for one answer that courage was able to frame. Frank (that'was bdr Hero's Walmés gladly'acteptéd, there
He took care to shut and bolt the door before fear had was however more of tre shown that the substarice of completely, mastered him, and sat down upon a seat in kindness. The'knavish host had suspected the Hature of
the bow-window. He opened the lattice, and, in order the stranger's'complimentkry expressions, and resol velli to to, dissipate the thick-coming fancies that were creeping revenge himself by the agency at u'tolstring spirit which over him, he looked to the skies, examined the physiohaunted the castle. Sou 1 169 lo limits in grote gnomy, of the moon, and counted how often the stars were
The residence of which he spoke stood upon an abrupt snuffed. The street beneath him was deserted, and, hill, which overhung the town, straight before the door in his ipn, the door was shut, the lights were extinguished,
notwithstanding mine host's story of the nightly bustle of the inn, from which it was only separated by the road, and every thing was quiet as a churchyard. The nightand a small trouting stream, i Qq account of its pleasant situation, it was still kept in repair and well furnished, watch, blew his horn, and filled the whole air with his and employed by its àwner as a buiting,hox - He used under the window, that Frank might have held a con
songroys voice as he announced the hour- so directly it, however, only in the daytimes of the soon as the stars versation with him, for company's sake, if there had been showed themselves, he, marched out with all his attendants, to avoid the tricks, played upon them, at night by the any chance of the dignitary's venturing to abide a chalghost,—for by day, it was quiet enough,..., 1 st
lenge from so suspicious a locality. The sun had gone down, and a dark night set in, when pleasures of solitude in a populous city, full of bustle as a
It may be a pleasing recreation to philosophize on the Frank reached the door of the old building under the gui- bee hive, to represent her as the loveliest playmate of dance of mine host; of wine in a basket." He'had also brought along třith him man, exaggerate all her most winning features, and sigh two candlesticks and a pair of wax taper's, for as no one
for her embrace. But in her native home, in some such movablês Kal "Beeir distarded as aseless." 'By the Creath of life save the melancholy owl—she is by no dared to await the approrhoof twilight in the castle, all deep
, wond, or old deserted castle, where desolate walls
and vaults awaken horror, and nothing breathes the way, Frank cast more than one anxious glance at these costly preparations, for her
remembered the low, state of means the most agreeable companion for the timid nighthis finances. “The light in the lantern is enough to show wanderer, especially if he is in momentary expectation of
a visit from a ghost. In such a situation, a conversation me to bed, and I am too sleepy to be long of finding my, with the watchman from the window may have more way thither. By the time, awake,, the
will be up. * I will not copceal, from you," replied the host, “ that of solitude. Had Mr Zimmerman chanced to find him
attractions than the per'usal of the most pathetic eulogy there is a report of the castle's being baunted. But never selt in our hero's situation, in Castle Rummelsburg, on fear, you see we are within call if any thing should hap, the Westphalian frontier, he would have gained excellent pen. The household will be astir this whole! blessed hints for a much more interesting treatise on Sociality night; and, after all, I have lived in the place for thirty than that which, in
' all probability, some tiresome assemyears, and never seen anything. I have heard noises to
bly set him to write about Solitude. be sure, but they must have come from the léats and mice in the
Midnight is the name of the hour at which the spirit. In case of tbellvorst, however, I have ual world awakes to life and activity, when grosser anianary: brought these lights, for we know that ghosts always mal nature lies buried in deep slumber. Frank naturally shun them.”
It was no lie that he had never seen a "ghost in the preferred getting over that anxious period in his sleep; castle; for he had taken precious, care never to set a foot
so be shut the window, made once more the round of the in it after sunset. Even on this occasion, he kept on the the candles that they might give more light, and stretched
apartment, peeped into every nook and corner, snuffed safe side of the door, handing, the victuals to his guest, himself upon the bed, which felt extremely soft to his describing the way to the state apartments, and galloping down hill to the eminent hazard of his neck. Frank
He could not, however, fall asleep so soon weary limbs.
as he wished, A slight palpitation of the heart, which stepped fearlessly into the deserted abode, firmly convinced that the story of the ghost was mere, gionsepse i \IIe had he attributed to a degree of feverishness caused by the been advised by a wise man, when he set out on his extreme heat of the day, kept him awake for a short time,
which he employed in uttering a more earnest prayer
than he had said for a long time. This exercise had its * Sir Walter Scott, in the preface to the volume of his poems usual effect ; it was followed by a sweet sleep. An hour containing “ The Doorn of Devorgoil," has these words : -" The story of the ghostly Barber is told in many countries; but the
The meteors called shooting stars are, in the popular mytho. Liebe,' among the legends of Musæus.” The episode in that beau-logy of some districts of Gerinany, believed to be the snuff of the tiful tale to which Sir Walter refers, is now presented to the bright candles of the firmament, thrown away instead of being put English reader--we believe for the first time.
into a pair of snuffers.
best narrative founded on the passage, is the tale called ' Stuinme