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hardly had I felt this, when, by opening my eyes, as I now suppose, the light.

poured in upon me again. I walked,

and, I believe, descended; but I presently found a great alteration in my sensations. Before, dark and opaque bodies had surrounded me, impervious to my touch or sight; but I now found that I could wander on at liberty, with

no obstacles which I could not either:

surmount or avoid. The light became

more and more oppressive to me; and,

the heat wearying me as I walked, I sought a place where I could receive shade. This was the forest near Ingoldstadt; and here I lay by the side of a brook resting from my fatigue,

until I felt tormented by hunger and

thirst. This roused me from my nearly

dormant state, and I ate some berries

which I found hanging on the trees, or

lying on the ground. I slaked my

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thirst at the brook; and then lying
down, was overcome by sleep.
“ It was dark when I awoke ; I felt
cold also, and half-frightened as it were
instinctively, finding myself so deso-
late. Before I had quitted your apart-
ment, on a sensation of cold, I had co-
vered myself, with some clothes; but
these were insufficient to secure me
from the dews of night. I was a poor,
helpless, miserable wretch ; I knew,
and could distinguish, nothing; but,
feeling pain invade me on all sides, I
sat down and wept.
“Soon a gentle light stole over the
heavens, and gave me a sensation of

pleasure. I started up, and beheld a

radiant form rise from among the trees. I gazed with a kind of wonder. It moved slowly, but it enlightened my path; and I again went out in search of berries. I was still cold, when under one of the trees I found a huge cloak,

with which I covered myself, and sat down upon the ground. No distinct ideas occupied my mind; all was confused. I felt light, and hunger, and thirst, and darkness; innumerable sounds rung in my ears, and on all sides various scents saluted me: the only object that I could distinguish was the bright moon, and I fixed my eyes on that with pleasure. “Several changes of day and night passed, and the orb of night had greatly lessened when I began to distinguish my sensations from each other. I gradually saw plainly the clear stream that supplied me with drink, and the trees that shaded me with their foliage. I was delighted when I first discovered that a pleasant sound, which often saluted my ears, proceeded from the throats of the little winged animals who

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had often intercepted the light from
my eyes. I began also to observe, with
greater accuracy, the forms that sur-
rounded me, and to perceive the bounda-
ries of the radiant roof of light which
canopied me. Sometimes I tried to imi-
tate the pleasant songs of the birds, but
was unable. Sometimes I wished to ex-
press my sensations in my own mode,
but the uncouth and inarticulate sounds
which broke from me frightened me
into silence again.
“The moon had disappeared from

the night, and again, with a lessened.

form, shewed itself, while I still re-
mained in the forest. My sensations
had, by this time, become distinct, and

my mind received every day additional.

ideas. My eyes became accustomed

to the light, and to perceive objects.
in their right forms; I distinguished.

the insect from the herb, and, by de

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grees, one herb from another. I found
that the sparrow uttered none but
harsh notes, whilst those of the black-
bird and thrush were sweet and en-
ticing. -
“One day, when I was oppressed by
cold, I found a fire which had been left
by some wandering beggars, and was
overcome with delight at the warmth I
experienced from it. In my joy I thrust
my hand into the live embers, but

quickly drew it out again with a cry of

pain. How strange, I thought, that the same cause should produce such opposite effects I examined the materials of the fire, and to my joy found it to be composed of wood. I quickly collected some branches; but they were wet, and would not burn. I was pained at this, and sat still watching the operation of the fire. The wet wood which I had placed near the heat dried, and itself


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