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the punishment, and will bear it so long as God CHAP. VII.-LITTLE JACK ON HIS TRAVELS. shall see good. But yon, my good little Jack, When Jack had finished his song, and turned shall not suffer with me; and since I am too feeble round to look at his father, he found that the old to protect you against this wicked woman, so now man had withdrawn himself, and that he was go forth with God into the wide world. Heaven already with sorrowful mien leaving the wood. will not let a dutiful child perish; and, besides, Jack was on the point of running after him; but there are good men who love to help the helpless. he remembered what his father had commanded, Thou, at least, Jack, wilt soon make thy fortune, and resolved to obey him. What he should now when the people hear thee play. If this shonld do first, he did not very well know; but he left come to pass, then think of thy poor father, and the care of all to Providence, who would direct his come back to release him from his misery, if he steps and order what should happen to him. First be not first released by death. Here I give you my he washed himself in the brook, said a short, blessing, some food sufficient for a day or two, and cheerful, morning prayer, and taking then out of a parting kiss. Go, my dear, good son, and do not his wallet a piece of bread and a modicum of lard, weep-we must part some time or other.", Little he ate his breakfast thankfully, not forgetting his Jack hung on his father's neck, and would not let friends, the birds, who came hopping around and
I don't care for the beating,” cried he; begged a few crumbs. When he had devoured his “I can bear that better than to leave you alone breakfast, his first care was to clean his fiddle, to with the spiteful stepmother—let me stay." But tune it with the utmost exactness, as his father had the father said, “I know best what is good for lately taught him to do, and to practise for half an you; therefore do you as your father tells you." hour just to get it into good playing condition.
Then little Jack let his arms fall slowly from Then he rose and sallied further into the forest to his father's neck, and said sorrowfully, "Then, seek his fortune. farewell, you good, kind father!"
He wandered onwards during the whole day, and the forest seemed to have no end. Jack cared
but little about that, for his wallet was well furCHAP. VI.-LITTLE JACK'S FAREWELL SONG. nished, and the forest was cool and pleasant-and In the meanwhile the tree-tops began to rustle he had plenty of amusement, for the fiddle told him in the morning wind, and the grass and the flowers the most charming stories—and now and then his shook their heads and woke up, as the first glim- old friends, the finches, the woodlarks, and linnets, mer of dawn shone through the foliage towards greeted him with a merry song: the east.
Then the sun began to go down, and his last “ If your fingers are not too cold, Jack," said red rays climbed up by degrees to the tops of the his father, “ I should like you to play me some highest trees, where they glowed for a few thing once more before we part.”.
moments, then vanished, and all was dark in the Little Jack grasped the fiddle immediately, and forest. But it was not long dark—the full moon began to play. When the birds heard the well- rose in the opposite side of the sky, and shining known tones they were all awake in a moment, fire-flies flew through the bushes—and now the ind joined in with their voices :
view opened upon a large lake across which the Tirilee! Tirilee !
moonshine laid a glittering pathway, and the Cuckoo !
nightingale began to sing. Oh how beautiful Morning sheen! Morning sheen
that was !
Little Jack thought this was a lovely and de-
lightful place, and resolving to pass the night here, Tirilee! Tirilee!
he sought out a comfortable moss-covered spot, sat Cuckoo !
himself down, and, after he had eaten his supper, Birds in chorus-birds in chorus
had a parting strain upon his fiddle, wished it Pipe among the green boughs o'er us. Come, ye fawns, with joyous leap,
good night, and put it to bed in his wallet to savo Conies, from your burrows peep.
it from the night-dews, said his evening prayer, Tirilee! Tirilee!
and curling himself up on the soft moss, he went Tee! Cuckoo !
to sleep. Then suddenly shone a mild bright Cuckoo ! Cuckoo!
light through the forest, three times as bright as Tirilee! Tirilee!
the full-moon, and swarms of fire-flies flew in and Cuckoo !
out among the leaves.
But that was nothing compared with what fol-
lowed. There was immediately a rustling on all Flowers, awake !—the day's begun.
sides, and forth from the leaves, the plants, and Tirilee! Tirilee !
the cups of the flowers, leaped a host of tender Cuckoo !
and delicate forms in the human shape, but so Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo !
beautiful, so active, so light, that it was plain to Tirilee!
be seen that they were not men but spirits : nono It was thus the little Jack played and the birds of them were half so big as little Jack, but their ing.
countenances were those of young men and maidens;
CHAP. VIII.-LITTLE JACK WATCHES THE ELVES.
they were clad in transparent garments, and wore / count, Jack, not now, and not at all here in the wreaths of lilies in their hair, which shone like forest. If you play the elfin-dance by night in pure silver. Two of them, a youth of heavenly the forest, the little people will come back, and beauty, and a yet more lovely maiden, were taller they will pommel and cudgel you till you are than the rest, and wore instead of wreaths shining black and blue, and smash the fiddle, so that it crowns of silver upon their heads.
can never sound another note. Wait till the " That is certainly the king and the queen," morning comes, and then I will fly before you thought Jack, and lay quite still.
and show you the way out of the wood." The king had sought out a place upon which the " Thank you, Master Nightingale,” said Jack: moon shone brightest. Here, waving his lily so he packed the fiddle again into the bag, laid sceptre, he struck the ground, and immediately a himself down upon his mossy couch, and soon cluster of silver-white lilies sprouted forth, and went to sleep. formed a beautiful throne upon which he and the The nightingale sat above him in a tree, and queen took their seats ; the other elves (for it was sang a dreamy slumber-song. When the jolly these fairy beings whom Jack was watching) sun rose again in the heavens, little Jack awoke, seated themselves upon the flower-cups and thistle thought over all he had heard last night, and had down upon which they had ridden across the hardly patience to wait for the time when he lake, and laughed, and joked, and quaffed the should be permitted to try his hand at the elfinhoney-dew out of the cups of the May blossoms. dance. He washed himself as fast as he could,
But when the moon stood exactly over the said his morning prayer, and ate but a very little forest, and all around the magic light glowed morsel of breakfast: then he called out, “ Master brightly, then the king gave a sign with his lily- Nightingale, I am ready!" and the nightingale sceptre, and the elves began their circular dance, flew before him till they came to the outskirts of singing thus :
the forest and Jack could see the broad highway
lying plain before him. Then the nightingale and Ye laughing elves that love the night, Come, the moon is shining bright
the rest of the forest-birds all called out to him, Dancing, hovering on the wing
"Farewell,” and “Come again soon.” Jack proWhirl around the fairy ring.
mised this, and then went forward into the Softly through this leafy fane Sounds the tender elfin strain.
highway. When all other sounds are mute,
Here he was at length at liberty; and he took And dumb the tread of earthly feet,
out the fiddle, tuned it, and made his first attempt Pipe we then the elfin flute And make the harmony complete.
to play the elfin-dance. He succeeded tolerably Flowery odours, moonlight rays,
well, even the first time—still better the second; And the gossamer that strays,
and when he had gone through it the third time, And the clouds of eventide, Are the chariots which we ride.
he cried out joyfully, “ Ha, ha, my dear fiddle, Here and there--and out and in,
we can do it famously," and then he sat down on We dart about this leafy fane,
a stone and finished his breakfast with a good While gently sounds the elfin strain. When all other sounds are mute,
appetite. And dumb the tread of earthly feet,
As the sun rose higher in the sky it grew very Pipe we then the elfin flute
hot, and scorched the little fiddler, who began to And make the melody complete, Hovering here and hovering there
look around for a shelter. Sidewards from the Laughing, dancing everywhere,
main road, at the distance of about a mile, lay a Darling in our frolic play
large village. Jack turned his steps in that direcAway--away-away- away.
tion, in the hope that good fortune was awaiting And, in fact, as they danced and sang, and sported him. in the moonlight air, they darted off, and the melody died away by degrees in the distance, until at last it was heard no longer.
CHAP. X.-WHAT HAPPENED TO JACK IN THE
As he came into the village, it was exactly
twelve o'clock in the day, and from every house THE the warm streaming reek of the smoking dinners
powerfully assailed the nostrils of our little hero. As soon as all was silent, little Jack sprang His wallet was by this time grown astonishingly upon his feet and cried out half a dozen times, light, and when he came to make an examination, "What have I heard ? what have I heard ?--oh my he saw with terror that his last remaining baked dear fiddle, my dear fiddle, did you hear that ?” meat-pie was nothing but a lump of wood, a dum
" Indeed I did, Jack," whispered the fiddle; my pie, which his stepmother had been used to " that is the elfin-dance; if any man hears that it exhibit in the window to show that she sold meatis impossible to withstand it-dance he must." pies; most probably Jack's father had mistaken it
Oh, if you could but repeat it, my dear in the dark for a real one. So little Jack had now fiddle.”
nothing left in the bag but a stale cake and a little “Take me ont of the bag, Jack, and let us try morsel of salt lard. it.” And Jack drew his fiddle hastily forth, and Jack stood before the door of the village inn, was just going to begin to play, when the night where several carriages were drawn up. Under ingale flew down, and said to him, “On no ac- the arched doorway, with his swollen fists clasped
CHAP. IX.LITTLE JACK LEARNS TO
CHAP. XI.-LITTLE JACK WITH THE KING.
together upon his stomach, stood the fat host, and
Through the field and through the forest, winked and blinked in the sun.
Through the valley, o'er the hill ;
Where the tempest rages sorestIn the dining-room of the inn, the windows of
Where the sleeping clouds are still. which were thrown open, the travellers were eating
Let me wander, let me wanderpork and sour-krout—the beloved dish of the
While I wander I am free. Germans, which makes them all so valiant and
Let me wander, let me wander, patriotic.
And I'll play a joyous part;
Elfin airs, whose music tender Jack drew nearer, stretched out his neck, stood
Harmonises with the heart. on tiptoe, and peeped through the window at
Let me wander, let me wander
While I wander I am free." the delicious sour-krout till his mouth watered again.
Go, then, my little son," said the fat landlord, When the fat landlord saw what he was after, as Jack one morning thanked him fervently for all · Holla, you stupid jackanapes,” said he, “what favours, and took his departure: “Go, then; and are you poking your hungry nose in there for? if, when you come into the great city, you play If you want to earn a plate of sour-krout and a but half as well as you have done here, gold and good slice of pork, lay hold of your fiddle, man, good-name shall not be wanting to thee." Thereand play up something worth hearing, so that my upon he reached him his wallet, well crammed worthy guests may be merry and drink without with good provisions and a flask full of sweet thinking of their reckoning."
wine; and Jack wandered, playing and singing, Jack did not suffer himself to be asked twice to out of the village. And from village to village, play, but shouldered his fiddle and struck up the from city to city, and from land to land, he wanelfin-dance at once.
dered forth; and wherever he played, there ran Good heavens, to see how the landlord opened both old and young to meet him, and all were the his monstrous month, and stared with his eyes and happier for his coming. But of his elfin-dance pricked his ears, as he heard the marvellous they could never have enough; and whenever he melody. The guests in the dining-room dropped played that, he might have had anything he liked their knives and forks; they forgot their eating for the trouble of asking. and drinking, and the waiters and chambermaids forgot their duty. It was not long before the whole village were gathered together. Old folks ran till they were ont of breath ; the young fel- Little Jack prospered wherever he went, and lows and the lasses laughed and leaped with in the course of years came to be eighteen years extasy, and the little boys and girls jumped and old. He was a fine, well-grown, and handsome capered round little Jack, who played away with young fellow, with beautiful long locks of chestout stopping; and the longer he played, played nut-brown hair, large dark eyes, fresh dewy lips, better and better.
and rosy cheeks. Gold he had little or none, beAt last he was tired, and let the bow sink down; canse he cared not for hoarding it; but he had a then all the people sighed " Ah, ah!" as though pure heart and a clear conscience, and the birds, awaking from a dream. The fat landlord bawled the blossoms, and the forest-trees loved him as out, while he wept with pleasure, "Sour-krout, dearly as ever, and talked with him as simply and give him sour-krout to eat, the glorious little freely as though he were yet a child ; and his darurchin, the great artist-give him as much as he ling fiddle was never from his side, and spoke out will; do you hear, my boy? as much as you like, in a louder and clearer voice the longer they were and whatever you like; it is impossible to buy together. So it always is ; if we are sincere and such music too dear.” Thereupon he took Jack simple-hearted ourselves, we have continual comup in his arms, carried him into the dining-room, panionship with all that is good and beautiful. where he set him down at the upper end of the Jack and his fiddle were now known far and table, and ordered that he should be served with wide throughout the world, and the little children the best of everything there was in the house. clapped their hands whenever the name of Fiddler
After dinner, the fat landlord sent for the village Jack, as he was universally called, was mentioned. tailor, and ordered him to make little Jack a new So came he at last into a country where he did not suit of clothes; and the belt-maker came, and venture to play, because the whole land was in made him a new wallet; and the shoemaker gave deep grief because the queen was dead, and the him a pair of stout shoes; and the schoolmaster beautiful princess, her daughter, lay upon her gave him a fine new bonnet; and the schoolmis- death-bed, overwhelmed with grief for the loss of tress made him six new shirts—and the whole her beloved mother. The king, her father, whose village would have loaded him with presents if he only child she was, fell into complete despair, and had been able to carry them away,
promised the physician half of his kingdom if he The fat landlord wished of all things that Jack should succeed in saving her life. should stay and live with himn; but the boy shoul- But no one had any hopes. The learned docdered his fiddle, and played and sang :
tors said, indeed, that if the princess could be “Let me wander, I must wander;
brought but once to laugh, she would soon get Hear I not fame's trumpet speak?
better; but how that was to be done nobody knew, Birds and blossoms tell me, Yonder,
not even the doctors, since all the attempts that Yonder lies the goal I seek.
had been made had proved failures.
Then the king had it publicly proclaimed
“Whoever will heal the princess, he shall be the blush overspread her cheek. “Ah, my nightinfirst personage in the empire; and, if she chooses gale!" she whispered. “Bring me flowers and to marry him, he shall be my successor when I beautiful blossoms." die."
And again the physician sent a messenger to But no man had the courage to try, because all the king with the news—“She is saved, if we can the doctors had declared that the case of the prin- only soothe her into a sound slumber." cess was hopeless; no man could save her.
Now Jack suffered the song of the nightingale Then thought Jack, “I will make the attempt to sink gradually away until nothing but a scarcely in God's name; and if, though I saved her, she audible whisper, like the breath of the night-wind, should refuse me, what then? I shall have saved was heard in the chamber. Suddenly the still a good daughter, and restored a child to her father. tones trembled with moonbeams, and then began Ha! who knows but I may help my own father the voices of the flowers, and the swarming of the by the deed ?"
fire-flies, until at last he struck up the elfin-dance, He went boldly up to the castle; and, when he which he played this time so beautifully that the told the sentinel that he could help the princess, little people themselves could not have done it they led him straightway in to the king; for his better. majesty had commanded that no one, whoever he But how shall I tell what now came to pass ? might be, should be sent away, because he was The king had come into the chamber; he saw the willing to try every means to save his child. So princess, recovered, laughing, with bright eyes, the guard were, by order, civil to everybody, and and sitting up in her couch. He would have hasturned none back.
tened to her side, but the magic music of the As Jack now stood before the king with his elfin-dance over-mastered him, and he could do fiddle in his hand, the king said, “And wilt thou nothing but listen, delighted with the sound, while restore the princess to health, and save her life ?" all the inmates of the palace crowded eagerly
Then said Jack, “ That, your majesty, I cer- round the chamber-door and listened. tainly cannot promise; the issues of life and death When Jack had played the magic dance are in other hands than yours or mine; and I have through three times, he ceased, and the princess not yet seen your daughter, the princess; yet the sauk back upon her pillow and fell into a gentle cause of her sickness I know, and for such a com- slumber, during which her cheeks glowed like plaint my medicine is good. This I can promise, young roses, and her breathing was light and that, if she does not recover, she shall at least fall regular. into a gentle slumber, and die without pain.” The physician, after he had sighed deeply,
Then the tears came into the king's eyes, and he stepped to the patient, felt her pulse, and said, said, “ Good; I will have you shown into her "King, she is saved !" chamber. Try thy skill ; I cannot look upon her Then the king went to Jack, embraced himn, and myself in this woeful condition.”
hung a gold chain about his neck, commanded that he should be clad in costly robes, and treated in all respects like a born prince.
The next morning the princess was perfectly Thereupon he caused Jack to be led into the recovered, and resigned to the loss of her dear chamber of the princess. Jack ordered everybody mother; and when the king introduced her preout of the room, except the lord chamberlain and server, she declared herself willing to fulfil her the old family physician, and upon them he en- father's promise; and after a few days Jack and joined strict silence. Then he drew near to the the beautiful princess were solemnly united in bed where the princess lay, her eyes fast closed, marriage. and her countenance pale as death. He gazed upon her a long while, then went and sat himself down at a distance, and began to play-at first
CHAP. XIII.—JACK SEEKS OUT HIS OLD FATHER. softly, like the whispering of leaves in the forest Soon after the wedding Jack asked permission when the evening breeze sighs among the aspens; of his father-in-law to travel about for a short then like the low tones of loving, comforting time with his young wife and a few attendants. speech when two hearts meet together in hours This the king willingly granted; and Jack and of sorrow, and one laments. Then the princess the princess, with their train, journeyed leisurely opened her eyes, and softly sighed out, “Woe is towards the country in which was Jack's native me! where am I?"
village. As he came through the forest he knew “ God be praised !" cried the old physician; all the trees, and the trees knew him, and they "God be praised ! she speaks again ;" and from told the children and grandchildren of the old the next chamber some one ran to the king with forest birds that ten years ago had nested there the news—“ Wonderful, your majesty! The prin- that Fiddler Jack was come again; and they all cess, your daughter, has recovered her speech !" came round, along with the old cuckoo, who was
And Jack played again ; and now the songs of the sole survivor of all the old birds, and who the nightingale and the bubbling of the springs brought all his generations with him to see his old flowed warbling together, and the forest brook | friend Jack. From him Jack learned, in answer murmured the bass--all just as he had heard it a to his questions, that the fiery stepmother was thousand times in the wood.
dead—that his father was yet alive, and came Then the princess began to smile, and a delicate every evening to sit for an hour by the side of the
CHAP. XII.-JACK CURES THE PRINCESS,
CHAP. XIV.-JACK BECOMES KING.
forest brook where he had last parted from his Then Jack burst forth, and ran to his father's son.
arms, and both embraced and kissed and wept for Jack immediately ordered a beautiful pavilion to joy. In the forest rang out the merry music, and be erected in the wood, not far from the brook, the cuckoo and his young brood cried lustily, the whole to be concealed from view by boughs and “Cuckoo! cuckoo !" foliage; and then he gave the old cuckoo a commission, with which the bird flew away. Then he led his lady princess, with her attendants, into the pavilion, and ordered the rest of the train to conceal When both father and son had become a little themselves among the neighbouring trees. composed after their joyful meeting, the young
Now, just as the sun was going to sink, an old princess and her train came forward. Jack told man glided along the footpath through the wood his father everything and introduced him to his towards the brook. Ah! Jack knew him again in young wife, who was not too proud to kiss the an instant, and could hardly refrain from running father of her husband. As there was no good acout and falling upon his neck, for it was his father.commodation to be found in the village, they re
The old man sat down by the brook, looked solved to pass the night in the pavilion, and they down into the water, and said, “Tell me, brook, set about preparing tents for all the attendants. hast thou seen my son, little Jack, again ?" But the old cuckoo laughed, and said " Labour in
"No," murmured the brook in a melancholy vain ! cuckoo! The old bird has managed all tone."
that with the lord of the woods !" “And thou ?” he said, looking up aloft, where And when it was night, and all were asleep, the the old cuckoo sat perched upon a bough. cuckoo flew into the prince's tent, and waked him
“ Cuckoo !" cried the cuckoo. “ Let us hope !" and said, “Stand up, your friends and protectors
' Ah," said the old man, “all the old playmates are coming," and as Jack arose, he heard already of my little Jack are dead—the nightingale, tlie the elfin song. He seized his fiddle, and followed chaffinch, the linnet, and even the lively goldfinch; the cuckoo, playing as he went. of all the creatures that loved him so well, you Out in the open forest he saw the elves and and I alone are left, and we are grown ld and their king and queen, and Oberon beckoned to feeble-my voice trembles, and yours rings no him kindly and said, “ To you has been granted longer so powerfully through the woods as it used what was never before granted to mortal. Thou to do; we have hoped, and hoped, but still Jack hast heard our elfin music, and hast been permitted does not return. Old cuckoo, suppose little Jack, to rejoice thy fellows by repeating it. So long as like his old playmates, should be dead!"
thou remainest simple-hearted as hitherto, the “Not yet, old fellow!" cried the cuckoo. “Let magic gift will stay with thee, and we shall love us hope. The swallow has been telling me some- and esteem thee. Return now to thy kingdom, thing about a fine young fellow, very like your diffuse happiness as much as thou canst
, and it Jack-but hark! the nightingale is beginning to shall never be wanting to thyself.” Then Oberon sing;" and really the nightingale did begin bis gave a signal, and the elfin-dance began anew, and song, but had not sung many notes when another Jack felt himself borne aloft by invisible hands melody mingled with his-a melody too well and carried through the air. In a few minutes he known to the old man. He sprang up, tumbled found himself in the audience-chamber of his again upon the grass, and cried, “ Heaven! can it palace, and his wife, his father, and the king, be possible ?"
around him, and he told them all. Then the tones resounded louder, and the lusty He lived for many years content and happy; hunting-horn rang out with them, and the trees and when the old king was dead, he reigned after waved their green tops joyfully—the flowers gave him, wisely and well, and never forgot the out voices, and the goats and fawns danced tamely language of the woods, the birds and the flowers, round.
or to play the magic music of the fairies; and if Then the old man cried out joyously, "O he is not dead—why then he is alive and merry Jack, my son Jack, it is thou! and thy fiddle! at the present day. O come, come to thy old father!”
"OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT." STRANGE and indefinable in the extreme are the organism of a diurnal newspaper-staff. The popular notions afloat respecting this mysterious one sits at home in peace and safety, elevated on personage. To nine-tenths of the readers of the his editorial throne, issuing thence every twentydaily journals, along whose columns he leaves his four hours “ Leaders" that speedily become law to shining track, he is a sort of modern myth. He is, thousands, and do infinitely more to mould the perhaps, even more impersonal than the great destinies of peoples and nations than Napoleonic veiled we himself, who presides over the entire decrees, or Russian ukases; while the other may