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prepared for him in a deep sleep; and the boat, and sang the hymn to the his wife, lifting the mail of plaited gold Sea-King as her pilot steered. Yet her froin his breast, saw the print of a rose- courage failed when they sunk into a leaf on the part which admitted a wound. fog so white and so vast as to conShe would have pierced it with bis owo found both sight and hearing. " Is poignard, but Florice would not per- our home near ?" she said ; but the mit a deed of treachery. She only White Dwarf was no longer visible, took the cap and mantle he had offered, and his voice even from the helm could and placing them on her sister they not be heard. It seemed as if they had passed upresisted through all the mar- traversed a thousand miles before a blue ble doors of his palace. But when they bird came through the mist, and aligbtbad reached the last, Florice remember- ed on the helm. Then Florice perceived ed the infant she had left sleeping on that a wall of ice, two hundred fathoms seen in her enemy's chainber. Her deep below the sea and hall as many sister would have prevented her return;. above it, hung over their course. “Our but she replied, “ I will not abandon home is near," said the white pilot, as the innocent and the helpless." Chry- he turned his boat under an arch which sos was still asleep, and she brought the shone like a rainbow through the vababe safely away in its mantle. When pour. Arch after arch rose before them, they reached the coast, a boat was seen till that vapour gathered in folds which moored among the rocks, without oar huog as if they bad been fleeces of silver or sail; but a gold bracelet and a few over a ball built of diamonds. The floor roses lay on the edge. Heedless of her was of pearl carpeted with lilies and the sister's safety, and eager only to secure boat as it approached it changed into a her own, Rhodaliod leaped into this chariot drawn by swans. Florice looked deceitful boat, which instantly disap- for the dwarfish pilot, but she saw her peared. Florice looked in despair at husband Blanchelleur in the beauty of the dark waters, when another boat, his youth. He placed her on the throne transparent as crystal, and steered by of his polar kingdom, and shewed her a White Dwarf of the most diminutive bis secret gardens among a thousand stature, touched the shore. His face bills of ice, where all the elves of Faeryshone in the moon-beams like the smal, land holds their revels. Her first-borg le-t leaf of a lily, and his cloak seemed daughter married the son of Thurida as right and thin as if it had been woven and Biorn, and their children dwelt of the May-fly's wings.* Florice placed in the green valley of an ice-berg. the sleeping babe's mantle on the helm, The Ell-King of the North has vowed boping that the touch of a creature so that none but the sons of Engelland innocent would dissolve the work of an shall unveil his throne, since none but evil spirit, but the boat reinained un- a woman of Eogelland was found worthy changed, and the helmsinan spoke in to share it. a voice as soft as the inusic of a reed tuned by the south-wind. “Eater, Fiorice !--my boat is framed of air and Ilere ends all that tradition has prelight, and will convey no freight except served of the first founders of this Arcinnocence and beauty. The Green Ser- tic colony, and their descent from our pent Midgard, whose folds encircle the ancestors is evinced by the exact resemworld, has received your sister, and con- blance their legend bears to those which veyed her to the burning mountain the most distinguished poet of our sister of this island, where the Black Dwarf kingdom has lately ushered into the will avenge her treachery to his bro- modern world. The heroic songs of ther. But the presence of this inno- Denmark, collected by the orders of cent babe will smooth our way through Sophia when storm-stayed at Knutthe waters." -Florice placed hersell in strup, whither she had gone to see * The May-ny, or Marienwurmchen, makes

Tycho Brahe's observatory, abound in ahsure in Northern romance..

such wild tales of dwarfs, mermaids,

vol. 4.]

The Hermit in LondonJust come from College.


and gardens of roses, as our Arctic and Young Lochinvar, that our new islander has collected. And the ro- friends near the North Pole cannot surmaotic ballads lately translated from the prise us by the near affinity they claim. Icelandic language, especially Ulrich And though this romantic history of and Annie, Child Axelvold, the Maiden their origin may not appear in the and the Hasel, Stark Tiderich and Olger“ Book of Heroes,” “the Nibelungen Danske, Ribolt and Guldborg, and Lay,” or any other illustration of NorthYoung Child Dyriog, so strongly re- ern Antiquities, it may claim a place semble our old favourites Lord Tho- among the legends dedicated to St. Jumas, Gil Morice, the Hawthorn Tree, lian, the patron-saint of travellers. V. Chevy Chase, the Douglas Tragedy,


Froin the Literary Gazette.

About a year ago, the young man
JUST COME FROM COLLEGE. was deprived of his worthy father, and

about a week ago he concluded his acaWhat's a' your jargon o' your schools, Your Latin names for horns an' stools ;

demic studies, having taken a BacheIf honest nature made you fools,

lor's degree and quitted College. Very Wbat sairs your Grammars ?

different from those young men of rank Ye'd better ta’en up spades and shools,

and of fashion who leave Oxford and Or knappin-hammers.

Cambridge, perfect only in horse-raA set o* dull conceited Hashes, Confuse their brains in College classes !

cing, in sporting, in drinking, and in They gang in stirks, and come out asses, gaming, Mr. Drudge read within the Plain truth to speak.

last four years, more books than almost

Burns. any other map of his age existing. He T UNDERSTOOD that my old has had a gleaning of almost every sci1 friend Dr. Drudge's son had come ence, but with such rapidity, that it has to town; and I called the other day to produced a confusion of matter and of visit him. I valued the father much : languages in his head, similar to what he was an honest, industrious, and suc- we read of the confusion of tongues at cessful man; and I wished to show the Tower of Babel. To this he adds every civility in my power to his son, great self-confidence and a fine flow of

The Doctor had, by much labour spirits, which render biin a very strange and by long practice, amassed a large character. fortune, which he left 10 bis only son, His ambition is to be a Member of to whom he was so partial, that he Parliament, an orator, an author, the spared no expense to educate bim in discoverer of some new theory, and the first style. General knowledge was finally, to be quoted as one of the learnwhat the Doctor was anxious to give ed men of the age. His requisites and his child, who, on his part, seconded probable success I shall leave to the his wishes, by a thirst for improvement, learned reader to foretel ; and shall Tbis, however, was accompanied by a merely paint a scene betwixt himself volatility, and by an eccentricity whol- and me, which will give a more acculy unexampled. It is often the case rate idea of what he is, than a volume that the son of a learned man, or of a of description, argument, and deducgreat public character, is a dunce ; just tions therefrom. as the common consequence in life is, I called at bis lodgings, and found that the successor of a miser is a prodi- bim at home, seated in bis robe de gal; but in the present jostance it is chambre, a Spanish grammar on one otherwise, for the Doctor's son is still side of him, and the cranium of a dog more ambitious of shining as a man of op the other. Squares, compasses, and science and of letters, than his father's mathematical instruments, retorts aod most anxious wishes could desire. phials, books and papers, were all


around him ; and a description of Per- where the same. Vide the revolutions sia was in his hand. Two foreigners of France, of Holland, of the Colonia. were employed in the corners of the Odi profunum vulgus. These dema. room ; the one working in plaster of gogue Demosthenes poison the public Paris ; the other at a desk.

mind, intoxicate weak braids with their He rose to receive me, with a cheer- frothy oratory; themselves being the fuloess unlike the expression of a book- worst of private characters; and then worm, and, making me a half prostra- leave the polaccio to a sense of their own tion, with a smile, he cried, “Salam, Sa- wretchedness. Thus it is that lam, most worthy Sir, friend of my Sire ; Belle parole e cateni fatti I delightin seeing you; you are welcome Ingannano savi e matti. beyond my descriptive powers; si sedu Apropos, but for these elections the Signore--Asseyez vous, s'il vous plait town would be a desert. At the Court -sit down by the little boy who, grate- end of the town it is a memento mori, a fully, remembers being on your knee rus in urbe. The grass is actually dans l'aurore de la vie. How do you ? growing in the streets ; and the sight of how is the nervous system? No by- a nobleman's carriage is a treat. (Thes pochondrias ? No dyspepsia ? All turning to the implements around him) well in the pulmonary regions ? the You see, said he, my amusements and viscera ? the muscular economy? Aye, occupations, Chemistry, Anatomy, Ge I'll swear to it. The vital system as ology (holding up a specimen of basalt,) entire as a youth's of twenty ! and the and History. That multum in parte intellectual one mature and sane— little fellow is taking my bust (pointing mens sana in corpore sano. The mind to a deformed Italian.) The other is is (I perceive)

my Spanish master, who is writing my " Tho' deep, yet clear ; tho' gentle, yet not dull." exercise. “Su servidor ; viva usted

“ But tell me-Quid agis ? What muchos annos' (to the language master, are your present pursuits ?-Moral, or bowing him out.) This cranium was experimental Philosophy, Zoology, that of a dog, the most intellectual (if Mineralogy, Conchology, or Geology, I dare use the phrase) that ever was. Metaphysics, Philology, Anatomy, The animal was a Roman ; and I am Ethics, Natural History, or the Belles examining the cerebellum, (bis Servant Lettres ! I have heard of you. I know eaters with a letter.) That fellow I that you are a savant, a man of virtu, keep because I made an experiment on one of the cognoscenti, of the dilletanti, him. He was as deaf as the Tarpeian a man of science, and a leader of bon rock, and I cured him by electricity, gout.”

after trying magnetism, the metallic He overpowered me, but I put in a tractors, and the devil and all. Vous ne few words. “Well,” said he abrupt- permettrez mon ami—you will allow ly, “ we have a fine status quo of affairs, me to peruse this billet.-It is an jokipolitical and general. Pretty work this tation to the Institute, and a promise to election, great efforts at an oligarchy“ take me to an experiment of the Voltaic at a democracy or a mobocracy if you pile. A fine thing, no doubt! I please. They would give us a repub- know the principle, as one ought to lique non libre, as Montesquieu calls it. know the principle of every thing, from You see what our liberty comes to. It the five per cents up to the solar and is that liberlas which in vitium excidit lunar systems. Talking of the Suo, et vim dignam lege rege. Aye, the the Prioce carries it with a bigb hand, Life Guards will settle that. But it is every measure goes through-the Intruly shocking : amputations and frac- demnity Act, etcetera. By and by. tures, lacerations and dislocations are these demigods of ministers will issue! the effects of the poll; in consequence their orders Such is our will.' I Į of those emulations and strifes, those will be sewy ở STIAHISTO Boys. What contentious and passions which war will become of old Magna Charta a in our members'-hem! It is every last, I know not. It will be Carta


Story of an Apparition.


Pecora, or Carte blanche, I believe ambition will be to get into parliament, By the bye, how they are stultified in and to make a thundering maiden France ! No nerve ! a general para- speech : then with M.P. attached to all lysis !"

the other distinctions of a man of alHere I stopped him, for fear that be phabetical as well as of learned letters, should have gone all over the Continent, I may publish any thing, and I shall and have burried me with him ; and I be known as an author. Lastly, I asked hiin what were his purposes. propoge retiring to my Tusculum, “ As follow, worthy Sir," resumed the where I must discover some theory, Youth: “ It is my intention, first, to and publish it, by which means I shall make a tour of the Continent of Eu- be called by the name of my theory, rope, and of the Greek Isles, to become and thus be rendered immortal. All a member of a number of foreign Uni· this accomplished, I shall retire to the versities, and to have as many A.M.'s country, • ducere solicitæ jocunda obF.R.S.'s, A. double S.S. and initials of livia vitæ,' and there end the scene in science, as will fill the title page of a the arms of the Muses." book, tacked to my name, I mean to Here concluded the projects of my write my tour, and have it printed on ambitious friend, young Drudge. The fine wove, hot-pressed, royal octavo reader may consider the picture as paper, with a flattering engraving of charged; but I assure him it is faithful. sell, in an antique costume. I will get Through a long life, many objects must a needy foreigner to make drawings; have passed before my eyes, and I have, and I will dedicate it to some leading amongst the number, met with more man. I'll praise the Edinburgh Re- than one of this cast. We have fanatviewers up to the skies— Usque ad si- ics of all kinds, religious, political, podera.' I'll have two mottos, one in etical, physical, and metaphysical. We Greek and one in Hebrew, to the book; have fanatics in love, in painting, and and, on my return from the Continent, in all the fine arts. Every body must

I'll give dinners to all the celebrated have seen “ Il fanatico per la musica ;" booksellers in town. I'll purchase up and, not a bad play might be written on one hundred copies of the work; and “Il fanatico per la scienza," such as have the second and third editions is- the worthy friend described of *** sued out simultaneously with the first.

Tue Hernit in London., Thus ushered into celebrity, my next

From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.

Mr. Editor,
Observing that you have frequently introduced into fitted to keep in countenance the most

your Miscellany popular fables collected from va-
rious quarters, I send you the following, which sombre Events

sombre events. The following circumI solemnly protest is no invention of mine, but a stances were well known in the family, ghost-story of natural growth, which I heard in and are said to have been related by conversation. If you ean find room for it, it will one of its members to a lady much probably afford more amusement than the Welsh

celebrated in the literary world, but superstitions you published some time ago, which were rather heavy. I am yours, &c. A.B. now deceased.

Upon arriving at the house of his ABOUT the fall of the leaf,in the year friend, Colonel D. found there many A 1737, Colonel D. went to visit bis guests, who had already got possession friend Mr. N. at his country seat in of almost all the apartments. The the porth of England. As this coun- chillness of an October evening, und try seat was the scene of a very siogular, the somewhat mournful aspect of naadventure, it may be proper to mention ture, at that season, collected them, at its aptiquity and solemnity, which were an early hour, round the blazing hearth,

where they thought no better amuse- thiog is certain, that the room looked ment could be found than the ancient as dreary as any tapestry could have and well approved one of story-teiling, made it, even if it had been worked on for which all mankind seem to have a purpose by Mrs. Ann Radcliffe herself. relish. I do not mean the practice of Romance writers generally decorate circulating abominable slanders against their imaginary walls with all the wis. one's friends, but the barmless,drowsy, dom of Solomon; but, as I am unable and good-oatured recreation of retail- to vouch for the truth of every particuing woaderful narratives, in which, if lar mentioned in this story, I mean to any ill is spoken, it is generally against relate the circumstances faitbfully as they such as are well able to bear it, namely, were told me, without calling in so the enemy of mankind, and persons wise a man to lend his countenance to who, ua ving committed atrocious crimes, them. are supposed, after death, to haunt the Mr. N. made apologies to Colonel same spots to which their deeds have D. for putting him into an apartment attached dismal recollections,

which was somewhat uncomfortable, While these tales went round, the and which was now opened only beevening darkened apace, and the win- cause all the rest were already filled. dows ceased any longer to contrast the With these excuses, and other suitable small glinmerings of external twilight compliments, he bade his guest god with the bright blaze of the hearth. Dight, and went away with a good deal The rustling of withered leaves, casual- of seriousness in his countenance, leave Jy stirred by the wind, is always a me. ing the door a-jar behind him. lancholy sound, and, on this occasion, Colonel D , observing that the lent its aid to the superstitious impres- apartment was large and cold, and that sions which were gaining force by each but a small part of the floor was coversuccessive recital of prodigies. Opeed with carpet, endeavoured to shut the member of the family began to relate a door, but found he could only close it certain tradition, but he was suddenly half way. Some obstacle in the hinges, stopped by their host, wbo exhibited or the weight of the door pressing upon signs of displeasure, and whispered the floor, opposed his efforts. Nerezo something to him, at the same time theless, being seized with some absurd. turning his eyes upon Colonel D. The fancies, he took the candle, and looked story was accordingly broken off, and out. When he saw nothing, except the company went to supper with their the long passage and the vacant apart. hair standing on end; but so transitory meats beyond, be went to bed, leaving are human impressions, that in a few the remains of the fire still flickering minutes they had all recovered their upon the broad hearth, and gleaming gayety, except the Colonel, who was now and then upon the door as it stood unable to comprehend why any tradi- half open. tion should be concealed from himn in Alter the Colonel had lain for a long particular,

while, ruminating half asleep, and when When they separated to go to sleep, the ashes were now nearly extinguisha he was led by Mr. N. (as the reader ed, be saw the figure of a woman glide will probably anticipate), to a cbam- in. No noise accompanied her steps: ber at a great distance from the other She advapced to the fire-place, and Led-rooms, and which bore evident stood between him and the light, with marks of baving been newly opened her back towards him, so that he could aster remaining long unoccupied. In not see her features. Upon observing order to dissipate the confined air of the her dress, he found that it exactly cor place, a large wooden fire bad been responded in appearance with the ancie lighted, and the gloomy bed-curtains silk robes represented in the pictures were tucked stilliy up in festoons. I English ladies of rank, painted to have not heard whether there was ta- centuries ago. This circumstance." pestry in the room or not; but one led him with a degree of terror y lin


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