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what more at leisure than he had done formerly. customed to the ground, to trot along, but where, After the usual greetings of the morning, the guest quitting the track for half a yard's breadth, the inquired whether his host found any inconvenient rider might be either bogged, or precipitated down consequences from the last night's affray.
the bank. This wonder was not diminished when " I had maist forgotten't,” said the hardy Bor- he came to the place of action. derer ; " but I think this morning, now that I am They had gradually ascended very high, and now fresh and sober, if you and I were at the Wither- found themselves on a mountain-ridge overhanging shins' Latch, wi' ilka ane a gude oak souple in his a glen of great depth, but extremely narrow. Here hand, we wadna turn back, no for half a dizzen o' the sportsmen had collected, with an apparatus yon scaff-raff."
which would have shocked a member of the Pychely “ But are you prudent, my good sir,” said Brown, Hunt; for, the object being the removal of a noxi* pot to take an hour or two's repose after receiv ous and destructive animal, as well as the pleasures ing such severe contusions ?”
of the chase, poor Reynard was allowed much less * Confusions!” replied the farmer, laughing in fair play than when pursued in form through an derision;--“ Lord, Captain, naething confuses my open country. The strength of his habitation, howhead - 1 ance jumped up and laid the dogs on the ever, and the nature of the ground by which it was fox after I had tumbled from the tap o' Christen- surrounded on all sides, supplied what was wanting bury Craig, and that might have confused me to in the courtesy of his pursuers. The sides of the purpose. Na-naething confuses me, unless it be glen were broken banks of earth, and rocks of rota screed o' drink at an orra time. Besides, I be ten stone, which sunk sheer down to the little windhooved to be round the birsel this morning, and see ing stream below, affording here and there a tuft of how the herds were coming on-
-- they're apt to be scathed brush-wood, or a patch of furze. Along the negligent wi' their foot-balls, and fairs, and trysts, edges of this ravine, which, as we have said, was wben ane's away. And there I met wi' Tam o' very narrow, but of profound depth, the hunters on Todshaw, and a wheen o' the rest o' the billies on horse and foot ranged themselves ; almost every the water side; they're a' for a fox-hunt this morn farmer had with him at least a brace of large and ing - ye'll gang? I'll gie ye Dumple, and take the fierce greyhounds, of the race of those deer-dogs brood mare mysell.”
which were formerly used in that country, but “ But I fear I must leave you this morning, Mr greatly lessened in size from being crossed with the Dinmont,” replied Brown.
common breed. The huntsman, a sort of provincial “ The fient a bit o' that,” exclaimed the Bor- officer of the district, who receives a certain supply derer,—“ I'll no part wi' ye at.ony rate for a fort- of meal, and a reward for every fox he destruys, night mair- Na, na; we dinna meet sic friends as was already at the bottom of the dell, whose echoes you on a Bewcastle moss every night.”
thundered to the chiding of two or three brace of Brown had not designed his journey should be a fox-hounds. Terriers, including the whole generaspeedy one ; he therefore readily compounded with tion of Pepper and Mustard, were also in attendthis hearty invitation, by agreeing to pass a week ance, having been sent forward under the care of a at Charlies-hope.
shepherd. Mongrel, whelp, and cur of low degree, On their return to the house, where the good filled up the burden of the chorus. The spectators wife presided over an ample breakfast, she heard on the brink of the ravine, or glen, held their greynews of the proposed fox-hunt, not indeed with ap- hounds in leash in readiness to slip them at the fox, probation, but without alarm or surprise. “ Dand! as soon as the activity of the party below should ye're the auld man yet; naething will make ye take force him to abandon his cover. warning till ye're brought hame some day wi' your The scene, though uncouth to the eye of a profeet foremost.”
fessed sportsman, had something in it wildly capti“ Tut, lass !" answered Dandie, “ye ken your- vating. The shifting figures on the mountain ridge, sell I am never a prin the waur o' my rambles.” having the sky for their back-ground, appeared to
So saying, he exhorted Brown to be hasty in dis- move in the air. The dogs, impatient of their repatching his breakfast, as," the frost having given straint, and maddened with the baying beneath, way, the scent would lie this morning primely.” sprung here and there, and strained at the slips
Out they sallied accordingly for Otterscope - which prevented them from joining their compascaurs, the farmer leading the way. They soon nions. Looking down, the view was equally striking. quitted the little valley, and involved themselves - The thin mists were not totally dispersed in the among hills as steep as they could be without being glen, so that it was often through their gauzy meprecipitous. The sides often presented gullies, down dium that the eye strove to discover the motions of which, in the winter season, or after heavy rain, the the hunters below. Sometimes a breath of wind torrents descended with great fury. Some dappled made the scene visible, the blue rill glittering as mists still floated along the peaks of the hills, the it twined itself through its rude and solitary dell. remains of the morning clouds, for the frost had They then could see the shepherds springing with broken up with a smart shower. Through these fearless activity from one dangerous point to anfleecy screens were seen a hundred little tempo- other, and cheering the dogs on the scent - - the rary streamlets or rills, descending the sides of the whole so diminished by depth and distance, that mountains like silver threads. By small sheep- they looked like pigmies. Again the mists close over tracks along these steeps, over which Dinmont trot- them, and the only signs of their continued exerted with the most fearless confidence, they at length tions are the halloos of the men, and the clamours drew near the scene of sport, and began to see other of the hounds, ascending as it were out of the men, both on horse and foot, making toward the bowels of the earth. When the fox, thus perplace of rendezvous. Brown was puzzling himself secuted from one strong-hold to another, was at to conceive how a fox-chase could take place among length obliged to abandon his valley, and to break hills where it was barely possible for a pony, ac away for a more distant retreat, those who watched
his motions from the top slipped their greyhounds, rocks, attempted to conceal themselves from the which, excelling the fox in swiftness, and equalling researches of the fishermen. These the party in him in ferocity and spirit, soon brought the plun- the boat detected by the slightest indications; the derer to his life's end.
twinkling of a fin, the rising of an air-bell, was sufIn this way, without any attention to the ordi- ficient to point out to these adroit sportsmen in what nary rules and decorums of sport, but apparently direction to use their weapon. as much to the gratification both of bipeds and The scene was inexpressibly animating to those quadrupeds as if all due ritual had been followed, accustomed to it; but as Brown was not practised four foxes were killed on this active morning; and to use the spear, he soon tired of making efforts even Brown himself, though he had seen the prince which were attended with no other consequences ly sports of India, and ridden a-tiger-hunting upon than jarring his arms against the rocks at the botan elephant with the Nabob of Arcot, professed to tom of the river, upon which, instead of the devoted have received an excellent morning's amusement. salmon, he often bestowed his blow. Nor did he When the sport was given up for the day, most of relish, though he concealed feelings which would the sportsmen, according to the established hospi- not have been understood, being quite so near the tality of the country, went to dine at Charlies-hope. agonies of the expiring salmon, as they lay flapping
During their return homeward, Brown rode for about in the boat, which they moistened with their a short time beside the huntsman, and asked him blood. He therefore requested to be put ashore, some questions concerning the mode in which he and, from the top of a heugh or broken bank, enexercised his profession. The man showed an un- joyed the scene much more to his satisfaction. Ofwillingness to meet his eye, and a disposition to be ten he thought of his friend Dudley the artist, when rid of his company and conversation, for which he observed the effect produced by the strong red Brown could not easily account. He was a thin, glare on the romantic banks under which the boat dark, active fellow, well framed for the hardy pro- glided. Now the light diminished to a distant star fession which he exercised. But his face had not that seemed to twinkle on the waters, like those the frankness of the jolly hunter; he was down- which, according to the legends of the country, the looked, embarrassed, and avoided the eyes of those water-kelpy sends for the purpose of indicating who looked hard at him. After some unimportant the watery grave of his victims. Then it advanced observations on the success of the day, Brown gave nearer, brightening and enlarging as it again ap. him a trifling gratuity, and rode on with his land- proached, till the broad flickering flame rendered lord. They found the gudewife prepared for their bank, and rock, and tree, visible as it passed, tinreception ; the fold and the poultry-yard furnished ging them with its own red glare of dusky light, the entertainment, and the kind and hearty wel- and resigning them gradually to darkness, or to come made amends for all deficiencies in elegance pale moonlight, as it receded. By this light also and fashion.
were seen the figures in the boat, now holding high
a colour which might have befitted the regions of
Having amused himself for some time with these
effects of light and shadow, Brown strolled home.
at the persons engaged in the sport, two or three of vening day or two, which, as they consisted of the whom are generally kept together, one holding the ordinary silvan amusements of shooting and cours
torch, the others with their spears, ready to avail ing, have nothing sufficiently interesting to detain themselves of the light it affords to strike their the reader, we pass to one in some degree peculiar prey. As he observed one man struggling with a to Scotland, which may be called a sort of salmon- very weighty salmon which he had speared but was hunting. This chase, in which the fish is pursued unable completely to raise from the water, Brown and struck with barbed spears, or a sort of long advanced close to the bank to see the issue of his shafted trident, called a waster, í is much practised exertions. The man who held the torch in this inat the mouth of the Esk, and in the other salmon
stance was the huntsman, whose sulky demeanour rivers of Scotland. The sport is followed by day Brown had already noticed with surprise. and night, but most commonly in the latter, when
“ Come here, sir! come here, sir! look at this the fish are discovered by mean of torches, or fire- ane! He turns up a side like a sow.” Such was grates, filled with blazing fragments of tar-barrels, the cry from the assistants when some of them obwhich shed a strong though partial light upon the served Brown advancing. water. On the present occasion, the principal party
“ Ground the waster weel, man ! were embarked in a crazy boat upon a part of the
waster weel !-haud him down-ye haena the pith river which was enlarged and deepened by the re
o'a cat!" -- were the cries of advice, encourage. straint of a mill-wear, while others, like the ancient ment, and expostulation, from those who were on Bacchanals in their gambols, ran along the banks, the bank, to the sportsman engaged with the salbrandishing their torches and spears, and pursuing mon, who stood up to his middle in water, jingling the salmon, some of which endeavoured to escape among broken ice, struggling against the force of up the stream, while others, shrouding themselves the fish and the strength of the current, and dubious under roots of trees, fragments of stones, and large in what manner he should attempt to secure his
booty. As Brown came to the edge of the bank, I Or leister. The long spear is used for striking; but he called out—“ Hold up your torch, friend huntsthere is a shorter, which is cast from the hand, and with which an experienced sportsman hits the fish with singu
man!” for he had already distinguished his dusky lar doxterity.
features by the strong light cast upon them by the
blaze. But the fellow no sooner heard his voice, “ Ay,” said another," he's sair shamed o' him. and saw, or rather concluded, it was Brown who sell, else he would have been up here the nightapproached him, than, instead of advancing his Gabriel likes a little o' the gude thing as weel as light, he let it drop, as if accidentally, into the ony o' us.” water.
“ Is he of this country ?” said Brown. “ The deil's in Gabriel !” said the spearman, as “Na, na, he's been but shortly in office; but he's the fragments of glowing wood floated half-blazing, a fell hunter-he's frae down the country, some half - sparkling, but soon extinguished, down the gate on the Dumfries side." stream—“ the deil's in the man l-I'll never mas “ And what's his name, pray ?" ter him without the light- and a braver kipper,
“ Gabriel.” could I but land him— never reisted abune a pair “ But Gabriel what?” o'cleeks.") - Some dashed into the water to lend “ Oh, Lord kens that; we dinna mind folk's aftheir assistance, and the fish, which was afterwards ter-names muckle here, they run sae muckle into found to weigh nearly thirty pounds, was landed in clans.” safety.
“ Ye see, sir,” said an old shepherd, rising, and The behaviour of the huntsman struck Brown, speaking very slow, “the folks hereabout are a' although he had no recollection of his face, nor Armstrongs and Elliots, and sic like-twa or three could conceive why he should, as it appeared he given names — and so, for distinction's sake, the evidently did, shun his observation. Could he be lairds and farmers have the names of their places one of the footpads he had encountered a few days that they live at - as for example, Tam o' Todshaw, before? The supposition was not altogether im- / Will o* the Flat, Hobbie o' Sorbietrees, and our probable, although unwarranted by any observa- good master here, o' the Charlies-hope. -— Aweel, tion he was able to make upon the man's figure and sir, and then the inferior sort o' people, ye'll obface. To be sure, the villains wore their hats much serve, are kend by sorts o' by-names some o’them, slouched, and had loose coats, and their size was as Glaiket Christie, and the Deuke's Davie, or maypot in any way so peculiarly discriminated as to be, like this lad Gabriel, by his employment; as enable him to resort to that criterion. He resolved for example, Tod Gabbie, or Hunter Gabbie. He's to speak to his host Dinmont on the subject, but no been lang here, sir, and I dinna think onybody for obvious reasons concluded it were best to defer kens him by ony other name. But it's no right the explanation until a cool hour in the morning. to rin him doun ahint his back, for he's a fell fox
The sportsmen returned loaded with fish, up- hunter, though he's maybe no just sae clever as wards of one hundred salmon having been killed some o' the folk hereawa wi' the waster." within the range of their sport. The best were After some further desultory conversation, the selected for the use of the principal farmers, the superior sportsmen retired to conclude the evening others divided among their shepherds, cottars, de- after their own manner, leaving the others to enpendents, and others of inferior rank who attended. joy themselves, unawed by their presence. That These fish, dried in the turf smoke of their cabins, evening, like all those which Brown had passed at or shealings, formed a savoury addition to the mess Charlies-hope, was spent in much innocent mirth of potatoes, mixed with onions, which was the prin- and conviviality. The latter might have approached cipal part of their winter food. In the meanwhile to the verge of riot, but for the good women; for a liberal distribution of ale and whisky was made several of the neighbouring mistresses (a phrase of among them, besides what was called a kettle of a signification how different from what it bears in fish,— two or three salmon, namely, plunged into more fashionable life !) had assembled at Chara cauldron, and boiled for their supper. Brown lies-hope to witness the event of this memorable accompanied his jolly landlord and the rest of his evening. Finding the punch-bowl was so often friends into the large and smoky kitchen, where replenished, that there was some danger of their this savoury mess reeked on an oaken table, mas- gracious presence being forgotten, they rushed in sive enough to have dined Johnnie Armstrong and valorously upon the recreant revellers, headed by his merry-men. All was hearty cheer and huzza, our good mistress Ailie, so that Venus speedily and jest and clamorous laughter, and bragging routed Bacchus. The fiddler and piper next made alternately, and raillery between whiles. Our tra their appearance, and the best part of the night was veller looked earnestly around for the dark coun- gallantly consumed in dancing to their music. tenance of the fox-hunter; but it was nowhere to An otter-hunt the next day, and a badger-baiting be seen.
the day after, consumed the time merrily.--I hope At length he hazarded a question concerning our traveller will not sink in the reader's estimahim. “ That was an awkward accident, my lads, tion, sportsman though he may be, when I inform of one of you, who dropped his torch in the water him, that on this last occasion, after young Pepper when his companion was struggling with the large had lost a fore-foot, and Mustard the second had fish."
been nearly throttled, he begged, as a particular “ Awkward !” returned a shepherd, looking up, and personal favour of Mr Dinmont, that the poor (the same stout young fellow who had speared the badger, who had made so gallant a defence, should salmon), “ he deserved his paiks for't-- to put out be permitted to retire to his earth without farther the light when the fish was on ane's witters ! 2_I'm molestation. weel convinced Gabriel drapped the roughiess in The farmer, who would probably have treated the water on purpose - he doesna like to see ony- this request with supreme contempt had it come body do a thing better than himsell.”
from any other person, was contented, in Brown's
1 See Note D. - Lum Cleeks. 2 The barbs of the spear.
3 When dry splinters, or branches, are used as fuel to supply the light for burning the water, as it is called, they
are termed, as in the text, Roughies. When rags, dipped in tar, are employed, they are called Hards, probably from the French.
+ See Note E-Clan Surnames
express the utter extremity of his wonder. zealous antiquary might derive it from the times of -“ Weel,” he said, “ that's queer aneugh !--- But the Lay of the Last Minstrel, when twenty thousince ye take his part, deil a tyke shall meddle wi' sand horsemen assembled at the light of the beaconhim mair in my day-we'll e en mark him, and ca' fires. But the truth is undeniable; they like to him the Captain's brock-and I'm sure I'm glad I be on horseback, and can be with difficulty concan do onything to oblige you—but, Lord save us, vinced that any one chooses walking from other to care about a brock !"
motives than those of convenience or necessity. After a week spent in rural sport, and distin. Accordingly, Dinmont insisted upon mounting his guished by the most frank attentions on the part of guest, and accompanying him on horseback as far his honest landlord, Brown bade adieu to the banks as the nearest town in Dumfries-shire, where he had of the Liddel, and the hospitality of Charlies-hope. directed his baggage to be sent, and from which he The children, with all of whom he had now become proposed to pursue his intended journey towards an intimate and a favourite, roared manfully in full Woodbourne, the residence of Julia Mannering. chorus at his departure, and he was obliged to pro Upon the way he questioned his companion conmise twenty times, that he would soon return and cerning the character of the fox-hunter; but gained play over all their favourite tunes upon the fla- little information, as he had been called to that geolet till they had got them by heart. “ Come office while Dinmont was making the round of the back again, Captain,” said one little sturdy fellow, Highland fairs. “ He was a shake-rag like fellow," “and Jenny will be your wife.” Jenny was about he said, “ and, he dared to say, had gipsy blood in eleven years old: she ran and hid herself behind his veins ; but at ony rate, he was nane o' the her mammy.
smacks that had been on their quarters in the moss “ Captain, come back," said a little fat roll-about - he would ken them weel if he saw them again. girl of six, holding her mouth up to be kissed, “ and There are some no bad folk amang the gipsies too, I'll be your wife my ainsell.”
to be sic a gang," added Dandie; “ if ever I see “ They must be of harder mould than 1,” thought that auld randle-tree of a wife again, I'll gie her Brown, " who could part from so many kind hearts something to buy tobacco—I have a great notion with indifference.” – The good dame too, with ma- she meant me very fair after a'.” tron modesty, and an affectionate simplicity that When they were about finally to part, the good marked the olden time, offered her cheek to the de- farmer held Brown long by the hand, and at length parting guest --" It's little the like of us can do," said, “ Captain, the woo's sae weel up the year, that she said, “ little indeed — but yet — if there were it's paid a' the rent, and we have naething to do but onything":
wi' the rest o’the siller when Ailie has had her new “ Now, my dear Mrs Dinmont, you embolden me gown, and the bairns their bits o'duds--now I was to make a request, would you but have the kind-thinking of some safe hand to put it into, for it's ness to weave me, or work me, just such a grey ower muckle to ware on brandy and sugar-now plaid as the goodman wears?" He had learned the I have heard that you army gentlemen can some. language and feelings of the country even during times buy yourselis up a step; and if a hundred the short time of his residence, and was aware of or twa would help ye on such an occasion, the bit the pleasure the request would confer.
your pen would be as good to me as the “A tait o' woo' would be scarce amang us,” said siller, and ye might just take yere ain time o' setthe goodwife, brightening, “ if ye shouldna hae tling it-- it wad be a great convenience to me." that, and as gude a tweel as ever cam aff a pirn. Brown, who felt the full delicacy that wished to I'll speak to Johnnie Goodsire, the weaver at the disguise the conferring an obligation under the show Castletown, the morn. Fare ye weel, sir !--- and of asking a favour, thanked his grateful friend most may ye be just as happy yoursell as ye like to see heartily, and assured him he would have recourse a' body else — and that would be a sair wish to
to his purse, without scruple, should circumstances some folk."
ever render it convenient for him. And thus they I must not omit to mention, that our traveller left parted with many expressions of mutual regard. his trusty attendant Wasp to be a guest at Charlies-hope for a season. He foresaw that he might prove a troublesome attendant in the event of his being in any situation where secrecy and conceal
CHAPTER XXVII. ment might be necessary. He was therefore consigned to the care of the eldest boy, who promised,
If thou hast any love of mercy in thee. in the words of the old song, that he should have
Turn me upon my face, that I may die.
JOANNA BAILLIR. “A bit of his supper, a bit of his bed,
Our traveller hired a post-chaise at the place and that he should be engaged in none of those pe- where he separated from Dinmont, with the pure rilous pastimes in which the race of Mustard and pose of proceeding to Kippletringan, there to inPepper had suffered frequent mutilation. Brown quire into the state of the family at Woodbourne, now prepared for his journey, having taken a tem before he should venture to make his presence in porary farewell of his trusty little companion. the country known to Miss Mannering. The stage
There is an odd prejudice in these bills in favour was a long one of eighteen or twenty miles, and of riding. Every farmer rides well, and rides the the road lay across the country. To add to the whole day. Probably the extent of their large pas- inconveniences of the journey, the snow began to ture farms, and the necessity of surveying them fall pretty quickly. The postilion, however, prorapidly, first introduced this custom ; or a very ceeded on his journey for a good many miles, with
It would be affectation to alter this reference. But the quoting his own works. This explanation is also applireader will understand, that it was inserted to keep up the cable to one or two similar passages, in this and the other author's incognito, as be was not likely to be suspected of novels, introduced for the same reason.
ont expressing doubt or hesitation. It was not until obvious there was a deep dell, or ravine of some the night was completely set in, that he intimated kind, between him and the object of his search. his apprehensions whether he was in the right Taking every precaution to preserve his footing, he road. The increasing spow rendered this intima- continued to descend until he reached the bottom tion rather alarming, for as it drove full in the of a very steep and narrow glen, through which lad's face, and lay whitening all around him, it winded a smalì rivulet, whose course was then alserved in two different ways to confuse his know most choked with snow. He now found himself ledge of the country, and to diminish the chance of embarrassed among the ruins of cottages, whose his recovering the right track. Brown then him- black gables, rendered more distinguishable by the self got out and looked round, not, it may well be contrast with the whitened surface from which imagined, from any better hope than that of seeing they rose, were still standing; the side-walls had some house at which he might make inquiry. But long since given way to time, and, piled in shapenone appeared — he could therefore only tell the less heaps, and covered with snow, offered frequent lad to drive steadily on. The road on which they and embarrassing obstacles to our traveller's prowere, ran through plantations of considerable ex gress. Still, however, he persevered— crossed the tent and depth, and the traveller therefore conjec- rivulet, not without some trouble, and at length, by tured that there must be a gentleman's house at no exertions which became both painful and perilous, great distance. At length, after struggling wearily ascended its opposite and very rugged bank, until on for about a mile, the post-boy stopped, and pro- he came on a level with the building from which tested his horses would not budge a foot farther; the gleam proceeded. " but he saw," he said, “ a light among the trees, It was difficult, especially by so imperfect a light, which must proceed from a house; the only way to discover the nature of this edifice; but it seemed was to inquire the road there." Accordingly, he a square building of small size, the upper part of dismounted, heavily encumbered with a long great- / which was totally ruinous. It had, perhaps, been wat, and a pair of boots which might have rivalled the abode, in former times, of some lesser propriein thickness the seven-fold shield of Ajax. As in tor, or a place of strength and concealment in case this guise he was plodding forth upon his voyage of need, for one of greater importance. But only of discovery, Brown's impatience prevailed, and, the lower vault remained, the arch of which formed jumping out of the carriage, he desired the lad to the roof in the present state of the building. Brown stup where he was, by the horses, and he would first approached the place from whence the light himself go to the house —
--a command which the proceeded, which was a long narrow slit or loopdriver most joyfully obeyed.
hole, such as usually are to be found in old castles. Our traveller groped along the side of the enclo- Impelled by curiosity to reconnoitre the interior of sure from which the light glimmered, in order to this strange place before he entered, Brown gazed find some mode of approaching in that direction, in at this aperture. A scene of greater desolation and after proceeding for some space, at length found could not well be imagined. There was a fire upon a stile in the hedge, and a pathway leading into the the floor, the smoke of which, after circling through plantation, which in that place was of great extent. the apartment, escaped by a hole broken in the arch This proinised to lead to the light which was the above. The walls, seen by this smoky light, had object of his search, and accordingly Brown pro- | the rude and waste appearance of a ruin of three ceeded in that direction, but soon totally lost sight centuries old at least. A cask or two, with some of it among the trees. The path, which at first broken boxes and packages, lay about the place in seemed broad and well marked by the opening of confusion. But the inmates chiefly occupied Brown's the wood through which it winded, was now less attention. Upon a lair composed of straw, with a easily distinguishable, although the whiteness of blanket stretched over it, lay a figure, so still, that, the snow afforded some reflected light to assist his except that it was not dressed in the ordinary habisearch. Directing himself as much as possible liments of the grave, Brown would have concluded through the more open parts of the wood, he pro- it to be a corpse. On a steadier view he perceived ceeded almost a mile without either recovering a it was only on the point of becoming so, for he view of the light, or seeing anything resembling a heard one or two of those low, deep, and hardhabitation. Still, however, he thought it best to drawn sighs, that precede dissolution when the persevere in that direction. It must surely have frame is tenacious of life. A female figure, dressed been a light in the hut of a forester, for it shone too in a long cloak, sate on a stone by this miserable steadily to be the gliminer of an ignis fatuus. The couch; her elbows rested upon her knees, and her ground at length became broken, and declined face, averted from the light of an iron lamp beside rapidly; and although Brown conceived he still her, was bent upon that of the dying person. She moved along what had once at least been a path- moistened his mouth from time to time with some way, it was now very unequal, and the snow con- liquid, and between whiles sung, in a low monotocealing those breaches and inequalities, the traveller nous cadence, one of those prayers, or rather spells, had one or two falls in consequence. He began which, in some parts of Scotland, and the north of Dow to think of turning back, especially as the fall- England, are used by the vulgar and ignorant to ing snow, which his impatience had hitherto pre- speed the passage of a parting spirit, like the tolling vented his attending to, was coming on thicker and of the bell in catholic days. She accompanied this faster.
dismal sound with a slow rocking motion of her Willing, however, to make a last effort, he still body to and fro, as if to keep time with her song. advanced a little way, when, to his great delight, The words ran nearly thus :he beheld the light opposite at no great distance, and apparently upon a level with him. He quickly Wasted, weary, wherefore stay, found that this last appearance was deception, for
Wrestling thus with earth and clay?
From the body pass away; – the ground continued so rapidly to sink, as made it
Hark! the mass is singing.