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PHILEMON. T came from the waters, and Echo again
(Continued from p. 267.) Returned the low musical sound,
HE Pacha sent
sent for More gently, more sweetly repeating the
Zerine, the first waitstrain, Till it died in soft murmurs around.
ing-woman, in whom
his wife had always Then deep was the silence, unbroken and
placed the greatest still,
confidence. You have As we listened in breathless delight;
the most inflyence The moonbeams lay soft on the side of the hill,
with her,' he said. And broad were the shadows of night.
You have attended her from her earliest And hushed was the valley, and hushed was childhood. You can do anything with the lake,
her. Persuade her, then, to give up her No leaf in the forest was stirred;
Christian faith and to become a Turk Yo sound, but the moan of the ripples that again.' break
'I am constantly persuading her,' reOn the glittering pebbles, was heard. plied Zerine, 'not to risk her young life And now a low cadence, and now a clear trill, in this way, but she always says, “I would And now a full gush of rich song,
rather die than be unfaithful to Christ." ; Burst forth in the distance, and then all She imagines,' said the Pacha, that I was still,
am only threatening her, and that I shall Save the Echo that floated along.
not really have her executed ?'
She does not doubt in the least,' said Oh! think with what calmness, to Heaven attending
Zerine, that you will do it, because you
would really have cut off her head before, The nightingale poured forth its soft plaintive tone,
yourself, if Omar had not held you back.'
But does she not fear death, then?' While its voice, with the sound of the sad
said the Pacha. waters blending,
Not in the least,' said Zerine. 1 Was answered on earth by an Echo alone.
don't understand the lady. She rejoices Refuse not the comfort that Heaven may
at the approaching bloody death. I said send thee,
to her weeping and sobbing, “ Alas! shall However it speaketh, despise not its voice;
this neck then be severed ? shall this beauBut listen in silence, for angels attend thee: tiful head fall beneath the sword, and
Be quiet, be still, if thou canst not rejoice. roll down bleeding in the dust?" I repreAnd maybe a sound from the distance shall sented to her how terrible this would be. I reach thee,
shuddered myself at the thought. But Some word of kind promise, some musical she only smiled and said, “That would strain ;
only be for a moment. My soul would at Or perhaps less articulate voices may teach once pass into heaven. Oh how I long for thee,
that glory and brightness !”
Never in my If thou, like the Echo, wilt answer again, life have I seen the lady so cheerful and
The Dove on the Cross. happy. It is wonderful! The Christians
are a strange people. I think there must The Pacha was enraged at this obstinacy, be something in their religion.'
as he called her constancy. "Well, then,' “I think,' said the Pacha, angrily, 'you he cried, “if she will have it so, she must are near becoming a Christian, too. He have her way!' He ordered the scaffold cast a scowling glance at her, turned away, to be erected close before his palace, which and departed.
was done late at night by torchlight. Towards evening Abdallah wished to go into the garden to get some fresh air. On
CHAP. XII.-ANOTHER HEAVY TRIAL. the steps a young female slave, named Orma, met him. She served his wife, and BEFORE dawn on the next day all the was just then carrying up to her a glass of people of the city were in motion. Nearly water. He remarked that her eyes were all the inhabitants, except the Christian swollen with weeping, and said, 'You have slaves, asserted that the Christian Teacher been crying very much, my good child. deserved to have his head cut off, and they Have you, then, such great sympathy with rejoiced at the prospect of witnessing his Elmine ??
death. Many pitied the father of the twins. “Ah,' said the slave, who would not For the sake of his children,' they said, feel for her ? She is so good, and that the father should be spared. They are which she has in prospect is so terrible for such dear boys! When they walk about her.'
the streets in their Turkish dress, everybody · Does she weep much, too ? ' asked he. is pleased with them.
In the whole city Not so much,' she replied, as all of us there are not two more handsome young do who are with her. I think she only Turks of their age; and they are not proud weeps out of pity for us.
She is quite either, but kind to every one, even to the happy.'
very poorest children.
They ought not • What does she do, then, all day?' he to be made so sad by the death of their inquired further.
father.' The girl replied : “She reads and prays The approaching execution of the Pacha's constantly, sometimes silently, sometimes wife caused universal lamentation. She
. aloud : she prays for you, too, and for us is not only the most beautiful, but by far all.'
the best lady to be found in this part of • Tell me candidly,' he continued, “have the country, the people said. “How often all her women and companions seriously has she soothed the Pacha's anger! how tried to persuade her not to be so obsti- useful she has been to the citizens by her nate, for that if she persists she must die? petitions for them!' The poor in the city
"Oh, yes, indeed!' said the slave; but said with tears, 'She was our greatest beneshe says always, “For Him who gave His factress ; in her we lose a true mother.' life for me I readily die.” All her attend- The Turkish women in the city, both rich ants, and her friends who have assembled and poor, were incensed against the Pacha. in her apartments, have implored her with "To have his own wife executed!' they streaming eyes and upraised hands, “Oh, said; that is too wicked, too cruel! What become a Mussulman again as we are!” an evil example he is setting to our husBut she only says, “I would rather be torn bands! How badly they will treat us now! to pieces with red-hot irons !",
It is true, indeed, that the good lady has
committed a serious fault by becoming a
POPULAR Christian; but she can still remain as good ;
SUPERSTITIONS. and excellent a woman as she was before. There are many good people among the
YOE is me! I am lost!' said Christians, too. Many Christian slaves a
the Norwegian bride on mong us are better than our Turkish slaves.
her return from church, But no one in the whole city was so dis
falling back into the arms turbed, so restless, as the Pacha himself.
of her attendants. I Before the morning of the eventful day
forgot in the hurry of the had dawned Abdallah sent for Omar, and
moment to put my foot said, “My brave Omar, you have already
first in advancing to the once saved Elmine's life. You seized my
altar, and now my husarm just as I was about to strike her head,
band will ever rule in the house!' and warded off the death-blow from her.
“There will be bad luck on this voyage, In you she must have confidence; towards says a sailor with an anxious look. No you she must feel gratitude; and confidence ship ever came to good that sailed on a and gratitude avail much. Go to her and tell
Friday.' her, if she will return to my faith I will grant
• How Mrs. Fashionplate dare sit down her the lives of Antonius and the father of
with thirteen to dinner I don't know, the boys. She will not desire the death of says Miss Hare. “I screamed and ran out her friends. Say to her, You can save two
of the room directly; for don't you know, men's lives, do not be guilty of their death.'
one of the number must die within the (To be continued.)
“It is unlucky to pass under a ladder.'
a MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE EAST.
It is unlucky to spill salt.'
'It is unlucky to see one magpie.' PLOUGHING.
And so on, and so on; fancies and superN the East, when the oxen are drawing stitions as many as there are weak minds
the plough, they have not collars to invent them. round their necks, as our horses have when We better-educated folk know when to they draw.
smile down such thoughts, as unworthy of A yoke is a piece of wood, which goes the good Providence that watches over us, across the necks of two oxen, and is fastened caring even for the sparrow that sits on the under them. A yoke of oxen means two tree or hops to the ground. oxen. The yoke was often heavy, and And yet some of these superstitions made the necks of the oxen sore; and so began in times which made them seem our Saviour says, My yoke is easy,' because He is a kind and good Master. The Friday, for instance. We cannot wonder drivers of oxen carried a sharp stick in that since those awful hours when the their hands, with which they pricked the
heavens were darkened, and the veil of the beasts to make them go on; it was called a Temple was rent, it should have been goad, and hurt them if they kicked against it. deemed a day fatal to man, though by the The voice from heaven said to St. Paul, 'It light of faith we have since learned to call is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.' it'good.'
And as among the thirteen wbo sat and it will often clear their minds of together at that Last Supper one betrayed groundless fears, and prove an interesting bis Lord, it is hardly to be marvelled at subject for research; for everything is interthat for a time men shunned the number, esting that binds our lives to the lives of and dreaded evil from it.
those who have gone before us, as do the Let those, then, who deal in these old old sayings that we have learned from our saws and superstitions look to their origin, fathers.
H. A. F.