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figure, who still lived before him like a little white dial
in the sun, “ and I shall now turn the ship away, for I I have the helm in my hand. Look now, and tell me what
thou seest in the sea." The wicked Captain looked for the ship, but she had melted away from off the waters; and when he turned, in his blind fury, to lay hold on the White Babe, it was vanished too.
“ Come back to me, thou imp," cried the hungry blasphemer, whilst his face waxed grim with wild pas. sions, “ or I will hurl this dagger at the face of the Almighty.” So saying, he drew a sharp clear dagger from his side, and pointing it upwards, threw it with all his might towards the sky. It was now the calm and breathless noontide, and when this impious dagger was thrown up, not a breeze was stirring in the forest skirts or on the beaked promontory ; but ere it fell, a whirling spiral blast of wind came down from the mid-sky, and, catching the dagger, took it away glittering up into the blue bosom of heaven. Struck with a new horror, despite of his hardened heart, the wicked Captain stood looking up to heaven after his dagger, when there fell upon his face five great drops of blood, as if from the five wounds of Christ. And in the same minute, as he was trying to wipe away the Baptism of Wrath, he reeled, and fell from the lofty promontory where he stood, into the sea, into the arms of the youth whom he had murdered and thrown overboard, and whose corpse had been brought hither by the tides and the wandering winds. So the wicked Captain sunk fer ever in the waters.--Blackwood's Magazine
panse of tree-tops, which, under a sky now darkened to a twilight, began to moan and surge like a sea. Descending in haste, he tried to retrace his steps ; but this it was out of his power distinctly to do ; and he only went deeper into the wood, which began to slope downwards perceptibly. Darkness, in the mean time, thickened among the trees, which were seen standing far ben, as in a dream, crooked in their trunks, like the bodies of old men, and altogether unlike the trees of au upper world. Every thing was ominously still, till all at once the millions of leaves were shaken, as if with small eddying bubbles of wind. Forthwith came the tempest. The jagged lightning lanced the forest-gulfs with its swift and perilous beauty ; whilst overhead the thunder was crushed and jammed through the broken heavens, making the living beams of the forest to quiver like reeds. Whether real or imaginary, the wicked captain thought that he heard, at the same time, the roar of wild beasts, and saw the darkness spotted with their fiery eyes; and to save himself from them, he climbed up into a tree, and sat in its mossy clefts. As the storm above and beneath ranged away, and again drew nearer and nearer, with awful alternations, the heart of the wicked Captain began to whirl within him, tugged at by immediate horrors, and the sense of ultimate consequences from his helpless situation. In his agony, he twisted himself from branch to branch, like a monkey, braiding his legs, and making rings with his arms; at the same time crying about his crime, and babbling a sort of delirious repentance. In a moment the the tempest was overblown, and every thing hushed, as if the heavens wished to listen to his contrition : nothing but an intoxicated incontinence,. -a jumble of fear and blasphemy ; such a chattering as a man might make if he were drunk with the devil's tears, gathered, as they came glittering like mineral drops down the murky rocks of damnation, in bottles made of the tough hearts of old vindictive queens.—Holy Mo. ther ! Do you hear me, Signor Romelli ? By the Holy Mother of Grace ! you and I, signor, think he ought to bave repented sincerely, do we not ? Well, what next ?--God does not despise any working of the sinner's heart, when allied, even most remotely, to re. pentance : and because the wicked Captain had felt the first tearings of remorseful fear, God sent to him from the white land of sinless children, the young little Cherub of Pity. And when the wicked captain lifted up his eyes and looked into the forest, he saw far off, as at the end of a long vista, the radiant child coming on in naked light; and, drawing near, the young being whispered to him, that he would lead him from the fo. rest, and bring a ship for him, if he would go home, and on his knees confess his crime to the aged parents of the youth whom he had murdered, and be to them as a son, for the only son whom they had lost. The wicked Captain readily vowed to perform these conditions, and so the Babe of Pity led him from the forest, and taking him to a high promontory above the sea-shore, bade him look to the sea : and the promised ship was seen hanging like a patch of sunshine on the far blue rim of the waters. As she came on and came near, the heart of the wicked Captain was again hardened within him, and he determined not to perform his yow.
“ Your beart has again waxed obdurate,” said the
THE CRUSADER'S VOW.
“ They call'd him by a traitor's name;
They said his arm had flung The cross upon the beacon flame
Where the moslem banner hung;
Across the desert sand,
Within his redder hand,
“ I heard them name the traitor's name;
I heard them and I swore
Should pass those sands no more:
My sister's parting word, And, as its own keen blade should prove,
Upon my father's sword. “ I breathed it o'er my fathers sword,
Beneath the stars of heaven, As I thought of every holy word
With my belted knighthood given; I vow'd it by the love of years,
A mother's and a sirter's tears: How could such vow be broken?
“ How could I break the vow I made ?
I sought him 'neath the skies,
The mighty desert lies.
By the desert's lonely tree,
As he fell upon his knee.
“ He fell upon his bended knee,
'Mid the hush'd and silent air, And I heard his spirit singing free
In the music of a prayer;
I heard him bless some lowly cot,
| corsuges crossed over the chest ; the skirt open at the Where stood the linden tree;
side, from the termination of the corsage down to the And I knew his home was unforgot As he fell upon his knee.
hem, figuring pelisse. the sides of the skirt are joined
by bows or jewelled clasps, some are very rich coni posed “ He blessed the humble cottage bower,
by double coques of satin-ribbon separated by pearl And humbler roof and floor;
or diamond mounted clasps ; similar ornaments on the The lowliest weed, the lightest flower,-
shoulders as if to support the plaits or draper::.
The same disposition is seen with fignred satins and
other materials adapted for evening dresses. And the little ones beside the lynn
Sleeves close fitting from below the elbow, are growIn happiness that play'd.
ing out of fashion ; the lower part is now gathered up “ Mine arm grew weak - I heard, and wept
in plaits over a band about two inches wide, and are For the ruthless vow I'd made,
not unlike the sleeves worn some four or five years ago. When I thought of the gentle hearts that slept
Pelerines on dresses or redingotes, are trimmed with
a rouleau of fur.
Satin and velvet mantelets which were formerly or-
namented with lace, are now bordered with marten-fur Fell powerless by my side.
to match with the muff. A satin douillette with double
pelerine trimmed after this fashion as also the pockets “ Mine arm was weak, but not with years, For youth was on my brow;
and extremity of the sleeves, is quite the vogue. I had often look'd on manhood's tears,
Hats.-With dress hats, a small cap of plain tulle is Yet never wept till now.
often worn instead of blond, on each side are three My words were nought, my hand was stay'd,
small coques of satin ribbon.
The shapes of dress-hats are elevated in front, and
close sitting on the cheeks.
The most elegant dress-hats have round open shapes, and are ornamented with two or three small feathers.
We have seen one composed of garnet-coloured velvet, LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS
ornamented with a bouquet of three small feathers of FROM A VARIETY OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES the same colour, two of whieh waved over and the INCLUDING COPIOUS EXTRACTS FROM
other reclined on the shape ; the bows were composed
of garnet-coloured gauze ribbon, figured with bright “ Le Petit Courrier des Dames"_" Journal des
yellow-coloured designs. One of those ribbons crossed Dames et des Modes, L'Observateur des Modes et
the shape in front and formed neuds on each side, someL'Indiscret"_" Le Follet Courrier des Salons”-“ Le
thing similar to the trimming of a cap. Mercure des Salons," &c. &c.
A straw-coloured satin hat, ornamented with a white Dresses.—Embroidered satin dresses are become so feather, is very becoming with a black velvet dress. fashionable, that they are worn as ball dresses.
A black velvet hat, the shape round over which was A sort of fichu which forms both neckerchief and arched a black feather pinked on the edges with bright collerette, is much worn of an evening; they are of red; the ribbons of black gauze also edged with bright crape lined with satin, and edged with narrow blond, red. The crown formed plaits caught up on one side and forming a point behind like a fichu, crossed in front, fastened under a ribbon bow. and fastened by a pin.
CAPS.-Blond dress-caps are placed far-back on the A very handsome morning neglige is a wrapper head, leaving not only the forehead uncovered, but composed of printed merino with turkish designs ; even a part of the hair. The flower ornaments are these wrappers have no waists; they are drawn close generally so tastefully displayed, that they have the behind, and adjusted by a waistband which fastens with appearance of ball coiffures, and are as becoming and a button; the sleeves wide.
pretty as the most elaborate head-dress. Black crape redingotes lined with black satin are in Neglige dresses are made with flat guimp high moungreat favor; they are closed in front by black satin ting, corsages on redingote fashion, a short pélerine ribbon bows, the lining adheres to the crape, a parse. with points, and trimmed wih blond. poil about two inches wide borders each side of the Satin redingotes are closed in front with bows of the dress, the cuffs more or less richly ornamented are also same material as the dress ; some redingotes have them of black satin.
of a quite different colour, green on brown, rose on green, We have seen a velvet redingote the disposition of blue on black &c. &c. These bows are also placed on which is called à l'espagnolle, presenting a curious but dress robes ; on dark coloured velvet, white satin bows not unpleasant effect. On the front of the skirt at the l are sometimes used to close the transversal opening on right and left, in the shape of an apron, small round the skirt. holes were cut out about the size of a whafer; from The white satin petticoats worn under velvet dresses these holes projeeted marten-fur which formed relievo are often trimmed with two deep blond or lace founces. on the velvet; the corsage was similarly trimmed, and BALL DRESSES. --A rose-coloured crape dress, with the muff intended to accompany this toilet, was also rose-coloured gros de-Naples slip; the skirt open on of velvet, and similarly dotted with projecting fur. . each side, from the waist to the extremity of the hem,
Several evening dresses lately executed in one of bordered on each side by a wreath of small flowers, and our first rate houses, were open in front or on the side retained by a gold cord widely laced, the flowers very of the skirt. Some, composed of velvet had draped 1 small at the waist and gradually larger as the reached