« PreviousContinue »
figure, who still lived before him like a little white dial in the sun, “ and I shall now turn the ship away, for 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 passions,“
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 ero 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. De scending 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 an 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 contri. tion : nothing but an intoxicated incontinence, -a jumble of fear and blasphemy ; such a chat ering as 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 Mother! Do you hear me, Signor Romelli ? By the Holy Mother of Grace ! you and I, signor, think he ought to have 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 repentance : 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 forest, and bring a ship for him, if he would
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
“ 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;
“ Your heart has again waxed obdurate," said the
I heard him bless some lowly cot,
Where stood the linden tree; And I knew his home was unforgot
As he fell upon his knee.
“ He blessed the humble cottage bower,
And humbler roof and floor;
He bless'd them o'er and o'er:
By the hearth's more sacred shade,
In happiness that play'd.
“ Mine arm grew weak - I heard, and wept
For the ruthless vow I'd made, When I thought of the gentle hearts that slept
Beneath the linden's shade;
That my warrior strength defied,
Fell powerless by my side.
“ Mine arm was weak, but not with years,
For youth was on my brow;
Yet never wept till now.
Í had heard the blessing spoken;
For affection's sake was broken."
LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS
corruges crossed over the chest; the skirt open at the side, from the termination of the corsage down to the hem, figuring pelisse. the sides of the skirt are joined by bows or jewelled clasps, some are very rich composed by double coques of satin-ribbon separated by pearl or diamond mounted clasps ; similar ornaments on the shoulders as if to support the plaits or draper :'.
The same disposition is seen with fignred satins and other materials adapted for evening dresses.
Sleeves close fitting from below the elbow, are growing out of fashion; the lower part is now gathered up in plaits over a band about two inches wide, and are not unlike the sleeves worn some four or five years ago.
Pelerines on dresses or redingotes, are trimmed with a rouleau of fur.
Satin and velvet mantelets which were formerly ornamented with lace, are now bordered with marten-fur to match with the muff. A satin douillette with double pelerine trimmed after this fashion as also the pockets and extremity of the sleeves, is quite the vogue.
Hats.-With dress hats, a small cap of plain tulle is often worn instead of blond, on each side are three 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, ornamented with a bouquet of three small feathers of the same colour, two of whieh waved over and the other reclined on the shape ; the bows were composed of garnet-coloured gauze ribbon, figured with bright yellow-coloured designs. One of those ribbons crossed the shape in front and formed neuds on each side, something similar to the trimming of a cap.
A straw-coloured satin hat, ornamented with a white feather, is very becoming with a black velvet dress.
A black velvet hat, the shape round over which was arched a black feather pinked on the edges with bright red; the ribbons of black gauze also edged with bright red. The crown formed plaits caught up on one side and fastened under a ribbon bow.
CAPS.-Blond dress-caps are placed far-back on the head, leaving not only the forehead uncovered, but a part of the hair.
The flower ornaments are generally so tastefully displayed, that they have the appearance of ball coiffures, and are as becoming and pretty as the most elaborate head-dress.
Neglige dresses are made with flat guimp high mounting, corsages on redingote fashion, a short pélerine with points, and trimmed wih blond.
Satin redingotes are closed in front with bows of the same material as the dress ; some redingotes have them of a quite diferent colour, green on brown, rose on green, blue on black &c. &c. These bows are also placed on dress robes ; on dark coloured velvet, white satin bows are sometimes used to close the transversal opening on the skirt.
The white satin petticoats worn under velvet dresses are often trimmed with two deep blond or lace Aounces.
Ball Dresses. -A rose-coloured crape dress, with rose-coloured gros de-Naples slip; the skirt open on each side, from the waist to the extremity of the hem, bordered on each side by a wreath of small flowers, and retained by a gold cord widely laced, the flowers very small at the waist and gradually larger as the reached
FROM A VARIETY OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES
INCLUDING COPIOUS EXTRACTS FROM " Le Petit Courrier des Dames"-" Journal des Dames et des Modes, L'Observateur des Modes et L'Indiscret''- " Le Follet Courrier des Salons"' _" Le Mercure des Salons," &c. &c.
Dresses.—Embroidered satin dresses are become so fashionable, that they are worn as ball dresses.
A sort of fichu which forms both neckerchief and collerette, is much worn of an evening; they are of crape lined with satin, and edged with narrow blond, forming a point behind like a fichu, crossed in front, and fastened by a pin.
A very handsome morning neglige is a wrapper composed of printed merino with turkish designs; these wrappers have no waists; they are drawn close behind, and adjusted by a waistband which fastens with a button; the sleeves wide.
Black crape redingotes lined with black satin are in great favor; they are closed in front by black satin ribbon bows, the lining adheres to the crape, a passepoil about two inches wide borders each side of the dress, the cuffs more or less richly ornamented are also of black satin.
We have seen a velvet redingote the disposition of which is called à l'espagnolle, presenting a curious but not unpleasant effect. On the front of the skirt at the right and left, in the shape of an apron, small round holes were cut out about the size of a whafer; from these holes projeeted marten-fur which formed relievo on the velvet; the corsage was similarly trimmed, and the muff intended to accompany this toilet, was also of velvet, and similarly dotted with projecting fur.
Several evening dresses lately executed in one of our first rate houses, were open in front or on the side of the skirt. Some, composed of velvet had draped