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The all she was, when first in life's young spring,
ways called upon-but if his father sent him to feteh Like the gay bee-bird on delighted wing,
any thing late at night, and the road lay by the churchShe stooped to cull the boney from each flower That bares its breast in joy's luxuriant bower!
yard, or any other dismal place, he would say, “Oh, O er ber pure forehead, pale as moonlit snow,
father, I'm afraid !” But the young one had no feelings Her ebon locks are parted, and her brow
of this sort, so that when they used to sit round the fire Stands forth like morning from the shades of night,
of an evening, telling stories that made their blood run Serene, though clouds hang over it. The bright And searcbing glance of her liburiel eye,
cold, and one said, “Oh ! I'm frightened,” and another, Migbt even the sternest hypocrite defy
“Oh, it frightens me so," he used to say, “I'm frightTo meet it unappalled ;-'twonld almost secm,
ened, what does that mean? It must be something As though, epitomized in one deep beam,
clever. I should like to learn to be frightened." Her full collected soul upon the heart,
Now it happened that his father said to him one day, Whate'er its mask, she strove at once to dart; And few may brave the talisman that's hid
“ You, Sir, sitting there in the corner, you are getting 'Neath the dark fringes of her drooping lid.
a great strong fellow, and ought to get your own living. Patient in suffering, she has learned the art
Your brother works hard enough; but you don't earn To bleed in silence and conceal the smart,
salt to your porridge.” “Well, father,” said he, “I And thence, though quick of feeling, bath been deemed
should like to learn to be afraid, for I don't at all unAlmost as cold and loveless as she seemed;
derstand it.” His brother laughed when he heard this, Becanse to fools she never would reveal
althoug he was shocked to think that his brother was an Wounds they would probe-without the power to heal, No,-whatso'er the visions that disturb
idiot: but his father sighed: “Well, you shall soon learn The fountain of ler thoughts, she knows to curb
to be afraid, but I don't think you will earn much by Each outward sign of sorrow, and suppress
knowing it.” Even to a sigh-all tokens of distress.
Soon after this, the sexton of the village called upon Yet some, perhaps, with keener vision than The crowd, that pass her by unnoted, can,
the old man, who told him all his troubles, and what Through well dissembled smiles, at times, discern
anxiety he felt about his son, who was so clumsy and A settled anguish that would seem to burn
ignorant, that he could not learn any thing to get his The very brain it feeds upon; and when This mood of pain is on her, then, oh! then,
own living. “Only think!" said he, “when I asked A more than wonted paleness ot the cheek,
what he wished to learn to earn his bread by, he said, he And, it may be, a flitting hectic streak,
should like very much to learn to be afraid.” “Well,” A tremulous motion of the lip or eye,
said the sexton, “ send him to me for awhile, and l’li Are all that anxious friendship may descry,
soon teach him that." The father was pleased enough Reserve and womanly pride are in her look,
when he heard this, and soon dispatched him to the Though tempered into meekoess : she can brook
sexton, who employed him to toll the bell. Unkinduess and neglect from those she loves, Because she feels it undeserved; which proves,
After he had been with him a couple of days, the old That firm and conscious rectitude hath power
sexton woke him at midnight, and bade him go to the To blunt Fate's darts in sorrow's darkest hour.
belfry and toll the bell—“ You will soon learn, my fine Ay, unprovoked, injustice she can bear
fellow, what it is to be afraid!" and, as soon as he saw Without a sigh-almost withont a tear, Save such as hearts internally will weep,
the young lad preparing to do as he was told, he slipped And they ne'er rise the borning lids to steep;
out by another door, and placed himself in the belfry, in But to those petty wrongs which half defy
hopes the youth would think it a ghost. Human forbearance, she can make reply
Accordingly, when the young man came to the church With a prond lip, and a contempluons eye.
tower, he saw a figure standing in the corner. “Who's There is a speaking sadness in ber air,
there ? cried he; but the figure never moved. Then he A bue of languor o'er her features fair,
continued—“Who are you? what do you want here at Born of no common grief; as though Despair Had wrestled with her spirit-been o'erthrow,
this time of night ?-if you don't answer me, I'll pitch And these the trophies of the strife alone.
you down headlong." But the sexton thought he would A resigaation of the will, a calm
certainly not have sufficient courage to attempt such a Deriv'd from pure religion (that sweet balm
thing ; so he kept perfectly quiet. Then the young man For wounded breasts) is seated on her brow, And ever to the tempest bends she now,
called out for the third time, but as he still got no ansEven as a drooping lily, which the wind
wer, he laid hold of the ghost, pitched him out, and Sways as it lists. The sweet affections bind
broke his neck: and when he had done so, tolled the Her sympathies to eartb ; lier peaceful soul
bell, as he had been ordered, and then went home and Has long aspired to that immorial goal, Where pain and anguish cease to be our lot,
went to bed, without saying a word to anybody. And the world's cares and frailities are forgot!
The sexton's wife watched for her husband for a long time, and at last began to feel anxious that he did not return. She awoke the lad and said, “Do you know
where my good man is staying all this time? He went OF ONE THAT WENT FORTH TO LEARN TO out to the belfry, and has not yet returned.” “No," BE AFRAID.
said the boy " but there was somebody standing there
in a corner who would not answer me when I called out, There was an old man who had two sons, the elder of | so I pitched him into the churchyard-you can go and whom was a sharp, clever lad, able to help himself, but see whether it is he or not." The woman ran in a great the younger one was a silly youth, who could not learn fright to the churchyard, and there she found her hus. or understand any thing; and the people, when they band lying dead upon the ground. spoke of him, would shake their heads and say, he would Tben she ran screaming to the boy's father, and cried.. gire his poor father a great deal of trouble. So that “ Your good-for-nothing son has thrown my poor huswhen there was any thing to do, the elder one-was al. band from the church tower into the churchyard, and
broke his neck.” The father was shocked to hear it, i took him, and hearing what he said, asked him who he and scolded the boy for his folly; but his talking was was. “I don't know," said the boy. “Where do you all thrown away upon him, “Why,” said the boy,"it's come from?” said the waggoner, “I don't know," conno fault of mine ; he stood there in a corner as if he tinued the boy. “Who is your father." "I mustn't say," was no good, and I did not know who it was. I called was the reply. “What is this that you are harping out to him three times. Why didn't he go his way?" upon ?” “Why, I want to be frightened, and can't get “ Ah cried his father, “ you were born to disgrace me, any body to show me how." “Don't talk such a pack get away about your business; I'll have nothing more of nonsense,” said the waggoner, “only come with me, to do with you.” “Well, father, just as you please; I'll soon manage that for you." So the lad went with only wait till it is daylight, and then I'll start, and him, and when it was evening, they entered a hostelry, learn to be afraid, so that I may know a trade that will where they were to pass the night; and as they went into support me.” “Learn what you like,” said his father, the house, the boy set up his usual cry, “Oh, that I “it is all one to me; here are fifty dollars—go your could learn to be afraid !" When the landlord heard ways, and tell no man who you are, or who your father this, he laughed, and said, if that was all he wanted he is—for I am ashamed of you.”-“Well, father, just a should soon be accommodated. But his wife interfered you please.”
and said, so many had already perished in trying to do At day-break, accordingly, up he got, put his fifty what the landlord was talking of, that it would be a dollars into his pocket, and set off on his journey, shame and a sin to let such a good-looking lad never see crying, as he went along-"Oh, that I could learn to daylight again. But the lad said “Let it be ever so be afraid !" And as he journeyed on, a man who was hard, I shall be glad to learn it-I left home on purpose passing heard his cry, and when they had got on a little to do so,"—and he would not let mine host rest, until farther, seeing a gibbet by the road side, said to the lad, such time as he told him of an enchanted castle in the • Do you see yonder tree, where those seyen fellows neighbourhood, wherein any one who watched for three have been marrying the ropemaker's daughter-sit down nights, would very soon learn to be frightened. He told under it till midnight, and you'll soon know what it is
him, besides, that the king had promised that whosoever to be afraid.” “Indeed," said he:"well, I can easily should spend three pights in that castle, should marry do that-and if I really learn to be afraid, I'll e'en his daughter, who was the most beautiful princess on give you my fifty dollars, if you only meet me here again, whom the sun ever shone : for that the castle was filled early to-morrow morning."
with treasures guarded by ghosts, and which could only No sooner had he said this, than he took his station be obtained by him who staid there for three whole under the gibbet, and there watched till nightfall; and, nights. Many had entered the castle, but none had yet as the evening was very cold, he lighted himself a fire: | come out of it again. All this did not intimidate the but at midnight the wind blew so heavily, that, in spite lad, who went next morning to the king, and said that, of the fire, he could not keep himself warm. The wind, if his majesty would permit him, he should like to keep too, drove the dead men one against another, and as watch in the enchanted castle for three nights. The they swung backwards and forwards over his head, he king was pleased with the offer, and granted his request; said to himself, “ here am I shivering, who am close to and said, besides, that he would let him take with him the fire-those poor fellows up there may well tremble into the castle any three things he pleased, that had not and shake;" and, being a very good-natured fellow, he life. So the boy asked for a fire, a turning-lathe, and a must needs take the ladder, go up, and cut down, one wood-carver's table and knife. after another, the whole seven of them. Then he stir The king accordingly gave orders, that the things that red up the fire, blew it, and placed them in a circle he required should be sent into the castle, and when round it, that they might get themselves warm. And night came, the lad went into the castle, lighted a bla. there they sat, and never moved, although the fire scorch- zing fire in one of the apartments, placed the carrer's ed their clothes. At last he said to them, “If you table by his side, and seated himself on the lathe. “Ah,” don't behave yourselves properly, I shall take and hang cried he, “I wish I could be frightened; but there seems you up again." But the gallows-birds never heard him, but little chance of that herc.” At midnight, however, so they never stirred an inch, but let their old rags burn just as he was making up his fire afresh, he heard some away. This made him angry, so he said, " If you will cats in one corner of the room, mewing and crying, not take care of you. selves, I cant't help you, but I How cold it is, how cold it is !” “Well, you fools,” don't intend to burn myself with you;' and then he | said he, “why do you stand crying there; if you are strung them up again upon the gibbet.
cold, why don't you come to the tire and warm your- And as soon as he had done this, he sat himself down | selves ?" Scarcely had he said the word, before two by the fire, and slept till morning, when the man came tremendously large black cats sprang from their hidingfor the fifty dollars that he had promised him. “Now,” I place, seated themselves by his side, and glowered upon said he, “ you know what is to be afraid, don't you?". him with their fiery eyes. After some little time, when “ No,” said the boy, “how should I ?-those fellows up they had thorougly warmed themselves, they asked him there have never opened their mouths, and are such a | if he would have a game at cards. “With all my heart," pack of blockheads, that they let the fire scorch the very said the boy, “but I must first look at your paws:" so rags that they have got on." Then the man saw di, they stretched out their claws that he might see them. rectly that he should not get the fifty dollars, and as he “Ah, your nails are a great deal too long; I must first turned away, he said to himself, “ Well, I never met trim them a bit." So saying, he seized the cats by the with such a fellow before in my life.”
neck, took them to the carver's table, and screwed them Then the lad continued his journey, and, as before, | fast by their feet. “Since I saw your ugly paws," kept crying, "Oh, that I could be frightened -Oh, that said he, “I have no longer felt inclined to play cards I could learn to be afraid !” Presently a wagonner over. with you I can dispense with your company;" accord, ingly he knocked them on the head, and threw them | liked, and he asked them to let him play. “Yes, to be into the moat.
sure," was the answer; "if you have got any money." But, to sooner had he put these visitors to rest and “ Money enough,” said he ; but your balls are not quite returned to the fire, than an immense number of black round.” Then he took them, placed them in the lathe, cats and black dogs, in glowing chains, kept flocking and turned them till they were perfectly round. “Now from all parts of the room, so that it was in vain for him they'll roll better; let us play merrily." He began, to think of concealing himself: they howled shockingly, and lost a little money to them; he might perhaps, have and kept knocking the fire about and trying to put it won it again, but no sooner did the clock strike twelve, out. He bore all this very patiently for a littlc while; than the whole party vanished from his sight, and there but at last he got out of temper, seized hold of his knife, was nothing left for him to do, but to lay himself by the and exclaiming, “Holloa ! you pack of ragamuffins, fire, and sleep till morning. Then the king came to pack off with you!”-began dealing his blows among him again, and inquired of him how he had passed the them. A great part of them made their escape, and the second night. The boy told him he had played at rest he slew and threw into the moat.
skittles, and lost a trifle; but the king asked him if he When he came back again, he blew the embers and had not been frightened ?" Frightened !” said she made up a roaring fire and warmed himself. And the boy, “I was merry enough; I only wanted to be warmth of the fire and his exertions made him feel frightened.” drowsy, and he felt that all he could do, he could not On the third night he seated himself at his old seat, keep his eyes open-so, spying a lage bed in one corner and began saying quite peevishly, “Oh, that I could but of the apartment, he went and laid himself down upon | be frightened.” And when it got late, there came into it. And just as he was dropping off to sleep, the bed the room six men, bearing a coffin, “Ab,” said he, began to move of itself, and to traverse every part of " that is certainly my little bed," and he beckoned to it the castle. “Bravo," said he, “that is nice; it could with his finger, and cried, “Come, little bed, come.” not be better." The bed kept on, as if six horses had The men put the coffin down on the ground, and he been put to it, and went up the stairs and through the must needs go and lift off the lid, and when he did so door-ways, up and down, hop, hop, and tramp, tramp, | he saw a dead man in it; and he put his hand upon the from the very top to the very bottom of the castle; and face of the dead man, and it was as cold as ice. “Well,” there he lay upon it the whole time. At length he thought he. “ I'll see if I can warm him a little bit ;". threw off the bed-clothes, got off the bed, and saying - then he went to the fire, warmed his hands, and rubbed “Now you may go wherever you like," sat himself down the face of the dead man, but it got never the warmer. by the fire, and there slept till day-break.
So he took him out of the coffin, and, seating himself In the morning, when the king came and saw him before the fire, took him in his lap, and rubbed his arms iying on the ground, he thought he had been destroyed to try and warm them. But all his efforts were of no by evil spirits, and was dead ; and he was grievously avail ; and at last he recollected that when two people afflicted. But when the young man heard his moanings, lay in the same bed, they warm one another : so he took he jumped up, and said there was nothing the matter. the corpse to his bed, covered it well over, and laid himWhereat the king was much rejoiced, and asked how he | self down beside it. After a little while, the dead man had spent the night? “Oh, well enough,” said the boy; | became warm, and began to move about. Then said the one night is already gone-the other two will soon lad to him, “Well, bedfellow, I have warmed you at follow it.” Then he went and called upon the innkeeper, last." But the dead man got up and cried, “Now will who stared at him with the greatest astonishment, and | 1 strangle you.” “What,” said he, "are these the said, “Well, I never thought to have seen you again | thanks I am to have ?- very well, you shall go back to alive. Have you now learnt what it is to be afraid ?" your coffin for this.” He then seized upon him, threw “No,” said he, “that I have not; I only wish some one him in, and fastened down the lid ; and when he bad would teach me."
done so, in came the six men again and bore it away. When the second night came, he returned to the old -"Alas !” cried he, there is no chance of my being castle, seated himself by his fire, and began his custo frightened, I shall not learn it if I pass my life here." mary cry, “Oh, that I could learn to be afraid !” To Just then, there entered a man who was far bigger than wards midnight, he heard a noise and a bustle; at first it the other had been, and a very terrific looking fellow; was very soft, then it got louder; then it was still for a but he was old, with a very long white beard: and he little while; and at last there was a great cry, and half said to the lad, “You shall soon learn what it is to be à man's body came down the chimney, and fell right frightened, for you shall die." "Not so quick." answered before him. “Heyday!" said he, " what, is there only he, “ you must get my consent first." Said the man, “I balf of you? this is too little.” Then the noise began will soon master you." “ Don't make yourself too sure afresh; there was a blustering and a howling, and pre, of that," said the boy. “I am as strong as you, if not sently down came the other half. “Oh, very well," stronger.". _“ Stronger indeed! that we shall see; come, said he, "wait a little, while I blow the fire." And when let us go and try our strength' Then he led him he had done so, and looked round again, lo, and behold! through a long dark passage till they came to a smithy, the two halyes had joined themselves together, into a and there took an axe, and with one blow drove an anril very terrific fellow, and had taken his place. "That into the earth. “I can beat thah," said the boy, and won't do,” said the boy, "that is my place, and I'll have went to the other anvil; the old man keeping so close, it.” The man would have kept possession, but our hero | (in order to watch him the better) that bis white beard was too strong for him, and thrust him out of it. Then I hung upon it. Then the lad seized the axe, and split there fell down the chimney plenty more such men, who the anvil at one blow, and jammed his beard into the brought with them nine thigh-bones and two skulls, and cleft. "Now I have got you," cried he, "and yon it played at skittles with them. This was a game the lad | is who sball dje ;” and seizing an iron bar, he laid on No. XXXXI. TOL. 19,
80 lustily, that the old fellow roared with pain, and
No doubt every pleasure you're greeting
But pray my dear Carry reflect, promised that if he desisted he would give him great
You'll soon find those pleasures are fleeting, riches. The lad accordingly realesed him, and followed
All this, love, of course you expect; him into the vaults of the castle, where the old man
No beautiful ride of a morning, showed him three chests of gold-one for the poor, one
No fète,--and no pleasant soirée
In wedlock -80 dearest be scorning
That terrible sentence" obey."
He praises your voice and your beauty,
You have not a fault he can blame ver, he contrived to grope his way back again to his
He raves about conjugal duty, room, and soon fell asleep by the fire side. On the fol.
And many more things I could name; lowing morning came the king again, saying, "Well,
I dare say you'll be very foolish
And not heed a word that I say, have you learnt what it is to be afraid?" "No," said he,
If you do wed ;-bebave rather coolish, “who was to teach me? I have seen nobody but a dead
Love, honor, but never obey. fellow, that I put into my bed, and an old man with a beard, who showed me where the riches were: how should I learn it then?” “Well,” said the king, “ you have delivered the castle from enchantment, and shall, AN INCIDENT IN MY SCHOOL BOY DAYS. therefore, marry my daugther.” “ That is all very well, but still I don't know what it is to be frightened.”
In the town of Fulham, an Academy was kept by a The gold was removed, the wedding took place, and | Mr. Day, of flogging memory-I shall never forget the young king, though he loved his wife very much, him. To this school I was sent, and improved more and had every thing to make him happy, was always in half a year under this consumer of birch, than I crying, “Oh, that I could but be frightened ?" And his had done the two preceding years. During my infancy, wife's waiting-woman said, “It shall be hard but I I had been terrified into compliance by my nurse with will teach you what it is to be afraid.” And she had a tales of ghosts and hobgoblins : these ideas still relarge barrel, filled with water and little fishes, and at mained, though my mother took every method to eradi. night, while he was sleeping, his attendants went in and cate them. Mr. Day's seminary, and our house, were pulled off the bed clothes, and threw the water and parted merely by the church-yard; and as I wandered fishes over him, and the fishes leaped and sprung about, among the tombs on my return from school, though and the water awoke him: then he jumped up and cried not possessed of thoughts on night, like the angelic out, “I am frightened, I am frightened, dearest wife; Young, I had young night thoughts enough to throw now I have learned what it is to be afraid !”
me into a perspiration whenever I came there. It hap
pened one evening that I could not get through my [From “ Lays and Legends of various nations" an interesting work now in the course of publication. This
task for attending to stories other boys were relating
near me: one in particular asserted, that if any person is a work we have long wished to see, and can cordially
would say the Lord's prayer backwards, as he went recommend it to those of our readers who my be interested in legendary lore.]
through the church-yard, the devil would appear. This alarmed me much ; and though I should have had no objection to see any one else make the experiment, I
was determined to avoid even thinking of it as I went “LOVE, HONOR AND OBEY."
home.--My task not perfect, it was eight o'clock before BY J. E. CARPENTER, ESQ. AUTHOR OP “ RANDOM
I was liberated,—the night pitchy dark, and stormy. RHYMES ; OR LAYS OF LONDON.
I had advanced as far as the church-yard, endeavouring
to drive the story of the prayer backwards out of my 'Tis romonred in town my dear Carry,
head, but in vain; I could not help reflecting how odd (I dont mean to say that 'tis true)
it must sound_how difficult to repeat, and was trying That you very shortly will marry Your cousin young Harry Prideau,
a word or two, when, in the footpath, though at a Your rank is a little above him,
considerable distance, I saw a glimmering light, not And Harry is partial to play,
constant, but at intervals. I stopped irresolute-terror No doubt you would " honor and love him
worked so fast on my imagination, that ere I had well But Caroline could you " obey ?"
perceived its object, my hair stood on end-my knees Forgive me-for 'tis my intention
trennbled under me-I had a fearful certainty it was To offer some friendly advice,
the devil, and that my attempt at the prayer had raised So I " in this present" will mention
him. What was to be done? Each little finesse and device,
Turn back to school? Employed by the men thus to blind us,
...No! I would as soon face his satanic majesty as do Believe me, dear Caroline Grey,
that.---No getting home without passing the light, or Too surely you'll find that they bind us
going round the church, and then perhaps he might To honour-to love- and obey.
meet me on the other side. Terrified beyond description, Whatever you do, love, keep single,
I saw no way but one ;-as attempting the prayer I've not bad a moment of peace
backward had raised this fiend, surely saying it the Since I married Sir Joshua Pringle,
right way would lay him again; so down I dropped on Because he had tray'led in Greece, I thought he was very romantic,
my knees in the dirt, and began; but, to my, astonish. I've found that he's not very gay,
ment and dismay; it produced a contrary effect, the 'Tis enough to turn any girl frantic
light approached in a direct line, and seemingly very To think she must wed -and obsy.
fast: I redoubled my volubility, and repeated the words.
was admitted into the parlour, and after some refresh ment, my mother concluded the evening in the following manner:
“ I hope, Sir, you now see the folly of listening to idle stories invented by servants to frighten children ; and whith, I am sorry to see, the pains which I have bestowed in forming your principles, have not been able to preserve you from. Call sense and reflection to your aid, and you will see the wickedness of supposing, even for a moment, that the great Author of nature should break his laws merely to alarm an insignificant indi. vidual.
PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS, &c.
An account of some of the most attractive amusements of the metropolis will appear in our next, in the mean time, we will take every opportunity of inspect. ing those exhibitions, &c., which we may deem most worthy of notice—“ The Practical Gallery of Science.” Mr. Huggins' “ Pictures of the Battle of Trafalgar," with his beautiful miscellaneous collection. The very ingenious “ Model of the Human Figure," by Signor Serantoni. The Picture Exhibitions in Pall Mall. The " Bonnington Gallery," &c.- the latter of which, en passant, is deserving of more encouragement from the admirers of British talent-shall each come under our notice.
as quick as I could articulate; when, lo! the spectre stood within a few paces of me, and I had a view of his horrible front. In size it bore some resemblance to a human figure the countenance was perfectly black, with eyes that looked like globes of fire, and a mouth of horrible dimensions. Over the head, and reaching to the ground, was thrown something that appeared like the pall used at burials; in his hand he bore a burning torch, which ever and anon he held towards me in a menacing posture; then said, with a hollow voice, and accents which froze my blood, “What! have I found you?"
Unable to sustain myself under circumstances which appeared so borrific, I fell on my face, and roared like a bull; in which situation 1 was taken up by this tremendous apparition, and wafted through the air, as I thought, to some infernal region, where I was laid upon the ground, keeping my eyes shut, fearful of encountering more dreadful objects. My hands were then seized, and bastinadoed with great fury; my nose was next assailed by fumes of brimstone: this done I had a moment's rest, and lay as still as death, that I might not by impatience, incur the displeasure of my internal tormentors.
After a short silence my hand was again taken, though not quite so roughly as before, and a well-known voice, in plaintive accents, sighed forth—“My child my child! art thou gone for ever!" Io a moment I opened my eyes, and found myself at home, my mother bathing my hand with her tears, and the family waiting in sad expectation of my death. Staying longer at than usual at school, together with the darkness of the night, had alarmed my mother, and Kit was dispatched in search of me, with a flambeau and my father's roquelaure, the hood of which he had pulled over his head. When he approached me, and beheld me with uplifted hands and face, seemingly convulsed, the poor fellow concluded I was in a fit, he therefore ran like lightning home; Kit and Mrs. Betty gave me the bastinado upon my hands, whilst my mother's smelling-bottle appeared to my terrified imagination like sulphurons fumes, till her voice encouraged me to look round.
My parent's joy at my recovery was not to be des. cribed, and only equalled by her anger when she knew the cause of this alarm. The church clock proclaimed the hour of ten, and supperless I was going to bed, when my mother threw on her cloak, and bade me follow : like a criminal I obeyed ; she advanced through the burial ground till we came to the church porch, where I was commanded to remain till the clock struck eleven, or never presume to appear qefore her again. Too well acquainted with her firmness to hazard a word in opposition, I sat terrified, trembling, and forming ten thousand horrible ideas which the objects around me belped to promote. I listened to my parent's receding steps till they were no longer discernible ; all was dark and silent, except the whistling of the wind through an old hollow yew tree which hung over the porch : and by its malancholy motion increased that terror which the time and place naturally eonspired to create. The coldness of a December night was unfelt-perspiration issued at every pore; I was “distilled almost to jelly with my fears,'' when the voice of honest Christopher, more wel. come to my ears sthan dew to the parched earth,” relieved me from this fearful bondage. The clock struck eleven, Kit climbed over the wall, I knocked at the door,
Dans ma froide raison rempli de confiance,
De plaire sans aimer.
Et simple a force d'art.
Hélas ! ne me croit pas !
Mon amour, de l'esprit!
Pour attester l'amour !
Tant d'incrédulité !
(We would be happy if any of our poetical subscrib. ers would send us a translation of the above verses, Ed. B. M.]