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as he had before conceived that he liminary nods, imitated his master to was riding at a gallop when Nicolaus the life. was innocent of everything save and Karl had been but a short time except the jog-trot before mentioned, asleep, when confused and crowded so he now thought that he was enjoying dreams of what had lately happened a very pleasant lady-like canter, when disturbed his repose. The dark stranin truth he was as inmovable as his ger whom he met at the ion was the majesty of Charing Cross. After rid- principal actor in the somnambulatoily ing on for some time at the rate of no drama that was going on. Karl bemiles an hour, he fell asleep, and a lit- held and heard him with shuddering ile after, as an almost necessary conse- and with horror, although, when suquence, fell from his saddle. His fall, perstition was out of the case, he had however, was broken by a bed of net- little fear in his composition, as was tles, which seemed to have grown manifested on various occasions when there for his especial accommodation; his high spirit seemed to take but one but he was not so grateful as he should leap from his heart to his fist, to knock have been, for he threw away some those down from whom he considered very choice German to anathematize he had received an affront. He got his them. To be sure he had lost his mo- first rudiments, however, of superstiney, a circumstance which seldom tious lore from his nurse, and the old tends to sweeten a man's temper or to cook at his master's completed his put him in good humour; but what education in that particular branch. then ? Had he fallen direct to the The devil was generally the hero of ground he might have broken an arm, most of her stories, and, to speak disor leg, aye, or even his neck, whereas interestedly, she scarcely gave him his he was
now only stung all over his due. Nothing was done, however diaface and hands, and ought to have re. bolical, that was not immediately put turned thanks to the Virgin that it was down to his account; and she often
Were all mankind to act found afterwards, that what she had atupon this suggestion there would not tributed to him had been committed by be a single unhappy person living. persons who had passed in the world The criminal sentenced to a short im- as pious and God-fearing characters. prisonment would bless his stars and The ghost stories that he heard had feel happy that it was not a long one; their effect upon Karl in no ordinary the convict ordered for transportation degree, and imbued him with all the might console himself with the idea visionary and romantic, ideas that that it was better than being hanged ; often lead youth into error, but at the and the man who should be doomed same time throw a charm over that pe
longam literam facere,” or, in plain riod of life terms, who had received a promise of being hanged, might still be delighted And thought scarce ventures to the morrow, in thinking how far preferable it is to But takes its light and tripping way. burning. It is bad policy to fancy our Through all the pleasures of to-day. own ills greater than those of others, He suddenly awoke from his slumfor in proportion as we magnify the bers, and found Nicolaus standing evils of life, we increase our imaginary close beside him. The bright tints sufferings in enduring them. But tu of day were departing, and twilight return to Karl; he left his master's
was scattering her rose-hues over the i horse to amuse himself as he might cloudless face of heaven.' Tranquillity think fit, placed himself under a tree, reigned the goddess of the scene, and and in a minute more was fast asleep. the winds and the birds and the waters Nicolaus, who, to do him justice, was paid her their silent homage. not always insensible to the force of Karl had not rested sufficiently to good example, deliberately walked to a maintain bis equilibrium with any cerspot opposite Karl's resting place, tainty, but he mounted his steed with a laid himself down, and, after a few pre- determination of proceeding as quickly
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as it might please his pertinacious the light of a joke. As the stranger four-footed companion. He gave Ni- entered more fully into conversation, colaus his head, who seemed to move Karl's fears by degrees began to abate; along with no inconsiderable alacrity; but he could not help, now and then indeed, at times his master was by nó giving a sly look under the black means too proud of his equestrian horse's belly, to see whether the other talent to prevent his occasionally re- foot of the unknown rider corresponded sorting to the mane, which, although with the one which he had a view of. not perfectly jockey-like, possessed the But he had no opportunity of satisfying advantage of keeping him in his sad- his curiosity, for if he ever slackened dle--no small consideration by the his pace that the other might go on bebye to a youth with only about one-fore him, the stranger also pulled his third of his senses about him—the more rein and remained always close at his so as no one was near to scrutinize his side. At lengih they came to a naractions. Well, on he went, thinking row pass, between two bills, where of the pleasures that awaited him at two horses could not go abreast, and Brunswick, and anticipating the kind Karl said to himself_ Ha! ha! I welcome he should receive from his have thee now, or the devil's in't !" relatives and friends, when he was He drew up that the stranger might suddenly aroused from his waking pass on first, but he was too polite to dream by hearing the sound of a take precedence, and Karl was obliged horse's hoofs close at his side. He to go on. When he had gone about turned his head, and was startled to half-way through the narrow road, he find the same tall dark figure who turned to have a full view of the genhad contrived to make him ride so
tleman who had stood so much upon much lighter, by ridding him of several forms, but how great was his surprise supernumerary silver pieces at the inn, to find that there was not a trace of on a black steed, which exactly kept him to be seen! “So, so, (cried Karly pace with his own animal. At the this place did not tempt thee, thou first moment, Karl thought of endea- arch-fiend! thou liked'st not to show vouring to persuade Nicolaus to use thy cloven foot, and I give thee credit his best speed, by a manful applica- for having some shame left; though tion of the whip; but when he con- verily I am glad to be quit of thy visidered the unyielding attributes of sage!” When he came to the end of his stoical quadruped, he gave up the the pass, and was jogging on gaily,
he idea in despair. His alarm too was in nearly dropped from his saddle, at some degree dissipated by the changed finding the dark rider, whom he fancied address of the stranger, who cour- he had left behind, still by his side. teously wished bim a good evening, “I
mark thy surprise, (said he to Karl) and testified his delight at having a but I saw when thou wert riding before companion on so lonely a road. me that thy horse had lost his tail, and Though Karl was rather more assured, out of compassion for the poor beast; he by no means felt that the delight hatred for the fies that annoy him, and was mutual. “ Curse the fellow! respect for his rider, I went back, and (thought the youth) it requires no by good fortune found it lying on the great stretch of politeness to be civil road. I have now (added he) great to a person when you are riding with pleasure in restoring it uninjured.”. his money in your belt. I would that Saying this he presented it with a very his raven-hided beast knew how to creditable bow to Karl, who gazed on stumble and break the ill-favoured the fawny relic in utter astonishment. cheat's neck, or at least put out his How Nicolaus had lost his tail he could collar-bone !" This charitable sen- by no means conjecture. He was, tence, however, he deemed it quite as indeed, so amazed that he forgot to well not to give vivá voce, for it. thank the stranger for his courtesy, at struck him forcibly that it might not which the other appeared in no wise be considered by his fellow-traveller in offended. “ So, then (said Karl at
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last) I am on a tailless horse ! It is of sulphur in the only whiff that he well that it will be dark by the time took. He had a very certain presentiI come to my journey's end, or I should ment that his companion had not be followed through the street as if I brought the fire which he had just were an imp of the dev-" he stopped given him from the same place where short in his speech, for he perceived Prometheus' had obtained his. The that he had committed himself, as his pipe dropped from his lips, and he companion seemed not at all to relish trembled from head to foot. He now the insinuation. He turned, however, began to devise means of ridding himwith renewed good humour to Karl, self of his black-art-practising fellowand said: “ Come, come, thy case is traveller. He had observed on their not so hopeless. Thou shalt not be journey that when they came near any on the back of an imperfect animal. of the crosses, which are common to Give me the tail, and pledge me thy this day in Catholic countries, his comword that thou wilt look straight for- panion vanished, and did not rejoin ward, and not once cast thine eyes him until they were out of sight of backward to make thy remarks on my those devil's eye-sores. He now reproceedings, and I promise without solved to make the best use of his obloss of time to affix the fly-flapping ap- servation, and happening to espy a pendage once more to the hinder part small cross at a little distance, and seeof thy steed."
ing that his good friend had left him as Karl, although he strongly doubted usual, he rode up to it, dismounted, the possibility of such a manæuvre, and easily drew it from the ground. willingly pledged bis word,and in a mo- “ It's an ill procession, they say, when ment afterwards heard the stranger mut- the devil carries the cross, (cried Karl) ter something which was unintelligible so I'll e'en be before-hand with him.” to him, but which he made no question He threw it across his shoulders, was some spell used in the ceremony vaulted into his saddle, and trotted forof tail-fixing. “ Turn (said the stran- ward, until he came to a town which ger, who was now again beside him), he supposed to be the place of his desthy borse is again repaired !” Karl tination. Nicolaus made a sudden did as he was requested, and the tail halt and neighed loudly; and lashes was manifest ; but Nicolaus betrayed and caresses were alike ineffectual to as little joy at the recovery of it, as he induce him to proceed. A door was had evinced sorrow for its loss. Karl opened, and the old cook who knew could not help suspecting that the the voice of Nicolaus too well to be stranger had made him promise to mistaken, welcomed the young apprenlook straight forward, not so much out tice home again to his master's house, of fear that he should be a spy upon his at Magdeburg. The truth is, that operations, as that he dreaded an ex- Nicolaus, liking better a dirty stable posure of the cloven-foot; neverthe- than a clean road, had taken care to Jess he thanked him for his good offi- turn his head homeward, when his ces, and kept on his way. After a rider awoke from his slumber under time it occurred to bim that a pipe the tree, and Karl was obliged to defer would be no bad thing; but when he his visit to Brunswick until a better had filled it, found to his mortification opportunity should occur.
He told that he had lost his flint, and began his master the whole story on the next railing in good set terms at his own morning; but the jeweler (unbelieving carelessness and indiscretion. “ De- as he was !) attributed every thing to spair not, while I am near thee (said his superstition and state of intoxicathe stranger); hold thy pipe towards tion; but the old cook was fully perme !" No sooner was this done than suaded that he had actually been in the he breathed upon it, and the tobacco society of the devil, and was not satiswas ignited. Karl felt now convinced fied that he was entirely out of bis, the that he was travelling with Satan ; for said devil's power, until he had conthe herb burnt rather blue than other- fessed to the priest of the family, and wise, and there was a villainous snack purified himself with an additional
sprinkling of holy water. His master desired, and on the following day the had the cross burned, and' warned removal of the cross was discovered, Karl not to mention the circumstance and considered as a miracle by the of his having sacrilegiously carried it good people of Lower Saxony in the off, as he might incur the displeasure of seventeenth century. the holy church. Karl did as he was
A LITTLE longer, yet a little lon- ings of man, or resign myself to obliv:
ger let us tarry in this secluded ious slumbers. Methinks, how exquiburial-ground. The sun's golden rim site it would be, to revel like a creatouches not yet the line of that bright ture of the elements the long night horizon. Not yet have the small birds through in the broad flood of moonbetaken themselves to their leafy shine! To pass from space to space homes, nor the bees to their hives, with the fleetness of thought, putting nor the wild rabbits to their burrows a girdle round about the earth in forty on the heath. Not yet, sailing like a minutes,” or to skim silently along, on soft fleecy cloud through the grey the stealthy moonbeams, to lonely depths of twilight, hath the light- places, where wells of water gush up shunning owl ventured abroad on her in secret, where the wild deer come wide winnowing vans, nor is the bat fearlessly to drink, where the halycon come forth, cleaving the dewy air with rears her young, and the water lily his eccentric circles. Tarry a little floats like a fairy ship, unseen by hulonger, even till the moon, that pale, man eye-and so, admitted to nature's dull, silvery orb, shines out uneclipsed sanctuary, blending as it were in es. by the glories of her effulgent brother. sence with its pervading soul of raptuThen, will her tender light, glancing rous repose-1o be abstracted for a in between those ancient oaks, sleep while from dull realities, the thoughts sweetly on the green graves, and par- and cares of earth, that clog. the untially illumine that south-east angle of extinguishable spirit with their dense the Church Tower, and those two long vapours, and intercept its higher aspinarrow windows. And then will our rations—what living soul, conscious of walk homeward be delightful-far its divine origin, and of its immortal more so than in the warm glow of sun destination, but must at times feel weaset. For then, every bank and hedge- ry of this probationary state, impatient row will be glittering with dew in the of the conditions of its human nature, pale silvery light, and every fern leaf and of bondage in its earthly tabernawill be a diamond spray, and every cle! What living soul that has proved blade of grass a crystal spear; and the vanity of all sublunary things, but sparks of living fire will tremble on has at times aspirated with the royal them, and glance out with their eme- Psalmist, “O that I had wings like a rald rays from between the broad dove, for then would I fee away and leaves of the coltsfoot and the arum. be at rest !" . And then the wild honeysuckles, (our Hark!--there's a stir near us-a hedgerows are full of them,) will ex- stir of footsteps, and of human voices. hale such sweets as I would not ex proceeds from within the Church, change for all the odours of the gar- and see, the porch doors are ajar, and dens of Damascus; or if we go home also that low-arched door-way opening by the heath track, the wild thyme, into the belfry. Those steps are asand the widows-wail, will enrich the cending its dark narrow stair, and then air with their aromatic fragrance. On -hark again ! from within, a low dull such a night as this will be, I never un- creaking sound, and then-one long, reluctantly re-enter the formal dwell- deep startling toll--another, ere the
echoes of the first have died away over the train lengthens into sight as it the distant woods. That sound is the winds up the ascent from that wild suinmons of the grave. Some neigh- dingle. The bearers and their insensibouring peasant is borne to-night to his ble burthen are already near, and long home, and see, as we turn this there follow the female mourners foreangle of the church, there beside that most. Ah! I know now for whom broad old maple, is a fresh-opened that bell tolls--for whom that grave is grave. The dark cavity is covered in prepared—whose remains are there by two boards laid loosely over, but it borne along to their last resting-place. will not be long untenanted. Let us Close behind the coffin comes a solitalook abroad for the approaching fune- ry mourner-solitary in her grief, and ral, for by the tolling of the bell, it yet she bears in her arms a helpless must be already within sight. It comes innocent, whose loss is even more denot up that shady lane-no, nor by plorable than hers. That poor old the broad heath road, from the further woman is the widowed mother of Rahamlet-nor from the direction of the chel Maythorne, whose corpse she is Grange Farm--but there-ah !-there following to the grave, and that unit is, and close at hand, emerging from conscious baby who stretches out its that little shrubby hollow, through little hands with laughing glee towards which the road dips to the near village the white drapery of the coffin, is the of Down. Is it not a beautiful thing to desolate orphan of her only child gaze on, in this lovely secluded spot, Alas! of its unwedded mother.—A by the light of that yellow sunset, the dark and foul offence lies at his door, mellow hue of which falls with such a who seduced that simple creature from rich yet tempered brightness on the the paths of innocence! A few words white draperies of those foremost in will tell her story, but let us stop till the the procession?
funeral train has passed on into the It is a maiden's funeral, that proba- church, from which the minister now bly, of some young person; for see, advances to meet it. That
childthe pall is borne by six girls, each less mother! with what rapid strides shrouded like a nun in her long white have age and infirmities overtaken her, flowing hood, and in lieu of the black since we saw her this time twelvepall, a white sheet is flung over the month, holding open that very gate for coffin. The lower classes are very te- the farmer's prosperous family, and nacious of those distinctive observan- following them into church with conces, and many a young creature I have tented humility, accompanied by her known, whose delight it seemed, dur- duteous Rachel. Then, she was still a ing the last stages of some lingering comely matron, looking cheerful in her malady, to arrange everything for her poverty, and strong to labour. Now, own burial. The fashion of her shroud, how bent down with age and feebleand the flowers they should strew over ness does that poor frame appear ! her in the coffin-the friends who The burthen of the little infant is one should follow her to the grave, and the she can ill sustain, but to whom would six of her young companions to be se- she resign the precious charge? She lected for her pall-bearers. Almost has contrived a black frock for the the very poorest contrive, on such oc- little creature-probably from her own casions, what they call “ a creditable old gown-her widow's gown, for she burying" -even to the coarse refresh- herself has on no mourning garment, ments distributed among the funeral only an old rusty black willow bonguests. Poor souls !- long and sorely net, with a little crape about it of still do they pinch for it, in their own few browner hue, and a large black cotton comforts, and in their scanty meals— shawl, with which she has covered but the self-inflicted privation is unre- over, as nearly as possible, that dark piningly endured, and who would take linen gown. She holds up no handupon him, if it were possible, to re- kerchief to her eyes, with the idle pastrain that holy and natural impulse, to rade of. ceremonial woe, but her face honour the memory of the dead ? See! is bept down over the baby's bosom,