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female Nixes frequently go to the market to buy meat: they are always dressed with extreme neatness, only a corner of their apron or some other part of their clothes is wet. The man has also occasionally gone to market. They are fond of carrying off women whom they make wives of, and often fetch an earthly midwife to assist at their labour. Among the many tales of the Nixes we select the following:
THE MIDWIFE AND THE NIX.
A MIDWIFE related that her mother was one night called up, and desired to make haste and come to the aid of a woman in labour. It was dark, but she notwithstanding got up and dressed herself, and went down, where she found a man waiting. She begged of him to stay till she should get a lantern, and she would go with him ; but he was urgent, said he would show her the way without a lantern, and that there was no fear of her going astray.
He then bandaged her eyes, at which she was terrified, and was going to cry out; but he told her she was in no danger, and might go with him without any apprehension. They accordingly went away together, and the woman remarked that he struck the water with a rod, and that they went down deeper and deeper till they came into a room, in which there was no one but the lying-in woman,
Her guide now took the bandage off her eyes, led her up to the bed, and recommending her to his wife, went away. She then helped to bring the babe into the world, put the woman to bed, washed the babe, and did every thing that was requisite.
The woman grateful to the midwife then secretly said to her : “ I am a Christian woman as well as you; and I was carried off by a water-man, who changed me. Whenever I bring a child into the world he always eats it on the third day. Come on the third day to your pond, and you will see the water turned to blood. When my husband comes in now and offers you money, take no more from him than you usually get, or else he will twist your neck. Take good care !"
Just then the husband came in. He was in a great passion, and he looked all about; and when he saw that all had gone on properly he bestowed great praise on the midwife. He then threw a great heap of money on the table, and said, " Take as much as you will!". She however prudently answered, “ I desire no more from you than from others, and that is a small sum. If you give me that I am content; if you think it too much, I ask
has enabled us to give our readers the following specimen of that poet's fairy-verses :
DID ever fays so light
Ye elves upon the steep!
A veil so thin and white
The nettle's ample shade
and Göthe, contains well executed translations of several beautiful pieces from Matthisson, Salis, Hölty, and other poets, who well deserve to be better known, than we fear they are, in this country.
A curtain dim as dew
To dance, away! away!