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OF FICTION, POETRY, HISTORY, AND GENERAL LITERATURE.

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AN EASTERN TALE.

THE SHEIK'S REVENGE.. eyes she was alone. Hastily she arose,

and was traversing her steps towards the

Palace, in order to tell her father what (For the Parterre).

she had seen, when to her great conster

nation she beheld every avenue to the On that eventful night, the fair girl house blocked up by men in the same had strolled into the gardens, and sat in garb, though less rich than that worn by the Abode of Dreams: as she lay reclined the stranger she had seen; hoping to on a bed of amarynths, and her beauti- escape unnoticed, she hastily turned into ful head resting on pillows of rose leaves, one of the most thickly planted paths, her lovely figure was reflected on the but was soon overtaken and seized; she water, which like a pellucid mirror, lay cried aloud for help, but was only laughed stretched at her feet; here absorbed in at; and on her making resistance, they reverie, she was picturing to herself the began to bind her roughly, when the danger her brother must be in, from figure she had first seen, and who, from those horrid Giours, when to her utmost the deference paid him, appeared to be astonishment she saw reflected in the the commander, came up, and after water, a tall young man, with fair flow- sharply rebuking the soldiers for treating ing locks, attired in rich military uni- their fair captive so violently, committed form, apparently in the attitude of her to the care of some who accompanied leaning over her; and his bright blue' him, at the same time saying he was eyes riveted with a gaze of delight on under the disagreeable necessity of taking her countenance. Her first impulse was her from her native place, for some time, to fly-her second to scream aloud, and but that as her father would be with her, her third to remain quietly where she he hoped the privation would not be very was; the handsome phantom, after re- great, and assured her that at all times maining motionless a few seconds de- she could command his services. — We parted, and when Leila again raised her now return to the son.

Having signalized himself in every dragoman, who uttering “ Bismillah !" action he had fought, and won the esteem fell back to obey his orders. and confidence of his superior officers, as We left the Sheik, having recovered a reward he obtained the command of from his swoon, disconsolate at the abthe detachment near his native place, sence of his daughter, whence he was and in his eagerness to behold once more roused by the men putting themselves the scenes amid which he had spent the in line of march; and one of them apunclouded morning of boyhood, set for- proaching Kishen Kower saidward on his march on the very day he The sun is already sunk in gloom, was presented with the order.

't is time we were away." The sun set in beauty ere he had ac- “ Dogs, midnight robbers," shouted complished his journey, but the brilliant the Sheik, “would you tear me from the moon that arose made ample recompense; palace of my sires-where my daughswiftly he passed over the lofty hills, ter ?" which wound round his home, encircling “ Peace, foolish old man, and do not it like a girdle, with the tread of one draw down the wrath of those in whose who was intimately acquainted with their power you are,” retorted the Russian. most devious path. He now arrived at “May your bones wither, and your a turn of the road from whence he bodies be a prey to dogs and vultures. could behold the fair lake, and in the You have bereaved me of my child-do midst, rising like a sea-fowl, the fairy your worst now.' home of his fathers. - Oh! none that “ Come! come! this bravade won't have not felt the same sensation, can do-you must move on ;” and a stout conceive the emotion which agitated the man on either side, soon caused the old heart of Hassan, after beholding again chief to prefer his own feet, to be drag. the place of his nativity. The hours of ged by them. trial and of danger vanished from his After walking for some time, the mind, and he again beheld his distant whole party stopped at a small grove of home, tinged purple by the moon's pale cedar, in the midst of which murmured beam ;-a cry of joy burst from him, a clear fountain, where having reposed and darting his armed heels into his themselves, and mounted horses which eager horse, he was about to pursue his there awaited them, resumed their order. rapid way, when in the distance his Come, palakir,” said one of them, practised eye beheld a body of men ar- addressing the Sheik, “the carriage is rayed in military costume; in the midst ready, and the lady waits.” the Russian banner flaunted in the “ Lady !” said the Sheik; “what breeze, and in the rear were captives.

lady?” “ God of my fathers ! whom have we

ci Your daughter." got here?”—burst from the lips of the “ Gracious Allah,” said he, raising his impetuous youth; and checking the hands to heaven, “is it possible! haste, perilous descent of his steed, with a tug good youth, lead on, and bless mine that almost threw him on his haunches, eyes with the sight of my child.” leisurely scanned with eager eyes the In the centre of a group of soldiery scene stretched like a map beneath. was a small covered litter, drawn by two

“ Yes,” he cried, “by the beard of small Arab horses, and inside reposed a Mahomet yon troop are Giours, I know face, that once seen, could never be their ensign, and lo in the midst are forgotten; it was Leila. The bloom of many captives—I 'll go and reconnoitre.” her cheek had departed, but at the sight

He gave a shrill whistle, and his dra- of her father her eye lit up with pleagoman rode up.

sure, and the flush that o'erspread her “Do you see those sons of dogs?” he countenance seemed as 't were the meetsaid.

ing of the red and white rose; she “ Even as the sun beholds the deeds looked like one of the Houri of Maof men,” replied the soldier.

homet's paradise, as she flung herself Back, and bid thy comrades await into her father's arms ; and she murme at this spot-take thou my steed." mured, “ Father, my dear—dear father”

The words of my lord shall be “My Leila, we will part no more," obeyed."

said the Sheik, affectionately returning With agile motions, Hassan Khan her embrace- in an instant he was by threw himself from his high Tartar sad- her side, the horses moved on, and the dle, and suddenly darting down a steep whole party was in motion, where or ravine, disappeared amid the brakes and whither was unknown, and almost unbushes, from the sight of the wondering cared for, by the Sheik and his daughter,

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who, happy in meeting each other, de army engaged in active warfare, to sired only that they might not again be march to the most remote fastness of the separated.

country? Not wishing to disturb the The night was far advanced, and as train of thoughts into which she had its shadows gloomily fell from the pre- fallen, she rarely joined in any of her cipitous cliff on either side of the road, parent's anathemas against the destroyers and the moon sinking by degrees, was of their family quiet ; and if at any time casting a light lingering beam through nature sunk into a feverish slumber, she the azure sky, so very pale that it could would rouse unrefreshed, as if in reno longer compete with the brilliancy of proach for her inattention. the myriads of twinkling stars, which As her eyes were raised in the direchad till then been obscured in its mild tion of Astarbad, she detected an anradiance, ere they were at length awak- telope bounding across the bills with a ened to a sense that they were leaving certain peculiarity in its motions that behind, the country in which they had so led her to suspect it had seen a human long and happily dwelt--the Sheik first form in its track, for after advancing a broke silence,

dozen yards, it would turn round as if Strange,” he said, “the route these snuffing the gale, then tossing up its dogs are taking us.”

slender head, would bound on its path Do you know, then, where we are with inconceivable rapidity : she congoing?

tinued to watch the gap whence the “ In the direction of Astarbad, where animal issued, and at length had her our army is encamped.”

hopes confirmed by the appearance of a " Then may we not see Hassan ?" figure, very indistinct in the distance; in

The Sheik shook his head : I fear if a short time, it turned back, and disap. we do, it will be in the midst of tumult.” peared. The heart of Leila sank within

“Ah! true," said Leila, “I forgot, ber; a long dreary length of road, was we are with the enemy."

now traversed in moody silence,—where At this moment the leader came up, the stubborn rock is cut through, and and Leila recognized in the proud bear- the thickets on each side afford ample ing and deep blue eye of the command- covert for wild animals, she fancied she ant, him who had taken such care of her. heard breaking the tender boughs, a man's

"Beautiful daughter of Kishen Kow. footsteps cautiously stealing through the er," he said, “imagine yourself with crackling palm trees, and as she watched friends, not enemies; are your with ear and eye, suddenly stood up as if captives, not you ours.

to adjust her dress. At this instant, the “What says he ?” interrupted the moon emerged from the clouds, and Sheik.

lighted up the spot brilliant as day; a She repeated the stranger's words. man was beneath, screened under the

“The dog Giour! how can he presume rocks, with upturned face, and hand to think any of my race would keep ready placed on the stock of a pistol, peace with him."

which was stuck in his girdle. She Leila then related, with modest knew the jewelled turban which glitblushes, her first interview, and told how tered on his brow; it was Hassan ! A the handsome leader of the Russians had thrill of instinctive delight, which perprovided for her accommodation the vades our breast when we recognise those vehicle in which they travelled.

we have loved in our youth, rushed on “ Hah!” said the Sheik,“ he'll make the heart of Leila; she raised her finger us pay well for it though.”

to her lip to enjoin silence. “Indeed you wrong him," said Leila, prisoners,” was all she ventured to whisand blushing that she should be taking per; and ignorant whether her words such an interest in one so peculiarly were heard, resumed her place by lier circumstanced, drew aside the blind parent. Yet she sat down not with feelnext her, and directed her gaze on the ings of composure, from the prospect of open country, scanning with watchful being delivered from present bondage, eye every rock and bush, in hopes of for the fear that her brother might be meeting some incident to break up the overcome oppressed her; she reflected monotony of the scene: almost from the how much he had grown since he left ; very commencement, she had an indis- how soldier-like and noble-looking he tinct idea flitting across her mind, that had become ; tears of pride stood in her her brother would arrive; is it not eyes. strange that she should expect him, sta- This first recognition had an effect tioned with the head quarters of the upon Hassan that may well be conceived.

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In the first impulse, his feelings prompt- first volley, rush forth, and for Allah ed him to rush on the Giours, and sin- smite the foe--let not the sons of dogs gle handed achieve his friends' release, bear off the daughters of men. but on reflection, that though in bondage “The words of my lord are the will they were not treated with ignomy, he of his servant," said the Spaki, bowing decided it would be the better plan to slowly. join his companions, and then to arrange Hassan steadily ranged his band, and matters on a plan less fraught with dan- called aloud, “ Forward in Allah's name! ger, particularly as by their straggling the bright eyes of bouris are watching array, the guard appeared to suspect any. the tackdur* of him who falls in the thing else than an attack-so in the same good fight, and, prepare for him the manner that marked his approach, he abode of bliss, Allah Achbar!” rejoined his trusty baņd, who with im- In a short time, Hassan posted his patience awaited the coming of their men in a defile to await the approach young commander, at the appointed of the enemy, and never was an ambusspot.

cade better or more aptly chosen : it was “ All is well, my friends," he said, a long narrow ravine, about ten yards “ arm, and in silence follow me—we wide; on one side was a thick underwood have no time for debate-none for coun- of briars and bushes, while that next cil — the yellow haired Giours are at to the road, rose bare and steep ; a high hand, nearer than you imagine they ridge along the road completely screened have broken into the mansion of peace, the party from observation, and from and dragged from the nest, the timorous this the whole line of the enemy were dove--they have sounded their saukh exposed to the murderous fire of Hasin the halls of the Sheik, and in the san's band. garden of the bulbul have they sounded Having thus securely posted his men, the hakerra,* —the tender maiden they Hassan lay down at their head, to await have not spared, nor the old man with the approach of the foe; the moon was grey locks—my father and sister are in now overspread by thick clouds, which the power of those dogs, who shall rue almost obscured the light, save when the day they entered this world.” having drifted across, they left her ex

“ Hassan with difficulty prevented his posed, and thus a flash, bright yet motroops from breaking into a loud shout mentary, lighted the scene. Never at this spirited address of their leader, before did our young warrior experience but he joyed to see deep defiance gleam such indescribable sensations—all of warfrom each fiery eye, and stern resolution fare that he had hitherto seen, was in the in the wave of each nervous arm," open field, in the fair face of day; now was

“ Listen," he added, “to what I say," the dead hour of midnight, and the fear -all crowded round_“I send a Spakit that some random ball might reach those with fifty men, to attack the party in whose welfare lay nearest his heart, the van, while I will rescue my friends oppressed him with a kind of sickness and secure the rear with as many more. and anxiety. Every ear Courage my brave soldiers, we will fall alert, every eye strained, to catch the on them like the swoop of a falcon from slightest noise or the least glimpse, and the height of our own mountains.” oft a beating heart felt the sickness of

Hassan Khan then called the Spaki, disappointment, when the answer cheezi to whom he entrusted the command, and nistt was returned to the eager question. taking him a short distance from where At length borne on the night breeze, as the main body stood, shewed him on the it came in sad and wailing gusts through distant side of a hill, the Giours march- the interstices of the hills, is heard the ing along the road, which was streaked tramp of steeds. with Aashes of light, as the trembling Be patient,” cried Hassan, moonbeams shone brightly on the shift- come! they come !" ing spears and helmets.

He was at this time able to watch "See you," he said, “yon line of their advance by the light of the now soldiery ?

brightening moon - they approached “ Plainly, my lord.”

without interruption. Keen determina“ Then hark ye; the moment you tion shone in the eyes of the astonished cease to behold me, having entered the party-the van are in the act of pressing defile, steal under cover of those rocks, the entrenchment. and lie in ambush : when you hear my • Kettle-drum. + Turkish captain.

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LUTHER

AND THE DEVIL.

LAST MOMENTS OF LUTHER. the Pope and the wicked persecute! To

thee, Lord Jesus Christ, I commend my LUTÆER reached Eisleben on the 28th, soul! I leave this earthly body; I am of January, and, though in bad health, borne away from this life ; but I know he assisted at the conferences up to Fe. that I shall live eternally with thee!” bruary 17th. During that time he. He repeated three times- In manus tuas preached four times, and revised the commendo spiritum meum: redemisti me, ecclesiastical regulations for the princi- Domine veritatis ! Suddenly he shut his pality of Mansfield. On the 17th (Fe- eyes, and became insensible: Count EL bruary) he was so unwell that the brecht and his lady assisted the physiCounts besought him not to venture out. cians; all laboured to restore him, and, At supper he dwelt on his approaching with great difficulty, they succeeded for death : some one asked him if in a future a moment. “ Reverend Father," said state we should recognize one another; Dr. Jonas, “ do you stedfastly die in he replied, that he thought so. Having the faith which you have taught?" entered his chamber with Martin Cælius “YES!” was the distinct reply, and he and his two sons, he approached the fell asleep. Immediately afterwards he window, and remained a considerable grew pale, became cold, breathed deeply, time in prayer. He said to Aurifaber, and expired. who had just arrived, “ I am very feeble, and my pains increase!”. Medicine was given to him, and attempts were made The reformer believed in the actual to warm him by the friction of the hands. presence of his satanic majesty, as is As he laid himself down on the bed, he shewn by M. Michelet in his memoirs of spoke a few words to Count Albrecht, that celebrated man. who had also arrived, and added, “If “ Once,” said Luther," while in the I could doze half an hour, I think it cloister at Wittemberg, I distir.ctly heard would relieve me." He did sleep, and the noise made by the devil. I had just awoke in about an hour and a half, near chanted the matin service, and was beeleven o'clock. Seeing that all present ginning to read the Psalter, which I was still remained by his side, he said, studying for my sermon, when the devil “ What! are you here yet? Why do

came behind me, and thrice made a ye not retire to rest ? ” He resumed fracas, as if he had been dragging a hogshis prayer, crying with fervour, In head after him. When I found he was manus tuas commendo spiritum meum ! not disposed to be quiet, I put up my redemisti me, Domine, Deus veritatis ! books, and went to bed. Another night, Afterwards, turning to all present, he I heard him above my room in the said_" pray, my friends, for the Gospel cloister; but knowing that it was he, I of our Lord, -that his kingdom may be paid no attention to him, and fell asleep. enlarged ! Verily the Council of Trent “ Let not the clergyman who buried and the Pope threaten to injure it !” the woman accused of killing herself, Having slept another hour, Dr. Jonas feel any compunction for the act. I have asked him how he felt. “My God," was known many such examples of suicide, the reply, “ I am very ill! I think, my as it is called; but, in general, I condear Jonas, I must remain 'at Eisleben, clude that the victims have been actually where I was born !” However, he killed by the devil, just as a traveller is walked a little about the chamber, laid killed by a robber.” down on the bed, and was covered with Luther thought also that suicide selcushions. Two physicians, with Count dom happens, and that the act is the Albrecht and his wife, next entered, devil's. and Luther said to them, “I am dying ! Again, I remain here at Eisleber.!" Dr. Jonas “ The lame, the halt, the blind, the having expressed a hope that perspiration deaf, the dumb, and natural fools, are would relieve him, he replied, “No, generally possessed by devils. Physidear Jonas ; it is a cold, dry sweat, and cians who pretend to treat these infirmimy pain increases." He then betook ties as resulting from natural causes, are himself to prayer—“O my Father ! God mere quacks, and totally ignorant of the of our Lord Jesus Christ, and source of devil's power. all consolation! I thank thee for that “ The devil walks people about in thou hast revealed to me thy well. their sleep, from place to place, and beloved Son, in whom I believe, whom makes them act as if they were awake (!)” I have acknowledged and preached, Hear him again, whom I have loved and celebrated, whom “In many countries there are places

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