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and their offers, increasing propor- the great artist to whose generosity they tionably, crowd upon another, owed that happiness, was in fetters? clashing together like two cross fires Nisida, too good a girl to be an ingrate, disregardful of their proper turns for grew miserable at the thought. discharge. At last the mortar is ad. “ Julio,” said she one day, “let us set judged to the ecclesiastic for the sum of out for Rome; I have formed a desire five thousand piastres.

to see the pope, to cast myself at his feet, Messere,” said the first bidder, “you and implore pardon for Raddi; let are very fortunate to have at your dis- us go." posal the treasures of the pope; had it They went. Nisida is presented to been otherwise, I should not have allowed Leo X ; she throws herself upon you to possess that chef d'auvre.” The her knees, palpitating with hope and ecclesiastic was, in fact, the pope's legate, fear. The sacred mission that she has and it was to enrich the museum of the come to fulfil, adds even to her beauty Vatican that he had just succeeded in a softening charm; she dries a few startobtaiņing such an acquisition.

ing tears, and the vow of gratitude exJulio was burning with impatience to hales from her heart in broken accents. claim the five thousand piastres. He “It is well, my daughter !” said the timidly approaches, and asserts his right sovereign pontiff'; "this undertaking by recounting the singular circumstance does you honour. Gratitude is equally upon which it was founded.

to be ranked amongst the christian vir“ Young man, your claim is a just tues. In your favour, I pardon Raddi; one,” said the legate ; “ account shall be but tell him to complete his work by rendered to you of the money, if he to making a pestle to the beautiful mortar whom thou owest this good fortune of which I am now the possessor.' comes forward to confirm thy tale." Raddi had been transferred to Rome. The man of the mortar is sought for; Nisida flew to his prison. Oh what a he had withdrawn himself, and notwith delicious moment it was for her! She standing a very strong resistance made on throws herself into his arms; seizes hold his part, he is presented to the legate, of, and hurries him away, and restores who, at the sight of him, starts back him back to Cortona, his native place. with surprise and exclaims:

It was there he made the pestle they re“What! is it you, Messere! a fatal quired of him, and which he crowned, rencontre ! it is very painful to me, but not with a Ganymede, but with a grenayou know that a grave accusation lies dilla or passion-flower, sculptured with upon you, and that my duty compels me all the exquisite delicacy of his chisel to secure your person."

and the peculiar grace of his unrivalled “ Be it so," coldly replied the un- touch. known; and to the great astonishment of the crowd, he is conducted to prison. But let us learn something more of The man that is captious, and full of

It was Raddi, who at that punctilios upon all occasions, is like a time enjoyed a high reputation as a hedgehog, which we know not where to sculptor. The cardinals Petrucci and take hold of. Santi, had formed a conspiracy against Ingratitude is a great vice in society; Leo X. : and Raddi, forgetful of the every one is heard to complain of it. noble province of the artist (which is But if all those who make such comthat of translating into the sublime lan- plaints were free from ingratitude, no one guage of genius, memorable deeds, the would be subject to it. majesty of the passions, and the beau- Anger is a species of drunkenness, teous forms of nature), had imprudently which attacks our mind, and troubles our thrown himself into these dark machina- reason by more dangerous fumes than tions. The plot was discovered; Petrucci those of wine; because they last longer, hanged, and Raddi forced to fly, to con- and are usually attended with more ceal himself at Florence, and to make fatal effects. mortars to procure himself subsistence. He that publishes the favour he has

Let us return to Nişida and Julio. done, lessens to a great degree the merit It will, doubtless, be guessed, that the of it; because he shews by his indisfive thousand piastres very quickly cretion that he is divided between his cleared away the obstacles which op- vanity and his friend. posed themselves to their union. They Let justice guide you in the pursuit were united; but could they be com- of profit, and tranquillity will accompany pletely happy whilst remembering that you in its enjoyment.

J. S. M.

APHORISMS.

this man.

AND THE DEVIL.

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

thee, Lord Jesus Christ, I commend my LUTHER 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 askell 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,

LUTHER 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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which the devils bodily inhabit. Prussia self in this way? The soldier's money has many of these devils. Not far from is in thy bed, under the canvas. Go, Lucerne, in Switzerland, and on the officer ! and you will find that I speak summit of a high mountain, there is a the truth. When the host heard this pond, called Pilate's pond, where the he swore - If I have received the devil resides in a terrible manner. In money, may the devil fly away with me!" my own country there is a pond similarly The officers found it exactly in the place placed. If you throw a stone into it, there indicated, and brought it before the is a terrible storm, and the whole country tribunal. Then the man in the blue around trembles. It is the prison of many cap said " I knew very well that I devils. At Sussen, on Good Friday, the should catch one of the two-either the devil carried bodily away three men, who soldier or the innkeeper!” So he twisted had devoted themselves to him.” At Lu- the culprit's neck, and flew away with ther's table, one day, a story was told of him. a horseman who was riding with other A young good-for-nothing, mueh ad. horsemen, and who, as he pricked the dicted to brutality and drinking, was one animal he rode with his spurs, cried out, day fuddling with his comrades in a • The devil take the hindmost!' Now, wine-shop. When the cash was spent, he led one horse by the bridle, and this he said that he would find somebody to he left; but he never again saw it, for pay another reckoning, if he sold his the devil flew away with it. Luther ob- soul for it. Soon after a man entered served, “ We must beware of inviting the tavern, began to drink with the rake, Satan to our table; he is ready enough and asked him if he was really willing to to come without invitation. The atmo- dispose of his soul. “ Yes !” replied the sphere around us is filled with devils." other boldly; and the man paid for him

“ An aged ecclesiastic, while one day the whole of the day. Towards night, occupied in prayer, heard behind him when the fellow was drunk, the unknown the great enemy, who, in the view of addressed the other topers : “ Gentleobstructing his devotions, grunted as men, what think you ? when any one loud as a whole herd of swine. Without has bought a horse, do not the saddle the least fear, the clergyman turned and bridle go into the bargain?” They round, and said : Master devil, thou were much alarmed at the question, and art justly punished ! once thou wast a for some time hesitated to reply; but shining angel ; now thou art a vile pig! being urged to speak, they allowed that The grunting immediately ceased, for the saddle and bridle did belong to the the devil cannot bear to be despised!!!” purchaser. Then the devil (for it was

Another time, Luther related to us he) seized the poor caitiff, and sank with the story of a soldier, who had left some him; and from that day to this, nothing money in the care of his host in Brande- is known of him. bourg. When the money was demanded, At Erfurth there were two scholars, the latter denied that any had been left of whom one was madly in love with a with him. In a transport of fury, the young girl. The other, who was a soldier fell on the knave and beat him; magician, thought his companion was but for this he was seized and accused ignorant of the fact, said“ If thou wilt before the authorities of the place, as a promise me not to kiss her, not to emviolator of the hausfriede, or household brace her, I will bring her to thee." peace. While in prison, the devil ap- Accordingly, she was made to come. peared to him, and said—“ To-morrow The lover, a fine youth, received her thou wilt be condemned and executed, with so much affection, and spoke to her unless thou deliver body and soul to ine. so eagerly, that the magician was in Do this, and I will save thee!” The great fear lest he should embrace her. soldier refused. The devil proceeded— At length he could not restrain himself; “ If thou wilt not, hear, at least, the he did take her in his arms, and she inadvice I have to give thee. To-morrow, stantly fell dead on the floor. When when thou art before the judges, I shall they saw what had happened, they were be vear thee, with a blue cap and a white mightily afraid ; and the scorcerer obfeather on my head; ask the judges to served, “We must now employ our last allow me to plead thy cause, and I will resource ! ” She was carried back to save thee.” The next day the soldier her own house, and made to discharge followed the 'advice; and as the host per. her domestic duties as usual; but she sisted in denying all knowledge of the looked very pale, and never opened ber money, the advocate in the blue cap said lips. In three days, her parents went -“ Friend, how canst thou perjure thy- to consult some learned divines; and no

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sooner did these speak to the girl, than One more story, and we have done she fell to the earth, a stinking corpse. with these absurdly superstitious tracts.

Luther says that the devils in Ger- During the night, when I happen many were in the habit of playing the to lie awake, the devil comes, disputes, same pranks as the Brownies in Scot, and fills me with strange thoughts, until land.

I grow angry, and tell him to “ Eight years ago," says he, “I my- This very morning, on my awaking, the self when at Dessau, touched one of devil came and said, “Thou art a sinner!' these changelings, which had no parents, I replied, • Tell me something new, but was the devil's brat. It was twelve devil ! I have known that long ! years old, and was in everything like an •What hast thou done with the cloisters?' ordinary child. It did nothing but eat; What is that to thee, devil! enough, it ate as much as four ploughmen or after all, are left for thy worship !' thrashers ; and it performed the cus- Sometimes, when he comes at night to tomary functions. But when any one tempt me, I say—“Devil, I must sleep; touched it, it cried out like one possessed; for God has commanded us to labour by if anything unfortunate happened in the day, and sleep by night.' Jf he calls me house, it rejoiced and laughed aloud ; a sinner; to spite him, I say to him, but if everything went on prosperously, • Sancte Satan, ora pro me!' and someit continually moaned. I said to the times, Physician, cure thyself !”” Prince of Anhalt, Were I sovereign here, I would throw this little wretch NOTES OF A READER. into the Moldau, at any risk.' But the Elector of Saxony and the Prince were

DOCTORS AND PATIENTS. not of my opinion. I then advised them A clever woman in her chamber with to pray in all the churches, that the her physician, is like a minister of state demon might be removed. They did so in a representative assembly; when he is during a year, when the child died. sure of his majority, he adroitly humours When the doctor had related this story, its fancies; and, while pretending to he was asked the reason of his advice in yield himself to its will, in effect bends regard to the child and the river. He it to his previous determination. А replied, “Because, in my opinion, chil- female patient can make her medical atdren of this description are neither more tendant prescribe whatever she pleases nor less than a mass of flesh without quiet or amusement; retirement in counsoul. The devil is very capable of such try, or winter in town; Brighton, or creations.'”

horse-exercise-just as her whim or Here is another story :

caprice fluctuates, so does the complai“ Near Halberstadt, in Saxony, there sant doctor conform to her fancy, The was a man who had a Kilkroff, which following is an authentic relation of what was so voracious at the breast, that it recently occurred in one of these clinical could drain its mother and five other consultations, and shews pretty clearly women, and it devoured besides every- that a doctor is very frequently but a thing else offered to it. The man was mere plaything : advised to go on pilgrimage to Holckel

“Mrs.

sent for Dr. stadt, to devote his child to the Virgin her of a cold, attended with some sympMary, and to rook it there, Away he toms of dyspepsia. He prescribed cerwent with the child in a pannier ; but in tain remedies, and on his fourth or fifth passing over a bridge, another devil in visit, said to his patient, on coming into the river cried out, “ Kilkroff! Kilkroff!her room :The child in the pannier, which had «Well, madam, how do we get on hitherto not uttered a sound, replied, to-day?' « Oh! oh! oh! ” The river demon “Why,' said the lady, "I can't exactly asked, "Where art thou going ?? The say, but you must judge for yourself, child answered, « To Holckelstadt, to presenting her arm, which as it was a be rocked at the shrine of our blessed remarkably plump one, the doctor reMother! The peasant, in great fear,

tained for some time while he felt her threw the basket and the child into the pulse. river; and the two demons flew away,

6. Ah,' said he, with apparent satiscrying, 'Oh! oh! oh!**

faction, 'in five or six days I will answer for your thorough establishment;

in the meantime, go on with my former • See the Notes to Sir W. Scott's " Lay of the directions: chicken-broth, light nourishLast Minstrel.:

ment, keep yourself warm, and don't

go out of doors.

to cure

"<< What did you say, doctor, not go beauty or wit, will please equally at out? Why, to tell you the truth, I cal- least, and is certainly more durable. culated upon going to a concert this We often see objects, which appear reevening where my nieces are to sing; in pulsive at first, but if we see them fact, I have promised. Of course, I every day we become accustomed to shall wrap myself up well, and I shall them, and at length not only view them have only one step to take from my car- without aversion, but with feelings of riage to the concert-room.'

attachment. The impression which <<< Well, well, if you have promised, goodness makes on the heart is gradual ; you may just drop in- but you must but it remains for ever. Listen, and I not stay.'

will tell you how I came to marry my “• What may I not stop, when I am husband. there, to see the dancing begin ?'

“I was quite young when he was in5. Why, yes --- you may remain five troduced for the first time into the house minutes—but you must not be im- of my parents. He was awkward in prudent.'

his manner, uncouth in his appearance, “Oh! I'll take great care of myself and my companions used often to ridi- I shan't waltz, and will not join a gallo. cule him, and I confess that I was frepade-I will only just walk through one quently tempted to join them, but was or two contre-dances.'

restrained by my mother, who used to «« Well, I have no objection to that; say to me in a low voice, “He is so amiabut I expressly prohibit supper.'

ble,' and then it occurred to me, that he “Oh, doctor, what difference does it was always kind and obliging; and make whether I eat my wing of a chicken whenever our villagers assembled tohere or there?'

gether at our fêtes and dances, he was “. There is something in that, cer- always at the disposal of the mistress of tainly; but, at all events, no champagne! the house, and was profuse in his atten

“! now, my dear Doctor, but one tions to those whose age or ugliness glass of champagne, or a wine-glass of caused them to be neglected. Others punch to soften my cough!'

laughed at his singularity in this respect, «Well, well, you may try it; but but I whispered to myself, “He is so don't stop too late.'

amiable.' “ The lady danced all night, supped “ One morning my mother called me heartily, swallowed three glasses of cham- to her boudoir, and told me that the pagne, and drove home at four o'clock in young man who is now my husband, had the morning. | Next day, she gave the made application for my hand. I was doctor a faithful account of her exploit; not surprised at this, for I already sushe thought it an excellent joke, and they pected that he regarded me with an eye had a hearty laugh together at this novel of affection. I was now placed in a treatment for a cold.”

dilemma, and hardly knew how to act

. When I recollected his ill-favoured look

and his awkwardness, I was on the point Contentment is the talisman of happi. of saying, “I will not wed him,' and I ness, the spell which works more won- blushed for him, which is a strong proof ders than all the enchantment of all the that I even then felt interested in him; magicians of Arabian fiction. So happy but when I recalled the many excellent an illustration of the effects of this virtue traits in his character, and dwelt on his is afforded in the following little narra- benevolent and good actions, I dismissed tive, and the touching reflections arising the idea of banishing him from my preout of it, that we cannot refrain from

I could not resolve to afflict him, incorporating it into our columns. and I whispered to myself, He is so

“ A beautiful girl, gay, lively, and amiable.' agreable, was wedded to a man of a “ He continued to visit me, encouclumsy figure, coarse features, and a raged by my parents, and cheered by stupid looking physiognomy. A kind my smiles. "My other admirers, one by friend said to her one day :

one, left me, but I did not regret their “« My dear Julia, how came you to absence. I repeated the expression, he marry that man ?”

is so amiable,' so often, that it seemed to “ The question is a natural one. My me to carry the same meaning as, he is husband, I confess, is not graceful in his so handsome. I loved him, and took appearance, nor attractive in his conver- him as my husband. Since then I have sation. But he is so amiable. And not only been resigned to my fate, but goodness, although less fascinating than happy. My husband loves me devotedly,

and how can I help loving him?

HE IS SO AMIABLE.

sence.

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