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and stunted oaks; the sandy slopes, oc- | unacquainted with the language, it may casionally broken by rocky banks and be supposed that my feelings were not prickly-pears, casting deep and softened very enviable, forshadows on the lichen-dotted stones
* Here forlorn and lost I tread, below; the lulling sound of the murmur.
With fainty steps and slow, ing brook, as its limpid stream glides
Where wilds, immeasurably spread,
Seem lengthening as I go.' amid the fresh water-cresses, dancing o'er the bright pebbles, or lazily mean
At length, after a fatiguing walk of dering o'er the shallow bed of sand, four hours, I reached Baalbec, and soon washed from the mountain heights, and found my party, who had put up at the winding amid a thousand beauties and Convent, and were very anxious as to my sweets of Nature; the humming-bee, as
fate, he leaves his bed of flowers, greeting the smiling morn; the echoing bleat of dis
THE BEGGAR. tant folds, and the morning song of the mountaineer, as he climbs his beaten
A TRANSLATION FROM THE GERMAN. path; the matin concert of Suristan's UNTIL within a few years ago, there birds, as they flit through its balmy air ; was regularly seen, at the door of a cerwhile the heaven-tuned song of the glad- tain church in Paris, an old beggar man, some lark, as soaring he carols above; who took up his post upon the same and the distant landscape dappled o’er steps day by day. His manner, his tone, with shadows flung from the dark clouds his speech, indicated a higher breeding just tinged with the golden rays of the than that which the misery of this calling god of gladness, as he smiles on the morn, generally accompanies. He wore his bring ecstasy and exhaustless bliss to ragged clothes with a peculiar air, and those that have studied the works of from beneath them seemed to glimmer Him as they should be studied-in forth the remembrance of a better lot. solitude.
This beggar-his name, by the way, Oh! give me an hour in Aram's land was Jacques-enjoyed from the poor of
his district a deserved respect; his good " To sit on rocks-to muse o'er flood and fell —
nature, his impartiality and disinterest. To slowly trace the forest's shady scene, Where things, that own not man's dominion edness in dividing the alms, and his zeal dwell,
in settling disputes, having acquired for And mortal foot hath ne'er or rarely been; him a certain rank above the rest of the To climb the trackless mountain all unseen, With the wild flock, that never needs a fold; poor. Beyond this, nothing was known Alone o'er steeps and foaming falls to lean- of him-his life and misfortunes remained This is not solitude-'tis but to hold
to all, as to his most familiar acquaints Converse with Nature's charms, and view her stores unroll'd.”
ance, a mystery.
Each morning, for five-and-twenty Pthu ----U, whistled a ball past my years, brought him punctually to the ear, so close that I almost fancied it same place, and people were so accusbrushed my hair, as I was leading my tomed to see him there, that he had, in a horse down a ravine about three hours' manner, become a part of the church ride from Baalbec. On turning round to gate; one thing, however, was remarked see who fired it, I observed an Arab of him, that, though apparently a zealous crouching behind a rock, who had fired and devout Catholic, he never set foot at an eagle, and frightened my horse. within the church. The horse fled, and escaped. Exhausted When the hymn resounded through with pursuing him, I threw myself on the halls of God's house ;, when the inthe ground, but after reflecting, wrapped cense from the altar, mingling with the my rug around me, and followed on the prayers of the faithful, ascended to road to Baalbec.
Heaven; when the solemn and melodious The road was completely barren-no voice of the organ blended with the shelter from a burning sun, and nearly chorus of the Christian multitude; then did the old man feel his soul drawn out, “I need nothing more," answered the and his desires, tending like all around beggar ; "my death is near—that I feel, him, upward! but yet he stood outside, in every limb-oh! that my conscience and, standing apart, beheld the specta- were only at peace !”. cles which passed within the temple.
“ Your conscience! You have, perThe effulgence of the lights streaming haps, a great sin upon your heart, for through the painted gothic windows; which you cannot answer before the the rows of pillars, standing there for Eternal ? :s centuries firm and immovable-symbols “A crime, Holy Father! a terrible of that eternal religion which the multi-crime—which my whole life has not been tude there adored upon their knees-all able to expiate—a crime which no parinvoluntarily filled him with awe. Tears don can wipe away!” were sometimes seen upon his withered “A crime beyond pardon! That can. cheeks, and it was evident that either a not be my friend; the mercy of God is great misfortune, or a terrible remorse, greater than the sins of mortals can be.” burdened and tormented his soul.
“May I still hope? I, the vilest of A certain priest daily performed mass my race, whom the earth has borne too in this church-a scion of one of the first long?" families in France in point of wealth and "Yes! thou mayest hope, unhappy influence; he took great pleasure in one,” cried the priest, with holy enthuworks of benevolence. The beggar had siasm ; "a doubt of the pardon of the become the object of particular attention Almighty were a greater blasphemy than with him, and every morning the benefi- thy sin itself. Freely confess thy crime: cent Abbé Paulin mingled his gift with I hear thee, in the name of the All-Mer. words of advice and consolation. One ciful; in the name of Him who desires day, the old man did not make his ap- not the death of the sinner, but that he pearance at the wonted hour upon the should return to Him and live." church steps. Surprised at this, the And the priest uncovered his head, priest sought out his abode, and found while the sick man related the following: him lying ill on a miserable straw bed. -"I am the son of a poor farmer; but On entering, the Abbé’s gaze was at once the lady of the manor, whose fields my arrested by the strange contrast of luxury father held, being partial to me, took me, and misery which lay before him. when quite a boy, into her castle, and I
A splendid gold watch hung above the was appointed valet-de-chambre to her hard bed; two pictures, in gilt frames, son. The education I received, and my with rich overhanging golden flower- aptitude in all branches of learning, work, shone upon the white, damp walls. changed my fate for the better. An ivory figure of Christ, most exqui- promoted to be secretary. I had reached sitely wrought, stood upon a small table my twenty-fifth year, when the Revoluat the feet of the sick man; an antique tion burst forth; my eager spirit was chair, with gothic decorations and damask fired, by reading in the journals the vivid covering, stood in a corner, and upon it transactions of that period my ambition lay a silver-clasped prayer-book; every- awoke, and I blushed for the inferior stathing else was mean, and spoke of utter tion I held. I formed the resolution of penury.
quitting the castle—the asylum of my The sight of the priest evidently re- youth-and ah! had I carried out this vived the invalid, and rising on his arm, plan, I had been spared the commission he said ;—“Ah, Father Abbé, it is indeed of a dreadful sin! kind of you to remember an unfortunate “The liberty and equality mania soon creature like me!”
broke out in the province, and, fearful of My friend,” replied Paulin, “a ser- being seized by the peasantry in his own vant of God must not forget either the castle, my lord dismissed all his servants. happy or the unhappy. I come to ask The property was reduced to money as you of what you may lie in need.” quickly as might be, and taking nothing
with them of all their riches, except a And who was this blood-thirsty monster? few costly family relics, the family set It was I! out for Paris, and there, in obscurity, “ The reward of so many sins was a sought safety and peace. I, likewise, sum of 3,000 francs, in gold, and the like a son of the house, followed them. valuable objects which you see around me The Reign of Terror was at its height; here, and which are, ever, to me, terrible being on the list of “Emigrants,” they remembrances of my villany. were eagerly sought after; but their “When the deed was done, I tried to place of retreat was unknown; and I drown my conscience in all kinds of deonly be acq ted with their real baucheries ; but the money, the unholy names—for they had changed them on fruit of my ingratitude, was scarcely arrival—they lived, in the midst of the grasped, when the gnawings of remorse universal tumult, unknown, united, and began to torture me. No plan - no unpeaceful. In firm trust on God's Provi- dertaking - no work succeeded; I became dence, they hoped for a better future. poor and frail. It was then I took up Vain hope! The only man who possessed my station at the church-door, as their secret betrayed them. I was their beggar, which I occupied for so many
years; but the remembrance of my guilt “Father, mother, four daughters- was so piercing, so annihilating, that I angels of beauty and innocence--and a never dared to call in the aid of religion, son, ten years old, were cast into prison. nor to put up a prayer to the Almighty Their trial was speedily brought on. At in his own house. That was the reason that time the most insignificant pretext of my never entering the church. was sufficient to deliver an innocent per- “ The alms which I received -espeson to death. The public accuser, how- cially yours, honoured Abbé, enabled me, ever, had some difficulty in finding any by very frugal living, to save again the charge against this noble family. But sum of which I had robbed my unhappy there was a wretch, who, admitted to benefactors. Here, in the table-drawer, their private conversation-nay, to their it lies, together with the interest. These very thoughts-knew how to give a articles of luxury which you see—this criminal meaning to the most trivial watch, that figure of Christ, that book, words -- and even charged them with and the two veiled pictures, also belonged a conspiracy: and that wretch was to my victims. Ah! sir; do you think myself!
that I, the greatest of sinners, dare hope “The sentence of death was passed for pardon from God ?” passed on every one of that noble family My son,” replied the priest, “your the boy alone excepted. Alas! the un. sin is indeed terrible, and a life of tears is happy orphan was only spared to bewail not enough to atone for it; but the goodhis dear parents and sisters; and then, ness and mercy of the Saviour, who came perhaps, to curse their murderer. to save that which was lost, is boundless, Tranquil
, and receiving consolation and true repentance is more than equal from the consciousness of innocence, the to the crime.” With these words the unhappy victims awaited in their prison priest arose. The beggar, as if animated the dark day of death.
by a new life, sprang from the bed, and “But a mistake arose in the order of sank upon his knee. The Abbé spoke the numerous executions. The day on over him that momentous word which which they should have died by the guil. looses the repentant sinner from his bur. lotine passed by. They were forgotten, den. “Stay,” cried the beggar; “stay, and might have escaped the scaffold, had my guardian angel; before I receive, in not a man-no, a monster! lusting to the name of the All-Merciful, the pardon possess their inheritance-reminded the of my misdeed, all the fruits of my crime tribunal of this omission.
must pass from me too; take this money, “His infamous passion was satisfied : and these articles of taste, sell them yourand the execution took place that evening. I self, and divide the money among the
poor.” The beggar, starting up, took the all the fine clothing and embroidery, all veils from both pictures, and exclaimed: the wine and preserves, distilled herbals "Behold the features of those whom I for medicine, and studied surgery ; be. murdered.”
came perfect in the art and mystery of The Abbé stood rooted to the earth nursing and midwifery; then off to the a loud cry burst from him :--"My father! downs with hawk and hounds, and back My mother!” and he covered his face to beef and strong ale. Further on, with his hands. He sank into a chair : Mary Queen of Scots made half the deep agony, joined with abhorrence for Royal bed-quilts of Europe, and no end the murderer, at that moment filled his of Gobelin tapestry. Nay, so careful was soul; but he soon recovered himself, for she of her curtains, that when she knew the wretched man, turning to his feet in Darnley was to be “disposed of," she despair, cried in a piercing voice—“Par- shifted her silk awnings the night before don! Pardon! son of the noblest of and replaced them with serge counterfathers! of the best of mothers, whom I panes and testers. She knew what work murdered !” His duty and his holy was, and could not bear to have good office gave the priest fresh courage; the needlework soiled. Even to the beginstruggle between filial affection, and his ning, perhaps well into the middle of the sacred charge, was soon ended: human last century,our great-great-grand-grandweakness had only for a moment de- mothers were too illiterate to be idle. manded his tears ; the religion of the The squire's wife was as resolute a worker Cross now uplifted his noble soul. He as any in the parish, and “idle hussy” (a seized the Crucifix, the heirloom of his corruption of honsewife) her most stingfather, and holding it up before the beg- ing epithet. Even Lady Bountiful was gar, said in a gentle voice~
a “notable housewife." She had a soft “Look on Christ !-is thy repentance place in her head, indeed, for Ranelagh, sincere ?"
Chloe, and Sir Charles Grandison; but in “ Yes."
the main the traditional industry of an“Dost thou abhor thy crime from thy tiquity was a point of honour, of duty, whole soul ?”
with her. She was not only industrious
herself, but the cause of industry in “ It is well, then! Thou followest others. In fact she kept her maids at "The Thief;' I forgive thee in the name work by working herself. Pray-were of God the Father; in the name of the they not genteel? Why, the Howards, Son, who died upon the Cross for man; the Plantagenets, the Jane Greys, and in the name of the Holy Ghost who Lady Russells, considered it even low and sanctified us !” and he laid his hands vulgar to be of no use. A gentlewoman upon the dying man and blessed him. was only a lady by being thoroughly ac
With his face bent to the earth, the complished in domestic utilities. Even Beggar lay at the feet of the Priest, mo- at the beginning of the century, the most tionless.
distinguished old families in the United The Abbé stretched out his arms to States consumed or wore very little that raise him up.
The erring spirit had they did not produce on their own estates. passed for ever.
And in the reign of Charles I., the
the Court vulgar, and devoted themselves WHAT LADIES DID IN DAYS OF their domestic resources, living, summer
and their families to the development of YORE.
and winter, in the country upon their WHAT were the womankind of the family acres. The farmer's wife and nobility and gentry of Europe about daughters kept the profits of the butter, when their fathers, husbands, and sweet. eggs, and poultry, and the spinet or hearts were at the Holy Land ? Spun and harpsichord was heard at the great house wove all the bed and table linen, made alone.
A TALE: TRANSLATED FROM THE DUTCH
OF ART BEUZELAAR VAN SAERDAAM.
fear and agitation, from which she only reTHE FIRST OF APRIL, OR THE covered by the kind attention of the symORIGIN OF ALL-FOOLS' DAY. pathising fairies.
Zoimane undertook the education of the Prince, to whom the name of Tsiamma was
given. She never doubted for an instant In the flourishing island of Chiekock, but he would become a good King, prudent there reigned formerly an old King, whose and virtuous; but she was also aware that piety and justice gained him the protection the wicked sorcerer would contrive a thouof heaven and the love of his subjects. His sand plans for depriving him of the advanname was Inocamosamma, and his court tages he might naturally expect. Accord was composed of several faithful ministers, ingly, she instilled precepts of firmness and among whom not a single flatterer could be resignation in his mind, and when he had found. Throughout the whole extent of attained his eighteenth year—the age when, this happy country, not a beggar was to be by the laws of his country, he was called to seen, nor any idle or dissipated persons; but the throne-she conducted him herself to all the inhabitants were peaceful and labo- the royal dais, recommended him to the rious, and each considered himself a friend care of the assembled council, and embracof the King. Such was the happiness of ing him, said :-"Prince, be worthy of your old Inocamosamma.
father, and remember that virtue is its own The only disappointment he felt was the recompense, however the world may misunwant of a son to succeed him on the throne; derstand it.” Regarding the monarch with but even this could not extort a complaint, a last look of affectionate interest, she disfor he was disposed to regard everything as appeared on a cloud of azure. designed for the best. The Queen, how- Ciongock was seated at the entrance to ever, was inconsolable, and passed days and his solitary cavern, meditating schemes of nights before the statue of Fekula-pussa, evil, when he perceived Zoimane flying in imploring the goddess to grant her a child. the air. This departure of the fairy inShe also made seven pilgrimages to Mount formed him that Tsiamma had uudertaken Fusinogamma.
the cares of government, and his counteThe goddess, at length fatigued with such nance beamed with fiendish joy. importunities, consummated her wishes, in “Yes, Tsiamma,” he cried, “I will be defiance to the will of an old sorcerer named thine enemy, as I have been to thy fathers. Ciongock, who had been inculted by the Be virtuous, generous, sage, just, and the grandfather of the Queen, and had vowed friend of the gods, but all these gifts of the vengeance to her family in consequence. fairies shall not avail thee. I will pervert
Ciongock, finding himself thwarted, be- the hearts of thy subjects, and the people of came furious, and threatened with ruin the neighbouring states. They shall consider Queen and her progeny., The good fairies, thy piety hypocrisy. Although thy sway however, who were all disposed in her fa- may be beneficent, thy people shall revolt vour, determined to prevent his diabolical against thee. Be good and prudent, if thou intentions, for they knew his power, and wilt: thou shalt be despised. All thy life thou the boldness with which he braved the gods wilt pursue shadows, and thy greatest enterand their own race. They accordingly prises shall appear but a ridiculous vision." assisted at the birth of the child; and Zoi- While thus speaking, Ciongock mounted mane, the eldest of the fairies, blessed him, his chariot, drawn by four grey dragons, saying, “be the friend of the gods.” Asaide, and proceeded to the island of Chiekock. her companion, aid the same, bidding him Poets relate that the flowers faded on his “ reign like his father.” Zimzime, touched pathway, and birds hushed their songs, with her finger the tongue and hand of the while the cruel sorcerer passed on his way. Prince, exclaiming, “be wise and happy." In the meantime, the estimable qualities Alcimedore, the youngest fairy, kissed the of Tsiamma gained the affections of all his infant, and whispered in his ear, “be ami. subjects, and flattered by the acclamations able.' The Queen, transported with joy that saluted him, he announced his intenat the good fortune of her son, was return- tion of preparing a discourse to the people, ing her thanks, when the sorcerer Ciongock, according to the custom of his ancestors, seated in a thick cloud, appeared in the who, in this respect, differed from Oriental apartment, and regarding the child with a Princes, inasmuch as the latter never speak malignant smile, exclaimed, “But I, I will in public. be thine enemy.
Saying these words, he The day having arrived, a large concourse disappeared, leaving the Queen in a state of entered the gates of the palace, anxious to