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for its suppression in the year 1542. Two circum- which aroused the heads of Eton to so decisive a meastances which have induced some to connect the Eton sure as the abolition of the ancient festival. It may be Montem with the festival of the boy-bishop are the asked whether the money once raised at Montem will followiog:- First, the former period of celebrating still be secured from some other source, such as the Montem was not Whit-Tuesday, but December 6th; College revenues, or from periodical contributions ? If the very day dedicated to St. Nicholas, and usually so large a bonus is lost every three years to the Collere, chosen for the election of the boy-bishop in ancient it will appear to many a serious subtraction from its times. It was not till the year 1759 that the time of educational resources. Many regretted that, with the holding Montem was changed from the gloomy month notice for the abolition of Montem, an intimation was of December to the more bright season of Whit- not given that a last festival would be permitted ; but suntide. Those, therefore, who trace Montem to such the masters were probably fearful of the excitement an ancient ceremony, have the singular coincidence of which might have arisen under such circumstances, and the time in their favour, from which it was not un- would not give to poor father Montem the right of entry reasonable to suppose a connexion between the triennial for one hour. festival at Eton, and the ancient ecclesiastical mimicry Last Whit-Tuesday did not, however, pass off as an of an episcopal election. Another circumstance favour ordinary day at Eton. The boys, who might have able to the same supposition is found in one singular cared little for the result during the deliberations becustom which formerly made part of the Montem tween the pro-Montemists and the anti-Montemists, festival. A boy was dressed in the habit of a clergyman, I got rather dissatisfied when the day came without and then, receiving a prayer-book, read part of the bringing their old friend. Then the feeling that Monservice to the assembly ; an evident resemblance this tem was really gone took a strong form, and attempted to the mimic services once performed by the boy-bishop. to develop itself in some little outbreaks partaking
But we need not dispute respecting the birth of more of the boyish, than of the philosophical, characMontem in the year which has witnessed its death. ter. Some unoffending windows, and unconscious Last Whit-Tuesday would have been Montem day, had lamps, seemed likely to suffer fractures in honour of the not the stern fates, in the shape of the provost and insulted shade of Montem. A few desperate adherents masters of the school, given old Montem a notice not to actually donned the scarlet coat, endeavouring to look trespass again within their domains. To no other place something like Montem heroes; but it would not do; could the patriarch betake himself; he therefore died, the very air of the quadrangle, and the bricks in the amidst the wailings of a miscellaneous host of mourners, old college wall, seemed sulky; and it was clear, that composed of schoolboys, old Etonians, tradesmen, the spirit of vengeance was lurking in a hundred cabmen, omnibus drivers, innkeepers, and the Great hearts, all anxious to avenge the slaughter of their old Western Railway Company itself: for each of these favourite. One melancholy party actually prepared to derived either pleasure or profit from the triennial cele celebrate the “ funeral of Montem,” and proposing to bration of Montem.
bury him on the scene of his former triumphs. Some Last Whit-Tuesday was indeed a time of mo'ırning mysterious ceremony was, towards evening, performed for many; but after grave consideration we assign the on Salt Hill; but whether it assumed the form of a palm of sincere grief to the cab and omnibus men, great conspiracy to restore Montem to his throne, or of many of whom expressed their sorrow on that day by a solemn league and covenant to construe no more Greek wearing black crape on their arms. But why was till he returned, -
-our deponents say not. Something Montem doomed to perish? why could it not have ex- was rumoured by the denizens of Salt Hill about a isted as a memorial of past times, serving, like the squibs great shouting and “the waving of a fag;" but their and crackers on the 5th of November, and the gar- sorrow rendered them too incoherent to give trustlanded sweeps on the 1st of May, to remind us of events worthy evidence. and times so far removed ? Surely, some sturdy advo- Thus, another symbol of the past has left us, to cate will say, whilst Temple Bar is cherished, Montem mourn over our isolation from former ages, or to rejoice might have been patronized.
that the field is cleared for modern operations-just as Many also urged an argument drawn, not from anti- our principles and feelings may dictate. We cannot, quity and memory of the past, but from the benefits however, be surprised that thousands regret the deparconferred upon the senior scholar, who received so large ture, one by one, of old customs and pageants, which a share of the salt. Notwithstanding all these appeals, were either closely connected with our ancient history, discharged from meetings in London, and through the or reflected some peculiar spirit of the age before us. press, the provost, Dr. Hodgson, and the head master, This reverence for the symbols of the past, even when Dr. Ilawtrey, voted for abolition. Why? It will be they have lost much of their former significance, is presumed that no disposition has been evinced by natural to man; and, though it may be indulged at either of these gentlemen to interfere ruthlessly with the expense of still higher feelings, such an abuse does old customs, which bind us to a past age not wholly not prove the spirit itself to be wrong. He who would unworthy of our remembrance. No such charge can hide all antiquity from his view, and obliterate every be reasonably advanced against either the provost or emblem of by-gone times, is far more unreasonable the head master; both have ever consulted the great than the man who desires to contemplate the past only. interests of the school in preference to any personal pre-Both are unreasonable, but the admirer of antiquity dilections. Montem fell because its existence was has a world abounding with great events and noble deemed injurious to the school We are not here stating characters, upon which he may gaze with the feeling an opinion of our own, but the deliberate convictions of that the object of his delight owes nothing to modern the Eton authorities, who must be admitted to possess times; for the ancients flourished without us. But the abundant opportunities for forming their judgments on modern man, who despises all the past, does, in fact, such a subject. Few can estimate the whole extent of pour contempt on the institutions of his country, and the evil consequences attendant upon the celebration of the customs of the society in which he lives; for these Montem, except the masters of the school, and a few of are derived, in many particulars, from preceding agesthose more immediately connected with the institution. we cannot do without the ancients. Were the soil on But, when it is remembered that the boys and young which the pyramids stand proved to be the most fertile men regarded the day as a complete saturnalia, as one on earth, we should not be willing to destroy these of perfect liberty, and impunity; when we also bear in giant piles, in order to turn their sites into arable mind the thousands who flocked from all parts; the fields. Our reverence for the past would prevent us. open inns, the free use of wine amongst the youths, Yet, a skilful disputant might argue, that good corn and the consequent intoxication of the scholars; all fields are of more service to men than all the pyramids. persons will easily perceive the nature of the evils Let us, therefore, combine the two feelings which should ever co-exist-reverence for the past, with love gratitude and joy for the beauties with which the gladfor the present. We shall then attack no symbol on some and teeming earth so copiously abound! He is the tomb of antiquity with a rude hand, nor injure our truly worthy to be ranked amid the number of those own times by trammelling them in the robes of remote who string thuir lyres to gentle verse. periods. Such reflections have been forced upon us by The apathy of a past and a passing age has too the abolition of the Eton Montem, and the different lightly regarded that amusing volume. Many who feelings with which that event has been regarded. look on ang ing as a cruel pastime, and unworthy their
We can only, in conclusion, express a hope that the attention, have turned with indifference and aversion honourable principles which flourished in remote ages, from those delightful pages. Open the book once with and the spirit of the charter of Eton College, will long a fair and honest attention, and thou must read on, live in that ancient foundation, forming great and oh! lover of nature, poet, philosopher, moralist, or manly minds for the national service. The abolition whatever other title thori dost call thyself! It is a book of Montem will then call for few regrets; as it need for all ages, and all times. Thou must needs be criti. excite no irritation in the minds of present or former cal if there is aught to offend thee in it. It is a perfect Etonians.
English pastoral - an idyll in prose. To enjoy it as it ought to be enjoyed, let it be read by the side of some mur.
muring streain, where the waters, flowing with a gentle COUNTRY SKETCHES.
sound, shall be the sweet and fitting accompaniment to
the voice of one who being dead yet speakeih. It is the No. I.
sweetest commentary on the scenery of river-ways that
was ever sung or said. It is enough to persuade any THE GRAVE OF ISAAC WALTON.
one to turn piscator, and to realise its contents in his There are few places of more interest than Winches- own person. But let not the gentle reader forget that ter. The venerable cathedral would of itself amply he bas been roaming by the side of the Ichen, and, repay the cost and trouble of a summer day's pilgrimage. having accomplished so agreeable a stroll, let him The hospital of St. Cross is a most interesting structure, direct his steps to the antique Minster. There he may and is in many respects perfectly unique. Then there and lose himself in a transport of delight, as the organ's
parse to admire the effect of the beautiful columns, is the college, with its curious ecclesiastical brasses and solemn peal is heard vibrating through arch and tranthe celebrated quaint figure. The market-cross, the sept. The choir, too, is particularly good, and he may round table, the ancient gateways, the ruins of the cas- listen with ever renewed pleasure to the voices so tle, and the numerous churches, are all objects of happily blended. But it is my wish that he bend his attraction, and will afford the antiquary and artist very steps to a chapel formed in the eastern aisle of the great gratification and pleasure. The opportunities of called Silksteder Chapel. He was a prior from 1498 to
south transept by screens of stone tracery work. It is visiting this city are now so great, and the means so 1524. On the cornice or crest of the stone screen his accessible by reason of the railways; that, from London christian name 'Thomas is so carved that the monoor the west of England, the journey can be accomplished gram M. A. is distinguished from the other letters. with very little expense, and in very short time. The Virgin Mary baving been his patronens, it was in
A skein of silk, It is not, however, my intention to lead the reader this inanner he testified to the fact to the contemplation of the architectural beauties of the the rebus of his surname, also appears. work of William of Wykcham, or to invite him to by a blue stone.
Upon entering the chap' the eye will be soon arrested
Hereunder lies all that is mortal of linger in the cloisters of the beautiful hospital of St. Isaac Walton. Reader! it is worth more than a passing Cross. He may, if he pleases, eat a munchet of bread glance, so let us pau and read the inscription. Before and drink a horn of beer at the porch of the hospital, doing so, we may see for a fleeting moment in our and bless the bounty that has so liberally provided for minu's eye, the good old angler in bis habit as he lived ; the corporeal necessities of pilgrims and wayfarers like
we my hear the utterance of one of his sweet homilies himself; but, having thus far satisfied the cravings of on nasure, and then, bending reverently forward, trace nature, let him follow me by the banks of the sweet these lines :river Ichen; he shall listen to the pleasant ditties of the birds, and hear a music, an he lists, in the light-toned trembling of the reeds. The gaily decked kingfisher
MR. ISAAC WALTON, shall hover round the truuks of the moss-grown trees,
IT'ho died on the 15th of December, 1683. and the trout shall rise with their burnished fius so to
Alas! he's gone before; tempt him, that he shall scarce forbear the use of his
Gone, to returne no more rod and line. And the nightingalas! üye, they shall
Our pantin: breasts aspire feed the air with their inclodious warblings. Very fra
After their aged sire, grant, too, shall the wandering breezes be, laden with
Whose well spent life did last the delicious aroma of the new-madc hay: Bees, and
Full inany yeares and past; blossoms, and all fragile things, shall float in the clear
But now he hath begun
That which will we'er be done. and ambient air, so if he be not checrful and content
Crowned with eternal blisse, he will be truly “a grave man." Of a verity, it is a
We wish our souls with his. lovely spot, and, all England over, there is none other
VOTIS MODESTIS SIC FLEKUNT LIBERI." to be found so suggestive of one who once listened to the singing of its birds, and who angled many a sum- So, almost within sound of one of his most favourite mer's day in its pure and peaceful waters. And not far rivers, lies the body of the old High Priest of Anglers. from this he rests in the long sleep of the night that Peace to his aslies! It is by no means improbable that knows no waking. Who has not read the Complete the spot was selected by himself. Oftentimes he would Art of Angling, by Isaac Walton, Gent. ? Who has not lay aside his rod and iackle, to cozitate and muse on followed him by this same stream, and by the Lea, and be things that never fade. Doubtless he must have heard him discourse upon the dainty pleasures of his wandered, amid the pausings of his art, through the favourite pursuit? Who can ever forget his descriptions cloisters and aisles of the beautiful cathedral, anıl
, after of rural life in that quaint old tome, or his free and reviewing the delicate tracery and fretwork all round pleasant colloquies ? Abore all, and through all, what him, he may have entered Prior Silkstede's ch pel, and a true and unaffecied piety ! what a humble sense of letting his staff tall gently down, may have exclaimed, the divine blessings ! what a fervent expression of Here let me lie !"
HERE RESTITII THE BODY OF
« Come away,
There are several portraits of him; one in the pos- | to the port, in which a thousand vessels could have session of the Earl Cowper bears a striking resemblance been moored securely. As men were travelling in to the plate which is appended to the first edition of his search of new habiiations, and marvellous diswork on angling; it represents him to be precisely the coveries were being made on all sides, the princes figure and face one would have experted to see. Gene- of the isle begged a boon of the fairies, who had rosity, benevolence, charity with all men. beam in every been with them from time immemorial, that they trait.' The spectator might gaze upon it till he could would use their skill in preventing the curious fancy the lips were uttering
wanderers, who had already explored so many Turn, countryman, with me;"
spots unknown to all in former ages, from peneor speaking in goodly coaimendation of the beauties of trating into their land. The only way in which the outer world, - praising the earth, the water, the the fairies could grant their request was, to envelop skies, and in all things else manifesting his poet-love the isle in so dense a cloud, that none could see for the sweet realities of life. To the voluptuary, the through it. Their plan succeeded so admirably, man sated with the unrealities of a career of mingled that, although many approached the rocks in the dissipation and folly, let me advise a stroll by some hope of discovering an island, their search was useriver's side, and there, with Isaac Walton's pages in his less, as they found nothing but a dense obscurity, hand, he may taste new life, aye, and inhale a vigour that the strongest eyes could not penetrate. foreign to his wearied senses. He will learn there, how After the first two ages had passed away, the full of fair and soft compensations Nature is; how, to princes were seized with a curiosity to know what him who seeks it with a trustful faith and a reverent
was passing in the world, and their custom was love, she holds forth a dranght of the purest nectar,-one to send spies, from time to time, to their immediate which never palls upon the taste; a draught every way neighbours : for this purpose they chose the most superior to the Circean cup of mad enjoyment, which faithful and fitting of the courtiers, to whom the clings to the sensualist, at ihe renewal of each intoxica- fairies granted the power of flying as far as they tion, with disgust and loathsome tenacity. To the poet the book is a study, full of sweet conceits and pleased, reposing at times upon some rock in their quaint and pleasant prettinesses. To the angler it is a path. They had also given them the power of bemanual, without which his piscatorial equipments coming invisible, by means of robes which they would be incomplete.
wore, brilliant as the noonday sun. This facility Surely the grave of such a man is worthy a visit, if of despatch to their neighbours had informed the only to renew and refresh our memories with a feeling islanders of all that was going on in the world of reverence for his departed exrellence and worth. So without, so that there were to be found among may we pass from out the magnificent Minster, and the them numbers of politicians, or rather newsbearers, chapel of the old prior, into the sunny air, and take our who discussed the absorbing topics of the day, and path again by the Ichen's banks, where we shall feel that canvassed the deeds of foreign powers; they frethe spirit of the old poet-angler hovers all around us, quently surpassed in their knowledge even the and we shall be led, like him. to praise and thanksgiving most shining characters that we know, who, neverfor all earth's fairest blessings. Not inaptly may we exclaim, in the words of Sir Walter Raleigh
theless, venture to decide upon the claims of peace
and war, without having the least notion of the “Blest silent groves! oh, may ye be
subject. For ever mirthi's best nursery!
The princess, who was of a moderate age, grew May pure contents
weary of the calm tranquillity in which she lived: For ever pitch their tents l'pon these rocks, these downs, these meads, these mountains,
she had ascertained, from the accounts of her And peace still slumber by these purling fountuins,
spies, that there was a mighty king in the world, Whicli we may every year
who had acquired brilliant glory at the head of his Find, when we come a-fishing here." army, and good reputation for his wisdom at home,
and that he was redoubtable in the opinion of all bis neighbours. He was so mild, so polished, and
affable, as to have engaged the affections of his THE INACCESSIBLE ISLE.
subjects; he held a magnificent court, where all
pleasures were to be found; he was occupied in A young princess of remarkable beauty reigned tournaments, the chase, balls, concerts, theatrical over an island, in which nothing was wanting to entertainments, and banquets, surrounded by a satisfy man's desires: the mansions in it were brilliant assemblage of both sexes; still he was the covered with plates of gold, and the palaces were most handsome man among them, and his fine face paved with the same rich metal. The inhabitants was united to such majesty of person, that it lived, each one more than a century, in perfect stamped him at once a hero. He allowed all the health ; and their long life was never embittered by painters in his dominions to take his portrait, litigation; such games as avarice has invented had giving them the liberty of working every morning no charms for them; they enjoyed that c:elm bliss while he was at his toilet. which brings with it neither care nor inquietude. The princess of the island, who was aware of
This island had been for ages unknown to the this, charged one of her spies to convey her into rest of mankind; all who dwelt there lived so his presence; and as soon as she had seen him, she happily, that they were not willing to leave it, and felt seized with a sudden fit of grief, because her they did not receive strangers, for fear the simple island was unknown to him; the tranquillity of her manners of the inhabitants sbould be rendered cor- conrt appeared insipid, and she esteemed all her rupt. The curious men of that age who had spent courtiers infinitely beneath a king of so handsome their life in discoveries, had frequently passed and a face, and so splendid a reputation. She took to repassed the island, without having had any ac- reading works of fine adventures, and would listen quaintance with its people, for nature had thrown to nothing but descriptions of heroes, and their around it a chain of rocks which rendered it inac- knightly achievements; and at last she imagined cessible, and there was only one passage which led that she should never be happy, unless the king,
for whom she entertained so profound an attach-, with a display of intense feeling, to inform him ment, would extend his love to her. But how whether it were possible or not to see this charmcould this be? She was not known, nor the island ing princess. in which she held sway. She called one of the The envoy replied, that all was possible to so fairies to her, who enjoyed the reputation of the mighty a king, and that the princess, who ruled greatest share of wisdom among all, and after hav- in an island inaccessible to all other powers, would ing communicated to her the desire she felt to form grant him an easy passage, whom she already an alliance out of her own island, and spoken highly esteemed, in consequence of the favourable of the merits of the mighty king, she inquired by reports that had reached her of his valour and what means she could make him acquainted with wisdom. The king begged the envoy to forward her sentiments, and kindle reciprocal affection for the visit as much as possible, saying, that he could her in his heart. The fairy informed her that the not live without her. “Ask any reward for thy first act must be to render him acquainted with services,” continued he, “ and it shall be thine. the island, that he might be curious to know what But the envoy replied that his majesty might see was being done in it, doubting not, that if he once the princess at any convenient time, but that he heard of the merits of the princess who ruled it, could receive no reward, save from the hands of his passion would be stronger for her than for her the princess, to whom he had tendered an oath of dominions.
fidelity. Of a truth it seemed that it was the destiny of After a secret conference with the king, the this mighty king to love the princess, as she was envoy departed homewards, to inform the princess one of the most beautiful creatures in the world, that the mightiest monarch in the world was seized and he had never been in love before, though his with a passionate desire of seeing her, and that he court abounded in beauty and talent. The princess, was coming, with a fleet of unbounded magnifitoo, seemed to have reserved her heart for the cence, if she would condescend to grant him a king, for there was no lack of high-born princes practicable passage to the island. The princess and cavaliers in her own court, but she treated immediately called to her aid the wise fairy, who them all with the greatest indillerence. At lengih placed upon the summits of two rocks, that stood the princess, under the advice of the fairy, resolved at the sides of the entrance to the port, two imto send to the mighty king's court the spy whom mense globular diamonds, which threw out more she had previously sent; he was to fly thither by rays than the sun on the clearest day. The envoy means of his fairy power, but instead of rendering carried back the news to the great king, who set himself invisible, he was ordered to make his ap- sail instantly, impatient to behold the princess, pearance as a stranger in the course of his travels. who was now the delight of his heart. The princess supplied him with money and jewels, The rumour of the discovery of an island hitherto that he might be enabled to dress in the manner unknown, and of the beautiful princess, was soon of the country; and by this means be introduced noised over the world; and a neighbouring king, himself into the best company. After having made jealous of the prosperity of this mighty monarch, some stay at the place, he contrived to ingratiate resolved to dispute his claim to the prize, and achimself with those who were more particularly in cordingly followed him with a formidable fleet of the confidence of the great king. One day he was war, as soon as he was on the broad ocean. This a guest at the table of one of them, and there were proved a great subject of fear, for the king, who other strangers present, and every one began to commanded the fleet, had the aid of a fairy, whose put forth the peculiar merits of his sovereign. He spells were so powerful that nothing had been found stated that he had the honour to be a subject of a hitherto superior to them: she bad lately become princess, whom it was more glorious to serve than friendly to this sovereign, and had promised to to rule elsew here. “ I have,” said be, “where- place all his rivals beneath his feet. The first opwith to justify my assertion,” and he produced a portunity that offered itself to test her good intenportrait of the princess, in a little case, set with tions, and her mighty power, was this; and its precious stones of immense value: it attracted the object the conquest of the princess and her island. eyes of all present. They rose to tender homage The two fleets caught the breeze, and sailing near to her peerless beauty, and to look more closely at one another approached the island at the same her charming face. “ Tell us," cried they, “what time. spot in the wide world claims to be the birth-place The wise fairy who was attached to the interests of so wonderful a princess?" But he declined of the Princess, having ascertained by her art that satisfying their curiosity; and no one repeated the two fleets were approaching the coast, sent out a question. The repast was soon over, but the troop of dolphins, embued with fairy skill, who, rumour of the surpassing beauty of a princess on recognising the fleet of the great king, surwhom no one had seen, and whose kingdom was rounded his vessel, and piloted him into port. It unknown, soon reached the court. The king, was a beantiful sight to see this number of sporting anxious to know what he had only heard of by dolphins, who vied with each other in their endeasnatches, and wishing to see the portrait of so vours to approach nearest to the royal ship. charming a princess, sent to tell the stranger, who Meanwhile, the fleet of the foe, on the contrary, had it in his possession, that he wished to speak was assailed by hideous monsters of the deep, and with him. The envoy, who wished for nothing by lar e whaies, which obstructed its progress : better, told the king everything that was calculated to increase its disaster, a contrary wind sprang up, to arouse his passion for the queen and her king- and in this interval, the sails of the great hing dom, and then, by displaying the portrait, finished swelled out, and he passed between the two rocks, what he had begun by his speech. The king, bearing on them the globes of diamond under the meanwhile, surprised at such exquisite features, form of beacon-lights. kept his eyes fixed upon the portrait, raising them The king, seeing the failure of his hopes, reat times with a deep sigh, and begged the envoy, proached the fairy with her inability to help him at
need; but she excused herself to the best of her hearts of his people. The great king, as a recompower, alleging that it was owing to the influence pense to the skilful fairy, for the good fortune of a superior fairy; at the same time she hurled which she had procured liim, begged her to rule an infinite number of fireballs against the fleet of over the Inaccessible Island. “I accept the boon, the great king, but in vain, for not a single ball mighty king,” replied the fairy, “ only to celebrate reached half the distance between the two fleets. your name, and to hand down to future ages The king, in despair, finding that his rival tri- the merits of so wise a monarch and so lovely a umphed over all his projects, set all sail to pursue princess : your commands shall be mine, and they after him, but a terrible storm instantly arose, and shall be carefully obeyed." his fleet was speedily dispersed ; some of the ships The inhabitants of the fairy's isle, and the subwere dashed upon the rocks that formed the ram- jects of the king, enjoyed unalloyed happiness, parts of the isle,-he who commanded it was such as flows from a just dispensation of the laws, thrown ashore upon his own coasts; but the great emanating from a throne of brilliant wisdom. king made his entry into the port of the isle to the sound of a thousand trumpets.
Who shall tell how great was the pleasure of the beautiful princess, when she belield, from a
Poetry. balcony of her palace which overlooked the port, such splendour and magnificence as she had never (In Original Poetry, the Name, real or assumed, of the Author, seen before. The royal vessel appeared at the
is printed in Small Capitals, under the title; in Selections it is
printed in Italics at the end.) head of the squadron, decked out with ensigns, flags, and banners, of silk of all colours, and re
THE BALLAD OF GUNHILD, OR THE splendent itself with gold and crystal! As soon
PHANTOM SHIP. as the great king entered, he sent ambassadors to the princess, to beg her to allow him to set foot
From the Danish of Ingemann.' in her dominions, and to permit him to offer the Fair Gunhild stands on the galley's deck homage of a heart teeming with infinite respect for
And looks on the calm blue sea, her, and beating with love and affection. The She sees where the pale moon mirrors itself,
And the stars shine tremulously. princess made this courteous reply : “ Tell his majesty that I am heartily glad of bis presence, She sees the moon, and the emerald light, and impatient to see him.”
On the blue waves sweetly smile, The king immediately landed, and proceeded to While the galley glides softly, like a snake, the palace, and the princess advanced to meet him
To Britain's distant isle. at the entrance of the state-chamber. The sur
Thither, long since, in his dark prowed ship, prise was reciprocal,--the king thought the princess
The little maid's love had sail'd; a thousand times more beautiful than her portrait, Ah me! ah me! as she stood alone and she beheld him even more majestic and hand
That day she wildly wail'd. some than she had expected. Their conference abounded with terms of courtesy and politeness,
He promised letters of love to send,
And soon to come back again, and the king was conducted, by all the grandees But no letters of love did he ever send, of the court, into an apartment where his eyes Nor did he come back again. rested on nothing but precious stones, cloth of gold, and silks of very great value. Here was served
Fair Gunhild-alas! she could not rest,
Her heart beat wild witli fright, up a magnificent banquet, of all that could gratify
And she went from her father's and mother's house, the palate, or charm the senses. He was attended
All in the murky night. by four young fairies, wearing robes studded with rubies; they placed on the table before him deli
And the galley's deck did she straight ascend
Her dear betrothed to find, cious meats, some of which he had never tasted
Whether he lay in a far-off land, before, and the dinner service was a thousand
Or rock'd by sea and wind. times more costly than the finest gold, and the sideboard was loaded with flasks and vases of the Fair Gunhild was tose'd about three days
All on the wild white wave, same rich material; among them were two im
But on the third night of moon and stars mense pearls, that could not be surpassed. The
The sea grew still as a grave. king drank out of a cup formed of a single emerald; the liquor was more delicious than all the ambro- And the maiden stood on the galley's deck, sial nectar served at the tables of the gods. But
And look'd on the calm blue sea, such magnificence and dainties did not engage the
And she saw the pale moon mirror itself,
And the stars shine tremulously. king's mind for a moment; he entered into his cabinet, and summoned his ambassadors, who were The crew were lull’d in their slumber calm, to inform the princess of the motives of his voyage,
The helmsman bow'd in sleep, and, if she should be agreeable, to appoint the hour
While silently in her robes of white,
The maid look'd over the deep. for their nuptials.
The marriage was solemnized on the morrow, Then from the depths of the ocean, rose and was followed by several days of rejoicing, and
A wild and shadowy ship, by years of undiminished happiness. After the And slowly, and weird-like, over the waves king had passed several months delightfully in the
She saw the strange thing skip. island, he conveyed the princess to his own king- The ghost-like sails were rent in twain, dom, where they were crowned with great pomp.
By the board the mast had gone, Several of the courtiers also were united to the She could not sail, but like a wreck ladies of the princess's court, and all were charmed
She dreamily floated on. to reside in the society of a king who ruled in the (1) This ballad has never been translated before.