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seemed intent on watching for the stranger, who, to every | at once told him the ring was hers, and related her one's surprise, never appeared. Various were the con- whole story. With bitter pain she saw a shade pass jectures about her, and strange and wild enough ; but over his countenance when she mentioned her father's none approached the truth, and Maud could hardly name, but it cleared off a good deal when he heard she help smiling, as she heard herself supposed a fairy-a was the daughter of the first wife, and disappeared grar witch-an Eastern princess, who had loved the knight dually as she narrated, in a few words, her subsequent in Palestine, and a hundred other impossible stories history : but she saw that he was still doubtful, that he imagined.

could hardly believe she was the beautiful lady who had But it was gratifying to hear all unanimous in praise so fascinated him in the ball-room ; so she asked if he of her beauty, and grace, and modest demeanour, and wished to see her dressed as she had then been-in half declaring that it was no wonder the count was so cap- an hour she could convince him of the truth of at least tivated. How little the speakers guessed that the shabby, so much of her story. He called in the housekeeper, crooked kitchen-maid, who stood in the corner unnoticed and desired her to see Maud to her room, and to remain by any, was the lovely and splendidly-dressed lady they outside the door, without leaving it for a moment, till were so curious about! Poor Maud's tears were less she should come out again, and then bring her down to bitter this night than after the last ball, for, besides him. all these unintended encomiums, she felt she had done Dame Gottfried wondered at this order, but could not right in conquering her impatience, and obeying the avoid obeying, though it convinced her that she had cross old housekeeper so implicitly.

been right in thinking the young count delirious. Many days bad not passed before the young count was Maud fastened the door, after giving the poor old dame said to be ill. His search for the unknown lady had a chair to rest on, and began her toilette. She felt that been unceasing, and his disappointment preyed on his her fate now approached its crisis ; for, unless the count spirits, till at last it threw him into a fever, and soon should at once seek her in marriage, she aiust immedihis life was pronounced in danger. The household was ately fly from the castle, and again earn her livelihood in despair, for he was much loved, and the old house in a strange place, without the freedom of heart which keeper, who had seen him born, sat over the fire weep had hitherto enlightened her lot. An asylum in a coning in agony. Maud was half tempted to give her third yent would be her best hope, and her jewels prevented wish to his recovery; but, while she hesitated, she re- ber being entirely penniless, so that she might have solved first to try if a little hore would be of any use to presented herself under her real name, if she kept at a him ; so she went to Dame Gottfried, and said that the sufficient distance from her native place to avoid the ill godmother who had taught her everything else she consequences of her father's crimes. knew, had given her some knowledge of medicine, as She put on the white dress, the first of her godshe had already proved; and that, if the housekeeper mother's gifts, and the one in which she had first would allow her, she thought she could prepare a dranght publicly appeared in the rank she was born to. When that would do their lord good. Dame Gottfried cross- she was ready, she opened the door. Dame Gottsried questioned her a good deal, but Maud would not tell screamed with surprise, and almost fainted, and poor precisely what she would make it of, and she insisted so Maud had much trouble in recovering and composing much on the benefit she expected from it, that the old her, before she was able to accompany her to the count's woman, who had more than once experienced Maud's apartment. They found he had also dressed; and Maud skill in simples, agreed to let her try it. Maud, there. augured well from seeing that his toilette had been at fore, went into the garden, gathered various herbs, and least as carefully made as her own. One glance was made a drink of their mingled juice; but at the bottom enough to satisfy him that he had indeed found the of the cup she put a ring, which she had worn on the unknown lady. He received her with the utmost joy night of the second ball, and which the count had par- and respect, and at once entreated she would honour ticularly admired. It was part of the splendid dress him with her hand, glad, he said, that he was able to her godmother's gift had produced. Dame Gottfried replace her in the rank she deserved and would adorn; took the dose to her master, and with some difficulty adding that, whatever he had heard of her father, her prevailed on him to drink it. To please her, he took mother's virtues had not been forgotten, and he had the greater part, and was just setting the cup down, even heard that the peasants regretted the death of their when the sparkling ring caught his eye. He took it good young lady, whom more than one of them had out with some curiosity, but instantly recognising it, he intended to save. Maud now gave the count more started up, demanding who had put it into his draught. minute details of her family and of her early life, so as Dame Gottfried protested her total ignorance of it, ex- to preclude all possibility of her being other than she pressing her wonder with such volubility that the count represented herself; and she showed him a locket conat last, half angry, insisted on knowing the history of taining her mother's hair, and having her name enthe medicine. She told him it was made by one of the graved on it, the only trinket she possessed of her kitchen-maids, who had lived with her before his return childish days, for her stepmother had not thought it home, and that she was sure the poor girl could know worth taking. She did not refuse his offer of marriage, nothing of such a splendid jewel-it must have got into and he led her to the Countess Hildegard, and anthe cup by magic.

nounced his intentions. The old lady was excessively "Send her up to me,” said the count.

angry, first, because she had planned another match for Dame Gottfried hesitated, saying she was a mere him, and, still more, because he had chosen a girl kitchen wench, though a very tidy good girl, but not at totally without fortune ; for the possessions of Maud's all fit to come up stairs to his lordship's apartments; father had lapsed to the crown, as no heir appeared to besides, she was an ugly crooked thing, whom he could claim them, and had been granted immediately to an

other family; but, worst of all, Maud was of a race with All was of no use. The count peremptorily ordered whom the countess's family had long been at enmity, the girl to be brought in. So down went Dame Gott- and she violently opposed the marriage. However, fried, muttering that Mand's draught must have turned Count Henry was not to be moved. As his stepmother his brain; she was sure he was delirious.

refused to remain in the castle, or in any way to sancMaud had expected this order, and had laid her Sun- tion his choice by her presence, Maud removed to a day clothes in readiness ; so she was quickly dressed as neighbouring convent, where she remained preparing the housekeeper wished, and ushered into the count's herself, by prayer and meditation, for her new state of presence. He questioned her about the ring. She said | life, till the count's arrangements were complete. The it was a secret she could tell to him alone; so he marriage then took place with great pomp, for he in. ordered Dame Gottfried to leave the room, to her great vited all his neighbours, that he might introduce his vexation, and desired Maud to speak without fear. She bride; and, while he thus proved that he was not

not care to see.


ashamed of his choice, might enjoy the admiration she | Lima; after the death of his first owners he was sold from excited. At his special request she was married in the one party to another, sometimes having kind masters, white dress he had first seen her in ; and at the conclu- more frequently severe. At last he was purchased by a sion of the ceremony, she dedicated it to the use of the merchant residing in the town of Payta, in the same altar, resolving that one of her earliest occupations province; he had a female slave, for whoin the subject should be to make it into a magnificent vestment. of the present biography formed an attachment. The (To be continued.)

owners are generally glad to discover affairs of this kind amongst their slaves, and often accelerate the matter, knowing well that an increase, of what they

brutally term 'stock,' may be the result. They were EXTRACTS FROM NEW WORKS.

married, and the ceremony consisted in the master telling them to go and live together.'

"Matters went on smoothly and lovingly for some “ The women made me sit down; and when I placed time; at last the severity of the owner displayed itself myself in the usual European manner, they begged me in repeatedly flogging the man; this was borne with in a deprecating tone not to remain in that constrained fortitude for a long time.” (At this part of the history position, but to put myself quite at my ease, as if I our host exhibited a portion of his body which was were in my own house. How far I was at my case, scarred, and in welts from the lash. The poor woman installed à la Turque, on an immense pile of cushions, sighed deeply, and I confess I felt much for them.) I leave to be imagined by any one who ever tried to On an oppressively hot day his wife was ordered into remain five minutes in that posture.

a store with him perform some laborious work; “I was determined to omit nothing that should she was too weak and unable for the required exertion; give them a high idea of my “savoir vivre,' according the inhuman master tied her up to a post and beat to their own notions, and began by once more gravely her severely with a lash composed of twisted thongs of accepting a pipe. At the pacha's I had managed bullock hide' (she had also her marks of punishmentmerely to hold it in my hand, occasionally touching it to show). with my lips, without really using it; but I soon saw

« « She writhed under the punishment; her son, that, with some twenty pairs of eyes fixed jealously then a child, screaming at her feet; there was no upon me, I must smoke here, positively and actually mercy or cessation, until the arm of the master was smoke-or be considered a violator of all the laws of fairly tired. The husband of this poor creature was good breeding. The tobacco was so mild and fragrant looking on with, as he described it,' grinding teeth.' that the penance was not so great as might have been What must have been his feelings? He then uttered expected; but I could scarcely help laughing at the an inward vow, both for revenge and an attempt at ludicrous position I was placed in, seated in state on a escape, if it cost him his life. This man and wife now large square cushion, smoking a long pipe, the other | laid their plans together; they lulled the suspicions of end of which was supported by a kneeling slave, and their owner by alject submission to all his orders for bowing solemnly to the sultana between almost every months, and perhaps he lauded the use of the lash for whiff. Coffee, sweetmeats, and sherbet (the most its apparent success in completely breaking the spirit delightful of all pleasant draughts), were brought to me of his slaves. in constant succession by the two little negroes, and a " " Their plans were now matured: there were some pretty young girl, whose duty it was to present me the English and American ships in the harbour ; this merrichly embroidered napkin, the corner of which I was chant was in the habit of trading with some of them, expected to make use of as it lay on her shoulder, as and furnishing others with the stores they required she knelt before me. These refreshments were offered One evening after dark the negro told his master that to me in beautiful crystal vases, little gold cups, and Captain So-and-so wanted to speak with him particusilver trays, of which, for my misfortune, they seemned | larly, and that he was at the hotel situated on the beach.' to possess a large supply, as I was obliged to go througà | (I may also add, from my own experience, this hotel at a never-ending course of dainties, in order that they | Payta is the chief one in the place, commands an might have an opportunity of displaying them all. extensive view of the bay and anchorage, has a wharf

My bonnet sadly puzzled them; and when, to for its special accommodation, and was conducted in please them, I took it off, they were most dreadfully excellent style by an Englishman at the time of my scandalized, to see me with my hair uncovered, and sojourn in it.) could scarcely believe that I was not ashamed to sit all He never hesitated, or for a moment doubted the day without a veil or handkerchief; they could not veracity of bis injured slave. He left his house, and conceive, either, why I should wear gloves, unless it as he was walking along the beach towards the hotel were to hide the want of henna, with which they offered was stabbed to the heart, dragged down, and thrown to supply me. They then proceeded to ask me the into the water. The slave had previously provided a most extraordinary questions-many of which I really boat near at hand, which he had stolen off the beach found it hard to answer. My whole existence was as about an hour before; his wife and child were in incomprehensible to this poor princess, vegetating from readiness; all being quickly embarked, he paddled day to day within her four walls, as that of a bird in silently out of the harbour, making a turn round nearly the air must be to a mole burrowing in the earth. Her opposite the burial-ground, to avoid the shipping. life consisted, as she told me, of sleeping, eating, Haring in this manner rounded the northern head of dressing, and bathing. She never walked further than the bay, he laid down his paddles, his wife and he from one room to another; and I can answer for her taking an oar each, and pulled hard for their lives and not having an idea beyond the narrow limits of her liberty. The child and a bag of bread in the bottom of prison. It is a strange and most unnatural state to the boat. which these poor women are brought ; nor do I wonder « « They had only a small jar of water with them, that the Turks, whose own detestable egotism alone and consequently suffered much. However, after causes it, should declare that they have no souls."-- patient exertion, day and night, they succeeded in Wayfaring Sketches among the Greeks and Turks, by passing the precincts of Peru and arriving at Tacames, a Seven Years' Resident in Greece.

where they were 'free,' and kindly received. They squatted' on the bank of the river, cleared the ground, and erected the hut, where they seemed to enjoy each

other's affection, and the freedom that human beings .“ " He and his family, together with some of his can feel who escape from tyrannous slavery.” ancestors, were slaves in Peru, all born in the city of " I inquired, through my interpreter, whether he



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felt any regret at assassinating his late master? With gleaming eyes, and his whole frame presenting a true

Poetry. picture of demon-like ferocity and revenge, he answered rapidly, 'No.' Without acting so he would surely be (In Original Poetry, the Name, real or assumed, of the Author, is retaken, as his owner, if he lived, would miss him in printed in Small Capitals under the title; in Selections, it is less than an hour; as it was, he had several hours' printed in Italics at the end.) start, and cleared the precincts of Peru before his absence could be detected ; and ended by saying that

THE WISTFUL HEART. another slave of the same owner attempted to escape some time before him, 'that he was brought back, and

LOOKIxG back 80 severely cowhided that he died the next day.”

Wander we through life's long track, Coulter's Adventures on the Western Coast of South

Looking back

Where a parted sun's soft ray
Lingers yet across the way.

Gazing home

As the slow bark cleaves the foam, “ It is a pleasant sight to see a flock of pelicans fish

Gazing home; ing. A dozen or more are flying, on heavy, flagging Seems the haven, far before, wing, over the sea, the long neck doubled on the back, Nothing to that radiant shore. so that the beak seems to protrude from the breast.

From thy side Suddenly, a little ruffling of the water arrests their To that shore pale phantoms glide, attention; and, with wings half-closed, down each

Pale beside thee, but they wear plunges with a resounding plash, and in an instant

Haloes of refulgent air, emerges to the surface with a fish. The beak is held

Standing there, aloft, a snap or two is made, the huge pouch is seen

And thou beckonest—but in vain, for a moment distended, then collapses as before; and

Never will they come again!

Strange seems, heavily the bird rises to wing, and again beats over the surface with its fellows. It is worthy of observation

This vague show of fading dreams,

This wan Present, shall at last that the pelican invariably performs a somerset under

Be the bright, calm, irrevocable Past! the surface; for descending, as he always does, diagon

0! look on ! ally, not perpendicularly, the head emerges looking in

Turn thy face from glories gone! the opposite direction to that in which it was looking

Underneath yon dim sea-line before. When the morning appetite is sated, they sit

Founts of deeper glory shine ; calmly on the heaving surface, looking much like a Watch and wait, till in thy sight miniature fleet.

Shall that dimness change to light, “ In the evening, as I have stated, we see them pur- Pledge of the coming dawn that knows not night. suing their laborious course to repose. Standing at

It may be sothe door of Bluefields, which from a slight elevation, I cannot tell—I do not know. commands a wide prospect of the beautiful báy, I have

Shall the frail vine forsake its prop, to lean often watched in the evening, while the sun, sinking On cords let down from heaven, unfelt, unseen ? among his gilded piles and peaks of cloud on the

I may believe, horizon-sea, leaves the air refreshingly cool and balmy, That hinders not that I should gaze and grieve, while the dying sea-breeze scarcely avails to break the Seeking I know not what, and loving what I leave! glassy reflection of the surface,—the straggling flocks Ah! chide me not, the vexed spirit saith, of pelicans, from a dozen to forty or titty, passing

Love is more strong than Faith. slowly along over the shore. On such occasions, they

Is there no art, manifest a decided tendency to form long continuous Thou weary, wilful Heart, strings, like ducks. When the flocks are beating for So to transform thy Faith that it shall be fish, or sailing round and round on the watch, there is

The shadow of a near Eternity ?no such arrangement, but all circle in a confusion equal

Not leaning on the Hour which cannot last, to that of the Planets of the Ptolemaic system. Yet at

Not weeping o'er a perishable Past, any time of the day, in taking a lengthened flight,

But cagle-eyed-and patient as a dove, whether shifting their locality, or slowly sweeping over

Lifting itself upon the wings of Love! the sea, they usually take a lineal order.

“In flying thus in lines, I have been struck with the Nature has sown in man seeds of knowledge, but unity which they manifest in their motions : the flight then they must be cultivated to produce fruit.-- Lord is performed by alternate intervals of heavy flappings, Collingwood. and sailing on outstretched motionless wing; and the No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any resumption or suspension of the one or the other state pleasure so lasting.Lady M. W. Montagu. is regulated by the leading bird of the line. For example, the first begins to flap; in an instant the second

Great works are performed not by strength, but by begins, then the third, then the fourth, and so on, with perseverance.Johnson. perfect regularity of succession; and neither ceases till I HATE to see a thing done by halves; if it be right, the first does, and then only each in his own turn. do it boldly: if it be wrong, leave it undone. Gilpin. That this does not depend on the period of each motion being constant, is shown by the fact, that the duration

CONTENTS. of either state is very varying and arbitrary. If a bird

The Castle of Godefroi de be following the same course, near at hand, but not

My First Visit to Court ...... 344

Bouillon, (with Illustra- The Nymph of the Foun. within the line, he does not regard the succession at all,

tion by Warren)

tain, (continued) but governs his own motion.

The Maiden Aunt, No. IV. Extracts from New Works.. 331 “ The pelican, on alighting on the water to swim,

Chap. II.

340 POETRY:brings his feet, which before had been stretched out A Sketch of Domestic Life, The Wistful Heart........... 352 behind, into a standing position, and, as it were, slides (concluded).. .............. 342 | Miscellaneous ..................... 352 along the surface for several yards before he swims."

PRINTED by RICHARD CLAT, of Nos. 7 and 8, Bread Street Hill, in the The Birds of Jamaica.

Parish of St. Nicholas Olave, in the City of London, at his Printing Office
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“Those are valiant knights,- bold and brave warriors, though they bear not beards or moustaches as

we do.” "A thousand sixe and sixtie yeere, it was, as we doe read, When that a comet did appeare, and Englishmen las dead;

It is not often that two such leaders meet in battle. of Normandie

, Duke William then, to England ward did syle, King Harold is described as a “nobie Saxon," having Who conquered Harold with his men, and brought his land all the personal characteristics which distinguished and (to baile.”

elevated the magnates of that princely race. His stature

was remarkably tall, and his limbs were finely formed. It was on the 28th of September, 1066, that William He was an accomplished man; his bravery was pro

verbial, and his character and conduct were benignant the Bastard, Duke of Normandy, landed on the English and noble. Earl Godwin's daughter was described as a coast at Pevensey, a few miles from Hastings. As he rose from a thorny stem,—“Sicut spina rosam, genuit stepped from his boat his foot slipped, and he fell down Godwynus Editham;" to her brother Harold an equally on the ground.

flattering, though a more masculine eulogy, might with “An evil omen !" groaned out those near him, and truth have been applied. The only slur ever thrown the croaking note was quickly caught up and re-echoed on his character seems to have been a somewhat ava

ricious partition of the spoils of the battle of York, by numbers around.

and this has hardly been confirmed. He bad certainly “By the splendour of God ! seigneurs,” said he, “you a rightful claim to the crown, and was eminently quaare mistaken;" and grasping, even as he instantly rose, lified to uphold its dignity; he was the legitimate as much soil as he could clasp in both his hands, he scion of a noble race; he was a son of the soil, and he exclaimed in a joyous voice, "I have seized England was offered the crown and was chosen king by the with my two hands !"

people. This ready wit reassured his people,-perhaps saved William, being a bastard, could have no hereditary his cause; and one of his followers, quickly seconding claim; and if it were indeed true, that Edward the him, ran to a hut, snatched a handful of the thatch, Confessor had willed the crown to him, it was at least and turned to the duke, saying heartily,–

undeniable that Edward had no right thus to dispose “Sire, come forward, and receive seizin; of this land of it. I give you seizin-without doubt the country is yours.” William is described as of “a good stature, proud of “I accept it,” said the duke; “ may God be with us.' porte, very corgie, and bigge-bodied, with a cruell coun

At this moment the noble and gallant King Harold tenance, and a bald forehead.” His strength was profor by the consent of the people he had been crowned' digious; he used a bow which no other arm could —was in the north of England, whither he had sped wield, and which he would bend when sitting on to subdue a revolt, excited by his brother Tosti, and, horseback, by stretching out the string with his foot. aided by the king of Norway: Harold was successful, Many days necessarily intervened between the landand was feasting and rejoicing after the victory, when ing of William and the great battle. The time was lo! a knight arrived from Hastings.

disposed of by him in the most politic manner; not by “ The Normans are come ! are come! They have bold advances into the country, but by raising fortifilanded at Hastings! Thy land will they wrest from cations along the coast as refuge for his troops in the thee if thou canst not well defend thyself! They have event of his defeat. At length he advanced inland enclosed a fort, and strengthened it round about with about seven miles, north-west of Hastings, to a heath palisades and a fosse.”

thereafter and still called Battle. Sorry am I," returned the king, "that I was not there to meet them. It is truly an evil hap. But

“ So called because in battle here, thus it hath pleased the Heavenly King; and every

Quite conquered and o’erthrown the English nation were." where at once could I not be." Thus was Harold taken at every disadvantage. The

The Normans “betook themselves all night to their fleet which had been for some time hovering around the orisons, and were in very serious mood. They made Cinque Ports, in expectation of this invasion, had confession of their sins, and accused themselves to the but lately, partly from the supposition that William priests, and whoso bad no priest near him, confessed had abandoned his design, been dispersed, and Harold himself to his neighbour. was with all the flower of his troops at the farther end

“The day on which the battle was to take place being of his kingdom. He instantly came southward by Saturday, the Normans, by the advice of the priesto, forced marches with the least possible delay; but his vowed that they would never more, while they lived, troops were necessarily in some degree disordered and eat flesh on that day. Giffrei, bishop of Coutance, refatigued. The time indispensably occupied by Harold ceived confessions, and gave benedictions, and imposed in his journey, and in his subsequent preparations, penances on many. proved, perhaps, the salvation of William, by giving

“ The priests had watched all night, and besought him time to survey the country, to prepare defences, to and called on God, and prayed to him in their chapels cheer, refresh, and thoroughly arrange his army.

which were fitted up throughout the host. They offered When the opposing forces were approaching each and vowed fasts, penances, and orisons; and they said other, Harold sent forward spies to reconnoitre, who psalms and misereres, litanies, and kyriels; they cried were seized and carried to William's tent. The duke on God, and for his mercy, and said pater-nosters and ordered them to be well treated, to have abundant

masses." refreshment, to be taken through his lines, and shewn

After confession and mass this evening, William, all bis preparations, and then to be courteously dis- kneeling down, vowed solemnly to edify and endow an missed. When they returned, they spoke in high abbey on the spot where the sounds of victory--if victory terms of the duke, but told Harold that William had

were vouchsafed to him-should first salute his ear.! more priests with him than knights or other people.

The Saxons, on the contrary, were very merry and But Harold replied,

enjoying themselves. “All night they ate and drank, and never lay down on their beds. They might be seen

carousing, gambolling, and dancing and singing; BUBLIE (1) “ Dez ke li Reis Ewart fu morz,

they cried, and WEISSEL, and LATICOME and DRINCHE ARIL,

Unkes al Due n'en volt parler,

Homages prist è feeltez
Des plus ricbes é des ainz nez."

(1) Horsfield, Sussex.

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Heraut ki ert manant è forz-
Se fist énoindre è coroner;

Roman de Rou.

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