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Carl, and he stood in a dark gloomy thou wilt not relish, I trow, and which cavern; the ground was covered with thou shalt not erase for some length of loathsome reptiles, and a dark noisome time. An thou ever lettest me catch vapour hung on his brow; his limbs thee tending thine herd again after this were entwined with serpents, and bats manner, I will lash thy carcase vill flapped in his eyes their leathern thou bellowest like a galled bull, in the wings ; he scampered through a subter- hands of a Spanish mattadore." ranean passage, followed by thefiend Carl had been basking in the meriish crew who pursued bim; he was dian sun, when he fell asleep, and kicked, and cuffed, and lashed by ten dreamed the horrible dream we have thousand imps, while a diabolical hub- just been relating. The count, who bub rang in his ears ; he was now had been on a hunting expedition, hapdragged upwards by irresistible force, pened to pass by the spot where Carl his flesh being torn by the sharp-point- lay snoring, while his herd were strayed rocks ; at length he breathed the ing no one knew whither; he immedifresh air of the upper world, he stood ately ordered his attendants to roll him on the brink of a precipice, over which off ihe bank on which he lay, and on a cataract dashed and foamed to a con- bis coming to the ground, he saluted siderable depth below ; the hurricane him in the manner aforesaid. Tradiraged fearfully, the dark waving pines tion saith, that Carl was never again groaned under its violence, some were caught napping in the noon-day sun. even torn up by the roots; the forked

WILLIAM HENRY. lightnings gleamed through the heavens, and the loud and continued thunder

THE SLEEPLESS NIGHT. claps reverberated along the mountains.

I cannot close my weary eyes, “Once more, and for the last time,

From yonder led such sounds arise, wilt thou subscribe the parchment ?''

And banish sweet repose; ejaculated the fiend.

Then let me to beguile the tiine,

Accompany with tuneful rhyme, “ I will not,” shrieked Carl.

My neighbour's tuneful nose. " Then meet the fate of those who

All is at rest about the house, trifle with the fiend of the Hartz;" ex Not even the scratching of a mouse claimed the demon in a voice of thun

Is heard amidst the gloom ;

Nought save the sounds that struggle out der, and twining his long claws in the

From that unintermitting snout, dark locks of Carl, with the full swing

And echo through the room. of his giant strength whirled him aloft

What sweet amusement this !-to note in the air, while fiendish yelling, ha, From that incorrigible throat

What various noises pour; ha, ha, ha! resounded through the

In loud smooth breathings now they gush, rocks, until he came in contact with

And now the mingled discords rush the earth, when he received instanter

In one tremendous roar. a hearty kick on a certain part, which Oh! horrid sound !-I'd sooner far on the present occasion shall be name List to a three-string'd crack'd guitar, less, the loud laughing chorus still

By tuneless mortal play'd;

Or, warbling in the lofty gutter, ringing in his ears.

I'd sooner bear a tom-cat utter “ Cease to torment me,” said he,

His tender serenade. " and I will subscribe the parchment.”

Worse than the voice of fish-wise Nell, “ Ha, ha, ha, ha!" roared the Count Worse than the dustman's jangling bell, Fiestenberg von Waxchlunger, "of

Worse than knife-grinder's wheel; what in the devil's name has the fool

Worse than a score bag-pipers playing,

Worse than a score jack-asses braying, been dreaming ?” At the same tine

Is that discordant peal. twining a marvellously long whip round

Grant, oh! ye gods! if e'er I wed, the loins of the unfortunate Carl, (who I may not lay my aching head was born to be persecuted) which in

Beside a snoring wife ; stantly aroused him from his lethargy.

No-let me rather live, unbless'd

With all the joys that lend a zest He awoke; judge of his amazement and

To matrimonial life. terror on beholding, not his friend the

But hark! a pause! - the noise has ceased ! demon, but his lord and master, the Though but, i fear, with power increasid, count, standing over hin, flourishing

Soon to renew the strain;

Then let me, ere it re-commence, the before-mentioned whip in the air ;

Strive to knit up my weary sense verily, and of a truth, the group would

In slumber's flowery chain. have furnished no contemptible subject for the limner's pencil.

EPIGRAM ON MONEY. “Get thee up, thou lazy hound," Money. 'tis said, is Evil's Root,

Yet justly we may doubt it; said the count," or I will subscribe thy

Can we expect good thriving fruit, parchment with such a signature as From any Stock without it.

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selda “his Elizabeth,'' and she fondly you he creatures to do anything you telling him that he only wanted a tuft are good for, there are as many diffion the chin to be the very image of culties and disputes in the way.... Leicester.

and I do so hate disputes- I'm not used We throw a veil over the mysteries to them, Captain Makepeice! this comes of the honeymoon. The only observa- of marrying a beggar; but you shan't tion made on which by Mrs Makepeice break my heart, you wicked wretch: herself was, that, after all, she found no, that you shan't;" and the whole of nothing so extraordinary in marriage Miss Griselda's delicate form was conas she had expected. During the honey- vulsed with hysterical weeping. Well, moon, however, the Captain's debts well," said the captain, putting his were paid, Mrs. M. resting satisfied thumbs to his ears, and forgetful of his with the assurance, that nothing but deafness" well, well, my love, don't love could have made him so extrava- jaw so-1 will go to this confounded gant; so far, then, he was a richer man. place if you wish it; but on the outside He was doorned, moreover, to a life of of the coach such a day as this, I'll be greater quality. A large house, from dd if I go."

"-". On the outside of which the estate had been sold off, was the coach, and when did you see the into be purchased a great bargain, in the side of a coach, I should like to know, least salubrious part of Essex-ten acres before you married me, Captain Makewere attached to it, which wanted drain- peice. This comes of marrying a beging, certainly, but which, when drain- gar-always willing to spend other ed and planted would be quite a dif- people's money. I suppose you want a ferent thing from what they were. Mrs. coach and six to carry that heavy, lumMakepeice's man of business, who had bering body along-Mr. Weazle would a debt upon the estate, not to be paid never have used me that he off until a purchaser was found, strong wou'dn't.” At length the matter was ly recommended “the hall” to her as a compromised—“The inside going, my valuable investment. Coaches went by dear,” in a soft sweet lisp, said Mrs. it every day; “Now, Captain Make- Makepeice, arranging her cap and her peice, a place on the outside is not more kerchief," but the outside, remember, ihan five shillings and sixpence, and coming back.” sixpence to the coachman-six shillings The captain returned, as well, indeed, there, and six shillings back : here are he might, with a gloomy account of the twelve shillings, and I do beg you will intended purchase. “Ah! that's always go this very evening -such things are how it is, Captain Makepeice, if I set not to be mět with every day; and when my heart upon anything. But I'll go one marries a beggar, one really must myself-that I will.” And after wading, not lose the opportunity of a bargain.” ancle-deep, through the lawn, tearing a Captain Makepeice, who had now been white dimity gown to pieces in scrammarried three months, and who being bling through the garden, and carrying of an indolent, lazy disposition, shud- off a whole colony of spiders and eardered at the effect of a quarrel, had for wigs on her bonnet from the best bedthe last fortnight been affected with a rooms, Mrs. Makepeice declared the marvellous deafness, and now hum- hall'a charming, romantic place ; and ming the tune of‘Nancy Dawson,' and on finding the figure of a crane (the saying, "Yes, my dear, we'll have the supposed crest of the Thistlethroats) roast duck for dinner, if you please, and carved on one of the chimney.pieces, a bottle of your late uncle's old port: pronounced it "very extraordinary,' capital wine that, my love," proceeded and determined forth with on the purvery leisurely towards the door, from chase. “To have such a place and which (having no inclination to sit for not to live there, was as much out of the four hours in a dusty dogday on the top question,” said Mrs. Makepeice, of a coach, to be broiled and peppered the ground of economy as of comfort.” like a inution-chop) he astutely niedita- The scrubbing, cleaning, and cobwebted escape.

“Duck and port wine," brushing of the interior of the mansion said the lady—“I would like to know, would be a little amusement to herself, Captain Makepeice, whether you and the superintending the workinen would have been talking of duck and out of doors would be a useful occupaport wine if you had not made me a tion to the captain, and give him a taste miserable woman? Nothing but eat- for rural pursuits. But, my dear, ing-eating, drinking, guzzling the the place is a perfect swamp-a marsh; whole of my property away, that's all and you know that ever since my exyou think of ; and then, if one wants pedition to Walcheren, that cursed


rheumatism"_"Pho! fiddle-stick about throughout the country, especially the rheumatism. But I know what you'd London; for, strange to say, (and thoube at, Captain Makepeice ; you have sands will recollect the circumstance,) got some trollopping slut you wish to it had been for sometime confidently see at one of those filthy watering-places foretold by certain enthusiasts, religious -you have, you know you have. Well, as well as philosophic, that the earth go there, I don't hinder you go there, was to be destroyed that very day; in Sir! but you sha'n't go with my money, short, that the awful JUDGMENT was at you nasty, dirty, extravagant man! hand! Though not myself over creThis comes of marrying a beggar." dulous, or given to superstitious fears, To be concluded in our next. I own that on coupling these fearful

predictions with the unusual, or rather ON LIFE.

unnatural, aspect of the day, I more We are born; we laugh; we weep;

than once experienced sudden qualms We love; we droop; we die!

of apprehension as I rode along on my Ah! wherefore do we laugh, or weep? daily rounds. I did not so much comWhy do we live, or die?

municate alarm to the various circles I Who knows that secret deep ? Alas, oot (!

entered, as catch it from them. Then, Why doth the violet spring

again, I would occasionally pass a silent Unseen by human eye?

group of passengers clustering round a Why do the radiant seasons bring street-preacher, who, true to his vocaSweet thongtits that quickly fly?

tion, “ redeeming the time," seemed by Wby do our fond hearts cling To things that die ?

his gestures, and the disturbed counteWe toil. -through pain and wrong:

nances around him, to be foretelling all We fight,-and fly;

that was frightful.
We love; we lose; and then, ere long, By the time I reached home, late in

Stone-dead we lie.
O Life! is all thy song

the afternoon, I felt in a fever of excite" Endure and-die ?"

ment. I found an air of apprehension From Songs by Barry Cornwall. throughout the whole house. My wife,

children, and a young visitor, were all THE THUNDER-STRUCK. *

together in the parlour, looking out for

me, through the window, anxiouslyIn the summer of 18.-, London was

and with paler faces than they might visited by one of the most tremendous

choose to own. The visitor just althunder-storms that have been known luded to, was a Miss Agnes P-, a girl in this climate. Its character and effects of about 21, the daughter of an old friend --some of which latter form the subject and patient of mine. Her mother, a of this chapter-will make me remem- widow, (with no other child than this) ber it to the latest hour of my life. resided in a village about fifty miles

There was something portentousma from town, from which she was exstill, surcharged air-about the whole pected, in a few days' time, to take her of Tuesday the 10th of July, 18m, as daughter back again into the country. though nature were trembling and Miss P- was without exception the cowering beneath a coming shock. To use the exquisite language of one of ever met with. The beauty of her per

most charming young woman I think I our old dramatists, there seemed

son but faintly shadowed forth the love

liness of her mind and the amiability Before a tempest, when the gentle air Lays her soft ear close to the earth, to listen

of her character. There was a rich For that she fears steals on to ravish her." languor, or rather sofiness of expression From about eleven o'clock at noon the about her features, that to me is enchantsky wore a lurid threatening aspecting, and constitutes the highest and that shot awe into the beholder ; sug rarest style of feminine loveliness. Her gesting to startled fancy the notion, that dark, pensive, searching eyes, spoke a within the dim confines of the “labour- soul full of feeling and fancy. If you, ing air” mischief was working to the reader, had but felt their gaze-had world. The heat was intolerable, keep- seen them—now glistening in liquid ing almost everybody within doors. radiance upon you, from beneath their The very dogs, and other cattle in the long dark lashes, and then sparkling streels, stood everywhere panting and with enthusiasm, while the flush of exloath to move. There was a prodigious citerent was on her beautiful features, excitement, or rather agitation, diffused and her white hands hastily folded back * Abridged from the “ Diary of a Physi

her auburn tresses from her alabaster cian,” which appears in Blackwood's Maga: brow, your heart would have thrilled zine for the present inonth.

as mine often has, and you would with

"A calm


me have exclaimed in a sort of ecstasy“ prehensions-and she as hard to over“Star of your sex!” The tones of her come his obstinate incredulity. Each voice, so mellow and various - and her was a little too eager about ihe matter : whole carriage and demeanour, were and, for the first time since they had in accordance with the expression of known each other, they parted with a her features. In person she was a little little coldness-yes, although he was to under the average height, but most ex set off the next morning for Oxford! quisitely moulded and proportioned ; In short, scarcely any thing was talked and there was a Hebe-like ease and about by Agnes but the coming 10th of grace about all her features. She ex- July: and if she did no anticipate the celled in almost all feminine accom actual destruction of the globe, and the plishments ; but the “ things wherein final judgment of mankind-she at least her soul delighted” were music and looked forward to some event, mysteri

A more imaginative, ethie- ous and tremendous. The eloquent enrealized creature was surely never thusiastic creature almost brought over known. It required all the fond and my placid wife to her way of thinking ! anxious surveillance of her friends to To return from this long digressionprevent her carrying her tastes to ex- which, however, will be presently found cess, and becoming, in a manner, unfitted to have been not unnecessary. After for the “ dull commerce of dull earth!” staying a few minutes in the parlour, I No sooner had this fair being made her retired to my library, for the purpose, appearance in my house, and given among other things, of making those loken of something like a prolonged entries in my Diary from which these stay, than I became the most popular “Passages” are taken-hut the pen lay man in the circle of my acquaintance. useless in my hand. With my chin Such assiduous calls to enquire after resting on the palm of my left hand, I my health, and that of my family! sat at my desk lost in a reverie; my Such a multitude of men-young ones, eyes fixed on the tree which grew in the to boot—and so embarrassed with a yard and overshadowed my windows. consciousness of the poorness of the How still-how motionless-- was every pretence that drew them to my house! leaf! What sultry-oppressive-unSuch matronly enquiries from mothers natural repose? How it would have and elderly female relatives, into the cheered me to hear the faintest sough' nature and extent of " sweet Miss P-'s of wind to see the breeze sweep freshexpectations !” During a former stay ening through the leaves, rustling and at my house, about six months before stirring them into life!-I opened my the period of which I am writing, Miss window, untied my neckerchief, and P- surrendered her affections to the loosened my shirt collars for I felt delighted surprise of all her friends and suffocated with the heat. I heard at relatives)-to the quietest, and perhaps length a faint pattering sound among worthiest of her claimants-a young the leaves of the tree-and presently man, then preparing for orders at Ox- there fell on the window-frame three or ford. Never, sure, was there a greater four large ominous drops of rain. After contrast between the tastes of a pledged gazing upwards for a moment or two on couple : she all feeling, romance, en- the gloomy aspect of the sky-I once thusiasm ; he serene, thoughtful, and more settled down to writing; and was matter-of-fact. It was most amusing to dipping my pen into the ink-stand, when witness their occasional collisions on there blazed about me a flash of lightsubjects which brought into play their ning with such a ghastly, blinding respective tastes and qualities; and splendour as defies all description. It inleresting to note, that the effect was was like what one might conceive to be invariably to raise the one in the other's a glimpse of hell-and yet not a glimpse estimation--as if they mutually prized merely-for it continued, I think, six most the qualities of the other. Young or seven seconds. It was followed, at N had spent two days in London -- scarce an instant's interval, with a crash the greater portion of them, I need hardly of thunder as if the world had been say, at my house-- about a week before; smitten out of its sphere, and was rendand he and his fair mistress had dis- ing asunder!-The sudden shock al. puted rather keenly on the topic of gene- most drove me out of my senses. I leaped ral discussion-the predicted event ofthe from my chair with consternation; and 10th of July. If she did not repose im- could think of nothing, at the inoment, plicit faith in the prophecy, her belief but closing my eyes, and shutting out had, somehow or another, acquired a from my ears the stunning sound of the most disturbing strength. He laboured thunder. For a moment I stood literally hard to disabuse her of her awful ap- stupified. On recovering myself, my

first impulse was to spring to the door, speak! - Speak, or I shall come into and rush down stairs in search of my your room !" No reply was made ; and wife and children. I heard, on my way, i thrust open the door. Heavens! Can the sound of shrieking proceed froni the I describe what I saw !-Within less parlour in which I had left them. In a

than a yard of me stood the most fearful moment I had my wife folded in my figure iny eyes have ever beheld. It arins, and my children clinging with

was Agnes !-She was in the attitude of screains round my knees. My wife had stepping to the door, with both arms fainted. While I was endeavouring to extended, as if in a menacing mood. restore her, there came a second flash Her hair was partially dishevelled. Her of lightning, equally terrible with the face seemed whiter than the white dress first-anda second explosion ofthunder, she wore. Her lips were of a livid loud as one could imagine the discharge hue. Her eyes, full of awful expression of a thousand parks of artillery directly -of supernatnral lustre, were fixed with over head. The windows-in fact the a petrifying stare on me. Oh, language whole house, quivered with the shock. fails memutterly!—Those eyes have The noise helped to recover my wife never since been absent froin me when froin her swoon.

alone ! I felt as though they were “Kneel down! Love! Husband !".

blighting the life within me. I could she gasped, endeavouring to drop upon not breathe, much less stir. I strove 10 her knees—“ Kneel down! Pray- speak-but could not utter a sound. pray for us! We are undone !” Atter My lips seemed rigid as those I looked shouting till I was hoarse, and pulling at. The horrors of night mare were the bell repeatedly and violently, one upon me. My eyes 'at length closed ; of the servants made her appearance- my head seemed turning round—and for but in a state not far removed from that

a moment or two I lost all consciousof her mistress. Both of them, however, ness. I revived. There was the frightrecovered themselves in a few minutes, ful thing still before me—nay, close to roused by the cries of the children. me! Though I looked at her, I never " Wait a moment, love," said I, “ and once thought of Agnes P-. It was the l'll fetch you a few reviving drops !" tremendous appearance-the ineffable I stepped into the back room, where I terror gleaming from her eyes, that thus generally kept some pbials of drugs, overcame me. | protest I cannot conand poured out a few drops of sal vola- ceive anything more dreadful! Miss Ptile. The thought then for the first time continued standing perfectly motionless; struck me, that Miss P- was not in the and while I was gazing at her in the parlour 1 had just quitted. Where was manner I have been describing, a peal she? What would she say to all this? of thunder roused me to my self-possesGod bless me, where is she ?- thought sion. I stepped towards her, took hold with increasing trepidation.

of her hand, exclaiming,

Agnes“Edward-Edward,” I exclaimed, to Agnes !”-and carried her to the bed, à servant who happened to pass the where I laid her down. It required door of the room where I was standing ;' some little force to press down her arms;' 66 where's Miss P-?"

and I drew the eye-lids over her staring “ Miss P-, sir !-Why—I don't eyes mechanically. While in the act oh, yes!” he replied, suddenly recol- of doing so, a flash of lightning flickered lecting himself, “ about five minutes ago luridlyover her, but her eye neither quiI saw her run very swift up stairs, and vered nor blinked. She seemed to have haven't seen her since, sir.' _"What!" been suddenly deprived of all sense and I exclaimed, with increasing trepidation, motion : in fact, nothing but her pulse " was it about the time that the first flash if pulse it should be called-and faint of lightning came?” -“Yes, it was, breaibing, showed that she lived. My sir !"-" Take this in to your mistress, eye wandered over her whole figure, and say I'll be with her immediately," dreading to meet some scorching trace said I, giving him what I had inixed. of lightning-but there was nothing of I rushed up stairs, calling out as I went, the kind. What had happened to her ?

Agnes! Agnes! where are you?'' i Was she frightened-to death? I spoke received no answer. At length 1 reached to her; I called her by her name, loudly; the floor where her bed-room lay. The I shook her, rather violently: I might door was closed, but not shut.

have acted it all to a statue !-I rang “ Agnes! where are you ?" I en the chamber-bell with alınost frantic quired very agitatedly, at the same violence : and presenıly my wife and a time knocking at her door. I received female servant made their appearance

in the room ; but I was far more em. “ Agnes? Agnes! For Col's sake, barrassed than assisted by their pre

no answer.

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