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“ Donner and blitzen," roared Myn- over; but no sooner had the congealing heer, “ this is horrible."

struck upon hiin, than he “ Ho! ho!" quoth the boatman; and changed in a moment from burning “Ho! ho !” responded the rest.

heat to a more intolerable chill than he The Hollander stared with might and had yet endured, and he drew back on main, and tried to discern the faces of the instant, amid a peal of laughter his companions; but it was impossible, from the boatmen. "Schedam! Scheso shrowded were they to the nose and dam!”. gasped Donderdonc, reaching eyes in their huge shaggy mantles and forth his hands" Ho, ho, "responded tall peaked broad brimmed liats; and, the boatmen, and still rowed ou. This then, the bazy moonlight was at their was unbearable, the Hollander's little backs. How he envied them their cosy eyes flashed fire, and his leathern comfortable appearance !- they seemed visage was evidently screwed up to to revel in all the warinth of summer, some desperate venture: to bear the while he himself was comparatively an cold longer was impossible ; he felt his iceberg. He saw the flask just peeping legs, feet, and body chilling apace ; his out of the boatman's pouch, and reached stomach was freezing ; the very tongue forth his hand to grasp it, but the other in his mouth was becoming a lump of struck it aside, and pushed him back ice; he felt himself dying, and saw a into his seat with a chuckle of infinite remedy at his elbow. This was intoledelight, wherein he was immediately rable; it would have infused courage echoed by the rest. At this moment into the soul of the veriest coward in the boat rounded a bit of a peak or jut existence, and Von Donderdonc was in the water, and their course changed reported valiant. in a manner that the moon was brought 66 Sturmwelter!" roared he, springto shine upon their faces. The Hol- ing up and grappling the throat of his lander was now able to scrutinize their neighbour with both hands, “ give me appearance, which in sooth was un the flask, or by the fiend I will not die earthly enough, and filled him with the alone.” most dismal forebodings.

“ Hold! Der Duyvel, what are ye The boatman nearest him was mad-hold off your hands, I say." thick-set, squabby personage, with a “ Mad, Hagel, I am mad—I am an huge grisly head protruding from iceberg-I am freezing to a mummyshoulders that arose like two great the flask! the flask!” bulwarks on either side; it was covered “ Fool! ipadman! be still-how's with a tall peaked hat, under the broad - this-how came ye here at this hour ?" brim of which two little rounded eyes A long pause ensued—when the were glowing like burning coal; his Hollander broke forth, “ What-hownose was long and sharp, and tiped with where am I then ?" said he, staring and a bright blue. This malignant looking blinking like an owl, before a lantern being was attired in a greenish jerkin that was held in his face. and breeches of enormous capacity, both 6 Where are ye?" quoth an old of which were fastened about him with withered white-headed Vrow, staring laces, and studded nearly all over with him hard in the face, “ A pise upon ye, brass bell buttons. His comrades, six Mynheer Donderdonc, why would yé of whom sat behind him, presented the go forth in the plight ye were in with same bizarre appearance; but what your senses drowned in Schedam ? most surprised and terrified Von Don- There have ye been wallowing in snow derdonc was the mysterious badge and ice for i know not how long; and which they each wore upon the breast. had not worthy farmer Dorbrecht It was a skull and cross-bones, the stumbled over ye, ye might ha' perished; same insignia that he remembered to and, lo, how ye have bemauled him for have heard identified the terrible flying his good office !" Dutchman.

" Ugh-U-u-gh, give me some Here was a climacteric for the poor Schedan, I say, or see me die.” Hollander to undergo. What would A large hogan-mogan glass was now become of him was his first consi- handed him, which he instantly tipped deration ? he would doubtless become off, another and another followed, when the prey of the Demon Captain, and Mynheer expressed himself somewhat descend with him to oh! the comforted, and was carried back amid thought was horror, what should do, the crowd that had collected around how escape ?" Quit the boatmquit him to the Tavern wherein he had the boat," whispered some one into his passed the day; and after a while, and ear, and he was on the point of leaping under the light of day, took boat and

proceeded homeward, resolving again hope, on the opposite side of the river. and again within himself never more to Michael went one morning to put her return home by night under the influ- skill to the test, but was disappoined, ence of his favourite beverage. T.F. by her denying positively any know

ledge of the necromantic art. In his

discourse with her, he laid his wand MICHAEL SCOTT, THE MAGICIAN. inadvertently on the table, which the

hag observing, suddenly snatched it up

and struck him with it. Feeling the “ The memory of Sir Michael Scott force of the charm, he rushed out of the survives in many a legend," says the house ; but as it had conferred on him late Sir Walter Scott, in his Notes on

the external appearance of a hare, his the Lay of the Last Minstrel, “and in servant, who waited without, hallood the South of Scotland any work of great upon the discomfitted wizard his own labour and antiquity is ascribed either hounds, and pursued him so close, that to the agency of Auld Michael, of Sir in order to obtain a woment's breathing William Wallace, or of the devil.” to reverse the charm, Michael, after a Some of the most current of these tra

very fatiguing course, was fain to take ditions are so happily described that refuge in his own jaw-hole, Anglice, we cannot refrain from quoting the pas- common sewer. In order to revenge sage.

“ Michael was chosen," it is himself of the Witch of Falsehope. Misaid, “to go upon an embassy to obtain chael, one morning in the ensuing harfrom the King of France satisfaction for vest, went to the hill above the house certain piracies committed by his sub- with his dogs, and sent down his serjects upon those of Scotland. Instead

vant to ask for a bit of bread from the of preparing a new equipage and splen- good wife for his greyhounds, with indid retinue, the ambassador retreated structions what to do if he met with to his study, and evoked a fiend, in the

a denial. Accordingly, when the witch shape of a huge black horse, mounted had refused the boon with contumely, upon his back, and forced him to fly the servant, as his master had directed, through the air towards France. As laid above the door a paper which he they crossed the sea, the devil insi- had given him, containing, amongst diously asked his rider what it was

many cabalistical words, the wellthat the old woman of Scotland mutter known rhyme ed at bed-time. A less-experienced

" Maister Michael Scott's man wizard might have answered, that it

Sought meat and gat nane." was the Pater Noster, which would have licensed the devil to precipitate Immediately the good old woman, inhim from his back. But Michael stern- stead of pursuing her domestic occupaly replied, 'What is that to thee? tion, which was baking bread for the Mount, Diabolus, and ly.' When he reapers, began to dance round the fire, arrived at Paris, he tied his horse to repeating, the rhyme, and continued the gate of the palace, entered, and this exercise, till her husband sent the boldly delivered his message. An am- reapers to the house, one after another, bassador with so little pomp and cir- to see what had delayed their provision, cumstance of diplomacy was not re- but the charm caught each as they enceived with much respect, and the king tered, and, losing all idea of returning, was about to return a contemptuous they joined in the dance and the chorus. refusal to his demand, when Michael At length the old man himself went to besought him to suspend his resolution the house; but as his wife's frolic with till he had seen his horse stamp three Mr. Michael, whom he had seen on the times. The first stamp shook every hill, made him a little cautious, he steeple in Paris, and caused all the bells contented himself, with looking in at to ring ; the second threw down three the window, and saw the reapers at towers of the palace; and the infernal their involuntary exercise, dragging his steed had lifted up his foot to give the wife, now completely exhausted, somethird stamp, when the king rather chose times round, and sometimes through to dismiss Michael with the most ample the fire, which was, as usual, in the concessions, than to stand the probable inidst of the house. Instead of enterconsequences.--Another time, it is said, ing, he saddled a horse, and rode up when residing at the tower of Oakwood the hill, to humble himself before Miupon the Ettrick, about three miles chael, and beg a cessation of the spell, above Selkirk, he heard of the fame of which the good-natured warlock" ima scorceress, called the Witch of False- mediately granted, directing him to


enter the house backwards, and with tury, we must beware of looking at hi his left hand take the spell from above attainments through the medium of our the door, which accordingly ended the own times. He must be compared with supernatural dance. * * Michael men of his own age : his powers must Scott,” continues the same author, be determined by the state of science in “once upon a time was much embar- the countries where he lived, and wrote, rassed by a spirit, for whom he was un and became celebrated. Appealing to der the necessity of finding constant such a criterion, the Scottish Wizard employment. He commanded him to is entitled to no ordinary rank amongst build a cauld, or dam-head, across the those who were then esteemed the phiTweed at Kelso; it was accomplished losophers and scholars of Europe. He in one night, and still does honour to was certainly the first who gave Aristhe infernal architect. Michael next toile in a Latin translation to the learnordered that Eildonhill, which ed world of the West. He was emithen a uniform cone, should be divided nent as a mathematician and an astronointo three. Another night was suffi- mer- learned in the languages of mocient to part its summit into the three dern Europe-deeply skilled in Arabic, picturesque peaks which it now bears. and in the sciences of the East; he had At length the enchanter conquered this risen to high celebrity as a physicianindefatigable demon, by employing and his knowledge of courts and kings him in the hopeless and endless task had recommended him to be employed of making ropes out of sea-sand." . in a diplomatic capacity by his own

It is time, however, to return from government. Nor has he been cheatthese traditions, with which the com- ed of his fame. If we look to older mon people of Scotland have uniformly authors, he lives in the pages of Roger connected his name, to the true charac- Bacon, of Picus Mirandula, of Corneter of Michael Scott. He lived in favour lius Agrippa. If we ask for his historiand friendship with two of the most cal immortality, he is commemorated warlike and powerful sovereigns in by Lesly and Buchanan,-if for his Europe. In a dark and ignorant age poetic honours, has not Dante snatched he was remarkable for his learning, him from oblivion, and the last of the and in times when to travel in search minstrels embalmed him in the imperishof knowledge to distant countries was able substance of his first and most roa work of extreme danger, owing to mantic poem ?-nay, if he seeks for the unlicensed manners of the feudal more popular and wider honour, even governments, he had largely embarked here he may not complain, whilst bis in the perilous adventure, and anxious- miracles and incantations are yet ly sought for knowledge in France, recorded beside the cottage fire by Italy, Germany, and Spain. He tra- many a grey-headed crone, and his velled, indeed, protected by the super- fearful name still banishes the roses stitious dread with which the vulgar from the cheeks of the little audience regarded him, for he was universally that surround her. reputed a magician; and many a fierce Fortunate, too, he was in this cirbaron who would have cared little to cumstance, that after his various trahave robbed the defenceless son of vels and long residence abroad, he science as he passed his castle, may returned to enjoy in his native country have trembled beneath his steel coat, the reputation which he acquired; that when the wizard declared his far-famed he lived to a great age, and died full of name, and threatened to make him feel years and of honour, before he had witits power. It is pleasing to see super nessed the dark and complicated calastition, which in later ages have been mities which were so soon to overwhelm the bane of knowledge, becoming, in the kingdom. His books, we are inthose earlier and darker periods, the formed by Dempster, after his death, protectress of infant science; and we were carefully concealed from public shall not wonder at the universality of view: and he adds, that the common the belief which then prevailed, that people of Scotland, even in his time, all superior knowledge was connected believed that these forbidden volumes, with preternatural powers, when we containing the spells of the magician, consider that it was the interest of the were protected by the invisible demons men of science to encourage a belief who had once been the servants of their so conductive to their personal se- illustrious and potent master. curity.

From the Lives of Scotch Worthies. In our endeavours to estimate the talents of a sage of the thirteenth cen

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THE CITIZEN.-A LA STERNB. opened the book at " Meditations upon For the Olio,

a Broomstick,"which, with a very grave

countenance he read aloud. Her ladyI took a fat Citizen, and having first ship, after a few lines had been read, shut him up in his little sitting-room, ! suspected the Dean to be playing some proceeded to take his picture. I beheld of his facetious tricks, said, his body gorged with long gratification ing, if you please, Mr. Dean, upon so and confinement to the house, and I felt grave a subject." what kind of sickness of the stomach it “ Jesting!" replied Swift, “ I vow, is that arises from having eaten too my lady, I read it as I find it-Here it much. On looking nearer 1 beheld him is"-continued he, handing her the bloated and feverish ; in sixty years book-" Meditations upon a Broomthe country breeze had not once fanned stick."_“So it is," said Lady B-, what his blood, and he had seen the sun and a singular subject! But let us see ; moon but indistinctly in all that time. Boyle is so full of ideas, that I am perHe was seated or rather buried in a suaded he will make it extremely edi. large arm chair, which stood in the fying, though it looks so odd." very front of a roasting fire, and wbich With great gravity Swift proceeded to might have served either for a chair or read a very original comparison between a bed. A bundle of promissory notes abroomstick anda man, and contrasting lay on the table, scrawled all over, the the destiny of mankind with that of a fruits of the many dark and dismal days Broomstick : “ This stick,” he continued and nights he had spent there. He had in a solemn tone, this stick" which you one of these small slips of paper in his see thrown thus ignominiously in a hand, and with a pen he was etching corner, was once fourishing in the his own signature, and the day of the woods," &c. &c. month, to add it to the heap. As I stood “Oh, excellent Boyle!” exclaimed at the window, and darkened the little her Ladyship,“ howladmirably he has light he had, he lifted up an eye swim- drawn the moral from so trifling a ming in fat towards the door, bent his subject. But whatever he touches he head forward earnestly to listen, and turns to gold.” then went on with his work of delight. The dean preserving his gravity, I heard the rubbing of his hands, when made signs of assent, as if he quite he had with difficulty turned his body agreed with her ladyship, and then took round to place the note on the bundle; his leave. In the evening her ladyship he gave a sigh of joy: I saw the ecstasy had a party and one of the first topics that entered into his soul. I burst into started was Boyle's excellent “ Meditaa laugh; I could not contain myself at tions upon a Broomstick, -some of the the picture which my fancy had drawn! company began to laugh.". You may


,"exclaimed her ladyship, “but I

am astonished you should not have ORIGIN OF DEAN SWIFT'S “ MEheard of it; it is quite worthy the pen

DITATIONS UPON A BROOM- of the great moralist.” Others, howSTICK."

ever ventured to question its existence,

when her ladyship, in triumph, pointed Swift was in the habit of going to

out the part, which they saw sure Lady Berkeley, his patron's consort. enough. "Have I convinced you, genShe was a great admirer of “ Boyle's tlemen; I see you are quite conPious Meditations,” and used often to founded: but to tell you the truth so request the Dean to read aloud some

was I at first. Indeed I should have portion from them. Such occupation, still been ignorant of the fact, but for however, was little congenial with the Mr. Dean Swift, who was so good as to Dean's humour, and soon he resolved to point it out to me, only to day.”revenge himself upon Boyle for the irk

* What,” cried one of the party, soine task thus imposed upon him. In it Swift ? this is one of his tricks, let us short, he wrote a parody upon him, have another copy of Boyle.” They which he got printed, and entitled, went, and looked, and looked, but no “ Meditations upon a Broomstick." “ Meditation upon a Broomstick” was This he sewed into the copy of Boyle to be found: it was plain that the whole from which her ladyship was accus- had been interpolated. The lady contomed to read. It was exactly the same cealed her chagrin ; but henceforth she paper, type, and so ingeniously in- never imposed upon the author of seried, that no one was likely to conjec- “ Gulliver the reading of these edifyture the deceit. So, the next time, he ing lectures.

W. A. R.


DUCHESS OF MONTMORENCY. Though we cannot unfold the mys

tery, the how or the why the mother of The Duke of Luxembourgh, told the this Duke of Luxembourgh was got rid following story of his mother to Charles of, we suspect the means. This Duke II. at Paris. Erskine, Master of the was accused of holding a communion Charter-house, overheard him tell the with evil spirits; it was not difficult at King. Erskine related it to a clergy- that time to persuade a hero, ignorant wan,

who repeated it to the writer. and superstitious, that he was a con“ She was a mean woman, and bred juror. A contract with Satan, signed in a cabaret; yet was she handsome, by the Duke, was actually laid before portly, and court-like. She met with a his judges when he was imprisoned for stranger in the field, who perceiving being connected with an association of her ambition, began to tell her fortune poisoners, and for having attempted the -that she should be greatly advanced, life of his lady. Modern writers have and inferior to very few in the king- alleged that these calumnies were the dom; and this he would assure her for cruel inventions of a faction. Be this many years (I think he said fifty), if she as it may, there seems little doubt that would give her soul to him. She did it the Duke told this mysterious story to with solemnity. Not long after, the Charles II. ; nor is it less obvious that great Montmorency, whose fame all the Duke knew something more than France-nay, all Europe, has heard of, he told, or that he believed that his came that way, is struck by her features mother had been fetched away by the and humour, and in a short time mar paysan, of whose quality we can have ries her, or makes her his mistress, and no doubt. He gave no other reason not long after dies, leaving her a great than that her lease of life of “ fifty widow. The French historian says of years” had elapsed, and the whole now him that at last he married her meanly. reverted to the black lessor. The Duke Long after this (it may be fifty years), of Luxembourgh, on the whole, apthere comes a man in the habit of a pears to have been resigned, and seems paysan, rapping hard and long at her to have told the maternal history with gate — she lived in great splendour. great filial affection.”-New Mon. The porter asks him what he would have ? He replied, “To speak with

Harieties. your Lady.'. The porter reproves him for his sauciness, and claps the door on

LORD BYRON'S OPINION OF THE LATE him. By and by, at the second gate (for Sir WALTER Scott.“ Lord Byron," there were three in all, and so many says the Countess of Blessington walls, before one came to the mansion “ spoke in terms of the warmest comhouse) the paysan knocks again. “How mendation of Sir Walter Scott, not only came you here?' says the porter. as an author but as a man, and dwelt . That's nothing to you!' he replies; with apparent delight on his novels,

I would speak with your Lady.' declaring that he had read and re-read * Send up your message,' said the por- them over and over again, and always ter, and claps to the door again. Ere with increased pleasure. He said that long, a greater knocking than ever is he quite equalled, nay in his opinion, heard at the third gate. This alarmed surpassed Cervantes." them all within, and the lady looking CARDINAL WOLSEY AND SIR THOMAS out of the window inquires what the More.- Once the potent Cardinal, irrimaller was? The porter goes up to tated at the free language of the Comher and tells her the whole story-- mons, to awe the house, came down in that a plain paysan, without a band, &c. person, amid the blazonry of all the inwould needs speak to her herself. signia of his multiform state. To check Down she goes to him immediately, his arrogance it was debated whether which made them all stare — shows the minister should be only admitted great respect to him.. By and by, she with a few lords. More suggested, that goes down on her knees; but he hav as Wolsey had lately taxed the lightness ing given her a blow that killed her, of their tongues— it would not be vanishes away. It was supposed that amiss to receive him in all his pomp, she knelt to him to beg her life and with his (silver) pillars, emblems of his farther time, for they heard at a dis- ecclesiastical power, as a pillar of the tance some suppliant and mournful church, his maces, his pole-axes, his words. — Luxembourgh always wrote crosses, his hat, and his great seal too, himself Luxembourgh and Montmo- to the intent that if he find the like rency."

fault with us hereafter, we may the

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