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The stream was here clear and shallow;. “I have given no order.” said but it soon became deep and rapid. Junot. I insist upon nothing of the Little is said in the Scriptures respect- kind. I only requested, that my greing the extensive valley of the Jordan nadiers, whoin I consider my friends between Tiberias and Jericho. It must and my children, would do that for me, have been thickly populated from its at which they ought not to feel repuge luxuriance, being watered throughout nance, inasmuch as it is for their own by the river. Yet with all the charms benefit. I thought, that in return for of its situation, the air around the lake, what I have done for thein,-in return during the summer, is close and sultry. for what I have obtained for the corps, Of all places in Palestine, however, a the most favoured in the service,- my stranger would desire to fix his resi- companions in danger and glory would dence here; as a situation on any of the not refuse to sacrifice to my wish a verdant hills around would be exempt handful of hair, which is as inconvefrom the often oppressive air on its nient to themselves, as it is unpleasant banks."
to one who admires the fine fellows he
has the honour to command. And I ANECDOTE OF JUNOT, must say,--the whole of my brave grea ON HIS ORDER FOR THE FRENCH SOL- nadiers have not acted like you, for DIERS HAVING THEIR HAIR CUT. they have almost all complied with my
wishes; a circumstance which makes One morning whilst we were at me feel more sensibly the obstinacy of breakfast, Junot was informed that a those who have not....But, what is it soldier wished to speak to him. The you want ?"! aide-de-camp on duty was directed to Junot was angry, and I perceived that ascertain what the man wanted. The he had some difficulty in restraining latter replied, that he wished to have an himself. The young man betrayed emoaudience of the general, and would re- tion, but not fear. Having advanced a turn if he could not then be admitted. few steps, he said, Junot was always accessible. He had “General, throughout the division not forgotten that he had himself served which you command, there is not a in the ranks. He therefore ordered heart more devoted to you than that of that the soldier should be shewn into Anselme Pelet. I am not disobedient, the drawing-room. His brow, however, general, nor am I obstinale. Permit contracted, when the aide-de-camp said me to prove it.", to him in an under-tone, “ He wears a " General," he continued, “I have a top-knot, general, and one with four mother whom I love and respect, as it enough in it to make a hasty-pudding." is said you love and respect yours.
On his entering the drawing-room, When I left my home to join my regiwe perceived a young man of six-and ment, she asked me to cut off my hair twenty, tall, well-made, with agreeable and leave it to her. I refused.... I have features, and whose manner indicated also a mistress to whom I am passionthat he prided himself not a little upon ately devoted;" as the young man said his smart soldier-like appearance. He this, he blushed deeply. " She too bowed with an easy, natural air, seem- asked me for some of my hair to make ing, however, embarrassed, as Junot a necklace, and I refused to give her with a severe look surveyed his pow- even a lock..... I could refuse even the dered top-knot. But a circumstance Emperor himself..... But I see I must which surprised me was, to see the sole sacrifice this hair.....lam the only one dier interchange a look of acquaint- of my company who has not done so. anceship with my daughter Josephine, .... They have all done it for you, gewhom I held by the hand. She was neral, and shall I be the only one to then three years and a half old, was al. displease you? No, sir, I will not; but ways dressed as a boy, and the grena- I have a favour to ask in return." diers called her their little general. So saying, he drew from his pocket a She returned his salute by a pod of her large pair of scissors, and presented beautiful little head, and whispered to them to Junot, who asked him what he me, “ It is M. Anselme."
meant. “What is your pleasure, my friend?". Why, general, that you will, with said Junot to the young man.
your own hands, cut off my hair. If it "General, I wish respectfully to ask, be a sacrifice, I shall then feel it less." whether there is an order for us to cut As he ceased speaking, he held down off onr hair? As it was not in general his head covered with a profusion of the orders this morning, I thought that" most beautiful hair I ever beheld. It
was long, thick, flowing in natural other as the queen,-they were honourringlets, and of the most perfect auburn. ed and worshipped in proportion to On receiving the scissors, and seeing their known, or supposed, attributes. his head bowed down before him, wait- Astaroth was an idol of the Zidonians. ing to be shorn of its locks, Junot,ina. In her temple, the armour of Saul was turally kind, felt so much emotion, that suspended, after his death. The moon his hand was not steady.
was here understood, as Astarte, Juno, “My friend," he said to the young and Urania. As a lesser, celestial soldier, "this is a sacrifice, as you said light, she was called Astro-arch, in just now, and I wish for no sacrifices. Herodian, the queen of the planets ; Keep your hair."
and by Horace, the queen of the stars ; “No, general, it must be cut off. If and by Virgil, the queen of the gods. it were not, I should be the only one in As the sun was worshipped in the likemy company who wore it..... I am not ness of a ram, emblematic of heat ; so quarrelsome, but I never shun any man was the moon, as a sheep-Astaroth who wishes to quarrel with me; and I signifying a flock of sheep. The custom should not like to be the cause of dis- being to expose certain idols at the tops turbances, lo which my singularity of their houses, they were supposed also could not fail to lead..... Pray, general, to be influenced by the sun and moon cut off the first lock.” And he again in the progress of their revolutions. bent his head.
As Jupiter Ammon was painted (ac“Consider of it again,” said Junot. cording to Lucan) with horns, so was “Would you like to leave the grena- the moon also. The reasons adduced diers and return to your former corps ?" chiefly are three : the first peculiar to
The soldier drew himself up: his the sun, the other common both to sun eyes, though moist with emotion, emitted and moon. First, the sun was painted sparks of fire.
with rams' horns, by reason of his en“Would you then send me back as tering Aries, the ram, in the first sign guilty of insubordination, general? I of the zodiac. . Secondly, because as have always done my duty, and General the strength of horned animals consists Dupas will tell you, that Anselme Pelet in their horns, so the virtues and inis a good and loyal soldier."
fluences of the sun and moon are derived Junot made no further remark, but, into sublunary creatures by their beams. approaching the young man, cut otf his Thirdly, because the light of the sun hair, which fell in large masses around and moon gives a cornuted reflection. him.
When Moses descended the Mount, “Where do you come from?” said Aaron and the people observed his face Junot.
shone, hence it is that Moses is painted " From Burgundy, general.”
with horns, a beautiful specimen of “ Indeed.”
which is in the “ Encyclopoedia Metro“Yes, general, from Etormay, near politana," by Michael Angelo, under Bussy-le-Grand.
the head Husbandry. These horns were And why did you not tell me that termed by the ancient critics “ horns of we were countrymen ?"
magnificence." The moon was also “ Because I should have seemed to worshipped in the name of Diana. Yet be soliciting a favour, and I would ob- though acknowledged as such in all tain favours only as a reward for good Asia, she was so highly esteemed by the service."
Ephesians as to make them exclaim Junot and I interchanged looks. • Great is the Diana of the Ephesians !' “ That lad will get on,” said he, after This arose, says Pliny, partly in conthe soldier was gone ; "a man with sequence of the extraordinary time that such feelings as he evinces is adapted was spent in building her Temple, and for great and noble actions."
partly from the great gain procured to Memoirs of the Duchess of Abrantes as the silversmiths in making and selling
translated for the Atheneum. silver temples of Diana. There has been Customs.
much dispute respecting these : some think they were little houses, or port
able shrines, like the Temple with the ATTRIBUTES TO THE SUN AND MOON.
image of Diana inclosed, as closets or For the Olio.
shrines (in our day, the keeper of the As many names were given by the closet with royalty is an office held saancients in their devotions to the sun, cred,) in which images were kept. Some so were there many given also to the writers think certain coins, or pieces moon. The one as the king, and the of money, with the impress to have
borne a similar signification. The like was immediately adopted as the incustom of naming coins from their signia of Scotland.-Lit. Gaz. sculpture was usual with the ancients. PAWNBROKERS' PLEDGES, Like PoAnother kind of idolatrous worship to LITICIANS, NO SINECURE.- If a pledge the moon, once popular, was, that men of the value of only four-pence be resacrificed to her in women's apparel, ceived into a pawnbroker's care, for and vice versa, because they thought an hour, the article pledged will occathe moon to be male and female. sion twenty-four different operations, Hence the moon is called Lunus, or to pass the strict regularity required Luna ; and Venus, whom Philocorus by the law. Well, indeed, may the affirms to be the moon, is termed Deus pawnbrokers' apprentices carry a pen Venus, as well as Dea Venus.
behind their ears and their ready wits By the many titles given to the ce abont them, since each assistant has as Jestial phenomena, it may be deduced much to perform as four-and-twenty that in all the realms of poesy and ima- fiddlers all of a row. Why, pin-makgination, they are diversified almost ing is nothing compared with the inteinto obscurity as to their origin and rest taken in the pledges of our day; import, till they are shorn of their and, parliamentary candidates might teams :
take a hint “ on pledges.” P. Table Talk.
CALCULATING Boys. There are now
living in Sicily three boys equally Sharp Retort.-One of the Yorkes, gifted with the aplitude for mathematical when at Malvern, in 1761, writing to a calculations. At the head of the triumliterary friend, gives the following virate stands Vincent Zucchero, to anecdote :-" The Bishop of Norwich whose extraordinary feats in calculation met with an old fellow here, who is the public curiosity has of late been rereputed a dęist. This gentleman thought peatedly directed. It would seem from proper to touch on some point of reli- recent experience, that this youth posgion to his lordship, who, not choosing sesses a mind capable of devoting itself to enter far into the subject with him, with rare success to other branches of said at last, “ When I think a man study besides the mathematics. Two much in the wrong in an opinion I may years ago he was ignorant even of his pity him, but I can never be angry with alphabet ; but in consequence of the him for differing from me. I never pains taken with him by the Abbe Mi knew a man change his opinion for nardi, who has been engaged as his tator, being kicked down stairs." “ Very through the liberal interposition of the true, my lord,” replied the other ; “but government and corporation of PaI have known many a man do it for lermo, he is at this moment able to read being kicked up stairs." New Mon. off-hand the most difficult of the Latin
The Scottish Thistle.—This an and Italian classics, and has given pubcient emblem of Scottish pugnacity, with lic proofs of the unprecedented extent of its motto Nemo me impune lacessit, is his acquirernents. Two other boys by represented of various species in royal name Ignatius Landulina and Joseph bearings, coins, and coats of armour, so Puglisi, have come forward to enter the that there is some difficulty in saying lists against him. The former has not which is the genuine original thistle. reached his tenth year, and resolved The origin of the national badge itself some of the most obstruse questions in is thus handed down by tradition : the highest branch in geometry, which When the Danes invaded Scotland, it were put to him by professors of the was deemed unwarlike to attack an University of Catanio. Landolina enemy in the pitch darkness of night, did not confine himself to mere dry instead of a pitched battle by day; but answers, but entered acutely into the on one occasion the invaders resolved metaphysics of the science. The third to avail themselves of this stratagein, child Puglisi, who is about seven years and in order to prevent their tramp from old, affords no less striking proofs of his being heard they marched barefooted. extraordinary talent in giving off-hand They had thus neared the Scottish force answers to probleins, which usually reunobserved, when a Dane unluckily quire tedious arithmetical calculations. stepped with his naked foot upon a li is remarkable to see hiin, in the very superbly prickled thistle, and instince act of listening to a question and giving lively uttered a cry of pain, which dis- his solution, pursuing his pastimes like covered the assault to the Scots, who any other child, as if both ihe one ope. ran to their arms, and defeated the foe ration and the other were matters of with a terrible slaughter. The thistle equal ease and unconcern to him.
Erratum-Page 199, “ On Sunset," read here after “ the weary heart might."
luck deserts 115—we can no longer ex
tract a doit from traveller or citizen. THE NYMPH OF THE LURLEI We must separate.” BERG.-A Tale.
The armed men muttered something
unintelligible—then they looked again O syrens, heware of a fair young knight, at the dishes-then they shook their He loves and he rides a way.
heads very dismally, and Rupert the A GROUP of armed men were sitting Fearnought continued cheerlessly round a naked and ill-fur “For my part I love every thing nished board in one of those rugged that wealth purchases--I cannot live in castles that overhang the Rhine - they poverty, and when you have all gone, looked at the empty bowl, and they i propose to drown myself in the looked at the untempting platler-then Rhine." they shrugged their shoulders, and The armed men shouted out very looked foolishly at each other. A young noisily their notions on the folly of knight, of a better presence than the such a project of reliet'; bot Rupert rest, stalked gloomily into the hall. sonk on a stone seat, folded his arins,
“Well, comrades,” said he, pausing and scarcely listened to them. in the centre of the room, and leaving “Ah, if one could get some of the on his sword, “ ) grieve 19 entertain ye wealth that lies in the Rhine!” said an no beller, my father's gold is long old marauder, “ that would be worth gone- it bought your services wbile it diving for!” lasted, and with these services, 1, Ru “ There cannot be much gold among pert the Fearnought, won this castle the fishes I fancy, growled out another from its Lord– levied tolls on the river marauder, as he played with his dagger. -plundered the burgesses of Bingen “Thou art a fool," quoth the old and played the chieftain as nobly as a
gold there is, for I heard my robber may. But, alas! wealili fies- father say so, and it inay be won Vol. X.
too by a handsome man, if he be brave less than to meditate. The Waler enough.”
Spirit paused as be approached, and Rupert lifted his head~"And how ?" gazed admiringly upon the fairest form said he.
that had ever yet chanced upon her so“ The Water Spirits have the key to litude ; she noted that the stranger too the treasure, and he who wins their kept his eyes fixed upon her, and love, may perhaps win their gold.” steered his boat to the rock on which
Rupert rose and took the old robber she sat. And the shoals then as now aside ; they conversed long and secretly, were fraught with danger, but she laid and Rupert, returning to the hall, called her spell upon the wave and upon the for the last hogshead of wine the cellar rock, and the boat glided securely over contained.
thein,-and the bold stranger was within “ Comrades," said he, as he quaffed but a few paces of her seat, when she off a bumper --- Comrades, pledge to forbade the waters to admit his nearer my safe return; I shall leave ye for a approach. The stranger stood erect in single month, since one eleinent can the boat, as it rocked tremulously to yield no more, to try the beings of and fro, and still gazing upon the Water another ; may perish-1 may return Nymph, he said not. Tarry for me, therefore, but the “ Who art thou, () beautiful maiden! time I have mentioned ; if ye then see and whence is thine art? Night after me not, depart in peace. Meanwhile, night I have kept watch among the wild ye may manage to starve on, and if the rocks that tenanted the sacred Goar, worst come to the worst, ye can eat one and listened enamoured 10 thy lay. another."
Never before on earth was such minSo saying, the young spendthrift (by strelsy beard. Art thou a daughter of birth a knight, by necessity a robber, the river? and dost thou-as the greyand by name and nature, Rupert the beards say - lure us to destruction ? Fearnought) threw down the cup, and Behold I render myself up to thee! walking forth from the hall, left his Sweet is death if it cradle me in thine companions to digest his last words arms! Welcome the whirpool, if it with what appetite they might.
entomb me in thy home !" Among the Spirits of the Water, none - Thou art bold, young mortal,” said were like Lurline; she was gentle as the Water Spirit, with trembling hones, the gentlest breeze that floats from the for she felt already the power of Love. realms of Spring over the bosom of the “ And wherefore say thy tribe such Rhine, and wherever at night she glided harsh legends of my song? Who ever along the waves, there the beams of the perished by my art? Do I not rather love-star lingered, and lit up her path allay the wind and smooth the mirror with their tenderest ray. Her eyes of the waves ? Return to thine home were of the softest azure of a southern safely and in peace, and vindicate, heaven, and her hair like its setting when thou hearest it maligned, the sun. But above all her charms was the name of the Water Spirit of the Rhine." melody of her voice, and often when 6. Return !" said the stranger haughtishe sat upon the Lurlei Rock by the ly, “ never, until I have touched thee lonely moonlight, and sent her wild -knelt to thee – felt that thy beauty is song above the silent waters. The night- not a dream. Even now my heart ingale paused from her wail to listen, bounds as I gaze on thee! Even now and the winds crept humbled round her I feel that thou shalt be mine! Behold! feet, as at a sorcerer's spell.
I trust myself to thine element ! I fear One night as she thus sat, and poured nothing but the loss of thee !" forth her charmed strains, she saw a So saying the young man leapt into boat fut from the opposite shore, and the water, and in a minute more he knelt as it approached nearer and nearer to- by the side of Lurline. wards her, she perceived it was guided It was the stillest hour of night; the by one solitary mariner ; the moonlight stars were motionless in the heavens: rested upon his upward face, and it was the moonlight lay hushed on the rippling the face of manhood's first dawn--beau- tide : from cliff to vale, no living thing tiful, yet stern, and daring in its beauty was visible, save them, the Spirit and -the light curls, surmounted by a her human wooer. pluined semi-casque, danced above a Oh!” said he, passionately," never brow that was already marked by did I believe that thy voice was aughi thought; and something keen and proud but some bodily music from another in the mien and air of the stranger, de- world ;-in madness, and without hope, signated one who had learnt to act no I tracked its sound homeward, and I