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steps with his hand. These were the had still comfort for the comfortless. times when Allan shook off his utter Once on a time, Margaret presented him apathy of earth, and sympathized with with a rose-bud she had plucked from the children of the dust. But his sym the stem. "Wear this, Allan,' said she, pathy was limited to this one alone. in the lightness of girlhood, for my sake.' Except, through her, he held no com He wore it near his heart till it withered, munion with the clay; and, but for her, and then he thought that his heart would he wished to lay down his head in the have withered likewise. narrow house in which his ancestor's He thought that Margaret loved him, reposed. Yet his affections were not like but he could not tell. When he wove those of other men—his love did not flow garlands for her head of the wall-flower in the same channels—his hopes lay in and purple-bell, she would sit beside him, another haven. When he gazed at Marga- and call him hér dear-her kind Allan; ret it was not as on a woman. He thought but what was this---she was an openof her as an angel-as a being unfettered hearted, ingenuous girl, and might have by the chains of mortality. Her very said the same thing to any one who did frame to him was spiritual-such as an her a favour,. Yet she never said such angel might wear. Even when a child, things to any one, although many did he could not treat her like other cbildren. her favours; and she never cast her pretty He could not fold her in his arms, and blue eyes so meltingly at any other, inhale the perfumes of her fragrant breath, and seldom smiled on them when they and set her to revel in delicious merri- threw a casual glance at her, as she ment among her companions. There always did on Allan---and no one but he was a something hanging over her which might ever detect her gazing silently upon made her to him not as others; but as them, and blushing and turning away invested with a sacredness to which none confused, when her gaze was detected. else could lay claim. When she sat upon his knees, he felt a thrill through every Love is modest, and stands not the glance of the vein, as if he enjoyed the communion of But dwells in the region of silence and sighs. a superior being. Her voice fell upon his ear like the music of a dream. He Allan left his native country and was loved to look perpetually on her ingenu. long away. He travelled in distant ous countenance and yet to other eyes climes, and saw the manners of many there was nothing remarkable in this fair people, yet his melancholy did not abate. child, but that she was fairer than other He saw mighty meu and lovely women, children. Why did Allan Vere experience and strange places : he saw enough to such sensations ? None knew that he felt make him forget all he had known bethem, for none could see. He himself fore, and many scenes, like a vision, knew not why he went to visit her. She departed from his remembrance. Yet was but a child-a pretty child to be there was one light in the core of his sure, but there were certainly children as heart which no power could sweep away; pretty as she, although any such he had one light which distance and time made never beheld.
But though, she were more vivid, and which illumined the beautiful as an angel, what had he to do gloomiest chambers of his fancy. He with her ? She was but a child. So returned again, after years of absence, thought unhappy Allan, but he could not and sought out Margaret; but she was answer the questions of his heart. He changed. She was no more a child, but was miserable out of her presence, and bloomed in the prime of youth. But his, yet it was dangerous to visit her-for fancy was bewildered, and he did not every fresh meeting but added force to think of such changes.
He expecte:l a that feeling, which, if left to itself, might lovely child to rush into his embrace. In have faded away, or, at least, might have the strangeness of imagination he forgot been mellowed into a distant and vot the years gone by. Margaret did not unpleasing remembrance.
Aly into his arms and bid him weave her a But for her, his spirit would have crown of flowers. She was now a beauperished utterly under this unaccount. tiful young woman. She shook hands able melancholy.
When he saw her with him with a reserved grace; and basking in the light of joy and beauty bestowed upon him no longer the fond, when he saw her cheeks reddened over familiar appellation of Allau. Those with mirth, or with the still more beau- times were departed. He was now Mr. tiful vermilion of a blush but more Vere. His heart smote him at this supwhen he saw the pearly tear trickle from posed change: it nearly died away, fiat her blue eye in pity—then his soul was he thought that Margaret Howard was lighted up within him--the chords of joy lighted up within him—the chords of joy vibrated for a time, and he felt that earth vibrated for a time, and he felt that earth
though a crowd of admirers hovered THE OLD WRECKER. around her, he saw that she still regarded Methought the billows spoke, and told me of it; him with the fondness of departed years; The winds did sing it to me; and the thunder, and that he had only to ask in order to That deep and dreadful organ-pipe, pronounced receive. But Allan had no heart for this. The name, His love was unlike that of other men's.
TOWARDS the close of the 16th cenHe loved her as an angel. His feelings tury, a horrid custom still prevailed in towards her were perfectly pure, holy, some parts of the coast of Cornwall, of and intellectual. It was the soul that luring vessels to destruction in stormy beamed through her beautiful body that weather, by fastening a lantern to a he adored, and he could not bear the horse's bead, and leading it about on the thought that the sanctuary should be less top of the cliffs, that the bewildered maripure and undefiled than the spirit which ner, mistaking it for the light of a vessel, lodged within it. He neither wished her and consequently not apprehending land to be his, nor another's; for that would could be in that direction, might be indestroy the purity with which he invested duced to shape his course thither; till her ; but be wished her to live as a light the fuaming breakers gave too late in his path, and as a star of blissful love, warning of his fate, and the vessel beto which his eyes nright perpetually turn. came the prey of a set of ruthless barbaBut Margaret knew nothing of this. It rians called wreckers; who, to legalise was contrary to all the usual actions of their plunder, frequently murdered those human nature. It was the feeling of an who had escaped drowning, and then call angel, not of a man. She thought Alan the wreck a “God send.' loved her, and she loved him in returu, In a hovel, on the craggy shore of a and would bave wed him--and lived for deep and dangerous bay, dwelt one of him---and died for him, if he desired it. these wretches an old and hardened But the silence that enchained his tongue, desperado, who united in himself the on this mysterious subject, he could not fisherman, smuggler, and wrecker; but break. When he saw her about to be to his depraved mind the two latter bestowed upon the arms of another, he were the favourite professions, and such tried to speak, but it was impossible. was the confidence of his companions What could Margaret do? Allan, she in his experience on these occasions, thought, did not love her.
He was a
that he was usually leader, nor did be strange being: there was something ever fail in his office. His wife', too, fearful amidst all his amiableness. His encouraged him in his deeds of iniquity, spirit, like the elements, seemed perpe. and sometimes aided in bis exploits. tually struggling with its prison; it was Shocked at the wickedness of his parents, ever aspiring to the sky. His mortal their only son had long since fed his tenement lived upon earth, but the home, and driven away by their cruelty, brightest portion of the spirit which ani- had sought a more honourable course of mated it was almost ever absent. What life on board a West India trader. then could Margaret do? She tried to It was at a period when a long and forget him, and she wed another. Allan profit less summer and autumn bad nearly saw her led to the altar---he sighed over passed away, that Terloggan, like the the destruction of all his hopes---his vulture ever watchful for his prey, was mind became more darkened than ever. more than usually observant of the signs The worm that never dies preyed upon of the heavens; nor was any one more his heart and consumed it. 'He perished capable than himself of tracing the most ---the victim of high genius, sensibility, distant indications of tempest.
Nature and love---but Margaret knew not that had for several months were a placid, he died for her, and never may she and to honest minds, a delightful aspect: know it.
the soft and azure sky had beautifully
tinted the transparent sea, and the exTHE ELEPHANT. A gentleman from panding waves swept with low murmurIndia assures us that he has seen ele- ings along the shining sands of the deep phants employed to pile wood, and which bay, in mild and stately majesty playhave, adding heap to beap, drawn back fully casting up their white foaming and placed themselves in a situation to margins, and gently splashing the feet see if they kept a perpendicular line, of the craggy rocks. Not more hateful and preserved a just level in their work, were the beams of the orb of day to and have then corrected any perceptible Satan, as described by our poet, than defect in one or the other. The same was this quiescent state of nature to person has seen two elephants employed Terloggan's dark mind: in his impatiio roll barrels to a distance; one has ence he cursed the protracted summer, kept them in motion, while the other has and hailed the approaching dreary season been prepared with a stone in his trunk
as more congenial to his interest. At to stop their progress at the required spot. length he saw, with savage delight, the
sun sink in angry red beneath the cloudy as if at a loss where to begin his work ; horizon; he heard with exulting feelings, but to his surprise and dismay, there was the hollow murmuring of the wind, and yet one living soul on board, who, should beheld the blackening waves rising in he survive, would bar the wrecker's * angry roar, lashing the lofty rocks with claim. To dispatch this poor unfortuthe ascending spray. As the night ad- nate, was his immediate object; then vanced in chaotic darkness, the horrors scrambling over the rocks, as if to save of the tempest increased; and the long him from destruction, he becomes his and loud blast of the contending ele- murderer. He rifled the pockets of his ments seemed enough to overawe any victim, took a ring from his finger, and mind but Terloggan's. Now's thee then, laden with the most portable artime, boy,' said the old hag his wife; ticles of plunder, bent his footsteps go th’ ways out 'pon the cleaves--there's homeward. Well, fayther, what luck?' death in the wind.' Terloggan speedily exclaimed the old woman as he entered. equipped himself, and ascended the steep “Never better'-replied Terloggan: 'look, promontory at the entrance of the bay; zee, mauther, pointing to his plunder. the lantern was displayed in the usual He then described the success that manner, and he soon observed a light at attended his stratagem; not even withsea, as if an answer to his own signal: holding the particulars of the murder : which caused the old demon to rejoice in after which he displayed several pieces of anticipation of speedy success. The foreign gold coin, and the ring belonging light evidently approached nearer, and to the murdered man. As he held the ere an hour had elapsed, the white close- ring near the light, he recognized its reefed sails of the vessel could be dis- form and certain marks on it:-he cerned through the darkness, and the started back, his countenance fell, and uproarious cry on board, at the discovery he quickly passed it to his wife. of their danger, could be distinctly heard. She too well kuew from whose hand it Signal guns of distress were fired—the must have been taken, and no sooner loud commands, all hands on deck,' and examined it, than she exclaimed, 'Plaise "about ship,' were uttered in a wild God thee'st murdered our son Tom ! despairing tone; every exertion was 0, my son--my poor dear son!' and sunk made to carry into effect the salutary on the floor, rolling about in frantic orders; but, alas! the redeeming mo- ravings. Terloggan endeavoured to . ment was passed, the vessel-was com master his feelings, and chid the old pletely embayed, nor strength nor skill woman's, hasty conclusion; although he could avert her impending fate. In a was himself secretly stung to the heart, few moments the tremendous crash, the and too apprehensive of the dreadful heart-rending but fruitless cries for help, deed he had committed. He lay on his announced the horrid catastrophe; and bed, however, and tossed to and frò till the last flashing signal gun gave a mo- morning, when, with the dawn of day, he mentary view too shocking to be de- walked forth to ascertain if he had really scribed. Alas! it was indeed a piteous been the destroyer of his child. He scene that followed: the stranded vessel, reached the spot where he had left the thrown with reiterated blows against the body, and soon as his eyes lighted on the rugged rocks, soon parted; the broken countenance he beheld his only son. Who waves were dashing over the shattered hull can describe the deep remorse that now in relentless fury, bearing to the shore the stung his soul.-- who can paint the horror shattered cargo, broken pieces of the wreck, that now pervaded even Terloggan's and the tattered rigging; while the mingled hitherto callous heart? He returned to cries of the drowning and the despairing, his hovel, and having related the doleful with the terrific roar of the striving ele- news, fled the face of man for ever. For ments, seemed like Nature's last expiring several days and nights he was known to hour.
wander among the rocks---many who There was one, however, in whose eyes accidentally passed near him, shuddered such a scene was joyous in whose ears to behold his horror-struck countenance, such sounds were melody-and that was and to hear his wild ravings of despair. Terloggan. He impatiently waited till There was, indeed, a tempest in his soul, the storm had somewhat moderated, and black and horrible, the transcript of what when silence indicated that death had done he had so lately witnessed; and the its work, he descended the well-known dreadful forebodings of his conscience, cliffs to grasp his prey. Unmoved by as to futurity, forbade him to call the the horrible spectacle, he stood awhile grave a hiding place. Thus overwhelmed and' gazed with fiend-like pleasure on by despair, and hurried to self-destructhe rich booty that lay around him, tion, his mangled body was found dashed for the rising moon shot forth her light, to pieces among the rocks, and w&s
buried in the sands, not far from the spot glen for many roods around. where he had perpetrated his last deed of ricide trembled, while the spirit, in a blood. For a considerable period, the voice of thunder, demanded who he was, fishermen and smugglers---some of whom I am Eric, the murderer,' replied the had been his companions in iniquity--. criminal, starting up and bending before would feel a chill of horror in passing the awful form. At these words a shriek near the spot, and observed a melancholy was heard throughout Glencoe, and a silence; while their superstitious fears clap of thunder burst from Cruachen. often traced in the hollow murmurings The lightning flashed around the murof the winds and waves, the doleful cries derer, who, thinking the day of retribuof the murdered son, and the despairing tion was at hand, trembled in despair, groans of the remorse-stung father. *** and cried upon the rocks to fall down
and bury him for ever. His body was ERIC THE MURDERER.
burned to ashes, which were scattered, WEALTH was the only deity Eric wor. like mist, by the feeblest breeze; por did shipped, and to come at he slew bis he know that be was not utterly annihi. father. But scarcely was the blood lated, till his soul awoke with tenfold cooled upon the fatal knife, when torments, horror in the regions of darkness; and new and unheard of, assailed him. Re- felt the torments of eternity seize upon it. morse pursued his terror-stricken conscience wherever he went. He lived in
THE ESCAPE AND MARRIAGE the very shadow of iniquity, till, detested
OF THREE NUNS, and shunned by his fellow men, and abhorred by himself, he fled to the
From a Nunnery in the Island of
Mahon. wilderness of Glencoe, to hide his guilt and despair. He lay down at midnight AMONG the religious houses in the near the mouth of a hideous cavern, and island, there are two nunneries, into there, in a mood not to be envied by the which parents put their daughters, when spirits of darkness, gave way to the tide they have no prospect of getting husof feeling which oppressed him. He bands for them, or when they are so cast his eyes upon heaven, but all was poor as not to have fortunes to give with gloomy; there was neither star nor moon them. to illumine the mighty expanse.
They are sent to these nunneries when looked to the west, where the sun in his very young, and have no hopes of getdecline had tinged the peaks of the ting free but by death.-At the age of mountains; but that luminary, and all seventeen they take a vow of chastity, his attendant livery, were gone, and the of obedience to the mother abbess, and mountains were invisible. Fle then turned of retirement from the world. To enhis eyes upon Cona, whose solitary mur-force the first part of their vow, they murings were wont to fill with music have no access to see any of the male the romantic glen; but the stream was sex, holy priests excepted, but through muddy and its waters rushed onward an irou grate; and there they have the with an angry impetuous noise. Moan- liberty of conversing with them. ings and dismal sounds, like the sighs of Two officers of Offarrel's regiment, expiring agony, Aoated among the caves happening to go out of curiosity to see ..-voices as from the valley of the shadow and converse with the nuns of St. Clare, of death, saluted the ears of the murderer, saw two whom they admired very much; and nature seemed to mourn that her and, in short, fell desperately in love with sanctuary was polluted by his presence. them. They declared their passion to
The parricide heard these things--- the girls ; whose heads being stuffed he gazed wildly around--- he grasped his with nothing but romances, which they knees in his hands---bis teeth were set, read in the convent, looked upon them and his long disbevelled hair hung wildly as two adventurous knights come to over his shoulders.
He beheld a dim deliver them from their inchanted prisou, figure glancing up the glen, but he re- and gave them all the encouragement garded it only as a phantom of imagina- they could wish for. The gentlemen tion. Still it approached nearer and declared themselves upon honour, and nearer, and stood before him. He looked that they would marry them whenever again, but could discern nothing save a they got them out. Many were the column of mist rising up among the schemes they formed to evade the vigi. darkness, He looked a third time, and lance of the old maids, their keepers, to saw distinctly a gigantic figure which pick the locks, and get over the walls; gazed stedfastly upon him, and by the and as love surmounts all difficulties, light shot from his eyes, illumined the they got a false key made to the garden
THE ESCAPE OF THREE NUNS.
door; and having given the slip in the was so contrary to the dictates of their dark to the nun who locks them up when :own natures, that they could not believe they go to bed, (for they all sleep in ove it was enjoined them by the God of room), they got down into the garden Nature; which made them bave some about twelve at night, where they found doubts of that religion which imposed such the two gentlemen ready to receive them; cruelties and hardships upon them : and who, by means of ladders, had got over a that therefore they were desirous to be inwall twenty feet high, to get at them, and structed in the principles of the Protestant by the same way got the ladies out. religion. They added, that the vow was But how surprised were the gentlemen,' extorted from them by force; for that when, instead of only the two they ex when they were seventeen years old, the pected, they found a third, who was a age at which they came under these envolunteer ! This was the confidant of the gagements, they informed their Father other two; and, though she knew of no. Confessor of their aversion to that recluse body that would give ber protection, yet sort of life, and their resolution of not was resolved, at all events, to get free taking the vow, But he told them, if from prison; thinking nothing could they refused the vow, and came out of happen to her so bad, as to be kept in the nunnery, that their relations would the nunnery for life. This bold adven- put them to death; and upon his acturer was the chief promoter of the quainting the mother abbess with it, she others making their escape, on purpose shut them up in a dark dungeon, and feu that she might have an opportunity of them only with a little bread and water, coming out along with them. Though and whipped them every day with a catthe nunnery is in the middle of the town, o’-nine-tails, till sbe forced them into a and every way surrounded with houses, compliance. This is the way they take and though it was clear moonshine, to fill up their religious houses; and Providence had so ordered it, that no without it they would be quite empty;. body observed them scaling the walls, for what the ladies further observed, is otherwise the consequences might have doubtless true, that there is hardly a nun proved fatal; for the gentlemen had there, under forty, but would come out gone well armed, and resolved, at any if she could. rate, to carry off their prizes.
was five or six days employed Next morning, upon 'missing of the in instructing them in the principles of nuns, the whole convent was in an uproar. the Protestant religion, and shewing them The town took the alarm, and all was in tbe difference between that and the confusion, not knowing where they were, Roman Catholic ; all which time the but concluding they were among the Romish Clergy had, by the General's English, none else being so wicked as to orders, free access to them, that if they harbour them : for the people here con could prevail upon them to continue sider the carrying them off as the great- Roman Catholics, or return to their conest height of impiety, as they were per- vent, they should be left entirely to the sons who had dedicated themselves to the freedom of their own will. But love service of God.
turned the scale in Mr. -'s favour; and The gentlemen immediately applied what he said had more influence upon to Mr. an English clergyman, to them than that of six priests, who were marry them: who acquainted them, that all the time thundering damnation against if the ladies were resolved to continue them if they became Protestants; for, Roman catholics, he would not take upon amidst all their surrounding anathemas, him to marry them : for though he did they made a formal renunciation of the not look upon the vow of chastity which errors of the Roman Catholic religion, they had taken to be lawful in itself; and declared themselves Protestants. yet, as long as these ladies continued of The priests pressed upon them to rethat persuasion, it would be impossible turn back to their convent, from the for them to think so; and that they obligation they lay under from their might look upon any future engagements vow; and as for any thoughts they they entered into with them, not to be might have of marriage, that that was binding, as they were contrary to their impossible, they being already married prior vow. And therefore when he , to Jesus Christ. However, when the waited upon the ladies, be asked them, priests found that the ladies were deif they did not look upon the vow which sirous of being instructed in the Protestthey had taken, of renouncing the world, ant religion, they offered, if they would and of chastity, to be binding upon continue Roman Catholics, to give them them? To which they readily replied, immediately a dispensation from their That they did not; for that they looked vows, without waiting for one from Rome upon it as unlawful in itself; and that it (which by the bye.was not in their power.