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sweet and mournful scream, plunged the ing," said Loreley; “but the sky does siren into the flood, as if a silvery beam not shut his eyes for so long a time; do from the rock had suddenly glittered over you see how they glance down upon us ?” the stream. But the young men fled And again the wild floods rushed around away, and only thought of saving their Hagbert. "Let not your foot glide!” own lives.
“What shall we do?” they said Loreley ; “ come, sit down here, close exclaimed. “Shall we tell the palatine by my side, till the sun rises." that his son found his death in the Rhine? A white cliff glittered in the pale light And if we conceal it, a still worse suspi- before Hagbert; but it seemed to be ascion falls on us; for it cannot remain se- sailed by agitated waters, which heaved cret. So let us just say that he hired to and fro among huge, mountain-like and forced us to bring him hither, pre- forms, and threatened also the spot where tending that his father had sent him to he stood in the silent night. " Where kill the mermaid; and that she bewitched are we?” inquired Hagbert, and felt, not him when he was taking up
weapon, without a shudder, Loreley's arms surwhich is all the truth.'
rounding him. When fagbert opened his eyes, it “ We are in the midst of the Rhine," seemed to him as if he had awoke in the said the maid. These are the ancient midst of winter, and as if blue and green children of the giants, - the mountains; pieces of ice stood like giants around him ; we are seated on the toe of one of them; but a gentle spring breeze blew through and it is so long that he stretches out like the crevice of the rock, and sweetly fan- an angle for the ships which so merrily ned his cold cheeks. What the boy go up and down the Rhine. He draws thought was cold ice was quartz and them down at the stone yonder ; and yontransparent crystal; and the breeze was der where I look to, up the river, the Loreley's breath, which played around him wrecks appear again; but no living being like the sighing wave.
Forests of rushes ever reappears there; they have all been and other aquatic plants rustled around swallowed swallowed.” the cave; and through the crystal walls At the opposite side, a small light now resounded, incessantly, sweet sounds, as if appeared; it was a lamp before an altar the waves were sighing their love to one in the church of St. Clement on the oppoanother.
site shore. The feeble glimmer glided In this deep world, Hagbert found him- slowly through the country, throwing here self alone with the beautiful mermaid ; and there a beam; and Hagbert thought but he could not feel comforted here in he could discern the Mauserthurm quite the midst of those frightful wonders; and near; and before and behind him, upon the soon he longed, almost more impatiently heights, he saw some well-known castles. than he had formerly done to throw him- “Do you know,” said Loreley, as if self into the water, to see again the light she had perceived his distrusting fears, “I of the day, as if it were only there that have been leading you up the stream ? the he could rejoice in the sight of the beau- waters were carrying you down. There tiful fairy, and exchange love for love. my kinsmen would never have let you out He said to her, when she threw around again from the crystal castle; but you him her silver-white arms, and when her shall remain mine. For you I left the ringlets Aoated around him like the waves beautiful castle; all my longing was for of the stream,
"Only where the sun of heaven shines “Loreley," exclaimed Hagbert, - and upon us can I rejoice in
your sight!” as he glanced on her countenance, her So she took his hand, and led him along flowing ringlets, in the night breeze, look3 narrow, rocky path. It grew darker ed again so beautiful, with the light froin
Loreley sighed and said, " It may be much security over the dangerous spot as 80, dear youth ; I did not know better. if a careless, playful child had been inI thought it must give pleasure to all to trusted to its care; and he reached the sport with us, and to get fresh and cool shore to the right, where castle Ehrenfels in our resounding, transparent world." glittered in the morning glow over the
They also say,” replied Hagbert, merry vines. In the morning beam, " that you allure the children of men Hagbert awoke gradually from the dreams with your sweet song."
of the night; he was astonished, and “ I do not care at all for the children knew not how he felt. Doubt and sweet of men,” said Loreley, peevishly. “For mystery, desire and horror, struggled in my pleasure I sung; for my pleasure I him. Loreley's countenance appeared gazed. I called none, and looked for before him, such as it had smiled upon none. If any one thought that I called him in the light of the lamp from the for him, it sometimes amused me, and I church; and it seemed to him as if he had my sport with them without thinking should have placed her in the full glare of of it. But now, alas! all is changed; that light, and all fear would have fled. no sport will any more rejoice me. It is Then he thought again how the crowing you I have chosen; it is you whom I will of the cock had frightened her away; draw down into the deep, — you whom I and he felt as if a ghost had been seated will follow through the world; for I am near him in the horrors of the night, and yours, and you are mine. When you ap- wondered that his adventure had not cost proached with bow and arrow, I felt as if him his life. I wished to be a roe, and to have your He went to the nearest cottage of a arrow in my heart, and to fly before you vine-dresser, and begged for a warm till I had drawn you to the highest top drink. IIis clothes were damp, and he of the rock, where you should have been left them in the cottage, and put on the alone with me.”
jacket of one of the boys. He knew not From near and far, now flamed up the whether, if he should return to Stahleek, first morning light over the white rocks. he might hope, as his life had been miracTheir tops glittered in the first dawning ulously preserved, that the anger of his of the morning, whilst below them the father would be softened ; and then he two lovers were still seated. Hagbert hoped to obtain the interest of his mother held the beautiful maid in his arms; she and sister for the fair Loreley, and that leaned her head upon his breast; but they might intercede for her with his when the cocks began to crow at the father. Again, midst his secret shuddershore, she started up and said,
ing, the wish awoke in him to fly to the “I must go. There, where you have maid of the rock, and to live for her found me, you will find me again at even- alone; and again fear overcame his longing time. Do not forget.” She then ings. Thus he spent a part of the mornthrew a stone into the water, which be- ing musing upon the shore, till at last he came troubled, boiled, gushed up, and a bethought himself it would be best to go small boat appeared working its way to straight to Stahleek; otherwise, the maid the surface. Leap into it,” exclaimed might come into danger before he could Loreley. “One of the boards was brok- prevent it. He felt more and more anxen in sinking; take it up and make use ious, the nearer he approached the castle of it for an oar, and row to the shore. of his father. He mounted the steps in Farewell, Hagbert!”
the rock, which led a nearer way to a With these words she plunged down, small gate; but, in seizing the knocker, and Hagbert, now in the boat, saw her he perceived he had lost a little ring no longer; but below him there sounded which he always wore on his left hand; a murmuring voice — "Loreley — Lore- and he thought the mermaid might have ley!” — till it seemed as if tears at last taken it secretly from his finger to bind stified the longing sound.
him forever to her. The frail boat carried Hagbert with as Night came on. The pfalzgraf, in
formed of the death of his son, sent Ru- has spoken the truth. If the son of the thard with a troop of soldiers to catch pfalzgraf is at the castle, if she has Loreley, dead or alive. Ruthard had saved his life, she shall be free." begged hard to be intrusted with this But Ruthard laughed in mockery, and commission. Loreley stood on the top of said, “ Will you not also bring a priest the rock, when the fierce-looking men that he may convert the witch? Although came down the dark flood. She gazed up Hagbert were yet living, Loreley must the river, wondering that Ilagbert did die for having seduced him." not come, and called aloud, as she was But Loreley looked with new courage wont, “ Loreley - Loreley!” Then Ru- upon the man, as he flew away at full thard cried mockingly to her, — speed upon his foaming horse, and said,
•We bring to thee the greetings of • Do you wish to throw me into the your love Hagbert. He sends by us a Rhine? That I can do better myself. kiss to his bride, with which he weds thee; Here, before your eyes, I will leap into come down to us to get it, or tell us how it." to come up to thee without flying. Oh, But Ruthard got her fettered, and a thou fair and wild Loreley, here is new heavy stone was brought, whilst the cruel booty for thee! Dost thou not choose to knight shook his glittering sword above catch it as thou hast caught Hagbert ?” her swan-white neck.
Loreley lifted her snow-white hand. A swift boat now came through the She pointed with her finger here and waves bearing to the edge of the rock the there, and showed them how they might friendly soldier who had ridden to Stahclimb up the rock; for she thought that leek. they came in peace, and that they surely Loreley,” called he up to her, "give brought to her Hagbert's greetings. Many back the little ring you have taken from of them warned the rash Ruthard; but he the palatine's son, and your life shall be laughed at their fears; and two of his saved; thus the palatine spoke.” savage menials climbed up the rock with “I have no ring of his,” said Loreley,
he had none on his hand to “Bind her!” called he out, when they give me. Hagbert, alas! Hagbert, why had gained the rock.
dost thou not come? Drag me to him in “What do you intend ?” exclaimed chains, and he will loose them.” Loreley.
“Do you see? she will not yield up “Thou must die! Down with thee to the ring,” replied Ruthard, spitefully. the Rhine, thou witch !” said Ruthard. Then Loreley wept, like the imploring “Thou must die, siren that thou art, who deer, when the harsh, savage huntsman hast killed the beautiful Hagbert!” stands before it; and many of those who
“ Haghert!” exclaimed Loreley, in a stood below wept with her; for Ruthard melting voice. “Come hither, Hagbert! had no mercy. He granted her no res I am no witch; I am Hagbert's love, – pite; he hung the heavy stone at her his true love."
neck, and the murderers approached. " Phantom!” cried Ruthard ; “Hag- But Loreley looked on them, and said, bert lies in the river.”
“My love has betrayed me; no one shall “ He is at Stahleek,” said Loreley, ever see me more.” wringing her snow-white hands, and em- Once more she glanced up the river,
THE BATTLE OF OLUSTEE.
-I DREAMED BUT NOW,
The following day, a man from Ober
[From the “Palmetto Herald."] wesel brought a net of large, fine fish to
THE BATTLE OF OLUSTEE. the castle; and when they were about to By Mrs. c. M. Sawyer. prepare them in the kitchen, they found under the tongue of one of them the ring The bloodiest battle under the sun ?
WHERE was the battle lost and won,which the youth had lost, and which, Where the fiery storm like a tempest fell, – doubtless, had fallen from his finger when
Grape and canister, shot and shell? the flood drew him down.
And the gates of Death stood gaping wide, Hagbert often rowed up and down the For our brave boys fighting side by side ? Rhine; but Loreley's lovely form and her
At Olustee ! fair countenance he never saw again. Yet her voice was often heard ; she sung Sixteen thousınds, in numbers good, no longer, but she answered when called By breastworks sheltered, the rebels stood, to; and then it seemed as if she wept When our little army of barely five, and sighed deeply, and would have said, Footsore, weary, but all alive, had she spoken,
Without a waver or bated breath, “Why do you throw away your words Marched boldly up to the jaws of death, upon me, and invite me to play as I for
At Olustee ! merly did ? It is no longer Hagbert's voice. I have lost him, lost.”
The sun rode high in the heavens that day,
As our brave boy's entered the deadly fray ; When Hagbert called to her, she answered his words like an echo; but he The round moon rose in the dusky east, could not bear the sound. Once he pressed And with rolling cheers, our heroes beat,
Ere the battle ended, the carnage ceased, his sister Wana to his breast, who mourn. In gallant order, a slow retreat, fully stood beside him, threw the ring
From Olustee! into the Rhine, and listened through the sound of oars toward the rock; but his Oh, dearly the rebels bought the day ! sister kept him back, when he longed to Piled in their trenches the graybacks lay! fling himself down into the wild river. Three to one of our boys they fell,
From the day on which he threw the Though grape and canister, shot and shell, rich ring into the Rhine, near the rock Poured into our ranks to be only met which still bears the name of the mer- By well-aimed rifle and bayonet, maid, Hagbert declined in health, as if
At Olustee! something was gnawing at his heart; and like the sound of the bugle-horn at the Honor and fame to those bold brigades, Loreley, his young life died away in the And their dead who sleep in the tropic shades,
Where they fought so bravely, so grandly fell! longings of love.
Crown them, O Country they loved so well!
Crown them with laurels ; for earth holds not I was MISTAKEN. — A lively writer has Braver and better than they who fought said, “I was mistaken’ are the three
At Olustce! hardest words to pronounce in the English language.” Yet it seems but acknowledging that we are wiser than we
I DREAMED BUT NOW. were before to see our error, and humbler
(After the German.) than we were before to own it. But so
By Mrs. Helen Rich. it is; and Goldsmith observes that Fred
I DREAMED but now my soul had laid eric the Great did himself more honor by
Aside its robes of flesh forever ; his letter to the Senate, stating that he In darkness drear and lone 1 strayed, had just lost a great battle by his own To see the sunshine never, never. fault, than by all the victories he had
Perhaps our greatest perfection Ah ! thus, dear heart, without the light here is not to escape imperfections, but to And life of thy dear love to bless me, see and acknowledge and lament and cor- The future would be doubly night, rect them. — Jay.
Nor joy nor thou, love, to caress me.
MISS BEECHER ON THE EDUCATION OF CHIL- care less; but among them they might DREN.
find their truest admirers, warmest friends,
and those who could best understand the By Minnie S. Davis,
nature of their struggles and excuse their In the theological world, the Beechers inconsistencies. We behold them in the shine as stars of great magnitude and very heart of the citadel, undermining brilliancy, but all with eccentric orbits. evils which we can only attack through Eminent for genius and culture, and dis- the guarded outposts. Thus, through diftinguished for bold and ardent philan- ferent means and in divers paths, they are thropy, they present the thrilling specta- laboring for ends similar to ours. Therecle of noble minds struggling, as only fore we hail them from afar, as co-worksuch spirits can, to throw off the shackles ers, though they know it not, and might imposed by dogmas, mystical, cruel, or not own it if they knew. absurd. They are ever in revolt, yet
But I have made a long digression hold allegiance to that which they oppose; from my subject; namely, Miss Beechfor slavery has" no chains so fine and er's new book upon the “ Religious Edustrong, so indissolubly linked, as those cation of Children, in the School, the which religious opinion artfully meshes Family, and the Church.” and throws like a network around the I felt a lively curiosity concerning this conscience and the will.
book, and embraced the first opportunity One, seeing a mighty stumbling-block for its perusal. I was deeply interested in his way, seeks to remove it by finding in it, and better satisfied with it than with its roots in a pre-existent world. Anoth- any previous work of that lady. In her er, rejecting his brother's theory, makes usual clear and vigorous style, she comwar upon the same obstacle, valiantly mences with an earnestness and directness striving to dismember it from the theo- which proves real heart interest in her logical tree, as though it were but an un- work. lovely excrescence there.
She commences by stating that reason One without a head for theology, leav- and observation teach us that the Creator ing the sharp points and knotty problems designs, "not only the good of his creafor his brother divines to eliminate, as tures, but their best good.” though almost persuaded to believe God Then it follows that “religious trainthe Father and Jesus the Saviour of the ing includes all those modes by which whole world, with clarion voice pours children are led to understand and obey from his big, throbbing heart a flood-tide the laws of God for securing the best good of eloquence, which sways the multitude of all, as they are discovered by reason, and lifts them above sordid cares electric by experience, and the Bible." with love and hope and prophecy! and From these rational premises, she prostill another tells the story of her girlish ceeds to develop her subject. struggles and mental anguish in words
“ The term religious is often that stir alike our indignation and our used in a more limited sense, as relating pity.
only to God and his worship, while that The sentiment of the religious world in part of religion which includes duties to regard to the Beechers is very conflicting. self and to our fellow-beings is called One party looks upon their heretical ten- morals. While this limited use of the dencies with extreme uneasiness and pain; term is legitimate, none will deny that another does not hesitate to avow its un- the more comprehensive is equally so.” qualified displeasure ; some wiok at their Miss Beecher's views in regard to faminconsistencies, and are proud to claim ily training are not extravagant in any them; while a large and growing party direction, but such as a person of a clear delight in their liberalism and follow them head, kind heart, and long experience