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a more salutary feeling of self-respect column of moving water, tinged by the and just pride than he had ever known sunlight with sublime and awful beauty. before.
The mariners knew it well, and were disThe autumn and the winter fled. Thor- mayed. On it swept, majestic in its wald was no longer satisfied. Wineland strength. A few more furlongs, and dewas good ; but was there not a better struction was inevitable. Wild cries of place to plant the infant colony ? At despair rose from the feeble, and the firm any rate, he would sail along the shore wore pale faces. A voice arose from the
These thoughts at last resolved midst : " It is the Jotun Ægir, the god themselves into determination, and in the of Sea-tempest. Bow down and worensuing spring the vessel was again rigged ship him, or we perish!” There was a for sea, and Leifsbuthir faded in the dis- hush among the crew. Some prostrated tance from the eyes of the colonists. themselves, in the extremity of their ter
Sailing eastward, they doubled a cape, ror, and began to call on the Sea-Jotun to which Thorwald gave the name of Ki- for mercy. Even of those who had so alarness, or Keel Cape, from a resem- lately been converted to a purer faith, blance to the kcel of a vessel. Then some trembled in uncertainty. Suddenly there arose a strong gale, which bore them a sweet, clear, music voice ran through to the southeast until they had no knowl- the throng,
-"* Fear not; when thou edge of their position on the sea ; but the passest through the waters, I will be with stars warned them of a change of lat- thee.” itude. Then came a dead calm. Day None knew whence the sound proceedafter day the sun rose and set on a sleep- ed save Thorwald. He alone knew the ing ocean. Not a breath went over its gentle heart that was most unquailing surface; and so clear was it the monsters when danger threatened loudest. Theriof the deep might be seen many fathoms da stood by his side. But the effect was below, gambolling among the submarine electric. Every spirit rose involuntarily forests, or basking on the sand; and a sun to meet the result; but when they looked seemed to come fearfully up to join with again, the peril was past. The column the one above in surrounding the helpless had broken at a little distance, and they bark with a burning atmosphere. Pro- were saved. visions grew scarce, water was gone, and A light wind from the east sprung up, the prospect of a miserable death was and hope once more visited the mariners. before the colonists. All of them were They were making for the land they had not Christians; a few still adhered to the left. For several days the breeze inold superstitions of their forefathers. creased, and they might soon reach“ WineThese began to murmur at the perils into land.” One morning, at the north of which they were led by Thorwald, and to the rising sun lay à low, black cloud, ascribe to the anger of their deities their with irregular outlines, such as folds the situation.
He is a follower of new fan- tempest in its wings. Again there came cies," said they," and our gods are of- dismay on the crew. Suddenly the wind fended because he lays no offering on their rose, and the cloud swept on like a trealtars; it is to him we owe our troubles." mendous monster of the air, enveloping But these mutinous voices were hushed more than half the horizon in gloom. when Thorwald appeared. They loved Then it uttered its voice, bidding even him, and his lofty bearing commanded the sea to quake with dread, and far their respect.
down, from among its depths, came up One day about noon, a startling phe- the response of fear. The deep below
A dim, gigantic ob- shuddered at the call of the deep above; ject loomed up in the distance. It seem- and that frail bark, riding so helpless beed a mighty. spirit walking on the sea, tween these solemn powers, - what could
nomenon was seen.
with his bend
it were, into the very abysses of the sea. their husbands and parents. Eric was a The cordage was shrieking; the masts powerful swimmer ; and to him, for the were giving way; and the vessel, perfect- second time, the proud Brynhilda owed ly unmanageable, was driving on with her life. All reached the shore in safety, incalculable speed. The waves broke after a long and weary struggle. over the deck, and every moment might It was again the barren shore of Kialbe the last. For hours there was a terri- arness. The vessel was stranded in the ble excitement among the crew, and the shoal water; but the energy of the Northcry of the women mingled wildly with men soon repaired it for sea, from the the storm. The men, many of them, wood which grew at a little distance inmurmured in a suppressed voice. Then land. A few weeks saw them again exa strong cry went forth, - “ It is the ploring the coast, in search of their site wrath of Ægir, the Jotun of Sea-tem- for a colony. The sandy Kialarness fadpest; he is angry with the Christians! ed behind thein, and the shores wore the Down with Thorwald!”
look of their beloved Wineland. At last, It was the voice of the preceding day. they neared a beautiful promontory, covA brawny arm hurled a battle-axe at ered with large forest trees, with vines Thorwald. It tore the dress of Brynhil. climbing up and almost hiding their rough da in its passage. Eric drew her aside, bark, mingling their light green with the or the missive designed for Thorwald sombre foliage of their supporters. They would have killed the haughty girl. passed so close to it that every object was “Down with Thorwald!” reiterated the distinctly visible; and it seemed but a maniac, and rushed forward with a picce few yards to the green and flowery bank, of timber. Magnus !” shouted Thor- where the waves broke lightly on a slip wald, “one step further, and you are a of the whitest sand. dead man! Away!” But the maniac Thorwald and Therida stood on the heeded him not. Thorwald struck him a deck of the vessel, watching the passing blow that felled him to the deck. He shores. A shadow fell on the spirit of essayed to rise ; but just at that moment Therida, as she gazed far into a little nook the ship gave a heavy lurch, and he lost among the trees, where the branches were his balance and fell overboard. One so thick on the top as to exclude the sun shriek of deadly terror burst on the ear; and throw a softened gloom over the asthen the waters closed over him forever. pect of the little curtained spot. Even
Horror came over all. The supersti- the flowers there looked quiet, as though tious saw in it a judgment on Magnus. the angel of peace had touched them The hand of a God was there, and men with his wing, and constituted them the trembled and bowed in submission. But visible witnesses of his presence. The danger still was The roar of bil- birds seemed to sing plaintively and allows breaking on shore became every mo- most mournfully; and the little squirrel, ment more distinct. The vessel might the graceful plunderer of the woods, glidsoon go to pieces on rocks. The light- ed about like the guardian spirit of the ning gleamed more fearfully. The shore solitude. was soon visible, a low beach of sand, "Surely, nothing evil can live there, "See, my friends !” said Thorwald; “if Therida,” said Thorwald, musingly ; "it we gain that, we are saved; at the rate is the very temple of repose; and we we have been going for the last twenty-four will come hither and build our habitation hours, we shall soon be there.”
and abide for a season, when the colony He had scarcely spoken, when a heavy has become established.” sea swept over the deck, carrying every Oh, Thorwald, that is the very spot soul into the sea. The next moment the of
dream! See, away in the midst vessel was struck with lightning and cap- of those trees is a dark pit! The grave sized.
is already there, open, yawning for us ! ” But Providence watched over the col- Nonsense, Therida! Do you not see onists. Wives and children clung to what you call an open pit is nothing but
a mass of shadow, where the foliage will her cross in the lonely wilderness, when
and the savage seemed to have the im“There!" continued he, “ now we have pression that both were sisters of Thorpassed it, and the shores recede inland. wald. Therida, unsuspicious, treated him Here is a beautiful one; and look! there with the open kindness of her nature; are moving objects on the water." but Thorwald secretly kept watch over
Those moving objects were canoes filled his movements, though the situation of with natives, who approached, and with the colonists naturally made them anxfriendly signs invited them to land. ious to be on terms of peace with the red
It was as beautiful and fertile as the men. He saw that the poor savage had Wineland they had left, and even more already learned a preference for the beau80. Wild birds and gentle animals were tiful North-flower over the tawny maidenjoying their little day in the luxuriant ens of his tribe, and that danger was forests; and the bays and streams were hovering, not only over Therida, but the full of fish. Thorwald decided this was colony also. the place for the colony. The axes of One day in the absence of Thorwald the Northmen again rung through the the chief entered his dwelling. He brought New England woods; and a few rude, game, feathers, and shells. Therida, as yet comfortable dwellings were soon rear- usual, received him kindly. ed.
“ Uncas has brought the beautiful PaleTherida again trained her vines and face something that shall make her smile cultivated her flowers, as in the happy on him. See,” said he, unloading his times at Leifsbuthir. Eric, also, had basket, “how he has remembered her found better spirits; for Brynhilda remem- among the hunting-grounds." bered the lessons of the shipwreck, and Therida thanked him, and took the treated him at least kindly; and he would presents. sing to them the old Icelandic legends, “ Uncas loves the beautiful Pale-flowand repeat the rhymes of the Skalds in er; will she come and dwell in his wig. the soft twilight.
wam? She shall have maidens to cook The Indians were apparently on the her venison and weave the nets and string best terms with the strangers.
The wom- her shells. The Pale-flower shall only en and girls brought belts of shell-work smile on Uncas: and he will bring her and moccasons wrought with feathers to the deer, the pheasant, and the salmon. the Northwomen, and Uncas, the brother Will she come?” of the chief of the tribe, was a frequent Therida looked with surprise in the guest of Thorwald. He showed him the face of the chief. Its fierce determinahaunts of the deer, and the fishing-grounds tion, and an indefinable expression in his in the neighborhood, and brought the eye, alarmed her. She was alone, - for choicest of his game to Therida.
Brynhilda and Thorwald were both away, Every prospect of the colonists looked and in the power of a fierce savage, promising. They had begun to beautify whose moral sense was as rude as his and adorn the buildings they had reared. life was wild. But she replied calmly,
her to Thorwald; and he would frown again, and sprung upon him with all the if she looked on the face of another, and vigor of unslaked vengeance. perhaps send his thunderbolt to crush Therida saw, from her covert, the danthem both."
ger of Thorwald. She rushed toward “ Uncas has had a dream, and the med- them. icine man has made it plain. It says the “ Away, Therida! Back! if you would Great Spirit has not given the Pale-flower not see me powerless!” shouted Thorto the Pale-chief. Why does she speak wald. She disappeared from view, but that which is not true to Uncas?" not at a distance; how could she when
“Therida speaks nothing but the truth. Thorwald was in danger ? Therida loves the Pale-chief. If she The contest was doubtful. Uncas somewould look on other braves, he comes be- times held the advantage, but only for a fore her and hides them. How, then, few moments. Thorwald aimed such a can she look on Uncas? My brother has blow at the head of the savage that he inany maidens
among his people who can tottered and fell. Thorwald stood over see none but him, more beautiful than him with his spear uplifted : “Go, UnTherida.”
cas,” said he ; "I wish not your life; you “ Uncas has no light in his wigwam. have been kind to me, and eaten my He walks in darkness amid the hunting- bread, and my Saviour says, · Blessed are grounds. Let the Pale-flower dwell in his the merciful!' Go, and tell your people wigwam, and he will have sunshine all we would be their friends, and will do about him. Uncas has said it; the Pale- them no harm except in our own deflower must dwell with him.”
fence!” Ile turned away; but Uncas He seized the arm of Therida. Quiv- had not had his revenge. He rushed fuering with uncontrollable fear, she shriek- riously upon him again, and Thorwald fell ed wildly for Thorwald. Suddenly, a beneath his arm. Ile was recovering blow sent the Indian reeling to the wall; himself when Therida sprung wildly bebut he quickly recovered himself, and tween them, regardless of the arrows that struck at Thorwald with his knife. Thor- were flying around her, regardless of wald eluded his arm, and snatching his everything but the danger of Thorwald. -battle-axe from its resting-place, quickly As soon as Uncas saw her, he seized the made the Indian retreat through the open spear that had fallen from Thorwald as door.
he fell; and before Thorwald could arrest In a few hours, alarm was among the his arm, he plunged it deep in the side of colonists. The Indians had come down Therida. « The Pale-flower shall not upon them, headed by Uncas; and flames dwell in the wigwam of Thorwald !” he were bursting through some of the dwell- exclaimed, as her blood poured itself upon ings; and arrows and stones were flying the ground. in every direction. The women
What was now the issue of the fight to placed in one of the safest dwellings; but Thorwald ? “ Therida! Therida! speak the Northwomen were heroines, and would to me once, only once!” But Therida share the peril of their husbands. “The never lifted up her head, though the last rida," said Thorwald, as he left her, "do gleam of her eyes rested pleasantly on not fear for me. Stay here; while you Thorwald, as if thanking him for all the are safe, I shall be unharmed.” He wait- unswerving tenderness of the past. She ed not for reply, but dashed into the fight. never spoke again; and the soft blue eyes Uncas was everywhere, breathing revenge faded, and the white lids curtained them and blood. His terrific war-whoop rung forever. Her passing away on that field in the ears of the Northmen like the yell of blood seemed but the translation of of an infuriated demon; but the first ob- an angel from the tears of earth to its ject of his search was Thorwald. He own congenial skies. raged around the field until he encoun- She had not gone a dark or fearful tered him; they were separated by the way! changes of the affray; he sought him out Still the fight raged. The Northmen
rushed on Uncas, and he fell beneath their “I advise you,” said he, "to prepare weapons. When the Indians saw their immediately for your return; but ye shall chief cut down, they began to quail, and first carry my body to the promontory I soon gave up the field.
thought so beautiful, and there lay TheThorwald held the inanimate form of rida and myself to rest, where I once Therida, when an arrow struck him in thought to make my home. It may be the side, and he fell near the body of the my words were prophetic, when I spoke still conscious Uncas. The dying savage of abiding there for a season! Lay me opened his glazing eyes; and as he saw there, and plant a cross at my head and the fall of Thorwald, deep hate lighted another at my feet; and call the place up again their fading fires. “ He will go Krossanes (Cape Cross) through all fuwith her to the white man's heaven, and ture time.” I shall wander in darkness among the They promised to fulfil his wishes. He happy hunting-grounds! I have lost my spoke his thanks feebly, then lay quite rerenge!” he muttered. The shadows of still. Brynhilda and Eric strove to arouse the grave again chased away the malig- him ; but he gave no answer. Whatever nant expression. The fierce spirit passed. might be that mysterious state that still
Grief and death were in the once hap- held the departing spirit, it was most py home of Thọrwald. On a rude bier happy. The expression of the face was lay the form of Therida, still beautiful that of bliss. Does not Death oftentimes with the impress of the soul that yet lin- lead the soul away from outward things, gered on the clay. By the side of the that it may, in its most hidden cells, comdead Brynhilda was seated, with her once mune with itself and with God? And is haughty spirit tamed by suffering. With not that communion most rapturous ? So all the stern and repulsive traits of her does the countenance of the dying often character, her love for Therida had been give assurance; and beautiful and sootha redeeming thing. She had left her par- ing is the thought that the conqueror ents and home to share her fortunes; and comes with lovely visions and melodious now that beloved sister had gone, — left tones, to wrap the spirit in their beatitude, her, at the bidding of another Power, while he unlocks its prison-house, and adwhose command she might" not disobey: mits it to its full and perfect fruition ! Eric was by her side, as gentle, as kind Thus with Thorwald. He passed so as ever, and with the tenderness of a gently from his trance, the beholders brother strove to soothe her affliction. could not weep. It were a sin to mourn
In another portion of the same apart one so highly favored of Heaven. The ment, on a low couch, was Thorwald. Northmen knelt in holy awe beside the Since he saw the corpse of Therida laid clay, and with one voice, lifted up a on its bier, he had scarcely spoken, but thanksgiving to God, that he had revealed lay with his
prayer. The a better life through the mission of his fountains of his life were dried
away in a Son. twofold sense. He knew his wound to They buried Thorwald and Therida on be mortal, though the skilful in surgery the peaceful promontory; and by a strange bade him hope. He had done with earth- coincidence, in the very spot that seemed ly hope when Therida departed. His to them so sacred to repose ; and the deep high ambition was quelled, his energetic shadow, where the morbid fancy of the spirit enfeebled. Life had passed by him beautiful North-flower saw an open pit, with its interests, and heaven was brought fell on