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cies, and taste the bliss thou hast so still had he found her his constant comdearly purchased.” So saying, she

So saying, she panion; for, by calling her again into extended her arms towards him ; but existence, he had rendered himself inthis motion served only to increase his separably hers; so fatal were the links terror, and exclaiming : “ Accursed that united them. Being,"—he rushed out of the apart- Struggling with the madness that was ment.

beginning to seize him, and brooding All the horrors of a guilty, upbraid- incessantly on the ghastly visions that ing conscience became his companions, presented themselves to his horror-stricnow that he was awakened from the de- ken mind, he lay motionless in the lirium of his unholy pleasures. Fre- gloomiest recesses of the woods, even quently did he curse his own obstinate from the rise of sun till the shades of blindness, for having given no heed to eve. But, no sooner was the light of the hints and admonitions of his chil- day extinguished in the west, and the dren's nurses, but treating them as vile woods buried in impenetrable darkness, calumnies. But his sorrow was now than the apprehension of resigning too late, for, although repentance may himself to sleep drove him forth among gain pardon for the sinner, it cannot the mountains. The storm played alter the immutable decrees of fate-wildly with the fantastic clouds, and it cannot recall the murdered from the with the rattling leaves, as they were tomb. No sooner did the first break of caught up into the air, as if some dread dawn appear, than he set out for his spirit was sporting with these images lonely castle in the mountains, deter- of transitoriness and decay: it roared mined no longer to abide under the among the summits of the oaks as if same roof with so terrific a being; yet uttering a voice of fury, while its holvain was his flight, for, on waking the low sound rebounding among the disfollowing morning, he perceived him- tant hills, seemed as the moans of a self in Brunhilda's arms, and quite departing sinner, or as the faint cry of entangled in her long raven tresses, some wretch expiring under the murwhich seemed to involve him, and bind derer's hand : the owl too, uttered its him in the fetters of his fate; the

pow- ghastly cry as if foreboding the wreck of erful fascination of her breath held him nature. Walter's hair flew disorderly still more captivated, so that, forgetting in the wind, like black snakes wreathall that had passed, he returned her ing around his temples and shoulders; caresses, until awakening as if from a. while each sense was awake to catch dream he recoiled in unmixed horror fresh horror. In the clouds he seemed from her embrace. During the day to behold the forms of the murdered ; he wandered through the solitary wilds in the howling wind to hear their laof the mountains, as a culprit seeking ments and groans ; in the chilling blast an asylum from his pursuers; and, at itself he felt the dire kiss of Brunhilda ; night, retired to the shelter of a cave ; in the cry of the screeching bird he heard fearing less to couch himself within her voice ; in the mouldering leaves he such a dreary place, than to expose scented the charnel-bed out of which himself to the horror of again meeting he had awakened her. “ Murderer of Brunhilda ; but, alas! it was in vain thy own offspring,” exclaimed he in a that he endeavoured to flee her. Again, voice making night, and the conflict of when he awoke, he found her the part- the element still more hideous, paramour ner of his miserable bed. Nay, had he ofa blood-thirsty vampire, “reveller with sought the centre of the earth as his the corruption of the tomb !" while in hiding place; had he even imbedded his despair he rent the wild locks from himself beneath rocks, or formed his his head. Just then the full moon chamber in the recesses of the ocean, darted from beneath the bursting clouds;

On his arrival, Walter found the old Most horrible ! yet what can be



and the sight recalled to his remem- « How! murder her!" echoed brance the advice of the sorcerer, when Walter. he trembled at the first apparition of “ Aye,” returned the old man calmBrunhilda rising from her sleep of ly, “ pierce her bosom with a sharpendeath ;-namely, to seek him, at the ed dagger, which I will furnish thee season of the full moon, in the moun- with ; at the same time renounce her tains, where three roads met. Scarcely memory for ever, swearing never to had this gleam of hope broke in on think of her intentionally, and that, if his bewildered mind, than he flew to thou dost involuntarily, thou wilt repeat the appointed spot.

the curse." man seated there upon a stone, as more horrible than she herself is :calmly as though it had been a bright I'll do it." sunny day, and completely regardless Keep then this resolution until the of the uproar around. “'Art thou come next new moon." then ?)" exclaimed he to the breathless What, must I wait until then?" wretch, who, flinging himself at his cried Walter, " alas ere then, either her feet, cried in a tone of anguish :-“ Oh savage thirst for blood will have forced save me—succour me-rescue me from me into the night of the tomb, or horthe monster that scattereth death and ror will have driven me into the night desolation around her."

of madness." “ I am acquainted with all,” return- “ Nay,” replied the sorcerer, “ that ed the sorcerer, “thou now perceivest I can prevent ;” and, so saying, he how wholesome was the advice Wake conducted him to a cavern further not the dead.'"

among the mountains. “ Abide here “ And wherefore a mysterious warn- twice seven days,” said he ; “ so long ing! why didst thou not rather disclose can I protect thee against her deadly to me, at once, all the horrors that caresses. Here wilt thou find all due awaited

my sacrilegious profanation of provision for thy wants ; but take heed the grave.”

that nothing tempt thee to quit this “ Wert thou able to listen to any place. Farewell, when the moon reother voice than that of thy impetuous news itself, then do I repair hither passions? Did not thy eager impatience again.” So saying, the sorcerer drew shut my mouth at the very moment I a magic circle around the cave, and would have cautioned thee ”

then immediately disappeared. “ True, true :thy reproof is just : Twice seven days did Walter continue but what does it avail now ;-I need the in this solitude, where his companions promptest aid.”

were his own terrifying thoughts, and “Well," replied the old man,“ there his bitter repentance. The present was remains even yet a means of rescuing all desolation and dread; the future prethyself, but it is fraught with horror, sented the image of a horrible deed, and demands all thy resolution." which he must perforce commit ; while

“ Utter it then, utter it; for what the past was empoisoned by the memory can be more appalling, more hideous of his guilt. Did he think on his forthan the misery I now endure ?” mer happy union with Brunhilda, her

“ Know then,” continued the sor- horrible image presented itself to his cerer, " that only on the night of the imagination with her lips defiled with new moon, does she sleep the sleep of dropping blood : or, did he call to mind mortals ; and then all the supernatural the peaceful days he had passed with power which she inherits from the grave Swanhilda, he beheld her sorrowful totally fails her. 'Tis then that thou spirit, with the shadows of her murdermust murder her."

ed children. Such were the horrors

that attended him by day : those of Reclining in a tranquil slumber ; she night were still more dreadful, for then reposed in all her native loveliness, he beheld Brunhilda herself, who, wan- every trace of horror had disappeared dering round the magic circle which from her countenance ; she looked so she could not pass, called upon his pure, meek and innocent that all the name, till the cavern re-echoed the sweet hours of their endearments rushhorrible sound. " Walter, my be- ed to Walter's memory, like interceding loved," cried she, wherefore dost thou angels pleading in her behalf. His avoid me? art thou not mine ? for unnerved hand could not take the dagever minemine here, and mine here- ger which the sorcerer presented to him. after? And dost thou seek to murder “ The blow must be struck even now :" me –ah ! commit not a deed which said the latter, “ shouldst thou delay hurls us both to perdition-thyself as but an hour, she will lie at day-break well as me." In this manner did the on thy bosom, sucking the warm lifehorrible visitant torment him each drops from thy heart." night, and, even when she departed, Horrible! most horrible !” faulrobbed him of all repose.

tered the trembling Walter, and turnThe night of the new moon at length ing away his face, he thrust the dagger arrived, dark as the deed it was doom- into her bosom, exclaiming—“I curse ed to bring forth. The sorcerer enter- thee for ever !”—and the cold blood ed the cavern ;

“ Come, said he, to gushed upon his hand. Opening her Walter, let us depart hence, the hour eyes once more, she cast a look of is now arrived :” and he forthwith con- ghastly horror on her husband, and, ducted him in silence from the grave, in a hollow dying accent said—Thou to a coal-black steed, the sight of too art doomed to perdition." which recalled to Walter's remem- “ Lay now thy hand upon her corse,” brance the fatal night. He then relal said the sorcerer, 66 and swear the ed to the old man Brunhilda's nocturnal oath."—Walter did as commanded, visits, and anxiously enquired whether saying—“ Never will I think of her her apprehensions of eternal perdition with love, never recall her to mind inwould be fulfilled or not. Mortal tentionally, and, should her image reeye,” exclaimed the sorcerer, may cur to my mind involuntarily, so will I Dot pierce the dark secrets of another exclaim to it : be thou accursed.”. world, or penetrate the deep abyss that 6. Thou hast now done every thing," separates earth from heaven.” Walter returned the sorcerer ;-restore her hesitated to mount the steed. “ Be therefore to the earth, from which thou

resolute,” exclaimed his companion, did'st sofoolishly recall her; and be sure 1" but this once is it granted to thee to to recollect thy oath: for, shouldst thou make the trial, and, should thou fail | forget it but once, she would return, now, nought can rescue thee from her and thou wouldst be inevitably lost. power.

Adieuwe see each other no more.” “What can be more horrible than Having uttered these words he quitted she herself -I am determined :” and the apartment, and Walter also fled he leaped on the horse, the sorcerer from this abode of horror, having first mounting also behind him.

given directions that the corse should Carried with a rapidity equal to that be speedily interred. of the storm that sweeps across the Again did the terrifie Brunhilda replain, they in brief space arrived at pose within her grave; but her image Walter's castle. All the doors flew continually haunted Walter's imaginaopen at the bidding of his companion, tion, so that his existence was one conand they speedily reached Brunhilda's tinued martyrdom, in which he conchamber, and stood beside her couch. tinually struggled, to dismiss from his recollection the hideous phantoms of the sword, or a still more deadly pestilence past; yet, the stronger his effort to ba- had laid every thing waste : for the few nishthem, so much the more frequently inhabitants that still remained, and and the more vividly did they return ; even those servants who had once shewn as the night-wanderer, who is enticed themselves the most attached, now fied by a fire-wisp into quagmire or bog, from him, as though he had been sinks the deeper into his damp grave branded with the mark of Cain. With the more he struggles to escape. His horror he perceived that, by uniting imagination seemed incapable of ad- himself as he had done with the dead, mitting any other image than that of he had cut himself off from the living, Brunhilda: now he fancied he beheld who refused to hold any intercourse her expiring, the blood streaming from with him. Often, when he stood on her beautiful bosom : at others he saw the battlements of his castle, and look the lovely bride of his youth, who re-ed down upon desolate fields, he comproached him with having disturbed pared their present solitude with the the slumbers of the tomb; and to both lively activity they were wont to exhihe was compelled to utter the dreadful bit, under the strict but benevolent diswords, “ I curse thee for ever.” The cipline of Swanhilda. He now felt terrible imprecation was constantly that she alone could reconcile him to passing his lips'; yet was he in inces- life, but durst he hope that one, whom sant terror lest he should forget it, or he had so deeply agrieved, could pardream of her without being able to re- don him, and receive him again ? Impeat it, and then, on awaking, find him- | patience at length got the better of fear; self in her arms. Else would he recall he sought Swanhilda, and, with the her expiring words, and, appalled at deepest contrition, acknowledged his their terrific import, imagine that the complicated guilt ; embracing her knees doom of his perdition was irrecoverably he beseeched her to pardon him, and passed. Whence should he fly from to return to his desolate castle, in order himself ? or how erase from his brain that it might again become the abode these images and forms of horror? In of contentment and peace. The pale the din of combat, in the tumult of form which she beheld at her feet, the war and its incessant pour of victory shadow of the lately blooming youth, to defeat; from the cry of anguish to touched Swanhilda. “ Thy folly," the exultation of victory-in these he said she gently, “though it has caused hoped to find at least the relief of dis

me much sorrow, has never excited my traction : but here too he was disap- resentment or my anger. pointed. The giant fang of apprehen- where are my children. To this dreadsion now seized him who had never ful interrogation the agonized father before known fear; each drop of blood could for a while frame no reply : at that sprayed upon him seemed the cold length he was obliged to confess the blood that had gushed from Brunhilda's dreadful truth. « Then we are sunwound; each dying wretch that fell dered for ever,” returned Swanhilda ; beside him looked like her, when ex- nor could all his tears or supplications piring, she exclaimed :—“ Thou too prevail upon her to revoke the sentence art doomed to perdition;" so that the she had given. aspect of death seemed more full of Stripped of his last earthly hope, dread to him than aught beside, and bereft of his last consolation, and therethis unconquerable terror compelled him by rendered as poor as mortal can posto abandon the battle-field. At length, sibly be on this side of the grave, Walafter many a weary and fruitless wan- ter returned homewards; when, as he dering, he returned to his castle. Here was riding through the forest in the all was deserted and silent, as if the neighbourhood of his castle, absorbed


But say,



in his gloomy meditations, the sudden she, as soon as he had finished his tale, sound of a horn roused bim from his * it ill beseems a man of thy discretion reverie. Shortly after he saw appear a to afflict thyself, on account of all this. female figure clad in black, and mount- Thou hast awakened the dead from the ed on a steed of the same colour: her sleep of the grave, and afterwards found, attire was like that of a huntress, but, —what might have been anticipated, instead of a falcon, she bore a raven in that the dead possess no sympathy her hand; and she was attended by a with life. What then thou wilt not gay troop of cavaliers and dames. The commit this error a second time. Thou first salutations being passed, he found hast however murdered the being whom that she was proceeding the same road thou had'st thus recalled again to existas himself; and, when she found that ence-but it was only in appearance, Walter's castle was close at hand, she for thou couldst not deprive that of life, requested that he would lodge her for which properly had none. Thou hast, that night, the evening being far 'ad- too, lost a wite and two children : but, vanced. Most willingly did he comply at thy years, such a loss is most easily with this request, since the appearance repaired. There are beauties who will

of the beautiful stranger had struck him gladly share thy couch, and make thee i greatly; so wonderfully did she resem- again a father. But thou dread'st the

ble Swanhilda, except that her locks reckoning of hereafter:—go, open the

were brown, and her eye dark and full graves and ask the sleepers there whether 3

of fire. With a sumptuous banquet that hereafter disturbs them.". In such did he entertain his guests, whose mirth manner would she frequently exhort and songs enlivened the lately silent and cheer him, so that, in a short time, halls. Three days did this revelry con- his melancholy entirely disappeared. exhilirating

He to to Walter, that he seemed to have fore known the passion with which she had gotten his sorrows and his fears; nor inspired him, nor did she refuse him could he prevail upon himself to dismiss her hand. Within seven days afterhis visitors, dreading lest, on their de- wards the nuptials were celebrated, and

parture, the castle would seem a hun- the very foundations of the castle seemed i dred times more desolate than before, to rock from the wild tumultuous uproar

and his grief be proportionably in- of unrestrained riot. The wine streamed creased. At his earnest request, the in abundance; the goblets circled incesstranger consented to stay seven days, santly : intemperance reached its utand again another seven days. Without most bounds, while shouts of laughter, being requested, she took upon herself almost resembling madness, burst from the superintendance of the household, the numerous train belonging to the which she regulated as discreetly and unknown. At length Walter, heated cheerfully as Swanhilda kad been wont with wine and love, conducted his bride to do, so that the castle, which had so into the nuptial chamber : but, oh! lately been the abode of melancholy horror! scarcely had he clasped her in and 'horror, became the residence of his arms, ere she transformed herself pleasure and festivity, and Walter's grief into a monstrous serpent, which endisappeared altogether in the midst of twining him in its horrid folds, crushed so much gaiety. Daily did his attach- him to death. Flames crackled on ment to the fair unknown increase ; he every side of the apartment; in a few even made her his confidant; and, one minutes after, the whole castle was evening as they were walking together enveloped in a blaze that consumed apart from any of her train, he related it entirely : while, as the walls fell in to her his melancholy and frightful his- with a tremendous crash, a voice extory. “My dear friend," returned claimed aloud - Wake not the dead !'

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