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aimed with better effect, struck me full Under good nursing and care, I graon the forehead. A thousand sparks dually recovered ; and, by the fall of of light flashed from my eyes—I felt the season, without any farther advenmyself reeling, and on the point of fall- tures, I once more landed safe in Scoting, when a cut across the shoulder land. stretched me at once on the ground. Isabella is not now that destitute and When I recovered from my stupor, and unprotected orphan whom I first saw opened my eyes, the morning was far on the middle of the western ocean advanced the sun was shining bright but the happy mistress of a happy home, overhead ; and I found myself at sea, diffusing life and gladness on all around lying on the deck of the cutter, and Duff her. My friend Duff has lately been busily engaged in examining my plaeed on the list of post captains, and wounds. From him I learned that the is anxiously waiting for more bustling pirates had been mastered after a severe times, when there will be more knockconfict-in which four had been slain, ing about, and more hard blows got, and left on the island ; two had escaped than what our peace establishment adunobserved during the fight, and made mits of. John Wyllie, too, has had off with their boat; and two had been advancement in his line, being now wounded, and were prisoners on board, master of one of the finest ships from one of whom was Mahone. On our Clyde; and I have the additional satisarrival at Porto Rico, we delivered them faction of knowing that none of the crew over to the civil power; and, soon after- have had reason to regret their having
wards, Mahone was tried for the murder jeoparded their lives in fighting for the y of the priest, when he was convicted on “ Pirate's Treasure.”
our evidence, condemned, and executed.
MARE DATA AND GIULIO;
OR, THE OCEAN SPIRIT.
An Italian Legend.
The sun, ere he sank on the bosom form broke its solitude. One might of the ocean, brightened the coast of fancy the ocean and sky, enamoured of Calabria with his farewell
A their own beauty, wished to disclose sweet twilight shed its softening in- their charms only to each other, free fuence over the earth; the ocean famed from the profaning gaze of man. in gold and purple, and seemed adorn- At length a youth arrives to enjoy ed like the bed of a royal bridegroom, the silent wonders of nature ; a youth to receive its glorious guest. The gen- worthy of seeing the goddess without tle breeze of the west Hoated warm and her girdle ;–Giulio, the only son of mild through the air ; and the heat of a the rich and powerful of Count Montebright day had given way to a refresh- fuoco. He delighted in swimming ing balm. With her mysterious veil through the gentle waves flowing along the approaching night covered the sur
the flowery shore. The heat of the searounding objects. A new world appear- son heightened the pleasure he took in ed to have risen on the well-known those exercises, and soon the stormy shore, and new charms were added to element owned his power; for the water its original grandeur. Yet still this
Yet still this seemed gratefully to yield to his efforts, beautiful scene was lifeless, no human and proud of bearing his god-like form;
never, he thought, the floods had played | heart was now the seat of the most arso warmly, so lovingly, round his limbs, dent passion; the image of the silent It was as if out of every
lady never left his fancy for a moment. there arose a flattering voice; the wa- He endeavoured, in a thousand different ters, sparkling in changing colours in ways, to induce her to utter a single the last rays of the sun, appeared to him sound, but all in vain ; neither was she like a thousand mirrors, presenting able to answer to his questions, written smiling eyes and divine forms to his in different idioms. “ Do you write po enchanted soul. But, lo! how he start- language " asked he.-" No!” was ed, when suddenly he beheld close to the sense of her replying gesture. The him a woman of such heavenly beauty, mother of Giulio made some contempthat if he at first in his dreams had taken tuous reflections respecting the educathe phantoms of his imagination for tion of the mysterious lady ; but she, beings of substance, he now mistook by her gentle and humble behaviour, reality for a vision. But the idea of attempted to soften the haughty spirit of the dangerous situation wherein the fair the Countess, and succeeded. She even one was placed recalled his senses ; he gave proof of a more refined education, clasped his arms round her slender in once taking a lute, and drawing from limbs, a grateful fascinating glance gave it the most celestial tones. All the deep him strength, he swam towards the feelings, which her eyes expressed, shore, where he soon beheld his delight-seemed now to have found a corresful burthen in safety; bere he left her ponding language. The sounds fell on in order that he might procure his gar
the listeners' ears like an unknown ments. Having thrown his mantle over mysterious harmony of a better world, his shoulder, he rejoined the fair being, and filled their hearts with delight and who had, in the mean time, repaired rapture. Inclining over her lute, she the disorder of her dress, which, in the often fixed her eyes, full of the tenderest splendour and brightness of its appear-| love, on Giulio, and a tear stole slowly ance, seemed to consist of the silver
over her cheek. As still she remained foam of the sea. On his approach, she silent, it became necessary to give her fell on her knees and embraced his feet, a name, and Giulio called her MAREwith looks full of gratitude and love. DATA, which, in Italian, signifies "given
, He raised her hastily, and full of respect, by the sea.” asked to know whom he had the happi- From the first moment, the old Count, ness to save, and whence she came ? partial to beauty, had been the declared A tear clouded her eye ; she shook her champion of the silent lady. Neverhead, laid her finger on her mouth, as theless, he was strangely surprized when if to say she was deprived of the power once the youth declared, with a fire and of speech, and pointed in answer to his vehemence that would admit of no conquestion with her white hand to the sea. tradiction, that lie could no longer exist He addressed her in different languages, without the possession of Maredata. but although she seemed to understand The wise Count knew that passion him perfectly well, she remained silent. would become more violent by opposi
Giulio led the unknown lady to the tion, and, therefore, did not withhold Castle. The family received her with his consent to their union. The church politeness; but the Countess and her sanctified their love, and Giulio, in the daughters, envious of the more than possession of Maredata, thought himhuman beauty of the stranger, treated self the lrappiest mortal. A sweet boy her with a degree of reserve bordering soon increased eir mutual felicity. on coolness. They contrived, never- Giulio accustomed himself in time to theless, to give her the assistance her her silence, and understood so perfectly misfortune seemed to require. Giulio's well her eloquent gestures, that he al
most imagined her inaudible language and he followed her into the sea to proto be the true idiom of love.
tect her in the dangerous element. If Once, as he returned from the chace, ever the waters had appeared sweet to his sister Manuela met him, and with him, it was now. He thought a soft an appearance of great anxiety, drew music sounded from the depths; allurhim into her lonely closet My dear ing voices invited the couple to sink in brother,” said she, “ I tremble to impart the mysterious bosom of the floods, and to you a discovery I have made, for it indeed, in the arms of Maredata, he sunk may prove destructive to your happi- deeper, till he almost lost his senses, ness, but the fear of seeing you in the when Maredata suddenly threw out a snares of some supernatural and mali- cry of despair, and seizing him with cious being overcomes all other consi- both her arms, moved towards the derations. Know, then, that about an shore, where she deposited him on the hour ago I passed Maredata's apartment, very spot where he had once placed her. when I heard a tuneful voice singing to Soon her endeavours and her caresses the accents of the lute. I entered sud- called him again to life.
“ Who art denly, and found Maredata, who seemed thou?" cried he, “ wonderful being, extremely embarassed, and relapsed who art thou ?” But Maredata, taking immediately into her accustomed' si- his hand, fled with quick steps, and enlence. « Now," added Manuela, “what circled her veil fast round her ears, as a false heart must her's be, if she, able if to avoid the seducing sound of the to speak, can be silent to you—to you, roaring waves, which rose higher and the founder of all her happiness! What higher, pursuing the beautiful fugitive. can be her aim, but to destroy your
Arrived at the castle, he repeated his body and your soul ?”
entreaties to her to solve this mystery. Giulio, deeply affected, hastened to But Maredata clasped her lily arms Maredata, requesting an explanation of round him, and her soft expressive eye this extraordinary event, and conjured asked him, “ Am I not thine ? Art thou her to break her long silence. But not happy? Why askest thou more ?" Maredata, with tears in her eyes, pre
And indeed Giulio seemed to be satissented him their child, and seemed by fied ; he even promised, he never would the sweetest caresses to make her amends ask her again, and consented to lead for disobedience. Her loving husband her shortly to another castle in the heart was soon appeased. He entreated her of the country, where she would not to accompany him on a walk, and, per- be troubled by the sight of the sea. haps without intention, he led her to The joy which sparkled at this assuthe sea-coast. The ocean lay before rance in her eyes was his sweet reward, them, brightened by all the lustre of an and once more a happy husband, he Italian moon-light. The effect which pressed his happy wife to his heart. the sight of the element made upon But the next day his parents requestMaredata was as unexpected as it was ed his company, and his father addresswonderful. Her eyes sparkled with de- ed him thus : " My son, we were light, she spread out her arms, uttered walking yesterday on the border of the a cry of joy, and threw herself into the sea, when we beheld the extraordinary
Giulio stood amazed, but soon scene which happened with Maredata. he beheld her rise smiling and nod- You easily see that you never saved her ding at him, and swimming with out of the waves, since she possesses an astonishing agility and grace. Her such a wonderful power over the eleslender form appearing through the ment. Manuela has told us, that she foods and the silver light of the moon, has heard her sing, and notwithstanding seemed not to be that of a mortal. Love your entreaties, she maintains an obo and anxiety filled her busband's bosom, stinate silence. This must be broke
for the sake of your immortal soul ; sound of her voice, had lost his rage, to conjure her--command her to speak,' sit down near her, and she then proand if she stilll remains silent, you' | ceeded : “ Know then, my only love, must separate.” Giulio, on the con- that I was born in the depth of the trary, after having discoursed a long ocean. Once, as thou wert swimming time with his parents, asserted, that he near the shore,- beheld- loved was himself perfectly happy,--that such thee. But our laws will not permit us a soft affectionate being as Maredata io speak to any mortal, or, if we do, could never endanger his soul, and his life is forfeited to the powerful spirits finished by asking his parents' leave to of the deep. Oh ! how difficult is it go with his family to their castle in the to be mute when love fills the heart ! interior of the country.
After some The word would part from my lips, yet reflection, the Count granted his request: I was silent, and now, that I have once “but,” added be, “before you depart | spoken to thee, I must depart, and my for the country, you will accompany child too. For the revenge of the spime to Naples, where I want to pre- rits is dreadful, and all of us would sent you to the King. Giulio pro- soon be sacrificed to their wrath should mised to obey, and in the space I delay any longer. Farewell, Giulio few days the Count and his family, from this moment, I take leave of joy, Giulio, Maredata, and their child pro- of love, and happiness! Farewell!" ceeded to Naples.
She embraced him, and would depart, Soon after their arrival, Giulio was but Giulio, trembling like a murderer at presented to the King. The old Count, the sight of the gory wound of his vicseeing that he could not prevail on his tim, rose suddenly, and seizing the son to force Maredata to disclose her child, cried out, “ Never! never, shalt secret, discovered the whole to the King. thou carry off my child !" But she
He therefore received Giulio with gazed on him with a long, deep look, hard words, reproaching him with a that chilled his blood to his very heart; sinful alliance with a fairy, and com- then she began to sing in such mournmanded him, under pain of disgrace, to ful pensive sounds, that he lost his learn immediately the truth from Mare- senses. data, and threatened even to burn his When he recovered, she was gone. wife, as a being devoted to the demon The inmates of the castle had seen her At these words of the King, Giulio lost proceed towards, and leap into the sea. his patience ; a spirit of rage seemed to From that moment a still melancholy have taken possession of his soul. He preyed upon Giulio. He said not a hastened home, rushed into the apart- single word to his amazed parents. Long ment of his wife, whom he found play- time elapsed before he was able to leave ing with her child in her arms. He the room, till he one evening walked brandished his sword over her head, down to the coast to his accustomed and exclaimed, “Thou cursed witch, bathing-place. His anxious parents bewho art thou: Speak, or instant death.” beld him swimming, when suddenly --but he could not finish his sentence, the sea glowed in a thousand colours, for she fell into his arms, and cried out, and Giulio disappeared. The beauti“ Now indeed it is time to speak! Now ful phenomenon lasted for hours, but indeed we must part, and part for Giulio was seen no more.
A tradition ever!" A food of tears checked her prevailed among the people, that the words, but she overcame her emotion, lustre of the sea had been a signal of and with a sweet voice she entreated the re-union of the faithful lovers. her amazed husband, who, at the first
WHEN I had gathered from many mit of a steep hill, and holding out his hips the scattered and varying portions hand towards a valley and lake at our of the following wild and simple story, feet, said, “ There-there is the home I sat down, as has ever been my way on of the ancient name of Heron, and there the spot where it befel, and proceeded to the deed was done, which made so many compare tale and place together, for the cheeks pale.” We seated ourselves on purpose of making the present interpret the ground, and it seemed his wish to the past, and aid me in telling a clear allow me to look my fill on vale and and consistent story. An old man, a lake, before he proceeded to violate the kind of district historian, accompanied repose of a scene so full of loveliness, me, and it required no small persuasion by touching on a tale of treachery and to induce him to visit a place where he blood. acknowledged he seldom willingly went. With treachery and with blood, no His looks saddened down by the way, one who looked with me upon the and there was something of awe in the place would have believed it associated. manner in which he stood on the sum- It was, indeed, a sweet and romantic