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on the floor of the cavern. “And now,, denly ashore; hasty words and heavy sair mistress,' he said, “ will I show blows, und death groans were heard; you how Sir Aymer wooes ; I remem and with the rapidity of light an armed ber your words of jest and scorn, your figure came; a heron plume was in his mockery at the bluntness of my speech, helmet, a sword was gleaming in his and my insensibility of the melody of hand, and that light which heroism and verse, and the harmony of music, when a sense of deep wrong kindle, was burnyou danced so gaily with the Dacres ing in his eyes. It was Sir Hugh Heron. and Selbys, and the hall rung with He struck Sir Aymer with the side of laughter at me. And sheathing his his sword, and said, • Turn, thou only sword he stepped close to where she faithless knight of my name ; turn, and stood, and offered to take her in his draw, else I strike ye dead where ye arms.
stand.' And Sir Ayıner drew his sword, “ With dilated eyes, and hair which and said, “I have longed to wet my seemed moving with horror, and with a sword with thee in this quarrel; and I shuddering frame, Beatrice gazed on will wet it in thy heart, and he made him for a moment. • Villain,' she said, a blow, and there was a sore strife be.ye know not the might of woman's tween them. When Beatrice beheld heroic hate; ye have never learned to her lover, she fell on her knees, and look on her with reverence or with awe; held up her hands in prayer : she knelt but learn it now; in the weakest virgin so near, that the blood which the sword of my father s house there is a courage drew was sprinkled on her white hands that scorns ye and defies ye. Dare but and on her pale cheeks. She closed to touch me, and if heaven's fire, which her eyes, and heard for a time the sound now makes this cavern as bright as of swords, and the moving to and fro of noon, strike ye not to the earth, a hand hurried feet; they were a moment mute, ye dread not shall work God's work.' and then the combat grew more fierce And she put her hand in her bosom, than ever. At length Sir Aymer fell and drawing out a dagger, said, “Sir pierced through and through,, and Aymer, see,
this lay in my bosom when while he lay in the agonies of death, I'was among pirates; with this the Beatrice threw herself on her lover's weak is mighty, and woman is equal bosom, and sobbed out his name. He
Another step, and time sheathed his sword and kissed her forehas done with one of us." Sir Aymer head and her lips, and said, My love, laughed, and looked on her for a mo my love, I learned thy danger in a far ment; his frame shook, and his brow land, and the first voice I heard when darkened, but grim as his looks grew, the storm drove our boat into this little he still smiled, and he sprung towards lovely bay, was thine calling on God her like a beast of prey springing on a
and Hugh Heron.'" deer. • Minion,' he said, ye have Here I made a pause in my narrative, drawn blood: my revenge shall be but and my companion, who had maintained a harmless kiss. And the dagger, as silence much longer than I expected, he threw it away, rung against the side looked on me and exclaimed, “Call of the cavern. She called on God and ye that the Tale of Hugh Heron? The she called on her love, and her cries of best of the story is to come, and will ye deep and terrible despair were not ut stop when the danger is over, and the tered in vain.
mirth, and the minstrels, and the bridal “ The storm had now subsided; the lights are coming? Ye have not said moon streamed out from among the how his mother came and fell on the disparting clouds, and the plash of the neck of her son,--how the body of Sir thunder-rain and the howling of the Aymer was borne into the shrine of our wind bad ceased. A boat pushed sud dy, that the vision which Sir Hugh
saw might be fulfilled ; and the stains | man's soul,--and how many stately of bis blood are in the marble floor to sons and fair daughters blessed the this day. And if ye scorn bridal mirth, marriage of Hugh Heron and the fair will ye not tell how many inasses were
maid of Moffatdale ?-never tell a story daily said for the repose of the slain
THE BLACK GOAT OF BRANDENBURG.
* * * “ Nothing," exclaimed the murderer, these fanatics assembled, with sorcerer,“ but the immolation of a per their conductor, to witness the consumfect goat, without a single hair about mation of this unholy work. The strughim that is not black, will propitiate gling goat was slaughtered in the most my master, and secure the great object barbarous manner, and single drops, of for which we have so deeply laboured." its blood, wrung out in the agonies of
The provinces of Russia, and the death, were sprinkled upon De Kleist countries of Poland and Lithuania were and each of his followers. The carcase traversed in search of this precious ani then crackled in the flames of a red mal, which De Kleist and his compa fire that burnt before him, and hymns nions at length obtained for the value of impious adoration were chanted to of its weight in gold. The Black Goat the deity of Hell. These rites contiwas laid at the feet of their exorcist; nued till dawn, when they were broken who now proceeded to accomplish bis in upon by a party of police; and purpose of compelling Lucifer to reveal though the infatuated assistants at this the secret places where all the treasures scene were permitted to escape, its prinwere buried that in former times had cipal, the sorcerer, was dragged away disappeared from Germany.
to confinement, and perished in the At midnight, on a heath near Berlin, dungeons of Spandau, and under the gibbet of a newly hung
The troubles which agitated the con historian to expatiate upon, and will tinent of Europe on the death of Charles ever form a remarkable epoch in the the Sixth, emperor of Germany, the annals of our continent. The town of last male heir of the ancient and illus- Presburg was almost equally occupied trious house of Hapsburg, in consequence at this period by some events of a priof the disputed succession to his here vate nature, but perhaps in their way ditary dominions, and the contest for scarcely less remarkable. obtaining his elective honours, are well A large number of troops were of known to all the world.
course assembled in the town, nor was The states of Hungary, it is equally there an inn which was not almost enwell known, were on this occasion as- tirely occupied by them. The most sembled at Presburg, on the summons distinguished inn was a large edifice.in of their new queen, the celebrated the Gothic style of building round a Maria Theresa, when she made her spacious court. Along the principal ever-memorable appeal to the spirit and | side of the quadrangle ran a corridor, at gallantry of her countrymen in behalf | the end of which was a large room with of herself and her infant son, presenting a vaulted roof appearing to have been the latter, whom she carried in her arms, once destined for a chapel. before them. These public events are side of this room was an immense firewell known ; they furnished abundant place capable of making a noble blazing topics of conversation and discussion at fire in the ungenial days of winter. the time, not only in the town of Pres This inn being full of troops, the officers burg, but over all Europe ; they have made use of the large room in question afforded ample matter for the pen of the as a mess-room, and commonly passed
their evenings there together round the recognized in the mysterious stranger a chimney, enjoying the crackling of the friend well known to him, said, “What blazing wood, canvassing over the in can this mean ?-'tis Molziewitz assuteresting events then going forwards, redly! I must follow and question him and drinking in the true spirit of chival whence this unaccountable intrusion rous gallantry, to the health and pros upon us,-whence the air of mystery perity of their young and lovely queen. with which the whole transaction is at
They were sitting thus together one tended ?” and he was advancing towards evening, when the conversation having the door at which the Count had made taken a very interesting turn-as most his exit. people will agree when they know that Nay,” said Frederick von Zindenawful histories of spectres and other dorf, another of the officers, “ you shall supernatural appearances was the theme, not go, it were fool-hardiness.” ---thus occupied they thought not of the « Fool-hardiness! What do you time, and the midnight clock struck mean?” said Kiezerhausen; “ I hope while they were in the midst of some you don't think that I am so easily tale of terror, nor thinking of separating daunted !"-Yet his countenance exto their respective couches for the night. pressed considerable doubts as to the
While the sound of the twelfth stroke safety of such a movement; and though yet vibrated on the great bell of the he remained upon his legs, neither of city clock, the door of the room open them stirred for the execution of his ed, and an officer in the Austrian uni
purpose. form entered, having his hat drawn very « Mean?” said Zinzendorf:-“There much over his face, his arms folded, might be nothing in the Count under and his eyes bent to the ground. The his living corporeal form to daunt you, door closed again without its being but this figure—" touched by him, and he proceeded to walk slowly and solemnly along the sen ; “ I am sure 'tis Molziewitz." room, making directly towards another Aye, but are you sure that Molziedoor at the opposite end of it. The witz is still alive ?" whole company, astonished at so unac “ Pshaw -We have been talking countable an intrusion, had their eyes of ghosts and spectres till your heated instantly turned to him ; but he conti imagination is possessing itself with the nued his way with his head bent to the whimsical notion that we have had a ground, nor were his looks once direct visit from a ghost. But let me observe, ed towards the assembled company. that a ghost, according to all the esta
“ Heavens !” said one of the officers, blished forms of the incorporeal world, starting from his seat, “ Count Molzie must have appeared in his winding-sheets witz !- I thought you had been at this not in a full-dressed uniform." moment with Khevenhuller's army ?” “ Nay, pardon me,” said Augustus -and he was making towards him with von Birkenthal, “ if the body be not his hand stretched out to offer him in yet buried, how should the spirit aptoken of friendship : but the officer con pear in a winding-sheet ?-Of course, tinued on his way without noticing him, while uninterred" and going out at the other door of the Upon my word,” said Kięzerhauroom, was seen no more.
sen, “ you are very learned in these The company looked at each other, matters; it should seem as if this were while the utmost astonishment was in not the first time" pressed on their countenances, and an “ Whether first or not,” said Birkenawful silence of some moments ensued. thal, “ I should think it quite as well At length the officer, (Baron Kiezer not to treat the subject with so much hausen by name,) who thought he had levity.”
** Well, this figure," said Kiezerhau
* The appearance is indeed unac room, no place in which any one could countable,” said Henry von Wingerode; be concealed, excepting under the bed ; “ but shall soldiers be afraid ? - No, but this was strictly examined, and still let us follow and investigate the matter. nothing was to be seen. To escape by I suspect some cheat, some 'vile impos the window was next to impossible ; it ture, and perhaps for some very vile was high from the ground within, and purpose. Our enemies know that Hun there was a vast leap to take from it garians are not to be daunted in the down into the court below : besides, field—who can say what weapons they the Gothic mullions were so close that may not be endeavouring to employ there was scarcely room to admit of a against us ? —We have been talking of human body passing between them, supernatural appearances, such at least Still the search was continued for some as are so reputed, till we have almost time; they seemed unable sufficiently persuaded ourselves to believe in them, to convince themselves that no person and to consider this as one. But away was there. It was, however, at length with such folly ; let us all go together, abandoned, and as if by one accord the and search to the bottom of the matter. company quitted the room and resumed The room into which that door leads is, their stations round the chimney. as you all know, my apartment; there Here they sat for a considerable time is no other exit from it but that one in profound silence, their eyes commondoor; the impostor, for such I am per ly fixed on the blazing fire, only now suaded he is, cannot have made his and then wandering towards the doors escape ; let us drag him from his lurk at which the spectre—for such they ing hole, and force him to confess the were now all ready to believe it—had motive which has led to this unaccount made its entrance and its exit. able attempt at terrifying us.”
At length Birkenthal broke the siThe rest of the company looked at lence, and addressing himself to Wineach other. “ Wingerode is in the gerode said, “ You will not, I hope, right," said one; “ 'tis unmanly to be think of sleeping in that room to-night?" thus alarmed. Away with our terrors, “ Most undoubtedly I shall sleep and let the room be instantly searched.” there, -you would not have me quit it Yet he stirred not.
upon this account?” “ Who told you that we were alarm Let me entreat you—" ed ?” said another. “ I am sure that I “ Come, come, Birkenthal, you are am not :-away then to the search. a coward." Wingerode, since 'tis your apartment, “ Take care what you say; that word you will lead the way.” At the same must not be lightly used. I hope the time he reached his hand to his sword; field of battle can sufficiently attest that yet trembled so that he could not draw I do not deserve such an epithet, but it, while his knees knocked together as
there is no valour in braving appeara token of his bravery.
ances evidently not human." Kiezerhausen sat musing :-" Is the “ Where is your evidence,” said Count then,” he said, “ indeed no Wingerode, “ that this is any thing more? But come come, let us search more than human ?-I am not disposed the room:"--and he advanced towards to detract in any way from Omnipothe door, followed by the rest.
tence ; but I must be well convinced The apartment was now strictly that Omnipotence has ever been exsearched; but no trace whatever was to ercised in presenting supernatural apbe found of any person, nor did any pearances to mortals, before I can bething appear which could indicate that lieve in them ; and I never yet heard the object they were in search of had of any that was not afterwards accounted been there. There was no closet to the for in some natural way, either by the