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His song ended, a shadow crossed him in the, on the strife above them. But how great was cold moonlight for a moment, and then another their astonishment when they beheld their chief being joined him; it was Eleanora. No longer overpowered, and his Herculean body hurled his hand swept his lute-strings, but, seizing hers, down lifeless at their feet. Of a stern and unhe avowed his love.“ Eternal as the heavens yielding disposition, this man of blood had never is my love, my affection, Eleanora,” exclaimed been a favourite among them; but his powerful

strength and gigantic stature, added to a daunt“ Eternal is also mine," softly responded the less courage, had caused them rather to be inmaiden.

spired with fear and dread, and they regarded him In the first kiss of love, that those two young with feelings akin to awe, deeming him invinhearts had ever given, their lips met; to which cible. A voice among them quickly suggested the moonbeams, whose silvery light shone round that his conqueror was alone worthy of sucthem, and the stars, whose beams quivered as ceeding him; and to this all unanimously though they wept in the dark azure vault, were agreed. Throwing their arms to the ground, mute witnesses. Alas! and that vow was soon they all ascended the rock, and hailed Alberto to be forgotten by her, soon to become less than as their chief, and entreated him to become so, a dream; but by him? No! it remained fixed For a moment only did the young misanthrope and sacred as the altar of his faith, burning balance between a weary life of misery and an brightly for ever!

active life of perdition. The latter soon gained Å few weeks after that evening Alberto de- the ascendancy, and the Genoese patrician beparted on a voyage to the Levant, hoping to come the pirate chief. Under the assumed repair, by a successful commerce, the prodigality name of Adro, he quickly became the terror of his deceased sire, who had left him too poor of the Mediterranean. But did Eleanora ever to demand the hand of the daughter of the rich dream, that when she heard the most terrible and haughty Pisani: What sorrow did not she accounts of the pirate's ferocity, it was the appear to feel when he bade her adieu, praying once happy Alberto, once so blest in her love? his speedy return. Oh, faith and constancy! No! oh, woman's love! whither, whither did ye flee? Another year passed. Her husband died;

Scarcely two months had elapsed when the and shortly afterwards, her father. The attenMarchese Spinola demanded her in marriage; tion she received from a prince so noble, so her father, averse to the affection she had dis- distinguished, as Doria flattered her vanity, played for Alberto, readily consented. And this while it fed the flame of her ambition which being, so young, so beautiful, who but so lately still burned within her. The billet she still had given up her first fond gush of affection to held within her fingers did, it is true, at first another

and loving as herself, dazzled by awaken a feeling of surprise and remorse, not wealth and ambition, bestowed her hand on unmingled with terror; but this was but moSpinola, whose years numbered thrice hers, mentary; and by the time her carriage stopped who was somewhat deformed in person, but yet at her palace they had all flown: and she had who possessed Mammon; and this was the irre- crushed it in her grasp; and her thoughts no sistible spell that had won the faithless and longer dwelling on its writer, but roaming amid heartless Eleanora.

the dreams of ambition and the love of Doria, A year passed away. Whether her betrayed she entered muttering—“He is mine !-mine!” lover had since returned to Genoa, she recked And such was Eleanora Spinola— the beaunot, cared not. The feeling of generosity and tiful! Could such an angelic form cover so truthfulness, so generally prevalent in youth, deformed a heart ? became in her extinct, not by the world's cold

(To be concluded in our next.) ness, but by the demon-Pride. Alas! Alberto did return; but the motive of his voyage had failed, and he returned but to discover the inconstancy of Eleanora. Despair seizing on his heart, he roamed about Genoa reckless and wretched, hating the world, and cursing the

THE FIRMAMENT. faithlessness and perfidy of woman.

One evening a pirate crew landed on the Perfection of perfection! as thou wast coast, a few miles from Genoa; the first object

In the beginning of our present state their eyes encountered was Alberto seated on a

Beheld by our great sire from Eden's gate, rock. 'Perceiving that he viewed them with in

Apparent Firmament, outspreading vast,

Immutable, unsearchable as fate, difference and unconcern, they approached him

So art thou now-a thing immaculate ; nearer ; still he gazed on them, and moved not.

Whether in storms thy brow is overcast, Their chief, a daring Corsican, ascended the Or like a bride unveiled thou dost appear, rock, and taking him for a madman, began to Stainless and blue, and filled with light and love, deride him in tones of insult. Filled with in- Where the clear sun long lingers, loath to move, dignation, and scarcely knowing what he did, Down gazing on the verdant hemisphere; he

sprang to his feet, and drawing his sword, Or if thou gem with stars thy forehead clear, challenged the pirate to single combat. A fierce

Beauty is thine, and majesty, and power, conflict ensued, during which the pirate crew

And unity and grace thy everlasting dower. stood below gazing with curiosity and surprise

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THE PASTOR'S TALE.

(From the German of Frederika Bremer's Nina.")

BY ALICIA JANE SPARROW.

I was still very young, and had only just sister “for God's sake to obey.” I stood alone by completed my studies, when I entered the house the side of the courageous child, and resolved, of Count R- The friendship of his eldest at the peril of my own life, to defend her. The son, Count Louis, drew me thither. He ex- hour of strife came quickly. Count R-, in pected that I would bring about some good conjunction with his worthy son-in-law, had dethere; I, too, with that confidence which is sel-cided on a forced marriage by night; a priest dom wanting in a person of my age, expected was hired; Elfrida was to be sacrificed. On the the same.

It was a gloomy house; dark and evening previous to this sad hour, the secret stormy passions had long raged within it. The plot was betrayed by Elfrida's nurse, who, exterior was a faithful picture of the interior. though paid by Count R-- to be an assistant The old castle, gloomy and shattered, was in it, could not withstand the remorse which situated at the farthest extremity of Schonen; harassed her. Elfrida came to me, revealed all the waves of the Sound beat against its walls. and conjured me, with the anguish of despair, I found a son in the bloom of youth, whom the to save her. The danger was pressing, and barbarous severity of his father had rendered 'the time short; I should quickly, seize upon timid, even to silliness. The mother had lately a resolution, if I wished to rescue her. Count died. The daughter was fourteen years old, i R-- had a sister, who was abbess of a constill a child; but the will of her father ruled vent in Zealand; to her I determined to carry already in her breast: like an oak she struggled Elfrida, and to trust the unhappy young girl to against the storm, and the oppression only called her protection ; but to escape the approaching forth more powerfully the elasticity of her young scene, she should be brought over the Sound character : she was a beautiful, wild child, but that night. I imparted my plan to her, and she gifted with a warm heart-matter for great work resigned herself to my care.

I wrote a letter to in good or evil. Although an only child, she Count R--, in which I related, in few words, was, by her father's desire, already affianced to what I had discovered, and what I purposed a rich, decrepid old man, who was in every doing; without, however, naming the place to respect unworthy of the young and lovely rose- 1 which I intended to bring Elfrida. I left the bud. She allowed herself to be betrothed, be- letter, sealed, on my table, convinced that even cause, thoughtless from her age, she saw in though our flight should soon be discovered, no marriage only the splendid wedding, and be- search could take place during the night. cause she longed to leave her father's house. It was a September evening, dark and stormy, The father!-indeed it is a mournful image, that when I stood waiting for Elfrida near the boat of a man who has rooted out all holiness from which I had procured, and which lay by the his soul, so that rash and cruel selfishness alone castle walls. At the appointed hour I saw her remains; to such a soul nothing is sacred; it white figure gleaming between the trees, gleam, is capable of anything to gratify its desires or ing and disappearing'; for in the darkness, and its passions ; nay, it finds a pleasure in being a in her haste, her foot slipped, and she fell

, with tormenting spirit. To believe in the existence a faint cry. I ran to her, took her in my arms, of hell, it is enough to have known such a man, and bore her towards the shore. I had nearly and such was Count Louis

' father. I soon ab- reached it, when I felt myself violently seized by horred him; but I remained in his house to the back. I placed Elfrida down to defend protect his children. Elfrida's bans of marriage myself; she sprang resolutely into the boat

. I were published, and the wedding was to follow, cast him to the earth who, with imprecations when aversion to it suddenly arose in the breast and abuse, sought to hold me, ran to Elfrida, of the young girl, accompanied by undaunted and thrust out from land. Nearly at the same resistance. She refused to marry Baron N--. instant there was a gleam of light on the shore; “I will not !” was her only reply to repre- a shot was fired; the wild sound of voices, outsentations and commands. “They may put me rageous exclamations and curses, reached out to death,” said she, “ but cannot make me his ears ; but all was soon lost in the din of the

winds and the waves. Now came on a fearful scene. One day I saw My view was to return to Count R-- as soon Elfrida bruised and wounded, and her merciless as I had placed Elfrida in safety, and give an parent dragging her by the hair. At this mo- account of what I had done; and though it was ment I placed force against force; I threatened such a daring experiment to attempt a passage in a foreign land. The timid Emil only

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the hour of my youth and my knowledge of, of the wildness of her natural temper. The navigation, and hoped for a favourable landing. savage scene around us heightened her spirits ; Bat the darkness and the tempest led me astray. like a fairy child, entrusted with the wonders of He mere driven out into the sea by a current; nature, she sprung under the rocks, and ob. I was sensible of it, but strove against it in vain. stinately and playfully suffered herself to be Elvida, heroic and calm, blessed heaven in moistened by the foain of the sea, and caressed that stormy night for her deliverance. Never by the fury of the storm. I was obliged to shali I forget that night: round me a raging draw her by force from this dangerous diversion, ocean, above me a sky of black, threatening and to constrain her to hasten under the shelter clouds; the storm rushing over the waste with of the forest and the cliffs; and here the wild anfal tumult; sometimes a few pale flashes, child changed rapidly with the loveliest grace. which served to make the gloom and the mid- She played with the flowers around her, and night scene yet more horrible; and before me, adorned him whom she loved with them; her in white garments, this child, this heroic woman, lips gave forth harmonious words, her face was who only permitted the sweet words of comfort, lighted by charming smiles ; sometimes an boje, and gratitude, to be heard.

obedient child, sometimes an obstinate ruler. I rowed the whole night, yet drew near no Always sweet and engaging, ardent and beau- rand. I knew not where we were, and suffered tiful, she seemed to be one of those creatures the most painful anxiety on Elfrida's account. of fable, who, half divine, half human, exerdi dayoreak the fury of the tempest increased ; cise an extraordinary influence over all within a gale drove us against a rock, and I deemed their reach. I was near her, fascinated and myself fortunate when, by swimming and strug- almost dazzled by her ; but whilst I looked gling against the breakers, I reached the shore upon her, whilst lest in that gaze, I emptied the with Elfrida.

unearthly love which she handed We were cast on a small island, lying out in to me, she became changed anew. The colour the sea ; only from one side, and far in the dis- of her cheek grew deeper, the brightness of her sance, could we discern the continent. It ap- eye unnatural; the sweet, musical words wanpeared almost a miracle that our little vessel dered; and when I clasped her hand in mine I had been able to carry us so far; now it lay felt her pulse beating with a consuming fever. shattered between the rocks, and the planks The tempest continued. I had fastened my were driven about by the waves. Foamy billows handkerchief to the top of a pine; but near or rose high around us; sea-birds flew shrieking far no vessel was to be seen. The sea looked over our heads ; little yellow and white flowers fearful. Thus passed three days: then began kiew amongst the stones on the strand, and despair to gnaw my heart. Elfrida lay silent, were bent down by the wind; I think I still see and as gentle as a lamb under the powerful them, see them as Elfrida plucked them! hand of sickness, and calmly but unceasingly The island consisted of some rocks overgrown raged the fever, consuming her young life. She with fir and low birch; a ruined and deserted thirsted, and I could not refresh her lips with fisher's hut testified that human beings had one drop of water. This was suffering! She formerly been there. We were alone in the wild complained not, but now and then spoke a word sca; dangers of many kinds surrounded us; we of comfort, and at times she looked upwards suffered want in all things, and yet-such is with the look of an angel. She smiled and grew youth, such is the powerful and blessed strength pale ; she said she was happy, and her voice of mind at the time when the heart blooms-we failed. felt ourselves at this moment, and in this situa- On the evening of the fifth day I held a corpse

in my arms. I had torn open my breast, and Elfrida seerned, from a child, to have quickly the blood flowed warmly over her dry lips, in become a woman; she appeared taller ; her face vain!

She moved no more! and manner expressed an awakened mind; and He was silent. Great tears rolled down his I felt for her at this period what I had not felt pale cheeks. After a moment he continued :until then. We were alone in the world; we, “She did not suffer much, and died happy, for both alone-short, sweet, fearfu' poem of love she loved, and saw herself beloved; this was,

this is my consolation ! “Thou didst love her?” said the listener, “ She was no more ; and nature appeared to deeply moved.

have exhausted her rage: wind and wave were Yes ! as a man at twenty in this situation, in still. I saw a boat approach ; life beckoned to these circumstances, loves. Yes, I loved her. I me: but at this moment life was hateful. Yet made a fire in the hut; Elfrida adorned it with the thought of my mother and my sister, the leaves and flowers. We ate some bread and hope of being able to move a frightful suspicion wine

, which I had brought with me for her. from off me, admonished me to live. Elfrida's The sweetest happiness animated Elfrida; I had corpse in my arms, I allowed myself to be never before seen her thus. During the dis- brought to the strand, where, a few days preturbances and oppressions in her father's house, viously, I had hoped to deliver up the rescued her joy had been like a transient passion-flower? angel to the care of her friends. I was now reall at once placed in a strange element of free-ceived with that borror which is conceived for dorn and love, she enjoyed the purest, freest a murderer, and was informed of the new accufelicity; but for moments it assumed something sations that were accumulated against me,

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Count R-had fallen bleeding on the shore, tence. I made myself ready for it; I wished to whence I had fled with Elfrida. A pistol shot be my own defendant alone : 1 desired most had hit and dangerously wounded 'him. On earnestly to justify myself, but I was fully prethe same night he had been robbed of a con- pared, should I not succeed in doing so. The siderable sum of money, and on me fell the sus esteem or contempt of mankind loses much of picion of this mean, dark deed. Count Louis its importance, from the time one perceives that had returned. No more as a friend, but as an it is paid more to appearance than to realityenemy, he stood before me. I told him what I that the eyes of men are not able to penetrate to have now related to thee, and he believed me the source of actions. But then arises with not! A germ of distrust lay ever in his soul ; he double strength the certainty of standing under could not distinguish the language of truth from a higher power; the earthly tie is loosened, the deceit. But I forgive him this: he had been heavenly one is drawn tighter. Yet dear ties deeply wounded, for he loved his sister. Many bound me still to earth. My mother and sister spoke against me; the angel whom I wished to had hastened to me, and shared my imprisorescue had closed her lips for ever, and I was ment: the beloved ones had not doubted: they unable to explain the dark attempt against the cheered my soul, and the idea of leaving them life of his father. With hatred he turned away was bitter. Count Louis did not make his afrom me. The whole world turned from me: pearance in my prison, but two of my future I stood there alone. Images of the scaffold judges frequently visited me; and it is sweet to and hangman floated before my eyes, and I me to know that I won the hearts of these excel was innocent! In this feeling, with a longing lent men-that they believed in my innocence, to strive against the whole world, I called loudly The day of the first examination approached: for a trial. Calmly I saw myself enclosed in a on the preceding night I saw my prison-doar prison. My youthful courage, the conscious- suddenly opened, and I was told that I was free ness of my innocence, would only permit me to --to flyi I refused thus to strengthen the beforesee a happy and honourable issue from it. lief of my guilt. Then a man, whom I shall me But my expectation was soon darkened; strong name, made known to me that the issue of sy evidences appeared against me; nothing for me. trial was undoubted—that I should be condense For an explanation of Elfrida’s elopement I ap- either to death or to imprisonment for life; sa pealed to my letter to Count R; the letter that persons who were morally convinced eng was not to be found; the murderer had not been innocence had found means for my escape, and discovered. A secretary of the Count's whom I that their assistance would convey me to firem had scarcely ever seen, 'stood forth as my ac- lands. My mother and sister clasped me in cuser, and by a mixture of falsehood and truth, their arms, and conjured me to save myself and he gave the darkest colouring to my conduct them. I deliberated. The positive value of the towards Count R- and his daughter during public esteem had already sunk in my eyes, in my residence in his house. The impossibility consequence of the reflections which my sitä, of being able to justify myself

, if some fortunate tion had awakened within me. By my death! circumstance would not disclose the fact, became gained nothing for my honour; also, by it! more and more evident to me. At this time should be disabled from offering to sacrifice many a precipice of life opened to my view ; but something higher than life, to truth, or to freemany a height, too, rose up out the dark world, dom. My death must be even as useless as disfree from clouds : hell came near me, but also honourable. The idea of perpetual imprisonheaven. During this period—during a period ment was horrible to me. Here stood my mother of a few months, my character unfolded itself, and sister, whom my death would plunge wa and I then became what I am now. My philoso- only into shame, but likewise into porerty. phy, my views of human life, of history, of the What disgrace would my flight indeed be

, cometernal arrangement, became decided. My soul pared to that ? Life and liberty were offered t3 grew clear, and I looked calmly towards death. me, and life and liberty gleamed transporting's Of the time of my imprisonment I have scarcely before my soul. The world is large, thougti cherished anything, save a bright remembrance; I. 'I shall find a place for myself and mine for during it I became clear and calm within : whither calumny and hatred shall not penetrate

, there the bitterest trial of life broke its point I shall earn my bread; and God is above me, against my breast-thanks be to thee, Divine So I followed the advice that was given me : 1 Grace! Only the picture of the white angel, of fed with my family. I met with unexpected 24 the heroic child who died in my arms, this sistance, which facilitated my flight to England. picture stood often before me in the lonely Soon afterwards I proceeded to India, where ! evenings, in the long nights, like an apparition. found employment and bread. A paper by me, I saw the outraged, stormy sea ; I saw the beau- which appeared in Sweden shortly after my eiro tiful white form floating on the waves, slowly cape, made an impression in my favour. Bebe grow pale, slowly sink. Elfrida ! sweet, luckless in my guilt began to waver. The storm which child I often, during my active occupations, has had arisen over me gradually decreased. Years this picture for monents overcome my whole passed. New events and new crimes laid claim strength-often, amid peaceful scenes, in the to the general attention. By degrees I and my hour of joy, has it cast a shadow over all that is affairs were forgotten. Count Rcharming and lovely in life. The period drew from his wound, but met his death shortly after near when a public trial was to decide my sen- by a fall from his horse. My poor Emil could

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now turn to a home, where no harsh words, it with magical power. I concealed my feelings reached him more, where only the kind voice of from my mother and sister; I did not wish to dislove allured his intimidated soul from its hiding- quiet them; I did not like to expose them to the place. Poor Emil !

dangers that would threaten them in their native " Meanwhile, my life in India took an unex- land; but I was secretly wasting, my mind grew pected turn. I was so fortunate as to rescue an weak. Like the banished Foscari, I longed for, old man out of the hands of robbers: from that I pined for home, even at the risk of suffering a period he treated me as a son, and made over a disgraceful death. pretty good property to me, with the express "I soon perceived that I did not languish stipulation only that I should take his family alone. Maria, young and joyous, lived gaily in name-Hervey. The amiable old man was dear the present; but my mother gradually declined, to me; his offer injured no one, for he stood and seemed to lose all pleasure in existence. My alone in the world, and was himself the creator tenderness, the art of the most skilful physicians of his fortune. I did not repulse his kindness; were excited in vain ; silent and sad she kept but before I accepted his gift I made him ac- her grief secret from her son. One day I surquainted with my history. The old man believed prised her in tears; I clasped her in my arms, me; he (the stranger) believed what the friend of and conjured her to open her heart to me; then my youth refused to believe-my word. He be- softly and sorrowfully from her white lips came came my father, and I became his son. My mother the word 'Sweden !' * Sweden !' echoed I with and Maria tended and cheered his old age. I was indescribable love. We mingled our tears, we seized with a restless desire to travel, to see the repeated perhaps a hundred times the word that world, to dissipate gloomy recollections. As a had so long been banished from amongst us. missionary I wandered through many parts of It was a madness; it was a delight. 'Oh, my Asia; I penetrated even into the interior of my son,' said she, “I must see Sweden again or China. The scientific treasures of the East, and I shall die!' We will thither, my mother !' the deeper and deeper acquaintance which I answered I, at once decided and calm; “there made with human nature and the power of re- we will live and die.' From this period it seemed ligion, opened rich treasures to my soul. It was to me as if every burthen had been rolled from a life full of labour, often of danger, but full of off my life. I realized my little property-we interest. After spending some years in rambling set out-the wind was favourable-we saw our thus, I returned to my family, alas ! to receive native land again !" the last sigh of my benefactor! I wished to Hervey became silent. His eyes filled with part no more from my mother and Maria. I tears, he bent down to the moss-grown rock and longed for a quieter life, a more regular act vity. kissed it. After a moment he proceeded :Some scientific writings made my name known “I was much changed, as well by years as and esteemed ; and I might have calmly lived in by my residence under Indian suns; none rea blooming land, in a circle of estimable men; cognised me. I shunned, too, my former acbut a feeling took hold of me, deeper, more irre- quaintances; but to one of those who had shewn sistible perhaps than every other feeling which me compassion during my imprisonment I went consumes or shakes the human breast on earth ; and revealed myself. He was still the same ; I I was seized with a longing for home, or home- found in him a friend and protector. From him sickness—for the heart sickens in its yearnings I learned that there began to be some prospect for home, and withers if that desire be unfulfilled. of my being justified. Strong suspicions had Mysterious, mighty, wonderful feeling! over- been cast on Count R.'s secretary, the very same powering attraction! who can describe thee, and man who had appeared as my accuser. who can resist thee! The roots of the human thought advisable to get possession of his perheart clerive to their native earth ; they draw son; but he had suddenly disappeared, and their sustenance from that which it possesses hitherto all inquiries after him had proved fruit, most noble, and peculiarly its own, in heroic less. Meantime I was assured that these should deeds, in moral beauty, in history, and every- now be continued with redoubled zeal. day life, in nature and art,-ah'! childhood's “ I sought a refuge far from the scenes where years, childhood's joys, childhood's tears,—the I spent my youth, and purposely chose this shore on which thou didst play, the winds that wild, lonely, and little visited neighbourhood. caressed thee—thy first love, thy first knowledge My mother, who was a native of northern Fin-all chain, all 'deeply and indissolubly bind mark, was rejoiced to breathe again the air of

her childhood. Maria was happy wherever we “I had borne much in life, I had struggled found ourselves well. I purchased a little against much within me as well as without, and country seat in this neighbourhood, which athad conquered; and now I was near being tracted me also because there was much to be overcome by this feeling, which, like a burning done here ; by labour and cultivation this wilderthirst, like a destroying simoom, consumed me. ness could be changed into a fruitful and happy We have heard of a Laplander who, borne to country. I gave myself out for an Englishman, a southern climate, fell into a consumption, and, and was looked on as such; but I became under in the midst of all the splendours of nature and my new name a Swedish citizen and subject. art, earnestly wished for some snow only to lay “Circumstances, the mention of which here upon his head! I was like him. The wildness, would lead too far away, soon caused me to step the wintryness of the north attracted me towards from private into public life, and to accept the

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