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All present signifying their impatient pleasure to to put my pre-arranged plans into execution. I abanhear, Mr. Falkinor commenced with,—" I am an En. doned my portmanteaus and superfluous clothing ; purglishman by birth, an artist by profession, and, until chased one sınall valise ; effectually disguised my aplately, depended on the latter for my support in life. pearance; and adopting the character of an artist, tra. Being the possessor of considerable professional talent, velling in pursuit of his vocation, hastened towards the I attracted the notice of a gentleman of fortune, who home of Francesca. I entered the city as a total was an ardent admirer of the Fine Arts, and who soon stranger, and established my quarters at a small inn in showered on me immense patronage. In six months an obscure and unfrequented suburb. My days were we had grown so attached as to be inseparable, and I passed in improving the sketches I bad taken in the si. wanted not for comforts and luxuries, wbich, under less lence of my moonlight rambles. One month proved favourable circumstances, I could not possibly have ob that my judicious plan had succeeded ; Francesca was tained. His health about this time growing delicate, suffered to reappear in public, and the city again rang he was advised to travel beneath the warm and glowing with her praises. I was forgotten by all; and none in influence of an Italian sun. Entreaty was not lost or that large community knew that the diffident and lonely repeated in requesting me to accompany him; and not artist of the western suburb, was he who had triumphed to tire you by dwelling on matters foreign to my ob over the gayest of Italian beaux, and who was yet ject, I need merely say, that we reached Italy in due doomed to win their goddess from them all. Without course of time, and were soon temporarily located in a much difficulty I got a letter conveyed to Francesca ; pleasant villa, in the vicinity of Redmont. The excite with little more received her answer, and the ensuing ment consequent upou the change of seene, worked for evening saw me, with a light and joyous heart, hastena time beneficialiy on the health of the invalid ; but it ing to the rendezvous. The moon shone with unusual was only the last sally of nature: The fell disease soon brilliancy, and as I looked upon her broad face, I fanoutstripped all human art, and within three months cied I discerned a mysterious indication that she smiled after our arrival, I followed the remains of my patron in token of my triumph. The thought rushed like wild. to the lonely and sequestered grave he had, while fire through my veins. I bounded forward. and in anliving, chosen for his last resting place. He left me a other moment clasped in my arms her who was all the comfortable independence, and feeling no inducement world to me. to return to England, I sougbt, by travelling and ex • • I have come alone,' she cried, when our transports citement, to dispel the gloom that had settled on my had a little subsided, but not in safety. I fear I am spirits.

watched, and must necessarily make this meeting brief. “ It was at a ball, given by an English countess in I am still yours as fondly as ever, and will remain so the city of , that I first saw Francesca di Romana, while life exists.' the lady who is my companion and wife. She was un. " I had scarcely released her from a rapturous em. der the especial protection of the count, her brother ; brace at this avowal, when a half suppressed scream esand was undergoing a season of probation, ere her fu. caped her lips. Before I could discover the cause of ture partner was chosen. Meeting following meeting her alarm I was felled by a violent blow. Returning in rapid succession, she soon preferred me to the crowd consciousness showed me stretched upon the turf, meof butterflies who fluttered around, and we had scarcely chanically receiving the assistance of a gentleman whom siporn eternal fidelity ere the conquest of the city belle I could distinctly perceive had been my preserver. His by a nameless Englishman, became the topic of conver horse was standing near, while a powerful dog gamsation. But we were soon aroused from our dream of bolled in the vicinity. But Francesca was gone! Purhappiness by the intervention of her guardian, who, suit I knew to be useless, as I was confident the plan of exercising that unlimited control ever possessed over a surprisal had been alone concocted by her guardian; foreign ward, threw a barrier before our hopes by a for yet thinking that my preserver might throw some light cible separation. No maneuvre that human ingenuity upon the affair, I earnestly entreated him to acquaint me could devise, was left untried to procure an interview with the cause of his opportune appearance. “I was with Francesca, but without avail. I was shunned by taking,' said he, “a moonlight ride, when I was startled the circle in which I had moved, and my pride being by repeated screams. Spurring my horse in the ditoo high to enter one of less degree, I became an isolated rection of the sound, I soon became aware of a horsebeing.

man rapidly approaching. A second glance revealed a “ Finding that all my schemes fell useless to the female in his arms. I seized the rein, and demanded ground, I resolved to try one other expedient. I caused of the latter whether she required any assistance. • Oh, it to be rumoured that l intended returning to England, no! no !' she replied in great agitation ; 'I am under and departed one day in a chaise and four, taking care the protection of my guardian, but fly to the assistance to pass through the grand promenade, where I could of yonder gentleman, or he will be murdered.' This not fail being seen by many of thoes with whom I had assurance was sufficient, I instantly left them, and on once been associated. A seornful glance at one and all arriving on the field, found it deserted by your assail. as I passed, and some large donations to the beggars, ants.' who had vainly appealed to the benevolence of the fam Briefly as possible, I acquainted him with the whole shionable loungers, were all that marked my passage ; affair, and begged him, as he valued honour and justice, but I knew my triumph was coming, and I dashed a way to afford me all the assistance in his power. He took towards the sea, as light of heart as though that my hand in his, and baring his head in the bright triumph had been already secured. I dismissed the moonlight, swore he would follow me to death itself. chaise at the sea-port town of -am, with the apparent Offering me one arm, and taking Rolando's rein in the intention of embarking instanter for the South of other, he accompanied me home, with Pompey leaping France; but no sooner was left alone, than I proceeded | joyfully beside us.

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Every exertion was nowy used to discover Fran him to the convent. The horses were already there cesca ; but a first and second month elapsed and we Frederick's eye flashed with pleasure, as it caught were still in ignorance of her retreat. Accident at sight of the noble animals proudly tossing their heads length disclosed the secret. Frederick in passing the on high ; while the dog, stretched on the ground, convent of the Holy Virgin, observed a gentleman issue surveyed with intelligent curiosity each passer by. therefrom, whom a second glance convinced him was So complete was our disguise, that the instinct of the brother and guardian of my beloved. One moment Pompey was inadequate to the recognition of his master, he watched the retreating form of the unconscious count, and the knowledge of the fact materially strengthened and in the next, acting upon a sudden impulse, entered our reliance on success. the holy house. By dint of judicious management in “ The sacrifice of such a girl, and such a favourite bribing heavily an impoverished lay attendant, he as Francesca, to a cloister, had drawn all the city to learned that Francesca was sojourning there as a no the spot, and it was, with the utmost difficulty that we vice. The promise of a still heavier bribe induced the succeeded in attaining a desirable position. The monk to consent to bear a letter to her, and return with church was fitted up with all the pomp necessary to the a reply by sunset. Hastily writing a few appropriate

ting a few appropriate important ceremonial, and a preliminary mass had words on a torn leaf of his pocket book, Frederick de already commenced. During the hour of waiting, my livered them to the monk, and hastened home with his anxiety was such that I trembled from head to foot. budget of delightful news.

• Be firm, for the sake of Francesca,' whispered my To describe how I passed the intermediate time, I friend. I collected all my energies to my support, will not attempt, as I was alternately the slave of fear, and was much relieved when the sudden swelling of hope, and despair, till my companion returned from his the organ announced the approach of the officials, A appointment. The unequivocal look of triumph on his distant door was thrown open, and a long train of veiled countenance, was a sufficient indication of success, and nuns entered ; in the midst of which appeared the with more haste than delicacy, I snatched the letter abbess, supporting the victim to the sacrifice. Fran. from his hands, which ran thus :

cesca was pale and agitated, and though she seemed to " " I am confined in the convent, where my guardian strain every nerve to appear collected, the wandering will ere long force me to take the veil. The law of and anxions gaze betrayed to us her state of mind, Italy sanctions the act of tyranny, and I have no hope though it passed unnoticed to all others. The ceremony but from you. If you love me as fondlu as you have

had reached its crisis, when my companion whispering ever sworn, save me from a fate more horrible than • Now's the time,' we threw off our cloaks and drew our death. The ceremony will be public and from the swords. Frederick dashed up the steps of the altaraltar itself must I be rescued, as I am too closely seized the fainting girl and waving his weapon before watched to admit of the possibility of escape.-Farewell. him, cried • Back men, for the sake of god and justice!,

« FRANCESCA. The astonishment which universally prepailed, aided “ « Dear injured girl,' cried, I, I will rescue you or our desperate purpose, and the mass of human beings perish in the attempt. May I depend Frederick, on mechanically gave way, and doubtlessly interested in your assistance :

I will follow you to the last, saving their city goddess from a living tomb, closed was the reply and the frank and hearty manner of the instantly upon us, thus placing a momentary barrier to speaker carried conviction of his sincerity. Not a pursuit. In another instant we reached our horses. moment was lost in arranging our plans. Early next sprang into the saddle, and Frederick had already morning. Frederick again repaired to the convent, and mounted with Francesca on his bridle arm, when our as a religious visitor, and charitable devotee, received pursuers reached us.

« On ! on! Falkinor !' shouted all the information required. The ceremonial was to my companion. I will cut my way after you.' I take place in three days, at noon. After a little friendly dashed my spurs into my charger ; Pompey brought controversy, we settled as the first step, that our one assailant to the ground! Frederick cut a passage baggage should be forwarded by a trusty messenger to through his foes, severing the hand of one man from Leghorn. At an early hour of the day we were to take his body, who had attempted to seize the rein ;our stations near the altar, cloaked and masked, both Rolando goaded by the spur gave one terrific bound ; of which would pass unnnoticed, as being customary Pompey released his fallen foe, and sprang forward in Italy, and were to arm ourselves as a momentary with a joyful bark, and in another instant we were defence, for on gaining our horses every thing depended dashing onwards with the speed of a hurricane. on expedition. The latter were to be confided to the “ Thirty miles of ground had been rapidly admea. care of a boy, whose good offices I had secured by sured, when reigning in Rolando to a slower pace, frequent favors, and await us at the convent gate. Frederick addressed some words of consolation to FranFortune seemed to smile upon our plans, and on the cesca, promising her rest and refreshment in an hour. evening preceding the all-important day, we retired But to no stoppage would she consent; representing to rest at an early hours simultaneously offering up a the passions of her guardian in such deep colours as to prayer to God for our success. The excitement of convince us that no exertion would be abated in at. the last few days produced a surprising effect upon tempting to recover her. We accordingly struck across the my frame and nearer the hour of trial approached, the open country, and staid a few minutes at a farming more did I feel its influence. I tossed all night upon house, to take some hasty refreshment, and breathe the a sleepless pillow, and when morning dawned, was horses. A trifle procured a cloak, with which to cover ill fitted to attend a place which, for aught I then Francesca's conspicuous dress, and as I was yet too knew, might, before night, have been dyed with my weak to take her before me, she unhesitatingly conheart's blood. Conscious of my weakness, I confided sented to occupy her old position, although her nice all to my friend, and at an early hour hastened with delicacy was somewhat opposed to it. We had con

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tinued our journey for some hours, and a long line of reach England, and when you see, Elinor, my cousin, of road lay before, when a low and peculiar whine think that I have alone been supported through our from Pompey attracted our attention. Frederick half trying scenes by the remembrance of her ; that she has turned in the saddle, and casting a look of deep anx. been my spur to exertion, and that the sincerity of my iety behind, cried, · By heaven! we are pursued ; and own attachment has solely aided me in assisting those, as they are doubtlessly supplied with fresh horses, our who are evidently bound together by the dearest ties danger is imminent.' A slight scream from Fransesca, of reciprocal love. You say you shall be united by the was re-echoed by a groan of anguish from myself, Catholic church on reaching Marseilles ; in three • Be firm, 'cried our hero, • for the sake of yourselves. months I shall be in England, when we will bind If we continue along the road our fate is inevitable. still closer the ties of friendship, by a double union in Our only chance of safety lies in passing the river the Protestant faith. The vessel is under weigh and before we are overtaken. We must push the horses I must leave you.” He wrung our hands as he finished through the stream, and trust to God for the remainder.' leaped into the boat, and as our vessel bowed grace. He would hear nothing in reply, and we immediately fully before the influence of the rising breeze, we saw struck off in the direction indicated. We had ridden him wave his hand in one last adieu, ere the increasing but half the necessary distance when we felt convinced darkness hid him from observation.” that our pursuers were rapidly gaining ground.

The speaker stopped for a moment deeply affected, "On! on !' rang cheerfully from Frederick ;-Ro. and then continued, “ I have only to add that on reachlando appeared to spring double his height into the ing France we were united by a Catholic priest, passed air ;- Pompey giving a joyous bark, bounded forward through the kingdom by easy stages, and have has. with redoubled fleetness ;-I goaded my noble charger tened to the friends of our dear preserver, to pay our to the utmost, and the broad river of lay in a grateful homage, at his own request, at the shrine of bright and beautiful sheet before us. The welcome the one and only idol of his soul." sight nerved us to superhuman efforts ; we gained the Elinor blushing covered her face with her hands; bank, and in another moment were stemming a strong Mrs. Delmore raised her kerchief to her tearful eyes; and rapid current, 'Bravo!' shouted my companion, Mr. Delmore poked the fire with one hand as he as he patted the neck of his panting steed, we are now drained his glass to the bottom with the other ; comparatively safe. Your true Italian hates the water, Falkinor and his wife exchanged an eloquent glance of and none will risk their lives, except, when like ours, meaning ; and all were impressively silent in the depth they are in danger. He had scarcely spoken when he and intensity of the feelings by which they were distinctly heard the lord curses of his pursuers, as one respectively agitated. by one they reached the river side and perceived our One fine morning, the bells of St. George's Hanover advantage. The voice of the count was distintctly Square, rang a merry peal and a bridal party issued heard urging on his followers by promises of immense from the church. There seemed to have been more reward ; but none would undergo the ordeal. At than one wedding, as two gentle and beautiful ladies length an African of forinidable appearance, and mount were supported by as many gentlemen. An elderly ed on an iron-grey charger, came slowly up and horse couple on whose benevolent features might have been and rider took at once to the water. My heart sank seen deep traces of satisfaction, followed by a few within me, and I could scarcely keep the saddle. bridal companions, brougt up the rear. Two tra. Frederick quailed not, but urged me on, and in another velling carriages were in waiting, the party mounted, instant we gained the bank. A glance behind re. the postboys cracked their whips, and as the vehicles vealed our pursuer struggling in the centre of the dashed away, the church beadle popped his head stream and his companions motionless on the opposite outside the porch door, and sighingly cried, " Heighside. Convinced that blood must be shed if the black | ho for the honeymoon and Brighton!” was suffered to land, Frederick drew a pistol, and, before I could divine his object fired. The ball struck the horse in the forehead, which reared high in agony

THE CLOUD for a moment, and sank with its rider. An instant afterwards saw the discomfited slave swimming back

I bring fresh showers for the thirsty flowers, to bis companions, and all immediate danger being now

From the seas and the streams ; over, we pursued our journey.

I bear light shade for the leaves when laid “ Taking a circuitous route, we stopped at nightfall

In their noon-day dreams. at a small hut, and by break of day were again in the

From my wings are shaken the dews that waken

The sweet birds every one, saddle. Nothing occurred to alarm us during the

When rock'd to rest on their mother's breast, journey, and we reached Leghorn, as the sun was

As she dances about the sun. sinking beneath the bound of the horizon. A vessel

I wield the fail of the lasbing hail,

And whiten the green plains under, Jay in the offing ready for sailing, and at Frederick's

And then again I dissolve it in rain, earnest request we immediately embarked. And now

And laugh as I pass in thunder. came a terrible moment. It was that which must witness our parting with the dear friend who had risked

I sift the snow on the mountain below, so much for us, and by whose agency alone we are

And their great pines groan aghast ; united.

And all the night 'tis my pillow white,
A thousand thanks, a thousand times repeated,

While I sleep in the arms of the blast. were all we had to give in return for his many services.

Sublime on the towers of skiey bowers He interrupted us by saying. “My dear Falkinor,

Lightning, my pilot, sits; and you fair lady, I wish you all happiness together.

In a cavern under, is fettered the thunder,

It struggles and howls at fits: Wait upon my friends with these letters, as soon as you

Over earth and ocean, with gentle motion,

This pilot is guiding me,
Lured by the love of the genii that move

In the depths of the purple sea :
Over the rills, and the crags, and the bills,

Over the lakes and the plains,
Wherever he dreams, under mountain or stream,

The spirit he loves remain ; And I all the while bask in heaven's blue smile,

While he is dissolving in rain.

The sanguine sunrise, with his meteor eyes,

And his burning plumes outspread, Leaps on the back of my sailing rack,

"When the morning star shines dead. As on the jag of a mountain crag,

Which an earthquake rocks and swings, An eagle alit, one moment may sit

In the light of its golden wings; And when sunset may breathe, from the sea beneath,

Its ardours of rest and of love,
And the crimson pall of eve may fall

From the depth of heaven above,
With wings folded I rest, on mine airy nest,

As still as a brooding dove.

That orbed maiden with white fire laden,

Whom mortals call the moon,
Glides glimmering o'er my fleece-like floor,

By the midnight breezes strewu ;
And wherever the beat of her unseen feet,

Which only the angels hear,
May have broken the woof of my tent's thin roof,

The stars peep behind her and peer:
And I laugh to see them whirl and fee,

Like a swarm of golden bees,
When I widen the rent in my wind-built teot,

Till the calm river, lakes, and seas,
Like strips of the sky fallen through me on high,

Are each paved with the moon and these.

I bind the sun's throne with a burning zone,

And the moon's with a girdle of pearl : The volcanoes are dim, aud the stars reel and swim,

When the whirlwinds my banner unfurl.
From cape to cape, with a bridge-like shape,

Over a torrent sea,
Sunbeam proof, I hang like a roof,

The mountains its columns be.
The triumphal arch through which I march,

With hurricane, fire and snow,
When the powers of the air are chained to my chair,

Is the million-coloured bow;
The sphere-fire above, its soft colours wove,

While the moist earth was laugbing below.

traction of beneficence, that drew the refugees of other countries, to their retreat and protection. Danes, Swedes, Scotch, and Irish soon augmented the primitive colony, and a few years after the first emigration all the habitable parts of the island were parceled out among the colonists. The title by which each leader, and a few followers, appropriated to themselves a tract sufficient to their subsistence, was only that of necessity. According to such a mode of occupation it was hardly possible that the greediness of human selfishness should not kindle strife and lead to mutual destruction ; but the fact was otherwise. Previously to the later emigrations, some master minds, such as other times and greater occasions set up in high places, and celebrate to the ends of the earth, exerted a rare forecast, and an eminent providence in regulating the political institutions of Iceland. All that they devised was put in operation without resistance unto blood, disconcerted schemes of party aggrandizement, or murmurs of popular discontent.

Thorstein and Illugi, both chiefs of wealth and power, dwelt in the great vale of the Borgar. Fiord, in the western part of Iceland. Thorstein was the son of the celebrated poet, Egill, and Helga, his only daughter, the pride of the family, was the loveliest woman in the island. In the house of Illugi, the most remarkable person was Gunnlaug, the eldest born, and the heredi. tary chief of the lordship. He was admired for his stature, and prowess; and the character of his mind threw a charm of attraction and authority over the striking grace and activity of his manly form. His vi. gorous and aspiring faculties, were not called into such exercise as satisfied his youthful ambiton ; and though no Icelander could be idle, vet a life unknown to adventure and to fame, had few charms for a mind taught in the love of Runic poetry, and familiar with achievements of old renown.

The thirst for distinction, and the burning for bold emprise, was fostered in the imagination of Gunnlaug by the discourse of one of his compeers, who had gone out with certain Norwegians in their martiime ex. cursions-sometimcs of peaceful traffic, and sometimes of predatory violence. The spirit of the corsair was not entirely chastised by the morality of the Icelander, and the excitement of daring to the death, of bearing off the prize, of winning the meed of applause, when he listened to the tale of adventure, awakened desires and discontents in his bosom, which his father saw with pain, and reproved with severity.

The effects of repressed hopes and of parental displeasure rendered Gunnlaug sometimes unquiet and turbulent, and sometimes gloomy and sad ; and the blind impulse of unsatisfied craving, “ the fever of vain longing,” might have driven the son of Illugi to acts of desperation, had not other influences wrought upon bis impetuous nature. Besides the battle strife, and the honor, that waits upon victory, striking pic. tures of the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them were placed before his fancy. Scenes where “ arts not arms,” where wit and verse, not tumult and conflict, gained the plaudits of the sage, and the smiles of the fair, were often delineated to the Icelandic youth, by those who had returned from foreign lands. Many of the chiefs and learned men of Iceland visited, the courts of other countries, formed connections with the

I am the daughter of the earth and water,

And the nurseling of the sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;

I change but I cannot die.
For after the rain, when, with never a stain,

The pavilion of heaven is bare,
And the winds and sunbeams, with their convex gleams

Build up the dome of air-
I silently laugh at my own cenotaph,

And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb

I rise and upbuild it again.

A LEGEND OF THE NORTH.

In the ninth century, many of the nobles of Norway, disaffected with the dominion of an unpopular prince, rather than raise the standard of revolt, migrated to this in hospitable territory of fire and frost. There was something in the character of the leaders of this enterprise---some higher principle than love of power or love of lucre-some authourity of mind, and at.

most eminent persons of the time, and far from their mouth of his hero was anticipaed by the sage Egill. own sterile soil and inclement skies, exhibited genius, “ There exists," said the grandsire of Helga to the taste and acquirements, which command due hommage listening Guonlaug, “ a higher excellence than the wherever they appeared. Surveying the habits, arts, warrior's. In war the strife is not the ultimate pur. and different institutions of diffirent countries, they pose. The wrong redressed, and the right obtained is returned home fraught with the collected treasures all-more is ruthless crime. Deeds of outrage, wild of observation. The aged Egill, the father of Thors. adventures, wonders of the moment, are not those that tein, was not only venerated among the Icelanders for generate' the Calm, the Blissful, the enduring Mighty." his poetic powers, but for the attainments of study and Gunnlaugh looked at Helga, as the old man ceased travel.

to speak, and her soft, intelligent eyes seemed to watch No rivalry nor hostility divided the happy families the impression which the words of wisdom made upon of Borgar-Fiord. Their dispositions were friendly, the fervid soul of the youth. He spoke not, but what and their intercourse was cordial. Their manners were he heard fell upon his susceptible heart like rain upon marked by the simplicity of their occupations and the | the tender herb, and thought was busy while the tongue pature of their property. As the Hebrew king came was silent. after his herd out of the field, so did the Iceland nobles “ What is human happiness?" inquired Gunnlaug, toil in the land of their allotment. The summer sun questioning his own bosom. "I see it, I feel it at saw them seeking their provision from the stormy ocean this moment. This virtuous, wise old man represents and the barren earth ; and the long seclusion and leisure it. This noble chief, who has gathered truth from of winter, left them to the culture of talents, that af. the haunts and ways of men, who is himself a father, forded them occupation and delight. During the dark. friend and benefactor, drawing down daily blessings ness of their year, wholly ignorant of all that modern upon his head for the good he dispenses ; be is the art has invented to please the senses, aud sheltered only scource of happiness to all around him ; and Helga, by dwellings rudely constructed of wood and turf, the young and the lovely, the star of my darkness, the they recited to their assembled families the history of pearl of beauty, the delight of my eyes, and the their forefathers, or rehearsed the perils of some famous treasure of my soul-she can bestow the purest felicity. navigator and warrior, from him,

Let me become like the father and the son let me

obtain possession of what they possess--the wisdom _" for shrewdness famed

that is gained from the wide world the peace that And genius versatile, who far and wide

benificence procures; and 0, if the gentle, the beautiA wanderer, after Ilium overthrown Discovered various cities, and the mind

ful, the good refuses not my proffered love, what joy, And manners learned of men remote,

and pride, and fondness will gladden every hour of my And numerous woes on occan tossed endured,”

days to come !"

Gunnlaug, if she should favor his suit, formed a to those who followed the Raven standards of Hastings resolution to demand Helga of her father; to obtain and Guthrum, and encountered repulse from Alfred, the permission from Illugi to visit the southern countries ; best of men and of kings.

and when a fit time should come, to return to Iceland, Gunnlaug often repaired to the raftered hall of Thor. and claim his promised bride. He hoped, when he stein, and seated himself on the settle, or upon a hewa should have seen the world, and have reaped the fruit log by the blazing fire. The mother of Helga was no of experience, to become truly worthy of her. He more ; an untimely summons had called her to the house | delayed not to disclose his heart to her, and to take appointed for all living. Her blooming daughter sat counsel of Thorstein, The sanction of Illugi was ouly lonely by her father's side. The venerable Egill always wanting to fulfill his wishes. The friendly chief did held the place of precedence on the domestic hearth. not refuse his hearty consent to the proposed alliance,

" Welcome, my son," said Thorstein to Gunnlaug, but opposed the enterprise of foreign travel. Gunnlaug as he saw him pass his threshold. A radiant smile and had too long meditated upon the gratification of his a glowing blush overspread the features of Helga as active powers, and all the advantages he sought, wil. the eyes of Gunnlaug met her own; and the poet lingly to submit to denial. He fed in anger from his extended his withered hand to their favourite guest, father's presence, and took up his abode with his who advanced toward the man of grey hairs, and paid mother's brother. He could only allay his displeasure his first reverence, as became him, “ to palsied eld.” and grief in the sympathy of Helga and Thorstein. It was from these virtuous minds that the undisciplined Thorstein insisted warmly upon the duty of sub. Gunnlaug took the tone of his riper character. The mission, and Helga urged with persuasive tenderness, conversation of Thorstein was interesting and instructive. that obedienee was a sacrifice to be made, cost what it He looked beyond the present moment and the present would. « Victory over desire and self-will, is a greater scene, and described the wonders that Charlemagne, exploit than defeat of an enemy,” she would say. and the sciences that grew by his favor, had wrought J “ Be patient therefore; wait till thou art older—a few in southern Europe ; and thus he sent forth the curiosity years will give power to thy pleading. In the mean of his young guests into a world he had never seen. time, humble thyself to thy father, and dwell under The moral discourse of Egill gave to war and its his roof. At last he will be touched by thy filial attendant circumstances their proper names. He dis compliance—he will yield to thy wishes. Thus wilt enchanted them of their illusions, and exposed the thou gain the wisdom and knowledge tho seekest; and inhumanity and grossnes, which the loud enthusiasm of my Helga, true through lengthened years, will reward Gunnlaug's younger friends had forgotten to represent,

ger friends had forgotten to represent, thy virtue, tried and triumphant." and which he had never conceived before. The ad. Gunnlaug, thus admonished, obeyed the generous monition which Schiller in Wallenstein puts into the injunction. His father forgot his anger, and the son,

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