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enjoying daily the society of Helga, and partaking order of minds. That paid to Gnnnlaug was “ golden with her the studies her grandsire directed, his restles opinions," that to Rafu was louder and briefer. Each impetuosity passed into the subjection of self-restraint, I enjoyed his award, though Rafu felt that his rival's and his feelings and manners took the elevation and fame had ja it a nobler character than his own. Still refinement, that seemed natural to the inmates of Thor. the points of agreement between them were many. They stein's domicil. It was not long, before the reluctance were both poets they saw nature and man with that of Illugi to part with him, was overcome, and his son 66 vision and faculty divine," which is something infireceived his permission to go abroad. The young man | nitely above the speculation of common eyes--the fa. would not depart without a solemn promise from Thor culty that discerns the soul in the material universe, stein to refuse Helga to every other suitor during three and the heavenly in the human creature. This faculty years of his absence.
was the responsive chord in each, and they had recol, Thorstein pledged his honor to fulfil the engage lections and pursuits that form a community of ideas. ment. “ But if thou dost not then claim my child," The moral man in Gunnlaug was infinitely above the added he, “ she shall no longer waste her charms. apprehension of Rafu. In him the large admixture of Born to be loved, to bless, and to be blest, the peerless selfish dross sullied the attribute of genius, and he never daughter of my house and heart shall not weep alone felt, nor eper offered the generous confidence of his upon her father's grave. If death claims thee, or if thy heart to a brother's bosom. The other, on the coninconstant heart forgets its vows, remember, three years trary, franght with goodness, feared no guile ; and, end my affiance with thee."
just to the merits of rival talent, never dreamed that Gunnlaug departed. He visited the courts of Eng. envy could sicken at his success, or devise bis undoing. land, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden, and was every As was natural, he committed his most secret thoughts where received with the honors which noble birth, a to the wily Rafu, who envied and hated him in his beautiful person, and the conscious self-dignity of an heart. elevated intellect always command. Under the tuition In the retirement of his thoughts, Gunnlaug always Egill, he had cultivated a talent for extemporaneous compared his Helga with the ladies of European courts, poetry, and whenever he appeared in the circles of the land in his eyes none could equal her. They were ar. high-born and the fair, this talent was called into tificial; she was natural. They were like frail flowers ; request. His effusions were heard with applause, and but she was a precious jewel. They were formed for rewarded with munificence. The princes to whom he princes' smiles, and to dwell in kings' houses ; shewas presented became desirous to adorn their courts though worthy of a diadem, and if she had been born with so accomplished a poet. One offered him the to a crown, might have exalted a nation--she was fitted daughter of a great lord for his bride, and another a | for the evil day and the humble lot, -for the strong rich domain, that the gifted stranger might become a effort, the mighty lore, the deep devoted ness, that duty subject, and that his talents might honor that royal and misfortune might demand even from tender woman. state, which was then become ambitious of the re- When conversing without reserve with Rafu, he always finement of genius in addition to the mere attribute of embellished his absent mistress with all the poetry of power, which alone had satisfied the barbarism of his soul. former ages. But the heart of Gunnlaug, sensible as he No unimpassioned mind could have listened to the was to the attraction of female charms; flattered, as eloquence of his admiration without admiring its object. every human heart is with the incense of praise ; and He presented an image of innocence the most spotless, not undazzled with wealth and state, was purified from beauty the most graceful, virtues the most sex-like and mere wordly ambition. The favor of princes, and of disinterested. She soon became Rafu's ideal, and he the ladies of their courts, never seduced his loyal grew as much in love with the subject thus offered to affections from his simple Iceland maiden.
his imagination, as he might have been of the present At the court of Olave, king of Sweden, he met with Helga. Rafu, an Iceland noble, and like himself, young, and While apparent friendship existed between the Icea poet. The ostensible object of Rafu's travels was land poets, an occasion occurred of strong competition the same as his own; but the motives which animated between them, and the more honorable suffrage was acthe two young men were essentially different. Gunn corded to Gunnlaug. A party feeling, in regard to the laug having learned the policy of many states, having rivals, broke out in the court of Olave, and deep morstudied manners, and purchased books, hoped by these tification to Rafu ensued from the enthusiasm of praise acqaisitions to promote the civilization of his beloved which met Gunnlaug wherever he appeared. countrymen. Rafu's motives ended in self; he was The three years of his intended absence had nearly fond of displaying his person and his art, and he knew expired, and he was not disposed to remain longer away -no loftier aim. He was capable of great facility and from the valley where were his treas'ıre and his heart. fluency in the utterance of verse, and the readiness of his oratory was striking ; but the shallowness of his which the commerce of modern life, in every civilized sentiments was perceived by all but the most superfiejal. country, has reduced to calculation, was unknown until The true poetic enthusiasm of Gunnlaug, appealed to recent times. Years might pass in the eleventh century, an answering glow in the bosom of his hearers, and and an interchange of letters between England and his expressive tones, and more expressive features, in Iceland never be effected; nor was the readier interwhich genius and sensibility spoke, as with their most course of the island with Sweeden much less uncertain. spiritual organs, kindled the liveliest sympathy and ad. It happened that for nearly half the time of Gunnlaug's miration in his hearers.
sojourn in Europe, he had found no direct conveyance The varied gifts of the Iceland poets obtained for of intelligence from himself to his father or to Helga ; each a different species of homage, and from a different but he planned a mode of return to them, within the
term of his engagement, and longed with impatience who, he said, had forgotten her, and accept the ardent for the hour when he should claim the reward of his and accomplished Rafu, Helga wept bitterly, and be. constancy.
sought him not to force her to reluctant consent of his He was about to repair to the coast of Norway aud will; and she commanded Rafu to forbear from his to take passage for Iceland, when he was called upon suit. for the last display of his poetic talent at a banquet The father and the lover listened to the virgin's sup. given in honor of the king's nuptials. The occasion plication, and both conciliated her unwillingness by harmonized with his own anticipations, and his glow. short delay of solicitation. But Helga was at length ing and rapturous strains, in accord with the excited prevailed on to name a day, when, if no intelligence of feelings of the whole court, drew forth acclamations of Gunnlaug should arrive, she would yield to their wishes. delight and celebration which stung the heart of Rafu. The time came, but no tidings came with it. An early Elated with this final triumph of his powers, Gunnlaug, day was fixed upon for the celebration of the marriage with all the complacency of complete success, met his ceremony, according to the rites of the Christian youthful associates for the last time prior to his in. church. A few years before, the Christian doctrin had tended departure for Sweeden. It happened that the superseded the Scandinavian mythology in Iceland, and extraordinary skill of a young nobleman in the wrestling all the solemnities of religion were become Christian match was extravagantly extolled, and it was maintained ordinances. by some of his friends that his powers were unequalled. A rude edifice, in a romantic and retired spot, near Others contended that Gunnlaug was superior to the Borgar:Fiord, ras consecrated to the worship of the Swedish youth, and that the two should ond the question true God, and a priest of the new faith ministered at of proof.
its altar. Thither Rafu and Helga, attended by his In this combat, commenced in perfect good-will, friends and principal followers and those of Thorstein, Gunnlaug was thrown to the ground, and suffered a proceeded at the appointed time to exchange the severe injury in the fall. Several months of suffering marriage row. and confinement followed. Rafu was well acquainted The pale bride was accompanied by a few young with this circumstance, and eagerly availed himself of females, her frequent companions, and by Ulrica, an it. He returned to Iceland with all speed, and resorted elderly woman, her mother's sister, who felt for her all immediately to the dwelling of Thorstein. His avowed a mother's pride and fondness. The females ranged purpose was to pay his respects to the poet Egill; but themselves on one side of the church, and the men on Egill had died, full of years and honors, but a few the other. The priest began the ceremony by a solemn months before.
chant, in whieh the company joined. The voice of Thorstein received Rafu with the hospitality common Helga was not hard in the hymn. Her eyes were cast to the age and the country, and with the peculiar honur down, and a slight tremor might have been perceived due to the poetic character. Nor was Helga wanting in her whole person, as she stood by the side of Ulrica, in all observances due to her father's guest. She en. upon whom in her agitation, she leaned for support, tertained him with the courtesy and grace which were and who gently pressed her throbving hand. natural to her, but her heart took no part in her recep. The chant ceased. Rafu adyanced, ani! Ulrica retion of the stranger. Her beauty, matured, not faded, signed the hand of Helga to his. They stood before was more resplendent than ever ; but her face was not the altar. The priest uttered a short prayer, the lighted up with hope and joy. Disappointment had vows were pronounced. and a benediction closed the sickened her heart. A misgiving which she felt con ceremony. • The Lord bless thee and keep thee," had tinually, but did not explain to herself, would every just passed his lips, when a quick step trod the church moment overcome her striving to subdue it, and cloud portal, and a man of a noble figure, magnificeritly attired, her serene brow, and prompt the swelling sigh.
entered the assembly. He looked round with a hurried Rafu strove to entertain Thorstein and his daughter glance, then darted a reproachful look upon the bride, with the history of his travels; but he never mentioned and fixed his eye sparkling with indignation upon Rafu, the name of his rival at Borgar-Fiord. The descriptive who quailed at the lightning which seemed to flash powers of the enamoured youth had not given too bright upon him. a picture ef Helga. Her modesty and her beauty were The intruder was Gunnlaug. “ Miserable womanall that Rafu admired in woman, and he failed not to perfidious wretch !" were all the words he spoke. pay her the delicate homage that expressed his septi. Helga saw in an instant the consummation of her ments ; and at length he urged her father to sanction misery, and fell senseless into the arms of Ulrica. the deep attachment which had been awakened in his Gunnlaug rushed forward. He would have caught the bosom.
sinking victim; the emotions of rage giving place to Thorstein did not refuse him, but he hesitated to a sudden gush of tenderness. Thorstein saw his pur. urge his daughter. The period of Gunnlaug's intended pose, and Rafu interposed his arm. “ She is mine," absence was now several months expired, and Thorstein cried he, repulsing him; “ touch her and you die!" accused him of breach of his vows. Helga believed him “ She is mine!” exclaimed Thorstein, “ aod she dead-to doubt of his honor and love never entered shall die in my bosom." He snatched her to his heart, into her confiding heart. Thorstein resented his appa. and dropping upon a near seat, with her drooping head - rent unfaithfulness to himself and to his child. His on his breast, the father sustained his child. The unhappy daughter imagined all the frightful circum whole assembly was thrown into confusion. Some stances of his death. Fire and lood, the bloody fray-withdrew. Others stood apart, while Thorstein and in which he fell, or the lonely wood, where, misguided Ulrica endearoured to restore Helga. The rivals and unpitied, he perished, haunted her fancy day and forgot their mutual hate in intense anxiety for the night. When Thorstein importuned her, to forget him, object of their passion, and stood by her, each regardless of the other, watching for her recovery. She southern extremity rises snow-covered mountains. But soon breathed faintly, opened her eyes, regained her there is something life-like in the still majesty of these consciousness, and cligning to her father, burst into a lonely and everlasting hills. Columns of vapor are passion of tears.
incessantly ascending from hot springs embosoined She extended her hand tow'rds her lover ; " Gunn- | within them, and give notice continually of the power laug, dear Gunnlaug, forgive me! I have been sternly that subtalizes and vivifies the whole material world. urged to this faithless act. My heart, alas ! could To this retreat the collected and embodied mind of never consent to it!” She hid her face with both a whole people, “ the thoughtful and the free," an. her hands. The next moinent she extended her arms nually withdrew themselves to examine the interests towards Gunnlaug, and cried, " Take me;'_" and, and strengthen the bands of their federation. There Father," she said, looking pitiously at her sire, “ break a public assembly of the chief men of the nation, en. the fetters which your hands have forged for your vironed only by lofty cliffs of lava, and canopied by the child."
blue heavens, consulted together in the year 1000 of “ Let us go home; nothing can be done here to our era, whether the old heathenism or the “ glorious calm her," said the distracted Thorstein to Ulrica. gospel" came down from heaven ; and there the gain“ Come neither of you," continued he, addressing the sayer, convinced, no longer bolted his argument, but rivals, “ to my dwelling. I will hereafter confer with yielded to the stronger reason; and there Thorgeir, the you apart. Leave us. We will depart.”
Langman, the chief magistrate of the island, pronounced Helga was laid upon a sort of litter in which she with deep solemnity, that the truth, as it had been had been borne to the chorch. Her friends slowly brought in unquestionable transmission through ten dispersed, and Thorstein and Ulrica, with their own centuries of time, and through all continental Europe, domestics, took their way to their sad home. There was entirely and cordially received by the people there mockery of preparation for a marriage-feast was pre. represented, as the law of the land and the rule of sented to them, and desertion and misery seemed to their lives. preside at the profuse and silent board, unapproached To a scene thus sanctified, the injurer and the injured by a human being.
both resorted. Their purpose of mutual destruction The two lovers seperated in mutual animosity, and had been deferred, but it was not abandoned, through each with a mutual determination on revenge, Thors. the forbearance of a few months. The remonstrances tein soon met the lover, and the husbaud of his daughter. of Helga had arrested the eagerness of Gunnlaug to sa. The latter demanded his wife, and the former related tisfy what he believed was just resentment. " He is a his misfortune and the treachery of Rafu. Thorstein man, and thy brother—a creature in God's image-in was a man of honor, and he firmly refused her to the him sullied, indeed, but not extinct. Lay not bloody. treacherous and crafty Rafu. He even permitted Gunn hands upon him. He is guilty, but reserved for re. laug to see and converse with the unhappy Helga. compense by Him who knows when to inflict the blow.
In this interview, they poured into each other's Spare him whoin God spares." Such was the holy bosom the sad tale of wrong and woe, which was to end counsel given at their parting interview. in their final seperation. Virtue commanded that se. Despite this counsel, when he afterwards encountered peration, and the “ spirit of the North,” resentful of his adversary at Thingvalla, face to face, the matchless injury even to the death of the perpetrator, sustained wrong he had wrought, stirred up in his breast the by the authority of duty, could satisfy every affection feeling of righteous scorn and unbearable sense of into that stern behest-could submit to the forced vow jury. He would end the strife in his soul with the paid to God, as to a power above all. Thus governed, life of this execrable deceiver. Thus resolved, Gunnlaug though each loved with intensity of passion more mani. challenged his rival to meet him in single combat. He fest in tropical climes, this ardent lover and tender accepted the challenge, and the foes met on an island maiden tore themselves apart. Such they deemed was in the river Oxeraa, which flows into the lake the will of Heaven, and their elevated sense of sub. Thingvalla. The challenge transpired. The assembly mission listened to no other will.
gained intelligence of it, and a deputation was sent to On the shores of the lake Thingvalla, a delegation countermand it; and the combatants were parted withof Iceland nobles, land-holders and clergy, assembled out bloodshed. once every year to deliberate upon all questions that The assembly immediatly took into consideration involved the conoerns of individuals of the civil order, whether duelling was compatible with the religion of and of religion. The scenery about Thingvalla is the state ; and after due deliberation, by a single and awful and imposing. The whole region is volcanic. unanimous act of the delegates, the duel or single combat Not a tree is to be seen there—not a fir lifts its spiry was abolished by law in Iceland, though the practice head, nor a stunted willow waves its yellow branches. of the trial of arms was then universal in Europe, and A little scant herbage is the only appearance of vege was sanctioned for centuries afterwards by the laws and table life in this domain of fire-spirits. A sheet of usages of all the continental nations. watar, expanded to considerable breadth, and stretched Thus prohibited from deciding their quarrel in Iceto a length of three leagues, reflects on its borders land, the rivals passed over into the territory of Norway, masses of matter arrested in every form of combustion; and met once more without hindrance. The dexterity and where nature made a pause and destruction was of the combatants long averted the blowtheir at. stayed, the elements, ages ago, took a form which now tendants were killed, and each yet contended for the declares that commotion only slumbers, and may awake life of the other, when Gunnlaug, with a warded blow, and convulse the world, when Omnipotence shall give severed the foot of his adversary. Rafu, pierced with the word and kindle the spark. In the midst of the agony, fell to the ground. “ I ain satisfied base wretch," lake are two islands of volcanic formation, and at the exclaimed Gunnlaug, approaching the fallen mau ; " live
gift was intended. When it was finished, the robe was brought and presented by the lover. Helga received the present with delight. She should keep it long. She would only array herself in it upon rare occasions, in honor of the giver.' She now fixed her eyes upon it. “ This is his only gift--the only one that I have preserved,” said she, as she bent her eyes upon its snowy whiteness. “ Emblem of his love," she murmured ; “ pure, stainless, fit for a queen's garment. The hand which first folded it around me is cold—the voice which then spake words of affectionate endearment, is hushed and still. Alas! they will return no more. He will not come to me, but I shall go to him—and his presence will form the blessedness of a better world.” The faithful girl spake no more. Her pulse fluttered for a moment- then ceased—then moved again, as her dim eyes rested upon the dear token of affection, and were lighted up with a transient ray glimmering through the mists of dissolution. She leaned gently back upon the bosom of her aged attendant, and suddenly, but calmly, fell asleep in death.
and, if it is not too late, repent your crimes."
“ I take not life at your hands," replied Rafu. “Do you think to escape my vengeanco, while the blood you have shed calls for satisfaction ? Bring me water in this helmet,-my strength renewed shall prove the weakness of thy arm.”
The generous youth, trusting to the honor of his foe, brought him water from the neighbouring spring ; but as he offered the helmet, Rafu treacherously struck his unguarded head with his sword, uttering the taunting words; “ Thou thinkest yet to possess the beautiful Helga. Thine she shall never be." The blow which he dealt was not fatal. Rafu rose, the fight was renewed, and he was slain. Gunnlaug himself was mortally wounded. He survived but a brief space, uttering the name of Helga with his last breath.
Helga long secluded herself from every eye, and Thorstein and Ulrica could hardly prevail on her to accompany them to the house of prayer. It was in that rustic temple, however, that she was seen by Thorkell, a noble and wealthy Icelander of another district. Her affliction was known and commiserated by all, the high and the humble, of that country. Thorkell had been touched with her misfortunes and his heart was captivated by the mingled charms of her beauty, her resignation, and her piety. He vowed to devote his whole life to her happiness,-innocent and exhalted as she was, and so cruelly wounded. He was welcomed by Thorstein, who persuaded his daughter that she might yet live for the happiness of othersher father her maternal friend Ulrica, her husband, would she permit him to take that enviable title, would all rejoice in her favorable decision.
Helga listened with deference. Grief, thought she, is selfish. I may end any days in weeping for the dead. Live for the living, is the dictate of virtue,– and she gave her hand to Thorkell. But her nuptials were only the forerunner of the last ceremonial that religion performs for the broken-hearted.
No tenderness bestowed upon her by others, nor duty performed by herself, could restore to Helga, the happy, healthful tone of existence. The silver cord was, broken the sound of music was low-the pitcher was broke at the fountain, All that constitutes the charm of being was unfelt. There was no faculty of relish, no feeling of satisfaction left to her. While she struggled to endure and enjoy life, her frame sunk under the effort.
They who loved her, saw the wane of their hopes. The flame was flickering the bright was waxing dim. They looked at one another, and sighed, but spake not. On a summer's day, the gradually sinking girl reclined upon a couch near the door of her father's house, which she had never left for her husband's. She looked earnestly and fondly upon the prospect.
The valley terminated in the domain that was her lover's ; and the low mansion which once was his, lay in the cheerful sunshine before her eyes. “ Bring to me, dear mother,” said the gentle sufferer to Ulrica, “ the ermine robe which lies beneath all my vestments in the oaken chest and spread it before me."
Ulrica flew to gratify her wish. The mantle had never been word. It was the gift of the injured departed. He had with much care and cost procured the fur from Norway, and the nurse of his infancy had wrougt it to fit the slight form of her for whom the
In a shell upon the sea,
Now what see I? First a girl, Small, fair, and priceless as a pearl, Which some Indian diver findeth
In the darkness of the sea, When the weight of waters blindeth
Every one, save only he !
Then thou com'st, a little maid-
What is here, with eyes of jet,
And see, a fuller dawn appeareth !
Peace now close the chamber doors ;
And the wife hath grown a mother
in bouillon caught and united by silk cords. The Her delights have found another,
flounce in large puffs similarly ornamented.
An emerald green velvet redingote was ornamented
down the front with a satin facing and pipings disposed The smiles she owned when she was young, in a serpentine form; a biais of the same and similarly All that in bright confusion lay,
decorated, reaching high up the bottom of the dress, And witched us in her earlier day, Time moves! A grief that does not speak
undulating at the upper edge; sleeves bouffanted Now sits upon her altered cheek ;
and with satin ruffles edged with deep blond. The Her eyes are dim with widow's tears,
hair was ornamented with a poniard now become very Her heart weighed down by a mother's fears.
fashionable, of rubies and diamonds, sustaining a long Still young, still fair, and full of grace,
barbe extending below the middle of the skirt.
A gold lace is sometimes employed for these barbes,
and with a black or green velvet dress has a magni.
A Pekin dress was made somewhat high in front of
bouffanted and decorated with rosettes, the skirt orna. Or sheds his whiteness on the land.
mented with a deep founce caught up rather on one The widow !- ah ! she takes her stand Upon an elder, higher range,
side by a rosette larger but similar to that in the sleeve. And findeth still a graver change.
Hats & Caps.—The petit-bords are in great favor, Decrepit-old-she draweth near
and in permitting the full effect of any arrangement of The last scene of her long career.
the coiffure to be seen to the greatest advantage, are Her child by other ties is bound
particularly available to fall dress.
An admired mode of wearing them, is very narrow
in the front part, which scarcely passes the middle of What need of more ?-a little mould
the head, considerably higher and deeper on one side A prayer—and all her tale is told !
than the other, and having on one side a continuation -By Barry Cornwall ; from “ Ages of Female Beauty.” to the ear where it curls up; here a small heron or
paradise plume may be well placed, lace is in general successsfullyfused for the ornamenting of these as well
as pearls and light bijouterie ; velvet of emerald green, LONDON AND PARISIAN FASHIONS. blue or cherry colors prevail for these elegant coiffures.
Turbans are as prevailing as any style of head-dress, Dresses.—The flat corsage in general prevails; , and from the still greater varieties recently introduced small piping either en cæur or waving, progressing may be worn with almost any style of dress or person. towards a point, or in parallel lines is much used. The The Thébaide in green colored velvet and cloth of mode en pointe is as general as throughout the season. gold enriched by two scarfs with gold threads intermixed
The mantilla with lace edging is frequently laid on and fringed, the one hanging very low, has a beautifully fiat, perhaps more so than full, the mode of pointing | rich appearance. over the shoulder and neck is not in frequent use.
The Sylphide in tulle with slight flowers or beauti. There are more short sleeves with the accompaniment ful tropical birds is admirably suited to many petites of the elegant mittens before spoken of, than formerly. | figures and small features.
Spencers are by no means uncommon, those in velvet As ornaments to hats and capotes in general, the at present predominate, they are much ornamented with | small demi-veil is becoming, also the marabout, the brandebourgs; the corsage en pointe and terminated bird of paradise, sprigs of millet and other grain. by a cordelière, They are seen with jupons, or some For caps particularly the little lace caps become times a black velvet spencer will be worn with a green such great favorites, chenilla flowers are much worn. satin slip and similar variations of color, but the more Caps of tulle bouilloné are extremely pretty and are general becomes the fashion, the greater will be those also becomingly ornamented with the above description variations which are already so universally allowed in of ornament, the choice of fashionable costume generaliy.
MATERIALS.-The brilliant velvets épinglé green, Children's dresses are mostly made with the corsage white, &c. with the most elegant embroidery worked straight or cut deep a la Vierge, sleeves a la jardiniere in bouquets and in the first styles of design and most with a bracelet on the arm; the sleeve a bouillon and splendid assortments of color are now in the height of a pelerine attached to the corsage. The fichus, trim yogue. One of these, the Elizabeth, has gained more med with tulle or a Valenciennes are generally in an | favor than the rest of these gorgeous fabrics, and merits embreidered batiste, sometimes in jaconot. The corsage the distinction. is sometimes crossed and edged with narrow lace, a Satin, Velvet, Pekin, are the most prevalent and ad. neud on the shoulders and a row of the same down the mitting of the favorite black lace with an excellent dress are frequently seen.
effect, are in much favor at present. A cherry-colored satin dress had a corsage half-high For children's dresses gros de Naples, mousseline de mounting, the front of the bust ornamented with pialaine, muslin, levantine, velvet, and printed merino are pings proceeding froin each side of the upper part of | the most approved. the corsage in waved parallel lines to the ceinture which Varieties. The new Lama shawl is a remarkably being encircled by a cordelière, was tied in front into elegant introduction, and bids fair to become a great a bow with long ends and chenilla fringes. The sleeves favorite with the élite of the modish circle. This is