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of the fact, that our indifference to them. And soon the village to the pasture flew,
Where, from the drepest hole the pond about, ass
nes even a curpapie tai, du We They dragg'd poor Jenny's lifeless body out, almost feel as if we might have prevent. And took her home, where scarce an hour gone by ed the mischief. An old woman, who She had been living like to you and I. was Jenny's companion, thus narrates
I went with more, and kiss'd her for the last,
And thought with tears on pleasures that were part; the story:
And, the last kindness left me then to do, Poor't houghtless wench ! it seems but Sunday past I went, at milking. where the blossoms grew, Since we went out together for the last,
And handfuls got of rose and lambtoe swett,
And put them with her in her winding-sheet.
Nor parson 'low'd to pray, nor bell to chimes
The usual law for their ungodly sin And what there was, I even forc'd it out.
Who violent hands upon themselves have laid, A gloomy wanness spoil'd her rosy cheek,
Poor Jane's last bed oncbristian-like was made; And doubts hung there it was not mine to seek; And there, like all whose last thoughts turn to heaven, She ne'er so much as mention'd things to come, She sleeps, and doubtless hop'd to be forgiven. But sigh'd o'er pleasures ere she left her home; And now-and-then a mournful smile would raise
The tale is a true one, and in a little Al freaks repeated of our younger days,
village it would doubtless make a deep Which I brought up, while passing spots of ground
impression at the time; but Clare reWhere we, when children,“ hurly-burly'd” round, Or "blindman buffd" some morts of hours away-,
ceived it from tradition, for the circumTwo games, poor thing, Jane dearly lov'd to play. stance bappened long ago: he would She smild at these, but shook her head and sigh'd learn therefore the mere fact, that such Whene'er she thought my look was turn'd aside ;
a girl was drowned in such a pond, and Nor turn'd she round, as was her former way,
all those particulars which constitute To praise the thorn, white over then with May; Nor stooped once, tho' thousands round her grew,
the poetry of the story, would remain To pull a cowslip as she us'd to do.
to be created by the activity of his own Ah, these were days her conscience vjew'd with pain, imagination. The true poet alone Which all are loth to lose, as well as Jane.
could so faithfully realize to himself, And, what I took more odd than all the rest, Was, that same night she ne'er a wish exprest
and few of that class would dare to To see the gipsies, so belor'd before,
dwell so intensely upon, the agonizing That lay a stone's-throw from us on the moor: considerations which pass in the mind I hinted it; she just reply'd again
of a person intent on self-destruction : She once believ'd them, but had doubts since then. But though her tears stood watering in her cye,
the subsequent reflections of the narraI little took it as her last good-bye;
tor on her own indifference in passing For she was tender, and I've often known
the pond where Jenny lay drowned, Her mourn when beetles have been trampled on; and on the unconcern of the cattle and So I ne'er dream'd from this, what soon befel, Till the next morning rang her passing bell.
the insects, may be, perhaps, more eas.
ily conceived, but are no less faithfully And how wonderfully natural on and eloquently uttered. * these reflections !
In our way to Barnack, we skirted That very morning, it affects me still,
the “ Milking pasture,” which, as it Ye know the foot-path sidles down the hill,
brought to my mind one of the most deIgn'rant as babe unborn I pass'd the pond
licious descriptions I ever saw of the To milk as usual in our close beyond, And cows were drinking at the water's edge,
progress of love, shall be my apology, And horses brows'd among the flags and sedge,
if any is necessary, for the following And gnats and midges danc'd the water o'er, quotation, Just as I've mark'd them scores of times before, And birds sat singing as in mornings gone,
Now from the pasture milking-niaidens come, While I as unconcern'd went soodling on,
With each a swain to bear the burden home,
Who often coax thein on their pleasant way
While on a mole-hill, or a resting sole,
The simple rustics try their arts the while The neatberd boy that us'd to tend the cows,
With glegging smiles, and bopes and fears between, While getting whip-sticks from the dangling boughs Snatching a kiss to open what they mean : or osiers dreoping by the water side,
And all the utmost that their tongues can do, Her bonnet floating on the top espied;
The honey'd words which nature learns to woo. He knew it well, and hasten'd fearful down
The wild-flower sweets of language, * love" and To take the terror of his fears to town,
· dear," A melancholy story, far too true;
With warmest utterings meet cach maiden's ear"
Who as by magic smit, she knows not why,
“ Rural Evening,” how perfect in form, From the warm look that waits a wish'd reply character, and colour, is the following Droops fearful down in love's delightful swoon,
sketch of an aged woman in the almsAs s'inks the blossom from the suns of noon; While sighs ha f-smother'd from the throbbing breast, house. And broken words sweet trembling o'er the rest,
Now at the parish cottage wall'd with dirt, And cheeks, in blushes burning, turn'd aside,
Where all the cumber-grounds of life resort, Betray the plainer what she strives to hide.
From the low door that bows two props between, Tbe a worous swain sees through tbe feign'd disguise,
Some feeble tottering dame surveys the scene; Discerns the fondness she at first denies,
By them reminded of tbe long-lost day And with all passions love and truth can move
When she herself was young, and went to play: Urges more strong the simpering maid to love;
And, turning to the painful scenes again, More freely osing toying ways to win
The mournful changes she has met since then, Tokens that echo from the soul within
Her aching heart, the contrast moves so keen, Her soft hand nipping, that with ardour burns,
E'en sighs a wish that life had never beep. And, timid, gentlier presses its returns;
Still vainly sinning, wbile she strives to pray, 1 hen straling pins with innocent deceit,
Half-smother'd disconten' pursues its way To loost the 'kerchief from its envied seat;
In whispering Providence, how blest she'd been, Then unawares her bonnet be'll untie,
If life's last troubles she'd escap'd unseen: Her dark-brown ringets wiping gently by,
If,ere want sneak'd for grudg'd support from pride, To steal a kiss in seemiy figu'd disguise,
She had but shar'd of childhood's joys, and died. As love yields kinder taken by surprise :
And as to talk some passing neighbours stand, While, nearly conquer'd, she less disapproves,
And shove their box within her tottering hand, And owns at last with tear and sighs, she loves.
She turns from echoes of her younger yean,
And nips the portion of her snuff with tears.
But you are tired, or at least I am, Repeat their loves, and vow it o'er again ;
with this long letter. Briefly then, And pause at loss of language to proclaim
suppose that I parted with my interestThose purest pleasures, yet without a name : And while, in highest ecstasy of bliss
ing companion, on the top of Barnack The shepherd holds her yielding hand in his, Hill, a place which he has celebrated He turns to heaven to witness what he feels,
in his poems; that he pursued his way And silent shows what want of words conceals;
to Casterton; and that, after dinner I Thenere the parting moments hustle nigh, And night in deeper dye his curtain dips,
tried to put these my imperfect recolTill next day's evening glads the anxious eye, lections of the day on paper for your He swears his truth, and seals it on her lips. amusement.
At the end of that same pastoral,
(Blackwood's Magazine, Oct.)
THE FLOATING BEACON.
ONE dark and stormy night, we ed to break into a wreath of foam.
were on a voyage from Bergen to The sea ran very high, and sometimes Christiansand in a small sloop. Our broke over the deck so furiously, that captain suspected that he had ap- the men were obliged to hold by the proached too near the Norwegian rigging, lest they should be carried coast, though he could not discern any away. Our captain was a person of land, and the wind blew with such vio- timid and irresolute character, and the lence, that we were in momentary dangers that environed us made him dread of being driven upon a lee-shore. gradually lose confidence in himself. We had endeavoured, for more than He often gave orders, and counteran hour, to keep our vessel away ; .but manded them in the same moment, all our efforts proved unavailing, and we the while taking small quantities of arsoon found that we could scarcely hold dent spirits at intervals. Fear and inour own. A clouded sky, a hazy at- toxication soon stupified him completemosphere, and irregular showers of lyand the crew ceased to consult him,or sleety rain, combined to deepen the ob- to pay any respect to his authority, in scurity of night, and nothing whatever so far as regarded the management of was visible, except the sparkling of the the vessel. distant waves, when their tops happen- About midnight our main-sail was
split, and shortly after we found that spirits than ever. He abused us all in the sloop had sprung a leak. We had the grossest terms, and threatened his before shipped a good deal of water crew with severe punishment, if they through the hatches, and the quantity did not come on board, and return to that now entered from below was so their duty. His manner was so viogreat, that we thought she would go lent, that no one seemed willing to at
down every moment. Our only chance tempt to constrain him to come on • of escape lay in our boat, which was board the boat ; and after vainly rep
immediately lowered. After we had resenting the absurdity of his conduct, all got on board of her, except the and the danger of his situation, we bid captain, who stood leaning against the him farewell, and rowed away. mast, we called to him, requesting that The sea ran so high, and had such a he would follow us without delay. terrific appearance, that I almost wish
How dare you quit the sloop without ed myself in the sloop again. The my permission ? cried he, staggering crew plied the oars in silence, and we forwards. This is not fit weather to heard nothing but the hissing of the go a fishing. Come back-back with enormous billows as they gently rose you all !' No, no,' returned one of up, and slowly subsided again, without the crew,' we don't want to be sent to breaking. At intervals, our boat was the bottom for your obstinacy. Bear a elevated far above the surface of the hand there, or we'll leave you behind.' ocean, and remained, for a few mo
Captain, you are drunk,' said an- ments, trembling upon the pinnacle of other ; ' you cannot take care of your- a surge, from which it would quietly self. You must obey us now.'- Sidescend into a gulph, so deep and awlence! mutinous villain,' answered the ful, that we often thought the dense captain. " What are you all afraid of? black mass of waters which formed This is a fine breeze-Up mainsail, its sides, were on the point of overand steer her right in the wind's eye. arching us, and bursting upon our
The sea knocked the boat so vio- heads. We glided with regular undulently and constantly against the side lations from one billow to another; but of the sioop, that we feared the former every time we sunk into the trough of would be injured or upset, if we did the sea, my heart died within me, for not immediately row away ; but any- I felt as if we were going lower down ious as we were to preserve our lives, than we bad ever done before, and we could not reconcile ourselves to the clung instinctively to the board on idea of abandoning the captain who which I sat. grew more obstinate the more we at. Notwithstanding my terrors, I fretempted to persuade him to accompany quently looked towards the sloop. us. At length, one of the crew leapt The fragments of her mainsail, which on board the sloop, and having seized remained attached to the yard, and hold of him, tried to drag him along fluttered in the wind, enabled us to disby force; but he struggled resolutely, cern exactly where she lay, and shewand soon freed himself from the grasp ed, by their motion, that she pitched of the seaman, who immediately re- about in a terrible manner. We occasumed his place among us, and urged sionally heard the voice of her unforthat we should not any longer risk our tu nate commander, calling to us in lives for the sake of a drunkard and a tones of frantic derision, and by turns madman. Most of the party declared vociferating curses and blasphemous they were of the same opinion, and oaths, and singing sea-songs with a began to push off the boat ; but I en- wild and frightill energy. I sometreated them to make one effort more times almost wished that the crew to induce their infatuated commander would make another effort to save him, to accompany us. At that moment he but, next moment, the principle of came up from the cabin, to which he self-preservation repressed all feelings had descended a little time before, and of humanity, and I endeavoured, by we immediately perceived that he was closing my ears, to banish the idea of more under the iniluence of ardent his sufferings from my mind.
After a little time the shivering can- times rushed over the gunnel of the vass disappeared, and we heard a tu- boat when a sea happened to strike multuous roaring and bursting of bil- her. lows, and saw an unusual sparkling of An hour's hard rowing brought us the sea, about a quarter of a mile from so near the light-house that we almost us. One of the sailors cried out that ceased to apprehend any further danthe sloop was now on her beam ends, ger ; but it was suddenly obscured and that the noise, to which we listen- from our view, and at the same time, a ened, was that of the waves breaking confused roaring and dashing comover her. We could sometimes per- menced at a little distance, and rapidceive a large black mass heaving itself ly increased in loudness. We soon up irregularly among the flashing sur- perceived a tremendous billow rolling ges, and then disappearing for a few towards us. Its top, part of which moments, and knew but too well that had already broke, overhung the base, it was the hull of the vessel. At in- as if unwilling to burst until we were tervals, a sbrill and agonized voice ut- within reach of its violence. The tered some exclamations, but we could man who steered the boat, brought not distinguish what they were, and her head to the sea, but all to no purthen a long-drawn shriek came across pose, for the water rushed furiously the ocean, which suddenly grew more over us, and we were completely imfuriously agitated, near the spot where mersed. I felt the boat swept from the sloop lay, and, in a few moments, under me, and was left struggling and she sunk down, and a black wave groping about in hopeless desperation, formed itself out of the waters that for something to catch hold of. When had engulfed her, and swelled gloomily nearly exhausted, I received a severe into a magnitude greater than that of blow on the side from a small cask of the surrounding billows.
water which the sea had forced against The seamen dropped their oars, as me. I immediately twined my arms if by one impulse, and looked expres- round it, and, after recovering myself a sively at each other, without speaking little, began to look for the boat, and a word. Awful forebodings of a fate to call to my corapanions ; but I could similar to that of the captain, appear- not discover any vestige of them, or of ed to chill every heart, and to repress their vessel. However, I still had a the energy that had hitherto excited us faint hope that they were in existence, to make unremitting exertions for our and that the intervention of the billows common safety. While we were in concealed them from my view. I conthis state of hopeless inaction, the man tinued to shout as loud as possible, for at the helm called out that he saw a the sound of my own voice in some light a-head. We all strained our eyes measure relieved me from the feeling to discern it, but, at the moment, the of awful and heart-chilling loneliness boat was sinking down between two which my situation inspired; but not immense waves, one of which closed even an echo responded to my cries, the prospect, and we remained in and, convinced that my comrades had breathless anxiety till a rising surge el- all perished, I ceased looking for them, evated us above, the level of the sur- and pushed towards the beacon in the rounding ocean. A light like a daz- best manner I could. A long series of zling star then suddenly flashed upon fatiguing exertions brought me close to our view, and joyful exclamations the side of the vessel which contained burst from every mouth. “That, cri- it, and I called out loudly, in hopes ed one of the crew, must be the float- that those on board might hear me ing beacon which our captain was look- and come to my assistance, but no one ing out for this afternoon. If we can appearing, I waited patiently till a but gain it, we'll be safe enough yet.' wave raised me on a level with the
This intelligence cheered us all, and chains, and then caught hold of thera, the men began to ply the oars with re- and succeeded in getting on board. doubled vigour, while I employed my- As I did not see any person on deck, self in baleing out the water that some. I went forwards to the sky-light, ary
looked down. Two men were seated latter running aground. The accombelow at a table, and a lamp, which modations below decks were narrow, was suspended above them, being and of an inferior description; howevswung backwards and forwards by the er, I gladly retired to the birth that was mlling of the vessel, threw its light up- allotted me by my entertainers, and faon their faces alternately. One seem- tigue and the rocking of billows comed agitated with passion, and the other bined to lull me into a quiet and dreamsurveyed him with a scornful look. less sleep. They both talked very loudly, and us- Next morning, one of the men, whose ed threatening gestures, but the sea name was Angerstoff, came to my bedmade so much noise that I could not side, and called me to breakfast in a distinguish what was said. After a surly and imperious manner. The little time, they started up, and seemed others looked coldly and distrustfully to be on the point of closing and when I joined them, and I saw that wrestling together, when a woman they regarded me as an intruder and an rushed through a small door and pre- unwelcome guest. The meal passed vented them. I beat upon deck with without almost any conversation, and my feet at the same time, and the at- I went upon deck whenever it was tention of the whole party was soon over. The tempest of the preceding transferred to the noise. One of the night had in a great measure abated, men immediately came up the cabin but the sea still ran very high, and a stairs, but stopped short on seeing me, black mist hovered over it, through as if irresolute whether to advance or which the Norwegian coast, lying at hasten below again. I approached eleven miles distance could be dimly bim, and told my story in a few words, seen. I looked in vain for some rebut instead of making any reply, he mains of the sloop or boat. Not a bird went down to the cabin, and began to enlivened the heaving expanse of warelate to the others what he had seen. ters, and I turned shuddering from the I soon followed him, and easily found the dreary scene, and asked Morvalmy way into the apartment where they den, the youngest of the men, when he all were. They appeared to feel min- thought I had any chance of getting gled sensations of fear and astonish- ashore. “Not very soon, I'm afraid, ment at my presence, and it was some returned he. “We are visited once a time before any of them entered into month by people from yonder land, conversation with me, or afforded those who are appointed to bring us supply comforts which I stood so much in of provisions and other necessaries. need of.
They were here only six days ago, so After I had refreshed myself with you may count how long it will be befood, and been provided with a change fore they return. Fishing boats someof clothing, I went upon deck, and sure times pass us during fine weather, but veyed the singular asylum in which we won't have much of that this moon Providence had enabled me to take re- at least.” ture from the fury of the storm. It Nointelligence could have been more did not exceed thirty feet long, and was depressing to me than this. The idea of very strongly built, and completely spending perhaps three weeks in such decked over, except at the entrance to a place was almost insupportable, and the cabin. It ha'l a thick mast at mid- the more so, as I could not hasten ny ships, with a large lantern, containing deliverance by any exertions of my several burners and reflectors, on the own, but would be obliged to remain, top of it; and this could be lowered in a state of inactive suspense, till good and hoisted up again as often as requir- fortune, or the regular course of events, ed by means of ropes and pullies. The afforded me the means of getting ashore. vessel was firmly moored upon an ex- Neither Angerstoff nor Mor alden terive sand-bank, the beacon being in- seemed to synipathize with my disiress, terled to warn seamen to avoid a part or even to care that I should have it of the occan where many lives and ves. in my power to leave the vessel, except sel3 had been lost in consequence of the in so far as my departure would free