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the sea-looked to the deserted cottage, of three human beings rushed into the and then to the new mansion, and said: open air, and ran towards us with a • My son, I have a counsel to give thee swiftness which supernatural dread -treasure it in thy heart, and practise alone could inspire. We instantly it in thy life-the daughters of him of knew them to be three noted smugGyrape-ha' are fair, and have an eye glers, who infested the country; and that would wile away the wits of the rallying when they found my father wisest-their father has wealth–I say maintain his ground, they thus mingled nought of the way he came by it—they their fears and the secrets of their trade will have golden portions doubtless.--for terror fairly overpowered their But I would rather lay thy head aneath habitual caution. I vow by the nightthe gowans in Caerlaverock kirk-yard, tide, and the crooked timber, said Wiland son have I none beside thee, than lie Weethause, “ I never saw sic a light see thee Jay it on the bridal pillow with as yon since our distillation pipe took the begotten of that man, though she fire, and made a burnt, instead of a had Nithsdale for her dowry. Let not drink-offering of our spirits—I'll upmy words be as seed sown on the ocean hold it comes for nae good—a warning -I may not now tell thee why this may be—sae ye may gang on, Wattie warning is given. Before that fatal Bouseaway, wi' yere wickedness—as shipwreck, I would have said Prudence for me, I'se gae hame and repent.'Gyrape, in her kirtle, was a better • Saulless bodie !' said his companion, bride than some who have golden dow- whose natural hardiness was considerers. I have long thought some one ably supported by his communion with would see a sighit-and often, while the brandy cup— Saulless bodie, for a holding my balve-net in the midnight faff o' fire and a maiden's shadow tide, have I looked for something to would ye forswear the gallant tradeappear-for where blood is shed there Saul to gude! but auld Miller Morison doth the spirit baunt for a time, and shall turn yere thraffie into a drain-pipe give warning to man. May I be to wyse the waste water from his mill, strengthened to endure the sight! I if ye turn back now, and help us nae answered not-being accustomed to re- through with as strong an importation gard my father's counsel as a matter as ever cheered the throat and cheeped not to be debated—as a solemn com- on the crapin. Confound the fizzenmand: we heard something like the less bodie ! he glowers as if this fine rustling of wings on the water-accom- star-light were something frae the warst panied by a slight curling motion of side of the world, and thae staring e'en the tide. God haud his right-hand o’his are busy shaping heaven's sweetabout us !' said my father, breathing est and balmiest air into the figures of thick with emotion and awe, and look- wraiths and goblins.'- Robin Teling on the sea with a gaze so intense fer,' said my father, addressing the that his eyes seemed to dilate, and the third smuggler, tell me nought of the hair of his forehead to project forward, secrets of your perilous craft- but and bristle into life. I looked, but ob- tell me what you have seen, and why served nothing, save a long line of thin ye uttered that fearful scream, that and quivering light, dancing along the made the wood-doves start from Caersurface of the sea : it ascended the laverock pines. • I'll tell ye what, bank, on which it seemed to linger for goodman, said the mariner, ' I have a moment, and then entering the fish- seen the fires o'heaven running as erman's cottage, made roof and rafter thick along the sky, and on the ocean, gleam with a sudden illumination.- as ye ever saw the blaze on a bowl o' I'll tell thee what, Gibbie Gyrape,' said punch at a merry making, and neither my father, “ I wouldna be the owner of quaked nor screamed; but ye'll mind thy heart, and proprietor of thy right- the light that came to that cottage tohand, for all the treasures in the earth night was one for some fearful purport, and ocean.'-A loud and piercing which let the wise expound; sae it scream from the cottage made us thrill lessened nae one's courage to quail for with fear, and in a moment the figures sic an apparition. Od! if thought

-a God

living soul would ever make the start I quantity of thin air to clothe itself in, gied an upcast to me, I'd drill his reduced it in their description to a very breast-bane wi' my dirk like a turnip unpoetic shadow, or a kind of better lanthorn. My father mollified the sort of will-o'-the-wisp, that could for wrath of this maritime desperado, by its own amusement counterfeit the huassuring him he beheld the light go man shape. There were many who, from the sea to the cottage, and that he like my father, beheld the singular illushook with terror, for it seemed no com- mination appear at midnight on the mon light. Ou, God! then,' said coast; saw also something sailing along hopeful Robin, since it was one o' our with it in the form of a lady in bright ain cannie sea-apparitions I care less garments, her hair long and wet, and about it, I took it for some landward shining in diamonds and heard a spright ! and now I think on’t, where struggle, and the shriek as of a creature were my een ? did it no stand amang drowning. The belief of the peasantits own light, with its long hanks of ry did not long confine the apparition hair dripping, and drenched; with a to the sea coast-it was seen sometimes casket of gold in ae hand, and the other late at night far inland, and following guarding its throat. I'll be bound it's Gilbert the fisherman,-like a human the ghost o’ some sonsie lass that has shadow-like a pure light-like a white had her neck nipped for her gold-and garment--and often in the shape, and had she stayed till I emptied the bicker with the attributes, in which it disturbo' brandy, I would have ask'd a cannie ed the carousal of the smugglers. I question or twae.' Willie Weethause heard douce Thomas Haining, had now fairly overcome his consterna- fearing man, and an elder of the Burghtion, and began to feel all his love for er congregation, and on whose word I the gallant trade, as his comrade called could well lippen, when drink was kept it, return. "The tide serves, lads! the from his head,–1 heard him say that tide serves—let us slip our drap op as he rode home late from the Roodbrandy into the bit bonnie boat, and fair of Dumfries the night was dark, tottle away amang the sweet starlight there lay a dusting of snow on the as far as the Kingholm or the town ground, and no one appeared on the quarry-ye ken we have to meet Bailie road but himself,-he was lilting and Gardevine, and laird Soukaway o' La- singing the cannie of the auld

sang, dlemouth.'— They returned, not with- “ There's a cuttie stool in our Kirk,” out hesitation and fear, to the old cot- - which was made on some foolish tage; carried their brandy to the boat; quean's misfortune, when he heard the and as my father and I went home, we sound of horses' feet behind him at full heard the dipping of their oars in the gallop, and ere he could look round, Nith, along the banks of which they who should flee past, urging his horse sold their liquor, and told their tale of with whip and spur, but Gilbert the fear, magnifying its horror at every Fisherman! "Little wonder that he step, and introducing abundance of va- galloped,' said the elder, " for a fearful riations.

form hovered around him, making ma“ The story of the Ghost with the ny a clutch at him and with every Golden Casket, flew over the country clutch uttering a shriek most piercing side with all its variations, and with to hear. But why should I make a many comments : some said they saw long story of a common tale? The her, and some thought they saw her curse of spilt blood fell on him, and on appear again—and those who had the his children, and on all he possessed hardihood to keep watch on the beach his sons and daughters died-his flocks at midnight, had their tales to tell of perished his grain grew, but never terrible lights and strange visions.— filled the ear; and fire came from With one who delighted in the marvel- heaven, or rose from hell, and consumlous, the spectre was decked in attri- ed his house, and all that was therein. butes that made the circle of auditors He is now a man of ninety years—a tighten round the hearth ; while others, fugitive and a vagabond on the earthwho allowed to a ghost only a certain without a house to put his white head

in—with the unexpiated curse still have sunk a three decker, let be a slenclinging to him.”

der boat-see-see an' she binna sailWhile my companion was making ing aboon the water like a white swan;" this summary of human wretchedness, -and, wading deeper in the tide as he I observed the figure of a man, stoop- spoke, he seemed to clutch at someing to the earth with extreme age, gli- thing with both hands, and struggle ding through among the bushes of the with it in the water—“ Na! na ! dinruined cottage, and approaching the na haud your white hands to me--ye advancing tide. He wore a loose great wear owre mickle gowd in your hair, coat, patched to the ground, and fastened and o'er many diamonds on your boround his waist by a belt and buckle,- som, to 'scape drowning. There's as the remains of stockings and shoes mickle gowd in this casket as would were on his feet--a kind of fisherman's have sunk thee seventy fathoms deep." cap surmounted some remaining white And he continued to hold his hands hairs, while a long peeled stick sup- under the water-muttering all the ported him as he went. My compan- while.—“ She's half gone now-and ion gave an involuntary shudder when I'll be a braw laird, and build a bonnie he saw him—" Lo, and behold, now, house, and gang crousely to kirk and here comes Gilbert the fisherman market—now I may let the waves work once every twenty-four hours doth he their will-my work will be ta'en for come, let the wind and the rain be as theirs."--He turned to wade to the they will, to the nightly tide, to work shore, but a large and heavy wave came o'er again, in imagination, his auld dash on him, and bore him off his feet, tragedy of unrighteousness. See how and ere any assistance reached him, all he waves his band, as if he welcoined human aid was too late-for nature was some one from sea-he raises his voice so exhausted with the fullness of years, too, as if something in the water re- and with his exertions, that a spoonful quired his counsel —and see how he of water would have drowned him.dashes up to the middle, and grapples The body of this miserable old man with the water as if he clutched a hu- was interred, after some opposition from man being." I looked on the old man, the peasantry, beneath the wall of the and heard him call in a hollow and kirk-yard ; and from that time, the broken voice; “O hoy! the ship, O Ghost with the Golden Casket was seen hoy,—turn your boat's head ashore- no more, and only continued to haunt and my bonnie lady, keep haud o’yere the evening tale of the hind and the casket-Hech bet! that wave would farmer.

SONG OF THE MERMAIDS IN THE PIKATE.

I.

MERMAID. Fathoms deep beneath the wave,

Stringing beads of glistering pearl, Singing the achievements brave

of many au old Norwegian earl ; Dwelling where the tempest's raving

Falls as light upon our ear, As the sigh of lover, craving

Pity from his lady dear, Children of wild Thule, we, From the deep caves of the sea, As the lark springs from the lea, Hither come to share your glee.

When the huge whale & sword-lish duel,
Or tolling shroudless seamen's knell,

When the winds and waves are cruel;
Children of wild Thule, we
Have plough'd such furrows on the sea,
As the steer draws on the lea,
And hither we come to share your glee.

III.
MERMAIDS AND MERMEN.
We heard you in our twilight caves,

A hundred fathom deep below,
For notes of joy can pierce the waves,

That drown each sound of war and woe.
Those who dwell beneath the sea

Love the sons of Thule well;
Thus to aid your mirth, bring we

Dance, and song, and sounding shell..
Children of dark Thule, know,
Those who dwell by haaf and voe,
Where your daring shallops row,
Come to share the festal show.

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MERMAN.
From reining of the water-horse,

That bounded till the waves were foaming,
Watching the infant tempest's course,

Chasing the sea-snake in his roaming ; From winding charge-notes on the shell,

MADAME DE STAEL'S TEN YEARS' EXILE.*

AGAINST ME.

[This production consists of fragments of to which no more meaning is attached

Memoirs, which M. de Stael had intend. than to the conclusion of a letter ; and ed to complete at her leisure, and which would probably have undergone alter

as the having assured any one that you ations, if a longer life had been allowed are his most humble servant would not her to revise and finish them. The narra. entitle him to ask any thing of you, so tive begins in 1800, two years previous to if any one says that he is a lover of libher first exile, and stops at 1801, after the death of M. Necker. It recommences,

erty,that he believes in God, -that in 1810, and breaks off abruptly at her he prefers his conscience to his interest, arrival in Sweden, in the autumn of 1812. Bonaparte considers such professions Many of the circumstances, though tri- only as an adherence to custom, or as the fing, are too curious to be neglected, at regular means of forwarding ambitious the same time M. de Staël was an in

views or selfish calculations. triguing politician and wrote as a parti. zan with womanish feeling.]

HER BANISHMENT.

Madame Recamier, so celebrated for CAUSES OF BONAPARTE'S ANIMOSÍTY her beauty, and whose character is even

expressed in her beauty, proposed to THE Emperor Napoleon, whose me to come and live at her country seat

character exhibits itself entire in at St. Brice, at two leagues from Paris. every action of his life, has persecuted I accepted her offer, for I had no idea me with a minute anxiety, with an that I could thereby injure a person so ever-increasing activity, with an in- much a stranger to political affairs; I flexible rudeness; and my connections believed her protected against every with him contributed to make him thing, notwithstanding the generosity known to me, long before Europe had of her character. I found collected discovered the key of the enigma. there a most delightful society, and

Shortly after the 18th Brumaire, there I enjoyed for the last time, all Bonaparte had heard that I had been that I was about to quit. It was during speaking strongly in my own parties, this stormy period of my existence, against that dawning oppression, whose that I received the speech of Mr. Mackprogress I foresaw as clearly as if the intosh; there I read those pages, where future had been revealed to me. Joseph he gives us the portrait of a jacobin, Bonaparte, whose understanding and who had made himself an object of terconversation I liked very much, came ror during the revolution to children, to see me, and told nie, “ My brother women and old men, and who is now complains of you. Why, said he to bending himself double under the rod me yesterday, why does not Madame of the Corsican, who ravishes from him, de Staël attach herself to my govern- even to the last atom of that liberty, ment ? what is it she wants ? the pay- for which he pretended to have taken ment of the deposit of her father ? | arms. This morceau of the finest elowill give orders for it: a residence in quence touched me to my very soul; Paris? I will allow it her. In short, it is the privilege of superior writers what is it she wishes ?” “Good God!” sometimes, unwittingly, to solace the replied I, “it is not what I wish, but unfortunate in all countries, and all what I think, that is in question." I times. France was in a state of such know not if this answer was reported complete silence around me, that this to him, but if it was, I am certain that voice, which suddenly responded to my he attached no meaning to it; for he soul, seemed to me to come down from believes in the sincerity of no one's heaven; it came from a land of liberty. opinions; he considers every kind of After having passed a few days with morality as nothing more than a form, Madame Recamier, without hearing

* Ten Years' Exile ; or, Memoirs of that interesting period of the Life of the Baroness de Stael Holsteịn, written by herself. And now first published from the original Mann. script, by her Son.

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Madame de Stael's Visit to the Convent of La Trappe.

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my banishment at all spoken of, I per- to him to accompany me to Paris, suaded myself that Bonaparte had re where I had occasion to pass three days nounced it. Nothing is more common to make the necessary arrangements than to tranquillize ourselves against a for my journey. I got into my carriage threatened danger, when we see no with my children and this officer, who symptoms of it around us. I felt so had been selected for this occasion, as little disposition to enter into any hos- the most literary of the gendarmes. tile plan of action against this man, In truth, he began complimenting me that I thought it impossible for him not upon my writings. “ You see,” said to leave me in peace; and after some I to him, “ the consequences of being days longer, I returned to my own a woman of intellect, and I would reccountry seat, satisfied that he had ad- ommend you, if there is occasion, to journed his resolution against me, and dissuade any females of your family was contented with having frightened from attempting it.” I endeavoured me. In truth I had been sufficiently to keep up my spirits by boldness, but I so, not to make me change my opinion, felt the barb in my heart. or oblige me to deny it, but to repress

JOSEPH BONAPARTE. completely that remnant of republican On the eve of the last day which was habit which had led me the year before, granted me, Joseph Bonaparte made to speak with too much openness. one more effort in my favour; and his

I was at table with three of my wife, who is a lady of the most perfect friends, in a room which commanded sweetness and simplicity, had the kinda view of the high road, and the en- ness to come and propose to me to pass trance gate; it was now the end of a few days at her country seat at MorSeptember. At four o'clock, a man in fontaine. I accepted her invitation a brown coat, on horseback, stops at most gratefully, for I could not but the gate and rings: I was then certain feel sensibly affected at the goodness of of my fate. He asked for me, and I Joseph, who received me in his own went to receive him in the garden. In house, at the very time I was the object walking towards him, the perfume of his brother's persecution. I passed of the flowers, and the beauty of the three days there, and notwithstanding sun particularly struck me. How dif- the perfect politeness of the master and ferent are the sensations which affect mistress of the house, felt my situation us from the combinations of society, very painfully. I saw only men confrom those of nature. This man in- nected with the government, and breathformed me, that he was the command- ed only the air of that authority which ant of the gendarmerie of Versailles, had declared itself my enemy; and yet but that his orders were to go out of the simplest rules of politeness and uniform, that he might not alarm me; gratitude forbid me from shewing what he shewed me a letter signed by Bona- I felt. I had only my eldest son with parte, which contained the order to me, who was then too young for me to banish me to forty leagues distance from converse with him on such subjects. I Paris, with an injunction to make me passed whole hours in examining the depart within four and twenty hours ; gardens of Morfontaine, among the at the same time to treat me with all

finest that could be seen in France, and the respect due to a lady of distinction. the possessor of which, then tranquil, He pretended to consider me as a for- appeared to me really an object ofenvy. eigner, and as such subject to the He has been since exiled upon thrones, police: this respect for individual lib- where I am sure he has often regretted erty did not last long, as very soon

his beautiful retreat. afterwards, other Frenchmen and

FEMALE TRAPPIST. Frenchwomen were banished without We reached the convent in the midst any form of trial. I told the gendarme of a severe shower, after having been officer, that to depart within twenty- obliged to come nearly a mile on foot. four hours, might be convenient to con- As we were flattering ourselves with bescripts, but not to a woman and chil- ing admitter, the Procureur of la dren, and in consequence, I proposed Trappe, who has the direction of the

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