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Here they paused for an instant ; and I am the undying spirit of the wretch the stranger, in a softened tone, said, who cursed his Saviour on the cross. “ but one hour more, and the struggle He looked at me in the closing hour of will be over. And yet this heart of in- his existence, and that look hath not carnate malice can feel, when it devotes yet passed away, for I am cursed above so young, so pure a spirit to the grave. all on earth. I am eternally condemnBut it must-it must be,” he proceeded to hell ! and must cater for my mased, as the memory of her past love ter's taste till the world is parched as is rushed on her mind; for the fiend a scroll, and the heavens and the earth whom I obey has so willed it. Poor have passad away. I am he of whom girl, I am leading thee indeed to our thou may'st have read, and of whose nuptials; but the priest will be death, feats thou may'st have heard. A milthy parents the mouldering skeletons lion souls has my master condemned that rot in heaps around; and the wit- me to ensnare, and then my penance is nesses of our union, the lazy worms accomplished, and I may know the rethat revel on the carious bones of the pose of the grave. Thou art the thoudead. Come, my young bride, the sandth soul that I have damned. I saw priest is impatient for his victim.” As thee in thine hour of purity, and I they proceeded, a dim blue light moved marked thee at once for my home. swiftly before them, and displayed at Thy father did I murder for his temethe extremity of the church-yard the rity, and permitted to warn thee of thy portals of a vault
. It was open, and fate ; and thyself have I beguiled for they entered it in silence. The hollow thy simplicity. Ha ! the spell works wind came rushing through the gloomy bravely, and thou shall soon see, my abode of the dead; and on every side sweet one, to whom thou hast linked were piled the mouldering remnants of thine undying fortunes, for as long as coffins, which dropped piece by piece the seasons shall move on their course upon the damp earth. Every step they of nature-as long as the lightning took was on a dead body; and the shall flash, and the thunders roll, thy bleached bones rattled horribly beneath penance shall be eternal. Look below! their feet. In the centre of the vault and see to what thou art destined.” rose a heap of unburied skeletons, She looked, the vault split in a thousand whereon was seated a figure too awful different directions ; the earth yawned even for the darkest imagination to con- aşunder ; and the roar of mighty waters ceive. As they approached it, the bol- was heard. A living ocean of molten low vault rung with a hellish peal of fire glowed in the abyss beneath her, laughter; and every mouldering corpse and blending with the shrieks of the seemed endued with unearthly life. damned, and the triumphant shouts of The stranger paused, and as he grasped the fiends, rendered horror more horhis victim in bis hand, one sigh burst rible than imagination. Ten millions from his heart-one tear glistened in of souls were writhing in the fiery his eye. It was but for an instant ; the flames, and as the boiling billows dashfigure frowned awfully at his vacillation, ed them against the blackened rocks of and waved his gaunt hand.
adamant, they cursed with the blaspheThe stranger advanced; he made mies of despair ; and each curse echoed certain mystic circles in the air, uttered in thunder across the wave. The stranunearthly words, and paused in excess ger rushed towards his victim. For an of terror. On a sudden he raised his instant he held her over the burning voice, and wildly exclaimed—“ Spouse marle, looked fondly in her face, and of the spirit of darkness, a few moments wept as he were a child. This was are yet thine; that thou may'st know but the impulse of a moment; again to whom thou hast consigned thyself. he grasped her in his arms, dashed her
from him with fury; and as her last ed from rock to rock, over billow, and parting glance was cast in kindness on over foam; as she fell, the ocean lashed his face, shouted aloud, “ not mine is itself as it were in triumph to receive her the crime, but the religion that thou soul, and as she sunk deep in the burnprofessest ; for it is not said that there ing marle, ten thousand voices revebeis a fire of eternity prepared for the rated from the bottomless abyss,“ Spirit souls of the wicked ; and hast thou not of evil ! here indeed is an eternity of incurred its torments ?” She, poor girl, torments prepared for thee ; for here heard not, heeded not the shouts of the the worm never dies, and the fire is blasphemer. Her delicate form bound- never quenched.”
HANS HEILING'S ROCKS.
TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN OP KÖRNER, THERE lived many years ago, in a state of health, when his son arrived at little village on the Eger, a rich farmer. the village, and his physical strength The name of the village, tradition has was not sufficient for the joy of again not handed down to us, but it is gene- beholding him. The young man serally believed to have been situated on dulously attended him, and in fact never the left bank of the Eger, opposite the stirred from his side, so that, previously village of Alch, which is well known to to his father's decease, he saw none of all the invalids of Carlsbad. Veit, such his early friends and companions, exwas the name of the farmer, had a pretty cept those who visited him as he sat by and amiable daughter, the joy and pride the bed of sickness. of the surrounding country.
Of all the other villagers there was Elsbeth was really very handsome ; none that took so lively an interest in and besides that, so good and well edu- Veit's daughter, Elsbeth, as Arnold; cated, that it would not have been then for they had grown up together, and he easy to find her equal.
still entertained a pleasurable rememNear Veit's house stood a little cot- brance of the kind-hearted little maid, tage, which belonged to the young Ar- who had been so fond of him, and wept nold, whose father had lately died. He so bitterly when he was obliged to set had learned the trade of a mason, and out for the dwelling of his master, who was just returned home for the first time resided at Prague. He was now a fine after a long absence, at the period of his slender youth, and he had often said father's death. Like an affectionate within himself, that Elsbeth must also son, he dropped tears of unfeigned grief be now full grown, and exceedingly upon the old man's grave, for he had handsome. received as his patrimony nothing but a The third evening after her father's miserable cottage. Arnold, however, death, Arnold was musing in sorrow, enjoyed, in the stillness of his own upon the new made grave, when he bosom, a more valuable inheritance- heard a light step entering the churchtruth and probity, and a lively sense of yard behind him. He looked up, and every thing good and beautiful. The saw a lovely girl gliding among the eider Argold was already in a declining grave-hillocks with a basket of flowers upon her arm. An elder-bush conceal- | upon him, I feel as if we had never ed him from the eyes of Elsbeth, for it been separated. The sentiment of a was she who was coming to adorn with child awakens within me, fostered into garlands the resting-place of her venera- the passion of a man.-Elsbeth, I love ble neighbour.
you-here, on this sacred spot, I declare She bent in tears over the turf, and it to you, for the first time, I love you ! spoke in a low tone as she folded her and you :"-But Elsbeth hid her glowhands together : “ Rest in peace, vir- ing face in his breast, and wept heartily tuous man! may the earth be less bur- _" and you ?” repeated Arnold, in a thensome to thee than thy life!-though mournful and imploring tone.
She no flowers were strewed along thy path, gently raised her head, and looked full yet shall thy grave at least be bedecked upon him through her tears, but with with them !”—Here Arnold sprang for- an expression of satisfaction. “ Arnold, ward through the bushes—" Elsbeth !" from the bottom of my heart, I am cried he, as he pressed the terrified mai- your's—I have ever, ever loved you !" den in his arms, “ Elsbeth, do you not He again pressed her to his bosom, and know me?”—“Ah! Arnold! is it you?” they sealed with kisses the confession stammered she, blushing; it is very, of their hearts. very long since we have seen one an- When the first transport of reciproother." —And you are so handsome, so cal affection was over, they sat in an mild, so amiable-and you loved my ecstasy of bliss upon the grave. Arnold father, and still cherish such an affec- related his adventures, and longings for tionate remembrance of him. Dear, his home, while Elsbeth again dwelt delightful girl!”—“Yes, worthy Arnold, upon his father, and their early childI loved him with all my heart,” said hood, those days of unclouded enjoyshe, gently disengaging herself from his ment. The sun was already a consiembrace; we have often conversed derable time below the horizon, but together about you—the only joy he they had not observed it. At last a knew was the possession of such a son.” bustle in the adjoining street awoke “ Was I really a source of joy to him?" them from their reverie, and Elsbeth, interrupted Arnold, hastily; then do ! after a hasty parting kiss, few from the thank thee, God, for having preserved arms of Arnold towards her father's me in probity and virtue ! But, Elsbeth, house. At the dead of the night, Aronly think how every thing is altered. nold was still sitting upon the old man's Formerly we were little, and, as my grave, sunk in blissful recollections; father sat before the door, we played and the morning was already dawning, about his knees—you were so fond of when, with an overflowing and thankful me- and we could not live asunder- heart, he entered his paternal cottage. and now the good old man slumbers On the morrow, as Elsbeth was prebeneath us we are grown up; and, paring her father's morning repast, the though I have not had in my power to old Veit began to speak of Amold. “I be with you, yet have I often thought pity the poor youth,” said he, “ from of you. -" And I also of you,” whis- my heart-you must certainly remémpered Elsbeth, softly, as she tenderly ber him, Elsbeth, for ye have often gazed upon him with her large friendly played together." -" How should I eyes.
not ?" stammered she, reddening. “I Then Arnold exclaimed with anima- should be sorry if it were the case-it tion :-" Elsbeth, we already loved in would appear as if you were too proud childhood !—I was obliged to quit you to think of the poor lad. It is true I
- but here, on the grave of my father, have become rich, and the Arnolds where I once more behold you, where have always continued poor creatures, we both came to meditate in silence --but they have always been honest,
at least the father, and I also hear very
Veit. “Sir," began Arnold, with a favourable accounts of the son.". voice tremulous at first, but afterwards ** Really, father," interrupted Elsbeth, more resolute and animated, “ Sir, let hastily, “ he is an excellent young me recover myself a little, and you
“ Ho, Elsbeth," retorted the will then understand me better. I am father, “ how have you learned that poor, but I have been regularly brought with such certainty?"-" They say so up to business, as these testimonials in the village," was the faltering an- will certify. The whole world lies open swer. “ I am glad of it; if I can before me; for it is not my intention assist him in any way, my exertions to confine myself to the mechanical shall not be wanting."
part of my profession, but to pursue Elsheth, in order to terminate the the theory of it: I shall one day become conversation, during which her cheeks a skilful architect-this promise I have exhibited one continued blush, set given to my deceased father. But,Sir, about some of her household affairs, all human efforts must centre in some and thus escaped the scrutinizing glan- object, and labour must be directed ces of the suspicious old man. Before towards some fixed end. The houses mid-day, Arnold met his beloved by which I build are not projected for the appointment in the garden behind Veit's purpose of erection merely, but of house. She related to him the entire utility; so is it with my profession. I conversation, which inspired him with do not devote myself to it for the mere the most favourable expectations. sake of study, but with a view of de"Yes,” said he in conclusion, “ I have riving some profit from it, and that been considering all night what is best reward which I have proposed to myto be done. I shall go this very day to self, it rests with you to bestow. Proyour father, openly declare to him our mise me that it shall be mine, as soon love, and desire to be united. I shall as ever I have earned a competence, acquaint him with my pursuits, produce and I will devote myself to my profesthe testimonials which I have obtained sion with the utmost avidity."*" And from my master, and implore his bless- what then do I possess," answered ings. He will be pleased with my can- Veit, “ which can be of such impordour, and consent: I shall then cheer- tance to you ?”-Your daughter-we fully depart on my travels, amass a little love one another I have, like an hocompetence, return a faithful and joyous nest man, applied in the first instance lover, and we wil then be happy. Is to her father, and also refrained from it not true, sweet good Elsbeth?"- saying much about the girl herself, as “Yes,” cried the transported maid, as is the habit of many. No, I come to she hung upon his neck, “ yes, my you after the good old fashion, and sofather will certainly give his consent- licit a promise, that if, at the end of he is so fond of me!" They separated, three years, I return home from my full of the most sanguine hopes.
travels, and with some little property In the evening Arnold put on his best realized, you will not deny me your attire, once more visited his father's paternal blessing,—and that you will, grave, fervently invoked his blessing, in the mean time, suffer your daughter and then, with a beating heart, took to continue for three
betrothed the way to Veit's house. Elsbeth, bride.” trembling with joy, welcomed him, and Young man," replied the father, forthwith introduced him to her father. “I have let you speak on-do you per
Neighbour Arnold.” cried the old mit me to do the same, and I shall man, anticipating him," what have plainly and fairly declare to you my you to offer me ?"_“Myself,” answer- resolution. That you love my daughter ed he. “That means ?”. inquired gives me unfeigned pleasure, for you
are an honest youth ; and I am still drowned in tears. She had indulged in more pleased that you have openly ap- dreams of future bliss, and now, even plied to her father, which conduct in- hope itself seemed to be annihilated. deed merits my decided approbation. Wishing to get a last sight of Arnold, she Your principals term you a clever young had stationed herself at the window of her man, and inspire you with hopes of ad- apartment, and waited until he stepped vancement: I wish you joy with this ; out of the cottage, and bent towards the but hope is an uncertain good, and shall church-yard. She flew quickly after I rest the future prospects of my Elsbeth him, and found him praying on the on so frail a foundation ? It is possible, grave. Arnold, Arnold, you will tbat, during these three years, proposals then depart,” cried she, embracing him, may be offered, which shall be more “ ah ! I cannot let you go!" Arnold agreeable to my daughter, or at least to started up as if awakened up out of a me. Shall I refuse such, because there dream-I must, Elsbeth, I must. is a possibility of your return? No, Forbear to break my heart with your young man—I shall do no such thing. tears, for I must go." “Will you ever If, however, you return while Elsbeth return, and when ?"-" Elsbeth, I will is still disengaged, and with your for- labour as much as man can doI will tune already made, I shall not oppose pot squander a moment of my
time your wishes. For the present, not a in three years I return again. Will word more on the subject.”—“ But you continue true to me?"-" Until neighbour Veit,” faltered Arnold im- death, dear Arnold,” cried she, sobbing. ploringly, and seized the old man's hand, “ Even though your father should en“ only reflect
“ There is no deavour to compel you.”—“ Let them need of further reflection," interrupted drag to the church-even at the foot of Veit, " and therefore God bless you, the altar I will cry–No. Yes, Arnold, or, if you wish to remain longer, you we will remain true to one another, are welcome; but not a word more of here and above yon sky. Somewhere Elsbeth.”_" And this is your final we shall meet again !"-" Then let us resolve ?” stammered. Arnold. “ My part," cried Arnold, while a ray of hope final one,” returned the old man coolly. beamed through the tears which filled “ Then God help me," cried the youth, their eyes, “ let us part. No longer and was rushing out of the room; Veit do I shrink before
obstacles-no caught him quickly by the hand, and enterprise shall be too great, or too detained him. “ Young man, do not audacious for me. With this kiss I commit an indiscretion. If you are a pledge my troth to you, and now, man, and possessed of strength and for- farewell ! in three years we shall be titude, be collected, and suppress your happy."-He tore himself from her feelings. The world is wide-seek to
arms. “ Arnold,” cried she, “ Arnold engage yourself in busy life, and your do not forsake your Elsbeth !” but he breast will recover its tranquillity. Now, was already gone. His white handkerfarewell, and may good fortune accom- chief waved from afar a last adieu, and pany you in your wanderings." With he at length disappeared in the obscuthese words he let go his hold, and Ar- rity of the wood. nold tottered to his cottage. Weeping Elsbeth Aung herself down upon the bitterly, he packed up his bundle, bid grave, and prayed fervently to God. adieu to his little patrimony, and then Being confident that Arnold would be directed his steps towards the church- true to her, she became more calm, and yard, in order to pay a parting visit to appeared more collected in the presence his father's grave.
of her father, who fixed his eyes sharpElsbeth, who had, through the door, ly upon her, and inquired into the most partially overheard the conversation, sat minute particulars.