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Now, the flery Armament, with its ments, and to mix itself with all that blood-red moon driving along through it dreaded and abhorred, the lurid stars, was all that I beheld, And now my heart was tried with a -all that tormented me with terror;- new agony. All that rueful spectacle at then, that single image of the demon, disappeared, and I had no part in it. & with

eyes and aspect like a tiger, leap- It seemed that my suffering was at an ing from a jungle ;--then the intermi- end; and that, after these clouds of me nable sinking down, down into the matter had blown away, my spirit x depth of nothingness ;-then the head. was to be released in peace. I knew *: long fall over a precipice upon a shore where I was, and who were near me * of pointed crags ;-then the wild ro- in their affection, and their grief. But, tatory motion, as if the earth were but on opening my wearied eyelids, ghast 3 one little spot, spinning round with in- ly, indeed, was the change that struck visiblemotion;—then that long-drawn, my affrighted soul. They whom I had to uncertain, wavering forest-roar;—then loved, and who once would gladly the pale, silent, glaring countenances; have died for my sake, stood around trim -then the hideous fiendish gabble of me with wrathful countenance, and mad curses, execration, and blasphemy; eyes flashing fire through the dark hom then the wild, hopeless, convulsive stains of blood. I knew the features Wissen struggling against some unconceivable of my children, in the grinning faces of the doom-These and a thousand other the fiends that leered upon me with me horrors alternately prevailed over me, the young cruelty of demons enjoying leaving sometimes dull and deathlike the yet novel transport of their lust of 2 instants of consciousness, in which guilt; and the dear image of her whom a I felt my own human existence, and I knew to be their mother, stood overse from which I was hurried away into me like Sin, beautiful, but terrible, a rew regions of preternatural agony, and pierced my heart with words of dit and fear, and horror. All these his wrath, scorn, and blasphemy, while k deous trials at last gave way to one. the mingled passion streamed like laA vast fire, crackling and glimmering va from her coal-black eyes. Curses kui with intensity of hell-heat, suddenly and execrations at one moment, delia hiario burst forth, and drew my very being vered in scowls of black and sullen into its devouring entrails. I felt as malignity, and, at another, in pealised if scorched into a cinder, though still of fierce and furious laughter, like the in life,--the fiends, unscathed by the gabble of an insane Fury, smote me fames, kept dancing around me, pour to the heart, while, through the whole ing fiercer heat upon my shrivelled of these denunciations seemed to run bones, and yelling out in mockery, - dark charges of an unintelligible crime « A salamander ! -A salamander ! committed by me, of which, innocent Give him fresh fire ! -A

salamander ! though I knew myself to be, I yet felt -A salamander !" In a moment all the shame, and the confusion, and rem the fiends stood still and silent,-gla- morse of some loathsome and inexpi, ring on me, as if waiting for a sig- able guilt. Before the pale glare of nal,--and then, rushing on me, all this merciless phantom, the images at once I was driven out by the

fiends, my friends seemed, at first, to stand and the great door of the furnace shrunken and transfixed, till, obeying brike closed. I was half restored to my some fell sign, they advanced towards senses, and knew for a moment the me, and changing into violent but faces of my wife, my children, and shrouded shapes, bore me down, as I my friends. Oh? that this long, lin- thought, unto a Chill floor of ice, and gering, convulsive, stifling death were bound me to it with fetters, against but at an end ! thought I, in my which all my agonizing convulsions speechlessness

, as the ghastly visions were in vain. They clutched me round of my burning brain again came for- the throat with

long boney fingers ward in a fierce procession to meet the while my eyeballs started from their familiar realities around me! I strove sockets, and my tongue

forced through to collect my soul, that the coming myjaws, now locked in the last strug horror might be repelled from it, as gle of life, was felt to cover my corpse from a rock ; but a horrid sympathy with foam and blood. I had seen peda seized my dying spirit, and it longed ple in convulsions, on the wet parere at last to join that troop in their tor- ment of the street, falling down as if

spoke, as not only familiarly known tal sickness came over me. I felt mybut interesting to me ; yet, on the self becoming pale as ashes ;-the whole, I was well and happy, and the blood seemed ebbing back upon my evening imperceptibly wore away in heart, each drop becoming stagnant mirth, friendship, and affection. there, while a deep convulsion rend

There had been some conversation ed my inmost frame asunder, and about the Comet that so long glorified filled 'my being with one continued the evening sky during that summer, pang of unabating pain. My ears did and to decide a disputed question res not ring, -that is a word altogether inspecting its relative position to a par. adequate to express the rushing, waticular star, I went into the little gar- yering, sighing sound that oppressed den before my house, and then, for my brain. It was like the fluctuating the first time, felt an indescribable sound of trees in a storm. All the emotion of perplexity, and I might time a ghastly giddiness whirled me say, almost of terror. The whole hea. round and round, and then would leave vens seemed on fire-as if the stars me sinking slowly down a shelving were hurrying back and forwards a- rock, that seemed to lead down into a thwart the sky, with long trains of fathomless abyss, or suddenly falling Hashing and sparkling light, fiercely over a precipice,—from which horrid illuminating the sable background of imaginations, strong as realities, I ever a troubled firmament. The moon and anon awoke only to undergo an seemed rolling on with prodigious endless and incessant repetition of the swiftness, dashing all the stars aside, same dreadful punishment. as a vessel dashes away the waves,

In this hideous condition I still and yet never disappearing,—as if a dimly knew where I was, and strove boundless space were before me,—dri- to shriek to my family and friends to ven through by an object in incessant hold me from falling over that yawn. motion. It was one undistinguishable ing abyss. But all their faces and tumult of sound, colour, and form; forms seemed involved in a ghastly while ever and anon the great Castle and glaring gloom, -and then we cliff, and all the lofty edifices of the would, as it were, all sink together, City, seemed lifted up among the

reel in one wild shriek, down into that ing clouds, and the fiery stars, and gulph of destruction. Then there that red rushing moon, as if earth and arose in me a thought that I had exheaven were commingled. I shut my pired, and that this was the world of eyes in consternation, with a hope that spirits. There was no speech thereit was but a momentary distraction of no smiles-no tears-no care for one the senses, arising from the effects of another—no power of thought, or of my late fever, and instinctively re-motion-no feeling that the soul, turned into the room where my friends though still a soul, belonged to an were sitting, but aghast and speech- ordered world, in which it was fitted less, and seemingly, as they have since to dwell; but the countenances seen informed me, struck by some sudden there but for a moment, and then and mortal blow. I heard their voices; shifting, scowled on each other like and, making a convulsive effort to miserable things sent from a vast disspeak, I at last joined my voice to tance to meet in hatred and fear,-lantheirs ; but I heard its hollow and im- guage that was not words, was heard, perfect sound with a hideous convic- forced unintelligibly from blue and Lion that it was the voice of death, and livid lips,-our eyes glared upon each that I was hurrying into utter insen- other, why we knew not, except that sibility, struck, as I felt, with apo- our Évil Creator had made them so plexy

to glare; and as we were all borne I fell down, and suddenly one hor- against our wills violently, up and rid image possessed my whole spirit,- down this silent and glimmering hell, I that of a demon, partly human and felt that our accursed existence was alī partly bestial in its shape, that leapt bound together by some fiendish fiat, upon me, and seemed to crush and grind against which we were still all temptine in its enormous arms. It fixed its ed to rebel, and which drove us to fangs into my heart, with miserable curse at once our own hateful selves, pain,—while a deep growl, as of thun- and our more hateful Tormentor. der, accompanied the mangling and In all this dreadful imagery there maceration of flesh and spirit. A more was a constant alternation of horrors.

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Now, the flery Armament, with its ments, and to mix itself with all that blood-red moon driving along through it dreaded and abhorred. the lurid stars, was all that I beheld, And now my heart was tried with a -all that tormented me with terror; new agony. All that rueful spectacle then, that single image of the demon, disappeared, and I had no part in it. with eyes

and aspect like a tiger, leap- It seemed that my suffering was at an ing from a jungle ;-then the intermi- end; and that, after these clouds of nable sinking down, down into the matter had blown away, my spirit depth of nothingness ;-then the head. was to be released in peace. "I knew long fall over a precipice upon a shore where I was, and who were near me of pointed crags ; - then the wild ro- in their affection, and their grief. But, at tatory motion, as if the earth were but on opening my wearied eyelids, ghast to one little spot, spinning round with in. ly, indeed, was the change that struck visiblemotion;—then that long-drawn, my affriglited soul. They whom I had uncertain, wavering forest-roar;—then loved, and who once would gladly the pale, silent, glaring countenances; have died for my sake, stood around in -then the hideous fiendish gabble of me with wrathful countenance, and curses, execration, and blasphemy ; eyes flashing fire through the dark in then the wild, hopeless, convulsive stains of blood. I knew the features al struggling against some unconceivable of my children, in the grinning faces of 1 doom—These and a thousand other the fiends that leered upon me with i horrors alternately prevailed over me, the young cruelty of demons enjoying do leaving sometimes dull and deathlike the yet novel transport of their lust of instants of consciousness, in which guilt ; and the dear image of her whom a I felt my own human existence, and I knew to be their mother, stood over 2 from which I was hurried away into me like Sin, beautiful, but terrible, rew regions of preternatural agony, and pierced my heart with words of di and fear, and horror. All these his wrath, scorn, and blasphemy, while deous trials at last gave way to one. the mingled passion streamed like laA vast fire, crackling and glimmering va from her coal-black eyes. Curses AO with intensity of hell-heat, suddenly and execrations at one moment, deli kia burst forth, and drew my very being vered in scowls of black and sullen into its devouring entrails. I felt as malignity, and, at another, in peals if scorched into a cinder, though still of fierce and furious laughter, like the in life,-the fiends, unscathed by the gabble of an insane Fury, smote me ftes fames, kept dancing around me, pour to the heart, while, through the whole ing fiercer heat upon my shrivelled of these denunciations seemed to run bones, and yelling out in mockery, dark charges of an unintelligible crime si me “ A salamander !--A salamander ! - committed by me, of which, innocent Give him fresh fire ! -A salamander ! though I knew myself to be, I yet felt as an

-A salamander !" In a moment all the shame, and the confusion, and ren the fiends stood still and silent,-gla- morse of some loathsome and inexpira ring on me, as if waiting for a sig, able guilt. Before the pale glare of kehi nal, and then, rushing on me, all this merciless phantom, the images of at once I was driven out by the fiends, my friends seemed, at first, to stand and the great door of the furnace shrunken and transfixed, tilí

, obeying senses, and knew for a moment the me, and changing into violent but faces of my wife, my children, and shrouded shapes, bore me down, as my friends. Oh! that this long, lin- thought, unto a chill floor of ice, and gering, convulsive, stifling death were bound me to it with fetters, against but at an end ! thought I, in my which all my agonizing convulsions speechlessness, as the ghastly visions were in vain. They clutched me round of my burning brain again came for the throat with long boney fingers. ward in a fierce procession to meet the while my eyeballs started from their familiar realities

around me! I strove sockets, and my tongue forced through to collect my soul, that the coming myjaws, now locked in the last strughorror might be repelled from it, as gle of life, was felt to cover my corpse from a rock; but a horrid sympathy with foam and blood. I had seen peoseized my dying, spirit, and it longed ple in convulsions, on the wet paver at last to join that troop in their tor- ment of the street, falling down as if

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mon bad become incarnate, to terrify hinges, but louder than any thunder, ..d I had the cruel in the moment of their en- and I was flung down a gulph, and my suf-joyment. I knew that I was now in dashed into nothing.

after ithat piteous, hideous, degraded condie But from this blessed insensibility own any son, and I knew, moreover, that I I was too soon awaked, and what I af used in a was, never to escape from that state terwards suffered, though perhaps less and wh while time endured; but that thence- hideous and terrific, was yet such as m, and e-forth, till the day of judgment, I was even now to make the drops of sweat wearied to be thus rended asunder in torment- to stand on my brow, and my blood to the earing convulsions. It was my doom; curdle. I seemed to be recovered into moul Thi and I came at last to be satisfied that a sort of delirious stupor, in which I no one I deserved it-that it was the righte- had just power of perception sufficient me sul pus infliction of torment on a spirit to discern the horrors of my situation. ful ou deeply polluted with crime.

I beheld a figure clothed in white, ire tiresIn a moment I was drenched in like a ghost risen in its winding-sheet,

blood. It seemed that a sharp weapon standing before me, and on its breast

like a scythe, at one sweep, from an a wide wound, from which the blood letni sunseen arm, cut off a limb, and mi- had issued in torrents, and stained all

serably mutilated my body. The agony that part of the shroud from the heart changed my swoon; and as I was sen to its feet. It fixed its hollow eyes

sible for a single moment of the transi, upon mine, and when I started with tion from one swoon to another, a whole horror, the phantom seemed to imitate crowd of familiar objects drove by my my action with derision, and to bring soul, and then I was again plunged its corpse-like features into a horrid into the haunted darkness. My life likeness of mine. In the blindness of now seemed to be ebbing away-slight superstitious terror, I staggered head, glimpses of sense visited my soul-I long towards the object, and while it

tried to articulate to stretch out my disappeared with a hideous crash, as if remaining arm to something alive the earth, or the hell where I was im that seemed to be near me--but speech prisoned, were falling into pieces, I felt

-motion-almost thought and voli- myself transfixed, as it were, with a hot stion were gone, and I lay with palpi- thousand daggers, and recovering my

tations and singultus at my heart, as voice through the agony, shrieked an if all my body were become insensible loud. Then I thought there descendand a mere clod, except my heart, ed upon me, as from the angry hea, in whose out-pouring blood, consci- vens, a shower of such icy chillness, ousness and torment were together that the little blood left in my exhaustgrowing fainter and fainter, and fa. ed veins was entirely frozen, and I ding into annihilation,

was conscious of life only by a feeling of Some change took place. There was the uttermost intensity of cold, as if I bearing along of my remaining life were some insect inclosed in a frozen -there was motion and sound. They globule of water in some great ice bay were united. It was I who was borne in the Polar Sea. This feeling gradu along--and a weeping, wailing, la- ally relaxed into a shivering fit resem. menting voice kept close unto me bling an earthly sensation, -my eyes the voice of love, and of grief. Some opened of themselves, and there stood thing touched

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forehead-it was before me, my wife, and the two friends
repeated again and again. It felt like in whose presence this calamity had
a tear-and then a kiss seemed to drop fallen upon me.
upon my eyelids. But still I was waft The truth is, Mr Editor, that I
ed unconsciously along and along, and had got as drunk as an owl, and
down and down interminable windings that the preceding narrative presents
-and still the tears, and sobs, and the public with a very slight and
sighs continued--and then a small imperfect sketch of my feelings after
hand seemed to touch mine, and I falling off my chair, till I came to my
thought of my children. Are they li recollection in my own bed-room, with
ying still, thought I, or are we all a Kilmarnock night-cap on my head,
hurrying down together, by some'mys- and my good wife s dressing-gown on,
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own having been sent to have a patch vant 'to Dr Hodgson of Blantyre, and put upon the sleeve by Mr Nightin- Natural Historian to the New Series gale, at whose shop, No. 72, Prince's of the Scots Magazine. Street, I purchased it some four years I shewed that I was extremely ago.

sick, and the noise of my fall, &c. I am now nearly about 50 years brought down Mrs ~, who, though of age-little addicted to the use of an excellent woman in most respects, fermented liquors of any kind, and no is less remarkable than Griselda of member of the Dillettanti. During old, for her patience. She flew, it dinner, I had taken a single caulker of seems, into a violent passion, on seeGlenlivet with Dr B. and the Captain; ing me stretched, in a state of perone glass of Bell's beer ; and I am posi- fected civilation, on the rug, and tive not more than three glasses of had like to have thrown the parson's Campbell and Somerville's choice Ma- wig into the fire, and scratched the deira. After dinner, I had my share captain's remaining eye out. Drunk of four bottles of Port, and three of as I was, I saw the storm, it would Claret. Now I feel persuaded, that a appear, through my half-bunged-up moderate dose, such as this, which is daylights, and hence that phantom, of a mere flea-bite to what my excellent which I have now tried to make the friend, the late Dr Webster, author of most, who might well seem like Mrs the Widow's Fund, used to take almost Duncan Davison, (well, the name is out daily, could never have cut me so con- it can't be helped) being no other foundedly as it appears I was cut, had than Mrs Duncan Davison herself. I not, in an unlucky moment, gone to She kept, I am credibly informed, the door, either to look at the comet, yelling in my ear, for several minutes, as I said, or for some less celestial pur « O Duncan Davison ! you

drunken pose, when a single mouthful of fresh beast, Duncan Davison ! how dared air did the business. Where a man may you to behave thus to our new hearthget a single mouthful of fresh air in rug, Duncan Davison ?" This exEdinburgh, between the hours of ten plains the nature of the charge brought and eleven at night, is not so obvious; against me in my dream, which, at nor do I mean to give you either my real the time, was perfectly incomprehensignature or address. Suffice it to say, sible to me, but for the error involI took a gulp of that deleterious fluid, ved in which, I now beg leave to exthe fresh air, and to that, like many a press my most unfeigned contrition. stronger headed man, have I to attri- It seems, however, that Mrs Davibute that catastrophe.

son's wrath was soon converted into I am informed, that on returning to consternation. For my neckcloth hamy chair, I stared like a goss-hawk, ving been too tight, I had begun and made a number of gross personal to get black in the face, and to foam reflections on my clerical and military at the mouth, like Mr Ward's picfriend--the former of whom talked ture of the Hydrophobia, now or of challenging me. I then turned up lately exhibiting in Pall-Mall. She my eyes to heaven, as if mimicking the therefore, in a quandary, beseeched Doctor in the pulpit, and fell flat up- the gentlemen, (neither of whom, by on the hearth-rug. On this rug was the way, was quite steady, and who, worked in worsted an exceedingly good had they swallowed a whole mouthful portrait of a royal Bengal Tiger—the of fresh air, as I had done, might have very same that devoured young Mr fallen under it, as I did,) to untie my Hector Munro in that country; and cravat, and open my vest. This they as my face met his, my mind imme- eagerly did--and during that tender diately commenced dreaming of a de- act of friendship, they appeared to mon, with stripes upon his body, and, me, who was not in complete possesI presume, a tail. The tiger on the sion of my senses at the time, to be? rug was scarcely so large as life, mea, the fiends mentioned above, as throtsuring only 5 feet 4 inches from the tling, and otherwise maltreating, the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail. author of this article. As to the scene But the tiger in the dream was much of the fiery furnace, it was nothing larger than life, though I had no means more than the blaze from my own reof measuring him, and seemed at least gister grate, which the Doctor had as large as the Mastodonton seen in roused by a thump of the poker, that America by Serjeant Pollock, man-ser- stirred up the Newcastle coals; and

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