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in his mind, he said to himself, “Though I am constantly eating, I Do you now ascend into yonder tree on the border of the lake, and the am never satisfied, how is this to be accounted for po
naked nymph will arise out of the water as before." In this manner three days were elapsed, and on the fourth he said Then Haitim took leave of the old man, and the instant the latter to himself, “Oh, Haitim ! were you to look for a hundred years at ascended the tree that overhung the lake, the nymph gracefully these illusive appearances, still you would not be tired of them. At arose out of the water, and seizing him by the hand hurried him the same time you have left behind you a helpless youth, whose into the midst of the deep. hopes and expectations are fixed on your exertions; if you waste Haitim now began to retrace his steps towards Shahabad, and in the time, what will you have to answer before God ?"
a few days arrived at the abode of the hermit on the mountain, to Haitim then seized the hands of the fair damsel, which he had no whom he related his whole adventure. After taking an affectionate sooner done than a female form issued from the foot of the throne, farewell of the hermit, he journeyed onwards till he arrived in the and struck him a blow which felled him to the ground.
desert of the bears, where he spent a whole month enjoying the Opening his eyes, and looking around him, he saw no trace of the society of his beautiful wife, the bear's daughter. That period garden, the palace, the throne, or the damsels; but a dreary and having elapsed, he bade adieu to his wife and new kindred, and his boundless wilderness presented itself to his view, which he knew to next stage was the residence of the jackals. After parting with be the desert of Hawaida.
them, nothing occurred worth notice till his safe arrival in He then commenced his search for the man in quest of whom he Shahabad, where he was recognised and conducted to the caravanhad travelled, and after he had wandered for some distance, his ear serai by Husn Banu's people. The Prince Munir Shami came and was greeted by the welcome sound of " What I once saw, I long to prostrated himself at Haitim's feet, in order to express his gratitude, see again.”
but Haitim raised him to his boson, and related to him all that he Haitim listened with attention, and three times did he distinctly had seen. hear these words pronounced, after which all was silent.
Haitim, accompanied by the prince, waited upon Husn Banu, who, He proceeded in the direction in which he had heard the voice, having veiled herself, most courteously received them, and addressing and for seven nights and days he continued to advance. On his way Haitim, she said, “ Tell me, brave youth, what news have you he often heard the words repeated as if it were a person before him, brought?" but never could he discover by whom they were uttered. Haitim, " Ăn aged man,' replied Haitim, " in the desert of Hawaida, once thus bewildered, still went on, when, lo! on the evening of the saw by the effect of magic a damsel of angelic form. She deprived ninth day he saw an old man reposing on the bare earth. Haitim him of his heart and of his senses, and since that time he has traversed approached and saluted the old man, who, courteously returning his the wilderness, crying aloud, “What I once saw I long to see salutation, said to bim,
again." "Young stranger, whence came you, and what is your
business Haitim then gave a full account to Husn Banu of the nature of here ?"
the enchanted paradise, and how he had conveyed the old man to the " Venerable sir,” said Haitim, “my business here is to learn truly banks of the lake through which he might re-enter the magic from you what it is that you have seen once and long to see again.". world.
“Sit down by me,” said the aged man, “and I will tell you all." " In fact,” said Haitim, “ those sounds will be heard no more in the
Haitim sat down, and in an instant two loaves and two flagons full Desert, for I have conducted the old man to the abode of the houri of pure water appeared before them as by magic. The old man who had robbed him of his heart. handed to Haitim one of the loaves and one of the pitchers of water, When Husn Banu had heard the whole adventure, she expressed and reserved the other portion for himself; and both of them her admiration; and the nurse addressing her, said, “The youth silently ate and drank.
speaks truly, for the case is really as he has related.” After they were refreshed, Haitim addressed the old man, saying, Food was then brought in, and Haitim was invited to take refresh“Venerable sir, pray tell me the meaning of these words which you ment. This done, he said to Husn Banu, “The Supreme Creator have so often repeated."
has enabled me to explain one of your questions; let me now hear To this the aged man replied, “I, once upon a time, arrived at another, that I may endeavour to accomplish its solution.” the border of à lake, from the waters of which arose a damsel of “Rest yourself," said Husn Banu," for some days, till you are angelic appearance, who, seizing me by the hand, hurried me into recovered from your present fatigue.” the midst of the deep.
Meanwhile Husn Banu bad become deeply, though secretly, "When I opened my eyes, I beheld, to my astonishment, a beau- enamoured of the Prince Munir, but respect for her own dignity tiful garden, from every quarter of which damsels of fairest form compelled her to abide by her declaration, and there was no resource came in troops around me. At last they carried me into a palace, except the solution of the seven questions. and left me standing beside a splendid throne, which I ascended, and Haitim and the Prince Munir rested for the night in the palace of then sat down, beholding, with admiration the objects which pre- Husn Banu, and next day waited upon her for the purpose of taking sented themselves to my view.
leave. "Then a beautiful damsel, with a veil gracefully thrown over her Haitim requested to know her second question, which she told him, face, approached and stood before the throne. The instant I beheld as follows:-" I have heard,” said Husn Banu, " that a certain her peri form I lost hold of the reins of my heart and became person has written above his door, 'Do good and cast it upon the frantic. I removed the veil from her face; she smiled bewitchingly, waters.' What means this motto, and where lives the writer of it? and my transport knew no bounds. I seized her hand in order to Having investigated this mystery, return and tell me the result; seat her upon the throne, when on a sudden another female form that is, the good that he has done, and cast upon the waters." seemed to issue from the earth beneath us, and raising herself up, Haitim then took leave of Husn Banu, and having soothed the she struck me a blow, which hurled me into this desert. Here I anxiety of the Prince Munir, departed on his second adventure. wander restless and forlorn, and my thoughts are ever fixed on the image of that heart-ravishing angel." Thus spoke the aged man, and then sighing bitterly, he shed a
CHAPTER II. flood of tears, and like a maniac rushed about in every direction, crying aloud, " What I once saw, I long to see again.”
Hailim's Journey in quest of the Man of the Motto-His arrival at the Haitim ran in pursuit of him, and seizing him by the arm, said to famous mountain of Kaf-His finding the Motto written on the gate him, “ Venerable sir, will your mind be at ease if you should see
of the merchant Harith's house-The ExplanationHis return to that peri form a second time?”
Shahabad and safe arrival there. “ Assuredly, young man,” said he, “but that thing is impossible.” When Haitim was taking leave of Husn Banu, he asked her,
"Follow me,” said Haitim, “and I will conduct you to her “Pray, can you tell me in what country the man dwells ?” “I have abode."
not the least idea,” said the lady. The nurse bowever replied, “He The old man joyfully accompanied Haitim; and after travelling resides in the city of Maâdin, which lies in a northerly direction, but for some days, they entered the shady groves on the banks of the I know nothing of the locality of that city." lake already mentioned.
Haitim, without further delay, set out from Shahabad, and Haitim then addressed his aged companion, saying, “Now, ven- proceeded towards the north. After travelling several day's he erable sir, when you again arrive in the enchanted palace, if it be approached the borders of a desert; it was then drawing towards your wish to remain there admiring the angelic damsel, you must evening, and Haitim halted beneath a tree, and begun to look around on no acccunt seize her hand or remove her veil. If you lay hold him on all sides. of her hand, the same disaster from which you have now made your Suddenly a voice that betokened the deepest sorrow reached his escape will again befall you, and your retracing your way back to ear; his heart glowed with pity, and be said to himself, “Oh, that enchanted paradise will be impossible. That I have been Haitim ! dost thou think it right that a fellow creature overwhelmed enabled to do so is owing to the kindness of a hermit of exemplary with distress should be thus left to sigh and lament, without thy piety, who gave me the proper directions when on my way hither. inquiring into the cause of his sorrows?"
Haitim arose, and followed the direction of the voice which he She then stated to him the three questions above mentioned, con. had heard. He discovered a young man stretched upon the ground, cerning which Haitim replied, “If your father will enter into a with his cheeks pale and bedewed with tears, who sighed and written agreement with me, I will solve your questions. The terms lamented bitteriy as he uttered the following couplet :
are as follow :- When I shall have brought satisfactory answers to “ Whither can I go, whom can I consult? Oh, tell me what cure your questions, you must submit to be bestowed by me on whomto apply, for the arrow of lore has pierced my inmost soul." soever I please, and the choice of your disposal shall be left entirely
Haitim addressed the vouth, saying, “Friend, what calamity has with me." befallen you so as to cause you to sigh and weep in this manner ?” “When you have answered my questions," said the lady, "I
“ Brother,” said the youth, “why should I relate the tale of my shall be yours, and then you may dispose of me as you think woe? My telling it can bring no relief, and my repeating it will proper.” increase my anguish."
Enough,” said Haitim; “now send for your father.” The Then Haitim most kindly said to him, " At least let me know father accordingly came, and Haitim received from him a written where lies the difficulty.”
agreement to the effect already stated. The young man thus proceeded with his story: “I am a mer. The daughter, addressing Haitim, said, “If you should prove chant, and I sometimes visit a spacious city distant from hence about unsuccessful in the solution of any of the above queries, what will sixteen miles. In that city lives a merchant by name Harith, who has be the consequence ?" a daughter of surpassing beauty. One day I went to the city on “ Wealth," said Haitim, “I have none, but my head is at your business, and happened to pass by Harith's dwelling. His daughter disposal." was at that moment looking out of a window, and my eyes were On hearing this, the lady was satisfied, and, at Haitim's request, attracted towards her. The instant I beheld this beauty, my heart thus stated her first question :-" In the vicinity of this city is a care, rebelled beyond control, and reason abandoned my mind; in a word, well known to all the inhabitants : bring me a true description of it
, I was taken captive in the fetters of love.
and inform me of its innermost secrets." “ I inquired of some of the people in the city, ‘Pray, sirs, whose Haitim took leave of the lady, and taking with him some of her house is this?' 'It is,' said they, “the residence of Harith's people as guides, he set out from the city, and soon arrived at the daughter.'
mouth of the cave; he then said to the guides, “Now, will you “ I asked them further, Can you tell me whether the lady be return to the city, or remain here till I come out ?" married or not ?? They replied, •Truly, sir, she is unmarried as They answered him-“We are ordered not to quit this spot till yet ; her father has three questions, and has resolved to bestow his you come out, so here we shall remain ; meanwhile, one of us shall daughter on that man only who can answer them.'
return to the city, in order to procure food." • My uneasiness was so great that I straightway went to Harith's Haitim marched boldly into the cave, and began to explore its gate, and sent him a message announcing my desire.
secrets. For several days he continued to advance, till at last he saw “ Harith replied, “I have no control over my daughter in this a glimmering light. He then supposed that he had reached the matter, she is left to choose for herself; she has three questions to extremity of the cave, and bethought himself that he ought to propose, and she will accept as her husband the man who can answer return. But, on further consideration, he said, in his own mind, them to her satisfaction.'
“ If people ask of me aught concerning the mysteries of its interior, “I then proceeded to the door of the apartment of Harith's what answer can I give ?” He therefore issued from the extremity daughter, and by message announced my attendance. The lady of the cave, and continued to advance. invited me to enter, and having caused me to be seated in an elegant Before bim lay a boundless desert, through which flowed rivulets chamber, she sent ine word to this effect : 'First you must sign an of water. Haitim had brought with him from the city two bags agreement with me, and then I will converse with you.'
full of almond kernels, and a flask of water. Of these he ate a few “ To this I replied, that I was ready to obey whatever she every day, and after expressing his thanks to the Creator, he purshould command.'
sued his route, and when his water-flask was emptied, he supplieủ "The lady, then said to me, 'If you solve my three questions, I himself from the streams that flowed through the desert. shall become entirely yours; but if you succeed not, all your wealth Aster journeying for several days, Haitim beheld a lofty and and property shall be mine."
extensive wall or rampart, and, after examining it all round, he "În my ardour I at once agreed to these conditions, and requested discovered that there was a town contained within it. her further commands.
He entered within the walls, and, as he advanced towards the “She continued, saying, “My first question is this : in the vicinity town, he perceived signs of its being inhabited ; and when he apof our city is a cave, the inside of which no one has hitherto explored, proached still nearer, he saw that the denizens were Deevs. nor is it known how far it extends; examine this cave and let me The moment that Haitim was perceived by the Deevs they rushed know the result.
upon him, male and female, and having surrounded him, they "My second question is as follows :-On a certain night of the seized him with the intention of tearing him to pieces, and devouring week a voice is heard in the wilderness of some one who exclaims, him. *I have done nothing which can benefit me this night.' Bring me One of the Deevs interfered, saying, “This is one of Adam's an account of this person, and tell me why he repeats such an race, and his flesh is a most delicious morsel ; if you appropriate him exclamation.
to your own use, and our king should know of it, he will certainly "My third question :— There is a peri, by name, Mah-pari, who destroy every one of you. You must not, therefore, touch a hair has in her possession the precious stone called the Shahmuhra; find of his head without the king's permission.” out this peri's abode, and procure me the jewel.'
The Deevs, in their turn, asked, "Who is he that will carry the “When she had finished her commands, I returned to my house information to the king ?" and conveyed to her the whole of my wealth and property, of The other replied, " There are many enemies among us; therewhich she is now in possession. I then left the city, and made my fore, listen to my advice, and lay not a finger on this man way into this desert. Here I wander involved in calamities; on the The Deevs accordingly left Haitim and retired to their haunts. one hand, I have parted with all my substance, and have deprived Haitim then proceeded onward through the city, and was very myself of a home; and on the other, the arrow of love still pierces soon surrounded and laid hold of by other Deevs. my heart."
Here his case was truly desperate, for they were ready to devour Haitim, on hearing the young man's history, said to him, “Let him. Again, however, one of them interfered, and thus addressed your mind be easy as to this affair ; only conduct me to that city, them :—– The deed you are about to do will be fatal to you. You and I will endeavour to put you in possession of your mistress, and must so proceed in this affair that the earthly man be conveyed to restore to you your lost property."
the King. His Majesty's daughter is sick, and he himself is afflicted The youth said, “In my present position my wealth would be with an inward pain, from which he never enjoys a moment's useless ; only let me gain my mistress, for without her my life will respite. Thousands of the human race have been procured, and are be unendurable.”
now kept in confinement by our monarch, but as yet he has found Haitim took the youth by the hand, and both set out for the city. no remedy; yet his Majesty is convinced that he is to be cured by When they arrived, they rested a little at a caravanserai; there one of the sons of Adam. If, in short, the King should hear that Haitim left his companion, and, proceeding to the gate of Harith's such a man has arrived, and been devoured by you, he would have daughter, he addressed the porter, saying, “Tell your mistress that both you, and your wives, and your children put to death. On the I wish to speak with her on matrimonial affairs."
other hand, if this man should be the means of restoring his The attendants immediately conveyed the intelligence to their Majesty's health, what would be more gratifying? And if othermistress, that a youth had arrived at the gate who wished to converse wise, why then, this man will be kept in confinement along with the with her.
rest of his species." The lady, on hearing this, put on her veil, and gave orders that To this another of the Deevs replied, “We lately con. Haitim should be admitted.
veyed such a being as this to his Majesty, but no
resulted, so we had nothing but reproaches for our trouble. that every eye in the house might observe it. He then ordered Why should we concern ourselves with this man? Now he has them to lay it aside under cover for about the space of an hour, once entered our country he cannot escape, and it is best to let him after which he caused the cover to be removed, and lo! all the make his way to the King of his own accord, and I shall watch him meat on the joint had in that short time become worms. in order that no one may assail him."
Farokash was an observer of this wonderful occurrence,' and Haitim listened to this conversation of the Deevs, and said, in his remarked to Haitim, “ Most learned sir, this is wondrous strange.” own mind, “Now, I wonder what can be the nature of their “ This, Sire," said Haitim, “accounts for the pain you suffer, and monarch's disease? I must inquire into his case, as well as that of the cause of it is that an envious eye has fallen upon the meat. his daughter."
Henceforth it will be necessary that you eat in private, and that all Having made this resolution, he departed from the town. Shortly your attendants be previously satisfied with food; then your Majesty after he beheld, at a distance, another town, and, as he approached may eat to advantage, for the consequence will be a complete cure, it, the Deev inhabitants seized him, and carried him before their and the pain will be removed.” Chief.
The King was highly pleased with Haitim's advice, which he Now, it happened that the wise of the Chief had a violent pain in forthwith put in practice, and in a short time his pain entirely left her eyes, from which water continuously flowed.
him, and he enjoyed perfect health. He gratefully clasped Haitim When the Deevs entered with Haitim the Chief raised his head, to his bosom, and placed him upon a throne similar to his own. which was bowed in grief for his wife, and thus addressed them: Haitim, thus honoured, ventured to petition the King of the Deevs "Why have you brought hither this man? Release him, and let as follows :—“Sire, you are now restored to health ; may I beg that him go whither he pleaseth.”
you will liberate such of my fellow-creatures as are now your priHaitim's heart was moved with pity on beholding the anguish of soners, in order that they may return to their own country;' the Chief, and he said to himself, “I must inquire into the cause of His Majesty ordered that all the sons of Adam then in his posseshis affliction.” He approached, and said, “ Most worthy Chief, sion should be ushered into his presence, which was no sooner said what grieves thee, and why sittest thou thus melancholy ?” than done. He bestowed on each of them'a splendid dress, enter
"Son of man," replied the Deev, “what avails my telling thee? tained them hospitably, and, having furnished them with necessaries My wife is tormented with a pain in her eyes without any interval for their journey, dismissed them. of relief."
The King then addressed Haitim, saying, “Learned sir, I have " If,” said Haitim, “thou wilt conduct me to her presence I will a favour to ask of you, if it be not too much trouble for you to core her of the pain."
The Deev rose up, and, seizing Haitim by the hand, led him forth- “ It will afford me a sincere pleasure," said Haitim, “to comply with into his wife's apartments. Haitim was struck with admiration with your demands." as he viewed the splendid couches that lined the spacious galleries, “I have a daughter,” rejoined the King, who has been sick for and a gorgeous throne, with piles of cushions, on which reclined the some and my wish is that you will for an instant visit her.” mife of the Chief.
To this Haitim readily assented, and the King, taking him by the As they approached her the Deev said to Haitim, “Behold in hand, conducted him into the more private apartments of the house, what a sea of affliction she is involved !"
and gave orders that his daughter should attend. “Of that,” said Haitim, “I will completely cure her, if thou As the daughter of Farokash entered, Haitim viewed her face, wilt promise to conduct me to the King of the Deevs."
which had become pale and sallow. He gave orders for some The Chief promised, and said, “Nothing can be more agreeable water and sugar to be brought in; these he mixed together so as to me than to conduct thee before his Majesty, for it will afford me to form a pleasant draught; he then dropped into it the charmed an opportunity of paying him my respects; and, besides, he is pearl and handed the goblet to the king's daughter to drink from. desirous to have some one of thy race who may cure him of his In a short time she experienced great relief, and when night came disease."
she enjoyed a most profound sleep. Haitim had brought with him the pearl which his wife had given At length her father, somewhat alarmed, said to Haitim, “pray him at parting, with strict injunctions to preserve it, telling him, at tell me, most learned man, what means this long sleep?" the same time, “ This is a token of my affection, and is possessed Haitim replied, “Sire, rest you content; if this sleep had not of many virtues.” He now drew forth this pearl, and, having ensued we should have had cause to fear.” immersed it in pure water, he applied the latter to the eyes of the For the space of three days Haitim continued to administer this Chief's wife.
draught to his patient, after which period she was allowed to parThe instant this remedy was applied her pain was removed, and take of a small portion of light food; and in the course of ten or the swelling of her eyes diminished. For some time previous she fifteen days she was restored to perfect health, and her countenance had been quite blind, but she now opened her eyes, and after two or assumed its natural appearance. three applications of this remedy she experienced a complete cure. Haitim then addressed Farokash, saying, “Your daughter is
When the Chief of the Deevs saw that his wife was cured he completely cured, so I hope you will allow me to depart, in order treated Haitim with the utmost kindness, and entertained him most that I may attend to my own affairs." hospitably at his house for some time, and then conducted him into Farokash brought for Haitim's acceptance such a mine of wealth, the presence of the King, whose name was Farokash.
both in pure gold and in valuable jewels, as to be altogether beyond On being honoured with an audience from his King, the Deev calculation. Chief made a low obeisance, and thus explained his errand :
His Majesty at the same time apologised to Haitim for making "Sire, one of the human race is come into my possession; he is him such an offer, saying, “This dross is indeed unfit to be prethe most learned man of the day, and the most skilful of physicians, sented to you, but it will suit your servants and attendants ; I therepossessed of a most benevolent heart. My wife was so afflicted with for hope you will accept it as a mark of my regard." a pain in her eyes that her life was a burden to her, and in one day Hereupou Haitim observed, “I am alone; how then shall I be he completely cured her.”
able to carry it ?” When Farokash, the monarch of the Deevs, heard this intelli
On hearing this, the King gave orders to his Deev subjects, saying! gence his heart rejoiced, and he gave orders to the Chief to produce “Let all this wealth be carefully packed up, and do you accompany this learned man with all speed.
this worthy man, in order to carry it to whatsoever place he may Thereupon Haitim was presented to the King, who treated him desire you.' with great courtesy, and made him sit beside him.
Haitim took leave of the King, and taking with him the whole His Majesty then described his case, saying, “For some time I of the jewels and gold, he departed under the guidance of the Deevs. have been afflicted with a pain in my stomach, and amongst my own
(To be continued.) subjects no one has been successful in curing me. I have also had recourse to many of the human race, but none of them have, as yet, afforded me the least relief." Haitim said to the King, “Pray tell me, Sire, are there many
THE GRASSHOPPER. of your servants usually in attendance when you take your food ?" His Majesty replied that every one of his servants usually stood
HAPPY songster, perched above,
On the summit of the grove, in bis presence at such times. Haitim then requested that he should be allowed to be present
Whom a dew-drop cheers to sing when next his Majesty dined, which request was readily granted.
W the freedom a king ; The hour for eating having arrived, the table was laid out, and
Thee it satisfies to sing food placed upon it.
Sweetly the return of Spring, When bis Majesty was about to commence eating, Haitim requested
Herald of the genial hours, him to desist for a little, and taking a joint of meat he held it up so
Harming neither herbs nor flowers,
MAY CAROL. Up, up, let us greet The season so sweet,
For winter is gone;
And bright is the sun!
And flowers are seen
On beds so green.
Sweet music floats;
Her tuneful notes ;
And dance we away
And his low head and crest, just one sharp ear bent back
brittle bright stubble like chaff ;
with a song:
HOW THEY BROUGHT THE GOOD NEWS FROM
GHENT TO AIX.
THE L AMB S.
A PARABLE. On a calm, clear summer's evening a mother was sitting in her bedroom by the side of her sweet baby's cradle, lulling him to sleep
Then little Adelaide came in from the garden, with beaming eyes. “Oh, dear mother!" she exclaimed, “come: there is something very beautiful to see."
“ Well, what is it?" asked her mother. “Oh! something very beautiful, indeed,” replied the little girl, but you must come and see tor yourself.” “I should like very much to do so," answered her mother, kindly, “ but I cannot leave your little brother."
Then the little niaiden said, coaxingly, “Dear mother, take my little brother with you, that he may see it too, and rejoice at it."
And the mother thought of the simplicity of childhood, which loves not to enjoy anything alone, but would share all with others. “Oh,” said she to herself, thy soul is yet nigh to the kingdom of heaven;} how can I refuse any longer ?" Then she arose and looked into the cradle; the little boy slept calmly and soundly. Then she took the hand of her joyful daughter, and said, " I wonder what beautiful things you are going to show me.”
When they came into the garden the little girl pointed to the sky and exclaimed, “Now look, dear mother, there are the little lambs of heaven-a whole flock; are they not dear and lovely ?" They were delicate fleecy clouds, scattered over the blue sky
“The beauteous semblance of a flock at rest;" and they gleamed white and clear in the rays of the setting sun.
The mother of the child lifted up her eyes and gazed on the clouds with chastened delight, for she remembered how childish innocence invests terrestrial things with celestial beauty, and knows not of the gulf which separates heaven and earth. Thus Adelaide saw the lambs of earth in the clouds of heaven.
“Oh, blessed art thou,” thought the mother, and pressed the little girl to her bosom.
REPARTEE OF A YOUNG PRINCE.—Hunting one day with his tutor, and complaining of being cold, he said, “Give me my cloak." "My prince," replied the tutor, “persons of your rank must not express themselves in the first person, like interior people, but in the plural; for this reason you should have said 'Give us our cloak.'” Some time after the priuce had a violent tooth-ache, and cried out, “0, our teeth, our teeth!" * Mine don't ache,” said the tutor. “So, then. I perceive,” returned the prince, “the cloak is for us bo:h, but the pain for me alone.”
* Reprinted from “Poems by Robert Browning," with the Author's permission.
A SWEDISH LEGEND,
TO THE BAT.
But hardly had she done speaking, when a root of a forget-me
not caught the drop of water by her hair and sucked her in, that LITTLE bat, whose airy flight
she might become a floweret, and twinkle brightly as a blue star on Fills the evening with delight,
the green garment of earth.
THE BEAUTIFUL HERD-GIRL.
TAERE was once a king who had an only daughter. She was so 'Thwart my dusky footsteps fly,
fair and good, that she was beloved by all who saw her. The queen, Adding dance to minstrelsy.
his wife, had also an only daughter; but she was ugly to look upon, Now along the glittering stream,
and of evil disposition, so that no one could speak well of her. For Now beneath pale Cynthia's beam,
this the queen bore her step-daughter a bitter grudge, which became Now amid the vista's shade,
more manifest on the death of the king, when she put her to all Thou thy giddy circles lead;
kinds of coarse labour. But the poor damsel never complained, and Joyous elf! thy fairy play
was always patient and submissive. Glads the gloom of parting day.
It happened one day that the queen sent her step-daughter up into the granary to watch the corn. While she was sitting and watching, the little birds of heaven came twittering round the heap of corn, as though they wished to have a few grains. The king's daughter felt compassion for the little creatures, and threw a few grains to them from the heap, saying: “My poor little birds ! as you are so hungry, here is a little corn; peck it now, quickly, and eat your fill.'
When the sparrows had eaten, they flew away, perched on the roof, and consulted together how they should reward the damsel for her kindness. One bird said : “My gift is, that wherever she treads the ground red roses shall spring up.' The second said: “I will give, that she shall become fairer and fairer every day of her life.” * And I," added the third, " will give, that every time she laughs, a gold ring shall fall from her mouth.” Having said this, they few away; but all came to pass as the birds had said, and from that day the king's daughter became more lovely than before, so that a more beautiful damsel could not be found, even if search were made in seven kingdoms.
When the queen was informed of all this, she became still more
envious than before, and meditated with herself how her own THE STORY WITHOUT AN END.
daughter could become as fair as her step-sister. With this view, II.
she sent the princess in like manner to watch the corn up in the But the Child had only sunk into a dream of delight, wishing he granary. The damsel went, but in great anger, because so mean an were a sunbeam or a moonbeam; and he would have been glad to employment had been assigned her. When she had watched a little hear more and more, listening for ever. But at last, as all was still, while the birds of the air came twittering round the heap of corn, as he opened his eyes and looked around for his dear guest, but she if they wished to have a few grains. had Aown far away; and he could not bear to sit there any longer
Seeing this, the damsel became angry, and snatching up a broom, alone, so he arose and went to the gurgling brook. It gushed and she drove away the little birds, saying in her passion : ** What do ye rolled so merrily, and tumbled wildly along as it hastened to throw want here, ye ugly creatures ? Can ye not understand that a young itself head-over-heels into the river, just as if the great massive lady of rank, such as I am, is not to soil her hands by giving food rock out of which it sprung were close behind it, and could only to the like of you?" The sparrows then flew away, perched on the be escaped by a break-neck leap.
roof, and consulted together how they should recompense the princess Then the Child began to talk to the little ripples, and asked for her harsh words. One of them said: "My gift is, that she grow them whence they came. They would not stay to give him an uglier and uglier every day of her life.” The second said: "I will answer, but danced away, ore over another; till at last, that give, that every time she treads on the ground, there shall thistles the sweet Child might not be grieved, a drop of water stopped and thorns spring up." " And I,” added the third, will give, that behind a piece of rock. From her the Child heard strange histories, every time she laughs, toads and frogs spring out of her mouth." but he could not understand them all, for she told him about her
Having thus spoken, they flew their several ways; but all came former life, and about the depths of the mountain.
to pass as the sparrows had said, and from that day the queen's “A long while ago," said the drop of water, “I lived with daughter became uglier and uglier, and more odious in disposition my countless sisters in the great ocean, in peace and unity.
than she had ever been before. We had all sorts of pastimes; sometimes we mounted up high into
The stepmother and her wicked daughter could now no longer the air, and peeped at the stars; then we sank plump down a deep fure sent her to tend cattle in the forest. Thus the poor damsel had
endure to see the king's fair daughter before their eyes, and therebillow, and watched how the coral-builders worked till they are to wander about like other herd-girls
, while the wicked princess reweary, that they may reach the light of day at last. But I was conceited, and though myself much better than my sisters. And 50 mained with her mother in the royal palace, and rejoiced in her false one day when the sun rose out of the sea, I clung fast to one of his heart to think that no prince could get sight of the king's fair hot beams, and thought that now I should reach the stars, and daughter or hear of her beauty. become one of them. But I had not ascended far, when the sun.
It happened one day that the beautiful herd-girl was sitting in beam shook me off, and in spite of all I could say or do, let me fall the forest knitting a glove, while her cattle were grazing, when some into a dark cloud. And soon a flash of fire darted through the young men came riding by. On seeing the maiden as she sat work. cloud, and now I thought I must surely die; but the whole cloud ing so industriously, they were smitten with her beauty. Courteously laid itself
down softly upon the top of a mountain, and so I escaped greeting her, they asked :- Why do you sit here, fáir maiden, and with my fright and a black eye. Now I thought I should remain knit so diligentlyp” The king's daughter answered :hidden, when, all on a sudden, I slipped over a round pebble, fell
“I am knitting a glove :from one stone to another, down into the depths of the mountain,
I expect to wed the king's son of Denmark.” till at last it was pitch dark, and I could neither see nor hear any- At these words the young men were surprised, and prayed the thing. Then I found, indeed, that “pride goeth before a fall,' re- damsel to accompany them to the king's court. But the maiden signed myself to my fate, and, as I had already laid aside all my would not listen to their entreaties, and gave them rings of red gold foolish pride in the cloud, my portion was now the salt of humility ; that they might leave her in peace. and after undergoing many purifications from the hidden virtues of On their return they were never weary of telling of the fair herdmetals and minerals, I was at length permitted to come up once girl, whom they had met in the forest, and thus there was much more into the free cheerful air; and now I will run back to my talk about her throughout the palace, both about her beauty and sisters, and there wait patiently till I am called to do something riches. better."
When the king's young sou heard all this, he was seized with a