« PreviousContinue »
heat any thing."-" Then just warm ed a shout at poor Dick's expense, these potatoes,” said Smart, handing who sullenly muttered, “ I'm not going him the dish, “ for they are almost to be bamboozled out of an 'alf-crown cold.”_" I'll thank you not to run in that there vay, and vat's more I your rigs upon me," quoth the young vont be made a standing joke by no Cockney, looking glumpish, “or I shall man."-" I don't see how you can,” fetch you a vipe with this here hash- replied bis antagonist, “ so long as you stick. If one gives you a hinch, you are sitting.”—“Vy are you like a case take a hell."_< Never mind him, my of ketchup ?” cried Dick, venturing dear,” cried his mother, “eat this for once to become the assailant, and mutton-chop, it will do you good ; immediately replying to his own inthere's no gravy, for Mr. Smart has quiry, " because you are a sauce-box." all the sauce to himself. Haw! haw! " Haw! haw !" roared his mother, haw !"_“Very good !” exclaimed the “bravo, Dick; well done, Dick! there's latter, clapping his hands, “egad! a proper rap for you, Mr. Smart.”— Ma'am, you are as good a wag as your Somewhat nettled at this joke, poor as own double chin." This was only it was, the latter returned to the charge ventured in a low tone of voice, and, by inquiring of Dick why his hat was as the fat dame was at that moment like a giblet-pie ? and after suffering handing the plate to her son, it was him to guess iwo or three times in vain, fortunately unheard. Dick being still cried " because there's a goose's head rather giddy, contrived to let the chop in it," and instantly set the example fall upon the floor, an occurrence at of the horse-laugh in which the comwhich Mr. Smart declared he was not pany joined. Finding he was getting in the least surprised, as the young the worst of it, Dick thought it prudent man, when first he came into the cabin, to change the conversation, by observa looked uncommonly chop-fallen. Dick, ing that it would luckily be s’igh wahowever, had presently taken a place ter in the 'arbour when they arrived." at the table, and begun attacking the 2" Then I recommend you by all buttock of beef with great vigour and means to use some of it,” said the pervivacity, protesting he had got a fa- tinacious Mr. Smart, “perhaps it may mous “ happetite," and felt “as ungry cure your squint.” as an ound.”_I never say any thing
Both mother and son rose up in to discourage any body," said Mr. wrath at this personality, and there Croak, “particularly young people; would infallibly have been a bourrasque it's a thing I hate, but t'other day á (as the French say) in the hold, but fine lad sate down to his dinner in this that there was just then a tremendous very packet, after being sea-sick, just concussion upon the deck, occasioned as you may be doing now, when it by the fall of the main-boom, and folturned out he had broke a blood-vessel, lowed by squeaks and screams, of all and in twelve hours he was a corpse, calibres, from the panic-stricken conand a very pretty one he made." pany at the dinner-table. “Lord have
“ I'm not going to be choused out of mercy upon us !" ejaculated Croak my dinner for all that,” replied the with a deep groan, “ it's all over with youth, munching away with great in- us—we are going to the bottom-[ dustry, and at the same time calling like to make the best of every thing-out-—“Steward ! take away this porter- it's my way, and therefore hope no pot, it runs.”_" I doubt that,” cried lady or gentleman will be in the least Smart._“I say it does,” resumed Dick, alarmed, for I believe drowning is a angrily, "the table-cloth is all of a sop.” much less painful death than is gene"I'll bet you half-a-crown it doesn't.” rally supposed.” Done! and done! were hastily ex- Having run upon deck at this juncchanged, when Mr. Smart, looking ture for the purpose of ascerta ning the round with a smirk, exclaimed.--"La- nature of the accident, which he found dies and gentlemen, I appeal to every to be unattended with the smallest danone of you whether the pot has not ger, the writer cannot detail any more been perfectly still, and nothing has of the conversation that ensued. been running but the beer.” This elicit
DANISH TRADITIONS AND SUPERSTITIONS!
chanced once that a man passed by NOT "OT far from the village of Tune, while this was taking place, and when
in the district of Roskilde, is the he saw the skin, he took it up, and hid mountain in which Balder is reported it. When the seal, who was a feto have been buried. Saxo asserts, male, could not find her skin to creep that once when several countrymen, into, she was obliged to continue in under the guidance of a professor of her human shape ; and, as she was the black art, went to this hill for the comely to look at, the same purpose of digging up a treasure, it made her his wife, had several chilseemed to them, when most busied at dren by her, and lived with her very the work, that a foaming flood, with comfortably. But, after the lapse of much noise, was precipitating itself a long time, the woman found her down from the top of the hill ; where- concealed skin, and could do then upon, in the greatest terror, they cast nothing less than creep into it, and away their spades, and each sought become a seal again. for safety in flight.
Directly over against the pulpit of In the parish of East Lygum, in Onsbergh Church, in Samsoe, is a taSlesvig, is a height called Hanebierg, ble, on which is fastened a crucifix, and not far from
it is a fairy-moss. A with the following inscription : young peasant once lay down upon 66 This gilded crucifix was found tied this moss, and slept so long, that he round the neck of a drowned man, awoke very late at night, when he who came floating to the shore near heard around him the most enchant- Isle Mode, in the parish of Traning music, and, looking up, he per- biorn. When the people wished to ceived two fairy maidens, who skipped convey the body to the church-yard, and danced about, and asked him, in four horses could not stir the cart in the mean time, several questions, in which it was placed, nor could they order to make him speak; but he draw the same body to Kolbye knew well that there would be danger Church. But, when they turned toin doing so, and was silent. Then, wards Onsbergh Church, two horses suddenly changing their manner, they easily dragged it there. It was buried sung in menacing tones:
on the eastern side of this church, This instant rise, and speak to us,
which takes its name from the said Thou young and handsome swain,
gilded cross, being called at this time Or we with knives thy breast will rip,
Hellig-kors Kirke(Holy-crossChurch), And cut thy heart in twain.
1596." He was much terrified when he heard The Shopkeeper of Aalborg. this, and was just going to speak; but
Once when a raging fire broke out a cock at that moment crowed from in the town of Aalborg, and the flames the top of the neighbouring hill, and had just seized the warehouse of a the fairies immediately vanished; shopkeeper, so that his whole properfrom which circumstance the hill is
ty was on the point of being consumcalled Hanebierg (Cock's hill).
ed, he snatched his weights and meaThe Seals.
sures from the counter, and, with It is a common belief in Ferroe, these in his hand, he hurried into the that the seal every ninth night casts middle of the street, crying, “ In off its skin, assumes a human shape, O God! I have ever with weight and and dances and amuses itself after the measure robbed and cheated any one, human fashion, until it resumes its then let the fire consume my house ; skin, and becomes a seal again. It but, if I have always acted with pro
bity and integrity, preserve then my in this manner at length to the blazing goods and dwelling.” And no sooner pile. The man immediately leapt his had he said this than the fire died horse over the pile, and the dragon away, and his house escaped. He crept after him completely through the caused this inscription to be placed flames. He made the leap a second over the door, “I
was on the brink of time; and a second time the dragon a precipice, but I did not fall down. crawled after him: and when he had Anno 1663, d. 11 Augusti."
rode seven times, unscorched and unTordenskiold's Grave.
hurt, over the pile, the dragon, in at
tempting to creep through it the seventh In that part of the church-wall of time, was entirely consumed. Holm which looks towards the sea, close by the grave of Tordenskiold,
The Mountain Imps. is a stone that will not keep fast in the
In Kund-hill, near the plain of Thyrwall, but is every now and then falling sting, lives an elf, who has several 66 That is Tordenskiold,” says
children. When the sun is gone down, the peasant; "who is coming again they are frequently seen, with much to thresh the Swedes."
noise and laughter, to creep up to the
summit, and then let themselves roll Norvig Church.
down one after another. They conA boor of Norvig, in Oddsberred, tinue their sport late at night. had a great desire to see what was passing in the church at midnight. He
King Waldemar's Chase. therefore crept slyly in, and seated
King Waldemar loved Tovelill, a himself in one of the pews. He re
lady of Ryggen ; and he was so strongmained there till it was deep night, ly afilicted when she died, that he would when the church was suddenly illumi- pot forsake her body, but caused it to nated; he then heard the doors
be carried along with him wherever and, immediately after, he saw four he went. This became very disagreetall, steel-clad men walk in, bearing
able to all those who were about the on their shoulders a coffin. They king, and on that account a courtier, halted in the middle of the aisle, rais- profiting by a favourable opportunity, ed the flag-stones, and deposited the examined the body, in order to discocoffin beneath. After all this was
ver what it was that bound the king to done, they went away.
it with so powerful an attachment. He There is no doubt that the famous at last perceived on her finger a magic Mark Stig was secretly buried by his ring, which her mother had given her followers somewhere in North Zea- in order to secure the king's love. The land : and Pontoppidan remarks, in courtier took the ring, and immediately his “ Marmora Danica,” that
the king's infatuation towards the body
many think he was buried in this church.
disappeared, and he allowed it to be
interred. But mark the consequence : The Dragon of Aalborg.
all the king's love was transferred to Two miles from Aalborg lie seve- the courtier, who was now in possession ral hillocks, which are called Osthierg of the ring ; so that he granted him Bakker. Among these, very many every thing that he asked for, and years ago, a dragon had his nest, and would scarcely trust him from · his by his rapacity caused a great dearth sight; which constraint at last became in the neighbourhood. Thither came irksome to the youth, and, as he knew a man who knew how to deal with what was the cause of it, he dropped such reptiles, and he promised to de- the ring into a pond, as he one day stroy the dragon. He first caused a rode through the grove of Gurra. great wood pile to be raised, and, From that moment the king began to when this was set fire to, he mounted find himself better in this particular a powerful horse, and rode past the grove than in any other place ; he dragon's nest. The dragon followed caused the Castle of Gurra to be built, him wherever he went, and they came and hunted night and day in the wood.
16 ATHENEUM VOL. 2. 2d series.
He was frequently heard to say, that black monks, mumbling psalms, pass God might keep heaven to himself, if he slowly every midnight across the islwere only permitted to hunt in Gurra ; and. Between Sollerood and Nærum, and, after his death, God punished him he hunts with his hounds and horses by fulfilling his wish.
along a road which takes its name He now rides every night from from him. Burra to Gurra, and is through the
When he has thus made a circuit, whole district known by the name of he reposes himself by turns in all the the Flying Huntsman. When he ap- princely residences scattered through proaches, one hears, first a horrid howl- the country. He takes particular ing, bellowing, and whip-cracking, in pleasure in stopping at Valloe-burgh, the air, and then every person ought to where there is a chamber appropriated turn out of the path, and conceal him- to him, in which stand two beds ; in self behind the trees. Then comes the the same apartment are likewise two whole route. Foremost of all run the strong chests, which, being once opencoal-black dogs, snuffing the ground, ed, were found to be filled with strong and with long glowing tongues lolling round pieces of leather," for better from their throats.
money there was not in King Walde“ Wolmar," seated upon his white mar's days." A subterranean passage horse, and generally carrying his head connects Valloe-burgh with Talloseunder his left arm. When he meets gaard, in the bailiwick of Holbeck : any body, especially if it happens to here he likewise has a sleeping-room, be an old man, he commands him to and maidens and people, dressed in the hold his dogs, and sometimes leaves fashion of the times when he lived, him standing with the hounds for many are frequently seen making the beds. hours, or, at other times, he will
A countryman, who'would not believe sently afterwards fire a shot, and, when that the king came by night to this the hounds hear that, they burst their place, had the audacity to keep watch bands, and scamper off. When he there ; but, about midnight the spectregoes away in this manner, the gates are monarch entered, saluted him in a heard slamming-too after him; and in friendly manner, and said, " I will remany places, where there is a straight ward you for this kind visit,” and at passage through a house, he gallops in the same time chucked him a gold at the one and out of the other door, coin; but, when the fellow caught at and no bolts are so heavy that they do it, it burnt a round hold through his not spring back at his approach. He hand, and fell to the ground a fiery frequently rides through lbsgaard, in coal. We may easily judge what he Oddsberred; and there is in Roskilde suffered from this fiendish gift. But it a house where the doors are now al- frequently happens, that when old men ways left standing open during the or women have for many hours held night ; for, previously to that, he fre- the phantom's hounds, he casts somequently broke the locks to pieces. In thing to them which looks like a coal, certain places, it frequently happens and is therefore generally disregardthat he takes his course over the house, ed; but, if it be picked up and examand in the neighbourhood of Herluf ined, it is found to consist of the purest sholm there is a cottage whose roof is gold. in the middle considerably sunk, be- The following is one of this remarkcause he has passed over it. In North able
adventures : Zealand he has another Gurra, in which stand some ruins, which are called Waldemar's Castle. It is here
Late at eve they were toiling on Harribee bank,
For in harvest men ne'er should be idle, customary for the old women, on the Towards them rode Waldemar, meagre and lank, eve of St. John's day, to station them- And be linger'd, and drew up his bridle. selves in the paths, and to open the “ Success to your labour, and have ye to-night gates for him, Half a mile from Gurra
Seen any thing pass ye in reaping ?” lies Woldemar's height, surrounded by “ Yes, yes,” said a peasant “ I saw something white » water. According to tradition, six Just now through the corn-stubble creeping."
As she landed to drink at the fountains."
& Which way did it go ?”_"Why, methought to stir from the spot; and, as he stood the beach.”
gazing, a little stool came floating to Then ofl went Waldemar bounding ;
the top of the water, and upon it lay A few moments after they heard a faint screetch, And the horn of the hunter resounding,
the book which he had forgot to bring
out of the castle. Then back came he, laughing in horrible tone, And the blood in their veins ran the colder,
The Man and his Shadow. When they saw that a fresh-slaughter'd mermaid was thrown
One evening, when the moon shone Athwart his proud barb's dappled shoulder.
bright in the heavens, a man went out Said he, “I have chas'd her for seven-score years,
into the fields; and, as he walked
along, his eyes fell by chance on the No more did he deign to their terrified ears. long handsome shadow which he cast But gallop'd away to the mountains.
behind him in the moonshine ; and, as
he plumed himself upon it, a little The Sunken Castle.
dwarfish man advanced to him, and In the neighbourhood of London. said, “ That is a noble shadow of borg is a lake, the bottom of which yours; will you sell it to me." Thereno one living has ever yet been able to upon the man burst into loud laugh ; find, and concerning this same lake but when the dwarf repeated his regoes a very strange story. Many cen- quest, and showed him several lovely turies ago there stood, in the same white ducats, he began to think him in place where the lake now is, a large earnest, and the bargain was soon old castle. · There is no other trace struck.' Then the little man took the remaining of it now than a carriage- shadow, rolled it carefully up, put it way, which formerly led to the castle- in his pocket, and went his way. The gate, but which loses itself now be
man went likewise home, and was at neath the waters of the lake. This is first rather melancholy at his loss ; the story:It happened one Sunday but the lovely white ducats soon conevening, when the master was from soled him. A short time after this, come, that the servants of the castle he went out with his wife into the were drinking and amusing them- fields, and saw how finely the corn selves ; and they carried their pastime looked waving in the clear moonso far, that they took a swine from shine ; and, as they now walked along the sty, dexterously dressed it up, put the fields, the wife suddenly exclaima hat upon its head, and laid it in thcir ed, “ See what a shadow I have,-obmaster's bed. When this was done, serve its length and breadth ; but you, they despatched a hasty messenger to man, have no shadow : what is the the nearest priest, entreating him to
reason of that ş" The man endeahome and give the sacrament to their voured to evade this question, but the master, who, they said, was lying at wife was continually, harping upon it. his last
gasp. The priest came im- Time after time, the neighbours and mediately to the castle, and, as he the children came to see whether he dreamt of no trick, he read prayers had any shadow, and then they all over the swine ; and as he presented avoided him ; so that, unable at last to the sacrament all present began to bear the universal scorn and contempt, laugh, and the swine snapped it out of he made away with himself. his hands. Whereupon he, in the utmost horror, hurried away, but for
Mermen. got to take his book along with him ; In the year 1619, King Christian and, as he rushed out of the last gate, the Fourth, sent two state-counsellors the castle-clock struck twelve, and im- (Sir Oluf Rosenspar and Sir Niels mediately the building shook and Holo, to Norway, for the purpose of trembled in all its gables, and when he holding a court-day; and it chanced, turned round it was already sunk, on their return, that the crew of the and the lake came foaming and bel- vessel caught, and drew on-board, a lowing up from the abyss. Stupified merman, in shape and features just with fear and wonder, he could not like any other man; he staggered