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(vol. 4 Why cling'st thou in the scabbard---why? “ Why, my dear cousin Dick! I have bad Thou iron fair of destiny,

such a g• !--So wild---so fond of battle-cry,

I went to the rout the last evening, you know, Why cling'st thou so ?---Hurrah ! And a little time after the end of the dance, " I hold myself in dread reserve,

I was lounging about, when I lit on a chance : Fierce---fond in battle-fields to serve,

Would you guess it, dear boy! why the handThe cause of freedom to preserve--

somest Lass

[glass. For this I wait--- Hurrah !" Was taking a peep at your friend 'thro? her

But this is not all---for the fine things she said Rest---still in narrow compass rest--

Have not for a moment been out of my head: Ere a long space thou shalt be blest, Within my ardent grasp comprest--

Spoke in praise of my colour, commended my shape,

(escape--Ready for fight--- Hurrah !

Said something of brightness, which made its “Oh let me not too long await--

But the words of how lovely! how charming ! I love the gory field of fate,

hoto sweet ! Where death's rich roses grow elate

In accents of love 'twas my hap thus to meet. In bloody bloom---Hurrah !" Who can tell what emotions man thus flatCome forth ! quick from thy scabbard fly,

ter'd feels ?

(my heels; Thou pleasure of the Soldier's eye.-

I knew not which was upmost, my head or Now to the scene of slaughter bie--

Yet not to be wanting in playing my part, Thy native home---Hurrah ! I made my advances, my hand on my heart, “O glorious thus in nuptial tie,

And atteinpted a speech---but it stuck in the

way, To join beneath heaven's canopy--

And I found in the end I had nothing to say; Bright as a sunbeam of the sky, Glitters

So dropping the hand which with courage I bride---Hurrah !" your

took, Then out, thru messenger of strife,

I made her my bow---but I gave such a look! Thou German soldier's plighted wife--

Then went to my lodgings and wrote her a Who feels not renovated life

letter,

(better, When clasping thee :--Hurrah !

I scarce think our Parson or you could do When in thy scabbard op my side,

She's a very fine fortune, I took care of that, I seldom glanced on thee, my bride ; So I think I have managed the business quite Now Heaven has bid us ne'er divide,

pat." Forever joined--Hurrah ! · Yes, a pat on the bead with a bullet may Thee glowing to my lips I'll press,

show

[owe, And all my ardent vows confess--

How much to your wit this adventure you O cursed be he, without redress,

For a rival in black, or a rival in red, Who thee forsakes---Hurrab ! May soon let you know how your message Let joy sit in thy polished eyes,

bas sped. While radiant sparkles flashing rise--

Here---look through this tube, and perceive

what an ass Our marriage-day dawns in the skies,

[ing but glass! My Bride of Steel ---Hurrah !

You have made of yourself.---she was prais-
So a truce to your visions of fancy and hope,

What you took to yourself, was her Kalei-
THE BLUNDER,

doscope.'

But now, my dear Robin, the secret you'll OR, THE DANGER OF NEW INVENTIONS.

keep, (The idea taken from the French.) Orpoor cousin Straggle may pay for the peep. An Epistle from Richard in Town to Robin in the Country.

From the New Monthly Magazine.
DEAR ROBIN,
OU must know cousin Straggle has THE ARTIST'S CHAMBER.

wander'd to Town,
Full of country conceit and of rustic renown;
Here he stares without wonder, applauds
without skill,

VHE room was low and lone, but lingered. And takes his due rounds like a horse in a

there, mill.

In careless loveliness the marks of mind; He has pick'd up his notions and sticks to the page of chivalry, superb and drear,

Beside a half-filled vase of wine reclined, And what he says one day repeats it the next, Told bow romance and gaiety combined. He fancies 'tis good at the play not to laugh;

And there, like things of immortality, And when making a purchase, to give but Stood Statues, in their master's soul enshrin'd, the half.

VENUS, with the sweet smile and heavenly of London he thinks tha: he knows all the And the sad, solemn beauty of pale N10BE.

cheats, And takes no civility met in the streets :--- And scattered round, by wall and sofa lay Once in anger was going to knock a man

Emblems of thought, that loved from Earth down,

[crown, to spring. Who saw that he'd dropt from his pocket å Upon a portrait fell the evening ray, And who offer'd politely to give him his own! Touching with splendour many an auburn But being thus threaten'd he let it alone.

ring

That veil'd a brow of snow, and crimsoning Surprised by his visit last night at my tea, The cheek of beauty like an opening rose. When taking his seat and then slapping bis And there lay a guitar, whose silver string knee,

(and a grin, Is murmuring, as the soft wind o'er it flows, With a pause, which was held 'twixt a laugh The tones it breath'd onSpanish hills at evenTre yet he could renture his speech to begia-

ing's close.

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8vo. 1818. TH THIS is one of the most pleasing softness almost bordering op timidity.

journals of a Continental Excur- She has all the appearance of having sion which has appeared since the suffered much : but the expression of opening of the communications, or we her countenance is rather that of penmight rather say of the Mine for trav- sive mildness than of melancholy. Her ellers, which, to own the truth, has features have a tone of quick sensibilibeen dug and bored most persevering- ty, which a lady happily described, in ly, till some ore and much rubbish has observing that the Queen always apbeen brought to the surface and import- peared on the point of smiling or weeped into England, in packages of the ing. Her manners are simple, and shape of unpretending duodecimos, frank in the highest degree. convenient octavos, and respectable. She is a good English scholar, and adlooking quartos. The author has fol- mired the poems of Lord Byron apd lowed rather a new vein, and has, we

Moore.

The Princess (her think, extracted some tolerable speci- daughter) is of a slender delicate figmens of metal from it ; and as he has ure, not without grace. The Prince been obliging enough to give it us un- (her son) a tall well-looking youth of mixed with too much, though there is sixteen, simple and good-humoured, a little, of the common make-weight with a strong resemblance to his father, earthy matter, we are bound to a fa- is now pursuing his education at the vourable report of his production. University of Heidelberg, under the

The Ex-Queen of Sweden, called care of a respectable Swiss governor. the Helen of the North for her beauty, The Queen has some thoughts of sendis one of the author's portraits. ing her son to an English University. “ The Queen, now above thirty years

This Prince, who is within a few of age, still retains that interesting ex- weeks of the same age as Oscar Bernapression of countenance which is the dotte, no doubt looks forward with best part of beauty. Her figure is hope to the throne of his ancestors. slender and graceful ; and her delicate complexion, and soft grey eyes, give

We had intended to extract, at her the features which are not quite length, the author's very spirited acGrecian, an expression of feminine count of German Universities, as repre

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[vol. 4 sented by Heidelberg; but we can on- land blusbed as he gave it, for it was the ly say, that in form and discipline, &c. glory of the whole country; and the they resemble the Scotch rather than knight was so enchanted at the distincthe English. The students reside in tion of his visitor, that be begged him lodgings, and there is no academical to stay another day-Hildegonda said costume. In Germany, however, in not a word—but her looks were elotheir boyish patriotism, they have adopt. quent, and Roland wanted little pered that of her ancestors three centuries

suasion. ago, and the students are seen in this The fate of the young knight's heart masquerade,

was decided by his stay, and be only "Swaggering mustachioed youths, waited for an opportunity to declare their hair flowing on their shoulders, himself. Such opportunities generally without cravats, and with pipes in their present themselves and Roland, as he mouths.”

walked in the garden, found the young The traditions on the banks of the lady sitting in a pensive reverie, in Rbine furnish matter more amusing which a bolder modern beau would than the history of these young zealots, have flattered himself he had a place. however more their present mode of Roland's timidity, however, made him thinking and acting may influence the awkward in accosting her; and the fate of Europe :

young lady to conceal her own embar

rassment, stooped to gather a rose just Traditions on the Banks of the Rhine. by.—The knight begged her to give it

The tradition concerning the cas-him-lamenting that as yet no emblem tle or rather hermitage of Rolandseck of happy moments adorned his casque ; says, that it was christened after Ro- and that when his comrades boasted the land the gallant nephew of Charlemagne, beauty and virtue of their belles, he who, as the story goes, set out one day was obliged to look down and be silent. from his uncle's palace at Ingelheim on Hildegonda with a blush complied, a picturesque tour, on the banks of the saying, as she presented it to himRhine.--He dropped in at the chateau “ All that is beautiful endures but for a of a valiant knight, who received him moment.”—Roland no longer hesitat. with a friendly squeeze of the hand; ed to declare his passion--they swore while bis daughter (who like other to each other eternal fidelity ; and the young ladies in those good days, was knight promised to return immediately not above being useful) ran io fetch after the campaign in Palestine, to lead him some home-made bread and wine. his mistress to the altar. As she poured out the wine, with the After Roland's departure, Hildegongrace of a Hebé, into a goblet adorned da, led a retired and pensive life. The with the arms of the old Chatelain, fame of ber lover's achievements reachand presented it with a blush to the ed her, and gladdened her heart. One nephew of the great king, he was struck evening a travelling knight demanded with her beauty and modest grace ; hospitality at the castle. He had servand was soon surprised to find certain ed in Charlemagne's army, and Hildeenigmatical sensations creeping about gonda trembled as she demanded inhim which he never had experienced telligence of Roland. “I saw him fall before. His arm trembled as he took gloriously by my side, covered with the goblet, and he involuntarily said to wounds," said the knight ; Hildegon-himself— this never happened to me da turned pale at his words, and was in presence of the enemy, or when ex- motionless as a statue. Ten days afposed to the thick swords of the Sara- terwards she asked permission of her

At night Roland could not father to take the veil ; and she enterclose his

for the image of the beau- ed the convent of Frauenworth, in an tiful Hildegonda, which stood constant- island in the Rhine. The bishop of the ly before him. In the morning, when diocese, who was her relation, allowed about to take leave, his kiod host de- her to abridge ber noviciate and profess manded his name.

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131 Roland, who it seems had been left both, was unwilling to grieve either by for dead on the field, and had afterwards preferring his rival.

The elder son recovered of his wounds, came soon however believing that her heart a little after to her father's castle, to claim the inclined to his brother, resigned his prehand of Hildegonda. In his grief at tensions, and besought her to declare in the tidings he received, he built a her- his brother's favour.--The old knight mitage on a rock immediately above gave the young couple his blessing, but the island of Frauenworth, and called their union was delayed.— The elder it Rolandseck, (Roland's corner.) Here brother saw without envy, but not withhe passed the remainder of his days, out melancholy, the happiness of his sitting at the gate of his hermitage, rival. The charms of his beloved oblooking down on the convent which ject increased in his eyes every day, and held his beloved object. When the to fly from her presence he joined the matins bell roused him, he would rise Prince, residing at Rhense, and was and listen to the chanting of the nuns, admitted into his suite. fancying he could distinguish the voice Just at this time St. Bernard was of his Hildegonda ; and when at night preaching the cross on the banks of the the lights glimmered in the cells of the Rhine.-- There was not a chateau near convent, his imagination saw Hildegon- the river that did not send a knight to da praying to Heaven for him. Frankfort, where the Emperor Conrad

Two years in this way had nearly presented the Saint to the people, who consumed his strength. One morning, all took the cross, Almost every castle looking as usual down on the convent, along the river, from Basle to Cologne, some people were digging a grave in mounted a streaming flag, with the hothe garden.-Something whispered to ly symbol of our Saviour's sufferings ; Roland, that this gráve was for Hilde- and the river and roads in the country gonda. On sending to inquire, his were thronged with joyous companies conjecture proved true-he stood and flocking towards Palestine. The young watched the funeral procession, saw her intended bridegroom caught the genercorpse let down into the grave, and lis- al flame, and resolved to visit the Holy tened to the requiem chanted over her Land before leading his bride to the —and he was found not long after sit- altar. In spite of his father's displeasting dead before his hermitage, his eyes ure, and the ill-concealed tears of the turned towards the convent !”

young lady, he assembled his little troop

and joined the Emperor's army “Near the little village of Hirtzenach, at Frankfort. between St. Goar and Boppart, the ru- The old knight dying soon after, the ins of the two old castles of Liebenstein elder brother returned from Rhense to and Sternfels stand close together on a take possession his ancestors' castle. fine mountain covered with vines on the Love was now ready to revive more right bank of the river. Their grey strongly than ever in his breast ;-but

; mouldering towers nod at each other he overcame himself, and scrupulously with a sort of rival dignity; and they treated the young lady with the kind go by the name of the Two Brothers. protection of a brother.-Two years.

- Tradition says they were formerly had elapsed when the news arrived that. inhabited by an old knight who had the younger brother was returning from two sons equally dear to him, and a Palestine, accompanied by a beautiful rich and beautiful young orphan was Grecian dame, to whom he was ben also brought up under his protection. trothed. This intelligence cut his deHer charms increased with her years ; serted fair one to the heart ; and, acand, as was very natural, the young cording to the custom of the age in such knights both fell in love with their fair disappointments, she resolved to take play-fellow. When she arrived at a the veil. The elder son was indig. marriageable age, the father proposed nant at this conduct of his brother ; to her to choose between his two sons; and, when a courier arrived at the casbut she, knowing the sentiments of tle to announce his approach, he threw

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(vol. 4 down his glove, bidding him take that (mountain) half buried in thick brushfor answer.

wood in a hollow made by its own The Crusader arrived with his fair weight. It is above thirty feet long, Grecian at the Castle of Sterosels, his and about four in greatest diameter paternal inheritance--and a bloody nearly cylindrical, and tapering with an war took place between the brothers, exact proportion. At one end a sort which they were on the point of con- of semicircular step is cut, apparently cluding by single combat, when the either to fit it to some other stone, or to young lady interposed and pacified fix machinery for moving it. The them by ber persuasions. She after- granite is of the hard dark description, wards quitted the abode of her infancy of which all the masses in the neighbourand took the veil.

hood are composed. This singular Sadness and mourning now reigned column, which has resisted so in the Castle of Liebenstein—while joy ny ages, has excited much speculation. and dissipation occupied the inhabitants Kotzebue proposed to have it convey. of Sternfels. The beauties of the Gre- ed to Leipsic, and erected in honour cian dame, and the graces of her con- of the stupendous victory there, of versation, attracted around her all the which it would be a worthy moougay knights of the neighbourhood; ment. Another immense rough block and she was by no means scrupulous in of granite near it, with a complete step receiving their homage. The elder cut in it, is called the Giant's Altar, and brother saw the disgrace of his brother, scattered about are many other blocks, before he himself was aware of it, and with similar traces of workmanship. soon found an opportunity to convince Conjecture attributes them to the anhim of his wife's infidelity. The young cient worship of Odin, to the middle knight would have sacrificed ber to his ages, and to the Romans ; the author vengeance ; but she found means to sides with the latter, as he thinks the escape. His elder brother pressed him original Germans could not cut that in bis arms as he was abandoning him- granite which their descendants can self to his despair, saying—“ Let us barely scratch.

T'he Felsen mer, a live henceforth together without wives, natural sea of Rocks (accurately desto do honour to the grief of our first cribed by its name) is another extraorlove, who is now passing the brightest dinary spectacle in this vicinity. The days of youth in a convent." The Odenwald itself is full of romantic trayounger brother agreed, and they re- ditions. At no great distance from the mained bachelors and inseparable friends Feldsberg, is the Castle of Rodenstein, for the rest of their days. Their race on the top of a shaggy mountain. expired with them—and their old ruin- Here, as the tale goes, resides the ed castles, which still retain the name Knight of Rodenstein, or the wild Jä. of “ The Brothers,” remind the travel- ger, who, issuing from his ruins, anler of their history."

nounces the approach of war by traversing the air with a noisy armament, to

the opposite Castle of Schnellerts. The There are some remarkable objects strange noises beard on the eve of batin the Odenwald, or Wood of Odin, a tles, are authenticated on the spot by wild and interesting district, not far affidavits; and some persons profess from Darmstadt :

to have been convinced by their eyes as “Among these is the Riesensäule, or well as their ears. In this

way Giant's Column, which lies in a wood, ple were forewarned of the victories of on the declivity of the Feldsberg Leipsic and Waterloo."

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