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Nor verdure of returning spring,
Shall e'er its bitter grief assuageNor music's breath, nor fancy's wing,
Awake its perish'd foliage !
Nor sun-nor star-nor sail--nor shore,
Long while hath met this weary eye: The darkness and the deafʼning roar
Of restless waters-far and nigh.
O, such my bitter memories-
Else seen, nor heard, nor sound, nor form, Like one forsaken-on life's seas
Lone driving through the night and storm! 0, what if then, at such a time,
My spirit fold her weary hands, Like pilgrim in some torrid clime,
Who sinks upon the desert sands !
O, speak not thus—though anguish sharp
Transfix thee with its keenest dart, And stormy wind may sweep that harp,
Whose chords traverse the human heart!
O, even then, at such a time,
When thy despairing heart is faint, O, thou canst make thy part sublime,
Submit, and utter no complaint. There is a balm for every wound
And spring will surely come againThe morning come—and music's sound
Awake thee with its joyous strain !
O, ever cloud, and sky, and star
And field, and flower, and balmy air, Persuade me-though, in realms afar,
Eternal light doth shine somewhere !
And on the mind--with broken mast,
Now drifting on the boundless sea, The radiant day shall break at last,
In time, or in eternity!
Then be not sick nor faint of heart,
And do not say that hope is dead; Hope never dies--can ne'er depart
The heavens bending overhead.
Life's no gala_its light doth glance
From iron helm and armor steel'd And sounds that move some to the dance,
Are bugles on the tented field.
Ay bugles, bugles blowing loud,
The squadrons closing near and farAnd steel, like lightning from the cloud,
Each sabre gleaming like a star ! Not a gala, nor conflict light,
But battle like the raging seg. And every soldier in the fight
Must face its loud artillery !
In the Rhythmes against Martin MarPrelate, also, the possibility of rhyming rats to death is indicated in the lines, "I am a rimer of the Irish race, And have already rimde thee staring mad; But if thou cease not thy bold jests to spread, I'll never leave till I have rimde thee dead."
And again, a mention of the practice is to be found in Sir Philip Sidney's writings; and Swift, with covert humor, says, rhyming to death was a power that continued to his day. May we not add, to ours ?
The potency of the spell was supposed to consist in the satire, more or less pungent, conveyed in the lines. Satire has always been dreaded in Ireland ; so much 80, that laws were made against it at an early period. Rats, too, have been much dreaded, and not without reason; for in the newspapers of our own day, we sometimes read of infants being attacked by these predaceous animals. Many in Ireland regret that St. Patrick did not banish them with the snakes. Belief in the effect of the rhyme has held its ground even to the present century.
[For the National Magazine.]
NO LIGHT. ALL nature seems alive to-day;
The bright and happy earth doth smile; The sky like some resplendent sea
The world like some enchanted isle !
Look up, O man! how bright and blue
The soft and balmy air doth lie In yon far realms—its azure hue
Like depths of light in woman's eye! See yonder clouds resplendent sight!
Dread, piled like Alpine rocks on high; From battlement and shining height
Bright banners waving in the sky! See yonder roll the purple seas,
Whence strains of sweetest music pour, Entrancing with their melodies
The list'ners on this alien shore !
Look O man! & voice doth seem
O'er those far waters dim to broodAnd sounds are breaking like a dream,
From sky and air, and wave and wood !
O, would that on this broken heart,
As on the radiant world to-day,
Its sweet and life-awakening ray!
Whose fresh and rended roots lie torn, Is this poor shatter'd heart of mine
It knows no more the breezy morn!
Then be a man-0, join the strife !
Thy way yon ensign red with bloodThy leader is the LORD OF LIFEThy comrades all the brave and good!
J. C. S.
THE HEEL OF TYRANNY—THE TER- accompanied by large drops of rain, which RORS OF JESUITISM.
fell with heavy splash faster and faster around them.
“ It will rain in torrents directly,” said FTER many narrow escapes, and not | Rudolph. “ Is there no place of shelter
a little kind attention from the coun- we can get into ? for it is vain to think of try people, the boys arrived at a part of going on in a storm like this." the country which the geographical stud- “Look," cried Hans, “ there is a hollow ies of the elder enabled him to recognize. in the rock just above us; we can easily
* This is the Kuhstall,” said Rudolph. climb up there, and we shall be quite
“ I do n't see anything so very particular dry.” about it,” replied Hans. “Why do they “Up with you, then," said Rudolph ; call it the Kuhstall?".
"there is no time to be lost, for I have no “ There was a great war once, which desire to get wet if I can help it." lasted thirty years ; and because the plains Hans scrambled forward with his usual were plundered of everything that could agility ; but either his haste made his be found, they say the peasants drove their footing insecure, or he was startled by cattle into these glens, and that this rock another peal of thunder, for he slipped formed a shelter for them."
and fell. • Is that the reason why so many fine “0, my foot !” he cried, as he tried to people come to see it ?" said Hans. rise. * There is the path by which it is ascend- They were fortunately near their ined ; let us go up, Rudolph."
tended place of shelter, and Rudolph man“We had better not,” said Rudolph ; "it aged to drag him inside, secure from the is getting very late, and besides, I think, rain, which soon poured down, as he had from the appearance of the sky, we shall | anticipated, in torrents. He placed Hans soon have a storm."
in a recumbent position, with his back “0, we need not stay long; and, as to against the rock; and, having disposed a storm, it has looked dull all day: I dare the injured limb on the ground, as caresay it is nothing but heat.”
fully as he could, he hoped that in a short “Well, go along, then ; but we must time the pain would abate, and that Hans make haste. When we get a little higher, would be ready to go forward as soon as I will look out for a cottage, where we the violence of the rain should cease. But, may ask for a night's lodging, for I think far from abating, it seemed to increase, and we cannot reach the next village before Rudolph anxiously examined the foot, in nightfall, even if the storm should keep order to ascertain the amount of injury otř for another hour or two, which does it had sustained. It did not appear that not seem very likely."
any bones were broken, but the foot and So they went up, and looked about ankle were becoming alarmingly swollen, them, and then Hans scrambled out of the and there seemed little probability that track to see if he could find anything else, Hans would be able to walk any more for he thought there must be something that night. What was to be done? more than rock and wood to bring people This was the most perplexing dilemma in so far as they had been told visiters came which they had ever found themselves, to inspect the Kuhstall. They stayed and at first Rudolph did not know how longer than they had intended; and the to act. The only plan that occurred to first thing which reminded them of their him was to leave his brother in the little imprudence was the low, growling thunder, cavern, and go himself in search of aswhich announced that the storm, which sistance. But to this Hans vehemently had been threatening for hours, was on objected. ihe point of bursting.
0, do not leave me!-pray, do not, “ It is a long way off,” said Hans; “per- Rudolph,” he said: we can do very well haps we shall not have much of it.” here till morning, and then I dare say my
He had scarcely spoken, when there foot will be better, and I shall be able to was another and louder peal, then another walk again." and another, and at last one of such ter- “I am afraid not,” said Rudolph ; "and rific violence, that it seemed to shake the it will be worse from stopping in this solid rock on which they stood. It was damp place. You see the rain has beaten
in already ; and if it should continue to he would really suffer much from being fall during the night, we should not be quite alone in that desolate spot, surable to keep ourselves dry.”
rounded by the darkness of night and the “ But it does not rain nearly so fast as terrors of the storm. He would fain have it did,” returned Hans.
returned to him now, but he had rambled No, but it looks still less likely to so far from the beaten track, that it would clear up, and I think the wind is rising. have taken him a long time to find it I am afraid it is going to be a very rough again ; he therefore determined to pursue 'night.”
his original design, and, if possible, reach “O dear, what shall we do?" said poor | the fire, feeling tolerably certain that he Hans, beginning to cry, for his courage should meet with assistance. Buffeting gave way under the pain he was enduring, the wind, and bending his head before the combined with the unpleasant alternative pelting rain, he struggled forward, and at before him of being left alone for some last gained the light, which had gleamed time in that desolate place, or of passing at such a distance, and which he now the night exposed to wet and cold. “I found to proceed from a charcoal kiln, wish we had never come here!"
close to which stood a rude hut, con“So do I,” said Rudolph, “but there is structed of the boughs of fir-trees, the no use in wishing that now. I am sure solitary dwelling of the charcoal-burner. you had better let me go and look for a The door of this simple edifice opened house. If I can find nobody, I will come readily at Rudolph's cry for admittance, back before dark. But I am almost sure and he found himself hurried into the hut to meet with some one who will come and before he had time to explain the object help me to carry you to a better shelter. of his visit. Do let me go."
“Come in, whoever you are," was the After a time, Hans gave a reluctant first greeting from a rough voice ; “it is consent, and Rudolph rapidly descended not fit for a dog to be abroad on such a the rock, carefully observing, however, the night as this. Come under shelter !” turns which he took, and, for additional But shelter was not what Rudolph security,' marking some of the trees on the wanted, though he looked as if he needed way, that he might be certain of finding it. Pale with fatigue and anxiety, and the spot again. He was soon in the road drenched with rain, he presented a wretchthrough the valley, and walked on, look- ed spectacle to the eyes of the charcoaling anxiously around for some trace of burner and his wife. But he did not human habitation. He walked without think of himself. His whole soul was inseeing any sign of a house, till he dared tent on Hans, and his anxiety and terror go no further, and was preparing, with a on his account had by this time risen to heavy heart to retrace his steps to the a most painful height. In a few hurried cavern, when he observed a light, appa- but moving words, he explained his brothrently at no great distance, among the er's situation, and concluded by begging dark pine-trees. It seemed not yet dark the charcoal-burner to accompany him enough to light a candle in a cottage, and back to the Kuhstall, and assist him in Rudolph was a little puzzled to determine conveying the poor boy to a place of sewhat this might be. Nevertheless, the curity and shelter. But, at this request, sight of fire was an, indication of the the man shook his head with an expresneighborhood of man, and, without hesi- sion of mysterious terror on his countetation, he directed his steps toward the nance, which Rudolph found it impossible spot whence the light proceeded.
to understand. The rain again fell fast, and the wind “ Poor lad,” he answered, “I am sorry blew with terrific violence, hindering him for him. But go out to-night, I cannot, not a little. This delay and his ignorance and dare not. Stay here till morning, and of the road, caused his progress to be so then I will go with you to fetch him.” slow, that it grew nearly dark while the Morning !"cried Rudolph. “0, he will light yet glimmered at a distance. He die with pain and fright before morning. began to feel seriously uneasy when he If you have any pity, go with me now, reflected on the uncomfortable situation before he quite despairs of my return; of poor Hans in his solitary cavern. He the storm will not harm us." knew how timid his brother was, and that “ It is not the storm, boy, it is those
who ride on it, that we have to fear," was vent the sound of his voice from being the answer. “It is a gale like this”-and heard in the cavern, even if it had been the speaker lowered his voice, as if afraid much nearer than it really was. They of being overheard—" that brings out the continued to ascend until they saw by the wild hunt, and Hakelberg has little mercy torch-light the mouth of the little hollow. on those who cross his path, when it Rudolph scrambled joyfully up, calling his pleases him to lead the chase."
brother's name, and speaking words of “For pity's sake, come with me!" cried comfort. His companion followed with Rudolph ; " and, trust me, good angels will the torch ; but, just as Rudolph reached keep you from all that is evil, while you the entrance to the cavern, the light was are engaged in a work of mercy.” extinguished by a sudden blast.
“ Listen to him, husband," said the “Never mind, Hans; we shall have anwoman; “he is right. Nothing can harm other light in a moment,” cried Rudolph. you while you are doing a good deed, and “How tired you must be of waiting! But it is a good deed to help yonder poor you shall be taken from this dismal place child."
directly." But the husband only shook his head, No answer was returned. The inside and Rudolph, in despair, turned to leave of the cavern was perfectly dark, so that the cottage alone.
no object could be distinguished within ; “Stay!" exclaimed the woman, rising, but if Hans were there, how strange that and offering her husband the baby she he did not speak! Could he be asleep, held in her arms. “ Take the child, and amidst all the roaring of the storm ? RuI will go with the boy, and do all I can dolph did not hear him breathe, but it to help him!”
might be that the noise of the wind was The man pushed the child away with sufficient to account for that circumstance. an impatient gesture :-" If nothing else In his feeling of vague apprehension, will serve, I must go,” he said ; “ but re- Rudolph's hands trembled so much, that member, youngster, I shall not be to blame, he let the torch fall, and it was a second if you and I find cause to wish that we time extinguished. His companion again had never undertaken this adventure." struck a light, and rekindled it. Then he
Rudolph took no notice of this speech; hastened into the cavern, and discovered, he was too happy at having obtained as with such a feeling of disappointment and sistance, and returned as cordial thanks dismay as he had never before experienced, as if it had been rendered with the best that it was quite empty. One hope still grace in the world. Once on the road, remained; this might not, after all, be the it was not long before they reached the same spot in which Hans had been left. Kuhstall, from which the kiln was not far No doubt, there were many similar fisdistant. Rudolph had been so long in sures in the rock, and, in the darkness, it reaching it, because, in consequence of was very easy to mistake one for the his complete ignorance of the country, he other. This certainly was very like the had taken a very circuitous road. Arrived one Rudolph had lately left, and it had at the rock, they ascended by the path every appearance of having been recently which Rudolph well remembered, and occupied, for there were still traces of then he looked anxiously for the spot footsteps on the loose sand which had where they had first diverged from it. blown into the chasm. There was one
“ Here it is, I am sure,” cried he ; “this way to clear up all doubts : Rudolph reis the old stunted oak that I marked: it membered that, as he went out, he had was the last but it is so dark, that I can marked a stump, which stood at the mouth not see the notch I made in the bark.” of the cavern, with a large notch. He
One of the pine torches they had ran to look, and there indeed he found brought with them was lighted, and the it! He threw himself on the ground in mark was found. They then pressed on a paroxysm of despair and grief. The ward, and reached another tree, which charcoal-burner shook his head; he had Rudolph recognized, and now he was sure little doubt as to what had become of the he could not be very far from his brother's lost one. He felt as sure that Hans now place of shelter. He shouted “ Hans !" made one of the train of the Wild Huntsbut the gusts of wind, which were still man, as if he had with his own eyes seen violent, would have been sufficient to pre- the fiery troop pass by and carry him off.
How could it be otherwise, exposed on to the best of her power, and by endeavsuch a night, and in such a place, the very oring to find some cheering probability haunt of those terrific spirits ! Strange to account for the disappearance of his to say, the honest man did not feel so brother. He could not be far off, she much oppressed by his fears, now that he said ; no doubt he had fallen into the hands had, as he thought, such excellent reason of some kind person, who would take care for believing them well-founded. Perhaps of him, and apply a remedy to his hurt. he took the disappearance of the boy as a They could not fail to have tidings of him proof that the fiend had already visited in a day or two. this spot, so that there was little danger All this her husband answered by shak.' of his returning that night; or he had be- ing his head ominously, but nevertheless come excited and interested in the search, it gave Rudolph courage, and made him and was moved to compassion by the dis- feel more hopeful. Still he could not help tress of Rudolph. At any rate, he recov. recurring to the subject of the Wild ered his self-possession, and exerted him- Huntsman as soon as they were seated self kindly in the boy's behalf. He at supper, for there is a kind of fascination roused him from his posture of despair, and in anything that fills us with distress and again they examined the rock, and again horror, which prompts us to make it a called out the name of Hans. But it was subject of thought and conversation. Ruwith little hope, for Rudolph was tolerably dolph shuddered when he thought of Hakcertain that this was the right cavern, and elberg, and of the possibility that Hans he knew that Hans was too lame to leave might have been carried off by him; yet it without assistance. Even supposing he could not desist from putting all kinds such assistance to have been at hand, it of questions concerning the manner of the was extremely improbable that he would goblin's appearance, his power and his have availed himself of it, as he knew that achievements. · Now that his host was his only chance of again meeting with under the shelter of his own roof, and no Rudolph lay in remaining where he had longer disturbed by the noise of the storm, been left, as his brother would surely re- he was less unwilling to be communicaturn to seek him there.
tive than when they were abroad on the After some time spent in this useless Kuhstall. labor, his new friend persuaded Rudolph “ Did I tell you what happened to two to go home with him for the night, and young fellows in the wood hard by ?" to defer further search until the morning. I asked he of his anxious listener. The storm having considerably abated, Rudolph thought not; what was it? and the fears of the charcoal-burner hay- “Why, you see, they were two bold ing subsided in a corresponding degree, young fellows, especially the younger, and he became more talkative, and could not they were accustomed to pass through the help giving his companion broad hints of wood every evening to meet their sweetwhat he conceived to be the fate of his hearts. Neither storm nor tempest hinunfortunate brother. When he saw the dered them, though the neighbors often effect which these hints produced, (for cautioned them, that, when the wind blew Rudolph had his share of the superstition and the thunder rolled, the Wild Huntsof his country,) he tried to counteract it, man was abroad ; and it is dangerous to by supposing causes for his disappearance cross his path, as all the world knows 80 unlikely, that they only made the pre-well enough. But the lads only scoffed vious supposition seem more probable. at this good advice ; and one night-I
On their return, they found the good should think, from what they say, much woman watching anxiously for them, and, such a night as this—they set out as usual. when she heard the issue of the expedi- When they were in the midst of the forest, tion, she felt almost as much distressed they heard strange sounds, at first disas if the missing one had been a friend or tant, and high in the air. These sounds relative of her own. She had made ready approached gradually, and, when near a bed for the lame boy, and mixed a lotion enough to be distinguished, the cry of prepared from herbs, which she considered hounds in full chase was heard, accompaan infallible remedy for sprains and bruises. nied every now and then by the halloo of But all her labor had been vain ; so she the huntsman ; but such a cry and such a consoled herself by comforting Rudolph | halloo were never heard from earthly dog