his father the whole evening, to hear an “Be cheshm,"* exclaimed the Sheik, account of the campaigns he had served; “be my eyes on it, thou hast spoken so with a mind, a prey to grief, poor right.” Leila retired to the apartments in the Leila was silent. The trampling of a harem allotted to her use.

horse's hoof now clanked on the bridge That night her slumbers were broken which joins the island to the main by frightful phantasies she thought land; a sudden shadow fell on the face Hassan lay wounded before her, trodden of Leila; a hundred bright visions of beneath the feet of the Giours, and ex- renown, and fame, were in the thoughts piring ; again the dress he wore lay of the young hero—the glance of the bloody before her, and she awoke with sire bespoke pride. The moment of parta scream that roused her attendant. ing came; the war steed of Hassan, “ What ails my princess ?

held by his groom, pawed the ground "Oh! Hinda, such a frightful dream.” in impatience, and champed the frothing

“ Allah be praised, Mashallah! I bit—the young, warrior fell on the neck feared my lady was hurt-try to sleep.” of his father, and received his blessingThe handmaiden, in a few minutes, embraced his sister-shouted Allah took her own advice. But not so Leila; Achbar - God is victorious !-- vaulted she continued awake, and the more she into the saddle, threw the spur into the tried to compose herself to sleep, the less fiery courser, and was on his way to the was she able to do so. Day at length camp. broke. No sooner did the earliest dawn A cry, wild and long, burst from the of morn tinge the tops of the highest tender Leila, but he for whom it was hills, than with a noiseless pace Leila uttered heard it not, for dazzled by the wrapped herself in a large cloak, and bright sunlight which gleamed on his stole silently to where her father and polished spear head, thought but of brother were taking their morning meal, making that a meteor star, to light his previous to the departure of the latter. companions 10 victory. Leila, after Hastily she threw herself at her father's gazing till her eyes grew dim, on the feet;both started, deeming some appa- path her brother had taken, with a deep rition appeared, for the pale cheeks and sigh retired, to try in the discharge of restless eyes of the maiden, with her airy her domestic duties, if she could divest robe, were in accordance with the idea of her mind of the melancholy which posan aerial being. “ Save my brother sessed it, from the Giours," was all she could In the hurry and bustle attendant on utter.

a camp for some days, Hassan thought “What doth she mean ? " inquired not of his home: the novelty of his situHassan.

ation, surrounded on all sides by the din “I cannot tell,” replied the Sheik, of arms, so different from the scenes in save that you remain from the war." which he had been brought up, and

Yes ! yes ! that's it,” screamed the attention shewed him by the pacha Leila;

last night • Azrael appeared to in command, and other great men, left me, grim and terrible,—do not let him him no time for thinking. At length a go.

detachment arrived near the palace of “ Peace, my poor girl," said the Kishen Kower, and brought intelligence Sheik; “ do not terrify your brother by that he was well—had as yet seen no such idle words; are you not the daugh- fighting, but the scouts were daily ex ter—and why not be the sister, of a sol- pected with tidings of the Russians. dier? and no one knows who Hassan The next was an account of an engagemay bring from the wars, for my Leila ment, in which Hassan behaved so well must be a soldier's bride.”

as to have been created Khan on the field; Surely," said Hassan, “my sister loud rejoicings were the consequence, would not have me turn coward." fires blazed from “minaret to porch,'

“No," said Leila, apparently convinced a thousand cheraghst lit up the silver of the vainness of her fears,” I might wreathed dome, and all was merry as a survive your death—but your disgrace, passing bell, when suddenly the fires

were quenched, the lights disappeared, “Bravely and heroically said: trust terror and tumult sat on each lip, which me the mention of a suitor from the wars whispered in pale affright, “ Behold the has banished thy fears, Leila,” said Giours !" Hassan.


+ Lamps. • The Angel of Death.


• Be it so.


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The evening was beautifully fine, such cheering word, and my last prayer shall as existed in the imagination of the poet bless thee. Man, where is my daughter, when he wrote :

my Leila, my child—my dearest child ?” And when evening descended from Heaven The soldier sorrowfully shook his head above,

as he said, “I fear it will be some time And when air was all rest, and the air was all love,

ere you meet. Know that she is alive, Delight though less light, was far less brief and for thy sake, I hope well;"—the rude

As the day's veil fell on the world of sleep." nature of the soldier was melted at the The waters seemed a sheet of fire, so sorrows of the old warrior, and a tear of vividly did they represent the twinkling pity trembled in his eyelids. orbs that burned intensely on high; the

« May Allah bless thee for saying she Sheik, who was slowly pacing the co is alive,” said the old Sheik, his fiery lonnade, and suffering the evening breeze spirit broken by the calamities of that to fan his cheek, on looking over the night—"then I may yet see my dear lost balcony into the portico, was amazed to Leila." see it open, and on turning to leave the ( Concluded at page 121) apartment, to inquire into the cause of so unusual a circumstance, was still more astonished to behold a man glide from behind each pillar-apparently for the The French imagine that England propurpose of preventing him.

duces as much gold as Africa or South “How now villains, what muñmery America: and that Monsieur Jean Bull is this?” he exclaimed - large black leaves his native country merely to scatcloak which covered them from head to foot was here dropped, and twenty about the Continent. In consequence of

ter his money with thoughtless profusion Giours in warlike array stood ready to

this extravagant opinion, he rarely escapture their foe.

Swiftly unsheathing capes without paying tive times the real his ataghan, he had barely time to lay value for every commodity he purchases. the nearest of his assailants prostrate, His pocket is supposed to be a rich bank, before he was borne down by numbers;

on which every rapacious Frenchman he was forced to yield, muttering in- may draw at pleasure; and, of course, verted blessings on the intruders; they demands are made upon it with incessant bore him towards the portico, where to avidity and unrelenting extortion. his surprise, he saw a score of his faith- These remarks are indebted for no small ful guards bound and bleeding-the degree of confirmation to the following instant they beheld their lord approach, anecdote. with renewed lamentations, in which the

An English officer, serving in the rename of Leila was alone intelligible, giment d'Artois, being on a journey they renewed their cries.

from London to Paris, spent a night

at “What in the name of Allah does this the Hotel d'Angleterre, in Calais. On mean?" said the bewildered Sheik. “ It means, my chief,” replied Abdal- found that he was charged a guinea for

examining bis bill next morning, he lah, “that the villanous Giours-may his supper, which had consisted only of Allah's curse light on them !-have taken cold meat and a bottle of vin de païs. the palace, and us, and "The lady Leila, what of her?” im- Enraged at so gross an imposition, he

summoned the master of the inn and patiently demanded the Sheik.

insisted on an abatement. “ Milor," “ She has been carried off!"

said the host, “I cannot disgrace an Slave, thou darest not say, it-you Englishman of your rank by charging trifle with me it cannot be so.”.

him a less price.' “ Sirrah," replied the “ Alas my lord, it is even as thy ser- officer, “I am not a man of rank, but vant saith.”

a poor lieutenant, in the service of the The poor chieftain, weighed down by

grand monarque." “ Morbleu !" rethe heavy, accumulation of evils, fell to joined the landlord, “ I confess I have the floor in a swoon, and it was feared made an egregious blunder I hope Jife had totally departed from him, such your honour will forgive me if I reduce a length of time elapsed ere he was re


demand to half-a-crown.” stored to his senses. At length he slowly raised himself on his feet, and staggering to the nearest soldier, asked wildly:

The only test of the utility of know“ Know you where my daughter is ledge, is its promoting the happiness of say I entreat you -speak one single mankind.

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the way,

J. F. P.



And the evergreen-love of a virtuous wife
Spreads proudly its leaves through the

winter of life.
(For the Parterre.)

Then long be the journey, and narrow In a Devonshire lane as I wandered along,

Though marriage has many a turnpike One day, much in want of a subject for

to pay: song,

Though no turning there be, yet I 'll Thought I to myself, inspired by the never complain rain,

That wedlock is just like a Devonshire. Sure marriage is just like a Devonshire lane. lane.

Rogvald Cottage, Devon. In the first place it is long, and when you


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. It holds you as fast as a cage does a

(For the Parterre.) linnet; While, however rough and dirty the road

RICHARD THE THIRD. may be found,

LITTLE reliance, undoubtedly, is to be Drive forward you must, since there's no placed on history previous to the Rerning round.

formation. The monks had all the

learning of the times in their own hands, But though it's so long, it is not very and were the chroniclers of their events, wide,

and how natural is it that they should For two are the most that together may have abased Richard in compliment to

his successor, and that Shakspeare And e’en then 'tis a chance that they get should have taken the same tone in the in a pother,

reign of Elizabeth. One thing, however, And jostle, and cross, or run foul of each is certain, whatever we have of him is other.

good; his laws are amongst the most

equitable we have, and he appears to Oft poverty meets them, with tear- have been a patron of learning and a

benefactor to some towns and cities. And care, scattering mire, will rudely of the murder of Henry VI. common push by,

sense acquits him, for who will credit Or strife's grating wheels try between that a boy of eighteen only, for such them to pass,

Richard was, and no more, at the time While stubbornness blocks up the way on of the king's death, would have been emher ass.

ployed as the assassin, or that he would

have enterprised it on his own account, Then the banks are so high on the left when Clarence, with every prospect of and the right,

issue from his recent marriage, barred That all distant beauties are bid from our him from the crown; besides which, he sight;

was not in London at the time. That And hence you 'll allow 't is an inference the young princes his nephews were ever plain,

murdered at all is very doubtful. It is That marriage is just like a Devonshire clear, from the affair of Perkin Warbeck, lane.

that there was an impression on peoples'

minds that one of Edward the Fourth's Yet those banks, thought I, within sons was still alive, and that Perkin was which we are pent,

acknowledged by all to bear the likeness With foliage and blossoms, and fruit are of the Duke of York-possessing courtly besprent;

manners--a perfect acquaintance with And the conjugal fence which forbids us the language-so thorough a knowledge to roam,

of every circumstance and particular resLeads onward to all the sweet comforts peeting the young prince, his family and of home.

the affairs of the English nation, that no

man, as admitted by Lord Bacon, “either In the rock’s gloomy chasm the bright by company or conversation was holly grows,

able to detect him," and in fact, identified The ivy waves freshly o’er the faint with his person by the testimony of Sir blushing rose,

Robert Clifford and other witnesses.

reddened eye,



not that afflict our noble king; he fights MACBETH, says Sir Walter Scott, broke in a cause too glorious to be abandoned.” no law of hospitality in his attempt on

She then quitted the room, and instantly Duncan's life. He attacked and slew returning with many bags of gold, laid the king at a place called Bothgowan, or

them at their feet. “ Go,” said she, the Smith's house, near Elgin, in 1039,

' relieve the king from his anxiety, and and not, as has been supposed, in his tell him that my fortune and even my own castle of Inverness. The act was life are at his disposal.” Henry could bloody, as was the complexion of the no longer refrain. “Generous woman!" times; but in very truth, the claim of said he, “behold Henry before you, a Macbeth to the throne according to the witness to your exalted sentiments. Be rule of Scottish succession, was better assured that this seasonable favour will than that of Duncan. As a king, the

never be obliterated from his heart." tyrant so much exclaimed against was,

Madame le Clerc threw herself at the in reality, a firm, just, and equitable monarch's feet unable to utter a word; prince. Early authorities shew us no the courtier wept; and the king himself such persons as Banquo and his son

could not refrain from the sweet emotion. Fleance, nor have we reason to think But the time was too precious to permit that the latter ever fled further from them to indulge the effusions of sensibi. Macbeth than across the flat scene ac- lity. Henry returned tw his army, and cording to the stage direction. Neither informing them that they should receive were Banquo or his son ancestors of the their pay in the morning, was received house of Stuart. All these things are

with the loudest acclamations. From now known, but the mind retains perti- this moment success attended the king's naciously the impressions made by the arms; and at length, being firmly seated imposition of genius. While the works on his throne, he sent for Madame le of Shakspeare are read, and the English Clerc to court. “You see,” said he, prelanguage exists, History may say what senting her to the nobility, “a true friend she will, but the general reader will only of mine. To this lady I owe my late recollect Macbeth as the sacrilegious victories. Her seasonable assistance preusurper, and Richard as the deformed vented my troops from revolting. She murderer. The genius of Shakspeare shall be repaid with more than lawful having found the tale of Macbeth in interest, and shall have letters-patent of the Scottish chronicles of Hollingshed, nobility.” “Ah! sire," interrupted Ma. adorned it with a lustre similar to that dame le Clerc, do you count for nowith which a level beam of the sun often thing the infinite pleasure I have ever invests some fragment of glass, which, since felt in having contributed to the though shining at a distance with the happiness of my sovereign ? That is lustre of a diamond, is, by a nearer in the only interest that belongs to me the vestigation, discovered to be of no worth only reward I can aspire to.”

The lady or estimation.

persisted to refuse the offered interest, but accepted the letters-patent, which

were so just a reward of her loyalty and Henry the Fourth of France was once patriotism. in such distress for money to pay his troops, that they were on the point of revolting. The king anxiously inquired The author of the Alpenstock says, of his courtiers by what means he could “though a tower stands upon the spot raise the money. One of them answered, where, according to the legend, Tell's that he knew a rich widow, who was a little boy was placed against a tree with zealous loyalist. The monarch agreed the apple upon his head, to await the that the courtier should visit this lady adventurous shaft from his father's bow, accompanied by himself incog. In the that episode in history, as well as cthers evening they accordingly set out for of a like nature, may be considered as Meulan, where Madame le Clerc, the mere popular embellishments, as they lady resided. They were very hospitably have no sufficient evidence, either his. received, and after some congratulations torical or traditional to support them.”. on the success of the king's arins, the This celebrated story has been a great courtier exclaimed, “ Alas! madam, to traveller, and its true origin is to be what purpose are all our victories? His found in Scandinavia, as related by the majesty has no money to pay the troops, historian Saxo-Grammaticus. Harald they threaten to revolt.”—“Is it possi- Blaatand, or Blue Tooth, commanded ble?" cried Madame le Clerc; “but let Palnatoko, who was the instructor of


G. M.J.


his son Svein, and a most expert archer several persons, whose testimony I could that continually boasted of his skill, to not doubt, that they have themselves pierce an apple on his own son's head seen the Ukranian peasants, who wore with his first arrow. Toko, compelled their hair long, go and place themselves to obey, exhorted his son not to move. against the trunks of trees, raising their He then took out three arrows, the first locks as far above their heads as they of which was successful, for with it he would reach, while others would take struck the apple without injuring his aim at a certain distance, and fling their boy. The king inquired why he took hatchets with so much dexterity as to cut out three arrows. “ To have shot you if the hair in two parts, and drive the inI had killed my son,” was the answer. struments deep into the trunks of the During the rebellion of the Prince Svein, trees !” This frightful feat surpasses that Toko, in revenge for the danger of his of Palnatoko and Cloudesle « all the son, stabbed Harald, who fled wounded world to nothing." to Jomsburg, the city of pirates, where

J. F. Pennie. he soon died, in 985.

We have the same story also in a
black letter ballad, entitled "Adam Bell, NOTES OF A READER.
Clym of the Cloughe, and William
Cloudesle." These three were intro-

QUARRELLING AT THE THEATRE. duced to shoot before the King. The butts, or dead-marks, set up by the A recent traveller observes that such king's archer, were censured by Clou- scenes as the following are not unfrequent desle, who said

at the theatres in Madrid:I hold him never no good archer

“• Excuse me, madam, but you are That shooleth at butts so wide my place.' and having procured two “hasell roddes" Holy Mary! you are quite mistaken, he set them up at the distance of four indeed you are. Here is my number, hundred yards from each other. His

can you read ?' first attempt, contrary to the expectation Oh! that is all a trick, pray get up.' of the King, was successful, for

"* I sha n't move.' Clogdesle with a bearyng arowe

««« Llavera! (the old key-keeper.) Clave the wand in two.

-Raise your voice, madam, the poor The King, much surprised at the per. woman is a little deaf since the wind formance, told him he was the best archer changed !'* * * that he ever saw. Cloudesle then proposed This is your seat no doubt, you are to show him a more extraordinary proof not wrong, but could you not make a of his skill, and tied his eldest son, a little more room ? at least, I can't sit child only seven years old, to a stake, here.' placing an apple on his head. When he

". Amiga, if you grow fat, it is not bound his son, he charged him not to move, and turned his face from him that Jesus! what a temper you have got.' he might not be intimidated by seeing “At your service, such as it is. Pray the arrow directed towards him.

Then do not thrust your elbows into my ribs.' were one hundred and ttventy yards “• Llavera ! a glass of water, and God measured from the stake, and Cloudesle will repay it to you ! went to the end of the measurement, “ Away with the water; it has wet first entreating the spectators to be all my mantilla, and soaked my fan. I silent,

shan't hand it forward.' And then drew out a fayre brode arowe, "• Pretty manners !' growls the thirsty His bowe was grete and long,

old lady. He set that arowe in his bowe That was both styffe and strong.

“. If you are dry, go to the fountain !

« • Virgen Santissima! Who is this Then Clondesle cleft the apple in two, As many a man myglit see,

woman walking over me !' (the benches Over God's forode, sayde the king,

are in amphitheatre.) That he should shote at me.

Senora ! pray mind what you are The King is made to say previous to doing, you have put your foot through this wonderful feat,

my skirt; let me tell you, with your For if thou tonche his hede or gowne

leave, it is not meant to clean shoes. It In syghte that men may see,

was new the feast of St. Isidro.' Bye all the saints that set in heaven,

««« I never had an eye in my foot yet, I'll hang you up all three.

madam.' A nobleman, in his tour, lately pub- "Well said, shameless !! lished, says—"I have been assured by «• Such words to me?' &c. &c."

my fault.'

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