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ten thousand fairy lights; the queen scended, and stood awful in wrath of Elfand approaches. No pigmy i before the trembling Mannenien.' fay of the northern mountlets, but | “ Daughter of Mathrafael, and af. tall, stately, and graceful, she moves fianced spouse of Powisland, how has in commanding power.

thy impatience counteracted my “Nourish thy mortal frame with spells! In evil hour were thy steps viands of the lower world, daughter | directed to the cataract of the water of Mathrafael,” said the queen of demons. Yet be not dismayed. Thy Elfand. “Offspring of men have labours, though niore difficult, shall lived and died since fruits of the succeed. Thy unwary trespass must earth renewed thy strength, and a be repaired by earnest and speedy great work must be thine. Travail exertion. Let us fly from the stunand effort await thee. I go to pre- ning roar of the wizard cataract.” pare a spell infallible. Take suste 1 The elfin queen, swifter than eanance, and rouse thy spirit to avenge gle flight, led Mannenien within her the wrongs of Powisland and Math- own boundary, and seating herself rafael. Ere yon wandering star pass- | upon a green hillock, waved her hand es the fairy-ruled aspen, I return to to the maiden to seat herself on the thee."

| mossy sward at her feet. Mannenien finished her repast, I “ Mannenien,” she said, " art thou and came abroad, impatient to view indeed of the blood of Llewyllyn?” the midnight scene. Nature lay in “ Questionless I am so reputed, silent repose, unless where the woody and believe myself so to have been declivities of Plynlimmon were ren-born,” replied the maid... dered audible by streamlets tinkling, ll “Is the fire of Thaliessan, thy gurgling, or murmuring through maternal ancestor, bright in thy bomasses of sylvan verdure; and the som?” rejoined the queen. Ryddal and Ystwith reflected the “May I die a thousand deaths, moon full-orbed, attended by stars ere the sacred spark shall be extinct!" unnumbered.

|| answered Mannénien. Pensive and solitary, Mannenien “ Thou hast well said,” responded anticipated the toils decreed for her the elfin queen. " Tell me, thereby the queen of Elfland, till her re- fore, doth memory restore to thee veries are broken by meteors of fairy the hour of dangers in which superbeams upon glasssy pools, where nal aid delivered thee from horrors crowding fays piloted their light skiffs, unutterable? Shew me thy recollecor restless groups, with inerry gam- tions." bols, cheated the hours of waiting “ Before me they arise manifold for their queen. Mannenien escap- and dire,” said Mannenien. “I seem ed from the uncongenial noise, and again to hear the clang of arms; to strayed along a narrow path, until witness the bloody strife of men; to the roaring of a cataract warned her behold my father, my betrothed lord, to shun the sprites that lurk unseen | all my kindred, friends, and countryto ensnare the nightly wanderer. Re- || men, overpowered by thousands from turning, she met the elfin queen sail the south. Again I almost feel the ing upon rapid gusts from the hills. dazzling flames that scorched my Quick as a lightning-flash she de-robes as I escaped from the conflagration of my father's castle; and | from their lofty fastnesses had raldistraction rises with every thought lied, and they came in time to save when my soul recoils from the grasp- | me from worse than death. De Grey ing hands of De Grey. I struggle, hastened to oppose them. I darted but his giant force prevails. I am from the chapel; and, Power of Jusdragged to the altar; and now I see tice, shall such crimes be exempted the gray hairs of the lord of Math. from castigation? Shall rapine and rafael begrimed with dust and gore, murder rejoice and prosper, while his revered person bound in chains, worth and generous deeds lie tramand the lord of Powisland, the be-pled beneath their feet? Flow on, loved of my youth, the betrothed of my tears! the only tribute I can pay my vows, a captive. On my bended to my father and my betrothedknees I implored the victor to spare denied!" my father, to give life and liberty to “ Too gentle are thy sorrows," the prince and lord of Powisland. interrupted the queen of Elfland. He promised; but on what condi- “Speak, and excite thy spirit to ventions? I must tear my heart from its geance beseeming thy wrongs. How lawful master, and give my hand to fell the wise, the mighty, and the the accursed ravager of Cambria. beautiful in youth, yet bravest of the Yet, could I refuse to save from tor- brave?" turing and ignominious death all I “Alas! I know not how they fell. held most dear? Should they perish, Relieved from the presence of De as it were, by the decree of Manne- Grey and his warriors, left alone by nien? I again and again fell at the the priest, who was commanded to feet of De Grey, beseeching him to assemble all the lay brethren of his let me die for my father and husband. convent to assist the soldiery, I rushIn fury he ordered their instant exe ed from the chapel, where so long cution, with all lingering pangs of my fathers bent before the Holy cruelty. I saw the instruments of Cross, and rushing from chamber to torment in dreadful array, the vic-chamber of the castle, I found not tims brought forth, and my ears those I loved and sought in wild were filled with the exulting shouts anxiety. The rage of battle drew of Edward's soldiery, eager to wreak nearer and more near; but no daoger their hate upon the chiefs of Cam- could appal me, and I darted across bria. Reason forsook me. I tore the wide court to explore the dunmy hair from the bleeding roots; I geon-keep. Before the gate lay my beat my throbbing bosom; and, hardly | father and my affianced lord, stiff in conscious of my words, I exclaimed, their gore, and disfigured by mercithat De Grey, to preserve Mathra- less wounds. My bursting heart refael and Powisland, should receive cognised them; my fond arms emfrom Mannenien a sacrifice more ex- braced and my lips were glued to cruciating than the last wrench from the inanimate clay, when I should life. He bore me shuddering to the have sought safety in concealment: altar. I prayed that my native hills but of myself I had no thought nor might fall upon me, and crush to care, until my sight was blasted by atoms the form so desired by De De Grey, come back victorious, over Grey. But my brave countrymen my people. I fled; De Grey pursued, and almost overtook my totter. | rished by sea. All, all were gone: ing steps, when the gracious queen their mother died in grief; and in of Elfand snatched me from his old age De Grey took a youthful gripe, and laid on mine eyelids a bride. She hath given him an heir; seal of peace."

but he must not live to be a scourge “ And thy father and thy spouse of Cambria. If the daughter of have bled unrevenged; but the hour Mathrafacl loves her country, she of retribution approaches. Ven- will snatch the babe from future geance on the bard-slayers, though crime. Disguised as a sacerdotal endelayed, is never remitted, and on voy from Rome, she will take him them a terrible blow shall descend | in her arms, and touch him with this from the arm of Mannenien, the spell infallible: Mathrafael and Powdaughter of Mathrafael, the betroth- island shall not then have fallen uned of Powisland, if the spirit of her revenged." race stirs the boiling current in her A master fay, in the figure of an veins."

enormous bird of distant climes, re" Queen of Elfland, thou hastceives Mannenien on his shoulders. awakened recollections that stifle the Fired with indignation in recollecting womanly feelings of my nature. At the barbarous murder and the ignothis moment I see the white hairs of miny heaped upon the dead bodies my father dyed with his blood, and of her father and her beloved, Manhis honoured body exposed naked to nenien forgot all the perils she must mockery from the meanest Anglian encounter in chastising the foe, unserfs. The beloved form of Powis- til the vampire soared high above land rises before me, unrivalled in the visible horizon, and shaped his manly graces as in heroic prowess; course over seas. Amidst the darkand now that form of beauty lies est shades of night he descends to gashed by frightful wounds, and dis- the castle of Guienne, where, in vicehonoured by filthy footsteps; for in regal grandeur, De Grey commanded dastardly jealous wrath De Grey for the victorious Edward of Engtrampled upon the corse, that alive land. A splendid escort of fays, ache would have quailed to encounter coutred as soldiers of England, awaiton vantage ground and with the ed to honour the embassy. Manneodds of weapons in his favour. Yes, nien adjusts the sacerdotal robe, and Mannenien is ready for all works of the master fay, attired as a herald, vengeance: let me perform them, demands at the castle-gate admission and die!"

of the congratulatory messenger of “ All hail to Mannenien! Now Edward. With all reverence the she looks, she speaks a heroine of messenger of Edward is conducted Cambria. Daughter of Mathrafael, i by De Grey where, exalted upon a betrothed of Powisland, know that high seat beneath a canopy of crimDe Grey, bereft of thee, was joined son velvet, his lady received the comin wedlock to a kinswoman of Ed- pliments of vassals on her recovery ward, the tyrant of England. She from confinement and the birth of an bore 'to him many sons: of those heir. She presented the babe for a some died in childhood; some found benediction from the sacerdotal ena death in fields of battle; some pe voy. Mannenien grasped her hand

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with the spell, and pressed its fear- || die: alas! death is denied to her! ful influence upon the lips of the She gives an heir to the mortal foe babe. Convulsed, and writhing in of her house and the house of Powthe last agonies, the babe expires. | island: but in her confinement the His mother affrighted falls from her queen of Elfand claimed her and elevated chair; one gasp, one groan, the boy. Mannenien dared not disand she breathes no more. In the obey; for the potent spell had been confusion Mannenien attempted to closed by her fingers.. Too late she escape. She gained the inner court; finds that communion with the powbut there a hideous figure intercept-ers of the air must end in slavery to ed her, crying aloud, “ Seize, seize their will. She was forced to dethe daughter of Mathrafael!" Too scend with the elfin queen to secret sure Mannenien perceived that the bowers, and join the wife and child water-demon denounced her. De of De Grey, whom she had hurled Grey claims her as his wife, since to destruction and endless subservishe had been with him at the altar | ence to the fairy powers. in years long past. She wished to |

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REMARKABLE APPARITION. MADAME DE Genlis assures us, in , pestry, in which were worked repreher recently published Memoirs, that sentations of buildings, woods, and she had heard the following extraor- | men. He was particularly struck by dinary narrative repeated five or six that part of it which covered the times with all possible protestations wall opposite to him, and which exof its truth by the Chevalier, after-hibited a temple with closed doors. wards Marquis de Joucourt, who On the uppermost step stood a fiwas one of the contributors to the gure resembling a priest in a long Encyclopedie:

white garment, holding a bundle of The Chevalier, a native of Bur- rods in one hand, and a key in the gundy, was educated at the College other. The Chevalier was filled with of Autun. He was twelve years old dismay, when the figure all at once when his father, designing to send seemed to move. He rubbed his him to the army under the care of eyes, conceiving that the apparent an uncle, had him brought home to motion was owing to the flickering his château. After supper, he was of the lamp; he looked again, and to shewn to his chamber, a very spa his still greater astonishment he saw cious old-fashioned apartment. The the priest slowly descend the steps, servant placed a lamp on a tripod come forth from the tapestry, and in the middle of the room, and wish advance across the room to his bed, ed him good night. He undressed and heard him utter the following and went to bed, leaving the lamp words: “ With these rods many shall burning. Feeling no disposition to be scourged. As soon as they begin sleep, he looked about the apart to move, take this key; it shall open ment, of which, on first entering, he thee the door to flight abroad." The had taken scarcely any notice. His consternation of the boy may be beteyes were fixed on the ancient ta- l ter conceived than described. Dis

d motionless. At bo far from entering in the Chevalier,

solved alniost in cold perspiration, 11 warning, my son. My father too · he lay upwards of a quarter of an when very young saw a similar aphour speechless and motionless. At parition."-Here he broke off, and length he again recovered strength || so far from entering into further de. and presence of mind sufficient to tails at the request of the Chevalier, eall out. A servant hastened to him. She even forbade him to say another He was ashamed to tell what he had word on the subject. The same seen, merely said something had start- || day he caused the tapestry to be led him, and desired the man to sit taken down and burnt in the courtay with him. Next morning his fa- yard. The Revolution followedther inquired what had been the mat- as the persecution of the Hugonots ter. To him he confessed the truth, || had done in the time of the grandnot without apprehension that he father-the Chevalier saw the rods would laugh at him, and call the brandished, seized the key that openwhole a dream. His father, howed him a way abroad, and quitted ever, listened, very gravely to his | France. story, and replied, “ Take it as a ||

LETTER ADDRESSED TO MR. LACEY ON HIS DEFENCE

OF WIDOWS. • Sir,

, you will I am sure agree with me, [ Ir is only at this moment that that there is one which has escaped your admirable defence of widows, you, and that the most meritorious which appeared in the Repository for perhaps of all—the desire of renderthe month of August last year, has met ing another happy. Yes, sir, it is my eye. I am a widow, and I beg this laudable intention which makes leave to thank you, in the name of all me now, for the fourth time, a canour sisterhood, for the eloquent man didate for matrimony, and exposes ner in which you have advocated our me to the scoffs and sneers of a miscause. Ah, sir! if the male sex in judging world: but your defence has general had but half your candour proved to me, that there is one geand philanthropy, our numbers would nerous and candid soul capable of soon be much diminished, and in- | appreciating my motives rightly, and stead of being thankful to get any | judging my conduct liberally. It is to sort of husbands at all, as is now too | you then, sir, that I shall address a often the case, we might choose from brief sketch of my past matrimonial a crowd of admirers, who would be life, as the most effectual means of eager to dry our tears. . proving the purity of my motives for • You have placed in such a strik- wishing again to put on the chains of ing light the various motives which Hymen. may not only excuse, but even justi- I was educated in the belief, that fy us for marrying again, that it seems | marriage was devoutly to be coveted, almost presumptuous to attempt to if only on account of saving one from add any thing to so full and clear a the various mortifications incidental statement of them. Nevertheless, ll to the single state. My mother, who Vol. VI. No. XXXIV.

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