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Legends of the Rhine.
rocks of the Seven Sisters' in the river;* Sternberg and Liebenstein, the Brothers, etc., all famed by many a pa
* Perhaps you may be amused by this legend. It runs as follows:
“The Castle of Schöenberg was lofty and fair,
Gentles, list to the tale I tell :
And never say what they do not mean !
Gentles, list to the tale I tell;
“Knight look'd upon knight with an evil eye-
thetic legend. There are also the pretty villages of Rudesheim, Geisenheim, Bingen, Oberwesel, Saint Goar, and others too tedious to mention ; and the rock of Lure. ley, with an echo which repeats seven times.
The steamboat is now before the castle of Ehrenbreit. stein, the strongest fortress in Europe, built on a rocky elevation, commanding the river for several miles. The city of Coblentz, nearly opposite, and connected with it by a floating bridge, is strongly fortified, and garrisoned by five thousand Prussian soldiers. It was founded by Drusus, the Roman general, thirteen years before Christ.
Cologne, 14th.--I am now in the ancient and honorable city of • Les Trois Rois,' and of the eleven thousand vir. gins.
On leaving Coblentz, the shores are again · flat and stale,' (though perhaps not "unprofitable' to the vinters,)
Gentles, list to the tale I tell ;
Countesses are not so cruel now.
Gentles, list to the tale I tell;
Coblentz-Peculiar Beauties of the Rhine.
until thou comest unto Remagen, when there are a few miles of the picturesque, and then the scenery of the Rhine is finished. On the score of natural beauty, it would take a good many Rhines to make a Hudson ; but, as Willis says, here we are constantly reminded of the past ; history, tradition, and song, have given every thing a charm, and even these rough old ruins are tinted with a couleur de rose ; but amidst the hills, and streams, and forests, of the so-called new world, our thoughts stretch forward to the future. We have already the rich material, and perhaps the time will come when Europe may not claim superiority, even in works of art, or in historical associations and re. miniscences ; albeit we have no princely palaces or baro. nial strong-holds, and, thanks to our democratic rulers ! we are in no immediate danger of them.
But the Rhine is interesting-intensely so; and I can only regret, my dear that
you are not here to share with me this long.wished-for pleasure.
“The castled crag of Drachenfels
Frowns o’er the wide and winding Rhine,
Between the banks which bear the vine,
And fields with promise corn and wine,
Whose far white walls along thein shine,
“ And peasant girls with deep blue eyes,
And hands which offer early flowers,
Above, the frequent feudal towers
Through green leaves lift their walls of gray,
And many a rock which steeply lowers,
Look o'er this vale of vintage-bowers,
“The river nobly foams and flows,
The charm of this enchanted ground,
Some fresher beauty varying round,
Through life to dwell delighted here,
To nature and to me more dear,
If misery loves company, as the proverb says, why should not happiness be also sociably disposed? There is to me a special loneliness in being in these regions of song, with a crowd of strangers, but with no congenial spirit,' who in after days would recall to us the fond recollection of happy hours passed together in the distant land; who with a single word might bring vividly before us a glowing panorama of scenes remembered as a dream. And is there not even more enjoyment in these remembrances, than in the first impression ?'
Beside the Drachenfels, there are a score of ruins this side of Coblentz, such as Rolandzeck, Godesberg, and other hard names ; and we also passed the pretty town of Bonn, the seat of an ancient and well-endowed university. From one of the castles, near the river, we were saluted with three cheers by the garrison.
Landing at Cologne.
To-morrow I shall write from Aix-la-Chapelle, for here I must say, albeit not in the Byronic vein,
“Adieu to thee, fair Rhine! How long delighted
Wild, but not rude, awful, but not austere,
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Cologne, Sept. 14th. On the arrival of the steam-boat, (alias, damschiffen, or le batteau à vapeur,) the bells of the town were ringing, cannons firing, a band of music play. ing, and the quays were filled with at least five thousand people, who were kept in order by a party of soldiers. Some distinguished personage seemed to be expected in the boat, but there was none forthcoming. The military cleared a passage through the crowd, and we landed with