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presented itself to him for the first time as a generally opined they were too true, and had coherent chain of events, exemplifying cause a legal foundation. With heavy hearts, the and effect; and if his plans for the future did inhabitants of Ambermead commenced their not at that moment receive any determinate rural preparations for the reception of tho change, he still kept repeating anxiously and squire and his bride ; green arches were inquiringly, as he wandered on in the moon- erected, and wreaths of flowers were hung on light, the two strangely-suggestive words, the spreading branches beneath which the “And then?”' It proved a long and a toil- travellers' road lay. It was the season of some night's journey for that belated traveller ; roses and nightingales, when Ambermead for he had left Mr. Canute's cottage so was in its glory; and never had the rich red hastily, that þe had omitted to ask for certain roses bloomed so profusely, and never had the landmarks on the hills leading to the place chorus of the groves been more full and whither he was bound. In consequence, the enchanting, than on the summer evening stars faded in the sky, and the rosy ioru when the old and young of the hamlet, broke through the eastern mists, ere the arrayed in their holiday attire, waited tú weary man, from the summit of a high hill greet the new-comers. which he had tortuously ascended, beheld Mr. Canute stood at his cottage door ; the afar off, down in the valley, the shining river, bridge just beyond, over which the route the bridge, and the church-tower of the town conducted to the Hall through avenues of where his friend, in some anxiety, awaited his greenerie, was festooned with roses ; and a reäppearance.

band of maidens in white lined the picDuring all his after-life, that young man turesque approach. The sun was setting, pever forgot the solitary night-walk when he when a carriage drove quickly up, slackening lost his way beneath a beautiful spangled its pace as it crossed the bridge, and stopping summer sky; the stars seemed to form the at Mr. Canute's humble gate. Two Words letters, " And then?" the soft night breeze himself, bare headed, stepped forwards seemed to whisper in his ear : " And then ?" seeing a lady alight, who in another moment

It is true, he had not gained the intelligence threw herself into his arms, exclaiming : he sought respecting the inmates of Amber- “Our first greeting must be from you, dear, mead Hall; but he had laid bare his own folly dear Mr. Canute! I need not introduce for the inspection of Mr. Canute ; and, in Mr. Selby – he is known to you already." return, he had listened to no reproof — no Speechless from astonishment and emotion, tiresome lecture vouchsafed from prosy age to the old man could only say, “ Miss Clara !" ardent youth, but simply two words had pene - as he gazed from one to another, recogtrated his heart, and set him a thinking seri- nizing in the gentleman the wayfaring guest ously. Mystic little words ! " And then?" who had departed so abruptly on his walking

expedition over the moonlight hills, more For nearly three years after Mr. Harwell's than three years previously. Seizing the decease, the old Hall, contrary to general hand which Mr. Canute silently extended, anticipation, remained untenanted, save by Mr. Selby said with deep feeling :domestics left in charge. Miss Clara had “ It is to your instrumentality that I owe found shelter with her relative, Lady Pon- my present happiness." Bonby, though her memory was still fresh and " How so?” was Mr. Canute's reply, loukwarmly cherished among the humble friends ing with pleased surprise into the open face, in her beautiful native village. Mr. Canute, which, on a former occasion, had won. his if possible, more silent than ever, still re-confidence and admiration. mained the village oracle ; perhaps more

Two words spoken in season wrought a cherished than of yore, inasmuch as he was change in me, which all the preaching of the only memento remaining of the beloved friends and guardians had failed to effect," Harwell — the old familiar faces now seen no returned Mr. Selby, " and without which more. He would listen, and they would talk, Clara never would have blessed me with her of days gone by; he felt the loss even more hand. These years of probation have proved than others, for he mourned a companion and my sincerity ; and Lady Ponsonby (a severe friend in Mr. Harwell, and Clara had been to and scrutinizing judge) pronounced my refthe good Two Words as an adopted daughter. ormation complete ere she permitted me to At length it was rumored that Mr. Selby, the address Clara. Those two little words, new proprietor, was soon expected to take " And then ?” enigmatical to the unipitiated, possession of his property in due form; more convey a deep and mystical meaning to my orer, that he was on the point of marriage, heart; and they are of such significant imand that his young bride would accompany port, that by inserting them whenever I paint him. Ill reports fly quickly; and it had been the future, † trust to become a wiser and a circulated in former times that Mr. Selby better man. was wild and extravagant, careless of others, Clara gazed proudly and confidingly on her selfish and profligate. Indeed, Mr. Canute husband; and the news of her arrival having had not contradicted such reports, so it was 'spread through the village, a crowd 10-2d.

whose joy and surprise found vent in tears and! The old Hall of Ambermead is still extant blessings, to say nothing of numerous asides, - a fine speciinen of venerable decay, surpurporting that Miss Clara never would have rounded by ancestral groves, still famed for espoused å bad man ; ergo, Mr. Selby must sheltering innumerable nightingales when the be a worthy successor of the ancient race! Amberinead roses exhale their delicious

The prognostication proved correct; and fragrance. In the old church-yard on the the pathway, strewn with bright summer green hill-side, a white monument gleams in roses, over which Clara trod in bridal pomp the sunshine, whereon may be traced the on her way to the ancestral home where she name of John Canute, specifying the date of was born, was indeed emblematical of the his happy death, while below is engraven this Aowerly path which marked her future destiny. inscription of two words — And ihen ?


This bank ; and I am on the earth, but she

Had wings, and she is gone.
It is the soul that sees.

See ! see ! the ancient hall

With sunset on it! Now the windows flame The rest have wandered on

In evening light — they flash and glitter all Stay thou with me, dear friend, awhile, awhile; And one looks still the same This air is full of voices, leading on,

As when my mother kept As o'er enchanted isle. ,

Upon me, while I played, an eye of love ; This ground is writ all o'er

Since then, it oft has watched me while I wept With the soul's history; I may not choose,

Still, Mother, from above. Spell-bound, but pause above this living lore As then she used to smile, To linger and to muse.

And softly stroke my head ; so now my heart We give of what we take

These gentle memories stroke and soothe From life of outward things ; our spirits

awhile, leave,

Awhile we will not part. Where they have been, a glory in their wake Kind shadows ! from the door, More bright than they receive.

At noon-day with a joyous shout flung wide And this was once my home ;

I see the merry children rush, and pour The leaves, light rustling o'er me, whisper

A swift unfettered tideclear

The old domestic, gray “ The sun but shines where thou dost roam, And bowed with weight of many years, whose It smiled upon thee here."

look And these are of the things

And grave kind smile still followed on the way That God hath taken from me, safe to keep ;

Our flying footsteps took. Sometimes, to let me look on them, he brings Such wealth was his in store Them to me in my sleep ;

Of loving words — when fain he would be stern

And chide our rovings, all his speech the more And I have been in sleep

To tenderness would turn !
So oft among them, now their aspect seems
The vague soft glow evanishing, to keep,

As twilight brings a face
Of half remembered dreams.

Drawn faint, yet perfect, on the darkering

wall; Thou shouldst have been with me

So on me rise the spirits of each place,
Of old, dear friend, as now! and borne a part Yet bring not gloom withal.
In all that was — then Life were filled with thee Heaven's wasted wealth, the gold
As wholly as the Ileart.

It gave for treasure slighted and ungraced, Then hadst thou won mine eyes

Earth's kindly seeds of love on soil too cold My soul to look through — half it angers me Let darkly run to wuste, To think a sweetness on the years can rise That is not mixed with thee!

That needed but our care

To bloom forever round the heart serene ; Yet stoop with me to trace

These, these the forms of evil things that were, These olden records, over-run with bloom ; Of good that might have been. The Dead are underneath, and yet the place Looks hardly like a tomb.

Time gathers silently,

Yet from their ashes troubling phantoms sends This is the wood-walk; oft

More stern than these of happy hours gone by, I feel a clasp detaining - not the fold

Than these of buried friends. Of clinging bind-weed--for more close and

More sad than these that smile soft, For here in days of old

And whisper, “ Now thou comest as a guest

Where once thou dwelt - yet moura not thou the My earliest friend with me

while, Walked hand in hand; we sat long hours upon Because thou hast been blest !" CCCCLXVI. LIVING AGE. VOL. I. 15

From the New Monthly Magazine. would grow very angry – the very thing his A ROYAL WHIM.

tormentors wished -- and would lay a protest

before the king against a man of his rank FROM THE GERMAN OP WILHELM MEINHOLD, AU- being so treated, which naturally increased THOR OF “ TIE AMBER WITCH," &c.

the general laughter. Through such scenes,

which were in that day considered remarkaWe are about to tell our readers a very bly comical, our fool had become a necessity strange event that occurred in the reign of for the king and court. Besides, we may add Frederick William I. of Prussia, father of the that he was a walking lexicon, and had to great Frederick, and a man generally disliked give all possible explanations in the daily on account of his rough and frequently tyran- meetings of the so-termed " tabaks collegien. nical manner, but who was really one of the His pedantry, in fact, was the best thing best regents of his fatherland, as he alone about him; as for wit he possessed as little as (and to this his son afterwards bore testi- a mule ; but, to make up for it, he could be as mony) was the real founder of its future great vicious and obstinate as that amiable animal. ness.

The Baron von Gündling, then, lay at full This extraordinary man, who should be length in the grass, in his peculiar dress, the judged by the customs of the age in which he chief ornament of it being an immense fulllived, in order to prove him extraordinary bottomed wig, and in such a position that both in his errors and his virtues, had one only the locks of his peruke could be seen as passion which far outweighed all others — he moved from side to side. A gentleman namely, love for the chase. We remember who arrived rather late for the chase happened reading in his historian, Förster, that within to notice it, and, taking it for some strange one year he killed upwards of 3000 partridges animal, fired point blanc at the wig, but very with his own gun, without taking the other fortunately missed it. His excellency sprang game into account, in which the queen was up immediately, in the highest indignation, the greatest sufferer, as she had to find him, and cried out, uccording to a marriage contract, in powder "You vagabond rascal, how dare you and shot gratis. When there was nothing for The gentleman, however, when he perceived him to shoot in his own forests, he never de- that the strange animal must necessarily clined the invitations of the landed gentry to belong to the royal suite, did not wait to reply, pay them a visit.

but ran off at full speed to the neighboring Thus it happened that - it might be about forest. The baron, however, was not satisthe year 1720 — the rich landed proprietor, fied with this, but, as he saw a man ploughVon W sent his majesty an invitation ing at a short distance from him, he called to a wolf-hunt, with the humble request that out in his arrogant manner, he would bring his most illustrious consort “ Come hither, man!” with him, as the nobleman's wife had formerly The reply he received was, belonged to her majesty's suite.

“ I have no time or inclination to do so; On a fine September day, then, the king but if you 'll speak civilly, I may." and queen, with several officers and ladies of His excellency was not accustomed to the bedchamber, as well as the court fool, such an answer; he, therefore, walked to Baron von Gündling, arrived at the noble-wards the impudent ploughman with upman's ancestral château. On the very next raised stick, and was about to apply it to day the chase commenced, and Von Gündling, his back, when he noticed that it was the who found as little pleasure in the sports of clergyman of the village, whom he had seen the field as the king did in the arts and sci- the preceding evening at the nobleman's ences, took a solitary walk in the meadows, chateau. The baron, therefore, lowered his and lay down to read in the long grass. stick, and contented himself by punishing the

But before we hear what happened further, clergyman with his tongue. we must first give our readers a description of " How can he be such an impertinent ass! this strange man. He was, as we have al- Does he not know who I am ?" ready remarked, the king's fool, and had re “Oh, yes ! he's the king's fool." ceived all imaginable titles and honors, in His excellency trembled with rage, and order to afford his majesty and the court still raised his stick again; but on measuring the greater sport. In fact, his Excellency, the sturdy pastor from head to foot, and seeing Supreme Master of the Ceremonies, Privy no help near, he let it fall for the second timo, Councillor, and President of the Academy of and merely uttered the threat, Arts, Baron von Gündling, acquired such “ Just wait, my fine fellow. I'll tell the arrogance through his titles, that nothing king you pretend to be a pastor, and yet go could be more comical than the contrast be- out ploughing." tween these dignities and the indignities he The clergyman replied, quite calmly, had to suffer daily, even from the youngest “My gracious master will probably rememlieutenants. His excellency on such occasions ber that Cincinnatus ploughed too, and he

was a dictator, while I am only a poor village gentleman had less than three he fell into pastor.”

partial disgrace, and so each captain, about “Yes,” the baron said, after inspecting review time, which was close at hand, tried his coarse and peasant-like dress ; " but when to procure a few young men by any method, Cincinnatus ploughed, he did not look like a legal or illegal, but especially those particuommon peasant.

larly tall, for the king had a peculiar delight “ I am certain he did not look like a fool,'' in such soldiers. the clergyman replied, as he drove his oxen " Woe is me! I've but one," the officer en.

replied, " and he's only a journeyman tailor." This was too much for the baron, and he "Well, then," Gundling replied, “ you rashed away towards a peasant he saw ap- an get a journeyman clergyınan of six feet proaching, yowing vengeance on the im- two." pudent pastor, whom he

determined to ruin “ Well, that's no tremendous height, but on the first opportunity.

still it's better than nothing." He was very glad, then, to find in the The captain then requested an explanation, peasant a most determined enemy to the and both discussed the measures by which to clergyman, who complained bitterly of his get hold of the clergyman's son. They soon sternness, and of the fact of his compelling agreed that the officer should feign illness him to make up a quarrel he had carried on when the king departed. Gündling would very successfully with his wife for several remain with him as company; a few soldiers weeks.

would be secretly procured from a neighbors Our fool was clever enough to see that this ing town, and the young candidate taken anecdote would not be of any service to hiin nolens volens by the ears, and transported to in trying to injure the pastor with the king; the next garrison. be therefore answered, most pathetically, In the mean while, the king and his suite * But the pastor was perfectly in the right; followed the chase on the next day with their that could do you no harm ?"

usual ardor. It so happened that two ladies "Well that is very true," the peasant re- in attendance on the queen, tortured by ennui, plied, “ especially as he 's getting old, and followed the windings of the stream, which can't carry on as he used; but I'm sure led them from the nobleman's garden into when his son takes his place --- a fellow like the open fields. One of them, Wilhelmine a church steeple -- he 'll break all our bones von B—, was a young and charming creafor us. For that reason, if the matter was ture, and was evidently attompting to cheer left to me, I would n't choose him for our her companion, who was silent, and not clergyman ; for if the patron is to beat us on nearly so charming. In consequence there work-days, and the pastor play the same game was a deal of laughing, which

might have on Sunday, when will our backs find time to been heard at some distance off, and might get well?.

have led to the conclusion that the old, Gündling now listened attentively, and his though still ever new, story of marriage and plan was soon formed, when he learned that love was being discussed by the ladies. They the pastor's son would return from Halle bad gradually wandered some quarter of a in a few days to preach his trial sermon on mile from the village, when a wolf, probably the next Sunday, as the patron had promised disturbed by the beaters, and which they at him his father's living. He therefore quitted first took for a dog, ran towards them, regardthe peasant with a mocking smile, and made ing them with a look which they interpreted: some pretext for visiting the sexton, to make " This little darling I'll make my breakfust further inquiries into the matter. The latter off, and the other little darling I'll leave on confirmed the story, and gave his opinion that that bed of forget-me-nots till supper time." the young master must be at least six feet The poor girls had not in the least expected two in height, and as straight as a poplar- such a bridegroom, and stood petrified with tree.

fear as soon as they recognized the animal,. "Wait!" Gündling murmured between for they possibly did not know that a wolf, in his teeth, as soon as he again reached the the suminer or autumn, would attack nobody, street; "we will put a blue coat on the and that the Isegrim who fascinated their young fellow, and that will annoy that vaga- eyes was, probably, as much afraid of them as bond preacher." He therefore returned to they were of him. The silent young lady the château, where he looked up a captain of sobbed out a masculine name - we presume his acquaintance, whom he took on one side, that of her lover – while the charming one, with the hurried question, “How many after recovering from her first terror, looked fellows have you already got?"

round on all sides for assistanco. To understand this question, our readers Suddenly a carriage made its appearance must know that the king, at every review, from a branch road, drawn by two horses, in requested each commander of a company to which a young and handsoino man was present his new recruits to him. If the poor sitting. Both ladies cried out togother in

joyful surprise when they perceived this un-| the two ladies took their leave, on the earnest expected assistance, and the wolf immediately persuasion of the silent one of the two. Carl ran off, and took up his station some distance politely accompanied them to the neighboring from them." You have saved us from death,” gate of the château, where they parted with the charming Wilhelmine said, as she ap- inutual compliments. proached the young man, who immediately The young man felt for the first day or two ordered the coachman to stop, and leaped as if he had lost something necessary to his from the carriage. After begging, in the existence; but as the difference of rank style of French gallantry, to have his doubts between himself and a lady of the royal suite cleared up as to whether he looked upon appeared to him an insurmountable obstacle, nymphs or hamadryads, or actual mortals, he soon forgot the strange adventure, in and all possible explanations had been fur- which he was materially assisted by the connished him, he presented bimself to the ladies position of his trial serinon, which be was to as the son of the old pastor, and just arrived preach the next Sunday before his patron and from Halle, in order to act as curate to his the congregation. In the mean while, howfather. The young man, whom we will call ever, the king and his suite had returned to Carl, then invited the ladies to take seats in Berlin, while Gündling and the captain his vehicle, and thus return to the château. remained behind to carry out their treacherous

The ladies quickly accepted this invitation, scheme. The captain pretended to be suffer and Carl had the pleasure of lifting them into ing from a frightful attack of gout, and hat the lofty carriage, in which he also took his secretly ordered a corporal and six men to seat, exactly opposite the fair Wilhelmine, come on the ensuing Sunday night from the who, however, was cruel enough, for some neighboring garrison of G-n, as he had time, to look every way but at him.. At learned that their kind host intended to pay Liength, when he began to speak of Halle, a visit at a gentleman's house sone thirty where he had been several years “ Famu- miles off, as soon as the candidate's sermon ilus," at the house of Freylinghausen, she was ended, and would not return for a week. turned her eyes with pleasure towards him, During that time they expected to have the for she was well acquainted with this poet, young recruit so securely hidden away, that and became so eloquent that her companion any reclamation would be unavailing; and blushed, nudged her repeatedly, and at length | besides, the king's adjutant, who attended to whispered in her ear, " Ah, mon Dieu ! he is all military affairs, was the captain's cousin. not a nobleman.” Wilhelmine, however, Gündling, after his usual fashion, rubbed his paid no attention to her, and as the young stomach with both bands, as he thought of man was very well read, and recited several the pastor's terrible despair at the loss of his of Freylinghausen's newest poems, the time beloved son. passed so quickly, that they stopped before As soon as the anxiously-desired Sunday the rectory almost without perceiving it. arrived, both gentlemen went to the overHere all the family assembled round the car- crowded church; the captain, as he hyporiage, and wished to embrace their dear rela- critically told his host, to return thanks for tive; but this he declined, and first presented his sudden and fortunate recovery, but in his fair companions, who were immediately truth, to have a nearer look at his young invited into the rectory, which the silent one recruit, whose height he was delighted with, at first declined, but the other immediately and paid Gündling repeated compliments for accepted.

his discrimination. The poor young man After the first stormy salutation the old gained complete approbation from his patron clergyman clasped his hands, and commenced and the whole parish, and even Gündling, the hymn, " Praise God for all bis gifts!" in after the service was over, approached the which the whole family joined ; among them pastor, and treacherously praised his good our friend Carl, with such a splendid tenor fortune in having such a son. We must say, voice, that the young lady could not refrain that the captain, to his credit, was not guilty from saying, after the hymn was ended, of such hypocrisy in this case.

“If you would do me a real favor, you At a late hour in the evening, which was would sing me that song of Freylinghausen's both stormy and cold, the sound of arins and which you recited to us on our road here." a loud knocking was heard at the door of the

This request was so flattering, that Carl parsonage. The door was at length opened by could not refuse to comply with it. He the unfortunate Carl, with the words. therefore sang, as solo, the song, "My heart “ Who are you, and what do you want at should feel contented,” without the least idea this unseasonable hour of the night?". that, in a very short time, not merely all his “We want you !" the captain exclaimed, censolation, but all his good fortune, would as he sprang forward, and seized the young originate from this song.

man by the arm. “You must come with us, The charining Wilhelmine was highly and change your black coat for a blue one." delighted when he had finished the song;

and We may easily imagine the terror of the

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