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had many months since fallen a sa- her, on condition she went unaccompacrifice to an unaccountable lenity nied, save by her maid, a deaf and which he had testified, endeavouring dumb girl, who, consequently, was into deter the autocrat from his ravages capacitated for all manoeuvres-such in Poland. For a brilliant victory was the similitude into which, for his Iriarte had obtained over a Prussian safety, she had transformed her upasforce, he had received the especial piring brother. She apparently agreed favour of the autocrat, who, with to the stipulation, but far was she other unparalleled privileges, bade from intending to avail herself of it. him ask what reward, what spoil, he With the imperative manner she had would, and it should not be refused. lately assumed, and by which maEugene, faithful to his word, immedi- dame was overawed, she employed a ately petitioned for a cessation of that stratagem, novel in Poland, although relentless oppression towards Poland more than once successfully resorted which had hitherto characterized Rus- to in other countries ; she disguised sia in the contest. The autocrat her mother as herself, and, making broke his promise ; the barbarity of Stanislaus attend her, she sent them his ravages was, if possible, increased; both in safety to the garrison. Then, and Eugene, displaced from renown assuming the dress and manner of her and caresses, lost at once his object mother, for whom, had Ephene beand his life.
trayed herself, there would have been The tale was told to Ephene in few no hope of escape, she remained in words, and awakened feelings not to the flaming castle, and perished. be expressed. She was not aware that hope had mingled with her love, until now that she found its place assumed by despair. By an instantane- THE EASTERN GIRL. ous revulsion in her heart, Poland seemed to lose its value to her, be. When the doctrines of Mahommed cause it had in such a manner cost had begun to spread through the East the life of him whom she loved better, with astonishing rapidity, promulgated though she would not believe it. by those powerful and persuasive mis. When, however, the power of reason- sionaries, fire and sword, Abu-Bekr, ing returned, her devotion to her seated upon a throne whose influence country was enhanced by the consi. he was determined to extend, gallantly deration that he had loved and pitied resolved to spread the terror of his it. And, amidst all her sorrow, and fame throughout the world. The the maddening self-reproach with popularity of the new faith drew to which she felt, “ This is what my his standard innumerable throngs of love has brought upon him !” a gleam warlike spirits, so that in a brief of gratification arose with the thought space all the wild chivalry of the East that such a spirit as she considered was enlisted under his banner. The his, should fix its affection on her. crescent whose sole support was, but
To detail the siege of the castle is a few years back, the feeble hand of not my intention; it is sufficient to a flying impostor, now glittered upon say that, after all, the defenders lost many a minaret, and cast its baleful it, not, indeed, by surrender, but by rays to the westward, as if pointing fire. Scarcely was one stone left out the path of conquest. The Chrisupon another. The inmates did not tian world at first regarded the moveperish in it, but most of them found ments of the Oriental tribes with as dreadful a death at the hands of scorn; but a series of splendid vic. the invaders. More experienced and tories, won by Arabian prowess, and better equipped generals than Ephene following each other with magical cecould not redeem Poland, and the lerity, at length awakened their fear heroine's visions faded, her hopes -a sensation by no means uncommon, were blighted, and her exertions para- since the ravages of Goth and Hun in lysed. The besieger, however, treated Italy and Greece. The Greeks made her generously; free and honourable desperate efforts to check the progress departure to the garrison was offered of the Saracens, but their feeble arms
availed but little against the fiery va- of Damascus, his swarthy visage grew lour of their enemies, whose doctrine black with rage, and he shook his of fatalism alone rendered them almost deadly weapon aloft, and rising in his invincible. And then, while the stirrup, muttered between his teeth Christians had few leaders of distinc- some fearful vow or imprecation. tion, the generals of Abu-Bekr were The rear of the army was renowned in arms and council.
manded by a good and faithful sol. Kaled Ebn Al Waled was surnamed dier, Abu Obeidah. In the centre of for his bravery and inveterate hostility this division was the most precious to the enemies of his faith, the Sword portion of the whole, a bevy of lovely of God. This title alone enabled him ladies, with a throng of female attend. to carry terror through the hostile ants, all well mounted. The principal ranks. Accustomed to success, it among them was Caulah, sister of the was with the greatest reluctance that savage Derah, Her figure, tall and he yielded to the necessity of raising graceful, possessed all that voluptuthe siege of the city of Damascus, ous fulness so highly prized by Oriwhich had long defied his power. ental lovers. Her hair was of raven
sun was shining with intense darkness, and descended like a veil brilliancy, in a clear and transparent upon her shoulders, resting lovingly sky, and there was not a breath of upon one of the most beautiful bosoms air to relieve the overpowering sultri- in the world. The waist, which was ness, when Kaled, mounted a encompassed by a slender zone, brilsplendid war-horse, led the retreat liant with gems, was small and delifrom the celebrated city. Ever and cate; in short, a critical observer anon he turned an eye of regret upon could hardly have found or fancied a the walls and towers which had defied fault in her appearance. But though his strength, and his bosom heaved voluptuous and soft, she possessed a beneath his burnished corslet. His spirit as fiery as the clime in which gallant steed, too, seemed to share the she had grown up to womanhood. feelings of his master, for instead of When urged to accept a safe situation. caracoling along the sand, as was his in the van, she replied that she wished wont, displaying the fiery temper and to be the last to leave the field of danelasticity of limb which belong to his ger, and even chid her brother, though priceless breed, for he descended from it was only in obedience to the orders the black mare of Mahommed— the of Kaled, that he rode so much in adgallant steed, I say, plodded along vance of the post of danger. with drooping crest, sinking fetlock- The van and the centre of the army deep in the loose soil at every step he were now several leagues from Damastook. It had been the intention of cus, when Abu Obeidah, unwilling to Kaled to bring up the rear, the most weary the ladies whom he guarded, by dangerous post in a retreat, but he a forced march, ordered a halt by a had been compelled by his associates cool fountain, which welled up beneath to head the van. It was only the the shadow of a circle of palms, and consciousness that he was hastening there pitched a number of pavilions to a scene of danger and glory, that for the accommodation of the females. induced the Saracen warrior to resign While the latter were enjoying a brief his original post.
the horses were freed from The second division of the army was their accoutrements, and rejoiced in commanded by Derah Ebn Al Azwar, their release from spur and bridle. a fierce warrior, possessed of great Even Abu Obeidah forgot his usual strength and invincible courage, and vigilance. At this time, when the one of the best horsemen in the host. Saracen army was completely off He rode a wonderful black mare, a its guard, the garrison of Damascus ferocious and powerful animal, which sallied forth, conducted by a wily would permit none but Derah to Greek, and fell upon their enemies mount her. The warrior carried in beside the fountain. A most despehis hand an iron-headed lance of pro- rate battle was fought. Abu Obeidah, digious length, and as, like his leader, mounted on a horse without saddle or he cast backward glances at the towers bridle, hurled javelin after javelin at
the Christians, raising the pealing cry Pity it were that Sathanas should have of Allah Akbar! Even Caulah lent a prey so fair." So saying, he approach. her voice to the tumult, and reminded ed with the intention of laying his hand the dying combatants of the delights upon Caulah ; but with a look of ineffaof Paradise. Vainly however, did the ble scorn she stepped back and motionEastern warriors fight. They were ed him away, and the warrior, daunt. slain with the sword, or pierced with ed, retreated in his turn. the lance, and their heart's blood dyed “Prithee, my heathen damsel !” the waters of the fountain. Many a said the soldier, “is there to be war noble horse rolled in the sand in the betwixt me and thee?" death agony, and many galloped, rider- “War !” replied Caulah. less, across the plain. Caulah, seeing “Nothing but playful contention, that defeat was certain, tore off her veil I trust !” rejoined the warrior ; but and gave it to a Saracen. “Haslan," he was interrupted by a messenger said she “bear this on the point of who called him from the tent. thy lance, and ride to my brother, “Ophiru ! maidens !" cried Caulah, Derah Ebn Al Azwar. He will know as soon as he had gone,
arouse and that I part with it only in sore extre- hear me. Say! shall we, the daugh mity. Bid him ride to the rescue ters of the faithful, children of the with five hundred lances at his back. Prophet's followers, become the handAway!" Swift as the wind the Eas- maidens and mistresses of these vile tern warrior flew upon his mission. Greeks ? I know not what you think ; A javelin, hurled by the hand of a Da- but for my own part, I prefer death mascene, pierced his corslet, and in- to slavery. And the maidens anflicted a mortal wound; but still the veil swered with one voice, “Death !" fluttered on the lance, and the horse "Say you so?” cried Caulah; “then strained in a furious gallop on his path. neither death nor shame shall be your
The battle was over. The waters portion. Look ! before the tent there of the fountain were turbid and disco- is a heap of spears. Quick! Arm loured. A few warriors gasped dying yourselves! My arm, unused to wield on the brink, and all around wore gory a warlike weapon, shall be the first to tokens of the fight : dinted shields, snatch at arms. Follow me!'' cloven helmets, blades which had The intrepid virgin led the way from proved faithless to their hilts, and the the tent, and snatched a spear from bodies of men and steeds from which the pile. The other maidens followed the life had just departed.
her example. Astonished at this act, The victorious leader drew up his the Greek leader, who beheld it from rein as he surveyed the scene with a afar, hastened to the spot and dehaughty smile, and then wiping his manded the meaning. sword upon his horse's mane, he re- “Back! on your life!” cried Cauturned it to his scabbard and dis- lah, levelling a spear against his mounted. Kneeling on the brink of breast. The soldier started back in the fountain, he scooped some water real fear. in the hollow of his hands, and clean- “Lady!” said he, “what means sed them of some dark red stains that this ?' proved the active part he had taken “ It is for me to ask,” replied Cauin the battle. He then took a cross lah. “But now you were all fondness, from his bosom and kissed it with a all passion. Why do you not hasten to show of devotion. Replacing it, he my feet ? I could speedily place you rose, raised his helmet from his brow, there. What! a warrior, and afraid and smoothed his long dark locks. of a poor weak woman !” Then approaching a tent, distinguished By Heaven !” cried the Chrisfrom the rest by a glimmering crescent, tian, “ I admire your spirit; but lay he bowed his head and entered.
down your arms. “By Saint Anthony !” exclaimed "Never!" was the answer. “What! the Christian warrior, “a goodly dame. lay down our arms ? now, alas ! the Fair lady, be under no apprehension only defence to our virtue; for Chrisof danger. I am come, in good faith, tian honour and Christian courtesy to sooth you, nay more, to convert you. are but names !"
“Nay, beauteous lady, I designed expediency. The passions that endure no evil from the first. I resolved flash like the lightning; they scorch the your portion should be bliss—your soul, but it is warmed for ever. Misprison my arms."
erable is the man whose love rises by “Insolent slave! Dare you say degrees upon the frigid morning of this to the sister of Derah ? Derah his mind! Some hours, indeed, of Ebn Al Azwar, the terror of the warmth and lustre may perchance Christians ? But hark: I hear his fall to his lot; some moments of meshout! Allah Akbar! we are ran- ridian splendour, in which he basks in somed. See ! yonder cloud of dust what he deems eternal sunshine. But encompasses his horsemen. Behold! then how often overcast by the clouds emerging from the canopy, his gallant of care, how often dusked by the blight war-horse bears him on. Allah be of misery and misfortune! And cerpraised !"
tain as the gradual rise of such affec“Ye shall have safe conduct from tion, is its gradual decline and melanour camp,” said the Christian leader. choly set. Then in the chill dim twi. “Draw off your forces, and I will not light of his soul, he execrates custom ; speak of ransom.”
because he had madly expected that It was too late. The thundering feelings could be habitual that were charge of the Saracens found their not homogeneous, and because opponents unprepared. Again did had been guided by the observation blades ring, and dying men groan of sense, and not by the inspiration around the polluted fountain.
And of sympathy. in the midst of ringing steel, and
POWER OF LOVE. trampling steeds, and whizzing javelins, Caulah stood unmoved, but
Life without love is worse than pale, the spectatress of the fearful death! How vain and void, how flat combat.
and fruitless, appear all those splenThe fierce Derah, bearing his sister's did accidents of existence for which veil upon his lance, directed its point men struggle, without this essential against the breast of the Christian and pervading charm! What a world leader. A leap of his horse, and a
without a sun! Yes! without this vigorous thrust of his arm, sent the transcendent sympathy, riches and weapon through the corslet and the rank, and even power and fame, are heart of the soldier. He fell without at best but jewels set in a coronet of a groan. The battle ceased. Caulah lead ! stood now, for the first time, trembling.
A QUAKER at Norwich, one of the “Caulah !” said the fierce Derah, Gurney family, having bought a horse thy face is uncovered. Even the which proved unsound, of a gentleman dying dogs of Christians must not named Bacon, he wrote to inform him look longer upon the sun of thy of it, but received no answer. Shortly charms. »
He threw the veil over after, meeting the seller at Norwich, her pale countenance ; the silvery he requested him to take back the gauze was rent, and on it was a stain horse, which the other positively reof blood.
fused to do. Finding his remonstrances of no avail, the Quaker calmly said, “ Friend! thou hast doubtless
heard of the devil entering the herd of NOTES OF A READER. swine, and I find that he still sticks
fast in the Bacon. Good morning to
thee, friend !" THERE is no love but love at first all the contradictions that arise from
SILENCE is the softest response for sight. This is the transcendent and surpassing offspring of sheer and un
impertinence, vulgarity and envy. polluted sympathy. All other is the ille- LITTLE minds rejoice over the gitimate result of observation, of reflec- errors of men of genius, as the owl tion, of compromise, of coinparison, of rejoices at an eclipse.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.
THE SPEEDY KEEL.
Call all hands to make sail,
Mr. Splinter, and we'll see what that IN TWO CHAPTERS.-CHAP. 1. craft can do against the Thunderer,
with the wind two points abaft the "Sail ho !” was the cry which beam. Give her the lower stu'n'-sail, came from the mast-head of his Brit. sir, and the light kites, if you think annic Majesty's gallant frigate Thun- she'll bear them." With that old derer, one afternoon about seven bells, Splicetack and his square-tailed coat and brought lieutenants, masters, mid- disappeared down one hatchway, while dies, forward officers and all, tumbling simultaneously, Captain Bunt-(a very up the hatchways to get a squint at gentlemanly sort of man, too, by the the stranger.
way)—appeared up another. “Where-away?", sung out old “Where is the stranger, Mr. Splicetack, our first luff, who happened Splinter ?" to be promenading the deck with the “ Can't see her from deck yet, sir. laudable purpose of nabbing the boys She bears about here-away.' ruminating their cud.
“ Call all hands to make sail, sir. “ About two points on the lee bow, We must overhaul that chap before
dark; for if he's the fellow I take him “ Can you make her out ?'
to be, he will try to give us the slip “No, sir," replied the ship's wag, under favour of the night." who happened to have the look-out, “Ay, ay, sir,” responded the officer and was well aware of his privileges ; of the deck. “ All hands make sail “because she is just in a haze.” there, Mr. Topmaul."
“Step below, Mr. Jigger, and let Ay, ay, sir." Captain Bunt know. A strange sail, We had been bowling along, (royals two points on the lee bow-can't make furled,) with the wind at about south: VOL. I. (20.)