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booth, before the sleepers in these light huts /peared to stimulate and provoke his force could be shaken out of deep dreams: the anew. Both runners, at the same instant, Prince himself, as a wearied stranger arriving reached the spot where the Princess was standonly for rest, started from his sleep, sprang to ing by her horse: the Knight bent himself, the window, saw all fearfully illuminated; fired, and with this second pistol hit the morflame after flame, from the right, from the left, ster through the head, so that it rushed down; darting through each other, rolls quivering to- and now, stretched out in full length, first wards him. The houses of the market-place, clearly disclosed the might and terror wherereddened in the shine, seemed already glowing, of only the bodily hull was left lying. Honorio threatened every moment to kindle, and burst had sprung from his horse ; was already kneelforth in fire: below, the element raged without ing on the beast, quenching its last movements, let; planks cracked, laths cracked, the canvas and held his drawn hanger in his right hand. flew abroad, and its dusky fire-peaked tatters The youth was beautiful; he had come dashwhiried themselves round and aloft, as if bad ing on as in sports of the lance and the ring spirits, in their own element, with perpetual the Princess had often seen him do. Even so change of shape, were, in capricious dance, in the riding-course would his bullet, as he devouring one another; and there and yonder darted by, hit the Turk's-head on the pole, would dart up out from their penal fire. And right under the turban in the brow; even so then with wild howls each saved what was at would he, lightly prancing up, prick his naked hand : servants and masters laboured to drag sabre into the fallen mass, and list it from the forth bales already seized by the flames, to ground. In all such arts he was dextrous spatch away yet somewhat from the burning and felicitous; both now stood him in good shelves, and pack it into the chests, which too stead. they must at last leave a prey to the hastening “Give him the rest," said the Princess : “I flame. How many a one could have prayed fear he will hurt you with his claws.”_" Parbut for a moment's pause to the loud-advanc- don!” answered the youth: “ he is already ing fire; as he looked round for the possibility dead enough; and I would not hurt the skin, of some device, and was with all his possession which next winter shall shine upon your already seized : on the one side, burnt and sledge.”—“ Sport vot,” said the Princess : glowed already, what on the other still stood in " whatsoever of pious feeling dwells in the dark night. Obstinate characters, will-strong depth of the heart unfolds itself in such a momen grimly fronted the grim foe, and saved ment.”_“I too,” cried Honorio, “ was never much, with loss of their eyebrows and hair. more pious than even now; and therefore do I Alas, all this waste confusion now rose anew think of what is joyfullest; I look at the tiger's before the fair spirit of the Princess; the gay fell only as it can attend you to do you pleamorning prospect was all overclouded, and sure."--" It would for ever remind me," said her eyes darkened; wood and meadow had she, “ of this fearful moment.”—“ Yet is it,” put on a look of strangeness, of danger. replied the youth with glowing cheeks, “a more

Entering the peaceful vale, heeding little its harmless spoil than when the weapons of slain refreshing coolness, they were but a few steps enemies are carried for show before the vicdown from the copious fountain of the brook tor.”_"I shall betbink me, at sight of it, of which flowed by them, when the Princess de- your boldness and cleverness; and need not scried, quite down in the thickets, something add that you may reckon on my thanks and singular, whieh she soon recognised for the the Prince's favour for your life long. But tiger: springing on, as she a short while ago rise; the beast is clean dead, Jet us consider had seen him painted, he came towards her; what is next: before all things rise !"-"As I and this image, added to the frightful ones she am once on my knees," replied the youth, was already busy with, made the strangest "once in a posture which in other circumimpression. “Fly! your Grace,"cried Honorio, stances would have been forbid, let me beg at “ tly!” She turned her horse towards the steep this moment to receive assurance of the favour, hill they had just descended. The young man, of the grace which you vouchsafe me. I have rushing on towards the monster, drew his already asked so often of your high consort for pistol and fired when he thought himself near leave and promotion to go on my travels. He enough ; but, alas, without effect; the tiger who has the happiness to 'sit at your table, sprang to a side, the horse faltered, the pro- whom you honour with the privilege to entervoked wild beast followed his course, upwards tain your company, should have seen the straight after the Princess. She galloped, what world. 'Travellers stream in on us from all her horse could, up the steep stony space; parts; and when a town, an important spot in scarcely apprehending that so delicate a crea- any quarter of the world comes in course, the ture, unused to such exertion,could not hold out. question is sure to be asked of us, were we It overdid itself, driven on by the necessitated ever there ? Nobody allows one sense, till one Princess; it stumbled on the loose gravel of has seen all that: it is as if you had to instruct the steep, and again stumbled; and at last yourself only for the sake of others.” fell, after violent efforts, powerless to the “ Rise!" repeated the Princess: "I were loth ground. The fair dame, resolute and dextrous, to wish or request aught that went against the failed not instantly to get upon her feet; the will of my Husband; however, if I mistake horse too rose, but the tiger was approaching; not, the cause why he has retained you hitherto though not with vehement speed; the uneven will soon be at an end. His intention was to ground, the sharp stones seemed to damp his see you ripened into a complete self-guided impetuosity; and only Honorio flying after him, nobleman, to do yourself and him credit in riding with checked speed along with him, ap- foreign parts, as hitherto at court; and I should think this deed of yours was as good a recom- | The man, however, soon restrained himseif, mendatory passport as a young man could bowed in reverent distance before the Prince, wish for to take abroad with him.”

and said: “It is not the time for lamenting; That, instead of a youthful joy, a certain alas, my lord and mighty hunter, the lion loo mournfulness came over his face, the Princess is loose, hither towards the mountains is be had not time to observe, nor had he to indulge gone: but spare him, have mercy that he his emotion ; for, in hot haste, up the steer, perish not like this good beast." came a woman, with a boy at her hand, straight “ The Lion!” said the Prince : “ Hast thou to the group so well known to us; and scarcely the trace of him ?”—“Yes, Lord! A peasant had Honorio, bethinking him, arisen, when down there, who had heedlessly taken shelter they howling and shrieking cast themselves on on a tree, directed me farther up this way, to the carcass; by which action, as well as by the left; but I saw the crowd of men and their cleanly decent, yet party-coloured and horses here; anxious for tidings of assistance, unusual dress, might be gathered that it was I hastened hither.”_“So then," commanded the mistress of this slain creature, and the the Prince, “ draw to the left, Huntsmen; you black-eyed, black-locked boy, holding a flute in will load your pieces, go softly to work, if yon his hand, her son; weeping like his mother, drive him into the deep woods, it is no matter: less violent but deeply moved, kneeling beside but in the end, good man, we shall be obliged her.

to kill your animal; why were you improvi Now came strong outbreakings of passion dent enough to let him loose ?"-" The fire from this woman; interrupted, indeed, and broke out,” replied he, “we kept quiet and pulse-wise; a stream of words, leaping like a attentive; it spread fast, but at a distance from stream in gushes from rock to rock. A natu- us, we had water enough for our defence; but ral language, short and discontinuous, made a heap of powder blew up, and threw the itself impressive and pathetic: in vain should brands on to us, and over our heads; we were we attempt translating it into our dialects; the too hasty, and are now ruined people." approximate purport of it we must not omit. The Prince was still busy directing; but for “ They have murdered thee, poor beast! mur- a moment all seemed to pause, as a man was dered without need! Thou wert tame, and observed hastily springing down from the wouldst fain have laid down at rest and waited heights of the old Castle; whom the troop soon our coming; for thy foot-balls were sore, thy recognised for the watchman that had been claws had no force left. The hot sun to ripen stationed there to keep the Painler's aparithem was wanting. Thou wert the beautifullest ments, while he lodged there and took charge of thy kind: who ever saw a kingly tiger so of the workmen. He came running, out of gloriously stretched out in sleep, as ihou here breath, yet in few words soon made known liest, dead, never to rise more. When thou that the Lion had laid himself down, within awokest in the early dawn of morning, and the high ring-wall, in the sunshine, at the foot openedst thy throat, stretching out thy red of a large beech, and was behaving quite tongue, thou wert as if smiling on us; and quietly. With an air of vexation, howerer, even when bellowing, thou tookest thy food the man concluded: “Why did I take my rifle from the hands of a woman, from the fingers to town yester-night, to have it cleaned; he of a child. How long have we gone with thee had never risen again, the skin bad been mine, on thy journeys; how long has thy company and I might all my life have had the credil of been useful and fruitful to us! To us, to us the thing." of a very truth, meat came from the eater, and The Prince, whom his military experiences sweetness out of the strong. So will it be no here also stood in stead, for he had before now Wo! wo!”

been in situations where from various sides She had not done lamenting, when over the inevitable evil seemed 10 threaten, said heresmoother part of the Castle Mountain, came upon: “What surety do you give me that if riders rushing down; soon recognised as the we spare your lion, he will not work destrucPrince's Hunting-train, himself the foremost. tion among us, among my people ?" Following their sport, in the backward hills, “This woman and this child," answered the they had observed the fire-vapours; and fast father hastily, "engage to tame him, to keep through dale and ravine, as in fierce chase, him peaceable, till I bring up the cage, and taken the shortest path towards this mournful then we can carry him back unharmed and sign. Galloping along the stony vacancy, they without harming any one.” stopped and stared at sight of the unexpected The boy put his flute to his lips; an instru. group, which in that emply expanse stood out ment of the kind once named soft, or sweet so mark worthy. After the first recognition flutes; short-beaked like pipes: he, who anthere was silence; some pause of breathing. derstood the art, could bring out of it the time; and then what the view itself did not gracefullest tones.

Meanwhile the Prince had impart, was with brief words explained. So inquired of the watchman how the lion came stood the Prince, contemplating the strange up. "By the hollow-way," answered he, unheard-of incident; a circle round him of: " which is walled in on both sides, and was riders, and followers that had run on foot. formerly the only entrance, and is to be the What to do was still undetermined; the Prince only one still: iwo footpaths, which led in intent on ordering, executing, when a man elsewhere, we have so blocked up and depressed forward into the circle; large of sta- stroyed that no human being, except by that iure, party-coloured, wondrously-apparelled, first narrow passage, can reach the Magic Casiike wise and child. And now the family in tle which Prince Friedlrich's talent and taste onion tes:ified their sorrow and astonishment. is making of it.”

more.

After a little thought, during which the flute, and gave note in unison, while the child Prince looked round at the boy, who still con- sang: tinued as if softly preluding, he turned to

From the Dens, I, in a deeper, Honorio, and said: “Thou hast done much

Prophet's song of praise can hear; to-day, complete thy task. Secure that nar- Angel-host he hath for keeper, row path; keep your rifles in readiness, but

Needs the good man there to fear ? do not shoot till the creature can no otherwise be driven back: in any case, kindle a fire,

Lion, Lioness, a gazing, which will frighten him if he make down

Mildly pressing round him came;

Yea, that humble, holy praising, wards. The man and woman take charge of

It hath niade them tame. the rest.” Honorio rapidly bestirred himself to execute these orders.

The father continued accompanying this The child continued his tune, which was po strophe with his flute; the mother here and tune; a series of notes without law, and per- there touched in as second voice. haps even on that account so heart-touching: Impressive, however, in a quite peculiar the by-stande: s seemed as if enchanted by the degree, it was, when the child now began to mcvement of a song-tike melody, when the shufile the lines of the strophe into other father with dignified enthusiasm began to arrangement; and thereby if not bring out a speak in this sort :

new sense, yet heighten the feeling by leading “God has given the Prince wisdom, and also it into self-excitement: knowledge to discern that all God's works are

Angel-host around doth hover, wise, each after its kind. Behold the rock,

Us in heavenly tones to cheer: how he stands fast and stirs not, defies the

In the dens our head doth cover: weather and the sunshine; primeval trees Needs the poor child there to fear? adorn his head, and so crowned he looks abread; neither if a mass rush away, will this For that humble holy praising continue what it was, but falls broken into

Will permit no evil nigh:

Angels hover, keeping, gazing, many pieces and covers the side of the de

Who so safe as I ? scent. But there too they will not tarry, capriciously they leap far down, the brook re- Hereupon with emphasis and elevation be ceives them, to the river he bears them. Not gan all three: resisting, not contradictory, angular; no,

Ferih' Eternal rules above 119, smooth and rounded they travel now quicker

Lands and oreins rules his will; on their way, arrive, from river to river, finally

Lions even as lambs shall love is, at the ocean, whither march the giants in

And the proudest waves be still. hosts, and in the depths whereof dwarfs are busy.

Whelted sword to srabbard cleaving, “But who shall exalt the glory of the Lord,

Faith and lope victorious ser:

Strong, who, loving and believing, whom the stars praise from Eternity to Eter

Prays, O Lord, to thee. nity! Why look ye far into the distance ? Consider here the bee: late at the end of har- All were silent, hearing, hearkening; and vest she still busily gathers, builds her a house, only when the tones ceased could you remark tight of corner, straight of wall, herself the and distinguish the impression they had made. architect and mason. Behold the ant: she All was as if appeased; each affected in his knows her way, and loses it not; she piles her way. The Prince, as if he now first saw the a dwelling of grass-halms, earth-crumbs, and misery that a little ago had threatened him, needles of the fir; she piles it alost and arches looked down on his spouse, who leaning on it in; but she has laboured in vain, for the him forebore not 10 draw out the little emhorse stamps, and scrapes it all in pieces: lo!broidered handkerchief, and therewith covered he has trodden down her beams, and scattered her eyes. It was blessedness for her to feel her planks; impatiently he snorts and cannot her young bosom relieved from the pressure rest; for the Lord has made the horse comrade with which the preceding minutes had loaded of the wind and companion of the storm, to it. A perfect silence reigned over the crowd; carry man whither he wills, and woman they seemed to have forgotten the dangers: whither she desires. But in the Wood of the conflagration below; and above, the rising Palms arose he, the Lion, with earnest step up of a dubiously-reposing Lion. traversed the wildernesses; there rules he over By a sign to bring the horses, the Prince all creatures, his might who shall withstand ? first restored the group to motion; he turned Yet man can tame him; and the fiercest of to the woman, and said: “You think then that, living things has reverence for the image of once find the lion, you could, by your singing, God, in which too the angels are made, who by the singing of this child, with help of these serve the Lord and his servants. For in the flute-tones, appease him, and carry him back den of Lions Daniel was not afraid : he re- to his prison, unhurt and hurting no one?" mained fast and faithful, and the wild bellow- They answered Yes, assuring and afirming; ing interrupted not his song of praise.” the Castellan was given them as guide. And

This speech, delivered with expression of a now the Prince started off in all speed with natural enthusiasm, the child accompanied a few; the Princess followed slower with the here and there with graceful tones; but now, rest of the train: mother and son, on their the father having ended, he, with clear melo- side, under conduct of the warder, who had dious voice and skilful passaging, struck up' got himself a muskei, mounted up the stecper his warble, whereupon the father took the part of the height.

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Before the entrance of the hollow-way which tisfied eyes, the lion after him, but slowly, and opened their access to the Castle, they found as it seemed, with difficulty. He showed here the hunters busy heaping up dry brushwood, and there desire to lie down; yet the boy led to have, in any case, a large fire ready for him in a half-circle through the few disleaved, kindling. " There is no need,” said the woman: many-tinted trees, till at length, in the last “it will all go well and peaceably, without rays of the sun which poured in through a that."

hole in the ruins, he set him down, as if transFarther on, sitting on a wall, his double- figured in the bright red light; and again combarrel resting in his lap, Honorio appeared ; at menced his pacifying song, the repetition of his post, as if ready for every occurrence. which we also cannot forbear: However, he seemed hardly to notice our party; he sat as if sunk in deep thoughts, he

From the Dens, I, in a deeper, looked round like one whose mind was not

Prophet's song of praise can hear; there. The woman addressed him with a

Angel-host he hath for keeper, prayer not to let the fire be lit; he appeared

Needs the good man there to fear? not to heed her words; she spoke on with

Lion, Lioness, agazing, vivacity, and cried: “ Handsome young man,

Mildly pressing round him came ; thou hast killed my tiger, I do not curse thee;

Yea, that humble, holy praising, spare my lion, good young man, I will bless thee."

Honorio was looking straight out before him, Meanwhile the lion had laid itself down to where the sun on his course began to sink. quite close to the child, and listed its heavy "Thou lookest to the west,” cried the woman; right fore-paw into his bosom; the boy as he *thou dost well, there is much to do there; sung gracefully stroked it; but was not long hasten, delay not, thou wilt conquer. But first in observing that a sharp thorn had stuck itconquer thyself.” At this he appeared to give sell between the balls. He carefully pulled it a smile; the woman stept on; could not, how-out; with a smile, took the pariy-coloured silk ever, but look back once more at him: a ruddy handkerchief from his neck, and bound up the sun was overshining his face; she thought she frightful paw of the monster; so that his mohad never seen a handsomer youth.

ther for joy bent herself back with outstretched “If your child,” said the warder now, “with arms, and perhaps, according to custom, would his fluting and singing, can, as you are per- have shouted and clapped applause, had not a suaded, entice and pacify the lion, we shall hard hand gripe of the warder reminded her soon get mastery of him after, for the creature that the danger was not yet over. has lain down quite close to the perforated Triumphantly the child sang on, having with vaults through which, as the main passage a few tones preluded: was blocked up with ruins, we had to bore ourselves an entrance into the Castle-Court.

For th’ Eternal rules above us, If the child entice him into this latter, I can

Lands and oceans rules his will; close the opening with litile difficulty ; then the

Lions even as famlis shall love us, boy, if he like, can glide out by one of the lit

And the proudest waves be still. tle spiral stairs he will find in the corner. We

Whetted sword to scabbard cleaving, • must conceal ourselves; but I shall so take

Faith and Hope victorious see : my place that a ritie-ball can, at any moment,

Strong, who, loving and believiug, help the poor child in case of extremity.”

Prays, O Lord, to thee. “All these precautions are unnecessary; God and skill, piety and a blessing, must do the Were it possible to fancy that in the countework.”—“May be,” replied the warder, “how-nance of so grim a creature, the tyrant of the ever, I know my duties. First, I must lead woods, the despot of the animal kingdom, an you, by a difficult path to the top of the wall, expression of friendliness, of thankful conright opposite the vaults and opening I have tentment could be traced, then here was such mentioned: the child may then go down, as traceable; and truly the child in his illustrated into the arena of the show, and lead away the look had the air as of a mighty triumphant animal, if it will follow him." This was victor; the other figure, indeed, not of that one done: warder and mother looked down in vanquished, for his strength lay concealed in concealment as the child, descending the screw him; but yet of one tamed, of one given up to stairs, showed himself in the open space of his own peaceful will. The child fluted and the Court, and disappeared opposite them in sang on, changing the lines accoriling to his the gloomy opening; but forth with gave his way, and adding new: flute voice, which by and by grew weaker, and at last sank dumb. The pause was bodeful

And so in good children bringeth enough; the old Hunter, fainiliar with danger,

Blessed Angel help in need; felt heart-sick at the singular conjuncture; the

Fetters o'er the cruel flingeth, inother, however, with cheerful face, bending

Worthy art with wings doth speed over to listen, showed not the smallest discom

So have tamed, and firmly iron'd posure.

To a poor child's feeble knee, At last the flute was again heard; the child

Him the forest's lordly tyrant, stept forth from the cavern with glittering sa

Song and Piety.

THE TALE.

BY GOETHE.

(FRASER'S MAGAZINE, 1832.]

That Goethe, many years ago, wrote a piece | merciful) comes out fronı us in the way of uamed Dus Mührchen, (The Tale;) which the publication. Of the Translation we cannot admiring critics of Germany contrived to cri- say much; by the colour of the paper, it

may ticise by a stroke of the pen; declaring that it be some seven years old, and have lain perwas indeed The Tale, and worthy to be called haps in smoky repositories: it is not a good the Tale of Tales, (das Mührchen aller Mährchen,) Translation ; yet also not wholly bad; faithful -may appear certain to most English readers, to the original, (as we can vouch, after strict for they have repeatedly seen as much in trial;) conveys the real meaning, though with print. To some English readers it may ap- an effort : here and there our pen has striven pear certain, furthermore, that they personally to help it, but could not do much. The poor know this Tale of Tales; and can even pro- Translator, who signs himself “D. T.," and nounce it to deserve no such epithet, and the affects to carry matters wiih a high hand, admiring critics of Germany to be little other though, as we have ground to surmise, he is than blockheads.

probably in straits for the necessaries of life, English readers ! the first certainty is alto -has, at a more recent date, appended nugether indubitable; the second certainty is not merous Notes; wherein he will convince himworth a rush.

self that more meaning lies in his Mährchen That same Mährchen aller Mährchen you may

“ than in all the Literature of our century:" see with your own eyes, at this hour, in the some of these we have retained, now and then Fifteenth Volume of Goethe's Werke ; and see- with an explanatory or exculpatory word of ing is believing. On the other hand, that our own; the most we have cut away, as suEnglish " Tale of Tales,” put forth some years perfluous and even absurd. Superfluous and ago as the Translation thereof, by an indivi- even absurd, we say: D. T. can take this of dual connected with the Periodical Press of us as he likes; we know him, and what is in London, (his Periodical vehicle, if we remem- him, and what is not in him; believe that he ber, broke down soon after, and was rebuilt, will prove reasonable; can do eüher way. At and still runs, under the name of Court Jour- all events, let one of the norablest Performnal,)—was a Translation, miserable enough, ances produced for the last thousand years, be of a quite different thing; a thing, not a Mühr- now, through his organs, (since no other, in chen (Fabulous Tale) at all, but an Erzühlung this elapsed half-century, have offered themor common fictitious Narrative; having no selves,) set before an undiscerning public. manner of relation to the real piece, (beyond We too will premise our conviction that standing in the same volume;) not so much this Mahrchen presents a phantasmagoric Adum. as Milton's Tetrachordon of Divorce has to his bration, pregnant with deepest significance ; Allegro and Penseroso! In this way do indivi- though nowise that D. T. has so accurately duals connected with the Periodical Press of evolved the same. Listen notwithstanding to London play their part, and commodiously a remark or two, extracted from his immeabefool thee, O Public of English readers, and surable Proem : can serve thee with a mass of roasted grass, “Dull men of this country," says he," who and name it stewed venison; and will con- pretend to admire Goethe, smiled on me when tinue to do so, till thou-open thy eyes, and I first asked the meaning of this Tale. «Meanfrom a blind monster become a seeing one. ing! answered they : 'it is a wild arabesque,

This mistake we did not publicly note at the without meaning or purpose at all, except to time of its occurrence; for two good reasons: dash together, copiously enough, confused hues first, that while mistakes are increasing, like of Imagination, and see what will come of Population, at the rate of Twelve Hundred a them. Such is still the persuasion of severai day, the benefit of seizing one, and throttling heads; which nevertheless would perhaps it, would be perfectly inconsiderable: second, grudge to be considered wigblocks."-Not mthat we were not then in existence. The possible: the first Sin in our Universe xas highly composite, astonishing Entity, which Lucifer's, that of Self-conceit. But hear again; here as “0. Y.” addresses mankind for a sea- what is more to the point: son, still slumbered (his elements scattered “ The difficulties of interpretation are ex• over Infinitude, and working under other ceedingly enhanced by one circumstance, not shapes) in the womb of Nothing! Meditate unusual in other such writings of Goethe's ; on us a little, O Reader: if thou wilt consider namely, that this is no Allegory; which, as in who and what we are; what Powers, of Cash, the Pilgrim's Progress, you have only once for Esurience, Intelligence, Stupidity, and Mystery all to find the key of, and so go on unlocking: created us, and what work we do and will do, it is a Phantasmagory, rather; wherein things there shall be no end to thy amazement. the most heterogeneous are, with homogeneity

This mistake, however, we do now note; in- of figure, emblemed forth : which would reduced thereto by occasion. By the fact, name- quire not one key to unlock it, but, at different ly, that a genuine English Translation of that stages of the business, a dozen successive Mährchen has been handed in to us for judg- keys.” Here you have epochs of time shameat; and now (such judgment having proved dowed forth, there Qualities of the Humar

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