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low. This, with the mad levity of six- pensities. They sought the enamored teen, I treated as a just visitation, and damsel, and, assuming a forced gravity emblematical of the forlorn state falsely of deportment, they assured her the denominated “ single blessedness.” charm would have no effect unless she
But to return to old Hannah. The took nine black pepper-corns, and winter had closed in with severe frosts shook them nine times in Proctor's and snow.
Everything wore a cheer- boot, screwed them up in a little less aspect but Hannah's red face, piece of paper, and tied thein with a which exhibited unusual signs of hi- bit of green thread round her great larity. Her work went briskly off toe. Hannah received the informaher hands, and you might hear her tion with avidity, and never questioned voice all over the house singing her the source whence her young masters favorite old catches. No one could derived their pretended knowledge. divine the reason why Hannah appear- She went to bed perfectly satisfied, ed as airy and as gay as a lark, when having smuggled one of Proctor's the inhabitants of the mansion, and boots out of his room, to give the nine even nature herself, had assumed a ominous shakes to the nine black graver aspect.-Hannah was in love ! pepper-corns. The process of tying The bailiff who superintended the them round her toe would have affarm attached to the mansion, was a forded a subject for Wilkie's pencil ; hale, middle aged man, and a widower but to these mysteries we were not withal. Proctor had whispered soft admitted. The family retired to rest things in Hannah's ear, and she once at the usual hour, and before eleven more resolved to have recourse to one the house was in a state of perfect of her most potent charms to learn the tranquillity. About midnight, our sincerity of his intentions. She made slumbers were broken by a piercing me ber confidante, and vain were all scream, or rather yell of terror. The my efforts to dissuade her from the sound came from Hannah's garret; silly scheme. Hannah was no scep- and, as it echoed through the long tic : she would have doubted her own passages of the mansion, all the inhaexistence, as soon as the power of her bitants sprang with one consent from spells. She slept in a lonely garret, the arms of sleep. Before I could some way apart from the rest of the reach my wrapping cloak, the door of family, and the charm she had chosen my apartment was suddenly burst was a very simple one. It consisted open, and Hannah stood before meonly in putting on clean linen on the her eyes fixed and staring, and her red first Friday in the month, and step- face, for the first time, as white as her ping backwards into bed ; repeating, night dress. Her limbs were convulsas she did so, the following invocation ed, as if under the influence of an ague three times over :
fit, and her quivering lips appeared • Friday night, Friday night,
incapable of uttering a single word. As I lie dressed all in white,
There she stood, trembling and shakI pray to heaven that I may see
ing before me, the tears rolling down The man that my husband is to be ; In his apparel and his array,
her cheeks, and her hands uplifted in That he doth appear in every day ;
silent horror. Before I could find With the children by his side,
words to demand the reason of her Which I am to have when I am his bride!”
nocturnal visit, the room was filled My brothers, two roguish boys, just with eager and inquiring faces, and escaped from the gloomy precincts of the two mischievous imps who had a free school to spend their Christmas partly been the cause of her terrors holidays at the old mansion house, were the foremost in the motley learned from Mary, the housemaid, group. Anxious to learn the result Hannah's intention. This knowledge of their invented charm, they exclaimafforded them infinite diversion, and ed in a breathcalled forth all their mischievous pro "Well, Hannah! what did you see?"
She answered this abrupt question eyes fixed on the door which was bein a pitiful whine, of such unusual fore me, and thinking of Nehemiah length and emphasis, that I was con- Proctor, when I heard a soft low voice strained to turn my back on the af- say-Mother! mother!-I sprang up flicted damsel, to hide the painful risi- in the bed, and the room was no bility with which I was irresistibly longer dark, but as light as the noon assailed.
day. And there stood at the foot of “Oh! Master Thomas, and John, the bed the prettiest pick-a-ninny of a it was all your doings. Instead of child I ever saw in my life, and I knew Nehemiah Proctor-Death came to my the dear babe again—it was my sweet bed-side!”
Caleb. “ Death !” repeated the two bro “ I was so struck with the beauty of thers, exchanging a sly glance with the child's smiling face, that I tried to each other-" That was rather a take him in my arms; but before I strange visitor. I suppose it was old could touch the vision, it turned sudHarry, who, loving hot things, had denly into a hideous grinning skeleton, come to untie the pepper-corns from that sprang on to the bed, and, seizing off your toe.”
my throat between his long bony finAfter much desultory colloquy, the gers, cried, in a hollow voice, • I am detail of the night's adventure was Death! the only husband you will drawn from old Hannah. She had ever have! It was no dream-it was gone up stairs backwards, and a tire- a struggle for life and death.—I felt some job she had had of it; first up his cold bones rattle against me-1 one steep Aight of stairs, and then saw the blue flames flashing out of the another—across Miss Sarah's room, eyeless holes in his skull—his grinning and down the long passage, at the end teeth chattered in his fleshless gums, of which, as ill-luck would have it, as he tightened the strong gripe on my the wind blew her candle out, and she swelling throat-Oh! oh! I feel him! dared not go back to light it, for fear - I see him still!” of breaking the charm. On she went Her face, which had resumed, durin the dark, stumbling at every step, ing her relation, its crimson hue, was till she reached her own door. There again colorless ; her lips firmly comshe heard such dismal howlings of the pressed, and her eyes wild and staring. wind in the old garrets, and such “ How this world is given to fibbing !" strange noises, like the rattling of cried Tom, with a deliberate laugh; bones, that she stood quaking and “what a mountain this mole-bill has shaking with fear. Then the difficul- become !" ties she encountered, in securing the I really pitied her distress. “Comnine pepper-corns round her toe ; and pose yourself, Hannah,” I said; “ you then, jumping backwards into bed, the have been under the influence of a first spring she gave broke the thread frightful dream." that held the pepper-corns, and she Indeed, Miss, I shall never forget heard them go rolling to every corner it to my dying day—I was wide awake of the rooin! “'Tis no use," says I, -I heard it with my own ears—I saw “ seeking for them, I might as well it with my own eyes—I felt its gripe look for a needle in a truss of hay. I on my flesh. You cannot persuade contrived at last to get into bed,” con
me out of
my senses." tinued the old woman, in a very sulky “ It was very hard to raise such an tone ; “but I was in such a desperate outcry against your husband,” cried fluster, I made three mistakes in the Tom, “ I will go and see what has charm, and that helped to do the mis- become of him." Before he could chief. However, after I had made a leave the room, the door opened, and finish of the conjuration, I lay quite Master John, who had quietly retired, still in the bed, neither looking to the conducted into our presence a pasteright nor to the left, but with my board skeleton of gigantic dimensions.
At the sight of the apparition Hannah dream was of the pretty child ; but, gave another frightful scream, and awakening with the noise which made a basty retreat behind the bed « Death” made on his entrance, her curtain, while the manufacturers of vision was assailed by the frightful the scarecrow exclaimed, in a tone of apparition, which seemed to grin hortriumph, “Here, Hannah! here's ribly upon her in the moonlight. Imayour husband !”
gination had done all the rest ; and All my eloquence was vainly spent, the mischievous boys had not a little when I endeavored to convince Han- enjoyed the wonderful and exaggeratnah that she had been deceived ;—that ed account that the love-lorn damsel my brothers had invented this scheme had given of the spectre. The expeto cure her of resorting to charms for riment was not successful. Hannah the future. She turned sullenly away, still continued to practise charms, and persisting in the truth of her own sto- still remained a spinster; and the old ry. Tom, the inventor of the scheme, garret acquired the reputation of had introduced the pasteboard figure being haunted ever after; a calumny (which was skilfully constructed) into which will never be effaced as long the room aster Hannah was asleep, as one stone shall remain upon anoand placed it opposite the bed. Her ther.
BARTON'S NEW YEAR'S EVE.*
to speak of a poet as that which he learnt to speak in inwhose taste, feeling, and education, fancy, and which is the proper tongue incline him to the frequent adoption of his own father-land. of what are called sacred subjects Bernard Barton is a Christian, and one who, not from a calculation of his a poet, without guile. He says just understanding, but from the bent of what he has to say naturally and unbis character, is induced to recur con- affectedly. He never talks religion stantly in his poetry to those revealed from calculation, or abstains from truths in which religion has always em- talking it lest he should shock worldbodied itself most definitely to his ly men. His Bible is a favorite comheart-one who has not set himself panion with him ; but he does not take down with intent to be religious, as a it out on all occasions; for he can man might set out with intent to tra- read the same truths, and, in certain vel into some new country well re states of mind, more profitably, writported of for its flocks, and its herds, ten on the trees, and skies, and lakes. and its vineyards, and then set down In short, he may value one mode of to learn Christianity, as the trade expression above another, just as he language of that country, without may esteem one coat above another ; which no dealings are carried on there but the all-important requisite is, that successfully,—but who, being deeply the coat should fit—that the exprespervaded with religion, and allowing sion should really reveal the thought ; it to overflow in a thousand different and to this primary consideration he, utterances, nevertheless, by habit and being an honest man, is willing to saby preference, resorts to Christianity, crifice every other. as that language which is its richest, Bernard Barton was once pertinaand fullest, and most harmonious dia ciously called, through a whole article lect, -as that which refines and ele- in “ The Edinburgh Review,” the vates the feelings in the very act of Quaker Poet; and, if that word were supplying them with an expression- used in its primitive sense, to express
* A New-Year's Eve, and other Poems. By Bernard Barton. Svo. pp. 241. Hatchard and Son. London, 1828.
a person who believes in an inward The darkness of the grave life, which is superior to all the mere
Would wear no gloom appalling to the sight,
Might Hope's fair blossom, like thy flowret, forms which are devised for its mani
brave festation, there is no word with which Death's wintry night. that of poet could be more happily and Knowing the dawn drew nigh congenially associated. But, if it of an eternal, though a sunless day, were m as the symbol of a man
Whose glorious flowers must bloom immor
tally, who holds his neighbors cheap because Nor fear decay !" they have not the same amplitude of brim and the same dislike of angles in
“ A Winter Thought. the construction of coats with himself, Dear friend! long tried and faithful proved Mr. Jeffrey was not at all more happy In hours of grief and gloom; in saddling him with such an epithet, In such more justly prized and loved
Than in joy's brightest bloom ;than he would have been if he had called James Montgomery the Mora- Well may that cheerless winter sky,
That one bright star above, vian;
or La Martine the Catholic Recall thy worth and constancy Poet.
To gratitude and love. There are many very delightful po- The steersman, in a summer night, ems in this new volume ; but we can When cloudless are the skies, not afford our readers many specimens. May gaze upon their orbs of light,
Till slumber seal his eyes; The ensuing will well illustrate the But when the winds are loud and stern, spirit of their companions.
And heaven is drear and dark,
To one alone his glance will turn, “ The Nightingale Flower.
By that he guides his bark ! Fair flower of silent night!
So clouds have veiled each star and sun, Unto thy bard an emblem thou shouldst be :
Once wont my sky to cheer ; His fount of song, in hours of garish light, And thou art now the polar one, Is closed like thee.
By which my course I steer. But, with the vesper hour,
The blossoms of life's spring-tide gay, Silence and solitude its depths unseal :
My path have long since fled, Its hidden springs, like thy unfolding flower, My summer foliage passed away, Their life reveal.
My autumn fruit been shed. Were it not sweeter still
But thou in winter's storms art yet "To give imagination holier scope,
Unchanged in faith to me ;
I long have owed to thee."
With beauty sweeter from surrounding gloom, are many poems which must please A star-like ray ;
the most careless reader; and a fronSo in life's dark decline, When the grave's shadows are around me cast, tispiece of calm moonlight shining My spirit's hopes may like thy blossoms upon the miracle of Peter's walking shine
on the sea. Mr. Barton's poems Bright at the last :
hardly need any adventitious recomAnd as the grateful scent
mendation; and this new production of thy meek Hlower, the memory of my name! will be very acceptable to all the ad
Oh! who could wish for prouder monument, Or purer fame ?
mirers of his earlier works.
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