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in the Fatherland had any of their living Slay me, or save me, even as you will ! sons or daughters of song produced such

Light, light, I leave thee -yet am I a lamp, pearls of thought! But we will close with

Extinguished now, to be relit for ever.

Life dies; but in its stead death lives.” one additional quotation. Jephthah's daughter is told of her hapless fate. Her young The hand that penned these poems, so life is sweet to her, and her ardent nature full of manly utterances and pure sentisees no beauties in the untimely end and ments, is now a clod of the valley.' The in a gloomy grave; but duty points the way: heart that beat responsive to all that was

noble in humanity has rested from its “Let me not need now disobey you, mother, weary pulsations. The brain that moved

But give me leave to knock at Death's pale gate,
Whereat indeed I must, by duty drawn,

in unison with the ideality which was clear By nature show the sacred way to yield.

and pure as a crystal fountain has become Behold, the coasting cloud obeys the breeze ; a crumbling and vacant tenement; but the The slanting smoke, the invisible sweet air ; soul which animated the perishing casket The towering tree its leafy limbs resigns

has contributed its rich offerings, and poured To the embraces of the wilful wind ; Shall I, then, wrong, resist the han Heaven?

them lavishly into the treasury of immortal Take me, my father! take, accept me, Heaven ! poetry.

THE DARK HUNTSMAN.

BY CHARLES HEAVYSEGE.

[This Poem was sent to us by Mr. Heavysege, shortly before his death, and will no doubt prove interresting to our readers as having been probably the last production in verse of its lamented author. -Ed. CANADIAN MONTHLY.]

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DREAMED it was eve, and athwart the grey gloom,

Behold! a dark huntsman, dark coming like doom ;
Who, raising his hand, slowly wound a weird horn,
Far o'er the wide dimness its echoes were borne ;
Rang dirge-like and dismal
Through skyey abysmal,
Wherein hung the moon to a crescent down shorn.
The blasts of his bugle grew wilder, more eerie,
As gaily he galloped like one never weary,
Adown the dim valley so doleful and dreary,
And woke the tired twilight with echoes forlorn.

Forlorn were the sounds, and their burden was drear
As the sighing of winds in the wane of the year ;-
As the sighing of winds in a ghoul-haunted vale,
Or howling of spirits in regions of bale :
The Goblin of Ruin
Black mischief seemed brewing ;

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Roared, roared the wild hunt; the pack ravened, they flew;
The weird horn went winding a dismal adieu ;
With hubbub appalling,
Hound unto hound calling,
Each fleet-footed monster its shaggy length threw;
Till faint grew the echoes, came feebler the bay,
As thunder when tempests are passing away.
As down the ravine in loud rage the flood goes,
As through the looped Ruin the hurricane blows,
So down the dark valley the eager pack sped
With howlings to Hades, the home of the dead :-
Therein they descended like creatures breeze-borne,
Or grovelling vapours by distance shape-shorn;
And, lost in the depths of that shadowy shore,
Hounds, horn, and dark huntsman alarmed me no more.
For who that is mortal could meet without fear
The Figure endowed with the Fate-winged spear?
Or temper his breath
At thy presence, O Death,
Who hunteth for souls as one hunteth the deer!

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A WOMAN BEFORE THE MAST.

A TRUE STORY.

BY M., TORONTO.

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CONSULAR office in an East In- of these characters ?” somewhat tartly asks

dian port. Official, not yet one day the dignitary. old, seated at his table, looking out upon a

“ That—that is just what I want to tell you ; tropical garden, and pondering gravely the and then to ask your aid in getting rid of responsibilities of his position. He 'must her.” worthily administer the maritime law, and Encouraged to proceed, the tough old salt, sustain the honour of forty millions of peo- who had ploughed the seas for forty years, ple on the opposite side of the globe! He began : must not bring reproach upon " the best “When I left home, nine months ago, civil service in the world," nor upon “the I supposed everything was all right on board universal Yankee nation,” every one of ship. As usual, the owners attended to the whose citizen-sovereigns-give him twenty- shipping of the crew, few of whom I had four hours' notice—is ready to assume any ever seen before going on board to weigh place and duty !

anchor. After leaving port, nothing special Enters the master of a whale-ship, and occurred for some time, unless it were the goes through the formality of depositing the worst luck that fisherman ever had. Cervessel's papers, which the Consul receives tainly it never entered my head that there with imposing dignity. Kindly but gravely was anything wrong or unusual on the ship.

- for the dignity of the office must not be Not a whale was sighted for months. Nacompromised-the Consul inquires into the turally I began to grow anxious and nervous. success of the voyage; how long since the At length, after having been four months ship left home, how long since she has out, a whale was raised, and all on board been in port, and how long she will remain. were eager for the chase. Boats were Though the captain answers frankly enough, quickly lowered and off, while I watched he is not disposed to general conversation. impatiently their progress. When they had Something evidently is on his mind of which been gone some time and were nearing the he would be relieved. Looking all round whale, the second mate's boat suddenly put the rooms to be sure no third person is pre- about, and made for the vessel. Excited by sent, he draws his chair close to the Consul's, this unexpected and apparently causeless reand, in a voice scarcely above a whisper, treat, I shouted, as soon as the boat was in stammers :

earshot, to know the cause of it. Coming “Mr. Consul, 1-have-got-something alongside, the mate called, 'Here, take this to tell you."

villain out of the boat, and give me a man “Very well," responds the grave function that will work, and not attempt to knife me.' ary, assuming an additional dignity.

“It appeared that one of the men, on being "I-I-have-got a woman on board my reprimanded by both a word and a blow for ship,” says the captain with no little effort. not pulling so vigorously as he should, had

“Your wife?” queries the Consul. drawn a knife upon the officer, and threat-
“No, she is not my wife."

ened to kill him. Hurrying the man on to
“A stewardess, then ?"

the ship, and another into the boat, I hit “No; she is neither my wife, nor stew- the former, as he came over the side, a sharp ardess, nor passenger," demurely answers crack with a rope's end, when he exclaimthe whaler.

“But what business have you with a wo- 6 " Take care ; you don't know what you iman on board your ship that sustains neither are doing.'

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“ Don't know what I am doing-eh? questions laconically, and seeming quite Many a rascal like you have I served in the as anxious to hide her past as to know her same way before. I'll teach you not to future. But left alone with the Consul, who draw a knife on your officer again.'

talks very seriously and kindly to her, her “With that I hit him a second time, when confidence, or fear, or both, are sufficiently he fell down, whimpering

roused to induce her to tell, with seeming “«Stop ! stop ! you are striking a woman !' frankness, her story previous to her ship

“Had a bullet gone through my arm at ment. Whether this story be wholly true that moment, it could not have dropped or largely false, it is impossible to say. Sufmore suddenly, while I cried

fice it that it coincides with all hints and «« That's a lie.'

chance remarks dropped on shipboard, and “No,' was the reply, 'it's no lie, but the with what was afterwards learned. It is honest truth. I've been deceiving you, and told, moreover, with every external indicaeverybody else on board.'

tion of honesty, and is substantially as “The fogging, of course, at once stopped. follows :But what to do? Was skipper ever in more “My maiden name—for I have been marunpleasant fix? I took the woman out of the ried—was Georgiana W- I was born fo'castle, where she had lived for four months and grew up in the city of Baltimore. Durwithout her sex having been suspected, and ing my childhood I was subjected to little put her in a vacant room in the after part of discipline ; my mother was an invalid, and the vessel, where she has lived ever since. my father was easily coaxed into letting me do That was five months ago, and this is the first almost as I liked. The result was, I became port I have made.

a passionate, headstrong creature, whom no “And now, Mr. Consul,” concludes the one could well manage, and on whom few captain," you know how I happen to have had any influence. I had many girlish a woman on board my ship, and you must scrapes and adventures, none of which, howhelp me to get rid of her. For get rid of ever, were seriously compromising, though her I must and shall, before I leave this some of them threatened to be. port."

" When I was about nineteen-that is, An interesting case, surely, for a Consul three years ago—I became very much in who as yet knows next to nothing of his love with a young man named John Lduty, but is bent on maintaining the nation. We had long been acquainted, and had had al dignity, and deeply conscious that eighty many a tussle together; some of them goodmillions of eyes are on him! But when one natured, and some of them not. Our padoesn't know what to say or do, it is very rents were on very good terms, and desirous wise to say and do nothing. Next to this that we should marry on coming to a suitis an apparent equanimity in every emer- able age. To this I had no objection, but gency; since few things beget greater confi- looked forward to the day when I should dence on the part of others than seeming be John's wife with great satisfaction. I confidence in one's self. Quietly therefore thought the affection was mutual, and think remarks the Consul, “Bring the woman to now that for a while he did, or thought he this office to-morrow morning, when I will did, truly love me. We were engaged, and hear her story and see what can be done." in due time married. And oh, how happy

The morrow comes. At early office hours I was for a little while! How fondly I enter the captain and an apparently over- loved my husband! How proud I was of grown, awkward boy of eighteen ;-for the him! What care I took to please him,

, woman is still in sailor's garb. Meeting her striving to control my wayward temper! I in the street, few would suspect her sex; as resolved to be, and I was, a true and lovcertainly no one seems to when, a little ing wife. For a time all things went very after, she is conducted to the refuge provided pleasantly. John seemed to be as happy as her. Yet enough of the womanly remains myself. My husband was a mechanic; but to give her a shamefaced appearance as she he was a good workman, and his weekly enters the consulate, and confronts one to earnings were ample to support us as well as whom she knows her story has been partial- we had been accustomed to. There was a ly told, and to whom she now must look for prospect also that he would soon have a aid. At first she is very shy, answering all better situation and a larger salary. I had

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the fondest hopes for the future. I could not and tears, and angry reproaches soon angered dream of what was soon to happen.

him, and induced him to return the epithets “Before many months I noticed a change with which I assailed him. Our altercacoming over my husband. He seemed less tion was very violent—almost threatening to and less happy, and with increasing fre- disturb the peace of the neighbourhood. quency absented himself from home. What | After a while, however, and en the first the matter was I could not imagine; and to paroxysm of wrath and excitement was over, my eager questions could get only evasive my husband told me that he had never loved replies. I became anxious and unhappy, me as a man should love his wife; that he and, as any woman would, set my wits had consented to marry me from regard to to work to unravel the mystery. It was his parents' wishes, and my great fondness; some time, however, before I got any clue that just before our marriage he had first to it; for so entire was my confidence in seen the woman he had lately so often John, that at first I neither suspected, nor visited, and had really fallen in love with would have believed, what I found to be the her ; that when we were married he had retruth. There is no need of telling how I solved to be a faithful husband, and put this discovered what the trouble was. I found woman wholly out of his thoughts ; that for a out that another woman had come between time he succeeded, and that, had he never met my husband and myself.

her again, he would probably have become O, Sir”—and here the narrator broke wholly indifferent to her ; but that, on seedown; her voice shaking, her tears falling, ing her again and again, and especially on

2 and her whole frame violently trembling. It discovering that she had become very fond was some time before she could go on. Re- of him, he found all his good resolutions of covering self-control she resumed :

no avail. His love for her had been con“When the fearful conviction of John's tinually growing stronger, and now had infidelity was forced upon me, and my heart's reached that point when, come what would, idol was shattered, my consternation, and he should cling to her. Public opinion agony, and wrath seemed beyond endurance. might denounce; the laws threaten. He I thought I should go mad, and I certainly did not care. She was his true wife ; he was longed and prayed to die. Since then, how her true husband. For each other they many times have I wished that I had died ! would live and die. But death doesn't come when a poor soul So saying, he tore himself away, and wishes, and so I lived on. John's frequent some weeks passed before I heard anyand prolonged absences from home, on one thing from him again. What I first heard pretext or another, enabled me to conceal was that he had enlisted in a cavalry regithe knowledge I had gained until I had ac- ment then raising in Baltimore for the Union cumulated evidence against him.

army. This was in the autumn of 1861, “One night, as he was preparing to leave when McClellan was gathering his forces on me, as he now so often did, I begged him the Potomac. Hardly sooner did I hear most tenderly and piteously not to go away, of John's enlistment than the strange fancy but to remain at home as he used to di- seized me to disguise myself in man's aprectly after our marriage, and when we were parel, and enlist in the same regiment. I so happy. But he was deaf to my en- should thus be near him, always know sometreaties, and shook my hand from his arm, thing of his doings, and perhaps at some on which I had laid hold. Stung to mad- critical moment be able to render a service ness, I taxed him with his crime; told him that would win far more than his former reI had discovered where he went, and whom gard. Moreover, anything was welcome he had visited so often; and denounced that promised escape from the dreadful conhim as a wretch and villain, not content to dition I was now in. How I should besacrifice one woman, but seeking to drag have in danger I did not know; but I had another to shame and ruin !

little dread of death. “His surprise at my knowledge of his do- “At first the difficulties seemed insuperings was plain; and with seeming indignation able. How obtain the garments in which he denied, for a little, the truth of my charges. to disguise my sex? How pass the mediBut he soon saw that I knew too much to be cal examination? How learn to carry mylonger deceived. Besides, my vehemence, self so as not to excite suspicion and detec

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