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more to our taste than by transcribing And quenched his bold and friendly eye, these choice lines upon his friend and His spirit did not all depart. associate, which indeed originally appeared in the pages of this Review: “ The words of fire that from his pen
Were flung upon the lucid page, “The earth may ring, from shore to shore, Still move, still shake the hearts of men, With echoes of a glorious name,
Amid a cold and coward age. But he, whose loss our tears deplore, Has left behind him more than fame. “ His love of truth, too warm, too strong
For Hope or Fear to chain or chill, “ For when the death-frost came to lie His hate of tyranny and wrong
On Leggett's warm and mighty heart, Burn in the breasts they kindled still."
Oh, blessed day! kindly as the sweet dew
Falls on the earth at midnight's silent hour,
And raising softly up each blade and flower,
Smiles forth again in richer colors set;
Earth's hapless millions, whose bent brows are wet
Sweet voice of Hope is stifled by the press
And fears of future evil and distress,
Is blended into evening's quiet grey,
And softly as the sighing zephyrs play
And gloomy doubts, to giant strength it grew,
And Hope returning like the dove that flew
The distant future, in fair colors drest,
Of its ideal brightness in the breast,
Is sweetly lost in Faith, whose heavenly light
To those ethereal mansions where the blight
The kindred spirits, that, in feeling one,
With steady faith, till life's last sand was run,
T, WATERBURY ELLIS.
A FOOL OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.*
FROM THE GERMAN OF ZSCHÖKKE.
off. When I arrived, my uncle was
already dead and buried. An old “Fate favored me very much even at steward handed over to me the keys my first coming to reason. My father, of the closets, and the will. I counted whose property had been scattered by off the little legacies to the servants, let prodigal expenditure, left me on his the steward into my secret, and openly death a scanty inheritance. But I had declared myself poor, all the means of a prospect, after the decease of my my uncle being covered with debts. uncle, of becoming a goodly owner of
“ So I returned to the garrison, and wealth. This was known to every- made known my story, I did it to try body. On that account, I had been the disposition of my betrothed, whebetrothed to the Baroness of Mooser, ther she had the courage to remain by the daughter of the President of the my side in the world, and become what Exchequer. She was one of the most I was. To make the story more strikeligible matches in the country, as they ing, I sold what I did not want, to pay used to say, being very pretty, very my own debts in the city, of which, rich, and the niece of the War-Minister. old and new,
a small The marriage having been concerted amount. My companionis laughed at by my relations and old uncle, I was me, and particularly when I gave out compelled, according to custom, to that I intended to be an honest man. agree to it. But the sickness of my Even the President of the Exchequer uncle, who stood 10 me in place of a and his spouse dissuaded me; I must father, caused the ceremony to be post- not excite éclåt—I would blamire myponed. I was already major, and by the self and them-I would make myself next promotion would become lieuten- and them a ridicule, &c. ant-colonel. In a few years a regiment “I stuck to my notion : honor is would not have been wanting to me. more than appearance, and poverty is
“So stood matters at that time; and no disgrace. He who can want much is I soon found, after my recovery of rea- rich. These saws, as they were termson, that they were not the most agree- ed, pleased the Baroness least of all. able. It was an uncomfortable thought, Her parents gave me to understand that I, a free man, should, through my that their child had been accustomed relatives, couple myself to a girl, for to certain aisances, and that they were the sake of money, rank, and protec- not rich enough during their lifetime tion, without knowing her peculiari- to give me and their daughter an outties, views, faults, and inclinations. fit. Finally, after a few days, they The Baroness was, it must be con- trusted implicitly in my tenderness, fessed, pretty and good, but nothing that I would willingly release the conmore than any young lady might be tract. I did not hesitate to do it, and under the same training; well-disposed to declare that I thought I got off by nature, but, through an artificial cheaply, since no mutual choice of education, vain, pleasure-loving, trivial, hearts, but only an agreement and moproud of her family, her rank, and ney reckoning among relatives had her beauty, and witty at the ex- taken place. pense of the best people in the world; “My assumed poverty had other in all things more French than Ger- effects of a good kind-namely, that man. Whether she truly loved me or old friends and jolly comrades did not not, I did not know; but that I cared look after me so much. Still it pleasno more for her than for any other well- ed me, that some continued to hold formed and pretty woman, I did me in esteem. But the most became know.
cold and distant; for, with my money, “ A letter, by a messenger, bade me I had lost, in their eyes, my highest go to my sick uncle. I got permission attractions. So much the better,' from the General, took leave of my thought l; “thou canst act and speak betrothed and her parents, and rode more sincerely.'
“But I was no more fortunate with “On the other hand, about the same truth and this was foreseen-than time I received a letter which made men who have preceded me. For amends for all. I had, some time ago, some winters I had been accustomed found a poor beggar girl weeping to deliver lectures to the officers on near the barn of a farm-house. In the scientific subjects. I continued the barn her ragged mother lay dying upon occupation, and uttered my sentiments the hay. I learned from the dying freely. But when I came to lay down woman, who was still young, that she the following propositions—That every was from Southern Germany, of poor, war which was not undertaken for the but respectable parents, had been in the independence and safety of our country service of a rich lord, where she was against foreign invaders, but for the seduced by the son of the house, who personal whims of a prince, intrigues gave her a piece of money and sent of ministers, the ambition of the court, her away; that, after her delivery, she in order to conquer, to mix in the had sought employment, but, on acaffairs of another people, or for the count of her child, she could procure sake of revenge, was unjust; that it nowhere for any length of time, was standing armies were the plague of the always distressed, had lately lived land, the ruin of the finances, the ready upon alms, and could now only pray slaves of despotism, when the prince for her daughter. I ran into the peawould become a despot; that the sol. sant's house, to buy her some refreshdier should be a citizen ; that a here- ments, for the peasant himself would ditary or created nobility was, now.a. hardly allow her a resting-place in his days, nonsense, which could only be barn. When I came back she already tolerated among savages and barba- lay lifeless upon the hay, and the little rians; that I hoped to live to see the girl was mourning bitterly over the time when all the kings of Europe corpse of her mother. I comforted her would agree by concordat to disband as well as I could; discharged the ex. their immense standing armies, and on penses of interment, and sent the the other hand make their soldiers of all orphan, who did not know the family citizens capable of bearing arms; that name of her mother, to a female boardduels belonged to the house of correc- ing-school at Rastrow. She was tion or the insane asylum: when, I called Amelia, and I gave her, out of say, I introduced these propositions, charity, the surname of Barn, after the and others like them, and defended place in which she was found. their correctness, of which no sane Well, then, when all had deserted human understanding could doubt, the me, I received from this Amelia Barn lectures were prohibited, and the Ge- a letter, which is still secured among neral gave me a severe reprimand. I my treasures. Thou shalt read it. At answered back again, and was put un- that time it moved me to tears. The der arrest.
contents were, in effect, that she had • That did not disturb me, for I all heard of my misfortune, and thought along expected it. Above all things I that she must no longer be a burden to performed my duty. Since I had fallen her father, as she was accustomed to out of the favor of the General even call me. She would seek, as a governthe best officers began to withdraw ess in some good family, or by means from me. They laughed and jested at of embroidery, dressmaking, instruction my expense. Some of the wittiest in- on the pianoforte, or in some other sisied that I was crazy, and thought way, to earn her own support. I must it a consequence of the shock I must not be troubled about her; but now it have received from my hopes being came to her turn to be troubled about disappointed as to a large inheritance. me. Thou must read the letter thyI was soon so much neglected that self, with its beautiful outburst of graeven my former servants would remain titude. It is the very mirror of a pious with me no longer, because I supported and pure heart. She asked for perthem and myself upon slender means, mission to see, only for once, her benerejected coffee, seldom took wine, and, factor, whose image was traced on her instead of their former rich liveries, memory since the day of her mother's caused them to wear a simple, neat death. I wrote back, praising her garb, such as fortunately thou seest good sense, but advising her that she me in now.
had no occasion to be in a hurry ; I
The corps of
• would take care of her until she had a all eyes upon her. They spoke to me suitable place.
about her, and I did not dissemble that “One day as I had returned from pa- I was her foster-father, and that she rade, there was a knock at the door of was a poor child of dishonorable birth. my chamber. An unknown young Work after work was brought to her, lady entered, with a most lovely coun so that I advised her to go to some tenance. The lilies and plum-blossoms other and unknown house. Young do not mingle their colors more beau- ladies came to her, less for the sake of tifully in a bouquet than they were her embroidery, than to see one who mingled on her face, under the full was so much praised by the whole locks of hair. She asked, blushingly, neighborhood. and with a tender voice, after me, then “One day when I was visiting Amefell down, melting into tears, embraced lia, as I stood before the door of her my knees, and when I, astonished, chamber, I heard her in hot dispute would have raised her up, covered my with some man. I recognized the voice hands with her kisses. What I sus- of my lieutenant-colonel. Just as I pected was confirmed by her cry of opened the door, he was stealing a kiss 0 my father, my father; O my from her. I upbraided him for his guardian angel! I besought her to disgraceful conduct, and when he stand up. She asked me to allow her found the opportunity, he flew under to remain in the position, saying, “Ah, my hands out of the door, and down I am so happy, that my heart is like the steps. He fancied that I had tarto break.'
nished his honor, and challenged me “ It was a long while before she let to fight a duel. I would have nothing me go, and stood up. Then I clasped to do with his nonsense. her to my breast, impressed a kiss upon officers threatened that they would not her pure white forehead, and requested serve under me, if I was a coward, her to consider me as a father, and to That I was not, and so went out to the call me thou. She listened. But the usual battle-ground weaponless, saying fatherly kiss had somewhat confounded to the fool that if he was ambitious of my thoughts. She was taken to the ho- assassination, I would give him pertel, where she remained some days; mission to try on me. He and the but these days were enough to under- officers then became vulgar. They mine my peace of mind. When Amelia believed, according to their barbarous journeyed back to the institution, I conceptions, that my honor would suscounselled her to remain in the house tain a deadly wound, although they of some respectable citizen, and take dishonored themselves by their brutalin embroidery for support. It was hard ity. I asked them whether the blackfor me to tear myself from her; yet I guards who covered a respectable man did not betray to her that I was rich. passing in the streets with mud, beI wished to try her; I hired a chamber came themselves respectable thereby, for her, engaged a maid for her service, or whether, on the other hand, the resupplied her with harpsichord, harp, spectable man became a blackguard. books, and, after a few days, also the “ At the parade the next morning, proceeds of the sale of her embroidery, the General delivered to me, with a freely, at her own price, under the suitable speech, an Order just received pretence that they came from a strange from the court. This was one of the hand. I visited her only once or twice late fruits of my former connexion with a week, to avoid observation and evil the Baroness Von Mooser, and the construction,
work of her uncle, the War-Minister. “Every visit was a feast. Thou canst I could not, according to my notions of think how sweet it was to know my services, receive the little ribbon. that there was one being under the Had I really performed a service to the sun, who was all innocence, who be. state, I would have been ashamed to longed to no one in the world, who drag the reward of it vaingloriously was entirely dependent upon my care, about with me all day. My steadfast and that this being, of all that nature refusal to take the lappet, with a little had made beautiful, pious, and noble, star on it, was a thing unheard of in was the most exquisite. The beauty the annals of the monarchy. My and humble condition of Amelia was idea was that duty and virtue did not soon no secret in the town. She drew permit themselves to be rewarded, but
only recognized ; that the man of honor on the floor. I called the maid ; I did not do his duty in order to be re. was palsied by the sudden fright. cognized ; that least of all should he “As Amelia recovered, and, after her suffer himself to be constrained to play swoon, the color came into her cheeks, the great man before other people, she opened her eyes, and smiled gently particularly those whom he has aided; at me, wondering at the anxiety of both these notions went for so much Jacobin- myself and the maid. By degrees, ism and nonsense. The General was her recollection returned; she believed angered. The officers then stepped that she had been asleep. I hardly forward in behalf of their wounded ventured to speak to her of what had honor. I became hated, and after passed. As soon as we were alone some weeks left the regiment. again, I said, “Amelia, why wert thou
“ I was well satisfied. I clad myself so frightened before the glass ? Wherecitizen fashion, as I wished; not after fore durst thou not become my wife? the present uncouth mode, but mo- Speak freely, I am prepared to hear destly, neatly, and naturally, as thou all.' She blushed, and was a long now seest us all here in Flyeln. The while silent, with her eyes fixed on people opened their eyes, and regarded the floor. Wherefore dost thou not me as a crazy man, and the more so dare ?' asked I once more. Here she when it transpired that I was not only sighed and looked towards Heaven. not poor, but one of the most wealthy Dare, oh God, dare! What else dare men in the land. Amelia wished to I not to do, if thou wishest it? Can I know why I behaved so. I commu- be happy, can I live without thee? nicated to her my opinions of the Whether thy maid, or thy wife, all is world, as well as my own principles. the same, for I have but one love for She, a child of nature, simple and in- thee.' tellectual, approved my notions, and “Whilst I thus lived in the very portal lived quite according to them. I could of Heaven, the whole town was quite not but be proud of Amy's judgment, for run mad with astonishment; my relait was my own. She thought, she felt tions, on both father's and mother's side, nothing but what I did ; her being was were in terror and desperation, when I lost in mine. Her reverential, daugh- informed them of my approaching nupterly love had been changed into the tials with Amelia. One of them, of purest, most modest, and deepest that an old and noble family, whose ances. a young woman knows, and I appeared, tors in the service of the king were even to myself, somewhat too young covered with the highest dignitiesto play the part of a father.
a knight and baron, intermarried with “One day when I told her that I the chief families of the land- took the thought of returning to my posses. wicked mis-alliance in high dudgeon. sions, she asked whether she might Only think, to marry not with one of follow me; she would be happy to the created nobility, not even with the serve me as a maid. And when I hesi- citizen class, nor yet with the daughtated, saying, that I had some notion ter of a respectable mechanic, but with of getting married, she dropped her a beggar-girl of disreputable birth ! head and said, “All the better, thy My relations wrote me threatening wife will not find a more trusty ser- letters. They came all too late, for in vant than I.' * But,' said I, my about fourteen days Amelia and I were future wife has not now as excellent formally married. an opinion of thee as thou deservest.' “Why should I tell thee of the foolish •What have I done to her ?' she an- things, which men infected with prejuswered with the lofty expression and dices began to do, as soon as I deierpride of an innocent. ‘Show me thy mined to live as an honest, natural bride, and I will win her affection and man, strictly according to truth, banishesteem.'. I led Amy to the looking- ing all duplicity, all dancing-master glass which hung in the chamber, politeness, all foreign airs, all the sopointed to it, and said stammeringly, called etiquette of conduct, with- There thou seest her!' She started out, on the other hand, depriving men with fright, grew pale as she turned of the sight of a respectful and intelliher large blue eyes towards me, and gent deportment ? My simple Thou, saying, with trembling voice, “It with which I began to accost them, raust not be me!' sank death-like up- and to cause them to accost me, fright