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This, Sir, was one ofthe many ways an abode altogether unique, and conin which Madame de Staël beguiled tained such a union of knowledge, wit, her exile. - Thanks to her courage and and imagination, as we may never hope her talents, Coppet was at that period to witness again.
To be continued.
ORIGIN OF AN ARCTIC COLONY....A ROMANCE.
[BY THE AUTHOR OF LEGENDS OF LAMPIDOSA.] To the Editor of the European Magazine. keep this memorial of me.” Sir,
Florice L HAVE found some difficulty in ar- went to ber bower, and instead of 1 ranging the information mentioned planting his gift in her garden, placed it in my last letter respecting the origin of under her pillow. In the morning it an arctic colony ; but am now assisted had changed into a maiden's coronet ; by my learned friend Dr. Bliokensop, not one of those which resemble a banwho thought it his duty to submit the deau* of plaited horse-hair dyed, nor documents first to one of his Majesty's one of those diadems of spangled cloth, ministers, as the fragment of verse wbich shaped as a crescent before and tied I have already communicated seemed with a ribbon bebind, which the ladies to contain a valuable hint regarding a of Engelland wore in ancient days; but secret mode of escape from St. Helena. such a garland of lilies as is still conse
The islander from whom we collected crated in Christian churches to Our Lathis tradition could have had no ac- dy, and is part of a maiden's funeralquaintance with Teutonic or Scan- ornaments. But her bower was no dinavian literature : therefore its re- longer in her father's land ; it was surmarkable coincidence with those tales rounded by a sea to which there seemed which our ancestors derived from tbeir no boundary, except a sky as clear and northern neigbbours, must either give as blue as her own beautiful eyes. them the weight of truth, or convince us Blanchefleur stood by her side, not in that fiction is alike in all countries, from the simple attire of a wandering forester, the days of Charlemagne to those of the but in a mantle of woven pearls and shoemaker Hans Sachs, whose 6840 sandals of cygnet's down. “You have poems are not yet forgotten.
accepted," said he," the eternal pledge " Why bave I not a garden of lilies ?” of my faith, and I am your devoted hussaid the beautiful Florice, as she re- band; but this island must be your turned from a visit to her sister, whose residence, and I dare not admit any hugarden of roses extended seven miles in man visitors to divert you. Take, howlength, guarded by a giant of courage so ever, this wreath of lilies; and whatever superlative, that he caught the wolves amusement you desire shall appear be“ in the woods, and hung them over the fore you when you place it on your head. walls by their tails." It was the festival All tbat I require of you is to think of of St. John, always kept on the day of me once in every hour when I am ab. the summer solstice, and Florice went sent." to the bank of the nearest stream to Florice looked round the isle on gather a water-lily; for it is said, the which her bower was situated, and perseed of a flower plucked on that day ceived it was entirely covered by a will multiply into millions. The edge garden of lilies; and the bed on which of the rivulet failed under her feet as she had been wasted seemed transformshe bent to take the flower, and a young ed into a couch of silver tissue, supstranger who had been sleeping among ported on ivory feet, and covered with the sedges sprang forward to save her. a canopy of dove's feathers. She was Then takiog one of the largest and most charmed with the elegance of her bridal beautiful of the lilies, he said, “ My — name is Blanchefleur-I beg you to
• Such bandeaus are still used in Lirouia, and the snood'in Scotland.
abode, and the beauty of its master; without renewing the magic power of but after a stay of seven days, he de- her bridal coronet. She read the Book parted, begging her to render herself of beroes again, and it reminded her happy till his return. The Lady of that a fair and afflicted damsel like herEngelland knew there were many isl- self had found amusement by playing ands round her native country in which with a ball.* She had one of yellow demons and giants still resided ; and silk, which she diverted herself with she thought this might be the cele- rolling before her till it suddenly leaped brated one where, as the grammarian into the sea. She had scarcely time to Demetrius tells us, the great Kronos is shed tears for its loss, before a small kept by the giant Briareus. But though arm, decorated with a gold bracelet, she feared her husband might be an rose above the surface of the water, and Ettin, or giant in disguise, she recon- restored it. At the same time a boat ciled herself to her fate, and began to came gently towards the shore, full of admire his gifts as the ladies of Engel- roses, and steered by one of the loreland are wont. Two days passed liest forms she had ever imagined. "Be pleasantly in her solitude, for the bed not fearful, beautiful Florice!" said her which had brought her there had still new visitor—"I am one of the mer. under its pillow the legend of the maids that visit all solitary vessels and “ Hero Hogen," which she had been forsaken islands. We dwelt once in studying; and its seventy-seven thous- India, next among the Goths, and after. and verses amused her till the third wards in Greece. Above a hundred of night; when, in the languor of loneli- us were known to Plato, and the elder ness, she put the wreath of lilies on her Pliny saw almost as many on the coasts head, and wished to see a tournament, of Gaul, The crow lives nine times the such as was fought in the days of King flourishing age of man; the stag foar Arthur and his son Child Rowland. times the age of the crow; the raven Immediately a cluster of lilies in her thrice the age of the stag; the phæair garden changed into the pavilion and nine times as long as the raven ; but we gilded barriers of a tilting-field, and a live ten times the age of the phaois, troop of guards no taller than half an and I myself have yet 291,000 years ell arranged themselves in gorgeous to exist!"+ liveries. The tourney lasted till the Florice was filled with awe and demoon rose, when all the squires and light : for she did not believe that these knights zunk upon the earth, and she merladies were seen only in dreams, or saw only a heap of dead lilies. But caused by the reflection of vapours, as Florice could find no amusement in profane witlings have said that giant her own thoughts, and she continued to and fairies may be found near the Lake desire fresh spectacles and pageants till Morgana, and on the cloudy mountain her garden was exhausted. When she called the Broken. Therefore she found the wreath of her husband had asked the name of her beautiful visitor, lost its power to create diversion, and and the motive of her visit. The seaobey her wishes, she waited for his maid answered, “My name is Fenia, arrival in a sullen humour, and re- and I govern the quern stone and the proached him with its failure. “Flo- well of youth. Odin once commanded rice,” said Blanchefleur, “bad you me to grind a ship-load of salt for his desired to see a representation of King great-grandson Frothi, the sovereign Arthur's pilgrimage to rescue Guinevra, of gold. The ship suok, and from that or the sufferings of the gentle and hour the sea has been salt.” Florice chaste Una, or the adventures of our enquired if the sovereiga of gold still good Alfred, the flowers would have to bloomed again; but they perish for ever monly called Prude Ellinor, or, in the corrupt
* Probably King Arthur's daughter, couswhen they are employed in idle and friv- Scotch ballads, Burd Elen.--- Prude implies olous pageanta" T ricomeden ronly gentle, as the Preur Chevalier of the French is
Piyo similar to our “gentle knight." and her husband departed once more, + Hesiod'Theog. and the Ede.
Romantic Origin of an Arctic Colony.
lived ; and Fenia answered, smiling, with neither oar nor" sail, but with the “ He heard you lament your dreary half-dead body of a fair woman laid solitude, and sent me with these roses beside a chest. Thurida, whose name to supply the place of those withered has been rendered famous in songs relilies in your garden. When they be- cording the love of the great Biorn, gio to fade, a single leaf thrown into the who visited the North Pole for her sea will bring my boat again.” Florice sake, was still young and beautiful at hesitated, for she still loved her hus- that period, and strove to revive the band ; but she accepted a rose-bud, female stranger. No persuasion could hoping to conceal it in her bosom, induce her to explain by what means and the mermaid sank with her boat she came to a country so remote,though like a bird of the waters. The lady she seemed to comprehend the language of the isle no longer felt the coldness of its inhabitants. She called herself a of lingering lassitude, but her fancy native of the Ilebrides, offered to assist was possessed with eager and anxious in the labours of the field and loom,and wishes. The blush of the rose-bud was desired no recompense but peaceable fixed in ber cheek wben Blanchefleur permission to reside there for one year. returned, and enquired the meaning Thurida took her to her own hut, and of her restless and fretful melancholy. by degrees conceived great friendship She answered angrily, that she desired for her unknown guest, whose meekness to know the purpose of his mysterious and beauty were remarkable, though absences, and the motive which induced she bad lost her left eye. One evening. him to imprison ber. Blanchefleur after they had visited the Helgafels, or sighed, and, making no reply, led her holy mount wbere the altar and silver to the edge of the shore. “ If you riog are deposited, Thurida imposed an have courage," said he, “ to accom- oath of secrecy on the fair woman, and pany me beyond the invisible extent entreated her aid in a grievous emerof this sea, and to reside where the gency, Unknown to her brother Snorro, prow of the sailor and the foot of the she was on the point of giving birth to a traveller have never entered, we will babe whose existence would be odious go together; but if the quiet of this to its savage uncle; but by the comisland is odious, how will darkness, passionate aid of the stranger, both the frost, aod eternal silence be endared ?" mother and her offspring might be preFiorice saw the discretion of seeming served from his fury. The fair woinui content, and determined to avail her- promised fidelity, and received the in self of his absence. When she was alone fant into a maotle of white fur, whici. at the close of the next eve, she threw she took from ber chest, and deposited a rose-leaf into the sea, and saw the in the hollow of a rock lined with this mermaid's boat ascending, not with a feathers of Icelandic birds. She visited freight of roses, but a yellow dwarf, it often in secrecy and darkness, feeris whose bead carried a chest or basket of ing it with the tenderest care, and gold dust, which he poured at her feet. hoping to repay, by her bounty to her The mermaid caughi her in her arms, foster-child, the kindness which ha:1 and throwing the coronet of lilies from saved her life when wrecked on thi her brow, sook with her into the ocean. desolate coast. But Thurida had seen,
the chest from whence the mantle bar * * * * *
been taken, and coveted the remainder On the Gold Bringe Syssel, or large of its contents. Chance conducted the promontory on the south-west coast of Pontiff Sporro to the track of a wolf, Iceland, is a small hamlet of huts, once which he pursued till it brought him tú inhabited by exiles from the coast of the recess where, wrapped in down and Norway.* 'A boat was found about beautiful as the god Amor, he discosnine hundred years ago upon this coast, ered his sleeping nephew. Charme * The Eyrbiggia Saga, or Annals of Ice
To by its loveliness, and touched to see th: land in 1264, records a similar occurrence.
ce she-wolf administering milk 10 it, the
high-priest brought home the babe, and ally round, and shed over the ball placed it in his sister's lap. Thurida, a clear mild light like the setting-sua's. watchful of the golden opportunity, ac. Under a canopy at the farther ead, 002 cused the stranger of sorcery, and urged gorgeous sopha, sat her sister, the Lady him to demand the coffer which con- of the Garden of Roses, “ combiag ber tained her treasures. The unknown yellow hair with a silver comb."* Sbe replied, “I am a wife, but not the mother embraced her sister with great joy, and of the babe. My name is Florice, and entreated to know by what chance she I have called him Wolfelin, because had been brought from their dear nawolves have been more merciful than tive country, Engelland, to a land so his mother; but the chest is full of wild and distant.“ Sister," said Rhogold dust, and he who opens it shall daline, “the yellow dwarf who go lose his right foot and his left eye." veros all the surface of the earth, aod Snorro seized her hands, and put her all the riches of its interior, has built forth from his but into the midst of bis palace in this hill. He tempted the torrent of snow-dust which fell me to become his wife, and to exfrom the mountains, calling on Thort change my garden of roses for his to exterminate a sorceress and her son. treasures; but I have no living cons
Florice carried the babe wrapped in panion, and every day I am compelled its mantle in her bosom, while the she- to look upon an altar of blazing diawolf walked by her side till they monds which ends in a poisonous fareached a round hill with a door of pour. Still I live, and shall live for broad stones in the centre. The wolf ages, unless you will aid me to return breathed on it thrice, and at the third to Engelland.”—“Alas !" replied Fiobreath it opened, and they entered. rice, “I came I kaow not how to this Florice walked through a long gallery, forlorn island, and have an orphan-babe where the air was soft and warm as in my arms which I cannot forsake. a May-evening. The light was a silver How shall we be rendered invisible?" twilight, but it came neither from win- And as she spoke she looked round her dows nor iamps, but from the walls for the friendly wolf, which had disand roof, which were of clear trans- appeared, but a wreath of lihes lay parent rock, crusted with bright stones. on the place where it had stood. FsoTwo folding doors opened into a spa- rice placed it on her head, and the babe cious ball, whose richness and brilliance became invisible; but when she looked no tongue can tell. It seemed to ex- into a mirror made of a larg · diamond, tend the whole length and height of which hung before her, she perceived the hill. The pillars were so lofty and that her whole person and attire were so large, that the pillars of a church changed. She was now a green dwarf, are no more to be compared to them with emerald eyes and hair of a varying than a hillock to Beoloinond. They and brilliant hue, like the crest of the were of gold and silver fretted with mocking-bird. Rhodalind embraced wreaths of flowers composed of co- her rapturously : “ You are now," she loured jewels. And the key-stones of said, “the perfect likeness of my husthe arches above, instead of coats of band's brother. There are four of his arms or other devices, were ornamented family-the yellow dwarf is the eldest with clusters of diamonds in the same and most powerful; Men call him manner. From the middle of the roof Chrysos, or the Gold King, and you where the principal arches met, was see ihe splendor of his habitation. His hung, by a gold chain, an immense father Odin named him Frotbi,t and lamp of one hollow pearl, perfectly Vide « Northern Antiquities,” Edintransparent, in which was suspended a burgh edition: Animals were often gifted site large carbuncle that turned continu- elfish poroers, like the she wolf's.
+ This story is told in one of the Real
- Heroes. Dwarfs, says the prefam er + Sir George Mackenzie mentions a pen- ated lo inhabit hollow hills, discurso gudd and insular in Iceland once called the throne of the Eems, and distinguish good and bar. Then (tod Thor. Losing an cue is still supposed to tarn-cars, or peils, made them to*** Me. Herget be the penalty of pceping al fairy matters. recre midreay between dwarfs ave' giants.
455 bathed him in a dragon's blood, which for thee a bride of more beauty than • has made bim impenetrable in every my Rhodaliod, and a boat of flowers - part, except one he will not name. bas tempted her from her husband's er The Blue Dwarf governs the sylphs and land to mine. Wait till the morning
inhabitants of the purer element; and comes, and Florice of Engelland shall * seldom leaves the sky to visit his broth- bu thine."_" How can that be certain,"
er's abode, wbich changes his colour replied Florice, “wbeo she has with
to an earthly greep. The Black Brother her the coronet of lilies which her hus1 dwells in cities, and his subjects labour band gave as the token of his love 1 for him in volcanoes and hidden flames, and fidelity ?"-" There is no token
except when an earthquake sends them of love," said the yellow dwarf, " which abroad to rejoice. The youngest bro.. a woman would not exchange for the
ther is unknown to me, and they say his gold bracelet which I offered. Since cm mansion is in the whirlpool where all the days of our great-grandfather Odin, er the oceans of the universe meet. Sis- I have seen twelve thousand brides iter, dearest sister ! I am the hundredth wear that coronet, and as many times i mortal wife that the yellow dwarf has I have seen it changed into a heap of s stolen from our world. There is in one dead lilies.”—“Can it be thought," said
of the chambers of this palace a lioden Florice “ that the lady of Engelland tree, whose branches seem loaded with will love me in this green attire, and singing-birds. But this tree is made in this hideous land of cold and desoof gold, and its trunk is filled with lation ?""No," answered the Gold organ-pipes that create the delicious King, laughing_-" but my palace furmelody we hear; and those whom it nishes ornaments to decorate a brideJulls to sleep must wake no more. groom. Take my tarn-cap, and my Since my entrauce into this splendid silken mantle ; and when the evening prison, I have bever dared to sleep, star shines, our youngest brother's boat lest I should be added to the number will come to this shore. The lady Floof unhappy wives whose ashes fill the rice dwells with the bigh-priest's sister, diamond caskets you see round us.” and will follow thee as she followed the
Florice had no time to reply, for mermaid in my boat of flower3.” The Chrysos entered, and shewed in his own pretended Green Dwarf paused awhile, palace all the hideousness of his person. and answered, “ I have a fancy for thy The head of this monstrous dwarf was vest, brother, to conceal my deformed an ell broad, his eyes yellow, his nose shoulders."-"No part of my apparel shaped like the horn of a ram ; his should be denied to thee, except this," hair rough as gum and white as a swan; said the sovereign of the gold mines ; his mouth of enormous width, and his “ but when Odin strove to make me ears like those of an ass. But his invulnerable, a rose-leaf lay near my mantle was made of white silk brought heart, and on that spot I am penetrable from Arabia, embroidered with gems, by a woman's hand; therefore I can
and his vesture of the rarest ermine, not give thee the armour that defends - covered by a surcoat woven of the fea- it.”-Florice said no more, and the
thers of scarlet birds from Morocco yellow dwarf clapping his hands, sumI and Lybia. On bis bead he wore the inoned all his gnomes to prepare a feast
magical tarn-cap of unmatched power for his brother. Fruits of all kinds
in Elfland, studded with gold; and the were spread in shells of pearl laid on i brilliant richness of his dress increased tables supported by peacocks, whose i bis horrible ugliness. Florice shud- outspread wings were composed of * dered as he took her hand, mistaking precious stones. He knew his brother
her for the Green Dwarf, and ex- would taste vothing except the dew gaclaimed, “ Ha, my good Brother! this thered from Persian roses, and a cup visit is rightly timed. I have found was brought which had been filled from
+ See the Lecondot Huichdietrich in the the gardens of Shirauz. At length the Danish Book of Heroes.
yellow dwarf sank on the rich couch