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THREE SONS-IN-LAW.






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THE THREE SONS-IN-LAW.


PART I.

1.


BARON of old
Kept a sumptuous table,
Had deer-hounds in kennels
And steeds in the stable:
He'd a wife, and three daughters
For beauty renowned,
Who in marriage were ought
By the whole country round.

But with racing, and feasting,
And saying and doing,
This foolish old Baron
Went quickly to rain;
All his ctles were pawned
Save an old one, that stood
SPerched high on a rook
ithe edge of a wood.

A ike lay below it,
With dark, llen waters.
Oh how the poor Banem
Wpt with her dm two,
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When the Baron declared
They no servants could keep,
But must learn to be drudges,-
To cook and to sweep.

No wonder, poor things
They're in such consternation;
They all had received
A polite education,-
Learnt geography, drawing,
The harp, and astronomy-
But had not a notion
Of household economy.

There was no Monsieur Soyer
To teach soup and stew;
So boiling potatoes
Was all theyould do.
The Baron grew rmom
With the bad daily dinner,
And the whole noble family
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" M dear," the Baron said at last,
I cannot stand this daily fast;
Let's have some meat-'twill do quite well
Just broke, love, au ntrel."
" Have meat, indeed I" the lady cried;
" We've sought a butcher far and wide;
Perhaps-if it must come to that-
You'll try his trade, and kill the oat!"
(That animal had not, you'll say,
Been slaughtered on the wedding-day.)
The Baron mildly took the huA
Sweetened it with a pinch of snuff,
His gun across his shoulder slung,
And toward the forest strode along,
Thinking, to mend his dismal lot,
He'd kill provision for the pot.

It was a strange, uncanny place,
As you may see by the Baron's face.
He ne'er before had ventured in it,
And looked behind him every minute.
Looking behind is just the way
To miss qwui ows mts as m.
So chanced it, when a huge Bear met him,
That ere 'twere shot, it might have ate him,
But wisely did refrain-to glory
Of Bear, and progress of my story.
A savage growl the BarownheaI-
He turned, and at the monster dsnd.


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While fLabling faintly at the trigger,
He thought the Bear kept growing bigger.
It showed its teeth-oh, hideous grinner I
And said, To-day you'll make my dinner I"
The Baron dared not say he went
With just the opposia intent-
No time for joking this--o he
Went down quite humbly on one knee,
And begged with all his might and main
Sir Bear would let him go again.
" On one condition," growled the foe:
" I wed your eldest daughter."-" No/"-
" Oh, well, whichever you prefer:
To dinner, then."-" One moment, sir l"-
" Bears love few words: resign your life,
Or give me Isabel to wife."
The Baron hemmed, and half agreed,
But for delay still sought to plead.
" Her portion, sir, must first be told:"-
" Take," Bruin aid, this bar of gold:
Go home, the tale to none confide,
And soon I'll come to claim my bride."
The glittering pledge the Baron took,
But on it was ashamed to look;
So dug a hole, and in it buried
His guilty prise; then homeward hurried.


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Ba uemT gleams the early suashine
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Bspdraguas, aanlod in cuwism,
Stad like werdew stiff l talL
GOudyt ower t arpds gudast
0 why Pgae ye no lanm
Whea a maiden passed ye, bearing
Snow-white linen on heb an?

Iabel went forth so lightly,-
Quickly would her task be done;
'Just beyond the castle shadow
Spread the garments in the sun;
'Home again, to light the fie,
'Gathering brushwood by the way:'
So she fancies, little knowing
Wht should else befall to-day.

Ah I we know, or think we know it,-
MaidenI shun the forest side
For among the dusky pine-trees
Doth a monster bridegroom hide.
Through the rustling branches springg,
Forth he come--but, clearly sen,
Tie no Bear of savage aspect,
But a knight of noble mien!

Quick as thought he swnag the lady
On his massive addle-bow;
From her powerless arm the linen
Backward flew like drifting now.
In th forest's deep Nreces
Varih oon the eatig pair;


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Only winter, ever fantr,
Their wild gallop mites the air.

On the wall still stand the powers,
But the maiden comes no more:
Mother weepe, and istes wonder,
All at length her los deplore.
Very guilty felt the Baron,
But the tale to none he told;-
Stole alone into the forest
And dog up the bar of gold.


THE worth of this metal
I cannot relate,
But it soon was apparent
In jewels and plate,
In castles recovered
And splendour returning,
Through this ill-omened wealth
Of the old Baron's earning.

Yet with all the fine fortune
Of son-in-law Bruin,
He brought his poor family
Once more to ruin.




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Again they must seek
The old castle that stood
Perched high on the crag
At the edge of a wood.

Alas! the good ladies,
With all their gay doing,
Had learnt nought of cooking,
Or baking, or brewing;
And the Baron, returned
To potatoes and water,
Found time to be grieved
When he thought of his daughter.


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All unhorsed around him lying, She, with drooping eyes, and blush-s
Still erect he sits his steed, That to veil them quickly rise,
Bends not till he bends before her, Binds the scarf across his shoulder,
Led to claim the victor's meed. By her wrought,-the tourney's prize.

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THn autumn day were dark and sad:
"What entertainment could be had?"
My lord would eigh. The forest grim
Was now detested ground to him;-
If he but looked that way, a qualm
Would seize his soul, as if the form
Of hapless Isabel he saw
Clutched in a Bear's relentless paw;
Nor dared he seek her fate to scan,-
" What's done is done-help it who can I"
Thus would he salve his conscience o'er,
But on the forest's side 'twas sore.
Well, some diversion he must try:
Fine birds were often seen to fly
About the crags-and he would climb,
And take his gun, with heed this time
(Thu dear experience warned his mind)
7b look b^fre, and not behind
It never struck him, strange to say,
That birds might come a different way;
So nothing oweraWd he saw,
Till pinned beneath an Eagle's claw
He could not move a limb, nor speak,
For terror of the creature's beak,
That snpped out sharply, bit by bit,
Two horrid syllables: J fdI"
He fit it vain to ask,fr atIo
But, faintly struggling with his lot,


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Gasped out at l et-" Oh, pare my lifl'-
"Wilt give ma AAlide to wife?"
The answer made was "No," of course,
But this time it was very ho e,
For he already felt with awe
This was a second son-in-law;
Indeed the bgain woon was made,-
A golden egg the dower purveyed.
The talons then release their prey,
The gasping Baron limped away,
While winds behind the shrill words carry,
"To fetch my bride I shall not tarry."



6.
Faou the high crag downward sweeping
Bitter blew the icy North;
Yet in spite of wind and weather
Muat fair Adelaide go forth
To the tree with apples laden,
Leet the sudden tempest shake
All the fruit in golden showers
BRshing headlong to the lake.

Gathering, catching, and pursing,
She had piled a goodly store,
When a blast swept from the upland
Far more furious than before.
Bound the trunk a soft arm throwing
Little eed to rough embrace,


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Lbak and:m O t wildly s*ming,
SBaroe the madl held her plh

Hark is al that rising clamour
But the tempest's gathering force?
Mingles not a lash of armour
And the tramping of a hore ?
Yes; the maid, her faint arm drooping,
Feels a stronger round her press'd-
Turns, and ee a knight beside her,
Eagle's feathers on his crest.

Few the words he spent in wooing,
Yet they must have pleased her ear,
For anon she mounts before him
More in wonder than in fear.
Soon they miss her from the castle,
Call aloud, "Where has she strayed?"
But the echoes only mock them,
Giving back their Adelaide I"

Day by day, her hopes decaying,
Wept the Baroness and pined:
Something like a faint suspicion
Stole at times across her mind,
That her spouse could tell the story,-
But 'twas vain a word to beg;
And the Baron, too well knowing,
Went to hti the golden egg.





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How shall I describe,
Or to figures reduce,
The fine brood of dollars
This egg did produce ?
From the Baron's big pocket
They flew out apace,
As in splendour at Court
He again took his place.

But with all the gay doings,
The feasting and play,
This fine brood of dollars
At length died away;
So back, once again,
To the castle that stood
Perched high on the crag
At the edge of a wood.

The Baron, you see,
Now possessed but one daughter,
But she was a gem
Of the very first water,-


The sweet Lady Bertha,
So lovely and clever,
So full of perfections,
Her equal was never.

Brought up, like her sisters,
To dress and to dance,
She had heeded the warnings
Of early mischance,
And in arts of the kitchen
So skilful had grown,
She could make turtle-soup
Of an old mutton-bone !

Thus greatly she mended
The castle's bad cheer,
And sought to bring comfort
To all she came near;
Yet sometimes upon her
A sadness would steal,
Whose case (though a secret)
To you I'll reveal


Ix the Baron's days of splendour
Had a tournament been held,
Whither locked each knight and noble
That in deeds of arms excelled.









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Many bore themselves right bravely,
Proud of feats by Bertha seen,
Who, a Queen of Love and Beauty,
Sat embowered in garlands green.

Quick as light, from foe to foeman,
Round the lists her eye had flown,
When some fancy rapt its vision,
Fastening it on one alone:
He, a knight of noble stature,
All adorned in shining scales,
Challenges each earlier victor,
And in every course prevails.

All unhorsed around him lying,
Still erect he sits his steed,
Bends not till he bends before her,
Led to claim the victor's meed.
She, with drooping eyes, and blushes
That to veil them quickly rise,
Binds the scarf across his shoulder,
By her wrought,-the tourney's prize.

Through the circle of beholders
Whispers ran, Who can he be? "
None could tell--and lo l he vanish'd
Ere had ceased the revelry.
Never more the maiden saw him-
Now the world is left behind,
"Ahb!" she sighs, in this lone dwelling,
How should he poor Bertha find?"


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A ase above, a wood beside,
Where haunting phantoms shriek and glide-
One, too, from which he's never free,
The constant phantom of Enmi--
What could our Baron do, but take
His way for pastime tow'rd the lake?
By guilt as yet unstained, its waters
Refet no image of lost daughters;
And he his rod and line may bring
On cloudy days, and try a fing-
Perhape catch something: he would like
To raise a trout, or strike a pike,
For Bertha's learnt from her great-aunt
The true receipt for mauo piquant.
He set to work, and strained his eyes
To fabricate some curious flies:
A lock of Bertha's golden hair
Supplied material fine and rare.
So on a nice, cool, shady day
He took the lake's descending way,
Armed at all points, and never bolder,
With fishing-rod across his shoulder,
Likewise with purpose-need you ask it?
Slung on his arm, a good large basket

The flies were bright, the hooks were sharp-
He soon had caught some pretty carp,
That would on table make a figure;
But hankering still for something bigger,



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|:'1 Panting, almost gains the shore, l I M '"C '. .
In the lake the Knight and Bertha 'e.. i
;i1 Plunge and sink, and rise no more !

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Gleams the maiden's golden hair, /7
And comes up that voice so courteous 4" - -
Hle had heard-he knows it-there: "

SNoble father-in-law, forgive ius! r
Bertlia with her Fish must go; /
Hle will strive to make her happy- )V' i
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Itn nH an IWm-luaw.
He threw again-at once the bait
Was seied, and at a furious rate
As if propelled by ten-flih-power
It dragged him after for an hour
Through bush and brier and water-course
Still dragging onward in full force
At last it brought him where a rock
Opposed a mighty stumbling-block,
Which, rising sheer fall twenty feet,
To scale were Alpenjsger's feat.
The Baron's wearied limbs incline
To quit the chase and snap the line:
Lo I when he ceases to pursue,
The Fish most civilly stops too,
Rears his huge head above the wave,
And says, Fair sir, your ear I crave."

The act good breeding did betoken,
The words, too, were so blandly spoken,
"Ah I" quoth our hero (now clear-sighted),
"I must profess myself delighted
Some polished animals to find,
Superior to their greedy kind:
For all that yet have chanced to meet me
(Twill shock your feelings) wished to eat me
I'm happy, sir, a Fish to see,
Governed by purest courtesy "-
"Hem 1" said the Fish, I would not boast-
You reckon, sir, without your host.
True, of rash dealings I'm no lover,
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It waed the Baro to a s oe,
And then went o in friendlier tone:
STransparent a our element,
We Fish speak clearly our intent
Sines the fiMt baby minnow tried
Its fin against a streamlet's tide.
I vow, by that delicious fly
That hooked into my heart doth lie,
I love more dearly than my life
Your Bertha, whom I seek for wife.
Ask you her dowry? be it told,
Fishes have nought to do with gold;
But see, of pearls a plenteous store-
They'll make you wealthier than before.
Yet, should you my proposals slight,
Know, I've a fishy appetite.
Consent-I hope I've made it clear;
Or else-just look-you go down Ars!'
It gaped, and showed a cavern wide
As the poor Baron's mightiest stride!
He felt for pistols at his girdle,
But only felt his life-blood curdle.
Exhausted by the headlong chase,
He could not muster heart of grace
For aught in meaning, word or deed,
Than two faint syllables-" Agreed "
The Fish gave one great jump for joy-
"Hurrah I dear father-in-law, good-bye,
I'll get my corl palace ready
For my sweet bride;-but, sir, be steady:


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If you eonme my pert too fast,
Bew l- -4his fortune is your last
'Twould grieve me to my very tail
To see my Bertha' sie in jail
Success, then, to our new relation
And mutual accommodation I"
Then bowing gravely, down it dived-
The Baron sank, of sense deprived.

Rising to consciousness again,
Our hero rubbed his eyes, and fain
Would think the whole affair a dream,
So strange the Fish's part did seem;
But, ah I beside, in bright array,
The dowered pearls by hundreds lay I
He sobbed-" My last, my precious child I
No, never be my hands defiled
With thy base price I but as he said it
With energy much to his credit,
And moved to thrust the pearls away,
Somehow his hands did not obey,
But in the basket packed them up
All safe and sound, and on the top
The carp in careful order laid,
That what's beneath be not betray'd.-
The whole, with rushes covered o'er,
Passed, unobserved, the castle door.






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Uouaurnn the baket entered,
But the morning went not by
Ere our active Bertha, paying,
Cast on it a housewife's.eye.
Through the green the bright carp glittered-
Ah she thought, papa's forgot
To desire I'd dress for dinner
These nice fish that he has caught."

When she lifts them up-O wonder!
"Mother I mother!" quick she cries,
"See these pearls !- kingly treasure I
Whence can come this beauteous prize?"
But the Baroness regards them
With a spirit prone to fears:
"Would, oh, would we ne'er had seen them!-
Pearls, my child, betoken tears!

Comes, alas another sorrow
On our doomed, our wretched house ? "-
"Mother I why this sad foreboding?
Let me brighter fancies rouse I
What i4 'mid our wealthy kindred,
Some one sends us this relief?
For the pearls would bring a fortune,
And, rm sure, papa's no thief I"

Thus they talk, but still feel curious,
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Woman-like, with daily question,
Till he's forced to some reply.
He, poor coward, shank from telling
Al the truth-so only said,
" Tis a noble bridegroom's present,
Who our Bertha seeks to wed."

Somewhat comforted, the lady
Aids her husband to devise
Best disposal of the treasure;
While sweet Bertha's fancy flies
Straight-I know not why or wherefore-
Wondering whom the Baron meant:
Could the bridegroom be that stranger,
Victor in the tournament?


Now thinks the shrewd Baron,
" Why not set about
Our escape from this place
Ere the Fish find it out?
Why, weeks have gone by
And he never has come:
Who knows, or who cares for him ?
Idon't-a crumb !"

So he sat down and wrote
To his agents in town


To turn the Fish-dower
Into hard money down,
Redeem his lost castles,
Refurnish with taste,-
Prepare his reception,
In short, in all haste.

A troueau, besides,
Was for Bertha ordained;
For the talk of a bridegroom
Must still be maintained,


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And he felt very sure
He'd not have far to seek-
She had suitors in plenty,
Too modest to speak

Three rows for her necklace
Of pearls he reserved,
And her mother surveyed them
With courage new-nerved.
The Baron declared
He'd give up evil courses-


So all was in readiness,
Coaches and horse.

Then chuckled my lord
At so cleverly cheating:
"ha I Mr. Fish
Talk of wedding or eating "
A new dawn of hope
On the family shone-
Glad thoughts have the parents,
And Bertha-her own.


On the morning of departure
Cheerily the house was stirred,
When, the packing almost ended,
At the door a knock was heard.
Prompt the Baron went to open-
Such a sound was rare indeed-
Startled, found a youth most courtly,
Riding on a milk-white steed.

Quoth the guest, My lord, your pardon
If my visit be ill-timed,
But my horse is somewhat weary
With the mountain path he's climbed,
Will it please you let me enter
And enjoy an hour's rest?
Then at leisure I'll discover
Hopes that fll my ardent bres."


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Advanced a step, the entrance of a dark cave he saw,
Where sat a beauteous lady, holding by the paw
A tiny baby Bear, while among the trees there played
A herd of little Bruins, and savage laughter made.
He needed but a look, for the likeness he knew well
Of the stately pictured damsel, his sister Isabel.


Quick through the rustling branches he sprang to her embrace,
Ere she perceived his coming or clearly saw his face.
"What human form is this ." she in trepidation cries,
That dares approach this spot and the savage Bear defies ?
Release me, rash young stranger! for I am Bruin's wife,
And should he find you here, you would pay it with your life."
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"Hat" the Barn thought, "a uitorl
WaI, he come most aprpo.,
Only I could wish he'd waited
Till we were more fit to show."
Turning to the guest: Delighted
With this visit sns fayan:
I, dear sir, make no excuses,
For I hold them mauvaa ton.

Here, you see, we are quite rustic-
This is but a shooting box,
Where the picturesque we study,
Very snug among the rocks:
Just down there we've famous fishing;
Had we not been going to-day,
To the lake and all our lions
I'd have gladly shown the way.

Well you take us as you find us;-
Here's a chair, sir, pray sit down:
All my servants are gone forward
To prepare my house in town.
Hope you will come there and see us,
And we'll give you better cheer."
Courteous bowed the guest, but answered,
Business would detain him here.

Then in form he made proposals:
Long had he fair Berth loved:
Eagerly the Baro listened,
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"C ertoil O Bertha dew"
Wondemag, down the maiden hniem-
What strange novelty is here?"

Shyly at the gueet she glance.-
Then a sudden crimson glows
On her cheeks; and as a sunbeam
Down a streamlet wavering goes,
Half she lingers, half advances,
Striving her delight to hide;
For she knows the tourney's victor
By her scarf about him tied.

But he springs to her, and whispers,
Locks her yielding hand in his;
While the anxious mother, entering,
Scans her dear child's destinies.
Something from the scarf she guess,
More from Bertha's glowing face.
"Your the pearls? "-" Ay, honoured lady I"-
And he bends with courtly grace.

Much affected stands the Baron,
And his moistened eyes doth wipe;
'Ti a sweet domestic tablean,
Fit for a daguerreotype.
Well I" his lordship say, "I'm happ-
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Somewhat nervously he idd it,
Doubtful ofthe larder's state,
Bak the guet's fine tact relieves him-
Nay, no trouble I entreat;
I've detained you long already-
All I wish, my thirst to slake,
Is a draught of cool fresh water
Drawn from that romantic lake."

"Certainly Go fetch it, Bertha
Yet-the way is rather steep-
If, dear sir, you would go with her "-
(For a sudden dread doth creep
On the Baron's mind:) Most gladly I"
Says the guest with gallant air,
To his bride a hand presenting,
Down the path they disappear.

Anxious, yet afraid to follow,
Goes the Baron to a rock
That o'erhangs the dark blue waters
Of that evil-omened loch.
Lo I a sudden stream beside him
Rushes down in rapid course
From the courtyard of the castle
Where the stranger left his horse.

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Tosing up a watery mane,
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Ne'er df torrent won a race.

Far below the Knight is standing
Pressing Bertha to his breast.
As the goblin fiend approaches,
Lo! he leaps upon its crest:
One wild spring-and as the Baron,
Panting, almost gains the shore,
In the lake the Knight and Bertha
Plunge and sink, and rise no more!

Only through the heaving water
Gleams the maiden's golden hair,
And comes up that voice so courteous
He had heard-he knows it--tere:
"Noble father-in-law, forgive us
Bertha with her Fish must go;
He will strive to make her happy-
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PART II.

1.
OME fifteen years have passed away
SSince the first period of our lay,
And tokens grave we find,
In grizzled beard and blanched tress
Of Baron and of Baroness,-
Fell age and troubled mind.
The mother ne'er had ceased to crave
For tidings of her daughters' fate;
But hope had ebbed out wave by wave,
And left her desolate.

The Baron too is sobered much,
For threefold loss his heart did touch:
At last with deep remorse,
A sadder and a wiser man,
He with the pearly wealth began
To lead an honest course.
To his sad wife he frankly told
His errors; and the stricken pair
In poverty of childless gold
Add weary year to year.

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And pias#er infant fet
Played wih th pavement of the halls,
And laughter won from solemn walls
Reposes asage and sweet
'Twas a new blessing come to soothe
The parents' heart with anguish torn,
When, lost the children of their youth,
A son to them was born.

Young Roland's infancy was nursed
With wondrous legends, oft rehearsed,
Mixed with mysterious sighs.
Fair sisters, whom he never knew,
Serene in pictured likeness, grew
Familiar to his eyes.
The stately Isabel was there;
And pensive, dark-eyed Adelaide;
And Bertha, with the golden hair,
That down her shoulders strayed.

Often it chanced, when tired of play,
Toward the closing of the day,
When winter lights grew pale,
His pretty head would Roland rest
Upon his mother's tender breast,
And beg of her the tale.
At first he heard in wonder glad;
Then to his opening mind there crept
A dreamy sense of something sad;
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All through the silver moonlight he climbed the steep ascent,
And through the morrow's heat, till his strength was well-nigh spent.
At length, as twilight fell, something shapely he espied
Perched high in a crevice of the rugged mountain side,
Like the nest of an Eagle, where sat a dark-eyed dame
He knew to be his sister, Adelaide by name.
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A pasion seed beyond control
The vigour of his boyish soul,
And soon in new alarm
The lady found her darling's mind
Fixed on adventure rash and blind,
Far from her circling arm.
Beyond his years in ardour ripe,
His youth would Roland dedicate
Dishonour from their house to wipe
And learn his sisters' fate.

Oh I how the mother wished unsaid
The words that had with longings fed
That heart too sensitive I
She put the fatal pictures by,
With aught that could through ear or eye
Keep his resolve alive.
Her hope outworn, she feared to stake
The one sure prize on doubtful gain;
And every art she tried to shake
His purpose-but in vain.

The Baron somewhat held aloof,
Though glorying in young Roland's proof
Of spirit bold and high.
He truly felt his own disgrace
When looking on that earnest face,
That bright, unflinching eye.
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Yet fro thetale some hint had onght
Tlatmno him to the earth.

He asked no more; but each cares
Reserving for the Barones,
Grew more and more her own.
Grievous for him had been the choice
To go or stay, but that a voice,
With solemn, changeless tone,
Still urged him forth, by day and night
A mute consent at length he won-
Upon the morrow he was gone,
And with him all delight.



2.
WITH haste our Roland journeyed on to where the castle stood,
Well noted in our story, with crag, and lake, and wood:
More dreary yet its aspect than in those former times;
For since that last adventure no foot the pathway climbs,-
No human face has looked upon its likeness in the water
Since the great Fish eloped with the Baron's youngest daughter.

The snap-dragons are watching still upon the castle wall,
Though nought of joy or danger doth in their sight befall.
"0 sap-dragons cried Roland, "you gape but will not speak;
Can ye not tell me where,I my sister dear should seek?"
They could not speak, in truth, but their crimson heads they nodded
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Twas through a tangled thicket of brier a prickly pear,
Set by the Baron a a sreen between him ad the Bear;
So Roland, boldly marching that brother-in-law to meet
Must hew and hack around him with word expert and fleet.

At length a way was cleared, and he cheerfully pressed on,
And sought and sought in vain till the sinking of the sun;
Then mixed with infant growling he heard a woman's tone,-
"'Tis late, my precious darlings; come in and gnaw your bone I"

Advanced a step, the entrance of a dark cave he saw,
Where sat a beauteous lady, holding by the paw
A tiny baby Bear, while among the trees there played
A herd of little Bruins, and savage laughter made.
He needed but a look, for the likeness he knew well
Of the stately pictured damsel, his sister Isabel

Quick through the rustling branches he sprang to her embrace,
Ere she perceived his coming or clearly saw his face.
"What human form is this?" she in trepidation cries,
"That dares approach this spot and the savage Bear defes ?
Release me, rash young stranger for I am Bruin's wife,
And should he find you here, you would pay it with your life."

0 hear me, dearest Bister!"-" Sister I what can this be?
I never had a brother, and the rest ae lost to me."-
"Indeed I am the Baron's son, but born in later yeas
To a bereaved father amid a mother's tears."
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0 happy dayl the fhrt I have known his many a year;
Though re a loving husband-when he is not a Bear.
By birth he isa nole Pri e, enchanted in this shape;
Whence he one day in seven enjoys a brief escape.
Our children, too, are Bearlings for six days in the week;-
All, for no fault, condemned through a wicked Fairy's freak."

But now, her cares returning, Fly hence, dear boy!" she cries,
"I cannot keep you safe from my Bear's observant eyes;
He'll soon come home-beware I if he's met bad luck to-day
Whatever comes to hand--or mouth-will fall a certain prey I"
But Roland wouldn't leave her, so she sought how best to hide him
Beneath a heap of leaves, with the infant Bear beside him.

"This is my darling baby;-if you could only see
His sweet blue eyes and dimples, when from the spell he's free!
However, he's quite harmless as yet on common days.
The elder boys, I grieve to say, are learning bearish ways;
They w bite one another-although I make a role
To put them in the corner, as they did us at school

Take care of Shag and Roughead; you must not go too near
When they are wild with play-you might get an ugly tear:
They are such fine young fellows I so full of health and fun I
And when I'm by to mind them, they won't hurt any one.
My girls are slow at work-stick their thimbles on their thumbs:
Poor deas I they learn but once a-week-no wonder-hush Ie eomes l"

Then putting down the leaves, she a lullaby began:
Bleep sound, sleep sound, my baby, thy father is a man;


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Come, let's away to the realm of the Fishes,

Peep at their life in the water so clear;

Hark! what a clatter of kettles and dishes!-

Some great festivity's going on here.


Under light arches of coral and amber

Mermaidens briskly and busily glide,
With their broad tails neatly sweeping the chambers,

Hands at the cooking-stove artfully plied-


Glancing among them, in sovereign beauty,

Quick as a sunbeam from kitchen to hall,

Bertha keeps every one close to her duty
For the Fish-banquet this day to befall.


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The day after to-morrow my darling boy will wake
Without this horrid fur a about hi pretty neck;
I'll dress him ot so finely, my babe of royal race-
Well, love I you're come back early; how fared you in the chase?"

"Poor sport I" the Bear replied; only two or three lean sheep."-
" Shall I dress them, love, to-morrow? or will they longer keep? "-
"Aheml there's only one left-my appetite was strong:
Here, take it to your mother, young cubs, and get along I"

The Bearlings hung about it with greedy eye and paw:
"Now children, do not touch," cries mamma: I never saw
Such manners in my life; but I never lived with Bears,
Or guessed wouldd be my weary task to manage their affairs,
Well, well, it can't be helped-oh! my love, what are you doing?
Pray don't go near that couch of leaves,-you'll wake poor little Bruin.

He's caught a nasty cold in his darling little throat,
So I only washed his snout and paws and combed his curly coat,
And made a nice soft couch where he quietly can lie,
Because those brothers tease him (pet ) whenever they are by."-
" Well," said the Bear, I'll only loo-but what is it that shakes
Those leaves above so queerly?" (For even Roland quakes).

" Dear husband I you are drowsy, and cannot ee quite plain;
I'm sleepy too-so come, love, into the cave again."
He yields;--oon from the bed-room is heard a mighty snore,
And Roland breathes again, for to-night the danger's o'er.
With dawn the Bear goes hunting; the day is psed in peace,
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EARL on the expected mining,
By the coach where Roland lies,
Stands a man of noble aspect,
Kindness beaming from his eyes.
"Wake, good brother! time is precious-
I'm rejoiced to see you here,
Proud of making your acquaintance,
Though but for a day, I fear.

H I 'tis thus my wife has hid you --
What, a capital device
How I wish I could forget it
When possesed with bearish vice
On my honour I assure you
Nothing gives me greater pain
Than to know my natural temper
Must be brutalized again.

'Ti, I fear, a grievous trial
For my poor dear Isabel:
How, sir, do you find she bears it?
Do you think her pretty well?
Then, our children's education-
How to make them wise and meek,
Overpowers an anxious father
Who's himself but once week.

Still they're not miss, the darlig--
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Mid her ofpring gret aid smalL
That uncouth youg baby Brin
Swetly in her lap now lies
Looking in her face, ad cooing
With a human mouth and eyes.

All the rest were saying their letter--
But imperfectly, 'tis true;
.Some stuck fast in F's and H's,
None could get past W.
"Come, my dears I'm mre you knew it I"-
"Mother 'tie so long ago!"
Then papa begged off the lessoM,
And she laughed, "'Twna always so."

"Just to day, to please our brother-
They'll learn quicker by-and-by.
Come I let's see no troubled faces,
But to breakfast merrily."
In the shade of deep green chestnuts
Neatly the repast was spread;
Bear and Bearling of to-morrow
Ate with manners courtly-bred.

Scarcely older tha his nephew,
Sigismund and Adelbert,
(Shag and Bougheed called mon bet-day),
Roland quickly won their heart,
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And the little Bear-Prinseese
Brought their work and litened too.

So the day pased gaily over,
But at night there fell a shade
On the newly-found relations,
And the Prince to Roland said,-
"Grieved I am, ir, but the proverb
Bids as speed the parting guet,'
And another night securely
In my care you could not rest

Take a general invitation
For our weekly day of grace,-
If you are content to rough it
In this rugged dwelling-place.
We shall hope next week to see you;
But meanwhile avoid me, pray!-
Couldn't answer what might happen
Should you chance to crow my way.

Roland thanks, but for the present
Muut discharge his other vows,-
Seek the consort of the Eagle,
Bertha and her fishy spouse.
So with kisses from the nieces,
Haug from Sigey, ahb Shag,
Tean fom Isabel and blessings
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ALL through the silver moonlight he climbed the teep ascent,
And through the morrow's heat, till his strength was well-nigh spent.
At length, as twilight fell, something shapely he espied
Perched high in a crevice of the rugged mountain side,
Like the nest of an Eagle, where sat a dark-eyed dame
He knew to be his sister, Adelaide by name.

"0 Adelaide, my sister!" he loudly then did call,
And strove to climb the clif--but 'twas steep as any wa'l I
Ingloriously downward he slid with both his legs,
While she cried out, Don't shake! I shall crack my precious eggs!
My husband is an Eagle with cruel claws and beak-
I warn you, come not hither I "-" Yet only hear me speak I"

"Well, stay below a while, and your errand I will hear."
Then Roland told the story, how he was her brother dear.
With joy she would have thrown herself down to him from the nest,
But care for her Eaglets the impulse wild represe'd;
So she only stretched her arms in the transport of her love,
And showered endless kisses on Roland from above.

" You must not venture nearer-the shades are falling fast-
My husband will rush down like a sudden winter blast"-
" 0 sister! can't you hide me?"-" Alas I there is no place,
Unless among the eggs I can make a little spae.
You'll find it rather warm, but 'twill keep you out of sight,
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.A When Bertha would present herself to her good subjects' view;

Attired by skilfil Mermaid hands, with pearls all glistening o'er,

Her train by six fair maidens borne, she cae ;


With loyalty and beauty fired, each fish leaped from his tank,

SSwam up, and made obeisance according to his rank:

SPrecedence to the Sea-fish given (as is to strangers meet),

A The Swordfish laid, with martial grace, his weapon at her feet.

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Up then young Rolad scrambed, ad drawing in his leg,
Orept 'mid his future nephews,-uninterting egg
O'er all her ample robe Lady Adelaide outspread,-
Tw much like sleeping under a German feather-bed.
Then by the smothered voice of the youth she heard related
What had of late befallen their family ill-fated.

"What! Iabel a Bear's wife, that used to be so fine?
Well I declare her lot is a harder one than mine.
There's something in an Eagle so noble,-though indeed
He's apt to peck my hand in play until he makes it bleed.
The worst is, that my children, as soon as they can fly,
Begin to roam about the world, and bid mamma good-bye.

The only consolation is hatching a new brood,-
They're pets at first, and Isabel's, you say are all so rude I"-
"Oh, by-the-byl" cried Roland, she sent word with her best love,
Baby was wucA a darling, and cooed like any dove."-
"Ah, well, I envy that, mine make such a horrid screeching
When their papa comes home,-there's no help, with all my preaching.

Bound by a cruel spell, he's Man only one week in seven:
'Tis but a slender morsel our dreary lot to leaven;
But when it comes, we're always as happy as the day,
Forgetting all our cares,-how I wish that you could stay I
It is but three days off and you'd like each other so
And half the year, at least, you can't reach us for the snow."-

"Dear sister, how the cold winds your tender limbs must pinch I" -
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Sometime I can't help crying, because I f so chilly;
But Eagles don't ind cold, you know, and think it ay ally.
My husband, I must sy, does his best to make tt plaust,
Warm fleeces from the shoep' backs oft bringing as a preset.

Now hide yourself! he's coming !" she cried with anxious frown,-
Whirr! from the sky above them came the Eagle swooping down.
He gave his wife a violent kiss, as if from iron springs,
The nest shook with the shock, and night fell with the massive wings.
He hung there talking fearfully in nutmeg-grater tones,-
Young Roland felt a shudder to the marrow of his bones.

Yet this good Eagle's talk was on pure domestic topics--
He loved his wife and children with the ardour of the tropics;
And questions of their welfare jerking out without cessation,
His beak seemed a perpetual note of interrogation.
All night he hovered o'er the nest, watching and inquiring .
As each young Eaglet broke its shell: at length it grew quite tiring;

Especially to Roland, who, hatching all this while,
Kept wishing his good brother-in-law up in the sky a mile.
"Love, don't stay here," the wife said; "you'll find it very dull:
See! there the sn is rising so red and beautiful;
Do take a flight."-" What I leave one dear infant in its shell
And all the other darlings about the nest pellmell ? "-
Oh how get rid of Eagles so full of tender feeling?
She tried another course, to the father's heart appealing:

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They've not ben hom for months."-" Ha I vlai that I am "
Ezlaimed the Eagle, peking his own bast like a lamb,
' Neglecting my own ohildral Ifeel quite a fs--
The last place where I saw them was the top of Caucasus.

I'm desperately afraid-for they're but young, you see-
Lest they should have got drowned in that awkward Caspian Sea,
Carrying off some booty too heavy for their strength:
Well, I'll be off and scour all Russia breadth and length.
Adieu, my love I if only they're on some Eaglet freak
In three days' time I'll bring them home to spend our happy week."

Then-whirr! and he flew upward with a tremendous jerk,
And soon was sailing over the Russian and the Turk.
Gladly sprang up Roland too, though cramped about the leg,
And Adelaide ceased sitting on that unhopeful egg.
They fondled the small Eaglets, and watched them grow apace,
Hoped for the others' safe return, and for the week of grace.



5.
GLADLY rose the wife and brother
When the welcome morning broke;
Freed from budding laws and feather,
Three fair babies smiling woke.
ie," mamma said, rather awkward
Having one's whole brood in arms;
But my husband helps to nurse them,
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Still the EaglePrine appeared not-
They were getting in a fright,
When slow toiling up the mountain
Came his noble form in sight,
With a slender son and daughter
Fondly led in either hand-
Weary, travel-stained, the wanderers
Gain at length the wished-for strand.

Pardon, love 1" the Prince cries, panting;
We were hindered in our flight:
When the transformation took us
At the dawning of the light,
We had still to cross two valleys,
Charge two barricades of rock;-
Truly, what is play to Eagles
Proves to Men a stumbling-block.

'Tis preposterous, I own it,
Living up on Adlerfels;
But in Eagle-weeks, poor idiot I
I'm content with nothing else.
Well, I've brought our truant children,
Now I long our babes to see-
Hope that last, that seemed untoward,
Prospered like the other three."-

"That poor egg," his wife says, laughing,
Has produced a fine young man I"
Roland to her side advances-
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Hearty greetings iteoha d;
Adelide then chides the young ones
Who so wantonly have ranged

"Lost to me for months together-"
"Dear mamma they fondly plead,
"We can't help it when we're Eagles,
But in weeks of grace, indeed,
Always long to be beside you,
Only-we can't find the way;
And it is each hard work climbing,
As papa has learnt to-day."

Strongbeak is a handsome fellow,-
Nose a thought too aquiline;
But the Eagle eye redeems it-
Now they call him Jeoline:
Jettywing, a lovely maiden,
(Jetta is her maiden name,)
Somewhat wild at first, but growing
Ere the week's end sweet and tame.

Still came two or three stray children
Dropping in, of various broods,-
Rather strange to one another,
Rash and flighty in their moods;
But they all with Uncle Roland
Made a most harmonious whole,
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Sobbed farwell" from many voices
Alternat with ome again,"
And the Pri says, "My de fellow,
Thus to lose you gives me pain:
All the good on earth I wish you,
But I'm ure to do you harm
When with beak and claws afficted
By the fatal Fairy's charm."

Well, in showers of tears he left them,
Kissing all the babies round.
On his hat poor Jetta fondly
One of her black tresses bound:
"'Twill to-morrow be a feather,
Waving high with graceful curl,
To remind you of the giver,
Sometimes bird and sometimes girl."



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CoxM, let's away to the realm of the Fishes,
Peep at their life in the water so clear;
Hark I what a clatter of kettles and dishes !-
Some great festivity's going on here.
Under light arches of coral and amber
Mermaidens briskly and busily glide,
With their broad tails neatly sweeping the chambers,
Hand at the cooking-stove artflly plied-
Glancing among them, in sovereign beauty,
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For the Fir-banq ist thi day to bdU

" Final, my good girl, what are you about
Don't take your eyes
Off that compote of fie--
We mus have delicate fre for the Trout.
Tench, on the contrary, low-bred and oarse,
Only want plenty of mud in their sauce.
The Salmon, you know, is a sumptuous liver,
And now has returned from his trip up the river,
Grown terribly thinner,
So needs a good dinner;-
Mind that his worms are well stewed to a jelly;
They may be called in the eds vermicelli' "-
"What, ma'am, for the Pike ? "-
"Oh whatever you like,
Only take care he is amply supplied,
Lest a rude wish
For the taste of raw fish
Endanger the cousins that sit by his side."

So dainty a savour
With Fish must find favour
As now up the chimney the cooking pots send;
When, oh I fearful wonder,
And startling as thunder,
A pair of men's legs down that chimney descend I
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They all quite forgot about stirring their stew,
And would have run further,
But prompt Lady Berth
Cried, "Beck, girls! for shame and herself came to view.

The legs had meanwhile by a body been followed,
A handsome young head the whole animal crowned;
That just by the caldron escaped being swallowed,
Now site on the fender and gazes around.
"0 sister I"-" 0 brother I
What news of our mother?"
Then fly to each other's embrace with a bound.
Each Mermaiden stands
With uplifted hands,
And the Tench's mud UaenseUe falls to the ground.

"Have I now found thee, my beautiful sister?
Fairest of all that my search has revealed "
Roland exclaimed, as he tenderly kissed her,-
Shame on the monster that holds thee concealed I
Oh I couldst thou gladden the heart of our mother,
Sweetness restore to her life's bitter cup,
Escape this dishonour-" Dishonour, good brother "
Indignant she cried, as she drew herself up;
"I think you don't know who it is you're addressing,-
The consort of Ufo, the mighty Fish King I
In time you'll discover-'tis past all expressing,
What honour to you his alliance doth bring.

Tis true that a cruel enchantment has blighted
Six months in seven of Ufo's Mr life;


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Some day, perhaps, he may hop to be righted,
And perfect felicity dawn on his wife.
Meanwhile, oh I how few
The like bliss ever knew,
To wed their first love, whether Dolphin or Man I
If Ufo's content,
What have I to lament?
Nay-show me a happier home if you can I

What a palace is this for a mere Baron's daughter!
See of bright coral and amber 'tis made;
Materials brought from the realm of sea-water
By mercantile Salmon, in lucrative trade.
My Dolphin, you know, is a Fish of the sea:
He built this lake villa for pure love of me;
It feels nearer home, and he studies my wishes,
Associating chiefly with fresh-water Fishes.
Yet the Salmon and Sturgeon are often our guest,
And call on us yearly to know our behests.
But the other sea gentry
That do make their entry,
Like great foreign klis, are rather a ghi;
They want so much room,
That they soon fret and fume,
Go back to their ocean, and don't come again."

Thus she ra on,
But falling anon
Back into the current of household afairs-
Der brother, exeau me
This joy doe ooniw me,


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THE TEUS OS1B-M4,kW.

To-day I'm a hostess with manifold car--
Now, Glama, the stew
Very well, that will do-
This huh you may serve
With May-fly preserve."
Her round of inspection briskly pursued,
With double alacrity all seemed ended.
"These Mermaids, alas I are a sad, idle class,
Although I have taught them by diligent care
To do something better than look in the glass,
And sit all day sighing and combing their hair."-
"But what," Roland cried, is this festive occasion? "-
"'Tis the end," she replied, of a long transformation.
To-morrow my husband resumes his own figure.
And feasts on its eve, as in courtesy bound,
All the Fish-citizens, lesser or bigger,
That may in the neighbourhood chance to be found."-
" Aha I" cried young Roland, so that is the reason
Your chimney sent up such a column of smoke:
'Twas that led me here,
So I hold it most dear.
But a cuisine souas eau-though you'll think it high treason -
Appeared to me only a capital joke."
"That," Bertha said, has my teaching effected:
My Dolphin, and some of the Fishes best bred,
The use of raw insects have wholly rejected,-
And many will follow where fashion has led.
One thing I deplore,
And as yet cannot cure,-
That cannibal practice of eating their kind:
The Pike, that gross feeder,


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Of a faction is leader,
And sways but too strongly the weak fishy mind."

"But sister I permit me a delicate question,-
Does not his Majesty sometimes eat Men f"-
"Alas I 'tis too true,
As he deeply doth rue:
He's certain to suffer severe indigestion,
Yet cannot be sure he won't do it again.
'Tis rooted, I fear, in the sea-fish's nature:
Even you, darling brother, would not be secure.
He warned me, indeed (dear considerate creature )
If e'er you came here, your retreat to insure;-
'Yes, love,' he said, should thy soft arms infold him,
My fury would tear him away from thy grasp,
Although Aman feelings would prompt me to hold him
With hearty good-will in a brotherly clasp.'
But come to my bower, we're safe for an hour;
The dinner's en train, and we'll have a nice chat-
SeeI mother-of-pearl I-'twas my dream when a girl-
Oh I does he not spoil me?" So down they both sat.





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Dimuxo fair, the pearly bower
Far outabone all princely halls,-
Rosy hues and silver flashes
Chased each other round the walls:


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Cocks there were to tr in water
For his S M ty,
(When a lofty throne of coral
Kept his consort high and dry).

"Sister Bertha I ere I leave you,
Will it please you to explain,"
Roland said, of my existence
How you could the knowledge gain ?
From the Bear and Eagle ladies
Scarce my tale a hearing won,
While with you the fondest greeting
Proved it needless ere begun.

Is your mighty Dolphin gifted
With the wondrous second sight?
That my fame had pierced the waters
Were to think presumptuous quite."
" Nay," returned the sister, laying
On his lips a playful hand;
No such marvel, sir, is needed-
We have seen you on dry land.

Ufo's sentence of enchantment
Is, you know, by montAh expressed;
Longer respite thus permits him
Greater freedom than the rest.
Leaving here a fithfl Vioeroy,
He can seek the haunts to men,
Join their sports, bear of their honors
Vanish like a &fl agsai.










IThu t wa I it behM him.
Since oar mrisge at e bVhgs
News o home, w tkme mwsid him
To behold stMae hads and things .
But to see my native city
Often as I fondly prayed,
Long did he deny me, firing
Lest our secret be betrayed.

Well, from time to time there reached me
Tidings of my Roland's birth,
Growth and beauty-(don't be vain, sir,
Partial praise is little worth);
And my longing to behold you
Grew at length beyond control,
When amid my life of gladness
One deep sorrow pierced my soul.

Yes, we lost our only baby-
'Twas the sweetest little Fish-
Just begun to swim so nicely
In my largest amber dish.
Now with joy the days we counted
To behold our boy-our pride-
When one day his careless Mermaid
Put no water-and he died

Looking every means to cheer me,
Ufo gave at length oonaent
To my wish: ad afely shrodeed
In my morning Tril I went









s wa THEMI 0UIM-U W.
OhI how strange the hautls of childhood
Seemed to me in later life,
Blest with that brief joy of mother,
With the lasting joy of wife!

In the garden's shadiest alley
We like vagrants took our stand,
Saw my mother come out slowly
Leading some one by the hand:
'Twas my darling unknown brother I
Quick by heart I learned his face,
Kept it (as was proved this morning)
Unforgotton in its place.

Soon he left his guide, and bounding
'Mid the flowers, plucked a rose,
And I watched him bring it to her,
And her arms about him close.
Oh, forgive me I but a feeling
Almost jealous seized my heart,
That of all this wealth of kisses
None to me she would impart.

Long unseen, was I remembered?
Yes; upon her care-worn face
Every shock of changing fortune
Had too plainly left its trace.
Dear old memories came thronging
On me, with resistless sway,
Till a longing cry broke from me-
Ufo hurried me away.




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'Ye; I wu not to be trused-
He was right-and I no more
Sought the dangerous boon, but feeding
On the tidings Ufo bore,
Learned your brave resolve to seek me
And my elder sisters out,
Counting on this happy meeting-
Which so put us to the rout I"

April moods of rain and sunshine
Chased each other o'er her face
As she told the tale, and bending,
Sought her brother's close embrace.
Thus entwined they sat together,
By no thought of danger crossed:
Time slipped by unmarked, till Bertha,
Starting up, exclaimed,-" You're lost!"




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SPELL-BOUND in breathless silence a moment stood the pair,
And heard a distant splashing break the stillness of the air.
Tia the stroke," the sister whispered, of Ufo's mighty fin;
And all here is transparent I-not a place to hide you in I
Alas I my fatal rashness in letting you delay-
Most I, then, see my brother fall a defenceless prey ?"

With that she tore her hair: Roland knew not what to do-
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Strange, that onLe clundlct frmnl that, pile
Detached, across the land should float
Nearer and nearer, mile by mile.
What could this mean ? A new dread smoil
ThIise fearful hearts, that this would prove
The fixed deathf-warrant of their love,
A salle-vested funeral train
Bearing their RIland ack again!


No, the lances stand erect
In the ruddily splenldoir gleaming-
Warlike foes should we expect ?
See the ciiloiurle banners streamning !
Hear the notes of clarion loud,
Hear the shouts through wide air ringing !
Presses on the 1right-hiucd crowd-
Were it hZappiiness lieiniing," ?
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Was ghastly in the extreme, when the oole mamnd would be,
(But sorry comfort too,) he was ure to disat ."
But just a he was picturing the horrible transaction,
Bertha's prompt mind recovered and framed a scheme of action.

One chance," she said, "you have-but 'tie desperate to try:
A troop of Mermen waiters for this festivity
Will soon assemble here-I'll disguise you in the tail
Of a favourite old butler who died of too much ale;
We've always kept it for his sake-and livery to fit:
On quick and for the rest I must trust your ready wit.

Only, don't try to move-'twill betray you should you fall;
Here, stand against this pillar "-she had led him to the hall:
Our Mermen will surround you; I trust they won't betray,
Being half Men themselves-one kiss! I must away.
They're turning in the water, and I have no galoches."-
She's gone, and with the flowing tide a herd of Mermen rushes.

Quick I quick I here comes his Majesty," they call to one another;
Sweep round, and cast a doubtful look on that suspicious brother.
Good Mermen all," said he, by the human heart you bear
In your amphibious bodies, I pray you to give ear,
And aid me: I am brother to your great Monarch's wife,
Hiding here till to-morrow in peril of my life."

The worthy fellows listened, and tears stood in their eyes;
They wiped them with their tails, and replied in friendly guise:
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'Twill be a mie pretext for your presence; ead we'll try,
Should any danger threaten, to shield you fitbfully."

Small time wa there for words, for the guests were streaming in,
And sounds of courteous greeting and hearty shake of fin
Came through the crystal door, which anon flung open wide
Admit a train of Fishes advancing on the tide.
With pearly crown and sceptre great Ufo came alone,
Bowed graciously around, and assumed his coral throne.

A tank with water-lilies wreathed, for every guest was placed,
All shining crystal, and within some dainty to his taste:
Obsequiously the Mermen ushered each to his position,
Thence to the business of the day was not a slow transition.
The first course quickly vanished, the Fish, with greedy eyes,
Watch for the nimble waiters to pour in fresh supplies.

Roland gave out the second course: all jaws were briskly stirred,
The Chub so loudly smacked his lips, throughout the hall 'twas heard;
The Salmon revelled in a feast won on such easy terms;
While the mild Sturgeon, leaning back, blandly sucked in his worms.
The Trout pronounced his flies "supreme," the Tench his mud "delicious,"
The Pike ate everything with zest: so all was most propitious.

Fish dinners, we all know, are proverbially long:
Though here the Fish are eate, the saying comes not wrong.
There was no lack of talk, for since last they'd dined together,
Our guests had passed through many a tide of changeful weal and weather;
And many a skirmish could relate, with ever-bafled Men,
Whereat a chorus of applause made the walls ring again.










Th Salmon's tales were of the sort we might call "cook and bull"
I4f all his hearers gape and cry, Stupendous I wooderMl "
Such frightful perils, hair-breadth 'sapes, seemed every-day afirs,
With ups and downs in furious leaps, amid a world of snar:
He owned, "to evade them needed art,--m Fish were not too wie;"
At which the Sturgeon looked abashed, and sat with downcast eyes.

There was some gentle joking against a fine old Carp,
Who ever on the deeds of his younger days would harp,
Boasting that he for weeks had once lived upon dry land,
Wrapt in green moves, with bread and milk, fed by a lady's hand.
He had seen wondrous things there, and to the Char brought news
Of several lost relations, potted for human use!

The playful little Goldfish heard, with mingled pride and awe,
How some of their bright beauties alive on land he saw,
Admired of all beholders, but as by magic pent
Within a globe of crystal, where circling round they went,
While rosy human children, with locks like our fair Queen,"
The loyal Carp said, bowing, at play with them were seen.

But a young gallant Swordfish was the banquet's real lion:
He, of the mighty ocean-race an enterprising scion,
Having been told King Ufo was a capital good liver,
Against all custom of his kind had scampered up the river,
And now amazed the company, whose hair (if they'd had any)
Had stood on end at exploits so daring and uncanny.

As to wars with other Fishes, forsooth I 'twas baby sport-
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Did ay of his worthy friends know what a ship was lik?
"Well," (with a kind familiar sktch,) I ay now could you strike
A single blow across her bows and send her all to shiv ? .
Why, Ire done that a core of times-by all or trbute rivers I"

A doubtful wondering murmur around the circle flitted;
By most the tale was swallowed down, but some few, bolder-witted,
Appealed to other sea Fish if such things could be done ?
The Sturgeon never wished to detract from any one,
So nodded grave assent; but the Salmon, rather jealous
Of seeing his own feats eclipsed, to probe the fact was zealous.

Strict cross-examination of way and time and place
The hero must submit to, with not too good a grace;
He boldly faced his story out, but suddenly grew pale
When questioned, Had he ever felt a flip of the Whale's tail ?"
Fierce looks and gestures threaten the banquet's mirth to mar-
King Ufo calls to order-the thing might go too far.

At first with some old Council Carp placed near his tank of state
He'd sat in grave discourse and let the gay young Fishes prate,
But now addressed himself with all to play the courteous host,
And soon his perfect breeding subdued all vulgar boast.
Loyalty flowed in copious streams, while Ocean and Fresh-water
Swore an eternal brotherhood (I grieve to say) of slaughe.

And now the hour arrived ('twas to ancient custom due)
When Bertha would present herself to her good subjects' view;
Attired by skilful Mermaid hands, with pearls all glistening o'er,
Her train by six fair maidens borne, she came; but at the door








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Mat stop, for though oam ed akleAder in ladia Wbkr,
Vast Mermaid powr otrwise were ended dry to s obtk .

With loyally aid be"ty Aad, each Fih leaped hom hs tak,
Swam up, and made obeisance according to his rank:
Precedence to the se Fish given (a is toward trangen meet),
The Swordfish laid, with martial grace, his weapon at her feet,
But took it away again, because he could not in a trice
Run to Sheffield for another, and simply ask the price.

The Fish in solemn train advance, retreat toward their station,
The gracious dame keeps curtseying in ceaseless undulation;
But while her limbs mechanic move, her restless eye doth range
About the hall-it fixes -her colour seems to change;
A moment more-white as her pearls, the Baron's loveliest daughter
Sinks down amid her humid silks, splash, splash into the water

The Fishes gape a little, but very coolly view
This plunge into their element, as "'tie their nature too "
King Ufo's human instinct, still clinging to his scales,
Impels him briskly forward; but he to reach her fails,
By reason of a creature that squashed in one big lump
Between him and his consort falls at this moment plump.

Poor Roland, when the Mermen had handed the dessert,
Mournfully saw them all swim of so enviably expert,-
Save one, who with a loky thought of landma's inability
To move on tail, remain behind with exquisite civility.
Both leamed against the pillar, and beguiled the time wit chat
On dry or watery topics, that either had quite pt.


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When Bertha' form appearing, a sill waier dAf
Sir Roland should adopt for preserving his iseg.:
The trusty Meran fung hinmelf before him, like a frog-
'Twa vain he saw her sinking, cleared the barrier at one hop,
But, powerless to proceed, came (as we have seen) down fop.

What clamour in the hall arose, baffles me to relate;
The maidens bore their lady of in very soppy state:
"Quick, Finnal fetch her smelling salts the anxious husband cried,
Who, forced to stay where water was, unwilling left her side.
The wondering Fishes had meanwhile with all their gathered strength
Seized on the prostrate Roland and dragged him out at length.

He ventured no attempt to rise, knowing tht would betray,
But laid his hand upon his heart and said, "Your pardon, pray,
My noble lords! I own I'm deserving of the stick,
But-might I be permitted the term-I'm very sick.
My comrade there and I made too free with the bear rets,
And worms, we Mermen find-though delicious-don't digest.

If I might but lie here till the fit's a little past."-
Such piteous, qualmish glances he round the circle ct,
Some young and guileless Fish were moved; but one sagacious Carp
Swam close and looked him over, with eyes expert and sharp,
And cried--it was the same who'd lived ashore on bread and milk),
"Odds hooks and floats his tail's sewn on with ladies'atting ilk I'

Bertha, you may remember, had drned him in a hurry,
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Oh! hapless light green netting il, designed a purse to make
For darling Ufo's birthday, but doomed the wrath to make
Of Fishes, who indignant cried, "A man "-then came a pase,
And all stood round with glaring eyes and horrid open jaws.

'Twa only to take breath for a vigorous attack;
But Ufo interposed with regal gesture-" Vassals, back!
What! have ye all forgotten my right as suzerain
To every kind of game or vermin found on my domain ?
Come, clear the course! make way, d'ye hear? I'll take it at a run:
By all the ocean's pearls I 'tis long since I've enjoyed such fun !"

How's this? that awe-inspiring voice, that ne'er-contested word
Are drowned in rebel murmurs, from every quarter heard.
SMy liege," the old Carp bowing said, "'tis not that I covet
The much-prized human dainty-for we Carp, you know, don't love it;
But, sire, 'twas I that found him out, and I some ransom claim
For booty that would far and near add lustre to our name."

Before the Monarch could reply, some dozens of demands,
More eager and less rational, were started on all hands:
Thi had seized Roland by the hair, that by the finger-na7t;
Thee, martyrs in the cause, had lost a core of silver scales:
At last, King Ufo shouts, I'm grieved to break up such a neat row,
MIis at lar linwoodo imu olt caf-Ut rkero "

There's nothing so impresses your Fish as scraps of satin,
Garnished with living languages-all which our Dolphin's pat in-
Awed all the more, because they didn't understand one jot,
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And land feels abandoned to a ghastly t-ab&-
Soon to become a monologue, if right he reads his fate.

This Dolphin, you're aware, is the same that did so scare on
The margin of this lake Bertha's sire, the worthy Baron.
Perhaps you may remember, too, his mental conformation
Invested every act of his with grave deliberation;
Therefore, instead of munching up his prize that very minute,
"Waiter! undo this bundle here," he cries; we'll see what's in it."

(It was not that he wouldn't bite, just as you do your mutton,
Through scaly tail and livery coat, to every crested button,
But that his fine intelligent mind, to lose no opportunity,
Would note the creature's form, before his teeth destroyed its unity;
Specially where that artful seam, his wondering praise commending,
Joined human capability to fishy understanding.)

A Merman came,-it was the same that had the youth befriended:
Trembling from head to tail, he'd lain, to see the matter ended,
Behind a pile of dishes, which, though amber clear and pure,
Shrouded him, as he hoped, in a rich yellow demi-jour.
However, sternly summoned forth from his skulking-place,
He drew his pen-knife, cut and pulled, with almost tailor grace.

Roland had only waited until his feet were free
To rise and face his cruel fate with greater dignity.
Straight at one bound, six feet he stands-(N.B., without his shoes) I
A glance of admiration great Ufo can't refuse.
"By Neptune I 'tis a noble youthb-app&iat to view-
If Bertha weren't a goose, I wish that she could see him too "







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As if responive to his thought, the lovely lady came,
Scarcely recovered from her swoon, with hrror-daken frme.
Regardless of the water now, she flung herself before him-
Her streaming eyes, her hearing sighs, yet more than words implore him:
"Ufo, it is my brother -spare I spare, or my heart you'll break
And-only think, to-morrow, how much physic you must take !"

Nor words, nor sighs, nor streaming eyes, can Ufo's ardour quench:
"Your arguments, my love, might sway a miserable Tench;
But to a Fish like me-no more he oped his jaws to bite ;
But revels, quarrels, and what not, had stretched into the night:
The clock struck Twelve-the spell dissolved-King Ufo, with a start,
Became a man, to Roland ran, and-clasped him to his heart I








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PART III.

1.

EOOD Reader I if you don't expect
All you've a right to, or object
To join in any moderate freaked,
We'll just jump over a few weeks.
From Ufo's submarine palaso
We take our spring-but don't be scared:
We shan't go back again to tat, so
A second wetting you'll be spared.
Oh no; you'll find that Court amphibious
All tight and dry in boots and shoes,-
Their King, of fin and tail oblivious,
Just such a king as you might choose.
So tall and straight, so fresh and fair,
With sky-blue eyes and yellow hair,-
Charlemagne's unmistakable "grand air,"
And grace most dMbonnaim

The palace was amphibious, too,-
Glistening like a rose in dew;
On a fair island it had risen,
To contemplate its watery prison,
Where lurked behind, in wavering grae,
A limpid image of its face.








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(Ah I if Osr Alexander knew
Of this phenomenon the clue,
He'd long have had out sound and whole
Those ships before Sebastopol )
With song and lute, and festive measure
Of minuet grave, or joyous walts,
The lords and ladies take their pleasure,
Glancing about those crystal halls;
Or bright hued gondolas ascending,
Skim o'er the surface of the lake;
Or on its shores romantic, landing,
Thread playful through the flowery brake.
Young Roland, 'mid this joyous throng,
Found the days briskly move along:
Mermaids of honour (as they were-
Now maids of H. without the mar),
All of them fascinating creatures,
With silky locks and classic features,
Laid siege incessant to his heart,-
But vain was all their pretty art,
Because the path of enterprise
And labour still lay spread before him;
Besides-a word informs the wise-
He had formed somehow a surmise
That a young lady with immense dark eyes
Was somewhere waiting for him.

Oft pacing thoughtfully the shore
When the day's revelry was o'er,
Ufo with Roland would debate,
In earnest converse long and late,








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The youth's nchanged determination
T achime the sOdur' s liberation;
Forbidden by that cruel spell
The means mysterious to tell
Whereby it might be cruhed-on pain
Of erar being man again.
King Ufo shook his sapient head:
"Beware, young man! bewareI" he said;
" Your noble seal all praise deserves,
But contest with dark magic's host
Demands a sterner frame and nerves
Than you, dehr lad, can boast;
Besides, if Bertha by my side
Now feels her days serenely flow,
'TIS best contented to abide,
Secure from shocks of wind and tide
Amid the ills we know."
Yet Roland doubts if Isabel
Or Adelaide would half as well
Endure the doom for life to dwell
'Mid Bears and Eagles-all pell-mell-
In cave, or rift of snow:
To abandon them to such a lot
Were most unbrother-like and cruel;
Besides, our hero ne'er forgot
There yet remained an unfound jewel,
Whose likeness, from each scattered hint,
Indlibly itself doth print
Upon his ardent mind.
Sister to those i-fted three,.
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The lovely Hilda mant he fid,
Who somewhere, bound by magic tim,
In an Enchanter's power still lie-
And is the identicaldamsel with dark eyes,
His dream, his hope, his priel

So, when the month of grace drew near
Its close, with grief, but void of fear,
He bade farewell, 'mid Bertha's sighs
And parting gifts of savoury pies
Which her fair hands had made,-
(Superior to the Queen of Hearts,
Who, as we know, made only tarts-
A far more vulgar trade.)
King Ufo gave, with counsel grave,
Three scales from off his recent tail:
"These, should you my assistance crave,
Rub but three times, and I'll not fail."
Here Roland notes with wakeful sense
Significant coincidence;
For in his little pocket-book,
All lined with fragrant Russia leathers,
He knew already where to look
For hairs of Bear, and Eagle's feathers,-
Each in the mystic number, three,
Bestowed by those kind brothers he
Had parted from before.
Thus triple armed, with many a glance
From the bright partners of the dance,
His face set steadfast in advance,
He left the island' shore.


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MAmYn block o block,
Dark red marble piled,
ises on the rock
Frowning o'er the wild,
Girt with silence deep and dread,-
Like a palace of the dead.

Columns triple ranged,
Lifeless sentinels,
Guard it all unchanged,
As the live grass tells,
That by crack and crevice small
Creeps from base to capital


Lurid through their shade
Gleam the gates of bras;
Summers bloom and fade-
Here no foot doth pass.
Valiant champion, find the key,-
Open wide the mystery.

Come with guileless heart,
Come with stainless hand:
No unholy art
Shall before thee stand-
Enter, seek thy valour's prise
In the light of those dark eyes.


A SHADOW in the valley, -- moving human form I
It charges up the rugged rock, as if to take by storm
That Palace of Enchantment,-when, lo with glaring eyes
And shaking mane, up from his lair a Lion grim doth rise!
A sword one moment flashes,-a mighty paw extended
Snaps it in twain 1-0 Champion! shall thus thy days be ended ?

Fortune is kind: in feeling for the dagger at his side
The precious little pocket-book into his hand doth glide:
A sodden hoaght, three mystic rubs of the fraternal hairs-
A grisly Bear springs on the foe, whom savagely he tears I


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The victory is quickly won,-but now, maung eight I
Emerging from the care a Vulture takes its flight,

And wheels in threatening circles above our her's hed I
He rubs the friendly feathers-instantly to his aid
A proudly sailing Eagle sweeps through a mile of sky,
And meets in deadly conflict the carrion-bird on high I
O'ermatched, the Vulture yields at length, but in a desperate sally,
Over the waters of a lake that glimmers in the valley,

Drops down a ponderous egg, which a Fish with gaping jaws
Seizes and bears away I but with scarce a moment's pause
Roland invokes his third ally, him of the shining scales,
And the great Dolphin prompt appears, who ne'er in combat fails 1
The waters heave and eddy, then the foe is seen no more,
And the Fish King victorious flings the egg upon the shore.

Downward springs eager Roland to carry off the prize,
But to divine its purpose he long and vainly tries;
He turns it up, he turns its down, and rolls it over and over,
Yet on the polished surface no symbol can discover-
And those sagacious brothers (who else, it may be feared,
Might have devoured him by mistake) had wisely disappeared.

So, in despair, the fragment of his good sword he drew,
Smote thrice, and broke in pieces the shell, which gave to view
A key of choicest fabric, all gold, with gems inlaid,
That to his quick discerning eye these characters displayed,-
"Arie I the spell is broken; Ascend I for thee she waits;"
And Roland sprang, with beating heart, up to the Palace gaes









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Tas key has virtue, the strong looks yield:
Open, ye gates, through long years seal'd
Open, and let in the dasslin day,
Flooding deep avenues, ray by ray
Speeding along in.eager race
To reach their goal and their resting-place,
The regal maiden's slumbering grace!

Bathed in the splendour of their light
Kneels before her the youthful Knight,-
He, too, his goal has found;
And her eyelids stir into tremulous sight,
And the large dark eyes dilate in affright
As she rises and looks around:
"Again thou wak'st me Enchanter, hence
Mock me no more with thy vain pretence:
Hast thou not set my brothers free,
What boon, deceiver, canst hope from me?
These eyes thou openest but to weep,
Then let them close in a life-long sleep t"
So back she sank in her slumber deep.

Ah I how that cruel vision dispel?
Roland turns his reluctant eyes
From the dear couch where his treasure lies;
Twas then that his keen glance fell
On a tablet graven with wondrous lines,-
Oircles and angles, and mystic signs,




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He could not decipher, bt knew fll well
That therein lingered the mighty spell;
So, gathering up the strength of his n,
He smote it asnder,--the fatal harm
For ever died away I
And the lovely Hilda, waking again,
Smiled on him, free from fear and pain,
S Murmuring "0 joyful dayI
The base Enchanter surely is slain
His fatal talimman is broken-
Oh, thanks to thee for the glad token I
Destroyed is Magic's reign."

And, lo I as the words on her rosebud lips
Yet tremble like drops of dew,
The sunlight suffers a brief eclipse
From a goodly train that streams into view,
Crowding each lofty avenue:
With burnished shields, and colours flying,
And clarion notes through the vault replying,
Come knights, and pages, and beef-eaters bold,
Plumed and gorgeous in crimson and gold;
And each pauses and bends his knee,
As now, restored to manhood's glory,
From the Bear, Eagle, and Fish of our story,
Advance the Princes three,
Glowing with ardour and love undying,
To the couch where their darling is lying.

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Ters and Ih-In, a mual shower,
Fall lik the long-desred rin:
Aalnds.a, through the open portal
omm. a still fairer train,-
Hastin from crag, and cave, and waters,
With their bright band of sons and daughters,
The sisters, happiest of mortals,
Embrace their Roland again I

Now, if your eye for proportion's neat,
Can anything, Reader, be more complete
Than these illustrious folks met together,
Balanced so nicely to a feather?
Three brothers and one sister here,
Three sisters and one brother there,-
Why, 'tis as very daylight clear,
Like right and left hand gloves they'll pair.
Roland and Hilda lacked not the will,
This finely adjusted scheme to fulfil;
Ho love, on fancy and mystery fed,
Had been brewing at least a week;
While ers (how it ever entered her head
From conjecture alone can we speak,)
Was of yet earlier date, for she said
That on her lone couch, through long year' space,
She had dreamt, and dreamt, and dreamt of his
face!

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And m-u be ('m delicate word be it clothed)
Some brw y.J older th hear bItothd,-
Nay, hba (fif mch hint besem my page)
Reached the misty shores of" a certain age;"
8o I feel it is time
(Both for sense and for rhyme)
With a positive statement to appease you,-
That those years of sleep in the magic hall
Count in her life for nothing at all,
And she wakes from the youth-preserving dose
Fifteen last birthday, and fresh as a rose.
Her brothers number (as also their wives)
Only that seventh part of their lives
That remained untouched by the spell
Thus, since the hateful term began,
They had lived three years out of twenty-one;-
You'll find, if you ponder it well,
This won't much put out the genealogy,
Although it a little spoils the analogy.

Well, Roland the brave and Hilda the fair
Were duly fanm then and there;
For they each had on a magnificent ring
That was for bethrothal the very thing,
And those brilliant trains with their princely heading
Gave the whole scene the air of a wedding.
IK 'mid the praises of Roland's choice,
You might have heard a dissentient voice,
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Now faded away for ever.
Yet much there was to oonole and oeer
In the though of lady-like li up heM-
" No connection with lake or river:"
And their anger quickly melted away
When Roland, in his afable way,
Gave each of his fair allies,
To prove their present'feet were no mocking,
A dozen of satin shoes and silk stockings,
All perfect in shape and size.
So when, toward the close of the day
Issuing forth, the stately array
From the Palace of Magic took their way,
These damsels gay,
(As tradition doth say,)
Eager their pretty new shoes to display,
Danced after it all the way.






5.

ON- autumn day, whose sober light
Mingled with shades of coming night
In those old halls, whence long had fled
The music of their Roland's tread,
b he Baron and his wife together
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They talked of politics, of weather,'
While each oould plainly understand
That in the other' heart there lay
A feeling neither dared to speak;
For a whole year had passed away,
Which month by month, and week by week
They counted, till their weight of care
Silently pressed them to despair.

The clouds are building in the west
A palace for the sun's last rest,
And with him slowly seems to sink
The last faint hope below life's brink.
Strange, that one cloudlet, from that pile
Detached, across the land should float
Nearer and nearer, mile by mile-
What could this mean? A new dread smote
Those fearful hearts, that this would prove
The fixed death-warrant of their love,-
A sable-vested funeral train
Bearing their Roland back again.

No, the lances stand erect,
In the ruddy splendour gleaming-
Warlike foes should we expect?
See the coloured banners streaming I
Hear the notes of clarion loud!
Hear the shouts through wide air ringing I
Premes on the bright-hued crowd-
Were it happiness beginning?


































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For she swooMd upon the floor:
Gaming round her at her waking,
Felt her heart for joy nigh breaking,
Sought with dasled eye to trace
Every dear long-hidden face;
While the Baron in his arms
Caught all the rising generation,
Rapt amid those budding charms,
In sweet grandfatherly sensation
Of love and pride, and nameless bliss
Flooding his heart with kiss on kiss.

So the old echoes that had lain
Long at ease, now woke again;
Jest, and laugh, and mirthful song,
Kept them stirring all day long.
Soon were brilliant nuptials held,
When the wondering world beheld
Joined in one, that spell-bound fair
With the gallant son and heir,-
All agreed, a charming pair.
But when the feasting days were over,
Leaving place for thoughts more sober,
To extend their somewhat scanty knowledge
The young ex-Bears were sent to college,
Where, vying with their Eagle cousins,
They carried prises of by doena.
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No longer thimble cpt,their thumbs
Quite learned grow in compl snus,
Whence ca the sytemprsed by all,
Which rle of thumb" we fondly call.

Bertha, meanwhile, whose tender heart
Had ne'er quite lost its earlier smart
Became one day the happy mother
Of beauteous twins, sister and brother.
Her joy and Ufo's to complete,
They walked at once upon their feet,
Proving to either parent's wish
They never would be little Fish.

Well, as the time, now fairly meted
'Twixt work and play, serenely fleeted,
A notion struck the princely brothers,
(And has perhaps occurred to others,)
That such a bevy of relations,
With followers of all ranks and stations,
Trespassed, beyond all due formality,
On the good Baron's hospitality.
Their own dominions, sad to say,
Had somehow all been made away,-
(Perhaps "absorbed" in natural order,
Lie Oracow, or the Turkish border);
So each one, after grave debate,
Resolved to found a separate State.
With maps and guide-books duly spread,
See each perplexing his wise head







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An equally delicious mam
To space you all the caculation,
They reached at length their destiasin:
The eldest founded Berne's fair town,
Where, till maintaining his renown,
Live Bears are to the tourist shown;
The second, not less wise or witty,
Built Aarstadt (or the Eagle City);
While last, not least, the Dolphin King
Gave to his fame still wider awing,
As sprang from him that lineage high,
The lords of royal Dauphiny,
Who, through long centuries advance,
Despite the shocks of change and chance,
Passed upward to the Throne of France.





6.

Now, what is yet wanting to finish my story?
We've brought back our Baron to honour and glory;
Laid up for the Baroness joys in rich store,
For Roland and Hilda will leave her no more;
And a family meeting at least once a-year,
Still gathers the rest of her children so dear.
Fair Hilda, though stripped of her portion in money,
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STi many could utter who seemed twice her ge.
A little more clever th is woman's duty,
She yet wa forgiven for her hreetness and beauty;
And though aiding her lord when with care overtasked,
N.'er yam on op6i uonM su s adms.
The income derived from the splendid Fish-dower
Maintained their descendants in wealth and in power;
And I've been assured by admiring young girls,
That they've actually seen the original pearls
Resplendent in some foreign Court (I can't say which),
Or else on the dress coat of Count Matusewich.
Thus scanning the whole with a neat bird's-eye view,
We've only to utter a friendly adieu I
And, Reader, should you ever be in condition
To receive in your family such an addition,
Secure from all dangers of tooth and of claw,
May you too be blest in your-


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