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NOTE.-TAS is an age of MYSTERIES-au age of GHOSTS_FTHUNDER--and LIGHT. NING-and RATTLING of CHAINS-an age when it should seem the ordinary impulses of nature are too weak to produce that intense excitation, both mental and corporeal, that appears to be the alimeat of the present generation. A concentration of all the horrors (and, probably, we may justly add) the monstrosities of the GERMAN SCHOOL-are now gilded, be-dazzled, aod dramatized to amuse the children of men, and to effect by terror, that good conduct in our childsen, and graad-children, which mildness and a regular education have failed to produce.

We Literary Men, must in somewise swim with this tide of epervated feeling :-Although we shall ever act with a proper independence, we shall occasionally gratify our readers with PAPERS and with TALES, that “ take the rage" in an ephemeral interest.

In accordance with the above remark,, we have been at much expence in procuring the PRECEDING ENGRAVING, and the article illustrative of it. The followiog series of German Tales will also, we hope, afford gratification to our kind Readers.-EDIT.

“Now you must imagine me to sit by a do," said the soldier; “but I think I good fire, amongst a companye of good fellowes, should like very well to find out where it ale, telling of these mecrie tales which hereafter is that the princesses dance, and then in followe." - Pref. to Hist. of "• Tom Thumbe time I might be a king.” “Well,” said the little."-1621.

the old dame, “that is no very hard No J.

task : only take care not to drink any of

the wipe which one of the princesses will THE TWELVE DANCING

bring to you in the evening; and as PRINCESSES.

soon as she leaves you pretend to be fast THERE was a king who had twelve asleep." beautiful daughters. They slept in Then she gave him a cloak, and said, twelve beds all in one room, and when “ As soon as you put that on you will they went to bed, the doors were shut become invisible, and you will then be and locked up; but every morning their able to follow the princesses wherever shoes were found to be quite worn they go.” When the soldier heard all through, as if they had been danced in this good counsel, he determined to try all nigbt; and yet nobody could find his luck: so he went to the king, and out how it happened, or where they had said he was willing to undertake the been.

task. Then the king made it known to all He was as well received as the others the land, that if any persou could dis had been, and the king ordered fine royal cover the secret, and find out where it robes to be given him; and when the was that the priucesses danced in the evening came, he was led to the outer night, he should have the one he liked chamber. Just as he was going to lie best for his wife, and should be king down, the eldest of the princesses brought after his death; but whoever tried and him a cup of wine; but the soldier threw did not succeed, after three days and it all away secretly, taking care not to mights, should be put to death.

drink a drop. Then he laid himself A king's son soon came. He was well down on his bed, and in a little while entertained, and in the evening was began to snore very loud as if he was taken to the chamber next to the one fast asleep. When the twelve prinwhere the princesses lay in their twelve cesses heard this they laughed heartily; beds. There he was to sit and watch and the eldest said, “This fellow too where they went to dance; and in order might have done a wiser thing than lose that nothing might pass without his his life in this way!” Then they rose up hearing it, the door of his chamber was and opened their drawers and boxes, and left open. But the king's son soon fell look out all their fine clothes, 'and dresed asleep; and when he awoke in the morn- themselves at the glass, and skipped ing be found that the princesses had all about as if they were eager to begin been dancing, for the soles of their shoes dancing. But ihe youngest said, “I were full of holes. The same thing don't know how it is, while you are so bappened the second and third night : happy I feel very uneasy; I am sure so the king ordered his head to be cut some mischance will befal us.'

« You off.

After bim came several others; simpleton," said the eldest, “ you are but they had all the same luck, and all always afraid; have you forgotten how lost their lives in the same manner. many kings' sons have already watched

Now it chanced that an old soldier, us in vain? And as for this soldier, even who had been wounded in battle and if I had not given him his sleeping could fight no longer, passed through draught, he would have slept soundly the country where this king reigned : enough." and as he was travelling through a wood, When they were all ready, they went he met an old woman, who asked him and looked at the soldier : but he snored where he was going. “I hardly know on, and did not stir hand or foot: so they where I am going, or what I had better thought they were quite safe; and the

eldest went up to her own bed and est sister was terribly frightened, but the clapped her hands, and the bed sank eldest always silenced her. They danced into the floor and a trap door flew open. on till three o'clock in the moruing, and The soldier saw them going down through then all their shoes were woro out, so the trap-door one after another, the that they were obliged to leave off. eldest leading the way; and thinking he The princes rowed them back again had no time to lose, he jumped up, put over the lake; (but this time the soldier on the cloak which the old woman had placed himself in the boat with the given bim, and followed them;, but in eldest princess ;) and on the opposite the middle of the stairs he trod on the shore they took leave of each other, the gown of the youngest princess, and she princesses promising to come again the cried out to her sisters, “All is not next night. right; some one took hold of my gown.” When they came to the stairs, the “ You silly creature !” said the eldest, soldier ran on before the princesses, and « it is nothing but a nail in the wall.” laid himself down; and as the twelve Then down they all went, and at the sisters slowly came up very much tired, bottom they found themselves in a most they heard him snoring in his bed; so delightful grove of trees; and the leaves they said, “ Now all is quite safe :". then were all of silver, and glittered and they undressed themselves, put away sparkled beautifully. The soldier wished their fine clothes, pulled off their shoes, to take away some token of the place; and went to bed. In the morning the so he broke off a little branch, and there soldier said nothing about what bad came a loud noise from the tree. Then happened, but determined to see more the youngest daughter said again, “ I am of this strange adventure, and went sure all is not right-did uol you hear again tlie second and third night ; and that noise ? That never happened be- every thing happened just as before; the fore.” But the eldest said, “It is only princesses dauced each time will their the princes who are shouting for joy at shocs were worn to pieces, and then our approach."

returned home. However, vo the third Then they came to another grove of night the soldier carried away one of the trees, where all the leaves were of gold; golden cups as a token of where he had and afterwards to a third, where the been. leaves were all glittering diamonds.

As soon as the time came when he And the soldier broke a branch from

was to declare the secret, he was taken each ; and every time there was a loud before the king with the three branches noise, which made the youngest sister and the golden cup; and the twelve tremble with fear; but the eldest still princesses stood listening behind the said, it was only the princes, who were door to hear what he would say. And crying for joy. So they went on till they when the king asked him, “Where do came to a great lake; and at the side of my twelve daughters dance at night?” he the lake there lay iwelve little boats answered, “With twelve princes in a with twelve handsome princes in them, castle under ground.” And then he told who seemed to be waiting there for the the king all that had happened, and princesses.

showed him the three branches and the One of the princesses went into each golden cup which he had brought with buat, and the soldier stepped into the him. Then the king called for the same boat with the youngest. As they princesses, and asked them whether what were rowing over the lake, the prince the soldier said was true: and when they who was in the boat with the youngest saw that they were discovered, and that princess and the soldier, said, “I do not it was no use to deny what had happened, know why it is, but though I am rowing they confessed it all. And the king with all my might, we do not get un so asked the soldier which of them he would fast as usual, and I am quite tired: the choose for his wife ; and he answered, boat seems very heavy to-day;" It is “I am not very young, so I will have only the heat of the weather,” said the the eldest." —And they were married that princess; “ I feel it very warm too."

very day, and the soldier was chosen to On the other side of the lake stood a

be the king's beir. fine illumjoated castle, from which came. the merry music of horns and trumpets..

No. II. There they all landed, and went into the castle, and each prince danced with his

ROSE-BUD. princess; and the soldier, who was all The time invisible, danced with them too; Once upon a time there liveď a king and when any of the princesses had a cup and queen who had no children; and this of wine by her, he drank it all up, so they lamented very much. But one day that when she put the cup to her mouth as the queen was walking by the side of it was empty. At this, too, the young- the river, a little fish lifted its head out

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of the water, and said, “ Your wish shall come bome, and all their court, fell asleep be fulfilled, and you shall soon have a too; and the horses slept in the stables, daughter.” What the little fish had and the dogs in the court, the pigeons foretold soon came to pass; and the on the house-top, and the Aies on the queen had a little girl that was so very walls. Even the fire on the hearth left beautiful that the king could not cease off blazing, and went to eep; and the looking on it for joy, aud determined to meat that was roasting stood still; and hold a great feast. So he invited not only the cook, who was at that moment pullhis relations, friends, and neighbours, but ing the kitchen-boy by the hair to give also all the fairies, that they might be bim a box on the ear for something he kind and good to bis little daughter. had done amiss, let him go, and both fell Now there were thirteen fairies in his asleep; and so every thing stood still, kingdom, and he had only twelve golden and slept soundly. dishes for them to eat out of, so he was A large hedge of thorns soon grew obliged to leave one of the fairies without round the palace, and every year it became an invitation. The rest came, and after higher and thicker, till at last the whole the feast was over they gave all their best palace was surrounded and hid, so that gifts to the little princess: one gave her not even the roof or the chimneys could virtue, another beauty, another riches, be seen. But there went a report through and so on, till she had all that was ex. all the land of the beautiful sleeping cellent in the world. When eleven had Rose-bud (for so was the king's daughter done blessing her, the thirteenth, who had called); so that from time to time sevenot been invited, and was very angry on ral kings' sons came, and tried to break that account, came in, and determined to through the thicket into the palace. take her revenge. So she cried out, This they could never do; for the thorns « The king's daughter shall in her fif- and bushes laid hold of them as it were teenth year be wounded by a spindle, and with hands, and there they stuck fast and fall down dead.” Then the twelfth, who died miserably. had not yet given her gift, came forward After many many years there came a and said, that the bad wish must be ful- king's son into that land, and an old man filled, but that she could soften it, and told him the story of the thicket of thorns, that the king's daughter should not die, and how a beautiful palace stood behind but fall asleep for a hundred years. it, in which was a wonderous privcess,

But the king hoped to save bis dear called Rose-bud, asleep with all ber child from the threatened evil, and or court. He told too, how he had beard dered that all the spindles in the kingdom from his grandfather that many many should be bought up and destroyed. All princes had come, and had tried to break the fairies' gifts were in the mean time through the thicket, but had stuck fast fulfilled; for the princess was so beau. and died. Then the young prince said, tiful, and well-behaved, and amiable, and « All this shall not frighten me, I will go wise, that every one who knew her loved and see Rose-bud." The old man tried her. Now it happened that on the very to dissuade him, but he persisted in going. day she was fifteen years old the king Now that very day were the hundred and queen were not at home, and she was years completed; and as the prince came left alone in the palace. So she roved to the thicket, he saw nothing but beauabout by herself, and looked at all the tiful flowering shrubs, through which he rooms and chambers, till at last she came passed with ease, and they closed after to an old tower, to which there was a par- him as firm as ever. Then he came at row staircase ending with a little door. last to the palace, and there in the court In the door there was a golden key, and lay the dogs asleep, and the horses in the when she turned it the door sprang open, stables, and on the roof sat the pigeons and there sat an old woman spinning fast asleep with their heads under their away very busily. “Why, how now, wings; and when he came into the palace, good mother,” said the princess, “what the flies slept on the walls, and the cook are you doing there ?” “Spinning," said in the kitchen was still holding op her the old lady, and nodded her head. “How hand as if she would beat the boy, and prettily that little thing turns round!” the maid sat with a black fowl in her said the princess, and took the spindle hand ready to be plucked and began to spin. But scarcely bad she Then he went on still further, and all touched it, before the prophecy was ful was so still that he could hear every filled, and she fell down lifeless on the breath he drew; till at last he came to ground.

the old tower and opened the door of the However, she was not dead, but had little room in which Rose-bud was, and only fallen into a deep sleep; and the there she Jay fast asleep, and looked so king and the queen, who had just then beautiful that he could not take his eyes

off, and he stooped down and gave her a The sun was setting fast, and already kiss. But the moment he kissed her she half of his circle bad disappeared behind opened her eyes and awoke, and smiled the hill : Joriodel on a sudden looked upon bim. Then they went out together, behind him, and as he saw through the and presently the king and queen also bushes that they had, without knowing it, awoke, and all the court, and they gazed sat down close uuder the old walls of the on each other with great wonder. And castle, he shrunk for fear, tårned pale, and the horses got up and shook themselves, trembled. Jorinda was singing, and ihe dogs jumped about and barked ; the pigeons took their heads from under The ring-dove sang from the willow spray, their wings, and looked about and few Well-a-day! well-a-day! joto the fields; the flies on the walls He mouru'd for the fate buzzed away; the fire in the kitchen of his lovely mate, blazed up and cooked the dinner, and the Well-a-day! roast meat'turned round again; the cook gave the boy the box on the year so that

The song ceased suddenly, Jorindel he cried out, and the

maid went on pluck turned to see the reason, and beheld his ing the fowl. And then was the wedding that

ber song ended with a mourusul jug,

Jorinda changed into a nightingale; so of the prince and Rose-bud celebrated, and they lived happily together all their jug. An owl with fiery eyes flew three lives long.

times round them, and three times

screamed Tu whu! Tu wbu! Tu wbu ! No. III.

Sorindel could not more: he stood fixed JORINDA AND JORINDEL. as a stone, and could neither weep, nor

speak, nor stir band or foot. And now There was once an old castle that, the sun went quite down; the gloomy glood in the middle of a large thick wood night came ; the owl flew into a busb; and in the castle lived an old fairy. All and a moment after the old fairy came the day long she flew about in the form forth paie and meagre, with staring eyes, of an owl, or crept about the country like and a nose and chin that almost met one 1 cat; but at night she always became an another. old woman again. When any youth She mumbled something to herself, came within a hundred paces of her seized the nightingale, and went away castle he became quite fixed, and could with it in ber hand. Poor Joriadel saw not move a step till she came and set the nightingale was gone, but what him free: but when any pretty maiden could he do? he could not speak, he came within that distance, she was changed could not move from the spot where be into a bird; and the fairy put her into a stood. At last the fairy came back, and cage and hung her up in a chamber in sung with a hoarse voice. the castle. There were seven hundred of these cages hanging in the castle, and all

Till the prisoner's fast,

And her doom is cast, with beautiful birds in them. Now there was once a maiden whose

There stay! Oh, stay ! was Jorioda : she was prettier

When the charm is around ber, than all the pretty girls that ever were

And the spell has boand her, seen; and a shepherd whose name was

Hie away! away! Jorindel was very fond of her, and they Oo a sudden Jorindel found himself were soon to be married. One day they free. Then he fell on his kuees before went to walk in the wood, that they the fairy, and prayed her to give him might be alone : and Jorindel said, “We back bis dear Jorinda: but she said he must take care that we don't go loo near should never see her again, and went her to the castle.” It was a beautiful even- way. ing; the last rays of the setting sun He pra yed, he wept, he sorrowed, but shone bright through the long steins of all in vain. « Alas ? he said, “what the trees upon the green underwood will become of me?" beneath, and the turtle doves sang plain He could not return to his own home, tively from the tall birches.

so he went to a strange village, and Jorinda sat down to gaze upon the employed himself in keeping sheep, sun; Jorindel sat by her side ; and both Many a time did he walk round, and felt sad, they knew not why; but it round as near to the hated castle as he seemed as if they were to be parted from dared go. At last he dreamt one night one another for ever. They had wan that he found a beautiful purple flower, dered a long way; and when they looked and in the middle of it lay a costly pearl; to see which way they should go home, and he dreamt that he plucked the they found themselves at a loss to know Hower, and went with it in his hand into what path to take.

the castle, and that every thing he touched

name

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with it was disenchanted, and that there sure he has served us, but then he did it he found his dear Jorinda again.

to earn his livelihood ; to-morrow shall In the morning when he awoke. he be his last day, depend upon it.” began to search over hill and dale for Poor Sultan, who was lying close by this pretty flower ; and eight long days them, heard all that the shepherd and he sought for it in vain : but on the his wife said to oue another, and was ninth day early in the morning he found very much frightened to think to-morrow the beautiful purple flower ; and in the would be his last day; so in the evening middle of it was a large dew drop, as big he went to his good friend the wolf, who as a costly pearl.

lived in the wood, and told him all his Then he plucked the flower, and set sorrows, and how his master meant to ont and travelled day and night till he kill him in the morning. “Make yourcame again to the castle. He walked self easy," said the wolf, "I will give nearer than a hundred paces to it, and you some good advice. Your master, yet he did not become fixed as before, you know, goes out every morning very but found that he could go close up to early with his wife into the field; and the door,

and they take their little child with them, Jorindel was very glad to see this: he and lay it down behind the hedge in the touched the door with the flower, and it sbade wbile they are at work. Now do sprang open, so that he went in through you lie down close by the child, and prethe court, and listened when he beard so tend to be watching it, and I will come many birds singing. At last he came to out of the wood and run away with it the chamber where the fairy, sat, with you must run after me as fast as you the seved hundred birds singiog in the can, and I will let it drop; then you spven bundred cages. And when she saw may carry it back, and they will think Jorindel she was very angry, and screamed you have saved their child, and will be with rage; but she could not come within so thankful to you that they will take two yards of him; for the lower he held care of you as long as you live." The in his hand protected him. He looked dog liked this plan very well; and acaround at the birds, but alaz ! there were cordingly so it was managed. The many many nightingales, and how then wolf ran with the child a little way ; should be find his Jorinda ? While he the shepherd and his wife screamed out; was thinking what to do, he observed that but Sultan soon overtook him, and the fairy had taken down one of the cages, carried the poor little thing back to his and was making her escape through the master and mistress. Then the shepherd door. He ran or flew to her, touched the patted him on the head, and said, “Old cage with the flower,—and his Jorinda Sultan has saved our child from the wolf, stood before him. She threw her arms and therefore he shall live and be well round his neck and looked as beautiful taken care of, and have plenty to eat. as ever, as beautiful as when they walked Wife, go home, and give him a good together in the wood.

dinner, and let him have my old cushion Then he touched all the other birds to sleep on as long as he lives." So from with the flower, so that they resumed their this time forward Sultan had all that he old forms; and took his dear Jorinda could wish for. home, where they lived happily together Soon afterwards the wolf came and many years.

wished him joy, and said, “Now, my No. IV

good fellow, you must tell no tales, but OLD SULTAN.

turn your head the other way when I

want to taste one of the old shepherd's A shepherd had a faithful dog, called fine fat sheep." "No," said Sultan; Sultan, who was grown very old, and “ I will be true to my master.” Howhad lost all his teeth. And one day ever, the wolf thought he was in joke, when the shepherd and bis wife were and came one night to get a dainty standing together before the house, the morsel. But Sultan had told his master shepherd said, “I will shoot old Sultan what the wolf meant to do; so he laid to-morrow morning, for he is of no use wait for him behind the barn-door, and now." But his wife said, “ Pray let the when the wolf was busy looking out for poor faithful creature live; he has a good fat sheep, he had a stout cudgel served us well a great many years, and Jaid about his back, that combed his we ought to give bim a livelihood for locks for him finely. the rest of his days.” « But what can Then the wolf" was very angry, and we do with him?" said the shepherd, called Sultan “an old rogue,

and « he has not a tooth in his head, and the swore he would have his revenge. So thieves don't care for him at all; to be the next morning the wolf sent the boar

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