An old story of Faeries

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An old story of Faeries - jUHTKD AKD rCBlISHED jonais Green, gWCH - lMMT,...
jUHTKD AKD rCBlISHED jonais Green, gWCH - lMMT, AHHAP0II8. 1(e - 77i Jotftv f ' annum. fnm lb Epiieopal Watchman. THE BAILOR'S TONRKAL. tfp'i bell tolled, and ilowljr to the t (ton th iummon'd crew Bold, har - Lm'their native A'". ood there, mctoncnoiy clouds rt the borison hovered, same a lauatiaottered thunder. Broken Ltdus their brp white helnett o i,U in hraodinr attunes lav. - lnlifitf Vlncr. who meditatea' ton" wrongs, end wakes the wrath - .1 mmm. i'p'ibeil tolled! And lo, youthful deft had dared the high end slippery .L 1. iiiipat's watch, uMi burden laid t Mi comrade's feet Mournful they kii eoble brew, and umc there were , i, tbtt outer Hour remembered; well mtWK bleaaioic of hie hoary aire, x. fnn,l m thai a'er hia mother" .L. - - L - Lasnmt; clown, when her son's hap - n foice . ita farewell t one who neareit Lf pie ahrsuded cone, remembered 6fwWteeettaire with its - shaven lawn, WW.nd hedge, and of a fair - baired 1 V "' web of ureepmg; woodbiae T wrei'd M airitep, and then rushed back to t do that faithful comrade ia hie breart bnrht cheeaiitUCK, wDten weaeaa 4k rmd with aoold and trembling hand, . . . i i i. i: L 1 1 eliremiixa ana muie 111m uciu - , jbroken word of love'e hurt eloquence, L nreet Mary. Now that choaen friend !lo bit wt'barnt face, and like m d Vii sorrow. But there came a tone) u tke breaking moon o'er etormy imtlie reaurrection!" ' Every heart ramTna grief end erery eye wai rt Hood the Chaplain, - hie uncovered km M earthly paesioit while his race, the h.lm from olanre ef Paradiae, U the Eternal's message o'er the souls Oj BUB. It wast holy hourt by the wreck of youthful beauty , krre wwrning manhood while support - ig Faith Wr lining anchor, where no moaning airre Vftmtes. and no mortal woe invade. W There mi plunge! the parting he hrr briny boom took hi own. PMUed foanUini of the deep lift up nrmnein norUls; ana he went b to the flour of Ocean, 'mid the beds P'tiM beautiful ones Yet to my wo.. ttit tWnl pomp, the measured nirre, monnmeMtl grandeur, with which Eirth Igdh her dead tons was nought so di e oriorrowfil. aa the wild aea, f if her mouth to wliclra that sailor ywth, ... ELPHIN IRVING, The Fairies Cui. - Be.irer. r romantic f Cnrric water. fmndile, gcotltnitj, iiv reRartlwl F(iWibitantti pastors I and on - 'H Deontfiift th liiaf hnrilr rf - thow beautiful end capricious ttw fsirira. Manvnlil npniilp ;'J. imagine they liave had tn - iVM ll tXkikrl eaunaalai ami tfiul lk the "(rood folk," and cyn - tell, that in the ancient davs '" danced on the hill, and re - 11 the glen, and showed thetn - JTike the mysterious children of y eld, among the aona and .,er rf men. Their visits to the N period! of joy aud mirth to Anther than of sorrow and wmiou. They played on mftsi - NtniinenUi of wiKiderttil aweet tQQ VariMv tJ tlntam Inmit lilt. Nrettti, the supernatural Qs - i" hick Mcrnourrnl na minr A Which wcrnourvrnl na minr r.the religious acruplea of the Jwa ahepherda ; performed lu rf !"rl"0h'lP! Dd i 4L. " 'dmght proceaaions, f "W'td of the'trelin minatrel ff 'nttrt Mi aidena Into eertont and pursutta, and M Wily of Corrie water "PMnted the ajamben of the .Iry - facet of frienda and C2: - "ote xwd to the bat - PA. the deen aea, have been I7"4 J then who dared to jat4 on the fairy march.'. The maid h teen her lost lover, and the mother her atoten child, & the courage to plan, and achieve their deliverance Tim been po - aessed by at least one border maiden. In the legends of the people of Corn vale, there is a lingular mixture ot elfin and human adventure, and the traditional story of the Cub - bearer to the Queen of the Fairies, appeals alike to our domestic feeling and imagination. In one of the little green loops or bends on the banks of Corrie water,, moulded walls,' and a few studded plumb trees, and vagrant rosea, aiitl point out the acite of a cottage and garden. A well of pure spring water leaps out from an old tree root before the door, and here the ahepherda, shading themselves in summer from the influence of the sun, tell to their children the wild tale of Elphin Irving, and hii' lister Phemie; and sin gular d the itiry aeems it. has gained full credence among the people where the scene is lai.l. - ' When Klphin Irving and hia aister Phemie were in their sixteenth year, for tradition iayi they were twina, their father was drowned in C?rrie water, attempting to tave hia ahee'p from a sadden swell, to which all mountain streams are liable and their mother, on the day of her husband's burial, laid down her head on the pillow, from which on the spventh day, it waa lifted to be dressed for the same grave. The inheritance left tn the orphans may.be briefly described seventeen acres of plough and pasture land, aeven milch' cowa, and seven pet sheep, (many old people take delight in odd numbers.) and to this may be added, seven bon net piece ot Scottish gold, - anti a broad sword and spear, which their ancestor had wielded with such strength and courage in the bastle of Uryfe - sands, that the minstrel who sung of that deed of arms, ranked him only se cond to the Scots and Johnstone. The youth and his aister grew in stature and in beauty. The bent bright brow, the clear blue eye, and frank and blythe deportment of the former, gave him some influence among the vountr women of. the valley, while the latter was noless the admiration of the young men, and at fair and dance, and at bridal eve, happy was he who touched but her hand or received the benediction of tier eye. Iike all other Scottish beantiea, ahe was the theme of many a sons, and while tradition is yet busy with the singular history of her brother, song hat taken all the care that rustic minstrelsy can, of the gen tleness of her spirit, and the charms of her person. But minstrel akill, and true love tale, seemed to want their usoal influ ence, when they sought to win her attention she was only observed to pay most renpect to those youths who were moat beloved by her brother and the same hoar that brought these twins to the world, seemed to have breathed through them a aacredneaa and affection ofneurt and mind which nothing could divide. If like the virgin queen of the immortal poet, she walked "in maiden meditation of fancy free," Iter brother Klphin seemed alike untouched wilh the charm of the fairest vir gina in Corrie. He ploughed his field, he reaped his, grain, he leaped, he ran, and wrestled, arid danced, and tang, with more skill and life and ( race, than, all other youths of the district but he had no twilight anil stolen interview when allther young men bad their loves by their tide he was single, though not unsought, and his joy seem ed never perfect, nave when hia iler waa near him. If he loved to share his time with her, the loved to share her time with him alone, or with the beaata of the field, or thebirda of the air. sue watcneu ner nine hock laie, and she fed, it early; not for the sor. did love of the fleece, unless it was to make mantles for her brother, but with the luok of one who had joy in ita i company, . lie very wuu creatures, the Jeers and the hares, seldom sought to ahun her approach, and the bird for sook not its neat, nor stinted ita aong when she drew nigh, such is the confidence which maiden innocence and beauty inspire. . It happened one snmmer, about three years after they became orphans, that rain had been for a long while withheld from the earth) the hill sides began to parch, the grass in the vales to wither, and the stream of Corrie waa diminished between its banks to the siie of an ordinary rill. The shep herds drove their nocks to marshy lands, and lake - and tarn - had their reeds invaded by the scythe, to supply the cattle, with food. The sheep of nil lister were Klphin'i constant car, he drove them to the moistest pastures daring the day, and be often watched them at mmmght, when nock tempt; ed by the sweet dewy grass, are koown to browse eagerly, that he might guapl them from the W, and lead, them tbfc choicest herbage. In tise noc turnal watching he sometimes drove his tittle flock over the water of Corrie, for the fords were hardly ankle aeep, or permKted his sheen to cool themselves in the stream, and taste the grass that grew along the brink. All this time not a drop of rain fell, nor did a cloud appear in the aky. ' One evening during her brother's absence with the flock, Phemie sat at her cottage door, listening to the bleating! of the distant folds, and lessened murmur of the water of Corrie, now scarcely audible beyond its banks. Her eyes, weary with watching alung the accustomed line of road for the return of Elphin, were turned on the pool beside her, in which the stars were glimmering fitful and faint As she looked she imagined the water grew brighter and brighter; a wild illumination presently shone upon the pool, and leaped from bank, to bank and suddenly changing into 4 human form ascended the margin, and passing her, glided swiftly into the cottage. The visionary form was so like her brother in shape and air, that starting up she flew into the house, wilh the hope of finding him in his customary seat. She found him not, and impressed with the terror which a wraith or apparition seldom fails to inspire, she uttered a shriek sd loud and so piercing, as to be heard at Johnston bank, on the other side of the vale of Corrie. It is hardly known how long Phemie Irvingontinued in a state of insensibility. The morning was far advanced when a neighbouring maiden found her seated in an old chair as white as marble her hair, about which she had always been solicitous, loosened from its curls, and hanging disordered over her neck and bosom, her. hands and forehead. The maiden touched the one, and kissed the other they were as cold as snow - and her eyes wideo pen, were fixed on her brother's empty chair, with the intensity of gaze of one who had witnessed the appearance of a spirit. She seemed insensible of any one.a presence, aud sat fixed, and still and motionless. The maiden alarmed at her looks thus addressed her: "Phemie, lass, Phemie Irving, dear me, but this be awful! I have come to tell ye that seven of your pet sheep have escaped drowning in the water; for Corrie sae quiet and sae gentle yestreen, is rolling and dashing frae bank to bank this morning. Dear me, woman, dinna let the loss of world's gear bereave ye of your tenses, I would rather make ye a present of a dozen mug ewes of the Tinwald brood myself; and now I think on't, if ye'll send 0 - ver Elphin, I will help him hame with them in the gloaming. So Phemie, woman, be comforted. At the mention of her brother's name she cried out "Where is he? OhJ where is he?' ja.ed wildly round. and shuddering from head, to foot, and fell aenseless on the floor. Other inhabitants of the valley, alarmed by the sudden swell of the river, which from a brosk had augmented to a torrent deep and impassable, now came in to inquire if any loss had been sustained, fur numbers of sheep and teds of haj had been observed. floating down about (he dawn of the morning. They assisted in reclaiming the unhappy maiden from her swoon; but insensibility was joy, compared to the sorrow in which she awakened. ' They have ta'en him a way, they have ta'en him away!" she chanted in a tone of delirious pathos; "him that was whiter and fairer than the lily of Lyddallee. They have long sought, and they have long sued, and they had the power to prevail against rpy prayers at last They have ta'en him away; the flower is plucked from the weeds, and the dove is slain amid a flock bf ravens. They came with shout and they came with aong; and they spread the charm, and they plac - ced the spell, and the baptized brow has been bowed down to the unbaptiz - ed hand. They have ta'en him away, they have ta'en him away; he was too lovely, and too good, and too noble, to bless us with his countenance on earth; for what are the sons or men compered to him? the light of the moon - beam to morning sun; the glow - worm tn the eastern star, .'They have ta'en him a - way, the invisible dwellers of the earth. I saw them come to him with shouting and with singing, and they, charmed him where he sat, and away they bore him and the horse he rode was never shod with iron, nor owned before, the mastery of human hand. They have ta'en him away over the water, and over the wood, and over the hill. J got but ae lapk of hia bonny blue e'e, but ae, ae look. But as I have endured what never maiden endured, so shall I undertake what never maiden undertook. I will win him from them all. I know the InvUible ones of the earth. I hve heard their wild md wondrous music in the wild woods and there shall a christian maiden seek him, and achieve his deli - feranceV The morning had now fairly broke; the flocks shook the rain from their aides) the shepherds hastened to inspect their charges and a thin blue smoke began to stream from the cottages of the valley into the brightening air In a short time, two shepherds were observed ascendiug from one of the loops of Corrie water, bearing the life less body of Elphin Irving in their arms. They had found him whirling round and round in one of the numerous eddies and his hands clutched and filled with wool, showing that he had lost his life in attempting to save the flocks of his sisters A plaid was laid over the body, which along with the utihapy maiden in a half lifeless state, was carried into a cottage, and laid in that apartment, distinguished among the peasantry by the name of the chamber. While the peasant's wife was left .to take care of Phemie, old man and matron, and maid, hod collected around the drowned youth and each began to relate the circumstance of his death, when the door suddenly opened, and his sister advancing to (he corse with a look of delirious serenity, broke nut into a wild laugh, and said "O it is won - derful i:'s truly wonderfull that bare and death - cold bod v, dragged from the darkest pool in Corrie. with its hands filled with fine wool, wears the perfect similitude of my own Elphiu! 1 II tell ye the spiritual dwellers of the earth. the lairy lolk ol our evening tale, have Stolen the living body, and fashioned this cold and inanimate clod to mislead your pursuit. In commou eves this seems all that Elphin Irving would be, had he sunk in Uorrie water; nut so it seems lint to me. Ye have sought the living soul, and ye have lound only its garment. But O if ye had beheld hint, as I beheld him last night, riding among the elfin troop, the fairest of them all) had rpu clasped him in your arms, and wrestled for him with spirits and terrible shapes from the other world, till vnur heart quailed and y iur flesh was stihducd, thanould ye yield no credit to the semblance this cold and apparent flesh bears to my brother! But hearken on Hallowmas eve when the spiritual people are let loose for a season. I will take my stand in the burial ground of Corrie, and when my E'phin and his unchristcned troop come past with the sound of their minstrelsy I will leap ou him and win him or perish forever." All - v;azed aghast on the delirious maiden, and many of her auditors gave more credit to h?r distempered speech than to the visible evidence b - fore them. As ahe turned to depart Mie looked round and suddenly sank upon the body with tears streaming from her eys, and sobbed out, 41 My brother ! 0 in v brother!" She was tarried out insensible, and again recovered; but relapsed into her ordinary delirium, in which she continned till the H illoweve, aficr her brother's burial she was found sea ted in the ancient burial ground, with her back against a broken grave s.tnne, her locks white with frost rime seemingly watching with intensity of look, flu - road to the kirk - yard; but the spirit which gave, life to the fairest of all the maids of Annandale was fled forever Such is the singular story which the feasants know by the name of Elphin rving, the Fairies' Cup - bearer; and the title in its fullest and most supernatural sense still obtains credence a - mdng the industrious and virtuous 'dames of the romantic vale of Corrie. STOHY OF A SCOTCH SOLDIER; "Is the master at home, sir?" said a broad shouldered Scotchman (wearing a regimental coat of the . regiment, and with his bonnet in his hand) to myself, who answered a ring at the office bell. I replied that he was not "Well, that's unlucky, sir," said he, "or ye see, sir, a hae goten a perfection here, an', a hae been till a' the Scotchman, that a can hear ony thing 0, but they hae a' signed for the month; an' a hae a shortness o' brith, that winna let me work or du ony thing; an1 a'd be pary glaid gin a cud git doom to Scoteland 1' the next vessel, fur a hanna Dauber; 'an as a sid afore, a canna wurk, an' gin mais ter B. wud jist sign ma perfection, a hae twa seagnatures, an' a'd git awa' the morn." For once I had told no lie in denyinc Mr. B. to his visiter. and, therefore in no dread of detection from cough, or other viva voce evidence, I ushered the "valiant Scot", into the sanctum of a lawyer's clerk. There is a verv landable benevolent institution in London, called the Scotish Hospital,' which, on proper representations made to it, signed by three of its members, (forms whereof are annexed, in blank, to the printed petition, which is given gratuitously to applicants,) will pass poor natives of Scotland to such parts of their father land as they wish, free of expense, and will otherwise relieve their wants; but each member is only allowed to sign one petition each mootb. , ThU

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  1. The Maryland Gazette,
  2. 13 Dec 1827, Thu,
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