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up and spake an old sailorHad sailed the Spanish Main“I pray thee put into yonder port,
For I fear a hurricane.
“Last night the moon had a golden ring,
And to-night no moon we see!"
And a scornful laugh laughed he.
Colder and louder blew the wind,
A gale from the north-east;
And the billows frothed like yeast.
Down came the storm, and smote amain
The vessel in its strength; She shuddered and paused like a frightened steed,
Then leaped her cable's length
“Come hither-come hither, my little daughter,
And do not tremble so;
That ever wind did blow."
He wrapped her in his seaman's coat,
Against the stinging blast;
And bound her to the mast.
Oh ! father! I hear the church-bells ring
it be ?"
And he steered for the open sea.
Oh! father! I hear the sound of guns;
In such an angry sea !”
“Oh! father! I see a gleaming light; Oh!
it be?” But the father answered never a word
A frozen corpse was he.
Lashed to the helm, all stiff and stark,
With his face turned to the skies, The lantern gleamed through the gleaming snow
On his fixed and glassy eyes.
Then the maiden clasped her hands, and prayed
That saved she might be; And she thought of Christ who stilled the wave
On the Lake of Galilee.
And fast through the midnight dark and drear,
Through the whistling sleet and snow, Like a sheeted ghost, the vessel swept
Towards the reef of Norman's Woe.
And ever the fitful gusts between
A sound came from the land ;
On the rocks and the hard sea-sand.
The breakers were right beneath her bows,
She drifted a dreary wreck;
Like icicles from her deck.
She struck where the white and fleecy waves
Looked soft as carded wool ;
Her rattling shrouds, all sheathed in ice,
With the masts went by the board;
Ho! ho! the breakers roared!
At daybreak, on the black sea-beach,
A fisherman stood aghast,
Lashed close to a drifting mast.
The salt sea was frozen on her breast,
The salt tears in her eyes;
On the billows fall and rise.
Such was the wreck of the Hesperus,
In the midnight and the snow;
On the reef of Norman's Woe!
THE CONFEDERATE SPY.
J. T. TROWBRIDGE.
[There can be little doubt that one of the results of the termi. nation of the late civil war in America will be the cropping up of a vast amount of desultory literature appertaining thereto. Happy it will be for the peace and goodwill of the re-United States if the same conciliatory spirit pervades it that characterizes the counsels of the wise President who now rules the destinies of the great Republic. This course would not only be generous but just, for one side must for many a long day remain silent on the subject. Only when the time arrives when the stirring events of the last four years can be calmly discussed as history, may thoughtful minds venture to give free expression to their causes and effects, and to descant on that inner life of the nation whose throes found vent in a widely-spread, though unsuccessful, revolution. Of its detail
, contemporary history, the press, may furnish abundant material ; but time-distance will be necessary to enable the future student of American history to reflect calmly on its results, which may or may not, but which, we trust, will be, conducive to the happiness of a nation with which English thought, feeling, and interests must ever be indissolubly mingled.
One of the earliest instalments of the literature we have indicated has reached us in the shape of a novel entitled “ The Three Scouts,” by Mr. J. T. Trowbridge. It is spiritedly and dashingly written, but, as might be expected, is thoroughly Union and antislavery in its tendencies. We extract a scene, in which it is shown how a Federal youth is taken prisoner, and how he obtains his release. The incident being complete in itself
, well told, and very startling, will form a ten minutes' reading highly calculated to interest and rivet the attention of an audience.]
The sun set upon the city; upon the white tents of the patriot camps encircling it, stretching for miles over the sombre hills like a chain of snow drifts, and upon the lonely sentinels of the distant outposts. Night came on. The soldiers in their canvas city slept; while far-away mothers, sisters, wives, in their comfortable homes, dreamed of the loved ones here.
Did Fred's mother sleep that night ? Did she dream of her darling boy resting upon the hard ground with those of the guard who rested, or watching with those who watched ? Did she see him start from deep sleep late in the night, and, leaping up with his comrades, answer to his low-spoken name?
They are going to relieve the sentinels. The fires are out, and in silence and darkness they proceed along the shadowy side of the ridge. They mount towards its crest, in the direction of some dwarfish trees faintly defined against the dim sky. Suddenly a voice behind challenges.
“Halt!” The party halts.
The sergeant advances, and whispers the magic word in the ear of the challenger. The latter in turn whispers it in the ear of the soldier who relieves him.
The new sentinels take their places; the old ones fall into the rear of the relieving party, as it marches on. Then all is silence again on the dark crest of the ridge.
Fred is stationed near some low cedar-trees that screen the pickets there from the enemy's observation. He is not alone: he has old Joel for a companion.
There is no moon, and but few stars are visible. What a strange, silent, lonely night! Nobody knows how near the enemy is. He may be far away in those woods yonder; or he may be dangerously close within a few rods.
Fred moves continually about, examining the ground.
“Didn't ye hear nothing ?” whispers old Joel. “A crackling noise down there in the holler!"
They listen : not a sound! Fred crouches low, in order to discern against the sky any object that may be moving near. He puts his ear to the ground. Footsteps ! There is somebody approaching. Two or three forms are visible.
“ Halt! Who goes there ? " « Patrol.” “ Stand! Advance one with the countersign." The countersign is right. The patrol asks a few
. questions, and moves on. Again silence.
“ There'll be an attack along the line here, somewheres about daylight,” prognosticates old Joel. “There always is after one o' them spies has been around.”
Do you mean that Union man Cy brought in? He was no spy!” says Fred.
“Bet my rations on that. He's in the rebel camp, long 'fore this. I believe Southern Union men are à humbug, gen'ly; and the whole pass system is wus'n the deuce. I wouldn't grant one o'them chaps a pass to go where they please, any more'n I'd Was that noise anything?"
“Only the wind : it is rising a little."
He is about to fire, when Fred, who can scarce restrain his laughter, stops him.
“It's nothing but a bough waving in the wind !"
“So I thought when I challenged it," says the old man; “but it's always well to be sure."
Slowly the moments drag. The stars grow dim.