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“Oho," sneered the Arabian, receding a few paces ; ( I fear I shall pine away in this sultry desert, for want of " can the Christian adder still hiss so loudly ? As for provisions, ere I reach the fond limit of my journey.” that matter, I need but strike my legs against my dark- “ Can it be,” asked Heimbert, “ the Oasis which the brown friend here, and, galloping off, leave thee to thy fair magician, Zelinda, inhabits ?" wretched fate, thou stray worm."
“ Allah protect me!" exclaimed the Arabian, clasping Away with thee, heathen dog!" replied Heimbert. his hands together. “ Zelinda's enchanted isle is acces“ Rather than acoept a crumb from thy hands, I will ) sible to none but enchanters. It lies in the distant, perish here, should my gracious God not be pleased to scorching south ; but our friendly island is situated in provide manna for me in the wilderness.”
the cool west." The Arabian now urged his flying steed, and galloped “ Well,” replied IIeimbert, cheerfully, “I only desired a few hundred paces, laughing in loud mockery at his to know whether we were to be companions on the way. helpless foe all the while. Then he halted, looked round | But if this be not the case, we must of course divide the at Heimbert, and again approaching said: “Thou provisions, as I do not wish that so brave a soldier as really dost appear to me too good to die here of yourself should perish with hunger and thirst.” hunger and thirst. See, my glorious sabre shall des- Hereupon the young German commenced arranging patch thee!"
both eatables and liquid in two different shares, placing Heimbert, who had again sunk down in hopeless de- the larger portion at his left, and the smaller at his spair on the burning sand, quickly got upon his feet, at right; and giving the former to the astonished Arabian, these words, sword in hand, and though the Arabian's said :-“You see, my dear fellow, I have either not far steed bore down upon him with rapid course, the expert to go, or I must sink in the wilderness, this my mind Swordsman, with one stroke of his weapon, intimidated foretells me. And, besides, I cannot proceed so far on the charger of his foe, and parried the blow which the foot as you can on horseback.” Arabian, like all Mahometans, struck at him backwards “ Victorious master !" said the Mussleman, with with his scythe-like cimitar.
amazement, "am I to keep my horse too?" Several times the Arabian charged on one side and on “It were indeed a sin,” replied Heimbert, with a another, in vain hoping to cleave his foe. At last he smile, “to separate so generous a steed from so expert became impatient, and approached so boldly, that Heim- a horseman. Ride on, and may you reach your home in bert, whilst partying a side thrust, gained time to seize safety.” the horseman by the girdle with his left, and pull him He now assisted him in mounting ; and as the Arabian down from his horse, which then galloped off. The was about to express his thanks for his generosity, the violent exertion which this feat cost him caused Heim- latter suddenly ejaculated, “the magic maiden!” Havbert to fall to the ground; he lay, however, upon his ing uttered these words, he galloped away over the plain. antagonist, and skilfully drawing a poignard from its / Whilst Heimbert, turning to the other side, by the light sheath, held it before his eyes. “ Wilt thou have com- of the moon, which now shone clearly, perceived close at passion, or death ?" asked he.
his side a bright figure,whom in an instant he recogThe Arabian, casting his eyes up to the murderous nised to be Zelinda. knife that glittered before him, replied, “ Be merciful, thou valiant fencer. I yield myself into thy hands."
Upon this Heimbert commanded him to throw down the sword, which he still held in his right. He did so, The maiden looked fixedly for some minutes into the and both combatants rose, but soon sunk down again on young soldier's face, and appeared to be searching for the sand, for the victor still felt much more feeble and words to address him, whilst Heimbert was equally at a exhausted than the vanquished one.
loss for speech, when he beheld the object of his long The affectionate steed of the Arabian had meanwhile and tedious search now standing before him. At length again approached ; for it is the wont of those noble ani- she said, in the Castille idiom, “Thou wonderful enigma, mals never to desert their masters, even when prostrate. I have been a witness to all that passed between thee Thus it stood behind the two men, and, extending and the Arabian ; and the whole event confuses my its long, graceful neck, looked at them in a friendly brain like a whirlwind. Speak to me without delay,
that I may know if thou be an angel or a madman.” “ Arabian,” said IIeimbert, in a somewhat weak voice, “I am neither, lovely maiden," replied Heimbert, “ take from off thy horse's back the food and beverage with his usual sweetness. “I am only a straying thou carriest about with thee, and set all down before me wanderer, and have just now been practising one of the here.”
grand precepts of Christianity.” The other humbly obeyed this order, and now appeared “Sit down,” said Zelinda, “and tell me something as anxious to execute the dictates of his superior foe, as concerning thy religion, which must be a very strange he before burned with rage against him.
one to have such professors as thou art. The night is After having taken a draught of palm-wine from a cool and still; and seated at my side, thou needst not skin, Heimbert looked with refreshed eyes at the young fear the dangers of the desert.” Arabian by his side ; and when he had partaken of some “Lovely damsel,” said Heimbert, with a smile, “] fruit, and quaffed a little more of the palm-wine, said, am not of a timid disposition ; and especially when I “Was it your intention to proceed on your journey this speak on such a subject, I do not know what fear is.” night, young man ?"
Hereupon both sat down on the sand, which had now “Oh yes!" answered the Arabian, with sad looks. become cooler, and commenced an interesting conversa“On a remote Oasis dwell my aged sire and blooming tion, whilst the full moon, like a golden magic lamp, bride. Now, though thou shouldst give me my liberty, shone down upon them from the azure sky.
lleimbert's words, full of fervour, truth, and innocence, | alone impelled him to dare the fatal wilderness, and sank like mild sunbeams gently and quickening into seek, even by so dear a means, to attain the sole object Zelinda's heart, resisting the dismal world of magic of his comrade's affection. She recalled to memory the that lay therein, and gaining sovereignty for a more brave and handsome soldier who gained the hill in order lovely and benign power. As morning began to dawn, to clasp her in his arms, and likewise related to her Zelinda, after a long and earnest conversation, said : companion the scene in the flaming library. Heimbert, “Thou must accompany me to my island, and there thou too, spoke of the knightly power of Fadrique; of his shalt be regaled, as beseems such a messenger as thee, noble and unspotted manners; his warm affection for much better than here, in the barren wilderness, with | Zelinda, which was manifested during the night after miserable palm wine.”
the siege of Tunis, in broken ejaculations, muttered in “Pardon me,” exclaimed Heimbert, “it is painful dreams, with all the earnestness of one who is awake. for me to refuse the request of a lovely maiden, but for Thus the image of the Spanish soldier was indelibly once I cannot help it. Listen to me, I wot that in stamped on Zelinda's heart, and having taken deep root, your island much splendour is collected together by the spread both gently and firmly. Heimbert's vicinity, aid of your forbidden arts ; and that the beanteous forms and the almost adoring nature of the attachment which and shapes which God created are metamorphosed. The the scholar cherished for the teacher, did not, in the sight of these things might confuse my senses, nay, least, interfere with this development, for, from the very entirely rob me of them. If, therefore, you are desirous first moment, his appearance had impressed her with to know, in its purity and integrity, what I have to com- those feelings of purity and heavenliness, which eflecmunicate to you, it were better that you came to visit tually prevent the intrusion of earthly love. When me here in the desolate wilderness."
Heimbert was by himself, he used frequently to smile “You should rather accompany me,” replied Zelinda, with placid satisfaction, and say, in his own dear native shaking her head, as she smiled somewhat in mockery. tongue, “I am so delighted to be enabled to perform “You were neither born nor educated a hermit; and the same service for Fadrique consciously, that he once my Oasis possesses not that wild strange disorder which did for me with his sister unconsciously.” And then you seein to imagine. The truth is simply this—shrubs, he would sing a German sonnet on Clara's beauty and flowers, and animals from all quarters of the globe are charming loveliness of character, so that his melody, congregated there, and the effect is perhaps slightly ringing gracefully over the lonesome desert, beguiled novel, since each thing partakes, in some measure, of the monotony of his retirement. the nature of the other, somewhat similar to what you As Zelinda came one evening, in her wonted natural may have seen in our carvings, the so-called Ara- dignity, bearing a basket of provisions for Heimbert, he besques. A flower changing its hues, a bird growing accosted her with a smile, and said : “I cannot conceive from a branch, a fountain sparkling with fire, a melo- why you should still take the trouble, kind maiden, to dious twig—these, forsooth, are not ugly things." visit me in the desert here. You cannot surely find
“Let him keep away from temptation who does not pleasure in magic arts, since the spirit of truth and love wish to perish by it,” said Heimbert seriously. “I has begun to dwell in you. You might easily transform prefer the sandy plain. Will you again visit me ?" the appearance of things in the Oasis to the state in
Zelinda looked down discontentedly, and then sud- which God created them, and then I could accompany denly answered, with a low inclination of her head, you thither.” “You speak truly” said Zelinda, “I too “ Yes, expect me at the approach of evening.” And have thought of this for some time, and should have turning away, she was soon lost in the clouds of sand arranged all properly, had not a strange visiter disturbed that rose from the plain.
my power. The Dervise you saw in Tunis is at present with me in the island; and as we had formerly been ac
customed to practise our magic feats together, he wished At twilight the lovely Zelinda returned, and passed to do so again. He observes the change which has been the night in animated conversation with Heimbert ; effected in me, and therefore presses me vigorously to always departing at early morn in a state of increased join in his schemes.” humility and strengthened piety; and thus several “He must be expelled from the island, or converted," days passed away.
exclaimed Heimbert, fastening his military feet, and * Thy palm wine and dates are diminishing,” said raising his targe from the ground. “Pray be kind Zelinda one day, offering Heimbert a flask of generous enough immediately to conduct me to the fairy isle." wine, and some delicious fruit. He gently refused the “You avoided it so scrupulously before," said the gift, however, and added : “Beauteous damsel, willingly astonished maiden ; "and it is yet quite unaltered in would I accept thy present, did I not fear that it is in its strange appearance." some way connected with magic art. Or can you assure me to the contrary, protesting, by Him, of whom you venture thither," replied Heimbert. “You kindly now begin to know something ?"
came to see me here, and this was better for both of us. Zelinda hung down her head in mute shame, and Now, however, the old Dervise might lay snares for you, took back her proffered gifts. On the following evening and therefore I feel it to be my knightly duty to undershe brought a similar present, and with a confident take this work.” And the pair walked rapidly through the smile took the desired oath. Then Heimbert, without now darkening desert, in the direction of the blooming isle. hesitation, partook of the excellent repast ; and from this time on, the scholar carefully provided for her teacher
CHAPTER XIII. in the desert. Ever and anon Heimbert would hint to Enchanted odours began to play around the temples her how his friend Fadrique's fervent love for her had l of the wanderers ; the stars, ascending in the heavens,
re" - Before, it would have been temerity in me to
displayed, in the far distance, a copse waving under the mummery and juggling to cease around us. Our influence of the gentle zephyrs. Heimbert cast his doctrine sets forth things of too heavenly and mild a eyes down to the ground, and said : “Do thou precede, nature to be uttered in a trumpet-voice." lovely maiden, and guide my steps to the spot where I The Dervise, on the other hand, burning with rage may find the menacing Dervise. I will not needlessly and fury, had not even listened to the latter part look at any objects which may disturb my tranquillity of the knight's speech, and he now pressed upon him of mind."
vigorously with his scythe-like sword. Heimbert merely Zelinda complied with his request, which changed held out his sabre, and said: “Take heed, Sir! I unthe relative position of the pair ; the maiden became derstand just now that your weapon is charmed; but the guide, and Heimbert consented to be led in un- has no power over this good sword which has been trodden paths by her in whom he reposed the utmost consecrated on holy ground.” confidence.
In wild dismay the Dervise started back from the Branches occasionally brushed his cheeks, as though weapon ; but leaping forth again in a manner equally in mockery or caressingly ; wonderful birds, springing wild, he plied the German knight on the opposite side, forth from the copse, gaily carolled melodious notes ; who with difficulty parried the tremendous thrust made the velvet sward beneath their feet, on which Heim- by the cimitar of his foe. Like a golden-crested dragon, bert's eyes were still fixed, began to be covered with the Mahometan continued to wheel round and round his golden-crested, green-eyed serpents; whilst coronets of antagonist, with a celerity which, coupled with the longgold, and precious stones of every possible hue and shape, hanging beard, had a most hideous, hobgoblin appearsparkled in rich abundance. These, on being touched ance. Heimbert was on his guard at every point, watchby the serpents, emitted silvery sounds. The wanderer, ing for some opportunity to thrust in his sword between however, walked on, indifferent to every object that the scales. His wishes were at last crowned with sucmet his senses, and eager only to follow the steps of his cess ; on the left side, between the arm and breast, the fair conductress.
dark garment of the Dervise was visible, and like “We have arrived at our destination,” said the lightning the German's blade was inserted with sure maiden, in a low tone of voice ; and Heimbert, looking aim. The old man exclaimed in a loud voice: “Allah: up, beheld a shining grotto, in which lay a man asleep, Allah! Allah !” and on his face fell lifeless to the ground. and covered, after the old Numidian fashion, with gold “I pity his fute!" sighed Heimbert, as, leaning on scaly armour. “Is that figure in golden fish-skin also his sword, he gazed at the dead body.
“ He fought some magic juggle ?" asked Heimbert, jocosely. “Oh bravely, and his last breath was spent in invoking the no,” replied Zelinda, looking very serious ; "it is the name of his · Allah,' by which he doubtless means Dervise himself; and this coat of mail, smeared with God. Well, he shall not want a decent grave.” Therecharmed Dragons' blood, which he has put on, proves upon he scooped out a vault by the aid of the broad that he was made aware by his magic arts of our ap- cimitar of the deceased, put the corpse into it, covered it proach."
up with sods, and knelt down in silent but hearty prayer “What does it signify,” said Heimbert, “since he for his own safety, and that of “the Converted One.” must have learnt that sooner or later ?" Upon this he began to exclaim ; “Awake, old gentleman, rise up! A friend wishes to speak to you on matters of importance.” After having knelt for some time in silent devotion, As the old man opened his large rolling eyes, every- Heimbert rose up and cast his
the smiling thing in the magic grotto began to stir-the water Zelinda, who stood by his side, and then on the scene danced—branches devoured each other in wild conten- | around him, which had undergone a complete change. tion; and the stones, shells, and corals, united in a Cleft and grotto had disappeared, animals and trees in concert of harmonious strains. “Roll on in wonderful mixed confusion had vanished ; a gently sloping meadow confusion,” cried Heimbert, as with steady gaze he be inclining downwards from the spot where Heimbert stood, held the jingling mass.
“You shall hardly lead me a valley of sand below, springs gushing forth with meastray in my good path ; and as for your unearthly din,
here and there a date-shrub bending sound and sonorous soldier's voice.” over the path, met his eye, whilst the whole scene, lit up Then turning to the Dervise, he said: “Old gentleman, by the rising beams of Aurora, smiled in sweet and it seems that you already know all that has taken place simple peacefulness. “ You cannot but feel,” said Heimin reference to Zelinda and myself. But, should this not bert, addressing himself to his companion, “ that the
I will now briefly relate to you the circum- Creator of the world has ordered and made all things stances of her all but entire conversion to Christianity, more lovely, excellent, and grand than anything that and of her speedily becoming the bride of a noble Spanish even the highest human art can possibly effect or obtain knight. Be sure not to throw any obstacles in the way, by transformation. for it is likely to prove a very advantageous one to you. The pair walked on in meditative silence towards one Still better, however, were it if you yourself would con- of the sweetest little springs in the whole Oasis, and just sent to become a Christian. Let us converse together as they had reached its border, the sun shone directly on the subject ; but previous to doing so, cause this upon them. Heimbert had not yet considered what
Christian name he should give the maiden, but as he The words used by my author, are : "80 gut als eine drew near the water and beheld the vast sandy desert Christin” (as good as a Christian). The meaning I take to be, that Zelinda's mind had 'received the seeds of lying all extended around him, he could not help thinkChristian doctrine, but no formal confession had as yet ing of the holy hermit, St. Antony,* in the Egyptian wiltranspired from the lips of the fair convert, to warrant the assertion that she was actually converted to the faith. * This Saint was born in Egypt (A. D. 251). He used Translator's Note.
the book of Nature as his text-book, and preferred it to
God has given me
be the case,
derness, and this led him to call her by the name of mented, here in the wilderness, which must, sooner or Antonia.”
later, be my fate.” They spent the day in pious discourse, and Antonia Having uttered these words, he again closed his eyes showed her friend a small cave, in which she had con- like one who is drowsy with sleep ; but as Heimbert percealed all kinds of provisions for her subsistence in the severed in his work of love, the other raised himself Oasis. “For," said she, “I came hither for the sole slightly up, and looking in astonishment, first at Heimpurpose of understanding the work of creation better in bert, then at the maiden, he said, as he ground his teeth, retirement, without knowing aught at that time of “ Ha, was that your intention? I was not even to be magic art. Soon, however, the Dervise came tempting allowed to die in the satisfaction of secluded privacy! me, and the horrors of the desert, as well as all that but must previously witness the triumph of my rival, and seducing spirits showed me in dreaming and otherwise, the mockery of my sister!" seemed to enter into an alliance with the old man's words." On concluding these words, he arose with great effort,
Heimbert scrupled not to take with him as much wine and, drawing his sword, aimed a thrust at Heimbert, and dried fruits as might still be fit for use on the jour- The latter, without moving his arm or sword, replied in ney, and Antonia assured him that by taking a route friendly accents: “I cannot harm thee, since I see thee which was well known to her, they would reach the border in so exhausted a state; and, besides, I must first conof the vast sandy desert in a few days. As the cool of duct this lady to a place of safety." the evening drew near, both set forward upon their Antonia, who at first had beheld the enraged stranger journey.
with considerable amazement, now placed herself between the two men, and said: “ Fadrique, neither misery nor
anger can entirely disfigure your lineaments. But in The travellers had gone over a considerable part of what has my noble brother here wronged you?" the desert, when they one day beheld in the distance a “ Brother!" cried Fadrique, in utter astonishment. human figure reeling now to this side, now to that. The “ Or godfather,” replied Heimbert. “ Whichever of wanderer seemed to be going about at random, and the two you please. Only do not call her Zelinda any Antonia, with her Eastern eagle-eye, saw distinctly that longer; her name now is Antonia, a Christian, and thy it was not an Arabian, but a man in knightly costume. bride.”
“Dear sister,"exclaimed Heimbert, full of anxious joy, Fadrique listened to these words, which appeared al" it is, doubtless, poor Fadrique, in search of you. Pray, most incredible to him; but Heimbert's honest manner, let us hasten, lest he should lose us, or even his life, in and Antonia's modest blush, solved the beautiful enigma. this immense wilderness.” They exerted themselves to In transports of joy, he sank down before the lovely obthe utmost, in order to reach the distant stranger, but it ject of his affection, and, in the midst of the inhospitable being still a warm part of the day, and the sun throw- desert, a rich bouquet of lore, gratitude, and trusty coning down his scorching rays, Antonia could not long fidence, blossomed heavenwards. endure the fatigue of rapid walking; meanwhile, clouds The vehemence of sudden pleasure at last yielded to of dust began to mount every now and then, and the physical exhaustion. Antonia stretched her wearied figure was lost, to the eyes of the searching pair, as a form limbs on the sand, that had now become hotter, and, like shaped forth in the harvest mist.
a flower, she slumberei under the protection of her brideWhen the moon shone clearly, they began anew their groom and chosen brother. hasty march, called after the straying figure, put up white “Slumber thou also,” said Heimbert, gently to Fahandkerchiefs at the end of their walking-sticks, to flutter drique. “ Thou hast roamed about and art weary, for in the dark blue atmosphere over their heads, but all thy eyes are heavy and need repose. As I am not the was in vain. The object of their straining gaze, which least fatigued, I will keep watch over Antonia and thee." had lately disappeared, still remained lost to their sight. “O, Heimbert,” sighed the noble Castilian, “my The coy giraffes once more darted past them, and the sister shall be thy bride, that is nothing more than ostriches hurried along with outspread wings.
right. But with regard to our little private matter"In the morning dawn Antonia at last stood still, and “ Of course," said Heimbert earnestly, “ when we are Heimbert spread out his cloak upon the sand, that she in Spain, you will give me satisfaction for your hasty might rest more comfortably and securely. He had no words. Till then, however, I beg you will not mention sooner completed this arrangement, however, than he the subject. Before the termination of an affair of cried out in astonishment, “ As I live, there lies a man, honour, every allusion to it is unpleasant.” quite covered with dust and sand. I hope he is not dead!" Fadrique laid himself down on the sand, overpowered and pouring a few drops of wine upon the man's brow, by sleep, and Heimbert cheerfully knelt in prayer to his he gently rubbed his temples.
God for past success, and, submitting the future to his The man thus revived, slowly opened his eyes and guidance, full of happiness and confidence. said, “Would that the dew of morning had never again refreshed me, and that I had died, unknown and unla
On the following day, the three travellers arrived at all other modes of cultivating the intellect. Having once heard a sermon preached on St. Mark x. 21,
the commencement of the desert, and rested a week in way, sell whatever thou hast, and give to the poor," he an adjoining village, which, shaded by trees, and clothed literally obeyed the Divine precept, by selling his immense with the verdant carpet of nature, contrasted like a little possessions and distributing the money to the poor. life was of the most self-denying sort; he slept on the bare paradise against the joyless Sahara. ground or in caverns, subsisted on bread and water, which Especially did Fadrique's state of health make this he only took after sunset, and passed
whole nights in delay requisite. During the whole time of his separation praver. He may be called the veritable founder of monas- I from Heimbert, he had not once left the desert, but obtic life.- Translator's Note,
tained his precarious subsistence from wandering Arabs, trees near the fountain's edge, felt, as it were in symwhilst often he had been without any food for several pathy, warm tears chasing each other down his cheeks; consecutive days. He had at length entirely missed his whilst Fadrique, who had brought both him and Antonia way, so that not even the stars could guide him to the thither, could no longer restrain the outburst of hisfeelright path; and thus he roamed about sadly and to no ings on again beholding his dear sister, but stepped purpose, like the clouds of dust that rose around him forward to greet her, as he led Antonia and Heimbert from the sandy plain.
by the hand. When now he occasionally fell asleep after dinner, Every one can best picture to himself such moments whilst Antonia and Heimbert, like two smiling angels, of superhuman bliss; and it were doing him but a poor guarded his slumbers, he would frequently shriek out, and service to relate what one did, or the other said. Likegaze about him with looks of extreme terror, until he wise do thou, sweet reader, imagine this picture in thy beheld the two faces of his friends, when he would again own way, which will come easy to thee if thou art ensink down into calm repose. Being questioned, on awak- amoured of the two couples before thee. Should this ing, respecting his frightful dreams, he replied that no- latter supposition, however, not be true, wherefore expen* thing, during his wanderings in the desert, had been a useless words? greater source of pain to him than his fallacious dreams; Trusting, then, that some courteous reader takes efor now he would fancy himself at home, now in the light in the pleasure experienced by the reunion of lovers, camp amongst his jovial companions, or even in the pre- and of brothers and sisters, and can consent to linger sence of Zelinda; but then the stern reality would again over their further adventures and ultimate fate, I shall undeceive him, and he found himself at such times doubly proceed with my tale, stimulated by feelings of renewed wretched in the vast wilderness. Hence, whenever he confidence. awoke, he still shuddered, and sleep was not unfrequently Though Heimbert, looking significantly at Fadrique, expelled by the dim recollection of former terrors. “You was about to retire as soon as Antonia had been comcannot form any conception of my imaginary woe,” added mitted to Donna Clara's protection, yet the noble Spaniard he; “ to be banished, on a sudden, from these well-known did not assent to the proposal which the look indicated. walls into the boundless desert! To behold, instead of He invited his companion in arms, as imploringly as the lovely face of my dear bride, an ugly camel's head though he were his brother, to stay to supper; this feast bending over me! This, my dear friend, you will allow, was attended by some relations of the family of Mendez, is no slight cause of fear.”
in whose presence Fadrique declared the brave HeimSuch,
together with all other remnants of former evils, bert of Waldhausen to be the affianced bridegroom of Donna soon departed from Fadrique's mind, and the journey to Clara, ratifying the betrothal in the most solemn manTunis was now cheerfully commenced. The injustice ner, so that the match could not be broken off, let what he had inflicted upon Heimbert, and the inevitable con- will happen, howmuchsoever apparently opposed to the sequences thereof, could not fail sometimes to spread a alliance. gloomy cloud over the noble Spaniard's brow, but it was The witnesses, though rather surprised at these novel also the cause of softening down the innate, haughty fire precautions, revertheless gave their sanction, at Faof his nature, and Antonia was thus enabled to entwine drique's desire, to their complete fulfilment ; this they were her heart the more tenderly and warmly around his. rather inclined to do, since Duke Alva, who happened to be
Tunis, which had once been the scene of Zelinda's in Malaga on some naval affairs, had filled the whole town magic arts, and her enthusiastic animosity displayed with stories of the bravery of both young soldiers. against Christians, now witnessed Antonia’s solemn bap- When the choicest wine was circulating, in crystal tism on a consecrated spot, soon after which ceremony, glasses, around the festive board, Fadrique stepped beall three took ship for Malaga with prosperous breeze.
hind Heimbert's chair, and whispered into his ear, “If it is convenient to you, Senor—the moon has just risen
and shines like midday—I am now ready to give you the CHAPTER XVII.
necessary satisfaction." Donna Clara sat one evening musingly at the fountain
Heimbert nodded in a friendly manner, and the young where she had formerly bid adieu to Heimbert. The lyre in her lap gave forth sweet notes, which her taper unsuspecting brides.
men left the room, after receiving kind nods from their fingers were enticing from it as in a dream; and a me
As they walked along the fragrant enclosures of the lody at last arose, accompanied by the following words, garden, Fadrique said with a sigh: “ How happily could which she warbled with half-opened lips
we wander here, were it not for my over-hasty temper!" In far-distant climes roves my love,
“Yes," replied Heimbert, “it is true; but since matHe heeds not his Clara, who sighs That she cannot resemble the dove,
ters stand thus, and cannot be altered, let us proceed at When at eve to its nest it hies.
once to the termination of the affair, in order that we This bosom betrays but too well,
may ever regard each other as soldiers and as knights." Each rising and painful emotion ;
"Certainly!” said Fadrique, and they hastened to a And these eyes, as they glisten, tell Of my warm and constant devotion.
remote part of the garden, whence the clash of their
swords could not penetrate to the merry saloon they had
CHAPTER XVIII. The lyre was silent, and soft dew-drops sparkled in In that silent enclosure, where blooming shrubs grew her mild, angelic eyes.
around, not a sound was heard proceeding from the joyous Heimbert, who was concealed behind some orange-l company in the festive saloon, not a voice from the thronged