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THE BEARER OF THE PRESENT.
took the box, and the “Trinckgeld,”* and went “For you, beautiful Mariette," said he, “ is towards the little cottage, under the olives and nothing too costly! Yesterday, you admired acacias.
this pitcher; to-day, allow me to lay it, and my adoring heart, at your feet.” Mother Janon
was delighted, and Mariette astonished to see Before he got there, he met his master, Herr the pitcher ; but Mariette said, “I can accept Hautmarten, who said to him, “What have
neither heart nor pitcher."
you there, Jaques?"
Her mother interrupted her angrily, saying, “ Ả box, for Mother Manon; but I must not Foolish child, how long will you throw your
“ But I accept for you both heart and pitcher. tell you whom from." " Why not?”
y? What do you expect? Are “ Because Herr Colin will never forgive me, you waiting for the Count of Provence to make he says."
you his bride, that you are so scornful towards “ Well, Jacques, it is right you should be a magistrate ? But know your interests better. secret, although it is rather late to begin. How- Herr Hautmarten, I shall think myself honoured ever, give me the box; I'll take it to Mother by your becoming my son-in-law.” Manon in the marning. It will spare you the
Mariette went away in tears, and hated the trouble, and be a nice little job for me.
pretty jug with all her heart; but the justice Jacques gave the box to his master, with his stroked his proboscis, and spoke soberly:usual blind obedience. The justice took the
Mother Manon, be not overhasty; the pretty box into his own room, and examined it with dove will be better pleased the better she knows great care and anxiety. On the lid was a paper,
I know what women are, and before three superscribed in red chalk, “ To the lovely and months are over I shall have gained an entrance beloved Mariette.” The justice knew well some
into Mariette's heart." of Colin's mischief must be here.
“ I'm sure your nose is much too large ever packed it, almost expecting to see a mouse or
to get in,” said Mariette to herself, who had rat jump out; but when the beautiful jug made overheard the conversation, and could not help its appearance, which he himself had seen at the laughing through her tears. And, in truth, three fair, his very heart leaped within him. It is to months went by, and not even the tip of the be confessed, Herr Hautmarten was as well justice's nose had found its way into Mariette's versed in injustice as justice. He saw imme
heart. diately that Colin wished to bring Mariette into trouble, by making it be supposed that some secretly favoured lover from the city had sent
But, however, during these three months her such a handsome present, and then all Mariette had something else to think of. The rightly-thinking people would despise her; 1 pitcher gave her trouble and vexation enough, therefore he concluded, no doubt, in order to and soon something else came to add to it. For prevent further mischief, to give the pitcher as a
a whole fortnight nothing was talked of but the gift from himself. He had always admired pitcher. Everybody said, “ It is a present from Mariette, and had been well pleased to see how the Herr Justice, and the wedding will follow much she appreciated Father Jerome's doctrine soon.” But Mariette proudly declared she would of “ Children, love one another.” It is true, rather drown herself than be the Justice's bride, Herr Hautmarten was a well-grown child of so there was nothing left but to teaze her a bit fiity; and Mariette certainly did not imagine by saying, “Ah! how happily you might rest the application of the text quite so extensive. under the shadow of such a nose!" This was But Mother Manon thought he might reap the
vexation the first. benefit of these charitable instructions: he was
Then Mother Manon was cruel enough to rich, and enjoyed respect and consideration from force Mariette to carry the pitcher to the Brunone end of La Napoule to the other. When he nen, to fill it with clear water and fresh flowers, turned the conversation towards marriage, and hoping that Mariette might at last feel a little Mariette carefully avoided the subject, Mother affection for the giver. But it was of no use: she Manon always felt her respect wonderfully in- hated both gift and giver, and her daily journey creased for the worthy man. And it must be
to the Brunnen was indeed a sore pilgrimage to fully understood, that no exact objections could | her.. Vexation the second. be made to him. If Colin was the handsomest
Then twice every week, when she went to the man in the village, at least in two things Herr Brunnen, she found lying, all ready prepared to Hautmarten had the advantage—in his greater put into the pitcher, a beautiful bouquet, with a age and greater nose. Yes, verily, this nose, paper tied to it, on which was written, “To the which always went some way before him, as
beloved Mariette." Of course they must, both avant courier, to announce his approach, was
flowers and superscription, be from Herr Hautthe very elephant of noses ! With this elephant, narten. She would not even smell them, fearing his good intention, and the pitcher, the justice lest his breath might have passed over thein, went the next morning to the little cottage under and poisoned their sweetness. She thought of the the olives and acacias.
flowers as though they were so many weeds, and strewed them and the paper, which she tore to
pieces, all about the spot where they usually lay. * Drink-money.
But nothing seemed to provoke Herr llaut
MALICE UPON MALICE.
marten; his love seemed as great in its kind as fact, was he?—who but Colin, the hard-hearted bis nose certainly was. Third vexation.
one! It last she found out that he was not the He it was, then, who out of an old spite had giver of the flowers. Now who could it be caused the innocent maiden so much trouble, However, she was so pleased at the discovery, both with the pitcher and Herr Hautmarten; it that she now regularly took the flowers from must have been he who put the flowers there their place; but who could have laid them there? so secretly, for no purpose but to excite her Mariette was now, what I am sure no one will curiosity. For what other reason could he hare? accuse women of being in general, very, very he had always hated Mariette. He had fully curious. She thought of every youth in the place, shown this by his behaviour to her in all combut could come to no conclusion. She sat up late panies. To all the other girls of the village he and got up early, to listen and watch, but heard was kind and polite; but as for Mariette, he had and saw nothing. Twice in every week there never even once invited her to dance, though lay the flowers in their place; and twice in every she was the best dancer in the set. week did she sighingly read the direction, “ To Now he lay there, betrayed, entrapped. Venthe beloved Mariette.' This would have made geance woke in Mariette's breast. "What trick the most indifferent curious; but curiosity at should she play him? She picked up the noselast becomes a “carking care.” So found Ma- gay, and scattered its leaves with right goodwill riette. Fourth vexation.
over the sleeper; but the paper she picked up, as she wished to compare the handwriting, did the sly Mariette. Now she thought of going,
but her anger was not yet quite satisfied; she Father Jerome again preached from his fa- could not leave the place without punishing his vourite text, “ The ways of heaven are wonder- malice and hard-heartedness a little more. She ful;” and the innocent Mariette thought " Then took the violet ribbon from her hat, and tied his perhaps I shall find out the giver of my flowers arm fast with three knots to the palm-tree. some time or other, Father Jerome is never When he waked how astonished he would be, wrong.”
and wonder who had played him such a prank! One summer night it was so hot Mariette He would never find it out. So much the better : could not sleep; as the first sunbeams shone it served him right. upon her casement she sprang from bed, dressed But, to tell the truth, Mariette was gradually herself, took her hat in her hand, and left the softening a little towards him. Her vengeance cottage, intending to wander towards the sea troubled her, now she had concluded it. Her shore, where she thought she knew of a delight-heart was troubled; I even believe there were ful place for a bath.
tears in her eyes, and she actually looked at him But, however, to get to this secret place, she with compassion. Slowly went she home, often must go behind the cottage, through the thickets looking back at the sleeper, till at last her moof pomegranates and palm-trees; but she was
ther's voice, calling her impatiently, made her stopped in her progress. Precisely under the run into the cottage. tallest and handsomest of the palm trees lay a tall and handsome young man, in a sweet sleep;
THE VIOLET HAT-RIBBON. near him lay a beautiful nosegay of the most But the very next day did the shameful Colin lovely flowers, and he was not so far off but a play her a new trick! What did he do? Surely strip of paper might be seen tied to their stalks. he wished openly to shame the poor Mariette ! How could Mariette pass such a sight!
She had quite forgotten that her violet hat-ribbon She stood still, and trembled at first from was known to everybody. Colin remembered it very fear. Then she thought she would go only too well; why, he tried openly to shame home. Hardly had she returned two steps, the poor Mariette! He fastened it proudly on when she felt compelled to turn and give another his hat, and carried it so that all the world might look. The sleeper lay too far off for her to dis- see his booty. Everybody said,
“ Of course he tinguish his features; yet it was not au oppor- had it from Mariette;" and the girls all called tunity to be rashly thrown away She went a her a coquette, and the young men called Colin little nearer; but he seemed to stir. Then she a villain ! ran back again towards the cottage; then again • Why, Mother Manon," exclaimed the jusshe ventured near, until frightened at the tice, so loudly, that his purple nose seemed to thought that perhaps he was only pretending to echo again, “what does this mean? It is high be asleep, she ran away again; but who could time to look after our marriage, I think! Here be satisfied with a perhaps? She went boldly is my promised bride giving her hat-ribbon to towards the palm-tree.
the young farmer Colin! Indeed, I think I have All the runnings here and there had advanced some right to complain.” her a little nearer on her way; and at last “ You have, indeed,” said Mother Manon ; curiosity quite conquered fear. And after all, “ if the matter is so, we must set about the what is it to me?" thought she; “ sleep he, or marriage directly." wake he, I will pass himn.” But, however, she “ But she has never yet even said Yes," said did not actually pass him; she stood still to look the justice. at him, for this flower dispenser must be looked “Never mind, only you prepare for the marat, in order to be recognized. And who, in riage.”
“ But she has never even given me a friendly them so roughly down that he overset the beau
and if I sit down by her, off she scampers tiful pitcher, which broke in the fall. Rejoicing, like a wild thing."
no doubt, in the mischief he had caused, he “ Never mind, only hurry your wedding a went his way. little."
Mother Manon, who had seen and overheard “ But suppose she should be obstinate ?"
everything, nearly lost her senses when the “We'll conquer her obstinacy. We'll manage pitcher broke; she was horror-stricken, and hasit through Father Jerome. Do you get all ready tily throwing her window open to abuse the by next Monday morning for the wedding, in mischief-doer, with her too great violence it secret. I am her mother-you are the most also broke into pieces, and fell with an aggraimportant person in the village. She must obey; vating noise upon the ground. So many misand, besides, she will know nothing of it before fortunes at once would have made any woman hand. On Monday morning I shall send her lose her temper; but, however, she soon recoto Father Jerome, early; then shall the pastor vered herself. It's a very good thing I saw and her rebellious heart have a talk together. him do it," said she; “ I'll summon him before Half-an-hour afterwards we will follow her. the Justice, and he shall pay for jug and winThen to the altar; and if, when there, she does dow too, and that will be something towards complain a little, what matters it? the old gen- your dowry, Mariette.”. tleman is so deaf he won't hear her. But don't
But Mariette was picking up the pieces of the hint a word of it to Mariette, or to any one jug; and when her mother saw her lost Paraelse."
dise, and Adam without a head, Eve with broken So it was arranged between them, without legs, the snake unbroken, and apparently tripoor Mariette having an idea of the honour in- umphing, the tiger unharmed, but the poor little tended her. She thought of nothing but Colin's lamb with nothing left of him but his tail, then malicious behaviour, which had made her the indeed Manon broke out into loud execrations, talk of the village. Oh! how she blamed her- and said, “ Anybody might see it was some of self about her thoughtlessness as to the ribbon, the devil's handiwork.” and yet she could hardly find it in her heart to blame him; but Mariette was, in fact, far too
THE JUSTICE'S JUDGMENT. kind-hearted. She said to her mother and young companions, “I did not give it to him : She took the jug in one hand, and Mariette he found it. I have always known how evil- by the other, and went immediately to the Jusdisposed he has been towards me, always trying tice's room, where he was administering the law; to vex and mortify me.”
there she made her complaint with great voluAh! poor child, she little foresaw what new bility, and showed the broken jug and the misfortunes this mischievous fellow would cause ruined Paradise. Mariette wept bitterly. When her!
the justice saw the mischief, and his promised bride's tears, he became so angry that his nose
rivalled in colour Mariette's far-famed purple Early one morning, Mariette went to the ribbon, and he sent the constable immediately Brunnen; where, however, no flowers lay. Per- for the offende Colin came in great distress ; haps she was too early, as the sun was only just Mother Manon recapitulated her complaint with rising over the sea. She heard steps suddenly, great bitterness, but he did not listen to a word and turning round, beheld Colin with the flowers she said, but went up to Mariette, and whispered, in his hand. Mariette coloured deeply; Colin “ Forgive me, dearest Mariette, as I forgive stammered out, “ Good morning, Mariette.” you; I have only broken your pitcher, but you But as it could not be supposed the greeting have broken my heart.” came from his heart, it is not to be wondered at “ What are you whispering about there?” that it scarcely escaped his lips.
cried Herr Hautmarten, loudly; "come forward “Why do you wear my ribbon so openly, and defend yourself, Herr Colin.” Colin?" said Mariette; “I never gave it to "I have no need to defend myself,” said he ; you."
“ the jug was broken by accident." “ You did not give it to me, Mariette !” said “I am sure it was an accident,” said Mariette, he, turning pale from anger.
sobbing; “ it was just as much my fault as his, Mariette felt ashamed of her evasion, and, for I vexed him and made him angry, and then casting down her eyes, said, “Well, if I did he threw the flowers and ribbon carelessly give it you, it was not to wear as a show. Give at me.” it back to me directly.”
“Can I believe my ears," said Mother Manon; Sighing, from anger or agitation, he slowly are you taking up his defence? Pray, Herr untied the ribbon ; “Dear Mariette, let me keep Justice, settle the matter at once; he broke the it,” said he.
jug-that at least he does not deny--and through “No," answered Mariette.
him I broke the window ; I hope he won't deny Then his long-felt anger burst forth; he that.” looked mournfully on Mariette, who was stand- “ You cannot deny it, Herr Colin," said the ing with downcast eyes, and hastily winding the Justice ; " so you must pay the worth of the violet ribbon round the flowers, he exclaimed, pitcher, 300 livres, and then for the window" “ Take them both together, then !" and threw Stop! stop!” interrupted Colin; “ the jug
THE BROKEN PITCHER.
did not cost so much; I only gave 100 livres, Colin. “Ah! Mariette, what liare I done, that for it in the fair when I bought it for Mariette.” you should set yourself so against me ?”
“You bought it, you shameless fellow!” said But she only said, “ Be easy, Colin ; you shall Herr Hantmarten, bis whole face becoming have the ribbon again, and I will always value purple with anger. He did not dare to say the broken pitcher. But, tell me, was it really more, for fear of any light that might be thrown from you?” upon the subject; but Colin, getting desperate, Can you yet doubt it, dear Mariette? Ah! answered, “I bought this pitcher myself, on the if I might but give you everything! Will you evening of the fair-day, and sent it by your own now be friends with me?" servant to Mariette ; there is Jacques--ask him. She gave him no answer, but just as they Jacques, speak; did not I give you a box to entered the pastor's door she gave him a glance, carry to Mother Manon's?"
and whispered, “ Dearest Colin." Just as he, Herr Hautmarten would fain have stopped overjoyed, kissed her hand, a door opened, and him, but the simple-hearted fellow would not be Father Jerome's venerable figure stood before stopped, and said, “ Just recollect, Herr Justice, them. The young people seemed as though you took Colin's box from me, and took the awaking from a dream, and tremblingly held jug yourself to Mother Manon's; there is the fast by one another ; but whether from the agi, box lying there now, under that heap of paper." | tation of the kiss, or the sudden appearance
of Poor Jacques got roughly thrust out of the the priest, I am sure I cannot tell. room, and Colin was also told to go about his Then Mariette gave the pastor the myrtle business, till he was again wanted.
wreath; he put it on her head, and said solemnly, Very well, Herr Hautmarten,” said Colin ; My children, love one another;" and began " but this shall be your last judgment in La speaking earnestly to the listening maiden on Napoule. When you want me you may take the propriety of her loving Colin; for the old the trouble to ride to Grasse, and you'll find me man, from his deafness, had either not well at the High Bailiff's Court.” And away went heard the name of the bridegroom; or, from old Colin.
recollections, thought Colin must be the one. Now the justice was in great perplexity, and Then Mariette's feelings broke forth, and knew not what to do. Mother Manou shook weeping she sobbed forth, “I have loved Colin her head; “Who'll pay now?" said she. a long while, but he has always hated me!"
"Oh, I am already overpaid," said Mariette, “ Hater you, Mariette !" exclaimed Colin ; with a beaming face.
“my whole soul has been wrapped up in you
ever since you came to La Napoule; but how FRESH CAUSE FOR WONDER.
could I hope you would return my love when Colin went that very day to the High Bailift, you might have chosen any one in the whole and returned early the next morning. But the village ?" Herr Justice treated the matter very coolly, “ Then why did you always avoid me, Colin? and told Mother Manon not to fret herself, for and choose my companions always in prethat he would wager the very nose on his face, ference?" that Colin would assuredly have to pay the 300 “ Oh! Mariette, I was always in fear and livres after all. He went with her to father Je- trembling when I saw you; I could never sumrome about his marriage, and begged him ear- mon up courage to speak to you or be near nestly to bring Mariette to a sense of her duty, yon; and yet, if I was not near you, I was as an obedient daughter, which the good old miserable.' man promised, although he did not hear or un- As they thus rapidly spoke together, the good derstand half the words they screamed into priest thought they were quarrelling, and kindly
drawing them towards him, and towards one Mariette had taken the pieces of the pitcher another, said entreatingly, “My children, lore into her own little room, and treasured them, one another!” and it seemed as though the Eden which the Mariette sank on Colin's bosom, and be, jug could no longer display had taken up its throwing his arms round her, kissed her with a place in her bosom.
kiss of the truest affection. They forgot the When the appointed Monday morning came, priest, the whole world, and were quite entranced Mother Manon said to her daughter, * Dress in each other. So preoccupied were they that yourself in your best, and take this myrtle crown they followed the delighted old priest into the to Father Jerome, he wants it for a bride.” church, without even knowing where they were
So Mariette put on her Sunday robe, took the going. crown without any misgiving, and went towards “ Mariette!” said Colin. the priest's house. On the way she met Colin, “ Colin !" said Mariette. who greeted her kindly, but tiinidly; and when There were already some worshippers in the she told him where she was carrying the myrtle church, who, with dumb astonishment, became crown, he said he was going the same way, for witnesses of Mariette's marriage. Many went that he had the tithe-money to pay the pastor.out before the end of the ceremony, in order to And as they walked together, Colin took her ! spread the intelligence through the village, that hand, though they both trembled as though Colin and Mariette were married. they had been two criminals.
Father Jerome was charmed that all had “ Have you at last forgiven me?” whispered passed off so well, and that he had met with so
much less opposition than he had expected. He I bowed my head, for I could not dare took the newly-married couple back into the To gaze on the splendour reflected there ; rectory with him.
And this mystic charm had power to bless,
As fountains spring in the wilderness ! END OF THIS EVENTFUL HISTORY,
But while soft airs around me stole, There came Mother Manon, breathless; she As tho' to calm my troubled soul, had been waiting for the proper bridegroom; And the perfume from a thousand flowers but it was no use, he did not come. At last In sweetness lay round the myrtle bowers ; she got so anxious that she went herself to Whilst the lake, 'neath the spell of the clear moonlight, Herr Hautmarten's; but there she learned Gleamed like a bride---all silvery wbite, something quite new. The High Bailiff had And the spirit-wind lay calm and still come himself, examined Herr Hautınarten's As Night's fleet step sped o'er the hill, proceedings, and not finding them very satis. As from the laurel's lordly bough factory, had carried him off to Grasse.
I wreathed a crown to grace thy brow, "Ah! that's some of Colin's mischief again," A thousand thoughts of bygone years thought she; and away she went to the rectory Changed all my bliss to quivering tearsto beg Father Jerome to excuse putting off the When thou and I by fairy glade, ceremony. But out came the good priest smiling, Hand locked in hand, together strayed, pleased and proud of his handiwork, and leading Each heart the other's holy shrine, the newly married couple by the hand.
Filled with the pure and the divine; Now Mother Manon really was dumb with Then in my burning agony astonishment when she began to comprehend I longed for a glance of thy mortal eye; what had happened; but Colin had at last re
But in vain-in vain-my joy is o'er : covered his power of speech, and explained all I know we were parted to meet no more! about his love, the broken pitcher, and the Jus- Dark grief of the warm, confiding heart, tice's falsehood, and how he had made his com- To watch all its streams of youth departplaint before the High Bailiff, at Grasse. Then To see them vanish, one by one, he begged for her blessing on them both, as she And to the world's wide ocean run, might well see that Mariette had been guilty of Where Envy and Malice pace the decks, no fault.
And the brighter feelings are battered wrecks. Father Jerome, who, for a long time, could Far best that the friends of youth should die, not be made to understand how he had married Kept bright and pure in the memory; the wrong persons, raised his hands to heaven, For the darkest grief of the human heart and said, reverently, “Wonderful indeed are
Is to watch all its streams of Trust depart. the ways of Providence!" Colin and Mariette
A. E, S. kissed his hand; and, at last, Mother Manon, out of actual fear and wonder, gave the young people her blessing, remarking at the same time, i hat her head turned round, and she hardly knew WHY ART THOU SILENT NOW? what she did.
But, however, she was delighted with her unexpected son-in-law when she found how rich
Why art thou silent now? he was, and how badly Herr Hautmarten, of
Amid the festive throng the great nose, fared at Grasse. The Broken Pitcher was thenceforth con
But late you wore the lightest brow,
And sang the lightest song; sidered as a treasure in the fan.ily, in whose Thy voice was first in jest or glee, possession it may be seen at the present day.
Thine eye with wit did glow-
Why art thou silent now ?
Why art thou silent now?
The lute neglected lies,
And shadow'd is thy beaming brow,
And clouded are thine eyes.
And those who envy thee the gaze,
Beneath a lighter show,
Ask, when they speak of other days,
Why thou art silent now? The enthusiast's wild, yet noble dream
Why art thou silent now? And, sweeping o'er the air and sky,
I do not seek to blame, Came the tones of a heaven-born melody,
But, oh! this jealous heart would know
If thou art still the same ?
I care not that thy looks are strange,
Beneath a graver browToo dazzling for a mortal's sight
If true to me, I'd bless the change,
Tho' thou art silent now!
BY ROBT. H. BROWN.