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THE DEMON-YAGER.

FROM THE GERMAN OF BÜRGER.

Uprose the sun : the church-dome shone

And burned aloft like burnished gold, And deep and far with swelling tone

The Sabbath-bell for matins tolled. Those holy peals from tower and steeple Awoke to prayer the Christian people.

His horn the Wild-and Rhinegrave sounded

What ho! To horse! to horse away!” His fiery steed beneath hiin bounded;

Forth sprang the hounds with yell and bay, And, loosed from leash, they dash pell-mell Through corn and thorn, down dell and fell.

In curve and zig-zag speeds their flight,

And “ Ho! Halloo !” bow rings the air ! When towards the Knight came left and right

A horseman here, a horseman there! A snow-white steed the one bestrode ; Like lurid fire the other's glowed.

Who were the yagers left and right?

I darkly guess, but fear to say.
The countenance of one was bright

And lovely as a Summer's day;
The other's eye-balls, fierce and proud,
Shot lightning, like a thunder-cloud.

“All hail, Sir Count! We come in time

To chase the stay with horse and hound : Can lordlier sport or more sublime

Than this on Earth, in Heaven be found ?" So spake the left-hand stranger there, And tossed his bonnet high in air.

Ill sounds to-day thy boisterous horn,"

Thus did the other mildly say : “ Turn round to church this hallowed morn,

Mayest else hunt down a rueful prey !
Thy better angel is thy warner,
And bids thee flee the unholy scorner."

'Spur on, spur on, Sir Count with me !"

Exclaimed the left-hand cavalier : " What's droning chant or chime to thee?

Hast got far nobler pastime here. Come! learn in my distinguished school, And laugh to scorn yon pious fool!"

“ Ha! ha! Well said, my left-hand feere

We tally bravely, I and thou :
Who shuns this day to drive the deer

Should count his beads in church, I trow.
Mayest go, priestridden oaf, and pray
For me I'll hunt the livelong day.”

And, helter-skelter, forward flew

That headlong train o'er plain and height; And still the yagers one and two

Preserved their places left and right; And soon a milk-white stay they spied With mighty antlers branching wide.

Afresh the Wildgrave winds his horn,

And horse and hound sweep on amain When, hurled to earth, all gashed and torn,

A man lies trampled by the train. “ Ay ! trample-to the devil trample! Our princely sport must needs be ample.”

And now, as in a field of corn

The panting prey a shelter seeks, A husbandman, with look forlorn,

Stands forth, uplifts his hands and speaks : “Oh! mercy, noble lord! and spare The poor man's sweat and hoary hair !

The pitying right-hand cavalier,

Then mildly warns and blandly pleads ; But, taunted by his horrid feere,

Who goads him on to devilish deeds, The Wildgrave fiercely spurns his warner, And hearkens to the left-hand scorner.

“ Avaunt, vile dog !-else, by the devil,”

The Wildgrave shouted furiously-. My blood-hounds on thy bones shall revel : Halloo, companions! follow me! And lash your whip-thongs in his ear, Until the reptile quakes for fear !"

Soon said, soon done--the Wildgrave springs

Across the fence with whoop and hollow, And, bugle-filled, the welkin rings

As hound and horse and hunter follow, Who trample down the yellow grain, Until the ruin reeks aguin.

The sounds once more the stag awaken;

Uproused, he flies o'er heights and plains, Till,' hotly chased, but uno’ertaken,

A pasture-ground at last he gains,
And croiches down among the heather,
Where flocks and cattle browse together.

But on, by grot and wood and bill,

And on, by hill and wood and grot The yelling dogs pursue him still,

And scent his track, and reach the spot ; Whereon the herdsman, filled with trouble, Falls face to earth before the Noble.

“ O! mercy, lord ! Let not thy hounds

On these defenceless creatures fall! Bethink thee, noble Count, these grounds

Feed many a widow's little all ! Sirs, as ye hope for mercy yet, Spare, spare

the poor man's bitter sweat !"

And now the gentler cavalier

Renews his prayer, and sues and pleadsBut, taunted by his godless feere,

Who goads him on to hellish deeds, The Wildgrave scowls upon his warner, And hearkens to the left-hand scorner.

“ Audacious clay-clod! hast thou done ?

I would to Heaven thy herds and thou, Calves, cows and sheep, were bound in one!

By all that's damnable I vow
That were ye thus, twould glad me well
To hunt ye to the gates of Hell!"

“ Halloo, companions! follow me

Ho! tally-ho! hurra! hurra!" So on the liounds rush ragingly,

And grapple each his nearest prey : Down sinks the herdsman, torn and mangled, Down sink his herds, all gashed and strangled.

Grown feebler now, the stag essays,

His coat besplashed with foam and blood, To reach, by many winding ways,

The covert of a neighbouring wood, And, plunging down a darksome dell, Takes refuge in a hermit's cell.

But hark! the horn, the clangorous horn,

The harsh hurra and stunning cheer
Along the blast afresh are borne,

And horse and huntsman follow here,
Till, startled by the barbarous rout,
The old recluse himself comes out.

“ Back, impious man! What! wilt profane

God's venerated sanctuary ?
Behold! His creatures' groans of pain

Even now call down his wrath on thee :
Be warned, I charge thee, for the last time,
Or swift perdition waits thy pastime!"

Again the right-hand cavalier

In earnest mood entreats and pleads ; But, taunted by his grisly feere,

Who goads him still to hellish deeds, The Count shakes off his faithful warner, And hearkens to the left-hand scorner.

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