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Lullaby lully, baby mine;
Esbern Snare's heart and eyne.” On hearing this, Esbern returned in high glee to the church, just as the elf had arrived with the other half of the stone pillar which was wanting. As soon as Esbern saw him, he hailed him by his name; and the elf was in such a rage, that he flew off through the air, carrying with him the half pillar ; and that is the reason why the church has only three pillars and a half to support it.
Near Tiis Lake lived an honest couple by themselves, who were sorely plagued by a changeling, that had been left in place of their child (which had not been christened in due time) by the elves. This oaf, when alone, indulged himself in the most extraordinary freaks, and he was in a state of incessant activity, scrambling up the walls like a cat, and howling and screeching under the eaves; but when any one was in the room with him, he sat dozing at the end of the table. He could eat as much as four people ; devoured whatever was set before him; was never satisfied; and was a perfect nuisance in the house. As they found it impossible to make any good of him, they had long sought for means of a happy riddance; and at last a clever wench pledged herself to send him a packing. For this purpose, she killed a pig, which she boiled hide and hair, in a haggis, and set before him. He immediately began to cut away and gobble up with his usual voracity, but gradually relaxed his eagerness, and finally sat still with the knife in his hand, staring with astonishment at the haggis. At length he cried out, “ Haggis with hide—and haggis with hair!-Haggis with eyes--and haggis with bones! -I have lived to see the wood upon Tiis Lake thrice renewed, but never saw such a haggis !--Now may
the dl stay longer for me!” With these words he fled from the place, and never returned again.
In the Bailiwick of Holbek, between the towns of Mamp and Aagerup, there once was a castle, the ruins of which still remain, near the Strand. In this place, as the story goes, are immense treasures conc
ncealed; and a dragon broods over as much gold as would ransom three kings. Here the subterraneans (Elves) are often seen, especially at festival times. One Christmas-eve, a ploughman in Aagerup went to his master, and asked his permission to ride down and take a peep at the elfbanquet. The farmer gave him leave to go, and take with him the best horse in the stable. When the fellow came to the place, he stopped his horse for some time, to view the entertainment, astonished at the agility with which the little dapper folks were “ linking away" in the dance. At last an elf-mannikin came to him and begged him to dismount, and take part in their merriment. Another elf skipped up and held his horse, while he danced with them the whole night. As morning approached, he thanked them for his entertainment, and mounted his horse, to ride back to Aagerup. They then invited him to come again next new year's night, to share their jollity; and a young lady offered him the stirrupdraught in a gold cup. But as he mistrusted their courtesy, he cast the liquor over his shoulder, which, falling on the back of his horse, singed off the hair. He then clapped spurs to his horse, and set off at full gallop, with the cup in his hand, over a field of ploughed land. The whole posse of the elves immediately gave chase ; but found such difficulty in scrambling over the heavy deep furrows, that they ever and anon screamed out,
« Ride on the sod,
And not on the clod.”
As the adventurer approached the town, he was obliged to take to the open road, which brought him in great jeopardy, as the elves were every instant gaining ground on him. In this extremity be prayed to God, and vowed, if he escaped, to give the cup to the church. As he rode past the churchyard, he threw the cup over the wall
into the consecrated ground, that it at least might be secured. At last he reached the town; and just as they had almost got hold of him, his horse made a spring in at his master's gate, which the fellow shut after.' him. He was now secure; but the elves were so exasperated, that they threw a stone at the gate with such force, that it knocked four planks out of it.
No traces of the house now remain ; but the stone still lies in Aagerup. The cup was presented to the church; and the ploughman got as a reward the best house
upon Ericksholme estate. Between Jerslöise and Sobierg, lies Sobierg bank, which is the richest knoll in the land, and no tongue can tell what fine things it contains. In this knoll lived an elf-lady, on whose account a splendid cavalcade once proceeded from Steen-lille Mark, on the occasion of her being married to the elf of Gultebierg.
It often happens, when people are passing the knoll in fine weather, that they see the most curious copper utensils, and the most beautiful cushions, laid out upon the ridge of the knoll to be sunned; and, if they approach nearer, they can see the hurry and bustle of the little folks removing them as fast as possible into the hill.
THE ALDERMAN'S FUNERAL.
Stranger. Whom are they ushering from the world,
with all This pageantry and long parade of death?
Townsman. A long parade indeed, sir, and yet here You see but half; round yonder bend it reaches A furlong farther, carriage behind carriage.
S. 'Tis but a mournful sight, and yet the pomp
T. Yonder schoolboy,
The chairing of the members at election
S. Then he was born
T. When first I heard his death, that very wish
to the grave, There will not be the weight of wealth like his To sink me down.
S. The camel and the needle,Is that then in your mind ?
T. Even so.
S. Your pardon, sir,
T. Your pardon too, sir,
S. Was his wealth Stored fraudfully, the spoil of orphans wronged, And widows who had none to plead their right?
T. All honest, open, honourable gains, Fair legal interest, bonds and mortgages, Ships to the east and west.
S. Why judge you then
T. For what he left
T. As all men know
S. Nay, nay, uncharitable sir! for often
T. We track the streamlet by the brighter green
S. Yet even these
T. Now, sir, you touch