Soon after, I went to see a panorama of the Mississippi, and as I worked my way up the river in the light of today, and saw the steamboats wooding up, counted the rising cities, gazed on the fresh ruins of Nauvoo, beheld the Indians moving west across the stream, and, as before I had looked up the Moselle, now looked up the Ohio and the Missouri and heard the legends
of Dubuque and of Wenona's Cliff--still thinking more of the future than of the past or present--I saw that this was a Rhine stream of a different kind; that the foundations of castles were yet to be laid, and the famous bridges were yet to be thrown over the river; and I felt that THIS WAS THE HEROIC AGE ITSELF, though we know it not, for the hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
The reader has here the original legend
from which the incident in the romance is derived; and the identifying the irregular Eremite with the Friar Tuck of Robin Hood's story, was an obvious expedient.
People began by laughing and making fun of this specter dressed like a man of fashion or an undertaker; but the ghost legend
soon swelled to enormous proportions among the corps de ballet.
There was a pretty legend
among the Phoenicians that the pieces of amber were the petrified tears of maidens who had thrown themselves into the sea because of unrequited love, and each bead of amber was highly prized.
So I say too," replied Sancho; "and I suspect in that legend
or history of us that the bachelor Samson Carrasco told us he saw, my honour goes dragged in the dirt, knocked about, up and down, sweeping the streets, as they say.
But the good champion Ethelred, now entering within the door, was sore enraged and amazed to perceive no signal of the maliceful hermit; but, in the stead thereof, a dragon of a scaly and prodigious demeanour, and of a fiery tongue, which sate in guard before a palace of gold, with a floor of silver; and upon the wall there hung a shield of shining brass with this legend
Once ashore he kept out of sight of the two-story atrocity that bore the legend
"Hotel" to lure unsuspecting wayfarers to its multitudinous discomforts.
He suffered from the sight of his father, nay, even from the neighbourhood of this familiar valley, where every corner had its legend
, and he was besieged with memories of childhood.
There is a legend
that a white lady is seen in one of the windows.
I have heard of this picture; but the subject represented is taken from a legend
, and you know what to think of legends
in the matter of natural history.
The birds go soaring past, The beasts avoid it; for the legend
runs -- Told by the crook'd custodian of the place -- Of some old battle-field.
Such, if the wild legend
may be credited, was the portrait of Edward Randolph, as he appeared when a people's curse had wrought its influence upon his nature.