A STORY FROM THE SAND-DUNES 709
The young wife raised her hand in-mild reproach, and the shadow passed away from her worlcL, and they were happy—quite happy.
Everything seemed to work together for them. They advanced in honour, in prosperity, and in joy. There was a change, indeed, but only a change of place ; not in enjoyment of life and of happiness. The young man was sent by his sovereign as ambassador to the Court of Russia. This was an honourable office, and his birth and his acquirements gave him a title to be thus honoured. He possessed a great fortune, and his wife had brought him wealth equal to his own, for she was the daughter of a rich and respected merchant. One of this merchant's largest and finest ships was to be dispatched during that year to Stockholm, and it was arranged that the dear young people, the daughter and the son-in-law, should travel in it to St. Petersburg. And all the arrangements on board were princely—rich carpets for the feet, and silk and luxury on all sides.
There is an old ballad, which every Dane knows—it is called, ' The King's Son of England.' He also sailed in a gallant ship, and the anchor was gilded with ruddy gold, and each rope was woven through with silk.
And this ship one must think of on seeing the one from Spain, for here was the same pomp, and the same parting thought arose—the thought :
God grant that we all in joy Once more may meet again.
And the wind blew fairly seaward from the Spanish shore, and the parting was to be but a brief one, for in a few weeks the voyagers would reach their destination ; but when they came out upon the high seas, the wind sank, the sea became calm and shining, the stars of heaven gleamed brightly, and they were festive evenings that were spent in the sumptuous cabin.
At length the voyagers began to wish for wind, for a favouring breeze ; but the breeze would not blow, or, if it did arise, it was contrary. Thus weeks passed away, two full months ; and then at last the fair wind blew—it blew from the south-west. The ship sailed on the high seas