As she concluded the last stanza she heard a loud knocking at the door of the post-house, and a voice calling at the same time for assistance. She opened her window and inquired the meaning of so unseasonable a visit. The messenger was a peasant-youth, who informed her, that a carriage had been overturned by the rapidity of the flood, which every moment swelled higher in the valley, and that the travellers were in danger of speedy destruction.