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NO. I.

Early on the following moming, the travellers were roused by

a thundering knocking at the door of the house, accompanied A FRAGMENT OF A ROMANCE WHICH WAS TO HAVE BEEN - with many demands for instant admission, in the roughert tone,

The squire and page of Lord Lacy, after buckling on their arms,

were about to sally out to chastide these intruders, when the old THOMAS THE RHYMER. host, after looking out ata private casement, contrived for recon

noitering his visiters, entreated them, with great signs of terror CHAPTER I.

to be quiet, if they did not mean that all in the house should b

murdered. The sun was nearly set behind the distant mountains of Lid- He then hastened to the apartment of Lord Lacy, wbom he v slule, when a few of the scattered and terrified inhabitants met dressed in a long furred gown and the knightly cap called - the village or Hersildoune, which had four days before been a mortier, irritated at the noise, and demanding to know the Jurned by a prelatury band of English Burderers, were now cause which had disturbed the repore of the bousehold. busid repairing their ruined dwellings. One high tower in “Noble sir," said the Franklin, one of the most formidable the centre of the villame alone exhibited no appearance of de- and bloody of the Scottish Border riders is at hand-he is never vnslation. It was surrounded with court walls, and the outer seen," added he, faltering with terror, "so far from the lulle, Xatwa barred and bolter The bushes and brambles which but with some bad purpose, and the power of accomplishing in, grew around, and had even insinuated their branches bepeath so hold yourself to your guard, for". the gato, plany showed that it must have been many years A loud crash here announced that the door was broken down, since it had been opened While the cottages around lay in and the knight just descended the stair in time to prevent blood smoking rains, this pile, deserted and desolate as it seemed to shed betwixt his attendants and the intruders. They were three be, had suffered nothing from the golence of the invaders; and in number-their chief was tall, bony, and athletic, his spale the wretched beings who were endeavouring to repair their anu muscular frame, as well as the hardness of his features, miserable huts.agninst nightfall, seenied to neglect the preferable marked the course of his life to have been fatiguing and perilous. shelter which it might have afforded them, without the neces. The effect of his appearance was aggravated by his dress, which sity of labour.

consisted of a jack or jacket, composed of thick buff leather. Enford the day had quite gone down, a knight, richly armed, on which small plates of iron of a lozenge form were stitched, and mounted upon an ambling hackney, rode slowly into the in such a manner as to overlap each other, and form a coat of village His attendants were a lady, apparently young and mail, which swayed with every motion of the wearer's body. beautiful, who rode by his side upon a dappled palfrey: his This defensive armour covered a doublet of coarso gray cloth, sure, who carried his helmet and lanco, and led bis battle and the Borderer had a few half-rusted plates of steel on his horne, a noble steed, richly caparisoned. A page and four yea-shoulders, a two-edged sword, with a dagger banging beside it, math, bearing bows and quivers, short swords, and targets or a in a but belt--a helmet, with a few iron bars, to cover the face pour breadus, completed his equipage, which, though small, instead of a visor, and a lance of tremendous and uncommon Jented lum to be a man of high rank.

length, completed his appointments. The looks of the man Go tupped and addressed several of the inhabitants whom were as wild and rude as his attire-his keen black eyes nover curiosity had withdrawn from their

labour to gaze at him; but rented one moment fixed npon a single object, but constantly at the sound of his voice, and still more on perceiving the st. traversed all around, as if they ever sought some danger to opGeorge's Cross in the cape of his followers, they fled, with a pose, some plunder to seize, or some insult to revenge. The loud cry, that the Soutions were returned. The knight latter seemed to be his present object, for, regardless of the dig: ennt avoured to expostulate with the fugitives, who were chietiy bified presence of Lord Lacy, he uttered the most incoherent aguit men, women, and children, but their dread of the English threats against the owner of the house and his guests. manne accelerated their flight, and in a few minutes, excepting "We shall sce-ay, marry sball we-if an English hound is to the kuight and his attendants, the place was dexorted by all. harbour and reset the Southwong lere. Thank the Abbot of Ar paced through-the village to seek a shelter for the night, Melrose, and the good night of Coldingnow, that have so long and despainag to find une in the inaccessible tower, or the kept me from your skirts. But those days are gone, by St. Mary, puuridered huts of the peasantry, he directed his course to the and you shall find it!" he

It is probable the enraged Borderer would not have long conthe abode of a man considerably above the cominon rank, tinued to vent his rage in empty menaces, had not the entrance A0uurli knocking, the proprietor at length showed himself of the four yeomen, with their bows bent, convinced him that at the window, aod speaking in the English dialect, with great the force was not at this moment on his own side. 1975 of .pprelinston, demanded their business. The warrior Lord Lacy now advanced towards him. "You intrude upon replied, that his quality was an English kniglut and baron, and my privacy, soldier; withdraw yourself and your followerstuut he was travelling to the court of the King of Scotland on there is peace betwixt our nations, or my servants should chas affairs of consequenca lo bath kingdong.

tise thy presumption." ** Pardon my hentation, noble Sir Kiught," said the old man, "Eucli peace as ye give such shall you have," answered the as lie unbolted and unbarred his doors-" Pardon my hesitation, moss-trooper, first pointing with his lance towards the burned but were here exposed to too many intrusions, to admit of our village, and then almost instantly levelling it against Lord Lacy. exercising unlimited and unsuspicious hospitality. What I have The squire druw his sword, and severed at one blow the steel is yours and God send your mission may bring back peace and head from the truncheon of the spear. he good days of our oli Queen Margaret!"

" Arthur Fitzherbert," said the Baron, "that stroke has de. ** Amen, worthy Franklin," quoth the Knight-"Did you forred the knighthood for

one year-never must that squire wear know her?"

the spurs whose unbridled impetuosity can draw unbidden his * lame to this country in her train," said the Franklin sword in the presence of his master. Go hence, and think on "and the care of some of her jointare lands which she devolved what I have said." 00 me, occasioned my settling here."

The squire left the charnber abashed. "And low do you, being an Englishman," said the Knight, "It were vain,' continued Lord Lacy," to expect that courpontuct your life and property here, when one of your nation tesy from a mountain churl wbich even my own followers can cannot obtain a single night's lodging, or a draught of water, forget. Yet, before thou drawest thy brand, (for the intruder were he thirsty ?"

laid his hand upon the hilt of his sword, thou wilt do well to Marry, noble sit," answered thre Franklin, "uso, as they say, reflect that I came with a safe conduct from thy king, and have will make a man live in a lion's den ; and as I settled here in a no time to waste in brawls with such as thou." quiet time, and have never given cause of offence, I am respected “Prom my king-from my king l" re-echoed the mountrineer by my nighbours, and eveo as you see, by our forayers from I care not that rotten truncheon (striking the shattered spear England,

furiously on the ground) for the King of Fife and Lothian. But "I rejoice to hear it, and accept your hospitality - Isabella, Habby of Cersford will be here belivo; and we shall soon know Diy love, our worthy bont will provide you a bed. My daughter, if he will permit an English churl to occupy his hostelrie." pood Prnoklin, is ill at ease. We will occupy your house till Having uttered, these words, accompanied with a lowering the Scottish King shall return from his northoru expedition-glance from under his shaggy black eye brows, he turned on his meanwhile call me Lord Lacy of Chester,"

heel, and left the house with his two followers - they counted The attendants of the Baroo, assisted by the Franklin, were their horses, which they had tied to an outer fence, and van Bow busted in disposing of the horses, and arranging the table ished in an instant for some refreshment for Lord Lacy and his fair companion. "Who is this discourteous ruthian?" said Lord Lacy to the Wimle they sat down to it, they were attended by their liost and Franklin, who had stood in the most violent agitation during his daughter, when cautem did 10t permit to eat in their pre- this whole scene. sence, and who a nerwards withdrew to an outer chamber, where * His name, noble Lord, is Adam Kerr of the Moat, but he is the squire une page (both young men of noble birth) partook of commonly called by his companions, the Black Rider

of Choviot supper, and were accommodated with beds. The yeomen, after I fear, I fear, he comes hither for no good-but if the Lord of doing liongur to the rustic cheer or Queen Margaret's bailifr, Cessford be near, he will not dare offer any unprovoked outrage." withdrew to the stable, and each, bebide his favourite horse, "I have heard of that chief,'' said the Baron--'*let me know wared away the fatigues of their journey.

when he approaches, and do thou, Rodulph, (to the eldest yeo

man,) koep a strict watch. Adelbert, (to the page,) attend to • It is not u be supposnel that these fragments are given as posseeing arm me." The page bowed, and the Baron withdrew to the any intrinsic rallie i themselves; but there may be some curiosity chamber of the Lady Isabella, to explain the cause of the disAtsokeri 10 them, as to the first etchings of a plate, which are accounted turbance. nteresting by those who blave, in any degree, been interested in the mora Ahed works of the artist

No more of the proposed tale was ever writton ; Lut the an

thor's purpose was, that it should tum upon a fine logend of Although admittiog of much poetical' ornament, it is clear superstition, which is current in the part of the Borders where that this legend would have forned but an imliappy foundation he had lus residence; where, in the reign of Alexander III. of for a prose story, and must lave degenerated into a rere fairy Scotland, that renowned person Thomas of Hersildouno, called tale. Dr. John Loyden has beautifully introduced the tradition the Rhymer, actually flourished This personage, the Merlin of his Scenes of Intancy: Scouand, and to whom some of the adventures which the British bards assigned to Morlin Caledonius, or the Wild, had

Mysterious Rhymer, doom'd by fate's decree, been transferred by tradition, was, as is well known, a magi.

Still to revisit Eildon's fated tree; cian, as well as a poet and prophet. He is alleged still to live

Whero oft the swain, at dawn of Hallow day, in the land of Faery, and is expected to return at some great

Hears thy fleet barb with wild impatience neigh ; convulsion of society, in which he is to act a distinguished part,

Sny, who is he, with summons long and high, | a tradition common to all nations, as the belief of the Maho

Shall bid the charmed sleep' of iges fly, medans respecting their twelfth Imaum demonstrates.

Roll the long sound through Eildop'a cavems vast, Now, it chanced many years since, that there lived on the

While each dark warrior kindlea at the blast: Borders a jolly, rattling horse cowper, who was remarkable for

The horn, the falchion grasp with mighty hand, a reckless and fearless ternper, which made bim much admired, Ana peal proud Arthur's march from Fairy-land ? and a little dreaded, amongst his neighbours. One moonlight

Scenes of Intaney, Part 1. night, as he rode over Bowden Moor, on the west side of the Eildon Hills, the scene of Thomas the Rhymer's prophecies, to the same cabinet with the preceding fragment, the follow and often mentioned in his story, having a brace of horses alonging occurred among other disjecta memora. It seems to be an with him which he had not been able to dispose of, he met n attempt at a tale of a different description from the last, but man of venerable appearance, and singularly antique dress, who, was almost instantly abandoned. The introduction points our to his great surprise, asked the price of his horses, and began to the time of the composition to have been about the end of the chaffer with him on the subject. To Canobic Dick, for so shall 18th century. we call our Border dealer, a chap, was a chap, and he would have sold a borse to the devil himself, without minding his THE LORD OF ENNERDALE. ciovon hoof, and would have probably choated Old Nick into IN A FRAGMENT OF A LETTER FROM JOHN B, ESQ. OF THAI the bargain. The stranger paid the price they agreed on, and all that puzzled Dick in the transaction was, that the gold which

ILK, TO WILLIAM GM, F. R. S, E, he received was in unicorns, bonnet.pieces, and other ancient "FILL a bumper," said the Knight ; " the ladies may epare coins, which would have been invaluable to collectors, but were us a little longer--Fill si bumper to the Archdake Charles. rather troublesome in modern currency. It was gold, however, The company did due honour to the toast of their landlord and therefore Dick contrived to get better value for the coin, "The success of the Archduke," said the muddy Vicar, * will than he perhaps gave to his customer. By the command of so tend to further our negotiation af Paris; and is"good a merchant, he brought forses to the same spot more than "Pardon the interruption, Doctor," quoth a thin emaciated once; the purchaser only stipulating that he should always figure, with somewhat of a foreign accent ; "but why should you * come by night, and alone. I do not know whether it was from connect those events unless to hope that the bravery and vicmere curiosity, or whether some hope of gain mixed with it, tories of our allies may supersede the necessity of a degrading but after Dick had sold several horses in this way, he began to treaty?". complain that dry bargains were unlucky, and to hin, that since We begin to feel, Monsieur L'Abbé," answered the Vicar, his chap must live in the neighbourhood, he ought, in the cour with some asperity, "that a Continental war entered into for tes; of dealing, to treat him to half a mutchk in.

the defence of an ally who was unwilling to defend himsell, You may see my dwelliog if you will," said the stranger; and for the restoration or a royal family, nobility, and priest but if you lose courage at what you see there, you will rue it hood, who tamely abandoned their own rights, is a burden too all your lite."

much even for the resources of this country." Dicken, however, Inughed the warning to scom, and having “And was the war then on the part of Great Britain," re alighted to secure his horse, le followed the stranger up a nar joined the Abbé, "a gratuitous exertion of generosity? Was row foot-path, which led them up the hills to the singular emi- there no fear the wide wasting spirit of innovation which nence stuck betwixt the most southern and the centre peaks, had gone abroad? Did not the laity tremble for their property, and called, from its resemblance to such an animal in its form, thu clergy for their religion, and every loyal heart for the Coo the Lucken Hare. At the foot of this eminence, which institution? Was it not thought necessary to destroy the build almost as famous for witch meetings as the neighbouring wind. ing which was on fira, ere the conflagration spread around the mill of Kippilaw, Diek was somowhat startled to observe that his vicinity ? conductor entered the hill side by a passage or cavern, of which "Yet, is upon trial,” said the Doctor, " the walls were found he himsell, though well acquainted with the spot, had never to resist our uunost efforts, I see no great prudence in perse seen or heard.

vering in our labuur amid the smouldering ruins. You may still return,” said his guide, looking ominously "What, Doctor,' said the Baronet, "must I call to your recal back upon himi; but Dick scorned to show the white feather, lection your own sorroon on the late general fast l--did you exit and on they went. They entered a very long range of stables; encourage us to hope that the Lord of Hosts would go forut in every stall stood a coul-black horse ; by every horse lay a with our armies, and that our enemies, who blasphenied hin, knight in coal-black armour, with a drawn sword in hisnand, should be put to shame?" but all were a3 silent, hoof and limb, as if they had been cut out It may please a kind father to chasteu even his beloved of marble. A great number of torches lent a gloomy lustre to children," anewered the Vicar. the ball, which, like those of the Caliph Vathek, wils of large "I think," said a gentleman near the foot of the table, " that dimensions. At the upper end, however, they at length arrived, the Covenanters made some apology of the same kind for the where a sword and horo lay on an antique table.

failure of their prophecies at the baule of Dunbar, whon theu "He that shalt sound that horn and draw that sword," said mutinous preachers compelled the prudent Leslcy to go down the stranger, who now intimated that he was the famous Tho-agninst the Philistines in Gilgal." mas of Hersildoune, "shall, if his heart fail him nol, be king "The Vicar fixed a scrutinizing and not a very complacent eye over all broad Britain. So speaks the tongue that cannot lie upon this intruder. He was a young man of mean staturo, and But all depends on courage, and much on your taking the sword rather a reserved appearance, Early and severe study band or the horn first."

quenched in his features the gayety peculiar to his age, and in. Diok was much disposed to take the sword, but his bold spirit presser npon them a premature cast of thoughtfulness. His eye was quailed by the supernatural torrors of the hall, and he had, however, retained its tire, and his gesture its animation thought to unsheath the sword first, might be construed into' Had he remained silent, he would have been long unnoticed ; defiance, and give offence to the powers of the Mountain. He but when he spoke, there was something in his manner which took the bugle with a trembling hand, and a feeble note, but arrested attention. loud enough to produce a terrible answer. Thunder rolled in " Who is this young man ?" said the Vicar, in a low voice, to stuming peals through the iminense hall; horses and men his neighbour. ethrted to life; the steeds snorted, stamped, and grindel their " A Scotchman called Maxwell, on a visit to Sir Henry," was bile, and tossed on high their heads--the warriors sprung to the answer. their leat, clashed their armour, and brandished their words. "I thought so, from bis accent and his manners," said the Dick's terror was extreme at seeing the whole army, which had Vicar. been so lately silent as the grave, m uproar, and about to rush It may be here observed, that the northern English retain on him. He dropped the horn, aod made a feeblo attempt to rather more of the ancient hereditary avernion to their neighBeize the cachanted sword; but at the same moment a voice bours than their countrymen of the South. The interference of Pronounced aloud the mysterious words:

other disputants, cach of whom urged his opinion with all the

vehemence of wine and politics, rendered the summons to the "Wo to the coward, that ever he was born,

drawing-room agreeablo to the more sober part of the company. Who did not draw the sword before he blew the horn!" The company dispersed by degrees, and at length the Vicar

and the young Scotchman alone remaived, besides the Baronet. At the same time a whirlwind of irresistible fury howled his lady, daughters, and myself. The clergyman had dol, it through the long hall, boro the unfortunate norte jockey clear would seem, forgot the observation which ranked him willi the out of the mouth of the cavem, and precipitated him over a false prophets of Dunbar, for he addressed Mr. Maxwell upon • steep bank of loosa stones, where the sephords found hin the the first opportunity. noxt morning, with just breath suthicient to tell try fearful tale, "Hem! I think, sir, you mentioned something about 'he e vil after concluding which he exjured,

wars of Inst century i You must be deeply skilled in then i This legend, with several variations, is found in many parts deed, if you can draw any parallel betwixt those and the present of Scotland and England--the scene is sometimes laid in some evil days-days which I am ready to maintain are the ost favourite klon of the Highlands, sometimes in the deep coal- gloomy that ever darkened the prospects of Britain." muihes of Northumberland and Cumberland, which run so far "God forbid, Doctor, that I should draw a comparison be bencath the ocean. It is also to be found in Reginald Scott's tween the present times and those you mention. I an 100 sen book on Witcheraft, which was written in the 16th century. sible of the advantagos we enjoy over our ancestors. Fartrot It would be to rain to ask what was the original of the tradi- and ambition have introduced division among us: but we are cion The yine between the horn and sword may, perhaps, still free from the guilt of civil bloodshed, and from all the evil. include us a mora!, that it is fool-handy to awaken dabrer before which flow from it. Our foes, sir, are not those of our own we have arms in our hands to resist il.

household; and while we continue united and firm, from LU

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tacks of a foreign enemy, however artful, or however invete-for the vessel into a boat. The two principal persons among our le, we have, I hope, little to dread."

enemies appeared to be a man of a till thin figure, with a high, "Have yon found any thing curious, Mr. Maxwell, among crowned hat and long neck-bund, and short cropped head of le dusty papers?" said Sir Henry, who seemed to dread a re- lair, accompanied by a hluti apen-looking elderly man in a yal of political discussion.

naval uniform. Yarelyi yarely! pall away, my hearis,' said My investigation amongst them led to reflections which I the latter, and the boat benring the unlucky young man soon zve just now tinted," said Marwell; and I think they are carried him on boari the friyate. Perhaps you will blame me otty strongly exemplified by a story which I have been en for mentioning this circunstance; but consider, my dear cousin, a vouring to arrange from some of your family mauuscripts." tus man saved iny lic. and his fate, even when my own and my

You are welcome to make what use of them you please," father's were in the balance, could not but affect me nearly. id Sir Henry; "they bave been undisturbed for many a day, "' In the name of him who is jenlous, even to blnying,' said id I have often wished for some person as well skilled as you the first

those old pot-hooks, to tell me their ineaning."
* Those I just mentioned," aoswered Maxwell, "relate to a

Celera desuni.
ece of private history, savouring not a little of the marvellous,
ad intimately connected with your family; if it is agreeable, I
in read to you the anecdotes in the modern shape into which I
ve been endeavouring to throw them, and you can then judge

NO. II. the value of the originals." There was sonrething in this proposal, agreeable to all parties.

CONCLUSION OF MR. STSUTT'S ROMANCE OF ir Henry had family pride, which prepared hiin to take an inrest in whatever related to his ancestors. The ladies had din

QUEEN-H00-HALL deeply inlo the fashionable reading of the present day. ady Ratclief and her fair daughteon had climbed every pass, wed every pine-shrouded ruin, heard every groan, and lifted

BY THE AUTHOR OF WAVERLEY ery trap door, in company with the noted heroine of Udolpho. hey had been heard, however, to observe, that the fan.ous in.

CHAPTER IV. ident of the Black Veil, singularly reincinbled the ancient anolue of the mountain in labour, so that ties were unquestion A HUNTING PARTY-AN ADVENTURE-A 'DELIVERANCE. of critics, as well as admirory. Besides all this, they hat The next morning the busies were sounded by day-break in alurously mounted en croupe behind the ghostly horsenian of the court of Lord Boteler's niansion, to call the inhabitants from rague, through all his seven translators, and followed the foot their slumbers, to assist in a splendid chase, with which the

ps of Moor through the forest or Bohemia. Moreover, it was Baron had resolved to entertain his neighbour, Fitzallen, and ven hinted, but this was a greater mystery than all the rest.) his noble visitor, St. Clere. Peter Lanaret, the falconer, was in at a certain perfornance, culled the Monk, in three neat vo-attendance, with falcons for the knights, and circelets for the imes, had teen seen, bs a prsing eye, in the right-hand drawer ladies, if they should choose tyary ibeir port from hunting to

the Indian cabinet of Lady Ratcliff's dressing room. Thn hawking. Five stout yeomen keepers, with their attendants, ndosposed for wonders and signs, Lady Ratelitt and her cæled Ragged Robins, all meetly arrayed in Kendal green, with ympha traw their chairs round a large blazing wood-fire, and bugles and short hangers by their sides, and quarter-staffe in rranged themselves to listen to the tale. To that fire I also ap- their hands, led the slow hounds or bruchints, by which the roachedinoved thereunto partly by the inclemency of the sea deer were to be put up Ten brace of gallant greyhounds, encha. pate, and partly that my deafness, which you knove, cousiu, I of which was fit to pluck down, singly, the tallest red deer,

uired during iny campaign under Prince Charles Edward, were led in lea bes by as many of Lord Boteler's foresters. The night be no obstacle to the gratification of my curiosity, which pages, equires, and other atendunts of reintal gplendour, well 1994 awakened by what had any reference to the fate of such attired in their best buntmar, upon horseback or foot, ac aithful collowers of royalty, as you well know the house of corting to their ranks, with their bustr-speas, long bows, and

telif have ever been. To this wood-fire the Vicar likewise cross-bove, were in seenly waitin! rew near, and reclined himself conveniently in his chair, A numerous train of ycomun, called, in the language of the remingly disposed to testify his disrespect for the narration times, retainers, who yearly received a livets coat, and a small nd narrator by falling asleep as soon as he conveniently could. peusion for their attendance on such solemn occasions, appear. sy the side of Maxwell (by the way, I cannot leia that he is ed in cassocks of blue, bearing upon their arms the cognizance

the least related to the Nithsdale family) was placed a small of the house of Boteler, as a badge of their adherence. They ble and a couple of lights, by the assistance of which he read wore the tallest mien of their hands that the neighbouring vil is follows:

lagos con supply, with every man his good buckler on his

shoulder, and a bright burnished brandsword deurling from his "Journal of Jan Von Euler.

leathern bell on this ocorsion, they ucted as rangers for beat.

ing up the thickets, and rousmg the game. These attendants * On the 6th November, 1645, I, Jan Von Euleni, merchant in filled up the court of the castlo, spacious as it was Lotterdam, embarked with my only daughter on board of the On the green without, you might have seen the motley assemFood vessel Vryherd of. Ainslerdam, in order to pass into the bloge of peasantry convened by report of the splendid hunting, ihajpy and disturbed kinzdom of England.-7th November - including most of our old acquaintances from Tewin, as well as

prisk gale-daughter sca-sick-myself unable to complete the the jolly partiikers of good.cheer at Hob Filcher's. Gregory, alculation which I have begun, of the inheritance left by Jane the jester, it may well be guesser, had no great mind to exhibit Lausacic of Carlisle, my land dear wife's sister, the collection himself in public, after huis recent disaster; but Oswald, the of wirich is the object of my voyage.-ath November, wind still steward, a great formalist in whatever concerneat the public ex: sturiny and adverse-a horrid disaster nearly happened-my hibition of his master's household state, bad positiveiy enjoined Hvar child wushed overboard as the vessel lurched tu leeward. -- his attendance “What," quot be," siiall the house of the Vemorandum, to reward the young sailor who saved her, out brave Lord' Boteler, on such a brave day as this 'be without a of the brst moneyf which I can recover from the inheritance of fooi?'Certes, the good Lord St. Clere, and his fair faily sister, Deruunt Lansache.--4th November, calm-P. M. Night breezes might think our housekeeping anggurdly as that of their Tro N. NW. I talked with the captain about the inheritance churlish kitlsman at Gay Bowers, who sent his father's jester to Ok my sister-in-law, Jane Lunsache - H9 anys die knows the the hospital, sold the poor sot's balls for linwk jesses, and inade principal subjoct, which will not exceed L.1000 in value N. B. a night apol his long-eared boret. And, sirral, lot ne see thee He is a cousin to a family of Petersons, which was the name of foolhandsomely- peak subs and crackers, instead of that dry, the husband of any sister-in-law, so there is room to hope it barren, musty gibing, which thou hast used of late; or, by the may be worth more than the reports. --!0th November, 10 A. M. bones! the porter shall have thiee to loove, and cob thee Niny God pardon all our sins-An English frigate, bearing the with thine own wooden sword, till thy skin is as mulley as why Parliament dag, has appeared in the offing, and gives chase - doublet." I! A. M. Sive nears us every moment, and the captain of our To this stern injunction, Gregory macic no repiy, any more pussel prepares to clear for action.-May God again have mercy than to the courteous offer of old Albert Drawsiot, the chief upon us !"

park-keeper, who proposed to blow vinegar mi nis nome, to " Here," said Maxwell, "the journal with which I have sharpen bis wits, as he had done that blessed morning to Brur: opened the narration ends sumewbat obruptly.!

ger, the old hound, whose scent was failing. There was indeed Tani glad of it," said Lady Ratelit.

little time for reply, for the bugles, after a lively flourish, were But, Mr. Maxwell,” said young Frank, Sir Henry's graod now sileni, and Peret o, with his two attendant minstrels, step: child, shall we not hear how the ballle ended?"

ping beneath the windows of the strangers' apartinels, joined I do not know, cousin, whether I have not formerly made you in the following roundelay, the deep voices of the ranger und

mainted with the abilities of Frank Ratcliil. There is not a falconers making up a chorus that caused the very battlezeau battle fought between the troops of the Prince and of the Go to ring again :-: feminent, during the years 1715-6, of which he is not able to file an account It is true, I have taken particular pains to fix

Waken, Jords and ladies gay, the etents of this important period upon luis memory by frequent

On the mountain dawns the day; mpetitiou.

All the jolly cha is bore, No, my dear," said Maxwell, in answer to young Frank

With hawk and horse, and hunting spear: Karcot." No, my dear, I cannot tell you the exact particulars

Hounds are in their couples yelling, of the engagement, but its consequences appear from the follow

Hawks are wristimo, horns are knelling, ini kiter, dispatched by Garbone: Voo Eulen, daughter of our

Merrily, merrily, mingle they, journalist, to a relation in England, from whore she iniplured

“ Waken, lords and ladies gay, Qasistance. After some general account of the purpose of the voyage, and of the engagement, her narrative proceeds thus:

Waken, lords and ludies gay, “The noise of the cannon had hardly ceased, before the

The mist has left the mountain gray sounds of a language to me but half known, and the confusion

Springlets in the dawn are strearnir on board, our vessel, informed me that the captors had bourded

Diamonds on the brake are gleanin ds, and taken possession of our vessel. I went on deck, where

And foresters have busy been, the first spectacle that inet my eyes was a young man, inate of

To track the buck in ticket greer vui vessel, who, though disfigured and covered withi bloud, was

Now we come lo chant our lay, loaded with irons, and whom they were forcing over the ndo

"Wakep, lords and ladies gay."

Waken, lords and Indies

At this moment Gregory entered tho circle which had To the green wood haste away;

formed round the deer, out o breath, and bus fare coverto We can show you where lo lies,

blood. He kept for some time ultering inarticulale et Fleet of foot, and all of size ;

* Harrow!” and “Wellaway!" and other exclamations en We can show the marks he made,

tress and terror, pointing all the while to a thcket at soli When 'gainst the oak luis antlers frayed;

tance from the spot where the deer had been killed. You shall see him brought to bay,

** By my bonour," said the Baron, I would glad y konu "Waken, lords and ladies gay."

has dared to array the poor krave thus; and I trust ke si

dearly abye his outrecuidance, were he the best, bare Louder, louder chant the lay,

Waken, lords and ladies gay;

Gregory, who had now found more breathi, cried, "Heh
Tell them, youth, and mirth, and glee,

ye be ment Save Lady Enina and her brother, whom ih Run a course as well as we.

murdering in Breckenburst thicket." Timo, stern huntsman who can baulk,

This put all in motion. Lord Botelor hastily communi Stanch as hound, and feel as hawk?

small party of his men to abide for the dete ace of the lo Think of this, and rise with day,

white lie himself. Fitzallen, and the real made what we Gentle lords and ladies gay.

**could towards the thicket, guided by Gregory who su

purpose was mounted behind Fabian. Puxhing through By the time this lay was finished, Lord Boteler, witb his row path, the first objert they encountered was a mart of daughter and kinsman, Fitzallen of Marlen, and other moble stuurd lying on the ground, mastered and almost strnul goests, liad mounted their palfreys, and the hunt get forward in two dogs, wnich were instantly recognized to be those of due order The liuntamen, having carefully observed the traces accompanied Gregory. A little farther was an open of a large stng on the proceding evening, were able, without where lay three bodies of dead or wounded meo: beside lobs of time, to conduct the company, by the marks which they was Lady Emma, apparently lifeless, her brother and a hud ma le upon the trees, to the side of the thicket, in which, forester bending over and endeavouring to recover trer R by the report of Drawslot, he had harboured all night The playing the usual remedies, this was soon accomplisnd horsemen spreading themselves along the site of the cover, Lord Botcler, astonished at such a scene, mnxiously bugun waited until the keeper entered, leading his, a large St. Clere the meaning of what he saw, and whether moren: blood hound tied in a leam or band, from which he takes he was to be expected. paine.

" For the present, I trust not," said the young Warrior, But it befell thus. A hart of the sccond year, which was in they now observed was slightly wounded; but I pray ! the same cover with the proper object of their pursuit, chanced your nobleness, lel the woods here be searched for We to be unharboured first, and broke cover very ucar where the assulted by four of these base assassins, and I see time Lady Emma and her brother were stationed. An inexpericnced on the sword.” varler, who was nearer to them, instantly unloosed two tali The attendants now brought forward the person u bom greyhounds, who sprung after the fugitive with all the fleet had rescued from die dogs and Henry, wiu: Cinguet, ness the north wind. Gregory, restored a litt to spirits by astonishment, recognized kisman, Gastan Sa Clere. the enlivening scene around him, followed, encouraging the discovery he coromunicated in a whisper to Lord Botder, hounds with a loud tayout,* for which he had the hearty curses commauded the prisoner to be conveyed to Queen hoe of the Iruntsjuan, as well as of the Baron, who entered into the and closely guarded; neana hile be anxiously intuired of spirit of the chase with all the juvenile ardour of twenty. "Mas St. Clore about his wound. the foul fiend, booted and spur'd, ride down his bawling throat, A scratch, a trifle !" cried Hoory; I am o tres Jia: with a scythe at his girdle," quoth Albert Drawslot here bind it than to introduce to you one, without udose und!) have I been telling bin, that all the marks were those of a buck the leech would have come too late Where is there of the first boad, and he has hollowed the bounds upon a relvet. my brave deliverer?" headed knobbler! By Saint Hubert, if I break not his pate Here, most noble lord,” said Gregory, 'sliding from tim with my cross-bow, may I never cast off hound more! But to frey, and stepping forward, "rendy to receive the 14 it, my lords and masters! the noble Beast is here yet, and, thank which your bounty would heap on him." the saints, we have enough of hounds."

Truly, friend Gregory." ansuered the young error: "The cover being now thoroughly beat by the attendants, the shalt not be forgotten ; for thou didst mn weedily, na stag was coinpelled to abandon it, and trust to his speed for his manfully for aíd, without which, I think vorily, se liga ti safety. Three greyhouneis were slipped upon him, whom beceived it ---But tho brave forester, who came w mrreartle threw out, after running a couple of miles, by entering an ex- these three rullians had nigh overpowerd me, where indir tensive furzy brake, which extended along the side of a hill. Every one lookçd around, but though all had venlamu The hor einen soon came up, and casting off a sutticient number tering the thicket, he was not know to be found. Terez ! of slow-bounds, sent them with the prickers into the cover, in only concoure that he had retired during uie confusion order to drive the game from his strength. This object being sioned by the lotention of Gaston. accomplished, afforded another severe chase of several iniles, ** Seek not for him," said the Lady Emma, who had ne in a direction almost circular, during which, the poor animal some degree recovered her composure; *' lie will not be 1 tried every wile to get rid of his persecutore. He crossed and of mortal, unless at his own season." traversed all such dusty patlls as were likely to retain the lcast The Boron, convincod from this answer that her terror scent of his footsteps; he laid himself close to the ground, for the time, somewhat disturbed her reneon, forbore to drawing luis fret under his bolly, and clapping his nose close to tion her; and Maulda and Eleanor, to whom a message the earth, lest he should be betrayed to the hounds by his breath been dispatched with the result of this strange adventure

. When all was in vain, and he found the hounds riving, they took the Lady Emma botween Uiem, aw nit coming fast in upon tuim, his own strength failing, his mouth body returned to the castle, embossed with foam, and the tears dropping from his eyes, be The distance was, however, considerable, and, brforer tumed in despair upon his pursuers, who then stood at gaze, ing it, they had another alarm. The prickers, who Thou making an hideous clamour, and a waiting their two-footed most in the troop, halted, and announced to the Lord Bk auxiliaries. Of these, it chanced that the Lady Esagor, taking that they perceived advapcing towards them a boly or more pleasure in the sport thnu Matilda, and being a less bur men. The followers of the Buron were mumerous, tant den to her pallrey than the Lord Botcler, was the first who are were arrayed for the charc, not for battles and it worth rived at the spot, and taking a cross-bow from an attendant, great pleasure that he discerned, on the rennon of the a discharged a bolt at the stay. When the infuriated animal felicing body of men-at-arms, instead of the cognizance of 61 himself wounded, he pushed fronticly towards her from whom as he had some reason to expect, the friendly bearings of 1 he had received the waft, and Lady Eleanor might have had borue of Dirganell, the same young iord who was presenti occasion to repent of her enterprise, had not young Fuzallen, May-cames with Pitzalled or Marden. The kpighit himno who bad kent near her during the whole day, at that instantvanced, sheathed in armour, and, without raising VIR galloped briskly in, and er the stug could change his object of formed Lord Hoteler, that having heard or a bab altum Bissault, dispatched him with his short liunting-sword.

upon a part or his train by ruffianly russins, he had tai Albert Drawslot, who had just come up in terror for the young and amed small parts of bus ratainers, to escort tla lady's safety, broke out into load cncomiums upon Fitzallen's Queen-hoo-Hull. Having received and accepted namn strength and gallantry. “By'r Lady,” said he, laking off his to attend them thithér, they prosocuted their journey in cap, and wiping his sun-burnt face with his sleeve, " well struck, dence and security, and arrived safe at home without an ard in good times-- But now, boys, doff your bonnets, and sound ther accident the mort." The sportsmen then sounded a treble mort, and set up a genet

CHAPTER V. ral whopp, which, mingled with the yelping of the dogs, made the welkin ring again. The huntsman then offered his knife LO INVESTIGATION OF TUE ADVENTURE OF THE HUNTING Lord Boteler, that he might take the fay of the deer, but the COVERY-OREGOKY'S MANHOOD-FATE OF GABTON ST. Ci Baron courteously insisted upon Fitzallen going through that CONCLUSION. ceromiony. Tho Lady Matilda was now come up, with most So soon as they arrived at the princely mansion of B of the attendants; and the interest of the chase being ended, it the Lady Emmn craved permission to reure to her chr excited some surprise, that neither St. Clere nor his sister mude that she mislit compose her spirits after the terror she l their appearance. The Lord Buteler commanded hons dergone. Henry St. Clere, in a few words, proceeded to e again to sound the recheat, in hopes to call an the strugglers, the adventure 10 tie curious audience." I had no soon and snid 10 Fitzallen, "Methinks St. Clerc, so distinguished for my sister's pulfrey, in spite of her endeavoury to the co service in war, whould have beeu more forward in the clase." entering with spirit into the chase set on foot by the won

"! trow," said Peter Lanaret, "I know the reason of the noble Gregory, than I rode arter to give her assistance. Sulo Jora's absence ; for when that moon calf, Gregory, hallooed the the chose, that when the greyhounds pulled down the kur dogs upon the knobbler, and galloped like a green Juilding, as he we were out of hearing of your hugles; and having mo fs, after then, I saw the Lady Emma's palfroy follow anace after and coupled the dogs, I gave them to be led by Ule jesen thal varlet, who should be trashed for overrunning, and I think we wandered in quest of our company, whom it worto her noble brother bas followed her, leat she should come to the sport liad led in a different direction. At !epgel, are harn.-But here, by the rood, is Gregory to answer for himseli."| through the thicket where you found us, I was surit evil

cross-bow bolt whizzing past mine head. I drewar bw1 Tailliere-hora, lo modern phrase, Tally-ho!

and rushed into the thicket, but was instanty assom LD

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fans, while other two m se towards my sister and Gregory. Tho'round them absent from Diggswell, having gone to attend an 10 poor knave fled, crying for nelp, pursued by my false kins- aged relation, who lny dangerously ill in a distant county. They in, now your prisoner : and the designs of the other on my did not return until the day before the May-games; and the or Emma (murderous no doubt) were prevented by the sudden other events followed too rapidly to permit Fitzosbome to lay parition of a brave woodsnan, who, after a short encounter, any plan for introducing them to Lady Enima Darcy. On the etched the miscreant at his feet, and cume to my assistance day of the chase, he resolved to preserve his romantic disguise,

as already slightly wounded, and pearly over-laid with odds. and attend the Lady Emma as a forester, partly to have the e combat insted some time, for the caitifls were both well pleasure of being near her, and partly to judge whellier, accord. med, strong, and desperate; at length, however, we han ing to an idle report m the country, she favoured his friend and ch mastered our antagonist, when your retinue, my Lord comrade Fitzallen of Marden. This last motive, it may easily

clor, arrived to pay relief. So ends my story; but, by my be believed, he did not declare to the company. After the skir12hthood, I would give an earl's ransom for an opportunity of wish with the ruffians, be waited till the Baron and the hunters anking the gallant forester by whose aid. I live to tell it,"arrived, and then, still doubting the farther designs of Gaston,

Fear not,' said Lord Boteler," he shall be found, If this or hastened to his castle, to arm the band which had escorted them e four adjacent counties hold him. - And now Lord Fitzos- to Queen-hoo Hall.

he will be pleased to doff the armour he has so kindly as. Fitzosbome's story being finished, he received the thanks of med for our sakes, and we will all bowne ourselves for the ail the company, particularly of st. Clere, who felt deeply the 120 net.''

respectful delicacy with which he had conducted bimself to When the hour of dinner approached, the Lady Matilda' and wards his sister. The lady was carefully informed of her obliI cousin visited the chamber of the fair Darcy. They found gations to him; and it is left to the well-judging reader, whether I in a composed, but melancholy posture. She turned the even the raillery of Lady Eleanor made her regret, that Heaven Acourke upon the misfortunes of her life, and hinted, that bad only employed natural means for her security, and that the iving recovered her brother, and seeing him look forward to guardian angel was converted into a handsome, gallant, and ena& society of one who would amply repay to him the loss of moured knight I's, she had thoughts of dedicating her remaining life to The joy of the company in the ball extended itself to the but. taven, by whose providential interference it had been so often lery, where Gregory the jester narrated such feats of arms done reserved..

by himself in the fray of the morning, as might have shamed Matilda coloured deeply at something in this speech and her Bevis and Guy of Warwick. He wils, according to his narrapusin inveighed loudly against Emma's resolution, "Ah, my tive, singled out for destruction by the gigantic Baron himself, par Lady Eleanor," replied she, "I have to-day witnessed what while be abandoned to meaner hands the destruction of St. Clere annot but judge & supernatural visitation, and to what end can and Fitzosborne. call me but to give myself to the altar? That peasant who “But certes," said he, "the foul paynim met his match; for, nded me to Baddow through the Park of Danbury, the same ever as he foined at me with his brand, I parried his blows with ho appeared before me at different times, and in different forms, my bauble, and closing with him upon the third veny, threw him iring that eventful joumey,--that youth, whose features are to the ground, and made him cry recreant to an unarmed man, oprinted on my memory, is the very individual forester who "Tush, man," said Drawslot," thou forgettest thy best auxilivis day rescued us in the forest. I cannot be mistaken ; and, aries, the good greyhounds, Help and Holafast! I warrant thee.

mecting these marvellous appearances with the spectre which that when the hump-backed Baron canght thee by the cowl, saw while at Gay Bowers, I cannot resist the conviction that which he bath almost tomu off, thou hadst been in a fair plighi raven has permitted my guardian angel to assume mortal shape had they not remembered an old friend, and come in to the or my relief and protection."

rescue. Why, man, I found them fastened on him mysell; Tire fair cousins, after exchanging looks which implied a fear and there was odd staving and stickling to make them ware at her mind was wandering, answered her in soothing terms, haunch!! Their mouths were full of the thes, for I pulled a piece nd finally prevailed upon her to accompany them to the ban. of the garment from their jaws. I warrant thee, that when they rering hall. Here the first person they encountered was the brought him to ground, thou fledst like a frighted pricket." aron Fitzosborne of Diggswell, now divested of his armour; " And as for Gregory's gigantic paynim," said Fabian," why, ! the sight of whom the Lady Emina changed colour, and ex-she lies yonder in the guard-room, the very size, shape, and coluiming, "It is the same !" sunk senseless into the arms of lour of a spridor in a yew-hedge.". la tilda

"It is false.." said Gregory; "Colbrand the Dane was a dwarf "She is bewildered by the terrors of the day," said Eleanor ; to him." and we have done ill in obliging her to descend."

"It is as true," returned Fabian, as that the Tasker is to be And I," said Fitzosborne, * have done madly in presenting married, on Tuesday, to pretty Margery. Gregory, thy sheet efore ber one, whose presence must recall moments the most bath brought them between a pair of blankets." arning in her life."

"I care no more for such a gillflirt," said the Jester," than I do While the ladies supported Emma from the ball, Lord Boteler for thy leasings. Marry, thou hop-o'-my-thumb, happy wouldst nd St. Clere requested an explanation from Fitzosborne of the thou be could thy head reach the captivo Baron's girdle." vond he had used.

"By the mass," said Peter Lanaret, "I will have one peep at "Trust me, gentle lords," said the Baron of Diggswell. "ye this burly gallant;" and, leaving the buttery; he went to the hall have what se demand, when I leam that Lady Eroma guard-room where Gastón St. Clere was confined. A toan-atParcy has not suffered from my iinprudence."

arms, who kept entinel on the stroge studded door of the apartAt this moment Lady Matilda returning, said, that her fair ment, said, he believed he slept; for that, after raging, stampriend, on her recovery, had calmly and deliberately insisted ing, and uttering the most horrid imprecations, he had been of hat she had seen Fitzosbome before, in the most dangerous late perfectly still. 'The Falconer gently drew back a sliding risis of her life.

board, of a foot square, towards the top of the door, which co*I dread," said shie, "her disordered mind connects all that her vered a hole of the same size, strongly latticed, through which ye beholde with the terrible passages that she has witnessed." the warder, without opening the door, could look in upon his

Nay," said Fitzosborne, if noble St. Clere can pardon the prisoner. Prom this aperture he beheld the wretched Gaston mauthorized interest which, with the purest and most honour suspended by the neck, by Iris own girdle, to an iron ring in the ible intentions, I have taken in his sister's fate, it is casy for me side of his prison. He had clambered to it by means of the o explain this mysterious impression."

table on which his food had been placed; and, in the agonies of He proceeded to say, that, happening to be in the hostelry shame, and disappointed malice, had sidópted this mode of rid Diled the Griffin, near Baddow, while upon a journey in that ding himself of a wretched life. He was found yet warm, but Country, he had met with the old ourse of the Lady Emma totally litoless. A proper account of the manner of his death Onrcy, who, being just expelled from Gay Bowers, was in the was drawn up and certified. He was buried that evening, in the height of her grief and indignation, and made loud and public chapel of the castle, out of respect to his high birth; and the proclamation of Lady Emma's wrongs. From the description chaplain of Fitzailen of Marden, who said the service upon the she gave of the beauty of her foster-child, as well as from the occasion, preached the next Sunday, an excellent sermon upon spirit of chivalry, Fitzosbom, became interested in her fate the text, Radix malorum est cupiditas, which we have here This interest was deeply enhanced when, by a bribe to old Gaunt transcribed. the Reve, he procured a view of the Lady Emmn, as she walked near the castle of Gay Bowers. The aged churl refused to give [Here the manuscript, from which we have painfully transcri huo access to the castle; yet dropped some hints, as if he bed, and frequently, as it were, translated this tale, for the read thought the lady in danger, and wished. sbe were well out of it. er's edification, is so indistinct and defaced, thật, excepting ence that dond, had heard she had a brother in life, and certain howbeits, oathlesses, lo ye's! &c. we can pick out httle Ils master,

him of all chance of gaining her domains by that is intelligible, saving that avarice is defined" alikourishpurchase, he in short, Gaunt wishod they were safely sepa ness of heart after earthly things.” A little farther, there seems ated, "If any injury," quoth he," should happen to the dam- to have been a gay account of Margery's wedding with Ralph el here, it were ill for us all. I tried, by an innocent stratagem, the Tasker; the running at the quintain, and other rural gamce

frighten her from the castle, by introducing a figure through a practised on the occasion. There are also fragments of a mock p door, and warning her, as if by a voice from the dead, to sermon preached by Gregory upon that occasion, as for example: rent from thenco; but the giglet is wilful, and is running upon “My dear cursed cailiffs, there was once a king, and lie wed

ded a young old queen, and she had a child; and this child was Bonding Gaunt, although covotous and communicative, too sent to Solomon the Sage, praying he would give it the saine e fut a servant to his wicked master to take any active

steps blessing which

he got from the witch of Endor when she bit him Nist his commands, Fitzosborne applied himself to old Urse by the hoel. Hereof speaks the worthy Dr. Radigundus Potathom he found more tructable. Through her he learned the tor; why should not inass be said for all the roasted shoe soul:

the ful plot Gaston had laid to rid himself of his kinswoman, served up in the king's dish on Saturday; for true it is, that SL ng lurtesolved to effect her deliverance. But aware of the doli Peter asked father Adam, as they journeyed to Camelot, an high. auma of Emma's situation, he charged Ursely to conccal from great, and doubtful question, 'Adam, Adam, why eated'st thou Seilstane interest he took in her distress, resolving to watch over the apple without paring?!.** oricance he made beforo her in various dresses during her course pronounced by era sprostitsed "jester, which occurs in an ancient Bounds o, in the courre of wbich he was never far distant; and manuscript in the Advocates' Library, the same from which the late in. on board ways four stout yeomen within hearing of his bugle, genious Mr. Weber published the curious comic toniance of the Hunting 44, and tartance been necessary When she was placed in safety of the Hare. It was introduced in compliance with Mr. Strutt's plan of The first spise, it was Fitzosborne's intention to have prevailed rendering his tale an illustration of ancient manners. A similar burlesque

vessel, wsters to visit, and take her under their protection ; but sermon is pronounced by the Fool in Sir David Lindenay'ı satiro of the Tuaded witbli.


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