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directed both against body and soul. Numbers of not the cause of my Master who hath sent me? Is these men, therefore, took up arms; and, in the it not a profane and Erastian destroying of his auphrase of their time and party, prepared to cast in thority, usurpation of his power, denial of his name, their lot with the victors of Loudon-hill.
to place either King or Parliament in his place as the master and governor of his household, the adulterous
husband of his spouse ?" CHAPTER XXI.
“You speak well," said Burley, dragging him aside, Ananias. I do not like the man : He is a heathen,
" but not wisely; your own ears have heard this night And spcaks the language of Canaan truly.
in council how this scattered remnant are broken and Tribulation. You must await his calling, and the coming divided, and would ye now make a veil of separation of the good spirit. You did ill to upbraid lum.
between them? Would ye build a wall with unThe Alchemist.
slaked mortar ?-if a fox go up, it will breach it" We return to Henry Morton, whom we left on the "I know," said the young clergyman, in reply, field of battle. He was eating, by one of the watch- "that thou art faithful, honest, and zealous, eren fires, his portion of the provisions which had been into slaying; but, believe me, this worldly craft, this distributed to the army, and musing deeply on the temporizing with sin and with infirmity, is in itself a path which he was next to pursue, when Burley falling away, and I fear me Heaven will not honour suddenly came up to him, accompanied by the young us to do much more for His glory, when we şcek to minister, whose exhortation after the victory had pro- carnal cunning and to a fleshly arm. The sanctified duced such a powerful effect.
end must be wrought by sanctified means." "Henry Morton," said Balfour abruptly, "the "I tell thee," answered Balfour, "thy zeal is too council of the army of the Covenant, confiding that rigid in this matter; we cannot yet do without the the son of Silas Morton can never prove a lukewarm help of the Laodic ans and the Erastians; we must Laodicean, or an indifferent Gallio, in this great day, endure for a space the indulged in the midst of the have nominated you to be a captain of their host, council-the sons of Zeruiali are yet too strong for with the right of a vote in their council, and all authority fitting for an officer who is to command "I tell thee I like it not," said Macbriar; "God Christian men.”
can work deliverance by a few as well as by a multi"Mr. Balfour," replied Morton, without hesitation, tude. The host of the faithful that was broken upon "I feel this mark of confidence, and it is not surpri- Pentland-hills, paid but the fitting, penalty of ac sing that a natural sense of the injuries of my country, knowledging the carnal interest of that tyrant and noi to mention those I have sustained in my own oppressor, Charles Stewart." person, should make me sufficiently willing to draw Well,' then," said Balfour, " thou knowest the my sword for liberty and freedom of conscience. But healing resolution that the council have adopted to I will own to you, that I must be better satisfied con- make a comprehending declaration, that may suit the cerning the principles on which you bottom your tender consciences of all who groan under the yoke cause ere I can agree to take a command amongst of our present oppressors. Return to the council if you."
thou wilt, and get them to recall it, and send forth And can you doubt of our principles," answered one upon narrower grounds. But abide not here to Burley, " since we have stated them to be the reforma- hinder my gaining over this youth, whom my soul tion both of church and state, the rebuilding of the travails for; his name alone will call forth hundreds decayed sanctuary, the gathering of the dispersed to our banners." saints, and the destruction of the man of sin ?". “Do as thou wilt, then," said Macbriar; "but I
"I will own frankly, Mr. Balfour," replied Morton, will not assist to mislead the youth, nor bring him into "much of this sort of language, which, I observe, is jeopardy of life, unless ypon such grounds as will en80 powerful with others, is entirely lost on me. It is sure his eternal reward.' oroper you should be aware of this before we com- The more artful Balfour then dismissed the immune further together.”,. (The young clergyman patient preacher, and returned to his proselyte. here groaned deeply.)." ! distress you, sir," said Mor- That we may be enabled to dispense with detailing ton; "but, perhaps, it is because you will not hear at length the arguments by which he urged Morton te me out. I revere the Scriptures as deeply as you or join the insurgents, we shall take this opportunity to any Christian can do. I look into them with humble give a brief sketch of the person by whom they were hope of extracting a rule of conduct and a law of used, and the motives which he had for interesting salvation. But I expect to find this by an examina- himself so deeply in the conversion of young Morton tion of their general tenor, and of the spirit which they lo his cause. uniformly breathe, and not by wresting particular John Balfour of Kinloch, or Burley, for he is desigpassages from their context, or by the application of nated both ways in the histories and proclamations Scriptural phrases to circumstances and events with of that melancholy period, was a gentleman of sone which they have often very slender relation." fortune, and of good family, in the county of File
The young, divine seemed shocked and thunder- and had been a soldier from his youth upwards. In struck with this declaration, and was about to re- the younger part of his life he had been wild and monstrate.
licentious, but had early laid aside open profiigacy, "Hush, Ephraim !" said Burley, "remember he is and embraced the strictest tenets of Calvanism but as a babe in swaddling clothes. - Listen to me, Unfortunately, habits of excess and intemperance Morton. I will speak to thee in the worldly language were more easily rooted out of his dark, saturning, of that carnal reason, which is, for the present, thy and enterprising spirit, than the vices of reven ze and blind and imperfect guide. What is the object for ambition, which continued, notwithstanding his reti which thou art content to draw thy sword ? Is it vious professions, to exereise no small sway over les not that the church and state should be reformed by mind. Daring in design, precipitate and solent the free voice of a free parliament, with such laws as execution, and going to the very extremity of the most shall hereafter prevent the executive government rigid recusancy, it was his ambition to place himsda from spilling the blood, torturing and imprisoning at the head of the preshyterian inierest. the persons, exhausting the estates, and trampling To attain this eminence among the whigs, he had upon the consciences of inen, at their own wicked been active in attending their conventicles, and more pleasure ?"
than once had commanded them when they appeared Most certainly,” said Morton; "such I esteem in arms, and beaten off the forces sent to disperse legitimate causes of warfare, and for such I will fight them. At length, the gratification of his own fierce while I can wield a sword.
enthusiasm, joined, as some say, with motives of pri“Nay, buc," said Macbriar, "ye handle this matter vate revenge, placed him at the head of that party -00 tenderly; nor will my conscience permit me to who assassinated the Primate of Scotland, as the ausard or daub over the causes of divine wrath" thor of the sufferings of the presbyterians. The
Peace, Ephraim Macbriar!” again interrupted violent measures adopted by government to revenge Burley.
this deed, not on the perpetrators only, but on the "I will not peace,” said the young man. "Is it whole professors of the religion to which they beloeg.
ed, together with long previous sufferings, without should be successful, seeing that the presbytery, being any prospect of deliverance, except by force of arms, in that case triumphant, would need to make no such occasioned the insurrection, which, as we have alrea- compromise with the government, and, consequently, dy seen commenced by the defeat of Claverhouse in with the abolition of the Indulgence all discussion of the bloody skirmish of Loudon-hill.
its legality would be at once ended. He insisted But Burley, notwithstanding the share he had in much and strongly upon the necessity of taking adthe victory, was far from finding himself at the sum- vantage of this favourable crisis, upon the certainty mit which his ambition aimed at. This was partly of their being joined by the force of the whole western owing to the various opinions entertained among the shires, and upon the gross guilt which those would insurgents concerning the murder of Archbishop incur, who, seeing the distress of the country, and the Sharpe. The more violent among them did, indeed, increasing tyranny with which it was governed, approve of this act as a deed of justice, çxecuted upon should, from fear or indifference, withhold their active a persecutor of God's church through the immediate aid from the good cause. inspiration of the Deity; but the greater part of the Morton wanted not these arguments to induce him presbyterians disowned the deed as a crime highly to join in any insurrection, which might appear to culpable, although they adınitted, that the Arch- have a feasible prospect of freedom to the country, bishop's punishment had by no means exceeded his He doubted, indeed, greatly, whether the present deseris. The insurgents differed in another main attempt was likely to be supported by the strength point, which has been already touched upon. The sufficient to ensure success, or by the wisdom and more warm and extravagant fanatics condemned, as liberality of spirit necessary to make a good use of the guilty of a pusillanimous abandonment of the rights of advantages that might be gained. Upon the whole the church, those preachers and congregations who however, considering the wrongs he had personally were contented, in any manner, to exercise their reli- endured, and those which he had seen daily inflicted gion through the permission of the ruling government. on his fellow subjects; meditating also upon the preThis, they said, was absolute Erastianism, or subjec- carious and dangerous situation in which he already tion of the church of God to the regulations of an stood with relation to the government, he conceived earthly government, and therefore but one degree himself
, in every point of view, called upon to join the better than prelacy or popery.--Again, the more body of presbyterians already in arms. moderate party were content to allow the king's title But while he expressed to Burley his acquiescence to the throne, and in secular affairs to acknowledge in the vote which had named him a leader among the his authority, so long as it was exercised with due insurgents, and a member of their council of war, it regard to the liberties of the subject, and in conform was not without a qualification. ity to the laws of the realm. But the tenets of the "I am willing," he said, " to contribute every thing wilder sect, called, from their leader Richard Came- within my limited power to effect the emancipation of ron, by the name of Cameronians, went the length of my country. But do not mistake me., I disapprove, disowning the reigning monarch, and every one of his in the utmost degree, of the action in which this rising successors, who should not acknowledge the Solemn seems to have originated; and no arguments should League and Covenant. The seeds of disunion were, induce me to join it, if it is to be carried on by such therefore, thickly sown in this ill-fated party; and measures as that with which it has commenced.” Balfour, however enthusiastic, and however much Burley's
blood rushed to his face, giving a ruddy attached to the most violent of those tenets which we and dark glow to his swarthy brow. have noticed, saw nothing but ruin to the general “You mean," he said, in a voice which he designed cause, if they were insisted on during this crisis, when should not betray any emotion-" You mean the unity was of so much consequence. Hence he disap- death of James Sharpe?". proved, as we have seen, of the honest, downright, “Frankly," answered Morton, “such is my meanand ardent zeal of Macbriar, and was extremely de- ing." sirous to receive the assistance of the moderate party 'You imagine, then," said Burley, “that the of presbyterians in the immediate overthrow of the Almighty, in times of difficulty, does not raise up government, with the hope of being hereafter able to instruments to deliver his church from her oppressdictate to them what should be substituted in its place. ors? You are of opinion that the justice of an exe
He was, on this account, particularly anxious to cution consists, not in the extent of the sufferer's secure the accession of Henry Morton to the cause of crime, or in his having merited punishment, or in the the insurgents. The memory of his father was gene- wholesome and salutary effect which that example is rally esteemed among the presbyterians; and as lew likely to produce upon other evil-doers, but hold that persons of any decent quality had joined the insur- it rests solely in the robe of the judge, the height of gents, this young man's family and prospects were the bench, and the voice of the doomster? Is not such as almost ensured his being chosen a leader. just punishment justly inflicted, whether on the scafThrough Morton's means, as being the son of his Told or the moor? And where constituted judges, ancient comrade, Burley conceived he might exercise from cowardice, or from having cast in their lot with some influence over the more liberal part of the army, transgressors, suffer them not only to pass at liberty and ultimately, perhaps, ingratiate himself so far with through the land, but to sit in the high places, and dye them, as to be chosen commander-in-chief, which was their garments in the blood of the sainis, is it not well the mark at which his ambition aimed. He had, there done in any brave spirits who shall draw their private fore, without waiting till any other person took up the swords in the public cause ?" subject, exalted to the council the talents and disposi- "I have no wish to judge this individual action," tion of Morton, and easily obtained his elevation to the replied Morton, "further than is necessary to make painful rank of a leader in this disunited and undisci- you fully aware of my principles. I therefore repeat, plined army.
that the case you have supposed does not satisfy my The arguments by which Balfour pressed Morton to judgment. That the Almighty, in his mysterious proaccept of this dangerous promotion, as soon as he had vidence, may bring a bloody man to an end deservedly gotten rid of his less wary and uncompromising com- bloody, does not vindicate those who, without authopanion, Machriar, were sufficiently artful and urgent. rity of any kind, take upon themselves to be the Ile did not affect either to deny or to disguise that the instruments of execution, and presume to call them sentiments which he himself entertained concerning the executors of divine vengeance." church government, went as far as those of the "And were we not so ?" said Burley, in a tone of preacher who had just left them; but he argued, that fierce enthusiasm. "Were not we-was not every when the affairs of the nation were at such a despe- one who owned the interest of the Covenanted Church rate crisis, minute difference of opinion should not of Scotland, bound by that covenant to cut off the prevent those who, in general, wished well to their Judas who had sold the cause of God for fifty thousand oppressed country, from drawing their swords in its merks a-year? Had we met him by the way as he behalf. Many of the subjects of division, as, for came down from London, and there smitten nim example, that concerning
the Indulgence itself, arose, with the edge of the sword, we had done but the duty he observed, out of circumstances which would cease of men faithful to our
cause, and to our oaths recorded to exist, provided their attempt to free the country in heaven. Was not the execution itself a proof of
our warrant? Did not the Lord deliver him into our | secured the door behind them against impuriyent bands, when we looked out but for one of his inferior curiosity. At a less agitating moment, the young tools of persecution ? Did we not pray to be resolved man might have been entertained with the singular how we should act, and was it not borne in on our scene of which he now found himself an auditor and hearts as if it had been written on them with the a spectator, point of a diamond, Ye shall surely take him and The precincts of the gloomy and ruinous hut were slay him?'-Was not the tragedy full half an hour in enlightened partly by some furze which blazed on acting ere the sacrifice was completed, and that in an the hearth, the smoke whereof, having no legal vent, open heath, and within the patrols of their garrisons- eddied around, and formed over the heads of the and yet who interrupted the great work?-What dog assembled council a clouded canopy, as opaque as so much as bayed us during the pursuit, the taking their metaphysical theology, through which, like the slaying, and the dispersing? 'Then, who will say stars through mist, were dimly seen to iwinkle a few -who dare say, that a mightier arm than our's was blinking candles, or rather rushes dipped in tallow, not herein revealed ?"
the property of the poor owner of the cottage, which "You deceive yourself, Mr. Balfour," said Morton; were stuck to the walls by patches of wet clay. This "guch circumstances of facility of execution and broken and dusky light showed many a countenance escape have often attenaed the commission of the clated with spiritual pride, or rendered dark by fierce most enormous crimes.--But it is not mine to judge enthusiasm; and some whose anxious, wandering, you. I have not forgotten that the way was opened and uncertain looks, showed they felt themselves to the former liberation of Scotland by an act of vio- rashly embarked in a cause which they had neither lence which no man can justify,--the slaughter of courage nor conduct to bring to a good issue, yet Cumming by the hand of Robert Bruce; and, there- knew not how to abandon, for very shame. They fore, condemning this action, as I do and must, I am were, indeed, a doubtful and disunited body. The not unwilling to suppose that you may have motives most active of their number were those concerned vindicating it in your own eyes, though not in mine, with Burley in the death of the Primate, four or or in those of sober reason. I only now mention it, five of whom had found their way to Loudon-hill
, because I desire you to understand, that I join a cause together with other men of the same relentless and supported by men engaged in open war, which it is uncompromising zeal, who had, in various ways, proposed to carry on according to the rules of civil- given desperate and unpardonable offence to the ized nations, without, in any respect, approving of the government. act of violence which gave immediate rise to it." With them were mingled their preachers, men who
Balfour bit his lip, and with difficulty suppressed a had spurned at the indulgence offered by government, violent answer. He perceived, with disappointment, and preferred assembling their flocks in the wilderthat, upon points of principle, his young brother-in-ness, to worshipping in temples built by human hands, arms possessed a clearness of judgment, and a firm if their doing the latter should be construed to admit ness of mind, which afforded" but little hope of his any right on the part of their rulers to interfere with being able to exert that degree of influence over him the supremacy of the Kirk. The other class of coun: which he had expected to possess. After a moment's sellors were such gentlemen of small fortune, and pause, however, he said, with coolness, "My conduct substantial farmers, as a sense of intolerable oppresis open to men and angels. The deed was not done sion had induced to take arms and join the insurgents. in a corner; I am here in arms to avow it, and care These also had their clergymen with them, and such not where, or by whom, I am called on to do so; divines, having many of them taken advantage of the whether in the council
, the field of battle, the place of indulgence, were prepared to resist the measures of execution, or the day of the last great trial. I will not their more violent brethren, who proposed a declaranow discuss it further with one who is yet on the tion in which they should give testimony against the other side of the veil. But if you will cast in your lot warrants and instructions for indulgence as sinful with us as a brother, come with me to the council, and unlawful acts. This delicate question had been who are still sitting, to arrange the future march of passed over in silence in the first draught of the manithe army, and the means of improving our victory." festoes which they intended to publish, of the reasons
Morton arose and followed him in silence; not of their gathering in arms; but it had been stirred greatly delighted with his associate, and better satis- anew during Balfour's absence, and, to his great fied with the general justice of the cause which he had vexation, he now found that both parties had opened espoused, than either with the measures or the mo- upon it in full cry, Macbriar, Kettledrummle, and tives of many of those who were embarked in it. other teachers of the wanderers, being at the very
spring-ide of polemical discussion with Peter Pound
text, the indulged pastor of Milnwood's parish, who, CHAPTER XXII.
it seems, had e'en girded himself with a broadsword. And look how many Grecian tents do stand
but, ere he was called upon to fight for the good cause Ilollow upon this plain-so many hollow factions.
of presbytery in the field, was manfully defending his own dogmata in the council. It was the din of this
conflict, maintained chiefly between Poundtext and In the hollow of a hill, about a quarter of a mile Kettledrummle, together with the clamour of the from the field of battle, was a shepherd's hut; a mise-adherents, which had saluted Morton's ears upon rable cottage, which, as the only enclosed spot within approaching the cottage. Indeed, as both the divines a moderate distance, the leaders of the presbyterian were men well gifted with words and lungs, and each army had chosen for their council-house. Towards fierce, ardent, and intolerant in defence of his own this spot Burley guided Morton, who was surprised, doctrine, prompt in the recollection of texts whest as he approached it, at the multifarious confusion of with they battered each other without mercy, and sounds which issued from its precincts. The calm deeply impressed with the importance of the subject and anxious gravity which it might be supposed would of discussion, the noise of the debate betwixt them have presided in councils held on such important fell little short of that which might have attended an subjects, and at a period so critical, seemed to have actual bodily conflict. given place to discord wild, and loud uproar, which Burley, scandalized at the disunion implied in this fell on the ear of their new ally as an evil augury of virulent strife of tongues, interposed between the dis their future measures. As they approached the door, putants, and, by some general remarks on the unsea they found it open indeed, but choked up with the sonableness of discord, a soothing address to the bodies and heads of countrymen, who, though no vanity of each party, and the exertion of the authority members of the council, felt no scruple in intruding which his services in that day's victory entitled him themselves upon deliberations in which they were so to assume, at length succeeded in prevailing upon deeply interested. By expostulation, by threats, and them to adjourn farther discussion of the controversy. even by some degree of violence, Burley, the sternness But although Kettledrummle and Poundtext were of whose character maintained a sort of superiority thus for the time silenced, they continued to eye each over these disorderly forces, compelled the intruders other like two dogs, who, having been separated by to retire, and introducing Morton into the cottage, I the authority of their masters while fighting, hare
Troilus and Cressida.
retreated, cach beneath the chair of his owner, still "There was word in the country as I rode along," watching each other's motions, and indicating, by said another of the council, “that so soon as they occasional growls, by the erected bristles of the back heard of the victory which has been given to us, they and ears, and by the red glance of the eye. that their caused shut the gates of the tower, and called in men, Ciscord is unappeased, and that they only wait the and collected ammunition. They were ever a fierce first opportunity afforded by any general movement and a malignant house." or commotion in the company, to fly once more at "We will not, with my consent," said Burley, each other's throats.
engage in a siege which may consume time. We Balfour took advantage of the momentary, pause must rush forward, and follow our advantage by to present to the council Mr. Henry Morton of Miln- occupying Glasgow; for I do not fear that the troops wood, as one touched with a sense of the evils of the we have this day beaten, even with the assistance of times, and willing to peril goods and life in the pre- my Lord Ross's regiment, will judge it safe to await cious cause for which his father, the renowned Silas our coming." Diorton, had given in his time a soul-stirring testi- " Howbeit," said Poundtext, we may display a mony. Morton was instantly received with the right banner before the Tower, and blow a trumpet, and ha id of fellowship by his ancient pastor, Poundtext, summon them to come forth. It may be that they ard by those among the insurgents who supported will give over the place into our mercy, though they the more moderate principles. The others muttered be a rebellious people. And we will summon the something about Erastianism, and reminded each women to come forth of their stronghold, that is, other in whispers, that Silas Morton, once a stout Lady Margaret Bellenden and her grand-daughter, and worthy servant of the Covenant, had been a and Jenny Dennison, which is a girl of an ensnaring backslider in the day when the resolutioners had led eye, and ihe other maids, and we will give them a the way in owning the authority of Charles Stewart, safe conduct, and send them in peace to the city thereby making a gap whereat ihe present tyrant was even to the town of Edinburgh. But John Gudyill, afterwards brought in, to the oppression both of Kirk and Hugh Harrison, and Miles Bellenden, we will and country: They added, however, that, on this restrain with fetters of iron, even as they, in times great day of calling they would not refuse society bypast, have done to the martyred saints.' with any who should put hand to the plough; and so Who talks of safe conduct and of peace?" said a Morton was installed in his office of leader and coun- shrill, broken, and overstrained voice, from the crowd. sellor, if not with the full approbation of his col- “Peace, brother Habakkuk," said Macbriar, in a leagues, at least without any formal or avowed diş- soothing tone, to the speaker., sent. They proceeded, on Burley's motion, to divide "I will not hold my peace," reiterated the strange among themselves the command of the men who had and unnatural voice; " is this a time to speak of peace, assembled, and whose numbers were daily increasing when the earth quakes, and the mountains are rent, In this partition, the insurgents of Poundtext's parish and the rivers are changed into blood, and the two and congregation were naturally placed under the edged sword is drawn from the sheath to drink gore command of Morton; an arrangement mutually as if it were water, and devour flesh as the fire deagreeable to both parties, as he was recommended to vours dry stubble ?" their confidence, as well by his personal qualities as While he spoke thus, the orator struggled forward his having been born among thom.
to the inner part of the circle, and presented to MorWhen this task was accom:ished, it became neces- ton's wondering eyes a figure worthy of such a voice sary to determine what use was to be made of their and such language. The rays of a dress which had victory. Morton's heart throbbed high when he heard once been black, added to the tattered fragments of a the Tower of Tillietudlem named as one of the most shepherd's plaid, composed a covering scarce fit for important positions to be seized upon. It command the purposes of decency, much less for those of warmth ed, as we have often noticed, the pass between the or comfort. A long beard, as white as snow, hung more wild and the more fertile country, and must fur- down on his breast, and mingled with bushy, unnish, it was plausibly urged, a strong-hold and place combed, grizzled hair, which hung in elf-locks around of rendezvous to the cavaliers and malignants of the his wild and staring visage. The features seemed to district, supposing the insurgents were to march be extenuated by penury
and famine, until they hardly onward and leave it uninvested. This measure was retained the likeness of a human aspect. The eyes, particularly urged as necessary by Poundtext and gray, wild, and wandering, evidently betokened a bethose of his immediate followers, whose habitations wildered imagination. He held in his hand a rusty and families might be exposed to great severities, if | sword, clotted with blood, as were his long lean hands, this strong place were permitted to remain in posses- which were garnished at the extremity with nails like sion of the royalists.
eagle's claws. " I opine," said Poundtext,--for, like the other In the name of Heaven! who is he?" said Mordivines of the period, he had no hesitation in offering ton, in a whisper to Poundtext, surprised, shocked, his advice upon military matters of which he was and even startled, at this ghasily apparition, which profoundly ignorant,-"1 opine, that we should take looked more like the resurrection of some cannibal in and raze that stronghold of the woman Lady priest, or druid red from his human sacrifice, than Margaret Bellenden, even though we should build a like an earthly mortal. fort and raise a mount against it; for the race is a " It is Habakkuk Mucklewrath,” answered Poạndrebellious and a bloody race, and their hand has been text, in the same tone, " whom the enemy have long heavy on the children of the Covenant, both in the detained in captivity in forts and castles, until his unformer and the latter times. Their hook hath been derstanding hath departed from him, and, as I fear, in our noses, and their bridle betwixt our jaws." an evil demon hath possessed him.' Nevertheless,
“What are their means and men of defence ?" said our violent brethren will have it, that he speaketh of Burley. “The place is strong; but I cannot conceive the spirit, and that they fructify by his pouring forth.". that two women can make it good against a host." Here he was interrupted by Mucklewrath, who cried
“There is also," said Poundtext, “Harrison the in a voice that made the very beams of the roof quiver steward, and John Gudyill, even the lady's chief but- -"Who talks of peace and safe conduct? who ler, who boasteth himself a man of war from his speaks of mercy to the bloody house of the malig. youth upward, and who spread the banner against nants? I say take the infants and dash them against the good cause with that man of Belial, James Gra- the stones; take the daughters and the mothers of the hame of Montrose."
house and'hurl them from the battlements of their *Pshaw!" returned Burley, scornfully, "a butler!" trust, that the dogs may fatten on their blood as they
*Also, there is that ancient malignant," replied did on that of Jezabel, the spouse of Ahab, and that Poundtext, “Miles Bellenden of Charnwood, whose their carcasses may be dung to the face of the field hands have been dipped in the blood of the saints." even in the portion of their fathers !"
* If that," said Burley, “be Miles Bellenden, the “He speaks right," said more than one sullen voice, brother of Sir Arthur, he is one whose sword will not from behind; we will be honoured with little ser. torn back from battle; but he must now be stricken vice in the great cause, if we already make fair weather
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"This is utter abomination and daring impiety,"; ginus tenets, and the wisdom and moderation with said, Morton, unable to contain his indignation. which they conducted their civil and military af " What blessing
can you expect in a cause in which fairs. But our councils seem all one wild chaos of you listen to the mingled ravings of madness and confusion." atrocity ?"
"Thou must have patience, Henry Morton," an "Hush, young man!'' said Kettledrummle, "and swered Balfour; "thou must not leave the cause o. reserve thy censure for that for which thou canst ren- thy religion and country either for one wild word, o der a reason. Ii is not for thee to judge into what one extravagant action. Hear me. I have already vessels the spirit may be poured.".
persuaded the wiser of our friends, that the counsel "We judge of the tree by the fruit,” said Poundtext, lors are too numerous, and that we cannot exped "and allow not that to be of divine inspiration that that the Midianites shall, by so large a number, be contradicts the divine laws."
delivered into our hands. They have hearkened to "You forgét, brother Poundtext," said Macbriar, my voice, and our assemblies will be shortly reducees "that these are the latter days, when signs and won within such a number as can consult and aci together ders shall be multiplied."
and in them thou shalt have a free voice, as well as Poundtext stood forward to reply; but, ere he could in ordering our affairs of war, and protecting those to articulate a word, the insane preacher broke in with whom mercy should be shown-Art thou now sajsa scream that drown d all competition.
fied ?" " Who talks of signs and wonders ? Am not I Ha- “It will give me pleasure, doubtless,'' answered bakkuk Mucklewrath, whose name is changed to Morton, "to be the means of softening the horrors Magor-Missabib, because I am made a terror unto of civil war; and I will not leave the post I have myself and unto all that are around me?-I heard it taken, unless I see measures adopted ai which my -When did I hear it?-Was it not in the Tower of conscience revolts. But to no bloody executions the Bass, that overhangeth the wide wild sea ?-And after quarter asked, or slaughter without trial, will I it howled in the winds, and it roared in the billows, lend countenance or sanction; and you may depend and it screamed, and it whistled, and it clanged, with on my opposing them, with both heart and hand, the screams and the clang and the whistle of the as constantly and resolutely, if attempted by our sea-birds, as they floated, and few, and dropped, and own followers, as when they are the work of the dived, on the bosoms of the waters. I saw it-Where enemy. did I see it ?-Was it not from the high peaks of Dun- Balfour waved his hand impatiently. barton, when I looked westward upon the fertile "Thou wilt find," he said, that the stubborn and land, and northward on the wild Highland hills; hard-hearted generation with whom we deal, must when the clouds gathered and the tempest came, and be chastised with scorpions ere their hearts be hum. the lightnings of heaven flashed in sheets as wide as bled, and ere they accept the punishment of their ini. the banners of an host ?-What did I see ? - Dead quity. The word is gone forth
against them, 'I will corpses and wounded horses, the rushing together of bring a sword upon you that shall avenge the quarrel battle, and garments rolled in blood. -What heard I? of my Covenant. But what is done shall be done -The voice that cried, Slay, slay--smite-slay utterly gravely, and with discretion, like that of the worthy -let not your eye have pity! slay utterly, old and James Melvin, who executed judgment on the tyran young, the maiden, the child, and the woman whose and oppressor, Cardinal Beaton.' head is gray--Defile the house and fill the courts with "I own to you," replied Morton, "that I feel still the slain !!!"
more abhorrent at cold blooded and premeditated "We receive the command,” exclaimed more than cruelty, than at that which is practised in the heat of one of the company. Six days he hath not spoken zeal and resentment." nor broken bread, and now his tongue is unloosed :- " Thou art yet but a youth," replied Balfour, " and We receive the command; as he hath said, so will hast not learned how light in the balance are a few
drops of blood in comparison to the weight and imAstonished, disgusted, and horror-struck, at what portance of this great national testimony. But be ho had seen and heard, Morton turned away from the not afraid ; thyself shall vote and judge in these matcircle and left the cottage. He was followed by Bur-ters; it may be we shall see little cause to strive toge ley, who had his eye on his motions.
ther'anent them." Whither are you going ?" said the latter, taking With this concession Morton was compelled to be him by the arın.
satisfied for the present; and Burley left him, advisaz "Any where, -I care not whither; but here I will him to lie down and get some rest, as the host would abide no longer."
probably move in the morning. "Art thou so soon weary, young man ?" answered "And you," answered Morton, "do not you go to Burley. Thy hand is but now put to the plough, rest also ?" and wouldst ihou already abandon it? Is this ihy "No," said Burley; 'my eyes must not yet know adherence to the cause of thy father ?".
slumber. This is no work to be done lightly; I have "No cause," replied Morton, indignantly-"no yet to perfect the choosing of the committee of leadcause can prosper, so conducted.' One party declares ers, and I will call you by times in the morning to te for the ravings of a bloodthirsty madman; another present at their consultation." leader is an old scholastic pedani; a third”—he stop- He turned away, and left Morton to his repose. ped, and his companion continued the sentence--" Is The place in which he found himself was not i a desperate homicide, thou wouldst say, like John adapted for the purpose, being a sheltered nook, bem Balfour of Burley ?-1 can bear thy misconstruction neath a large rock, well protected from the prevailing without risentment. Thou dost not consider, that it wind. A quantity of moss with which the ground 8 nonnen of suber and self-seeking minds, who arise was overspread, made a couch soft enough for one in these days of wrath to execute judgment and to ac- who had suffered so much hardship and anges. complish deliverance. Hadst thou but seen the ar- Morton wrapped himself in the horseman's dial mies of England, during her Parliament of 1640, whose which he had still retained, stretched himself on the ranks were filled with sertaries and enthusiasts, wilder ground, and had not long indulged in melancho's than the anabaptists of Munster, 1hou wouldst have reflections on the state of the country, and upon la had more cause to marvel; and yet these men were own condition, ere he was relieved from them by dee unconquered on the field, and their hands wrought and sound slumber. qarvellous things for the liberties of the land.” The rest of the army slept on the ground, dispers:
But their atlairs,' replied Morton, were wisely in groups, which chose their beds on the fields as the conducted, and the violence of their zeal expended could best find shelter and convenience. A few atselt in their exhortations and sermons, without the principal leaders held wakeful conference wit bringing divisions into their counsels, or cruelty into Burley on the state of their affairs, and some watch wer conduct. I have often heard my father say so, men were appointed who kept themselves on the ale and protest, that he wondered at nothing so much as by chanting psalms, or listening to the exercises a the contrast between the extravagance of their reli- | the more gisted of their number.