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which, to use the approved phrase on such occasions, | ly deceived, seemed undeniable. But a father yields greatly resembled a flight.

not up so easily the cause of his son.

"May it please your Majesty," he said, "why was

this tale not sooner told ?" This woman hath' been CHAPTER XXXII.

here for years--wherefore was the claim on my son

not made the instant she touched English ground ?" Benedict. This looks not like a nuptial.

"Tell him how that came about, Geordie," said the

Much Ado about Nothing. Master GEORGE HERIOT had no sooner returned

King, addressing Heriot.

"I grieve to distress my Lord Huntinglen,” said to the King's apartment, than James inquired of Heriod; "but I must speak the truth. For a long Maxwell if the Earl of Huntinglen was in attendance, time the Lady Hermione could not brook the idea of and, seceiving an answer in the affirmative, desired making her situation public; and when her mind bethat he should be admitted. The old Scottish Lord came changed in that particular, it was necessary to having made his reverence in the usual manner, the recover the evidence of the false marriage, and letters King extended his hand to be kissed, and then began and papers connected with it, which, when she came to address him in a tone of great sympathy.

to Paris, and just before I saw her, she had deposited "We told your lordship in our secret epistle of this with a correspondent of her father in that city. He morning, written with our ain hand, in testimony, we became afterwards bankrupt, and in consequence of have neither pretermitted nor forgotten your faithful that misfortune, the lady's papers passed into other service, that we had that to communicate to you that hands, and it was only a few days since I traced and would require both patience and fortitude to endure, recovered them. Without these documents of eviand therefore exhorted you to peruse some of the most dence, it would have been imprudent for her to have pithy passages of Seneca, and of Boethius de Conso- preferred her complaint, favoured as Lord Dalgarno is latione, that the back may be, as we say, fitted for the by powerful friends." burden-This we commend to you from our ain ex- "Ye are saucy to say sae," said the King; "I ken perience.

what ye mean weel eneugh-ye think Steenie wad *Non ignara mali, miseris succurrere disco,'

hae putten the weight of his foot into the scales of sayeth Dido, and I might say in my own person, non justice, and garr'd them whomle the bucket-ye forignarus; but to change the gender would affect the get, Geordie, wha it is whose hand uphaulds them. prosody, whereof our southern subjects are tenacious. And ye do poor Steenie the mair wrang, for he conSo, iny lord of Huntinglen, I trust you have acted by fessed it ance before us and our privy council, that our advice, and studied patience before ye need it-ré- Dalgarno would have put the quean aff on him, the nienti occurrite morbo--mix the medicament when puir simple bairn, making him trow that she was a the disease is coming on.”

| light-o'-love; in whilk mind he remained assured "May it please your Majesty," answered Lord Hun- even when he parted from her, albeit Steenie might tinglen, "I am more of an old soldier than a scholar hae weel thought ane of thae cattle wadna hae resist-and if my own rough nature will not bear me out in ed the like of him." any calamity, I hope I shall have grace to try a text "The Lady Hermione," said George Heriot, "has of Scripture to boot."

always done the utmost justice to the conduct of the " Ay, man, are you there with your bears?" said the Duke, who, although strongly possessed with prejuKing; "the Bible, man,” (touching his cap.)," is in. dice against her character, yet scorned to avail himdeed principium et fons—but it is pity your lordship self of her distress, and on the contrary supplied her cannot peruse it in the original. For although we with the means of extricating herself from her diffidid ourselves promote that work of translation, - culties." since ye may read, at the beginning of every Bible, " It was e'en like himsell--blessings on his bonny that when some palpable clouds of darkness were face!" said the King; "and I believed this lady's tale thought like to have overshadowed the land, after the the mair readily, my lord Hunting!en, that she spake setting of that bright occidental star, Queen Eliza- nae ill of Steenie--and to make a lang tale short, my beth ; yet our appearance, like that of the sun in his lord, it is the opinion of our council and ourself, as strength, instantly dispelled these surmised mist8, --weel as of Baby Charles and Steenie, that your son I say, that although, as therein mentioned, we coun- maun amend his wrong by wedding this lady, or untenanced the preaching of the gospel, and especially dergo such disgrace and discountenance as we can the translation of the Scriptures out of the original bestow." sacred tongues; yet nevertheless, we ourselves con- The person to whom he spoke was incapable of anfess to have found a comfort in consulting them in swering him. He stood before the King motionless, the original Hebrew, whilk we do not perceive ev and glaring with eyes of which even the lids seemed in the Latin version of the Septuagint, much less in immoveable, as if suddenly converted into an ancient the English traduction."

statue of the times of chivalry, so instantly had his Please your Majesty," said Lord Huntinglen, "if hard features and strong limbs been arrested into your Majesty delays communicating the bad news rigidity by the blow he had received-And in a second with which your honoured letter threatens me, until afterwards, like the same statue when the lightning I am capable to read Hebrew like your Majesty, I fear breaks upon it, he sunk at once to the ground with a I shall die in ignorance of the misfortune which hath heavy groan. The King was in the utmost alarm, befallen, or is about to befall, my house."

called upon Heriot and Maxwell for help, and, pre"You will learn it but too soon, my lord,” replied sence of mind not being his forte, ran to and fro in his the King. “I grieve I say it, but your son Dalgar- cabinet, exclaiming- My ancient and beloved serno, whom I thought a very saint, as he was so much vant-who saved our anointed self! Voe atque dolor! with Steenie and Baby Charles, hath turned out a My Lord of Huntinglen, look up-look up, man, and very villain."

your son may marry the Queen of Sheba if he will." "Villain !" repeated Lord Huntinglen; and though By this time Maxwell and Heriot had raised the he instantly checked himself, and added, " but it is old nobleman, and placed him on a chair ; while the your Majesty speaks the word,” the effect of his first King, observing that he began to recover himself, ! ione made the King step back as if he had received a continued his consolations more methodically. blow. He also recovered himself again, and said in " Haud up your head-haud up your head, and the pettish way which usually indicated his displea- listen to your ain kind native Prince. If there is sure="Yes, my lord, it was we that said it-non sur shame, man, it comesna empty-handed-there is siller do canis-we are not deaf-we pray you not to raise to gild it-a gude tocher, and no that bad a pedigree; your voice in speech with us--there is the bonny me--if she has been a loon, it was your son made her sae, morial-read, and judge for yourself.”

and he can make her an honest woman again." The King then thrust into the old nobleman's hand These suggestions, however reasonable in the a paper, containing the story of the Lady Hermione, common case, gave no comfort to Lord Huntinglen, with the evidence by which it was supported, detailed if indeed he fully comprehended them; but the blubso briefly and clearly, that the infamy of Lord Dal- bering of his good-natured old master, which began garno, the lover by whom she had been so shameful to accompany and interrupt his royal speech, pro

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duced more rapid effect. The large tear gushed re- "On my word as an honest man," said George luctantly from his eye, as he kissed the withered Heriot, somewhat surprised at the question, “I ne, hands, which the King, weeping with less dignity and ver heard her wronged by the slightest breath of restraint, abandoned to him, first alternately and suspicion. She was a worthy lady, very circumthen both together, until the feelings of the man get- spect in her walk, and lived in great concord with ting entirely the better of the Sovereign's sense of dig- her husband, save that the good Countess was nity, he grasped and shook Lord Huntinglen's hands something of a puritan, and kept more company with the sympathy of an equal and a familiar friend. with ministers than was altogether agreeable to Lord

Compone lachrymas,” said the monarch; be Huntinglen, who is, as your Majesty well knows, patient, man, be patient;-the council, and Baby a man of the old rough world, that will drink and Charles, and Steenie, may a' gang to the deevil--- he swear.” shall not marry her since it moves you so deeply;" “O Geordie!" exclaimed the King," these are

" He shall marry her, by God!" answered the auld-warld frailties, of whilk we dare not pronounce Earl, drawing himself up, dashing the tear from his even ourselves absolutely free. But the warld grows eyes, and endeavouring to recover his composure. worse from day to day, Geordie. The juveniles of "I pray your Majesty's pardon, but he shall marry this age may weel say with the poether, with her dishonour for her dowry, were she the veriest courtezan in all Spain-If he gave his word,

' Ætas parentum, pejor avis, tulit

Nos nequiores'he shall make his word good, were it to the meanest creature that haunts the streets-he shall do it, or This Dalgarno does not drink so much, or swear so my own dagger shall take the life that I gave him. much, as his father; but he wenches, Geordie, and If he could stoop to use so base a fraud, though to de- he breaks his word and oath baith. As to what you ceive infamy, let him wed infamy;"

say of the leddy and the ministers, we are a' fallible * No, no?" the Monarch continued to insinuate, creatures, Geordie, priests and kings, as weel as "things are not so bad as that-Steenie himself never others; and wha kens but what that may account thought of her being a street-walker, even when he for the difference between this Dalgarno and his fathought the worst of her."

ther? The Earl is the vera soul of honour, and cares "If it can at all console my Lord of Huntinglen," nae mair for warld's gear than a noble hound for the said the citizen, "I can assure him of this lady's good quest of a foulmart; but as for his son, he was like birth, and most fair and unspotted fame."

to brazen us a' out-ourselves, Steenie, Baby Charles, “I am sorry for it,” said Lord Huntinglen-then and our council-till he heard of the tocher, and then, interrupting himself, he said —" Heaven forgive me by my kingly crown, he lap like a cock at a grossart! for being ungrateful for such comfort!—but I am well. These are discrepancies betwixt parent and son not nigh sorry she should be as you represent her, so to be accounted for naturally, according to Baptista much better than the villain deserves. To be con- Porta, Michael Scott de secretis, and others.-Ah, demined to wed beauty and innocence and honest Jingling Geordie, if your clouting the caldron, and birth”

jingling on pots, pans, and veshels of all manner of Ay, and wealth, my lord-wealth,” insinuated metal, hadna jingled 'a' your grammar out of your the King," is a better sentence than his perfidy has head, I could have touched on that matter to you at deserved."

mair'length." "It is long," said the embittered father, "since I Heriot was too plain-spoken to express much consaw he was selfish and hardhearted; but to be a per- cern for the loss of his grammar learning on this ocjured liar-I never dreaded that such a blot would have casion; but after modestly hinting that he had seen fallen on my race ! I will never look on him again. many men who could not fill their father's bonnet,

“ Hoot ay, my lord, hoot ay,” said the King; ye though no one had been suspected of wearing their maun tak him to task roundly. I grant you should father's nightcap, he inquired "whether Lord Dalspeak more in the vein of Demea than Mitio, vi nempe garno had consented to do the Lady Hermione juset via perrulgata patrum ; but as for not seeing him tice.' again, and he your only son, that is altogether out Troth, man, I have small doubt that he will," of reason. I tell ye, man, (but I would not for a quoth the King; "I gave him the schedule of her boddle that Baby Charles heard me,) that he might worldly substance, which you delivered to us in the gie the glaiks to half the lasses of Lonnun, ere I council

, and we allowed him half an hour to chew could find in my heart to speak such harsh words as the cud upon that. It is rare reading, for bringing you have said of this deil of a Dalgarno of yours.” him to reason. I left Baby Charles and Steenie lay

May it please your Majesty to permit me to re- ing his duty before him; and if he can resist doing tire," said Lord Huntinglen, and dispose of the case what they desire him-why, I wish he would teach according to your own royal sense of justice, for I me the gate of it. O Geordie, Jingling Geordie, it desire no favour for him."

was grand to hear Baby Charles laying down the "Aweel, my lord, so be it; and if your lordship can guilt of dissimulation, and Steenie lecturing on the think," added the Monarch, "of any thing in our turpitude of incontinence !" power which might comfort you'—

I am afraid,” said George Heriot, more hastily * Your Majesty's gracious sympathy,” said Lord than prudently, "I might have thought of the old Huntinglen," has already comforted me as far as proverb of Satan reproving sin.", earth can; the rest must be from the King of Kings." Deil hae our saul, neighbour," said the King, red“ To Him 1 commend you, my auld

and faithful dening, " but ye are not blate! į gie ye license to servant,” said James with emotion, as the Earl with speak freely, and, by our saul, ye do not let the prividrew from his presence. The King remained fixed lege become lost non utendo-it will suffer no negain thought for some time, and then said to Heriot, tive prescription in your hands. Is it fit, think ye, Jingling Geordie, ye ken all the privy doings of our that Baby Charles should let his thoughts be publicly Court, and have dune so these thirty years, though, seen ?-No-no---princes' thoughts are arcana imlike a wise man, ye hear, and see, and say nothing. perii-Qui nescit dissimulare nescit regnare. Every Now, there is a thing I sain wald ken, in the way of liege subject is bound to speak the whole truth to the philosophical inquiry-Did you ever hear of the um- King, but there is nae reciprocity of obligation-and quhile Lady Huntinglen, the departed Countess of for Steenie having been whiles a dike-louper at a this noble Earl, ganging a wee bit gleed in her walk time, is it for you, who are his goldsmith, and to through the world; I mean in the way of slipping a foot, whom, I doubt, he awes an uncomatable sum, to casting a leglin-girth,* or the like, ye understand me?" cast that up to him ??' * A leglin-girth is the lowest hoop upon a leglin, or milk-pail.

Heriot did not feel himself called on to play the Allan Ramsay applies the phrase in the same metaphorical part of Zeno, and sacrifice himself for upholding the

cause of moral truth; he did not desert it, however, “ Or bairns can read, they first maun spell,

by disavowing his words, but simply expressed sorI learn'd this frae my mammy, And cast a leglin girth mysel!,

row for having offended his Majesty, with which the Lang ere I married Tammy."

placable King was sufficiently satisfied. Christ's Kirk on Ine Green. “And now, Geordie, man," quoth he, ". we will to



this culprit, and hear what he has to say for himself,, sumed composure. He started as if an adder had for I will see the job cleared this blessed day. Ye stung him, but instantly composed himself, and, fixmaun come wi' me for your evidence may be wanted." ing on the Duke's still smiling countenance an eye

The King led the way, accordingly, into a larger which spoke unutterable hatred, he pointed the foreapartment, where the Prince, the Duke of Bucking; finger of his left hand to the hill of his sword, but in oam, and one or two privy counsellors, were seated a manner which could scarce be observed by any one at a table, before which stood Lord Dalgarno, in an save Buckingham. The Duke gave him another smile attitude of as much elegant ease and indifference as of bitter scorn, and returned to his seat, in obedience could be expressed, considering the stiff dress and to the commands of the King, who continued calling manners of the times.

out, “Sit down, Steenie, sit down, I command yeAll rose and bowed reverently, while the King, to we will hae nae barns-breaking here." use a north country word, expressive of his mode of Your Majesty needs not fear my patience." said locomotion, toddled to his chair or throne, making Lord Dalgarno; "and that I may keep it the better, a sign to Heriot to stand behind him.

I will not uiter another word in this presence, save "We hope," said his Majesty,. " that Lord Dal- those enjoined to me in that happy portion of the garno stands prepared to do justice to this unfortu- Prayer-Book, which begins with Dearly Beloved, and nate lady, and to his own character and honour ?" ends with amazement.

May 1 humbly inquire the penalty," said Lord “You are a hardened villain, Dalgarno," said the Dalgarno, "in case I should unhappily find com- King; "and were I the lass, by my father's saul, I pliance with your Majesty's demands impossible ?". would rather brook the stain of having been your

" Banishment frae our Court, my lord," said the concubine, than run the risk of becoming your wife. King; "frae our Court and our countenance.". But she shall be under our special protection.-Come,

"Unhappy exile that I may be !" said Lord Dal- my lords, we will ourselves see this blithesome bridal." garno, in a tone of subdued irony-"I will at least He gave the signal by rising, and moved towards the carry your Majesty's picture with me, for I shall never door, followed by the train. Lord Dalgarno attendsee such another king."

ed, speaking to none, and spoken to by no one, yet And banishment, my lord,” said the Prince, stern- seeming as easy and unembarrassed in his gait and 15, " from these our dominions.

manner as if in reality a happy bridegroom. That must be by form of law, please

your Royal They reached the Chapel by a private entrance, Highness," said Dalgarno, with an affectation of which communicated from the royal apartment. The deep respect; "and I have not heard that there is a Bishop of Winchester, in his pontifical dress, stood statute, compelling us, under such penalty, to marry beside the altar; on the other side, supported by Monevery woman we may play the fool with. Perhaps na Paula, the colourless, faded, half-lifeless form of his Grace of Buckingham can tell me ?"

the Lady Hermione, or Erminia Pauletti. Lord Dal. * You are a villain, Dalgarno," said the haughty garno bowed profoundly to her, and the Prince, oband vehement favourite.

serving the horror with which she regarded him, "Fie, my lord, fie !-to a prisoner, and in presence walked up, and said to her, with much dignity, of your royal and paternal gossip!' said Lord Dal-"Madam, ere you put yourself under the authority of garno,

But I will cut this deliberation short. Ithis man, let me inform you, he hath in the fullest dehave looked over this schedule of the goods and gree vindicated your honour, so far as concerns your etects of Erminia Pauletti, daughter of the late noble former intercourse. It is for you to consider whether -ges, he is called the noble, or I read wrong, Gio- you will put your fortune and happiness into the hands vanni Pauletti, of the House of Sansovino, in Ge- of one, who has shown himself unworthy of all trust." noa, and of the no less noble Lady Maud Olifaunt, The lady, with much difficulty, found words to make of the House of Glenvarloch-Well, I declare that I reply. "I owe to his Majesty's goodness," she said, was pre-contracted in Spain to this noble lady, and the care of providing me some reservation out of my there has passed betwixt us some certain præliba-own fortune, for my decent sustenance. The rest tio matrimonii ; and now, what more does this grave cannot be better disposed than in buying back the fair assembly require of me?"

fame of which I am deprived, and the liberty of end" Thai you should repair the gross and infamous ing my life in peace and seclusion.” wrong you have done the lady, by marrying her with- ** The contract has been drawn up," said the King, in this hour," said the Prince.

“under our own eye, specially discharging the potes"O, may it please your Royal Highness," answered tas maritalis, and agreeing they shall live separate. Dalgarno, "I have a trifling relationship with an old So buckle them, my Lord Bishop, as fast as you can, Earl, who calls himself my father, who may claim that they may sunder again the sooner.” some vote in the matter. Alas! every son is not bless- The Bishop accordingly opened his book and comed with an obedient parent!" He hazarded a slight menced the marriage-ceremony, under circumstanglance towards the throne, to give meaning to his ces so novel and so inauspicious. The responses of last words.

the bride were only expressed by inclinations of the "We have spoken ourselves with Lord Huntin- head and body; while those of the bridegroom were glen," said the King, "and are authorized to consent spoken boldly and distinctly, with a tone resembling in his name.

levity, if not scorn. When it was concluded, Lord “I could never have expected this intervention of a Dalgarno advanced as if to salute the bride, but sceproraneta, which the vulgar translate blackfoot, of ing that she drew back in fear and abhorrence, he consuch eminent dignity," said Dalgarno, scarce conceal- tented himself with making her a low bow. He then inga sneer. "And my father hath consented ? He was drew up his form to its height, and stretched himself wont to say, ere we left Scotland, that the blood of as if examining the power of his limbs, but elegantly, Huntinglen and of Glenvarloch would not mingle

, and without any forcible change of attitude. I could were they poured into the same basin. Perhaps he caper yet," he said, though I am in fetters—but they has a mind to try the experiment."'.

are of gold and lightly worn.-Well, I see all eyes My lord,” said James, we will not be longer tri- look cold on me, and it is time I should withdraw. fied with-Will you instantly, and sine mora, take this The sun shines elsewhere than in England! But first lady to your wife, in our chapel ?”

I must ask how this fair Lady Dalgarno is to be beStatim atque instanter,' answered Lord Dalgar- stowed. Methinks it is but decent I should know. no; “for I perceive by doing so, I shall obtain power Is she to be sent to the harem of my Lord Duke ? Or to render great services to the commonwealth-I shall is this worthy citizen, as before"have

acquired wealth to supply the wants of your Ma- "Hold thy base ribald tongue !" said his father, jesty, and a fair wife to be at the command of his Grace Lord Huntinglen, who had kept in the background of Buckingham."

during the ceremony, and now stepping suddenly forThe Duke rose, passed to the end of the table where ward, caught the lady by the arm, and confronted Lord Dalgarno was standing, and whispered in his her unworthy husband. --" The Lady Dalgarno,” ho ear, "You have placed a fair sister at my command continued, “shall remain as a widow in my house.

A widow I esteem her, as much as if the grave had This taunt cut deep through Lord Dalgarno's as- closed over her dishonoured husband."

ere Dow.


Lord Dalgarņo exhibited momentary symptoms of of his society. Lord Huntingļen, applying himself to extreme confusion, and said, in a submissive tone, “If comfort his new daughter-in-law, withdrew with her you, my lord, can wish me dead, I cannot, though also; and the King, with his privy-council, whom hc your heir, return the compliment. Few of the first- had not dismissed, again returned to his councilborn of Israel," he added, recovering himself from the chamber, though the hour was unusually late. Herisingle touch of emotion he had displayed, "can say ot's attendance was still commanded, but for what so much with truth. But I will convince you ere 1 reason was not explained to him. go, that I am a true descendant of a house famed for its memory of injuries."

"I marvel your Majesty will listen to him longer,"; said Prince Charles. 'Methinks we have heard

CHAPTER XXXIII. enough of his daring insolence."

I'll play the eavesdropper. But James, who took the interest of a true gossip

Richard III., Act V., Scene 3. in such a scene as was now passing, could not bear James had no sooner resumed his seat at the counto cut the controversy short, but imposed silence on cil-board, than he began to hitch in his chair, cough, his son, with "Whisht, Baby Charles-there is a good use his handkerchief, and make other intimations þairn, whisht !-I want to hear what the frontless that he meditated a long speech. The council comloon can say..

posed themselves to the beseeming degree of atten"Only, sir,” said Dalgarno, " that but for pne sintion. Charles, as strict in his notions of decorum, as gle line in this schedule, all else that it contains could his father was indifferent to it, fixed himself in an atnot have bribed me to take that woman's hand into titude of rigid and respectful attention, while the

haughty favourite, conscious of his power over both That line maun have been the summa totalis," father and son, stretched himself more easily on his said the King.

seat, and, in assuming an appearance of listening, "Not so, sire,” replied Dalgarno. "The sum total seemed to pay a debt to ceremonial rather than to duty. might indeed have been an object for consideration "I doubt not, my lords,” said the Monarch," that even to a Scottish king, at no very distant period; some of you may be thinking the hour of refection is but it would have had little charms for me, save that past, and that ii is time to ask with the slave in the I see here an entry which gives me the power of ven-comedy-Quid de symbolo?--Nevertheless, to do jusgeance over the family of Glenvarloch; and learn tice and exercise judgment is our meat and drink; from it that yonder pale bride, when she put the wed- and now we are to pray your wisdom to consider the ding torch into my hand, gave me the power of burn- case of this unhappy youth, Lord Glenvarloch, and ing, her mother's house to ashes!"

see, whether, consistently with our honour, any thing How is that ?" said the King. “What is he can be done in his favour." speaking about, Jingling Geordie ?"

"I am surprised at your Majesty's wisdom making " This friendly citizen, my liege," said Lord Dalgar, the inquiry," said the Duke; "it is plain this Dalgarno no," hath expended a sum belonging to my lady, and hath proved one of the most insolent villains on earth, now I thank heaven, to me, in acquiring a certain and it must therefore be clear, that if Lord Glenvarmortgage, or wadset, over the estate of Glenvarloch, loch had run him through the body, there would but which, if it be not redeemed before to-morrow at noon, have been out of the world a knave who had lived in will put me in possession of the fair demesnes of those it too long. I think Lord Glenvarloch hath had much who once called themselves our house's rivals." wrong; and I regret that, by the persuasions of this "Can this be true ?" said the King.

false fellow, I have myself had some hand in it." "It is even but too true, please your Majesty," an- "Ye speak like a child, Steenie-I mean my Lord swered the citizen. "The Lady Hermione having ad- of Buckingham," answered the King, "and as one vanced the money for the original creditor, I was that does not understand the logic of the schools ; obliged, in honour and honesty, so take the rights to for an action may be inconsequential or even meritoher; and, doubtless, they pass to her husband." rious, quoad hominem, that is, as touching him upon

"But the warrani, man," said the King-"the war, whom it is acted; and yet most criminal, quoad locum, rant on our Exchequer-Couldna that supply the lad or considering the place wherein it is done; as a man wi' the means of redemption ?".

may lawfully dance Chrighty Beardie or any other "Unhappily, my liege, he has lost it, or disposed of dance in a tavern, but not inter parietes ecclesiæ. So it-It is not to be found. He is the most unlucky that, though it may have been a good deed to have youth !"

sticked Lord Dalgarno, being such as he has shown "This is a proper spot of work !" said the King, be- himself

, anywhere else, yet it fell under the plain staginning to amble about and play with the points of his tute, when violence was offered within the verge of doublet and hose, in expression of dismay: "We can the Court. For, let me tell you, my lords, the statute not aid him without paying our debts twice over, and against striking would be of small use in our Court, we have, in the present state of our Exchequer, scarce if it could be eluded by justifying the person stricken the means of paying them once.'

to be a knave. It is much to be lamented that I ken "You have told me news,” said Lord Dalgarno, nae Court in Christendom where ķnaves are not to "but I will take no advantage."

be found; and if men are to break the peace under "Do not," said his father. Be a bold villain, since pretence of beating them, why, it will rain Jeddart thou must be one, and seek revenge with arms, and staves* in our very antechamber." not with the usurer's weapons.

“What your Majesty says," replied Prince Charles, "Pardon me, my lord," said Lord Dalgarno. "Pen “is marked with your usual wisdom-the precincts of and ink are now my surest means of vengeance; and palaces must be sacred as well as the persons of more land is won by the lawyer with the ram-skin, kings, which are respected even in the most barbathan by the Andrea Ferrara with his sheepshead han- rous nations, as being one step only beneath their dle. But, as I said before, I will take no advantages. divinities. But your Majesty's will can control the I will await in town to-morrow, near Covent-Gar- severity of this and every other law, and it is in your den; if any one will pay the redemption-money to power, on consideration of his case, to grant this rash my scrivener, with whom the deeds lie, the better for young man a free pardon.". Lord Glenvarloch; if not, I will go forward on the Rem acu tetigisti, Carole, mi puerule," answered next day, and travel with all despatch to the north, to the King; "and know, my lords, that we have, by a take possession."

shrewd device and gift of our own, already sounded Take a father's malison with you, unhappy the very depth of this Lord Glenvarloch's disposition. wretch!" said Lord Huntinglen.

I trow there be among you some that remember my "And a King's, who is pater patriæ," said James. handling in the curious case of my Lady Lake, and

"I trust to bear both lightly," said Lord Dal- how I trimmed them about the story of hearkening garno; and bowing around him, he withdrew; while all present, oppressed, and, as it were, overawed, by

The old-fashioned weapon called the Jeddart staff was a his determined effrontery, found they could draw species of battle-axe of a very great tempest, it is said, in the breath more freely, when he at length relieved them I common people talk of its raining cats and dogs.

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behind the arras. * Now this put me to cogitation, sanguis in herba, did put her to the very question, she and I remembered me of having read that Dionysius, was compelled to own a virtuous attachment for King of Syracuse, whom historians call Túpavvos, Glenvarlochides, in such a pretty passion of shame which signifieth not in the Greek tongue, as in ours, and fear, that we had much ado to keep our own a truculent usurper, but a royal king who governs, it eyes from keeping company with hers in weeping. may be, something more strictly than we and other Also, she laid before us the false practices of this Dal lawful monarchs, whom the ancients termed Baoilsis garno towards Glenvarlochides, inveigling him into - Now this Dionysius of Syracuse caused cunning houses of ill resort, and giving him evil counsel under workmen to build for himself a lugg-D'ye ken what pretext of sincere friendship, whereby the inexperithat is, my Lord Bishop ?”

enced lad was led to do what was prejudicial to him"A cathedral, I presume to guess," answered the self, and offensive to us. But, however prettily she Bishop.

told her tale, we determined not altogether to trust to "What the deil, man-I crave your lordship's par- her narration, but rather to try the experiment whilk don for swearing-but it was no cathedral-only a we had devised for such occasions. And having ourlurking-place called the king's lugg, or ear, where he selves speedily passed from Greenwich to the Tower, could sit undescried, and hear the converse of his pri- we constituted ourselves eavesdropper, as it is called, soners. Now, sirs, in imitation of this Dionysius, to observe what should pass between Glenvarlochides whom I took for my pattern, the rather that he was and this page, whom we caused to be admitted to his a great linguist and grammarian, and taught a school apartment, well judging that if they were of counsel with good applause after his abdication, (either he or together to deceive us, it could not be but something his successor of the same name, it matters not whilk) of it would spunk out-And what think ye we sau, -I have caused them to make a lugg up at the state- my lords ?-Naething for you to sniggle and laugh at, prison of the Tower yonder, more like a pulpit than a Steenie-for I question if you could have played the cathedral, my Lord Bishop-and communicating with temperate and Christian-like part of this poor lad the arras behind the Lieutenant's chamber, where we Glenvarloch. He might be a Father of the Church may sit and privily hear the discourse of such prison- in comparison of you, man.-And then, to try his paers as are pent up there for state-offences, and so tience yet farther, we loosed on him a courtier and a creep into the very secrets of our enemies."

citizen, that is Sir Mungo Malagrowther andour serThe Prince cast a glance towards the Duke, ex- vant George Heriot here, whadang the poor lad about, pressive of great vexation and disgust. Buckingham and didna greatly spare our royal selves.-You mind, shrugged his shoulders, but the motion was so slight Geordie, what you said about the wives and concuas to be almost imperceptible.

bines ? but I forgie ye, man-nae need of kneeling, I "Weel, my lords, ye ken the fray at the hunting forgie ye—the readier that it regards a certain partithis morning-I shall not get out of the trembling cular, whilk, as it added not much to Solomon's creexies until I have a sound night's sleep-just after dit, the lack of it cannot be said 10 impinge on ours. thai, they bring ye in a pretty page that had been Aweel, my lords, for all temptation of sore distress found in the Park. We were warned against exami- and evil ensample, this poor lad never loosed his ning him ourselves by the anxious care of those around tongue on us to say one unbecoming word, which us; nevertheless, holding our life ever at the service inclines us the rather, acting always by your wise of these kingdoms, we commanded all to avoid the advice, to treat this affair of the Park as a thing done room, the rather that we suspected this boy to be a in the heat of blood, and under strong provocation, girl. What think ye, my lords?-few of you would and therefore to confer our free pardon on Lord Glenhave thought I had a hawk's eye for sic gear; but we varloch." thank God, that though we are old, we know so much "I am happy your gracious Majesty," said the Duke of such toys as may beseem a man of decent gravity. of Buckingham, "has arrived at that conclusion, Weel, my lords, we questioned this maiden in male though I could never have guessed at the road by attire ourselves, and I profess it was a very pretty in which you attained it." terrogatory, and well followed. For, though she at “I trust," said Prince Charles, "that it is not a path first professed that she assumed this disguise in order which your Majesty will think it consistent with your to countenance the woman who should present us high dignity to tread frequently." with the Lady Hermione's petition, for whom she "Never while I live again, Baby Charles, that I give professed entire affection; yet when we, suspecting you my royal word on. They say that hearkeners

* Whether out of a meddling propensity common to all who hear ill tales of themselves by my saul, my very Aave a gossiping disposition, or from the love of justice, which ears are tingling wi' that auld sorrow Sir Mungo's ought to make part of a prince's character, James was very fond sarcasms. He called us close-fisted, Steenie-I am of inquiring personally into the causes celebres which occurred daring his reign. In the imposture of the Boy of Bilson, who

sure you can contradict that. But it is mere envy pretended to be possessed, and of one Richard Haydock, a poor in the auld mutilated sinner, because he himself has scholar, who pretended to preach during his sleep, the King, to neither a noble to hold in his loof, nor fingers to close with the line of his understanding, the depth of these brutish Sir Mungo's irreverence in chuckling over his own use the historian Wilson's expression, look delight in sounding on it if he had." Here the King lost recollection of he was endowed by Nature. Lady Lake's story consisted in wit, and only farther alluded to it by saying—“We a clamorous complaint against the Countess of Exeter, whom must give the old maunderer bos in linguam-someshe accused of a purpose to put to death Lady Lake herself, and thing to stop his mouth, or he will rail at us from Dan her daughter, Lady Ross, the wife of the Countess's own son. in-law, Lord Ross ; and a forged letter was produced, in which

to Beersheba.--And now, my lords, let our warrant Lady Exeter was made to acknowledge such a purpose. The of mercy to Lord Glenvarlocú be presently expedited, account given of the occasion of obtaining this letter, was, that and he put to his freedom; and as his estate is likely it had been written by the Countess at Wimbledon, iu presence to go so sleaveless a gate, we will consider what of Lady Lake and her daughter, Lady Ross, being designed to procure their forgiveness for her mischievous intention. The

means of favour we can show him.-My lords, I wish King remained still unsatisfied, the writing, in his opinion, bear- you an appetite to an early supper-for our labours ing strong marks of forgery. Lady Lake and her

daughter then have approached that term.-Baby Charles and Steealleged, that, besides their own attestation, and that of a con: nie, you will remain till our couchee.--My Lord Bishop, had written the confession, their story might also be supported you will be pleased to stay to bless our meat.-Georby the oath of their waiting-maid, who had been placed behind die Heriot, a word with you apart." the hangings at the time the letter was written, and heard the Countess of Exeter read over the confession after she had signed while the counsellors, those excepted who had been

His Majesty then drew the citizen into a corner, while hunting one day near Wimbledon, the scene of the alleged commanded to remain, made their obeisance, and confession, suddenly left his sport, and, galloping hastily to withdrew. "Geordie," said the King, “my good and Wimbledon, in order to examine personally the room, discovered, trusty servant”-Here he busied his fingers much bald not have taken place in the manner sworn to ; and that with the points and ribands of his dress, -"Ye see the tapestry of the chamber, which had remained in the same that we have granted, from our own natural sense of state for thirty years, was too short by two feet, and, therefore right and justice, that which yon long-backed fallow, could not have concealed any one behind it. This matter was Moniplies I think they ca' him, proffered to purchase of shrewd investigation. The parties were punished in the star from

us with a mighty bribe; whilk we refused, as Chamber by fine and imprisonment.

I being a crowned King, who wad neither sell our jus

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