Page images
PDF
EPUB

There was another pause, when the young Scot, "It is all the better," said Quentin to himself, his with a view of still farther investigating the character spirit rising with the apprehended difficulties of his and purpose of this suspicious guide, asked Hayrad-situation; that lovely young lady shall owe all to din, Whether it was not true that his people, amid me.--- What one hand-ay, and one head can do, their ignorance, pretended to a knowledge of futurity, methinks I can boldly count upon. I have seen my which was not given to the sages, philosophers, and father's house on fire, and he and my brothers lying divines, of more polished society?!!!

dead amongst the flames—I gave not an inch back, "We pretend to it," said Hayraddin, "and it is with but fought it out to the last

. Now I am two years justice.'

older, and have the best and fairest cause to bear me "How can it be, that so high a gift is bestowed on well, that ever kindled mettle within a brave man's so abject a race?' said Quentin.

bosom." "Can I tell you?" answered Hayraddin-"Yes, I Acting upon this resolution, the attention and acmay indeed; but it is when you shall explain to me tivity which Quentin bestowed during the journey, why the dog can trace the footsteps of a man, while had in it something that gave him the appearance of man, the nobler animal, hath not power to trace those ubiquity. His principal and most favourite post was of the dog. These powers, which seem to you so of course by the side of the ladies; who, sensible of wonderful, are instinctive in our race. From the lines his extreme attention to their safety, began to conon the face and on the hand, we can tell the future verse with him in almost the tone of familiar friendfate of those who consult us, even as surely as you ship, and appeared to take great pleasure in the naiteta, know from the blossom of the tree in spring, what yet shrewdness, of his conversation. But Quenfruit it will bear in the harvest."

tin did not suffer the fascination of this intercourso "I doubt of your knowledge, and defy you to the to interfere with the vigilant discharge of his duty. proof.”

If he was often by the side of the Countesses, la" Defy me not, Sir Squire," said Hayraddin Mau- bouring to describe to the natives of a level country grabin—"I can tell you, that, say what you will of the Grampian mountains, and, above all, the beauties your religion, the Goddess whom you worship rides in of Glen-houlakin,- he was as often riding with Hayibis company."

raddin, in the front of the cavalcade, questioning him “Peace!" said Quentin, in astonishment;, "on thy about the road, and the resting-places, and recording life, not a word farther, but in answer to what I ask his answers in his mind, to ascertain whether upon thee.-Canst thou be faithful ?''

cross-examination he could discover any thing like "I can-all men can,” said the Bohernian. meditated treachery. As often again he was in the “But wilt thou be faithful ?”.

rear, endeavouring to secure the attachment of the "Wouldst thou believe me the more should I swear two horsemen, by kind words, gifts, and promises of it?" answered Ma'grabin, with a sneer.

additional recompense, when their task should be " Thy life is in my hand,” said the young

Scot. accomplished. "Strike, and see whether I fear to die," answered In this way they travelled for more than a week, the Bohemian.

through by-paths and unfrequented districts, and by "Will money render thee a trusty guide ?" de circuitous routes, in order to avoid large towns. Nomanded Durward.

thing remarkable occurred, though they now and "If I be not such without it, No," replied the heathen. then met strolling gangs of Bohemians, who respect"Then what will bind thee ?" asked the Scot. ed them, as under the conduct of one of their tribe, "Kindness," replied the Bohemian.

straggling soldiers, or perhaps banditti, who deemed "Shall I swear to show thee such, if thou art true their party too strong to be attacked, -or parties of guide to us on this pilgrimage ?"

the Marechaussée, as they would now be termed, "No," replied Hayraddin, “it were extravagant whom Louis, who searched the wounds of the land waste of a commodiiy so rare. To thee I am bound with

steel and cautery, employed to suppress the disalready."

orderly bands which infested the interior. These last How!" exclaimed Durward, more surprised than suffered them to pursue their way unmolested, by ever.

virtue of a pass-word, with which Quentin had been "Remember the chestnut-trees on the banks of the furnished for that purpose by the King himself. Cher! The victim, whose body thou didst cut down, Their resting-places were chiefly the monasteries, was my brother, Zamet, the Maugrabin.”

most of which were obliged by the rules of their foun"And yet," said Quentin, "I find you in correspond-dation to receive pilgrims, under which character the ence with those very officers by whom your brother ladies travelled, with hospitality, and without any was done to death; for it was one of them who di- troublesome inquiries into their rank and character, rected me where to meet with you—the same, doubt, which most persons of distinction were desirous of less, who procured yonder ladies your services as a concealing

while in the discharge of their vows. The guide."

pretence of weariness was usually employed by the "What can we do?" answered Hayraddin, gloom-Countesses of Croye, as an excuse for instantly reily-"These men deal with us as the sheep-dogs do tiring to rest, and Quentin, as their Major Domo, with the flock; they protect us for a while, drive us arranged all that was necessary betwixt them and hither and thither at their pleasure, and always end their entertainers, with a shrewdness which saved by guiding us to the shambles."

them all trouble, and an alacrity that failed not to Quentin had afterwards occasion to learn that the excite a corresponding degree of good-will on the Bohemian spoke truth in this particular, and that the part of those who were thus sedulously attended to. Provost-guard, employed to suppress the vagabond One circumstance gave Quentin peculiar trouble, bands by which the kingdom was infested, entertained which was the character and nation of his guide; correspondence among them, and forbore, for a cer- who, as a heathen, and an infidel vagabond, addict tain time, the exercise of their duty, which always ated besides to occult arts, (the badge of all his tribe,) last ended in conducting their allies to the gallows. was often looked upon a very improper guest

This is a sort of political relation between thief and for the holy resting-places at which the company officer, for the profitable exercise of their mutual pro- usually haited, and was not in consequence admitted fessions, which has subsisted in all countries, and is within even the outer circuit of their walls, save with by no means unknown to our own.

extreme reluctance. This was very embarrassing; Durward, parting from the guide, fell back to the for, on the one hand, it was necessary to keep in rest of the retinue, very little satisfied with the cha- good humour a man who was possessed of the secret racter of Hayraddin, and entertaining little confi- of their expedition; and on the other, Quentin deemed dence in the professions of gratitude which he had it indispensable to maintain a vigilant though secret personally made to him. He proceeded to sound the watch on Hayraddin's conduct, in order that, as far other two men who had been assigned him for at- as might be, he should hold no communication with tendants, and he was concerned to find them stupid, any one without being observed. This of course was and as unfit to assist him with counsel, as in the ren- impossible, if the Bohemian was lodged without the counter they had shown themselves reluctant to use precincts of the convent at which they stopped, and ibeir weapons.

Durwurd could not help thinking that Hayraddin

was desirous of bringing about this latter arrange-Nevertheless, to render you, who seem an ingenuous
ment; for, instead of keeping himself still and quiet youth, and your ladies, who are devout votaresses
in the quarters allotted to him, his conversation, accomplishing a holy pilgrimage the little service
tricks, and songs, were at the same time so enter that is in my power, I will be plain with you."
taining to the novices and younger brethren, and so He then looked cautiously round, and lowered his
unedifying in the opinion of the seniors of the frater- voice, as if afraid of being overheard.
nity, that, in more cases than one, it required all the "The people of Liege," he said, "are privily insti-
authority, supported by threats, which Quentin could gated to their frequent mutinies by men of Belial, who
exert over him, to restrain his irreverent and nntime pretend, but, as I hope, falsely, to have commission
ous jocularity, and all the interest he could make to that effect from our most Christian King; whom,
with the Superiors, to prevent the heathen hound however, I hold to deserve that term better than were
from being thrust out of doors. He succeeded, how; consistent with his thus disturbing the peace of a
ever, by the adroit manner in which he apologized neighbouring state. Yet so it is, that his name is
for the acts of indecorum committed by their atten- freely used by those who uphold and inflame the dis-
dant, and the skill with which he hinted the hope of contents at Liege. There is, moreover, in the land, a
his being brought to a better sense of principles and nobleman of good descent, and fame in warlike af
behaviour, by the neighbourhood of holy relics, con- fairs; but otherwise, so to speak, Lapis offensionis
secrated buildings, and, above all, of men dedicated et petra scandali,--a stumbling-block of offence to
to religion.

the countries of Burgundy and Flanders. His name
But upon the tenth or twelfth day of their journey, is William de la Marck."
after they had entered Flanders, and were approach "Called William with the Beard,” said the young
ing the town of Namur, all the efforts of Quentin be- Scot, "or the Wild Boar of Ardennes ?"
came inadequate to suppress the consequences of the..."And rightly so called, my son," said the Prior;
scandal given by his heathen guide. The scene was “because he is as the wild boar of the forest, which
a Franciscan convent, and of a strict and reformed treadeth down with his hoofs, and rendeth with his
order, and the Prior a man who afterwards died in the tusks. And he hath formed to himself a band of
odour of sanctity. After rather more than the usual more than a thousand men, all, like himself, con-
scruples (which were indeed in such a case to be ex- temners of civil and ecclesiastical authority, and
pected) had been surmounted, the obnoxious Bohe- holds himself independent of the Duke of Burgundy,
mian at length obtained quarters in an out-house in- and maintains himself and his followers by rapine
habited by a lay-brother, who acted as gardener, and wrong, wrought without distinction, upon church-
The ladies retired to their apartment, as usual, and men and laymen. Imposuit

manus in Christos Dothe Prior, who chanced to have some distant alli- mini-he hath

stretched forth his hand upon the ances and friends in Scotland, and who was fond of anointed of the Lord, regardless of what is written, hearing foreigners tell of their native countries, invi- - 'Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no ted Quentin, with whose mien and conduct he seem- wrong.'-Even to our poor house did he send for ed much pleased, to a slight monastic refection in sums of gold and sums of silver, as a ransom for our his own cell. Finding the Father a man of intelli-lives, and those of our brethren; to which we regence, Quentin did not neglect the opportunity of turned a Latin supplication, stating our inability to making himself acquainted with the state of affairs answer his demand, and exhorting him in the words in the country of Liege, of which, during the last two of the preacher, Ne moliaris amico tuo malum, cum days of their journey, he had heard such reports, as habet in te fiduciam. Nevertheless, this Gulielmus made him very apprehensive for the security of his Barbatus, this William de la Marck, as completely charge during the remainder of their route, nay, even ignorant of humane letters as of humanity itself, reof the Bishop's power to protect them, when they plied, in his ridiculous jargon. 'Si non payatis, brushould be safely conducted to his residence. The labo monasterium vestrum.' replies of the Prior were not very consolatory. "Of which rude Latin, however, you, my good fa

He said, that the people of Liege were wealthy ther," said the youth," were at no loss to conceive burghers, who, like Jeshurun of old, had waxed fat the meaning ?" and kicked-that they were uplifted in heart because "Alas, my son," said the Prior, "Fear and Neof their wealth and their privileges--that they had cessity are shrewd interpreters; and we were obliged divers disputes with the Duke of Burgundy, their to melt down the silver vessels of our altar to satisfy liege lord, upon the subject of imposts and immuni- the rapacity of this cruel chief-May Heaven requite ties-and that they had repeatedly broken out into it to him seven-fold! Pereat improbus-Amen, open mutiny, whereat the Duke was so much incen- amen, anathema esto!"" sed, as being a man of a hot and fiery nature, that "I marvel,” said Quentin, "that the Duke of Burhe had sworn, by Saint George, on the next provo-gundy, who is so strong and powerful, doth not bait cation, he would make the city of Liege like to the this boar to purpose, of whose ravages I have already desolation of Babylon, and the downfall of Tyre, a heard so much." hissing and a reproach to the whole territory of "Alas! my son," said the Prior," the Duke Charles Flanders."

is now at Peronne, assembling his captains of hun"And he is a prince, by all report, likely to keep dreds and his captains of thousands, to make war such a vow," said Quentin; "so the men of Liege against France; and thus, while Heaven hath set will probably beware how they give him occasion." discord between the hearts of those great princes,

"It were to be so hoped," said the Prior; "and the country is misused by such subordinate oppresssuch are the prayers of the godly in the land, who ors. But it is an evil time that the Duke neglects would not that the blood of the citizens were poured the cure of these internal gangrenes; for this Wilforth like water, and that they should perish, even as liam de la Marck hath of late entertained open comutter castaways, ere they make their peace with munication with Rouslaer and Pavillon, the chiefs of Heaven. Also the good Bishop labours night and the discontented at Liege, and it is to be feared he day to preserve peace, as well becometh a servant of will soon stir them up to some desperate enterprise." the altar; for it is written in holy scripture, Beati But the Bishop of Liege," said Quentin, "he hath pacifici. But" -here the good Prior stopped, with still power enough to subdue this disquietude and a deep sigh.

turbulent spirit-hath he not, good father?--Your Quentin modestly urged the great importance of answer to this question concerns me much." which it was to the ladies whom he attended, to have "The Bishop, my child," replied the Prior, "hath some assured information respecting the internal the sword of Saint Peter, as well as the keys. He state of the country,

and what an act of Christian hath power as a secular prince, and he hath the procharity it would be, if the worthy and reverend Fa-tection of the mighty House of Burgundy; he hath ther would enlighten them upon that subject. also spiritual authority as a prelate, and he supports

"It is one," said the Prior," on which no man
speaks with willingness; for those who speak evil A similar story is told of the Duke of Vendome, who an-
of the powerful, etiam in cubiculo, may find that a tions of a German convent against the imposition

of a contri

swered in this sort of macaronic Latin the classical expostulawinged thing, shall carry the matter to his ears. I bution.

[graphic]
[ocr errors][ocr errors]

THE ESPIED SPY.

both with a reasonable force of good soldiers and under this; for whatever were the Bohemian's defmen-at-arms. This William de la Marck was bred ciencies, he lacked neither sense, nor, when he pleain his household, and bound to him by many benefits. sed, self-command; and might it not be probable that But he gave vent, even in the court of the Bishop, to he wished to hold some communication, either with his fierce and blood-thirsty temper, and was expelled his own horde or some one else, from which he was thence for a homicide, committed on one of the Bidebarred in the course of the day, by the vigilance shop's chief domestics. From thenceforward, being with which he was watched by Quentin, and had banished from the good Prelate's presence, he hath recourse to this stratagem in order to get himself been his constant and unrelenting foe; and now, I turned out of the convent? grieve to say, he hath girded his loing, and strength- No sooner did this suspicion dart once more ened his horn against him.

through Durward's mind, than, alert as he always "You consider, then, the situation of the worthy was in his motions, he resolved to follow his cudPrelate as being dangerous ?" said Quentin, very gelled guide, and observe (secretly if possible, how he anxiously.

disposed of himself. Accordingly, when the Bohemi"Alas! my son," said the good. Franciscan, "what an fled, as already mentioned out at the gate of the or who is there in this weary wilderness, whom we convent, Quentin, hastily explaining to the Prior the may not hold as in danger? But Heaven forefend, i necessity of keeping sight of his guide, followed in should speak of the reverend Prelate as one whose pursuit of him. peril is imminent. He has much treasure, true counsellors, and brave soldiers; and, moreover, a messenger who passed hither to the eastward yesterday,

CHAPTER XVII. saith that the Duke of Burgundy hath dispatched, upon the Bishop's request, an hundred men-at-arms to his assistance. This reinforcement, with the reti- What, the rude ranger ? and spied spy ?-hands offnue belonging to each lance, are enough to deal with You are for no such rustics. William de la Marck, on whose name be sorrow!

BEN JONSON's Tale of Robin Hood. Amen."

WHEN Quentin sallied from the convent, he could At this crisis their conversation was interrupted mark the precipitate retreat of the Bohemian, whose by the Sacristan, who, in a voice almost inarticulate dark figure was seen in the far moonlight, flying with with anger, accused the Bohemian of having prac- the speed of a flogged hound quite through the street tised the most abominable arts of delusion among of the little village, and across the level meadow tha: the younger brethren. He had added to their nightly lay beyond. meal cups of a heady and intoxicating cordial, of ten "My friend runs fast," said Quentin to himself; times the strength of the most powerful wine, under "but he must run faster yet, to escape the fleetest foot which several of the fraternity had succumbed, - that ever pressed the heather of Glen-houlakin." and indeed, although the Sacristan had been strong Being fortunately without his cloak and armour, to resist its influence, they might yet

see, from his in the Scottish mountaineer was at liberty to put forth famed countenance and thick speech, that even he, a speed which was unrivalled in his own glens, and the accuser himself, was in some degree affected by which, notwithstanding the rate at which the Bohethis unhallowed potation. Moreover, the Bohemian mian ran, was likely soon to bring his pursuer up with had sung songs of worldly vanity and impure plea- him. This was not, however, Quentin's object; for sures; he had derided the cord of Saint

Francis, made he considered it more essential to watch Hayraddin's jest of his miracles, and termed his votaries fools and motions, than to interrupt them. He was the rather lazy knaves. Lastly, he had practised palmistry, led to this, by the steadiness with which the Bohemian and foretold to the young Father Cherubin, that he directed his course; and which continuing, even after was beloved by a beautiful lady, who should make the impulse of the violent expulsion had subsided, him father to a thriving boy.

seemed to indicate that his career had some more The Father Prior listened to these complaints for certain goal for its object than could have suggested some time in silence, as struck with mute horror by itself to a person unexpectedly turned out of good their enormous atrocity. When the Sacristan had quarters when midnight was approaching, to seek a concluded, he rose up, descended to the court of the new place of repose. He never even looked behind convent, and ordered the lay brethren, on pain of the him; and consequently Durward was enabled to folworst consequences of spiritual disobedience, to beat low him unobserved. At length the

Bohemian having Hayraddin out of the sacred precincts, with their traversed the meadow, and attained the side of a little broom-staves and cart-whips.

stream, the banks of which were clothed with alders This sentence was executed accordingly, in the and willows, Quentin observed that he stood still, presence of Quentin Durward, who, however vexed and blew a low note on his horn, whicb was anat the occurrence, easily saw that his interference swered by a whistle at some little distance. would be of no avail.

"This is a rendezvous," thought Quentin; "but The discipline inflicted upon the delinquent, not- how shall I come near enough to overhear the import withstanding the exhortations of the Superior, was of what passes ? the

sound of my steps, and the rustmore ludicrous than formidable. The Bohemian ran ling of the boughs through which I must force my hither and thịther through the court, amongst the passage, will betray me, unless I am cautious--I will clamour of voices, and noise of blows, some of which stalk them, by Saint Andrew, as if they were Glenreached him not, because purposely misaimed; isla deer-they shall learn that I have not conned others, sincerely designed for his person, were eluded woodcraft for nought. Yonder they meet, the two by his activity; and the few that fell upon his back shadows-and two of them there are-odds against and shoulders, he took without either complaint or me if I am discovered, and if their purpose be unreply. The noise and riot was the greater, that the friendly, as is much to be doubted. And then the inexperienced cudgel-players, among whom Hayrad- Countess Isabelle loses her poor friend!Well-and din ran the gauntlet, hit each other more frequently he were not worthy to be called such, if he were not than they did him ; till at length, desirous of ending ready to meet a dozen in her behalt.-Have I not a scene which was more scandalous than edifying, crossed swords with Dunois, the best knight in the Prior commanded the wicket to be flung open, France, and shall I fear a tribe of yonder vagabonds ? and the Bohemian, darting through it with the speed -Pshaw-God and Saint Andrew to friend, they will of lightning, fled forth into the moonlight.

find me both stout and wary." During this scene, a suspicion which Durward Thus resolving, and with a degree of caution taught had formerly entertained, recurred with additional him by his sylvan habits, our friend descended into strength. Hayraddin had, that very morning, pro- the channel of the little stream, which varied in depth, mised to him more modest and discreet behaviour sometimes scarce covering his shoes, sometimes cothan he was wont to exhibit, when they rested in a ming up to his knees, and so crept along, his form convent on their journey; yet he had broken his en- concealed by the boughs overhanging the bank, and gagement, and had been even more offensively ob- his steps unheard amid the ripple of the water. We strcperous than usual. Something probably lurked I have ourselves, in the days of yore, thus approached the nest of the wakeful raven.) In this manner, the "Poz tausend !" said the soldier," we are as strong Scot drew near unperceived, until he distinctly heard and stronger; þut we hear of a hundreds of the lances the voices of those who were the subject of his obser- of Burgund, das ist,---see you,-five men to a lance vation, though he could not distinguish the words. do make five hundreds, and then hold me the devil, Being at this time under the drooping branches of a they will be fainer to seek for us, than we to seek for magnificent weeping willow, which almost swept the them; for der Bischoff hath a goot force on footingsurface of the water, he caught hold of one of its ay, indeed!" boughs, by the assistance of which, exerting at once You must then hold to the anıbuscade at the much agility, dexterity, and strength, he raised him- Cross of the Three Kings, or give up the adventure,” self up into the body of the tree, and sat, secure from said the Bohemian. discovery, among the central branches.

“Geb up--geb up the adventure of the rich bride for From this situation he could discover that the per- our noble hauptman-Teufel ! I will charge through son with whom Hayraddin was now conversing was hell first.-Men soul, we will be all princes and hertone of his own tribe, and, at the same time, he per- zogs, whom they call dukes, and we will hab a snab ceived, to his great disappointment, that no approxi- at the wein-kellar, and at the mouldy French crowns, mation could enable him to comprehend their lan- and it may be at the pretly garces too, when He with guage, which was totally unknown to him. They de beard is weary on them. laughed much; and as Hayraddin made a sign of "The ambuscade at the Cross of the Three Kings skipping about, and ended by rubbing his shoulder then still holds ?" said the Bohemian. with his hand, Durward had no doubt that he was "Mein Got, ay, --you will swear to bring them relating the story of the bastinading which he had there; and when they are on their knees before the sustained previous to his escape from the convent. cross, and down from off their horses, which all men

On a sudden, a whistle was again heard in the dis- do, except such black heathens as thou, we will make tance, which was once more answered by a low tone in on them, and they are ours." or two of Hayraddin's horn. Presently afterwards, a "Ay; but I promised this piece of necessary vil; tall, stout, soldierly-looking man, a strong contrast lany only on one condition," said Hayraddin.-"I in point of thewes and sinews to the small and slen- will not have a hair of the young man's head touched. der-limbed Bohemians, made his appearance. He if you swear this to me, by your Three dead Men of had a broad baldric over his shoulder, which sus- Cologne, I will swear to you, by the Seven Night tained a sword that hung almost across his person; Walkers, that I will serve you truly as to the rest. his hose were much slashed, through which slashes And if you break your oath, the Night Walkers shall was drawn silk or tiffany, of various colours; they wake you seven nights from your sleep, between were tied by at least five hundred points or strings: night and morning, and, on the eighth, they shall made of ribbon, to the right buff-jacket which he strangle and devour you.' wore, and the right sleeve of which displayed a silver "But, donner and hagel, what need you be so cuboar's head, the crest of his Captain. A very small rious about the life of this boy, who is neither your hat sat jauntily on one side of his head, from which bloot nor kin?" said the German. descended a quantity of curled hair, which fell on each “No matter for that, honest Heinrick; some men side of a broad face, and mingled with as broad a have pleasure in cutting throats, some in keeping beard, about four inches long. He held a long lance them whole So swear to me, that you will spare him in his hand; and his whole equipment was that of life and limb, or, by the bright star Aldeboran, this one of the German adventurers, who were known by matter shall go no further-Swear, and by the Three the naine of lanzknechts, in English, spearmen, who Kings, as you call them, of Cologne-I know you constituted a formidable part of the infantry of the care for no other oath." period. These mercenaries were, of course, a fierce "Du bist ein comische man," said the lanzknecht, and rapacious soldiery, and having an idle tale cur- "I swearrent among themselves, that a lanzknecht was re- "Not yet,” said the Bohemian-"Faces about, fused admittance into heaven on account of his vices, brave lanzknecht, and look to the east, else the Kings and into hell on the score of his tumultuous, muti- may not hear you." nous, and insubordinate disposition, they manfully The soldier took the oath in the manner prescribed, acted as if they neither sought the one, nor eschewed and then declared that he would be in readiness, obthe other.

serving the place was quite convenient, being scarce 'Donner and blitz!" was his first salutation, in a five miles from their present leaguer, sort of German-French, which we can only imper- “But, were it not making sure work to have a fahnfectly imitate, "Why have you kept me dancing in lein of riders on the other road, by the left side of the attendance dis dree nights?'

inn, which might trap them if they go that way?". "I could not see you sooner, Meinherr," said Hay- The Bohemian considered a moinent, and then anraddin, very submissively; "there is a young Scot, swered, “No-the appearance of their troops in that with as quick an eye as the wild-cat, who watches direction might alarm the garrison of Namur, and my least motions. He suspects me already, and, then they would have a doubtful fight, instead of asshould he find his suspicion confirmed, I were a dead sured success. Besides, they shall travel on the right man on the spot, and he would carry back the women bank of the Maes, for I can guide them which way. I into France again."

will; for, sharp as this same Scottish mountaineer is, "Was henker!" said the lanzknecht; "we are three he hath never asked any one's advice, save mine, upon -we will attack them to-morrow, and carry the wo- the direction of their route.-Undoubtedly, I was asmen off without going farther. You said the two valets signed to him by an assured friend, whose word no were cowards--you and your comrade may manage man mistrusts till they come to know him a little.". them, and the Teufel sall' hold me, but I match your "Hark ye, friend Hayraddin," said the soldier, TMI Scots wild-cat."

would ask you somewhat.-You and your bruder "You will find that foolhardy,” said Hayraddin; were, as you say yourself, gross sternen-deuter, that "for, besides that we ourselves count not much in is, star-lookers and geister-seers-Now, what henker fighting, this spark hath matched

himself with the was it made you not foresee him, your bruder Zamet, best knight in France, and come off with honour to be hanged?" have seen those who saw him press Dunois hard "I will tell you, Heinrick," said Hayraddin ;-"IfI enough."

could have known my brother was such a fool as to "Hagel and sturmwetter! It is but your coward tell the counsel of King Louis to Duke Charles of ice that speaks," said the German soldier.

Burgundy, I could have foretold his death as sure as I "I am no more a coward than yourself,”

said Hay- can foreteli fair weather in July. Louis hath both ears raddin; but my trade is not fighting. If you keep and hands at the Court of Burgundy, and Charles's the appointment where it was laid, it is well-if not, counsellors love the chink of French gold as well as

guide them safely to the Bishop's Palace, and Wilthou dost the clatter of a wine-pot.-But fare thee bam ae la Marck may easily possess himself of them well

, and keep appointment-I must await my early there, provided he is half as strong as he pretended a Scot a bow-shot without the gate of the den of the week since."

I lazy swine yonder, elso will he think me about some journey."

excursion which bodes no good to the success of his his embracing the office with ready glee and devo

tion, they had, in the same spirit, permitted him to “ Take a draught of comfort first,” said the lanz- kiss both their hands on that confidential and hoknecht, tendering him a fask, -" but I forget; thou nourable appointment. Nay, he thought that the art beast enough to drink nothing but water, like a hand of the Countess Isabelle, one of the best formed vile vassal of Mahound and Termagund."

and most beautiful to which true vassal ever did such "Thou art thyself a vassal of the wine-measure homage trembled when his lips rested on it a moment and the flagon," said the Bohemian, — "I marvel not longer than ceremony required, and that some confuthat thou art only trusted with the bloodthirsty and sion appeared on her cheek and in her eye as she violent part of executing what better heads have de- withdrew it. Something might come of all this; and vised. - He must drink no wine, who would know the what brave man, at Quentin Burward's age, but would thoughts of others, or hide his own. But why preach gladly have taken the thoughts which it awakened, to thee, who hast a thirst as eternal as a sand-bank into ihe considerations which were to determine his in Arabia ?-Fare thee well. – Take my comrade conduct ? Tuisco with thee-his appearance about the monas- This point settled, he had next to consider in what tery may breed suspicion."

degree he was to use the further guidance of the The two worthies parted, after each had again faithless Bohemian. He had renounced his first pledged himself to keep the rendezvous at the Cross thought of killing him in the wood, and if he took anof the Three Kings.

other guide, and dismissed him alive, it would be senQuentin Durward watched until they were out of ding the traitor to the camp of William de la Marck, sight, and then descended from his place of con- with intelligence of their motions. He thoughi cealment, his heart throbbing at the narrow escape of taking the Prior into his counsels, and requesting which he and his fair charge had made, if indeed, it him to detain the Bohemian by force, until they could yet be achieved-from a deep-laid plan of vil should have time to reach the Bishop's castle; buh, lany. Afraid, on his return to the monastery, of on reflection, he dared not hazard such a proposition stumbling upon Hayraddin, he made a long detour, to one who was timid both as an old man and a friar, at the expenseof traversing some very rough ground, who held the safety of his convent the most importand was thus enabled to return to his asylum on a ant object of his duty, and who trembled at the mendifferent point from that by which he left it.

tion of the Wild Boar of Ardennes. On the route, he communed earnestly with himself At length Durward settled a plan of operation, on concerning the safest plan to be pursued. He had which he could the better reckon, as the execution restformed the resolution, when he first heard Hayraddin ed entirely upon himself; and, in the cause in which avow his treachery, to put him to death so soon as he was engaged, he felt himself capable of every the conference broke up, and his companions were at thing. With a firm and bold heart, though cona sufficient distance; but when he heard the Bohe- scious of the dangers of his situation, Quentin might mian express so much interest in saving his own life, be compared to one walking under a load, of ihe he felt it would be ungrateful to execute upon him, in weight of which he is conscious, but which yet is not its rigour, the punishment his treachery had deserved. beyond his strength and power of endurance. Just He therefore resolved to spare his lífe, and even if as his plan was determined, he reached the conpossible, still to use his services as a guide, under vent. such precautions as should ensure the security of the Upon knocking gently at the gate, a brother, conprecious charge, to the preservation of which his own siderately stationed for that purpose by the Prior, life was internally devoted.

opened it, and acquainted him that the brethren were to But whither were they to turn-the Countesses of be engaged in the choir till daybreak, praying Heaven Croye could neither obtain shelter in Burgundy, from to forgive to the community the various scandals which they had fled, nor in France, from which they, which had that evening taken place among them. had been in a manner expelled. The violence of The worthy friar offered Quentin permission to Duke Charles in the one country, was scarcely more attend their devotions; but his clothes were in such to be feared than the cold and tyrannical policy of a wet condition, that the young Scot was obliged to King Louis in the other. After deep, thought, Dur- decline the opportunity, and request permission, inward could form no better or safer plan for their se- stead, to sit by the kitchen fire, in order to his attire curity, than that, evading the ambuscade, they should being dried before morning; as he was particularly take the road to Liege by the left hand of the Maes, desirous that the Bohemian, when they should next and throw themselves, as the ladies originally, de- meet, should observe no traces of his having been signed, upon the protection of the excellent Bishop. abroad during the night. The friar not only granted That Prelate's will to protect them could not be his request, but afforded him his own company, which doubted, and, if reinforced by this Burgundian party fell in very happily with the desire which Durward of men-at-arms, he might be considered as having had to obtain information concerning the two routes the power. At any rate, if the dangers to which he which he had heard mentioned by the Bohemian in his was exposed from the hostility of William de la conversation with the lanzknecht. The friar, intrust. Marck, and from the troubles in the city of Liege, ed upon many occasions with the business of the appeared imminent, he would still be able to protect convent abroad, was the person in the fraternity best the unfortunate ladies until they could be despatched qualified to afford him the information he requested, to Germany with a suitable escort.

but observed, that, as true pilgrims, it became the To sum up this reasoning-for when is a mental duty of the ladies whom Quentin escorted, to take the argument conducted without some reference to self-road on the right side of the Maes, by the Cross of the ish considerations?--Quentin imagined that the death Kings, where the blessed relics of Caspar, Melchior, or captivity, to which King Louis had, in cold blood, and Balthasar, (as the Catholic Church has named consigned him, set him at liberty from his engage the eastern Magi who came to Bethlehem with their ments to the crown of France; which, therefore, it offerings,) had rested as they were transported to was his determined purpose to renounce. The Bishop Cologne, and on which spot they had wrought many of Liege was likely, he concluded, to need soldiers, miracles. and he thought that, by the interposition of his fair Quentin replied, that the ladies were determined to friends, who now, especially the elder Countess, treat- observe all the holy stations with the utmost punced him with much familiarity, he might get some tuality, and would certainly visit that of the Cross, command, and perhaps might have the charge of either in going to or returning from Cologne, but they conducting the Ladies of Croye to some place more had heard reports that the road by the right side of safe than the neighbourhood of Liege. And, to con- the river was at present rendered unsafe by the solclude, the ladies had talked, although almost in a diers of the ferocious William de la Marck. sort of jest, of raising the Countess's own vassals, "Now may Heaven forbid,” said Father Francis, and, as others did in those stormy times, fortifying her " that the Wild Boar of Ardennes should again make ştrong castle against all assailants whatever; they his lair so near us !– Nevertheless, the broad Maes had jestingly asked Quentin, whether he would ac- will be a good barrier betwixt us, even should it so cept the perilous office of their Seneschal; and, on chance."

« PreviousContinue »