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"It signifies as much as a promise can do that is your renown-deny me not the right to share in that given elsewhere. The promiser,” said Berenger, blame which your temerity may incur ; let them not
escapes not the sin of a word-breaker, because he say, that so rash was his action, even his old esquire hath been a drunken braggart."'.
was not permitted to partake in it! I am part of " For the sin," said Dennis, “şure I am, that ra- yourself—it is murder to every man whom you take ther than you should do such deed of dole, the Abbot with you, if you leave me behind." of Glastonbury would absolve you for a florin." “Dennis," said Berenger, "you make me feel yet
"But what shall wipe out the shame ?" demanded more bitterly the folly I have yielded to. I would Berenger—“how shall I dare to show myself again grant you the boon you ask, sad as it is–But my among press of knights, who have broken my word daughterof battle pledged, for fear of a Welshman and his Sir Knight," said the Fleming, who had listnaked savages ? No! Dennis Morolt, speak of it no ened to this dialogue with somewhat less than his
Be it for weal or wo, we fight them to-day, usual apathy, it is not my purpose this day to leave and upon yonder fair field.”
this castle: now if you could trust my troth to do “It may be," said Flammock, "that Gwenwyn what a plain man may for the protection of my Lady may have forgotten the promise, and so fail to ap- Eveline pear to claim it in the appointed space; for, as we "How, sirrah !” said Raymond ; "you do not heard, your wines of France flooded his Welsk brains propose io leave the castle ? Who gives you right deeply."
to propose or dispose in the case, until my pleasure "He again alluded to it on the morning after it is known ?": was made," said the Castellane-"trust me, he will "I shall be sorry to have words with you, Sir Casnot forget what will give him such a chance of re- tellane," said the imperturbable Fleming; — "but I hold inoving me from his path for ever."
here, in this township, certain mills, tenements, clothAs he spoke, they observed that large clouds of yards, and so forth, for which I am to pay man-serdust, which had been seen at different points of the vice in defending this Castle of the Garde Doloureuse, landscape, were drawing down towards the opposite and in this I am ready. But if you call on me to side of ihe river, over which an ancient bridge ex- march from hence, leaving the same castle defencetended itself to the appointed place of combat. They less, and to offer up my life in a battle which you were at no loss to conjecture the cause. It was evi- acknowledge to be desperate, I must needs say my dent that Gwenwyn, recalling the parties who had tenure binds me not to obey thee.". becn engaged in partial devastation, was bending · Base mechanic!" said Morolt, laying his hand on with his whole forces towards the bridge and the his dagger, and menacing the Fleming. plain beyond it.
But Raymond Berenger interfered with voice and “Let us rush down and secure the pass,” said Den- hand-"Harm him not, Morolt, and blame him not. nis Morolt; "we may debate with them with some He hath a sense of duty, though not after our manequality by the advantage of defending the bridge. ner; and he and his knaves will fight best behind Your word bound you to the plain as to a field of battle, stone walls. They are taught also, these Flemings, but
it did not oblige you to forego such advantages as by the practice of their own country, the attack and the passage of the bridge would afford. Our men, defence of walled cities and fortresses, and are espeour horses, are ready-let our bowmen secure the cially skilful in working of mangonels and military banks, and my life on the issue.
engines. There are several of his countrymen in the When I promised to meet him in yonder field, I castle, besides his own followers. These I propose to meant," replied Raymond Berenger, to give the leave behind; and I think they will obey him more Welshman the full advantage of equality of ground. readily than any but myself-how think'st thou ? I so meant it-he so understood it; and what avails Thou wouldst not, I know, from a misconstrued keeping my word in the letter, if I break it in the point of honour, or a blind love to me, leave this imsense? We inove not till the last Welshman has portant place, and the safety of Eveline, in doubtful crossed the bridge; and then”
hands ?! “And then," said Dennis, we move to our death! "Wilkin Flammock is but a Flemish clown, noble -May God forgive our sins! But”.
sir," answered Dennis, as much overjoyed as if he "But what?" said Berenger; "something sticks had obtained some important advantage;" but I must in thy mind that should have vent.'
needs say he is as stout and true as any whom you "My young lady, your daughter the Lady Eve- might trust; and, besides, his own shrewdness will line"
teach him there is more to be gained by defending "I have told her what is to be. She shall remain such a castle as this, than by yielding it to strangers, in the castle, where I will leave a few chosen vele- who may not be likely to keep the terms of surrender, rans, with you, Dennis, to command them. In however fairly they may offer them." twenty-four hours the siege will be relieved, and we "It is fixed then," said Raymond Berenger. "Then, have defended it longer with a slighter garrison. Dennis, thou shali
go with me, and he shall remain Then to her aunt, the Abbess of the Benedictine sis: behind.-Wilkin Flammock," he said, addressing ters--thou, Dennis, wilt see her placed there in ho- the Fleming solemnly, "I speak not to thee the lannour and safety, and my sister will care for her future guage of chivalry, of which thou knowest nothing ; provision as hier wisdom shall determine."
but, as thou art an honest man, and a true Christian, I leave you at this pinch !” said Dennis Morolt, I conjure thee to stand to the defence of this castle. bursting into tears-“ I shut myself up within walls, Let no promise of the enemy draw thee to any base when my master rides to his last of battles !-- I be composition --no threat to any surrender. Relief must come esquire to a lady, even though it be to the Lady speedily arrive; if you fulfil your trust to me and to Eveline, when he lies dead under his shield !--Ray- my daughter, Hugo de Lacy will reward you richlymond Berenger, is it for this that I have buckled thy if you fail, he will punish you severely;"m ?"
Sir Knight," said Flammock, “I am pleased you The tears gushed from the old warrior's eyes as have put your trust so far in a plain handicraftsman. and Raymond, taking him kindly by the hand, said were compelled-yearly compelled--10 struggle with in a soothing tone, "Do not think, my good old serv- the sea ; and they who can deal with the waves in a ant, that, were honour to be won, I would drive thee tempest, need not fear an undisciplined people in their from my side. But this is a wild and an inconsider- fury. Your daughter shall be as dear to me as mine ate deed, to which my fate or my folly has bound me. own; and in that faith you may prick forth-if, indeed, I die to save my name froin dishonour; but, alas I you will not still, like a wiser man, shut gale, down must leave on my memory the charge of imprudence. portcullis, up drawbridge, and let your archers and my “Let me share your imprudence, my dearest mas- cross-bows man the wall
, and tell the kınaves you are ter," said Dennis Morolt, carnestly ;-" the poor not the fool that they take you for.". esquire has no business to be thought wiser than his "Good fellow, that must not be," said the Knight. master. In many a battle my valour derived some "I hear my daughter's voice,” he added hastily : "I Litle fame from partaking in the deeds which won I would not again meet her, again to part from her.
To Heaven's keeping I commit thee, honest Fleming. tasted! You little know the cellars of Ghent and of -Follow me, Dennis Morolt."
Ypres." The old Castellane descended the stair of the south- And I care not for them,” said Reinold; "those ern tower hastily, just as his daughter Eveline as- of gentle Norman blood hold the wines of Gascony cended that of the eastern turret, to throw herself at and France, generous, light, and cordial, worth all his feet once more. She was followed by the Father the acid potations of the Rhine and the Neckar." Aldrovand, chaplain of her father; by an old and "All is matter of caste," said the Fleming; "but almost invalided huntsman, whose more active ser-hark ye-Is there much of this wine in the cellar ?" vices in the field and the chase had been for some Methought now it pleased not your dainty time chiefly limited to the superintendence of the palate ?” said Reinold. Knight's kennels, and the charge especially of his “Nay, nay, my friend,” said Wilkin, "I said it had more favourite hounds; and by Rose Flammock, the savour-I may have drunk better-but this is right daughter of Wilkin, blue-eyed Flemish maiden, good, where better may not be had.- Again, bow round, plump, and shy as a partridge, who had been much of it hast thou ?" for some time permitted to keep company with the "The whole butt, man," answered the butler; "I high-born Norman damsel, in a doubtful station, have broached a fresh piece for you." betwixt that of an humble friend and superior do- .."Good,” replied Flammock; "get the quart-pot ar mestic.
Christian measure; heave the cask up into this same Eveline rushed upon the battlements, her hair buttery, and let each soldier of this castle be served dishevelled, and her eyes drowned in tears, and with such a cup as I have here swallowed. lied it eagerly demanded of the Fleming where her father hath done me much good-my heart was sinking
when I saw the black smoke arising from mine ova Flammock made a clumsy reverence, and attempt- fulling-mills yonder. Let each man, I say, have a ed some answer ; but his voice seemed to fail him. full quart-pot-men defend not castles on thin He turned his back upon Eveline without
ceremony, liquors.” and, totally disregarding the anxious inquiries of the I must do as you will, good Wilkin Flammock." huntsman and the chaplain, he said hastily to his said the butler ; " but I pray remember all men are daughter, in his own language, "Mad work! mad not alike. That which will but warm your Flemish work ! look to the poor maiden, Roschen-Der alter hearts, will put wildfire into Norman brains; and Herr ist verrucht."*
what may only encourage your countrymen to man ** Without farther speech, he descended the stairs, the walls, will make ours fly over the battlements and never paused till he reached the buttery. Here Well, you know the conditions of your own counhe called like a lion for the controller of these regions, trymen best ; serve out to them what wines and mesby the various names of Kammerer, Keller-master, sure you list--only let each Fleming have a solema and so forth, to which the old Reinold, an ancient quart of Rhenish.-But what will you do for the EnzNorman esquire, answered not, until the Netherlander lish churls, of whom there are a right many left with fortunately recollected his Anglo-Norman title of us?" butler. This, his regular name of office, was the key The old butler paused, and rubbed his brow.to the buttery hatch, and the old man instantly ap- "There will be a strange waste of liquor," he said; peared, with his gray cassock and high rolled hose, a "and yet I may not deny that the emergency may ponderous bunch of keys suspended by a silver chain defend the expenditure. But for the English, they to his broad leathern girdle, which, in consideration are, as you wot, a mixed breed, having much of your of the emergency of the time, he had thought it right German sullenness, together with a plentiful touch of to balance on the left side with a huge falchion, the hot blood of yonder Welsh furies. Light wides which seemed much too weighty for his old arm to stir them not; strong heavy draughts would madden wield.
them. What think you of ale, an invigorating, "What is your will,” he said, “Master Flam- strengthening liquor, that warms the heart without mock? or what are your commanas, since it is my inflaming the brain ?". lord's pleasure that they shall be laws to me for a " Ale!said the Fleming.-"Hum-ha-is you time ?!
ale mighty, Sir Butler ?-is it double ale ?? "Only a cup of wine, good Meister Kellar-master- "Do you doubt my skill ?" said the butler.butler, I mean.'
"March and October have witnessed me era as they "I am glad you remember the name of mine office," came round, for thirty years, deal with the best barsaid Reinold, with some of the petty resentment of a ley in Shropshire.-You shall judge." spoiled domestic, who thinks that a stranger has He filled, from a large hogshead in the corner of been irregularly put in command over him.
buttery, the flagon which the Fleming had just "A flagon of Rhenish, if you love me," answered emptied, and which was no sooner replenished than the Fleming, "for my heart is low and poor within -Wilkin again drained it to the bottom. me, and I must needs drink the best."
"Good ware," he said, "Master Butler, strong And drink you shall,” said Reinold, "if drink will stinging ware. The English churls will fight like give you the courage which
perhaps you may want.” devils upon it-let them be furnished with mighty ale -He descended to the secret crypts, of which he was along with their beef and brown bread. And now, the guardian, and returned with a silver Alagon, having given you your charge, Master Reinold, it is which might contain about a quart.-"Here is such time I should look after mine own.' wine," said Reinold, "as thou hast seldom tasted," Wilkin Flammock left the buttery, and with a and was about to pour it into a cup.
mien and judgment alike undisturbed by the deep po"Nay, the flagon--the flagon, friend Reinold; I love tations in which he had so recently indulged, undisa deep and solemn draught when the business is turbed also by the various rumours concerning what weighty," said Wilkin. He seized on the flagon ac- was passing without doors, he made the round of the cordingly, and drinking a preparatory mouthful, paused castle and its outworks, mustered the little garrison, as if to estimate the strength and flavour of the and assigned to each their posts, reserving to his generous liquor. Apparently he was pleased with own countrymen the management of the arblasts, both, for he nodded in approbation to the butler ; and, or crossbows, and of the military engines which were raising the flagon to his mouth once more, he slowly contrived by the proud Normans, and were incomand gradually brought the bottom of the vessel paral- prehensible to the ignorant English, or, more properlel with the roof of the apartment, without suffering ly, Anglo-Saxons, of the period, but which his more one drop of the contents to escape him.
adroit countrymen managed with great address. "That hath savour, Herr Keller-master," said he, The jealousies entertained by both the Normans and while he was recovering his breath by intervals, after English, at being placed under the temporary comso long a suspense of respiration; "but, may heaven mand of a Fleming, gradually yielded to the military forgive you for thinking it the best I have
ever and mechanical skill which he displayed, as well as
to a sense of the emergency, which became greater with every moment.
• The old lord is frantie.
shalt see them scattered like dust.---Saint George! Beside yon brizg out ower yon burn,
they will surely cry thy name now, or never!” Where the water bickereth bright and sheen,
The monk's beads passed mean while rapidly Shall many a falling courser spurn,
through his hands, but many an expression of miliAnd knights shall die in battle keen.
tary impatience mingled itself with his orisons. He Prophecy Of Thomas the Rhymer.
could not conceive the cause why each successive The daughter of Raymond Berenger, with the at-throng of mountaineers, led under their different bantendants whom we have mentioned, continued to ners, and headed by their respective chieftains, was semain upon the battlements of the Garde Doloureuse permitted, without interruption, to pass the difficult in spite of the exhortations of the priest that she would defile, and extend themselves in battle array on the rather await the issue of this terrible interval in the near side of the bridge, while the English, or rather chapel, and amid the rites of religion. He perceived, Anglo-Norman cavalry, remained stationary, without at length, that she was incapable, from grief and fear, so much as laying their lances in rest. There reof attending to, or understanding his advice; and, sit- mained, he thought, but one hope, ---one only rational ting down beside her, while the huntsman and Rose explanation of this unaccountable inactivity-this voFlammock stood by, endeavoured to suggest such luntary surrender of every advantage of ground, when comfort as perhaps he scarcely felt himself.
that of numbers was so tremendously on the side of “This is but a sally of your noble father's,” he said ; the enemy: Father Aldrovand concluded, that the and though it may seem it is made on great hazard, succours of the Constable of Chester, and other Lord yet who ever questioned Sir Raymond Berenger's po- Marchers, must be in the immediate vicinity, and that Jicy of wars ?-He is close and secret in his purposes. the Welsh were only permitted to pass the river withI guess right well he had not marched out as he pro- out opposition, that their retreat might be the more poses, unless he knew that the noble Earl of Arundel, effectually cut off, and their defeat, with a deep river or the mighty Constable of Chester, were close at in their rear rendered the more signally calamitous. hand."
But even while he clung to this hope, the monk's * Think you this assuredly, good father ?-Go, heart sunk within him, as, looking in every direction Raoul-go, my dearest Rose-look to the east-- see if from which the expected 'succours might arrive, he you cannot descry banners or cloulds of dust-Listen could neither see nor hear the slightest token which - listen-hear you no trumpets from that quarter ?" announced their approach. In a frame of mind ap
“Alas! my lady," said Raoul,the thunder of proaching more nearly to despair than to hope, the old heaven could scarce be heard amid the howling of man continued alternately to tell his beads, to gaze yonder Welsh wolves.”. Eveline turned as he spoke. anxiously around, and to address some words of conand, looking towards the bridge, she beheld an ap- solation in broken phrases to the young lady, until the palling spectacle.
general shout of the Welsh, ringing from the bank of The river, whose stream washes on three sides the the river to the battlements of the castle, warned him, base of the proud eminence on which the castle is in a note of exultation, that the very last of the British situated, curves away from the fortress and its cor- had defiled through the pass, and that their whole responding village on the west, and the hill sinks formidable array stood prompt for action upon the downward to an extensive plain, so extremely level hither side of the river. as to indicate its alluvial origin. Lower down, at the This thrilling and astounding clamour, to which extremity of this plain, where the banks again close each Welshman lent his voice with all the energy of on the river, were situated the manufacturing houses defiance, thirst of battle, and hope of conquest, was of the stout Flemings, which were now burning in a at length answered by the blast of the Norinan trumbright fame. The bridge, a high, narrow combina- pets, the first sign of activity which had been exhition of arches of unequal size, was about half a mile bited on the part of Raymond Berenger. But cheerily distant from the castle, in the very centre of the plain. as they sung, the trumpets, in comparison of the shout The river itself ran in a deep rocky channel, was often which they answered, sounded like the silver whistle unfordable, and at all times difficult of passage, giving of the stout boatswain amid the howling of the temconsiderable advantage to the defenders of the castle, pest. who had spent on other occasions many a dear drop of At the same moment when the trumpets were blood 10 defend the pass, which Raymond Berenger's blown, Berenger gave signal to the archers to disfantastic scruples now induced him to abandon. The charge their arrows, and the men-al-arms to advance
Welshman, seizing the opportunity with the avidity under a hail-storm of shafts, javelins, and stones, - with which men grasp an unexpected benefit, were shot, darted, and slung by the Welsh against their
fast crowding over the high and steep arches, while steel-clad assailants. new bands, collecting from different points upon the The veterans of Raymond, on the other hand, stifarther bank, increased the continued stream of war. mulated by many viciorious recollections, confident riors, who, passing leisurely and uninterrupted, formed in the talents of their accomplished leader, and untheir line of battle on the plain opposite to the castle. dismayed even by the desperation of their circum
At first Father Aldrovand viewed their motions stances, charged the mass of the Welshmen with without anxiety, nay, with the scornful smile of ope their usual determined valour. It was a gallant sight who observes an enemy in the act of falling into the to see this little body of cavalry advance to the onset, snare spread for them by superior skill. Raymond their plumes floating above their helmets, their lances Berenger, with his little body of infantry and cavalry, in rest, and projecting six feet in length before the were drawn up on the easy hill which is betwixt the breasts of their coursers; their shields hanging from castle and the plain, uscending from the former to their necks, that their left hands might have freedom wards the fortress; and it seemed clear to the Domini- to guide their horses; and the whole body rushing on can, who had not entirely forgotten in the cloister his with an equal front, and a momentum of speed which ancient military experience, that it was the Knight's increased with every second. Such an onset might purpose to attack the disordered enemy when a certain have startled naked men, (for such were the Welsh, in number bad crossed the river, and ihe others were respect of the mail-sheathed Norinans) but it brought partly on the farther side, and partly engaged in the no terrors to the ancient British, who had long made slow and perilous manœuvre of effecting their passage. it their boast that they exposed their bare bosoms and But when large bodies of the white-mantled Welsh- white tunics to the lances and swords of the men-atmen were permitted without interruption to take such arms, with as much confidence as if they had been order on the plain as their habits of fighting recom- born invulnerable. It was not indeed in their power mended, the monk's countenance, though he still en- to withstand the weight of the first shock, which, deavoured to speak encouragement to the terrified breaking their ranks, densely as they were arranged, Eveline, assumed a different and an anxious ex- carried the barbed horses into the very centre of their pression; and his acquired habits of resignation con- host, and well nigh up to the fatal standard, to which tended strenuously with his ancient military ardour, Raymond Berenger, bound by his fatal vow, had that "Be patient,” he said, "my daughter, and be of good day conceded so much vaniage-ground. Bụt they comfort ; thine eyes shall behold the dismay of yonder yielded like the billows, which give way, indeed, to barbarous enemy. Let but a minute elapse, and thou libe gallant ship, but only to assail her sides, and to unite in her wake. With wild and horrible clamours, ill protect thy lying tongue, with which I will this day they closed their tumultuous ranks around Berenger feed the ravens!" and his devoted followers, and a deadly scene of strife Raymond made no farther answer, but pushed his ensued.
horse towards the Prince, who advanced to meet him The best warriors of Wales had on this occasion with equal readiness. Butere they came within reach joined the standard of Gwenwyn; the arrows of the of each other's weapons, a Welsh champion, devoted men of Gwentland, whose skill in archery almost like the Romans who opposed the elephants of P37equalled that of the Normans themselves, rattled on rhus, finding that the arniour of Raymond's horse the helmets of the men-at-arms; and the spears of resisted the repeated thrusts of his spear, throw pimthe people of Deheubarth, renowned for the sharp, self under the animal, and stabbed him in the bully ness and temper of their steel heads, were employed with his long knife. The noble horse reared and fel, against the cuirasses not without fatal efteci, pot- crushing with his weight the Briton who had wounded withstanding the protection which these afforded to him; the helmet of the rider burst its clasps in the the rider.
fall, and rolled away from his head, giving to view It was in vain that the archery belonging to Ray- his noble features and gray hairs. He made more mond's little band, stout yeomen, who, for the most than one effort to extricate himself from the failea part, held possessions by military tenure, exhausted horse, but ere he could succeed, received his death'stheir quivers on the broad mark afforded them by the wound from the hand of Gwenwyn, who healaled Welsh army. It is probable, that every shaft carried not to strike him down with his mace while ia the a Welshman's life on its point; yet, to have afforded act of attempting to rise. important relief to the cavalry, now closely and in- During the whole of this bloody dav, Dennis Moextricably engaged, the slaughter ought to have been rolt's horse had kept pace for pace, and his arm bow twenty-fold at least. Mean time, the Welsh, galled for blow, with his master's. It seemed as if 149 by this incessant discharge, answered it by volleys different bodies had been moving under one ac: of from their own archers, whose numbers made some volivion. He husbanded his strength, or put it forth, amends for their inferiority, and who were supported exactly as he observed his knight did, and was clase by numerous bodies of darters and slingers. So by his side, when he made the last deadly etiort ! that the Norman archers, who had more than once that fatal moment, when Raymond Berenger rushed attempted to descend from their position to operate a on the chief, the brave squire forced bis way up to the diversion in favour of Raymond and his devoted band, standard, and, grasping it firmly, struggled for pos were now so closely engaged in front, as obliged them session of it with a gigantic Briton, to whose care it to abandor all thoughts of such a movement. had been confided, and who now exerted his utos!
Mean while, that chivalrous leader, who from the strength to defend it. But even while engaged in to first had hoped for no more than an honourable death, mortal struggle, the eye of Morolt scarcely left his laboured with all his power to render his fate signal, master; and when he saw him fall, his own force by involving in it that of the Welsh Prince, the author seemed by sympathy to abandon him, and the British of the war. He cautiously avoided the expenditure champion had no longer any trouble in laying ta of his strength by hewing among the British; but, prostrate among the slain. with the shock of his managed horse, repelled the The victory of the British was now complete -numbers who pressed on him, and leaving the ple- Upon the fall of their leader, the followers of Raymond beians to the swords of his companions, shouted his Berenger would willingly have fled or surrendered war-cry, and made his way towards the fatal stand- But the first was impossible, so closely had they been ard of Gwenwyn, beside which, discharging at once enveloped ; and in the cruel wars maintained by the the duties of a skilful leader and a brave soldier, the Welsh upon their frontiers, quarter to the vanquisti Prince had stationed himself. Raymond's experience was out of question. A few of the men-at-arins wete of the Welsh disposition, subject equally to the highest lucky enough to disentangle themselves from me flood, and most sudden ebb of passion, gave him some tumult, and, not even attempting to enter the castle, hope that a successful attack upon this point, followed fed in various directions, to carry their own fears by the death or capture of the Prince, and the down among the inhabitants of the marches, by announca fall of his standard, might even yet strike such a panic, the loss of the battle, and the fate of the far-renos na as should change the fortunes of the day, otherwise so Raymond Berenger. nearly desperate. The veteran, therefore, animated The archers of the fallen leader, as they had never his comrades to the charge by voice and example; been go deeply involved in the combat, which had been and, in spite of all opposition, forced his way gradually chiefly maintained by the cavalry, became now, in onward. But Gwenwyn in person, surrounded by their turn, the sole object of the enemy's attack. his best and noblest champions, offered a defence as But when they saw the multitude come roaring teobstinate as the assault was intrepid. In vain they wards them like a sea, with all its waves, they aban. were borne to the earth by the barbed horses, or doned the bank which they had hitherto bravely hewed down by the invulnerable riders. Wounded defended, and began a regular retreat to the casue in and overthrown, the Britons continued their resist the best order which they could, as the only remainance, clung round the legs of the Norman steeds, ing means of securing their lives. A few of the and cumbered their advance; while their brethren, light-footed enemies attempted to intercept UKIB. thrusting with pikes, proved every joint and crevice during the execution of this prudent manauvre, by of the plate and mail, or, grappling with the men-al- outstripping them in their march, and throwing theme arms, sirove to pull them from their horses by main selves into the hollow way which led to the castle, io force, or beat them down with their bills and Welsh oppose their retreat. But the coolness of the English hooks. And wo betide those who were by these archers, accustomed to extremities of every kind. various means dismounted, for the long sharp knives supported them on the present oceasion. While a worn by the Welsh soon pierced them with a hundred part of them, armed with glaives and bills dislodged wounds, and were then only merciful when the first ihe Welsh from the hollow way, the others facing in inflicted was deadly.
the opposite direction, and parted into divisions which The combat was at this point, and had raged for alternately halted and retreated, maintained such a more than half an hour, when Berenger, having countenance as to check pursuit, and exchange a forced his horse within iwo spears' length of the severe discharge of missiles with the Welsh, by which British standard, he and Gwenwyn were so near both parties were considerable sufferers. to each other as to exchange tokens of mutual de- At length, having left more than two-thirds of their fiance.
brave companions bebind, the yeomanry attained the Turn thee, Wolf of Wales," said Berenger," and point, which, being commanded by arrows and caabide, if thou darest
, one blow of a good knight's gines from the battlements, might be considered as sword! Raymond Berenger spits at ihee and thy that of comparative safety. A volley of large stones, banner."
and square-headed bolts of great size and thickness, " False Norman churl!" said Gwenwyn, swinging effectually stopped the farther progress of the pursul around his head a mace of prodigious weight, and and those who had led it drew back their desultorv already clotted with blood, "thy iron head-piece shall forces to the plain, where, with shouts of jubilee and exultation, their countrymen were employed in secur- her tongue faltered out mechanically, were upon the ing the plunder of the field; while some impelled by field of battle, beside the body of her slaughtered hatred and revenge, mangled and mutilated the limbs parent. The rest of the mourners
imitated their young of the dead Normang, in a manner unworthy of their ady in her devotional posture, and in the absence of national cause and their own courage. The fearful her thoughts. The consciousness that so many of yells with which this dreadful work was consum- the garrison had been cut off in Raymond's incaumated, while it struck horror into the minds of the tious sally, added to their sorrows the sense of perslender garrison of the Garde Doloureuse, inspired sonal insecurity, which was exaggerated by the cruelthem at the same time with the resolution rather to ties which were too often exercised by the enemy. defend the fortress to the last extremity, than to sub- who, in the heat of victory, were accustomed to spare mit to the mercy of so vengeful an enemy.*
neither sex nor age.
The monk, however, assumed among them the
tone of authority which his character warranted, reCHAPTER V.
buked their wailing and ineffectual complaints, and That Baron he to his castle fled,
having, as he thought, brought them to such a state To Barnard Castle then fled he
of mind as better became their condition, he left The uttermost walls were eathe to win,
them to their private devotions, to indulge his own The Early have won them speedilie ;The uttermost walls were stone and brick ;
anxious curiosity by inquiring into the defences of But though they won them soon anon,
the castle. Upon the outward walls he found Wilkin Long ere they won the inmost walls,
Flammock, who, having done the office of a good For they were hewn in rock of stone.
and skilful captain in the mode of managing his artilPERCY's Relics of Ancient Poetry.
lery, and beating back, as we have already seen, the The unhappy fate of the battle was soon evident advanced guard of the enemy, was now with his own to the anxious spectators upon the watch-towers of hand measuring out to his little garrison no stinted the Garde Doloureuse, which name the castle that allowance of wine. day too well deserved.' With difficulty the confessor “Have a care, good Wilkin,” said the father, "that mastered his own emotions to control those of the thou dost not exceed in this matter. Wine is, thou females on whom he attended, and who were now knowest, like fire and water, an excellent servant, joined in their lamentation by many others-women, but a very bad master.!!! children, and infirm old men, the relatives of those "It will be long ere it overflow the deep and solid whom they saw engaged in this unavailing contest. skulls of my countrymen,” said Wilkin Flammock. These helpless beings had been admitted to the castle "Our Flemish courage is like our Flanders horses. for security's sake, and they had now thronged to the the one needs the spur, and the other must have a battlements, from which Father Aldrovand found taste of the wine-pot; hut, credit me, father, they are difficulty in making them descend, aware that the of an enduring generation, and will not shrink in the sight of them on ihe towers, that should have ap- washing.-But indeed, if I were to give the knaves a peared lined with armed men, would be an additional cup more than enough, it were not altogether amiss, encouragement to the exertions of the assailants. He since they are like to have a platter the less." urged the Lady Eveline to set an example to this “How do you mean?” cried the monk, starting; group of helpless, yet untractable mourners.
"I trust in the saints the provisions have been cared Preserving, at least endeavouring to preserve, even for ?" in the extremity of grief, that composure which the Not so well as in your convent, good father," remanners of the times enjoined-for chivalry had its plied Wilkin, with the same immoveable stolidity of stoicism as well as philosophy-Eveline replied with countenance. "We had kept, as you know, 100 jolly a voice which she would fain have rendered firm, a Christinas to have a very fat Easter. Yon Welsh and which was tremulous in her despite--"Yes, hounds, who helped to eat up our victuals, are now father, you say well--here is no longer aught left for like to get into our hold for the lack of them." maidens to look upon. Warlike meed and honoured "Thou talkest mere folly,'' answered the monk; deed sunk when yonder white plume touched the “orders were last evening given by our lord (whose bloody ground, -Come, maidens, there is no longer soul God assoilzie !) to fetch in the necessary supplies aught left us to see-to mass, to mass-the tourney from the country around.”' is over!"
"Ay, but the Welsh were too sharp set to permit There was wildness in her tone, and when she us to do that at our ease this morning, which should rose, with the air of one who would lead out a pro- have been done weeks and months since. Our lord cession, she staggered, and would have fallen, but deceased, if deceased ine be, was one of those who for the support of the confessor. Hastily wrapping trusted to the edge of the sword, and even so hath her head in her mantle, as if ashamed of the agony come of it. Commend me to a cross-bow and a of grief which she could not restrain, and of which well-victualled castle, if I must needs fight at allher sobs and the low moaning sounds that issued from You look pale, my good father, a cup of wine will under the folds enveloping her face, declared the ex- revive you. cess, she suffered Father Aldrovand to conduct her The monk motioned away from him the untasted whither he would.
cup, which Wilkin pressed him to with clownish "Our gold,” he said, " has changed to brass, our civility. “We have now, indeed," he said, silver to dross, our wisdom to folly-it is His will, fuge, save in prayer!". who confounds the councils of the wise, and shortens Most true, good father;" again replied the imthe arm of the mighty. To the chapel-to the chapel, passible Fleming; "pray therefore as much as you Lady Eveline; and instead of vain repining, let us will. I will content myself with fasting, which will pray to God and the saints to turn away their dis- come whether I will or no."-At this moment a pleasure, and to save the feeble remnant from the horn was heard before the gate.-"Look to the port, jaws of the devouring wolf."
cullis and the gate, ye knaves !-What news, Neil Thus speaking, he half led, half supported Eveline, Hansen ?" who was at the moment almost incapable of thought “A messenger from the Welsh tarries at the Milland action, to the castle-chapel, where, sinking before hill, just within shot of the cross-bows; he has a the altar, she assumed the attitude at least of devotion, white flag, and demands admittance. though her thoughts, despite the pious words which "Admit him not, upon thy life, till we be prepared
: ÇOCRAGE OF THE WELSH.- This is by no means exaggo for him," said Wilkin. “Bend the bonny mangonel rated in the chapter we have just closed. A very honourable upon the place, and shoot him if he dare to stir from testimony was given to their valour by King Henry II., in a the spot where he stands till we get all prepared to having desired that an account might be sent him of all that receive him," said Flammock, in his native lanwas remarkable in the island of Great Britain, Henry, in answer guage, “And, Neil, thou houndsfoot, bestir thyself to that request, was pleased to take notice, among other partic -lei every pike, lance, and pole in the castle be ulars, of the extraordinary courage and fierceness of the Welsh, ranged along the battlements, and pointed through all points, valiantly shedding their blood in the cause of their the shot-holes--cut up some tapestry into the shape of country, and purchasing glory at the expense of their lives. banners, and show them from the highest towers. -