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Be ready, when I give a signal, to strike naker, * and thee-I demand to be present at the conference beblow trumpets, if we have any; if not, some cow-twixt thee and the Welshman." horns-any thing for a noise. And nark ye, Neil “It may not be good father," said Wilkin, with the Hansen, do you, and four or five of your fellows, go same smiling, heavy countenance, which he mainto the armory and slip on coats-of-mail; our Nether- tained on all occasions of life, however urgent. "It landish corslets do not appal them so much. Then is true, as thou sayest, good father, that I have mine let the Welsh thief be blindfolded and brought in own reasons for not marching quite so far as the gates amongst us-Do you hold up your heads and keep of Jericho at present; and lucky I have such reasons, silence--leave me to deal with him--only have a care since I had not else been here to defend the gate of there be no English among us.”
the Garde Doloureuse. It is also true that I may have The monk, who in his travels had acquired some been sometimes
obliged to visit my mills earlier than slight knowledge of the Flemish language, had
well the chaplain was called by his zeal to the altar, and nigh started when he heard the last article in Wil- that my stomach brooks not working ere I break my kin's instructions to his countryman,
but commanded fast. But for this, father, I have paid a mulct even to himself, although a little surprised, both at this sus- your worshipful reverence, and methinks since you are picious circumstance, and at the readiness and dex- pleased to remember the confession so exactly,
you terity with which the rough-hewn Fleming seemed should not forget the penance and the absolut:on." to adapt his preparations to the rules of war and of The monk, in alluding to the secrets of the confessound policy.
sional, had gone a step beyond what the rules of his Wilkin, on his part, was not very certain whether order and of the church permitted. He was baffled the monk had not heard and understood more of by the Fleming's reply, and finding him unmoved by what he said to his countryman, than what he had the charge of heresy, he could only answer in some intended. As if to lull asleep any suspicion which confusion, “You refuse, then, to admit me to your Father Aldrovand might entertain, he repeated to conference with the Welshman?'' him in English most of the directions which he had "Reverend father," said Wilkin, "it altogether regiven, adding, "Well, good father, what think you specteth secular matters. If aught of religious tenor of it?
should intervene, you shall be sunimoned without "Excellent well," answered the father, "and done delay." as you had practised war from the cradle, instead of "I will be there in spite of thee, thou Flemish or," weaving broad-cloth.".
muttered the monk to himself, but in a tone not to be Nay, spare not your gibes, father," answered heard by the bystanders; and so speaking, he left the Wilkin.--"I know full well that you English think battlements. that Flemings have naught in their brainpan but Wilkin Flammock, a few minutes afterwards, sodden beef and cabbage; yet you see there goes having first seen that all was arranged on the battle wisdom to weaving of webs."
ments, so as to give an imposing idea of a strength “Right, Master Wilkin Flammock," answered which did not exist, descended to a small guard-room, the father'; "but, good Fleming, wilt thou tell me betwixt the outer and inner gate, where he was atwhat answer thou wilt make to the Welsh Prince's tended by half-a-dozen of his own people, disguised in summons ?"
the Norman armour which they had found in the ar"Reverend father, first tell me what the summons mory of the castle,-their strong, tall, and bulky will be," replied the Fleming.
forms, and motionless postures, causing them to look "To surrender this castle upon the instant," an- rather like trophies of some past age, than living and swered the monk. “What will be your reply?" existing soldiers. Surrounded by these huge and in
“My answer will be--Nay, unless upon good com- animate figures, in a little vaulted room which almost position.”
excluded daylight, Flammock received the Welsh e "How, Şir Fleming! dare you mention composi- voy, who was led in blindfolded betwixt two Fletion and the Castle of the Garde Doloureuse in one mings, yet not so carefully watched but that they sentence ?" exclaimed the monk.
permitted him to have a glimpse of the preparations “ Not if I may do better,” answered the Fleming on the battlements, which had, in fact, been made " But would your reverence have me dally until the chiefly for the purpose of imposing on him. For the question amongst the garrison be, whether a plump same purpose an occasional clatter of arms was made priest or a fat Fleming will be the better flesh to fur- without; voices were heard, as if officers were going nish their shambles ?
their rounds; and other sounds of active preparation "Pshaw !" replied Father Aldrovand," thou canst seemed to announce that a numerous and regular zanot mean such folly. Relief must arrive within rison was preparing to receive an attack. twenty-four hours at farthest. Raymond Berenger When the bandage was removed from Jorworth's expected it for certain within such a space."
eyes--for the same individual who had formerly Raymond Berenger hath been deceived this brought Gwenwyn's offer of alliance, now bare his morning in more matters than one,” answered the summons of surrender-he looked haughtily around Fleming.
him, and demanded to whom he was to deliver the “ Hark thee, Flanderkin,”, answered the monk, commands of his master, the Gwenwyn, son of Cy. whose retreat from the world had not altogether velioc, Prince of Powys. quenched his military habits and propensities, "I "His highness," answered Fleming, with his usual counsel thee to deal uprightly in this
matter, as thou smiling indifference of manner, "must be contented to dost regard thine own life; for here are as many treat with Wilkin Flammock of the Fulling-mills English left alive, notwithstanding the slaughter of deputed governor of the Garde Doloureuse." the day, as may well suffice to fling the Flemish bull- Thou deputed governor!" exclaimed Jorworth; frogs into the castle-ditch, should they have cause to "thou!-a low country-weaver !—it
is impossible. -think thou meanest falsely, in the keeping of this Low as they are, the English Crogan* cannot have castle, and the defence of the Lady Eveline !" sunk to a point so low, as to be commanded by thee!
"Let not your reverence be moved with unnecessary These men seem English, to them I will deliver my and idle fears," replied Wilkin Flammock-"I am message." castellane in this house, by command of its lord, and "You may if you will," replied Wilkin, “but if they what I hold for the advantage of mine service, that return you any answer save by signs, you shall call will I do."
me schelm." "But I," said the angry monk, “I am the servant "Is this true ?" said the Welsh envoy, looking to of the Pope-the chaplain of this castle, with power wards the men-at-arms, as they seemed, by whom to bind and to unloose. I fear me thou art no true Flammock was attended; are you really come to Christian, Wilkin Flammock, but dost lean to the this pass ? I thought that the mere having been bom heresy of the mountaineers. Thou hast refused to on British earth, though the children of spoilers and take the blessed cross-thou hast breakfasted, and invaders, had inspired you with too much pride to drunk both ale and wine, ere thou hast heard mass. brook the yoke of a base mechanic. Or, if you are Thou art not to be trusted, man, and I will not trust * This is a somewhat contumelious epithet, applied by the Naker-drama
Welsh to the English.
not courageous, should you not be cautious ?-Well | "My whole mills and buildings have been this speaks the proverb, Wo to him that will trust a stran, morning burnt to the earth”. ger!-Still mute still silent ?-answer me by word “Thou shalt have a thousand marks of silver, man, or sign-Do you really call and acknowledge him as in the place of thy goods," said the Welshman; but your leader ?
the Fleming continued, without seeming to hear him, The men in armour with one accord nodded their to number up his losses. casques in reply to Jorworth's question, and then re- "My lands are forayed, twenty kine driven off, mained motionless as before.
and" The Welshman, with the acute genius of his coun- "Threescore shall replace them," interrupted Jortry, suspected there was something in this which he worth; "chosen from the most bright-skinned of the could not entirely comprehend, but, preparing himself spoil.' to be upon his guard, he proceeded as follows: "Be “But my daughter-but the Lady Eveline"-said it as it may, I care not who hears the message of my the Fleming, with some slight change in his monotosovereign, since it brings pardon and mercy to the nous voice, which seemed to express doubt and perinhabitants of this Castell an Carrig, * which you have plexity-"You are cruel conquerors, and": called the Garde Doloureuse, to cover the usurpation "To those who resist us we are fearful,” said Jorof the territory by the change of the name. Upon sur- worth," but not to such as shall deserve clemency by render of the same to the Prince of Powys, with its surrender. Gwenwyn will forget the contumelies of dependenci es, and with the arms which it contains, Raymond, and raise his daughter to high honour and with the maiden Eveline Berenger, all within the among the daughters of the Cymry. For thine own castle shall depart unmolested, and have safe-conduct child, form but a wish for her advantage, and it shall wheresoever ihey will, to go beyond the marches of be fulfilled to the uttermost. Now, Fleming, we unthe Cymry."
derstand each other.” "And how, if we obey not this summons ?" said the "I understand thee, at least,” said Flammock. imperturba ble Wilkin Flammock.
"And I thee, I trust ?" said'Jorworth, bending his "Then shall your portion be with Raymond Beren- keen, wild blue eye on the stolid and unexpressive ger, your late leader," replied Jorworth, his eyes, while face of the Netherlander, like an eager student who he was speaking, glancing with the vindictive ferocity secks to discover some hidden and mysterious meanwhich dictated his answer. "So many strangers as ing in a passage of a classic author, the direct imbe here amongst ye, so many bodies to the ravens, so port of which seems trite and trivial. many heads to the gibbet !-It is long since the kites "You believe that you understand me," said Wilhave had such a banquet of lurdane Flemings and kin; "but here lies the difficulty:-which of us shall false Saxons."
trust the other ?" Friend Jorworth," said Wilkin, "if such be thy "Darest thou ask ?" answered Jorworth. "Is it only message, bear mine answer back to thy master, for thee, or such as thee, to express doubt of the purThat wise men trust not to the words of others thai poses of the Prince of Powys?" safety, which they can secure by their own deeds. "I know them not, good Jorworth, but through We have walls high and strong enough, deep moats, thee; and well I wot 'thou art not one who wili let and plenty of munition, both song-bow and arblast. thy traffic miscarry for want of aid from the breath of We will keep the castle, trusting the castle will keep thy mouth.” us, till God shall send us succour.'
As I am a Christian man,” said Jorworth, hurry. Do not peril your lives on such an issue,” said ing asseveration on asseveration-" by the soul of my the Welsh emissary, changing his language to the father-by the faith of my mother-by the black rood Flemish, which, from occasional communication of”. with those of that nation in Pembrokeshire, he spoke "Stop, good Jorworth--thou heapest thine oaths fuently, and which he now adopted, as if to conceal too thickly on each other, for me to value them the purport of his discourse from the supposed Eng- to the right estimate," said Flammock;, "that lish in the apartment. "Hark thee hither,” he pro- which is slightly pledged, is sometin!eş not thought ceeded, "good Fleming. Knowest thou not that he worth redecir:rg. Some part of the promised in whom is your trust, the Constable De Lacy, hath guerdon in hand he whilst, were worth a hundred bound himself by his vow to engage in no quarrel till oaths." he crosses the sea, and cannot come to your aid with- "Thou suspicio'is churl, darest thou doubt my out perjury? He and the other Lords Marchers have word ?" drawn their forces far northward to join the host of "No--by no means," answered Wilkin ;-"ne'erCrusaders. What will it avail you to put us to the theless, I will believe thy deed more readily." toil and trouble of a long siege, when you can hepe "To the point, Fleming,” said Jorworth-"What no rescue ?"
wouldst thou have of me?". "And what will it avail me more," said Wilkin, an- "Lot me have some present sight of the money swering in his native language, and looking at the thoi didst promise, and I will think of the rest of thy Welshman fixedly, yet with a countenance from prope sal.". which all expression seemed studiously banished, and "Base silver-broker!" answered Jorworth, " thinkwhich exhibited, upon features otherwise tolerable, a est thou the Prince of Powys has as many moneyremarkable compound of dullness and simplicity, bags, as the merchants of thy land of sale and bar"what will it avail me whether your trouble be great ter?' He gathers treasures by his conquests, as the or small ?"
waterspout sucks up water by its strength ; but it is "Come, friend Flammock," said the Welshman, to disperse them among his followers, as the cloudy " frame not thyself more unapprehens ve than nature column restores its contents to earth and ocean. hath formed thee. The glen is dark, but a sunbeam The silver that I promised thee has yet to be gathcan light the side of it. Thy utmost efforts cannot cred out of the Saxon chests--nay, the casket of prevent the fall of this castle; but thou inayst hasten Berenger himself must be ransacked to make up the it, and the doing so shall avail thee much." Thus tale." speaking, he drew close up to Wilkin, and sunk his * Methinks I could do that myself, (having full voice to an insinuating whisper, as he said, “Never power in the castle,) and so save you a labour," said did the withdrawing of a bar, or the raising of a port- (the Fleming. cullis, bring such vantage to Fleming as they may "Truc,”' answered Jorworth, "but it would be at to thee, if thou wilt."
the expense of a cord and a noose, whether the “I only know,” said Wilkin, " that the drawing the Welsh took the place or the Normans relieved it-one, and the dropping the other, have cost me my the one would expect their booty entire-the other whole worldly substance."
their countryman's treasures to be delivered undi"Fleming, it shall be compensated to thee with an minished.” overflowing measure. The liberality of Gwenwyn "I may not gainsay that,” said the Fleming. is as the summer rain."
"Well, say I were content to trust you thus far, why
not return my cattle, which are in your own hands, * Castle of the Craig.
and at your disposal ? If you do not pleasure me in
something beforehand, what can I expect of you racter, and a line of conduct, superior and something afterwards ?"
contradictory to that of natural or merely human "I would pleasure you in a greater matter," an- feeling. Its heroines frequently resembled portraits swered the equally suspicious Welshman. But shown by an artificial light-strong and luminous, what would it avail thee 10 have thy cattle within and which placed in high relief the objects on which the fortress? They can be better cared for on the it was turned; but having still something of adventplain beneath."
tious splendour, which, compared with that of the * In faith," replied the Fleming, " thou sayst truth natural day, seemed glaring and exaggerated. - they will' be but a trouble to us here, where we It was not permitted to the orphan of the Garde have so many already provided for the use of the Doloureuse, the daughter of a line of heroes, whose garrison.-And yet, when I consider it more closely, stem was to be found in the race of Thor, Balder, we have enough of forage to maintain all we have, Odin, and other deified warriors of the North, wbose and more. Now, my, cattle are of a peculiar stock, beauty was the theme of a hundred minstrels, and brought from the rich pastures of Flanders, and I her eyes the leading star of half the chivalry of the desire to have them restored ere your axes and Welsh warlike marches of Wales, to mourn her sire with hooks be busy with their hides."
the ineffectual tears of a village maiden. Young as "You shall have them this night, hide and horn," said she was, and horrible as was the incident which she Jorworth; "it is but a small earnest of a great boon.” had but that instant witnessed, it was not altogether
"Thanks to your munificence," said the Fleming; so appalling to her as to a maiden whose eye had not "I am a simple-minded man, and bound my wishes been accustomed to the rough, and often fatal sports to the recovery of my own property:
of chivalry, and whose residence had not been among "Thou wilt be ready, then, to deliver the castle ?" scenes and men where war and death had been the said Jorworth.
unceasing theme of every tongue, whose imaginatioa “Of that we will talk farther to-morrow," said had not been familiarized with wild and bloody events Wilkin Flammock; "if these English and Normans or, finally, who had not been trained up to conside should suspect such a purpose, we should have wild an honourable "death under shield," as that of a field work-they must be fully dispersed ere I can hold of battle was termed, as a more desirable terminafarther communication on the subject. Mean while, tion to the life of a warrior, than that lingering and I pray thee, depart suddenly, and as if offended with unhonoured fate which comes slowly on, to conclude the tenor of our discourse.'
the listless and helpless inactivity of prolonged old "Yet would I fain know something more fixed age. Eveline, while she wept for her father, Ielt het and absolute,” said Jorworth.
bosom glow when she recollected that he died in the "Impossible-impossible," said the Fleming; "see blaze of his fame and amidst heaps of his slaughtered you not yonder tall fellow begins already to handle enemies; and when she thought of the exigencies of his dagger-Go hence in haste, and angrily--and her own situation, it was with the determination to forget not the cattle.”
defend her own liberty, and to avenge her father's "I will not forget them,” said Jorworth; "but if death, by every means which Heaven had left within thou keep not faith with us”.
her power. So speaking, he left the apartment with a gesture The aids of religion were not forgotten; and 20of menace, partly really directed to Wilkin himself, cording to the custom of the times, and the doctrines partly assumed in consequence of his advice. Flam- of the Roman church, she endeavoured to propitiate mock replied in English, as if that all around might the favour of Heaven by vows as well as prayers. understand what he said,
In a small crypt, or oratory, adjoining to the chapel, “Do thy worst, Sir Welshman! I am a true man; was hung over an altar-piece, on which a lamp conI defy the proposals of rendition, and will hold out stantly burned, a small picture of the Virgin Mary, this castle to thy shame and thy master's !-Here- revered as a household and peculiar deity by the famly let him be blindfolded once more, and returned in of Berenger, one of whose ancestors had brought it safety to his attendants without; the next
Welshman from the Holy Land, whither he had gone upon who appears before the gate of the Garde Doloureuse, pilgrimage. It was of the period of the Lower shall be more sharply received."
Empire, a Grecian painting, not unlike those which The Welshman was blindfolded and withdrawn in Catholic countries are often imputed to the Eralwhen, as Wilkin Flammock himself left the guard- gelist Luke. The crypt in which it was placed was room, one of the seeming men-at-arms who had accounted a shrine of uncommon sanctity-nay, supbeen present at this interview, said in his ear, in posed to have displayed miraculous powers; and English, “Thou art a false traitor, Flammock, and Eveline, by the daily garland of flowers which she shalt die a traitor's death !"
offered before the painting, and by the constant prayers Startled at this, the Fleming would have ques- with which they were accompanied, had constituted tioned the man farther, but he had disappeared so herself the peculiar votaress of Our Lady of the soon as the words were uttered. Flammock was Garde Doloureuse, for so the picture was named. disconcerted by this circumstance, which showed Now, apart from others, alone, and in secrecy, him that his interview with Jorworth hath been ob- sinking in the extremity, of her sorrow before the served, and its purpose known or conjectured, hy shrine of her patroness, she besought the protection some one who was a stranger to his confidence, and of kindred purity for the defence of her freedom and might thwart his intentions; and he quickly after honour, and invoked vengeance on the wild and learned that this was the case.
treacherous chieftain who had slain her father, and was now beleaguering her place of strength. “ Not
only did she vow a large donative in lands to the CHAPTER VI.
shrine of the protectress whose aid she implored; but Blessed Mary, mother dear,
the oath passed her lips, (even though they faltered, To a maiden bend thine ear;
and though something within her remonstrated Virgin, undefiled, to thee
against the vow,) that whatsoever favoured knight A wretched virgin bends the knee. Hymn to the Virgin.
Our Lady of the Garde Doloureuse might employ
for her rescue, should obtain from her in guerdon The daughter of the slaughtered Raymond had whatever boon she might honourably grant, were it descended from the elevated station whence she had that of her virgin hand at the holy altar. Taught beheld the field of battle, in the agony of grief natural as she was to believe, by the assurances of many a to a child whose eyes have beheld the death of an knight, that such a surrender was the highest boon honoured and beloved father. But her station, and which heaven could bestow, she felt as discharging a the principles of chivalry in which she had been debt of gratitude when she placed herself entirely at ļrained up, did not permit any prolonged or needless the disposal of the pure and blessed patroness in indulgence of inactive sorrow. In raising the young whose aid she confided. Perhaps there lurked in this and beautiful of the female sex to the rank of prin- devotion some earthly hope of which she was herselt cesses, or rather goddesses, the spirit of that singular scarce conscious, and which reconciled her to the system exacted from them in requital, a tone of cha-l indefinite sacrifice thus freely offered. The Virgin,
(this flattering hope might insinuate,) kindest and “Who dares say so ?" said a veiled female, who had most benevolent of patronesses, will use compassion- been kneeling unnoticed in a sequestered corner of the ately the power resigned to her, and he will be the chapel, but who now started up and came boldly befavoured champion of Maria, upon whom her votaress twixt Lady Eveline and the monk. would most willingly confer favour.
“Go hence, thou saucy minion," said the monk, But if there was such a hope, as something selfish surprised at this bold interruption; "this concerns not will often mingle with our noblest and purest emo- thee." tions, it arose unconscious of Eveline herself, who, "But it doth concern me," said the damsel, throwin the full assurance of implicit faith, and fixing on ing back her veil, and discovering the juvenile counthe representative of her adoration, eyes in which the tenance of Rose, the daughter of Wilkin Flammock, most earnest supplication, the most humble confidence her eyes sparkling, and her cheeks blushing with struggled with unbidden tears, was perhaps more anger, the vehemence of which made a singular conbeautiful than when, young as she was, she was trast with the very fair complexion, and almost selected to bestow the prize of chivalry in the lists of infantine features of the speaker, whose whole form Chester. It was no wonder that, in such a moment of and figure was that of a girl who has scarce emerged bigh excitation, when prostrated in devotion before a from childhood, and indeed whose general manners being of whose power to protect her, and to make her were as gentle and bashful as they now seemed bold, protection assured by a visible sign, she doubted impassioned, and undaunted.-"Doth it not concern nothing, the Lady Eveline conceived she saw with me," she said, " that my father's honest name should her own eyes the acceptance of her vow. As she be tainted with treason? Doth it not concern the gazed on the picture with an overstrained eye, and stream when the fountain is troubled? It doth conan imagination heated with enthusiasm, the expres. cern me, and I will know the author of the calumny." sion seemed to alter from the hard outline, fashioned “Damsel,” said Eveline, " restrain thy useless pasby the Greek painter; the eyes appeared to become sion; the good father, though he cannot intentionally animated, and to return with looks of compassion the calumniate thy father, speaks, it may be, from false suppliant entreaties of the votaress, and the mouth report." visibly arranged itself into a smile of inexpressible As I am an unworthy priest," said the father, "I
It even seemed to her that the head speak from the report of my own ears. Upon the made a gent le inclination.
oath of my order, myself heard this Wilkin FlamOverpowered by supernatural awe at appearances mock chaffering with the Welshman for the surrender of which her faith permitted her not to question the of the Garde Doloureuse. By help of this hauberk reality, the Lady Eveline folded her arms on her and mail hood, I gained admittance to a conference bosom, and prostrated her forehead on the pavement, where he thought there were no English ears. They as the posture most fitting to listen to divine commu- spoke Flemish too, but I knew the jargon of old." nication.
" The Flemish," said the angry maiden, whose But her vision went not so far; there was neither headstrong passion led her to speak first in answer to sound nor voice, and when, after stealing her eyes all the last insult offered, ‘is no jargon like your piearound the crypt in which she knelt, she again raised bald English, half Norman, half Saxon, but a noble them to the figure of Our Lady, the features seemed Gothic tongue, spoken by the brave warriors who to be in the form in which the limner had sketched fought against the Roman Kaisars, when Britain bent them, saving that, to Eveline's imagination, they still the neck to them and as for this he has said of Wilretained an august and yet gracious expression, which kin Flammock," she continued, collecting her ideas she had not before remarked upon the countenance. into more order as she went on, "believe it not, my With awful reverence, almost amounting to fear, yet dearest lady; but, as you value the honour of your comforted, and even elated with the visitation she own noble father, confide, as in the Evangelists, in had witnessed, the maiden repeated again and again the honesty of mine!" This she spoke with an imthe orisons which she thought most grateful to the ploring tone of voice, mingled with sobs, as if her heart ear of her benefactress; and, rising at length, retired had been breaking. backwards, as from the presence of a sovereign, Eveline endeavoured to soothe her attendant. until she attained the outer chapel.,
Rose," she said, “In this evil time suspicions will Here one or two females still knelt before the saints light on the best men, and misunderstandings will which the walls and niches presented for adoration; arise among the best friends. Let us hear the good but the rest of the terrified suppliants, too anxious to father state what he hath to charge upon your parent. prolong their devotions, had dispersed through the Fear not but that Wilkin shall be heard in his defence. castle to learn tidings of their friends, and to obtain Thou wert wont to be quiet and reasonable." some refreshment, or at least some place of repose "I am neither quiet nor reasonable on this matter," for themselves and their families.
said Rose, with redoubled indignation ; "and it is ill Bowing her head, and muttering an ave to each saint of you, lady, to listen to the falsehoods of that reveas she passed his image, (for impending danger makes rend mummer, who is neither true priest nor true mon observant of the rites of devotion,) the Lady soldier. But I'will fetch one who shall confront him Eveline had almost reached the door of the chapel, either in casque or cowl." when a man-at-arms, as he seemed, entered hastily; So saying, she went hastily out of the chapel, while and with a louder voice than suited the holy place, the monk, after some pedantic circumlocution, acunless when need was most urgent, demanded the quainted the Lady Eveline with what he had overLady Eveline. Impressed with the feelings of vene- heard betwixt Jorworth and Wilkin; and proposed to ration which the late scene had produced, she was her to draw together the few English who were in about to rebuke his military rudeness, when he spoke the castle, and take possession of the innermost again, and in anxious haste, "Daughter, we are be- square tower; a keep which, as usual in Gothic fortrayed !" and though the form, and the coat-of-mail tresses of the Norman period, was situated so as to which covered it, were those of a soldier, the voice make considerable defence, even after the exterior was that of Father Aldrovand, who eager and anx. works of the castle, which it commanded, were in the ious at the same time, disengaged himself from the hand of the enemy. mail hood, and showed his countenance.
"Farher,” said Eveline, still confident in the vision "Father,” she said, "what means this? Have you she had lately witnessed," this were good counsel in forgotten the confidence in Heaven which you are extremity ; but otherwise, it were to create the very wont to recommend, that you bear other arms than evil we fear, by setting our garrison at odds amongst your order assigns to you?".
themselves. I have a strong, and not unwarranted "It may come to that ere long," said Father Aldro-confidence, good father, in our blessed Lady of this vand; “ for I was a soldier ere I was a monk. But Garde Doloureuse, that we shall at:ain at once now I have donn'd
this harness to discover treachery, vengeance on our barbarous enemies, and escape from not to resist force. Ah! my beloved daughter-we our present jeopardy; and I call you to witness the are dreadfully beset-foemen without-traitors with vow I have made, that to him whom Our Lady should in! The false Fleming, Wilkin Flammock, is treating employ to work us succour, I will refuse nothing were for the currender of the castle !".
it my father's inheritance, or the hand of his daughter."
Ave Muria! Ave Regina Cæli!" said the priest ; | ancient profession, and present disguise, than his on a rock more sure you could not have founded spiritual character'; and with the words I attach your trust. --But, daughter," he continued, after the thee, Wilkin Flammock, of acknowledged treason to proper ejaculation had been made, “ have you never your liege lady," would have laid hand upon him, had heard, even by a hint, that there was a treaty for your not the Fleming stepped back and warned him oft hand betwixt our much-honoured lord, of whom we with a menacing and determined gesture, while te are cruelly bereft, (may God assoilzie his soul!) and said, "Ye are mad !-all of you English are mad the great house of Lacy ?"
when the moon is full, and my silly girl hath caught • Something i mw have heard,” said Eveline, drop- the malady:-Lady, your honoured father gave me a ping her eyes, whil slight unge suffused her cheek; charge, which I purpose to execute to the best for all * but I refer ine to the disposal of Our Lady of Succour parties, and you cannot being a minor, deprive me and Consolation."
it at your idle pleasure.--Father Aldrovand, a monk As she spoke, Rose entered the chapel with the makes no lawful arrests.- Daughter Ruschen, bal} same vivacity she had shown in leaving it, leading your peace and dry your eyes--you are a fool.” by the hand her father, whose sluggish though firm "I am, I am," said Rose, drying her eyes, and restep, vacant countenance, and heavy demeanour, gaining her elasticity of manner-"I am inderd a formed the strongest contrast to the rapidity of her fool, and worse than a fool, for a moment to doubt motions, and the anxious animation of her address. my father's probity. ---Confide in him, dearest lady; Her task of dragging him forward might have re- he is wise though he is grave, and kind though he is minded the spectator of some of those ancient monu- plain and homely in his speech. Should be prove ments, on which a small cherub, singularly inade- false he will fare ihe worse! for I will plunge nyself quate to the task, is often represented as hoisting from the pinnacle of the Warder's Tower w the buie upwards towards the empyrean the fleshly bulk of tom of the moat, and he shall lose his own darghias some ponderous tenant of the tomb, whose dispro- for betraying his master's: portioned weight bids fair to render ineffectual the "This is all frenzy," said the monk-"Who trusts benevolent and spirited exertions of its fluitering avowed traitors ?-Here, Normans, English, tu the guide and assistant.
rescue of your liege lady-Bows and bills-bows and "Roschen--my child-what grieves thee?'' said bills !" the Netherlander, as he yielded to his daughter's vio- "You may spare your throat for your next homix. lence with a smile, which, being on the countenance good father,'' said the Netherlander, " or call in good of a father, had more of expression and feeling than Flemish, since you understand it, for to no other lasthose which seemed to have made their constant guage will those within hearing reply." dwelling upon his lips.
He then approached the Lady Eveline with a real "Here stands my father," said the impatient maid- or affected air of clumsy kindness, and something as en; "impeach him with treason, who can or dare! nearly approaching to courtesy as his manners and There stands Wilkin Flammock, son of Dieterick, features could assume. He bade her good nighand the Cramer of Antwerp, - let those accuse him to his assuring her that he would act for the besi, left the face who slandered him behind his back!"
chapel. The monk was about to break forth into Speak, Father Aldrovand,” said the Lady Eve- revilings, but Eveline, with more prudence, checšed line;,
we are young in our lordship, and, alas! the his zeal. duty hath descended upon us in an evil hour; yet we "I cannot,” she said, "but hope that this man's will, so may God and Our Lady help us, hear and intentions are honest” judge of your accusation to the utmost of our power.' “Now, God's blessings on you, lady, for that very
" This Wilkin Flammock," said the monk, “how- word!” said Rose, eagerly interrupting her, and kiss. ever bold he hath made himself in villany, dares not ing her hand. deny that I heard him with my own ears treat for But if unhappily they are doubtful,” contras the surrender of the castle."
Eveline, “it is not by reproach that we can bring "Strike him, father!" said the indignant Rose, - him to a better purpose. Good father, give an eje "strike the disguised mummer! The steel hauberk to the preparations for resistance, and see naasto may be struck, though not the monk's frock-strike omitted that our means furnish for the defence of him, or tell him that he lies foully!"
the castle." "Peace, Roschen, thou art mad," said her father, "Fear nothing, my dearest daughter," said Aldroangrily; "the monk hath more truth than sense vand; "there are still some English hearts amongst about him, and I would his ears had been farther off us, and we will rather kill and eat the Flemings when he thrust them into what concerned him not." themselves than surrender the castle.
Rose's countenance fell when she heard her father "That were food as dangerous to come by as bear's bluntly avow the treasonable communication of venison, father," answered Rose, bitterly, still on fire which she had thought him incapable--she dropt the with the idea that the monk treated her nation win hand by which she had dragged him into the chapel, suspicion and contumely. and stared on the Lady Eveline, with eyes which On these terms they separated ;-the women to seemed starting from their sockets, and a counte- indulge their fears and sorrows in private gries, or nance from which the blood, with which it was so alleviate them by private devotion: the monk to try lately so highly coloured, had retreated to garrison to discover what were the real purposes of Wikn the heart.
Flammock, and to counteract them if possible, should Eveline looked upon the culprit with a countenance they seem to indicate treachery. His eye, however, in which sweetness and dignity were mingled with though sharpened by strong suspicion, saw nothing sorrow. “Wilkin,” she said, "I could not have be- to strengthen his fears, excepting that the Fleming lieved this. What! on the very day of thy confiding had, with considerable military skill, placed the prin benefactor's death, canst thou have been tampering cipal posts of the castle in the charge of his own with his murderers, to deliver up the castle, and be countrymen, which must make any attempt to dis. tray thy trust!-But I will not upbraid thee-I deprive possess him of his present authority both difficult and thee of the trust reposed in so unworthy a person, and dangerous. The monk at length retired, summoned appoint thee to be kept in ward in the western tower, by the duties of the evening service, and with the detill God send us relief, when, it may be, thy daugh- termination to be stirring with the light next morning. ter's merits shall atone for thy offences, and save farther punishment.-See that our commands be presently obeyed.". Yes-yes--yes !" exclaimed Rose, hurrying one
CHAPTER VII. word on ihe other as fast and vehemently as she
O, sadly shines the morning sun could articulate-"Let us go-let us go to the dark.
On leaguer'd castle hall, est dungeon--darkness befits us better than light."
When bastion, tower, and battement, The monk, on the other hand, perceiving that the
Seem nodding to their fall. --Old Bailed. Fleming made no motion to obey the mandate of TRUE to his resolution, and telling his beads as he arresi, came forward, in a manner more suiting his I went, that he might lose no time, Father Aldrovand