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began his rounds in the castle so soon as daylight and a hungry heart with a clear conscience, than a had touched the top of the eastern horizon. A natural fatted ox with iniquity and word-breaking:-Sawest instinct led him first to those stalls which, had the thou not our late noble lord, who (may his soul be fortress been properly victualled for a siege, cught to happy!) chose rather to die in unequal battle, like a have been tenanted by cattle; and great was his true knight, than live a perjured man, though he had delight to see more than a score of fat kine and but spoken a rash word to a Welshman over a wine bullocks in the place which had last night been flask?" empty! One of them had already been carried to Alas! then," said the Fleming, “this is even the shambles, and a Fleming or two, who played what I feared! We must e'en render up the castle, butchers on the occasion, were dividing the carcass or restore to the Welshman, Jorworth, the cattle, for the cook's use. The good father had well nigh by means of which I had schemed to victual and cried out, a miracle; but, not to be too precipitate, he defend it." limited his transport to a private exclamation in How-wherefore—what dost thou mean ?" said honour of Our Lady of the Garde Doloureuse. the monk in astonishment. "I speak to tbee of Rose
“Who talks of lack of provender?---who speaks Flammock, and Jan Van-devil, or whatever you call of surrender now ?" he said. "Here is enough to him, and you reply with talk about cattle and castles, maintain us till Hugo de Lacy arrives, were he to sail and'I wot not what!" back from Cyprus 10 our relief. I did purpose to have So please you, holy father, I did but speak in pafasted this morning, as well to save vjetuals as on a rables. This castle was the daughter I had promised religious score: but the blessing of the saints must to deliver over-the Welshman is Jan Vanwelt, and not be slighted.--Sir Cook, let me have half a yard or the gilders were the cattle he has sent in, as a partso of broiled beef presently; bid the pantler send me payment beforehand of my guerdon.". a manchet, and the butler a cup of wine. I will take * Parables !" said the monk, colouring with anger a running breakfast on the western battlements."* at the trick put on him ; " what has a boor like thee
At this place, which was rather the weakest point to do with parables?-But I forgive thee-I forgive of the Garde Doloureuse, the good father found thee." Wilkin Flammock anxiously superintending the "I am therefore to yield the castle to the Welshnecessary measures of defence. He greeted him man, or restore him his cattle ?" said the impeneiracourteously, congratulated him on the stock of pro- ble Dutchman. visions with which the castle had been supplied during Sooner yield thy soul to Satan !" replied the the night, and was inquiring how they had been so monk. happily introduced through the Welsh besiegers, “I fear me it must be the alternative," said the when Wilkin took the first occasion to interrupt Fleming; for the example of thy honourable him.
lord" “Of all this another time, good father; but I wish "The example of an honourable fool”-answered at present, and before other discourse, to consult thee the monk; then presently subjoined, "Our Lady be on a matter which presses my conscience, and more- with her servant!—This Belgic-brained boor makes over deeply concerns my worldly estate.
me forget what I would say: Speak on, my excellent son," said the father, "Nay, but the holy text which your reverence cited conceiving that he should thus gain the key to Wilkin's to me even now," continued the Fleming. real intentions. “O, a tender conscience is a jewel! “Go to," said the monk; "what hast thou to do and he that will not listen when it saith, 'pour out to presume to think of texts ?--knowest thou not that thy doubts into the ear of the priest,' shall one day the letter of the Scripture slayeth, and that it is the have his own dolorous outeries choked with fire and exposition which maketh to live?--Art thou not like brimstone. Thou wert ever of a tender conscience, one who, coming to a physician, conceals from him son Wilkin, though thou hast but a rough and borrel half the symptoms of the disease ?-I tell thee, thou bearing.”
foolish Fleming, the text speaketh but of promises "Well
, then," said Wilkin, "you are to know, good made unto Christians, and there is in the Rubric a father, that I have had some dealings with my neigh- special exception of such as are made to Welshmen." bour, Jan Vanwelt, concerning my daughter Rose, At this commentary the Fleming grinned so broadly and that he has paid me certain gilders on condition as to show his whole case of broad strong white I will match her to him."
teeth. Father Aldrovand himself grinned in sympa"Pshaw, pshaw! my good son,” said the disap- thy, and then proceeded to say, -"Come, come, I pointed confessor, this gear can lie over--this is no see how it is. Thou hast studied some small revenge time for marrying or giving in marriage, when we on me for doubting of thy truth ; and, in verity, I are all like to be murdered."
think thou hast taken it wittily enough. But where"Nay, but hear me, good father," said the Fleming, fore didst thou not let me into the secret from the "for this point of conscience concerns the present beginning? I promise thee I had foul suspicions of case more nearly than you wot of.--You must know thee." I have no will to bestow Rose on this same Jan “What !" said the Fleming, "is it possible I could Vanwelt, who is old, and of ill conditions; and I ever think of involving your reverence in a little matwould know of you whether I may, in conscience, ter of deceit? Surely heaven hath sent me more refuse him my consent ?''.
grace and manners.--Hark, I hear Jorworth's horn "Truly," said Father Aldrovand, “Rose is a pretty at the gate." lass, though somewhat hasty; and I think you may "He blows like a town swineherd,” said Aldrohonestly withdraw your consent, always on paying vand, in disdain. back the gilders you have received."
"It is not your reverence's pleasure that I should But there lies the pinch, good father," said the restore the castle unto him, then ?" said Flammock. Fleming-"the refunding this money will reduce me “Yes, thus far. Prithee deliver him straightway to utter poverty. The Welsh have destroyed my over the walls such a tub of boiling water as shall substance; and this handful of money is áll, God scald the hair from his goat-skin cloak. And, hark help me! on which I must begin the world again.”. thee, do thou in the first place try the temperature of
Nevertheless, son Wilkin," said Aldrovand, “thou the kettle with thy forefinger, and that shall be thy must keep thy word, or pay the forfeit ; for what saith penance for the trick thou hast played me.' the text? Quis habitabit in tabernaculo, quis requi- The Fleming answered this with another broad escet in monte sancto?-Who shall ascend to the grin of intelligence, and they proceeded to the outer tabernacle, and dwell in the holy mountain ? Is it gate, to which Jorworth had come alone. Placing not answered again, qui jurat protimo, et non deci- himself at the wicket, which, however, he kept care pit?-Go to, my son--break not thy plighted word fully barred, and speaking through a small opening, for a little filthy lucre-better is an empty stomach contrived for such purpose, Wilkin Flammock de
Old Henry Jenkins, in his Recollections of the Abbacies manded of the Welshman his business. before their dissolution, has preserved the fact, that roast beef
“To receive rendition of the castle, agrecable to was delivered out to the guests, not by weight, but by measure. I promise,” said Jorworth.
“Ay? and art thou come on such an errand alone ?"
CHAPTER VIII. said Wilkin.
'Twas when ye raised, 'mid sap and siege, "No, truly," answered Jorworth; "I have some The banner of your rightful liege two score of men concealed among yonder bushes.".
At your she captain's call, " Then thou hadst best lead them away quickly,"
Who, miracle of womankind,
Lent mettle to the meanest hind answered Wilkin, " before our archers let fly a sheaf
That mann'd her castle wall. of arrows among them."
WILLIAM STEWART Rose "How, villain? Dost thou not mean to keep thy The morning light was scarce fully spread abroad, promise ?" said the Welshman.
when Eveline Berenger, in compliance with her coa"I gave thee none," said the Fleming; "I pro- fessor's advice, commenced her progress around the mised but to think on what thou didst say. I have walls and batilements of the beleaguered castle, to done so, and have communicated with my ghostly confirm by her personal entreaties the minds of the father, who will in no respect hear of my listening to valiant, and to rouse the more timid to hope and tə thy proposal."
exertion. She wore a rich collar and bracelets, as And wilt thou,” said Jorworth, " keep the cattle ornaments which indicated her rank and high de which I simply sent into the castle on the faith of our scent; and her under tunic, in the manner of the agreement ?''
times, was gathered around her slender waist by a "I will excommunicate and deliver him over to girdle, embroidered with precious stones, and secured Satan," said the monk, unable to wait the phlegma- by a large buckle of gold. From one side of the girdle tic and lingering answer of the Fleming, "if he give was suspended a pouch or purse, splendidly adorned horn, hoof, or hair of them, to such an uncircumcised with needle-work, and on the left side it sustained a Philistine as thou or thy master."
small dagger of exquisite workmanship. A dark "It is well, shorn priest," answered Jorworth, in coloured mantle, chosen as emblematic of her clouded great anger. “But mark me--reckon not on your fortunes, was flung loosely around her; and its bood frock for ransom. When Gwenwyn hath taken this was brought forward, so as to shadow but not hide castle, as it shall not longer shelter such a pair of her beautiful countenance. Her looks had lost the faithless traitors, I will have you sewed up each into high and ecstatic expression which had been inspired the carcass of one of these kine, for which your peni- by supposed revelation, but they retained a sorrowful tent has forsworn himself
, and lay you where wolf and and mild, yet determined character--and, in address eagle shall be your only companions."
ing the soldiers, she used a mixture of entreaty and "Thou wilt work thy will when it is matched with command-now throwing herself
upon their protecthy power," said the sedate Netherlander.
tion-now demanding in her aid the just tribute of False Welshman, we defy thee to thy teeth!" their allegiance. answered, in the same breath, the more irascible The garrison was divided, as military skil dictated monk. "I trust to see the hounds gnaw thy joints in groups, on the points most liable to attack, or from ere that day come that ye talk of so proudly." which an assailing enerny might be best annoyed;
By way of answer to both, Jorworth drew back and it was this unavoidable separation of their force his arm with his levelled javelin, and shaking the into small detachments, which showed to disadvar shaft till it acquired a vibratory motion, he hurled tage the extent of walls, compared with the number it with equal strength and dexterity
right against of the defenders, and though Wilkin Flammock had the aperture in the wicket. It whizzed through contrived several means of concealing this deficacy the opening at which it was aimed, and
flew (harm- of force from the enemy, he could not disguise it lessly, however,) between the heads of the monk from the defenders of the castle, who cast mournfal and the Fleming; the former of whom started back, glances on the length of battlements which were while the latter only said, as he looked at the unoccupied save by sentinels, and then looked out to javelin, which stood quivering in the door of the the fatal field of battle, loaded with the bodies of those guard-room, That was well aimed, and happily who ought to have been their comrades in this boot balked."
of peril. Jorworth, the instant he had flung his dart, has- The presence of Eveline did much to rouse the car. tened to the ambush which he had prepared, and gave rison from this state of discouragement. She glided them at once the signal and the example of a rapid from post to post, from tower to tower of the old gray retreat down the hill. Father Aldrovand would wil. fortress, as a gleam of light passes over a clouded lingly have followed them with a volley of arrows, landscape, and, touching its various points in succes but the Fleming observed that ammunition was too sion, calls them out to beauty and effect. Sorros precious with them to be wasted on a few runaways, and fear sometimes make sufferers eloquent. She Perhaps the honest man remembered that they had addressed the various nations who composed be come within the danger of such a salutation, in sonie little garrison, each in appropriate language. To the measure, on his own assurance.
English, she spoke as children of the soil to the When the noise of the hasty retreat of Jorworth Flemings, as men who had become denizens by the and his followers had died away, there ensued a dead right of hospitality-to the Normans as descendants silence, well corresponding with the coolness and of that victorious race, whose sword had made them calmness of that early hour in the morning.
the nobles and sovereigns of every land where its "This will not last long," said Wilkin to the monk, edge had been tried. To them she used the languas in a tone of foreboding seriousness, which found an of chivalry, by whose rules the meanest of that nation echo in the good father's bosom.
regulated, or affected to regulate, his actions. The “It will not, and it cannot," answered Aldrovand; English she reminded of their good faith and honesty " and we must expect a shrewd attack, which I of heart; and to the Flemings she spoke of the de should mind little, but that their numbers are great, struction of their property, the fruits of their honest ours few; the extent of the walls considerable, and industry. To all she proposed vengeance for the the obstinacy of these Welsh fiends almost equal to death of their leader and
his followers-to all she re their fury. But we will do the best. I will to the commended confidence in God and Our Lady of the Lady Eveline-She must show herself upon the bat-Garde Doloureuse ; and she ventured to assure all, of tlements-She is fairer in feature than becometh a the strong and
victorious bands that were already in man of my order to speak of; and she has withal a march to their relief. breathing of her father's lofty spirit. The look and "Will the gallant champions of the cross," she the word of such a lady will give a man double said, "think of leaving their native land, while the strength in the hour of need."
wail of women and of orphans is in their ears?"It may be," said the Fleming; "and I will go were to convert their pious purpose into mortal sin, see that the good breakfast which I have appointed and to derogate from the high fame they have so be presently served forth; it will give my Flemings well won. Yes-fight but valiantly, and perhaps more strength than the sight of the ten thousand before the very sun that is now slowly rising shal virgins-may their help be with us !--were they all sink in the sea, you will see it shining on the ranks arranged on a fair field.”
of Shrewsbury and Chester. When did the Welsh
man wait to hear the clangour of their trumpets, or "It will not be so long," answered Flammock; the rustling of their silken banners ? Fight bravely, we shall have noise enough, and that nearer to our fight freely but a while !--our castle is strong-our ears than yesterday.'' munition ample--your hearts are good-your arms Which way lie the enemy?'' said Eveline; " are powerful-- God is nigh to us, and our friends are thinks I can spy neither tents nor pavilions." not far distant. Fight, ihen, in the name of all that "They use none, lady," answered Wilkin Flamis good and holy-fight for yourselves, for your wives, mock,
Heaven has denied them the grace and for your children, and for your property-and oh! tight knowledge to weave linen enough for such a purpose for an orphan maiden, who hath no other defenders - Yonder they lie on both sides of the river, covered but what a sense of her sorrows, and the remembrance with naught but their white mantles. Would one of her father, may raise up among you !"
think that a host of thieves and cut-throats could Such speeches as these made a powerful impres- look so like the finest object in nature-a well-spread sion on the men to whom they were addressed, bleaching-field ?-Hark--hark !-the wasps are bealready hardened, by habits and sentiments, against ginning to buzz; they will soon be plying their stings." a sense of danger. The chivalrous Normans swore, In fact, there was heard among the Welsh army a on the cross of their swords, they would die to a man low and indistinct murmur, like that of ere they would surrender their posts--the blunter Anglo-Saxons cried, “Shame on him who would
“Bees alarm'd, and mustering in their hives." render up such a lamb as Eveline to a Welsh wolf, Terrified at the hollow menacing sound, which grew while he could make her a bulwark with his body!" louder every moment, Rose, who had all the irrita- Even the cold Flemings caught a spark of the en- bility of a sensitive temperament, clung to her fathusiasm with which the others were animated, and ther's arm, saying, in a terrified whisper, “It is like muttered to each other praises of the young lady's | the sound of the sea the night before the great inunbeauty, and short but honest resolves to do the best dation." they might in her defence.
“And it betokens too rough weather for women to Rose Flammock, who accompanied her lady with be abroad in," said Flammock. "Go to your cham one or two attendants upon her circuit around the ber, Lady Eveline, if it be your will-and go you too, castle, seemed to have relapsed into her natural cha- Roschen-God bless you both-ye do but keep us idle racter of a shy and timid girl, out of the excited stale here." into which she had been brought by the suspicions And, indeed, conscious that she had done all that which in the evening before bad attached to her was incumbent upon her, and fearful lest the chill father's character. She tripped closely but respect which she felt creeping over her own heart should fully after Eveline, and listened !o what she said from infect others, Eveline took her vassal's advice, and time to time, with the awe and admiration of a child withdrew slowly to her own apartment, often castlistening to its tutor, while only her moistened eye ing back her eye to the place where the Welsh, now expressed how far she felt or comprehended the ex-drawn out and under arms, were advancing their tent of the danger, or the force of the exhortations, ridgy battalions, like the waves of an approaching tide. There was, however, a moment when the youthful The Prince of Powys had, with considerable milimaiden's eye became more bright, her step more con- tary skill, adopted a plan of attack suitable to the fident, her looks more elevated. This was when fiery genius of his followers, and calculated to alarm they approached the spot where her father, having on every point the feeble garrison, discharged the duties of commander of the garrison, The three sides of the castle which were defended was now exercising those of engineer, and displaying by the river, were watched each by a numerous body great skill, as well as wonderful personal strength, in of the British, with instructions to contine themselves directing and assisting the establishment of a large to the discharge of arrows, unless they should observe mangonel, (a military engine used for casting stones) that some favourable opportunity of close attack upon a station commanding an exposed postern-gate, should occur. which led from the western side of the castle down wyn's forces, consisting of three columns of great
But far the greater part of Gwen, to the plain; and where a severe assault was natu- strength, advanced along the plain on the western rally to be expected. The greater part of his armour side of the castle, and menaced, with a desperate lay beside him, but covered with his cassock to screen assault
, the walls, which, in that direction, were deit from the morning dew; while in his leathern doublet, prived of the defence of the river. The first of these with arms bare to the shoulder, and a huge sledge- formidable bodies consisted entirely of archers, who hammer in his hand, he set an example to the me- dispersed themselves in front of the beleagured place chanics who worked under his direction.
and took advantage of every bush and rising grouna In slow and solid natures there is usually a touch which could afford them shelter; and then began to of shamefacedness, and a sensitiveness to the breach bend their bows and shower their arrows on the batof petty observances. Wilkin Flammock had been tlements and loopholes, suffering, however, a grea. unmoved even to insensibility at the imputation of deal more damage than they were able to inflict, as treason so lately cast upon him ; but he coloured the garrison returned their shot in comparative safety, high, and was confused, while hastily throwing on and with more secure and deliberate aim.* Under his cassock, he endeavoured to conceal the dishabille cover, however, of their discharge of arrows, two in which he had been surprised by the Lady Eveline. very strong bodies of Welsh attempted to carry the Not so his daughter: Proud of her father's zeal, her outer defences of the castle by storm. They had axes eye gleamed from him to her mistress with a look of to destroy the palisades, then called barriers ; sagots triumph, which seemed to say, " And this faithful fol- to fill up the external ditches; torches to set fire to lower, is he who was suspected of treachery!" aught combustible which they might find; and, above
Eveline's own bosom made her the same reproach; all, ladders to scale the walls. and, anxious to atone for her momentary doubt of his fidelity, she offered for his acceptance a ring of value, but, under favour of Lord Lyttleton, they probably did not use
* ARCHERS OF WALES.-The Welsh were excellent bowmen : in small amends," she said, “of a momentary mis
the long bow, the formidable weapon of the Normans, and construction."
afterwards of the English yeomen. "It needs not, Jady,” said Flammock, with his likely rather resembled the bow of the cognato Celtic triber er usual bluntness, "unless I have the freedom to be- Ireland, and of the Highlands of Scotland. stow the gaud on Rose; for I think she was grieved the ear, more loosely struwe, and the arrow liaving a heavy iron
than the Norman long-bow, as being drawn to the breast, not to enough at that which moved me little,-as why head ; altogether, in ehort, á less effective weapon. It appears should it?"
from the following anecdote, that there was a difference be"Dispose of it as thou wilt,” said Eveline; "the tween the Welsh arrows and those of the English. stone it bears is as true as thiné own faith."
In 1122, Henry the II., marching into Powys-Land to chastise
Meredyth ap Blethyn and certain rebels, in passing a defile was Here Eveline paused, and looking on the broad ex-struck by an arrow on the breast. Repelled by the excellence panded plain which extended between the site of the of his breastplate, the shant fell to the ground. When the King castle and the river, observed how silent and still the felt the blow and saw the shaft, he swore his usual oath, by
the death of our Lord, that the arrow carne not from a Welsh, morning was rising over what had so lately been a but an English bow; and, influenced by this belief, hastily put scene of such extensive slaughter.
That of the Welsh most
an end to the war.
These detachments rushed with incredible fury to- | ceptable to Gwenwyn as to the exhausted garrison of wards the point of attack, despite a most obstinate the Garde Doloureuse. defence, and the great loss which they sustained by But in the camp or leaguer of the Welsh there was missiles of every kind, and continued ihe assault for glee and triumph, for the loss of the past day was nearly an hour, supplied by reinforcements which forgotten in recollections of the signal victory which more than recruited their diminished numbers. When had preceded this siege; and the dispirited garrissa they were at last compelled to retreat, they seemed could hear from their walls the laugh and the song, to adopt a new and yet more harassing species of the sound of harping and gayety, which inumphal attack. A large body assaulted one ed point of by antici over their surrender. the fortress with such fury as to draw thither as The sun was for some time sunk, the twilight many of the besieged as could possibly be spared deepened, and night closed with a blue and cloudiess from other defended posts, and when there appeared sky, in which the thousand spangles that deck che a point less strongly manned than was adequate to firmament received double brilliancy from some slight defence, that, in its turn, was furiously assailed by a touch of frosh, although the paler planet, thar mis separate body of the enemy.
tress, was but in her first quarter. The necessities of Thus the defenders of ihe Garde Doloureuse re- the garrison were considerably aguravated by tbai of sembled the cmbarrassed traveller, engaged in repel- keeping a very strong and waichiul guard, ill accordling a swarm of hornets, which, while he brushes ing with the weakness of their numbers, at a ime them from one part, fix in swarms upon another, and which appeared favourable to any sudden noturnal drive him to despair by their numbers, and the boldness alarm; and, so urgent was this duty, that those who and multiplicity of their attacks. The postern being had been more slightly wounded on the preceding of course a principal point of attack, Father Aldro- day, were obliged to take their share in ii, notwithvand, whose anxiety would not permit him to be ab- standing their hurts. The monk and Fleming, who sent from the walls, and who, indeed, where decency now perfectly understood each other, wen! in comwould pernit, took an occasional share in the active pany around the walls at midnighi, exhorung the defence of the place, hasted thither, as the point warders to be watchful, and examining with that chiefly in danger.
own eyes the state of the fortress. It was in the Here he found the Fleming, like a second Ajax, course of these rounds, and as they were ascending grim with dust and blood, working with his own an elevated platform by a range of narrow and uneven hands the great engine which he had lately helped steps, something galling to the monk's tread, that to erect, and at the same time giving heedful eye to they perceived on the summit to which they were as all the exigencies around.
cending, instead of the black corslet of the Flemisha "How thinkest thou of this day's work ?” said the sentinel who had been placed there, iwo white forma monk in a whisper.
the appearance of which struck Wilkin Flammock "What skills it talking of it, father ?" replied Flam- with more dismay than he had shown during any or mock;,," thou art no soldier, and I have no time for the doubtful events of the preceding day's fight. words."
"Father," he said, "betake yourself to your tools Nay, take thy breath," said the monk, tucking up -es spuckt--there are hobgoblins here!" the sleeves of his frock; "I will try to help thee the The good father had not learned, as a priest, to deft whils:--although, Our Lady pity me, I know nothing the spiritual host, whom, as a soldier, he had dreaded of these strange devices-not even ihe names. But more than any mortal enemy; but he began to recite, our rule commands us to labour; there can be no with chattering teeth, the exorcism of the churita harm, therefore, in turning this winch-or in placing " Conjuro ros omnes, spiritus maligni, magni, atque this steel-headed piece of wood opposite to the cord," parsi,"—when he was interrupted by the voks (suiting his action to his words) "nor see I aught Eveline, who called out, " Is it you, Father Alirouncanonical in adjusting the lever thus, or in touch- vand ?” ing the spring
Much lightened at heart by finding they had no The large bolt whizzed through the air as he spoke, ghost to deal with, Wilkin Flammock and the pries! and was so successfully aimed, that it struck down advanced hastily to the platforın, where they found a Welsh chief of eminence, to whom Gwenwyn the lady with her faithful Rose, the foriner with a himself was in the act of giving some important half-pike in her hand, like a sențnel on duty. charge.
How is this, daughter ?" said the monk; • bow * Well driven, trebuchet -well flown, quarrel !! came you here, and thus armed? and where is the cried the monk, unable to contain his delight, and sentinel, -the lazy Flemish hound, that should have the engine, and the javelin which it discharged. giving in his triumph, the true technical names to kept the post
"May he not be a lazy hound, yet not a Flems "And well aimed, monk," added Wilkin Flam-one, father ?” said Rose, who was ever awakenat by mock; "I think thou knowest more than is in thy any thing which seemed a reflection upon her cunbreviary."
try'; " methinks I have heard of such curs of English “Care not thou for that,” said the father; "and breed." now that thou seest I can work an engine, and that "Go to, Rose, you are too malapert for a young the Welsh knaves seem something low in stomach, maiden,” said her father. “Once more, where is what think'st thou of our estate ?"
Peterkin Vorst, who should have kept this post ?" “Well enough-for a bad one--if we may hope for “Let him not be blamed for my fault," said Eve speedy succour; but men's bodies are of flesh, not of line, pointing to a place where the Flemish sentinel iron, and we may be at last wearied out by numbers. lay in the shade of the battlement fast asleep-He Only one soldier to four yards of wall, is a fearful was overcome with toil-had fought hard through the odds; and the villains are aware of it, and keep us to day, and when I saw him asleep as I came hiber, sharp work."
like a wandering spirit that cannot take slumber or The renewal of the assault here broke off their repose, I would not disturb the rest which I envid. conversation, por did the active enemy permit them as he had fought for me, I might, I thought, watch to enjoy much repose until sunset; for, alarining an hour for him; so I took his weapon with the purthem with repeated menaces of attack upon different pose of remaining here ull some one should come to points, besides making two or three formidable and relieve him." furious assaults, they left them scarce time to breathe, "I will relieve the schelm, with a vengeance!" said or to take a moment's refreshment. Yet the Welsh Wilkin Flammock, and saluted the slumbering and paid a severe price for their temerity; for while no- prostrate warder with two kicks, which made his thing could exceed the bravery with which their men corslet clatter. The man started to his feet in no repeatedly advanced to the attack, those which were small alarmn, which he would have communicated to made latest in the day had less of animated despera- the next sentinels and to the whole garrison, by crytion ihan their first onset; and it is probable, that the ing out that the Welsh were upon the walls, had out sense of having sustained great loss, and apprehen- the monk covered his broad mouth with his hand just sion of its effects on the spirits of his people, made as the roar was issuing forth. -"Peace, and get there nightfall, and the interruption of the contest, as ac- | down to the under bayley," said he ;--" thou deservest
death, by all the policies of war-but, look ye, variet, sentinel upon his post, or the hooting of the owls, and see who has saved your worihless neck, by which seemed to wail the approaching downfall of watching while you were dreaming of swine's flesh the moonlight turrets, in which they had established and beer-pots.
their ancient habitations. The Fleming, although as yet but half awake, was The calmness of all around seemed to press like a sufficiently conscious of his situation, to sneak off weight on the bosom of the unhappy Eveline, ana without reply, after two or three awkward congees, brought to her mind a deeper sense of present grier, as well to Eveline as to those by whom his repose had and keener apprehension of future horrors, than had been so unceremoniously interrupted.
reigned there during the bustle, blood, and confusion "He deserves to be tied neck and heel, the hounds of the preceding day. She rose up-she sat downfoot," said Wilkin. "But what would you have, she moved to and fro on the platform-she remained lady? My countrymen cannot live without rest or tixed like a statue to a single spot, as if she were trysleep.” So saying, he gave a yawn so wide, as if he ing by variety of posture to divert her internal sense had proposed to swallow one of the turrets at an an- of fear and sorrow. gle of the platform on which he stood, as if it had Al length, looking at the monk and the Fleming as only garnished a Christmas pasty,
they slepi soundly under the shade
of the battlement, "True, goud Wilkin,” said Eveline; "and do you she could no longer forbear breaking silence. “Men therefore, take some rest, and trust to my watchful- are happy," she said, “my beloved Rose; their anxious ness, at least till the guards are relieved. I cannot thoughts are either diverted by toilsome exertion, or sleep if I would, and I would not if I could.". drowned in the insensibility, which follows it. They
"Thanks, lady," said Flammock; "and in truth, may encounter wounds and death, but it is we who as this is a centrical place, and the rounds must pass feel in the spirit a more keen anguish than the body in an hour at farthest, I will e'en close my eyes for knows, and in the gnawing sense of present ill and such a space, for the lids feel as heavy as foodgates." fear of future misery, sutier a living death, more cruel
"O, father, father!" exclaimed Rose, alive to her than that which ends our woes at once." sire's unceremonious neglect of decorum-"think “Do not be thus downcast, my noble lady," said where you are, and in whose presence!"
Rose; "be rather what you were yesterday, caring for "Ay, ay, good Flammock," said the monk, re- the wounded, for the aged, for every one but yourselfmember the presence of a noble Norinan maiden is exposing even your dear life among the showers of the no place for folding of cloaks and donning of night- Welsh arrows, when doing so could give courage to caps.”
others; while I-shame on me-could but tremble, "Let him alone, father," said Eveline, who in an- sob, and weep, und needed all the little wit I have to other moment might have smiled at the readiness prevent my shouting with the wild cries of the Welsh, with which Wilkin Flammock folded himself in his or screaming and groaning with those of our friends huge cloak, extended his substantial form on the who fell around me." stone bench, and gave the most decided tokens of * Alas! Rose," answered her mistress, "you may profound repose, long ere the monk had done speak- at pleasure indulge your fears to the verge of distrace ing.
"Forms and fashions of respect," she conti- tion itself-you have a father to fight and watch for nued, "are for times of ease and nicety ;-when in you. Mine--my kind, noble, and honoured parent, danger, the soldier's bedchamber is wherever he can lies dead on yonder field, and all which remains for find leisure for an hour's sleep-his eating-hall, me is to act as may best become his memory. But, wherever he can obtain food. Sit thou down by Rose this moment is at least mine, to think upon and to and me, good father, and tell us of some holy lesson mourn for him." which may pass away these hours of weariness and So saying, and overpowered by the long-repressed calamity.
burst of filial sorrow, she sunk down on the banquette The father obeyed; but however willing to afford which ran along the inside of the embatuled parapet consolation, his ingenuity and theological skill sug- of the platform, and murmuring to herself, “He is gested nothing better than a recitation of the peniten- gone for ever!" abandoned herself to the extremity of tiary psalms, in which task he continued until fatigue grief. One hand grasped unconsciously the weapon became too powerful for him also, when he commit. which she held, and served, at the same time, to prop ted the same breach of decorum for which he had her forehead, while the tears, by which she was now upbraided Wilkin Flammock, and fell fast asleep in for the first time relieved, flowed in torrents from her the midst of his devotions.
eyes, and her sobs seemed so convulsive, that Rose almost feared her heart was bursting. Her affection
and sympathy dictated at once the kindest course CHAPTER IX.
which Eveline's condition permitted. Without at"O night of wo," she said and wept,
tempting to control the torrent of grief in its full cur“O nighat foreboding sorrow!
rent, she gently sat her down beside the mourner, and O night of wo," she said and wept,
possessing herself of the hand which had sunk mo“But more I dread the morrow!"
tionless by her side, she alternately pressed it to her SiR GILBERT ELLIOT.
lips, her bosom, and her brow-now covered it with The fatigue which had exhausted Flammock and kisses, now bedewed it with tears, and amid these the monk, was unfelt by the two anxious maidens, tokens of the most devoted and humble sympathy, who remained with their eyes bent, now upon the waited a more composed moment to offer her little dim landscape, now on the stars by which it was stock of consolation in such deep silence and stillness, lighted, as if they could have read there the events that, as the pale light fell upon the two beautiful young which the morrow was to bring forth. It was a pla- women, it seemed rather to show a group of statuary, cid and melancholy scene. Tree and field, and hill the work of some eminent sculptor, than beings whose and plain, lay before them in doubtful light, while, at eyes still wept, and whose hearts still throbbed. At greater distance, their eye could with difficulty trace a little distance, the gleaming corslet of the Fleming, one or two places where the river, hidden in general and the dark garments of Father Aldrovand, as they by banks and trees, spread its more expanded hosom lay prostrate on the stone steps, might represent the to the stars, and the pale crescent. All was still, ex- bodies of those for whom the principal figures were cepting the solemn rush of the waters, and now and mourning. then the shrill tinkle of a harp, which, heard from After a deep agony of many minutes, it seemed that more than a mile's distance through the midnight si- the sorrows of Eveline were assuming a more comlence, announced that some of the Welshmen still posed character; her convulsive sobs were changed protracted their most beloved amusement. The wild for long, low, profound sighs, and the course of her notes, partially heard, seemed like the voice of some tears, ihough they still flowed, was milder and less passing spirit; and, connected as they were with ideas violent. Her kind attendant, availing herself of these of fierce and unrelenting hostility, thrilled on Eveline's gentler symptoms, tried softly to win the spear from ear, as if prophetic of war and wo, captivity and death. her lady's grasp. '"Let me be sentinel for a while,' The only other sounds which disturbed the extreme she said, my sweet lady-I will at least scream stillness of the night, were the occasional step of a louder than you if any danger should approach." Sho