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ventured to kiss her cheek, and throw her arms around utmosi caution being used to prevent noise, the man Eveline's neck while she spoke; but a mule caress, ning of the walls was accomplished in silence, and which expressed her sense of the faithful girl's kind the garrison awaited in breathless expectauon the intentions to minister if possible to her repose, was success of the forces who were rapidly advancing to the only answer returned. They remained for many their relief. minutes silent and in the same posture, --Eveline, like The character of the sounds, which now lordly an upright and slender poplar, --Rose, who encircled awakened the silence of this eventful night, could do her lady in her arms, like the woodbine which iwines longer be mistaken. They were distinguishable from around it.
the rushing of a mighty river, or from the matitring At length Rose suddenly felt her young mistress sound of distant thunder, by the sharp and analy shiver in her embrace, and ihat Eveline's hand grasp- notes which the clashing of the siders' arms minste ed her arm rigidly as she whispered, “Do you hear with the deep bass of the horses' rapid tread. Frum nothing ?"
the long continuance of the sounds, their loudrys “No-nothing but the hooting of the owl,” answer- and the extent of horizon from which they and ed Rose, timorously.
to come, all in the castle were satisfied that the ap"I heard a distant sound,” said Eveline,-"I proaching relief consisted of several very strong thought I heard it-hark, it comes again !--Look from bodies of horse.* At once this mighty sound cias, the battleinents, Rose, while I awaken the priest and as if the earth on which they trode had either de thy father."
voured the armed squadrons, or had become incible Dearest lady;" said Rose, “I dare not-What can of resounding to their tramp. The defenders of the this sound be that is heard by one only ?--You are de- Garde Doloureuse concluded that their friends bad ceived by the rush of the river."
made a pudden halt to give their horses breath, ex"I would not alarm the castle unnecessarily," said amine the leagier of the enemy, and settle the one Eveline, pausing, or even break your father's needful of the attack upon them. The pause, however was slumbers, by a fancy of mine-But hark--hark!-but momentary. hear it again--distinct amidst the intermitting sound The British, so alert at surprising their enerries, of the rushing water-a low tremulous sound, mingled were themselves, on many occasions, liable to surwith a tinkling like smiths or armourers at work upon prise. Their men were undisciplined, and someties their anvils."
negligent of the patient duties of the sentindl; art Rose had by this time sprung up on the banquette, besides, their foragers and flying parties, who scoured and flinging back her rich tresses of fair hair, had ap- the country during the preceding day, had brought plied her hand behind her ear to collect the distant back tidings which had lulled them into fatal security sound. “I hear it," she cried, "and it increases- 'Their camp had been therefore carelessly guarded, and Awake them, for Heaven's sake, and without a mo- confident in the smallness of the garrison, they had ment's delay!"
altogether neglected the important military duty of Eveline accordingly stirred the sleepers with the establishing patrols and outposts at a proper distance Teversed end of the lance, and as they started to their from their main body. Thus the cavalry of the Lords feet in haste, she whispered, in a hasty but cautious Marchers, notwithstanding the noise which actor. voice, "To arms--the Welsh are upon us !"!
panied their advance, had approached very near the "What-where ?'' said Wilkin Fiammock, "where British camp, without exciting the least alarm. be they?"
while they were arranging their forces into separate "Listen, and you will hear them arming," she re-columns, in order to commence the assault à loud plied.
and increasing clamour among the Welsh annour xd "The noise is but in thine own fancy, lady,” said that they were at length aware of their danger. The the Fleming, whose organs were of the same heavy shrill and discordant cries by which they endeavoured character with his form and his disposition. "Ito assemble their men, each under the banner of the would I had not gone to sleep at all, since I was to be chief, resounded from their leaguer. But these rall, ing awakened so soon.
shouts were soon converted into screams, and caniwers "Nay, but listen, good Flammock-the sound of of horror and dismay, when the thundering charge of armour comes from the north-east."
the barbed horses and heavily-arined cavalry of the "The Welsh lie not in that quarter, lady," said Anglo-Normans surprised their undefended camp. Wilkin, "and, besides, they wear no armour.'
Yet not even under circumstances so adverse a "I hear it-I hear it!" said Father Aldrovand, who the descendants of the ancient Britons renounce their had been listening for some time. "All praise to St. defence, or forfeit their old hereditary priviltya. W be Benedict !--Our Lady of the Garde Doloureuse has called the bravest of mankind. Their cries of defibeen gracious to her servants as ever !-It is the ance and resistance were heard resounding above the tramp of horse-it is the clash of armour-the chiv- groans of the wounded, the shouts of the inumphan: alry of the Marches are coming to our relief-Kyrie assailants, and the universal tumult of the nightEleison !"
battle. It was not until the morning light benin to “I hear something too,” said Flammock,—"some- peep forth, that the slaughter or dispersion of Gwen thing like the hollow sound of the great sea, when it wyn's forces was complete, and that the " earthquake burst into my neighbour Klinkerman's warehouse, voice of victory' arose in uncontrolled and unming:ed and rolled his pots and pans against each other. But energy of exultation. it were an evil mistake, father, to take foes for friends Then the beseiged, if they could be still so termed --we were best rouse the people."
looking from their towers over the expanded county “Tush!" said the priest," talk to me of pots and beneath witnessed nothing but one wide-spread crne kettles ?-Was I squire of the body to Count Stephen of desultory flight and unrelaxed pursuit. That the Mauleverer for twenty years, and do I not know the Welsh had been permitted to encamp in fancieuse tramp of a war-horse, or the clash of a mail-coat ?- rity upon the hither side of the river, now rendused But call the men to the walls at any rate, and have their discomfiture more dreadfully fatal. The single me the best drawn up in the basecourt--we inay help pass by which they could cross to the other side was them by a sally."
soon completely choked by fugitives, on whose rear "That will not be rashly undertaken with my con- raged the swords of the victorious Norians. Many sent,'' murmured the Fleming; “but to the wall if threw themselves into the river, upon the precarious you will
, and in good time. But kecp, your Normans chance of gaining the farther side, and, except a f*, and English silent, Sir Priest, else their unruly and who were uncommonly strong, skilful, and active noisy joy will awaken the Welsh camp, and prepare perished among the rocks and in the currents; others then for their unwelcome visiters.
more fortunate, escaped by fords, with which they The monk laid his finger on bis lip in sign of in- had accidentally been made acquainted; many dis telligence, and they parted in opposite directions, each persed, or, in small bands, fled in reckless despair ioto rouse the defenders of the castle, who were soon · Even the sharp and angry clang made by the iron salbards heard drawing from all quarters to their posts upon
of modern cavalry ringing arainst the steel-tipp'd saddles and the walls, with hearts in a very different mood from stirrup, betrays their alyroach from a distance The Clash of that in which they had descended from them. The the armour of knights, armed cap-a-pic, must have been euch
wards the castle, as if the fortress, which had beat them of short chestnut curls; and although hiş armour off when victorious, could be a place of refuge to them was of a massive and simple form, he moved under it in their present forlorn condition; while others with such elasticity and ease, that it seemed a graceful roamed wildly over the plain, seeking only escape attire, not a burden or encumbrance. A furred mantle from immediate and instant danger, without knowing had not sat on him with more easy grace than the whither they ran.
heavy hauberk, which complied with every gesture of The Normans, mean while, divided into small par- his noble forin. Yet his countenance was so juvenile, ties, followed and slaughtered them at pleasure; that only the down on the upper lip announced dewhile, as a rallying point for the victors, the banner cisively the approach to manhood. The females, who of Hugo de Lacy streamed from a small mount, on thronged into the court to see the first enroy of their which Gwenwyn had lately pitched his own, and deliverers, could not forbear mixing praises of his surrounded by a competent force, both of infantry and beauty with blessings on his valour; and one comely horsemen, which the experienced Baron permitted on middle-aged dame, in particular, distinguished by no account to wander far from it.
the tightness with which her scarlet hose sat on a The rest, as we have already said, followed the well-shaped leg and ankle, and by the cleanness of chase with shouts of exultation and of vengeance, her coif, pressed close up to the young squire, and, ringing around the battlements, which resounded with more forward than the rest, doubled the crimson the cries, "Ha, Saint Edward !-Ha, Saint Dennis ! hue of his cheek, by crying aloud, that Our Lady -Strike-slay-no quarter to the Welsh wolves- of the Garde Doloureuse had sent them news of their think on Raymond Berenger!''
redemption by an angel from the sanctuary;--a speech The soldiers on the walls joined in these vengeful which, although Father Aldrovand shook his head, and victorious clamours, and discharged several was received by her companions with such general sheaves of arrows upon such fugitives, as, in their acclamation, as greatly embarrassed the young man's extremity approached too near the castle. They modesty. would fain have sallied to give more active assistance "Peace, all of ye!" said Wilkin Flammock-"Know in the work of destruction; but the communication you no respects, you women, or have you never seen being now open with the Constable of Chester's forces, a young gentlemen before, that you hang on him like Wilkin Flammock considered himself and the garri- files on a honeycomb? Stand back, I say, and let son to be under the orders of that renowned chief, and us hear in peace what are the commands of the noble refused to listen to the cager admonitions of Father Lord of Lacy." Aldrovand, who would, notwithstanding his sacer- "These," said the young man, "I can only dedotal character, have willingly himself taken charge liver in the presence of the right noble demoiselle, of the sally which he proposed.
Eveline Berenger, if I may be thought worthy of such At length, the scene of slaughter seemed at an honour.” end. The retreat was blown on many a bugle, and "That thou art, noble sir," said the same forward knights halted on the plain to collect iheir personal dame, who had before expressed her admiration so followers, muster them under their proper pennon, energetically; "I will uphold thee worthy of her and then march them slowly back to the greai stand presence, and whatever other grace a lady can do ard of their leader, around which the main body were thee." again to be assembled, like the clouds which gather “Now hold thy tongue, with a wanion !" said the around the evening sun--a fanciful simile, which monk; while in the same breath the Fleming exmight yet be drawn farther, in respect of the level claimed, “Beware the cucking-stool, Dame Scant-o'rays of strong lurid light which shot from those dark Grace!" while he conducted the noble youth across battalions, as the beams were flung back from their the court. polished armour.
"Let my good horse be cared for," said the cavalier, The plain was in this manner soon cleared of the as he put the bridle into the hand of a menial; and horsemen, and remained occupied only by the dead in doing so got rid of some part of his female retinue, bodies of the slaughtered Welshmen. The bands who began to pat and praise the steed as much as who had followed the pursuit to a greater distance they had done the rider; and some, in the enthusiasm were also now seen returning, driving before them, or of their joy, hardly abstained from kissing the stirrups dragqing after them, dejected and unhappy captives, and horse furniture. to whom they had given quarier when their thirst of But Dame Gillian was not so easily diverted from blood was satiated.
her own point as were some of her companions. She It was then that, desirous to attract the attention continued to repeat the word cucking-stool, till the of his liberators, Wilkin Flammock commanded all Fleming was out of hearing, and then became more the banners of the castle to be displayed, under a specific in her objurgation.-"And why cuckinggeneral shont of acclamation from those who had stool, I pray, Sir Wilkin Butterfirkin ?. You are the fonght under them. It was answered by a universal man would stop an English mouth with a Flemish cry of joy from De Lacy's army, which rung so wide, damask napkin, I trow! Marry quep, my cousin the as might even yet have started such of the Welsh weaver! And why the cucking-stool, I pray ?-befugitives, as, far distant from this disastrous field cause my young lady is comely, and the young squire of flight, might have ventured to halt for a moment's is a man of metile, reverence to his beard that is 10 repose.
come yet! Have we not eyes to see, and have we Presently after this greeting had been exchanged, not a mouth and a tongue ?!!! a single rider advanced from the Constable's army In troth, Dame Gillian, they do you wrong who towards the castle, showing, even at a distance, an doubt it," said Eveline's nurse, who stood by; "but unusual dexterity of horsemanship and grace of I prithee, keep it shut now, were it but for womandeportment. Ile arrived at the drawbridge, which hood.” was instantly lowered to admit him, whilst Flam- "How now, manncrly Mrs. Margery ?'' replied the mock and the monk (for the latter, as far as he could, incorrigible Gillian; is your heart so high, becauso associated himself with the former in all acts of au- you dandled our young lady on your knee fifteen thority) hastened to receive the envoy of their liberator. years since ?-Let me tell you, the cat will find its They found him just alighted from the raven-coloured way to the cream, though it was brought up on an horse, which was slightly flecked with blood as well abbess's lap." as foain, and still panied with the exertions of the "Home, housewife-home!" exclaimed her husevening'; though, answering to the caressing hand band, the old huntsman, who was weary of this pubof his youthful rider
, he arched his neck, shook his lic exhibition of his domestic termagant-"home, or stell caparison, and snorted, to announce his una- I will give you a taste of my dog-leash-Here are bated mettle and unwearied love of combat. The both the confessor and Wilkin Flammock wondering young man's eagle look bore the same token of at your impudence." unabated vigour, mingled with the signs of recent * Indeed!" replied Gillian; "and are not two fools exertion. His hemlet hanging at his saddle-bow, enough for wonderment, that you must come with showed a gallant countenance, coloured highly, but your grave pate to make up the number three?", noi inflamed, which looked out from a rich profusion There was a general laugh at the huntsman's ex
pense, under cover of which he prudently withdrew | a death so bloody !-One question I would ask you, his spouse, without attempting to continue the war noble sir. My father's remains"
She paused, of tongues, in which she had shown such a decided unable to proceed. superiority
“An hour will place them at your disposal, most This controversy, so light is the change in human honoured lady," replied the squire, in the tone of spirits, especially among the lower class, awakened sympathy which the sorrows of so young and so far bursts of idle mírth among beings, who had so lately an orphan called irresistibly forth. * Such preparabeen in the jaws of danger, if not of absolute despair. tions as time admitted were making even when I left
the host, to transport what was mortal of the noble
Berenger from the field on which we found him, and CHAPTER X.
a monument of slain which his own sword had raised. They bore him barefaced on his bier,
My kinsman's vow will not allow him to pass your Six proper youths and tall,
portcullis; but, with your permission, I will represtat And many a tear hedew'd his grave
him, if such be your pleasure, at these honoured obseWithin yon kirk yard wall. The Friar of Orders Gray.
quies, having charge to that effect."
"My brave and noble father," said Eveline, making While these matters took place in the castle-yard, an effort to restrain her tears, "will be best mourned the young squire, Damian Lacy, obtained the audi- by the noble and the brave." She would have done ence which he had requested of Eveline Berenger, tinued, but her voice failed her, and she was obliged who received him in the great hall of the castle, to withdraw abruptly, in order to give vent to be seated beneath the dais, or canopy, and waited upon sorrow, and prepare for the funeral rites with such by Rose, and other female attendants; of whom the ceremony as circumstances shouid permit. Dammaa first alone was permitted to use a tabouret or small bowed to the departing mourner as reverently as he stool, in her presence, so strict were the Norman would have done to a divinity, and taking his horse maidens of quality in maintaining their claims to returned to his uncle's host, which had encamped high rank and observance.
hastily on the recent field of batile. The youth was introduced by the confessor and The sun was now high, and the whole plain preFlammock, as the spiritual character of the one, and sented the appearance of a bustle, equally differ-nt the trust reposed by her late father in the other, au- from the solitude of the early morning, and from the thorized them to be present upon the occasion. Eve- roar and fury of the subsequent engagement. The line naturally blushed, as she advanced two steps to news of Hugo de Lacy's victory every where spread receive the handsome youthful envoy; and her bash- abroad, with all the alacrity of triumph, and had fulness seemed infectious, for it was with some con- linduced many of the inhabitants of the country, wb fusion that Damian went through the ceremony of had fled before the fury of the Wolf of Plinlimmon, saluting the hand which she extended towards him to return to their desolate habitations. Numbers als in token of welcome. Eveline was under the neces- of the loose and profligate characters which abond sity of speaking first.
in a country subject to the frequent changes of war, We advance as far as our limits will permit us,” had flocked thither in quest of spoil, or to gratify a she said, "to greet with our thanks the messenger spirit of restless curiosity. The Jew and the Low who brings us tidings of safety. We speak-unless bard, despising danger where there was a chance of we err--to the noble Damian of Lacy?"**
gain, might be already seen bartering liquors and "To the humblest of your servants," answered wares with the victorious men-at-arms, for the blood Damian, falling with some difficulty into the tone of stained ornaments of gold lately worn by the defeated courtesy which his errand and character required, British. Others acted as brokers betwixt the Welsh
who approaches you on behalf of his noble uncle, captives and their captors; and where they could Hugo de Lacy, Cojistable of Chester."
trust the means and good faith of the former, some Will not our noble deliverer in person honour with times became bound for, or even advanced in ready his presence the poor dwelling which he has saved ?'' money, the sums necessary for their ransom; whilst
My noble kinsman," answered Damian, “is now a more numerous class became themselves the purGod's soldier, and bound by a vow not to come be- chasers of those prisoners who had no immediate neath a roof until he embark for the Holy Land. But means of settling with their conquerors. by my voice he congratulates you on the defeat of That the spoil thus acquired might not long ayour savage enemies, and sends you these tokens cumber the soldier, or blunt his ardour for farther ihat the comrade and friend of your noble father enterprise, the usual means of dissipating military hath not left his lamentable death many hours un- spoils were already at hand. Courtezans, mimes avenged." So saying, he drew forth and laid before jugglers, minstrels, and tale-tellers of every descripEveline the gold bracelets, the coronet, and the eu- tion, had accompanied the night-march; and, secure dorchawg, or chain of linked gold, which had distin- in the military reputation of the celebrated De Lacy, guished ihe rank of the Welsh Prince.*
had rested fearlessly at some little distance until the "Gwenwyn hath then fallen ?" said Eveline, a battle was fought and won. These now approached natural shudder combating with the feelings of grati- in many a joyous group, to congratulate the victors fied vengeance, as she beheld that the trophies were close to the parties which they formed for the dance, specked with blood, -" The slayer of my father is no the song, or the tale, upon the yet bloody field, the more!"
countrymen summoned in for the purpose, were open"My kinsman's lance transfixed the Briton as he ing large trenches for depositing the dead-leerbes endeavoured 10 rally his flying people-he died grimly were seen tending the wounded-priests and monks on the weapon which had passed more than a fathom confessing those in extremity-soldiers transporting through his body, and exerted his last strength in a from the field the bodies of the more honoured among furious but ineffectual blow with his mace.
the slain-peasants mourning over their trampled "Heaven is just,” said Eveline;"may his sins be crops and plundered habitations--and widows and forgiven to the man of blood, since he hath fallen by orphans searching for the bodies of husbands and
* EUDORCHAWO, OR GOLD CHAINS OF THE WELSH ---These parents, amid the promiscuous carnage of two comwere the distinguished marks of rank and valour among the bats. Thus wo mingled her wildest notes with those numerous tribes of Celtic extraction. Champion, gained the name of Toryuatus, or he of the chain, the Garde Doloureuse formed a singular parallel to on account of an ornament of this kind won in single.combat, the varied maze of human life, where joy and grief
Manlius, the Roman of jubilee and bacchanal triumph, and the plain of dred of the British, who fell there, had their necks wreuthed mirth and pleasure often border on those of sorrow his poem on the battle of Catrerath, that no less than three hun are so strangely mixed, and where the confines of with the Eudorchawg. This seems to infer that the chain was and of death. a badge of distinction, and valour perhaps, but not of royalty ; otherwise there would scarce have been so many kings present
About noon these various noises were at once in one battle. This chain has been found accordingly in Ire silenced, and the attention alike
of those who rejoiced land and Wales, and sometimes, though more rarely, in Scotland. Doubtless it was of too precious materials not to be
or who grieved was arrested by the loud and mournful usually
converted into money by the enemy into whose hande sound of six trumpets, which, uplifting and uniting it fell.
their thrilling tones in a wild and melancholy deathnote, apprized all, that the obsequies of the valiant! "Yet mourning times have their own commerce," Raymond Berenger were about to commence. From said the stranger, approaching still closer to the side a tent, which had been hastily pitched for the imme- of Margery, and lowering his voice to a tone yet diate reception of the body, twelve black monks, the more contidential. “I have sable scarfs of Persian inhabitants of a neighbouring convent, began to file silk-black bugles, in which a princess might mourn out in pairs, headed by their abbot, who bore a large for a deceased monarch-cyprus, such as the East cross, and thundered forth the sublime notes of the hath seldom sent forth-black cloth for mourning Catholic Miserere me, Domine. Then came a chosen hangings--all that may express sorrow and reverence body of men-at-arms, trailing their lances, with their in fashion and attire; and I know how to be grateful points reversed and pointed to the earth; and after to those who help me to custom. Come, bethink you, them the body of the valiant Berenger, wrapped in good dame-such things must be had-I will sell as his own knightly banner, which, regained from the good ware and as cheap as another; and a kirtle to hands of the Welsh, now served its moble owner yourself
, or, at your pleasure, a purse with five florins, instead of a funeral pall. The most gallant knights shall be the meed of your kindness." of the Constable's household (for, like other great "I prithee peace, friend," said Margery, "and nobles of that period, he had formed it upon a scale choose a better time for vaunting your wares-you which approached to that of royalty) walked as neglect both place and season ; and if you be farther mourners and supporters of the corpse, which was importunate, I must speak to those who will show borne upon lances; and the Constable of Chester you the outward side of the castle gate. I marvel the himself, alone and fully armed, excepting the head, warders would admit pedlars upon a day such as this followed as chief mourner. A chosen body of squires, they would drive a gainful bargain by the bedside of men-ar-arms, and pages of noble descent, brought up their mother, were she dying, I trow.” So saying, the rear of the procession; while their nakers and she turned scornfully from him. trumpets echoed back, from time to time, the melan- While thus angrily rejected on the one side, the mercholy song of the monks, by replying in a note as chant felt his cloak receive an intelligent iwitch upon lugubrious as their own.
the other, and, looking round upon the signal, he saw The course of pleasure was arrested, and even that a dame, whose black kerchief was affectedly disposed, of sorrow was for a moment turned from her own so as to give an appearance of solemnity to a set of griefs, to witness the last honours bestowed on him, light laughing features, which must have been captiwho had been in life the father and guardian of his vating when young, since they retained so many people,
good points when at least forty years had passed over The mournful procession traversed slowly the plain ihem. She winked to the merchant, touching at the which had been within a few hours the scene of such same time her under lip with her forefinger, to varied events; and, pausing before the outer gate of announce the propriety of silence and secrecy; then the barricades of the castle, invited by a prolonged gliding from the crowd, retreated to a small recess and solemn flourish, the fortress to receive the remains formed by a projecting buttress of the chapel, as if to of its late gallant defender. The melancholy sum- avoid the pressure likely to take place at the moment mons was answered by the warder's horn--the draw. when the bier should be lifted. The merchant failed bridge sunk-the portcullis rose-and Father Aldro- not to follow her example, and was soon by her side, vand appeared in the middle of the gateway, arrayed when she did not give him the trouble of opening in his sacerdotal habit, whilst a little space behind his affairs, but cominenced the conversation hersell, him stood the orphaned damsel, in such weeds of "I have heard what you said to our dame Margery mourning as time admitted, supported by her attend--Mannerly Margery, as I call her-heard as much, ani Rose, and followed by the females of the household. at least, as led me to guess the rest, for I have got an
The Constable of Chester paused upon the threshold eye in my head, I promise you, of the outer gate, and, pointing to the cross signed in A pair of them, my preity dame, and as bright as white cloth upon his left shoulder, with a lowly drops of dew in a May morning. reverence resigned to his nephew, Damian, the task Oh, you say so, because I have been weeping," of attending the remains of Raymond Berenger to said the scarlet-hosed Gillian, for it was even herself the chapel within the castle. The soldiers or Hugo who spoke; "and to be sure, I have good cause, for de Lacy, most of whom were bound by the same our lord was always iny very good lord, and would vow with himself, also halted without the castle gate, sometimes chuck me under the chin, and call me and remained under arms, while the death-peal of the buxom Gillian of Croydon--not that the good genchapel bell announced from within, the progress of tleman was ever uncivil, for he would thrust a silver the procession.
twopennies into my hand at the same time.-Oh! It winded on through those narrow entrances, the friend that I have lost !-And I have had anger on which were skilfully contrived to interrupt the pro- his account too-I have seen old Raoul as sour as gress of an enemy, even should he succeed in forc- vinegar, and fit for no place but the kennel for a ing the outer gate, and arrived at length in the whole day about it; but as I said to him, it was not great court-yard, where most of the inhabitants of for the like of me to be affronting our master, and a the fortress, and those who, under recent circum- great baron, about a chuck under the chin, or a kiss, stances, had taken refuge there, were drawn up, in or such like." order to look, for the last time, on their departed lord. "No wonder you are so sorry for so kind a master, Among these were mingled a few of the motley dame," said the merchant. crowd from without, whom curiosity, or the expecta. "No wonder indeed,”! replied the dame, with a tion of a dole, had brought to the castle gate, and sigh ; "and then what is to become of us ?-It is who, by one argument or another, bad obtained like my young mistress will go to her aunt-or she from the warders permission to enter the interior. will marry one of these Lacys that they talk so much
The body was here set down before the door of of-or, at any rate she will leave the castle; and it's the chapel, the ancient Gothic front of which formed like old Raoul and I will be turned to grass with the one side of the court-yard, until certain prayers were lord's old chargers. The lord knows, they may as recited by the priests, in which the crowd around well hang him up with the old hounds, for he is both were supposed to join with becoming reverence. footless and fangless, and fit for nothing on earth
It was during this interval, thai a man, whose that I know of." peaked beard, embroidered girdle, and high-crowned Your young mistress is that lady in the mourning hat of gray felt, gave him the air of a Lombard mer- mantle," said the merchant, "who so nearly sunk chant, addressed Margery, the nurse of Eveline, in a down upon
the body just pow?" whispering tone, and with a foreign accent.-"1 am “In good troth is she, sir-and much cause she has a travelling merchant, good sister, and am come to sink down. I am sure she will be to seek for such hither in quest of gain-can you tell me whether I another father." can have any custom in this castle?"
“I see you are a most discerning woman, gossip "You are come at an evil time, Sir Stranger-you Gillian," answered the merchant; "and yonder youth may yourself see that this is a place for mourning, that supported her is her bridegroom?" and not for merchandise."
"Much need she has for some one to support ber,"
said Gillian; "and so have I for that matter, for what the deceased; but the lady herself, and most of his can poor old rusty Raoul do ?".
attendants, observed a stern course of vigil, cisc"But as to your young lady's marriage ?" said the pline, and fasts, which appeared to the Normans a merchant.
more decorous manner of testifying their respect “No one knows more, than that such a thing was for the dead, than the Saxon and Flemish custom in treaty between our late lord and the great Con- of banqueting and drinking inordinately upon such stable of Chester, that came to-day but just in time occasions. to prevent the Welsh from cutung all our throats, Mean while, the Constable De Lacy retained a and doing the Lord knoweth what mischief beside. large body of his men encamped under the walls of But there is a marriage talked of, that is certain the Garde Doloureuse, for protection against sode and most folk think it must be for this smoothi-new irruption of the Welsh, while with the rest be cheeked boy, Damian, as they call him; for though took advantage of his victory, and struck terror into the Constable has gotten a beard, which his nephew | the British by many well-conduct a forays, marked hath not, it is something too grizzled for a bride- with ravages scarcely less hurtful than their own. groom's chin-Besides, he goes to the Holy Wars Along the enemy, the evils of discord were added ! fittest place for all elderly warriors--I wish he would those of defcal and invasion; for two distant relecons take Raoul with him.--But what is all this to what of Gwenwyn contendel for the throne he had la14 ty you were saying about your mourning wares even occupied, and on this, as on many other occssons, now ?-It is a sad truth, that my poor Lord is gone the Britons suffered as much from internal disserson --But what then ?-Well-a-day, you know the good as from the sword of the Norinans. A worse pottiold saw,
cian, and a less celebrated soldier, than the sagaog Cloth most we wear,
and successful De Lacy, could not have failed unda Eat beef and drink beer,
such circumstances, to negouate as he did an advanThough the dead go to bier,'
tageous peace, which, while it deprived Powys of a And for your merchandising, I am as like to help part of its frontier, and the command of some imyou with my good word as Mannerly Margery, pro- portant passes, in which it was the Constable's purvided you bid fair for it ; since, if the lady loves pose to build castles, rendered the Garde Doloureuze me not so much, I can turn the steward round my inore secure than formerly, from any sudden attack finger."
on the part of their fiery and restless naghloors. "Take this in part of our bargain, pretty Mrs. De Lacy's care also went to re-establishing these Gillian,” said the merchant; "and when my wains settlers who had Aed from their possessions, and pulcome up, I will consider you amply, if I get good ting the whole lordship, which now descended una sale by your favourable report.--Bui how shall I get an unprotected female, into a state of defence as xtinto the castle again ? for I would wish to consult fect as its situation on a hostile frontier could put you, being a sensible woman, before I come in with sibly permit. my luggage."
Whilst thus anxiously prov'dent in the affairs of "Why," answered the complaisant dame," if our the orphan of the Garde Doloureuse, De Lacy, durEnglish be on guard, you have only to ask for Gillian, ing the space we have mentioned, sought not to die and they will open the wicket to any single man at turb her filial grief by any personal intercourse. His once; for we English stick all together, were it but nephew, indeed, was despatched by times every more to spite the Normans;-but if a Norman be on duty, ing to lay before her his uncle's deroirs, in the high you must ask for old Raoul, and say you come to nown language of the day, and acuzini her with ibe speak of dogs and hawks for sale, and I warrant you steps which he had taken in ber atlairs. As a need come lo speech of me that way. If the sentinel be due to his relative's high services, Damian w a Fleming, you have but to say you are a merchant, always admitted to see Eveline on such OCCISIJOS and he will let you in for the love of trade."
and returned charged with her grateful thanks, and The merchant repeated his thankful acknowledg- her implicit acquiescence in whatever the Constage ment, glided from her side, and mixed among the proposed for her consideration. spectators, leaving her to congratulate herself on But when the days of rigid mourning were elapsed having gained a brace of forins by the indulgence of the young De Lacy stated, on the part of his kins her natural talkative humour; for which, on other man, thai bis treaty with the Welsh being concluded occasions, she had sometimes dearly paid.
and all things in this district arranged as well as cirThe ceasing of the heavy toll of the castle bell now cumstances would permit, the Constable of Chata gave intimation that the noble Raymond Berenger now proposed to return into his own ter tort, in had been laid in the vault with his fathers. That order to resume his instant preparations for the Holy part of the funeral attendants who had come from Land, which the duty of chastising her enemies bad the host of De Lacy, now proceeded to the castle hall, for some days interrupted. where they partook, but with temperance, of some "And will not the noble Constable, before he de refreshments, which were offered as a death-meal; parts from this place," said Eveline, with a burs af and presently after left the castle, headed by young gratitude which the occasion well merited, “receive Damian, in the same slow and melancholy form in the personal thanks of her that was ready to perish, which they had entered. The monks remained with when he so valiantly came to her aid ?": in the castle to sing repeated services for the soul of "It was even on that point that I was commis the deceased, and for those of his faithful men-at-arins sioned to speak," replied 'Damian; "but my poble who had fallen around him, and who had been so kinsman feels diffident to propose to you that white much mangled during, and after, the contest with the he most earnestly desires--the privilege of speaking Welsh, that it was scarce possible to know one indi- to your own ear certain matters of high import, an! vidual from another; otherwise the body of Dennis with which he judges it fit to intrust no thini party." Morolt would have obiained, as his faith well de- 'Surely,” said the maiden, blushing, "there can served, the honours of a separate funeral.*
be naught beyond the bounds of maidenhood, in my seeing the noble Constable whenever such is hie
pleasure." CHAPTER XI.
“But his vow," replied Damian, " binds my kinsThe funeral baked meats
man not to come beneath a roof until he sets sail for Did coldly furnislı forth the marriage table.-Hamlet.
of mangling the bodies of their slain antagonists. Every one The religious rites which followed the funeral must remember Shakspeare's account, how of Raymond Berenger, endured without interrup
"the noble Mortimer, tion for the period of six days; during which, alms
Leading the men of Herefordshire to fight were distributed to the poor, and relief administered,
Against the irregular and wild Glendower
Was, by the rude hands of that Welshman, taken, at the expense of the Lady Eveline, to all those
And a thousand of his people butcher'd: who had suffered by the late inroad. Death-meals, Upon whose dead corpse there was much misuse, as they were termed, were also spread in honour of
Such beastly shameless transformation,
By these Welsh women done, as may not be, * The Wodeh, a fierce and barbarous people, were often accused Without much shame, retold or spoken of."