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"I am he," answered the elder De Lacy ; " but and relations retired from the splendid and joyful cereif thy business be not the more hasty, I cannot now mony of his espousals as from a funeral feast, with speak with thee-I am bound on matters of life and anxious thoughts and with downcast eyes. death."
Randal was the only person, who, having atten"I take all Christian people to witness that I have tively watched the whole progress of the affair dudischarged my duty," said the paritor, putting into the ring the evening, ventured to approach his cousin as hand of the Constable a slip of parchment.
he left the house, and asked him, "in the name of "How is this, fellow ?'' said the Constable in great their reunited friendship, whether he had nothing to indignation-"for whom or what does your master command him?'' assuring him, with a look more exthe Archbishop take me, that he deals with me in pressive than his words, that he would not find him this uncourteous fashion, citing me to compear before cold in his service. him more like a delinquent than a friend or a noble- "I have naught which can exercise your zeal, fair
cousin,” replied the Constable, with the air of one My gracious lord," answered the paritor, haugh- who partly questioned the speaker's sincerity; and tily, "is accountable to no one but our Holy Father the parting reverence with which he accompanied his the Pope, for the exercise of the power which is words, left Randal no pretext for continuing his atintrusted to him by the canons of the Church. Your tendance, as he seemed to have designed. lordship's answer to my citation ?"!!
“Is the Archbishop present in this city ?" said the Constable, after a moment's reflection-"I knew not
CHAPTER XVIII. of his purpose to travel hither, still less of his purpose Oh, were I seated high as my ambition, to exercise authority within these bounds."
I'd place this naked foot on Decks of monarchs. 'My gracious lord the Archbishop," said the pari
Mysterious Mother. tor, “is but now arrived in this city, of which he is The most anxious and unhappy moment of Hugo metropolitan; and besides, by his apostolical com- de Lacy's life, was unquestionably that in which, by mission, a legate a latere hath plenary jurisdiction espousing Eveline with all civil and religious solemthroughout all England, as those may find (whatso- nity, he seemed to approach to what for some time ever be their degree) who may dare to disobey his he had considered as the prime object of his wishes. summons.
He was assured of the early possession of a beautiful “Hark thee, fellow," said the Constable, regard- and amiable wife, endowed with such advantage of ing the paritor with a grim and angry countenance, worldly goods, as gratified his ambition as well as his
were it not for certain respects, which I promise affections-Yet, even in this fortunate moment, the thee thy tawny hood hath little to do with, thou horizon darkened around him in a manner which wert better have swallowed thy citation, seal and all, presaged naught but storm and calamity; At his than delivered it to me with the addition of such nephew's lodging he learned that the pulse of the saucy terms. Go hence, and tell your master I will patient had risen, and his delirium had augmenied, see him within the space of an hour, during which and all around him spoko very doubtfully of his time I am delayed by the necessity of attending a chance of recovery, or surviving a crisis which seemed sick relation."
speedily approaching. The Constable stole towards The paritor left the apartment with more humility the door of the apartment which his feelings perin his manner than when he had entered, and left the mitted him not to enter and listened to the raving assembled guests to look upon each other in silence which the fever gave rise to. Nothing can be more and dismay
melancholy than to hear the mind at work concernThe reader cannot fail to remember how severely ing its ordinary occupations, when the body is stretchthe yoke of the Roman supremacy pressed both on ed in pain and danger upon the couch of severe sick. the clergy and laity of England during the reign of ness; the contrast beiwixt the ordinary state of Henry II. Even the attempt of that wise and cour health, its joys or its labours, renders doubly affectageous monarch to make a stand for the independing the actual helplessness of the patient before ence of his throne in the memorable case of Thomas whom these visions are rising, and we feel a corresa Becket, had such an unhappy issue, that, like a ponding degree of compassion for the sufferer whose suppressed rebellion, it was found to add new strength ihoughts are wandering so far from his real condito the domination of the Church. Since the sub- tion. mission of the king in that ill-fated struggle, the voice The Constable felt this acutely, as he heard his of Rome had double potency whenever it was heard, nephew shout the war-cry of the family repeatedly, and the boldest peers of England held it more wise appearing, by the words of command and direction, to submit to her imperious dictates, than to provoke which he uttered from time to time, to be actively a spiritual censure which had so many secular con- engaged in leading his men-at-arms against the sequences. Hence the slight and scornful manner in Welsh. At another time he muttered various terms which the Constable was treated by the prelate Bald- of the manege, of falconry, and of the chase-he win struck a chill of astonishment into the assembly mentioned his uncle's name repeatedly on these ocof friends whom he had collected to witness his es- casions, as if the idea of his kinsmen had been conpousals; and as he glanced his haughty eye around, nected alike with his martial encounters, and with he saw that many who would have stood by him his sports by wood and river. Other sounds there through life and death in any other quarrel, had it were, which he muttered su low as to be altogether even been with his sovereign, were turning pale at undistinguishable. the very thought of a collision with the Church. Em- With a heart even still more softened towards his barrassed, and at the same time incensed at their kinsman's sufferings from hearing the points on timidity, the Constable hasted to dismiss them, with which his mind wandered, the Constable twice apthe general assurance that all would be well-that his plied his hand to the latch of the door, in order to nephew's indisposition was a trifling complaint, exag- enter the bedroom, and twice forbore, his eyes rungerated by a conceited physician, and by his own ning faster with tears than he chose should be witwant of care-and that the message of the Arch- nessed by the attendants. At length, relinquishing bishop, so unceremoniously delivered, was but the his purpose, he hastily left the house, mounted his consequence of their mutual and friendly familiarity, horse, and, followed only by four of his personal which induced them sometimes, for the jest's sake, to attendants, rode towards the palace of the Bishop, reverse or neglect the ordinary forms of intercourse. where, as he learned from public rumour, the Arch
- "If I wanted to speak to the prelate Baldwin on prelate Baldwin had taken up his temporary resiexpress business and in basle, such is the humility dence. and indifference to form of that worthy pillar of the
The train of riders and of led horees, of sumpterChurch, that I should not fear offence," said the Con- mules, and of menials and attendants, both lay and stable, "did I send the meanest horse-boy in my ecclesiastical, which thronged around the gate of troop to ask an audience of him."
the episcopal mansion, together with the gaping So he spoke-but there was something in his coun- crowd of inhabitants who had gathered around, tenance which contradicted his words; and his friends some to gaze upon the splendid show, some to have the chance of receiving the benediction of the Holy or cimeter, when wielded by the hand of Thomas a Prelate, was so great as to impede the Constable's Becket. approach at the palace-door; and when this obstacle A chaplain in a white surplice kneeled at a little was surmounted, he found another in the obstinacy distance before a desk, and read forth from an illuof the Archbishop's attendants, who permitted him minated volume some portion of a theological treanot, though announced by name and title, to cross lise, in which Baldwin appeared so deeply interested. the threshold of the mansion, until they should re- that he did not seem to notice the entrance of the ceive the express command of their master to that Constable, who, highly displeased at this additonal effect.
slight, stood on the floor of the hall, undetermined The Constable felt the full effect of this slighting whether to interrupt the reader and address the Prereception. He had dismounted from his horse in full late at once, or to withdraw without saluting him at confidence of being instantly admitted into the palace all. Ere he had formed a resolution, the
chaplaa at least, if not into the Prelate's presence; and as he had arrived at some convenient patise in the lecture, now stood on foot among the squires, grooms, and where the Archbishop stopped him with, " Satis est, horse-boys of the spiritual lord, he was so much dis-mni fili." gusted, that his first impulse was to remount his It was in vain that the proud secular Baron store horse, and return to his pavilion, pitched for the time to conceal the embarrassment with which he apbefore the city walls, leaving, to the Bishop to seek proached the Prelate, whose attitude was plicts him there, if he really desired an interview. But the assumed for the purpose of impressing him with axe necessity of conciliation almost immediately rushed and solicitude. He tried, indeed, to exhibit a de on his mind, and subdued the first baughty impulse of meanour of such ease as might characterize their do his offended pride. "If our wise King,'' he said to friendship, or at least of such indifference as mat himself, "hath held the stirrup of one Prelate of infer the possession of perfect tranquillity ; bare Canterbury when living, and submitted to the most failed in both, and his address expressed mortified degrading observances before his shrine when dead, pride, mixed with no ordinary degree of embarasssurely I need not be more scrupulous towards his ment. The genius of the Catholic Church was ou priestly successor in the same overgrown authority.” such occasions sure 10 predominate over the haugtAnother thought, which he dared hardly to acknow- liest of the laity. ledge, recommended the same humble and submissive "I perceive," said De Lacy, collecting his thoughts course. He could not but feel that, in endeavouring and ashamed to find he had difficulty in doing sa to evade his vows as a crusader, he was incurring "I perceive that an old friendship is here dissolved. some just censure from the church; and he was not Methinks Hugo de Lacy might have expecied anunwilling to hope, that his present cold and scornful other messenger to summon him to this reverend reception on Baldwin's part, might be meant as a presence, and that another welcome should waithin part of the penance which his conscience informed on his arrival." him his conduct was about to receive.
The Archbishop raised himself slowly in his sat, After a short interval, De Lacy was at length and made a half inclination towards the Constable, invited to enter the palace of the Bishop of Gloucester, who, by an instinctive desire of conciliation, returnin which he was to meet the Primate of England; ed it lower than he had intended, or than the scanty but there was more than one brief pause, in hall and courtesy merited. The Prelate at the same time anteroom, ere he at length was admitted to Baldwin's signing to his chaplain, the latter arose to withdraw, presence.
and receiving permission in the phrase “ Do teniam, The successor of the celebrated Becket had neither retreated reverentially, without either turning his back the extensive views, nor the aspiring spirit, of that or looking upwards, his eyes fixed on the ground, his redoubted personage; but, on the other hand, saint hands still folded in his habit, and crossed over bis as the latter had become, it may be questioned, bosom. whether, in his professions for the weal of Christen- When this mute attendant had disappeared, the dom, he was half so sincere as was the present Arch. Prelate's brow became more open, yet retained a dark bishop. Baldwin was, in truth, a man well qualified shade of grave displeasure, and he replied to the adto defend the powers which the Church had gained, dress of De Lacy, but still without rising from his though perhaps of a character 100 sincere and candid seat. "It skills not now, my lord, to say what the to be active in extending them. The advancement brave Constable of Chester has been to the poor of the Crusade was the chief business of his life, his priest Baldwin, or with what love and pride me success the principal cause of his pride; and, if the beheld him assume the holy sign of salvation, and sense of possessing the powers of eloquent persua- to honour Him by whom he has himself been raised sion, and skill to bend the minds of men to his pur- to honour, vow himself to the deliverance of the pose, was blended with his religious zeal, still the Holy Land. If I still see that noble lord before tenor of his life, and afterwards his death before me, in the same holy resolution, let me know the Ptolemais, showed that the liberation of the Holy joyful truth, and I will lay aside rochet and mitre, Sepulchre from the infidels was the unfeigned object and tend his horse like a groom, if it be necessary by of all his exertions. Hugo de Lacy well knew this; such menial service to show the cordial respect I bear and the difficulty of managing such a temper ap- to him." peared much greater to him on the eve of the inter- "Reverend father,” answered De Lacy, with hesview in which the attempt was to be made, than he tation, "I had hoped that the propositions wbich had suffered himself to suppose when the crisis was were made to you on my part by the Dean of Here yet distant.
ford, might have seemed more satisfactory in your The Prelate, a man of a handsome and stately eyes." Then, regaining his native confidence he form, with features rather too severe to be pleasing, proceeded with more assurance in speech and manreceived the Constable in all the pomp of ecclesias- ner; for the cold inflexible looks of the Archbishop tical dignity. He was seated on a chair of oak, richly irritated him." If these proposals can be amended, carved with Gothic ornaments, and placed above the my lord, let me know in what points, and, if possible, rest of the floor under a niche of the same workman- your pleasure shall be done, even if it should prove ship. His dress was the rich episcopal robe, orna. somewhat unreasonable. I would have peace, my mented with costly embroidery, and fringed around lord, with Holy Church, and am the last who would the neck and cuffs; it opened from the throat and in despise her mandates. This has been known by my the middle, and showed an under vestment of embroi- deeds in field, and counsels in the state; nor can I dery, betwixt the folds of which, as if imperfectly con- think my services have merited cold looks and auld cealed, peeped the close shirt of haircloth which the language from the Primate of England." Prelate constantly wore under all his pompous attire. "Do you upbraid the Church with your services, His mitre was placed beside him on an oaken table of vain man?" said Baldwin. "I tell thee, Hugh de the same workmanship with his throne, against Lacy, that what Heaven hath wrought for the Church which also rested his pastoral staff, representing by thy band, could, had it been the divine pleasure, a shepherd's crook of the simplest form, yet which have been achieved with as much ease by the meanhad proved more powerful and fearful than lance est horse-boy in thy host. It is thou that art honour
cd, in being the chosen instrument by which great | Hugo de Lacy, stopping short in his troubled walk. things have been wrought in Israel. --Nay, interrupt. You of the spirituality make us laymen the packme not-I tell thee, proud baron, that, in the sight of horses of your own concerns, and climb to ambitious Heaven, thy wisdom is but as folly -- thy courage, heights by the help of our overburdened shoulders ; which thou dost boast, but the cowardice of a village but all hath its limits-Becket transgressed it, maiden--thy strength weakness-thy spear an osier, and"and thy sword a bulrush."
A gloomy and expressive look corresponded with "All this I know, good father," said the Constable, the tone in which he spoke this broken sentence; "and have ever heard it repeated when such poor and the Prelate, at no loss to comprehend his meanservices as I may have rendered are gone and past. ing, replied, in a firm and determined voice, " And he Marry, when there was need for my helping hand, I was murdered !-that is what you dare to hint to was the very good lord of priest and prelate, and one me-even to me, the successor of that glorified saintwho should be honoured and prayed for with patrons as a motive for complying with your fickle and selfish and founders who sleep in the choir and under the wish to withdraw your hand from the plough. You high altar. There was no thought, I trow, of osier know not to whom you address such a threat. True, or of bulrush, when I have been prayed to couch my Becket, from a saint militant on earth, arrived, by lance or draw my weapon ; is only when they are the bloody path of martyrdom, to the dignity of a needless that they and their owner are undervalued. saint in Heaven; and no less true is it, that, to attain Well, my reverend father, be it so-if the Church can a seat a thousand degrees beneath that of his blessed cast the Saracens from the Holy Land by grooms predecessor, the unworthy Baldwin were willing to and horse-boys, wherefore do you preach knights and submit, under our Lady's protection, to whatever nobles from the homes and the countries which they the worst of wicked men can inflict on his earthly are born to protect and defend ?"
frame." The Archbishop looked steadily on him as he replied, “ There needs not this show of courage, reverend "Not for the sake of their fleshly arm do we disturb father,” said De Lacy, recollecting himself, "where your knights and barons in their prosecution of bar- there neither is, nor can be, danger. I pray you, let barous festivities, and murderous feuds, which you call us debate this matter more deliberately. I have never enjoying their homes and protecting their domains, - meant to break off my purpose for the Holy Land, but not that Omnipotence requires their arm of flesh to only to postpone it. Methinks the offers that I have execute the great predestined work of liberation--but made are fair, and ought to obtain for me what has for the weal of their immortal souls." These last been granted to others in the like case-a slight delay words he pronounced with great emphasis.
in the time of my departure.” The Constable paced the floor impatiently, and mut- "A slight delay on the part of such a leader as you, tered to himself, "Such is the airy guerdon for which noble De Lacy," answered the Prelate, "were a deathhosts on hosts have been drawn from Europe to drench blow to our holy and most gallant enterprise. To the sands of Palestine with their gore-such the vain meaner men we might have granted the privilege of promises for which we are called upon to barter our marrying and giving in marriage, even although they country, our lands, and our lives !''
care not for the sorrows of Jacob; but you, my lord, Is it Hugo de Lacy speaks thus ?" said the Arch- are a main prop of our enterprise, and, being withbishop, arising from his seat, and qualifying bis tone drawn, the whole fabric may fall to the ground. Who of censure with the ap arance of shame and of in England will deem himself obliged to press forward, regret—" Is it he who underprizes the renown of a when Hugo de Lacy falls back? Think, my lord, less knight-the virtue of a Christian-the advancement upon your plighted bride, and more on your plighted of his earthly honour-the more incalculable profit of word; and believe not that a union can ever come to his immortal soul ?-Is it he who desires a solid and good, which shakes your purpose towards our blessed substantial recompense in lands or treasure, to be undertaking for the honour of Christendom." won by warring on his less powerful neighbours at The Constable was embarrassed by the pertinacity home, while knightly honour and religious faith, his of the Prelate, and began to give way to his arguvow as a knight and his baptism as a Christian, call ments, though most reluctantly, and only because the him to a more glorious and more dangerous strife ?-habits and opinions of the time left him no means of Can it be indeed Hugo de Lacy, the mirror of the combating his arguments, otherwise than by solicitaAnglo-Norman chivalry, whose thoughts can con; tion. “ I admit," he said, "my engagements for the ceive such sentiments, whose words can utter them?'' Crusade, nor have I-I repeat it-further desire than
Flattery and fair speech, suitably mixed with that brief interval which may be necessary to place taunts and reproaches, my lord," answered the Con- my important affairs in order. Mean while, my vassals stable, colouring and biting his lip, "may carry your led by my nephew". point with others; but I am of a temper too solid to Promise that which is within thy power," said be either wheedled or goaded into measures of im- the Prelate. "Who knows whether, in resentment portance. Forbear, therefore, this strain of affected of thy seeking after other things than his most holy amazement; and believe me, that whether he goes cause, thy nephew may not be called hence, even to the Crusade or abides at home, the character of while we speak together ?" Hugh Lacy will remain as unimpeached in point of "God forbid !" said the Baron, starting up, as if courage as that of the Archbishop Baldwin in point about to fly to his nephew's assistance; then suddenly of sanctitude."
pausing, he turned on the Prelate a keen and investiMay it stand much higher," said the Archbishop, gating glance. "It is not well,” he said, "that your than the reputation with which you vouchsafe to reverence should thus trifle with the dangers which compare it! but a blaze may be extinguished as well threaten my house. Damian is dear to me for his as a spark; and I tell the Constable of Chester, that own good qualities-dear for the sake of my only the fame which has sat on his basnet for so many brother.-May God forgive us both! he died when we years, may fit from it in one moment, never to be were in unkindness with each other.-My lord, your recalled ?"
words import that my beloved nephew suffers pain and "Who dares to say so ?" said the Constable, trem- incurs danger on account of my offences ?", blingly alive to the honour for which he had encoun- The Archbishop perceived he had at length touched tered so many dangers.
the chord to which his refractory penitent's heartA friend," said the Prelate, "whose stripes should strings must needs vibrate. He replied with circumbe received as benefits. You think of pay, Sir Con- specuon, as well knowing with whom he had to stable, and of guerdon, as if you still stood in the deal, -" Far be it from me to presume to interpret market
, free to chaffer on the terms of your service. the councils of Heaven! but we read in Scripture, I tell you, you are no longer your own master-you that when the fathers eat sour grapes, the teeth of the are, by the blessed badge you have voluntarily as- children are set on edge. What so reasonable as that sumed, the soldier of God himself; nor can you fly we should be punished for our pride and contumacy, from your standard without such infamy as even by a judgment specially calculated to abate and bend coistrels or grooms are unwilling to incur.' that spirit of surquedry ?* You yourself best know "You deal all too hardly with us, my lord," said
* Self-importance, or assumption.
if this disease clung to thy nephew before you had a favourable crisis (so the leeches call it) hath takea meditated defection from the banner of the Cross." place in his disorder, and they are no longer under any
Hugo de Lacy hastily recollected himself, and found apprehensions for his life.” that it was indeed true, that, until he thought of his “Now, God be praised, that hath granted me so union with Eveline, there had appeared no change in much mercy !" said the Constable. his nephew's health. His silence and confusion did Amen, amen!" replied the Archbishop solemoly; not escape the artful Prelate. He took the hand of About what period did this blessed change taks the warrior as he stood before him overwhelmed in place !" doubi, lest his preference of the continuance of his "Scarcely a quarter of an hour since," said the des own house to the rescue of the Holy Sepulchre should senger, a soft sleep fell on the sick youth, like det have been punished by the disease which threatened upon a parched field in summer-he breaihed freelyhis nephew's life. Come," he said, noble De the burning heat abated-and, as I said, the leeches Lacy--the judgment provoked by a moment's pre- no longer fear for his life." sumption may be even yet averted by prayer and “Marked you the hour, my Lord Constable ?" said penitence. The dial went back at the prayer of the the Bishop, with exultation—"even then you scooped good King Hezekiah-down, down upon thy knees, to those counsels which Heaven suggested throust and doubt not that, with confession, and penance, and the meanest of its servants! But two words aroja. absolution, thou mayst yet atone for thy falling away ing penitence--but one brief prayer-and some kod from the cause of Heaven."
saini has interceded for an instant hearing an a Borne down by the dictates of the religion in which liberal granting of thy petition. Noble Hugo" be he had been educated, and by the fears lest his delay continued, grasping his hand in a species of contas was punished by his nephew's indisposition and dan- asm, surely Heaven designs to work high th ng by ger, the Constable sunk on his knees before the Pre- the hand of him whose faults are thus readily bor late, whom he had
shortly before well nigh braved, given-whose prayer is thus instantly heard. Forths confessed, as a sin to be deeply repented of, his purpose shall Te Deum Laudamus be said in each church of delaying his departure for Palestine, and received, and each convent of Gloucester, ere the world be a with patience at least, if not with willing acquiescence, day older." the penance inflicted by the Archbishop; which con- The Constable, no less joyful, though perhaps es sisted in a prohibition to proceed farther in his pro- able to perceive an especial providence in his nephew's posed wedlock with the Lady Eveline, until he was recovery, expressed his gratitude to the measenger of returned from Palestine, where he was bound by his the good tidings, by, throwing him his purse. vow to abide for the term of three years.
"I thank you, noble lord," said the inan; "but i I “And now, noble De Lacy," said the Prelate, "once stoop to pick up this taste of your bounty, it is only to more my best beloved and most honoured friend-is restore it again to the donor. not thy bosom lighter since thou hast thus nobly ac- "How now, sir ?" said the Constable, "methinks quitted thee of thy debi to Heaven, and cleansed thy thy coat seems not so well lined as needs make thee gallant spirit from those selfish and earthly stains spurn at such a guerdon." which dimmed its brightness ?"
He that designs to catch larks, my lord," replied The Constable sighed. "My happiest thoughts at the messenger, must not close his net upon sparro** this moment,” he said, would arise from knowledge --I have a greater boon to ask of your lordship, and that my nephew's health is amended."
therefore I decline your present gratuty." "Be not discomforted on the score of the noble Da- "A greater boon, ha!" said the Constable,—“I am mian, your hopeful and valorous kinsman," said the no knight-errant, to hind myself by promise to grant Archbishop, "for well I trust shortly ye shall hear of it ere I know its import; but do thou come to my pahis recovery; or that, if it shall please God to remove vilion to-morrow, and thou wilt not find me unwilling him to a better world, the passage shall be so easy, to do what is reason." and his arrival in yonder haven of bliss so speedy, So saying, he took leave of the prelate, and returned that it were better for him to have died than to have homeward, failing not to visit his nephew's lodging lived."
as he passed, where he received the same pleasant The Constable looked at him, as if to gather from assurances which had been communicated by the his countenance more certainty of his nephew's fate inessenger of the parti-coloured manile. . than his words seemed to imply; and the Prelate, to escape being farther pressed on a subject on which he was perhaps conscious he had adventured too far,
CHAPTER XIX. rung a silver bell which stood before him on the table,
He was a minstrel-in his mood and commanded the chaplain who entered at the
Was wisdom mix'd with folly ; summons, that he should despatch a careful mes
A tame companion to the good, senger to the lodging of Damian Lacy, to bring par
But wild and fierce among the rude, ticular accounts of his health.
And jovial with the jolly.
ARCHIBALD ARMSTRONG "A stranger," answered the chaplain, "just come from the sick chamber of the noble Damian Lacy, The event of the preceding day had been of a patur waits here even now to have speech of my Lord Con- so interesting, and latterly so harassing, that the stable."
Constable felt weary as after a severely contested "Admit him instantly,” said the Archbishop—“my battle-field, and slept soundly until the earliest beams mind tells me he brings us joyful tidings.-Never knew of dawn saluted him through the opening of the leal I such humble penitence, ---such willing resignation of It was then that, with a mingled feeling of pain and natural affections and desires to the doing of Heaven's satisfaction, he began to review the change which service, but it was rewarded with a guerdon either had taken place in his condition since the preceding temporal or spiritual."
morning. He had then arisen an ardent bridegroom As he spoke, a man singularly dressed entered the anxious to find favour in the eyes of his fair bride apartment. His garments, of various colours and and scrupulous about his dress and appointments as showily disposed, were none of the newest or cleanest, if he had been as young in years as in hopes and neither were they altogether filling for the presence wishes. This was over, and he had now before tim in which he now stood.
the painful task of leaving his betrothed for a terma "How now sirrah!" said the Prelate; "when was years, even before wedlock had united them indis it that jugglers and minstrels pressed into the com- solubly, and reflecting that she was exposed to all pany of such as we without permission ?"
the dangers which assail female constancy in a situa"So please you,'' said the man, my instant busi- tion thus critical. When the immediate anxiety for ness was not with your reverend lordship, but with his nephew was removed, he was lempted to think my lord the Constable, to whom I will hope that my that he had been something hasty in listening to the good news may alone for my evil apparel.'
arguments of the Archbishop, and in believing that "Speak, sirrah, does my kinsman live?" said the Damian's death or recovery depended upon his own Constable eagerly.
accomplishing, to the letter, and without delay, his And is like to live, my lord," answered the man- | vow for the Holy Land. "How many princes and
kings," ne thought to himself, "have assumed the to indicate deep reflection, than the thoughtless vivaCross, and delayed or renounced it, yet lived and died city of observation which characterized most of his in wealth and honour, without sustaining such a visita, brethren. His countenance, though not handsome, tion as that with which Baldwin threatened me; and had therefore something in it striking and impressive, in what case or particular did such men deserve more even from its very contrast with the party-coloured indulgence than I? But the die is now cast, and it hues and fluttering shape of his vestments; and the signifies little to inquire whether my obedience to the Constable felt something inclined to patronise him, mandates of the Church has saved the life of my as he said, "Good morrow, friend, and I thank thee nephew, or whether I have not fallen, as laymen are for thy morning greeting; it was well sung and well wont to fall, whenever there is an encounter of wits meani, for when we call forth any one to bethink betwixt them and those of the spirituality. I would him how time passes, we do him ihe credit of sup. to God it may prove otherwise, since, girding on my posing that he can employ to advantage that fitting sword as Heaven's champion, I might the better ex- treasure.' pect Heaven's protection for her whom I must un- The man, who had listened in silence, seemed to happily leave behind me."
pause and make an effort ere he replied, "My intenAs these reflections passed through his mind, he tions, at least, were good, when I ventured 10 disturb heard the warders at the entrance of his tent chal- my lord thus early; and I am glad to learn that my lenge some one whose footsteps were heard approach- boldness hath not been evil received at his hand." ing it. The person stopped on their challenge, and pre- * True," said the Constable, 'you had a boon to sently after was heard the sound of a rote, (a small ask of me. Be speedy, and say thy request-my species of lute,) the strings of which were managed leisure is short." by means of a small wheel. After a short prelude, a "It is for permission to follow you to the Holy manly voice, of good compass, sung, yerses, which, Land, my lord,” said the man. translated into modern language, might run nearly
“Thou hast asked what I can hardly grant my thus:
friend," answered De Lacy—“Thou art a minstrel, art thou not?"
An unworthy graduate of the Gay Science, my " Soldier, wake-the day is peeping,
lord," said the musician; "yet let me say for myself, Honour ne'er was won in sleeping,
that I will not yield to the king of minstrels, Geoffrey Never when the sunbeams still
Rudel, though ihe King or England hath given him Lay unreflected on the hill: "Tis when they are glinted back
four manors for one song. I would be willing to From axe and armour, spear and jack,
contend with him in romance, lay, or fable, were the That they promisc future story,
judge to be King Henry himself." Many a page of deathless glory.
"You have your own good word, doubtless," said Shields that are the foeman's terror, Ever are the morning's mirror.
De Lacy; "nevertheless, Sir Minstrel, thou goest not with me. The Crusade has been already too much
encumbered by men of thy idle profession; and if thou “Arm and up--the morning beam
dost add to the number, it shall not be under my proHath callid the rustic to his team, Hath call'd the falc'ner to the lake,
tection. I am too old to be charmed by thy art, Hath call'd the huntsinan to the brake ;
charm thou never so wisely." The carly student ponders o'er
"He that is young enough to seek for and to win the His dusty tomes of ancient lore.
love of beauty," said the minstrel, but in a submissive Soldior, wake--thy harvest, fame; Thy study, conquest; war, thy game.
tone, as if fearing his freedom might give offence,
“should not term himself too old to feel the charms Still should gleam the morning's mirror.
of minstrelsy.”. III.
The Consiable smiled, not insensible to the flattery “Poor hire repays the rustic's pain ;
which assigned to him the character of a younger More paltry still the sportsman's gain:
gallant. “Thou art a jester,” he said, "I warrant me, Vainest of all, the student's theme Ends in some metaphysic dream :
in addition to thy other qualities?” Yet each is up, and cach las toil'd
"No," replied the minstrel, “it is a branch of our Since first the peep of dawn has smiled;
profession which I have for some time renouncedAnd each is eagerer in his aim
my fortunes have put me out of tune for jesting." Than he who barters life for fame. Up, up, and arm thee, son of terror!
Nay, comrade," said the Constable, "if thou hast Be thy bright shield the morning's mirror."
been hardly dealt with in the world, and canst comply
with the rules of a family so strictly ordered as mine, When the song was finished, the Constable heard it is possible we may agree together better than I some talking without, and presently Philip Guarine thought. What is thy name and country? thy speech, entered the pavilion to tell that a person, come hither methinks, sounds somewhat foreign." as he said by the Constable's appointment, waited "I am an Armorican, my lord, from the merry permission to speak with him.
shores of Morbihan; and hence my tongue hath some ** By my appointment ?" said De Lacy; "admit touch of my country speech. My name is Renault him immediately."
Vidal." The messenger of the preceding evening entered "Such being the case, Renault," said the Conthe tent, holding in one hand his small cap and table, “ thou shalt follow me, and I will give orders to feather, in the other the rote on which he had been the master of my household to have thee attired somejust playing. His attire was fantastic, consisting of thing according to thy function, but in more orderly more than one inner dress of various colours, all of guise than thou now appearest in. Dost thou underthe brightest and richest dyes, and disposer so as to stand the use of a weapon ?" contrast with each other—the upper garment was a "Indifferently, my lord," said the Armoricon; at very short Norman cloak of bright green. An em- the same time taking a sword from the wall
, he drew broidered girdle sustained, in lieu of offensive weapons, it, and made a pass with it so close to the Constable's an inkhorn with its appurtenances on the one side, body as he sat on the couch, that he started up, cryon the other a knife for the purposes of the table. His ing, “ Villain, forbear!! hair was cut in imitation of ihe clerical tonsure, which La you! noble sir," replied Vidal, lowering with was designed to intimate that he had arrived to a all submission the point of his weapon--"I have certain rank in his profession; for the Joyous Science, already given you a proof of sleight which has alarmed as the profession of minstrelsy was termed, had its even your experience I have an hundred other bevarious ranks, like the degrees in the church and in sides." chivalry. The features and manners of the man "It may be so," said De Lacy, somewhat ashamed seemed to be at variance with his profession and at having shown himself moved by the sudden and habit; for, as the latter was gay and fantastic, the lively action of the juggler; "but I love not jesting former had a cast of gravity, and almost of stern with edgetools, and have too much to do with sword ness, which, unless when kindled by the enthusiasm and sword-blows in earnest, to toy with them; so I of his poetical and musical exertions, seemed rather pray you let us have no more of this, but call me my
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Shield. that would be foeman's terror,