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fore the tomb for the purpose of regularly retreating, I had, indeed, Alung a stone at him as he lay on the until they should find some suitable place either for hillside, but happily, as his dame said, it fell something making a stand, or where, if overmatched, they might, short of him-"It was but a little fellow who threw by abandoning their horses and dispersing among 11,” she said "there was a big man amongst themthe rocks, evade the attack of the Norman cavalry. if he had tried, it's like, by our Lady's grace, he had Their plan had been defeated by the precipitation of cası it a thought farther." So saying, the dame Damian, who, beholding as he thought the plumes gathered herself up, and adjusted her dress for again and mantle of the Lady Eveline in the rear of their mounting on horseback. party, charged them without considering, either the The wounded Damian was placed on a litter, odds of numbers, or the lightness of his own ar-hastily constructed of boughs, and, with the females, mour, which, consisting only of a headpiece and a was placed in the centre of the little troop, augmented buff surcoat, offered but imperfect resistance to the by the rest of the young knight's followers, who Welsh knives and glaives. He was accordingly began to rejoin his siandard. The united body now wounded severely at the onset, and would have been marched with military order and precaution, and slain, but for the exertions of his few followers, and winded through the passes with the attention of men the fears of the Welsh, that, while thus continuing prepared to meet and to repel injury. the batlle in front, they might be assaulted in the rear by the followers of Eveline, whom they must now suppose were all in arms and motion. They re
CHAPTER XXVI. treated, therefore, or rather fled, and the attendants of Damian were despatched after them by their fallen
What! fair, and young, and faithful too? master, with directions to let no consideration induce
A miracle, if this be true.-WAILER. them to leave off the chase, until the captive Lady Rose, by nature one of the mos! disinterested and of the Garde Doloureuse was delivered from her affectionare maidens that ever breathed, was the first ravishers.
who, hastily considering the peculiar condition in The outlaws, secure in their knowledge of the which her lady was placed, and the marked degree paths, and the activity of their small Welsh horses, of restraint which had hitherto characterized her inmade an orderly retreat, with the exception of two tercourse with her youthful guardian, became anxious or three of their rearguard, cut down by Damian to know how the wounded knight was to be disposed in his furious onset. They shot arrows, from time of; and when she came to Eveline's side for the purto time, at the men-at-arms, and laughed at the in- pose of asking this important question, her resolution effectual efforts which these heavy-armed warriors, well nigh failed her. with their barbed horses, made to overtake them. The appearance of Eveline was indeed such as But the scene was changed by the appearance of might have made it almost cruelty to intrude upon Wilkin Flammock, on his puissant war-horse, who her any other subject of anxious consideration than was beginning to ascend the pass, leading a party those with which her mind had been so lately asconsisting both of foot and horse. The fear of being sailed, and was still occupied. Her countenance was intercepted caused the outlaws to have recourse to as paie as death could have made it, unless where it their last stratagem, and, abandoning their Welsh was specked with drops of blood; her veil, torn and nags, they betook themselves to the cliffs, and, by disordered, was soiled with dust and with gore; her superior activity and dexterity, baffled, generally hair, wildly dishevelled, fell in elf-locks on her brow speaking, the attempts of their pursuers on either and shoulders, and a single broken and ragged hand. All of them, however, were not equally for- feather, which was all that remained of her head-gear, tunate, for two or three fell into the hands of Flam- had been twisted among her tresses and still Howed mock's party';, amongst others, the person upon there, as if in mockery, rather than ornament. Her whom Eveline's clothes had been placed, and who eyes were fixed on the litter where Damian was now, to the great disappointment of those who had deposited, and she rode close beside it, without appaattached themselves to his pursuit, proved to be, not rently wasting a thought on any thing, save the the lady whom they were emulous to deliver, but a danger of him
who was extended ihere. fair-haired young Welshman, whose wild looks, and Rose plainly saw that her lady was under feelings incoherent speech, seemed to argue a disturbed imagi- of excitation, which might render it difficult for her to nation. This would not have saved him from imme- take a wise and prudent view of her own situation. diate death, the usual doom of captives taken in She endeavoured gradually to awaken her to a sense şuch skirmishes, had not the faint blast of Damian's of it. "Dearest lady," said Rose, “will it please you horn, sounding from above, recalled his own party, to take my mantle ?" and summoned that of Wilkin Flammock to the "Torment me not," answered Eveline, with some spot; while, in the confusion and hurry of their obey- sharpness in her accent. ing the signal, the pity or the contempt of his guards "Indeed, my lady," said Dame Gillian, bustling up suffered the prisoner to escape. They had, indeed, | as one who feared her functions as a mistress of the little to learn from him, even had he been disposed to robes might be interfered with-"indeed, my lady, give intelligence, or capable of communicating it. Rose Flammock speaks truth; and neither your kirtle All were well assured that their lady had fallen into nor your gown are sitting as they should do; and, to an ambuscade, formed by Dawfyd the One-eyed, a re- speak truth, they are but barely decent. And so, if doubted freebooter of the period, who had venuired Rose will tụrn herself, and put her horse out of my upon this hardy enterprise in the hope of obtaining way," continued the tire-woman, “I will put your a large ransom from the captive Eveline, and all, dress in better order in the sticking in of a bodkin, incensed at his extreme insolence and 'audacity, than any Fleming of them all could do in twelve devoted his head and limbs to the eagles and the hours."
"I care not for my dress," replied Eveline, in the These were the particulars which the followers of same manner as before. Flammock ang of Damian learned by comparing “Care then for your honour-for your fame,'' said notes with each other, on the incidents of the day; Rose, riding close to her mistress, and whispering in As they returned by the Red Pool they were joined her ear; "think, and that hastily, how you are to disby Dame Gillian, who, after many exclamations of pose of this wounded young man. joy at the unexpected liberation of her lady, and "To the castle," answered Eveline aloud, as is as many of sorrow at the unexpected disaster of Scorning the affectation of secrecy ; " lead to the Damian, proceeded to inform the men-at-arms, that castle, and that straight as you can. the merchant, whose hawks had been the original Why not rather to his own camp, or to Malpas ?" cause of these adventures, had been taken prisoner said Rose-"dearest lady, believe, it will be for the by two or three of the Welsh in their retreat, and best." that she herself and the wounded Raoul would have "Wherefore not-wherefore not ?-wherefore not shared the same fate, but that they had no horse left leave him on the wayside at once to the knife of the to mount her upon, and did not consider old Raoul as Welshman, and the feeth of the wolf ?-Once--twice worth either rar som, or the trouble of killing. One! ---three times has he been my preserver. Where I go, he shall go ; nor will I be in safety myself a moment lies, and murdered themselves. -And why ?-eroep sooner than I know that he is so.
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that we have brought among them the skill and ibe Rose saw that she could make no impression on industry which they possessed not ; and because her mistress, and her own reflection told her that the wealth, which they would never else have seen in wounded man's life might be endangered by a longer Britain, was the reward of our art and our toil. Ros transportation than was absolutely necessary. An chen, this evil spirit is spreading wider daily. Here we expedient occurred to her, by which she imagined this are more safe than elsewhere, because we forma objection might be obviated; but it was necessary she colony of some numbers and strength. But I confide should consult her father. She struck her palfrey with not in our neighbours; and hadst not thou, Rose, been her riding-rod, and in a moment her diminutive, in security, I would long ere ibis have given up all, and though beautiful figure, and her spirited little jennet, left Britain." were by the side of the gigantic Fleming and his tall " Given up all, and lest Britain !"-The words black horse, and riding, as it were, in their vast sounded prodigious in the ears of his daughter, wbo shadow. "My dearest father,” said Rose," the lady knew better than any one how successful her saiba intends that Sir Damian be transported to the castle, had been in his industry, and how unlikely one of where it is like he may be a long sojourner ;--what his firm and sedate temper was to abandon kova think you ?-is that wholesome counsel ?"
and present advantages for the dread of distant or “Wholesome for the youth, surely, Roschen," contingent peril. At length she replied, "If such be answered the Fleming, “because he will better escape your peril, my father, methinks your house and gouts the risk of a fever.”
cannot have a better protection than the presence of " True; but is it wise for my lady?” continued this noble knight. Where lives the man wbo dare Rose.
aught of violence against the house which barbours "Wise enough, if she deal wisely. But wherefore Damian de Lacy ?" shouldst thou doubt her, Roschen ?".
"I know not that,” said the Fleming, in the same "I know not," said Rose, unwilling to breathe even composed and steady, but ominous tone "May Hez to her father the fears and doubts which she herself ven forgive it me, if it be sin! but I see little sare entertained ; " but where there are evil tongues, there folly in these Crusades, which the priesthood bare may be evil rehearsing. Sir Damian and my lady are preached up so successfully. Here has the Constable both very young-Methinks it were better, dearest been absent for nearly three years, and no certain father, would you offer the shelter of your roof to the tidings of his life or death, victory or defeat. He wounded knight, in the stead of his being carried to marched from hence, as if he meant not to draw bothe castle."
dle or sheathe sword until the Holy Sepulchre was "That I shall not, wench," answered the Fleming, won from the Saracens, yet we can hear with no hastily—" that I shall not, if I may help. Norman certainty whether even a hamlet has been taken from shall not cross my quiet threshold, nor Englishman the Saracens. In the mean while, the people that neither, to mock my quiet thrift
, and consume my are at home grow discontented; their lords, with the substance. Thou dost not know them, because thou better part of their followers, are in Palestine-dead art ever with thy lady, and hast her good favour; but or alive we scarcely know; the people themselves are I know them well; and the best I can get from them oppressed and flayed by stewards and deputies, wbose is Lazy Flanderkin, and Greedy Flanderkin, and yoke is neither so light nor so lightly endured as that Flemish sot-1 thank the saints they cannot say of the actual lord. The commons, who naturally Coward Flanderkin, since Gwenwyn's Welsh up- hate the knights and gentry, think it no bad time to roar."
make some head against them-ay, and there be some "I had ever thought, my father," answered Rose, of noble blood who would not care to be their lead" that your spirit was too calm to regard these base ers, that they may have their share in the spoil; for calumnies. Bethink you we are under this lady's ban, foreign expeditions and profligate habits hare made per, and that she has been my loving mistress, and many poor; and he that is poor will murder bis faider her father was your good lord; to the Constable, too, for money.' I hate poor people; and I would the der are you beholden, for enlarged privileges. Money may had every man who cannot keep himself by the work pay debt, but kindness only can requite kindness; of his own hand !" and I forebode that you will never have such an op- The Fleming concluded, with this characteristic importunity to do kindness to the houses of Berenger precation, a speech which gaye Rose a more frightful and De Lacy, as by opening the doors of your house view of the state of England, than, shut up as she to this wounded knight.”
was within the Garde Doloureuse, she had before had The doors of my house!" answered the Fleming- an opportunity, of learning. Surely," she said "do I know how long I may call that, or any house “surely these violences of which you speak are not upon earth, my own? Alas, my daughter, we came to be dreaded by those who live under the banner of hither to fly from the rage of the elements, but who De Lacy and of Berenger ?" knows how soon we may perish by the wrath of Berenger subsists but in name," answered Wilkin men!"
Flammock, "and Damian, though a brave youth, "You speak strangely, my father,” said Rose; "It hath not his uncle's ascendency of character and holds not with your solid wisdom to augur such authority. His men also complain that they are general evil from the rash enterprise of a Welsh out- harassed with the duty of watching for protection of law."
a castle, in itself impregnable, and sufficiently gar"I think not of the One-eyed robber," said Wilkin; risoned, and that they lose all opportunity of honor"although the increase and audacity of such robbers able enterprise, as they call it-that is, of fight and as Dawiyd is no good sign of a quiet country. But spoil-in this inactive and inglorious manner of life thou, who livest within yonder walls, hearest but They say that Damian the Beardless was a man, but little of what passes without, and your estate is less that Damian with the moustache is no better than a anxiouş ;--you had known nothing of the news from woman; and that age, which has darkened his upper me, unless in case I had found it necessary to remove lip, hath at the same time blenched his courage. to another country.”
And they say more, which were but wearisome to To remove, my dearest father, from the land tell.” where your thrift and industry have gained you an * Nay, but, let me know what they say; let me honourable competency?"
know it, for Heaven's sake!" answered Rose,"if it “Ay, and where the hunger of wicked men, who concern, as it must concern, my dear lady." envy me the produce of my thrist, may likely bring me Even so, Roschen," answered Wilkin. "There to a dishonourable death. There have been tumults are many among the Norman men-al-arms who talk among the English rabble in more than one county, over their wine cups, how that Damian de Lacy is in and their wrath is directed against those of our nation, love with his uncle's betrothed bride ;, ay, and that as if we were Jews or heathens, and not better Chris- they correspond together by art magic.' tions and better men than themselves. They have, at By art magic, indeed, it must be," said Rose, York, Bristol, and elsewhere, sacked the houses of smiling scornfully, “for by no earthly means do they the Flemings, spoiled their goods, misused their fami-correspond, as I, for one, can bear witness."
To art magic, accordingly, they impute it," quoth and direction, and, through her intercession, that of Wilkin Flammock, "that so soon as ever my lady Almighty God, for the disposal and regulation of her stirs beyond the portal of her castle, De Lacy is in the conduct. "Thou knowest,” she said, " that from no saddle with a party of his cavalry, though they are confidence in my own strength, have I thrust myself positively certain that he has received no messenger, into danger. O make me strong where I am most etter, or other ordinary notice of her purpose; nor weak-Let not my gratitude and my compassion be have they ever, on such occasions, scoured the passes a snare to me; and while I strive to discharge the long, ere they have seen or heard of my Lady Eveline's duties which thankfulness imposes on me, save me being abroad."
from the evil tongues of men-and save-0 save me * This has not escaped me," said Rose; "and my from the insidious devices of my own heart !" lady has expressed herself even displeased at the She then told her rosary with devout fervour, and, accuracy which Damian displayed in procuring a retiring from the chapel io her own apartment, sumknowledge of her motions, as well as at ihe officious moned her women to adjust her dress, and remove the punctuality with which he has attended and guarded external appearance of ihe violence to which she had ihem. To-day has, however, shown," she continued, been so lately subjected. " that his vigilance may serve a good purpose; and as they never met upon these occasions, but continued al such distance as excluded even the possibility of intercourse, methinks ther might have escaped the
CHAPTER XXVII. censure of the most suspicious.
* Ay, my daughter Roschen,” replied Wilkin, "but You are our captive--but we'll use you so, it is possible even to drive caution so far as to excite That you shall think your prison-joys may match suspicion. Why, say the men-at-arms, should these
Whate'er your liberty hath known of pleasure.
Roderick. No, fairest, we have trified here too long ; two observe such constant, yet such guarded intelli
And, lingering to see your roses blossom, gence with one another?. Why should their approach I've let my laurels wither.-Old be so near, and why, yet, should they never meet? If they had been merely the nephew and the uncle's ARRAYED in garments of a mourning colour, and of bride, they inust have had interviews avowedly and a fashion more matronly than perhaps altogether befrankly; and, on the other hand, if they be two secret fitted her youth-plain to an extremiiy, and devoid of lovers, there is reason to believe that they do find their all ornament, save her rosary-Eveline now performed own private places of meeting, though they have art the duty of waiting upon her wounded deliverer; a sufficient to conceal them."
duty which the etiqueite of the time not only permit" Every word that you speak, my father," replied ted but peremptorily enjoined. She was attended by the generous Rose, increases the absolute necessity Rose and Dame Gillian. Margery, whose element that you receive this wounded youth into your house was a sick-chamber, had been already despatched to Be the evils you dread ever so great, yet, may you rely that of the young knight, to attend to whatever his upon it, that they cannot be augmented by admitting condition might require. him, with a few of his faithful followers."
Eveline entered the room with a light step, as if un“Not one follower," said the Fleming hastily, willing to disturb the patient. She paused at the
not one beef-fed knave of them, save the page that door, and cast her eyes around her. Ii had been her is to tend him, and the doctor that is to attempt his father's chamber; nor had she entered it since his cure.
violent death. Around the walls hung a part of his “But I may offer the shelter of your roof to these armour and weapons, with hawking-gloves, huntingthree, at least ?" answered Rose.
poles, and other instruments of silvan sport. These Do as thou wilt, do as thou will,” said the doating relics brought as it were in living form before her, the father. By my faith, Roschen, it is well for thee stately presence of old Sir Raymond. "Frown not, thou hast sense and moderation in asking, since I am my father,”—her lips formed the words, though her so foolishly prompt in granting. This is one of your voice did not utter "them-" frown not-Eveline will freaks, now, of honour or generosity-but commend never be unworthy of thee." me to prudence and honesty.--Ah! Rose, Rose, those Father Aldrovand, and Amelot, the page of Damian, who would do what is better than good, sometimes were seated by the bedside. They rose as Lady Evebring about what is worse than bad !--But I think I line entered ; and the first, who meddled a little with shall be quit of the trouble for the fear; and that the healing art, said 10 Eveline,," that the knight had thy mistress, who is with reverence, something of a slumbered for some time, and was now about to damsel-errant, will stand stoutly for the chivalrous awake." privilege of lodging her knight in her own bower, and Amelot at the eame time came forward, and in a tending him in person.'
hasty and low voice, begged that the chamber might be The Fleming prophesied true. Rose had no sooner kept quiet, and the spectators requested to retire. My made the proposal to Eveline, that the wounded Da- lord," he said, “ ever since his illness at Gloucester, is mian should be left at her father's house for his reco- apt to speak something wildly as he awakes from very, than her mistress briefly and positively rejected sleep, and will be displeased with me should I permit the proposal. "He bas been my preserver," she said, any one to be near him.” "and if there be one being left for whoni the gates of Éveline accordingly caused her women and the the Garde Doloureuse should of themselves fly open, monk to retire into the anteroom, while she herself it is to Damian de Lacy. Nay, damsel, look not upon remained standing by the door-communication which me with that suspicious and yet sorrowful counte- connected the apartments, and heard Damian mennance-they that are beyond disguise, my girl, con- tion her name as he turned himself painfully on his temn suspicion--It is to God and Our Lady that I couch. "Is she safe and unharmed ?" was
his first must answer, and to them my bosom lies open!" question, and it was asked with an eagerness which
They proceeded in silence to the castle gate, when intimated how far it preceded all other considerations. the Lady Eveline issued her orders that her Guardian, -When Amelot replied in the affirmative, he sighed, as she emphatically termed Damian, should be lodged as one whose bosom is relieved from some weighty in her father's apartment; and, with the prudence of load, and, in a less animated voice, asked of the page more advanced age she gave the necessary directions where they were. "This apartment,” he said, " with for the reception and accommodation of his followers, its furniture, are all strange to me. and the arrangements which such an accession of "My dear master," said Amelot, "you are at preguests required in the fortress. All this she did with sent 100 weak to ask questions and receive explanathe utmost composure and presence of mind, even tions." before she altered or arranged her own disordered "Be I where I will,” said Damian, as if recovering dress.
his recollection, "I am not in the place where my duty Another step still remained to be taken. She has- calls me. Tell my trumpets to sound to horse-to tened to the Chapel of the Virgin, and prostrating horse, and let Ralph Genvil curry my banner. To herself before her divine protectress, returned thanks horse-to horse we have not a moment to lose.". for her second deliverance, and implored her guidance The wounded knight made some effort to rise.
which, in his state of weakness, Amelot was easily "I well believe it, ady," said the page. Knox, able to frustrate. "Thou art right," he said, as he then, if it be not already known to you, that the sunk back into his reclining posture-thou art right clowns and rabble, who have taken arms against the ---I am weak-but why should strength remain when nobles in the west pretend to be favoured in thuir inhonour is lost ?''
surrection, not only by Randal Lacy, but by my masThe unhappy young man covered his face with his ter, Sir Damian." hands, and groaned in agony, which seemed more "They lie that dare charge him with such foul that of the mind than of the body. Lady Eveline treason to his own blood, as well as to his sovereign !" approached his bedside with unassured steps, fearing replied Eveline. she knew not what, yet earnest to testify the interest "Well do I believe they lie," said Amelot; "bu! which she felt in the distresses of the sufferer. Da- this hinders not their falsehoods from being believed mian looked up and beheld her, and again hid his face by those who know him less inwardly. More tha with his hands.
one runaway from our troop have joined this rabble What means this strange passion, Sir Knight?" ment, and that gives some credit to the scandal. And said Eveline, with a voice which, at first weak and then they say—they say--that-in short, that my mas trembling, gradually obtained steadiness and compo- ter longs to possess the lands in his proper right which
Ought it to grieve you so much, sworn as you he occupies as his uncle's administrator; and that is are to the duties of chivalry, that Heaven hath iwice the old Constable-I crave your pardon, madammade you its instrument to save the unfortunate Eve- should return from Palestine, he should find it difficult line Berenger ?"
to obtain possession of his own again." "O no, no!" he exclaimed with rapidity; "since "The sordid wretches judge of others by their own you are saved, all is well-but time presses-it is ne- base minds, and conceive those temptations too por cessary should presently depart-nowhere ought I erful for men of worth, which they are themsives now to tarry-least of all, within this casile-Once conscious they would be unable to resist. But are more, Amelot, let them get to horse !"
the insurgents then so insolent and so powerful? We "Nay, my good lord," said the damsel, “this must have heard of their violences, but only as if it bad not be. As your ward, I cannot let my guardian part been some popular tumult.”. thus suddenly-as a physician, I cannot allow my "We had notice last night that they have drawa patient to destroy himself-It is impossible that you together in great force, and besieged or blockaded can brook the saddle."
Wild Wenlock, with his mcn-at-arms, in a villame A litter-a bier-a cart, to drag forth the disho- about ten miles hence. He hath sent to my master, noured knight and traitor-all were too good for me- as his kinsman and companion-at-arms, to come to a cottin were best of all !—But see, Amelot, that it be his assistance. We were on horseback this morning framed like that of the meanest churl-no spurs dis- to march to the rescue-when" played on the pall-no shield with the ancient coat of He paused, and seemed unwilling to proceed. Eve ihe De Lacys--no helmet with their knightly crest line caught at the word. "When ye heard of my must deck the hearse of him whose name is disho- danger ?" she said. "I would ye had rather heard of noured !"
death !" "Is his brain unsettled ?” said Eveline, looking Surely, noble lady," said the page, with his eyes with terror from the wounded man to his attendant; fixed on the ground, "nothing but so strong a cause "or is there some dreadful mystery in these broken could have made my master halt his troop and carry words ?-If so, speak it forth; and if it may be the better part of them to the Welsh mountains when amended by life or goods, my deliverer will sustain no his countryman's distress, and the commands of the wrong,"
King's Lieutenant,, so peremptorily demanded his Amelot regarded her with a dejected and melancholy presence elsewhere. air, shook his head, and looked down on his master "I knew it,” she said—"I knew I was born to be with a countenance which seemed to express, that his destruction! yet methinks this is worse than ! the questions which she asked could not be prụdently dreamed of, when the worst was in my thoughts. I answered in Sir Damian's presence. The Lady Eve- feared to occasion his death, not his loss of fame. line, observing this gesture, stepped back into the For God's sake, young Ameloy do what thou cans: outer apartment, and made Amelot a sign to follow and that without loss of time! Get thee straighther. He obeyed, after a glance at his master, who way to horse, and join to thy own men as many remained in the same disconsolate posture as formerly, as thou canst gather of mine-Go-ride, my brave with his hands crossed over his eyes, like one who youth-show thy master's banner, and let them see wished to exclude the light, and all which the light that his forces and his heart are with them, thougto made visible.
his person be absent. Haste, haste, for the time is When Amelot was in the wardrobe, Eveline, making precious ! signs to her attendants to keep at such distance as " But the safety of this castle-But your own the room permitted, questioned him closely on the safety?" said the page. "God knows how willingly cause of his master's desperate expression of sorrow I would do aught to save his fame! But I know my and remorse. "Thou knowest," she said, "that I am master's mood; and were you to suffer by my leaving bound to succour thy lord, if I may, both from grati- the Garde Doloureuse, even although I were to save tude, as one whom he hath served to the peril of his him lands, life, and honour, by my doing so, I sbonid life-and also from kinsmanship. Tell me, therefore, be more like to taste of his dagger, than of his thanks in what case he stands, that I may help him if I can- or bounty." that is,” she added, her pale cheeks deeply colouring, “Go, nevertheless, dear Amelot," said she; "gather "if the cause of his distress be fitting for me to hear.' what force thou canst make, and begone."
The page bowed low, yet showed such embarras3- "You spur a willing horse, madam," said the page, ment when he began to speak, as produced a cor- springing to his feet; "and in the condition of my responding degree of confusion in the Lady Eveline, master, I see nothing better than that his banner who, nevertheless, urged him as before to speak should be displayed against these churls." without scruple or delay-so that the tenor of his dis- "To arms, then," said Eveline, hastily; " to arms course was fitting for her ears."
and win thy spurs. Bring me assurance that thy * Believe me, noble lady,” said Amelot, "your com- master's honour is safe, and I will myself buckle them mands had been instantly obeyed, but that I fear my on thy heels. Here-take this blessed rosary--bind it master's displeasure if I talk of his affairs without his on thy crest, and be the thought of the Virgin of the warrant; nevertheless, on your command, whom I Garde Doloureuse, that never failed a votary, strong know he honours above all earthly beings, I will speak with thee in the hour of conflict." thus far, that, if his life be safe from the wounds he She had scarcely ended, ere Amelot flew from her has received, his honour and worship may be in great presence, and summoning together such horse as he danger, if it please not Heaven to send a remedy." could assemble, both of his master's, and of those be
* Speak on," said Eveline; and be assured you longing to the castle, there were soon forty cavaliers will do Sir Damian de Lacy, no prejudice by the con- mounted in the court-yard. Idence you may rest in me.'
But although the page was thus far readily obeyed,
yet when the soldiers heard they were to go forth on to bear in danger and extremity, when their soul was a dangerous expedition, with no more experienced arming to meet the storm, and displayed in their mien general than a youth of fifteen, they showed a decided and looks high command and contempt of danger. reluctance to move from the castle. The old soldiers She seemed at the moment taller than her usual of De Lacy said, Damian himself was almost 100 size; and it was with a voice distinct and clearly youthful to command them, and had no right to dele- heard, though not exceeding the delicacy of feminine kate his authority to a inere boy; while the followers tone, that the mutineers heard her address them. of Berenger said, their mistress might be satisfied “How is this, my masters ?" she said; and as she with her deliverance of the morning, without trying spoke, the bulky forms of the armed soldiers seemed farther dangerous conclusions by diminishing the to draw closer together, as if to escape her individual garrison of her castle-“The times," they said, censure. It was like a group of heavy water-fowl, stormy, and it was wisest to keep a stone roof over when they close to avoid the stoop of the slight and their heads."
beautiful merlin, dreading the superiority of its nature The more the soldiers communicated their ideas and breeding over their own inert physical strengthand apprehensions to each other, the stronger their "How now?" again she demanded of them; "is it a disinclination to the undertaking become; and when time, think ye, to mutiny, when your lord is absent, Amelot, who, page-like, had gone to see that his own and his nephew and lieutenant lies stretched on a horse was accoutred and brought forth, returned to bed of sickness ?-Is it thus you keep your oaths ?the castle-yard, he found them standing confusedly Thus ye merit your leader's bounty ?-Shame on ye, together, some mounted, some on foot, all men speak- craven hounds, that quail and give back the instant ing loud, and all in a state of disorder. Ralph Genvil you lose sight of the huntsman?" a veteran whose face was seamed with many a There was a pause--the soldiers looked on each scar, and who had long followed the trade of a soldier other, and then again on Eveline, as if ashamed alike of fortune, stood apart from the rest, holding his to hold out in their mutiny, or to return to their usual horse's bridle in one hand, and in the other the ban- discipline. ner-spear, around which the banner of De Lacy was "I see how it is, my brave friends-ye lack a leader still folded.
here; but stay not for that-I will guide you myself, "What means this, Genvil ?" said the page, angrily. and, woman as I am, there need not a man of you "Why do you not mount your horse and display the fear disgrace where a Berenger commands.- Trap banner? and what occasions all this confusion ?" my palfrey with a steel saddle, she said, "and that "Truly, Sir Page," said Genvil
, composedly, "I am instantly. She snatched from the ground the page's not in my saddle, because I have some regard for this light headpiece, and threw it over her hair, caughi up old silken rag, which I have borne to honour in my his drawn sword, and went on. "Here I promise time, and I will not willingly carry it where men are you my countenance and guidance--this gentleman,' unwilling to follow and defend it.'
she pointed to Genvil," shall supply my lack of mili"No march-no sally-nolifting of banner to-day!" tary skill. He looks like a man that hath seen many cried the soldiers, by way of burden to the banner a day of battle, and can well teach a young leader her man's discourse.
devoir. "How now, cowards? do you mutiny ?” said Ame- "Certes," said the old soldier, smiling in spite o lot, laying his hand on his sword.
himself, and shaking his head at the same time, Menace not me, Sir Boy," said Genvil;
many a battle have I seen, but never under such a shake your sword my way. I tell thee, Amelot, were commander." my weapon to cross with yours, never fail sent "Nevertheless," said Eveline, seeing how the eyes abroad more chaff than I would make splinters of of the rest turned on Genvil, " you do not-cannotyour hatched and giided toasting-iron. Look you, will not-refuse to follow me? You do not as a solthere are gray-bearded men here ihat care not to be dier, for my weak voice supplies your captain's led about on any boy's humour. For me, I stand orders-you cannot as a gentleman, for a lady, a for: little upon that; and 'I care not whether one boy or lorn and distressed female, asks you a boon-you will another commands me. But I am the Lacy's man not as an Englishman, for your country, your sword, for the time; and I am not sure that, in marching to and your comrades are in danger. Unfurl your banthe aid of this Wild Werlock, we shall do an errand ner, then, and march.” the Lacy will thank us for. Why led he us not thither "I would do so, upon my soul, fair lady," answered in the morning, when we were commanded off into Genvil
, as if preparing to unfold the banner-"And the mountains ?"
Amelot mighi lead us well enough, with advantage "You well know the cause," said the page. of some lessons from me. But I wot not whether
“Yes, we do know the cause; or, if we do not, you are sending us on the right road.” we can guess it," answered the banner-man, with a Surely, surely," said Eveline, earnestly, "it must horse-laugh, which was echoed by several of his com- be the right road which conducts you to the relief of panions.
Wenlock and his followers, besieged by the insurgent “I will cram the calumny down thy false throat, boors." Genvil!” said the page; and, drawing his sword, "I know not,” said Genvil, still hesitatirg. “Our threw himself headlong on the banner-man, without leader here, said Damian de Lacy, protects the comconsidering their great difference of strength. mons-men say he befriends them-and I know he
Genvil was contended to foil his attack by one, and, quarrelled with Wild Wenlock once for some petty as it seemed, a slight movement of his gigantic arm, wrong he did to the miller's wise at Twyford. We with which he forced the page aside, parrying, at the should be finely off, when our fiery young leader is on same time, his blow with the standard-spear. foot again, if he should find we had been fighting
There was another loud laugh, and Amelot, feeling against the side he favoured.”. all his efforts baffled, threw his sword from him, and, Assure yourself," said the maiden, anxiously, weeping in pride and indignation, hastened back to "the more he would protect the commons against tell the Lady Eveline of his bad success. “All," he oppression, the more he would put them down when said, “is lost-the cowardly villains have mutinied, oppressing others. Mount and ride-save Wenlock and will not move; and the blame of their sloth and and his men—there is life and death in every moment. faintheartedness will be laid on my dear master !" I will warrant, with my life and lands, that whatso
“That shall never be," said Eveline, "should I die ever you do will be held good service to De Lacy. to prevent it.- Follow me, Amelot."
Come, then, follow me.” She hastily threw a scarlet scarf over her dark gar, “None surely can know sir Damian's purpose betments, and hastened down to the court-yard, followed ter than you, fair damsel," answered Gen vil ; 'nay, for by Gillian, assuming, as she went, various attitudes that matter, you can make him change as ye listand actions, expressing astonishment and pity, and by And so I will march with the men, and we will aid Rose, carefully suppressing all appearance of the feel. Wenlock, if it is yet time, as I trust it may; for he is a ings which she really entertained.
rugged wolf, and when he turns to bay, will cost the Eveline entered the castle-court, with the kindling boors blood enough ere they sound a mort. But do eye and glowing brow which her ancestors were wont you remain within the castle, fair lady, and trust to