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he was about to afflict his master, or that of an exe- “No, no,” he replied quickly, "not married, perhape, cutioner standing with his knife suspended over his but engaged--troih-plighted.” Wherefore not? The victim, deferring his blow until he should
discover date of her old affiance was out, why not enter into a where it would be most sensibly felt. In Guarine's new engagement ?". mind, prejudiced, perhaps, by the previous opinion he “ The Lady Eveline and Sir Damian de Lacy are had entertained, the latter sentiment so decidedly pre not affianced that I know of,” answered his atienddominated, that he longed to raise his staff, and strike ant. down to the earth the servant, who seemed thus This reply drove De Lacy's patience to extremity, to enjoy the protracted sufferings of their common Dog! dost thou trifle with me!” he exclaimed : master.
'Vile wire-pincher, thou torturest me! Speak the At length a convulsive movement crossed the brow worst at once, or I will presently make thee minstrel of the Constable, and Guarine, when he beheld a sar- to the household of Satan." donic smile begin to curl Vidal's lip, could keep silence Calm and collected did the minstrel reply,-" The no longer. "Vidal,” hç said, " thou art a
Lady Eveline and Sir Damian are neither married "A bearer of bad tidings," said Vidal, interrupting nor affianced, my lord. They have loved and lived him, “therefore subject to the misconstruction of every together-par amours." fool who cannot distinguish between the author of Dog, and son of a dog," said De Lacy, "thou harm, and him who unwillingly reports it.
liest !" "And, seizing the minstrel by the breast, the "To what purpose this delay ?" said the Constable. exasperated haron shook him with his whole strength. "Come, Şir Minstrel, I will spare you a pang-Eveline But great as that strength was, it was unable to stag. has forsaken and forgotten me?''
ger. Vidal, a practised wrestler, in the firm posture The minstrel assented by a low inclination. which he had assumed, any more than his master's
Hugo de Lacy paced a short turn before the stone wrath could disturb the composure of the minstrel's monument, endeavouring to conquer the deep emotion bearing. which he felt. "I forgive her," he said. “Forgive, “ Confess thou hast lied," said the Constable, did I say?-Alas! I have nothing to forgive.-She releasing him, after having effected by his violence used but the right I left in her hand--yes-our date of no greater degree of agitation than the exertion of engagement was out-she had heard of my losses, human force produces upon the Rocking Stones of my defeats--the destruction of my hopes--the ex- the Druids, which may be shaken, indeed, but not penditure of my wealth; and has taken the first op- displaced. portunity which strict law afforded, to break off her Were a lie to buy my own life, yea, the lives of all engagement with one bankrupt in fortune and fame. my tribe," said the minstrel, “I would not tell one. Many a maiden would have done--perhaps in pru- Bút truth itself is ever termed falsehood when it dence should have done-this ;-but that woman's counteracts the train of our passions." name should not have been Eveline Berenger."
* Hear him, Philip Guarine, hear him!” exclaimed He leaned on his esquire's arm, and for an instant the Constable, turning hastily to his squire: "He tells laid his head on his shoulder with a depth of emotion me of my disgrace-of the dishonour of my housewhich Guarine had never before seen him betray, and of the depravity of those whom I have loved the best which, in awkward kindness, he could only attempt in the world-he tells me of it with a calm look, an to console by bidding his master“ be of good courage eye composed, an unfaltering tongu..--Is this-can it -he had lost but a woman."
be natural ? Is De Lacy sunk so low, that his dis"This is no selfish emotion, Philip," said the Con- honour shall be told by a common strolling minstrel, stable, resuming self-command. "I grieve less that as calmly as if it were a theme for a vain ballad? she has left me than that she has misjudged me-that Perhaps thou wilt make it one, ha !" as he concluded, she has treated me as the pawnbroker does his darting a furious glance at the minstrel. wretched creditor, who arrests the pledge as the very Perhaps I might, my lord,” replied the minstrel, moment elapses within which it might have been re- were it not that I must record therein the disgrace lieved. Did she then think that I in my turn would of Renault Vidal, who served a lord without either have been a creditor so rigid ?-that I, who, since I patience to bear insults and wrongs, or spirit to reknew her, scarce deemed myself worthy of her when venge them on the authors of his shame." I had wealth and fame, should insist on her sharing “Thou art right, thou art right, good fellow," said my diminished and degraded fortunes? How little the Constable, hastily; "it is vengeance now alone she ever knew me, or how selfish must she have sup- which is left us-And yet upon whom !" posed my misfortunes to have made me! But be it As he spoke, he walked shortly and hastily to and so-she is gone, and may she be happy. The thought fro; and, becoming suddenly silent, stood still and that she disturbed me shall pass from my mind; and wrung his hands with deep emotion. I will think she has done that which I myself, as her "I told thee," said the minstrel to Guarine, "that best friend, must in honour have advised."
my muse would find a tender part at last. Dost thou So saying, his countenance, to the surprise of his remember the bull fight we saw in Spain ?--A thouattendants, resumed its usual firm composure: sand little darts perplexed and annoyed the noble "I
give you joy,” said the esquire, in a whisper to animal, ere he received the last deadly thrust from the minstrei; your evil news have wounded less the lance of the Moorish cavalier." deeply than, doubtless, you believed was possible.” “Man, or fiend, be which thou wilt," replied
“Alas!" replied the minstrel, “I have others and Guarine, “that can thus drink in with pleasure, and worse behind.”
contemplate at your ease, the misery of another, I bid This answer was made in an equivocal tone of thee beware of me! Utter thy cold blooded taunts in voice, corresponding to the peculiarity of his manner, some other ear; for if my tongue be blunt, I wear a and like that seeming emotion of a decp but very sword that is sharp enough.” doubtful character.
“ Thou hast seen me among swords," answered "Eveline Berenger is then married," said the Con-the minstrel, “and knowest how little terror they stable; "and, let me make a wild guess,--she has not have for such as I am." Yet as he spoke he drew abandoned the family, though she has forsaken the off from the esquire. He had, in fact, only addressed individual-she is still a Lacy? ha?-Dolt that thou him in that sort of fulness of heart, which would have art, wilt thou not understand me? She is married to vented itself in soliloquy if alone, and now poured Damian de Lacy-to my nephew ?"
itself out on the nearest auditor, without the speaker The effort with which the Constable gave breath being entirely conscious of the sentiments which his to this supposition formed a strange contrast to the speech excited. constrained smile to which he compelled his features Few minutes had elapsed before the Constable of while he uttered it. With such a smile a man about Chester bad regained the calm external semblance to drink poison might name a health, as he put the with which, until this last dreadful wound, he had fatal beverage to his lips.
borne all the inflictions of fortune. He turned to“No, my lord-not married," answered the min-wards his followers, and addressed the minstrel with strel, with an emphasis on the word, which the Con. his usual calmness, " Thou art right, good fellow,"? Etable knew how to interpret.
in what 'thou eaidst to me but now, and I
forgive thee the taunt which accompanied thy good; The high-spirited entreaties of Eveline, unbent by counsel. Speak out, in God's name, and speak to adversity and want, gradually lost effect on the de one prepared to endure the evil which God hath sent fenders of the castle; and proposals for surrender were him. Certes, a good knight is best known in battle urged and discussed by a tumultuary councih into and a Christian in the time of trouble and adversity." which not only the inferior officers, but many of the
The tone in which the Constable spoke seemed to common men, had thrust themselves, as in a period produce a corresponding effect upon the deportment of such general distress as unlooses all the bonds of of his followers. The minstrel dropped at once the discipline, and leaves each man at liberty to speak cynical and audacious tone in which he had hitherto and act for himself. To their surprise, in the midst of seemed to tamper with the passions of his master; their discussions, Damian de Lacy, arisen from the and in language simple and respectful, and which sick-bed to which he had been so long, confined even approached to sympathy, informed him of the appeared among them, pale and feeble, his check evil news which he had collected during his absence. tinged with the ghastly look which is left by long ill. It was indeed disastrous.
ness-he leaned on his page Amelot. Gentlemen," The refusal of the Lady Eveline Berenger to admit he said, "and soldiers--yet why should I call you Monthermer and his forces into her castle, had of either?--Gentlemen are ever ready to die in behalf course given circulation and credence to all the ca- of a lady-soldiers hold life in scorn compared to that lumnies which had been circulated to her prejudice, honour." and that of Damian de Lacy; and there were many “Out upon him! out upon him!" exclaimed one of who, for various causes, were interested in spreading the soldiers, interrupting him; "he would have us and supporting these slanders. A large force had who are innocent, die the death of traitors, and be been sent into the country to subdue the insurgent hanged in our armour over the walls, rather than part peasants; and the knights and nobles despatched for with his leman." that purpose, failed not to avenge to the uttermost, Peace, irreverent slave !" said Damian, in a voice upon the wretched plebeians, the noble blood which like thunder, "or my last blow shall be a mean ons they had spilled during their temporary triumph. aimed against such a caitiff as thou art.-And you,
The followers of the unfortunate Wenlock were he continued, addressing the rest, -"you, wbo are infected with the same persuasion. Blamed by many shrinking from the toils of your profession, because for a hasty and cowardly surrender of a post which if you persist in a course of honour, death may close Inight have been defended, they endeavoured to vindi-them a few years sooner than it needs musi-400, cate themselves by alleging the hostile demonstrations who are scared like children at the sight of a death's of De Lacy's cavalry as the sole cause of their prema- head, do not suppose that Damian de Lacy would ture submission.
desire to shelter himself at the expense of those lives These rumours, supported by such interested testi- which you hold so dear, Make your bargain with mony, spread wide and far through the land; and, King Henry. Deliver me up to his justice, or his se joined to the undeniable fact that Damian had sought verily; or, if you like it better, strike my head from refuge in the strong castle of Garde Doloureuse, my body, and hurl it, as a peace-offering, from the which was now defending itself against the royal walls of the castle. To God, in his good time will I arms, animated the numerous enemics of the house of trust, for the clearance of mine honour. In a word, De Lacy, and drove its vassals and friends almost to surrender me, dead or alive, or open the gates and despair, as men reduced either to disown their feudal permit me to surrender myself. Only, as ve are men, allegiance, or renounce that still more sacred feally since I may not say better of ye, care at least for the which they owed to their sovereign.
safely of your mistress, and make such terms as may At this crisis they received intelligence that the secure her safety, and save yourselves from the diswise and active monarch by whom the sceptre of honour of being held cowardly and perjured caiufis in England was then swayed, was moving towards that your graves. part of England, at the head of a large body of sol- " Methinks the youth speaks well and reasonably," diers, for the purpose, at once of pressing the siege of said Wilkin Flammock. "Let us e'en make a grace the Garde Doloureuse, and, completing the suppression of surrendering his body up to the King, and assure of the insurrection of the peasantry, which Guy Mon- thereby such terins as we can for ourselves and the thermer had nearly accomplished.
lady, ere the last morsel of our provision is conIn this emergency, and when the friends and de- sumed." pendants of the House of Lacy scarcely knew which "I would hardly have proposed this measure," said, hand to turn to, Randal, the Constable's kinsman, or rather mumbled, Father Aldrovand, who had reand, after Damian, his heir, suddenly appeared cently lost four of his front teeth by a stone from a amongst them, with a royal commission io raise and sling-"yet, being so generously offered by the party command such followers of the family as might not principally concerned, I hold with the learned scho desire to be involved in the supposed treason of the ast, Volenti non fit injuria."; Constable's delegate. In troublesome times, men's Priest and Fleming," said the old banner-man, vices are forgotten, provided they display activity, Ralph Genvil, “I see how the wind stirreth you; bat courage, and prudence, the virtues then most required; you deceive yourselves if you think to make our young and the appearance of Randal, who was by no means master, Sir Damian, a scape-goat for your lighi lady. deficient in any of these attributes, was received as a Nay, never frown nor fume, Sir Damian; if you know good omen by the followers of his cousin. They not your safest course, we know it for you.-Follow quickly gathered around him, surrendered to the royal ers of De Lacy, throw yourselves on your horses, and mandate such strong holds as they possessed, and, to two men on one, if it be necessary- we will take this vindicate themselves from any participation in the al- stubborn boy in the midst of us, and the dainty squire leged crimes of Damian, they distinguished them- Amelot shall be prisoner too, if he trouble us with bis selves, under Randal's command, against such scat-peevish opposition. Then let us make a fair sally tered bodies of peasantry as still kept the field, or upon the siegers. Those who can cut their way lurked in the mountains and passes; and conducted through will shift well enough; those who fall, will themselves with such severity after success, as made be provided for." the troops even of Monthermer appear gentle and A shout from the troopers of Lacy's band, approved clement in comparison of those of De Lacy, Finally, this proposal. Whilst the followers of Berenger erwith the banner of his ancient house
displayed, and postulated in loud and angry tone, Eveline, sumfive hundred good men assembled under it, Randal moned by the tumult, in vain endeavoured to appease appeared before the Garde Doloureuse, and joined it; and ihe anger and entreaties of Damian were Henry's camp there.
equally lost on his followers. To each and either the The castle was already hardly pressed, and the few answer was the same. defenders, disabled by wounds, watching, and priva- "Have you no care of it---Because you love pas tion, had now the additional discouragement to see amours, is it reasonable you should throw away your lisplayed against their walls the only banner in Eng- life and ours ?" So exclaimed Genvil to De Lacy; Lind, under which they had hoped forces might be and in softer language, but with equal obstinacy, the i ustered for their aid,
followers of Raymond Berenger refused on the present
occasion to listen to the commands or prayers of his crossbow and mangonel were busy on the former daughter.
occasions, and it is like they will be silent now." Wilkin Flammock had retreated from the tumult, "Peace, Richard," said the King; "your words, when he saw the turn which matters had taken. He aimed at thy brother's honour, pierce my heart! Icft the castle by a sally-port, of which he had been John, thou hast thy boon as concerns the castle; for intrusted with the key, and proceeded without obser- this unhappy young lady, we will take her in our own vation or opposition to the royal camp, where he charge.--Fleming, how many men wilt thou underrequested access to the Sovereign. This was easily take to admit ?!!! obtained, and Wilkin speedily found himself in the Ere Flammock could answer, a squire approached presence of King Henry. The monarch was in his Prince Richard, and whispered in his ear, yet so as to royal pavilion, attended by two of his sons, Richard be heard by all present, "We have discovered that and John, who afterwards swayed the sceptre of some internal disturbance, or other cause unknown, England with very different auspices.
has withdrawn many of the warders from the castle "How now?-What art thou ?" was the royal walls, and that a sudden attack might'question.
“Dost thou hear that, John ?" exclaimed Richard. "An honest man, from the castle of the Garde "Ladders, man--get ladders, and to the wall. How Doloureuse."
I should delight to see thee on the highest round-thy “Thou mayest be honest,” replied the Sovereign, knees shaking--thy hands grasping convulsively, like " but thou comest from a nest of traitors."
those of one in an ague fit--all air around thee, save a "Such as they are, my lord, it is my purpose to put baton or two of wood-the moat below-half-a-dozen them at your royal disposal; for they have no longer pikes at thy throat" the wisdom to guide themselves, and lack alike pru- Peace, Richard, for shame, if not for charity!'' dence to hold out, and grace to submit. Bat I would said his father, in a lone of anger, mingled with grief. first know of your grace 10 what terms you will admit “And thou, John, get ready for the assault.” the defenders of yonder garrison ?".
As soon as I have put on my armour, father," "To such as kings give to traitors," said Henry, answered the Prince; and withdrew slowly with a sternly--"sharp knives and tough cords."
visage so blank as to promise no speed in his preNay, my gracious lord, you must be kinder than parations. that amounis to, if the castle is to be rendered by my His brother laughed as he retired, and said to means; else will your cords and knives have only my his squire, “It were no bad jes!, Alberick, to carry poor body to work upon, and you will be as far as cver the place ere John can change his silk doublet for a from their side of the Garde Doloureuse."
steel one." The King looked at him fixedly. "Thou knowest," So saying, he hastily withdrew, and his father exhe said, "the law of arms. Here, provost-marshal, claimed in paternal distress, "Out, alas! as much too stands a traitor, and yonder stands a tree.”
hot as his brother is too cold; but it is the manlier "And here is a throat," said the stout-hearted Flem-fault.-Gloucester," said he to that celebrated earl, ing, unbuttoning the collar of his doublet.
"take sufficient strength, and follow Prince Richard By nine honour," said Prince Richard, “a sturdy to guard and sustain him. If any one can rule him, and faithful yeoman! It were better send such fel- it must be a knight of thy established fame. Alas! lows their dinner, and then buffet it out with them for alas! for what sin have I deserved the affliction of the castle, than to starve them as the beggarly French- these cruel family feuds!" men famish their hounds."
"Be comforted, my lord,” said the chancellor, who Peace, Richard," said his father; "thy wit is over was also in attendance. green, and thy blood over hot, to make thee my * Speak not of comfort to a father, whose sons are counsellor here.--And you, knave, speak you some at discord with each other, and agree only in their reasonable terms, and we will not be over strict with disobedience to him!" thee.”
Thus spoke Henry the Second, than whom no wiser, "First
, then," said the Fleming, "I stipulate full or, generally speaking, more fortunate monarch, ever and free pardon for life, limb, body and goods, to me, sat upon the throne of England ; yet whose life is a Wilkin Flammock, and my daughter Rose." striking illustration, how family dissensions can tar
"A true Fleming," said Prince John; "he takes nish the most brilliant lot to which Heaven permits care of himself in the first instance."'.
humanity to aspire; and how little gratified ambition, “His request," said the King, “is reasonable.--extended power, and the highest reputation in war What next?"
and in peace, can do towards curing the wounds of "Safety, in life, honour, and land, for the demoiselle domestic affliction. Eveline Berenger.”
The sudden and fiery attack of Richard, who has"How, Sir Knave!" said the the King, angrily, "istened to the escalade at the head of a score of followit for such as thou to dictate to our judgment or clem-ers, collected at random, had the complete effect of ency in the case of a noble Norman lady? Confine surprise; and having surmounted the walls with their thy mediation to such as thyself; or rather render us ladders, before the contending parties within were this castle without farther delay; and be assured thy almost aware of the assault, the assailants burst open doing so will be of more service to the traitors within the gates, and admitted Gloucester, who had hastily than weeks more of resistance, which must and shall followed with a strong body of men-at-arms. The be bootless."
garrison, in their state of surprise, confusion, and disThe Fleming stood silent, unwilling to surrender union, offered but little resistance, and would have without some specific terms, yet half convinced, from been put to the sword, and the place plundered, had the situation in which he had left the garrison of the not Henry himself entered it, and by his personal exGarde Doloureuse, that his admitting the King's ertions and authority, restrained the excesses of the forces would be perhaps, the best he could do for Lady dissolute soldiery. Eveline.
The King conducted himself, considering the times "I like thy fidelity, sellow," said the King, whose and the provocation, with laudable moderation. He acute eye perceived the struggle in the Fleming's contented himself 'with disarming and dismissing bosom; "but carry not thy stubbornness too far. the common soldiers, giving them some trifle to carry Have we not said we will be gracious to yonder offend them out of the country, lest want should lead them ers, as far as our royal duty will permit?"
to form themselves into bands of robbers. The offiAnd, royal father," said Prince John, interposing, cers were more severely treated, being for the greater "I pray you let me have the grace to take first posses- part thrown into dungeons, to abide the course of the sion of the Garde Doloureuse, and the wardship or for- law. In particular, imprisonment was the lot of Dafeiture of the offending lady.'
mian de Lacy, against whom, believing the various "I pray you also, my royal father, to grant John's charges with which he was loaded, Henry was so boon," said his brother Richard, in a tone of mockery. highly incensed, that he purposed to make him an "Consider, royal father, it is the first desire he hath example to all 'false knights and disloyal subjects. shown to approach the barriers of the castle, though To the Lady Eveline Berenger he assigned her own we have attacked them forty times at least. Marry, l apartment as a prison, in which she was honourably
attended by Rose and Alice but guarded with the i knife. There was grief on the Constable's features utmost strictness. It was generally reported that-deep grief--but withoul the expresson of abas her demesnes would be declared a forfeiture to the ment or prostration, which usually accompanies it; crown, and bestowed, at least in part, upon Randal anger and shame were there--but they were both of de Lacy, who had done good service during the a noble character, seemingly, excited by his bride siege. Her person, it was thought, was destined to and nephew's transgressing the laws of allegance the seclusion of some distant French nunnery, where honour, and virtue, rather than by the disgrace and she might at leisure repent her of her follies and her damage which he himself sustained thro' their crime rashness.
The minstrel was so much astonished at this change Father Aldrovand was delivered up to the discipline of deportment, from the sensitive acuteness of azoy of his convent, long experience having very effectually which attended the beginning of 'his narrative, tha taught Henry the imprudence of infringing on the he stepped back two paces, and gazing on the Cusprivileges of the church; although, when the King stable with wonder mixed with admiration a. first beheld him with a rusty corslet clasped over his claimed, “We have heard of martyrs in Palestine, ki frock, he with difficulty repressed the desire to cause this exceeds them!" him to be hanged over the battlements, to preach to "Wonder not so much, good friend," said the Con the ravens.
stable, patiently; "it is the first blow of the lanek With Wilkin Flammock, Henry held much confer- mace which pierces or stuns—those which follow are ence, particularly on the subject of manufactures and little felt."* commerce; on which the sound-headed, though blunt- "Think, my lord," said Vidal, “all is lost-logy spoken Fleming, was well qualified to instruct an in: dominion, high office, and bright fames late a telligent monarch. “Thy intentions," he said, “shall chief among nobles-pow a poor palmer!" not be forgotten, good fellow, though they have been “Wouldst thou make sport with my miseri ?" said anticipated by the headlong valour of my son Richard, Hugo, sternly; "but even that comes of course be which has cost some poor caitiff's their lives--Richard | hind my back, and why should it not be endured loves not to sheathe a bloodless weapon. But thou when said to my face?-Know, then, minstrel and and thy countrymen shall return to thy mills yonder, put it in song if you list, that Hugo De Lacy, having with a full pardon for past offences, so that you med- lost all he carried to Palestine, and all which he lead dle no more with such treasonable matters.
at home, is still lord of his own mind; and adversity “And our privileges and duties, my liege ?" said can no more shake him, than the breeze which Flammock. Your Majesty knows well we are vas- strips the oak of its leaves can tear up the trunk by sals to the lord of this castle, and must follow him in the roots." battle."
“Now, by the tomb of my father," said the mio“It shall no longer be so," said Henry; "I will strel, rapturously, “this man's nobleness is too much form a community of Flemings here, and thou, Flam: for my resolve! and stepping hastily to the Consts. mock, shalt be Mayor, that thou mayst not plead ble, he kneeled on one knee, and caught his hand feudal obedience for a relapse into treason.
more freely than the state maintained by men of De "Treason, my liege !" said Flammock, longing, yet Lacy's rank usually permitted. scarce venturing, to interpose a word in behalf of "Here," said Vidal, on this hand--this noble Lady Eveline, for whom, despite the constitutional hand-I renounce" coolness of his temperament, he really felt much in- But ere he could utter another word, Hugo de Lacy, terest-"I would that your Grace but justly knew how who, perhaps, felt the freedom of the action as an many threads went to that woof."
intrusion on his fallen condition, pulled back his "Peace, sirrah !-meddle with your loom,” said hand, and bid the minstrel, with a stern frowe, arise Henry; "and if we deign to speak to thee concern and remember that misfortune made not De Lacy a ing the mechanical arts which thou dost profess, take fit
personage for a mummery. it for no warrant to intrude farther on our privacy." Renault Vidal rose rebuked. "I had forgot," he
The Fleming retired, rebuked, and in silence; and said, "the distance between an Armorican violer and the fate of the unhappy prisoners remained in the a high Norman baron. I thought that the same depth King's bosom. He himself took up his lodging in of sorrow, the same burst of joy, leveiled, for a mo the castle of the Garde Doloureuse, as a convenient ment at least, those artificial barriers by which nen station for sending abroad parties to suppress and are divided. But it is well as it is. Live within the extinguish all the embers of rebellion; and so active limits of your rank, as heretofore within your donan was Randal de Lacy on these occasions, that he tower and your fosses, my lord, undisturbed by ibe appeared daily to rise in the King's grace, and was sympathy of any mean man like me. I, too, have gratified with considerable grants out of the domains my duties to discharge." of Berenger and Lacy, which the King seemed al- * And now to the Garde Doloureuse," said the baready to treat as forfeited property. Most men con- ron, turning to Philip Guarine-"God knoweth bow sidered this growing favour of Randal as a perilous well it deserveth the name !-there to learn, with our omen, both for the life of young De Lacy, and for the own eyes and ears, the truth of these woful tidingsfate of the unfortunate Eveline.
Dismount, minstrel, and give me thy palírey-I woult,
tendance is less necessary. I will face my foes, or CHAPTER XXX.
my misfortunes, like a man-that be assured of, violA vow, a vow-I have a vow in Heaven.
er; and look not so sullen, knave-I will not forget Shall I bring perjury upon my soul ?
old adherents." No, not for Venice. - Merchant of Venice.
"One of them, at least, will not forget you, my lord.". The conclusion of the last chapter contains the replied the minstrel, with his usual dubious tone of tidings with which the minstrel greeted his unhappy look and emphasis. master, Hugo de Lacy; not indeed with the same But just as the Constable was about to prick fordetail of circumstances with which we have been wards, wo persons appeared on the path, mounted able to invest the narrative, but so as to infer the on one horse, who, hidden by some dwarf-wood, had general and appalling facts, that his betrothed bride, and beloved and trusted kinsman, had leagued toge- * Such an expression is said to have been used by Mandria ther for his dishonour-had raised the banner of the celebrated smuggler, while in the act of being broken upea rebellion against their lawful sovereign, and, failing tioner, with a bar of irou, breaking the shoulder bones, arms, in their audacious attempt, had brought the life of thigh bones, and legs of the criminal, taking his alternate one of them, at least, into the most imminent dan- sides. The punishment is concluded by a blow across the ger, and the fortunes of the House of Lacy, unless breast, called the coup de grace, because it removes the sucrer some instant remedy could be found, to the very over the left shoulder bone, he laughed. His confessor inverge of ruin.
quired the reason of demeanour so unbecoming his situsboe. Vidal marked the countenance of his master as he I only laugh at my own folly, my father," answered Mandrin, Apoke, with the same keen observation which the after the nervous system had been completely deranged by the
" who could suppose that sensibility of pain should continue chirurgeon gives to the progress of his dissecting tirst blow."
come very near them without being perceived. They task, and said, "Ha, dame! what would you with were male and female; and the man, who rode fore him?" most, was such a picture of famine, as the eyes of the 4 great deal, good palmer, an I could light on pilgrims had scarce witnessed in all the wasted lands him; for his lands and offices are all to be given, it's through which they had travelled. His features, natu- like to that false thief, his kinsman. rally sharp and thin, had disappeared almost entirely “What!-to Damian, his nephew?" exclaimed the among the uncombed gray beard and hairs with Constable, in a harsh and hasty tone. which they were overshadowed; and it was but the "Lord, how you startle me, sir!" said Gillian; glimpse of a long nose, that seemed as sharp as the then continued, turning to Philip Guarine “Your edge of a knife, and the twinkling sparkle of his gray friend is a hasty man, belike." eyes, which gave any intimation of his lineaments. "It is the fault of the sun he has lived under so His leg, in the wide old bool which enclosed it, looked long,'' said the squire ; "but look you answer his like the handle of a mop left by chance in a pail-his questions truly, and he will make it the better for arms were about the thickness of riding-rods--and you." such parts of his person as were not concealed by the Gillian instantly took the hint. *Was it Damian tatters of a huntsman's cassock, seemed rather the de Lacy you asked after ?--Alas! poor young gentleappendages of a mummy than a live man.
man! no offices or lands for him-more likely to have The female who sat behind this spectre exhibited a gallows-cast, poor lad--and all for naught, as I am also some symptoms of extenuation; but being a a true dame. Damian!-no, no, it is not Damian brave jolly dame naturally, famine had not been able nor damson neither-but Randal Lacy, that must rule to render her a spectacle so rueful as the anatomy be the roast, and have all the old man's lands, and livhind which she rode. Dame Gillian's cheek (for it ings, and lordships." was the reader's old acquaintance) had indeed lost "What?" said the Constable--" before they know the rosy hue of good cheer, and the smoothness of whether the old man is dead or no?--Methinks that complexion which art and easy living had formerly were against law and reason both." substituted for the more delicate bloom of youth; her “Ay, but Randal Lacy has brought about less likely eyes were sunken, and had lost much of their bold matters. Look you, he hath sworn to the King that and roguish lustre; but she was still in some mea- they have true tidings of the Constable's death-ay, sure herself, and the remnants of former finery, toge- and let him alone to make them soothfast enough, if ther with the tight-drawn scarlet hose, though sorely the Constable were once within his danger." faded, showed still a remnant of coquettish pre- "Indeed !" said the Constable. “But you are forgtension,
ing tales on a noble gentleman. Come, come, dame, So soon as she came within sight of the pilgrims, you say this because you like not Randal Lacy." she began to punch Raoul with the end of her riding. "Like him not !- And what reason have I to like rod. Try thy new trade, man, since thou art unft him, I trow?" answered Gillian. "Is it because he for any other-10 the good men-to them-crave their seduced my simplicity to let him into the castle of the charity.”
Garde Doloureuse-ay, oftener than once or twice “Beg from beggars ?”—muttered Raoul ; "that either-when he was disguised as a pedlar, and told were hawking at sparrows, dame.".
him all the secrets of the family, and how the boy “It will bring our hand in use, though,” said Gil- Damian, and the girl Eveline, were dying of love lian; and coinmenced, in a whining tone, “God love with each other, but had not courage to say a word you, holy men, who have had the grace to go to the of it, for fear of the Constable, though he were a Holy Land, and, what is more, have had the grace to thousand miles off ?-You seem concerned, worthy come back again; I pray, bestow some of your alms sir--may I offer your reverend worship a trifling sup upon my poor old husband, who is a uniserable object, from my bottle, which is sovereign for tremor cordis as you see, and upon one who has the bad luck to be and fits of the spleen ?". his wife-Heaven help me!"
"No, no," ejaculated De Lacy-"I was but grieved "Peace, woman, and hear what I have to say," with the shooting of an old wound. But dame, I warsaid the Constable
, laying his hand upon the bridle rant me this Damian and Eveline, as you call them, of the horse-"I have present occasion for that horse, became better, closer friends, in time?"
*They !--not they indeed, poor simpletons !" an"By the hunting-horn of St. Hubert, but thou swered ihe dame; "they wanted some wise counsellor gettest him not without blows !" answered the old to go between and advise them. For, look you, sir, if old huntsman. "A fine world it is, when palmers turn Hugo be dead, as is most like, it were more natural horse-stealers."
that his bride and his nephew should inherit his lands, “Peace, fellow !" said the Constable, sternly, -"I than this same Randal, who is but a distant kinssay I have occasion presently for the service of thy man, and forsworn caitiff to boot.-Would you think horse. Here be two gold bezants for a day's use of it, reverend pilgrim, after the mountains of gold he the brute; it is well worth the fee-sinple of him, promised me?-When the castle was taken, and he were he never returned."
saw I could serve him no more, he called me old belBut the palfrey is an old acquaintance, master," dame, and spoke of the beadle and the cucking-stool. said Raoul ; "and if perchance"
-Yes, reverend sir, old beldame and cucking-s!ool "Out upon your if and perchance both,” said the were his best words, when he knew I had no one to dame, giving her husband so deterinined a thrust as take my part, save old Raoul, who cannot take his well nigh pushed him out of the saddle. "Off the own. But if grim old Hugh bring back his weatherhorse! and thank God and this worthy man for the beaten carcass from Palestine, and have but half the help he has sent us in extremity. What signifies the devil in him which he had when he was fool enough palfrey, when we have not enough to get food either to go away, Saint Mary, but I will do his kinsman's for the brute or ourselves? not though we would office to him !" eat grass and corn with him, like King Somebody, There was a pause when she had done speaking, whom the good father used to read us to sleep "Thou say'st at length exclaimed the Constable, about."
"that Damian de Lacy and Eveline love each other, A truce with your prating, dame," said Raoul, yet are unconscious of guilt, or falsehood, or ingratioffering his assistance to help her from the croupe; iude to me, I would say, to their relative in Palesbut she preferred that of Guarine, who, though ad- tine ?" vanced in years, retained the advantage of his stout “Love, sir!-in troth and so it is-they do love each sodierly figure.
other," said Gillian; "but it is like angels-or like "I humbly thank your goodness," said she, as, lambs-or like fools, if you will; for they would never (having first kissed her,) the squire set her on the so much as have spoken together, but for a prank of ground. And, pray, sir, are ye come from the Holy that same Randal Lacy's." Land ?-Heard ye any tidings there of him that was 'How!" demanded the Constable-"a prank of Constable of Chester?"
Randal's ?-What motive had he that these two De Lacy, who was engaged in removing the pil- should meet?" Lion from behind the gaddle, stopped short in his "Nay, their meeting was none of his seeking; but