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he had formed a plan to carry off the Lady Eveline to protect us if we speak the truth; and that you will himself, for he was a wild rover, this same Randal; noi look back with displeasure on what I did, acting and so he came disguised as a merchant of falcons, for the best. and trained out my old stupid Raoul, and the Lady "Peace, dame, with a wanion to ye !” said Radd. Eveline, and all of us as if to have an hour's mirth “Will you think of your own old sinful carcas in hawking at the heron. But he had a band of when you should be saving your sweet young mistress Welsh kites in readiness to pounce upon us; and but from shame and oppression ?-And for thy ill tongue, for the sudden making in of Damian to our rescue, it and worse practices, his lordship knows they are bred is undescribable to think what might have come of in the bone of thee." us; and Damian being hurt in the onslaught, was “Peace, good fellow!" said the Constable; "we carried to the Garde Doloureuse in mere necessity; will not look back on thy wife's errors, and your fide and but to save his life, it is my belief my lady would licy shall be rewarded. -For you, my faithful follje. never have asked him to cross the drawbridge, even ers, .” he said, turning towards Guarine and Vasi if he had offered."
"when De Lacy shall receive his rights, of which he "Woman," said the Constable, "think what thou doubts nothing, his first wish shall be to reward yoz say'st! If thou hast done evil in these matters here- fidelity." tofore, as I suspect from thine own story, think not "Mine, such as it is has been and shall be, its own to put it rigit by a train of new falsehoods, merely reward," said Vidal. "I will not accept favours true from spite at missing thy reward."
him in prosperity, who, in adversity, refused me bis "Palmer," said old Raoul, with his broken-toned hand-our account stands yet open.' voice, cracked by many a hailoo, "I am wont to leave “Go to, thou art a fool; but thy profession bath a the business of tale-bearing to my wife Gillian, who privilege to be humorous," said the Constable, wise will tongue-pad it with any shrew in Christendom. weatherbeaten and homely features looked ereo hao. But thou speak’st like one having some interest in some when animated by gratitude to Heaven and these matters, and therefore I will tell thee plainly, benevolence towards mankind. "We will neel," Le that although this woman has published her own said, " at Battle-bridge, an hour before respers-Istial shame in avowing her correspondence with that same have much achieved before that time." Randal Lacy, yet what she has said is true as the The space is short," said his esquire. gospel; and, were it my last word, I would say that "I have won a battle in yet shorter," replied the Damian and the lady Eveline are innocent of all treason Constable. and all dishonesty, as is the babe unborn.-But what "In which,” said the minstrel, "many a man has avails what the like of us say, who are even driven to died that thought himself well assured of life and riethe very begging for mere support, after having lived tory.” at a good house, and in a good lord's service-bless- "Even so shall my dangerous cousin Randal find ing be with him."
his schemes of ambition blighted," answered the Con. But hark you," continued the Constable, "are stable; and rode forwards, accompanied by Rada there left no ancient servants of the house, that could and his wife, who had remounted their palfrey, while speak out as well as you ?".
the minstrel and squire followed a-foot, and, of course, “Humph !" answered the huntsman-:"men are much more slowly. not willing to babble when Randal Lacy is cracking his thong above their heads. Many are slain, or starved to death-some disposed of-some spirited
CHAPTER XXXL away. But there are the weaver Flammock and his daughter Rose, who know as much of the matter as
"Oh, fear not, fear not, good Lord John
That I would you betray, we do.
Or sue requital for a debt, "What!--Wilkin Flammock, the stout Nether
Which nature cannot pay. lander ?" said the Constable; "he and his blunt but
"Bear witness, all ye sacred power true daughter Rose ?-I will venture my life on their
Ye lights that 'gin to shinefaith. Where dwell they ?-What has been their lot
This night shall prove the sacred tie amidst these changes ?"
That binds your faith and mine."
Ancient Scottish B: And in God's name who are you that ask these questions ?'' said Dame Gillian. "Husband, hus- Left behind by their master, the two dependants of band--we have been too free; there is something in Hugh de Lacy marched on in sullen silence, like me that look and that tone which 'I should remember.” who dislike and distrust each other, though bound to
Yes, look at me more fixedly," said the Consta- one common service, and partners therefore in the ble, throwing back the hood which had hitherto in a same hopes and fears. The dislike, indeed, was great degree obscured his features.
chiefly upon Guarine's side; for nothing could be "On your knees--on your knees, Raoul!" exclaimed more indifferent to Renault Vidal than was his conGillian, dropping on her own at the same time ; "it panion, farther than as he was conscious that Philip is the Constable himself, and he has heard me call loved him not, and was not unlikely, so far a3 lay in him old Hugh!".
his power, to thwart some plans which he had nearly "It is all that is left of him who was the Consta- at heart. He took little notice of his companion, but ble, at least,” replied De Lacy; "and old Hugh will. hummed over to himself, as for the exercise of has ingly forgives your freedom, in consideration of your memory, romances and songs, many of which were good news. Where are Flammock and his daugh- composed in languages which Guarine, who had ouly ter ?"
an ear for his native Norman, did not understand. “Rose is with the Lady Eveline, said Dame Gillian; They had proceeded together in this sullen manne "her ladyship, belike, chose her for bower-woman in for nearly two hours, when they were met by a groom place of me, although Rose was never fit to attire so on horseback, leading a saddled palfrey. "Pilgrims." inuch as a Dutch doll."
said the man, after looking at them with some a:** The faithful girl!" said the Constable. "And tention, which of you is called Philip Guarine ?" where is Flammock ?"
"I, for fault of a better," said the esquire, “reply to "Oh, for him, he has pardon and favour from the that name.", King,” said Raoul; "and is at his own house, with "Thy lord, in that case, commends him to you." his rabble of weavers, close beside the Battle-bridge, said the groom; " and sends you this token, by which as they now call the place where your lordship quelled you shall
know that I am his true messenger. the Welsh.'
He showed the esquire a rosary, which Philip in ...Thither will I then," said the Constable; "and stantly recognised as that used by the Constable. will then see what welcome King Henry of Anjou “I acknowledge the token," he said, "speak my has for an old servant. You two must accompany master's pleasure.”
"He bids me say,” replied the rider, " that his visit "My lord," said Gillian, with hesitation, "you thrives as well as is possible, and that this very evening, know poor folk are little thanked for interference with by time that the sun sets, he will be possessed of his great men's affairs. I trust your lordship will be able own. He desires, therefore, you will mount this pal
frey, and come with me to the Garde Doloureuse, as, The lamb is brought to the shambies, but the wolf rangeth the your presence will be wanted there."
“li is well, and I obey him," said the esquire, much Kindness fadeth away, but vengeance endureth. pleased with the import of the message, and not "I asked the red-hot iron, when it glimmered on the anvil, dissatisfied at being separated from his travelling : Wherefore glowest thou longer than the firebrand ? --companion.
'I was born in the dark mine, and the brand in the pleasant "And what charge for me?" said the minstrel, ad- Kindness fadeth away, but vengeance endureth. dressing the messenger.
"If you, as I guess, are the minstrel, Renault Vidal, "I asked the green oak of the assembly, wherefore its boughis you are to abide your master at the Battle-bridge, ac
were dry and seared like the horns oi the stag?
And it showed me that a small worm had gnawed its roots. cording to the charge formerly given.".
The boy who remembered the scourge, undid the wicket of the "I will meet him, as in duty bound," was Vidal's castle at midnight. answer; and scarce was it uttered, ere the two horse. Kindness fadeth away, but vengeance endureth. inen, turning their backs on him, rode briskly forward, “ Lightning destroyeth temples, though their spires pierce the and were speedily out of sight.
clouds ; It was now four hours past noon, and the sun was Storms destroy armadas, though their sails intercept the gale. declining, yet there was more than three hours' space He that is in his glory falleth, and that by a contemptible to the time of rendezvous, and the distance from the Kindness fadeth away, but vengeance endureth. place did not now exceed four miles. Vidal, therefore, either for the sake of rest or reflection, withdrew More of the same wild images were thrown out, from the path into a thicket on the left hand, from each bearing some analogy, however fanciful and rewhich gushed the waters of a streamlet, fed by a mote, to the theme, which occurred like a chorus at small fountain that bubbled up amongst the trees. the close of each stanza ; so that the poetry resembled Here the traveller sat himself down, and with an air a piece of music, which, after repeated excursions which seemed unconscious of what he was doing, through fanciful variations, returns ever and anon to bent his eye on the little sparkling font for more than the simple melody which is the subject of ornament. half an hour, without change of posture ; so that he As the minstrel sung, his eyes were fixed on the might, in Pagan times, have represented the statue of bridge and its vicinity; but when, near the close of a water-god bending over his urn, and attentive only his chant, he raised up his eyes towards the distant to the supplies which it was pouring forth. At length, towers of the Garde Doloureuse, he saw that the gates however, he seemed to recall himself from this state were opened, and that there was a mustering of guards of deep abstraction, drew himself up, and took some and attendants without the barriers, as if some expecoarse food from his pilgrim's scrip, as if suddenly dition were about to set forth, or some person of imTeminded that life is not supported without means. portance to appear on the scene. At the same time, But he had probably something at his heart which glancing his eyes around, he discovered that the landaffected his throat or appetite. After a vain attempt scape, so solitary when he first took his seat on the to swallow a morsel, he threw it from him in disgust, gray stone from which he overlooked it, was now beand applied him to a small flask, in which he had coming filled with figures. some wine or other liquor. But seemingly this also During his reverie, several persons, solitary and in turned distasteful, for he threw from him both scrip groups, men, women, and children, had begun to asand bottle, and, bending down to the spring, drank semble themselves on both sides of the river, and were deeply of the pure element, bathed in it his hands and loitering there, as if expecting some spectacle. There face, and arising from the fountain apparently re- was also much bustling at the Fleming's mills, which, freshed, moved slowly on his way, singing as he went, though at some distance, were also completely under but in a low and saddened tone, wild fragments of his eye. A procession seemed to be arranging itself ancient poetry, in a tongue equally ancient.
there, which soon began to move forward, with pipe Journeying on in this melancholy manner, he at and iabor, and various other instruments of music, length came in sight of the Battle-bridge; near to and soon approached, in regular order, the place where which arose, in proud and gloomy strength, the
cele- Vidal was seated. brated castle of the Garde Doloureuse. Here, then," It appeared the business in hand was of a pacific he said,"here, then, I am to await the proud De character; for the gʻay-bearded old men of the little Lacy. Be it so, in God's name!-he shall know me settlement, in their decent russet gowns, came first better ere we part.”
after the rustic band of music, walking in ranks of So saying, he strode, with long and resolved steps, three and three, supported by their staves, and reguacross the bridge, and ascending a mound which arose lating the motion of the whole procession by their on the opposite side at some distance, he gazed for a sober and staid pace. After these fathers of the settime upon the scene beneath-the beautiful river, rich tlement came Wilkin Flammock, mounted on his with the reflected tints of the western sky-the trees, mighty, war-horse, and in complete armour, save his which were already brightened to the eye, and sad- head, like a vassal prepared to do military service for dened to the fancy, with the hue of autumn-and the his lord. After him followed, and in battle rank, the darksome walls and towers of the feudal castle, from flower of the little colony, consisting of thirty men, which, at times, fashed a glimpse of splendour, as well armed and appointed, whose steady march, as some sentinel's arms caught and gave back a tran- well as their clean and glittering armour, showed sient ray of the setting sun.
steadiness and disciplinc, although they lacked alike The countenance of the minstrel which had hitherto the fiery glance of the French soldiery, or the look of been dark and troubled, seemed softened by the quiet dogged defiance which characterized the English, or of the scene. He threw loose his pilgrim's dress, yet the wild ecstatic impetuosity of eye which then distinsuffering part of its dark folds to hang around him guished the Welsh. The mothers and the maidens of mantle-wise; under which appeared his minstrel's the colony came next; then followed the children, with tabard. He took from his side a role, and striking, faces as chubby, and features as serious, and steps as from time to time, a Welsh descant, sung at others a grave, as their parents; and last, as a rearguard, came lay, of which we can offer only a few fragments, lite- the youths from fourteen to twenty, armed with light rally translated from the ancient language in which lances, bows, and similar weapons becoming their they were chanted, premising that they are in that age. excursive symbolical style of poetry, which Taliessin, This procession wheeled around the base of the Llewarch Hen, and other bards, had derived perhaps mound or embankment on which the minstrel was from the time of the Druids.
seated; crossed the bridge with the same slow and "I asked of my harp, 'Who hath injured thy chords ?'
regular pace, and formed themselves into a double line, And she replied, "The crooked finger, which I mocked in my facing inwards, as if to receive some person of conse
quence, or witness some ceremonial. Flammock reA blade of silver may be bended-a blade of steel abideth- mained at the extremity of the avenue thus formed by Kindness fadeth away, but vengeance endureth.
his countrymen, and quietly, yet earnestly engaged in "The sweet taste of mead passeth from the lips,
making arrangements and preparations. But they are long corroded by the juice of wormwood
In the mean while, stragglers of different countries Vol. IV. 4 X
began to draw together, apparently brought there by doublet, showed his brawny and nervous arms, naked mere curiosity, and formed a motley assemblage at to the shoulder. the farther end of the bridge, which was that nearest But while he amused those immediately about him to the castle. Two English peasants passed very with these preparations, a commotion and rush among near the stone on which Vidal sat. — “Wilt thou sing the crowd, together with the close sound of trumpets. us a song, minstrel,” said one of them, "and here is answered by all the Flemish instruments of music, as a tester for thee ?" throwing into his hat a small sil- well as the shouts in Norman and English, of “Long ver coin.
live the gallant Constable !-Our Lady for the bed "I am under a vow," answered the minstrel, “and De Lacy ?" announced that the Constable was close may not practise the gay science at present.”
at hand. Or you are too proud to play to English churls," Vidal made incredible exertions to approach the said the elder peasant, "for thy tongue smacks of the leader of the procession, whose morion, distinguisbad Norman."
by its lofty plumes, and right hand holding his trus Keep the coin, nevertheless," said the younger cheon or leading-staff, was all he could see, on account
"Let the palmer lave what the minstrel re of the crowd of officers and armed men around turn. fuses to earn.
At length his exertions prevailed, and he came within " I pray you reserve your bounty, kind friend," said three yards of the Constable, who was then in a sinal Vidal, " I need it not;-and tell me of your kindness, circle which had been with difficulty kept clear lo instead, what matters are going forward here." the purpose of the ceremonial of the day. His back
Why, know you not that we have got our Con- was towards the minstrel, and he was in the aci of stable De Lacy again, and that he is to grant solemn bending from his horse to deliver the royal charter to investure to the Flemish weavers of all these fine Wilkin Flammock, who had knelt on one knee to things Harry of Anjou has given ?-Had Edward the receive it the more reverentially; His discharge of Confessor been alive, to give the Netherland knaves this duty occasioned the Constable to stoop so 18, their guerdon, it would have been a cast of the gal that his plume seemed in the act of mixing with the lows-tree. But come, neighbour, we shall lose the flowing mane of his noble charger. show."
At this moment, Vidal threw himself with singular So saying, they pressed down the hill.
agility, over ihe heads of the Flemings who guarded Vidal fixed his eyes on the gates of the distant the circle; and, ere an eye could twinkle, his rigot castle; and the remote waving of banners, and mus- knee was on the croupe of the Constable's horse-the tering of men on horseback, though imperfectly seen grasp of his left hand on the collar of De Lacy's baff at such a distance, apprised him that one of note was coat; then, clinging to his prey like a tiger after its about to set forth at the head of a considerable train leap, he drew, in the same instant of ume, a spuri, of military attendants. Distant flourishes of trum- sharp dagger-and buried it in the back of the neck pets, which came faintly yet distinctly on his ear, just where the spine, which was severed by the struke, seeined to attest the same. Presently he perceived, serves to convey to the trunk of the human body by the dust which began to arise in columns betwixi the mysterious intluences of the brain. The blow the castle and the bridge, as well as by the nearer was siruck with the utmost accuracy of aim and sound of the clarions, thai the troop was advancing strength of arm. The unhappy horseman dropped towards him in procession.
from his saddle, without groan or struggle, like a Vidal, on his own part, seemed as if irresolute whe- bull in the amphitheatre, under the steel of the tauther to retain his present position, where he com- ridor; and in the same saddle sat his murderer, manded a full but remote view of the whole scene, or brandishing the bloody poniard, and urging the horse to obtain a nearer but more partial one, by involving to speed. himself in the crowd which now closed around on either There was indeed a possibility of his having hand of the bridge, unless where the avenue was kept achieved his escape, so much were those around open by the armed and arrayed Flemings.
paralyzed for the moment by the suddenness and A monk next hurried past Vidal, and on his inquir- audacity of the enterprise; but Flammock's present ing as formerly the cause of the assembly, answered of mind did not forsake him-he seized the horse
try in a muttering tone, from beneath his hood, that it the bridle, and, aided by those who wanted but an was the Constable De Lacy, who, as the first act of example, made the rider prisoner, bound his art.s, his authority, was then and there to deliver to the and called aloud that he must be carried before King Flemings a royal charter of their immunities. Henry. This proposal, uttered in Flammock's stroos
"He is in haste to exercise his authority, me- and decided tone of voice, silenced a thousand wald thinks," said the minstrel.
cries of murder and treason which had arisen viie He that has just gotten a sword is impatient to the different and hostile natives, of which the crowd draw it,” replied the monk, who added more which was composed, threw upon each other reciprocally the minstrel understood imperfectly; for Father Al- the charge of treachery. drovand had not recovered the injury which he had All the streams, however, now assembled in one received during the siege.
channel, and poured with unanimous assent towards Vidal
, however, understood him to say, that he was the Garde Doloureuse, excepting a few of the murto meet the Constable there, to beg his favourable in- dered nobleman's train, who remained to transport tercession.
their master's body, in decent solemnity of mourning, "I also will meet him," said Renault Vidal, rising from the spot which he had sought with so maca suddenly from the stone which he occupied.
pomp and triumph. “ Follow me then," mumbled the priest; "the When Flammock reached the Garde Doloureuse. Flemings know me, and will let me forward." he was readily admitted with his prisoner, and with
But Father Aldrovand being in disgrace, his influ- such witnesses as he had selecied to prove the electence was not so potent as he had flattered himself; tion of the crime. To his request of an audience he was and both he and the minstrel were jostled to and fro answered, that the King had commanded that none in the crowd, and separated from cach other. should be admitted to him for some time; yet so
Vidal, however, was recognised by the English singular were the tidings of the Constable's slaughter, peasants who had before spoke to him. “Canst thou that the captain of the guard ventured to interrup: do any jugglers' feats, minstrel ?" said one. “Thou Henry's privacy, in order to communicate that event ; maysi earn a fair largess, for our Norman masters and returned with orders that Flammock and his love jongleric."
prisoner should be instantly admitted to the royz. “I know but one,” said Vidal, “and I will show it, apartment. Here they found Henry attended by if you will yield me some room.'
several persons, who stood respectfully behind ibe They crowded a little off from him, and gave him royal seat, in a darkened part of the room. When time to throw aside his bonnet, bare his legs and Flammock entered, his large bulk and massive limbs knees, by stripping off the leathern buskins which were strangely, contrasted with cheeks pale with swathed them, and retaining only his sandals. He horror at what he had just witnessed, and with awr then tied a parti-coloured handerchief around his at finding himself in the royal presence-chamber. swarthy and sunburnt hair, and casting off his upper Beside him stood his prisoner, undaunted by the
situation in which he was placed. The blood of his “When the slayer of my Sovereign became God's victim, which had spirted from the wound, was soldier," answered Cadwallon, and served his visible on his bare limbs and his scanty garments; cause in Palestine, he was safe from my earıhly venbut particularly upon his brow, and the handkerchief geance. with which it was bound.
A wonderful forbearance on the part of a Welsh Henry gazed on him with a stern look, which the assassin!" said the King, scornfully. other not only endured without dismay, but seemed “Ay,” answered Cadwallon; "and which certain to return with a frown of defiance.
Christian princes have scarce attained to, who have Does no one know this caiuiff?" said Henry, never neglected the chance of pillage or conquest looking around m.
afforded by the absence of a rival in the Holy CruThere was no immediate answer until Philip sade." Guarine, stepping from the group which stood behind Now, by the Holy Rood"-said Henry, on the the royal chair, said, though with hesitation, “ So point of bursting out, for the insult affected him pecuplease you, my liege, but for the strange guise in liarly, but, suddenly stopping, he said, with an air of which he is now arrayed, I should say there was a contempi, “To the gallows with the knave !" household minstrel of my master, by name Renault “But one other question,” said De Lacy, “Renault, Vidal."
or by whatever name thou art called. Ever since my "Thou art deceived, Norman," replied the minstrel; return thou hast rendered me service inconsistent my menial place and base lineage were but assumed with thy stern resolution upon my life-thou didst
I am Cadwallon the Briton-Cadwallon of the aid me in my shipwreck-and didst guide me safely Nine Lays-Cadwallan the chief bard of Gwenwyn through Wales, where my name would have insured of Powys-land--and his avenger!")
my death; and all this after the crusade was accomAs he uttered the last word, his looks encountered plished ?": those of a palmer, who had gradually advanced from "I could explain thy doubt," said the bard, "but the recess in which the attendants were stationed, that it might be thought I was pleading for my life.” and now confronted him.
" Hesitate not for that,” said the King; The Welshman's eyes looked so eagerly ghastly as our Holy Father to intercede for thee, his prayer were if flying from their sockets, while he exclaimed, in a in vain. tone of surprise, mingled with horror, “Do the dead "Well then," said the bard, "know the truth-I come before monarchs ?-Or, if thou art alive, whom was too proud to permit either wave or Welshman have I slain ?-I dreamed not, surely, of that bound, to share in my revenge. Know also, what is perhaps and of that home blow ?-yet my victim stands Cadwallon's weakness-use and habit had divided before me! Have I not slain ihe Constable of Ches- my feelings towards De Lacy, between aversion and ter ?"
admiration. I still contemplated my revenge, but as "Thou hast indeed slain the Constable,” answered something which I might never complete, and which the King ; "but know, Welshmen, it was Randal de seemed rather an image in the clouds, than an object Lacy, on whom that charge was this morning con- to which I must one day draw near.-And when I ferred, by our belief of our loyal and faithful Hugh beheld thee," he said, turning to De Lacy, "this very de Lacy's having been lost upon his return from the day so determined, so sternly resolved, to bear thy Holy Land, as the vessel in which he had taken impending fate like a man--that you seemed to me to passage was reported to have suffered shipwreck. resemble the last tower of a ruined palace, still holdThou hast cut short Randal's brief elevation but by ing its head to heaven, when its walls of splendour, a few hours; for to-morrow's sun would have again and its bowers of delight, lay in desolation aroundseen him without land or lordship."
may I perish, I said to myself in secret, ere I perfect The prisoner dropped his head on his bosom in its ruin! Yes, De Lacy, then, even then--but some evident despair. “I thought," he murmured "that he hours since--hadst thou accepted my proffered hand, had changed his slough, and come forth so glorious all I had served thee as never follower served master. too soon. May the eyes drop out that were cheated with You rejected it with scorn-and yet notwithstanding those baubles, a plumed cap and a lacquered batoon!" that insult, it required that I should have seen you, as
"I will take care, Welshman, thine eyes cheat I thought, trampling over the field in which you slew thee not again,” said the King, sternly; "before the my master, in the full pride of Norman insolence, to night is an hour older, they shall be closed on all animate my resolution to strike the blow, which, meant that earthly.”
for you, has slain at least one of your usurping race.--“May I request of your nobleness,” said the Consta- I will answer no more questions-lead on to axo or ble, “that you will permit me to ask the unhappy gallows-it is indifferent to Cadwallon--my soul will man a few questions?"
soon be with my free and noble ancestry, and with “When I have demanded of him myself," said the my beloved and royal patron!' King," why he has dipt his hand in the blood of a My liege and prince,” said De Lacy, bending his noble Norman."
knee to Henry, can you hear this, and refuse your "Because he at whom I aimed my blow," said the ancient servant one request ?-Spare this man ! Briton, his eye glancing fiercely from the King to De Extinguish not such a light, because it is devious and Lacy, and back, "had spilled the blood of the wild." descendant of a thousand kings; to which his own ** Rise, rise, De Lacy, and shame thee of thy petigore, or thine, proud Count of Anjou, is but as the tion!" said the King." " Thy kinsman's blood-the puddle of the highway to the silver fountain." blood of a noble Norman, is on the Welshman's
Henry's eye menaced the audacious speaker ; but hands and brow. As I am a crowned King, he shall the King reined in his wrath when he beheld the im- die ere it is wiped off.-Here! have him to present ploring look of his servant.--"What wouldst thou execution !" ask of him ?" he said; "be brief, for his time is Cadwallon was instantly withdrawn under a guard. short."
The Constable seemed, by action rather than words, “So please you my liege, I would but demand to continue his intercession. wherefore he has for years forbome to take the life he " Thou art mad, De Lacy-thou art mad, mine old aimed at, when it was in his power-nay, when it and true friend, to urge me thus," said the King, must have been lost but for his seemingly faithful compelling De Lacy to rise. “Seest thou not that service ?"
my care in this matter is for thee?-This Randal, by * Norman,” said Cadwallon, "I will answer thee. largesses and promises, hath made many friends, When I first took upon me thy service, it was well my who will not, perhaps, easily again be brought to purpose to have slain thee that night. There stands your allegiance, returning, as thou dost, diminished the man," pointing to Philip Guarine, "to whose in power and wealth. Had he lived, we might have vigilance thou owed'st thy safety."'
had hard work to deprive him entirely of the power Indeed," said De Lacy, "I do remember some which he had acquired. We thank the Welsh assassin indications of such a purpose; but why didst thou who hath rid us of him; but his adherents would cry forego it, when following opportunities put it in thy foul play were the murderer spared. When blood is power ?!
paid for blood, all will be forgotten, and their loyalty
will once more flow in its proper channel to thee, their mency of the external air, or the rain-drops which fall lawful lord.”
upon it, though they must in time waste and conHugo de Lacy arose from his knees, and endea- sume it. voured respectfully to combat the politic reasons of his The Abbess, who loved her niece, although her wily sovereign, which he plainly saw were resorted affection showed itself often in a vexatious manner, to less for his sake than with the prudent purpose of became at length alarmed-countermanded het onders effecting the change of feudal authority, with the least for removing Eveline to an inferior cell-attended possible trouble to the country or Sovereign.
herself to see her laid in bed, (in which, as in every Henry listened to De Lacy's arguments patiently, thing else, the young lady seemed entirely pasare and combated them with temper, until the death- and, with something like reviving tenderness kissed drum began to beat, and the castle bell to toll. He and blessed her on leaving the apartment. Slight as then led De Lacy to the window; on which, for it the mark of kindness was, it was unexpected, and was now dark, a strong ruddy light began to gleam like the rod of Moses, opened the hidden fountains at from without. A body of men-at-arms, each hold waters. Eveline wept, a resource which had been ing in his hand a blazing torch, were returning along that day denied to her-she prayed-and, finally, sodthe terrace from the execution of the wild but high- bed herself to sleep, like an infant, with a mind somesoul'd Briton, with cries of “Long live King Henry! what tranquillized by having given way to this pde of and so perish'all enemies of the gentle Norman men!" natural emotion.
She awoke more than once in the night to recal
mingled and gloomy dreams of cells and of castles a CONCLUSION.
funerals and of bridals, of coronets and of racks and
gibbets; but towards morning she fell into slæp more A sun hath set-a star hath risen, 0, Geraldine! since arms of thine
sound than she had hitherto enjoyed, and her visions Have been the lovely lady's prison.
partook of its soothing character. The Lady of the
Garde Doloureuse seemed to smile on her ainid her Popular fame had erred in assigning to Eveline dreams, and to promise her votaress protection. The Berenger, after the capture of her castle, any confine- shade of her father was there also ; and with the boldment more severe than that of her aunt the Lady ness of a dreamer, she saw the paternal resemblance Abbess of the Cistertians' convent afforded. Yet that with awe, but without fear; his lips moved, and she was severe enough; for maiden aunts, whether ab- heard words-their import she did not fully comprebesses or no, are not tolerant of the species of errors hend, save that they spoke of hope, consolation, and of which Eveline was accused; and the innocent approaching happiness. There also glided in, with damosel was brought in many ways to eat her bread bright blue eyes fixed upon hers, dressed in a tunic of in shame of countenance and bitterness of heart.-- saffron-coloured silk, with a mantle of cerulean blue Every day of her confinement was rendered less and of antique fashion, the form of a female, resplendent less endurable by taunts, in the various forms of sym- in that delicate species of beauty which attends the pathy, consolation, and exhortation; but which, stript fairest complexion. It was, she thought, the Britoneas of their assumed forms, were undisguised anger and Vanda ; but her countenance was no longer resen trul insult. The company of Rose was all which Eveline -her long yellow hair flew not loose on her shoulders, had to sustain her under these inflictions, and that but was mysteriously braided with oak and mistletoe was at length withdrawn on the very morning when above all, her right hand was gracefully disposed of so many important events took place at the Garde under her mantle; and it was an unmuulated, unspotDoloureuse.
ted, and beautifully formed hand which crossed the The unfortunate young lady inquired in vain of a brow of Eveline. Yet, under these assurances of fagrim-faced nun, who appeared in Rose's place to as- vour, a thrill of fear passed over her as the vision sist her to dress, why her companion and friend was seemed to repeat, or chant, debarred attendance. The nun observed on that score an obstinate silence, but threw out many hints
" Widow'd wife and wedded maid, on the importance attached to the vain ornaments of
Betrothed, betrayer, and betray'd,
All is done that has been said a frail child of clay, and on the hardship that even a
Vanda's wrong has been y-wrokenspouse of Heaven was compelled to divert her
Take her pardon by this token." thoughts from her higher duties, and condescend to fasten clasps and adjust veils.
She bent down, as if to kiss Eveline, who started at The Lady Abbess, however, told her niece after ma- that instant, and then awoke. Her hand was indeed tins, that her attendant had not been withdrawn from gently pressed, by one as pure and white as her own. her for a space only, but was likely to be shut up in a The blue eyes and fair hair of a lovely female face, house of the severest profession, for having afforded with half-veiled bosom and dishevelled locks, tatted her mistress assistance in receiving Damian de Lacy through her vision, and indeed its lips approached to into her sleeping apartment at the castle of Baldring those of the lovely sleeper at the moment of her ham.
awakening; but it was Rose in whose arms her mis A soldier of De Lacy's band, who had hitherto kept tress found herself pressed, and who moistened her what he had observed a secret, being off his post that face with tears, as in a passion of affection she covered night, had now in Damian's disgrace sound he might it with kisses. benefit himself by telling the story. This new blow, "What means this, Rose ?” said Eveline; "thank so unexpected, so afflictive-this new charge, which God, you are restored to me!-But what mean these it was so difficult to explain, and so impossible utterly bursts of weeping ?". to deny, seemed to Eveline to seal Damian's fate and “Let me weep-let me weep," said Rose; "it is her own; while the thought that she had involved in long since I have wept for joy, and long, I trust, it ruin her single-hearted and high-soul'd attendant, was will be ere I again weep for sorrow. News are come all that had been wanting to produce a state which on the spur from the Garde Doloureuse-Amelot has approached to the apathy of despair. “Think of me brought them--he is at liberty--so is his master, and what you will,” she said to her aunt, "I will no longer in high favour with Henry. Hear yet more, but let defend myself-say what you will, I will no longer me not tell it too hastily-You grow pale." reply-carry me where you will, I will no longer re- "No, no," said Eveline; "o on-go on–I think I sist-God will, in his good time, clear my same-may understand you-I think I do.' he forgive my persecutors !"
“The villain Randal de Lacy, the master-mover of After this, and during several hours of that unhappy ail our sorrows, will plague you no more; he was slain day, the Lady Eveline, pale, cold, silent, glided from by an honest Welshman, and grieved am I that they chapel to refectory, from refectory to chapel again, at have hanged the poor man for bis good service. the slightest beck of the Abbess or her official sisters, Above all, the stout old Constable is himself returned and seemed to regard the various privations, penances from Palestine, as worthy, and somewhat wiser, than admonitions, and reproaches, of which she, in the he was; for it is thought he will renounce his contract course of that day, was subjected to an extraordinary with your ladyship,” share, no more than a marble statue minds the incle- Silly girl," said Eveline, crimsoning as high as