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For our own parts, we are satisfied. chanted steed Clavileno Aligero, sees should adhere to his directions, and have We are fully persuaded, that to '
re- beneath hin this earth and all its ali- ing given orders that he should not be move the existing portion of vice and mentary productions no bigger than a disturbed, Dr. Masters, on bis arrival, misery from the world, by means of a grain of mustard, and population like was met by a young Devonshire gentlerelorm in our political institutions, a hazel nut, strutting about upon its man, in the service of the earl, who rewould not be attended with any of surface. We most sincerely hope that fused him adınittance. This gentle, those fatal results of which Mr. Mal- this volume may restore him to reason man is Raleigh, to whom we are now, ibus so confidently warns us. Relax- and his friends, and shall be very hap- for the first time, introduced. ing a little from gravity in the tone of py to announce the circumstance to The Earl of Susses, on being ac. our review, we heartily congratulate our the world.
quainted with the repulse the physireaders and mankind in general, on
We have only further to add, that cian had met with from his zealous the signal and final overthrow of vice had we not felt in the intense import- young follower, commanded Blount, and misery, those two furio::s dragons, ance of the question, an irresistible im- his master of horse, to go instantly to statioved by Mr. Malthus to guard pulse to call the attention of our read- Greenwich, and taking young Walter the entrance to Nature's mighty bapers to the book before us, we should and Tracy with him, to make a suitable queting hall, that the feast might be have been deterred from noticing it, apology to the Queen, for refusing her enjoyed by a select and comfortable by the consciousness of not being able, physician. Here the author introduces party: In truth, these alarıning mon- in our limited space, to give an ade the well-known story of Raleigh, sters have proved to be no better than quate account of a work in which every spreading his cloak for the Queen to a couple of noisy curs, whose silence thing is so necessary, so connected, and walk upon, and which laid the founhas been effectually obtained by a good so admirably arranged, that it is not dation of his success at court. Raleigh stroke from the cudgel of Mr. Godwin. easy to determine where to begin or is described as possessing a countenance For Mr. Malthus himself, we have bid where to close an extract. We can which, besides being regularly handadieu to biın. He is no longer a being only refer our readers to the volume some and accompanied by a fine perof this world. He has been fairly car. itself, claiming for ourselves no more son, was animated and striking in a deried off upon the back of high-fying than the merit of recommending to gree that seemed to speak at once the geometrical ratio. This incomparable their serious consideration a question, firmness of a decided and the fire of an animal, by its sleekness and its fair which, at first, may, perhaps, be enterprising character—the power of reproportions, in evil hour tempted the thought somewhat repulsive, but which, fection, aid the promptitude of dewandering essayist to trust himself in on account of the influence which it termination.' The incident of the its stirrups. From that time to this, bas had in our political regulation for cloak, and the manner in which Rahas he been borne along with a velocity several years past, and may possibly leigh conducted himself in the conse, which baffles the utinost effort of hu- continue to have, yields, in point of quent audience of the Queen, pleased nan imagination. He has long since importance, to none with which we are the Queen so much, that she not only put a girdle round about the earth.' acquainted.
overlooked the refusal of her physicia!!, By the last account of his progress, we
bit determined on an immediate visit heard that he was cantering over the Kenilworth; a Romance. By the Au- to Say's Court, to reconcile the Earls planets at a prodigious rate, and had thor of Waverley,' • Ivankoe,' &c. of Sussex and Leicester, whose relative nearly, if not quite, accomplished a 3 vols. 12mo. pp. 1007. Edinburgh situations in the Queen's favour are tour of the solar system. Mr. Mal. and London, 1821.
stated in a line: .Sussex had been most thus, in his late publication, Principles
(Concluded from p.37.)
serviceable to the Quren, while Leicesof Political Economy, p. 227, says, We are happy to find that the plan we
ier was most dear to the woman.' • If any person will take the trouble to adopted in our last, of detailing the
While at Say's Court, the petition of make the calculation, he will see, that story of the romance of Kenilworth, in Sir Hugh Robsart to the Queen, for if the necessaries of life could be ob- preference to giving half a dozen pages wheu Varuey, to esculpate his master;
res:itution of his daughter, is presented; tained without limit, and the number of unconnected extracts, has been apo declares that she is married to himself
. of people could be doubled every proved by the public, and we now, The scene in which Sussex and Leices twenty-five years, the population which therefore, proceed in the narrative. might have been produced from a sin. We left Tressilian and his attendant, The Queen had given Leicester a se.
ter are reconciled, is dinely drawn. gle pair since the Christian era, would Wayland Smith, on their way to Say's have been sufficient not only to fill the Court, where the Earl of Sussex was
vere reproof for his interfering with should stand upon every square yard, justly to have been occasioned by poison she said, after a moment's pause, “ I say earth quite full of people, so that four then confined of an illness, suspected Bowser, one of Sussex's followers:-but to fill all the planets of our solar administered by Alasco, at the instiga- also to you, my Lord of Sussex. You system in the same way, and not only tion of the Earl of Leicester, or his party. also must needs ruflle in the court of them, but all the planets revolving Arrived in London, Wayland purchased England, at the head of a faction of your round the stars which are visible to the several drugs of as many different che own;" naked eye, supposing each of them to mists; and, op reaching Say's Court, • "My followers, gracious princess.' belonging to it as our sun has. Per-earl to take an electuary he had pre-onder rebellious earls in the north. I be a son, and to have as many planets was fortunate enough to prevail on the said Sussex, have indeed ruffed in your haps, at this moment, from some spot pared, which was of signal service. In in that inconceivable expanse, where the inean time, the Queen sent her own
am ignorant that". other planets circle other suns,' he physician, Dr. Masters, to Say's Court; me, my lord?" said the Queen, interrupt
Do you bandy looks and words with Jooks down on this terrestial speck, but Wayland having undertaken to ing things methinks you might leam of and, like Sancho Panza, from the en- cure the earl, only on condition that he my Lord of Leicester the modesty to besi
lent at least, under our censure. I say, "" And here,” said Sussex, " is mine, -“Nay, lady, I must needs say you are my lord, that my grandfather and my fa. in truth and honesty ; but,”.
hasty in this. Such deceit is not utterly ther, in their wisdom, debarred the no- Nay, under favour, you shall add no to be condemned when practised for a bles of this civilized land from travelling more," said the Queen. Why, this is righteous end; and thus even the pa. with such disorderly retinues; and think as it should be,” she added, looking on triarch Abraham feigned Sarah to be his you, that because I wear a coif, their them more favourably, “ and wher you, sister when they went down to Egypt.”, sceptre has in my hand been changed into the shepherds of the people, unite to “Ay, Sir," answered the countess, a distaff? I tell you no king in Christen- protect them, it shall be well with the "but God rebuked that deceit even in dom will less brook his court to be cum- ilock we rule over. For, my lords, I tell the father of his chosen people, by the bered, his people oppressed, and his king- you plainly. your follies and your brawls mouth of the heathen Pharaoh. Out upon dom's peace disturbed by the arro- lead to strange disorder among your ser- you, that will read Scripture only to copy gance of overgrown power, than she who wants.'
those things, which are held out to us now speaks with you.-My Lord of Lei- After Leicester had the interview as warnings, not as examples!" cester, and you, my Lord of Sussex, with Alasco, it was determined to send !" But Sarah disputed not the will of command you both to be friends with the astrologer and Michael Lambourne her husband, an it be your pleasure,">äid each other, or by the crown I wear, you to Cumnor Place, there to await the Foster, in reply.; " but did as Abraham shall find an enemy who will be too strong orders of Varney. In the mean time, it migbt be well with her husband for her
commanded, calling herself bis sister, that for both of you.”
*** Madam," said the Earl of Leices. Wayland Smith is despatched by Tres- sake, and that his soul might live because ter,“ you who are yourself the fountain silian, and notwithstanding the vigilance of her beauty." of honour, know best what is due to inine. of Foster, under the disguise of a pedlar • “Now, so heaven pardon me my 1 place it at your disposal, and only say, he gets an interview with the Countess useless anger,” answered the countess, that the terms on which I have stood with of
Leicester, whom he makes ac- “thou art as daring a hypocrite as yonder my Lord of Sussex, have not been of my quainted with the Queen's intended fellow is an impudent deceiver, Never seeking ; nor had he cause to think visit to Kenilworth, and hints the
will I believe that the noble Dudley gave une his enemy, until he had done me gross bability, that · England will have a able a plan. Thus I tread on his infamy,
conntenance to so dastardly, so dishonourwrong."
"For me, madam,” said the Earl of King, and England's Elizabeth, God if his indeed it be, and thus destroy its Sussex, “ I cannot appeal from your so
save her, a husband, ere the progress remembrance for ever!”. vereign pleasure; but I were well con te over.' The Queen had ordered So saying, she tore in pieces Leicestent my Lord of Leicester should say in Varney to bring his wife to Kenil- ter's letter, and stamped, in the extremity what I have, as he terms it, wronged worth, and he was, therefore, despatch of impatience, as if she would have annihim, since my tongue never spoke the ed 10 Cumnor Place to endeavour to bilated the minute fragments into which word that I would not willingly justify ei- persuade the countess to appear
she had rent it.
as his wife. He has an interview with
, in order to burthen me with the
"" Bear witness,” said Varney, collect
ing himself, “ she has torn my lord's letsure, my hand shall be as ready to inake proposal; the countess revolting at the scheme of his devising; and although it good mý words, as that of any man who idea, insists on being let out of the promises nought but danger and trouble erer wrote himself Ratcliffe."
rooin ; the door is unlocked, and Fos- to me, she would lay it to my charge, as if My lords,” said the Queen,“ these ter and his daughter Janet enter. The I had any purpose of mine own in it.” are no terms for this presence; and if countess, pointing to Varney, says,
• “Thou liest, thou treacherous slave!” you cannot keep yourtemper, we will find
““ Look at him, Janet. He is fairly said Countess Amy, in spite of Janet's atmeans to keep both that and you close dressed, hath the outside of a gentleman, tempts to keep her silent, in the sad foreenough. Let me see you join hands, and hither he caine to persuade me it was sight that her vehemence might only furmy lords, and forget your idle animosi- ny. Jord's pleasure-nay, more, my wish arms against herself.
"Thou liest,” ties,”
wedded lord's commands, that I should she continued “Let me go, Janet-were The two rivals looked at each other go with him to Kenilworth, and before the it the last word I have to speak, he lieswith reluctant eyes, each unwilling to Queen and nobles, and in presence of my he had his own foul ends to seek; and make the first advance to execute the own wedded lord, that I should acknow- broader he would have displayed them, Queen's will. "Sussex,” said Elizabeth, “ I entreat, brushing,
ledge him-him there that very cloak- bad my passion permitted me to preserve - Leicester, I command you."
shoe cleaning fellow--him the silence which at first encouraged him
there, my lord's lacquey, for my liege to unfold his vile projects.” Yet, so were her words accented, that lord and husband; furnishing against my- • Madam,” said Varney, overwhelinthe entreaty sounded like command, and self, great wod! whenever I was to claim ed in spite of his effrontery," J, entreat the command like entreaty., They re. my right and my rank, such weapons as you to believe yourself mistaken.” mained still and stubborn, until she raised would hew my just claim from the root, ““ As soon will I believe light darkher voice' to a height which argued at and destroy my character to be regarded ness.
Have I drank of oblivion ? Do I once impatience and absolute command. ** Sir Henry Lee,” she said, to an of- nobility!" as an honourable matron of the English not remember former passages, which,
known to Leicester, had given thee the ficer in attendancc,“ have a guard in "You hear her, Foster, and you, preferment of a gallows, instead of the present readiness, and man a barge in- young maiden, hear this lady,” answered honour of his intimacy. I would I were stantly. -My Lords of Sussex and Lei- Varney, taking advantage of the pause a man but for five minutes! It were cester, I. bid you once more to join hands which the countess had made in her space enough to make a craven like thee mand, God's death' he that refuses shall charge, more for lack of breath than for confess his villainy. But go--begone.",taste of our tower fare ere he see our face lack of matter" You hear that her heat tell thy master, that when I take the foul again. I will lower your proud hearts ere only objects to me the course which our course to which such scandalous deceits as we part, and that I promise, on the word of good lord, for the purpose to keep certain thou hast recommended on his behalf, a Queen." ". The prison," said Leicester, which she holds in her hands.”
matters secret, suggests in the very letter must necessarily lead me, I will give him " might be borne, but to loose your
a rival something worthy of the name.
• Foster here attempted to interfere He shall not be supplanted by an ignograce's presence, were to lose light and with a face of authority, which he thought | minious lacquey, whose best fortune is to life at once. Here, Sussex, is my hand." I became the charge entrusted to him, I catch his master's last suit of clothes ere it
is thread-bare, and who is only fit to se. the Countess of Leicester,” which were Tressilian, astonishment again overpowerduce a suburb-wench by the bravery of the words that had naturally suggested ing both his grief and his resolution, " I new roses in his mater's old pantofles. themselves. It would have been a be- must believe you, indeed, incapable pf Go, begone, sir-I scorn thee so much, trayal of the secret, on which her hus- thinking or acting for yourself." that I am ashamed to have been angry with band had assured her that his fortunes de- "" Oh no!” she exclaimed, sinking on thee."
pended, to Tréssilian, to Sussex, to the one knee before him, “I am not mad-1 Varney gets Alasco to prepare a po- | Queen, and to the whole assembled am but a creature unutterably miserable, tion, which he hoped would either court."“Never,” she thought," will I and, from circumstances the most singular, poisou the countess, or at least render break my promised silence. I will sub- dragged on to a precipice by the arm of her unable to appear at Kenilworth. mit to every suspiciou rather than that.” hiim who thinks he is keeping me from it Compelled by the threats of the wretch, stood silent before Tressilian'; while, whom I have honoured, respected_all
• The tears rose to her eyes, as she -even by your's Tressilian,--by your's, she drinks it, without the dire effect. looking on her with mingled grief and but loved—and yet loved too--loved too; The countess quits Cumnor in dis- pity, he said, “ Alas! Amy, your eyes Tressilian-though not as you wished guise", under the protection of Way-contradict your tongue. That speaks of me.". land, who had arranged the escape a protector, willing and able to watch • There was an energy-a self-posseswith Janet; and, after encountering over you ; but these tell me you are ruined sion-an abandonment in her voice and Varney, who mistakes thein for revels and deserted by the wretch' to whom you inanner-a total resignation of herself to lers, and meeting with other interesthave attached yourself.”
his generosity, which, together with the ing adventures, they reach Kevil
• She looked on him, with eyes in which kindness of her expressions to himself,
anger sparkled through her tears, but on moved him deeply. He raised her, and, worth, where, with some difficulty, they repeated the word "wretch!" with a in broken accents, entreated her to be get admission. scornful emphasis.
comforted. The countess was appointed an "“Yes, wretch!" said Tressilian ; " for •“I cannot,” she said, “I will not be apartment in Mervyn's Tower, where were he aught better, why are you here, comforted, till you grant me my request! she found inaterials for writing. She and alone in my apartment? why was not I will speak as plainly as I dare-I am immediately wrote a letter to the Earl fitting provisions made for your honour- now awaiting the commands of one who has of Leicester; and, in lieu of a seal able reception?”
a right to issue them; the interference of and silken thread, she secured it with a
«« In your apartment?” repeated a third person-of you in especial, Tres. braid of her own beautiful tresses, se- stantly be relieved of my presence.” Wait but four-and-twenty-hours, and it
Amy; "in your apartinent? It shall in- silian, will be ruin-utter ruin to me. cured by what is called a true-love She hastened towards the door; but the may be that the poor Amy may have the knot.' The letter was given to Way- sad recollection of her deserted state at means to shew that she values, and can land, but he determined to see Tressi- once pressed on her mind, and, pausing reward, your disinterested friendshiplian before he had it delivered. By a on the threshold, she added, in a tone that she is happy herself, and has the singelar fatality, allowable in romance, woulterably pathetic, “ Alas! I bad for- means to make you so. It is surely worth the apartment occupied by the countess got-I know not where to go.”
your patience, for so short a space" had been assigned to Tressilian, who springing to her side, and leading her cret for twenty-four hours; he meets
"" I see I see it all," said Tressilian, Tressilian promises to keep the seentered by means of a master-key, [we back to the seat, on which she sunk down Wayland, who has lost the countess's were not aware that lock-making had -"you do need aid-you do need pro; letter, and in going back to her chamreached such perfection in those days,] tection, though you will not own it; and and saw his long-lost Amy. She you shall not need it in vain. Leaning ber, he encounters Lambourne, who started with surprise on seeing him, on my arm, as the representative of your has him turned out of the castle. The and the paleness of her cheeks gave excellent and broken-hearted father, on Queen, now arrives at Kenilworth,
the way to a deep blush:
very threshold of the castle-gate, you when the festivities coinmence; the de
shall meet Elizabeth; and the first deed scription of these is passed over rather ““Tressilian,” she said, at length,“why she shall do in the halls of Kenilworth, slightly by the author, who refers 10 come you here?"
sball be an act of justice to her sex and Laneham's account in Mr. Nicholl's Nay, why come you here, Amy;": her subjects. Strong in my good cause; (improperly called Nicholas's] Proreturned" Tressilian, Jength to claim that aid, which, as far as her minion shall not shake my resolution. gresses and Processions of Queen Elione man's beart and arm can extend, I will instantly seek Sussex.'
zabeth, shall instautly be rendered to you?” "Not for all that is under heaven!” Varney had procured certificates,
“She was silent a moment, and then said the countess, much alarmed, and that the countess, bis supposed wife, answered in a sorrowtul, rather an angry feeling the absolute necessity of obtaining was so ill, as to be unable to attend at tone,-" I require no aid, Tressilian, and time, at least, for consideration. “Tres- Kenilworth; these are shown to Tressiwould rather be injured than benefited silian, you were wont to be generous lian by the Queen; and he declares they
The Queen deBelieveine, 1 ám near one whom law and your wish to save me from misery, and speak not the truth. Jove oblige to protect me."
from madness, you will do more by mak-clares he shall have a fair hearing; and ““ The villain, then, hath done you ing me the promise I ask of you, than Eli- several noblemen and ladies present the poor justice which remained in his zabeth can do for me with all her power." speak in praise of Alasco, who had power,” said Tressilian; and I behold "" Ask me any thing for which you signed the certificate as physician. before me the wife of Varney!"
can allege reason,' said Tressilian; Tressilian entreated twenty-four hours, • “ The wife of Varney !” she replied, “ but demand not of me".
in which time, if he did not prove that with all the emphasis of scorn; with *". O limit not your boon, dear Ed. the certificates spoke falsely, he would what base name, sir, does your boldness mund !” exclaimed the countess, stiginatize themthethe"-She hesitated, once loved that I should call you so-limit lay his head on the block. Varvey dropped her tone of scorn, looked down, not your boon to reason for my case is and Nicholas Blount, and, at the reand was confused and silent, for she recol- all madness, and
phrenzy must guide the quest of the Duchess of Rutland, Ralected what fatal consegnences might at- counsels which alone can aid me.” leigh, are all knighted by the Queen. tend her completing the sentence with "" If you speak thus wildly,” said | Varuey urges Leicester to aim at the
crown matrimonial,' and the better to take me! I am not the wife of that con-tual pressure had bent him to the earth, persuade him, endeavours to make him temptible slave-of that most deliberate kneeled down before Elizabeth, and prossuspect the countess's honour, accusing villain! I am not the wife of Varney' I trated his brow to the marble flag-stones her of passing some time in Tressilian's would rather be the bride of Destruc- on which she stood. chamber. — The countess passes her tion!”
• “ Leicester,” said Elizabeth, in a • The Queen, overwhelmed in her voice which trembled with passion, time with great anxiety, and while she turn by Amy's vehemence, stood silent “could I think thou hast practised on me is in hopes of seeing her lord, Lans- for an instant, and then replied, Why, -on me thy sovereign-on me thy conbourne enters, muffled up in a cloak, God ha' mercy! woman–I see thou fiding, thy too partial mistress, the base and offers violence to her. The coun- can’st talk fast enough when the theme and ungrateful deception which thy pretess shrieks, which brings to her aid likes thee. Nay, tell me, woman,” she sent confusion surmises—by all that is Lawrence Staples, the tower-keeper, continued, for to the impulse of curiosity holy, false lord, that head of thine were who threatens to knock Lainbourne
was now added that of an undefined jea- in as great peril as ever was thy father's!” down with the keys. In the struggle tised on her," telline, woman--for by cence, but be had pride to support him.
Leicester had not conscious innolousy that some deception had been practhat takes place between then, the God's day, I will know—whose wife, or He raised slowly his brow and features, countess escapes into the garden, which whose paramour art thou? Speak out, which were black and swoln with conis soon afterwards entered by the and be speedy; thou wert better dally tending emotions, and only replied, Queen, in a hunting-dress, and Lei- with a lioness than with Elizabeth.” My head cannot fall but by the sencester, who on this occasion addressed • Urged to this extremity, dragged as it tence of my peers—to them I will plead, her Majesty with an importunity which were by irresistible force to the verge of and not to a princess who thus requites became the language of love itself.' the precipice, which she saw but could my faithful service." The Queen requested to be alone, and not avoid, -permitted not a moment's re- What! my lords," said Elizabeth, while ruminating on the earl's suit, she spite by the eager words, and menacing looking around,' “ we are defied, I think saw the unhappy countess, whom she at gestures of the offended Queen, Amy at - defied in the castle we have ourselves first mistook fora performer in one of the length uttered in despair, “The Earl of bestowed on this proud man !-My Lord
Shrewsbury, you are marshal of England, various theatrical pageants which had «"The Earl of Leicester!” said Eli-attach him of high treason." been placed in different situations, to zabeth, in utter astonishment_“The
«Whom does your grace mean?” surprise her with their homage. The Earl of Leicester !” she repeated, with said Shrewsbury, mich surprised, for he Queen was soon undeceived, when the kindling anger.-—" Woman, thou art set had that instant joined the astonished circountess approached and claimed her on to this—thou doest belie him-he cle. protection : takes no keep of such things as thou art.
"" Whom should I mean, but that Thou art suborned to slander the no- traitor, Dudley, Earl of Leicester! I request-I implore,” stammered blest lord, and the truest-hearted gentle Cousin of Hunsdon, order out your band forth the unfortunate countess," I be
man, in England ! But were he the of gentlemen pensioners, and take him inseech your gracious protection-against right hand of our trust, or something yet to instant custody.- say, villain, make -against one Varney." She choaked dearer to us, thou shalt have thy hearing,
haste!" well nigh as she uttered the fatal word, and that in his presence. Come with
• Hunsdon, a rough old noble, who, which was instantly caught up by the e-come with me instantly!".
from his relationship to the Boyleyns, was Queen.
* As Amy shrunk back with terror, accustomed to use more freedom with «“What Varney-Sir Richard Varney which the incensed Queen interpreted as the Queen than almost any others, re-the servant of Lord Leicester !-What, that of conscious guilt, Elizabeth hastily plied bluntly, “ And it is like your grace damsel, are you to him, or he to you?"
advanced, seized on her arm, and hasten- might order me to the Tower to-morrow, ""!-I-was his prisoner--and he ed with 'swift and long steps out of the for making too much haste. I do beseech practised on my life-and I broke forth to grotto, and along the principal alley of you to be patient.” -to"
the pleasance, dragging with her the ter- «« Patient-God's life !” exclaimed "" To throw thyself on my protection, rified countess, whom she still held by the Queen, -"name not the word to me; doubtless," said Elizabeth. “Thou the arm, and whose utmost exertion's thou knowest not of what he is guilty!" shalt have it—that is, if thou art worthy; could but just keep pace with those of the
who had by this time in for we will sift this matter to the utter- indignant Queen.
some degree recovered herself, and most-Thou art,” she said, bending on Leicester was at this time in the in the utmost danger from the rage of an the countess an eye which seemed de
who saw her husband, as she conceived, signed to pierce her very inmost soul,- midst of a splendid group of lords and offended sovereign, instantly, (and, alas ! " thou art Amy, daughter of Sir Hugh ladies, assenabled under an arcade, how many women have done the same,) Robsart, of Lidcote Hall?”
when his ears were assailed by the well forgot her own wrongs, and her own dan. *** Forgive me-forgive me-inost gra- known voice of majesty, where is my ger, in her apprehensions for bim, and cious princess!” said Ainy, dropping! Lord of Leicester -stand forth my throwing himself before the Queen, emonce more on her knee, from which she Lord of Leicester. The Queen darted braced her knees, while she exclaimed,
into the circle, and pointing to the ""For what should I forgive thee, silly
“He is guiltless, madam-he is guiltless
--no one can lay ought to the charge of Wench ?" said Elizabeth ; " for being the countess, whom she supported with one the noble Leicester." daughter of thine own father? Thou art hand, inquired of the astonished earl,
Why, minion," answered the brain-sick, surely. Well, I see I must • knowest thou this woman ?'
Queen, “ didst not thou, thyself, say that wring the story from thee by inches--thou • As at the blast of that last trumpet, the the Earl of Leicester was privy to thy did'st deceive thine old and honoured fa- guilty shall call upon the mountains to co- whole history?" ther-thy look confesses it-cheated mas- ver them, Leicester's inward thoughts in- "" Did I say so," repeated the unhapter Tressilian--thy blush avouches it—and voked the stately arch which he had built py Amy, laying aside every consideramarried this same Varney"
in his pride, to burst its strong conjunction of consistency, and of self interest ; *Amy sprung on her feet, and inter- tion, and overwhelm them in its ruins. "O, if I did, I foully belied him. May rupted the Queen eagerly, with, “ No, But the cemented stones, architrave, and God so judge me, as I believe he was madam, no-as there is a God above us, 1 battlement, stood fast; and it was the never privy to a thought that would harm • am not the sordid wretch you would proud master himself, who, as if some ac
“Woman!” said Elizabeth, “I will lates on his supposed strength, which he safe, and I must be assured of her safety. know who has moved thee to this; or my conceives to be a tree so deep rooted My own quarrel with you is ended, niy wrath.--and the wrath of kings is a flaming as not easily to be torn up by the tem- Jord; but there is another, to begin with fire-shall wither and consume thee like a weed in the furnace." pest.' Varney turns the conversation the seducer of Amy Robsart, who has
screened his guilt under the cloak of the As the Queen uttered this threat, to the subject of the countess, whom he
infamous Varney." Leicester's better angel called his pride accuses of being in continued conni
"" The seducer of Amy!" replied Leito his aid, and reproached him with the vance with Tressilian, and
men-cester, with a voice like thunder ; “say utter extremity of meanness which would tions his meeting him at Cumnor her husband !-her misguided, blinded, overwhelin him for ever, if he stooped Hall. Leicester, being wrought upon, most unworthy husband !-She is as sure. to take shelter under the generous inter- vows the destruction of the countess. ly Countess of Leicester, as I am belted position of his wife, and abandon her, Varney obtains authority to take her earl. Nor can you, sir, point out that in return for her kindness, to the resent: to Cumnor Place, and rid his master her at my own free will. I need scarce ment of the Queen. He had already of her for ever.
Leicester swears to reraised his head, with the dignity of a
say, I fear not your compulsion.” man of honour, to avow his marriage, and serve Tressilian for his own revenge.
• The generous nature of Tressilian was proclaim himself the protector of his Varney carries off the countess, and instantly turned from consideration of any countess, when Varney, born, as it ap- Leicester, fearing he might be too hasty thing personal to himself, and entered at peared, to be his master's evil genius, in executing his purpose, writes a coun
once upon Amy's welfare. He had by rushed into the presence, with every ter-order, which he despatches by Lam- no means undoubting confidince in the mark of disorder on his face and apparel. bourne to Varney. Leicester and Huctuating resolutions of Leicester, whose
"What means this saucy intrusion?" | Tressilian encounter, but are interrupt- mind seemed to himn agitated beyond the said Elizabeth.
ed. They retire, but renew the com-government of calm reason; neither did "Varney, with the air of a man altoge. bat next day, when Tressilian would be, notwithstanding the assurances he had
received, think Abiy safe in the hands of sion, prostrated himself before her feet, have received the fatal blow, had not his dependants. “My lord,” he said, exclaiming, “ Pardon, my liege, pardon! his arm been arrested by the boy, Dickie calmly, “I mean you no ofience, and am -or at least let your justice avenge itself Sludge,' who produced the lost letter far froin seeking a quarrel. But my duty on me, where it is due ; but spare my no- from the countess to the earl:bie, my generous, my innocent pat:on The letter dropped from Leicester's this matter instantly to the Queen, that and master!"
hand when he had perused it. “ Take the Countess's rank may be acknowledg· Amy, who was yet kneeling, started my sword,” he said, " Tressilian, and ed in her person." up as she saw the man whom she deem- pierce my heart, as I would but now have
" You shall not need, sir," replied ed most odious, place himself so near her, pierced your's!"
the earl, haughtily; “ do not dare to inta and was about io fly towards Leicester, "“ My lord," said Tressilian,“ you
No voice but Dudley's shall when, checked at once by the uncertain: bave done me great wrong; but something proclaim Dudley's infamy.-T. Elizaty and even timidity which his looks had within any breast ever whispered that it beth herself will I tell it, and then for re-assumed, as soon as the appearance of was by egregious error.".
Cumnor-Piace with the speed of life and his contidant seemed to open a new scene, "“ Error, indeed !” said Leicester, and death :" she hung back, and, uttering a faint handed him the letter; “ I have been So saying, he unbound his horse from scream, besought of her Majesty to cause made to believe a man of honour a vil. the tree, threw hiinself into the saddle, her to be imprisoned in the lowest dun lain, and the best and purest of creatures and rode at full gallop towards the casgeon of the castle-to deal with her as the a false profligate.-Wretched boy, why
tle.”) worst of criminals~"but spare,” she ex- comes this letter now, and where has the
The Queen learns from Tressilian claimed, “my sight and hearing, what bearer lingered?"
the whole of Ainy's unhappy story, will destroy the little judgment I have "“I dare not tell you, my lord,” said and reproaches Leicester with great seleft-the sight of that unutterable and the boy, withdrawing, as if to keep bemost shameless villain !” yond his reach ;-" but here comes one
verity :"" And why, sweetheart?” said the who was the messenger.”
At length, however, the haughty lord, Queen, moved by a new impulse; who was land at the same moment came like a deer that turns to bay, gave intima
" Ma“ what hath he, this false knight, since
up; and, interrogated by Leicester, hasti- tion that his patience was failing. such thou accountest bim, done to thee?" ly detailed all the circumstances of his es- dam,” he said, “I have been much to
""Oh, worse than sorrow, madam, and cape with Amy;-the fatal practices which blame-more than even your just resentworse than injury-he hath sown dissen had driven her to fight,-and her anxious ment has expressed. Yet, Madam, let tion where most there should be peace. desire to throw herselt under the instant able, was not unprovoked; and that if
me say, that my guilt, if it be unpardonI shall go mad if I look longer on hiin.”
““ Beshrew me, but I think thou art the evidence of the domestics of Kenil- beauty and condescending dignity could distraught already,” answered the Queen. worth, “who could not,” he observed, i miglit plead both, as the causes of my
seduce the frail heart of a human being, -"My Lord Hunsdon, look to this poor distressed young woman, and let her be the Earl of Leicester on her first arrival.” concealing this secret from your Masafely bestowed, and in honest keeping, * " The villains !” exclaimed Leices- jesty." till we require her to be forthcoming." “ but 0, that worst of villains, Var
The Queen was so much struck by this An affecting interview takes place ney!—and she is even now in his pow-l be heard by no one but hersell, that she
reply, which Leicester took care should between the earl and the countess, in er!" which she entreats that he will do jus.
". But not, I trust in God," said Tres- was for the moment silenced, and the earl tice to her and to his own honour, by silian, with any commands of fatal im- bad the temerity to pursue his advantage.
“ Your Grace, who has pardoned so avowing himself her husband; and port? that then, if law or power require that
• "No, no, no !” exclaimed the earl much, will excuse my throwing myself he should part from her, she will op- but it was recalled, fully recalled, by a
on your royal mercy for those expreshastily.-" I said something in madness
sions, which were yester-morning acpose no objection. Leicester hesitates hasty messenger; and she is now-she courited but a light offence." and talks of defiance. On returning must now be safe.”
The queen fixed her eyes on him with Varney to his chamber, he calcu- -"Yes," said Tressilian, " she must be while she replied, "Now, by heaven,