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so accordingly, to the extent of my ability, both in inferior nobility employed pursuivants, a lower rank the journey to Schonwaldt, and through the sub- of officers-at-arms. It may be also noticed in passing, sequent scenes which took place. I understood the that Louis XI., an habitual derider of whatever did instructions of the King to be honourable, and I exe- not promise seal power or substantial advantage cuted them honourably; had they been of a different was in especial a professed contemner of heralds and tenor, they would not have suited one of my name or heraldry, '“ red, blue, and green, with all their trum. nation."
pery,"'* to which the pride of his rival Charles, which * Fier comme un Ecossois,” said Charles, who, was of a very different kind, attached no small dehowever disappointed at the tenor of Durward's reply, gree of ceremonious importance. was not unjust enough to blame him for his bold The herald, who was now introduced into the pre
But hark thee, Archer, what instructions sence of the monarchs, was dressed in a tabard, or were those which made thee, as some sad fugitives coat, embroidered with the arms of his master, in from Schonwaldt have informed us, parade the which the Boar's-head made a distinguished appearstreets of Liege, at the head of these mutineers, who ance, in blazonry, which, in the opinion of the skil. afterwards cruelly murdered their temporal Prince ful, was more showy than accurate. The rest of his and spiritual Father? And what harangue was it dress-a dress always sufficiently tawdry-was overwhich thou didst make after that murder was com- charged with lace, embroidery, and ornament of mitted, in which you took upon you, as agent for every kind; and the plume of feathers which he Louis, to assume authority among the villains who wore was so high, as if intended to sweep the roof had just perpetrated so great a crime ?"
of the hall. In short, the usual gaudy splendour of My lord," said Quentin, there are many who the heraldic attire was caricatured and overdone. could testify, that I assumed not the character of an The Boar's-head was not only repeated on every envoy of France in the town of Liege, but had it part of his dress, but even his bonnet was formed fixed upon me by the obstinate clamours of the people into that shape, and it was represented with gory themselves, who refused to give credit to any dis- tongue and bloody tusks, or, in proper language, clamation which I could make. This I told to those langed and dentated gules ; and there was somein the service of the Bishop when I had made my thing in the man's appearance which seemed to imescape from the city, and recommended their atten- ply a mixture of boldness and apprehension, like one tion to the security of the Castle, which might have who has undertaken a dangerous commission, and is prevented the calamity and horror of the succeeding sensible that audacity alone can carry him through night. It is, no doubt, true, that I did, in the ex- it with safety. Something of the same mixture of tremity of danger, avail myself of the influence which fear and effrontery was visible in the manner in my imputed character gave me, to save the Countess which he paid his respects, and he showed also a Isabelle, to protect my own life, and, so far as I could, grotesque awkwardness, not usual amongst those to rein in the humour for slaughter, which had al- who were accustomed to be received in the presence ready broke out in so dreadful an instance. I repeat, of princes. and will maintain it with my body, that I had no Who art thou, in the devil's name?" was the commission of any kind from the King of France, greeting with which Charles the Bold received this respecting the people of Liege, far less instructions to singular envoy. instigate them to mntiny; and that, finally, when I "I am Rouge Sanglier," answered the herald, did avail myself of that imputed character, it was as “the officer-at-arms of William de la Marck, by the if I had snatched up a shield to protect myself in a grace of God, and the election of the Chapter, Prince moment of emergency, and used it, as I should surely Bishop of Liege." have done, for the defence of myself and others, with "Ha!" exclaimed Charles; but, as if subduing his out inquiring whether I had a right to the heraldic own passion, he made a sign to him to proceed. emblazonments which it displayed."
And, in right of his wife, the Honourable Count. And therein my young companion and prisoner," ess Hameline of Croye, Count of Croye, and Lord said Crèvecæur, unable any longer to remain silent, of Bracquemont". "acted with equal spirit and good sense; and his The uiter astonishment of Duke Charles at the exdoing so cannot justly be imputed as blame to King tremity of boldness with which these titles were Louis."
announced in his presence, seemed to strike him There was a murmur of assent among the sur- dumb; and the herald, conceiving, doubtless, that rounding nobility which sounded joyfully in the ears he had made a suitable impression by the annunof King Louis, whilst it gave no little offence to ciation of his character, proceeded to state his erCharles. He rolled his eyes angrily around; and the rand. sentiments, so generally expressed by so many of his Annuncio vobis gaudium magnum," he said; "I higþest vassals and wisest counsellors, would not let you, Charles of Burgundy and Earl of Flanders, perhaps have prevented his giving way to his violent to know, in my master's name, that under favour of and despotic temper, had not Des Comines, who a dispensation of our Holy Father of Rome, preforesaw the danger, prevented it, by suddenly an- sently expected, and appointing a fitting substitute nouncing a herald from the city of Liege.
ad sacra, he proposes to exercise at once the office "A herald from weavers and nailers ?'' exclaimed of Prince Bishop, and maintain the rights of Count the Duke-"but, admit him instantly. By Our Lady, of Croye." I will learn from this same herald something further The Duke of Burgundy, at this and other pauses of his employers' hopes and projects, than this young in the herald's speech, only ejaculated “Ha!" or French-Scottish man-at-arms seems desirous to some similar interjection, without making any antell me!"
swer; and the tone of exclamation was that of one who, though surprised and moved, is willing to hear
all that is to be said ere he commits himself by CHAPTER XXXIII.
making an answer. To the further astonishment of all who were present, he forebore from his usual abrupt and violent gesticulations, remaining with the nail of his thumb pressed against his teeth,
which was his favourite attitude when giving attenProspero. Let them be hunted soundly,
tion, and keeping his eyes bent on the ground, as if
unwilling to betray the passion which might gleam THERE was room made in the assembly, and no in them. small curiosity evinced by those present to see the The envoy, therefore, proceeded boldly and unherald whom the insurgent Liegeois had ventured to abashed in the delivery of his message. "In the send to so haughty a Prince as the Duke of Bur- name, therefore, of the Prince Bishop of Liege, and gundy, while in such high indignation against them. Count of Croye, I am to require of you, Duke Charles, For it must be remembered, that at this period he to desist from those pretensions and encroachments ralds were only dispatched from sovereign princes which you have made on the free and imperial city to each other upon solemn occasions; and that the • For a remarkable instance of this, see note, p. 126
Hark! they roar.
of Liege, by connivance with the late Louis of Bourgundy without having cause to cry, Largessc!-Let bon, unworthy Bishop thereof."
him be scourged till the bones are laid bare!" “Ha!" again exclaimed the Duke.
"Nay, but if it please your Grace,” said Crève. "Also to restore the banners of the community, caur and D'Hymbercourt together, he is a herald, which you took violently from the town, to the num- and so far privileged." ber of six-and-thirty ;-to rebuild the breaches in "It is you, Messires," replied the Duke, "who are their walls, and restore the fortifications which you such owls, as to think that the tabard makes the tyrannically dismantled, -and to acknowledge my herald. I see by that fellow's blazoning he is a mere master, William de la Marck, as Prince Bishop, law- impostor. Let Toison d'Or step forward, and quesfully elected in a free Chapter of Canons, of which tion him in your presence. behold the procès-verbal."
In spite of his natural effrontery, the envoy of the "Have you finished ?" said the Duke.
Wild Boar of Ardennes now became pale; and that Not yet,” replied the envoy: "I am further to notwithstanding, some touches of paint with which require your Grace, on the part of the said right he had adorned his countenance. Toison d'Or, the noble and venerable Prince, Bishop, and Count, that chief herald, as we have elsewhere said, of the Duke, you do presently withdraw the garrison from the and King-at-arms within his dominions, stepped forCastle of Bracquemont, and other places of strength, ward with the solemnity of one who knew what belonging to the Earldom of Croye, which have been was due to his office, and asked his supposed brother, placed there, whether in your own most gracious in what College he had studied the science which he name, or in that of Isabelle, calling herself Countess professed. of Croye, or any other; until it shall be decided by "I was bred a pursuivant at the Heraldic College the Imperial Diet, whether the fiefs in question shall at Ratisbon," answered Rouge Sanglier, "and renot pertain to the sister of the late Count, my most ceived the diploma of Ehrenhold from that same gracious Lady Hameline, rather than to his daugh- learned fraternity." ter, in respect of the jus emphyteusis.'
“You could not derive it from a source more worYour master is most learned," replied the Duke. thy," answered Toison d'Or, bowing still lower than
Yet,” continued the herald, the noble and he had done before; "and if I presume to confer with venerable Prince and Count will be disposed, all you on the mysteries of our sublime science, in obeother disputes betwixt Burgundy and Liege being dience to the orders of the most gracious Duke, it is settled, to fix upon the Lady Isabelle such an ap- not in hopes of giving, þut of receiving knowledge." panage as may become her quality.”
"Go to," said the Duke, impatiently. "Leave off He is generous and considerate," said the Duke, ceremony, and ask him some question that may try in the same tone.
his skill. "Now, by a poor fool's conscience," said Le Glo- " It were injustice to ask a disciple of the worthy rieux apart, to the Count of Crêveceur, “I would Çollege of Arms at Ratisbon, if he comprehendeth rather be in the worst cow's hide that ever died of the common terms of blazonry," said Toison d'Or; the murrain, than in that fellow's painted coat! The but I may, without offence, crave of Rouge Sang. poor man goes on like drunkards, who only look to lier to say, if he is instructed in the more mysterious ihe other pot, and not to the score which mine host and secret terms of the science, by which the more chalks up behind the lattice."
learned do emblematically, and as it were paraboli"Have you yet done ?" said the Duke to the cally, express to each other what is conveyed to herald.
others in the ordinary language, taught in the very "One word more," answered Rouge Sanglier, accidence as it were of Heraldry ?! " from my noble and venerable lord aforesaid, re- "I understand one sort of blazonry as well as anspecting his worthy and trusty ally, the Most Chris- other," answered Rouge Sanglier, boldly; “ but it tían King''
may be we have not the same terms in Germany "Ha!" exclaimed the Duke, starting, and in a which you have here in Flanders." fiercer tone than he had yet used; but checking him- Alas, that you will say so!” replied Toison d'Or; self, he instantly composed himself again to atten- our noble science, which is indeed the very banner tion.
of nobleness, and glory of generosity, being the same " Which most Christian King's royal person it is in all Christian countries, nay, known and acknowrumoured that you, Charles of Burgundy, have ledged even by the Saracens and Moors. I would, placed under restraint, contrary to your duty as a therefore, pray of you to describe what coat you vassal of the Crown of France, and to the faith ob- will after the celestial fashion, that is, by the planets." served among, Christian Sovereigns. For which “Blazon it yourself as you will,” said Rouge Sangreason, my said noble and venerable master, by my lier; “I will do no such apislı tricks upon command. mouth, charges you to put his Royal and Most ment, as an ape is made to come aloft.” Christian ally forthwith at freedom, or to receive the “ Show him a coat, and let him blazon it his own defiance which I am authorized to pronounce to way," said the Duke; "and if he fails, I promise him you."
that his back shall be gules, azure, and sable." Have you yet done ?" said the Duke.
Here," said the herald of Burgundy, taking from "I have," answered the herald, “and await your his pouch a piece of parchment, is a scroll, in which Grace's answer, trusting it may be such as will save certain considerations led me to prick down, after my the effusion of Christian blood."
own poor fashion, an ancient coat. I will pray "Now, by Saint George of Burgundy" --said the brother, if indeed he belong to the honourable Duke;-bui ere he could proceed further, Louis arose, lege of Arms at Ratisbon, to decipher it in fitting and struck in with a tone of so much dignity and language." authority, that Charles could not interrupt him. Le Glorieux, who seemed to take great pleasure in
"Under your favour, fair cousin of Burgundy," said this discussion, had by this time bustled himself close the King; we ourselves crave priority of voice in up to the two heralds. “I will help thee, good felreplying to this insolent fellow.-Sirrah herald, or low," said he to Rouge Sanglier, as he looked hopewhatever thou art, carry back notice to the perjured lessly upon the scroll. 'This, my lords and masters, outlaw and murderer, William de la Marck, that the represents the cat looking out at the dairy-winKing of France will be presently before Liege, for the dow." purpose of punishing the sacrilegious murderer of his This sally occasioned a laugh, which was some, late beloved kinsman, Louis of Bourbon;
and that thing to the advantage of Rouge Sanglier, as it led he proposes to çibbet De la Marck alive, for the in-Toison d'Or, indignant at the misconstruction of his solence of terming himself his ally, and putting his drawing, to explain it as the coat-of-arms assumed royal name into the mouth of one of his own base by Childebert, King of France, after he had taken messengers."
prisoner Gandemar, King of Burgundy; represer ting " Add whatever else on my part,” said Charles, an ounce, or tiger-cat, the emblem of the captive “ which it may not misbecome a prince to send to a prince, behind a grating, or, as Toison d'Or technicommon thief, and murderer.-And begone !-Yetcally defined it, Sable, a musion passant 013 stay. - Never herald went from the Court of Bur- oppressed with a trellis gules, cloué of the second
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"By my bauble,” said Le Glorieux, "if the cat re- | Hyke a Talbot! hyke a Beaumont !-We will course semble Burgundy, she has the right side of the grat- him from the door of the Castle to the east gate." ing now-a-days.
“I trust your Grace will treat me as a beast of True, good fellow,” said Louis, laughing, while chase," said the fellow, putting the best face he could the rest of the presence, and even Charles himself, upon the matter, "and allow me fair law ?'' seemed disconcerted at so broad a jest, "I owe Thou art but vermin," said the Duke," and enthee a piece of gold for turning something that look- titled 10 no law, by the letter of the book of hunting; ed like sad earnest, into the merry game which I nevertheless thou shalt have sixty yards in adtrust it will end in.'
vance, were it but for the sake of ihy unparalleled Silence, Le Glorieux," said the Duke;" and you, impudence. --Away, away, sirs!-we will see this Toison d'Or, who are too learned to be intelligible, sport."-And the council breaking up tumultuously, stand back, -and bring that rascal forward, some of all hurried, none faster than the two Princes to you.-Hark ye, villain," he said, in his harshest tone, enjoy the humane pastime which King Louis had
do you know the difference betwen argent and or, suggested. except in the shape of coined money ?”.
The Rouge Sanglier showed excellent sport; for, For pity's sake, your Grace, be good unto me! winged with terror, and having half a score of fierce -Noble King Louis, speak for me!"
boar-hounds hard at his haunches, encouraged by Speak for thyself," said the Duke-"In a word, the blowing of horns and the woodland cheer of the art thou herald or not ?"
hunters, he flew like the very wind, and had he not Only for this occasion !" acknowledged the de- been encumbered with his herald's coat, (the worst tected official.
possible habit for a runner,) he might fairly have Now, by St. George!" said the Duke, eyeing escaped dog.free; he also doubled once or twice, in a Louis askance, we know no king-no gentleman manner much approved of by the spectators. None -save one, who would have so prostituted the noble of these, nay, not even Charles himself, was so descience on which royalty and gentry rest! save that lighted with the sport as King Louis, who, partly King, who sent to Edward of England a serving from political considerations, and partly as being naman disguised as a herald."*
turally, pleased with the sight of human suffering "Such a stratagem," said Louis, laughing or af- when ludicrously exhibited, laughed till the tears ran fecting to laugh, could only be justified at a Court from his eyes, and in his ecstasies of rapture, caught where no heralds were at the time, and when the hold of the Duke's ermine cloak, as if to support emergency was urgent. But, though it might have himself; whilst the Duke, no less delighted, Aung his passed on the blunt and thick-witted islander, no one arm around the King's shoulder, making thus an exwith brains a whit better than those of a wild boar hibition of confidential sympathy and familiarity, very would have thought of passing such a trick upon the much at variance with the terms on which they had accomplished Court of Burgundy."
so lately stood together. Send him who will," said the Duke, fiercely, "he At length the speed of the pseudo-herald could save shall return on their hands in poor case.-Here!- him no longer from the fangs of his pursuers; they drag him to the market-place !-slash him with bridle- seized him, pulled him down, and would probably reins and dog-whips until the tabard hang about him soon have throttled him, had not the Duke called in tatters !-Upon the Rouge Sanglier !-ça, ça !- out." Stave and tail !-stave and tail !-Take them Haloo, haloo !"
off him!-He hath shown so good a course, that, Four or five large hounds, such as are painted in though he has made no sport at bay, we will not have the hunting-pieces upon which Reubens and Schnei- him dispatched." ders laboured in conjunction, caught the well-known Several officers accordingly busied themselves in notes with which the Duke concluded, and began to taking off the dogs; and they were soon seen coupling vell and bay as if the boar were just roused from his some up, and pursuing others which ran through the lair.
streets, shaking in sport and triumph the tattered "By the rood !", said King Louis, observant to fragments of painted cloth and embroidery rent from catch the vein of his dangerous cousin,
since the the tabard, which the unfortunate wearer had put on ass has put on the boar's hide, I would set the dogs in an unlucky hour. on him to bait him out of it!"
At this moment, and while the Duke was too much “Right! right!" exclaimed Duke Charles, the engaged with what passed before him to mind what fancy exactly chiming in with his humour at the mo- was said behind him, Oliver le Dain,, gliding behind ment--"it shall be done!-uncouple the hounds !- King Louis, whispered into his ear, -" It is the Bohe
Disguised Herald.-The heralds of the middle ages, like the fore the town of Saint Quentin, the same French King, for want feciales of the Romang, were invested with a character which of a herald to carry his mind to the English King, was con. was held almost sacred. To strike a herald was a crime which strained to suborn a vadelict, or common serving man, with a inferred a capital punishment ; and to counterfeit the character trumpet-banner, having a hole made through the middest for of such an august official was a degree of treason towards those this preposterous herauld to put his head through, and to cast it men who were accounted the depositaries of the secrets of mo- over his shoulders instead of a better court-armour of France. narchs and the honour of nobles. Yet a prince so unscrupulous and thus came this hastily-arrayed courier as a counterfest oras Louis XI. did not hesitate to practise such an imposition, ficer-at-armes, with instructions from his sovereign's mouth to when he wished to enter into communication with Edward IV. offer peace to our King. Well,' replies Torquatus, the other of England.
interlocutor in the dialogue, 'that fault was never yet to be seen Exercising that knowledge of mankind for wlich he was so in any of our English Kings, nor ever shall be, I hope.'” eminent, he selected, an agent fit for his purpose, a simple FEKNE's Buzen of Gentry, 1586, p. 161. valet. This man, whose address had been known to him, he In this curious book, the author, besides some assertioos id disguised as a herald, with all the insignia of his office, and went favour of cont-armour, too nearly approaching blasphemy to him in that capacity to open a communication with the English be quoted, informs us, that the Apostles were gentlemen of army. Two things are remarkable in this transaction. First, blood, and many of them descended from that worthy conthat the stratagem, though of so fraudulent a nature, does not queror, Judas Maccabæus ; but through the course of time and seem to have been necessarily called for, since all that King persecution of wars, poverty oppressed the kindred, and they Louis could gain by it would be, that he did not commit him. were constrained to servile works. So were the four doctors self by sending a more responsible messenger. The other cir. and fathers of the church (Ambrose, Augustine, Hierome, and cumstance worthy of notice, is, that Comines, though he men- Gregorie) gentlemen both of blood and arms, p. 96. The author's tions the affair at great length, is so pleased with the King's copy of this rare tract (memorial of a hopeful young friend. Dow shrewdness in selecting, and dexterity at indoctrinating, his no more) exhibits a curious sally of the national and profese 100pseudo-berald, that he forgets all remark on the impudence and al irritability of a Scottish herald. fraud of the imposition, as well as the great risk of discovery, This person appears to have been named Thomas Drysdale, From both which circumstances, we are led to the conclusion, Islay Herald, who purchased the volume in 1619, and seems to that the solemn character which the heralds endeavoured to have perused it with patience and profit till ho came to the fol arrogate to themselves, had alrendy begun to lose regard among lowing passage in Ferne, which enters into the distinction be statesmen and men of the great world.
tweeri sovereign and feudatory crowns. "There is also a King, Even Ferne, zealous enough for the dignity of the herald, and ho a homager, or færdatorie to the estate and majestic of an seems to impute this intrusion on their rights in some degree to other King, as to his superior lord, as that of Scotland to our necessity. "I have heard some," he says, “but with shame English empire." This assertion set on fire the Scottish blood enough, allow of the action of Louis XI. of the kingdom of of Islay Herald, who, forgetting the book had been printeri France, who had so unknislilly a regard both of his own honour, nearly forty years before, and that the author was probably and also of armes, that he seldom had about his court any of dead, writes on the margin in great wrath, and in a half text ficer-at-armes. And therefore, at such time as Edward IV.. King hand, “ He is a traitor and lyar ir Als ikroal, and I offer hier te of England had eatered France with a hostile power, and lay be. I comba:, ihal says Scotland's Kings were ever feudatorie to England. **
mian, Hayraddin Maugrabin-It were not well he yield up this matter, and let us speak rather of the should come to speech of the Duke."
towns on the Somme." He must die,'' answered Louis, in the same tone “My council will talk to your Majesty of these," dead men tell no tales."
said Charles ; "I myself have less at heart the acOne instant afterwards, Tristan l'Hermite, to whom quisition of territory, than the redress of injuries, Oliver had given the hint, stepped forward before the You have tampered with my vassals, and your royal King and the Duke, and said, in his blunt manner, pleasure must needs dispose of the hand of a Ward of
So please your Majesty and your Grace, this piece Burgundy. Your Majesty must bestow it within of game is mine, and I claim him-he is marked with the pale of your own royal family, since you have my stamp—the fleur-de-lis is branded on his shoul, meddled with it--otherwise, our conference breaks der, as all men may see.-He is a known villain, and off." hath slain the King's subjects, robbed churches, de- Were I to say I did this willingly," said the King, Aowered virgins, slain deer in the royal parks"- no one would believe me; therefore do you, my fair
· Enough, enough,” said Duke Charles, he is my cousin, judge of the extent of my wish to oblige you, royal cousin's property by many a good title. What when I say, most reluctantly, that the parties conwill your Majesty do with him?".
senting, and a dispensation from the Pope being ob"If he is left to my disposal,” said the King,,"Itained, my own objections shall be no bar to this will at least give him one lesson in the science of he- match which you propose. raldry, in which he is so ignorant-only explain to All besides can be easily settled by our Minighim practically, the meaning of a cross potence, with ters," said the Duke," and we are once more cousins a noose dangling proper.".
and friends." "Not as to be by him borne, but as to bear him. May. Heaven be praised !" said Louis, "who, -Let him take the degrees under your gossip Tristan holding in his hand the hearts of princes, doth mer-he is a deep professor in such mysteries.'
cifully incline them to peace and clemency; and preThus answered the Duke, with a burst of discord- vent the effusion of human blood.Oliver," he added ant laughter at his own wit, which was so cordially apart to that favourite, who ever waited around him chorussed by Louis, that his rival could not help like the familiar beside a sorcerer, "Hark thee-tell looking kindly at him, while he said
Tristan to be speedy in dealing with yonder runagate Ah, Louis, Louis! would to God thou wert as Bohemian.” faithful a monarch as thou art a merry companion ! I cannot but think often on the jovial time we used to spend together."
CHAPTER XXXIV. You may bring it back when you will," said Louis; "I will grant you as fair terms as for very shame's sake you ought to ask in my present condi- I'll take thee to the good green wood, tion, without making yourself the fable of Christen
And make thine own hand choose the tree. dom; and I will swear to observe them upon the
Old Ballad. holy relique which I have ever the grace to bear about “Now God be praised, that gave us the power of my person, being a fragment of the true cross. laughing, and making others laugh, and shame to
Here he took a small golden reliquary, which was the dull cur who scorns the office of a jester! Here suspended from his neck next to his shirt by a chain is a joke, and that none of the brightest, (though it of the same metal, and having kissed it devoutly, may pass, since it has amused two Princes,) which continued
hath gone farther than a thousand reasons of state Never was false oath sworn on this most sacred to prevent a war between France and Burgundy.". relique, but it was avenged within the year."
Such was the inference of Le Glorieux, when, in "Yet," said the Duke, it was the same on which consequence of the reconciliation of which we gave you swore amity to me when you left Burgundy, and the particulars in the last Chapter, the Burgundian shortly after sent the Bastard of Rubempré to mur- guards were withdrawn from the Castle of Peronne, der or kidnap me.'
the abode of the King removed from the ominous Nay, gracious cousin, now you are ripping up Tower of Count Herbert, and, to the great joy both ancient grievances," said the King; I promise you, of French and Burgundians, an outward show at that you were deceived in that matter.
t:-Moreover, it least of confidence and friendship seemed so estawas not upon this relique which I then swore, but blished between Duke Charles and his liege lord. upon another fragment of the true cross which I got Yet still the latter, though treated with ceremonial from the Grand Seignior, weakened in virtue, doubt. observance, was sufficiently aware that he continued less, by sojourning with infidels. Besides, did not to be the object of suspicion, though he prudently the war of the Public Good break out within the affected to overlook it, and appeared to consider him year; and was not a Burgundian army encamped at self as entirely at his ease. Saint Denis, backed by all the great feudatories of Meanwhile, as frequently happens in such cases, France; and was I not obliged to yield up Normandy whilst the principal parties concerned had so far to my brother?-O God, shield us from perjury on made up their differences, one of the subaltern agents such a warrant as this !"
concerned in their intrigues was bitterly experiencing "Well
, cousin," answered the Duke; "I do be the truth of the political maxim, that if the great lieve thou hadst a lesson to keep faith another time.- have frequent need of base tools, they make amends And now for once, without finesse and doubling, will to society by abandoning them io their fate, so soon you make good your promise, and go with me to pu- as they find them no longer useful. nish this murdering La Marck and the Liegeois ?"* This was Hayraddin Maugrabin, who, surrendered “I
will march against them,” said Louis, “with by the Duke's officers to the King's Provost-Mar the Ban and Arrière-Ban of France, and the Ori- shal, was by him placed in the hands of his two flamme displayed.?'
trusty aides-de-camp, Trois-Eschelles and PetitNay, nay," said the Duke," that is more than is André, to be despatched without loss of time. One needful, or may be advisable. The presence of your on either side of him, and followed by a few guards Scottish Guard, and two hundred choice lances, will and a multitude of rabble,-this playing the Allegro, serve to show that you are a free agent. A large that the Penseroso,-he was marched off (to use a army might”
modern comparison, like Garrick between Tragedy “ Make me so in effect, you would say, my fair and Comedy) to the neighbouring forest; where, to cousin ?" said the King. "" Well, you shall dictate save all farther trouble and ceremonial of a gibhet, the numbers of my attendants."
and so forth, the disposers of his fate proposed to "And to put this fair cause of mischief out of the knit him up to the first sufficient tree. way, you will agree to the Countess Isabelle of Croye They were not long in finding an oak, as Petitwedding with the Duke of Orleans ?"
André facetiously expressed it, fit to bear such an "Fair cousin," said the King," you drive my acorn; and placing the wretched criminal on a bank. courtesy to extremity. The Duke is the betrothed under a sufficient guard, they began their extembridegroom of my daughter Joan. Be generous- | poraneous preparations for the final catastrophe. At
that moment, Hayraddin, gazing on the crowd, | man should speak, as he still remained silent, Quenenconntered the eyes of Quentin Durward, who tin at length addressed him, " And to this conclusion thinking he recognised the countenance of his faith thou hast at length arrived'?”: less guide in that of the detected impostor, had fol- Ay," answered Hayraddin, “it required neither lowed with the crowd to witness the execution, and astrologer, nor physiognomist, nor chiromantist, to assure himself of the identity.
foretel that I should follow the destiny of my When the executioners informed him that all was family." ready, Hayraddin, with much calmness, asked a Brought to this early end by thy long course single boon at their hands.
of crime and treachery!" said the Scot. Any thing, my son, consistent with our office," No, by the bright Aldeboran and all his brother said Trois-Eschelles,
twinklers?" answered the Bohemian. "I am brought That is,” said Hayraddin, any thing but my hither by my folly, in believing that the bloodthirsty life.
cruelty of a Frank could be restrained even by what Even so," said Trois-Eschelles, "and something they themselves profess to hold most sacred. A more; for as you seem resolved to do credit to our priest's vestment would have been no safer garb for mystery, and die like a man, without making wry me than a herald's tabard, however sanctimonious mouths-why, though our orders are to be prompt, are your professions of devotion and chivalry." I care not if I indulge you ten minutes longer.' "A detected impostor has no right to claim the
"You are even too generous," said Hayraddin. immunities of the disguise he had usurved." said
"Truly we may be blamed for it," said Petit- Durward. André; "but what of that ?-I could consent almost "Detected !” said the Bohemian. "My jargon to give my life for such a jerry-come-tumble, such a was as good as yonder old fool of a herald's ;-but smart, tight, firm lad, who proposes to come from let it pass. As well now as hereafter." aloft with a grace, as an honest fellow should do." "You abuse time," said Quentin. "If you have
"So that if you want a confessor," said Trois-aught to tell say it quickly, and then take some Eschelles
care of your soul "Or a lire of wine," said his facetious com- "Of my soul ?" said the Bohemian, with a hideous panion
laugh. "Think ye a leprosy of twenty years can be psalm,”. ," said Tragedy
cured in an instant?-If I have a soul, ít hath been "Or a song," said Comedy
in such a course since I was ten years old and more Neither, my good, kind, and most expeditious that it would take me one month to recall all my friends," said the Bohemian-"I only pray to speak crimes, and another to tell them to the priest ;-and a few minutes with yonder Archer of the Scottish were such space granted me, it is five to one I would Guard."
employ it otherwise." The executioners hesitated a moment; but Trois- Hardened wretch, blaspheme not! Tell me Eschelles recollecting that Quentin Durward was what thou hast to say, and I leave thee to thy fate," believed, from various circumstances, to stand high said Durward, with mingled pity and horror. in the favour of their master, King Louis, they re- "I have a boon to ask," said Hayraddin, -" but solved to permit interview.
first I will buy it of you; for your tribe, with all their When Quentin, at their summons, approached the professions of charity, give nought for nought." condemned criminal, he could not but be shocked at "I could well nigh say thy gifts perish with thee," his appearance, however justly his doom might have answered Quentin, "but that thou art on the very been deserved. The remnants of his heraldic finery, verge of eternity.--Ask thy boon-reserve thy bounty rent to tatters by the fangs of the dogs, and the -it can do me no good-I remember enough of your clutches of the bipeds who had rescued him from good offices of old. their fury to lead him to the gallows, gave him at " Why, I loved you,” said Hayraddin," for the once a ludicrous and a wretched appearance. His matter that chanced on the banks of the Cher; and face was discoloured with paint, and with some rem- I would have helped you to a wealthy daine. You nants of a fictitious beard, assumed for the purpose wore her scarf, which partly misled me; and indeed of disguise, and there was the paleness of death upon I thought that Hameline with her portable wealth, his cheek and upon his lip; yet, strong in passive was more for your market-penny than the other hen courage, like most of his tribe, his eye, while it glis- sparrow, with her old roost at Bracquemont, which tened and wandered, as well as the contorted smile Charles has clutched, and is likely to keep his claws of his mouth, seemed to bid defiance to the death he upon. was about to die.
"Talk not so idly, unhappy man," said Quentin; Quentin was struck partly with horror, partly with "yonder officers become impatient." compassion, as he approached the miserable man, Give them ten gilders for ten minutes more," said and these feelings probably betrayed themselves in the culprit, --who, like most in his situation, mixed his manner, for Peut-André, called out, "Trip it more with his hardihood a desire of procrastinating his fate, smartly, jolly Archer-This gentleman's leisure can- -"I tell thee it shall avail thee much." not wait for you, if you walk as if the pebbles were “Use then well the minutes so purchased,” said eggs, and you afraid of breaking them."
Durward, and easily made a new bargain with the I must speak with him in privacy," said the cri- Marshal's men. minal, despair seeming to croak in his accent as he This done, Hayraddin continued.--"Yes, I assure uttered the words.
you I meant you well; and Hameline would have "That may hardly consist with our office, my proved an easy and convenient spouse. Why, she merry Leap-the-ladder," said Petit-André ; we has reconciled herself even with the Boar of Ardennes, know you for a slippery eel of old."
though his mode of wooing was somewhat of the "I am tied with your horse-girths, hand and fool,” roughest, and lords it yonder in his sty, as if she had said the criminal-"You may keep guard around me, fed on mast-husks and acorns all her life." though out of ear-shot-the Archer is your own Cease this brutal and untimely jesting," said King's servant-And if I give you ten gilders": Quentin, "or, once more I tell you, I will leave you "Laid out in masses, the sum may profit his poor to your
fate. soul," said Trois-Eschelles.
'You are right,” said Hayraddin, after a moment's “Laid out in wine or brantwein, it will comfort pause; "what cannot be postponed must be faced ! my poor body," responded Petit-André. "So let - Well, know then, I came hither in this accursed them be forthcoming, my little crack-rope." disguise, moved by a great reward from De la Marck,
"Pay the blood-hounds their fee," said Hayraddin and hoping a yet mightier one from King Louis, not to Durward ; "I was plundered of every stiver when merely to bear the message of defiance which you may they took me it shall avail thee much."
have heard of, but to tell the King an important seQuentin paid the executioners their guerdon, and, cret." like men of promise, they retreated out of hearing- "It was a fearful risk,” said Durward. keeping, however, a careful eye on the criminal's "It was paid for as such, and such it hath proved," motions. After waiting an insiant till the unhappy I answered the Bohemian. "" De la Marck attempted