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late period of her distresses, in the most affecting | sword of their persecutors, famished with hunger, coloạrs. He described her, like Hagar watching the starving with cold, lacking fire, food, shelter,
and waning life of her infant amid the fountainless desert; clothing, because they serve God rather than manlike Judah, under her palm-tree, mourning for the all are with
you, pleading, watching, knocking, storm devastation of her temple; like Rachel, weeping for ing the gates of heaven in your behalf. Heaven itself her children and refusing comfort. But he chiefly shall fight for you, as the stars in their courses fought rose into rough sublimity when addressing the men against Sisera. Then whoso will
deserve immortal yet reeking from battle. He called on them to fame in this world, and eternal happiness in that remember the great things which God had done for which is to come, let them enter into God's service, them, and to persevere in the career which their vic- and take arles at the hand of his servant,--a blessing tory had opened.
namely, upon him and his household, and his chil Your garments are dyed--but not with the juice dren, to the ninth generation, even the blessing of the of the wine-press; your swords are filled with blood," promise, for ever and ever! Amen." he exclaimed, “but not with the blood of goats or The eloquence of the preacher was rewarded by lambs; the dust of the desert on which ye stand is the deep hum of stem approbation which resounded made fat with gore, but not with the blood of bul- through the armed assemblage at the conclusion of locks, for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a an exhortation, so well suited to that which they had great slaughter in the land of Idumea. These were done, and that which remained for them to do. The not the firstlings of the fock, the small cattle of wounded forgot their pain, the faint and hungry their burnt-offerings, whose bodies lie like dung on the fatigues and privations, as they listened to doctrines ploughed field of the husbandman; this is not the which elevated them alike above the wants and casavour of myrrh, of frankincense, or of sweet herbs, lamities of the world, and identified their cause with that is steaming in your nostrils; but these bloody that of the Deity. Many crowded around the preacher, trunks are the carcasses of those who held the bow as he descended from the eminence on which he and the lance, who were cruel and would show no stood, and, clasping him with hands on which the mercy, whose voice roared like the sea, who rode gore was not yet hardened, pledged their sacred vow upon horses, every man in array as if to battle-they that they would play the part of Heaven's true solare the carcasses even of the mighty men of war that diers. Exhausted by his own enthusiasm, and by the came against Jacob in the day of his deliverance, animated fervour which he had exerted in his disand the smoke is that of the devouring fires that course, the preacher could only reply in broken achave consumed them. And those wild hills that cents, -"God bless you, my brethren-it is his cause. surround you are not a sanctuary planked with cedar --Stand strongly up and play the men-the worst and plated with silver ; nor are ye mimistering priests that can befall us is but a brief and bloody passage to at the altar, with censers and with torches; but ye heaven." hold in your hands-he sword, and the bow, and the Balfour, and the other leaders, had not lost the weapons of death. And yet verily, I say unto you, time which was employed in these spiritual exercises. that not when the ancient Temple was in its first Watch-fires were lighted, sentinels were posted, and glory was there offered sacrifice more acceptable than arrangements were made to refresh the army with that which you have this day presented, giving to the such provisions as had been hastily collected from slaughter the tyrant and the oppressor, with the rocks the nearest farm-houses and villages. The present for your altars, and the sky for your vaulted sanctua- necessity thus provided for, they turned their thoughts ry, and your own good swords for the instruments of to the future. They had dispatched parties to spread sacrifice. Leave not, therefore, the plough in the fur- the news of their victory, and to obtain, either by row-turn not back from the path in which you have force or favour, supplies of what they stood most in entered like the famous worthies of old, whom God need of. In this they had succeeded beyond their raised up for the glorifying of his name and the deli- hopes, having at one village seized a small magazine verance of his afflicted people-halt not in the race of provisions, forage, and ammunition, which had you are running,
test the latter end should be worse been provided for the royal forces. This success not than the beginning. Wherefore, set up a standard in only gave them relief at the time, but such hopes for the land; blow a trumpet upon the
mountains ; let the future, that whereas formerly some of their numnot the shepherd tarry by his sheep-fold, or the seeds- ber had begun to slacken in their zeal, they now man continue in the ploughed field; but make the unanimously resolved to abide together in arms, and watch strong, sharpen the arrows, burnish the shields, commit themselves and their cause to the event of name ye the captains of thousands, and captains of war. hundreds, of fifties, and of tens; call the footmen And whatever may be thought of the extravagance like the rushing of winds, and cause the horsemen to or narrow-minded bigotry of many of their tenets, it is come up like the sound of many waters; for the pas- impossible to deny the praise of devoted courage to a sages of the destroyers are stopped, their rods are few hundred peasants, who, without leaders, without burned, and the face of their men of battle hath been money, without magazines, without any fixed plan turned to flight, Heaven has been with you, and of action, and almost without arms, borne out only has broken the bow of the mighty; then let every by their innate zeal, and a detestation of the oppresman's heart be as the heart of the valiant Maccabeus, sion of their rulers, ventured to declare open war every man's hand as the hand of the mighty Samp- against an established government, supported by a son, every man's sword as that of Gideon, which regular army and the whole force of three kingdoms. turned not back from the slaughter; for the banner of Reformation is spread abroad on the mountains in its first loveliness, and the gates of hell shall not pre
CHAPTER XIX. vail against it.
Why, then, say an old man can do somewhat "Well is he this day that shall barter his house for
Henry IV. Part II helmet, and sell his garment for a sword, and cast We must now return to the tower of Tillietudlem, in his lot with the children of the Covenant, even to which the march of the Life-Guards, on the morning the fulfilling
of the promise ; and wo, wo unto him of this eventful day, had left to silence and anxiety, who, for carnal ends and self-seeking, shall with: The assurances of Lord Evandale had not succeeded hold himself from the great work, for the curse shall in quelling the apprehensions of Edith. She knew abide with him, even the bitter curse of Meroz, be- him generous, and faithful to his word; but it seemed cause he came not to the
help of the Lord against the too plain that he suspected the object of her intermighty. Up, then, and be doing; the blood of mar- cession to be a successful rival; and was it not extyrs, reeking upon scaffolds is crying for vengeance; pecting from him an effort above human nature, to the bones of saints,
which lie whitening in the high-suppose that he was to watch over Morton's safety nocent captives from desolate isles of the sen, and state of imprisonment,
and the suspicions which ho from the dungeons of the tyrants' high places, cry had incurred, must repeatedly expose him? She for deliverance; the prayers of persecuted Christians therefore resigned herself to the most heart-rending sheltering themselves in dens and deserts from the apprehensions, without admitting, and indeed almne VOL IJ 4A
without listening to the multifarious grounds of con- answered Major Bellenden. “She's not accustomed solation which Jenny Dennison brought forward, one to see one acquaintance led out to be shot, and after another, like a skilful general who charges with another marching off to actual service, with some the several divisions of his troops in regular suc- chance of not finding his way back again. She cession.
would soon be used to it, if the civil war were : First, Jenny was morally positive that young Miln- break out again.' wood would come to no harm--then, if he did, there "God forbid, brother!" said Lady Margaret. was consolation in the reflection, that Lord Evan- “Ay, Heaven forbid, as you say-and, in the dale was the better and more appropriate match of mean time, I'll take a hit at trick-track with Har. the two-then, there was every chance of a battle, in rison. which the said Lord Evandale might be killed, and "He has ridden out, sir," said Gudyill, "to try if be there wad be nae mair fash about that job--then, if can hear any tidings of the battle.". the whigs gat the better, Milnwood and Cuddie ight "D-n the battle," said the Major; "it puts this come to the Castle, and carry off the beloved of their family as much out of order as if there had never hearts by the strong hand.
been such a thing in the country before and get "For I forgot to tell ye, madam," continued the there was such a place as Kilsythe, John." damsel, putting her handkerchief to her eyes, “that Ay, and as Tippermuir, your honour" replied puir Cuddie's in the hands of the Philistines as weel Gudyill
, "where I was his honour my late master'a as young Milnwood, and he was brought here a pri- rear-rank man." soner this morning, and I was fain to speak Tam "And Alford, John,” pursued the Major, "where Halliday fair, and fleech him, to let me near the puir I commanded
the horse; and Innerlochy, where I creature; but Cuddie wasna sae thankfu' as he needed was the Great Marquis's aid-de-camp; and Auld till hae been neither,” she added, and at the same Earn, and Brigo' Dee." time changed her tone, and briskly withdrew the "And Philiphaugh, your honour," said John. handkerchief from her face; "so I will ne'er waste “Umph!" replied the Major; "the less, John, we my een wi' gạeeting about the matter. There wad say about that matter, the better." be aye enowo young men left, if they were to hang However, being once fairly embarked on the sub the tae half o' them."
ject of Montrose's campaigns, the Major and John The other inhabitants of the Castle were also in a Gudyill carried on the war so stoutly, as for a constate of dissatisfaction and anxiety. Lady Margaret siderable time to keep at bay the formidable enemy thought that Colonel Grahame, in commanding an called Time, with whom retired veterans, during the execution at the door of her house, and refusing to quiet close of a bustling life, usually wage an unceasgrant a reprieve at her request, had fallen short of the ing hostility. deference due to her rank, and had even encroached It has been frequently remarked, that the tidings of on her seignorial rights.
important events fly with a celerity almost beyond "The Colonel," she said, "ought to have remem- the power of credibility, and that reports, correct in bered, brother, that the barony of "Tillietudlem has the the general point, though inaccurate in details, prebaronial privilege of pit and gallows; and therefore, cede the certain intelligence, as if carried by the if the lad was to be executed on my estate, (which i birds of the air. Such rumours anticipate the reality, consider as an unhandsome thing, seeing it is in the not unlike to the " shadows of coming events," which possession of females, to whom such tragedies cannot occupy the imagination of the Highland Seer. Harbe acceptable,) he ought, at common law, to have been rison, in his ride, encountered some such report condelivered up to my bailie, and justified at his sight.” cerning the event of the battle, and turned his horse
"Martial law, sister," answered Major Bellenden, back to Tillietudlem in great dismay. He made it "supersedes every other. But I must own I think his first business to seek out the Major, and interColonel Grahame rather deficient in attention to you; rupted him in the midst of a prolix account of the and I am not over and above pre-eminently flattered siege and storm of Dundee, with
the ejaculation, by his granting to young Evandale (I suppose because Heaven send, Major, that we do not see a siege ol he is a lord, and has interest with the privy-council) Tillietudlem before we are many days older!" a request which he refused to so old a servant of the “How is that, Harrison ?--what the devil do you king as I am. But so long as the poor young fellow's mean?" exclaimed the astonished veteran. life is saved, I can comfort myself with the fag-end "Troth, sir, there is strong and increasing beld of a ditty as old as myself." And therewithal, he that Claver'se is clean broken, some say killed, tbat hummed a stanza :
the soldiers are all dispersed, and that the rebels are And what though winter will pinch severe
hastening this way, threatening
death and devastaThrough locks of gray and a cloak that's old ?
tion to a that will not take the Covenant." Yet keep up thy heart, bold cavalier,
"I will never believe that," said the Major startFor a cup of sack shall fence the cold.'
ing on his feet-"I will never believe that the "I must be your guest here to-day, sister. I wish Life-Guards would retreat before rebels ; --- and yet to hear the issue of this gathering on Loudon-hill, why need I say that,” he continued, checking him. though I cannot conceive their standing a body of self, " when I have seen such sights myself
?-Send horse appointed like our guests this morning. out Pike, and one or two of the servants, for intelliWoe's me, the time has been that I would have liked gence, and let all the men in the Castle and in ill to have sate in biggit wa's waiting for the news the village that can be trusted take up arms. This of a skirmish to be fought within ten miles of me! old tower may hold them play, a bit, if it were But, as the old song goes,
but victualled and garrisoned, and it commands the 'For time will rust the brightest blade,
pass between the high and low countries. It's lucky And years will break the strongest bow; I chanced to be here.-Go, muster men, Harrisoni
. -You, Gudyill
, look what provisions you have, or But time and years would overthrow ?'"
can get brought in, and be ready, if the news be "We are well pleased you will stay, brother," said confirmed to knock down as many bullocks as you Lady Margaret; "I will take my old privilege to have salt for.-The well never goes dry.-There look after my household, whom this collation has are some old-fashioned guns on the battlements; thrown into some disorder, although it is uncivil to if we had but ammunition, we should do wel leave you alone."
enough." "O, I hate ceremony as I hate a stumbling horse" The soldiers left some casks of ammunition ! replied the Major. "Besides, your person would be the Grange this morning, to bide their return," said with me, and your mind with the cold meat and Harrison. Teversionary pasties.-Where is Edith ?"
"Hasten, then,", said the Major," and bring i “Gone to her room a little evil-disposed, I am into the Castle, with every pike, sword, pistol, or gum. informed, and laid down in her bed for a glift," said that is within our reach; don't leave so much as a her grandınother; "as soon as she wakes, she shall bodkin-Lucky that I was here !-I will speak to my take some drops.'
sister instantly." "Pooh! pooh! she's only sick of the soldiers," Lady Margaret Bellenden was astounded at in
Was ever wight so starkly made,
job, eh ?"
telligence so unexpected and so alarming It had ; nets. These, the Major, with the assistance of John seemed to her that the imposing force which had Gudyi!l, causou to be scaled and oaded, and pointed that morning left her walls, was sufficient to have them so as to command the road over the brow of routed all the disaffected in Scotland, if collected the opposite hill by which the rebels must advance, in a body; and now her first reflection was upon causing, at the same time, two or three trees to be cut the inadequacy of their own means of resistance, down, which would have impeded the effect of the to an army strong enough to have defeated Claver artillery when it should be necessary to use it. With house and such select troops. "Woe's me! woe's the trunks of these trees, and other materials, he me!” said she; "what will all that we can do avail directed barricades to be constructed upon the windus, brother
?-What will resistance do but bring ing avenue which rose to the Tower along the highsure destruction on the house, and on the bairn road, taking care that each should command the Edith! for, God knows, I thinkna on my ain auld other. The large gate of the court-yard he barricalife.
doed yet more strongly, leaving only a wicket open "Come, sister," said the Major, "you must not for the convenience of passage. What he had most be cast down; the place is strong, the rebels igno- to apprehend, was the slenderness of his garrison ; rant and ill-provided: my brother's house shall not for all the efforts of the steward were unable to be made a den of thieves and rebels while old Miles get more than nine men under arms, himself and Bellenden is in it. My hand is weaker than it was, Gudyill included, so much more popular was the but I thank my old gray hairs that I have some cause of the insurgents than that of the governknowledge of war yet . Here comes Pike with
intel- ment. Major Pellenden, and his trusty servant ligence.- What news, Pike? Another Philiphaugh Pike, made the garrison eleven in number, of whom
one half were old men. The round dozen might Ay, ay,” said Pike, composedly; "a total scatter- indeed have been made up, would Lady Margaret have ing. I thought this
morning little gude would come consented that Goose Gibbie should again take up of their newfangled gate of slinging their cara- arms. But she recoiled from the proposal, when bines."
moved by Gudyill, with such abhorrent recollection "Whom did you see ?-Who gave you the news ?" of the former achievements of that luckless cavalier, asked the Major.
that she declared she would rather the Castle were “O, inair than half-a-dozen dragoon fellows that lost than that he were to be enrolled in the defence are a on the spur whilk to get first to Hamilton. of it. With eleven men, however, himself included, They'll win the race, I warrant them, win the battle Major Bellenden determined to hold out the place to wha like."
the uttermost. "Continue your preparations, Harrison," said the The arrangements for defence were not made with alert veteran; get your ammunition in, and the out the degree of fracas incidental to such occasions. cattle killed. Send down to the borough-town for Women shrieked, cattle bellowed, dogs howled, men what meal you can gather. We must not lose an ran to and fro, cursing and swearing without interinstant.--Had not Edith and you, sister, better return mission, the lumbering of the old guns backwards to Charnwood, while we have the means of sending and forwards shook the battlements, the court reyou there ?"
sounded with the hasty gallop of messengers who "No, brother,” said Lady Margaret, looking very went and returned upon errands of importance, and pale, but speaking with the greatest composure the din of warlike preparation was mingled with the
since the auld house is to be held out, I will sound of female laments. take my chance in it. I have fled twice from it Such a Babel of discord might have awakened the in my days, and I have aye found it desolate of slumbers of the very dead, and, therefore, was not its bravest and its bonniest when I returned ; sae long ere it dispelled the abstracted reveries of Edith that I will e'en abide now, and end my pilgrimage Bellenden. She sent out Jenny, to bring her the in it."
cause of the tumult which shook the castle to its "It may,
on the whole, be the safest course both very basis; but Jenny, once engaged in the bụstling for Edith and you," said the Major; "for the whigs tide, found so much to ask and to hear, that she forwill
rise all the way between this and Glasgow, and got the state of anxious uncertainty in which she make your travelling there, or your dwelling at had left her young mistress. Having no pigeon
to Charnwood, very unsafe."
dismiss in pursuit of information when her raven "So be it then,” said Lady Margaret ; "and, dear messenger had failed to return with it, Edith was brother, as the nearest blood relation of my deceased compelled to venture in quest of it out of the ark of husband, I deliver to you, by this symbol," here she her own chamber into the deluge of confusion which gave into his hand the venerable gold-headed staff of overflowed the rest of the Castle. Six voices speak the deceased Earl of Torwood, ) --" he keeping and ing at once, informed her, in reply to her first inquiry, government and seneschalship of my Tower of that Claver' se and all his men were killed, and that Tillietudlem, and the appurtenances thereof, with ten thousand whigs were marching to besiege the full power to kill, slay, and damage those who castle, headed by John Balfour of Burley, young shall assail the same, as freely as I might do my- Milnwood, and Cuddie Headrigg. This strange self. And I trust you will so defend it, as becomes a association of persons seemed to infer the falsehood house in which his most sacred majesty has not dis- of the whole story, and
yet the general bustle in the dained"
Castle intimated that danger was certainly appre"Pshaw! sister," interrupted the Major, " we have hended. no time to speak about the king and his breakfast just "Where is Lady Margaret ?" was Edith's second
question. And, hastily leaving the room, he hurried, with "In her oratory," was the reply: a cell adjoining all the alertness of a young man of twenty-five, to to the chapel, in which the good old lady, was wont examine the state of his garrison, and superintend to spend the greater part of the days destined by the the measures which were necessary for defending rules of the Episcopal Church to devotional observthe place.
ances, as also the anniversaries of those on which The Tower of Tillietudlem, having very thick she had lost her husband and her children, and, walls, and very narrow windows, having also a finally, those hours, in which a deeper and more very strong court-yard wall, with Aanking turrets solemn address to Heaven was called for, by national on the only accessible side, and rising on the other or domestic calamity. from the very verge of a precipice, was fully capable "Where then," said Edith, much alarmed, "is of defence against any thing but a train of heavy Major Bellenden ?" artillery.
"On the battlements of the Tower madam, point Famine or escalade was what the garrison had ing the cannon," was the reply. chiefly to fear. For artillery, the top of the Tower "To the battlements, therefore, she made her way, was mounted with some antiquated wall-pieces, and impeded by a thousand obstacles, and found the old small cannons, which bore the old-fashioned names gentleman in the midst of his natural military elo of culverins, sakere, demi-sakers, falcons, and falco- ment, commanding, rebuking, encouraging, instruct.
ing, and exercising all the numerous duties of a good "All, but men and provisions, with which we are governor.
ill supplied," answered the Major. "In the name of God, what is the matter, uncle ?" As for men,” said Claverhouse, “I will leave you exclaimed Edith.
a dozen or twenty fellows who will make good a ""The matter, my love?" answered the Major cool- breach against the devil
. It will be of the utmost ly, as, with spectacles on his nose, he examined the service, if you can defend the place but a week, and position of a gun--" The matter? Why, -raise her by that time you must surely be relieved." breech a thought more, John Gudyill-the matter? I will make it good for that space, Colonel," te Why, Claver'şe is routed, my dear, and the whigs plied the Major, "with twenty-five good men and are coming down upon us in force, that's all the store of ammunition, if we should gnaw the soles of matter."
our shoes for hunger; but I trust we shall gel in “Gracious powers!" said Edith, whose eye at that provisions from the country.? instani caught a glance of the road which ran up "And, Colonel Grahame, if I might presume a rethe river,," and yonder they come!"
quest,” said Lady Margaret, “I would en treat that Yonder? where ?" said the veteran; and, his Sergeant Francis Stewart might command the eyes taking the same direction, he beheld a large auxiliaries whom you are so good as to add to the body of borsemen coming down the path. * Stand garrison of our people; it may serve to legitimate his to your guns, iny lads!'' was the first exclamation; promotion, and I have a prejudice in favour of his
we'll make theni pay toll as they pass the heugh. noble birth." -But stay, stay, these are certainly the Life- " The sergeant's wars are ended, madam," said Guards,
Grahame, in an unaltered tone, "and he now needs "Ono, uncle, no," replien Edith; "see how dis. no promotion that an earthly master can give" orilerly they ride, and how ill they keep their ranks; "Pardon me," said Major Bellenden, taking Clathese cannot be the fine soldiers who left us this verhouse by the arm, and turning him away from the moming."
ladies, “but I am anxious for my friends; I fear you Ah, my dear girl!" answered the Major, "you do have other and more important loss.' I observe not know the difference between men before a battle another officer carries your nephew's standard.". and after a defeat; but the Life-Gúards it is, for I see “You are right, Major Bellenden," answered Clathe red and blue and the King's colours. I am glad verhouse firmly; my nephew is no more. He has they have brought them off, however."
died in his duty, as became him." His opinion was confirmed as the troopers ap- Great God?' exclaimed the Major, "how unproached nearer, and finally halted on the road be happy!--the handsome, gallant, high-spirited youth!" neath the Tower; while their commanding officer, He was indeed all you say," answered Claverleaving them to breathe and refresh their horses, house; “poor Richard was to me as an eldest son, hastily rude up the hill.
the apple of my eye, and my destined heir; but he "It is Claverhouse, sure enough," said the Major; died in his duty, and 1-1-Major Bellenden"-(he I am glad he has escaped, but he has lost his famous wrung the Major's hand hard as he spoke)-“I live black horse. Let Lady Margaret know, John Gud- to avenge him." yıll; order some refreshments; get oats for the Colonel Grahame," said the affectionate veteran, soldiers' horses; and let us to the hall, Edith, to his eyes filling with tears, “I am glad to see you bear meet him. I surmise we shall hear but indifferent this misfortune with such fortitude." news."
"I am not a selfish man," replied Claverhouse, "though the world will tell you otherwise; I am not
selfish either in my hopes or fears, my joys or sorrow 1,HAPTER XX.
I have not been severe for myself, or grasping for my
self, or ambitious for myself. The service of my With careless gesture, mind unmoved, On rade he north the plain,
master and the good of the country are what I have His seern in thrang of fiercest strife,
tried to aim at. 1 may, perhaps, have driven sevents When winner aye the same.
into cruelty, but I acted for the best ; and now I w Hardyknute.
not yield to my own feelings a deeper sympathy than COLONEL GRAHAME of Claverhouse met the family, I have given to those of others." assembled in the hall of the Tower, with the same "I am astonished at your fortitude under all the serenity and the same courtesy which had graced his unpleasant circumstances of this afíair," pursued the manners in the morning. He had even had the com- Major. posure to rectify in part the derangement of his dress, "Yes,” replied Claverhouse, “my enemies in the to wash the signs of battle from his face and hands, council will lay this misfortune to my charge-I des and did not appear more disordered in his exterior pise their accusations. They will calumniate me to pay than if returned from a morning ride.
sovereign---I can repe their
charge. The public eners "I am grieved, Colonel Grahame," said the reve- will exult in my flight--I shall find a time to show than rend old lady, the tears trickling down her face, “deep- that they exult too early, This youth that has failen ly grieved."
stood betwixta grasping kinsman and my inheritan? And I am grieved, my dear Lady Margaret," re- for you know that my marriage-bed is barren; F. plied Claverhouse," that this misfortune may render peace be with
him! the country can better spare & your remaining at Tillietudlem dangerous for you, than your friend Lord Evandale, who, after behavs especially considering your recent hospitality to the very gallantly, has I fear, also fallen. King's troops, and your well-known loyalty. And I What a fatal day !" ejaculated the Major came here chiefly to request Miss Bellenden and you heard a report of this, but it was again contradice to accept my escort (if you will not scorn that of a it was added, that the poor young nobleman's in poor runaway) to Glasgow, from whence I will see petuosity had occasioned the loss of this unhapy you safely sent either to Edinburgh or to Dunbarton field." Castle, as you shall think best."
Not so, Major," said Grahame; " let the lives "I am much obliged to you, Colonel Grahame," officers bear the blame, if there be any; and let .. replied Lady Margaret; "but my brother, Major Bel- laurels flourish untarnished on the grave of the fal.. enden, has taken on him the responsibility of holding I do not, however, speak of Lord Evandale's der. out this house against the rebels; and, please God, as certain; but killed, or prisoner, I fear he mus:
zey shall never drive Margaret Bellenden from her Yet he was extricated from the tumult the last on ain hearth-stane while there's a brave man that says we spoke together. We were then on the poica" he can defend it."
leaving the field with a rear-guard of scarce tre "And will Major Bellenden undertake this?" men; the rest of the regiment were almost dispers said Claverhouse hastily, a joyful light glancing "They have rallied again soon," said the Max. from his dark eye as he turned it on the veteran, looking from the window on the dragoons, who *** " Yet why should I question it? it is of a piece with feeding their horses and refreshing themselves beses the rest of his life. --But have you the means, Ma- the brook. jor ?"
"Yes," answered Claverhouse, "my blackguara
had little temptation either to desert, or to straggle provisions, and especially of meal, and to get knowfarther than they were driven by their first panic. ledge of the motions of the enemy. All the news he There is small friendship and scant courtesy between could collect on the second subject tended to prove them and the boors of this country; every village that the insurgents meant to remain on the field of they pass is likely to rise on them, and so the scoun- battle for that night. But they, also, had abroad their drels are driven back to their colours by a wholesome detachments and advanced guards to collect supplies, terror of spits, pike-staves, hay-forks, and broom and great was the doubt and distress of those who sticks.-- But now let us talk about your plans and received contrary orders, in the name of the King wants, and the means of corresponding with you. and in that of the Kirk; the one commanding them To tell you the truth, I doubt being able to make a to send provisions to victual the Castle of Tilietudlong stand at Glasgow, even when I have joined my lem, and the other enjoining them to forward supLord Ross; for this transient and accidental success plies to the camp of the godly professors of true of the fanatics will raise the devil through all the religion, now in arms for ihe cause of covenanted western counties."
reformation, presently pitched at Drumclog, nigh to They then discussed Major Bellenden's means of Loudon-hill. Each summons closed with a denundefence, and settled a plan of correspondence, in case ciation of fire and sword if it was neglected; for neia general insurrection took place, as was to be ex-ther party could confide so far in the loyalty or zeal pected. Claverhouse renewed his offer to escort the of those whom they addressed, as to hope they would ladies to a place of safety ; but, all things considered, part with their property upon other terms. So that Major Bellenden thought they would be in equal the poor people knew not what hand to turn themsafety at Tillietudlem.
selves to; and, to say truth, there were some who The Colonel then took a polite leave of Lady Mar- turned themselves to more than one. garet and Miss Bellenden, assuring them, that, though "Thir kittle times will drive the wisest ous daft," he was reluctantly obliged to leave them for the said Niel Blane, the prudent host of the Howff; present in dangerous circumstances, yet his earliest " but I'se aye kcep a calm sough.-Jenny, what meal means should be turned to the redemption of his is in the girnel ?"} character as a good knight and true, and that they "Four bows o' aitmeal, twa bows o' bear, and might speedily, rely on hearing from or seeing him. twa bows o' pease,'' was Jenny's reply.
Full of doubt and apprehension, Lady Margaret “Aweel, hinny, continued Niel Blane, sighing was little able to reply to a speech so much in unison deeply, "let Bauldy drive the peas and bear meal to with her usual expressions and feelings, but contented the camp at Drumclog-he's a whig, and was the auld herself with bidding Claverhouse farewell, and thank- gudewife's pleughman—the mashlum bannocks will ing him for the succours which he had promised to suit their muirland stamachs weel. He maun say it's leave them. Edith longed to inquire the fate of the last unce o' meal in the house, or, if he scruples Henry Morton, but could find no pretext for doing so, to tell a lie, (as it's no likely he will when it's for the and could only bope that it had made a subject of gude o' the house,) he may wait till Duncan Glen, some part of the long private communication which the auld drucken trooper, drives up the aitmeal to her uncle had held with Claverhouse. On this sub- Tillietudlem, wi' my dutifu' service to my Leddy and iect, however, she was disappointed; for the old the Major, and I haena as muckle left as will mak cavalier was so deeply immersed in the duties of his my parritch; and if Duncan manage right, I'll gie own office, that he had scarce said a single word to him a tass o' whisky shall mak the blue low come Claverhouse, excepting upon military matters, and out at his mouth.” most probably would have been equally forgetful, had And what are we to eat oursells then, father;": the fate of his own son, instead of his friend's, lain in asked Jenny," when we hae sent awa the haill meal the balance.
in the ark and the girnel ?" Claverhouse now descended the bank on which the "We maun gar wheat-flour serve us for a blink," castle is founded, in order to put his troops again in said Niel, in a tone of resignation ; "it's no that ill motion, and Major Bellenden accompanied him to food, though far frae being sae hearty or kindly to a receive the detachment who were to be left in the Scotchman's stamach as the curney aitmeal s; the
Englishers live amaist upon't; but, to be sure, the "I shall leave Inglis with you,” said Claverhouse, pock-puddings ken nae better." "for, as I am situated, I cannot spare an officer of While the prudent and peaceful endeavoured, like rank'; it is all we can do, by our joint efforts, to keep Niel Blane, to make fair weather with both parties, the men together. But should any of our missing those who had more public (or party) spirit began to officers make their appearance, I authorize you to take arms on all sides. The royalists in the country detain them; for my fellows can with difficulty be were not numerous, but were respectable from their subjected to any other authority.”
fortune and influence, being chiefly landed proprietors His troops being now drawn up, he picked out six- of ancient descent, who, with their brothers, cousins, teen men by name, and committed them to the com- and dependants to the ninth generation, as well as mand of Corporal Inglis, whom he promoted to the their domestic servants, formed a sort of militia, rank of sergeant on the spot.
capable of defending their own peel-houses against "And bark ye gentlemen," was his concluding detached bodies of the insurgents, of resisting their harangue, "I leave you to defend the house of a lady, demand of supplies, and intercepting those which and under the command of her brother, Major Belwere sent to the presbyterian camp by others. The lenden, a faithful servant to the king. You are to news that the Tower of Tillietudlem was to be behave bravely, soberly, regularly, and obediently, defended against the insurgents, afforded great couand each of you shall be handsomely rewarded on my rage and support to these feudal volunteers, who conreturn to relieve the garrison. In case of mutiny, sidered it as a stronghold to which they might retreat, cowardice, neglect of duty, or the slightest excess in in case it should become impossible for them to mainthe family, the provost-marshal and cord-you know tain the desuļtory was they were now about to wage. I keep my word for good and evil."
On the other hand, the towns, the villages, the He touched his hat as he hade them farewell, and farm-houses, the properties of small heritors, sent shook hands cordially with Major Bellenden. forth numerous recruits to the presbyterian interest.
"Adieu," he said, my stout-hearted old friend! These men had been the principal sufferers during Good luck be with you, and better times to us both.” the oppression of the time. Their minds were fretted,
The horsemen whom he commanded had been soured, and driven to desperation, by the various once more reduced to tolerable order by the exertions exactions and cruelties to which they had been sub of Major Allan; and, though shorn of their splendour, jected ; and, although by no means united among and with their gilding all besmirched, made a much themselves, either concerning the purpose of his more regular and military appearance on leaving, for formidable insurrection, or the means by which that the second time, the tower of Tillietudlem, than purpose was to be obtained, most of them considered when they returned to it after their rout.
it as a door opened by Providence to obtain the Major Bellenden, now left to his own resources liberty of conscience of which they had been long sent out several videttes, both to obtain supplies of deprived, and to shake themselves free of a tyrano