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"A bezant, Master Falconer!-By my faith, you | trim and his empty game-pouch, to be subjected to are no bold bodesman! nevertheless, double your the sneer of every passing rustic. The party of the offer, and I will consider it."

Lady Eveline felt all the degradation of such disap"If the hawks are well reclaimed,” said Raoul, pointment. "I will give you a bezant and a half; but I will see "A fair country this,” said the merchant, "where, them strike a heron ere I will be so rash as deal with on two miles of river, you cannot find one poor

heron!" "It is well," said the merchant, "and I had better "It is the clatter those d-d Flemings make with take your offer than be longer cumbered with them; their water-mills and fulling-mills,” said Raoul ;for were I to carry them into Wal I might get paid they destroy good sport and good company wherever in a worse fashion by some of their long knives.- they come. But were my lady willing to ride a mile Will you 10 horse presently?".

or so farther to the Red Pool, I could show you a long"Assuredly," said Raoul; "and, though March be shanked fellow who would make your hawks cancele the filter month for hawking at the heron, yet I will till their brains were giddy." show you one of these frogpeckers for the trouble of "The Red Pool!" said Rose; "thou knowest it is riding the matter of a mile by the water-side." more than three miles beyond the bridge, and lies up

"Content, Sir Falconer," said the inerchant. “But towards the hills." are we 10 go alone, or is there no lord or lady in the Ay, ay,' said Raoul, "another Flemish freak to castle who would take pleasure to see a piece of game spoil pastime! They are not so scarce on the Marches gallantly struck ? I am not afraid to show these these Flemish wenches, that they should fear being hawks to a countess.

hawked at by Welsh haggards” "My lady used to love the sport well enough," “Raoul is right, Rose," answered Eveline; "it is said Raoul; " but I wol not why, she is moped and absurd to be cooped up like birds in a cage, when all mazed ever since her father's death, and lives in her around us has been so uniformly quiet. I am deterfair castle like a nun in a cloister, without disport or mined to break out of bounds for once, and see sport revelry of any kind. - Nevertheless, Gillian, thou canst in our old fashion, without being surrounded with do sornething with her-good now, do a kind deed for armed men like prisoners of state. We will merrily once, and move her to come out and look on this to the Red Pool, wench, and kill heron like free morning's sport-The poor heart hath seen no pas- maids of the Marches." time this summer."

Let ine but tell my father, at least, to mount and "That I will do,”, quoth Gillian; "and, moreover, follow us,” said Rose-for they were now near the I will show her such a new riding-tire for the head, re-established manufacturing houses of the stout that no woman born could ever look at without the Fleming. wish to toss it a little in the wind.".

"I care not if thou dost, Rose," said Eveline; "yet As Gillian spoke, it appeared to her jealous-pated credit me, girl, we will be at the Red Pool, and thus husband that he surprised a glance of more intelli- far on our way home again, ere thy father has donned gence exchanged betwixt her and the trader than brief his best doublet, girded on his two handed sword, acquaintance seemed to warrant, even when allow. and accoutred his strong Flanderkin clephant of a ance was made for the extreme frankness of Dame horse, which he judiciously names Sloth-nay, frown Gillian's disposition. He thought also, chat, on look- not-and lose not, in justifying thy father, the time ing more closely at the merchant, his lineaments were that may be better spent in calling him out." not totally unknown to hiin; and proceeded to say to Rose rode tu the mills accordingly, when Wilkin him dryly, "We have met before, friend, but I cannot Flammock, at the command of his liege misuess, call to remembrance where."

readily hastened to get his steel cap and habergeon, "Like enough," said the merchant; "I have used and ordered half-a-dozen of his kinsmen and servants this country often, and may have taken money of to get on horseback. Rose remained with him, to urge you in the way of irade. If I were in fitting place, I him to more despatch than his methodical disposition would gladly bestow a pottle of wine to our betier rendered naturalio him; bulin spite of all her efforts acquaintance."

to stiinulate him, the Lady Eveline had passed the Not so fast, friend,” said the old huntsman; "ere bridge more than half an hour ere her escort was I drink to better acquaintance with any one, I must prepared to follow her. be well pleased with what I already know of him. Mean while, apprehensive of no evil, and riding We will see thy hawks Aly, and if their breeding match gayly on, with the sensation of one escaped from thy bragging, we may perhaps crush a cup together.-- či ntinennent, Eveline moved forward on her lively And here come grooms and equerries, in faith-my jennet, as light as a lark; the plumes with which lady has consented to come forth.”

I ame Gillian had decked her riding-bonnet darcng The opportunity of seeing this rural pastime had in the wind, and her attendants galloping behind ter, offered itself to Eveline, at a time when the delightful with dogs, pouches, lines, and all o!her appurtenances brilliancy of the day, the temperance of the air, and of the royal sport of hawking. After passing the the joyous work of harvest, proceeding in every direc- river, the wild greensward path which they pursued tion around, made the teinptation to exercise almost began to wind upward among small eminences, irresistible.

sometimes bare and craggy, sometimes overgrown As they proposed to go no farther than the side of with hazel, sloe-thorn, and other dwarf shrubs and the neighbouring river, near the fatal bridge, over at length suddenly descending, brought them to the which a small guard of infantry was constantly main- verge of a mountain rivulet, that, like a lamb at play, tained, Eveline dispensed with any farther escort, and, leapt merrily from rock to rock, scemingly uncertain contrary to the custom of the castle, look no one in which way to run. her train save Rose and Gillian, and one or two scrv- "This little stream was always my favourite, ants, who led spaniels, or carried appurtenances of Dame Gillian," said Eveline, "and now mcthinks it the chase. Raou!, the merchant, and an equerry, leaps the lighter that it sees me again." attended her of course, each holding a hawk on his Ah! lady," said Dame Gillian, whose turn for wrist, and anxiously adjusting the inode in which they conversation never extended in such cases beyond a should throw them oti, so as best to ascertain the ex- few phrases of gross flattery, "many a fair knight tent of their powers and training.

would leap shoulder-heighi for leave to look on you When these important points had been adjusted, as free as the brook may! more especially now that the party rode down the river, carefully looking on you have donned that riding-cap, which, in esquisite every side for the object of their game; but no heron delicacy of invention, methinks is a bowshot before ryas seen stalking on the usual haunts of the bird, al- aughi that I ever invented-What thinkest thou, though there was a heronry at no great distance. Raoul ?"

Feiy disappointments of a small nature are more "I think," answered her well-natured helpmate, teasing than that of a sportsman, who, having set "that women's tongues were contrived to drive all out with all means and appliances for destruction the game out of the country.-Here we come near of game, finds that there is none to be met with; to the spot where we hope to speed, or nowhere; because he conceives himself, with his full shooting / wherefore, pray, iny sweet lady, be silent yourself

and keep your followers as much so as their natures delight of the spectators, the contest was continued will permit, while we steal along the bank of the until all three were well nigh mingled with the fleecy pool, under the wind, with the hawks' hoods cast clouds, from which was occasionally heard the harsh loose, all ready for a flight.”

and plaintive cry of the quarry, appealing as it were As he spoke, they advanced about a hundred yards to the heaven which he was approaching, against up the brawling siream, until the little vale through the wanton cruelty of those by whom he was perwhich it flowed, making a very sudden turn to one secuted. side, showed them the Red Pool, the superfluous At length one of the falcons had reached a pitch water of which formed the rivulet itself.

from which she ventured to stoop at the heron; but This mountain-lake, or tarn, as it is called in some so judiciously did the quarry maintain his defence, as countries, was a deep basin of about a mile in cir- to receive on his beak thé stroke which the falcon, cumference, but rather oblong than circular. On the shooting down at full descent, had made against his side next to our falconers arose a ridge of rock, of right wing; so that one of his enemies, spiked through a dark red hue, giving name to the pool, which, re- the body by his own weight, fell Auttering into the fecting this massive and dusky barrier, appeared lake, very near the land, on the side farthest from the to partake of its colour. On the opposite side was a falconers, and perished there. heathy hill, whose autumnal bloom had not yet "There goes a gallant falcon to the fishes," said faded from purple to russet ; its surface was varied Raoul. "Merchant, thy cake is dough." by the dark green furze and the fern, and in many Even as he spoke, however, the remaining bird had places gray cliffs, or loose stones of the sanie colour, avenged the fate of her sister; for the success which formed a contrast to the ruddy precipice to which the heron met with on one side, did not prevent his they lay opposed. A natural road of beautiful sand being, assailed on the other wing; and the falcon was formed by a beach, which, extending all the stooping boldly, and grappling with, or, as it is called way around the lake, separated its waters from the in falconry, binding his prey, both came tumbling precipitous rock on the one hand, and on the other down together, from a great height in the air. It from the steep and broken hill; and being nowhere was then no small object on the part of the falconers less than five or six yards in breadth, and in most to come in as soon as possible, lest the falcon should places greatly more, offered around its wliole circuit receive hurt from the beak or talons of the heron: a templing opportunity to the rider, who desired to and the whole party, the men setting spurs

, and the exercise and breathe the horse on which he was females switching their palfreys, went off like the mounted. The verge of the pool on the rocky side wind, sweeping along the fair and smooth beach was here and there strewed with fragments of large betwixt the rock and the water. size, detached from the precipice above, but not in Lady Eveline, far better mounted than any of her such quantity as to encumber this pleasant horse, train, her spirits elated by the sport, and by the speed course. Many of these rocky masses having passed at which she moved, was much sooner than any of the margin of the water in their fall, lay immersed her attendants at the spot where the falcon and heron, there like small islets; and, placed amongst a little still engaged in their mortal struggle, lay fighting archipelago, the quick eye of Raoul detected the upon the moss; the wing of the latter having been heron which they were in search of.

broken by the stoop, of ihe former. The duty of a A inoment's consultation was held to consider in falconer in such a crisis was to rush in and assist the what manner they should approach the sad and hawk, by thrusting the heron's bill into the earth, solitary bird, which, unconscious that itself was the and breaking his legs, and thus permitting the falcon object of a formidable ambuscade, stood motionless on to despatch him on easy terms. a stone, by the brink of the lake, watching for such Neither would the sex nor quality of the Lady Evesmall fish or water-reptiles as might chance to pass line have excused her becoming second to the falcon by its lonely station. A brief debate took place in this cruel manner; but, just as she had dismounted betwixt Raoul and the hawk-merchant on the best for that purpose, she was surprised to find herseli mode of starting the quarry, so as to allow Lady seized on by a wild form, who exclaimed in Welsh, Eveline and her attendants the most perfect view of that he seized her as a yaif, for hawking on the the flight. The facility of killing the heron at the demesnes of Dawfyd with the one eye. At the far jettee or at the jettee ferré-that is, upon the same time many other Welshmen, to the number of hither or farther side of the pool-was anxiously de- more than a score, showed themselves from behind bated in language of breathless importance as if some crags and bushes, all armed at point with the axeş great and perilous enterprise was about to be executed. called Welsh hooks, long knives, darts, and bows and

At length the arrangements were fixed, and the arrows. party began to advance towards the aquatic hermit, Eveline screamed to her attendants for assistance, who, by this time aware of their approach, drew and at the same time made use of what Welsh phrashimself up to his full height, erected his long lean es she possessed, to move the fears or excite the neck, spread his broad fan-like wings, uttered his compassion of the outlawed mountaineers; for she usual clanging cry, and, projecting his length of thin doubted not that she had fallen under the power of legs far behind hím, rose upon the gentle breeze. It such a party., When she found her requests were was then, with a loud whoop of encouragement, unheeded, and she perceived it was their purpose to that the merchant threw off the noble hawk he bore, detain her prisoner, she disdained to use farther enhaving first unhooded her to give her a view of her treaties; but demanded at their peril that they should quarry.

treat her with respect, promising in that case that she Eager as a frigate in chase of some rich galleon would pay them a large ransom, and threatening darted the falcon towards the enemy, which she had them with the vengeance of the Lords Marchers, and been taught to pursue, while preparing for defence, if he particularly of Sir Damian de Lacy, if they ventured should be unable to escape by flight, the heron exerted to use her otherwise. all his powers of speed to escape from an enemy so The men seemed to understand her, and although formidable. Plying his almost unequalled strength they proceeded to tie a bandage over her eyes, and of wing, he ascended high and higher in the air, by to bind her arms with her own veil, yet they observed short gyrations, that the hawk might gain no van: in these acts of violence a certain delicacy and at{age ground for pouncing at him ; while his spiked tention both to her feelings and her safety, which led beak, at the extremity of so long a neck as enabled her to hope that her request had bad some effect on him to strike an object at a yard's

distance in every them. They secured her to the saddle of her palfrey, direction, possessed for any less spirited assailant all and led her away with them through the recessesof the the terrors of a Moorish javelin.

hills; while she had the additional distress to hear Another hawk was

now thrown off, and encou- behind her the noise of a conflict, occasioned by the raged by the halloos of the falconer to join her com- fruitless efforts of her retinue to procure her rescue. panion. Both kept mounting, or scaling the air, as Astonishment had at first seized the hawking party, it were, by a succession of small circles, endeavour-when they saw from some distance their sport inter; ing to gain that superior height which the heron on rupted by a violent assault on their mistress. Old his part was bent to preserve; and to the exquisite Raoul valiantly put spurs to his horse, and calling on

Alas! a maiden inost forlorn!

and age.

the rest to follow him to the rescue, rode furiously At this moment there was a balt, and a confused towards the banditti; but, having no other arms save murmur arose amongst those around her, who had a hawking-pole and short sword, he and those who hitherto been silent, unless when muttering to each followed him in his meritorious but ineffectual at- other in Welsh, and as briefly as possible, directions tempt were easily foiled, and Raoul and one or two which way to hold, or encouragement to use haste. of the foremost severely beaten; the banditti exercis- These murmurs ceased, and there was a pause of ing upon them their own poles till they were broken several minutes; at length Eveline again heard the to splinters, but generously abstaining from the use voice which formerly addressed her, giving directions of more dangerous weapons. The rest of the reti- which she could not understand. He then spoke to nue, completely discouraged, dispersed to give the herself. "You will presently see,” he said, " whether alarm, and the merchant and Dame Gillian remained I have spoken truly, when I said 'I scorned the ties by by the lake, filling the air with shrieks of useless which you are fettered. But you are at once the cause fear and sorrow. The outlaws, mean while, draw- of strife and the reward of victory-your safety must ing together in a body, shot a few arrows at the fu, be cared for as time will admit; and, strange as the gitives, but more to alarm than to injure them, and mode of protection is to which we are to commit inen marched off, as if to cover their companions you, I trust the victor in the approaching struggle who had gone before with the Lady Eveline in their will find you uninjured.” custody.

Do not, for the sake of the Blessed Virgin, let there be strise and bloodshed !" said Eveline; - ra

ther unbind my eyes, and let me speak to those wbuse CHAPTER XXIV.

approach you dread. If friends, as it would seem to Four ruffians seized me yester morn

me, I will be the means of peace between you."

"I despise peace," replied the speaker. "I have They choked my cries with wicked might,

not underlaken a resolute and daring adventure to And bound mo on a palfrey white.-COLERIDGE.

resign it as a child doth his plaything, at the first Such adventures as are now only recorded in frown of fortune. Please to alight, noble lady; or works of mere fiction, were not uncommon in the rather be not offended that I thus lift,

you from the feudal ages, when might was so universally superior seat, and place you on the greensward." to righ!; and it followed that those whose condition As he spoke, Eveline felt herself lifted from her exposed them to frequent violence, were more prompt palfrey, and placed carefully and safely on the ground in repelling, and more patient in enduring it, than in a sitting posture., A moment after, the same pe could otherwise have been expected from their sex remptory valet who had aided her to dismouni, dis

robed her of her cap, the masterpiece of Dame Gillian, The Lady Eveline felt that she was a prisoner, nor and of her upper mantle. “I must yet further require was she devoid of fears concerning the purpose of you," said the bandit leader, "to creep on hands and this assault; but she suffered neither her alarm, nor knees into this parrow aperture. Believe me, I regret the violence with which she was hurried along, to the nature of the singular fortification to which I deprive her of the power of observing and reflecting commit your person for safety;" From the noise of hoofs which now increased around, Eveline crept forwards as directed, conceiving reshe concluded that the greater part of the ruffians by sistance to be of no avail, and thinking that compliwhom she had been seized had betaken themselves ance with the request of one who spoke like a person to their horses. This she knew was consonant to of consequence, might find her protection against the the practice of the Welsh marauders, who, although unbridled fury of the Welsh, to whom she was obthe small size and slightness of their nagş made noxious, as being the cause of Gwenwyn's death, them totally unfit for service in battle, availed them and the defeat of the Britons under the walls of the selves of their activity and sureness of foot to trans-Garde Doloureuse. port them with the necessary celerity to and from She crept then forwards through a narrow and the scenes of their rapine; ensuring thus a rapid and damp passage, built on either side with rough stones, unperceived approach, and a secure and speedy re- and so low that she could not have entered it in any treat. These animals traversed without difficulty, other posture. When she had proceeded about two and beneath the load of a heavy soldier, the wild or three yards, the passage opened into a concavity mountain-paths by which the country was inter- or apartment, high enough to permit her to sit at her sected, and in one of which Lady Eveline Berenger ease, and of irregular, but narrow, dimensions. At concluded she was now engaged, from the manner the same time she became sensible, from the noise in which her own palfrey, supported by a man on which she heard behind her, that the ruffians were foot at either rein, seemned now to labour up some stopping up the passage by which she had been thus precipice, and anon to descend with still greater risk introduced into the bowels of the earth. She could on the other side.

distinctly hear the clattering of stone with which At one of those moments, a voice which she had they closed the entrance, and she became sensble not yet distinguished addressed her in the Anglo- that the current of fresh air, which had rushed thro' Norman language, and asked, with apparent inte- the opening, was gradually failing, and that the atrest, if she sat safely on her saddle, offering at the mosphere of the subterranean apartment became ye: same time to have her accoutrements altered at her more damp, earthy, and oppressive, than at first. pleasure and convenience.

At this moment came a distant sound from with"Insult not my condition with the mention of out, in which Eveline thought she could distinguish safety," said Eveline; "you may well believe that I cries, blows, the trampling of horse, the oaths, shouts, hold my safety altogether irreconcilable with these and screams of the combatants, but all deadened by deeds of violence. If I or my vassals have done in the rude walls of her prison, into a confused hollow jury to any of the Cymry,* let me know, and it shall murmur, conveying such intelligence to her ears as be amended-If it is ransom which you desire, name we may suppose the dead to hear from the world they the sum, and I will send an order to treat for it; but have quitted. detain me not prisoner, for that can but injure me, Influenced by desperation, under circumstances so and will avail you nothing."

dreadful, Eveline struggled for liberty with such "The Lady Eveline," answered the voice, still in a frantic energy, that she partly effected her purpose tone of courtesy inconsistent with the violence which by forcing her arms from the bonds which confined she sustained, will speedily find that our actions them. But this only convinced her of the impossiare more rough than our purposes."

bility to escape; for, rending off the veil which wrap! "If you know who I am," said Eveline, "you can- her head, she found herself in total darkness, and not doubt that this atrocity will be avenged-you Ainging her arms hastily around her, she discovered must know by whose banner my lands are at present she was cooped up in a subterranean cavern, of prutected."

very narrow dimensions. Her hands, which groped "Under De Lacy's," answered the voice, with a tone around, encountered only pieces of decayed metal, of indifference. Be it so-falcons fear not falcons." and a substance which, at another moment, woald • Cymbri, or Welsh.

have made her shudder being, in truth, the mouldering bones of the dead. At present, not even this cir- existence to a living person—"no spirit, but a most cumstance could add to her fears, immured as she unhappy maiden, Eveline Berenger by name, immured seemed to be, to perish by a strange and subterranean beneath this dark vault, and in danger to perish hordeath, while her friends and deliverers were probably ribly, unless God send me rescue!" within a few yards of her. She flung her arms wildly Eveline Berenger !" exclaimed he whom she adaround in search of some avenue of escape, but every dressed, in the accents of wonder. "It is impossible! effort she made for liberating herself from the ponder- 1- I watched her green mantle-I watched her plumy ous circumvallation, was as ineflectual as if directed bonnet as I saw her hurried from the field, and felt against the dome of a cathedral.

my own inability to follow to the rescue; nor did The noise by which her ears were at first assailed force or exertion altogether leave me till the waving increased rapidly, and at one moment it seemed as if of the robe and the dancing of the feathers were lost the covering of the vault under which she lay sounded to my eyes, and all hope of rescuing her abandoned repeatedly to blows, or the shock of substances which

my heart.' had fallen, or been thrown, against it. It was impos- Faithful vassal, or right true friend, or courteous sible that a human brain could have withstood these stranger, whichsoever I may name thee," answered terrors, operating upon it so immediately; but happily Eveline, "know thou hast been abused by the artithis extremity lasted not long. Sounds, more hol- fices of these Welsh bandiiti--the mantle and headlow, and dying away in distance, argued that one or gear of Eveline Berenger they have indeed with them, other of the parties had retreated ; and at length all and may have used them to mislead those true friends, was silent.

who, like thee, are anxious for my fate. Wherefore, Eveline was now left to the undisturbed contem- brave sir, devise sojne succour, if ihou canst, for thyplation of her own disastrous situation. The fight self and me; since I dread that these ruffians, when was over, and, as circumstances led her to infer, her they shall have escaped immediate pursuit, will return own friends were conquerors; for otherwise the vic- hither, like the robber to the hoard where he has detor would have relieved her from her place of confine- posited his stolen booty." inent, and carried her away captive with him, as his Now, the Holy Virgin be praised," said the words had menaced. But what could the success of wounded man, “that I can spend the last breath of ner faithful friends and followers avail Eveline, who, my life in thy just and honourable service! I would pent up under a place of concealment which, what not before blow my bugle, lest I recalled from the purever was its character, must have escaped their ob- suit to the aid of my worthless self some of those servation, was left on the field of battle, to become who might be effectually engaged in thy rescue; may again the prize of the enemy, should their band ven- Heaven grant that the recall may now be heard ; that ture to return, or die in darkness and privation, a my eyes may yet see the Lady Eveline in safety and death as horrid as ever tyrant invented, or martyr liberty!" underwent, and which the unfortunate young lady The words, though spoken in a feeble tone, breathed could not even bear to think of without a prayer that a spirit of enthusiasm, and were followed by the blast her agony might at least be shortened.

of a horn, faintly winded, to which no answer was In this hour of dread she recollected the poniard made save the echoing of the dell. A sharper and which she wore, and the dark thought crossed her louder blast was then sent forth, but sunk so sudmind, that, when life became hopeless, a speedy death denly, that it seemed the breath of him who sounded was at least within her reach. As her soul shud- the instrument had failed in the effort.--A strange dered at so dreadful an alternative, the question sud- thought crossed Eveline's mind even in that moment denly occurred, might not this weapon be put to a of uncertainty and terror. “That,” she said, "was more ballowed use, and aid her emancipation, instead the note of a De Lacy-surely you cannot be my genof abridging her sufferings ?

ile kinsman, Sir Damian!" This hope once adopted, the daughter of Raymond "I am that unhappy wretch, deserving of death Berenger hastened to prove the experiment, and by for the evil care which I have taken of the treasure repeated efforts succeeded, though with difficulty, in intrusted to me. -What was my business to trust to changing her posture, so as to admit of her inspecting reports and messengers? I should have worshipped her place of confinement all around, but particularly the saint who was committed to my keeping, with the passage by which she had entered, and by which such vigilance as avarice bestows on the dross which she now attempted again to return to the light of day. he calls treasure-I should have rested nowhere, save She crept to the extremily, and found it, as she ex- at your gate; outwatched the brightest stars in the pected, strongly blocked up with large stones and horizon; unseen and unknown myself, I should earth, rammed together in such a manner as nearly never have parted from your neighbourhood; then to extinguish all hope of escape. The work, however, had you not been in the present danger, and much had been hastily performed, and life and liberty were less important consequence-thou, Damian de Lacy, prizes to stimulaie exertion. With her poniard she had not filled the grave of a forsworn and negligent cleared away the earth and sods--with her hands, caitiff!" little accustomed to such labour, she removed several "Alas! noble Damian,” said Eveline, break not stones, and advanced in her task so far as to obtain my heart by blaming yourself for an imprudence a glimmering of light, and what was scarce less pre- which is altogether my own. Thy succour was ever cious, a supply of purer air. But, at the same time, near when I intimated the least want of it; and it she had the inisfortune to ascertain, that, from the imbitters my own misfortune to know that my rashsize and massiveness of a huge stone which closed ness has been the cause of your disaster. Answer the extremity of the passage, there was no hope that me, gentle kinsman, and give me to hope that the her unassisted strength could effect her extrication. wounds you have suffered are such as may be cured, Yet her condition was improved by the admission of - Alas! how much of your blood have I seen spilled, air and light, as well as by the opportunity afforded and what a fate is mine, that I should ever bring disof calling out for assistance.

tress on all for whom I would most willingly sacriSuch cries, indeed, were for some time uttered in fice my own happiness !-But do not let us imbitter vain-the field had probably been left to the dead and the moments given us in mercy, by fruitless repinings the dying; for low and indistinct groans were the - Try what you can to stop thine ebbing blood, which only answer which she received for several minutes. is so dear to England-to Eveline--and to thine At length, as she repeated her exclamation, a voice, uncle!"! faint as that of one just awakened from a swoon, Damian groaned as she spoke, and was silent ; pronounced these words in answer ; -- Edris of the while, maddened with the idea that he might be perEarthen House, dost thou call from thy tomb to the ishing for want of aid, Eveline repeated her efforts to wretch who just hastens to his own?- Are the bounda. extricate herself for her kinsman's assistance, as well ries broken down which connect me with the living? as her own. It was all in vain, and she had ceased

-And do I already hear, with fleshly ears, the faint the attempt in despair; and passing from one hideous and screaming accents of the dead ?"

subject of terror to another, she sat listening with It is no spirit who speaks,” replied Eyeline, over- sharpened ear, for the dying groan of Damian, when joyed at finding she could at least communicate her -feeling of ecstasy!--the ground was shaken with horses' feet advancing rapidly. Yet this joyful sound, i was a wild and singular spot, being a small level if decisive of life, did not assure her of liberty-It plain, forming a sort of stage, or resting-place, be. might be the banditti of the mountains returning to tween two very rough paths, one of which winded seek their captive, Even then they would surely up the rivulet from below, and another continued the allow her leave to look upon and bind up the wounds ascent above. Being surrounded by hills and woods, of Damian de Lacy; for to keep him as a captive it was a celebrated spot for finding game, and, in for: might vantage them more in many degrees, ihan mer days, a Welsh prince, renowned for his universal could his death. A horseman came up-Eveline hospitality, his love of crw and of the chase. bad invoked his assistance, and the first word she heard erected a forest-lodge, where he used to feast his was an exclamation in Flemish from the faithful Wil friends and followers with a profusion unexamplat kin Flammock, which nothing save some spectacle in Cambria. of the most unusual kind was ever known to compel The fancy of the bards, always captivated with from that phlegmatic person.

magnificence, and having no objections to the pecuHis presence, indeed, was particularly useful on liar species of profusion practised by this potestate, this occasion; for, being informed by the Lady Eve- gave him the surname of Edris of the Gobleis; and line in what condition she was placed, and implored celebrated him in their odes in terms as high as those at the same time to look to the situation of Sir Da which exalt the heroes of the famous Hirlas Horn. mian de Lacy, he began, with admirable composure The subject of their praises, however, fell final, a and some skill, to stop the wounds of the one, while victim to his propensities, having been stabbed to ibe his attendants collected levers, left by the Welsh as heart in one of those scenes of confusion and drunkeathey retreated, and were soon ready to attempt the ness which were frequently the conclusion of his ro liberation of Eveline. With much caution, and under nowned banquets. Shocked at this catastrophe the the experienced direction of Flammock, the stone assembled Britons interred the relics of the Prince was at length so much raised, that the Lady Eveline on the place where he had died, within the narrow was visible, to the delight of all, and especially of the vault where Eveline had been confined, and having faithful Rose, who, regardless of the risk of personal barricaded ine entrance of the sepulchre with fraz harm, fluttered around her mistress's place of con- ments of rock, heaped over it an immense cairn, or finement, like a bird robbed of her nestlings around pile of stones, on the summit of which they put the the cage in which the truant urchin has imprisoned assassin to death. Superstition guarded the spoti them. Precaution was necessary to remove the and for many a year this memorial of Edris remained stone, lest falling inwards it might do the lady injury. unviolated, although the lodge had gone to ruin, and

At length the rocky fragment was so much dis-its vestiges had totally decayed. placed that she could issue forth ; while her people, In laiter years, some prowling band of Welsh robas in hatred of the coercion which she had sustained, bers had discovered the secret entrance, and opened ceased not to heave, with bar and lever, till, totally it with the view of ransacking the tomb for arms and destroying the balance of the heavy mass, it turned treasures, which were in ancient times often buried over from the little flat on which it had been placed with the dead. These marauders were disappointed, at the mouth of the subterranean entrance, and, and obtained nothing by the violation of the grase o acquiring force as it revolved down a steep declivity, Edris, excepting the knowledge of a secrei place, was at length put into rapid motion, and rolled, which might be used for depositing their booty, or crashed, and thundered, down the hill, amid flashes even as a place of retreat for one of their number in of fire which it forced from the rocks, and clouds of a case of emergency. smoke and dust, until it alighted in the channel of When the followers of Damian, five or six in numa brook, where it broke into several massive frag- ber, explained their part of the history of the day to ments, with a noise that might have been heard some Wilkin Flammock, it appeared that Damian had miles off.

ordered them to horse at break of day, with a more With garments rent and soiled through the vio-considerable body, to act, as they understood, against lence she had 'sustained ; with dishevelled hair, and a party of insurgent peasants, when of a sudden be disordered dress;

faint from the stifling effect of her had altered his mind, and, dividing his force into confinement, and exhausted by the efforts she had small bands, employed himself and them in revonmade to relieve herself, Eveline did not, nevertheless, noitring inore than one mountain-pass betwixt Wales waste a single minute in considering her own condi- and the Marches of the English country, in the tion; but with the eagerness of a sister hastening neighbourhood of the Garde Doloureuse. to the assistance of an only brother, betook hersell 10 This was an occupation so ordinary for him, that it examine the several severe wounds of Damian de excited no particular notice. These manæuvres were Lacy, and to use proper means to stanch the blood frequently undertaken by the warlike marchers, for and recall him from his swoon. We have said else- the purpose of intimidating the Welsh in general, where, that, like other ladies of the time, Eveline more especially the bands of outlaws, who, inde was not altogether unacquainted with the surgical pendent of any regular government, infested those arkand she now displayed a greater share of know-wild frontiers.' Yet it escaped not comment, thai, ledge than she had been thought capable of exerting. in undertaking such service at this moment, Damian There was prudence, foresight, and tenderness, in seemed to abandon that of dispersing the insurgents, every direction which she gave, and the softness of which had been considered as the chief object of the the female sex; with their officious humanity, ever day. ready to assist in alleviating human misery, seemed It was about noon, when, falling in, as good forin her enhanced, and rendered dignified, by the saga tune would have it, with one of the fugitive grooms, city of a strong and powerful understanding. After Damian and his immediate attendants received inhearing with wonder for a minute or two the prudent formation of the violence committed on the Lady and ready-witted directions of her mistress, Rose Eveline, and, by their perfect knowledge of the counseemed at once to recollect that the patient should try, were able to intercept the ruffians at the Pass of not be left to the exclusive care of the Lady Eveline, Edris, as it was called, by which the Welsh rovers ordiand joining, therefore, in the task, she rendered what narily returned to their strongholds in the interior. It is assistance she could, while the attendants were em- probable that the banditti were not aware of the small ployed in forining á litter, on which the wounded force which Damian headed in person, and at the knight was to be conveyed to the castle of the Garde same time knew that there would be an immediate Doloureuse.

and hot pursuit in their rear; and these circumstances led their leader to adopt the singular expedient o

hiding Eveline in the tomb, while one of their own CHAPTER XXV.

number, dressed in her clothes, might serve as a deA merry place, 'tis said, in days of yore ;

coy to deceive their assailants, and lead them from But something ails it now-the place is cursed. the spot where she was really concealed, to which it

The place on which the skirmish had occurred, and when they had eluded their pursuers.

was no doubt the purpose of the bandiiti to return, the deliverance of the Lady Eveline had been effected, Accordingly, the robbers had already drawn up be

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