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If, however, in spite of all my depic. his voice alone ringeth through the turing, you have not found yourself in hollow grassy court, or moss-green cloisthis grand predicament, e'en try a ramble ter; the loftiest parapet is but a throne after adventures with one who would full of pride to him ; and his glossy myrmifain make your acquaintance. Of course dons turn into a tilt-yard the largest you will excuse a little bald, disjointed chamber. By the way, if you have never chat, a tale of shreds and patches-other- read Vincent Bourne's Cornicula, pray wise I warn you, if you had rather avoid get at it directly; and having luxuriated discursiveness, avoid my discourse! in its felicitous elegance,-dash into Cow

Hailes Castle is a large gray pile, over- per's spirited but somewhat rough translooked by dark Dunpender Law; a lation—especially my two pet stanzas : grass-garlanded battlehouse, rising on Above the steeple shines a plate, the basaltic rocks that wall in the lazy That turns and turns, to indicate Tyne. It consists of the remains of

From what point blows the weather:

Look up! your brains begin to swim, buildings quite superior to the generality "T is in the clouds-that pleases him, of Scottish castles.

He chooses it the rather. A broad extensive fabric it is, studded He sees that this great roundaboutwith proud square towers, whose ruins The world with all its motley routshew what they have been :--the river

Church, army, physic, law:

Its customs and its businesses, flows at their very base, and a turret Are no concerns at all of his,with arched portal and stone steps, still And says—what says he?—Caw! descends to the blue stream, and forms a But hereby hangs my tale, which has as fair water tower. There is not much of much to do with jackdaws as jackdaws architectural beauty remaining about it; with Hailes Castle, or indeed (as you, my but it is striking, at first view, from the much enduring friend, will see) rather venerable group of various buildings more. which it displays, the picturesque It was about the close of the sixteenth thickets of ash, plane, and alder, inter- century, that a great hunting match, or spersed among the silvery foliage of the meeting, as it was termed, was held in willow shrubs that rustle on its banks,- the neighbourhood of the romantic town the wild desolation of the dull green hills of Hexham in Northumberland, around; and chiefly from the awful and It was to last for a week; and, as the sequestered air of utter solitude which

concourse was prodigious, not a few characterizes its site.

among the company were fain to take At this moment I behold the most advantage of every lone grange and magnificent sunblaze, overflooding the sequestered cottage where the barest shrubby ramparts and naked hills with possibility of shelter might chance to offer gold, while the heaven above mantles itself; since the neighbouring residences with autumn's purest and most placid of the noblemen, knights, and squires blue. Faith! but in England men had exhausted their chivalrous hospitality, would marvel how any one discovered even to that sacred appanage of the such a wilderness to build in ; still more mediæval castle and manor hall, the how its lords reached it when it was Haunted Room. built ; and most of all how, having once The evening was gradually deepening reached it, they ever found their way those gray lines in which ptember back again to the busy haunts of men. monotonously but sweetly arrays the

Zahara's sandy deserts would not be dusky town, green mead, and tinted wood. more desolate and lonesome!

Hasty but fitful gusts shook down a few Yet the jack-daw hath found it out, as yellow leaves from the great cluster of his pert sharp clicking cry proclaims; ancient sycamores and elms that encircled and see the roundel of yonder turret the stately tower of D, and swung top is ringed with them like so many their branches over its deep and heavy huge black beads. Well, I do honour parapets, till they intertwined in a dark the jack-daw for his taste.

You never

canopy of umbrage; and beneath this observe a tall and antique building, whe- rich screen, only resonant with the soft ther pontific or baronial, that this black- coo of the woodpigeon, the flippant cry lettered antiquary doth not select it for of the jack-daw, or the slow sonorous his domicile. He buildeth in the steeples, caw of the wearied rook returning from in the battlements, in the pinnacles, in his foray-lurked the Tower's pale form, the chimneys. Not more

like some awful Druid shunning eyes “ That guest of summer,

profane. The temple-haunting martlet, doth approve

It was an ancient, lonely house, that stood By his loved mansionary, that heaven's breath

Upon the borders of the spacious wood, Smells wooingly liere."

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Here towers and antique battlements arise, A low browed portal in the south tur-
And there in heaps the mould’ring ruin lies.
Some lord this mansion held in days of yore,

ret appeared to be the only entranceTo chase the wolf, and pierce the foaming

but ere our two hunters of the north boar.”

(for such they were) had reached it, he As the day declined, the sun broke, in who seemed the senior of the two shouted partial streaks of long slanting radiance, rather than said — behind the clouds that rolled along the

“ Well sped, my nimble Dorian! distant Cheviots ; and glanced in such blessings on thy fingers thou lither page! sudden and blinding glory on the portly Look yonder, Matt.!" to his fellow. walls of D— Tower, that every window

- That red banner, flaring away, speaks answered him at once with flames of as plain as ever a sign above a hostel harmless lustre. His calmer but not less porch, that there be drink for our splendid light swept over the pale green- drowth, as well as warmth for our wetsward of the meadows, and lovingly ting, up i'th' old baron's hall!” lingered on the swelling outline of aged

The Tower hall occupied the first woods, boldly relieved from whose dark story of the building; and at this hour green back ground, stood a large rick its mighty window was all coloured over recently piled, whose mellow hay poured with tranquil crimson firelight, gorgeincense to the evening air. But the ously contrasting the darkened mouldmagical radiance faded as suddenly as it ings and buttresses, from among which kindled; and from the insurgent clouds, it set forth its courteous invitation to a rolling round the chariot wheels of the refuge from the inhospitable night. departing luminary, large and heavy “Hostel, quotha !” replied the other ; drops heralded the tempest that soon

“ I would fain see the hostel that could came roaring and tumbling overhead. shew us such a solar on the finest day at “ And now," as Gay says in his tale, noon (be the gallery never so cheerful “And now the skies with gathering darkness

and the lattice never so gaily painted), lour,

as we shall find up yonder on this stormy The branches rustle with the threatened shower, night! Why, Master Gilbert! what With sudden blasts the forest murmurs loud, Indented ligbtnings cleave the sable cloud;

philtre hast given the lad, that he quits Thunder on thunder breaks; the tempest roars,

the cloth of gold mantles and silver tisAnd heaven discharges all its watery stores.” sue fardingales at Naworth, to cater for This storm with its battalions of clouds

two weatherbeaten yeomen?” had precipitated the transition from

“ Philtre? none from me, Matt! save evening to night, when two horsemen, some sneaking kindness it may be he mounted on powerful steeds, and whose holds towards me, since the night when I accoutrements bespoke them appertaining

took in the young cub and his dam, when to the more opulent class of yeomen, they were perishing of thirst and huncame clattering up the somewhat steep ger, like those the parson tells us of in ascent that leads from the shores of the the wilderness of Beersheba.” romantic water in that vicinity, to the

“ Even so! I have scarce seen him noble tower of D-.

since then'; and now 't is a gay slip of a This beautiful but simple structure youth, with a kinder heart too than presented, at the date of our story (that beats under every page's doublet.” is, about two hundred and fifty years ago)

“ That hath he! Why this very mornmuch the same appearance that it now ing my young Princox would not leave It was also as deserted then as

praying the Lady Howard (who so now; its lord being in exile, for some un

doases, she will scarce endure him from lucky part he had taken in the Romish her presence), till he had won permission rebellions of the Elizabethan reign.

to go with me during the hunting; and, Square and bulky, the variously pro

that gained, — lo ye! nothing would portioned turrets at each angle, breaking

serve his turn but he must go forward its embattled brow with their pierced and make ready our rere supper. Well, parapets of unequal heights, scarcely 't is a good youth.” redeemed the pile they decorated from a

Ay, and his goodness brings its own character of unwieldy heaviness; but reward; at any rate he hath well scaped the soft high bank of greensward from the drenching we have met. St. George! which its walls arose, and the dignified but ’t is a gallant blaze: oh happy men old grove in which it stood embosomed, be our dole, if the fare be equal to the made one forget everything but its en

fire !" tire grandeur.

A menial, warned by the clatter of the

steeds in the flagged court-yard, stood * Gay's Tales.

ready to receive the bridle reins of each


at the low Tower gate; and lightly and denoted the important change, Dorian jocundly the horsemen leapt from their hastened up to his sometime patron, emsaddles, and vanished under the arch- braced him with almost feminine fondway. As they tramped with iron heels ness, and relieved him in a trice of his up the stone staircase, the voice of the drenched flat cap and dripping outer garpage was heard huishing and hallooing, ment, which with the other hunter's wet as if to scare away some obnoxious ani. jerkin, &c. were carried off by a varlet mal. As soon as they reached the land- in the Howard livery, to be dried below. ing, on which the open door of the hall Master Gilbert received the attentions flung forth a mass of light, the hunters of the page with a sedate pleasure, that paused to ascertain the cause of the page's sate well on the broad but handsome excitement. The interior of the spacious features of middle age; and as the three apartment beamed with all that gladden- stood before the animating hearth, whose ing cheerfulness which, clothing every vaulted arch yawned in prodigality of object in one resplendent raiment of blaze, small thought had they on the light, makes the bare wall and the broken wainscot of the walls, or the smoky rafter as bright as the silken blackened beams of the roof, or the abtapestry and the painted ceiling; and, sence of blazoned shield and inlaid helin, investing desolation with those grand and gorgeous banneral, which wont to attributes of comfort-light and warmth- glitter to that flame in the Tower's more seems to mock the elaborate luxuries that prosperous days. On far other cares inconvert them into pomp and glare. tent, one duly turned the delicious col

Dorian, the page, a fine tall stripling lops, till their shrieks and sobs subsided of some sixteen years, his graceful limbs into a resigned simmer; another watched admirably set off by his close dress of the lovely white and yellow of the new black and scarlet, his eyes large and laid eggs as they consolidated in the pan, bright, his glossy hair faking over the which boasted too the streaked and warm tinge of his swarthy cheeks, and frothy slices of the flitch; while a third his laughing lips uttering shouts, like a heaped a great clumsy table with a brown trumpet with a silver sound, stood in the loaf, and Cheshire cheese, which might centre of the floor. Following the direc- have feasted the Anakim, and to which tion of his eye, and indeed the action of flagons of ale, and flasks of wine and his hand (for Dorian having in vain ex- brandy, stood in the capacity of sentiercised his lungs, was proceeding par voie nels. de fait), the two hunters discovered the The feast was high and full, with the object of all this hostility.

two huntsmen at least; the young Do. Perched on the massive transverse rian partook much more moderately, but beam, which more profuse of carving and even he was somewhat carried away by blazoned arms than its brethren, crossed the tide and time of hilarity. the centre of the vaulted roof, sate a “ How the rain swoofs against that great old jackdaw, looking unutterable window !” said Master Gilbert, with a wisdom, but as immoveable, amidst all deep respiration from the ale-draught the attacks of the page, as if he had been with which he had been lubricating his a family crest carved in wood, and set weary jaws. up there for an ornament, save that ever “ And hark !” rejoined Matt. Farrent, and anon the fire-light caught his black “ how the wind halloos down the chimbright eye as he put his head on one

ney, as if he had a mind to leap in and side with the greatest nonchalance, to make a fourth among us!" see what was coming next.

“ In sooth,” chimed in the page, “I Wearied with ineffectual attempts to do think he be wrath that we have molest the philosophical bird, page Do- brought in his brother element to roar rian stinted in his operations, and then, and bicker and blaze away, in chambers for the first time, aware of the presence where he himself hath so long lorded it of Master Gilbert Royson and his com- alone.” panion, away went the red cloth barrette Ay, likely, likely! The old bully which he was about to shy at the black hath had the run of the old Tower so intruder; the gridiron, spread with deli- long, that he forgets his place is on cate scollops of venison duly seasoned, the turret roofs, and among the elm tree and which in his momentary excitement tops, not in the kindly hall, or by the he had deposited on the tiled pavement basking hearth." of the hall, was snatched to the fire; and “ Well! let him fret and fume as h while bubbling and sputtering and hiss- may; he must blow the old Tow ing sounds, and steams of dainty savour, about our ears, ere he drive us from

glow of these logs, and the light of this

The raven loves the dreary moor,

And the white blasted tree, liquor!”

Where doll clouds sweep, and low winds weep, " Fair and softly, father Gilbert!" And the fern sighs dolefully : said young Dorian laughingly, as he He loves alone the gray old stone, marked the hearty hug the yeoman

With moss embroidered o'er; lavished on the wine flagon.

“ Have a

Beneath, the grass grows rank, and above

the irons clank thought that we are to spend to-morrow A skeletou once wore! night in the Tower, and beware lest the But, of every bird on moor or lea, wind come then and surprise you in your

The merry, the merry jackdaw for me, fortress. How would you like to be The burgher rook, sedate and sage, beleaguered with neither victuals nor

By town and village dwells,

And there erects-no hermitageammunition ?"

But streets and citadels. “ Nay!" said Master Farrent, “it O'er barn and grange his squadrons range, would then be blockade and storm at Old stately Homes he loves ;

Where'er builds he, prosperity once," — and he simpered at his own

Basks by protecting groves. wit.

But, of all the birds by land or sea, There's more grows where this was

The daw, the sable daw for me. gathered!" shouted Gilbert Royson ; The raven hates, the eagle scorns “but nevertheless, grammercy for thy

The social mart of men ;

And, if the grove or grange decays, caution, my lad of the coal-black eye,

The rook deserts them then. and that we may thrive upon it, let my But the brisk daw, with kindly caw, crony, Matt. Farrent, hear the voice Still constant you behold; that hath so often cheered our old Grange

He cares not he, how grim it be,

If the house be high and old ! in days agone; I warrant me age hath

And of all the birds I ever see, given it strength, like this mellow barley

The faithful, friendly daw for me. juice !”

His banner where the baron raised, " And marred 'its sweetness, too, if it Or priest the censer swung; ever had any," was Dorian's reply;

Where minstrel harps the champion praised,

Or funeral bells were rung; “besides, I am so hoarse with storming

"T is a regular law with the jucalar daw to scare that foul carrion crow, that

To put up his hostel there, seemed to mock our good meeting from

And he builds and dwells above bowers and the top beam of the hall yonder!"


Next to the sweet blue air. “ Nay! an' thou wilt chafe thyself for

And, of all the birds that builders be, a silly daw, Sir Dorian,--but look, lad !

The buoyant heartsome daw for me. he's flown, he hath abandoned the cita

For when the last sad day arrives del; and thou can't do no less than carol Of desolation's doom, for thy victory!”

Though all be gone, the daw survives

To animate the gloom. Dorian gazed up to the far away beam, No drear decay scares him away, over which the decaying fire had now Though knights and monks be sped, cast a partial shade, and saw that the Flits his black wing, bis brisk notes ring obnoxious bird had sailed away, in so

By the downfall’n and the dead !

O'then, of every bird, for glee lemn silence, at some period of their

The philosophic daw for me! inirthful repast.

Half ashamed of his boyish petulance, Many a lusty laugh, ringing again and he stroved to laugh it off by saying, again, through the high and echoing with a sarcastic glance at Royson

hall, hailed the conclusion of Dorian's “My lord's jester at Haworth hath a lay; and the night now waxing late, our lay of the jackdaw, so please you; and little merry company began to boune as my kind father inclines to honour them for their repose. that sage bird, I will task my brain to In spite of all the page's expostularemember it.”

tions, and even complaints, Master GilThe platters were pushed aside, the bert insisted that Dorian should occupy wine cup put in abeyance; and the page

the only room in which there was a bed, carolled blithely thus :

the adjuncts to which had been furnished

for the nonce, from a neighbouring The eagle glares imperious pride

grange: and he was warmly joined by From his dread aiery throne;

his friend Matt, in declaring their resoO'er wilds untamed, untenanted,

lution of passing the night by the fireHe kings it all alone;

side. His haughty eye commands the sky, And in the very sun,

Finding resistance vain, Dorian heapAffronts a flame that cannot tame

ed fresh logs upon the hearth, placed The glance it glows upon. But of every bid on tower or tree,

with a sly smile the flagons within their The daw, the jolly jackdaw for me. reach duly replenished, and then withdrew to the dignified but unwelcome fire !-- In short, both Lares and Penates solitude of the state chamber. It was a had abandoned their temple, and the place noble apartment, lined with boldly pan- was not only ugly but dangerous ! nelled wainscoting of black Irish oak, It must be owned, that when all this with three oriel windows, in whose pomp of melancholy met Dorian's eye, the lozenged panes the gorgeous colours of preparations he had made with such affecthe armorial blazonry were already dim tionate assiduity for Master Gilbert lost with dust and cobwebs. The arms of their value considerably in his opinion. England and France surmounted the Nor was it till he had doffed his weed and solemn and ponderous manteltree, and, buried himself to the eyes under the warm where the wainscot met the ceiling, a bed-clothes, that he could persuade himbroad oaken cornice of fruit baskets and self of the folly of those who prefer a flower garlands, whose festoons were chimney nook to a comfortable bed. linked by beautifully carved goatheads, When the eastern glow burst through stretched round the room.

the dusty colourings of the oriels,The bed was lofty, and displayed with Dorian bounded up suddenly from heavy reluctant ostentation curtains which had but disturbed slumbers, and the first obonce been crimson velvet, embroidered ject that saluted his dizzy eyes, was the with what had once been gold; but now, burly figure and ruddy countenance of whether the crimson was blacker than the Master Gilbert, bending over him with an gold, or the embroidery dingier than the expression of goodnatured concern which velvet, was difficult to decide.

plainly spoke how he repented his having The tester and pillars were of ebony, or forced a distinction so unenviable on his some such dark-grained wood, luxuriantly foster son. ornamented with carve work, on every “ Ha! my flower of pages ! if this was point and boss of which the ghastful dust the chamber of Dais thou toldest me of, told its own melancholy story.

thou owest me small thanks for resigning A large mattrass, and heaps of warm it to thee. And hast had no fire too?" coverlid, blankets, &c., spread over this looking at the sullen wedges of halfample couch, were the only things to ar- charred wood that lumbered lazily on rest for a moment the sinking cheerful. the hearth, presenting a most eloquent ness of its destined occupant.

emblem of inhospitality. Two large dusky pictures (the one “ See if we have not played the tyrant representing a knight in full armour, with this poor lad!" continued the kindly scowling right truculently through his yeoman to Matt. Farrent, who now enraised vizor; and the other some scene tered the room, "why he looks as if he in the Marian persecution), drooped had seen a spirit !" disconsolately along the dismantled walls Dorian leapt out of bed, and signing -to which the red smouldering fires to them, with a glance of consternation, curling round the bare limbs of the to be silent, besought them to tarry for martyr, and the triumphant air of vin- him till he had dressed himself. dictive malice marking the very prominent “ That will we!” said Royson, “and figure of a Dominican in the foreground saddle thy black Arabian for thee to of the latter picture, added an unnecessary boot, ere thou canst patter an Ave!” horror.

“ We have broken fast already,” said Other furniture there was none;„nor Farrent, “but thou wilt find enough on even an attempt at it, if we except the yonder board to chase these megrims from fresh-cut grass and fragrant herbs, which thy brain.” Dorian had gathered and strewn on * Or if that fail,” added Master Gilthe brick floor for the refreshment and bert, “a mouthful of the fresh morning delectation of his kind patron, for whom air, a gallop over the heathery hill side, his vain cares had prepared this sleeping and a glance at the gallant stag, among room. As for the fireplace, it might have ringing bridles, waving feathers, and roasted the dun cow, and stewed the scarlet cloaks, will soon breathe thy lungs, dragon of Wantley at the same time with quicken thy pulse, and make thy heart ease; but, as it was, a mouse would walk

as high as an emperor's !" through it unsinged; and the crickets! With these words the two hunters they would have turned up their noses at turned from the chamber, their heavy such an ungenial vault.

steps were heard descending the Tower “ Black it stood as night!”

stair, and ere long the trembling joyous What ailed the hearth? Dorian had him- whinny of their steeds testified to Dorian's self piled the wood and kindled the fire, ear their arrival at the stables. and there was the wood still, but not the The page hurriedly commenced dress

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