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ing—but paused abruptly in the midst, Ay, but I have heard Father Hubert and with a deep sigh, and an expression say, that dreams are sometimes warnings. as much of dejection as weariness, he sank At all events the warning shall be given; down on the foot of the bed.
and it shall go hard with me, Messieurs There needed not indeed a restless Grim;" here the page bowed with ironinight, or dismal dreams, to enhance the cal reverence to the two pictures, “it disconsolate and depressing aspect of the shall go hard but if you are to have visitapartment.
ing acquaintance, you shall have it to The orient sunflame flooding in at yourselves for this night at least!” every point, through the wide projecting Thus saying, the page hastened out baywindows that boldly courted his ap- of doors, and, having made his morning proach, resembled a guest, who, invited ablutions in the cold sparkling brook, to some high solemnity, comes in mag- that curled below the Tower bank, nificent apparel, and finds himself at a Making sweet music with the enafuneral. Nothing did he smile upon melled stones, he offered his brief orisons that did not scowl in return;—nothing on its flowery margent, while the melohe caressed that did not loathe his lustrous dious lowing of the full uddered cows, touch.
and the cheerful clarion of the sultan The gallant oriels, which had been chanticleer mingled their strains with his built in his honour, triumphal arches as devotions." it were for his morning march, now Soon then, were the glossy black curls seemed ashamed of his approach. The shaken into “ most admired disorder," heraldic panes that once flashed exulting soon was the scarlet barrette tossed upon in his rays, looked obstinately dull: and them with artful carelessness ; a single in short, as penetrating through their moment he stopped at the gateway to various colours, he advanced on the caress his Belphebe, as he called the floor and walls,—the tattered arras, the little Arabian, whose bridle Master Gilswarthy pictures, the tarnished wainscot, bert (already mounted) held ready, and the layers of dust and masses of cobwebs who betrayed all the pretty pride and that hung on every ornament, as if spite- impatience of her sex. fully to blacken what they could not Then promising instantaneous return, efface; the disheartening apparatus of the he sprang up the staircase, into the hall, fire-place, the very rushes on the floor and soon achieved very satisfactory withered and shrivelled, and the faint advantages over sundry maple bowls mist of motes that streamed athwart remaining with rich milk and curds, the room, impregnated with the vari- loaves of hot bread, eggs flaky with coloured but ghastly radiance of the em- freshness, and brown gravied beefsteaks. blazoned windows,-altogether exhibited The sun had not shifted over three a combination of the gaudy and the dis- quarries of the hall floor, ere Dorian had gusting, that must be seen to be con- dispatched his breakfast, mounted his ceived.
courser, and trotted merrily with his For some minutes after one long companions out of the Tower court. doleful look around, the page yielded And now Master Gilbert somewhat passively to the depressing influence of scoffingly requested to know the cause his own thoughts, thus painfully em- of Dorian's annoyance; “ for well I wot," bittered by the malicious art, that cir- he added, “thou bearest a heart too cumstance can always impart.
gallant to grow cold with one night's But only for a short space did this des- indifferent lodging !" pondence endure. Youth, elastic light- • Nay father dear, it was but a dream, some courageous youth, was on his side. yet it was of you, and a frightful dream
“ Foy! foy!" was his exclamation, as it was-ay, and thrice repeated.” he resumed with activity the remainder “ Alack, and was it so my boy ?" said of his clothes. “ Shame on thee, Do Royson smiling; “ then no marvel thou rian ! shall a few heavy dreams, well art jaded, for what saith the old saw,‘noearned by a foolish revel, or a dismal- thing so weary as a twice told tale,' and looking dormitory, soon to be exchanged so thou hast had it thrice !" for sweet turf and blue sky-unman thee “ And what might this grim vision be, thus? and yet, Sancta Maria ora pro my fair sir ?" asked Master Farrent, me! they were sore visions those of last with an assumed raillery of tone, that night; and touching Gilbert Royson too, suited ill with the anxiety of his face. of all others—my beloved friend, my “ O, methought you were both sleepmore than father! Ugh! how hideously ing in yonder weary bed; and I was he was changed ! still 't was but a dream. watching you by that great inanteltree where the queen's arms are painted. You But when the page, observing the were already fast asleep, and I too began effect he wished, in so fair a train for acto nod; for the fire blazed comfortably complishment, began somewhat premawarm, and the wind and rain made turely to entreat that they would relindrowsy serenades on the lattice; when quish all idea of passing the next night all on a sudden the fire went out, and in at the Tower; or, at any rate, would its place two candles of strange unearthly suffer him to join their couchee by the light appeared flaring lividly through the hall fire; Gilbert Royson broke in with room, from those pictures of the Warrior an abrupt execration upon his own folly and the Burning Heretic.
in exposing his favourite to the anti“While I gazed bewildered, a volume quated dismalities of the state chamber; of black smoke rolled heavily down the and ended by proclaiming his resolution chimney, and shaped itself into the very of passing the night there himself. It counterfeit of the armed knight. Ere I would be but a light penance for his could draw another breath, fresh billows fault, he said, to sleep in a brocaded bed of vapour emerged from the vaulted with soft mattress and coverlid,—and as chimney as if from the gulf of Erebus for the apparitions the fire he would itself, and behold, the awful form and kindle, should exorcise them from the sable garments of the monk, stood in the chimney vault at least. centre of the floor. Oh Master Royson,” All who knew Master Gilbert were continued the page, with a look of fully aware that his impracticable obstidreariment that belied his assertion- nacy precluded the least chance of suc
“I can smile now at any terror; but cessfully combating a resolution he had it is one thing to recount a story when once taken. Not the ambrosial curls of you are borne along like a gale of sum- Jove himself formed a more irrevocable mer on your favourite steed, over breezy fiat, than the emphatic nod of a head not hills, under a sunny sky-and another half so well furnished as his heart, which to encounter it in the fetters of sleep, on generally ratified the worthy yeoman's a gloomy bed, and in a dismantled and determinations. perhaps haunted room!”
Honest Matt. Farrent saw this at Master Gilbert, as the page paused, once, and being (despite of a proneness turned his round blue eyes on him, and to superstition) of a kindly, as well as pushed back his flat cap from the thick courageous heart, he checked the vain light curls that clustered over the bullet expostulations of the less experienced intended for his head; more, it is to be page, and asseveratedl, with something confessed with the air of one whose wits very like an oath, that if Master Gilbert have been wool-gathering, than with had set his bold heart on this freak, that becoming expression of dismay Matt. Farrent would never be the lad to which was so reasonably to be antici- desert his friend, — in short, that he pated,—and, with a hasty, “Likely, would take his share in the perils (if likely, my lad! I marvel if we be lag- perils there were) of the Chamber of gards at the tryste?" seemed either for. Dais. getful of the beginning, or careless of To this Master Gilbert heartily assentthe conclusion of Dorian's tale of terror. ed; and by the time they reached the
Not so Master Farrent; he had in- trysting place of the hunt, Dorian's spiclined more seriously to the story, and rits were so thoroughly renovated by the now with nervous eagerness he pressed fresh air and brisk ride, that without Dorian to finish it.
much reluctance he gave in his adhesion “Nay,” said the page, slightly colour- to their plans. He consented that, after ing at Royson's inattention, “ I speak the day's hunting, he should pass the but what I saw ;--and if the knight and night, as usual, at the neighbouring the priest did not glide up to each side castle of his lord, from whence he was to of the bed, if they did not seize you both dispatch such additional supplies to Dby the throat-and never relax their Tower, as should effectually fortify the gripe till your eyes started forth of their northern brains of our two gallant hunsockets, and your limbs beat the bed till ters for the adventures of the state chamthey were stiff it was bad enough, in ber. conscience, to dream it, and especially to He promised to be at their door, by dream the same thing thrice!”
sunrise on the morrow,
and summon Even bluff Gilbert's ruddy face grew them thence, shadowy at this sequel to the tale,
“ to fresh fields, and pastures new." while Farrent's features betrayed unequivocal symptoms of the impression it had made on hiin.
“ A wannion on the churlish logs !” dashed out some score of the little diawas Master Gilbert's drowsy exclama- mond panes, to strew the Tower court betion that night, as he, and his friend low with their shattered blazonries. Forth Matthew entered, yawning, the Chamber from the very first outlet that presented of Dais. Their eyes were dull; their itself,—forth like some noxious and enorsteps unsteady,—they were weary with mous reptile escaping from its pursuers, the fatigues of the day, and heavy with forth rushed the darkly wreathing their antidotes against the terrors of the vapour, and vanished guiltily in the pure night; for their libations had been su- morning sky. perabundant, and threatened, like other The bed was now seen, with its funetreacherous allies, to betray them at the real curtains closely drawn.crisis, when their assistance was most Dorian's first impulse was to spring needful.
towards it; his hand had already grasped 6 A wannion, I say, on them! saw the stiff unwieldly drapery-but his heart ever man a better flame than we kindled failed him, he staggered back and leaned some three hours agone? and lo! ye faint and averted against a pilaster of the hear, it hath died of spite !"
wainscot. “Well!” growled honest Matt. with a Other hands effected what his could lazy chuckle, “ I'll forgive the death of not ;—the dark-red curtains were unthe fire, so I but 'scape its ghost, the drawn, their horrid secret unveiled! smoke. Faith, but mine eyes smart. The bold and brawny Gilbert was shrewdly !"
found a stark corpse :-his companion Thus dreamily grumbling, Master Far- though not dead, was but a gasping libel rent undressed himself, and quickly de- upon life. Aid was summoned to him posited his stork head within the curtains; in vain. In two hours he died, speechhis eyes closing in deep, hard-breathed less and convulsed. Gilbert's chest and slumber, almost before he touched the throat were black, swelled, and writhen; bolster. And Master Royson only delayed and the appearance of both the bodies in following his example till he had brought short, was horribly revolting. in a huge flaming heap of fuel, from the The immediate cause of their shocking hall, and mixed it with the wood upon the deaths was soon ascertained; and though capacious hearth. He then proceeded, it painfully reminds me of a certain carefully, to stop every cranny against «ridiculus Mus, yet the fact cannot be the night wind; closed the massy door, concealed. cloaked up the wide windows with gaudy A colony of jackdaws had for years remains of tarnished arras, and at last, blocked up the great chimney with their with many a murmur at the smouldering nests. The fire which, after so many hearth, whose dense volumes of smoke failures, poor Royson had at length so threatened once more to overpower the fatally succeeded in kindling, unable to flame, he made the pondrous bedstead find an exit by the usual vent, disemgroan and tremble under the bulk he bogued its direful smoke into the room. flung upon it, and was instantly asleep. Wine and wassail had prepared the
No eye saw the black and demon clouds way for its effects on the two devoted that murkily surged, and crept, and hunters, and while volumed, and soared through the Cham
“ in swinish sleep ber of Dais that night: no ear heard the
Their drenched natures lay as in a death,”choaked groan, the night-mare struggle: no hand aided the heaving, gasping im- the insidious foe flung around them closer potence of the unconscious victims: no and closer toils, heavier and heavier warning voice aroused them to escape fetters, till it advanced and stormed the from the Formless Destroyer !
citadel of life itself. The next morning, an unnatural and This melancholy story is true as to its alarming silence astonished the young main features; and, if I might presume Dorian when he came to call up his to hold my taper to the sun, I would in friends. His single strength proving profound reverence, conclude it with ineffectual to obtain an entrance, he those fine words of Isaiah the son of hastened for assistance. The heavy bar- Amos, which strike me as remarkably ricaded door was with difficulty forced applicable to the catastrophe. open.
« Behold! all'ye that kindle a fire, that A murderous pitch-black vapour liter- compass yourselves about with sparks : ally swallowed up every feature of the walk in the light of your fire, and in the apartment. Dorian however, rushed in, sparks that ye have kindled. This shall tore down the arras from the windows, ye have of mine hand. Ye shall lie and, in his frantic effort to obtain air, down in sorrow !”
BY HORACE GUILFORD
THE PYPE-HALL YEW TREES. he might fulfil his christian obligations,
at the same time giving satisfaction to (For the Parterre).
his queen, and meriting the hand of
Isabella. The sun, slow sinking, o'er his coloured crest For six days, the two ships proceeded Wrapt the dun storm-clouds that beseem him
with a favourable wind, steering for the Down thy deep hollows glared his angry hue,
Azores-a station where there are always Thou sepulchre of light!--thou stern grandæval to be found either Portuguese vessels
from the East Indies, or some from the But glared in vain :-the eternal gulf of shade Closed, on his march, his awful barricade ;
West Indies, driven thither by stress of O’er the red pavement climbed the lab’ring weather. At the six days' end there trunk,
sprung up a violent side wind, which in Down on each side the curtained foliage sunk.
the ocean goes by a different name from Now, surging to the plaintive evening gale, that of mediodia, or noonday wind, which Black glooms invest the vegetable veil, Mass poised on mass, each anarch branch
it bears in the Mediterranean. This upheaves,
gale blew with such fury and obstinacy, With pencilled fringe, its Erebus of leaves.
that, preventing them entirely from Yet (pale explorers of that dæmon's hall), making the islands, it compelled them A few faint, fluttering, umbered sparkles fall ; to run for Spain. So strange,-the raven wakens on his nest;
Close to the Spa So soft, he soon returns him to his rest.
nish coast, and at the The air is still and warm; you may descry
mouth of the Straits of Gibraltar, they The merry gnats' moresco revelry.
descried three ships; one of great size, No other sound from Cannock on the west, and the other two quite small. Ricare, Fondling her hamlets in her heathery nest; do's vessel hove to, in order to learn To eastern Lichfield, whose tiara looms, Distinct, but dismal, through the twilight tended to bear down upon the three ships
from his commander whether he in. gluoms. Oh, strength of limb! oh, energy of mind!
just discovered; but before he could How, at such moments, are your aids resigued ! come up, he saw a black flag hoisted on
the topmast; and as he came nearer he Not Awake.--Two collegians slept in heard the note of trumpets hoarsely the same room. Says one to the othersounded, clearly announcing the death early in the morning, “ Jack, are you either of the commander, or of some awake?” “Why?” asked the other. other person of consequence on board. “ Because, if you are, I will borrow In this alarm they came near enough half-a-crown of you.” “ Is that all?” to speak the other vessel, which they had replied Jack, “ Then I am not awake." never before done since they came out of
port. They of the flag-ship called out THE ANGLO-SPANISH BRIDE. for Captain Ricaredo to come aboard of
her, for that the commander had died AN HISTORIC TALE.
of apoplexy the night before. All felt (From the untranslated works of Cervantes.]
sorrow at this news, excepting Ricaredo, (For the Parterre).
who was gladdened, not at the fate of his
commander, but at finding himself left CHAP. II.
in full command of both ships; for such WHILE upon his voyage, Ricaredo was were the queen's orders--that should any agitated by two conflicting and distract, thing befal the commander, the coming considerations. One of them was, mand should devolve upon Ricaredo. that it behoved him to perform deeds Accordingly, he went promptly aboard which should make him worthy of Isa- the flag.ship; where he found some bella; the other, that he could perform lamenting for the dead commander, and none whatever if he was to be true to his others rejoicing with the living one, catholic conscience, which forbade him However, all immediately tendered him to draw his sword against catholics; their obedience, and proclaimed him and if he did not draw it, then he must their commander, with brief ceremonies be set down either as a catholic at heart only, for they were obliged to dispatch, or as a coward—all which tended to en- observing that two of the three vessels danger his life and obstruct his love they had discovered, having parted from suit.
the larger one, were now approaching At length, however, he resolved to them. make his duty as a catholic yield to his They immediately recognized the adinclination as a lover; and in his heart vancing vessels as galleys, and as Turk, he prayed heaven to grant him opportu, ish, by the crescents on their flags; at nities in which, while shewing his valour, which Ricaredo was' greatly pleased, as he deemed that this prize, should heaven own weapons, cut to pieces ;--for the vouchsafe it to bim, would be one of im- dejected brave are stronger than the portance, obtained without injury to a faint-hearted proud. Their courage single catholic.
being moreover inflamed by thinking The two Turkish galleys came up and that the English ships were Spanish, reconnoitred the English ships, which the captives achieved wonders for their bore the colours, not of England, but liberty. of Spain, in order to deceive such as When, at length, they had slain nearly should approach to reconnoitre them, all the Turks, some of the Spaniards on and should not take them to be Corsairs. deck presented themselves at the ship's The Turks thought they were weather side, and in a loud voice called out to beaten ships from the Indies, and that those whom they took for Spaniards, to they should capture them with ease. come on board and enjoy the reward of They kept gradually nearing them; and their victory. Ricaredo purposely let them approach Ricaredo asked them in Spanish, what until they were within the range of his ship that was. guns, which he ordered to be discharged They answered him, that it was one from so precisely at the right moment, that the Portuguese Indies, laden with spices, he struck one of the galleys so furi- and with so many pearls and diamonds, ously between wind and water, that he that it was worth above a million in gold; shot it through and through ; it heeled that a storm had driven it in that direcimmediately, and as nothing could stop tion, quite disabled and without artillery, the breach, it began to fill with water. as they had been obliged to throw it
The other galley, seeing this disaster, overboard,—the crew almost dying of took its companion in tow, and moved hunger and thirst;—that those two galoff to place it under the side of the large leys, which belonged to the famous corvessel. But Ricaredo, keeping his own sair, Arnaute Mami, had captured her ships on the alert, and working them so the day before without any resistance ;well that they turned and wheeled as and that, as they had heard said, it was easily as if they had been moved by oars, because their two small vessels could not had his guns reloaded, and followed take in so rich a cargo, that they had them up until they reached their large taken the ship in tow, to carry her into vessel, showering balls upon them all the river of Larache, on the African the way. The men of the sinking gal. coast, which lay not far off. ley had no sooner arrived at the great Ricaredo replied, that if they thought ship's side, than they proceeded in all those two ships were Spanish, they were haste to quit their galley, and take re- mistaken ; for that they belonged to no fuge in the ship. Ricaredo, observing other than the queen of England ;this, and that the second galley was oc- which intelligence gave occasion, not cupied with attending to the damaged only of reflection, but of apprehension to one, bore down upon it so quick and those who heard it; fearing, as well they close with both his ships, giving it no might, that they had escaped one snare time either to go round or even to work only to fall into another. But Ricaredo the oars, that the Turks on board were told them not to apprehend any miscompelled likewise to seek refuge in the chief; for they might rest assured of great ship, not so much to make a de- their liberation, provided they did not fence there, as to save their lives for the attempt any resistance.
“ There is no possibility of our atThe christian captives at the oar in the tempting it,” returned they ; “for, as galleys, forcing out the rings to which we have already said, this ship has no their chains were fastened, and breaking guns, nor we any arms; so that we must the chains themselves, mingling with needs yield ourselves to the graciousness the Turks, also sought shelter in the and generosity of your commander. And ship; and as, while they were ascending it will be but fair that he who has deits side, the musketry from the two hos- livered us from the intolerable bondage tile vessels kept playing upon them point- of the Turks, should make so signal a blank—upon Christians as well as Turks favour and benefit complete, as it will
Ricaredo gave orders that no one suffice to make him renowned in all should fire upon the Christians. Thus places, and they will be manifold, that nearly all the remaining Turks were shall hear of this memorable victory, and killed; and those who had entered the of his generosity, on which we rely with ship were, by the christian captives, hope rather than apprehension.” mingling among them and using their Ricaredo thought the Spaniards' ap