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ro The burrhen of his maintenance must and rejoicing to find a child to tend and necessarily be grievous to you in your de to love, resolves to bring him up in the serted situation," pursued the lady.' os pony castle. But, Magdalen Græme his

365 I have complained of it to no one," said grandmother, a tall and stately woman; dry, and unconcerned tone of yoice in

Magdalen Græme, with the same unmoved, though clad in poor vestments, waits which she had answered all the former to ascertain his safety:

An interview

questions. between this lofty sibýl and the lady of “ If,” said the Lady of Avenel, “ your Avenel ensues, which we give at length, grand-child could be received into a noble on account of the vivid idea it affords of family, would it not advantage both him the former. The lady having asked and you?" after her name and birth

“ 'Received into a noble family!" said the

old woman, drawing herself up, and bend“ Magdalen Græme is my name," said ing her brows until her forehead was wrinkl. the woman : “ I come of the Græmes of ed into a frown of unusual severity ::“ and Heathergill, in Nicol-forest, a people of an for what purpose, I pray you to be my cient blood."

lady's page, or my lord's jackman,, to eat “And what make you," continued the broken victuals and contend with other me. lady,

so far distant from your home ?” nials for the remnants of the master's meal ? I have no home," said Magdalen Would you have him to fan the flies from Græme, “it was burnt by your Border- my lady's face while she sleeps, to carry her riders-my husband and my son were slain train while she walks, to hand her trencher - there is not a drop's blood left in the veins when she feeds, to ride before her on horse of any one which is of kin to mine.”

back, to walk after her on foot, to sing 6. That is no uncommon fate in these when she lists, and to be silent when she wild times, and in this unsettled land," bids ?-a very weathercock, which, though said the lady; ", the English hands have furnished in appearance with wings and been as deeply dyed in our blood as ever plumage, cannot soar into the air-cannot those of Scotsmen have been in yours.” fly from the spot where it is perched, but p"You have right to say it, lady,” an receives all its impulses, and performs all its swered Magdalen Græme; “ for men tell revolutions, obedient to the changeful of a time when this castle was not strong breath of a vain woman? When the eagle enough to save your father's life, or to af of Helvellyn perches on the tower of Lanerford your mother and her infant a place of cost, and turns and changes to show how the refuge.-And why ask ye me, then, where. wind sits, Roland Græine shall be what you fore I dwell, not in mine own home, and would make him." with my own people?".

The woman spoke with a rapidity and « It was indeed an idle question, where vehemence which seemed to have in it ra misery so often makes wanderers : but touch of insanity; and a sudden seitse of wherefore take refuge in a hostile country?" the danger to which the child must necesq: “My neighbours were Popish and mass- sarily be exposed in the charge of such a mongers," said the old woman; "it has keeper, increased the lady's desire to keep pleased Heaven to give me a clearer sight of him in the castle if possible. the gospel, and I have tarried here to enjoy “ You mistake me, dame," she said, adthe ministry of that worthy man Henry dressing the old woman in a soothing manWarden, who, to the praise and comfort of ner; “I do not wish your boy to be in armany, icacheth the Evangel in truth and in tendance on myself, but upon the good sincerity."

knight, my husband. Were he himself the " Are you poor?" again demanded the son of a belted earl, he could not better be Lady of Avenei.

trained to arms, and all that befits a gentle“'You hear me ask alms of no one," an man, than by the instructions and discipline swered the English woman.

of Sir Halbert Glendinning." Here there was a pause. The manner of Ay," answered the old woman in the the woman was, if not disrespectful, at least same style of bitter irony, “I know the much less than gracious ; and she appeared wages of that service ;-a curse when the to give no encouragement to farther com corslet is not sufficienily, brightened, -a munication. The Lady of Avenel renewed blow when the girth is not tightly drawn,the conversation on a different topic,

to be beaten because the hounds are at fault, “ You have heard of the danger in which -to be reviled because the foray is unsucyour boy has been placed ?"

cessful,--to stain his hands, for the master's “ I have, lady, and how by an especial bidding, in the blood alike of beast and of providence he was rescued from death. May man-to be a butcher of harmless decr, a Heaven make him thankful, and me!": murderer and defacer of God's own image, i"What relation do you bear to him?" not at his own pleasure, , but at that of his >>> “ I am his grandmother, lady, if it so lord; to live a brawling ruffian, and a complease you ; the only relation he hath left mon stabber, nexposed to heat, to cold, to upon carth to take charge of him." want of food, to all the privations of an an

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choret, not for the love of God, but for thes until I see (Roland Græme. Orice more, 213 service of Satan, to die by the gibbet, or farewelle" ? 1881 kart sabato 915 102 , In linew in some obscure skirmish,- to sleep out his ? "Make your obeisance, dame," said Liu iu life in carnal security, and to awake in the lias to Magdalen Græme, as she retired, 'y eternal file, which is never quenched." -4 " make your obeisance in her ladyship, and

“Nay," said the Lady of Avenel,but to thank her for her goodness, as is but fitting such unhallowed course of life your grand and right.".

***7'***, Utvendin son will not be here exposed. My husband The old woman turned short round on the 17 is just and kind to those who live under his officious waiting-maid. “Let her make her banner; and you yourself well know, that obeisance to me then, and I will return it. youth have here a strict as well as a good Why should I bend to her bis it because preceptor in the person of our chaplain.” her kirtle is of silk, and mine of blue locker

The old woman appeared to pause, am ?-Go to, my lady's waiting-woman.

“You have named," she said, "the only know that the rank of the man rates that of circumstance which can move me. I must the wife, and that she who marries achurl's!" soon onward, the vision has said it-I must son, were she a king's daughter, is but a not, tarry in the same spot--I must on-l peasant's bride.". must on, it is my weird. -Swear, then, that

Roland Græme, the child thus introyou will protect the boy as if he were your duced to the castle, grows up in favour own, until I return hither and claim him, and I will consent for a space to part with of the lady, but with little shew of rest him. But especially swear, he shall not gard from her husband. Thus be passlack the instruction of the godly man who ed his boyhood, attending on his ladyhath placed the gospel-truth high above as a page, with little regular instruction these idolatrous shavelings, the monks and or controul, proud, gallant, and advenula friars."

turous, envied and disliked by the ser: 1 “Be satisfied, dame," said the Lady of vants, and admired by the surrounding Avenel ; " the boy shall have as much care as if he were born of my own blood. Will peasantry. An irruption of his insolent

petulance brings on a quarrel between you see him now?" “No," answered the old woman, sternly; which incites Henry Warden, who re...)

him and Adam Woodcock the falconer, “ to part is enough. I go forth on my own mission. I will not soften my heart by sides at the castle as chaplain, to give a of useless tears and wailings, as one that is not public rebuke to the impetuous page... in called to a duty."

This produces no beneficial impression it “Will you not accept of something to aid on the youth, who rushes from his seat,"?! you in your pilgrimage?" said the Lady of hastily crosses the chapel, and violently :: Avenel, putting into her hand two crowns throws the door after him. He is of the sun. The old woman Aung them shortly after summoned to attend his down on the table. “Am I of the race of Cain,” she said, interview, the account of which we

inistress; when his fate is decided by an proud lady, that you offer me gold in ex

will extract as one of the most ,yivid change for my own flesh and blood ?" “ I had no such meaning,” said the lady

scenes which our author has set before in gently; nor am I the proud woman you term me. Alas! my own fortunes might “ Roland Græme entered the apartment have taught me humility, even bad it not with a loftier mien, and somewhat a higher been born with me."

colour than his wont ; there was embarrassThe old woman secmed somewhat to relax

ment in his manner, but it was neither that I her tone of severity.

of fear nor of penitence. “ You are of gentle blood,” she said, “Young man," said the lady, "what tiow “ else we had not parleyed thus long toge- you am I to think of your conduct this ther. - You, are of gentle blood, and to day?" such,” she added, drawing up her tall form “If it has offended you, madam, I am o as she spoke, “pride is as graceful as is the deeply grieved," replied the youth. plume upon the bonnet. But, for these "To have offended me alone,” replied' che pieces of gold, lady, you inust needs resume lady,“ were but little-You have been guilty them. , I need not money. I am well pro- of conduct which will highly offend your vided; and I may not care for myself, nor master- of violence to your fellow-servants, think how, or by wbom, I shall be sustain and of disrespect to God himself, in the per-'

. ed. Farewell, and keep your word. Cause son of his ambassador." your gates to be opened, and your bridges to "-" Permit me again to reply," said the be lowered, I will set forward this very page, “ that if I have offended my önly miss night. When I come again, I will demand tress, friend, and benefactress, ir includes"7519 from you a strict account, for I have left the sum of my guilt; and deserves the sumwang with you the jewel of my life! Sleep will of my penitence. Sir Halbert Gléndinning

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tising an insolent groomtnor do I fear the strangely," said she, “ that you will tempt wrath of heaven for treating with scorn theme to take serious measures to lower you unauthorized interference of a meddling in your own opinion, by reducing you to preacher.”

your proper station in society." The Lady of Avenel had before this seen': “ And that," added Lilias, “would be symptoms in her favourite of boyish petu- best done by turning him out the same bega lance, and of impatience of censure or re- gar's brat that your ladyship took him in." proof. But bis present demcanour was of “ Lilias speaks too rudely," continued the à graver and more determined character, lady, “but she has spoken the truth, young and she was for a moment at a loss how she man; nor do I think I ought to spare that should treat the youth, who seemed to have pride which hath so completely turned your at once assumed the character not only of head. You have been trickert up with fine a man, but of a bold and determined one. garments, and treated like the son of a genShe paused an instant, and then assuming tleman, until you have forgot the fountain the dignity which was natural to her, she of your churlish blood.". said, " Is it to me, Roland, that you hold “ Craving your pardon, most honourable this language ? Is it for the purpose of madam, Lilias hath not spoken truth, nor making me repent the favour I have shewn does your ladyship know aught of my deyou, that you declare yourself independent, scent, which should entitle you to treat it both of an earthly and a heavenly master ? with such decided scorn. I am no beggar's Have you forgotten what you were, and brat-my grandmother begged from no oue, to what the loss of my protection would here nor elsewhere she would have perishspeedily again reduce you?"

ed sooner on the bare moor. We were har“ Lady," said the page, “I have forgot ried out and driven from our home-achance nothing. I remember but too much. I which has happed elsewhere, and to others. know, that but for you, I should have pe- Avenel Castle, with its lake and its towers, rished in yon blue waves," pointing as he was not at all times able to protect its inspoke to the lake, which was seen through habitants from want and desolation." the window, agitated by the western wind. “ Hear but his assurance !" said Lilias, “ Your goodness has gone farther, madam “ he upbraids my lady with the distresses of you have protected me against the malice of her family!" others, and against my own folly. You are “ It had indeed been a theme more gratefree, if you are willing, to abandon the or- fully spared,” said the lady, affected neverphan you have reared. You have left no theless with the allusion. thing undone by him, and he complains of “ It was necessary, madam, for my vindinothing. . And yet, lady, do not think I cation," said the page, “or I had not even have been ungrateful I have endured some hinted at a word that might give you pain. thing, on, my part, which I would have But believe, honoured lady, I am of no borne foc the sake of no one but my bene- churl's blood. My proper descent I know factress.”

not; but my only relation has said, and my “ For my sake !" said the lady ; " and heart has echoed it back and attested the what is it that I can have subjected you to truth, that I am sprung of gentle blood, and endure, which can be remembered with deserve gentle usage." other feelings than those of thanks and gra “ And upon an assurance só vague as titude ?"

this," said the lady,“ do you propose to ex“You are too just, madam, to require me pect all the regard, all the privileges, due to to be thankful for the cold neglect with high rank and to distinguished birth, and bewhich your husband has uniformly treated come a contender for privileges which are me-neglect not unmingled with fixed aver- only due to the noble ? Go to, sir, know sion. You are too just, madam, to require yourself, or the master of the household me to be grateful for the constant and un- shall make you know you are liable to the ceasing marks of scorn and malevolence scourge as a malapert boy. You have tasted with which I have been treated by others, too little the discipline fit for your age and or for such a homily as that with which station." your reverend chaplain has, at my expense, “ The master of the household shall taste this very day regaled the assembled house- of my dagger, ere I taste of his discipline," hold,

suid the page, giving way to his restrained “ Heard mortal cars the like of this !" passion. “ Lady, I have been too long the said the waiting-maid, with her hands ex vassal of a pantoufle, and the slave of a silpanded, and her eyes turned up to heaven ; ver whistle. You must' find some other to “he speaks as if he were son of an earl, or of answer your call; and let him be of birth a belted knight the least penny.".

and spirit mean enough to brook the scorn The page glanced on her a look of sue of your menials, and to call a church vassal preme contempt, but vouchsafed no other his master." answer. His mistress, who began to feel **"" I have deserved this insult," said the herself seriously, offended, and yet sorry for lady, colouring deeply, “ for so long enthe youth's folly, took up the same tone. during and fostering your petulance. Be

“Indeed, Roland, you forget yourself so gone, sir. Leave this castle to-night-I will New MONTHLY MAG.-No. 81. VOL. XIV.

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send you the means of subsisting yourself purse, and only say, instead, that you do not till you find some honest mode of support, part from me in anger." though I fear your imaginary grandeur will “No, not in anger," said the lady,“ in be above all others, save those of rapine and sorrow rather for your wilfulness ; but take violence. Begone, sir, and see my face no the gold, you cannot but need it." more.”

“ May God evermore bless you for the The page threw himself at her feet in an kind tone and the kind word ; but the gold agony of sorrow, “My dear and honoured I cannot take. I am able of body, and do mistress" he said, but was unable to bring not lack friends so wholly as you may think ; out another syllable.

for the time may come that I may yet shew “ Arise, sir," said the lady, “and let go myself more thankful than by mere words." my mantle-hypocrisy is a poor cloak for He threw himself on his knees, kissed the ingratitude."

hand which she did not withdraw, and then I am incapable of either, madam,” said hastily left the apartment. the page, springing up with the exchange of Lilias, for a moment or two, kept her eye passion which belonged to his rapid and im fixed on her mistress, who looked so unpetuous temper. “Think not I meant to usually pale, that she seemed about to faint; implore permission to reside here ; it has but the lady instantly recovered herself, and

een long my determination to leave Avenel, declining the assistance which her attendand I will never forgive myself for having ant offered her, walked to her own apartpermitted you to say the word begone, ere I said, 'I leave you.' I did but kneel to ask

Roland quits the castle, and leaves a your forgiveness for an ill-considered word string of golden beads behind, which used in the height of my displeasure, but

discloses his secret attachment to the cawhich ill became my mouth, as addressed to

tholic faith. This his mysterious grandyou. Other grace I asked not-you have done much for me—but I repeat, that

mother had exhorted him secretly to

you better know what you yourself have done, cherish, and he had obeyed her rather than what I have suffered."

in dislike to the straitlaced puritanism of “ Roland," said the lady, somewhat ap Henry Warden, than from any deeplypeased and relenting towards her favourite, rooted love to the elder creed. Now, you had me to appeal to when you were at once forlorn and free, he seeks the aggrieved. You were neither called upon well of St. Cuthbert, where a holy man to suffer wrong, nor entitled to resent it,

was wont to reside, from whom he when you were under my protection." “ And what," said the youth,“ if I sus

hoped protection, until he could send tained wrong from those you loved and fa

to the monastery, where Edward Glenvoured, was I to disturb your peace with idle dinning, under the name of Father tale-bearings and eternal complaints ? No,

Ambrose, still resided. He finds this madam ; I have borne my own burden in little sanctuary deserted and spoiled by silence, and without disturbing you with violence-the spring half choaked-the murmurs; and the respect which you accuse

altar thrown down-the huge stone crume of wanting, furnishes the only reason cifix broken in pieces—and the whole why I have neither appealed to you, nor spot covered with the marks of recent taken vengeance at my own hand in a man- desolation. He determines, at least, to ner far more effectual. It is well, however,

raise the fragments of the holy emblem, that we part. I was not born to be a sti

and succeeds better than his hopes. cendiary, favoured by his mistress, until ruined by the calumnies of others. May

While he is engaged in this pious ofHeaven multiply its choicest blessings on

fice, Magdalen Græme suddenly apyour honoured head; and, for your sake,

pears, and rejoices thus to meet again upon all that are dear to you!"

the grand-child from whom she had so He was about to leave the apartment, long been parted. She addresses him when the lady called on him to return. He in mysterious language, as one destined stood still, while she thus addressed him : for some high and perilous mission ; “ It was not my intention, nor would it be and while she tends him with maternal just, even in the height of my displeasure, to fondness, asserts a claim to his unquesdismiss you without the means of support ; tioning acquiescence in her will, which take this purse of gold."

he is ill-disposed to yield. He suffers “ Forgive me, lady," said the boy," and let me go hence with the consciousness that lowing day, to an old convent, where

her, however, to guide him, on the folI have not been degraded to the point of accepting alms. - If my poor services can be

the abbess and her niece yet lingered, placed against the expense of my apparel

after the forcible dispersion of the rest and my maintenance, i only remain debtor of the sisterhood. The two old women to you for my life, and that alone is a debt express the strange design of leaving the which I can never repay ; put up then that youth and maiden together to become

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better acquainted, as they are to be fel « At this moment the door of the inner low-labourers in the same cause; and apartment opened, and Queen Mary preaccordingly the

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is suffered to talk sented herself, advancing with an air of pewith Catherine Seyton, a strange laugh- culiar grace and majesty, and seeming toing and bantering girl, who proves the tally unsuffled, either by the visit, or by the heroine of the tale. In the morning, Her dress was a robe of black velvet; a

rude manner in which it had been enforced. Roland leaves the convent with his small ruff, open in front, gave a full view of aged guide, for the monastery of Kenna- her beautifully formed chin and neck, but quhair, sustained by the hope of seeing veiled the bosom. On her head she wore a Catherine Seyton at Edinburgh, whi- small cap of lace, and a transparent white ther they were afterwards to travel. veil hung from her shoulders over the long When they reach the monastery, they black robe, in large loose folds, so that it find its few inmates installing “ with could be drawn at pleasure over the face and maimed rites” father Ambrose in the person. She wore a cross of gold around dignity of abbot, Eustace having recent

her neck, and had her rosary of gold and ly died, and the office being of far more

ebony hanging from her girdle. She was peril than authority or grandeur. While mained standing behind her during the con

closely followed by her two ladies, who rethey are thus piously attempting to sus

ference. Even Lord Lindesay, though the tain their persecuted religion, a band of rudest noble of that rude age, was surprised peasants rush in wild uproar, with gro- into something like respect by the uncuntesque masks and strange habiliments, cerned and majestic mien of her, whom he to burlesque the ceremony, not had expected to find frantic with impotent much in Protestant bigotry, as in the passion, or dissolved in useless and vain sorspirit of old frolics, which had been un- row, or overwhelmed with the fears likely in wisely permitted by the Roman church such a situation to assail fallen royalty. in the plenitude of its power. During Lord of Lindesay," said the Queen, while

“ We fear we have detained you, my the confusion, Sir Halbert Glendinning she courtsied with dignity in answer to his arrives commands his vassals to make reluctant obeisance ; " but a female does merry elsewhere—and recognizes Ro

not willingly receive her visitors without land, whom he bespeaks with kindness, some minutes spent at the toilette. Men, and dismisses with Adam Woodcock to my lord, are less dependent on such cereEdinburgh, on a commission to his pa- monies.” tron, Murray, then Regent of Scotland.

Lord Lindesay, casting his eye down on Light of heart, Roland arrives at Edin- his own travel-stained and disordered dress, burgh, where he has the good fortune muttered something of a hasty journey, and to rescue the Earl of Seyton from an the Queen paid her greeting to Sir Robert affray, and to see Catherine, for an in- Melville with courtesy, and even, as it stant, in her father's house, whither he seemed, with kindness. There was then a

dead pause, during which Lindesay looked had rashly pursued her. He has also a

towards the door, as if expecting with impastrange encounter at the hostelry of St. Michael's, with a youth whom he firmly Queen alone was entirely unembarrassed,

tience the colleague of their embassy. The believes to be Catherine Seyton in dis- and, as if to break the silence, she addressed guise, and from whom he receives a Lord Lindesay, with a glance at the large short but beautifully wrought sword, and cumbrous sword which he wore, as with ,an injunction that he shall not already mentioned, hanging from his neck. unsheath it until commanded by his “ You have there a trusty and a weighty rightful sovereign. At length he is travelling companion, my lord. I trust you sent by Murray to Lochleven--the cas

expected to meet with no enemy here, tle of the Douglasses, where Mary of against whom such a formidable weapon Scotland was confined — ostensibly to

could be necessary? It is, methinks, some

what a singular ornament for a court, though serve that unhappy lady as a page, but

I am, as I well need to be, too much of a really as a spy on her actions. At Loch- Stuart to fear a sword.” leven he meets Catherine attendant on

“ It is not the first time, madam," replied the queen, and witnesses the deeply in- Lindesay, bringing round the weapon so as teresting scenes in which Mary resigns to rest its point on the ground, and leaning her crown, to which she is directed by one hand on the huge cross-handle, “it is a scroll concealed within the sheath of not the first time that this weapon has inRoland's mysterious sword. The fol- truded itself into the presence of the House lowing is the picture of the first audi- of Stuart.” ence of the messengers from the Regent « it may have done service to my ancestors

“ Possibly, my lord,” replied the Queen, with the Queen whom they were commissioned to depose :

-Your ancestors were men of lovalty."

Ay, madam," replied he, “service - it

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