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York has raised its head, and still waves during the night, others had retired to unmolested.

I call on you to rally their homes; and the Lady Anne, attended round your Protector, that he may guard by Bridget Crosby, who had now bethe prize.(“Long live King Richard !" come her confident, were walking in the rose like the sound of thunder, and echoed pleasance, or pleasure-garden that exthrough the vaulted hall). “I thank tended behind the north end of the you, friends, but that is not my wish : but building. should the crown fall into feeble hands, It was a beautiful spot, laid out after it will be time for me to guard it then, the quaint manner of the period, and and keep it safe from those who long in contained many of those old flowers vain have sought it. Never shall the whose names we have yet retained, and royal Lion that has so long floated in many of them are now only to be found victory over many a bloody field, fall to in their wild state. Hedges of box were the earth unclaimed, while Glo'ster's cut into grotesque forms, peacocks and hand can lift it, and swords like yours dragons, and fish, and fanciful shapes can hem him round in safety,"

which had no living forms. By the side As he uttered the last sentence, he of moss-roses and sweet-williams, grew seized the royal banner of England in his wind-flowers, and canterbury-bells, and hand, and waved it aloft amid the shouts adders - tongue, and cuckoo - flowers, of “Long live King Richard !” “ Long heart's-ease and true love, and many live brave Glo‘ster !” “No baby King !" others, which were supposed to flower

The colour quitted the Lady Anne's only on particular days, dedicated to cheek as she lifted up her eyes to gaze different saints. Anne appeared dejected, on the Duke, who stood with flushed and walked along the serpent-like, gravel brow on the throne, holding the flag at paths in silence, sometimes glancing on arm's length, in a warlike attitude, and Bridget's face, then on the ground. pointing with his drawn sword to the “I have a great love for flowers," said rich emblazoning enwrought thereon. Bridget. “Father Philip maintains The guests in the hall also stood up, and that many of them are holy, and blow in loud huzzas, and the waving of drinking honour of the saints." vessels, and deafening shouts, mingled “He is right I trow," answered the with the sound of music, and the cries Lady Anne, "for I have often taken note of “ Long live Richard the Third !” of the Christmas rose, which beareth

When the din had a little subsided, flowers at that time, and hath wrought Glo'ster and his attendants took their many miracles, which the good fathers at departure, for their steeds had long been Glastonbury avouch. The snow-drop waiting in the court-yard. The Lady also appeareth about the time of PurifiAnne, with Bridget Crosby and other cation, an emblem of purity.” ladies, also arose, and left the hall amid And the yellow crocus," said the drunken cheers of the guests, and Bridget," puts forth on good St. Valenentered the great dining parlour. But tine's day, and the daisy on St. Marga. even there the noise of the revellers ret's, for it is Margaret's herb, and I have penetrated as they broke out at intervals some rhymes written by one Geoffrey in rude songs, or drank to the long reign Chaucer, where he says, of Richard. For many of Buckingham's

“And in speciel one called so of the day, followers were there, and had received

The day's-eye, a flower white and red. instructions to prepare the minds of all And in French called La belle Marguerite,

0 commendable fiower and most in mind.' present for the information that Glo'ster would soon be king.

Which we do even now call Margaret's It does not come within the limits of flower." our tale to follow Glo'ster to the Tower, “ And the early daffodil,” said Anne, and describe his interview with Hastings, “blows on St. David's day, and the whom he caused to be beheaded a few golden pilewort, on St. Perpetua's, and hours after his departure from the the crown-imperial never fails to appear banquet, neither have we space to follow on the celebration of St. Edward.” all bis actions until he obtained the “Marry but our lady's-smock is a crown; we shall confine ourselves more flower that always obeys the Holy Vir. particularly to those which took place at gin's behest, and cometh to commemoCrosby Hall.

rate her annunciation; a true type of Another morning had arisen, and all her innocence are its silvery bells," said sounds of revelry were hushed in the Bridget. hall, some of the guests had fallen asleep “ So have I deemed in sooth,” replied upon the floor, and there remained Anne, “that the bright marigold is like the glory that circles her holy brow, and “ Holy Mary shield us !" ejaculated Father Ambrose avouches that it was Bridget; “in sooth I do believe, that in named Mary's-gold, after the halo that our dreams we are forewarned of things emanates therefrom, which we see en- that come to pass, and that good saints wrought on the chapel - window; the do visit us in visions, and that the spirits blue-bell also cometh on St. George's of those we loved, or have injured, day, for it was a colour he loved when hover around our pillows, blessing us on earth, and a flower he held sacred.” in sleep or filling our minds with thoughts

“ And I have made comment of many," of bale, and terrible images.” said Bridget, “that others have made “Oh, Bridget !” exclaimed Anne, no mention of, such as the yellow-flag, my conscience oft reproaches me, and flowering on St. Nicodemede, and the my heart quails within me, when I think red-poppy on St Barnabas' day, and the of those who are no more; and all that scarlėt-lychin on St. John the Baptist's; I have loved and doated on, are gone; but most white flowers appear in honour indeed I would not wish to live, and yet of the Blessed Virgin, and the white-lily I fear to die. I dreamed last night, that never fails to grace the day of her visita- the young princes lay lifeless on a wild tion, but the midsummer-rose always sea-shore, and oh! methought their cold begins to fade at the feast of Mary dead fingers were pointed to me; and as Magdalen."

I gazed, a huge wave came and washed There are many mysteries hidden in me in the sea, and on the yeasty waves we flowers I trow," replied the Lady Anne, all three rode—the living and the dead! “signs and resemblances that we wot and that the foam in its fierce fury not of, and deep meanings which were loosened their pale arms, and then they known to the holy fathers of old, but clasped me, cold as chilling ice, and then are now forgotten; I would that we were a voice came from the deep-it sounded conversant with all their types, and like my Edward's—and called me to sacred emblems."

come away; and then methought the They had by this time reached an old waves assumed Glos'ter's face, and that summer-house, dark with the twines of on every ridge bis arm arose grasping a ivy, and redolent with the perfume of bloody sword, the very same with which woodbine, and here they seated them- he slew my lord at Tewksbury. Then selves, listening to the birds that chanted the scene changed, and I was here in their merry songs from the surrounding Crosby Hall in bed alone, and men in trees—for the wealth of acres stretched armour came, with daggers in their out behind Crosby Hall, rich in gardens hands, and held a lamp above my head, and pastures, and fruitful orchards. and as one uplifted his arm to strike me,

“ I feel very spiritless this morning, I shrieked with fear and woke ; and then sweet Bridget,” said Anne, sighing deep- I slept again, and the same men appearly; “ I had but little sleep all night long, ed with lights and daggers. Oh Bridget, and what I had, was broken by frightful I do fear that ere many more days are dreams, enough to make a brave heart darkened, I shall have run my race; but blench ; my husband too, awoke me, I am half prepared, such bodings are thrice calling on Clarence, and on Hast- true warnings." ings in his sleep, and trembling like a “ Ah me! I like not your dream, guilty wretch, whose reckoning hour is lady," said Bridget, “and in these large

chambers, and winding galleries, any “I do not love his Grace," said one might come and take away our lives Bridget, “so well as I was wont; ere one could cry. God help me.' I methinks there was but little need to would my father were alive and in this take off Hasting's head, as they did home again, and you would leave these yesternight.”

plotting courtiers, and dwell with us. “ And is the good Lord dead ?" said Make known unto the prioress your Lady Anne: “ah, well-a-day, and I did fears, methinks she would protect you, fear 't was so. Bridget, it will be my turn for no one dare to invade the sanctity of next to die, for in his sleep last night I the Priory.” heard him mutter my name, as if he “ Thou deemest wrong fair Bridget," thought that I was pleading for my life; replied Anne, “the assassin's dagger I heard him say distinctly, Anne my hath reached the holy altar ere now; wife must die,' and then he clutched me and I am Glo'ster's wife, I know not how, fiercely by the arm, until I shrieked for

no more than the poor bird that trempain, and he awoke and said, hush! bling gazes on the dreaded serpent until hush! 't was but a dream.'"

immersed within its jaws, when it should

come.

have flown away. I cannot filee away; he AN ILL.USED GENTLEMAN. hath a power over me which I cannot resist, a spell I cannot break, although

(For the Parterre.) it leads me on to death.” Anne threw her head upon Bridget's

CHAP. II, shoulder, as she uttered the last sen- “ But what vexed me most was, that tence, and wept bitterly. At length a it entirely killed my attitude! I had page entered the garden, and announced taken some pains with it,-it was, in fact, a message from the Duke of Glo'ster; supremely good, and I had made up my summoning her to Westminster, to be mind that it would produce a sensation ! crowned queen.

A deep shuddering I was, of course, unwilling to change it pervaded Anne when she heard the until the audience had sufficiently renews, and had not Bridget supported covered from their ill-timed mirth to be her she would have fallen upon the able to appreciate its elegance and originflower-bed by which she stood. When ality. This they were in no hurry to the page had received an answer, that do, and I remained standing in the same she would attend shortly, and had re- posture until an impatient bumpkin in tired, Anne again gave full vent to the the gallery bawled out, • I say, Measter current of her sorrows.

Hamlet, be'st goin' to speak or noa ?' Oh Bridget," said she, “I go to be This was rather too much, and so dismade queen; happy should I be, to live concerted me, that I forgot the text, but with thee, and pour my sorrows on thy went on (appropriately enough) apostrobosom, but now I shall have no one to phising the Spirit, “Remember thee! listen to me. None but the liveried ay, thou poor ghost!' and egad, I will menials of a court, ready to fulfil their not forget him in a hurry!" king's behest, to bring the goblet or the dagger. It will not be for aye,- Anne's But I am afraid I grow tiresome. It days are numbered.”

is a very different matter enjoying the “ Nay lady, say not so, his Grace may good. humoured detail of a gentleman's yet mean well,” replied Bridget; "and ludicrous distresses over a bottle, and you can again return to Crosby Hall, coldly relating them to the public on and I will shew you all the flowers, and paper. Suffice it to say, that we enjoyed old Cornelius, the gardener, will tell us each other's company mightily; and on all the names they bear. Stay not away his informing me, among other matters, sweet lady; I do love you as my mother, that his “benefit was fixed” for the ensuand will be more than a daughter to you. ing week, when he proposed electrifying Importune his Grace to let you soon the inhabitants of B- with his “Oreturn, even when your coronation is thello," I begged to know where tickets

were to be secured. Upon this he pro“I will! I will!" answered Anne, duced from his pocket sundry pieces of my heart can never be wholly desolate card, on which were written .Mr. Stanwhile it has one like thee to cling to." ley's Night-Boxes.” Of these I took half

They again embraced each other, and a-dozen, at two shillings each, paying separated in tears, just as Lord Stanley the money for the same; the unexpected appeared at a turning of the garden and unusual feel of which so elated the walk to urge her departure. Steeds worthy tragedian, that he pressed me to were in readiness in the court-yard; the walk towards the post road, where he one which lady Anne mounted was could find an inn, and he would treat me richly caparisoned, the trappings were of to a beef-steak and a bottle of wine. gold and silver, and the saddle cloth was This, however, I declined, and promisemblazoned with the arms of England. ing faithfully to see him make his grand A knight in armour held the bridle, and effort in the ensuing week, I shook at the sound of the trumpet the lady hands and parted with the happiest and and her attendants disappeared, and the most amusing “ill-used gentleman" I ring of their horses' hoofs echoed through had ever met with. the arched hall, mingled with the dying cadence of silver-snaring trumpets. The Monday evening of the ensuing Concluded at page

week 'saw me quietly ensconced in the stage-box of the temporary theatre at

B- It was a building used for all In all cabals and factions, the ignorant the great events which occurred in that are most violent; for a bee is not busier marvellous little town. All sorts of than a block head.

mountebanks, jugglers, travelling por

over.

IGNORANCE.

trait painters, equestrians, quacks, lec. Desdemona of the evening, personated turers on elocution, and other birds of by my friend and Mrs. Weazle. I have passage, hired it during their brief so- seen Kean as the Moor, and though journ;

in it the B Debating Society much gratified on the whole, candour expended its weekly accumulation of compels me to say, in justice to an uneloquence ; divines of every persuasion, known great man, in many respects he but without any stationary congregation, was decidedly inferior to Wiggins--that held forth beneath its sheltering and im is to say, Stanley. I know very little portant roof; and in it the several Auxi- about such matters, but it appeared to liary Branch Societies of the district an- me that Kean neither stamped nor tore nually gathered themselves together. In his hair (wool) with half the fury, nor time of great political excitement, how, rolled his eyes about until nothing could ever, its mere local notoriety was merged be seen but the white, with one quarter in its astonishing national importance. the effect. In the celebrated scene Public meetings were held in it, to over- touching the loss fof the handkerchief, awe the government; and it was well there was no comparison. Wiggins understood by the inhabitants of B- reiterated his demand for “the handker. generally, and by the leading speakers chief !”—

-“ the handkerchief !” — " the especially, that the passage of many im- handkerchief !”_with a force, increasing portant measures lately was principally the volume of his voice at each interroowing (though the government did not gation, of which Kean was physically like to confess it) to the overpowering incapable. Opinions may differ about floods of declamation that had issued shades of excellence, but facts are stubfrom this very edifice. At present it was born things ; and it was ascertained in the hands of Weazle, who had selected that he was most distinctly heard by the it as an eligible place from whence to village blacksmith, on the opposite side disseminate a knowledge of Shakspeare, of the street, during the operation of and the legitimate drama, over the sur- shoeing a horse. This speaks volumes, rounding district ; and, with the excep- His exertions drew down thunders of aption of the scenery, machinery, dresses, plause, and proved among other things, decorations, company, and orchestral that whatever might be the state of the department, the arrangements certainly pockets, prospects, or habiliments of the did him credit.

“ill-used gentleman,” his lungs, at least, It was a capital house. Nearly all the were in excellent condition, and free from aristocracy of B-, consisting of the the slightest taint of pulmonary affection. principal grocer, butcher, linen-draper, In the more pathetic portions of the hatter, and publican, with their respec- character, I cannot say that I felt tear. tive families, crowded the boxes with fully inclined ; but this I rather attribeauty and fashion ; whilst several bute to a want of becoming sensibility on farmers and farmeresses in the vicinity, my part, as the frequent application of represented the agricultural interest. white handkerchiefs to the eye, and adThe rest of the audience consisted of the jacent features of sundry farmers' daugh. usual miscellaneous contributions of a ters and dress-makers, incontestibly county district. Altogether there had proved that my friend knew how to move not been such a house in B-within the waters. · In short, to use the emthe memory of the oldest play-going in- phatic words of the judicious and discrihabitant; it contained upwards of 181. minating critic of the “B- Adversterling, and the austere of the neigh- tiser," with whom Wiggins used to bourhood predicted that some signal smoke his pipe and take his pot—"it calamity was certain to follow such a was one of the most powerful, pathetic, scene of gaiety and dissipation.

terrific, and energetic performances ever It is not my intention (did I possess witnessed on any stage in any age.” the power) to systematically criticize the Of the Desdemona of Mrs. Weazle, I entertainments of the evening; parts of cannot speak so highly. The fact was, the performance seemed a very fair coun- she was not exactly the figure for the ter-part to the account furnished me of part, being truly, as my friend had deHamlet ; notwithstanding which, the scribed her, "five feet eleven with beard." audience maintained that grave and She was, too, extremely stout in propordecorous demeanour which ought always tion even to her height, and had a stride to pervade a house on the representation like a grenadier's, so that she fairly put of a tragedy. I cannot, however, refrain one in mind of the heroines of the gender from a passing notice of the Othello and masculine in the ancient time, when, in the words of an old poet, men acted- of his nose. Desdemona, too, heard

" that were between and understood the purport of the Forty and fifty, wenches of fifteen ; With bone so large, and nerve so incompliant, caught Othello in the fact, with his finger

“ Hem !” and, turning suddenly round,

laid as aforesaid. Her face assumed at She was, in good truth, a formidable looking lady; and as I gazed at her, I but three strides to the side-wing, and

once a most terrific expression : she made thought, despite his faults, with sorrow and commiseration of Mr. Weazle. In cipitate retreat, heaven only knows what

had not the gallant Moor effected a preher earlier years, she might have had a

might have been the consequence.

А waist, but at present such an article did

cry of order, however, induced her to not constitute a portion of her anatomy, so that there being no connecting link, to contribute to the gratification of the

waive her private resentments, in order her shoulders had the appearance directly resting on a much more sub- public, and the scene proceeded harmostantial pedestal. A glance at the ex

niously.

Three days afterwards a gentleman tremity of the most prominent feature of

called upon me. her face was enough to convince the most

It was Stanley. He sceptical, that the insinuation respecting second-hand clothes gave him quite an

was in extravagant spirits, and a suit of the attachment to spirituous liquors was not without foundation. In addition to his place in the London coach, and after

imposing appearance.

He had taken all this, she was labouring under a very paying his fare, retained the almost indecided hoarseness, and her white satin dress

, from some cause or other, formed credible sum of 71. 108. in his pocketanything but a contrast to the colour of book, on a spare leaf of which was her lord's complexion ; so that, taking Advertiser." Fame and fortune, he said,

pasted the criticism from the “Ball things into consideration, she did not exactly come up to one's preconceived to stretch forth his hand.

were now within his grasp—he had only

If he sucideas of

ceeded, of which he did not entertain “ The gentle lady wedded to the Moor;" the shadow of a doubt, “untold gold,” and when her father, before the senate, he assured me, would be but a slight acdescribe her as

knowledgment for my kindness. He “ a maiden never bold:

intended, however, once more to change Or spirit so still and quiet, that her motion his name, as a “provincial reputation" Blushed at herself ;"

he said was rather injurious than otherthe grocer's heiress, who had been at a wise in London, in consequence of the watering-place on the coast, and knew superciliousness of the Metropolitan something, looked very significantly at critics; but under whatever cognomen, the publican's daughter ; upon which, after his first decided hit, I should the publican's daughter shrugged up her indubitably hear from him. shoulders.

The play, however, all things con- Two years have now elapsed, and I sidered, went off very decorously, with have not heard from him. Poor fellow! the single exception of one scene, when I am apprehensive his benefit at BI was a little apprehensive that there was has been but a partial gleam of sunshine, going to be tragedy in earnest.

and that he is still kept back by the curred after Othello had applied that caprices of fortune, the blindness of very unbecoming epithet to his lady, managers, and the envy and ill-will of which gives rise to Desdemona's delicate his brother actors -- in fact, a regular piece of circumlocution :

conspiracy of the whole world. Never “ Des.-Am I that name, Iago ? mind—he may be penniless, but he can " Iago.—What name, fair lady ? never be poor whilst he retains his buoy

“ Des. Such as she says my lord did ant spirits and affluent imagination ; say I was ? "

though I am afraid he still continues in Just as Mrs. Weazle had made thiş his own opinion, what I found himinterrogation, I heard a most expressive a very ILL-USED GENTLEMAN.' “Hem!” and on looking to the sidewing from whence it proceeded, saw my friend Othello winking at me in evident allusion to the question that had just is corporeal, not mental. It consists in been put by Desdemona, and the well- a firm, strong texture of the nerves. understood frailty of Mrs. W., with his A man's happiness and integrity are finger laid very significantly on one side not much worth, if he cannot face dan

ger with boldness.

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