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Thou wilt roll in no the astonished Kate, Morton stepped stately chariot over the paths of shady back, with an air of constraint, and, with parks. Thou must trudge it afoot, my arms folded on his bosom, lips compressed girl, by thy husband's side. Hast closely together, face somewhat pale, and thought of these things, Kate ?"

eyes, that, after stealing one keen look Ay, Dudley, but they only strengthen upon the lovely countenance of Katrina, my love for thee, and increase my de- sought the ground with a composure sire to sooth thy cares and cheer thy apparently embarrassed and painful. As gloom.”

for the artless and inexperienced girl, “If I marry thee, we must leave she was bewildered with the rapid alterEngland for ever. We must cross the nations of the little drama in which she broad seas.

The wilds of America must sustained so prominent a part, and receive us.

scarcely knew what to think, or how to 6 And what matters the name of any clime, where I reside with thee?”

“ Exquisite creature !" cried the “Kate, my noble, my pure, my per- stranger, boldly taking her hand, and fect," again exclaimed Morton, in a tone respectfully, but firmly, raising it to his of the deepest feeling, “may these kisses lips. shield thee from 'harm. Be magic in Dudley !” exclaimed Kate. their warm breath. Aid her, ye angels; But the youth, in his cold and statue guard her ye wandering sprits of the air. like attitude, remained motionless and If she be not true, then farewell woman! untouched, as if he were indeed marble. By heaven I swear

“ Nay, angel of light, and lovely beBut from an attitude of lofty and dig- yond compare,” said the stranger, nified grace and grandeur, the youth your confidence in yon young man pass again appeared to recollect himself, and, away.” with the eyes of his gentle Kate melting She looked again in wonder at her away his soul, once more resumed his lover. He was yet stirless and silent. usual demeanour.

Dudley Morton loves you not,” con“ Kate, this friend-you must allow tinued the new-comer. “ Nay, he loves me to procure

another. This night he will hasten from “ As you will."

you to her arms. “ Nay, I have procured one.

“ Slanderer! villain !” exclaimed the “If you are pleased, so am I." girl, with a sudden burst of indignation. “ Shall I present you?”

Dudley, come to this knave, and strike When ?"

him dead at my feet." “ Even now."

“ Kate," replied Morton, without un" What, here ?"

folding his arms, or in any way stirring 6. Even so." And Morton inhaled a from the wall against which he leaned, long breath, like one forcibly mastering “what he tells you is true. I do love some powerful agitation.

another. I have wantonly trifled with “ What is it you mean?" asked Kate, your affections. He has long known, smiling; “ as I live, you are as myste- and ever loved you; give him your rious as an astrologer. If your friend, heart, fair girl. He only can make you and our trusty go-between, is here con- happy.” cealed among the roses, bring her forth, “ I am in a dream," muttered Kate, and make us acquainted.”

with pale face and trembling lips, striving “ But it is no "her,'” cried Morton. in vain to disengage her hand from that “ What, a man, Dudley?”

of her kneeling and audacious adorer. “ Ay, and a true one,” cried a strange No dream, my beauteous madonna !” voice, “who, in the sweet pursuit of exclaimed the stranger, smiling, and not beauty, breaks through the formalities of in the least losing the singular serenity custom, and solicits his pardon here." of his manner. “ His words are true,

The intruder was neither remarkable' even as he himself tells you. He is for youth nor beauty. He was simply beneath your love. I, oh, rarest of arrayed in a dress befitting one of a earth's sunny daughters, will prove more middling rank; his face rather homely faithful.' And with a gesture of famithan otherwise ; but his air was confidant liarity, he laid his hand upon her shoul

graceful, his voice well inodulated, der, as if to draw her to his breast. low, and tender, and his language, even But the affrighted girl was in no in the few words he had already spoken, mind to bear such an insult. With a shriek that pierced the heavens, she these fair ladies adieu for the present, started away, and would have fled like and let us seek some more auspicious the wild forest-doe, had not her uncere. moment for a next visit. Come again I monious admirer held her with a firm will, and no tears shall wet yonder lovely grasp. At this moment Anna, alarmed lids, but what these repentant lips shall by the voice of her beloved child, whom kiss away.she believed all this while ruminating in “Sir,” cried Anna, resuming her an. the garden upon the advice she had ger at this cool impertinence, “ you are a given her, darted into the scene of action. coward and villain. Nature, that made Her surprise may be imagined at the you a knave, hath written your name bold group which there met her gaze. upon your brow. You may be rich, you Kate in the iron grasp of a licentious may be great ; but, high or low, it needs stranger, and, at the distance of a few only one glance upon your bestial face feet, Dudley Morton, composedly stand- to detect a low mind and a vulgar soul. ing with folded arms, and face half- By what infatuation does one so ugly as turned away, making no effort to relieve thou count on the smile of any woman from insult the object of his sworn love. with eyes ?”. Her astonishmeht was still farther height- The stranger reddened to the very ened by the perfect nonchalance with temples, at this keen and fierce rebuke, which both the bold intruders disre- as unexpected as it seemed successful. garded her presence, neither betraying He regarded the speaker with a sardonic the least alarm or emotion upon being smile, and a low “we shall recollect you, discovered in so inexcusable a dilemma, madam.” nor even exhibiting any intention of Kate, with streaming eyes, yet elebreaking off their insolent design. Kate's vated figure, stepped loftily forward as if eyes flashing fire, her now dushed and to confirm the scorn of her friend, when indignant features alone seemed to rescue Morton, apparently unable longer to the whole picture from the appearance inaintain his calmness, stealing quickly of some fantastic illusion. The good round to her ear, whispered, in a voice Anna, after twice rubbing her eyes, of the deepest agitation, Silence, on began also to consider herself in a dream. your life! It is his majesty. It is the At length the tremulous voice of Kate

KING !” broke the silence.

“ If you be robbers, who have thus In a gorgeously furnished apartment broken in upon the solitude of two un- of the royal palace, the heartless and protected females, take these jewels and ungrateful young monarch stood coldly all the coin you find, and spare us, we turned away from a kneeling supplicant. entreat, further friglit. If not robbers, It was Morton, no longer arrayed in but merely gentlemen, amusing yourselves the modest garment of a needy artist, by exciting the blushes and terrors of but glittering in the gay dress of a proud those too weak to punish you, we beseech cavalier. you trespass no longer on our time, but “I protest to your grace,” cried the seek your noble and knightly sports in kneeling youth, " that no slave ever some other quarter, and leave us to our served his master with so true and zea. grief and shame."

lous a heart as I have toiled for your “ We trust, my fair dame," replied inajesty. I have exhausted argument the unknown, “to somewhat reduce the and entreaty. I have sworn myself forkeen anger of that tongue, which shall sworn; I have called every oath to my hereafter syllable, or we mistake us much, aid that I acted but as your friend, and less angry thoughts."

that my own soul ever has been, and is “ Abandoned wretch !" cried Anna, irrevocably another's. Vainly I have and the stranger loosening the hand of striven. She is indignant, outraged and the weeping Kate, turned with a cool invincible. The splendours of a throne smile to hear the words which, till now, have no more dazzle for her heavenly the very extremity of rage had prevented mind than the humblest flower-wreathed her from uttering, “ Ob for some gentle- cot in England. Against your majesty man's sword to protect us from these she pours out such fiery scorn, such ruffians !”

scorching contempt, as nought but my “Well done," muttered the object of own eyes could convince me had ever her wrath ; “if the young chicken be so lurked in the soft bosom of such a dove! formidable, we may well expect no I fear your grace has at length found better from the old hen. Lovelace !” that fabled creature-a woman enthroned he made a gesture of command, bid in her own virtue, infinitely above the

reach of avarice, ambition, or vanity.

“Colonel Lovelace,” said the sovereign, Hollander, I will have no tampering, no with a quiet sneer, “has rendered him. plotting with her. Aspire not to her self too attractive in the eyes of beauty. love. Seek not even her presence. We Henceforth, I shall choose more appro- will ourself undertake the task of melting priate messengers. Were you, my lord, her obduracy. Mark me, sir! Meet as successful in enterprises of war as in her not. Look !ot on her-speak not those of love, your powers would claim —nay, dream not of her, or," and he our more cordial approbation.”

assumed a sterner air, and made a • My sovereign,'

, cried the soldier, motion with his finger across his throat stung to the quick by this allusion to a _“that high head of yours my lord, certain ill-fated attempt before the res- shall be humbled, as those of your betters toration, and reddening to the top of his have been before you. Enough sir. ample brow; “I can but disclaim the Begone! we would be alone.” suspicions which your majesty has been The youth bowed so low that his pleased to insinuate, and hope that your features were hidden from his master's majesty will no longer retain in your gaze, and withdrew. But the veins of service one whom you cannot either love Percy never boiled with hotter blood. or trust.”

“ Not dream of her ?" echoed the “ You are the master, my lord, of panting lover. “By earth-and by your own actions," said the king. “You heaven! Is it for this I have been a may come and go without hindrance tool, a slave, a panderer ? Accursed be from me.

It was your own offer to the king. Let lightning strike him! present to me this obstinate Dutch Ever be his false breast the throne of wench, who, by Our Lady, might deem fear and misery. Be tempests around her dull blood honoured by a touch of his head, and volcanos beneath his feet. our hand. As for the insolent dame, by May treachery attend his every step, and heaven, she shall feel our anger.

For torture mark his every hour. Let his you, sir, should you fancy other climes fame rest only on his nation's hatred, more attractive than our foggy island-a and, long ere he run the natural circle threat which we understand has more of his life, may the thirsty blade of some than once fallen from your lips, you can midnight assassin, no baser—no more seek them at your earliest leisure. The cruel than himself-drink the foul blood king of England can yet govern his of his envenomed heart, and be the people, and peradventure win the fealty deed hailed and sanctified with the of loyal men, and even the favours of praises of all mankind !” lovely women, though his army and He paused, and as his high choler court be unenriched with the presence subsided, tears, scalding tears, leaped to of Colonel Lovelace.”

his eyes and fell upon the turf. The youth, lofty as twenty kings, fire “ Kate too, my gentle, my beautiful, gleaming from his dark, large eyes, and my adored. Villain that I am! What crimsoning his manly cheek, his heart has this Cyprian court made of me! bursting with grief, rage, shame, appre- There was a time when I too was pure. hension and smothered love, and the Oh, my past boyhood ! Had I met scorching insult his master felt burn- thee, celestial being, but a few years ago, ingly through all, unbelted the sword would I have lent myself to the hellish from his thigh, and laid it in silence on the purpose of luring such an angel into the table. At length, with a voice tremulous grasp of the devil! Curse him! Curse with deep, yet mastered passion, he him! I will see her. Let my head found calmness to say :

roll in the dust! Let it! Is it for me “I understand your grace.

The to tremble now ? Some hope remains. sword which has leaped forth gladly to I may repent, confess, explain, and sue the light in your sacred cause, with the for pardon. She will spurn me. Right! blood of your enemies scarce wiped from she should do so, Yet I can aid her its blade, lies before you, masterless and escape, reveal her danger, foil the plans idle."

of this royal Lucifer, andoh! lost though Better thus," said Charles, coldly, I be to myself, a pitying God may make than by the side of - He paused; me the instrument of saving this bright and the youth's heart felt like ice in his innocence, of crushing this serpent's bosom.

head-of guarding the paradise of my • Enough of this," at length resumed exquisite Kate, from the wiles of Satan, the sovereign ; “your departure is your even though I be for ever banished from own choice, not ours. But hear me,

its Elysian groves. Yes, I will meet her.” Colonel Lovelace,-as to the blue-eyed Wrapping, therefore, around him the

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folds of a cloak, which he had hastily that time assumed the name of New seized ere he rushed forth upon his mad York. Colonel Nichols, the commander design, he proceeded, scarcely breathing of the expedition, baving satisfactorily for the tumultuous beating of his heart, arranged the preliminaries of the treaty, to the abode of Katrina. He entered. landed with a party of men, and one The very hand of death seemed to strike confidential officer as a companion. him as he proceeded. The well-known They were respectfully quartered in one apartments were abandoned. A peasant of the best mansions of the town, and rudely informed him that the family had the hospitable family, however coolly disappeared, no one knew whither. Not disposed to regard the instruments of a letter, not a note, not a word of part. their unjustifiable subjugation, still exing. The flowers she cultivated, the tended to the two distinguished officers vines she nursed and loved, still bloomed every mark of respect and attention. upon the garden wall.

But Kate was Colonel Nichols, absorbed in the imgone. Whither had she disappeared ? portance of his responsibilities, yielded Had she fled? Had she perished ? himself up to his official cares and The king! At this dreadful thought, duties, while his companion, a noble rendered more fiendishly frightful by his and manly youth, whose prepossessing perfect knowledge of his cruel and appearance soon won him a welcome, licentious master, the distracted and was left at leisure to amuse himself by guilty youth felt his brain reel, and with examining the strange country, to him a ghastly look at the spot where last he so contrasted with the luxurious elehad seen her tearful eyes directed re- gance of London. The stranger was proachfully towards him, he fell senseless of a deportment sad and gentle; an air upon the ground.

of melancholy marked him for one It was several years after the incidents thoughtful beyond his years. The opuabove related, in the month of August lent citizen of whose hospitality he 1664, that three armed vessels, hoisting partook, had awarded to him a large the flag of England, floated slowly into room, leading into a parlour, and thence the harbour of New York, then in pos- into a small but well-stocked library: session of the Dutch. Only fifty years and here he was wont to spend his of had rolled away since Hudson had, for hours, during the week of his sojourn, the first time, entered the bay, and ex- when fatigued from his long rambles. plored the river. Since that period, the One day, sèated in this secluded retreat, Dutch had once lost and regained pos- the master of the dwelling, with a resession of this beautiful country. which spectful knock, applied for admission, they now quietly enjoyed under a grant and addressed his guest : made by the States' General. Van Twil. “ You must excuse me, sir, I am a ler, Keift, and Stuyvesant-names (alas! plain man and an old man, but I mean for their sterling virtues !) now conse- well; I perceive that you are of a soli. crated only to the lovers of humour and tary turn of mind, and I have therefore hearty laughter, had reigned in turn, thought you most preferred being left and the last now guided the affairs of to yourself—otherwise I should have that 'peaceful and lovely settlement-a oftener sought your company." tranquil village-a rural retreat, shel- “Indeed, my kind friend,” replied tered from the earthquakes of the Eu- the soldier, “I highly appreciate the ropean world. To this little abode, the politeness and delicacy of your motive, arm of tyranny seemed scarcely able to and perhaps I have been selfish and reach ; and here had fed, from priestly rude in my retirement; in truth, I and kingly wrath, many that were no- have scarcely been presented to your ble, brave, and lovely, cheerfully aban- family." doning the great world, for domestic Why, no sir-no; and that was my happiness and principle, safety and business here. My wife, you must know, liberty. The peaceful citizens, who has a wedding here to night, and scarcely knew the meaning of the three nothing will serve but you must be warlike intruders, were soon informed, invited. I told her, the gentleman that Charles the Second, the selfish and doubtless cares nothing about us—and dastardly monarch of Great Britain, our little hopes and fears, and weddings, had sent these messengers of death, to and all that. How should you, sirdeprive of liberty even the happy and a great traveller, and they say also, a harmless inhabitants of this remote great lord ?" corner of the globe. The town sur- “ You do me injustice, my kind sir. rendered, and New Amsterdam from I will, with pleasure, attend the festival,

I am

and the happy pair will possess no recognize in you the profligate whom I sincerer well-wisher than myself. Your have taught them to hate.” daughter, I presume ?”

“I confess I tremble-I repent,” “Yes, sir-no, sir- that is-pot ex- murmured the abashed libertine. actly. We love her like a daughter, sir ; “Mr. Morton,” rejoined she, “if that but she is only an adopted one-a kind be your name, let us quietly understand of ward, your lordship.”

each other. You met in me an inex“Well, in either case, present my best perienced and idle girl, I loved you." congratulations. I will attend with “ Dearest Kate ! pleasure.”

“ But I loved what I thought you were, “Ah, I hear her voice-and there is not what you are! When your true my son, the bridegroom, too. He is character was betrayed, that instant love coming in. My son, your lordship.” perished, and gave place to indignation

The usual obeisances were paid." The and horror. With reflection, every pargarrulous old father withdrew. The tiality for you has utterly passed away. bridegroom conversed a few moments, I know you, with all the virtues you with such calm self-possession, as implied fancy you possess, to be full of vices, the a peaceful and happy mind.

He was a

worst-the most incurable. No woman plain, but fine-looking youth, evidently can love truly, who loves a libertine. without much refinement of personal None can continue to love him when the manners; but still, about him there was mask is torn off.” something which commanded respect. Nay, Kate, you do but mock me,” His eye was bold and unflinching, and exclaimed the youth, maddened by the his manner that of one who feared nothing contemplation of charms lovelier than but doing wrong:

As he withdrew, a ever, "this must not be.” female voice of musical sweetness, half

“ Unhand me, sir." murmuring a low air, caught the ear of “I will account to your guardian and the stranger with magical effect. He your would-be-husband, Kate. turned quickly. It was repeated. He rich, great and powerful. I seek no ceased to breathe, and a paleness, as if longer your ruin- I will make you my he were about to swoon, crossed his wife. I will plant your brow with dia. features; but he remained firm and erect. monds. I am reconciled to my royal The door opened. A lovely form darted master. Beautiful, celestial girl, you into the room-a face of sweetness never shall be mine." to be mistaken or forgotten. She started “Never!-even if you call me to the -a glow of joyous surprise flushed the throne.” stranger's cheeks, as he exclaimed, “Nay, then, enchantress, one kiss.” Katrine!

Unaccustomed to restrain the wild And those once impass ned lovers, impulses of his nature, he clasped ber to whose arms had been interwreathed, his bosoin, in spite of her screams, when whose lips had met, who had felt the an iron grasp upon his shoulder dragged bearings of each other's liearke, stood now him violently back, and a rude blow rung distant, separated, silent. Seas- -years upon his forehead. Aghast at the insult, had been between them.

he looked up

The calm face of the At length Lovelace, trembliny

with a sturdy bridegroom was bent sternly on feeling, half agony, half rapture, ap- him. proached and knelt.

Insolent knave-coward-villain“Morton,” cried his once fond mistress, draw!” cried the enraged cavalier, losing but with a calmness that rung the knell all presence of mind. of his hopes, “rise-you kneel to the Certainly,” said the other coolly. In wife of another."

an instant their bright blades gleamed in He clasped his hands. “ Kate, I still the light, and the clash of a deadly con

I can explain all. Years of test rung through the room. Twice the repentance~"

desperate sword of Lovelace passed “Sir," said the girl haughtily, and, as through the skirt of his opponent. But she spoke, every vestige of embarrass- self-possession at length coped successment disappeared, “inistake me not fully with blind fury. The weapon of again. Kneel not, nor assume the lan- the frantic Englishman flew from his guage of a Jover.

I am this day to convulsive grasp, and its exhausted, become the bride of another. He and breathless, and bleeding master, with liis virtuous father know my past life, one knee on the floor, lay utterly exeven to that frightful peril in which you posed to the death he merited, and had involved me.

Beware, sir, lest they striven arduously to inflict.

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