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and unbending loyalty, both of him- was to take place he went to his self and his father, her distress was house in Aldersgate Street, from nearly insupportable. She resolved, which he did not intend to return however, that, if she could not savo until the day after the dinner given him, she would die with him; and, to General Cromwell and bis officomforting herself with this assur cers, This was the time which Maance, she calmly prepared to make rian judged as most favourable for the only effort in her power on his her purpose ; and, soon after her behalf, viz., that of a personal ap- father had left Holborn, she, with a peal to General Cromwell. This beating heart, and in her most simple was a bold step for one so young; apparel, with her lovely countenance but Marian stopped not to weigh shrouded in a black silk hood, set off either the peril or the possible con- for the palace at Whitehall, where sequences of the undertaking. She she had been informed the General imparted her determination to no one
then was. but her nurse. 6. God will be my
On making known her desire to guide," she said to the old woman, the attendants, she was told that the wbu would fain have dissuaded her Lord General had been occupied from the attempt; “ but give thou to nearly all the day with business of me that trinket of my mother's—be importance, and that it was not like watch she gave thee-I may need ly she would be able to see him, but it."
that she could wait if she pleased. “Well, but you know not, per- Marian accordingly sat down on a haps, the tale that belongs to it," bench in a corridor leading to the .said the old woman.
principal apartments. Here she " Yes, yes !” said Marian; “I waited in agonizing suspense ; perknow it all; I have heard it many suns passed to and fro, but none times.'
seemed to notice her, and she thought Thus admonished, the nurse un with bitterness of the precious moJocked a small drawer, and drew ments thus passing away, which forth a small watch hanging to a steel might probably be fraught with dan chain, which was partly rusied. The ger to her beloved Herbert. An elcase of the watch was of gold: it derly man, in the garb of a puritan had small steel beads around it, and minister, entered the gallery: his a raised border of flowers of the look seemed benevolent, and Marian same metal on the back. Exactly in resolved to address him, and request the centre was a small painting of a his assistance. At first be looked at female head, exquisite in expression her suspectingly; but a second glance and beauty. The dark raven hair at her noble brow and modest couvparted on the forehead, the eyes full tenance reassured him. He saw of tenderness, and the faint blush that her distress was real, and, cer. just tinging the fair cheek, made tain that her object could be one of Marian weep as she gazed on it; no common interest, he promised, if and, pressing the trinket to her lips, possible, to obtain her an interview she exchanged an affectionate fare- with the Lord General. well with her nurse, and hastened This person, who was the celehomewards.
brated Hugh Peters, was as good as In honour of the victory which his word. In a few moments he General Cromwell had obtained at again approached her, and, taking Worcester, the citizens of London her band, he led her to the door of resolved on giving a grand entertain- an apartment, and whispering ment. Great preparations were made “ The Lord prosper thy petition," on the occasion, and he was to be the door was thrown open, and Mafeasted in Guildhall. Matthew God- rian found herself in the presence of frey intended to be present at the General Cromwell. civic festival; and the day before it The room into which Marian was
ushered was a high and noble apart- earnestly for a stranger youth: bement, commanding a spacious view take thee to thine home.” of the Thames, with all the varied The blood rushed into Marian's and bustling scenery constantly ob- cheeks and forehead, and she replied servable thereon. Three sides of hastily—“ Is it, then, a crime for the room were occupied by book woman to plead for mercy? Be it shelves, filled with large and seem so! Yet the laws, both of God and ingly ponderous volumes; at the man, are on my side, when I would upper end stood a table, covered ask your aid for my unhappy buswith a Turkey carpet, on which lay band." numerous papers ; and, in a plain “ Ha !” he said, “I looked not higb-backed chair, covered with for this; but thine appeal is vain :" black leather, sat the man who was and he glanced pityingly on her.
to be raised to the supreme " In these stirring times domestic power in these kingdoms-Oliver ties must be rent asunder, when the Cromwell. He was plainly dressed, glory of the Lord and the welfare of in a suit of, mulberry colour, with a the State require it.” short cloak of the same. His hat “ Alas! alas!" cried Marian, “and lay beside him on the table. His will you consign my husband to perhair was partially grey, and his ish? What is his crime? He did whole countenance spoke the deci- but follow a kind master, and fight sion and quick penetration that be- in support of his cause, as he was longed to his character ; though, at bound by his oath of loyalty. Thou times, there was a softening expres- thyself hast done as much; but, alas ! sion in the eyes which moderatect thou hast chosen a more fortunate the effect his stern features would path." otherwise have produced. At first Cromwell's brow darkened : “Say he looked harshly at Marian; but rather," he added, " that the Lord when he saw that her whole frame hath guided me to choose light ratrembled with agitation, he said, ther than darkness. But, touching mildly~" Maiden, what is thine er- this matter of thine, Herbert Lisle rand ?”
will be dealt with as the State shall “I would implore your aid," think fit; and, if his life be forfeited, replied Marian -“ Your powerful pray thou unto the Lord, and he will assistance, in the case of Herbert comfort thee in thine affliction." Lisle, an unhappy prisoner in the “ Not so," said Marian eagerly; late battle.”
“I know thou art all powerful, and “ Herbert Lisle! sayest thou ?” that a word from thee could save replied Cromwell; "thou speakest him. Mercy, then, mercy! Bethiuk vain words, and knowest not what thee how this gracious act would thou askest. Is he not an avowed gladden thy dying hour, and rob enemy to the good cause? And has death of its bitterness.' not the Lord delivered him into our Cromwell shook his head, and hands, that we should deal with him Marian, in the energy of her supplieven as it shall seem good in our cation, dropped on her knees, and
held up with both her hands, the ..0, Sir, speak not thus, I be- watch she had received from her
said Marian ; “ have nurse, and which she had kept till mercy on his youth; it may be that now concealed in ber bosom. the persuasions of others have led The moment Cromwell's eyes him io oppose the government ; give - rested upon it, he started from his him then tim e for repentance !"
seat, and advanced towards Marian. more fitting, maiden, for “ Where got ye this ?" he said ; thee,” said Cromwell, "to meddle while his strong frame trembled with not with this
matter : it is not seem- emotion; and he snatched the triokly for a youk ng maiden to plead thus et from her hands, and as he gazed
on the sweet face painted thereon, last saw her, comes over me as a he turned aside, and Marian saw pleasant dream." He looked on the the big drops of sorrow fall on his picture, and sighed as he put it into weather-beaten cheek.
ber hands. " Farewell!” he said ; “ Know ye whose watch this once “all I can do for thee I will, and was ?” he said, as he turned to God's blessing be ever with thee!" Marian.
He pressed her hand kindly. Ma“It was my mother's, who has rian's heart was full, and she could been dead many years,” she replied; but weep her thanks, as the General " and my father is Matthew God- touched a small silver bell, when the frey, citizen of London."
door was opened, and she passed Cromwell started. He approach- forth from the presence of General ed Marian, who was still on her Cromwell with renewed hopes and a knees, and, pushing aside her brown thankful spirit. bair, which had fallen over her white Not many days after this interforehead, he paused a minute, then view, Marian's purse came to her
, added—“ Thine is a face fair to look and informed her that Herbert Lisle, upon; and ye have your mother's her beloved husband, was at liberty; noble brow, but not her raven bair that he had been with ber, and deand eye. In days long past, when I sired her to tell Marian he was imwas a student at the Ions of Court, patient to behold her once more, and I loved your mother fondly and tru- to bid ber farewell, as he had given ly; but her parents suffered her not his promise to the State to depart to listen to my words. Perchance furthwith, and his steps were therethey acted wisely, for mine has been fore watched by their emissaries. a stormy course;" and he sighed. She added, that he would expect “ The Lord's will be done !"
Marian at her cottage, at tbe close of Marian saw that Cromwell's spi- that same evening. rit was softened ; and she resumed It were needless to speak of Maher pleadings for her husband; and rian's gratitude, when she heard that she called on him, in remembrance Herbert was really at liberty of the of her mother, to be merciful. many affectionate messages to bim
“ Thou hast touched a tender with which she charged ber oursestring,” he said ; " and for thy mo- of the trembling impatience with ther's sake, if I have any influence, which she awaited the appointed thy husband shall depart harmless." hour to behold him.
Marian sprang on her feet, and Evening came, at length, and the began pouring out her thanks. darkening clouds, and the moaning • Nay!" said the General, “ if the of the wind, seemed to portend a life and liberty of Herbert Lisle be storm ; but Marian heeded not these granted, it will be on the sole con- gloomy appearances. She bad kept dition that he leave England imme- aloof in ber chamber from the family diately, and make no further attempt all that day, under the plea of indisto subvert the present government of position; and it was quite dusk, and these kingdoms."
all was still in the house, ere she May God reward you for this !” ventured forth. With noiseless steps said Marian; and she folded her she passed down the garden at the cloak around her, and prepared to back of the house, and unfastened depart.
the door at the extremity of it, which “Rest in peace,” said Cromwell; led into the fields, and hastened 09“and when thine husband is set at wards, as she believed, unheard and liberty, ye shall hear from him. unobserved.-Once or twice, as MaTake this with thee;" and he held rian proceeded through the lane out to her her mother's watch. “It which led to the cottage of her has stirred sad thoughts within me; nurse, she thought she heard a footand the memory of thy mother, as I step behind her. She stopped, and
listened intensely, but all was pero
“ This stroke was doubtless meant fectly still, and she felt certain that for thee. Oh, the bliss that thou art she had been deceived that the safe, and that I may die for thee! sound had been merely the rustling My poor father!” she murmured of the wind through the hedge. faintly, as her head dropped exhaust
In a few minutes she gained ed on his shoulder. the cottage, and, hastily unfastening · Help! instant aid, in the name the latch, she entered. There was of God!" wildly cried Herbert; and a light in the rooin, but Marian saw the nurse, scarcely less distracted, no one but her nurse, 66 Where is hastened to obtain assistance. he ?" she exclaimed. The old wo Help is vain,” said Marian; “I man pointed to an inner apartment; feel it here ;' and she pressed her but Herbert had heard the sound of chilly hand on her side. The dews her voice, and he rushed forth, and of death were on her forehead; but caught Marian in his arms. "Belove her arms were clasped firmly around ed of my soul!" said the young Ca- her husband's neck. valier, as he tenderly bent over his " It is a bitter pang to leave weeping wife, "what a debt of grati- thee !" sighed Marian; 6 but a few tude do I owe thee! Alas! must the more years, and thou wilt be with joy with which I now enfold thee so me, free froni sorrow, from suffersoon pass away? And must I be ing." banished from thy dear presence ? The last word was scarcely disCruel, cruel fate !
tinguishable. She sighed heavily : ** Nay, dear Herbert !” replied Herbert felt the arnis which were Marian, “ Jet us not enbitter the few around him relax in their grasp-her moments which remain to us by use- gentle soul had fled—it was only the less repinings; let us feel grateful lifeless corse of his beloved Marian that thy life is spared !”
which he pressed distractedly to his " Banishment from thee is worse bosom, and gazed on in mute but than death!" said Herbert.
unutterable despair. " When thou art abroad, and in safety, I may find means to join It was Philip Godfrey who had thee," replied Marian. Happy followed Marian on that fatal night. hours may yet be in store for us." He had watched her into the cottage
“ Bless thee, dearest !” said her he saw her in the arms of a young husband, as he passed his arm cavalier, though he distinguished not around her waist, and her head re that it was Herbert Lisle-he witclined on his shoulder.
nessed their endearments ; and, They had stood thus for a few fraught with madness at the disgrace seconds, beside the window, when which he imagined had been thus Herbert quitted his position, and brought upon his family, he drew advanced towards the inner apart- forth his pistol and aimed it at Herment, whither a sudden call from the bert. But Marian, his sister, was nurse invited hiin. Marian had tak- fated to be the unhappy sufferer from en but a single step to follow him, his deadly purpose. He stayed not when the report of a pistol was to know the event; as, fearful of heard, and Marian, with a deep pursuit, he hastened immediately groan, sank on the cottage floor. from the spot. Bitter was his re
Herbert flew towards her: he pentance, when he found that he had raised her in his arms : but the ball sacrificed his beloved sister; and had entered her side, and the blood when the true circumstances of the flowed freely. Herbert bent over case were made known to him, he her in indescribable agony. Her was unable to bear his reflections, face was deathly pale ; but her eyes and sailed soon after for America, turned with fondness on her husband, where he died at the close of a few as, with difficulty, she articulated years. 33 ATHENEUM, vol. 9, 2d scries.
From the moment of Marian's passed away for ever ; and, soon death, Herbert Lisle was a melan- after the restoration of King Charles choly man; and though Matthew the Second, he died at his paternal Godfrey, softened and almost broken- mansion, in Kent, young in years, hearted by the misfortune which bad but willingly resigning the load of befallen his family, blessed and for- life which had pressed heavily upon gave him ere be left England, he him since the death of his ever fondmoved no more in scenes of gaiety, ly-remembered Marian. for the light of his existence had
THE FRENCH CHAMBER OF DEPUTIES,
was created on the 4th of June, piece of money in the centre. This 1814, by the 15th Article of the is done from four to five o'clock in Constitutioval Charter, bears some the morning, when numbers of perresemblance to the opera, in the va sons come to secure a place by means rious distribution of its characters of this little operation, and then reand performers,—its choruses and tire till the opening of the Sitting figurants. Like the latter, it has takes place. first-rate stars, and twinklers of mi The scene of debate is a semipor magnitude; shining public cha- circular saloon, which is lighted from racters, intermixed with puppets and the top, and is illuminated at night mutes; and the whole assemblage, by a lustre, suspended very majestiviewed together in its grotesque cose cally by invisible means, and kept tume of antiquated frippery and mo- up during the continuance of the dedern exaggeration, presents us with bates. The members are seated on a very faithful representation of a semi-circular rows of benches, which melo-drama on a grand scale. are separated by two wide passages
The palace in which these legisla- that insulate the centre from the tors hold their sittings, resembles in right and left. Three other smaller its external figure that favourite resi- avenues which sub-divide these three dence of music and song. It is erect- grand divisions form the first and ed on the left bank of the Seine, at second sections of the left and the extremity of the Fauxbourg Saint right, the right centre, and the left Germain, and is connected by the centre. At the extreme left are the bridge of Louis XVI., with the ex veteran friends of liberty—the tensive square that terminates the rable Lafayette, the eloquent B. Tuileries.
Constant, the ardent Corcelies, LabThe portico of this palace is com- bey de Pompieres, Casimir-Perrier, posed of twelve Corinthian columns, Lámeth, and about fifty others, who surmounted by a triangular pediment, have grown grey in the career of which is adorned with a bas-relief, patriotism. On the left is the party of emblamatic of the power and influ- Terneaux, Duvergier de Haurange, ence of law. A superb staircase Keratry, and Saint-Aulaire, who leads to this portico, between two were doctrinaires under Decazes, statues, representing Themis and and liberals under Villele,-men of Minerva. On the exterior there is talents and respectable citizens; but a range of statues, bearing the names mere novices in political intrigue, of Sully, Colbert, D’Aguesseau, and whose want of foresight and sagacity l'Hopital. On the grand gala days has twice compromised the interests of public debate, the pavement of of France. Immediately on their, the porch is marked all over with right the centre-gauche appears com. circles drawn with chalk, having each posed of a species of figurants, of