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writ de heretico comburendo, which had cloud of courtly disfavour as himself: placed fire and faggot at the disposal above all, that Porter, whom he looked of the dominant creed, whatever that up to as a pattern of probity and wismight be at any particular time; and dom, should share in it, pained and an Act against profane cursing and distressed him. He was soon to be swearing, a vice frightfully prevalent relieved on this score. in both countries since the reactionary As Lord Capel's malady increased, influence of the Restoration had repu- and his danger became more imminent, diated the virtues with the treason of those of his party who had gone the the Puritans, all the most important greatest lengths in opposition to the measures of this Parliament will have independent and upright policy of the been enumerated - some of them in disgraced privy councillors were filled deed by anticipation, as it continued with alarm. They knew that on the its sessions until the beginning of the Lord Deputy's life hung their sole year 1698–9.
tenure of authority. Once he was Before that time, an event had oc- gone, the whole fabric of the faction curred which materially altered the he had formed would crumble to pieces. face of affairs in Ireland. Lord Capel In fear and haste they repaired to the had come to the country an invalid. sick man's chamber at Chapelizod; His letter of July, 1694, alludes to his but they found him too much exhaustillness. His malady gained ground, ed to assist personally at their deliberaand baffled the skill of his physicians. tions. Under these circumstances, they At Chapelizod, a village delightfully drew up a warrant for creating certain and salubriously situated in the valley parties Lords Justices, in the hope that, of the Liffey, a few miles westward on the Lord Deputy's death, the Gofrom Dublin, are still sbown the traces vernment might be considered as surof an old mansion, called the King's viving in these functionaries, at least House, which had been purchased from until his Majesty's pleasure should be the Eustace family by Charles II., and known, and so the immediate entrance formed the country residence of the of their opponents at the open doors of viceroys, until the Phænix Park was office be prevented. To this instru. enclosed and built upon. Thither the ment they affixed the Privy Seal; but Lord Deputy bad retired during the when it came to having the docquet spring of 1696, partly to prove the in- committed to the clerk, they hesitated vigorating virtues of the air, partly as to trust him, fearing lest the public a refuge from the fatigues of govern- should discover before the proper moment. About the same time Sir ment—that is, as we must conclude, Richard Cox, himself in precarious before the decease of the Lord Deputy health, had sought in England a relief _into whose hands the reins of Gofrom those anxieties which the con- vernment were to be committed. In tinued hostility of the Court could not the end, they abandoned the project fail to engender in a sensitive mind for the time. Another draft met with like his. There he had favour and the same fate. At last, in the month friendship to support him. Sydney hud of May, seeing the Lord Deputy's life once declared that he never would lose fast drawing to a close, Brigadier Wolsesight of the champion of perilled liber- ley and Mr. Stone agreed to take a dety and the associate of his labours for cisive step: they accordingly repaired the pacification of Ireland.
He now to the house of Sir Richard Cox in showed that he had not forgotten his Dublin, during his absence in Engpromise. Godolphin respected him for land, for the purpose of obtaining from his judicial skill and integrity. The his clerk the signet which was then in Southwells loved him—the one for his his keeping. The clerk not being in unremitting labours in furtherance of the way, the intruders unceremoniousthe trade and commerce of his coun. ly broke open Cox's chamber-door, try; the other for his philosophic ac
and ransacked his desk and papers, quirements and literary tastes, as well until they found the seal, which they as for his public and private virtues. forthwith affixed to a new warrant; Notwithstanding all these supports, and then spurred for Chapelizod, urged however, his spirits continued to be by the apprehension of Capel's death oppressed by the thonght that so many occurring before they should have acwhom he regarded lay under the same complished their object. He was alive when they arrived; but the most diffi- what was currently insinuated, that cult part of the business was yet to be Capel had himself been privy to the faperformed. A patent was prepared, brication of some of the charges against constituting Morrogh Viscount Blesin- him, on the occasion of the Parliamen. ton and Williain Wolseley, Esquire, tary impeachment. On the other hand, Master of the Ordnance, Lords Jus. the Lord Deputy lay, enervated by tices during his Majesty's pleasure, or sickness, on his dying bed; and, even if until the Lord Deputy should be re- his followers had been ready to hazard stored to his health. This patent bore the consequences of an interview, would date the 16th of May. But before it himself naturally have shunned the apcould have any effect, the Great Seal proach of one he had so deeply offend. would have to be affixed to it; and this ed. What the Chancellor foresaw took was in the custody of the Chancellor, place. The interview was declined ; Porter. On the morning of the 17th, and that personage peremptorily rethis functionary was summoned to fused to affix the Great Seal to the Chapelizod, and there required by patent, without the express authority Blesinton and his friends to place the
of the Lord Deputy. seal to the instrument they laid before All was confusion. A meeting of him. Porter bethought him a moment, the Chief Judges, the Attorney and and then expressed a desire to see the Solicitor-Generals, and some of the Lord Deputy. This they dared not Council, was held at Chapelizod, to concede.The breach between Capel consider what was to be done at that and Porter had continued unrepaired. critical moment; but their consultaThe latter stood firm in conscious in- tion was fruitless—the Chancellor was tegrity of purpose, having besides deep inmoveable-and in a few days Lord injuries to resent, if we may believe Capel died.
PLOW AND EBB.
THERE stand a beech and a sycamore
Around the rocks in whispers glide,
Kissing and kissing each his bride, And play with their sea-weed hair ;
And at eve, when the sun enshrines the crest Of the tall black mountains beyond in light,
When the ebbing waters leave the strand,
Across the long, long waste of sand,
To the glory in the West.
They were graven there at the twilight hour,
And closed the cup of each wearied flower;
The golden valvèd gates of the Night,
And his glorious train was fading away,
In the far-off islands dimly seen,
Veiled by the sea of light.
Two were there by the beechen stem.
He that carved the names on the tree
Shone with a joy that was fair to see;
Sloping adown the winding shore.
Watched with the earnest eyes of a bride,
The ever-following eyes of a bride ;
Like a harp that the wind sighs o'er.
The smile on his face was the smile that lit
The joyous glow of the evening west;
Was the smile in the evening east that lies,
Looketh adown from the deepening blue,
glories strange and far,
Deeper and deeper soon became
Under the hand of the youth each name ; And he carved a circle round and round,
To mark the undivided life
Of the love-lit path that lay before.
It seemed to the heart of the fair young wife
- The sea that toward a summer shore Would waft them on the coming morrow,
Far from the early home, that lay
Sleeping there by the sleeping bay;
And sad in her ear, like a low farewell,
-"Nevermore I nevermorel nevermore!”
Many a winter wailed and wept ;
Ever the summer waters slept, Ever the winter surges wild Dashed on the rocks in stormy play,
Once at last,-in the autumn time,
When the sycamore boughs were brown and bare,
And sailed far out to sea-
And he knew her name before his own,
Half filled up, and half o'ergrown;
And then he sat down wearily
In deep and solemn tone.
He saw the fiery path of light
Till sank the sun in the kingly west;
And the daisies looking up from her breast
She, with the starry crown of light
By the angel-warders of glory given, When first to the gate of her Father's city
Came the lost child of the King of Heaven ;
Sad and longing, tired and lonely,
Glimmered ever, but glimmered only;
And in her calm and loving eyes
The silence spoke of Paradise.
Was it the soundless spirit-voice
That made his wearied soul rejoice ?
To the pilgrim's longing, waiting eye;
He saw the heavenly city shine,
And he saw the rainbow play of the walls,
And the snowy sheen of the gates of pearl,
Above the wave of Life's fair river,
Flooding with glory all for ever.
The victory-hymn to martyrs given ;
In the music speech of Heaven.
And like a sound of the upper world,
The great old sea, to the echoing shore,
A. E. M.