« ПредишнаНапред »
appear on the street in their shirts, with Smith, let this young man speak with me. swords and targets, and some of them There is no danger in him, I promise you. with torches. The assailants now en- Stay out an instant where you are, and let deavoured to make their escape, which all no one enter the house, either to attack of them effected excepting the man who or defend." I will be answerable that this had been thrown down along with the galliard meant but some StValentine's jest.' ladder. Him the intrepid armourer had “ So saying, the old man pulled in the caught by the throat in the scufile, and prisoner, and shut 'the door, leaving held as fast as the greyhound holds the Henry a little surprised at the unexpected hare. The other wounded men were light in which his father-in-law had viewborne off by their comrades.
ed the affray. 66. Here are a sort of knaves breaking The party of citizens, who made chace peace within burgh,' said Henry to the after the runagates, return unsuccessful, neighbours, who began to assemble; for they have made good their retreat. 'make after the rogues. They cannot In this scene we are introduced to Oliver all get off, for I have maimed some of Proudfute, a bonnet maker and burgher them; the blood will guide you to them. of the city a character which serves
“O Some Highland catherans~' said as a foil to the undaunted bravery of the citizens, up and chase, neigh- Harry the Smith, of whose prowess Masbours!'
ter Oliver is a great admirer, but a very Ay, chase-chase,.---leave me to indifferent and inefficient imitator. Oliver ow,' continued the ar- discovers, on the ground where the onset
lately took place, the hand of a man, “ The assistants dispersed in different and, apparently, of a gentleman, by the directions, their lights flashing, and their jewelled ring on one of its fingers. This cries resounding through the whole adja- was the hand struck off in the affray, by cent district.
the whinger“ of the Smith; and In the meantime, the armourer's cap- much apprehension of the consequences tive entreated for freedom, using both is entertained by the burghers. : After the promises and threats to obtain it. • As matter is duly discussed, the neighbours Thou art a gentleman,' he said, let me retire to finish their night's rest. go, and what is past shall be forgiven.' “ They were scarce gone ere the door
“I am no gentleman, said Henry of Glover's house opened, and seizing I am Hal of the Wynd, a burgess of the Smith by the hand, the old man pulled Perth ; and I have done nothing to need him in. forgiveness.?
««Where is the prisoner?' demanded *** Villain, thou hast done thou know. the armourer. est not what ! But let me go, and I will ¢¢¢ He is gone-escaped-fled—what fill thy bonnet with gold pieces.'
do I know of him ?' said the Glover. " I shall fill thy bonnet with a cloven "" He got out of the back door, and so head presently,' said the armourer, une through the little garden-Think not of less thou stand still as a true prisoner.' him, but come and see the Valentine,
"What is the matter, my son Harry,' whose honour and life you have saved said Simon, who now appeared at the this morning.' window._ I hear thy voice in another 66. Let me but sheathe my weapon,' tone than I expected.-What is all this said the Smith— let me but wash my noise; and why are the neighbours ga- hands.' thering to the affray ?'
6. There is not an instant to lose, she “There have been a proper set of is up and almost dressed.—Come on, limmers about to scale your windows, man. She shall see thee with thy good father Simon; but I am like to prove weapon in thy hand, and with villain's godfather to one of them, whom I hold blood on thy fingers, that she inay know here, as fast as ever vice held iron.' what is the value of a true man's service,
""'« Hear me, Simon Glover,' said the She has stopped my mouth over long prisoner; ' let me but speak one word with ber pruderies and her scruples. I with you in private, and rescue me from will have her know what a brave man's the gripe of this iron-fisted and leaden- love is worth, and a bold burgess's to pated clown, and I will show thee, that boot.' no harm was designed to thee or thine ; “ Startled from her repose by the noise and, moreover, tell thee what will much of the affray, the Fair Maid of Perth had advantage thee.
listened in breathless terror to the sounds " I should know that voice,' said of violence and outcry which arose from Simon Glover, who now came to the door the street. She had sunk on her knees with a dark lantern in his hand.
to pray for assistance, and when she dis
.. that's more
tinguished the voices of neighbours and street, when the Glover caught him by friends collected for her protection, she the arm. remained in the same posture to return
"I shall like the ruffle of to-night," thanks. She was still kneeling when her said he, better than I ever thought to father almost thrust her champion, Henry do the clashing of steel, if it brings my Smith, into her apartment; the bashful daughter to her senses, Harry, and lover hanging back at first, as if afraid teaches her what thou art worth. to give offence, and on observing her “So saying, he drew Henry, nothing posture, from respect to her devotion. loath, into the same apartment where,
“Father,' said the armourer, she they had supped, and where the old prays—I dare no more speak to her than woman, who was on foot, disturbed as to a bishop when he says mass.'
others had been by the nocturnal affray, "Now, go. thy ways, for a right soon roused up the fire. valiant and courageous blockhead,' said “¢ And now, my doughty son,' said her father; and then speaking to his the Glover, - what liquor wilt thou daughter, he added.—Heaven is best pledge thy father in?' thanked, my daughter, by gratitude shown Henry Smith had suffered himself to. to our fellow creatures. Here comes the sink mechanically upon a seat of old, instrument by whom God has rescued black oak, and now gazed on the fire, thee from death, or perhaps from dis- that flashed back a ruddy light over his honour worse than death. Receive him, manly features. He muttered to himself Catharine, as thy true Valentine, and half audibly-". Good Henry—brave him whom I desire to see my affectionate Henry,-Ah ! had she but said, dear son.'
Henry ! «« Not thus father,' replied Catha- 6. What liquors be these ?' said the rine. • I can see--can speak to no old Glover, laughing. “ 'My cellar holds one now. I am not ungrateful-perhaps none such ; but if sack, or rhenish, or I am too thankful to the instrument of wine of Gascony can serve, why, say our safety ; but let me thank the guar- the word and the flagon foams,--that is dian Saint who sent me this timely relief, all' and give me but a moment. to.don my “«The kindest thanks,' said the arkirtle.'
mourer, still musing ; "Nay, God-a-mercy, wench, it than she ever said to me before—the were hard to deny thee time to husk thy kindest thanks—what may not that body-clothes, since the request is the stretch to ? only words like a woman that thou hast 66. It shall stretch like kid's leather, uttered for these ten days.—Truly, son man,' said the Glover, if thou wilt but Harry, I would my daughter would put be ruled, and say what thou wilt take for off being entirely a saint, till the time thy morning's draught.' comes for her. being canonized for St. **s. Whatever thou wilt, father,' an-. Catharine the Second:
swered the armourer carelessly, and re-. «. Nay, jest-not, father; for I will lapsed into the analysis of Catharine's swear she has at least one sincere adorer speech to him.
• She spoke of my already, who hath devoted himself to her warm heart : but she also spoke of my pleasure, so far as sinful man may.- reckless hand. What earthly thing can Fare-thee-well then, for the moment, fair I do to get rid of that fighting fancy? maiden,' he concluded, raising his voice, Certainly I were best strike my right hand • and Heaven send thee dreams as off, and nail it to the door of a church, peaceful as thy waking thoughts. I go that it may never do me discredit more, to watch thy slumbers, and woe with “ Harry is still depressed with despair him that shall intrude on them !!. of succeeding in his heart's dearest hope,
Nay, good and brave Henry, but receives every encouragement that his whose warm heart is at such variance admiring father and friend" can suggest, with thy reckless hand, thrust thyself into and they part. no farther quarrels to-night; but take - The Glover retired to his bed, and, the kindest thanks, and with these, try it is to be supposed, to rest. The lover to assume the peaceful thoughts which was not so fortunate. His bodily frame you assign to me. To-morrow we will easily bore the fatigue which he had enmeet, that I may assure you of my gra- countered in the course of the night, but titude-Farewell."
his mind was of a different and more ". And farewell, lady and light of my delicate mould. In one point of view, heart! said the armourer, and descending he was but the stout burgher of his period, the stair which led to Catharine’s apartproud alike of his art in making weapons, ment, was about to sally forth into the and wielding them when made ; his pro
fessional jealousy, personal strength, and stairs and opened the door of the cham. skill in the use of arms, brought him into ber, in which, as she liad guessed, her many quarrels, which had made him lover had passed the hours after the fray. generally feared, and in some instances Catharine paused at the door and became disliked. But with these qualities were half afraid of executing her purpose, united the simple good-nature of a child, which not only permitted but enjoined and at the same time an imaginative and the Valentines of the year to begin their enthusiastic temper, which seemed little connexion with a kiss of affection. It to correspond with his labours at the was looked upon as a peculiarly propitiforge, or his combats in the field. Per- ous omen, if the one party could find the haps a little of the hair-brained and other asleep, and awaken him or her apdent feeling whieh he had picked out by performance of this interesting cereof old ballads, or from the metrical mony. romances, which were his sole source of
a fairer opportunity information or knowledge, may have offered for commencing this mystic tie, been the means of pricking him on to than that which now presented itself to some of his achievements, which had Catharine. After many and various often a rude strain of chivalry in them; thoughts, sleep had at length overcome at least, it was certain that his love to the stout armourer in the chair in which the fair Catharine had in it a delicacy he had deposited himself. His features, such as might have become the squire of in repose, had a more firm and manly low degree, who was honoured, if song cast than Catharine had thought, who, peaks truth, with the smiles of the King having generally seen them fluctuating of Hungary's daughter. His sentiments between shamefacedness and apprehen towards her were certainly as exalted as sion of her displeasure, had been used if they had been fixed upon, an actual to connect with them some idea of imangel, which made old Simnon, and others becility. who watched his conduct, think that his « « He looks very stern,” she said ; passion was too high and devotional to if he should be angry-and then when be successful with maiden of mortal he awakes—we are alone-if I should mould. They were mistaken, however. call Dorothy--if I should wake my father Catharine, coy and reserved as she was, but no ! it is a thing of custom, and had a heart which could feel and under- done in all maidenly and sisterly love stand the nature and depth of the armour- and honour. I will not suppose that Henry er's passion; and whether she was able can misconstrue it, and I will not let a to repay it or not, she had as much secret childish fear put my gratitude to sleep.' pride in the attachment of the redoubted “ So saying, she tripped along the Henry Gow, as a lady of romance may floor of the apartment with a light, though be supposed to have in the company of hesitating step, and a cheek crimsoned a tame lion, who follows to provide for at her own purpose; and gliding to the and defend her. It was with sentiments chair of the sleeper, dropped a kiss upon of the most sincere gratitude that she his lips as light as if a rose leaf had fallen recollec:ed, as she awoke at dawn, the on them. The slumbers must have been services of Henry during the course of slight which such a touch could dispel, the eventful night, and the first thought and the dreams of the sleeper must needs which she dwelt upon, was the means of have been connected with the cause of making him understand her feelings. the interruption, since Henry, instantly
“ Arising hastily from bed, and half starting up, caught the maiden in his arms, blushing at her own purpose—“ • I have and attempted to return in ecstasy the been cold to him, and perhaps unjust; salute which had broken his repose. But I will not be ungrateful,' she said to her. Catharine struggled in his embrace, and self, though I cannot yield to his as her efforts implied alarmed modesty, suit, I will not wait till my father compels rather than maidenly corness, her bashful me to receive him as my Valentine for lover suffered her to escape a grasp, from the year ; I will seek him out, and choose which twenty times her strength could not him myself. I have thought other girls have extricated her. bold, when they did something like this, “Nay, be not angry, good Henry,' but I shall thus best please my father, said Catharine, in the kindest tone, to her and but discharge the rites due to good surprised lover. “I have paid my vows Saint Valentine by showing my gratitude to Saint Valentine, to show how I value to this brave man.'
the mate which he has sent me for the “ Hastily slipping on her dress, which Let but my father be present, and nevertheless, was left a good deal more I will not dare to refuse thee the revenge disordered than usual, she tripped down you may clajin for a broken sleep.'
"Let not that be a hindrance,' said and faithful service, and my obedience to the old Glover, rushing in ecstasy into you. But do not lead him to think—and the room".to her, Smith-to her- oh, dearest father, do not yourself enterstrike while the iron is hot, and teach tain an idea, that I meant more than what her what it is not to let sleeping dogs lie the promise to be his faithful and affecstill.'
tionate Valentine through the year requires “Thus encouraged, Henry, though per- of me.' haps with less alarming vivacity, again "Ay-ay-ay-ay-we understand seized the blushing maiden in his arms, it all,' said Simon, in the soothing tone who submitted with a tolerable grace to which nurses apply to children We receive repayment of her salute, a dozen understand what the meaning is, enough times repeated, and with an energy very for once, enough for once. Thou shalt different froin that which had provoked not be frightened or hurried.—Loving, such severe retaliation. At length, she true, and faithful Valentines are ye, and again extricated herself from her lover's the rest as Heaven and opportunity shall arms, and, as if frightened and repenting permit. Come, prithee, have done what she had done, threw herself into a wring not thy tiny hands, nor fear farther seat, and covered her face with ber persecution now. Thou hast done bravely, hands.
excellently-And now, away to Dorothy, “ Cheer up, thou silly girl,' said her and call up the old sluggard, we must father, and be not ashamed that thou have a substantial breakfast, after a night hast made the two happiest men in Perth, of confusion and a morning of joy, and since thyola father is one of them. thy hand will be needed to prepare for us Never was kiss so well bestowed, and some of these delicate cakes, which no meet it is that it should be suitably re- one can make but thyself; and well hast turned. Look up, my darling ! look up, thou a right to the secret, seeing who and let me see thee but give one smile. taught it thee.--Ah! health to the soul By my honest word, the sun that now of thy dearest mother,' he added, with a rises over our fair city shows no sight sigh; how blithe would she have been that can give me greater pleasure.- to see this happy St. Valentine's morn What,' he continued, in a jocose tone, ing !' thou thoughtst thou hadst Jamie Ked- « Catharine took the opportunity of die's ring, and couldst walk invisible ? escape which was thus given her, and but not so, my fairy of the dawning. Just glided from the room." as I was about to rise, I heard thý chamber door open, and watched thee down
(To be continued.) stairs-not to protect thee against this sleepy-headed Henry, but to see with my own delighted eyes, my beloved girl do that which her father most wished. Come,
MAY FLOWERS. put down these foolish hands, and though thou blushest a little, it will only the better grace St. Valentine's morn, when Oh! sweet are the flowers that blossom in blushes best become a maiden's cheek.'
May; “ As Simon Glover spoke, he pulled And smiling, like beauty, or heart-bending
Like wooing-gifts decking the gaily-drest day, away, with gentle violence, the hands
sway, which hid his daughter's face. She O'er those who are happy ana young ! blushed deeply, indeed, but there was
Their witchery comes o'er the soul like a spell,
Breathed furth by kind spirits from some fairy more than maiden's shame in her face,
dell, and her eyes were fast filling with tears. Or like the rich music the mountain winds “What: weeping, love ?' continued
swell, her father,-'nay, nay, this is more
When the eve by their minstrelsy 's sung! than need-Henry, help me to comfort this little fool.'
Oh! the blackbird might whistle his joy. " Catharine made an effort to collect
And the sunshine gleams kindly along the herself and to smile, but the smile was of
green plain, a melancholy and serious cast.
And the dews of the spring throw their love“I only meant to say, father,' said mists, in vain, the Fair Maid of Perth, with continued
Round the form of the beautifui May,
If the graces that make her more beauteous to exertion, that in choosing Henry Gow
seem, for my Valentine, and rendering to him Than the smile of the spring, or the shine of the rights and greeting of the morning,
of light, from the sun's mornaccording to wonted custom, I meant but
ing beam,to show my gratitude to him for his manly Her sweet smelling dow'rs-were away!
the first gl
There are charms in the breeze that skims will not fade or decay, but will blossom more lightly along,
bright, And bears on its wings each fond warbler's As the pleasures of heaven shed, lovely, their song,
light, But fairer the charms of each many.nued Th' immortal may-sun of the skies. throng,
R. JARMAN That scent with their fragrance the vale ; How they smile from the hedges, and sport on
the grass, And lie on the hillocks like jewels there cast, And kiss the young zephyrs that flutter them
THE WHISPERING GALLERY past, The am'rous gallants of the dale !
I heard a whisper, it breatbed to me,
" Write,"-what I whisper unto thee. Oh! the sun will shine warmer as months they roll round,
The Whispering Galleries in Cathedrals And a fuller-grown herbage will wave on the
are esteemed curiosities. ground,
Phrenologists And many-oh! many a flower will be found, class those portions of the concave When these are all wither'd away!
craniums as containing the organ of Tune. But the fall summer-sun will bring drought in
Such, as is in the dome of St. Paul's and his train, And the dow'rets then blossoming, will scorch- other upper and head-part of churching, complain:
building, belongs to this order. DropOh! the flowrets that bloom now, are again ping metaphorical allusion, the capacities and again
of human voices are so various, that, Worth those of the hot summer's-day !
there are several degrees of whisperers, And so life's May Aowers that bloom in the which may be poetically denominated spring,
under Talkers. Don Quixote, that built When youth is first smiling, and love first castles in the air, and fought with wind
takes wing, And hopes like the ivy, grow only to cling
mills'; that heroic Knight to Dulcineas, Around the green soil where they rise, and who entertained barbers, showmen, Are beauteous, and fragrant, and fair to the and Spanish_inn-keepers, was an ideal And shine with the lustre of Joy's bright whisz erer. Le Sage, in his Gil Blas, has dew,
gifted his adventurous hero with a kindred Which drops on their blossoms a tint ever quality, and has therein pourtrayed the
Students of Salamanca conveying their A fresh’ning gift from the skies !
assignations and learning with facility to But sorrows cold winds sometimes with’ring the objects of their pursuit by efforts of will blow,
no higher order than whispers. The oraAdversity round her bleak boar frost may cular whispers of priests are remembered
throw, And checks and decay, perhaps, the flow'rets
in the apocryphal History of Bell and
the Dragon.' will know Ere the May Morn has hid from the light, At the gates of Nunneries, watchOr, should they live on, summer's cares will towers, drawbridges, and lattices, whisdart down,
pers have passed current as the coins of Rude Autumn will blight them by many a
the realm. In the senate-house, the ple. frown, And wintry storms whistle, until they are beian streets, the Oracle, the Grand thrown,
Seignior's palace, Seraglio, camp, and As worthless, away from the sight!
helm, the whisper has given authority for Oh! let then youth's may-dow'rs beguile the decapitation, revolt, and national devasta
Indeed, an elaborate essay might While the spring sun of life does a gladness be drawn into the bulk of a prosy Pamimpart,
phlet,-deduced into the length of one of And love's wid’ning halos their mystic beams Mr. Brougham's favourite quarterly critiIn beauty on every scene !
cisms, or attract as much notice as a new Oh ! let them bloom on ! they are sweet, they rhapsody by Coleridge, Vision of Judg
are fair, No others will blossom with them to compare! Adams, who pronounces Handel to be no
ment by Byron, or musical lecture by But, alas ! ev'ry day does their fragrance impair,
genius, for the same reason, perhaps, that And tell us that sweeter they've been ! Cobbett denounced Milton to be no wri
ter;—but, as these are mere shadows in But when Life's varied year shall be seen in existence, they would, after due notice,
the past, And Death's gloomy winter behind shall be pass off with a mere whisper, and be forcast;
gotten, the attempt to ratiocinate them is Then a spring never-ending shall brighten abandoned. would be vain, also, to
up fast, And Eternity's may.morn arise !
describe the effect of a whisper at the triOh! the flow'rs that will bloom in that time of
bunal of the Inquisition, the Bastile, and delight,
Pope's Bulls, by which nobles have been