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dreads the contest which is to take place still resided there. Catharine's heart between his own Clan and the Clan Chat- throbbed, for she had heard that the tan. The old man listens to this confes- Duchess had the pride as well as the high sion with astonishment and with pain; courage of the house of Douglas, and and advises him to take better courage, felt uncertain touching the reception she and fortify his mind against the worst ; was to experience. On entering the but he counsels and consoles the young Castle, she observed that the train was Chieftain in vain. Perhaps this scene is smaller than she had expected, but as the the most pathetic in the work ; exhibiting Duchess lived in close retirement, she was the minute knowledge the author has little surprised at this. In a species of acquired of the strength and weakness of anteroom she was met by a little old the human heart.
who seemed bent double with But we will leave the fortunes of the age, and supported herself upon an ebony ill-fated Conachar, and will return to staff. those of the Fair Catharine. She has "Truly thou art welcome, fair daugh arrived at the place of her destination in ter,' said she, saluting Catharine, and, safety, but mischief is on foot to en. as I may say, to an afflicted house; aud Í trap her, when she deems she is most trust (once more saluting her) thou wilt safe
be a consolation to my precious and right " It was an hour before noon, when royal daughter the Duchess. Sit thee Catharine, escorted by old Henshaw and down, my child, till I see whether my, a groom of the Knight of Kinfauns, ar- lady be at leisure to receive thee. rived before the lordly tower of Faulk. my child, thou art very lovely indeed, if land. The broad banner which was dis. Our Lady hath given to thee a soul to played from it bore the arms of Rothsay, match with sọ fair a body,' the servants who appeared wore the co- « With that the counterfeit old woman lours of the Prince's household, all con- crept into the next apartment, where she firming the general belief that the Duchess found Rothsay in the masquerading habit
Ah, part and all.'
morny, away also.'
the had prepared, and Ramorny, who had mind, she repressed her disposition to evaded taking part in the pageant, in his scream, and, as far as she might; strove ordinary attire.
to conceal her fear. ovo fhou art a precious rascal, Sir “The jest hath been played,' she Doctor,' said the Prince ; by my honour said, with as much firmness as she could I think thou couldst find in thy heart to assume ; may I entreat that your Highplay out the whole play thyself, lover's ness will now unhand me, "for he still
kept hold of her arm. «•If it were to save your highness Nay, my pretty captive, struggle trouble,' said the leech, with his usual not-why should you fear?' subdued laugh.
"I do not struggle, my lord. As you "No, no,' said Rothsay, 'I'll never are pleased to detain me, I will not, by need thy help, man--and tell me now, striving, provoke you to use me ill, and how look I, thus disposed on the couch give pain to yourself, when you have time languishing and lady-like, ha?'
to think.' Something too fine complexioned “Why, thou traitress, thou hast held and soft-featured for the Lady Marjory me captive for months,' said the Prince ; of Douglas, if I may presume to say so,' ' and wilt thou not let me hold thee for a said the leech.
moment ?' Away, villain, and marshall in this
««• This were gallantry, my lord, were fair frost-piece--fear not she will com- it in the streets of Perth, where I'might plain of my effeminacy--and thou, Ra- listen or escape as I listed—it is tyranny
here.' “ As the knight left the apartment by "And if I did let thee go, whither one door, the fictitious old woman ushered would'st thou fly ? said Rothsay. “The in Catharine Glover by another. The bridges are up--the portcullis down-and room had been carefully darkened to twi- the men who follow me are strangely deaf light, so that Catharine saw the apparently to a peevish maiden's squalls. Be kind, female figure stretched on the couch therefore, and you shall kuow what it is without the least suspicion.
to oblige a Prince.' “Is that the maiden ?' asked Roth- «« Unloose me, then, my lord, and say, in a voice naturally sweet, and now hear me appeal from thyself to thyselfcarefully modulated to a whispering tone from Rothsay to the Prince of Scotland.
Let her approach, Griselda, and kiss -I am the daughter of an humble but our hand.'
honest citizen. I am, I may well nigh “ The supposed nurse led the trembling say, the spouse of a brave and honest maiden forward to the side of the couch, man. If I have given your Highness any and signed to her to kneel. Catharine encouragement for what you have done, did so, and kissed with much devotion it has been unintentional. Thus foreand simplicity the gloved hand which the warned, I entreat you to forego your counterfeit Duchess extended to her. power over me, and suffer me to depart.
66 Be not afraid,' said the same mu- Your Highness can obtain nothing from sical voice ; ' in me you only see a me- me, save by means equally unworthy of lancholy example of the vanity of human knighthood or manhood.' greatness--happy those, my child, whose "*"You are bold, Catharine,' said the rank places them beneath the storms of Prince ; ' but neither as a knight nor a state,
man can I avoir accepting a defiance. I 6. While she spoke, she put her arms must teach you the risk of such chalaround Catherine's neck and drew her lenges.' towards her, as if to salute her in token * While he spoke, he attempted to of welcome. But the kiss was bestowed throw his arms again around her, but she with an earnestness which so much over- eluded his grasp, and proceeded in the acted the part of the fair patroness, that same tone of firm decision. Catharine, concluding the Duchess had “My strength, my lord, is as great to lost her senses, screamed aloud.
defend myself in an honourable strife, as "6" Peace, fool! it is I-Robert of yours can be to assail me with a most Rothsay,' said the Prince.
Do not shame “ Catharine looked around her--the yourself and me by putting it to the comnurse was gone, and the Duke tearing off bat. You may stun me with blows, or his veil, she saw herself in the power of you may call aid to overpower me; but a daring young libertine.
otherwise you will fail of your purpose.'. 66. Now be present with me, Heaven !' What a brute would you make me!" she said ; 6 and thou wilt, if I forsake said the Prince. " The force I would use not myself.
is no more than excuses women in yield“ As this resolution darted through her ing to their own weakness.'
“ He sat down in some emotion. dear lord,--for dear must the heir of
«« « Then keep it,' said Catharine, 'for Bruce be to every child of Scotland, -let those women who desire such an excuse, me not, I pray, hear you speak thus ! My resistance is that of the most deter- Your glorious ancestor endured exile, mined mind, which love of honour and persecution, the night of famine, and the fear of shame ever inspired. Alas! my day of unequal combat, to free his counlord, could you succeed, you would but try,-do you practice the like self-denial break every bond between me and life- to free yourself. Tear yourself from between yourself and honour. I have those who find their own way to greatness been trained fraudulently here, by what smoothed by feeding your follies. Disdecoys I know not ; but were I to go dis- trust yon dark Ramorny !-you know it honoured hence, it would be to denounce not, I am sure you could not know; the destroyer of my, happiness to every but the wretch who could urge the daughquarter of Europe. I would take the pal- ter to courses of shame by threatening mer's staff in my hand, and wherever the life of the aged father, is capable of chivalry is honoured, or the word Scot- all that is vile—all that is treacherous !' land has been heard, I would proclaim the " • Did Ramorny do this ?' said the heir of a hundred kings, the son of the Prince. godly Robert Stewart, the Heir of the ««• He did indeed, my lord, and he heroic Bruce-a truthless, faithless man, dares not deny it.' unworthy of the crown he expects, and ««• It shall be looked to,' answered the of the spurs he wears. Every lady in Duke of Rothsay. "I have ceased to wide Europe would hold your name too love him ; but he has suffered much for foul for her lips every worthy knight my sake, and I must see his services howould hold you a baffled, forsworn caitiff, nourably requited.' false to the first vow of arms, the protec- She is then entrusted to the Glee-Maiden, tion of woman, and the defence of the acharacter who performs a prominent part feable.'
in the course of the story. While she is “Rothsay resumed his seal, and looked still held prisoner in the castle of Falkat her with a countenance in which re- land, the life of the young Prince Rothsentment was mingled with admiration. say is attempted; he is thrown into a ‘You forget to whom you speak, maiden, dungeon, and left to perish, but is for Know, the distinction I have offered you some time supplied with food by Catheis one for which hundreds, whose trains rine and the Glee-Maiden, but their ef. vou are born to bear, would feel gra- forts to save him are unavailing. The titude.'
murderers are, however, brought to light “Once more, my lord,' resumed Ca- by their assistance; and the gentle Cathe-, tharine, keep these favours for those by rine is once more safe out of the toils of whom they are prized ; or rather reserve her enemies. your time and your health for other and The eventful day now approaches nobler pursuits,—for the defence of your which is to decide the courage or cowardcountry and the happiness of your sub- ice of young Conachar, or Eachin Mac jects. Alas! my lord! how willingly Ian. On Palm Sunday, the respective would an exulting people receive you for Clans gather for the fray; and having their chief !-How gladly would they close performed the religious observances of around you, did you show desire to head the day, issue forth to the field where is them against the oppression of the mighty, to be decided whether Clan Quhele or the violence of the lawless, the seduction Clan Chattan is to bear the supremacy. of the vicious, and the tyranny of the Their respective forces are marshalled, hypocrite!
when it is discovered that Clan Chattan is ir The Duke of Rothsay, whose vir.. one short of its number of combatants. tuous feelings were as easily excited as Proclamation is made for a volunteer to they were evanescent, was affected by the fill the vacant place, when forth steps enthusiasm with which she spoke. For- Herry of the Wynd, who, by this lucky give me, if I have alarmed you, maiden,' opportunity, hopes to come face to face he said ; thou art too noble-minded to with his rival, the
He be the toy of passing pleasure, for which is accepted, takes his station, the combat my mistake destined thee; and I, even commences, and the Clan Quhele loses were thy birth worthy of thy noble spirit its most staunch vindicators one by one, and transcendent beauty, have no heart till there are but few combatants left on to give thee; for by the homage of the the field. heart only should such as thou be wooed.' Among the most prominent of these is
««« Oh, my lord !' exclaimed Catha- Torquil of the Oak, who guards and derine, with the enthusiasm which belonged fends his foster-son. Torquil perceives to her character- I will call you my the determination of Harry Smith to bring
the young Chieftain to a personal ren- approaching. It is enough to say, that contre with himself, and trusts to prevent his heart sickened, his eyes darkened, his it by himself becoming the assailant of ears tingled, his brain turned giddy-all the gallant Harry. Having blessed other considerations were lost in the apEachin, Torquil pushed on to the conflict, prehensions of instant death ; and draw“ and brandishing his sword, rushed for- ing one ineffectual blow at the Smith, he ward with the same fatal war-cry, which avoided that which was aimed at him in had so often sounded over that bloody return, b: bounding backward; and ere field, Bas air son Eachin!—The words the former could recover his weapon, rung three times in a voice of thunder ; Eachin had plunged into the stream. А and each time that he cried his war-shout, roar of contumely pursued him as he he struck dowu one of the Clan Chattan, swam across the river, although, perhaps, as he met them successively straggling not a dozen of those who joined in it towards him." Brave batile, hawk- would have behaved otherwise in the like well flown, falcon !' exclaimed the mul- circumstances. Henry looked after the titude, as they witnessed exertions which fugitive in silence and surprise, but could seemed, even at this last hour, to threaten not speculate on the consequences of his a change of the fortunes of the day. flight, on account of the faintness which Suddenly these cries were hushed into si- seemed to overpower hiin as soon as the lence, and succeeded by a clashing of animation of the contest had subsided. swords so dreadful as if the whole con- He sat down on the grassy bank, and enflict had re-commenced in the person of deavoured to staunch such of his wounds Henry Wynd and Torquil of the Oak. as were pouring fastest." They cut, foined, hewed and thrust, as if The field is now cleared of all comthey had drawn their blades for the first batants save Harry and Conachar. The time that day; and their inveteracy was resolution of the latter, as he had foremutual, for Torquil recognised the foul boded, forsakes bim, and he flies, followed wizard, who, as he supposed, had cast a by the execrations of the spectators; and spell over his child; and Henry saw be- thus disgracefully ends the feud between fore him the giant, who, during the the rival clans; and thus does the hardy whole conflict, had interrupted the pur- Harry triumph over his rival. pose for which alone he had joined the " We now return to the Fair Maid of combatants. They fought with an equa- Perth, who had been sent from the horrility which, perhaps, would not have ex- ble scene at Falkland, by order of the isted, had not Henry, more wounded than Douglas, to be placed under the protection his antagonist, been somewhat deprived of his daughter, the now widowed Duof his usual agility.'
chess of Rothsay. That lady's temporary “ Meanwhile Fachin, finding himself residence was a religious house called alone, after a disorderly and vain attempt Campsie, the ruins of which still occupy to put on his foster brother's harness, be- a striking situation on the Tay. It arose came animated by an emotion of shame on the summit of a precipitous rock, and despair, and hurried forward to sup- which descends on the princely river, port his foster-father in the terrible strug- there rendered peculiarly remarkable by gle, ere some other of the Clan Chattan the cataract called Campsie Linn, where should come up. When he was within its waters rush tumultuously over a range five yards, and sternly determined to take of basaltic rock, which intercepts the curhis share in the death-fight, his foster fa- rent, like a dike erected by human hands. ther fell, cleft from the collar-bone well. Delighted with a site so romantic, the nigh to the heart, and murmuring with monks of the Abbey of Cupar reared a his last breath, Bas air son Eachin !- structure there, dedicated to an obscure The unfortunate youth saw the fall of his Saint, named St. Hunnand, and hither last friend, and at the same moment be- they were wont themselves to retire for held the deadly enemy who had hunted pleasure or devotion.
It had readily him through the whole tield, standing opened its gates to admit the noble lady within sword's point of him, and brana who was its present inmate, as the coun dishing the huge weapon which had try was under the influence of the power hewed its way to his life through so many ful Lord Drummond, the ally of the obstacles. Perhaps this was enough to Douglas. There the Earl's letters were bring his constitutional timidity to its presented to the Duchess by the leader of highest point ; or perhaps he recollected the escort which conducted Catharine and at the same moment that he was without the glee maiden to Campsie. Whatever defensive armour, and that a line of ene- reason she might have to complain of mies, halting indeed and crippled, but Rothsay, his horrible and unexpected end eager for revenge and blood, were closely greatly shocked the noble lady, and she 16 Yet my
spent the greater part of the night in in. « Do the horrors of Falkland, fair dulging her grief, and in devotional exer. May, still weigh down your spirits ? cises.
Strive to forget them as I do ; we cannot « On the next morning, which was tread life's path lightly, if we shake not that of the memorable Palm Sunday, she from our mantles the rain drops as they ordered Catharine Glover and the min. fall.' strel into her presence. The spirits of sro These horrors are not to be forgot-. both the young women had been much ten,' answered Catharine. sunk and shaken by the dreadful scenes mind is at present anxious respecting my in which they had so lately been engaged father's safety, and I cannot but think, and the outward appearance of the Du- how many brave men may be at this inchess Majory was,
like that of her father, stant leaving the world, even within six, more calculated to inspire awe than con- miles of us, or little farther," fidence. She spoke with kindness, how- ««You mean the combat betwixt sixty ever, though apparently in deep affliction, champions, of which the Douglas's equerand learned from them all which they ry told us yesterday? It were a sight for had to tell concerning the fate of her a mipstrel to witness. But out upon these erring and inconsiderate husband. She womanish eyes of mine--they could ne-, appeared grateful for the efforts which ver see swords cross each other without Catharine and the glee maiden had made, being dazzled. But see, -look yonder, at their own extreme peril, to save Roth- May Catharine, look yonder! That flying say from his horrible" fate. She invited messenger certainly brings news of the them to join in her devotions; and at the battle." hour of dinner gave them her hand to "Methinks I should know him who kiss, and dismissed them to their own re- runs so wildly,” said Catharine — But if fection, assuring both, and Catharine in it be he I think of, some wild thoughts particular, of her efficient protection, are urging his speed.' which should include, she said, her “ As she spoke, the runner directed father's, and be a wall around them both, his course to the garden. The fugitive so long as she herself lived.
rushed into the garden at the same reck. • They retired from the presence of the less pace. His head was bare, his hair widowed Princess, and partook of a re- dishevelled ; his rich acton, and all his past with her duennas and ladies, all of other vestments, looked as if they had whom, amid their profound sorrow, been lately drenched in water. His leashowed a character of stateliness, which theru buskins were cut and torn, and his chilled the light heart of the French-wo- feet marked the sod with blood. His man, and imposed constraint even on the countenance was wild, haggard, and more serious character of Catharine Glo.. highly excited, or, as the Scottish phrase ver. The friende, for so we may term expresses it, much raised." them, were fain, therefore to escape from cro Conachar!” said Catharine, as he the society of these persons, all of them advanced, apparently without seeing what born gentlewomen, who thought them- was before him, as hares are said to do: selves but ill-assorted with a burgher's when severely pressed by the greyhounds. daughter and a strolling glee maiden, and But he stopped short when he heard his saw them with pleasure go out to walk in own name. the neighbourhood of the convent. A "Conachar,' said Catharine, 'or ra. little garden, with its bushes and fruit ther Eachin Maclan--what means all trees, advanced on one side of the con- this ?-Have the Clan Quhele sustained vent, so as to skirt the precipice, from a defeat !" which it was only separated by a parapet
“I have borne such names as 'this. built on the ledge of the rock, so low maiden gives me,' said the fugitive, after that the eye might easily measure the a moment's recollection. Yes, I was depth of the crag, and gaze on the conflic, called Conachar when I was happy, and ting waters which foamed, struggled, and Eachin when I was powerful. But now chafed over the reef below.
I have no name,
and there is no such. 66. The Fair. Maiden of Perth and her clan as thou speak’st of; and thou art a companion walked slowly on a path that foolish maid to speak of that which is not, ran within this parapet, looked at the to one who has no existence.' romantic prospect, and judged what it 666 Alas! unfortunatemust be when the advancing summer «« « And why unfortunate, I pray you ?' should clothe the grove with leaves. They exclaimed the youth. "If I am coward observed for some time a deep silence. and villain, have not villainy and co At length the gay and bold spirit of the wardice command over the elements ?glee maiden arose above the circumstan. Have I not braved the water without its ces in which she had been and was now choking me, and trod the firm earth. placed.