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ILLUSTRATED ARTICLE, been made the blessed instrument of ef. MARIAN GODFREY; A SKETCH OF 1651. fecting this deliverance ?”
“ He has been protected from the ar. Why, how now, son? Is there any rows of the ungodly, and is in goud news stirring, that thou hast thus hurried health. He is marching with his victohither ?-or have any of our ships foun- rious army towards London; and it is dered in the late gale ?" were the ques- the intention of the Lord Mayor, Aldertions asked by Matthew Godfrey, of his men, and Sheriffs, with the Council of son, as the latter entered the usual sitting State, to meet the Lord General to morroom of the family, seemingly fraught row, at Acton, and enter London with with some momentous intelligence. him in becoming order."
“No, no, father! the ships are safe, “I am right glad to hear it,” said his as yet, for aught I know to the contrary,
" it is fitting that the citizens he replied ;
* but I hastened from the should show General Cromwell the recity to tell you the glorious news; praised spect which they entertain for his chabe God! the Lord General Cromwell racter, and the gratitude they feel for has gained a great and a decisive victory the services which he has rendered the over the Royalists at Worcester ; a vic- state." tory which will strike terror into the “ Are there many wounded, in the hearts of the disaffected, and completely battle you speak of, Philip ?” 'inquired overthrow the hopes entertained by his sister, in a tremulous voice, who was Charles Stewart of wearing the crown of sitting at an embroidery frame at the these kingdoms.”
farther end of the apartment, an unnoTruly this is important news,” said ticed, but not an inattentive hearer of the elder Godfrey ; is and much does it their discourse. Her brother turned tobehove the nation to lift up the voice of wards her at the sound of her voice, thanksgiving on the occasion. But how “ Good Marian,” he said, “ trouble not fares it with the Lord General, who has thyself concerning this matter : suffice, VOL. I. 2 C
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that the loss which the Lord General has has already passed !” and she attempted sustained is very small; but the enemy to smile, but there was anguish in her suffered dreadfully); and the number of smile ; and her brother led her to her prisoners taken is considerable. Why, apartment, and, tenderly kissing her, how now, what ails the foolish girl ?" he bade her try to gain a little repose. said, as he observed that tears were in his Matthew Godfrey was a merchant of
art thou ready to weep great respectability in the city of Lonfor tidings which should makė England don. He was a stern republican, but a raise a joyful cry unto God for her final conscientious one; and, in the wars bedeliverance from the yoke of the oppres. tween the unfortunate Charles and his sor?-I had well nigh forgotten to tell Parliaments, he had constantly taken part you,” continued Philip, turning to his with the latter, because he believed their father, that young Herbert - Lisle, the cause to be just and right, and their son of Sir Thomas Lisle, whom we have taking up arms for the sole purpose of formerly seen at our kinswoman, Mistress delivering the nation from tyranny and Moreton's, is among the number of the injustice. He was a Puritan: but he did prisoners.
not carry his religious zeal to the extent A convulsive sob here arrested his practised by many of that sect : his piety attention ; and, turning round, he beheld was without hypocrisy.—Matthew Godhis sister, pale as death, attempting to frey had been many years a widower, leave the room; but her strength failed with two children ; and his son had, for her, and she would have fallen, had not the last two or three years, principally Philip hastened towards her, and sup- managed his mercantile concerns; and for ported her with his arm.
some little time previously to the com• What has thus moved you, Marian ?” mencement of this narrative, he had been he said.
left by his father in the House in Alders“ A sudden giddiness," she replied; gate Street, as he had a perfect reliance “ I shall be better anon'tis nothing-it upon his skill and prudence to manage his affairs, while he himself occupied a they were awakened from their dream of house in Holborn, which had been lent bliss, and the young soldier was obliged to hiin by a friend, and which, being more follow the fortunes of his royal master, cheerful and airy, would, he hoped, re- Yet he went secure in the possession of store Marian's health, that had seemed Marian's faithful and unchanging love. sadly drooping of late, while its vicinity When he left her, though Marian had fears to the city enabled him to see his son for him, she had none for herself: she had daily, and to render his assistance in any bestowed her affection on Herbert Lisle, affair of moment should it be requisite. and she was resolved that no earthly power
Marian Godfrey was in her nineteenth should compel her to abandon him. When year. She had passed much of her time the young king marched into England, after with Mistress Moreton, who was a half the unfortunate battle of Dunbar, Herbert sister of her still fondly remembered mo- Lisle obtained a short leave of absence ; ther. That lady's husband had espoused and, disguised, he reached London, where the cause of King Charles, and had fallen he again beheld his beloved Marian. But fighting for that cause in the civil wars. a thousand fears for his safety tormented At her house Marian was thrown much her, and she urged his immediate deinto the society of the gallant and de- parture. Herbert, however, refused to voted chevaliers of the Royalist party ; leave her: he might never see her more, and, while she listened to their polite or her friends would oblige her to forsake conversation, and witnessed their gene- him. He tormented her and himself with rous self-devotion, and the privations a thousand groundless suspicions and hawhich they underwent rather than for- rassing thoughts (for man knows not the sake the interest which they had espoused, unchanging nature of woman's true affecher republican principles were gradually tion) and he eloquently urged that nothing undermined, and she deplored in secret short of her consenting to a private mara the tragical death of her sovereign, and riage would satisfy him, or calm his methe extinction of royalty in England. lancholy forebodings. The change which had taken place in It were vain to dwell on his affectionate her sentiments she carefully, abstained entreaties. Marian, overpowered by his from speaking of, as she knew her father's distress, and by her desire of hastening his inflexibility too well to believe that he departure from the metropolis, ultimately could be brought to approve of it; and consented ; and, in the presence of Misshe loved him too tenderly to grieve him tress Moreton and the old nurse of her by open opposition. With respect to her childhood, who had also been a faithful brother, it was still worse : he was a attendant upon her mother, did Marian relentless persecutor of the Royalists, and become the wife of Herbert Lisle. On the was wholly destitute of his father's mode- bridal day they separated, and, as Herbert ration in party matters. Matthew God- pressed her with rapture to his heart, and frey had tenderly loved his wife, and for imprinted a farewell kiss on her lips, Maher sake he respected Mistress Moreton, rian seemed oppressed with a fearful preand saw no impropriety in permitting his sentiment that her happiness had vanished, daughter to visit her frequently. As to and she trembled to think of the dangers to the unfortunate adherents of the Stewart which her beloved Herbert was about to party, whom she might there meet with, be exposed. he believed her early education had for- From the day of their parting, Maritified her against imbibing their prin- an's health declined, and her depression ciples; and, while he condemned their of spirits became evident to every one. conduct and opinions, be himself pitied Indeed, for some time, she scarcely dared their misfortunes. Marian had thus raise her eyes to her father's face, lest he an opportunity at her aunt's, of fre- should discover her secret; and her broquently meeting the young and accom- ther evidently seemed to suspect that she plished Herbert Lisle. Insensibly they had some cause for her unhappiness. Mabecame attached to each other. Marian rian, however, soon had ostensible reason wept over his ruined fortunes, and the for her melancholy, in the death of Misperils to which he was exposed ; and he tress Moreton, which took place suddenly, loved to look on her beautiful counte- about a week after Herbert's departure ; nance, and listen to her gentle voice ; yet and her father readily accepted, on her even more than that did he love her pu- account, the offer which was made to rity of heart, her simplicity of soul, and him of taking up his abode for a short her noble and confiding disposition. In the time in Holborn. The house which he first dawn of their attachment, they remem- inhabited had, at the back of it, an un. bered not the perils by which they was interrupted view of fields, meadows, and surrounded, nor how eventually hopeless pasture lands, with pleasant shady lanes their love might prove. Soon, however, and humble cottages, a space of ground now occupied by Red Lion Square, and his officers. This was the time which the streets adjacent and beyond. Marian Marian judged as most favourable for her loved her new abode, as her dear old purpose ; and, soon after her father had nurse lived only about two or three fields left Holborn, she, with a beating heart, off, and she could therefore visit her fre- and in her most simple apparel, with quently, and talk to her of her gallant her lovely countenance shrouded in a husband.
black silk hood, set off for the palace at After the battle of Worcester, when Whitehall, where she had been informed Marian was made acquainted with the the General then was. dreadful tidings that her husband was a On making known her desire to the prisoner, and that in all probability his attendants, she was told that the Lord life would be sacrificed, from the known General had been occupied nearly all stern devotion and unbending loyalty, both the day with business of importance, of himself and his father, her distress was and that it was not likely she would be nearly insupportable. She resolved, how- able to see him, but that she could wait ever, that, if she could not save him, she if she pleased. Marian accordingly sat would die with him ; and, comforting down on a bench in a corridor leading to herself with this assurance, she calmly the principal apartments. Here she waited prepared to make the only effort in her in agonizing suspense ; persons passed to power on his behalf, viz. that of a per- and fro, but none seemed to notice her, sonal appeal to General Cromwell. This and she thought with bitterness of the was a bold step for one so young, but precious moments thus passing away, Marian stopped not to weigh either the which might probably be fraught with peril or the possible consequences of the danger to her beloved Herbert. An elundertaking. She imparted her determi- derly man, in the garb of a puritan nation to no one but her nurse. “ God minister, entered the gallery ; his look will be my guide,” she said to the old seemed benevolent, and Marian resolved woman, who would fain have dissuaded to address him, and request his assisther from the attempt ; 6 but give thou ance. At first he looked at her suspect. to me that trinket of my mother's—the ingly ; but a second glance at her noble watch she gave thee-I may need it.” brow and modest countenance reassured
“Well, but you know not, perhaps, him. He saw that her distress was real, the tale that belongs to it," said the old and, certain that her object could be one
of no common interest, he promised, if “ Yes, yes !” said Marian; “ I know possible, to obtain her an interview with it all ; I have heard it many times.” The Lord General.
Thus admonished, the nurse unlocked This person, who was the celebrated a small drawer, and drew forth a small Hugh Peters, was as good as his word. wateh hanging to a steel chain, which In a few moments he again approached was partly rusted. The case of the watch her, and, taking her hand, he led her to was of gold; it had small steel beads the door of an apartment, and whispering around it, and a raised border of flowers -" The Lord prosper thy petition,” the of the same metal on the back. Exactly door was thrown open, and Marian found in the centre was a small painting of a herself in the presence of General Cromfemale head, exquisite in expression and well. heauty. The dark raven hair parted on The room into which Marian was the forehead, the eyes full of tenderness, ushered was a high and noble apart. and the faint blush just tinging the fair ment, commanding a spacious view of cheek, made Marian weep as she gazed the Thames, with all the varied and on it; and, pressing the trinket to her bustling scenery constantly observable lips, she exchanged an affectionate fare. thereon. Three sides of the room were well with her nurse, and hastened home- occupied by book-shelves, filled with wards.
large and seemingly ponderous volumes ; In honour of the victory which General at the upper end stood a table, covered Cromwell had obtained at Worcester, the with a Turkey carpet, on which lay nucitizens of London resolved on giving a merous papers ; and, in a plain highgrand entertainment. Great preparations backed chair, covered with black leather, were made on the occasion, and he was sat the man who was soon to be raised to be feasted in Guildhall. Matthew to the supreme power in these kingdoms, Godfrey intended to be present at the Oliver Cromwell. He was p'ainly civic festival, and the day before it was dressed, in a suit of mulberry colour, to take place he went to his house in with a short cloak of the same. His hat Aldersgate Street, from which he did not lay beside him on the table. His hair intend to return until the day after the was partially grey, and his whole coundinner given to General Cromwell and tenance spoke the decision and quick
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penetration that belonged to his charac- then, mercy! Bethink thee how this ter, though, at times, there was a soften- gracious act would gladden thy dying ing expression in the eyes which modera. hour, and rob death of its bitterness." ted the effect his stern features would Cromwell shook his head, and Marian, otherwise bave produced. At first he in the energy of her supplication, dropped looked harshly at Marian ; but when he on her knees, and held up with both her saw that her whole frame trembled with hands, the watch she had received from agitation, he said, mildly—“ Maiden, her nurse, and which she had kept till what is thine errand ?"
now concealed in her bosom. “I would implore your aid,” replied The moment Cromwell's eyes rested Marian—" Your powerful assistance in upon it, he started from his seat, and adthe case of Herbert Lisle, an unhappy vanced towards Marian. prisoner in the late battle.”
ye this ?” he said; while his strong frame “ Herbert Lisle! sayest thou ?” replied trembled with emotion; and he snatched Cromwell ; “thou speakest vain words. the trinket from her hands, and as he and knowest not what thou askest. Is gazed on the sweet face painted thereon, he not an avowed enemy to the good he turned aside, and Marian saw the big cause ? And has not the Lord delivered drops of sorrow fall on his weather-beaten him into our hands, that we should deal cheek. with him even as it shall seem good in our " Know ye whose watch this once
was ?” he said, as he turned to Marian. “ O, Sir, speak not thus, I beseech “ It was my mother's, who has been you," said Marian, “have mercy on his dead many years,” she replied ; " and you:h ; it may be that the persuations of my father is Mathew Godfrey, citizen of others have led him to oppose the govern- London." ment; give him then time for repent- Cromwell started. He approached Maance !"
rian, who was still on her knees, and, It were more fitting, maiden, for pushing aside her brown hair, which had thee,” said Cromwell, “ to meddle not fallen over her white forehead, he paused with this matter : it is not seemly for a a minute, then added " Thine is a face young maiden to plead thus earnestly for fair to look upon; and ye have your a stranger youth, betake thee to thine mother's noble brow, but not her raven home.”
hair and eye. In days long past, when The blood rushed into Marian's cheeks I was a student at the Inns of Court, I and forehead, and she replied hastily- loved your mother fondly and truly; but “ Is it then, a crime for woman to plead her parents suffered her not to listen to for mercy? Be it so! Yet the laws, my words. Perchance they acted wisely, both of God and man, are on my side, for mine has been a stormy course;" and when I would ask your aid for my un- he sighed. “ The Lord's will be done !" happy husband.”
Marian saw that Cromwell's spirit was "Ha !” he said, “I looked not for this, softened ; and she resumed her pleadings but thine appeal is vain," and he glanced for her husband; and she called on him, pityingly on her." In these stirring in remembrance of her mother, to be mertimes domestic ties must be rent asunder, ciful. when the glory of the Lord and the wel- “ Thou hast touched a tender string," fare of the state require it.”.
he said; “ and for thy mother's sake, if I “ Alas! alas !"* cried Marian," and have any influence, thy husband shall will you consign my hu and to perish ? depart harmless." What is his crime? 'He did but follow a Marian sprung on her feet, and began kind master, and fight in support of his pouring out her thanks. “ Nay !” said
as he was bound by his oath of the General, “ if the life and liberty of loyalty. Thou thyself hast done as much; Herbert Lisle be granted, it will be on but, alas! thou hast chosen a more for- the sole condition that he leave England tunate path.”
immediately, and make no further attemp: Cromwell's brow darkened : “ Say to subvert the present government of rather,” he added, “ that the Lord hath these kingdoms." guided me to choose light rather than May God reward you for this !” said darkness. But, touching this matter of Marian; and she folded her cloak around thine, Herbert Lisle will be dealt with as her, and prepared to depart. the state shall think fit; and, if his life “ Rest in peace," said Cromwell ; " and be forfeited, pray thou unto the Lord, and when thine husband is at liberty, ye he will comfort thee in thine affliction.” shall hear from him. Take this with
“Not so," said Marian eagerly ; " I thee;" and he held out to her her mother's know thou art all powerful, and that a watch, : " It has stirred sad thoughts word from thee could save him. Mercy, within me, and the memcry of thy mo