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Then, before the portal arch,
Ev'ry horseman check'd the rein,
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Swept the lovely pageant on;
* Apartamenty is 111 vit Erikova At their sight arose the roar
From the people gazing round-
Prancing up the tilting ground.
With its silken tissue hides
Helmless every horseman rides !
Troop by troop, and pair by pair;
To the bowing ladies, there.
'Tis the signal for the charge !
Now are clash'd the lance and targe.
Sunny bright the armour gleams;
Like the rush of mountain streams!
Each dismounting from his barb;'
Weighty sword, and steely garb.
Chesnut locks and eagle eyes,
Lips for lovers' perjuries !
Sparkle cross and collar gemm’d,
On their tunics golden-seam'd.
And the mail again is worn;
And the noble squadrons four,
March by Turia's flowery shore.
Ere the golden sun is down,
Champions of the Church and Crown!
I protest,” said the Duenna, “ it come near me, and the servants to close i a very pretty tune, and I have heard the door," said the Donna in an under worse voice. .“. Tell the Gitana to tone.
The girl came near, with her eyes sing her head, with both her hands on cast on the ground.
the arm of the chair, and fixing her “ Where did you learn that song, eyes on the Duenna's countenance ; Gitana?" said the lady; “ I have a " it may be sorrow; it has often been great wish to know the name of the ruin-but it may be virtue, honour, composer—or is it indeed your own?” and happiness." This she pronounced The girl courtseyed.
in a lofty, melancholy tone; the Du“ You lead a dangerous life, Gita- enda reckoning her fingers over rapidna,” said she; “ with your taste for ly. “ Eighteen this month," she mur. music, and your appearance-you may mured, "eighteen_not an hour more. spend many sorrowful years for some What will the Captain-General say? delightful days."
the next news will be, I suppose, that The Gitana coloured, but said no- the rock of Aranjuez is blown away." thing.
She rang the bell" What's the mat“ I like your modesty," continued ter now, my dear Duenna ?” said the the lady; "and, if you have no better lady, fondly catching her gown." I prospect, will take you into my ser- must go to confession," was her answer. vice. You will be useful to my spirits —"Then take something more to colwith your sweet voice and your the- fess, and tell the priest that you think orbo, and I will not be ungrateful.” me in love.”-“Can that be possible ?"
The Gitana knelt and kissed her cried the Duenna, startled, and taking hand, with an ardour that made the out her rosary.-" I don't know but Donna blush.
it may,” sighed the lady, and again “ These are the wild manners of buried her face in her hands. your mountain life,” said she, raising Before the Duenna had gone through the Gitana; “but, Duenna, you will above ten beads, a low tap was heard teach her moderation."
at the door, and the Gitana came is, This she said with a faint smile, and to say that her father could not spare the Gitana, flinging her scarlet mantle her for the present, as he was enga, round her
shoulders, hastily withdrew ged to be in Castile by the Fair of to consult her father, the Conjuror. San Ignacio, but that in a month he “ Do you know," said the Donna, should be passing back by Valencia
, throwing herself back into the chair and then-“ And then," said the and reclining her head over its arm, as Donna hastily, “ I may certainly exif she were reading something on the pect you.” The Gitana took out a litcarpet, " that girl pleases me ex- ile tablet and wrote her name, and tremely."
under it the words, "" Fiel a la muer. She then spoke no more for a minute te." She then put it to her lips, and or two, but continued humming the kneeling, would have given it to the tune that she had just heard. The lady Rosanna ; but the Duenna snatchDuenna stood by in silence, not know. ed it from her, and, taking it to the ing what turn all this might take, and window, held it up to the light from perhaps not much pleased at her lady's side to side, as if she suspected some new liking
thing concealed. “I am perfectly “ I say, Duenna, this same Gitana tonished at you, Duenna,” said her would make a useful assistant to you.” lady, suddenly rising, and taking the The Duenna was silent." Not, of tablet from her hands; “ this suspicourse," continued she with some em- cion is offensive to my feelings of prophasis, as a Duenna.”_" Heaven priety. I dare say by this, you have forbid !" said the Duenna," she would known something of clandestine cora make a strange protectress of your la- respondence, and that the cavaliers dyship from the snares of Satan ; she Segovia did not find you altogether will, if I am not much mistaken, have intractable.” The Duenna looked enough to do to take care of herself.” if a thunderbolt had fallen beside he _" Why, yes," replied the lady, and when she heard the voice of conterste sunk into a reverie. Then after a sigh and authority in which these wou or two-" I should have asked her were expressed, and saw the beautiful whether she had ever been in love.” figure of her mistress, with her reil us
The Saints defend us,” cried out the the white wreath on her head, Duenna, "of what is my lady talking?” her pale cheeks at once glowing "I see no crime in it after all,” sud- the colour of vermillion. « Leave denly observed the lady Rosanna, rai- room, Duenna," said she ; but the De
enna sat down at a distance, and burst swelled her throat, and tear upon tear into tears. “Well, well,"continued stole down her cheeks, At length she the lady,“I am tired of all this, you are started up, and saying, “This is magic, forgiven.” Then turning, and taking this is madness !" walked hastily two the theorbo from the Gitana, she walk or three times from end to end of the ed towards the casement, to recover her room. As she passed by the table the agitation, and ran her fingers over the last time, she flung her purse upon it strings. As she drew back her head for the Gitana ; but the girl stood, from the wind, which blew the ringlets without stirring a step, and with her in wild clusters over her beautiful head stooping over the theorbo. “ You face, she made a sign to the Gitana, refuse it,” said the lady, suddenly who had, however, been on the point stopping
before her, “ you dare refuse of following her, but for the Duenna's it! Yes, I knew you would, everything actually seizing the corner of her man- thwarts me. I am the most miserable tle. “'I find,” said the lady bolding creature alive; day and night, night out the instrument, “ I have lost and day, sorrow and disappointment, my practise. Take it, Gitana, and let no sleep, no quiet, no hope. There me hear that song of the Mastranza must soon be an end of this. I must again.' The girl obediently went die."-She at once turned as pale as through the ballad ; the Duenna sit- the handkerchief in her hand, and ting with her back to them, and now tottered against the tapestry. The and then putting both her hands to Gitana threw down the instrument, her ears. '“ It is well sung," were and with the help of the Duenna the only words of the lady for a while, placed her in the current of air. This and looking at the Duenna's posture, soon recovered her, and she said in a she smiled to the Gitana, throwing up rather fretful tone. “So, Gitana, you her fine eyes in pity of the old wo- refuse my present.” man's idle resentment. “I think, “I would rather,” replied the girl, Gitana,” she at length remarked, “ have one of my lady's raven locks, “ that your song sounded sweeter than a chain of diamonds.” than before, and yet your voice seem The Duenda lifted up her hands ed to tremble a good deal, particular- and eyes. The Lady said nothing; but ly towards the close, though, per- drawing a single, white finger across haps, that timidity makes a song more her forehead, spread out the ringlets touching." She laid her fingers light- for her choice. ly on the girl's arm, who, indeed, “ I vow,” said the Duenna, as she trembled more than ever, drew the took out her scissars and rubbed them edge of her mantle deeper over her on her sleeve to brighten them," she is forehead, and with her eyes cast on as gallant as any cavalier of them all.” the ground, half whispered, “ I had The Gitana was long in choosing, forgot, there are two stanzas besides.” and tried every one of the ringlets in “ I could hear them if they were a turn-fixing her deep black eyes on hundred,” exclaimed the Donna with the Lady Rosanna's. Two or three delight, and drawing the girl towards times thé Duenna insisted on it, that her chair, sat down, apparently that she should cut off the lock and have she might enjoy the song more deeply: done. But her Lady commanded that The Gitana retuned the theorbo, and she should not be hurried, and stood after one or two attempts to clear her patiently. It was at length taken off, voice, thus sang :
and the Gitana rolled it up carefully « One still linger'd, pale and last,
in silver paper, and put it in her boBy the lonely gallery's stair,
som. As if there his soul had past,
“Now, farewell, Gitana," said the Vanish'd with some stately fair. Donna, “ and remember.".
L“ I am Who the knight, to few was known ;
bound to you for ever," said the Who his love, he ne'er would tell;
Gitana, retiring a few steps, and gaBut her eyes were like thine own,
zing all over the lovely lady ; then But his heart was,-Oh, farewell !"
with a lofty tone and solemn gesture,
as if she was raising some spell, exThe last verse could scarcely be calle claimed, “ Neither the wild winter ed singing, for the voice was little nor the summer's storm-neither the better than a murmur. But as the mountain ridge nor the trackless sea Lady Rosanna heard it, deep sighs -neither chance nor time, shall divide
me from you, Lady of Beauty;" and fairs; for about noon the Captain-Gethen pressing one hand on her bosom, neral came galloping into the court and with the other pointing upwards with half a dozen aides-de-camp at his to the sun," By the glory of that heels; and he had scarcely sat down, light, I will returnu-true as honour, before every servant in the Convent faithful as friendship, and fond as was summoned to tell what could be love."
told of the Pedlar, the Conjuror, and The Donna Rosanna stood, with the Gitana. But all that was told was her breath checked, as people do at but little; or, as the servants thought, the sight of something beyond belief. much to their honour; for besides She then waved her hand for the Gi- giving them very pleasant entertaintana to approach, and hastily pressed ment by their tricks and gaiety, they her lips two or three times between had refused to take a peseto from any the girl's eyes, who soon left the apart of them, and had even given away se ment. The Lady then sat down by veral Estremadura watch-chains and the casement, and continued count- hair-nets, besides two of the best mock ing the jessamine blossoms up and topaz necklaces that had been seen down. At length the Duenna mutter- since the fair of St Ines, to the waited, “All this is very strange-very ing-maids of their Lady and the Dusurprising very strange;" and this enna. The Captain-General only knit she repeated for at least five minutes, his brows the more; and an aid-deholding up her embroidery to the camp was dispatched to bring the light, and then laying it down again, strangers from the village. I have glancing towards the chair. -" of often thought that it was the Duenna what are you talking now?" said her who had sent for the cunning old Lady at last.-" I was only,” replied man; and that afterwards she was not the Duenna, “ thinking where this much pleased with her work, for he Gitana could have got her compli- scolded her in the most provoking ment. Unless I am much mistaken I manner. have read it in the Acadernía de Cora The aid-de-camp returned late that tesia."-" It is impossible," said the night without any intelligence. No Lady." It may be so; but it is, I one had seen either pedlar, conjuror, think, true, nevertheless," rejoined or Gitana, for the last fortnight; and the Duenná.-" Duenna,” retorted it was notorious that all that tribe had the Lady, “ I have a great mind to gone to the north and Madrid for the send you back to Segovia.”
season. The Lady Rosanna remained The Duenna was now silenced. But shut up in her chamber. A second and in about a quarter of an hour after, a third day passed, probably in the when the storm seemed to be blown same way; the Captain-General runover, she observed, as to herself, ning about the house, despatching “ What will the Captain-General say aides-de-camp to the villages in the to all these pedlars and Gitanas ?” neighbourhood, and now and then
That you are a suspicious old won making a sortie, as he termed it, to man," pronounced the Lady Rosanna, reconnoitre the corners and crevices of as quick as lightning. This was more the wall. Nothing could be more hatethan any woman could well bear, ful than this life to the Duenna, who and peculiarly a Duenna.--" I thank felt all her authority taken out of her heaven," said she, squeezing up her hands, and had nothing to do but to embroidery into her hand, and push- see her lady one while reading some ing back her chair, as if she were going volume of poetry, as if her soul were out of the room at the instant, “I was at her lips, then throwing away the never in love, however. I know no- book, and hanging over a drawing, thing about love."-" From my soul and then, as if she were bewitched, I believe you," said the Lady, with a taking her harp, and singing the look at the Duenna's withered phy. Mæstranza. The Duenna was almost siognomy; and then at once turning tired to death of this song, and on the away, and with her handkerchief to third evening prevailed on her lady to
her eyes, she went into her chamber. walk in the garden. It was by this time The Duenna went to the mirror. twilight, and the new moon was ri
What passed during the next day I sing over the mountains, with the evecannot tell; but I suppose there was ning star just below it, like the dianot much time for talking of love af- mond spark hanging from a huge pearl
ear-ring. The ground was extensive, all right," interposed the Duenna, taand was planted with vines, and an king the purso, and pouring out the abundance of other garden trees, some gold into her open hand. “ I'll be in blossom, and some hanging down sworn that not a piece has been lost.” to the grass with fruit, and through -“Would to heaven,” wept the Lady, these sweet scented walks the house “ all had been lost, and my ring left. was now and then seen at a distance, Myprecious ring”-“Mereemerald,” with all the long, old casements open muttered the Duenna. The Lady for the right air, and the servants hur- Rosanna cast her bright eye in every rying backwards and forwards, in their corner of the path, saying, as if with gay dresses, with lights, preparing to out knowing she spoke, It was never lay the tables for supper. I think the off my finger till that day, that unwhole might have been like a stage. fortunate day. I wore it on the night scene, looked at through the large end of the Mæstranza. It was touched by of a telescope, or a feast in the land of his hand, it was pressed by his lips. the fairies.
It has been for two long years my After they had lost the sounds of companion, my delight, my misery! the house, “ I wonder," said the Lady Still she searched through every tuft Rosanna,“ whether we shall ever have of the flowers that had in this farther
L“ Bless me,” exclaimed the part of the garden overgrown the path. Duenna, making the sign of the cross At once she stopped, listened for a moupon her forehead, “what would your ment, and then sprang away, like a ladyship do with them?”—“Duenna,” startled fawn. “Bless my soul,” said sighed she, “ I may have them before the Duenna, as she fought her way you are aware; there is not a star through the thicket, that seemed to above us that I will not visit; I will have an ill-will against her, for she no look for some bright, quiet spot, into sooner pushed one of the bushes out of which no memory of this world can the way than a dozen flew into its reach, and there .“ In the name place, "Bless my soul, but those young of the Virgin, of what is my Lady girls are all flint and steel ;-mad pase dreaming ?" said the Duenna. But her sions from top to toe. And here am I, Lady heard nothing, and with her eye at this hour of the night, without fixed on the heavens, seemed talking cloak or comfort, netted like a wild to some invisible thing. The only beast among these brambles." The words that could be heard were last idea struck strongly on her fancy; “ Where all tears are wiped from all and as she had heard of the traps laid eyes.” They had not gone above a for some foxes, that had been lately in dozen yards farther, when something the grounds, she cried aloud, but all dark flew through the air, and dropped the world seemed to have grown deaf. at their feet. There it lay, but neither However, she at length saw a glimpse of them had power to touch it. At of light through the branches, it was length the Lady Rosanna gathered the lamp of the pavilion, and after a courage, and took up the packet, note few struggles more and an ave, she withstanding the Duenna's terrors, made her way to the building. She who declared it to be some new device there found the Lady Rosanna clingof the tempter. “If it be,” observed ing to one of the pillars, like a fair stathe Lady, with a faint laugh, “Due tue carved of its marble. Her hands enna, you are undone, for to you were stiff, and as cold as ice, but her this temptation will be irresistible.” lips burned and quivered, and her eyes And she held out to the Duenna her flashed with spiritual brightness. The large velvet purse, who found its con- sound of some instrument was heard, tents safe, and kissed every duro, one and the Duenna looked round for an after the other. The Donna Rosanna's apparition of at least a dozen cavaliers purse next came forth. “I vow,” ex. muffled up to the eyes, with flapped claimed the Duenna, “ those are the hats, hanging feathers, and every man most gentlemanlike thieves I ever met a sword or guitar in his hand; but she with. I have heard of such things, could see nothing more than the huge but it was in the Historia de la Leula old vine waving in the moonlight, with dad, and the like stories of times and all its leaves as if turned to silver. The people, that, on my conscience, I bea sound came from beyond the garden lieve never existed." “My ring, my wall, and she caught the closing words. ring!” cried out the Lady Rosanna, But her eyes were like thine own. with a voice of agony. “Are the ducats But his heart was-Oh farcwell!