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THE BELL OF ST. REGIS. las said mass and preached in the church, By the Author of “ sir Andrew Wylie," &c. and they understood the bell was to per
form some analogous service in the stee. Father NICHOLAS having ple. Their wonted activity in the chase assembled a considerable number of the was at an end ; they sat in groups on the Indians whom he had converted, settled margin of the river, communing on the them in the village which is now called calamity which had befallen the bell ; St. Regis, on the banks of the St. Law. and some of them roamed along, rumirence. The situation is one of the most nating on the means of rescuing it. The beautiful on that noble river, and the vile squaws, who had been informed that its lage at this day the most picturesque in voice would be heard farther than the the country. The houses, high roofed roaring of the rapids, and that it was and of a French appearance, are scat more musical than the call of the whiptered round the semicircle of a little bay, poor-will in the evening, moved about in and on a projecting headland stands the silence and dejection. All were melanchurch, with its steeple glittering with a choly, and finely touched with a holy vivacity inconceivable by those who have enthusiasm ; many fasted, and some vonot seen the brilliancy of the tin roofs of luntarily subjected themselves to severe Canada contrasted in the sunshine with penances, to procure relief for the capa the dark woods.
tive, or mitigation of its sufferings. This little church is celebrated for the At last, the day of deliverance drew legend of its bell.
The Marquis de Vandrieul, the When it was erected, and the steeple Governor of Canada, resolved to send an completed, Father Nicholas took occa, expedition against the British colonies of sion, in one of his sermons, to inform his Massachusetts and New Hampshire : the simple flock that a bell was as necessary command was given to Major Hertel de to a steeple as a priest is to a church; Rouville ; and one of the priests belong. and exhorted them, therefore, to collecting to the Jesuits' College at Quebec in- . as many furs as would enable himn to pro- formed Father Nicholas, by a pious vocure one from France. The Indians were yageur, of the proposed incursion. The not sloths in the performance of this pious Indians were immediately assembled in duty. Two bales were speedily collected the church ; the voyageur was elevated and shipped for Havre de Grace, and in in the midst of the congregation, and due time the worthy ecclesiastic was in- Father Nicholas, in a solemn speech, formed that the bell was purchased and pointed him out to their veneration as a put on board the Grand Monarque, messenger of glad tidings. He then told bound for Quebec.
them of the warlike preparations at Que. It happened that this took place during bec, and urged them to join the expedione of those wars which the French and tion. At the conclusion, the whole au. English are naturally in the habit of wag. dience rose, giving the war-whoop ; then ing against one another, and the Grand simultaneously retiring to their houses, Monarque, in consequence, never reach- they began to paint themselves with ed her destination. She was taken by a their most terrible colours for battle, and, New England privateer, and carried into as if animated by one will at their counSalem, where the ship and cargo were cil fire, they resolved to join the expedie condemned as prize, and sold for the cap- tion. tors. The bell was bought for the town It was in the depth of winter when of Deerfield, on the Connecticut river, they set out to unite themselves with De where a church had been recently built, Rouville's party at the fort of Chambly. to which that great preacher the Rev. Father Nicholas, with a tall staff and a John Williams was appointed. With cross on the top of it, headed them; and, much labour it was carried to the village, as they marched off, their wives and chiland duly elevated to the belfry.
dren, in imitation of the hymns which When Father Nicholas heard of this animated the departure of the first crusamisfortune, he called his flock together, ders under the command of Godfrey de and told them of the purgatorial condition Boulogne, chanied a sacred song which of the bell in the hands of the heretics, the holy father had especially taught them and what a laudable enterprise it would for the occasion. be to redeem it.
They arrived at Chambly, after a This preaching was, within its sphere, journey of incredible fatigue, as the as inspiring as that of the hermit Peter. French soldiers were mounting their The Indians lamented to one another the sleighs to proceed to lake Champlain. deplorable unbaptised state of the bell. The Indians followed in the track of the of the bell itself they had vo very clear sleighs, with the perseverance peculiar idea ; but they knew that Father Nicho. to their character. - Father Nicholas, to
be the more able to do his duty when it lime, by his own inadvertency in follow. might be required, rode in a sleigh with ing too closely behind his companions, De Rouville.
sorely blained, even to excoriation, his In this order and array, the Indians, cheeks. Still he felt that he was engag. far behind, followed in silence until the ed in a sanctified adventure ; he recalled whole party had rendezvoused on the bore to mind the martyrdoms of the saints, ders of lake Champlain, which, being and the persecutions of the fathers, and frozen, and the snow but thinly upon it, the glory that would redound to him. was chosen for their route. Warmed in self in all after ages by the redemption of their imaginations with the unhappy cap- the bell. tivity of the bell, the Indians plodded so. On the evening of the 29th of Febru. lemnly their weary way; no symptom of ary, 1704, the expedition arrived within regret, of fatigue, or of apprehension, two miles of Deerfield, without having relaxed their steady countenances ; they been discovered. De' Rouville ordered saw with equal indifference the black and his men to halt, rest, and refresh white interminable forest on the shore on themselves until midnight, at which bour the one hand, and the dread and dreary he gave orders that the village should be desert of the snowy ice of the lake, on attacked. the other,
The surface of the snow was frozen, The French soldiers began to suffer and crackled beneath the tread. With extremely from the toil of wading through great sagacity, to deceive the English the snow, and beheld with admiration garrison, De Rouville directed, that in and envy the facility with which the In- advancing to the assault, his men should dians, in their snow shoes, moved over frequently pause, and then rush for a the surface. No contrast could be greater short time rapidly forward. By this inthan the patience of Father Nicholas's genious precaution, the sentinels in the proselyles and the irritability of the town were led to imagine that the sound Frenchmen.
came from the irregular rustle of the wind When they reached the spot on which through the laden branches of the snowy the lively and pretty town of Burlington forest ; but an alarm was at last given, now stands, a general halt was ordered, and a terrible conflict took place in the that the necessary arrangements might be streets. The French fought with their made to penetrate the forest towards the accustomed spirit, and the Indians with settled parts of Massachusetts. In start their characteristic fortitude. The garriing from this point, Father Nicholas was son was dispersed, the town was taken, left to bring up his division, and De and the buildings set on fire. Rouville led his own with a compass in At day-break, all the Indians, although his hand, taking the direction of Deer. greatly exhausted by the fatigue of the field. Nothing that had been yet suffer- night, waited in a body, and requested ed was equal to the hardships endured in the holy father to conduct them to the this march. Day after day the French- bell, that they might perform their homen went forward with indefatigable bra. mages, and testify their veneration for it. very, a heroic contrast to the panics of Father Nicholas was not a little discontheir countrymen in the Russian snow- certed at this solemn request, and De Rou. storms of latter times. But they were lo- ville, with many of the Frenchmen, who quacious ; and the roughness of their were witnesses, laughed at it most un. course and the entangling molestation righteously. But the father was not en. which they encountered from the under tirely discomfited. As the Indians had wood, provoked their maledictions and never heard á bell before, he obtained excited their gesticulations. The con one of the soldiers from De Rouville, duct of the Indians was far different : and despatched him to ring it.
The animated with holy zeal, their constitu. sound, in the silence of the frosty dawn tional taciturnity had something dignified and the still woods, rose loud and even sublime, in its sternness. No deep; it was to the simple ears of the murmur escaped them; their knowledge Indians as the voice of an oracle ; they of travelling the woods instructed them to trembled, and were filled with wonder avoid many of the annoyances which and awe. called forth the pestes and sacres of their The bell was then taken from the belnot less brave but more vociferous com- fry, and fastened to a beam with a crosspanions.
bar at each end, to enable it to be car• Long before the party had reached ried by four men. In this way the their destination, Father Nicholas was Indians proceeded with, it homeward, sick of his crusade ; the labour of tread. exulting in the deliverance of the “ miing the forest had lacerated his feet, and raculous organ," But it was the recoiling boughs had, from time to found too heavy for the uneven track
they had to retrace, and, in consequence, And thus the forest Aaunts. Bat, lo !, alar, when they reached their starting point, Rear'd in barbaric gaudiness, as if on the shore of lake Champlain, Red Agra's looms, or cunning carver's skill, they buried it, with many benedic Indian or Arabesque, were treasured there? tions from Father Nicholas, until they Tis Orgreave Avenue, emblazed with all could come with proper means to carry it of garb that Autumn's golden coffer yields ! away.
Nature's cathedral, where the parting year As soon as the ice was broken up: High sear its branchy walis, its rounded roof Father Nicholas assembled them again Fills with its lengthy ridge blue Heaven, and in the church, and, having procured a yoke of oxen, they proceeded to bring The sun with its immense magnificenco. in the bell. In the mean time, all the For not the starry purple that outstretched
On golden cables widely canópied squaws and papooses had been inform
The Flavian amphitheatre;- not all ed of its marvellous powers and capa. The glittering roofs and fretted pinnacles, cities, and the arrival of it was looked King Herod's temple to the Romans shewed,
When sunset glowed on Salem;--not th' ar. to as one of the greatest events “ in the
ray womb of time." Nor did it prove far Of crimson carbuncle, green emerald, short of their anticipations. One even Or opal of all colours, that enaboss'd ing, while they were talking and com
The palaces of old Arabian lore,
Might match this lavishment of tints superb. muoing together, a mighty sound was within, how wonderful! a stately nave heard approaching in the woods ; it rose Of colossean height,-its length so vast, louder and louder ; they listened, they bts vista seems a loop hole: On both sides, wondered, and began to shout and cry, Herculean lime-trees form; on either side “ It is the bell."
They meet in narrow'd space an outer row, It was so. Presently, the oxen, sur: Trunk to trunk answering, bougbs entwined rounded by the Indians, were seen ad- Two shadowy alleys forming, they compose vancing from the woods; the beam was
A grand old nave and two superb side aisles ; laid across their shoulders, and, as the And never yet, when broider carpet strew'a bell swung between them, it sounded The marble pavement of the vaulty church
In festal decoration, did the pomp wide and far. On the top of the beam a
Of sleeky velvet, mássy cloth of gold, rude seat was erected, on which sat Fa- Painted hrocade, or flowery draperius ther Nicholas, the most triumphant of Of Arras or Damascus, look so fair mortal men, adorned with a wreath round As yon huge mantling footcļoth of green grass,
Fretted with shade-work, or lacquer'd o'er his temples; the oxen, too, were orna With auriphrygiate alchemy of beams; mented with garlands of flowers. In this Nor might in ancient Minster the parade triumphal array, in the calm of a beauti, of wealthy superstition, when cowi'd monko, ful evening, when the leaves were still Black, white, and gray, gilt banners and gemand green, and while the roar of Le Swell'd the pontific festival, and fill'd longue Saulte rapid, softened by distance, The bulky building with pictorial swarm rose like the hum of a pagan multitude of manifold resplendence,
Match the calm majesty with which the sun rejoicing in the restoration of an idol, Sweeps up the vasty avenue, and waves they approached the village.
His all-imperial Oriflamme; the wind The bell, in due season, was elevated Making the boughs a belfry, peals around to its place in the steeple, and, at the Gigantic chimes sonorous, while the rear
of Sol's eternal march Aings far behind wonted hours of matins and vespers, it A mighty wake of gay and glorious gold, still cheers with its clear and swelling Save in those cloistered alleys whose dark range voice the solemn woods and the majestic With leafy ceilings groined, shuts out the day. St. Lawrence, Praser's Mag. From every painted leaf and dewy spray,
The panoply of these Autunnal groves,
Hovers a spicy perfume, odorous
As costly frankincense, that swung aloft
From jewelled censors, lines with mimic cloud
The high-coped temples of Idolatry.
And I could turn Idolater, if here
To stand, and mutely worship in bis works, EARTH has put on her raiment of all hues, His beauteous works, almighty Nature's God, Apit the high sun doth burnish them. "Pis now Though 'tis but an old tree, or tinted leaf, Queen Nature's Carnival, and trees august That wakes my homage,-be idolatry. In all the bulky pomp of centuries,
Yield, York,-sublime, but human fabric, In lawn and wood hold boliday sublime;
yield! Titans' in masquerade. Yon dateless Oak, The highest palm thy towery grandeur claims Whicb man ne'er knew a sapling, well may
Is this,--of Nature's lordly musterpiece,
Thou art a lordly copy, and tbe pomps A phantom Druid, with his yellow robe, That, brightening as they fade, when brightAnd fillet of charm'd misletoe. That Beech,
est die. Whose silver trunk poises a ruddy mass Thy pillars have endowed with deathless Of tinctured foliage-acts the Red Cross
Thy sculptor's talisman, each wreathy brow Tossing his bloody plumes. Yon waxen Ash, Hath rescued from corruption, moulded them Some convent maid, in sorrow's livery pale, In many a lofty labyrinthi; conferred
BY HORACE GUILPORD.
Autumnal tints perennially, (what time
pace the gallery, the legends of the taThe sun, through Gothic lattice colour'd deep pestry accompany us; and in the midWith crimson robes of Martyr or of King, O'erlays with light thy capitals,) and made
night hour, if our couch be sleepless, the Of groves that every Autumn glow'd to die, tapestry seen by the waxen flambeaux, A temple co-eternal with the World!
soothes or' amuses our wearied thoughts. Tapestry turns our castles into archives of
history, and bowers of romance, -tapes, Tales of the Tapestry;
try invests the cold dull wall with the OR,
show and attributes of life, and perpetu. EVENINGS AT ARGENTEINS. ally teaches us, amid all the pomp and
pride of wealth, the most impressive and (For the Olio.)
“ Most true, my lord,” said the Dame
Eleanor Calthorpe, "s and moreover, we The party now reassembled for supper, may note the beauty of tapesty,—its the different courses were as usual usher- gorgeous colours,-its endless variety of ed by the white wand of the seneschal, scenes,-its golden palaces,-turretted and announced by clarions and harps, castles, and green woods,--so lively that while six minstrels recited or sung various we seem to hear the warder's horn, the legends, many of which were represented buck's bell, and the throstle's bill; and, in glowing colours on the superb tapes on a cold autumnal night like this, when try that decorated the walls.
the wind is like to beat in the rattling One of the bride's maids, the Lady Mar- lattices, and roars in the wide chimnies, garet Tempest, during an interval of the what could supply the luxurious comfort music, took occasion to call the attention of these deep substantial hangings, thus of those near her to the tapestry itself, illuminated by the blazing hearth ?" remarking the unusual size of the pieces, " There is one room, however," said and their exquisite colours. The tapes- Sir Arthur, “on which my noble and try was indeed the most striking object in honoured guests have not yet been able this august old hall. Its grand and pon-. to give their censure ; for my varlets drous drapery clothed every side of the have only this day completed the adjustchamber except the dais, which had a ment of the tapestry, which has been very high wainscot and rich tabernacle woven at the first loom in Flanders, and work of dark polished oak. The tapes- depictured with various traditions, either try was Tyrian of recent work, of silk connected with my family, or selected by and silver tissue ; it descended from the me as interesting and singular from the cornice, (which was a fascia of gilded records of other houses. I have the means grapes and ivy leaves,) to the pavement, of furnishing the particulars of each seand portrayed various romances of Arparate piece, and, as they consist of vathur and his chivalry.
rious matters which, if not highly inter“ It has been the delight of my an- esting, at least are not so commonly cestors," said Sir Arthur," and in that known as to have become stale, you' respect also I am their true descendant, may decide whether their various narrato collect the most rare and costly spe- tives are likely to prove acceptable subcimens of tapestry of every description; stitutes to the routine of pageants which, I have rooms hung with the gaudy webs I fear, begins to be somewhat weariof China and Hindostan; the looms of some !" Gobelins, Bruges, and Artois, have sent Solemnly disclaiming the last clause, hither some of their most superb manu the guests were, nevertheless, unanimous faciures, and we have not even disdained in their desire of inspecting the great galthe homelier gaudiness of the painted lery. Accordingly, supper being concludcloih."
ed, with all the punctilious decorum of the Thus spoke Sir Arthur, and the con- age, the company repaired about nine versation, partly from compliment, but in o'clock to that room which formed so some degree with sincerity, turned upon conspicuous a feature in the mediæval the great beauty and utility of tapestry: manor-hall and castle.
“ Where shall we find,” said the Lord The grand gallery of Argenteins Willoughby, “ in all the laboured cun. stretched along the entire south side of ning of the carver, ornaments so lively the inner quadrangle, the same space on and so useful as the glowing colours of the north was occupied by the chapel; the tapestry?-_What incitements to va. and the hall, kitchen and butlery formed liant and honourable deeds do its various the bulky barrier between the two courts. legends display! In the high feast its When the guests entered the gallery, loud beantiful examples force themselves upon were the expressions of admiration and us; when we ascend the staircase, or surprise,
Our ancestors were not profuse of lights mighty lattices, or amid the groves of the in general, but on this occasion custom old garden below, was the only accomwas departed from, 'and when the senes.' paniment to the voice of the reciter, save chal threw open the great folding doors, the rustle of some brocaded dress, as the massy with gilding, and pannels of ebony high born company sate in magnificent carved in clusters of roses, and pome. groups; crimson robes and silken hoods, granates, and vine-leaves, a blaze of silver locks and bright tresses, lace ruff's mighty breadth and lustre roared up the and jewelled carkanets, athletic youths ample chimney, and in addition to the and venerable old age, high-browed malarge silver lamp in the centre, six me trons and sunny-eyed damsels blended in nials in superb liveries were ranged along rich assemblage, like a spring bed of the gorgeous chamber, on each side,' great variegated tulips. with flambeaux of perfumed wax. The At a signal from Sir Arthur, the attengallery was not hung with tapestry like dants disappeared with the flambeaux, the hall; it was wainscoted with oak as and the noble gallery, thus left to mitihigh as the ceiling, divided at certain in-' gated light, or rather, involved in partial teryals by a sort of frame of broad carve- gloom, harmonised well with the solemn work covered with scarlet and gilding, and thrilling themes that its legendary into vast compartments, which were en decorations displayed. tirely fitted up by the most magnificent Bruges' tapestry, each compartment form
SONG. ing the subject of a separate history. The ceiling was of oak, divided into number. less squares by richly carved beams, and
GATHER ye rose-buds while ye may, brilliantly painted with coat-armour and
Old Time is still a-flying; portraits of kings and confessors, while
And this same flower that smiles to-day, over the fire-place, the huge shield of the To-morrow may be dying, Heveninghams displayed its Jabyrinth The glorious lamp of heaven, the Sun, of quarterings, surmounted by their crest, The higher he's a-getting, a turbaned Saracen's head issuant with The sooner will his race be run, becoming ugliness from a ducal'coronet;
And nearer he's to setting. the supporters a weir-wolf and a buffalo
That age is best which is the first, ramped on either side, and the motto
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse and worst
Times still succeed the former. was blazoned in a coloured scroll below.
Then be not coy, but use your time, Such was the apartment that to the And while ye may, go marry; eyes of the guests, accustomed as they For having lost but once your prime,
You may for ever tarry. Fruscr's M. were to magnificence in their own mansions, seemed of dazzling splendour, so clear and lustrous were the colours of the Notices of New Books. costly tapestry, and so distinctly did all the various ornaments of the gallery dis.
Southey's Life of Nelson. play themselves in the flood of light that shone through its vast extent.
This biographical work has long been At the foot of each gigantic frame was a' considered one of the best written and decorated tablet, on which was inscribed in most attractive performances in our langold letters the subject of the tapestry it guage. contained, and appended to it was a large
As its beauties must be familiar to the roll of fair yellow parchment, in which greater portion of our readers, we have with finely illuminated letters was written only to add, that the new edition, illusthe legend at length.
trated with some clever designs by CruikWhen the visitors had satisfied their shank, adds an additional charm even to eyes with gazing on the sumptuous ma
the Family Library. terials and gorgeous colours of the tapes. We have only room for one extract, try, their ears began to desire the story of a touching and melancholy one, it being each. And it would have been a fine no less than an account of the last hours subject for a painter to have seen the of the immortal hero. splendid cortege listening to the clear
" It had been part of Nelson's prayer harmonious voice of Sir Robert Vernon, that the British fleet might be distinguishas, at their host's request, he drew thé ed by humanity in the victory which he vellum scroll from the first piece of ta- expected. Setting an example himself, pestry, and commenced reading its con he twice gave orders to cease firing upon tents aloud.
The roar of the blazing the Redoubtable, supposing that she had hearth, and the boom of the wind on the struck, because her great guns were