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receiving so unexpected an answer to his heavens, became repeatedly overcast.--proposal may best be imagined: his visage As those mysterious words, however, naturally dark and morose, underwent rang loudly on his ear, a brilliant stream many frightful and menacing expressions; of moonlight suddenly illuminated the his eyes flashed fire around him, and in a swamp, and discovered
a tall, grisly voice deep and emphatic, which remained figure wading slowly through it, which long in the remembrance of many, he many declared to have been a perfect reexclaimed, “ Woe unto that descendant semblance of Sir Conrad's effigy in Bronof my name who shall mate with the dinberger Hall. The vision, however, house of Maldenhein."
was but momentary, and the scene beAt Sir Conrad's death his castle de. came again buried in profound darkness, volved to Sir Herman, his son, from him when the bugle of Sir Rudif brought the to another, and so on till it fell to Sir lord of Maldenbein to his assistance, for Rudif, the hero of my story, and the a grim and gigantic wolf had fastened on eighth successor to Sir Conrad. I should, his steed. however, make mention, that each pre It was on the evening of that day which ceding owner had paid the most reli saw the nuptials of the lord of Brondingious observation to the words uttered berger, that a princely assemblage of by Sir Conrad; therefore had the true knights and dames, gorgeously attired, spirit of inveteracy betwixt the house of illumined with their presence the vast and Brondinberger and that of Maldenhein splendidly decorated hall of Sir Rudif. descended in regular rotation from Sir The laurelled goblets of rich and sparkConrad to Sir Arnold down to Sir Rudifling gold, and foaming with choice and and Sir Argand.
cooling beverages, were quaffed again It was a remarkable coincidence that and again to the happiness of the newly an affair of a like nature to that which allied pair ; the jest careered, the pledge originated the friendship of the former, went round, and the high vaulted roof created also a strict and lasting intimacy rang repeatedly with the names of the between the latter ; the implacable ha- brightest and fairest in Germany. The tred which had hitherto existed betwixt minstrels, fired with wine and the praises their houses was at once and entirely which were incessantly showered upon forgotten, and to cement their intimacy them, sang with redoubled ardour the still closer, the sister of the lord of Mala valorous achieveinents of the noblest and denhein was shortly, and with her own bravest of the land. full concurrence, to become the bride of Thus sped the greater portion of the the knight of Brondinberger.
night, when the festivities grew languid; Albeit Sir Rudif's predecessors had the most mercurial spirit began to tire, and every one inherited to the fullest extent the sunniest eye to diminish of its brightthe haughty and insolent demeanour of ness, Sonie proceeded to the chambers Sir Conrad; statues of whom, clad in allotted to them, and others, whom wine their heavy sable armour, decorated the and wassail had rendered sluggish and walls of the huge banquetting apartment. drowsy, slumbered in their seats; while Rudif himself presented a strong and the numerous flambeaux which had hitherpowerful contrast, arrogance and con to blazed with unmitigated splendour, tumely, the chief characteristic of his began now to shed a dim, quivering and ancestors, had in his disposition no share uncertain light. The minstrels seeing whatever; he was mostly mild and dis- their services no longer required bad passionate, though not a whit less valiant; every one departed, and a deep and imand his features, though somewhat rugged pressive silence shortly succeeded to the and uneven, generally wore a pleasant late uproarious mirth. Then it was that and good-humoured expression.
the boom of the midnight breeze, heNow it was rumoured among the vassals ralding the storm which was every moat Brondinberger Hall, that during the ment expected to burst, might have been hunt which took place some time since in distinctly heard among the clustering the forest adjoining, a voice was suddenly foliage of the aspen beech and linden heard to exclaim
in a hollow and sepule trees in the gardens of the tower, accomchral tone-" Woe unto the Brondin- panied by the waves of the Rhine dashberger who shall wed with a daughter of ing with angry violence on the buge the house of Maldenhein.” The knight crag at its base. Bright and repeated at that moment was urging his steed exhalations had been observed for some through a heap of furze and long langled time playing upon the hot and turbulent weeds, which fringed a dark and deep horizon, which oftentimes startled from morass, and which required his utmost his slumbers the lord of the hall, who skill to pilot his way safely through, for sat beneath a superb canopy at the head the moon, which was riding high in the of the board, immediately fronting the
tall lancet window through which they The only wish, the only prayer, were seen. Presently the storm which bad My heart holds near and dear,
I dare not mutter on the air, long threatened broke forth at once with
Nor let it meet mine ear; unparallelled fury, accompanied in its And when I kneel me down at night, onset by a wild and searing flash, which For heavenly peace to pray, shivered the painted window to atoms,
Thy form obtrudes upon me bright,
To turn that peace away. and lighted up the hall with indescribable brilliancy. Sir Rudif, notwithstanding
But cease, my heart !-'tis sweet to think
That we may meet again, his general fearlessness, seemed petrified Where mortal life hath failed to link with terror; every object appeared at The soul with guilt and pain ; first to dance and reel before his eyes,
And though it be an idle dream,
That's scareely wished by thee, and it was not until the lapse of some It is the last, the only gleam moments, that he could summon the least Of sunny hope in me.
W. M. degree of composure. When he did so, it was to behold the hideous phantom of
TO Hthe swamp, dilating amid the increased gloom to a most formidable size ; his My earliest dream was a dream of thee,
Tho' a thing of air and a pbantasy; attitude was decidedly menacing, and I have sat alone in the dead of night, his large, red, grinning eges, were fixed And soothed my soul with the vision bright; intently on Sir Rudif. The latter in The vision that whispered a spirit shone glancing round the walls of the apart
In on my musings though dark and lone;
And I felt, I know not why, that time ment, beheld to his surprise every recess Would give to my yearning heart its own, vacated of the statues of his ancestors, Though it even dweli in some distant clime, which had recently occupied them; ano.
Where scarcely a gentle thought is known.
Oh, mine was a faith like a martyr's pure, ther glance, and he beheld them grouped So deeply felt and so calmly sure, on either side the dark and frightful ap That each darker hour that overspread parition, who in a well remembered My mind, and upon my full heart shed voice exclaimed aloud-"Woe unto the
Its meed of glow, it turned away,
And I revelled still in a sun-bright day: Brondinberger who shall wed a daughter Oh, was it strange that a beart so young, of the house of Maldenhein,"—and in From guilt and sorrow proudly free, a moment the ghastly assemblage disap- That thus in holiest hope it clung
To an ideal form resembling thee? peared. The morning sun streaming into the
But I despaired, for the world came on,
In all its sullen, smoky glare, apartinent discovered Sir Rudif sitting And I hardly hoped to fix upon erect in his seat, though quite dead; So pure and fair a being there, his features were livid and frightfully
Amidst the rancour and the strife, distorted, which many iinputed to the I looked around, and lovely eyes
And bitter strugglings of life; lightning, though others confidently Beamed in their thousand victories; averred that the Demon Ruberzhald had My cheeks grew pallid in their gaze, set his mark upon him, the rather that
Like bloodstones in the sun's bright rays;
And smiles fell on my heart from some, they affected to trace a few unintelligible Like moonlight on a marble tomb, characters which had the appearance of That softens the pale face of death, being branded on the forehead, though Yet cannot give back the vital breath.
I lookeil around, yet could not trace 'twas nought in reality but the encroaches
That inward worth, that outward grace, of time.
T.F. That singleness of heart and mind,
Within thy purer being shrined,
Nor that soft eye and softer tone, Lays of a Broken Heart. Such as my languishing heart might owu. (For the Olio.)
And so the world grew dark and drear,
And to me as a desart lied,
The sun-beam scarcely seemed to cheer,
The heart whose longing tboughts had dried
Its vital currents in their course, Shouldst ever, sweet, be mine;
And unto which the heavens denied, I tremble while I let thee know
For comfort, the divine resource My too fond heart is thine,
Of Hope for hope was wither'd too, Oh. look not on me with an eye
And with it all the kindred dew Of anger, do not chide
Of holy thoughts-the hidden springs, Me when thou seest the broken sigh
That prompt the soul's imaginings; Burst forth I fain would hide.
The living verdure, and the flowers
That spring from our sublimer powers, Do not, though thou mayst never love, Like shrubs upon the mountain's height; Look coldly on me, sweet,
All, all partook that fatal blight, I bear the frowns from one above,
And perished !--I grew sad-anon But thine I could not meet.
I felt my sterner sadness gone, Do not, while thus I sigh forlorn,
And I grew calm, and cheered my heart Thy pity hold from me;
With the lowly efforts of my lyre; From others I that boon would scorn,
Yet, oh! no spirit bore a part, But it is sweet from thee.
Nor warmed beneath the muse's fire;
I worshipped nature for awhile,
gloomy our family went every one their And thought that I heheld her smile,
own way to rest, but anxiously and fearAnd smiling, round my temples twine, The ivy wreath with band divine.
fully as to what might be the result. The
docior had not been long in bed ere a Last I was reckless, and I gave
figure came silently along the room and My hand away as nothing worth; And threw it to the wind and wave,
drawing aside the curtains, glanced on his Ay, even with a show of mirth;
face, and as quietly departed. He leapt Though, when the holy rite was said,
out of bed, and taking ihe lamp, carefully My spirit sunk within me dead,
examined every nook,
but to no satisfaction. Yet then my face its smiles put on, I smother'd with a laugh the groan,
As he was sure he had heard footsteps The bitter tbroe, and struggling sigh,
outside the room door, he opened it That shook my bosom forcibly,
gently, and to his surprise he saw our That passed away.-Oh, then there came
gardener, who said, " I hope, Zur, the That one, that chosen one, which grew Up with my bosom's infant fame,
ghost hasʼnt hurt ye.” "Nay !" said the And o'er the youthful senses flew
doctor, “but what brought you here, Like some bright bird, whose beauteous form
· Why, zur !" replied Harry, Seems sent to charm away the storm;
himself an almost apparition,
“I came And I could only look on her, And feel that while I look I err;
here to listen, and if I should be wanted, And dare not, must not e'er reveal
to take your part; cause how, ghosts I A type or tythe of what I feel;
know be pratty deadly.” “Not to doctors, And yet must see, or think I see, A drop of pity in her eye,
Harry,” said Alsop, you had better go A smile that seems to rise for me,
to sleep and leave me alone.” “ As you A fond, fond look-a gentle sigh,
like, zur," said Harry, but not a wink of And thrill; oh! with a bursting heart, Whene'er in mutual grief we part,
sleep would he get, for he remained in And have the parting look impressed,
hushing anxiousness in the passage -with Deeper than sorrow in the breast;
an old sword in his hand all the night And feel her pressure soft and bland
through. Meanwhile, the doctor returnRemaining on the tingling hand, Burnt in as is the felon's mark,
ed thoughtfully to his bed. The figure, 'Mid thoughts and feelings deep and lark. which was wrapped in a long gown, came
a second time. The doctor being pre
pared for the visit, collected his vision, THE BEST BED-ROOM; and observed a restless expression of
countenance,-the face of an elderly OR, THE APPARITION LIID.
man-deathly and cadaverous in the exTo the Editor of the Olio,
treme, but mild in eye and sorrowful in
heart. As the figure glanced away from SIR-Your interesting notice of Dr. the curtain he snatched it aside with his Alsop on the ' Apparition,' page 329 of hand; and, ere he could trace the place the Olio, brings to my recollection a of its retreat, a blank pervaded the spot. circumstance which happened in my own We had a good library in our study; and family, whom the worthy doctor attended. from which, several old bibles, testaments Known to be a skilful and clever man on and other black lettered sages were heapmost subjects, he was applied to, for the ed on the table. The doctor after rucure of an evil often known to exist in minating sometime, came to a determinamanorial houses in the darker agestion to dress himself, and reviving the throughout England. Our best bedroom, lamp, he sat beside the table and began as it was called, that is, a large room, to read portions of the New Testament. whose walls were covered with a series of Considerable time nad elapsed. He could family portraits, painted in massive frames, hear Harry occasionally heave a deep the bed and furniture of yellow damask, groan, adding the “ 1.ord have mercy upon and the chairs tall and thin, with cane bot us !” And he resolved the next approach toms and backs, the table massive and to ask the object of the apparition. Harry dark with cloven paws, and every part had got near the door and was peeping kept in the neatest manner fit for any through the keyhole. Intense silence distinguished guest that might be treated reigned in the room. The “apparition hospitably during his stay with us. In came before the doctor for a third time. course of time, it became a topic of con “ In God's name,” said he. versation that this room was haunted. God's name !"' answered Harry. This catching the doctor's ear, he inquired God's name,” why hauntest thou this more minutely into the matter. My grand- place? What disturbs thy rest ?” The father, full of a persuasion that the doctor, apparition pointed to a corner of the room by reading a portion of the New Testament, and once more disappeared. The doctor could settle the point, induced him to come opened the door. “ I zeed he, zur," said over from Calne for that purpose. He Harry, “ of all the world like my old was lit to this bedroom, and the night being master.” • Come in," said the doctor,
A TALE OF LICHFIELD.
BY HORACE GUILFORD.
Harry tremblingly obeyed. They broach. naye, didst force me there !-I have spared ed a plank in the floor-a bag of gold thy life when I might have slain thee; was therein deposited the cancelled will and what has been my reward? I have of an estate was discovered, and ever after been scourged like a slave,,--my gallant the best bedroom was as quietly tenanted followers have been murdered,-fame, as any other room in the liouse.
fortune gone! my life has been made a Sir, your's respectfully,
burden. And yet thou livest,” he A TESTATOR UF THE FAMILY. gnashed his teeth horribly,-" livest lo June 9th, 1830.
be the high dowered widow of De Court.. Tales of the Tapestry;
« Widow !" ejaculated the Baroness
faintly. THE DETHRONED,
“ Widow ?-ay, widow ! though, trust me, thou shall not wear weeds long !
Hear me ! This day was thy brother's For the Olio.
dainty leman to have been carried off in
the midst of the mummeries yonder, and The tale now hastens to a conclusion, brought hither,--to be by turns the partThe Robber Captain, who had taken ner of thy captivity, and the companion, advantage of the confusion to rush out of par amours, of thy faithful Lord. We the hall; seize the nearest horse, and gal. were foiled. The Baron grew peevish, lop furiously to the forest, had nearly turned upon his old comrade ; and that gained the Brazen Helmet, when certain comrade, not being in his mildest mood, of his scouts met and informed him that answered him with this !” and Warner the King, the Duke, Bishop Burghill, held up the still bloody war-knife. Sir Lionel Biddulf, and a vast attendance, Rosamund sprang at once to her feet were then a short distance east of the with a ringing cry, that made the maniac forest, and would, doubiless, pass through host shiver and moan, and in the attitude it on their road to Lichfield. He spurred of a vengeful Pallas, on his horse, and with what feelings “ Villain !” she exclaimed, “thou hast inay, be imagined, saw at the very consummated the diabolical arts by which porch of the hostel the Lady Rosamund, thou didst decoy my wretched husband accompanied by the sturdy clown men- from truth and honour, by thrusting an tioned before, in the very act of escaping. unprepared soul to that judgment where She saw her fate in his countenance; its guilt shall be heaped upon thine own! he did not notice her companion, whó – What, ho !" she shrieked till the roof, with a cry of terror fled into the wood, nay, the forest rang, -“ What, ho ! lieges but grasping her emaciated arm, drew allach the murderer !” rather than led her into the old kitchen.. Stay, wild frenetic! till I join ye
The host, in the most hopeless insanity, both there!" and the knife was within an sat muttering, scowling and grinning by inch of her bosom, when the lanatic host the hearth, and the unearthly peals of sprang up, and with gigantic force seizing laughter with which he hailed the entrance his arms, exclaimed of Warner with his victim, shocked even Hold, cousin ! there be those yonthe blood-hardened robber himself. Soon, der," pointing to the dusky end of the however, with forced calmness more hora room, “ would fain have speech with rible to the luckless lady than the most thee; he thou wot'st of is there, with his outrageous violence, he coinmanded her gray dress,--and many another that I to kneel ; she mechanically obeyed, and know as well as thou !" he thus spoke :
“ Loose me, dotard !" said Warner; “ Baroness of Courtnaye ! I address and after vain struggles, finding himself thee by that style, for it is thy sentence! overpowered by the sheer strength of -Thou, fatal as well as fated woman, roused madness, he aimed his knife at the hast been the evil star of my destiny ! maniac ; but it was a movement fatal to For thee I first relinquished ihe rank and himself, for in a trice Gotta wrenched the influence of a Free Leader, to become the weapon from his hand, and dealt him instrument of thy thrice false Lord !-- swifter than thought two strokes under When I encountered crime to which my the fifth, rib, that stretched him with a former life was innocence, thou wert the groan like an explosion, a quivering cause !—When I was forced to mingle as corpse! a menial in a retinue less numerous than A trampling as of a multitude of horse a wave of my gauntlet might once have was heard on the turf before the hostel of commanded, thou, Rosainund de Court the Brazen Helmet, and in the next in.
stant the stout rustic, who had fled at the * Continued from p. 318.
approach of Warner, came liastily into
the room, closely followed by two stately Lancaster, to wash from mens' minds all figures, who gazed with equal but various memory of this or of any other miscaremotion on the scene before them. Both riages.'' were in complete armour, but had their My Lord of Lichfield speaks well,” vizors raised. The first, his care-worn said the deep but reverential tones of Bobut still handsome features proclaimed to lingbroke, • far be it from Harry of Lanbe Richard Plantagenet. His conical hel caster to seek higher rank in this disturbed met, richly foliated, had the regal diadem realm, than thal which may entitle him in jewellery round its lower rim; his to reclaim his sovereign’s confidence from gorgeous suit of Milan armour was cover the traitors who have abused his princely ed, except his arms and legs, by a tabard disposition so long.' of scarlet velvet, quartering the arms of Plantagenet being still absorbed in sorEngland and France. The other person- row, the Duke gave orders that Warner's age, by his sagacious and majestic tran- body should be removed, and the wretchquillity of face, by the broad gold collared maniac placed under proper care. The of S.Š., implying his haughty and pro- trumpets soon after sounded to horse, and phetic motto, Souverain,
,” but chiefly the whole company passed from this disby his well-known crimson cargan, em- mal scene, into the fresh green forest. A broidered with pearls, and drooping in vast train of horses, some with noble and rich folds over his basinet, might quickly knightly riders, and others whose richly be recognised as the returned Duke of embroidered saddles were empty, held by Lancaster.
pages and yeomen in costly liveries, filled The Bishop of Lichfield, the Abbot of the turfy glade in front of the Brazen Westminster, Sir Lionel Biddulf, and Helmet." others followed, each as they entered The great banner of England waved uttering exclamations as the ghastly sight over a thousand pennons and guidons of in that dismal apartment presented itself multifarious blazonry, mingled with flashto their view. The wretched host, his ing glaives, gisarmes, maces, burgonets, beard of hideous growth, his small eyes and bucklers, illuminated by the placid bright with madness, his hands and face radiance of the declining sun, that spare smeared with blood, sat astride on the kled through the leafy vistas of the forest, corpse of his victim, mowing, howling, or fell in broad yellow flakes on the thick and gibbering. The beautiful Lady de turf. Two steeds, the one white as snow, Courtnaye, in the most miserable attire, the other coal-black, stood pre-eminent and stiffening with the horror that pre- from their size and beauty, and
the magvented, by its intensity, either words or nificence of their caparisons. Their sau. tears, stood in the centre of the floor, toirs were of gold heavily embossed, the while the great wolf-dog, growling and saddles, covered with purple and scarlet glaring, seemed to hesitate on whom he brocade, resembled the back of an arm. should first fasten his bared fangs. Sir chair ; the chanfrons were of red leather, Lionel sprang to his sister, and the warm embossed with gold, while the poitral and flood of tears that streamed over her pale croupiere of laced mail, were almost hid. thin neck, first recalled the poor lady to den by the cointise of purple silk, that of herself, and then finding herself safe and the white steed being powdered with clasped in the dear arms of an only bro- fleur-de-lys, while the black barb was ther, she gave way at once, and with a embroidered with the S.S. faint ejaculation of joy, was borne by Sir “ High Hereford” led his royal couLionel in a deep swoon into the outer air. sin with great humility to the white barb, The ill-starred Richard, overwhelmed in whose quivering ears and low trembling his hour of adversity by so many occular neigh confessed his liege master. Just as testimonies of his mis-government, stood Bolingbroke, with solemn parade of defewith clasped hands, head and body droop- rence, knelt and was assisting the Plantaing, and at length, turning to Bolingbroke, genet to his stirrup, the King's large white
“See, fair cousin,” he said, “ see from greyhound came bounding up to her maswhat a load you are about to relieve us! ier, but after snuffing his surcoat for a -all this bloody mischief lies at the so moment, turned away and leaping upon vereign's door.' We thank heaven and the Duke of Lancaster, placed her long you that the seclusion of a cloister will white paws carelessly on his shoulders, afford us leisure to assoil us of its stains !" in which action the golden circlet about
Say rather, my noble liege, that her neck became unclasped, and rolled at many years of good government on the at his feet. throne of your royal fathers,” said the « Nay, then,” said the poor prince, generous-hearted Dominican, kindly yet « see if Blemach have not discovered her reverently approaching his master, “ will new sovereign, and shaken off my badge enable your grace, by the aid of the noble before him."