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true of the present times. Sir Wal- houses--- Wordsworth’s for crazy pauter himself, who can do every thing pers. Rogers could write a tolerelse, is but a bungler here. He has able Dedication, but for his wealth tried it in verse, but failed: his -Byron would have bit the mark, prose attempts will not pass muster. if he had been less proud. The man Moore can do nothing in this way is not yet born who can write a good Southey's Dedications are fit only for Dedication or if he is, we do not dishclouts Crabbe's for parish work- know him.
BIR JASPER GLENDEARN ; A BORDER STORY. A Few centuries ago there raged, gifts and devotions. They were both between England and Scotland, al tall and athletic young men, and most perpetual dissensions and feuds, bad already distinguished themselves which had descended from the most by their feats of prowess in the Borancient times, and were still deadly der fights, so that, being personally and unextinguished. The Borderers known to their enemies, they were of both kingdoms could scarcely sur- always exposed to considerable peril; pass each other in their deeds of law. but they fearlessly pursued their less outrage, and shocking cruelty solitary journey, reckless of every and inhumanity. When these fero- danger, or resolved to brave it to the cious freebooters had set out on their atmost. They had set out from predatory excursions, they filled all their townland on a dark and the country around with terror and stormy December afternoon. Winter alarm ; and scarcely any habitation, bad set in with the greatest incleor trace of culture, survived their mency; storms of drifting show, merciless ravages. Relentless, as they and torrents of rain, accompanied were, they spared none that fell into with deep and rumbling peals of their hands; but all ranks, sexes, thunder, rendered travelling in such and ages whatever, in spite of their a season very disagreeable and danheart-rending supplications for mer- gerous. When they were about cy, were massacred in cold blood; twelve miles from the Holy Shrine, while the war-cry of their savage they were benighted on a bleak and foes was, “ No mercy! no quarter! lonely place, where they could disthey are enemies." The times, in- cover no cottage that could shelter deed, were so stormy and perilous, them from the howling blast, which that every one was in continual still continued unabated in its vioalarm and apprehension for the safe. lence. Every thing around had a ty of his family and property. Tra wild-like aspect. They were survelling, too, was attended with ex- rounded on all sides with marshy cessive danger: the public roads tracts of heath, on which could not Here infested with vast numbers of be seen a single tree, to screen them marauders, who were roving about from the piercing cold of the north the country in quest of plunder, at wind, -not even a shrub varied the the same time butchering all that tedious sameness of the barren landfell into their power. Since none, scape. As they wandered about, therefore, had the rashness to meet very disconsolate at the prospect of them openly, they were compelled to passing all the night amidst the travel in the most private by-ways, snows, they perceived a small hut at and other tracts that were least & little distance. On approaching, known and frequented. But then they were much disappointed, when the state of the times, and the man- they found that it was only an unners of the people, may be best inhabited, wretched-looking hovel, illustrated in the following short in a very ruinous condition. The legend:
inclement storms of many a winter It happened, once, that two Scots- had almost uncovered the roof, and men, Hugh Latham and Roger Sax- in several parts laid bare the walls, ton, set out on a pilgrimage to St. so that the place was filled with mud Waltham's Priory, to offer at the and water. The situation of our shrine of that holy saint their pious travellers was therefore by no means bettered, and they left the bus, bit- the old woman, in a tone of compasterly cursing their ill fortune. Roo sion': " but I can't afford you shelger, who was far more patient and ter to-night, else I would be torn shrewder than his companion, res piecemeal by my master, should he marked, that the farther they ad discover that I opened his gates to vanced, the ground retained marks of strangers, and may hap his deadly culture, and was very mueb beaten; foes." " Consider, my good dame, a sure sign, he added, of the neigh exclaimed Roger, how merciless is bourhood of some town or public the rage of the storm, and that we inn. He was not, indeed, mistaken, must doubtless perish, if we lie all for they soon found themselves traver night on this bare cold heath, amidst sing a deep. glen, which was partly the deep snow : surely, if you have cultivated, and they had then the any compassion, and expect to die in heartfelt satisfaction of seeing at a peace, you must pity our hapless little distance a bright and stationary condition." " I do indeed pity you," light glimmering through some trees. replied the old woman; " but were On making up to it, they found that I to receive you into the house, my it came from an old and stately master, who comes home early in mansion, turretted with small towers the morning, would certainly murder and battlements, but in a very dila- you; for he is a cruel, wicked man; pidated condition. It was obviously it would therefore be better to walk built more for security than comfort. on to the neighbouring townland, There were attached to it a great which is only three miles distant." many offices, which seemed, from By my halidom !" cried Latham, their shattered, out-of-repair state, “I have walked too much already, to have been frequently set on fire so that I am ready to sink under by the roving bands on the Border. fatigue and cold ; admit me, then, I They could easily, however, have pray you, and you need not feel the been rebuilt, as they seemed to be least apprehension that we shall be new; but the proprietor was either discovered, for we shall proceed on too lazy, or else unable to do it. our journey as soon as we are reWhen they had come up to the freshed." The door was then opengate, Roger was prudently hesitating ied, and they could perceivé, by the whether they should knock, as they light which the portress held in her might possibly fall into the hands of 'hand, that she was a very ancient enemies; but Latham, impatient of 'wonian, of a pleasant and agreeable delay, and almost frozen with cold, countenance, but strongly marked without much ado, threw his spear with sorrow, and a settled melanchdat the portals with such violence, as ly." May all the saints bless you, he conceived would verily awake the good woman !" cried the warminmates, if asleep. Lights were seen hearted travellers as they entered ; instantly flitting through the gal. "may you never experience what leries; and as they heard footsteps we have felt to-night, nor ever approaching, they fancied that every stand in want of relief !" The good moment some armed men would be dame curtsied, and led them into a presented to their view. Their ap- large and capacious hall, well lightprehensions were, however, soon set ed, and warmed by a huge fire of at rest, as they heard an old woman wood. The walls of the room were inquiring from within, “ who they covered with black tapestry, on which were? and why they disturbed her were painted a variety of figures, at such an untoward time of night?" which had rather a gloomy tendency. They replied, that “they were two Some parts of the cloth hung in pilgrims, travelling to St. Waltham's tatters, and exposed to view the Priory, but that, being benighted damp and naked walls, and the rest before they had gone half their were covered with dust and cobJourney, they would perish in the webs. The floor, which was laid snows, if they did not obtain lodge with oak, was bloated with drops of ing for the night;" adding, “ that the blood of a lately-slain anirna). she would be abundantly rewarded There was a large table in the midst from their well-furnished scrip." of the room, covered for fifteen per"I don't want your money !" cried sons, and a fine haunch of venison was roasting over the fire, the sa- fed the poor, and relieved the unfor vour of which was so delectable to tunate, and did a thousand good of, the Scots, that they would instantly fices to all around, so that he was have" fallen to," (according to the much beloved. I served him in the customs of their wandering way of capacity of housekeeper for many life,) had they not been restrained years, and all that time nothing oc'by the presence of the old woman. curred to disturb his prosperity; for,
The good dame desired them to be although all his', neighbours were seated at the fireside ; and while plundered by the rovers, yet he was they chafed their cold and humid of such a gentle nature, that none of hands, she put upon a small two- these monsters 'would ever do any broken-legged table a large joint of harm to bim, nor even to any of his cold venison, and the fragments of a kith and kin. But one night (I piè, to which;she added a portion of remember it as distinctly as' yesterwhite bread, and a huge can of home day) all his happiness was blasted. brewed ale. The hungry travellers As I was returning home, in the commenced instantly their repast, dusk of the evening, from, a neighwhich they devoured with so much bouring townland, where I had eagerness, that they uttered not a been purchasing some articles, I word to one another, or even to the heard a very great bustle, at which, anxious inquiries of their kind hose as it was very unusual, I was much tess. At last, after their hunger had alarmed. . When I entered, loud been in some measure appeased, La- and horrid voices struck upon my tham exclaimed, as he touched the ear, mingled with the clashing of roasting haunch rather rudely' with arms, deep groans, and cries of mut: his spear," Pray, my good dame, der.. I was wholly put off my guard, whence is it that your inaster is so at the supposed danger of my maswell supplied with such goodly ve- ter, as I rushed instantly into the nison ? Methinks he must be in- hall. But, gracious Heaven! wbat debted to his neighbours for it, and a sight was presented to my view ! .that in po agreeable manner.”, “'Tis my beloved master was lying on the too true,” cried, the old' woman, ground, covered with wounds, and with a mingled burst of sorrow and weltering in bis blood, while he was indignation : " wherever he goes, he surrounded by all his faithful seris sure to spare none; every one that vants, on the last stage of his existfalls into his hands is robbed and ence. A band of savage-looking murdered ; and he not unfrequently ruffians were leaning on their gory brings to this house some of his pri- swords, while their chief (the presoners, for the sake of torturing sent owner of this house) was giving them, to betray up to him their directions for the removal of the dearest friends and relations ; so that dead bodies, when he perceived me. these aged eyes have many a time Deep were the curses I wreaked on bebeld such scenes of cruelty as his head, wbich he seemed so unable would strike with horror any one to endure, that he would have plunhardier than myself.” “ But why, ged his weapon in my side, bad not my good dame, do you detest him so one of his attendants desired bim to much, and yet live in his house ?" forbear, as I migbt hereafter be of “ His house." exclaimed the old use to bim. I was accordingly conwoman, with an almost frantic fined in a lonely turret, and fed very gesture; " I wish, long e'er now, that sparingly on bread and water, till it had buried him beneath its lowest my obstinacy (they said) could be foundation, for the barbarous murder conquered. I at length understood of its lawful owner." " What say that their aim was to engage me as you ?" cried the two Scots; “ your their housekeeper, since the chief master, then, is not the proprietor of had taken possession of the house, this mansion?" "I once acknow. but was always used to a wandering ledged another master than him, of way of life. I submitted with a as different a nature as the lamb is sort of sullen indifference, as I was to the wolf," replied the old woman. reckless wbat I did. I have lived “ He was of a kindly and hospitable in this manner for many years, seldisposition, -he clothed the naked, dom disturbed by my master's hateful presence, and have had sometimes walls were damp and gloomy, and the opportunity of privately releasing hung all around with every kind of the iniserable prisoners that were armour. While Latham was busily confined by him, and doomed to handling an old rusty buckler, Roa destruction."
ger was as busily engaged in remova “ What is the name of that exe- ing a small loose stone in the wall. crable villain?” cried Latham, in He told Latham, that if they could stinctively grasping his weapon. get it out, they would perceive all “ You must have heard,” replied the that was passing in the room. Their old woman, “ of Jaspar de Glen- curiosity was soon gratified, for it dearn, the powerful English chief." was not long before they succeeded “Jaspar de Glendearn !- too well, in their design. As the tapestry my good dame; how often has Hugh was in a very tattered condition, and Latham measured swords with him! in some parts torn in large rents, Mary of heaven! I would tear his they could see every thing quite disheart's blood were he here !” As he tinctly. The chief, a tall, fierce-lookspoke, he was interrupted by loud ing man, and completely armed, repeated knocks at the gate, and the was seated at a table with all his clattering of horses' hoofs in the followers, whose embrowned and court. The old woman exclaimed, savage-looking countenances, shaded “'Tis my master! you are both by their dark frizzled locks, were undone! Oh that I had known he moulded into the expression of the would have arrived at this time !" most deadly passions. The old wo"Be not alarmed, my good dame," man, who acted in the capacity of cried her guests, starting up from waiter as well as housekeeper, was the seats on which they had been re- supplying their trenchers with large clining," think not that we will yield portions of the venison, which they our lives tamely up; we will stand devoured with so much eagerness, till our swords drop from our hands." that they appeared to have fasted " But," replied the good woman, no inconsiderable time. When the "consider their number, against whom glass began to circulate, they beall your resistance must be unavail- came quite noisy and outrageing; but, Heaven be praised, I can ous. Some were drinking off, to one hide you from all danger of discovery." another, large drafts of wine, and So saying, she raised the tapestry, singing merry ballads, while others and pointed out an almost impercep- were relating, and no doubt exagtible door in the wall, which, on gerating, their warlike feats on the touching a secret spring, flew open, Border, in such confusion and upand displayed what appeared, from roar, that some, perhaps, could not its lofty and noble ceiling, to be a hear their own voices." That raslarge and capacious room. The old cal Latham !” exclaimed one tall, woman thrust them instantly into fierce-looking fellow, in a tone of it, and on retouching the spring, the thunder, “had the audacity once to door closed upon them. While the fight hand to hand with me, in one good dame was thus engaged, her of the Border skirmishes; but I impatient and turbulent master was would have knocked him on the thundering at the gate, and bitterly pate, had not my treacherous blade cursing her tardiness. When she snapped in two, as I was engaged opened it, he poured on her a tor- singly with a cowardly band of his rent of abuse, which she mildly comrades.” “ Your memory has cerbore, and led the way to the hall. tainly failed you,” returned one of Our adventurers, from their hiding the revellers, with a sneer; “ for, if I place, distinctly heard all that pass remember aright, I was standing ed, and they could judge, from the near at the time, when Latham, mailed tread, dangling of arms, and (whose weapon had unluckily sbiverloud uproar of voices, that their foes ed to pieces, as it fell upon your were both well armed, and nume- heavy armour,) grappled you by the rous. They therefore mutually con- throat, and would instantly have gratulated themselves on their secu- done you,' had not you speedily rity. The room in which they were skulked off amidst the throng, like a concealed was the armoury; the fox (as I thought) with its tail beVOL. XVIII.
hind it; but I suppose you did not found that the very man whom they observe me, since you have been detested and feared had fallen into passing off your valour by your bluse their power. Neither of the Scots tering words; I believe, my coura- answered a word to all the questions geous friend, you would verily fly that were put to them ; but Latham, from your own shadow, although especially, kept a dogged-like silence, you swell yourself so much on ac- and seemed " nursing his wrath to tions we have never heard of.” At keep it warm ;” but naturally of an this all the rioters burst into peals of impetuous temper, “ jealous of holaughter, which so effectually dise nour, sudden and quick in quarrel," concerted “ the would-be valiant,” he could no longer bear patiently the that he speaked off, not unlike scoffs and jeers of his insulting foes. the animal he bad been so aptly But we may remark by the bye, that likened to, crest-fallen as he was, the powerful-looking man, whom we into a corner, shrouding himself in mentioned above, as the roughlyits gloom and his own insigọificance. handled antagonist of the fiery Scot, By this time the tapers were sunk took care to keep a very respectable in their sockets; and as the dawn distance. Not so che comrade that began to peep through the case had jeered him so sorely. He went ments, De Glendearn arose, and gave up to Latham, and shaking his fist the order for departure. His castle in his face, applied to him such inwas but two leagues distant, and he sulting epithets, that the latter, no was compelled to set out imme- longer able to restrain his turbulent diately, to muster all his followers passions, seized him by the throat for some great expedition. As his with the speed of lightning, and present attendants had been engaged dashed him, with almost incredible the night preceding with some Bor- strength, on the walls, a bleeding, derers, and their armour was hacked lifeless corpse. But at the same mo. and damaged, they repaired to the ment, and on the same spot, would very room in which our two adven. Latham have received his death, from turers were concealed, to make up the hands of the now-infuriated the deficiency. As they entered, band, had not Glendearn commanded the two Scots hid themselves behind them to forbear; at the same tir:e some old rusty shields of great mag- exclaiming, “Young man, for this pitude, but not without being heard. crime, independent of your other ofThe clanking of the heavy armour, fences, you die, before to-morrow's resounding and re-echoing along the sun sets in the west, a cruel, lingering ancient walls, left no room for doubt death; and, impaled on the battle. that the noise had been caused by ments of iny castle, the fowls of hea. some persons. De Glendearn, there yen shall devour you.” So saying, fore, ordered the place to be strictly the chief ordered him to be seized searched, and every nook to be ex- and bound, in spite of his resistance, plored; but all their exertions were and that of his companion, who fruitless, from the situation of our himself met with the same fate. adventurers, which was not in the They then mounted their steeds, and, least suspected. They were accord along with their helpless prisoners, ingly leaving the room, in the be. set out to Glendearn Castle. The morn lief that the sound had been caused was now far advanced, and although by the accidental falling of armour the storm had abated, yet the air was from some elevated quarter, when cold and chill. The landscape, as Latham imprudently stirred from his they entered the rocky mountains post, and again awakened the atten- of England, was grand and sublime. tion of his foes by the dangling of Thick and ancient groves, almost the arms. On search being again impenetrable, were situated, somerenewed, they were discovered, and times in the bosom of a deep sequesbrought before the chief, whose ven- tered dell, and often on the brow geance, Latham in particular, from of some lofty mountain, whose cloud. personal motives, had much reason capt summit was environed with to dread. Nothing could exceed the thick wreaths of mist; while its deastonishment, as well as the savage clivitous sides, covered with snow, joy of their enemies, when they were partially illumed by the beams