does not happen to be exactly as "pure of her husband's partial intoxicationas unsunned snow!'

your especial good health, sir !--to perchaste as the icicle

suade him he would make a hit as the That hangs on Dian's temple.' Ghost of Hamlet's father! I saw her You understand me. She despises Wea- design at once-it was to kill me! zle, and suffers her eye to hunt after

" Kill you !” new fancies ! Now this Brown—a fellow “ That is, professionally kill me; and that takes the seconds in tragedy, sings I told Weazle so ; and what do you comic songs, plays Harlequin, paints think was the reward of my candour?" scenes, and makes himself generally use- “ We live in a base and ungrateful ful, has hit Mrs. Weazle's fancy; and world, my dear sir it is almost imposthe unchaste rirago takes every oppor. sible to say." tunity to elevate him and disparage me. 6 Why the vain-glorious blockhead Why, sir-but you will scarcely credit told me that I was not the only man of it-she actually wanted me-me! (em- ability in the world—others, he flattered phasizing every word)—to play Macduff himself (he did Aatter himself, indeed!), to Brown's Macbeth!”

had talent—the Ghost had been too often I was horror-struck, of course ; and, entrusted to inferior actors, and he was looking him incredulously in the face, determined the part should, for once, exclaimed, “ Impossible !

have justice done it! Justice !—Think, Why, doubtless it appears so to you, sir, of a shrimp-of a-fellow, scarcely five and all the world,”—(nearly all actors feet high, very asthmatic, with a crabhave an impression that the general busi. like shuffle in his gait, one leg being ness of the world is suspended when any shorter than the other, and a voice like squabble occurs among themselves, and unto that of a penny-trumpet, personsome labour under this hallucination to ating the buried majesty of Denmark ! an almost incredible extent)—“I knew How self-love will blind a man !-don't you would not-could not believe it ; you think so?” but (rising from his seat, and laying his “ I do indeed. But did it turn out as hand upon his heart) I do solemnly you anticipated ?" assure you, sir, upon my word and “ Worse, sir, much worse! Why as honour as a gentleman, such was really soon as the Spirit appeared, and I comthe fact /

menced (in capital voice) my · Angels My countenance indicated that the and ministers of grace, defend us !' there world was coming to an end, but I was a universal grin all over the house; faltered out “ Compose yourself, my and when the trifling abortion went on to dear fellow.”

speak of his brother, whose natural gifts “ I will try. Much-injured shade of were poor to those of his! derisive cries Shakspeare Brown's Macbeth ! of Well done, Weazle !-bravo, little Landlord, another bottle; and I indig. Weazle !' shook the theatre. All this, nantly spurned the damning degradation would you believe it, the misguided man -she commanded Weazle to dismiss me!” took in good faith! and has since talked “ And did he comply ? "

of trying the part in London! Well, “ He must have done it-legally mar- this went on- very pleasant, was it not? ried---no choice you know; but, luckily, -until he made his exit, squeaking out, there happened to be a 31. penalty in • Adieu, adieu, adieu ! remember me!' the way in case of breach of covenants, amid a tumult of noise and uproar which which, of course, rendered the thing im. he calls applause. Now this was excelpossible.”

lent sport, and very agreeable, I dare “ Infamous woman!”

say, to those who were enjoying them“Ay, you may say that—exceedingly selves, but only imagine my situation ! infamous ; and what is worse, ugly to Can you conceive

it, sir? There was ! boot--five feet eleven and a beard, be- standing gazing after my Father's Spirit sides being partial to liquor, as I am a with a countenance on which love, fear, tragedian! But that's not all your pity, awe, horror, reverence, indignation, health, sir-she now takes every oppor- and amazement, were visibly depicted tunity of marring my points, and ruining -and the whole house convulsed with my effects. It was only the other week we laughter !” had to enact Hamlet. I, of course, was “ Shameful! shameful !!” Hamlet. Well, you shall hear. Weazle ought to have played first grave-digger

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KING RICHARD THE THIRD to take place on that day between the AND LADY ANNE:

Duke of Glo'ster and the Lady Anne.

Several had been engaged all night in
Crosby Hall.

cooking huge barons of beef, and sheep

and hogs were roasted whole, which when BY THOMAS MILLER,

cold were to be placed before the numeAUTHOR OF “A DAY IN THE WOODS," &c.

rous retainers of the Duke, at the lower (For the Parterre).

end of the hall. Game of almost every

description lay dead in the out-houses CHAP. II.

ready for dressing, fawns and fallow-deer,

and boars’-heads, for they paid but little STANLEY.—Come madam, you must straight to regard to what was in season. Heath

Westminster, There to be crowned Richard's royal been compelled to give up their inha.

and wood, and mountain and river, had Queen. LADY ANNE.-And. I with all unwillingness bitants, to furnish forth the marriage-feast

at Crosby Hall; for as Glo'ster intended O would to God, that the inclusive verge Of golden metal that must round my brow

at once to seize upon the crown, he Were red-hot steel, to gear me to the brain ! deemed it prudent to collect as many Anointed let me be with deadly venom, followers around his table as could posAnd die, ere man can say God save the sibly be seated. Tables stood in readiness Queen. Shakspeare's King Richard 111. for the guests, extending the whole length

of the hall, with the exception of a pasMORNING again arose, and the bright sage left at each end for the servants in beams of a summer sun fell full upon the waiting to pass to and fro. Under the deep-dyed windows of Crosby Hall. minstrel gallery was placed the orsille, The menials had all arisen ; some were or high table, elevated above the rest; this busied in looking after the steeds, others was set apart for the nobles, and the line in preparing for the marriage, which was of division was also marked by a huge

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silver sall-cellar; the cloth too that ham, “and sends his services to your covered it was distinguished from the Grace. By heaven, my lord, he hath a others, being bordered with flowers of froward tongue.” gold. Below the salt-cellar was placed “ Which we will clip with speed," another table, - a little elevated from that answered Glo'ster, “ere he be many adjoining, beneath ; this was set apart hours older. I will meet this baby prince for the knights, each being seated accord- anon: to night he sleeps with York in ing to his rank, and was also covered the Tower; to morrow night, and all be with a cloth of less value. The others well, he sleep in Abraham's bosom. were strong oaken tables, wholly un- Saw you Hastings ? will he grace our covered, and reached down beyond the wedding?" large fire-place. On the upper table, or No, by our Lady,” replied Buckingorsille, stood drinking vessels of gold ham, “he said that he must pay his deand silver. A rich throne covered with voir to the prince, and would meet your crimson velvet was also fixed at the head Grace with the council in the Tower this of it, which was the seat appointed for afternoon. Methinks Shore's wife did the Duke and his consort. Green motion him to stay, for she was by during branches were suspended from various our conference." parts of the hall, flowers were also “Now, by Saint Paul, may I never strewn upon the floor. Dishes of silver, see the light again,” said Glo'ster, “ if he gold, brass, and pewter glittered upon ever leaves the Tower with his head on. the upper tables, while on the uncovered As for that strumpet Shore, she shall do oaken ones were seen long rows of penance when I am king.” wooden trenchers. The royal banner It were well to humble her pride," of England hung over the crimson answered Buckingham; “but by heaven canopy, making a deep shadow where its she is a goodly dame,—such eyes and lips, heavy silken folds drooped, while the and such majestic gait! Marry! she emblazoned arms were reflected on the looked more lovely than when seated by burnished vessels beneath. It was placed Edward's side, adorned like a queen. there by Glo'ster's command, he being the There was a sadness, too, upon her face, Protector during the minority of the which did conspire, with all her other prince of Wales, and had been removed beauties, to make her look more like for that purpose from the Tower during our Lady's face that hangs in Westminthe night. The Duke's banner also was ster.” suspended from the minstrel's gallery, “ Come cousin,” said Glo'ster, smiling, hanging high above the royal flag of “if thou goest on this way, I shall conEngland.

clude that thou art only waiting for About two hours before noon Glo'ster Hastings' death to wed her; thou art entered the hall, unattended; he looked of a surety bewitched by her charms, for unusually sad, and walking slowly forward never did I hear thee praise woman so with his hands behind him, he came to before. What think'st thou of my Lady the upper table, and throwing himself Anne; would'st wed her, if she coninto the seat or temporary throne, he sented ?” folded his arms across his bosom, and sat “No, by the Holy Mother," said for several minutes occupied in deep Buckingham, “I would not, nor any one thought. The rich banner hung above who cursed so deeply as she did curse him, casting its shadow over his face, your Grace but yesterday, and yet she's and making the dense furrows on his not ill-favoured. But see, she comes ! brow appear more gloomy; a slight qui- by heaven! lovely as an angel-form: vering was visible on his upper lip, his nay, now if I was asked to have her for eyes too occasionally flashed wildly, and myself, methinks I would repent me of his hands trembled, all evident signs that my oath, and answer 'yes;' and one he had passed a restless night. At length hangs on her arm too, exceedingly beauhe summoned a page to bring him wine, tiful.” who soon attended, bearing a gold cup While Buckingham was speaking, the in his hand, which the Duke emptied at Lady Anne approached accompanied by a draught. Buckingham and the Bishop Bridget Crosby, who was arrayed in of Ely were soon after announced, and white, and might have rivalled by her Glo'ster arose to welcome them. After charms the famed Houris of Mahomet's some short conversation, the Bishop re- Paradise. Lady Anne, who aptired into the chapel on the eastern side peared the most stately of the two, had of the hall, and left the two Dukes alone. her train borne by two young maidens,

“ The brat has arrived,” said Bucking- while four others of equal beauty fol

lowed behind. Their dresses were of rich with Catesby; “none but a cut-throat white silk, embroidered with silver knave like thee would speak against the flowers. Anne's excelled the others in royal prince.” the richness of its ornaments, her train “ Hast thou been to shrift this mornbeing of white satin-velvet with a border ing,” said the follower of Buckingham of golden stars. The sunbeams fell upon contemptuously, “ that thou dost dare them from the gaudy windows, mingling to beard me thus, or has Mistress Shore, a thousand hues with the splendour of thy master's ruler, insured thy life, that their drapery.

thou takest such license with thy tongue?” As Glo'ster and Buckingham ap- “Thou art not my confessor,” replied proached them, a band of musicians the soldier, “neither shall I answer thee struck up a lively air from the gallery but as a loyal subject, which I am, and in which they were stationed. Just then thou a poor mean-hearted traitor, who the hall-doors were thrown open, and instead of upholding the young king, upwards of a hundred nobles and knights wouldst take 'vantage of his youth and entered and joined the train, in exact take part with those whose hands are order, filing off in the direction of the ready now to strip him of his rights." chapel, in which the ceremony was about

“ Were not this a day of merryto take place. As soon as the wedding making," answered the follower of Bucktrain had departed, the hall was nearly ingham, unsheathing his sword, “by filled with the followers of Glo'ster, and the cave of hell I would cut out that the adherents of other lords who were mischief-making tongue of thine, and his friends, Lovel and Catesby were throw thy body into the court-yard.” also amongst them, and having had their “ Thou art a mean braggart,” retorted instructions were busied in sounding the the soldier, also drawing his sword, “a praises of the Duke among the soldiers, base varlet. I saw thee in Guild-hall while the menials were preparing the throw up thy helmet and shout for King banquet against the return of the party Richard, when that thy master, Buckfrom the chapel.

ingham, attempted to poison the ears of How now, my man of war!” said the good citizens with forged lies.touchCatesby, “ art thou in love with that ing the honest birth of our young King banner which thou gazest on so fixedly?" Edward. Go to, thou art a villain !" addressing a man in armour.

“Nay, now thou hast reflected on the Marry! I have loved it ere now,” good Duke, whom I serve," answered replied the soldier, “and shown many a the follower of Buckingham, “I call brave fellow down the gateway of dark- thee villain in return, and thus confirm ness in its defence, but methinks it will it;" saying which he aimed at him a be long enough ere I shall be called upon blow with his sword, which the other again to guard its golden lions." dexterously parried, rushing in upon his

Why thinkest thou so ?” inquired opponent at the same time, and bearing Catesby.

him to the floor, where he would have Nay, by my troth,” replied the sol- despatched him, had not Catesby interdier, " I should be wanting to think fered, and Glo'ster and his party at the otherwise, when children are to become same moment re-entered the hall, which our rulers, what need we of banners, was in the greatest tumult. unless they are to be hung in the “ What means this?” exclaimed Glo's. nursery?”

ter, quitting the arm of the Lady Anne “But is not the Duke of Glo'ster and springing forward with his sword Protector ?” said Catesby: "now by the uplifted, “are ye Turks that ye must be mass, I thought thou hadst known his at each others' throats on every occasion, Grace better than to have supposed that disturbing by your brawls the quiet of he would long let a soldier remain idle.” our mansion; for shame, put up your

“I have seen his Grace active enough swords. My Lord of Buckingham this I trow, when in the field Tewksbury,” is a follower of yours, I pray you learn answered the soldier; “but men reigned their quarrel, and inform me of it.” then as kings, not beardless brats, like Here Catesby interposed, and began this young imp of Edward's just loosened to narrate all that our readers are already from his leading-strings.”.

acquainted with, trying however to throw “Thou art a damned traitor," answered the blame upon the follower of Hastings. another soldier who bore the arms of Glo'ster knit his brows, and bidding them Hastings upon his helmet, and had been to keep at peace, and join the feast, went listening to the follower of Bucking- and seated himself by the Lady Anne, ham, for such he was, who conversed who already occupied the throne. Drums



and trumpets and cymbals also began to form may gloze it, the eye-lets of the sound, as the signal for commencing the former needle remain, and though it be banquet. Barons of beef, and hogs and a costly stuff, 't is of less value than the sheep, stood upon the table on huge silver shepherd's new gaberdine." vessels and large dishes of pewter. “ Thou hittest me hard, fair wife,” Game of every description was also there, answered Glo'ster, knitting his brow. smoking, and sending up their savoury

“What thinkest thou of the crown, then? steam to the lofty roof of the hall. At it descends by entail ; beshrew me, thou the high table where Glo'ster presided, canst not say but it is new to him who the greatest order was preserved, and as never wore it before." the different dishes appeared, they were “ I grant ye that, my lord,” replied cut off, then passed to the next table, Anne, “so are its cares; but yet mewhere tbe knights were seated, and from thinks that he who wears it should also them handed to the common soldiery, or have a charmed life, for 't is the magnet servants, at the lower end. Wine was that draws down the steel, and entails circulated on every hand without distinc- but seldom does embar, the blade's aption, saving that the costliest vessels were proach. I wot not how it first became placed at the upper end; but even the a curse ; but he who wears it is ensoldiers had their beer-horns filled with mined in bale. He is the target which it on that day, with orders to drink ad ambition aims at." libitum. A hundred voices were in con- “ How now,” inquired Glo'ster, turnversation at a time, and as the wine ing to his page, who had long waited to circulated the noise increased; mirth address him. and laughter reigned unbounded at the “ Your Grace's presence is desired at lower tables of the hall. Even Bucking- the Tower,” said the page. ham was uttering soft words to the fair “ We will be there anon,” replied Bridget Crosby who was seated beside Glo'ster : “come, my lord of Bucking. him.

ham, and Ely, we must leave these fair And Glo'ster also had succeeded in ladies for a time, for graver matters drawing faint smiles from his fair bride, crave our attention.-I beg you to atto whom he was very attentive, for her tend me to the Council.” Then, adbeauty on that day would, for a moment, dressing his guests generally, he arose have divested the devil of evil thoughts and said, “ Let not our absence be a to work wo upon one so lovely.

damp upon your mirth. Whatever “ Seest thou, Anne," said Glo'ster, Glo'ster owns, is yours; I see many a “ how closely my Lord Buckingham is face among you, that has with me looked besieging sweet Bridget ? By my duke- on the storm of battle, and fought it dom, she is a comely wench; and many bravely by my side, in many a well-won a coronet has sat on brows less lovely." field

to all I say, make merry now. “She is worthy of a place in a prince's There have been nights when we have heart," answered Anne ; “were I a lord made our shields our pillows, and slept I'd sooner wed her than many a haughty with naked swords grasped in our hands, dame who holds her head highly in the wearied with long fatigue, quick march, dignity of titles, for Bridget hath that and breathless charge ; but then, we which rank giveth not,

,-a faithful heart, murmured not, for victory kept watch and a clear conscience."

around us, and glory made our slumbers “Have not all women faithful hearts?” light with golden dreams. We had no inquired Glo'ster, fixing his dark eyes wine cups then, soldiers, to make merry upon Anne as he spake.

with as now ; but I, your leader, shared Faithful enough, I trow," replied the same fatigueslept on the self-same Anne, colouring highly as she spoke, field-felt the same midnight wind steal “when, like Bridget, they are a guerdon o'er my limbs-quenched my thirst at worthy of being received, -rich in their the same meadow-stream, where hunown first love, and free from all at- dreds knelt to drink. Who is there here taints."

can say that Glo'ster wrapt his limbs in “ Now, by the Holy-rood, thou feathery down, when his brave followers speakest in parables to me,” said Glo'ster, pressed the dewy sod (none ! none! rolled for I have always deemed that woman's from a hundred voices). I cannot forheart was like her kirtle, - easily altered get your brave deeds at the field of to the latest fashion.”

Tewksbury," continued Glo'ster, “when “ Thou mayest have deemed rightly," we humbled the pride of the house of replied Anne, “but in sooth it is then Lancaster to the earth, and took captive anly an old kirtle ;-however its new their only hope. Since then, the rose of

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