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assisted at the dressing of his wounds, the deepest part being about the middle of and, to amuse him, sang songs composed the gulf, where the water was up to his by Ronsard and Desportes.
chin. I proceeded now to follow his At last, the fatal day came, and Cay. course, and gave him another dollar to Jus expired in the king's arms; his cross over before me ; and as I was last words were: “Oh, my king, my pearly eight inches taller than my guide, kind king !" When they brought him where his chin was in the water my long the sacrament, and exhorted him to re- beard was quite dry. The tide was now pent and confess his sins, he screamed, coming in fast, and, by the time we in blended accents of grief and rage, “I reached the middle of the sea, my Indian am not yet in hell, demons! why do you thought it imprudent to proceed farther torment me? What is the use of all as I was not an expert swimmer. Had this? Your God abandoned me to my- we remained ten minutes longer, we self during my life, and I do the same should inevitably have shared Pharaoh's to him now.” With this awful impreca- fate; for the opposite bank was perceptition, Caylus died in terrible convulsions. bly diminishing, and at ten o'clock the
For the honour of the last Valois, we sea, which two hours before was hardly will not recount the extravagancies he more than the breadth of the Thames at committed. He wept, groaned, up- London bridge, was from two to three braided heaven and earth; and, when miles broad. The difference between he had fairly exhausted his tears and the ebb and flow I ascertained to be six lamentations, had the coffin in which feet two inches.” Mr. Madden goes on De Maugiron's body was embalmed, to say, that he considers himself the only placed alongside Caylus's bed, and went, European who had walked across ; in alternately, from bed to bier, embracing which he is mistaken. Napoleon and the bodies of his friends, and regretting some French officers crossed the Red their untimely fate. A few days before Sea higher, and very narrowly escaped the combat, he had placed two ear-rings, drowning on their return. [Query: of inestimable value, in Caylus's ears; Does the above throw any additional these he now removed, and hung them light on the passage of the Israelites?] to his chaplet of beads.
All the court received orders to attend the funeral of the minions in deep mourning, at the church of St. Paul and The most probable hypothesis respectover them was erected a superb mauso- ing these singular people is, that they leum, which the Leaguers destroyed, are the descendants of certain bands of during the troubles in 1588. The day Egyptians who emigrated, and dispersed after the duel, the princes of Guise and in time throughout the different parts of their friends, interred De Riberac and the globe, on the conquest of their own Schomberg in the church of St. Gervais, country by Selim, in 1517. In Turkey and over their tomb swore to avenge they are called Zinganees, from Zingatheir death.
nens, under whom they first revolted. They are very numerous, according to
Mr. Twiss in his Travels, in Murcia, Mr. Madden, a late traveller in Syria Cordova, Cadiz, and Ronda, and are and Egypt; says,
“One of my first ob. called by the French, Bohemiens; by jects at Suez was, to ascertain if the sea the Italians, Zingari ; by the Germans, was fordable opposite the town at ebb- Zingenners ; the Dutch, Heydenen tide. All whom I asked, assured me of (Pagan); the Portuguese, Siganors; the contrary. I inquired for an Indian and the Spaniards, Gitanos (in Latin, sailor: who wished to earn a dollar by Aingari). Their language is peculiar crossing the gulf. At eight in the even- to themselves, and every where so similar ing, a man came to me and offered to
that they are all undoubtedly derived make the attempt. I directed him to from one source-probably a mixture of walk straight across as far as it was possi. Egyptian and Ethiopian. ble to do so, and to hold his hands over his head as he walked along. He was To be agreeable, a man should have his in the water forthwith ; he proceeded mind open to receive what pleases others, slowly and steadily, his hands above his and not be obstinately bent on his own head, and in nine minutes he was at the pleasure. Be singular in nothing but other side of the Red Sea. On his return, goodness; and uncomplaisant in nothing he told me what I knew to be a fact, but vice; for singularity in trifles is that he had walked every step across- ridiculous,
THE RED SEA.
G. M. J.
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OF FICTION, POETRY, HISTORY, AND GENERAL LITERATURE, No. 113. SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 1836. Price Two-Pence,
A TALE OF IRISH HISTORY
THE EXILED EARL. of which it appeared justly entitled.
“ Sound again a blast on thy horn,
my faithful Mac Arthy," said the taller (For the Parterre.)
of the two, who by the respect paid him
by the other, as well as his noble bearing, CHAP. I.
appeared the superior (he was in truth
the Earl of Ormond, and Mac Arthy Thus I won my Genevieve,
his follower, or henchman). My own-my beauteous bride.
Mac Arthy wound a long note, but Coleridge.
with no better success than that of raising The sun, which for the last hour had the winds, which howled as if in anger been struggling with impotent strength at their mastery having been for a moagainst the thickly gathering darkness, ment usurped. seemed, as it sunk behind the vast bosom “ Curse on the loitering knaves,” imof Slieve-na-Maun, to raise a conflagra- patiently ejaculated the first speaker, tion throughout the sterile waste, dis- how could they have suffered us to closing by the glare of light the inmost outstrip them thus ?” retreats of the most secluded valleys, and “ You may blame, perhaps, the fleetthe storm which was now about to burst ness of your lordship’s horse, as well as with fearful violence, forced two human your own good horsemanship,” replied beings, that appeared in the rugged and the henchman, with the tone of one who impervious wood, to take shelter under a was accustomed to say flattering things large and giant oak, which cast over to his young master. many a fair rood of ground its noble “Probably so," was the reply ;“ but as branch, and losing its lofty top in the the night was advancing, they should world of clouds, seemed -as if proudly have been more on the alert.” A long claiming the defence of the other trees, silence followed, which was broken only
by the loud roar of the winds, as they “ Many thanks for your timely aid," rushed in aerial masses through the sky, he replied, as he was shewn into the and burst through the trees, crashing interior of the dwelling. and breaking the tender boughs, while Fashion does a great deal in altering, the continued dash of the torrent, swollen and in some instances improves what by the distant rain, made but harsh comes under its surveillance: the polished music to the ears of those who listened. oak-wainscotings, tesselated pavements
, At length, turning abruptly to his fol- and richly-wrought tapestry of the "olden lower, the Earl said, « Mac Arthy, time,” have given place to flock paper, know you' where abouts we are?” macadamized yards, and stuff hangings;
“ This forest is in your lordship’s but we will not lose our time about such territory."
matters; taking for granted that “what“Then, good fellow, get on the top of ever is is best,” we pursue our “round this oak, and wind thy horn lustily. unvarnished tale.” As I live, I heard the trampling of some In those days, a long table running horse.''
from end to end of the hall, usually the The henchman obeyed ; and after largest apartment in a mansion, received some minutes a horse and stranger horse- at its hospitable board, every inmate of man emerged from the covert which the dwelling. An elevated portion, lined the path.
termed dais, was the portion allotted to “ Saw ye aught of Lord Ormond's the superiors of the family, and their train ? hastily asked Mac Arthy. guests; the rest was for the servants, “ No," the stranger replied.
herds, &c. At the head of the dais was “ Is there any shelter save this oak placed the Earl of Ormond, next the tree in these parts ?” inquired the Earl. host, then his wife, and on the opposite
“ If your lordship, whose tenant I side sat Eva M‘Cormac. am, will deign to accept what my poor We might attempt to describe beauty, house affords, it is at your service.” such as usually falls to the lot of woman
“ Thanks worthy yeoman," joyfully kind; but could we stretch the powers exclaimed Ormond, as he leaped on the of our vocabulary to the utmost, though back of his tired courser, and, accom- the imagination might furnish the idea, panied by Mac Arthy, followed the lead still we should be at a loss for words to do of his providential succourer.
justice to the loveliness of Eva. In good time had he left : the bursts The fair and simple junction of maiden of wind, at first broken and at intervals, witchery so closely united, inspired had now reached their grand climax, the noble guest with a passion for her, and in one united tempest seemed as if almost as soon as he beheld her; and the an artillery of air had been let loose to retiring manners and artless conversation vent itself on_that devoted forest. of the lovely recluse, so widely different Scarcely had the Earl and his followers from the fettered behaviour fearing to act emerged from the precincts of the lofty out of the rules of good breeding, or tree, when, with tremendous force, its the unbridled coquetry without any huge trunk was torn from its parent restraint, of the ladies with whom he was earth, and its massive head lay prostrate in the habit of intercourse, stamped her on the ground, bearing in its fall many image on his heart, so that when it was of the surrounding trees, which snapt time to bid the fair lily of the valley before its resistless weight as steel before farewell for the night, it was done with a sledge. It was the advance of a hur- the fixed determination of staying for the ricane which had burst, and with the next. rumbling noise of many chariots swiftly His dreams were of her that night; driving over a stony.street, fast boomed and when the early dawn summoned his the winds, howling and crashing, amid attendant to announce that the horses the sturdy trees of the forest, as a dull were ready for them to pursue their white light partially lit up the atmo- journey homeward, he answered sphere.
“ No, Mac Arthy, my tired frame reBlithely did the young nobleman spur quires a little rest : I remain here to-day on from this dreary scene, and after half do you proceed with the horses to Kilan hour's good riding arrived at the kenny.” house of his tenant.
“ When does your lordship intend to “ Cead mille faltheath * to the house of proceed ? " M‘Cormac,” exclaimed the host, as he “ Perhaps in a day or two." held the stirrup of his lord.
“ Will you surely return then, my
lord?” * Hundred thousand welcomes.
“ I may, or may not ; why are you
so anxious to know, that you thus cate- with glittering stars, passionately exchise me?"
claimed, “You are as the golden sun Forgive, most noble lord, the anx, which proudly holds his course by day, iety of your faithful follower; I observed while I am as yon trembling orb iwinklast night your attention to the beauteous ling in the night.” Eva. She is indeed lovely, and what is A kiss hastily imprinted on the lips of more, virtuous. Start not, my lord, you the fair speaker, aroused her attention as had better offer violence or dishonourable the Earl whispered in her ear, “ Be thou proposals to a lioness than Eva; but no longer the trembling star, but the what of all that, she is the daughter of equal, and acknowledged companion of M-Cormac, of your vassal ; and there the golden sun." are spirits in your house that would A look full of grateful thanks was all never brook your making her Countess that the joyful girl could bestow : the of Ormond. Ponder well, my lord, Earl felt its weight, and prized the silent ere you act ; I give you warning-in glance far more than honied words from three days I will be with you."
lips which feel not what they utter ; Mac Arthy then withdrew, leaving his each clasped by an arm entered the master overwhelmed with confusion and dwelling, and made the joy universal by surprise.
calling on a venerable priest who dwelt “So," he said, when he recovered with the family to prepare them for the breath to speak, “my servant threatens nuptials. All seemed too full to speak ; me, my confidential henchman warns me and the following day, the sun set on the with an homily, because I spoke a few Earl and Countess of Ormond setting out silly things to a girl who has spent her on their way to Kilkenny Castle, but life in milking cows, daughter of my happening to meet Mac Arthy, he gave very vassal, as he begs leave to remind some tidings that induced them to return. me, therefore should not be Countess of It was a late hour, the domestics had Ormond. Confound the rascal's impu- retired to rest, and the warders were dence, but I'll remain as long as I think drowsy on their posts when the henchfit, merely to shew that I am my own man with the led horse of the Earl armaster.”
rived at the castle; all arose, fearing some Having desired his servant on no ac- accident had befallen their master, and count to leave Kilkenny without his per- greatly were they surprised, and among mission, the self-willed noble gave up the fairer portion much indignation when his whole thoughts to love and passion, he detailed the captivating effect proand went to where Eva and her mother duced by the charms of Eva M-Cormac; were engaged in domestic duties; the the tidings soon reached the ears of polite manner in which each received Lord Broghill, uncle to the Earl, a man him, and the modest reserve of Eva of ambitious views, and of a character raised them considerably in his esti- defiled by many base qualities. mation, and every moment served but to “Hah!” he exclaimed as he paced the increase his affection.
antique gallery peopled with the portraits One evening they took a short walk of the former lords of Ormond, “hah ! together in a vale at a little distance from my proud kinsman, do you bow your the house; the sun dipped into the stream falcon crest to the coo of an amorous which flowed at their feet, and as the dove? Yet 't is well! James Broghill ripple caught his golden rays, it re- arise, the quarry is marked, and I will minded them of their own sunshiny hap- break the creance." piness: no envious cloud disturbed the Hastily calling one of the attendants serene sky overhead, and they sat down who was in his interests, he dispatched on the brink of the mimic cascade to him to the house of M.Cormac, with enjoy that “communion sweet," which directions that nothing should disturb can only be felt by those who love. the Earl from his dream of indolence, and
to send to him sure notice if any imAnd they were young, and they were happy."
portant event occurred; then giving loose “ Alas!" exclaimed Eva, “would that reins to his ambitious projects, debated this dream could last for ever!”
the surest means of taking possession of “What occurs to prevent it, dearest the castle and estates in his nephew's maiden," said the Ear).
absence. She fixed her mild blue eyes first on The event of the marriage was the the handsome countenance which gazed basis of his superstructure: the tenantry, on ber, then raising them to the clear a wild tribe, came into his views of the arch of heaven which was now studded disgrace which had been brought on the
house, and refused to acknowledge any his forefathers against the Butler, was other master, save Lord Broghill, who too considerate not to look with an eye thereon assumed the title of Earl of Or- of pity on the suffering lord. Brave and mond. One of his first acts after ob- active when engaged in war, he could taining possession, was to put the parents not stoop to crush a fallen foe; and now of Eva to death, and to cause it to be at his court the exiled Earl and his lady publicly understood that whoever gave received that repose they had long sought, food or protection to the late Earl or his apartments were assigned them, and the wife, should be placed under the ban of hapless pair esteemed themselves fortuhis heaviest vengeance: a proclamation nate in at length obtaining the protection of no ordinary weight in those arbitrary of a roof from their perilous and comtimes. Mac Arthy having the temerity fortless wanderings. to break this command was placed in
“But all that's bright must fade.” strict imprisonment, and no one dared to imitate him.
An embassy came from the usurper of A fugitive and an exile from his es- Ormond to him of Ossory, entreating tates and titles for many years, Charles the latter to deliver up the enemy of the Butler, the rightful Earl of Ormond, former lord; rich presents of gold and wandered with one whom neither the silver accompanied the train, but the fear of danger nor privation of want heart of Fitz-Patrick scorned the bribe, could tear from following his fortunes and the ambassadors returned as they The influence of his uncle, the brother came; again they arrived bearing gifts of his mother, the usurper of his rights, more costly, with assurances of the eternal was universally felt and acknowledged, friendship of Ormond if they succeeded, and whoever was rash enough to afford but the chief of Ossory valued not friendthe hapless pair even a temporary shelter, ship, perishable as the gifts of such a found at once a bitter and implacable man as sent them. The third time in a enemy in the powerful Earl, who having haughty tone they bade the lord of Osdeprived his nephew of his property, sory decide between the gold or sword of sought now either to banish him from the powerful Earl of Osmond. the kingdom, or put an end to his life, Butler had beheld the procession once which would leave him undisturbed mas- more enter the court-yard of his friendly
The dangers he encountered in his host, he watched in full expectation that wanderings, the hardships he experienced they would be sent away as before; the in his sometimes abrupt retreats over the day passed on, and still the consultation mountains and through the woods, his was undecided, for the chief of Ossory anxious and frequent watchings, were all hesitated what answer he should return, shared with his young and beautiful as on that depended his safety, being in wife.
no condition to meet the forces of OrTo follow him, she had left, if not mond, and after a long struggle between wealth and grandeur, at least ease and his honour and his fears, in which the comfort; to protect him and share his former was defeated, he consented to labours had she become hardy, energetic, deliver up his guests. and courageous, far above what is the The length of the negotiation worked usual lot of the sex. The many misfor- up the mind of Butler to a fearful pitch, tunes, and the firm demeanour with he turned to his wife, “ There is somewhich they bore up against the tide of thing unusual in it,” he said, “ I feel a misery which flowed
so.suddenly on them, presentiment of danger.' would have procured them many friends; “Dear Charles, do not be so alarmed," the cruel tyrant knew all this, hated she replied. them the more, and sought all means to “ Alas,” he said, “how can I feel procure either his banishment or death. otherwise than alarmed when I expect
to be abandoned to the ruthless malice CHAP. II.
of my deadly foe,” “A dreary wand'rer on the desert waste.” Say not abandoned," the lady ex
claimed, “ am I not with you, to cheer Between the rival families of the But. and comfort you—to permit rest when lers of Ormond and the Fitz-Patricks of you are weary, do I not watch? why Ossory an hereditary feud had long sub- thus do you distress yourself? it can do sisted; what the original cause of con- us no good." tention was it soothes me not to say, but “ Forgive me, dearest,” cried the young certes the present chieftain of Ossory, nobleman. “I should indeed be senseless though imbued with all the prejudices of not to feel your kindness; but uneasy