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where, till his demise, I was obliged, betha of Glammis deprived of life a to remain. Returning an orphan, || being forined in the image of the I found Patrick Dunbar, believing me I great Creator! Madness lies that unfaithful, had been eleven months way. I must turn from it, or loše a husband, and four weeks a wielow- | myself for ever.. . er. His lady died in childbed of a “ I recovered; I inquired for my son. Our fathers were dead; our destined husband: to see him I could brothers reconciled; our hearts re- not bear; but I wished to be assured verted to former emotions. Patrick of his welfare: he had retired to a Dunbar sought the hand of his un foreign convent. I followed his exaltered Innerbetha. In five days our ample; but preferred my own counnuptials were to be solemnized. The try, and the Abbess of Vallis Lucis lovely infant, born of the first mar- had been the most valued companion riage, was dear to me as though I of my mother. My demeanour was had been his natural mother; fondly | regarded as edifying. I was appointeherished by caresses, he would cling ed to officiate for, and then succeeded to my neck wherever he saw me. to the place of, our superannuated The parent of my bridegroom was abbess. The penalty of innocent in hopeless malady; I was paying blood was yet to be paid. In the my duty to her: she desired to live || famine, Vallis Lucis relieved a mulonly to witness my union with her titude of the distressed. Our bene-son; he, ever tenderly assiduous, gave factions drew applicants from all quarme his welcome support in descendters. One friar, graceful and digni
ing a steep staircase; the nurse and fied even in a coarse religious habit, ·child were ascending: the beloved and emaciated by the austerities of innocent caught my flowing curls, that his order, followed by want of comwaved in the air rushing through mon necessaries--this friar attracted a narrow passage. I took him in my notice while I attended to dismy arms, kissed him again and again pense a portion to each individual. with all a mother's delight in his I had given him bread from my hand, sportive graces; then stood listening and after it a benediction: one more to his father, who hung over us ena- sel had passed his lips; he started at moured. My lover had dismissed my voice, as though a viper liud the nurse; his arm encircled my waist; stung him to the seat of life, or an his cheek was close to mine: the excess of joy overpowered him, I babe leaped and crowed, as transport- know not which: yet I would expire ed with joy in this blending of our in peace to be assured whether abwedded souls. Wilmina, how shall horrence or tenderness laid him inmy lips express the dreadfal transi- sensible: he breathed no inore. 'Oni tion from the purest rapture to dis- his person were found papers, importtracting agonies! With a sudden | ing that this wanderer was my once spring, the charmer fell from my hands loved Patrick Dunbar. An Italian on the stone steps of the stair-his friar, who accompanied him, 'saic', brains lay scattered at my feet. I he was known at Ravenna by the swooned. Years of mental disease name of Father Agonisto; but he punished my heedless yet not wil was a Scot, returning to die in his ful crime. Yes, Wilmina, Inner- ll own father-land. The voice of Irinerbetha arrested the spring of vi- prosperous years on earth, may in tality, fatal alike to parent and child. beaven rejoice through all eternity. Wilmina, leave, leave a wretch! I There are not wanting enemies to must not be seen thus."
Drummond. They make a pretext Wilmina moved away, and in her of his lifting the sword against the chamberoffered thanksgiving to God faithful, who in arms opposed a robthat her afflictions were exempted bery of the sanctuaries by the safrom circumstances of horror. The crilegious Henry of England; but abbess did not appear till the ensu- Drummond was then a boy, and he ing day. Though calm and collect-fought against the insurgents as reed in her deportment, her look had bels only. I go to supplicate the anguish and even wildness when she throne of grace for him and yoụ." sunk into reverie. The day as usual The abbess relumed Wilmina's wore away in the offices of religion. lamp, took up her own and retired. The evening was giving place to Wilmina passed a sleepless night, in night. Wilmina withdrew to her revolving the practicability of inchamber; the abbess met her at the forming Auriol Drummond where door, and entered, carefully turning she was concealed. No expedient the lock. Wilmina reverently waited occurred to her, unless the abbess to be informed of her pleasure. She should deign to favour her liberasaid, “ Set your lamp on the stone tion; and she feared the request table. Extinguish it. Mine suffices.” | would be improper. She rose unre
The abbess paused and resum- freshed and dejected, but submissive ed:
to the unerring dispensations of Pro" Blessed of the highest be thou, vidence. In fervent devotion she my daughter, that did not look back humbly implored the divine mercy to pry into mine infirmity! My eye and guidance. The bell tolled for followed Wilmina of Balveny, and matin prayers; she joined them with saw that she respected and would her inmost soul, and as the sisters not idly search into the secret frail. | moved from the chapel to the refecties of the unhappy. Wilmina, these tory, the portress gave the lady abwere moments of almost insanity. bess a letter bearing the royal signet. I acknowledge it to you, that when Unutterable presentiments throbbed your own griefs exceed your pa- | at the heart of Wilmina ; with tottience, you may think of mine, and tering steps, and leaning on her afwith resignation sustain the blame- fectionate niece Mary, she gained less infliction. Lady Glammis has her chamber, where we must leave acquainted me with your sorrows: || her, and return to the long unnoticthough severe, they admit of a re- | ed knight of Drummond. medy. You may think of the knight! We parted from the knight of of Drummond without pain; your || Drummond on a journey to solicit name will be dear to him as his re- the royal approbation for his marnown, and you may be happily unit riage. The king bad gone for Lined. I will pray to the Saviour, to || lithgow on the morning of that day the Blessed Virgin, and to all the which brought Drummord to Edinsaints, that you may both rejoice atburgh. He instantly followed. James the altar; and after a long series of gave the most gracious assent to the marriage of his faithful envoy, and repeated Drummond; " these are a grant of lands for his services at words of alarming import. I have the court of France. This act of heard of Gabriel Hossack. If thou munificence was the more honourable art he, truth will guide thy tongue: to the king, as Drummond hack join-speak clearly and briefly." ed Lord Balveny in beseeching hin' “ The Lord of Balveny has been to prefer an alliance with England, slain by the adherents of Oliver Sinto the inferior benefits to be expect. clair,” said Hossack with a gush of ed from a closer connection with Gal- tears. Drummond hastily added, "* lic intrigues.
li “And the Lady Wilnina?" Collecting his relatives and friends “ Is sent away by Lord Archibald as he retraced his way to Balveny of Balveny no one knows where," castle, and about seventy miles from replied Hossack sobbing aloud. that centre of his happiness, Drum- The knight of Drummond mutmond rode along, musing on the tered execrations on Sinclair, his adblissful hours he had known and herents, and on those that were guilty hoped to enjoy with his affianced in the abduction of the Lady Wilmiwife. His charger, unchecked, got na. A load of grief bent his lofty considerably in advance of the ca-| head over the bridle-reins. The valcade; he made a sudden stop, stamping of his impatient charger rewhich broke the meditations of his called him from perplexing thoughts, rider. Drummond looked up, and and he was not of a character to lose beheld a female wrapped in a blue in supine woe the hours for energetic cloak, that hardly concealed an un- | action. But this apparition might der-dress of faded crimson, and both be contrived by an enemy to mislead had been the prey of moths, with him. He further questioned: the appearance of recent patches, “ And if Archibald is at Balveny various in colour. The sunken eyes Castle, where is thy master Sylveswere half-covered by an old bon- ! ter ?" grace of green velvet; and those “ I saw him not since he arrayed eyes and the hairy cheeks bore evi- his men for the fray with Oliver Sindent signs of weeping. The figure clair's crowd of followers," said Hosbeckoned him aside from the beaten sack. “ A rumour of Lord 'Balpath. He made a movement to dis- veny's fate came to Ormond Castle mount; but she returned, saying, in with the darkening of night. I set ą smothered voice, “ Keep your out, and reached Balveny Castle besaddle, fearless knight of Drum- fore the moon went down. My lord mond! fearless alike of men, or more was on the bier; my lady, my dear appalling demons! I am no weird | lady removed. I searched the lumwoman: know that he who assumed ber-room for a disguise; found some the garb of his mother for this meet-moth-eaten raiment that belonged to ing is Gabriel Hossack, a devoted my mother, and crossed this way servant of the Lady Wilmina, and day after day, to warn the knight of of the hero that was Lord of Bal- Drummond that an ambush will be veny.
laid for him as he draws near Bal. “That was Lord of Balveny!" veny Castle. I shall take a by-road Vol. IV. No. XXIV.
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to Ormond Castle, and in the confu- || kept firmly to his brother's instrucsion and bustle for the funeral of my tions, to proceed by unfrequented honoured lord shall not be missed." || paths. On Lord Balveny's return · Before Gabriel Hossack finished from Glammis Castle, he spread a his narrative, strongly impressed with report that Wilmina had commenced the signs of truth, the cavalcade at- her noviciate for the black veil at tending the knight of Drummond Ravenna; and he ascribed her rejoined him, and heard, or learnt by nunciation of the world to grief for inquiry from Gabriel, the disastrous her father's sudden fate. Her filial incidents. Many drew their swords, affection was so remarkable, that her and were for pushing onward to Bal- | retreat occasioned no surprise; and veny Castle, to exterminate the am- | as her destiny was rather whispered bushed foe, and compel Archibald | than avowed, the particulars were to give a satisfactory account of his the more eagerly circulated by resister; but with his hand on his tailers of news. Archibald gave Lord heart, Drummond stilled the tumul- Ormond timely notice that Wilmina tuary effusion of friendship, and said, was to go round the north coast to « This true heart feels your kind- Vallis Lucis, and he hired a Danish ness, and admires your valour, my armament to intercept her. Lady brave friends. If ye would peril Glammis foresaw those purposes, your lives in my cause, let it be to and to disappoint them, took her rescue the Lady Wilmina. We charge by land. She proceeded, as should divide into small parties, and soon as she could leave Wilmina, te search for her in every quarter." excuse herself to Archibald for de - The greater part of the Drum-viating from his injunctions; and apmonds persisted in desiring to sur- peased his wrath by alleging she was prise Balveny Castle; but Auriol re-constrained to avoid seafaring, as presented to them that their num- the Drummonds'had many ships on bers were not one to three score of the Scottish and English shores in the enemy; and in a rash and boot- pursuit of the bride. This was fact; less enterprise they might be slain, but it was not to shun them that and lose all chance of delivering the Lady Glammis made an equestrian Lady Wilmina. They submitted to journey to the south. Finding her these arguments, and Drummond brother resolved to take Wilmina looked for Gabriel Hossack, to give from the convent, and to embark him such reward as his purse could her for Spain with Ormond, Lady afford; but the dwarf, having fulfilled | Glammis staid but two days at Balhis purpose, had left the place. He | veny Castle, and she found ineans was seen at a distance taking a short to send a hint to Drummond, where er road to Ormond Castle. li he might scek his beloved. After
All the inquiries for Wilmina were receiving this darkling intimation, unsuccessful. Where the lady and Auriol neither slept nor rested until her escort were known, they passed he laid his wrongs before the king. unnoticed in the general ferment James with his own hand wrote a Caused by the feud between the ad mandate to the Lady Abbess of Vallis herents of Douglas and Sinclair; Lucis. A train of ladies and genand when Sylvester joined them, he tlemen were speedily fitted out, and
with a guard wearing the royal li- || occasioned this disorder in a mind very, they arrived at Vallis Lucis; abstracted from earthly concerns. when the pious sisterhood were leav- Drummond said his mother was an ing the chapel for the refectory. elder sister of Patrick Dunbar, the The abbess led Wilmina to her apart. | renowned hero of St. Aubin, and he ment for private audience, and put was often told that he greatly reting the mandate into her hands, sembled his uncle. The mention of bade her peruse it, while she receiv- St. Aubin and of Patrick Dunbar ed the strangers in her public hall. seemed to reanimate the oppressed Wilmina had shed many tears of an- soul of Innerbetha. In the battle of guish; she now wept for joy. The St. Aubin, the life of her eldest and lady abbess had often found, to her dearest brother was preserved by sorrow, that incidents, seemingly un- that youth who in manhood was her connected with Patrick Dunbar, re- betrothed husband. With a strugcalled his forbidden idea to her la- gle nearly convulsive, she said, “Wil. cerated mind. He now rushed up- mina, you won my affections ere I on her thoughts almost visibly in knew the extent of your claim. My youth, health, and melting tender- wealth is vast; if given to the family néss: she was forced to retire to com- of my brother it will evaporate in pose her feelings. She ordered the follies, allowing the mildest term to portress to usher the strangers into the profusion originating in vanity the public hall, and from thence and pride. If intrusted to the knight straightway to conduct the knight of Drummond and Wihnina of Balof Drummond to the Lady Wilmi- veny, the stream of their bounty will, nas An hour was given to their by example, refresh the spirit of charapturous interview: the abbess had rity in the rich, and gladden the subdued her recollections, and came poor. I shall settle an annuity upon to offer her hospitality to the bride- Lady Glammis, her son, and her groom. He turned to make his obei- daughters. The residue of right sance: the abbess essayed to speak; belongs to the heir and representathe sounds died away on her pale tive of Patrick Dunbar. I gave him lips. Wilmina's arms received her, my property when I plighted to him laid her on a bench, and soon re- my betrothed engagement: that the viving, she cried, “ Can Patrick nuptials were not solemnized was not Dunbar be restored from the grave? the fault of the bridegroom.? "steel Comés he to upbraid Innerbetha who The lady abbess felt her mind destroyed liis son, and with a morsel again wandering. She rose, anıl-liftof bread from her hand, or the blast-ing her trembling hands, poured ing tones of her voice, bereft him of forth a benediction on the bappy life?"
i pair. Wilmina embraced her niece, The abbess relapsed into wofull and with kind adieus to the sisterstupefaction. Knowing that she would hood, mounted a palfrey magnifinot be seen in that condition, Wilcently adorned, and by easy journeys mina called no assistance. Her sooth- reached Edinburgh. The nuptials ing attentions were unremitting; and of Wilmina of Balveny and the knight in the mean time she gave Drum- of Drummond were celebrated at mond an outline of the events that Holyrood-House. Auriol and his