She had quickly learned to repose full confi- , with a world generally so foreign to a young dence in the poet, and did not hesitate to com- girl. Insensibly she became a pupil hanging municate her innermost thoughts and feelings enthusiastically on the lips of her new teacher. to him. What he discovered here resembled | As Abélard and Héloïse in times of yore drew that nature which surrounded him. The de- the sweet poison of love from the cup of light and ecstasy of spring surged in her science and investigation, so here, too, the bosom, sunny brigbtness and clearness filled growing affection stole under the mask of her soul, and the fragrant charm of innocence thirst for learning and intellectual improve bloomed in her heart. Her highly-cultivated ment into the hearts of Milton and Alice. mind revelled with him in the wondrous realm The verses and strophes of the ancient poets of poetry. The poets of her native country resembled the seeds which are found in the had been her perpetual friends and compan- old tombs of Egypt, and which, sown in fertile ions; but foreign authors, nay, even those soil, germinate, blossom, and bear fruit. of classical antiquity, were no strangers to But not only did the ideas of Greek and her. Alice, like many noble ladies of that Roman antiquity offer them countless points time, had enjoyed a more careful education contact; but the present with its exciting than most ladies of the present age. She had religious troubles called forth an exchange of read Ariosto and Tasso in the original, and opinions regarding the gravest questions of even tried to read Virgil and Horace in their humanity. Alice, like most of the women of own tongue. Such accomplishments were not her time, was deeply imbued with the eternal unusual among the higher classes in the days truths of Christianity Faith in the divine of the reawaking of science and literature, and Redeemer and enthusiastic admiration for His among them was to be found many a lady who teachings and His example were the keycombined with true feminine grace and amia- notes of her soul. The former tutor of her bility profound learning and a more than su- brothers, Jeremy Taylor, who afterward beperficial knowledge of classical antiquity. The came one of the most illustrious divines of daughters of Sir Thomas More, Lady Jane | England and the chief ornament of the EpisGrey, and Queen Elizabeth, vied in this re- copal Church, had, at an early day, strengthspect with the most learned men of their ened and given a firm direction to Alice's retimes. Alice, who, in compliance with her ligious sentiments. She was an ardent adfather's wishes, bad taken part in the lessons herent of the Church of England, while Milton of her brothers, likewise surprised Milton by already inclined to the more liberal views displaying a wealth of sound knowledge which of the persecuted dissenters. The opposite could not but add to the admiration with which course which the two pursued in this respect the young savant looked upon her.

was for them rather a point of attraction than How delighted he was in hearing from such otherwise. Mutually endeavoring to convince beautiful lips now a classical quotation, now and convert each other, they imparted an exthe melodious verse of Tasso's “ Jerusalem traordinary ardor to their conversation, and, Delivered," or Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso;" | in defending their principles, felt that the perand how her eyes flashed when he expatiated sonal esteem and affection which they enteron the beauties of ancient literature, the epics tained for each other were constantly on the of Homer, and the sublime tragedies of Æschy increase. lus! She was able to follow him everywhere, The spectacle offered by these two young and manifested the most intimate familiarity | persons was certainly as remarkable as it was

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attractive. In accordance with the spirit of choosing a Catholic consort ? those days, although their hearts were filled ceive the error of his ways only when it is too with love, they did not exchange their tender late. The bishops have always been the enefeelings in the face of blooming Nature, but mies of royalty in this country. Have they subtle views and ideas-concerning the most not been as the Canaanites and Philistines to abstruse theological questions. A holy zeal this kingdom? What treasons, what revolts colored the cheeks of the lovely girl and lit to the pope, what rebellions, and those the up the flashing eyes of the poet, when, stimu- basest and most pretenceless, have they not lated by his love of liberty, he gave vent in been chief in! What could monarchy think, enthusiastic words to his indignation at the when Becket durst challenge the custody of tyrannous conduct of the government and the Rochester Castle and the Tower of London as bishops.

appertaining to his seigniory, to say nothing of "No, no,” he said, vehemently. “You can his other insolences and affronts to regal manot deny, noble lady, that the Episcopal Church jesty, until the lashes inflicted on the anointed is becoming more and more Romanized from body of the king washed off the holy unction day to day, and that it is striving to force with his blood drawn by the polluted hands Catholicism, with all its iniquity and idolatry of bishops, abbots, and monks ? What good and the horrors of the inquisition, upon us.” upholders of royalty were the bishops when,

“God forbid !” replied Alice, with the un- by their rebellious opposition against King affected dismay of a fervent Protestant of that John, Normandy was lost, he himself deposed, time.

and this kingdom made over to the pope ! "Have they not dared already,” added Mil. When the Bishop of Winchester durst tell the ton, “ to lay hands on the sacred palladium nobles, the pillars of the realm, that there which we have enjoyed only for so short a were no peers in England, as in France, but time? They grudge us the Bible, which was that the king might do what he pleased, what sought out of the dusty corners where profane could tyranny say more? Witness also the falsehood and neglect had thrown it. Al the rendering up of Tournay by Wolsey's treason, same time the schools were opened, and divine the excommunications, cursings, and interand human learning raked out of the embers dicts upon the whole land. To be sure, the of forgotten tongues; princes and cities bishops openly asfirm the dogma, no bishop gathered apace under the new-erected banner no king. A trim paradox, and that you may of salvation; and martyrs, with the irresistible know where they have been a begging for it, might of weakness, shook the powers of dark- I will fetch you the twin brother to it out of ness and stormed the fiery rage of the old red | the Jesuits' cell: they, feeling the axe of dragon. And is all this to be in vain now ? God's reformation hewing at the old and holAre not these symptoms significant enough low trunk of popery, and finding the Spaniard for those who have ears to hear and eyes to their surest friend and safest refuge, to ensee? What is the Episcopal Church but | courage him in his dream of a fifth monarchy, Catholicism in disguise ?”

and withal to uphold the decrepit papacy, “You go too far. The king is a good Prot- have invented this superpolitic aphorism, as estant, and will never betray our dear-bought one may term it, one pope and one king. faith."

Amongst many secondary and accessary causes “And did he not promote the growth of that support monarchy, these are not of least this fearful evil to the best of his power by | reckoning, though common to all other states:

the love of the subjects, the multitude and | it, or the workman who shapes it. Wine is valor of the people, and store of treasure. In wine, whether it is contained in earthen cups all these things has the kingdom been of late or golden goblets, and gold does not lose its sorely weakened, and chiefly by the prelates. solid value by being set with this or at subTheir principal weapon is religious persecution. stance. It is not the letter that gives life, but What numbers of faithful and freeborn Eng- the spirit and idea." lishmen, and good Christians, have been con “But the idea needs a definite form, withstrained to forsake their dearest home, their out which it cannot exist or maintain itself.” friends and kindred, whom nothing but the “ This form exists; it is that which Christ, wide ocean and the savage deserts of America the Saviour and Redeemer of the world, gave could hide and shelter from the fury of the us Himself. The Puritans, who are so grossly bishops! Oh, if we could but see the shape misrepresented, are precisely bent on purifying of our dear mother England, how would she this genuine gold from all earthly dross. They appear, think you, but in a mourning weed, go back to the fountain-head of Christianity, with ashes upon her head, and tears abun- and derive their faith from the sacred books dantly flowing from her eyes, to behold so which the Apostles have bequeathed to us. Say many of her children exposed at once, and yourself if this is not necessary here in Engthrust from things of dearest necessity, be- land. Where do you find here Christian charcause their conscience could not assent to ity, toleration, and self - abnegation ? The things which the bishops thought indif court is the embodiment of haughtiness and ferent!"

arrogance, and vice stalks unblushingly near “I certainly deplore with you,” said Alice, the king's anointed person. His courtiers exdeeply moved by the eloquent words of the hibit the most demoralizing spectacle by their poet, “ these proceedings, which every one dissipated life and shameless conduct. The must disapprove. My father has openly de- bishops, who call themselves successors of the nounced them at the risk of displeasing the Apostles, are far from following their example. court. So far as it is in his power, he pursues They would laugh at your folly, if you were to a mild and indulgent course toward the dis- ask them to live in poverty and endure the senters; but are not these Puritans and Pres- privations of their holy predecessors. They byterians to blame for their own fate? Are revel in the riches which they extort from the they not, in their unbridled longing for a mis- poor people. If they had one thought upon taken political and religious freedom, intent on God's glory and the advancement of Christian overthrowing the foundations on which our faith, instead of lavishing their great resources whole political fabric is based ? Do they not upon senseless ostentation and luxury, they threaten alike the sacred majesty of the king would provide for the building of churches and and the authority of the Church ?”

schools where none now exist, and for their in“Pardon me, noble lady; you speak like crease where now there are too few; for the most of the adherents of the Episcopal Church. suitable maintenance of laborious ministers The priesthood, from time out of memory, has who can now scarcely procure bread, while the striven to make men believe that it was the prelates revel like Belshazzar, with goblets and Church, or rather identical with faith and re vessels of gold torn from God's temple. What ligion. But the two things are as materially a mass of money is drawn from the veins into different from each other as the vessel is from the ulcers of the kingdom by such execrable, its contents, the gold from the miner who digs such irreligious courses !

place ?"


“And your Puritans are going to abolish all, wonderful! When I listen to you, Mr. Milton, I these abuses ? What will they put in their always feel as though he were standing before

You are animated with the same en“God and liberty !” exclaimed the poet, enthusiasm, you possess the same poetical and thusiastically. “If, under a free and untram- flowery peculiarity of expressing your thoughts melled monarch, the noblest, worthiest, and as that excellent man; and even the tone of most prudent men, with full approbation of the your voice reminds me of him. He would people, have in their power the supreme and have made more satisfactory replies to your final determination of the highest affairs, there arguments than I, an ignorant girl, have been can be nothing more appropriate than that able to do. For he is a very learned man, under the sovereign prince, Christ's vicegerent, and, above all things, a profound divine. He using the sceptre of David, according to God's would certainly be a foeman worthy of your law, the godliest, the wisest, the most learned steel. What a pity that he is no longer here, ministers in their several charges should bave for, despite your contrary opinions, you would the instructing and disciplining of God's people, assuredly become warm friends. Noble and by whose full and free election they are conse generous men, I have often heard him say, crated to that holy and equal aristocracy. If oppose, but do not persecute each other. Only they follow faithfully the example set them by God Himself knows the truth; hence, it is their predecessors and draw their faith from wrong in men to arrogate the position of its the same sources as they did, Christianity will judges and avengers. The most different be restored to its pristine purity, and it will roads may lead to the goal where the good of fill the hearts of all believers with justice, all times and countries, from what opposite truth, love, and toleration. Then, amidst the points soever they may have started, will meet hymns and hallelujahs of saints, some one may in the end to join hands in love and peace. perhaps be heard offering, in new and lofty Let us do the same, although I see that we measures, to sing and celebrate the mercies differ in regard to many essential points; and, and marvellous judgments of Providence in this wherever we may meet, let our motto of recland throughout all ages ; and this great and ognition be: "Toleration and charity, friendwarlike nation, instructed in and inured to the ship and love.'” fervent and continual practice of truth and The lovely girl whispered in a low voice righteousness, will become the soberest, wisest, the last words, which, in her mouth, contained and most Christian people.”

another and sweeter meaning for the happy “Would to God you rwords were verified !” poet. Milton took the hand which she exreplied Alice, with radiant

eyes; would to tended to him, and held it long in his own, God this wish were fulfilled! If I cannot as like a pledge which he was determined never sent to all you have said, I long with you at to give up again. Thus the hostile parties least for the time when an era of mutual toler- anticipated in the blooming garden the sacred ation and forbearance shall dawn upon us. festival of reconciliation which England was How often have I heard similar words from to celebrate only after long and bloody civil the mouth of my revered teacher, Jeremy Tay- wars. Human and divine love, wonderfully lor! He is likewise opposed to persecution of blended and interwoven, accomplished in a any description, and, though an orthodox di- moment the sublime task at which the statesvine of the Episcopal Church, yet full of mild- manship of the most skilful politicians, the ness and forbearance toward dissenters. How | persuasive eloquence of the most impassioned

orators, and the exertions of a great and around him in a caressing, delighted manner. powerful people were vainly toiling for many A groom held his horse, which was neighing years in succession. A fleeting moment real and stamping its hoof impatiently, and which ized that which decades were unable to bring Thomas was just going to mount in order to about, and filled up the gulf which the parties take a ride. thought insurmountable,

“Good-morning, Orlando!” shouted Alice Alice left her hand willingly to the poet. to him, kindly, from a distance.

Oh, is that Thus they stood on the terrace, leaning against right? You are going to leave me without the balustrade, now looking into the sweet greeting me? You have not even inquired valley at their feet, now gazing deeply into each about my health, and what adventures befell other's eyes. Their enthusiasm had silenced me since you forsook me so faithlessly and them. What could they say to each other imprudently? Do you know, then, that I am after such words? Any additional conversa- quite angry with you ? " tion would only have marred the sacred beauty “That was the very reason why I wished of this hour and the sublime gravity of the to leave. I cannot stand these eternal reprevious moment. Only the dying notes of proaches." the church-bells, proclaiming peace and joy to “You wild boy! have I reproached you, the people, joined harmoniously in the devout then, with any thing? You are decidedly too and inspired feelings of the young hearts sensitive. To punish you, I want you to stay which celebrated to-day their resurrection, the here and tell me what fairy or beautiful magiEaster-morn of their sweet young love. cian met you and enticed you so deep into

the forest that you forgot to return to your sister."

“I can do that in a very few words," reCHAPTER VIII.

plied the youth, with the blush which always accompanies a first lie.

“ On leaving you,

I really thought I had heard human voices in On her way back to the castle Alice met the gorge. It was an illusion, however. The with her younger brother. Thomas had reached farther I advanced, the farther recedeđ these Ludlow Castle much later than the others, and seductive sounds. It was unfortunately too the midnight hour had struck long before he | late, when I found out my mistake. I wished arrived there. After being told by a servant to retrace my steps immediately, but I had now that Alice and the two friends bad arrived be- lost my way entirely. Thus I wandered through fore him, he immediately retired in a not very the wilderness for several hours without knowpleasant frame of mind. His agitation was ing where I was until I met with some peas-a such that he could not sleep for a long while. ants, with whose assistance I got back to the The recollection of his adventure with the highway. I hastened at once back to the place Puritans, and the prospect of his being scolded where I thought I should find you yet. Howby his parents and his more prudent brother, ever, you had disappeared. I vainly shouted K kept him awake in his bed. Nevertheless, he your name, no one replied to me.

An inderose at an early hour, and Alice met him al- scribable terror seized me, and I passed a long ready fully dressed in the court-yard. The time in search of you. Finally I met the seryouth stood in the midst of a pack of setters vants whom father had sent out. They reasand pointers, which were jumping and barking | sured me as to your fate, and I started with


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