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dle shed its long still pencelle upon the broad Earldom ; and I would have been waters of the Garonne. The black pile the soldier of the cross, and prayed of the vast Chateau rose like a giant that they might have been happy. over the dim town, and within the wide “God be praised, that has given you courts were silent and deserted, and all to be happy with her yourself,” said dark and quiet except the stamp of a the seneschal. horse that'waited beside the postern, Raymond looked upon him as the and one still solitary watch-light that spirits may look on man that cannot shone in an upper turret. About that read the secrets of the world above. light was gathered all the interest of "To-night," said he, “I go to the

Toulouse, and perhaps an eye, born Holy land." upon the gifted night,* might have seen Blessed saints! and leave your the dim spirits leaning together over lady?" exclaimed the seneschal. the 'turret, speaking the destinies of The Earl's cheek became white as him, the last of his race, who should his tabard, but his voice did not change; inhabit those towers, and who now “ Be you very true and gentle to her, stood within that dim still room. as you have ever been to me," said he,

It was a small dark turret chamber, "and serve her as if you were born in hung with coarse arras, and meanlý her father's house, as you were born in garnished with such furniture as might mine; and she shall still be your lady, become the use of a simple esquire, or and her lonely orpheline shall be your frugal steward, ma low pallet, half con- Earl, when I shall come no more. cealed by a curtain of blue sey, filled “Alas! alas! what is this ?" said a small recess beyond the hearth, and the old man. at its head stood a long white wand The Earl stood a moment upon his and a walking sword in a scabbard of sword; “You have been young that green velvet. A black carved armoire now are old," said he," you shall know and oak chest occupied the opposite that a maiden's love is like the suncorners, and the remaining space was shine and the sweet moon-light ; it no more than sufficient for a tall high must shine in its own summer and its backed chair of black leather, and a own still hour, and cannot wide olive wood table on which a num- through the cloud when you shall call ber of papers, an almoniere, an aun- it. I will never be the cloud to her lace, and a heap of loose gold lay by a face, nor a chain upon the heart, which wax taper that burned under the rood I bound to me for its redeeming; but suspended against the wall.

she shall be bright and free to shine Earl Raymond stood before the light like the sun upon the flower,-and God in his travelling cloak, and his grey send a flower to blossom in her, light, seneschal sat in the chair, his embos- and be sweet and bright and grateful to sed hands rested upon his knees, and her, as the rose to the morning, when his white bald brow lifted to the face of I am-where the sun shall never shine his master.

again." “ You know her not,” said the Earl, “ And you will not come back !” said “}, who was nursed on the same breast, the old man. rocked by the same hand, have grown Raymond laid his hand upon the with her like the twin bud upon the cross-“ Never!" stalk-I know her and God knows The old man fell upon his knees, her, the bright noble ladye of the world; and bent his white head upon his mas- loved her, I will not say how I ter's hand, and wept like a child. loved her ; she was very lovely to me, For a long time the count held his but I was only as a brother to her, how trembling hand, and turned away his could I be more, and the glorious beau- face, at last, "Aymer !" said he, God tiful flower of all chivalry sworn to her reward your true and faithful service to service. Alas that he had been true as me; I have done with this world; I I was, and I would have been a brother was a solitary tree without a parent, a to him, as she was a sister to me! and brother, a sister, to fill my heart-the since I am the last of my race, they last of my race. She was a very bright should have had fair Toulouse and my flower to me, the rose to my bower, the • It was an ancient superstition that per; shrine; I am going—to die before the

sun to my glory, the lamp to my holy vision sensible of all spirits and supernatural cross as your father and nine ; and we objects. To this cause were referred the shall meet together with them before dark looks of Philip !I. of Spain

whose mied His glorious throne." was believed to be impressed by awful appearances to which he was subject.

The old man's sobs redoubled, and

a stone.

for a long while he knelt and wepi, “What would you, fair childe ?" and the Earl said no more. At length said he gently. The tears came into his sobs subsided, the stamp of a horse the eyes of the timid boy. Sir!" came from the gaie; the Earl lifted him said he, “ I am an orphan child. My in silence ; for some moments he wrote Lord, that was very kind to me, is upon the papers, and set his seal; and dead; I would serve you if it please the old man told the gold and put it in you.' his purse.

The knight took off his hat, The Earl's breast rose, and he turnand kissed his furrowed cheek, and ed away, and looked upon the sea :-at laid his hand upon his head, and for last, “From what country—what is one monient grasped his hands, and your name?" said he. looked upon the cross and turned sud Albert de lu feuille morte," redenly to the door. The old man totter- plied the boy,-"iny father was of Proed after with the light; but Raymond vence,” and his breath fluttered as if pnt him back with his averted hand, the memory of his father and his land and threw the cloak about him, and rose in bis heart. kurried down the stair. The groom “ And have you no friends ?'' said started up in his seat and threw the bri Sir Raymond. dle on the Arab, and Raymond leaped I hadone,” replied the child. into the saddle; the boy touched his " And where is he?" asked the bonnet and said some word, but the knight. Earl gave no answer, and spurring The boy turned away, and down upthrough the gate, took the street towards on the grass, and leaned his head upon the east port,

The Earl took his dark hand, and There is a blank in the chronicle of the tears came to his eyes as he looked Toulouse; who could tell how Earl upon the slender fingers; “ Alas!" said Raymond turned his back upon his he," this was never meant to burnish people, the tower where he was born, the a helm, and hold a black stirrup!" roof where he was nursed, the field “ I will be very proud to hold the where he had plucked the flower and stirrup of a Knight of Jesv Christ, *** chased the linnet, the garden where the said the child. rose of his love had blown-that rose The Earl stood still for a moment, that was blighted, and faded, and never and held his hand with a grasp from should bloom again-to him !

which a

mailed wrist might have The monk did not write of it in his shrunk, but the boy did not shrink book, nor the troubadour sing of it in nor tremble. his song; they said only, “Raymond “God save you, gentle child !"de Toulouse shaped the cross on his said the Earl at last" if you will be sleeve and went to Holy Land." pleased to serve me, I will be not a

master-but a brother to you while I It was the third evening after the am in this world; and when I am gone Earl and his company arrived at Acre. God will be a Father." The men at arms were busily disem The page fell upon his knee, and kissbarking their horses to go forward for ed his hand, and the tears trickled fast Jerusalem, and the knight sat upon a to the stone which was wet as the devr stone, by the beach, looking on the bright where his cheek had lain. The Earl water and the sun that was going down, did not speak, but raised him gently, red and still, and far away in France. and turned towards the town. As they

While he yet gazed, a slender boy, went, he spoke him softly, and glanced in the dress of a page, came down the to his dark beautiful features and faded sand; he stopped and hesitated, and habit ; he looked yet scarce sixteen looked towards the knight as he ap years and wore the simple hose and proached, but at last he came to his green kirtle, such as usually the dress side. Sir Raymond did not look up, of pages in the south of France; but and the boy stood and held his bonnet except for this, and his accent, his conand twisted the feather, and the colour plexion was so dark; and his short curlwent and came in his face, “Sir ing hair so raven black, none had beEarl !” said he, at last. Raymond 'lieved that he had ever known another started as if one had struck hiin on the country than Greece or Syria.-The cheek, and at the sight of his face leaped from the stone and turned as white

* There was an Order of this title, but at

an earlier period it was applied generally 10 as clay. It was a moment before his

Christian knighes, and in particular to the look came back.

Knights of the Croisade.

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Earl discoursed him as they went, and walked before the lent, the whisper wondered at bis “Gentilesse," and of shrift and absolution, where the learning; and when he came to his knights made “a clean breastfor the inn, bestowed him in the especial " battle of God," and the rest in which charge of his old minstrel.

so many should sleep when the night “ Here is a flower that I did not should come again. think to find in this desart world,” said Earl Raymond lay asleep in his tent, he ; “ I pray you be very gentle to his banner by his side, and his sword him."

at his head, where he had knell before The old man was himself a Proven. it when the sun went down. Albert sat cal, and he laid his pillow in the al. by his shoulder, his pale brow fixed cove, and set his meat as if he had been upon his face, and his still fingers resthis own son, and took his harp and ed on his crucifix. You could not see played to him till he wept himself asleep the breath coine and go upon his lips. like a stilled infant. “Certainly, The broad hand of ihe knight lay unsaid he, when the Earl asked about him bent upon the pillow, and his pale face the next day,“ never such a gentle child calın, and his dark brow clear and served among stern war men !"-And smooth as a sleeping child. Albert in a little time, Le page noir was had never before seen the deep frown the mignon of all the court.” Unless relax from his front in all the nights at his service, however, he was always that he had looked upon it. For a mosad and alone, and never spoke of his ment he glanced up, and a flush came native land and former days; and if the 10 bis cheek, and a light to his eyes ; rude men urged him, he turned away, but all lears were gone, and they lookand the tears came to his eyes, and he ed full and still as the calm stars that would go to the sand or the rampart, were above him. For an instant his though the sun was never so hot, or the lips moved, and he gazed upward; but wind never so wild.

again his eyes returned to the pallet, At length, upon the morrow of St, and his features to their watch. Turiel, the Earl and all the Knights in All night be sat, and by degrees Acre set out for Jerusalem, on sudden every sound died away ; but the horse news that the great assault should be was still at his picket, and the sentinel given in six days. Through all that at his post, and for a short while there long and terrible march,* Albert rode was a deep death stillness and all was beside the stirrup of Sir Raymond, and hushed in heaven and on the earth. It when the Syrian sun burned at noon, was the dead hour--the turning of the and the “ dead wind" blew at night, tide--when the soul passes, and the he never ate till he had eaten, nor spirits in the grave are loosed --slowly drank till he had drunk, and served a faint sweet strain of music came by him at bis board, and watched by him on the silence, and voices sung in the when he slept. When the heart of air:-many a knight sunk in his hauberk,

“ Blessed is the heart when the sin-stain and the eye of the night guard closed under his helinet, Albert sat beside him Blessed is the brow that His light shines and fanned a way the fly from his cheek and the mouse from his pillow, and And ever a pale still light shone uplooked upon his face; and when his on the brow of Albert, while he sat fixlips shrunk, and his brow came dark, ed and quiet as if he heard no sound, dropped his beads, and raised the cross, and felt no light ; and, whether it was and said “God give thee rest!" the monks that sung in the valley, and

the moon that looked into the tent-but It was the night before the assault. never song was so sweet on earth, and The camp was still and quiet, and no never light shone so fair upon a morsound came through the tents but the tal brow. fitful stamp of a horse at the picket, or At length a faint stir began to come the distant clank of a hammer at the from the tield; and at intervals the jingle forge, where some man-at-arins still of bridles, the stamp of hoofs, the baywaited his armour for the morning. The ing of a hound, and a sudden foot passstars shone bright upon the dark field, ing quickly by the tent. In a short and at times the waich might hear the while the far cry of the mollahs could night-call upon Jerusalem; and, as he be heard upon the towers, and the pale

grey dawn stole dimly through the curIt must be remembered that this was in the twelfth century, and in time of war-now

tain of the tent. . Albert sat, and fixed it is only a ride of three days,

his eyes upon the light, as now a horse,

has gone;

upon !"

and now a man came by, and now could press, or the day shall go against us, be distinguished the tread of heavy feet and I may not be found, take it with pouring through the sand. Suddenly a thee, give it to my lady, from whom I trumpet sounded at a distance, and the had it, and say, Raymond of Toulouse page started up, and laid his hand is gone to his rest.” upon the breast of the Earl. Raymond Albert had not changed before ; but at awoke. “The first trumpet has sound- the sight of that cross, and the sound of ed," said the page.

those words, his colour went out of his The knight rose hastily, and put on face, and the hand that he held out fell his helin and hauberk, Albert laced 10 his side, and he sunk down at the his casque, and buckled the spur to his feet of the Earl. Raymond lifted him heels, and the broad belt 10 his side; to the pallet, and snatched the cruce, and the Earl knelt down before his and hastened to loose his collar. The sword, and dropped his beads, and hand of the page closed upon his arm, looked upon the cross with a look that and he opened his eyes, and sat up

mnade Albert's cheek come pale. In a right. For an instant he gazed half ; few moments he rose and grasped the conscious to the light; but there was

page's hand, and laid his broad mailed no tear in his eyes, and no flutter in glove upon his head, and sat down to his breast, and he rose up to take the the liule table beside the pallet. Albert Earl's command, served his frugal meal, and took his, “ Alas, my child,” said Raymond, trencher to sit by the door ; ut the “ thou art spent and overwatched. Thy Earl inade him sit beside hiin at the feeble body is too frail for thy spirit. same dish.

Lie down and rest, and fear not--all “It is the last that I may eat," said will be well." ke, 66 There will be no sult* between He put the cross upon his neck, and me and thee where we shall meet made him lie on the pallet, and coveragain."

ed him with his cloak, and taking his Albert bent his head over the board, banner went out hastily froin the tent, and said no word; but the large round Albert started up and gazed after tear fell on his plate.

him, and looked upon the cross, and The short meal passed in silence, wept, and knelt, and laid it on his head and the haste of those who every mo- and bowed his forehead on the mat that ment expect to hear the trumpet sound had been touched by the helmet of the to arıns. As soon as it was ended, the Earl. Suddenly the trumpet began to Earl rose up and crossed himself, and sound, the quick clank of arms, and gave bis band to the page, and drank the deep tramp of horses went past as the grace cup; and when Albert had if the earth moved around him." Albert pledged him, he went to his mails, and dropped the jewel, and listened,

and took out a heavy purse, and loosed gazed where the heavy sound went by, from his neck a litile white cross, The long succesive tramp

continued “Dear and faithful child," said he, without intermission, till a shock like « God be gracious to you, and give you a clap of thunder burst upon the stillpeace," - He put the purse into his ness, and a far fearful rolling surge of hand. :-“When thou and I shall part, shouts went up to heaven like the roar return to thy countsy, and, if thou hast of a tempest. In another moment the noue better to mine, where thou shalt whole camp seemed to tremble, bolt find a very gentle mistress, who will be after bolt shook the walls of the city, to thee all that I would be."

and the mingled cries and shouts, and Albert took the purse, and looked clash of arms, spread like a stream from calm in bis face, and bowed his head, the breach ; and as the tongues of the and said him" Yes."?

hundred nations rose and fell, came The Earl looked on him for a mo- suddenly the faint shout of the French, ment, but his eyes did not change. Mont Joye St. Denis !!* Albert "Brave and constant child," he said, started from the ground. and braced his “God shall not forsake thee; and now dagger, and did on his bonnet, and

-for none may know. His will to-day rushed out from the tent. -take this little cross that must not To be concluded in our next. fall among His enemies. If He give us the victory, thou shalt bury it with me SINGULAR ADDRESS ON A GRAVEin this holy Earth; but if in the great

“ Reader, I've left a world in which * The great salt-cellar was the division

I had a world to do; gentles” and the * simples" Sweating and fretting to he rich, w bo sat at the same table in the old time.

Just such a fool as you!"


between the


TRANSFER OF THE STOCKS. unusual length of portraiture,-bald in
For the Olio.

crown and grey in chin. In their attiTom Transfer, a tippling and comical wight, tude of beseeching, their hands were

Kick'd the Beadle and punished him well: clasped like the lazars on the painted He was, therefore, transferred to the stocks, as 'twas right,

glass, and they stretched forth their tones Till he promised no more to rebel.

in the deepest diapason of the human

voice :-“ Pity the poor stone blind! But, when Tom was released, he declared in Remember the poor stone blind!-Good

his ire, Such Time Bargains' so cuff'd ought to gentlefolks, have mercy on the poor fau;

stone blind!” And the Stocks he reduced to the publican's If these two men were not originals, Where they'd rise with advantage to all.

Hogarth never painted-Garrick never J. R. P. represented. Their manner, matter,

general contour and conduct, rivetted A BLIND ADVENTURE.

every ear and attracted every eye. The " Darkness visible.”

boy coming out of the church held his

father's hand back to gaze at them; the TO THE EDITOR OF THE OLIO.

SIR-When the last communication young lady slackened her pace from found favour in thine eyes, and thou mamma to cast a piteous glance at them

-the admiral rested on his crutch, and wast pleased that I should continue the spark twirled his cane to make a another chapter for thine edification and thy readers thereunto, * I did not it be true and who will doubt it?

sonorous clink in the rimless bats. If contemplate the time would extend to

that the blind are sensitive of sound in this moment ere I should redeem my proportion to their loss of vision, these pledge. But we are short-sighted creatures, and cannot calculate on the op, of Bladud, with a pair of crumpets on

blind twins, the Bartimeuses of the city porlunity once deferred being re-offered for our filling it. Little did i think that their faces, could hear the companionI should be compelled to quit the plea-force--to which their echo of praise was

ship of copper drop with very tenacious sant situation I occupied in the South offered with joyous quickness; such as Parade, Bath, to encounter the tedious made their hearts glad and their sightand trying experience of a voyage to less orbs quiver. Thou can'st not Calcutta ; and after remaining there nine months in active service, and en

imagine the effective transition which during intense heat, I should have re

they made from the larghetto movement

of “ turned to my old cronied spot; but with n-d-uh.!*with a heaving up of the

Pity-the-poor-stone-B-l-ia scirrhus liver, a jaundiced complexion; whole frame, as if they were just about and a heart worn thin with care and to exhaust their whole spiritual faculty ossification. But it happeneth with me as with Moliere, that, though I fall into by imploration, and the triple presto the "sear and sickly leaf," my spirits donation fell patly into their possession.

utterance of “ the Lord ward ye,as the are often buoyant, and my thoughts recur to the days when my observation quated lady, who was pitted as well as

Now, there was a very elderly antiwas more lucid and my humour more rich. In one of these veins of concen

petted, brought in her chair every trated whim, I cannot refrain giving Some whispered that she was a dowager

Sunday to hear the Cathedral service. thee a description of some choice spirits duchess --some said she was one of the that made a great noise and cut a great tabbys satirised in the Bath Guide, figure in Bath. Among whom were two cunning, old, blind men, who made the

belonging to Parade their daily resort; but on Sun

" Lord Ringbone, who lay in the parlour be

low, days they were led into the Abbey 'On account of the gout he had got in his toe." Church-yard by a simple looking boy, Be this so or not, the lady attended her and placed on each side of the porch door on their knees, each with a club prayers, dressed in expensive

“ Gauzes, tippets, ruffs, stick, with their caps before them, to fans and hoods and feather'd muffs, ask alms.

Stomachers and Paris-nets,
I need not, surely, tell thee in full Ear-rings, necklaces, aigrets,

Fringes, blonds and mignionets; how fervently they implored the want of eleemosynary aid ! in their persons Velvet patches a la Grecque.” they were similar,—tall in stature, with And, moreover, to her credit be it awful upturned eyeballs and visages of spoken, she exercised the duties of * Vide Olio, iv. 311.

charity in an eminent degree, but lo

Fine vermillion for the cheek,

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