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MRS. ASH.

Perhaps I might, my love; but now sit down, "On occasion of these practices upon the credulity of the And take your work, your drawing, or your books; ignorant, the face of the corpse was bared, as well as the And if you mean to wed a poor man, Lucy, breast and arms; the body was wrapped in a winding-sheet Learn to be an economist of time. of the whitest linen, so that if blood should flow, it would be instantly observed. After a maes peculiarly adapted to the Is really true; this match meets not your wishes.

- So, daughter Alvarez, what I have heard ordeal, the most suspected, calling down the signal vengeance of heaven if they spoke falsely, successively approached the bier, and made the sigo of the cross upon the dead man's My wishes! Is 't not natural for a mother breast."

To wish her only child the fairest fortune!

MRS. ALVA.

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“Oh body stiff and stark,

If I have done thee ill,
Let every cruel wound of thine
Pour to the earth the sanguine sign!
Hide not the guilt if it is mine,

Oh, body stark and still!

MRS. ALVA.

“I that have been thy friend,

And with thee counsel ta’en,
To whom thy secret thoughts were shown;
Whose soul was precious as mine own —
Qh! if this deed were mine, make known

By blood outpoured like rain!

“Here, on thy stony brow,

My bared right-hand I lay;
Here, on thy loving, wounded breast,
Into thy wounds my hand is prest !
Oh, body, by black wrong distrest,

If I am guilty, say!

As a man
I can say nought against him— but as husband
For Lucy Alvarez — for your granddaughter,
He is unmeet indeed!

MRS. ASH.

Is he well-bred ?

MRS. ALVA.
Oh, perfectly-or we should ne'er have known him!

MRS. ASH.
Handsome and clever, is he?

MRS. ALVA.

So he's thought,
But to my taste is neither; scarce above
The middle stature, and too grave by far ;
And as for cleverness, all men are taught
To make some show of learning.

MRS. ASH.

Is he moral?
A good son, and a generous landlord, is he?

MRS. ALVA.
Oh, most absurd! Landlord! He has no tenants !
Why, the poor Westwoods is a county proverb:
The father wasted all his patrimony ;
He sold and mortgaged his broad, ancient manors,
And by illegal means despoiled the heir,
Till, at his death, the very furniture -
Costly as that of any ducal mansion
Was sold to pay his debts. Landlord indeed !
Why, the old house and grounds alone remain,
And how they 're kept up is a miracle!
It makes one melancholy but to drive

“My hand hath not a stain!

The death-robe yet is white!
Now slanderer, come forth, an thou dare,
And here upon this altar-stair,
Stand, with firm foot, and right-hand bare!

So heaven attest the right!

“I challenge thee to proof!

I know the secret wood,
Where thou and thine accomplice ran!
Here lieth he, thy murdered man!
Now, touch that body stark and wan,

And dare the accusing blood !"

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True — poor Margaret Cavendish! We were at school together; a fine creature, A generous-hearted, noble-minded girl Was Margaret Cavendish!

MRS. ALVA.

But now none see her; She keeps no company; she has no carriage, Has lived so long out of society, That no one misses her.

Oh, yes; for many a year I've had a guess at some such sweet romance! There was a famous painter made a picture, And that same picture from my earliest childhood Fixed my regard; 't is in the drawing-room, Hung just above the Indian cabinet, And it is called “The Andalusian Lover;" I thought it was the portrait of my mother; And that the lover bore a strong resemblance Unto the miniature my mother wears,— I understand it now!

But, mother dear, Have I said aught to grieve you?-Oh, forgive me!

MRS. ALVA. (Kissing her.) No, my dear girl! But had you known your father, You could not laughingly have spoken of him!

MRS. ASH.

'Tis the world's way! Well, but her son, I hope, is dutiful.

MRS. ALVA. No doubt on it-I ne'er heard a word against him; But with a ruined name and broken fortune He is no match for Lucy Alvarez! - Why does he enter not the church or army, And get preferment there !- 't were nobler farT were manlier far, than being a fortune-hunter!

MRS. ASH.

MRS. ASH.

My Alice, let these memories of the past
Bring blessings to your daughter! Good Don Pedro
Was worthy of your never-dying love;
And Arthur Westwood-nay, I'll have my will-
Is not less worthy Lucy's.

Come, this day
I'll visit my old friend who hath been schooled
By hard adversity, good Margaret Cavendish;
And you shall go with me!

Now, daughter Alvarez, one little word:
And Lucy, you may lay your book aside -
But small attention have you given your book —
And take this footstool. Now recall your youth,
Dear daughter Alvarez!

MRS. ALVA.

There are not many Would bid me call again what is scarce past.

MRS. ASH. I am no flatterer, but your matron years Become your brow like youth ; and now, my Alice, Cast back your memory twenty living years, And what is present with you?

MRS. ALVA.

Ah, I see
You would entmp me! But the case is not
A parallel. Don Pedro Alvarez
Was more than of a noble stock - was rich,
And I was thought to be the dowerless child
Of a poor Englishman.

MRS. ASH.

But, dearest Alice, Did you not suffer him 10 woo you, spite Your father's wishes and your mother's prayers Nay, chide me not with looks — our gentle Lucy Shall not be disobedient in her love!

INSTALLATION OF THE BISHOP OF

MAGNESIA.

'T was morning, and the city was astir,
As if some new joy were awaiting her.
Doors were thrown wide, and all adown the street
The pavement answered to the tread of feet;
And everywhere some eager-spoken word
About the expected Bishop might be heard.
And then 'twas told, how, while the people slept,
Ere the first streaks of day, the church was swept ;
How holy water all about was spilled;
How every censer was with incense filled;
And furthermore, that even now might they
Expect the Bishop on his onward way,
For they who rode to meet him had been gone
Three hours at least. They must be here anon!

Anon the throng returned; the cavalcade
Along the street their easy progress made;
And all admired the horses' stately tread,
And the mixed rider's vestments, blue and red;
But chiefly all regards to him were given,
Who came the anointed delegate of heaven,

MRS. ALVA.

But time proved I was right. Poor Alvarez!
Throughout all Andalusia was there none
To equal him! You loved him like a son!

MRS. ASH.

So might you love young Westwood !
And even as I, my Alice, and your father,

Who in the midst in solemn state appeared,
With high, pale forehead, and a curled black beard.
The church was reached; the holy hymn was

raised,
And to the roof a thousand tapers blazed ;
Priests robed in white received him at the door,
And turbaned foreheads touched the marble floor.

Upon his throne the patriarch took his seat,
In silken vesture flowing to his feet,
Wrought in rich needlework with gold and gem,
of pictured saints embroidered round the hem.
Lights beamed ; the censer's silver chains were

swayed,
And clouds of incense every hand obeyed.
The Bishop rose, and o'er the kneeling crowd
Thrice waved the rood, and blessing spake aloud.
Again hymns pealed, and incense warm and rich
In cloudy volumes veiled each sainted niche.
The Bishop rose; the pictured saints were kissed,
And from the door the people were dismissed.

The Bishop was installed ; the golden sun
Blazoned the purple sea, and day was done.

The butterfly went flitting by,

The bees were in the flower; But the little child sate steadfastly,

As she had sate for hours.
“Why sit you here, my little maid ?"

An aged pilgrim spake;
The child look'd upward from her book,

Like one but just awake.
Back sell her locks of golden hair,

And solemn was her look,
As thus she answer'd, witlessly,

“Oh, sir, I read this book!"
" And what is there within that book

To win a child like thee?-
Up! join thy mates, the merry birds,

And frolic with the bee!"
“Nay, sir, I cannot leave this book,

I love it more than play ;-
I've read all legends, but this one

Ne'er saw I ull this day.
“And there is something in this book

That makes all care be gone,And yet I weep. I know not why,

As I go reading on!" " Who art thon, child, that thou shouldst read

A book with mickle heed ?-
Books are for clerks -- the King himself

Hath much ado to read !" “My father is a forester

A bowman keen and good;
He keeps the deer within their bound,

And worketh in the wood.
“My mother died in Candlemas,-

The flowers are all in blow Upon her grave at Allonby

Down in the dale below."

A FOREST SCENE

IN THE DAYS OF WICKLIFFE.

A LITTLE child she read a book

Beside an open door; And, as she read page after page,

She wonder'd more and more.

Her little finger carefully

Went pointing out the place;Her golden locks hung drooping down,

And shadow'd half her face.

The open book lay on her knee,

Her eyes on it were bent; And as she read page after page,

The colour came and went.

She sate upon a mossy stone

An open door beside; And round, for miles on every hand,

Stretch'd out a forest wide.

The summer sun shone on the trees,

The deer lay in the shade ; And overhead the singing birds

Their pleasant clamour made.

This said, unto her book she turn'd,

As steadfast as before; “Nay,” said the pilgrim, “nay, not yet,

And you must tell me more. “Who was it taught you thus to read ?"

Ah, sir, it was my mother,She taught me both to read and spell

And so she taught my brother; “ My brother dwells at Allonby

With the good monks alway; And this new book he brought to me,

But only for one day. “Oh, sir, it is a wondrous book,

Better than Charlemagne,And, be you pleased to leave me now,

I'll read in it again!"
“Nay, read to me," the pilgrim said;

And the little child went on,
To read of CHRIST, as was set forth
In the Gospel of St. John.

There was no garden round the house,

And it was low and small,-
The forest sward grew to the door ;

The lichens on the wall.

There was no garden round about,

Yet flowers were growing free, The cowslip and the daffodil,

Upon the forest-lea.

Nor did he raise his head Until he every written page

Within the book had read.

Then came the sturdy forester

Along the homeward track, Whistling aloud a hunting tune,

With a slain deer on his back.

Loud greeting gave the forester

Unto the pilgrim poor; The old man rose with thoughtful brow,

And enter'd at the door.

The two had sate them down to meal,

And the pilgrim 'gan to tell How he had eaten on Olivet,

And drank at Jacob's well.

On, on she read, and gentle tears

Adown her cheeks did slide;
The pilgrim sale, with bended head,

And he wept at her side. "I've heard,” said he, “ibe Archbishop,

I've heard the Pope of Rome, But never did their spoken words

Thus to my spirit come! « The book, it is a blessed book!

Its name, what may it be?
Said she, “ They are the words of Christ

That I have read to thee;
Now done into the English tongue

For folks unlearn'd as we!"
“ Sancta Maria !" said the man,

Our canons have decreed That this is an unholy book

For simple folk to read!
* Sancta Maria! Bless'd be God!

Had this good book been mine,
I need not have gone on pilgrimage

To holy Palestine !
“Give me the book, and let me read!

My soul is strangely stirr'd; –
They are such words of love and truth

As ne'er before I heard !"
The little girl gave up the book,

And the pilgrim, old and brown,
With reverent lips did kiss the page,

Then on the stone sat down.

And then he told how he had knelt

Where'er our Lord had pray'd; How he had in the Garden been,

And the tomb where he was laid ;

And then he turn'd unto the book,

And read, in English plain, How Christ had died on Calvary ;

How he had risen again;

And aye he read page after page ;

Page after page he turn'd; And as he read their blessed words

His heart within him burn'd.

And all his comfortable words,

His deeds of mercy all,
He read, and of the widow's mite,

And the poor prodigal.
As water to the parched soil,

As to the hungry, bread,
So fell upon the woodman's soul

Each word the pilgrim read.
Thus through the midnight did they read,

Until the dawn of day;
And then came in the woodman's son

To fetch the book away.
All quick and troubled was his speech,

His face was pale with dread,
For he said, “The King hath made a law

That the book must not be read, For it was such a fearful heresy, The holy Abbot said."

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Still, still the book the old man read,

As he would ne'er have done;
From the hour of noon he read tho book,

Unto the set of sun.
The little child she brought him out

A cake of wheaten bread;
But it lay unbroke at eventide;

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