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of music: shortly afterwards a light ap- ported, I know not with what truth, to peared, remained stationary for a moment, be gifted with the unerring power of proand then faded away, leaving both tower phecy.” and cliff shrouded in almost sepulchral “I have,” replied Edward, who was blackness. There is nothing, I grant you, tinged in no slight degree with the prevavery remarkable in finding out a tower, || lent superstition of his times, " and have nor in hearing music, nor in seeing lights-- never presumed to doubt the fact for an these are the natural consequences of a instant: however, proceed; I am all atplace being inhabited; but why so old and || tention.” awful-looking a ruin should be selected by The abbot continued :-" it is just four any one with a voice of half the sweetness | years come Martinmas that a venerableand pretension (for I am convinced it must looking stranger of this class first took up have belonged to a female) as the one I his abode in the tower you saw to-night: heard, I must confess, surprises me. Ex- he arrived there late in the evening, with plain then the mystery, if you please, || all due solemnity, unknown to a soul in father; and if there be a touch of romance | Talley; and when in the course of a few about it, so much the better, I will remain | days it began to be discovered that he never here till I unravel it.”

once stirred from home, not even to obtain Now the abbot, you must know, though || provisions, the wonder of the whole vila good-hearted old gentleman in his way, I lage rose at once to a miracle (a good joke, was precisely at that age when the charms by-the-bye, that same miracle, as if a real of sociality have succeeded in usurping | miracle could be wrought by any but an those of sentiment in the breast; he was, | orthodox abbot), and so from that time in fact, just fifty-three years old. He forward the old gentleman, who, I have no smiled, therefore, at what he thought a doubt, has got good friends below, has been foolish spirit of romance in young Edward | held in utter respect and abhorrence by de Lancaster ; but, finding him resolved, the whole village, the abbot of Talley, one way or other, to be satisfied, com- Ahem! Ahem! included. menced (first taking a reasonable draught young gentleman, you know as much of canary as an exordium) a long-winded about the matter as myself.” explanation, something to the following “But,” replied the youth, deeply ineffect.

terested in this singular detail, “ have you “ You may have heard, perhaps, my made no further inquiries about this mysyoung friend, of a learned order of men, terious astrologer ? He must surely hold very celebrated at present throughout some communication with the village, if England,* called Astrologers, who are re- || only for the sake of procuring provisions.”

One would think so, indeed; but, * For the better understanding of this tale, however this may be, he has never yet it should be premised that most of the first been seen to stir from home, has never rate nobility throughout England (during the once spoken to, or conversed with, man, two most chivalrous centuries) retained astro-woman, or child; has never permitted logers among their establishment, to whom mortal footstep to tread the floor of his they looked up with awe, as to men of superior | ugly unsociable den; and, in fact, is altonotions, and without whose advice they rarely gether the most camelion-like astrologer I undertook any thing of consequence. After the massacre of the Welsh bards, by Edward I., | Air, indeed! Very good. Think of that

ever saw or heard of, living only on air ! many of their descendants concealed themselves among the mountains and fastnesses of their now.-He! he! he! What should I be native country, where they indulged alone in if I lived only upon air !" and the good the visionary dreams of astrology; being too abbot chuckled mightily at the idea. proud to associate or mix themselves up with

After a few further inquiries respecting the Welsh, whom they deemed the traitors, or

the music, to which the monks and their with the English, whom they considered the enemies of their country. Now and then they manners, and their solitude, in those superwere consulted by chance travellers, on whom stitious days, made a deep and never-failing the mysterious jargon of their language, their || impression.

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superior answered only by a universal | evening had long since departed; the moon snore, the deep bell from the monastery | sailed in unclouded majesty through the announced the approach of midnight, uponsky, dimmed here and there perhaps with which the whole party, waking up from the haze of a passing vapour; while the their sleep, prepared to move off the holy only sounds that broke upon the hushed brethren to their last nocturnal chaunt, || stillness of the hour were the distant and young Edward de Lancaster to repose. gurglings of some sparkling rivulet, as it To repose, think you ! no, indeed; the stole its way in music and in moonlight curiosity of a high-spirited, romantic, and through some low green meadows into the exceedingly susceptible youth of nineteen, unruffled waters of the lake. Young de who has nothing but adventure to think of, || Lancaster gazed out upon the landscape is not so easily satisfied as you might sup with an almost breathless interest; his pose. Our hero at least felt all the demon heart overflowed, as all finely-tuned hearts of inquisitiveness stir within him. Ac- || will, at a sight of peculiar beauty-with cordingly, he threw himself on his couch || almost woman's softness; when, as if to with the firm intention of sleeping: in- | increase the enchantment, a strain of stead of which he fell into a sort of waking | music, proceeding from the direction of reverie about mysterious astrologers, im- the tower, came towards him faint and prisoned damsels, love, courtship, matri- | softened upon the wind : it was an ancient mony, music, and murder; all very natú- | Welsh melody, descriptive of the wrongs of ral, and not a little interesting to the the country; and its subjugation by the sleeper. Throughout the next day he foreign Englishman; but the voice, the employed himself in wandering about in expression, the tenderness, that animated the direction of the tower, and endeavour- | the music; oh, who can that belong to, ing to obtain a peep at the mysterious thought Edward, but a female ; and she astrologer. He was doomed, however, to (of course) of the most bewitching and disappointment, even though he ventured || delightful beauty. In a few minutes the close under the old grey tower, and seated music ceased; but de Lancaster, on whom himself among the dark rocks that frowned | it had made a more lasting impression, relike guardian giants around it. It was, in- solved, come what might, to explore the deed, a lonely place; hemmed in on all tower; and having accordingly prepared sides by barren cliffs, which descended per himself with all due necessaries, sallied out pendicularly to the shore. Not the slightest | softly from the convent, and bent his steps vestige of verdure appeared, for every | beneath the moon, towards the old grey thing, and more especially the ruin, bore tower of Talley. Arrived at the spot, he the stamp of desolation and decay. The could not but admire the solemn grandeur greatest part of the day having been con- of the scenery—the utter solitude-the sumed in such fruitless wanderings, Edward majesty of desolation that seemed to hover returned at nightfall to the monastery, || like a demon in dark dignity around it. where he was bantered by the good-hu- | Around, above-beneath him all was moured sarcasms of the abbot;, a species silent-all was forlorn. The tower itself, of annoyance, however, which was infi- || situated between two black cliffs-nestled nitely dulcified by a flask or two of most in rather like an eagle's eyrie among themorthodox canary. Late at night he return- || lay in frowning blackness before him. As ed to his lonely couch; his thoughts, as he approached gradually nearer to it, a before, running wild upon the subject of sudden tremor took possession of his the old astrologer, his music, and his mys- faculties, and he half repented of his tery. For upwards of an hour his mind | undertaking. But the voice, the angel revolved all these singular circumstances || voice ! he exclaimed, he must, indeed, be in succession, until overpowered, as it a craven who shrinks after the recollection were, by an intense nervous interest, he of that, and he pursued his road manfully rose from bed, dressed himself, and throw- | until he reached the foot of the stairs. ing open the window, stationed himself Here he paused awhile—the idea of inbeside the casement. It was a calm de- || truding upon the solitude of a stranger lightful night : the storm of the preceding || arrested his faltering steps, but soon the

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idea of that voice-that sweet voice and your destiny: whenever in future you beof course that female voice, overcame hin, hold it, it will bear blight and misery along and he hurried bastily onward, while the ' with it; but when for the last time you old staircase tottered at each step he took, see it, tremble-a voice of murder shall and the owls, alarmed as it should seem, | rise upon the gale, and thou art he that by the unexpected arrival of a stranger, must perpetrate it." came hooting and Aying above him. Ar- As he concluded this anathema, the rived at the first landing-place, a door pre-countenance of the astrologer grew singusented itself; hastily he opened it, and larly terrific: mixed, however, with its on entering, found himself in the midst of wilder traits, was a feeling, apparently of an apartment, strewed all over with caba- || pity, for the young and adventurous de listical devices. A telescope, placed upon | Lancaster, on whom the menace seemed a common deal table, was stationed beside to act with the force of electricity. He the window : but the owner of these curio- | trembled from head to foot with a sort of sities was absent. As Edward stood gazing nameless dread of some future but indeupon the furniture, and other appurte- finite calamity, until roused by the voice of nances of this forlorn apartment, lighted the astrologer, who, beckoning him towards only by the moon, which now shone down the window, directed his observation to in full unclouded majesty, he was suddenly the moon which now sailed unclouded struck by the light sound of a distant foot- || through heaven. “No, no, young stranfall, which seemed slowly and cautiously | ger," said the sage, finding that his attenstealing towards him. For about a minute tion was fixed upon that regent planet, the noise seemed as it were descending “it is not the moon that you need dread, from above, when suddenly it approached || 'tis yon shining star beside it, which nearer, nearer still; and already the slow | points out the secret of your fate, and tread of a man's firmest footstep drew to- || stamps you a murderer. Listen to me, wards the apartment. Immediately after- | Sir—to me who have grown grey in the wards, the door opened; and in walked a | wisdom of celestial influences : at the birth severe venerable-looking stranger, with a of all men certain planets preside; some long beard flowing down to his waist, which of a fortunate, others of a malignant nature. was bound by a sort of zone, inscribed with | Your's, as I ascertain by the horoscope now nameless cabalistic characters. Edward before me, is of the latter kind; retire started at this apparition—for so at first it then with this conviction, which you have seemed—but suddenly recollecting himself, || drawn down upon yourself, and never more made a respectful obeisance to the old | intrude upon the solitude of an unwilling man, and, with a profusion of apologies, host. Away! Sir, away !” At this inexplained the nature and cause of his in- || stant, while the young man was preparing trusion. For an instant the astrologer | to obey, a voice of the most ravishing was silent-it might be in the dignity of sweetness was heard breaking upon the thought-when suddenly addressing him-night, apparently from the room in which self to the intruder, “ Young man," he he sat. Slowly the notes cane lingering exclaimed, “ I owe you no ill-will; your- | upon the wind, thrilling in their softness self have sought your misery- your con- like the matin music of the lark, until, demnation-your eternal condemnation, I after the lapse of a few minutes, the sounds should say."

ceased, and all was silent as before. The “ Condemnation-eternal, too-I un- | astrologer seemed confused at this-howderstand you not.”

ever harmonious — interruption. The “ Not," interrupted the old man with “ hectic of a moment” flushed his wasted severity; " you are guiltless as yet, granted; || cheek, 'till suddenly recovering himselfall men are so until the express moment “ I insist, Sir,” he exclaimed, addressing of their fall : but listen to me, stranger ; | himself to de Lancaster, on your

instant fortune never yet smiled upon me, or mine, l departure; if to-morrow you would wish when yon night-star "-pointing to one to have futurity further revealed to your that rode high in heaven" was bright in | eyes, at your command it shall be so-but the horizon. That star bears the secret of at present you must retire, or danger, both

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to you and myself, will be the conse- | posed part of their dress, were sauntering quence."

and laughing in all directions; while the Unwilling to intrude further upon the sound of the Welsh harp from within some old man's solitude, Edward slowly retreat- rustic tent, fitted up as a sort of extempore ed; but still, as he quitted the town, and ale-house for the occasion, sent up its during the whole of his road hoine, the sweet but mournful sounds into the air. dreadful denunciation of murder seemed | Attracted by the novelty, and still more by ringing in his ears, till his brain became the graceful vivacity of the scene before literally bewildered. Of a high enthusiastic | him, Edward's heart seemed once more redisposition, Edward was nevertheless, as | lapsing into its native cheerfulness; when has been mentioned above, deeply tinc- suddenly a pretty peasant girl, who had tured with the bigoted superstition of the withdrawn herself as if on purpose from a day. His feelings in consequence, when | laughing group of which she formed the thus subdued, were softened even to effemi-centre, passed him with a basket in her nate weakness; and the heart that knew hand; and, looking on him archly as she not fear when boldly opposed to man in brushed swiftly beside him, whispered in the ranks of war, trembled and shivered his ear—“ You saw the astrologer last like a reed before the influence of an ac- | night; I was with you—I shall be with credited philosopher.

you when you visit him again—but you On returning to the monastery, and just cannot see me; adieu-we may perhap, before he entered the huge postern gate, meet again—do not, however, attempt to he cast back one look, half in hope half in || follow me”-and she glided like a spectre fear, towards the tower ; it was still shining from his path. Astonished at this unexin the full splendour of moonlight, but pected rencontre, De Lancaster rubbed his all within it was silent as the grave; and eyes, as if to ascertain whether he were even the waters of the lake that rippled dreaming. At last, roused to a sense of beneath it seemed hushed into stillness, action, he rushed from the village in the as if fearing to intsude upon the universal direction which the peasant girl had taken, sleep of nature. After a few minutes spent and soon reached the dreary rock at whose in thought, Edward also retired to rest; nor further extremity rose the astrologer's dedid he wake from a deep sleep, protracted solate tower. Here he looked carefully by excessive fatigue, until the monastery | round him ; nothing, however, could be bell

, chiming for morning prayers, aroused seen but now and then an eagle that wheelhim to the duties and amusements of the led round and round the summit of the day.

loftiest cliff, or the unwieldly black-cook On wandering through the village to- browsing upon the stunted herbage that in wards the close of the next afternoon, he some favoured places grew up between the discovered that it was market-day; and, loose naked crags. While thus busied in anxious to relieve the intolerable oppres- reflection, a female form appeared upon a sion of his brain, he strolled through the rock beside him ; he advanced, he shouted only desert street in Talley, endeavouring towards her—but the sound of his voice to allay the nervous excitement that weigh- seemed to act like magic upon her moveed like lead upon his heart. If any thing, ments, for no sooner had she beheld his indeed, could have roused his attention, and approach than she became invisible to his so withdrawn him awhile from himself, it | eyes, having melted apparently into thin must have been the gratifying sight that || air, and leaving no memorial of the place now greeted his eyes at every part of the where she had just stood but the cold village through which he chanced to pass. I grey rock that now frowned in utter nakedYoung girls and peasant lads, dressed in ness before him the very spirit and genius all the graceful finery of their country, |of desolation, with the national leek visible at every ex

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SKETCHES FROM MY DIARY.-No. I.

Feb. 17th.- I have been an invalid for a exclaimed—“ In it be nae the young lady, long time past, and I have been ordered and surely its hersel' that's welcome;" to try highland air ; so here I am, in a and a chair was brought to me, and I was lonely old castle, far away from balls, || seated among the matrons of the land. routs, and plays. What, then, shall I do, And which is the bride ?” inquired I of pour passer le temps, in this most triste the old lady who had so kindly recognized abode? Shall I keep a diary? Yes, I me. A look of mysterious and sorrowful will--every one keeps a diary, and why meaning passed over her aged face as she may not I? Have I much to say of to- | pointed to a pale girl, who sat in sadness day ? -Nothing, I believe, except that I and silence apart from all the rest. Alas! attempted to walk, but found even my alas ! I bad never till then looked upon clogs were not a defence against the wet- such a bride. But beautiful, very beautiful, came home-yawned over the last number was Mary Lee; and her loveliness was of of Blackwood-played with my cousin's a character seldom to be met with in that baby, and then-I fear the rest of this day || humble walk of life. Her hair was braided must be a blank in my diary.

over her lofty forehead, and her tall slen19th.—Never was there a lovelier morn- der form was bent like a dying flower, and ing! The sun shone bright and beauti- || she was so pale—so very pale ; and yet she fully out from a sky of unclouded azure- looked like a queen in those bridal garit was impossible to resist the beams of ments;—but, poor thing ! she felt like a that glorious luminary, and out I went- | victim decked for sacrifice; and no wonaway and away-over the heath that was | der, for what a bridegroom! So coarse in glittering with countless drops of the early | his vulgar merriment, and his countenance dew—forgetful that I was an invalid-for- so full of savage unfeeling triumph. He getful of my oppressed breathing-forget- | must at least be fifty, and she to-day-her ful of every thing but the sweetness of that wedding. day—she is but seventeen! What early hour, and the gracious author of its a husband for so beautiful a creature ! beauty. Yes, it was indeed a sweet, sweet And she is an orphan, and that pretty cothour, and on I wandered-stopping at tage is her own, and she had not one retimes to inhale the fresh breeze, and at lation to force her into this unnatural mar. times to gaze on the lovely glens that lay || riage! What does it mean? Never shall beneath me in the lowlands. I had reach- || I forget that ill-omened wedding. At last ed the very boundary of the heath, and be- || she came and sat down beside me; but I fore me stood, in most peaceful quietude, | did not dare to speak to her, for I feared a little happy-looking dwelling. Its white to rouse the agony she was struggling walls gleamed in the sunshine from under | with; but I looked on her pale compressed the dark foliage of the ivy, that climbed | lips, which seemed striving to suppress

the even to its roof; and the garden, simply | low moans which, notwithstanding her inclosed by a paling, was gay with many | efforts, burst from her at times; and I coloured crocuses. Suddenly from that looked upon her dark melancholy eyes till quiet habitation came out a merry-looking I felt my own filling with tears. She saw party, dressed in their holiday garments : | that I pitied her; and, when I rose to the more age seated themselves under the leave her, she caught my arm with the shade of two tall and beautiful birch trees, | grasp of phrenzy—it seemed as if she while the young men selected their rosy- | thought my presence a protection from the cheeked partners, and began to dance reels | hated being she had married-and I feared on the green-sward. In a moment I un- that all her feelings were now about to burst derstood it all-it was a wedding a coun- forth without control; but she pressed her try wedding-that most festive of all fes-hand tightly across her brow, and hid, for tivities. In a moment, too, I was observed; I a moment, her wild and troubled counteand an aged female, whose gold brooch nance; and when she again raised her head, and scarlet plaid bespoke her consequence, she looked calm-fearfully and terribly

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