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Rod. Let not the soldiery behold thee thus ;
Alm. Rather do you, coming as 'twere from me;
Alm. Now, fair Matilda, wherefore art thou here?
Mat. I cannot think me safe but where thou art ;
Alm. Forbear, my love, to ravel out these horrors.
Mat. When may we hope that they shall cease to be?
Alm. Alas, Matilda! little dost thou reck
Mat. Fie, fie, my Lord;
And raising piteously my streaming eyes,
Alm. False traitress, hold! thou dost occasion seek
Mat. Alas ! my lord, what means this sudden humour?
Alm. Sweet Maud, my words were hasty and unmeaning,
Mat. All I can have to give is ever thine.
Alm. Beauteous Matilda, my too lovely wife,
Mat. 'I have no other will than what is thine.
Alm. Know, then, I have a stratagem-
SCENE II.-Outside the walls.-Distant part of the enemy's camp.
SEVORINO and Brian.
Sev. Why sirrah, knave, how now? didst thou not hear me call thee varlet; whereupon didst thou not answer more quickly?
Bri. Truly, methinks, I am over-ready to answer such discourteous summoning, seeing my name is neither sirrah, knave, nor varlet, but honest Brian O'Shilfenord to command.
Şev. Yet this thy baptismal name carrieth no patrimony, whereas that I did confer on thee hath an estate entail.
Bri. An estate! I pray thee shew it me, captain ?
Bri. I wot I'm undeserving to fill so elevate a station; no, though I be content to hold the title wherewith thou’rt pleased to dub me, yet do I most unreservedly demise the aforesaid hemp-ground to some dear friend who may stand more in need of it.
Sev. A truce to foolery; has any one been here during my absence ? Bri. Truly has one been waiting this hour.
Ser. Villain, why not have given me to know of this at the first? what was his name, who was he?
Bri. Exactly no other than myself, who have been looking your return ever since you left me.
Eur. Mag. Vol. 82.
Sev. Impudent knave! thou hast been draining draughts of insolence from yonder flagon.
Bri. Absolution followeth confession; verily I have tasted of its spiritualities ; it did make me an innocent head-pillow, till I bethought'me 'twere unsocial such near neighbours should be unacquainted ; yet 'tis my intemperate nose should have the blame, which, quaffing as it were involuntarily inhalations of its goodly flavour, did persuade my envious mouth to become partner in the sin.
Sev. Shame to thee ; let not the evil practice grow to habit, lest this same goodly flavour should prove thy mortal enemy.
Bri. Which to my thinking, Captain, would only prove, that I were the better Christian of us two; seeing I do so love my enemy. But 'tis ever thus your abstinent Italian gentleman doth rail at the enjoyment he hath no relish in; yet I warrant thou hast a taste, and I could hit it, whilst there be some dainty bits of fair flesh behind those impracticable walls, report saith the governor's dame alone were worth raising a siege to get a sight of.
Sev. Who gave thee licence to prate after this fashion, thou unmannerly groom? I would thou wert compelled to eat thy words.
Bri. Fie! Captain, I would not wish a foe so bad a dinner; eat my words! a merry jest, i' faith.
Ser. Yet it were no jest to the unlucky dog who was caught skulking through the camp just now, with information for the enemy; he bore his errand in his mouth, but that his awkward speech betrayed 'him, and when sore pressed he swallowed it.
Bri. Surely, as doth every careful man lock up his valuables in a chest; what, I warrant, you cut his throat to look at his words.
Lev. Nay, but the doctor quickly did oblige him to impart the sum of his intelligence. Harkee, fellow, if thou hast any sober sense remaining, General Stanhope ordereth that all things be appointed to the escalade, surrenderment is hourly expected, the signal oft will be a pistol-shot.
Bri. There would not have been any thing signal in that yesterday, but of late the town is just as mute as mice'; suppose they have been muzzling all the women; alack a day! would I were once more safe on t'other side the channel.
[The signal is heard.—Shout several voices.)
Scene III.-A terrace belonging to the castle,
Oh! sight of horror;
(Concluded from page 528, Vol. 81.) When Howard qnitted Hamilton- tween them; the interference of one place, it was with a firm resolution to of the superior officers soon put an .sacrifice his fortune to any extent, or end to the combat, but not before even life itself, in rescuing Meliora William had, by striking his antafrom the cruel opprobrium which the gonist on the face, so injured his Earl's suspicions would have thrown nose as quite to deform it, a disupon her, though he could not but figurement which now served to allow, in his own mind, that some of mark, indubitably, to Howard, the the circumstances elicited in the evi- identity of the person, though Levidence, might seem to justify them, son did not manifest the smallest however fully himself might feel signs of the recognition being muassured of their entire falseness; and tual. on parting from Twiss, he strolled It was this very man whom into a retired part of Hyde Park, in Howard had observed engaged in order to collect his ideas, to digest deep and earnest conversation with his opinions, and to form his ar the Countess, on the night of the rangements accordingly,
concert; and as he passed them by About eight months previous to unnoticed, his ears caught these rethe present period, Howard, at a markable words uttered by Levison, small dinner party at Lord Annes- very emphatically, yet in an under ley's, had been seated opposite to Colo- tone, “Six hundred and seventy nel Levison, whose features struck pounds---paid--- to-morrow him, as having been, in some former ing.' The question naturally ocevent of his life, perfectly familiar curred to his mind, of what nature to him, though the recollection of could be a debt, standing between them did not appear to be associated two mere common acquaintances ; with any agreeable impression. On the one party, a young and lovely hearing the name of Levison pro- female of high rank; the other, a nounced, he found that he had not questionable Colonel, for: Levison been mistaken in his notion ; and had appeared to evade Howard's the whole history of their earlier enquiries respecting his regiment, acquaintauce recurred to his memory. whom Howard knew to have risen Such was Howard's extraordinary from a low origin in life, and had faculty for preserving in his mind's heard accused as an unprincipled eye any peculiarity of physiogno- gamester? The subject of the conmical expression, that he now re. fabulation, too, was evidenly a secognized" Levison to have been a cret, from the retired and deserted passenger in the same vessel, which spot which they had chosen for the transported himself and his brother discussion; and Howard fancied, William from Liverpool to New York. that there was an air of confusion The circumstance that probably had and embarrassment perceptible in served to imprint this man's count the countenance and manner of Lady tenance so deeply in his recollection Annesley, as, on receiving a signifiwas, that he, Levison, who was then cant frown from Levison, she started Serjeant, belonging to a small com round, and addressed him. And he pany of soldiers, which had been sent felt half inclined, yet sorry, to think, out to garrison a forton the American that the sum he had heard quoted, coast, had, to beguile the tediousness was not, improbably, part of some of the voyage, as he said, engaged gambling score, existing between William in play, and succeeded in the pseudo Colonel, and the rich, depriving the youthful adventurer young, and thoughtless Countess. of what was to him, at that time, no But these impressions and ideas inconsiderable sum.
But it having passed swiftly through Howard's been subsequently intimated to the mind, and, before the next morning, younger Howard, that Levison had he had dismissed every trace of so played falsely, a violent dispute, ter- unprofitable a speculation. Immeminating in blows, had arisen be- diately, however, on the discovery
of the forgery, the whole occurrence endeavour to produce the veiled lady flashed on his recollection. The per. in black, and to trace the object of petration of a fraud in the name of her visit to the Strand. In purLord Annesley, to obtain the specific suance of this purpose, Howard resum of six hundred and seventy paired to Levison's lodgings, carrypounds, presented a coincidence too ing Cater along with him, in the remarkable to be overlooked. It hope, that he might be enabled to was under this impression that How- identify the dwelling. Cater, howard had requested the interview with ever, could say no farther, than that her Ladyship; and after delivering he believed it was the house at which some trifling message from Mrs. he had stopped on the eventful WedHoward, he adverted to the circum- nesday; at least, he was sure it was stance of the forgery ; observing, on that side of the street. in a careless manner, yet with his A ticket on the shop-window addeeply-sunken eye fixed on the Coun- vertised the vacancy of the first floor. tess's varying countenance, “ That Howard knocked at the door; and, forgery was a dangerous matter to on enquiring for Colonel Levison, meddle with, being denounced as was told, that he had, suddenly, a capital offence, even between a quitted his lodgings a day or two husband and wife.” He saw the before ; but the landlady could not lady's cheek turn deadly pale, as in afford any information respecting á faultering voice she iterated the the cause of his removal, or the then words, Capital offence !” but in place of his abode. This abrupt destantly recollecting herself, she add- parture and concealment of his deed, “Oh, yes, to be sure itis -I think stination, while it disappointed and I have heard so before-a dreadful perplexed Howard, seemed to be in thing certainly." Howard had seen unison with the doubts and dark enough to satisfy himself, and took surmises that he already entertained his leave. But as he passed out of of the self-promoted Colonel
. To the house, noticing the number of no purpose did he renew and urge visiting tickets which were lying his questions; the woman persisted on the marble slab in the hall, he in denying all knowledge of her late desired to have Colonel Levison's inmatė, but, at length, allowed, that address ; and when the porter de his man, Phillips, could tell where livered to him a card, inscribed, his master was gone to, whom, she " Lieutenant-Colonel Levison, 160, expected, would call there in the Strand," he felt as if his suspicions course of an hour, to take away a had received confirmation. “ Still
, parcel belonging to himself, which however, the whole was but suspi- had been left in the hasty removal. cion; and as he was careful not to -Howard requested permission to accuse any one on such slight and await this man's arrival, which was inefficient evidence, and, perhaps, readily granted. He had traversed being anxious, that the merit of the extent of the drawing room for bringing about the entire justifica- nearly the space of two hours, de tion and exculpation of Meliora, void of any other amusement or should rest entirely with himself, he occupation, than what his own reforbore to impart his view of the flections furnished, before Phillips subject to Twiss, but retired, to made his appearance, who, at first, form, in solitude, a clear and com assumed a most profound ignorance, prehensive analysis of this intricate till a liberal douceur from Howard and enigmatical transaction. produced a marvellous effect, in una
The result of half an hour's deli- sealing his lips, and he instantly beration was this: that the surest began to decry his late master as and readiest mode of arriving at the the most tyrannical and avaricious truth would be, to confront with man that he had ever served. “He each other every person who was is now fled to France for safety," either accused, suspected, implicated, continued the treacherous groom. or in any degree connected with the "I don't care who knows it; I only business in question. He already wish he might be caught, and compossessed two principal, and import- pelled to give back some part of his ant agents, in the clerk and the ill-gotten gains, the loss of which çoachman. His next aim was to has made many a heart ache, I war