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is necessary that my wishes should be satisfied., mote this marriage, which had seemed so approI must have finer dresses than any one elsepriate at a different time. But a certain shameeven than my mother."
facedness withheld the boy; who, moreover, misMathias, therefore, had much to say, and the interpreted the import of his father's generosity fame of his domestic dissensions spread abroad. on the night of Mathias's departure. A bias was The poor women of the neighborhood, whose given to his mind and increased every day. husbands brought them home a few piastres daily, Time passed; and the thoughts of Yazir dwelt and contented them, were not sorry to talk of always on the absent Lulu. At first he was inthe fine lady who never went out except on the fluenced by filial affection. If he saw his father back of a high ass, with two slaves to attend her sad, he said to himself, “ It is because I am not -one to clear the way with a whip, the other the husband of Lulu.” If he were urged to bewith his hand on the saddle, to prevent her fall- come wise and rich, he thought, “ It is that I may ing—and who now, it was rumored, passed her be worthy of Lulu." His soul ever aspired in days in weeping and wailing. It soon became one direction toward Lulu. known, indeed, that Mathias, when too late, had The time came, when every thing in this outasserted his right of authority; and had become ward world began from some mysterious cause to master of his own house, just as he was about to appear more beautiful in his eyes; when the maabandon it. The creditors were eager; and there jesty of the heavens at night, with all its throbremained salvation only in flight. One day, there- bing stars, was revealed to him ; when the breeze fore, Mathias collected some household property, at eventide, that had formerly been voiceless, sold it to a broker, made a parcel of a few valu- seemed full of magic eloquence; when the trill ables, and when sunset came, started with his / of birds and the hum of insects in the pomegranwife and daughter, leaving Cairo by the iron gate. I ate and mulberry groves filled him with strange He intended to take boat for Damietta, and that sensations; when the prattle of children smote way escape to Syria, where he had some relations. his heart, and the glances of women pierced his
He had not gone far before a rapid step was brain like gleams of sunshine. Then it was that heard behind; and a soft voice called his name. Lula ceased to be a mere name, and was changed He pressed on hastily; but soon Yazir came run- l into a lovely form never absent from his dreams. ning up out of breath. The wife of Mathias rec-| Zacharias, from whom propriety had not deognized him, and began to curse him ; but the parted, seldom spoke of his absent friend; but boy said: “Be not angry, O mother. This is a talked frequently of finding a peerless bride for misfortune which can not be avoided. But be- Yazir. This would have been easy; for all hold, father Mathias, thou shalt not go forth with mothers noticed the youth in the street, and wishout assistance. My father has heard of thy de-ed that their daughters might have the good-forparture, and sends this purse for thy expenses on tune to please him. But the merchant was now the way.”
| in no hurry. If any one spoke to him on the So saying, he placed a leathern purse in the subject he said, “There is a time for all things." hands of the merchant, who stooped down toward The truth was, that time, which destroys all pashim and kissed him. All hearts beat high. The sions-even love had in him destroyed anger. mother of Lulu felt the tears run down her cheeks; Besides, it is no rare thing for the aged, when and Lulu herself, wayward girl as she was, came they feel life slipping from them, to return to to Yazir, and taking his hand, put it to her lips, some caprice they formerly cherished, which reand said:
minds them of younger days, and allows them, “O prince--may happiness encircle thee as in fancy at least, to step back from the inevitable the halo encircleth the moon !"
doom. Her parents felt that this was a renewal of the Zacharias had written recently to Syria, enbetrothal; but they said nothing, and presently deavoring to learn some tidings of Mathias ; but were pursuing their flight, while Yazir remained his correspondents told him that they had searched standing by the road-side.
in vain. Mathias had indeed arrived safely in The boy was now nearly twelve years of age, Beyrout; but, after remaining there a year, had tall, strong, and handsome; and more intelligent disappeared. Some speculations in which he had and knowing than lads are at fifteen in Western engaged had utterly failed ; and it was believed countries. He had already acquired all the in- that he had gone away in absolute poverty. This struments of knowledge necessary in the East. intelligence made Zacharias sick at heart; but He could read, and write, and was capable at ac- there was no remedy, and he devoured his chagrin counts. He already understood business, and his in secret. father had confidence in him. But the words of One day Yazir, now a fine handsome youth, Lulu entered his mind. They had talked so much came to his father and said that a caravan was in his presence of the betrothal that he understood about soon to start for Bassora, by way of Damassomething of his father's wishes, though he knew cus, and that he wished to take this opportunity not their importance. It seemed to him that his to travel and see the world; for without experilife had an object, which was the possession of ence of many countries what merchant can prosLulu; and he was too young to debate much on per? Zacharias was now old, and heard this the means. If he had spoken to Zacharias he wish with a deep-drawn sigh, but he knew it to would have learned that circumstances had alter- be reasonable, and gave his consent, and collected ed; that he had now no longer any desire to pro- a large amount of merchandise, and bought camels, and selected the most trustworthy servants, I was installed in a splendid palace, and requested and made a present to the chief of the caravan. to dispense justice, and execute the laws. The old man with the white beard who had pro- He soon learned that it was the custom in that phesied happiness to Yazir, gave him fresh en-city when a king died, for the population to sally couragement, and furnished him with a rule of forth in the direction of the desert, and to wait conduct which he saw might be of use to him : | for the first wanderer who, separated from scme “ Never be astonished-neither at danger nor caravan, had lost his way, and was expecting good fortune."
naught but death. According to their notion, a Yazir parted with his father after both had king raised to the throne from the extremity of wept, and went forth into the desert. In the re- despair would not be likely soon to acquire pride cesses of his own mind there still lingered a hope and ferocity. Sometimes they had found themthat he might be one day united to Lulu ; and it selves mistaken ; but they had a remedy in their was to endeavor to ascertain her fate that he had hands. It was their practice to test the courage wished to go by way of Damascus. On arriving of the newcomers by running at them, as they in that city, instead of endeavoring to dispose of did at Yazir, shouting and brandishing their his merchandise, he occupied all his time in fruit- weapons; and they continued for some time less inquiries. After a stay of three months he playing the same trick. If a monarch, theredeparted for Bassora ; but when the caravan had fore, showed a bad character, they soon contrived traveled for twenty days, a cloud of Bedouins, that an accident should happen; the throne bemounted on camels and horses, surrounded them came vacant, and the population went out again and attacked them, slaying those who resisted and to the borders of the desert. making prisoners of the rest. Yazir, remember Yazir, though he would have preferred coning the advice that had been given him, and see-tinuing his journey to Bassora, or returning to ing that successful defense was impossible, sat Cairo, consented to rule over this strange peodown quietly and waited until the Bedouins ple; whose manners he found to be in many recame to him, and ordered him to follow them. spects harsh and repulsive. When not in want of They seemed surprised at the tranquillity of his a king, they received all strangers roughly, and demeanor; especially when they learned that he compelled them by ill-treatment to depart from was one of the richest merchants of the com- their territory very quickly. Yazir, by an edict, pany; and treated him far more favorably than ordered that this should no longer be, and conthe rest, abstaining from tying his hands, and trived to instill hospitable views into the people of promising to keep him well until such time as he Gorân, for such was the name of the place. He could get friends to come with a ransom.tr made it a custom that all strangers who arrived
As he was left at liberty Yazir found no diffi- should be led into a certain room of his palace, culty, after spending two or three days in the and kindly received and sed; and he used to go Bedouin encampment, in selecting the best horse and look at them through a vailed window. All belonging to the tribe, and in riding away one people celebrated his goodness; and the fame night at full speed. From words that he had thereof spreading, travelers for the first time beheard, he knew that the city of Ardesh was at gan to arrive at the city of Gorân. no great distance, and he felt confident of being One day it was told to Yazir that three persons, able to reach it. He rode all night, and expect-a man and two women, apparently beggars, had ed to see palm-trees and green pastures by the been taken to his reception-room. The strangers morning. But a plain of sand stretched on every were no other than the merchant Mathias, his side. He had mistaken the direction, and enter-wife, and his daughter Lulu, reduced to the exed a boundless desert, which even the Bedouins treme of poverty. Lulu, ripened into perfect wodo not traverse. He did not know whether to manhood, was more beautiful than ever. Yazir advance or retreat, so he allowed the horse to gazed at them with tears falling from his eyes. gallop whither he would. Thus he proceeded all They were evidently worn with travel and sufferday, until at length, just as he was about to give ing, and ate as if they had been long famished. himself up to despair, he came in sight of a When they were somewhat recovered, he called splendid city, built according to a style of archi-them before him, revealed his name and his contecture wholly unknown to him. He rode for- dition; and before, from very wonder, they could ward and entered the cultivated country that sur-find time to answer, he turned to Lulu, and said: rounded it. The roads were full of people, seem- “O fair one, wilt thou have a prince for thy ingly waiting for some arrival. When he ap- husband ?" . proached they advanced with drawn swords and Mathias hung his head; and his wife threw brandished spears, shouting:
herself at Yazir's feet. But Lulu ran to his “Wilt thou be king over us?”
* side, and seized her mother's hand, and comBelieving he had to do with a company of manded her in the tone of a queen, not to hummadmen, and remembering the advice that had ble herself. The marriage was soon celebrated; been given him, he replied calmly:
and all the people were glad for three weeks. “Certainly. I came with that intention." Then, certain great families, who had hoped to
Upon this, there was a huge sound of human raise one of their daughters to the throne, began voices, and trampling of feet, and clanging of to stir up dissatisfaction. A revolt was immigongs; and Yazir was conducted into the city, nent. So the prince, making his preparations se amidst the acclamations of the populace. He cretly, stole away one night with his wife and Mathias, and the wife of Mathias, and they hast- she clutched her fist in my lord's face when he ened in the direction of Ardesh : leaving the peo- told her this, and said that he should one day rue ple of Gorân once more without a sovereign. On his barbarity ; but it had all no effect, except to their way they met a cobbler escaping from his give additional force to his determination; so creditors, and informed him of the good fortune Mrs. Apreece, at that time a woman past forty that awaited him if he arrived in time at Gorân. years of age, went away heaping curses in Welsh Whether he succeeded to the throne they never on the earl and his tyranny, as she chose to call knew; for they hastened with all speed back to it; and indeed I can not help thinking it did Damascus, and thence to Egypt, and gladdened seem a little hard to the poor woman—foster the heart of Zacharias: who lived long to wit- mothers often having the tenderest affection for ness the happiness of his son, who had been a the children whom they have nourished at their prince, and of his new daughter who had been a bosoms. Perhaps she was as much mortified at beggar.
the indifference of the child, who even then put
up its little hands to push her, and said in its THE NURSE'S REVENGE. 3 baby accents, “Do away—do away." But she W HAT a splendid wedding was that of Dorinda, never came to my lord's grand mansion in Pimlico
W Countess of Leverglen, expected to be! Just any more, and they had ceased to hear any thing twenty-one and come (though, alas ! by the death of her for years, except that she still lived and of a loving father) into possession of her title took her pension, which was paid her through a and fortune, with beauty enough to have drawn solicitor in a Welsh town contiguous to the village half the nobility of England to her feet without where Mrs. Apreece resided. Lady Dorinda, I either, and about to be wedded to one of the hand-believe, had entirely forgotten her old nurse, and somest and most fastidious of noblemen (Charles, if she ever thought about her, was satisfied with Marquis of Willsbury), her earthly felicity seemed the reflection that her infirm years were provided perfect and assured. Perhaps though her style for. As to affection, she would have smiled in of beauty might not have suited every taste, it contempt at the thought of such a feeling subsistwas of a regal kind. Tall, commanding in figure, ing between the Countess of Leverglen and an the height of a Juno, though not the full propor-old Welsh woman of low degree, merely because tion of one, swan-like neck, head firm and well the said woman had had the honor of nursing her. set, hair glossy and black when left to its natural Oh, pride! how many, many shapes, Proteus-like, color, eyes dark and flashing, with a skin which thou canst assume ! now wearing the garb of would have seemed marble had it not been relieved charity; then vain of thy silken robes and velvet by the full bright color of youth and health. A trappings spun by a worm like thyself; anon regrace and majesty which spoke of association with joicing and holding aloft thy head, because thou courts and courtliness all her life, and that pride art decked with bright and colored stones whose which however unamiable it may be in the sight | value is fictitious; then puffed up, because mayhap of One before whom the best and noblest of us in the reign of the first William thy remote progenare but as dust, yet sat on Lady Leverglen notitor was known to be a silken fawning Norman amiss for the fire it lent her eyes or the grace it | adventurer, graced by the tyrant with the title of imparted to her mien. Her marriage was to take Baron in reward, maybe, for some ruthless sanplace as soon as possible, and finely the dress-guinary deed, or exulting over thy poor fellow for makers and jewelers were hurried to get ready thy abundance of wealth which not thyself hast to deck the noble young bride in time. The scraped together, or-but no wonder thou hast dowager, Lady Leverglen, doted on her daughter, ascendency over the souls of mortals when thy though there was so little resemblance between promptings caused the downfall of angels. ..... them personally that no one would have supposed Lady Leverglen's was but the baser sort of pride, them mother and daughter, Lady Leverglen, the I fancy, for her station was surely high enough dowager, being short and slight, and not even in to admit of any condescension without such deroher youth could have boasted of much beauty. gating from her nobility. So the last stitch was The late lord himself, I believe, was any thing but put into the wedding gown—a white satin sacque a handsome man; therefore both parents rejoiced and tiffany petticoat-I remember it to have been exceedingly in their daughter's queenly and sur-richly embroidered with roses—and the last stroke passing charms. The young Lady Dorinda's of the pen was added to the settlements by which mother had been unable to nurse her own child, her title and possessions were to enrich the already and the infant had been confided to the care of a overflowing coffers of the house of Willsbury. Welsh nurse, and had resided in Wales, till at Proudly, and with almost the condescension of a two years old she was restored to her doting sovereign, did Lady Leverglen receive her noble parents, an infantine model of strength and loveli- friends' congratulations; and at length the imness. A pension had been settled on the “ Welsh portant morning was ushered in- portentous woman,” who came frequently to London to visit omen -by a lowering leaden canopy of sky that her foster child, till her visits becoming tiresome seemed momentarily about to deluge London with and inconvenient, Lord Leverglen, from whose a fit of atmospheric weeping. It kept off, howexample his daughter seemed to take her great ever, this untimely rain, and at eleven o'clock the pride, forbade her future coming. Some of the carriages almost blocked up Piccadilly. The old servants of the family, who remembered Gyn-ceremonial was fixed to take place in St. James's neth Apreece, say that her brow darkened, and Church, and a dean was there to unite the happy pair. There were dukes, countesses, earls, and three men could scarcely control her. “She is even royalty nearly related to the throne, to grace mad.” the auspicious union of mutual rank and wealth, " It would be a good thing for you and myself, with the additional felicity that Hymen at this my lady, if I was mad," said the strange, odd altar was kept in countenance by Cupid. I had woman, with a low reverence. “But I am not : been in waiting at the bride's dressing, to give only a sinner, my lady—a great sinner," she the last touch to her attire, and afterward pro- cried, throwing her arms up wildly over her head, ceeded on foot to the church to see the ceremony. | and looking, I thought, like some necromantic I remarked, I believe, to Mrs. Pomander, the crone, or one of the weird sisters in Macbeth. young countess's own woman, how dull and op- “Speak, woman," said the dean; “though pressed my lady seemed, and she answered, that how you gained admission here among this noble it was no wonder, for she had been compelled to company I know not-there must have been sit up all night, to preserve her "head,” after it strange neglect ;” and his reverence looked se had been under the hands of Coiffère, the French verely at the gaping officials who were leisurely hair-dresser. Ah ! dear me, what we underwent surveying this singular scene. “Speak, I say," for fashion's sake in those days; no one would he continued, " and say how and why you have believe now, only that it has become matter of dared to interrupt the ceremonial of marriage behistory.
tween these noble persons.". But, to return to the wedding, there was a “ Just because, please your Reverence, or your rare crowd about the church door, and the beadles Grace, as the case may be," said the audacious in their gold-lace coats and gold-headed sticks woman, "for I don't presume to understand the had enough to do to keep order. Such a pro-dress of High Church, being myself of the fold cession of rank and beauty as filed off into that of the Reverend Jonas Carnaby, of " church! So there they were satins and feath- “Silence !” said the dean; "keep to the subers, and flowers and tiffany, and lace, and pearls, ject. Your objection ?" and diamonds, flashing in the gloomy morning, “ Just this—that yonder fair bride is, my lord, as if to atone for the sun's absence. And after an impostor, and not what she seems." awhile, the splendid crowd having arranged itself Here was a general exclamation of horror, and into order, a deep solemnity pervaded the church, a demand of what was meant. The bride, as and the dean began the service of matrimony. wbite as her own sacque, was supported by the He had read the opening address, and came to bridegroom, who looked, poor man, hot and bethat solemn adjuration—" I require and charge wildered. ye both (as ye will answer at the dreadful day of “This-that your fine young countess there is judgment, when the secrets of all hearts shall be no countess ; she was changed at nurse. I was disclosed), that if either of you know any imped- the nurse : I ought to know my own child- for iment why ye may not be lawfully joined together I am her mother. And now, my lord, the bridein holy matrimony, ye do now confess it, for be groom, you can marry as fast as you please. I, for ye well assured that so many as are coupled to one, make no objection to my own flesh and gether otherwise than God's Word doth allow, blood being a lady in earnest. Only I have told are not joined together by God, neither is their my crime-saved, saved my precious soul," she matrimony lawful.” As the dean slowly and im- said, again flinging her arms aloft. pressively uttered the last word, there arose “Take her into the vestry," said the dean. “I amidst the breathless silence in that church a can not, my Lord Willsbury, proceed with the strong, deep, yet slightly tremulous voice- Iceremony till this strange matter be cleared up." forbid this marriage." Every one turned round He was interrupted by the bride falling heavily to to look for the intruder, and a pause, terrible for the ground, for somehow Lord Willsbury was no the short time it lasted, came—while each one longer supporting her; and there she lay, cold, was asking himself if it was not a dream, or a and white as the nosegay in her breast. She was trick of the imagination. The dean, who, of laid on a heap of pew-cushions in the vestry, course, had discontinued reading, demanded, where the friends of the families adjoumed. The " What impediment exists ?" Then a woman, guests were politely requested to disperse, for there tall, bony, and hard-featured, as one who had seemed no chance of the marriage taking place been accustomed to wind and weather, to hard that day. Constables were called in, and the and open toil, yet bearing traces of having pos strange woman was given into their charge. And sessed in her youth great beauty, came forward. one by one, or in pairs, the company departed There was much shrinking among the dainty many of them, I am afraid, to spread this strange court dames, as this old, coarsely clad, homely business over the town, which afforded the fashobject advanced toward the altar. She looked ionable world food for gossip many a day after. round at the grand company with an air of defi- ' It turned out to be too true. The Welsh waance, partaking, too, of a strange sort of exulta- man being examined strictly, the truth came out tion. “She is mad,” said the dowager, Lady too certainly. It seems that the first thing that Leverglen, who was well-nigh fainting with ter put the temptation in her heart was the fact that ror, and whom her ladyship being much ad- the real heiress of the Leverglens had taken the dicted to hysterics--I every minute expected to small-pox, and was so cruelly disfigured, that the see go off screaming. She reserved them, how-nurse dreaded taking her home to my Lady Levever, till she had more time; then I remember erglen, whom she knew to wish that her little
daughter should grow up a beauty. "There was and sat by her, and soothed her awhile with flata my own girl," said Gynneth Apreece, “ a perfect tering hopes and promises; but the defection of picture healthy, pretty, and full of spirit. The my Lord Willsbury, who had never recovered thought came across my mind, how the poor de- from the shame and disgrace of his wedding mornfaced baby would be looked down on by her granding, affected her too powerfully to be mastered. relations, and how no wealth, or being called 'my It was in vain that they who were admitted to see lady,' could ever make up to her for the scorn her her said that if his affection was for her wealth ugliness would bring down upon her; and then I and state, instead of for herself, it were well that thought how my beautiful Polly would become a she had found out her mistake. She would not title, and so, the thought once admitted, the Evil acknowledge any thing to be well that involved One kept whispering in my ear and my heart, till the loss of worldly homage. It was of no use to I persuaded myself it was the best thing I could represent that her charms and accomplishments do. It was the wish to see my darling, and not being personal, she could not be deprived of them. to be forgotten by her, which made me take many of what use were they," she said, “ to poverty a journey on foot from Wales; and then I got and disgrace?" Lady Leverglen, to comfort her, abused by my lord, and it was a great sorrow to assured her that, in the worst case, an allowance my poor heart. My Polly came to forget me, and should be hers to live like a gentlewoman. beat me away with her tiny baby hands. I was “I thank you, madam," she said, her eyes very wroth at that, for I loved my child, and no- flashing scorn; "and I have doubtless your conthing but the sense of my great, great sin even now sent to marry the chaplain, or the hairdresser, or would have made me tell the truth. But I have any who will take the vile disgraced changeling." been converted lately, and I could not die with Then her mood would alter, and she would such a sin on my soul. Besides, it is hard for a fling her arms round my lady's neck, and crave child to look down on her own mother, and, in indulgence, and passionately implore her to reshort, I could bear it no longer."
| member if she knew not of some sign or mark by Such was the miserable woman's statement, which she could be identified; and these scenes sworn to on the Bible before a magistrate ; and went on till Gynneth's death and final declaration, the strong likeness, allowing for age, hardship, which there was no getting over. Lady Leverand poverty, between Gynneth and the unfortu- glen was compelled to say she would receive the nate girl whom she claimed, was strong presump- real Countess of Leverglen as her daughter, and tive evidence. Lawyers were employed; for poor to intimate to Dorindo, or Polly as she had been Lady Leverglen's heart and hopes were wrapped christened, that she must depart to a retreat in up in her supposed daughter, and revolted from the country till her feelings softened. My lady the young woman, who, plain to positive ugliness, would gladly receive her as companion, still feeland rustic and ignorant in her manner and con- ing for her like a daughter. Mrs. Pomander told verse, had been fetched up from Wales to be in- me that to her dying day she would never forget troduced-poor thing-if necessary, to a fortune the look of the ci-devant countess, but she only and title. Here again the truth was painfully answered my lady with a “Certainly, madam; apparent. Through the disfigurement of that you shall be obeyed in every circumstance," and scourge, the small-pox, the resemblance to her turned round on her bed, which she had never parents, Lord and Lady Leverglen, was manifest. I quitted since they brought her to it after that
The motive of revenge on the Leverglen family terrible morning, and buried her face in the pilwas, at first, supposed to be the cause ; but in lows, as if she wished no further discourse ; so the course of these proceedings, the old woman my lady, who was nigh broken-hearted herself, was taken ill in London, and, it was apparent, had left the room, and some hours after the invalid been arrested by death. In her last moments, she complained to Mrs. Pomander of a racking pain made a request to see the Dowager, the lawyers, I in her shoulder. and the Marquis of Willsbury, as well as the two “It is cold," said the woman, who vowed that young women ; but she who has hitherto been she knew not how to term her mistress. called the Countess of Leverglen refused to come. “I suppose so," said Miss. “Send, PomanEven in death the Welsh nurse's eyes flamed der, for some laudanum to rub it with." ind with passion.
The laudanum was got--a pint bottleful-from “ Never mind,” she said, “ we shall soon meet the apothecary's, and the shoulder well rubbed where she must come.”
with it; and then Mrs. Pomander took her leave She reiterated her statements on oath, made for the night. still more sacred by its being her dying one; and “Leave the bottle,” said her mistress," on the taking the sacrament, soon afterward expired. toilet, lest this terrible pain returns." .... And she to whose pride this crushing The woman did so. blow had arrived, she would not believe, for a long time, that this dreadful discovery was true. When Mrs. Pomander drew her young lady's What! she, the delicately bred, the refined, the curtains next morning, there she lay in the stillbeautiful, made of the common clay which form- ness of death. Alas! alas! it was a death selfed wretched Welsh peasants? Impossible! She inflicted—the haughty and impatient spirit had shut herself up in her chamber, and caused it to dared to rush to its Creator, not in humiliation be darkened, and became more imperious than and prayer, but in desperation and anger. He ever. Lady Leverglen, who was distracted, came who is more merciful than the most merciful of