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Philip ” ... When this object arose in his sight, on the earth. The number of Catholics is 50,-. Henry's heart was o'ercome with surprise and 000,000; if the twentieth part are of the elect, delight.
that is saying a great deal. Then there are
947,500,000 men doomed to the endless pains of “ Moderate,” observed Louis, "the transports hell. As the buman race is renewed about you feel,
every twenty years, taking one time with an. An event so unlooked for may danger conceal.
other, the times of the greatest populat on with It is true that Madrid owes to Paris a master,
the least, counting only 6,000 years from the
creation, there are already 300 times 947.000,000 And yet it may prove to them both a disaster. of dumned. Moreover the Jewish nation having O Philip, my children, ye kings of my race!
been a hundred times less than the Catholic, France, Spain, may ye live in a lasting em- digiously: Well might Henry IV. shed tears.
that augments the number of the damned probrace !
• To inflict on his creatures, etc. In this pas How long must political intrigue prevail, gage we may understand venial sins and purga And public discord its mischiefs entail ?”
tory. The ancients admitted of one, as may be
seen in Virgil. He said : before Henry the scene is dissolved,
6 llere Louis the Twelfth. Louis XII. is the And all in an instant in chaos involved.
only king who had the surname of Father of
the people. The doors of the Temple of Destiny close,
7 La Tremonille, etc. Among the great men And the vaults of the heaven deep shadows en- of that name, Guy de Tremonille is here inclose.
tended, surnamed the Valiant. He carried the
royal standard, and refused the sword of conIn the mean time Aurora, the star of the morn, 1 ble under Charles VI.
stable under Charles VI. Clisson was consta Proclaimed in the east that a new day was born. Montmorenci, etc. It would require a volThe night all around had its deep shadows shed, ume to state all the services rendered to the And fluttering dreams with the darkness had State by that house. fled.
Gaston de Foix, Duke of Nemours, nephew of
Louis XII., was killed at the famous battle of On awaking, the prince feels pervading his Ravenna, in Italy. frame
Gueslin, constable, saved France under A force yet unknown and a heavenly flame.
Charles V., conquered Castile, placed Henry of .
Transtamaro on the throne of Peter the Cruel, Reverential fear now his features inspire,
and was constable of France and Castile. And God stamped his brow with celestial fire. 8 The virtuous Bayard and you brave AmaThus when Israel's avenger from Pharaoh's zon, etc. Bayard, surnamed the Chevalier, withhard rod,
out fear and without reproach. He was killed On Sinai's mountain held converse with God,
in 1523, ia the retreat from Rebec.
Joan of Arc, known as the Maid of Orleans, From the Hebrews his face he was forced to observed at an inn. She was born in the village scure,
of Domremi. Possessing a strength of body As the light of his features they could not en
and boldness above her sex, she was employed
by the Count of Dunois to restore the affairs of dure.
Charles VII. She was captured in a sortie at (Concluded.)
Compiegne in 1430, carried to Rouen and condemned by an ecclesiastical court equally ignorant and barbarous as a witch, and burnt by
the English, who ought to have honored her 1 Whether or not we admit the theory of Sir courage. Isaac Newton, it is certain that the celestial bod- 9 By art one escapes, etc. Cardinal Mazarin ies in their periodical approaches or distances was obliged to leave the kingdom in 1651, in appear to attract and repel each other.
spite of the queen-regent, whom he ruled; but * and still of Zoroaster, etc. In Persia the Cardinal Richelieu always sustained himself in Guebres have a separate religion, which they spite of his enemies, and even of the king, who pretend to be the religion founded by Zorvas- was disgusted with him. ter, and which appears less silly than other su- 10 At the foot, etc. This refers to Louis XIV. perstitions, since they worship the sun as an 11 How from all nations, etc. The Academy image of the Creator.
of Sciences, whose transactions are esteemed 3 While lenguers inynke. Ata The Darricide throughout all nations.
NOTES TO CANTO VII.
not take upon himself to say which was the THE SPY OF THE MISSISSIPPI.
By Mrs. C. M. Sawyer. ceased Duke of Burgundy.
14 From the roots, etc. This poem was como posed in the infancy of Louis XV.
UNUSUAL quiet prevailed in the be15 A hero the arrows of calainny, etc. A cor- leaguered city of Vicksburg. The calm rect portrait of Philip Duke of Orleans, regent May moon emerged from the clouds which of the kingdom. 18 How long must, etc. At the time this was
had for so many nights obscured her, written the branch of France and the branch of looked serenely down on the ruined Spain seemed disunited.
dwellings and streets torn and furrowed (Concluded.)
by shot and shell, and on the sleeping
gunboats which lay black and motionless MOTHERS.
on the bosom of the turbid river which By Cousin Maggie.
swept sluggishly by. Not a shot had Why is it God has ordered
fallen for many hours, and the inhabi. That every mother's heart,
tants for the first time in many days and Of anxious cares and burdens
nights had ventured forth from their Should bear so great a part?
caves, some to pay a filying visit of pleas
urė or condolence to friend or neighbor, I look upon the baby
some to enjoy the clear, bracing air of the Just given to my arms, And then into the future,
sweet May night, and some to climb the
court-house hill that, from that commandWith tenderest alarms.
ing elevation, they might note the signs And daily, ay, and hourly,
of siege in front and rear of the city. But The question comes to me,
their explorations over, they had all re"Oh, can I surely lead it
turned to their underground houses, and In paths of purity?”
dow, availing themselves of the long un
wonted safety and stillness, were buried “ I, who so weak and blindly
in profound slumber. Have walked the way of life,
It must have seemed strange, that stillHalf iguorant, half thoughtless,
ness succeeding to the terrors and uproar Have struggled through its strife ?”
of the long bombardment! You could
hear the wash of the waves stealing up God's wisdom never faileth;
from the river as they curled and eddied He knows true mother love
round the stern of the gunboats; and the Will seeks its child's best happiness
heaving of the uprooted trees that surged And peace, all else above.
up and down in the shallow channel, That happiness is virtue,
dangerous enemies lurking ready to deAnd wisdom giveth peace;
stroy the unwary steamer which should Until these reign, earth’s tumults attempt a passage over them. You could And sins will never cease.
distinctly hear the call of the distant sen
tinel as he challenged some passer-by, and Too many falter early,
the clang of sabres against projecting And all are leaders blind,
curb-stones as the patrols paced up and We must increase our efforts,
down the moonlit streets. But all else O mothers of mankind!
was silent, and, but for the moon, all
would have been dark; for the expense of Here let us kneel, as never
lights had long been recognized and duly We knelt to God before, And make this new affection
respected by the city fathers, while closed A flower-encircled door,
wooden shutters everywhere barricaded
the windows of those, if any such there Which, opened, brings us closely
were, who were brave enough to still re. To God and heavenly things,
main domiciliated in their houses. A And to the sacred shadow
faint glimmer, somewhat like that of a Of wisdom's radiant wings.
glowworm, here and there shone up from the ground, betokening that illness or morselessly carried by the old physician death was busy in some of the caves with who had arrested her to the headquarters which every hillside and slope of the city of the commander of the Confederate arwas honeycombed. The clocks of the my of Vicksburg, and had for hours been steeples rang out hour after hour with a subjected to a searching and unsparing loud clang, but were heard only by the examination by him. But complicated sentinels on guard, or the fevered and and precarious as she knew her situation wounded soldier in hospital wards, or the to be, she had stood the ordeal well, and, trembling and weary mother watching by nerved and inspired by the exigencies of the bedside of her sick child in the un- the occasion, had answered his questions wholesome retreat underground. And so, in a way which, if she did not exonerate as the night waned, the weary and terror- herself from the suspicion of treason, at worn people slept on.
least left the matter in such shape as to But from one dwelling, a large and ele- render it difficult for her examiner to gant mansion crowning one of the beau- venture on pronouncing her guilty. Pertiful elevations of the hill-city, and from haps the remembrance of old friendships, amidst the noble trees which embowered and the days when Florence had seemed it, a clear and steady light shone out long like a daughter to him, was not without after the midnight hour was passed. It its effect in inducing a favorable judgseemed almost like a beacon-star, so brillo ment. But she knew that if but half her iant was its effulgence. The guards of acts during the last six months were the city as they took their hourly patrol known, — acts of fidelity to the governstopped and gazed at it, wondering what ment she honored and to the old beloved of moment and mystery was transpiring flag, - in spite of all the friendship her by its telltale rays, at a time when, if examiner cherished for her and hers, an ever, sleep should be wooed by every hour would not intervene before what he dweller of that melancholy town. The would pronounce deadly treason would be watch on the gunboat, as he tumbled up punished if not with death, with rigorous from below, stopped to gaze, thinking in imprisonment. She thought of her helphis half-awake fancies that some new star less children, left unprotected, save by a was rising in the east.
servant, in the cave, of their forlorn conA lady, heavy-eyed and tearful, stood by dition, should she never return to them, the window above it, watching its steady and of their poverty and sorrow should shine upon the green leaves which shivered her property be confiscated, as it assuredand trembled in the occasional night-gust ly would, should she finally be condemned that lifted their spectral shapes; and even as a friend to the Union cause. she, too, wondered who so long and so she thought of Carleton lying helpless stilly beld conclave together; for she and wounded, his only chance now behad watched it from ten of the clock un- tween a prison and death, and she the til now it was near the dawn, and knew cause of it all, and she wept and wept as that during all those hours the two men women will weep, until her tears refused whom she had seen stealthily enter the to flow. house still sat talking with her host, for “ But I must rest — I must sleep,” the murmur of voices came up from be- she said to herself at last. “This will not low, sometimes scarce above a whisper do. I am unfitting myself for all I may and sometimes excited and angry. Her have to undergo, and shaming the bravery bed lay white and unpressed, the rich and courage I have tried to exercise. embroidery of its linen still smooth and Whatever may be before me, I will sleep dainty and without wrinkle, showing that now. It will renovate body and brain her head had not touched its pillow, for and spirit. O God! thou hast promised how could she sleep when her own life that as my day is so shall my strength and perhaps that of her friend hung be, and I will trust in thy word. I have trembling in the balance ?
done only my duty, and if I die, it will be It was Florence. She had been re- for my country.”
With something of serenity and calm, its rooms, its kind and hospitable lady she turned from the window before which showing her every attention ; but she was the wavering light still lay, and throwing acute enough to perceive that not a step herself upon the bed, wrapped a soft, fleecy she took but was covertly.watched, and blanket about her and, worn out by fa- she knew that, did she venture to put her tigue and long watching, was soon in a foot on the thresho.d of the outer door, a quiet and deep sleep.
bayonet would bar her way. But in Florence had much of that self-poise spite of this she slept. and self-control possessed by so few wo- Meantime, the light still streamed men, which enabled her to throw off care through the window and over the silent roof and trouble in great emergencies, as it of many a shattered dwelling. The men were, at will.
I have often wondered who were gathered around it were, as how men on the eve of execution could, Florence bad surmised, three in number, as they are said to do, eat a full supper her host, a Confederate leader of high with apparently the greatest relish, even rank, Dr. Gates, the physician before inzest, and then lie down to sleep as sound. troduced, and a inan in citizen's gray ly as a child until morning, to awake and dress. The latter was somewhat striking asoend the gallows. But perhaps this is in appearance, — not from anything noeasier than it might be supposed to have ble in bearing or expression, but from been for Florence ; for with them all sus- the peculiarly furtive and crafty look pense is ended and they know their fate, which, as the two others sat intently enwhile over her the harrowing uncertainty gaged in a low-toned conyersation, he of what awful doom the morrow might from time to time threw upon them. usher in for her and hers hung dark and The brow of the officer, who was no less a boding. It was a situation like his who personage than General Pemberton, was hangs at night over a precipice, suspend-knit into a deep frown, and lines of pain ed by his fingers' ends, whose clutch may distorted his whole face. at any moment give way, and he be pre- “Do you mean me to believe this ? ” cipitated into the fathomless depths of said the general, suddenly looking Dr. some unknown gulf. It is hardly possi- Gates full in the face, while an almost ble to appreciate the awful anxiety of indignant expression settled upon his own. such a situation. But Florence had been " I do," replied the latter firmly and through dangers before. She had learned distinctly. to face them like a hero, and perhaps the " That she is a traitor ?” very magnitude of her present ones - That she is a traitor!” calmed her, as the awful violence of the « That is an accusation which will rehurricane flattens the waves which a less- quire the most irrefragable proofs to iner storm had lashed to the most terrific duce belief in me." And the blood fury.
mounted slowly to the pale brow of the And she slept, little dreaming what officer. developments concerning herself were go. They can be easily furnished, I have a ing on beneath her. She knew she was right to say. There are proofs that she has sorely suspected, but had no idea how leg. been for a series of weeks, even months, ibly the map of her life for the last six ever since the siege of the city commenced months was being traced out. If she had, indeed, a watchful, unscrupulous informer she would hardly have slept, weary as to the enemy." she was and full of bravery. She was “ You are credulous and believe in not decided as to her position in the magic,” laughed the general bitterly. house where she now was. A guest of “How could a young and gentle woman General Pemberton by courtesy, she knew like her find the opportunity, even if she that she was a prisoner in fact. There had the will, to learn our secrets, to say were no bars to her windows, nor a senti- nothing of the still greater difficulty of nel outside her chamber door. She betraying them? I confess you put my seemed free to come and go through all | faith to a severe test.”
“ You forget that she has until a very Besides, he could hear nothing at that disshort time lived on her plantation.” tance."
“ Alone, with only her two father- " I am much mistaken if he has not less little children and her ignorant heard every word we have been saying. slaves."
Look at him now. " But with a brain fertile in resources. A vivid glow mounted to the cheeks of Why, general, she can change her colors the man thus inspected, and a curious like a chameleon, and is a greater strate- smile that was instantly suppressed, flitgist than the ablest general in our ted over his lips. army.”
The doctor colored as he met the eye " That mere girl!”
of the general. “ That mere girl, sir, who a few days “ You will draw nearer," said the latsince betrayed your message to Johnston ter in a loud voice. into the enemy's hands !”
“ You are a spy ?” he coldly inquired, • There is no evidence that it was not as the man obeyed the command. delivered to the general himself. And if “ I am in the secret service, sir." it were not, surely, you are not so mad as “Have I ever met you before ?" to suppose that Florence, the widow of "Often, sir, You have sent me on my dearest friend, could have done it. many an errand, but not always in my There is no possibility that she could present shape." have known anything in relation to it. " Ah?” You would prove her abler than my • Why, sir, it would not do for us to ablest scouts.”
be always the same man. I bas to “Do you remember a French boy that change myself, or else people 'ud know me was several times at your headquarters, sometimes wan it warnt convenient. I'se and with whom you were so much sometimes a Methodist parson, sometimes pleased ?'”
a poor contraband what's runnin' away “What Jean Delong?”
from an orful massa, and sometimes I'm “ The same."
a kind o' backwoodsman sellin' wud, ye Well, what of him? What has he to know, and, oftener still, a plain, homedo with Florence McAlpine ? ”
spun sort o’ fellow like I look now.” “Simply that they are one and the It is impossible to describe the differsame."
ent tones and gestures employed by the The Confederate leader stared in un- man during this explanation. So exactdisguised . amazement, more inclined to ly did he suit his manner and speech to doubt the doctor's sanity than anything the character he mentioned, it was easy else.
to see that his impersonation of each must “ You look amazed, but it is true.” have been perfect. The general, disgust« But the evidence ?"
ed as he was, could not forbear a smile. "Here I resign the matter to this gen- But instantly suppressing it, he inquired, tleman,” said Dr. Gates, pointing to the “And what are you in your own natman who sat at some distance from the ural shape ?” other two, as if he had been intended to Oh, I am this, sir; ” and with wonbe out-of-hearing distance. “ He is con- derful celerity coat, vest, hair, and huge nected with the secret service, and very rotundity were removed, and the awk