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CHAPTER XVIII.-Marston Moor.
presented that terrible appearance which is not
unknown to you in your own experience. From our HE day after my return to position, the forces I had the honour to command
Plymouth, an orderly brought were necessitated to make a long detour; we could
the of the great battle of Marston field when our friends most needed our assistance. Moor, had already reached us, and the On the other wing the Royalists had the advantage; success of the Parliament there some but we turned the day-to God be all the glory, for
what soothed our troubled spirits, in our if He had not fought with us, vain were all our discomfiture in the West. Had I known endeavours. then, what I know now, I should have had "I spent the night after the battle upon the field, small reason to be comforted !
fearful lest the Prince should return; and anxious to I opened the packet with as pleasurable solace, as I might, the dying men, of whom there feelings as can come to a man, who, having were very great numbers of both parties. My own
received a great and unexpected check in nephew, son of my sister, a brave, bold youth, his work, hopes to find solace in the love of his very dear to me, was carried off early in the battle, family. I expected another of Lettice's pretty letters, mortally wounded. The Lord's will be done! I had or one of the firm, kind, manly epistles of my father. missed your honoured father at the head of his men, It was neither; but a letter written all over one side and could obtain no news of him, save that he had of a large sheet of paper, in a hand I could not his horse shot under him twice, and was seen after recognise, with something solemn and official-looking that upon a third charger, dauntless as before. But, about it. Here it is :
as I busied myself at night amongst the wounded on “Lientenant Holbeck, Sir:
the battle-field, I heard a voice from a mangled body, “ The great battle that has been yesterday fought that I believed to be a corpse; a weak, feeble voice, between the King's forces and the army of the and I thought it spoke my name. I bent to listen. Parliament has been very disastrous to you.
General Cromwell !' and a hand was raised a little. “ The manner of the action was in this wise. Colonel Holbeck !' I answered, as I grasped it in The King's nephew, Prince Rupert, collected a mine. “The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness considerable force to relieve York, which we thereof,' said the weak voice then. I responded. of the Parliament had strongly invested ; and “This is a grand victory, General;' the words
. with Sir Charles Lucas, who commanded the were gasped rather than uttered; the Lord's Marquis of Newcastle's horse, he had a force of victory ; His outstretched hand;let not man ascribe twenty thousand men. The Parliament's army it to his own feeble arm.' abandoning the siege, drew up on Marston Moor, “I attempted to raise him then, and offered to five miles and a half north-east of Tadcaster, a place carry him away, but he refused ; 'I could ask nothing that may be known to you. Our force consisted of more from the Almighty than to have thy ministrathe Scots, under Leven; those of the Earl of tions, General,' he said, with tears gathering in his Manchester, under my own command; and the army eyes, unless I could have those of my poor wife and under the Lord Fairfax. At break of day yesterday, family at Brier Grange. Let them know, and Ben—" July 2nd, we were drawn up in order of battle, facing " These were his last words. A braver, more each other with a long hedge between us, but the godly man has not fallen in this fight. Truly, young ground was clear in front of our right and left wings. sir, in giving you such a father the Lord has given Our army covered a space of three miles on the slope you a goodly heritage; see that you are worthy of it. of an eminence called Marston Field. In the left The sad news shall be conveyed to Brier Grange. wing, serving bravely under me, was my well- Duty forbids you to solace your mother and sisters esteemed friend and your honoured father, Colonel by your presence; see to it that above all things your Benjamin Holbeck."
conduct, as well as your written letters, do this, in so I paused in my reading, and my heart stood still. far as may be. The Lord bless you and make you A terrible certainty of what more I had to read was strong to do His will upon the earth, in the room of in my soul as I resumed.
Your friend, “ În a conflict where abundant gallantry was
“OLIVER CROMWELL" manifested on both sides, your father was yet Dead! I could not realise it for a moment. An conspicuous for his bravery. The opposing forces my memories of him were instinct with full, strong, were on this day so singularly alike in appearance as active life. The first up in the morning at the farm, to necessitate a badge of distinction between them. out and about; singing and praising God amongst The King's troops unanimously laid aside their bands his corn-fields, and his beeves, and his barns. A and scarves; our men wore a piece of white paper fully rounded life from earliest dawn to dewy eve or a handkerchief round their hats or helmets. had been his, from my infancy until now. Could it Your father suggested this mark. Though we began be altered ? Was it all ended ? and he lying amongst to get into position early, it was past noon before a heap of slain, dead ? the fine handsome form and this was accomplished. Through the afternoon we face pulseless--colourless, save for the awful lines of had little fighting, the Prince, apparently, being the grave, and motionless. I sat stunned, as truly somewhat awed by our stern front; and it was not as if shot by a cannon-ball
, my powers benumbed, all until the hour of six that the real conflict commenced. save the busy thoughts which went around and about Seeing such tardy work on the part of the Prince, we the field of battle on Marston Moor. How proudly opened fire, and soon the scene of carnage and battle we had gazed on my father a year ago, when he first
How I Fared at the Siege of Plymouth.
put on his military dress and mounted to ride to the who came amongst us, gleaning the orchard! And
How well his athletic form, his manly coun- how lovingly Lettice, who was always at father's side tenance bore the military garb, the armour; how at such times, would gather the rosy fruit into her grandly he sat his proud horse !
little pinafore for the baby children, or the old men I mind well that the serving women looked at him and women who could not stoop, because they bent as they might have gazed at a fine picture, with already so low towards the ground. unbounded admiration and surprise that their good I cannot go on; tears blind my eyes; Lettice master could make so splendid a soldier. And herself is fatherless, my mother a widow !. Lettice, our sweet pretty darling Lettice, looked at My poor mother! And I, her only son, cannot reacia him with awe and surprise for a moment, and then her; cannot be even sure that my letters will reach ran to him smiling, and lightly sprang before him her. I ought to be near her to stand, as much as may on the saddle, his hand helping her, and tried to kiss be, in my father's place, between the world and her. him under his helmet, and exclained, gaily and Can this be duty, oh! my God, which keeps me from archly, “ Why, 'tis our dear, dear father, after all!!! her in her agony and trouble ?
And still memory would be busy. I thought of How dreadful is this clash of men's passions, long past days, when we were little children playing and interests, and principles, which we call war, amongst the hay, and father only a bigger child which deprives a woman of her husbaud by cruel amongst the little ones, going on all fours, while we death, and of her son by a distance that may loaded him for a hay.cart, heaping up upon his back pot be traversed, without running the risk of a death the fragrant burden, with our fat arms for pitchforks, even more terrible than in battle. By degrees, many and laughing till we could laugh no longer, as the things presented themselves to my notice. The length great hay-cart upset and came rolling over us. of time that had elapsed without my hearing of my
Or in the golden harvest-fields, when he would father's death, I found it less difficult to understand, come amongst the gleaners, and bid us follow him after some consideration, than I did at first. The and glean likewise for some poor old man or woman letter which Lieutenant-General Cromwell had done or fatherless little child, into whose glad, trembling me the great honour to write had, doubtless, arrivea arms he would put the rich produce of his and our soon after we set out on the march for Cornwall, and work; or else, still more often, bid them let his our movements there had been too uncertain for children help carry home the welcome store. despatches to follow any save our chief officers. But
And if poor dear mother, as was her wont some what I found most puzzled me, was the fact that no times, showed some little doubt in regard to this tidings from Brier Grange had yet arrived, seeing wholesale gleaning, he would look at her tenderly, as that the same generous hand had inf rmed them of he could often look, and say, with something of the sad event. How to get a letter conveyed from me apology in his tone, “Remind me of it when we at once to my mother was now of the first importance, starve, dear Miriam.” It was seldom, indeed, that his and I determined to consult our kind commander, words did not bring in to her face an answering look and to acquaint him with my father's death. Colonel of love.
Marten received me with the greatest cordiality, and How is it I never thought of all this before? How listened not unmoved to my sad narrative.
He was is it that Death has been the key to unlock the door looking ill and worn and troubled, and I noticed liis into this gallery of pictures, each, as I gaze, seeming poor health to him. He thanked me, and acknowto me more beautiful than the last ?
ledged he had been much tried of late, and that it apWhat a man my father was for climbing into the peared we should have need for even greater vigilance in cherry trees and apple trees in our orchard, and the future than ever before ; “for," said he, “the King shaking down the delicious fruit! And there never with Prince Maurice and Sir Richard Grenville, are was an autumn that he did not have a gleaning for at Tavistock ; and almost at this momenta trumpeter the poor here also, as well as in his corn-fields, has come summoning the town to surrender.” getting his authority for this duty in the latter "Never, sir!" I said, impetuously; "I for one would verses of the 24th chapter of Deuteronomy, which he sooner die in this great and holy cause--die as my often read to us, comme
mencing at the 19th : “When father has died. Have you made answer ?” thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and He smiled sadly, but kindly, at my last words. hast forgotten a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go “ We shall answer to-morrow, and as you would again to fetch it—it shall be for the stranger, for the wish,” he said. “The Lord's arm is not shortened fatherless and for the widow; that the Lord thy God that it cannot save ; neither is His ear heavy that it may bless thee in all the work of thine hands. When cannot hear.' Write your letter to your poor mother, thou beatest thine olive-tree, thou shalt not go over Mr. Holbeck, and, if possible, it shall be sent to her the boughs again ; it shall be for the stranger, for without delay. It shall share the fate of my most the fatherless, and for the widow. When thou important dispatches to the Parliament.' gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not I thanked him, and left him. But never had glean it afterward; it shall be for the stranger, for anyone a more difficult task to write a letter. How the fatherless, and for the widow. And thou shalt could I comfort her? I could only use words that remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of seemed cold and commonplace, when my heart was Egypt, therefore I command thee to do this thing." aching sorely for her and for all of us. I could only " This is my thank-offering for my deliverance from the promise to try, more than ever I had tried, to be inbondage of the land of Egypt'spiritually,” he would creasingly worthy of my father's love and to honour say to us children, I understand him now.
my father's memory. What laughing, what shouting, what enjoyment But while I was writing, our Colonel's orderly came his bounty gave to the poor little ones and great ones again to me, and with another packet in his hand.
The letters from Brier Grange! It was a heartrend - by her friends, and that Mr. Woollcombe. would ing task to read them. My poor mother had dictated a rejoice, even if Lucy did not, that we had been driven letter for me to Lettice; for writing is a great task to back from Cornwall with so much humiliation and her; and even grandmother had written a beautiful disappointment, checked my impulse, which was at little letter, like herself, so good and true. But how first very strong, to visit her at once, and to seek, in can I speak of these things ? For all of us there her gentle and sincere sympathy, some alleviation of must come, at some hour or other, a descent into the my sorrow. I took a kind of miserable satisfaction valley of the shadow of death; happy for us then, if in thus purposely abjuring the company even of we, like grandmother, see the light shining all along the sweetest of malignants, because it was through it, the light from the Sun of Righteousness, with their action that the dark cloud of sore affliction was si healing in His wings."
resting upon my Yorkshire home. As I wrote my answers, through all the terrible The more I gave heed to such thoughts, the more hours of grief since the news of my father's death had hold they had upon me, till I even suffered from so reached me, I had been conscious of one strong strange a revulsion of my feelings towards Lucy-not impulse, which as yet I could not gratify: the longing truly as Lucy, but as a malignant—that I greatly to inform Lucy Woollcombe of my trouble, and to aggravated my own sufferings, and doubted much have her near to comfort me.
how I should behave towards her in the future. But the knowledge that my father had been killed
(To be continued.)
THE FALL OF JERICHO.
die, and with eyes over which the death-mists were
slowly stealing, had gazed forth over the fair JORTY long years of pilgrimage over barren heritage of his people, to a more glorious Canaan rock and desert sand had brought the beyond the setting sun.
chosen people" to their last halting place A hardy Ephraimite warrior now held the post of
outside the Promised Land. Behind them, leader, and on this man, this Joshua, the son of lay the wilderness, stern and solitary, with its Nun, devolved the honourable but responsible duty teeming memories of toil and temptation, travail of heading the invading force. The leader was and hardship-dark links in the binding chain of changed, but so, too, were the people. The bones discipline which the Great Unseen had been forging of the valiant 600,000 were whitening under the for them all those years. Further back still, rose desert sands, and it was their children who answered the gaunt heights of Abarim, and, visible still to the the call to battle. eye of the advancing Hebrew, the lonely crest of It seems to have been the custom in those days for Pisgah. Here the aged patriarch had gone up to an attacking army to despatch scouts or spies to a
city before assaulting it, and thus to gather as much be spared and protected. The distinguishing token, information as possible as to the strength and a cord of twisted crimson thread, was to be hung resources of the enemy. This plan was adopted by from the window, and by this they were to recognise the Israelitish captain, and two men were sent on in her dwelling. By means of a long rope, she then advance, with instructions to gain admittance to the assisted them in making their escape, and lowering · city. This they succeeded in doing, and “ lodged" themselves to the ground, they obeyed her suggestion
in the house of one, Rahab, whose house was built and fled to “the mountain.” on the broad walls and overlooked the surrounding This was probably a range of hills to the north of country. Here they stayed for rest and food, dis- Jericho, and now known as the Quarantania. The cussing, perhaps, the advisability of making an im- chief portion is a cliff or rocky-wall, some 1,300 feet mediate inspection of the towy. But the news of in height, full of clefts and caverns. Here the two their arrival had got wind, and, mistrustful of the spies remained for three days in hiding, and then, presence of strangers, the King ordered their im watching their opportunity, made their way back, mediate apprehension. With this search-warrant, across the river, to the Israelite camp. The Jewish the officers arrived at the house and demanded the historian, Josephus, adds that, when they had told immediate delivery of the two fugitives.
Joshua all that had befallen them, and especially of Now, Rahab had long ago heard of the strange their vow, “ Joshua told Eleazar, the high priest, nation and their omnipotent God, and had possibly and the senate, what they, the spies, had sworn to resolved to seek the first opportunity of learning Rahab, and they confirmed what had been sworn." more about Him. So, anticipating this visit of the Thus did the two Hebrews fulfil their mission, and King's men, she had secured for her guests a hiding. human means having been thus employed in the place on the flat house-roof, beneath the heaps of first part of the enterprise, God supplied the rest. flax stalks laid out to dry in the sun. Instead, Darkly among the acacia groves by the river lay therefore, of complying with the royal demand, she the tents of Israel, and before them rolled the broad immediately put the pursuers on the wrong track, and swollen waters of the Jordan—the first great deceiving them by an assumed eagerness to secure stream they had seen, since, as children, they had the capture of the two spies. “The men went out,” left the valley of the Nile. Descending from the said she, “about the time of shutting the gate, when higher grounds, one and all moved down to the it was dark: whither they went, I know not: pursue riverside, and there abode for three days. Then after them quickly and ye will overtake them.” came the word of the Lord to Joshua, and the perAnd so, deluded by her apparent zeal for their plexing problem of the river-passage was at once capture and recall, the messevgers hurried off to solved. The ark of the covenant, the symbol of the scour the country round, and the gates of the city Divine presence, was to go before the people, and the were shut.
priests were to “ stand still ” on the brink of the Then Rahab went up, and, assuring the two river till the way was made clear. Hebrews that, for the present, the danger was So the ark went forward till the sandalled feet of averted, she drew from them a ready promise, the white-vestured Levites entered the water, and, solemnly made and kept, that if the city should be halting among the reedy shallows, they heard in the attacked and taken, she and all her kindred should distance the signal given for the whole host to
so they waited and watched, while the invader made ready for the fray.
In the heart of the Israelite general there seems to have been but little fear or hesitation, and the vision of the armed angel-captain must have dispelled every lingering doubt of future success.
And now the city of Jericho came in sight, its lofty. towers rising above the green tops of the palm-grove. Eight miles long and three in breadth, this vast forest waved round the walls, with here and there broad open spaces, yellow with ripening grain. Behind the city, as a grand background to the beautiful picture, rose the white jagged hills of Judæa, sharply defined against the cloudless blue. And here within their fortress-home outwardly defying attack, but inwardly quaking at the thought of their new and terrible foe, the Pagan citizens awaited the issue of
the strife. Hines
Up from the river came the vast throng with the
sacred Ark conspicuous in the midst, and up through A House on the City Wall.
the tangled thickets of thorn and tamarisk, came
marching forty thousand warriors, their steel-tipped advance. And then from either bank the eddying lances glittering in the sun. Trusting implicitly in current receded : down from the flooded terraces it the ability of their fearless captain, and elated at the came, circling and retreating, past bush and tree, thought of coming victory, they moved on towards long covered, and rock and boulder green and Jericho. Not a lip quivered, not a cheek blanched, dripping with matted weeds. Stone after stone lay as the huge walls rose in sight; but, awaiting the bare in the muddy channel, and far up the stream, next command, the Hebrews silently surrounded the through all its windings, for thirty miles away, the city. whole river-bed was dried up.
With beating hearts and wondering eyes must Thus God opened out a path for the people, and the beleaguered townspeople have watched the they went over and set foot on ground that was manæuvres of their foes. Probably, at first, it was henceforth to be theirs. But as a memorial of the with no little awe and astonishment; they were great miracle which He had wrought for them, the mystified at the strange proceedings. If they were. Almighty bade Joshua choose out twelve men, one going to attack, why all this dalliance ? What object from each tribe : from the place where the priests could they have in thus marching silently round the stood, each man was to lift and fetch back as large a city to the blast of the trumpet ? and what could boulder as he could carry and bring it across to the that curious box contain, which was being carried camp. So down to the river went twelve stalwart about with so much reverence and ceremony ? For Hebrews, and returned bearing the rude trophies. six consecutive days they had witnessed this inexThese were ultimately set up at the halting-place in plicable sight, and nothing had yet come of it. Were Gilgal, some five miles off, probably in the form of the Hebrews doing this as a feint to throw them off the primitive altar of sacrifice, and left there to mark their guard and then suddenly take them by surthe place and the event.
prise? Possibly many of the Pagan warriors were Then the order came from Joshua to the waiting inclined to laugh at the apparent eccentricity of priests, “ Come ye up out of Jordan ?” So from their enemies and ridicule the whole affair ; but the the yielding mire of the river-bed every foot was stern and determined faces of the Israelite troops lifted, and up the willow-shaded slope came the bore no signs of frivolous excitement. All was regusacred ark. At the same moment the rush of waters larity and order, and the discipline was silently sounded far up the valley, and slowly, from every maintained. point, the tributary streams came trickling down And so the seventh morning dawned, and the once more, swelling and broadening, and the turbid sentinel looked out eastward from the battlements, flood swept southward along its rocky channel. Bush and watched the last sunrise he was ever to behold. and tree sank once more beneath the yellow current, Higher and higher it flamed up over the grey ridges the blue wings of the king-fisher futtered again of the Moab hills, till the golden beams danced on over the eddying pools, and the leopard crept out to the ripples of the river, and ran laughing up the lap at the returning stream and wonder at the shady valley. On riverside lawns, glorious with strange sight he had gazed at from among the spring flowers, by reedy swamps, and tamarisk reeds.
groves, the dawn-light flickered and fell, and then That night there was fear and trembling in the away over tangled thorn-jungles and yellow fields of cities of the heathen, for the fame of the God-led barley, till the blue Judæan mountains have caught nation had gone before them and the hearts of the the glow, and send it onward to the western sea. warlike tribes died within them. The power that Yonder, in the Hebrew camp, all is stir and predrove back and hurled together again the Red Sea paration ; every couch is empty already, and swarthy billows could surely bring disaster to them too. warriors are sitting at their tent doors, polishing But they looked at their lofty walls and barred gates, their weapons and trying the edge of their swords. and hoped that they might still remain invincible : The sinewy hand of the archer reaches down his