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At length the morning dawned, when the sound of voices under his window occasioned him to open the casement and enquire into the cause of it. Two or three peasants, who had taken the body of Larry O'Rourke in charge, had missed their prisoner, and were reproaching each other with what seemed to have been the joint neglect of all, for they had contented themselves with shutting him into an upper chamber in the alehouse, whilst they regaled themselves in the kitchen : the points they had now in debate were, first, how it was possible for hiin to escape; next, whose fault it was that he did escape ; and lastly, whether it was worth their while to pursue him; this however was soon decided in the negative, as one of the company assured then that the law would give them no reward for apprehending him, and all parties instantly agreed that there was nothing to be got by running after him. In this conclusion all were . of a mind, and the business ended in their separating on the spot, and severally returning quietly to their own homes.
:: Chapter IV.
A new Scene opens upon our Hero. W ITH the break of day Henry left his
pallet, and Susan at the same time fhook off the soft bands of neep, and presented to the eyes of morning a figure worthy to enlist amongst the Hours,that dance before the chariot of Apollo. When she had packed up her wardrobe, and arrayed her person in the simple dress of snow-white callico, she was prepared to obey the promised summons from her young mistress at Manstock-house. · Our hero in the mean time had accoutered himself to the best advantage: though the effects of a seepless night were discoverable in his eyes and complexion, his model was such as academies might rejoice in, and theatres applaud; the child of love, offspring of parents in the prime of youth and bloom of beauty, he inherited all his mother's sweetness, and his father's fire; whilst nature and education, had united to repay him for those penalties, which the law had laid upon his birth.
The old Dame and Ezekiel had not yet made their appearance. Susan entered the VOL. II.
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room, where he was sitting wrapt in meditation; her eyes met his, she sighed, blushed, and retired: nothing was said, and we do not presume to dive into the thoughts and emotions of the heart.
After a few minutes Ezekiel Daw descended. from his loft; his air and step had more than usual solemnity, and his countenance was expressive of a tender melancholy; his voice, naturally sharp and acrimonious, was now pitched in its softest and lowest key, when he addressed himself to our hero in the following terms:
« I perceive, my beloved child, thou art about to depart from us. I have remember'd thee in my morning exercises, and put up my petitions to the throne of grace for blessing and protection to thee in thy future pilgrimage through this world of woe. Verily, my good child, I do love thee as a father loveth his own fon; and if it were thy destiny, amidst the gross temptations of a sinful age, to fall from virtue, and a state of grace, I wou'd ask of Heaven to smite me now with death, rather than let me live to know and to lament thy foul's fad forfeiture of happiness to come. But I will hope thou art not in the way of
such perdition; Heaven forbid! And now I pray thee, hearken to me awhile: I have liv'd longer in the world, and know it better than thou possibly canít, who haft such short experience of it: mark me therefore! Thou art adventuring forth upon the word of promise given to thee by the Lady Crowbery; 'tis well! I do agnize good dispositions in the Lady Crowbery, she is a bounteous lady, but she is a woman; and of that fex I draw my caution from the book of books, yea verily I take them on the word of the wisest of men, for what he found them to be to his cost: Yes, grace of God! young man, I studied them betimes; never took fire into my bosom, as the preacher hath it ; never lufted after her beauty, neither let her take me with her eyelids ; therefore thou seest I have good right to say I know them well; and though I shou'd be loth to misinterpret the fair-seeming acts of any one, yet seeing thou art comely in thine outward man, and goodly to look at, being withal in that prurient state of early youth, which is most apt to lure the wandering eyes of woman, I warn thee not to run into a snare. What art thou to the Lady Crowbery?-a stranger; wert thou her son, cou'd she do more? Great faG2
vours granted without cause to comely men, and outward decking of the person, as thine now is, my child, rather betokens love, and amorous desire, than true and perfect charity : The Lady Crowbery, I say, is but a woman."
isis l grant you;” replied Henry, “ she is a woman, but such an one as never must be mentioned in my hearing but with reverence."
" Enough said !" cried Ezekiel, “ enough said, young man, I have done ! 'Take your own course; good luck go with you! proffer'd advice, they say, has a bad savour with it: there is a certain animal, (I name no names) which, if you throw a pearl to him, will turn and rend you. I'll not strive to make a cap of grey hairs for a green head. You are wise, I warrant me; you' are all-fufficient; I am an ape, an ass, a ninny; I have not studied women, I know nothing of their tricks, their whims, their fancies, not I. Well, well, I've done, I fay I've done; and so good bye to you.” · This faid, he turned away; when Henry, catching hold of the skirt of his coat, cried out, " Stop, my good friend, let us not part in anger.”_" Let go !” replied Ezekiel, “ beware you rend not my vesture; what wou’dest thou, intemperate boy?" " I wou'd not hurt you i 3