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THE FATAL MARKSMAN.
227 plead for the offence: plead for me the wreathed with the blooming garland of a anguish of my heart, and the trial which bride. I could not bear! I will humble, I will The hunting party returned. The abase myself in the sight of God with a commissioner was inexhaustible in Wilthousand, with ten thousand penitential liam's praise. “ After such proofs of acts I will wash out the guilt of my trans. skill,” said he, “it scems ridiculous that gression, But can I can I now go I should call for any other test : but to back; without making shipwreck of all satisfy old ordinances, we are sometimes things—of my happiness, my honour, my obliged to do more than is absolutely darling Kate?”
needful; and so we will despatch the Somewhat tranquillised by this view of matter as briefly as possible. Yonder is bis own conduct, he beheld the morning a dove sitting on that pillar: level, and dawn with more calmness than he bad bring her down." anticipated.
“Oh! not that—not that, for God's The ducal commissioner arrived, and sake, William,” cried Katharine, hastenexpressed a wish, previously to the deci- ing to the spot, “ shoot not, for God's sive trial, of making a little hunting ex- sake, at the dove. Ah! William, last cursion in company with the young night I dreamed that I was a white dove; forester. “For," said he,“ between our- and my mother put a ring about my selves, the hunter's skill is best shewu in veck; then came you, and in a moment the forest.”
my mother was covered with blood.” William turned pale, and would have William drew back his piece which he made excuses; but, as these availed no had already levelled: but the commisthing with the commissioner, he begged sioner laughed. “Eh, what?" said he, at least, tbat he might be allowed to " so timorous ? That will never do for a stand bis trial first. Old Bertram shook forester's wife: courage, young bride, his head thoughtfully:-“William, Wil- courage! Or stay, may be the dove is a liam!” said he with a deep tremulous pet dove of your own?", tone. William withdrew instantly: and “ No," said Katharine, " but the dream in a few moments he was equipped for has sadly sunk my spirits.". the chase, and with Bertram followed then," said the commissioner, “If that's the commissioner into the forest.
all, pluck'em up again ! and so fire away, The old forester sought to suppress Mr. Forester." his misgivings, but struggled in vain to He fired : and at the same instant, with assume a cheerful aspect. Katharine too a piercing shriek, fell Katharine to the was dejected and agitated; and went about ground. her household labours as if dreaming. “ Strange girl !” said the commis. “ Was it not possible," she had asked sioner, fancying that she had fallen only her father, “to put off the trial?” “I from panic, and raised her up : but a thought of that also,” replied he, and he stream of blood flowed down her face; kissed her' in silence. Recovering him- her forehead was shattered ; and a bullet self immediately, be congratulated bis Jay sunk in the wound. daughter on the day
and reminded ber “ What's the matter?” exclaimed Wil. of her bridal garland.
Jiam, as the cry resounded behind him. The garland had been locked up by He turned and saw Kate with a deathly old Anne in a drawer; and hastily atą paleness lying stretched in ber blood. tempting to open it, she injured the lock. By her side stood the old wooden-leg, A child was therefore despatched to a laughing in fiendish mockery, and snarl. shop to fetch another garland for the ing out“Sixty go true, three go askew." bride. “Bring the handsomest they in the madness of wrath, William drew have,” cried dame Anne after the child : his hanger, and made a thrust at the but the child, in its simplicity, pitched hideous creature. «Accursed devil !" upon that which glittered most: and this cried he in tones of despair" Is it thus happened to be a bride's funeral garland of thou hast deluded me?" More he had no myrtle and rosemary entwined with silver, power to utter ; for he sank insensible which the mistress of the shop, not know- to the ground close by his bleeding bride. ing the circumstances, allowed the child The commissioner and the priest sought to carry off. The bride and her mother vainly to speak comfort to the desolate well understood the ominous import of parents. Scarce had the aged mother this accident ! each shuddered; and laid the ominous funeral garland upon Ainging her arms about the other's' neck, the bosom of her daughter's corpse, when sought to stifle ber hori or in a laugh at she swept away the last tears of her un. the child's blunder. The lock was now fathomable grief. The solitary father tried once more; it opened readily; the soon followed her. Wiliam, the Fatal coronals were exchanged; and the beau- Marksman, wore away his dayain a mad. tifal tresses of Katharine
Who-as the heautiful pageant sweeps by,
Music around her, and sunsbine ou high, By Lady Byron.
Pauses to think, amid glitter and glow,
Oh! there be hearts that are breaking Thine is the smile, and thine the bloom,
below! Where hope might fancy ripen'd charms; But mine is dyed in memory's gloom;
Night on the waves!-and the moon is Thou art not in a father's arms !
on high, And there I could have loved thee most,
Hung, like a gem, on the brow of the And there bave owned thou wert so dear,
sky, That though my wordly all were lost,
Treading its depths in the power of ber I still had feli my life was here!
might, What art thou now? A monument
Ant turning the clouds, as they pass her, ! Which rose to weep o'er buried love: A fond and filial mourner, sent
to light ! To dream of ties restor'd above.
Look to the waters !-asleep on their Tholi dove! who may'st not find a rest,
breast, Save in this frail and shatter'd bark,
Seems out to the ship like an island of A lonely mother's offered breast,
rest? May Heaven provide a sarer ark,
Bright and alone on the shadowy main, To bear thee over sorrow's waves,
Like a heart-cherished home on some Which deluge still this world below; Till thou through Him alone that saves,
desolate plain! A holier Ararat shall know.
Who—as she smiles in the silvery light, Nor think me frozen, if for thee
Spreading her wings on the bosoin of No earthly wish now claims a part ;
night, Too dear such wish ; too vain to me;
Alone on the deep, as the moon in the Thou art not in a father's heart!
A phantom of beauty-could deem, with
a sigh, NOW find ihe fairest flowers ; and now Go, seek the pleasure's brightest cup!
That so lovely a thing is the mansion of Entwipe those flow'iets round my brow,
sin, And fill my bowl of nectar up!
And souls that are smitten lie bursting Hence, hie thee to that joyous shade,
within ? Where Love the laughiog hours beguiles; Who—as he watches her silently glidingAnd bring, oh! bring the boy, arrayed
Remembers that wave after wave is In all the blushing pomp of smiles !
dividing Then sweep the trembling fingers o'er Those strings that set the soul on fire
Bosoms that sorrow and guilt could not And then-but what can mortal more,
sever, Than Music, Love, and Wine, desire ? Hearts which are parted and broken for
ever ? THE CONVICT-SHIP.
Or deems that he watches, afloat on the
wave, By T. K. Hervey, Esq. The death-bed of hope, or the young « Morn on the waters -and, purple and
spirit's grave ? bright,
"Tis thus with our life : while it passes Bursts on the billows the flushing of
Like a vessel at sea, amid sunshine and O'er the glad waves, like a child of the
Gaily we glide, in the gaze of the world, sun, See the tall vessel goes gallantly on;
With streamers afloat, and with canvass Full to the breeze she uubusoms her sail
. All gladness and glory, to wandering eyes;
unfurled; And her pennon streams onward, like hope, in the gale;
Yet chartered by sorrow, and freighted The winds come around her, in murmur
Fading and false is the aspect it wears, And the surges rejoice, as they bear her As the smiles we put on, just to cover along;
our tears ;See! she looks up to the golden-edged And the withering thoughts which the clouds,
world cannot know, And the sailor sings gaily aloft in the Like heart-broken exiles, lie burning
shrouds: Onward she glides, amid ripple and spray,
Whilst the vessel drives on to that desolate Over the waters,-away, and away!
shore Bright as the visions of youth, ere they Where the dreams of our childhood are
vanished and o'er!" pari, Passing away, like a dream of the heart! (Literary Spurener.)
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229 PARLIAMENTARY SPEECHES Catholic gentleman of very considerable OF LORD BYRON.
property) died, leaving two girls, who
were immediately marked out as proseNo. II.
lytes, and conveyed to the cbarter school Debate on the Earl of Donoughmore's of Coolgreny; their uncle, on being,
Motion for a Committec on the Ro. apprised of the fact, which took place man Catholic Claims, April 21, 1815. during liis absence, applied for the resti
tution of his nieces, offering to settle an (Continued from page 198.) independence on these his relations; bis In the conduct pursued towards request was refused, and not till after. Maynooth college, every thing is done to five year's struggle, and the interference irritate and perplex-every thing is done of very high authority, could this Ca. to efface the slightest impression of tholic gentleman obtain back his nearest gratitude from the Catholic mind; the of kindred from a charity charter school. very hay made upou the lawn, the fat In this manner are proselytes obtained, and tallow of the beef and mutton allowed, and mingled with the offspring of such must be paid and accounted for upon Protestants as may avail themselves of oath. It is true, this economy in minia- the institution. And how are they taught? ture cannot sufficiently be commended, A catechism is put into their hands, particularly at a time woeu only the consisting of, I believe, forty-five pages, insect defaulters of the Treasury, your in which are three questions relative to Hunts and your Chinnerys, when only the Protestant religion ; one of these those “gilded bugs" can escape the queries is, “Where was the Protestant microscopic eye of ministers. But when religion before Luther?" Answer, “ In you come forward session after session, as the Gospel.” The remaining forty-four your paltry pittance is wrung from you pages and a half regard the damnable with wrangling and reluctance, to boast idolatry of Papists! of your liberality, well might the Catholic Allow me to ask our spiritual pastors exclaim, in the words of Prior :
and masters, is this training up a child “To Johu I owe some obligation,
in the way which he should go? Is this But Joho unluckily thinks fit
the religion of the Gospel before the To pablisb it to all the nation,
time of Luther ? that religion which Só Jobn and I are more than quit."
preaches “Peace on earth, and glory to Some persons have compared the God?” Is it bringing up infants to be Catholics to the beggar in Gil Blas : men or devils? Better would it be to Who made them beggars? Who are send them any where than teach them enriched with the spoils of their ances such doctrines; better send them to tors? And cannot you relieve the beggar those islands in the South Seas, where when your fathers have made bim such ? they might more humanely learn to If you are disposed to relieve him at all, become cannibals; it would be less cannot you do it without finging your disgusting that they were brought up to farthiogs in his face? As a contrast, devour the dead, than persecute the however, to this beggarly benevolence, living. Schools do you call them ? call let us look at the Protestant Charter them rather dungbills, where the viper of Schools; to them you have lately granted intolerance deposits ber young, that £41,000 : thus are they supported, and when their teeth are cut and their poison how are they recruited ? Montesquieu is mature, they may issue forth, filthy observes on the English constitution, and venomous, to sting the Catholic. that the model may be fouod in Tacitus, But are these the doctrines of the Churcb where the bistorian describes the policy of England, or of churchmen? No, the of the Germans, and adds,“this beautiful most enlightened churchmen are of a system was taken from the woods;" so different opinion. What says Paley ? “I in speaking of the charter schools, it may perceive no reason why men of different be observed, that this beautiful system religious persuasions should not sit upon was taken from the gypsies. These the same bench, deliberate in the same schools are recruited in the same manner council, or fight in the same rauks, as as the Janissaries at the time of their well as men of various religious opinions, enrolment under Amurath, and the upon any controverted topic of natural gypsies of the present day with stolen history, philosophy, or ethics.” It may children, with children decoyed and be answered, that Paley was not strictly kidnapped from their Catholic connexions orthodox ; 1 kuow nothing of bis orthoby their rich and powerful Protestant doxy, but who will deny that he was an neighbours: this is notorious, and one ornament to the Church, to human instance may suffice to shew in what nature, to Christianity? manner. The sister of a Mr. Carthy (a I shall not dwell upon the grievance of
tithes, so severely felt by the peasantry, here, there, and every where, and then but it may be proper to observe, that you wonder he is not pleased. It is true, there is an addition to the burthen, a per- ihat time, expérience, and that wearincss centage to the gatherer, whose interest it which attends even the exercise of barbathas becomes to rate them as highly as rity, have taught you to fog a little more possible, and we know that in n«ny large gently, but still you continue to lay on livingś in freland, 'the only resident the lash, and will so continue, till perhaps Protestants are the tithe proctor and his the rod may be wrested from your hands, family.
and applied to the backs of yourselves Amongst many causes of irritation, and your posterity. too numerous for 'recapitulation, there is It was said by somebody in a former, one in the militia not to be passed over, debate (I forget by whom, and am not I mean the existence of Orange lodges very anxious to remember), if the Cathoamongst the privates ; can' the officers lics are emaucipated, wby not the Jews? deny this ? And if such lodges do exist, If this sentiment was dictated by comdo they, can they tend to promote bar- passion for the Jews, it might deserve mony amongst the men, who are thus attention,' but as a sneer against the individually separated in society, although Catholic, what is it but the language of mingled in the ranks ? And is this general Shylock transferred from his daughter's system of persecution to be permitted, of marriage to Catholic emancipationis it to be believed that with such a system
". Would any of the tribe of Barrabbas the Catholics can or ought to be cou Should have it rather than a Christian." tented? If they are, they belie human
I presume a Catholic is a Christian, nature; they are then, indeed, unworthy even in the opinion of bim whose taste made them. The facts stated are from only can be called in question for bis most respectable authority, or I should preference of the Jews. not have dared in this place, or any Johnson (whom Į take to be almost as
It is a remark often quoted of Dr. place, to hazard this avowal. If exagge, good authority as the gentle apostle of rated, there are plenty 'as willing, as believe them to be unable to disprove could entertain serious apprehensions of
intolerance, Dr. Duigenan), that he who them, Should it be objected that I danger to the Church in these times, never was in Ireland, I beg leave to would have “cried fire in the deluge." observe, that it is as easy to know some. This is more than a metaphor, for a thing of Treland without having been remnant of these antediluvians appear there, as it appears with some to have actually to have come down to us, with been born, bred and cherished there, and
fire in their mouths and water in their yel remain ignorant of its best interests.
brains, to disturb and perplex mapkind But there are, who assert that the with their wbimsical outcrier. And as it Catholics have already been too much is an infallible symptom of that distressing indulged; see (cry' they) what has malady with which I conceive them to be been done, we have given them one aflicted (so any doctor will inform your entire college, we allow them food and Lordships), for the unhappy invalids to raiment, the full enjoyment of the ele perceive a fame perpetually flashing ments, and leave to fight us as long before their eyes, particularly when their as they have limbs and lives to offer, and yet they are never to be satisfied! Gene eyes are shut (as those of the persons to
whom I allude have long been), it is rous and just declaimers! To this, and impossible to convince these poor creato this only, amount the whole of your tures, that the fire against wbich they are arguments, when stript of their sophistry.
perpetually warning us and themselves, Those personages
remind me of a story is nothing but an iguis fatuus of their own of a certain drummer, who being called drivelling imaginations. What rhubarb, upon in the course of duty to administer punishment to a friend tied to the hals seana, or “what purgative drug, cao berts, was requested to fog high, be sible, they are given over, theirs is the
scour that fancy thence?"- It is imposdid--to flog low, he did- to flog in the middle, he did-high, low, down the midále, and up again, but all in vain, the
"Caput ipsanabile tribus Anticyris." patient continued his complaints with These are your true Protestants. Like the most provoking pertinacity, until the Bayle, who protested against all sects drnmmer, exhausted and angry, fung whatsoever, so do they protest against down his scourge, exclaiming, “ the Catholic Pétitions, Protestant Petitions devil burn you, there's no pleasing you, all redress, all that reason, humanity, flog where one will !" Thus it is, you policy, justice, and common sense, cau have Aogged the Catholic high, low, urge against the delusions of their absurd
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delirium. These are the persons who four millions of fellow-subjects pray for reverse the fable of the mountain that relief, who fight and pay and labour in brought forth a mouse ; they are the mice your behalf, they must be treated as who conceive themselves in labour with aliens, and although their “father's mountaius.
house has many mansions,” there is no To return to the Catholics, suppose resting place for them. Allow me to ask, the Irish were actually contented under are you not fighting for the emancipation their disabilities, suppose them capable of Ferdinand the Seventh, who certainly of such a bullas not to desire deliverance, is a fool, and consequently, in all proba'ought we not to wish it for ourselves ? bility, bigot ; and have you more Have we nothing to gain by their eman- regard for a foreign sovereign than your cipation ? What resources have been own fellow-subjects, who are not fools, wasted? what talents bave been lost by for they know your interest better than 'the selfish system of exclusion ? You know your own; who are not bigots, already know the value of; Irish aid ; for they return you goud for evil : but at this moment the defence of Eng- who are in worse durance than the prison land is intrusted to the Irish militia ; at of a usurper, inasmuch as the fetters of this moment, while the starving people the mind are more galling than those of are rising in the fierceness of despair, the body. the Irish are faithful to their trust. But Upon the consequences of your not till equal energy is imparted throughout acceding to the claims of the Petitioners, by the extension of freedom, you cannot I shall not expatiate; you know them, enjoy the full benefit of the strength you will feel them, and your children's which you are glad to interpose between children, when you are passed away. you and destruction. Ireland has done Adieu to that Union so called, as“ Lucus much, but will do more. At this 'mo a non lucendo,” a Union from never ment the only triumph obtained through uniting, which in its first operation gave long years of continental disaster has been a death-blow to the independence of achieved by an Irish general; it is true he Ireland, and in its last may be the cause is not a Catholic; bad he been so, we of her eternal separation from this should have been deprived of his exertions; country. If it must be called a Union, but I presume no one will assert that his it is the union of the shark with his prey; religion would have impaired his talents, the spoiler swallows up his victim, and or diminished bis patriotism, though in thus they become one and indivisible. that case he must have conquered in the Thus bas Great Britain swallowed up the ranks, for he never could have com- parliament, the constitution, the indemanded an army.
pendence of Ireland, and refuses to But he is fighting the battles of the disgorge even a single privilege, although Catholics abroad, his noble brother has for the relief of her swollen and distemthis night advocated their cause, with an pered body politic. eloqnence which I shall not depreciate And now, my Lords, before I sit down, by the humble tribute of my panegyric, will bis Majesty's ministers permit me whilst a third of his kindred, as unlike as to say a few words, not on their merits, unequal, has been combating against his for that would be superfluous, but on the Catholic brethren in Dublin, with circular degree of estimation in which they are letters, edicts, proclamations, arrests and held by the people of these realms. The dispersions—all the vexatious implements esteem in which they are held has been of petty warfare that could be wielded boasted of in a triumphant tone on a by the mercenary guerillas of govern- late occasion within these walls, and a ment, clad in the rusty armour of their comparison instituted between their obsolete statutes. Your Lordships will, conduct, and that of noble Lords on this doubtless, divide new honours between side of the House. the Saviour of Portugal, and the Dispen What portion of popularity may have ser of Delegates. It singular, indeed, fallen to the share of my noble friends (if to observe the difference between our such I may presume io call them), I foreign and domestic policy; if Catholic shall not pretend to ascertain; but that Spain, faithful Portugal, or the no less of his Majesty's ministers it were vain to Catholic and faithfui king of the one deny. It is, to be sure, a little like the Sicily (of which, by the bye, you have wind, “no one knows whence it cometh lately deprived him), stand in need of or whither it goeth;” but they feel it, succour, away goes a fleet and an army, they enjoy it, they boast of it. Indeed, an ambassador and a subsidy, sometimes modest and unostentatious as they are, to fight pretty hardly, generally to nego- to what part of the kingdom, even the ciate very badly, and always to pay very most remote, can they flee to avoid the dearly for our Popish allies. "But let triumph which pursues them? If they