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NEW AND IMPROVED SERIES.
THE ESPECIAL PATRONAGE OP
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent.
JANUARY TO JUNE,
SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL, STATIONERS' COURT;
G. G. BENNIS, PARIS.
BY W. C. TAYLOR, M.A. “I am weary already of this dismal 6. You would not, because you could castle,” said a youthful page to an not do any of these things, Master aged warrior, who kept watch on the Jocelyn. Hark in your ear; Count tower of one of those feudal fortresses Arnold possesses powers that we know that studded the south-western pro- not of-no one that has once joined vinces of France; “I am weary of a his train can escape: he knows the castle where every face wears the moment that such a thought is formed, aspect of settled gloom-where no and—who goes there?” sound is heard but the warder's mea- “A friend," answered the harsh sured tread, and the monotonous word voice of the count, who suddenly apof the sentinel-when my father sent peared upon the parapet.
“ Hubert, me to learn the exercises of chivalry thou art not alone-who shares thy under a chevalier so celebrated as watch?" Count Arnold, I thought that high- “It is young Master Jocelyn, may born dames, and gallant knights, it please your lordship." crowded his halls, but here I find “It pleaseth me right well to find none but moving statues, whose mo- one so young quitting his couch to tions are as mechanical as those of the learn the art of war from an old solgreat clock on the towers of Notre dier's conversation : he will soon be Dame.
fit for the honourable post of esquire. “When you have remained in it But, young sir, be not in too great a longer you will be more weary, Master hurry to take the lancemas page, thou Jocelyn,” replied the warder. hast yet to practise courtesies to the
“But, good Hubert, tell me what fair.' spell is there upon this mansion of the There seemed a concealed irony in silent. The countess and the Lady the tone with which the speech was Em eline keep their chamber, and utt ed, for which Jocelyn could not have but once come to the hall during account: he felt abashed he knew not the three days I have been here; why, and, muttering some indistinct Count Arnold has scarcely spoken acknowledgments, he left the walls, since I presented my letters of intro- and hasted to his own apartment. duction; and even thou, whom iny Arnold waited until the page was father described as a merry soldier, out of hearing, and then advancing to art as stiff and silent as thy own pike. Hubert, said, “Wouldst thou betray I am weary of this castle, and will ny me, old comrade-me with whom thou it ere the world is a week older.” hast stood on the plains of Edessa, the
“ That is casier said than done, my rocks of Carmel, and the sands of young gallant.”
Egypt? and to a boy, Hubert--a boy Why, what mean you ? Would whom thou hast but seen within these Count Arnold detain me here against three days?" my will? If I thought so I should “ My lord,” replied the warder, “I leap the wall, swim the moat, and cannot betray a secret with which I show a fair pair of heels to pursuers.” was never entrusted: all I know is,
that since the hour you returned from him and the window, yet was there your captivity in Mount Lebanon, nought visible: it replied—“A being powers are yours which no one can whom mortal eyes see not, until their resist with impunity. I would have vision is sharpened by superior agency; warned the boy to beware how he one who is here to work thee good provoked their exercise.”
which may not be told, and to shield “ Hark thee, Hubert: there is a thee from evil which cannot be named. power in that boy of which he is him- Follow the light wbich now kindles in self unconscious, that passes my con- thy chamber, and whatever thou shalt trol. I say beware of him: he holds see speak not as thou valuest life.” the destiny of thy master, and he holds As the voice ceased, a gleam of thine, for I will not fall alone or un- light, like that which sometimes roves avenged! Meet me, after thou art re- over the morass, arose in the midst of lieved, in the secret chamber, and thou the chamber, and slowly proceeded shalt see my danger and thine." towards the door. Jocelyn followed
The count, without waiting a reply, this guide, and after passing through left the battlements, and Hubert, who several galleries and passages which comprehended not the danger so ob- led to an uninhabited part of the castle, scurely hinted, semained in a state of at last stopped at a secret door : it the utmost perplexity.
opened on his approach, and he found Jocelyn lay on his couch in the himself in a narrow seat that overapartment assigned to him, turning looked a ruined chapel. from side to side, in the vain hope of “Be cautious, watchful, and silent," sleep; his thoughts, at one time, whispered the attending voice; “ I am roved to the days of childhood, when near you, be not afraid.” he played at the feet of bis beloved Steps on the pavement beneath now mother; then the circumstances of arrested his attention, and he saw the her sudden death returned to his mind count, followed by Hubert, enter the -his father's grief-his own wonder, chapel, and, advancing to the broken ing sorrow; and imagination seemed altar, take some implements from a to trace some inexplicable connection basket, and range them in a circle on between the catastrophe and the castle the floor. which now for the first time he visited. - He is about to evoke the powers Thick-coming fancies made his reverie of evil,” whispered the voice in Jocea maze of tangled confusion : images lyn's ear: repeat the spell thy of horror swam through bis head, and mother taught thee the hour before no effort that he could make sufficed she died.” to shake off the unaccountable depres- Jocelyn muttered
to himself a sion of his spirits. • All good angels prayer, of the import of which he was be my guardians!” he exclaimed; scarce conscious, and felt his cou“for assuredly some spell is upon rage supernaturally strengthened. The me.”
count, in the meantime, having com“ The powers of evil sleep not,” pleted his preparations, placed a censaid a voice that sounded close to his ser on the altar, and threw upon it
some incense, which kindled into a He sprung from his couch; a faint bright flame, and diffused a sweet starlight gleamed through the case- fragrance over the chapel. As the ment, but showed no form in the flame rose, Arnold and Hubert stepped small apartment. “Who spoke?” hastily within the circle, and the said he: “ in the name of all that is former, in a firin voice, spoke the holy, answer!”
words of invocation. The voice sounded from between
“ Princes, powers, and seraphim,
Hear me by the name of Him
Hear me through the wide dominions
Travers’d by your sounding pinions
Spirits of this hour appear!” The flame now shot up to the roof, to Jocelyn's ear like the echo of that and, enlarging itself, "covered the dread trump which the dead will hear entire surface of the altar. From the and obey. centre came an answer that sounded
“ Azaziel hears thee-speak—the hour
Will soon elapse that gives thee power;
While the hour is given thee-speak!" "False spirit!" said the count, thee when the terms of our paction one is here but my faithful Hubert, fail, and what may be the impending who could never muster courage to danger that menaces the star of my use a spell. But I would know from ascendancy?”
“ When a river backward lowing
When willow downward growing,