Concordance for Dalaradia; or, The days of King Milcho / by William Collins ...

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1.   ER-SISTEB. The scene was fair an earthly Eden, blest With all the glorious tints
2. groves sacred to Bel and the Druids only, whose dark recesses had never been pen
3. d never been penetrated save by the holy and mysterious priests of the 6un-god,
4. sung to the gladsome river as it merrily sped along. The valleys and hillsides w
5. ke, in spiral columns, curled gracefully in the air, or lay calm and motionless
6. lay calm and motionless upon the stilly atmosphere, giving evidence of animatio
7. impending in awful state over the lovely scenes below, outspreading far and wide
8. his fat beeves and numerous herds lazily wandered and browsed. Sprung from a pro
9. to his feelings and inclinations, daily engaged in the arduous and sometimes da
10. ir Irish conquerors. They were generally prisoners of war, captured in tlie rude
11. tinent of Europe was then, unfortunately, too familiar witlu As the lord of Dala
12. his return, take a glance at his stately castle and a few of its inmates. It was
13. ing on a sloping knoll, beside a stately round-tower, even then moss-grown and g
14. n high; tiie polished poplar and stately fir glisten in the light, and the exult
15. yed to view, and there is a look of holy and melting charity in the sweet face w
16. adiant innocence and light, such as only belong to the pure and healthy joyousne
17. . Her complexion is of that soft, pearly white that glows upon the leaf of a wat
18. that glows upon the leaf of a waterlily, while her cheeks are fresh and bright
19. r large, beautiful eyes are not entirely black, except when excited or when an e
20. nd commanding presence which can readily be perceived even while she sits and be
21. with an intellectual superiority rarely to be found even among the most princel
22. to be found even among the most princely and cultm-ed of the land. Nurtured at t
23. and their grief when separated but only for a day, showed itself in such clear
24. r and undisguised form as could scarcely fail to be perceived by the most humble
25. astle. While Sybilla was of a melancholy and contemplative disposition, L na, on
26. type, and presented a marked but lovely contrast to hers. Her wavy, golden hair
27. over the book before her, Una carelessly reclined beside a fragrant rose tree, p
28. the last leaf on the stem she wistfully looked up at her companion, and observe
29. o every object ; around her. Noiselessly rising from her reclining posture, Una
30. plains part of the mysteries of our holy faith, of which few, but the most learn
31. the groimd. the worshippers of Bel daily performed. Una followed her example, an
32. e people indeed," remarked Una, musingly. " Are tliey great warriors?" " Great W
33. at Warriors," echoed Sybilla, scornfully. " They belie /e not in war; their igno
34. wing features, " the prayers of our holy Druids followed liaPs standard; sacrifl
35. in spotless white, bent before the holy fire of Belus that burned on tlio Arch
36. steps of his great father!" ''But surely, Sybilla, you, who are so gentle of nat
37. should ensue. I love it not, and deeply deplore the causes The wliich lead to i
38. ; and if I cannot make myself distinctly understood, dear Una, it is because I h
39. nd kindhearted to entertain an unwomanly idea. It is I who am sometimes unfemini
40. my nature is such, that I am impulblvtly prompted to act contrary to what my pru
41. imes give way to fancies, which are only pardonable in a child. Eut I did not me
42. tatue of fear. The Irish people can only be thoroughly understood in theii own l
43. The Irish people can only be thoroughly understood in theii own land. Amid the
44. aws to the land, which were scrupulously and willingly obeyed when bard and breh
45. d, which were scrupulously and willingly obeyed when bard and brehon taught and
46. g strains of a Davis or a Moore can only awaken the dreamless sleep of the tomb
47. . His toilet being completed, he hastily quaffed a goblet of wine presented to h
48. at his girdle, his eyes wandered softly around the room, adorned with many a tr
49. up with a smile as the door w«s gently opened, and Sybilla entered and threw h
50. Elie. They knelt before him, and gently stroking their long and beautiful tress
51. l tresses, he stooped and affectionately kissed them on the cheek. Seating tliem
52. der or clung to his knees, and playfully stroked his long and snowy beard, which
53. pomp were laid aside; in him tliey only beheld the kind protector and affection
54. undred other things, wliich he playfully and laughingly answered with delight. T
55. ings, wliich he playfully and laughingly answered with delight. Tims an hour pas
56. nd his hospitality at the board was only equaled by his valor in the field. The
57. mpting and dainty morsels so plentifully placed before them disappeared in a man
58. that of Fergus, the bard, ad he joyfully responded to the toast of the king. The
59. a smile danced upon his lips, familiarly addressed him : " Fergus, methinks the
60. battle hymn, or sound an onset as deftly and as fierce as thou did'st in thy yoi
61. are rusting, and the sickle is the only weapon used in the lai. I,'' cried Milc
62. of war; rails and anathematizes our holy Druids and vestals; sets up a new and m
63. of Nial!" exclaimed tli eking, excitedly stamping his sandaled foot upon the flo
64. this is monhis feet, and gazing sternly at the bard. strous. But that i know th
65. replied the iron soldier contemptuously." " What harm can one weak and puny man
66. the passionate storm lie had unwittingly raised in the chieftain's heart, thus a
67. ssion from his master and looked timidly on his darkened brow, now seemed reliev
68. p from th-e hands of a slave, cheerfully obeyed. At first the notes were soft an
69. reserved, he lived What alone, his only companions the bnse and brutal swine. g
70. ment rose in the hall as Milcho fiercely delivered the last words. Most of the y
71. er heard the name before, and scornfully laughed in derision. " And now, men of
72. rriors shouted. " Then swear by the holy sun, the winds and the elements, that y
73. ,one youth remained a silent but deeply interested spectator of the scene. He s
74. until[their bosoms throbbed tumultuously for the strife anon melting them to ten
75. , with weird and fairy-like fall, gently harped some old lay o^ love, devotion a
76. r, and even in after times, the bitterly anti-Irish Giraldus Cambrensis, praised
77. ne beneath. The trees, grand and stately in their proportions, and bedecked with
78. wave disturbed its placid beauty. Lovely in its moonlight glory, it seemed meet
79. their brightness beams, a man, suddenly emerging from the thickest part of the
80. stars that slione before him, the finely chiseled face, the broad and expansive
81. enance showed that he was one prodigally endov/ed by nature, both physically and
82. ally endov/ed by nature, both physically and intellectually, with her grandest a
83. ture, both physically and intellectually, with her grandest and proudest attribu
84. ron-c.olored 25 mantle flung negligently, but in graceful folds, around liim; an
85. footfall gave no echo even to the stilly moonlight; his frame was of powerful mo
86. ts on the sloping banks, gazing dreamily on the stream below tlien, as if moved
87. ued the carouse. turned aside and slowly paced to and fro the open space between
88. s that shaded the river's bank. Suddenly the sweet notes of a harp fell upon his
89. 'Tis of him and green Erlnn he lovingly sings. To the cliief of Emania We II. W
90. n, While sea- ward the rivers exultingly run, While the mountains in grandeur so
91. vibrating on the air, a hand was gently laid on the shoulder of the youtli and
92. oment, enchained him, he turned suddenly round, tlie ; As and beheld before him
93. ul form of Sybilla, her eyes laugliingly looking into his, and the rosy blushCla
94. ing the maiden in his arms, and lovingly kissing her cheek, ho led her to a rust
95. her beside him, gazed long and earnestly upon her glowing fjice. This was their
96. lding her fair hand in his, toyed gently with her raven tresses that fell in ric
97. ce to her rounded waist. As is generally the case in such situations, the lady w
98. the first to break the silence. Timidly, half-raising her eyes to his, and in a
99. in their pace, and the moon crept slowly up the sky ere her beams lighted on Mil
100. a." ''Nay, Malion, you flatter as deftly as any of the lords themselves; and wer
101. heart would hide, your love unwittingly has ushered to your lips. But thank the
102. er in Dalaradia Sybilla, blushing deeply at what she considered her unmaidenly b
103. ly at what she considered her unmaidenly boldness, though sooth to say, it was b
104. nd as the impassioned words fell rapidly from his lips, drew her to his arms, an
105. s lips, drew her to his arms, and fondly clasped her to his heart. Gently diseng
106. fondly clasped her to his heart. Gently disengaging herself from Ids ardent emb
107. ng back the truant tresses that wantonly wandered over her fair face. Taking her
108. ered their senses, and which they vainly en; deavored to control. As they thus s
109. ng to cause my father to retire so early, and to tarry so long at the wine cup."
110. wed her face, her heavens. eyes suddenly lost their lustre, her pulse ceased to
111. f his position burst upon him, he gently took her in his arms, and running down
112. return to the castle " she said wearily, "my heart is heavy with woe, for tliis
113. and weak." Leaning on his arm, he gently led her up the bank and seated her on t
114. the rustic chair where tliey had lately passed such a blissful hour, in the del
115. arned noises lieard at late and unseemly hours. my father that his presence woul
116. , he knew that his answer would probably decide his fate; and that the proud hea
117. and that the proud heart which had only melted to his, and which he had but so
118. to his, and which he had but so recently conquered, might be lost to Imn forever
119. hty pride and beauty, as she impatiently awaited his answer. His lips moved but
120. eatings of his heart could be distinctly heard by his companion. " Speak, Mahon
121. anion. " Speak, Mahon !" she impatiently exclaimed; "or does it blister your ton
122. mission caused in her heart, was plainly visible on her features. The Hush forso
123. n she looked upon the handsome and manly countenance, glowing witli love and fer
124. e between love and pride raged furiously in her bosom. But love conquered. Contr
125. her emotion, and laying her hand gently on his shoulder, she asked in a kmd and
126. and sought the shelter of tliis friendly grove to cool my heated brow, and wait
127. som hid her face on his breast. Suddenly a rustling among tlie boughs was heard,
128. adia, swore to-night to protect our holy shrines, and pledged tlieir lives to tl
129. god, that warns you thus of danger. Fly to your father's house, and in your pra
130. hose long beard hung in thick and grisly masses to his knees; and as he spoke, s
131. sudden change of events, could scarcely believe his senses. The sudden appearan
132. e of the Druid, breaking so unexpectedly on his happiness, the very strength and
133. ecarious moods of Sybilla, so strikingly and the fearful charges and illustrated
134. eftain of Augher pursued las way, slowly and with leaden step, toward the cai^tl
135. t seemed as if it consumed them entirely, and their ashes were scattered all He
136. er Erinn. vision, which the slave boldly interpreted to him "The fire which thou
137. them J but they would not down. Angrily stamping his foot, he cursed the hour t
138. heart. It is ever present, in mj lonely hours, in the chase, or in the banquet
139. s forgotten their vows, or have our holy priests been false to Bel and profaned
140. icad with his hand, and pausing abruptly in Ills walk, he remained motionless as
141. w^ail or song of strains fell distinctly on his ears. sorrow for the dead, whose
142. not pause, as was his wont, but hastily directed liis steps toward his apartmen
143. ring refreshments, of which he sparingly partook ; and having dismissed them, ro
144. dark. A thick roof of cloud hung angrily and menacingly over the water of the Br
145. oof of cloud hung angrily and menacingly over the water of the Braid. Tlio light
146. d ia- The 88 creased, whistling drearily tlirough the woods, a dark, muffled fig
147. he woods, a dark, muffled figure, slowly and cautiously descended from the Easte
148. k, muffled figure, slowly and cautiously descended from the Eastern tower, and w
149. ess step, entered the court, and quickly gliding through the gloom, passed the s
150. angled as he advancied, was occasionally lighted by quick and vivid flashes of l
151. ghtning ; and as they played momentarily, and in fantastic circles around him, f
152. rrent and the winds, he could distinctly see before him, as the angry fluid play
153. ks, that looked as if it had been rudely torn into every imaginable shape, by so
154. ome awful convulsion of nature, suddenly burst into a foaming basin below, from
155. after fretting and chafing on the pebbly shore, it found an outlet into a serene
156. n strength and beauty, rose majestically over its waters, proudly raising theii*
157. se majestically over its waters, proudly raising theii* giant forms to the cloud
158. him, and following a path which suddenly diverged toward tlie East, and which wa
159. toward tlie East, and which was plainly indicated to him, by a fierce flnsh, he
160. pet of verdure yielded to when, suddenly, his tread, and gave no sound to his fo
161. He thought he could distinguish ghastly and in his heart. unearthly voices, min
162. uish ghastly and in his heart. unearthly voices, mingled with the sound of the w
163. to grope his way the trees, that thickly studded the grove. But it was in vain;
164. to him the path which he had been vainly endeavoring to pursue. torch held by so
165. could not see, and whose form, probably, was lost among the intricate mazes of
166. ons to invite him to follow; and eagerly starting after it- he muttered as he we
167. over the grove, as foUowng the friendly light, he reached the termination of th
168. '' " I wish to consult the wise and holy Druids of the land, to whom all mysteri
169. ompanion remained silent, as they slowly proceeded. An hour seemed to have elaps
170. r seemed to have elapsed, when 6udder:ly,Milchofelt the hand which held him, loo
171. spectral light began to glimmer fitfully through the giant trunks and branches o
172. the Christian.*' Thou hast spoken truly, Druid," replied the king. "Await thou
173. nting to a bright star, which was slowly tlie w^oods, thou shalt learn descendin
174. d forms, to a wooden cross and presently saw it elevated and nailed thereto. Pie
175. ngs of incantation and death, and wildly clashing brazen cymbals over their head
176. screen or mass of rolling cloud suddenly hid the altar lire, and surrounding sce
177. , liked a mournful sigh, over the lonely valley ; and Milcho, who had vowed in h
178. he Tlie sentry, recogcastle, and eagerly demanded admittance. nizing her voice,
179. if he did at all perceive it, probal)ly attributed it to some more tlian human
180. more tlian human feeling preternaturally imparted to her by the gods. and if 44:
181. her face in her hasty flight, she slowly and noiselessly stole to her chamber. T
182. hasty flight, she slowly and noiselessly stole to her chamber. The door was ajar
183. lushed and her bosom heaving tremulously. gentle knock announced her presence, b
184. d gaze with wondering eyes around Softly whispering her name, she approached, an
185. beating of the otlier's Sybilla, gently disengaging herself from her loving hea
186. re, and it was now again beating rapidly with excitement, conflde to her the cau
187. e doubted not that Una had kept a lonely vigil anxiously awaiting and praying fo
188. at Una had kept a lonely vigil anxiously awaiting and praying for her return. Bu
189. ing her hand in hers and looking timidly in her face, wliile her voice trembled
190. now. But the time passed away so happily tliat I lieeded not tlie lapse of time,
191. g an agony of suspense at my un maidenly absence." " But of whom do you speak, U
192. e and happiness. deep sigh involuntarily stole from the breast of Sybilla as she
193. e that others could be unhappy, and only turned to look at her companion, as she
194. o look at her companion, as she bitterly pronounced the last words. By a violent
195. nd emphatic utterance. stared doubtingly and with an embarrassed look on dion wa
196. in horror at the name, and involuntarily drew back as Sybilla pronounced the hat
197. id not know that sucli a brave and manly form could hide a perjured heart. He wa
198. no, Una, I cannot hope," she mournfully replied, as the fond girl, in her own g
199. r house the anger prophesied by the holy unholy love caused me to err;! Di'uid,
200. the anger prophesied by the holy unholy love caused me to err;! Di'uid, it shal
201. nd when his last ray lingers on onr holy groves, a supplication for thy house sh
202. fear to lose the daughter of a prii cely house, and she That scowling Conra the
203. ." " Oh speak not thus, Una, of the holy priests of Bel, or — ; ! some deadly
204. y priests of Bel, or — ; ! some deadly evil will befall you. My lather wishes
205. it not approve of your entering the holy sisterhood." The thought dampened her a
206. illa sat gazing on the river, or qnictly rested under the shade of a sacred oak.
207. ut the cup of happiness to our lips only to dasli it and our liopes to The eveni
208. r Una; your destiny leads you and surely to a path where you will And love and h
209. But do not tell my l)rother of my unholy love ; for it would shame me to look up
210. he glory of the gods, had been so rudely snatched from him, that his mind was to
211. unexpected event, which had so suddenly marred his happiness, and crushed his h
212. nt he became; and, cursino- the untimely interference of the Druid, and his own
213. which tortm^ed him, he tossed feverishly on his couch, un! 62 rajs of the sun br
214. hands, he endeavored, long and earnestly, to shape out in his mind the path that
215. cended to the court, and passing quickly through the gate unconsciously, struck
216. g quickly through the gate unconsciously, struck the path which led to the spot
217. river, his imagination brought lovingly before him the form and face of lier wh
218. ry of his feelings, beneath the friendly shelter of it^ til the first ; leaves.
219. evericry ; a prey to care and melancholy, when a rustling among the bushes behin
220. ing among the bushes behind him suddenly fell upon his Brushing the damp dew fro
221. ning, and looking more bright and lovely than ever. The blush of tlie rose which
222. moment, her cheek, and then as suddenly died aw^ay, leaving behind a more snowy
223. weary and care-worn look, which plainly told the anguisli of his soul, that, de
224. ng love obtain the mastery. But suddenly remembering the scene of tlie preceding
225. feared pollution ia his touch, haughtily ordered him from her presence. "Leave m
226. , but its words are poisonous and deadly. Approach me not; touch not the robe of
227. egan to speak, paused, and gazed timidly upon her. The withering denunciation wi
228. he bank of the river. Long and earnestly he gazed upon its bright waters as they
229. h a purer love when kneeling at the holy thee. No ; 50 cloudod and melancholy he
230. oly thee. No ; 50 cloudod and melancholy heart, and silently wended his way Summ
231. oudod and melancholy heart, and silently wended his way Summoning his retainers,
232. e for their homeward journey immediately; and none of the chiefs being present i
233. the effects of the late revel, probably, detaining them in their chambers, he m
234. ed away. Toward evening she stole softly to his apartment, and noise- found him
235. roves of the abodo oi tUe Druids. lessly entering, CHAPTEK XTL STBIIXa's INTEEVI
236. ir-owoii, his father, had been tlie ally and comrade of Milclio and witli him, h
237. ering his last days on earth by publicly proclaiming the perfidy of his son. The
238. rime which, if not avenged, and speedily, would I ring doAvn upon his house a te
239. uthor of all this wrong Stamping angrily on the floor, he stood for a moment imp
240. floor, he stood for a moment impatiently awaiting an answer to his summons. slav
241. answer to his summons. slave immediately appeared at the entrance, but involunta
242. eared at the entrance, but involuntarily drew l)ack with a shudder at the fearfu
243. him to a sense of duty, and bowing lowly, he tremblingly approached his presence
244. f duty, and bowing lowly, he tremblingly approached his presence. " Go," shouted
245. d appalled, the slave fled precipitately from the apartment to execute the comma
246. heir arms; and wondering at the untimely and unwonted summons, Congal, in the ab
247. s, Congal, in the absence of his hastily assembled in the court. faMier, took co
248. s daughter, Sybilla. All clamored loudly for his arrest, and that he should imme
249. s arrest, and that he should immediately be brought into their presence. None we
250. hat had disturbed the castle at so early an hour. '' 'Tis well," replied the kin
251. the stern lineaments melted preceptibly He looked upon her face; it was pale an
252. but did not salute her with the fatherly kiss which she was wont to receive, nor
253. ugh he tried hard to conceal it, plainly told that her secret was not hidden fro
254. that he was acquainted with her ungodly and impious passion for Mahon. Her chee
255. of the trutli of her surmises, suddenly faded to an ashy paleness. Her resoluti
256. virgin approach the altar more willingly than I shall. I am ready to enter the s
257. nd by your prayers to Bel, and with holy, render of no avail the mac
258. ight I discoursed with Conra in his holy shrine, and amid a scene that might wel
259. rinting a kiss upon her cheek, he gently disengaged her from his arms, and throw
260. APTEE Tin. mahon's weary journey. Yainly I think In duty (lone to find content E
261. brow. They conversed in whispers, vainly striving to unravel the mystery and ind
262. Dalaradia eroaks not m.ore villainously than thou." " Did I not warn thee, Ibar
263. be lost at sea because storms frequently occur, and can'st prophecy that the Imn
264. thy prophecies," eaid Carbre, petulantly, and bringing his horse nearer to Feili
265. 'ebodings became verilied."' " Ay, truly, thou art a great propliet of one blood
266. cndoes, Feilim," said Ibar, im.patiently, " Carbre m.ay be right. With the excep
267. med Carbre, interrupting Feilim, utterly carekes of the jiojhecy he Wd9 A 65 abo
268. enetrates," answered Feilini, cautiously, and^in a whisper. " In his present moo
269. , urging his horse forward. They quickly followed and overtook Mahon, who, still
270. moon risen, beams were but imperceptibly perceived and at brief intervals. They
271. ination, wlien his voice, at a disGladly they obeyed, and tance, was heard calli
272. expiring sln-iek, which echoed fearfully on the stillness of the niglit, disappe
273. f Mahon, swam ashore in safety. Scarcely had they landed, when a light was seen
274. d into a blaze and at other times nearly extinguishing it, rendered it impossibl
275. uid, and we are trespassing on liis holy ground. This river may be sacred to som
276. der groves be the abiding places of holy priests and vestals.'' "If so," replied
277. ls.'' "If so," replied Carbre, hurriedly^ "we had better use no laggard pace in
278. ff. Let us wait and meet him." Gradually the torch drew near, and its light shon
279. ut that he was none of the kind commonly worn by slaves. "Hush ! A the latter wa
280. slaves. "Hush ! A the latter was readily discernable by his lofty manner and nob
281. ch an hour, he saluted them with courtly grace, and anxiously inquired if he cou
282. d them with courtly grace, and anxiously inquired if he could do them any servic
283. entle sir," answered Mahon, respectfully saluting him, " and have lost our way.
284. my humble hut can afford, I will freely give it, in I was the name of that God
285. I was the name of that God who so freely provides for all. at my devotions ere r
286. ahon spoke, and as he gazed on the manly and stalwart forms of him and his com a
287. ms of him and his com anions, a scarcely perceptible shade of melancholy clouded
288. scarcely perceptible shade of melancholy clouded E is brow. " My hut lies beliin
289. burning in a small cabin, almost wholly concealed and shaded by rocka and trees
290. g," ol>served theii* guide, as he slowly pointed the way down the Bteep declivit
291. s waiting for us and will give us kindly greetmg. In silence they pursued the pa
292. ey came within sight a kind and friendly voice bade them welcome. They entered.
293. ge girth of his body, whicli wms loosely wrapped in a saffron-colored shirt, he
294. , off liis mantle, or cloak, immediately attracted the attention of Mahon and bh
295. rude table, on which a book, beautifully bound in vellum, and with goldbundle of
296. of the cliase. The luit was scrupulously neat and clean, and to tlie belated and
297. e Willis, and being seated, their kindly hosts brought from an adjoining apartii
298. dishes of lish and venison, and a goodly quantity of oaten cake. Carefully remov
299. goodly quantity of oaten cake. Carefully removing the book, Owen spread before t
300. he desired his guests to partake freely of the scanty fare, humbly apologizing
301. artake freely of the scanty fare, humbly apologizing for its rude and meagre pro
302. e them with better and Mahon courteously thanked daintier fare on the morrow. hi
303. im, and he and his followers immediately set about following Their appetites wer
304. rrow that lay on his heart, bansparingly. ished all other feelings from his hear
305. eight and strengtli, A A tled melancholy sat upon his brow. This was observed by
306. senses of Mahon like a burst of heavenly melody ; and even tlie giant Carbre pau
307. as if laden with sorrow, then gradually rising, swelled into ^ loud acclaim of
308. d Heaven, and his lips parted, seemingly in prayer. Mahon's interest was awakene
309. eld his face glow with a bright and holy expression, which he believed could onl
310. expression, which he believed could only be given to a sacred Druid and priest o
311. ng other than what he seemed, he readily surmised and implicitly believed. All t
312. emed, he readily surmised and implicitly believed. All the meekness and humility
313. the last air on the harp, and so wholly had he thrown his soul into the invocat
314. his lone hut in the forest. Right deftly you touch the strings, and never before
315. my masters in the art of : ; 73 ^ meekly replied Conall, " and but ill-fitted fo
316. Conall, " and but ill-fitted for courtly or kingly company. The hymn thou hast h
317. and but ill-fitted for courtly or kingly company. The hymn thou hast heard, has
318. l the god of the Druids, but to the only true and living God, to whom be all pra
319. not to mark the change which so suddenly took possession of their guests. A mome
320. gave expression, looking Conall intently in the tace "Your words then, Conall, l
321. " ; ; " Wlio, tlien, in the name of holy Bel, is this God of yours?" passionatel
322. Bel, is this God of yours?" passionately exclaimed Mahon, his impetuous nature g
323. his judgment and courtesy, and fiercely stamping on the earthen floor: "What is
324. ng a crucifix from his bosom he devoutly kissed it and held it up l)efore them.
325. l)efore them. Had a venomous and deadly serpent at that moment fiercely coiled
326. d deadly serpent at that moment fiercely coiled its loathsome body around Mahon
327. at the Christian, who had so fearlessly confessed his hated f aith and would ha
328. ery was always great, and now, he firmly believed that his forbodings Cold drops
329. . Springing to the wall, Carl)re hastily snatched his spear and leaped to Mahon'
330. be, affords a pleasanter shelter. Surely, four armed soldiers of Erinn are not a
331. irresolute: his first impulse was to lly, but there was something so commanding
332. r being with whom he had so unexpectedly been thrown in contact; and he determin
333. uch I believe ^f is your shall willingly relate if you find it not tedious. You
334. ador of God was stoned and forced to fly as an outlaw; pursued with vengeance by
335. f the fallacy of their arguments. Slowly, and by degrees, a new light seemed to
336. Finding my mind prepared for the goodly seed which he was about to sow, lie mad
337. e know^n to me the mysteries of the holy faith which he professed, and of wliich
338. aviour." companions were becoming deeply interAll fear and dread had passed este
339. , by his discourse, he might more firmly fix the truths, they had heard, upon th
340. fter his departure I left all my worldly goods behind, and in company witli Owen
341. ." " And who is this, Patrick ?" eagerly enquired Mahon, the scene in Milcho's b
342. t used ; for, though he had but recently left Dalaradia, and was fleeing from th
343. hospitality, the woods and waters supply us with enough, and more than abundance
344. as I wish, and minister more generously to your wants. But, such as it is, you
345. tihut is ; "My poor to-niii-ht." o fully supplied it.'' good Conall, is filled w
346. od and his Virgin Mother. Then, devoutly repeating the Lord's Prayer and the Ang
347. 0 to the weary travellers, made not only a welcome but a luxurious bed. As each
348. ere about to occur, that would, not only change tlie whole current of their live
349. in review ; and no matter how favorably he endeavored to analyze them, he could
350. th the lie. But remembering how abruptly he had left, and that Conra, ere this,
351. ncerning him ; and the words of the Holy Book, so prized by Conall, had a wonder
352. it was that he, Mahon, who had scarcely ever heard of the Christian croed, shou
353. e bow on a deer or The offer was readily accepted by the company; and wolf. afte
354. m Mahon's heart the gloom and melancholy whic-h oppressed it. Conall, too, by hi
355. oo, by his cheerful manner and sprightly tone, contributed materially to that en
356. d sprightly tone, contributed materially to that end ; and before they reached t
357. e in ancient Erinn, who could not deftly liandle the spear and bow. The chase wa
358. nd freedom. Two small boats were hastily launched, and witli their long spears i
359. had been ning the bank, and who suddenly observed a deer in an open" Give ir.g o
360. if I can bring him down." Ibar silently handed him the bow, and carefully fixin
361. lently handed him the bow, and carefully fixing an arrow to the string, the fata
362. his blood. Ibar and Ciirbre immediately proceeded to bkin and dress him with th
363. rpose. An hour was consumed in this holy exercise; and when they seated themselv
364. trick. Thus were their minds f:;radually opened and prepared for the words of Co
365. o him w^ith respect and awe, and gravely hearkened They propounded many to the g
366. taught them. questions which he eagerly answered, and strove in his own gentle,
367. uested him to read that part of the holy book which told of the sufferings of Hi
368. rings of Him they had cruciiied. Keadily he complied, and in a feeling and tremu
369. bathed Two dfiys in tears. A thus, lioly joy took possession of the Christian's
370. lt on the sod and returned It was a holy and happy hour, and one long thanbfe to
371. reasons which compelled him so abruptly to abandon tlie court of Milcho. Conall
372. ls over her. continued, enthusiastically, '' and march with him to Dalaradia. sl
373. Patrick ; and, after secijig him safely acrOf:s the river, " We shall journey t
374. spirit before the Most High, and humbly crave Our prayers shall ascend with, li
375. he jubilee of peace; and aromid the holy altars a thousand censors shall burn, w
376. ll know all," replied Mahon, sorrowfully, as his thoughts reverted to Sybilla. "
377. f to woo the traveller to their friendly shade. And often, from the shadow of th
378. t, wiiile the coo of the dove was softly heai*d A 88 mingling with the song of t
379. ers that opposed its way, and laughingly sped on to meet the sea. ]Nature seemed
380. the Braid, and with a sigh, he inwardly wished that she was there to share with
381. erator ''Is of Erinn ? " He has not only seen and conversed with him, but receiv
382. h thou hast for me prepared, Thou surely now shalt die. ' When —Hayes' Book of
383. ccess of his mission, Bratha immediately departed homewards. Such, in substance,
384. ration and love. the one he had formerly worn, and which was given him by Pallad
385. g afraid to utter a remonstrance, wisely rehis mained silent. " This has been a
386. , good Conall," said Bratha, sorrowfully, " but 1 have other and adverse news tc
387. ? " Concerning all of us, but especially the Prince of Augher." " What of him ?
388. What of him ? " asked Conall, excitedly. " The two Princes of Dalaradia, Congal
389. eve-Ther. 1 could I was told, distinctly hear the yelping of their bloodhounds.
390. re they going ? " inquired Mahon, calmly. "The path they w^ere pursuing led towa
391. uided by his advice and counsel." "Nobly said," exclaimed Conall, enthusiastical
392. aid," exclaimed Conall, enthusiastically, grasping Mahon by the hand, "and, unti
393. t us forget tliat any cloud looms darkly in the sky; but bask in the sunshine an
394. and prepare for onr journey on the early morrow." Tiiat night the harp of Conall
395. d stirring. prepared, which was scarcely touched ; and ere the sun's first beams
396. ng Milcho's soldiers, tliey could easily hide themselves amid the crags and gorg
397. course of a stream that wimpled drowsily through a tangled grove ; now cautiousl
398. through a tangled grove ; now cautiously climbing the sides of a precipitous roc
399. ito the dogmas and mysteries of the holy faith. Thus the day passed and as the s
400. ows cast their weird forms on the lonely woods, they kindled their fires, and re
401. e distant peak of Slieve Mis ose proudly before them, and loomed aloft, sentinel
402. ung its soft illusions over them, vainly endeavoring to subdue their Soon the fl
403. or cow-boy, all were there, and eagerly pressing forward to meet the man of who
404. d the living stream that was impetuously surgiug toward the river, and were born
405. the ross of Christ and 'i ( ; fearlessly proclaiming the creed of the Saviour in
406. d fascinating expression, told favorably for him, in the minds of those who came
407. He was explaining to them the melancholy and sublime details of the passion of o
408. edeemer, his heart throbbed tumultuously, the tears swelled to his eyes and fill
409. e sudden impulse, the multitude suddenly broke and fled, scattering in all few,
410. trumpet rung in their ears, and suddenly, with quick and hasty stride, a band of
411. Unawed and unmoved, Patrick gazed calmly on the intruders. Singling out Congal,
412. g out Congal, as their leader, he slowly descended the little mound, and fearles
413. scended the little mound, and fearlessly confronted him. Fixing his eye on the y
414. s eye on the young Prince, who haughtily returned his glance, he, in a solemn an
415. lt one. Prince," replied Patrick, calmly, "and one which, perhaps, Belus himself
416. koning to his retainers, who immediately fol- lowed him, stepped to the front an
417. ir ranks. He heeded it not, but silently looked on, awaiting the issnft — —
418. f his fire, and his hand : instinctively dagger. But the Saint restrained him. L
419. e is it given to teach to Erinn the only true I bring with me the truth that sha
420. and his face toward his enemies, calmly awaited the approach of the fierce bloo
421. hey approached him, and whined piteously as if seized with sudden pain, and fear
422. hound drew back in terror, and abjectly howled on the ground " Curse the dog,"
423. on the ground " Curse the dog," fiercely ejaculated Leury, ^^the prophet of the
424. hou hast for me prepared, thou !" surely now shall die. Dogs, seize your prey Wi
425. ody great cut his bands, and tremblingly set him at liberty. fear took possessio
426. in His name and strength. He was quickly followed by Mahon, Ibar, Carbre, Owen,
427. Carbre, Owen, and Conall, who reverently knelt and kissed the hem of his garment
428. giveness and blessing. They were quickly followed by the remainder of the band;
429. ning with the new faith,, so wonderfully made manifest to him, approached Mahon,
430. e base of the knoll, and was immediately joined by those whom he had invited to
431. f feelings, And have of late been sickly, as, alas I Thou knowest of sufferings
432. sullen and morose ana a deep and deadly hatred of Mahon and the Christians had
433. s denied his presence. gloomy melancholy had settled on Sybilla's heart' Tier be
434. perhaps enhanced by the hue of the lily, which had lately usurped the place of
435. by the hue of the lily, which had lately usurped the place of the rose, adding a
436. m to the wondrous beauty slione brightly ; ; ; ; The sun ; A ; 103 of her jet-bl
437. nterviews, her foster-sister intuitively divined The Druid and her fatlier were
438. s, when she became an inmate of the holy sisterliood. But Una saw the roses fade
439. f her brother's love for her, frequently expressing a wish that their union woul
440. eated, she saw the book fall listlesi?ly from her hand, and the fair student gaz
441. the fair student gaze long and intently on the river. There was a sad and melan
442. he river. There was a sad and melancholy look in her face, and her long dark hai
443. a sadder and paler tinge than it really wore Una was about to rush towards her,
444. fervid glow, The summer breezes sweetly blow The wild and wandering bird and be
445. d sweets from flower and tree, And haply rest when day is o'er. But thou, poor h
446. Shall in All toil, . To breast be lowly laid. and care and sorrow o'er. rest he
447. hrowing herself into her arms, " " choly, and why do you sing in such a sad and
448. is sad, dear Una, and tlie song was only the echo of its thoughts and feelings,"
449. ready bear." " I have none Sybilla, only for thee." " Then thou wilt soon be a h
450. s, where she will forget all her earthly sorrow, and her earthly love. So my fat
451. all her earthly sorrow, and her earthly love. So my father and Conra have or'^
452. sked Una. " replied Sybilla, " Willingly I enter the holy sisterhood, thankful t
453. ed Sybilla, " Willingly I enter the holy sisterhood, thankful to the gods for a
454. re its joys and sorrows, it could fondly bear life's burden to the close. It was
455. s a vain and foolish thought, and deeply have the gods revenged its perfidj^ to
456. nd his god. My brothers loved him fondly as myself, and trusted in his honor. Wh
457. morrow you depart," said Una mournfully, shading her eyes witli her hand to con
458. n parting from her sister, as she fondly styled her; and, though she had learned
459. ith unmitigated sorrow. " I can scarcely realize, dearest Sybilla," she said in
460. Tara." " Ah but Sybilla, who will supply your place when you are gone ? Sybilla
461. lla put her lips to Una's ear and softly murmured " Congah' Una blushed, and cat
462. ds ordained it," replied Una consolingly, "it was not in mortal power to prevent
463. st. As a daughter of Bel and in the holy sanctuary of the Druids, I shall forget
464. f the Druids, I shall forget all earthly desires, and live for our God alone." U
465. r our God alone." Una was about to reply when a rustling among the brandies sudd
466. n a rustling among the brandies suddenly startled her, and looking up she beheld
467. re is burning on the altar, and the holy priests shall sound the harp to welcome
468. ell pleased. We to-morrow, and with holy song and hymn, conduct thee to the sanc
469. long mantle around him, and bowing lowly to Sybilla, he departed, taking the pat
470. led to the castle. His words sunk deeply into the heart of Sybilla. The solemnit
471. lemn thoughts, and add to the melancholy which filled her heart. The Druid's wor
472. ompanion from her reverie, walked slowly towards the castle. Early next morning,
473. walked slowly towards the castle. Early next morning, as tlie sim was rising ov
474. d the east, and gazed long and anxiously Milclio in that direction. With a disap
475. ; and, with rapid stride, paced uneasily to and fro on the walls. As the sun mou
476. could to pass the day which hung heavily on them, and shimned his presence. He h
477. ormer pastimes were abandoned ; and only w^hen not engai>:ed in his chamber with
478. aster ; they seldom spoke, and then only in whispers, as if they feared the soun
479. g with some of the old ah-s lie formerly Lved, and which he kne\f 109 were his s
480. with burning brain, watched, unceasingly, for the glint of his spear in the It w
481. capture by Tir-owen's retainers suddenly flashed son's upon him. But he dismisse
482. the thoughts of Milcho, as he restlessly paced his weary beat, in the lone silen
483. his chamber, when he observed SyTenderly he saluted her, and bade her billa appr
484. and all the sufferings we have so lately endured, shall pass away and be forgott
485. she feared to look upon him, so fiercely did he pronounce them. " If he return n
486. ent may ! A have befallen him?" unlikely. The traitor may have hid in the forest
487. lla ?" " No but there are others equally deserving to share thy Sybilla, much as
488. He seems to have forgotten them, lately, and cares not to caress them as was Re
489. ld," answered her father, affectionately patting her clieek, and gazing with del
490. esBut seeing the king they involuntarily drew back; ence. his smile, liowever, s
491. ted to him; and laying his hand lovingly on each, gave to them his blessing. The
492. med him "every inch a king/' The queenly form oi Sybilla, in stature above her s
493. was surrounded. ISot but all were lovely, and bright as the summer sun that beam
494. her* noblest attributes ; but physically and intellectually she was a model whic
495. utes ; but physically and intellectually she was a model which a sculptor or poe
496. onna, and which we sometimes, but rarely meet, in those meek and beautiful faces
497. autiful faces which we see so frequently beneath the sable hood, which denotes t
498. them, he could perceive that, physically, they were blooming into maturity. He p
499. em to remain for an hour, and, seemingly, well pleased with their mirth, laughed
500. and Sybilla, believing that her heartily mingled in their sport. kind father had
501. d more Her countenance shone with a holy resignation and at ease. love, when she
502. Dahiradia. A slight breeze, which gently ruffled the tree-tops, waited its cooli
503. ootliold liere while Conra and his holy Druids minister at his slirine." " 'Twe
504. e and degrading doctrines." ''But surely he hearkens not to their teachings, fat
505. or shook her frame, as her father slowly pronounced the words ; and tremBy an ef
506. that took possession of her, and boldly raised her eyes; l)ut his face was aver
507. vowed her heart was Bel's and Bel's only. l>efore the day-god sirdiis to rest, t
508. and who was chosen by a general assembly of chiefs of the diffrreut pro* '*TnK v
509. rcsiKCiive tribes— that iiivariably observing tlie ancient Itiws and Thijen
510. the dark f orbodings whicli have lately filled my soul, it shall still retain i
511. be dimned by me." " Thou speakest truly, child, and never wert thou so dear to
512. n suspense. Speak " We have met the holy Sicur , and have become Christians." "
513. inst the unwonted behavior?" impatiently ex" Rise, and tell me have you seen you
514. illa" pleaded Ova and Elie, entreatingly. But they would listen. Spurning them f
515. passion. He grasped his dagger fiercely, and a dark scowl breast. overspread hi
516. on, and brandishing his dagger, fiercely exclaimed "Base son of mine, my first b
517. ainst the battlements, he looked sternly at Cathal and Congal, joined by their s
518. th their young sisters and Una, silently left the castle. Turning to Sybilla, wh
519. ere written there. Her eye unflinchingly met his, and as the sounds came nearer
520. f slavery. I shall meet it unflinchingly ; and wl die the flames crackle around
521. som, father and daughter remained Gently disengaging for a moment in a last, lov
522. ove tilled their veins. Before that holy man ot* Grod, the clouds of superstitio
523. -Mis, still lives and burns as intensely bright in the Irish heart as when tirst
524. ame of the miracle performed so recently, and on the very ground they trod, and
525. for her speedy conversion, he hopefully journeyed on. Saint Patrick himself unm
526. of that part of JDalaradia are scarcely altered. The very name of the stately b
527. ly altered. The very name of the stately basaltic hill, now called Slemish, and
528. astle, where the banks sloped gracefully to the river, St. Patrick halted. Mahon
529. by the occurrence. The crowd was eagerly pressing forward, and exclamations of w
530. s bespoke their high rank. He could only see the outline of one of their faces,
531. Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and make you children of !'' the
532. t, and make you children of !'' the only true and living God The voice of the mu
533. fluence of the thought, he involuntarily flung his arms above his head, and crie
534. t rushed tlirougli his brain, he eagerly questioned " How know you tliis, Artgal
535. long, flowing mantles whicli completely covered them, but I could perceive that
536. ave gained the castle ?" " 'Tis scarcely probable. good runner might outstrip th
537. were discoursing on the journey. Hastily communicating the intelligence, Mahon,
538. leaped from the path and ruslied wildly through the woods. It is probable, that
539. her love, and wliere he was so abruptly confronted by the Druid. Pausing a mome
540. . In his despair no entrance, lie wildly shrieked the name of Sybilla. He was an
541. h batter it down !" shouted Mahon wildly, maddened by the fiiglit before him. Un
542. was but tlie work of a moment. Scarcely two minutes elapsed since Mahon gained
543. f his former slave. He, a king of lordly Dalaradia, to bend in abject homThe tho
544. s were now in sight, and could be easily seen ! from the battlements. St. Patric
545. ighty multitude behind, joined in a holy hymn which his acolytes were singing. A
546. hrough the gate in safety. He had barely time to reach the open air, wlien Milch
547. nding none to approach him, he Imrriedly made his Avay to the bank of the river.
548. swooned. of a prince. Placing her gently on the bank, he looked on her pale face
549. ce and believed her dead. " She has only swooned," said Owen, interpreting the p
550. er to bathe her temples." She was gently placed in the spot indicated by Owen, a
551. GHT COKSULTATION IN MAHOn'b TENT. Lonely from my home I come, To cast myself upo
552. self upon your tomb, And to weep. Lonely from my lonesome home, My lonesome hous
553. Mangan. Dear my land, I love you dearly, but Fm sick of toil and strife Dear my
554. possession of those who had 60 recently professed the Cliristian faith. Their s
555. back many of those, who had so suddenly deserted the old faith and adopted tlie
556. g the thoughts that moved them, suddenly burst — 182 through the crowd, and st
557. the young Prince lying pale and ghastly on the ground, they believed the vengea
558. raw the dagger from the wound. Evidently it had been intended for his throat, bu
559. the Druid's aim. Owen pronounced it only a flesh wound, and applying some herbs
560. s to the sore, bandaged it, and inwardly dreadful force, fall : ! ! muttered a p
561. e taught, and all the dogmas of the holy Roman Catholic Church. Silently and wit
562. the holy Roman Catholic Church. Silently and with deep attention they listened.
563. joining, and at intervals cast, a sickly light upon the tent at its base, wherei
564. the tent at its base, wherein the family of Milcho sat. Tents had been hastily e
565. ly of Milcho sat. Tents had been hastily erected for them, and convenient to the
566. f Conra had inflicted, had borne heavily on his brain and heart, and wearied and
567. he at length succumbed to sleep. Softly stealing from ilie tent, Conall, with n
568. his thanks to Him who had so generously shed the light of his love upon the ben
569. turning to the tent, when the melancholy tones of a harp fell on his ear. He pau
570. he ear, tilled his heart with melancholy, and the fate of him whom the Bard bemo
571. him whom the Bard bemoaned so feelingly, forced the tears to his eyes, and he w
572. this land, and how bright and dazziingly the faith will I see before me lofty do
573. motionless. Conall approached and gently taking his hand in his, led him away fr
574. of the fate of Sybilla, weighed heavily upon him. He could not sleep, and in or
575. pite from them, in listening to the holy conversation of Conall and Owen, had co
576. live and act for a noble purpose, namely ; the promulgation of the faith and the
577. me. ! ; ! ; 135 should perish violently, and his But Congal, Sjsins lie between
578. ur spiritual welfare. I go with the holy Patricius on the morrow I follow whitli
579. part, it would disciple, and I willingly obey. glease me well to know what your
580. but trifling, to-morrow he will probably re^ turn to Tir-owen, to his dying fath
581. Dalreudini, natives of Ulster, had early attempted a settlement on the coast of
582. n the coast of Argyleshire. They finally established themselves there, under Fer
583. onies from Ulster, continued to multiply and increase until they formed a nation
584. ot yet free ; and, until she is entirely purged of Paganism, our own land requir
585. esence and example here, might, probably, do more for the faith, than an army in
586. han an army in Alba, Besides, you surely would not leave without Sybil! a." "JNo
587. roud position He is beloved by tlie holy for which God has ordained him. Patrici
588. n the effort awoke. Owea was immediately by his side, and administered a coolhig
589. ch has dawned on us." " Amen," fervently responded Congal and Fergus. " And now,
590. f repose before the bell rhigs for early Mass." With his two companions he knelt
591. l jars the blood. Hellas, ; — Scarcely had the first beams of tlie sun lighted
592. which the Saint was offering up the holy sacrifice. The Mass being concluded, he
593. a church to Him who has so miraculously shed His light upon them." Blessed be o
594. Dalaradians. The light of God has truly penetrated their souls, and the Truth w
595. ace it; and, despite the power of kingly lieretic or apostate, it would remain,
596. d many a joyous soul. Conall immediately summoned Cathal and Congal to Mahon's t
597. warriors, and with Owen, Ibar, mediately summon Felim and Carbre, beard the old
598. roached the couch of Mahon, and tenderly taking his hand inquired after his welB
599. gh her frame tent. The maidens bashfully entered the 143 Tliis morniDg, while as
600. nt of our design." " I shall immediately call the clansmen to arms, and sum- mon
601. and errand than the wicket was violently shut, and a wild cry burst from the por
602. the giant, and a few of gress. Suddenly the his comrades assailed it with the s
603. was heard " Impious invaders of the holy places, beware Retni-n and tell the Chr
604. uted Congal, Ibar and his folferociously, rushing again toward the door. lowers
605. oceed furtlier. The flames were fiercely and steadily advancing. Even now the so
606. r. The flames were fiercely and steadily advancing. Even now the soldiers could
607. . From their position they could plainly see the advancing flames. Almost stupef
608. but little I reck " of him She if I only knew Sybilla was safe." Do not fear for
609. have for years been happy, it will only add another pang to their melancholy."
610. nly add another pang to their melancholy." " Ova and Elie have determined to bec
611. ou to accompany me to Tara." " Willingly shall I go, and with pride and pleasure
612. e of the superThe place where these holy Druidcsscs resided stitious or tiie cre
613. . turn and comfort those who are eagerly awaiting us. Think vvluit fearful thoug
614. ok his position at their head and slowly returned to his horn, Winding the valle
615. now is green, and heaven is blue, Lovely spring, which makes all new, Lovely spr
616. vely spring, which makes all new, Lovely spring doth enter Bweet young sunbeam d
617. ur of the Kod river as it speeds swiftly past the castle. It is evening. The twi
618. by huge oaks which rise perpendiculai'ly over it, are seated two figures, whose
619. s in her ear, have a tinge of melancholy made more apparent by the paleness of h
620. is mantle of many colors, folded loosely about him, tures. and the green plume i
621. cldef of Dalaradia. nestles so lovingly by his side and looks coniidingly into
622. vingly by his side and looks coniidingly into his face, is one who, for beauty a
623. s, she has taken the helm and laughingly braving the wrath of Manannan^* brought
624. he wrath of Manannan^* brought us safely ashore. believed in the gods then, thei
625. edestined Vestal, could so unflinchingly brave their fury and their wrath. To me
626. eachings as 1 have, believe Could I only get Sybilla to embrace the true diifere
627. Sybilla to embrace the true diiferently. faith, despite the sorrows and misfort
628. g against the overpowering rush of early r^ collections which thronged upon " Do
629. a Christian. So may it be with SySurely, when she hears the teaciibilla, wlien
630. estals, not of Bel but of Christ, surely, Congal, she will melt and become one o
631. ." will be the bride of Mahon." " Freely from my it, Una ; and hope that your wo
632. Tara." " I will meet him there, not only to give public profession of the faith
633. aid. Mahon also is ready. He is the only one in Tir-owen, with the exception of
634. this year will be a memorable one. Truly, it will be so to me, if I can recover
635. r sanguine anticipations may be speedily realized, my beloved Una, 1 shall pray.
636. spectful distance by Eratha, they slowly sauntered in the direction of his comin
637. l, The days And Freedom's baimer proudly waved Throughout green Innisfail I n. H
638. In streams of gushing melody the kingly board. 8ilent and cold in death tliey H
639. s dimmed the light That once so brightly slione; And Bard and Minstrel sing in v
640. h palaces, domes and spires then proudly lay, covering thousands of acres in its
641. s, like the reins of empire laid loosely on their necks.f The palace of Tara, wi
642. ve hundred feet in length, was, probably, the most magniiicent kingly residence
643. s, probably, the most magniiicent kingly residence in the world. It was decorate
644. its grandeur and magnificence were only paralelled by his own noble heart, and
645. person, ten officers, who were scarcely ever to leave his presence. These were
646. ds had to wait upon the king, and supply his personal wants, for which purpose t
647. tors, under their orders.* Eight royally did Laegari hold sway in Erinn, and, as
648. his subjects, and obeyed more faithfully, than many of his more warlike predeces
649. on of Tara, was a great general assembly, somewhat like a parliament, to which t
650. order to re-kindle them instantaneously from a sacred fire dedicated to the hon
651. their highest flow, two Druids silently left the Temple of Sacrifice, that stoo
652. djoining the Banquet Hall, and hurriedly passed down the " Slope of the Chariots
653. in the direction of a large and stately building, half hid among the trees, tli
654. e, flanked by two others of less stately proportions, and a fourth, though infer
655. ted and joyous scenes he had so recently left. No living object was visible No s
656. to pursue, to obtain admission. Suddenly his eye fell upon a horn, but 60 dim an
657. ill blast, whose tones sounded fearfully out of place in the dark and gloomy sol
658. surrounded him. The echoes were the only answer he received, and, after waiting
659. e mien to disturb the repose of the holy virgins of Bel?" 161 "One, holy Sister,
660. the holy virgins of Bel?" 161 "One, holy Sister, wlio is armed with authority, o
661. of Dalaradia." " Cum^a, thou art a holy and learned priest, and steadfast Tiiy
662. flashed with sudden lustre, she hastily drew back, with a tcream from the wicke
663. m the wicket. But returning inunediately in an altered and humble tone she answe
664. umble tone she answered "Pardon me, holy Conra, for my churlish inhospitality, b
665. llow. She led him to an apartment richly and luxuriously furnished. large, solid
666. m to an apartment richly and luxuriously furnished. large, solid table stood in
667. Druid heeded not. volumes so invitingly spread before him ; he was tempted to l
668. that purpose when the door was suddenly opened and Sybilla apveil, similar in t
669. of the daughters of Bel. The melancholy look which tinged lier features, vanish
670. elcome, Oonra, to tlie halls of the holy Siisterhood !" "Daughter of Milcho, thi
671. 1 left Dalaradia !" " Thy presence, holy Conra, ever inspires me with renewed co
672. obey." " It is this. Wlien, in the holy temple, Dubthach, the chief Druid of th
673. he Sacred Isle, invokes his god for holy fire from heaven, mark well the result.
674. . The day-god's eye will kindle the holy fire he sends it as a sign of his appro
675. ago repudiated them ? They I am the only representaare not n^y brothers and sist
676. ell versed in the m.ysteries of our holy creed as your brothers were, Sybilla, a
677. et them fall Com.e what will, the unholy spells of this base swine-herd shall no
678. not encompass me To-morrow, fit the holy altar of Bel, I shall register my vow,
679. t was not fated that I should die a holy death with my father, I, at least, can
680. my father, I, at least, can live a holy life." " For some noble purpose hast th
681. ur appears, and dares blaspheme the holy priests of Bel, the vengeance of the da
682. Dubthach awaits me at the gate, The holy I left him to contemplation and heavy t
683. he gods fill thee with pleasant and holy thoughts till then. And so farewell." A
684. l then. And so farewell." Affectionately kissing her hand, and bowing respectful
685. issing her hand, and bowing respectfully, he left the apartment and hastened to
686. of the old Druid. He found him uneasily pacing up and down the emerald sward be
687. ')n she will become a member of the holy Sisterhood " It is well, Conra. Too man
688. those who remain, I fear, will be sorely tried to-morrow. Wend your way by the "
689. melody imparts Harp of the isle of manly hearts, The land of generous feelings,
690. generous vintage of Iberia, and eagerly waiting on The Jiing hospitably ordered
691. eagerly waiting on The Jiing hospitably ordered a thousand their slightest nod.
692. But so great was the pressure, that only those in the immediate precincts of the
693. the native otlier, ales or mead, merrily joking with each or listening to the so
694. he king or his cliiefs, could be plainly heard by ^hose outside the palace walls
695. ld well be. merry group, composed partly of soldiers and partly of civilians, tl
696. , composed partly of soldiers and partly of civilians, tlie latter predominating
697. ir loud peals of laugh* ter rung merrily above the sound of pipe and Jiarp, and
698. ation, interlarded at intervals with sly joke and witty For, those sally, seemed
699. with sly joke and witty For, those sally, seemed at once enlivening and contagio
700. the mantle which he had flung negiigenly by his side, seemed to belong to the tr
701. Dima. They have what you most abundantly lack, brains to appreciate it. Dost see
702. ished cup of ale in his hand, laughingly listened to the friendly war of words.
703. and, laughingly listened to the friendly war of words. " Yes," he replied, " the
704. f Emania, can make theujselves so Ireely at home among the pleasant groves and v
705. intended. He was about to answer angrily, when Kiai'an again spoke " I know him
706. Dalaradians," retorted Dima, scornfully, " are the lirst to prove false to the
707. you allude ?" asked Kiaran, passionately. " To him whose tents even now whiten t
708. me !" exclaimed the soldier, vehemently, " but I would like to gaze upon lier b
709. t not strange," continued Dima, musingly, as he turned, with the others, towards
710. T' "Psha!" returned Dima, contemptuously, "I laugh at his folly. But, neverthele
711. a, contemptuously, "I laugh at his folly. But, nevertheless, there are fools and
712. Heber !" exclaimed the soldier, fiercely, " yonder few begi^arly tents strike mo
713. oldier, fiercely, " yonder few begi^arly tents strike more terror to yom' craven
714. he thinlvS to pass for wit, is his only stock in trade; and so sorry are they,
715. ws himself to his followers, is the only true one. And tliat Heber and Heremon,
716. " " Pliaw !" said Kiarim, contemptuously turning his face from the river, and lo
717. t children to be inveigled by such silly pratt e." " But I tell thee Kiaran, thy
718. ruids, with their tunics wrapped closely around them, moved slowly througli the
719. rapped closely around them, moved slowly througli the crowd, wlio made way on ea
720. se became hushed at their aprespectfully saluting. proach, and the harpers struc
721. of Dalaradians, when the Druid suddenly stopped and whispered in the ear of Kia
722. or the honor has been given too publicly to be ignored, even by him." " Heed not
723. hee of using thy influence with thy holy friends, in procuring me souiething bet
724. upted the bluff Boldier, good-hnrnoredly, '' 1 liave been liouortd just now, and
725. e College of Sacred Virgins, to the holy temple, and from thence to the ! "A pal
726. m. Young as they were, they would freely exchange their youth for his gray hairs
727. cts of the " Nay, never stare so blankly at me," he said smilingly, putting a ha
728. are so blankly at me," he said smilingly, putting a hand on each of their should
729. and on each of their shoulders. " Surely you do not envy an old standard-bearer
730. now " Ha I knew it," said Kiaran proudly, mistaking the true meaning of Fergus's
731. m clicked not so loud as he, when fairly started. Like the raven, he is ever cro
732. croaking," put in Barrfin, who wickedly enjoyed the discomfiture of his friend.
733. red Isle." drain- "Hr.stseen iier lately, Fergus T' iie eiK|uired, ing his cup a
734. t the question being put to him directly, he did not consider diplomacy at the p
735. lomacy at the present juncture. The wily old Bard determined to be on his guard,
736. vail, and on the succeeding day not only change the heart of Sybilla, but of the
737. recollection of the events thus vividly conjured up. "Nialled the van, with his
738. harged the foe!" " Ay and how gloriously we sacked the to\\Ti, and clutched our
739. d as in the spears. Banquet Hall. Surely thou hast not forgotten thy deftness in
740. I can, good Kiaran, and right willingly shall I perform the office." " Then I h
741. m must remain idle when " And such jolly comrades meet," responded Dima, filling
742. rous draught. "Thou wouldst make a jolly comrade in the camp, Dima, whatever tho
743. warn my spearmen of their duty at early morn." 1 must also depart, Kiaran," ans
744. Patrick was set. He did not go directly to it, but making a detour to the left,
745. left, where the crowd was not so densely packed, and where he could better elude
746. ould better elude recognition, he slowly, and in a seemingly, careless mangier,
747. cognition, he slowly, and in a seemingly, careless mangier, pursued his way. The
748. old. The silvery river glided peacefully before him, and on its banks reposed th
749. curragh, and launching it, struck boldly out into the stream. He had scarcely ga
750. dly out into the stream. He had scarcely gained the centre, when a cry rose from
751. rail bark he heeded them not, but boldly steered for the further shore. He gaine
752. their pride and clad in military panoply power, in all the magnilicence of barba
753. al of Erinn. Their banners shone proudly in the morning air; the blare of their
754. mped at tlie mountain sides, all eagerly pressing — — ^ Tara. Laegari, son o
755. he rest, in a palace which was specially reserved as his royal residence. Beside
756. les, i, e. the Feis of Tara^ was usually celebrated. The Kings, and princes, aad
757. ire of every hearth in Erinn was usually extinguished on that ni lit and it was
758. t eminence of the road, which was easily distinguishable at a distance. It was o
759. h a sneer on his lip, as he occasionally glanced toward the river, where St. Pat
760. tions from which they could conveniently watch the proceedings, and have a good
761. hearts with an admiration and love only equalled by that wduch they professed f
762. their gods, in what was to them the holy of holies, raised their heads as she pa
763. e in Then rising, he proindling the holy lire of the Sacred Isle. ceeded to cons
764. ooked in pious %vonder on the gorgeously-robed priest, as he stood within the ho
765. obed priest, as he stood within the holy circle inr A i A voking fire from heave
766. used in astonishment the king frowningly grasped the jewelled hilt of his skein,
767. llill of Slane. And there upon that holy hill, made holy forevermore by the even
768. And there upon that holy hill, made holy forevermore by the events of this day,
769. ing to the clouds. It rose on the stilly atmospliere, at tirst no bigger than an
770. wling brow, standing erect and nervously clutching iiis skein, demanded of the A
771. of an Ard-Kiagh of Erinn, and impiously profane her temples and lier godsf The
772. not, but kept his eyes fixed steadfastly on the fire as if he were fascinated by
773. , and broke down the 183 not immediMtely destroyed, will wrest from you, jom kin
774. glory of Belus he shall die !" fiercely exclaimed the king, "This outrage must
775. gods of Erinn. By the advice of our holy priests, we shall here await your retur
776. be just and terrible Mahon, bowing lowly before the throne, departed on his miss
777. ulses and convictions, but all anxiously waiting and expecting the arrival of hi
778. ng and his follow^ers looked as the holy man of God confronttd them. None salute
779. d he appeared among them. Relying solely on the God whom he adored, and the stra
780. ruids contended with him, and insolently denounced his preaching, especially the
781. ntly denounced his preaching, especially the doctrine of the Tliese rude men, ac
782. who opposed him none was was especially obdurate and blasphemous in liis langua
783. allowed to practice his false and unholy doctrines. "• He is a blasphemer and
784. ruid. " His god is false, he is the ally of the Evil One am: If he is more power
785. he send a swine He has insulted om* holy religion herd as his ambassador and bro
786. imes, death is decreed. He has impiously profaned our so malignant as Conra. ; !
787. ; Cusack's Life of St. Patrick. 185 holy temple, and interrupted us in one of oi
788. ltation, at the victory he had so easily achieved while the king was in the act
789. r his immediate arrest and death, slowly the "Christian raided the cross in his
790. red," exclaimed Patrick, looking sternly at the king. The latter, thouirb« terr
791. as not convinced, and was about to reply in a huughty and indignant tone, when a
792. of a female. Malion heard it, and wildly rushing to the spot, where the virgiub
793. old and bare. The Arney's waters sweetly glide, Cahir's woods are fair. The flow
794. ng waters will soon revive her." Quickly following this advice, so opportunely g
795. ly following this advice, so opportunely given by tlie ** old bard, and treading
796. spot indicated, and laid Sybilla gently down on the mantles, which her brothers
797. the mantles, which her brothers readily spread on the ground. Making a cup of h
798. ed Opening her eyes, she gazed wistfully lier to consciousness. shudder passed o
799. ecognized around. Mahon; but immediately recalling the scene she had so lately w
800. ly recalling the scene she had so lately witnessed, she raised herself to a sitt
801. erself to a sitting postm^e, and eagerly inquired for tlie Saint. " Where is Sic
802. elp an erring child how I have art truly the God of Heaven and Earth been tempte
803. , and I bless God that Tie *' Ay, freely, willingly, has at length shown to thee
804. ss God that Tie *' Ay, freely, willingly, has at length shown to thee the grace
805. their bosoms heaved with a glad and holy happiness. They gazed upon her with adi
806. t place, as givi n but this, most likely, was 'he well also calk d Laegh in Dr.
807. d now, when it had con he could scarcely realize its trutli. stir among the crow
808. to save her. '' O Sicur! Patricius, holy man of God save me save n: for I believ
809. believe !" " Arise, daughter !" tenderly replied the Saint, taking 1 hand, " ari
810. ament when Kiaran, who had been intently looking c stepped forwaixi, and profess
811. Kian The awful and sudden death silently knelt by his side. Conra, and the speed
812. was surrounded by thousands wlio eagerly chiniored for admission It seemed as if
813. ark of liis divine love and subAnd truly, it limity, had centered in the lieart
814. beams on the river, ere tent was hastily erected for Syl)illa they retired to re
815. by Mahon, who, all night long, patiently guarded the slumbers of his beloved. As
816. ch Patrick prepared to offer up the holy sacrifice. As the ricli swell of his vo
817. nd quickened hearts, partook of the holy mystery. At the proper moment the Saint
818. d lucid explanation of the truth, firmly and for ever, implanted in their hearts
819. o his mind an intense hatred of the holy man ; and in exaggerated terms, gave an
820. and with the death which he would surely die. were vain to endeavor to paint her
821. th hope, thanksgiving and love, the holy Patrick left the royal hall of Tara and
822. k left the royal hall of Tara and slowly wx^nded his way toward His heart was fu
823. k*s Life ol Si. on Patrkk. 193 qnietly behind him, and eoncealing himself iii
824. ached tcr's hand. 1dm, and instinctively throwing up his hand to ward oflF the Q
825. unfortunate wretch died instantaneously. Two accomplices hid in the bushes, see
826. ace within. The haughty scorn, so lately depicted there, had departed ; while in
827. ion shone. Every lineament was as lovely as what we imagine of the angels ; and
828. its weight of love and woe, imheedingly I went astray in the forest. I fouud sh
829. en I returned to Dalaradia with the holy Patrick, lieve. but not till then." I w
830. ome." "• The Braid winds as peacefully as ever through the groves of Dalaradia
831. raitors. *' ! O how A ! A 19G and dearly bast tlioii paid the penalty. Thou wert
832. yet fresh, and thoughts of it will only serve to keep it longer green. God decr
833. pon my name." ** I will listen willingly, Mahon, and do all in my power to right
834. , until tlieir meeting at Tara. Modestly he mentioned the part he played in her
835. igor to Boul, even before I met the holy man of God ; and often in lonely hours
836. he holy man of God ; and often in lonely hours I prayed for tliee. I have seen C
837. gal and Bratha brought me tidings weekly, of my friends, and when we met at Augl
838. y welfare and conversion. Mass was daily offered by Conall, who is now a priest
839. hal, when at the altar, will not, surely, forget you." " And Sybilla, when Catha
840. of one, Sybilla, whose halls are lonely, and whose heart pines for thee. There
841. eys in Tir-owen ; broad acres and lordly towers. Tliere are glens and lakes on w
842. Riagh of Erinn. no more. Long and fondly have I loved thee, bright pearl of my s
843. son with thine, and, blessed by om* holy Church, and happy in our people's love,
844. e's love, we too will be happy. The holy Patrick himself, will smile upon our un
845. ngal and Una are approaching. How fondly she smiles upon him I O speak idol of m
846. into her soul. She looked upon his manly and noble face her lips parted as if to
847. ips parted as if to speak, unconsciously displaying the bright pearls within she
848. r eye, her sweet face to his, and softly whispered " I will go with thee to Tir-
849. go with thee to Tir-owen." He had barely time to clasp her hand in his, when TJn
850. ate with each other. If Mahon would only accompany us, our hap« Kiaran, my fath
851. e waters of baptism, and follow the holy man of God, whithersoever he goes. The
852. hersoever he goes. The hand of God truly guided Kiaran to the grove where Patric
853. of the unbelievers. But the It was truly an interposition of Divine Providence.
854. awn. Does Sybilla consent ?" " Willingly, Congal, and with Una by my side, I sha
855. deavor to forget the past, and hope only for the future." 199 be a bright one 1
856. ned her arms around her, and hung fondly on her bosom. " Then, Mahon, it remains
857. ent to complete our happiness." " Freely I accord it, Congal, provided you tarry
858. his chosen one in it. They had scarcely taken their positions when a bugle-blas
859. mbering echoes of the hills. Immediately a band of horsemen appeared, their stee
860. of horsemen appeared, their steeds gaily caparisoned, and prancing and dancing t
861. space a solemn silence reigned. Suddenly the gladsome chimes of a church bell, w
862. fing his plumed hat, he bowed gracefully to the ladies and chiefs, and attended
863. ire rang out a gladsome peal, and slowly emerging from the sacred edifice, St. P
864. Cathan, the chief of Coleraine, entially saluted him. taking the young prince by
865. who attended her, none looked so lovely as she. Congal and Una, accompanied by
866. Ere they reached it Conall stole softly to Mahon's side and whispered proudly i
867. ly to Mahon's side and whispered proudly in his ear : " l)id I not tell thee Pri
868. s happy hour would arrive ?" " Ay, truly dids't thou, good Conall, and praised b
869. ent thee to my poor hut, and to the holy saint whose blessirg you have received
870. arkness is dissipated, and the sun Truly, this man has light of Truth beams upon
871. accept this from her thou hast so truly served." Taking from her neck a heavy c
872. on them his blessing, and affectionately taking leave of Mahon and Sybilla, and
873. round them, stalwart warriors and lovely maidens they revisited the green woods
874. ng notes recall The thoughts of the holy, the fair, the free, Beloved in life an
875. me amiss. He knows they are historically correct. The subject is a grand one. If
876. o have been performed by him, I can only say, read Iricjh history. The conversio
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