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are your hearts free from malice, and your hands Accu. What if George of Aspen should not him. from blood-guiltiness?
self deny the charge? [All the Members incline their heads. Mem. Then would I never trust man again. Rod. God pardon our sins of ignorance, and pre- Accu. Hear him, then, bear witness against him. serve us from those of presumption.
self (throws back his mantle.)
GEO. The same- -prepared to do penance for the HER. To the east, and to the west, and to the crime of which he stands self-accused. north, and to the south, I raise my voice; wherever Rod. Still, canst thou disclose the name of the there is treason, wherever there is blood-guiltiness, criminal whom thou hast rescued from justice, on wherever there is sacrilege, sorcery, robbery, or that condition alone, thy brethren may save thy perjury, there let this curse alight, and pierce the life. marrow and the bone. Raise, then, your voices, Geo. Thinkest thou I would betray for the safety and say with me, woe! woe, unto offenders ! of my life, a secret I have preserved at the breach ALL. Woe! woe!
[Members sit down. of my word ?-No! I have weighed the value of Her. He who knoweth of an unpunished crime, my obligation—I will not discharge it—but most let him stand forth as bound by his oath when his willingly will I pay the penalty ! hand was laid upon the dagger and upon the cord, Rod. Retire, George of Aspen, till the assembly and call to the assembly for vengeance !
pronounce judgment. MEM. (rises, his face covered.) Vengeance ! ven- Geo. Welcome be your sentence-I am weary geance ! vengeance !
of your yoke of iron. A light beams on my soul. Rod. Upon whom dost thou invoke vengeance? Woe to those who seek justice in the dark haunts
ACCUSER. Upon a brother of this order, who is of mystery and of cruelty! She dwells in the forsworn, and perjured to its laws.
broad blaze of the sun, and Mercy is ever by her Rod. Relate his crime.
side. Woe to those who would advance the genAccu. This perjured brother was sworn, upon eral weal by trampling upon the social affections ! the steel and upon the cord, to denounce malefac- they aspire to be more than men—they shall betors to the judgment-seat, from the four quarters come worse than tigers. I go: better for me your of heaven, though it were the spouse of his heart, altars should be stained with my blood, than my or the son whom he loved as the apple of his eye; soul blackened with your crimes. yet did he conceal the guilt of one who was dear
[Exit GEORGE, by the ruinous door in the unto him; he folded up the crime from the knowl
back scene, into the sacristy. edge of the tribunal; he removed the evidence of Rod. Brethren, sworn upon the steel and upon guilt, and withdrew the criminal from justice. the cord, to judge and to avenge in secret, without What does his perjury deserve ?
favor and without pity, what is your judgment Rod. Accuser, come before the altar ; lay thy upon George of Aspen, self-accused of perjury, and hand upon the dagger and the cord, and swear to resistance to the laws of our fraternity? the truth of thy accusation.
[Long and earnest murmurs in the asAccu. (his hand on the altar.) I swear !
sembly. Rod. Wilt thou take upon thyself the penalty Rod. Speak your doom. of perjury, should it be found false?
ELDEST Mev. George of Aspen has declared himAccu. I will.
self perjured ;-the penalty of perjury is death! Rod. Brethren, what is
Rod. Father of the secret judges-Eldest among [The Members confer a moment in whis- | those who avenge in secret-take to thee the steel
and the cord;—let the guilty no longer cumber the ELDEST MEM. Our voice is, that the perjured land. brother merits death,
ELDEST MEM. I am fourscore and eight years old. Rod. Accuser, thou hast heard the voice of the My eyes are dim, and my hand is feeble; soon shall assembly; name the criminal.
I be called before the throne of my Creator ;-How Accu. George, Baron of Aspen.
shall I stand there, stained with the blood of such [A murmur in the assembly. a man! A MEM. (suddenly rising.) I am ready, accord- Rod. How wilt thou stand before that throne, ing to our holy laws, to swear, by the steel and loaded with the guilt of a broken oath? The blood the cord, that George of Aspen merits not this ac- of the criminal be upon us and ours ! cusation, and that it is a foul calumny.
ELDEST MEM. So be it, in the name of God! Accu. Rash man! gagest thou an oath so lightly?
[He takes the dagger from the altar, goes MEM. I gage it not lightly. I proffer it in the
slowly towards the back scene, and recause of innocence and virtue.
luctontly enters the sacristy.
ELDEST JUDGE. (from behind the scene.) Dost thou Rod. Isabella of Aspen, thou hast heard thy acforgive me?
cusation. What canst thou answer! Geo. (behind.) I do! (He is heard to fall heavily.) Isa. That the oath of an accuser is no proof of
[Re-enter the old judge from the sacristy. guilt !
He lays on the altar the bloody dagger. Rod. Hast thou more to say? Rod. Hast thou done thy duty ?
Isa. I have. ELDEST Mem. I have. (He faints.)
Rod. Speak on. Rod. He swoons. Remove him.
Isa. Judges invisible to the sun, and seen only [He is assisted off the stage. During this by the stars of midnight! I stand before you, se
four members enter the sacristy, and cused of an enormous, daring, and premeditated bring out a bier covered with a pall, crime. I was married to Arnolf when I was only which they place on the steps of the altar. eighteen years old. Arnolf was wary and jealous; A deep silence.
ever suspecting me without a cause, unless it was Rod. Judges of evil, dooming in secret, and aveng- because he had injured me. How then should I ing in secret, like the Deity: God keep your thoughts plan and perpetrate such a deed? The lamb turns from evil, and your hands from guilt.
not against the wolf, though a prisoner in his den. BER. I raise my voice in this assembly, and cry, Rod. Have you finished ? Vengeance ! vengeance! vengeance !
Isa. A moment. Years after years have elapsed Rod. Enough has this night been done-(he rises without a whisper of this foul suspicion. Arnolf and brings BERTRAM forward.) Think what thou left a brother! though common fame had been doest-George has fallen—it were murder to slay silent, natural affection would have been heard both mother and son.
against me—why spoke he not my accusation? OT Ber. George of Aspen was thy victim--a sacri- has my conduct justified this horrible charge i No! fice to thy hatred and envy. I claim mine, sacred awful judges, I may answer, I have founded cloisi to justice and to my murdered brother. Resume ters, I have endowed hospitals. The goods that
thy place—thou canst not stop the rock thou hast Heaven bestowed on me I have not held back from put in motion.
the needy. I appeal to you, judges of evil, can Rod. (resumes his seat.) Upon whom callest thou these proofs of innocence be down-weighed by the for vengeance ?
assertion of an unknown and disguised, perchance BER. Upon Isabella of Aspen.
a malignant accuser ? Rod. She has been summoned.
Ber. No longer will I wear that disguise (throws HERALD. Isabella of Aspen, accused of murder back his mantle.) Dost thou know me now ! by poison, I charge thee to appear, and stand upon Isa. Yes; I know thee for a wandering minstrel, 1 thy defence.
relieved by the charity of my husband. [Three knocks are heard at one of the BER. No, traitress! know me for Bertram of doors-it is opened by the warder.
Ebersdorf, brother to him thou didst murder. Call
her accomplice, Martin. Hal turnest thou pale ? Enter ISABELLA, the veil still wr ped around her Isa. May I have some water -Apart.) Sacres
head, led by her conductor. All the members Heaven! his vindictive look is so like-
[Water is brought Rod. Uncover her eyes.
A MEM. Martin died in the hands of our brethren. [The veil is removed. ISABELLA looks wild- Rod. Dost thou know the accuser, lady? ly round
Isa. (reassuming fortitude.) Let not the sinking Rod. Knowest thou, lady, where thou art ? of nature under this dreadful trial be imputed to
the consciousness of guilt. I do know the accuser Rod. Say thy guess.
-know him to be outlawed for homicide, and unIsa. Before the Avengers of blood.
der the ban of the empire: his testimony cannot Rod. Knowest thou why thou art called to their be received. presence ?
ELDEST JUDGE. She says truly. Isa. No.
BER. (to RODERIC.) Then I call upon thee and Rod. Speak, accuser.
William of Wolfstein to bear witness to what you Ber. I impeach thee, Isabella of Aspen, before know. this awful assembly, of having murdered, privily
Ron. Wolfstein is not in the assembly, and my and by poison, Arnolf of Ebersdorf, thy first hus- place prevents me from being a witness. band.
BER. Then I will call another: meanwhile let ROD. Canst thou swear to the accusation? the accused be removed.
BER. (his hand on the altar.) I lay my hand on Rod. Retire, lady. the steel and the cord, and swear.
[ISABELLA is led to the sacristy
Isa. I guess.
Isa. (in going off.) The ground is slippery, life! Myself! myself! I could not bear thou Heavens! it is floated with blood !
shouldst know-Oh! (Dies.) [Exit into the sacristy. Rud. Oh! let me go-let me but try to stop her Rod. (apart to BERTRAM.) Whom dost thou mean blood, and I will forgive all. to call ?
[BERTRAM whispers. Rod. Drag him off and detain him. The voice Rod. This goes beyond me. (After a moments of lamentation must not disturb the stern deliberthought.) But be it so, Maltingen shall behold ation of justice. Aspen humbled in the dust. (Aloud.) Brethren, Rud. Bloodhound of Maltingen! Well beseems the accuser calls for a witness who remains with thee thy base revenge! The marks of my son's out: admit him.
[All muffle their faces. lance are still on thy craven crest! Vengeance on
the band of ye! Enter RUDIGER, his eyes bound or covered, leaning
[RUDIGER is dragged off to the sacristy. upon two members ; they place a stool for him, Rod. Brethren, we stand discovered! What is and unbind his eyes.
to be done to him who shall descry our mystery? Rod. Knowest thou where thou art, and before ELDEST JUDGE. He must become a brother of whom
our order, or die! Rud. I know not, and I care not. Two strangers Rod. This man will never join us! He cannot summoned me from my castle to assist, they said, put his hand into ours, which are stained with the at a great act of justice. I ascended the litter blood of his wife and son : he must therefore die! they brought, and I am here.
(Murmurs in the assembly.) Brethren! I wonder not Rod. It regards the punishment of perjury and at your reluctance; but the man is powerful, has the discovery of murder. Art thou willing to as- friends and allies to buckler his cause. It is over sist us?
with us, and with our order, unless the laws are Rud. Most willing, as is my duty.
obeyed. (Fainter murmurs.) Besides, have we Rod. What if the crime regard thy friend? not sworn a deadly oath to execute these statutes ? Rud. I will hold him no longer so.
(A dead silence.) Take to thee the steel and the Rod. What if thine own blood ?
cord (to the eldest judge.) Rud. I would let it out with my poniard.
ELDEST JUDGE. He has done no evil—he was the Rod. Then canst thou not blame us for this deed companion of my battle—I will not ! of justice. Remove the pall. (The pall is lifted, Rod. (to another.) Do thou—and succeed to the beneath which is discovered the body of GEORGE, rank of him who has disobeyed. Remember your pale and bloody. RUDIGER staggers towards it.) oath! (Member takes the dagger, and goes irreso
Rud. My George ! my George! Not slain manly lutely forward; looks into the sacristy, and comes in battle, but murdered by legal assassins. Much, back.) much may I mourn thee, my beloved boy; but Mem. He has fainted-fainted in anguish for his not now-not now: never will I shed a tear for wife and his son; the bloody ground is strewed thy death till I have cleared thy fame.-Hear me, with his white hairs, torn by those bands that have ye midnight murderers, he was innocent (raising fought for Christendom. I will not be your butcher. his voice)-upright as the truth itself. Let the -(Throws down the dagger.) man who dares gainsay me lift that gage. If the BER. Irresolute and perjured! the robber of my Almighty does not strengthen these frail limbs, to inheritance, the author of my exile, shall die ! make good a father's quarrel, I have a son left, who Rod. Thanks, Bertram. Execute the doomwill vindicate the honor of Aspen, or lay his bloody secure the safety of the holy tribunal ! body beside his brother's.
[BERTRAM seizes the dagger, and is about to Rod. Rash and insensate! Hear first the cause.
rush into the sacristy, when three loud Hear the dishonor of thy house.
knocks are heard at the door. Isa. (from the sacristy.) Never shall he hear it ALL. Hold! Hold ! till the author is no more! (RUDIGER attempts to [The Duke of Bavaria, attended by many rush towards the sacristy, but is prevented. ISABELLA members of the Invisible Tribunal, enters, enters wounded, and throws herself on GEORGE's
dressed in a scarlet mantle trimmed with body.)
ermine, and wearing a ducal crown.- -He Isa. Murdered for me-for me! my dear, dear
carries a rod in his hand.- All rise.-A son !
murmur among the members, who whisper Rud. (still held.) Cowardly villains, let me loose !
to each other, “ The Duke,” “ The Chief," Maltingen, this is thy doing! Thy face thou wouldst
&c. disguise, thy deeds thou canst not! I defy thee Rod. The Duke of Bavaria! I am lost. to instant and mortal combat !
DUKE. (sees the bodies.) I am too late—the vicIsa. (looking up.) Nol no! endanger not thy | tims have fallen.
Hen. (who enters with the Duke.) Gracious Heav- Rod. Lord Duke, thou hast charged me with en! O George!
treachery-thou art my liege lord—but who else Rud. (from the sacristy.) Henry—it is thy voice dares maintain the accusation, lies in his throat. -save me! [Henry rushes into the sacristy. HEN. (rushing from the sacristy.) Villain! I ac
DUKE. Roderic of Maltingen, descend from the cept thy challenge! seat which thou hast dishonored—(RODERIC leaves Rod. Vain boy! my lance shall chastise thee in his place, which the Duke occupies.) —Thou standest the lists—there lies my gage. accused of having perverted the laws of our order; DUKE. Henry, on thy allegiance, touch it not. for that, being a mortal enemy to the house of (To RODERIC.) Lists shalt thou never more enter; Aspen, thou hast abused thy sacred authority to lance shalt thou never more wield (draus kis pander to thy private revenge ; and to this Wolf- sword.) With this sword wast thou dubbed a stein has been witness.
knight; with this sword I dishonor thee-I thy Rod. Chief among our circles, I have but acted prince—(strikes him slightly with the flat of the according to our laws.
sword)—I take from thee the degree of knight, the Duke. Thou hast indeed observed the letter of dignity of chivalry. Thou art no longer a free our statutes, and woe am I that they do warrant German noble ; thou art honorless and rightless; this night's bloody work! I cannot do unto thee the funeral obsequies shall be performed for thee as I would, but what I can I will. Thou hast not as for one dead to knightly honor and to fair fame; indeed transgressed our law, but thou hast wrested thy spurs shall be hacked from thy heels; thy and abused it: kneel down, therefore, and place arms bafilled and reversed by the common executhy hands betwixt mine. (RODERIC kneels as di- tioner. Go, fraudful and dishonored, hide thy rected.) I degrade thee from thy sacred office shame in a foreign land! (RODERIC shows a darb (spreads his hands, as pushing RODERIC from him.) expression of rage.) Lay hands on Bertram of If after two days thou darest to pollute Bavarian Ebersdorf: as I live, he shall pay the forfeiture of ground by thy footsteps, be it at the peril of the his outlawry. Henry, aid us to remove thy father steel and the cord (RODERIC rises.) I dissolve this from this charnel-house. Never shall he know the meeting (all rise.) Judges and condemners of dreadful secret. Be it mine to soothe his sorrors, others, God teach you knowledge of yourselves! and to restore the honor of the House of Aspen (All bend their heads-Duke breaks his rod, and comes forward.)
(Curtain slowly falls.)
“ BETROTHED," Verses from the, 715-
garding a passage in Marmion, 85, n., gend,” 639. Dedication to her of on the ballad of, 553.
Bethune, or Beaton, family of, 57.
105. 524, n. ; 729, n.
Bigotry, personification of, 276.
Balfour of Burley, epitaph on, 666. Binram's Corse, tradition of, 161.
IMITATIONS OF," 555.
" BLACK Dwarf,” Mottoes from the,
FROM THE GERMAN," 609. Blackford-hill, 122.
and Poems, ancient, very Black-mail, 32. 263.
few manuscript records of discovered, Blackwater, Battle of, in Ireland, 367.
“ BLACK KNIGHT's Song, THE," 683.
Collections of, by Pepys, 543. Blackwood's Magazine, 551, n.; critical
“ Letters on the Author of Waverley," mous editor, ib. Miller and Chapman, Blair, Right Honorable Robert, Lord
544. James Watson, ib. Allan Ram- President of the Court of Session, death
say, ib. Dr. Percy, ib. Evans, 548. of, 269.
550. Sir J. G. Dalzell, ib. Robert Blood of which party first shed, an augury
lay, ib. Kinloch, ib. C. K. Sharpe, Blood-hound, or Sluith-hound, 59. 186.
ib. And Rev. C, H, Hartshorne, 552. “ Blue-blanket,” the, 704, n.
Ballantyne, Mr. James, Border Minstrel- “ Boat Song,'' 197.
sy, the first work printed by him, 550. Bohun, Sir Henry de, his encounter with
570. Letters from Scott to, 236, 238. King Robert Bruce, 460. 496.
292. 306. 310, 313, 322. 354. His re- “ BOLD DRAGOON, or the Plain of Bada-
from the Edinburgh stage, 671, n. Bolero, a Spanish dance, 287.
Bonaparte, Napoleon, allusions to in
Mr. John, 665.
“The Vision of Don Roderick," 277.
281, 282. And in "The Field of Wa-
terloo,"! 504-511, passim. A postro-
Bannerman, Miss Anne, her “Tales of Bond of Alliance, or feud stanching,
betwixt the clans of Scott and Kerr
“ Bonnets of Bonny Dundee," Song to
the air of, 759.
" BORDER BALLAD," 689.
Borderers, English, excommunication of,
“ Bard's INCANTATION, THE," writ- by the Bishop of Durham (1498), 248.
ed the Protector Somerset, 74. Custom
Scottish, moss-troopers after the
vnion of the crowns, 59. Religion, 60.
Speed in collecting large bodies of horse,
68. Places of their herdsmen's refuge,
ib. March-treason, 72. Form of Oath,
Beal' an Duine, skirmish at, 233. 267. ib. Instances of the cruelty which oc-
casionally attended their warfare, 69.
Dr., lines from, on the power of Regulations in 1648, 73. Friendly in-
fancy, 305, n.
tercourse with the English, 74. Foot-
ball play, ib. Pursuit of marauders
Sir James, 599, n.
called the hot-trod, 75. Robbers quello
ed by K. James V., 247. Manner ot
Bell-Rock Lighthouse, lines on visiting, carrying on depredations, 363. Taste
for poetry and music, 542.
Borough-moor of Edinburgh, 168.
Bothwell, Adam Hepburn, Earl of (temp.
Jac. IV.), 167.
Francis Stewart, Earl of (temp.
Jae. VI.), 244.
James Hepburn, Earl of (temp.
282, 283. His training the Portuguese Mary), 74. 118.
“BOTHWELL CASTLE," 628.
Bowhill, 52, n.
Bracklinn Cascade, 195. 245.