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The march, however, was conducted interruptions, for it is full of thought; with as much silence as possible; and and the voice of feeling is often the Miss Walton, riding between her bro- strongest when the lips are motionless ther and the Earl of Beverley, had and the tongue is mute. plenty of time for thought. The sky • But we will dwell no more upon had changed from gray to purple and such matters, for we have action before gold ; the expanse of the heavens had us instead of thought, deeds rather lost its glorious hues, as the sun rose than sensations. After a march of up above the horizon; and the morning about four hours, and a short pause of a somewhat dull and heavy day had for refreshment, the advanced party of fully dawned ere any one spoke, the troop was seen to halt upon a small except indeed when the few short eminence, while one of the troopers words of command and direction were rode back at full speed, bringing the necessary. The countenance of Lord intelligence that they saw a consideraWalton was grave, and even sad; and ble body of men drawn up at a short his sister, who watched it with some distance from Coventry. anxiety, at length inquired
" Are we
near ?" said Miss “ Do you anticipate any great dan. Walton. ger, Charles? You look very gloomy." “ Within three miles," replied the
“ Oh no, dearest Annie,” be an. earl. “ That is the spire of St. swered ; “ I think we are so far be- Michael's churcb rising over the slope. fore our enemies that we shall without You will see the city as soon as we doubt be able to join the king before pass the rise.-- Think you these are they are aware of our departure. But the king's troops, Major Randal ?" I cannot think of being obliged to “ Ay, such troops as they are," anleave that poor girl in the hands of swered the old officer ; we must that old hypocrite, Dry, without feel. have more and better before we do ing very sad. If he treat her ill woe much service." be to him, should he and I ever meet
“ It will be as well to despatch some again; but I trust he will be afraid to one to see," said Lord Walton. “I endanger his sanctified reputation. will send two of my servants, major. That is my only hope.
Here, Langan and Hartup, ride on The earl now joined in with that with all speed and bring me back news tone of calm cheerfulness which is the of the people who are before Coventry. most persuasive of hope; and with the I cannot divine why the king should halt peculiar charms of his conversation, before the gates. and the continual and brilliant variety “ There may be rogues within,” said which it displayed, led the thoughts Major Randal. And so it proved ; for of his companions to happier themes, on their arrival at the top of the slope, and almost made them believe that where Coventry, with its wide walls brighter days were before them. Since and beautiful spires, rose fair before the preceding night his manner had them, they saw a fire of musketry much changed towards Miss Walton : opened from the city upon a small there was a tenderness in it, a softness, party of royalist troops which apa tone which can only be called the proached too near the gates. tone of love ; and though both were Marching rapidly on, as soon as it more silent than they previously had was ascertained that the force they saw been, yet each, in that silence, was was that of Charles himself, they soon thinking of the other, and it is very reached the monarch's army, if so it dangerous so to do, unless we are dis- could be called, 'and Annie Walton posed to yield to feelings which in the found herself in the midst of a new end may master us altogether. Co
and animated scene. quetry may talk, may carry on unin- The king's face expressed much terrupted observation and reply ; in- grief and vexation, as sitting upon a difference may pursue the calm and powerful horse, he consulted with some easy current of conversation; and of his principal officers as to what was to avowed and satisfied love may hold un- be done on the rebellious refusal of Covbroken communion upon all the many entry to give himn admission. But when subjects of thought and imagination; he turned to receive the little reinbut in its early day true passion is fit- forcement which now joined him, his ful in its eloquence, full of silence and countenance assumed a glad and cheer.