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‘Love thou thy land, with love far-brought
From out the storied Past, and used
Within the Present, but transfused
Through future time by power of thought.
It is the land that freemen till,
That sober-suited Freedom chose,
The land where girt with friends or foes
A man may speak the thing he will.
A land of settled government,
A land of just and old renown,
Where Freedom broadens slowly down
From precedent to precedent.'

ALFRED TENNYSON.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON: HURST AND BLACKETT, PUBLISHERS, SUCCESSORS TO HENRY COLBURN, 13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

1856.

249, W.244.

PRINTED BY CHARLES BEVAN AND SON, STREET'S BUILDINGS, CHAPEL STREET, GROSVENOR SQUARE. TO THE

RIGHT HONOURABLE

GEORGE WILLIAM FREDERICK,

EARL OF CARLISLE, K. G.,

LORD LIEUTENANT OF IRELAND,

WHOSE VIRTUES HAVE RENDERED HIS LIFE

A BENEFIT TO HIS COUNTRY,

AND ENDEARED HIM TO ALL CLASSES ;

THESE VOLUMES

ARE RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED

AS AN EXPRESSION OF ADMIRATION FOR THE UNTIRING ZEAL

HE HAS EVER EVINCED

IN ADVOCATING THOSE JUST AND MERCIFUL MEASURES,

THOSE WISE AND LIBERAL LAWS,

WHICH PROMOTE A NATION'S WELFARE

THROUGH THE ELEVATION OF

ITS PEOPLE.

MA DE LINE CLAR E.

CHAPTER I.

AN ENGLISH VILLA G E.

It was the close of a soft April day; when already something of summer warmth had stolen on the air; and the season, if wanting the affluent vegetation that clothes a later time, had yet a tenderness and delicacy peculiarly its own, forbidding regret that the year was still so little advanced. If, on such an eve, in the days now gone by, of long and toilsome travel, some wayfarer, exhausted by a journey commenced at sunrise, had arrived

VOL. I.

B

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