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" Baptize—baptize!” she repeated, to know the worst at once, I asked looking round inquiringly on her com- the woman, had the Tierna been ever panions, “what is that?"
christened?" “ Never," she said ; “ Hush!” said another with a re "but,” she added, " if you would have proving look ; " dont you know that it done to the Tierna Oge, we can catch the bantierna is of the Kinel-Chriost ?” a priest, and make him do that work,
And, blessed Virgin,” I exclaimed, as we made the abbot of Bangor do are you not Christians also ?”
the other.” “ No, bantierna," replied the first “ And how," I asked, “if Mac Gillspeaker, with a look of unconscious more be, as you say, ignorant of these surprise, are of the Kinel-Gill. things, did he know that it was nemore."
cessary to have the abbot of Bangor I snatched my baby from her arms, to say the marriage words between us? and sank back on a seat, so shocked “ He had heard of the like, I suppose," and horrified that I could not utter a she said, " when he was with O'Neill, word. The women crowded round preying the Scots of Loch Ryan : he amazed and commiserating ; but she was among the Kinel-Chriost' at that who had reproved the tirst speaker time for the space of three moons." pushed them back, and desired them Little as I could expect he would have to leave her alone with me. She then learned from such companions as the sat down and strove to console me in galloglass and kerns of O'Neill, yet, the best way she could. Bantierna,” even this was some consolation, and I she said, “ you must not be angry with fondly hoped that he might have gained them, for they do not know what you more knowledge during that experience mean. And it would be hard for of the world within the pale of the creatures like us to know any thing Church, than he had thought fit to combut hardship and sorrow, when we have municate to his wild kindred without it. been outcasts and wanderers beyond I determined, therefore, to wait his the memory of man. I am an old return with as much resignation as I woman now," she continued, “and it could. Meanwhile, the care of my new is just as much as I can remember, that charges occupied me to the happy exwhen I was a little girl there was some clusion of too much meditation. Bat, word of what you said going among in what a scene I found myself! kins. the kindred, and I have heard Adam men and kinswomen, all pagans! The Garv, that is gone, say himself, that women with whom I had to converse his mother used to tell him he had living with the fathers of their children been christened, all but his right hand, in a state of nature. The children grow. -and that they had left it untouched, ing up to follow their parents' savage ex. that it might strike the harder blow.” ample-the maintenance of a wretched
Father, you may judge what I felt, life their only care here, and the beas I sat looking on the face of my queathing of similar cares to another infant born among such a kindred, generation, their only hope bereafter. while the poor garrulous creature uncon Yet nature in their hearts was human sciously went on adding pang to pang, nature still; and, if their untamed pastill I thought, as I pressed my baby to sions were strong, so, too, were their my breast, that the heart within would affections, nor could I have hoped that have broken asunder. I had known I, the sister of their persecutors, could that Hugh paid no respect to the ever have been made such an object of persons
of churchmen: I had seen good will, as I soon became amongst that he was negligent of all the domes- them. Hugh had all their hearts, and tic observances that the church pre- for his sake they tried to love me, and scribes to her children; and I had even before he returned, I had experiexcused him for both from the con- enced many generous proofs of their sciousness that I had acquiesced in devotion. It was never in my nature them ; but I had hoped to see him to cherish aversion towards any being ; forgiven, and to be received back with much less towards those whose chiefest him, before I died, into the bosom of pleasure seemed to be to serve me ; so the church, for, that he was like my- that by the time Hugh came back, my self, a baptized Christian, I had never premeditated reproaches were already doubted till now. But now, anxious half-forgotten, and I went to meet him
more in the fulness of forgiveness than my efforts for Hugh's conversion, and, of sorrow. But it was little time I had as I have told you, failed. You may for either reproach or condolence. The wonder why I have not blamed him prey had been recovered, but not without more for concealing bis beathenish burning the bawn in which the plun- condition from me at first ; but, in truth, derers had taken shelter. The bawn was I well believe his excuse, that, save the the courtyard of the church of Drum, marriage ceremony, he knew of little and the hands and face of my husband else that I would desire, and knowing were black with the smoke of sacrilege, that he could, at any time, procure that for ehurch and altar had both been re- service by force, as he did, hie scarce duced to ashes in the fray, and priests thought of other obstacles at all. But, as well as laymen, had perished in the as I told you, father, although I might flames. The pastures of our retreat excite his wonder or his curiosity, by vere insufficient to graze the recovered telling him of the sacred mysteries of herds, and we must prepare to fly that our religion, I could never succeed in very night into the more extensive gaining from him any further regard for fastnesses of Kilultagh. If we were not them than he already entertained for on the borders of our new place of the lying legends of bards and rhymers. refuye before sunset, all chance of es. He offered me, indeed, at whatever risk, cape from the multitude, now in pursuit to bring a priest, by force, to christen of us, would be cut off. All was con the child, but I viewed the sin of the fusion and excitement, marshalling the sacrilege as greater than the danger of herds and baggage horses; framing new the infant's remaining a little longer as litters for the wounded ; packing up he was, and would not consent. Four household goods, and strapping the years passed, and the kindred continued children on their mothers' backs for unmolested in their deserts. I had, in the journey. Hugh had no time for a great measure, reconciled myself to anything but his duties to the kindred. the life we led, and would have been He did not even wait to wash the quite happy but for the thoughts of our marks of the conflict from his person. godless estate, which I could never I was lifted into a litter, with my infant banish from my mind. One of Hugh's in my arms, and it was not till we were fosterers had ventured into the low half an hour on our march, that he rode country, and brought us word that it up beside me. Overwhelmed, as I was, was given out among my people that I with grief and astonishment, I could say had fallen, by accident, into a pool of little : he was in deep distress, yet still the river, and was drowned. This was filled with indignation against the plun- pleasant news to me, for it had often derers of the kindred, but he said that, caused me many a bitter tear to think although for my sake it went against his what a stain it would be upon my kinneart to lay the torch to a church door, dred, if it were known that I had fled there were now hundreds depending on with a pagan, and still more, if it were bim for their very existence, and that, believed, as I feared it would be, that sooner than let one of them suffer an I was that pagan's paramour. Thus, hour's starvation, while the herds of father, I have brought down my history which they had been plundered could to the time when I first settled into a be rescued by either fire or sword, he reluctant acquiescence in the wretched would see all the churches of Ireland in fate I had brought on myself, and flames over the heads of their enemies. henceforth you are to view me as yieldWhat could I say or do? Reproaching, day by day, to the confirming was worse than useless. I had gone too power of custom, until I grew at length far from the first moment I left my home not only hopeless, but, I blush to say, with him, to turn back. I pressed my careless of breaking through it. And poor infant to my bosom, and submitted now began the hardships and misfortunes to the evils which I could not redress. which brought the kindred into the Our new retreat was the wildest country troubles that have pursued them without I had yet seen. It was a far different intermission for the last five years. A home from the lovely valley I had left; dry summer forced us to drive our herds but, for a while we had peace among to low land for the convenience of its rocks and marshes, and, during this water. Some of the cattle strayed down period of comparative security, I made farther, and were not recovered till they
had got upon the borders of Turlogh morning, with a guard of four fosterers. Moyle Mac Henry's country. Our I had not been here for more than three fosterers who went after them were months, and I was not expected, so known to some of Turlogh's people: that after passing the outer posts we and they, holding of the prior of Mucka came down upon the kindred unawares. more, pursued them. They escaped by It was just at the descent over the speed of foot, but our retreat was disco- northern brow of the hill, down which vered, and in three days after, we were Mac Gillmore brought you yesterday, driven back into our old pastures by that we met him and the heads of the the church vassals of the valley: Our clan coming up with two strangers. cattle took a murrain and died upon We met, face to face, on the narrow the mountain, and we were reduced to path, and they were so haggard, from famine before the little corn we had was their imprisonment, that at first I did ready for the reaping-hook. Then the not know my brothers, for they were kindred bruke loose from the heart of sorely changed since I had seen them the hills in despair, and lifted a prey nine years before, in the pride of youth out of the grange lands of Nalteen. and manly beauty. Both their beards But there was no rest for their feet in
were grown span long, but Alan looked Moylinny,for the Quins of Edenduffcar- the sterner and paler. The first glance rick, and the O'Haras of the Glen, rose I had of them, and even before I recog. upon us, and we were forced back on nized my brothers, I saw that there this side of the Ollarva again. Here we was something amiss ; for Mac Gillmore held our own for a winter, and in the signed impatiently and fiercely for my spring made good this post upon Ben- escort to turn back-what he had never madigan, which we account the fastest done before, and I coming to meet himwe have ever possessed ; but the pasture and seemed to make an effort to withis scanty, and we have to keep our main draw their attention from me. But herds farther inland. And now, father, Raymond, the moment he beheld my my sad history draws to the conclusion. face, sprang forward and grasped the You may be sure that, when the report reins of the leading horse. I knew of our being forced from our mountain him then, and screamed aloud, for he retreat went abroad, my brothers were looked at me with a terrible countenance. not backward in coming against us with Depart in peace, Sirs," I then heard the rest. But Mac Gillmore met them Mac Gillmore saying to them ; "she is at the fords, where he had overthrown my wife.” Then Raymond said he them before, and bad the victory a lied, and called me by one viler name second time, for they were taken by than I deserved, and Mac Gillmore surprise at night, and both Raymond struck him a blow with the handle of and Alan fell into our hands. I was his dagger in the face, but Alan ran up with the main creaght in the interior, and held Raymond back, crying that nor did I know that my brothers were all they wanted was to murder him, and prisoners until long after ; for they were said words that I remember to this kept in the caves here under strong day—“Hold back, Raymond. Do not ward, and it was not till their ransom acknowledge her : she is dead-she is had been paid that what I am about drowned-you know that this is no now to tell you, happened. My young- sister of ours.” “ That may do to tell est child—she was a little girl, father, at Dundonald," Raymond cried, “but the only girl we had-she is gone now if all the kindred stood present, I would 'with the rest, God be good to her in- not hold my hand from the pagan vilnocent soul! for my Harry Dhas is the lain who has brought this blot upon our only one that sickness and hardship house," and, at the words, he tore have left me—but, father, the child had himself out of Alan's grasp, and wrenchfallen sick, and the doctor of the clan was ing a sword from one of the clan, with Mac Gillmore on Benmadigan. who stood beside, he rushed upon I would have sent for him, but that I Mac Gillmore, who had barely time knew he could ill be spared from the to draw his weapon before they were attendance of two of the kindred who engaged in deadly combat. Alan were lying wounded in the caves. So and our fosterers ran in to part them, I determined to take the child to him, but Mac Gillmore cried that he would inyself, and, accordingly, I mounted strike the first man dead who interfered. a litter and came across the hills that and when I fell among the rocks in
“ Not as,
springing from the litterto rush between tive, the lady awaiting the severe senthem, i could bear him over the clash- tence which she felt her faults and ing of their weapons calling to his peo- errors had deserved, the kindly eccleple to let the Mac Seneschals go free, siastic pondering the gentlest mode of come what might; for they had thrown consolation for one afflicted with such themselves upon Alan, and would have numerous and unexampled misfortunes. surely slain "him had Mac Gillmore “Daughter," at length he said, “it is a fallen. But, alas, alas ! how could a blessed thing that thou canst suffer so worn and broken prisoner stand long much without repining. I have heard before the keenest swordsman in Ulster, many woeful histories, but thy griefs fresh from the field, and fighting on are without parallel. Yet thy sins bis own ground? When I fell, their have also been great, nor have these swords had not crossed ten times, and calamities fallen on thee unprovoked. when I rose, Raymond was a corpse Thou hast been in some measure an upon the green sward at my feet. The apostate from the faith, and, notwithlove for my brother that had lain dead standing the wrongs done thy people in my breast for nine long years was by the church, I can call thine abetrevived. I cast myself down beside ting of Mac Gillmore's feud little else him; I kissed his lips, and mourned than sacrilege. Thy marriage, too, over him with such a grief as I never was far from such a ceremony as ought felt before, except for my own child. to have satisfied a virtuous maiden, yet Mac Gillmore stood a moment, and I would not on that account call thy contemplated the work of his hands, child altogether illegitimate. But thou then, in a low voice, bad his people must no longer be the mother of a form a bier of branches, and bear the pagan. Bring me thy boy, and under dead man to his kindred, who awaited God we will begin the blessed work by him at the remote outposts ; and then, christening him.” turning to Alan, he said, “Dhuine The lady's countenance, which had Wasail, depart in peace.”
been downcast and troubled as brother I will come again,” said Alan, and I Virgil recapitulated the instances of looked up as he spoke, and oh, father, her guilt or disgrace, suddenly grew the glance he cast at me was hard to bright with joyful emotion. “ May bear, though he spoke not a word to Heaven reward you, holy and blessed me, but still addressed himself to Mac man!” she exclaimed, rising with glad Gillmore.“ Pagan,” he said, " when looks to seek the boy. I come again, we will bave a fairer field," Nay, daughter,” said brother Virgil, and turning sullenly away, be strode up “call me not by these titles, which bethe path. I thought he would have long to God's saints alone. I am but spoken to me. I could not let him go a poor servant of the blessed Francis, thus. I rose and followed him : he and such service as I can render thee would not hear me : I clasped his is to be accounted to his praise and mantle; he turned and pushed me away: honour, not to mine.” I would have again supplicated him to Glory be to his name," cried the speak to nie, though I scarce knew lady, as Harry Oge, whom she had what I could have said to appease him, risen to seek, entered at the door, acbut Mac Gillmore came up, and lifting companied by his foster-father and me like an infant, bore me back to the tutor, Owen Grumagh. litter, where he placed the child in my “ Glory be to his name, indeed," arms, and I followed bim to the cave ejaculated brother Virgil ; "he bas in silence. From that day I have sent the boy in good time; come hither, known no peace. The bleeding images my son : thou art a fair boy, may of my brother and father are constantly Heaven bless thee! what is thy name?" before my eyes. In my dreams I think " Harry Oge Mac Hugh More I see Alan coming : his words are ever Mac Adam, and I am of the clan Gillin my ears. It is all the punishment more,” replied the boy boldly. of my sin and folly ; but blessed be He “ And who gave thee that name, my who inflicts it, I have learned to bear son ?" asked the Franciscan. His judgments with resignation.” “ The kindred call me plain Harry ;
Both sat silent for a few minutes but the other is my name by right;" after she had finished her sad narra was the boy's answer.
“ And wouldst thou rather be called thou not tell me that thy mother would by that long name than by plain never have gone to the wood with Mac Harry?" asked brother Virgil. Gillmore if they had not been wedded
“ No ;" replied the boy ; " but if I by a lord abbot." were a Tierna More, and had conquered “ Ay,” said the boy ; "and who all my enemies, the bards would say, says that they were not ?" when they were asked who fought the " No one, my brave boy; but just great breach, or who drove the great as the bantierna would not have gone prey, that it was Harry Oge Mac with thy father without being wedded; Hugh More Mac Adam, and then so no lady of the land would go with they would all know that I was not thee if she knew that thou hadst not bleared Harry Mac Hugh Calvagh, been christened by a priest.” nor limping Harry Mac Hugh Beg." “What is it like?” said the boy, ad
The good brother smiled, and, pat- vancing a step, but still holding his ting the boy's dark curly head, ex foster-father by the band. claimed, “ Mayest thou indeed be fa Nay, Harry," said the lady, “come mous among the bards, my son ; but to the holy man at once; he is only neither for fighting battles nor for going to pronounce thy name, and give driving preys.
thee his blessing, as the priest did with “ And what else would a man be me when I also was a child." famous for?” demanded the boy. " And did the priest do it to my
" My son,” replied the good old father too ?" said Harry, still hanging monk, some men have been famous back, although strongly tempted by for one thing, some for another. Ol- the advantages held out by brother lav Fola was famous for giving good Virgil. laws to his people; Cormac Mac "No, my child," replied the lady; Cuillenan gained great honor for “your father was not so fortunate ; but piety and holiness. Wouldst thou your grandfather, and all your people not rather be famous for doing good, down to your grandfather's time, were as these renowned princes shall be to duly baptized as became a Christian the end of time, than be known to the kindred-son of Rory, you know that bards, as others are, for nothing but what I say is true.” bloodthirstiness, and cruelty, and co " It is true, indeed," said Owen; “I vetousness? Wouldst thou not rather remember Adam Gary saying so himbe Harry Lainh Fosgaltagh, than self, and, for a token, he would tell us Harry Lamh Dearg ?"
that they had left his right hand un“ I would rather be Harry Lamh christened, that it might hit the harder; Laider than either,” cried the boy; but Adam would laugh when he would “ for the strong hand rules all.” tell the story; for he was kithogue, and
“ Well, so as thou dost rule justly struck sorest with his left.” and mercifully, be Harry of the strong “ But we will christen thee, my son, hand with God's blessing,” cried brother both right and left, and hand and foot," Virgil; and now, bantierna, get me the said brother Virgil, holding out his water in a pure vessel, and we will be hand to the boy. his sponsors ourselves for want of But Harry and his tutor still hesibetter."
tated. “ You will put no charm upon “ What are you going to do to the me ?" asked the one.
What you are Tierna Oge, Gilly Francisagh ?" de- going to do will not turn him against manded Owen, who had stood by, the kindred ?" stipulated the other. listening in silent pride to his pupil's “ What, son of Rory, think you I ready answers; and now seemed to would consent to have the Tierna Oge think it high time to interfere when turned against his people ?" said the he saw the monk busied in preparing lady, indignantly. the consecrated water—"are you going The clansman, awed by an authority to put incantations on my foster son ?” which had never been exerted in vain,
« The holy man is going to christen yielded without dispute : “as the banmy child, son of Rory," said the lady. tierna pleases,” he said, leading his
** What is that ?" asked the boy, foster-son forward, and coinmitting drawing back.
him into the hands of the Franciscan. “My son,” said the monk, "didst The boy at first showed a somewhat