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Justly now come pain and care,
Tears and sighing sadness;
Grief should nourish gladness.
Oh, then, meet we cheerly
On our souls stamped clearly.
He, He only knoweth
Unscourged sinner showeth.
Trust His Love unfearing;
At thy Lord's appearing.
A HISTORICAL SKETCH,
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MAUDE OF NORMANDY, 1070.
Against the dreaded hour,
Where kings have little power,
One victim is before me there.'-Scoti.
years ago. 'Merrie England' it was indeed
the land was gone.
The battle of Hastings, by which William of Nor mandy obtained the British throne, had only just been fought, the Nornian Conquerors were fierce and rapacious the vanquished Saxons sullen and despairing.
We now know that much of our national greatness may be traced to the blending of Norman and Saxon character of the impetuous bravery of the former, with the stund independence of the latter, and we look back to the event that brought this about, and see the Hand of God in them. But many years passed away before these results wert obtained, and meanwhile, the races remained apart, like two meeting rivers which run sullenly side by side for a space, and then slowly begin to mingle their waters ani blend their hues together.
The Conqueror attempted to win over some of the Thane by flattery and deceitful promises. Amongst these were Edwin, Earl of Chester, and his brother Morcar, two brave young noblemen, of great weight and authority in the north of England. William invited these fair-haired Saxons to his court, amused them with tilts and feastingt and even promised the hand of his young daughter Maudes to Edwin, the elder brother. Most likely he never meant to fulfil this engagement, but it suited him to keep Edwin near him in a sort of honourable captivity. Having ** duced his new subjects to obedience, William resolved to pay a visit to his wife and children in Normandy; and in March, 1067, embarked for his native shore, accompanied by many noble Saxons. Amongst these were the good and gentle Edgar Etheling, sole descendant of King Alfred, Stigand, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Earls Edwin and Morcar. The expedition must have been most galling to English pride, and we may imagine the haughty young Thanes chafing in spirit, while they rode after their new master through the streets of Rouen.
give forth one shout,' as they passed, and the sun shone with unwonted and Midsummer brightness. Earl Edwin
• The city seemed
hich is and his fair-haired companions attracted great notice by
the beauty and nobleness of their faces, their tall strongly tere fiert sist kait frames
, and their dresses, crusted with gold and silver.
The next three months were passed in gaiety and knightly er nationales diversions
, and we may conclude that Edwin grew recon. Man and uns diled to his position, since he was admitted into the royal
, and learned to know and love the gentle Maude. formier,
She was one of a large family, four brothers, (two of se Hand of whom, William Rufus and Henry, were afterwards kings efore the sake of England,) and six sisters. Their mother, Matilda of
, was a clever, spirited woman, her husband's best
friend of learned men, and a great builder of churches.
, and some very fine tapestry worked by her may still
be seen at Bayeux Cathedral, in Normandy. Nothing can = brother is be more curious than this tapestry, recording, as it does.
the warlike exploits of her lord. It presents a series of sirited the boy pictures of armed knights, horses with rich trappings, Foung dengan asing and engaged in deadly struggle ; as a whole, it is writh tilts els taps and boats crossing a sea of worsted work, warriors likelyhend Pery impressive, though the quaint figures and odd proad bi min
portions often make one smile. Matilda was a painstaking,
childhood been of a serious and quiet temper, and, by her
was crowned Queen of England. Earl Edwin e been want much time with his betrothed here. This venerable town, rich in Saxon legends and history from the days of
was now at its highest prosperity, and so thickly peopled, that it is said to have extended a mile further than it does in our day. The Conqueror built a strong castle there, but his family lived in the royal palace
, a bese were the ndant of
and Earle la
le the begin Frode after the 1). "The one ied, and the htness
of their Danish predecessors. Hyde Abbey, the burying. place of Alfred, was then standing, and there were, besides, more than forty parish churches in the city. Maude must often have worshipped in one or other of them, for she was very holy and pure of heart, and so much did she love to pray, that after death her knees were found quite worn and hardened with kneeling. Walls of Aint, strongly cemented with mortar, girded the city, and the river Itchen, crystal-like in its clearness and brightness, flowed murmuring through it. Chalky hille stood round, as if to protect the venerable town, and be yond them breezy sheep-downs stretched away for miles, and joined the grassy and wooded slopes on which Merdonija Castle then frowned. These were the scenes in which Edwin and Maude passed some bright moments together. At last, weary of waiting for the hand of his plighted bride, Edwin sought an interview with her father, and earnestly begged that a time might be fixed for their marriage. William, afraid of giving offence to his prond Normans by choosing a Saxon son-in-law, tried to put off the Earl with fair words. Edwin grew angry, uttered fierce threats, and in a fit of passion fled to one of his strongholds in the north. Here calm reflection, and per haps the image of the gentle Maude, brought him to his senses, and next Easter we find him again at Winchester, and seemingly reconciled to the king ; but as William's treacherous dealing grew more apparent, and all hopes of obtaining Maude's hand became fainter and fainter, the Thane's small stock of patience became exhausted. He broke off entirely with the king, and a second time retreated to the north.
Shortly after he was travelling northward through a thick forest, bound on some secret errand to the King of Scots, when a band of Normans suddenly fell upon him; he struggled with them desperately, but was slain at last
, with twenty of his faithful followers. The assassins carried
de Aber a his head to William, expecting a large reward, but even , and the 4 bis bard heart was melted, and at the sight of the long es in tbe c 4 "fair bair dabbled in blood,' he is said to have burst into
of heart 2: Near the spot where Earl Edwin fell, or at least Hath her le where be last was heard of, a singular curiosity was ith kontiz tamed up by the plough many years ago. It is a small ortar, girdik ve shield of silver about six inches long. Some Saxon words
in its cast are engraved upon it, their purport being that this shield Jugh it contains a charm both to protect her who wears it, and nerable to be lover for whose sake it is worn.' If it belonged to –tched apart Earl Edwin, it might have been a returned keepsake from Pes on this the Princess. We know nothing of what Maude felt or the seat is paid when the direful news was brought to her, but it hit moment ens likely that she afterwards spent much of her time Tiand of his le retirement with her sister Cecily. A historian, who with her bude maited the convent, says that he saw there one of King st be fire Willian's younger daughters, but had forgotten her name.
After a while, Maude's band was promised by her antitions father to Alfonso the Valiant, King of Castille, aj who had lately divorced his first wife. Maude wept and
prosed and vainly besought her father to release her from this hateful marriage, but his heart was set upon
From the earthly parent who thus sacrificed her, again at liebe turned to the Father of Spirits, and prayed that 'He 18; but arould rather take her to Himself' than suffer her to fall ent, and al ia muto the hands of the Spanish king.
She wished she might this wearie life foregoe,
And shortly turne unto her happy rest,'
with a splendid train of nobles, but ere she had traversed
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buried with very little pomp.
orthward to and to the bed enly fell mai Ut was devel The second
(To be continued.)