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THE BETROTHED..

“ You do him wrong, Cynric, indeed you do. My

father always loved you as a son, would that I had “ I never heard

only loved you as a brother! It was your own impeOf any true affection, but was nipp'd

tuous, ungovernable spirit that brought this evil on With care, that, like the caterpillar, eats

you and on us. Oh, Cynric! I wish we had never The leaves of the spring's sweetest book-the rose."

MIDDLETON. known each other!" and Lucy's tears fell fast as she

hung weeping on her cousin's shoulder. “ Lucy! Lucy dear! do come down, if it is only for Cynric bit his lip, as he endeavoured to restrain one a minute! I have something very particular to say to of those ungovernable gusts of passion, which so often you;" but Lucy made no reply. “ Lucy Morgan, possessed him. “ This is no time for reproach or exLucy dear—It is l_Cynric Owen.” He threw a peb planation, Lucy,” he muttered; “I came here," and ble at the window; and, presently, it was gently now his voice was loud and hurried, “ to tell you, that opened, and the figure of a young girl appeared, gazing I love you better than ever; and by heaven I swear”cautiously around. “ My dear Lucy, can't you come “ Swear nothing now, Cynric !” interrupted Lucy, down to me?" exclaimed Cynric, as his dark eye exceedingly alarmed at the vehemence of her lover. sparkled in the moonlight with joy at the sight of his “ Remember, that I am here alone with you against cousin.

my father's express commands; and at an hour when I « Gracious heaven-Cynric! Is it you? in the name ought to be in my chamber. If you do, indeed, love of all that is rash, what has brought you here?"

me, be calm, I beseech you, Cynric." “ What should bring me here but my true love for “ I will, dearest, I will; l 'am a fool, Lucy, a you, Lucy?" But come down, and I will tell you all." mad-brained, thoughtless fool! But you must promise

Lucy hesitated a moment before she consented; but me one thing, that you will give me a meeting toshe did consent; for, although she well knew that her morrow evening at dusk at Lowry Pugh's cottage.” cousin Cynric was one of the wildest lads on the hill “I do promise," was Lucy's faint answer, side, she knew also he loved her with all the warmth “ And that you will come alone ?" and sincerity of his impetuous spirit: and, notwith “ I will." standing all his errors, her heart told her too truly J “ Then for the present, farewell! and may God that she loved him as fervently. So, throwing a cloak | shield you from all sorrow!" over her dress, she joined her impatient lover.

“ May he shield you, Cynric, from all harm; fareIt was a beautiful night; and of that sweet season well!” and so saying, the lovers kissed each other, when twilight had scarcely merged into darkness be. and Lucy entered the house, while Cynric stood gazing fore day begins to dawn. It was not yet ten o'clock, eagerly and anxiously at her chamber window, till he for Pryce Morgan, Lucy's father, was an utter enemy saw by her shadow passing between it, and the light to any innovation upon the usages of his ancestors; and of her candle, that she had safely reached her apartas the sun rose scarcely earlier than he did, so did the ment. He murmured a short prayer for her happiness, god of day descend not into the sea long before our and then bent his steps towards a lofty ridge of hills, Welsh squire retired to his dormitory. This, Cynric | that skirted the horizon from east to west, lying on the was well aware of; and he knew that his uncle was face of the green earth, like a huge land-leviathan. now soundly wrapped in sleep.

The situation of Cynric Owen was unfortunate in Lucy was the first to speak " For heaven's sake, every respect; and the shadow of a dark and evil destiny Cynric, why do you run this risk, when you know that had shrouded him even from his cradle. Born of a there is a warrant out against you for that unfortunate widowed mother, who had offended her kindred by affair at Duffryn? Indeed, indeed, you are too ven marrying a profligate young man, he came into the turesome.”

world, unwelcomed by those glad festivities, which “ Never mind, Lucy; so that I see you, and press commonly ushered in the birth of his kindred. On this kiss upon those sweet lips, I care not much about the contrary, he was received by his broken-hearted the risk. And how have you been, dear, and how is and discarded mother with tears and with hewailings : my worthy kinsman your father?".

for what comfort had she in the birth of such a babe? “We have been but sadly, Cynric—all of us. My and five years afterwards, when the hand of death was father grieves deeply about you, and seldom goes out upon her, the bitterness of the last hour was poignantly now."

sharpened by the conviction that her infant son was to “Grieves about me, Lucy! Oh no! he, who has be thrown upon the cold charity of unkind kindred. injured me so deeply, cannot care much about the But there was one amongst her numerous stock of welfare of his victim.”

uncles, aunts, and cousins, who was possessed of that

infirmity-a kind and compassionate heart; and while The facts, upon which the follow ing Tale is founded, occurred

he soothed the agony of her dying hour, he still farther jo a family of considerable note in North Wala.

NO, XXXVII, VOL. IV.

comforted the poor widow by promising to protect her 1 the * unfortunate affair," alluded to by Lucy, took child. This was her cousin Pryce Morgan, who took place. During a wrestling match between Cynric's home the boy, a mischievous urchin of five years old. I party, and some mountaineers from Caernarvonshire,

Pryce Morgan was himself a widower, with one 1 a dispute arose as to the fairness of one of the throws. child, and that a daughter. He loved his wife so 1 Words grew bigh, as they always do when Welshmen dearly, that her death, while yet in the full fragrance quarrel, and each party became more strenuous in of youth and loveliness, rendered him morose, irritable, 1 maintaining its point. From words the transition was and unhappy. Thus constituted, he was, of all per easy enough to blows, and before the fray ended, one sons, the most unfit to rear so wayward and unbending of the Caernarvonshire men was knocked on the head a spirit as Cynric Owen's. It required infinitely more and killed. It was said that the blow was given by skill and patience than the squire possessed, to bring Cynric; at all events, he, as the leader, and most iminto proper subjection and control the fierce will of his portant person of the party, was fixed upon as the young kinsman; and, from the very moment of his offender, and a warrant had been issued for his appre. domestication at Garthmeilan, his impulses were left | hension. Since this event he had not been at Garthto take their own course, not uncontrolled entirely, it | meilan since the night we have mentioned ; and Mr. is true, but controlled in such a manner as to render Morgan and Lucy were much alarmed at his absence, their possessor only more vehement, wild, and im as they had been fully apprized of the transaction. patient of correction.

They concluded, however, that he was concealed some. As Cynric approached towards manhood his dis- | where up in the mountains ; but they had in vain enposition assumed a more determined character, and deavoured to discover his retreat, as none of his usual his manners a more deeided tone. Impetuous as the associates knew any thing about it. mountain torrent, and swift in resolution as its flashing Faithful to her promise, and full of agitation, Lucy, waters, his purposes were executed without a single at the appointed hour, sought Lowry Pugh's cottage. reflection as to their expediency or consequences. Lowry was one of those aged pensioners, who are to “ Uncle !"' he would say to his guardian, “ I am going | be found attached to the demense of every Welsh to Chester-fair to-morrow. I know that the snow is squire : her best days had been spent in the service of deep in the valleys, and that the road is patbless and the family; and her old age was now petted and properilous; but I have promised Lucy a fairing, my tected by its members, in return for the fidelity of her word is pledged to it, and I must go." And before he | attachment. The old woman, now more than “ threewas sixteen years old has he ventured forth from the score years and ten,” was very comfortable, and all middle of Merionethshire on horseback to Chester, in that she wanted, she said, was to see her dear Miss the depth of winter, and in such weather, as the Lucy happily married. Lately Lucy had spent a good boldest shepherd dared not encounted. It was useless, 1 deal of her time at old Lowry's cottage; for she had and worse than useles, to remonstrate with him, and so made the old woman a confidant respecting that which, his kinsman never attempted it, and he was permitted by the way, every one about the house sufficiently to do as he pleased, unchided, and often unquestioned. knew, namely, her love for Cynric; and she delighted

One being, one gentle being, there was at Garth. to talk of him, especially now that his fate was so meilan, who could assuage the fierce passion of Cynric uncertain and overshadowed. It was, therefore, no Owen, sometimes even in its hottest moments. Need I cause of alarm to Lowry to see Lucy enter her humble add that Lucy Morgan was that gentle being ? with a dwelling after sunset; although her agitation on the beauty more winning than commanding, more confiding present occasion did not long escape her notice. “Dear than imposing, and with a disposition so sweet and child," said the old woman, “ you are not well; tell gentle, yet resolute enough upon occasion, Lucy pre nie, what is the matter ?” sented a direct contrast to her cousin. Yet was she, “ I have seem him, Lowry," murmured poor Lucy ; of all persons, the best calculated to manage him; and “ and he will be here to-night." often, when his soul was shaken by the ungovernable | “Herc!" echoed the old woman, “ here! Then he mastery of his stormy feelings, she had soothed him is safe! But when did you see him?" even to tears : but even she could not always succeed Lucy told the old woman the adventure of the night in allaying the fury of his passion, which burst forth before; and she had scarcely concluded, before the like a mountain-flood, crushing, and overwhelming, door of the cottage was darkened by a shadow, and the and scattering abroad every obstacle opposed to its next moment Cynric sprang into the apartment. vehemence.

" It is very kind of you, dear, to keep your promise These natural eyils were in so me degree neutralized with me," said he, as he pressed her to his heart. by acquirements of a character well suited to his rank, “ It is not every one that would have been so mindful but capable of misuse and misdirection. Those manly of me in my trouble.” accomplishments which become the mountaineer, and “ It is not every one that loves you as I do, Cynric. which constitute so considerable a portion of his But tell me, for heaven's sake tell me, where have you pastime, where by Cynric Owen exercised only among been since you left us?” persons of low condition at the fairs and wakes about “ Hiding among the hills, love, and often, Lucy, the country. With such associates, it is true, he nearer you than you supposed.” . reigned paramount; and while their adulation flattered « But how have you subsisted ?" his vanity, their servile submission accorded well with, “I am not without friends, Lucy; and they feed that love of mastery, which so materially governed me." his conduct.

“I fear, Cynric, that those friends. as you call It was at one of these meetings at a fair in Duffryn, them, would lead you into deeper guilt. These arms,” a secluded mountain district beyond Barmouth, that I glancing with a shudder at the pistols in Cynric's belt, " are for purposes of further outrage ; and with your | better borne your refusal; but to deny me this argues hot blood and daring spirit are doubly dangerous." little for your love."

“Guilt!” said you, Lucy~" guilt! I am not guilty. Lucy had touched the most sensitive string of CynFoolish I have been, hot and headstrong I have been ; | ric's proud unbending heart. To be suspected of not but, by heavens, I am not guilty!"

loving her with all the enduring fervour and undimi. “ Speak those words again, Cynric—say them nished constancy, of which his ardent nature was caagain !” burriedly exclaimed Lucy, as her eyes beamed pable--and by herself, too-was a stab-that made with transitory delight. “Oh! how I have sorrowed him writhe with agony. and suffered, Cynric, when I thought that your hand Love you, Lucy !"-he burst out. “ You know was stained with the blood of a murdered man; and I love you—deeply-fondly-daringly love you! And that the doom of a murderer was hanging over you. I swear that no peril or pain, no joy or woe, shall Why-oh! why did you not tell us this before ?" ever change that love! And, now, reproachful girl!

“ I did not think that you, Lucy, would believe swear you the same to me. Swear-that whatever may every idle tale that the wind might blow to your ears; be my fate you will be mine, mine only, and mine for and I did think that you knew me better than to sup ever!”pose me guilty of such a crime. I was, it is true, Lucy trembled before her agitated lover, and fearful engaged in the fray; but the fool fell not by my hand.” of adding to his agitation, she murmured, as she sank

" Then why not return to us? My father has some once more upon old Lowry's bosom.-“I do swear, influence with the magistrates; and you, at least, Cynric; and may God grant a happy issue. to our might be cleared of the crime. Come back to us, dear “ BetroTHING!”. Cynric-return with me to-night, even now !".

Cynric raised her from her drooping posture, and, “ To-night, Lucy! did you say to-night, and now ?!? clasping her in his arms, kissed her again and again, He rose from his seat, and paced the floor in a fit of as he called her his own Lucy, his beloved, his begloomy abstraction. Suddenly he started, as if in a trothed Lucy. The frenzy of his impetuous spirit was dream, and exclaimed, while his eye flashed fire, instantly assuaged by the readiness of Lucy's assent; “ No, Lucy, no! I will not return. To exculpate and he was now as calm as when he first entered the myself I must criminate others. I must turn informer cottage. “We part now," he said, as he led her toand betray my friends, those friends who have succoured wards the door—" soon to meet again. Give me this and shielded me. Chance has fixed this crime upon me; token of our betrothing, Lucy, and I will give you and I will not by accusing others clear myself,- I will this." He drew an antique gold ring from Lucy's die rather!”

finger, which he put into his bosom; and gave her in “ You say you love me, Cynric," said Lucy, mildly; return an old gold coin, which had hung round his " and you have often said that you prize my love. For Deck since infancy, And-impressing another kiss my sake then for her sake, who has loved you through | upon her lips, he rushed out of the cottage, leaving all the changes of your wayward spirit, and who loves Lucy to watch his lessening form, as he ascended the you still—God knows how fondly! cast off this foul hill-side in the gathering darkness. blot upon your character, clear yourself of this dreadful Cynric pursued his way in loneliness and gloom. charge, and we shall all be happy again."

He had parted from Lucy-perchance for ever! and “ You know not what you ask, Lucy I cannot, I was, at the moment, bent upon an adventure, which dare not clear myself.”

might end in bloodshed and murder. Lucy was right “ You dare not, Cynric! You, who have dared so when she said that he was leagued with fearful men. much! Alas! you must be leagued with fearful men, He was, indeed, connected with a gang of smugglers, if such a feeling holds you from the truth." .

whose daring exploits held the inhabitants of the hills “Urge me no more, Lucy-as you value my exis in terror, from Aberddowen to Aberdovey, a wild uptence, urge me no more?” He paced the cottage land tract extending several miles on the south-east hurriedly, with flashing eyes and folded arms. Then, coast of Merionethshire. It was to meet these lawless suddenly gazing out upon the hills, he continued : men that he was now hastening: for they had fixed « The evening star has risen, and shines over the upon that night to run a valuable cargo of spirits. Crybyn. I must leave you, Lucy, and that in Cynric's acquaintance with these men had been of long stantly."

standing; and he had frequently connived at their il“ Leave me, Cynric and so soon! Cruel, cruel licit dealings, by allowing them the occasional use of Cynric!” and poor Lucy sank sobbing upon old Lowry's | his uncle's barns and outhouses; and it was rumoured neck,

among the peasantry, that he had actually been out Cyaric was fearfully—terribly agitated; and his with them on more than one perilous expedition. It dark eye, restless even in his calmer mood, was now is very certain that he was exceedingly attached to all darting fire, as his proud heart was torn by the con- | marine exercises ; and it was a strong trait in his chaAicting emotions, which filled his breast. There was raeter, that he delighted to sail about the beautiful his love for Lucy on the one hand, and, on the other, river Maw, in stormy weather. In spring-tides, as his duty to those who had shielded him from peril..: soon as there was sufficient water to lift the little skiff,

“ It cannot be, Lucy, -it must not be;" he muttered. which belonged to his uncle; and, when the wind was

Another time, perhaps, I may, will grant your blowing hard off the land, alone and unaided, he would request;--but to-night-it is impossible." .

seek the middle of the river, and there buffet the breeze “I did not expect this from you, Cynric,” said in all the daring hardihood of his daring nature; tackLucy, as rising from her weeping posture,, she assumed ing about, and sporting hither and thither in imitation an air of offended dignity. “Had I urged you to the of the swift and boyant circlings of the sea-birds by commission of some deed of darkness, I might hare which he was surrounded. In all the mysteries of No. XXXVII.-VOL. IV.

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boating, “ Wild Cynric,” as he was called, was an than the vessel was instantly manned; and in less than especial adept; and at Barmouth, when the hardy five minutes, Cynric and his crew being all on board, fishermen of that little port were afraid to venture out, she was under weigh, with all her canvass crowded, he was gone over the Bar, and back again, despite and right before the wind, sending the spray from her their anxious endeavours to restrain him.

bows, as shc bounded through the waves, in a shower It is probable that Cynric's acquaintance with the of liquid silver. smugglers would never have ripened into a closer in In rather more than an hour " The Kite," neared timacy, but for the unfortunate affair at Duffryn; or the point of Abermenai, a mile westward of which was some other wild adventure, which would have driven the miserable hamlet, destined for the reception of her him into concealment. As soon as he knew that there cargo; and, without any obstacle to their progress, was a warrant out against him, rather than implicate the smugglers cast anchor in the little bay, which his comrades in the fray, he fled at once to claim the bounded the hamlet on the side nearest the sea. Their protection of those whom he had himself so often be vessel was anchored in such a situation, as to enable friended; and this he did the more hastily, in conse. them to land their cargo without the assistance of the quence of a quarrel he had recently had with his uncle, boat, by forming a line from the ship to the shore. respecting Lucy. He was, as may be expected, re The business of unlading began, and was conducted ceived with open arms by the gang, who sympathised with all possible celerity and secrecy. Tub after tub very cordially in his misfortunes, emphatically impre was handed to their comrades on the strand, and decated his prosecutors, and very heartily wished all posited safely in the carts which had been brought magistrates and their minions at the devil.

to receive them. Nothing was ever managed so skilThe place of rendezvous, on the present occasion, fully, or seemed to promise so well; when, just before was in a wild ravine, just below that most wretched of they had finished, the glare of a torch, which had all wretched hamlets-Llwyngwril, and about six miles been lighted, flashed upon one of the men on the beach, from Garthmeilan, This was a noted haunt of the and revealed to the astonished smugglers the person of gang ; but it was so inaccessible, that there they were a well known revenue officer! Fifty hands were clutchalways secure. The ravine ran up from the water's ing at his throat in an instant; and cutlasses flashed in edge between two lofty and rugged ridges of rock, the dubious torchlight, while some cocked their pistols terminating at the base of a very abrupt and lofty to revenge upon the bold intruder, the stratagem which cliff, round which, wound a path so narrow, that none he had thus daringly used. No sooner, however, was but a wild goat, or a practised cragsman could safely this anticipated discovery made, than a large posse of tread it. At high water the tide ran up the ravine to officers, with about a dozen soldiers, rushed forward, a considerable extent; and a broad ledge of rock on and rescuing the gauger, stood ready to defend the each side served as a very convenient quay for the prize, of which they hnd so cleverly possessed thempurposes of the smugglers. Nature still farther con- | selves. But the smugglers were not inclined to give tributed to their convenience by the formation of a it up so readily, and they, also, hastened towards the natural cave or hollow in the rock on one side of the beach to regain their goods.. ravine, which no great labour had enlarged, so that Cynric, whose hot blood was quickly on fire, stood it constitututed a habitation, and a storehouse admi. foremost amongst his comrades, and was immediately rably calculated for its lawless occupants.

recognized by some of the opposite party. The gauger, There was a wild beauty in this lonely spot, on the la daring fellow from Pwllheli, opened the parley : night to which we have referred. As the night ad “ Now, I tell you what, my fine fellows, we don't want vanced, the tide rapidly increased; and with it the to touch any of your lives, or harm your limbs; all we wind arose, at first, moaning plaintively among the want is the tubs we have helped you to run; and you rocks, and then rushing in swift gusts up the ravine, shall have your schooner into the bargain-so take and dashing the foaming breakers against its rugged yourselves quietly off, and leave us the cargo. boundaries. The smugglers had lighted torches, the “We will see you d-d first!” bawled a dark bickering flames of which, as they were blown about mouthed fellow; “ and if you don't give up the goods by the wind, cast a fitful and lurid glare upon the un you have cheated us of, we'll pepper your jackets with cooth forms that were moving about by the waterside. | a few pills that you won't like.” At the mouth of the cave, which was just beyond the | The gauger whispered to those who stood near him; high water-mark, they had kindled a bonfire of brush and then addressing himself to Cynric. “ We did not wood and gorse, and this crackled and blazed, as it was expect to see you in such company, Mr. Owen; but, fanned by the night wind, which sent the flame higher you may be of service to these foolish men, if you will and stronger as the fuel became more extensively persuade them to take the terms we offer. You see, kindled. The vessel, a small schooner, called " The our party is strong, and well prepared for the worstKite," was moored as high up the ravine as the water and, I suppose, you know the penalty of resisting his would allow, with her cargo on board, and every thing majesty's officers in the execution of their duty ?". ready for sailing at a moment's notice ; and the creak. “ His majesty's devils !"-shouted the former speaker, ing of her timbers, mingled with the screams of the before Cynric could reply. “ We don't care for his cormorants and sea-gulls, did not detract aught from majesty, or you either; and so, my lads, let's to work, the wildness of the scene.

and have a whack at the gauger!"-He made a rush The anxiety for Cynric's arrival was increased as | forward as he spoke, followed by one or two of his the hour of embarkation drew near. Already was the comrades; and the next instant he fell weltering in his tide at the full, before he was seen slowly descending blood, aud completely transfixed with the exciseman's the path which led from the hills to the defile; and, no cutlass. All farther parley was at an end, and the sooner had they caugh a glimpse of his darkened figure, l conflict became general. The uproar that ensued was

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