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King. What meaneth this? Produce your criminal. Hen. (kneeling). My royal master, he is at your feet. (A cry of astonishment is heard through the hall; the King, staggering

back from the spot, is supported by an Attendant, while Carlos and Antonio, now free from his fetters, run to HENRIQUEZ, who conti.

nues kneeling, and bend over him in deep concern.) King. (recovering). A fearful shock ! Mine ears are ringing still. Rise, Don Henriquez d'Altavero, rise. (Turning away his head). Raise him: O do not let me see him thus ! (Motions the crowd to withdraw, who go off, leaving the King, Henri

QUEZ, Carlos, and ANTONIO, only on the stage). King (fiercely). Carlos, on thee my anger rests, who thus Stood'st by and suffer'd me to be deceived.

Car. Condemn me not, my Liege ; I was myself,
Convinced this youth had done the deed, deceived.
This on a soldier's bonour I aver.

King. Alas, Henriquez! thou hast practised on me
With cruel guile. I would right gladly forfeit
The fairest town thy sword e'er won for me,
And be again at liberty to pardon
Whatever thou hast done. A deed, most surely,
By thy high nature all too rudely charged.
Thou in the frenzy of some headlong passion
Hast acted as a madman, who still wreaks
His direst wrath on those he loves the most.

Hen. No, no! it was an act of brooding thought,
Of slow intent, of dark corisideration.
Our early love, with all his fair endowments
And noble qualities, before my mind
Did clearly pass; pass and return again,
And strongly plead for him, and were rejected.

King. Go to! thou bast a wild imagination,
Which has o'erreach'd thy judgment.--Set me free.
The public weal requires thy service : oaths
Adverse to this do not, and should not, bind.

Hen. There are within your kingdom many chiefs
Who may do better service to the state,
Though not with better will than I have done ;

[Laying his sword at the King's feet.
Here do I part with ensigns, arms, and war;
Nor soldier's brand, nor baton of command,
This band accursed shall ever grasp again.
Your Highness, by the honour of a prioce,
Stands bound to me in this, and you are bound.

King. Ay, if it needs must be, determined spirit.
Yet, think again ; be it a while deferr'd,
This dismal trial, for a month-a year.

Hen. Not for a day.

Thou art too boldly stubborn.
By what authority dost thou oppose it,
If 'tis my pleasure it should be deferred ?

Hen. The law's authority emboldens me.
I am Don Juen's heir, and do by right
Demand the speedy trial of bis murderer.
Nor think the law's delay would aught avail.
How many secret ways there may be found
To rid a wretch of life, who loathes to live.
My soul demands this sacritice-pants for it,
As that which can alone restore to it
The grace of Heaven, and the respect of men.

Car. Noble Henriquez, thy too stubborn virtue

Hen. Nay, Carlos, hold thy peace. Be not my foe :
He were my greatest enemy who should
Impede this consummation. When 'tis past,
Then let the favour of my princely master,

Of loving camp-mates, and all virtuous men,
Return to me again. . A noble treasure
That will redeem my memory from sbame.

King (cmbracing him). Living or dead, bravo man, thou must be honour'd,
I will no moro contend with thy desires.
Some preparation for this solemn ceremony
Thou wilt require ; Don Carlos will conduct thee
Where thou may rest and find all needful aid.

Hen. Come, friends, till I am summond to my trial;
The time is short, and we must husbaod it. (Going and stopping again),
I shun not now thy friendly aid, good Carlos ;
My heart is lighten'd of its heavy load,
And I can take a good man by the band,
And feel we are akio.

Car. To all that is most great and admirable
Thou art akin. I have no words to speak
The thoughts I have of thee, thou noble man!

Hen. (to Antonio). And thou, too, gentle youth ; give me thy hand.
Thy noble confidence did point to me
The true and honour'd path. For, hadst thou fled,
I might have shrunk aside, and been on earth
A sullen secret thing of wretchedness,
Cursing the light of heaven.

Gentle youth,
I've felt the kindly pressure of thy hand,
And all thy gen'rous sympathy : forgive me,
That I did hold thy mind so long in doubt.

Anto. O nothing did I doubt that thou did'st know
My innocence, aud would protect it: yet,
This noble, terrible act I ne'er divined.
Would I had fled my prison at thy bidding,
And lived a vagabond upon the earth,
Ere this bad been! What was my naine or worth?
But thou

Hen. Cease, cease ! repent it pot, sweet youth ;
For all the friends on carth would not have done me
Such true and worthy service.

[ Exeunt.

The form of a trial has been gone near in the words of Balthazer, who througb, and Henriquez condemned enters with a dark lantern before to the block. Leonora, knowing his the gate of the prison. We then see doom, is in one of the royal apart. Henriquez in his last living sleep, ments with the Friar, when the King from which he is with difficulty enters, and she falls in supplication awoke by the gaoter. All that folat his feet. But she soon is made to lows is as good as may be-Leonora know that her husband is inexorable is brought in-her words are very and self-doomed, and will not accept few-abell tolls—and giving a loud, of pardon. This scene abounds with a death-shriek-she fails into the noble sentiments, and cannot be read arms of Mencia and Antonio. There without a feeling of elevation. is a procession towards the scaffold

The hour of execution is near at and the curtain dropf, hand-and its approach is felt to be


No. II.

The grand victim of the night was his terror rendering him scarcely Coligni. The Duke of Guise hated able to articulate, the Admiral, him as an enemy, feared him as a calmly turning to the attendants, rival, and was resolved to have his said, .“ Save yourselves, my friends. blood as a man whose religious habits All is over with me. I have been showed the general impurity of his long prepared for death.” When own. Still, with all those strong they had all left the room but one, stimulants to the passions of an arro- he knelt down and committed his gant and sanguinary spirit, it gives a soul to God. The doors were sucdreadful idea of the furies of a per. cessively burst open, and Besme secuting time, to see the first sub- sprang into the room. Seeing but ject of a country like France, the an old man on his knees, he thought chief leader of her armies, a prince that he had been disappointed of his by birth, and standing in the first prey, and hastily asked, " Where is rank of eminent men in Europe, not Coligni?” “ I am he," was the merely countenance the assassination heroic answer. " Young man, if of a brave nobleman resting unsus- you are a soldier, as you seem to be, piciously on the pledged faith of the you ought to respect my grey hairs. King, but actually covet to be the But do what you will, you can assassin. On the fatal night, the shorten my life only by a few days.” Duke of Guise sat up waiting for The ruffian instantly drove the the tolling of the bell, and the signal sword through his heart. The solhad no sooner been thus given, than diers now filled the room, and the he rushed into the street with his corpse was hacked by every man's brother, the Duc D'Aumale, the Duc sword or dagger. Besme then went D'Angouleme, and a crowd of men to the window, and cried out to of rank, all prepared for murder. Guise and D'Angouleme, who were The house where the Admiral lodg- standing in the street, that the mured was instantly beset, and, by an der was done." Very well,” was the act of that consummate perfidy which chief murderer's answer. “But M. makes the whole transaction ipfa. D'Angouleme bere will not believe mously renowned, the man employ- it unless he sees him at his feet.” ed to break open the door was The proof was soon furnished. The Cosseino, the officer of the guard. corpse was thrown out of the winThe whole number now poured into dow to the feet of M. D'Angouleme, the house. The Swiss attendants and, by the force of the concussion, on the stairs were the first stabbed, the blood started out on the clothes and in the mêlée two men, Besme, and faces of the party. But Guise a Lorrainer, and Pistrucci, an Italian, was still unsatisfied, and, to obtain both of the Duke of Guises's re. full conviction, he took out his tainers, sprang upstairs, and attempt- handkerchief and cleared the blood ed to force the doors of the suite of from its countenance. The features chambers where Coligni lay. The of his old noble antagonist were noise awakened him, and he called there, and, as the last triumph of an to one of his attendants to know its ungenerous and cruel heart, he orcause-the household were already dered him to be decapitated. The out of their beds, and, from the body was left to the indignities of clash of arms below, and the out the rabble, 'and they acted up to cries of the soldiers coming from the their full measure. After mangling street, they knew that their fate was and mutilating the senseless Resh at hand. The man's singular, but till they were exhausted, they fastenexpressive answer, was, " My lord, ed ropes to it, and then dragged it God calls us to himself.” The Ado through the streets for several days; miral then rose, threw on his night, they then threw it into the Seine. gown, and bade Merlin, his secre- But they now wanted an object for tary, read prayers to them. But their horrible sport, and, after some



time, they drew it out again, hung. been massacred in the square, and it by the heels to the gibbet of neighbourhood of the Louvre, to Montfaucon, put a fire under it, and which they had crowded on the first roasted it! As if to leave no rank alarm, to gather round the Admiral. of France unstained, not merely by Most of these gentlemen had been the general sweeping crime of the but a few days before sharers in the massacre, but even by its lowest entertainments on the marriage, and abominations, the King, hearing that were well known to the court. On the body of the man was roasting this morning the King, the court, whom but a few days before he had and, most inconceivable of all, the courted and flattered, nay, called the ladies of the household and women ornament of his court and kingdom, of rank, who had so lately before his father! came with a showy danced and banqueted with those cortèye of his nobles to enjoy the unfortunate nobles and chevaliers, spectacle. He was worthy to enjoy came down into the square of the it. On some of the cortèye turning Louvre, and walked among the away, offended by the smell, Charles corpses, recognising them, and laughed at their squeamishness, and laughing and jesting at every face said, as Virtellius had said before they recognised. Some of the inhim,“ You see, gentlemen, I do not gults offered to the helpless dead by turn away. The smell of a dead those women, divested of their naenemy is always good." The miser- ture by the spirit of bigotry, defy able remains were afterwards taken description. down by the humanity of Marshal The massacre continued in full de Montmorency during the night; violence for two days, and was rebut as he was afraid of a renewal of newed at intervals during the those barbarities if he brought them week. A royal proclamation to to the chapel of Chantilly, he had stop the bloodshed had been isthem hidden for a while until they sued on the Tuesday, but as no atcould be interred at Montauban. tempt was made to enforce it, the Long subsequently they were re- slaughters went on, principally now moved to the place of the Coligni of individuals who had taken refuge. family, and publicly buried at Chatil. Seven or eight hundred who had run lon sur Loire. The head, on being to the public jails for shelter, were cut off in the street, was sent to the brougit out and put to death, and Queen Mother. With what emo- all aitempts made by any of the royal tions must not that arch fiend have party to save Protestants were regazed on her hideous trophy! It probated at Court as treason. The was then transmitted to the next language of the Louvre, on its being fitting place for such a triumph- mentioned that the Duke of Guise Rome.*

and Tavannes, whether through poWhen the morning came, the licy or contempt, had suffered some streets exhibited a frightful spectacle. to hide in their hotels, was, “that to Vast numbers had been killed in spare the heretics was betraying God every quarter-many thrown out of and the King; that if they were the windows and dashed to pieces on emailer number, revenge would give the pavement, many stabbed in the them the more strength; that though upper parts of the houses, and hung Coligni was dead, Navarre and bleeding from the casements. The Condé were both alive. That the assassins were still employed in war must be pushed to the uttermost; flinging the bodies into the streets, Rochelle and Montaubon must be the porte-cochères and passages of the attacked; the fugitives from Paris, great houses were heaped in many Languedoc, and the other provinces instances with corpses, and the must be looked for there; that Prostreets filled with the rabble shout- testantism must not be suffered to ing and dragging the bodies to throw raise its head through any unwearithem into the river. Yet a scene

ness in the arm of the Faith.” The almost still more appalling was to be massacre was regarded as only the witnessed under the immediate eye primary step in a war of exterminaof royalty. Many of the Prote'n llon. tante, and those among the chief, had One of the most distinguished of the Huguenot leaders in subsequent until they had paid the two thousand years, the Marshal la Force, who was crowns; left them in charge of two a child at the time of the massacre, Swiss soldiers, and went out to do his gives a most minute and affecting duty, and kill Huguenots! While they narrative of the series of accidents remained in this state of melancholy by which he was saved from the anxiety, one of the Swiss, touched common fate. La Force's father, with compassion, proposed to La with his two sons, lived in the Fau. Force tha the should make an effort to bourg St Germain, where many of escape. But the spirit of the chevalier the Reformed resided. It happened would not submit to do what he that a man who had sold him some deemed an act of dishonour; he sent horses a week before, saw the attack for the money, which was supplied on Coligni's house, and the murder by a relative, and was on the point of of the Admiral. As he justly regard. paying it, when he was told that the ed this horrible act to be the begin. Duke D'Anjou desired to see him. ping of a general destruction, he Tbo name was a dreaded one to the thought of La Force and his family. Protestants, and La Force justly lookBut how to warn them was the diffi. ed upon the message as equivalent to culty. There was no bridge at that death. The messevger's too was an time connecting the Louvre with the ill-omened name. The Count de CoFaubourg, and the boats had been conas, a man of persecution, who renall seized already to carry over the dered himself memorable by murdertroops who were to attack the Pro- ing Protestants in cold blood. The testants in the St Germain. There father and his children, bareheaded was but one possibility of accom. and uncloaked, went down stairs as plishing the object, and it was to to their execution. As they passed swim across at the moment. The along, the father prayed the Count man gallantly plunged in, though it that his children's lives might be was utter darkness, and awoke the spared; but the younger, the future elder La Force. He sprang out of Marshal, thea but thirteen years old, bed, and in his first agitation, thought continued with indignant courage, only of how he might save himself. crying out against the crimes of their But soon remembering his children, assassins, calling them murderers, be returned to carry them with him. aud telling them that they would The delay was fatal. He had scarce. be punished for that night's crimes by ly reached the chamber where they God." But their doom was sealed. slept, than the soldiery were at the They were then led to the end of the door. One at their bead entered the street, which was filled with assasroom, seized La Force's arms, and sins. There they were stopped ; and with dreadful imprecations, told him the butchery began. The elder brothat the time was come for him and ther was stabbed by several swords his to die. In this extremity, La at once, and fell on the ground at Force tried the power of gold. He his father's feet, crying out, “ Oh offered two thousand crowns for father; oh God! I am dead !” In their lives. The man pondered a a moment after, the unfortunate while, but finally took it, on the pro- father was killed, and flung on the mise of its being paid within two body of his son. In the confusion, days. The soldiers then pillaged the the second boy was thrown down, house, and desiring him and the crying out that he was killed. He children to put their handkerchiefs lay so unmoving between his father in their bats in the resemblance of a and brother, that he was supposed cross, and strip their right arms up to be actually dead, though he bad to the elbows, which were under received no wound; and the soldiers, stood signs of the troops, sent them whose time was too little for the across the river. As they passed the work which they had to do, left him Seine, they saw it actually loaded thus covered with parental blood. with corpses. They landed in front In an agony of terror, he lay for a of the Louvre, and there saw several considerable time; several of the of the Huguenots put to death, rabble then came to strip the bodies. Their captor still led them on to his Among the rest, one began to draw house in the Rue de Petits Champs. the stocking off the boy's log: But There he made them take an oath, suddenly struck with a feeling of that they would not leave the house compassion at the sight of this most

* De Thou, Liv. 52.

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