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VOL. 6.]
Tales of To.Day.

131 husband's fast hold in good friends rath- he acts on my good Lord Burleigl's er than hold fast their own tongues. maxim, · Ever keep a great man tby Now whilst thou dost brood over thy friend, and give him presents that cost young ones in the chamber, I will trust little, -small ones and often.' Pray thee with great assurance: and first, thee, Mall, make no discourteous jest be it known to thee in secret, that Sir when thou shalt hear that I went to this John Harrington and I have entered royal lady in the apparel of a young into the great house of parliament, gentlewoman, having a velium book where I looked in vain for my Lord fairly gilt and full of conceits in rhyme Burleigh and my grave and excellent to make an offering. Truly it was a frieod Bacon. But there was much narrow street and little fitting a palace cunoing speech and many benchers of where my coac! turned to her gate ; the temple, well learned and eloquent; howbeit the court-yard had two musyet there were also knights of the shire queteers in red jerkins, and a comely that minded me of Sir Nicholas when fair spoken gentieman-usher went before he was asked how he liked the speaker's me into a broad hall, and up many

steps oration : Marry,' quoth he, ‘methinks into a chainber of no rare size. There I have not heard a better alebouse tale was a Turkey carpet on the floor, chairs told this seven years.? Then as thou of an easy fashion and cotton coverings, knowest it is behoveful for a man to and one mirror, but neither tapestry nor look to bis own, I had a huge mind to curious paintings : and a dame of good go from the house and see what these presence sat

on the couch. Thou busy knaves bad done with my garden may'st ibink, Mall, that I, Sir Christoand orchard in Holborn, which the proud pher Hatton, being mindful of my true Bishop of Ely built his place on, which self, was shame-faced and strange in my caused my good mistress to say she womanly garments ; but I say in thine would unfrock bim : but my careful ear, the woman's garments of this day friend carried me first to Paul's Walk, are no wise unbefitting a man who had where all the gallants meet ; howbeit, been used to wear slashed sleeves and a they and the waik too go by other satin doublet, not to mention a hat pertdames now. Truly, Mall, there is not ly looped up with choice feathers. much change in the fine-fingered rufflers Therefore I carried myself nothing with their sables about their necks, ay bashfully, and the reverend lady said and a hoop not unlike thy farthingale, many courteous things of the nobleman corked slippers, and trimmed buskins, whose passport I bore, and of her princecosting more in apparel than their fath- ly pupil. Then she shewed me from a ers kept a good house with. It was large window (110 wise like the title her highness's good pleasure in my day casements of our times) a fair garden to cut off the ends of their frills and with green plats, which, as she said, belong swords where they were of super. longed to the great prince, who came fuous length, and I marvel that there nightly to visit bis daughter : and being are no scissars kept for such fopperies Saturday, she said, inoreover, that she here. Now cometh the great secret was going forth to a place they call which must lie in the lap of thy wis- Blackbeath to see the lady her mother, dom. He whom they call master hath as she has custom and license. Then here a daughter, whom he keeps with this good lady went forth and brought great care, and there are such promises in the princess, being to my thought in and tokens in her aspect, that some her sixteenth year. * Truly as she walklight-minded gossips have gone about ed in before her governess with a light to say she is more akin to queen Eliza- forward step and a sweet merriment of beth ihan to him. Wherefore I had a inost rash curiosity to see her, and my * Sir Christopher's imagination seems to have good comrade Harrington having much appropriated to himself the particulars of one of the sway at the new court, made a fitting words and actions of the princess being exactly re

interviews really granted to a young lady; the pretext to get egress. For, as he saith, peated.

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countenance, I bethought me of our under the princess's cheek, if I had not Lady Elizabeth's own pleasant aspect. seen royal face much like ber's at And this young maiden bas ber wide Windsor. I made answer, bowing as forehead, and crisp curls of pure faxen; when I was vice-chamberlain of the blue eyes, round and well set under court—“ I have never seen Windsor, bigh brows arcbed as it were with a sil- my lady, but there once lived at Greenver pencil. The mouth bas a pretty wich a queen of the same aspect." --At pouting plumpness, but little red ; and which the princess smiled, and I asked it should seem as if her arms and all of her good leave to compare her counteher neck that ber kirtle shewed, and all nance with a painting I had brought, of her face, except those ripe lips, had that I might mend the resemblance. been made of wax thrice refined, or the Which she kindiy granted ; and being white pulp of a peach before the sun made bold with presumption, as is the has reddened ii. As for her dress, way among old courtiers, I said there Mall, which thy woman's curiosity will was a young damsel in my coach wonask to know, else a wise man heedeth drously eager to see her bighness, and not such vanities, it was what tiremak- I prayed that she might see the princess ers here call a frock of fine lawn with- step into her's. It would not be fit,

' out muffer or mittens, or fine lace, or she answered, that those who come fringe, or jewels, such as merchants' with my friends should wait to see me wives make themselves gaudy with at in a court-yard. She shall come here, noon-day; but stitched plain and close ; and koow herself welcome.' And wben shewing, however, an ancle of such peat my friend's fair little niece stood in the turn that it might have fitted my best presence, she cheered her with such coranto, and such an arm and hand as kind words as a queen should use who wouid have made the virginals proud. knows she is most great when she liste Marry, I tell ibee, if she had worn our up the lowly. Then she walked with Lady Elizabeth's best stomacher and us through the anti-room to the great sleeves of knotted pearls, no man would stair-case, laughing and mixing a pleahave seen any pearl but bersell. So sant jest with her farewell that it griershe stepped forwards toward me with a ed me to see her turn away, and I said sweet composure of aspect, and holding to myself, as our prelate said of our lady, out her fair band for my gift, she asked • When this snow melts, there will be a me many questions of my love for


dark flood.' sy, and snoke so shrewdly of some that “ Master Harrington waited for me she had read, I heibought me it was in St. James's-street, as the rogues of pity my Lord Herbert and Sir Philip this day call their Paul's Walk, and Sidney had not lived to hear her, for was hugely pleased when I likened the they would not have wanted inspira- princess and her governess to old Lady tion. Whereupon I said she excited Bryan and Queen Elizabeth, my good poets by loving poesy ; and she said, mistress. But I did not forget the purlaughing, that none but me had thought pose of my coming to this vile town, fit to bring a poor recluse like her an where there are nothing but shops cramoffering. Then her governess bid her med with as much finery as would have bethiok berself of her drawing-inaster, served the feast at Richmond when she as her tiine for study would soon be at dined under a pavillion of green sarsnet an end ; to which she made answer, powdered with gold, and ate from a lovingly twining ber arm under the pomegranate-tree made of confectionary. lady's, " Ah! but when there are visi- And I reminded my loyal friend of bis tors, it is a holiday. And this reverend promise to shew me the queen's secret lady's lovingness to her pupil minded place of refuge at Mary bone Park, but me of our great Eizabeth's governess he would needs shew me first a great at Hupsdon House—the Lady Bryan show going to my Lord Mayor's

. of blessed memory :

more especially There was store of gile carriages and when she asked me, with her band laid men barnessed in shirts of mail; but ! vol. 6.]

Tales of To-Day.



liked better our good queen's procession Sir Francis Walsingham's presence. with drums and trumpets, morris-dan- • Will he not be amazed,' I said, 'to cers and a cart with iwo white bears, see Sir Christopher Hatton in a white when she visited St. Mary's Church in silk boddice and a red skirt, instead of a Bishopsgate-street.* And one might wrought jerkin, a tall bat, and a spruce have thought every dame in the street orange-tawny beard ?'— Tush,' quoth bad been one of her court, there was be, 'if Sir Francis Walsingham wears such store of outside-skirts made of vel- an old wife's apparel, he will be glad to vet and silk or russet damask, and bon- see ibee no wiser ihan himself.'-—With Dets of silver cloth tasseled and feather- that, he made a long step into a room ed. "Marry,' said I, there is more finer than any in Theobald's palace, gold abroad than when Burleigh was and bowing thrice, presented me to the treasurer.'—' Ay, truly,' quoth he, Baroness de Holstein. Truly, Mall, I 6 more abroad but less at home.'-Now saw small change in Sir Francis, saving it happened we rode throngh Drury. that his chin was well shaven, for his lane, where the ambassadors used to hat was as high-crowned and shrewdly live: and seeing many gaping and perched on his head as in our lady's staring gossips, as always will be where day, and his tawny doublet was, as I great men abide, I urged Sir John to verily think, the saine he used to wear; shew me Secretary Walsingham's abode. but his ruff was sorely missed, for his He made a little pause, and said, “ Sir skin is the worse for time, and looked, Francis Walsingham has taken a strange as my crony Shakspeare used to say, freak. Thou knowest, friend Christo- like a wet cloak ill laid up.


may say pber, what vast acquisitions he made of without vanity, I looked the prettier foreign learning while he our damsel of the two, and it made


sides queen's ambassador in France : but as swell with peat laughter to see Sir FranDo king careth for a wise counsellor cis's false locks curled so like a girl's Dow, and he has no mind to be either while he talked on the politics and the Whig or Tory, wbich all men are ex- the learning and the legislation of other pected to choose between, he has put realms. Then I brought to use my on women's attire, and has been well courtierly breeding, and said much of received at court as a German Baron- my admiration and love for bis great ess." — And does he give advice too ? wit

, which had brought me from mine asked I:-- A great deal in print,' quoth own house ; and besought him to give be, which would not have been mind- me his hand and his blessing. Which ed had he wrote like a man ; but as a he gave very graciously, lifting up my tolerable wit makes a marvellously clever chin with both hands, and kissing it in woman, every body is astounded at the the French fasbion with great affection, masculine koowledge of a female politi- till mine eyes watered, and I vowed to cian. But since be bas put on a lady's keep the kiss as a relic in the wreck of garments, he has put off his own wis, these sorrowful times. Which dom, and is as vain as if he had always touched Sir Jobn, our stander-by, tbat worn a hood and tucker. Nothing will he was lain to bide bis face in his handplease his fancy so much as to wait kerchief, and made divers ruefui twist. upon him in this attire, as if your jour- ings of his features as we rode home ; ney from your country-house had been I, all the while weeping to think that solely to gaze at and hear him. Say our queen's prime counsellor, the flower nought of your real name, and let me of his age and the mirror of politicians, manage the scene.'— Thereon we stop. should come to wear a cap and hanging ped at a gay house near a square, and sleeves, and be deemed no better than honest Jobo Harrington Jeft me in the a woman-wit. coach while he prepared my way into “ Now it was the second night of


In 1557, when her sister Queen Mary entertain, ed her.

• Here again the poor knight seems to have adapted a real occurrence to his story,


stay in town, and behold! a page witty, but it keeps him poor. Neverbrought me a perfumed packet, contain- theless, Sir Christopher, I keep in mind ing the left hand glove which my dear my word that thou should'st always be mistress promised as a token. There- my master of the resels, and I sent for upon we went secretly, and at a safe thee to teach these girls dancing.'hour, to the house in Marybone Park, Madam,' I answered, your grace well where we found her sitting on cushions knows that I have not danced since with some damsels round her, and they your successor came to the throne, and looked at me as if they had all learnt old wood is stiff ; and I have not the those rhetorical figures which Putten- little fiddle to which it often pleased ham recommends in his Art of Poesy— your highness to dance when you had a

the fleering frump-the broad flout, mind to vex the Scotch ambassador.'and the sly nip.' 'For mine owo part, At this—the queen stepped forth, and I kissed her hand as my custom ever giving me such a blow as she was wont was, and she putting aside her cards, to give her favourites, bid me go about for she always loved them for her recre- my business. But as this was the sigation, asked me what I thought of her nal or watchwords agreed on by Sir maidens.-- Truly, madam,' said I, .it Joha, I bowed humbly, and waited her seemeth to me that they are as ill off as farther pleasure.— Ods’death,' quoth your grace was at Hunsdon, when your she, laying another box on my ear, • I governess was fain to beg my Lord will be mistress here, and have no masCromwell to let you have wherewithal ter-Do my bidding, or be hanged.'– to make body-stitchets and kerchiefs, One of her bandmaids, an envious minx having none left.' Whereto she made I doubt not, that bore me a grudge in answer that her ladies were learning my young days, sayed, · Mayhap a litGreek, Latin, Spanish, Italian, and tle whipping and a dark chamber to fast French, besides bandling lutes, ci- in would not be amiss.'— Would'st tharnes, pricksong, and all kinds of thou think it, Mall ? This withered music.'--They learned all that in your and wrinkled old queen, whom I have grace's court,' said I—but if there be served so long, ordered me forthwith to any tongue among them as skilled in be beaten with rods, and fed on waterlearning as your own, it will make the possets thrice a day till I danced at her proudest man quake like Zisca's drum. bidding, Which I endured manfully Then Sir John bade me hold my peace, seven days and eight hours, till I befor that sentence was written by a bishe thought me that the mayor of Colchesop for the last part of a funeral sermon. ter does as much at any king's bidding

- I know that,' said I,' and there is for his town's charter. Whereupon never any thing good in a funeral ser- have resolved to-morrow to dance if she mon but the text and the conclusion.'— wills it, and to return home to thee, The queen laughed, and bidding me think no more of kings or queens, mind stand before her, asked what a man my books, and make my jests, but take was thinking of who thought of nothing. heed who they light on. - May it please your aighness,' said

« Thine in all love, I, of a woman's promise.'— Well

“ Christopher Hatton." said,' quoth she ; "anger makes a fool


From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. Eltrieve-Lake, Feb. 22. test, for the owner, John Hoy, was my NR. EDITOR,

uncle. He was all his life remarkable N the last number of your Miscella. for breeding up his Dogs to perform bis

ny there appeared an affecting in- commands with wonderful promptitude stance of the sagacity of a Shepherd's and exactness, especially at a distance Dog, the truth of which I can well at- from him, and he kept always by the very singu

VOL. 6.] Anecdotes of the Shepherd's Dog; by the Ettrick Shepherd. 135 same breed. It may be necessary to He again betook him to the heights, and remark bere, that there is ao species of sought for them the whole day without animals so varied in their natures and being able to find them, and began to propensities as the shepherd's dog, and suspect that they were covered over these propensities are preserved inviolate with snow in some ravine. Towards in the same breed from generation to the evening it cleared up a little, and as generation. One kind will manage a last resource he sent away Nimble. sheep about hand, about a bught, shed- She had found the scent of them on the ding, or fold, almost naturally ; and hill while her master was looking for those that excel most in this kind of ser- them ; but not having received orders vice, are always the least tractable at a to bring them, she had not the means of distance ; others will gather sheep from communicating the knowledge she posthe hills, or turn them this way and that sessed. But as soon as John gave her way as they are commanded, as far as the gathering word, she went away, he they cao hear their master's voice, or said, like an arrow out of a bow, and in note the signals made by his hand, and less than five minutes he beheld her at yet can never be taught to command about a mile's distance, bringing them sheep close around him. Some excel round a bill, called The Middle, cocking again in a kind of social intercourse. her tail behind them, and apparently They understand all that is said to them, very happy at having got the opportuor of them, in the family, and often a nity of terminating her master's disquiegood deal that is said of sheep, and of tude with so much ease. other dogs, their comrades. One kipd I once witnessed another will bite the legs of cattle, and no spe- lar seat performed by a dog belonging cies of correction or disapprobation will to John Graham, late tenant in Ashrestrain them, or ever make them give iesteel. A neighbour came to his house it up ; another kind bays at the heads after it was dark, and told him that he of cattle, and neither precept or example had lost a sheep on his farm, and that if will ever induce them to attack a beast he (Graham) did not secure her in the behind, or bite its legs.

morning early, she would be lost, as he My uncle Hoy's kind were held in had brought her far. John said, he estimation over the whole country for could not possibly get to the hill the their docility io wbat is termed hirsel next morning, but if he would take him rinning ; that is, gathering sheep at a to the very spot where he lost the sheen, distance, but they were never very good perhaps his dog Chieftain would find at commanding sheep about hand. Of- her that night. On that they wen: ten bave I stood with astonishment at away with all expedition, lest the traces seeing him stand on the top of one bill, of the feet should cool; and I, then e and the Tub, as he called an excellent boy in the house, went with them. The saow-white bitch that he had, gathering night was pitch dark, which had been all the sheep from another with great the cause of the man losing his ewe ; care and caution. I once saw her gath- and at length he pointed out a place to eriog the head of a hope, or glen, quite John, by the side of the water wbere he out of her master's sight, while all that had lost her. Chiestain, fetch that," sbe heard of him was now and then the said John, “ bring her back, sir.” The echo of his voice or whistle from anoth- dog jumped around and around, and er bill, yet, from the direction of that reared himself upon on end, but not beecho, she gathered the sheep with per- ing able to see any thing, evidently fect acuteness and punctuality. misapprehended his master ; on which

I have often heard him tell apother John fell a cursing and swearing at the anecdote of Nimble, she of whom your dog, calling him

a great many blackCorrespondent writes ; that one drifty guard names.

He at last told the man, day in the seventy-four, after gathering that he must point out the very track the ewes of Chapelhope, be found that that the sheep went, otherwise he had he wabied about an hundred of themn. no chance of recovering it. The map

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