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" that Wales (the refuse and the outcast of the
« fair garden of England) had fairer and riper
« fruit than England's bowels had on all her
“ beds. This present given to the Marquis he
« would not suffer to be presented to the King
« by any hand but his own. In comes, then,
" the Marquis at the end of the supper, led by
“ the arm, with a slow pace, expressing much
“ Spanish gravity, with a silver dish in each hand,
“ filled with rarities, and a little basket on his
« arm as a reserve, where, making his obeysance,
“ he thus speaks: May it please your Majesty, if
" the four Elements could have been robbed to
“ have entertained your Majesty, I think I had
« but done my duty; but I must do as I may.
« If I had sent to Bristol for some good things
« to entertain your Majesty, that would have
“ been no wonder at all. If I had procured
" from London some goodness that might have
“ been acceptable to your Majesty, that would
« have been no wonder. But here I present

you, Sir, (placing his dishes upon the table,) « with that which came not from Lincoln that « was, nor London that is, nor York that is to “ be, but from Troy. Whereupon the King « smiled; and answered the Marquis, Truly, my « Lord, I have heard that corn now grows where « Troy town stood; but I never thought that « there had grown any apricots before. Where“ upon the Marquis replied, Any thing to please

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“ your Majesty. When my Lord Marquis de« parted the presence, one told him that he « would make a very good Courtier. Remem« ber well, replied the Marquis, that I said one “ thing which may give you some hopes of me: Any thing to please your Majesty."

Apophthegmes of the EARL OF WORCESTER.

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The offspring of a noble race
Their high-bred Sires can ne'er disgrace;
Valour and worth to them supply'd
With Life's own warm and crimson tide;
The courser of a gen'rous breed
Still pants for the Olympic mead;
Nor the fierce eagle, bird of Jove,
E’er generates the timid dove ;

says Horace, and Lady Arundell confirms his assertion. The same courage, the same spirit, which her father the Earl of Worcester exhibited in the defence of his Castle of Ragland, this ex


cellent woman displayed at the siege of Wardour Castle. The account of the noble defence she made against her savage and unprincipled befiegers, is told in the “ Mercurius Rusticus," a kind of Newspaper of those times in which it was written ; and which, in the narrative of the behaviour of the Parliamentary Generals, ferocious and insolent as it is, will recall, for the honour of the country where it happened, but imperfectly perhaps to the mind of the reader, the scenes of ravage, desolation, and murder, that have taken place in a neighbouring Nation; which, not satisfied with the destruction of its old corrupt Government, has raised upon the ruins of it a system of tyranny and of rapine without example in the annals of the world.


« On Tuesday the second of May 1643, Sir “ Edward Hungerford, a Chief Commander of “ the rebels in Wiltshire, came with his forces “ before Wardour Castle in the same county, “ being the mansion-house of the Lord Arundell “ of Wardour. But finding the castle strong, « and those that were in it resolute not to yield - it up unless by force, called Colonel Strode to

his help. Both these joined in one made a “ body of 1300, or thereabout. Being come

“ before

“ before it, by a trumpet they summon the castle " to surrender : the reason pretended was, be“ cause the castle being a receptacle of cavaliers - and malignants, both Houses of Parliament “ had ordered it to be searched for men and “ arms; and withal by the same trumpeter de“ clared, that if they found either money or plate, “ they would seize on it for the use of the Par“ liament. The Lady Arundell (her husband “ being then at Oxford, and since that dead “ there) refused to deliver up the castle; and “ bravely replied, that she had a command from “ her Lord to keep it, and she would obey his 6 command.

“ Being denied entrance, the next day, being « Wednesday the third of May, they bring up " the cannon within musquet-shot, and begin " the battery, and continue from the Wednefday

to the Monday following, never giving any « intermission to the besieged, who were but “ twenty-five fighting men, to make good the « place against an army of 1300 men. In this “ time they spring two mines; the first in a vault, “ through which beer and wood and other neces“ saries were brought into the castle: this did “ not much hurt, it being without the foundation " of the castle. The second was conveyed in the “ small vaults ; which, by reason of the inter

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« course between the several passages to every « office, and almost every room in the castle, did “ much fhake and endanger the whole fabrick.

« The rebels had often tendered some unrea« fonable conditions to the besieged to surrender; “ as to give the ladies, both the mother and the • daughter-in-law, and the women and children, " quarter, but not the men. The ladies both “ infinitely scorning to facrifice the lives of their « friends and servants to redeem their own from “ the cruelty of the rebels, who had no other r crime of which they could count them guilty “ but their fidelity and earnest endeavours to pre« serve them from violence and robbery, choose « bravely (according to the nobleness of their “ honourable families from which they were both « extracted) rather to die together than live on « so dishonourable terms. But now, the castle « brought to this distress, the defendants few, 6 oppressed with number, tired out with conti. 166 nual watching and labour from Tuesday to “ Monday, so distracted between hunger and “ want of rest, that when the hand endeavoured 56 to administer food, furprised with sleep it fora “ got its employment, the morsels falling from " their hands while they were about to eat, de. 6 luding their appetite; now, when it might “ have been a doubt which they would first have

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