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“ enough, their intent is to remove them to Bath, « a place then much infected both with the plague “ and the small-pox. The old Lady was fick under « a double confinement, that of the Rebels and her « own indisposition. All were unwilling to be ex« pored to the danger of the infection, especially “ the young Lady, having three children with her; « they were too dear, too rich a treasure to be vi snatched away to such probable loss without « reluctancy: therefore they resolve not to yield “ themselves prisoners unlefs they will take the old “ Lady out of her bed, and the rest by violence, « and so carry them away. But the Rebels fearing *< left so great inhumanity might incense the people « against them, and render them odious to the 6 country, decline this; and, fince they dare not " carry all to Bath, they resolve to carry some to « Dorchester, a place no less dangerous for the « infection of schism and rebellion than Bath for « the plague and the small-pox. To this purpose " they take the young Lady's two sons (the eldest “ but nine, the younger but seven years of age), “ and carried them captives to Dorchester...
" In vain doth the mother with tears intreat « that these pretty pledges of her Lord's affections " may not be snatched from her. In vain do the « children embrace and hang about the neck of © their mother, and implore help from her, tbat
B6 neither knows how to keep them, nor yet how $ to part with them: but the Rebels, having loft $6. all bowels of compassion, remain inexorable. “ The complaints of the mother, the pitiful cry of « the children, prevail not with them; like ravenous “ wolves they seize on the prey, and though they “ do not crop, yet they transplant those olive “ branches that stood about their parents' table."
Lady Arundell is buried with her Lord, near the altar of the very elegant chapel at Wardour Castle, built by the present Lord Arundell. The inscription on their monument is as follows:
« To the Memory of the Right Honourable " Thomas Lord Arundell, second Baron of War. “ dour, and Count of the Sacred Roman Empire; s who died at Oxford, of the wounds he received • at the battle of Lansdown, in the service of " King Charles the Firft, for whom he raised a “ regiment of horse at his own expence at the 6 time of the Usurpation.
“ Obiit 19th Maii 1643. Ætat. 59. s And of the Right Honourable Blanch Lady « Arundell, his wife, daughter of Edward Somer. so fet, Earl of Worcester, Lord-keeper of the “ Privy-leal, Master of Home, and Knight of the FC moft noble order of the Garter, ancestor to the for Duke of Beaufort, lincally descended from John
“ of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, son of King “ Edward the Third. This Lady, as distinguished * for her courage as for the splendor of her birth, “ in the absence of her husband bravely defended “ the Castle of Wardour, with a courage above “ her sex, for nine days, with a few men, against . “ Sir Edward Hungerford and Edmund Ludlow " and their army, and then delivered it up on “ honourable terms. Obiit 28th Octobr. 1649. * Ætat. 66.
“ Requiefcat in Pace. " Who shall find a valiant woman? The price " of her is as things brought from afar of; and " from the uttermoft confls. The heart of her “ bufband trufleth in her.” Prov. xxxi.
« Our God was our refuge and strength; the " Lord of Armies was with us, the God of Jacobs 66 2015 our Protector.” Psalm xlvi.
By the kindnefs of the present Lord Arundell, these little Volumes are decorated with an ENGRAVING of this incomparable Woman, from the original Picture of her at Wardour Castle, Wilts.