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The youth clasped his hands before the ; 33 w : mm\^EM HTSlSiHiEl arms and said his prayers. As he did so, his eyes upon her, it were hard to tell whether his Angelus were recited for her, or to her. Our Lady, my lady, the two were one in his thought. When the chimes had died away, she spoke. " she said. Her tone caused a sudden chill in his heart. As she moved forward, he dropped his wealth of flowers, and held out his hands beseechingly. " She paused at his words, and leaned over the back of the stone bench, covered with climbing roses.

His lips. " She did not move, and there was a moment's pause. " 34 What had she meant? he cried within himself, driving his horse forward with a sudden movement and gazing with unseeing eyes at the dark road, as he reached this point in his recollections. Boy! and my years outnumber hers. Had I been a tiny child, a toddling babe, her tone could scarce have been more chiding or more tender. So might she speak to a son but to ; —he remembered the moment's shock, his quick a lover step forward to see her face.

His face was do the "Come, portantly. upright, and further effort sternly set. " The youth followed obediently. The damosel's palwas ready, and also the two horses upon which the frey dwarf and his attendant had ridden to court. Amid jests from the onlookers, and much laughter, the three were at last mounted and off. The damosel, sulky and speechless, rode first, then the dwarf, and finally the many dumb youth. "If thou dost come to evil pass," cried after them one laughing knight, "depend on thy servant, Ulfius, rather than on thy own prowess.

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