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SAUNDERS, OTLEY, & CO., CONDUIT STREET.

1860.

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THE IRONSIDES.

CHAPTER I.

THE RIGHT DIVINE TO DO WRONG.

God, release our dying sister!
Beauteous blight hath sadly kiss'd her;
Whiter than the wild white roses,
Sorrow in her face discloses
Mute submission, patience holy,
Passing fair! but passing slowly.

Though,” she said, “ you know I'm dying,"
In her heart green trees are sighing ;
Not of them hath pain bereft her,
In the city where we left her,
“Bring,” she said, “ a hedgeside blossom !”
Love shall lay it on her bosom.

EBENEZER ELLIOTT.

MADDERSFIELD COURT, the seat of the ancient family of Lygon, was an old-fashioned mansion built of dark red brick, and surrounded by a deep, but not very wide, moat. It was low roofed, with gables projecting on all sides regardless of uniformity, studded with lattices half buried in ivy of every size and shape, surmounted by hecatombs

VOL. III.

B

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