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preface of Billie hilt this is a librivox recording all librivox recordings are in the public domain for more information or to volunteer please visit librivox.org Billie hilt a tale of the Irish missionaries in Germany ad 703 given in English by Julie Sutter preface this little tale retold rather than translated is taken from the German a professor ever art of our Langham to whom we are indebted for much information concerning the early church of ireland and scotland known in ecclesiastical history as the coldy in church the story of Billy hilt carries us back more than a thousand years to the first growth of Christianity which now spreads as a mighty tree in that time the Church of Ireland shown is a very star in the West her learned men were the pride of courts and her missionaries carried the pure gospel far and wide Germany and Switzerland to a great extent were Christianized from Ireland the early church of Ireland was eminently a Mission Church and the manner in which she set to work was not without a tinge of colonisation her messengers went forth by bands of 12s twelve brethren under an abbot with their wives and families forming the nucleus as it were of a community would found their son abhi in the wilds of some heathen land bring their influence to bear upon the people round about them their charity that is winning them to the Lord thus enemy growing and sending forth new bands of workers to found new settlements elsewhere it was the cold Ian Church and not Rome which in this manner was chiefly instrumental in Christianizing the heart of Western Europe for derivation of the word cold II setting aside others we give professor ever arts from the Gaelic Kayla fellow or man and de God at any rate men of God the Irish missionaries were called by the heathen wherever they went Billy hilt and Haydn are no fiction the men of God occurring in these pages one and all our historic and the little story in the best and deepest sense is true jas and a preface chapter 1 of Billa hilt by Julie Sutter this LibriVox recording is in the public domain chapter 1 a dying mother I am a stranger with thee and a sojourner as all my father's were psalm thirty nine twelve in a small low thatched cabin roughly built of wood lay a woman past middle life with sunken eyes and the flush of fever on her cheeks her couch was a broad wooden bench her covering a couple of bear skins her clothing consisted of an ample garment of undyed sheep's wool beside the bed if such it could be called an earthenware jug filled with spring water was placed on a log within the reach of her feeble hands a younger woman similarly dressed saddled a little distance the cabin stood within a hundred yards of the German river main but the two women spoke not the German tongue I have longed for this day said the sick woman with the longing of the swallow for the southern land when the leaves are gathering their autumn tints on some secret rock the weary bird might be resting lonely and sad the waving palm trees would beckon her onward to that other Shore but the wing is powerless to reach it see the day has come the Blessed Easter day protected by the god-fearing hearts oak the Christian flock will unite at the Oratory beneath the Virts Berg to witness with praise and thanksgiving the baptism of my beloved daughter my only child note on Hartsook a Lord and leader literally with the ancient Germans one who went before them in battle Duke being the modern equivalent note on hertzberg the castle of the vert that is master of the house and Lord of the land from it is derived firts Bork changed two words Bork the town of our days on the main in the course of this story verts Berg will denote the heretics residence on the hill verts Berg being the distinctive appellation for the missionary settlement at its foot readers note the author here uses a difference in spelling which has no effect on the German pronunciation to preserve the distinction the missionary settlement will from here I'll be pronounced as verse 4 and of notes the river flowing past our Sena Bee has touched their each wave seems burdened with a message to me the festival time is at hand I hear them saying the bells proclaim it from the tower come come they say and tarry not but merely hilts mother is lying low in sickness I feel the shadows of death closing about me let not thy heart be troubled sister mishel replied her companion but yield it to the will of God his thoughts are thoughts of peace and not of evil in the body thou art absent from my daughter's baptism but thy prayers for her may rise to God bringing me very near to her even in him thou heard right said the sick woman and death with him is powerless Christ is the resurrection and the life he that believeth in him though he were dead yet shall live a beer Deus my husband also lives though with mortal eyes I saw his face grow wide and death he – in the spirit will be with his child her father's blessing will descend on her she ceased speaking folding her hands in silence then she continued my child will be baptized this day but I enter the gates of death the Sun has risen brightly before it said if I shall be gone see the morn is breaking which knoweth no going down the weary feet are coming home ah weary indeed how long it is since they began their earthly course in the green Isle how far away at our MA in distant errand ah hyundai-kia was born yes my shield would have liked to see the place again where she was called on dekha her childhoods home these all died in faith responded the younger woman in the words of the Apostle not having received the promises but having seen them afar off and were persuaded of them and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth for they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country and truly if they had been mindful of that country from once they came out they might have had opportunity to have returned but now they desire a better country that is and heavenly wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God for he hath prepared for them a city hark said my shield I hear the bell calling to prayer believe me dear a scared rude go join our brothers and sisters in the oratory leave thee no replied the latter comforting the sick is no less a service to him than joining with the congregation and where two or three are gathered in his name he is in the midst of them thou and I may worship Him here what what does thou have me read how heart kind Gertrude the Lord will be thy reward I would hear the Savior's parting words to his disciples as given in the Gospel of st. John Gertrude arising from receipt took a parchment roll from a shelf beneath the thatch it contained the four Gospels in the Irish language carefully written and partly illuminated she was just about to begin her reading when the door opened and a venerable figure entered saying peace be with you the old man's hair was silvery white but it was allowed to grow at the back only the front of the crown of his head being closely shaven his dress consisted of a simple tunic of undyed wool and leather and shoes with leggings reaching to the knees in his right hand he held a chalice his left bearing the bread a pouch was suspended from his belt he said thou Totman exclaimed the sick woman her face flushing eagerly cometh thou to me thou a friend of my departed husband rather than join in the service yes sister our home becca answered the aged man with a smile abbot coleman has sent me the stricken widow of a faithful messenger of christ shall not be left to hunger while the congregation has meat and drink in the house of god i have come to read the scriptures with thee and we three will remember the lord's death as he would have us it is the word the abbot who thus thought of thy spiritual need and his wife has not left my body to want a bottle of milk I have for thee and a barley cake which she gave me that thou mayest eat and drink when we have worshipped the Lord and he took from the pouch by his side a silver flask containing wine then a stone bottle filled with milk and the cake in question the earthly food was placed on the floor while the wooden log beside the bed served as a table during the communion about to be celebrated the aged priest or presbyter knelt by the sick woman and having chanted glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost he repeated the Lord's Prayer to which he added a few words of loving intercession for the maiden who at that self-same hour was to be received into the church and having recommended the dying mother to the Lord of mercy he took up the gospel and read the very words she had longed for those words of tender comfort which Christ gave to his disciples he added no sermon to the lesson but addressed the weary pilgrim with kindly words of sympathy their experience had been a common one for many a year let me look back with thee to the time he began when following Kilian the blessed man of God who has since gone to glory our little band left the green shores of Ireland to bring the gospel to the poor he 'then on this great continent in the world ye shall have tribulation said the venerable abbot bishop Columba as we set sail on her mission but he could add the Lord's words be of good cheer I have overcome the world how truly have we found it so our very voyage was troubled and stormy deep calling unto deep our women and little ones nay ourselves looked desponding ly to the watery gulf Kilian alone kept his faith believing even as st. Paul believed on the terrible sea and we were brought safe to land casting anchor on the shores of Friesland we sailed up the Ryan as far as the Roman colony mogoon show note mains where the great German river receives the darker waters of the Maine there we found a Christian settlement ruled over by bishop Boyka or his eke freed as they call him here thine own brother of him we inquired whether we should direct our steps anxious as we were to work for the Lord he advised us to turn our ships head up the main to the land of the Thuringian 'he's a fine people lost in the night of paganism they were ruled over by their hair sue goldsburg who although a heathen was a brave and noble hero it is just 18 years ago it was in the year of our Lord 685 that we arrived at the foot of the hertzberg the hair dog received us hospitably and inquired about our plans we acknowledged ourselves messengers of the Lord God the maker of heaven and earth we told him we were sent to tell him of a new kingdom of peace and righteousness established by one in whose name the Gentiles also shall trust and behold he was anxious to be taught he gave us leave to settle at the foot of his first book between the hillside and the river there we erected an oratory our place of worship built of stone and around 13 wooden cabins one for the abbot and his wife and one for each of the brethren with their families also a common refectory and barns the settlement was enclosed with a ring fence the river yielded plenty of fish for food and we planted a few vines on the hillside having brought them from malucia that we might celebrate the holy communion and thus we began to preach Christ crucified finding open ears and willing hearts among the well minded Thuringian the hare took himself heard us often and gladly but he would not decide for baptism because his wife the hare jogging Galya strove hard for the heathen practices for the priests of their false gods Vodun and Frigga thor and ER perceiving the people were inclined to Christianity had threatened the hare Celine with dire consequences and she worked upon the hearts of her husband it so happened that a horde of Chihuahua a wild Asiatic people which had followed the course of the Danube just about this time broke into the lands and burnt the villages of the unwary Thuringian dailus said it was votans revenge because his worship had been neglected and that the enemy could not be driven back unless hairsuit goats burped would appease the injured gods by sacrificing the blaspheming foreigners on the forsaken altars goats burped listen to her evil counsel father Killian and our brethren gallon on our navel were seized and killed by the bloodthirsty priests we others fled like frightened sheep and for a time lived in the forest building huts here at Horsham and not venturing back to the Virts brook but the hair saw gathered the strength of his land about him and the true re finding themselves outnumbered withdrew beyond the frontier then he imagined it was the gods who had helped him because of his yielding up the Christian messengers yet see before the year had waned the trial wari had returned in tenfold numbers burning and murdering with ruthless fury the word in the world he shall have tribulation was now doubly true with us for we were in twofold anguish terror of the chihuaha on the one hand and fear of the Hartsook on the other being all the time as men on a burning vessel fire behind us and water beyond the people from everywhere fled to the Virts pork to the strong enclosure but how could we go there for shelter being in bodily fear of the hearts himself in that time of distress when the hosts of the Tiwari were within half a day's march of us on the other side of the river it was Iberia stye husband who raised his voice in Council saying if death be our Mead brethren let us rather die as confessors witnessing for the Lord than be killed by the Chihuahua away from our post up then to the verts pork let us ask the weak-hearted ruler is this to help thou hast experienced at the hands of thy gods trust them in the Living God and he alone will save thee thus Spoke I various the faithful and we obeyed his voice together with many other fugitives we arrived at the verts pork-belly hilt thy child was then a babe only 10 weeks old but one of guileless men at arms seeing us return through a stone toward us as we entered within the enclosure it hit Iberia scratching his shoulder he lingered a few weeks and died leaving the a widow and thy babe fatherless thus the word came home to thee also in the world ye shall have tribulation but thy husband did not die without tasting the fullness of the promise be of good cheer I have overcome the world it was our abbot who went up to the heart so bravely asking the question what is it that God have done for thee or the blood of the Saints thou hast spilt and God's Berk trembled show me that he whom thou worship astiz mightier than the gods of my father's and I will believe said he but Coleman made answer that thy father's gods have availed thee nothin thou has seen with thine eyes the Living God who made heaven and earth alone can help thee he can confound mine enemies and let them be his chaff before the wind he can do it if it pleased with him but only if that would repent of thy great sin and come to him for mercy I will but pray thou for me said God's guard humbled I am altogether undone my men are destroyed I have but women and children left within the ring fence pray for me I will replied Coleman but thou must join us thyself lifting up thy voice to the Lord of Mercy night was falling when father Coleman spoke thus the hair suit placed Watchmen upon the turrets and returned with us to the foot of the Mount where our settlement had been the cabins were burnt to the ground but the Oratory the strong stone tower remains standing we entered the Hertzog along with us and now Coleman began chanting the penitential Psalms in the German language that Galt's Burke might understand lowly upon his knees he chanted verse after verse and kneeling around him in deep contrition we repeated after him goats burped with us verse upon verse thus we continued far into the night the lamp shedding a subdued radiance about us at midnight the watchman on the tower heard a clattering noise in the valley as of the hosts of warriors nearing from the direction of the burnt down cabins they listened fearful of what might befall their hearts ook when the approaching hosts had seemingly reached the stone tower the clanking suddenly ceased as though they were pausing and presently the Watchmen on the verts Berg heard a strange rustling from the valley as of a swarm of cranes rising on their wings or a herd of deer breaking through the brushwood it died away in the distance and all was still when the morning rose they descended from the Berk to look for the hearts look and behold the place all round was strewn with spears and battle axes left behind by the Chihuahua in their headlong flight they had chosen that very night for an attack and coming forth from the forest they had suddenly seen the soft gleaming light of the lamp burning within the oratory they had heard the low chanting and a terror from the Lord had fallen upon them they had fled truly as chaff before the wind and no mortal eye in this neighborhood has seen them since then hairsuit got start believed and was baptized having been instructed in the truth as his meat thus enemy at the foot of the verts Berg was built up again and more brethren arrived with Abbot David to the sore grief of the hare Subang gala we others with our own Abbot Coleman returned hither to continue at the new settlement thou also did scum back with us to hush I'm leaving behind the abelian thy little daughter that she might be taught at verts pork in the school which thy brother Edda with his wife had founded there thou knowest all this history which I have thus called up to thy memory for it is thine own history and yet I told it as though it were unknown to thee wishing to bring back by past life to thy inward eye that having reached unto the end thou mayest look upon the road by which the Lord hath brought thee the ways have been rough and yet they have been ways of peace for their end as salvation thou knewest it would be so when thou followed the Presbyterian messenger Iberia this is wedded wife thou knewest that all earthly pleasure even this life's happiness must be laid upon the altar that souls might be one for him from the heathen people who knew him not and yet our precious in His sight for they also are bought with a price but that was willing to bear thy part in the Blessed work and the firstfruits have been given us hundreds of those among whom we spend our life who were born in darkness put down their trust in the grace of God which is in Christ Jesus and have given up all evil practices and deeds of wickedness ought we not to return thanks to him saying we are not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which thou has showed unto thy servants alas how often have we been wanting in love in patience in faith how often have we even murmured at the tribulation which we must have in the world forgetting in our faithless grief that we have every right to be of good cheer through him who has overcome the world is the place which he has prepared for us not enough and as regards this world ahaan deca is it not more than enough that the Lord has put thy beloved child from her earliest youth into the way of salvation it is true that today it has not given me to clasper to thy heart but art thou not satisfied that thy Savior will take her to his heart as a lamb to his bosom while thou art near her in prayer she will now be made a partaker of the Covenant and for the first time this day she will join the congregation in the communion of his body and blood and thou too art about to join in this repent the humbly of thy sins and my many shortcomings remembering that the bread of life is given to the hungry Totman knelt down engaging in a short but earnest prayer which the sick woman repeated after him and having broken the bread and poured the wine into the chalice he began slowly and solemnly to chant the communion Hymn of the Irish church Gertrude irreverently joined in the singing while the dying Mayfield worshipped her redeemer and fainting notes the hymn they sung has been rendered into many of the modern languages of Europe it presents in clear and lively form the faith of the early Irish church it is more evangelical in its teaching than might have been expected in that age and there is ample evidence of the fact that in the eighth century the Irish branch of the church was one of the purest in this respect the following is a recent translation of some of the stanzas salvation given Christ the only Son by his dear cross and blood the victory one offered was he for greatest and for least himself the victim and himself the priest he ransom her from death and light from shade now gives his holy grace his Saints to aid he that in this world rules his Saints and shields to all believers life eternal yields with heavenly bread makes them that hunger whole gives living waters to the thirsting soul Alpha and Omega to whom shall bow all nations at the dew is with us now when they had sung this hymn the aged administer gave the bread and the wine to the two women before him after which he repeated the nunc dimittis also the Lord's Prayer and kneeling again he concluded the service as he began it repeating glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost how shall I thank you for this comfort in my dying hour said my healed adding after a while tell good mother Hilda how grateful I am for her kindness and sending this bread and milk to refresh me but I think the bread which the Lord has just blessed to me will be the last I shall have need of in my pilgrimage earthly food can no longer avail me the end is near the eye is growing dim my child had I once more seen thee the words had scarcely escaped her lips when the door was thrown open eagerly and a maiden fares the morning hasten to the bedside mother mother she exclaimed singing to her knees by her dying parent Belial faltered my heel is it thou can I indeed bless thee hear heiko she placed her trembling hands on the girl's head her lips moving in prayer which none but God could hear the light fled from her face she lay still and death it was a happy death and her desire had been given her she had seen her child before she went when Bella hilt had spent her first grief clasping the lifeless hand top minister gently how was it possible to come so quickly it is barely time for the service to have been finished alas Reverend father sobbed the orphaned Maiden the surface was never begun I am as yet unbaptized and a fled hither for fear of the heart Seguin Kyla for God's birth the heretic has died this night then may the lord have mercy on us said the old man adding softly in the world ye shall have tribulation end of chapter 1 chapter 2 of villa hilt by Julie Sutter this LibriVox recording is in the public domain chapter 2 Geisel heart of the arch but the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one in twenty days but lo Michael one of the chief Prince's came to help me and I remained there with the kings of Persia daniel 10:13 the abbot Bishop of first Burke but what is an abbot Bishop we have introduced the reader to unknown regions and cannot proceed without explanation Coleman at hosh Heim and David at verse burg also Kilian their predecessor were called Abbott's ABBA's that his father each being the guide of one of those missionary bands consisting of twelve brethren and their families who left Ireland in order to found settlements in Germany for the conversion of the heathen inhabitants but David the abbot of his own Irish brethren was also the bishop that is pastor or Shepherd of the German converts gathering around the settlement the terms abbot and bishop should not mislead the reader the ancient churches of Ireland and Scotland had little or nothing in common with the Roman Catholics of later times Britain had been blessed with the gospel as early as the 3rd century in the time of the Constantine persecution a church had sprung up and of the fervent men it produced the two perhaps who did most for its development on the apostolic foundation as well as for the spreading of the truth beyond their own land were Ninian and patrick in the early part of the 5th century to the untiring missionary zeal of these men of God the German people in a great measure Oh their conversion to Christianity this Irish Scottish Church did not practice celibacy its ministers called presbyters which named later on grew into the appellation priest as well as those who as Abbott's presided over a missionary settlement and the Brethren who had gone out as Coe messengers with the abbot were as a rule married men the priests of the Irish Church considered it lawful to marry as late as the 12th and 13th century and knew no difference between secular and monks those who as Killian for instance and his fellow messengers went forth to the heathen called themselves minashi that is men of Solitude not because they were without their lawfully wedded wife or shut up in monasteries but because they lived separated from their own church among the heathen their families had gone out with them and their solitude consisted of separate cabins one for each family found the place of worship and a common refectory they were moreover in constant intercourse with the world around them travelling to and fro in the prosecution of their missionary labors when a congregation had been formed of the Congress the abbot either himself was its bishop that is pastor or he appointed one of his brethren to the office in which case the bishop was subordinate to the abbot who continued as chief guide of the settlement all these Abbot's in their turn had a spiritual head in the abbot of Iona the ancient island church on the west coast of Scotland such a mission station was called a Sena B that is a place where persons live in community but never a cloister or monastery records are extant giving trustworthy information concerning these Irish mission settlements or Santa bees their centre was always the church or oratory what these were like may be seen from specimens which have survived as for instance at Devenish and Clondalkin near Dublin and another on the Flannan Isles note at Alton fort near Nuremberg is another erected in the 12th century by Scottish mission monks such an oratory consisted of a round massive stone tower terminating in a high cupola a circular niche opening out from the central nave contained the simple communion table the cupola served as a belfry each of the Brethren took share in the Gospel work and their wives were occupied in teaching besides their own children such of the heathen as could be gathered into schools it would for this reason have been inconvenient if each wife had had the duty of housekeeping besides the common refectory obviated this necessity the simple meal consisting chiefly of vegetables fish or occasionally game among the twelve brethren were generally some not ordained to the sacred work but who as serving brethren with the help of the growing youths or some of the converts provided for the temporal needs cultivating the fields tending the cattle cutting down trees for fuel and the like an island either on a lake or between the arms of some river was a much favorite site affording protection against the sudden attack of hostile heathen but where such could not be found the mission station was surrounded by a ring fence the converts usually settled around the Sena be gradually forming new congregations those among them who were found fit were trained for the ministry or presbytery in order to assist or as the case might be replaced the original 12 brethren or to be sent out that noose enemies might be founded some of these Sena bees grew to be towns wurtzburg on the main for instance as hammelburg and Arnstadt in germany st. gall and Glarus in Switzerland Oh their existence to those Irish founders Strasbourg and Salzburg also are indebted to them divine service was conducted in the simplicity of the ancient church there were no priestly vestments no saint worship no images the language used always that of the converted people the great aim being to diffuse the knowledge of the Bible in keeping with their mission work and moreover according to the practice of the early church was their habit of baptizing their own children like those of heathen parents not till after they had been instructed in the Christian faith thus Villa Hill had completed her seventeenth year when she was deemed prepared for baptism on Easter Day the 8th of April 703 on Easter Eve when abbot Bishop David gathered the candidates about him to impress them once more with the sacred import of the intended act his voice had a tremulous tenderness and he concluded with these words be not slothful in your part examining yourselves earnestly and humbly praying for the grace of the Spirit that the Lord may find you well prepared if it be his holy will that we should carry out what we have set before us be it according to his will most of the candidates did not understand why he should have added an if what should prevent their being baptized only one of the young Christians knew the abbot's meaning a youth of the Hertzog's household named high moorish for it had been he who had whispered news to the abbot which had filled the ladder with the gravest apprehension something has happened to the Hartsook said high moorish he was found senseless in his chamber one of the serving women told us that as she was setting supper in the hall the Hertz again had suddenly risen from her seat following a man-at-arms to the bedchamber that much is certain that almost directly after Britt spillin was dispatched to call home our young Lord Hayden who is away hunting the wild for I happened to stand by the door when the heard still getting passed and she looked at me with terrible eyes but our brother the noble Geisel ha charged me to tell you that he intended to be with you speedily the news was soon to be corroborated as the heretic was taking off his armor of buffalo hide he was seized with a V plexi his frightened attendant hastened to call the herd Selene who sat weaving with her women they laid God's part upon the bed the right side was paralysed and the power of speaking gone vainly he tried to express his desire that the abbot should be sent forward to pray with him Guilin knew well enough what he meant but instead of sending for the abbot she sent for the priest of foal by divinity which was supposed to reside in a grove close by the abbot though unbidden had no sooner parted with his young charges than he directed his steps to the book to attend to the heretics spiritual need but reaching the entrance gate he met the priest arriving from the other side with a handful of holy grasses and with him hat see lo the chief priest of Odin followed by a boy leading a goat destined to be sacrificed the heathen priests were admitted whereas the abbot was refused entrance the Herrig was asleep he was told and could not be disturbed with a heavy heart the aged servant of Christ had descended the hill and called together the brethren to prayer they were on their knees in the oratory and so absorbed in prayer that a young man entered unnoticed he had a noble warlike figure tall and stately his eyes were blue his fair hair long and curly his powdered breast was coated with the usual armor of padded buffalo skin the legs be encased in Greaves of hard leather while Spurs of bronze were fixed to his boots a heavy iron sword and a wooden sheath completed his accoutrements his helmet of buffalo hide was adorned with three herons feathers he had entered softly and knelt down joining in the abbot's prayers the brethren did not notice him till his loud Amen mingled with theirs when the abbot turned to him almost precipitately taking him by the hand and saying Geisel ha what news bad news answered the young man that our god-fearing Herod has had a stroke thou knowest already and the pagan priests speedily sent forward by the hurts again gala scene with thine own eyes I also saw them from the guest chamber as they entered the inner court by the light of torches and I saw that guy law herself let head Cielo to the dining hall I was deeply grieved that this servant of darkness should trouble the dying man with his abominations and followed him on the spot the hares are being shot at wrathful glance at me when I entered she had already brought him to the door of the bedchamber but I would not be deterred lady said I what are you about the heretic is a Christian and while he lives his will is paramount and not another's not yours and that it cannot be his will to have his dying hour polluted with Devils work you know full well away thou servant of the evil one get thee gone to thine own wicked altar we care not how many goats and boar stop kill us there but thou shalt not hinder the hare soup departing in peace to his Lord and Master with these words I took the leering coward by the neck and turned him from the house thou hast dared much said the abbot Kyla's wrath will be upon me when the heretic is gone he is gone continued Cecil her his soul fled while I knelt with him praying as for the hare Seguin I fear her not she is not ruler of the land but her son Hayden her influence with Hayden is great for five the Abbot were it not so Hayden would have come to be baptized long ago I know said Kiesel her and if she had her way your work among the syringe Ian's would soon be stopped but I have taken care of that seeing the heretic had not long to live I called three Christian and three heathen freemen to his bedside addressing him in their presence and in the hearing of his wife her suit goats burped I said if it be that you understand my words and improved that your reason has not left you lift up your left hand and place it upon this cross whereupon his left hand took hold of the cross I held before him his right hand being powerless again I asked is it your dying will that Hayden your son shall be hurt look after you then testify to it by once more putting your hand upon the cross he did so I continued if it be your last will and command that your son Hayden as Lord of the land when you are gone shall leave the men of God to continue their holy work in peace hindering or troubling them no wise I ask you for a third time to take hold of the cross and if you are able confirm your desire with a yes and behold the power of God so moved him that with both hands he seized the cross and with clear voice spoke and unmistakable yes thereupon I charged the witnesses making the three Christian men swear by the cross and the three heathen by their God voted that they would testify to what they had now seen and heard and that they would stand by their testimony before the new head took and all the people to the end of their lives having us put them to the oath I brought them away with me to my own guest chamber that by the Rite of hospitality I might protect them from the evil woman until Hayden should return the Lord bless thee for what thou has done said the abbot but I tremble for thy life have no fears for me father replied Geisel har I am no Thuringian and oh them no allegiance I am a free chieftain of the boom air vault and I have come hither as thou knowest representing the free Lords of the forest in the common cause against the tiwari Guilin knows she dare not harm me and if she should yet venture she would have to answer for it to the Hertzog's of Bavaria who are our true allies and Christian Lords with all as much as the Regensburg the grand old Roman fastness out towers this poor little wurtzburg so much also the power of Toto and his sons outshines the power of Haydn for they own the land far beyond the Danube from the fishtail Berg in the north to the springs of the ESR in the South Africa and the south note on Regensburg modern Regensburg brightest pawn and thou glorious tin my allegiance to toy dough said the abbot allegiance returned Kiesler almost angrily have I not told the I'm a free Lord on my own land in the forest on the high arches built the house of my father's looking proudly upon the valley if an enemy threatens the land and the Hertzog calls upon the freemen to join in defense then I to follow the call but allegiance I owe him none that was thanks to the enemy then for having given the occasion to go to Regensburg where thou made us the acquaintance of the holy man Rupert who brought me the knowledge of God I do it was five years ago when we joined arms against the Chihuahua you know that Rupert is no Scotchmen he is a Frank by birth forms on the Rhine is his home he was a pupil at the sena b which our scottish brethren founded at forms it is just about seven years now since he went out from them with 12 fellow messengers to continue the work which abbot Bishop Erhard had begun at Regensburg some 20 years before the venerable abbot was thus conversing with the noble youth when the notes of a buffalo horn sounded powerfully from the top of the mount as the watchman's noticed that Haydn has arrived cried diesel har let me return quickly lest the haired soybeans circumvent my precaution Hayden having reached the inner court left from his foaming charger and forthwith entered the Great Hall which together with the retiring chamber already mentioned formed the central part of the verts burg the dismal glow of a torchlight but hath dispelled the darkness of the place the ceiling and wainscoting of which were as black as untold years of smoke could make them Hayden's looks went searching for his mother he scarcely recognized the motionless figure which on a low seat by the idle loom sat staring into vacancy paying no heed to his arrival how goes it with my father cried Hayden the figure rose noiselessly and gliding before him opened the door to the chamber of death he is gone cried hate him with fearful emotion he is dead reiterated his mother with icy coldness and thou art the heart sook but another has forced all died orders who has dared it exclaimed the young ruler with rising passion who dared disregard my power thy hands have been tied said Guillam bitterly Geisel heart of the arch took it upon himself to mark out the way thou should us go he dared it cried Hayden wrathful II who is he to play the Lord here he shall answer me with the sword listen to me first he has made sure of six witnesses who will swear to thee three of them by Vodun and three by the crucified one they called their God that thy father just before his death had raised his hand in affirmation when Geisel har asked him whether it was his last will and command to thee to let these strangers continue their work unscathed for Geisel har and putting the question to him told him to do so he understood that much but the purport of the question was beyond him I say and what else is of Geisel ours ordering a state and frowningly what else is that not enough returned his mother well he is a Christian said Hayden he could not but trying to prevent any harm that might befall these men of God he has dared to order people about here as though he were master continued kyla he introduced these six retainers into the retiring chamber which hitherto has been sacred to any foot save thy father's in mine and not satisfied with this he shut them up in the guest chamber where they are at this moment as for me he kept me away from my dying husband it was he who received his last breath not I but there he is himself I hear him coming and his six witnesses with him take heed Hayden to receive him with due reverence he will expect it of thee geisel are entered the six retainers following go about your business till I require your attendance said Hayden sharply to the ladder then turning to his guests he added coldly you might have spared yourself the trouble sir key so hard that it was my father's desire to leave the Hibernians unmolested I know full well without your witnesses quite so interrupted Geisel hah he affirmed this his last will and command by lifting both hands and by a clear yes I am convinced noble head so you will honor his dying will and act upon it just so said Hayden I will honor his will no more or less than he honored his father's last desire did not his dying father bid him to remain faithful to our gods and did he act upon it since when sir Geisel ha is it meat that the dying hair Stokes should prescribe for the heir of his power if it is my pleasure to persecute the strangers and destroy their worship you will not hinder it by your six witnesses it is not my pleasure I desire rather to leave them in peace not because my father has thus enjoined me but because I consider it well and prudent if you had kept yourself from interference I would not have heard a hair of their heads but because you have presumed to play the Lord here administering oaths to my retainers introducing them into my mother's very bedchamber I will let you and them find out who is master here Conrad he said turning to one of his men go down to the abbot forthwith and charge him to have no bell ringing no Psalm singing no worship of any kind for a month to come because of my father's death I'll just see if they will not obey me as their Lord and tell him it is my intention to take charge myself of my father's obsequious in the forest we shall not require their assistance as for you sir diesel whore of the arch I might well turn you from my board for having abused of hospitality I will not do it for the sake of Herzl Toyota who has sent you you may stay as long as you please I shall not please to make further use of your hospitality most noble hairsuit said geese law proudly nor was it my intention to tie your hands but rather to free them he stepped from the hall ordered his men to saddle the horses and rode off day was breaking as he reached the center be he found the little colony in great consternation Conrad had just delivered his message we cannot obey this injunction several of the younger brethren it is the will of God that we worship Him this Easter day and we should obey God rather than men see that you mistake not his will said the abbot it is written nowhere in his word that we should ring the Easter Bell when st. Paul was a prisoner in Rome he did not keep the days of unleavened bread with the Brethren he did not say it is the will of God I showed it let me burst from my prison and keep Easter time but he worshiped the Lord and bonds thus ye also are his prisoners now not shut in and fettered but shut out from your oratory go then to your cabins and worship Him in silence iein in tears if perchance the Lord will turn the heart of the new hair soaked and given thoughts of peace toward us and indeed it is by humble obedience that we shall gain most if we defy this grievous command the work will suffer Geisel our shared this opinion and the Brethren resolved to obey Hayden's behest fill a hilt and the rest of the candidates therefore it could not be baptized for another month if then when Billy Hill learned this she said sadly could i but go to my mother brother head o has just brought me word from Hashem that she is sick unto death and not likely to live another day the abbot hearing this was anxious she should go but knew of no safeguard to escort her I do rejoin geese lahar all the more as it is my intention not to leave the country without bidding farewell to our brethren at who shrine if the maiden will trust herself to me I will take her there in safety a saddle horse being provided for her the maidens set out with Geisel her followed by his two servants old trooper and curly headed dato the Rising Sun had crowned the hills with a purple glory but Billy his tearful eyes sought the ground she thought of her mother and the world was start to her she was glad to see her once more but the sorrow of this last meeting far outweighed any joy it was a disappointment to her also to return unbaptized she wrote along in mournful silence and Geisel her whose eyes could not but be charmed with his lovely charge dared not disturb her grief his two servants however to wile away the time presently fell into a loud conversation beginning to tell each other mysterious tales of the various divinities worshipped by their neighbors of Vodun among others Geisel are hearing it turned round truth Bert he said reprovingly how often have I told thee not to speak thus slightly of the devil is Vodun the devil asked bill he'll Geisel hard was taken by surprise but said after a while I met a priest one day who had come from beyond the Alps and he assured me the best means of making the people turn against their heathen gods was to tell them these were just the devil and his angels who war against the kingdom of light it seemed to me good counsel but it is not true said the maiden it cannot be right to say what is not true does not st. Paul tell us the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrificed the Devils he also says that an idol is nothing judge for thyself is there a Vodun certainly not but there is a Prince of Darkness the chief of fallen angels we know it is deception to tell men there is a Vodun worshipping him also his deception which pleases him who was the father of lies but if thou tell us thy servant Vodun himself is the father of lies and the Prince of Darkness thou mayst be guilty of great wrong for hitherto he has thought of Vodun as of an old man with a beard of lichen riding on a white horse and sometimes on the winds chasing his faithless wife and he will be likely to turn the adversary of Christ Jesus into just such a silly Spectre and if the men of God tell him there is no Vodun and thou oughtest Vodun as the devil how should he not come to imagine the teaching of the scriptures no better than the heath and tales of Vodun and the like thou art right exclaimed geese lahar looking at his companion with undisguised surprised to tell the truth he had taken little notice of her so far that she was fair to behold he could not but see but beyond this he saw in her merely a maiden and trusted to his care and one greatly beneath him in position now to his astonishment he found her a woman to be listened to her sad face lit up as she spoke a wondrous light breaking from her eyes she was indeed beautiful to behold he could not but own the majestic loveliness of her whole bearing Father David has told me she continued that these transalpine priests are teaching a strange mixture of truth and falsehood the wildering the people in Britain whether they have taken the gospel in order to gain the heathen and greater masses they allow them to keep some of their pagan conceits changing the names perhaps but condoning the practices instead of praying to God on the holy days as Christian people have done since the church's earliest time they call upon saints and martyrs themselves asking for their intercession in our behalf instead of idols they have Saints now offering them worship in heathen fashion the name only has changed idolatry has remained and the latter abomination is greater than the former because it pretends to be Christian the very sacrifices have remained under the guise of Christian festivals are men of God who hates such a mixing of heathen practice and Christian teaching who are not satisfied with what is half and half and will not admit a man to baptism unless he has truly repented himself of his sins and turned to the Lord with a whole heart have much to suffer from these priests of the Romish Church they affect to despise our Abbott's and bishops because like the Apostles they live in holy wedlock the Bishop of Rome himself insisting on what is nowhere taught in the Bible as though it were a sin in the minister of the church to have a wife what a foolish crazed exclaimed Geisel her to be sure continued he but stopped short to be sure he was going to say if marriage were indicted in our Irish Sena bees also one need not fear lest one of the brethren should take a maiden to wife who might well delight a man's heart and whom I would fain gain for myself but he considered that Villa hilt was on the way to her mother's deathbed and suppressed the thought yet knowing he might possibly not meet her again for a long time he could not help letting her seat indirectly what he dared not put into clearer words the men of God he said after a while are not forbidden I believe to look for a wife beyond their own sin abhi oh no replied Billy hilt they may marry whom they please only of course not heathen girls their wives must be true zealous and humble minded Christians brother hook bolt for instance has married one of our converts and found in her a god-fearing wife and a faithful helpmeet in his holy vocation and I suppose said Geisel are the men of God would not necessarily expect their daughters to Wed a brother within the Sena be but one of them might follow a Christian husband to his home beyond if she were so minded indeed I remember he added that only last year a daughter of our venerable abbot Rupert at Regensburg married a Bavarian husband of Hertzog widows household if we might suppose now that sooner or later a free man whose home is neither at home nor at verse Berg should turn hither the steps of his charger hoping to gain villa hilt for his wife and if she were not loath to accept him there would be no reason why the two should not be Joe happy wedlock but he continued as the maiden blushingly averted her face this is no time for such fancies it is not lovers music but sounds of morning which ring in nine air I pray the Lord and His mercy to spare thy mother to grant her the joy of assisting at thy baptism and to grant me the happiness of knowing the mother of such a daughter let it be according to his will said bill hilt gently the tears falling from her eyes Diezel heart was silent his secret thought turned to fervent prayer if that prayer could be heard Billy Hill's mother would be brought back from the gates of death and he would not hide from her the wish of his heart she herself should gain him the daughter's acceptance and the mother's hand would bless him who in future would be her son and the rightful protector of her darling child as his thoughts were thus running on a pace the woodland opened out before them another turn and hosh hime lay open to their view Keitha heart felt his heartbeat but poor Bella hilts was ready to stand still the solemn notes of the communion ham rose from the Oratory carried on the wings of the wind the gate of the ring-fence was closed and not on garden but the watchman knew the approaching maiden and opened without delay it is well thou art come he said thy mother is at the point of death end of chapter 2 chapter 3 of billy hilt by Julie Sutter this LibriVox recording is in the public domain chapter 3 a noble suitor his grave with the wicked isaiah 53:9 Geisel r did not see Billy hilt again his sense of honour as well as offended pride urged him to quit Hayden's Dominions as speedily as possible he left that same afternoon to return to Bavaria Billy hilt was kneeling by her mother's coffin of Geisel har she thought no more the mortal remains of the faithful Micheel were taken to their last resting place amid the hymn singing of the Christian people but the congregation had need to put on the garb of mourning Sarah was gathering on the horizon Kyla's influence on Haydn is great Abbot David had said to Kiesel har and truly it was so the latter's well-meaning interference by God's birds dying bed on to make matters more easy for the evil-minded Harrigan Hayden was nettled and felt at a point of honour not to be advised by Geisel our whom he watched riding off with the satisfaction of having shown him the door but his feelings of dislike to the meddling stranger found vent in a growing hatred of the Hibernian settlers in general for were they not of the same faith with Geisel Hart and his trusted friends the old hurts Logan had no difficulty in making Hayden believe Kiesel Hara after all had only carried out what had been carefully planned in the Sena bee but he would hold his own on Easter morning two of the heretics men fully armed arrived at the door of the oratory to keep watch that none of the Christians should think of entering the sanctuary guile of course had chosen two heathen for the office P lung and moron by name they brought a hamper of game with them and a large cask of beer to fill up the time between the singing of course heathen songs their noise was such that the brethren could not even worship in their own cabins which none dared leave in the evening two other spies relieved guard and their noise was if possible still greater the oratory continued closely watched in the course of the week the funeral of hairsuit goats Bert took place not in the least considering the fact that he had been a Christian it was under guileless direction performed according to heathen rites a pyre was raised in the forest and the corpse in full armor was carried there by the departed hurts Luke's favorite seed kyla and her women followed with wild lamentation behind them Hayden surrounded by all his men at arms even the Christians among them having been obliged to take part in the ceremony as the procession went through the beech forest heimer stepped to the side of the young hare took boldly addressing him what do you expect the gods will do with your father's soul they cannot admit him into Valhalla they will have to send him to help no Hades insolent girl exclaimed Hayden but could add no more for the reasoning of his Christian retainer was to patent to be gainsaid high Mirage Cooley continued you have made but poor provision for the departed hare sook our Abbot would have done better he would have recommended him to the mercy of God who made heaven and earth that by the merit of Christ Jesus he might enter paradise Hayden looked to the ground and sulky silence my mother insisted on it he said presently it is her doing not mine tell the abbot he shall pray for my father's soul he waved his hand and heimer ish obeying the sign left his side the procession had arrived at the funeral pyre had Cielo the priests of Vodun stood in readiness with his attendants to receive the corpse but no sooner had heimer ash caught sight of the ministers of darkness than he turned on his heels followed by all those among the men who were Christians heedless of permission they returned by the way they had come Hayden did not call them back it was the lesser number who remained behind when guilin noticed the defection they were disappearing between the beaches what are they about she exclaimed angrily I have sent them on a message to the abbot replied Hayden my father having been a Christian will not find admittance with the gods the abbot may as well pray for him to his god else his soul will remain homeless foolish prate retorted Guyler he was my husband and the gods will receive him hell shall receive him answered the strange voice of a druid s appearing suddenly before the horrified hare sugan as though risen out of the earth the weird figure seemed of gigantic size as she screamed with glaring eyes and wildly streaming hair does Scylla think the gods favored her because she is the heart Seguin I tell thee they will not receive thy wicked husband there is no forgiveness with the gods they will give him his portion with the children of Loki the serpent jörmungandr will hold him fast the Fenrir wolf will gnaw away his heart the wild hell will rejoice at his misery hold thy peace valda interrupted Hetzel oh did I not enjoin me to keep aloof wherefore come estar to disturb the holy right thou didst tell me cried the druid US but imagine us now that valdez frightened away by an arts of priests when the voice of God is within her it is an ill-advised God that speaks from thee replied the priest trying to cover his confusion with an appearance of confidence thou knowest not that God's Berta repented on his deathbed and returned to the gods of his fathers thou knowest not that by his own command I am here to celebrate the sacrifice and offer up the favorite horse to all-powerful Vodun how should a thaw know that Pilon secretly following Geisel hard the stranger heard him tell the abbot that the dying Herzl would not listen to his prayer but asked for me the priest of Odin returned tonight que Valda I know thou meanest well and thinking guts Burt had died a Christian thou has come lest the service of Vodun be profaned no it was no God that spoke from thee but the voice born of thine own thought the druid is retired solemnly what is this about pilum asked guilin Haydn amazed he can speak for himself said the wily priest and pillow stepping forward affirmed the false tale making use of fearful oaths he had been carefully instructed by hat see lo whose hatred of Geisel har knew no bounds he was in truth a cunning man this priest of Vodun he knew the Hertzog had died a Christian and the complying with guileless requests to conduct the funeral according to heathen rites was really a pro Phoenician of the worship which he pretended to hold sacred ball does fanatical imprecations at least were honest but the crafty priest considered that nothing would be more hurtful to the cause of hedonism than his refusing to receive the body of the departed Herzl and that nothing would be more likely to injure the growth of Christianity than to reestablish at the heretics funeral the religion which he had banned from the Virts burg this was a triumph not to be forgotten to make it possible he invented the tale prevailing upon pealing to swear to it falsely the most immediate gain was this that any latent desire in Hayden's breast to honor his father's dying will was effectually stifled or rather Hayden now consoled himself that his father's dying wish had been the very opposite from what Geisel heart had tried to reduce by his witnesses goats Burton had evidently changed his mind after they had left him had not P lung affirmed his testimony with the diarist oaths raising his right hand and saying if it be not as I say let Vodun crush this my right hand which I lift to him the ceremony proceeded without further interruption the corpse was placed on the pyre tied up right in a sitting posture the favorite horse of the deceased a milk-white charger was killed by Hetzel oh and also laid upon the pile preparations being complete Hayden said of the light it was soon ablaze burning up the corpses of the late Herzl and his steed while the priests walked round it with dismal dirges the flames rose to the height of the beach tops and the suffocating stench was carried by the west wind far into the valley of the main when the pile had sunk down to ashes the remaining heap was covered with earth and turf the sword blade and other bits of metal outlasting the fire were buried separately when the procession moved homeward kyla triumphed in her heart the story told by head CeeLo and sworn to by pillow that guts Burt had recanted just before his death was most eagerly received by her she believed it because it suited her she herself had been present seeing and hearing when the dying hurt so testified to his desire that the men of God should be left unmolested she had seen him raise his hands she had heard the yes of the paralyzed man and when the six witnesses had left him she had remained in the chamber sitting apart but seeing and hearing that Geisel heart offered up prayer by the bedside it is true she could not follow the words but on the other hand she had seen nothing that could have led her to believe the dying man had interrupted the prayer indeed she knew it was scarcely possible he should have spoken again after that yes which in itself was almost miraculous for Keith lahar had not been praying many minutes when the breathing became heavier sinking away presently into the silence of death guilin knew all this and yet she held herself assured of the contrary for had not peelings sworn to it had he not heard Geisel are confessed to the abbot that God's Burt had called for had Cielo had prayed to voted surely it must be so it was not her fault if sitting apart she had not heard his dying word this unexpected disclosure had greatly delighted her it was a triumph indeed and she spoke of it to Haydon all the way home yet she could not get rid of a secret fear to which the sinking shadows of the night added mystery after supper Haydon retired to his own abode in the side wing beyond the court and Guyler not without a shudder entered the chamber in which guts Burt had breathed his last she went to rest but sleep fled her couch as often as she closed her eyes she fancied she heard her husband gasping in death and jumped up affrighted it was turned midnight when at last she slept but only to be wakeful in dreams towards morning when the rising moon cast a pale glimmer through the trellis window lighting up the empty place beside her she started was she dreaming was she waking she thought she saw guts Burton beside her lifting both hands toward the cross terrified she closed her eyes and listened whether he would call for Hetty lo but Geisel heart prayed an endless prayer and she slept now she wandered in dreams through the forest looking for the pile of ashes but could not find it now to her right now to her left she caught sight of high mirage leading the little band of Christians back to the Virts Bork she would have flown after them wrathful II but her feet Oh not in vain she tried to move when suddenly Valda bursts from the thicket wildly screaming Hal has received him and guile awoke she would have influenced Hayden to anything had she been able at her bidding he would have chased the Hibernians from his dominions and would have forced his Christian subjects to offer sacrifice to vote on but guile awaking seemed paralyzed as her feet had been in her dreams listless she sat in the Great Hall mute and brooding her son attributed it to the grief of widowhood as far as he was concerned he never for a moment doubted the story he had been told it was plain his father at the very last return to the gods key salwar had told him an untruth and Geisel her had been the mouthpiece of the sena be the pious brethren must be punished if Hayden did not set about this meditated punishment with a high hand but bided his time for her grieving the holy man it was only that knowing his mother's feelings in this respect he felt sure of losing nothing if he waited for her instigation if she was satisfied to leave the strangers in peace a few days longer he could be of one thing he was firmly resolved the worship of the strange God should not again be heard in his land no singing no sound of bells should rise again from the oratories consequently on the Saturday after Easter he said to his mother I cannot permit service at home any more than here I will ride over this very morning and stop it guile looked at him wandering a gleam of satisfaction broke from her eyes could fortune speed thee my son she cried he called for his horse and rode from the borg Kyla had come to herself Hayden was acting on his own responsibilities what need she fear he was Harrigan ruler of the land she could leave matters with him she rose from her seat and watched her son's departure till having crossed the river on a ferry he vanished in the forest he is a noble hero she said the spirit of his ancestor is upon him whose name he bears and the spirit of cruel the first of our race he will purify the land of these foreign offenders and we will restore the worship of the mighty gods of Odin and Thor a full and a or he has taken await from my mind it is not his mother's Council he needs but he needs a wife it is not meat that I continue in the retiring chamber leaving him to abide in the wing my hair has grown white with years it is meat for me to accept a lot of widowhood let him bring a blooming right to the halt but he shall not think of wetting a daughter of the Bavarian heretic who has listened to the strangers and forsworn the gods Horsa the Sexson ruler has a daughter of whom I have heard wondrous tales at the hour of her birth her father killed 10 men and 20 women offering them up to free huh but God has accepted the sacrifice blessing the maid with beauty and strength with all as touched by sunbeams are earning for its auburn curls she is tall and since her horse like a hero she hunts the elk and the dread arks and throws the millstone farther than our finest men of her I will speak to Hayden that he may go and take her to wife and a valiant race she'll be born of them as guile was thus giving her fancy the rain Hayden Road moodily through the arching beech aisles of an omlette virgin forest the grand old trees were breaking into the first tender foliage of spring here and there some mighty giant uprooted by the winter storms lay half buried in the leafy mold moss growing wherever it had a chance and the Underwood clothing itself with multitudinous buds the beams of the Morning Sun shone a slant through the interlacing boughs thousands of birds were singing and a bit turn starting from a sheet of water close by flew up with a far sounding call a doe looked at the rider from behind an elder bush letting him approach to within 20 steps when she bounded away gaily a black squirrel ran up the stem of a beach turning round on the first bow to looks like the young man beneath he laughed and held out a hand to the merry odd creature but it sped away from branch to branch to the topmost retreat and vanished from his pursuing gaze pfennig examined the track of a stag which crossed his path and once more turned his looks aloft delighting in the sunbeams overhead and watching a pair of thrush's as they Carol drowned their nest he had quite forgotten that he was on his way to silence songs of another kind he opened his heart entirely to the influences of the early spring but hark there was an echo floating through the forest deep like a distant harmony it was the belle of the Oratory at hosh I'm calling the Brethren to Matins wondrously pure was the silver cadence born to him on the air it was no unknown sound Hayden had heard it many a morning in his father's lifetime who in years gone by had often taken the boy by the hand to follow the invitation and Hayden by his father's side had listened with awe to the sacred strains within the oratory the melodious peal greeting him as he rode towards her chime did therefore not surprise him it seemed on the contrary a very part of the beauteous morning the youthful haired so could not but stop his horse and listen the calling Bell had never seen so lovely before he continued listening almost dreaming till startled by a noisy Jay he bethought himself remembering that these bells were ringing their own death knell that he would never hear them again being on his way to forbid them forever he was startled by this aspect of his intentions he stopped trying to disentangle his bewildered thoughts and feelings but before he could recover his serenity he was again disturbed from behind a rock by the side of his path moans arose so pitiful that he listened to guests he turned his horse's head to discover the cause and remain transfixed a maiden of almost heavenly glory just an ample folds of white lovely as fryi herself bending over a pale faced man whose eyes were closed and his forehead streaming with blood a file of oil was in her hand she was just about to dress and bind up the wound but turned at the sudden noise meeting Hayden's astonished look with a quiet gaze who art thou asked the bewildered her took springing from his horse as a Valkyr maiden now appears before me about to carry a slain hero to Valhalla stay and do not rise as a swan to disappear from my earthly sight I am no Valkyr maiden as daddy missed said the damsel I am Bailey Hill the daughter of Iberia's a man of God who is no longer here if thou art a mortal maid how darest thou trust thyself alone in the forest asked the haired sook gazing at her admiringly as she turned again to the wounded man to attend to his need I am NOT alone said bill hilt God is with me and whose service I came hither in the service of God repeated Hayden wonderingly who is this man lying wounded before thee I know him not applied she but Dom wallies believes he is the same cut halt who three days ago tried to set fire to one of our cabins so that the whole Senna B would have been destroyed had it not been for one of the brethren who was able to stifle the flame before it spread and thou returnest good to one who wished you evil how is it the boy damn Wallace who had gone to the wood to look for healing herbs found him lying here wounded and half-dead he ran back to the Senna B to tell the Brethren the avid hearing of it sent me on it wants to look to the poor man wounds two of the Brethren are following with the stretcher to take him to our hospice where he may be tended and recover if it please God the man who would have destroyed the Sena be why should we hate him who hated us he hates us because he is a poor heathen thinking thereby to please his gods but our God has told us to do good to them which hate us and despitefully use us Billy hilt resumed the heretic evidently moved they'll say estai God is present here he stopped not knowing how to continue when the storm went raging through the forest shattering the fir trees and the mighty oaks which braved a thousand winters then indeed the heathen said Vodun is among us Vodun rides the top of the forest followed by the ghostly hunt but there was no uproar now the sacred stillness of the morning spoke of peace only when a tender maiden could enter securely the lonely haunt showing mercy to one who hated her people and was an enemy to her faith Haydon felt the breath of a spirit of a God higher than Roden he could not express what he felt and only repeated thou says thy God is present here he is said the maiden reverently and it is he who brought you here most noble hair took just thou know'st me queried Haydon and surprised how should I not having often seen you passed the Senate at Erzberg and is it thy God thinkest thou who brought me canst I'll say also for what purpose he brought me to assist me with this poor sufferer that she should lift him upon your horse and take him to the Sena be he is weak with loss of blood the Brethren having first to prepare a stretcher cannot be here for some time yet and the hurt so did lift the wounded man in his strong arms mounting the horse behind him it was strange he should thus approach this enemy actually doing the will of that God whose worship he had come to destroy Billy Hill followed in an increasing distance who was it that thus wounded thee a state and after a while of the man in his charge off more replied the ladder we fell to blows over a Roebuck which he claimed to have killed though it was my booty why didst thou moan so pitifully just as I approached the spot where the maiden was tending Lee the woman hurt me drawing the splitter from the wound the woman repeated Haydon canst I'll not speak up mistress more reverently is she my mistress asked cobalt wondering she may be before long said the hair so amusing and was silent Villa hilt reached the son of II sometime after Hayden and was surprised to see the old doorkeeper brother farm own not only step aside respectfully to let her pass but bend his head before her at the same time crossing his hands upon his breast as he went to the abbot her surprise only increasing when he thus greeted her blessed be thy going out and coming in arise fair daughter and sing a song she passed him marveling at his solemnity when she reached the open place before the oratory she found the whole of the little community standing about in eager groups at this she scarcely wondered the heretics presence within the Sena beat to her mind being sufficient explanation but no sooner had she herself been seen when all turned towards her her mother's friend Gertrude embraced her greatly moved and the agent talked men coming up said Villa Hill thought wanted in the abbot's cabin she turned obediently to do as she was bidden the little wooden house inhabited by Abbot Coleman was a simple and poor as any of the Brethren's dwellings when she entered she saw Hayden standing by the side at the venerable Abbott Villa hilt said the latter the Hertzog desires to speak to thee she looked innocently at the young ruler I have a question to ask of thee said Hayden that it's tell me it was thy God that brought me hither but that cannot be since it was my own determined will to forbid the worship here as I have already forbidden it at verse Bourg it is thou who has turned my will I cannot tell what mysterious charm belongs to thee but thou hast made thy self mistress and I the heretic and ruler have owned myself yielding to thy will I would say now if my heart could speak for me I would continue in thy service say Bella hilt wilt thou be my wife if thou couldst I would protect thy faith and grant the Brethren Liberty to serve their God for all time to come Billy hilt answered not a pallor had spread on her face and when Hayden had ended she lays swooning in top men's arms forgive her said the old man it has taken her unawares she is a tender Maiden and lowly at heart that you would have her be heard so vain has frightened her greatly bear with her she will soon be herself again Topman carried her to the joining chamber where the abbot's wife cooled her temples with water Billie hilt opened her eyes wonderingly and a word escaped her lips so softly none heard it she's her she said they heard suit will not depart without an answer whispered Totman presently remember Billy Hill the Lord has put it to thee whether his work and service shall continue here the eternal welfare of thousands of souls is at stake judge for thyself how it would be with us if the heart sook had thy refusal it was of the Lord's ordaining that he met the in the forest it is God Himself who requires this at thy hands I know it said bill Hill not my will but his be done though it be a sacrifice she rose and left the chamber upright and strong Haden stood by the abbot when the maiden came up to him with a brave look in her eyes most noble head sook she said if with your hand you will pledge me your word that all my brethren and sisters both here and at first Berk shall continue in their faith serving God protected by yourself if this be your honest will it shall be as you would have it I will be a true and faithful wife to you honoring you as my husband but remember my God will even then be present with me she held out her hand the hair so clasped her to his heart covering her lips with kisses end of chapter 3 chapter 4 of melee hilt by Julie Sutter this LibriVox recording is in the public domain chapter 4 mother and wife I will lead them in paths that they have not known I will make darkness light before them and crooked things straight Isaiah 42 16 the midday meal was waiting in the dim paneled hall when Hayden jumped from his horse in the courtyard throwing the bridle to an attendant pleasure glowed from his face as he entered stepping at once to the dais at the upper part of the hall where the table was spread for himself and his mother Kyla looked at him no less delighted right glad I am she said that with a strong hand thou has taken hold of the reins thou has no need of my advice and without fears I may retire in widowhood this sentiment met with more approval on the young rulers part than his mother would have been pleased to know Haden smiled to himself as he carved to haunch of venison which had been set before him but asked presently with a parent unconcerned weirdest thought proposed to take up thy abode for the future if I am not mistaken my grandmother went to the humble burger when my father succeeded did she not this was more than the old hurt Seguin was pleased to hear when she spoke of retiring she meant to do so within the verts Berg not to some lonely place miles and miles away but pride stepping in she said I am ready to go whither the hertzel my son will send me the hama burg continued the latter with perfect ease is in good condition I believe but this verts book must be thoroughly repaired before I can expect a wife to come to me how low and dingy is this Hall everything blackened that weren't thinking of a wife exclaimed gala delighted the very thing I have wished for me this morning and truly she is a glorious maiden whom I have chosen to be thy bride to Horsa the hare took of the Saxons thou must go his daughter airman freak thou should have told me of her before interrupted Haydn when my father was alive you and he might have proposed the wife for me now I am Lord paramount of the land the heart suit will choose his bride for himself but he will not spurn his mother's advice replied she with a tone which well betrayed her secret anger in spite of apparent gentleness I have no need of thy advice thou said so but a moment since indeed I have fixed my choice in three weeks when the days of mourning are over I hope to lead home the lovely bride to whom I was brought they say by God the hurts have been looked at him speechless God which God she was going to ask but could not for Haydn continued pleasantly and much has to be done by then I must send to Regensburg for Masons they have far better houses there having learned of the Romans their walls are of stone the ceilings plastered and the floor not as with us of bare trodden down soil but covered with flags in the sleeping chambers that is even bordered heads of Toyota also has panes of glass in his windows instead of trellis works he procured them at great cost from beyond the Alps I shall hardly be able to get the light the time being short however I will try if I cannot get glass they have a transparent stone in Neustria called moonstone which will do as well thus he went on the venison an addition type had been dispatched having risen from the table he called to some of his retainers who were dining in the lower part of the hall giving them various Commission's with regard to the plans just elaborated but as he spoke one of the men stepped forward holding high a birch cup filled with frothy beer and exclaimed held to the Hertzog hail also to the chosen bride the hare took joint cups with him graciously and approaching the lower board amid the joy cycle nations of the men he accepted the pledge of each of them when he returned to the dais he found that his mother had left the hall high Mersh commanded the hare so follow me the young man thus called upon attended his master to the little room in the wing above the stable still occupied by Haydn having reached it the ladder began I told thee at the time of my father's funeral to request the abbot's prayer for his soul now thou shalt go to him and say he may begin to worship again with bell-ringing and Psalm singing just as in my father's lifetime whereupon himer ish folded his hands exclaiming plus it be Christ Jesus the heavenly Lord who has guided your heart I never doubted but that he would come to honor your father's dying wish indeed and thou art mistaken said Haydn smiling pleasantly it is the first wish of my bride rather than my father's last desire which i thus carry into effect my father's last desire moreover was not as thou Dimas alas said Heim rush that you should believe it I have heard the tale concocted by head CeeLo in the drunken Pew long if it were true surely your own mother would have been the first to know seeing she never left the chamber while Geisel heart was with the dying heart sook but she plainly knew nothing of his alleged recantation till head CeeLo told her of it what is this thou sayest exclaimed Haydn is it possible that my mother was present on Geisel her attended my father's deathbed she never left them together for one moment she cannot deny it if you ask her go and take my message to the abbot but stop send pillow to me at once Pilon appeared presently staggering for he had been drinking heavily according to his custom the hearts had commanded him to give an exact account of the time and place when he pretended to have learnt the secret conversation between Geisel are in the abbot the Charl gathering himself up repeated his tale Haydn sent him back to his work and mounting his horse forthwith he rode at full speed to the place where het Cielo lived in the forest gloom roused the priest from his Hut which like the lair of some animal was half underground he requested his account of the occurrence but it tallied exactly with pylons the priests of Odin had been cunning enough to instruct his tool carefully Hayden could not prove the lie as he returned he came upon his mother who was occupied with the lading of a Sumpter horse what is the meaning of this asked he with surprise didst thou not tell me the Hama book should be my abode I had better go there at once that won't go when I have given orders for that going and have provided a suitable escort said Hayden quietly but firmly in two or three days I expect the work people here and then I shall have to ask thee to quit the retiring chamber but there is plenty of room beside choose thyself where thou wouldst be and have they chattels taken there thou wilt not leave the verts book before my wedding day furious at heart but outwardly cold and quiet she obeyed her son's behest he was ruler indeed since loves tender tyranny had seized upon his heart he had changed entirely all his being was now bent towards the one object he desired which influencing his very will had called that will into activity he felt himself a man and felt his power of overruling any opposition to his newly found energy it had been a fatiguing day and Hayden retired to his room to enjoy a rest on the couch of bearskins which served him for a bed at night he did not sleep now but soon fell into the most pleasant of daydreams calling back to his mind the charming ride through the spring wood and the subsequent meeting with Bill hilt her lovely figure both sweet and majestic rose before him he saw her every movement remembered her every word and rejoiced in the recollection and so vivid was the morning's experience to his fancy that he could not be surprised to hear the actual church bell calling the hush heimer brethren to mountains as in the morning the silvery sounds stole upon his hearing carried through the wood but could it be surely not at such a distance he must be dreaming yet clearer and clearer the sacred sound arose not from push chime but from the Senna be at verse Berg floating past them higher and higher burdened with the Thanksgiving of the whole congregation which had United at the Oratory to praise the Lord for His goodness and to ask his blessing upon the heart zhuge yes upon the hair zhuge and his chosen bride for high Mersh was not the first to bring them good cheer one of brethren having already sped across from hush I'm bearing the wonderful news hi Mauritius message of goodwill was therefore not unexpected but if he could not surprise them he was the more surprised himself when abbot david acquainted him with the cause of all this happiness and great was the unlooked-for joy of the Christian people at the bork when he returned to them with the strange account tomorrow he said she will receive baptism not at verse burg but at Hassan where the heretic has desired her to stay until the wedding Haydn remained on his couch listening to the ballast to sweetest music to him the sounds spoke of Billy hilt but the charm was rudely interrupted Kyla stood before him pale and trembling with rage it is only of his mother she began that the new hair took demands obedience the strangers may laugh at his commands with impunity who laughs at my commands asked Haydon calmly as he rose from his bearskins I permitted the abbot to continue to worship this he was wanted my father's lifetime indeed said the hare sugan sharply that I suppose those focused an untruth to insult me when thou didst tell me this morning it was thy intention to stop the hateful thing at hush I'm also that was my full intention in setting out said Haydon but my mind was changed on meeting one of these objectionable people and finding that she was actually binding up the wounds of a wretch who had tried to set fire to their very home then I bethought me that my father had consulted with the folk taing and that the resolution had been carried to grant these Hibernians Liberty of worship but therefore I have no right to act otherwise as it would be disregarding the desire of The Ting itself note on folk King Assembly of the people Parliament in Denmark and Sweden is still called folk thing who was she that made me think thus a Scylla savagely fili hilt is the maidens name but why should it snow in choir thou should us rather tell me why my father's last desire was kept from me why I had to learn from Hetty low and pilling that he returned to the gods how could I tell thee replied kyla seeing it was news to me when we heard it from Hetty low news to thee well then the abominable tale had to travel by crooked paths that must have been the very first to know seeing doubt it's not leave him alone with Geisel har for one moment yet that it's not learned the strange story from My Father not even from Geisel heart but only through peeling and hit who pretended to have it from Geisel heart though unknown to the latter it is certainly strange but I sat quite apart from my dying father replied Kyla eagerly how should I have understood his whispered word Kees lahars ear was bent to his lips he had come between me and my husband and P lung has sworn to it the six free men who Geisel heart produces witnesses have also sworn that my father's yes to Geisel hearts question had been his last word death overtaking him almost immediately I mean to sift this matter leave me now the haratz have been retired and hate him once more sent for Pelham now is forsworn myself miserable caitiff exclaimed the young ruler as soon as the latter appeared the pillar added oath upon oath had CeeLo had assured him he could swear falsely to any extent without fear of evil consequences if only by way of precaution the little finger of his left hand were pointed to the ground while the right hand was lifted in perjury Hayden not suspecting the sly tricks of the wicked priest was misled by the utter confidence with which P long challenged the direct punishments of the gods if he spoken on the truth and felt less sure of his doubts the old heads again in the meantime saw horror upon horror that the chosen bride of her son was no other than that maiden Billy hilt the Christian with whom he had fallen in on his ride to her shine seemed certain now she understood the sudden change in his bearing it was powerful love which had made an entrance in his heart and was already beginning to rule his actions but the thought that a daughter of these hated Hibernians should be the sharer of Hayden's throne and life was more than she could bear for then it would be impossible to wage successful war against Christianity to drive away these Irish messengers and pull down their senna bees she could scarcely hope in that case to keep her son from forsaking the gods yet this must be her one aim the sole motive of her actions she took up her abode in the apartment made over to her and far from desiring her removal to the hammelburg she now endeavoured to secure her residence at the firts pork or in its immediate neighborhood even after the wedding Hayden knowing her temper expected she would withdraw from her seat in the hall but when on the following day he obeyed the summons to dinner he found her at her accustomed place she rose with the respect due to the heretic greeting him with smiles but made no remark as to the bride he had chosen nor asked who she could be speaking however of the Intendant building operations she expressed herself interested in all his plans he was pleased to find she had so soon submitted to circumstances nor saw a reason to think differently for some time Villa Hill had spent the rest of the day on which she had promised to be the hare Luke's wife in tears in solitude partly in the desolate cabin partly at her mother's grave she had yielded up to God the deep secret of her heart a sacrifice truly when she accepted Hayden and now she thought not again of geese lahar who henceforth was as dead to her but she thought of the thorny path before her and prayed God for strength to go along that path and obedience her baptism which was now fixed for the following morning was to her as the seal set upon this giving up of her person and her life to God accepting from him the duty he had shaped out for her her clear mind had it once grasped the difficulty of her future position she knew it would require wisdom and circumspection to meet Galya whom she would have to honor as her husband's mother without yielding one particle of the firmness she owed to her Christian profession she prayed God earnestly to give her that wisdom she knew her weakness it made her more humble than ever and this feeling together with her own desire to be a faithful handmaid of her Lord left an impress upon her yet it was natural the brethren even the abbot himself should see in her the Future heart Selene and should honor her as such even now they could do so all the more sincerely as it was not so much her future greatness but rather the nobility of her present bearing which they admired they could judge of the worth of her resolve but porkbelly hilt could not understand why the brethren should thus honor her it almost hurt her she bowed her head and raised it again as though in childlike supplication before those who had hitherto been her spiritual fathers and whose prayers whose guidance she felt she needed more than ever Villa Hill said Totman her father's aged friend meeting her one day understand me or right it is not thy humility I would blame humility is as the bloom on the fruit of every Christian virtue but I would wish thee to find thy level on this new path which the Lord has marked out for thee thou art to be our hearts Luke's wife a princess raised above us humble thyself before thy God but do not a base thyself before us a kindly spirit thou should ever show even to the lowest but such kindness and inward humility need not detract from the honor due to thy position and which should show itself in thy bearing it is as the heretics wife thou art called upon to enter the Virts burg notices inferior his faithful wife thou shalt be yay more than this the servant of thy God and a pillar of the faith in high places I do not say try to gain over thy husband by untimely zeal thou should us rather bear in mind what saith st. Peter ye wives be in subjection to your own husbands that if any obey not the word they also may without the word be won by the conversation of their wives while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear yet there are limits beyond which even thy wife ly obedience may not go thou must never allow thyself to be kept from prayer and from the meeting together with the Brethren in the house of God and thou must always be a faithful champion for the Christian people man or maidservant on the Bork and especially will it be thy duty to hold thy own as the hare Dukes wife before the old hertzel being his mother but how should style succeed in all this if thou canst not learn to feel at home in thy new position even now what if the hurts ilk should come to visit thee as he may any day does thou think he would like that balm Oba for each one of us it could not possibly please him or does that Majan thou could has changed I bearing all at once forgive me Father said bill Hill it is truly a great work I have been called to do it's very weight has humbled me but it is to you and the father's I bowed I knew I should have to walk differently as the hurts Luke's wife yet thou wert right I cannot learn new ways all at once and must begin even now I will try and she went her way lowly at heart as ever but showing again in her every gesture that inborn dignity and noble grace which had charmed Haydon at their meeting in the forest when he thought she must be a Valkyr maiden of Valhalla and who is it bursting now from the forest on milk-white charger with the brightly polished copper shield on his left arm it was Haydon followed by high mesh with a proud look in her eye bill Hill stood waiting the approach of her Lord and lover and something like pleasure glowed on her brow the Herod so jumped from his horse in a transport of delight to clasp the noble maiden who conscious that she was his now stood holding out her arms I have come at last he said I would not come empty-handed and the Bavarian peddler kept me waiting so long hi Marisha meanwhile was undoing a package which had been fastened to the pommel of his powerful horse and then followed the noble pair to the refectory whether the Brethren were conducting the hare Tzu thou art my bride said the ladder to Billy he'll let me adorn me as befitted her I have chosen and suiting the action to the word he took from the hand of his retainer a costly robe of purple silk also in ermine cape bracelets and a diadem set with precious stones fili hilt at Hayden's desire at once took these things to the nearest cabin and looked at princess indeed when she returned clothed in her lover's presence Haydn rejoiced at her beauty and even Bayley hilt had some feeling as though that future position which she had accepted the such a spirit of sacrifice whatever of thorns at might brain might yield its Rose is also a natural delight and raiment belongs to a woman the high-minded maiden could not be accused of vanity but as a pledge of her lover's affection she did value these pretty things she felt the happiness of knowing herself loved by her future Lord and the duty of loving him in return became easy all the more so as she found him a man endowed with nobleness of mind and strength of character the company sat down to their common meal the abbot prayed the 67th psalm to which the hare took listened attentively the board was suitably provided the brethren and sisters filling several long tables contented themselves with their usual fare consisting of oatmeal porridge vegetables and dried fruit but the smaller table to which besides Haydn and Billie hilt only the abbot and his wife together with the agent Topman and honest himer ish were invited showed the son of II could offer something of cheering hospitality there was a large pike from the abbot's preserves and a dish of snipe which the boy domalis by lucky chance had caught the day before there was also a cake cleverly contrived of wheat and flour milk butter and plovers eggs and to enhance the charms of the cake a dish of golden honey fresh from the comb also blackberries preserved in honey to complete the feast the heretic having had a good morning's ride did full justice to the meal Billy hilt and the others keeping him company when the sound of a horses hoofs broke upon their ears who can it be heimer –is– exclaimed Hayden but before the latter could reach the door P long presented himself at the entrance with a well-conditioned Roebuck on his shoulder catching sight of the hair Sookie showed surprise even fear what is thy business here asked the latter the haired sugan has sent me to deliver this fine Roebuck with her greeting to the maiden Belial stammered Pelham adding with a brazen face I was not told I should meet the haired sook here rejoice Billie hilt said hate him well pleased even my mother has thought if they with kindly feeling Pilon was invited to sit down with the general company when they had risen from table Billy hilt showed the hair soaked all over the Sena B he admired the gardens and fish preserves and made friends with the various members of the community taking his leave in the evening he said to the abbot as I am about to carry off a priceless treasure from your sin abhi and his meat I should give you something in it said I herewith present you with the Fox wood and the alder Grove together with the meadows between them and the river to be the freehold property of this enemy for all time to come and handing over the title deed he rode away followed by the faithful heimer ish and the less try pilum end of chapter 4 chapter 5 of billy hilt by Julie Sutter this LibriVox recording is in the public domain chapter 5 the wild hunt the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm nay home 1/3 night was falling when the haired sook followed by his two retainers set out on his ride entering the beech forest he asked pilum whence did my mother learned who was to be the future head Sabine and where she could be found she never inquired it of me whereupon the man made answer how should she not know it since the very birds are heard to sing of Billy Hill Haydn could not exactly question this but asked again did she know I had gone to spend the day at hush hon how should she since you kept it secret noble head sook but she might have guessed it seeing me deal with the peddler yesterday and moreover added heimer –is– I noticed her this morning watching us from behind her Gladys as we rode from the borg that is not true returned feeling rudely i fear me manners have suffered replied the hairsuit good-naturedly did the men of God not see to die bodily wants more than enough I should say was high Marissa's opinion but he can never have enough and drunkenness is not pandered to in the Sena be the morte fools day muttered pillow what was that inquired the hare Tzu I did not speak replied the Charl unmannerly thou didst and I insist on thy repeating it commanded hated well then if it please you to hear it poor old lady I said meaning the hurts will be in your most noble mother you may strike me scourge me if you will but I do pity her she is intent only on your advantage and you did not even do her the honor of letting her know who is to be the future head so Dean she bears it in silence without a word of complaint but it cuts her to the heart she has told me she desires to live in peace with her daughter-in-law and for this reason she sent her the venison as a token of goodwill but the hurt suit treats her his own mother as though she were a Charles wife you mean to Benesch her to the humble book she will go this very night if you ask it of her but I do know Raymond her waiting woman has told me that she spends half the nights in tears it was only yesterday that reyga's vented myself ventured to speak words of comfort to her saying noble lady the hurts of your son is a gracious master he is now engaged in repairing the Virts burg if you were to ask it of him he would send work people across the guy back on the hill to restore the building for your abode you would in that case be near enough for any purpose or would you rather that we ask him for you but she said neither yes nor no repeating merely it was your desire she should be banished to the humble work and she would not gainsay you Bahama burg is no banishment said Haydon frowning it is a lovely place in the heart of Thuringia neither did she call it banishment added peeling hastily it was my foolish pity which called it so the Hertzog road ahead musing if she wishes to dwell at Guy buck well I could grant her that desire I do not want to treat her harshly she is my mother and she seems pleasantly inclined to the maiden I have chosen to be heard singing in her stead I may as well settle her abode at gybo high Maurice meanwhile followed a breast with pillow but the latter averted his face he would have not to say to a hated Christian whereupon high muris began I fear Pilon we shall have a heavy storm before long the evening has been unusually sultry and now I see clouds upon clouds rolling up ominously this is worse than night feeling made no answer and high Marishka n– tin you'd after a while lord have mercy upon us the storm is breaking hark at the whistling in the treetops in the howling in the rocky caves i hear said pill and carelessly it is rode and riding across the forest thou mayst well be afraid high returned high mirage no not i the Living God is my shared offence how should I tremble at the voice of the storm if there were a vote and others might have reason to fear him not I who art thou speaking of demanded pealing savagely does that dare to think of the Hartsook I mean those said high mirages quietly who have sworn falsely calling upon Vodun to avenge it the heretic hearing this turned in his stirrup and saw that pillow who received this remark with a sneer but just then Hayden's horse stumbled requiring the full skill of his rider to rein him up and save him from coming down upon his knees we cannot proceed he said we must abide the storm darkness had closed in upon them the pathway which even in broad daylight offered difficulties to the most practiced rider was utterly impossible now it would have been foolhardy 'no Stu attempt it a whirlwind burst above them covering the ground with a shower of broken branches the Wild Hunt is upon us groaned pilling aghast we must lie with our faces to the ground that the wrathful gods may pass over yes said hai Mirage grimly and let the startled horses trampled upon their cowardly riders but Pilon had already suited the action to the word and was lying flat upon the ground by the side of his horse had it been less dark his companions might have seen his abject fear in every movement he positively shook with terror they also had sprung from their horses but only to hold them by the bit and speak to them reassuringly does that expect me to hold thy horse as well as mine exclaimed time wish but pilling answered amid groans I must lie flat on the ground head Sela said so then Vodun cannot hurt me Vodun harms none who swears by him truthfully interposed Hayden even though they stand on their feet jump up belong in a tented I horse I cannot hide aeronaut moaned the terrified coward hit Zilla warned me to live flood on the ground and let the right hand clutch the earth call upon Harris protection then the Wild Hunt will pass over and leave me scared lists how terribly it roars and he groaned in anguish it was indeed a frightful uproar tearing through the forest snapping trees asunder as though they were saplings such was the commotion the hare took could scarcely hear his own voice as he made answer to peal oh well miss they'll fear for thy right hand remembering how about its raise it in perjury at my father's funeral saying let vote and crush it if I have told a lie it is safe cried pilling he cannot hurt it but God Almighty can hurt thee said hi miss aalam Lee and scarcely had he spoken the word when a great beach came down with a terrible crash Hayden and High Mirage had barely time to jump aside dragging their horses after them they escaped safely but not so Pilon who now lay yelling half buried beneath the crushing weight of the fallen tree as they turned a sheet of lightning for a moment lit up the scene peelings horse lay crushed to death beneath the beech tree pillar himself appeared to have his left arm free and was trying to extricate his right hand which had been caught by the tree flashes of lightning having once begun went on now in rapid succession accompanied by terrific roars of thunder the forest seemed one massive fire his arm is broken the hand is frightfully mangled said high mesh having examined the wounded man by the glare of continued flashes The Heretic adding wrathful II the gods only another bolt for perjuring thyself a second time when I sent for thee to my room I know spare me screamed the unfortunate man I will hide nothing I did swear falsely from beginning to end his head sealed it taught me and it is thy wickedness said Hayden which has brought all this trouble upon us who knows what we too must perish call upon thy God high Mirage perhaps he will save us I cannot call upon him and my own gods who have just now proved their power upon P long have little cause to help me for I fear me I have done little to please them noble head sook said high Mirage solemnly it is not the gods but the one God who made heaven and earth who has thus shown his power upon this man because he perjured himself bearing false witness against his kingdom he is the God who hath his way in the storm and whose fury cometh forth like fire to him I will call that he may keep you safe but methinks there are others praying for you even now hear you not in the pauses of wind and thunder the voice of the ringing Bell even now the men Ghadir on their knees in the Oratory and billy hilt among them calling upon God to hold you safe yes Haydon heard it heard it ever and anon amid the Rolling Thunder sweet and pure is on that Easter morn poor little Bell what a veil at thy trustful voice against the raging commotion even now the forking fire shoots from the heavens yet strange the hungry flashes touch not the spot where high morash knelt in prayer by the side of his hair soaked where pilling they chained in agony rivers of rain presently flooded the ground the bursts of Thunder came at greater intervals but amid the rustling rain floated the silvery sounds speaking of Billy Hill two Haydn's ear and away into the valley world the voice of thunder the little Bell had had the victory Haydon stood touched to the heart but the Bell also died away into silence rain continued the enclosing darkness left not the faintest chance of light how shall we succeed in freeing the wretched man from his position asked Irish and how shall we succeed in finding a way home returned the hair soaked by way of answer at the same time trying to peer into the hopeless night it was vain they could not guess at the direction even where a path might lie and had they seen they would probably have found it barred by fallen trees it was a most helpless situation but what is this a nearing radiance in the Far depth of the night now brighter now gliding among the shadows white garments lit up by torches presently appear amid the trees now hidden for a moment now more vivid gaining upon the distance it has Coleman the abbot with some of the Brethren exclaimed Homer ish after a moment of surprise they have come to bring you help when Coleman and his companions reached the place and found that both the Hertzog and high mirages had escaped the storm unhurt they broke into loud acclamations of praise and thanksgiving but what has become of pilum they asked there he is all but dead for his perjury replied Hayden the Brethren at once turned to the unfortunate man setting themselves to freedom from his painful position P long had lost consciousness but the touch to his fractured limb was enough to revive him he started with a scream of agony as soon as this had subsided the hurts of bending over him said sternly tell me is it true that story of thine of a conversation with my mother if it is true then swear to it swear no no I cannot we're cried peel him full of horror then tell me the simple truth all this tale of pity for her and that proposal of guy Bach has her residence is merely thy repeating what she herself has told thee it is it is you know everything must tread hurts him you see in darkness as though you had votans eyes cried peeling adding after a while and she sent the Roebuck to deceive the lowborn wench in her lover she said I could swear to it well I believe thee without an oath said Haydon as for the lies that was told me before I might well have the tongue plucked from my head but thou hast ample punishment for all thy misdeeds and addressing himself to the rest of the party he continued what advice had the Brethren to give me we must be about halfway between the verts Berg and Hirsch Haim whither had we best direct our steps we will escort you to your own book said the abbot we can spend the rest of the night with our brethren there and return to hush Haim tomorrow I would gladly accept this proposal were it not for Billy hilt who ought to know we are safe objected the heretic then two of the Brethren shall return at once decided Coleman the rest of us can show you the way the two having been dispatched two others tried to make peel and walk between them but himer should not hear of this he is too weak he said lift him to my horse brother Faldo and mount behind him to support his arm I will take the lead with the torch slowly and cautiously the little company moved through the wood picking their way amid the ruins of the storm it was long past midnight when they reached the foot of the verts Berg pilum was given over to the charge of the Senna be his arm had to be amputated on the following morning het Cielo also lost his right hand by the heretics command and guile was banished to the hammelburg end of chapter 5

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0: [00:00:00] – Preface

1: [00:02:11] – A Dying Mother

2: [00:22:22] – Gisilhar of the Arch

3: [00:48:03] – A Noble Suitor

4: [01:10:26] – Mother and Wife

5: [01:30:13] – The Wild Hunt

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What Is Grace? | Why Jesus Brought Grace To Save Us | The Power In The Blood Of Jesus

in the previous episode we learn about the mission that Christ came to fulfill during his first coming to the world and that he executed only two objectives to rescue us from sin and hell and to set us free from the enemy’s bondage we learned specifically that he came …