The rose and the lily how they became the emblems of England and France


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The rose and the lily how they became the emblems of England and France A fairy tale
Physical Description:
62, 2 p. : front. ; 19 cm.
Blewitt, Ann Roper Williams
Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878 ( Illustrator )
Chatto & Windus (Firm) ( Publisher )
Chatto and Windus
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London (Piccadilly)
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Emblems, National   ( lcsh )
Juvenile literature -- 1877   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1877
Juvenile literature   ( rbgenr )
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England -- London


Statement of Responsibility:
By Mrs. Octavian Blewitt. With a frontispiece by George Cruikshank.
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Publisher's device; head and tail-pieces; initials; decorative binding, stamped in gilt.
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Publisher's advertisement: 36 p. (at end)
General Note:
Cohn 74.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

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University of Florida
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Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
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N a lovely and romantic valley in West-
Smoreland there is a lovely lake, the
waters of which are as clear and bright
as crystal. No person seeing it would sup-
pose but that the water was pure and healthy
to drink, or in which to bathe; but if they
attempted either, the effect was fatal.
No one was better aware of this than Titania, the
Queen of the Fairies; but the beauty and seclusion
of the spot attracted her to hold her court amidst
the flowers, which grew in greater luxuriance there
than in any other spot within the circle of her chosen


But there were more attractive reasons. The Fairy,
as are all good Fairies, was fond of all things beauti-
ful and fair. It was not that the spot was luxurious,
every flower beautiful, and the air bland, but that
there were two exquisite exceptions which engaged
her affection. A Rose and a Lily grew side by side,
lovely beyond compare.
We are all happy in being loved and admired. The
flowers knew their Queen loved them. She flitted
about them, she danced and she sung, she fanned
them with her delicate wings when the air was sultry-
the sun scorching, she shielded them from its rays. As
a mother watches her children, so did Titania watch
her favourites. She kissed them, and they opened their
cups to her sweet balmy breath. When she would rest,
weary of her gladness, they folded their tender petals
around her. The sweet perfume of their leaves lulled
her to sleep. First to one, then to the other, she could
not tell which she loved the most, both were so sweet,
so beautiful, so loving.
But Fairies never sleep long, and anon she would
shake the rich perfume from her fleecy wings, and
mount into the air and fly away out of their sight, and
then the scene seemed changed to them. But soon


they saw her return; for morn and eve she fetched
water from the neighboring river, Eden, to nourish
and revive them.
Why did she gather the dewdrops ? Why did she
mount so high in air, and fly to the river for the water ?
Why did she not dip her wings into the crystal lake so
near, so clear, and so bright; for the Rose and the Lily
grew side by side close to the margin of the lake ?
To tempt her, the water sparkled as she flew over it;
but Fairies see more than mortal's eye.
Well she knew that lake, deceptive and treacherous
from its beauty, was the abode of her enemy and rival,
The Demon of Evil.
There, with face uplifted and arms extended, under
the surface of the water lay the Demon, watching for
the innocent and ignorant. When the weather was
sultry, he was ever tempting the bather or the drinker.
If a bird drank of the water, there, on the edge of the
lake, it lay expiring in pain; if a flower dipped its
leaves, withered was its beauty. Even the skimming
flies rose no more. Grand in his hideousness and pa-
tience, all the day long wduld he lie, and never without
fatality to some poor silly creature. He was as grand
in his treachery as in his hideousness; gathering over


his huge head a quantity of weeds, none but the Fairies
could discover the evil glaring eyes hidden beneath.
When the sun rose and set, Titania summoned her
obedient and willing band of Fairies, and off they flew
to the river for safer, if not clearer, water.
They filled the largest leaves they could carry, and
each flower of the glade received its nourishment; and
they never wearied of their loving trouble. But why
do I say trouble? To be kind and good was the happi-
ness of these sweet creatures. They felt not the mean-
ing of trouble, except as the evil done by their enemy
troubled them. They delighted in all things beneficent,
all that could give happiness, not only to each other and
to the flowers, but to mortals. To all who were kind
of heart, and were merciful to others less prosperous
than themselves-who were pure in heart, glad and
grateful for God's mercies to themselves-over such
as these the Fairies watched benignantly and paid
them visits. But no one knew they had been about
them, although all things prospered and worked
together for good ; but the recipients of their watch-
fulness raised their hearts in thankfulness, and Titania
was content and repaid, for their gratitude was hers
though they did not know it.


But although the Fairies had never been seen, there
were mortals wise enough to suspect; and when threat-
ened with some impending calamity, they would leave
their windows open all night to tempt the Fairies to
enter,-as if Fairies required the windows open; they
who fly through keyholes and down the chimneys with-
out soiling their delicate wings, or creep through cracks
and crannies, or obtain an entrance, no one but the
Fairies knows how. No mortal can keep out a Fairy
who chooses to go in. If work is to be done, they will
do it; just as you and I can do almost anything if we
take the trouble to try, and learn how to do it.
If we determine to do right, the way becomes very
easy. That is why the Fairies lived such pleasant lives.
But there are evil persons as well as evil Fairies, and
they always find a way to do harm; but they injure
themselves more than their victims. It seems easy to
do harm, because evil persons delight in it-and so do
evil Fairies, as I will tell you.
Both good and evil Fairies are very active, and the
good must punis/ as well as reward.
Now, although Titania loved everything good and
beautiful-as even the most affectionate persons love
some more than they do others-she loved most, and


delighted most, in chosen favourites-the rich, full-
scented Rose, and the noble, rich, though delicate Lily.
She grieved that they were beside the lake, where her
enemy held his holidays of mischief.
He watched how carefully she tended them; he
watched her daily delight in their fragrance and beauty
-how, when the day was hot, she wafted over them her
wings to cool the heated air-how she assisted them to
close their leaves when too laden with richness-how
tenderly and lovingly she nestled in their cups for rest.
He hated the flowers because they showed their sweet
satisfaction and content, when either had all it loved
folded in its bosom.
The more Titania loved them, the more intensely
he longed to make them his victims. How he desired,
with his huge, hideous hands, to throw over them the
poisonous water of the lake !
But Good is more powerful than Evil; and while
they were guarded by affection, and loving and faith-
ful, he possessed no power to do them harm. He
had withered many a flower; but the love and obed-
ience to their mistress was not in them.
The Rose and the Lily were safe, for Love breathed
through every leaf; every fibre quivered at their Queen's


approach. Perhaps that was why their perfume was
richer than that of any other Rose or Lily.
Fairies like to adorn themselves, and, it may be,
like maidens, they are vain. Each morning Titania's
golden hair was decorated by her attendants, and
crowned by a circle of all her favourite flowers, except
the Rose and the Lily, and these alone were in her
bosom. Perhaps she thought the Lily was already
there, for she was delicately fair, or the Lily might
have been pained if a Rose had been alone selected;
but she would not have been jealous, for these two
flowers were perfect in love as in beauty. The halo of
Love surrounds all within its circle, exalting, enriching;
and so these two flowers were supreme of their race.
As Goodness is confined to no nation, Titania was
summoned by Zephyra, her friend, the French Queen
of the Fairies, who was watching over Clovis, the King
of the Franks, then at war with some neighboring
nations. He had conquered Gaul, defeating the Roman
governor, Syagrius, and was now collecting his forces
to battle with the Allemanni, a brave and warlike
people, who were continually invading their neighbours'
territory. Zephyra had determined, and she knew
Titania would confirm her intention, that Clovis should


triumph; for he had vowed that, if he returned vic-
torious, he would become a Christian. Clovis was a
great general, and had done much for his people. Still
a Pagan, he had won in marriage the fair Clotilda of
Burgundy, who had been reared in the Christian faith,
and many of his own people were Christian. Zephyra
had come over from Arabia (the birthplace of Fairies)
to guide this monarch to keep his oath; for if the King
avowed his faith, the whole country would become
Christian. This warrior, though savage in his nature,
loved well his Queen, and she exerted her sweet influ-
ence to induce him to become Christian before he went
forth to battle, lest he should be killed; but he, making
his preparations for the battle with the Allemanni,
would only give her the comfort of assuring her that
he would fulfil his oath if he returned victorious.

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j.{I J HEN Titania received the Fairy telegram
that her sister's affairs required her pre-
!' t sence, she was alone with her flowers. As
Fairies may not be perfect, perhaps she was
S jealous of their love; for when she was with her
other flowers, she was generally surrounded by her band
of attendants, but with the Rose and the Lily she was
always alone. Seizing a bunch of Bluebells, she rang
them, and she was instantly surrounded by her sprites.
She stated that she required their attendance for a
flight to a foreign court, and dismissed them.
It was a scorching day in August-her flowers more
especially needed her care. The absolute necessity of
leaving them greatly distressed her, not merely be-
cause they might perish under the scorching sun,
but lest her enemy might devise means of injury-


some mischief to destroy her favourites in her absence.
She knew that when she was away their Faith and
Love alone could save them.
For the first time her anxiety permitted a doubt to
cross her mind. Would they be faithful? Though
they were lovely, they were frail, for they were of the
earth. There would be none to guard them, none to
tend and support them; their weakness would make
them an easy prey. Would they, in their sore distress,
resist Evil for Love's sake.
She glanced at the hideous wretch in the lake.
Already his eyes glared with delightful expectation.
Titania wept. But she must away. She flew to bid
farewell to all her flowers, that she might abide the
longer with her chosen. Leaving her sprites to drench
with water all the others, she flew to her dear ones.
Her wings drooped as she approached. "Alas! sweet
Rose! and thou, fair delicate Lily," she said, "I
must leave you for a time. If, when I am gone, you re-
sist temptation, you will be safe. It is not the scorch-
ing sun which will wither your bloom. Faded and
dying, my breath can revive you, beauteous children of
the earth! It is not the frailty of your leaves, but your
hearts, which I fear. If you are faithful and obedient,


nothing can harm you. Be strong in love, and you are
safe. Listen, sweet ones Though no rain fall on the
earth, though the sun scorch and wither, touch not
the water of the lake; if you touch it, it will be fatal
to you. Bear for my sake; I will surely return. Have
faith in me. I appeal to your duty and affection."
Then she flew to the Eden for water. She drenched
them; she would allow no hand to touch them but her
own; she embraced them. "Bear up, my loves, against
all suffering, for I will surely return. Sweet Rose fair
Lily I farewell, farewell! . farewell! "
Pressing them again to her bosom, as if to impart
to them some of the love which was there, reluctantly
she left them, and mounting into air, her gossamer
wings faded into space. More faintly and faintly they
heard her sad Farewell, farewell, farewell! "
All that day, side by side, the flowers bloomed. On
the following day they missed the care and daily love
of their mistress. On the third day, at noontide's
sultry sun, they bowed their heads, longing that the
day would close, and evening cool the air.
"I wish it would rain," said the Rose.
"I wish the clouds would pass over the sun," said
the Lily.


"The sun cannot know how he burns," said the
Rose, faintly.
The Demon had watched the Fairy throng following
their mistress, until the last had disappeared out of
sight. He waited until his intended victims had be-
come faint with the heat, and then he turned his great
glaring eyes upon them. Although he was invisible to
mortal's eye, he now made himself visible to them, that
fear might kill them.
The Rose folded her petals in dread, or ashamed of
her own loveliness, and the Lily closed her petals and
turned away her head.
So blinded were they with merciful tears at the loss
of their mistress, that they were not conscious that
there was a Demon in the lake; they simply felt that
eyes were gazing at them.
Sweet sister! if I bathe not, I die," cried the Lily
the next day to the poor miserable Rose.
"Endure yet another day -endure for obedience'
sake, for love's sake," replied the Rose.
"The lake is fresh and clear. Our mistress does not
wish that we die-let us revive ourselves in it."
Be patient, dear Lily. Our mistress will come; she
said she would-trust her."


"Ah," replied the Lily faintly, for she could scarcely
speak, "you do not suffer as I do."
"I hope you do not suffer as I do," said the Rose
"I faint," said the Lily.
"Ah! bear up-lean on me. Stir not; our mistress
will return; and if we die before she return, let her
mourn us-not despise us;" and she exerted herself to
support her weaker sister.
The Lily laid her pale cheek against her sister's,
nearly as pale as her own, and thus they supported
each other.
"While Faith supports them, my will is futile," mut-
tered the Demon. I bide my time."
"I will counterfeit," thought he, the appearance
and voice of the Queen. Puck, command the most
delicate of your female crew to fly here."
Now Puck was an ugly fellow, and he not only de-
lighted in mischief the most cruel, but to make himself
more ugly and grotesque than he was. In turning
various somersaults, he was out of sight in an instant,
but soon appeared with the most dainty female of his
crew, to receive his master's commands to counterfeit
the appearance and voice of Titania, and sweetly de-


ceive the weakened and unhappy flowers, to induce
them to bathe in the lake.
Swiftly she flew to execute a treachery in which she
delighted. Changing her appearance to that of Titania,
and imitating her voice, she sang-

Dear Lily, sweet Rose,
On which shall I try
To take my repose,
In slumber to lie.
Your petals ope wide
While I nestle between,
And find which is really
Of beauty the queen.
For believe me, dear flowers,
I love you so well,
That which is the dearest
My tongue cannot tell."

The wily creature came not too near, lest they might
detect the simulation.
"Listen!" cried both the flowers. They remained
silent to listen, but the siren, supposing that they had
not heard, approached nearer, and repeated the song.
Now, as any change of expression or tone of voice is
detected at once by affection, the flowers knew there
was duplicity, and they felt that to them their mistress
would never sing such a song as that. So they re-
mained insensible to the charmer. The siren ap-


preached; they opened not their leaves, but seemed
insensible to her presence.
Being terribly frightened of her master, she tried all
her blandishments, but perceived it was useless, and
had to return to tell the history of her failure.
For once, he was not angry with this creature, but
I'll find a way
My debt to pay.
Things of beauty !
Thou shalt die,
For Love and Duty
I defy."

"Burrow through the earth and destroy their roots,"
he cried in a terrible voice, though inaudible to all of
earth; and instantly a hundred imps commenced tearing
away the earth to enable them to reach the roots.
But though they delighted in this dirty, evil work,
and laboured with alacrity, they had no power to reach
beyond the charmed circle.
When they reached the line underneath, their efforts
were vain. No adamantine rock was harder-impene-
trable even to Evil's fairies.
The flowers were yet faithful.
Those who are good are planted on sure foundation,
and are guarded by beneficent mercy; thus it happens


to you and to me. No trials can befall us, while we are
good, which are not beneficent; but if we do evil, then
good Fairies desert us and leave us to the Evil One.
The rage of the Demon was awful when he found
himself again thwarted.
"Away, away!" he cried; "but I will have them
All that night he lay devising what means he could
The morning came, and so did the burning sun.
"Ah! ah! cried he, the sun will help your fall.
When you are weakened and exhausted by the heat, I
think I can find a way to make you bow your proud
heads!" and he chuckled maliciously.
Any but this cruel wretch would have pitied the poor
drooping flowers.
"Puck!" cried the Demon, "I require another service.
When the sun is sinking, take the whole of your imps,
and, with their wildest antics, dance in a circle round
the flowers; but be ye all invisible to them; heat the
air, poison it with your venomous breaths, close round
the flowers as closely as the detestable circle will permit,
until they can breathe none but poisonous air; and con-
tinue until they fall."


No command could be more pleasant to Puck, and
he waited with impatience until the sunset, and then he
summoned his whole crew of imps, and bade them
surround the Lily and the Rose, while he excited them
by the wildest extravagances.
The antics they played, the wild dances they executed
round the flowers, would have been amusing if they
could have been seen, and their work had not been
evil. They flew around the flowers. They flapped
their wings, they leapt into the air. Nothing was
wanting in obedience to their cruel master's command.
The air became so poisoned that the Rose and Lily
rested their heads against each other to support them-
selves; and beautiful they looked, but piteous as
Again the Demon was thwarted -Faith had not
faltered, and the flowers were hallowed while they
remained faithful. They felt faint and ill, but the Evil
One could only blight, not destroy.
"I faint, I die!" faintly breathed the Lily. "Ah,
sister! Titania has forgotten us-I cannot breathe."
"Affection never forgets," said the Rose. "Patience !
yet another day-Titania will return."
Night in mercy overshadowed the flowers. Another


day broke, in faith by the Rose, in hope by the Lily-
another day with scorching sun.
"Sister! if I bathe not, I die;" and the Lily fell to
the ground.
Lie there, poor sister! endure for Love's sake."
The Rose, while encouraging the Lily, could scarcely
support herself.
During this trial, the Demon had watched eagerly
the wavering faith of the Lily.
Another scorching day, but no Titania; and without
a word to her sister-for even flowers are ashamed of
doing wrong-the Lily exerted the little remaining
strength she had, bent over the margin of the lake,
and bathed her head in its waters.
But her strength was not needed-it was her weakness
which at once gave her into the power of the Demon,
who, expectant and ready, threw over her, with his large
ugly hands, copious streams of water, muttering at last,
"Mine, mine, mine! "
But his purpose was not to destroy at once, but
to let the revival of the Lily be the temptation of the


HE Lily remained all that day silent. Al-
Sthough she felt that bathing had saved her
life, she was ashamed to tell the Rose what
she had done; but at last, feeling much revived,
affection and pity overcame her reluctance. If
she could induce the Rose to bathe, it would be
saved. She arose, peerless in beauty-exquisitely white
had become her petals. "See!" she cried to the Rose,
"see how refreshed and strengthened I am. I have
bathed-the water is delicious. Our mistress must
have been mistaken, her fears groundless. The water
is fresh and clear to drink. Save yourself, dear sister
-bathe and live." Too distressed to reply, the Rose
was long silent, but continued to gaze with grief and
astonishment on the Lily, now indeed renovated and in
all her beauty.


In vain the Demon had bestowed a short-lived beauty
to tempt her sister.
There are laws in nature unalterable even by Furies.
He could not decree that the poisonous water of the
lake should not take effect.
"Alas!" said the Rose, sorrowfully, "even as you
speak, I see a change-a dark line surrounds your fair
leaves. The water has harmed you more than the sun."
The Lily was silent; already she felt stricken. A
tremor pervaded her-her head fell, she sank on the
Titania having concurred with Zephyra in all her in-
tentions, and all points of her purpose being arranged,
she was anxious to return to her flowers; but her
hostess offered to return with her, if she would wait
while she arranged some minor affairs for the King of
the Franks. She had been, and was encouraging him
in all his great works for the benefit of his people, and
thus she made him not merely King of their country,
but of their hearts.
Queen of courtesy, as of love and goodness, Titania
acceded to her friend's request, though she entreated
her to make all speed, for mercy required her presence
at home.


Zephyra promised, and was true; and the two exqui-
site creatures, expanding their wings, departed in sweet
companionship, followed by all their attendants. How
pleasant was their flight may be imagined.
Titania, eager to be with her poor favourites, attracted
neither to the right nor to the left, had soon crossed the
Channel; but she did not omit to welcome Zephyra
to British ground, and Zephyra, to her astonishment,
dipped to the earth, like a lark to its nest, and spread-
ing her tiny arms out on the ground, she flew back, and
was at Titania's side in an instant.
"I have blessed the land for your sake. May we
ever be friends, faithful and true; and for our countries,
they depend on ourselves, and so the Franks and the
Britons shall ever be allied."
Titania embraced her active and enthusiastic friend,
and said she trusted nothing would ever break their
But after years had passed, they agreed to break this
engagement, and there was war between France and
England. The Franks by their victories having united
many states, Clovis soon after this was no longer King
of the Franks, but King of France.
But of the wars of England and France, and how


England won back the Lily, and then relinquished it
again, it is not my purpose to tell; nor of the disputes
between the White and the Red Roses, whick should
have supremacy. I am now only relating how the
Rose became the emblem of England, and the Lily of
France, or, as the French call it, the Fleur-de-lis.
If you like my story, I may tell you how, in later
years, the Roses, being of the earth, began to dispute, and
terrible was the bloodshed and trouble this flower gave.
In a time shorter than I can describe, the Fairies
were scudding over the cities of Britain, Titania
amusing her friend with their histories; but I must say,
I believe that Zephyra was more intent on admiring
the various beauties of the country over which she was
passing, and examining with a critical eye the numerous
castles and fortresses.
At last they found themselves over the valley where
Titania principally held her court and luxuriated in
her beautiful domain, and was so happy in the love of
the Lily and the Rose.
"Sister!" said Zephyra, "your brightness is gone.
Instead of looking happy that you have arrived, you
look sad and anxious. May I know the cause ?"
"My heart fails," said Titania. "Ah, me! I have a


foreboding of evil. Think me not uncourteous and
inhospitable, if, with all my heart welcoming you to
my court, I leave you to my people until I have
relieved my doubts and anxieties. Be not far away,
I will soon be with you."
Awaiting not an answer, she flew away. The sun
was now at its zenith, and there was no air to revive
exhausted nature.
The Rose heard a delicate sound, a sweet fragrance
was around her, and she knew that Titania was near.
The Fairy alighted between the flowers. Sorrow
was on her face when she regarded the dying Lily,
who, conscious of her approach, was overwhelmed with
shame and grief, and wished the earth would cover her.
Before Titania addressed them, seeing their sad
plight, she flew to the river, and returning, she sprinkled
water over both the flowers. The delicious drops re-
vived both.
Not in anger, but in deep sorrow, she turned to the
Lily, and said, mournfully, "My care and my love have
not sufficed to save you from temptation and give you
faith in me. With perfect faith my power would have
saved you, though I were at the other side of the earth.
Poor Lily! you have suffered, and you now must suffer;


but you shall not die, but from henceforth you must
not remain here. Virtue and Faithlessness cannot live
side by side. I weep for you. I have dearly loved
you, shall love you still; but I banish you from this
valley and from this country."
She stood for a moment in silent grief, with her fair
head bent and her wings folded, then taking a lily
from her bosom, she threw it to the ground. Alas!
alas! thou canst be no longer flower of mine!"
Then, turning to the Rose, paler than before in
sorrow for her poor sister, she wafted her wings about
it, she again sprinkled it with water, she plucked off
its withered leaves, and soon it raised its grateful head
in greater beauty than ever.
Returning then to the lily, she breathed on it its
restorative to life.
What pen can describe the distress of the Lily She
knew her doom was final. For one faithless act she
had lost mistress, sister, country, all that she loved.
No flower had ever grieved, nor can ever grieve, as did
that poor Lily.
Mercy must combine with justice in the good, or
justice becomes tyranny. Titania's heart was breaking.
Pity for her poor fallen Lily made her devise a plan


for its future; but she had to part-a double grief
was hers.
Her sympathetic sister of France had followed
slowly, knowing that Titania might need assistance.
She stood apart; she saw the grief of Titania, and that
a reticence restrained her from acting. She noticed
the grief of the Lily and its beauty, and she thought,
"Ah! for thy beauty's sake, I would forgive thee;
thy very loveliness has been thy ruin."
But she did not interfere in the private affairs of her
friend. She knew her to be just as well as kind, and
that she valued honour more than beauty, and she
judged, also, that Titania would keep no example of
disobedience near those she had to protect. She
watched Titania, and understanding the whole story,
could not but honour her for a decision at which she
seemed to have arrived, while she appreciated the pain
it gave her.
Lovingly the tiny creature bent over both the
flowers. The Rose, so long yearning for her, and
being jealous of her liberty, folded her in her petals as
if she would imprison her there for ever; but she freed
herself. The cup of the Rose was now to be her
couch, but the poor Lily she was parting with for ever;


so she flew into the cup of the Lily, who, instinctively
feeling this was her last embrace, convulsively clasped
her, and folded her petals securely around her. Will-
ingly there Titania remained, whispering comfort, in-
culcating prudence and faith in her new home. Sweet
promises she gave of visiting her if she heard well of
her; she said that, though parted, she would love her-
that she should try to deserve that love, and would
never be happy if she broke any duty; and to re-
member that her beauty, although a great gift, was
a snare if she were faithless.
Having said all things to comfort and cheer the poor
Lily, Titania rose from out the perfumed cup, and
flying to her foreign sister, recounted the whole tale
of her sorrow into her sympathetic ear, and entreated
that her first act of friendship should be to be the
protectress of her poor Lily, begging that she would
command certain of her band to transport it with
tender care to her French court.
"I shall ever mourn the parting," she said weeping;
"but gratefully, joyfully, will I accept the boon, if you
will grant it; for though in a foreign land, I know my
nursling will be carefully tended, and she will at last
be happy."


"It shall be happy," said Zephyra, tenderly kissing
her; I will make it happy. It shall be in no foreign
land. It shall be permanently the beloved of France,
and find a country as well as a home. Predominant
shall it be. Kings shall be proud to carry it as their
emblem, the sign of the power of France. In war or
in peace the fleur-de-lis shall wave over France."
Right glad was she to possess the beautiful flower,
and glad was she to see the happy satisfaction in
Titania's eyes, too grateful and full of emotion to
She summoned the most trusty of her band, bade
them wipe the poisonous mixture from off the leaves,
uproot it, and carefully, tenderly, bear it away to
France, and not leave it, but nourish and tend it
as her foster-child. She had already planned for it a
glorious fate, so gave most particular directions where
it was to be planted, and many other commands
which are a secret at present. When all her orders
were fulfilled, she flew away, leaving Titania to take
her last embrace of her lost treasure.
The loving are always tender-hearted, and Titania
could not part with a thing she had loved without a
desire to embrace it once again.


Humbly, gratefully, lovingly, the Lily received the
sweet embraces, and then bowed its head to its doom.
Whilst it is tenderly borne away, expatriated from
all it held dear-whilst the kind Fairies are planting it
where the Queen commanded, we will tell what oc-
curred in the valley after Titania had seen the last of
the escort which bore her Lily away.
Titania, anxious to bestow her reward on the Rose
for its obedience and faith, had been silent until the
Lily was gone, lest she might give it more pain.
Summoning the whole of her court and the sprites of
Zephyra, and taking Zephyra by the hand, she related
to her people the promise Zephyra had made to pro-
mote the Lily in her land. Fairies know more about
virtue and sin than we do, so it was easy for Titania
to tell them the fault, and the pain of expatriation;
but turning to the Rose, now lovely in its full bloom,
" Receive," cried she, the reward of your Love and
Faith. First amongst flowers shall you be for ever
more, increasing each year in variety and beauty.
Through my power shall mortals accept you as the
emblem of the greatest nation on the earth, for ever-
the Rose shall be THE EMBLEM OF ENGLAND."
And now, justice having awarded to the Rose her


glorious empire, and the destiny of the Lily being
settled, Titania, sad and disconsolate, flew away alone
into a glade to weep.
Weeping, and with wings drooping, none would have
recognized the airy, bright, and happy Titania.
"Ah! she thought, my pet has learned its first,
not lasting lesson; it will not be unfaithful again, but
never again will it be mine-for strangers it will bloom.
Woe woe! the innocent must suffer in their dearest
affections, for the guilty. The wickedest would do no
wrong if they knew what a heritage of woe they would
be to all who care for them.
"But I must not weep. I wipe out the memory of
my love with my tears. My Rose must mourn no
more, but enjoy its just reward; and Zephyra, kind,
generous friend my tears would be a bad return for
her goodness."
She knew instinctively that Zephyra would act as she
had. In all things there is a right way and a wrong
way, and the good can only take the right.
She dried her tears and flew to Zephyra, but Zephyra
had been awaiting her, and met her; she knew what
had been passing in Titania's heart.
"Be happy, dear friend; forget the past for the sake


of those who love and depend on you for their happi-
ness. Let not the many suffer for one, or grief will be
selfish. Now let us join our courts;" and as she said
this, she took Titania's hand, and, mounting in the air,
guided her purposely over the spot where the Lily had
There was no trace of the Lily, nor even mark
where it had grown.
"Thus let it be with your sorrow. Borne by gentle
hands, soft winds are wafting your Lily to its happy
home; loving hands shall receive it, brave hearts
shall protect it, and its fate shall be as glorious as the
Rose's. Sigh no more, sister, but be happy."
Indeed I should be ungrateful were I not, my dear,
generous, and thoughtful sister. I waft my last sigh
and a kiss after my love; and now, dear friend, I
am your own. Let us to our revels; our elfins wait
for us."


E must not tell all the secrets of the Fairies
i --how carefully they uprooted the sorrow-
ing Lily; how they raised its dejected spirits
by Lethean art; how tenderly and carefully they
S planted it, and threw their spell over it to pro-
tect it from all harm; how they nourished and sup-
ported it until it became again the lovely flower which
had been the object of Titania's pride and affection;
and how they planted it in the way by which it was
Zephyra's intention the army of France should pass.
As we have said, a great man was Clovis, King of
France; he had done much for France, and his people
loved and honoured him. He had won their hearts as
well as their battles, which is not always the case, for
many great conquerors have been cruel tyrants to their
own people.


On the day of his departure from his capital, he was
surrounded by his admiring courtiers, and followed by
a magnificent army of obedient soldiers.
They were all in high spirits. They had full reliance
on their King. "It was summer, and fine weather,"
and for days their march had the pleasures of a holi-
One bright inspiriting day, the Fairies took care that
the King and his army should pass the fair garden in
which bloomed, in all the pride of pure loveliness, the
Lily, now no longer called Lily, but, being a child of
France, Fleur-de-lis; but it had been so nourished that
the original flower was surrounded by many.
When the flower heard the unusual sound of the
tramp of horses and the clank of arms, it opened wide
its eyes, as well it might, and gazed at the King and
his retinue.
"What lovely flower is that? exclaimed the King.
"I have never seen such an one. If its perfume is
as beautiful as its appearance, I will wear it in my
Every courtier sprang from his horse, so willing
to give their King pleasure. But the King stayed


"Nay, I thank you, my knights, but pluck it not;
that flower pleases us well,, and if its perfume be sweet,
it shall be a royal flower, my own hands alone shall
pluck it. Pure as it is, it is the emblem of my cause.
It is a chance, but happy omen. I mount it in my
helmet. It shall be the rallying-point for my soldiers,
for where that is, there will be their King."
He sprang from his saddle, and first bending and
smelling the flower, he secured it in his helmet, with a
holiday glee not unbecoming a warrior who desired to
keep his army in good spirits.
A shout resounded along the ranks, and was taken
up by the rear, so willing were all to enter into the
humours of their King.
But a favoured old veteran, having experienced the
capriciousness and tyranny of Kings, bowing low in
his saddle, addressed him-
"Pardon, gracious King, but what if this flower fade.
The loss of it on your helmet might prove destruction
to your soldiers and your righteous cause."
"True," said the King: he thought for a moment.
"You are wise. Have the flower painted on my
banner, and see that it is done before I take the field;
and," continued the hopeful and expectant King,


"for every successful engagement add another flower,
and my banner shall exhibit such a multitude of
glorious battles, that it will strike terror into the hearts
of our enemies."
"Your Majesty is all wisdom," replied the veteran;
" your will shall be obeyed."
A few minutes, and the command was passed from
rank to rank, and another shout, louder and more pro-
longed, rent the air.
The King showed evident satisfaction, and the army
moved on. This episode in their march had acted
favourably; all were in good spirits and sure of victory.
The King, always watchful, active and clever in
turning all advantages to his account, and seizing all
opportunities for inspiring his soldiers with enthusiasm,
was well satisfied, and when at night they arrived at
the camp where they were to rest before the engage-
ment on the following morning, they had had a plea-
santer march than soldiers ever had, or have had since.
The Fairies were the cause of this. During the
whole march Zephyra's ambassadress and her company
had hovered over the army, watchful of their nursling,
directing the march, and prompting all the commands
of the King, who, though a puppet to their will, knew


himself to be the greatest general on earth-his vanity
not excepting the mighty Alaric.
The King thought this episode a useful as well as a
pleasant chance, but there is no such thing as chance.
All things are ordered for us, and if we are good or
bad, so will the ordering be to us.
The King and his soldiers had fought and won many
a great battle, and he and they attributed their success
to the good generalship of the King; but you and I
know what a tiny little gossamer thing was their
When the King arrived on the ground where they
were to encamp, watch-fires were lighted, the men were
refreshed, the watch set, and the soldiers prepared for
rest, lying down in their armour in case of a surprise,
for they were now in the enemy's country.
The King endeared himself to his people by per-
sonally ordering all arrangements for their comfort
and safety.
Having seen all his commands executed, the King
entered his tent. His first thought was to withdraw
the Lily from his helmet and place it in water, that the
sight of it in the morning might renew the enthusiasm
of the soldiers.


The Fairies had provided no vase; I suppose they
thought his drinking-flask would be more suitable for
a camp.
After arranging his plans for the morrow with his
captains, they withdrew, closing the tent and leaving
him to his repose; and the King, throwing himself on
his hard couch, in a few minutes slept as peacefully
as a child-for like an innocent child the good can
A guard was posted on each side of the entrance
to the tent. The tents of his chief knights were op-
posite, and, around, the King's guard surrounded the
camp; not a creature could have passed without ques-
tion or knowledge. The guards were faithful-surely
the King was safe. Not a bat could have entered his
tent without the knowledge of his guards. The King
was safer than if confined with locks and bars, for
faithful hearts are stronger than iron. But what can
prevent the Fairies entering. We have the old proverb,
that Love laughs at locksmiths;" but Fairies laugh at
locksmiths, guards, tents, and all the ingenuity of man.
Zephyra's ambassadress entered more easily than
would a butterfly.
Though great and good, the King snored! A his-


torian is bound to tell the truth, though the sound is
not pleasant.
The Fairy at once withdrew the Lily from the flask
and secured it in her bosom.
Of course, she was a sweet-tempered and good-
natured creature, but the best of elves love a little
pleasant mischief which does no harm.
The King had had an easy march-he was not weary
-he was to gain an easy victory on the morrow, and
then he should sleep in peace. So now, having secured
the Lily, she took a feather from the plume in his
helmet, and tickled his ears; the King, disturbed, rubbed
his ears. She permitted him to sleep again, and then
she tickled his nose with the feather. The King, again
disturbed, grumbled. He slept again. Then she put
the feather into ears and nose.
The King, too disturbed to sleep, started up ex-
claiming, Confound the tent! what a horrible place !
it is full of gnats-there is no rest! Oh! oh! there!"
The guards at once entered at the call of their King.
They also had had a miserable watch, tormented so
much that they dreaded their uneasiness might disturb
the King.
The little band of attendant Fairies, seeing their


leader tormenting the King, imitated her. They
thought they also might amuse themselves, and as
they were many, so did they the more torment the
poor guards. Such is the force, even to Fairies, of
The King being now thoroughly awake, saw by the
side of his couch the flask, empty-the lily gone! He
started, not from fear of the traitor who had dared
to enter his tent. No, his manly heart knew not fear;
but he was struck with surprise and grief that any of
his people loved him so little as to wish to annoy him,
or that there was one in his camp who, by removing the
flower, wished to create a bad impression in the camp,
and make them doubtful of victory. That there was
one sufficiently daring as to enter the tent of Clovis
the King, astonished him. He grieved-it was not
merely the flower he had lost, but a heart.
"Who has dared to enter my tent ? the King said,
and blew his horn. The guards trembled.
The King looked pale and angry-terrible was his
wrath when he had a just cause.
His knights entered hastily, but before they could
inquire the reason of his summons, he cried in a
voice of thunder-


"What man has dared to enter my tent while I
slept ?"
"No man has been within range, my lord the King.
By my halberd he who would have approached should
have measured the ground with his body," said one of
the guards.
"We have kept faithful watch, please your Majesty,"
said the second watch.
The King now explained to the assembly of knights
whom the disturbance had brought to the tent, that he
had placed the Lily in water by his side, and it had
been abstracted in the night by some dastardly traitor;
"But by my knighthood no man shall sleep until this
traitor is discovered."
All was consternation each man looked at the
It was plain some man had entered the King's tent-
WHo ? None could enter without knowledge of the
guard, or they had slept on their watch.
Clovis commanded they should be chained back to
back, and guarded.
If the King had not been blinded by anger, he would
have judged by their puzzled looks that they were
both innocent, and had spoken the truth.


UDDENLY King and knights were startled
by a wondrous shout of surprise from the
camp. The King looked distrustful; he had
felt sure in the affections of his soldiers-he
S now doubted them.
His knights rushed from the tent to ascertain the
cause-the King followed. He was no coward to need
the protection of his tent. If there were danger he
would face it; it might be a surprise of the enemy.
Look, look, my gracious King !" exclaimed many
voices simultaneously. Our Lady blesses your arms.
The flower is emblazoned on your flag."
"Look ah, look! cried others; "the flower is
emblazoned on your helmet." At the same time soldiers
came running breathlessly: My Lord, my Lord the
flower is emblazoned on your breast."


The King looked with astonishment at his breast,
whereon were emblazoned in gold five white Lilies."
Then he looked up to his flag waving over his tent,
whereon were also five Lilies. Not the Florentine
Lily on sanguinary ground, but the Lily in all its
natural purity, shone on his flag, his burnished helmet,
and his breast.t
Astonishment kept him silent for some time, and
then he said impressively-
"No man's hand has done this. Blessed indeed are
our arms beyond belief."
Ever ready to avail himself of every inspiring circum-
stance, and being awe-struck by the miracle, he said
with solemnity-
"Kneel, kneel, my knights-kneel, my soldiers. I
swear on my sword to defend the blessed emblem with
my life. Those who love France and their King, guard
and defend the emblem with their lives, and while the
emblem waves over France, she must ever be prosperous
and honoured."
"The most exalted of flowers, an emblem of France."-Klopstock.
"The Lily, mistress of the field."-Shakespeare.
t The ancient Florentines regarded Mars as their patron, and the Lily
on a red ground was their arms.
In 1251, the Guelphs changed the colours: the Lily became red, the
ground white.
Charles of Anjou displayed Golden Lilies on a blue ground and a red


He held his sword high above his head and then
solemnly kissed it.
Every man's sword was instantly out of its scabbard.
A solemn "Amen" arose; but the King rose not from
his knees.
And here I sweap,* that if the great God of Clotilda
bless my arms with success, I will prove my gratitude
by becoming a Christian, and I and all my people shall
be baptized. Soldiers! accept the miraculous emblem
as an omen of success."
He arose. Release the guards." He waited, and
every man remained motionless. The guards were
brought before the King.
I made you prisoners," he said, addressing them,
"for a supposed treachery. You are free, my soldiers; I
hand you over to your captain, for promotion. And now
to arms," cried the King in an animated voice-" to
arms! and may the Power which has blessed me prosper
our deeds. My soldiers! there are five fleurs-de-lis on
my banner, for every action already won; by your
prowess add another to my banner this day, and you
and your King will be covered with glory, for ever."

"* Historical.


The soldiers shouted their approval and determina-
tion, and armed with alacrity; and skilfully distributing
his forces, the King moved on to the attack.
The enemy were approaching.
History tells us the King not only won the battle,
but the rapture of the soldiers for their King was un-
bounded. He might have led them to the cannon's
mouth, had there been cannon in those days; but my
story relates to about the year 496, when gunpowder
was unknown, even to the bad Fairies.
Elated with success, the King ordered his army to
the previous place of encampment, and gave his soldiers
full latitude for rest and revelry.
He did not raise his camp until he had called a
council of war, and arranged his conditions of peace-a
word scarcely understood in those days; for only four
years afterwards, history tells us, he triumphed over
the Burgundians, who were his connections by marriage
with their Princess Clotilda, and by his successes in
Aquitaine, expelling the Visigoths, he added those two
provinces to his kingdom.
He now, with his victorious army, returned to his
capital, and was received with unbounded enthusiasm
by his people.


But once more at ease on his own royal couch, the
thought arose, Where is the real flower-the mys-
terious Lily, which has been to me, though humble, the
chief cause of my success ?" he meditated. Where is
the flower, and who abstracted it from my tent ?"
He could arrive at no conclusion, and it was not well
to raise again the question, in which he had made an
evident mistake, and which would appear to have a
want of faith in the miracle. Nevertheless the King
was puzzled.
And where was the flower? None but the Fairies
could tell him that; but they could have told him that
that little flower, which had saved his life, and the lives
of his soldiers, was far away, in the very garden in which
he had plucked it, grafted with skilful and tender hands
on the very stem on which it grew, and there it was
blooming as purely and beautifully as ever. Could the
Fairies have left Titania's delicate flower in the hands
of a rude soldier, though that soldier was the greatest
king on earth ? No; there the Lily grew, the glory of
the garden.


HE French have a proverb that "Happi-
ness is duty fulfilled," and perhaps the
Fairies taught it them, for they were happy,
having executed faithfully their duty, com-
pletely and obediently fulfilling every com-
mand of their mistress.
They were happy, their hearts glad, for they knew
how glad they would make Zephyra.
They had formed the charmed circle round the Lily,
invisible but potent, sprinkled it with water, guarded it
from the sun, and uttered over it their benediction, and,
making ready for their exodus, off they flew to England,
a sight too exquisitely delicate for mortal's eye.
Eager to give an account of their mission, they lost
no time in gadding about or satisfying their curiosity
by seeing how the British passed their time. They flew


into no windows, passed through no keyholes. They
were too good to be loiterers; and so, on the evening of
a fine summer's day, they descended into the midst of
the circle of the Fairies' dance.
Welcome they were, you may suppose. Titania
wept for joy, embracing her friend again and again.
She had but one wish, and that she was too deli-
cate to express-to see her dear flower in health
and happiness; but she could not invite herself
to her friend's court, nor could she shorten her
friend's visit to her, by expressing her desire; and
so, like a good Fairy as she was, she was silent and
But the quick-witted little French Fairy saw and
knew her wishes. Good has an affinity to good, and
Titania wished just what Zephyra would have desired
herself. So leaving their sprites to their revels, she
"Dear friend! I know the loving thoughts of your
heart, and your thoughts are my thoughts. Let us
leave for France at once. I also long to see the Lily;
but I must be in France to watch the King, and ob-
serve if, when in prosperity, and success secured, he
remembers his oath. Leave some of your band to


tend the Rose and your flowers, and to execute any
business you may have."
But Titania would not accept her friend's generosity
until the whole programme of the revels was over, and
then, heartily accepting the invitation, she took with
her only a few of her elves.
Titania's last act was to bid adieu to her Rose, tell-
ing it she would no more leave it alone, but that, if she
were again obliged to do so, she could leave her with
thorough faith in her obedience.
How gratified and happy was the Rose! She would
rather be possessed of Titania's love and trust, than be
the emblem of the whole world.
She no longer drooped her head. She was as sure
Titania would return, as was Titania that she would be
firm in her faithfulness.
How happy it is to be able to TRUST !
All being settled, off flew the lovely creatures, waft-
ing kisses as they disappeared.
A second time the Rose was alone, but how bright
and happy she was!
In the lake there still lay the Demon, gloomy and
savage. He knew, now, that he had no power over the
Rose, now more lovely than ever, though she had no


sister flower to support and comfort her. It might
have been fear, it might have been rudeness, but she
fairly turned her back on the lake, and all it might
The Rose was not ignorant that there was evil in the
lake. Safe from all harm, and carefully tended, we
will now leave her, in her ease and happiness, to ex-
pand and extend her roots, that other flowers might
rear their heads for companionship. Happiness was
born a twin."
For many years this flower threw out around her
flowers as lovely as herself, and every passer-by, struck
with their surpassing beauty, either plucked a flower, or
cut off a bulb, and planted it in their own gardens with
care, so that in a few years no garden in Britain but
was decorated with the Rose, which became more dear
to a Briton's heart than any other flower.
But now, liking the company of Titania and Zephyra,
I have watched them through France, and they are
approaching the garden where bloomed the Lily.
"I fear," said Zephyra, "that you may regret that
you have bestowed on me your beautiful favourite," as
she desired her attendants to draw aside the evergreens
which sheltered the Lily from the sun.


Titania's surprise was great. Like a bride surrounded
by her bridesmaids, there was the Lily, with a dozen
smaller Lilies around her, all dazzlingly white, pure, and
lovely. She spoke not, her emotion was too great.
She laid her soft cheek. against Zephyra's, and then
flying to the Lily, sunk into her cup.
The flower closed. Oh, sweet embrace! oh, dear
imprisonment !
Like unto Zephyra, who led her elfins away, so will
we leave them to their happiness.

"Select a spot of beauty," said Zephyra to her
sprites. Prepare for revels. Make ready my court."
Being fully arranged, they awaited the advent of
Titania, and long they waited, and happy was Zephyra
to wait.
At last, with tear-stained face, Titania appeared, but
her tears were of emotion, not of sorrow.
Sister!" said Zephyra, leading her to a seat next her
own throne, let thy tears wed a smile. I have sum-
moned my court, desiring that my sprites may see my
perfect affection for you, and that you will receive an
honour, as well as grant one. I can bestow but one
honour on one who possesses all but that one. Receive,


then, the Order of Zephyra;" she then threw over
Titania a long wreath of French daisies, confining it on
her shoulder with a crystal, and passing the wreath
under the other arm, fastened it with another crystal.
The wreath, being intentionally too long, she caught
up the fleecy upper skirt, and passed it through the
wreath, thus forming a pretty ornament to Titania's
dress. For what important matters we are indebted to
the Fairies! Ever since then, ladies have looped up
their dresses with wreaths of flowers; and how insen-
sible the modern maiden is that she owes this trick
of beauty, to the Fairies!
Titania stood motionless. Zephyra might have de-
corated her with what she pleased.
Zephyra, taking from the hand of one of her atten-
dants one of the smaller Lilies she had sent her to pluck,
placed it in Titania's bosom.
If not the same flower," she said, the copy of the
same. On your return, plant it in British soil, and may
it repay you for the one you lost."
So thoughtful, so generous had been Zephyra, that
Titania only by her kiss and pressure of her hand could
testify her love and gratitude.
At last she said, "Your love enriches me so much


that I feel poor indeed, having nothing here to prove
my love and gratitude. Unprepared for so much ready
expression of your love, in which I have thorough faith,
I have nothing here to prove my appreciation. I have
no Order of Titania here. I am, you know, only a
bird of passage-a traveller. My heart is all I have to
bestow; but when you delight me by your presence in
Britain, I shall delight to bestow on one so loved all
my treasury of thought and heart."
"Nay," said Zephyra, "you need not wait till then.
The Order of Titania, to which I indeed aspire, is
now in your power to bestow. Ever since we started,
a lovely wreath of rosebuds surrounds your fair head.
Your locks are golden, mine are dark. I have
thought how much more becoming the pink would
be to me, and how much more becoming our bluet*
would be to your fair tresses. Decorate me with
your wreath, which will possess a greater value from
your having worn it; and permit me, for the sake
of all generations of mortals, to wreath your head
with the bluet, which, when you reach Britain, scatter
broadcast over the land, so that no bread shall grow
without the beautiful blue cornflower, and, to the
"* The blue cornflower, called Nuet" in France.


end of time, no dame shall wear a wreath of the
cornflowers without significance of our love and
Sweetly and gracefully Titania removed the wreath
from her brow.
"Kneel, Zephyra."
Zephyra knelt, and Titania, with simulated solem-
nity, decorated the dark locks of Zephyra with her
wreath of rosebuds.
"Receive," said she, "the Order of Titania."
Ever since that ceremony, the English ladies have
deferred all matters of taste to the French.
"And now," said Titania, "happy in your friend-
ship, happy in the fate of my Lily, I bid you fare-
well. Let us meet at this time next year, and let us
wear our decorations, which will last as long as the
"Leave me not yet; be with me in accomplishing
a grand object, and at the same time I have business
which will be amusing to you. In the first place,
Clovis has taken an oath which I must see ratified,
and with such ceremony and publicity, that all the
world shall know it, and follow his great example.
In the next, his sister, Audefleda, is to be married


to Theodoric, with all the pageantry of royalty. Let
us amuse ourselves with the ordering of the bridal
ceremony, and give the pleasure of all the minor matters
regarding the ceremony to our sprites."
Titania consented, and they departed to watch over
They arrived in the capital the very night on which
Clovis, reclining on his couch, was speculating on the
mysterious events of the campaign. He was too seri-
ously impressed to be oblivious of his oath, nor was it
probable that his spouse would have omitted to have
urged its fulfilment.
As the fulfilment of his oath was the greatest happi-
ness he could give to his dear Clotilda, his decision was
We must not conclude that affection for his wife was
the only reason for his decision. He was awed-awed
by a miracle in his own favour, which seemed to point
out the path he should take.
He had long observed the change of conduct and in
life, of those of his people who had become Christians,
and the peaceful happiness of Clotilda's life, compared
with that of the neighboring princesses, who were


He sprang from his couch.
"Happiness is better than sleep," thought he; "if
happiness can be given, it should be at once."
Though history tells us he was savage in manner and
savage in war, he had generous impulses, and loved
"Clotilda Clotilda! awake, awake, my love !"
"Thou art not going to leave me, so lately returned,"
cried Clotilda, in distress.
Leave thee! no, my love; I have awakened thee to
tell thee I live with thee for ever. If thy God is true,
living or dead, we shall never be parted. Receive me,
I am thine. Thy God shall be my God. I will be at
once baptized."
Clotilda's happiness was perfect.
"Oh, holy union! more blessed than our wedding
She obtained his consent to at once despatch a mes-
senger to Remigius, the Bishop of Rheims.
The Bishop was too glad to hasten the ceremony,
and appointed an early day, when the King, with three
hundred of his knights, was baptized with all the mag-
nificent ceremonial of the Roman Catholic Church.


His people followed him to baptism or war, such
reliance had they on their King.
They returned to the capital. The King had obtained
a greater victory than if he had defeated his powerful
enemy Alaric.
Zephyra was well content with her work.
"Sister!" she said, "I have still a design to keep the
King faithful to this day. He will give a grand fite on
his sister's marriage with Theodoric; I will give a mys-
terious sign, which will impress him and keep him
faithful; for nothing on earth lasts long."
Knowing her Rose and flowers were well attended to,
Titania gladly consented to remain, and Zephyra play-
fully assured her she should see her late lovely flower
made an Empress.
The gala night arrived.
Audefleda was the bride of Theodoric. Magnificent
were the preparations to celebrate their union.
Clovis sat on his throne, raised on a dais. The bride
was on his right hand, and his own lovely Clotilda on
his left. Theodoric sat beside his bride on a throne on
the dais. A group more magnificent and more lovely
could not be seen.


The breast of Clovis was covered with the Fleur-de-
lis in gold, as was the Queen's scarlet velvet robe.
The King's banner hung over the dais, emblazoned
with the Fleur-de-lis. All had been arranged to extend
and make popular the miraculous appearance of the
The tables having been removed, the public were
admitted to see the King, the Queen, the bride and
her bridegroom, the great Theodoric.
All was gaiety and brilliancy. The Fairies, delighting
in fun themselves, did not stop the dance and the rude
song and music, but when the revels were ended, and
the King and Queen arose from their thrones-
"Waft out the lights with your wings," said
Zephyra to her elves; and instantly there was total
Treachery arose to the mind of Clovis, who passed
his arm round the waist of his beloved Queen.
Theodoric, I am obliged to say, started up with a
fearful oath.
In a foreign court, and only a few of his knights
around him, he and his followers were more probably
the objects of treachery than the popular King.
Exactly the reverse was the action of affection


and doubt. Loving his wife, the first impulse of
Clovis was for her protection. His arm was quickly
passed around her waist. Theodoric as quickly
removed from the side of his foreign bride of political
Their fears were groundless, for almost instantly a
blaze of light shone from over the dais, and Clovis and
his new brother-in-law observed the people motionless
with astonishment, and with every face uplifted to the
head of the dais, the light from which alone revealed
the assembly.
Clovis descended the steps of the dais, and looking
up in the same direction as his people, his astonishment
kept him silent.
The Queen and Theodoric descended also, and stood
beside him. Clotilda sank on her knees terrified.
Theodoric thought that what he saw was a beautiful
trick of the entertainment.
The Lily in brilliant effulgence alone enlightened
the hall.
Clovis knelt.
"Mysterious flower! I will obey thy mandate what-
ever that may portend. Fair mistress of the fields !*


thou shalt be my guide. Not only on my banner art
thou emblazoned, but on my heart. Most exalted of
flowers 1 thou shalt be for evermore




*'.'> K


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