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ruins of which, not quite Sixty Years sincez very narrowly escaped the unworthy fate of being converted into a barrack for French prisoners. May repose and blessings attend the ashes of the patriotic statesman, who, amongst his last services to Scotland, interposed to prevent this pros fanation! .. ..
As they approached the metropolis of Scotland, through a champaign and cultivated country, the sounds of war began to be heard. The distant, yet distinct report of heavy cannon, fired at intervals, apprized Waverley that the work of destruction, was going forward. Even Balmawhapple seemed moved to take some precautions, by sending an advanced party in front of þis troop, keeping the main body in tolerable order, and moving steadily forward.; :: Marching in this manner they speedily reached an eminence, from which they could view Edinburgh stretching along the ridgy hill which slopes eastward from the Castle. The latter, being in a state of
siege, or rather of blockade, by the northern insurgents, who had already occupied the town for two or three days, fired at intervals upon such parties of Highlanders as exposed themselves, either on the main street, or elsewhere in the vicinity of the fortress. The morning being calm and fair, the effect of this dropping fire was to invest the Castle in wreaths of smoke, the edges of which dissipated slowly in the air, while the central veil was darkened ever and anon by fresh clouds poured forth from the battlements, the whole giving, by the partial concealment, an appearance of grandeur and gloom, ren. dered more terrific when Waverley reflected on the cause by which it was produced, and that each explosion might ring some brave man's knell. : - Ere they approached the city, the par tial cannonade had wholly ceased. Balmawhapple, however, having in his recollection the unfriendly greeting which his troop had received from the battery at Stirling, had apparently no wish to tempt the forbearance of the artillery of the Castle. He therefore left the direct road, and sweeping considerably to the southward, so as to keep out of range of the cannon, approached the ancient palace of Holy. Rood, without having entered the walls of the city. He then drew up his men in front of this venerable pile, and delivered Waverley to the custody of a guard of Highlanders, whose officer conducted him into the interior of the building.
A long gallery, hung with pictures, pretended to be the portraits of kings, who, if they ever flourished at all, lived several hundred years before the invention of painting in oil colours, served as a sort of guard-chamber, or vestibule, to the apart: ments which the adventurous Charles Edward now occupied in the palace of his ancestors. Officers, both in the Highland and Lowland garb, passed and re-passed in haste, or loitered in the hall, as in waiting for orders. Secretaries were engaged in making out passes, musters, and returns. All seemned busy, and earuestly intent upon something of importance ; but Waverley was suffered to remain seated in the recess of a window unnoticed by any one, in anxious reflection upon the crisis of his fate, which seemed now rapidly approach
CHAPTER XVII. ...
An Old and a New Acquaintance.
While he was deep sunk in his reverie, the rustle of tartans was heard behind him, a friendly arm clasped his shoulders, and a friendly voice exclaimed,
“ Said the Highland prophet sooth? Or must second-sight go for nothing ?”
Waverley turned and was warml embraced by Fergus Mac-Ivor. “A thousand welcomes to Holy-Rood, once more possessed by her legitimate sovereign ! did I not say we should prosper, and that you would fall into the hands of the Philistines if you parted from us?" . “ Dear Fergus, it is long since I have heard a friend's voice. Where is Flora?”.