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most exquisite torments "both of body and mind. D' Aubigne informs us that Henry IV. frequently told, among his most intimate friends, that, eight days after the massacre of St. Bartholo­mew, he saw a vast number of ravens perch and croak on the pavilion of the Louvre; that the same night Charles IX.. after he had been two hours in bed, started up, roused his grooms of the chamber, and sent them out to listen to a great noise of groans in the air, and, among others, some furious and threatening voices, the whole resembling what was heard on the night of the massacre; that all these various cries were so striking, so remarkable, and so articu­late, that Charles, believing that the enemies of the Montmorencies and of their partisans had surprised and attacked them, sent a detachment of his guards to prevent this new massacre. It is scarcely necessary to add, that the intelli­gence brought from Paris proved these appre­hensions to be groundless, and that the noises heard must have been the fanciful creations of the guilty conscience of the king, countenanced by the vivid remembrance of those around him of the horrors of St. Bartholomew's day.
" King Richard III., after he had murdered his innocent royal nephews, was so tormented in conscience, as Sir Thomas Moore reports
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