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world are distributed somewhat like a nois, and gave him twenty pieces of lottery. He had met at Poictiers an- gold, saying, 'Ah! this is what may other bagpiper from the Ardennes, be called a gallant Minstrel, not like where a troubadour had taught each to that other low bred fellow with his the same tune, but adapted to differ- indecent songs. ent words. Alas! the recompence “ Now, Sir Steward, I appeal to each received was very different. Un- you," continued the Minstrel,“ if I derneath are the words that fell to the had had any wicked intention in thus lot of our unfortunate Minstrel : pronouncing the word, which assured

ly I had not; did I sing any thing First Couplet.

very different from what the Arden“ Gai, Pastoureaux,

nois had done? see how different our Gai Pastourelles :

rewards were, and then let any one A vos agneaux,

talk to me of justice on this earth. A vos Agnelles

The lady indeed was of noble birth, Laissez Loisir

and brilliant as mine own country D'aller bondir : Gai, Pastourelles,

rose, and the knight a prince of France, Gai, Pastoureaux.

whose fleur-de-lis adorned his su

perb shield. Without knowing it, the Second Couplet.

Ardennois had flattered two noble Tems de jeunesse

lovers, whilst I, as ignorantly, had ofEst tems d'amours ;

fended them. He received gold, and Tems de vieillesse

I blows. May I not therefore assert, Est tems de plours :

that there is only good and evil luck Sur la Condrette

in the world.” This indeed was most Viens Bergerette,

evident in the family of the Minstrel; Gai, Troubadours.”

for, in spite of the various evils he had There were also other verses in the met with in hi

met with in his career, his philosophy song ending with

had caused him to be recompensed by “ De la fougere,

gayety; he still laughed, and laughed

although on the brink of the grave, Du Dieu lutin De la Bergere

whilst his unfortunate daughter was Et du Butin.”

pining away with love in the spring of

life. Let us imitate this economy of “ And you will please to remark," pleasures and pains which is scattered said the Minstrel, « that I pronounced, through our passage here below,after my country fashion, the B like to every thing invites us. P; but from what has since happened The whole monastery was delighted to me, I have taken good care to im- with the Minstrel. The Cambresian prove my pronunciation. You must could no longer quit him ; the steward know then, that as I was singing this had taken a liking to him; and the air one day under the shade of a tree, Lord Abbot, desirous of retaining him and pronouncing the word Butin very at Vaucelles, said to him, “ are you indecently, a lady started out from be so anxious to carry your bones to Bruhind some bushes, inflamed with rage, ges, that we cannot keep you here?” attended by a handsome knight, who “ No, truly,” replied the piper, “I ordered their varlets to beat me sound- am no way desirous to return to Bruly, to teach me, as they said, to re- ges, where I have neither friend nor spect ladies in my songs. I was thus relation, nor house nor home ; and I very unjustly punished; for, a few was only returning thither, because I minutes afterwards, my brother piper knew not where else to lay my head." arrived, ignorant of what had befallen The abbot continued, “ You play me, and seating himself near to the wonderfully well on the pipes, do you same bush, wherein the couple had think you could blow the Serpent of again hid themselves as if nothing had the monastery? ours is just dead, and happened, began to chant forth the I offer you his place.” “ He who happiness of a gallant rose that on the pretends to know most, knows least," breast of beauty doth repose, &c. &c. answered the Minstrel; “ in truth I At these sounds, which, in good truth, I am capable of being a most excellent were not a whit more harmonious than serpent to the abbey chapel, and you mine, the loving couple quitted the shall see to-morrow how I will make bush, praised most highly the Arden- its roofs respund. But what will besome of my wife, my daughter, and my two brats?" " We will take

Part Fifth. charge of you all here," said the ab. When happiness has not been precedbot; " your wife shall be cook to the ed by pain it is the less agreeable, for visitors, your daughter, femme de the value of all things is doubled by chambre to the ladies that may come contrast. A rich man who has never to partake of our hospitality, and your been poor knows not the worth of two boys shall ring the bells, and money; and successful love, that has rake the walks of our garden.” “ You not met with difficulties, does not aftalk like Saint Bernard, your glorious ford supreme felicity. patron," replied the Minstrel, trans. O handsome Amurat, what tears ported with joy. The old woman was and sighs has the sentiment that ocinade acquainted with this arrange- cupies your soul caused you? You are ment, and consented to it, although not yet, however, at the end of your she did not pique herself on being an career; and are gallopping over hill excellent cook. The situation of and dale with the squire Sabaoth, as femme de chambre was rather humili- was formerly done by the knight of ating to Ernestine, but as it was no La Mancha with the faithful Sancho. great fatigue, she accepted of it. The Sabaoth, dressed up in the long doclittle boys were so enchanted with toral gown, intended for the father of their employment, that they wished Ernestine, at that time a physician, to enter on their business instantly; was taken for a magician all along the one went to the belfry and rang the roads; children, at his sight, hid bells for more than two hours, while themselves on the breasts of their the other broke three rakes that same nurses, young girls ran away, old evening on the garden walks.

people crossed themselves, while the Here then was our vagabond family younger ones laughed enough to split fixed, and tolerably well established; their sides. The handsome Amurat, they were all contented excepting Er- dressed in a gown of sky-blue, inspirDestine alone, whose melancholy in- ed other sentiments. He was thought creased with the noisy pleasures that to be a damsel of high rank, if not a surrounded her. All foreign joy an- princess, so brilliant were his charms, noys the wretched, for joy is not the his manners so noble and interesting. lot of an impassioned heart, and it is The villagers shouted out as they pasin the season of roses that chagrin sed, “begone, hasten from hence, thou makes the deepest wounds. It was in ill-looking spectre, thou wicked mon. rain that the Minstrel exerted himself ster, whom that beautiful lady has to rouse his daughter from that state chosen for her companion, to increase of languor which was consuming her; the brightness of her charms by the in vain did this good-natured fellow, contrast of thy ugliness!” While they now sufficiently master of the serpent, addressed Amurat, “ Return, return, resume his pipes every Sunday and fair fugitive, and do not deprive our and feast-day, to make the girls of the country of so much beauty." The two environs dance; in vain he intreated Moors, thus disguised, arrived at Madhis daughter to join them ;-dancing rid, and thence advanced into Arragon, tired her, and the Morisco airs, which where they gained some intimation of her father played so wondrous well, a wandering family having passed brought back bitter recollections, and through those parts. “It must be increased her melancholy,

them,” said Amurat ; " let us spur on, She performed her office of femme friend Sabaoth, we shall surely overde chambre so much to the satisfaction take them.” “I am in no such hurof those ladies and damsels that came ry as you are," replied Sabaoth. “ what to Vaucelles, that all of them felt a care I for this vagabond family? Sir friendship, and thought her manners Amurat, may Mahommed protect you, much superior to her situation, but for my part, I shall return to Gre

Her sweetness of temper was unal nada.” “ That you can no longer do," terable, and, contrary to the common answered Amurat; “ have you forgotcourse of things, her misery did not ten, that should the Castillians lay hold affect her good humour. Shall she be of you, you are of the set they burn then for ever the only one to whom on a slow fire? Come with me into life is become a burden in this happy France, there is no Inquisition in that monastery

country. We shall recover my Era Vol, Iv.

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nestine, and you will find means to Sabaoth wept in the most touching live there, as well as any where else. and most laughable manner. The two Your profession is not so exalted, but poor Andalusian mares were knocked that you may gain by it as much in up-our Pilgrims, however, kept movFrance as you did in Grenada ; besides, ing; not that they had any longer a that place must assuredly be in the hope of success, but they were less hands of the Spaniards, and what tired when travelling than when quiet. could you now do there? Come with They had gained the banks of the me, I say, my Ernestine is a French- Loire ; but neither at Angers, Tours, woman, and we shall surely find her. or at Orleans, could they learn any inYou are old, I am young, and I will telligence of the Piper or of his charmwork for Ernestine and for you; our ing daughter. Ai Paris they were Andalusian mares will carry us over still more unlucky, for they might the world; come along." Sabaoth have found here a thousand Arabians complied, and was not the first instance for one player on the pipes. There of wisdom being led by folly. Folly! were numberless girls, but no Ernesis there any folly that deserves so much tine. God of Love, what a difference indulgence as that of love; it excites between them !! energy in the coldest hearts, and at- Our Pilgrims left Paris, and took tacks the most indifferent. The sighs the road to Flanders. Oh Flanders ! of Sabaoth were almost in unison with we must now return to the sorrowing those of Amurat, and on seeing the Ernestine. The poor girl deserved gambols of the shepherdlesses in the pity-she had no longer those tints of plains, his heart revived, and he re- roses and lilies, whose brilliancy gretted that the time of his youth had could not formerly have been seen been so much employed in stables. with impunity, and she was become But let us not stop our two fugitives ; so thin and pale, Amurat, the enathey arrived at Pampeluna, following moured Amurat himself would hardly the road the Minstrel had taken ; but have known her. Unfortunate Amus there happened so strange an adven- rat! as he travelled, his embarrass. ture to Amurat at Pampeluna, we can- nents increased : for, independent of not pass it over. A youth of Navarre, the pains of love which he equally struck with the beauty, and deceived suffered with Ernestine, his purse, by the dress of Amurat, took it into and that of Sabaoth, were exhausted. his head to make love to him, while They were forced, Mahommedans as he was alone in the room, and Sabaoth they were, to go from convent to occupied with the care of his horses. convent begging hospitality. One evenThe discourteous knight fastened the ing they knocked at the gate of the door, and was about to attempt vio. monastry of Vaucelles. The Minstrel lence on him : the brave Moor smiled was at that moment relating some of at first at his mistake, and without de- his minor adventures, which he had ceiving the Navarrois, began to defend omitted in the history of his life, and himself; but the other, firmly per- they were all sitting round the fire. suaded that it was a woman, flattered The wind whistled so loud, some said himself with an easy conquest. The they heard mouruful cries, which problows however which he received from bably were nothing but the breeze; Amurat, made him comprehend that it but the Minstrel swore that it was an would not be so easy as he had ima apparition; he was perfectly convinced gined. He had not thought that a there were such, for he had seen one woman could have had so much cour, at Toledo with his two eyes. “ One age and strength. He was knocked night," said he," soon after I had come down repeatedly, and Amurat was to Toledo, as I was sleeping in my bed kicking him out of the room when Sae beside my chaste companion, I heard baoth entered in amazement.

my water-pot tumble down, which Our two adventurers arrived in made me start up in my sleep, and, France, questioning all travellers, and by the glimmering light of my small passing through various provinces. lamp, I noticed a man in his shirt They had lost the thread of their in- descend from my window. He seemquiries, and were in despair. From ed to resemble a good deal the officer Pampeluna to Vaucelles is a long way; of the holy brotherhood; but it cerhow to succeed in so difficult an un- tainly was an optical illusion which dertaking !

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take a living for a dead man. I jump- completely defeated. I was holding ed out of my bed, and ran into the in readiness, behind the baggage, these kitchen, where I passed the remain- same Andalusian mares whom I have der of the night in the utmost fear, seen you curricomb and purge with so and without closing an eye.". much intelligence. Vain precaution !

He was at this part of the story, the conqueror advanced, dispersed us, when they heard a loud knocking at and cut off all passage to Grenada. the gate. The Minstrel trembled more Finding it impossible to return thither, than when in his bed he saw the ap- and fearing the holy office, should I parition ; but they laughed at his be taken by the Spaniards, I disguis, alarm, and made him go and see who ed inyself, and wrapping myself up in was at the gate. “ Who is there?" this robe, which was then handsome, * Open to two poor travellers." The I traversed Spain, and arrived in gate is opened, and the first person who France. But, in the mean time, bepresented himself to his view was fore I relate to you all my disasters, Sabaoth. He thought he was the could you not order me a little someDepil, and trembled more in all his thing to eat." limbs than formerly in the stable at The Minstrel, who had no more Grenada, when this flower of grooms gall than a dove, forgetting all that he Laid the thong on his innocent shoul- had formerly suffered from the reders. Sabaoth also knew again him doubtable Sabaoth, flew to the kitchen, whom he had taught to physic horses, and brings him the remains of an old and who had doctored à Žegris, but pastry, and a flagon of champaign Ad not feel much satisfaction at it, for wine, which the faithless Mussulman he was afraid that, now as the Min- finds a thousand times better than all strel was on his own dunghill, he the sour sherbet of Grenada. might feel himself inclined to repay Love, thou cruel and delightful him all the kindness he had received god, thou recallest me to thee, and to 21 Grenada.

quit the hall of the strangers to attend The Minstrel did not recollect Amu, to what is passing in the ladies apartrat, so much had his dress disguised ment. Precisely at the moment the him. He conducted him to the ladies' Minstrel presented the handsome Aapartment, where Ernestine came to murat to Ernestine, this poor unforreceive him, and having placed the tunate was weeping over his fate, pretended damsel in proper hands, he which was her usual occupation when returned to the hall of the strangers, alone in company she contented herwhere he was accustomed to do the self with thinking of him and sighing. honours of the monastery to visitors in Alas,” said she," he is now with the absence of the steward.

out doubt no longer among the living " Sir Sabaoth, by what adventure the holy office never quits its prey. are you reduced to ask hospitality in a He is dead the beloved of my heart, Christian monastery, you who laid my eternal torment, and yet my dedown the laws and gave such rude light." As she was thus talking to blows in those superb stables of Gre- herself, a young lady, dirtily dressed, nada?” “Alas,” replied Sabaoth, entered the apartment; she wore a « I may also ask you by what chain veil that covered her face, and a gown of events a Minstrel turned stable-boy, that no one would ever have guessed and afterward Esculapius in the king to have been sky blue, or a robe in dom of Murcia, can have fallen from which love would ever have dressed such high state, as to be reduced in out an admirer. This awkward lady the Low Countries to act the part of advanced, with an embarrassed and porter to a set of Monks ? But I see melancholy air, and with trembling now my own fate, that the powerful steps, but without taking her eyes off master of our destinies, after having the ground, towards Ernestine, who scattered us over this lower earth, conducted her to the chamber she was amuses himself sometimes in making to sleep in, also without looking at her. us from millers turn Bishops: It has Ye blind admirers of a blind god, happened to the gallant Zegris, for- neither of you know the other. Ermerly our common master. This great nestine sighs--this sigh is mechanicalman, appointed General of Grenada, ly repeated by Amurat-he seats himwas conquered, Sir Minstrel, by the self-thanks her, with uplifted hands, too fortunate Castillians, and his army without looking at her--Ernestin

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says, “ Madam, can I be of any ser- him to the monastery, was a boy, and vice to you? Would you wish for any neither more nor less than Amurat, supper?" At the sound of this voice, At the name of Amurat, the Minstrel which vibrated at the bottom of his bristled up like a game-cock, flung heart, Amurat cries out, “ Ernestine, Sabaoth's turban into the fire, and Ernestine! it must be thee whom I was tearing away his gray beard by have heard, and whom I have now handfuls ; " Race destested, of Cain found again.” He throws himself at or of Beelzebub," bawled out the her feet, while she casts herself into Minstrel; “ was it for such circumhis arms.

cised dogs to pretend to marry my The Minstrel's wife, now become daughter?" They had the utmost difcook to the visitors, on coming to re- ficulty to disengage the unfortunate ceive orders from the strange lady, Sabaoth from the hands of this madsurprises her daughter in the midst man; but no sooner did the Lord Abof these inexpressible embraces.- bot appear, than the sight of his pec“ Mother!" exclaims Ernestine, “ittoral cross calmed the rage of the resis the faithful Amurat, who has been pectful serpent. The Abbot told him seeking me all the world over.” The he was a fool. Most reverend fareader may remember that this dame ther,” replied the Minstrel, “ my had favoured their loves with all her wife has told me so these many years," power, and to accomplish their mar- “ Your wife is in the right," answerriage had not scrupled to rob her hus- ed the head of the monastery; she is band. She had been in despair of desirous to conclude a marriage which Amurat's life, from the moment she you ought to have had done in Mursaw him carried off by her ancient cia, and had you then consented you lover, the officer of the holy inquisi. would have spared yourself a great tion-She had witnessed the declining deal of trouble. Unnatural father! health of her daughter-it may be would you see your daughter perish guessed, therefore, how happy the before your eyes ? come forward, Ersight of the handsome Moor made her. nestine, it is I that will perform this But how could they make the Minstrel marriage ; give me your hand my hear reason? he was generally one of pretty, and let this faithful Moor rethe best natured men in the world, ceive it; I will that he remain in the but the most intractable in matters of convent until my nephew sets out for religion. His wife thought of a me- Frizeland, whither he shall accomthod that would ensure success : it was pany him. He has travelled over to gain over the Lord Abbot, who cer- many parts of the world, and has been tainly ought to know better than any unfortunate, two sufficient qualificabagpiper, whether a Christian could tions to guide the youth of my neconscientiously espouse a sectary of phew; he shall be his esquire, and I Mahommed.

will take charge of his fortune. I The Lord Abbot was not only free shall instruct him in the principles of from bigotry, but very well informed. our holy religion, and if he embraces He quoted numberless examples of it, I pretend that it shall be by persuch marriages legally contracted, from suasion alone, and of his own freethe times of Mahommed to the pre- will." sent moment. He named several kings The Cambresian was enchanted with of Portugal and of Spain, who had the idea of his uncle; he embraced Amarried the daughters of Moorish murat, who cast himself at the Abbot's princes, and even emperors of Con- feet, and said, “ Reverend Father, I stantinople, who had formed similar will follow no other religion but yours connexions, without the Patriarchs and Ernestine's, I was the most having had any thing to say against wretched of mankind-you have made them.

me the most happy"-on his respectAfter such authorities, nothing re- fully approaching the Minstrel, he exmained but to tell the Minstrel what claimed, “ Ah! with all my heart, was passing; but this good Minstrel now thou art a Christian, and my Lord was at the moment in an excess of Abbot will have it so." He then kissrage, and had almost throttled poored the hands of his mother-in-law, but Sabaoth, who, while they were drink the presence of the Abbot could not ing together, had told him that the prevent him from throwing himself with pretended girl, who had accompanied transport into the arms of Ernestine.

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