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Tersitza. I have indeed: I would not have given on the eastern coast. The Pasha of Negropont it to you if I had not tasted it: we are never quite has threatened that, unless I lay down my arms safe from our enemies.

he will bring such a force against me as shall Odysseus. My dear Tersitza! it was not very crush me instantly. polite in you to offer me the milk before you had Trelawny. Threats are useful only to the presented the wine to our guest.

threatened : the wise man has no will for them, Tersitza (aside to Odysseus). Alas! I know it. and the strong man no occasion. I can not be polite to him, though I wish it above Odysseus. Rightly spoken. Our enemy is only all things, and think of nothing but of my failure our sentinel when he challenges as the pasha does." in it. What an effect has a stranger in making I depart this night. one rude and unseemly! You never told me I To thy science I commit the fortification of the was so before.

cavern, to thy courage its defence. Whatever else Odysseus. I never remarked it but in this one is dear to me in the world I entrust to thee with instance.

the same confidence. Not last in the precious Tersitza. Oh! how badly do you see, my bro- charge is thy own good name. ther! or how kind you are !

Andritzo, the father of Odysseus, was the chief of a Odysseus. Come along with me, child !

village called Maieno, in Roumely, on the channel of Trelawny! I return to thee when I find that Talanda. His property consisted of sheep and goats, and the women have taken their proper places of rest, he led a wandering life, on the plains in winter, on the and want nothing.

mountains in summer, principally those of Ptson and

Parnassus. When he was about twenty years of age, a Tersitza, Brother!

party of Turks having insulted the females of his family, Odysseus. What wouldst thou have ?

a fray ensued: he drove them from his house with slaughTersitza. I would ask something.

ter, set it on fire, and took refuge in the mountains. From Odysseus. Be discreet, Tersitza! Discreet ! that moment he became an outlaw, and joined a body of

Klepts, then on Parnassus. He was distinguished for thou art always. Speak at once : I grant it.

sagacity, courage, strength, and activity: qualities which Tersitza. Grant what?

his son Odysseus inherited without diminution. Tradition Odysseus. What you would ask.

and Kleptic songs have preserved many extraordinary tales Tersitza. Do you really now command that of his prowess. Certain it is, he soon became chieftain of noble youth?

all the Klepts in Roumely, and raised a regular tribute, on

the whole territory that extends from the gates of Athens Odysseus. Is that all ?

to those of Yannina. Tersitza. Tell me, tell me! Do tell me!

The power of the most ancient sovran families had a Odysseus. Yes, my love! He has declared his similar beginning. resolution to obey my orders.

His troops amounted to two thousand, scattered in small Tersitza. Oh! do command him then never parties, and occupying a chain of well-fortified posts. For more to ride between me and the edge of a pre- him; and after Ali Pasha had in vain tried every stra

Afteen or sixteen years he repelled all attempts to subdue cipice .. so terribly high, a brook seems only a tagem for his destruction, he entered into treaty with him, long vine-tendril from it, and a fountain a glossy ceding to him the government of Livadia, together with a leaf : where the path is not level enough for any part of Roumely. But his hatred of the Turks was too but the flattest stones to lie upon it (rounder would profound to be erased : security, power, dominion, vanished

before it: and on the declaration of war by Russia, he and roll off), nor broad enough for the surest-footed his friend Lambro joined their forces with the Russian, beast to walk safely, though quite alone.

who conferred on Andritzo the rank of general, and that Odysseus. Thoughtless young man! why did of admiral on Lambro. The admiral had the means of he ride there?

escaping to Russia, when the empress lost sight of power Tersitza. I asked him myself the same ques- many difficulties and dangers, reached Santa Maura, then

and glory in the lowest sensualities; and the general, after tion : he said he rode there to admire the magni- in possession of the Venetians, who, after pledging him ficence of the view.

their protection, gave him up to the Turk. The Russian Surely to look down on the peaks of rocks and court, with its usual indifference to human suffering, its the summits of pines, is not so pleasant as to lie usual insensibility to honour, national and personal, and

its usual neglect of services no longer necessary to the acback and see them one above another, from a complishment of its projects, forbore to interfere ; and this tufted knoll of solid serpolet, where the lavender brave man, who had resigned a principality in the hopes round about it does not prick our legs, because of delivering his country, died a slave in the bagnio at the roe has lain down and slept on it and broken Constantinople. His son however has lived to see tbe

most infamous of men, the Venetian senate, reduced to the its brittle stalks.

same condition. May they never emerge from it! neither Tell him this : remind him the very first time they nor their descendants ! you ride or walk together : and before you have Andritzo left a beautiful widow, then only fifteen years gone far. He is seven years older than I am, or of age, with an only son, Odysseus, bom at Previsa. Ali six at the least, and is not half so considerate and Pasha did not visit the offences of the father on his

family. On the contrary, he took them instantly under wise in many things.

his protection; and when Odysseus was twelve years old, Odysseus. I will speak to him now ..

made him his pipe-bearer, an office of trust, confidence, and Tersitza. Aside then .. for he would be angry distinction. He rose rapidly in preferment, by his fidelity if he thought I said anything about him. and courage, by his skill and enterprise ; and at eighteen,

Ali conferred on him the government which his father had Odysseus. I will call him then aside.

holden, and wbich he himself retained till his death, Tersitza. Let me go quite away first.

excepting the short interval between the fall of Ali and Odysseus. Trelawny! my presence is requisite the Greek revolution. Odysseus never deserted in any

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extremity his early friend and patron, nor relaxed in his was intended, admitted into the fortress his own country. efforts to extricate him from the perils of his situation, men, rather than the perfidious Gouras, who had already but boldly broke through the blockade, and entered the seized on the government of his benefactor. fortress in person, with provisions and reinforcements. On Odysseus left one son, named Leonidas, born in Parnassus, its capitulation, he retired to Ithaca. Here a deputation a short time before his father's death. was sent to him, hailing him as the descendant of their By those who knew and lived with this chieftain, he is ancient king, and proposing to him in their enthusiasm represented as a man incomparably good in all the relathe means of recovering his inheritance. Early intima- tions of social and private life. He was ardent, and yet tion was given him, in this island, of the meditated insur patient: he was confident in himself, yet modest toward rection of the Greeks. He landed in the gulf of Corinth, everyone; venturing on such enterprises as seemed imand, hastening to the mountains of Parnassus, raised the possible to accomplish, and accomplishing them before the largest force that appeared in one body on any part of wonder at the undertaking had subsided. Appearing in Greece, amounting to five thousand men, most of whom different parts of Greece at nearly the same instant, and had fought under him for Ali Pasha. To quiet their spreading the report by his emissaries that he was threatenconsciences for acting against Mahometans, they were en- ing the positions he perhaps had left behind them, his couraged in the belief that he came to avenge the death intentions and movements were unknown and unsuspected of their old master; which among the Roumeliots and Hence with five thousand men he slew twenty thousand of Albanians is considered a sacred duty. These, the first the enemy, and allowed them no leisure to fortify cities or raised and the best disciplined troops in Greece, were slain throw up entrenchments. for the most-part in the several hard and unequal battles Enthusiastic and devoted in friendship, he thought other of the first two campaigns; and it had become expedient men sincere as himself, if they ever had sworn it, ignorant to prepare some certain place of refuge for those who were that these alone are dangerous. He had indeed sonde remaining. Odysseus then fortified the great cavern in reason to expect, that ten years of kindness and of codParnassus. To this place he removed his wife Helena, his fidence, ten years laden with benefits, that rank, dignity, mother Acrivé, his sister Tersitza, and her little brother, power, wealth, conferred by him on Gouras, would have committing to the courage and honour of Trelawny this ensured his fidelity to the last. Ali Tebelen, the most sacred charge. Those who dreaded the establishment of a vigilant, acute, intuitive, intelligent, among the political firm and orderly government, pvured gold into the hands men of our age (excepting the Ali of Egypt), warned him of Gouras. This leader had been pipe-bearer ten years to in vain against this villain, after he had pleaded for his life Odysseus, had been entrusted by him with the government and had obtained his suit. The day will come, Guysseus! of Athens, had been saved by him from the death-warrant when thou wilt wish thy plea had been rejected. Insernde of Ali; and now he hired ruffians and traitors to strangle as he is to kindness and impatient of benefits, hou will be him in his sleep. Odysseus perished in the Acropolis. One bear to owe his life to thee? Never trust him after this: Whitcombe, an Englishman, aimed likewise at the life of By the machinations of Gouras fell the greatest captain Trelawny, and wounded him with a pistol from behind. of his country, at a time when Eubæa was listening to bis After two months of excruciating pain, his wounds growing counsels, and about to rise from her subjection. The blas daily worse, he left the cavern, appointing a Hungarian, by which he fell paralysed the arm of Freedom, and struck by name Camerone, to the chief command. Second to off the head from the body of Greece, leaving only a fer him was a Turk: 50 that, if he were removed by assassina- places in the Peloponnese, inhabited by a people of untried tion, the crime would be fruitless to the perpetrator. After courage and doubtful faith. seven months Camerone was murdered ; and the Turk, as

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CHAUCER, BOCCACCIO, AND PETRARCA. Petrarca. You have kept your promise like an Chaucer. Oxford is the most beautiful of our Englishman, Ser* Geoffreddo: welcome to Arezzo. cities : it would be a very fine one if there were no This gentleman is Messer Giovanni Boccaccio, of houses in it. whose unfinished Decameron, which I opened to Petrarca. How is that? you in manuscript, you expressed your admiration Chaucer. The lath-and-plaster white-washed when we met at Florence in the spring.

houses look despicably mean under the colleges. Boccaccio. I was then at Certaldo, my native Boccaccio. Few see anything in the same point place, filling up my stories, and have only to of view. It would gratify me highly, if you would regret that my acquaintance with one so friendly tell me with all the frankness of your character and partial to me has been formed so late. and your country, what struck you most in the

How did Rome answer your expectation, sir? capital of the world, as the vilest slaves in it call

Chaucer. I had passed through Pisa ; of which their great open cloaca. city the Campo Santo, now nearly finished, after Chaucer. After the remains of antiquity, I know half a century from its foundation, and the noble not whether anything struck me more forcibly street along the Arno,+ are incomparably more than the superiority of our English churches and beautiful than anything in Rome.

monasteries. Petrarca. That is true. I have heard, however, Boccaccio. I do not wonder that yours should some of your countrymen declare that Oxford is be richer and better built, although I never heard equal to Pisa, in the solidity, extent, and costli- before that they are : for the money that is colness of its structures.

lected in Rome or elsewhere, by the pontiffs, is

employed for the most part in the aggrandisement * Ser is commonly used by Boccaccio and others for of their families. Messer Francesco, although he Messer. + The Corso in Rome is now much finer. P. Leopold on these subjects than a simple secular, as I am,

wears the habit of a churchman, speaks plainlier dismantled the walls of Pisa, and demolished more than fifty towers and turrets. Every year castellated mansions dares to do. are modernised in Italy.

Petrarca. We may however, I trust, prefer the

beauty and variety of our scenery to that of most of what the guide asserted, and for teaching me in the world. Tuscany is less diversified, and, the truth. I thought the fall of the Velinus not excepting the mountains above Camaldoli and only the work of Nature, but the most beautiful Laverna, less sublime, than many other parts of she had ever made on earth. My prevention, in Italy; yet where does Nature smile with more regard to the country about Rome, was almost as contented gaiety than in the vicinity of Florence? great, and almost as unjust to Nature, from what Great part of our sea-coast along the Mediterra- I had heard of it both at home and abroad. In nean is uninteresting; yet it is beautiful in its the approach to the eternal city, she seems to whole extent from France to Massa. Afterward have surrendered much of her wildness, and to there is not a single point of attraction till you have assumed all her stateliness and sedateness, arrive at Terracina. The greater part of the way all her awfulness and severity. The vast plain round the peninsula, from Terracina to Pesaro, toward the sea abases the soul together with it ; has its changes of charms : thenceforward all is while the hills on the left, chiefly those of Tusculum flat again.

and of Tibur, overshadow and almost overwhelm Boccaccio. We can not travel in the most pictu- it with obscure remembrances, some of them deresque and romantic regions of our Italy, from scending from the heroic ages, others from an age the deficiency of civilisation in the people. more miraculous than the heroic, the Herculean

Chaucer. Yet, Messer Giovanni, I never jour-infancy of immortal Rome. Soracte comes boldly neyed so far through so enchanting a scenery as forward, and stands alone. Round about, on every there is almost the whole of the way from Arezzo side, we behold an infinity of baronial castles, to Rome, particularly round Terni and Narni and many moated and flanked with towers and basPerugia.

tions ; many following the direction of the preciOur master Virgil speaks of dreams that swarm pitous hills, of which they cover the whole summit. upon the branches of one solitary elm. In this Tracts of land, where formerly stood entire country more than dreams swarm upon every nations, are now the property of some rude baron, spray and leaf; and every murmur of wood or descendant of a murderer too formidable for water comes from and brings with it inspiration. punishment, or of a robber too rich for it: and Never shall I forget the hour when my whole soul the ruins of cities, which had sunk in luxury when was carried away from me by the cataract of Terni, England was one wide forest, are carted off by a and when all things existing were lost to me in herd of slaves and buffaloes, to patch up the its stupendous waters. The majestic woods that crevices of a fort or dungeon. bowed their heads before it; the sun that was Boccaccio. Messer Francesco groans upon this, veiling his glory in mild translucent clouds over and wipes his brow. the furthest course of the river; the moon, that Petrarca. Indeed I do. suspended her orb in the very centre of it; seemed Three years ago my fancy and hopes were ministering Powers, themselves in undiminished inflamed by what I believed to be the proximity admiration of the marvel they had been looking of regeneration. Cola Rienzi might have estaon through unnumbered ages. What are the blished good and equitable laws: even the Papacy, works of man in comparison with this? What from hatred of the barons, would have counteindeed, are the other works of Nature ?

nanced the enaction of them, hoping at some Petrarca. Ser Giovanni ! this, which appears future time to pervert and subjugate the people as too great even for Nature, was not too great for before. The vanity of this tribune, who corre

Our ancestors achieved it. Curius Den- sponded with kings and emperors, and found them tatus, in his consulate, forbade the waters of the pliable and ductile, was not only the ruin of himVelinus to inundate so beautiful a valley, and self and of the government he had founded, but threw them down this precipice into the Nar. threw down, beyond the chance of retrieving it, When the traces of all their other victories, all the Roman name. their other labours, shall have disappeared, this Let us converse no more about it. I did my work of the earlier and the better Romans shall duty; yet our failure afflicts me, and will afflict continue to perform its office, shall produce its me until my death. Jubilees, and other such full effect, and shall astonish the beholder as it mummeries, are deemed abundant compensation astonished him at its first completion.

for lost dignity, lost power and empire, lost freeChaucer. I was not forgetful that we heard the dom and independence. We who had any hand story from our guide : but I thought him a in raising up our country from her abject state, boaster : and now for the first time I learn that are looked on with jealousy by those wretches to any great power hath been exerted for any great whom cowardice and flight alone give the titles good. Roads were levelled for aggression, and and rewards of loyalty ; with sneers and scorn by vast edifices were constructed either for pride or those who share among themselves the emolupolicy, to commemorate some victory, to reward ments of office; and, lest consolation be altogether the Gods for giving it, or to keep them in the same wanting, with somewhat of well-meaning compastemper. There is nothing of which men appear sion, as weak misguided visionaries, by quiet good to have been in such perpetual apprehension, as creatures who would have beslavered and adored the inconstancy of the deities they worship. us if we had succeeded.

Many thanks, Ser Francesco, for reminding me The nation that loses her liberty is not aware

man.

of her misfortune at the time, any more than the fit or another had befallen him in his adolescence, patient is who receives a paralytic stroke. He from having eaten too freely of a cold swan, after who first tells either of them what has happened, dinner. To render him justice, he had given once is repulsed as a simpleton or a churl.

an indication of courage.

A farmer's son upon Boccaccio. When Messer Francesco talks about his estate, a few years younger than himself, had liberty, he talks loud. Let us walk away from become a good player at quarter-staff, and was the green,* into the cathedral, which the congre- invited to Charlecote, the residence of the Lucys, gation is leaving.

to exhibit his address in this useful and manly Petrarca. Come now, Giovanni, tell us some sport. The lad was then about sixteen years old, or affecting story, suitable to the gloominess of the rather more; and another of the same parish, and place.

about the same standing, was appointed his antaBoccaccio. If Ser Geoffreddo felt in honest truth (gonist. The sight animated Sir Magnus; who. any pleasure at reading my Decameron, he owes seeing the game over and both combatants out of me a tithe at least of the stories it contains : for 1 breath, called out to Peter Crosby the conqueror, shall not be so courteous as to tell him that one and declared his readiness to engage with him, on of his invention is worth ten of mine, until I have these conditions. First, that he should have a had all his ten from him : if not now, another day. helmet on his head with a cushion over it, both

Chaucer. Let life be spared to me, and I will of which he sent for ere he made the proposal, and carry the tithe in triumph through my country, both of which were already brought to him, the much as may be shed of the heavier and riper one from a buck's horn in the hall, the other from grain by the conveyance and the handling of it. his mother's chair in the parlour : secondly, that And I will attempt to show Englishmen what his visor should be down : thirdly, that Peter Italians are ; how much deeper in thought, in- should never aim at his body or arms : fourthly tenser in feeling, and richer in imagination, than and lastly, for he would not be too particular, that, ever formerly: and I will try whether we can not instead of a cudgel, he should use a bulrush, enraise poetry under our fogs, and merriment wrapt in the under-coat he had taken off, lest ! among our marshes. We must at first throw anything venomous should be sticking to it, as his some litter about it, which those who come after mother said there might be, from the spittle or us may remove.

spawn of toads, evets, water-snakes, and adders. Petrarca. Do not threaten, Ser Geoffreddo ! Peter scraped back his right foot, leaned forEnglishmen act.

ward, and laid his hooked fingers on his brow, Boccaccio. Messer Francesco is grown melan- not without scratching it .. the multiform signicholy at the spectre of the tribune. Relate to us fication of humble compliance in our country. some amusing tale, either of court or war. John Crosby, the father of Peter, was a merry

Chaucer. It would ill become me, signors, to jocose old man, not a little propense to the mis refuse what I can offer : and truly I am loth to be chievous. He had about him a powder of a stersilent, when a fair occasion is before me of advert- nutatory quality, whether in preparation for some ing to those of my countrymen who fought in the trick among his boon companions, or useful in battle of Cressy, as did one or two or more of the the catching of chub and bream, as many suspersons that are the subjects of my narrative. pected, is indifferent to my story. This powder

Boccaccio. Enormous and horrible as was the he inserted in the head of the bulrush, which he slaughter of the French in that fight, and hateful pretended to soften and to cleanse by rubbing, as is war altogether to you and me, Francesco ! I while he instructed his lad in the use and applido expect from the countenance of Ser Geoffreddo, cation of it. Peter learned the lesson so well, and that he will rather make us merry than sad. delivered it so skilfully, that at the very first blow

Chaucer. I hope I may, the story not wholly the powder went into the aperture of the visor, nor principally relating to the battle.

and not only operated on the nostrils, but equally Sir Magnus Lucy is a knight of ample posses- on the two spherical, horny, fish-like eyes above sions, and of no obscure family, in the shire of it. Sir Magnus wailed aloud, dropped his cudgel, Warwick, one of our inland provinces. He was tore with great effort (for it was well fastened) left in his childhood under the guardianship of the pillow from his helmet, and implored the at a mother, who loved him more fondly than dis- tendants to unbrace him, crying, “O Jesu ! Jesu! creetly. Beside which disadvantage, there was I am in the agonies of death : receive my spirit !" always wanting in his family the nerve or fluid, John Crosby kicked the ancle of the farmer who or whatever else it may be, on which the intellec- sat next him on the turf, and whispered, “ He tual powers are nourished and put in motion. must find it first." The good lady Joan would never let him enter the The mischief was attributed to the light and lists at jousts and tournaments, to which indeed downy particles of the bulrush, detached by the he showed small inclination, nor would she encou- unlucky blow; and John, springing up when he rage him to practise or learn any martial exercise. had spoken the words, and seizing it from the He was excused from the wars under the plea that hand of his son, laid it lustily about his shoulders, he was subject to epilepsy ; somewhat of which until it fell in dust on every side, crying, “Seape

* The cathedral of Arezzo stands on a green, in which grace! scape-grace! born to break thy father's are pleasant walks commanding an extensive view. heart in splinters! Is it thus thou beginnest thy

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service to so brave and generous a master? Out, then proceeded to the vicinity of another hamlet of my sight!"

called Sutton Colefield, in which country is a wellNever was the trick divulged by the friends of wooded and well-stocked chase, belonging to my Peter until after his death, which happened lately dread master the duke of Lancaster, who often at the battle of Cressy. While Peter was fighting taketh his sport therein. Here, unhappily for for his king and country, Sir Magnus resolved to the knight, were the keepers of the said chase display his wealth and splendour in his native hunting the red and fallow deer. The horse of land. He had heard of princes and other great the worshipful knight, having a great affection men travelling in disguise, and under names not for dogs, and inspirited by the prancing and belonging to them. This is easy of imitation : he neighing of his fellow-creatures about him, sprang resolved to try it : although at first a qualm of forward, and relaxed not any great matter of his conscience came over him on the part of the mettle before he reached the next forest of CanChristian name which his godfathers and god- nock, where the buck that was pursued pierced mothers had given him, but which however was the thickets and escaped his enemies. In the so distinguishing, that he determined to lay it village of Cannock was the knight, at his extreaside, first asking leave of three saints, paying mity, fain to look for other farriery than that three groats into the alms-box, saying twelve pater- which is exercised by the craft in Bromwicham, nosters within the hour, and making the priest of and upon other flesh than horseflesh, and about the parish drunk at supper. He now gave it out parts less horny than hoofs, however hardened be by sound of horn, that he should leave Charlecote. the same parts by untoward bumps and contuand travel incognito through several parts of Eng- sions. This farriery was applied by a skilful and land. For this purpose he locked up the liveries discreet leech, while Sir Magnus opened his missal of his valets, and borrowed for them from his on his bed in the posture of devotion, and while tenants the dress of yeomanry. Three grooms a priest, who had been called in to comfort him, rode forward in buff habiliments, with three led was looking for the penitential psalms of good horses well caparisoned. Before noon he reached king David, the only service (he assured Sir a small town called Henley in Arden, as his host Magnus) that had any effect in the removal or at the inn-door told him, adding, when the knight alleviation of such sufferings. dismounted, that there were scholars who had When the host at Cannock heard the name of argued in his hearing, whether the name of Arden his guest, “ 'Sblood !" cried he to his son, “ride were derived from another forest so called in Ger- over, Emanuel, to Longcroft, and inform the wormany, or from a puissant family which bore it, shipful youths, Humphrey and Henry, that one being earls of Warwick in the reign of Edward of their kinsmen is come over from the other side the Confessor. “It is the opinion of the abbot of of Warwickshire to visit them, and has lost his Tewkesbury, and likewise of my very good mas- way in the forest through a love of sport.” ter, him of Evesham," said the host, " that the On his road into Rugeley, Emanuel met them Saxon earls brought over the name with them together, and told them his errand. They had from their own country, and gave it to the wilder heard the horn as they were riding out, had part of their dominions in this of ours."

joined the hunt, and were now returning home. “No such family now,” cried the knight. “We Indignant at first that anyone should take the have driven them out, bag and baggage, long ago, name of their family, they went on asking more being braver men than they were.”

and more questions, and their anger abated as A thought however struck him, that the vacant their curiosity increased. Having an abundance name might cover and befit him in this expedi- of good-humour and of joviality in their nature, tion ; and he ordered his servants to call him Sir they agreed to act courteously, and turn the adNigel de Arden.

venture into glee and joyousness. So they went Continuing his march northward, he protested back with Emanuel to his father's at Cannock, that nothing short of the Trent (if indeed that and were received by the townspeople with much river were not a fabulous one) should stop him ; deference and respect. The attendants of Sir nay, by the rood, not even the Trent itself, if Magnus observed it, and were earnest to see in there were any bridge over it strong enough to what manner the adventure would terminate. bear a horse caparisoned, or any ford which he “Go,” said Humphrey, “and tell your master could see a herd of oxen, or a score of sheep fit Sir Nigel that his kinsmen are come to pay their for the butcher, pass across. Early on the second duty to him.” The clergyman who had been morning he was nigh upon twenty miles from reading the penitential psalms, and had afterward home, at a hamlet we call Bromwicham, where be said mass, opened the chamber-door for them, and two or three furnaces, and sundry smiths, able to conducted them to Sir Magnus. They began make a horse-shoe in time of need, allowing them their compliments by telling him that, although drink and leisure. He commanded his steward the house at Longcroft was unworthy of their to disburse unto the elder of them one penny of kinsman's reception, in the absence of their father lawful coin, advising the cunning man to look ... when they were interrupted by the knight, well and soberly at his steed's hoofs, and at those who cried aloud in a clear quaver, “ Young gentleof the other steeds in his company; which being men! I have no relative in these parts: I come done, and no repairs being necessary, Sir Magnus from the very end of Warwickshire. Reverend

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