1. By a fountaines side:
2. Many other idle speeches shee uttered, in proud opinion of herbeauty, whereby Friar Albert presently perceived, that thisGentlewoman had but a hollow braine, and was fit game for folly toflye at; which made him instantly enamoured of her, and that beyondall capacity of resisting, which yet he referred to a further, andmore commodious time. Neverthelesse, to shew himselfe an holy andreligious man now, he began to reprehend her, and told her plainely,that she was vain-glorious, and overcome with infinite follies.Heereupon, him call.ed him a logger headed beast, and he knew notthe difference betweene an ordinary complexion, and beauty of thehighest merit. In which respect, Friar Albert, being loth to offendher any further; after confession was fully ended, let her passeaway among the other Gentlewomen, she giving him divers disdainfulllookes.
3. There was in the Country of Lunigiana (which is not far distant fromour owne) a Monastery, which sometime was better furnished withholinesse and Religion, then now adayes they are: wherein lived (amongdivers other) a yong Novice Monke, whose hot and lusty disposition(being in the vigour of his yeeres) was such, as neither Fasts norprayers had any great power over him. It chanced on a fasting dayabout high noon, when all the other Monkes were asleep in theirDormitaries or Dorters, this frolicke Friar was walking alone in theirChurch, which stoode in a very solitarie place, where ruminating onmany matters by himselfe, hee espyed a prettie handsome Wench (someHusbandmans daughter in the Countrey, that had beene gatheringrootes and hearbes in the field) upon her knees before in Altar;whom he had no sooner seene, but immediately hee felt effeminatetemptations, and such as ill fitted with his profession.
4. SHOULD BE GRANTED TO ANY ONE WHATSOEVER
5. Adalietta, sweetly hugging him in her armes, and melting her selfein kisses, sighes, and teares on his face, said. Well Sir, I will doso much as I am able, in this your most kinde and loving imposition:and when I shall bee compelled to the contrary: yet rest thusconstantly assured, that I will not breake this your charge, so muchas in thought. Praying ever heartily to the heavenly powers, that theywill direct your course home againe to me, before your prefixeddate, or else I shall live in continual languishing. In the knittingup of this woful parting, embracing and kissing either infinittimes, the Lady tooke a Ring from off her finger, and giving it to herhusband, said. If I chaunce to die before I see you againe, rememberme when you looke on this. He receiving the Ring, and bidding allthe rest of his Friends farewell, mounted on horsebacke, and rode awaywel attended.
6. Alas Gentlemen, it is you your selves that are void ofunderstanding: for, if you had but observed the answer which he madeunto us: hee did honestly, and (in verie few words) not onelynotably expresse his owne wisedome, but also deservedly reprehendus. Because, if wee observe things as we ought to doe, Graves andTombes are the houses of the dead, ordained and prepared to be theirlatest dwellings. He tolde us moreover, that although we have heere(in this life) other habitations and abidings; yet these (or the like)must at last be our houses. To let us know, and all other foolish,indiscreete, and unleartied men, that we are worse then dead men, incomparison of him, and other men equall to him in skill andlearning. And therefore, while wee are heere among these Graves andMonuments, it may well be said, that we are not farre from our ownehouses, or how soone we shall be possessors of them, in regard ofthe frailty attending on us.
1. The young man continuing his resort to the House of Puccio, andobserving the widdow to be faire, fresh, and prettily formall; hebegan to consider with himselfe, what those things might be, whereinshe was most wanting; and (if he could) to save anothers labour,supply them by his best endeavours. Thus not alwayes carrying his eyesbefore him, but using many backe and circumspect regards, he proceededso farre in his wylie apprehensions, that (by a few sparkes close kepttogether) he kindled part of the same fire in her, which began toflame apparantly in him. And hee very wittily observing the same, asoccasion first smiled on him, and allowed him favourableopportunity, so did hee impart his intention to her.
2. To be once more where first I felt unrest,
3. When the Bishop had heard all the discourse, highly he commended thewisedome of the Gentlewoman, and worthy assistance of her brethren,who contemning to soile their hands in the blood of a Priest, rathersought to shame him as hee deserved. The Bishop enjoyned him apennance of repentance for forty dayes after, but love and disdainemade him weepe nine and forty: Moreover, it was a long while after,before he durst be seene abroad. But when he came to walke thestreets, the Boyes would point their fingers at him, saying. Beholdthe Provoste that lay with Ciutazza: Which was such a wearisome lifeto him, that he became (well neere) distracted in his wits. In thismanner the honest Gentlewoman discharged her dutie, and rid herselfe of the Provosts importunity: Ciutazza had a merry night of it,and a new Smocke also for her labour.
4. DECLARING, THAT LOVE NOT ONELY MAKES A MAN PRODIGALL, BUT ALSO AN
5. Our frolicke Baker perceiving, that Messer Geri Spina and theother Ambassadors, used every morning to passe by his doore, andafterward to returne backe the same way: seeing the season to besomewhat hot and soultry, he tooke it as an action of kindnesse andcourtesie, to make them an offer of tasting his white wine. But havingrespect to his owne meane degree, and the condition of Messer Geri:hee thought it farre unfitting for him, to be so forward in suchpresumption; but rather entred into consideration of some such meanes,whereby Messer Geri might bee the inviter of himselfe to taste hisWine. And having put on him a trusse or thin doublet, of very whiteand fine Linnen cloath, as also breeches, and an apron of the same,and a white cap upon his head, so that he seemed rather to be aMiller, then a Baker: at such times as Messer Geri and the Ambassadorsshould daily passe by, hee set before his doore a new Bucket offaire water, and another small vessell of Bologna earth (as new andsightly as the other) full of his best and choisest white Wine, withtwo small Glasses, looking like silver, they were so cleare. Downehe sate, with all this provision before him, and emptying his stomacketwice or thrice, of some clotted flegmes which seemed to offend it:even as the Gentlemen were passing by, he dranke one or two rousesof his Wine so heartily, and with such a pleasing appetite, as mighthave moved a longing (almost) in a dead man.
6. Know then friend Puccio, the Philosophers do hold, that such ascovet to become rich indeed, must understand how to make the Stone: asI will tell thee how, but marke the manner very heedfully. I do notsay, that after the Stone is obtained, thou shalt bee even as richas now thou art; but thou shalt plainly perceive, that the verygrosest substances, which hitherto thou hast seene, all of them shalbemade pure golde: and such as afterward thou makest, shall be morecertaine, then to go or come with Aqua fortis, as now they do. Mostexpedient is it therefore, that when a man will go diligently aboutthis businesse, and purposeth to prosecute such a singular labour,which will and must continue for the space of 40 nights, he mustgive very carefull attendance, wholly abstaining from sleepe,slumbering, or so much as nodding all that while.
1. MOCK OR SCORNE GENTLEMEN-SCHOLLERS, WHEN THEY MAKE MEANES OF
2. No sad despaire,
3. Not without sorrow, thus betray'd to bee.
4. But she, finding that Rustico did not call on her to put the Devilin Hell, said one day: "Even though your Devil is punished and nolonger troubles you, my Hell gives me no peace. You will do acharity if with your Devil you will quiet the raging of my Hell, aswith my Hell I tamed the pride of your Devil To these demandsRustico on a diet of herbs and water could ill respond; and he toldher that to appease Hell would need too many devils, none the lesshe would do all that in him lay. At times he could satisfy her, but soseldom that it was like feeding an elephant with peas. Therefore thegirl thought she was not serving God as well as she would like, andshe grumbled most of the time.
5. When the appointed day was come, she arose very earely, and beingprepared answerable to her owne liking, to the Chappell shee went asher Husband had appointed, where her jealous Husband (being muchearlier risen then she) attended for her comming: having so ordred thematter with his Chaplaine, that he was cloathed in his Cowle, with alarge Hood hanging over his eyes, that she should not know him, and sohe went and sate downe in the Confessors place. Shee being entred intothe Chappell, and calling for the Priest to heare her confession, hemade her answer: that he could not intend it, but would bring her toanother holy Brother, who was at better leysure then hee. So to herHusband he brought her, that seemed (in all respects) like theConfessor himselfe: save onely his Hood was not so closely veyled, butshee knew his beard, and said to her selfe. What a mad world is thiswhen jealousie can metamorphose an ordinary man into a Priest? But,let me alone with him, I meane to fit him with that which he lookesfor.
6. Bernardino musing awhile with himselfe, remembred, that under herleft eare, she had a scarre, in the forme of a little crosse, whichhappened by the byting of a Wolfe, and but a small while before thespoyle was made. Wherefore, without deferring it to any furthertime, he stept to Jacomino who as yet stayed there) and entreatedhim to fetch the Mayden from his house, because shee might be knowneto some in the company: whereto right willingly he condiscended, andthere presented the Maide before them. So soone as Bernardino beheldher, he began to be much inwardly moved, for the perfect characterof her Mothers countenance, was really figured in her sweete face;onely that her beauty was somewhat more excelling. Yet not herewithsatisfied, he desired Jacomino to bee so pleased, as to lift up alittle the lockes of haire, depending over her left eare. Jacomino didit presently, albeit with a modest blushing in the Maide, andBernardino looking advisedly on it, knew it to be the selfe-samecrosse, which confirmed her constantly to be his Daughter.
1、 Abraham a Jew, being admonished or advised by a friend of his,named Jehannot de Chevigny, travailed from Paris unto Rome: Andbeholding there the wicked behaviour of men in the Church, returnedbacke to Paris againe, where yet (neverthelesse) he became aChristian.2、 Nay, said shee, we will yet delight our selves a little more; let ussoftly descend downe the stayres, even so farre as to the Court doore:thou shalt not speake a word, but I will talke to him, and hearesome part of his quivering language, which cannot choose but beepassing pleasing for us to heare.3、 An honest man, named Fresco da Celatico, had a good fulsom wenchto his Neece, who for her folly and squemishnes, was generallycalled Cesta, or nice Francesca. And althogh she had staturesufficient, yet none of the handsomest, and a good hard favourdcountenance, nothing nere such Angelical beauties as we have seen; yetshe was endued with such height of minde, and so proud an opinion ofher selfe, that it appeared as a custome bred in hir, or rather a giftbestowed on hir by nature (thogh none of the best) to blame anddespise both men and women, yea whosoever she lookt on; without anyconsideration of her self, she being as unsightly, ill shaped, andugly faced, as a worse was very hardly to be found.4、 Now Buffalmaco and Bruno, after they had spent an indifferent while,with the Warders at the Port in laughter; in a faire and gentlepace, they followed Calandrino home to his house, and being come tothe doore, they heard the harsh bickering betweene him and his Wife,and seeming as if they were but newly arrived, they called out alowdto him. Calandrino being in a sweate, stamping and raving still at hisWife: looking forth of the window, entreated them to ascend up to him,which they did, counterfetting greevous displeasure against him. Beingcome into the roome, which they saw all covered over with stones,his Wife sitting in a corner, all the haire (well-neere) torne off herhead, her face broken and bleeding, and all her body cruelly beaten;on the other side, Calandrino standing unbraced and ungirded,strugling and wallowing, like a man quite out of breath: after alittle pausing, Bruno thus spake.5、 Taking my wound from such a piercing eye:
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