1. Nothing I know, yet feele a powerfull fire,
2. Calandrino stampt and fretted exceedingly, saying: As I am a trueman to God, my Prince, and Countrey, I tell thee truly, that my Brawneis stolne. Say so still I bid thee (answered Bruno) and let all theworld beleeve thee, if they list to do so, for I will not. Wouldstthou (quoth Calandrino) have me damne my selfe to the divell? I seethou dost not credit what I say: but would I were hanged by the necke,if it be not true, that my Brawne is stolne. How can it possible be,replyed Bruno? Did not I see it in thy house yesternight? Wouldst thouhave me beleeve, that it is flowne away? Although it is not flowneaway (quoth Calandrino) yet I am certain, that it is stolne away:for which I am weary of my life, because I dare not go home to mineowne house, in regard my wife will never beleeve it; and yet if sheshould credite it, we are sure to have no peace for a twelve monthsspace.
3. So ceased Fiammetta her discourse, being generally commended, whenthe Queene, to prevent the losse of time, commanded Aemillia to follownext, who thus began. It liketh me best (gracious Ladies) to returnehome againe to our owne City, which it pleased the for.
4. This Master Chappelet, was of so good and commendable life; that,being a Notarie, he held it in high disdaine, that any of hisContractes (although he made but few) should be found withoutfalshoode. And looke how many soever hee dealt withall, he would beurged and required thereto, offering them his paines and travailefor nothing, but to bee requited otherwise then by money; whichprooved to bee his much larger recompencing, and returned to him thefarre greater benefit. Hee tooke the onely pleasure of the world, tobeare false witnesse, if hee were thereto entreated, and(oftentimes) when hee was not requested at all. Likewise because inthose times, great trust and beleefe was given to an oath, he makingno care or conscience to be perjured: greatly advantaged himselfe byLaw suites, in regard that many matters relyed upon his oath, anddelivering the truth according to his knowledge.
5. The Ladies being thus at their owne disposing, some of them baredtheir legges and feete, to wash them in the coole current. Others, notso minded, walked on the greene grasse, and under the goodly spread:trees. Dioneus and Madame Fiammetta, they sate singing together, thelove-warre between Arcit and Palemon. And thus with diversity ofdisports, in choice delight and much contentment, all were imployed,till Supper drew neere. When the houre re come, and the Tables coveredby the Ponds side: we need not question their dyet and dainties,infinite Birds sweetly singing about them, as no musicke in theworld could be more pleasing; beside calme windes, fanning their facesfrom the neighbouring hilles (free from flyes, or the least annoyance)made a delicate addition to their pleasure.
6. Bruno stood musing awhile to himselfe, as if he had some strangestratagem in his braine, and afterward said. Hast thou so muchcorage Calandrino, as but to handle a peece of written parchment,which I will give thee? Yes, that I have answered Calandrino, I hopethat needed not to be doubted. then, saide Bruno, procure that I mayhave a piece of Virgin Parchment brought mee, with a living Bat orReremouse; three graines of Incense, and an hallowed Candle, thenleave me to effect what shal content thee. Calandrino watched allthe next night following, with such preparation as he could make,onely to catch a Bat; which being taken at the last, he broght italive to Bruno (with all the other materials appointed) who taking himalone into a backer Chamber, there hee wrote divers follies on theParchment, in the shape of strange and unusuall Charracters, whichhe delivered to Calandrino, saying: Be bold Calandrino, and buildconstantly uppon my wordes, that if thou canst but touch her with thissacred Charractred charme, she will immediately follow thee, andfulfil whatsoever thou pleasest to command hir. Wherefore, ifPhillippo do this day walke any whither abroad from this house,presume to salute her, in any manner whatsoever it be, and touchingher with the written lines, go presently to the barn of hay, whichthou perceivest so neere adjoyning, the onely convenient place thatcan be, because few or none resort thither. She shall (in despightof her blood) follow thee; and when thou hast her there, I leavethee then to thy valiant victory. Calandrino stood on tiptoe, like aman newly molded by Fortune, and warranted Bruno to fulfil alleffectually.
1. Me thinkes milde favour whispers in mine eare,
2. So soone as Saladine had heard these Words; becomming assured inthat which (but now) he doubted, he saide within himselfe. Now theGods have given me time, wherein I may make knowne to this man, howthankefully I accepted his kinde courtesie, and cannot easily forgetit. Then, without saying any thing else, causing his Guard-robe tobe set open, he tooke him with him thither, and sayde. Christian,observe well all these Garments, and quicken thy remembrance, intelling mee truly, whether thou hast seene any of them before now,or no. Signiour Thorello looked on them all advisedly, and espyedthose two especiall Garments, which his Wife had given one of thestrange Merchants; yet he durst not credit it, or that possibly itcould be the same, neverthelesse he said. Sir, I doe not know any ofthem, but true it is, that these two doe resemble two such Robes, as Iwas wont to weare my selfe, and these (or the like) were given tothree Merchants, that happened to visite my poore house.
3. During these passed accidents, the Pope had received intelligence ofthe Lord Abbots surprizall, which was not a little displeasing to him:but when he saw him returned, he demaunded, what benefit he receivedat the Bathes? Whereto the Abbot, merrily smyling, thus replyed.Holy Father, I met with a most skilfull Physitian neerer hand, whoseexperience is beyond the power of the Bathes, for by him I am veryperfectly cured: and so discoursed all at large. The Pope laughingheartely, and the Abbot continuing on still his report; moved withan high and magnificent courage, he demaunded one gracious favour ofthe Pope: who imagining that he would request a matter of greatermoment, then he did, freely offered to grant, whatsoever he desired.
4. And no longer ago Madam, then this very morning, before my comminghither, I found a woman-messenger in my house, in very closeconference with my Wife, when growing doubtfull of that which was trueindeede, I called my Wife, enquiring, what the woman would have withher; and she told me, it was another pursuite of PhilipelloFighinolfi, who (quoth shee) upon such answers as you have caused meto send him from time to time, perhappes doth gather some hope ofprevailing in the end, which maketh him still to importune me as hedoth. And now he adventureth so farre, as to understand my finallintention, having thus ordered his complot, that when I please, I mustmeet him secretly in a house of this City, where he hath prepared aBath ready for me, and hopeth to enjoy the end of his desire, asvery earnestly he hath solicited me thereto. But if you had notcommanded me, to hold him in suspense with so many frivolousanswers, I would ere this, have sent him such a message, as shouldhave bene little to his liking.
5. These wordes, were of a quite contrary complexion, to those whichthe Lady expected from her, and for effecting the promise made untohir Sonne: howbeit (like a wise and noble Ladie) much she inwardlycommended the maids answers, and said unto her. But tell meGianetta, what if my Lord the King (who is a gallant youthfull Prince,and you so bright a beautie as you are) should take pleasure in yourlove, would ye denie him? Sodainly the Maide returned this answer:Madame, the King perhaps might enforce me, but with my free consent,hee shall never have any thing of me that is not honest. Nor did theLady dislike her Maides courage and resolution, but breaking of allher further conference, intended shortly to put her project in proofe,saying to her son, that when he was fully recovered, he should haveprivate accesse to Gianetta, whom shee doubted not but would betractable enough to him; for she helde it no meane blemish to herhonour, to moove the Maide any more in the matter, but let himcompasse it as he could.
6. Most highly pleased was Amarigo with these glad newes, and goingto the Ambassadour Phineo, in teares excused himselfe (so well as hecould) for his severity, and craving pardon; assured him, that ifTheodoro would accept his Daughter in marriage, willingly he wouldbestow her on him. Phineo allowed his excuses to be tollerable, andsaide beside; If my Son will not marry your Daughter, then let thesentence of death be executed on him. Amarigo and Phineo being thusaccorded, they went to poore Theodoro, fearefully looking every minutewhen he should dye, yet joyfull that he had found his Father, whopresently moved the question to him. Theodoro hearing that Violentashould bee his Wife, if he would so accept her: was over come withsuch exceeding joy, as if he had leapt out of hell into Paradise;confessing, that no greater felicity could befall him, if Violenta herselfe were so well pleased as he.
1. Nor did I make election of Guiscardo by chance, or rashly, as manywomen doe, but by deliberate counsell in my soule, and most matureadvise; I chose him above all other, and having his honestharmelesse conversation, mutually we enjoyed our hearts contentment.Now it appeareth, that I have not offended but by love; in imitationof vulgar opinion, rather then truth: you seeke to reprove mebitterly, alleaging no other maine argument for your anger, butonely my not choosing a Gentleman, or one more worthy. Wherein it ismost evident, that you do not so much checke my fault, as theordination of Fortune, who many times advanceth men of meanestesteeme, and abaseth them of greater merit. But leaving thisdiscourse, let us looke into the originall of things, wherein we arefirst to observe, that from one masse or lumpe of flesh, both we,and all other received our flesh, and one Creator hath created allthings; yea, all creatures, equally in their forces and faculties, andequall likewise in their vertue: which vertue was the first thatmade distinction of birth and equality, in regard, that such as havethe most liberall portion thereof, and performed actions theretoanswerable, were thereby tearmed noble; all the rest remainingunnoble: now although contrary use did afterward hide and concealethis Law, yet was it not therefore banished from Nature or goodmanners. In which respect, whosoever did execute all his actions byvertue, declared himselfe openly to be noble; and he that tearmedhim otherwise, it was an errour in the miscaller, and not in theperson so wrongfully called; as the very same priviledge is yet infull force among us at this day.
2. APPROVING, THAT IT IS MUCH UNFITTING FOR A PRINCE, OR GREAT
3. All of faire hope, but none of desperate feare;
4. Faire Ladies, it hath happened many times, that he who striveth toscorne and floute other men, and especially in occasions deservingto be respected, proveth to mocke himselfe with the selfe same matter,yea, and to his no meane danger beside. As you shall perceive by aTale, which I intend to tell you, obeying therein the command of ourQueene, and according to the subject by her enjoyned. In whichdiscourse, you may first observe, what great mischance happened to oneour Citizens; and yet afterward, how (beyond all hope) he happilyescaped.
5. Manutio, I have made choyce of thee, to be the faithfull Guardian ofan especial secret, hoping first of al, that thou wilt never revealeit to any living body, but onely to him whom I shall bid thee: Andnext, to helpe me so much as possibly thou canst, because my onelyhope relyeth in thee. Know then my dearest friend Manutio, that on thesolemne festivall day, when our Soveraigne Lord the King honouredhis exaltation, with the noble exercises of Tilt and Turney; his bravebehaviour kindled such a sparke in my soule, as since brake forth intoa violent flame, and brought me to this weake condition as now thouseest. But knowing and confessing, how farre unbeseeming my love is,to aime so ambitiously at a King, and being unable to controule it, orin the least manner to diminish it: I have made choyce of the onelyand best remedy of all, namely, to dye, and so I am most willing todoe.
6. HIS NEIGHBOUR; MAY RECEIVE THE LIKE INJURY (IF
1、 THING THEY HEARE2、 The two Brethren, although they had no great hope in his speeches,went yet to a Monastery of Gray-Friars, and requested; that some oneholy and learned man, might come to heare the confession of a Lombard,that lay very weake and sicke in their house. And one was granted untothem, being an aged religious Frier, a great read master in the sacredScripture, a very venerable person, who being of good and sanctifiedlife, all the Citizens held him in great respect and esteeme, and onhee went with them to their house. When he was come up into theChamber where Master Chappelet lay, and being there seated downe byhim; he beganne first to comfort him very lovingly, demanding alsoof him, how many times he had bin at confession? Whereto MasterChappelet (who never had bin shrived in all his life time) thusreplied.3、 The Lords and all the rest, were wondrously joyfull to heare himso well inclined, expressing no lesse by their shouts and jocundsuffrages: protesting cordially, that she should be welcommed withpompe and majestie, and honoured of them all, as their Liege Ladie andSoveraigne. Afterward, they made preparation for a princely andmagnificent feast, as the Marquesse did the like, for a marriage ofextraordinary state and qualitie, inviting all his kinred, friends,and acquaintance in all parts and Provinces, about him. Hee madealso readie most riche and costly garments, shaped by the body of acomely young Gentlewoman, who he knew to be equall in proportion andstature, to her of whom hee hade made his election.4、 Upon the conclusion of Madame urettaes Novell, none now ained tosucceede next in er, but onely the Queene r viledge reserved,granted to Dioneus; wherefore, after they had all smiled at thefolly of Blondello, with a chearfull countenance thus the Queenebegan.5、 The dealings of Alessandro in England grew verie great, for hee lentout much money to many Gentlemen, Lords, and Barons of the Land,upon engagement of their Mannors; Castles, and other revennues: fromwhence he derived immeasurable benefite. While the three Brethren heldon in their lavish expences, borrowing moneys when they wanteduntill their supplies came from England, whereon (indeede) was theyronely dependance: it fortuned, that (contrary to the opinion of allmen) warre happened betweene the King of England, and one of hissonnes, which occasioned much trouble in the whole Countrey, by takingpart on either side, some with the sonne, and other with the Father.In regard whereof, those Castles and places pawned to Alessandro, weresodainely seized from him, nothing then remaining, that turned him anyprofite. But living in hope day by day, that peace would beconcluded betweene the Father and the Sonne, he never doubted, but allthings then should be restored to him, both the principall andinterest, and therfore he would not depart out of the Countrey.
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