乐棋 Faire Ladies, at such time as the good King William reigned inSicily, there lived within the same Dominion, a young Gentleman, namedSignior Amarigo, Abbot of Trapani, who among his other worldlyblessings, (commonly termed the goods of Fortune) was notunfurnished of children; and therefore having neede of servants, hemade his provision of them the best he might. At that time, certaineGallies of Geneway Pyrates comming from the Easterne parts, whichcoasting along Armenia, had taken divers children; he bought some ofthem, thinking that they were Turkes. They all resembling clownishPeazants, yet there was one among them, who seemed to be of moretractable and gentle nature, yea, and of a more affable countenancethan any of the rest, being named Theodoro: who growing on inyeeres, (albeit he lived in the condition of a servant) was educatedamong Amarigoes Children, and as enstructed rather by nature, thenaccident, his conditions were very much commended, as also the featureof his body, which proved so highly pleasing to his Master Amarigo,that he made him a free man, and imagining him to be a Turke, causedhim to be baptized, and named Pedro, creating him superintendent ofall his affaires, and reposing his-chiefest trust in him.
乐棋The poore discovered Lovers, having ended their amorousinterparlance, without suspition of the Kings being so neere inperson, or any else, to betray their overconfident trust; Guiscardodescended againe into the Cave, and she leaving the Chamber,returned to her women in the Garden; all which Tancrede too wellobserved, and in a rapture of fury, departed (unseene) into his ownelodging. The same night, about the houre of mens first sleepe, andaccording as he had given order; Guiscardo was apprehended, even as hewas comming forth of the loope-hole, and in his homely leather habite.Very closely was he brought before the King, whose heart was swolne sogreat with griefe, as hardly was he able to speake: notwithstanding,at the last he began thus. Guiscardo . cardo, the love and respect Ihave used towards thee, hath not deserved the shamefull wrong whichthou hast requited me withall, and as I have seene with mine owne eyesthis day. Whereto Guiscardo could answer nothing else, but onely this:Alas my Lord! Love is able to do much more, then either you, or I.Whereupon, Tancrede commanded, that he should be secretly wellguarded, in a neere adjoyning Chamber, and on the next day,Ghismonda having (as yet) heard nothing hereof, the Kings braine beinginfinitely busied and troubled, after dinner, and as he often had usedto do: he went to his daughters Chamber, where calling for her, andshutting the doores closely to them, the teares trickling downe hisaged white beard, thus he spake to her.211娱乐棋牌乐棋
乐棋Ghismonda, I was once grounded in a setled perswasion, that I truelyknew thy vertue, and honest integrity of life; and this beleefecould never have beene altred in mee, by any sinister reportswhatsoever, had not mine eyes seene, and mine eares heard thecontrary. Nor did I so much as conceive a thought either of thineaffection, or private conversing with any man, but onely he that wasto be thy husband. But now, I my selfe being able to avouch thy folly,imagine what an heart-breake this will be to me, so long as liferemaineth in this poore, weake, and aged body. Yet, if needes thoumust have yeelded to this wanton weaknesse, I would thou hadst madechoise of a man, answerable to thy birth and Nobility: whereas onthe contrary, among so many worthy spirits as resort to my Court, thoulikest best to converse with that silly young man Guiscardo, one ofvery meane and base descent, and by me (even for Gods sake)乐棋211娱乐棋牌乐棋from his very youngest yeares, brought up to this instant in myCourt; wherein thou hast given me much affliction of minde, and sooverthrowne my senses, as I cannot well imagine how I should dealewith thee. For him, whom I have this night caused to be surprized,even as he came forth of your close contrived conveyance, anddetaine as my prisoner, I have resolved how to proceed with him: butconcerning thy selfe, mine oppressions are so many and violent, as Iknow not what to say of thee. e. way, thou hast meerly murthered theunfeigned affection I bare thee, as never any father could expressemore to his childe: and then againe, thou hast kindled a most justindignation in me, by thine immodest and wilfull folly, and whereasNature pleadeth pardon for the one, yet justice standeth up againstthe other, and urgeth cruell severity against thee: neverthelesse,before I will determine upon any resolution, I come purposely first toheare thee speake, and what thou canst say for thy selfe, in a badcase, so desperate and dangerous.乐棋乐棋Having thus spoken, he hung downe the head in his bosome, weeping asaboundantly, as if he had beene a childe severely disciplinde. Onthe other side, Ghismonda hearing the speeches of her Father, andperceiving withall, that not onely her secret love was discovered, butalso Guiscardo was in close prison, the matter which most of all didtorment her; she fell into a very strange kinde of extasie, scorningteares, and entreating tearmes, such as feminine frailety arealwayes aptest unto: but rather, with height of courage, controulingfeare or servile basenesse, and declaring invincible fortitude inher very lookes, she concluded with her selfe, rather then to urge anyhumble perswasions, she would lay her life downe at the stake. Forplainely she perceived, that Guiscardo already was a dead man inLaw, and death was likewise welcome to her, rather then thedeprivation of her Love; and therefore, not like a weeping woman, oras checkt by the offence committed, but carelesse of any harmehappening to her: stoutely and couragiously, not a teare appearingin her eye, or her soule any way to be perturbed, thus she spake toher Father.
乐棋乐棋Tancrede, to denie what I have done, or to entreate any favourfrom you, is now no part of my disposition: for as the one canlittle availe me, so shall not the other any way advantage me.Moreover, I covet not that you should extend any clemency or kindnesseto me, but by my voluntary confession of the truth do intend (first ofall) to defend mine honour, with reasons sound, good, andsubstantiall, and then vertuously pursue to full effect, thegreatnesse of my minde and constant resolution. True it is, that Ihave loved, and still do, honourable Guiscardo, purposing the likeso long as I shall live, which will be but a small while: but if it bepossible to continue the same affection after death, it is for evervowed to him onely. Nor did mine owne womanish weaknesse so muchthereto induce me, as the matchlesse vertues shining clearly inGuiscardo, and the little respect you had of marrying me againe. Whyroyall Father, you cannot be ignorant, that you being composed offlesh and blood, have begotten a Daughter of the selfe samecomposition, and not made of stone or iron. Moreover, you ought toremember (although now you are farre stept in yeeres) what the Lawesof youth are, and with what difficulty they are to be contradicted.Considering withall, that albeit (during the vigour of your best time)you evermore were exercised in Armes; yet you should likewiseunderstand, that negligence and idle delights, have mighty power,not onely in young people, but also in them of greatest yeares.乐棋Chorus. My teares do plainly prove,详情