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struck the pistol from the hand of one of the rob- || pression the nearer they approached. Contempt bers, snatched the second from his companion, of life is powerfully felt only in the first moments and fired. The foremost of my antagonists fell, of enthusiasm, anid haired, excited by the ingra. I drew my cutlass and defended myself against titude of mankind, if it has once found a place the others. There were still four left; but pro. in the heart, may easily be strengthened by the bably I should have found employment for them eloquence of a robber. In short, after insisting all for a short time, had not a loud whistle from on some conditions with which they complied, I one of the robbers brought three others to the yielded to necessity, and became their Captain, spot; farther resistance would in this case have which I still am, as you sec. Now tell me, dear been madness, accordingly when they called to Count, with the same candour as I have related me a second time to surrender, I complied; thcy | my history, what you think of all this, and what promised to spare my life. I emptied my pockets, l, you would have done, had you been in my which contained but a mere trife
place.” “ Ha!' exclaimed one of my plunderers, 'it “ What I would have done in your place !" was worth our while truly to give ourselves all replied the Count, " probably the very same as this trouble and to have our le der badly wound you did. How deeply your fate has affected me ad inio the bargain! Upon my soul you deserve iny countenance must have informed you at difto have your skull split for your pains !'-lleferent parts of your narrative. You reinain my made a motion with his cutlass as though he was friend, I fin!, wherever you may be ; and as foro about to do what he mentioned, and I stood my
tune decreed that I should once fall into the ground. On your word, said I, have I surren hands of robbers, I have reason to rejoice, on my dered my arnis; give me them again and let me own account, that you are their Captain. But Like my chance. What you think little is no tell me, I conjure you, what is your plan for the thing less than all I possess in the world, and yet fi:ture at one time I commanded a hundred such fellows “What you ́may easily guess.". as you. My resolute tone and the equivocal “ Not surely to continue in your present na:ure of my addiess, produced an effect upon them. They conversed together in a gibberish “ No; but at least till I can not only escape which 1 dici not understand, and looked at the unmolested from my comrades, but likewise with wounded man who appeared to be in the agonies a tolerably full purse." of death. 'li is an unexampled favour,' said one “But do you consider what fate awaits you of them for us to spare your life. But tell us in case you are discovered, attacked, and overwho you are.'--I saw no reason for concealment, || powered :" and acquainted them with the circumstances “A severe one, to be sure; but after all, perwhich I have just related to you. Their gibberish haps, not death. Compulsion excuses much, again began, and continued for some minutes. and another circumstance excuses me, at least to
“You see yourself, at length,' said the most my own conscience.” violent of them, what you liave done and what “ And what is that?” you have to fear. Nothing but respect for your “So extraordinary is the lot of man, that even courage induced us to offer you quarter, and now among robbers he may do much good if he you muse shew yourself worthy of it. According, pleases ; ihese wretches who are used to consider to your own account you have not much to lose; | nothing as sacred, religiously keep their word you have now an opportunity by which much with each other. To me they swore implicit may be gained. We are fond of brave men; will i obedience, and that prince who had only ten you be our companion, ors.' They brandish thousand subjec's su faithful, would be nearly ed their cutlasses with a menacing air. No, re omnipotent on earth. When I came to them I plied I resolutely."
found almost all their hands polluted with hu“ Nor yet our Captain ? Our number when man blood. It was not in my power to wash we are all assemble amounts nearly to forty ; out these horrid stains; but my efforts to preOur posts are lucrative, and our magazines are vent a repetition of such atrocities have hitherto full; you have headed freebooters in war; we been crowned with success, and shall still be are the same, only braver, to a certainty, than exerted for the same purpose, I have already they, and are likewise at war with all the world, saved at least twenty human lives; my example it is true, but what signifies that? You are little, ll has restrained them from the commission of many or not at all, beholden to the world; resolve then || barbarities, and this house, which every weck quickly, or -----
used to be the grave of some unfortunate person, “I was on the point of replying in the nega- has been for these six months only a rendez. tive, as I had done before, but I cannot deny that vous for dividing our plunder and our peaceful ibs sight of the drawn cutlass made a deeper im. ll asyluni.”
The Count applauded his humanity, and in a search for us, till I myself give you permistreated his former friend to abandon so dangerous | sion.” a career as soon as possible. He even offered The Count readily gave his word of honour; 2 him his purse, nor would he take it back till the tremendous oath bound his servant to secrecy, other appearing offended, he perceived him to be and his master pielged himself for his observance in earnest in the refusal of it.
of it. A voluntary present rewarded the courtesy It was very late before they parted. Notwith. of the inferior robbers; two of them, after sunset, standing the softness of his bed, the Count's mind conducted the stranger to the high road, put him was too busily employed to allow him to sleep; into the way to the nearest town, and abrupily at the first dawn of day he prepared to depart. withdrew, The Captain would not permit bim to go till The Count kept his word. In six or seven towards evening, and before he set of conducted months his friend informer him by letter, that. him once more among his people,
his band was dispersed, that he had himself 66 We have treated you, Count," said he, escaped with three of his most trusiy people, an intimate friend, now give us your word of and that he was then a Captain in the Spanish konour, that you will never speak of this adven service. This happened shortly before the attack ture, that you will never give a hint concerning of Gibraltar by the celebrated floating batteries, our band, nor a description of the interior or ex and it is not improbable that our adventurer met terior of this house, nor mention any circum bis fate on that occasion, as his first letter was stance that might excite suspicion, or occasion also his last.
This knight was the renowned Gauvain, one Our hero was presented to the great Arthur by of the heroes of King Arthur's round table.- his friend Percival. Having witnessed BliomThe youthful Clodion hall that morning un beris's actions, he made him known to the knighis horsed him; and Gauvain, irritated by his defeat, of the round table, as a young hero worthy of fought with a rage that would have been fatal one day becoming their brother.-Launcelot, to any other than Bliomberis, who made a Tristan, King Carados, and all the knights of the shower of blows fall on his adversary, and parried | English court received him with friendship.Gauvain's with the utmost skill. The combat | The monarch overpowered him with kidnesses, had lasted an hour; the knights' weapons were and vainly wished to detain him some time. Blialready dyed with their blood; their strength be omberis's first care was to enquire for his father ; gan to fail them, wien, with mulual consent, Gauvain was the only one who could give him they stopped for a few moments to take breath. | any news respecting Palamede: he had mei him Bosh seated on the turf which they had bathed on his way to Orcania; Bliomberis would have with their blood, these brave warriors, without departed immediately, but he was forced to wait fear or suspicion, calınly conversed together, for his dear Ebene; and he already repented hav. awaitirg till their strength should allow them to
ing confided him to the care of the imprudent renew the fight. Bliomberis availed himself of || Clodion. this moment to relate to Gauvain the circum He had some cause to repent: the eight (lays stance which had caused his error. The latter, expired, and Clodion did not appear. Bli mberis, whose wounds had rendered him more atten in despair, would have gone on foot to Brunor's tive, listened to Blomberis, and when he had castle; but the wish of seeing his fa her called ceased, expressed much sorrow for the unfortu- him to Orcania. Percival made our hero's griefs nate mis:ake, and entreated his pardon. The known to the great Arthur, and this monarch, 10 two enemies embraced, and that was the more satisfy the impatience of an affectionate son, gave wisely done, as the prize for which they fought hin one of his fleetest coursers. Blionberis, af. no longer existed. Gauvain's horse had just ter having thanked the king, immediately debreathed his last sigh. Bliomberis continued his parted for Orcania, followed by Blanchiefleur, and journey on foot as well as his brave antagonist; her beloved Percival. and, without leaving Blanchefleur and her After travelling for two days, they lost their knight, they arrived at Cramalure.
way among the mountains, and went on for a
considerable time without meeting any one to so crushed by the charming Ebene, that he had direct them to the right road. When, suddenly, | scarcely breath remaining. Bliomberis caused a woman, dishevelled, came and threw herself | him to be carried into his castle, unchained the on her knees before them :-“Valiant knights,” | lovers, inade Prince Clodion's armour be restored cried she, “ for pity's sake, come and save the to him, and gave him the horse he had received mest miserable and most affectionate of women ! | from King Arthur. Clodion embraced his libemy mistress will perish in the flames unless you rators a hundred times, swore never to furget fiy tu her deliverance. Our two heroes immedi- || their kindness; and, wishing to quit a country ately consented to follow the larly, and they soon where he had met with so many misfortunes, arrived before a castle, the drawbridge of which with Celina immediately embarked, and after a was raised. A thick smoke, accompanied by pleasant and speedy voyage, arrived safely at Rames, was visible above the ramparts; and Tournay. Biiomberis and Percival feared they were too late. Bliomberis resumed his journey, and at length Thev blew a loud blast; the bridge was lowered, arrived in Orcania; but Palamede was no longer and the friends saw two knights apprvach, the there; and his son sought him for a long time ene clothed in sable armour, the other in gilt. throughout England, but fate seemed to have
“ Strangers," said the black knight, “ do not determined that they should not meet. coine to interfere in this act of justice, and allow During his travels our hero performed many me to punish the guilty.”—“ They may be so," deeds worthy of being recorded in the book of rejoined the Cambrian, “ in that case, my sword fame; he delivered numerous captive lovers, onwill wrongly assist my courage ; but they may be horsed knights, and defended the fair damsels innocent, and then it will punish the crucl.”. that needed his protection. Percival, enchanted Scarcely were these words uttereil, when a com with his dauntless friend, loved him with the bat commenced between Percival and the black warmest fraternal affection; Blanchefleur would knight, and Bliomberis rushed on his compa have given all she possessed, with the exception nion.
of her lover, to have witnessed the union of They had just reached each other's body with Bliomberis with Felicia; and as she knew the their lances, when the horse of Bliomberis's anta conditions on which the Princess was to be mar. gonist bounded on one side, and prevented his ried, she had kept an exact journal of all our rider from touching our hero. In vain the en heru's actions, to enable her to relate them with raged knight made him feel the spur; he still correctness to Pharamond. She had already on resisted, and at last raised himself on his hind her list forty-two castles taken, eleven knights legs, threw the knight to a considerable distance, li vanquished, and sixty-three damsels rescued from and ran prancing towards Bliomberis. The lat the hands of their persecutors. ter looked at the fine animal, who was canter Yet the glorious name Bliomberis had acquired ing and snoring around him, and uttered a scream did not compensate for his disappointment in not of joy upon recognising Ebene; he quickly having met his father; and he was on his return leaped on the ground, ran to the fine courser, to King Arthur's court, when crossing a forest, warmly caressed him, and the affectionate ani he arrived before the steps of Merlin's terrace, mal appeared to share his joy. The knight in the spot where Blanchefleur had been pursued gold n armour, took the advantage of this mo by Brehus. Near these steps our travellers per. ment; he arose, and advanced sword in hand to ceived a tall knight, clothed in black armour, strike Bliomberis on the back. Ebene saw him, lying by the side of Merlin's fountain, and who and, when the traitor came within his reach, he appeared in a profound sleep. Heat had induced kiiked him in the chest with all his strerigh, li him to take off his helmet, and his countenance threw him down, trod upon him, and, notwith- seemed to bespeak that grief had wrinkled it standing Blionberis's cries, continued walking rather than age; his lance and his shield were by ever him.
his side; on the laiter there was painted a crown During this time Percival had got rid of his of cypress, with these words; -I will have no other. enemy. Bliomberis, a conqueror without hav Percival did not recollect ever having seen this ing fought, mounted Ebene, and ran, accom knight before; and wishing to become acquainted panied by liis friend, to deliver the unfortunate with him, made a noise to awake him. The victim. What was their surprize in recognizing unknown knight had scarcely opened his eyes Clodion and a beautiful lady chained, and just when, resuming his helmet, and grasping his upon the point of falling into the fames! The Tance and shield, he sprung on a proud courser Ja ly was Celina, and these imprudent lovers had that stood by his side, and without saying a word been surprized by Brunor and Danain, who had 10 Percival, galloped towards him in a mecondemned them to this inhuman death. But | nacing attitude. The haughty Cambrian ran to Danain had been killed by Percival, and Brunor meet him; but notwithstanding the strength of
blows, they had not the effect of making the un Gauvain, Bliomberis, Arrodain, all arose, and known move one step, while the hitherto mag- || casting side glances on the rash stranger, with nanimous Percival was thrown from his saddle for une voice demanded the honour of trying their the first time in his life. Bliomberis wished to arms against his. Arthur, pleased with their im. avenge his brother in arms, and judging of the patience turning towards the unknown, said, “ Sir strength of his antagonist by what he had just | knight, you have only to chuse among these witnessed, fixed himself steadily in the saddle, || warriors. The stranger asked for a helmet, and and grasping his lance, rushed on the unknown. I writing separately the name of each knight, threw Vain precautions! The tall knight received our them into it, and after having shaken it, drew out hero's lance on his shield; and unhorsing the va that of Bliomberis. Heim micdiately threw a scruJiant Bliomberis, threw him on the turf beside | cinizing look on our hero and seemed dissatisfied his companion in arms. After this double vic with his fate; he, however, began to prepare for the tory, the unknown pursued the two horses that combat. Bliomberis piqued at the contempt with had Aed, led them back to their masters, and which the unknown treated him, and proud of bowing gracefully to Blanchelleur, without utter the honour of being a knight of the round table, ing a word, rode off, and was soon out of sight. enibraced liis dear Percival, kissed the king's Our heroes, still lying on the ground, looked at hand, and called for Ebene. each other, and knew not what to think. Never All the ladies and knights repaired to the place before during his life had this proud Cambrian of combat, and Arthur gave himself the signal been overthrown; it was also the first time for the barrier to be opened. Bliomberis had endured such a inortification, and On one side appeared the unknown knight, they thought it must have been some infernal his bronzed armour formed a pleasing contrast spirit who had assumed the form of a knight to
with his milk-white steed. On the other side conquer them : consoled by this idea, our war advanced Bliomberis, mounted on the handsome siors continued their route towards Cramalot,
Ebene : his air bespoke confidence, blended with where Percival wished to have his friend received modesty. The two knights rushed on each a knight of the round table.
other; their lances were broken, but they reThe relation he gave Arthur of Pliomberis's ac.
mained unmoved. The terrible scy metar altions, induced this monarch to comply with his ready glittered in their hands; repeated blows request. The only adventure Percival passed drew fire from their shields and helmets Muover in silence, was the one wlich happened be- tually surprised at meeting so much resistside Merlin's fountain, and all the knights of the ance, passion was combined with valour. Eager English court joyfully gave their votes to the new to terminate the fight, they grasped each other brother that was so favourably introduced to them.
round the body. Each struggled violently The lovely Genievre, and the gentle Yseult, were
to throw his rival to the ground; their horses too much attached to Blanchefleur to withhold escaped from under them; the saine instant for a moment their cuffrage from her defender. brought them both standing on the earth ; but Bliomberis was then unanimously admitted to the
neither of the warriors let go his hold. Foot to round table, the knights of which were so cele-foot, breast against breast : their armour clanged brated for their valour and gallantry. These ho
with the pressure of their efforts; but instead of nours, however, did not banish Felicia from his weakening, each shock renewed their vigour; so mind; her image continually haunted him, and equal was their strength, that whilst combating he reflected with transport that the two years of they seemed at rest, and their reciprocal resisttrial would in a month be expired.
ance made them appear motionless, A few days previous to his departure for
Bliomberis, while struggling with his antagos France, as King Arthur was seated at table, with nist, descried a fleur-de-lys engraven on his cuirass; his ladies and knights, a warrior entered, whose
this sign inmediately told him who was his opdignified appearance inspired respect. His visor | ponent.--"Mighty Pharamond,” exclaimed he, was raised, and his shield without device, an
“I acknowledge myself conquered! and if it be nounced that he wished to remain unknown; he your pleasure, I will fall before you on the haughtily approached the king, and bowing grace- | sand; but let me enjoy the honour of having fully, said, “Mighty prince, the fame of thy re resisted you. This is the most glorious day of nown has induced me to cross the sea. The de. my life, and my defeat is more prized by me than sire of beholding thee and the lovely Genievre, all my victories.” Pharamond answered, by presshas brought me from a far distant country, and I ing his hand :-“All I shall exact from you," do not regret my journey ; yet one wish still re said he,“ is secresy, I wish to depart unknown; mains ungratified ; which is, to engage the most and contented with having proved my strength valiant of your knights."
against that of Artbur's most valiant knight, I At these words, Launcelot, Tristan, Perceval,
shall ever remember your bravery and courtesy ; No. XVI, Vol. II.
let us exchange swords.” Bliomberis bent one are you also the same? Your heart.” “It knee before the French monarch, who embraced is not altered,” said a voice ; and the princess him, presented him with his sword, and took our rushed into his arms. Scarcely had Blanchefleur hero's, then mounted his white courser, quitted delivered the letter, than Felicia few on the the lists, and disappeared.
wings of love to the forest. Words cannot paint Great was the astonishment of King Arthur the transports of our lovers--they embracerland his Court, when they witnessed the termina- they wept-and the intoxication of their happition of a combat, which had made them fear for
ness scarcely allowed them the faculty of feelthe lives of the two knights! Bliomberis, faithful ing it. to his word, confided to no one, suve Percival, When their emotions bad a little subsided, the name of him he had engaged, but it was ge Bliomberis and Felicia began the relation of all nerally guessed, and the molest Bliomberis was
that had happened since their separation, but it overwhelmed with the praises of all the court. could not be concluded, as the Princess was
The iwo years of trial being nearly expired, obliged to return to the palace. To avoid suspiour hero despairing of finding his faiher, tookcion, Bliomberis agreed not to enter Tournay leave of the great Arthur, and set out to dis before the following day, and spent the night pute the hand of Felicia with his rivals. The
on the very spot where he had formerly delifaithful Percival, and the amiable Bianchefieur vered the turtle dove from the merciless grasp of would not be separated from him : they all three the hawk. crossed the sea, and took the road to Tournay. The earliest dawn brought knights from all
Who could paint the feelings that agitated parts to contend for the hand of the Princess.Bliomberis? Each step he made brought him
So numerous were they that the town of Tournearer to Felicia; each moment that fed hasien
nay could scarcely contain them. Bliomberis ed the one in which he should behold her. An
went to the king's palace, and presented himself hundred times a day his vivid imagination de at the levee, with a crowd of other warriors. He picted the happy moment; he already enjoyed had been careful not to forget the brilliant sword it in anticipation, and entirely wrapped in his he had received from Pharamond. This nio. pleasing reveries, only spoke to Percival and Blan narch recognized it, and overwhelmed Bliomchefleur to beseech them to spuron their coursers. beris with kindness. Our hero afterwards visited These two lovers respected his impatience; and the queen, who gave him a very favourable rethe intelligent Ebene, who always seemed to
ception; he then passed into Felicia’s apartment, divine the wishes of his master, never had before at the moment she was giving an audience to all galloped with so much celerity.
the noblemen of the court. This Princess could Bliomberis, however, said, he felt much un.
not help blushing, when she told him he had easiness respecting his first meeting with the not been seen for a long time. Princess; he feared lest he should not be able to
All was ready for the tournament, the prize of conceal his emotions; and, continued he, if Fe. which was to be Felicia. Already a nagnificent licia should share them we shall be infallibly lost: throne was raised for Pharamond and his Queen. Percival vainly endeavoured to devise some means Clodion and the lovely Celina were seated at to prevent this misfortune; all his suggestions | their feet. Felicia, blazing with all the diamondę were either hazardous or impracticable; Blanche of the crown, but whose beauty alone shonc. fleur fortunately assisted them. The inagina
more resplendent than her ornaments, was placed tion of a tender female is more fertile than the beside Rosamunda; the seats of the amphitheatre, genius of all the enchanters in Christendom.
covered with rich carpets, were filled with the lords “ You must,” said she to the enamoured Bliom and ladies of the court, and beneath them was beris, “ write to Felicia ; I will myself convey the collected an immense crowd of people; anni in letter to her, and you must repair to your favour the area were seen about thirty knights, who ite forest, and there await her answer." This were competitors for the hand of the princess. advice was immediately followed; Bliomberis The King had ordered, that before the tourna. wrote to the Princess ; Blanchefleur and Perci
ment commenced, the actions of each pretender val entered Tournay, with the letter, and our should be examined; and that only those who hero gaineri the forest.
had gloriously signalized themselves should be With what delight did he again view the spot permitted to engage in the combat. Such was where he had been wounded by the furious boar! the candour of those happy times, ihat PharaTears insensibly fell from his eyes at the tender mond asked no other guarantee for the valour of remembrances it recalled. He found on several a kniglit than his own word; and these warriors trees the words “ for ever," that had been carved would not have belied themselves even to obtain by his hand. “Nothing is changed,” exclaimed the Princess. Every one gave the King a modest he; “ all is the same as I left it. Ah! Felicia, || and true account of his leats.