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proaching combat. He was also at- ensue, resolved to alarm his uncle, tended by a servant on horseback, that he might alliit in keeping the who had charge of the armour, and peace. He accordingly entered the another who blowed the trumpet. apartment of the captain, who had They no sooner understood that our been waked by the trumpet, and bero was housed at the George, than now peevihly asked the meaning of the trumpeter founded a charge, that damned piping, as if all hands which alarmed Sir Launcelot and his were called upon deck. Clarke company, and disturbed honeft cap. having imparted what he knew of tain Crowe in the middle of his first the transaction, together with his fleep. Their next step was to 'pen own conjectures, the captain said, a challenge, which, when the stran- he did not suppose as how they would ger departed, was by the trum- engage by candle-light; and that peter delivered with great ceremony for his own part he should turn out into the hands of Sir Launcelot, in the larboard watch, long enough who read it in these words. “ To before any signals could be hove out the Knight of the Crescent, greet- for forming the line. With this ing. Whereas I am informed you assurance the lawyer retired to his have the presumption to lay claim nest, where he did not fail to dream to the heart of the peerless Aurelia of Mrs. Dolly Cownip; while Sir Darnel, I give you notice that I can Launcelot passed the night awake, admit no rivalship in the affection in ruminating on the strange chalof that paragon of beauty; and I lenge he had received. He had got expect that you will either resign notice that the sender was Mr. Syyour pretensions, or make it ap- camore, and hesitated with himself pear in single combat, according to whether he should not punish him the law of arms, and the institutions for his impertinence : but when he of chivalry, that you are worthy to reflected on the nature of the dis. dispute her favour with him of the pute, and the serious consequences Griffin. POLYDORE.” .
it might produce, he resolved to deOur adventurer was not a little cline the combat, as a trial of right surprised at this address, which, how- and merit, founded upon absurdity. wever, he pocketed in silence; and Even in his maddelt hours, he never began to reflect, not without mor- adopted those maxims of knight-er. tification, that he was treated as a "rantry which related to challenges. lunatic by some person who wanted He always perceived the folly and to amuse hiinself with the infirmi- wickedness of defying a man to morties of his fellow creatures. Mr. tal fight, because he did not like
Thomas Clarke, who saw the cere- the colour of his beard, or the commony with which the letter was de- plexion of his mistress ; or of delivered, and the emotions with which ciding by homicide, whether he or it was read, hied him to the kitchen his rival deserved the preference, for intelligence, and there learned when it was the lady's prerogative that the Stranger was squire Syca- 'to determine which should be the more. He forthwith comprehended happy lover. It was his opinion the nature of the billet, and, in the 'that chivalry was an useful instituapprehension that bloodshed would tion while confiued to its original
purposes of protecting the innocent, how your friend intends to bring affisting the friendless, and bring. my friend Sir Launcelot Greaves to ing the guilty to condign punish- action, d'ye fee ; I desire in the way. inent: but he could not conceive of friend hip, that, while they are how these laws Mould be answered engaged, you and I as their seconds by violating every suggestion of reas may lie board and board for a few fon, and every precept of humanity. . glasses, to divert one another, d’ye Captain Crowe did not examine the see.” Dawdle hearing this request, matter so philofophically. He took began to retrieve his faculties, and it for granted that in the morning throwing himself into the attitude the two knights would come to ac- of Hamlet, when the ghost appears, tion, and slept found on that sup- exclaimed in · theatrical accent, pofition. But he rose before it was "Angels and ministers of grace, day, resolved to be some how con- defend us !---Art thou a spirit of cerned in the fray; and understand grace, or goblin,damn'd?" ing that the stranger had a compa. As he seemed to bend his eye on nion, set bim down immediately for vacancy, the captain began to think his own antagonist. So impatient that he really saw something preterwas he to establish this secondary natural, and stared, wildly around. contest, that by day-break he en. Then addressing himself to the tertered the chamber of Dawdle, to rified Dawdle, “ Damnd (said he) which he was directed by the waiter, for what Mould I be damn'd? if and roused him with a hilloah, that you are afeard of goblins brother, might have been heard at the dif- put your trust in the Lord, and he'll tance of half a league. Dawdle, prove a Meet-anchor to you.” The startled by this terrific sound, sprung other having by this time recollected out of bed, and stood upright on himself perfectly, continued, notthe floor, before he opened his eyes withstanding, to spout tragedy, and upon the object by which he had in the words of Macbeth pronounced, been so dreadfully alarmed. But au
“What man dare, I dare: when he beheld the head of Crowe, Approach thou like the rugged Ruffian bear, so swelled and swathed, fo livid, hi. The armed rhinoceros, or Hyrcanian tyger ; deous, and griefly, with a broad Take any shape but that, and my firm nerves sword by his fide, and a case of Shall never tremble......." pistols in his girdle, he believed it “ 'Ware names Jack, (cried the im. was the apparition of some mur- patient mariner) if so be as how thered man; his hair bristled up, you'll bear a hand and rig yourself, bis teeth chattered, and his knees and take a short trip with me into knocked; he would have prayed, the offing, we'll overhaul this here but his tongue denied its office, affair in the turning of a capitan.” Crowe seeing his perturbation, .. At this juncture they were joined “ May-hap friend, said he, you take by Mr. Sycamore in his night-gown me for a buccaneer : but I am no and flippers. Disturbed by Crowe's such person.---My name it is cap- first salute he had sprung up; and tain Crowe.--I come not for your now expressed no small astonishfilver nor your gold; your rigging ment at first sight of the norice's nor your ftowage, but hearing as countenance. After baving gazed
alternately at him and Dawdle, “If the person who sent you, thinks * Who have we got here, said he, I have injured him, let him withraw head and bloody bones ?” when out disguise, or any such ridiculous his friend, flipping on his cloaths, ceremony, explain the nature of gave him to understand that this the wrong; and then I Mall give was a friend of Sir Launce- such fatisfaction as may fuit my lot Greaves, and explained the conscience and my character. If he purport of his errand, he treated hath bestowed his affection upon him with more civility. He assured any particular object, and looks uphim that he should have the plea on me as a favoured rival, I shall fure to break a spear with Mr. not wrong the lady so much as to Dawdle ; and fignified his surprise take any step that may prejudice that Sir Launcelot had made no an- her choice, especially a step that fwer to his letter. It being by this contradicts my own reason as much time clear day-light, and Crowe ex- as it would outrage the laws of my tremely interestod in this affair, he country. If he who calls himself broke without ceremony into the knight of the Griffin, is really defiknight's chamber, and told him ab- rous of treading in the paths of true ruptly that the enemy had brought chivalry, he will not want opporto, and waited for his coming up, tunities of signalizing his valour in in order to begin the action. “ I've the cause of virtue.--.-Should he, hailed his consort, said he, a sam. notwithftanding this declaration, bling chattering fellow: he took offer violence to me in the course of me first for an hobgoblin, then my occasions, he will always find called me names, a tyger, a wry- me in a posture of defence : or, nofe O'ross, and a Persian bear: but should he perlift in repeating his egad, if I come athwart him, I'll importunities, I shall without ceremake him look like the bear and mony chastise the messenger." His ragged staff before we part.----] declining the combat was interpret. wool..."
ed into fear by Mr. Sycamore, who This intimation was not received now became more infolent and fewith that alacrity which the captain rocious, on the supposition of our expected to find in our adventurer, knight's timidity. Sir Launcelot, who told him in a peremptory tone, mean while, went to breakfast with that he had no design to come to his friends; and having put on his a&tion, and desired to be left to his armour, ordered the horses to be repose. Crowe forthwith retired, brought forth. Then he payed crest-fallen; and muttered some- the bill, and walking deliberately to thing which was never diftin&tly the gate, in presence of squire Syheard.
camore and his attendants, vaulted About eight in the morning Mr. at one spring into the saddle of Dawdle brought him a formal mef- Bronzomarte, whose neighing and sage from the knight of the Griffin, curvetting proclaimed the joy he felt deliring he would appoint the lists, in being mounted by his accomand give security of the field. To plished master. which request he made answer in a Though the knight of the Grifo very composed and solemn accent, fin did not think proper to insuit his rival personally, his friend Daw- favourable to himself in that partidle did not fail to crack some jokes cular: he said he was at least two on the figure and horsemanship of inches taller than Greaves; and as Crowe; who again declared he to shape and air, he would inake should be glad to fall in with him no coinparisons; but with respect upon the voyage : nor did Mr. to riding, he was sure he had a betClarke's black patch and rueful ter seat than Sir Launcelot, and countenance pass unnoticed and un- would wager five hundred to fifty ridiculed. As for Timothy Crab- guineas, that he would unhorse him shaw, he beheld his brother squire at the first encounter. “ There is with the contempt of a veteran : no occasion for laying wagers, reand Gilbert payed him his compli- plied Mr. Dawdle, the doubt may ments with his heels at parting: be determined in half an hour--but when our adventurer and his Sir Launcelot is not a man to avoid retinue were clear of the inn, Mr. you at full gallop.” Sycamore, af. Sycamore ordered his trumpeter to ter some hesitation, declared he found a retreat, by way of triumph would follow and proroke him to over his antagonist. Perhaps he battle, on condition that Dawdle would have contented himself with would engage Crowe; and this conthis kind of victory had not Daw. dition was accepted : for though dle further inflamed his envy and Davy had no ftomach to the tryal, ambition by launching out in praise he could not readily find an excuse of Sir Launcelot. He observed that for declining it: besides, he had dis. his countenance was open and man- covered the captain to be a very bad ly; his joints strong knit, and his horseman, and resolved to eke out form unexceptionable; that he trod his own scanty valour with a bor. like Hercules, and vaulted into the der of ingenuity. The servants. saddle like a winged Mercury: nay were immediately ordered to unpack he even hinted it was lucky for the armour, and in a little time, Sycamore that the knight of the Mr. Sycamore made a very formi, Crescent happened to be so pacifi- dable appearance. But the scene cally disposed. His patron fickened that followed is too important to at these praises, and took fire at the be huddled in at the end of a chaplaft observation. He affected to ter, and therefore we shall referve · undervalue personal beauty, though it for a more conspicuous place in
the opinion of the world had been these memoirs.
COMPENDIOUS HISTORY OF FRANCE. (Continued.] An. D Runehaut, fifter of Gal- Brunehaut by ceding to her fome
567. D suinde, ceased not to towns he had granted to Galluinde, · instigate her husband Sigebert to by way of appanage at his mar
revenge that lady's death, until he riage. There, however, she did not formed a league with the other long enjoy in peace : for a war French kings, against Chilperic; breaking out between the Avares who, finding himself in danger of and the kingdom of Australia, her lesing all his dominions, appeared husband was defeated and taken;
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but released upon his making some into an alliance against their brother concessions.
- Sigebert. In consequence of this France was afterwards disturbed league, Chilperic penetrated into by ftill more formidable invaders. Champagne, and ravaged the counThe Lombards having subdued the try as far as Rheims; while his son greatest part of Italy, under their Theodobert marched at the head king Alboin, fent a detachment to of another army to the Loire, where savage Savoy, and the country now he was defeated and Nain by his called Dauphiné. There they were uncle's troops, under his generals opposed by the king of Burgundy's Godegefile and Gontran Bofon. army, which they routed; but were Chilperic humbled by this difafterwards obliged to retire before after, and alarmed with the tidings Mummol, who was the moft cele- of Sigibert's having concluded a brated general in that kingdom. peace with the king of Burgundy, On the back of their discomfiture, retired in conternation with his he defeated a body of Saxons, queen and children to Tournay; who had assisted them in their con- while his brother took poffefsion of quest of Italy, and now, in imita- all the towns in the neighbourhood tion of, and in concert with their of Paris, and was joyfully received allies, invaded France by the way in that capital, which, since the of Nice and Ambrun. These inva- death of Charibert, had belonged sions of the common enemy, could to neither of the three princes in not induce the French monarchs to particular, though each had mainunite for their mutual defence, nor tained in it a separate interest. Here even prevail upon them to abftain Sigebert was met by his q een Brufrom hoftilities among themselves. nehaut, his young fon, and two Sigebert surprized the city of Arles, daughters called Ingunde and Clo. which belonged to the king of Bur- dotvinde : then he detached a body gundy; but it was retrieved by the of troops to besiege Chilperic and valour of the Burgundian general, Fredegonda in Tournay, and in all Patricius Celsus; who, in his turn, probability they must have fallen reduced Avignon, and defeated the into his hands, had not that perfiking of Australia. Fredegonda and dious princess faved her husband and Brunehaut continued to foment herself by a cruel and treacherous quarrels between the brothers. Chil- expedient. Sigebert had already peric sent his son Clovis at the head advanced as far as Vitri, in his way of an army, to invade Touraine to Tournay, when he was met by and Poitou, which he subdued ac- two desperate assassins, hired for cordingly; but was soon obliged to the purpose, who, having gained relinquish his conquests by Mum- admission to his presence, on premol, whom the king of Burgundy tence of bringing from Chilperic detached to the aflifiance of Sigebert, proposals for an accommodation, fo that Chilperic was fain to fue for stabbed him to the heart, and fell peace, which he obtained. This themselves a sacrifice to the venThort pause he employed in making geance of his attendants. Thus preparations for another war, and perished Sigibert, the most accom in alluring the king of Burgundy flilled of all the French princes ;