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CURIOUS ANECDOTE OF MARY OF SAVOY, WIFE OF ALPHONSO,
KING OF PORTUGAL.
Walls that consummate General, Marshal | waiting for her in the chapel. As it was the Schomberg, was in Portugal, in the years 1667, il custom to hear mass together, kneeling at the 1668, the King Alphonso was married to Mary of same desk, she dressed herself in all haste, yet Savoy, 2 princess of French extraction by the could not arrive before the elevation of the host; mother's side. But the King was either unwise, she was, consequently, obliged to hear a second essage, or both ; and without believing more mass, while the King, who had performed his than half what historians have reported of him, || duty, quitted the chipel. there yet remains enough to prove, that he was Scarcely had the King left the place, when defective both in mind and body. His mother the Queen recollected the letter from the Duke had perceived his imbecility, and had destined of Schomberg, which she had left in her bed. the crown to his younger brother, Don Pedro.|| Terrified at the thought, she imparted her situa. Alphonso remembering this, treated his brothertion and heedlessness to her confersor, who was harshly: he also treated his Queen rudely, and kneeling beside her. He instantly took on hereby produced a sympathy between the suffer himself the office of securing this dangerous comers, which was not calculated to rest in mere com- | munication, and ran in all speed to the Queen's miseration. The confessor of the Queen was a || apartment. But, what was his confusion, when Jesait; the confessor of Don Pedro vas a Jesuit | informed that the King was there! also. The sway of these holy fathers was equally | As the confessor was not privileged to enter prevalent in politics and in religion, over the the Queen's sleeping apartment in her abience, consciences of their charge; while their regard he stopped a moment at the door to listen, and to the promotion of the power of their order was overheared the King walking about the room very insuperable, incessant, and indefatigable. These hastily, and speaking with great warmth to the confessors, well acquainted with the secrets of Countess of Castelmelhor, the first lady of the their penitents, plotted to give the state a new bed-chamber to the Queen. King, and the Queen a new husband, by raising The confessor returned with this terrific ac. Don Pedro to the throne. This, at length, they count; on which, the Queen, in great consternatieffected. They deceived and terrified the King's on, committed the business to one of her ladies in Minister, the Comte of Castelmelhor, into flight; whoin she confided. But, when this lady entered they spread reports which alienated the minds of the chamber, she beheld the King lying along on the people from their sovereign, who was, at the Queen's bed. length, arrested, dethroned, divorced, and his There remained now no resource but in the place supplied by his brother.
Queen herself, who must run every risk.-But During the discussions necessary to bring about the mass was not ended ; and to have withdrawn this revolution, the Queen was advised to consult before its close, would have occasioned infinite the Duke of Schomberg, as to measures to be scandal. The confessor, in this extremity, advis. taken. The Jesuit confessor informed the general led her to feign sickness: she suddenly swooned of the situation of things at court; but the Pro- away, and was carried to her chamber. testant soldier did not at once enter into the in- The King, alarmed and affected at this sight, tentions of the Catholic churchman; neither ordered the Queen's bed to be made instantly. eloquence nor subrilties convinced him : however, | This was the only incident wanting to change the a correspondence was established between the Queen's feigned swoon into a paroxysin of des. Duke and the Qucen, which, of course, was pair; she, therefore, appeared to revive a liitle, conducted with the utmost privacy. One even- and, in the feeblest accents, intreated to be placed ing, very late, the Queen received a long letter, on the bed just as it was. When there, she wherein the Duke had given his advice, with full felt all around her, and, at length, found the detail of particulars, on the subject entrusted to fatal letter which had caused her so much misery. him. As the night was advanced, the Queen It had not been detected, because it had remainretired to bed, sent away her women, under pre-ed covered by her night.clothes! She therefore tence of certain devotions which had been enjoin-recovered, by little and little, from her well-acted ed her, got into bed, read the letter, and went to fainting, and her real horrors. sleep. In the morning, before she was risen, Such are the risks attendant on confidential she received notice that the King was already communications and iarrigues at Courts !,
A TALE OF FORMER TIMES.
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WORDs are inadequate to express the as- grounds than many others. In despair at the tonishment which Friedbert's mother experienced loss of Calista, whom he tenderly loved, our at this strange metamorphosis; after shrieking young soldier found himself in a most unpleasant aloud she made the sign of the cross, implored dilemma, and knew not how to act; to lose an the Holy Virgin and all the saints in paradise. amiable woman on the eve of his marriage, As she had never heard of Leda, genii, or sylphs, might be compared to suffering shipwreck in she had no idea of supernatural beings, and par sight of the wished for harbour. If the object took greatly of the ignorance in which her of his attachment had been snatched from his country was involveil during that dark age. She arms by death, or by a rival, or if a barbarous thought the lovely Calista was no other than a father had immured her in a convent, there still witch, or perhaps the devil himself, and her dear would have remained some resource, either to Friedbert was no longer, in her opinion, any | follow her to the lomb, to destroy her ravisher, or other than a vile magician. She bitterly lament- to scale the walls of the convent; but when she el that he had not died, like a good Christian, inchose to fly away through the window, how could the wars, before he had suffered himself to be he pursue her? In our days, indeed, he might entrammelled in the net of satan and his sor. have had recourse to a balloon, but in those of cery.
poor Friedbert, they had not discovered any means Poor Friedbert, however, was not sufficiently of traversing the aerial regions without wings. skilled in the art of divination to have foreseen | The manner therefore by which he could the fatal catastrophe which had taken place overtake his fair fugitive, was to follow her by during his absence. On his return in the even sea ; and his impatience to behold her again ing he flew to the apartment where he thought | made him deem a voyage from Eglisau to the to find his charming bride; but instead of what Cyclades as almost as long and impracticable as a he expected, he was welcomed, on opening the journey to the moon. “Ah!" exclaimed he, dedoor, by a volley of curses from his mother, ac-spairing, “ how can the snail, with its slow pace, companied with a torrent of abuse and reproach. think of pursuing the butterfly, that flies fronı
He soon learned what had happened, and his flower to flower without resting on any, and despair and rage had no bounds; his first pa- wantons at pleasure in airy space? Besides, how roxysm of passion was so violent, that his mother do I know that Calista will return to the isle of might have become its victim if she had not Naxos; will not the fear of being looked on in given the alarm by her loud cries, and called up her native country as a runaway daughter, preall the servants, who succeeded at length in dis. vent her returning thither and even if she arming this new Orlando.
should return, sliall I be the better for it? how When the first violence of passion was abated, shall I, who am only a citizen of a small town, more peaceful explanations were resorted to. dare to aspire to the hand of the daughter of a Friedbert exerted all his power to exculpate him prince ?” self from the imputation of magic or sorcery, These reflections tormented him for a long and the design of giving his mother for a time; he, however, might have spared them, if daughter-in-law, a devil in the shape of an angel. he had been acquainted with the strength of his He related 10 her the whole of his adventures passion, and if he had known that there is no with Calista, and revealed likewise the mystery I difficulty but what love can overcome when of the plumage; but this in the good woman's || carried to a degree of enthusiasm. An involunopinion, who understood nothing of the Grecian tary and sudden impulse made him adopt a resomythology, did not free him from her suspi-lution which the cold calculations of reason cions, and if he did not proceed to have him would never have inspired. tried by the law, he owed it only to some remains || After selling all he possessed, and putting the of inaternal affection.
money in his purse, he secretly departed to avoid In the mean time this strange adventure gave his mother's loquacious adieus, mounted his rise to a thousand conjectures in the litile town || horse, and galloped off with as much speed as of Eglisau, and if Frielbert had been less young, l' if he had expected to reach the Cyclades that or less handsoine, he wou'd soon have been con- ll evening. He luckily recollected the route which demned for sorcery, and that on much better father Bruno had taken, and repaired immediately
to Venice, where he embarked on board a Vell ty; and the fair Zoe could now only have served nelian galley; and after having surmounted the Apelles as a model for the head of an old wousual difficulties of a long navigation, arrived safe man. at Naxos.
He introduced himself to her, as Bruno had Full of joy and hope, he leaped on shore and done, under the title of an Italian knight. Whesaluted the native ground of his beloved Calista; ther Zoe felt any reuder recollections allied to and no looger doubting that he should find her this couniry and title, or had already observed returned to ber own country, his first enquiries the ring, which was once hers, the beau aful ruby were respecting the Princess; but no one could of which, in the shape of a heari, glistened on tell him what was become of her. They related || his finger, she certainly gave him a very faciering to him the different reports which had circulated reception, and seemed particularly to distinguish respecting her; which, when a lovely young wo him. . man suddenly disappears from the circle of her When the festivities and games in celebration acquaintance, are seldom to her advantage. of the marriage had concluded, and ihe Pincess Friedbert now, almost despairing of ever finding Zoe had quitted the court, to retire to the peaceher again, was undecided whether to re:urn to ful seat of her own palace, Friedbert obtained his hermitage, and wait for her on the borders of access to this retreat, where a select party only the lake, or perform a pilgrimage to the source were ever admitted, and was honoured with marks of the Nile, certain that the wish of remain- of a truly inaternal affection. ing young and beautiful would induce her to visit ! One day, as she walked with him beneath these places.
the pleasant shades of her park, she led him He had not get determined on any plan, when to a solitary gruve, and thus addressed him:he heard that Prince Isidor, of Paphos, a vassal “ I have a request to make which, I hope, you of the sovereign of the Cyclades, was arrived at Il will not refuse. Tell me how you came 10 posNaxos, to marry the Princess Irene, Calista's session of that ring, which is on your right eldest sister. Splendid preparations were making hand; it once belonged to me, but I lost it for the celebration of their nuptials, and a tour without knowing where or when, and I feel a nament was to conclude them. This news renewed great curiosity to know how it came into your the warlike ardour of our Suabian hero; and tho' hands?" grievously tormented by vexation and disappoint “ Noble lady," replied ihe artful Suabian, “I ment, he resolved to take a part in this, to re- won this ring in combat, in an honourable lieve his mind, especially as all foreign knights manner, from a brave knigh. of my own were invited to it, by heralds who proclaimed country; but I am unable to inform you wheit through the whole city. Frierlbert's want of ther he gained it from a warrior, or received it birth prohibited him from sharing in these amuse-li from a fair lady." ments in his own country, where, if he had pre. “ What would you do,” continued Zoe, sented himself as a citizen of Eglisau, he would “ were I to request you to restore it ione? A have suffered the disgrace of being conducted out valiant knight will not refuse a lady such a boon, of the barriers; but at Naxos, protected by a However, I do not require you tu bestov giawell-filled purse, it was easy for him to assume tuitously a jewel which I have no doubt your the prerogatives of an illustrious knight; he valour has well deserved, but wish you to receive therefore resolved to support this character with from me a reward proportionate to the value you all becoming dignity. He procured a suit of attach to it. Moreover, in yielding it to me, you white armour, purchased a handsome horse, will have an everlasting claim on my gratirichly caparisoned; and on the day of the tour- | tude." nament, his noble appearance gave him free ac- Friedbert was not embarrassed at this process within the barrier. On his entrance he' posal; on the contrary, he exulted at the success gracefully bowed to the assembly, and challenged of his design. “ Your wishes, virtuvus Printhe bravest champions, split many lances, stood cess," said he,“ are to me the most sacred laws; firm in his saddle, and at length gained the my fortune and life are at your disposal, but do prize, which he received from the hands of the not require me to violate a sacred oath When bride.
in combat I gained this ring, I solemnly vowed He had likewise the honour of kissing the" that it should never quit my hand but to be hand of the once lovely Zoe, who, according to placed on the finger of a bride, at the momen: I the etiquette of courts, still preserved her titular pledged my faith to her at the altar. If through honours. The ravages of time, and the want of your means I have the happiness of gaining he the bath, had made a deep impression on the affections of a fair maid, I shall willingly allow features of the good lady: she was no longer as you to receive again from her this ring, which Bruno had described her, the perfection of beau. was once in your possession."
“ Well," replied Zoe, “ select then from | 1 confess that a hidden flame consumes it, and amongst mny court, the fair one who shall slike I know not whether I may nourish it with liope your fancy, and you shall receive her from ine, l or abandon'myself to despair. Yes, my heart is with a rich dowry, on condition that she gives me inaccessible to all the nymphs who here celebrate the ring, which you shall have placed on her the feast of Flora : the heavenly creature who finger; and as to yourself, I will raise you to the || has robbed me of it, is not among the juyful first dignities of the state."
group: yet it is in your palace that I have beheld This treaty was no sooner concluded, than the her. Alas! perhaps, she was only the prorluc. Princess's palace was transformed into an harem. || tion of the painter's ardent fancy; though, She selected for her service the most fascinating 1 surely such a master-piece could only be the females, and clothed them in the most magni- l work of a divinity! He must certainly have ficent dresses to heighten their natural charms. had a model; and the all-powerful being who
Friedbert swam for some time in a stream of formed these charming nymphs and lovely pleasure, without, however, being carrier away by | Howers, has combined all their beauties to create the current. Amidst the tumult of this brilliant | the original of this painting !" court, and all the bewitching charms of the sex, The Princess felt much impatience and curie notwithstanding the song and the dance, grief | osity to know what picture in her gallery had still shaded his countenance; though these lovely | producel so surprising an effect on the young Grecians displayed their charms to giin his heart, knight. “ Come,” said she, “ let me see if it yet that heart remained equally cold and insen. be not a trick which love has played upon you, sible to all. The Princess little expected to meet and given you a cloud to embrace instead of a with so much indifference, in so young a man. goddess; or if, for once, he has acted fairly, in She had herself, it is true, ever followed the displaying to your view an object which it is not system of her wise compatriot, Plato; but in in your power to ob:ain." Friedber: she could only observe the principles Zoe had a fine collection of paintings, some of of a severe stoic; which, while they excited her // which were chefs-d'æuure of the most celebrated astonis' ment, left her but little hope of recover. artists, the rest were family portraits. Among ing her jewel.
the last were many of the most renowned beauSome months passed in this manner; but the ties of ancient and modern Greece; and among Princess, impatient to gain possession of her ring, the number were many representations of her. wished to have another interview with her knight, self, adorned in all the charms of youth and as she called Friedbert, for the purpose of ques. loveliness, which she once possessed, when she tioning him on the state of his heart. On the performed her annual voyages to the fairy baths. day, therefore, consecrated to celebrate the re A slight emotion of that vanity which, in every turn of spring, all the young maidens of the age, preserves its empire over the female breast, court, ornamented with garlands of flowers, kad | inspired her with the idea that it might be one of begun the merry dance, when Zoe discovered | these pictures which had taken such firm hold our hero alone, sitting mournfully in an ar of Friedbert's imagination. She already, in anbour, deep in thought, and scattering about ticipation, felt a secret pleasure in saying to some wild flowers which he had just ga him "My friend, it is myself whom you love; thered.
| but as I no longer resemble this picture, you must “ Cold and insensible knight!” said she, “ has suppress your passion, and aspire to a less ideal new-born nature so few attractions for your mind, object.” that you feel a melancholy satisfaction in destroy But Friedbert well knew that his flame was ing her precious gifts, and thus profaning the not merely the painter's fancy, and that the orifeast of Flora? Is your heart so indifferent to ginal possessed even more beauty than he had all soft affections, that neither the fresh and beau- | been able to catch in the picture; yet he was tiful Auwers of my garden, nor the youthfull still ignorant as to the abode of this original, charms of the females of my court, can make || or how he should be able to discover it. On any impression on it? Why remain in this soli- entering the gallery, he rushed with all the tary spot, when mirth invites you to the saloon|| ardour of the most impassioned adorer towards 1, an uniortuare passion the cause of your sor. this beloved portrait, and falling on his knees, row? Reveal to me the secret with confidence. his hands extended towards it, he exclaimed: I am and would wish to be your friend and | “ This is the goddess I adore ! wise princess, protectress; let me then dispel your melan Il you are now going to pronounce my sentence of choly?"
life or death! If I am deceived by a chimerical " Wise Princess," replied Friedbert, « I affection I shall expire at your feet; but if this confess that your suppositions are true; you have || divine object exist, if she be known to you, Oh! penetrated into the inmost recesses of my heart. || tell me what country contains this treasure, and
I will fly and seek her wherever she is to be | darted from behind a thicket, and seized poor found, and endeavour to deserve her by the Calista, who had loitered behind to search for an Strength of my affection."
omament which she had dropped. He bore her The Princess, having expected a very different in his arms to the vessel, and conveyed her to choice, was much embarrassed ; a shade of dissa- his own country. He was young and handsome, tisfaction clouded her brow, and the pleasing and as he employed every art to inspire her wih smile which had played on her face was con affection, it is not strange that he should have verted into a frown. “Imprudent youth," said succeeded with an inexperienced maid, who, she, “how bave you presumed to engage your forgetting her birth, was on the point of bestowheart without knowing whether the object that ing her hand on her seducer; when happy chance inflamed it has ever existed? However, learn made her discover, among the effects of her that in the present instance it has not en | lover, the precious jewel which she was seeking tirely led you astray. This lady is neither ima when he carried her off, and which he had ginary, nor the monument of a beauty of former doubtless previously found, and purposely con. times; it is the Princess Calista, my youngest cealed to draw her into the snare, and separate daughter. Alas! she was my favourite girl, but her from her sisters. She felt so indignant at is now the very child of misery, and can never this artifice, that she thought, in the first mobe yours, for her heart is no longer her own. A ment of rage, she should never love him devouring and unextinguishable passion burns in more. A vessel from this country having arrived her bosom for a wretch separated froin her by an on the shores where she resided, the love of her immense tract of land! She had resolution home, the idea of her mother's grief, the voice enoogh to escape from his deceitful snares; but, of reason, all helped to increase her resentment, like a bird that drags after it part of the net from and determined her to escape from the captivity which it has escaped, she passionately loves hion, in which she had been held. To effect her in. though she has Aed from him, and weeps her tentions was not very difficult, as her lover, conmisfortunes in the solitude of a cloister, despising.|| fiding in the affection with which he had inherself for her foolish affection, and yet not | spired her, scarcely watched her motions. She able to renounce it, or to think of any thing | escaped. But alas ! 'the unhappy passion which else." I
had taken possession of her heart, has pursued Friedbert, though internally transported with her to her native land. Grief daily consumes jog at having discovered Calista's retreat, and at her, and renders her insensibile to all the pleasures being able to Aatter himself that he was beloved of her age; and soon will that animation which by her, had still sufficient command of himself to once shone in her countenance be totally extinexpress nothing more than astonishment at the guished. Instead of a husband she invokes the Princess's relation. The indignation the fair maid tomb, and soon her wishes will be gratified; soon felt at his conduct, and the contempt Zoc ex will the unhappy object of your absurd passion pressed for the object of her daughter's passion, || be inclosed within its jaws.” did not make him very uneasy, as by dint of de “I then will share her fate !” exclaimed Friedceiving others, with regard to his birth, he had || bert. “My life is at my own disposal, and I now almost deceived himself; and the Princess will die with the lovely Calista, happy to be Zoe's knight appeared to him very well qualified united with her even in the grave. You will not to obtain her daughter's hand. He continued to refuse to place my mortal remains beside her; interrogate Zoe respecting the circumstances at and our souls shall together wing their flight tending the young Calista's amour with an air || lowards eternity. Bot ere this happens grant of interest which was not feigned, as his curiosity me the consolation of seeing her, and of telling had been. She satisfied him as well as she could, her that I die for her. I will even, before I quit without revealing the secret of the swans; which I this world, once call her my bride; in pronouncwas thought, in the families who possessed it, as ing that sacred word, I will give her this ring as important as the philosopher's stone, or free a pledge of my love; in doing which I shall be masonry; but she composed extempore an alle freed from my vow, and you will soon again gorical story, which answered her purpose. possess your valuable jewel."
“ Calista," she said, “ was walking one even The knight's warmth affected Zoe so much ing with her sisters, on the shores of the sea, that her eyes were filled with tears; and she when imprudently they had the curiosity of could not have refused his request, independent going beyond the bounds I had prescribed to ll of the desire she had of recovering her ring; them, through places which were quite unknown yet she much feared that in the present state of to thens, and where a Corsair lay at anchor. My || Calista's heart, she would not like to receive unsuspecting girls had no idea of the danger that either a visit or a present of this nature. Friedawaited them, when one of the pirates suddenly | bert, however, employed all his eloquence to
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