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FAIRY TALESNOVELS.Br THECOUNTESS D'ANOIS.TRANSLATED FROM THE PREXCH.WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL PREFACE.IN TWO VOLUMES.VOL. II.LONDON:Printed for Walker <strong>and</strong> EdwardsF. C. <strong>and</strong> J. Rivington; J. Nunn; Cadell <strong>and</strong> Da^vies; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, <strong>and</strong> Brown;J. Richardson ; Law <strong>and</strong> Whittaker ; Newman <strong>and</strong>Co. ; Lackington <strong>and</strong> Co. ; Black <strong>and</strong> Co. ; J.Black; Baldwin, Cradock, <strong>and</strong> Joy; Sherwood,Keely, <strong>and</strong> Jones ; R.Scholey; Gale <strong>and</strong> Fenner;J. Robinson; <strong>and</strong> B. Reynolds :By S. Hamilton, Weybridge, Surrey.1817.


CONTENTS TO VOL. II.Pagerhe Story of the Princess Fair-Star <strong>and</strong> PrinceChery 1Continuation of tiie Gentleman-Citizen . . 51The Story of the Princess Carpillona . . 67Continuation of the Gentleman-Citizen . .114Perfect Love 124Continuation of the Gentleman-Citizen . . 153The Knights-Errantl65The History of the Princess Zamea <strong>and</strong> thePrince Almanzonl67The History of Prince Elmedorus <strong>and</strong> thePrincess Alzayda 178The History of Princess Zalmayda <strong>and</strong> thePrince of Numidia1Q5The History of the Prince of Numidia . . 212The History of the Prince Zalm<strong>and</strong>or <strong>and</strong>Princess Am<strong>and</strong>ina 218The History of the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong> <strong>and</strong>Prince Salmacis 235The History of the <strong>Fairy</strong> of Pleasures <strong>and</strong>the Cruel AmerdinS6lFiorina ; or, The Fair Italian, &c. . . 268The History of tlie Princess Leonice . . 331The Tyranny of the Fairies Destroyed . , 3j«llie History of tlie Princess Melicerta . . 3yi


THETALES OF THE FAIRIES.THE STORYTHE PRINCESS FAIR- STAR ANDPRINCE CHERY.Tkere ^vas a princess, who, having undergoneseveral great misfortunes, had nothing left of allher past gr<strong>and</strong>eur, but two rich suits of clothesthe one of velvet, embroidered with pearls, <strong>and</strong>the other of cloth of gold, covered over with diamonds,which she kept as long as she could; butthe extreme necessity she was reduced to, obligedher often to sell a pearl or diamond privately, tosupport her equipage. She was a widow, <strong>and</strong> hadthree daughters, all very h<strong>and</strong>some : she thought,if she brought them up in the gr<strong>and</strong>eur <strong>and</strong> statesuitable to their rank, they would become afterwardsmore sensible of their misfortunes. Thereuponshe determined to sell that little she had left,<strong>and</strong> go <strong>and</strong> settle in some country where theymight live cheap; but by the way, going over alarge forest, she was robbed of almost all she had.VOL. U.B


2 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.This poor princess, after this last misfortune, whichvas greater than all that had befallen her before,knew she must now either earn her bread or starve :<strong>and</strong> as she, all her life-time, had taken great delightin cookery, <strong>and</strong> iiaving a small kitclien furnishedwith golden plate, which she used to divertherself in; that which she used to do before forher pleasure, she v/as now forced to undertake forher livelihood. She took a pretty little house, neara great city, <strong>and</strong> made the best fricassees <strong>and</strong> ragoutsimaginable ; insomuch that she had a considerabletrade, <strong>and</strong> accjuired great fame of being anexcellent cook. In the mean time, her tliree daughtersgrew up, <strong>and</strong> their beauty, without doubt, hadreached the ears of the court, had not their motherkept them up in their chamber. When one daythere came a little old woman, who seemed to bevery much tired, <strong>and</strong> leaning on a stick, her bodyvery feeble, <strong>and</strong> her skin all wrinkled <strong>and</strong> shrivelled: 1 am come,' said she, to make one good' 'meal before I leave this world, that I may boast Ihave had one; therefore,' said she again to theprincess, drawing herself a chair to the tire-side,' get me something nice, <strong>and</strong> make haste.' As shehad at that time her h<strong>and</strong>s fully employed, <strong>and</strong>could not do all herself, she called her threedaughters down, whose names (in relation to thecolours of their hair, which was red, brown, <strong>and</strong>fair) were Kotetta, Erunetta, <strong>and</strong> Blondina; who•were dressed like country girls, in bodice <strong>and</strong> petticoats,all of different colours; but the youngestwas the iiiindsomest <strong>and</strong> be^t-natured. 'I'he piincesstlieir mother ordeied one to take some pigeons,another to kill some pullets, <strong>and</strong> the third to makesome paste. In short, tv.o or three courses werepresently served up, <strong>and</strong> set before the old woman,with clean liuen, good wine, <strong>and</strong> every thing innice order, which made her eat <strong>and</strong> drink with anextraordinary appetite. V. hen she had done, shegot up, <strong>and</strong> said to the princess,'Honest friend.


PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &c. 3had I any money 1 would pay you ; but I havebeen poor these many years, <strong>and</strong> wanted so kindan entertainment as you have given me: all that Ican do, is to wish you better customers than I have'been Ihe princess smiled, <strong>and</strong> replied, 'Well,motiier, don't trouble yourself; I am always wellrewarded if I can but please.' 'And.' said Blon-'dina, we are glad it was in our power to serveyou; if you will sup heie too, you shall be welcome.'Oh cried the old woman,' !' 'how happyare they who have such generous souls ! But don'tyou think of receiving some recompense ? Well,'continued she. * assure yourselves, that the hrstwish you make without thinking of me, shall becompleted.' Then she went away, leaving themsome reasons to believe her to be a fairy.This adventure surprised ttiem : they had neverseen a fairy before, <strong>and</strong> were frigiitened ; insomuchthat, for five or six months after, they could notforbear talking of her ; <strong>and</strong> whenever they wishedfor any thmg, she was always present in theirthouglits, so tliat they came to nothing, whichmade them very angry with the fairy. When oneday, the king going a-huntiug, resolved to call attheir house, to see if the princess was as notablea cook as she was represented to him. The threesisters were in the garden, g


4 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,<strong>and</strong> informed the king thereof, who ordered themto come to him. When they entered the roomviiere the king was, which ihe^' did with all respect<strong>and</strong> modesty, he asked them whetlier what lie hadbeen told of their discourse about husb<strong>and</strong>s wastrue or not : at which they blushed, <strong>and</strong> huug downtheir heads; but upon his pressing them farther,they owned it was.' Certainly,' said he, ' I knownot wliat power influences me, but I will not stirfrom hence till I have married the fair Elondina.''Then, sir,' said his brother, 'you will give meleave to marry the lovely Bruuetta.'' And I livenot without hopes,' said the admiral,'but yourmajesty will consent to my happiness in espousingRosetta, with w^hom I am charmed.' The king,pleased that two of the greatest persons in his dominionsshould follow his example, approved theirchoice, <strong>and</strong> asked the mother's consent; who answered,it was too great an honour <strong>and</strong> happinessfor her to refuse : <strong>and</strong> then the king, prince, <strong>and</strong>admiral, kissed her.Just when the king was going to dinner, a tablecame down the cliimney, whereon were seven goldendishes of all manner of rarities, which the king ateheartily of; the beaufet was ranged full of goldplate, <strong>and</strong> a fine symphony played all the time,which made the king imagine it to be a piece ofwitchcraft : when the princess, guessing that itwas owing to a fairy, assured him it was not, <strong>and</strong>blessed the hour slie entertained the little old woman.After the repast was over, which was solong that night surprised them all at table, atwhich his majesty was somewnat ashamed, for itseemed as if Bacchus ruled at this wedding morethan Cupid, the king pulled a ring otf his finger,<strong>and</strong> put it on Blondina's; <strong>and</strong> the prince <strong>and</strong> admiraldid the same : after which all the king's retinuesaluted, as became them, both the queen <strong>and</strong>princess; but for R.osetta, she had not so muchrespect shown her, for though she was the elder


PRINCESS FATR-STAR, &c. 5sister, she -was the worst married. The king senta gentleman of his bedchamber to inform the queenhis motlier of what had happened, <strong>and</strong> to sendcoaches to fetch the Queen Bloudina <strong>and</strong> her twosisters. When the qneen-mother, wlio was the mostcruel of all women, knew that the king <strong>and</strong> princewere married so suddenly, <strong>and</strong>, besides, to two girlsof obscure birth, she flew into such a passion, asfrightened the whole court. Then asking the gentlemanthe reasons that induced the king to suchabase marriage, <strong>and</strong> being told, the hope of havingtvo boys <strong>and</strong> a girl with stars on their foreheads,&c. she laughed disdainfully at her son's credulity,<strong>and</strong> said all the most inveterate things her ragecould invent. When the coaches came, the kinginvited his mother-in-law to go along with them,assuring her, that she should be looked upon withall manner of distinction : but she, comparing acourt to the rolling of the waves in a rough sea,told him she had had too much experience of theworld to forsake a quiet life. ' Why,' said the king,'you don't intend to follow your business ?' 'No,'replied she. ' 'Then,' added he, give me leave toappoint you an equipage <strong>and</strong> attendants.' * I thankyou, sir,' 'answered she ; when I am alone, I havenone to disturb my repose ; <strong>and</strong> had 1 a large familyof domestics, there would not fail being someto incommode me.' The king admired the sense<strong>and</strong> discretion of a woman, who both thought <strong>and</strong>spoke like a philosopher. But whilejie was pressinghis mother-in-law to go along with him, Rosettawent <strong>and</strong> hid all the vessels of gold that werein the beaufet, in the bottom of the chariot ; allwhich the fairy turned into earthenware when shearrived at court, <strong>and</strong> came to put them into hercloset.The king <strong>and</strong> queen embraced the prudent princesswith all tenderness, <strong>and</strong> assured her she mightcomm<strong>and</strong> whatever lay in their power ; <strong>and</strong> leavingthis rural abode, came to town, preceded by trum-


6 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,pets, hautboys, <strong>and</strong> tettle drums. The creaturesof the queen-mother advised her to disguise herresentment, lest she should anger the king, <strong>and</strong> thatmight produce fatal consequences : she approvedthereof, constrained herself, <strong>and</strong> showed a greatfriendship for these her two daughters-in-law, makingthem presents of jewels, <strong>and</strong> complimentingthem. Jiie fair queen <strong>and</strong> the princess Brunettawere unitedby astrictfriendship ; but Kosetta hated' !'them mortally for their good fortune Wiiat saidshe to herself, must 'I, who am the elder, <strong>and</strong> thinkmyself a tlious<strong>and</strong> times h<strong>and</strong>somer than either ofthem; must I be only the wife of an admiral, whoperhaps loves me not so well as lie ought ? Andshall they be,oae a queen <strong>and</strong> the other a princess,<strong>and</strong> be adored by their husb<strong>and</strong>s ? Ye gods, it isintolerable!' And this envy to her sisters madeher enter into the queen-mother's measures; forevery body knew that the tenderness she showedlicr daughters-in-law was all dissimulation, <strong>and</strong> thatshe only wanted an opportunity of doing them allimaginable mischief.liie queen <strong>and</strong> princess both proved with child,<strong>and</strong> by ill fortune a war happened, which obligedthe king to put himself at tiie head of his troops.The young queen <strong>and</strong> the princess, finding thatthey must be left in the power of the queen-mother,desired they might return home to their ownmother, which would be some comfort to them forthe loss of their dear spouses : but the king couldnot be brought to consent to it; he conjured hisbeloved iHondina to stay at her palace, <strong>and</strong> assuredher lus mother should use her well. Accordingly,he desired her, in tiie most pressing manner, tolove <strong>and</strong> takecare of her daughter-in-law, tellingher, that therein she would oblige him most sensibly; <strong>and</strong> tliat he hoped for most beautiful children,<strong>and</strong> should long, with the utmost expectation,to hear the news. This wicked queen, overjoyedthat her sou should intrust her with his wife,pro.


I,sawhowPRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &c. 7mised him every thing he desired, <strong>and</strong> assured himhe. might be easy upon that score. The king,througli his desire of a quickreturn, hazarded histroops in all rencounters; <strong>and</strong> his happiness was,that by his rashness he succeeded : but before hecould finish the campaign, the queen was broughtto bed, as was also the princess her sister, on thesame day, of a lovely boy ; but she died in thebiith. Rosetta's thoughts were wholly employedhow she miglit injure the queen; <strong>and</strong> when shesuch charming children, <strong>and</strong> that she herselfhad none, her rage increased, <strong>and</strong> she resolved tospeak soon to the queen-mother, for there was no' 'time to lose. Madam,' said she, I am so deeplytouchedwith the honour your majesty has doneme, by lettmg me share some part of your esteem,that I willingly would do any thing, though againstthe interest of my own family, to obey you. I amnot ignorant of the great displeasures you haveconceived at tlie base marriages of the king <strong>and</strong>prince; <strong>and</strong> here are four children born to perpetuatethe crime. Our mother is but a poor countrywoman, who had scarcely a bit of bread to put inher mouth, when she betook herself to be a cook.Take my advice, madam; let us make a fricasseeof these brats, <strong>and</strong> put them out of the world, beforethey make you blush.' Ah ! much I love'thee, my dear Rosetta,' said'the queen, for beingso equitable, <strong>and</strong> partaking witli me in my justgrief! I had already determined to execute whatyou now propose ; but tt-.en, the manner how perplexesme.'' Is ever let that trouble you,' repliedRosetta ' ; I have a little bitch that has just puppiedtwo litile dogs <strong>and</strong> a bitch, with stars on tfteirfoieheads, <strong>and</strong> rings about their necks : we mustmake the queen believe that she has been deliveredof these creatures, <strong>and</strong> make away with her threechildren, <strong>and</strong> that of the princess deceased.' Thisproject was approved by the inhuman queen, whoordered Feintisa, one of her maids of honour, to


8 TAXES OF THE FAIRIES,fetch the vhelps, <strong>and</strong> dress them in as fine liueu<strong>and</strong> laces as the queen's children should be, <strong>and</strong>put them into the cradles : then she, followed byEosetta, went <strong>and</strong> paid the queen a visit. ' I am"come to wish you' joy,' said she, of the heirs youhave brought forth to my son ; methinks (holdingup the whelps) their heads will become a crown :now I am not amazed at the promise you made myson, of bringing two sons <strong>and</strong> a daughter, with starson their foreheads, <strong>and</strong> collars of gold about theirnecks. Here, take them, <strong>and</strong> nurse them j'ourself,for no women, that I know of, will ever give theirbreasts to them to suck.'The poor queen, surprised at the relation of thismisfortune, had like to have died away with grief;<strong>and</strong> when she perceived it was true, seeing the•whole litter lie yelping upon her bed, cried mostbitterly : then clasping her h<strong>and</strong>s,' said, Alas ! madam,add no reproaches to my affliction, which ofitself is already too great. Had the gods permittedjne to die, rather than be the mother of such monsters,I should have thought myself too happy.Alas ! what will become of me r the king will hateme as much as he loved me before !' Here hersighs <strong>and</strong> sobbings interrupted her, <strong>and</strong> her speechfailed her ; when the queen-mother, continuing herreflections, had the pleasure of passing away threehours by her bed-side, <strong>and</strong> then went away. Hersister, who pretended to partake of her grief, toldher she was not the first that had had such misfortunes; that she plainly saw it was a trick of theold fairy's, who had promised such wonders; <strong>and</strong>that as it might be dangerous for her to see theking, she advised her to go home to her mother,with her three wlielps. The queen returned noanswer, but by tears, which might make the mosthardened heart reient, to think slie must be forcedto suckle nasty whelps, <strong>and</strong> believe herself themother of them. The old queen ordered Feintisato take the four children <strong>and</strong> strangle them, <strong>and</strong>


she thought might portend something extraordi-nary, she durst not lay criminal h<strong>and</strong>s upon them,put them in their cradle aboard a little boat,jI but,<strong>and</strong>,PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &c. 9after that bury them carefully, tliat slie might notbe discovered : but just as she was going to executethat fatal commission, <strong>and</strong> had the cord abouttheir necks, she looked some time earnestly uponthem, <strong>and</strong> seeing the stars in their foreheads, whichwitli some jewels, committed them to themercy of the seas. Tlie boat was soon forced fromthe shore by the wind, which at that tune was veryboisterous, <strong>and</strong> was got presently out of sigiit ; thewaves swelled as high as mountains, the sun wasdarkened by thick clouds, <strong>and</strong> the air was rent byviolent claps of thunder, attended with great lightnings; insomuch that Feintisa doubted not in theleast but that the boat was cast away, <strong>and</strong> theseinfants perished : at which she conceived no smalljoy, she having had all along a dread lest somethingshould happen in their favour.The king, whose thoughts were always on his dearspouse, <strong>and</strong> the condition he left her in, having concludeda truce for some time, returned with allspeed home, <strong>and</strong> arrived about twelve hours afterher delivery. The queen-motiser met him, <strong>and</strong> witha composed air, full of grief, held hijn a long timein her arms, wetting his face with her tears, <strong>and</strong>seeming as if her sorrow prevented her speech.The king, all trembling, durst not ask her whathad happened, for he doubted not but it was somevery great misfortune. Eut at last, she seeming asif she used some great effort on herself, told hhnthat his queen was brought to bed of three whelps,which Feintisa immediately presented to him ; <strong>and</strong>Rosetta, falling on her knees, begged of him notto put iier sister to death, but to send her back toher mother; which, she said, she should take as agreat favour. The king was so struck <strong>and</strong> confounded,that he could hardly breathe-; <strong>and</strong> iookiugon the wlitlps, <strong>and</strong> observing, with surprise,


10 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.the star on their foreheads, <strong>and</strong> the white ringabout their necks, lie fell into a swoon; <strong>and</strong>, rollinga thous<strong>and</strong> things in his imagination, couldnot resolve on any, till the queen-mother pressed3iim so much, that he pronounced his innocentqueen's banishment ; who was that minute putinto a litter with her whelps, <strong>and</strong> sent to her mother's,where she arri\ ed almost dead.But Heaven looked with a more favourable eyeon the boat the three princes <strong>and</strong> the princess werein; for the fairy, who protected them, rained milkinto their mouths, <strong>and</strong> preserved them in this sudden<strong>and</strong> terrible storm : they floated seven nights<strong>and</strong> days, <strong>and</strong> were met out at main sea by a corsair,the captain of which, seeing the stars on theirforeheads, though at a great distance, thought theboat was full of jewels, which he found to be truein the end. But what touched him most was thebeauty of these four charming children, the desireof preserving which made him turn back again t,ogive them to his wife, who never had any, <strong>and</strong> wasvery desirous of them. She, for her part, wasfrightened to see him return so soon, he using tostay out a long time, but was overjoyed when heput so valuable a treasure into her h<strong>and</strong>s. Theyboth wondered at the star, the chain of gold,which couid not be taken from off their necks, <strong>and</strong>their fine hair ; but what increased it the more,was, when the good woman combed them, therefell out diamonds, rubies, emeralds, <strong>and</strong> pearls, ofseveral sizes, some whereof were very large <strong>and</strong>beautiful. The husb<strong>and</strong>, seeing this, told his wifehe was weary of the seas, <strong>and</strong> that if those childrencontinued to bestow such treasures he would goBO more, but might stay at home, <strong>and</strong> live as wellas the greatest captains they had ; at which resolutionof her husb<strong>and</strong>, the wife, whose name wasCorsina, was overjoyed, <strong>and</strong> grew every day fonderof these children. The princess she called Fair-.Star,the elder brother Bright-Sun, the second son


: thisII!whojj'PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &c. 11Felix, <strong>and</strong> the princess's son Cliery, who was muchmore beautiful than the others, for all lie had neithera star nor chain, <strong>and</strong> was best beloved byCorsina. She, as she could not bring them all upherself without the assistance of a nurse, desiredher husb<strong>and</strong>, who was a great lover of hunting, totake some j-oung fawns ; which he, as they livednear a large forest, did accordingly. Corsina,when she had them, exposed them to windward,<strong>and</strong> the hinds smelling them came presently tosuckle them; when Corsina, in their stead, put theciiildren, with whom their milk agreed very well, iThus twice every day there came four of them togetlierto suckle the princes <strong>and</strong> the princess. Inmanner were they brought up in their infancy ;the corsair <strong>and</strong> his wife loved them so passionately,that they were all their care. He was a manhad been well educated, <strong>and</strong> his being a corsairwas more owing to his illfortune than any inclination: he married Corsina from tlie service ofa princess, where her genius <strong>and</strong> manners had beenhappily cultivated; she knew how to live; <strong>and</strong>jthough it was a kind of a desert they then inhabited,where they subsisted upon what they gotby robbing on the seas, yet she had not forgot theways <strong>and</strong> manners of tlie world. They were gladtliey were no longer obliged to be exposed to allthe dangers of the seas, but were rich enough witiiout;for every tliree days she combed out of theprincess's <strong>and</strong> her two brothers' liair a great manyconsiderable jewels, which Corsina sold at thenearest town, <strong>and</strong> bought them therewith all mannerof necessaries.After the first years of their infancy, the corsairapplied himself seriously to cultivate the naturalparts with which heaven had so largely endowedthem. And he made no doubt, but thatsome great mysteries were concealed in their birth,<strong>and</strong> his finding them as he did ; therefore he resolvedto make the gods an acknowledgment for


12 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.this present, by his extraordinary care of theireducation: insomuch tliat after havina: enlargedhis house, he hired masters to instruct them in allmanner of learning <strong>and</strong> qualifications, who weresurprised at the great geniuses of their pupils. Thecorsair <strong>and</strong> his wife never divulged this adventure; but the children passed for their own, thoughiu all their actions they plainly showed they wereof more illustrious blood. There was a strictunity among them, <strong>and</strong> a natural politeness ; butthe Prince Chery's sentiments for the TrincessI'air-Star, were more passionate than the othertwo: for wheu she desired any thing, he was evermost earnest to obtain it, <strong>and</strong> was never from her.Mhen she went a hunting, he would go too; butif she stayed at home, he never failed of an excuse: <strong>and</strong> Bright-Sun <strong>and</strong> Felix, her own brothers,always spoke to her with less respect ; all whichpassed not unobserved by her. As they grew up,their mutual tenderness increased, <strong>and</strong> they livedwith all imaginable pleasure <strong>and</strong> satisfaction,' Dear brother,' said Fair-Star to him one day, ' ifmy wishes could make you happy, you should beone of the greatest monarchs upon eartli.' 'Alas!.sister,' replied he, ' envy me not the blessing Ienjoy, in being nigh you ; one moment of whichtime I prefer to all the gr<strong>and</strong>eur you can wishme.' If she said the same things to her other twobrothers, tl;ey only tlianked her in a careless manner,<strong>and</strong> said no more.When she was alone, she examined into the differencesof love', <strong>and</strong> found her heart to be somewhatdisposed like theirs ; for though Bright-Sun<strong>and</strong> Felix were both dear to her, she could notwish to live with them all her life : but for Chery,she was all in tears at the least thought of hisfather's sending him to sea, or into tlie army.Twas thus love, disguised under the speciousnam« of an excellent nature, grafted itself intoIhfie young hearts. But at fourteen years of age,


I some1 ceed,PRIXCESS FAIR-STAR, &c. 15Fair-star began to reproach herself with not lovingbrothers all alike, but imagined the reason proceededfrom the cares <strong>and</strong> caresses of Cher3% whomshe forbid from endeavouring to endear himselfany more ; telling him, that he had found out theway but too agreeably, <strong>and</strong> had made too great aireuce between them. He, overjoj'ed to hearher speak in this manner, instead of abating hispassion, rather permitted it to increase, <strong>and</strong> everyday evidenced some new piece of gallantry. Theyknew not yet how far their tenderness might pro-<strong>and</strong> indeed not the nature of it; till one day,new books being brought to Fair-Star, theiirst she laid lier h<strong>and</strong> on, was a story of two younglovers, whose passion began when they thoughtthemselves brother <strong>and</strong> sister; but being known bytlieir parents, were married together after a greatmany difficulties : <strong>and</strong> as Chery read with greatjustness <strong>and</strong> a fine accent, she desired him to readit to her, while she made an end of a piece of lace,which she intended to finish.It was with no small concern that he read thisadventure, especially when he saw so naked adescription of his own sentiments, <strong>and</strong> Fair-Starw as no less surprised, for it seemed as if the authorhad known all that passed in her soul : the moreChery read, the more he was affected ; <strong>and</strong> she,though she endeavoured all she could, was not ableto hinder the tears from gushing out from hereyes. Chery, on his part, made useless endeavoursto conceal his trouble ; he first turned pale, <strong>and</strong>then red, <strong>and</strong> faltered in his speech : <strong>and</strong> thuswere they both in great agonies. ' Ah ! sister,'cried he, (looking melancholy at her, <strong>and</strong> letting'the book fall out of his h<strong>and</strong>s,) how happy wasIlippolyto, thathe was not brother to Julia ?' 'Weshall not have the like satisfaction,' answered she,' though we deserve it as much.' The words wereno sooner out of her mouth, but she knew she hadsaid too much, <strong>and</strong> became confused; which whs


14 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.the only thinj, if anj' there was, that could comfortthe prince. From that time they both fellinto a deep melancholy, without explaining themselvesany farther, tliough both penetrated intowhat passed in each other's soul ; <strong>and</strong> both stroveto conceal a secret from the world, which theyvould have been glad to have been ignorant ofthemselves. But as it is natural for us to flatterourselves, the princess pleased herself, that Cheryhad not the star, nor chain of gold, &zc.One day the three princes being gone a hunting,Fair-Star went up into a little dark closet, whichshe loved to sit <strong>and</strong> think in, the which was separatedonly by a thin partition from Corsina's chamber; where she heard her (thinking she was gonea walking) say to the corsair, ' It is now time tothink of marrying Fair-Star; if we knew who shewas, we should endeavour to marry her suitableto her rank: or if we could believe that these,who pass for her brothers, were not so, we mightbestow her on one of tliem ; for where can we rindone more deserving of her ?' 'When I found them,'said the corsair, ' I saw nothing that could informme of their birth, but knew by the jewels thatwere fastened to their cradles, that they were nomean persons ; <strong>and</strong> what is more singular, youknow they seemed all of an age, <strong>and</strong> four are toomany for 'one birth.' I suspected so,' said Corsina,'that Chery is not tlieir brother, for he has neithera star nor collar.' 'That's true,' replied the husb<strong>and</strong>,'but jewels fall out of his hair as well asthe others ;yet after all the riches we have amassedtogether by them, I could wish to know whosetliey are.' 'That we must leave to the gods,'said Corsina,'who gave them us, <strong>and</strong> when theyshall think fit, will let us know.' Fair-Star listenedattentively to their discourse, <strong>and</strong> could not expressher joy, that she might hope she was born ofillustrious parents, though she had never failedany ways in respect to those she thought to be


''PRI^-CESS FAIR-STAR, Szc. 15liers; <strong>and</strong> yet vas not over well pleased at herbeing a corsair's. But what flattered her imaginationmost, was to think that Chery was not herbrotlier ; which thought made her impatient to see, to tell him of this extraordinary adventure.Hereupon she went <strong>and</strong> took horse, <strong>and</strong> followedtliem b}' the sound of the horn. Cher}-, as soon asaw her, came to meet her before the other two.*How agreeable a surprise is this, Fair-Star,' saidhe, 'to see you a hunting, who are never to bedrawn away from your music <strong>and</strong> other amusements?''I have so manj' things to tell you,' repliedshe, 'that I came to seek you, to talk inprivate'with you.' Alas ! sister,' said he sighing,what is it you would have with me to-day^, for itis a long time since you have taken any notice ofAt tliat she blushed, <strong>and</strong> cast down her eyes,<strong>and</strong> remained some time thoughtful, without everreturning anj' answer. At last, when her two brotherscame to them, she, like awakened out oflethargy, jumped from off her horse, <strong>and</strong> went,followed by them, to a little hillock, surrounded•with shady trees ; where she said to them, ' Sitdown here, <strong>and</strong> I will tell you what I have heard.'And accordingly she told them word for word thecorsair's <strong>and</strong> his wife's discourse, <strong>and</strong> how thatthey were not their children. Nothing can be saidto express the surprise of the three princes ; theydebated among themselves what they had best todo : one was for going without saying any thing,another was not for going at all, <strong>and</strong> the third w^asfor going <strong>and</strong> acquainting them with it. The firstmaintained his was the surest way, because theadvantage they made of them would induce themto keep them ; the second said, it was not properto leave them, unless they had somewhere to go,where they might be well received, for that hecould not bear the tlioughts of being called w<strong>and</strong>erers;the third alleged the ingratitude of leavingthem without their consents ; that it was folly


16 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,to stay any longer with them in a desert part ofAvorld, where they could never learn who theywere, <strong>and</strong> that therefore the only way was to tellthem of their design, <strong>and</strong> get their consents. Thisopinion at last prevaiiins;, they all took horse again,<strong>and</strong> returned home to the corsair.Chery's heart was flattered with all that hopecan offer niost agreeable to comfort an afflictedlover ; his love made him guess at what was tocome ; he no longer looked upon himself as brotherto Fair-Star, <strong>and</strong> his constrained passion takinwing a little, permitted a thous<strong>and</strong> ideas thatcliarmed liim. They addressed themselves to thecorsair <strong>and</strong> his wife with a visible joy, <strong>and</strong> yetuneasiness' in their faces : We come not,' saidEright-Sun, ' to deny the friendship, gratitude, <strong>and</strong>respect we owe you, though we are informed howyou found us on the sea, <strong>and</strong> that you are not ourfather <strong>and</strong> mother. The piety with which yousaved us, tlie noble education you have given us,<strong>and</strong> the care <strong>and</strong> bounty you have shown, are suchindispensable ties, that nothing in this world canfree us from. We are come now to renew oursincere thanks, <strong>and</strong> to beg of you to relate to usrare an event, <strong>and</strong> to advise us, that guided byyour wj;e counsels, we may have notliing to reproachourselves witlial.' The corsair <strong>and</strong> hiswife were very much surprised, that a thing, whichthey had concealed witii so mucli care, should be'di-covered. Vou are too well informed,' saidthey, <strong>and</strong> we can no longer hide from you, 'tiiatJ'ou are not our child: en, <strong>and</strong> tiiat fortune aloneput you into our h<strong>and</strong>s. We have no knowledgeof your birth, but by the jewels that were found inyour cradles, guess your parents to be people ofquality, or very rich. What can we advise youmore f If you consult the friendship we have foryou, you will, without douOt, stay here with us,<strong>and</strong> comfoit us in our old age by your presence,if you don't like this house or abode, we will re»


PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &c. 17move where you shall think fit, provided it be notto court, which a long experience has made usdisrelish ; <strong>and</strong> will make you too, if you knew butthe continual trouble <strong>and</strong> care, tlie disguises <strong>and</strong>dissimulations, the envy <strong>and</strong> strife, the false happiness,<strong>and</strong> all the mischiefs attending there iIcould tell you more, but that you may think mycounsels too much interested; which they reallyare, my dear children : we only desire to detainyou in this peaceable retreat; yet you are yourown masters, to go when you will. Consider, nowyou are in the haven, <strong>and</strong> are going to sail in aboisterous sea ; the trouble exceeds the pleasure :the course of man's life is limited, <strong>and</strong> oftentimesis cut short by one half; the gr<strong>and</strong>eurs of thisworld are like false stones ; the most solid happinessis to know how to set bounds to our desires,to be wise, <strong>and</strong> live in a perfect tranquillity.'The corsair had not made an end of these hisremonstrances so soon, but that he was interruptedby Prince Felix. We have too great ' a desire, dearfather,' said he, ' to make some discoveries of ourbirths, to live buried here in a desert; the moralsyou have laid down are excellent, <strong>and</strong> I wish wewere able to follow tliem : but 1 know not whatfatality guides us: let us fulfil our destiny; wewill come <strong>and</strong> see j'ou again, <strong>and</strong> give you an accountof our adventures.' At these words tiiecorsair <strong>and</strong> his wife burst out in tears ; the princesvery much relented, aud particularly Fair-Star,who was of a sweet disposition, <strong>and</strong> would neverhave thought of going away, had she but Chery tostay with her. After this resolution, their thoughtse wholl^^ bent upon their equipage <strong>and</strong> theirembarkation ; for they hoped, when at sea, to getsome light of what they wanted to know. Theyput four horses aboard ; <strong>and</strong> after having combedtheir heads to give Corsina as many jewels aspossibly they could, they desired her in exchangeto give them the chains <strong>and</strong> diamonds that she


18 TALES OF THE FAmiES.found in their cradle : who went immediately <strong>and</strong>fetched them out of her closet, where she kept themsafe, <strong>and</strong> tied them all upon Fair-Star, whom sheembraced with all motherly affection, wetting herface with her tears.]Sever was any separation more melancholy; thecorsair <strong>and</strong> liis wife were ready to die with grief:but their sorrows proceeded not from interestthey had already amassed too much riches to desireany more. In short Bright-Sun, Felix, Chery, <strong>and</strong>Fair-Star, went aboard a vessel which the corsairhad fitted out with all masnititence, <strong>and</strong> finepaintings, of the stories of Cleopatra <strong>and</strong> MarkAntony, <strong>and</strong> all the attendants of Venus. Thecourse they steered was to the same degrees oflatitude where the corsair found them, <strong>and</strong> prepareda great sacrifice for the jiods <strong>and</strong> fairies toobtain their protection, <strong>and</strong> guide tiiem to the placeof their birth. Ihey took a turtle dove, <strong>and</strong> v,eregoing to sacrifice it, but that the compassionateprincess thought it so beautiful, that she saved its' life, <strong>and</strong> let it fly, saying, Go thou pretty bird ofVenus; if I should ever want thy assistance, rememberwhat 1 have done for thee.' Awa^- wentthe bird, <strong>and</strong> when the sacrifice was over, there washeard such a charming concert of music, that allnature seemed to keep a profound silence to listento it; the seas were calm, <strong>and</strong> the winds onlybreathed gentle zephyrs, which only disordered theprincess's veil <strong>and</strong> hair: <strong>and</strong> a syren arose out oitlie water, <strong>and</strong> sung, while the princess <strong>and</strong> herbrothers admired her. After some airs, she turned'herself towards them, <strong>and</strong> said, Ee not uneasy;let your vessel drive before the wind ; <strong>and</strong> whereit stoj)s, there disembark ; <strong>and</strong> let those who love,stilllove on.'Fair-Star <strong>and</strong> Chery were sensible of an extraordinaryjoy at these words of the syren's ;neverdisputing but that they related to them; <strong>and</strong> bysigns gave each other to underst<strong>and</strong> as much,


PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &:c. 19without Bright-Sun <strong>and</strong> Felix perceiving them inthe least. The ship sailed at the pleasure of thevinds <strong>and</strong> sea; they had nothing extraordinaryhappened in their voyage, <strong>and</strong> the weather was allthe time very line, <strong>and</strong> the sea calm. They werefull three mouths out at sea, during which timethe amorous prince had a great deal of conversationwitii his beloved princess, <strong>and</strong> one day, amongothers, said to her, Ilow ' flattering are my hopes,charming Fair-Star! 1 am no longer your brother :this heart, which ^gain acknowledges your power,<strong>and</strong> ever shall, was never formed to be guilty ofsuch a crime ; for a crime it would be to love youas 1 do, if you was my sister : but the charitablesyren has confirmed what 1 always suspected.''Ah ! brother,''replied she, trust not so much toa. thing which is yet so dark that we cannot penetrateinto it. What will become of us, if weshould irritate the gods against us, by sentimentsthat may not be pleasing to them ? The syren hasexplained herself so little, that we must be veryfond of guessing at riddles, to applj-^ v. hat she saidto'ourselves.' Ah, cruel maid,' said the afflictedprince, your ' refusal proceeds more from aversionto me, than respect to the gods.' Fair-Star madeno reply, but raising her ejes up to heaven, fetcheda deep sigh, which he explained in his favour.Ihe days were then very long <strong>and</strong> hot; towardsthe evening tiie princess <strong>and</strong> tier brothers wentupon the deck, to see the sun lepose himtelf in thebreast of his beloved Thetis ; <strong>and</strong> taking theirinstrum.ents, began a very agreeable concert. Inthe mean time, a fresh gale of wmd arising, theysoon doubled a point, whicli concealed from theireyes a beautiful city, the prospect of whu h amazed<strong>and</strong> pleased our lovely youths so much, that theywished their vessel might enter the port, butdoubted lest there should not be room, there beingso many in before them, that the masts looked likea floating forest. Their desires were accomplished;


soTALES OF THE FAIRIES,the shores were presently crowded to see the mag"niiicence ofthe ship, which was no ways inferiorfor beauty to that sent by the Argonauts to fetchthe golden fleece. All that saw the stars on theprinces, were tilled with admiration; <strong>and</strong> some ranto inform the king of it, who as he could not believeit, <strong>and</strong> as the large great terrace belonging tohis palace looked to the sea, he came presently <strong>and</strong>saw the princes Bright-Sun <strong>and</strong> Chery, taking theprincess in their arms, <strong>and</strong> earring her ashore ; <strong>and</strong>after that unshipping their horses, the richness ofwhose accoutrements were answerable to the rest.That Bright-Sun was mounted on was as black asjet, Felix's was grey, C'hery's as white as milk,<strong>and</strong> the princess's an Isabella; which four horsescarried themselves so h<strong>and</strong>somely, <strong>and</strong> curvettedso fine, that the king very much admired them.Tlie princes hearing the people say,* There's theking, there's tlie king,' lifting up their eyes, beheldin him an air of so much majesty, that they nolonger disputed but it was true; <strong>and</strong> passing byhim, made him each a low bow, fixing their eyeson him all the time ; wliile he looking no less earnestlyupon them, v.'as charmed with the incomparablebeauty of the princess, <strong>and</strong> the good mien ofthe three princes. He sent the first gentleman ofhis bed-chamber offer them his protection <strong>and</strong>towhatever they should want, they being perfectstrangers. They accepted of the honour the kingdid them, with a great deal of respect <strong>and</strong> acknowledgment,<strong>and</strong> told him that they only wanted ahouse where they might live private, <strong>and</strong> that theyshould be glad if it could be two or three milesfrom the city, because they took great delight inwalking. He accordingly did as they desired, <strong>and</strong>lodged them <strong>and</strong> their train commodiously. Theking, whose thoughts were full of what he hadseen, went immediately into the queen-mother'sapartment, <strong>and</strong> told her what he had been seeing,<strong>and</strong> how much be admired the youths <strong>and</strong> the


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22 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,he stayed some time to inform liimself of what hismistress desired so much to know; <strong>and</strong> after thatreturned back to the queen, with an account thatconfirmed what she so much feared. He told herChery had no star, but tliat diamond?, &c. fell outof his hair; <strong>and</strong> that, in his opinion, he was theh<strong>and</strong>somest: that they had come a great way off;<strong>and</strong> tnat their father <strong>and</strong> mother had prefixed atime for them to finish their travels in.This article put tiie queen a little to a st<strong>and</strong>,<strong>and</strong> she imacined sometimes that they were not theking's children. Thus she wavered between hope<strong>and</strong> fear ; when the kins;, hunting one day by theirhouse, the ceutleman of his bed-chamber told hiraas they passed by, that it was there tiie princess<strong>and</strong> her brothers lived. 'The queen has advisedme,' replied the king, 'not to see them, fearing lestthey may have come from some place where theplague rages, <strong>and</strong> may bring some infection withthem.'*Indeed," replied the centlem^n,' it is verydangerous ; but I believe there is more to be fearedfrtun the eyes of this young stranger than any infectionof the air.' ' I am of your opinion,' saidthe king, <strong>and</strong> spurring his horse, went forward ;Vv'hen presently hearing a sound of instruments, hestopped at the hall windows, which were open;ami after having admired the sweetness of thissymphony, went ou. The noise the horses maJe,engaged tl.e princes to look out; who, when theysaw the king, saluted him very respectfully, <strong>and</strong>made all haste to come out; <strong>and</strong> accosting himwith a gay countenance ai^d much submission, theyemiiraced his knees, <strong>and</strong> the princess kissed hish<strong>and</strong>. The king caressed them with a pleasing satisfaction,<strong>and</strong> found his heart so touched, that hecould not guess at the cause. He liid them notfail of coming to court ; telling them, he should bevery glad to see them there, <strong>and</strong> that he wouldpresent them to his mother. They thanked himfor the honour he did them, <strong>and</strong> assured him, tiiat


; inPRIXCES5 FAIR-STAR, &c. 23as their clothes <strong>and</strong> equipage were got realy,the}' would make their appearance there. Aftertlie king left them to pursue his game, <strong>and</strong>ent them one half of what he kille


24 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.Beauty- fades,Age invades.And blights the fairest flow'rToo great's the grief,Wlien past relief,And charms have lost their pow'rThen to our costWe find we 've lost.And miss'd the lucky hour.Fair ones, beware ! your charms improvWhile in your bloom, <strong>and</strong> fit for love :Beauty fades.Age invades,And blights the fairest flow'r:Too great 's the grief.When past relief,And charms have lost their pow'r:Then to your costYou '11 find you Ve lost.And miss'd the lucky hour.Fair-Star, liking the words, came into her bacony to see who the person was that sang then:<strong>and</strong> Feintisa, appearing in a dress suitable to h«design, made lier a very low courtesy. The princesas she was gay, returning the salute, asked hei'those words were made upon herself. Yes, chaning lady, they v.ere,' replied Feintisa; but ththey may never be applied to }-ou, I atn comegive you some good advice, which you ought nto neglect.' M\ hat's that?' said Fair-Star. 'Ime come into your chamber, <strong>and</strong> I will tell yoreplied the other.'Come up then,' said the pricess. And immediately thereupon the old worn:rose up, <strong>and</strong> came into her chamber with a courtair; which, when once attained, is not easily laaside.'Dear lady,' said she, without losing a:time, for she was afraid of being interrupted,Ten has formed you charmiug <strong>and</strong> lovely ;you t


I aIlaidilookedImuchPRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &c. 25adorned with a bright star upon your forehead,<strong>and</strong> several wonders are reported of 30U : but youwant one thing that is essentially necessary ; <strong>and</strong>if j-ou hiive it not, I pitj-^ you.'' And what is it ?''replied she. The dancing-water,' added the wicked'Feintisa : if I had had it in my youth, you shouldnot have seen a grey hair in my head, nor a wrinklein my brow ; I should have had now the mostcharming white teeth: but alas! it was too latewhen I knew this secret; my channs were decayedbefore. Profit by my misfortunes, dear child; itwill be some comfort to me, for 1 have a tendernessfor you.' But where shall I get this danc-'ing-water?' replied Fair-Star. 'In the Buniing-'Forest,' said Feintisa. You have three brothers,do none of them love you v.ell enough to go <strong>and</strong>fetch it for you ?' 'My brothers,' said the princess,'love me tenderly; <strong>and</strong> I am sure there's one ofthem will refuse me nothing : <strong>and</strong> I will certainly,if this water does what you say, give you a recompensesuitable to your deserts.' The perfidiousFeintisa retired in haste, overjoyed that she hadsucceeded so well; telling Fair-Star, she would besure to come <strong>and</strong> see her again.\\lien the princes came from hunting, one broughtboar, another a hare, <strong>and</strong> the third a stag, <strong>and</strong>them at their sister's feet ; which homage sheupon with disdain: her thoughts were soemployed on the advice Feintisa had given,that she seemed uneasy; <strong>and</strong> Chery, whose wholestudywas to observe her humour <strong>and</strong> motions, wasnot long before he observed it. ' What is tlie matter,my dear Star,' said he; ' perhaps you like notthe country where we are; if so, we will go awayimmediatel}': perhaps you are not pleased withour equipage; it is not fine enough: speak, <strong>and</strong>tellme, that I may have the pleasure of obeyingyou first.' ' The confidence which you give me,*said she,' to tell you what passes in my mind, engagesme to declare to you, that I cannot liveVOL. II. C ^


26 TALES or THE FAIRIES.without the d:incing--water Avhich is in the Eurning-Forest: liad I that, I need not fear any thing fromliie power of time.' •Trouble not yourself, myloveiy Star,' added he, ' I will go <strong>and</strong> fetch it you,or let you know, by ray death, that it isimpossibleto have it.' ' 'No,' said she, I would rather renounceall the advantages of beaut}', <strong>and</strong> be horridlyfriglitful, than hazard a life so dear. I conjureyou never to think more of this water; <strong>and</strong>, ifI have any power over you, J forbid you.' Theprince seemed to obey ; but as soon as he saw herengaged <strong>and</strong> busy, he mounted his white horse,<strong>and</strong> furnished his pockets plentifully with money,<strong>and</strong> for jewels, his head supplied him sufficiently:he took no attendants with him, that he might bemore at his own liberty; <strong>and</strong> that if any dangerousadventure presented, he miglit not be troubled withthe remonstrances of an over-zealous <strong>and</strong> timorousservant.V.'l.en supper-time came, <strong>and</strong> the princess sawMot lier brother Chery, she was so much troubled,that she could neither eat nor drink, but orderedthe servants to search every-where for him. The»>tift;rtwo princes, who knew notlnng of the dancin;j-water,told her she was too uneasy, <strong>and</strong> that hecould not be k.t off; that she knew he loved retirementsometimes, to indulge his thoughts, <strong>and</strong> thatwithout doubt he was amusing himself in a littlewood that was hard by. This made her easy forsome time; but then again she lost all patience,<strong>and</strong> told her brothers, crying, that she was theosijse of his absence, bj' expressing a desire tohave some of the dancing-water in the Eurning-Foresl, <strong>and</strong> that without doubt he was gone thither.At this news they resolved to send after him, <strong>and</strong>^i!•J charged the messengers to tell him, that sheconjured him to come back. In the mean time,Feintisa, who was not without her spies, to knowthe efi'ect of her advice, when she learnt that Cheryv.as gone, was overjoyed, not doubting in the least


PRINCESS FAIR-STAE, &c. i;7but he wouM make more haste than those that followedhim, <strong>and</strong> that some mischief would befalhim. Eig with these hopes, she ran to the queenmother,to give her an account of all that hadpassed ; telling her, that she no longer disputedbut that they were the three princes <strong>and</strong> their sister,since thej^ had stars on their foreheads <strong>and</strong>golden chains about their necks, <strong>and</strong> that she hadseen the princess dressed in the same diamondsshe put into her cradle, though they were nothingnigh so valuable as some that dropped out of herhair: insoniuch, that she was assured of their beingreturned, notv.ithst<strong>and</strong>iug the care she thoughtshe had taken to prevent it. 'But, madam,' saidshe, 'as the only means left me to repair this faultof mine is to rid you of them, give me but time,<strong>and</strong> I will eifectually do it. There's one of theprinces gone already to fetch the dancing-water,who undoubtedly will perish in the attempt; <strong>and</strong>I shall form schemes enough for the rest.' 'Weshall see,' said the'queen, whether the successanswers your expectation, which is the only thingthat shall screen you from my just rage.' Uponthis Feiatisa retired, not a little alarmsd, devising•with herself how to prosecute her undertakings.The contrivance of the prince Chery's destructionwas one of'the most certain, for the dancing-water•was not easily to be got;the reports of the misfortunestlr^t attended all those who had gone for ithad made the v/ay known almost to every body.The prince never spared his white nag, who wentat an incredible swiftness, so willing v.as he to returnsoon to Fair-Star, to give her all the satisfactionshe could premise herself from his journey.He was eight days <strong>and</strong> nights without taking anyrepose but what he got under a tree in a wood orfoiest, while his horse was grazing; <strong>and</strong> lii^ed onwiiat fruits he found on the trees. The ninth day,he found himself very much incommoded bj' theexcessive heat of the air; <strong>and</strong> not knowing what


•8 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,cause to attribute it to, since he was certain it traanot the sun, when he gained the top of a hill, heperceived the Burning-Forest, where the trees werealways in flames, without ever consuming ; whichcast such a heat, that all the country about was adry desert. In this forest the prince heard the hissingsof adders <strong>and</strong> the roarings of lions, which verymuch amazed him, who could not believe that anything but a salam<strong>and</strong>er could live in a kind of furnace.After having considered on so dreadful athing, <strong>and</strong> thought on what was to be done, hegave himself up for lost; when going nigher to thisgreat fire, <strong>and</strong> being ready to die with thirst, findinga fountain, he alighted from his horse, <strong>and</strong>stooping to take up some water in a golden vesselhe brought with him, to carry that the princess desiredin, he perceived a turtle drowning, <strong>and</strong> takingpity on it, saved it; <strong>and</strong> after having held it sometime by the heels, <strong>and</strong> wiped its wet feathers, putit in his bosom, where the poor turtle recovered.'Prince Chery,' said it, in a soft tender voice,'you never could have obliged any creature morefull of acknowledgment than myself: this is notthe first time I have received most signal favoursfrom your family; I am glad that now I can, inreturn, be serviceable to you. Think not that Iam ignorant of the cause of this your journey^which you have too railily undertaken, since it isalmost impossible to tell how many have perishedhere. The dancing-water is the eighth wonder ofthe world: it beautifies ladies, makes them youngagain, <strong>and</strong> 'enriches them: but if I am not yourguide, you can never get to it, the source of thewater falls with so great an impetuosity into adeep abyss: in the road is a blockade of trees, laidso close, <strong>and</strong> so entangled by their branches <strong>and</strong>briers, that I see no way but to go under ground.Kest yourself here, <strong>and</strong> be not uneasy, I will go<strong>and</strong> take proper mea;ures about it.'Then the turtle left him, flying backwards an4


PHrNCESS FAIR-STAR, ice. 29forwards, <strong>and</strong> taking several flights about, <strong>and</strong> towardsthe close of the day came <strong>and</strong> told- theprince all was read}'; who took the loving bird inhis h<strong>and</strong>, kissing it, caressed it, <strong>and</strong> thanked it;<strong>and</strong> after that, followed it upon his white horse.The\' had not gone many hnndred yards, before theprince, seeing a great number of foxes, badgers,moles, <strong>and</strong> other creatures that bsrrow, <strong>and</strong> wonderinghow they came to be so assei*ibied together,the turtle told him it was by her means, <strong>and</strong> thatthey came to work for his service. Chery, whenhe came to the mouth of the vault, pulled the bridleoff his horse's head <strong>and</strong> tied it to the saddle,end turned him loose, <strong>and</strong> then followed the turtle,who conducted him to the fountain, the falling ofwhose water made such a noise as would havedeafened liim, had not the turtle given him two ofher white feathers. He was strangely surprised tosee the water dance with so much justness to thewarblings of some birds, who ilying in the air,formed a b<strong>and</strong> of music. He filled his vessel ofgold, <strong>and</strong> pulled two hearty draughts, which madehim a thous<strong>and</strong> times more beautiful than he wasbefore, <strong>and</strong> refreshed him so much, that he wasable to bear the heat of the forest. He returnedthe same way he came, <strong>and</strong> finding his horse againat the cavern's mouth, mounted him again, <strong>and</strong>taking the dove in his h<strong>and</strong>, said, 'Loving turtle,I know not bj' what prodigy you have so muchpower here; what you have done for me dem<strong>and</strong>sall my gratitude ; <strong>and</strong> as liberty is the greatest ofall blessings, I give you yours, to show some tokenof my good-will.' As he said these words," he lether go. She flew away with as sullen an air as ifhe had kept her against her will : upon which, hesaid to himself, 'How fickle art thou ! thou hastmore of a man than a turtle in thee; the one isinconstant, the other not.' To this the turtle,mounted high in the air, said, 'And do you kaowl;rhO I am?'


soTALES OF THE FAIRIES.Chery, amazed that the turtle should answer thuito his thoughts, suspected her to be somethingvery extraordinary, <strong>and</strong> was sorry he had let herfly,saying to himself, that she might be very usefulto him, <strong>and</strong> he might liave learnt of her severalthings, that might have contributed very much tohis repose : but then again, lie considered withhimself, that he ought never to regret a good action,<strong>and</strong> that he was indebted to her, when hethought on the difficulties she had smoothed out forhim to get the dancing-water. His golden vessel orbottle, in which he put it, v^as so close stopped up,lie could not spill one drop, nor the spirit of thewater evaporate ; so that all the way he entertainedhimself vvith the thoughts, how agreeably heshould please his Fair-Star, <strong>and</strong> the joy she woulddi^icover, to see the water <strong>and</strong> him again ; Avhenpresent!}' he spied several men on horseback, gallopingat full speed, who no sooner perceived himbut they gave a hollow, <strong>and</strong> pointed to him.Though his intrepid soul was so void of fear asnot to be alarmed at any danger, yet was he vexedto think he should be stopped; he spurred on hishorse, <strong>and</strong> made boldly towards them: but howagreeable was his surprise, to find them to be hisdomestics, with a letter from the princess, charginghim not to expose himself to the dangers ofthe Burning-Forest. He kissed the writing, sighedseveral times, <strong>and</strong> made all possible haste to easeher other fears.When he came home, he found her sitting undersome trees, ab<strong>and</strong>oned to her grief; but when shesaw him at her feet, siie koev/ not what receptionto give him; she could both chide him, for goingcontrary to her orders, <strong>and</strong> thank him for his present: at last, her tenderness prevailing, she embracedher dear brother, <strong>and</strong> received him with allpossible demonstrations of joy. The restless I'tintisaknew by her spies that Chery was returned,<strong>and</strong> more beautiful tbaa wbea be went, <strong>and</strong> tbat


'PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, Szc. 31the priucess, by washing her face with tlie dancingwater,was become excessively beautiful, that nobodycould behold her without admiration. Shewas very much amazed <strong>and</strong> vexed, for she madeaccount that the prince would perish in the attempt:but recollecting this was no time to despond,but seeking an opportunity, when the priucesswent to the temple of Diana unaccompanied,she accosted her with an air of friendship, <strong>and</strong>'said, I congratulate you, madam, on the happysuccess of my advice ;your looks discover tooplainly that you have used the dancing-water:but, if I durst advise you once more, you shouldthink of getting the singing-apple, which is as greatan embellishment to the wit : would you persuade,it is but smelling; would you appear in public,make verses, v/rite prose, make people to laugh orcry, it has all these virtues ; <strong>and</strong> besides, sings sofine, that it ravishes all that hear it.' ' I will havenone of it,' cried the princess ; my brother hadlike to have lost his life in fetching the dancingwater;your counsel is too dangerous.' MVhat!madam,' replied I'eintisa, 'would you not be themost learned <strong>and</strong> witty lady in the world ? Sure'you don't think so.' Alas ! what v/ould have becomeof me, if my brother had been brought backdead or dying ?' 'Then let him go no more,' saidthe old woman; 'let the other two oblige you intheir turns; this enterprise is not so dangerous.*'No matter for that,' said the princess, ' I will notexpose them to it.' 'How much I pity you,' repliedFeintisa,' to let so advantageous an opportunityslip you; but consider upon it: farewel,madam.' And then left her, very much dissatisfiedwith the success of her harangue. Fair-Star stayedat the feet of Diana's statue, irresolute what to doshe loved her brothers, but so earnestly desired thesinging-apple, that she sighed <strong>and</strong> fell a-crying.Bright-Sun coming into tiie temple, saw the princess'sface covered with her veil, because she was


32 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,ashamed to be seen blear-eyed; but he, guessingshe was in tears, <strong>and</strong> going up to her, conjuredher instantly to tell him why she cried : but sherefused, telling him she could not for shame ; <strong>and</strong>the more she denied the more earnest he Avas toknow. At last she said, that the same old womanthat advised her to send for the dancing-water, hadbeen telling her of the singing-apple, which wasmore wonderful, because it created as much wit asto make the person possessed of it a perfect prodigy,<strong>and</strong> that she would almost give her life forsuch an apple ; but that she feared there was toomuch danger in going for it. 'You need not beafraid of me,' replied the brother,' I assure you,for I am not so fond as that comes to : what, haveyou not wit enough already? Come, come, don'tvex yourself about such a foolish story.'Fair-Star followed him from thence home, not alittle melancholy at the manner of his receivingthe confidence she reposed in him, <strong>and</strong> the impossibilityof her having the singing-apple. AVhensupper was set upon the table she could not eat;Chery, the Jovely Chtry, observed it, <strong>and</strong> helpedlier to the nicest bits, pressing her to taste thereof:but all he could say proved useless ; the tears camein her eyes, <strong>and</strong> she rose from the table. O heavtns! how uneasy was Chery, ignorant of what wasthe cause : when Brieht-Sun told him, in a sort ofraillery, disobliging enough to his sister, who wasf-o much piqued thereat, that she retired to herchamber, <strong>and</strong> would see nobody all that night.When Bright-Sun <strong>and</strong> Felix were in bed, Cherymounted his v.-hite nag again, <strong>and</strong>, witiiout sayingany thiijg to any one, set out on his journey forthe singing-apple, though ha knew not one foot ofthe way, leaving a letter behind him, tobe givento Fair-Star the ntxt morniug; v/ho, when she receivedit, felt all the disquiet <strong>and</strong> torments conceivableupon such an occasion. She ran into herbrother's chamber, to let thetn partake some'what


PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &c. 33of her grief; who presently sent after him again,to oblige liiin to return, without attempting an adventurewherein there was so much hazard. Allthis tinw; the liing, who never had these four strangersout of his thoughts, as often as he wenta-hiinting,called upon th-em, <strong>and</strong> reproached them fornot coming to his court. They excused tliemselves,first, that they had not completed their equipage;<strong>and</strong> then, that their brother was absent: assuringhim, that upon his return, they, after the leave hegave them, would pay their most liumble respectsto him.Tl)e prince Chery, who was too much urged onbyhis passion not to make all possible haste, sometime after day-break found a h<strong>and</strong>some young mansitting under a shady tree, reading a book he heldin his h<strong>and</strong>; to whom lie addresjed himself iii acivil manner, <strong>and</strong> said, ' Give me leave to interruptyou, to ask if you know where 1 may find thesinging-apple.' The j'oung man looking up <strong>and</strong>smiling, asked him if he intended to obtain it.'Yes,' replied the prince, ' if it is possible, I will.''Ah! sir," added the stranger, 'you know not allthe dangers; here is a book tliat speaks of them,<strong>and</strong> the very reading of it is enough to make onetremble.''No matter for that,' said Chery, ' th&danger is not capable of dismaying me ; tell me'only where T may find it.' This book,' continuedthe man, ' says, in the Deserts of Libya; that wemay hear it sing eight leagues off; <strong>and</strong> that thedragon, which guards it, has already devouredabove five hundred thous<strong>and</strong> people.' ' I shallmake one more,' said the prince, smiling : <strong>and</strong> thentaking his leave, set forv/ards for tiie Deserts ofLibya. After several days' journey, he listened ifhe could hear the apple, afflicting himself with thelength of the way ; when perceiving in the road aturtle almost dead, <strong>and</strong> seeing no one High tiiatcould have wounded it, he beliaved that it mightb«long to Venus, <strong>and</strong> that having escaped her


•row,is3t TALES OF THE FAIRIES,court, the little archer, to try liis bow <strong>and</strong> arrows,had let fly at her; <strong>and</strong> taking pity on it, lighted offhis horse, took it up, <strong>and</strong> wiping its bloody feathers,took out of his pocket a little golden box ofan admirable ointment, <strong>and</strong> no sooner applied it tothe wound of the poor turtle, but it opened itseyes, raised up its liead, stretched out its wings,<strong>and</strong> then looking at t'ne prince, said, 'Good mor-Chery ;you are destined to save my life, <strong>and</strong>* I may perhaps do you no less signal services.You are come for the singing-apple; the enterprise] is difficult, <strong>and</strong> worthy of you ; for it is guarded bya terrible scaled dragon, with three heads <strong>and</strong>'twelve feet.' Ah! my dear turtle,' said the prince,'how overjoyed am I to see you again, <strong>and</strong> at atime when your assistance is so necessary. Don'tdeny it me, my pretty creature, for I should diewith grief if I should return without the singingapple; <strong>and</strong> since that I got tlie dancing-water bythy means, I hope you will find out some expedientwhereby I may succeed as well in this undertaking.''Follow me,' answered the turtle, <strong>and</strong> 1 hope allwill be well.'The prince let her go, <strong>and</strong> after following herall the day, arrived at a great mountain of s<strong>and</strong>,into which the turtle told him he must dig; whichhe accordingly did, sometimes with his h<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong>sometimes with his sword. After some hours' hardworking, he found a head-piece, breast-plate, <strong>and</strong>,in short, a complete suit of armour for man <strong>and</strong>horse, all of glass. 'Arm yourself,' said the turtle,' <strong>and</strong> fear not the dragon; for when he shall seehimself in allthese glasses, he will be so frightened,thinking his own resemblance, in so many mirrors,to be as many such monsters as himself, thathe will run away.' Chery approving tliis contrivance,armed himself, <strong>and</strong> taking the turtle in hish<strong>and</strong>, they travelled all that night, <strong>and</strong> at daybreakheard a most ravishing melody ; <strong>and</strong> the, 'prince asking what it was, the turtle. told Lim, sh«^ |


PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, ice. 35•was persuaded that nothing but the singing-applecould be so agreeable, for that it performed allparts in music, <strong>and</strong> seemed as if all manner of instrunientswere played upon; which made themstill keep advancing towards it. The prince wishedto himself it might sing something that might beadapted to the situation of his heart; <strong>and</strong> at thatvery instant heard these words'Tis love can conquer the most rebel heartBe amorous still, <strong>and</strong> from her never part;And since you follow beauty's cruelty.Love on, pursue, <strong>and</strong> you will happy be.'Ah!' cried he, in answer to these verses, 'howcharming is this prediction! I ma)' hope then to bemore happy.' To which the turtle made no replj%for she never spoke any thing but what was absolutelynecessary. The farther they advanced themore charming the music seemed; <strong>and</strong> whateverdread the prince might be in, he was sometimes soravished, that he stopped, almost insensible of anything else : but the sight of the dragon, who appearedsuddenly, soon recovered liim out of tliiskind of lethargy. He had smelt the prince a greatway off, <strong>and</strong> expected to devour him, as he haddone by all the rest. He came jumping along, coveringthe ground as he came vrith a poisonousfroth : out of his infernal throat there issued fire<strong>and</strong> little dragons, which he used instead of darts,to throw into the eyes <strong>and</strong> ears of allthe knights--errant tliat came to fetch away the singing-apple,But when he saw his own terrible figure, multi-•plied a thous<strong>and</strong> times, in the prince's glass armour,he stopped; <strong>and</strong> looking hard upon him,bearing so many no less horrid monsters than him.self about him, was frightened, <strong>and</strong> ran away,Cherj', perceiving the happy success of his armour,pursued him to the mouth of a deep cavern, whichbe closed up, to prevent his returning again. Aft«r


56 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.tliat, searcuiuff about, he discovered, -n-itli admira-'tion, ll:e beautiful tree, which was all amber, exicpj.tthe apples, which were topazes; but thatwhich he sought after with so much pains <strong>and</strong>preat danger, was a rubj- crowned with a diamond."Ihe prince, transported with the joy of having itin his power to bestow so jfreat a treasure on hisl>eIoved Fair-Star, made haste to break oflf thebough ; <strong>and</strong>, proud of his good fortune, mountedhis horse ajain, but saw no more of the turtle,who, wl-.on there was no farther need of her assistpuce,was flown away. In short, the prince returnedto his princess with his prize, w-ho had neverenjoyed one moment's repose since liis absence :bhe continually reproached herself for her ambitionof wit, dreading CLery's death far more than herf;v.n. 'Ah! unhappy wretch that I am!' would sheoften cry, fetching deep <strong>and</strong> heavy sighs, why'was I so vain-glorious? why could not I be contentto speak <strong>and</strong> do things well enough not to be impertinent?V.'ei!, I am punished for my pride, if Ilose him I so dearly loved. Alas! perhaps thegods, displeased with the resistless passion I havef..r Chery, will deprive me of him by some tragicalend.' Ko afflicting tormenting thought escapedher imagination, when, in the middle of the night,she heard such ravishing music, that she could notlie in bed, but got up, <strong>and</strong> went to the window tohear it mere plainly, not knowing what to thiuk ofit: sometimes she believed it to be Apollo <strong>and</strong> theMuses, sometimes Venus, the Graces, <strong>and</strong> Loves;<strong>and</strong> all ti:e time the symphony seer.^ed to comenigher. At Inst, it being moon-light, she discoveredthe prince; upon which she retired, seeing aftentleman, <strong>and</strong> net knowing who it might be;wlieu he stopped under her window, <strong>and</strong> the applesuug an air, the beginning of which words were, or'something like it, Awake, you sleeping fair.'At this the curious princess presently lookedout, <strong>and</strong> knowing her brother again, was ready to


'Ah,I»RINCESS FAIR-STAR, &c.jump out of the window to him. She talked soloud, that the -whole family was presently alarmed,<strong>and</strong> came <strong>and</strong> opened the doors, which Chery enteredwith all imaginable haste, holding in hish<strong>and</strong> a branch of amber, with the wonderful fruitupon it ; <strong>and</strong>, as he had smelt of it often, his witwas so ir.uch increased, that nothing vras comparableto it. Fair-Star ran to meet him withgreat precipitation, crying with joy, <strong>and</strong> saying,'Do you believe I thank you, dear brother ? No,there's nothing that I do not buy too dear, when Iexpose you to fetch it.' * And there are no dan-3 I v.-ouid not hazard,' answered'he, to giveyou tlie least satisfaction. Accept, Fair-Star, ofthis fruit; none deserves it so much as you.'STBright-Sun <strong>and</strong> his brother came just then <strong>and</strong> interruptedtheir conversation, <strong>and</strong> were glad to seetheir brother again, who gave them an account ofliis journey, which lasted till morning.'I he wicked Feintisa having left the queen, afterhaving acquainted her v»ith her projects, was justretired heme <strong>and</strong> got to bed, but could not sleep,through her uneasiness, one wink. When she heardthe sweet singing of the apple, <strong>and</strong> not doubtingIt that. he had obtained it, she cried <strong>and</strong> bewailedher condition, scratching her face, <strong>and</strong> tearing oflFher hair. Her grief was extremely great ; for, insteadof doing the princes the mischief she projected,she did them all the service imaginable. Asu as it was day, she was too well informed ofthe prince's return, <strong>and</strong> upon that hurried awayto the queen-mother. 'Well, Feintisa,' said thatpiiuce?s, 'do you bring me any good news? arethey destroyed ?' ' No, madam,' replied she, castingherrelf at her feet ': but let not your majestybe impatient; I have a thous<strong>and</strong> ways yet left.'v.'retch,' siiid the queen, « thou intendest tobetray me, <strong>and</strong> tlierefore spare them.' Feintisaprotested to the contrarj', <strong>and</strong>, when she had appeasedher, returned home, to think of what was


58 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.to be done next. She let some days pass withoutundertaking any thing : when being informed byher scouts that the princess was walking in theforest alone, expecting her brothers, she went thither;<strong>and</strong>, addressing herself to her, said, Charm-'ing Star, I have been informed that you have gotthe singing-apple, <strong>and</strong> was overjoyed to hear of it;for I have so great an inclination for you, that Iam interested in whatever tends to your advantage.And,' continued she, ' I cannot forbear advisingyou to one thing more.'' All,' cried the princess,getting from her, 'keep your advice to yourself;for though the benefits I receive be great, yet theymake not amends for the trouble <strong>and</strong> uneasiness.they have caused me.'' Uneasiness is not so great«n evil,' answered she with a smile; 'there is asweetness <strong>and</strong> tenderness sometimes in it.' ' For-'bear,' said Fair-Star, I tremble when I think of' it.' Indeed,' said the old woman, you are verymuch to be pitied, to be the most beautiful <strong>and</strong>wittiest lady in the Avorld.' ' I desire once more,'replied the princess, ' to be excused ; I know too•well the condition the absence of my brother reducedme to.' 'You must, uotv.'ithst<strong>and</strong>ing, betold,' said Feintisa, 'that you want the little greenbird, that tells every thing, by which you will beinformed of your birth, <strong>and</strong> your good <strong>and</strong> ill fortune; there's no particular tiling he does not discover: <strong>and</strong> when the world shall say, that Fair-Star has the dancing-water <strong>and</strong> the singing-apple,<strong>and</strong> wants the little green bird, they had as goodSay nothing.'After having in this manner uttered what she in--tended, she retired, leaving the princess melancholy<strong>and</strong> thoughtful, <strong>and</strong> sighing, as if there was somethingshe desired. 'This woman is in the right,''said she ; what am 1 the better»for tlie dancingwater<strong>and</strong> singing-apple, if I know not who I am,-who are my parents, <strong>and</strong> by what fatality my brothers<strong>and</strong> I w«re exposed to the fury cf the w-av€S?


PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, ^-c, 39There must be something extraordinary in ourbirths, that Ave should be ab<strong>and</strong>oned in the mannerAve were, <strong>and</strong> receive so evident a protection fromHeaven. How great a pleasure would it be to meto know my father <strong>and</strong> mother, to love them if!they be alive, <strong>and</strong> to honour their memory if deadThereupon tears trickled down her cheeks, clear asdrops of morning dew distilling upon lilies <strong>and</strong>roses. Cher}', who was always more impatient tosee her again than the other two, made the mosthaste, after the sport was over, to return home :that day he was on foot, his bow hung negligentlyby his side, some arrows he held in his h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong>his hair was tied with a ribbon behind him ; <strong>and</strong>in this warlike dress he looked charmingly pleasing.When the princess saw him, she retired to a*dark shady walk, that he might not perceive thosecharacters of grief in her face ; but nothing canescape a lover's eye ; for the prince, looking uponher, soon knew that something was the matter."Whereupon he was disturbed, <strong>and</strong> desired her totell him what it was ; but she refusing with obstinacy,he turned one of his arrows against his breast,<strong>and</strong> said, 'Since j'ou love me not, Fair-Star, I havenothing to do but die.' By this means he, as Imay say, extorted thesecret from her; but on theseconditions, that he should not with the hazard ofhis life seek to satisfy her desires; all which hepromised. But as scon as she was retired to herchamber, <strong>and</strong> her brothers to theirs, he went intothe stable again, <strong>and</strong> mounting his horse, set outwithout saying a word to any one. When it wasknown the next morning, the whole family was inthe utmost consternation. The king, who couldnot forget, sent to invite them again, <strong>and</strong> they returnedthe same excuse again of their brother'sbeing absent, <strong>and</strong> that they could have no pleasure<strong>and</strong> satisfaction without him ; but that upon hisreturu they would not fail to pay their devoirs.The princess was inconsolable ; the water <strong>and</strong> ap*


of it the bird talking like an oracle, telling most,'40 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.pie could not charm lier, nothing was agreeablewithout Cher3\The prince w<strong>and</strong>ered up <strong>and</strong> down, asking all l.emet where he might find the little green bird ; butno body could tell him, till he met with an old man,who, taking him home with him, took the pains tolook over his books <strong>and</strong> a globe, which he hadmade the study of his life ; <strong>and</strong> then told him itwas in a frozen climate, on the point of a frightfulrock, showing him all the roads to it. The prince,by way of return, presented him with a purse ofjewels he had combed out of liis hair, <strong>and</strong> takingleave of him pursued his journey. To be short,one morning, by sun-rise, lie perceived the rock, iwhich was very high <strong>and</strong> craggy, <strong>and</strong> on the topiitrange things. He thought he might catch it with [little trouble, since it appeared to be very tame, Ihopping from one place to another. He got olFfrom his horse, <strong>and</strong> climbed up withoutmnking anynoise, promising himself i'.vA Fair-Star tiie mo-,t•sensible pleasure ;v/hen, all on a sudden, the roc::opened, <strong>and</strong> he fell, as m.otionle:-s as any statue,into a large hall, so that he could neither bemoannor complain of his deplorable adventure. I'herehe found three hundred knights, v.-ho, having madethe same attempt as himself, were in the same condition,being only able to look at om another.The time of his absence seemed so long to Fair-Star, that she fell extraordinary ill; <strong>and</strong> tlie phy- I'sicians pronounced her to be devoured by deep'melancholy. Her brothers, who loved her tenderly,v,'ould often tell her the cause of her illnes' ;upon which she confessed, that slie reproached herselfnight <strong>and</strong> day for Chery's departure, <strong>and</strong> thatshe was sure she should die if she heard no newsof him. Bright-Sun, moved by lier tei.rs, resolved :to go <strong>and</strong> seek his biother; <strong>and</strong> accordingly, kuovriugwhere the bird was, set out, approached it witiithe same hopes, was swallowed up by the rock, ar. i


PRIKCESS FAIR-STAR, &c. 41fell into the great hall, where the first object hefixed his e^^es on was Cheiy, but could not speakto him. In the mean time Fair-Star grew better,hoping every minute to see her two brothers return; but being deceived therein, her grief renewed,<strong>and</strong> she complained incessantly, accusing herselffor the disasters that befel her brothers : whenPrince Felix, having no less compassion on her,<strong>and</strong> concern for his brothers, resolved to go <strong>and</strong>find them, <strong>and</strong> acquainted her therewith. She atfirst seemed to oppose it ; but he replied that itwas just that he should expose himself for thosewho were so dear to him, <strong>and</strong> then set out, aftertaking his leave of the princess, whom he left aprey to the most piercing grief.When Feintisa knew that the third prince wasgone her joj- had no end, but away she ran to thequeen, <strong>and</strong> promised her, with more assurance thaner, to destroy this unfortunate family, Felixshared the same fate with Chery <strong>and</strong> Bright-Sunhe found the rock, saw the bird, <strong>and</strong> fell in thehall, where he knew the princes he souglit, <strong>and</strong> sawthem ranged in niches. They never slept nor ate,but remained in that sad condition, having onlytheir thoughts at liberty. Fair-Star, seeing noney( her brothers return, was inconsolable, <strong>and</strong> reiroachedherself for staying so long after them ;md, without any longer hesitation, ordered theirervants to stay six months, <strong>and</strong> if neither she norler brothers returned in that time, to go <strong>and</strong> acinaintthe corsair <strong>and</strong> his wife with their deaths.Then dressing herself in men's clothes, as mostitting to secure her from all insults on her journey,'eintisa had the pleasure to see her go upon hersabella horse ; <strong>and</strong> immediately after ran full ofoy to the palace, to regale the queen with thelews. She only armed herself with a head-piece,isor of which she never lifted up, because hsreauty was so perfect, she would not otherwise»ve passed for a man. She suffered very mucH


42 TALES OF THE EAIRIES.by the rigour of the weather; for that countrywhere the green bird lived, in no season ever receivedthe happy influence of the sun ; but neithercold nor any thing else could dismay her. In herway she saw a dove, no less white nor cold thanthe snow it lay upon, which, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing herimpatience of arriving at the rock, slie could notsee perish ; but, lighting off her horse, took it up,warmed it with her breath, <strong>and</strong> put it into her bosom,wliere it never stirred. Fair-Star, thinking itdead, took it out, <strong>and</strong> looking sorrowfully upon it,said,' What shall I do, lovely dove, to save thylife r' To which the little creature made answer,'One sweet kiss, Fair-Star, from your mouth, wilJfinish what you have so charitably begun.' NoJjonly one,' said tlie princess, ' but a thous<strong>and</strong>need be ;' <strong>and</strong> fell a kissing it. Upon which thedove, reviving, replied, ' I know you, notv,ithst<strong>and</strong>ing your disguise, <strong>and</strong> must tell you, that you undertake a thing which will be impossible for youto effect without my assistance ; but do as I advise you. ^Vllen you come to the rock, instead o/attempting to climb it,stay at the bottom, <strong>and</strong> singthe most melodious song you can thmk of;green bird will hear you, <strong>and</strong> observe from wliencfthe voice comei ; then you must pretend to beasleep, <strong>and</strong> I will stay by you : when he sees mehe'll come from the rock to peck me, <strong>and</strong> then yoimust take your advantage <strong>and</strong> catch him.'The prmcess, overjoyed at this hope, arrived soorat the rock, where she found her brothers' horse;grazing, which sight renewed all her grief, <strong>and</strong> sh«sat down <strong>and</strong> cried bitterly ; but the little greerbird said such fine <strong>and</strong> comfortable things to thostthat were afflicted, that she dried up her tears, ancsang so loud <strong>and</strong> charming, that the princes in th«hall had the pleasure of hearing her, which wasthe first moment they began to hope. The litthgreen bird heard her also, <strong>and</strong> looked to see fronwhence the voice came, <strong>and</strong> perceiving the prin


TRINCESS FAIR-STAR, Lc. 43cess, who had pulled off her casque, that slie mightlie down to sleep with more ease, <strong>and</strong> also the dovehopping by her, he came down to peck her, but hadnot pulled off three feathers before he was takenhimself. ' !'Ah said he, what wc-ald you havewith me ? What have I done to engage ycu tocome so far to make me miserable ? Give me mylibertj', I conjure you, <strong>and</strong> I will do whatever youdesire in exchauge.''Kestore me my brothers,'said Fair-Star, whom, by their horses feeding here,'I know thou detainest somewhere hereabouts.'' Ie a red feather,' said lie, 'under my left v/ingpull it out, <strong>and</strong> touch the rock with it.' The princessmade liaste to do what he had bid her, but atthe same time saw such flashes of lightning, <strong>and</strong>heard such claps of thunder, together with theroaring of the wind, that she was very muchfrightened ; but she, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing, held thegreen tird fast, that he might not escape her, thentouched the rock again a second <strong>and</strong> third timeat which last it split from the top to the bottom,<strong>and</strong> she with an air of victory entered the hall,diere the three were with a great many others,She ran to Chery, who knew her not in that dress<strong>and</strong> in a helmet; for then the enchantment wasnot destroyed, insomuch that he could neitherspeak nor stir. The princess, seeing that, askedthe bird more questions ; to v/hich he made answer,that she must rub the eyes of all those shewould free from the enchantment with the same 'red feather, which good office she did to severalkings <strong>and</strong> princes, as well as her three brothers,who, in return for so great a benefit, fell downon their knees, <strong>and</strong> called her the deliverer ofkings.Fair-Star then perceiving that her brothers,deceivedby her dress, did not know her, pulled oflFher helmet, <strong>and</strong>, holding out her arms, embracedthem a thous<strong>and</strong> times, if possible, <strong>and</strong> afterv/ardaasked the other princes civilly who they were.


UTALES OF THE FAIRIES.Every one told his own jiarticularadventure, <strong>and</strong>offered to accompany her wherever she went: towhich s'ne answered, that thougli the laws ofknighthood might give her some right over theirliberties, she waved it, leaving them to pursuetheir own pleasures ; <strong>and</strong> then retired with herbrothers, that they might give each other a particularaccount of what had befallen them sincetheir separation. The little green bird often interruptedthem, to desire Fair-Star to give him hisliberty; upon which she looked for the dove toask her opinion, but not finding her, told the birdhe had cost her too much trouble <strong>and</strong> uneasinessto enjoy so little of her conquest. Thereupon tlieyall four mounted their own horses, leaving thekings <strong>and</strong> princes to go on foot, their equipage <strong>and</strong>horses being all lost <strong>and</strong> dead during the manyyears of their enchantment.The queen-mother, eased of all the disquiet withwhich the return of the princes <strong>and</strong> princess hadburthened her, renewed her instances to the kingto marry again ; <strong>and</strong> importuned him so much,that he made choice of a princess, cue of his relations.But as he must first disannul his marriag*with the Queen Blondina, who had lived all thattime at her mother's with the three whelps, the oldqueen sent a coach for her <strong>and</strong> them. She cameaccording to her comm<strong>and</strong>s, <strong>and</strong> was dressed inblack, with a long veil that reached down to herfeet ; in which apparel she appeared as beautifulas the morning-star, though she was become lean<strong>and</strong> pale by not sleeping nor eating but just tosustain nature, <strong>and</strong> out of complaisance to hermother, who was pitied by all. The king relentedso much, that he durst not cast his eyes on her ;for he consented to this second match purely outof the hopes of heirs. The marriage-day being appointed,the old queen, urged thereto by Rosetta,•who always hated her unfortunate sister, wouldhav« the Queen Blondina appear at the feast.


PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &c. 46which was to be verj-magnificent; <strong>and</strong> the king,to show his gr<strong>and</strong>eur to strangers, sent the firstgentleman of his bed-chamber to the princes <strong>and</strong>thiir sister, to invite them to it.The gentleman went accordingly, <strong>and</strong>, knowingthe extreme desire the king had to see them, findingthem not at home, left one of his attendants towait for them, <strong>and</strong> to bring them without any delay.The night before this banquet I'air-Star <strong>and</strong>the three prmces arrived, to whom the person thatwas left delivered his message, telling them withalthe history of the king's life : that he had marrieda young beautiful damsel, who had the misfortuneto be delivered of tliree whelps ; <strong>and</strong> that uponthat account he had put her away, though he lovedher tenderly ; that he had lived fifteen years beforehe would hearken to any proposals of marriage,but being pressed thereto by the queen-mother <strong>and</strong>his ministers of state, he had determined to espouse.3 young princess of his court, to whose nuptialsthe3' were invited.Fair-Star dressed herself in a rose-coloured velt,bedecked on the robings with diamonds, herhair hanging on her shoulders in fine curls, buttied together with a bunch of ribbons, by whichIS the gold-chain on her neck appeared morevisible ; the star on her forehead shined with allimaginable lustre ; <strong>and</strong>, in short, she seemed toobeautiful for a mortal. Her brothers came not farshort of her; <strong>and</strong> Prince Cherj' had somethingthat distinguished him most advantageously. They11 four went in an ivory <strong>and</strong> ebony chariot, drawnby twelve white horses, their equipage every waysuitable. The king, overjoyed to see them, receivedthem at the stair-head : the apple sang wonderfullyfine, the water danced, <strong>and</strong> the green bird talkedlike an oracle. They all fell on tiieir knees, tillthe king raised them up with his h<strong>and</strong>, which theykissed with all respect <strong>and</strong> affection. After thatlie embraced them, <strong>and</strong> said, ' I am obliged to you.


46 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.lo%'ely strangers, for your company to-day ; j'ourpresence gives me a sensible pleasure.' Then heled them into a large hail, M'here there were severaltables set out with all manner of rarities <strong>and</strong>dainties, <strong>and</strong> music playing all the time. Soonafter came the queen-mother, -with her new daughter-iu-lav,'that was to be, accompanied by Rosetta<strong>and</strong> a great number of ladies, <strong>and</strong> with them^thepoor queen, led by a brass chain about her neck, towhich the three dogs were fastened, who, togetherwitli them, was carried to a great bowl of bones<strong>and</strong> offal-meat, that was set out by the old queen'scomm<strong>and</strong> in one part of the hall.When Fair-Star <strong>and</strong> the princes saw this ur.happyprincess, tears came in their eyes, either becausethey were sensibly touched with the vicissitudes<strong>and</strong> changes of this world, or by instinct of nature.But how outrageous were the old queen's thoughtsat so unexpected a return, so contrary to lier designs! She cast so furious a look at Feintisr., thatshe wished the earth would open <strong>and</strong> swallow herup, so much did she dread her. The king presentedthe princess <strong>and</strong> her brothers to his mother, sayingthe most obliging things of them ;<strong>and</strong> she, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ingher inward hatred <strong>and</strong> concern, receivedthem with a favourable compliment <strong>and</strong> asmile ; for at that time dissimulation was ap muchin vogue as nov/. Is'o mirth was wanting duringtlie feast, though the king was not very well pleasedto see his wife eat with dogs, as the meanest of allcreatures ; but having resolved to show all mannerof complaisance to his mother, she ordered everything as she thought fit.When the repast was over, the king, addressinghimself to Fair-Star, said, ' I hear you are possessedof three incomparable things ; 1 wish you joy ofthem, <strong>and</strong> desire you to tell ine how you got them,*' ' Sir,' replied she, I shall obey you with pleasure.1 was told that the dancing-water would make mehiuidsdme, <strong>and</strong> the singing-apple inspire those wiiy


PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &:c. 47had it with wit ; which were the two reasons madedesirous of them. For the little green bird,who tells every thing, our ignorance of our fatalths made me covet him, since we were childrenibaudoned by our parents.' 'To judge of your>irth by j-our persons,' replied the king, ' it mustillustrious j but tell me sincerely who you are.'ir,' said she,'my brothers <strong>and</strong> I deferred thatnquiry till our return, <strong>and</strong> tlien we received thelonour of an invitation to your wedding, <strong>and</strong> haverought these rairities to divert you.'' I am veryf it,' s;;id the king, 'therefore let us not deerso agreeable an entertainment.''What,' saidhe queen-mother, in a passion,'can you amuseourself HO better than with such idle stories, <strong>and</strong>ich silly chits <strong>and</strong> their rarities ? I am sorry yourredulity should be so much abused, <strong>and</strong> tliat theylould hr.ve the honour to sit at my table.' Fairtar<strong>and</strong> her brothers knew not how to behavelemselves at this disobliging expression, but wereinfused <strong>and</strong> vexed to be afifronted before so muchDrapany ;but the king telling his mother that thisroceeding of hers very much displea:^ed him, deredthem to take no notice of it, <strong>and</strong> held out his<strong>and</strong> as a sign of his friendship. Fair-Star calledglass-bason, <strong>and</strong> poured the dancing-waterto it ; which, by its skipping <strong>and</strong> jumping, somemesforming waves like a rolling sea, <strong>and</strong> somechangingits colour, filled all the companyith admiration, by its forcing the bason along theble to the king, cast out seme drops into the facefirst gentleman of the king's bed-chamber ;ho being a man of good mien, but of a disagree-'le face (though a man of merit), having but one:, the v.ater made him very beautiful, <strong>and</strong> reoredhis eye again. The king, whose favouritewas, seemed as much pleased with this advenre,as the queen-mother was vexed to hear the apusesof the whole company. After that, Fairarproduced the ruby apple upon its branch of


48 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,amber, which began as melodious a concert as ifthere had been a hundred musicians, which ravishedthe senses of the king <strong>and</strong> whole court ; whoseadmiration increased, when she showed the littlegreen bird in a golden cage, out of which she tookhim gently, <strong>and</strong> set him upon the apple, whicii cutof respect left off singing, to give him time tospeak : his feathers were so bright, that, when th(eyes were shut, they glistened, <strong>and</strong> were of almanner of shades of green. He addressed himselfto the king, <strong>and</strong> asked him what he pleased toknow.'We want to be informed,' replied theking, 'who this lady <strong>and</strong> these three gentlemenare.' 'O king,' answered the bird, with a plain'<strong>and</strong> intelligible voice, she is thy own daughter<strong>and</strong> two of these princes are th^- sons ; the third,whose name is Chery, is thy nephew.' Thereupon,with an unparalleled eloquence, he told tb.e wholestory, without omitting tlie least circumstance.The king melted into tears, <strong>and</strong> the afflictedqueen, leaving her dogs, came softly forwards, crying for joy ; for she no longer disputed the trutlof the story when she saw all tlie tokens. Thethree princes rose up at the end thereof, cast themselves at the king's feet, embraced his knees, amkissed his h<strong>and</strong>.He, with open arms clapped thento his heart; <strong>and</strong>, at that time, there was nothin;heard but sighs <strong>and</strong> cries of joy. When, at lastthe king seeing his queen st<strong>and</strong>ing fearful by th.wall-side in an humble posture, ran to her, <strong>and</strong>braced her a thous<strong>and</strong> times : then took lier by thh<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> made her sit down by him ; but not beforeher children <strong>and</strong> she had embraced as oftenjS'ever was sight more tender <strong>and</strong> moving; the.were all in tears, lifting up their h<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong> eyeto heaven to return thanks. The king made thprincess he v.as to marry a compliment, <strong>and</strong>, wittal, a present of jewels. But for the queen-motheillosetta, <strong>and</strong> Feintisa, they could expect nothinbut the utmost resentment. The thunder of hi


PRINCESS FAIR-STAR, &e. 49anger began to grumble, whea the generous queen,her children, <strong>and</strong> Chery, conjured him not to puthimself into a passion, but to pass a more exemplarythan severe sentence. The qaeen-motlier hemade a close prisoner for life in a strong castle<strong>and</strong> Rosetta <strong>and</strong> Feintisa were cast into a deepnasty dungeon, thereto remain all their days witnthe three dogs.After these three wicked persons were carriedvay, the music began to play, <strong>and</strong> all joy aujmirth went forward ; but none came up to tliat ofChery's <strong>and</strong> Fair-Star's, who were as happy as theywished to be; for the king, sensible of his nephew'smerit, completed the happiness of that day by marryinghim to his daughter. The prince, transportedwith joy, cast himself at his feet; <strong>and</strong> Fair-Stardiscovered no less satisfaction. But, not to forsetthe old princess, who had in a kind of solitudtspent so many years, but to let her partake of tliejoy, the same fairy that liad been so entertained bvat the same moment, went <strong>and</strong> told her all thathappened at court, <strong>and</strong> asked her to go with herthither. The grateful princess went with her inher chariot of blue <strong>and</strong> gold, preceded by all mannerof warlike instruments, <strong>and</strong> followed by livehundred bod3--guard3 richly clothed; <strong>and</strong>, by theway, the fairy told her the history of her gr<strong>and</strong>children;how she had never forsaken them, buthad protected them under the shape of a siren <strong>and</strong>a dove, <strong>and</strong> all upon the account of the charitableprion she gave her. The good princess wasevery moment kissing her h<strong>and</strong>, to show her acknowledgment,<strong>and</strong> could not think of expressions'to declare her joy. "When they arrived at ccurtthe king received them with a thous<strong>and</strong> testimoniesof friendship. The Queen Blondina <strong>and</strong> herchildren were glad to see the princess, <strong>and</strong> earnestto express their gratitude <strong>and</strong> obligations to thatillustrious lady, vrho the old princess told tliemwas the kind dove that guided them ; <strong>and</strong> who toVOL. II.D


50 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.complete the king's satisfaction, told him that hismother-in-law, whom he always took for a poorcountry woman, was a sovereign princess; whichwas the only thing perhaps wanting to that monarch'shappiness. And, to conclude, the corsair<strong>and</strong> his wife were sent for, that they might receivea noble recompense for the extraordinary educationthey bestowed on them.


GENTLE]MAN-CITIZEN.CONTINUATION OF THE GENTLEMAN-CITIZEN.The story of the Princess Fair-Star filled D<strong>and</strong>inardierewith so much admiration, that, with hisgood will, he would have spent the whole eveningin commending it ; <strong>and</strong> in the excess of his raptures,taking Virginia hy the h<strong>and</strong>, pulled her sorudely to him, that, not being prepared, she fellupon the viscount, <strong>and</strong> he upon the ground. D<strong>and</strong>inardiereseemed amazed at this disorder ; he accusedhis stars a thous<strong>and</strong> times, in the mostlofty expressions, for persecuting him in this manner,telling the company that he never thought ofsucceeding so ill in a piece of gallantry, into whichhis admiration had engaged him,' It is a veryodd way of pleasing,' said the young heroine, ' topull one so rudely by the arm, to lame me for'some days.' Neither have I, iVIonsieur D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,'said the viscount,'been much betterused ; <strong>and</strong> what vexes me most is, that, in my fall,my peruke fell off; <strong>and</strong> as I give myself, as muchS.S I am able, all the airs of a young man, I amI'erj- much at a nonplus to justify my grey hairsbefore these ladies.' ' I see bj' Monsieur D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,'said the prior, 'that you increase hispain by talking as you do; you must have someconsideration for a gentleman that is wounded: Iswear, had he broke my neck, I would not have•said a word.' I am obliged to i'ou,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere;'but, alas! the ladies have other privileges:cruelty is their appennage <strong>and</strong> support, <strong>and</strong>the fair Virginia knows too well how to maintain'her rights.' Reproach me not for complaining,'said she; any ' otlier but myself would have ciied


52 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,out louder.' ' But, to speak sincerely, I have thesentiments of an Alex<strong>and</strong>er, <strong>and</strong> meet with the rigourof an Alexaudretta,' replied D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,with an abundance of joy, thinking he had madeuse of a most delicate <strong>and</strong> uncommon expression,<strong>and</strong> wondered that no body applauded it, lookingupon the company with such an air of merit, thatthe gentlemen could scarce refrain from laughing.Then jMarthouida, who was always most liberal ofher praises, forbore some time, but at last cried outupon the fineness of the expression of Alexaudretta,<strong>and</strong> on the beauties it included, whichA'.ere hid from <strong>and</strong> unknowTi to the vulgar. ThenVirginia taking upon her the discourse, told himhe had a superior wit, <strong>and</strong> was capable of polishingthe whole world, of banishing all obscurities,<strong>and</strong> to give the last perfection to language ; whichwere followed by a thous<strong>and</strong> such like extravagances; for these ladies had an inexhaustible storeof tliem.D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, charmed <strong>and</strong> confounded at thesame time, clapped his armed h<strong>and</strong>s together, <strong>and</strong>was for answering all at once; insomuch, that hekne'vv not v/hat he said, but had like to have choaicedhimself; <strong>and</strong> he crowed like a young child ordrunken man, getting out soi-netimes, 'Your veryhumble sen'ant, 3'ou are too favourable to mysmall merit ;your verj' humble servant.' It beingvery late, Madame St. Thomas thinking it fit to givethe sick man some time to repose himself, took herleave of him, <strong>and</strong> bade him good night, <strong>and</strong> wasfollowed by the rest of the company ; leavingAlain in a corner of the room, with a mortifiedcountenance, which showed his sorrow for his lord<strong>and</strong> master's fall, whom, out of respect, he durstnot approach, till he, calling kindly, said, Reach'me my night-cap, instead of this turban, which,though it becomes me very well, is very troublesome: I cannot tell what the Turks do to theirs,for mine is always falling off.' * O ! sir,' answereii


'GENTLEMAN-CITIZEX,with his ordinary simplicity, 'don't wonder...I, tor the devil's their fiiend, <strong>and</strong> can make11 suy on faster than if they were held on byribbons : now the ladies, who are not so greatTurks as the Gr<strong>and</strong> Turk, are forced to wear great'bunches of ribbons.' A turban you mean, youfool,' cried Daudinardiere;' I cannot bear to hear'you speak so improper.' O ! if I am improper,'said Alain, who did not underst<strong>and</strong> him rightly,you know it is not my own fault ; for it rainedvhtn I boxed in the yard, <strong>and</strong>, since that, youhave tumbled <strong>and</strong> tossed me about your chamber;<strong>and</strong> 30U know white walls never do one's clothesanj' good. I protest, sir, my heart always acheswhen 1 see you in a passion in a dirty place, whichproceeds from my fear of getting spots upon myclothes.' ' I know very well,' said his master,that you have a great consideration for whatgoods are mine; <strong>and</strong>, I assure you, I shall takecare to make you pull off your livery when I beatyou again.' 'That's a very bad promise,' replieddu ; for, since you have been here, your blowsare worse than the brushing them. It is not longsince I was your faithful domestic, <strong>and</strong> well be.5oloved, as my good old gr<strong>and</strong>mother used to say•when she put cabbage into the pot ; <strong>and</strong> I think Imay use this comparison, that you are the pot, <strong>and</strong>I tiie cabbage, which you cultivate <strong>and</strong> water, toeat me, that is to say, to beat me : you love me nootherwise. Ha, ha, ha ! I am a fool tobut I will say no more.' Plere he left off; <strong>and</strong>happi' w^as it for him, since he saved thereby somestrokes that his master, who began to be chafed byhis arguing in this manner, was going to bestovrupon him.By this time supper came up, <strong>and</strong> Daudinardiere,by tormenting himself all day, ate enoughto make a famine ; <strong>and</strong>, after that, fell into sosound a sleep, that he never waked till Mr. Robert,the surgeon, knocked at his chamber-door th*-


54 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,next morning with his fist <strong>and</strong> feet.' 'Ah ! MOH*sieur D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,' cried he, as loud as he could'bawl, they say that you design to go away withoutpaying me for the care I have taken of yourhead ; but I shall watch your door, you shall notgive me tlie slip. It is the true way to be rich, iu»deed, to promise <strong>and</strong> never to pay ; fair wordsbutter no parsnips : I am not to be so bubbledyou shall pay me, or I am very much mistaken.'D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, surprised <strong>and</strong> enraged at the insolenceof ]Mr. Robert, listened to him, while he pronouncedhis proverbs like another Sancho Panca;<strong>and</strong> afterwards, awaking his valet, who was in asound sleep, <strong>and</strong> bidding him softly come to him,' said, Thou hearest the impertinence of this rascallysurgeon ; he would be paid for tlie care hetakes to kill me. Could he think me so void ofhonour <strong>and</strong> honesty not to satisfy him ? He deservesto be well threshed ; but I am not in thehumour to give myself so much trouble about sucha sorry fellow. Besides, it is thy business ; Iwould have thee make a quick <strong>and</strong> sudden sallyupon him, throw him down, <strong>and</strong> give him twentyor thirty blows ; I'll back you : <strong>and</strong> this is what'he shall get for his impudence.' You'll back me !''answered Alain : pray, sir, what is it you will doto back me?' 'I will^go softly behind thee,' repliedD<strong>and</strong>inardiere, <strong>and</strong> bolt the door after thee;'for, if thou should chance to be the weakest, hewill come in to me ; <strong>and</strong> I scorn, as I told you before,to lay my h<strong>and</strong>s on him.' 'Ah ! sir,' answeredAlain, I scorn him as much, <strong>and</strong> I desire you'not to make me fight with a man so much beneath'me.' How long,' asked the cit, ' have you beensuch a braggadocio ?' ' I don't know what thatmeans,' said tiie valet ;' but, to tell you truly, 1find my sides sore since yesterday's work. Wouldyou have the heart to send me against a fresh man,wiiom I despise so much ? Believe me, sir, youIj.ad better take the pains yourself to beat him,


GENTLEMAN-CITIZElSr. 65since it cannot be done by any one more proper.'should biave learnt him already how to makesuch a noise when he asks money of such a gentlemanas me,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,' was he not so'much below me.' Alas ! sir,', replied Alain, ' youbeat me almost every day, <strong>and</strong> I swear he is of abetter family ; my father was a farrier, <strong>and</strong> he is asurgeon, which I am sure is the most honourableprofession, <strong>and</strong> may make him worthy your strokes.'If you h<strong>and</strong> down a thous<strong>and</strong> genealogies,' criedD<strong>and</strong>inardiere, you shall not provoke me more ' ;but I know thee to be a poltroon, <strong>and</strong> lovest tosleep in a whole skin.'While he was loading, in a low voice, the prudentAlain with these injurious speeches, Mr. Robertkept knocking at the door, which made the enragedD<strong>and</strong>inardiere, who could not bear thethoughts of exposing himself to any more dangers,think of an odd way of revenging himself. Asthere was a hole at the bottom of the door, through•which the cat used to pass, D<strong>and</strong>inardiere got outof bed, <strong>and</strong> finding neither shoes nor slippers, <strong>and</strong>fearing to catch cold, drew on his boots, <strong>and</strong> takingup the tongs, went softly to the door <strong>and</strong> caughtJMr. Robert by the legs, who, thinking himself bitby a serpent, durst not look at his feet, but madesuch a terrible outcry, that, together with D<strong>and</strong>inardiere'slaughing, who failed not to ply well thetongs, the whole family was alarmed. The viscount<strong>and</strong> prior, whose chambers lay next to his,<strong>and</strong> by whose management this scene came to beacted, rose presently, <strong>and</strong> came to appease thisquarrel. Mr. Robert was a Xorman, <strong>and</strong> as fond,to be sure, of a law-suit as of a broken leg or arm.? Gentlemen,' said he, 'bear witness, I am lamedfor ever.' He could say no more; for just thenD<strong>and</strong>inardiere pinched so hard, that he turnedpale <strong>and</strong> speechless. The viscount <strong>and</strong> prior couldnot forbear laughing at this new manner of fightijjg; but as it was then time to pacify the enraged


56 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.spirits of both sides, they desired D<strong>and</strong>inardiefeto make a truce, let go the tongs, <strong>and</strong> open thedoor. For Mr. Robert, as soon as he felt himselfat libertj-, he ran away, protesting against so bada paymaster, <strong>and</strong> resolving to sue him all his life.The cit, who never had the pleasure of makinghis enemy quit the field before, grew so proudupon it, that, without reflecting on the irregularityof his dress, which was only a shirt <strong>and</strong> boots, hestrutted about the room with the tongs on hisshoulder, like another Hercules with his club.'You are in a very great passion,' said the prior ,' are you not afraid it should make you worse ?'< I fear nothing,' replied he,'not death itself inits most terrible shapes.' 'This past action ofyours,' said the viscount, with a serious face,'shows your intrepidity ; but, for all that, I thinkyou ought to pay this poor fellow, who has nothingto live on but his business.' 'He is a rogue,' criedCaadinardiere, wlio ought *to pay me for the mischiefhe has done.out him; the villaina piece of paper.' 'AI should have been well with-would have cut my skin likelittle generosity,' said theprior, ' will make things easy ; he is ignorant, aswell as a great many others, but that is not hisfault perhaps : but I would advise you, as a friend,not to be so obstinate as to refuse him some pis*' toles.' Now you are upon your banter, Monsieurle Prior,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere ;' I came not directlyfrom Paris to be made a fool of in the country :this is not the first difference I have had in mylife, <strong>and</strong> I have always come off with flying co-' lours.' Indeed i believe it,' said Alain, braving' it also ; my master's a dreadful man ; <strong>and</strong> I, ashis servant, partake somewhat of his nature.' Ho-'nest friend Alain,' said the viscount, ' don't be soimprudent; for what will be tlie consequence of aprocess wherein your name shall be put down !''Why,' said he,' I saw nothing; it was all donetluough the hole of the door ; nay, 1 did not so


. venture,GENTLEMAN-CITIZEN. 57"ilincli as reach my master the tongs.Well, let himbring his process, <strong>and</strong> see if I cannot defend it ; Ihave an uncle a lawyer, <strong>and</strong> may get law as cheapas l)e.' 'Courage, my boy,' said tlie viscount,J aughing ; ' here's the Alex<strong>and</strong>er <strong>and</strong> Eartholus ofour time united against Mr. Robert : for my part,I am a lover of peace ; I'll go <strong>and</strong> dress myself, tofetch the olive-branch.' 'And I,' said the cit, 'willget to bed again, for this knave has disturbed metoo soon.' And then they all parted.Never was joy greater than D<strong>and</strong>inardiere's, tothink of the exploit he had performed : he talkeda long time to his man about it, telling him, thatwhen he ever undertook to chastise any one, hedid it to some purpose. Upon which, Alain, whohad never before seen him do any thing more thanhimself, began to look upon him with more respect.' I must own, sir,' said he, 'you have made amendsfor the dread you have alv/ays had of Villeville,<strong>and</strong> I doubt not but you will now fight him.' 'Oh !that's an old quarrel,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, ' thatyou do well to remind me of; 1 am persuaded thatspark has thought better of it, than to be so voidof sense as to measure swords with me.' 'Eut atsir,' said Alain, ' would you if he would?*I know not,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, shaking his headtwo or three times; ' it is not that I want courage,for 1 liave enough of that : but when I think of theadventure that befel me by the sea-side, <strong>and</strong> of thatdemon so like a man, as never were two drops ofwater more like one another, <strong>and</strong> wlio brought methat villanous challenge, which has made me fretsince ; I must sincerely confess, Alain, that Ihad rather you should fight him than myself.*Eut I am not such a fool,' replied Alain: 'what!you would deliver me into the lion's mouth, thatthis devil, if he is one, should carry me readydressed, <strong>and</strong> in my shoes <strong>and</strong> stockings, into theother world. Indeed, sir, though I have not so(uucli money as yourself, my life's as sweet to uieD2


'53 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.as yours ; for it is not money altogether that canmake us happy : we must have health, or one hadas good be dead. Now if I fight with this magician,<strong>and</strong> he shoCild put out mj' eyes, cut my windpipe,or run me througti the heart, do you believe inyour conscience that I should be very well afterit How ?' do you know, coward,' replied D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,in a passion, that YiUeville would serve''you so r' 'O, it is very easy to be believed,' said'Alain, for devils have more power tlian fairies<strong>and</strong> if you remember the story that was told yesterday,they could make apples sing like nightingales,tirds talk as well a« doctors, <strong>and</strong> water dance aswell as the best masters. After all this, have notX reason to be afraid ?' 'You are a strange fellow/'said liis master, to torment yourself <strong>and</strong> me a»you do; for there's now no talk of Villeville : thereforelet me taste the pleasure of my victory, <strong>and</strong>go to sleep, thou disturber of my repose.' Alaiitdrew the curtains, wished his master a good nap,<strong>and</strong> afterwards went to the window which lookedinto the great road, where he passed away an hourin killing the flies, he being their declared enemy;when Villeville passing by, <strong>and</strong> looking up accidentally,saw him; <strong>and</strong> knowing that his very n;tm«struck terror both into D<strong>and</strong>inardiere <strong>and</strong> his man,<strong>and</strong> thinking this adventure might be pleasantenough, held up a pistol to him, as if he wouldkill him. 'Ah!' cried Alain, holding up his h<strong>and</strong>s,• be pleased not to mistake me ; remember tliestrokes you gave me some time since, which Iswear I have never borne j'ou any malice for.'Villeville returning no answer, but remaining inthe same posture, <strong>and</strong> Alain's fears increasing themore, he said, '1 see you have a mmd to kill somebody; stay a moment, I would rather it should bemy master than myself; I'll go <strong>and</strong> awake him,though 1 know he will be very sorry.' Hereuponhe ran, <strong>and</strong> pulled D<strong>and</strong>inardiere by the arm : Sir,'taid he,'be pleased to rise ; here's one at the -wia*


whatGEXTLEMAN-CITTZE^'. 594ow that wants to see jou.' At which he gettingup, <strong>and</strong> putting on his night-gown <strong>and</strong> boots, wentto the window : but, O heavens ! a sight wasthere; Villeville, witli a pistol in his h<strong>and</strong>! Henever stayed, like his man, to make a fine compliment,but ran directly- under the bed, which nothingbut his fear could have made him succeedin, for the bed was very low; but a pistol readycocked was a terrible thing-. He had not lain therelong before he found it very heavy, <strong>and</strong> thoughtnothing could be more dangerous than the conditionhe was in ; <strong>and</strong> therefore at all hazards resolvedto get back again : but all his endeavourswere in vain; the bed was so low, that he wasiCrushed under it. He cried out, ' Alain, help me,or I shall die:' but that faithful servant neverheard him, having hid himself behind a cupboard,which he used to lie in ; <strong>and</strong> having raised it up,held it with both his h<strong>and</strong>s, as the only thing iuthe world to secure him.Villeville, seeing neither master nor man appear,firedtwice, which put D<strong>and</strong>inardiere into such afright, that he could not speak a long time afterwards.Alain threw down the cupboard, which hehad taken so much pains to hold up, <strong>and</strong> fallingwith his head foremost, but not very hard, becauseit was upon the bed, tumbled to the other end ofthe room. Jlessieurs de St. Thomas, Berginville,<strong>and</strong> the prior, were in the hall, which was underD<strong>and</strong>inardiere"s room, consulting about him ; <strong>and</strong>'it would be hard if the great noise that was madeshould have escaped their ears. They thought itwas either thunder, or that Mr. Robert returned,to take revenge for being so rudely pinched ; <strong>and</strong>made haste to be spectators of some new scene.When they entered the room, they found Alainstretched out at length upon the ground ; <strong>and</strong> goingto his master's bed, heard a plaintive sound,but could not imagine from whence it came. Theyasked Alain several times wher« he was; but he


•JIungar3'-water,mTALES OF THE FAIRIES.putting his finger to his mouth, to denote silenr^,pointed to the window, which they looiied out at,not IvHowing whether he was so great a fool as tobreak liis neck. In short, they could not underst<strong>and</strong>Alain by his mysterious signs : still the samemelancholy accents continued, <strong>and</strong> our hero suf-Jered all the time : when the baron, looking underthe bed, to his no small amazement, saw his legs.Alain taking heart at their presence, came to helpthem ; <strong>and</strong> catching hold of one of the boots, intowhich his master's leg was not so hard wedged asliis body was, under the bed, <strong>and</strong> pulling with allhis strength, it slipped off, <strong>and</strong> he fell backward onliis breech, ' Very well, very well,' said he, in apleasant manner (though unheard by the gentleinen,whowere too busy with his master),' the fairieshave endowed me -with a fit of tumbling to-day;but to remedy it, I will rise no more.' First, theypulled by one leg, <strong>and</strong> sometimes by both, to gethim out of this trap; but as all this time hisshoulders <strong>and</strong> back had but a bad time of it, theybethought themselves of throwing off the bed <strong>and</strong>bed-clothes, to give the more liberty, <strong>and</strong> by thatmeans got him out, with his face <strong>and</strong> nose scratched,<strong>and</strong> as red as scarlet, <strong>and</strong> laid him upon tliebed, ordering his valet to go for some wine <strong>and</strong>' to rub his temples. 1 desire you,sir,' said Alain to the viscount,' to take the painsto go yourself; for, to hide nothing from you, thatterrible monster, Villeville, is somewhere about thehouse, <strong>and</strong> I dread the sight of him more thanthunder.'' Hold your tongue, you foolish babbler,'cried D<strong>and</strong>inardiere ; ' who told you that Villevillecame <strong>and</strong> fired two pistols at my window, <strong>and</strong>frightened me.'' I never said a word of it,' answeredAlain; but now you have discovered 'all.'* Don't believe him,' said our cit; 'I should not beafraid of Hercules, <strong>and</strong> much less of him : but myrascal of a valet has sometimes such strong visions,that Le believes them to be true. But to let^yon


GENTLEMAN-CITIZEN. 61w how I came to be where you found me, Idreamt that I got out of bed to fight, <strong>and</strong> havingput my enemy to flight, he ran under it, <strong>and</strong>, in theheight of my rage, <strong>and</strong> heat of passion, I pursuedhim; but when I was there I awoke, vexed at mj'-self, but not much surprised, being used to suchfancies in ray sleep : for the court has known forthese many years, that I have gone often a-swimmingin my sleep.'While he was talking after this manner, Alainmade signs to the contrary ; but Monsieur de St.Thomas, who strove to oblige him, replied, thatwhat he said was all true, because he knew A^illeilleto be somewhat disordered in his brain ; forthat if he was well, he would not be so much auenemy to himself, to seek to lose his life with aman more dangerous then either Mars or Hercules,Tlie viscount <strong>and</strong> prior said something to the samepurpose ; wliich made D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, thinking thatthey believed him, resume his former good-humour,<strong>and</strong> dispose himself to advance some more lies :but those gentlemen thought fit to leave him, todrink his Spanish wine, <strong>and</strong> use his Hungary-water.When they were at liberty to talk among t'aem-Ives, the Baron St. Thomas, addressing himself tothe viscount, said, ' I think you almost as mad asthe cit himself, to propose him for my son-in-law.'* You may say what you please,' ansv.ered he, ' butaintain my vision is not ridiculous; <strong>and</strong> ifthere's any thing embarrassing, it is not the opportunities,for we all know there are enough, buthow to make this covetous wretch marry a lady ofquality for her fine eyes.' ' Did j'ou observe yesterday,'interrupted the prior, 'his pretensions to afortune ? If we are not very sly <strong>and</strong> cunning, thismatch will be knocked on the'head.' It is nogreat matter,' said the baron, smiling; ' I shall notbe very sorry.' ' I can assure you,' continued theviscount, ' he is very rich ; <strong>and</strong>, with his braggingimpertinences, which alltend to the preservation


^2TALES OF THE FAIRIES.of liimself, he is not to be bit out of his money :it was I that set Mr. Robert upon liim.' ' I knowyour views therein,' answered ISIonsieur St. Thomas,' but I must leave the management of this affair toyou.' Some persons coming in upon them, brokeoff this conversation; <strong>and</strong> tlie prior being informedthat D<strong>and</strong>inardiere could not sleep, -went to bearliim company.When he came to his chamber-door, he stopped,'because he heard him talking with Alain. What !'said he,'do you think I can forgive such an affront'r' How should I know it would disobligeyou.'', replied Alain:' I spoke nothing but thenaked truth of what 1 saw; any one, as well as I,would have said the same. I saw you under thebed, <strong>and</strong> knew you had good reason to be tliere.*'You knew!' replied his master; 'whe could tell'your' 'My own heart,' said Alain, which is flesh<strong>and</strong> blood, as well as yours, which was ready todie away for fear ;for had it not been for the cupboard,which I crept beliind, certainly I had notbeen alive this moment.'' I think you very bold,''cried D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, to judge of my sentimentsby your own : heroes never measure by the bushelof such a rascal as thou art. If I did run underthe bed, it was because I would not receive thesliot of a traitor, wlio durst not attack me but a'a distance.' You have forgot, then,' replied Alair' that you run under the bed a quarter of an hourbefore Villeville fired that terrible pistol, or cannonfor I know not which' it was.' Ilold thy tongue,hangtrace,' replied he ; 'I ever made some smaccount of thy courage hitherto, but now I knowthee, <strong>and</strong> wait with impatience till I go home, todismiss thee.''Alas! sh",' said he, very sorrowful,'what have I done to deserve it? I am fearful, aswell as you ; is it a crime ? Ought I to be morebrave than my master? Had you hired me to fight,I would not have promised without performing,&ud you should have bad no reason to complain;


,myGENTLEMAN-CITIZEN. 63but there was not a word about it.' D<strong>and</strong>inardierewas glad at heart to see his man so concerned ; <strong>and</strong>pleased to think he loved him, said, Down ' on j-ourknees, <strong>and</strong> ask pardon; I begin to relent.' Accordingly-,Alain did' so. Well,' said he, ' I forgiveyou, <strong>and</strong> will do more for you ; I will give you agood heart.' Then blowing into his ears, said.There's a provision of courage ; j-ou may dependupon it, it will make j'ou light.' ' Without beingbeat r' cried Alain.'Yes, I'll warrant it,' said themaster.'Then, sir,' said he, ' 1 thank you ; but ifj'ou would please to blow me a hundred crowns, Ishould be more at ease : for indeed I would havecontention with any one, <strong>and</strong> a little moneywill make me more courageous.'The prior finding that this conversation wouldnot soon have an end, after liaving laughed heartilyto himself, went into *the room. I believed youht be asleep,' said he, ' for I thought you wentto bed again with that intention.' ' That's true,'replied D<strong>and</strong>inardiere'; I had, but love is a crueldisturber in a morning : whenever I closed my eyethoughtsrepresented Virginia <strong>and</strong> Marthonidamore'charming than Aurora.' Indeed, Ibelieve your passion is not over-violent,' said theprior ;' for if I have not forgot, you preferredriches to beauty <strong>and</strong> merit ; <strong>and</strong> that declarationhas cast a veil over your good qualities, as thebody of the moon shades the sun in an eclipse.'m mightily pleased with this comparison,' repliedthe' cit; but do you think I make the worldacquainted with the secrets of my amours ? No,sir; they must be a little mysterious.' ' If youspeak siucerel}',' 'said the prior, I offer you myassistance in your designs ; Virginia has merit.'' But w'nat fortune has she ?' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere.' What they please to give her,' answered the prior.[ ' But don't you know how much that is ?' repliedbe. ' Something considerable,' said the prior ' ; aniincome better than any estate in this country.'


'64 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.'You mean,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,'some houses inParis.' 'No,' said the prior, 'something better,pleasant stories, <strong>and</strong> nobody knows what they mayturn to.' The cit seemed no ways to relish this :'Ha, ha!' said he, after some time thinking,'oneought to have something besides, to enter into acontract of marriage ; for if she brings nothingelse, it will be but a small support for a family.''Oh !' cried the prior, 'wit is very valuable.'am'not so ignorant,' replied the other, as to despisewit; 1 would only have a reasonable competencywith it : for I protest, as to the <strong>tales</strong> or storiesyou boast so much of, I can make some myself,<strong>and</strong> make money of them too.' ' I should be veryglad to see some of them,' said the prior : youbelieve, without doubt, tliat it is nothing but utteringsome hyperboles together, <strong>and</strong> then the work isdone ; but I declare there's more contrivance <strong>and</strong>art in tliem, though I see several every day thathave'nothing agreeable in them.' That's as mias to say,' replied D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,' that mine vbe of that class. Upon my word, sir, you are veryobliging; but 1 will make -one, or see why not:tlien you' will change your tone.' T shall neverrefuse my commendations,' said the prior, obliging,ly, to'appease him ; you shall begin to-day.'intend'so to do,' said the other ; do you think Ihave been at so much pains <strong>and</strong> cost to have mystudy of books brought here, not to use them ?'' It will be your own fault,' added the prior,' if I'don't assist you as I did before.' This propositionsweetened him again ; he pulled the prior by thesleeve, <strong>and</strong> whispering him, for fear Alain shouldhear, said' to him, The pains they require almostdismays me, <strong>and</strong> my genius tends not much twritings of this kind; therefore shall I be so happyas to have the honour of another story from you,that I may let Virginia know I have as good a talentthis way as she herself.' 'That's as much asto say,' replied the prior,'you would give her st


GENTLEMAN-CITIZEN. 65Rowl<strong>and</strong> for her Oliver, <strong>and</strong> have as much preten->ion to the empire of the belles ' lettres.' My ambition'sno less,' answered D<strong>and</strong>inardiere ;'thereforebe my friend this time, I conjure you.'The prior having promised him what he desired,:ook his leave of him, <strong>and</strong> going into the hall,"ound there two ladies of his acquaintance, whong to pay Madame St. Thomas a visit, their;oach broke down with them, <strong>and</strong> obliged them to,1k a great way on foot, broiling in the sun.ese ladies were called cousins, though they werelot at all related : the one was a widow, <strong>and</strong> a[reat coquette ; <strong>and</strong> the other had lately- marriedin old gentleman, who had amassed together greatiches, <strong>and</strong> who might boast he had married a wonanthat knew how to spend as fast. The elder ofhe two, who was Madame Rouet, was the widowif a very honest gentleman ; but she was a womanhat loved play <strong>and</strong> junketings, was verj' expensiven clothes, <strong>and</strong> painted extravagantly ; all which;onsumed a great part of his estate. That day theun had melted the paint half off, <strong>and</strong> she wascoking in the glass to lay on white where it wantid,<strong>and</strong> rub off the red that had run down, wlienhe prior came in, which vexed her not a little, for16 was the first who made his appearance ; MonieurSt. Thomas being abroad among his workmen,ind Madame adjusting herself: when Madame deLure, who was the new-married lady, seeing hero bus\-, to give her the more liberty to form hercomplexion, took the prior on one side, telling him,hat while her cousin was setting her head-dress,he would show him a stor3% with which he wouldertainlj' be in love. To which he replied, that ift was long, they should not be able to make annd of it before dinner. 'Oh !' 'said she, I intendtnly to read the name of it to you, <strong>and</strong> I am sure'ou will be desirous to hear it : it is tlie Story ofhe Princess Carpillona. What say you to it?' ' Isa so much a stranger,' replied he, ' to these sprt


of works, that 1 cannot judge of them by theiri66 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.titles.' Upon which, she bantered him ; till castingher eyes upon her cousin Rouet, <strong>and</strong> seeingliad done, she took no farther notice of the story.By this time the baron was informed of their arival, <strong>and</strong> came presently to them, accompaniedby the Viscount Berginville : <strong>and</strong> not knowing howto divert them till dinner-time, after having salutedthem, <strong>and</strong> been informed by them of the accidentthat befel them, he proposed walking in a littlewood, where there were some pretty fisli ponds,shaded by the trees, under which were raisedpleasant banks, enamelled with flowers <strong>and</strong> camomile,which was cooler, <strong>and</strong> more refreshing thanthe hall. As soon as they were seated, the prior,knowing dinner would be somewhat late, to amusethem till then, begged the favour of Madame deLure to regale the company with her story ; whichshe pulling out of her pocket, desired him to read.


miNCESS CARPILLONA.THE STORYTHE PRINCESS CARPILLONA.There lived, some ages ago, an old king, who, tomake amends for a long widowhood, married ayoung beautiful princess, with whom he was verymuch iu love. By his first wife he had one son,who was both crooked <strong>and</strong> squint-eyed, <strong>and</strong> whowas very much displeased at his father's marryingiecond time. 'My being my fatiier's only son,'said he,'makes me both loved <strong>and</strong> feared ; but ifthe young queen has children, my father, who c<strong>and</strong>ispose of his crown as he pleases, will not considerthat I am his eldest son, but will disinheritme for them.' lie was not only ambitious <strong>and</strong> malicious,but a great dissembler; insomuch, that heshowed not the least uneasiness, but went privatelyto consult a fairy, who passed then for one of themost able. The fairy told him he was come toolate ; that the queen was with child of a son, towhich she would do no hai-m ; but if he died, orany ill accident befel him, she promised the queenshould have no more : which comforted the princea little, who, conjuring the fairy not to forget him,returned home, resolving with himself to makeaway with liis little brother.t nine months' end, the queen was delivered ofa lovely boy, in whom there was something veryremarkable, he having an arrow imprinted on his. The queen was so fond of her child, that shewould nurse it herself, which was no way pleasingto the crooked prince, the mother's care being al-


68 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.wa3's beyond any nurse's, <strong>and</strong> it being not so easyfor him to accomplish his designs. Nevertheless,he resolved to make an attempt. lie showed agreat value <strong>and</strong> respect for the queen, <strong>and</strong> a tendernesstowards the infant, of which the king wasvery fond. *I could not have thought,' said he,'my son so good-natured ; he shall lose nothing byit; for if he continues to be so, I'll leave half anykingdom to him.' These promises were not enoughfor the prince ; he was resolved to have all ornone ; <strong>and</strong>, to tliat end, one night presented somecomfits, made up with opium, to the queen, a'soon after fell into a sound sleep ; <strong>and</strong> then theprince, who liad hid himself behind the hangings,took the child away softly, <strong>and</strong> put in its stead acat, wrapped up in swaddling-clothes. The catcried, <strong>and</strong> awaked the queen; who being drowsy,<strong>and</strong> thinking it her little poppet, gave it her breast,•which the cat bit : wliereupon looking, <strong>and</strong> seeingthe cat's head, she shrieked out. Her grief was solively, tliat she thought she should have died awaythat moment. The noise <strong>and</strong> screamings of thewomen alarmed the whole court. The king put onhis night-gown, <strong>and</strong> ran into her apartment, wherethe firit tiling he belield was the cat in the swaddlingclothes, thrown on the ground, <strong>and</strong> mewing.The king was verj'much surprised, <strong>and</strong> asked whatthat meant: they told liim, the young prince wasnot to be found, <strong>and</strong> that the queen was hurt.Thereupon, he went immediately into her chamber,%vhere he found her in affliction not to be expressed: the which tliat he might not augment byhis own sorrow, he constrained himself, to comfortthat poor princess.In the mean time, the crooked-back prince hadgiven liis little brother to one of his creaturebidding him carrj' him to some distant forest, <strong>and</strong>expose him naked to the wild beasts, that he mightbe heard no more of, promising to reward him well,inid then returned to his own apartment; from


, forPRINCESS CARPILLONA, 69Irhence lie ran into the queen's, rubbing his eyes,as if he was asleep : where, when he was informedof what had happened, he stamped <strong>and</strong> roared likeA mad man, <strong>and</strong>, out of his natural fierceness,twisted the cat's head off; <strong>and</strong> in this manner disguisedthe crime he was so deeply guilty of, sheddingmany tears. The king <strong>and</strong> queen, who thoughttoo well of him, sent him to all the fairies, to learuwhat was become of their child ; <strong>and</strong> he, to put astop to any further inquiries, returned with severaldiflerent <strong>and</strong> intricate answers, which all seemedssure them that the child was not dead, butsome reasons not to be known, ouly takenaway for a time, <strong>and</strong> that all their searching anymore after him would be to no purpose. This hethought would make them easy, <strong>and</strong> indeed it hadjftect; for the king <strong>and</strong> queen both flatteredtliemselves wit'n the hopes of seeing their son again.Notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing, the queen's breast gangrened, <strong>and</strong>she died : upon which the king became so afflicted<strong>and</strong> sorrowful, that he saw no light for a twelveith,living only in expectation of hearing somenews of his lost child.The man whom the prince delivered him to, traveiledall night with him, without making the leasthalt ; <strong>and</strong> in the morning, when he opened the basketin which he carried him, this pretty infantsmiled, as he was used to do at his mother.'Oh !poor prince,' said the m.an, 'how unhappy is t'liyfate, to serve, alas ! for food to some hungry liou"Why did the prince thy brother make choice ofme, to be assisting in th3' destruction ?' Then heshut the basket again, that he might not behold anobject so worthy his pity; but upon the child'scrying, who had not had the breast all night, toquiet it, he gathered some figs <strong>and</strong> put into itsmouth, <strong>and</strong> so carried it all that day ; <strong>and</strong> thenight following arrived at a vast forest, which hewould not enter then, for fear of being devouredhimself, but stayed till the morning: when ad-


70 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,vancing in the forest, which was so large he couldsee no end, he perceived a place where the treesstood very thick, <strong>and</strong> a rock, in the midst of them,that branched out into several points. 'This place,'said' he, must certainly be a retreat to the wildbeasts; here I must leave the child, since it is notin my power to save it.' Then approaching towardsthe rock, he saw a large eagle flying about, as ifshe had 3'oung ones; <strong>and</strong> looking fartlier, foundher nest, in the bottom of a kind of grotto : thereupon,undressing the child, he laid it in the midstof three young eagles, inthe nest, which was wellsheltered from the weather, <strong>and</strong> difficult <strong>and</strong> hazardousto get to, by reason of the briers it wassurrounded by, <strong>and</strong> its being so nigh a precipice.-Then leaving this young prince, <strong>and</strong> seeing theeagle fly to her nest, he, sighing, said, Alas ' ! poorinfant, thy fate is accomplislied; thou servest tiiatbird of prey to feed her young with.' And afterwardsreturned to his master, <strong>and</strong> assured him hibrother was no more : for which news, the barbarousprince embraced his faithful agent, <strong>and</strong> presentedliim with a fine diamond ring, assuring himhe should be captain of his guards, when he wasking.But to return to tiie eagle. When she came toher nest, she was somewhat surprised to find thisnew guest there : however, she exercised the rightsof hospitality, more than some people would doshe put him next her nestling, covered him withher wings, took care of him, <strong>and</strong>, whatever engageher in his favour, went <strong>and</strong> provided the mostnourishing fruits, which she squeezed with her billinto his mouth : <strong>and</strong>, in short, made him an excellentnurse. When the young eagles were fledged,they left their nest solely to the prince ; w)io, nevertheless,was not ab<strong>and</strong>oned by the old one, whichfed him still with the choicest fruits : <strong>and</strong>, byj omeforesight, fearing lest he, getting out, shoulo falldown the precipice, removed him to another place


PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 71»hich was upon a high rock, where he was mostecure. Love, who is alwaj's painted most beautiul,was not more perfect than this young prince :he heat of the sun could not prejudice his comilexion,which exceeded the lilies <strong>and</strong> roses ; hiseatures were more regular tlian the best paintersould imagine, his hair reached down to his shoul-.ers, his mien was majestic : in short, nothing coulde more noble. But the eagle having young onesgain, she made such havoc among all the neighouringflocks, that the shepherds, losing everyow <strong>and</strong> then a lamb, resolved to discover herest:<strong>and</strong>, to that end, agreed to watch her, whichley did for a long time; when, one day, they ob-^rved she alighted upon this rock, which the "mostardy of them resolved to climb : though the at-;mpt was very dangerous, yet it answered theirxpectation. They discovered the nest, <strong>and</strong> foundI it two young eagles, <strong>and</strong> this young prince, whoas about four years old.Their amazement at theght of him was inexpressible, <strong>and</strong> they could notvhat to imagine at such an extraordinary: however, they tore the nest in pieces, <strong>and</strong>irried away the young prince <strong>and</strong> the two eagles,iagle hearing their cries, came furiously toardsthem, <strong>and</strong> had made these ravishers feel thefects of her resentment, had not one of the shepardskilled her with an arrow he let fly at her.he young prince seeing his nurse fall, cried <strong>and</strong>ept bitterly; <strong>and</strong> the shepherds, overjoyed withhat they had done, returned to their hamlet,here they were to perform, the next day, a cruelsremony; the cause of which was as follows.This country had served a long time for a retreatthe Ogri, who were a larger sort of men, <strong>and</strong>•eat eaters of human flesh; <strong>and</strong> not liking suchingerous neighbours, had endeavoured, bul; withsuccess, to drive them away. The Ogri, enragedthe hatred they bore them, redoubled their cruelss,<strong>and</strong> deroured all that came into their h<strong>and</strong>i.


72 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.When one day, as the shepherds were assembledtogether, to deliberate on ^hat they should do,there appeared in the midst of them a man of aprodigious size, the lower part of whose body waslike a'^goat, covered with a blue shag ;on his shoulderhe carried a great club, <strong>and</strong> on his left arm abuckler.'Shepherds,' said he,' I am the bluecentaur ; if you will give me every three years achild, 1 promise to bring a hundred of my brothers<strong>and</strong> drive the Ogri away.' The shepherds madtsome difficulty to engage themselves in so cruel aiagreement; till the elder of them said, 'What m^!friends, is it not better for us to give one to preserve so many, since the Ogri spare neither menwomen, nor children : therefore let us not refusethe centaur's offer.' They all by this argumeniconsented, <strong>and</strong> swore the centaur should havechild every third year. After that he went away<strong>and</strong> returned, as he promised, with his brotherfwho were all as monstrous as himself. The Og'were no less brave than cruel ; they fought sever;battles v,-ith great obstinacy, wherein the centaurwere always victorious, who forced them at last tfly. The blue centaur dem<strong>and</strong>ed his recompensewhich every one allowed to be just ; but when thecame to deliver up the promised infant, there wano family could think of parting with one of their<strong>and</strong> the mothers hid all their children. The ceitaur, who could not bear to be jested with, aftfhaving waited twice four-<strong>and</strong>-twenty hours, tolthe shepherds, that he expected as many childrCjas they made him wait days ; insomuch that thedelays cost them six boys, <strong>and</strong> as many girls : b)since that time they have regulated this affair, anevery third year make a solemn festival, to dehv(their promised infant to the centaur.It happened that the day whereon the prince vfound, was the day before this tribute was to 1paid ; <strong>and</strong> though there was a child provided,must easily be thought that the shepherds vrou:


IwhichPRINCESS CARPILLONA. 73deliver this prince in its stead. The mother of theother, freed by this means from all the horrors shemust necessarily lie under in apprehension of thedeath of her child, was transported with joy : <strong>and</strong>as she was obliged to dress him, she combed hisfine locks, put him on a garl<strong>and</strong> of white <strong>and</strong> redroses, <strong>and</strong> wrapped him up in a fine white cloth,which she girt about him with flowers. Thus adjusted,he walked at the head of a great manychildren, that were to attend him ; but I may say,it was with an air of so much gr<strong>and</strong>eur <strong>and</strong> state,as seemed as if all the shepherds made this processiononly to divert him, so little was his dreaddrew tears from many, who said it was pitythat beautiful child should go to be devoured, <strong>and</strong>wished it was in their pov.^e^ to save him ; but thatl-was impossible. The centaur was used to appearon the top of a rock, with his club in one h<strong>and</strong>,<strong>and</strong> his buckler in the other, <strong>and</strong> with a terriblevoice to cry out to the shepherds, 'Leave me myprey, <strong>and</strong> retire.' This time, as soon as he perceivedthe child, he roared out in a dreadful voice.This will be the best meal I have ever made in mylife ; this boy will be a delicious morsel :' whichmade the shepherds <strong>and</strong> shepherdesses weep, <strong>and</strong>say, 'How unhappy is this child to have escaped(which was a prodigy) the eagle's talons, to be foodfor this cruel monster!' And, among the rest, anold shepherd, taking him in his arms, kissed himoften, <strong>and</strong> said, 'Though I know thee not, dearbabe, I am sensible I have seen too much of theeir my repose. Wiy must I be assisting at thy funeral? <strong>and</strong> why was fortune so cruel to preservethee for this horrible end r'"While he was moisteningthis prince's rosy clieeks with his tears, tlie innocentbabe put his h<strong>and</strong>s into his gray hairs, <strong>and</strong>smiling upon him, inspired him with more pity,that he seemed loath to advance : whereupon thehungry giant cried out, Make ' haste ; if you makeme come down, I shall devour a hundred of you.'VOL. II.E


madam,'74 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.And, indeed, he was so impatient, that he rose up,<strong>and</strong> made a flourish with his club; when, all on asudden, there appeared in the air a great globe offire, encircled with a blue cloud. Every bodj wasattentive to such an extraordinary sight; the globe<strong>and</strong> cloud approached them by degrees, <strong>and</strong> whennear the earth opened, <strong>and</strong> there came out a chariotof diamonds, drawn by six swans, in which sata beautiful lady, dressed like an Amazon, with alielmet on her head of pure gold, on which was aplume of white feathers ; <strong>and</strong> her visor, which wasraised up, discovered eyes as bright as the sun ;iier body was armed with a rich cuirass, <strong>and</strong> inher h<strong>and</strong> she held a spear of fire. 'What!shepherds,'said she, ' are you so inhuman as to give thislovefy babe to that cruel centaur? It is now timeto free you from your promise ; justice <strong>and</strong> reasonboth oppose such barbarous customs : fear not thereturn of the Ogri, I will secure you ; I am tliefairy Amazona, <strong>and</strong> from this moment will take'you under my protection.' Ah ! criedthe shepherds <strong>and</strong> shepherdesses, holding up their'h<strong>and</strong>s, this is the greatest happiness that can befallus.' And were saying a gieat deal more, whenthe furious centaur defied her to the combat; inwhich he was burnt to death by the fire of herspear, <strong>and</strong> fell with as much noise as if a mountainhad been overturned : the shepherds, frightenedtherewith, hid themselves in caves that wereunder the rocks, from whence they could see allthat passed.It was thither the wise shepherd fled with thelittle prince in his arms, as much concerned forthe .child as for himself <strong>and</strong> family.After the deathof the centaur, the fairy Amazona took a trumpet,<strong>and</strong> sounded so melodiously with it, that the sickpersons who heard it recovered their former health ;<strong>and</strong> those who were well conceived a secret joy,which they could not express. At last, when allthe ifhepherds <strong>and</strong> shepherdesses were assembled


PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 75together at the sound of the harmonious trumpet,the fairy Amazona advanced towards them in herdiamond chariot, rolling within three yards of theground, on a cloud as clear as crystal. The oldshepherd, whose name was Subliraus, appeared,with the little prince clinging about his neck.'Come forwards, Sublimus,' said the fairy, ' fearnothing; peace shall reign here for the future, <strong>and</strong>you shall enjoy the repose you have sought somuch after: but give me that child, whose adventuresare so extraordinary.' The old man, aftermaking a low bov>-, held out his arms, <strong>and</strong> put theprince in hers ; who, when she had him, caressed<strong>and</strong> embraced iiim a thous<strong>and</strong> times, setting himler knees, <strong>and</strong> talking to him : who, though heunderstood no language, yet by accents <strong>and</strong> sighshe could express joy <strong>and</strong> grief; for lie had neverheard any person speak before. He was so dazzledwith the fairy's bright armour, that getting uponhis knees to examine it from tlie head-piece downirards,<strong>and</strong> to touch it, the fairy smiled, <strong>and</strong> said,'though he could not underst<strong>and</strong> her, When, myboy, you are ht to wear such armour, you shall notwant.' And then returning him back to the shepherd,after having kissed him tenderly, Wise old'man,' said she, you are no str-anger to me; vouch-'safe to take care of this child ;learn him to despisethe gr<strong>and</strong>eur of the world, <strong>and</strong> be above the strokesadverse fortune, though he may be born to asplendid one : but I iiold it better to be wise thanpowerful. The happiness of men ought not to consistin outward greatness, but in wisdom ; <strong>and</strong> thegreatest is, to know ourselves, to limit our desires,to be as well contented v>ith a moderate competencyas with the greatest riches, to search afterthe esteem of people of merit, to despise none, <strong>and</strong>be always read^' to quit this miserable life withoutregret. Eut what am I^thinking of,venera'ule shepherd? I am telling you things which you know aswell as myself; but then I mention tliem not sa


76 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,much for yourself, as for the other shepherds.Farewell, shepherds ; call me when you want me :this same spear, <strong>and</strong> this same h<strong>and</strong>, which put anend to the life of the blue centaur, shall always beready to protect you.'Sublimus, <strong>and</strong> those who were with him, wereso confounded, <strong>and</strong> at the same time overjoyed,that they could return no answer to the obligingwords of the fairy ; but prostrated themselves beforeher, while the globe of fire, rising by degrees,ascended to the middle region of the air, <strong>and</strong> wasseen no more. The fearful shepherds at first durstnot approach the centaur, though dead; till reflectingbetter on it, they at last resolved to raisea funeral pile, to reduce him to ashes, lest his brothersmight be informed of what had happened, <strong>and</strong>should come to revenge his death.Sublimus carried the little prince to his hut : hiswife being sick, his two daughters had not beenable to leave her to attend the ceremony. 'Here,'shepherdess,' said he, here's a child beloved bythe gods, <strong>and</strong> protected by the fairy Amazona ; wemust look upon him, for the time to come, as ourown, <strong>and</strong> give him an education that may makehira happy.' The wife was pleased with the present;<strong>and</strong> taking the prince upon the bed, said,' I will bring him up, <strong>and</strong> cherish him in his infancy,but must leave the part of his education toyourself.' The shepherd told her that was all hedesired, <strong>and</strong> so left him with her. Tlie two daughtersran presently to see their new brother; werecharmed with his incomparable beauty, <strong>and</strong> thegraces that adorned his little body, <strong>and</strong> from thatmoment beiian to learn him to talk. Never waswit more extensive <strong>and</strong> lively ; he comprehendedevery thing with an ease that amazed all the shep.herds, <strong>and</strong> in a short time was fit to take lesson Jof the old shepherd him; elf, who was capable ofgiving him whatever was excellent. He had beeuking of a flourishing nation j but by the intrigues


iPRINCESS CARPILLOXA. 77of his ministers with a usurper, his neighbour <strong>and</strong>enemj', had been surprised, with all his family, <strong>and</strong>made a prisoner in a strong fortress, there to endhis days in miser3'.So sudden <strong>and</strong> unexpected a change was not ableto shock the virtue of the king <strong>and</strong> queen in theleast; tliey bore all the outrages of the tyrant withan unparalleled constancy <strong>and</strong> firmness of mind.The queen, who was big with child when these misfortunescame upon them, was brought to bed of adaughter, whom she was obliged tonurse lierself,veil as take care of her two others, who partookas mucli of their troubles as their age would admit,king, after three years" confinement, gained oneof iiis guards, who promised to bring him a boatunder the window of tije room he was imprisonedto cross the lake, which this fortress stood inthe midst of, <strong>and</strong> provided him with files to cut theirou bars with, <strong>and</strong> cords to let themselves downby. They made choice of a dark night, <strong>and</strong> did allwithout any noise; <strong>and</strong> by the assistance of thissoldier, slid down the rope. The king went first,then the two children, after them the queen, <strong>and</strong>after her the little babe in a basket : but alas ! theknot whereby it was fastened slipping, they heardher fall in the lake : the queen, had she not swooned,would certainly have alarmed the garrison withher cries <strong>and</strong> complaints. The king, grieved atthis accident, sought for her as much as the dark-5 of the night would let him, <strong>and</strong> found thebasket, but not the princess; so that giving herup for lost, he rowed awaj' as fast as he was ablewith the rest of his family ; <strong>and</strong> when they cameto the other side, found horses, which were providedby the same soldier, <strong>and</strong> laid ready for themto go where they pleased.During their confinement, the king <strong>and</strong> queenhad time to moralise <strong>and</strong> reflect, that the greatestblessings this life affords were but small, whenjustly weighed; which, together with the newmijs-


'|78 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.fortune of losing their littledaughter, made themresolve not to retire to an3- neighbouring prince oralh', to whom they might be chargeable, but to isettle in some fertile <strong>and</strong> pleasant plain, thereto change the sceptre for a shepherd's crook, i<strong>and</strong> buy a flock of sheep.,And having pitclied onthis country, they built a pretty cottage, whichwas sheltered from the weather by the mountainsthat were behind it, <strong>and</strong> rendered pleasant by apretty brook that ran before it. Here they enjoyed Imore tranquillity than upon their throne. Thereweie none that envied their poverty ; they fearedno traitors nor flatterers; <strong>and</strong> passed their daysfree from trouble. The king would often say, ' Alihow happy might men be, could they cure themselvesof ambition! I have been a king, but nowprefer my cottage before the palace wherein I oncereigned.' Under this great philosopher, the youngprince, ignorant of his master's rank, received hiseducation, while the master was not better informedof his pupifs; but his dispositions were sonoble, that he could not believe him of meanbirth. He obser\'ed, with pleasure, that he alwaysput himself at the head of his companions, <strong>and</strong>,with an air of superiority, drew respect fromthem : he was continually forming armies, buildingforts, <strong>and</strong> attacking them; <strong>and</strong> whenever his father(as we must call him) took him along witli hima-hunting, would face the greatest dangers. Alltliese things persuaded him that he was born tocomm<strong>and</strong> ; but till he arrives at fifteen years oiage, let us leave him to his studies, <strong>and</strong> return toliis father's court.The crook-backed prince, seeing that his fathergrew very old, showed little regard to him, <strong>and</strong>grew so impatient to wear his crown, that todivert himself, <strong>and</strong> not to lie idle, he asked theking for an army, to go <strong>and</strong> conquer a neighbouringkingdom, whose factions invited him. The^ing cousented, on condition that he would siga


PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 79tin instrument to all the lords of the kingdom, signifying,that if ever the young prince returned,<strong>and</strong> that they were -well assured it was him, bythe arrow in liis arm, to resign the crown to him.The prince seemed very ready, being assured ofhis brother's death, <strong>and</strong> thinking he hazarded nothing,but at the sam^ time valued himself verymuch upon this piece of compliance. When this^as done, <strong>and</strong> registered in the proper courts, <strong>and</strong>the instrument itself laid up in the treasury, theking raised a gallant army, which the prince, aftertaking his leave of him, put himself at the head of,<strong>and</strong>, after several battles, killed the king his enemywith his own h<strong>and</strong>, took the capital city, <strong>and</strong> havingleft a garrison <strong>and</strong> governor in it, returnedhome to his father, to whom he presented a youngprincess, called Carpillona, whom he had takencaptive. She was as beautiful as nature couldform, or imagination represent. The king, at thefirst sight of her, was charmed; <strong>and</strong> the crookedprince, who had belield her often, was so much inlove with her, that he could not rest. She hatedhim as much as he loved her; for as he alwaysused her as his slave, her heart was so set againsthim, <strong>and</strong> his manner of address, that she did whatshe possibly could to avoid him.The king appointed her an apartment in the palace,<strong>and</strong> women to wait on her, <strong>and</strong> was very sensibleof tlie misfortunes of so young <strong>and</strong> beautifula princess. And when the crooked prince askedhis consent to marry her, he replied, he consented,provided she had no reluctancy; but that hethought, when he was near her, she seemed melancholy.' 'Tis because she loves me,' answered theprince,'<strong>and</strong> dares not discover it, <strong>and</strong> the constraintshe puts upon herself occasions it; but assoon as she shall be my wife, you shall see shewill be pleased,'' I would believe so,' said the'king ; but don't you flatter yourself a little loomuch f' The prince, angry at these his father's


80 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.doubts, went <strong>and</strong> told the princess, that she wasthe cause that the king showed a more than usualseverity in his behaviour towards him ; upon whichhe suspected he might love her, <strong>and</strong> therefore desiredher to tell him sincerely which of them sheapproved best of, assuring her, that provided shereigned he should be content. This he said only toknow her sentiments, <strong>and</strong> not with any intent ofclianging his. The young Carpillona, who was notso experienced as to know that most lovers are dissemblers,gave into the deceit, <strong>and</strong> said, ' I mustown, sir, that was I my own mistress, I would neitliermake choice of the king nor yourself: butsince my bad fortune imposes this hard necessityupon me, I must tell you, the king.' 'And why ?'answered he, with some'violence. Because,' added' she, he is more mild than you, reigns at tliistime, <strong>and</strong> will not live so long.' 'Ha,!'ha criedhe,'you would be left queen-dowager in a shorttime; but satisfy yourself you shall not: the kinghas no thoughts of you, 'tis only I that do youthat honour, which is much more than you deserve,for your ingratitude is immense; but were it athous<strong>and</strong> times more than it is, you should be mywife.' The princess Carpillona conceived, butsomewhat too late, that it was dangerous to speakone's thoughts ; <strong>and</strong> to make amends for what sheliad so unwarily said, replied again,' I only usedthis stratagem to try jour sentiments, <strong>and</strong> I amvery glad that you love me so well, to withst<strong>and</strong>my affected severities. I esteem you already ; endeavour,sir, to make me love you.' The princebowed, <strong>and</strong> believed what she said to be truth;men being generally great fools when in love, <strong>and</strong>too apt to flatter themselves. Carpillona, by thismeans, made him as mild as a Iamb, <strong>and</strong> he wentaway smiling, <strong>and</strong> squeezed her h<strong>and</strong> so hard shethought lie had broke it.As soon as he was gone, she ran into the kind'sapartment/ <strong>and</strong> casting herself at liis feet, said.


PRINCESS CARPILLONA,Secure me, sir, from the greatest of all misfortunes: the prince would marry me, <strong>and</strong> I mustconfess he is odious to me: be not so unjust ashe. My rank, my youth, <strong>and</strong> the misfortunes ofmy family, deserve the pity of so great a liing.''Fair princess,' said the king, I am not surprisedthat my son loves you, none that behold you canoid it; but I shall not forgive him the want ofrespect he owes you.' 'Ah! sir,' replied she, 'helooks upon me as his prisoner, <strong>and</strong> treats me like ae.' ''Twas with my army,' answered tiie king,'that he vanquished the king your father, <strong>and</strong> ifyou are a captive, you are mine, <strong>and</strong> I give youyour liberty; <strong>and</strong> am happy that my advanced age<strong>and</strong> gray hairs secure me from being your slave.'The grateful princess returned the king a thous<strong>and</strong>thanks, <strong>and</strong> retired with her women.In the m.ean time, the prince, having been informedof V. hat passed, resented it very much ; buthis rage v>'as worked up to the highest pitch, whenthe king forbid him to think any more of the prin-; telling him, that after all the services he hadofiFered her, she could not love him.'What,' answeredhe, shall I labour all my days to no'purpose? I love not to lose my time after such amanner.' ' I am sorry you should,' said the king,but it must not be.' We sliall see that,' said theprince, in an insolent manner, <strong>and</strong> going out of the'room ; do you think to take mj' prisoner from.'melose my life first.' ' Siie you call your prisoner,'said the enraged kmg,'was mine, <strong>and</strong> nowis free ; I have made her mistress of herself, <strong>and</strong>not to depend on your caprice.' So smart a conversationhad gone further, had not the8tprince retired,who from that moment conceived a desire ofEg possession of tlie crov,-n <strong>and</strong> princess. Piehad gained the hearts of the soldiers, <strong>and</strong> ill-designingpeople were assisting to his ainbition, thatthe king at last was informed of his intentions ofdethroning him , <strong>and</strong> knowing him to have the


S2TALES OF THE FAIRIES,amiy on his side, was forced to take the mildestmeasures. He sent for the prince, <strong>and</strong> said to him,' Is it possible that you should be so ungrateful asto take from me my crown, to set it upon yourown head, since you see I am so nigh my end ?Have I not had misfortunes enough already, bylosing a wife <strong>and</strong> son ? Indeed I have opposedyour designs upon the princess Carpillona, but asmuch for your sake as hers ; for how can you behappj' with a person that does not love you ? Butsince you will run the risk of it, I consent youshall marry her ; but let me have some time to talkto her, to prepare her for it.'The prince, who wished more for the princessthan the kingdom (for he had that which he latelyconquered), told the king, that he was not so desirousof reigning as he believed, since he hadsigned an act whereby he disinherited himself,case his brother returned, <strong>and</strong> should rest satisfied,provided he might marry Carpillona. The kingembraced him, <strong>and</strong> went to the princess, who wasalways with her governess, in cruel alanns ; whomshe had then carried into her closet, <strong>and</strong> cryingbitterlj-, said,thein'Should it be possible, that after allpromises the king has made me, he should beso cruel as to sacrifice me to his crook-backed son,the day of my nuptials should be the last 1 wouldbreatlie, since I am more displeased with the illqualities of his heart than the deformity of hisbody.' 'Alas! my dear princess,' replied the go-'verness, you know not, undoubtedly, that thedaughters of the greatest kings are always madevictims to the state ; they never consult their inclination,nor whether the prmce that is to espousethem be h<strong>and</strong>some or deformed.' And just as CarpillonaAvas about to reply, she was told that theking waited for her in her chamber. As soon asshe set her eyes on him she knew what he cameabout, having a great penetration, <strong>and</strong> cried out,* Alas ! what have you to tell me ?' ' Fair prin-


'PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 83cess,' said he, ' look not on your marriage with myson as a misfortune, but consent willingly; theviolence that he commits, in regard to your sentimentsfor him, shows but the ardour of liis own:<strong>and</strong> if he loved you not, he miglit find more princesses,who would be glad to partake with him acrown, which he is already in possession of, besidesthat which he will have after my deatli. Yourdisdain <strong>and</strong> contempt have not been able to dismayhim, <strong>and</strong> you ought to believe that he will forget'nothing to please you.' 1 flattered myself,' re-'plied she, to have found a protector, in you, butmy hopes are deceived: you ab<strong>and</strong>on me, but thejust gods will ' not.' If you knew but all I havedone,' replied he, ' to prevent this marriage, youwould be convinced of my friendship. Alas ! Heavenblessed me with a son, who was nursed by hisown mother; but he was stolen away one night, <strong>and</strong>a cat put in his place, which bit the queen socruelly, that she died of it. If that lovely childhad not been taken from me, he would have beennow a comfort to me in my old age; my subjectswould have feared him; <strong>and</strong> I might have offeredyou my crown with him. This son would not thenhave carried things so high as now, but would havethought himself happy to live 'at court.' I amthen the cause of what has befallen you,' answeredshe ; since he would have been so serviceable tome, look upon me as the guilty wretch, <strong>and</strong> thinkof punishing me, rather than marrying 'me.' Youwas not then capable, fair princess,' said he, * ofdoing good or harm; 1 accuse you not of my misfortunes;but if you would not augment them, prepareyourself to receive my son; for he is toopowerful here, <strong>and</strong> may act some tragic scene.'The king, seeing she returned no other answer, butwas all in tears, left her; <strong>and</strong> knowing the princewould be impatient, went <strong>and</strong> told him that theprincess had given her consent, <strong>and</strong> bid him makeevery thing ready against the solemnization of tha


GlTALES OF THE FAIRIES,marriage. The prince, transported witli joy, thankedthe king, <strong>and</strong> immediately sent for jewellers,<strong>and</strong> all sorts of tradesmen, <strong>and</strong> bespoke all thefinest things imaginable; <strong>and</strong> then sent several richpresents of jewels, &c., whicli she received with allthe appearance of joy. Afterwards he paid her avisit himself, <strong>and</strong> among other things, said, Was'you not very much in the wrong, madam, to refusethe honour I would do you, since I am not disagreeablein my person, <strong>and</strong> the world says I havewit : besides, you shall have the finest diamonds,<strong>and</strong> wear the richest clothes of any queen in theworld.' The princess answered coldly, that thenusfortunes of her family would not permit her todress like other princesses, <strong>and</strong> desired him not to'make so great presents. You are in the right,''said he, not to dress yourself, if I don't give youleave ; but you must tliink of pleasing me : everything will be ready for our marriage within fourdays; divert yourself till then, <strong>and</strong> comm<strong>and</strong> here,since you are absolute mistress.' And after that,lie left her.No sooner was he gone, but she shut herself upwith her governess, <strong>and</strong> told her, she might choosewhether she would find her the means of escaping,or those of killing herself on the wedding-day.After the governess had represented to her the impossibilityof getting away, <strong>and</strong> the Aveakness sheshowed, by killing herself, to avoid the misfortunesof this life ; she endeavoured to persuade her, thatvirtue might contribute to her tranquillity; <strong>and</strong>that, without having an entire love forthe prince,she might esteem him enough to live happy withhim. Carpillona could not yield to any of theseremonstrances; but told her, that till then shemade account she had some value for her, but thatnow she was sensible how much it was; <strong>and</strong> thatif all the world should fail her, she would not betailing to herself; <strong>and</strong> that dangerous diseasesiuust have dangerous remedies. After this she


PRIKCESS CARFILLOXA. 85opened the window, <strong>and</strong> looking some time out ofit, her governess, who feared she designed to throwherself out, fell on her knees, <strong>and</strong> looking tenderlyat her, said, 'Alas! madam, what would you haveme do ? I will obey you, though it should cost memy life.' The princess embraced her, <strong>and</strong> desired herto buy her a shepherd's dress <strong>and</strong> a cow, <strong>and</strong> notamuse herself with persuading her from her design,since it would be to no purpose, <strong>and</strong> only losingtime; <strong>and</strong> not only that, but to dress up a figure,<strong>and</strong> lay it in her bed, <strong>and</strong> say she'was ill. Youknow, madam,''said the poor governess, the dangersto which I expose-niyself ; the prince, withoutdoubt, will know that I assisted you; he will makeuse of a thous<strong>and</strong> torments to make me confess :<strong>and</strong> then judge if my love is not great.' The princess,very much confounded, made answer, thatshe should go away herself two days after, <strong>and</strong>tliat it would be easy to impose upon the world forthat short time. In short, they contrived so well,that Carpillona had that night both a shepherdess'shabit <strong>and</strong> a cow, <strong>and</strong> appeared as beautiful as thequeen of love, when she appeared with Juno <strong>and</strong>Pallas, in that habit, to Paris on Mount Ida. Sheset out by moon-light, sometimes leading her cow,<strong>and</strong> sometimes getting on her backj <strong>and</strong> if theleast breath of air but gently agitated the leaves ofthe trees, a bird flew off her nest, or any thingstirred, she feared it might be wolves or thieves.Thus she travelled all the night, ind would havedone the next day, but that her cow stopped tograze in a pleasant mead ; where the princess, fatiguedwith the weight of her clothes <strong>and</strong> shoes,sat herself down on the grass by a purling stream,<strong>and</strong> tied up her hair, which had got out fromunder her cap, <strong>and</strong> fell in flowing rings on hershoulders. She looked about, to see if she mightnot be observed; but for all her precaution, shewas surprised by a lady all in armour, who, takingoff her head-piece, which was gold, adorned witli


86 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,'diamonds, said, Shepherdess, I am very dry <strong>and</strong>weary, will you give me some milk to quench mythirst ?' 'With all my heart, madam,' said Carpillona,if I had any thing to put it in.' I ' 'havehere a China dish,' said the armed lady, ' takethat.' But the poor princess net knowing how tostroke the' 'teat; V/hat,' said the lady, is yourcow dry, or do not you know how to milk her?'Hereupon the princess, ashamed to appear so awb*ward before such an extraordinary person, fell acrying, <strong>and</strong> replied, ' I must own, madam, for thesmall time I have been a shepherdess, it has beenm3' business to feed my cow; my mother does allthe rest.' 'Tlien you have a mother?' continuedthe lady ;' <strong>and</strong> pray what does she do?''She is afarmer,' said Carpillona.'What, hard by ?' said thelady again. ' Yes,' replied the princess. 'Really,'said slie, ' I have a great affection for her uponyour account, <strong>and</strong> will go to see her; lead meher.' Carpillona was at a st<strong>and</strong> what answer tomake; she was unused to lie, <strong>and</strong> knew not thatshe talked to a fairy. She looked down, her colourcame into her face, <strong>and</strong> at last she said, When'once 1 come abroad, I never return till night;therefore I desire you, madam, not to make mymother angry with'me.' Ah ! princess, princess,'said tlie ' fairy, you cannot support a lie, nor actthe person you pretend to be, without my assistance.Here, take this nosegay of gilliflowers; <strong>and</strong>be assured, that while you have it, the crookbackedprince, from whom you fly, will never knowyou; <strong>and</strong> remember, when \ou come to the greatforest, to inform yourself of tliem whereabout theshepherd Sublimus has his abode. Tell liirn, that


I,ther.I whether'herjPRINCESS CARPILLONA. 87will not fail 3'ou,' replied she ; 'my time is precious,<strong>and</strong> I must leave j-ou to complete your destiny.'And as she uttered these words, disappeared.Carpillona was ready to die with fear, but reco-[ivering herself, continued her way, though ignorantof the road that led to the great forest, thinking toherself, that this able fairy would conduct her thi<strong>and</strong>always kept the nosegay in her h<strong>and</strong>,she stood still or walked : but at last,feet were so chafed <strong>and</strong> sore, that slie wasforced to lie down under the shade of some treeswhere she reflected often, <strong>and</strong> with no small uneasiness,on her poor governess, of whose zeal <strong>and</strong>fidelity there are but few examples. She dressedup a figure, as the princess had ordered her, wentalways ver^' softly into her room, as she said, forfear of disturbing her, <strong>and</strong> scolded at the leastnoise that was ever made. The king, when he wastold of the princess's being sick, was not at all surprised,attributing it to her grief, <strong>and</strong> the violenceoffered : but as soon as the prince was informed ofthis ill news, his chagrin was inconceivable ; hewould see herj but the governess, with much ado„ented him. Then he asked if his physiciaamiglit; but she told him, it would be the means tokill her, for she hated all physicians <strong>and</strong> their remedies: but withal, bid him not be frightened,telling him, it was only a dizziness of her head, <strong>and</strong>that she would be well after three or four days'st : by which means, she put a stop to an^ fartherimportunities. But one night, when she was preparingfor her flight, she heard him knock at thedoor, as if he would break it down ; <strong>and</strong> what inducedhim to this violence, was an information hehad had of the matter from the other womeu ; whoperceiving the deceit, <strong>and</strong> fearing some punishmentmight fall to their share, went <strong>and</strong> told him presently.The excess of his rage cannot be expressed: he ran to the king, thinking he was not ignorantof it; but found, b^ the surprise. he read in


88 TALES OF THE FATRIES.Jus face, himself to be mistaken. As soon as hesaw the poor governess, he said to her, catchinghold of her hair, 'Give me my Carpillona, or I'lltear out thj' heart.' She made no repl}', but withtears ; <strong>and</strong> prostrating herself at his knees, conjuredhim, but all in vain, to hear her. lie casther into a deep dungeon, <strong>and</strong> had put her to deatha thous<strong>and</strong> times, had not the king, who was asgood as his son was wicked, obliged him to let herlive in that frightful prison.This amorous <strong>and</strong> violent prince ordered, thatthe princess should be pursued both by sea <strong>and</strong>l<strong>and</strong> ; <strong>and</strong> to that end, left the court himself, <strong>and</strong>ran about like a madman. When one day, as Carpillonawas sitting with her cow under a largerock, <strong>and</strong> the weather being very tempestuous, s'remained trembling at the thunder <strong>and</strong> lightning,when the crook-backed prince came thither withhis attendants for shelter. But, alas! when shesaw him so nigh to her, she was more frightenedtlian at the thunder <strong>and</strong> lightning. She held hernosegay of gilliflowers fast with both her h<strong>and</strong>s'<strong>and</strong> remembering the fairy, said, Ab<strong>and</strong>on menot, charming Amazona.' The prince, casting hiseyes upon her, said, ' What can you be afraid of,poor decrepit old wretch ? Where would be thehurt if the thunder should kill thee, since thouhast one foot in the grave already ?' The youngjjrincess was not less overjoyed than amazed tohear him call her old': Witliout doubt,' said sheto herself, 'my nosegay works this wonder.' Andthat she might have no farther conversation withhim, she pretended to be deaf. The prince, findingshe could net hear, said to his confidant, who was'never from him, Kow, if my heart was a littlemore gay, I could set this old creature upon thetop of the rock, <strong>and</strong> have the pleasure of seeingherroll down <strong>and</strong> break her neck.' 'But, sir,'plied this wicked favourite,' to divert you, I'llcarry her up by force, <strong>and</strong> you shall see her body-


PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 89bound like a ball.' ' We have not now time,' saidhe; 'we must continue our search after this ingrate,who disturbs the repose of my life.'As lie made au end of these words, he clappedspurs to his horse, <strong>and</strong> rode off. It is easyto judge of the joy of the princess, who did notforget to thank the fairy Amazona, whose power5he was then sensible of. She pursued her journey,ind arrived at the plain whereon the shepherds of;hat country built their huts, which were all very!pretty, each having a garden <strong>and</strong> a spring. Theivalley of Tempe could not be more agreeable.The shepherdesses were for the most part beautiful,<strong>and</strong> the shepherds neglected nothing to pleasethem. On all the trees, ciphers <strong>and</strong> love-verses.were engraved. As soon as Carpillona appearediraong them, they left their flocks; <strong>and</strong>, prepossessedwith her beauty <strong>and</strong> majestic air, advancedtowards her: but what surprised them most, was|he meanness of her habit; for though they liveditn innocent <strong>and</strong> rustic life, yet they pretended.ery much to a neat adjustment of their apparel.iriie princess desired them to show her the shepherdiiublimus's cottage; which they did presently: <strong>and</strong>-here slie found the good old man, seated in the.alley with his wife <strong>and</strong> daughters, a little brook•unuing by them, which charmed with its gentleinurmurs; he had some reeds in his h<strong>and</strong>s, withIvliich he was making a little basket to gather fruitIn; <strong>and</strong> his wife was spinning, wliile his daughtersvere angling in the brook.When Carpillona first accosted them, she was•ensible of so much respect <strong>and</strong> tenderness, thathe was herself surprised ; <strong>and</strong> when they saw her,hey*were no less affected, I am,' said she, sautingthem in an humble manner, a poor'sheplerdess,<strong>and</strong> come from the fairy Amazona, to ofieri'ou my service; <strong>and</strong> hope, that upon her account,'ou will receive me.' ' Cliild,' said the king, gettingup, <strong>and</strong> returning lier salute in as civil a


90 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.manner,'that great fairy has reason to believethat we have a perfect honour for her; but j'ouare welcome, if j'ou had no other recommendation'but your own person.' Come hither, pretty maid,'said the queen, holding out her h<strong>and</strong>, come <strong>and</strong>'let me kiss you: I conceive a great kindness foryou, <strong>and</strong> could wish you would look upon me asyour own mother, <strong>and</strong> my children as your sisters,'' Alas f- my good mother,' said the princess, ' I deservenot that honour; it is enough for m.e to be'your shepherdess, <strong>and</strong> tend your flock.' iSo,' repliedtlie king, we are all equal here, you come'with too good a recommendation for us to makeany difference between you <strong>and</strong> our childrendown by us, <strong>and</strong> let your cow feed with oursheep.' She made some difficulty, persisting inwliat she told them at first, that she was comeonly to be tlieir servant; but would have beenvery much embarrassed if they had taken her at herword ; for indeed, by her looks, she seemed to bemade more to comm<strong>and</strong> than to obey; anmight be thought, that so great a fairy would nolprotect an ordinary person.Tlie king <strong>and</strong> queen looked upon her with aoamazement mixed with admiration, which thejcould not comprehend. They asked her, if sh


PRINCESS CARPILLOXA. 01hot for the climate we live in, <strong>and</strong> your shoes tooheavy <strong>and</strong> clumsy for so young a damsel ;youmust be dressed after our manner.' •My clothes,mother,' answered she, ' are such as they wear inmy country ; but I'll put on what you please toorder me.' They admired her obedience, <strong>and</strong> aboveall, the air of modesty that appeared in her eyes<strong>and</strong> all her actions; but it being supper-time, theygot up, <strong>and</strong> went all into the house, where theyintended to dress the fish that the two princesseshad caught, <strong>and</strong> some fresh eggs, <strong>and</strong> to make therest up v.ith milk <strong>and</strong> fruit. ' I am surprised,' saidthe king, 'that my son is not yet come home ; hiseagerness after sport carries him too far ; <strong>and</strong> Iam always in fear, lest some accident should befalhim.' 'My fears are no less tlian yours,' said thequeen;' but, if j'ou please, we will not sup till hecomes.' ' 'No,' said the king, let him mind histime better; on the contrary, I desire you, whenhe comes, not to speak to him, but that every onegive him a cold reception.' 'You know his goodnature,'said the queen,'<strong>and</strong> he will be so muchtroubled, that he will fall sick.' ' I can't help that,'replied the'king, he must be corrected.' Afterthis discourse they sat to supper; but before theyhad quite done, the young prince came in, with awild roe on his shoulders, his hair all wet withsweat, <strong>and</strong> his face covered with dust; he leaned ona little lance he generally carried along with him;his bow hung on one side, <strong>and</strong> his quiver of arrowson the other. In this condition there appearedsomething so noble <strong>and</strong> lofty in his countenance<strong>and</strong> mien, that none could look upon him withoutattention <strong>and</strong> respect.'Mother,' said he, addressinghimself to the queen, 'my desire to bring j'outhis roe has made me run all day over the mountains<strong>and</strong> plains.' ' Son,' said the king, gravely,you endeavour more to make us uneasy than toplease us : you know how much I have said toyou ou your violent de»ire of sport; but you »re


92 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,resolved to take no notice of it.' Tht princeblushed; <strong>and</strong> what vexed him most was, to see aperson there who did not belong to the family. Hereplied, that another time he would come sooner;or, that if he did not approve of it, he would notgo at ' all. That's enough,' said the queen, wholoved him tenderly- : ' I thank you, child, for yourpresent: come <strong>and</strong> sit by me, <strong>and</strong> eat your supper,for to be sure you must be hungry.' The princewas somewhat disordered at the serious air theking spoke to him in, <strong>and</strong> durst not look up ; forthough he was intrepid in all dangers, he was of adocible temper, <strong>and</strong> stood in great awe, Avhere hisduty required it of him. But at last, he recoveredout of his confusion, sat down by the queen, <strong>and</strong>cast liis eyes on Carpillona, who had not stayed solong to look at him: but as soon as tlieir eyes met,their hearts were so agitated, that they knew notwhat to attribute this disorder to. The princessblushed, <strong>and</strong> the prince kept his eyes stedfast uponher ; till at last, she raising hers again with apleasing softness, they continued looking at eachother with a mutual surprise, thinking nothingcould equal what thej' beheld.' Is it possible,''said the princess to herself, that, of so many per-.sons I have seen at court, none should come nighto this young shepherd ?' 'How comes it,' thoughthe to himself, * that this admirable maid should bebut a poor shepherdess? Ah! that I was but aking, to place her on a throne, <strong>and</strong> to make her asmuch the mistress of my empire as she is of mylieart.' In musing after this manner he ate nothing.The queen, who thought it owing to the illreception he met witli, tired herself with inviting<strong>and</strong> caressing him, <strong>and</strong> brought out the finest fruitsslie had. He desired Carpillona to taste of them..She thanked liim, <strong>and</strong> told him, without thinkingon tlie h<strong>and</strong> that gave them, that slie had done nothingbut eat, <strong>and</strong> cared for no more. Upon which,he left them coldly upon the table. The queen


PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 03took uot the least notice of all this ; but the eldestprincess, who had no small esteem for him, <strong>and</strong>who perhaps might have loved him very well, butfor the difference she thought between them, observedall that passed with some jealousy.After supper the king <strong>and</strong> queen retired, <strong>and</strong>the princesses, according to their usual custom,did whatever was to be done in the house : onemilked the cows, the other pressed the cheese, &c.Carpillona busied herself, after their example, towork; but she was so little used to it, that shedid nothing to the purpose : insomuch, that the twoprincesses called her the pretty unh<strong>and</strong>y maid.The amorous prince helped her in every thing; hewent to the spring with her, carried her pail, drewthe water, <strong>and</strong> brought it back oh his shoulders,<strong>and</strong> would not suffer her to carry any thing.'What do you mean, shepherd,' said she to him;* must 1 act the fine lads' ? I that have been usedall my life to work? Am I to live here in idleness?''You shall do what you please, lovelyshepherdess,' said he ;* but deny me not t'ne pleasureof giving my small assistance on these occasions.'Afterwards, they both returned, thoughsooner than lie desired ; for though he durst notyet hardly speak to her, nevertheless he was overjoyedto be with her. They both passed the nightin an uneasiness which neither of them, throughtheir little experience, could guess the cause of.The prince waited impatiently for day, to see theshepherdess again; <strong>and</strong> she was in as much dread.The new trouble the sight of him put her into,somewhat diverted her other displeasures; <strong>and</strong> shethought so much of him, that she almost forgotthe crook-backed prince. ' Why,' said she, ' hasblind fortune bestowed so many graces, such amien, <strong>and</strong> such charms, on a young shepherd, whois destined only to feed his fleck; <strong>and</strong> so muchmalice <strong>and</strong> deformity ou a prince appointed to rulea flourishing nation;'


94 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.Carpillona never had the curiosity to view lierselfsince her metamorphosis from aprincess intoa shepherdess ; but then a certain desire of pleasingmade her seek after a glass. She was not long beforeshe found that of the princess ; but when shesaw herself, she was quite confounded. 'What afigure's here,' cried she ;' what am I like ? It isimpossible that I should endure to be buried longin this coarse stuff.' Then she washed her face<strong>and</strong> h<strong>and</strong>s, <strong>and</strong> went to the queen, <strong>and</strong> falling oulier knees, presented her with a fine diamond ring,which was part of the jewels she brought alongwith her. 'Mother, 1 found this ring some timesince; I know not the value of it, but believe itmay be worth some money : I beg you would acceptof it, as a proof of my acknowledgment foryour charity towards me; <strong>and</strong> likewise I desireyou to buy me a habit, <strong>and</strong> linen, that I may apjjearlike the other shepherdesses of this country.'The queen was very much surprised to see sonoble a ring, <strong>and</strong> told her, that*she would not takeit, but would keep it for her; <strong>and</strong> that she wouldsend to a little town that was hard by, for a nicecountry habit, shoes, &:c. complete.When Carpillona was thus dressed, she appearedmore cliarming than Aurora. The prince neglectednothing on his part, but adorned his hat, scrip,<strong>and</strong> crook, with flowers, <strong>and</strong> carried her a nosegay,which he presented witli all the fear of a lover,<strong>and</strong> which she received with some consternation,though she neither wanted presence of mind nor wit.When she was with him, she hardly ever spoke,but was always very thoughtful, as was he himself.When he went a hunting, instead of pursuing hisgame, whenever he found a proper place to entertainhimself with the thoughts of his beloved Carpillona,he would stop all on a sudden, <strong>and</strong> in thatsolitary retirement make verses <strong>and</strong> songs on hisshepherdess, often talking to the rocks, woods,<strong>and</strong> birds ; <strong>and</strong> in short, he lost all that gaiety of


PRINCESS CARPILLONA, 95?mper which made hira seek after the companyf tlie young shepherds. But as it is hard to love,nd not fear what v,e love, he dreaded so muchle making his shepherdess angry by declaring himelf,that he durst scarce ever speak to her ; <strong>and</strong>iiougli she observed very well that he preferreder before all others, <strong>and</strong> that preference ought tossure her of his sentiments, yet she could not butin some pain for his silence. Sometimes sL-eould be overjoyed, <strong>and</strong> would say to herself, ' Ifreally does love me, how shall I receive the delarationof his passion ? If 1 should be angry, Ierhaps shall be the cause of his death ; <strong>and</strong> if 1e not, I shall die myself with shame <strong>and</strong> grief,i''hat, shall I, who am born a princess, hearken topoor shepherd ? Ah! too base weakness; I shallever consent. My heart ought not to change withpparel ; I have but too much to reproach mywithsince I have been here.' As the princead a thous<strong>and</strong> natural charms in his voice (<strong>and</strong>erhaps liad he not s4kig so well, the princess,repossessed in his favour, would have liked toear him), she would often engage him to singnd the songs he made choice of had always somesotender <strong>and</strong> engaging in them, that she3uld not forbear expressing a pleasure, which in-)ired him with the more boldness ; <strong>and</strong> one day,s went to the river-side, to a place shaded byiers <strong>and</strong> willows, <strong>and</strong> whither he knew that Carillonaled her tiock every day, <strong>and</strong> with a nailrote on the bark of one of the trees these lines' In this retreat, in vain do I, Find peace <strong>and</strong> pleasure reign ;Where love the freedom of a sighDenies, to ease my pain.'The princess surprised him just as he had madeI end: he affected to seem confounded, <strong>and</strong> after)me'moments of silence, said to her, You see an


'% TALES OF THE FAIRIES,unhappy shepherd, vcho complains to the most insensiblethings, -when he ought to complain to nonebut >ou.' She made no answer, but casting downher eyes, gave him the opportunity he wanted todeclare his sentiments. While he was speaking,her thoughts were wholly taken up how she oughtto take what she heard from a mouth that was notindifterent to her ; but her inclination engaged her'to excuse him. He is ignorant,' said she to herself,'of my birth; therefore his temerity is pardonable:he loves me, <strong>and</strong> thinks me his equal;but should he know my rank, will not the godsthemselves,' who are so much above us, will ithey accept of the hearts of mortals ? Are theyaugrj' because tliey are loved ? Well, shepherd,'said she, turning herself towards him, ' I pity j'ojind that is all I can do for you : I will not love, Iliave misfortunes enough already. Alas !whatwould be my condition, if, to augment my calamities,my days should be burdened with an enga;'ment?' Ah! shepherdess,' cried he, 'say rather,that if you have any troubles, nothing i3 morepable to sweeten them. I will partake of all ofthem ; my study shall be to please you ;you may'repose on me the care of your flock.' I wish tolieaven,' said she,'that I had no other reason'be uneasy.' What others can you have,' said he,'with an eager concern, being so beautiful, soyoung, so free from ambition, <strong>and</strong> so little versedwith the vain gr<strong>and</strong>eurs of a court ? Hut withoutdoubt, you love here some happy rival, whicli rendersyou inexorable towards me.' Pronouncingthese last words, he changed countenance, becamemelancholy, <strong>and</strong> was cruelly tormented with thisthought.' I will there agree with you,' repliedshe ; 'you have a rival : but then he is one hated<strong>and</strong> abhorred. You had never seen me, but thattiie necessity of avoiding his pressing instances'obliged me to fly from him.' ' Perhaps, shepherdess,'said he,'you will fly from me too ; for if


PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 97you hated him only because he loved you, I amsure I am to be hated the most of all men.' 'Whe-'ther it be,' replied she, that 1 don't believe him,or that I look more favourably upon you, I amsensible I shall not fly from you as T have donefrom him.' The shepherd was transported withjoy at these obliging words, <strong>and</strong> from that dayneglected no opportunity to please the princess.Every day he gathered the finest flowers to makegarl<strong>and</strong>s for her, <strong>and</strong> adorned her crook with ribbons.He never would suffer her to be exposed tothe sun ; but whenever she came along the riversidewith her flock, he would cut down branchesof trees, <strong>and</strong> fonii an arbour wherever there was apleasant situation. All tiie trees tliereabouts boreher ciphers, <strong>and</strong> verses in praise of Jier beauty.The young princess saw all these testimonies ofthe shepherd's passion ; she loved secretl3', butdurst never examine her heart, for fear of findingthere sentiments too tender. The young shepherd'slove for his shepherdess could not long be keptsecret, but was discovered, as well as applauded,by every one; for who could find fault where allwas love ? All who saw them, said, they wereborn for each other; that they were both perfectbeauties; that it was the work of the gods, thatfortune made their country so happy ; <strong>and</strong> thatthey must neglect nothing to detain them. Carpillonafelt a secret joy to hear the public praisesin favour of a swain she thought so amiable; butthen thinking of the diff'erence that was betweenthem, she was somewhat chagrined,but purposednot to discover who she was, that she might indulgeher lieart the more. The king <strong>and</strong> queen,who were extremely fond of them both, were noways displeased at this growing passion; theylooked on the prince as their own son, <strong>and</strong> were no4 less taken with the perfections of the shepherdess.'Was she not sent by Amazona,' said tliey, who'fought the centaur ?VOL. II.Without doubt that wise fairyf


98 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.has destined them for each other ; therefore -wemust wait her orders.'Things were in this condition; tlie prince complainedalways of Carpillona's indifference, becauseshe carefully concealed her sentiments from him;when being one day out a hunting, he could notavoid a furious bear that came suddenly out of thehollow of a rock, <strong>and</strong> had devoured him, had nothis courage been seconded by his activity. Afterhaving struggled a long time upon the top of themountain, they both at last rolled down together.Carpillona at that very time was stopped with hercompanions in that place, yet could not see whatpassed on the top of the hill. But what a conditionwere they all in, when they saw a man <strong>and</strong> abear tumbling down togetlier ? The princess soonknew her shepherd, <strong>and</strong> sent out cries of fear <strong>and</strong>grief; all the shepherdesses ran away; but loveredoubling the princess's courage, she was so boldas to run the iron of lier crook down into the terriblemonster's throat, <strong>and</strong> to give her lover someassistance; who, when he saw her, for fear shemight partake of his danger, raised his courage tosuch a height, that he no longer thought of preservinghis own life, but only to secure hers; <strong>and</strong>indeed killed his enemy just at her feet: at thesame time he fell down half dead with the loss ofblood from two wounds he received.How cruel a sight was it for her to see hisclothes all dyed with blood! She could not speak;her face was drowned in tears; she laid his headin her lap, <strong>and</strong> all on a sudden breaking silence,said, ' Shepherd, if you die, I'll die with you. Invain have I concealed my secret thoughts : knowthennow, that my life is attached to yours.''\VJiat can I wish for more, fair shepherdess?'cried he, in a faint voice:'whatever befils me,my fate now will always be happy.'By this time the shepherdesses who fled returnedwith several shepherds, <strong>and</strong> assisted the prince <strong>and</strong>


PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 99the princess, who by tliat time was in as bad acondition : but while they were cutting down thebranches of trees to make a sort of litter for them,the fairy Amazona appeared among them. 'Benot concerned,' said she ;' let me touch the j'oungshepherd.' Then taking him by tlie h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> puttingher golden casque upon his head, she said,' Dear shepherd, I forbid thee from being sick,'Hereupon lie soon got up, <strong>and</strong> the visor of thecasque being up, there appeared a martial air inhis face ; <strong>and</strong> his eyes, which were bright <strong>and</strong> lively,aasvi^ered the hopes which the fairy conceived.He was amazed at the manner of liis cure, <strong>and</strong> themajesty that appeared throughout her whole person; <strong>and</strong>, transported with admiration, -joy, <strong>and</strong>'acknowledgment, cast himself at her feet. Greatqueen,' said he, ' I was dangerously wounded,; oneglance from your eyes, <strong>and</strong> one word from yourmouth, has cured me. Eut, alas! I have a woundin my heart that I will not be cured of; vouchsafeonly to assuage the pain, <strong>and</strong> mend my fortune,since I cannot partake of it, such as it is, with thisfair shepherdess.' The princess blushed to hearhim speak after this manner : she knew that thefairy Amazona was not ignorant who slie was, <strong>and</strong>feared lest she should blame her for givmg hopesto a lover so much below her ; insomuch that shedurst not look up : but the sighs that escaped herbreast raised some pity in that of'the fairy's. Carpillona,'said she, this shepherd is not unworthy'your esteem ; <strong>and</strong> you, shepherd, who desire somuch the change of your condition, assure yourselfof a most illustrious fate.' And then she disappeared.The shepherds <strong>and</strong> shepherdesses conductedthem back in triumph to their hamlet,placing the two lovers in the midst of tliem, <strong>and</strong>crowned them with flowers, as a token of the victorythey had gained over the terrible bear, whichthey brought after them, singing vefSes on the tendernessof Carpillona to the prince.


what100 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.When they came to the shepherd Sublimus, theytold him all that had haf


PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 101want of confidence that 1 concealed mynot forrank from you, but that J thought it might be atrouble to you to see a princess reduced to mycondition.'My father was king of the Peaceable Isl<strong>and</strong>s ;but his reign being disturbed by an usurper, he<strong>and</strong> my mother were botli confined in a strongtower. After tliree years imprisonment, they foundthe means, by tlie assistance of one of tiieir guards,<strong>and</strong> tlie favour of the night, to escape. They letme down in a basket ; but the cord breaking, 1 fellinto the lake which surrounded tlie castle, whereI was taken up by some tisheimen, who just then•were drawmg in their nets, which they had thrownout for some carp, which the moat was well storedwith. But, alas ! how were the fishermen deceivedin their hopes ! for by my weight they were in expectationof a good draught. When they first sawme, they thought of throwing me in again ; but atlast they resolved to leave me in the net, <strong>and</strong> carryme to the tyrant, who, being informed of the flightof my family, knew ine to he an unhappy destituteprincess. His wife, who had no children, pitying,<strong>and</strong> having some inclination for me, took me, <strong>and</strong>brought me up under the name of Carpillona, perhapswith a design that I might have no notion ofmy birth ; but my heart has always told me who Iam ; <strong>and</strong> it is sometimes a misfortune to have sentimentsso little conformable to one's fortune. But,as the greatest prosperity is not to be depended on,a neighbouring prince, who was crooked, <strong>and</strong> wentby the name of the Humpbacked Prince, coming,at the head of a gallant army, deprived the usurperof my father's crown of his ill-gotten power. Thischange of the tyrant's fortune rendered mine stillworse ; the conqueror took me with him as thegreatest ornament of his triumph, <strong>and</strong> determinedto marry me, whether I consented or not. In thisextremity I betook myself to flight, dressed like »


102 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.sliepherdess, <strong>and</strong> leading a cow; <strong>and</strong> was metbj' the prince, who undoubtedly liad known meagain, if the fairy Amazona had not generouslygiven me a nosegay of gilliflowers to secure mefrom my enemies. Neither, my good mother,'continued the princess, ' did she do a less charitableaction in recommending me to you : <strong>and</strong>if I declared not my rank sooner, it was notthrough distrust, but only to spare your grief.Not,' pursued she, that ' I complain ; for I neverknew any tranquillity till the day I was receivedby you ; <strong>and</strong> I must own, that a country life is sosweet <strong>and</strong> innocent, that I prefer it before that ofa court.'As she spoke with great earnestness, she observednot that the queen melted into tears, <strong>and</strong> thatthe king's eyes watered ; but she had no soonerdone, than they both strove to clasp her in theirarms, where they held lier a long time withoutbeing able to pronounce one word. She melted<strong>and</strong> cried, after their example; <strong>and</strong> it is hard toexpress the agreeable trouble these three illustriouspersons were in. At last the queen, makingan effort upon herself, 'said, Is it possible, mydear child, that, after all my sorrow for thy fatalloss, Heaven should restore thee to thy mother, tocomfort her in her misfortunes. Behold, my child,the breast that suckled thee in thy tender years ?Behold the king thy fatiier, the author of thydays ! \\ ith what transports shall we solemnizethe return of a child which Heaven in its angerdeprived us ofr' 'And I, illustrious mother <strong>and</strong>queen,' cried the princess, casting herself at herfeet, 'by what expressions <strong>and</strong> actions shall Imake you both underst<strong>and</strong> -the love <strong>and</strong> respectI owe you, since I find you the dear sanctuaryto my misfortunes, when I durst not flatter myselfwith ever seeing you again r' Then they allrenewed their caresses ; <strong>and</strong> thus some hours


PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 103glided away. Carpillona after this retired, havingfirst been forbid by her father <strong>and</strong> mother to speakof what had passed.The princess, in regard to indifferent persons,observed their comm<strong>and</strong>s punctually, but couldnot keep the secret from her j^oung shepherd ; sohard a thing it is to conceal any thing from a personwe love. She reproached herself a thous<strong>and</strong>times for not having discovered her birth to him.' How great would his obligation have been,' saidshe,' if he had known, that, being born to a throne,I should stoop so low as to him ; but, alas ! what. difference does love make between a sceptre <strong>and</strong>a crook ? Can this chimerical gr<strong>and</strong>eur, which weboast so much of, can it satisfy our souls? No,virtue alone has there a right ; it sets us above acrown, <strong>and</strong> can free us from it. The shepherdthat loves me is wise, witty, <strong>and</strong> amiable : whatcan a prince be more As ?' she ab<strong>and</strong>oned herselfto these reflections, she saw him at her feet, hehaving followed her to the river side; <strong>and</strong> waspresented by him with a garl<strong>and</strong> of flowers, thevariety of which was charming.'From whencecome you, fair shepherdess,' said he ; 'I have beenseeking you some hours, <strong>and</strong> have waited someothers with impatience ?' 'Shepherd,' said she, ' Ihave been taken up with a very surprising adventure,<strong>and</strong> reproach myself for being so long silentbut remember that this mark of my confidence requiresan eternal secrecy. I am a princess : myfather was a king, whom I find in the person ofthe sliepherd Sublimus.' The prince was so confounded<strong>and</strong> surprised at this news, that he hadnot power to interrupt her, though she related thehistory of her life with all imasinable beauty : sogreat were his fears, lest this wise shepherd, sincehe was a king," should refuse him his daughter ; orthat she, reflecting on the difference between aprincess <strong>and</strong> himself, should fall off some dayfrom thosetestimonies of kindness she had given


104 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.Jiim. 'All! madam,' said the melancholy prince,' I am a lost man, I must renounce this life : youare born to a crown, <strong>and</strong> have found your father<strong>and</strong> motlier. For my part, I am an unhappywretch, tliat knows neither his country nor relations; an eagle was my nurse, <strong>and</strong> lier nest mycradle : if you have had some favourable regardto me, it Avill be returned you.' The princessmused a moment or two, <strong>and</strong>, without returningany answer to what he said, took her bodkin outof her hair, <strong>and</strong> wrote ou the bark of a tree :Equal passion can your heart return?The prince immediately wrote this verse:A thous<strong>and</strong> times more ardently I burn.The princess wrote under itThank Fortune for this lucky main.To love, <strong>and</strong> to be loved again.The prince, transported with joy, cast himself ather feet, <strong>and</strong>, taking one of her h<strong>and</strong>s, said, ' AdoFabl»princess, you flatter my afflicted heart, <strong>and</strong>by this new bounty preserve my life : remember'what you have written in my favour.' J am notcapable of forgetting,' said she, with a gracious'air : depend upon my heart ; it is more interestedin your behalf than ray own.' Their conversation,without doubt, had been longer, had they hadmore time ; but they were then obliged to gatherup their flocks, <strong>and</strong> return home.All this time the king <strong>and</strong> queen conferred togetherupon Carpillona's behaviour towards theyoung shepherd. While she was unknown to them,they approved of those growing flames that kindledin their souls ; the perfect beauty wherewithHeav«u had endowed them, the wit <strong>and</strong> graces


howPRINCESS CARPILLONA. 105which accompanied all their actions, made themdesire an everlasting union : but when they lookedupon liL-r with a different eye, as their own daughter,<strong>and</strong> on tlie shepherd as an unfortunate babe,exposed to the fury of the wild beasts, they resolvedto' tell Carpillona that she should not entertainhim any more with flattering hopes, but shoulddeclare to him that she would not settle in thatcountry. After this determination of theirs, thequeen called her in, <strong>and</strong> with a great deal of tendernesstold her all that had passed : but whatwords were capable to calm so violent a diororder ?The young princess strove in vain to constrain herself;her face was sometimes as red as scarlet, <strong>and</strong>another while as pale as death ; <strong>and</strong> the languishingof her eyes discovered but too much the stateshe was in. Ah ! did she then repent her confession!Nevertheless, she assured her mother,with great submission, that she would obey hercomm<strong>and</strong>s; <strong>and</strong> then retiring, had much to do toget to her bed, where, bursting into shetears,passed the night in uttering her complaints <strong>and</strong>regrets.The next morning she arose, to lead her flock tofeed ; but, instead of going towards the river, wentdirectly to a wood, where lying down upon thegrass, <strong>and</strong> leaning upon her elbow, she fell into adeep musing. The prince, who could not be quietwhere she was not present, souglit all about forher, <strong>and</strong>, finding her, presented himself to hersight; who no sooner saw him but siie shriekedout, as if she had been surprised, <strong>and</strong>, rising withprecipitation, left liim without looking once athim. He stood some time like one thunder-struckat such unusual behaviour ; but, recovering himself,followed her, <strong>and</strong>, stopping her, said, 'What,shepherdess, would you, in giving me death, depriveyourself of the pleasure of seeing me expirebefore your eyes? You have changed in regardto your shepherd, <strong>and</strong> no longer remember


106 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,what you promised but yester-^ay.' 'Alas!' saidshe,'casting her eyes melancliolily upon him,'what crime do you accuse me of? I am miserable,aud tied down by comm<strong>and</strong>s which I cannotevade: pity me, <strong>and</strong> leave me wherever you see'me.' Must I,' cried he, folding his arms in an' air of despair, must I fly you, divine princess ?<strong>and</strong> can so cruel an order, <strong>and</strong> one so little deserved,be pronounced by you yourself? AVliat wouldyou have become of me ? And can that flatteringhope, to which you was so willing that I shouldab<strong>and</strong>on myself, extinguish, <strong>and</strong> I live ?' At thesewords Carpillona, whose grief was not less violentthan her lover's, fell speechless <strong>and</strong> void oflife at his feet; at which sight he was agitated•with a thous<strong>and</strong> diflTerent thoughts ; but the conditionhis beloved mistress was in, told him thather heart had no part in the orders she then gavehim, which diminished in some measure his sorrows.However, he lost not a moment to assistl;er : a spring, which ran softly along tlie grass,afforded him water to throw in her face ; <strong>and</strong>some Cupids, wlio were hid behind a bush, havetold their comrades since, that he was so boldas to steal a kiss. ^Vhether it be true or not,the charming shepherdess presently opened hereyes, <strong>and</strong>, pushing her lovely shepherd from her,' .(aid, riy <strong>and</strong> be gone ; how angry will my motlierbe if she should come!' 'What,' said he,' must I leave you, tiien, to be devoured bywolves <strong>and</strong> bears, or, during a long swoon, to bestung in this solitary place by some serpent oritsp r'' Yes,' said she, 'we must hazard all, ratherthan displease the queen.'During this conversation, in which their tenderlooks had no small share, the fairy, theirprotectrix, appeared in the king's chamber, armedas before ; <strong>and</strong>, addressing herself to the queen,said, 'You are no ways grateful, madam, for thepresent I made you of your daughter, who would


PRINCESS CARPTLLONA. 107have been drowned in the net but for me, sinceyou are upon the point of killing with grief theyoung shepherd with whom I trusted you. Thinknot of the ditfeience that may be between him<strong>and</strong> Carpillona , it is time to unite them: think,illustrious Sublimus,' said she to the king, ' oftheir marringe ; I wish it, <strong>and</strong> you will have noreason to repent it.' After these words, withoutwaiting for an answer, she left them nothing remainingto their view but long rays of light, likethose of the sun.The king <strong>and</strong> queen were equally surprised,<strong>and</strong> both felt a secret joy that the fairy's comm<strong>and</strong>swere so positive. It is no longer to be'doubted,' said the king, 'but that this unknownshepherd is of a birth agreeable to Carpillona,since their protectrix has too much justice tounite two persons of unequal rank. 'Twas shethat saved our child in the lake, where she mustinevitably have perished. How have we deservedher protection ?' ' I have often heard say,' re-'plied the queen, that there are good <strong>and</strong> ill fairies,<strong>and</strong> that they have a friendship or an aversionto families, according to their genius ; <strong>and</strong>certainly Amazona is favourable to us.' As theywere talking in this manner, the princess came in,a drooping, languishing air appearing in her face.The prince, who durst not follow her but at adistance, came some time after ; but so great amelancholy hung upon him, that it was sufficientto look at him to know all that passed in his soul<strong>and</strong>, during dinner-time, these two poor lovers,who used to make all the mirth, opened not theirmouths ; nor durst they so much as look at oneanother. When the cloth was taken away, theking went into his little garden, <strong>and</strong> bade theshepherd follow him. At this order he turnedpale, an extraordinary shivering glided throughhis veins ; <strong>and</strong> Carpillona was afraid her fatherwas going to send him away ; so dreadful were


108 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,the apprehensions of both. Sublitnus went into agreen arbour, where, sitting dowa, <strong>and</strong> looking'upon the prince, he said, Son, you know withwliat love I have brought you up; I have alwaysregarded you as a present made me bj' the godsto support <strong>and</strong> comfort me in my old age : but ajireater proof of my friendship to you, is thechoice I make of you for my daughter Carpillona,the loss of whom you ha\e heard me sooften deplore ; but that same Providence that rerestoredher to me has ordained her for you.''Ah ! father,' cried the prince, casting himself athis feet, ' dare I flatter myself with what I hear ?Am I so happy as to be your choice, or is thisonly to know my sentiments for that beautifulshepherdess!'' Ko, my dear son,' said the king ;' fioat no longer thus between hope <strong>and</strong> fear ; Iam resolved to celebrate your nuptials within a'few days.' You heap too many obligations uponme,' replied the prince, embracing his knees; '<strong>and</strong>if 1 do not sufficiently explain my acknowledgments,it proceeds from tlie excess of my joy.'The king made him rise, <strong>and</strong> professed great value<strong>and</strong> friendship for him ; <strong>and</strong>, though he did notacf4uaint him witli tlie greatness of his rank, hesaid enough to let him know that his birtli wasrhuch above his present condition.Carpillona could not be easy, but must followtlicm into tlie garden, v/Iiere she observed all thatpassed from behind some trees ; <strong>and</strong> seeing herlover at her father's feet, she believed he mightbe entreating him not to condemn him to a cruelbanishment ; <strong>and</strong>, desiring to know no more, fledinto the forest, running like a fawn before thedogs, fearing neither the fierceness of the wildbeasts, nor the thorns or briers, which tore her onall sides. Tin; echoes repeated her complaints ;<strong>and</strong> she seemed to seek nothing but death. Inthe mean time her sheplierd, impatient to tell herthe joyful news, m.ade all imaginable haste to fol-


PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 109low her <strong>and</strong> find her out. 'Where are you, myshepherdess,' cried he ; ' wliere are you, my lovelyCarpillona : if you hear me, fly me not ; we shallboth be happj'.' In pronouncing these words,he perceived her surrounded in the bottom of avale b.y several hunters, who were endeavouringto put her behind a little hump-backed man. Atthis sight, <strong>and</strong> the cries of his mistress, whowanted assistance, he flew like an arrow out ofa bow; <strong>and</strong>, having no other arms but liis sling,he let fly a stone, which hit the crooked princefull on his forehead, <strong>and</strong> knocked him off liishorse, who brought the princess down with him.By that time the prince came to them himself,<strong>and</strong> endeavoured to defend his dear shepherdessagainst those ravishers ; but all his resistance wasto no purpose ; they took him as well as her, <strong>and</strong>had sacrificed him to their rage, had not tlie crookbackedprince made a sign to them to save him,that he might put him to the most cruel torments.So that they then only contented themselves witlibinding him <strong>and</strong> the princess, <strong>and</strong> in such a mannerthat they could talk to one another ; <strong>and</strong>,after having made a sort of litter to carry theirwounded prince in, went aM'ay without being seenby any of the shepherds, who might have givenSublimus an account of the misfortune of theseyoung lovers. Notv.ithst<strong>and</strong>ing, we may easilyimagine his <strong>and</strong> the queen's concern when nightcame <strong>and</strong> they saw them not ; who, with all theshepherds of that neighbourhood, sought severaldays for them.Now, before I proceed any further, it will notbe amiss to say, that the crooked prince had notforgot Carpillona ; <strong>and</strong> that -wlien he was notemployed with the affairs of state, or acting somehorrid murder, he used to go a hunting, <strong>and</strong> stayout for seven or eight days. It was at one ofthese long huntings that he saw the princess cross». path; <strong>and</strong> the liveliness of her grief made her


110 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.give so little attentioQ to wliat might befal her,that she took not the nosegaj' of gilliflowers withher : so that he knew her as soon as he saw her.But to return to the shepherd <strong>and</strong> shepherdess:the shepherd cried out, Alas ' ! this is the greatestof all misfortunes ; we were just upon the pointof being united together.' And then lie told herall that passed between Sublimus <strong>and</strong> iiim. It isno hard matter to comprehend the regret of Carpillona,wlio, bursting forth afresh into tears, said,* I shall cost you jour life ; I lead jou, forwhom I would shed the last drop of my blood, toa horrid punishment : 1 am the cause of this misfortune; <strong>and</strong>, through my own imprudence, havefallen into the inhuman h<strong>and</strong>s of my most cruelpersecutor.'With this kind of discourse they entertainedone another till they arrived at the capital city,where the good old king, the father of this wicked<strong>and</strong> crooked prince, was informed that his son wasbrought in a litter, having received, by a stoneout a sling, a wound from a young shepherd, indefence of a shepherdess, <strong>and</strong> that he was in greatdanger. At this news the king was very muchconcerned, <strong>and</strong> ordered the shepherd to be putinto a dungeon ; <strong>and</strong> the like fate the PrincessCarpillona underwent, by a private order of theprince, who resolved to make her consent to marryhim, or to put her to the severest torments. Butit seemed that these two lovers were only partedby a slight partition, the boards of which beingnot joined close, they had the satisfaction of seeingeach other, when the sun shone in at noon<strong>and</strong>, for the remainder of their time, had the moreliberty to entertain their sorrows. They said allthe tender <strong>and</strong> passionate things hearts so deeplytouclied could invent, <strong>and</strong> expressed themselvesin such moving terms, that they often dissolvedinto tears. The creatures of tlie prince cameevery day to the princess, to threateu her with »


jking,Isent;; toInotI; thewouldPRINCESS CARPILLONA.HIspeedy death, if she did not accept the honour hedid her. She received ail their proposals with afirmness of mind <strong>and</strong> an air of disdain, insomuchthat they began to despair of their undertaking.' Fear nothing, my dear shepherd,' said she, ' thedread of the most cruel torments cannot make meunfaithful ; we will die together, if we cannot' live so.' Fair princess,' replied he, 'do youthink to comfort me ? Alas ! it not bemore easy to me to see you in the arms of thismonster, than in the h<strong>and</strong>s of an executioner ?'In short, these sentiments of his were not relishedby her ; she accused him of weakness, <strong>and</strong> assuredhim she would show him an example, <strong>and</strong> die withcourage.The prince's wound growing better, his love,enraged with the continual denials of the princess,made him resolve to sacrifice her, with the youngshepherd, to Jiis rage; <strong>and</strong>, to that end, appointeda day for this dismal traged\% <strong>and</strong> desired the<strong>and</strong> all the lords of the kingdom, to be pre-<strong>and</strong> for himself, he came in an open litter,glut his eyes with this horrid sight. The king,knowing the Princess Carpillona was a pri-soner, wlien he saw her bound with her governess,who was condemned to suffer the same fate asherself <strong>and</strong> shepherd, who appeared as bright assun, ordered them to be brought to him uponthe terrass, where he was with his court ; <strong>and</strong> notwaiting for the princess's making her complaintfor the ill <strong>and</strong> base usage she had received, cutthe cords wherewith she was bound ; <strong>and</strong> afterwardslooking upon the shepherd, found his bowelsyearn witli tenderness <strong>and</strong> compassion. ' Rashyouth,' said he, speaking to him with all the harshness'he was master of, what could inspire theewith so much boldness, as to attack so great aprince, <strong>and</strong> to reduce him almost to death r' Theshepherd, showing an awful respect, <strong>and</strong> a confidenceunknown to him before, replied, with a


am'112 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.'wonderful intrepiditj', Great monarcli, the dangerwliich I saw that fair princess in, was the occasionof this rash action; I knew not your son,<strong>and</strong> much less in an attempt so violent, <strong>and</strong> somuch below a prince.' As he spoke, he invigoratedhis discourse by raising his voice <strong>and</strong> his gesture,wherein his arm lay bare, <strong>and</strong> the arrow wherewithhe was marked appeared too visible not tobe perceived by the king, who cried out, O ' heavens! I deceived, or have 1 found my sonagain, whom I had lost?' 'No, great king,' saidthe fairy Amazona, mounted in the air upon a'stately horse, you are not deceived ; behold thyson, whom I preserved in an eagle's nest, wherelie was carried by the order of his barbarous brother,for the loss of whom he must l>€ thy comfort.'And, as she made an end of these words,she flew atthe guilty prince, <strong>and</strong> with her laucepierced his heart, which reduced him presently toashes.After this the fairy went to the terrass, <strong>and</strong> presentedthe prince, no longer now a shepherd, with' a suit of armour, saying to him, These I promisedthee; <strong>and</strong> with these thou slialt be invulnerable,<strong>and</strong> the greatest warrior in the world.'Hereupon there were heard in the air the soundingsof trumpets <strong>and</strong> all manner of warlike instruments,which were followed with a soft <strong>and</strong> melodioussymphony to words in the praise of theprince <strong>and</strong> princess. The fairy alighted from otfher horse, placed herself by the king, <strong>and</strong> desiredhim to give orders for solemnizing the marriage ;<strong>and</strong> tlien comm<strong>and</strong>ed a genius, that appealed ather call, to go <strong>and</strong> fetch the illustrious <strong>and</strong> royalsheplierd <strong>and</strong> his family; wliich immediately went,<strong>and</strong> returned with them. What a satisfaction wasthis, after such long troubles ! The palace wastilled with cries of joy, <strong>and</strong> none was ever equalto that of these two kings <strong>and</strong> their children. Thenuptials were celebrated with great magnificence ;


after which the kind fairy took lier leave, <strong>and</strong> dis-The King Sublimus returned to his owndominions; Carpillona lived with her dear spousei appeared.PRINCESS CARPILLONA. 113in all imaginable pleasure ; <strong>and</strong> the old king, overjoyedto see a son so worthy of his love, grew(young again with the satisfaction he enjoyed, <strong>and</strong>'lengthened out his days some time longer.


YouTALES OF THE FAIRIES.COXTINUATIOX OF THE GENTLEMAX-CITIZEN.The story of the Princess Carpillona was too welliliked <strong>and</strong> approved of bj- all the company, forthem to be impatient for tlieir dinner ; <strong>and</strong> just as .it was made an end of, Madame de St. Thomas appearedat the end of the walk, rustling in her stifisilks : <strong>and</strong> as she always loved to be somewhat singular,<strong>and</strong> having seen, on screens <strong>and</strong> fans, blackscarrying umbrellas, she bethought herself of providingone ; <strong>and</strong> to that end made choice of ffarmer's little boy, who had very mach the features<strong>and</strong> rubbed his face <strong>and</strong> h<strong>and</strong>s over with soot antink : but when the soot came upon his lips, th«bitterness was so great, that he would not suffcboth to be blacked, but only the under one. Tinbaroness then made another exception against th


amParis,' replied Madame St. Thomas ;'GENTLEMAX-CITIZEN. 115Phaeton's chariot.' 'You mean, ladies,' answeredMadame St. Tliomas, with an air of contempt <strong>and</strong>instruction,'Apollo's, who was so imprudent asto lend him his : therefore you should not sayPhaeton's chariot, but that which Apollo lent him.''Oh! madam,' said the widow, 'you are mistressof an exactness, of which 1 am not so mindful.''Yes,' replied the baroness; 'we no more wantthat here in the country, than they who live intown.' 'And why so much good sense ?'addedJIadame de Lure.' I pretend to as much,' answeredthe baroness ; <strong>and</strong> know as well when I'read it, <strong>and</strong> speak it.'Monsieur de St. Thomas, knowing his wife to bevery nice upon the point of ceremony, never disputedbut that she was chagrined, that a citizen,richl}- dressed, as Madame Rouet was, should use'so much freedom as to say my dear' at the firstword; <strong>and</strong> fearing a rupture, presented his h<strong>and</strong>to the new-married lady, <strong>and</strong> obliged the viscountto do the same by the widow. The prior, aftertheir example, ofl'ered to help the baroness forward; who, displeased with that expression, <strong>and</strong>being out of humour before, said, with fire in hereyes, What ' ! I so weak or old as to st<strong>and</strong> inneed of a support, or is this a "designed affront ?'To which he, knowing she wanted an excuse tofall out with somebody, made no reply. However,5he still grumbled to herself; <strong>and</strong> seeing that theseladies looked upon her black with great surprise,<strong>and</strong> had something to do to constrain their laughteragain, she said, 'Ladies, you seem amazed atsomething that belongs to me; pray what is it?'' Upon my word,' said Madame de Ilou^t, ' 1 neverin my life saw such a black as this at Paris.'*Oh ! 1 warrantnot'ning can be right but what comes fromthence.'' But,' said JIadame de Lure,'you willallow this boy's paint to be extraordinary.'' Indeed/replied the baroness, laughing in her turn.


116 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.'some daub with white, <strong>and</strong> some with black,'Madame de Rouet, applying this piece of pleasantryto herself, returned it again with interest; whichput the baron, who was a man of good manners,into some pain, that this first visit should be attendedwith such piquant reflections: he thereforeendeavoured to repair all by his praises, whichbeiu? given apropos, created a more seusible pleasurein these ladies, than his wife's ill temper hadgiven them chagrin ; who made an excuse, afterdinner, to go into her chamber for something shehad forgot. But as they talked on various subjects,at last the discourse happening to fall on D<strong>and</strong>inaidiere,the prior told very agieeablv allhis quarrelswith hib neighbour <strong>and</strong> Mr. Robert, <strong>and</strong> hisgreat inclination to Don Quixotism ; <strong>and</strong> we maybe sure Alain's fooleries were not forgotten.The stories tiiat were told of him raised in theseladies a great desire to see him ; which the barontold them mi


'GENTLEMAN-CITIZEN. H?sentiments so delicate, that they plainly make itappear they proceed from a delicate soul; <strong>and</strong> de-Jicacy dellnes both tlie outward <strong>and</strong> inward man,"'I underst<strong>and</strong> you,' said the prior; 'you desire,since these ladies are of Paris, passionately to seethem; <strong>and</strong> I'll go <strong>and</strong> acquaint them so.' 'Hold,hold, sir,' cried the cit ;'1 am in bed, all undressed,<strong>and</strong> feel a noble shame : you know I spend allmy time upon my studies, <strong>and</strong> reflecting upon mymisfortunes; but give me leave to turn my shirt,or lend me one of yours.'' I believe,' said theprior, maliciously,'you had better arm yourself,which may impose on them ; for every man armedin bed may boast of pleasing the ladies : for thesex, though timorous themselves, esteem courage,<strong>and</strong> love neroes.''Quick, quick, Alain, my armour,' cried D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,' my turban, <strong>and</strong> my breast-plate.' ' 'W hat' sir,' replied the valet, have you a miiKi to lamerself ? That nasty hard bedstead of yours hasalmost flayed you alrea-di' ; <strong>and</strong> when you have'those bodice on, you will be Wretch,''cried his master, thou wilt never be fit to gatherany thing but thistles in the field of Mars, sincethou callest those military arms, which are toadorn me like a Roman dictator, bodice. Howcanst thou speak in so low a style 'f' I beseech'you, sir,' said the prior, not so much of your' lofty expressions ; the ladies wait.' Alas ! sir,'answered D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, what ears have you, 'thatnothing can offend them.' For my part, my valet's[absurdities stun me as much as an alarum bell : I[cannot bear a wry v.'ord ; <strong>and</strong> was I to merit akingdom to hear words ill-applied, <strong>and</strong> all mannerof barbarisms, 1 should renounce it.' 'Oh ! sir,'said the prior, ' the languages are infinitely obligedto you, <strong>and</strong> 1 hope you will meet with no ingratiude; for, in short, I underst<strong>and</strong> (but 1 would haveI'ou be secret) that the learned intend to write^our life.' ' Oh ! sir,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, trans-


'113 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.ported with the most sensible pleasure man couldbe capable of, ' I cannot doubt but what you sayis truth, since I have always received those gentlemenh<strong>and</strong>somely at my table. It is certainthat Homer, Herodotus, Plutarch, Seneca, Voiture,Corneille, <strong>and</strong> even Harlequin himself, have dinedabove thirty times with me, <strong>and</strong> have made meready to die with laughter ; besides, I took theircoming without ceremony as a particular favour,<strong>and</strong> always left orders with my steward, when Iwas either with the army or at Versailles, to keepthe same table : but is it possible that they shouldremember so slight a mark of my friendship ? Well,1 think I am well rewarded ; <strong>and</strong>, indeed, 1 couldnot have thought they would have remembered acountry philosopher, like me.''The reason :replied the prior, ready to burst his sides, ' becauseyou are a philosoper : I am glad to hear youkeep company of such merit; Cato is very pleasant<strong>and</strong> merry.'' I don't very well know Cato,'replied the learned cit ; 'I think he came not so'often as tlie rest.' Ah ! but,' said tlie prior, he'is one of your friends ; <strong>and</strong> it is resolved by them,to write of whatever has passed, that is memorable,in your life: but there is one thing they boggle at,<strong>and</strong> that is, you are too covetous.' 'As times inow,' replied the other, somewhat chagrined, •is no fault ; for if I should throw away all I have,I might hang myself afterwards.Believe me, siiheroes neither sow nor spin ; they know not thahappy arithmetic of making four of two; thereforethey ought to keep what they have.' 'Prudence,'said the prior, must ' be commended by allthe world, <strong>and</strong> your historians will be sure not toforget yours ; but when they come to speak oJyour marriage, how would you have them to mentionit ? Shall they say you was desperately ilove with a lady of great quality <strong>and</strong> wort'n, b\that, because she had not a great fortune, yoiwould not have her ? That will sound but ^


the prior ;' this freedom of mine is no way pleasingto you, but it is owing to my respect for you :GENTLEMAN-CITIZEN. 119base.' ' Ha, ha !' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, ' who desiredthem to write my history ? Had I been fondof praises, do you think I should have left Paris,where they so much abound, to bury myself herein the country, where they value themselves uponsaying the hardest <strong>and</strong> most shocking things toone's face ? <strong>and</strong> though sometimes I don't answerthat character, yet I can return answers with asmuch violence as other people ; but I avoid quarrels.'' 1 underst<strong>and</strong> you, JMr. D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,' saidI would wish you a complete gentleman; whichyou never can be, with that foundation of covetousness,which 'Here D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,vexed to the soul, interrupted him, <strong>and</strong> told himthat he had forgotten the ladies, who sent him;<strong>and</strong> desired him to conduct them to him, thatface, great part of their conversation ; but durstnot make too great a jest of the cit before Madameie St. Thomas, who would have taken his part,back <strong>and</strong> edge. The visitors went presently totheir discourse might be more pleasant <strong>and</strong> diverting.The prior ran immediately to them, who waitedwith impatience, <strong>and</strong> told them, with a seriousD<strong>and</strong>inardiere's chamber, who made so ridiculous' figure, that the gravest person would have founda hard task to have preserved a serious countelance: his nose <strong>and</strong> cheeks were cruelly scratchedmd withal so red <strong>and</strong> bloated, that he looked liketrumpeter after a long blast; besides, his turbanas no less to be admired than his armour. AsMadame de Rouet was the first that entered the•oom, she made him a very low courtesy ; but when^he cast her eyes upon him, she was surprised tomd him to be her cousin Cristoflet, a tradesman in>t. Dennis-street. They both seemed to express a:;reat joy, <strong>and</strong>, embracing each other, whispereduence;for the cousin Rouet was as much afraid


120 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,of being known as cousin Cristoflet. Eut as shehad been informed of his maegols a long time, <strong>and</strong>had heard that, in spite of all his friends could sayto him, he was resolved, after fortune had cast anauspicious look on him, to set up for a fine gentleman,<strong>and</strong> being herself no less guilty of the samefolly, she was the more inclined to excuse him.They both talked of nothing but their ancestors;how one's great-uncle was a duke, the otlier's amarquis, &c. which was as much matter of fact,as D<strong>and</strong>inardiere's entertaining the seven sages ofGreece.All the company was very much surprised tosee D<strong>and</strong>inardiere <strong>and</strong> the widow so great. Thebaron was vexed at what he told her, fearing itmight be some obstacle to the marriage ; for tlioughhe seemed to be very indifferent, yet in the mainhe was very desirous it miglit be : lie expressedgreat joy to see them, at a time when he so littleexpected them.'Indeed,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiei'when I left the court, 1 took care to conceal myretreat from my dearest friends, who I knew wouldbe concerned for my absence; <strong>and</strong>, I must needsBay, I was grieved myself.''You cannot imagine,''said the widow, how much it was regretted ; 1know some of the finest ladies of the court, who•wore, the rest of the year, no ribbons, laces, oicoloured clothes.' 'Alas!' said D<strong>and</strong>inardierefetching a deep sigh, 'poor ladies! it grieves myheart.''There appeared as much mourning intheir faces,' continued' she, as if it had been for i'husb<strong>and</strong>.' 'Ha, ha, ha!' cried the cit, whatthis you tell me ? Well, 1 am in pain for that failyoung duchess; I should be inconsolable if I hawdisturbed her repose : for hitherto,' continued he'you must own, madam, we have managed matten£0 well, that tiie world has not been able to penetrate into the secrets of our hearts.' Aiadame d


iinIfrom. theIbyIIID<strong>and</strong>inardiere!cousinIvourably;haveInotI ouglit(GENTLEMAN-CITIZEN 15the viscount, said softly to him,'What a son-inlaw is this you would persuade us to ! Don't yoixfind that he has five hundred intrigues oh hish<strong>and</strong>s ? it will be a hard matter to fix him.''Don't be disgusted, madam,' replied he; 'an airof gallantry is agreeable to courtiers. Don't thinkthat tjiey love more than other people ; their affectionsare the hardest to settle : they know allthe fine turns of gallantry, sigh <strong>and</strong> persuade, <strong>and</strong>'yet do not love one whit the better.' So muchthe worse,' said the baroness; he ' will deceive us.'''No, madam,' continued the viscount; he is breda court of more sincferity.' ' What, Paris?' saidshe. Here the viscount was puzzled, what courthe should call St. Dennis-street ; when he was freedthe perplexity he was in by the arrival oftwo young ladies, who had been asked afterthese visitors, but could not get themselvesdressed ready by dinner-time. They were, withoutdispute, beautiful ; <strong>and</strong>, if they had not affectedfantastical <strong>and</strong> romantic airs, were very amiable.seeing them, made a sign to hisRouet, that Virginia had made a cruel rentin his heart; wiiich engaged her to look more faonlier than Marthonida, who would notbeen very well pleased, if Madame Lure hadpassed a thous<strong>and</strong> compliments upon her. •Inot to complain, madam,' said she to her,' of leaving the court as I have done, to come intathe(country, where I have the happiness of meetingwith a person so charming as yourself.' 'Madam,'J1 replied she,'we strive, as much as possible, to(imitate you; but our endeavours are all in vain.'\'Ah! what is it you tell me, my fair?' cried Ma-dame de Lure ;'you are altogether amiablej ; I seerays of wit dart from your eyes, which ravish me.'The widow said a great many fine things to Vir-ginia; <strong>and</strong>, in short, they both talked so together,Ithat they confounded each otiier. Never wereVOL. II.G


have1-22 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,praises delivered with a better air ; D<strong>and</strong>inardieretriumphed, <strong>and</strong> gave his sentiments open-moutlied :he was overjoyed that the widow applauded hisgrowing passion, <strong>and</strong> Virginia, for her part, usedall her eloquence.The rest of the company listened with great afc.tention ;but the baroness was not over-well pleasedthat her daughters should engross all the praisesfor she was one that thought all was her due, <strong>and</strong>looked upon all the compliments paid to others asinjurious to herself; which put her into so strangea mood, that she would say nothing but yes <strong>and</strong>no. In the mean time, the conversation, whichcould not always be on tlie advantages of beauty,turned upon those of wit ; which raised new desiresin 3Iadame de Rouet <strong>and</strong> D<strong>and</strong>inardiere tooffer up their incense ; who, looking at each other,admired that inexhaustible source of great words,which signified little or nothing: when, to makesome diversion from the subject they vvere gotinto, the viscount told Madame de St. Thomas thatthey two were great losers by not being in thewood when the ladies read one of the finest storiesof the fairies that ever was made. What ' !' saidthe widow, * are these ladies acquainted with these.'sorts of amusement they got into the countryalready And what do you take us for, ma-.'' 'dam?' answered Virginia. ' Do you think that ourclimate wants so much the favourable influencesof some benevolent star; <strong>and</strong> that we are so veryignorant of what passes under your celestial vaultedroof? Indeed, our sphere i^ not so much limitedas you imagine ; we know how to lay ourscenes so well, as that the author need not to be'ashamed.' I must confess,' said the new-married*lady, that I did not expect to find the muses <strong>and</strong>fairies so familiarly used here in the country ; Ishould be overjoyed to hear how they are h<strong>and</strong>led.'Upon tliis, Marthonida, who wanted not merit <strong>and</strong>


GENTLEMAN-CITIZEN. 123a good opinion of lierself, offered to read a storyvhich she had just made an'end of. Nothingcan be more new,' said Virginia,' for it has notyet been corrected.' All the company accepted ofthe proposition ; <strong>and</strong> as she had it about her, shepulled it out, <strong>and</strong> began thus.


TALES or THE rAirxIES.PERFECT LOVE;A STORY.In one of those agreeable countries that dependou the empire of the fairies, there reigned the formidableDanamo, who was as knowing in her artas cruel in her actions, <strong>and</strong> boasted of the honourof being descended from the celebrated Calypso,vlipse charms had the glory <strong>and</strong> power of stayingthe famous Ulysses, <strong>and</strong> triumphing over the prudenceof tlie conquerors of Troy.She was lusty, had a wild look, <strong>and</strong> her pridemade her with some difhcuity submit to the hardlaws of matrimony; for love was not able to reachher heart : but the design of uniting a flourishingkingdom to that she was queen of, <strong>and</strong> anothershe had usurped, made her consent to marry aaold neighbouring king, who died some few years'after their marriage, <strong>and</strong> left the fairy a daughtercalled Azira, who was very ugly ; but appearednot so in the eyes of Danamo, wiio thouglit hercharming; perhacs, because like herself. SSie wasto be the queen of three kingdoms; wiiich circuntstancequalified all her defects, <strong>and</strong> caused her tobe asked in marriage by the most powerful princesof tlienei'jhbouring countries.This, together with the blind partiality of Danamo,rendered her vanity insupportable, since siiewas desired with an ardour whioh she did m nov.ise deserve. But as Danamo thought of nothingbut rendering the princess's happiness complete,she brought up in her palace a young prince, lierbrotlier's son, who was called Parcinus : he had anoble air,a delicate shape, a £ue head of hair, so


PERFECT LOVE. 125admirably white that Love himself might have beenjealous of his power ; for tiiat god never liad goldenshafts moie sure of triumphing over hearts withoutresistance, than the e3'es of Parcinus. He didevery thing well, danced <strong>and</strong> sung extraordinaryfine, <strong>and</strong> gained all the prizes at tournamentswhenever he contended for them.This young prince was the delight of the court;<strong>and</strong> Danamo, who had her designs, was not againstthe respect <strong>and</strong> value tliey showed him. The kinghis father was the fairy's brother, whom she declaredwar against without any pretence whatsoever.This king fought courageously at the headof his troops; but what could an army do againstso powerful a fairy as Danamo; who suffering thevictory not to balance long after her brother'sdeath, who was killed in the action, with onestroke of her w<strong>and</strong> dispersed iier enemies, <strong>and</strong> becamemistress of the kingdom ?Parcinus was then an infant in arms. Theybrought him to Danamo, for it would have been invain to have concealed him from a fairy : he hadthen such engaging smiles, that they won all hearts ;<strong>and</strong> Danamo caressing him, in a few days aftercarried him home with her to her own kingdom.This prince was about eighteen years old, whenthe fairy, willing to execute what she had so longdesigned, resolved to marry him with her daughter;<strong>and</strong> not doubting but the prince, who was bornone, but by his misfortunes made a subject, wouldbe overjoyed to become one day a sovereign ofthree empires, sent for the princess, <strong>and</strong> discoveredto her the choice she had made.The princess hearkened to this discourse with anemotion that made the fairy think tiiat this resolutionin favour of Parcinus displeased her daughter.' I see,' said she to her, observing her disorder'increase, that your ambition carries you so far,that you would add to your empire the dominionsof oue of those kipgs who liave demauded you so


I'i6TALES OF THE FAIRIES,often. But what kings may not Parcinus overcome? His courage is beyond every thing: thesubjects of a prince so accomplished may sometime revolt in his favour; <strong>and</strong> by giving you toliim, I make sure of the possession of his kingdom :<strong>and</strong> for his person, we need not speak of that ;youknow the proudest beauties are not able to resisthis charms.'Tlie princess, casting herself suddenly at the feetof the fairy, interrupted her discourse, <strong>and</strong> confessedto her, that her heart had not had the powerto withst<strong>and</strong> that young victor, so famous for his'conquest. But,' added she, blushing, ' I havegiven the insensible Parcinus a thous<strong>and</strong> marks ofmy tenderness, v/hich he received with a coldness'that makes me despair.' 'Twas because he durstnot raise his thoughts up to you,' replied the proud' fairy ; he was, without doubt, afraid of displeasingme : I know his respect.'This flattering opinion was too agreeable to theprincess's inclination <strong>and</strong> vanity, for her not to bepersuaded to it. In short, the fairy sent for Parcinus,who came to her in a magnificent closet,where she <strong>and</strong> the princess her daughter waitedfor him ; where she said to him, as soon as she sawJiim,'Call all j-our courage to your aid ; I sentfor you not to continue your misfortune, but foryour good : reign, Parcinus; <strong>and</strong>, to complete yourhappiness, reign by marrying my daughter.' ' I,madam!' aied the young prince, in an amazement,wlierein it was easy to perceive his joy had nottlie greatest share; ' I marry tiie princess!' continuedhe, falling back -some steps : alas ! what'god concerns liimself in my fate, not to leave it tolum alone from whom I ask assistance r'These words were pronouuced by the prince witha heat which his heart had too great a share in tobe withstood by his reason. The fairy thought thattliis unlooked-for happiness had put him besidehimself; but the princess loved, <strong>and</strong> love makes


,recover!emi)!reallPERFECT LOVE.1^7lovers more penetrating than wisdom itself. *Whatgod, Parcinus,' said she to him with disorder, do 'you so tenderly implore the assistance of? I knowtoo v.-ell I have no share in the vows you offer upto him.' The youug prince, who had had time tohis first surprise, <strong>and</strong> who knew he hadbeen guilty of an imprudence in what he had done,summoned all his wit to the aid of his heart, <strong>and</strong>answered tlie princess more gallantly than shehoped for ; <strong>and</strong> thanked the fairy Avith an air ofgr<strong>and</strong>eur, that showed him net only worthy of theoffered him, but that of the whole world.Danamo <strong>and</strong> her proud daughter, who were bothsatisfied with this discourse, settled all things beforethey went out of the closet. The fairy deferredthe day of the nuptials only to give tliecourt time to prepare themselves on so great anoccasion. After this, the news of Parcinus's marriagewith Azira was spread . about the court<strong>and</strong> the courtiers came in crowds to congratulatethe prince.Parcinus received all their compliments with anair of coldness, v.hich very much surprised his newsubjects, that he should appear chagrined <strong>and</strong> outof humour. All the rest of the day he was perplexedwith the congratulations of the whole court,<strong>and</strong> the continual declarations of Azira's passion.Wiiat a condition v\'a5 the young prince in, whowas seized with a lively grief! The day seemed tohim a thous<strong>and</strong> times longer than ordinary. Theimpatient Parcinus longed for night, which at lastcame ;when with haste he left that place where-he liad suifered so much, <strong>and</strong> went to his ownapartment J<strong>and</strong> after having sent all his attendantsaway, opened a door that led into the gardens ofthe palace, which he crossed, folloMed only by ayoung slave.A fine but small river ran at the end of thesegardens, <strong>and</strong> separated the fairy's palace from acastle flanked with four towers, <strong>and</strong> surrounded


128 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,with a deep ditch, that was filled by the riverthither flew Parcinus's wishes <strong>and</strong> desires.A wonder was shut up in it ; which treasureDanamo had carefully guarded. It was a youngprincess, her sister's daughter, who, when she died,left her to the care of the fairy ; her beauty, worthyof the admiration of the whole world, appearingtoo danqerous for Eanamo to permit her to be seennear Azira. Sometimes the charming Irolita, whichwas her name, was su&'ered to come to the palaceto see the fairy <strong>and</strong> the princess her daughter,but was never allowed to appear in public , 5et hercharms, though concealed, were not unknown tothe world.The Prince Parcinus had seen her with the PrincessAzira, <strong>and</strong> adored her from that very moment.Their nearness of blood gave this young prince noprivilege with Irolita ;for after she was grown up,the merciless Danamo permitted none to see lier.In the mean time, Parcinus burnt with a ragingflame, which the charms of Irolita had kindled:she was about fourteen years old, her beautj' wasjierfect, her hair of a fine brown, lier complexionblooming as the spring, her mouth delicate, herteeth admirably' white <strong>and</strong> even, <strong>and</strong> her smilesengaging ; her eyes were of a fine hazle colour,<strong>and</strong> piercing, <strong>and</strong> her looks seemed to speak athous<strong>and</strong> things her young heart as yet knew notliingof.She liad been brought up in great solitude, nearthe fairy's palace, in the castle where she lived;but saw no more of the world tlian if she had beenin a desert. Danamo's orders were so exactlyobeyed, that tlie fair Irolita passed her days onlyamong tlujse women appointed her, whose numberwas very small, but yet as many as were necessaryin so lonely <strong>and</strong> retired a court : liowever, fame,wiiich regarded not Danamo, published so manywonders of this j'oung princess, that persons atthe greatest distance from the court oflfered them-


PERFECT LOVE. 129selves to be with the 5'ouug Irolita : <strong>and</strong> her presencebelied not what fame had reported, since theyalways found her worthy of their admiration.A goveruante of great wit <strong>and</strong> knowledge, formerlyattached to the princess her mother, livedwith her, <strong>and</strong> often groaned under tlie rigours ofDanamo towards the charming Irolita : she wascalled Maiia ; <strong>and</strong> her desire of setting the princessat liberty, <strong>and</strong> restoring her to her right <strong>and</strong> dignity,made her yield to Parcinus's love. It wasthen three years since he was first introduced intothe castle, in the habit of a slave ; at which timehe found her in the garden, <strong>and</strong> discovered to herhis passion; <strong>and</strong> as she was then but a child, sheloved Parcinus only as a br6ther. Mana, who wasnever absent long from her, surprised the youngprince in the garden one day, when he acquaintedher with his love for the princess, <strong>and</strong> the designhe iiad formed to lose his life or restore her liberty; <strong>and</strong> seeking, by shov, ing himself to his subjects,a glorious revenge on Danamo, <strong>and</strong> placingIrolita on the throne. As the rising merit of Parcinuswas capable of rendering the most difficultprojects credible, <strong>and</strong> was the only means to de»liver Irolita, Mana suffered him to come sometimesto the castle when it was nisht; but never let himsee the princess, except in her presence. He, withhis tender discourse <strong>and</strong> his coi-stant sedulities,endeavoured to inspire in her as violent a passionas his own. Tlrus employed for three years, hewent almost every night to the castle, end spentall the days in nothing but thinking of his princess.But to return to where we left him crossing thegardens, followed by a slave, <strong>and</strong> pierced withgrief at the resolutions of the fairy. When hecame to the river-side, a gilded boat, which Azirasometimes took the air in, that v.-as fastened to thebank, served to carry this amorous prince over.The slave rowed ; <strong>and</strong> as soon as Parcinus had gotup a silken ladder, that was thrown out from offCt2


myiJ 30TALES OF THE FAIKIES.a little terrace that fronted the castle, the faithfulsla^'e rowed the boat back again, where lie wakedfor a signal he made him, which was, to show him:i lighted flambeau from off the terrace. Thatnight the prince took his usual tour ; the silkenladder was let down, <strong>and</strong> he entered, without anyobstacle, the young Irolita's chamber, whom hefound laid on the bed, all in tears : but the beautythat appeared in that melancholy posture had an'extraordinary eftect on the prince.'^Vhat ails my princess.'' said lie, falling on his .knees by the side of the bed whereon she lay' ; whatcould cause these precious tears? Alas!' continuedhe, sighing, 'have I yet new misfortunes tohear ?' The tears <strong>and</strong> sighs of these young lovers•were intermixed, <strong>and</strong> they were forced to venttheir passion before they could tell the cause oftheir grief. At length the young prince desiredJrolita to tell him what new severity the fairy hadused to her. 'She will make you marry Azira.'answered the beautiful Irolila, blushing; which,of all her cruelties, is the most puinful to me.'' Oh ! dear princess,' cried tiie prince, you'fear lest I should marry Azira: my fate is a thous<strong>and</strong>times more kind than I thought it.' 'Canyou praise fate,' replied the young Irolita, lan-' jzuishingly, when it is ready to separate us.'Icannot express the torments the dread of thatmakes me feel. Oh ! Parcinus, you are in theright ; the love of a lover <strong>and</strong> that of a brotiieris quite different.' The amorous prince thoughtto thank his fortune; he never till then knew thelove the young Irolita had for him ;<strong>and</strong>, in short,could no longer doubt of the good fortune of havinuinspired such tendersentiments into the princess.This happiness, which he did not expect,aroused up all his hopes.'Ko,' cried he, in atransport,' I despair not now of overcoming ourjnis fortunes, since I am assured cf your tenderness.LkX us ify, tiy princesa; let us avoid the ru^e of


'you an account of my designs,' replied the prince ;'PERFECT LOVE. 13iJanamo <strong>and</strong> her hateful daughter; let us not trustto so fatal ail abode, love alone will make us happy.''Should I go away with you,' replied theprincess, witii surprise, what would 'the world sayof ray flight?' 'Lay aside these vain reflections,Irolita,' interrupted the impatient Pareinus,ery circumstance urges us to leave this place ;IS go' But where will you go ?' repliedthe prudent Mana(who was always with them, <strong>and</strong>, less engaged than tho=.e young lovers, foresawall the difficulties in their flight). ' I will givebut how did you hear so soon the news from thefairy's court?' 'A relation of mine,' answeredMana, ' wrote to me as soon as it was whisperedabout the palace, <strong>and</strong> I thought it my duty to informthe princess of it.' 'And what have I enduredsince r' replied the lovely Irolita. ' No, Parcinus,I cannot live without you.' The young prince,transported with love, <strong>and</strong> charmed with thesewords, kissed Irolita's h<strong>and</strong> with an ardour <strong>and</strong>tenderness that had all the thanks of a first <strong>and</strong>most agreeable favour. Day began to appear, <strong>and</strong>informed Parcinus too soon that it was time heretired, when he assured the princess he wouldcome again the next night, <strong>and</strong> impart to her hisproject; he got to the boat <strong>and</strong> slave again, <strong>and</strong>retired to his apartment. He was so overjoj-edwith the pleasure of being beloved hy the fair.Irolita, <strong>and</strong> agitated by the difficulties he foresawthey should meet with in their flight, that sleepcould not calm that uneasiness, nor make him forgeta moment of his happiness.It was hardly morning, when a dwarf enteredhis chamber, <strong>and</strong> presented him with a fine scarffrom the princess Azira; who, by a billet moretender than he wished for, desired him to wearfrom that day that scarf, lie sent an answerwhich very much confounded him; but he wasObliged to it, to deliver Irolita, <strong>and</strong> to constrain.


132 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.himself for her liberty. Wheu he had sent Azira'sdwarf away, a giant came from Dauamo, <strong>and</strong> pre-,seated him v/ith a sabre of extraordinary beauty,the h<strong>and</strong>le of which was of one single stone, morebeautiful thaa a diamond, <strong>and</strong> which gave a greatlight in the night : on tais sabre were engravedthese words:' For the h<strong>and</strong> of a conqueror.'Parcinus was mightily pleased with tlie fairy?present, <strong>and</strong> went <strong>and</strong> thanked her with that <strong>and</strong>the scarf on. The tenderness of Irolita suspendedall disquiets ; she had raised in his heart that sweet<strong>and</strong> perfect satisfaction successful love feel- : apleasant air appeared in all his actions, whicliAzira attributed to her charms, <strong>and</strong> the fniry toParcinus's ambition. The day was spent in pleasures<strong>and</strong> diversion, which in no wise diminishedthe insupportable lengtli Parcinus thought it.In the evening they took the air in the gardensof the palace, <strong>and</strong> on the same river so well knownto the prince, who, in going in tiie boat,- felt asensible concern, to see v.iiat difference there wasbetween the pleasures it used to give him <strong>and</strong> ti'ttcruel torment he then endured. Pa.rcinus couldnot forbear looking often at the habitation of thecharming Irolita, who never appeared when thefairy or Azira were on the water. That princess,who watched all the actions of the prince, observedthat his eyes were often turned towards th«castle. ' What do you look at, prince?' said she :' in the midst of the honours done you, is Irolita'sprison worthy your regard ?' 'Yes, madam,' repliedthe prince, very imprudently; ' 1 am sensibleof the sufferings of those who deserve them not.''You are too compassionate,' answered Azira, dis-'dainfully : but to ease (you of your pain, I cantell you, Irolita will not be long a prisoner.' And'what will become of her?' replied the young prince,


. ThePERFECT LOVE. 133short. * The queen will marry her in five daj-s to'the prince Brutus," returned A.7ira. He is of ourWood, you know; <strong>and</strong>, according to tlie intentionsot ti;e queen, he will, the next dtiy after their marriage,carry Irolita into a fortress, from whenceshe will never return to court.' ' What/ said theprince, in an extraordinary disorder,' will tliequeen give that beautiful princess to so hideous aprince, whose ill qualities exceed his deformity ?!'What cruelty is this This last word came fromhira against his will, but he could no longer concealhis resentmeht. 'I thought that you, of allpeople, Parcinus,* answered the princess, haughtily,• should not complain of Danarao's cruelties.' Thisconversation, without doubt, had been pushed toofar for the young prince, whose business it was todissemble, if by good luck the attendants of Azirahad not come up to them, <strong>and</strong> the fairy appearedon tlie river-side. Azira returned to the fairy, <strong>and</strong>Parcinus, coming out of the boat, feigned to besitk. that he might have the more liberty to go<strong>and</strong> ccmplain, without any witness, of his new misfortunes.fairy, <strong>and</strong> ^bove all Azira, showed a great1 uneasiness for his being ill. He retired, accusingfate a thous<strong>and</strong> times for the misfortunes thatthreatened the charming Irolita, ab<strong>and</strong>oning himselfto all his grief <strong>and</strong> tenderness; but beginningat length to recover those disorders faithful loversare so subject to, he wrote, in the most moving expressionshis love ceuld dictate, to one of his aunts,whose name was Favourable, who was a fairy as•well as Danamo, but one who took as much pleasurein comforting <strong>and</strong> assisting the unfortunateas Danamo did in making them so. He told herto what a cruel condition his love <strong>and</strong> fortune hadreduced him; <strong>and</strong> not daring to leave Danamo'scourt without discovering his designs, he sent hisfaithful slave with it.\vi:en every body was retired, he left his apart-


134 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.ment as usual, <strong>and</strong> crossing the gardens alone,went into the boat, without knowing whetlier liecould row or not : but wliat will not love learuus ? he rowed as well as the most expert seaman,<strong>and</strong> got into the castle, where he was verj' muchsurprised to find J.Iana only, <strong>and</strong> she all in tears, inthe princess's chamber. ' ^Vhat is the matter withj'ou, Mana,' said the prince, ' in haste; <strong>and</strong> whereis my dear Irolita ?' 'Alas ! sir,' said Wana, ' sheis not here ; a troop of the queen's guards, <strong>and</strong>some woinen, carried her away from this castlethree or four hours ago.' Parcinus heard not theend of these words, but swooned away as soou ashe understood the princess was gone. Mana tooka great deal of pains to bring him to himself again ;which v.as no sooner done, but falling suddenlyinto a passion, he drew a httie dagger he wore inliis girdle, <strong>and</strong> had pierced his heart, had not thewise INIana, holding his arm, <strong>and</strong> falling on herknees, said, 'What, sir, will you forsake Irolita?Live to deliver her from Danamo's rage. Alas!without you, where will she find succours againstthe cruelty of the fairy These words suspended.-'the unhappy prince's despair. 'Alas!' replied he,shedding tears, which all his courage could not restrain,'where is my princess ? Yes, Mana, I willlive to liave the sad satisfaction of dying for her,<strong>and</strong> expiring, in revenging her of her enemies.*After these words, JMana begged of hira to leavethat dismal place, to avoid fresh misfortunes.'Go, prince,' said she; 'how know we but thefairy has somebody here to give her an account ofwhat passes ? Take care of a life so dear to a princessyou adore.' After this promise the princewent away, <strong>and</strong> returned to his own apartment,with all the grief so unhappy <strong>and</strong> tender a passioncould inspire. lie passed the niglit on a couch hethrew himself on when he went in, where day surpri>.edhim; v.hich had appeared some hours, whenlie heard a noise at his chamber-door. He ran with


Ikisses'HowperhapsPERFECT LOVE. 135that eager impatience we generally express, -nhenwe expect news wherein our hearts are much concerned;<strong>and</strong> found, that his people had broughta man who wanted to speak with him in haste, <strong>and</strong>whom he knew to be one of Mana's relations : hegave Parcinus a letter, who went into his closet tohide the trouble it might give hmi; where he opeuedit, <strong>and</strong> found these wordsTo the greatest Prince in theWorld.'Be assured, sir, our princess is in safety; ifthat expression ma^' be allowed, while in the powerof her enem}'. Slie has asked Danamo for me, whohas suffered me to be with her. There is a guardin the palace. Yesternight the queen sent for herinto her closet, <strong>and</strong> ordered her, proudly, to lookon the prince Erutus as one that w^as to be herhusb<strong>and</strong> in a few days, <strong>and</strong> presented to her thatprince, so unworthy of being your rival. The princesswas so much afflicted, that she made her noanswer but by tears, which are not yet dried up.You, sir, must find out means, if possible, to assisther against such pressing misfortunes.'At the bottom of the letter tliese words werewritten, blotted, <strong>and</strong> with a trembling h<strong>and</strong>.much T pity you, my dear prince ;yourcalamities are more grievous to me than my ownI spare j'our tenderness the recital of what I haveendured since yesterdaj'; why should I trouble therepose of your life ? Alas ! without meyou might be happy.'• "What joy <strong>and</strong> grief did the prince feel! Whathe gave this invaluable token of the divineIrolita's love ! He was so much beside himself,that he had much ado to return u suitable answer.


136 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.He thanked the prudeut Mana, informed tlie princessof the assistance he expected from the fairyFavourable, <strong>and</strong> said a thous<strong>and</strong> things on his grief<strong>and</strong> love. Afterwards, he gave tlie letter to Manasrelation, <strong>and</strong> with it a present of fine jewels of aninestimable value, to recompense him for the pleasurehe had done him. He was scarcely gone,when the queen <strong>and</strong> princess Azlra sent to knov/how the prince did. It viiis easy to know, by hislooks, that he was not well: they piessed him togo to bed, which he agreed to, thinking he shouldbe less constrained than if he went to the fairy.After dinner, the queen went herself to see him,<strong>and</strong> spoke to him of Irolita's marriage with theprince Brutus as a thing resolved on. Parcinus,who had at last resolved to restrain himself, tocarry on his designs the better, seemed to approveof the fairy's intentions, <strong>and</strong> desired her only tostay till he was recovered, because he had a greatmind to be at tliat solemnity. The fairy <strong>and</strong> Azira,wlio despaired at his sickness, promised him whatlie asked ; by which means he retarded the dismalnuptials of Irolita for some days. The conversationhe had on the water with Azira forwarded themisfortune of the princess he loved so tenderly,for Azira had given the queen an account of hisdiscourse, <strong>and</strong> his compassion for Irolita; <strong>and</strong> thequeen, who never delayed the execution of herwill, sent tliat evening for Irolita, <strong>and</strong> resolved,with Azira, to finisli the marriage of that princess,<strong>and</strong> to hasten lier departure before Parcinus had amore established authority ; but in the mean time,before the expiration of tlie time, the faithful slavearrived. How great was Parcinus's joy, to find inthe letter Favourable had written, marks of hercompassion <strong>and</strong> friendship for him <strong>and</strong> Irolita!She sent him a little ring, composed of four differentmetals, gold, silver, brass, <strong>and</strong> iron: thisring had the power of securing them four timesagainst the persecutions of the cruel Danamo : <strong>and</strong>


PERFECT LOVE. 137Favourable assured the prince, that the wickedfairy could not pursue them oftener than the ringhad power to save them. This good news restoredthe young prince to his health :he sent in all hastefor liana's relation, <strong>and</strong> gave him a letter, tliat informedIrolita of the happy success they might;ter themselves withal. They had no time tolose; the queen was for consummating prince Brutus'smarriage in three days; <strong>and</strong> that same nightAzira made a ball, <strong>and</strong> Irolita was to be there.Parcinus could not think of being negligent on thatbion ; he dressed himself in a magnificent suit,appeared a thous<strong>and</strong> times brighter than thelay, but durst not speak to Irolita, except with hisjyes, which often met those of that fair princess.Irolita had on the noblest dress imaginable ; the'airy had given her very fine jewels, <strong>and</strong> as shelad but four days to stay in her palace, resolved;o treat her as she ought to be. Her beauty, notto be set off with such ornaments, seemedvonderful to all, <strong>and</strong> much more to the amorousinus, who thought, by the joy that he saw inler bright eyes, she had received his letter. Theirince Brutus talked often with Irolita, but he ap-)eared of so ill a mien under the gold <strong>and</strong> jewelsle was loaded with, that he was not a rival worthyf the young prince's jealousy. The ball was allostover, when Parcinus, transported with hisjve, desired, with great ardour, the liberty of talkaga moment with the princess. 'Cruel queen,nd thou hateful Azira,' said he to himself, will''ou deprive me yet longer of the charming pleaureof telling the fair Irolita a thous<strong>and</strong> timesow I adore her? Why leave you not, you jealous'itnesses of my happiness, the place, since lovean only triumph in your absence r' He had hardly)rmed this wish, but the fairy, finding herself attle out of order, called Azira, <strong>and</strong> went with heritn tlie next room, whither prince Brutus followedjtii ;Parcinus had then the ring on his finger the


133 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,fairy Favourable had sent him. He ought to havepreserved the succours given him for more pressingoccasions, but violent love <strong>and</strong> prudence are seldomcompanions : the j'oung prince thought, bythe fairy's <strong>and</strong> Azira's departure, that the ring beganto favour his love. He flew to the charmingIrolita, <strong>and</strong> spoke to her of his passion in the mosttouching <strong>and</strong> eloquent expressions; when he perceivedthat he had made use of Favourable's chaisillily: but could not repent of an imprudenwhich gained him the pleasure of entertaining hisdear Irolita : they resolved on the place <strong>and</strong> hourto put an end to their cruel slavery the next day.The fairy <strong>and</strong> Azira returned again some fafter: Parcinus parted with no small regret fromIrolita, <strong>and</strong> looking on his ring, perceived the ironwas mixed with the other metals, <strong>and</strong> saw -vv\reil that he had but three wishes to make, whichhe resolved to employ better than the first for hisprincess ; but trusted none with his departure buthis faithful slave. The next day he appeared tothe queen veiy easy, <strong>and</strong> more pleasant than ordinary; he passed some compliments on the princeBrutus upon his marriage, <strong>and</strong> did it in a manneicapable of removing all suspicions they might entertainof his passion. At two o'clock in the morning he went to the fairy's park, where he found hi.faithful slave, Avho, according to his master's orders, had brought four of his horses. The priuwaited a little, when the lovely Irolita came, wiried, <strong>and</strong> leaning on Mana ; for that young princes!endured so much in the walk, that love alonewithout Danamo's cruelties <strong>and</strong> the ill qualitieiof Prince Brutus, would not have been capable t


PERFECT LOVE.1S9of her amusements to take horse with her maids,<strong>and</strong> ride into a little wood, some distance from the! castle, -which the fairy suflfered her to take thej air in. Afterwards, Farcinus mounted his horse,<strong>and</strong> ^l.iua <strong>and</strong> the slave theirs. Then the youngprince, drawing the brilliant sabre the fairy gavehim, swore to the fair Irolita, to adore her all hislife, <strong>and</strong> to die, if necessar}', in her defence. Afterthese words they went away, <strong>and</strong> the zephyrsseemed to correspond with them, or to take Irolitafor Flora, by alvrays attending them.In tlie mean time, day discovered to Danamo apiece of news she little expected. The ladies svhowere about Irolita were amazed that she slept solong; but obej'ing the order the prudent !Mana hadgiven them the night before, durst not go into theprincess's chamber till she called them. Mana layin the same chamber with Irolita, from whencethey went out at a little back door that let theminto a court of the palace very little frequented,by a door that was in Irolita's closet, <strong>and</strong> wasmade up ; but in two or three nights they foundout the means to open it. In short, the queen sentfor Irolita: in obedience to tiie fairy, they knockedat tiie princess's chamber-door, <strong>and</strong> nobody answered.But when tiie prince Erutus arrived, whocame to conduct the princess to the queen, he wasvery much surprised : he broke open the door, <strong>and</strong>went in, <strong>and</strong> seeing tiie little door in the closetforced, he no longer doubted of the princess'sflight. When the nev/s v,-as carried to the queen,she shook with anger, <strong>and</strong> ordered them to searcheverywhere for Irolita; but it was all in vain, nobodycould give any account of her. The princeBrutus himself went to seek after her, <strong>and</strong> sentthe fairy's guards with all speed on the roads hethought th.ey miglit take. In the mean time, Aziraobserved that I'arcinus did not appear in this generalconsternation ; <strong>and</strong> jealousy opening her eyes,siie sent in haste to him, <strong>and</strong> began to think that


140• TALES OF THE FAIRIES.prince had taken Irolita away. The fairy her?elfcould not believe it; but upon consulting her books,she found Azira's suspicion to be matter of fact.In the mean time, that princess havirg learnedthat Parcinus was not in his apartment nor thepalace, sent to the castle M'here Irolita had been soloniT, to see if she could find any thing wherebyshe might justify or condemn the prince. Tiieprudent Mana had taken care to leave nothing thatmight discover Irolita's correspondence with Parcinus,but Azira's scarf, which was found on thecouch he swooned on, <strong>and</strong> liad been untied whilein that condition, <strong>and</strong> which neither the princenor Mana, who were full of grief, perceived. Whatdid not the haughty Azira feel at the sight of thatscarf? Her love <strong>and</strong> pride suffered both alike; sheafflicted lierself to excess, <strong>and</strong> sent all the servantsof Irolita <strong>and</strong> the prince to prison. The ingratitudethe queen thought Parcinus had showed her,pushed her natural rage to the last extremity: shewould willingly have given one of her kingdoms tohave been revenged on those two lovers, who atthe same time were pursued on all sides. PrinceErutus <strong>and</strong> his troop met v.'ith fresh horses everywhere,by the fairy's order ; whereas, those of Parcinuswere tired, <strong>and</strong> answered not the impatienceof their master. At the further side of a forest heovertook them : the first motion of the prince wasto go <strong>and</strong> fight that unworthy rival : he was ridingup to him with his sabre drawn, when Irolita criedout, ' Prince, seek not an unprofitable danger; obeythe orders of the fairy Favourable.' Tnese wordsgave a check to Parcinus's rage, who, to obey theprincess <strong>and</strong> the fairy, wislied tlxe princess was insafety against the persecutions of the cruel queen,lie had scarcely made this wish, but the earthopened between him <strong>and</strong> his rival; a little uglyrman, magnificently dressed, appeared, <strong>and</strong> made a


PERFECT LOVE. 141Irolita, <strong>and</strong> Mana, <strong>and</strong> the slave, <strong>and</strong> the earth«losed. Brutus, surprised at so extraordinary anevent, went in haste to give Danamo an account ofit; <strong>and</strong> in the mean time our young lovers foUo-R-edthe little man through a dark road, that led to alarge palace, lighted by a great many flambeaux<strong>and</strong> lamps. They alighted from off their horses,went into a prodigious large hall, supported bypillars of shining earth, covered with ornamentsof gold ; a little man, loaded with jewels, sat on athrone of gold at the bottom of the hall, with agreat number of people like himself about him,who conducted the prince to that place : who, assoon as he appeared with the charming Irolita, thelittle man rose from his throne, <strong>and</strong> said to him,'Come, prince, the great fairy Favourable, whohas been a long time one of my friends, hath desiredme to secure you against the cruelties of Danamo.I am king of the Gnomes; you <strong>and</strong> theprincess are welcome to my palace.' Tarcinusthanked him for his assistance. The king <strong>and</strong> ailhissubjects were enchanted at the beauty of Irolita,they took her for a star that came to lightentheir abode, <strong>and</strong> served up a magnificent entertainment.The king of the Gnomes paid them allmanner of respect; an harmonious concert, butsomewhat wild, was the diversion of the night,where they sang tlie charms of Irolita, <strong>and</strong> repeatedseveral times these verses :' What star is this that thus our sight invades,And darts such beams on these our gloomy shades ?Which, while its lustre fondly we admire,Dazzles our eyes, <strong>and</strong> sets our hearts on fire.'After the music was done, they led the prince<strong>and</strong> princess each into a magnificent room, <strong>and</strong>iMana <strong>and</strong> the faithful slave follo%ved them. Ihenext (lay they showed them the king's palace, whojdisposed of all the riches cf the earth; nothingicould be added to that treasure, which was a con«


'142 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.fused mass of rine things unformed. The prince<strong>and</strong> princess remained eight days in this subterraneousabode : Favourable had ordered the king ofthe Gnomes, during that time, to make the princess<strong>and</strong> lier lover gallant <strong>and</strong> magnificent entertainments.The nigiit before their departure, the kins;,to immortalize the memory of their residence in liisempire, had their two statues erected in gold oneach side his throne, on pedestals of white marblewith these words, written in letters of diamond;on the pedestal of the prince's statue :' We desire no more the sight of tlie sun;We have seen this prince,V.'ho is brighter <strong>and</strong> more beautiful.'And on the pedestal of the princess's statue :' To the immortal honourOf the Goddess of Beauty;Who descended here.Under the name of IroliU.'The ninth day, the prince had very fine horsfc!given him, whose trappings were of gold, laid oveiwith diamonds, <strong>and</strong> left, with his small troop, th»dark abode of the Gnomes, after having paid hkacknowledgments to their kiug, <strong>and</strong> found himsel:in the same place where prince Brutus attackechim ; <strong>and</strong> looking on his ring, perceived ouly thfsilver <strong>and</strong> the brass. He pursued his way with th


jeaut3',,iyi'j^iji IPerfect,HeAndPERFECT LOVE. 143•f the water, in a boat of rushes laced together,<strong>and</strong> making to\ravtls the shore, desired the prince<strong>and</strong> liis beautiful mistress to come into it; w!io,with Mana <strong>and</strong> the slave, left their horses in thefield, <strong>and</strong> went into the boat, which sunk underwater, aud made the guards think they chose ratherto drown themselves than fall into theirh<strong>and</strong>s. Immediately they found themselves in a(palace, the walls of which were great drops ofwater, which falling continually, made halls, chambers,closets, <strong>and</strong> encompassed gardens, where a;hous<strong>and</strong> spoutings of water, of odd figures, formed'|:he design of parterres. None but Naiads couldin this palace, so fine <strong>and</strong> singular as it was;;herefore, to afford the prince <strong>and</strong> the fair Irolitamore solid habitation, the Naiad that conductedhera carried them into grottos of shell-work, com-Josed of coral, pearls, <strong>and</strong> all the riches of the sea.Their beds were of moss ; a hundred dolphins;uarded Irolita's grot, <strong>and</strong> twenty whales theriuce's. The Naiads admired, at their return, theof Irolita ; <strong>and</strong> moreover, a Triton grewjalous of the prince's looks <strong>and</strong> care. They gave^ hem, in the prince's grotto, a collation of fineuits : twelve,jSyrens came, to charm, by their sweet.^ oices, the trouble of the prince <strong>and</strong> Irolita, <strong>and</strong>^ iug the following song:I J IWherever love our heart conveys,makes us happy different wayslovers, triumph in your chains,let j'our passions still sunnount your pains.'JlAt night there was an entertainment, consistingholly of fish, of an extraordinary size <strong>and</strong> exquitetaste. After this repast, the Naiads danced inibits of fish-scales, of different colours, whichas very fine : bodies of Tritons, with instrumentsiknown to men, composed a symphony, which wastd, but new, <strong>and</strong> very agreeable. Parcinus <strong>and</strong>


j144 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,the fair Irolita were four days in this empire ; thtfifth daj', the >;aiads came in crowds to conductlie prince <strong>and</strong> princess; which two lovers weninto a boat of one entire sliell, <strong>and</strong> tlie Naiad;lialf out of the water, accompanied them to th^river-side, "where Parcinus found his horses again<strong>and</strong> set forward with speed; when looking on hiring, he percei\'*d only the brass: but they werthen nigh Favourable's palace. They travellethree days, when on the fourth, at sun-rising, tl.tperceived men in arms,'who, when they cameappeared to be the prince Brutus ard his troojwiiora Danamo had sent again to pursue thenwith orders not to leave them if they found thennor to stir off the spot where any thing extraordnary should fall out; <strong>and</strong> above all, to endeavoito engage the prince to figlit. Danamo kne-^well, after what Brutus had told her, that a failprotected the prince <strong>and</strong> princess; but her kno'


,pillars'! her,;lovelyJAIIthePERFECT LOVE. 145it insupportable. A great many young <strong>and</strong> h<strong>and</strong>somepersons, richly clothed, came from whencethe flames seemed to rise, to receive the princess<strong>and</strong> her lover. One of them, whom they judged tobe tlie queen of that place, by the respects paid tosaid, ' Come, charming princess, <strong>and</strong> you,Parcinus, you are in the kingdom of the( Salam<strong>and</strong>ers; I am the queen, <strong>and</strong> with pleasureI am charged by Favourable to conceal you sevendays in my palace : I wish only your abode herewas to be loneer.' After these words, she carriedthem into a large apartment, all of fire, like ther€St of the palace, <strong>and</strong> which gave as great a lightas the sun. That night they supped with theII queen, <strong>and</strong> had a noble entertainment ; after it was.[ over, they went on a terrace, to see an artificiali fire of wonderful beauty, <strong>and</strong> a very singular de-.1 sign, which was prepared in a great court before,1 the Salam<strong>and</strong>er's palace: twelve Loves were onof marble, of different colours; six of themseemed ready to draw their bows, <strong>and</strong> the sixjothers held,out a great plate, whereon these wordswere written in characters of fire' Where'er fair Irolite appears,glorious conquest there she bears :Our raging flames, <strong>and</strong> hottest fire,Fall short of what her eyes inspire ;So great's the torment of desire.'The young Irolita blushed at her own glory, <strong>and</strong>Parcinus was overjoyed that she was thought ash<strong>and</strong>some as slie appeared to him. In the meanCupids drew their arrows of fire, whichcrossing in the air, formed in a thous<strong>and</strong> placesthe cipher <strong>and</strong> name of Irolita, <strong>and</strong> carried it upto the heavens. The seven days they stayed inthis palace >vere spent in pleasures <strong>and</strong> diversions.Parcinus observed, that all the Salam<strong>and</strong>ers had agreat deal of spirit <strong>and</strong> a charming vivacity, wereVOL. n.H


146 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,allgallant <strong>and</strong> amorous, <strong>and</strong> that the queen herselfwas not exempt from that passion, since shewas in love with a young Salam<strong>and</strong>er of extraordinarybeauty. The eighth day, they left, with regret,an abode so agreeable to their tenderness,<strong>and</strong> found themselves in a fine field, where Parcinus,looking on his ring, found on the four metalsmixed together, these words engraved ;' You wished too soon.'These words afflicted the prince <strong>and</strong> young princess;but they were so nigh Favourable's habitation,that they hoped to reach it that day. Tiiiathought suspended their grief; they went forwardcalling on fortune <strong>and</strong> love, too often deceitfulguides. Ihe prince Brutus, following the fairy'sorders, never stirred from the place where tlie fir«separated them, but lay encamped behind a woodwhen his sentinels, who kept continual watch, informed him that the prince <strong>and</strong> princess appearecon the plain again. He mounted his troop, auccame up by night with the unfortunate prince amdivine Irolita. Tarcinus was not in the least disinayed at the great number of those who attackeihim all at once ; he flew on them with a couragi'that terrified them: I fulfil my promise, fair Irolita,' said he, drawing his sabre ;' I will die fo)you, or deliver you from your enemies.' Afte:these words, he struck the first he met, <strong>and</strong> fellihim at his feet ; but, oh grief unexpected ! thasabre which he had of the fairy broke into a thous<strong>and</strong> pieces. Ihis was what the fairy expecte


[thefair Irolita.' ' You have disobeyed the fairy,'a young man of surprising beauty, who(appealed in the air; 'you must endure tiie punisli-: if you had not been so prodigal of Favour-jment. answeredPERFECT LOVE. 147the young Irolita undergo the same fate. * Oh!l fairy Favourable,' cried the prince, melancholily,! ' ab<strong>and</strong>on me to all the rage of Danamo, but savelable's assistauce, we had preserved you against thecruelties of Danamo. f iie whole kiu?dom of theSylphs are vexed that they had not the glory ofrendering so charming a prince <strong>and</strong> so beautiful aprincess happy.' After this he disappeared. Parigroaned at his imprudence ; he appeared in-Sensible of his own misfortunes, but was cruelly.agitated with those of liolita; <strong>and</strong> the regret ofig contributed to them had made him dielaway for grief, if fate had not prepared more cruelitorments for him to undergo. The young Irolitashowed a courage worthy her illustrious blood ;id the merciless iSrutus, far fiom relenting at solOving a sight, redoubled their calamities, whichbb was partly the cause of. He separated them,^d deprived them of the pleasure of complainingto each other without redress. After a cruel journey,they arrived at the wicked fairy's, who expresseda malign joy to see the prince <strong>and</strong> princessin a condition so worthy of creating pity inly other breast but hers ; however, Azira had»ome for Parciuus, but durst not show it beforethe fairy. ' 1 will,' said that cruel queen, addressingherself to the young prince, have the pleasure'of revenging myself on thy ingratitude;scending thego, insteadthrone my bounty designed you,to the prison of the sea, where I will put an end to,thy miserable life by the most horrible punishments.'' 1 choose rather the most wretched prison,'replied the prince, looking on her fiercely,than the favours of so unjust a queen.' WhichIFords provoked her much more, who expected toive seen him prostrate at her feet. She made


The148 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,him be carried away to the appointed prison.Ir».lita cried in seeing liim go; Azira could not retainher sighs J<strong>and</strong> all the court groaned secretly at socruel an order. For the fair Irolita, the queen senther to the castle where she had been kept so long,had her carefully guarded, <strong>and</strong> used her as inhumanlyas she was capable of.The prince's prison was a tower in the midst ofthe sea, built on a small desert isle : there he waskept loaded with irons, <strong>and</strong> underwent all imaginablehardships. What a place was this for a princflfit to rule the whole world ! remembrance olIrolita was his sole employ; he called on Favourableonly to her assistance, <strong>and</strong> wished a thous<strong>and</strong>times to die, to expiate the crime he had committed: his faithful slave was put into the samaprison, but had not the satisfaction of serving hisillustrious master, who had none but rude soldiersabout him, devoted to the fairy ; who, though obedientto her, could not but respect the unhappyprince : his youth, beauty, <strong>and</strong> above all his courage,touched them with an admiration, that madethem look on him as a man superior to all others.The prudent Mana was treated in the castle withIrolita in the same manner as the faithful slave.None but Danamo's creatures came nish the princess,who, by her order, excited in her a freshgrief every moment, by telling her what tiie princesuffered. The calamities of i'arcinus madeprincess sometimes forget the remembrance of herown, <strong>and</strong> renewed her tears in a place where sh«had so often heard that charming prince swear tolier an eternal fidelity. 'Alas!' said slie to herself,• why was you so constant, my dear prince ; indeedyour infidelity would have cost me my life ; butwhat signified that? you would, after that, hav«been happy.' Danamo, who took some time toprepare a charm of extraordinary force, sent Iroi'lita, in the morninor, two lamps, one of gold, tbiHOther crystal; the goldeu one was lighted. Ikif


IIWhatPERFECT LOVE.I4flamo ordered her not to let one of those two lampsfgo out, but told her, she might keep which she.pleased lighted. Irolita answered, with her naturalsweetness, she should obey her, witliout searchinginto the signification of it. Slie carried the two'lamps carefully into her closet; <strong>and</strong> as the goldenone was lighted, she put it not out all that day,:<strong>and</strong> lighted the other the next day, <strong>and</strong> so continuedto obey the fairy. She had kept these lampsfifteen days, when her health began to diminish,tvlHLh she thought might be occasioned by herijrief , but when they told her Parcinus was veryill, her piercing grief <strong>and</strong> violent oppression raisedoity in all the women about her. One night, wheathey were all asleep, one of them went softly tothe princess, <strong>and</strong> seeing the crystal lamp burning;is it you do, great princess ? said she toler; put out that fatal light; your health dependsipon it : preserve a life so valuable fiom the cruiltiesof Danamo.''Alas!' replied the melancholy[rolita, in a languishing air,'she has made it sobiserable, that it is a kind of favour in the fairyV> afford me the means of putting an end to it:>ut,' continued she presently after, with an emotionthat brought a colour in her face, whose 'life|oes that gold lamp prevail over.'' ' Parcinus's,'eplied Danamo's confidant, who spoke to the prin.;ess by her order ; for that wicked fairy had aQind to tornient her, by letting her know howruel her fate was. At this news, the grief of havpgherself taken care to put an end to Parcinus's[ays, made her lie some time insensible; but whenbe came to herself, <strong>and</strong>, in recovering her senses,esumed her sorrows, Odious ' fairy !' said she,irhen she had power to speak ;'barbarous fairy !3 not my death sufficient to appease thy rage ? butO be more cruel, tliou must destroy, by my h<strong>and</strong>s,i prince so dear to me, who is deserviog of theenderest <strong>and</strong> most perfect love. But death, ahousaad times more kiud than thou, will shortly


I150 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,deliver me from all the mischiefs thy ra?e inventsagainst a passion so violent <strong>and</strong> faithful.' Theyoung princess cried continually over the fatallamp on which Parcinus's life depended, <strong>and</strong> lightednone but her own, which she saw burn wjoy, as a sacrifice she offered up to her love <strong>and</strong>lover. All this time that unhappy prince wastormented with punishments his courage could notsupport: the fairy made the soldiers who guardedhim, <strong>and</strong> feigned to besensible of that illustriousprince's sorrows, tell him, that Irolita had consentedto marry the prince Brutus in a few dnysafter he was put into prison, <strong>and</strong> that that princess ,seemed very well content with her marriage, at allthe feasts that were made to celebrate it; <strong>and</strong> iashort, tliat she was gone away with her husb<strong>and</strong>.This was a misfortune the prince did not expect,<strong>and</strong> was the only one that could be greater tlliis constancy.'What, my dear Irolita, are youunfaithful to me,' said the sad prince, ' to b^prince Erutus's ? You have only bewailed my mis^fortunes ;you have thought only of putting an endto those my tenderness caused you : but live happy,ungrateful Irolita ; I adore you, inconstant as yare, <strong>and</strong> will die for my love, though not pennittedthe honour of dying for my prmcess.' Whilst th^unfortunate Parcinus was thus afflicting himseU^<strong>and</strong> the tender Irolita was wasting her life to prolongher lover's, Danamo was affected with Azira'sdespair, who died away forcrief at the hardshipsof Parcinus : in short, the cruel fairy perceiving,that to save her daughter's life she must pardouthe prince, suffered her to go to see him, <strong>and</strong> to•promise him all he should name if he would marryher; <strong>and</strong> at the same time resolved to have putIrolita to death as soon as the prince had acceptedthe propositions. The hopes of seeing Paiciiagain gave the melancholy Azira new life : iqueen bid her send to Irolita for the lamp, thaishe might b« sure it did not burn ; v/hich erder


1fairy.PERFECT LOVE. 151emed more cruel than all the rest to the sorrowilIrolita. How great was her uneasiness for thete of Parcinus?'Be not so concerned for thelife of that prince,' said the women to her, whowere about her;' he is going to marry the princessAzira, <strong>and</strong> 'tis she who, careful of his life, sendsfor the lamp.' The torment of jealousy, which waswanting among all her misfortunes, never, till afterthese words, had any share in her calamities. Nevertheless,Aaira went to see the prince, <strong>and</strong> offeredherself <strong>and</strong> kingdoms to him, pretending to be ignorantthat he had heard of Irolita's marriage withBrutus ; by which example, she would have convincedhim he had carried his constancy' too far.Parcinus, to whom nothing was valuable but hisbeloved Irolita, preferred his prison <strong>and</strong> sufferingsbefore liberty <strong>and</strong> empire. Azira despaired at hisrefusal, <strong>and</strong> her grief rendered her equally unhappyas that priuce.During tliis time, the fairy Favourable, who tillthen had boasted of the insensibility of her heart,was not able to resist the charms of a young princein her court, who was in love with her ; <strong>and</strong> thisfairy could not have resolved to listen to him, hadnot the pride of her soul beeu overcome by theviolence of her passion : in short, she yielded tohe desire of letting him know how he triumphed.The pleasure of speaking to what we love seemedthen so charming to her, <strong>and</strong> so worthy of beingdesired, that approving what she had blamed somuch, she came in haste to the assistance of Parinus<strong>and</strong> the fair Irolita.Had she stayed a little longer, it would have beentoo late; the fatal lamp of Irolita had but six daysto burn, <strong>and</strong> the grief of the unhappy Parcinus hadalmost put an end to his days. Favourablf arrivedat Danaiiio"s palace, <strong>and</strong> as her power was superiorto hers, she would be obeyed in spite of the wickedThe prince was fetched out of his prison;jfrom whence he would not stir, till he was assured


152 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,by Favourable, that the fair Irolita might still behis. He appeared, for all his paleness, as h<strong>and</strong>someas the day, <strong>and</strong> went with the fairy Favourableto die princess's castle, whose lamp cast buta glimmering light. The dying Irolita would nconsent to have it put out, till she was assured ofthe fidelity of her happy lover. Ko words or expressionsare lively <strong>and</strong> tender enough to give:idea of their joy to see each other again. Favoiable made them instantly resume their formercharms, <strong>and</strong> endowed them with a long life <strong>and</strong>constant happiness; but for their tenderness, shehad nought to add to that. Danamo, outrageoto see her authority defeated, killed herself, leavingthe fate of Azira <strong>and</strong> Brutus entirely to irolita,who topk no other revenge than marrying themboth togetlier. Parcinus, as generous as constant,accepted only of his father's kingdom, <strong>and</strong> leftthose of Danamo to Azira.. The nuptials of theprince <strong>and</strong> divine Irolita were solemnized withgreat magnificence; <strong>and</strong> after having paid their acknowledgmentsto Favourable, <strong>and</strong> rewarded thejlave <strong>and</strong> prudent Mana, they set out for theirkingdom; where the prince <strong>and</strong> lovely Irolita ejo\ed the happiness of a passion, as tender <strong>and</strong>constant in their prosperity as it was violent <strong>and</strong>faithful in llutir adver»ity.


GENTLEMAN-CITIZEN.CONTINUATION OF THE GENTLEMAN-CITIZEN.Marthomda had no sooner made an end of heratory, than all the company commended' it. Well,'said iMadame de Rouet,' I am chai nied <strong>and</strong> surprisedat the gallant turn of Marthonida's wit.'-•Indeed,' added Madame de Lure, in her affected•way, ' I am not so unhappy in coming into this-country as I thought I should be ; for in short, Icould not believe that there was an ounce of goodsense in the whole province.' 'Upon my word,'said Madame St. Thomas, with some impatience,'you Paris ladies set us off at a fine rate, whenyou think us such fools.' ' It is the most erroneousopinion in the world,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere ' ; it isenough to see you, <strong>and</strong> hear you talk, to make amore sound judgment; for to be sincere with you,all that I have known at court must yield to theillustrious ladies' here.' I have some thoughts,dear cousin,' added the widow, ' to settle here, <strong>and</strong>would be glad to meet with a pretty estate that I'might purchase.' How much, madam,' said the'baron, would you lay out?' ' Tiiat,' said she,depends entirely upon the title; I should be gladit was a marquisate, <strong>and</strong> should be willing to giveseven thous<strong>and</strong> franks.' 'Seven thous<strong>and</strong> franks !'replied the viscount;'surely, madam, you don'tthink as you speak.' 'Why, sir,' cried she, ' can amarquisate in the country be worth more ? Theygive them away at Paris, <strong>and</strong> know not what to dowith them. For my part, I must own, 1 shall bealmost ashamed to be a marchioness; I have muchado to resolve on it: but if you know of one, Ishould be very much obliged to vou if you wouldH2


Mr.154 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.tell me, because I have money by me, which Idon't know how to lay out. Indeed I might buy apalace at Paris ; but as I am so well known in thatcity <strong>and</strong> at court, 1 should be exposed to morevisits than I could well dispense with.'' Is it possible,'madam,' said the prior, that youcan think of having a palace for seven thous<strong>and</strong>franks, when we can hardly have a thatched househere for that price ?' 'Oh ! Prior,' said Madame'de Luie, I see you don't know how much that is,<strong>and</strong> it would be losing one's labour to tell you.'* You are certainly in tne right there,' replied D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,in the most malicious air he could affect;these abbots will be always meddling, <strong>and</strong>'oftentimes tliey know not what'they say.' ThereI tlunk you have Monsieur le Prior,' said the viscount,smiling. Indeed' 'he has,' replied he ; but1 could not have expected it from my friend D<strong>and</strong>inardiere:but now-a-days we sacrifice a friend atany time for a joke's sake.' 'For my part,' said'Virginia, I am not of that stamp; I would havepeople be attentive to every thing.' 'Ah! fair'Virginia,' said the gentleman-cit, I am undone,<strong>and</strong> more than undone, if you are against me; theascendant that Heaven has given you over me isso great, that I am not able to. resist when yoaattack me: alas! the power you have over me hasappeared but too much, since I have been in thishouse. I was brought here, dear cousin,' said he,addressing himself to Madame de Rouet,'by themost strange <strong>and</strong> surprising adventure that couldhappen to a man of quality, which I'll tell you imparticular; for it would be unjust to tire theseladies with the recital. What I have to tell you>is, that I have an enemy not far off, who emplojtsfire <strong>and</strong> sword, <strong>and</strong> all m.anuer of enchantments,'against me.' What's this you tell meP' cried thewidow ' '; I am frigiitened at this prelude.' Thestgentlemen <strong>and</strong> ladies,' replied'the cit, can justifyw hat I advance, aud caa tell you, at the saox


! 'Indeed!I)answered, nowI comparisonGENTLEMAN-CITIZEN. 155time, •nith what courage I behaved myself in allthese insults; no rock was ever more tirm than Ihave been; %vhich makes my enemy despair: inshort, he has endeavoured to vanquish me by the'the most unheard-of treasons.' Upon my word,sir,' said Madame de Lure,' I wish I had not atthis time seen you, for I dread so much, lest anymisfortune should befall you, that J shall not getone wink of sleep this night.' 'My fate is to beenvied then,' replied Daudinardiere, gallantly;' methinks 1 have nothing to fear, since you areinterested in my fortune.* 'Here are ladies,' saidthe viscount, pointing to Virginia <strong>and</strong> Marthonida,* who assuredly bear no less a share with you ; <strong>and</strong>if Monsieur Villeville pretends to use you ill, haveperhaps power enough to put a stop to his vio-* lences.' Who is that you are speaking of?' saidthe widow.'A gentleman of merit,' said the viscount,was he 'not an enemy of our friend here.'I have seen him,' replied she, '<strong>and</strong> nowperfectly remember him.''You remember him !'Daudinardiere, knitting his brows; you'joke with me; he is a clown I would make nowith : <strong>and</strong> I am surprised, that a womanso well dressed as you are, can allow a manof that stamp to be tolerable.' IMadame Rouet,who had secretly an inclination for Villeville, findingherself sensibly touched, replied in a deridingm, nner, ' And pray who are you, good MonsieurDaudinardiere ? Does your removal from St. Dennisstreet to the sea-side authorize you to call allmankind scoundrels?' 'Ha! madam mushroom,'cried he, as red as fire, 'truly it does not becomeycu of all people to talk against me; without mymoney your father would have narrowly escapedthe .' ' What insolence is this !' said she' my father suffered by your breaking.' In short,tlie dispute began with so much warmth on bothsides, that the gentlemen, thinking it might becarrio


'156 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,mas, who was always upon the inquiry, shoulddiscover the true original of our cavalier, <strong>and</strong> learnmore than they would have her, endeavoured ;they could to make a peace; <strong>and</strong> with them, Madamede Lure was very earnest to reconcile them,for she would not for ever so much have it said inthe country, that she kept company with a citizen.Eut this quarrel of the widow's <strong>and</strong> D<strong>and</strong>inardiere'swas got already to a great heiglit; however, out ofmanners, <strong>and</strong> respect due to the entreaties of theirfriends, they held their tongues, though their raplainly discovered itself by their eyes, <strong>and</strong> severalreflections passed backwards <strong>and</strong> forwards, withoutmentioning any names.The baron at last, thinking it would be the bestway to part them, to that end said, ' I believe, ladies,it will not be amiss if we should take a turaor two in the wood, where we diverted ourselves inthe morning.''Upon my word,' said the widow,'the situation is infinitely agreeable ; I love thesea to distraction, <strong>and</strong> very much approve of tliecustom of the Venetians, who marry it every year:;ind was I the doge's wife, I would marry it too,or at least make some alliance or friendship withit.' After this speech she rose up, without oncelooking upon D<strong>and</strong>inardiere ; <strong>and</strong> catching holdof Madame St. Thomas's arm, said to her, 'Come,let us recreate ourselves by this ungovernable element'sside.' The baroness upon this pulled herarm hastily away, <strong>and</strong> told her, she was ableenough to support herself, without making her herleaning-stock. The widow, who was not a littleout of humour at her cousin the cit, thought herselfaffronted by the baroness, <strong>and</strong> made answer,Indeed, there are some people in the world, who,instead of offering roses, present naught but theprickles.' 'O! I underst<strong>and</strong> you,' said the baroness,with a haughty air, 'you are the flower,<strong>and</strong> I the thorn. \Vell, if you are a rose, it is, Tam sure, a fading one.' ' You are very insulting,


•EuthowGENTLEMAN-CITIZEN. 157madam,' answered the widow, colouring ;' had Ithought of this reception, some miracle must havebeen wrought to have made me have done you thehonour of a visit.' ' It is what I could very wellhave excused,' said the baroness, who was resolvedto have the last word.'Indeed, my dear,' saidthe baron,'you have a great mind to vex me todaj'.'' I know you, sir!' replied she, raising her.voice;' I know you would take the great Turk'spart, if it was but against me ; but a separatemaintenance will make me easy.' The goddess ofdiscord herself seemed to have taken up her residencethat day at this house, for there was nothingto be heard but wranglings <strong>and</strong> differences ; however,INIonsieur St. Thomas made his wife no answer,but engaged the ladies to go into the wood,leaving the baroness <strong>and</strong> D<strong>and</strong>inardiere together,•who at that time agreed extraordinarily in theirsentiments of Madame Rouet.' Well,' said MadameSt. Thomas, ' will you give me leave to speakmy mind freely ' to you?' Oh! you do me toojmuch honour,' replied the' cit. Then,' answeredshe,' I must needs say, your cousin is a very imipertinentcreature.' 'My cousin !' replied he *; O,'madam, she is nothing related to me; we are onlylousins you underst<strong>and</strong> me.' ' If I do,' said' she, I have more underst<strong>and</strong>ing than any womanin Europe besides, to guess at an entire historywithout one single syllable's being mentioned.'Oil I happy is a man,' cried D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,to have a wife of so much merit: if Heaven hadliven nie such a one, I should have adored her asmuch as the Chinese worship their pagods : Ishould kiss her little toes, <strong>and</strong> gnaw her mittens.''you see,' said the baroness, how my husb<strong>and</strong>iises me ; I must tell you. Monsieur D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,phere is not a man in the world so uncomplaisant|iShimself; for though he appears sweet <strong>and</strong> agreeible,in the bottom he is but sour. For my part, Iva^ born <strong>and</strong> bred with a politeness, which such


158 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.ill-usage cannot be pleasing to.' * I believe a»much,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere'; any one may havemy soul, by using soft <strong>and</strong> obliging expressions:but if I am dealt rouglily with, I am as liard asiron; all the devils in liell, fairies, sorcerers, <strong>and</strong>magicians, can never make any thing of me.' Ha'I love you for that,' cried she, you ' are exactly ofmy temper; we certainly were fashioned by thesame model: but to return to wiiat you told me ;what, is not this widow your relation?' 'GoodGod! no, madam,' replied he, somewhat angry; 'Ihave told you so once, <strong>and</strong> tell you so again.One of her uncles had the care of my house ; <strong>and</strong>when she was young <strong>and</strong> h<strong>and</strong>some, she used oftento come <strong>and</strong> see him : <strong>and</strong> as I was young too, Iused to tell her fine ' stories.' Oh ! fye, fye, sir,'cried'she ; I would not have such a woman bragthat she knows me for all the world; <strong>and</strong> I'll go<strong>and</strong> tell her this minute, that if she ever namesme, I'll sit as close to her as her shift to her back.'' Vou take things too literally,' replied the cit : 'Idon't pretend to cast any reflection upon Madamede Rouet's virtue ; what I meant was in relationto her quality <strong>and</strong> mine : for, madam, if we cometo be so strict in this point, that all women wereto give as good proofs of their lives <strong>and</strong> conversa.tion as the knights of Malta do of their nobility,the virtuous ladies might live by themselves. Come,we must not be uncharitable.''Since your raaxinu<strong>and</strong> mine. Monsieur D<strong>and</strong>inardiere,' said MadameSt. Thomas, ' are grounded upon different principles,you will not take it amiss if I don't believeyou.''Good'God!' said he, would you upon thisfall out withr' 'your husb<strong>and</strong> Yes,' said she, 'youyourself can't but have seen how he carried it withthe cit: I always lo%'e to speak my mind; <strong>and</strong> be«tween you <strong>and</strong> I, I believe he has been acquaintedwith her a long while.'As they were talking thus friendly togetherAlain came in <strong>and</strong> iaterrupted tliem, gaping aad


•pilleGENTLEMAN-CITIZEIT. 159staring as if he had been stuck, which surprisedhis master ; but after some little pause, he wentclose to liim, <strong>and</strong> whisperiug him in the ear, bidhim to prepare for the other world, for that MUe-was in the wood laughing <strong>and</strong> prating, as ifhe was in no fear of him; that himself was hid behinda tree, from whence he could easily see himmd that he was grown half a yard taller than he,K-as before. The baroness observing that the newsAlain brought disturbed the tranquillity of Danlinardiere'scountenance, told him, that perhapsshe might be troublesome, <strong>and</strong> so left him, not alittle pleased at her absence. As soon as she was|one, <strong>and</strong> he found himself at liberty, he asked hisiralet if he was'sure he had seen Villeville. Don'tlatter 'yourelf, sir,' said he, that I was mistaken,"or I saw him as plainas I now see my own foot;ind I"ll tell you the whole story. When theseladies came out of your chamber, I was in the darkpassage, <strong>and</strong> heard one of them say to the gentlenen.He is a sorry fellow, a tradesman in St. Denaisstreet, with whom I used, some time since,lay. out some money; but of late he has had aSfreat inclination to counterfeit a man of quality,Wd so makes sport : <strong>and</strong> as I buy a great deal uponiredit, I divert myself with him, <strong>and</strong> call him»usin, to get the more time, for we court ladieslave not always ready money. With a great manyTiore things,' 'said Alain, which 1 cannot rememjer.'' 1 find thy memory is only good at this sort)f stories,' answered his master.'Indeed, sir,' continuedAlani, 'toI'd rather be hanged for a fauxsoniierthan tell a lie ; for I am sure I repeat thevords I heard as true as any conjurer's book. Buto return to these ladies: 1 followed them veryoftly, <strong>and</strong> crept as close to them as possible ; <strong>and</strong>U they were chattering <strong>and</strong> prating, they heardjhe trotting of a horse, <strong>and</strong> upon our looking belindus, who should appear but that hangtracefjUleville, who bowed to them to the very ground ;


160 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,m the mean time, I trembled like an aspen leaf,<strong>and</strong> retired to mform you.''This is an affair,'cried D<strong>and</strong>iuardiere,'that requires a great deal ofconsideration : since my enemy appears so mu( "hereabouts, <strong>and</strong> passes <strong>and</strong> repasses every night<strong>and</strong> morning, to be sure he has told the widow,<strong>and</strong> slie'll ^^ hy, Alain, why hast thou noheart r' 'And what if 1 had one, sir,' replied he,' what should we do ?' ' \V hat I am very confidentwe never shall do,' said the cit, ' for thou hast notcouratie : what signilies my laying schemes, then,for thee to execute r Ihe best way will be to thinkof a retreat.' 'That's well said, sir,' added Ala' lest that desperate cutting aud slashing fellow,'Mr. Robert, should play us some trick.' But whatshall we do?' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere ; 'for if theyshould meet with us upon tlie road, we are undone.'' 'Have a little patience, sir,' said Alain ; I'll putyou into our cart, <strong>and</strong> cover you over with your'books.' Excellently well thought on,' said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere;'but first go again to the place whyou saw Villeville, <strong>and</strong> come <strong>and</strong> tell me wlietherlie is there.' Alam obeyed, <strong>and</strong> crept up by a darkshady alley to the place where the company were,but saw not his master's dreadful foe, though helooked carefully all about, <strong>and</strong> afterwards returnedto hi-> master, to tell him he had nothing to fear,for tiiat this terrible myrmidon was gone,sooner did this joyfal news reach his ears, than hecried out, ' Let us go, <strong>and</strong> add fresh laurels to thosewhich adorn my brow. Reach me my arms imy boots, <strong>and</strong> go aud saddle my Bucephalus.What! shall tliat impudent varlet come wheram' I'll teach him to come here.' Alain all thistime looked upon his master with the utmost amazement; but at last recovering his surprise, said, ' Cauit be proper to arm yourself? your head is vbad, <strong>and</strong> your poor shoulders have not yet reccvvered the damage from the adventure of the bed.'D<strong>and</strong>inardiere pretended not to hear Alain, but


IcouldGENTLEMAN-CITIZEN. 161mioding to talk to himself, saixl, 'But to geaerous[souls virtue makes no account of 3'ears.' Andthen again, with more spirit <strong>and</strong> courage, Show'yourselves, ye Navarriaus, Moors, <strong>and</strong> Castilians.'And so continued repeating several places of theCid.While hfi was thus exercising himself for battle,fie got armed, <strong>and</strong> then mounted his poor palfrey,fyho was much gayer than his master, by having^ve or six days' good feed in his belly, <strong>and</strong> sallied^Ut towards the wood, with his lance in his h<strong>and</strong>,with which he beat all the bushes as he went along.The noise he made obliged the ladies to turn about,who were surprised at his equipage, <strong>and</strong> burst outa-laughing, especially the widow, who, to shovrher fine teeth, set up a halloo again. D<strong>and</strong>inardi/ere,uponthis, to signalize himself <strong>and</strong> to revengethe affront, seeing her cornet, which was adorned)vith rose-coloured ribbons, st<strong>and</strong>ing up very high,a^de no more to do but run his lance into it, <strong>and</strong>i(ft only carried it away, but also a false tower ofjfMr hair, which she wore to conceal her fiery locks,ki(d left her quite bare-headed. It may easily bel^ught she was not a little enraged <strong>and</strong> vexed;^ screamed out terribly, while the horse, frightlat the ribbons that hung before his eyes, <strong>and</strong>noise she made, ran away with his master;not have stopped him, had not Villeille,who had left the company, <strong>and</strong> as he passedstopped to speak to Mr. Robert, turned himself.Ijput, <strong>and</strong> seeing D<strong>and</strong>inardiere in that danger,^ght hold of the bridle : <strong>and</strong> makmg use of thisippprtunity to put that project in execution which! viscount, the prior, <strong>and</strong> himself, had concerted,said to him, drawing his sword, ' Well, MonsieurJ^dinardiere, since we are thus fortunately met,^ us decide our quarrel, <strong>and</strong> cut each other'sbroat genteelly.' Which struck such a damp uponspirits, that he was not able to open his lips;ecially when he saw the sword glittering before


good162 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,his eyes, he had like to have died away with tliefright. At last, after a quarter of an hour's silence,he got out, ' I will not fight when I am in armour;I am a man of too much honour to fight with sogreat an advantage.''Have at you, then,' saidVilleville, clapping the point of liis sword to histhroat. Upon which D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, falling off hishorse, cried out, Oh ' ! Mr. Robert, I am deadcome <strong>and</strong> bleed me presently. Oh ! dear MonsieurVilleville, don't kill me ; I beg my life, <strong>and</strong>if this habit of war displeases you, I'll renounce it'for ever.' There's only one thing,' said Villeville,'that can save you from my rage ; I will give youyour life, provided you will promise me to marry'one of the Madame St. Thomas's.' Name which,'said D<strong>and</strong>inardiere'; for if you order me, I'llmarry them both, <strong>and</strong> the father <strong>and</strong> mother too.'' I leave you to j'our own choice,' said Villeville;' but if you don't make use of the honour that Iwould procure for you, depend upon it I'll killyou, if you are a hundred feet under ground.' Thecit, thinking himself the happiest of all men tocome off so well, got up, shaking like one in anague, <strong>and</strong> cast himself at the feet of his terribleenemy, assuring him, that he would neglect nothingthat lay in his power to obey him in : <strong>and</strong> to showhis submission, asked to kiss his h<strong>and</strong>, which Villevillegravely held out, telling him withal, that hethought it would be most proper for him to askVirginia of Monsieur St. Thomas, who would bebrought to give his consent the more easily. Whenhe saw tliat he had forgiven him, <strong>and</strong> that thejwere friends, 'You shall now prescribe me laws,*'answered'the cit, <strong>and</strong> I'll agree to whatever yo«negotiate.' Villeville, fortified with this promisejreturned back again, <strong>and</strong> taking the viscount <strong>and</strong>prior aside, told them that there was no occasi


GENTLEMAN-CITTZEN. 163more difficult than they imagined ; <strong>and</strong> then toldwhat had happened. These two gentlemen werenot a littJe pleased at this news, <strong>and</strong> resolved,without losing any time, to conclude the marriage;but were in some embarrassment, lest the widow,upon this account, should submit to a reconciliationwith her cousin, <strong>and</strong> advise him to the con»trary; till Villeville informed them that he hadsome ascendancy over her, <strong>and</strong> would let her intothe secret; assuring them that she would be overjoyedat this mark of confidence, <strong>and</strong> would secondthem in their project. And accordingly he wentto her, while the viscount discoursed MonsieurSt. Thomas, who received the proposal agreeablyenough. As for Madame St. Thomas, she consentedto it in a fit of caprice, which seldom lasted long;<strong>and</strong> Virginia received it with joy, being prepossessedthat D<strong>and</strong>inardiere was a hero, who hadperformed several noble exploits. So that they,who had all been, as one may say, at daggersdrawingsome hours before, were very good friends.Wlien D<strong>and</strong>inardiere came to them, he trembled,<strong>and</strong> was as pale as death; every one received hirawith open arms, <strong>and</strong> endeavoured to make him forgetthe catastrophe attending his combat. In short,he dem<strong>and</strong>ed Virginia in form, was favourably received,<strong>and</strong> the viscount proposed to return indoors, to draw up the articles. But how greatwas poor Alain's astonishment, to see the wolves<strong>and</strong> lambs herding together, meaning Villeville <strong>and</strong>D<strong>and</strong>inardiere, who embraced one another everyminute, <strong>and</strong> were continually shaking h<strong>and</strong>s. Hestood stock still, gaping <strong>and</strong> staring like one frightened; but when he was told that his master wa»to marry Virginia, <strong>and</strong> that his happiness was entirelyowing to the management of Monsieur Villeville,he went singing, jumj^ing, <strong>and</strong> dancing aboutthe house, just out of his senses.D<strong>and</strong>inardiere wa? dise.rir.ed by young MadameSt. ThomaS; like another Don Quixote, <strong>and</strong> be*


164 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.decked with flowers, every one calling him bysome merry name or other ; till the baron, whobegan now to be interested himself, desired theviscount, prior, <strong>and</strong> \ illeville, to look upon himas one who was to be his son-iu-law. From thatvery night, turkeys, chickens, ducks, &.c. went allto the spit <strong>and</strong> pot, for Monsieur St. Thomas wasat allthe ex, ences of the wedding, which was allthe portion the cit was to have with his wife, besidesthe knack of making stories, which might beinherited by their posterity. However, D<strong>and</strong>inardierewas satisfied, or at least pretended to be so,out of his dread of Villeville, without whom thematch had never been brought to bear. And aftersome days of mirth <strong>and</strong> feasting, D<strong>and</strong>inardieretook his w ife home, accompanied with her sister ;<strong>and</strong> left Alain, with his curt <strong>and</strong> asses, bebiod, tobring his studj.


KNIGHTS-ERRANT.THE KNIGHTS-ERRANT.The night had no sooner spread her sable mantleover the earth, than there arrived on the banks ofthe Tagus a knight in black armour : his helmetVas adorned with a plume of black <strong>and</strong> whitefeathers, <strong>and</strong> under his visor, which was half liftedup, there appeared a beautiful face, whereon sorrow<strong>and</strong> grief seemed to be painted. On his armhe bore a shield of burnished steel, on which wasfigured a rose-bud broken off the stalk, <strong>and</strong> a pomegranatetree thrown down to the ground, with thisdevice, TVith the same stroke. His horse wasblack as jet, but of so stately a carriage, that hewas an addition to the good mien of his master.This knight, after liaving followed the course ofthe river for some paces, then forced himself intothe thickest part of a wood which stood on hisright h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> there alighting off his horse, <strong>and</strong>giving his helmet to his esquire, he laid himselfdown on the grass to think on his misfortunes,<strong>and</strong> how he might revenge himself on him that hadbeen the cause of them ; wlien he heard a voice,which obliged him to make a truce with his re-' flections. Forbear, Adelinda,' said that voice,' to persuade me to live <strong>and</strong> >eek relief, since I canhope for none but from my despair.'These tender words no sooner reached the earsof our knight, but lie took his helmet from hisesquire, <strong>and</strong> went into the thickest of those busheswhich prevented his seemg tlie person who complained,but scarcely had he gone twenty stepsbefore he perceived two women seated on the grass,of wiiom, who seemed not to^ be above the ageof fifteen, was a beauty that could not have been


166 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.exceeded, in this knight's eyes, but by the lady heregretted every moment he breathed.. 'Madam,*'said he, the complaints I have heard from yourfair mouth give me no room to doubt of the greatmisfortunes wherewith you are oppressed : I shouldthink myself happy, if I could, befoie the end ofthis my miserable life, destroy your enemies; <strong>and</strong>,to oblige you to entertain the more confidence ofmy sincere intentions, must tell you that I amElmedorus of Granada, Knight of the Fatal Sword,so well known throughout all Spain for the love 1'bear the incomparable Alzayda.' Sir,' said theunknown lady, raising herself up as soon as lilmedorushad spoken, ' your name is so much celebratedin the world, that it is enough to hear it, to be persuadedthat nothuig is impossible for your arm toexecute. You will pardon me, if the dreadful misfortuneswherewith 1 am persecuted force me toaccept of the generous offers you make me ; <strong>and</strong>that you may be the better informed of my enemies,gi\e me leave to tell you my adventures.'


PRINCESS ZAMEA, 3:c.THE HISTORYTHE PRINCESS ZAMEA AND THEPRINCE ALMANZON.* I AM daughter to Zamut, king of Fez, <strong>and</strong> theQueen Zamara. The many years they were withoutchildren, made them look upon me as a gift ofHeaven, for whom they could not have too great atenderness : <strong>and</strong> as the people generally follow theexamples of their sovereigns, I became the delightof tlie whole coui t. The small stock of beauty I!jvas mistress of, <strong>and</strong> the crown of Fez, to which Iiwas heir, engaged most of the princes of Africa tocome <strong>and</strong> lay themselves at my feet. They neglectednothing that might please : the court of Feznever was so splendid before ; not a day passedwithout eitherhorse-races, tournaments, or otherliiver^ions, in which I always gave the prize.lAmong this great number of knights <strong>and</strong> princes,;he Prince of Maroc, surnamed the Terrible for his[jxtraordinary size <strong>and</strong> fiercelook, was the personl"or whom the king my father designed me, <strong>and</strong> to|vhom he promised his consent if he could obtainnine. These flattering promises made Zoroaster,khich was his name, redouble his cares ; but thenore zeal he showed for my service, the more Iliated him. The king's friendship for him was a;reat grief to me ; <strong>and</strong> I often told the queenny mother, from whom I concealed nothing, thatwould sooner die than marry him.'At that time Zoroaster, to celebrate my birthay,published a tournament, <strong>and</strong> sent challenges


of men upon his back, tlmt he made the;168 TALES OF THE FAIIIIES.to all the courts of Spain <strong>and</strong> Africa, for all kniglifcto come <strong>and</strong> confess the princess of Fez to be th


'' 'I withII soihis! named'bore1 drew1 time'the1 theIt heroi soul,'me,I!iwhich'<strong>and</strong>PRINCESS ZAMEA, &:c. 16i)tremble under him. The -whole court could notbut admire this h<strong>and</strong>some stranger; <strong>and</strong> for mypart, I must confess I never before conceived somuch trouble, nor more joy, than when I saw him,in the second career, throw the terrible Zoroasterto the ground. Every body said he deserved theprize ; <strong>and</strong> the judges of the field, desiring him todismount, led him to the king's scaffold, who orderedme to give him ray picture, which he received afterso noble a manner, that he appeared more lovelyin my eyes.The tournaments being thus ended, I returnedthe queen my mother to the palace; where,in the evening, there was a fine ball, at which all[the knights were present but Zoroaster, who wasbruised by his fall that he was forced to keepbed for several days. The stranger, whom weI knew afterwards to be the Prince of Tunis, surtheKnight of the Sun, because he alwaystlie figure of that bright light on his shieldI till that day, was most magnificently dressed, <strong>and</strong>on him the eyes of the assembly a second; <strong>and</strong> as he appeared to us in the tournamentgod of war, in this fine dress we took him forthe god of love. My heart, though armed with allpride I was mistress of, could not resist somany charms, but was forced to yield to this young; my eyes made the same impression on hisfor during the ball he regarded nothing but<strong>and</strong> I knew with pleasure that the same flamekindled in his breast.' Several days had passed after his arrival, inhe never spoke to me but by tender lookssighs ; till one afternoon, when none were bybut my women, he said. Madam, this heart, whiclihas been reserved till now for the fairest, has found!at last what it has sought: the Princess Zameacannot have rivals who dare dispute with her theprize of beauty ; but I liave reason to fear lest thispoor present should be refused, which will makeTOL. II.I!-•


170 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,me the most unfortunate of all men !agreeable, replied I, smiling, to obtain the gloriousIt is soprize you offer, that you had no need to fear beingrejected. If I am so happy, replied Almanzon, asto have my vows <strong>and</strong> passion received, 1 swear, myprincess, that never knight shall love with moreconstancy, <strong>and</strong> that I will employ every momentof my life to show my acknowledgment. The notrejecting your homage, replied I, in a serious air,is not accepting your love ; princesses, like me,cannot receive a knight, but who is presented tothem by those who have a right of disposing ofthem : you must merit their choice, without expectingany more from me tlian a blind obedienceto their comm<strong>and</strong>s. I ask your pardon, madam,answered Almanzon, for explaining your words toofavourably ; I ought to have known, that so charmjnga confession merited, at least, years of pain<strong>and</strong> misery. Sir, answered I, rising to go to thequeen, who had sent for me, telling you to engagethe king to bid me receive you, is sufficient to informyou I should be glad of that permission ;if that is not enough to make you happy, 'tis atleast all I can do for you.' I then Avas so nigh the queen's apartment whenI spoke, that Almanzon could answer me but by alow bow he made in letting go my h<strong>and</strong>. Iinto the queen's closet with so great a disorder jomy face, that slie might have perceived it easilybut that the news she had to tell me troubled heitoo much to observe me. Zamea, said slie, thfking, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing all I could say, orders nwto prepare you to mairy the Prince of Maroc withiieight days; he has given his word, <strong>and</strong> every thi|i(• is making ready to consummate that fatal marriage;Judge, generous knight, that if I feared this marriage wlien I had no grounds for my aversion, ho»great my despair was, at a time when my heartcould find none but Almanzon worthy of mytlerness. I made my grief no secret to the quMt


jhavewill restore us the Prince of Maroc, whom I willyou marry before tlie other leaves this king-dom, to punish him for the trouble his fatal valourgiven iis. After these cruel words, the kingjihas^PRINCESS ZAMEA, &c.I7lray mother, who sighed along with me, <strong>and</strong> toldme she could not prevail with my father, but thatI must resolve to obey him. After these cruelwords I retired to my own apartment, <strong>and</strong> sentAdelinda to tell the Prince of Tunis the news, <strong>and</strong>that he might do what he thought fit to preserveme for his love. That knight, overcome with passion,went to the king <strong>and</strong> declared his love forme. Zamut received him very graciously, but toldhim he had given his word to Zoroaster, <strong>and</strong>could not receive the honour he intended him.When Adelinda returned with this shocking answer,it increased my sorrows : I passed the nightiu bewailing my fate; <strong>and</strong> in the morning was informedthat the Prince of Tunis, having challengedhis rival, after a long <strong>and</strong> bloodj* duel, liad woundedZoroaster dangerously <strong>and</strong> disarmed. him ; thathe himself got a little hurt in his shoulder, <strong>and</strong>was retired a small distance from Fez ; that theking had taken a great deal of care of Prince Maroc,<strong>and</strong> was so enraged against Almanzon, that hehad sent to forbid him the court.'At this melancholy account I fell into the armsof my women in a swoon : the queen, informed oftills accident, ran to me, <strong>and</strong> by her tears <strong>and</strong> criesbrought me to life again ; <strong>and</strong> at the same timehad herself like to have fallen down in the samecondition at seeing me so miserable. Soon after,Zamut came into my chamber, <strong>and</strong>, finding me allin tears, said, I won't believe but Zoroaster'swounds are the cause of this your grief; for itcannot enter into my thoughts that you should beso ill acquainted with your duty <strong>and</strong> my will, asto shed those tears for the Prince of Tunis. Heavenleft me <strong>and</strong> the queen, who stayed the rest of the' ^ay to comfort me. la the evening she sent pri-


madam,172 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.vatel^' to the Prince Almanzon to know how hedid ; at the same time I seut him a compliment.That prince, charmed with the queen's goodness,wrote to her, begging leave to come to the palacethe next day disguised, since his Wound was butslight. The queen consented, with the design topersuade him to leave the kingdom, for fear Zoroastershould have him assassinated.'Almanzon came at the hour appointed. We informedhim, after a quarter of an hour, which wespent in complaining of our hard fortune, that anenchanter, a friend of the Prince of JIaroc, hadperfectly healed his wounds; but that the king,fearing a second duel, had set a guard upon hinitillhe should be married, which was to be withinthree days. After this, the queen, without givinghim time to reply, told him, that if he had anyregard for me, he ought to leave Fez, <strong>and</strong> not exposeme to the mortal chagrin of being the causeof his death. Madam, answered Almanzon, ifthe princess consents to marry my rival, I shall dowhat you advise me, not to preserve my life, butto put an end to it, where her eyes may not bewitnesses of it. I will never consent, replied I,to marry Zoroaster ; yet you will not be the morehappy, since I cannot bestow myself on you withoutthe king <strong>and</strong> queen's consent. But if Zamut,said he, should force you to this marriage, howwill you prevent it ? By death, cried I, if tearscannot prevail. Ah ! said he to thequeen, kneeling, what mischiefs may you prevent,if you would give me leave to carry off this charmingprincess !I promise, upon the word of a knight,that I will place the crown of Tunis upon herhead as soon as we shall arrive there, <strong>and</strong> to haveall my life an entire obedience to your comm<strong>and</strong>s.'The queen, amazed at so bold a proposal, at firstrefused it with anger, but at last was affected byour tears. Almanzon was ready to die for joy atthe change of our fortunes ; <strong>and</strong>, after having pro-


PRINCESS ZAMEA, &c. 173tested to the queen that she never should havecause to repent of her kinduess, retired to prepareevery thing for our departure.'The next day he came at the hour appointed,•when it was with no small grief that I parted fromso good a princess <strong>and</strong> mother ; but love prevailingover nature, I followed Almanzon, attended onlyby Adelinda. At the gate of the palace we foundthe prince's esquire with horses, which we mounted,<strong>and</strong> passed through the kingdom of Fez withoutany remarkable adventure : when one day, goingthrough a dark forest, we heard somebody complainingin the thickest part of the wood, whitherAlmanzon rode, <strong>and</strong> saw a beautiful woman, whoseemed very much afflicted. Generous knight,said she, as soon as she discerned him, come <strong>and</strong>deliver a princess out of the h<strong>and</strong>s of a monstrousgiant, who keeps her a prisoner in a castle a mileoff, where she endures the most insupportable torments: the gods have reserved this terrible adventurefor your arm, <strong>and</strong> the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong> foretoldit. Just as this woman finished these lastwords I came up to them, <strong>and</strong> did all I could todissuade Almanzon from this enterprise, but thedesire of gaining a victory prevailed over my entreaties: he desired me to stay a little, <strong>and</strong> thenwent along with that woman. I followed, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing,<strong>and</strong> saw, as soon as he was over theditches that surrounded the castle, the bridgesdraw up, the gates open, <strong>and</strong> that unhappy princego in with the strange woman, <strong>and</strong> then shut again.Never grief equalled mine, when I saw Almanzonno more ; I called him all the remaining daj', <strong>and</strong>all night long, but all in vain, for neither tearsnor cries were heard. All that Adelinda <strong>and</strong> theprince's esquire could say, could not induce meto leave that fatal place, till, in the morning, I sawa knight who told me I should find no end to mine<strong>and</strong> Almanzon's misfortunes but on the banks ofthe Tagus, <strong>and</strong> after these words disappeared. J


17iTALES OF THE FAIRIES,followed his advice, <strong>and</strong> left that fatal castle,'where I left all that could make me desire life, tocomehither. I have been here a year, withouthaving seen any thing like tlie execution of thatstranger's promise : would to Heaven, generousknight, you were the person reserved for this adventure,'Whether I am or not,' replied'Elmedo«' rus, I shall not fail to attempt it wlien you shalldesire me; <strong>and</strong> should think myself too happy,charming Zamea, if 1 could restore to you so accomplisheda prince, who is so deserving of yourtenderness.' 'To-morrow morning,' replied thePrincess of Fez,' I will carry you to the place ofthe miserable Almauzon's abode; but to-night comewitli me, <strong>and</strong> take a slight refreshment <strong>and</strong> a littlerest, in a hut which I have made my palace sincethe loss of my dear prince.' Elmedorus durst notrefuse Zamea ; <strong>and</strong>, for the first time since thedeath of Alzayda, lay in a bed, where his mortalsorrows gave him no respite, but kept him awaketill the morning ; when, ashamed to find himself ina bed, he got up, put on his armour, <strong>and</strong>, being iufoimedthat the Princess Zamea was ready, hewent <strong>and</strong> helped her to mount her horse. Theytravelled all that day without baiting ; but as theirhorses could not hold out answerable to the impatienceof the riders, they stopped in a pleasantmeadow watered by a purling brook ; but had notbeen there an hour before they perceived a knight,whom Zamea knew to be Zoroaster. The fear offalling into his power made her shriek out, whichElmedorus asking the reason of, <strong>and</strong> the princessnaming the terrible knight, he immediately mountedhis horse, <strong>and</strong> taking his helmet <strong>and</strong> lance fromhis esquire, went to meet the Prince of Maroc, whowas making towards the beautiful Zamea. 'Knight,'said Elmedorus, ' I come to tell you, you no longerdeserve that name, since you use force to possessa princess who loves you not.' ' Who are you,'answered the proud Zoroaster, who * take the part


PRIISCESS ZAMEA, &;c. 175of a false princess, whom I seek after to punish forher crimes ?' • If I am victor,' replied the Princeof Granada, ' I'll tell you : but let us not wasteour time in discourse.' Then Elmedorus pushedat him with his lance, which shivered in a thous<strong>and</strong>pieces ; <strong>and</strong> Zoroaster, at the same time,broke his against his enemy ; <strong>and</strong> after that, bothbr<strong>and</strong>ished their glittering swords in the air. Zamea,trembling for her defender, oiFered up herprayers to Heaven ; when Zoroaster, pierced withwounds, fell at the feet of the Knight of the FatalSword, <strong>and</strong> eased her of her fears. Zaniea ran tothe prince to ask him if he was hurt, <strong>and</strong> seeingsome blood trickling down from a wound in hisright arm, bound it up ; <strong>and</strong> began to hope, fromwhat she had seen him perform, that he wouldsoon deliver her beloved Almanzon.They left the care of the Prince of Maroc's bodyto his esquire, of whom the princess, before theirdeparture, would know how the queen her motherdid, <strong>and</strong> what the king said after her flight. When'the king, madam,' said the esquire, understood'that you was gone, <strong>and</strong> not doubting but that yourmother, through the aversion she always had formy master, was pri%'y to it, he confined her in herown apartment, <strong>and</strong> made use of all stratagems tomake her confess where you was gone with thePrince of Tunis. That princess seeing that shecould not conceal your flight with the Prince Almanzon,<strong>and</strong> fearing a pursuit, said that you wasgone to take sanctuary with the Queen of Granada,your aunt. Zamut believed it, <strong>and</strong> sent out partieson the road to Granada, to bring you back to Fez.Zoroaster, in despair, <strong>and</strong> without staying for thereturn of those who were sent after you, set outalso ; <strong>and</strong> within this year we have travelledthrough Spain twice or thrice, till at last my master'sill fate brought him into this meadow, wherethis invincible knight put an end to all his misfortunes.'


76TALES OF THE FAIRIES.The princess could not forbear crying at th«troubles her mother had undergone upon her account; but the prince assuring her that she shouldsoon see her dear Almanzon again, she mountedher horse <strong>and</strong> set forwards. The motion of ridingset Elmedorus's arm bleeding afresh, which Zameastopped with an herb she applied; <strong>and</strong> obligedliim to alight at a little town there was on theroad, <strong>and</strong> sent his esquire for a surgeon, who, havingexamined the wound, told him he must keephis bed at least three days, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing thewound was but slight. The princess had muchado to get the knight to take a little rest, who,after he had promised her he would go to bed, retiredto her own chamber. The next morning, beingtold that the prince was asleep, she waited inher chamber till she was informed he was awakewhen going to his bed-side, <strong>and</strong> asking him how hedid, he answered,* I am too well, madam, for anunhappy wretch : Alzayda, during that small sleepinto which my loss of blood cast me, has been toreproach me ; T saw her in a chamber of the samecastle Almanzon is confined in ; she seemed to meto be covered with a veil of black gauze, <strong>and</strong> to reproachme for the little care I had taken to revengeher deatli. I would have thrown myself at herfeet, <strong>and</strong> told her that the oath I had made to punishher enemies prevented my following her, <strong>and</strong>tliat I had not neglected one moment to find themout ; but the effort I made to embrace her knees'awakened me.' This dream,' replied the princess,' is very mysterious ; Alzayda is not dead, but is,without dispute, in the same prison with my dearprince.' 'Ah! madam,' said Elmedorus, lettingfall tears, ' I cannot doubt of the veracity of Talniutmy esquire, who saw herdying, <strong>and</strong> who hastold me her dying words.' ' If I knew your history,'replied the princess, <strong>and</strong> you could put 'thesame confidence in me as I have done in you, Icould speak with the more certainty : Talmut qxay


PRINCESS ZAMEA, &c. 177tell it me while j'our wound is dressing.' Elmedoruscould not refuse Zamea , the surgeon came atthat instant, <strong>and</strong> she went out with Talmut <strong>and</strong>Adelinda, leaving Almanzon's esquire to attendthe prince. They went into a little wood behindthe house, <strong>and</strong> having sought out a shady place,the princess <strong>and</strong> Adelinda sat down on thegrass,with Talmut at their feet, who began the history ofhis master's life in these words.


J{IITALES OF THE FAIRIES.THE HISTORYPRINCE ELMEDORUS AND THEPRINCESS ALZAYDA.* You know, without doubt, madam, said Talmut,that my master is the son of the King of Granada<strong>and</strong> his Queen Ermendina, whose beauty <strong>and</strong> virtuewere the delight of the whole court. The princewas named Llmeaorus ; <strong>and</strong> since, for his gloriousexploits, the Knight of the Fatal Sword. He beganto be known by that name in a war the king his fathermade against tne Castilian Moors, where heperformed acts exceeding common courage ;tliat he was looked upon as the author of thatpeace tliose people were forced to sue for.'After this war, he asked leave of the king totravel incognito throughout Spain, which was giveahim ; but the queen, who doted on him, opposed itvery much, because a magician, her friend, calledZamat, had told her the prince would run greatdangers in his travels, but to secure him gave thequeen an enchanted ring of a ruby, cut in theshape of a heart, which had the power to destroyall enchantments when the point was turned upwards.Ihe queen seeing she could not dissuadeher son from going, gave him this ring, <strong>and</strong> made "him promise to wear it always as the magician .had told her ; which Elmedorus promised, <strong>and</strong> leftGranada, attended only by me. After having spent ia year iu visiting several courts, we arrived atLeon oj a day a great horse race was to be run, jwherein the princess was to give the prize, being a|


;exceed; haveIof'my]changedI! new; actions; love,Imedorus1power,IloveI chea,';formedPRINCE ELMEDORUS, &c. 179sword set with rubies of great value ; which myprince won witli so great an address, that he wasadmired by the whole court, <strong>and</strong> afterwards wentto receive it from the h<strong>and</strong>s of the charming Alzayda.If I had not seen you, madam,' continued'Talmut, 1 should say that the Princess of Leonwas the most beautiful lady in all Spain ; neverwas majesty accompanied with more sweetness oftemper : her hair was of a light brown, <strong>and</strong> hercomplexion so fine <strong>and</strong> lively, that nothing couldit but her brilliant eyes : in short, her wholeperson abounded in charms.'' Elraedorus, ravished with so much beauty, waslost in thought ; <strong>and</strong> if the king, to whom he hadtold his name, had not just then made him a compliment,to which he was obliged to reply, it wouldbeen some time before he would liave got outthat pleasing trance. When the races were overthe king returned to the palace, <strong>and</strong> having forcedjprince to accept of an apartment, he went <strong>and</strong>his habit, <strong>and</strong> returned to pass the even-ing with the queen, <strong>and</strong> had the happiness of talkingabove two hours with the princess. But whatcharms did he discover in that conversation !Her wit surpassed her beauty; <strong>and</strong> a sweetness,attended with a strict modesty, reigned in all her; the which, though it inspired him withyet would not allow him to complain. Elwasbut too sensible of this tyrannic<strong>and</strong> retired to his apartment tlie most inthat man could be : every day after strength-1ened his chains, <strong>and</strong> rendered them as invincibleas those of death.'At the same time I became acquainted with ayoung maid of the princess's retinue, named San-for whom I had some esteem ; <strong>and</strong> was inbyher, that that admirable princess confceived an inclination towards mj' master, which\'t she opposed in vain ; <strong>and</strong>, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing her sefvere virtue, she was not displeased to see the cont


180 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.quest her ejes had made, but concealed her sentimentsso well, that Elmedorus, perceiving no morethan a bare civility, doubted whether she knewhow much he adored her. Sometimes he wouldsay, softly,' <strong>and</strong> looking full upon lier, Divine Alzayda,is it possible that my sighs <strong>and</strong> languishinglooks should not inform you how much I am inlove, <strong>and</strong> tliat my passion exceeds all others ? Canso pure a flame offend ? And at those times wasjust ready to declare liis love; but his respect, <strong>and</strong>the fear of being banished that lovely princess'spresence, prevented him. At this time the Princeof Asturias declared war against the King of Leon,•who, that he might not be surprised by his enemy,assembled liis troops, put himself at the head ofthem, <strong>and</strong> marched, with Elmedorus, who wouldaccompany him, to the frontiers. My prince couldnot take his leave of the princess but iu the queen'spresence, where she was afraidshe should not bemistress enough of herself to hide her grief at hisgoing to a war, which it was thought by all personswould be very bloody. And the Prince of Granada,for his part, was very mucli concerned that hecould not tell her, that, to show how much his lifewas consecrated to her, he was going to fightagainst her fatlier's enemies. When we arrived onthe frontiers, where the general rendezvous of thearmy was, the King of Leon would have given thePrince of Granada a comm<strong>and</strong> ; but he refused it,saying that he would have the honour of fightingnear his person. We were some time before wecould have an opportunity of coming to a generalengagement, till tlie prince, whose anny was largerthan ours, presented one. Both armies foughtwith equal courage <strong>and</strong> conduct, <strong>and</strong> victory seemedto declare for our enemies ; when my princechanged the scene of the battle by killing thePrince of Asturias, whose troops, instead of revenginghis death, thought only of flight, <strong>and</strong> leftus the field of battle.


'after'aloud,; medorus,'jselvesII vineiI sion,jdeclareitself : 'tis in your power, charming prinjItopermit me to call myself your knight. Sir, reji, wouldIwaitItheiri the'youIoughtI;willIcannot, king,; thePRrcCE EOIEDORUS, &c.18i* This victory put an end to the campaign : theenenii' retired to their frontiers ; <strong>and</strong> the king,giving my master a thous<strong>and</strong> thanks, returnedto Leon. The queen <strong>and</strong> princess came to meet,us; the roads were crowded with people, who saidthat the only way to see the King of Leonmaster of great part of Spain was to marry thePrince of Granada with the Princess Alzayda. Elfindingtlie occasion favourable to speakof his love, went up to Alzayda's chariot, withwhom there was none but Sanchea, <strong>and</strong> said toher, Madam, tlie gods sometimes explain them-by the mouths of the people ; shall I dareto presume that this oracle may not offend the di-Alzayda ? My heart, inflamed by the firstglance of your eyes with the most respectful pas-has waited long for this happy moment tocess, to condemn ray love to an eternal silence, orplied Alzayda, blushing, if it is the will of thegods to unite the crowns of Leon <strong>and</strong> Granada, itbe in vain for me to resist it ; but let metill they declare themselves by voices less tumultuous;<strong>and</strong> give me leave till then to doubt ofprofound decrees, <strong>and</strong> not force me to forgetvictory we owe you, to remember the crimecommit in speaking to me of love, which Inot to listen to without the consent of theking <strong>and</strong> queen. 1 have no reason to believe theyrefuse me it, answered the prince ; but as Idoubt, madam, but I have the misfortuneto displease you, I shall punish this rash heart,which harbours a guilty flame too much, since it isdisowned by the lady who first gave it birth. Thewho then came up to Alzayda's chariot, preventedher making Elmedorus any reply ;but whateverconstraint she put herself under to concealregard she had for him, she made him a signto retire with so sweet <strong>and</strong> obliging a looir, that


182 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,he forgot all the severe things she said before.From that day Elmedorus began to hope, <strong>and</strong> redoubledliis cares <strong>and</strong> love with so much respect<strong>and</strong> tenderness, that the beautiful Alzajda declaredshe should not oppose his passion if theking her father approved it.'At that time, madam,' continued the esquire,' the Prince of Maroc's challenge was brought tocourt, <strong>and</strong> my master asked the king's <strong>and</strong> princess'sconsent to go to maintain her charms. Alzaydarefused him with a modesty that renderedlier more deserving of the care Elmedorus wouldtake to gain the victory for her ; but the king, wholoved lier tenderly, <strong>and</strong> who was pleased to findthat the Prince of Granada liad an inclination forhis daughter, gave him leave to go <strong>and</strong> call himselfher knight, <strong>and</strong> obliged the princess to give him ascarf she wore that day to hang the sword on hewon at the horse-races. The princess obeyed withso obliging a blush, that my prince never disputedbut that with these marks of his happiness heshould overcome Zoroaster, <strong>and</strong> all the knights inthe world ; <strong>and</strong> taking his leave of the king,queen, <strong>and</strong> Alzayda, set forward on his journey toFez.'We travelled several days without any adventurebefalling us, till we came to tlie sea-side,wliich we were to cross to Africa, <strong>and</strong> where wewent on board a vessel that we found there justgoing off; but, madam, we were no sooner out atsea but a sudden sleepiness seized us that we couldnot resist. When we awoke, we found ourselvesin a magnificent palace, built on an isl<strong>and</strong> in theAtlantic Ocean. All that could be desired to makea place agreeable was found here, whether for tlienobleness of the buildings, the richness of the furniture,or tlie beauty of the gardens, <strong>and</strong> fine fountains<strong>and</strong> canals. The woods about abounded witKarbours of jessamine, <strong>and</strong> tine walks of orange <strong>and</strong>pomegranate trees, where the birds, by their sweet


PRINCE ELMEDORUS, &c, 183harmonious concerts, ravished the senses; in short,a perpetual spring reigned in this heavenly abode.Elmedorus was verj' much surprised to find himselfin so beautiful a palace; <strong>and</strong> while he was reflectinghow he came there, he saw a beautiful]ady enter, followed by a great many lovelynymphs. Elmedorus, said the lady to him, thegods, to whom the lives of heroes are always dear,informed me that the tournament at Fez would befatal to you; therefore be not displeased with mefor preventing your going to a place so fatal toyour life. No lady can dispute with Alzayda theprize of beauty; <strong>and</strong> Zoroaster's challenge cannotaffect her charms. As soon as the time of this dangerousdiversion is passed, the same vessel thatbrought you hither shall carry you a much shorterway to the charming Princess of Leon, if nothinghere can detain you. Nothing can keep me frommy princess, interrupted the prince, in a passion ;<strong>and</strong>, though I see here all that is most perfect innature, I should have been better pleased if thegods would have permitted me to have died fightingfor, <strong>and</strong> maintaining the charms of the divineAlzayda, than to languish out my days at this distancefrom her bright eyes. Well, said the lady,presenting him her h<strong>and</strong> to lead him into the garden,time will perhaps make you change your mind.'After two or three turns in the flower-garden,where there were very beautiful statues, she proposedto him to run with one of her nymphs in along alley of orange-trees ; telling him, that all theknights whom fortune brought thither were obligedto try their swiftness with Liriopa, which was thename of the nymph. Elmedorus, unwilling to bethe first that should break through that custom,though he knew not the mystery of it, set out atthe same time with that nymph, <strong>and</strong> was at theend of the alley above twenty yards before her;but he found himself so dry with that exercise,that he drank plentifully at a fountain which stood


sooner swallowed this water but he thought of ne--^^184 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,at the of the race, though the water end was of ablackish colour <strong>and</strong> disagreeable taste. He had nover leaving this place ;Alzayda was blotted out of'his heart, <strong>and</strong> his passion decreasing, when, void of ^the remembrance of the person, he believed thefairy Desideria to be the object; <strong>and</strong>, approachingher, received the compliments she made him forvanquishing Liriopa with so tender an air, that thefairy applauded herself for her success. When itwas night we returned to the palace, where we hada delicious supper, <strong>and</strong> after it a charming concertof music, which concluded the evening ; thenprince retiredto his apartment, where he slept alltlie night, without thinking of the beautiful Alzayda.' I have been since informed, that the enchantedfountain, which made such a prodigious change inElmedorus, took its rise from the river Styx ; atliat the fairy, by an extraordinary charm, hadadded to its natural virtue that of rendering herselfthe object of the knight's love. I was told,moreover, by one of her nymi)hs, that Desideriapassing one day through Leon, to gather someherbs on tlie mountains v.hich surrounded thatkingdom, <strong>and</strong> seeing the Prince of Granada, sheconceived a violent passion for him, <strong>and</strong> resolvedto get him to her isl<strong>and</strong> ; that the opportunity ofthe tournament seemed favourable to her ; <strong>and</strong>that she laid that fatal vessel on the coast whichbrought us to her palace. The prince, charmedwith the bounties of the fairies, passed his time ;very happily : he could wish for nothing but he \had it ; <strong>and</strong> the fairy amused him agreeably by athous<strong>and</strong> new diversions. Sometimes these two 'lovers, accompanied by nymphs finely drest, weredrawn in chariots of ebony by white unicorns to.ithe sea-side, where the lish, in obedience to the eatij^chantmeuts of Desideria, hung themselves on tM.^hooks which the princ* threw out for them ; sotatfk i


'PRINCE ELMEDORUS, &c. 185CJlflfis, on horses as swift as deer, tliej' hunted themost savage beasts, which could not avoid the fataldarts which Ehnedorus threw at thern, but fellbefore liim ; <strong>and</strong> sometimes yielding to softer pleasures,they diverted themselves in seeing the shepherds<strong>and</strong> shepherdesses dancing on the flowerymeads; but more often pleased themselves in tenderconversations, without any witnesses to theirloves, <strong>and</strong> passed whole days in the most dark <strong>and</strong>shady parts of the wood, where they could be themost retired,One day, when the prince, impatient to see hisbeautiful fairy, whom he could not find in herapartment, was looking for her in a grove of myrtle,where she often went, he was accosted by aman of a majestic presence, who, imprinting onhim respect <strong>and</strong> fear, said to him, What dost thoulere, unhappy Elmedorus ? Thou languishest in asoft idleness, while the cruel Asmonadus, having:onquered the kingdom of Leon, keeps thy princess» prisoner. Dost not thou remember tlie loveyhich thou hast sworn to the divine Alzayda? Seef the fairy has any thing comes nigh her beauty.And, saying these words, gave him her picture,illmedorus, ashamed at these reproaches, <strong>and</strong>truck with those features which he had so longdored, remained for some time distracted. ThrowfF this enchantment, which makes thee a slave,ontinued this stranger: why hast thou forgot tolake use of the ring which the queen thy motherave thee when at Granada? Turn it up on thatide on which it bears its fatality, <strong>and</strong> behold itsivine virtue.'Elmedorus, coming to himself at this discoursef the enchanter Zamat, looked on his finger, <strong>and</strong>iiw that his ring was turned with the point downards;<strong>and</strong>, following the advice of this wise ma-.cian, found himself to be the same as when heas at Leon.lie blushed with rage <strong>and</strong> anger foriie time he had wasted with the fairy Desideria ;


186 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.ami being about to ask Zamat how he should getout of that isl<strong>and</strong>, could not find him. In hasteto go <strong>and</strong> deliver the princess, he ran to the palace,<strong>and</strong> ordered me to get the horses ready. Just aswe were going, the fairj', informed of his intent,came to stop him ; but, without being moved by.her words or tears, we left lier palace <strong>and</strong> the eachantedisle. We found a vessel in the port readyto sail, <strong>and</strong> soon reached the continent a«where, mounting our horses, we pursued our journev.One morning, as we were coming out of athick forest, we saw a knight armed cap-a-p(mounted on a stately courser, wlio came <strong>and</strong> icosted ray prince. Elmedorus, said he, I am theknight, the revenger of infidelities ; <strong>and</strong> that thouhast been guilty of towards the I'airy Desideriacauuot be repaired but by thy death. I anbrother, <strong>and</strong> am as well skilled in enchantments;but believing myself able, by my courage, to makfthee repent of the injury thou hast done her, I shalonly make use of my sword. Let us see, then, saicElmedorus, drawing his, if it is as dangerousthy charms, <strong>and</strong> if I can find a mortal place in


IIfIJ! His;gates,,tlwhatPRINCE EOIEDORUS, &c. 187eess, I went for a surgeon, who told ine that hiswounds were very dangerous. I declare, madam,tliat at this news I was sensibly concerned ; butthe gods, who reserved this unhappy prince forgreater afflictions, sent as a succour which I couldnot expect. ^Vhile the surgeon was probing thewounds, the master of the cottage where %ve hadtaken up our quarters came in, <strong>and</strong> seeing thewounds, went out, <strong>and</strong> returned with his h<strong>and</strong>sfull of herbs, which he bruised, <strong>and</strong> dipping compressesin the juice, applied them, <strong>and</strong> assured mymaster he should be perfectly cured in two days.My prince found his host's words to be very true;! <strong>and</strong>, after having recompensed him for his charity,Iset forward for Leon. In our way we were informedby a person whom we met of all thechanges that had happened during our absencethat Asmonadus, Prince of Estramadura, a cruel<strong>and</strong> wicked magician, falling in love with the princess,<strong>and</strong> being refused by the good king her father,to revenge himself laid siege to Leon, which hefound defenceless, <strong>and</strong> made himself master of it,i <strong>and</strong> put the king <strong>and</strong> queen to death. That he\ kept the princess a prisoner in the palace, <strong>and</strong>, by'his seeming respect <strong>and</strong> presents, endeavoured to; make her forget his crimes ; but that generoust princess, despising his love as much as his hatred,i spent her days in sorrow <strong>and</strong> affliction : <strong>and</strong> thatf for the last fortnight she had been very ill. Thismelanc-iioly news had a terrible effect on the hearti of Elmedorus, who fell into a swoon. His woundsbroke open again, <strong>and</strong> were attended by a violentfever, vvhichibrought him almost to death's door.uneasiness for the misfortunes of the princess3 made him send me directly away to Leon. I foundt the palace all in confusion, no sentries at the<strong>and</strong> went into Alzayda's apartment withoutr hinderance : but, when I came into her own cham-! ber, O heavens ! a sight did 1 behold ! Herface was as pdle as death, her eyes half shut, <strong>and</strong>


188 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,her mouth half open : ia short, there appeared nosigns of life in her. My surprise <strong>and</strong> grief wereso great that I could not help crj'ing out, whichmade Sanchea, who sat by that dying beauty all intears, turn her head towards me. Sanchea, said I,what, have you forgot me ? Ah ! Talmut, repliedshe, the Prince of Granada is happy in death, if healways loved this unfortunate princess. My princeis not dead, answered I, but would have been here,had not the news of the princess's illness put himin danger of his life. Just heavens ! cried Sanchea,what fatality hangs over the unhappy houseof Leon ! The princess, continued that maid, hadcourage enough to resist all the cruelties of Asmonadus; but slie could not bear the loss of Elinedorus,whom that perfidious tyrant told her waskilled in a duel; <strong>and</strong> from that moment she hasshown no token of life: in vain I conjure her togive me some signs that she knows me, but can getnothing from her but deep sighs. Asmonadus,pleased with her despair, shows a malicious joy,which increases her grief. But let us try if thenews you bring can recall her to life : go to her,<strong>and</strong> speak to her as from the prince. ISIadam.saidI to tlie princess, taking up one of her fair h<strong>and</strong>s,<strong>and</strong> squeezing it to awaken her, Elmedorus is notdead, he lives for j'ou ; will you forsake him ? Atthis name, so dear to her, she opened her eyes,<strong>and</strong>, turning them towards me, she seemed as ifshe wanted to know who I was. I am, madam,continued I, Talmut, whom the Prince of Granadahas sent to let you know how much he can assureyou of his respectful passion. Talmut, said she, Ihave no share in this life ; but tell your master,that, as I die for him, I would have him live to reveuaeme : <strong>and</strong> on finishing these words, which Icould but just hear, she fell into her former lethargy.Asmonadus then coming in I retired ; butI was no sooner on the stairs than I heard a cry,The princess js dead. With grief I returned to


PRINCE ELMEDORUS, &c. 189the prince, <strong>and</strong> not daring to let him know thetruth, I told him that Alzayda was better; but heseeing in my face the marks of the tears which Ihad shed, no longer doubted of his misfortune.'All that rage could inspire <strong>and</strong> invent this miserableprince said <strong>and</strong> did ; <strong>and</strong> if I had not toldhim the comm<strong>and</strong>s of that dying princess, he wouldDot have survived her death a moment. Yes, toounhappy Alzayda, said he, 5'ou shall be revenged;I swear, by all the love I owe your dear shade, Iwill presen-e this life till I have appeased your angryghost.After this resolution he was obliged totake care of his health, that he might the soonerfollow the comm<strong>and</strong>s of his dear princess, <strong>and</strong>within fifteen days was able to get out of bed ;<strong>and</strong>, allowing himself time to bear the fatigue ofriding, sent me agam to Leon to know what wasbecome of the princess's body, <strong>and</strong> where Asmonaduswas. I could learn nothing but that the tyranthad taken the corpse along with him, whichSanchea could not be persuaded to leave, <strong>and</strong> thatthe palace was shut up. I thought it to no purposeto make any further inquiry, but returned totell my master that Asmonadus was gone fromLeon, which increased that unhappy prince's griefthe more. However, resolved to find him out, weset forward for Estramadura, believing that, forfear of the people's rising at the sight of their princess'sbody, he was gone to bury her in his owndominions ; but there we could not find him.Since then, the unfortunate Elmedorus has travelledthrough all Spain to find his enemj", <strong>and</strong> forthis year has passed his nights in the forest, <strong>and</strong>his days in places where he hoped to satisfy hisrevenge.'' I could not have believed,' said the PrincessZamea, after the esquire had made an end of hisrelation, 'that I could have been sensible of anyother person's misfortunes after my own, but thePrince of Granada's are very moving ; let us go


conceal her, keeps her a prisoner, as I told you:the dream ; <strong>and</strong> we have no occasion for any thing\190 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.<strong>and</strong> comfort him.' At the same time the princessgot up, <strong>and</strong> returned to the house ; <strong>and</strong> then going'into Elmedorus's chamber, said, Indeed, sir, yourmisfortunes are able to draw tears from other eyesbesides your ov/n ; <strong>and</strong>, for my part, I could notrefrain.' 'Madam,' replied the prince, ' I shouldyou, that the compassion of so great a princesstellas yourself softens them ; but, amiable Zamea,mine are of such a nature as to admit of no comfortbut from death.' I hope for a happier end,'answered the Princess of Fez,'since 1 have heardyour history, <strong>and</strong> doubt not but the admirable Alzaydais yet living. Asmonadus, knowing of yourreturn, <strong>and</strong> fearing your presence, certainly tookthe Princess of Leon away in that swoon whichmade your esquire believe she was dead; <strong>and</strong>, tothis morning, in that fatal castle from whence yon>are to deliver the Prince of Tunis. 'Ti-> what the :enchanter Zamat would have you to underst<strong>and</strong> by;but your health, <strong>and</strong> the ring he gave you, to put -an end to all our calamities.' 'Alas! madam,' re-'plied the prince, if our happiness depends on that'fatal ring, it is very uncertain, since I lost it inthe fight with Desideria's brother, <strong>and</strong> tlie Fateshave deprived me of that friendly assistance.'' 'Your courase,' answered the princess, will staaius instead of all: think only of your health.' Andafter these words, Zamea, fearing she should discomposehull by too long a discourse, retired.The next day the princess took a walk in thisame wood again, attended by Adelinda <strong>and</strong> th


IstrangerIi tenderPRINCE ELMEDORUS, &c. 191derate it, <strong>and</strong> return to the Canary Isl<strong>and</strong>s.' 'No,Phenisa,' replied another person, 'hope not to seethe happy Canary Isles till I have punished thePrince of Numidia for his infidelity. The Magnificent<strong>Fairy</strong> told me that I should find an end ofmy troubles in the kingdom of Granada : we arenot far off; <strong>and</strong> I will never return till I havewashed away the mortal injury he has done me inhis blood.'Zamea, curious to see this stranger, in the soundof whose voice there was something very moving,got up, <strong>and</strong>, advancing forwards, saw two youngknights sitting on the grass ; <strong>and</strong> not doubting, bywhat she had heard, of tlie reason that obliged thisto conceal her sex, <strong>and</strong> charmed with heryouth <strong>and</strong> beauty, ran to her with open arms, <strong>and</strong>' 'said, Lovely princess, be not displeased that.chance has let me know that I can give you suchproofs of friendship as none that see youcan refuse. I am an unhappy princess,' continued[Zamea,'used to bewail my sorrows : let us comiplaintogether ; it may help to comfort us.' What-'lever reason I may have to be angry that I amIknown,' replied the Princess of the Canaries, ' Ihave no cause to be displeased at the happy opportunityof mingling tears with so illustrious a person,which may contribute to assuage great afflictions.But the misfortune you heard me complainof is certainly so injurious, that nothing but thedeatli of him who was the cause of it can make anatonement.''The death of an enemy who oncewas dear to us,' answered Zamea, <strong>and</strong> who sometimesremains so, though we don't think it, is 'net.always a certain remedy. But, my princess,' ccnitinuedshe, ' it is not now a proper time to dispute.about your revenge ; some daj's acquaintance may.gain me more of your friendship, <strong>and</strong> then I mayconvince you. Let us think now of a little refreshment,after your fatigues, in a small habita-:iori, where the wounds of a great prince keep me


'192 TALES OF THE FATRIES,some days.' This piece of friendship of the beautsfal Zamea the Princess of the Canaries could notresist, but went with her to the cottage.The Prince of Granada was surprised to see SObeautiful a knight with the Princess of Fez : butthe charming Zamea having told him the adventure,he offered the Princess of the Canaries hisarm <strong>and</strong> sword to revenge her. ' I have no needof an}- other li<strong>and</strong> but my own, generous knight/said she, ' to punish the false wretch ; for sliouldanother spill his blood, his death would cost me' tears.' 1 told you, madam,' replied Zamea, that'this ungrateful man was dearer to you than youbelieved : you are afraid of trusting your revengeinto too sure h<strong>and</strong>s.''Judge not so ill of my hatred,'answered the Princess of the Canaries ;ever you felt that cruel passion, j'ou must grantthat the pleasure of revenging an injury one's selfis very' sensible.' I can see nothing in all you say,fair ' princess,' said Zamea, but a disguised love<strong>and</strong>, if the too happy Alinzor was to appear at yourfeet, his sighs <strong>and</strong> repentance would sooner abateyour passion than his death.' The surgeon comingto dress the prince's wounds, the princesses retiredto their own chamber, where their charming conversationcultivated an extraordinary love <strong>and</strong>friendship. The Princess Zamea having obligedthe Princess of the Canaries to promise not to gowithout her, since they were both to go to Granada,desired her the next day to inform her ofAlinzor's infidelities, which thethe Canaries did in these words.iflovely Princess of


[wasPRINCESS ZALMAYDA, &c.THE HISTORYOFPRINCESS ZALMAYDA AND THEPRINCE OF NUMIDIA.'You know already, madam,' said Zalmayda,' that I am the princess of the Canary Isl<strong>and</strong>s, butmay be ignorant that ray mother died in childbedof me, <strong>and</strong> that my father did not survive herruAiiy years. I was left under the care of theprincess Zantilla, my motlier's sister; <strong>and</strong> duringmy iofitncy, my father committed the governmentof my dominions to the prince of tiie SummerIsl<strong>and</strong>s, who was a prudent prince, <strong>and</strong> very fit togovern so headstrong a people as my subjects:but love, unhappily for me, made him think thatthe greatest of all blessings was to be beloved byme. The princess Zantilla used all her power withme, <strong>and</strong> represented continually, that a sceptrewas too weighty for me to hold; <strong>and</strong> that the Canarians,used to the government of Zenorus, whichhis name, would be pleased to see my crownupon liis head. All her arguments were of noforce witli me, I could not like Zenorus ; <strong>and</strong> thereputation he had of being a great sorcerer, gave mesuch an aversion to him I could never overcomethough he has served me after such a manuer, thatI ought to have all the obligation in the world tohim.'The court of the Canaries was in this condition,when I had a great desire to go to the temple ofDiana, which stood upon the continent. The prin.cess Zantilla could not undertake this voyage, byVOL. II.K


'194 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,reason of an indisposition she lay under; <strong>and</strong> Zenoruswas gone to quell an insurrection in his owndominions. I embarked only with this maid yousee with me, <strong>and</strong> some slaves, by reason I had amind to perform this pilgrimage incognito. \Vel<strong>and</strong>ed, after a pleasant voyage, at the nearest seaportto the temple, from whence I went in a chariotto some fine long shaded walks, which led directlyto the temple's great gates. When the sacrificesbegan, I went in; <strong>and</strong> during the ceremonies,observed over-against me a young knight of an admirableshape, who looked at me so earnestly, thathe made me blush : but discovering in his face atlious<strong>and</strong> charms, my thoughts were more intentto watch him than on the hymns that were sung tothe honour of the goddess. When the sacrificeswere over, I went out of the temple, <strong>and</strong> was followedthrough all the walks by this knight like myshadow : wherever I went, he was near me, <strong>and</strong>his eyes always meeting mine : we kindled in eacliother's breast a pure <strong>and</strong> everlasting flame.Thiseffect of sympatliy was so extraordinary, that thisknight, who was the prince of Numidia, could notforbear speaking to me, <strong>and</strong> offering me his h<strong>and</strong>to help me into my chariot ; <strong>and</strong> I, in the perplexityof thought whether or no I should acceptof the assistance of a stranger, could not tell howto refuse him. JMadam, said he, I must be wellbeloved by the goddess we worship in this place,to liave inspired )ier vestal not to offer my sacrifices'till to-morrow, since by this delay she has showme the most admirable person the gods ever formed.Certainly that lady was not in the temple, repliedI, unwilling to take so flattering a speech tomyself; for I saw no woman that attracted mjeyes. The reason is, madam, replied the bold'Alinzor, you saw not yourself, since you knew not^yourself in that beautiful person, whose tyrannicpower I feel. .Sir, said I, with a serious air, thecustoms of your country are undoubtedly different


IIjfromI! iniIPRINCESS ZALMAYDA,


''196 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.to be witness of the sacrifice he was to offer toDiana.The next morning, he met me in the walks leadingto the temple ; <strong>and</strong> as he had been told by Phenisathat 1 designed to go away after the ceremony,he came armed, to be ready to follow me. Hishelmet was shaded with red <strong>and</strong> white feathers; oahis arm he bore a light shield, on which there wasthe representation of thelightning breaking out ofa cloud, <strong>and</strong> drawing after it a Cupid, <strong>and</strong> thesewords :I am no sooner born but I die.'' As soon as he saw me, he came to me, <strong>and</strong> presentingme his h<strong>and</strong>, led me into the temple, wherehe was more intent upon gazing at me than imploringtlie assistance of the goddess he invoked;for which I reproached liim after the ceremonywas over, <strong>and</strong> to which he answered. Madam, when1 came here, 1 v/anted to consult the goddess; butmy fate is since changed; you are my altar <strong>and</strong>my goddess, <strong>and</strong> your eyes the o.acles I ought toconsult. Reproach me not for the neglect of Latoua'sdaughter, since you can sooner pronouncemy fate ; <strong>and</strong> it is in your power to make me happyor miserable. If your fate depends on me, repliedI, I would try if I could not create a love in yourlieart that would not die so soon. Ah! madam,cried he, (going to scratch out that device, but thatI would not let him), you have created a passionwhich shall never be subject to death: my flame isas immortal as the beauty's that gave it birth, <strong>and</strong>shall burn for ever. But that it may live withpleasure, you must not, charming Zalmayda, be angrythat you gave it being. Well, said J, laughing,to have the glory of rendering a Numidian faithful,I will grant you your request:but take care, Alinzor,lest Iexperience before sun-set that the lightningtriumphs over love.• Alinzor swore a thous<strong>and</strong> times that nothing


IIwereIPRINCESS ZALMAYDA, &c. 197should ever make him change his sentiments; <strong>and</strong>,( trusting to oaths as inconstant as the Numidians<strong>and</strong>s, let him know all the tenderness I had forhim before we arrived at the port where we wereto part ; for I would not permit him to go alongwith me to the Canaries, for fear the princess Zantillashould not approve m.y conduct. But unableto be long separated from him, I bid him come toour isl<strong>and</strong> the day we celebrated the feast of theSun. Alinzor received this comm<strong>and</strong> with grief;for when he had led me on board my vessel, I sa\^him turn about to hide his tears; <strong>and</strong> when wesailing out of the harbour, I saw him, withhis h<strong>and</strong>s lifted up to heaven, fall into his esquire'sarms. Such marks of his love fully persuaded methat the prince of ^.umidia was only worthy of mytenderness; <strong>and</strong>, possessed with this passion, I arrivedat the Canaries much changed from what Iwas when I left them. The princess my aunt <strong>and</strong>Zenorus came to receive me with a tender <strong>and</strong>obliging zeal, which I answered only b^' brokenwords <strong>and</strong> sighs. Zantilla took no notice, or didnot observe me; but Zenorus, by his science, knewthat he had a rival beloved, <strong>and</strong> that that rivalwas the prince of Numidia; <strong>and</strong> seemed so grieved,that though he attended me to my palace, he saidnothing to me.' 1 passed my time most commonly with Phenisa inreckoning how long it would be to the feast of thesun, <strong>and</strong> in inventing such dresses as might set offthat small stock of beauty the gods had blessed mewith : <strong>and</strong> it may not, madam,' continued Zalmayda,' be displeasing to be informed of the customof this feast. On the first day of summer, theladies, all richly dressed, place themselves on scaffoldserected for that purpose, along a large walkof orange-trees that leads to the temple of the sun,where there is a statue adorned with jewels placedon an altar of white marble. At the gate of thetemple ther^ st<strong>and</strong>s a wonderful tree, the leaves of


198 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,which produce continually a gentle <strong>and</strong> agreeabledew, which dropping into great vessels of porphyry,serves to water all the l<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong> gardens, <strong>and</strong>makes amends, after a wonderful manner, for thecruelty of nature, which refuses us those gentleshowers the rest of the world enjoy. This feast ismade to obtain this necessary liquor; <strong>and</strong> that yearthe lot fell upon me to present the offerings : when,pleased with the thoughts of appearing that day inso extraordinary a dress, I neglected nothing thatcould give a lustre to my natural charms.'As soon as it was day I came from ray palace,representing the goddess Flora in a chariot adornedwith festoons of flowers, <strong>and</strong> drawn by six whitehorses. My habit was a silver gauze, worked fullof all sorts of flosvers in the most natural <strong>and</strong>lively colours ; my breast was stuck full of jessamine<strong>and</strong> roses, <strong>and</strong> my hair plaited with lilies<strong>and</strong> orange-flowers. On my head 1 had a crownof pomegranates <strong>and</strong> tuberoses, <strong>and</strong> behind methere hung down a veil of the same with my habit,<strong>and</strong> fastened at the bottom to the left side of mygown; <strong>and</strong> in my h<strong>and</strong>s I carried a basket of flowers.The attendants of the goddess I representedfollowed me, <strong>and</strong> Pomona <strong>and</strong> Vertumnus carriednoble baskets of the finest fruits in season. Inthis order, accompanied with b<strong>and</strong>s of fine musicclothed gallantly like shepherds, we arrived at thesacred tree, where I alighted out of my chariot,<strong>and</strong> laying my nosegay upon an altar built for thatpurpose, left it to be refreshed by that divine water,Pomona <strong>and</strong> Vertumnus doing the same. Thentaking up our baskets again, we went into the temple,where we made a sacrifice of our flowers <strong>and</strong>fruits upon a little altar of crystal set in gold, bysetting fire to the incense which was upon a pile ofsweet-scented woods, which perfumed the ttinplewith a ravishing odour. During this ceremony, ahymn was sung to the sun, to accept our vows <strong>and</strong>offerings, <strong>and</strong> to continue that heavenly dew. After


PRINCESS ZALMAYDA, &c. 199this, we returned back in the same order we came,but not without my observing whether the princeof Nuraidia was there. I was very uneasy not tofind him there; but thought to see him at a tournamentZenorus made upon my account. I waitedwith impatience for the hour when this diversionwas to begin, <strong>and</strong>, I believe, made all the ladiesangry, for keeping them so long on the scaffoldsbefore the lists were opened. At last, the judgesof the field having opened the rail, I saw a knightenter, who, by his shape <strong>and</strong> air, seemed very likethe false Alinzor; <strong>and</strong> I never doubted but that itwas he, when I saw him victor. I made myselfready to give him a scarf of blue <strong>and</strong> gold, whichI had worn that day with all the pleasure imaginable: but when he kneeled before me, <strong>and</strong> lifteded his visor, <strong>and</strong> 1 found it was not Alinzor, I hadscarce strength enough to give him the prize. Ireturned to my palace in a violent rage <strong>and</strong> passion.Phenisa endeavoured to make me think thatthe prince of Numidia was not so guilty as I believed; but that some important affair had detainedhim against his will.' The princess Zantilla was surprised at my grief,<strong>and</strong> could not imagine what troubled me ;but Zenorus,knowing that he should never be able todispose me to marry him solong as I loved Alinzor,endeavoured to engage me to make him theconfidant of my passion. Madam, said he to meone day, if I saw that my rival was deserving ofyour love, I should forbear my remonstrances : butto suffer the most beautiful person in the world tosigh for a false prince, who, not content with forgettingthe princess he has adored, prefers another(not mistress of half her channs) before her;is . Ah! Zenorus, cried I, without givinghim time to make an end of what he was going tosay, if you can make me sensible that the princeof Numidia is inconstant, I promise you to hatehim as much as I love him. It shall be your own


200 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.fault, madam, answered Zenorus, if those brightej'es of yours see him not this day at the feet ofone of the beauties of his court. You may believe,mj' princess,' continued Zalmayda,'that I couldnot refuse an offer so agreeable to my jealousy.As soon as it was night, the prince of the SummerIsl<strong>and</strong>s took me <strong>and</strong> Phenisa with him in his chariot,drawn by flying dragons, who cutting the airwith a surprising swiftness, alighted in tlie gardensof Aliuzor's palace, which were lighted by vastnumbers of lamps; where Alinzor, regardless of afine concert of music that was playing, was laid atthe feet of a young Numidiau, who in my eyesseemed to have nothing engaging in her person.Struck at this sight, I would have called out tohim, but Zenorus would not give me time ; thechariot flew away, <strong>and</strong> all 1 could do, was to dropmy picture as nigh the false prince of Numidia asI possibly could.' As soon as we got to the Canaries again, I shutup myself <strong>and</strong> Thenisa in my closet, <strong>and</strong> spent allthat night in complaining of Alinzor. This pieceof service that the prince of the Summer Isl<strong>and</strong>shad done me contributed in no wise to his happiness;on the contrary, all that hatred which Ishould have entertained for Alinzor fell to hisshare. 'Tis you, said I to him one day, who havebeen the cause of all my sorrows : had I been ignorantof my misfortunes, I should have been lessunhappy. Zenorus made no answer to these reproachesbut by sighs, <strong>and</strong> endeavoured by hiscomplaisance all that he could imagine to pleaseme. One evening, after having spent the day inmy complaints, I took a walk in my gardens, followedonl3' by Phenisa, who was the only personwhose company I could bear. At the turning ofan alley, I saw a man laid on the grass, <strong>and</strong> lookingon a picture he held in his h<strong>and</strong> with great attention;but the little curiosity I had for any thingbut my passion, made me to take no great notice of


PRINCESS ZALMAYDA, &c. 201him, but to turn another way. The noise we madeby our walking roused this stranger, who seeingme, ran after me, crying out. Whither do you fly,my princess ? This voice, so dear to rae, <strong>and</strong> whicliI knew so well, made me turu my head about,when I saw Alinzor throw himself at my feet, whoheld me a long time before 1 could get from him.My dear Zaimayda, said he, I am then permittedto see you again, <strong>and</strong> the gods at last have beenmoved by my tears.'All the love he showed in his actions <strong>and</strong> discourseseemed to me to agree so little with what Ihad seen of his inconstancy, that I could not recovermy surprise : but at last, being persuadedthat the perfidious wretch came again to deceiveme the more, I said to him, What can bring 3'ouhere? Can you believe that I am ignorant of allyour infidelities; <strong>and</strong> that I am still so weak as toafford you any marks of a tenderness you are so illdeserving of? No, Alinzor, my heart cannot be theprize of so base a return, which is owing to thepicture which I let fall, to put you in mind ofwhat you have lost. Go, <strong>and</strong> leave me to forgetyou; <strong>and</strong> come not, witli that cruelty so unworthyof .a knight, to oppose my eternal quiet. If Iwas not afraid of being interrupted in what Iam going to say, replied Alinzor, I would justifymyself so clearly, that you should rather pity thanaccuse me. But, too ungrateful princess, you doall this to make me forget how much you prefer,the prince of the Summer Isl<strong>and</strong>s before me ; whichis what you cannot deny : <strong>and</strong> if you will give mean hour's audience in your closet, I will show youthat fatal order which did forbid my coming to thefeast of the sun. You tell me things so remotefrom truth, replied I, leaving liim, because I sawZantilla <strong>and</strong> Zenorus coming towards me; but tooblige you to confess your levity, I give my consentthat Phenisa conducts you into my apartmentwhen every body is retired: but be gone from nie


j;02 TALES OP THE FAIRIES,presently, <strong>and</strong> be not seen.And after these vrords1 went to meet my aunt, but in so great a disorder,that she might have easily observed it.'The impatience to see whether my faithlessAlinzor would make good what he told me, causedme to retire sooner than ordinary. The sight ofhim had so enlivened the vivacity of my sentiments,that I believed so accomplished a princecould not be inconstant, though I had seen it withmy own eyes: <strong>and</strong> to second my impatience, sentPhenisa to the place I bid him come to, where shewaited the greatest part of the night in vain ; <strong>and</strong>being unable to stay any longer, returned to let meknow my misfortune. But, -heavens ! what a con.dition v,as I in, when I saw her coine in alone, <strong>and</strong>slie told me he came not to the rendezvous? Love,rage, <strong>and</strong> jealousy, attacking me all at the sametime, threw me into a swoon, which was attendedafterwards by so violent a fever, that I became delirious,<strong>and</strong> talked to all that came near me as ifthey had been the perfidious prince of Numidia.Zenorus, in despair for my illness, <strong>and</strong> in fear formy life, gave me so excellent a drink, that it notonly cured my fever, but calmed the transports ofmy mind, <strong>and</strong> I was capable, though I was alwaysgrieved at the infidelity of Alinzor, to resolve tostrive to forget him. Zantilia advised me not tovalue so fickle a lover, <strong>and</strong>, willing to hasten theestablishment of my health by change of air, persuadedme to go for some time to the Summerlal<strong>and</strong>s; to which I at last consented.'Zenorus, pleased to see me in a country wherehe was sovereign, made magnificent entertainmentsevery day to divert me. Every thing lie did seemedto bespeak his love <strong>and</strong> constancy, <strong>and</strong> no loverever knew better how to make use of whatevermight make him be beloved: but all his endeavourscould not force the ungrateful Alinzor from mylieart. Indeed, when my grief rendered my reasonstronger, I was sometimes capable of wishing I


I madam,,lancholyiZalmayda,iIjStoppedIheavens!•And'PRINCESS ZAOIAYDA, 8tc. 203might be sensible for the prince of the SummerIsles; but that was all I could do to recompensehis love. The trial I had made of his art mademe ask him again to discover more of my knight'sfalsehood, as the only means to cure my passion.But the fruits of his first complaisance made himapprehend that the presence of Alinzor would serveonly to increase both my love <strong>and</strong> despair. Howcruel are you, madarn, said he, when I pressed himto do me that favour, to force me to strengthenyour fetters ? Don't you remember how much yourhatred was augmented towards me when you reiurnedfrom Numidia ? Why, inhuman princess,will 3'ou punish me for the fault of my too happyrival ? If your rival, replied T, in a passion, wasfalse, you would not be so much afraid of givingme such proofs of his inconstancy as might completemy cure: but undoubtedly you know that heloves, <strong>and</strong> fear, with reason, that being convincedof his love, I should prefer him before you. Well,said Zenorus, since I must give that mesatisfactionyou ask, remember, unjustthatyou force me to it. And after thesewords he left me.' At night, when everj' body was retired, we went!1 in the same chariot again ; <strong>and</strong> after crossing seas,<strong>and</strong> passing over great mountains <strong>and</strong> valleys, weat the isl<strong>and</strong> of the fairy Desideria. Owhat beauties did my eyes there behold?if my thoughts had not been so intent uponfinding the deceitful Alinzor, I should have takengreat pleasure in admiring this charming abode.But pressing Zenorus to show me the prince ofNumidia, he stopped just over a fine parterre ofthe choicest flowers, where a nymph of a charminglively beauty was making a garl<strong>and</strong> of the finestflowers, <strong>and</strong> showing it to one of her companions,said, I would have Alinzor's love as lasting as thisgarl<strong>and</strong>, which I have bound up with gold thread,to endue it with the durableness of that metal.


v204 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.And after these words, she perceiving the perfidiousNuniidian at the end of the garden, Come, prince,said she, <strong>and</strong> receive this new mark of my tenderness,Alinzor, transported with this charming rival,came <strong>and</strong> threw himself at her feet; <strong>and</strong> thenymph, putting the garl<strong>and</strong> upon his head, toldhim of the effect she desired ; while the treacherousAlinzor kissed her h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> swore that nothingcould destroy his passion. Judge then, my dearprincess, of my condition. I begged of Zenorus athous<strong>and</strong> times to let me alight out of the chariot,to disturb by my presence those their happy moments: but he, inexorable to my entreaties, liurriedme away from the fatal place, <strong>and</strong> brought me backagain to my apartment. All the senseT had of theiirst time of my knowing theinconstancy of Alinzor,came nothing nigh what I suffered at this secondproof of my misfortunes : but fearing lestZenorus would do me no more of these cruel services,I concealed my despair, <strong>and</strong> showed him themore complaisance; who, charmed with the hopesof curing me of a passion that was so great an ob-.'^lacle to his own, entertained me continually withfresh diversions. At last, tired with them, <strong>and</strong> notbeing able to support the chagrin of being in aplace where I could not refuse them, I returned tothe Canaries ; where, ab<strong>and</strong>oning myself to themost cruel jealousy, I passed ray nights in the placewhere I met the inconstant prince of Numidia.'One day, when more troubled than ordinary, Iwould go to offer up a sacrifice to the sun, to extinguisha flame I foresaw would consume me ; asi was entering into the temple, I heard somebodycall Phenisa: but taking little or no regard, pursuedmy design ; <strong>and</strong> when my prayers were done,returned to the palace. A little after, Phenisacame to me when I was in my closet, with a disorlierin her face that surprised me. What is thematter with you ? said I ; <strong>and</strong> who was that calledjou this morning going into the temple.' I don't


I bountyi promisejsenceISir,! complain1 suade1 youitoI you'Alinzor'sperfidiousness; my own eyes, which caninot! myselfi Phenisa,f mayIii princePRINCESS ZALIMAYDA, &c. 205know, madam, answered the maid, whether I daretell you, after the knowledge you have had of theof Numidia's infidelities. What's that youtell me? said I, blushing; what has the prince todo with what I ask you ? More than you think for,madam, replied she. Phenisa, said I, in a terribleagitation, tell me tliis mystery, without provokingme any farther. Well then, said she, since I mustobey you, you must know, that as I followed youthis morning, I heard myself called just as youwas got out of the walk of orange-trees ; <strong>and</strong> beingcurious to know who it was, turned my headabout, <strong>and</strong> saw Alinzor. I stole away from therest of your attendants as you was entering thetemple, <strong>and</strong> followed the prince under the trees,where he stopped. Phenisa, said he, the anger ofyour princess prevents my appearing before her iapublic, for fear of displeasing her: but I cannotlive if she refuses to hear me a moment in private.Obtain me that favour, dear Phenisa, <strong>and</strong> if I cannotrecall in her soul the remembrance of thatshe showed me at the temple of Diana, Iyou to deliver her from my hateful pre-by a death which shall appease her rage.replied I, the princess has so much cause toof you, that I cannot promise you to perherto see you ; but will inform her of whatrequest. Be you in the labyrinth at sun-set,I<strong>and</strong> I will let you know her pleasure. Then, con-tinned Phenisa, I parted from the prince in hastefrejoin you, <strong>and</strong> am now come to ask you, whatplease to have me do. Alas! Phenisa, saidI, can I know myself? I am too well convinced ofdeceive me, have been witnesses of it; <strong>and</strong> notwithst<strong>and</strong>ingsuch certain proofs, I cannot refusethe sad pleasure of reproaching him. Yes,I will go to the labyrinth, <strong>and</strong> perhaps Imake him repent the wearing of any other'schains but mine.'


206 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.' Flattered by this foolish hope, <strong>and</strong> guided bymy evil genius, I went with Phenisa to the placeof rendezvous ; but had not gone far in a path thatled by the park-gate to the labyrinth, before I sawthe Prince of ^uraidia gallop by, mounted on afine horse, with a beautiful young lady behind him :at which dismal sight I shrieked out, <strong>and</strong> he, withoutso much as turning his head, rode through thegate. Provoked by rage <strong>and</strong> jealousy, I ran afterhim to the sea-side, which was just by, <strong>and</strong> withoutbeing able to hinder him, saw him go on board avessel which waited only for his arrival to set sail.At this certain signof Alinzor's disdain, I fell intoa SM'Oon ; <strong>and</strong> Phenisa getting me brought back tothe palace, I lay great part of the night withoutgiving any token of life, till some demon, an enemyto my repose, brought me to life again, that I mightab<strong>and</strong>on myself to the most inexpressible despair.I was no longer mistress of my reason to moderatemy transports ; I disguised myself like a knight,<strong>and</strong> obliging my confidant to do the same, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ingshe begged of me to desist from a resolutionso little agreeable to my birth <strong>and</strong> age, 1 leftthe palace <strong>and</strong> isl<strong>and</strong> without being discovered byany one, to search after the Prince of Numidia, tomake his life atone for what I had endured. Butthat I might know where to find him, I went toconsult the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong>, who, moved bj' mymisfortunes, told me, that I should find an end tomy troubles in the kingdom of Granada ; whither Ibent my course, placing my greatest happiness inthe destruction of the faithless Numidian prince, >without making use of any other place of refresh*raent than forests <strong>and</strong> shepherds' huts. Yesterday II came into this little wood, where Fortune, to giveme a proof how much she was appeased, made meso happy as to meet with you.'' I am the moreobliged to her,' replied the Princess of Fez, erabracingthe beautiful Zalmayda, 'for doing me thepleasure of knowing the Princess of the Canaries ;j


;plied[respondenceIpearI! awayIbeing'of,tell]haveiNumidia,I;<strong>and</strong>IPRINCESS ZALMAYDA, &c, 207<strong>and</strong> am so sensible of your miserable condition,that I should wish Alinzor all manner of mischiefif he was capable of loving any other beauty butyourself.' ' You know by my history,' replied thePrincess of the Canaries,'that that prince neverloved me, but took a cruel pleasure in renderingme the most unhappy of my sex.' ' Instead ofthinking him criminal,' answered Zamea, ' I believehim to be innocent; for his conduct is so extraordinary,that 1 cannot help suspecting Zenorus tobe the more guilty of the two.' ' All ! madam,' interrupted'Zalmayda, the Prince of the SummerIsles has served me too well to believe him to havea good underst<strong>and</strong>ing with his rival.' ' But,' re-Zamea, ' he might, without having a corwithAlinzor, have forced him to aptoyou so culpable. The Prince of Granadawas carried into the isl<strong>and</strong> of Desideria, <strong>and</strong> passeda long time at the feet of that fairy, withoutfalse to the beautiful <strong>and</strong> unhappy PrincessLeon ; <strong>and</strong> your lover, by the same fatality, mayhave been forced to forget you, without being guiltyof inconstancy.' ' 1 comprehend so little what youme,' replied 'Zalmayda, that I cannot conceiveI can find Alinzor's justiiication in that whichmakes his crime, <strong>and</strong> which appears to be veryigreat in what you mention about the Prince ofGranada.' ' When I shall have that great prince'sleave to inform you of his misfortunes,' answeredthe Princess'of Fez, you will find that you willmore reason to pity the fate of the Prince ofif it is the same as the Prince of Grana-; da's, tlian to accuse him.'Adelinda, who came in that moment, interruptedthe two princesses to tell them that it was late,that tiie Prince of Granada being informed byhis surgeon tliat he should be able to get on horse-; back in three days' time, sent to let them know somuch. The two princesses, as soon as they had


203 TALIS OF THE FAIRIES.adjusted themselves, went into the prince's chamber,where, after a slight repast, they spent the restof the day in acquainting the Princess of the Canarieswith the important adventures of Elmedorus; but more especially of those which gave Zamearoom to take the Prince of Numidia's part.Zalmayda, constant to her hatred, would not listento what the Princess of Fez said to mitis^ate hersorrows ; <strong>and</strong> it was as much as the charming princesscould do to persuade lier to stay for her, soimpatient was she to end her afflictions by thedeath of her inconstant lover. The Prince of Granada,as earnest to be gone as both these unfortunateprincesses, to finish the adventure of the castle,the Prince of Tunis's prison, got out of bed thataftei-noon, <strong>and</strong> two days afterwards mounted chorseback, followed by Zamea <strong>and</strong> the Princess ofthe Canaries.'They travelled all that day without any accident;but in the evening, as they were enteringTipon tlie King of Granada's territories, they saw,in a valley, two knights fighting with great ani- 'mosity. Elmedorus spurred on his horse to partthem ; but before he could get to them, one of them,whose plume was red <strong>and</strong> green feathers, had tlirownIlls enemi' to the ground, <strong>and</strong> going to liim, <strong>and</strong>putting the point of his sword to his throat,'Zenorus, thou traitor, tell me what thou hastdone with my princess.' ' I seek her as well iyou,' answered the Prince of the Summer Isl<strong>and</strong>s,' but cannot get any intelligence of her.' ' II am,' cried Zalmayda (darting at him a javshe had in her h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> which pierced his cuirass),' <strong>and</strong> am come to take away thy life, topunish thee for all thy crimes.' The Prince of2s"uraidia, surprised at the sight <strong>and</strong> fury of thisprincess, <strong>and</strong> weakened by his wound, feli senselessby his enemy; while the enraged Zalmayda,Lelieving she had killed this lovely impostor, wa»js


;sheIi in;. o[ While,PrincessJ<strong>and</strong>,appearedI: them,PRINCESS ZALMAYDA, Stc. 209despair that h«r revenge had succeeded so1well.Zamea was emploj^ed in comforting theof the Canaries, the Prince of Granadahis esquire looked to see if any signs of lifein tlie unfortunate Aliuzor; <strong>and</strong> in themean time the princesses' maids did all tliey could;to stop the bleeding of the miserable Zenorus'swounds. ' Porbear to save my life,' said he to'my crimes are too great to escape punishiment; <strong>and</strong> all I ask of the gods is, time to confessthem.' At that instant the Prince of Nuniidia,Coming to liimself, songht his lovely enemj' witheyes where death seemed to be painted. But the prinicess'shate reviving as the prince gained strength,would fain have left the place where she wasiivided by two such terrible passions; when theiPrince of the Summer Isles raising himself half upstop her, said, with a weak voice, 'Stay, madam,;: itay, <strong>and</strong> know to whom all your hatred is due : I; lilone have been the cause of all the misfortunes1. jif your life ; <strong>and</strong> if love may serve for an excuse,jiov I am going to give up my accounts to the just: lOds, that passion was the cause of my guilt. Jeaousof my rival's happiness, I sent to him as ifom you, to forbid his coming to the feast of theun : <strong>and</strong> when your picture reminded him of yourharms, I transported him into the isl<strong>and</strong> of theliry Desideria, where forcing him to be false, 1lowed him to you under that hateful appearance.ut the last <strong>and</strong> worst of all my crimes was thathich obliged you to seek a revenge so contrary> your nature, by raising a phantom in your shapehen you went to give the Prince Alinzor a meetg,<strong>and</strong> thought yourself out of my power. HeavenIS this day punished me for all my deceits, bye h<strong>and</strong> of that prince I have so cruelly offended,ive both of you happily ; the gods, satisfied withismiserable victim, will crown you with bless-


jings, <strong>and</strong>, for my greater punishment, make me dej210 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.clare your felicity,' In making an end of thesewords, Zenorus fainted, <strong>and</strong> died soon after. ThePrincess of the Canaries, pierced with grief to bethe cause of her dear Alinzor's death, <strong>and</strong> to knowhim innocent, approached him, crying; <strong>and</strong> helpingElmedorus <strong>and</strong> Zamea, who were binding up hiswounds, bathed them with her tears, without daring ;to speak to him. ' Why,'madam,' said he, do you]oppose a death which is your own work ? And car V.I have a more glorious one than that which I re |ceive from your own h<strong>and</strong> ?' ' Ah ! Alinzor,' saic |she, ' since you are innocent, how guilty am I |jAnd how shall I repair what my jealous rage ha.made me do?' 'These marks of your tenderness,'replied the wounded prince, are too precious fo.your fault. 'Tis 1 that am criminal, since I appeared false to you.' ' You are so unable,''Zamea to him, to speak with so much violenathat you may do yourself more injury than all tbprincess's rage has done. Let us lay you on a soiof litter, which the esquires, I see, are making foyou, <strong>and</strong> carry you to the nearest cottage we cafind.' Zalmayda having thanked the Princess (Fez for her care, desired Alinzor to consent, whUtlie Prince of Granada helping the esquires, themounted on their horses, <strong>and</strong> got to a convenieihabitation ; where, after they had given orders fithe burying Zenorus, they laid the wounded printupon a bed : <strong>and</strong> the master of the house beiione of those skilful shepherds which Spain is 1remarkable for, looked at Alinzor's wounds, aiassured them that he could apply an herb thshould cure him in two days, provided they wou ^leave him alone the rest of that day <strong>and</strong> all t)night to repose himself. Zamea made Zalmay


wPRINCESS ZALMAYDA, &:c. 211were walking out they met Alinzor's esquire ; <strong>and</strong>being curious to know the misfortunes of hismaster's life, Zalmayda obliged him to give theman account of his adventures since she had seenhim at the temple of Diana ; <strong>and</strong> seating themselvesen the grass, the esquire began as follows.


TALES OF THE FAIRIES.THE HISTORYTHE PRINCE OF NUMIDIA.'After that my master parted with 3-ou, madam,'said the esquire, addressing himself to the Princessof the Canaries, he laboured under a most mortal'grief, <strong>and</strong> not darins; to follow you for fear of displeasingyou, passed his exile in ^'umidia. But,alas ! how long did that time seem to his impatience! <strong>and</strong> how slow did the summer approachthat year ! At last the happy days drew near, <strong>and</strong>every thing was prepared for his voyage, when cmorning a messenger brought a letter to him fromyou, which he opened with an emotion that presagedhis misfortune, <strong>and</strong> found these cruel wordsZulmayda to the Prince of Numidia.Since my return to this isle, I have been informedthat the gods threaten my kingdom with ruin isubject my people to a prince whose laws <strong>and</strong>customs are different from ours. Let us forget,then, prince, those weak beginnings of a passionwhich would be so much against my glory. I haveresolved, for the good of my dominions, to marryPrince Zenorus, whose shining merit will supportmy crown. Come not, to disturb b\' your presence


'PRINCE OF NUMIDIA. 213'Yes, m3' ungrateful princess, replied the prince,provoked by your disdain, I will obey you,, <strong>and</strong>shall not envy the fortune of my' unworthy rival.You may tell your princess, continued he, to themessenger, that I am as glad to break my chainsas I should have been to have made them lastingif she had known how to have prized her conquest.After these words, which his passion forced fromhim, he dismissed the person that brought this fatalletter, <strong>and</strong> retiring to his closet, ab<strong>and</strong>oned himselfto a despair which made me tremble for hislife. A month or more slided away after this cruelnews before he could resolve not to love you ; butat last, ashamed of his weakness, he made his addressesto a princess at his court : but as his loveseemed to take its flight towards you, he nevermade them but in public; for his heart refusing toobey him, could not forget your charming image.One evening, when he made an entertainmentfor her in the palace-gardens, <strong>and</strong> was sitting byher, he saw something fall at her feet out of theair, wliich he immediately took up ; but how greatwas his surprise when he saw it was your picture !Transported with a passion which all his reasoncould not cure, he left that princess ; <strong>and</strong> hearkeningto nothing but his love, set out for the Canaries,without ever so much as reiuembering thatletter wherein you had forbid him. You know,madam, how he saw you in your palace-gardens,but Have not been told that the prince, waiting ina green arbour for Plienisa, fell asleep, <strong>and</strong> whenhe awoke found himself in the isl<strong>and</strong> of the fairyDesideria, where he forgot all that happened, <strong>and</strong>was not at all surprised at so beautiful a place ;but walking in those fine gardens, he met a nymphof admirable beauty, who going up to him with anobliging smile, made him desirous to please her.He paid all his regard to her, <strong>and</strong> she was not lejssensible to him than the fairy Desideria was towardsthe Prince of Granada. But, sir," said he.


214 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.'addressing himself to that prince, after you hadfound out the means to leave that enchanted place,the fairy conceived so great an aversion for allmen, tliat she would not suffer any to abide in herpalace, but embarked them all on board a vessel,<strong>and</strong> sent them away. As soon as my master, ma^dam,' continued he, ' left this pernicious abode,'<strong>and</strong> recovered out of that lethargy in which he hadbeen so long lost, he remembered the rendezvousyou appointed: <strong>and</strong> willing to justify himself ordie, went a second time toPhenisa, <strong>and</strong> went into the labyrinth.the Canaries, spoke to' He had not been there an hour before youcame, all in tears. Alinzor, said you, since youhave been gone I have made the traitor Zenorusconfess that he deceived you by a false letter, <strong>and</strong>that to prevent my knowing that crime, he hadtransported you to the isl<strong>and</strong> of the fairy Desideria;<strong>and</strong> now, to make us the more miserable, hewill force me to marry him. Deliver me out ofthis frightful monster's power, <strong>and</strong> carry me intoyour dominions ; <strong>and</strong> v/hen I am safe, come <strong>and</strong>take his life <strong>and</strong> my crown. JMy prince, overjoyedto see you so ready to follow him, <strong>and</strong> unwillingto let so happy a moment slip, after having promisedto adore you all his life, went <strong>and</strong> unloosedhis horse, which he had tied to a tree, <strong>and</strong> takingyou up behind him, made all the haste he could toget out of the park, <strong>and</strong> carried you on board hisship, <strong>and</strong> sailed away for 1% umidia ; but as soon aslie arrived there, you disappeared. Alinzor, iithe rage imaginable, knew then that Zenorus raisedthis phantom to send him a great way off from you.madam ; <strong>and</strong>, exasperated, returned to the Cries, resolving to let you know his innocence,to oblige the perfidious Prince of the Summer Isle»ito acknowledge liis baseness. 1 attended on himi<strong>and</strong> was a witness of his rage <strong>and</strong> fury when htwas informed that you was gone, <strong>and</strong> his rivalfollowed you. K ot able to abide long in that fata


i'PRINCE OF NUMIDIA. 215place, he went to consult the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong>,to know where to find you, <strong>and</strong> was ordered by herto go to Granada. Accordingly we took that road;<strong>and</strong> coming into this valley we met Zenorus, whommy prince, transported with rage, attacked. You,madam, was a witness of the end of that combatwhere, following the inclinations of your unjustanger, you thought to have deprived yourself ofthe most faithful lover in the world.'* You see, my dear Zalmayda,' said Zamea, ' thatI was inthe right, when I told you that Alinzor,(instead of being guilty, seemed to me to be inno-cent.' ' Don't reproach me with my fault,' my fairiprincess,' said Zalmayda, my punishment 'is great^enough, through the mortal fear I am in lest my.too hast}' h<strong>and</strong> should have served me but too well.''Be not under such cruel apprehensions for thePrince of Numidia,' replied Elmedorus, ' for I havejexperienced the skill of these shepherds in more.dangerous wounds, but none so glorious as Alinjzor's.'After this discourse, these illustrious adventurers,seeing the night approach, got up to seekifor a place where they might repose themselves.The Princess of the Canaries had two differentjimotions to combat to get any rest : the pleasure»)f finding Alinzor faithful gave her a sensible joy,'.yhich could not be balanced but by the fear of(osing him ; <strong>and</strong> day appeared before she could tell]0 which of these two passions she ought to ab<strong>and</strong>onherself. The Princess Zamea, who had a sinererespect for her, <strong>and</strong> whose own afflictionsi'ould not permit her to taste more of the sweetsf repose, bore her company : <strong>and</strong> these two amibleladies being told that the Prince of Granadaas gone to see how the wounded prince did, madeaste to follow him.Zalmayda entered into his room with trembling,nd rroing to his bed-side, asked him how fared hisealth. ' 'Tis you, divine princess,' said he, 'that


'"216 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,can inform me, since my life cannot be in safetyunless you will assure me to forgive -siliat thejealousy of Zenorus made me act against my love.'•Alas!' said Zalmayda, 'I am moi'e to be blamedthan you ; <strong>and</strong> if it were as easy to repair the rchief I have done you as to forget past misfortunes,""there would be no occasion for these tears.'said the prince, ' the hurt I have received fromyour fair h<strong>and</strong> is too dear to me ; <strong>and</strong>, instead ofrepining; at it, I cherish it.'The sage shepherd, fearing lest so passionate aconversation might hinder the effect of his remedy,desired Elmedorus <strong>and</strong> Zamea to put a stop to it;who, for that end, proposed a v/alk by a riside in that valley, while the prince's wounds v/ewdressing. They had not gone very far before thejsaw a knight coming towards them, mounted on ahorse, which, by his being weary, let them knoT»the little rest his master had given him. Thisknight's armour was of burnished steel, inlaid wittgold; his helmet adorned with a plume of bluifeathers ; <strong>and</strong> on a heavy shield, which hung oithe bow of his saddle, was a representation ©Mount jEtua, <strong>and</strong> this device,* I burn for ever.'The good mien of this stranger, thaugh he sfpeared very melancholy, inspired the two princessewith curiosity; <strong>and</strong> being emboldened by the presence of the Prince of Granada, they went to meehim. The knight, after saluting them, passed b;them : but casting his eyes on Elmedorus, b~alighted from off his horse, <strong>and</strong> went to him.nerous knight,' said he, ' I see the Magnifice*<strong>Fairy</strong>'s promise is fulfilled, since I have found yoin the same place where she bid me seek youI cannot be mistaken in the description she gwme of you. You are the knight who muit breathe fatal enchantment by which the cruel Amerdi


PRINCE OF NUMIDIA, 217keeps my princess a prisoner, in a castle some fe\rdays' journey from hence. 'Tis for you that honouris reserved ; for every thing must yield to thecourage <strong>and</strong> constancy of the Prince of Granada.'' Heaven, without doubt,' replied Elmedorus, ' wouldmake me forget my misfortunes, if their naturewould admit of it, if I should be so happy, obligingstranger, as to restore you your princess, in figlitingfor the charming Zamea, upon whose accountI am going to undertake the adventure you propose,as soon as the wounds of a worthy princewill permit him to accompany us. Be not angrythat your felicity is retarded for some days ; <strong>and</strong>to engage us the more to serve you, inform thePrincesses of Fez <strong>and</strong> the Canary Isl<strong>and</strong>s of thecause of your misfortunes : 1 am sure, generousknight, you cannot speak before persons more disposedby their own to pity yours.' The knight,after having asked pardon of the two princessesfor not paying them that respect which was due tothem, began the -recital of his adventures as soonas the illustrious company had seated themselveson 'a convenient piece of ground by the river-side.


TALES OF THE FAIRIES.THE HISTORYTHE PRINCE ZALMANDOR ANDPRINCESS AMANDINA.'The misfortunes of my life are so great,' said he,addressing himself to the two princesses, ' that Ishould be afraid to trouble j'ou with them, butthat the Prince of Granada has assured me thatyours have learned you to pity those whom ill fortunehas oppressed. I am son to the King of ^Mauritania,<strong>and</strong> my name is Zalm<strong>and</strong>or. The first yearsof my life I spent like other princes of my age ;<strong>and</strong> seeing that my father was likely to live inpeace with his neighbours, I stole away from court^,followed only by an esquire in whom I could conjfide, <strong>and</strong> went abroad to distinguisli myself by thename of the Knight of tiie Flaming Sword.'Having learned that the King of Castile was atwar, I went to offer him my services, which he acceptedof with pleasure. At the same time therewas a young knight at his court, whose haughty<strong>and</strong> majestic mien drew my eyes upon him. Iknow not whether he found any thing in me worthyhis attention, but I observed his eyes were alwaysfixed upon me : but, in the end, this dispositionwhich we had to esteem each other changed intoa hatred as durable as our lives. We saw oneanother every day ; in combats our desires werethe same ; we both sougiit after the victory, or,least, to merit equal praise. The King of Castile,willing to engage us to him, <strong>and</strong> for fear one of usshould be disgusted <strong>and</strong> go over to his enemy, <strong>and</strong>


ZALMANDOR AND AMAKDIXA. 219turn the scale of victory, caressed us both withequal friendship : but not knowing who we were,he pressed us one day so much to tell him, thatwe were not able to deny him. 1 acquainted himwith my name <strong>and</strong> birth ; <strong>and</strong> the stranger madehimself knowj.i for Armaudus Prince of Arragon,<strong>and</strong> stj*^**!* himself the Knight of Immortal Love.This title made me comprehend that he was inlove; <strong>and</strong> having informed myself, learned that itwas with Amaudina the Princess of Castile ; thathe had lived some time incognito in that court,<strong>and</strong> had seen Am<strong>and</strong>ina several times ; whom theking, for some reasons, would not suffer to marrybut to some prince that was his subject, <strong>and</strong> thereforewould not permit any foreigner to make hisaddresses to her ; <strong>and</strong>, for that end, built a palaceseparate from his own, out of which she seldomstirred but on public occasions. A secret emotion,of which I could not tell the cause, vexed me, thatthe Prince of Arragon loved the Princess of Castile,<strong>and</strong> made me more desirous to obtain the friendshipof the king.'I was fortunate enough to do him signal servicesin that war, <strong>and</strong> if they did not exceed thosedone by the Prince of Arragon, they were not, atleast, inferior to them, "When tlie campaign wasended, we returned toCastile, without being ableto know whicir of us was the most esteemed by theking. The queen <strong>and</strong> the whole court came tomeet us; <strong>and</strong> the king, in presenting that princessto me, told her, in.commendiug me, that none butthe Prince of Arra;ion was to be compared withme. Ihe queen made me a very h<strong>and</strong>some compliment; <strong>and</strong> being acquainted with the Knight ofImmortal Love, talked very freely with him. Whenwe arrived at the palace, the king would make meaccept of an apartment, as well as Arm<strong>and</strong>us ; <strong>and</strong>to shov\r us how very much he esteemed us, sentfor the princess his daughter that evening. 1 neverin my lifebeheld any thing so charming before:


''220 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,her eyes were so bright <strong>and</strong> livelj' that they inflamedthe heart with the first glance, <strong>and</strong> a soft<strong>and</strong> engaging air invited to wear her chains. Ifound from that instant I could not resist hercharms ; <strong>and</strong> tliough I saw she answered tlie tendernessof my rival with some bounty, I ab<strong>and</strong>onedmyself to the violent inclination which forced meto love her, <strong>and</strong> flattered myself that perhaps Arm<strong>and</strong>usmight not be so well approved by her, butthat I might at least be able to have some share inher esteem. You will say, madam,' continued Zalm<strong>and</strong>or,' that I was very rash, or, at least, verymuch in love : but I have experienced that lovehas its happy foresights, as well as fortune; <strong>and</strong>to succeed the better in my design, I took anotiiermethod than my rival. I carefully concealed mypassion, <strong>and</strong> made my addresses to a young ladyat court; for whom I often made entertainments<strong>and</strong> horse-races, <strong>and</strong> neglected no gallantry thatmight be of advantage to me.The princess came sometimes to be a witness ofthese diversions I made for Celdiua, which was thelady's name, <strong>and</strong> I perceived with joy that she wassometimes very thoughtful ; <strong>and</strong> notwithst<strong>and</strong>ingArm<strong>and</strong>us's attachment to her, her eyes reproacliedme for wearing any chains but hers. How muchdid I endure by restraining the love I bore her !but the fear of not having foundation enough mademe disguise my passion till a more happy oppor.tunity. At the same time 1 knew that the Princeof A rracon, having gained one of Am<strong>and</strong>ina's maids,went sometimes to the palace, <strong>and</strong> often spoke tothe princess of his love, without any other witnessbut the confidant ; <strong>and</strong> that if his passion was notanswered with tenderness, it was heard withoutanger. In short, he followed her to the temple<strong>and</strong> places of worship, <strong>and</strong> was always with herwhen she appeared in public.'The king began to harbour some jealousy atthis proceeding j <strong>and</strong> uotwitiistaading the frieo^i


I <strong>and</strong>I you'; theIItheithe1-youZALMANDOR AND AMANDINA, 221sliip he had for him, hispolicy obliged him to desirehim to leave tlie court; which comm<strong>and</strong> theoutraged Prince of Arragon was forced to obey,but not without resentment : <strong>and</strong> the king, afterthis, thinking himself more secure, seeing tliat Iwas engaged with Celdina, gave the princess moreliberty. She appeared often in public, <strong>and</strong> I wasexposed to the danger of declaring my passion.Sometimes my eyes betrayed me, <strong>and</strong> were fixedwith so much tenderness upon the adorable Amaudina,that she blushed ; but that delicate colourseemed to have nothing that was disobliging in it,but appeared rather to be the efifect of her modestythan anger.' One evening, when I made a ball for Celdina'in a green-house that belonged to the palace-garrdens, after having danced very much, I went intoan alley to take a little nap ; but had not gone veryfar before I heard somebody talking on the otherside of a palisade. No, Phedima, said a voice,whicli I knew to be the princess's, no, I cannotSuflFer Celdina to have this advantage over me ;<strong>and</strong> thou canst not comprehend how much I amchagrined that Zalm<strong>and</strong>or loves her. I own, madam,answered that maid, this is a fantastical humourof yours, if you will forgive the boldness ofthe expression. You permitted the unhappy Princeof Arragon to make his addresses to you ;you gavehim leave to hope a preference before all his rivals ;since that the king has forbid him the court,was not displeased when I, without acquaintingyou, contrived ways for him to tell you allthe grief of his afflicted soul, for being deprived ofliberty of seeing the object of his adoration.Why then, madam, should you concern yourself atcare the Prince of Mauritania takes to pleasebeautiful Celdina ? And what matter is it toin whose h<strong>and</strong>s a heart falls that you wouldi never accept of? As 1 have not hitherto", replied\ti)S priacess, told thee my true sentiments, thoi;


myPhedima,•522 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.hast reason to be amazed at my uneasiness : but,Phedima, my soul is too much oppressed not toseek after the sad pleasure of complaining. Arm<strong>and</strong>usnever had any share in my tenderness. Theodd humour of the king my father, who, under thepretext of I know not what prediction, will not letme live like other princesses of my rank, made medesirous to engage one who might protect me frombeing sacrificed to a prince, a subject of the crownI am to wear.The Prince of Arragon, who is masterof himself <strong>and</strong> his dominions, seemed a proper per.son for my design. I received his addresses favourably,<strong>and</strong> thought that I might love him: butthen 1 had not seen Zalm<strong>and</strong>or. As soon as I beheldhim, I had no more than a bare indiiferencefor Arm<strong>and</strong>us. Some days I flattered myself withhaving made a conquest; aud my heart even flewto meet my wishes, till the entertainments madefor Celdina informed me how much I have beenmistaken. Ah ! if thou knewest but thetorments of a proud <strong>and</strong> ambitious princess, whothinks she deserves to be beloved, <strong>and</strong> sees othersrun away with the incense she had promised herself,thou wouldst own no pain is so cruel. I wagwilling to try if 1 could not find in Arm<strong>and</strong>us'slove wherewithal to make me forget the affrontoffered against my charms : I even affected, inthose entertainments, where I was a witness of myrival's triumph, to hear the Prince of Arragoamore favourably. I must confess, I sometimes fanciedtliat Zalm<strong>and</strong>or was melancholy ;<strong>and</strong> I oftensurprised him looking at me with all the tendernessof a lover. This evening, this very evenmg, mydear Phedima, all taken up as he seemed to be withthe happy Celdina, his eyes, full of that fire whichlove affords, were fixed on mine with so eloquenta languish, that I could not support his looks.Nevertheless, I cannot doubt but lie loves my rivafOh ! dear princess, said I, no longer able toconceal myself, <strong>and</strong> throwing myself at her feet, i


madam,ZALMANDOR AND AMANDINA. 223love not Celdina : you alone have possessed mysoul with that flame which none but j'our fair eyescould kindle. I pretended only to love her, to deceivethe king your father, <strong>and</strong> to shall Idare to confess it ? to make j'ou desirous of makinga conquest of me, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing the esteem youhad for my rival. Alas ! how much did I endurein that cruel restraint ! how often have I been justgoing to kill him ! But bridling those transports,for fear of showing my passion, I returned to Celdina;<strong>and</strong> this day fortune, favourable to my love,conducted me hither. Be not angry, my adorableprincess, at what I have heard. Let us no longerrestrain ourselves; <strong>and</strong> accept of a heart whichnever wore any other chains than yours. Zalm<strong>and</strong>or,replied the princess, I cannot deny my weakness,since you have heard it : but to merit that Ishould make a confession of it to yourself, <strong>and</strong> tosacrifice the Prince of Arragon for j-ou, you mustgive me proofs that you don't love my rival, <strong>and</strong>•slight her as much as you have made her triumphbefore my eyes ; <strong>and</strong> when, by a negligence as publicas your love, I have no reason to doubt of yoursincerity, perhaps I may then forget the unhappyArm<strong>and</strong>us. Ah ! cried I, you love myrival more than you think, since you are so unwillingto discard him; <strong>and</strong> j-our vanity has thegreatest share in what you pronounce in my favour.What you say maybe, replied the princess,angrilj' : but now you know on what conditions Iplace my esteem, you must submit to them, if youwould oblige me to grant you any thing more.After these words, she returned to the ball , <strong>and</strong> I,to show her that I knew how to obey her, neverwent near Celdina, but went away the first of thatassembly, that I might not h<strong>and</strong> her to her apartment.•But willing to have a little more discourse withthe charming Am<strong>and</strong>ina before she got into herpalace, I waited for her in a flower-garden, into


224 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.which her closet-window looked. But I had notbeen there above an hour before I perceived myrival, <strong>and</strong> Phedima leaving the princess to go tospeak to him. I could not hear what she said tohim, because I had hid myself behind a bush oflioneysuckles : but soon after I saw the closet-windowopen, <strong>and</strong> the Prince of Arrasjoa talking to aperson who looked out of it for half an hour, whomI took to be the princess. I had like twenty timesto have forfeited all my respect to my jealous ragebut at last I waited till Armaudus was got bothout of the palace <strong>and</strong> the town ; <strong>and</strong> overtakinghim just as he was going to take horse, said to him.Sir, you cannot disobey the kmg's comm<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong>not make me your mortal enemy, who must forceyou to obedience. I could not have thought, repliedArm<strong>and</strong>us, that such princes as you were theKing of Castile's spies; <strong>and</strong> that this part couldbe pardonable in Zalm<strong>and</strong>or, as being a lover ofthe princess. Whether as a lover of the princess,answered I, clapping my h<strong>and</strong> upon my sword, oras the king's friend, I shall not suffer you to stayany longer here. Let me see, then, said he, puttinghimself upon his guard, if you can executethis generous design. At these words we began acombat, which would have been, perhaps, fatal tome, if the Prince of Arragon's sword had not broke.After which I retired ; <strong>and</strong> seeing his servantscoming towards us, left him with them, to takecare of tlieir master's wound, which he had receivedin his thigh ; who, that he might not be known,ordered them to carry him some miles from thetown which he had chosen for his retreat.' As we had no other witnesses of our duel butour domestics, it was kept secret a long time, <strong>and</strong>nobody knew of it but the princess, who learned itfrom Phedima, whom Arm<strong>and</strong>us had informed ofit. She reproached me the first time that I sawlier :but as this action was a mark of my passion,slie pardoned me, but would not promise to banish


ZALMANDOR AND AMANDINA. 225niy rival. In the mean time, the care I took toavoid Celdiua in all places, for whom I had showQso much respect, was observed by all the court;<strong>and</strong> as she was a relation of the queen, she wasangry with me. I told her, that the orders whichI had lately received from the king m^^ father, whodid not approve of that alliance, obliged me to concealthe sentiments I entertained for that beautifullady, for fear he should comm<strong>and</strong> me to comehome : for Celdina, as she was proud, <strong>and</strong> I hadthe misfortune not to displease her, <strong>and</strong> she hadflattered herself with being one da^' queen of Mauritania,she could not hearken to such weak,reasons,but soon guessed at the true cause of mychange. She conceived so great a jealousy, thatshe told tiie king, the Prince of Arragon had notleft the kingdom, but had a design to steal awaythe princess ; that I was his rival, <strong>and</strong> that wefought the day of the ball : which she knew fromone of my domestics, who gave her a faithful accountof all my actions.'The king, alarmed at this news, sent to makethe unhappy Arm<strong>and</strong>us a prisoner, <strong>and</strong> confinedhim in a castle that comm<strong>and</strong>ed the town; <strong>and</strong>ordered the queen not to let the princess stir anymore out of the palace, but doubled the guards.He said nothing to me, for fear he should have occasionfor me in his war, he having only made atruce for a year; but set spies over me, who gavehim an account of every step I took. All thesechanges gave me a mortal grief. I was iu despairfor the misfortune I had caused my rival to undergothrough my imprudent anger, <strong>and</strong> for havingdeprived myself of the little liberty I had sometimesof seeing the adorable Am<strong>and</strong>iua. But aslove is ingenious, I found out a way to get into alittle wood, into which the windov/s of her apartmentlooke'd, <strong>and</strong> where she used sometimes towalk. I was there two days before I could seeher: but one evening, when it was very hot, sheL2


S^6tALES OF THE fAIRlES.Came to take a little fresh air, attended only ifPliedima. I Avent to meet her, <strong>and</strong> v/as going toask her pardon for my boldness; but that princess,without giving me time to S])eak, said, Zalm<strong>and</strong>or,you ought to be content with tlie mischiefs youhave been the cause of, without coming to createnew ones. How angry would the king be, if heknew tliat you came into this palace, <strong>and</strong> at a timewhen nobody is allowed to come near me but mywomen. "What right have you to slight his comm<strong>and</strong>s,who knows so well how to make them tobe obeyed ? If your heart, madam, said I, was notprepossessed in the favour of my happy rival, yoacould not lay^ my not being able to suiter his happinessas a crime to my charge; <strong>and</strong> if you hadany little bounty for me, j'ou would soon find anexcuse for me in what 1 have done to-day. But,too cruel princess, the care I have taken to drawthe hatred of Celdina upon me does not affect youyou are pleased with tliat remarkable effect ofyour charms, but have no regard for the person.You are very unjust, said Am<strong>and</strong>ina, to reproachme thus : you know me but verj- little, Zalm<strong>and</strong>or,if you believe the sacrifices can be agreeable, ifthe h<strong>and</strong> that ofiers them be not dear to me : 'tisthat makes me support my confinement withoutmurmuring. Be faithful, <strong>and</strong> depend on me for arecompense. I own I am very much concerned forthe Prince of Arragon's misfortunes, <strong>and</strong> am sorryto see him imprisoned by my father, <strong>and</strong> wish Icould restore him to liberty j but not to receive hislove any more, since 1 am resolved to partake ofj'our chains, <strong>and</strong> not hearken any more to hissighs. Assist me to free him from those chains myfather loads him with, <strong>and</strong> I promise you to forbidhim wearing of mine. Whatever danger there maybe, madam, answered I, I will make use of all mypower: but, divine princess, remember that thisprince . I shall only remember, said she,*l)at relates to the tender inclinatio» I have f©»


what2ALMAND0R AND AMANDIN A.Sgrycm, if you know how to serve me as I would beserved. After these words, she ordered me to retire,without giving me time to sa^^ any more ; butdid not forbid me from coming again : <strong>and</strong> I knewso well how to make use of this indulgence, that Isaw her every evening. Ye gods ! new charmsdid I discover in these private conversations ; <strong>and</strong>how much did I bless Heaven for my happinessEut in these transports 1 did not forget my rival,though all my intercessions were in vain : the kingwould not hear of his liberty; <strong>and</strong> though thequeen, who loved this prince, made use of all herinterest, it was to no purpose.'Arm<strong>and</strong>us was no sooner cured of his woundbut he found out a way to make his escape, by awindow that looked into the fields, <strong>and</strong> which wasso high <strong>and</strong> dangerous, that it was thought needlessto secure it with iron bars. The first use hemade of his liberty was to see the princess; <strong>and</strong> tothat end, got to speak to Phedima, who, havingalways favoured him, hid him in Am<strong>and</strong>ina's closet,<strong>and</strong> when that princess was alone, brought himinto her chamber. The princess was verj' muchsurprised to see him, <strong>and</strong> very glad tiiat he wasout of the king's power: but i-eflecting on whatmight hefal him, if he should b? taken, Arm<strong>and</strong>us,said she, the gods can bear me witness liow much Ihave been concerned at your imprisonment, <strong>and</strong>what I would have done to have set you at liberty.Heaven has seconded my wishes. Be not so obstinateas to stay in a place so fatab to your repose,since the danger is greater than at first; but returnto Arragon : <strong>and</strong> if you have any friendshipfor me, forgive, for the respect I bear you, the injurymy father has done, <strong>and</strong> tliink not of revenge.To be sure of mj- obedience, madam, answered Arm<strong>and</strong>us,you must not let me go ; for while 1 seemy princess, 1 can never hate the author of herbirth : but I cannot assure you, if you aie so cruelas to banish me, I can forget the ill-treatment f


'S28TALES OF THE FAIRIES,have received. Ycu cannot stay here, repliedAm<strong>and</strong>ina, without being discovered ; <strong>and</strong> I cannotsee you without being tlie most unhappy person ofmy sex. Alas! madam, interrupted the Prince ofArragon, you had none of these frightful foresightswhen you showed me some bounty. "Without doubtZalm<strong>and</strong>or, who by fighting me, showed me tooplainly how much he was my rival . Arm<strong>and</strong>us,said the princess, not giving him time tomake an end of what he was going to say, thePrince of Mauritania has no part in the entreaty Imake you ; my duty alone, <strong>and</strong> the fear of beingthe cause of your death, oblige me to it; though,to hide nothing from you, that prince is dearenough to me, to prefer him before all the world.Then I have nothing to do but die, replied Armantlus,since you pronounce the sentence of mydeath. At the same time, the prince, in a rage,drew his sword, <strong>and</strong> had pierced his breast, ifPhedima <strong>and</strong> the princess had not taken it fromhim. After which, he ran out of Am<strong>and</strong>ina's apartment,<strong>and</strong> Avent aud passed the night in an emptyhouse.The next morning, he sent me a challenge, <strong>and</strong>appointed the place; where I met him, attendedonly by this esquire you see along with me : <strong>and</strong>without asking him the occasion of this secondduel, we engaged, <strong>and</strong> I was so happy as to bevictorious again; for the Prince of Arragon growingweak by the loss of blood from two wounds,fainted, <strong>and</strong> fell. My esquire <strong>and</strong> I carried himto the first house we could come to, sent for afiurgeon, who soon stopped the bleeding of hiswounds, which were large, but not very dangerous.As soon as he was come to himself I went to hisbed-side ; Generous prince, said I, since fortunehas given me the victory, which you was as deservingof as myself, give me leave to show you,by the care I shall take to supply you with all necessaries,in a place where every one is your


Ifor•yourj forceI share1howeverI!lovers; out: ra<strong>and</strong>us]should;lest'.princess\ dima,IZALMANDOR AND AMANDINA. 229enemy, that, if you cannot love me, since our lovethe Princess of Castile is the obstacle, I meritesteem. Brave Zalmaudor, said he, to acknowledgeyour generosity', I ought to yield ourdivine princess to you; but I cannot promise youthat : therefore, to get rid of an enemy whose lifeis incompatible with yours, leave me to finish myunhappy days. You have robbed me of the heartof the ungrateful Am<strong>and</strong>ina; be not so cruel as tome to be a witness of your happiness. Idon't know, said I, whether you have not a greater[of that princess's esteem than myself: butit be, let us be determined by her choice,<strong>and</strong> not by our duels deprive her of two faithful; <strong>and</strong> if you truly love her, dispose not, withherorders, of a life that belongs to her. Aragreedto this proposal, <strong>and</strong> promised toendure whatsoever should be necessary for hiscure ; <strong>and</strong> after that I returned to the town, forfear of being suspected.'When I came to court, I found the king in aterrible passion at the Prince of Arragon's escape.He gave out strict orders to take him where theyfind him; which made me so much afraid,they should discover him, that I went to thein the evening, to beg her to send Phe-to comm<strong>and</strong> him to sufier himself to be conveyedIinto Arragon; wiiich he resisted a long time,;but at last consented: <strong>and</strong> for which purpose Iprovided a litter; but durst not accompany himmyself, lest the sigiit of me might not be over agreeableto him.'During this time, the king fell sick, <strong>and</strong> diedwithin eight days; <strong>and</strong> the queen, with grieving,followed him within a month after. The princess,notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing the king's severity, was so muchafflicted for the loss of them, that I was in painfor her life ; <strong>and</strong> but for the tenderness she hadforme, her tears had not been so soon dried up::but at last she yielded to my entreaties, <strong>and</strong> th«


castle. I stayed there some days, but could not,either by my entreaties o^- menaces, get any body toanswer rne. At last, enraged at ray fortune, Iwent to seek that adorable fairj', whose greatestpleasure is to assist the unfortunate, who orderedme to wait for you here, <strong>and</strong> assured me, that thepower of punishing Amerdin, <strong>and</strong> setting so manyillustrious persons at liberty, was reserved for youalone.'Here the Prince of Mauritania finished his relationwith a deep sigh ; which affected Elmedorus,princesses, after getting up, <strong>and</strong> thanking him for ;the trouble they had given him in telling his ad.,,j250 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.desires of the people, who acknowledged her fortheir queen, with all acclamations of joy. Celdina,whose hatred was not in the least diminished,seeing then no obstacle to our happiness, had recourseto the sorcerer Amerdiu, whom yo\i all knojvto be so bitter an enemj' to mankind, that he emplojsall liis science to make them unhappy, <strong>and</strong>of their tears forms a rivulet, by which he worksthe most cruel enchantments. That wicked wretch,overjoyed to have a new subject to exercise liisrage, stole tlie princess away one day, <strong>and</strong> carriedher to a fatal castle, where iie keeps so manyprinces <strong>and</strong> princesses enchanted, making tliem undergoso many thousatid different punishments.Never was grief equal to mine, when I found myselfdeprived of my dear Am<strong>and</strong>ina. I wouldhave made Celdina's life pay for her cruel revenge;but ashamed to stain my h<strong>and</strong>s in a woman's blood,I ran after my princess, <strong>and</strong> arrived at the fatalso much, that he promised him afresh to expose hislife to restore him his beloved Am<strong>and</strong>ina; <strong>and</strong> theventures, returned all together to the Prince ofNumidia, to whom they presented the Prince ofMauritania. Tlje skilful shepuerd, having curedAlinzor in two days, as ne had promised, all those,illustrious persons set forward for Amerdin's cas- 'dtie, after having first recompensed their charitabl*


'•ZALMANDOR AND AMANDlNA.25tfjost: <strong>and</strong> at the first town they arrived, the princessof the Canaries <strong>and</strong> Phenisa reassumed women'sapparel, having no reasons to oblige them toconceal their sex any longer. They pursued theirjourney for several days, without any thing remarkablehappening; when one morning, as theyhad alighted from off their horses, to refresh themselvesby a river's side, they perceived a littlegallej', with several rowers, who were gallantlydressed, <strong>and</strong> a nymph, like one of Diana's, seated oncushions of green velvet embroidered with gold, atthe upper end, who seemed to look earnestly towardsthe river-side.So agreeable a sight presently gained the princess'sattention. The nymph, when she was nearthe shore, came to the side of the galley, <strong>and</strong> addressingherself'to Elmedorus, said, Prince of[Granada, the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong>, whose abode isnot far from hence, sends me to tell you, she desiresjto see you, <strong>and</strong> all this amiable company, beforelyou attempt the adventure of v^merdin's castle.[She can restore to you the fatal ring given you byiZamat, <strong>and</strong> by which alone you will be able to'break the enchantments of the cruel magician, <strong>and</strong>:enjoy a happiness you hope not for. Fear not,''said she, seeing he was unresolved what to do,that this is any artifice of the fairy Desideria's,I*;since she that sends me has no need of any otherfcharms than those of her beauty to create love,j<strong>and</strong> wants to see you only to make you happy.''The prince, ashamed of this reproach, offered his;h<strong>and</strong> to the princess of the Canaries, who happened•to be first, to help her into the galley, <strong>and</strong> after allthe company had embarked, went in himself, <strong>and</strong>put off for the Magnificent Isl<strong>and</strong>, where taeyfsoon after arrived. Nothing could be compared totit for gr<strong>and</strong>eur ; every thing shone with gold <strong>and</strong>jewels, <strong>and</strong> the plainest houses were built withmarble <strong>and</strong> porphyry. The inhabitants were sensibleof the effects of their sovereign's magnifi-


232 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,cence, <strong>and</strong> nothing was to be seen but what wasvery stately. The princes <strong>and</strong> princesses could notbear tiie lustre of the palace, which was built ofclear crystals, <strong>and</strong> adorned with columns of gold;the apartments within were answerable to the outwardbeauty, <strong>and</strong> that of the fairy's was so brightwith precious stones, that it dazzled the eyes tobehold it.The fairy received them at the door of her ownchamber, <strong>and</strong> without borrowing any thing fromart to heighten her beauty, she appeared the chiefh<strong>and</strong>iwork of nature. Her shape exceeded all thatwas human, <strong>and</strong> her features were so perfect, thatit would be impossible to draw them, withoutrobbing them of some charm; all which, with amajesty attended by an engaging sweetness, renderedher completely adorable. The princessespaid her all the respect due to a goddess, by prostratingthemselves at her feet, whom she raised upwith bounty; <strong>and</strong> having embraced them, said tothe Prince of Granada,' I have so much esteemfor your virtue, that I will restore you your ringwhich you lost; but before you do me so considerablea piece of service as the destruction ofAmerdin's castle, it will be just for me to makeyou the request myself.' ' I ought not, madam/said Elrnedorus,' to regret my sad days, if theycan be any ways serviceable to you ; <strong>and</strong> the unfortunateAlzayda cannot complain of my deferring,the revenging of her, if 1 am so happy as to giveyou any proof of my' respects.' You will revenge,.Alzayda in serving me,' replied the fairy, <strong>and</strong> ' willfind that lovely lad^' in the same place where yoiiishall punish the wicked Asmonadus.' 'Ah! vaa>fdam,' cried the amorous Prince of Granada, how-*much do you flatter me! Is my princess living^!And can I hope to see those bright eyes agaiQi,declare my happiness ?' ' Perhaps,' replied the!fairy, smiling,'my oracles may not be certain/• Oh ! madam,' said Elrnedorus, * I cannot doubt oJ


'Ther' tion,1selvesII respectfulZALMANDOR AND AMAXDINA.SiSSthem, they promise me a blessinij too invaluablenot to hope them true.' After these words, thefairy fearing that the princesses might want a littlerepose, had thtm conducted iuto an apartment,wheie they found nymphs, who offered them magnificenthabits, which the fairy made them presentsof;to please whom, they dressed themselves, thatthe3' might not offend her by a careless negligenceof themselves. But how charmed was the Princeof Numidia with his choice, when he saw the Princessof the Canaries enter the fairy's chamber, <strong>and</strong>how beautiful did he find her in that new dress ?fairy said a great many line things of her aswell as the Princess Zamea ; <strong>and</strong> after havingspent best part of the day in a delightful conversa-that adorable princess carried them into thegardens, which were so wonderful!}' tine,that nature<strong>and</strong> art seemed to vie with each other; where,t after walking some time, they went to rest themina large arbour of myrtle <strong>and</strong> pome-(granate trees, in the midst of which stood a statueof Juno, holding forthj in her h<strong>and</strong>s a great manycrowns, which formed curious fountains. Herethe fairy entertained them with a fine concert ofmusic, which agreeably surprised them ; <strong>and</strong> afterthat had played half an hour, she began to talkto Elmedorus about his enterprise, <strong>and</strong> to give himadvice for his better conduct; by which he, <strong>and</strong>all that illustrious company, perceived a secretinterest she had in that undertaking; <strong>and</strong> Zamea,more bold than the rest, told her, that she waspersuaded that the Prince of Granada would accomplishthat dangerous enterprise ; but, to induce,him to neglect nothing, begged that she wouldhave the goodness not to conceal from him theI part she took in it. Zalmayda backed the Princessof Fez in this request ; <strong>and</strong> the princes, by theirsilence, showed that they were no lessdesirous than those fair princesses. The Magnifi-'cent <strong>Fairy</strong> granted what they pressed her so ear-


*234 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.nestly for, but could not resolve to be present atthe relating of her own history; therefore rose up,<strong>and</strong> ordered Gelina, one of her nymphs, to satisfytheir curiosity, who, in obedience to her conim<strong>and</strong>s,as soon as she was gone, gave it them inthese words.


THE MAGXIFICENT FAIRY, &c. '235THE inSTORYTHE MAGNIFICENT FAIRY ANDPRINCE SALMACIS.* You all know, without doubt,' said Celina, addressinglierself to the princesses, ' that the Magnificent<strong>Fairy</strong> is the daughter of Venus <strong>and</strong> the greatKing Poli<strong>and</strong>er, since she inherits the beauty of-that goddess, <strong>and</strong> the gr<strong>and</strong>eur <strong>and</strong> majesty of theking her father ; who was so very fond of her, thathe made her a sovereign princess as soon as shewas capable of governing, <strong>and</strong> gave her this isl<strong>and</strong><strong>and</strong> Venus, to make her the more powerful, renderedher one of the greatest fairies in Europe.Her science she employs in completing the happinessof all who are unfortunate, <strong>and</strong> therefore issought after <strong>and</strong> adored by all the world. In thiscourt there lived a prince named Salmacis, whosemerit, beauty, wit, <strong>and</strong> courage, made him the admirationof all that knew him; <strong>and</strong> though fortunedenied him those crowns his ancestors had worn,his merit was not less, but too plainly proved Fortuneto be blind as well as Love ; <strong>and</strong> it is notsurprising that he, who was such as I representhim, or, if possible, more charming, should gainthe hearts of all the nymphs of that bright court.But the height of all his glory was, that the Divine<strong>Fairy</strong> looked upon him with a favourable eye, <strong>and</strong>conceived an inclination for him, which she concealedwith pain. Her pride dictated to her, thatas a daughter of Venus <strong>and</strong> King Poli<strong>and</strong>er, <strong>and</strong>queen of a flourishing empire, she ought not toleok upon Salmacis, who was her subject.


236 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.'Without doubt the greatness of the fairy hinderedthe prince from offering up his vows to her,<strong>and</strong> made Uim discover charms in a beautiful younglady, whose name was Ismira, for whom he sighednot Ion 5 in vain. Ismira, flattered with the vanityof haviug the preference before all the other ladiesof tlie court, returned his love with equal passion,<strong>and</strong> gloried so much in her conquest, that she iuno wise disguised her teuderuess. Salmacis, inthe height of felicity, could not live a momentfrom his charming nymph ; every thing was insupportableto him when she was absent, <strong>and</strong> thetime that he was obliged to pay his respects to thefairy, robbed him of too many precious moments;<strong>and</strong>, to be short, he was never seen in public butwhen he waited on Ismira. Every day he foundout something or other to divert her, <strong>and</strong> spent agreat part of every night in serenading her withthe best music.' So much love offended the queen, who, if shecould not overcome the'inclination she had for Salmacis,she was so much mistress of herself as toconceal it, as long as he forbore to make his addressesto another; but as soon as jealous^' rousedup lier tenderness, she became thoughtful, uneasy,<strong>and</strong> melancholy : <strong>and</strong> as her passion was a secretto the world, she was every moment hearing ofher rival's happiness ; till at last, being unable tokeep these cruel passions locked up in her breast,she said to me one day, Celina, is it true thatSalmacis loves Ismira with so much tenderness ?Madam, answered 1, having perceived that theprince was not indifferent to her, Ismira is onlybeloved by I'rince Salmacis, because lie dares notlook on a person in this court who far excels her.And who do you think more amiable than thatnymph? said the fairy. If you would permit meto tell you, madam, replied I, I should say the^lagnificent <strong>Fairy</strong> exceeds her both in beauty an4birth. J\.IasI Celina, said she, how little acquaint*


THE MAGNIFICENT FAIRY, &c.2S7*d are you with the power of love, if you believeit is governed by reason ! Salmacis sees none soperfect as the happy Ismira, <strong>and</strong> I am sure, in hiseyes, she would prevail before the goddess mymother. I cannot tell, answered I, whether hewould think her more beautiful than that goddessbut I know that all his love for this nymph doesnot hinder him from praising you with exaggeration;<strong>and</strong> I'll answer for him, madam, that he onlypayshis addresses to Ismira to secure himself frombeing so unhappy as to find you too worthy of hisadorations. Alas! C'elina, said she, how littlereason has he to fear that misfortune, <strong>and</strong> howpleased should I be to let him know, that if hisbirth keeps him at too great a distance from mythrone, his merit approaches too near my heart!But why should I flatter my grief with so deceitfulan idea, when I see him so much taken with myrival ? Represent him to me with all the coloursof the blackest ingratitude; tell me, that notwithst<strong>and</strong>ingall the kindness I have for him, he wouldnot hearken to it but to make a sacrifice of it toIsmira, whom, though she has no crowns to offerhim, he makes to triumph over my tenderness forhim. All this I can sooner forgive, than his havinglooked so little at me not to know all that passedin my soul : 'tis this cruel indifference I wouldpunish severely, but for sacrificing me to my rivalI accuse Love. That blind boy disposes of us withso much power, that he does not suffer us to knowany other happiness than that which he offers us,liow precious soever that may be which he makesus neglect.'Though Salmacis were much more guilty, repliedI, than you make him to be, yet I cannothelp thinking that your power draws a veil overhis eyes in regard to your perfections; <strong>and</strong> dazzledwith the lustre of your throne, he dares not approachyou : <strong>and</strong> though he might perceive yougave kim some favourable looks, he might be ca»-


238 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.tious how he explained them, for fear of renderinghimself criminal.O, how little acquainted are you,said the fairy, with the mysteries of the god raybrother! If Salmacis had that tender inclinationfor me, which makes my life so burdensome to me,he would have forgot my being his sovereign; <strong>and</strong>the long race of kings from whom he takes his descent,would have inade him think himself equalwith the greatest princes ; <strong>and</strong> his love renderinghim bolder, he would have siglied loud enough tohave been heard : he would have been rash enoughto have expluined my looks ; <strong>and</strong> charmed to haveseen the same hre sparklein them which raged inhis heart but, Celina, the happiness of learninghim so charming a language is reserved onlyfor Ismira, How pleasantly do they pass awaytheir time ! Nothing interrupts their tenderness.Have a care, too happy lovers, continued the queen,of making your fate too adorable, before 1 have de.termined of mine. Perhaps, provoked by jealousy,I may take a pleasure in rendering you as miserableas myself; I may make you answer for allthose unworthy sighs that iiave escaped from myweak foolish heart, <strong>and</strong> you may shed tears to dryup mine. But whither, unhappy princess, does thypassion carry thee ? For what crime wouldst thoupunish them? What reason hast thou to complainof thy rival r Is not she ignorant of thj- love? Andwas the insensible Salmacis obliged to underst<strong>and</strong>it? And suppoie he did, dost thou not know byexperience, that thou art not master enough of thyown heart to force it away from the object wherewithit is taken ? Why wouldst thou then havethem do more than thou art able thyself? Hastthou less virtue than these lovers ? Permit themthen to love, since they may with innocence ; <strong>and</strong>,to punish thee for harbouring thoughts of separatingthem, be a witness of their pleasures.Some ambassadors coming just then for tlieir audience,<strong>and</strong> the queen being told they waited, went


ITHE MAGNIFICENT FAIRY, &c. 239to receive them ; <strong>and</strong> I, in the mean time, went totake a turn or two in the gardens, where I met theprince. My pensiveness, <strong>and</strong> tlie air of concernthat appeared in my face, made Salmacis ask mewhat was the matter with me, <strong>and</strong> if love mademe so melancholy. I told him, laughing, that thatgod had undoubtedly some share in my musings,<strong>and</strong> that I was thinking on the fantasticaluess ofhis empire. Let me know, said the prince, whetheryou have any reason to accuse him, <strong>and</strong> ofwhat it is you complain. You have more cause tocomplain yourself, sir, said I, looking earnestlyupon him ; for if love had not blindfolded you,tliere are few princes who might be so happy asyourself: <strong>and</strong> I doubt, whether the favours youreceive from Ismira may equal those you have lost.Since you speak so mystically, said the prince, withsome confusion, I conjure you, Celina, to explainyourself, or perhaps you may make me guilty of;crimes that may cost me my life. Sir, said I, suchiprinces as you never can, when they make choiceof goddesses for the subject of their vows: Venusloved Anchises. After these words, I left him toigo to the queen, whom I perceived at the end ofthe alley wherein we walked.Ever after this conversation, Salmacis, who understoodwell enough what I meant, saw the fairyevery da\', <strong>and</strong> appeared sometimes confused <strong>and</strong>thou2;htful. He no longer valued Ismira's charmshe liiLide no entertainments for her; his visits werelesb frequent; <strong>and</strong> every body took notice of this;chan:;e :she herself grew jealous, but was resolvedto discover her rival before she spoke to her lover.In the mean time, the fairy observing the assiduiitiesof the prince, never doubted but I had toldihim. Celina, said she, you have betraj'ed me; Salmacisknows my weakness: his sighs <strong>and</strong> looks tellme so ; for if you had not said something to him,,he durst not have been so bold. 'Tis love rendersihim so, replied I, <strong>and</strong> not my discourse with him


'j$10 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,that little god has discovered to him that inclination,wliich gives you that esteem for him asthink him worthy of your chains. But Celiua, saidshe again, tlie prince does not love me ; Ismira isthe object of his tenderness, <strong>and</strong> love cannot lethim know what passes in my heart, since he hasnone for me. It may be, madam, answered I, hedoes not love that lady, but endeavours only, atold you before, to prevent the misfortune of findingyou too charming ; <strong>and</strong> even one look of yoursmay have informed him, that his constraint is to aapurpose.The prince, who came in jnst as I was speaking,made the queen blush so much, that he stood likeone thunderstruck; <strong>and</strong> I, to give them an oppor.tunity to explain themselves, said, The prince herecan give you a better account of what you askthan myself. Can I be so happy, madam, repliedSalmacis, to know any thing that merits yourriosity ? Celiua, said the fairy, blushing againsometimes so much out of the way, that one mustnot always mind what she says ; <strong>and</strong> what I askedof her is not worth any further information. It isworth so much, madam, replied I, that it may giveyou a little more confidence again in what I havethe honour to tell you ; therefore I desire I mayacquaint the prince with the subject of our dispute.Celina, said the queen, I choose rather to believeyou, than that you should take Prince Salmacisfor a second. Well, madam, then, said I, I am very•well satisfied that you give credit to my words,<strong>and</strong> the prince ought to be so too. Celina, repliedSalmacis, who comprehended by the queen's confusionthat we were talking of him, has always beenso much my friend, that after what I have heardlier say, I am sure I ought to return you thanks forthe belief you have in her discourse. It happenssometimes, that the great respect we have for personswhom we adore obliges us to be silent ; <strong>and</strong>-without the favourable assistance of a good friend.


'iover,; does•raslinessI! concealedII' you'memadam,THE MAGNIFICENT FAIRY,


'A242 TALES OF THE EATRIES.her : <strong>and</strong>, madam, continued he, throwing himselfat her feet, 'tis in your power to dispose of myfate : <strong>and</strong> if my vows are not to be accepted, tosave you the trouble of punisliing me, 1 will piercebefoie your face this unhappy heart, which liasrendered me so guilty. Salmacis, said the fairy,raising hira up. encroach not upon my rights, leaveto me the care of making choice of a chastisementwhich you deserve : without attempting any thingupon your life, I can find other ways to revengemyself; but, like an impartial judge, I have examinedyour crime, <strong>and</strong> find your rashness merits apunishment more mild than your treason. Afterthese words, she took her leave of the prince, <strong>and</strong>would not hear him say any more. When we werealone, she made me some reproaches, which I knewproceeded more from her modestj' than anger.The prince, from that day growing Lold, never sawthe queen but he entertained her with his passion,<strong>and</strong> knew so well how to persuade her that hedid not love Ismiia, that she permitted him tosigh, <strong>and</strong> to hope his sighs might have their desiredeffect.fate so much to be envied ought to havemade Salmacis forget Ismira, whatever charms thatbeautiful maid was mistress of; but the reproachesshe made him when she knew who was that formidablerival who had robbed her of her lover'sheart, brought him to her again. He visited herevery day, <strong>and</strong> endeavoured to persuade her that itwas his interest that obliged him to wait so muchupon the queen: but Ismira, not satisfied withthese weak excuses, <strong>and</strong> knowing moreover thepov.er she had over him, told him, that she couldnot resolve with herself to stay, <strong>and</strong> be a witnesscf her rival's happiness, but would go <strong>and</strong> live retiredat a house she had at the farthermost part ofthe isl<strong>and</strong>. The prince, concerned at this resolution,<strong>and</strong> to prevent her going, swore a thous<strong>and</strong>oaths that he would never love any other but ker;-


THE MAGNIFICENT FAIRY, &c. 243with which thecunning Ismira seemed well satisfied: but the next morning, as soon as it was day,she went, knowing well enough that while theprince saw the queen, she must yield to that dangerousrival, <strong>and</strong> that if she left the court he wouldfollow her: which notion of hers was very just;for as soon as Salmacis understood she was gone,-he immediately posted after her. What! cruelIsmira, said he, do you forsake me ? What ! wouldj'ou break those chains which you have sworn sooften should be as durable as life ? Sir, repliedthat maid, with tears in her eves, 'tis not I whobreak them; you know, unjust prince, the pleasureI take in wearing them v\ith you, <strong>and</strong> what I havedone to make them light. How often have you,pleased with the happiness of loving <strong>and</strong> being beloved,preferred your fate to that of the gods?But that charming time is no more ; the brightlustre of a crown has surprised your tenderness,<strong>and</strong> you can no longer think yourself blessed butby a mistress who can add power <strong>and</strong> gr<strong>and</strong>eur tolove: follow tliat blind divinity, <strong>and</strong> leave me topreserve the remembrance of that too happy time.Faithful to my tenderness, I shall only rememberthose moments when you deserved so well, <strong>and</strong>shall forget that you have betrayed me, for fearlest so cruel an idea, by kindling my rage, shouldweaken my love. Ah! my dear Ismira, cried theprince, throwing himself at her feet, what must Ido to repair my crime ? Love none but me, sir,replied she, <strong>and</strong> show by staying with me here howdear 1 am to you. Yes, charming nymph, said§almacis, I love none but you, <strong>and</strong> shall think myselfhappy to renounce the bounties the fairy has~ omised me, to prove that my love is as violent ast the first days of its birth.'.While the prince with so much imprudence forallthe obligations he had to the queen, thatrely fairy was sensibly provoked at the preferhegave a persoa so much beneath him in


244 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,beauty <strong>and</strong> birth. lu her rage she could not findout any punishment great enough to expiate sohorrid a crime : her first transports represented thepleasure of revenge so full of charms, that she wasready to invent an enchantment by wliicli thesecriminals might live in despair : but love prevailingover her passion, she contented herself withventing her anger in tears. Ah ! Celina, said she,how great an injury have you done me by flatteringray tenderness! Had it not been for you, I hadnever tasted of the fatal pleasure of being loved bythe prince; I should have always seen him at tfeet of my rival, <strong>and</strong> that cruel sight would havemade me hate him : but poisoned by his false passion,I was reduced to the sweet necessity of thinkingmyself always beloved by him. What remedies,cruel maid, can you apply to the evils youhave bi ought on me ?' Madam, said I, if my death can make an atonement,I'll undergo it with pleasure : I confess Iwas in the wrong to you. As to the perfidiousPrince Salmacis, he is undeserving of your bounty,since he is so neglectful; <strong>and</strong> you ought to punishhim, if he was not so dear to you that his punishmentwould be greater to yourself: but if he is necessaryto j'our repose, forget his ill conduct, aattribute it not to the inclinations of his heart; theartful Ismira, for fear of your charms, keeps himfrom you through a use of admiring her beauty.Go <strong>and</strong> show yourself, madam, at her palace, <strong>and</strong>force from your enemy a slave who is but too muchhonoured with wearing your chains, <strong>and</strong> I'll answerfor his fidelity. Ah ! Celina, said the queen,though I am sensible I cannot live without bemgbeloved by the prince, I cannot resolve to take*such a step, whicli would turn to ray shame, an*might perhaps add to my rival's triumph. Wellthen, madam, said I, publish the tournament whichyou always give upon the account of your birth-,day, <strong>and</strong> let the prize be so great as to Hatter th»


j!make•namentTHE MAGNIFICENT FAIRY, &c. 245vanity of the weak prince, who, fond of glory <strong>and</strong>honour, will leave his nymph, <strong>and</strong> if he sees youbut a moment I'll be answerable for his repentance.The fairy, after having well weighed myadvice, resolved to follow it, <strong>and</strong> ordered a tourtobe appointed, <strong>and</strong> for the prize a goldencrown set with rubies, which the victor shouldwear at all public ceremonies in that isl<strong>and</strong>.*The hopes of this recompense had the effect Iexpected. Salmacis could not resist the desire hehad of being honoured by so particular a distinction,but left Ismira, <strong>and</strong> arrived at court the! night before the tournament. The affront he hadput upon the queen prevented him from going toher a visit. Tlie next day, the fairy, magnificentlydressed, placed herself on a scaffold, attendedby all her court; <strong>and</strong> after the judges of thefield had performed the usual ceremonies, theprince was the first who entered the lists. Hisarmour shone bright with jewels ; his helmet wasadorned with a plume of white feathers ; <strong>and</strong> on hisshield v. as figured a Cupid, endeavouring to piercethree hearts with one arrow, but cauld not accomplishit, <strong>and</strong> this device,''Tis too much for one.*He never in all his life appeared so charmingas that day, for the god of love, who thought nonejnore worthy of his care than that prince, <strong>and</strong> thefairy, had enlivened his natural beauty by theirjchamis. Salmacis, after having taken a turn ortwo about the field, passing by the queen, salutedher, with a countenance whereon his shame for liiscrime was painted; <strong>and</strong> surprised at himself forpreferring Ismira before tliat adorable fairj', stoodabove a quarter of an hour before he could take his«yes off her. But a knight presenting himself, he£oon made himself ready to receive him, <strong>and</strong> not•nly gained the victory over him, but over all wht>


am246 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.disputed it with him : <strong>and</strong> being declared victor,was led to the queen's scaifold, to be crowned byher own h<strong>and</strong>s.' When the tournament was over the fairy retiredinto her closet, <strong>and</strong> would not be seen by anybody ; <strong>and</strong> the prince, unable to resist his desire ofgettius; her pardon, came to me. Celina, said heto me, either kill me, or get me leave to throw myselfat tlie queen's feet : 1 know I unworthy ofher favour, after what my blind passion has mademe commit; but if a quick repentance, <strong>and</strong> a fidelityproof against all the trials she can put me to,can beeir any weight <strong>and</strong> yet, Celina, I know sowell how by love to repair my weakness, that sheshall be obliged to renew my chains. My lord, repliedI, I cannot promise that the queen will hearyou, since she, foreseeing that you would come,has locked herself up, <strong>and</strong> forbid any body to interrupther. Celina, said he, I know that you havethat liberty; grant me the favour that I ask, or Ishall believe that you never was mj' friend. Atlast, overcome by Salmacis's entreaties, <strong>and</strong> be*lieving that I should not displease the queen, Iwent <strong>and</strong> knocked at the closet-door; but was surprisedM'hen she bid me be gone, <strong>and</strong> would nothear a syllable of the prince's repentance. Withthis cruel answer 1 went to him, <strong>and</strong> thought hewould have died away at the news ; <strong>and</strong> so greatwas liis grief, that he retired to his own apartmentwithout saying one word. It was several days beforehe could get a favourable opportunity to speakto lier, for she had forbid him her sight : till oneevening, as she was walking by the seaside, attendedby her maids, he came <strong>and</strong> cast himself ather feet, <strong>and</strong> knew so perfectly well how to talkby his eyes <strong>and</strong> sighs, that the fairy promised toforget his crime, provided he would forsake Ismira;which the prince consented to without anyhesitation, <strong>and</strong> from that moment gave her all thetokens of a constant passion. Ismiramade use of all


THE MAGNIFICENT FAIRY, &c. 247her charms to seduce him again ; but finding theattempts fruitless, to banish him from her heart,left tlie isl<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> married a prince who had lovedher a long time.'In the mean time, the fame of Salmacis's happinessreached the earsof king Poli<strong>and</strong>er, who, takingit ill that a subject should dare to make loveto his sovereign, sent for Amerdin, that famousmagician, <strong>and</strong> ordered him totake away <strong>and</strong> confineSalmacis in his enclianted castle; <strong>and</strong> thatcruel instrument of mischief having surprised Salmaciswhen ne was out a hunting, conveyed himto that fatal abode. The queen, in despair for hismisfortune, consulted her books, to know how herlover might gain his liberti', <strong>and</strong> found that it wasyou alone, generous prince,' said Celina, addressingherself to Elmedorus, who could destroy 'the enchantmentof that castle, where so many illustriousunfortunate princes <strong>and</strong> princesses suffer punishmentsunknown to other mortals. The queen sawwith sorrow that you had lost the ring, on whichthe success of this adventure depended ; when Zamatdying, committed that treasure so precious toher tenderness into her h<strong>and</strong>s, charging her to restoreit to you for the advancement of her happiness.She conducted you to the river Tagus, wherethe beautiful Princess of Fez, by her orders, waitedfor you ; <strong>and</strong> knowing that you was going to attemptso dangerous an enterprise without any otherassistance than your own courage, sent me thismorning to y-ou, that she might herself give j'outhat valuable ring, on which the change of her <strong>and</strong>your fortune depends, since thereby you will findyour charming princess again always constant toyour memory. Asmonadus, knowing of your returnfrom the fairy Desideria's isl<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> fearingyou should go <strong>and</strong> take Alzayda from him, took heraway in that swoon wherein your esquire thoughtshe was dead, <strong>and</strong> left Leon, taking Sanchea alongwith him. He hurried her to Amerdin's enchanted


218 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,castle, where Desideria, to be revenged of you,told him he might make himself beloved by thatcharming lady. But he has since found that hisenchantments could have no effect upon her heartfor she, always faithful toher dear Prince of Granada,passes her days full of grief. For you,beautiful Zamea, your knight, deceived by yourresemblance, tastes all tlie sweet pleasures whichmake him bless his fate ; <strong>and</strong> Amaudina, to satisfythe hatred of the revengeful Celdina, sometimesregrets the loss of the Prince of Mauritania in adeluge of tears, <strong>and</strong> sometimes bewails the deathof the Prince of Arragon. For Salraacis, his punishmentis great enough in being separated fromhis adorable fairy : but as he believes he shall neversee her again, he is as much to be pitied as the restwho are kept in that terrible abode.'Celina having thus finished her relation, madethe Prince of Granada so desirous of arriving atAmerdins castle, that the^' had a great deal to doto persuade him to stay in the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong>'sisl<strong>and</strong> till the next day ; <strong>and</strong> the joy to know thathis princess was living so employed liis tlioughts,that he forgot to thank Celina for the favour shehad done him j which Zalmayda <strong>and</strong> Zamea didfor him, <strong>and</strong> afterwards went to the queen, in herown apartment. Ihat night was spent in beggingof the fairy to assist them with her advice ; <strong>and</strong>the next day, by sun-rise, this lovely troop leftthat isle, <strong>and</strong> were carried back by the same galleythat brought them ; <strong>and</strong> found by the river-side amagnificent chariot for the princesses, <strong>and</strong> for theprinces fairy horses, which could neither tire norbe wounded. A dwarf presented Elmedorus witha suit of armour of massy gold, enriched with rubies<strong>and</strong> pearls ; <strong>and</strong> on his shield, v/hich was ofthe same metal, was the representation of himselftrampling expiring monsters under his feet. Elmedorusaccepted of so valuable a present, <strong>and</strong>


KNIGHTS-ERRANT. §49was armed with them by the dwarf, who informedliiiii of their power. Afterwards they pursued theirway for Amerdin's castle.All that day they travelled without any molestationfrom any person, <strong>and</strong> at night arrived at alittle hamlet, situated by a pleasant river's side,where the huts were built of red marble; <strong>and</strong> theshepherds <strong>and</strong> shepherdesses, clothed in stuffs ofthe same colour, with silver crooks in their h<strong>and</strong>s,came to offer them their habitations for that night.Tlie princesses, surprised to find so much politenessamong shepherds, asked them whom they belongedto. The shepherds answered, they weresubjects of the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong>, who had orderedthem to receive them after the best manner theywere capable of. These huts were found to be asx-onvenient within, as they were h<strong>and</strong>somely builtwithout. All the furniture was of a rose-coloured<strong>and</strong> silver stuff; <strong>and</strong> tables of red <strong>and</strong> green porphyry,covered with vessels of alabaster full ofseveral sorts of flowers, from which there exhaleda perfume that ravished the senses.The princesses, after they had admired thatcharming place, laid themselves down for gometime on beds of repose, <strong>and</strong>, during a repast M'hichwas served up, the shepherds played on soft flutes;<strong>and</strong> when the supper was over, they all retired totheir apartments. The next morning, by day-break,our fair adventurers, followed by the knights, gotinto tlieir chariot ; <strong>and</strong>, after caressing their kindhostesses, pursued their journey. The next eveningthey spent as agreeably as that in the marble hamlet; for, in a great forest, the track which theyfollowed led them to a fine castle, the walls ofwhich were white agate, <strong>and</strong> the cornices <strong>and</strong> coveringof flame-coloured China. A nymph of heavenlybeauty, covered with a veil of green <strong>and</strong> gold-gauze, stood at the gates ; <strong>and</strong> addressing herselfto the Prince of Granada, said, Generous Prince,'the Magnificent Fairv orders me to receive yoiiM «


V50TALES OF THE FAIRIES,here ; <strong>and</strong> you may assure your princesses, thatthey may comm<strong>and</strong> everything this place affords,'Elmedorus received this compliment witli great civility,<strong>and</strong> presented the princesses, who embracedtheir beautiful hostess; who led tliem into a hallof agate, the same as the palace-walls, supportedby twelve flame-coloured China pillars, where allthe furniture was green velvet embroidered withgold. As soon as they were seated, six nymphscame <strong>and</strong> presented baskets full of fruit <strong>and</strong> sw eetmeats.After this collation, they Avalked into awood of pomegranate trees, of an extraordinarylieight, where there were fine fountains, which fellinto large China basins of that nymph's favouritecolour. Zalmayda <strong>and</strong> Zamea were so enchantedwith this charming abode, that they could hardlyresolve to leave it, but that the nymph led therainsensibly into the forest, where a noble entertainment<strong>and</strong> concert of fine music was prepared forthem : all which, as soon as the princes <strong>and</strong> princessesrose from table, disappeared ; <strong>and</strong> from allthe alleys, which ended in that place, came forthMoors, <strong>and</strong> gave them a morris-dance. Great partof the evening glided away in these sorts of diversions;till the princesses reflecting that they wto rise early the next day, returned to the palace :though the next morning, more idle than ordinary,they lay till two hours after sun-rise ; when thecharming hostess led them to their chariot, antaking her leave of them, gave Elmedorus a dogof an extraordinary size, <strong>and</strong> bid him follow thatdog, which would lead him to the fatal castle.Elmedorus, as well as the rest of these adventurers,.tljanked her a thous<strong>and</strong> times, <strong>and</strong> followed thedog, who took a large tract in the forest.They had not travelled more than three hoursbefore they discerned Anierdin's castle; at whichthe prince conceived an inexpressible jo}', an4 'making the princesses stop, desired the princes tostay with them to guard them, aud ads-anced by '


': obeyed;jIingIhis'Elmedorus,'! theseIIImeKNIGHTS-ERRANT. 251himself to the gates of that iafernal place ; from•whence, after the usual signal, there came forth akuight with his lance in his h<strong>and</strong>, whom he knewto be Almanzon. Elmedorus would not make useof liis sword against him, but presenting his ring,the knight, coming out of the enchantment withwhich lie had been so long deceived, let fall hislance, <strong>and</strong> threw himself at the feet of the Princeof Granada ; who, raising him up <strong>and</strong> embracinghim, said, 'Accept from me, brave knight, bothliberty <strong>and</strong> your princess,' pointing to the princesses'chariot. Almanzon, transported with joy,ran to his dear princess ; <strong>and</strong> in the mean time aSecond enemy came out of the castle, v/hom theprince knew to be Salmacis by his device. Therespect he had for the fairy prevented his employhissword, but let fall the point, <strong>and</strong> showedfatal ring. The knight, ashamed of his design,) ran to his deliverer with open arms.'Prince,' said'the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong>, by whom j'oiihave always been tenderly beloved, frees you fromchains, to oblige you to wear hers.' *Ah !1generous knight,' replied Salmacis, 'what happinessdo you pronounce! Is it possible for me to seeIIij that charming fairy again ?' ' Yes,' said Elmedorus,' <strong>and</strong> find her always beautiful <strong>and</strong> constant.But leave me to finish ray undertaking ;for thedear interest I have in it urges me to make a trial|«f all the enemies the cruel Amerdin can sendJAgainst me. Go to the princesses, who wait forIj; but have a care of their charms.' The knight<strong>and</strong> Elmedorus seeing a third adversary,i^^'llo was Asmonadus, advanced towards him withhis sv.ord in hisha-nd. 'Who art thou, rash youth,'said Asmonadus,'who come here to seek thydeath r'the prince,' 1 am Elmedorus of Granada,' replied'who, favoured by the gods, come topunish thee <strong>and</strong> the traitor Amerdin, <strong>and</strong> to deii\erthe Princess Alzayda out of the h<strong>and</strong>s ofher enemies.' At these words they fought with so


252 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,much fury, tliat the princesses trembled for theirvaliant hero, <strong>and</strong> the princes, forgetting that theyv.ere not to concern themselves in this adventure,ran to his assistance ; but before they could getto him, he had brought his assailant to the ground,whose soul flew to the infernal regions through alarge wound in his side. Elmedorus being thusdelivered of his rival, thanked the generous itnights,<strong>and</strong> desired them to return again to the princesses.As soon as Asmonadiis had yielded up his breath,there came out of the castle a roaring lion to attackthe prince, who, without making use of hisring, killed him, after an hour's fight, by Asmonadus.The lion was no sooner defeated, but thereappeared a knight mounted on a griffin, with hisvisor half lifted up, <strong>and</strong> his haggard eyes full of'fury. Think not, Prince of Granada,' said he,'because thou hast vanquished so often, to accom.plish thy enterprise. Thou canst not escape myrevenge.''Let us see, then,' said Elmedorus, ' ifthou art more invulnerable than the rest of thydefenders, by whom thou thoughtest to weaken myarm ; but know, that my strength increases withmy victories.' Then Amerdin flew with his griflSatowards Elmedorus, who found himself in greatdifficulty thereby ;but growing outrageous thatthis traitor should defend himself so well, fetchedso furious a stroke at his sword-arm, that he cutit off; <strong>and</strong> the magician, finding that he was nolonger able to resist, flew away on his grifiin.From his venomous blood there sprung so manysnakes <strong>and</strong> serpents, which turned their murderingtonsues against the prince, that he, seeing that hecould not defend himself against so many enemies,turned his ring, <strong>and</strong> passing through the midst ofthem, went directly to the castle.Two bears of an enormous size guarded theporch, <strong>and</strong> would infallibly have fallen upon him,but being restrained by the virtue of his ring, ranaway. The gates opened, <strong>and</strong> a knight of a haughty


KNIGIITS-ERRANT. 253mien advanced to defend the entr)'. Elmedorus,sorry to sacrifice so accomplished a prince, desiredhim not to put himself to the proof of his arms :but the stranger, whom the magician had told thathe was come to force awa^' Am<strong>and</strong>ina, not listeningto the good advice he gave, struck him on the helmet^^ith his sword. Upon which, the enragedElmedorus, disdaining to use his ring, attackedhim; <strong>and</strong> though there was no knight more bravethan the unhappy Prince of Arragon, laid him lifelessat his feet. After this our generous prince,impatient to find his princess, went in ; <strong>and</strong> havingtraversed several dismal apartments, came to atower, where there was neither door nor window,<strong>and</strong> heard the complaints of those who were inclosedin it, <strong>and</strong>, among tlie rest, thought he coulddistinguish liis princess's voice. Moved with tneseplaintive sounds, he took a hammer, which theMagnificent <strong>Fairy</strong> had ordered him to carry withhim, <strong>and</strong> fastening his magic ring to it, struck thewall therewith, which presently opened, <strong>and</strong> hewent in, <strong>and</strong> found it full of beautiful ladies, whoby their tears formed a brook which ran out at thebottom of that piece of building. There he foundhis dear Alzayda seated by a tomb, which she besprinkledwith her tears, <strong>and</strong> saw himself so wellrepresented, that lie was amazed : but desirous toput a stop to the princess's sighs <strong>and</strong> torments, hepresented the ring ; upon which the tomb immediatelydisappeared, <strong>and</strong> the walls of tne tower werechanged into a magnificent triumphal arch, wherethe names of Elmedorus <strong>and</strong> Alzayda were writtenin golden letters, supported by Cupids. All theknights <strong>and</strong> ladies, who had been kept prisonersthere for almost an age by the enchantments of thecruel Amerdin, came to throw themselves at thefeet of the Prince of Granada, who raised them upafter so noble <strong>and</strong> genteel a manner, that they conceiveda new joy to be delivered by so generous aknight; <strong>and</strong> perceiving the impatience he was in


'Mymy554 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,to eatertain liis princess, retired to the other endof the room they -were in ; <strong>and</strong> the prince, willingto make use of the advantage of tliis their complaisance,said to Alzayda, Alas ' ! dear princess,what real grief has your false death causedme ! The gods undoubtedly allowed of that comm<strong>and</strong>you gave me, to preserve m}" life to revengeyou ; for had not my blind obedience to your ordersrestrained me, I should have long ago sacririced it' to my despair.' Prince,' replied Alzayda, withan air of pleasure in her countenance, you ' see bythe punishment the cruel Asmonadus inflicted howdear you was to me, since I for ray disdain of himwas condemned to bewail your death all my days.But what favourable deity conducted you into thiscastle, <strong>and</strong> has preserved you from the wickedAmerdin <strong>and</strong> your rival r'rival,' replied theprince,'hath with his life paid for the injuries hehas done us; <strong>and</strong> the other perfidious magician,unable to defend himself against me, fled on hiswinged griftin.' lie was going to give her a fullrelation of his adventures, but Alzayda rei>resentingto him that the presence of so many illustriouspersons would not permit them to hold a longerconversation, said, 'Let us leave this fatal place,<strong>and</strong> be assured that Alzayda is the same as whenyou left her at Leon.' After this favourable assurance,the princess went to the other princesses,who were still praising the prince's generosity.Alzayda, mixing in their discourse, said, she mustown tliat they were all very much obliged to him,<strong>and</strong> would be much more, if he would lead themout of that frightful prison. Elmedorus replied,he would as soon as she pleased ; but first desiredto know which of all those amiable persons wasAm<strong>and</strong>ina. The Princess of Castile no sooner heardher name pronounced, but she advanced; <strong>and</strong> theprince told her, he desired only her pardon for thedeath of Arm<strong>and</strong>us, which it was not in his powerto prevent. The princess blushed, aod sighed at


KNIGHTS-ERRANT. 255;this melancholy news , when Elmedoi-us, to easeher troubled soul, said, But ' since, madam, 1 havebeen so unhappy as to deprive j'ou of one deservinglover, to repair my fault, I will restore Zalm<strong>and</strong>orto you.' 'Ah! sir,' said Ara<strong>and</strong>ina, 'donot flatter me with false hopes, to comfort me fora certain misfortune.''You shall know in a littletime,' replied the prince, 'that I promise nothingbut what I can perform.' In saying these words,he presented his h<strong>and</strong> to the adorable Alzayda,who was followed by the other ladies, led by allthe knights then present.As they passed through the porch, the Princessof Castile perceived the body of the unfortunatePrince of Arragon, which sight drew tears fromher eyes ; <strong>and</strong> Arm<strong>and</strong>us's esquire, casting himselfat Elmedorus's feet, said, 'Give me leave, sir, toperform the last duties to ray illustrious master,<strong>and</strong> to erect a tomb in the same place where helost his life.' ' I conjure you, generous prince,'said the Princess of Castile,'not to refuse thefaithful Cleon the favour he asks of you.' 'Alas !madam,' cried the esquire, ' it is some sort of recompensefor my unhappy master, that j'ou obtaina grave for him who employed the last moment ofhis life to show his love ; for, after he was curedof his wounds, he left his own dominions, <strong>and</strong>being informed that you was brought to this castle,came to find you out ; where he was received bythe cruel Amerdin, who promised him, if he coulddefend this fatal place against the valiant Princeof Granada, to deliver you up to him, that he mightcarry you back to Castile. My prince accepted ofthe conditions, <strong>and</strong> this day put an end to his miserablelife.' ' 'Cleon,' said Am<strong>and</strong>ina, the godscan witness how sensible I am of the misfortunesQt' your illustrious master; <strong>and</strong> that I would, if itlay in my power, restore him to life again at theprice of my crown : but since that is impossible,let us pay to his shade those ofticei which it ex-


S56TALES OF THE FAIRIES,pects from us. Prepare a funeral pile, <strong>and</strong> let himhave a tomb worthy of so perfect a knight.' £lmedorusdesired Cleon to undertake that work, <strong>and</strong>promised to supply him with all necessaries: <strong>and</strong>,after that, impatient to return to the lovely troopthat waited for him, left the castle, followed by anumerous attendance.Tliey were no sooner got over the bridge of tliemoat which surrounded the castle, but the heavensappeared all on tire, followed by lightning <strong>and</strong>terrible claps of thunder ; which made this illustriouscompany look back to the castle, where theysaw infinite numbers of demons, which, having destroyedthat dismal place, took their fligiit throughthe air ; <strong>and</strong> with this storm the encliantment endedThe princesses, shuddering <strong>and</strong> trembling with fear,knew not what to think, till day appearing brighterthan before, calmed their fears, <strong>and</strong> presented totheir view a most charming sight. That castle,which was more liorrible than the most dismal representationof lifell, was changed into so magnificenta palace, that no eyes could bear the lustreof the jewels wherewith it was adorned ; <strong>and</strong> ontlie front might be read, in a cartridge of one singlecarbuncle, these words'This stately edifice was erected to immortalizethe memory of the valiant Elmedorus, the honour<strong>and</strong> glory of knighthood, <strong>and</strong> the true pattern offaithful love.'A beautiful lady stood at the gates, who, approachingAlzayda, said, Madam, the .Magnificent'<strong>Fairy</strong>, to leave to posterity the remembrance ofthe valour of your illustrious lover, hatn raisedthis palace from the ruins of th.at which was destroyedby his lieroic courage. Honour it withyour presence, <strong>and</strong>, in a temple dedicated to theGoddess of Constancy, consecrate that mysteriousring which has effected your liberty. You have no


i them,jwereIthe1 ofiwasKNIGHTS-ERRANT. 257more occasion for its magical aid, since nothingcan disturb j'our happiness, <strong>and</strong> jour days will rollaway in love <strong>and</strong> pleasure. Por you, prince,' said'she to Elmedorus, know that nothing can equalyour glory ;possessor of a large empire, <strong>and</strong> oneof the most virtuous <strong>and</strong> beautiful princesses inthe world, you will surpass the greatest heroes ;<strong>and</strong>, to complete your wishes, there shall springfrom your loins a son, who shall make himselfknown to the most distant poles.' Elmedorus <strong>and</strong>Alzayda were so surprised at the happiness thatthis learned fairy pronounced, that they could notmake any reply ; when the Princesses Zalmayda<strong>and</strong> Zamea, <strong>and</strong> all the knights who accompaniedhaving seen the end of the enchantment,came to testify their joy. The Prince of Granadataking Zalm<strong>and</strong>or by tiie h<strong>and</strong>, while the princessesembracing Alzayda, <strong>and</strong> presenting him to) the beautiful Am<strong>and</strong>ina, said, 'You see, madam, Iperform my promises.' The princess, without returningany answer, held out her h<strong>and</strong> to her lover,<strong>and</strong> received with an extraordinary satisfaction allthe testimonies he gave her of his love. And afterthe first transports of all these admirable persons,the obliging fairy engaged them to go into thisnew palace, which was extremely beautiful. Nothingelse was hardly seen but gold, <strong>and</strong> silver, <strong>and</strong>jewels ; <strong>and</strong> in the midst of the court was erecteda trophy to the honour of the Prince of Granada.After they had admired this new edifice, the fairyled them into a temple of turquoise, where thegoddess Constantia stood on an altar of the samestone, the basis of whicli was all massy gold.Alzayda taking the ring from the prince, laid it atthe feet of tlie goddess ; <strong>and</strong>, after having beseechedher always to reign in the heart of Elmedorus,going away ; when the fairy, taking her by theih<strong>and</strong>, sa'd, 'Come, madam, let us go <strong>and</strong> appeaseghost of the Prince of Arragon by some tearsthe Princess of Castile's, of which I am sure


|'258 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.Zalm<strong>and</strong>or will not be jealous. The Prince of Gra-inada is willing that he should have a tomb here;<strong>and</strong> the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong>, to show her acknow*ledjjment to him, hath erected a monument nearthis temple.' As the fairy said these words, shewalked to a pyramid of black <strong>and</strong> white marble,wliere all the actions that the unhappy Arm<strong>and</strong>usliad performed on the account of his love werepresented below in relievo ; <strong>and</strong> on the top of thepj'rarnid stood the figure of tliat prince, in the samearmour wherein he fought, which were so wellpainted, that no one could distinguish them at thatdistance. On his shield was represented the cruelgoddess, the destroyer of all things, holding a heart,out of which issued flames, <strong>and</strong> this device,'In spite of Death.'Am<strong>and</strong>ina could not behold so melancholy asight, but sighed, <strong>and</strong> let fall several tears ; <strong>and</strong>Zalm<strong>and</strong>or himself bore her company in thisstate of sorrow, till the fairy, whose sole aimto aft'ord all these illustrious persons infinite pleasures,obliged them to leave that tomb, <strong>and</strong> gointo most stately apartments ; where she left allthese happy lovers, to give them an opportunity ofentertaining their charming princesses. Salmacisalone was uneasy ; for the happiness he saw thoseprinces enjoy made him impatient to taste the samepleasures ; when the sound of trumpets <strong>and</strong> hautboysawakened him out of this his melancholy.He ran to the window, to see who was coming:but how great was his joy to see his charmfairy in a chariot, drawn by unicorns more whitethan the horses of the sun, <strong>and</strong> followed by all hernymphs in others ! He went <strong>and</strong> threw himself at•her feet before she alighted, <strong>and</strong> by transports,which nought but love could inspire, expressed tHemost tender passion. She raised him up with all Ithe bounty imaginable; <strong>and</strong> her eyes appeared M*


KNIGHTS-ERRANT. 259languishiug, that he thought he should have diedaway with pleasure. By this time the princes <strong>and</strong>princesses followed, who, overjoyed to see thequeen, believed that nothins more could disturbtheir happiness. The Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong> embracedall these amiable heroines ; <strong>and</strong> turning towardsthe Prince of Granada, said, 'It is just, generousElmedorus, that I thank you for the care you havetaken of Salmacis, <strong>and</strong> your restoring him faithfulto me : but, to recompense you, I will completeyour happiness in this palace, consecrated to yourvictory. In a short time we shall hear from theking your father ; <strong>and</strong> for the other princes whoseconsent is necessary to finish all these adventures,I have taken care to inform them. In the meantime, taste the pleasure of knowing how well youare beloved by your beautiful princess. For you,charming; I airy of Pleasures,' said she to her whoappeared at the gates of the new palace, neglect'nothing to make us pass away our days happily,wliiie we wait for that of the celebration of so manyillustrious weddings.'After these words, the queen gave her h<strong>and</strong> tothe Prince of Granada, <strong>and</strong> led him into a hall,where the walls were lined, in the manner of wainscot,with white agate veined with green <strong>and</strong> flamecolour.All the furniture was of cloth of gold embroideredwith pearls, rubies, <strong>and</strong> emeralds ; <strong>and</strong>under a canopy, supported by four Cupids of turquoise,there lay a crown of hearts interwoventogether. A throne, of the same agate as the walls,•was erected six steps from thence, <strong>and</strong> coveredwith a rich piece of tapestry, where the queenplaced herself, with all the princesses seated oneach h<strong>and</strong> of her, on very tine cushions. Nothingwas ever so charming as this sight, nor ever werethere so many beauties assembled together in one .place. Alzayda shone so bright <strong>and</strong> lovely, that,after the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong>, she bore away the bell,<strong>and</strong> none of the other ladies so much as disputed


260 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.it -with her; though they had so little reason tocomplain of Nature's favours, that it was necessaryevery one should see Alzayda to believe that therewas something more perfect than themselves. Agreat part of the day was already spent in suchgreat events, when the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong>, fearinglest tliepraises that were bestowed on the Princessof Leon might somewhat chagrin the other princesses,told the <strong>Fairy</strong> of Pleasures that they oughtnot to be any longer ignorant of the adventure thathad changed their happy days to so long sorrow,<strong>and</strong> desired her to inform that illustrious company.The charming fairy obeyed, <strong>and</strong> began in thesewords.


FAIRY OF PLEASURES, i:c.THE HISTORYTHE FAIRY OF PLEASURES ANDTHE CRUEL AMERDIN.'You know, madam,' said the fairy, addressingherself to the 'queen, that I am the daughter of apowerful fairy, who kept her court in an isl<strong>and</strong>hard by j'ours, which was called the Happ5' Isle.My mother, walking one evening by the sea-side,saw Venus rise out of the water, followed by theGcd of Pleasures; who perceiving her, left thegoddess to declare to her the love with which shehad inspired him. The fairy was not long insensibleto his passion ; <strong>and</strong> their union brouglit meforth. My mother, charmed to see me resembletlie god my father so perfectly, endued me withall the gifts that lay in lier power ; <strong>and</strong> consultingher books on mj' fate, found that 1 was threatenedwith ft great misfortune if I should be loved by aprince that was a magician. To avoid this presage,she built a palace in this fatal place, furnished itwith every thing that might delight me, appointedthe most agreeable persons of both sexes for mycompanions ; <strong>and</strong> the god my father, to show howdear 1 was to him, shut up with me the Pleasures,which were young children of a heavenly beauty,who by their presence inspire the most sorrov.fulwith joy. He perm.itted them every day to go outof the palace, to show themselves to mortals ; butcomm<strong>and</strong>ed them always to return at night to mydelicious prison, which makes mankind so muchdeprived of their amiable presence.


562 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.'The approach to this palace was very difficultby reason of the many monsters that defended it,<strong>and</strong> a thick cloud which rendered it invisible. Tspent my days very happily in tliis charming retreat: every thing favoured my desires ; for Lovehad taken care to provide a prince for me, aboutfive years older than myself, who, by a tender <strong>and</strong>constant passion, made me discover new pleasuresin the most ordinary diversions. His name wasConstantius; <strong>and</strong> never did a lover better deservethat name. But of what use were all these prudentprecautions against the cruel order of Fate ?'One day, as I was walking on a terrace beforethe palace, I perceived a man monnted on a griffinthat cut the air with his wings. This noveltymade me shriek out ; upon which he stopped, <strong>and</strong>alighting gently on the ground, looked at me sometime, <strong>and</strong> took his flight again through the air, <strong>and</strong>soon disappeared.Frightened with this adventure,I returned to my apartment; <strong>and</strong> being again thenext day in the gardens, the same stranger came<strong>and</strong> accosted me. I never in all my life belield aman so disagreeable, <strong>and</strong> so capable of inspiringhatred <strong>and</strong> horror. Fair princess, said he, be notamazed to see me again ; for who can behold youbut a moment, <strong>and</strong> not wish to live all his life near3'ou. I willingly relinquish the power I have tomake the earth tremble, to persuade you that nothingcan equal my love. You cannot make amore glorious conquest: I am as powerful as tliegods themselves, <strong>and</strong> the heavens <strong>and</strong> earth obeymy voice. I replied. Sir, my ambition will nevermake me envy the happiness of 'pleasing you. Iam content with reigning in this palace, <strong>and</strong> in thelieart of Prince Constantius ; <strong>and</strong> desire no more.Bestow your heart on some fair lady who willknow how to value it, <strong>and</strong> let me enjoy that peace<strong>and</strong> tranquillity which nothing but your presencecan disturb. After these words, I would have lefthim, to go to meet Constantius, whom I perceived


FAIRY OF PLEASURES, &c. §63at the end of the alley ; but he, holding me by thewown, said, You cannot, princess, have a j^reaterhappiness than in answering my passion : I cannotbear that you sliould prefer a young Adonis beforeme. If you are wise, you will accept of the offerI make you of my heart, or be afraid lest I shouldpunish you for having made me sensible of a tendernessso contrary to my nature. I have told youI can do what I please ; therefore have a care lestyou force me to hate as much as I now love. TomorrowI'll come to learn your resolution, whichwill (letermiue both our fates. As he spoke thesewords lie mounted his griffin again ; <strong>and</strong>, after hewas got out of sight, I went to Constantius, to tellhim this new misfortune. We spent ail that nightin bewailing our hard fortune, <strong>and</strong> the next morningthe cruel Araerdin appeared in my chamber.Well, princess, said he, with a countenance where-|jin rage <strong>and</strong> love were painted, have you refiectedon the honour I have offered you ? Are you disiposedto accept of an heart which never sighed forany but yourself? Sir, said I, we cannot disposeijf our affections as we please. I must confess youire deserving of the greatest princesses in the!«rorld, but love has not reserved that happ}' fate"or me : 1 am entirely devoted to Prince Coustan-;ius, whom I have loved almost from my cradle.Do not, therefore, force in upon these sweet chains,ince I knew you not when I received his vows :vhy then would you endeavour to break so pleasnga bond. I shall have a care how I break thatl>ond, replied the perfidious Amerdin, since I inendto make that your greatest torment. 'Tislone : my heart, so little used to tenderness,lields to its natural hatred. Tremble, unhappyIirincess, tremble for the sighs you have causedmd which prepare the most horrible misforunesfor you, which are much the greater, sincehey affect not your life. At the same time hetruck this palace with a rod which he had inhis


'crease their tears, wliich were received in a basiu,of black marble, <strong>and</strong> formed a brook, by Avhich[^'264 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> changed it into a frightful prison. Prin'^eCoustantius, who would have defended me, he putin a tower that liad neither an entry nor outlet, f<strong>and</strong> chased away the Pleasures ; <strong>and</strong> my passiou ')for the prince increasing every day, I spent my !•time in walking round that tower, to find an en- itrance.From that time the wicked Amerdin became anenemy to all happy lovers, strove to disturb theiripleasures, <strong>and</strong> filled the tower with all he could'get in his power, inventing new torments to in-briny water lie performed all his enchantments.'One day, having consulted his books, he foundthat a prince beloved by Heaven would come <strong>and</strong>destroy his power. Enraged at this order of fate,he sought to invite into his castle all knights thatwere the most renowned for their valour. To thisend he placed in forests <strong>and</strong> great roads demons inthe shape of beautiful ladies, who asked tlieir assistadceagainst him. 'Twas by one of these phantomsthat Prince Almanzon was decoyed; <strong>and</strong>, underthe deceitful promise of having the beautifulAm<strong>and</strong>ina r^tored to him, the unfortunate Princeof Arragon lost his life. At last, the Prince ofGranada, madam, under your glorious auspices,came <strong>and</strong> broke our chains, <strong>and</strong> restored me mydear prince as faitliful as before our misfortunes.At the same time 1 received your orders to erectthis new palace to the glory of our invincible protector.I n\ade use of all the power my mothergave me ; <strong>and</strong> now Prince Constantius is gone tobring back to this happy abode those Pleasuresthat the cruel magician had forced away.'The fairy had no sooner made an end of herstory than Prince Constantius entered the roomwith these beautiful children, so necessary to tl'happiness of life. They came <strong>and</strong> prostrated tlier-


'fthichTHE KNIGIITS-ERRAKT.'JCioselves at tlie feet of the queen, <strong>and</strong> toJd her theywould accompany lier ever after. Tiie MagnificentPairy received their homage \yith an air of joy.notiiing but their presence could create :<strong>and</strong> the night being very far advanced, after alight repast, which was nevertheless magnificent,the queen retired to her apartment, as did also ourprincesses, after they had bid their lovers goodnight.All the days following were spent in gallantfeasts ; <strong>and</strong> the ambassadors of Granada, Tunis,Fez, <strong>and</strong> Mauritania being arrived, the Magnificent<strong>Fairy</strong>, to unite all these heroic lovers in one everlastingb<strong>and</strong>, made the<strong>Fairy</strong> of Pleasures consentto the iiappiness of Prince Constantius, <strong>and</strong> orderedthe Pleasures to prepare the feast. Salmaciswould willingly have made one among these fortunatelovers; but the queen told him tiiat she wastoo much afraid that his natural inconstancy wouldnot let him as yet relish matrimony, therefore shehad a mind to continue him some years longer asa lover But this hard lav/ was attended with somany flattering promises of loving him for ever,that he thought himself too happy to expiate hisfickleness by pleasing hopes.That day so much desired by our princes, <strong>and</strong>perhaps by oar princesses too, being unived, Alzaydaled by Elmedorus, the <strong>Fairy</strong> of Pleasures byPrince Constantius, Zalmayda by Alinzor, Am<strong>and</strong>inaby Zalm<strong>and</strong>or, <strong>and</strong> Zamea by Almanzon, wentinto the temple of the Goddess of Constancy, wherethe Magniricent <strong>Fairy</strong>, brighter than Aurora, waitedfor them with Salmacis. A charming concertof music beqau tne ceremony, <strong>and</strong> when that wasover, attended them back again to the palace,where a sumptuoiis feast was prepared for them.After dinner the Pleasures represented tlie destructionof the enchantment of the cruel Amerdinon a theatre erected in the hall. In the eveningthere was a ball, where the queen would make theVOL. II.N


aSGTALES OF THE FAIRIES.Princess of Leon preside ; <strong>and</strong>, when that wa»done, she led these happy lovers to their apartments,where they received a recompense worthyof all their sufferings.Salmacis was not in the least satisfied with thishappy night, but waitetl with impatience for tliemorn, to reproach the Magnificent <strong>Fairy</strong> ; but thatlovely majesty that appeared always in her countenanceprevented his complaints, <strong>and</strong> he was satisfiedto show by his sighs that he deserved amore perfect bliss. However, the fairy took careto comfort him by the most tender <strong>and</strong> passionatelooks, <strong>and</strong> assured him that she never would beany other's but his.After tiiese happy days, the queen, willing to returnto her own isl<strong>and</strong>, left, with her illustriouscourt, the Palace of Pleasures, <strong>and</strong> by nialit arrivedat the hamlet, where she spent the eveningvery agreeably-, <strong>and</strong> the next day arrived at herown isl<strong>and</strong>. There slie told Elmec'orus, <strong>and</strong> allthe frincesies, that the fairy Desideria, out of despairat the Prince of Granada's happiness, had destroyedher enchanted palace, <strong>and</strong> was retired to adesert near to Granada, that slie mi^ht sometimessee that prince, whom she could not forget, thoughshe tried if the fountain of forgetfulness M'ouldwork the same effect on her as on those slie obligedto drink of it.The IMagnificent <strong>Fairy</strong>, after this news, <strong>and</strong> loadingthe princes <strong>and</strong> princesses with presents, gavethem convenient <strong>and</strong> magnificent equipages to carrythem to tlieir own dominions. And it was notwithout teais that this royal troop parted withthat adorable queen, who promised to honour themalways with her protection. All these heroes <strong>and</strong>heroines parted some days' journey from the MagnificentIsl<strong>and</strong>. The princesses embraced eachother, <strong>and</strong> swore an everlasting friendship ; <strong>and</strong>tlie princes promised to enter into an allianct*sainst all kings who should be their eaemies.


THE KNIGHTS-ERRANT. 267"Elmedorus -was the first \vlio got into his own dominions; where the King <strong>and</strong> Queen of Granada,overjojed to see a son again who had cost them somany tears, ahnost tired him <strong>and</strong> his charmingspouse witli tiieir caresses. Elmedorus discoverednew virtues in her every day, <strong>and</strong> tasted a thous<strong>and</strong>pleasures ; <strong>and</strong>. in due time, heard that tiioseprinces who were the companions of his fortunewere in peaceable possession of their crowns <strong>and</strong>charming princesses ; th.at the Queen of Fez hadcrowned Almanzon <strong>and</strong> Zamea, the king beingdead ; that tlie Prince of K umidia was resolved tostay in the Canaries, lest the iucoBstancy of hisown country might give liim iui ill example ; thatZaimaudor, to be nearer Granada, was in Castile;<strong>and</strong> that the <strong>Fairy</strong> of Pleasures was in the Isle ofHappiness. All this joy was augmented by a son,wliich the beautiful Alzayda was delivered of ayear after their maiTiaije, <strong>and</strong> who proved to be aprince as famous- for his great deeds as the Tair^of Pleasures had foretold.


TALES OF THE FAIRIES.FLORIN A ;THE FAIR ITALIAN, &;c.In the first ages of the world there was a princein Italy who was the deli


FLOEINA. 269he buried pieces of metal <strong>and</strong> precious stones,vvhereon talismans were engraved ; <strong>and</strong> after thisceremony, tnoiigli the castle was open, it was impossibleto go in or out without tise consent ofthose persons whom the king intrusted with thegovernment of it. It was situated in the pleasantestpart of Itali', was built of marble <strong>and</strong> porphyry,<strong>and</strong> was looked upon as a curious piece of antiquity.The apartments <strong>and</strong> gardens were answerable,<strong>and</strong> were augmented very much by the art ofthe sorcerer.Fiorina was left in this castle under the care <strong>and</strong>conduct of a goveruante fit to educate <strong>and</strong> be anexample to her, with a great manv other ladies toattend her, who, every one in particular, excelledin all the arts requisite to make her an accomplishedpiiucess. Ihey found in Fiorina, as shegrew up, a disposition that answered all their care :Fiorina gave them every day surprising tokens;nothing came up to the sprightliness of her wit <strong>and</strong>repartees.At seventeen years ofage, the fame of her perfectionsbeing spread abroad, Mauritiana, one ofthe princesses of the fairies, had the curiosity tosee whether what was said of her was true ; whichmade her quit her court, disguise herself, <strong>and</strong> goto the castle where Florma was kept ; <strong>and</strong> who, assoon as she arrived there, obtained leave to go in<strong>and</strong> see the princess. Mauritiana was surprised atthe sight of the prince^'S, who appeared more charmingthan she was reported to be, <strong>and</strong> was forced toconfess, that, though an old fairy, she never beheldany thing so delicate as that princess.Mauritiana was not one of those fuiries who protectvirtue, but one of those who are ambitious, revengeful,<strong>and</strong> who do what they can to accomplishtheir wicked ends. By these means she was raisedto the station of a princess <strong>and</strong> queen of the fairies,an unlucky accident having befallen their truequeen, Feliciana. The sight of Fiorina kindled iu


g70TALES OF THE FAIRIES.the heart of Mauritiana a great jealousy, vhichmade her foim a deiign of carrying her away, onpurpose to destroy Iver : but knowing that it wasin vain to attempt it while she remained withinthe boundaries of the castle, she endeavoured togain the governante, <strong>and</strong> to introduce herself nearthe princess; pretending that it would be necessaryto leara her to work embroidery, such as she showedher, which was exquisitely fine.The wise goveruante,not willing to have a personwhom she knew not so nigh the princess, refusedMauritiana, who was forced to retire, <strong>and</strong> find outother ways to sacceed in her design. She believed,that to excite the compassion <strong>and</strong> bounty the princesshad naturally for unfortunate persons mightproduce the effect she proposed ; <strong>and</strong> one day, asshe was walking on a terrace within the enchantedcastle, she assumed the shape of an old womanoverwhelmed with sorrow. The princess hearingof her, sent one of her maids to know what wasthe matter. The maid returned, <strong>and</strong> told her itwas an old woman laid on tlie ground, who appearedto be very iU, <strong>and</strong> desired her assistance.\Vhereupon the princess ran to her; <strong>and</strong> Mauritiana,seeing her out of the circle, caught hold ofher h<strong>and</strong> ; <strong>and</strong>, drawing a mysterious circle roundher, they were in an instant snatched away in adark cloud out of the maid's sight. Then Mauritianaput her into an ebony chariot drawn by vultures,which flew in the air with such swiftnesstJiat they soon gained her palace.At her arrival all the fairies came <strong>and</strong> paid theirrespects to her. She alighted from her chariotwith Fiorina, who created in the liearls of thosefairies ditlerent sentiments. The good ones thoughther very amiable, <strong>and</strong> pitied her ; <strong>and</strong> those whowere of Mauritiana's party could not look on herwithout unger, which made them hope impatientlyfor an opportunity to torment her.ilauritiana or-4ered the princess to be conducted into one of the


FLORINA. 271apartments of her palace, till she considered whatshe should do, <strong>and</strong> how she should use her : butlueky was it for her that the charge was given toone of the good fairies, who took her by the h<strong>and</strong><strong>and</strong> led her into a magnificent apartment, the furnitureof which was of an inestimable value.The fairy having placed her on a settee, satherself down by her, <strong>and</strong> did all she could to recoverher out of the surprise she was in. 'Alas !'said the princess, with a great sigh, 'why am Iforced from the happy abode where I lived withsatisfaction ? What crime have I committed, to hathus hurried away to a place, which, all agreeableas it appears, still makes me apprehensive of illusage r''The queen's jealousj^,' said the fairy, * isthe cause of it : she designs you an ill turn, if thegood fairies who are here prevent her not, <strong>and</strong> hinderher from carrying her passion <strong>and</strong> resentmentas far as she would. \Ve know you, <strong>and</strong> shall notsufTer a person guilty of no crime to be ill used : .as for me, who speak to you, I am sensible of yourgood deeds, <strong>and</strong> should be guilty of the greatest ingratitude,should I not assist you all that lies inmj' power.''How have 1,' said the princess, 'had the opportunityof obliging you ?' 'You shall hear,' saidthe fairy, 'by informing you who we are, <strong>and</strong>whence we derive our origin. The stars that yousee in the firmament have every one a Genius thatgoverns them ; these Genii are all powerful spirits,<strong>and</strong> the influences which proceed from the stars areexecuted by their orders. They have under theircomm<strong>and</strong> a great many spirits, who bestow theirinfluence on proper subjects, over which they areappointed. We are these spirits, <strong>and</strong> these influencesare distributed under our conduct: we haveno bodies, but only such as render us visible, <strong>and</strong>which are of so pure a nature, that they ougnt ratlierto be taken for spirits than bodies : we delight


'We'27^ TALES OF THE FAIRIES,more in tlie human shape than any other, as bein^liie.most perfect.'Our power is great ; we dispose of the elements,<strong>and</strong> ail therein : <strong>and</strong> the complete knowledge wehave makes us do things wliich men take for prodigies,because they are ignorant of the true cause ;<strong>and</strong> how, from our underst<strong>and</strong>ing tiie secrets of nature,we are properly disposed to do good or ill aswe please.' We are not always benevolent : we partake ofthe influences of the stars from whence we come,which are either good or evil ; the good beinggiven to reward virtue, <strong>and</strong> the ill to punish vice.are not always pi esent here ; for when anyof us leave the earth, after the time prescribed us,we return into that star from whence we came ;which hath made some philosophers say that weare dead, which is not true; for we die not till thelast dissolution of the universe.•All these advantaces are balanced ; for everyday we take a different shape, as a v.'olf,a serpent,a mouse, or any other animal which fate ordains ;<strong>and</strong> if, under this form, we receive any mortalwound, we actually die, without returning to ourstar. One day, when I was a weasel, one of yourservants would have killedme, but you hinderedthe stioke ; <strong>and</strong> I then concealed myself, recollectingthat I was a fairy.' Saying this, she embracedthe princess, who was glad she had done an actionfrom which she could never have thought of receivingso much satisfaction.The fairy took a golden w<strong>and</strong> that she had underher garment, with which she struck the floor wherethey were, <strong>and</strong> there appeared a magnificent table,set out with tlie finest fruits, which she presentedto Fiorina. They are excellent,' said she ; <strong>and</strong>you have occasion for them, not having had anyrefreshment since you left your own palace.' Theprincess could not refuse, but ate,<strong>and</strong> shared of


FLORIDA. §73her extraordinary bounty. Afterwards the fairystruck her w<strong>and</strong> upon the floor again, <strong>and</strong> the tablevanished. 'We must dissemble our friendshipbefore others,' said the fairy,' as much as we can,that we may be the better able to serve you.*Then she made a present to the princess of a bottleof immortal water of life. 'Keep this,' said she,' it will be very useful to you ; tliis water has theproperty to change the nature of poisons, <strong>and</strong>make those salutary which were deadly : the bottlewrill always remain full. This is the first assistancewhich 1 can give you ; as occasion offers, Iwill furnish you with fresh supplies, to show youmy gratitude.'JMauritiana called a council of fairies, <strong>and</strong> saidthus': I'his person whom you saw alight from mycar is a priucess, whose reputation is so great thatmortals think her a goddess ; the fame of whomreaching my ears, raised my curiosity to thatheight, that I went to see lier ; <strong>and</strong> she appearedto have a noble presence, unlike the common peojileof the world : therefore I resolved to know if 'tliose accomplishments v/hich belonged to nonebut fiiiries could st<strong>and</strong> the proofs of fairies; <strong>and</strong>tlierefore 1 judged it proper to bring her awaj',<strong>and</strong> make such trials of her as may discover tlietruth.'The fairies who were of the same disposition <strong>and</strong>party with Mauritiana approved of her opinion,<strong>and</strong> proposed the most difficult trials as slightmatters easilj' to be done ; but one of the fairies,who had always been one of the chief counsellorsof Teliciana, the true queen, told them, th.at Fiorinaappeared throughout all her actions to be verymodest, <strong>and</strong> that she had no inclination but forher good ; <strong>and</strong> that the charitable action she haddone, which was the cause of her being in thequeen's power, might let them know sufficientlythe motions of her soul, <strong>and</strong> therefore tliat th^slightest proofs were enough to impose upon Ler,ix 3


t>7^i,TALES OF THE FAIRIES.Mauritiana having observed that her reasoningappeared judicious to the company, was afraidthat another argument, urged with the same force,would oppose her designs, <strong>and</strong> said, that, to avoi4the tedioiii^ness of long debates, it would be neces*sary to tell her her fate ; <strong>and</strong> hence every onemight judge what she tiiought proper for her todo. This advice was received, <strong>and</strong> the poor Fiorinawas condemned to spin a web that would separateday <strong>and</strong> night. This order was given toone of the v, orst cf the fairies to acquaint her withit, <strong>and</strong> deliver her materials for the work.This fairy was glad to be charged with this commission: she went to Fiorina, <strong>and</strong> forgot not theleast circumstance of her order. The poor piincesscould not have supported herself but tlirou'^hthe sweet hopes she conceived tliat the fairy wholoved her would not forsake her. She heard respectfullywiiat the fairy said, <strong>and</strong> received wliatwas brought her, which was a reel of ebony, a spindleof ivory, <strong>and</strong> cobwebs, which might serve herto spin the thread <strong>and</strong>'make the web. I doubtnot,' said'the fairy, but you are so ingenious asto know well enough how to put the thread upontlie reel, <strong>and</strong> to beat the cobwebs, so that the filthwliicli tliey have contracted may fly out. Here's aliU'.e switcli for you : we hope you'll think yourselfhappy in tlie beauty of your work, <strong>and</strong> dojustice to it.' This said, she conducted her into apliiCe appointed for her to work in. It was a closet,where the floor <strong>and</strong> ceiling were cf black marble,<strong>and</strong> the furniture of ebony, witii a little whitedamask bed to repose on : in short, this place wasnothing but a little dungeon, which had no lightcome in, but only so much as to make it moredismal.The fairy left the princess alone in this apartment,advising her to be diligent to please them,or else she would be disgraced ; <strong>and</strong> that slier.ould make use of her interest with the queen to


TLORmA. 275serve her. Floriua, after having surveyed theplace, took up the web ; <strong>and</strong>, from the first strokeshe laid upon it with her w<strong>and</strong>, there came forthsuch a number of large spiders, which stunk soabominably, as that they had like to have destroyedher. This w<strong>and</strong> which was given her was of theservice-tree, which has a qualityto recall a latentpoison that has been dead. The princess sighed,<strong>and</strong>, v/ithout giving way to her sorrow, struggledevery way to free herself: she recollected that thebottle of immortal water which her friend hadgiven her would expel tlie poison, <strong>and</strong> poured it onthe cobwebs, when in an instant the spiders vanished,<strong>and</strong> the web became as white as snow. Shetook it, <strong>and</strong> wound it on her reel, which she hadrubbed with a little of the said water. She spunit afterwards, <strong>and</strong> covered her spindle with athread as fine as the ex^ertest fairy could make.The fairy who had in council spoken in favour ofFiorina, melancholy with what she had heard pronouncedagainst her, went out concerned into oneof the walks of the garden. Frince Probus, PJauritiana'sson, meeting with her, said, ' I beieech,sage fairy, you would let m.e know the reason ofyour sadness ; if 1 can help you, depend upon myfriendship.' The fairy thought herself obliged toanswer ingenuously to so generous a prince : shetold him it was his mother, who had done an actof injustice. Policy woul 1 have engaged her tomake a mystery of this, <strong>and</strong> dissemble her thoughtsbut, as she knew him to be thoroughly virtuous,she would not hide from him the secret, that hismother had stole away, <strong>and</strong> kept prisoner in hercourt, a young princess, whose merit was so great,that she gained the resj)ect <strong>and</strong> veneration of allmankind. She told him, that the queen imaginedthat she had no other tlian a pretended virtue, <strong>and</strong>that she attempted that which belonged tor nonebut fairies; <strong>and</strong> that, holding a council, she had


'276 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.gained so extraordinary <strong>and</strong> particular an order,tliat, under the pretence of justice <strong>and</strong> discoveryof truth, this poor princess was condemned tospin a web that should divide tiie day from thenight.'There is no time to be lost,' replied Trobus ;' this poor princess must perish, if we don't presentlyrelieve her. I'll go aiid salute the queen,who waits for me, <strong>and</strong> return in a moment : seethat every thing be done to give her what assistanceshe v/ants with all secrecy.' The fairy whohad conducted Fiorina to this dungeon of a workhouseto perform what she had enjoined her, returnedin hopes to find her dead, or at least expiring; but was much surprised to see that theprincess, v,ho was laid down to repose herself onthe bed, had finished her worlc with the utmostperfection.This first design, which Fiorina had so happilyescaped, afflicted the fairy^, for fear lest she shouldSt<strong>and</strong> other trials imposed upon her; <strong>and</strong> thisgrief, or resentment, touched her so, that she couldnot speak to Fiorina otherwise than thus : I'll ao<strong>and</strong> acquaint the queen that the work is done.'Tids fairy ran to her, <strong>and</strong> related what slie hadseen. The queen continued some time silent. They''have given her,' said she, their necessary advice<strong>and</strong> assistance ; it will be useless for me to informmyself; bring her to me.' This order was instantlyobeyed ; the princess brought her work, whichshe presented to the queen : she received it with aseeming satisfaction, commended her, <strong>and</strong> desiredher to continue lier diligwice, which would be theonly wa3- to guin a share in her friendsiiip.The queen held a new council, <strong>and</strong> found out th«means that Fiorina should go <strong>and</strong> find out the imperialrose without prickles. One of the fairiej•was deputed to carry tbe princess to the entranceinto the road that led to tl.e mountain where thij


FLORINA.i77flower was to be found, <strong>and</strong> to giv* her of the seedto sow another, with what other things were necessaryduring her journey.The fair}' conducted Fiorina to the entrance ofthe road': 'Tis here, fair princess,' said she, that'I must leave you, <strong>and</strong> beg that Heaven wouldguide you happily to the place where you are togo. I have brought several persons hither; butsome, b3' their imprudence, have perished, becausethey would not take the advice of a fairy whichyou will find iu the way; but some, who haveobeyed, have accomplished the task imposed onthem : do, then, what is directed you, <strong>and</strong> 1 shallhave the pleasure of seeing you triumphant withthe flower you go to find.' And then embracing,they parted. A few paces from thence the princessfound a road very broad, straight, <strong>and</strong> open to thesight :this way was in the middle of a great v/oodof palms, oranges, <strong>and</strong> citi-ons ; the earth was enamelledwith all sorts of beautiful sweet flowers,<strong>and</strong> wonderfully divided by an infinite number ofsmall streams <strong>and</strong> canals, which, by their differentwindings <strong>and</strong> turnings, formed meadows, <strong>and</strong> whosemurmuring sounds charmed the ear ; while thebirds, in concerts, inspired every tiling we canthink of that istender <strong>and</strong> agreeable.Fiorina followed the road without disturbance,<strong>and</strong> arrived insensibly at the end. Here she founda gr<strong>and</strong> portico, magnificently built, which joinedto a palace not less stately, where was one walkhigher than the rest, on -which was a lodge, inwhich Rationtina, who was the fairy that was toadvise her, delighted. In approaching tlie portico,the princess saw the fairj% who came to receiveher : she was full of caresses, to which Fiorinamade suitable returns. Rationtina conducted herinto tiie palace, <strong>and</strong> made her sit down on a richbed. This fairy never came out but to receive person?who passed by the portico, to give them graveadvic* what they were to do. Site asied lioriua


278 TALES OF THE FAIRIES. Ithe occasion of her journey, who told her that thefairy-council had sent her to find the imperial rosewithout prickles. 'You will succeed,' said thefairy, ' if you will do as I bid you : many havesearched before you ; tliose who have believed mehave fou.id it, <strong>and</strong> others have miseiably perishedfor not re^ardhig me. A little distance hence youwill meet with persons who will appear very aj^reeableto you, <strong>and</strong> press you close to enia^e you tostay with them ; they will attempt to persuade youthat they can give >ou all the pleasures of life:take care not to believe them, for they intend nothingbut your destruction ; the short time youare with them you will discover falsehood <strong>and</strong>lying.'You will find others that will come to persuadeyou the same thing, <strong>and</strong> yet are more dangeroustlian the first : avoid them presently. After themyou will meet with others, whose wits are moredelicate, insinuating, <strong>and</strong> persuasive, who havearts to surprise those they see as soon as theylisten to them. My princess, as soon as you comeamong them, think that you are in a thin contagiousair ; keep yourself close <strong>and</strong> reserved fromtheir fatal attempts, <strong>and</strong> be assured that you haveno need of any thing but the imperial rose in thisjourney, lake nothing of the inhabitants thatthey ofi^er you ; for 'tis to ruin you. If you areobedient, you will arrive happily at the foot of themountain where the flower is, <strong>and</strong> not fail to findit. I will give you my son for a guide ; though helooks like a child, he knows the road, <strong>and</strong> willprevent you from going wrong.''Eut, madam,' replied the princess, ' is it so difficultto find this flower ? <strong>and</strong> must one take suchgreat circumspection' to succeed f' Tiiere is noneed,' said the fairy, 'of so much care as youthink ; there only wants an integrity of mind <strong>and</strong>a firm resolution : 1 believe you don't want that,which makes me think you will succeed.' ' I fore-


FLORTXA.nosee,' said the princess, 'there are few persons wholiave undertaken'so dangerous a project.' Undeceivej'ourself, my princess,' replied the fairy;' this adventure is to be undertaken by all theworld ; <strong>and</strong> I have seen silly shepherds succeedbetter than kings <strong>and</strong> queens.' Saying this, shecarried Fiorina into a hall, which had the prospectof a very beautiful garden, where she had providedan entertainment that wanted nothing you couldwish for. The princess ate ; <strong>and</strong>, when she haddone, the fairy brought her son to wait on her, asFiorina's gentleman-usher; <strong>and</strong>, after making hercompliments, the princess left her to pursue herjourney.Mauritiana all this time was disconsolate thatFiorina had effectually escaped their revenge inthe first trial, <strong>and</strong> was afraid she would still escapeby the same perfection. Iler friends, on the otherside, were as much tormented as she ; but wiiiletliey endeavoured to hide their melancholy fromtlie rest, the prince <strong>and</strong> the counsellor fairy mettogether in agrove of the garden, to divert themselves,<strong>and</strong> find out who it was that served Fiorina.During their conversation, the fairy whowas Fiorina's good friend arrived, <strong>and</strong> informedthem that it was she that relieved her, <strong>and</strong> afterwhat manner. Tlie prince <strong>and</strong> the other fairy congratulatedher with an inconceivable joy.' 1 seeplainly,' said the prince,' that this person is one ofgreat merit, since she knew so well how to makeuse of the water you so seasonably gave her, <strong>and</strong>which was so valuable to her. Hence we may supposethat the beauties of her mind excel those ofthe body.''You need not doubt it,' said Fiorina's fairyfriend *; I knew her in her own palace, fromwhence she was brought hither, <strong>and</strong> always foundin her that brilliant wit <strong>and</strong> shining virtue, which,joined to the obligations I received, obliges me toneglect nothing to serve her that I am able to do.'


]§80 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.'And I,' said the prince,' will second you : she isgoneto find the imperial rose : I'll go <strong>and</strong> serveher, to the end tliat she may return witii thatflower ; for I am persuaded tliat it was never gatlieredby any body tliat deserved better.'Fiorina, after leavincr Kationtina, entered into adelicate wood, which had a ereat many tracks halfbeaten, <strong>and</strong> crossmg one another, which made itvery intricate to hnd a direct passage. Ihe littleguide, seeing her concejned, smiled; <strong>and</strong> runningbefore, soon convinced her that he knew his road.The princess was surprised to see a child so certainin so difficult a passage:said she, '' 1 have a great curiosity,'to know how you come to be so well acquaintedwith the way.'' I have,' said he, ' conductedhither several persons, so that it is impossiblefor those that follow me to lose tlieir way.'' Eiit bow is it,' said Fiorina,'that you should dothis, being so young?'' I am not so young as you imagine,' replied theconductor: ' I am as old as the fust man; <strong>and</strong> myyouth v/ill last as long as any continue upon theearth. I cannot grow old, as being tlie son of Kationtina,which signifies reason, which is the daughterof heaven, who always gives me a bloomingyouth.'' 'But, dear guide,' said Fiorina, is your'mother of the race of the fairies?' She is asmuch a fairy as tiie rest,' replied he,'but of anorigin much nobler <strong>and</strong> more elevated than thoseyou hax"* seen : those are only children of the stars,whose power extends over material <strong>and</strong> sensibletilings ; but my mother, on the contrary, is a daughterof heaven, <strong>and</strong> her power is over souls : by herwise advice she influences the will of mortalswhence it is she is called Kationtina, or the princessof reason. Tliose who are affected by her motionsnever miscarry, or fail' But,' said Fiorina,to be iiajipy.''since your mother is sentfrom heaven to.be a director to us, how comes ittliat she always resides in that palace ? There are


FIORINA.^81but few people that can find her out; otherwisethey might improve themselves from her advice, ifthe3' hud the same advantage that I have had.'•That palace which you have seen,' said the littleguide,' is so well situated, tiiat they may comethither from all parts of the world ; <strong>and</strong> tliat hightower, where my mother generally resides, is socontrived, that she can from thence distinctly discoverall the other parts of the earth ; <strong>and</strong> whenshe sees anj- one hath need of her, sl)e goes to them,or sends me to help them : but her inclination ismuch greater for those v.-ho come to her the waythat you have taken.'' How comes it,' answered Fiorina, ' that thosrfwho come to her do not all do it by the same wa}- ?'* No,' said the little guide,'few people come thiswaj' ; <strong>and</strong> those who do, stay so long, that theyhardly ever get back again.' ' I am not surprisedat that,' said 'the princess, for 'tis hard for a3'oung creature to pass through so agreeable aplace of living hastily.' ' You have not yet stoppedon the road,' said the little conductor;'<strong>and</strong> allthat which is so engaging in the place, has not hinderedyou a moment from the execution of j'ourorders.'' I know not,' said the princess,'how that canbe done.'' ''Twas that,' said the little guide, thatmade me say to my mother, that vou would gainthe prize of the imperial rose ; for the end of theway is so full of delights, representing tiie pleasuresof infancy, where those wliose souls are welldescended love not to stay long, being ambitious ofcoming early to my mother's palace, who alwaysreceives them with extreme tenderness ; <strong>and</strong> theseare such persons as she commits to my care <strong>and</strong>conduct.'In talking thus they came out of the wood, <strong>and</strong>entered mto a plain, where they perceived at a distancesome dwelling-houses. Across the plain there•was a valley, at the bottom of which ran a river by


''i282 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.,,a wood's aide; the pleasing sight of which, re-idoubliug itself in the reflection of the water, made |an agreeable l<strong>and</strong>scape. There they met with severalyoung persons laid upon the grass, under tlieshade of the grove ; who, as soon as they saw tieprincess, rose up <strong>and</strong> saluted lier. One among therest, civilly addressing herself to her, said, Give'me leave, madam, to ask you where you are going<strong>and</strong> by what chance you arrived in this place<strong>and</strong>, since you are here, whether we shall be sohappy as to be any ways serviceable to you ? Thesentiments of respect <strong>and</strong> friendship which you inspireus with, mndarn, are uncommon: we are rea-dily persuaded in seeing you, that if you are not a'goddess, you are at least a great princess.' I amgoing,' ansv.ered Fiorina, ' to find the imperial rosewithout prickles.' 'The design is v/orthj' of you,madam: we are not tlien deceived in the judgmentwe formed of you. I believe you are too obliging^to refuse us your company to a place of refreshment,<strong>and</strong> to stay a few days with us.' ' I cannotdo it,' said'the princess; my design will not allowme to stay any where : the fairies have sent me, <strong>and</strong>they will be readily obeyed.''That will not setyou at variance with them,' replied the same personthat spoke first to her : they are sensible thatyou must take some days of rest, 'tlie better to enableyou to bear the fatigues of the journey. Youcannot meet with a pleasanter place on the roadthan ours, or any persons more zealous to serveyou. AVe are impatient to liave you share with usthe pleasures we enjoy : do us the honour then,madam, <strong>and</strong> not tlie mortification to refuse us, v.-hoare entirely in your interest. We are just at tljcpalace-door, <strong>and</strong> cannot suffer you to go by withoutsome refreshment.' All the other ladies willi herjoined in their entreaties, <strong>and</strong> suirounded her, sotliat Fiorina yielded to their importunities <strong>and</strong> caresses.At a little distance they were met by Ociosina,


FLORINA. 285or Idleness, the princess of the place, -who waswalking out with the retinue of her court. Shegraciously reteived Fiorina, <strong>and</strong> conducted herinto her palace, where she made her sit down in antlbow-ciiair by her. Ociosina lulled litrself upon asort of couch, or sofa, in a corner of the room.Tiie wainscot <strong>and</strong> ceiling were of very tine glass,<strong>and</strong> the floor of cedar. The sofa was coveredwith a silver brocade, <strong>and</strong> stufiVd with down. Thecurtains which formed the canopy were of cloth ofgold, decked within <strong>and</strong> without with rubies, dia.monds, emeralds, <strong>and</strong> other precious stones. Allthe other apartments of the palace were not lessmagnificeut, particularly a great number of downbeds,easy chairs, couches, settees, tables, toilets,<strong>and</strong> glasses. All the persons of the court beingseated about the princess according to their rank,Ociosina turned herself towards Fiorina, <strong>and</strong> askedher what the occasion of her journey was. Fiorinaanswered, that it was to find tlie imperial rose.' I am very much surprised,' said the princess,' that being so young, you should undertake so difficulta t-dsk. 'Tis enough,' continued she, ' for oneof full age <strong>and</strong> strength to engage in. Instead ofgoing farther, <strong>and</strong> attempting such a tiling to nopurpose, stay some time here, <strong>and</strong> you will bemade sensible that it is out of your power. I haveladies in my court who have made tne sanie trialsyou are going about, but have been obliged throughnecessity to stop their journey, <strong>and</strong> take the advicewe offer you.'One I'ddy of the circle rising from her seat here-,upon, <strong>and</strong> addressing herself to Fiorina, said, ' Aia..dam, I ain one of those persons whom the princesshath spoken of: 1 went to the palace of Rationtina,to try the same adventure which you do ; but wa»no sooner well in the road, than I found a lassitud*<strong>and</strong> insupportable oppression upon me. I wasforced to sit down, <strong>and</strong> found myself under greatjjaeasiness for what I hail undef taken, till JRatioo?


284 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.tina's son came to me. This child is called Philai^htica,tliat is. Love. His pre'^ence dissipatedmy trouble, <strong>and</strong> lie conducted me to the princessyou see liere, who hath bestowed a thous<strong>and</strong> favoursupon me, <strong>and</strong> who hatli every thing that ispleasing; <strong>and</strong> aereeable about her court.'As the lady had done spea'.ing, the Intle Philaplitica,whom she mentioned, came in ; but perceiviuijFiorina's guide there, lie retired. Duringthis time, the princess Ociosina fell asleep ; <strong>and</strong>Fiorina found herself so dejected, tiiat'she liad notstrenath to ask her little leader, if he that appearedthere was his brother. AH the ladies, seeing theirprincess asleep, betook themselves to what theyliked best; some to the toilet, otliers to lie dowuto rest; some in arrn-chairs, ochers again oncouches; wliile several entered into discourse ondress, &c. :otliers there were who retired to cards,whicli they managed with a surprising dexterity.Fiorina, who was yet seated by the queen, <strong>and</strong> whoknew nothing of these kind of diversions, admiredhow the motion of the cards siiould make sucii frequentchanges, <strong>and</strong> wanted to know why in thattime there appeared in the women's faces, joy, love,anger, rage, <strong>and</strong> all other passions, one succeedinganother.Ociosina being waked, all the ladies attendedher, <strong>and</strong> served up a collation of fruits in the finestorder in the world. The jiriucexs, without risingfrom her place, could conveniently reach to whateverwas set upon the table. Floiina remainedupon her seat very attentive to examine whateverpassed, feeline in her mind terrible agitations, inreflecting on the advice that Raliontiua had givenher, on what she had seen, <strong>and</strong> what she hadheard. In this confosion tiiey helped her to whateverwas choice upon the table, <strong>and</strong> without thinkingon what slie did, she was going to taste; whenher little conductor spread his wings, which weievu hii shoulders, <strong>and</strong> which Fiorina had not yet


''FLORINA. 285seen, which obscured Fiorina's eyes with a black mistthat surrounded them. And soon after, this exhalationdissipating, Fiorina knew that all siie hadseen was nothing but artiiice; <strong>and</strong> tliat tl'.e fruitswere either empty or filled witli poison : uponwhich she immediately rose, <strong>and</strong> followed her guide,who conveyed her from so pernicious a place.After they had got out of tlie limits of the palace,they entered an avenue planted with doublerows of elms, ashes, <strong>and</strong> limes, which formed agreeablevistos. Fiorina thought presently that it wasthe way they ought to go; but her little guidestopped Iier, <strong>and</strong> let her know, that we should notalways go the first road whicii seems most agreeableto us; for the ways which please us most are notusually the happiest. Then the princess w-ent intoa path, or by-way, covered with briers <strong>and</strong> thorns,where it was very difficult to pass : upon whichshe could not lielp saying to her conductor, Why'have you forced me to leave a road which appearedplain, to take one that is so rough <strong>and</strong> impassable?'' That which you have taken,' replied tiie guide,leads directly to the Palace of Pleasure, which iswhat my mother told you would be so pernicious,<strong>and</strong> wheie you would be more exposed than youhave been in that of Laziness, which we have' quitted.' How I am obliged to you, my dear conductor!'saidFloiina; '1 am very sensible of yourkindness. Lut pray tell me, is there no other roadmore easy to pursue our journey in:' ' I'his isthe shortest way,' replied the guide : the road isnot difficult but at the entrance. The others youwould take, are indeed more commodious to appearance,but very easy to lose one's way in; <strong>and</strong>you will meet with abundance of misfortunes thereyou cannot well avoid.'In a little time after they arrived in a plain,where the l<strong>and</strong>, no ways ungrateful to the tiller'scare, made it a most delightful place. This plainwas iowed with corn, <strong>and</strong> the hills which sur-


286 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,rounded it were covered with vines <strong>and</strong> fruit-tree*.In the admiration of so fine a place Fiorina lost allthoughts of her fatigue, but expressed to her dearguide the joy she felt in bein^ brought into sochanning a country. She took the opportunity ofasking him. if the little Philaphtica, that she sawin Ociosiua's palace, was his brother, <strong>and</strong> vfhy heretired with so much haste.'He is not my brother,' answered he : 'I am anonly son, <strong>and</strong> my mother never had any otherchild but me. She named me Agatonphisa, whichsignifies good sense ; <strong>and</strong> him tliat you have seenis an impo?tor, who, to surprise mortals with tl>emore ease, <strong>and</strong> abuse their simplicity, says that Iteis my brother, <strong>and</strong> sometimes passes for me. 'Tisby this means that he leads those who believe inhim to their ruin. He came with no other designthan to surprise you ;but wlien he saw that I attendedyou, he went another way.'' I don't wonder,' said Fiorina,'that he retiredso suddenly ; nobody loves to be found iu tlie companyof those whom they would pass for.' Inspeaking this they saw a cottage covered over withvines, which formed an arbour of muscadine <strong>and</strong>other exquisite crapes ; where one might see orchardsof a vast extent planted with all sorts ofhortulan fruits, <strong>and</strong> numerous espaliers of peaches,rpricots, <strong>and</strong> nectarines, of a prodigious size. Onthe other side, the eye surveyed a large kitchengarden,full of wholesome plants <strong>and</strong> roots,necessaryfor the use of life.1 he person that cultivatedthis place was called Ergonide^, which signifiesindustry; wiiom they found with a spade in hish<strong>and</strong>, soliciting nature to bestow on him thatplenty they saw before him.As soon as he perceived the travellers, be wentup to them, <strong>and</strong> after salutmg Fiorina, he gaveAgatonphisa a thous<strong>and</strong> caresses, which the otherreturned. Then he conducted them into the shade,under one of the arbours, where he enterla'n««l


FLORINA. 28?"them with a country collation of tlie best fruits hehad. The princess durst not touch them; but whenshe saw her little leader take of them, she ate, <strong>and</strong>found tliem of an excellent flavour. The collationended, Ergonides let them see his menagerie. Fiorinawas charmed with the propriety <strong>and</strong> fine order•in Avhich every thing was disposed, <strong>and</strong> to see thatthis man was indebted for all these things to hisgreat diligence <strong>and</strong> industry.After expressions oftheir friendship <strong>and</strong> gratitude, they left Ergonides,<strong>and</strong> continued on their journe}'.Upon the road, Fiorina, discoursing with Aga-'tonphisa, said, There's a man,' speaking of Ergonides,who appears 'all content, <strong>and</strong> lives a perfecteasy life !' ' lie labours, <strong>and</strong> that is so great apleasure to him,' replied the guide, ' that he wouldnot change liis condition with the greatest lung onearth. He is a friend of my mother's, <strong>and</strong> always


'288 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.less modesty or discretion. The princess trembledwith fear <strong>and</strong> hoiror at such a disorderly sight<strong>and</strong> they seeming to approach nearer, she stole off,<strong>and</strong> fled with a surprising swiftness. Fiorina beinggot at some distance out of si^lit, stopped a whileto breathe ; <strong>and</strong> turning towards her guide, said,with a trembling on her speecn, The^e people have'frightened'me so, I am not yet recovered.' Youhave done {)rudeatly,' said Agatonphisa : 'twasonly flight whereby you could have escaped thefatal poison of these detestable enchanters; <strong>and</strong> ifyou should slay to rest here a httle, you would fallinto slieir snare, <strong>and</strong> run the hazard of being undonelike thern.'Fiorina being recovered out of her confusion,<strong>and</strong> comforted by lier faithful guide, pursued theroad, <strong>and</strong> found herself advanced in a plain whichbordered upon a mountain that seemed a vast distanceoff. The way that led to it was very direct,without the appearance of rivers, brooks, woods,groves, or any other place convenient for repose.Fiorina asked Agatonpliisa what that mountain wasthey sdw there. 'That is the end of your journey/said he,'<strong>and</strong> tlie place where the rose grows thatyou are iu search after.' The princess leaped forjoy at this answer; <strong>and</strong> believing she slsould bythe evening come to gather the imperial rose, redoubledher steps aud diligence: but ihe more sheadvanced, the fartiier otf the mountain seemed tobe, so that it made her melancholy, impatient, <strong>and</strong>weary ; <strong>and</strong> the sun shining directly on her head,quite confounded her, so that she resolved to takeanother road, which seemed more agreeable, ontlie left h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> would lead her to the same placeas that wherein she was. Agatonphisa not beingconsulted, let her alone; <strong>and</strong> Fiorina continued topursue this new way, where she found some shadewhich she could not have expected: but the unevenuessof tiie grouud insensibly made an interpositionbetwixt them <strong>and</strong> the mountain, so tliat they


FLORINA. 289lost sight of it. Nevertheless she continued toinarch on, more through liumour than reflection,<strong>and</strong> at last came to a town. The houses were plainbuilt, but verj' h<strong>and</strong>some within. At the entranceinto this place, the princess found the men of modestbehaviour, who conversed together after a civil <strong>and</strong>reserved manner, <strong>and</strong> who saw them pass by witha great deal of indiii'erence. She met others moresh^', who sliowed no manner of curiosity or concernfor her, <strong>and</strong> continuing the road, she came into apublic place, where a woman addressed her with asweet affable air, <strong>and</strong> let her know that she wassensible of the uneasiness she was under, <strong>and</strong> thatshe might confide so far in her, to let her underst<strong>and</strong>what disturbed her, assuring her she woulduse her as if slie was her own sister, for that shehad a natural inclination to serve her. She likewiseinsinuated to her, that the place where theywere was not so proper for persons of their sex tohold a conversation in, therefore she begged of herto go in <strong>and</strong> rest herself, for that then they mighthave the liberty of saying what they pleased. Fiorinabelieved her, <strong>and</strong> went in, when in a momentthe neighbouring ladies came to visit her, wherethey found the fair stranger ; <strong>and</strong> observing her diligently',were struck with admiration, <strong>and</strong> askedher civilly from whence she came.' 1 come,' saidFiorina,'from the palace of Kationtina.' The ladiespitied her, <strong>and</strong> said, that she might well betired ; <strong>and</strong> presently after let her know, lliej' shouldbe glad to be informed what she had met with onthe road. Fiorina related what had happened withthe Princess Ociosina, <strong>and</strong> what she liad seen atErgonides's cottage, <strong>and</strong> the fright she was putinto by the mad company she saw in the way.'Do me the favour,' said one of the ladies, ' to telljne where'you design to go now.' 1 am going,'jmswered the princess, ' to find the imperial rose.without prickles.' 'You may find it,' said the lady,'on our l<strong>and</strong>s: <strong>and</strong> since you are engaged in soVOL. II.O


This man, turning towards Fiorina, expressed his ,]'590 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.noble a design, we shall think ourselves obliged togive you assistance, in order to succeed.' \Vhichthey all repeated very obligingly. During thisconversation, there entered a man of a modestlook, being ver3' civil <strong>and</strong> well bred. Upon which,all the ladies rose up with great respect, to offerhim their seats; <strong>and</strong> then a servant very officiouslybrought in an elbow-cliair, which was -set in thebest part of the room, where he seated himself:<strong>and</strong> being informed of the subject of their discourse,cue of the ladies told him, that the stranger which Ihe saw there came from Rationtina's palace to find\the imperial rose; <strong>and</strong> being come into their townwithout !.-nowing any body, they had tendered her 'their service; <strong>and</strong> that since her arrival there, she Ihad related her adventures upon the road.pleasure upon her design ; <strong>and</strong> after wishing her •mucli joy on her success, he told her, tliat Heaven;had been favourable to her, since she fell into the 'Ih<strong>and</strong>s of so select a company, who had the very Jsame designs with herself in pursuing that most ex- |cellent inquiry; <strong>and</strong> that slie could not fail, underthtir conduct, to gain the prize : <strong>and</strong> that for hispart, lie would assist them with all the light possibleto clear up the difficulties, <strong>and</strong> to make themsurmount all the obstacles they should meet with;<strong>and</strong> after that, went away. These words made nota little impression on the princess: she dependedon these promises so much, that she flattered herselfto be already possessed of the flower. Thisagreeable illusion had continued, if the advicewhich Ratioutina gave her had not alarmed her, bymaking her always sensible of her inconstancy, <strong>and</strong>of that credulity wliich would be her ruin. Sh


FIORINA. 291After the man was gone, one of the ladies toldFiorina, that the person who just now left themwas their conductor in the inquiry they were making,as well as she, after that incomparable flower.'He is a man,' said she,'madam, of great probity<strong>and</strong> profound knowledge, <strong>and</strong> particularly in thisdiscovery: he hath the goodness to instruct us,<strong>and</strong> to communicate to us such lights as we are capableof receiving <strong>and</strong> making an improvement of.Then assure yourself, madam, that this flower isthe symbol of virtue, which makes all those happywho possess it. Several fancy, that to enjoy thistreasure, they should strip themselves <strong>and</strong> mortifytheir passions ; but they deceive themselves. It isproper, indeed, to calm <strong>and</strong> temper them, sothatthey shall not be discovered; but it is no way necessarythat we should be deprived of what naturehas given us.'In that moment of time tlie little Philaplitica appearedto Fiorina, <strong>and</strong> did what he could to introducehimself. Agatonphisa gave him a scornfulglance ; upon which, Philaphtica appeared no more.The lady who had detained Fiorina said, 'Tissome time that we have been here; let us go <strong>and</strong>refresh ourselves, <strong>and</strong> then continue to give suchinstructions to this fair lady as are necessarj".'They all rose to go into the next room : but Agatonphisaseeing that Fiorina was going to be lostwith the rest, spread his wings, <strong>and</strong> taking two orthree turns before Fiorina, by an impetuous motionhe scattered a contagious air around lier, whichaided her escape. Philaphtica was so frightened,that he fled, <strong>and</strong> left the princess alone. Agatonphisatook her Iiy the h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> conducted her toa mountain at a distance, where he told her thedanger she had been in, <strong>and</strong> what secret communicationsthat place had with the palace ofPleasure.Fiorina was very melancholy upon the reflectionof what had like to have happened to her, <strong>and</strong>


Prince Probus, son of Mauritians, would not sutfer ias a man of great merit, was so far from giving her ithe least disturbance, that he gave her a secret i'How292 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,knew not how to return the vast obligations shehad to her dear Agatonphisa, from off whom shenever cast her ejes till she came to the foot of themountain, which was bordered with cedars <strong>and</strong>palms of a great height. The rock appeared so.steep, tliat Fiorina believed itinaccessible, <strong>and</strong> that Ishe should never be able to mount it. She tookiseveral turns to discover which way she might get iup ; but finding none, she fell into the last despair.her to lie long in this cruel uneasiness, but jsented himself before her. That prince being|known to her, by having seen him at the fairy's ipalace, where he was looked upon bj every bodyipleasure.comes it, my princess,' said Probus, 'you .do not ascend to the top of that mountain to gatherthe imperial rose, which is to be the reward of'your journey r' It is a long time, ray prince,'plied Fiorina,' that 1 have sought how to do it,but in vain ; <strong>and</strong> the thing appears impossible.'The prince smiled at her answer, <strong>and</strong> said, Princess,follow me.' At that instant he came to a'very large high tree, which joined to the foot of'the mountain, arid bid Fiorina observe that that itree had knots <strong>and</strong> branches, by the means of whichthey might ascend. He actually mounted, <strong>and</strong> theprincess followed him. They climbed so well frombough to bough, <strong>and</strong> from knot to knot, that tlieyjgot up half the way, till the rock was so formed,that they could easily gain the top of the mountain.Fiorina could scarce contain herself for joy,to iind herself upon the plain wliere the flowergrew that was to crown her with a triumph. This


nORlNA. 293*ray inclination for j-ou engaged me to it;<strong>and</strong> thefairy, your good friend, hath sufficiently solicited'me.' How am I indebted to that charming fairy,''cried Fiorina, after all that she has done for me,to send so great a prince to me, who being sensibleof my grief, came himself to deliver me frommy despair, <strong>and</strong> conduct me to the greatest happiness.'' Princess,' said Probus,' see there the road thatleads j'ou to the palace of Perseverance, who willshow you the flower. You will meet with me inyour return, to convey you speedily to my mother'scourt.' The princess pursued the road, <strong>and</strong> arrivedat the palace, where she found the lady, who receivedher very agreeably, <strong>and</strong> conducted her to theflowery field, where this precious pledee was. Itis hard to conceive the sentiments of pleasure <strong>and</strong>joy that seized the princess at the sight of thistreasure. The fear she was in, lest her ej'es shoulddeceive her, made her greedily snatch at this incomparableflower; <strong>and</strong> the earth being stripped,appeared changed, opening itself, which served asa mouth to say to Tlorina, that she ought to becomforted. The princess, seeing in a moment theplace so well prepared to receive the seed, recollected,that grain that she had about her should besowed in the same place from whence she had ga^thered the flower; <strong>and</strong> had the pleasure to seenature produce again another like that which sh6bad gathered.Fiorina having got the imperial rose, thought ofnothing now but returning, <strong>and</strong> therefore took thesame road by which she came. The prince, whowaited for her, seeing her take this way, stopped' her, <strong>and</strong> said,. Princess, this road is too tedious,<strong>and</strong> you should never return with that flower thesame way that you went to gather it; we must takea shorter course.' And giving her his h<strong>and</strong>, heconducted her by a most agreeable way till she insensiblyarrived at the palace of the fairies.


g9i TALES OF THE FAIRIES.Fame presently published through the fairy courtthat I'loiina was returned svith the precious trea*sure, iiie good fairies could not contain themselvesfor joy ; <strong>and</strong> Mauritiana found herself atlast obliged to confess publicly, that Fiorina deserveda reward worthy of her labour.Fiorina, in^her return, was altogether under the coiiduct ofithe prime ; <strong>and</strong> when they were coine nearpalace, Probus said to her, ' I must leave you, myprincess, for fear of beins seen. You are in a dtirect road, <strong>and</strong> cannot go astray again.'The princess continued her way, lifting up hereyes to heaven, to give thanks for tiie favours shehad received ; <strong>and</strong> Mauritiana had assembled hercouncil, who waited to receive Fiorina with greatmagnificence. AVheu .^he came to the gates of thepalace, IMauritiana, attended with all her court,went to receive her, presenting her with a chariot,on which they obliged hei to mount. The chariotwas of gold richly wrought, <strong>and</strong> drawn by fourfine whi*e horses harnessed variously. The firstharness was covered with sapphires ; the secondiwith se tral precious stones, as agates, onvx, topaz,<strong>and</strong> ruoies; the third was with diamonds; audithe fourth with amethysts of an inestimable value.Four fairies led the horses with silk <strong>and</strong> goldenireins.The princess, in this equipage, entered the psnlace with the acclamations of all tlie fairies;


FIORINA. 295her jouruey. There she deposited the flower shebrought, <strong>and</strong> received from Mauritiana's h<strong>and</strong> acrown consecrated to Virtue.Fiorina being returned to the palace, <strong>and</strong> retiringinto the apartment prepared for her, the two fairiesher good friends, <strong>and</strong> Probus, went to congratulateher in particular, <strong>and</strong> express the joy they felt'upon her advancement. It is not to me,' said theprincess, 'that these praises which you attributeare due : 'tis to the powerful assistance you havegiven me, <strong>and</strong> particularly to that generous prince.All my pains had been fruitless, <strong>and</strong> I had remainedat the foot of the mountain, deprived forever of the opportunity of gathering that flower,<strong>and</strong> the happiness of seeing you again.''Could Irefuse,' said the prince, 'my poor assistance, to aprincess whom Heaven will protect for ever? Thelaw of nature inspires <strong>and</strong> ordains that we shouldrelieve those who want our help.' 'There are few'persons,' said the princess, who have such valuablesentiments: but after all, I am not less indebtedto you for that excess of goodness you haveshown to me.' The conversation continued sometime upon the gratitude Fiorina acknowledged dueto them for their care of her, <strong>and</strong> prayed them to'continue the same to her. Our duty obliges us,'said the counsellor fairy; '<strong>and</strong> we are sent uponearth for no other end but to defend those who areunjustly persecuted.' And after a long discourse,they left Fiorina alone to rest herself after so muchfatigue. The good fairy at parting said, 'Fear nothingfarther, my dear princess; live atrease : nobodyshall hurt you.'' But,' said Fiorina, ' I amnot yet in my own palace.''Time brings all things'to pass,' replied the fairy ; <strong>and</strong> we will manageyour affairs so well, that you shall have reason tobe satisfied.' Fiorina thanked them for their care,<strong>and</strong> begged a continuation of their favours ; whichthe fairy promised afresh : <strong>and</strong> after embracingher,rejoined the other two, who were gone before.


296 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,<strong>and</strong> waited for her. Prince Probus <strong>and</strong> the counselkrfairy seeing her arrive, proposed to walktogether in the palace-gardens to discourse of allthat had happened upon the subject of Fiorina.They could not help admiring her merit, <strong>and</strong>especially the prince, who carried it so far, thathe gave occasion to tlie fairy, her good friend, tothink that the prince loved her. She conceived asecret joy thereat, hoping thereby it would he more 'useful to the princess. And to be more assured ofit, seeing the prince continued to praise her, shesaid,'Prince, I fancy that in this commendationyou have made of the princess, there is somethingmore than admiration in it ; <strong>and</strong> if I am not deceived,there is a little inclination to love in thebottom.' The prince coloured : upon which thetwo fairies laughed , <strong>and</strong> the grave fairy said, thatit was not so surprising a thing, since it was difficultto see much merit without having an esteem;<strong>and</strong> that esteem proceeding to love, was too pleasingto be resisted : but on the other side, it wouldbe a surprising thing, if liis soul was limited or tied'down to a single esteem. You then approve, sagefairy,' said the prince, ' the love I liave for theprincess.' ' Yes,' answered she, 'you need notdoubt it.' Then the prince could not forbear assuringthem, that he had all the love for that princessthat his heart was capable of. ' 'Tis by thesedeeds I know, great Prince Probus,' said she, ' youhave performed all those bright actions beforebut to love persecuted virtue is an unparalleledaction, <strong>and</strong> worthy of you.'' But,' replied theprince,'what signifies my love, since she that inspiresmy passion is ignorant of it; <strong>and</strong> I cannotconsent that you tell her, for fear of displeasingher.' 'Fear nothing,' said tlie fairy, Fiorina's goodfriend,'that is too plain <strong>and</strong> agreeable to be mistaken.''Fair fairy,' replied the prince,'you flattermy passion very agreeably : but tell me, I beseecliyou, when that is done, have I not every


FLORINA. 297tiling to dread, <strong>and</strong> the greatest obstacle to surmount? Will my mother consent, when she findsit is for one against whom her malice will neverhave an end?' 'Heaven disposes of every thing asit pleases,' said the fairy adviser; 'I hope yoursentiments for the princess will be approved thereby,<strong>and</strong> that you will be blessed with means toexecute your designs. I foresee we shall, ere long,have some considerable events happen at court.The glory of Fiorina gives the queen most crueltorments. She dissembles them fairly, but will resentit home at last, waiting only for an opportunityto destroy her. I found her in one of thegroves of the garden only with her confidant, <strong>and</strong>tliey appeared to me very thoughtful <strong>and</strong> perplexedwhence I judged they were contriving some gr<strong>and</strong>design. In the mean time, prinCe, conceal yourpassion, <strong>and</strong> let Fiorina know notliing : only doher all the good offices you can ; for that is theway you are to arrive at the happiness that youdesire.'The fair}' counsellor was not at all deceived inher judgment, that Fiorina's glory occasioned terribleemotions or disturbances in Mauritiana's soul.She retired every day with her confidant into tliemost retired places of the garden, to complain of'her grief: You see,' said she, ' if I have not reasonto be afflicted; all the snares which I liavelaid to destroy this mortal, so odious to me, haveonly served to increase her happiness, <strong>and</strong> add tonij' confusion <strong>and</strong> despair. I would persecute her<strong>and</strong> destroy her, without discovering my revenge,<strong>and</strong> I am forced to prepare a triumph for her, <strong>and</strong>crown her with my own h<strong>and</strong>. Unhappy ambition!why hast thou carried me so far, to make me undergosuch cruel punishment ? let me forsake theplace, where I am all-powerful, <strong>and</strong> fly from theadvice, which opposes every thing that may flattermy passion, without having the liberty to complain.My son disapproves my conduct, though I02


'«93 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,have advanced him to the dignity of a priucf.You see almost all my court condemn me, <strong>and</strong> onlypay me the appearance of respect, which is due tothe glory that surrounds me. Let me restore toFeliciana the throne, from which I have banishedher; itwill be more glorious forme to procure herrestoration. Let me live where I have establishedan empire, that will make every body trembleunder the severity of my laws : imprudent as I am,my passion had blinded me, that I did not knowwhen I saw this princess, that her virtue was solid,<strong>and</strong> that Heaven favoured her.''But,' said the confidant, ' if this princess hathsurmounted all the difficulties she met with, 'tisfrom the advice she received from Rationtina,''Tis true,' replied the rjueen : but Rationtina onlygave the advice; it was by the decree of Heavenshe executed it. A vast number of people pass thatway, whom slie advises; but the number of thosewho follow it are so small, that this princess isalmost the onlj' person who hath made an advantageof it. Keither the charms of the palace ofOciosina, besides the other difficulties she met with,could detain her. She arrived at the foot of themountain where the flower grew, <strong>and</strong> there. Heaven,by an unforeseen <strong>and</strong> wonderful assistance,found out the means for her ' to ascend it.' Thatcould not have been,' answered the confidant, had'not one of the fairies helped her to gain the heightof that mountain. And if it was so, have not youthe right to punish <strong>and</strong> revoke what you have donefor Fiorina, as a conquest obtained contrary to thelaws ?''No,' said Mauritiana; * don't you know that weinhabit the earth to protect virtue r And this princesshas too much, which sets me so against her,because she is not descended of the fairies, <strong>and</strong> maylet mortals know that they may be virtuous withoutus; <strong>and</strong> when I shall come to discover thatany fairy hath assisted her, J shall tlien be obliged


FLORINA. 299to commend <strong>and</strong> reward her.' ' I see,' said theconfidant,'that it is very difficult to oppress theirtuous, without appearing unjust.' ' 'Tis thatwhich torments me,' interrupted the queen': Ihave been too hasty; Fiorina is at present shelteredby the trials she has gone through, <strong>and</strong> perhapswill rest there. I have but one way left toflatter my hopes, <strong>and</strong> that is to solicit <strong>and</strong> persuadeher to undertake to go <strong>and</strong> find out thequeen Feliciana in the wonderful labyrinth; <strong>and</strong>as she cannot foresee the dangers therein to be metwith, she may perhaps generously engage in it.'' 'But,' said the confidant, if Fiorina return withthe queen, you will be obliged to surrender thecrown.''What signifies that,' replied Mauritiana,' .'after what has passed It is indifferent to mewhether I stay here, or return into my isl<strong>and</strong>s :but how agreeable will it be to me to have Fiorinadestroyed? I shall then be freed from a person Icannot bear. You know if they once enter into thelabyrinth, they cannot come forth without theprincess Feliciana. Do you take care, then, tosummon the council, where I will bring Fiorina,in order to engage her to the execution of this design.'When the council was met, Mauritiana said,* Sisters, a few days ago we gave to the PrincessFiorina the prize which was due to her virtue ; Ibelieve she being above all difficulties that ill fortunecould throw in her way^, may also deliver Feliciana.I should take the utmost pleasure to seeher restored to the throne: I have desired it a longtime, in order for me to return to my own, which1 cannot do till she is here : if the Princess Fiorinapleases, she may do it all. Are you of my opinion,sisters, that we should ask her to come hither, <strong>and</strong>propose the thing to her ? Join your request tomine, 1 beseech you, <strong>and</strong> we shall obtain this nobleenterprise, that is to set at liberty a great unfortu-


aOOTALES OF THE FAIRIES.nate exiled princess, <strong>and</strong> who cannot be deliveredbut by some happy mortal .'When the queen had done speaking, the assemblyremained a while without an answer. All the fairieswere perplexed to penetrate what views thequeen could have in this prodigious change ofhers : the fairies plainly saw her jealousy againstFiorina was not yet extinguished, but they couldnot comprehend why Mauritiana should engageFiorina afresli in an affair which would conduceto an end so much more unhappy than the others,<strong>and</strong> to run the hazard of losing a crown whichhad cost her so dear.When a fairy of Mauritiana's party broke silence,<strong>and</strong> said, that if Fiorina excused herself, she shouldjudge it proper to compel her; that force was just,where fair means could not persuade, <strong>and</strong> particularlyupon tliis occasion. ' What you advance,'said Mauritiana,' is unjust; the princess, like us,is at liberty to accept or refuse what 1 propose.If the fairies had been permitted to have undertakenthis design, the queen's return had been effectedlong ago ; but since a mortal only can accomplishit, where is there one better to be foundthan Fiorina? <strong>and</strong> therefore it is to her we mustmake this request.'The sage fairy counsellor answered, it was true,that Fiorina had all the qualifications <strong>and</strong> dispositionsnecessary to succeed in so great a design;but with all these rare qualities, she had certaindangers to undergo, where she would st<strong>and</strong> in needof extraordinary assistance to support <strong>and</strong> preserveher. The queen said, she would not oppose that,but give the princess leave to take what helps shecould procure from the fairies, who were left totheir own inclinations as to that point.Hereupon two of the principal fairies were sentto compliment her in the name of the rest.Fiorinabeing come, Mauritiaua sent other fairies to her


FLORINA.30fto receive her ; <strong>and</strong> all together conducted her tothe queen, who seated her next herself on thesame floor upon which lier throne was placed.When Fiorina had taken her seat, JMauritiana spokethus ' : The conduct which you have shown, iucomparableprincess, in the conquest of the imperialrose, persuades us that you are capable ofexecuting the greatest designs, <strong>and</strong> that there wereno difficulties which could bound the course ofthose things you have undertaken. Here is anotherconsiderable opportunity offers itself of signalisingyour heroic virtue. Our great queen Felicianahath been exiled some time in the wonderfullabyrinth, from whence she cannot return but by amortal like yourself. Fair princess, give liberty tothis dear queen : enter into the labyrinth, <strong>and</strong> restoreher to us : all the fairies with me beseech itof you, <strong>and</strong> entreat you with the strongest instancesof affection.See here, my princess, a way of gainingmore glory than in the conquest you have alreadymade : 'tis a double crown which Heavenoffers you, <strong>and</strong> I fancy that your generous heartcannot refuse it.'Fiorina listened to the queen with great attentiop,<strong>and</strong> thus replied '; Madam, the honour whichyou propose to me of finding out Feliciana thequeen, <strong>and</strong> obliging all the fairies, would make meundertake any thing : but, madam, this deliveranceis not reserved for a poor mortal like me. If Ihave gathered the imperial rose, that action was tobe done by every body that would undertake it,<strong>and</strong> follow the advice of Rationtina. 'Tis not thesame thing here, in relation to the queen; that is afavour which cannot be granted but to a personwhom Heaven has chosen for that purpose : so Ibeg of you, madam, to dispense with me.'Then the (jueen attempted to persuade her thatthe celestial powers had destined her to be the delivererof that queen ; <strong>and</strong> that she could not opposetheir wills without drawing on herself th«


'302 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.answer of Heaven. While ^Mauritiana was makingthis pertinent reply, Fiorina attentively watched allthe fairies, one after another, to penetrate theirsentiments, <strong>and</strong> to judge from them what she oughtto do. She thought she saw in the eyes of the sagefairy adviser,that she was pleased to have her acceptthe thing :but for fear of being deceived, sheasked time to answer, which was granted.Tlie council rising,Fiorina was carried back toher apartment by the fairies -Kho solicited her togo to the queen. When Fiorina was returned toher chamber, Mauritiana locked herself up in herown, to think with pleasure on the new snare shehad laid for her : she secretly flattered herself thatFiorina must perish by the multiplicity of dangersshe would meet with in the labyrinth ; her onlyfear was, that she would not accept of the commission.Prince Probus being informed of the proposalwhich the queen his mother had made to Fiorina,went to find out the fairy counsellor, to advise beforeh<strong>and</strong>with her, what way would be the best forFiorina to execute the project with success. Hefound her alone on the bank of the canal in thegarden, who was contriving as well as himself whatpowerful succours they could give her. As soonas the fairy saw the prince, she went up to him :• What is the occasion of your mirth, prince ?' said'she: Fiorina has had a proposal to fetch backQueen Feliciana from the labyrinth : what goodfortune will it be to you, upon this occasion, if youlove the princess?'If you doubt it, sage fairy,' answered the prince,' you do me injustice; for .' ' I shall be persuaded,'answered the fairy, 'if you will serve Fiorinato the prejudice of the queen your mother.'' I should, perhaps,' said the prince,'ab<strong>and</strong>on theprincess, if there was justice in my mother's resentments;but as Fiorina is unjustly persecuted,though I had no passion for her, I would do all I


FLORIN.^. 303design to do.' 'What I have to say to you, myprince,' replied the fairy,' is what I always believedof you, that you would join with me to engageFiorina to accept of the proposal offered. Iam persuaded it will be more for your advantageto deliver Feliciana ; <strong>and</strong> that you will find by this,new means of forming the b<strong>and</strong>s of an eternalfriendship.'As Fiorina had not yet accepted the propositionsmade to her, they went to her together, to knowwhat her last sentin>euts were. Being entered intoher chamber, they found the fairy her good friendwith her, who had solicited her to restore Feliciana.That fairy seeing them enter m, said,' Come <strong>and</strong> persuade the princess; she doubts ofthe power she has, <strong>and</strong> seems undetei mined toaccept of the glory of going to deliver the exiledqueen.''Madam,' said the prince, ' I can scarce believethat you refuse to be the worthy deliverer of a'queen so much desiied.' How, prince !' repliedFiorina; would you, who know my weakness, <strong>and</strong>'the fatigues I underwent to gather the imperialrose, would you too engage me in a fresh design,which is still more difficult, <strong>and</strong> where undoubtedlyI shall perish ?' ' Is it possible, my princess,'said the fairy counsellor, 'that you can be so hardheartedto refuse Prince Frobus, who hath been sozealous for your service, <strong>and</strong> who desires with usthe deliverance of that queen ? Can your soul havethe weakness to believe that so great a prince canab<strong>and</strong>on you, <strong>and</strong> leave j^ou exposed to the manydifficulties that vvill happen ? If you believe that,my princess, undeceive yourself: his tender generoussoul cannot sufler it, <strong>and</strong> his interest is toolarge to permit you to miscarry. As for us, myprincess, we shall always be with you in our mostclose desires to see you return with Feliciana thequeen.', Fiorina, finding herself at last forced, through


S04TALES OF THE FAIRIES.this tender violence, to answer to the sentiments oftlie prince <strong>and</strong> the two fairies, promised them tliatshe would go in search of the queen ; wliich she didupon the confidence she had in them, <strong>and</strong> returnedwith success.The time given to the princess for her answerbeing completed, the fairy council reassembled,wliere Fiorina was called, being conducted as before; <strong>and</strong> when she was placed, the queen said toher, ' Well, madam, shall we hope that j'ou will go<strong>and</strong> bring back Queen Fehciana from her exile ?''Madam,''answered Fiorina, though the design isinfinitely above all that 1 have done, <strong>and</strong> the littleexperience I have tells me, T have nothing to hopefor on this occasion but dreadful consequences,the strong inclination I have to oblige you prevailswith me : <strong>and</strong> if my endeavours become fruitless,it will always be to my glory, that I lost mylife in so glorious an enterprise. I go, madam,whenever you honour me with your comm<strong>and</strong>s.'This answer caused an universal joy in the assembly,<strong>and</strong> all the fairies gave a thous<strong>and</strong> heartywishes to Fiorina ; so that there was notlnngpassed that daj' but pleasure <strong>and</strong> diversions uponher accepting of the proposal. When every tlnngthat Fiorina was to carry was ready, the princewent to see her, <strong>and</strong> said, *My princess, as youare upon the point of going, here is a ring, whichI give you to protect you. By means of this ringI shall know all the dangers you are in, <strong>and</strong> wljereyou wdl want assistance; tlierefore, as soon as youput that in your mouth, you will find me with you.'The jirincess received tlie present, which did not alittle increase her confidence.The provisions given to Fiorina for her journeybeing prepared, were easy of carriage ; for the foodwas so nourishing, that she had occasion to takebut little at a time to support lier. All the fairieswaited on Fiorina at her apartment, <strong>and</strong> attendedher some distance from the palace, which they made I


nORlXA. 3().=>echo with their loud acclamations of joy. Thequeen embraced Fiorina, wishing her a speedy return,<strong>and</strong> good success. Afterwards she set outwith the two fairies who were to conduct her tothe entrance of the road that led to the labyrinth,<strong>and</strong> tlie fairy counsellor, w-ith her good friend, followeda little farther, to embrace her at parting."Wlien the fairies who were to conduct her werearrived at a great wood, they said,'Fair princess,it is here we must leave you : we pray Heaven togive you strength <strong>and</strong> resolution to enter the labyrinthwhither 3-ou are going, <strong>and</strong> to restore ourgreat queen. Follow this road, it will lead you tothe labyrinth.' Then they saluted her, <strong>and</strong> returnedto the palace.Fiorina entered the wood, <strong>and</strong> pursued the route•which was showed her. In this solitude, as shetpas reflecting in one view upon the dangers she^as to undergo, so far was she from being afflicted•tvith the thoughts thereof, that she employed herselfon nothing but those of conquest by means ofthe prince <strong>and</strong> the two fairies. After having passedthrough the wood, she came to a plain which wasinterspersed with some small rocks, on which shesaw some w<strong>and</strong>ering flocks, who had but one personto watch them. Continuing her pace, she perceivedin the hollow of a rock a little cottagecovered with straw, bound in with some branchesof the trees, which she had a desire to go to. Bythat time she had advanced a little, she saw ayoung shepherdess come out, clothed in a greenStuff lined with white : she had a crook in herh<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> a straw hat upon her head to shade herfrom the sun beams. \Vhen thej' approached nearer,Fiorina was amazed to find in so much simplicityan air <strong>and</strong> manner the most obliging <strong>and</strong> most'graceful in the world. May Heaven grant youyour wishes, fair shepherdess,' said Fiorina, <strong>and</strong>';s you with all happiness.' ' I wish you thesame, fair princess,' said tlie shepherdess, <strong>and</strong>*


'506 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,that Heaven would conduct you safely tothe endof your desires.' ' I am obliged to you, my shepherdess,for the good you wish me. But, alas !'continued' she, without the favour of Heaven, Tcannot accomplish what I have undertaken.'your designs are just, <strong>and</strong> you have a strong faith'<strong>and</strong> confidence,' said the shepherdess, you willnot be disappointed ; but, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing all thehazards <strong>and</strong> difficulties, arrive at tlie end of whatyou j)ropose. But, my princess, you appear weary :come into my cottage, <strong>and</strong> rest you ; I can perhapstell you of something that will not be useless.'Fiorina accepted her offer. And when she wasentered, the shepherdess seated her ; <strong>and</strong> after somecivilities, said, 'The concern I have for you, myfair princess, makes me take the liberty to ask youthe reasons that brought you into this solitude,'which is almost unknoAvn to mortals.' Most lovelyshepherdess,' replied the princess, ' T am engagedby the Queen Mauritiana to come <strong>and</strong> find out theQueen Feliciana, to bring her back from exile.'was satisfied that it was your design,' said thesiiepherdess, 'as soon as I saw you. Ah, princess!what glory <strong>and</strong> happiness has Heaven prepared foryou, if you can restore this great queen ! Accordingto the decree of the supreme beings, this deliveranceis reserved for none but one liappy mortal,<strong>and</strong> that appears to be you. Do not be discouraged,my princess, in all the dangers you shallundergo; for you Avill surmount them. Pardoame, that the transports of joy you see in me, proceedfrom an excess of tenderness which I havefor that dear queen you go in quest of.' TheaFiorina asked, whether the dangers to be met within that labyrinth, were not too difficult to be o\come.'No, my princess,' said tlie shepherdess;' they become easy when the strength of resolutionattacks them.' Then Fiorina asked why the QueenFeliciana was banished. ' Tliat,' answered the shepherdess,' is a long story to relate.'


FLORIIS'A. 307' But to instruct you,' continued she, ' I musttell you, my princess, that when the Queen Felicianareigned, every thing waspeitectly quiet uponour earth. IMy sisters <strong>and</strong> I were then her dearestfavourites; <strong>and</strong> it was through our care that mortalsreceived that sweet felicity. One of my sisterswas called Innocence, the other Fidelity, <strong>and</strong> 1 amcalled Simplicity. Innocence was she that preservedmankind acaiust covetous <strong>and</strong> disorderlydesires, which robbed them of the sweetness <strong>and</strong>pleasures of a real security. Fidelity inspired themwith friendship, credit, <strong>and</strong> inviolable trust onetowards the other : <strong>and</strong> I relieved them when theyfell into such weaknesses, as to believe they hadneed of a great many dift'erent things to make themhappy. This order was so well fixed, that weneeded only to appear before the people, where the >queen sent us to suppress the one, <strong>and</strong> animatethe other. The people expressed such respect <strong>and</strong>veneration for us, that they fancied they could notlive without us. That time, my princess, was yethappy, before this extraordinary adventure whichI am going to tell you.' There was a h<strong>and</strong>some young fellow in ourneighbourhood, called Suspicion : he was the sonof Jealousy, but had not so much ill nature as she.Their complaisance <strong>and</strong> civility gave them an easyadmission into the best families, <strong>and</strong> among therest tfiey came into ours. Pisonida, or Fidelity,pleased this young son of Zelopia, or Jealousy,called Hypopsites, or Suspicion, so that he becameso amorous, he had no longer power to dissemblehis passion. He expressed himself in such a lively<strong>and</strong> respectful manner, that though my sister wasno ways inclined to hearken to him, yet she entertaineda secret compassion for him ; though at thesame time she gave him severe answers to everything he said, which perhaps was capable of shockingthe constancy of the most amorous <strong>and</strong> mostinfatuated mau in the world. However, he would


308 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.not be repulsed, but continued his addresses to mysister, in giving her fresh proofs every day of hisconstancy. This engaged Pisonida to give someattention. But after examining tlie thing, she sawplainly that if she married Hypopsites, she wouldnot only brnig herself into great misfortunes, butexpose herself to all the violences of Zelopia hismotlier; which made her resolve to discard Hypopsites.One day as he was making his complaintsto my sister, she answered, that she wouldnot marry him; that all he could do would be invain; <strong>and</strong> therefore desired him to retire. Hypopsites,who was very amorous, answered, that ifwhat she said was serious, he should die with despair.As they talked -after this usual way oflovers, Pisonida let him know, that he ought tobe satisfied with what she said to him, for thatthey were her real sentiments. Hypopsites retired,<strong>and</strong> went away as usual. My sister finding herselffatigued with his addresses, begged the queen tosend her some distance off, where Hypopsites couldnot come to her. Feliciana sent my sister whithershe desired to go; <strong>and</strong> tlie young man finding himselfdeprived of her sight, went to find out thequeen, <strong>and</strong> to entreat her to be favourable to him.He informed her of the purity of his flame, <strong>and</strong>the sincerity of his heart, witli all he had done toengage my sister to answer his desires, <strong>and</strong> beggedthat the queen would force Pisonida to accept hisheart, <strong>and</strong> make him happy. Feliciana answered,that all our actions ought to be just, <strong>and</strong> withoutforce ; that Pisonida might have as much naturalaversion to him, as he had love for her; that hemiglit easily know that by her refusal ; <strong>and</strong> that itwould be injustice in her to oblige her to accept ofan heart that M-as not agreeable to her.'As this young man was of a violent disposition,this answer drove him to despair , <strong>and</strong> hearkeningto nothing but his rage, he flew from the queen,<strong>and</strong> ran up to the top of a rock, from whence h«


'FIORINA. 309threw himself into the tempestuous sea of desires,•where he extinguished his life <strong>and</strong> passion. Thenoise of his death being spread abroad, his mother,who was not less violent than himself, became outrageous,<strong>and</strong> could breathe nothing but the subtilepoison of revenge. Zelopia went to Mauritiana toengage her in her interest, <strong>and</strong> to consult with herabout proper means to destroy her enemies, <strong>and</strong>those of her son.' :Mauritiaua received this afflicted mother, <strong>and</strong>judged it pioper to do all they could to oblige thepeople to carry their complaints to the supremeintelligences, <strong>and</strong> teil tiiem that Feliciana <strong>and</strong> Pisonidahad killed Hypopsites their intimate friend,from whom they had received considerable services;which succeeded completely : the covetous,the ambitious, <strong>and</strong> the revengeful, all signed thepetition. The supreme intelligences received it;<strong>and</strong> to be assured of the truth, took JMauritianainto their council; which was so secretly transacted,that Feliciana was not apprised of the proceeding.These informations were conveyed to thesupreme intelligences: <strong>and</strong> what care soever wastaken to make the queen <strong>and</strong> my sister appear criminal,the intelligences, who cannot be deceived,knew the innocence of the persons acCused, <strong>and</strong>the characters of the accusers.The intelligences, provoked with the proceedingof the accusers, <strong>and</strong> being willing to punish them,agreed upon the method together to do it with anequitable severity ; when one of them said, thatthe best way to punish these ungrateful wretches,who, after so many favours received from theirqueen <strong>and</strong> my sister, had the rashness to accusethem unjustly, was, in her opinion, to agree towhat they asked, of sending the queen <strong>and</strong> mysister into the wonderful labyrinth, <strong>and</strong> givingMauritiana to them for their governor. She added,that felicity was an inseparable companion to Feliciana; <strong>and</strong> that where Feliciana was not, trouble,


SIOTALES OF THE FAIRIES,inconstancy, <strong>and</strong> disorder should always reign, bywhich means they should become tlie authors oftheir own misfortunes. This was agreed to by allthe intelligences. The queen <strong>and</strong> my sister weresent into the wonderful labyrinth, to remain theretill a mortal was found who sliould force an entrance,<strong>and</strong> surmount all difficulties to deliver thatqueen ; till when, Mauritiana should govern in herstead.' The queen <strong>and</strong> my sister obeyed this decree,<strong>and</strong> went to the labyrinth, where thej' are. Felicianatook my sister Achakia, or Innocence, along withher, <strong>and</strong> left me with the care of her interests here.I have chosen this retreat ; <strong>and</strong> my greatest diversionis in looking after these flocks you see.'When the shepherdess had done speaking, Fiorinasaid,'What you have told me, so much increasesthe desire I have of delivering Feliciana,that I cannot think of living without that satisfaction; <strong>and</strong> it will be so great a pleasure to me, thatI shall despise all dangers that may threaten mylife.'The shepherdess's joy was inconceivable to seeFiorina in these sentiments. She presented theprincess with a collation of the best of every thing;<strong>and</strong> then Fiorina pursued her journey. Simplicianaattended her some time ; <strong>and</strong> in leaving lier, observedto her, that at a distance tlience there wasa great tuft of trees, wiiich served as an ornamentat the entrance into the labyrinth. The princesscontinued her march, <strong>and</strong> arrived at the labyrinth ;"which had at its entrance two large cedars, wliichbeing interwoven, formed by their branches a kindof gr<strong>and</strong> portico, where she entered, <strong>and</strong> continuedher route by a little path-way, which brought herinto a large opening that divided itself into a greatmany roads.The princess remained some time in that place,without being able to guess which way she oughtto take ; <strong>and</strong> as she was iu this perplexity, there


FLORINA, 311luckily appeared two women ; one whereof wasclothed in white so shining, that it blinded her;<strong>and</strong> the other was not less beautiful, being coveredwith a mantle of fine sky-coloured blue. Theseladies carrying a majestic air, made her think they'were of a distinguished rank. What seek j-ou ?'said the ladies to Fiorina, coming up to her.'Theentire desire of delivering the Queen Feliciana iswhat has brought me heie,' said Fiorina, ' <strong>and</strong> Iam much perplexed : I would know if I have notmistaken mj' road, <strong>and</strong> which of these T ought tofollow.' ' If you would find that good queen,'answered the ladies, *take the road which is onyour right h<strong>and</strong> : it will perhaps appear troublesome; but it is the surest. Recollect yourself,fair princess, lest you return back again; for inthis place the ground changes continually, <strong>and</strong> theways you think you ought to go in, are no otherthan what will lead j'ou into frightful precipices.'Fiorina desired to know to whom she was indebtedfor such good advice.' I am called Pisonida, or' Fidelity," said she that spoke, <strong>and</strong> she thereAchakia, or Innocence.'' What pleasure is it tome,' said Fiorina, ' to meet with you, after havingseen .Simpliciana the shepherdess! What have I notto hope for in my journej^ since I have the happinessto meet the two favourites of that good queenwhich I am in search after? But to whom am Iindebted for this fortunate meeting ?' ' It is to oursister Simpliciana,' replied they, who ' told us youwere in the labyrinth, <strong>and</strong> engaged us to come<strong>and</strong> deliver you out of that perplexity you was in,about the choice of which road you ought to take.But as soon as v.e have informed you, we must go<strong>and</strong> tell the queen you are in search of her. Doubt'not, fair princess,' continued they, but she willfavour you : only persevere, <strong>and</strong> we shall have thehappiness to see j'ou again at her palace, whenyou have accomplished what you ought to do.'lisonida <strong>and</strong> her sister being gone, Fiorina took


As'312 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,the road they came to show her. It was coveredwith slippery stones, which made her ready to fallevery step she took. The way was surrounded wnothing but barren ground, which only producedthistles <strong>and</strong> briers; <strong>and</strong> could not be followed, butby going coutmually up hill or down hill. Fiorinasome time after finding herself tired, <strong>and</strong> inpresent want of something to support her, wasliged to sit down on a rock. But what surprisewas she in, when she saw she had lost the provisionswhich were given her ! <strong>and</strong> what sadnessseized her, to see herself in a desert without ha'ing any thaig to eat, <strong>and</strong> without hopes to findany ! she was making these sad reflections,there came to her a woman clothed in rags, wa melanciioly countenance, followed gently by anotherwho looked more lively <strong>and</strong> easy, but verynegligent in her dress. 'Who are you?' said Fiorina.If inhabitants of this place, pray give me'sometJ)ing' to eat.' I am called Anachira, or Poverty,'said the first ; I have nothing to give youbut here's my daughter Fhilopona, or Industry, shecan assist you.' Fhilopona had no sooner heardher mother speak, but she went to find some relieffor tl.e princess. She brought her some wild fruits,v.'liich I'lorina ate with the same appetite as thosepresented to her by trgonides. When the princesshad refreshed herself a little, she continued theroad, <strong>and</strong> Fhilopona ofi'ered her company, whichv.as a great assistance to her, by bringing Fiorinafrom time to time something to eat.Fiorina being advanced into the desert, askedFhilopona if it was yet very far to the place whereFeliciana was. She answered, that tiie way wassometimes shorter <strong>and</strong> sometimes longer,accoidingto the changes that happened in passing overthe l<strong>and</strong>. Fiorina tuen made sensible reflectionson the condition she was in. The loss of her foodwas one of the strongest; <strong>and</strong> notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing allthe care of Fhilopona, she was not contented.


''FIORINA. 313During that time there came a man toher calledGrilison, or Discontent, who followed her, endeavouringto persuade her, by many forcible reasons,that she deserved all tiie trouble she met with.' Were not you,' said he, ' happy enough in the fairypalace, after having escaped so many dangers inthe conquest you gained, but you must rashly <strong>and</strong>inconsiderately embark 3'ourself upon a new design? Where are now your friends, on whom youdepended, <strong>and</strong> the great assistance they would giveyou ? The prince <strong>and</strong> the rest are diverting themselvesat court without thinking of you ; <strong>and</strong> haditnot been for Philopona, you had not got so far.'Fiorina was vexed to have this man continuallyteazing her : she dismissed him several times, buthe still returned. Philopona seeing that this fellowwas insupportable to her, endeavoured all the wayshe could to comfort her. The poor princess wasalmost disconsolate with his conversation, whichgave her more trouble than all slie had undergonein her journey. There came happily to her reliefanother man, with a spade in his h<strong>and</strong>, whom sheknew to be Ergonides. Fiorina presently ran tohim, to receive her. ' You come in the nick oftime,' said she, ' for I have urgent occasion foryour assistance. Give me my dear Agatonphisaagain; <strong>and</strong> tell me, I beseech youj why he left me.'• He has not left you,' said Ergonides ;it was hethat sent me hither to serve you. But, my princess,what can you do with that man that I see followsyou, who is fitter to drive you to despair byhis talk, than comfort you?' 'What you say istrue,' said the princess : he follows me against mywill. He is so insupportable, <strong>and</strong> wearies me somuch, that I scarcely know Avhere I am : I havediscarded him, yet he follows me.'' I'll dischargehim from you,' said Ergonides ; who took hisspade, <strong>and</strong> striking him on the back, the man fledquickly, <strong>and</strong> stayed not to complain. Then Ergonidesdug up with his spade a large square ofVOL. II.P


S14TALES OF THE FAIRIES,earth, whereon he sowed seeds which he carriedabout him, <strong>and</strong> from thence presented to the princessmost delicious fruits. He then broueht a fairnj'mph, called Hypomona, or Patience, to bear hercompany, <strong>and</strong> afterwards took his leave.Although Ergonides came to the relief of Flc«rina, Philopona did not leave her. She loved theprincess so, that she continually found out newways to be useful to her. She assisted Fiorinaday to cultivate that little earth which Ergonideshad prepared for her, <strong>and</strong> which produced everythine; she wanted. Hypomona so composed theprincess's temper, <strong>and</strong> diverted her, that she livedwith tlie same pleasure as if she had bten in thefairy court: she could not fancy ever to have beenmore easy <strong>and</strong> happy than she found herself inthat solitude. One thing that perplexed her was,that her abode or residence there would delay heFarrival at Feliciana's palace to deiiver that quetn.She placed her confidence in Hypomona, who toldher she might be easy in that matter; for thewarding of her journey did not consist in beingalways upon the march, but in making a good useof all the troubles <strong>and</strong> disappointments they metwith ; that Heaven caused frequent changesarise, which brought us nearer to the palace of Feliciana; <strong>and</strong> that that was the true way of findingout that queen. Fiorina was so satisfied with wHypomona told her, that she thought of notliingfarther than of cultivating her garden, <strong>and</strong> the delightfulsolitude wherein slie was placed. Whilshe was exercised in the dressing of the garden,she walked around, sometimes alone, but most frequentlywith her two companions. One day, asthey were mounted on a rock, from whence theydiscovered a large country, Fiorina was cliarrwith the place, <strong>and</strong> particularly the beauty of thepalace which was in sight of them ; therefore askedHypomona what that palace was which appearedso beautiful. She answered, that it was Feliciana's


FLORINA. 315palace, <strong>and</strong> the place whither she was to go.'Well, my princess,' continued she,'you see thatyou seem to be near, <strong>and</strong> not so far off as j'outhouglit of: but it is here that you ought to bearmed with fresh constancy, <strong>and</strong> tlie strongest resolution.Don'ttlatter yourself, my princess; thereis yet a great deal of trouble <strong>and</strong> pains to be takenbefore you arrive at that palace : but when youhave conquered all difficulties, you shall enter intothat abode, <strong>and</strong> rejoice with the utmost satisfactionto see ireliciana in all the brightness of herglory.'Fiorina hearkened with great pleasure to all thatIlypomona said to her, <strong>and</strong> found it as a healingbalsam to refresh her wearied senses. During thistime, all the princess's steps tended towards therock, <strong>and</strong> all the time she went forward, she seemedStillto approach nearer to the palace of Feliciana,or that it came nearer to her.One day, as she was contemplating on the endof her desires, she saw an agreeable young man,clothed in purple velvet, come towards her. Fiorinawas surprised to see that young man in thosesolitary places. He said to her as he came nearer,* Madam, you are admiring the beauty of Feliciana'spalace.'' 'lis true,' said Fiorina;'<strong>and</strong> tiiedesire of getting thither is what entirely employs'my thoughts.' That is a glorious design, madam,'said the young man, <strong>and</strong> the way to arrive at true'happiness. It is a long time since 1 proposed to gothither ; but 'tis what I cannot do alone, till I findsomebody tiiat has the same inclination with myself.1 ha\e met with several,' said he, 'who werevery impatient to get thither, <strong>and</strong> who promised methe hnest ti ings in the world; but they were repulsedat the lirst troubles we met with, <strong>and</strong> quittedme. This is the cause, madam, why I am notyet at the palace of I'eliciana, <strong>and</strong> that I w<strong>and</strong>erin these places, seeking always for somebody whohath the same design as 1 have. If you will go


516 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.find out the queen Feliciana, <strong>and</strong> take me for yourcompanion, I promise you, let what will happen,not to forsake you.'Fiorina, believing this young man who had spokeato her to be Psipliismates, or Good-opportunity,thought lie might not be useless to her; hearinghim speak iu such advantageous terms, she testifiedto him, that she embraced the offers he made ofpartaking the fatigues of the journey together, oncondition that he would not leave her.' It wasnot 1,' said Psiphismates, ' who failed tliose I accompanied,but it was those who left me.' And insaying that, he sat himself down by the princessupon the rock where she was, <strong>and</strong> entertained herwith the methods how they might arrive at thathappy palace.Some time after, there came to them a man ofan odd, uneasy, violent countenance, whose eyestlireatened revenge, as if he would sentence themost innocent actions. In short, he no sooner sawthe princess <strong>and</strong> Psiphismates, but he believedthem to be guilty of some criminal intrigue, <strong>and</strong>without informing himself of the truth of the thing,or the subject of tlieir conversation, he seized themas criminals. This man was called Zilopsides, orFalse-zeal ; <strong>and</strong> as he conducted the princess <strong>and</strong>Psiphismates, tliey met in the road a woman of anill phiz, who asked Zilopsides who tlie prisonerswere he harl seized, <strong>and</strong> what they had done. Zilopsidesanswered, I know not; but I found'themin the desert together, <strong>and</strong> am persuaded they areguilty of some crimes, <strong>and</strong> therefore I carry themaway.' ' Tis well done,' said the woman, whocalled herself Sycophanta, or Calumny ' ; carrythem before Aguoisa, or Ignorance, <strong>and</strong> she willpunish them. I'll meet you there, if you will accusethem.' In saying tliis. Calumny met with twowomen, friends of hers, called Craft <strong>and</strong> Treachery,wlio, joining tiiemselves, made a strong league.Aguoisa was then ia a large hall, where she gave


FLORINA.Siraudience to the pleaders, being seated on a richtribunal, attended with Delaj', Obstinacy, Prejudice,<strong>and</strong> Envy, her counsellors. Calumny presentedFiorina <strong>and</strong> Psiphismates, saying, that theywere criminals who^iiad been in solitary places,<strong>and</strong> undressed, holding a secret correspondence together,in contempt of the laws of modesty <strong>and</strong>decency : that she thought herself obliged to bringthem to justice ; <strong>and</strong> that if the tribunal of Agnoisadid not make a public example of them, it vrouldbe a means to countenance vice, <strong>and</strong> be an introductionto all mischief. Craft <strong>and</strong> Treachery wereof the same opinion, <strong>and</strong> agreed with Calumny^,saying, that the crimes with which she had accusedeach of them, merited without contradiction to beseverely sentenced. Zilopsides also spoke in histurn, <strong>and</strong> said, that what Calumny, Craft, <strong>and</strong>Treacher3' had advanced was just <strong>and</strong> true.Agnoisa, after having heard the accusations,rose from her seat, <strong>and</strong> joined in the opinions alreadydelivered: <strong>and</strong> as they were going to pass arigorous sentence upon them, Psiphismates, seeingthat they were going to condemn both himself <strong>and</strong>Fiorina without being heard, raised his voice, <strong>and</strong>begged leave to make his defence ; which wasgranted. Psiphismates said, as he was alwaysw<strong>and</strong>ering, he had met passing through the desertsof the wonderful labyrinth tliat lady whom thejaccused along with him, who was alone upon oneof the mountains of that desert : that his curiosityhad carried liim so far as to approach her, <strong>and</strong> askthe reason which brought her there, <strong>and</strong> what sheregarded with so much attention ; to which sheanswered, tliat she had a strong inclination to seeaud deliver Feliciana; that she admired her palace,which appeared of wonderful beauty ; <strong>and</strong>that she had a desire to reach thither, but that itseemed impossible : that since it had been a longlime since he himself had attempted the same de-8ign^ he sathimself down by the lady, to consult


318 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.<strong>and</strong> discourse with her on the method of attainingto that palace : that during the time they were inthis serious conversation, Zilopsides perceivingthem, came up to tliem, <strong>and</strong> seized <strong>and</strong> hrouijhtthem to this audience: that the hidy <strong>and</strong> he wereinnocent of the crimes of which they were accused:that it v.as not sufficient for tlieir enemies to saythey were criminal, but they ought to prove it:<strong>and</strong> that their accusers not having done wliat theywere obliged, the lady <strong>and</strong> himself dem<strong>and</strong>ed tobe enlarged <strong>and</strong> sent away, as having been unjustlydetained.Agnoisa conferring afresh with her counsellors.Envy <strong>and</strong> Obstinacy were of opinion, without regardto the reasons given by Psiphismates, thatFiorina <strong>and</strong> he ought to be condemned ; but Delay<strong>and</strong> Prejudice were of the contrary side, <strong>and</strong> forhaving Agnoisa make an order that the partiesaccused should remain prisoners, <strong>and</strong> that judgmentshould be deferred till Calumny <strong>and</strong> theothers should prove the crimes laid to theircharge.They stripped Fiorina <strong>and</strong> Psiphismates of whatwas valuable about tliem, took the ring which theprince had given to Fiorina, loaded her withciiains, <strong>and</strong> led her into a long frightful subterrf.ne<strong>and</strong>ungeon, where they tied them both, oneopposite to the other. However, this was someconsolation to Fiorina, under her misfortune, thatshe could converse with Psiphismates. Calumnyfinding herself obliged to get Mitnesses to proveher accusation, asked Zilopsides if he could helpher to any.'No,' said he,' I know nothing furtherof the matter, than that I found them togetherin the desert.' ' But,' said Calumny, you'see that wont do.' And in that moment enteredExapenta, or Fraud, who came to tell them of aturn she had to do; <strong>and</strong> as she was proceedingto relate it, Calumnj' answered,'We have somethingelse to do than to hearken to you. I have


FLORINA.S19accused two persons of crimes, <strong>and</strong> the tribunalof Agnoisa will have it, that I should prove•what I have said : now I foresee that it is impossiblefor me to make it out, <strong>and</strong> I shall forfeit theconfidence they have of what I have already said.''I know what that is,* said Exapenta: ' I can doyou a piece of service; <strong>and</strong> I promise you I'll doall I can.'Calumny <strong>and</strong> False-zeal were charmed with thepromises of Fraud ; <strong>and</strong> as they knew her, theyflattered themselves with satisfaction. Exapenta,with a sorrowful air of affliction, coming into theprison where Fiorina was, <strong>and</strong> approaching her,said, My princess, ' I never was sensible of moregrief than I feel now, to see you in this deplorablecondition. 1 know you are innocent of the crimeslaid to your charge, <strong>and</strong> that it is nothing butthe malicious contrivance of Calumny : but comfortyourself, for Heaven will not permit peopleto be false enough to swear against you. Be assuredthat your accusers cannot take away yourlives : you are kept here only under the pretenceof proving from one day to another what theyhave to say against you, hoping that the rigourof your prison will kill you. My princess, youknow not the inviolable laws of this place, whichfree all criminals in custody as soon as they shallconfess the crimes they st<strong>and</strong> accused of, providedit be before their accusers have proved them. Thisis the only way of ending the atfair. The time isshort, ray dear princess, break your own chains : 1tell you what I would do, were I under the samemisfortune as you are.'Fiorina believed what Fraud said to her, <strong>and</strong> sofar, that she was inclined to make such a confession,when Psiphismates, who had heard all,said, Take ' care, my princess, of doing what thatdeceiver advises ; 'tis a snare laid for our destruction.We are innocent, princess, of the crimes weare accused of; Heaven will take care to justify


. In3§0 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,us. Let us not despair then, <strong>and</strong> make a falseconfession to deliver ourselves.' This discourseastonished Exapenta ; so that slie retired, <strong>and</strong>went to find out Calumny <strong>and</strong> False-zeal, to acquaintthem with the success of her negociation.She said, that she liad persuaded the lady to confess,but that the young man who was in prisonhad in a moment undone all : that w hile she wasadvising the lady, she did not perceive any concernof mistrust upon her; therefore they must find outways to stop the young fellow's mouth, <strong>and</strong> tryanother way to gain her.This news put the accusers into an ill humour.They went to consult with Obstinacy <strong>and</strong> Env}',<strong>and</strong> repeated to them what Exapenta liad declared,<strong>and</strong> asked what they might do to preserve their reputation.'Ihey order Ilomotilla, or Cruelty, togo into tlie prison, <strong>and</strong> force Psiphismates by allmanner of torments to confess his crimes; whichwas readily executed, after so violent a manner,that the poor Psiphismates la}' upon the rack withtue last tokens of life in him. The princess, whowas an eyewitness of all this cruelty, had not survivedit, if Hypomona had not supported <strong>and</strong> encouragedher, saying, that it was in vain to afflictherself, for that the best temper she could show,was her readiness to suffer, <strong>and</strong> to look with tranquillityon the different turns of good <strong>and</strong> ill fortune: that it was common to see the one succeedthe other, <strong>and</strong> that she might from theace hop«that hers would change.a moment after entered two very grave women,who going towards Psiphismates, Fiorina askedthem who they were, <strong>and</strong> begged their assistance.' I am called Ysatia, or Constancy,' said the first;'<strong>and</strong> my name is Diagina, or Resolution,' saidthe other :'he is our friend, <strong>and</strong> we are come toserve him.' Presently Ysatia embraced Psiphismates,<strong>and</strong> raised him from the ground where he\vas laid, <strong>and</strong> then Diagina took out tome liquors


'FLORINA. 321wiiich she carried, that restored him, Fiorina seeingPsiphismates recovered, forgot all her formermisfortunes, <strong>and</strong> wliile she was acknowledging hergratitude to the ladies, she perceived a light enterthe prison, which gave her fresh terror, believingthere were some new mischiefs approaching: butbow great whs her surprise, when she saw PrinceProbus <strong>and</strong> two ladies ! to whom at some distanceshe cried'out, Ali, prince ! how opportunely youcome to deliver me out of this condition! Whoinformed jou of the need I had of you ?' ''Twasthat fair lady you see there, wlio told me of themisfortunes you were under,' said Probus, showingher one of the ladies that attended him. Her'name is Hallitia, or Truth, <strong>and</strong> she that is withher is Dicaiosyna, or Justification. Fiorina acknowledgedher obligations to them for such apiece of service; <strong>and</strong> could not help gazing particularlyon Hallitia, who was so fair <strong>and</strong> bright,that the rays darting from her eyes enlightened thewhole prison.After that, Dicaiosyna approaching Fiorina,,touched the irons v/ith which she was fettered, <strong>and</strong>they fell to dust, so that the princess was at liberty.Dicaiosyna did the same to Psiphismates; <strong>and</strong> thetwo prisoners not knowing how to make returnsfor such signal favours, were going to begin theircompliments to their deliverers, when the princesaid,'Let us finish what we are about.' And takingthe princess by the h<strong>and</strong>, they all went out ofthe prison togetlier.As soon as Agnoisa, Calumny, <strong>and</strong> the otherpersecutors of the princess <strong>and</strong> Psiphismates sawHallitia <strong>and</strong> Dicaiosyna, they fled, <strong>and</strong> hid themselves.The prince pursued, <strong>and</strong> made them re-Store the ring they had taken from Fiorina; <strong>and</strong>then conducted the princess into a plain, where heshowed her the road she ought to follow.' Thenwill you leave me again, my prince ?'* J shall not be long absent/ answered he ;P2said Fiorina.aiid


32*2 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.you have your ring again, to inform me when yeawant me. Psiphismates shall be left with you,,who will be a good guide : you may put your trustin him ; he is a faithful friend.' The prince beingretired, Fiorina continued on her journey withPsiphismates.Some time after, Fiorina <strong>and</strong> her comrade arrivedin a valley, where there was a thick grove, whichappeared very agreeable to the princess; <strong>and</strong> asshe was much fatigued, she was desirous to go <strong>and</strong>rest herself there. She imparted her design toPsiphismates, who would not agree to it; but incomplaisance to her, he entered into the grove;<strong>and</strong> the princess choosing out a convenient placeto sit down, lie sat by her. They entertained eachother a long time with the dangers they had escap.ed, <strong>and</strong> the favour of Heaven in their deliverances,till Fiorina insensibly dropped asleep from the softzephyrs of the grove ; <strong>and</strong> Psiphismates, seeing herasleep, would have willingly kept himself awake,but in spite of all his care, lie fell asleep too.Fiorina, in this sleepiness, fancied she was on theslippery brink or edge of a frightful precipice ;<strong>and</strong>this fear was so violent, that she waked, <strong>and</strong> foundshe was not deceived, <strong>and</strong> that her dream was buttoo true: for she had no sooner opened her eyes,than she saw herself on the brink of a precipice,•where, do v/hat she could, she was not able to getbjck.Tlie poor princess called Psiphismates severaltimes to her assistance, but in vain ; lie sleptso sound, that he heard not. At last, tl.e princessfinding herself going to fall, took the ring out ofher bosom, <strong>and</strong> put it in her mouth, when PrinceProbus appeared, who, giving her his h<strong>and</strong>, broughther back into the road she had quitted.The prince bid her keep the road, without leav-.ing it; for that she saw the consequences if sheshould forsake it; <strong>and</strong> then left her again. Theprincess now could not think of parting with theprince but with much grief, finding the great want


FLORINA. 323she should have of him. The prince observing thetrouble it gave her, to comfort her, said, that hewould go see the Queen Feliciana, to tell her thedesign that she intended to restore her out of thelabyrinth, <strong>and</strong> to entreat her to spare her the fatiguesin the -way.Fiorina pursued the road again, <strong>and</strong> found Psiphismates;for which good fortune she rejoiced,lie asked her how she did to recover herself fromthe danger she was in. ' It was Prince Probus,''said she, that delivered me. He came to me assoon as I put the ring into my mouth, <strong>and</strong> led meinto the right road. But tell me,' said the princess,' ray dear Psiphismates, what is the meaning thatthat grove, which appears soagreeable, should beso dangerous to enter <strong>and</strong> repose in ?' Psiphismatesanswered, that the wood or grove was calledAmelite, which signifies remissness, or a yieldingup to pleasure.As they continued talking, they met a woman iathe road, of a majestic mien, clothed in a whiteshining garment, who asked the princess if it was'she that sought the queen Feliciana. Yes, madam,'answered the princess, ' 'tis 1 who seek thatqueen, to deliver her from the labyrinth.' ' Youare the person then whom I also am in search of,'replied the lady': follow me, <strong>and</strong> you shall presentlyhave the happiness to see her.' This ladycalled herself Leucotissa, or C<strong>and</strong>our, <strong>and</strong> was the'principal favourite of Feliciana. Our good queenhas sent me to shorten your journey,' said she, ad-'dressing herself to Fiorina; <strong>and</strong> I have orders toconduct you by the nearest waj^ All the country'that you see before us,' continued she, is full ofdangerous places, where you should have passed,<strong>and</strong> where it would have been dreadful for you :but Prince Probus has entreated the queen to dispensewith it. Achakia <strong>and</strong> Pisonida have joinedtheir petitions to that of the prince ; so that Feli-


324 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.cfiana hath sent me to prevent the trouble youwould have undergone.'A little while after, they found themselves onthe borders of a lake, encompassed with largetrees. This lake had in the middle of it a smallisl<strong>and</strong>, wherein was the queen's palace. As soonas they saw the palace, two women entered intoa boat, <strong>and</strong> came to fetcli them. Fiorina knewtheni to be Achakia <strong>and</strong> Pisonida, who stretchedout their h<strong>and</strong>s for the princess to come into theboat, <strong>and</strong> to conduct her to the queen, who attendedin the palace to receive her. As soon asFiorina had l<strong>and</strong>ed on this happy soil, she found .herself trausported witli joy <strong>and</strong> pleasure. Thequeen embraced her, <strong>and</strong> Giving her her h<strong>and</strong>, conductedher into the palace. But while the prin--cess was breathing the sweets of a perfect tranquillity,tl;e queen gave orders for every thing tobe ready, <strong>and</strong> soon after departed with Fiorina <strong>and</strong>the rest of her court. In tlie mean time, the fameof Fiorina'^ having found the queen, <strong>and</strong> that theywere upon the road together in order to return,reached the fairy court. This news afflicted Mauritiana,who sent her confidant to inform her ofthe truth; who gave her an account, that Feliciana<strong>and</strong> Fiorina would presently arrive. Upon whichMauritiana immediately got ready her equipage,<strong>and</strong> left the court, to return with all her followersinto the isl<strong>and</strong>s.The good fairies, who waited impatiently thequeen <strong>and</strong> Fiorina's return, went to meet her; <strong>and</strong>when they found her at the palace-gates, theyset up loud acclamations of joy. The sage fairycounsellor was the fkst who approached the queen'schariot: her love <strong>and</strong> zeal for the queen <strong>and</strong> Fiorinamade her advance before the rest. Fiorina'sgood fairy followed ; <strong>and</strong> the fairies being arrivedall together, saluted the queen, expressing theirutmost joy for her return, <strong>and</strong> ranked themselves


iORlNA. 525before <strong>and</strong> behind her chariot, forming a trainworthy the reception of their queenIn entering into the great court of the palace,they heard nothing but acclamations, <strong>and</strong> concertsof fairies singing the praisesof the queen <strong>and</strong> theglorj' of Flor-ina. It is not difficult to tell the sentimentsof the queen <strong>and</strong> tiie fairies upon thisliappy reunion. Prince Probus arrived soon after,<strong>and</strong> all the rest of that day was spent in mirth <strong>and</strong>rejoicings.The next day, the queen mounted with Fiorinaupon a golden chariot set with precious stones;they went to the temple of Virtue, where all thefairies attended them. After the gr<strong>and</strong> ceremoniesof returning thanks for the happy return of thequeen <strong>and</strong> Fiorina, Feliciana took a crown of aninestimable value, <strong>and</strong> turning to the fairies,said,' My dear sisters, you know why the supreme intelligencesjudged it proper to order me to quitmy tlirone, <strong>and</strong> to place me in the wonderful laby-rinth,till a mortal should be found whose excellentvirtue had power to force an entrance, <strong>and</strong>to surmount all obstacles that should oppose themeans of discovering me. What shall we do now,my dear sisters, to this princess, who hath voluntarilyentered the labyrinth, <strong>and</strong> generously sufferedthe fatigues of an endless labour <strong>and</strong> chagrintill she arrived here, <strong>and</strong> is the cause thatthis day I reassume the throne ? Therefore totestify to this princess part of the gratitude dueto her for the obligations I have received, I believeit is proper that I crown her once more. She deservesit,' continued she. And in saying thesewords, the queen placed the crown she had in herh<strong>and</strong> upon Ilorina's head. During which, all thefairies sung praises to the honour of Fiorina, whichwas answered by a concert of all sorts of instrumentsof music.Prince Probus could not contain himself for thejoy he felt in seeing the princess twice crowned in


'326 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.the temple of Virtue. She never looked so beautifulas she appeared at this last coronation. Whenthe assembly was returned, he went to pay a visitto the princess in her apartment, to let her see the])leasure he took in the honours conferred on her.The fairy counsellor <strong>and</strong> the other good fairy wereboth there.While all these things were in agitation at thefairy palace, the king, Fiorina's father, after theconquest of his enemies, returned to the castlefrom whence Fiorina had been taken; <strong>and</strong> uponhis coming thither, his grief was renewed for theloss of the princess, of whom he could get no otherintelligence, notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing all his search, butthat she was surrounded with a thick mist, <strong>and</strong> inthat moment was lost.The king, after this inquiry, sent for the magician;who being brought to him, he asked why hehad deceived him, in assuring him that he hadmade the castle inaccessible against an^' surprise orinsult for the preservation of the young princess.'The princess is well,' said the magician ;sliewent out of the circle wliich I drew, <strong>and</strong> was takenaway, which has proved to her glory. But shewill return shortly, <strong>and</strong> with her a great prince, towhom you ought to give the princess, <strong>and</strong> accepthim for your son.'Feliciana assembled her council, where it wasresolved, that Fiorina should be conducted to theking her father with all the marks of gr<strong>and</strong>eurpossible, not only for lier merit's sake, but also torepair the injury done her; <strong>and</strong> all the fairies preparedto appear bright in this expedition. Duringthis time. Prince Probus found liimself overcomewith sadness for the loss he was going to sustainin the absence of the princess, whom he loved tenderly,<strong>and</strong> whose presence gave him the mostcharming delights, lie retired into a solitary place,where he could not defend himself, through theex'.ess of love <strong>and</strong> grief, from being overwhelmed


'rLORIXA. 327in tears. And as the prince was thinking how todiscover liis passion to the princess, Feliciana, whowas walking in the palace-gardens, surprised himin an arbour; where, as soon as she saw him, shesaid, 'laughing, Whj', prince, are you alone, <strong>and</strong>not ready to conduct Fiorina to her father, thatwe may put an end to all her victories ? Are you,prince, who have always given a helping h<strong>and</strong> tothat princess in all her dangers, the only personnow who is inactive r'* Fiorina has no more need of my weak assistance,'answered Probus; 'she enjoys with you areal happiness. But if I could persuade myself'that I could yet be serviceable You mustattend the princess in her triumph,' interrupted thequeen, 'The time is now short: leave this solitude,<strong>and</strong> think of preparing yourself to augmentthe pompous equipage with which we are going toconduct her.'Tlie prince obeyed the queen: <strong>and</strong> as lovers alwaysflatter themselves, he fancied that, by whatthe queen said to him, she had penetrated into thesubject of his grief; <strong>and</strong> that she would think ofways to make him happy with the princess. Andin this he was not mistaken : the queen saw whathad induced Probus to give the princess such assistance,<strong>and</strong> the wise fairy counsellor had discoveredto her the passion that the prince had foeFiorina; so that she improved it during this favourableopportunity, urging that he ought to berewarded for what he had done for Fiorina.Every thing being ready for their departure, Felicianaleft her palace, <strong>and</strong> pursued her journey,setting out in this order : four pompous chariotsbegan the march, in which were as many concertsof vocal music, who sung in praise of Fiorina.These chariots were preceded <strong>and</strong> followed b}' agreat number of fairies, who answered to the othersby playing on various instruments. Other fairiesagain followed those, carrying eusigns, whereoa


328 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.vrtre painted Fiorina's victories. Prince Probu3followed these ensigns, with a train of most beautifulfairies magnificently clothed, <strong>and</strong> crownedwith laurels, myrtles, <strong>and</strong> roses. The fairy counsellor<strong>and</strong> good fairy followed the prince in thestately chariots, carrying upon the richest cushionsthe princess's two crowns. More fairies attendedthe chariots, continually repeating their acclamationsof joy, that the crowns were given to Fiorinato reward her virtue. Simpliciana, Achakia, Fisonida,<strong>and</strong> Leucotissa. were in another chariot,<strong>and</strong> made a most wonderful harmony in singins;the victories of Fiorina in the labyrinth. Andtiien came Fiorina crowned with bays, attended bythe queen Feliciana: both sat in a chariot of gold<strong>and</strong> ivory, drawn by eagles. And the whole marchclosed with a crowd of fairies, gloriously apparelled.^^'hen this pompous assembly arrived in the territoriesof the king, Fiorina's fatiier, the noisespread all over; <strong>and</strong> this news reaching the court,he went from his palace to see what it was. Inan instant two fairies presented themselves. ThekiuL' was surprised with the beauty <strong>and</strong> splendor ofthem, <strong>and</strong> asked them what they desired of him.The fairies answered, ' Sir, the queen Feliciana desiresadmission to see you, <strong>and</strong> enter into yourpalace with her whole court.' The king answered,that he was too highly honoured, that so great ;fqueen did him the favour of a visit; that he wouldgo before, <strong>and</strong> prepare every thing for her reception.The fairies told liim, that tiie queen only desiredhe would stay in his palace, where she wouldpresently wait on him.The king returned into his palace, ordered hiscourt to meet to receive Feliciana: which was nosooner done, than the first ranks of the triumph appearedin admirable order. This cavalcade havingentered the palace, ranged themselves on both sidesof the court. The king was surprised to see such


jwhich'I1whom, .itUFLORINA. 329magnificence, <strong>and</strong> knew not what to think : butwhen he saw the trophies of Fiorina's victories,<strong>and</strong> perceived the prince who followed, he beganto fancy that it was his daughter that the queenhad brought back to his palace. He looked a longtime on the prince, who ranged himself as theothers, but at a greater distance from the entranceinto the apartments of the palace , <strong>and</strong> then theking recollected what the magician had said. Atlast Feliciana's chariot arrived ; which when theking saw, he advanced to receive the queen : butwhat joy did he conceive, when he saw <strong>and</strong> knewFiorina likewise there ! He presented his h<strong>and</strong> tothe queen, <strong>and</strong> she hers to Fiorina, <strong>and</strong> all threeentered the palace together.Feliciana presented Fiorina to the king her father,saying, ' Sir, here is the princess your daughter,whom you thought lost. She has undergonegreat troubles, <strong>and</strong> been exposed to all dangers,have been the means to raise her to thehighest pitch of honour <strong>and</strong> glory. These crownswhicli you see are the prizes of the victories whichshe hath gained by the assistance of Prince Probus,I here present to you.' The king embracedthe prince with the utmost sentiments of gratitude ;i <strong>and</strong> the queen continuing her discourse, beggedthe king to receive that prince into his alliance,j<strong>and</strong> to reward him with the princess his daughter,(iwhom he loved with a faithful <strong>and</strong> tender passion.l|' Madam,' said tlie king, ' the choice is glorious>ifor my daughter <strong>and</strong> myself, since it comes fromLyou : 'tis too little for so generous a prince, toliwhom we owe such high obligations. I have withray daughter still more crowns to present to him,<strong>and</strong> think myself too happy if he will do me theiionour to accept them.' The prince expressed to.he king <strong>and</strong> queen a share of his acknowledgnents; <strong>and</strong> Fiorina underst<strong>and</strong>ing that they spoke•f her marriage with the prince, was transportedjoy. The noise of this marriage was soon


330 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.spread everj' where about the kingdom : tliere wereuniversal preparations made to celebrate it with allpossible magnificence. And afterwards, the queenFeliciana retired with her court into her ownminions, <strong>and</strong> left the prince in the possessionhis dear princess.


I'llINCESS LEONICE.THE HISTORYTHE PRINCESS LEONICE.In former times there lived a king, who was apattern to all others for his great <strong>and</strong> rare qualities.He buried the queen his wife when shewas very young, by whom he had a prince, whowas beautiful, <strong>and</strong> his only comfort, <strong>and</strong> besidesa prince of extraordinary parts. As the king waspretty well advanced in years himself, he thoughtto marry him early ; <strong>and</strong> to that end, cast hiseyes on a young princess of his court, namedEomelia, who was a sovereign of a province tributaryto his crown. She was beautiful, but veryambitious <strong>and</strong> jealous; <strong>and</strong> had a sister whosebeauty exceeded hers, <strong>and</strong> whose sweet <strong>and</strong> complaisanttemper made her as much beloved, as hersister's imperiousness made her hated.The prince could not behold her without beingaffected by her charms, <strong>and</strong> had for a long timeconceived a violent love for her; to which Leonice,which was the young princess's name, wa3 not insensible.They concealed their passions with care,insomuch tiiat none of the court perceived theirattachment but Cephisa, a young maid, who wasvery much beloved by her mistress. These twoyoung hearts tasted a perfect happiness in theirtenderness, while they were not disturbed. Butthe king having formed the design 1 mentioned,sent one day for his son, <strong>and</strong> ordered him to prepareto marry Romelia. Never was grief equal tothe prince's, who begged of the king not to think


'S32TALES OF THE FAIRIES.of marrying him so soon : for at present he had noinclination to marriage. The king represented tohim the beauty of the princess, <strong>and</strong> that princeswere not altogetlier to follow their inclinations<strong>and</strong> in short told him, that he must think of obeyinghim, for that he had already spoken to Romelia,who, being a very powerful princess, mightcreate great disturbances in the kingdom, if he didnot perform what he had promised. The princecould not relish all these reasons ; his love ofLeonice rendered his marriage with her sister acruel punishment : but not daring to provoke theking by an obstinate denial, only begged for time,which the king granted him, upon condition thatfrom that night he should begin to make his addressesto the princess ; <strong>and</strong> after that dismissedhis son, who had no sooner left him, than he ran tohis dear Leonice, to tell her their misfortune.M'hat a thunder-stroke was this to the young princess! she was just ready to expire with grief. Butafter a great many complaints, sighs, tears, <strong>and</strong>protestations to love each other for ever,they resolvedthat the prince siiould seem to obey hisfather, <strong>and</strong> make his court to Romelia.That night there was a ball at court, <strong>and</strong> boththe princesses were dressed very magnificently.The prince, to execute what they had resolvedupon, spoke to none but Romelia, who, believingherself already a queen, received him with insupportablepride ; which had no eft'ect upon theprince, though the king, wlio observed them closely,took it very ill, <strong>and</strong> told Romelia as much.The next day the whole court -went a stag-hunting,<strong>and</strong> the ladies, dressed like Amazons, rode oahorseback. But how beautiful did Leonice appearin the prince's eyes, who was forced to followher sister! The chace was very diverting totlie ladies; for the stag ran a long while, <strong>and</strong>passed often by them. But as it was extremelyhot, the princess was very dry, <strong>and</strong> seeing twa.


PRINCESS LEONICE. 333Springs that flowed out at the the bottom of arock, <strong>and</strong> a pretty brook, she went thither toquench her thirst. The prince followed her withthe same design ; <strong>and</strong> having helped her to dismount,she drank a great deal of one of thosesprings, <strong>and</strong> the prince did the same, but not ofthe same water, though he knew not thevirtue ofthese waters, one of which inspired love, theother hatred.The princess drank plentifully of that waterwhich created tenderness, <strong>and</strong> felt the effects.Then her heart, which had never entertained anyother thoughts but what were ambitious, grew sensibleof another passion ; she looked on the princewith other eyes, he appeared much more amiable,<strong>and</strong> she thought herself happy that he was destinedfor lier. But at the same time that she conceivedthese tender sentiments, the prince's aversion redoubledwith so much violence, that he had muchado to stay with her : <strong>and</strong> with these differentthoughts they returned from the chace.The prince, no longer master of himself, went tohis dear Leonice, <strong>and</strong> would not leave her all thatday, saj' what she would; <strong>and</strong> the proud Romeliaobserved but too much the regard he paid her.Then a thous<strong>and</strong> things came into her mind, ofwhich she had never taken notice before, which persuadedher that they had loved a long time. Thenjealousy possessed her heart, as well as love ; <strong>and</strong>racked between these two passions, she retiredhalf distracted ; <strong>and</strong> Leonice, for her part, was notmuch more easy. Slie knew that the prince lovedl)er tenderly ; but then again she feared the king'sauthority : <strong>and</strong> the better she was acquaintedwith her sister's imperious temper, she trembledthe more lest she should perceive the sentimentsof her lover. The prince we may be sure enjoyednot more tranquillity: love, hate, <strong>and</strong> the fear ofdispleasing tlie king his father, equally tormentedhira. Never any three persons passed a night more


Alas334 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.melancholy; <strong>and</strong> 3'et their misfortunes increasedthe next day.llomelia resolved to know whether the princereally loved Leonice. And having a closet thatjoined close to her sisters apartment, <strong>and</strong> iiavinggiven out as soon as she got up tliat she was ill,<strong>and</strong> would not be seen, went privately into thiscloset, not doubting in the least but the princ*finding that she would not stir out that day, wouldmake use of that happy opportunity to see her sister,if he certainly loved her. And m this conjectureshe was not at all deceived : for the princehaving been to pay her a visit, <strong>and</strong> underst<strong>and</strong>ingthat she was not to be seen, went directly to hersister's apartment; <strong>and</strong> finding her alone, fell oa' his knees, <strong>and</strong> said, Now, fair princess, 1 have thehappiness to see you without constraint:Pvomeliais sick, <strong>and</strong> sees no company. How great a pleasureis it to me,' continued he, after she had ina "'him sit by her, to be able to tell you what I haendured since that fatal moment, when you chargedme to deceive my father ! ! I have not powto do it : I hate Rometia too much, <strong>and</strong> love y'o, my dear prince,' continued'Leonice, take not so ill a course, I conjure youitwill only be a means of separating us for tvei'Eut what would you have me do r' replied theprince :'would you 4iave me marry P*.omelia r' * I


PRINCESS LEONICE.S35have not power to advise you,' said the princess ;' continue still to feed the king up with hopes thatyou will obey him, <strong>and</strong> endeavour to constrainyourself when near my sister: but above all, besure not to let her perceive that you love me.'* But what will be the end of all these restraints ?'replied the prince.' It will give us time,' answeredLeonice ; '<strong>and</strong> that is all we can hope forin our misfortunes.'The proud Romelia heard all this tender conversationwith a mortal grief; <strong>and</strong> not being able tobear it any longer,retired into her apartment, forfear she should not be mistress enough of herself.But, O heavens ! what said she when she saw herselfat liberty to complain ? All the most violentresolutions imaginable came into her head: steel<strong>and</strong> poison, in her opinion, were too gentle punishmentsfor their perfidy. In short, the violent passionshe was in, made her sick indeed. But tlioughshe had need of being alone to take some rest, yetshe was no sooner got to bed than she called her•women, <strong>and</strong> bid them go tell her sister to cometo her. A fit of jealousy made her desirous to seeher, by that means to prevent her entertaining theprince any longer, who was then with her whenthe message came. The young princess went toRomelia; <strong>and</strong> told her, after inquiring how shedid, that the prince hearing that she was ill, hadbeen with her to inquire after her health.' I amvery much obliged to him for his care,' answeredthe princess, with a disdainful smile ;'but I supposehe comforted himself with you for my illness<strong>and</strong> absence.' Leonice blushed at this answer ofher sister's, <strong>and</strong> made no reply ; but was so uneasyall the rest of the day, that their conversation wasbut very dull. The next morning the king <strong>and</strong>prince came to see Romelia, but the king stayed notlong. The prince wislied to follow him when hewent away, but durst not ; though he stayed a longtime alone with her so confused, that he never


''536 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.opened his lips : but the princess, unwilling tolose so fair an opportunity, <strong>and</strong> seeing he stillcontinued musing, said, with eyes inflamed w'Jove <strong>and</strong> anger, Come, confess the truth : doesnot your heart reproach you for those momentsVi^hich tlie king forces you to bestow on me ? Thetoo happy Leouice possesses you even while youare here witli me.' At the naming of Leonice theprince recovered himself, <strong>and</strong> said, 'How cameyou, madam, to make me this reproach ?Am not Iguilty enough to forget a moment that I stood byyou, but you must accuse me of loving Leonice,though you know I am comm<strong>and</strong>ed by the kingto attach myself to you r' Can you deny thatyou love my sister,' replied Romelia, 'after theconversation I heard yesterday ? Yes, perfidicprince,' continued she, in a passion, which shecould not govern,' I was in a place where I lostnot one word of all the protestations you madenever to love any but her : I was a witness to allthe tender things you said to each other. But theungrateful Leonice shall not triumpli unpunishedover me ; she shall pay dear for tlie pleasure ofyour conquest, <strong>and</strong> answer for all the torments Ihave endured upon the account of your love : s'shall curse the day that she accepted of yourlieart. And if I cannot make myself beloved,shall have the satisfaction of revenging myself oone who is dearer to you tlian your own life.'The prince was so surprised to find that his passionwas discovered, that he hardly knew what toresolve : but seeing that it was in vain for himdisguise the matter any longer, <strong>and</strong> unable to bearthe menaces which siie pronounced against hisdear princess, he said, Why, madam, should y'complain of my loving Leonice ? I had given imy heart before the king comm<strong>and</strong>ed me to idress you, but durst not tell him so. Love hadnot reached your breast before that fatal order<strong>and</strong> 1 am persuaded this moment, that it is the


havetRiirCESS lEOl^ICfi.^T'erdwn that gives j'ou the greatest pleasure in thiialliance : leave me but my Leonice, <strong>and</strong> I shall besatisfied ;let the king set the crown on j'our head.'' I must consult my heart on that article/ repliedERomelia;'<strong>and</strong> in the sentiments 1 have for you,the crown without you would be but an indifferentpresent. What ! 1 so few charms, that youchoose rather to quit that, than share it with me ?Consider, too lovely prince; reflect on the troubledyou will raise in this kingdom, should you persistin slighting me : improve the moment of my tenderpassion ; forsake Leonice, consent to my wishes,<strong>and</strong> I shall forget the injury. But 'tis time' youshould resolve.' ' Since I have gon^ so far,' repliedthe prince, "^ as to confess the love I have foryour sister, you may think I never will change mysentiments. All your threats liave no effect : Iam not afraid of your revenge on me.' 'I knowso well how to touch you in a sensible part,' answeredshe, ' that you may repent.' ' Ah,' cried'the prince, that's to say, my princess : but think,Komelia, before j^ou undertake it, the thundermay fall on your own head.' 'Go, go ; I fearyou not,' said she with disdain *: the misfortunesyou make me endure, have learned me to dread ntfothers.'Such high words as these could not pass withoutbeing heard by Romelia's women ; <strong>and</strong> as CejMiisawas among them at that time, she ran to informher mistress. Leonice was mortally grie%'edat the sad news, which was the worst she feared.She knew that lier sister when enraged was capableof doing any thing : <strong>and</strong> under the apprehensionof being exposed to the violence of her sister'stemper, she ran away to the Temple of the Ves-, which was near the palace, attended only byCepliisa. The rest of her maids went to tell Ro^melia while the prince was with her, which soonput a stop to their passion. For tiie prince, hestood like an image ; <strong>and</strong> Romelia knew not whe-VOL. II.Q


'why,Do338 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.ther she should be glad or soro': for if the princeMas hindered from seeing her so often, she at thesame time could not execute what her rage promptedlier to. However, the prince, borne away by hislove, left her to her reflections, <strong>and</strong> ran away tothe Temple of the Vestals, where he asked verypressingly to see Leonice ; <strong>and</strong> the Great \estal,fearing to make a prince who was next heir to thecrown her enemy, sent to his afflicted mistress tocome <strong>and</strong> talk with him in her presence. As soonas the prince saw her, Ah ' ! my princess,'cried he,'do you leave me exposed to your sister'srage? Was it for this that you protested tolove me for ever? And what do you think will becomeof me, if I never see you more : To what enddid you retire to this sacred.'place you believethat I cannot defend you against liomelia ?'' I am sensible, prince,' replied Leonice,'both ofyour love <strong>and</strong> courage; but it would not be wellin me to make use of them against my sister,v.hois supported by the king's comm<strong>and</strong>s. 1 see alreadythe disturbance my unhappy tenderness willcreate : I must apply the necessary remedy, since'tis I who ought to be the sacrifice. Marry the;imbitious Romelia, <strong>and</strong> give peace to your subjects,whom she would embroil in troubles <strong>and</strong> confusion.Obey your father ; forget me, if you can;<strong>and</strong> let me spend the short remainder of my daysin the service of the goddess, who alone shall beyour rival : for since I am not born for my dearprince, no mortal else shall ever affect my heart.'Isow, my Leonice,' replied the disconsolate prince,' I see you don't love me, since you are capableof giving me such advice : 1 adore you too much,for you to think I ever could follow it. What ifthe enraged Romelia has power, <strong>and</strong> draws theking over to her party, they never can force rayheart nor h<strong>and</strong>. But if you will not promise meto be always my beloved Leonice, I cannot answerfor myself to be master of my passions.' Then the


PRIXCESS LEONICE. 339Great Vestal, who stood by all the time, interruptedtliis tender coiiversation, to beg of theprince to think of the duty he owed his father :but finding tliat allshe could urge was to no purpose,she obliged Leonice to retire.In the mean time, the king was informed of thisdisorder, <strong>and</strong> sent for the prince ; who was met bythe messenger as he v.-as coming back from thetemple, <strong>and</strong> went with him directly to the king;<strong>and</strong> throwing himself at his feet, said, When,'sir, you comm<strong>and</strong>ed me to love ilomelia, I hadadored her[sister for a considerable time. The fearof your displeasure made me conceal my passion,which Romelia soon discovered ; who, j)roud ofyour authority, threatened the lovely Leonice ;who, to avoid her menaces, <strong>and</strong> to show you thatshe was not accessary to my disobedience, retiiedto the Temple of the Vestals, there to dedicate thelest of her life. But, alas! sir, I cannot live withouther; my love increases every moment since Iam deprived of the sight of her ; <strong>and</strong> I come tobeg of you, if you would preserve my life, to takeher out of a place so fatal to my repose, <strong>and</strong> to'defend her against her furious sister.' I ought,'replied the king, ' to punish your disobedience moreseverely than 1 design : but yet, you may merityour pardon, <strong>and</strong> see Leonice at liberty again.'* All ! Sir,' cried the prince, with precipitation,'what must' 1 do?' Go to the princess,' said the'king, swear to htr never to love her sister anymore ; tluit you are subservient to my comm<strong>and</strong>s ;<strong>and</strong> that you are ready to give her your h<strong>and</strong> tomorrowmorning ; <strong>and</strong> I'll answer for Romelia'sfriendship, <strong>and</strong> that she shall have no cause tofear her.' 'Alas ! sir,' said the prince, ' if that's tlieprice of my princess's liberty, 1 shall never see heragain: I never will marry the hateful Romelia;<strong>and</strong> whatever happens, will always love her toocharming sister,' ' Vvell, then,' said the angry king,


340 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.' I will marry her for thee, disinherit thee from,my crown, <strong>and</strong> for ever deprive thee of seeing Leonice,who makes thee brave my comm<strong>and</strong>s with thisinsolence. I'll give you till to-morrow to thinkof it ; <strong>and</strong> that's all the favour you can expectfrom me.'After this the prince took his leave, <strong>and</strong> retiredto his own apartment with inexpressible £;rief, <strong>and</strong>spent the night ui the most frightful agitations ;<strong>and</strong> as soon as he tiiought it convenient to see Romelia,went to pay her a visit. 'Behold, raadaro,*"'said he, going into her chamber, a prince whoselife depends on you : the king, to keep his wordwhich he gave to place the crown on your head,will have me marry you, or is resolved to do ichimself, <strong>and</strong> in the assurance of having children'by you, will deprive me of it for ever. I consentto it with all my heart ; <strong>and</strong> shall behold you onthethrone without envy, if you will but obtain ofmy father the favour of confining his revenge so>far, <strong>and</strong> to restore me my princess. I promise notto marry her, but only to have the pleasure of seeingher sometimes. Is the asking of a few momentsto tell Leonice that I sacritice both my life<strong>and</strong> glory for her, too much for a crown ?' 'O-heavens!' replied the enraged princess, ' liow can Isupport this injurious discourse r How can youbelieve, priuce, that my passion for you will letme accept the ofter you make me of your crown ?'Were not you told yesterday, that nothing coultSplease me but your dear self? Has my sister'*beauty so bewitched you as to think, that I, who*value you more than my life, which i would almostforteit, that you should never see her again^but forget those pernicious charms, can submitthat she sliould be restored to you ? You wouldhave me deliver her, that you might show the di*-dain you have of me, by yielding me up to yourfather. No, traitor, think me not so easy; for


PRINCESS LEONICE. 341since 1 cannot gain any thing on thy heart by mytenderness, I will ab<strong>and</strong>on myself to whatever myrage shall iospire : I'll marry the Icing, only to bethe more mistress of my sister. O heavens ! howpleased shall I be to make thee partake of thosetorments which thou causest me to endure, <strong>and</strong> torender thy Leonice so miserable that she shall wishfor death 'Ah! !'cruel princess,' interrupted theprince,'you drive me to the last despair: youshall answer for the life of your sister ; no violenceshall bound my revenge if she's in any danger.*And in saying these words he turned about to go,but was stopped by the king, who was just tliencoming in. ' Stay, prince,' said he, '<strong>and</strong> tell thisfair princess <strong>and</strong> me if you are ready to do herthat justice which in duty you are obliged to do.''Sir,' said he, 'you know what I told you yesterday: I cannot live without Leonice ; therefore itis in your brejist whether you will give me life or'death.' Go,' answered the king, in a rage, thou'inakest thyself, by thy obstinacy, unworthy ourfare. But how, madam,' continued he, turninghimself towards the princess, can ' I otherwise repairtlie infatuation of my son but by offering youmy h<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> crown, <strong>and</strong> promising that your sistershall never stir out of the tem.ple of the Vestalsbut by your orders ?' ' I am confounded with yourmajestys bounty,' replied Romelia, * <strong>and</strong> submitto what you shall please to comm<strong>and</strong>.' What asudden shock was this to the unfortunate prince,to hear the resolution of the revengeful RomeliaBut it was out of his power to prevent it, <strong>and</strong> hewas forced to see her that evening the wife of hisfather; for the king would have the marriage private.The whole court was very much concerned :they knew the princess's humour, <strong>and</strong> never doubtedbut the king, who was very old, would be governedby that wicked woman ; <strong>and</strong>, above all, pitiedthe prince, who did not deser%'e such ill fortune.Though this he found was not the greatest.


what342 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,when going that night to see his dear Leonice, hewas refused that pleasure by the positive comm<strong>and</strong>>of the new queen.The poor young princess was inconsolable whenshe was informed of her sister's marriage. Sheknew very well that it was to torment her that shemarried the king, <strong>and</strong> that she never should seethe prince any more. Alas ! complaints didshe make to Cephisa. who endeavoured to comforther; but knew at the same time she had so justcause to bewail her unliappy fate, that sne couldnot forbear crying with her. In tiie mean time thenew queen's pleasure was somewhat allayed withgrief; for she was no sooner married to the kingthan she knew that she was no longer to look uponthe prince. Then she repented that she had madeherself so great an obstacle to what she so muchdesired. Her revenge fell with more violence onher own head than she imagined ; <strong>and</strong> the moreshe strove to take pleasure in rendering both theobjects of her love <strong>and</strong> hatred miserable, the moreshe found herself so ; <strong>and</strong> couid not but fear theking would repent of the injustice he had done hisson, <strong>and</strong> would give his consent that he shouldmarry Leonice to make him amends.She was no sooner struck with this idea, but shethought of preventing it while she had the greaterinfluence over her husb<strong>and</strong>. She was not insensiblethat a prince named Ligdamon had been for a longtime in love with Leonice ; <strong>and</strong> tliat the youngprincess conceived a mortal aversion for him byreason of his ill qualities, <strong>and</strong> that besides he wasvery ugly <strong>and</strong> deformed. This prince tlie queensent for, <strong>and</strong> told hnn, that if he would steal hersister away <strong>and</strong> marry her, she would find iiim theway how; <strong>and</strong> that he might not fear the prince'srage, she would give him a guard to conduct tneminto her province, where he should be absolutemaster. Ligdamon accepted tliese conditions, soconformable to his desires : his delicacy was not


madam,''PRINCESS LEON ICE. 343so rtfined as to insist on an equal return of passion; but if he could possess Leouice, he cared,not by what means. And the queen, pleased to findhim so ready to obey her, dismissed him, charginghim to engage as many people to assist liim as hecould, <strong>and</strong> leave the rest to her.That this plot might succeed the better, it wasnecessary that the princess should be taken out ofthe temple. To this end, one day when the queen•was alone with the king, she fell on her knees,<strong>and</strong> begged of him to grant her the favour of permittingher sister to be with her, assuring him thatshe should have no commerce with the prince.The king, who could refuse her nothing, <strong>and</strong> who,since his marriage, had conceived a very great tendernessfor her, consented. The queert had nosooner got tliis leave, than she sent immediately forthe prince, to whom she had never spoken sinceshe had been his mother-in-law, <strong>and</strong> told him, thathaving reflected on those misfortunes she hadcaused him, to make him a recompense, she wouldrestore Leonice to him, for whom she had askedthe king's leave to quit her retirement. The princeknew not what he ought to think, <strong>and</strong> how so greata chauge should come about; <strong>and</strong> she perceivedhis irresolution : but willing to persuade him thatshe was sincere, said, 'I see, prince, that you don'tbelieve me ; but that you may be a witness of thetruth, give me your h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> lead me to the placewhich retains the person who, of all things, is most'dear to you.' Ah ! replied the prince,receiving her h<strong>and</strong>, which she held out to him,'how much shall I be obliged to you ; my life willbe but too small a return for this favour.'After these words they went to the temple, <strong>and</strong>the queen showing the king's orders to the greatvestal, bid her let her sister out. The vestal replied,that she was ready to obey the king, if theprincess would consent; but as that temple was asanctuary she had made choice of, to be under the


$U TALES OF THE FAIRIES.protection of th? goddess, she could not force herto quit it. The queen hearkened to this discoursewith great impatience, <strong>and</strong> turning herself towardsthe princess, said, ' What ! Leonice, are you resolvedto live here the remainder of j'our days, <strong>and</strong> willyou not obey the comm<strong>and</strong>s of the king, whoordered me to bring you back to the palace ? Doyou hate me so much as to choose a prison ratherthan be near me? Speak, since we must have yourconsent.'' Why, madam,' said the prince, seeing'her doubtful what to do, are you loath to leavea place which gives a prince who adores you somuch pain ? The queen, grown sensible of the miseryI endured in your absence, hath made theking my father relent; <strong>and</strong> will you be more inexorablethan he ?' * I doubt not of the queer'sfavours,' replied Leonice ' ; for though I apo disposedto obey, I cannot easily resolve to bid adieuto this sacred place.' However, with some entreatingby the prince, she, with tears in her eyes, too^her leave of the vestal <strong>and</strong> all her lovely comparnions, <strong>and</strong> followed the queen to court, who presentedher to the king ; by wliom she was receivedvery coldly, but by the whole court with all ima^ginable demonstrations of joy. The queen hersejfcaressed her seemingly with a great deal of ple^sure; <strong>and</strong>, in her own apartment, swore she hadforgot all that had happened before, <strong>and</strong> that shewould endeavour to get the king's consent for thpprince to marry her. To this she added, that, iathe mean time, they should have the liberty, un-Jinown to the king, of seeing one another everyday ; <strong>and</strong> that, by this piece of service, she hopedshe should make amends for the injuries receivedby them, <strong>and</strong> should oblige them to entertain afriendship for her.The prince, who thought what she said to be allsincere, knew not how to testify his acknowledgmentby thanks : but the young princess, who couldnot persuade berjelf into a belief of what sjae said.


PTIINCESS LEONICE. 345was more reserved in her joy. And after the queenhad led her to a magnificent apartment which shehad prepared for her, <strong>and</strong> whither the prince followedher, she told him the distrust she had of allRomelia's caresses. The prince could not approveof this mistrust of the princess's, <strong>and</strong> was in inconceivabletransports of pleasure to see his dearLeonice again ; <strong>and</strong> though he said all the mosttender things a violent passion could inspire, theprincess answered only by tears ; <strong>and</strong> whatever theprince could say to remove her apprehensions, shewas still assured that the queen had concealedsome design in what she did, <strong>and</strong> that she shouldpay dear for the pleasure she then enjoyed ; <strong>and</strong>was not much mistaken in these conjectures : forthat wicked woman had no sooner retired to herown apartment, than she sent for Ligdamon, to bidhim prepare against the next night. Her rage wouldnot permit her to wait longer for her revenge ; tlieprince's love for that innocent lady redoubled bothher passion <strong>and</strong> jealousy, insomuch that she couldnot bear those precious moments they passed together: <strong>and</strong> though, through policy, she had resolvedto defer it for some days, she changed hermind, <strong>and</strong> contrived every thing with that ministerof her hatred for the next night, <strong>and</strong> ordered himto take care to be supported in all the placesthrough which he was to passj <strong>and</strong> then he tookhis leave.1 he apartment that the queen had appointed theprincess was a great distance from her own, <strong>and</strong>looked into the gardens ; so that, by the means ofone of the park-gates which opened into them, <strong>and</strong>'was by her orders left unlocked, she might be takenaway without any great difliculty. All things beingready, the queen appeared very merry that night,<strong>and</strong> extremely complaisant to her sister ; <strong>and</strong> whensheretired, embraced, <strong>and</strong> wished her a good night.The prince, wlio could not hear t!ie thoughts ofparting from her, ollered his h<strong>and</strong> to conduct HerQ2


5i6TALES OF THE FAIRIES,but was desired by Romelia not to do it, for fea«-the kiug might see him: but he, unable to opposethe desire he had of conversing with her before hewent to bed, thouglit that when her attendants weredismissed he should have that happiness, <strong>and</strong> sowent <strong>and</strong> walked in the gardens; <strong>and</strong> sitting dowuiu an arbour that faced her wmdows, waited with,impatience till she <strong>and</strong> Cephisa were alone. Ligdamon,after he had placed his myrmidons, camenow almost to the same place to execute his perniciousdesigiis; <strong>and</strong> seeing but little light in the pa-,late, <strong>and</strong> being secure of Leonice's guards, gavethe signal for his people to advance. Upon whichthe doors of the princess's apartment were opened,<strong>and</strong> Ligdamon <strong>and</strong> some of his party went in unperceivedby the prince, the night being dark. Theshrieks of the princess <strong>and</strong> Cephisa alarmed liim,<strong>and</strong> he ran in just as Ligdamon was dragging heralong ; <strong>and</strong> at that sight, like an enraged lion»drawing his sword, cried out, ' Stay, base villain,,or with thy death atone for thy insolence.' Ligdamon,fearing that he was discovered, turned hishead, <strong>and</strong> looked pale; but seeing the prince alone,would not vouchsafe him an answer, but making a.*ign to his ruffians to stop him, kept still hold ofthe princess. The first who advanced received hisdeath from the prince, <strong>and</strong> several were sorelyounded; so that at last he made his way throughthem; <strong>and</strong> callins; out to Ligdamon to defend himself,gave him such a blow on the arm as forced himto quit his hold, in the mean time, the shrieks oftlie princess's maids aweikened the whole court, <strong>and</strong>the guards who were not m that confederacy ranto see what was the matter, <strong>and</strong> came to the assistanceof their prince just when he was oppressed bygreat numbers of Ligdamon's party ; wlio, as sooaa^ he saw the guards, would have made his escape,but was prevented by a stroke which the princegave him, of which he immediately died.The poor, princess during this disorder was in a


PRINCESS LEONICE.S47condition -worthy of pity, <strong>and</strong> implored Heax'ien toassist her dear prince, whom she expected to be sacrificedevery moment. But how great was herjoy when she saw the guards arrive, <strong>and</strong> Ligdamonweltering in his gore ! whose followers, as soon asthey saw he was dead, fled with so much precipitation,that in the confusion every body was in, theywere not pursued till they were got out of theirreach.In the mean time, the queen was transported withgrief when she was informed of the ill success efher plot, which had been the only means of restotingher sister to her lover : but that she still mightthe better conceal her illdesigns, she rose presently,<strong>and</strong> went *vith all her guards to Leonice's apartment,to give her an assistance which she knew shethen stood in no need of. She found the princesshalf dead with the fright, her chamber full of blood<strong>and</strong> dead bodies, <strong>and</strong> the prince on his knees, holdingone of her fair h<strong>and</strong>s, <strong>and</strong> endeavouring to rfcmoveher tears. What a sight was this to heir!She was ready to burst with rage: but restrainingherself, at last told her sister how sorry she wasfor the accident; when the prince, interrupting hei",gave her to underst<strong>and</strong> that he knew it to be awork of her own h<strong>and</strong>s too well, <strong>and</strong> told her, thatfor the future he himself would be the princess'sguard, to defend her against all such assaults. Thequeen denied it with anger; <strong>and</strong> telling the princessthat she ought not to stay any longer ih aplace so horrible, ordered her to follow her.Soon after this disorder day appeared, <strong>and</strong> theprince went to complain to the king of the insult,<strong>and</strong> accused the queen as an accomplice: whichthe king would by no means hearken to ; but pironiisedto allow Leonice so good a guard, that sheshould not be exposed again to the like mnfortune.After this, the prince, not over well satisfied withthese assurances, went to the princess, <strong>and</strong> sworeiierer to leave hw. However, all his precautions


348 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.^vere in vain;for the queen, perceiving that it laynot in tier power to separate tlioie two liearts, addressedherself to a fairi* whom she knew to be anenemy to the royal family, <strong>and</strong> told her, that shecame to beg her assistance against the prince herson-in-law <strong>and</strong> her perfidious sister ; <strong>and</strong> that byrevenging her, she might also gratify her own privatepique. The fairy, glad of the opportunity, bidthe queen carry her only into tlie palace-gardens,<strong>and</strong> then leave the affair to her. Upon wliichthe queen returned home very well pleased, <strong>and</strong>with hopes of being delivered of her rival for ever.And to execute her part, in the evening invitedher sister to talic the air in the gardens, with veryfew attendants. The prince, who never left her,went with them; which was not so agreeable totlie queen, to whom he was obliged to give hish<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> the princess walked behind, leaning onCephisa's arm; when all on a sudden she felt herselflifted up into the air bj' an invisible power.She gave a shriek, which made the prince stop, whoimmediately let go the queen's h<strong>and</strong> to run to theassistance of his dear princess; but finding onlyCbphisa, <strong>and</strong> hearing her voice in the air, followedit a long tUTie, till it lessening by degrees, was nolonger to be l:eard, <strong>and</strong> he, just ready to die withweariness <strong>and</strong> despair, had got a great distancefrom the palace. In the mean time, the poor princesswas transported by the fairy into an old castle,built on the top of a steep craggy rock, whicli nomortal had ever climbed up; where, after she hadput her under the guard of a dragon with threefiery tongues, she returned to the disconsolate princein the shape of a decrepit old woman.'Alas!' iwhat brought you hither, prince r' said she. Aninvisible power,' replied he, 'hath carried away my iprincess, whom I have followed as long as I could 1hear her voice.' ' Come,' said she, striking him Iwith her w<strong>and</strong>, ' 1 can lead you to the place where |she is.' The prince followed her till they came to J


PRINCESS LEONICE. 349the bottom of a rock, where the fairy pointing tothe castle, said, Behold the place where thy 'prin'cess is detained: if thou doubtest the truth, I willshow her to thee.' In saying these words, sh« leftthe prince overwhelmed witli grief; <strong>and</strong> going intothe castle, took Leonice by the h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> led her tothe point of a rock.'Look,' said she, shovv^ing theprincess,' 1 am as good as my word : take herfrom me, if you are able.' And without givingthem time to speak to each other, dragged her intoher horrible prison.The prince remained in the utmost consternationwhen he saw his beloved Leonice forced into herprison; <strong>and</strong> what increased his despair, was theimpossibility of delivering her from so horrible aplace. He endeavoured often to climb the rock, <strong>and</strong>as often, after two or three steps, fell down again.Then he thought of returning, to fetch workmen tocut a track ; but was too much afraid of not find:ing his princess again, to resolve to l£ave her. Andin these irresolutions, <strong>and</strong> bewailing himself, hespent the night without any hopes that the next daywould make him the more happy.On the other h<strong>and</strong>, the queen was very muchpleased that she had got rid of her sister, but notto lose the prince. The king grew very uneasy forhis son, <strong>and</strong> sent out parties, but all in vain, tofind him, which increased his melancholy. He repented,but too late, of the ill usage he gave his<strong>and</strong> began to conceive an aversion for thequeen: which never disturbed her; for by her intriguesshe had made sure of the greater part of hisdominions ; <strong>and</strong> the prince's absence alfected hermore than her husb<strong>and</strong>'s coldness.She went again to the fairy, to ask where theprince was, <strong>and</strong> what she had done with her sister.The fairy told her, she could give her the pleasureof seeing them both in that miserable condition towhich her hatred had reduced them. The queenseemed very desirous of it; <strong>and</strong> the fairy imme-


HeS50TALES OF THE FAIRIES,diately transported her to the castle -where thfeunfortunate Leonice was kept, whom slie foundchained to the foot of a pillar, from whence shecould see the prince without ever being perceivedby him, <strong>and</strong> guarded by a watchful <strong>and</strong> terribl*dragon which never slept. The barbarous queen,overjoyed at her misery, instead of comforting her,loaded her with reproaches ; to which the princessreturned no answer, but fixed her eyes steadfastlyupon the prince, whom she saw endeavouring tOclimb the rock ; which the queen observing, <strong>and</strong>turning about, beheld that object of her love <strong>and</strong>hatred just when he had found a better trackedpath, <strong>and</strong> began to mount with moie ease. At thissight, <strong>and</strong> for fear he should deliver her rival, shtshrieked out: but the fairy assured her she hadnought to fear; <strong>and</strong> that the dragon would securther, should he get to her. In the mean time, theprince pursued the path, <strong>and</strong> the hopes of assistinghis princess gave him fresh strength, when he perceiveda greyhound bitch tied to a ragged piece ofthat rock, <strong>and</strong> just strangled. This object raisedcompassion in his breast j <strong>and</strong> going up to the poofcreature, with some difficulty broke the chain. Buthow great was his surprise, to see the greyhound, a&soon as at liberty, become a woman ! steppfedback ; but that beautiful person, taking him by theh<strong>and</strong>, said, Be ' not afraid, prince, of the enchant-'ment which you yourself have broken. 1 am ofthe race of the fairies, <strong>and</strong> have a great many gifls,which I will bestow on you. But my power is limited.The envious fairy, who keeps thy princia prisoner, liath tied me to this rock for many yeartunder that form you released me from, because Iwas beloved by a great many princes, who despisedher. I have waited your coming with great impatience; <strong>and</strong> in acknowledgment of your service tome, <strong>and</strong> out of revenge, will do what I can for yo«.Go,' said she, ' into tliat cavern,' showing him all'opening that was hewn out of the rock, <strong>and</strong> pllt


'PRINCESS LEONICE.S5l00 the armour you will find there, <strong>and</strong> fear notthe dragon, for you shall assuredly vanquish him;<strong>and</strong> in the mean time I will wait for you by yon«der brook, which purls over those pebbles.' Afterthese words she left him; <strong>and</strong> the prmce, as sooaas he could put on the armour, pursued his wayto the castle gates ; <strong>and</strong> the fairy seeing him advance,detached the dragon from the princess tothose gates. The prince without dismay pressedhard with his lance in his h<strong>and</strong> upon that frightfulmonster, which, at the same time, with a dreadfulhissing, flew into the air, to fall plumb uponhim; which the prince being aware off, steppedback, <strong>and</strong> taking the opportunity of that monster'sextension of his wings, ran his sword directly intohis belly, that he died at his feet.The fairy no sooner saw this action, but takinghold of the princess, notwithstauding her cries,carried her away in the same manner as at first.In the mean time, that victorious prince enteredtlie castle with precipitation to deliver his princess: but, O heavens ! how great was his despairwhen he found none but Romelia ! His bloodysword fell out of his h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> he remained sometime insensible, when the presence of that wickedwoman rekindling his rage, he went directly up toher; 'What hast thou done with my princess?*'said he, in a menacing air : Restore her to me,or expect the just punishment for thy crimes.*She is not in my power,' replied tlie queen, whoseemedunconcerned at tlie prince's threats : the'fairy no sooner saw that you had conquered thedragon,but she removed her hence. Witness, yepowers!how I trembled when I saw you exposedto the rage of that terrible monster, <strong>and</strong> with ho^much more violence I love thee than thy Leonice,who, I observed, during the combat, seemed overjoyedwith hopes, <strong>and</strong> never so much as changedcolour for fear you should not succeed. Wiltfiiou never be sensible cf thy error? Thou be«


would oppose his entrance ; but that he need but|S52TALES OF THE FAIRIES,lievest that thou art beloved by her, <strong>and</strong> art not'tis only in my heart thou canst find that ardentpassion so worthy of thine.'The prince would not liave borne so malicious adiscourse so long, if his grief to find that his pricess was again forced away had not put it out ofhis power to answer her. He was more unhappythan ever, to have his Leonice snatched away justwhen he thought to deliver her ; <strong>and</strong> besides, kmnot which way to go after her. In this deplorablestate he could not tell what to resolve on;<strong>and</strong> without minding what Romelia said, employ,ed his thoughts how to find the princess ; <strong>and</strong> atlast remembering that tlie fairy Greyhound toldhim that she would wait for him at the brook, hebelieved slie might serve him again. A\ith thistbouglit, <strong>and</strong> not looking upon the queen, he wentout of the castle with an incredible swiftness, <strong>and</strong>climbed down the rock with as much haste, withoutregarding Romelias cries, who, notwithst<strong>and</strong>inghis disdain, ran as fast as she could after him,<strong>and</strong> fell into that cavern from whence the prirliad his arms, <strong>and</strong> was never heard of more.The prince made all imaginable haste to thebrook, where he found the fairy Greyhound waiing for him.' Well, generous prince,' said she,'see you have vanquished the monster.' ' Alasreplied lie, ' of what use is my victory to ra^since 1 have not delivered my princess, <strong>and</strong> knownot where to look for lier ?' ' Never fear,' em^wed the compassionate fairy, ' we shall find her.'And bidding the prince stay a little, left him, <strong>and</strong>returned soon after with a horse in her h<strong>and</strong>,tthicii slie bid him mount; <strong>and</strong> showing him atrack which lay by the brook side, told him thatwould lead him to a suuteiraneouo cave, where hisprincess was; that the gate was suarded by monsterstlial were half men <strong>and</strong> half serpents,wliichpresent his shield to them, <strong>and</strong> not make use of


PRINCESS LEONICE, 353l)is sword <strong>and</strong> lance ; that after he had overcomethem, he would meet with a furious lion, which»vas the last guard the princess had; <strong>and</strong> also,that when he came near her he should show hisshield, which would hinder the wicked fairy fromiaking her away as before.The prince thanked the fairy in few words ; <strong>and</strong>inounting the horse, <strong>and</strong> following the track withoutstopping a moment, arrived in a short time atthe entrance of the cavern. It was guarded, asthe fairy had told him, by monsters ; to which theprince no sooner presented his shield than theyfitood motionless, were changed into their formershapes of men, who throwing themselves at theprince's feet, swore to employ the rest of theirlives to acknowledge their deliverance from themalicious fairy's enchantment, <strong>and</strong> that he mightcomm<strong>and</strong> them for ever. ' I only ask your assistance,'replied the prince,' to set an unhappy princessat liberty, who is kept a prisoner by the inhumanfairy in this cave.' And then he led theminto it, <strong>and</strong> saw at the further end of that frightfulden the princess chained by the middle, <strong>and</strong> p.terrible lion lying by lier. What a sight was thbfor the prince ! who desirous to free her from somiserable a condition, gave a shout, which rousedthe Ijon. The prince went directly up to himwithout any dismay before the rest came up, ranhis spear into his throat as he opened his mouth,<strong>and</strong> that he might not lose any time, plunged hissword into his sides : but notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing thelargeness of both the wounds, the furious creatureSew upon him, when the men tliat were freed bjrhim came into the aid of their benefactor, <strong>and</strong>gave him so many wounds that he died instantly.The prince no sooner found that he was rid of hisinemy, than he ran to his princess, <strong>and</strong> presentinglis miraculous shield, her chains fell off, <strong>and</strong> that"rightful den was changed into a magnificent paace,out of which tlaere came a great number of


551 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,beautiful persons, to rejoicewith the princess forhers <strong>and</strong> their own deliverance.The men who followed the prince shouted withjoy at the sight of these ladies, <strong>and</strong> threw themselvesat their feet, to testify their gladness tofind them again;while the prince, who never observedwhat passed, was at the princess's kneesexpressing the most violent passion that love einspired.'Once more then, my dear princess,' said he, I see you again; <strong>and</strong> the cruel godswearied out with my sufferings!' 'Alas! my deal' prince,' answered Leonice, 1 am so unhappy tha'I know not how long I shall enjoy this pleasure<strong>and</strong> I doubt the implacable Romelia is now in'venting some new torments.' Fear nothing,cried the fairy Greyhound, who appeared tha'moment, Your misfortunes are ended as well amine. The queen is punished for all her crimesthe envious fairy has no more power over yoi<strong>and</strong> you are absolute mistress in this palacewhich your generous lover has restored me, amnothing shall interrupt your happiness.'princess beheld so many surprising things at cthat she knew not what answer to make ; wheithe prince, who knew <strong>and</strong> had made trial of thfairy's kindness, thanked her with a sincere acknowledgment both for himself <strong>and</strong> his beloveiLeonice ; <strong>and</strong> till then had not taken notice othe metamorphosis of the cave into a palace, rof the many illustrious persons who stood abouhim. In the mean time, all these gentlemen aladies pressed forward to pay their respects to thfairy their princess, who, for all she had beeitransformed into a greyhound, was the sovereig:of that palace <strong>and</strong> all the country about it.Leonice could not recover her amazement, awould have asked her lover a thous<strong>and</strong> questionat once to clear up that adventure : but the priicess fairy, taking her by the h<strong>and</strong>, told her it \v.not then a proper time ; that she stood in need


PRINCESS LEONICE. 355some repose ; <strong>and</strong> that the next morning her curiosityshould be satisfied. After that she led herinto a chamber that shone all over with gold <strong>and</strong>jewels, where soon after there was served up anice supper ; <strong>and</strong> as soon as tlie cloth was takenaway again, she retired to give her the liberty ofenjoying the prince's company in private. O howtender was their conversation ! They could havespent the night with pleasure together, if Leonicehad not been afraid of offending against the rulesof decorum, by permitting her lover to stay toolate.In the morning the fairy princess paid her a visit,to inquire how she did ; <strong>and</strong> embracing lier,said, 'The obligation, my dear princess, that Iowe to your prince is so great, that I know nothow to acknowledge it, but by making him masterof all that he hath*restored me to.' Madam,'replied Leonice,'the prince that you say hathserved you, is so sensible of the favours he hasreceived from you, that I believe he ought to returnyou a thous<strong>and</strong> thanks: but, madam,' continuedshe, you promised to inform me how you'came acquainted, <strong>and</strong> of the surprising changes Isaw yesterday.' 'That I will,' replied the fairyprincess, '<strong>and</strong> am not sorry that my deliverer,'said she, seeing the prince come in, to whom Leonicebeckoned to sit down <strong>and</strong> say nothing, should'be a witness.'' I am the daughter of a king, who, of all thedominions that he had once been master of, (butthat story is too long to tell you now) had nomore left than this castle <strong>and</strong> the country aboutit. He married a princess of the fairy race, who,knowing that she should die soon after 1 was born,endowed me with all the gifts she was mistress of.3Iy father died also when I was very young, <strong>and</strong>left me mistress of this small sovereignty. Mycourt was gallant, <strong>and</strong> full of the most beautifulpersons of both sexes : nothing but pleasure was


356 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,to be seen in every one's countenance ; <strong>and</strong> hardlya day past without feasts or tournaments, madeby all the princes about me. This envious fairy,my neighbour, her court was as empty as minewas crowded; <strong>and</strong> jealous of my happiness, shesought all the ways imat;inable to make me miserable.One day, when we were ail dressed for afine ball, <strong>and</strong> washing my h<strong>and</strong>s, I had forgot toput a ring again upon my finger which my motherhad given me to prevent all enchantments ; <strong>and</strong>ehe being in my chamber, <strong>and</strong> perceiving my forgetfulness,<strong>and</strong> willing to make use of that opportunity,followed us to the ball, where we danceda long time, <strong>and</strong> she was never taken out. Outragedat this blight, she got in a passion, <strong>and</strong>Striking the floor three times with her w<strong>and</strong>. Cursed"race, said she, in a frightful tone, feel the powerof her whom ye have despised. At the same timethe women became as motionless as statues, <strong>and</strong>the men half serpents, without the sense of knowingwhat they were before ; <strong>and</strong> my palace waschanged into a horrible den. Then coming up tome, <strong>and</strong> catching me by the hair of my head, shedragged me to the rock where you found me, metamorphosedme into a greyhound, <strong>and</strong> chainingme fast to the solid stone, <strong>and</strong> leaving me, said,with a mocking smile, For an example to all those,who, not knowing their own strens;th, despise thosewho have power to de'5tro3 them, thou shalt remainin this miserable state till a prince moremiserable than thyself shall come hither to seek forhis princess. And after these words she left meoverwhelmed with despair. While I remained inthis state, a great many years rolled away ;<strong>and</strong>when 1 least thought of your coming,' said she tothe prince, 'through the length of time wherein Iendured so much, you arrived, <strong>and</strong> compassionatingmy misfortunes, broke my chain, <strong>and</strong> with amazementbeheld my sudden change. You know whatfollowed since by your extraordinary courage : you


PRINCESS LEONICE. 357have given liberty to your beloved princess <strong>and</strong> allmy unhappy subjects. How enraged is the enviousfairy that it is no longer in her power to hurt us !And how great a pleasure is it to me, to bestow onthe beautiful Leouice all those gifts my dying motherleft me ! Youth <strong>and</strong> beauty she shall carrywith her to tlie grave ; pleasures shall crowd afterher steps ; <strong>and</strong> all places wherever her bright eyesshall shine, shall abound with all that can satisfymagnificence or ambition ; while the sweets thatlove prepares for ye both shall be uninterrupted.For you, prince, the only sorrow that shall attendyour days, I shall now reveal to you. The kingyour father, no longer able to support the weightof years, <strong>and</strong> the gnef of losing you, <strong>and</strong> full ofremorse for the injury done you by marrying Romelia,died within tliese two days ; <strong>and</strong> your kingdomwants your presence. Go there with yourlovely princess, <strong>and</strong> fill a throne worthy of you <strong>and</strong>her. T iiave prepared an equipage that shall secondyour impatience.'After these words the fairy rose off her seat, <strong>and</strong>embracing them both with tenderness, led them,without listening to their thanks, to a chariot ofgoW adorned with diamonds, drawn by flyingdragons ; <strong>and</strong> having bid them a last adieu, shesoon lost sight of them, leaving them to go to theirown kingdom ; where they soon after arrived, <strong>and</strong>•where they finished their days with all tlie pleasuresa mutual love can create, when attended withwisdom <strong>and</strong> beauty.


TALES OF THE FAIRIES.TYRANNY OF THE FAIRIESDESTROYED.The power of the fniries was arrived to so greatan height, that the greatest princes of the worldwere afraid of displeasing them ; <strong>and</strong> that cursedgeneration became so formidable by the punishmentstliey inflicted, that few or none were sohardy as to disobey them. Their rage was not tobe satiatied, but by changing the most amiablepersons into the most friglitful monsters : <strong>and</strong> ifthey gave not immediate death, they made tliemlanguish away in the most miserable condition.The impossibility of being revenged of them, renderedthem the more imperious <strong>and</strong> cruel. But ofall tlie persons whom they made the most unhappy,was the princess Philonice, whose natural charmsmade them desirous to match her to one of theirkings.Eig witii this thought, one day, when she waswalking out witii Jier mother, tliey took her away,without any regard to the cries eitlier of the motheror the daughter. The young princess wasabout twelve years old ; <strong>and</strong> for lier age was amaster-piece of nature, both for tlie beauty of herbody <strong>and</strong> mind. But to make her an amends fortiie violence they had done her, they transportedher to a charming palace, situate between two littiehills, in a valley tiiat abounded with whatevermight delight the eye, <strong>and</strong> even excelled the valleyof Tempe, so much boasted of by the poets. Aaeternal spring reigned ihere : the gardens were fullof caaa Is, fountains, <strong>and</strong> orange- trees, which formed


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 359shades proof against the most piercing sun. Inshort, Avhatever nature <strong>and</strong> the fairyart could afford,was found in this enchanted abode.The young princess, insensible to all these wonders,was seized with a melancholy, that wouldhave raised pity in any but those merciless fairies :however, they committed her to the care of themost hum-dne <strong>and</strong> tender among them, whose namewas Serpenta, with orders to let her have no commercewith any body. Serpenta, to execute theircomm<strong>and</strong>s, immediately raised, at one end of thegarden, a magnificent pavilion, whither she ledriulonice, <strong>and</strong> gave her for a companion a younggirl they had taken away at two years old, whose; was Elisa, with several pretty creatures besidesto divert iier. One part of the day she employedher in working gold, tissue, <strong>and</strong> fine embroideredsilk; <strong>and</strong> tiie rest in dressing herself inly habits, full of diamonds <strong>and</strong> pearls : inshort, she let her want for nothing that she thoughtcould please a young person, but was cautious howsJie mentioned the monster for wliom they designedfor tlie time was not come when they intendedto consummate that so disagreeable a marriage,id they had a mind to use her to their customsbefore they pronounced her misfortune.Sometimes she would take her a walking intothose before-mentioned pleasant places, <strong>and</strong> makingher to take notice of all the beauties they aboundedwith, told her, that if slie was obedient to hern<strong>and</strong>s, she should one day be mistress of thembut must take care how she merited her ill-will,for that she knew as well how to punish as reward.While the fairy was talking after thisnaanner, Philonice seeing two turtles, tliat seemedvery tame, sitting by the canal-side, was very deiirousof them, <strong>and</strong> asked leave to catch th.em, <strong>and</strong>:;arry tiiem to her pavilion. ' I cannot grant your'equest,' said'the fairy, for the fate of those two)irJs is never lo leave the canal. They were for-


960 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.merly a beautiful prince <strong>and</strong> princess, for whomwe had taken a great afifection, aiKi loved eachother with extraordinary tenderness : but wheniour thousfhts tended most to their happiness, they ihappened to see one of our sisters, whose skin was!covered with turtle-feathers, which she carefully]concealed, bathing in this canal ; who, vexed to be:discovered, wished they might never tell whatthey had seen, <strong>and</strong> might become turtles them-


TYRA^'NY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 361as they were walking in a grove of citrons somedistance from their tent, <strong>and</strong> the beauty of thenight charmed them so much, that they could; not resolve to retire early they saw a womancoming towards them, with a h<strong>and</strong>kerchief in herh<strong>and</strong>, with which she dried up the tears whichtrickled fast down her cheeks. So melancl:oly asight created pity in these youns persons, who advancedboth at the same time to ask her, whattroubled her; but v.ere prevented by the frightthey were put in by a great dragon that salliedout from behind a large bush, <strong>and</strong> clasped the womanabout the neck, who, instead of being afraid,caressed him again ; <strong>and</strong> she sitting down on theground, he laid himself so tenderly by her, thatPhilonice, not doubing but there was some mysteryin that form, approached, to be informed of anadventure which inspired her with so much curiosity; when she heard that afflicted person, redoublingher tears, say to the dragon,'How long,ray dear Philoxipus, shall I behold you so etiflerentfrom yourself? Will our cruel enemies neverhave done persecuting us ? And ought tliey notto be satisfied with the tears I have shed Or'rather, when will that adorable prmcess, who issaid to be born for tae good of mankind, come <strong>and</strong>break our chains by destroym:^ these iiateful fairies,whose tyrannic power extends but too far?'Philonice could not for >ear fetching a sigh atthis woman's discourse, who, turnmg her head tosee from whence it came, <strong>and</strong> perceivms tlie princess,was afraid lest she might be one of the fairies,<strong>and</strong> tlierefore rose up to be gone. Philonice perceivingher fright, <strong>and</strong> accosting her, said, Be'not afraid, madam ;we are unfortunate persons,<strong>and</strong> detained here as well as youtself, are sensiblyconcerned at your complaints; <strong>and</strong> if we can com.ft>rt you in your misfortunes, we'll do it with allour hearts.' • It is somewhat extraordinary, madam,'answered tliat beautiful person, • to findVOL. II.R


362 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,here any one capable of compassion ; for you arethe first that I have met with for these five years,that I have been kept here by the fairies with myunhappy Philoxipus, pointing to the dragon.'' Iwish to Heaven !' replied the'princess, that it wasin my power to put an end to your misfortunes;you should see 1 would not waste time in pityingyou : but since that is all that I am able to do, refuseme not that dull pleasure, <strong>and</strong> tell us by whatcruel fate you was brought hither.' 'The story isnow too long,' replied the stranger; 'our implacableenemies may take my too long absence illfor they allow me but an hour in a day to see mylovely dragon in, <strong>and</strong> that is a favour which I obtainedby my tears of tlie fairy Serpenta, who isthe only one that is sensible of pity: but to-morrowat this time, I will satisfy your curiosity.' Pliilonicepromised to meet her, <strong>and</strong> then left her to spendthe small remaining time with her dear dragon.This object struck the young princess <strong>and</strong> hercompanion so deeply, that they could not sleep allthat night; <strong>and</strong> the fairy Serpenta going into herchamber the next morning, found her so much concerned,that she asked lier the reason of it. Philonicewas too cautious to inform her ; but tellingher she was not well, followed her to the palace,where all the fairies were assembled together.All that day she spent with impatience for thehour of rendezvous ; which drawing near, she tookher leave of her imperious mistresses, to meet withher dear Elisa <strong>and</strong> the afflicted If.dy : but fortuneprepared another adventure for her. Instead oftaking the path to the citron grove, they followedanother without observing it, which brougiit themupon a great terrace that overlooked the valley;,from whence they might behold all tlie beauties ofnature. They were suiprised to find that they hadmissed their path, <strong>and</strong> going the direct way fromthence to the grove, found on the turning of analley a man laid at the foot of a yew-tree, wh»


'TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 363seemed to be asleep. This novelty made tbemstop: they had never seen any men there before;<strong>and</strong> the young Elisa, who had been kept there almostever since she was born, asked the princesswhat creature it was; <strong>and</strong> spoke so loud, that thestranger waked, <strong>and</strong> arose with all precipitation atthe sight of two such beautiful ladies ; <strong>and</strong> seeingthem about to run away, got before them, <strong>and</strong>Stopped them : What, am I so unhappy,' said he,addressmg himself to Philonice, whose natural'beauty struck him, as to create in you any fear?And have you the cruelty to punish ms, by leavingme in so much haste V ' We are so little used,' repliedthe princess, stopping,' to see such persons,that we are somewhat amazed. It may be dangerousfor us to stay here now the night is so far advanced; for you undoubtedly know not the placejou are in, since 3'ou slept so quietly. This is theabode of fairies, who will not forgive your enteringhere without their leave ; therefore be gone immediately,lest you make trial of their anger; <strong>and</strong> letus go, for fear we should be taken for accomplicesof your crime.' 'Alas, madam!' cried the stranger,' I regard not the fairies' power when indanger of losing jou ; for though this is the firsttime I ever saw you, I am very sensible I cannever leave you all my life : <strong>and</strong> was I to undergothe most severe punishments, which you seem tothreaten me with, 1 cannot enough praise Heavenfor having separated me from my attendants, toshow me a beauty so accomplished as you are.But what demon, adverse to tlie pleasure of mankind,keeps you concealed in this place, unknownto mortals?' ' 'lis my misfortune,' replied theprincess, 'that I have been kept here several years.'•Ah! madam,' answered the stranger,' if it isagainst your will that you are confined in thissweet abode, you need but comm<strong>and</strong> whither Ishall conduct you, <strong>and</strong> I'll do it at the hazard ofmy life, without asking any other recompense than


'364 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,to spend the rest of my days at your feet.' ' "NTo,generous stranger,' answered Philonice, ' I cannotaccept of your obliging offers : you cannot deliverme out of their cruel h<strong>and</strong>s; <strong>and</strong> I snail exposeyou in vain to danaer. Only take care that tlieydon't discover you : make haste to leave this placewhile it is in your power: take iny advice tnistime, <strong>and</strong> fly, both for your own repose <strong>and</strong> mine.'And after these words, she took Elisa by the arm,<strong>and</strong> went away. The stranger could not reiolveto retire from that fatal place tillhe knew the liabitatiouof that beautiful person; <strong>and</strong> thereforefollowed her at a distance, <strong>and</strong> saw her go into lierpavilion. lie gazed a long time, <strong>and</strong> observed theplace that contained the lovely object of his growingpassion ; but fearing to be surprised by day,he returned the same way he came, without beingperceived by the guards that were posted about thegardens.J he princess all this time had forgot the aflflictedlady : the meeting with the stranger employed herthoughts all night, <strong>and</strong> when day appeared she hadnot closed her eyes ; tlie generosity with which heOilered to free her from her confinement, had sofilled her with acknowledgment: in short, a violentpassion had seized on her heart before she was sensibleof It. She spent all the day, as she luid donethe niglit,with an uneasiness she was quite a strangerto ;<strong>and</strong> when it was night, Elisa put her inmind of the appointment she had made the nightbefore; whither she led her, who all the whileseemed regardless, till the presence of the aftlictedfair-one. whom she found with her dear dragon,roused her out of iier lethargy. She made an apologyfor her not coming according as slie promised;<strong>and</strong> then sitting down by her, begged of iier to gratifyher curiosity; which the stranger did withoutfurther entreaty in these words.My parents,' said she, addressing herself to Philonice,'held a considerable rank in the court of


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 365one of the most potent princes in the world, <strong>and</strong>made it their greatest pleasuie to deserve by theiractions the honour of being born his subjects, ahappiness envied by all the world. Never kingwas better beloved by subjects, <strong>and</strong> more feaied byhis enemies. VNhenever he conquered new provinces,he had no occasion to augment his troopsto keep them ; for his new subjects, thinking themselveshappy under his government, would sacrificetheir lives to support it. He is tlie master of ourheaits as well as foi tunes, <strong>and</strong> the pleasure <strong>and</strong>teiror of the world. He is al ways ready to reward,slow to punish, <strong>and</strong> easy to forgive. But whitherdoes my zeal for a prince so worthy of praise carryme, while 1 w rong his worth by daring to speak ofit? tut to tell you my story, madam,' continuedshe, * my mother had no other child but myself,<strong>and</strong> named me Cleonice. I was educated with allpossible caie; <strong>and</strong> my easy disposition to learnwliat WHS taught me, made my instructors take apleasure in me, <strong>and</strong> my prtrents dote on me. Mymother was generally at an estate she had near tothis fatal place; <strong>and</strong> one day, as slie <strong>and</strong> I werewalking abroad, she had a great desire to consulta famous astrologer that lived hard by, in a solitarycave, ccnceniing my fortune. Accordingly we wentto him ; <strong>and</strong> after he had cast my nativity, he toldus, that 1 should be very unhappy, till a princess,that Heaven had sent for the good of mankind,should come to destroy the posver of those furies,•who, under the name of taines, weie the terror ofthe whole world.We returned very much dissatisfied with my horoscope; <strong>and</strong> some time after, my father entertainedthoughts of marrying me to a son of hisbrother's, wlio was a very h<strong>and</strong>some <strong>and</strong> accomplishedyoung lord. I hough, to be plam with you,our inclinations had prevented the choice of ourparents, we loved with great tendeiness, <strong>and</strong> wereoverjoyed to receive their comm<strong>and</strong>s to regard


how366 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,each otlier as two persons that were shortly to beunited. We waited impatiently for the happy daj',f.nd when tliat came, thought nothing could disturbour felicity. But alas! how long did it last, <strong>and</strong>what deadly sorrows have we since undergone !Scarce had we enjoyed four months tocretiier, butPhiloxipus, my dear husb<strong>and</strong>, being inforrried thata monstrous dragon laid all our l<strong>and</strong>s waste by thedaily murders lie committed on men <strong>and</strong> beasts,ordered his servant* to be ready the next morning,to go with him to assist his tenants to kill tliismonster. I did what I could to dissuade himagainst it; but all my tears <strong>and</strong> entreaties were tono purpose. lie went out by break of day ; <strong>and</strong>Notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing he forbid me, I followed, <strong>and</strong>would attend him in that fatal enterprise. WeS,Oon got to this dragon's den, which was in themidst of a thick forest ; where our people lettingfly their arrows <strong>and</strong> javelins, provoked him somuch, that be came towards Philoxipus, <strong>and</strong> withfrightful hissings <strong>and</strong> extended wings flew uponhim, when my husb<strong>and</strong> stepping backwards, <strong>and</strong>taking his opportunity, pierced his heart with hissword ; but at the same time, oppressed with themonster's weight, fell under him, <strong>and</strong> was coveredall over with his venomous blood. But, O heavens! great was my surprise, when, going towardsmy dear husb<strong>and</strong>, I saw him changed intothe shape of the same monster he had destroyed,<strong>and</strong>, crawling on the earth, bend his course to thisplace. I followed him with all his tenants, whowere all but me restrained by an invisible powerfrom entering these gardens ; <strong>and</strong> what has becomeof them since 1 know not. For my part, a troop offairies received me with terrible menaces, to revengeon us the death of a monster that was so dearto them ; <strong>and</strong> without suffering me to see the innocentvictim of their rage any more, forced me to goin that pavilion you see, <strong>and</strong> there ab<strong>and</strong>oned meto my despair. What tears have I shed since that


''TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 367fatal moment! At last the fairy Serpenta, moresensible of pity than her sisters, compassionatingmy misfortune, after four years' imprisonment, allowsme to be an hour in a night with the unfortunatePhiioxipus, who spends his miserable day^sunder this bush, in expectation of the time whenhe may mix his horrid hissings with m^^ sighs. Andif death was in our power, we should have putan end to our misfortunes long ago, having noother prospect but in the weak hopes of the astrologer'sprediction.'Here Cleonice finished her relation with a torrentof tears, that flowed from her beautiful eyes.How sensible am I of your misfortunes,' said Philonice,embracing her ; <strong>and</strong> how much 1 compassionatepoor Phiioxipus ! I wish it was in mypower to make you both happy! It would be apleasure to me to see you in your former state ofbliss, <strong>and</strong> enjoy with you the presence of yourking, for whom, though I am not his subject, youhave inspired me with respect.' 'You are in allthings so obliging, madam,' replied Cleonice, 'thatI know not how to return your favours. But Imust now, the hour is almost expired, think of retiring;otherwise Serpenta, displeased at my longabsence, will punish me severely.' The princesstold her, she should be sorry to increase her misfortunes,instead of assuaging them; <strong>and</strong> after thatthey parted.In the mean time, the stranger found bis retinueagain at day-break, <strong>and</strong> went <strong>and</strong> lodged at a villagea small distance from the fairy palace, in hopesof finding a way into those gardens, to see Philoniceonce more. With this design, after dinner, hetook horse again, attended only by one gentleman,<strong>and</strong> made a tour round that enchanted place. Andknowing the princess's pavilion again, fetched adeep sigh, <strong>and</strong> in a kind of ecstasy cried out, 'Beholdthe place which conceals the greatest beautyin the world!' <strong>and</strong> then observed the most conve-


S68TALES OF THE FAIRIES.nient place for him to get in :<strong>and</strong> at nigiit, leavin*his servant with his horses, to wait for him at asmall distance off, went thither directly, <strong>and</strong> gotinto the great path that led to Philouice's tent;but not daring to go into it, hid himself in a littlethicket hard bj'. He had not been there long beforehe saw Elisa <strong>and</strong> her come out, taking theirwalk towards him. He went <strong>and</strong> met them withall precipitation, <strong>and</strong> was at her feet almost beforeshe perceived him. ' Why,' said she, startingback,'do you come again, to expose j'ourself tothose misfortunes I told you ofr' 'Alas! madam,"replied the stranger,'there are none so great tome as the being deprived of seeing you, after myeyes had been once so much blessed. Witness, yedivine powers, how much I have endured since yesterday,in the cruel apprehensions of not findingyou again ! Therefore, charming lady, envy me notthe pleasure of seeing you : my love asks it withall ardour, with which it inflames my heart. Benot afraid 1 shall be discovered, I have found outa safe way ; <strong>and</strong> if my presence can be us pleasingto you as yours is delightful to me, I may visit youevery night, <strong>and</strong> tell you all the tenderness my violentpassiou inspires me with.But, adorable fairone,you give me no answer: perhaps you did' Hear me,' said he, '<strong>and</strong> banish all your fears.'not hear wiiat I said." 'Indeed,' replied the prin-' cess, T am in so much pain for fear we should befound heie, <strong>and</strong> at the same time so desirous togrant what you ask, that I know not what to do.'• Well then,' replied she, ' I must believe you.'And presenting him her h<strong>and</strong> to raise him up, ledhim <strong>and</strong> Elisa to a little box in the midst of thegrove ; <strong>and</strong> having shut the door, they all thi ee satdown on a crimson velvet carpet, where the princessseemed earnest to know who he was, <strong>and</strong> whatbrought him to that abode of the fairies.Ihe stranger, to satisfy her, said his name wasAnax<strong>and</strong>er; that he was the son of a most power*


madam,'TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 369ful prince, who from liis infancy had designed tomarry him to a daughter of his own sister, who hadmarried a neighbouring prince ; <strong>and</strong> that whilethey were treating about this alliance, the youngprincess was taken away as she was walking outwitli her mother. 'Alas!' cried Philonice, nolonger able to conceal herself, 'you now beholdthat unhappy princess, whom the fairies forcedaway from her mother, <strong>and</strong> transported hither,without ever informing me what they design to dowith'me.' How !' answered Anax<strong>and</strong>er, in amazement,' are you the Philonice designed for nie, for.''the loss of whom I have grieved so much * Ye?,undoubtedly I am,' replied the princess. 'Ah !then, my princess, I am not surprised at the effectyou had upon my heart the first time 1 saw you.None but the adorable Philonice could havewounded it so deeply ; <strong>and</strong> certainly the gods, theprotectors of my ancestors, conducted me hither,that I might enjoy the pleasure of seeing <strong>and</strong> adoiingyou.' I was as much embarrassed as you,''answered Philonice, blushing, ' at the esteem whichI could not help entertaining for a man I had neverbeheld before ; so much tlie nearness of blood spoke'in my heart.' Ah ! said the prince,' that's cruel, not to let nie think it the effect ofinclination.''That we'll talk of another time,' saidthe princess, smiling. 'But tell me some news of'my mother.' The princess your mother,' said'Anax<strong>and</strong>er, in despair for losing you, is not to becomforted, though it is so long since you have beenviway," but leads a very melancholy life. And formypart, madam,' continued he, ' seeing that myfather, when all Europe besides was in war, livedin peace, I got his leave to make a campaign witha neighbouring prince. With this intent I left myfather's dominions, <strong>and</strong> crossing this kingdom, arrivedthat night that you found me on the terracein a large forest abounding with a hundred differenttracks, thatJed as many several ways ; <strong>and</strong> 1 ridirrgRr2


'how370 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.faster than my attendants, <strong>and</strong> they taking a -wrongroad, were separated from me, -which I knew nothingof till night had overtaken me. But perceivingby the moon-light a gate unguarded, Ialighted from off my horse, tied him to a tree, <strong>and</strong>came into these gardens, the beauties of wnich ravishedmy senses. I admired a long time from oflFthe terrace the varieties of the valley, <strong>and</strong> at length,•weary with my journey, laid me down, <strong>and</strong> fellasleep. But, O heavens ! agreeably was Iawakened by your presence, <strong>and</strong> concerned whenyou left me! I was resolved to see you again,-whatever the consequence might be : 1 followedyou to your tent, <strong>and</strong> afterwards retiring, found myattendants.From that moment my thoughts were employedabout seeking you out, <strong>and</strong>, thanks to my good fortune,I have found you ; <strong>and</strong> nothing now is wantingto complete my happiness, if my adorable princesswill but listen to me favourably ; consider, toocharmmg Philonice, how much you are obliged toit, both by the will of your parents, who destinedus for each otlier from our infancy, <strong>and</strong> that of thegods, who seem toexplain themselves by this miraculousmeeting ; <strong>and</strong> sure my ardent passionmay merit some return.'' 1 own,' replied I'hilonice, 'that my mother comm<strong>and</strong>edme to receive you as a man designed formy husb<strong>and</strong>. But, prince, my fortune is much altered: 1 depend no longer on a tender mother: Iam in the power of fairies, who will not let mefollow the dictates of my own inclination. ShouldI answer your tenderness, you would be but themore unhappy. Think rather of forgetting mefollow the first design that brought you hither, <strong>and</strong>come no more into this unfortunate abode.' ' Howcan my princess believe,' replied the prince. ' thatI am able to follow the advice you give me, toleave you, <strong>and</strong> forget you ? > o, my dear Philonice,think not that I have any other business but to se«


madam,'TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 371<strong>and</strong> adore you. 'Tis in vain for you to endeavourto frighten me with the power of the fairies :they cannot liinder me from seeing you, if you permitme. You need but meet me every evening inthis grove, with that lovely maiden,' pointing to'Elisa, <strong>and</strong> take no furtlier care for me : I can concealmyself from the eyes of all the world, if yousuffer me but sometimes to gaze on yours.' 'Youshall resolve on that to-morrow at this time,' repliedElisa, finding that Philonice made no answer;' for it is time we retire to-night, for fear our conductshould be suspected.' What's that you have'engaged for us, Elisa ?' said the princess suddenly.'Ah ! interrupted the prince, don't refuseme the favour the charmmg Elisa grants me : ifyou do, I cannot leave this place, whatever misfortunesmay happen.' ' Well then,' said Philonice,* let to-morrow be the last time.' After these wordsshe left Anax<strong>and</strong>er, who durst not reply ; but leavingthe deferring of so cruel a sentence to the nextday, went to find his gentleman <strong>and</strong> horses.On the other h<strong>and</strong>, tlie fairy Serpenta met Philonicegoing to her pavilion, <strong>and</strong> asked her, whereshe had been so late? Ihe young princess at firsttrembled at the severity of the manner she spoketo her ; but soon recovering herself, told her, shehad met with Cleonice, whose afflictions raised iuher so much compassion, that she could not resolveto leave that miserable lady sooner. After that,she told her Cleonice's whole story ; <strong>and</strong> pursuing:the discourse, desired her not to take it ill if shespent her evenings with that unhappy person.Serpenta,touched with the misfortunes of Cleonice,gave her consent, provided she took care not to letany of her sisters see her. Philonice thanked thefairy, <strong>and</strong> bidding her good night, went to bed, butnot without some discourse with Elisa about thefright they were iu. The next day they spent incontriving how to keep the prince from being dis-«ov«red, for they were apprehensive lest he should


372 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,be met by some of those fairies, either when hewas coming into or going out of those gardens<strong>and</strong> at last they concluded, that tliey must neversee him again, or keep him in an arbour, or thelittle hut in the grove. After they had concertedthese measures, they went in the evening to theplace of rendezvous, where they found Anax<strong>and</strong>er,to whom the princess told the fright she had beenin, meeting Serpenta; <strong>and</strong> then took an opportunityto tell him, that they might no longer run the hazardof being discovered, <strong>and</strong> he must come nomore into so dangerous a place.Anax<strong>and</strong>er hearkened to this discourse with impatience,<strong>and</strong> as soon as she had done speaking,said,' I see very well, madam, that you rrpent ofthe favours you have shown me; that you, insensibleof the miseries I shall endure by not seeingyou, would ab<strong>and</strong>on me to the most terrible affliction.Yes, cruel maid, you may deprive me of theliberty of seeing you, but cannot hinder me frominhabiting the same places you do, from breathingthe same air, <strong>and</strong> seeing you sometimes pass byrae :perhaps Elisa will not be so hard-hearted, shewill hear my complaints, <strong>and</strong> receive my lastsighs.' 'The princess,' replied Elisa, with a simplicitywith which the prince was very much pleased,' is so far from not having a design to see you,that we have resolved that you shall not stir out ofthis grove; I'll take upon myself the care of furnishingyou with whatever is necessary for the supportof life, <strong>and</strong> we will come <strong>and</strong> visit you as'often as we can.' Ah!' replied Anax<strong>and</strong>er, how'much am I obliged to you, my dear Elisa, for givingme this proof of Philonice's kindness! And how,lovely princess, could you talk to me in so cruel amanner? What, had you a mind to make trial ofmy tenderness, <strong>and</strong> to see if your presence v/asdear to me ?' ' 'Indeed,' said Philonice, I am somuch concerned for fear of being found out, that Ino sooner resolve on a thing but I presently repent


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. S7Sof it. The idea of the implacable rage of the fairies,which is always present in my tlioughts,frightens me so much, tiiat I fancy every momentthat you aie a wolf, lion, or some other terriblecreature, <strong>and</strong> that I am following you as the melancholyCleonice does her dear dragon.' 'Isow,my princess,' cried Anax<strong>and</strong>er, ' the fairies may dowhat they will with me ; after those words pronouncedfrom your fair mouth, death itself is welcome.Indeed,' said the princess, blushing,' 'thosewords have escaped my lips before I was aware;but since my heart hath expressed itself with somuch tenderness, I repent not, if you will but deservethose advantageous sentiments.'Anax<strong>and</strong>er swore a thous<strong>and</strong> times to his belovedPhilonice, to adore her always with the same ardour,whatever ditficulties might arise in the pursuitof his passion. After this they resolved, thathe should stay some days in the summer-house inthe grove; <strong>and</strong> for fear Cleonice, not being informedthat she had told Serpenta she was lier sister,should let a word slip, Philonice went to her, <strong>and</strong>returned to call on Elisa, whom she left with theprince, from whom tliey soon parted, <strong>and</strong> retired totheir tent, where having no desire to sleep, theyentered into a conversation relating to whateverhad happened.Among all the living creatures that the fairySerpenta had given the princess, there was an ape,that had been a young beautiful lady, <strong>and</strong> one of apleasant wit, but malicious, <strong>and</strong> above all, excelledin mimicking. It happened one day, as this ladywas walking out with some of her companions, shesaw at a distance an old woman coming towardsthem, who had something so indolent <strong>and</strong> slow inher motion, that she took a distaste against her,<strong>and</strong> imitated her so well, tliat she set all the companylaughing ; though it proved to her own cost.The old woman, who was one of the fairies of thisplac*, to punish her, changed her immediately into


3r4TALES OF THE FAIRIE3.an ape, <strong>and</strong> transported her to this new abode ;where, under that new form, she still preservedher natural envious <strong>and</strong> malicious temper : <strong>and</strong>when the fairy Serpenta made a present of her tothe princess, she ordered her to observe every thingshe did, <strong>and</strong> gave her the liberty of her speechwhen she had any thing to tell her.This mischievous ape had conceived a mortalhatred against Philonice, <strong>and</strong> waited with impatiencefor an opportunity to exercise her tongue;<strong>and</strong> having heard the princess's <strong>and</strong> Elisa's conversation,she thought she had enough to satisfyher malice. As soon as she saw the fairy Serpentacome into the tent the next day, she made a signto her, that she wanted to speak to her, upon whichthe fairy went to her; <strong>and</strong> slie told her that sheknew a great deal, but could not tell her beforePhilonice. The fairy told her she would comeagain in the evening, when the princess was goneout; but bid her be sure not to tell her any lies,for if she did, she would punish her more severelythan her sister had done.When it was night, Elisa carried the princesomething to eat, <strong>and</strong> the princess went to thegrove of citrons; <strong>and</strong> the fairy in the mean time,curious to know what the ape had to say, wentdirectly to the pavilion, wheie that mischievousimp gave her an account of all she had heard thoseyoung creatures talk of, <strong>and</strong> told her, that she sawElisa loaded with eatables, which she told Philoniceshe was going to carry to a prince. Awaywent the fairy at this news to the citron grove,very much enraged against the princess, to see ifthe ape spoke truth, <strong>and</strong> determined to find outthe mystery; <strong>and</strong> just as she had parted from Cleonice,found her, <strong>and</strong> followed her to the summerhousein the grove. Ihere she was soon informedof what she wanted to know ; for the prince nosooner saw Philonice, but he told her he was readyto die with impatience to see her again ; that he


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 375could not live under that hard restraint;<strong>and</strong> thatif she had any kindness for him, she would consentthat he should deliver her from those barbarousfuries, <strong>and</strong> conduct her to her mother, who. had languished many years for the grief of losing'her. For my part.' said Elisa, ' 1 thmk you oughtnot to refuse to follow a prince, who was destinedfor you by those who had a right of disposing ofyou, since he promises to deliver you from thisconfinement, <strong>and</strong> carry you to your mother. But'Elisa,' replied Philonice, do you 'tiiink tiiat I doteso much upon this unhappy abode, <strong>and</strong> that Iwould not accept of Anaxauder's proposals, if Ithought them feasible r' 'Ah! cruel fair," interruptedtlie ' prince, 'tis only your unwillingnessrenders them impossible ; I have vainly flatteredmyself with having a part in >oui heart; you havesucked in with time the barbarity of these devils inthe shapes of women, <strong>and</strong> witn joy will beliold mydeath, since 30U will not consent to my just pro-' posals.' Well then,' said the princess,' I'll followyou, whatever happens; but when the thunder fallsupon you, remember that it will not be in my pow erto secure you.'Ihe fairy could not bear this discourse anylonger, but appe;ired as the princess had donespeaking, who, as well as i,lisa, was ready to die'with fear. What could make thee so bold, audaciousyouth," said she, addressing herself to Anax-'<strong>and</strong>er, to come to this place without our leave,<strong>and</strong> to be so vain as to think to take this princessaway from us? Dost thou believe that we haveeducated her with so much caie for thee? Notwithst<strong>and</strong>ingall thy fine projects, thou shalt neversee her more; therefore be gone immediately, for'fear I punish thee more severely.' Alas ! cruelfairy,' replied'Auax<strong>and</strong>er, what punishment canbe so horrible as to deprive me of the sight of myprincess ? if ever you have been sensible of pity,sliow it now, by favouring two hearts united by


376 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,love, <strong>and</strong> restoring me Philonice.'the fairy,' I o^m,' replied' if I was mistress of tliat princess's fate,I would grant you what you desire ; for my heart,more i;iclinable to pity than to punish, would easilyforgive thee a crime of which love made tiieeguilty : but, Anax<strong>and</strong>er, I am only the princess'sguardian ; she is a trust reposed in me by my sisters,<strong>and</strong> I must take a specinl care of what theycommit to my charge : therefore once more I say,retire <strong>and</strong> leave this princess in quiet, if thouwonldst not create her new misfortunes.'*Take no care of me, madam,' replied Philonice,emboldened by the fairy's goodness, ' if you depriveme of seeing Anax<strong>and</strong>er.''But Philonice,' ansv/eredthe fairy, don't you dread my anger, 'v, henyou make so open a confession ; what's become ofthat obedience you promised to show to my will ?'' I confess, madam,' replied the princess, ' I deserveall your anger ; I acknowledge my fault, but cannotrepeiit: the comm<strong>and</strong>s of a mother I love, <strong>and</strong> myinclination, which attaches me to this prince, mayperhaps st<strong>and</strong> for a sufficient excuse to you, if youwould but follow the dictates of your own heart.Ah ! madam, hU the unfortunate persons in thisplace have found the effects of your compassion,<strong>and</strong> shall I be the only unhappy person amongthem?' ' It is not in my power,' said the fairy, ' togive you to this prince, since you are designed foranother.''How!'' cried Philonice, designed foranother! Xo, madam, that's in vain; you may inflicton me the most cruel punishments, but cannotbe mi-.tress of my will.' 'Ah! my dear princes;,'said'Anax<strong>and</strong>er, how much am I obliged to youfor so much goodness ! 'Tis I, my princess, whomust deliver you from this tyranny, <strong>and</strong> will punishwith death the person for whom they designyou, were he guarded by all the furies; for noperson shall possess Philonice, <strong>and</strong> I live.' 'Alas!'said Elisa, who had not yet spoke, these menaces'only provoke the good fairy; rather implore her


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 377powerful aid : she expects only your obedience toallay your misfortunes. If she cannot render youaltogether happj', yet her heart is not void of emotionsof tenderness for that charming princess;make nse of it, <strong>and</strong> depend upon ray word you willnot be long insensible of the effects of her compassion.''Farewell, Anax<strong>and</strong>er,' said Philonice, holdingout her h<strong>and</strong>, ' let us believe Elisa, <strong>and</strong> yieldto our fate, since we cannot do otherwise.' Theprince took hold of the princess's h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> kissedit in so great a transport, that he had almostdisarmed Serpenta ; who, that they might not perceiveher sentiments, whicli she endeavoured toconceal as much as possible, pulled Philonice bythe arm very roughly, <strong>and</strong> made her go into hertent, leavins the poor prince in the most deplorablestate imaginable. He followed his dear princesswith his eyes as far as he could, when Elisa madea sign to him to stay where he was, <strong>and</strong> she wouldcome <strong>and</strong> bring him some news.In the mean time, the fairy Serpenta shut Philoniceinto her tent, with orders not to stir out tillshe came again ; <strong>and</strong> without saying wliat she furtherresolved to do, left her. But O heaven !howmiserable was that poor princess's condition ! ElisaCould not comfort her in the least; the imaginationonly of being married to some monster, puther into so honid a despair, that she could scarcebreatlie for sishing <strong>and</strong> sobbing, <strong>and</strong> in that melancholymanner spent the whole night. As soon asit was day, the fairy came into her room ;•Philonice,'said slie, ' I have done what I could to getmy sisters to consent to give you your liberty ; Ihave boasted of your lover's merit, <strong>and</strong> told them,that it was a good action to restore a princess toher mother, <strong>and</strong> to endow you with all the giftsthat lay in our power, that you had never displeasedus. <strong>and</strong> it was unjust to force a princessto stay with us against her inclination : but all myremonstrances were in vain. They told rae, thej


What378 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.had taken yoii away on purpose to bestow youupon the king of monsters, <strong>and</strong> ordered me to prepareyou for it.' 'Alas! madam,' said Philonice,'you shall sooner prepare me for death than thatfatal marriage ! will become of poor Anax<strong>and</strong>er,if he never sees me more ' ' 1 can let yousee that prince again,' replied tlie fairy;'but as itis not in my power to bestow you upon him, thatindulgence will but make you the more miserabletherefore resolve sooner to obey my sisters, than tolove a prince, whose you can never be while wehave power.'' Sure,' cried Philonice,' it cannotlast long ; for Heaven, wearied with so much injustice,willnot always ab<strong>and</strong>on unhappy mortalsto the cruel tyranny of your barbarous sisters.see, I see,' cried she in a prophetic manner, ' thatadorable princess promised by the gods, coming toloose our chains, <strong>and</strong> reduce your sisters' poweronly to find out new inventions to embellish thisplace. Methinks I behold those furies turninggreat wheels in a river hard by, to furnish this enchantedpalace <strong>and</strong> gardens with water; <strong>and</strong> bytlieir bitter yells <strong>and</strong> cries, more horrible thanthose of the unfortunate persons they changed intowild beasts, they make all that pass by think hellbroken loose. But for you, madam,' continued the'princess, who never consented to the mischiefsyour wicked sisters have done in the world, youshall not be one of their number; the princessknows as well how to reward as punish : she wiUdistinguish you from the rest, by committing thesebeautiful gardens to your care, where you will eojoythe happiness of her august presence, <strong>and</strong> becaressed by her, while your sisters repent, but toolate, of all their cruelties.'Serpenta hearkened to this discourse of the princesswith amazement, <strong>and</strong> was sensible she wasinspired by some divinity, because that prophecywas written at the beginning of their empire ; butthere was no other mention, made of the time, onlyI


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 379that it should come to pass in the reign of a mostpowerful <strong>and</strong> victorious prince ; <strong>and</strong> though theysaw that prince perform the most surprising things,<strong>and</strong> obtain tlie greatest victories, yet they still flatteredthemselves he was not the person meant bythe oracle, <strong>and</strong> that that day whereon a princessshould be born who would prove fatal to their empire,was not yet arrived. But the fairy findingall these things confirmed by Philonice, perceivedthat their ruin was nigh at h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> resolved toinform her sisters of it, that they might consulthow to avoid the impending danger; but in themean time, told the princess, that she did not takeher words for a prophecy, but rather looked uponthem as the efl'ect of her rage, telling her, thattheir power had been of long continuance, <strong>and</strong>would last to the end of the world. After that,she promised to use her utmost endeavours tomake her happy, <strong>and</strong> assured her that, if she couldnot obtain any thing of licr sisters, that while shewas under her care she would give her the opportunityof seeing the prince; <strong>and</strong> then left her, togo <strong>and</strong> acquaint the other fairies with what hadhappened, who were all frightened, <strong>and</strong> the more,because the fairy Envy told them, that having amind to change a prince that had displeased herinto a bear, she could not do it. The fairy Rancouralso complained, that she could not do allthe mischief she wished ; <strong>and</strong> in sliort, in theirfear for the destruction of theirempire, they consultedtheir magic book, <strong>and</strong> found Philonice's prophecyto be very true. Enraged at their hard fate,which they saw draw so nigh, they redoubled theircruellies, of which Philonice, we may believe, hadher share. They immediately sent Serpenta for her,<strong>and</strong> loading her with injuries, told her she mustprepare to marry the husb<strong>and</strong> they had providedfor her the next day; <strong>and</strong> ordered Serpenta toshow her her spouse in the icy hall.The fairy, for fear of provoking her sisters more.


380 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,took the princess by the h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> carried herinto the hall, where the prince of monsters waitedfor her. He was like the Polyphemus of the poets,but he had a hog's snout, whicii rendered his voiceso very terrible, that poor Pliiioni^e was ready todie away with fear, when he asked her if she wouldconsent to marry him. And when the princess•with tears told him, she should prefer death athous<strong>and</strong> times before him, the monster, withoutbeing the lea->t moved by them, no more than thehateful fairies be.*'ore him, told her she must makehim amends for the torments he had endured, <strong>and</strong>think soon of obeying him; <strong>and</strong> tlien went fromher without the least emotion of pity. Serj entacarried lier back again to her tent, more like adead corpse than a livmg person, <strong>and</strong> not knowinghow to comfort her. conveyed the prince to her ina thick cloud, <strong>and</strong> dissolving that vapour, led himclose to her, saying,' 1 liave brought Anax<strong>and</strong>erhere to you, concert your measures together:' <strong>and</strong>then left them.The prince was transported with joy to see hisprincess again, but could not guess what made herso insensible of all his endearing expressions, <strong>and</strong>to be in tears. Elisa bore her company in thismelancholy, insomuch that he could not get oneword out of either of them.'Why,' my princess,''said Anax<strong>and</strong>er, will you not tell me the cause ofthose tears? 1 flattered myself, that my presencemight have somewhat allayed your misfortunes,<strong>and</strong> that the pleasure of knowing all the love youhave inspired me witii, might suspend your grief:do you believe that I am less concerned ? Yet,charmed at the opportunity 1 have of swearing aneternal constancy to you, whatever I must sufferto deserve you, still the joy of seeing you atiaiaout-balances all my sorrows ; <strong>and</strong> if you loved me,Philonice, with the same passion I do you, my presencewould have the same effect on your heart.''Ah! cruel prince,' replied the princess, do not


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. SOlcomplete my misery by your reproaches ;you knowbut too well the value I have tor you, but are ignorantof all our misfortunes. Jl)e fairy Serpentawould have had her barbarous sisters consent toour happiness; but they, inflexible to her entreaties,are resolved to give me to a frightful monster,•whom they acknowledge for their king; <strong>and</strong> canyou now want to know the cause of my crying ?Ah! my dear Anax<strong>and</strong>er, the source will be driedup, <strong>and</strong> these hellish furies feeding on my tears,will not let me put an end to them by death. Thecompassionate >erj.enta has told me slie can do nomore foi us than to give us the sad pleasure ofcomplaining lopether for the last time.' 'Ah I madam,'cried the prince,'you will not deserve allher favours, if you don't make a riglit use of them :I know very well the meauiug of her last words,<strong>and</strong> the misfortunes prepared for us. Did not shesay, 1 will go <strong>and</strong> fetch tiie prince, that you mayconcert your measures with him ? What do youthink, ijiadam, are the measures I shouid adviseyou to take? Can you believe that she, knowingmy love for you, hopes I will persuade you to giveyouiself to tiie king of monsters ? >iO, madam, shemeans that vou should foUo-w the advice 1 gaveyou in the summer-house in the grove, <strong>and</strong> that•while you are free, <strong>and</strong> your keeper opens the prisondoors,you should go away : have a care thatit is not too late; make use of those precious momentsgiven you, they quickly glide away, <strong>and</strong> willnever come again.' 'Alas! maddin,' said Llisa,seeing the princess unresolved what to do, why do'you stay here? Ihe fairy will undoubtedly concealus in our flight, <strong>and</strong> we shall meet with noobstacle in our v.ay to the princess your mother.''Alas! how vaiuly do you flatter yourself,' repliedthe disconsolate'princess, to believe it so easy amatter to avoid the ill fate which pursues me!'* But,' said Elisa, ' can you be more ualiappy ? <strong>and</strong>


382 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.what risk do 5'ou run in taking our advice i** Well then,' said the princess,' let us go; but jetremember, Anaxauder, that I am doing what Ishould not do, in taking you for my guide.' ' Youshall have no cause, madam,' replied the prince,' to complain; love shall be responsiole for all.'After this discourse, Elisa went <strong>and</strong> fetched whatjewels they had; <strong>and</strong> tliey all three went out ofthe pavilion to hide themselves in the grove tillnight, but were very much surprised to see themselvessurrounded by the same thick cloud whichconcealed the prince : <strong>and</strong> not doubting but thatSerpenta favoured their retreat, <strong>and</strong> having no occasionto wait till night, followed Anax<strong>and</strong>er, wl;opursued his old path. When it was dark, <strong>and</strong> theywere got out of sight of the gardens, the fairy Serpentacame to them, <strong>and</strong> ordered them to travelalways by night, <strong>and</strong> to make all the haste theycould into their own territories, assuring them,that as soon as they were within them, they wereout of the fairies' power, <strong>and</strong> of all things to bewareof day-light.After this kind advice the fairy took her leave,<strong>and</strong> they went forward ; <strong>and</strong> the prince soon afterperceiving a great number of horsemen making towardsthem, began to be under some apprehea*sions ; but tliat fear was soon removed, when hefound theni to be his gentleman <strong>and</strong> attendants,wl\o told liim, they were sent to meet him by aman who brought a letter from him, which theywere all sensible was another mark of the faircare. They all immediately mounted horses, ar,dleaving the great road, went before day-breakthe first habitation they found, where the prince,for fear Philonice's beauty might discover them,obligtd her <strong>and</strong> Elisa to put on man's apparel.At*iight they took horse again, <strong>and</strong> travelled withall expedition possible; <strong>and</strong> this they did throughouttheir journey, the princess's desire making her


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 383support the fatiguewith great resolution, thoughat the same time Anax<strong>and</strong>er was in great pain forhis dear Philonice, lest she should fail sick.In this manner they got within a night's journeyof home. The hopes of being in safety gave newlife to the whole troop. Never were any peoplemore gay <strong>and</strong> merry, they could talk of nothingbut the happiness they should'enjoy. What a'pleasure will it be to me,' said the princess, to seemy mother again! O heavens! how charminglyshall we spend our days ! I see already the beacons,' in a little time we shall be out of danger.' Wouldto Heaven we were,' replied Elisa;'but methinksI hear some noise behind us : too desirous of reachinghome, we have travelled too late, for see dayappears, <strong>and</strong> that was forbid us by Serpenta. Hereuponthe prince listening, <strong>and</strong> hearing a great noiseof men <strong>and</strong> liorses, began to be uneasy, <strong>and</strong> madethe princess <strong>and</strong> Elisa go somewhat before, withsome of his retinue to defend them, while the reststayed with him. Philonice would not leave himbut upon his protestations to overtake her as soonas he knew wlio t'ney were, she at last consented.But before she had got far, the prince perceived agreat body of monstrous men, <strong>and</strong> the king of monstersat their head, who having been informed ofPhilonice's escape, had pursued her with all haste,to punish her for slighting his alliance, with thefairy Rancour on one side of liim, exasperating himagainst that beautiful princess.As soon as the prince saw this frightful troop,he put himself into a posture of defence; whichthe fairy Rancour observing, advanced' first. Seethere,' said she to the king of monsters, ' Philonice'slover, whom my sister Serpenta would havepersuaded us to prefer before you; be a witnessof the revenge I'll take of him.' In saying thesewords, she touched Anax<strong>and</strong>er with her w<strong>and</strong>, butall in vain, her magic had no force, <strong>and</strong> the princewas nevertheless able to fight with those monsters.


384 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.who, though they had boars' heads, yet their bodiesM'ere of human shape. The fairy swelling with rage,left the prince instantly, venting a thous<strong>and</strong> cursesupon him, <strong>and</strong> flew directly after the princess, whoshe knew was gone before, <strong>and</strong> overtook her, whenshe thought she had nothins to fear;<strong>and</strong> catchinghold of her delicate hair, lifted her up into the a<strong>and</strong> returning back with her to the place whereAnax<strong>and</strong>er was fighting with that monstrous troop,stopped just over his liead, <strong>and</strong> raising lier voice,cried ' out, See. prince, my power is not always restramed;forbear that unprofitable combat, the deliveryof this. fugitive princess out of my h<strong>and</strong>s vbe a more glorious enterprise for you : <strong>and</strong> you,'prince of ilionsters,' continued she, leave that unhappywretch ;your revenue will be greater in givinghim his life than by putting au end to his misfortunesby a speedy death.'Upon these words the fight immediately ceased,for the prince at tiie sight of ihilonice fell into aswoon, Willi the grief of not bein? able to assisther ; <strong>and</strong> when he came to himself again, saw notone of the monsters, who all went away as soon athey saw that the fairy Rancour had got I'hilonicein her power. She transported her back to thefairy abode, <strong>and</strong> carrying her into a vaulted hallof tlieir palace, where all the fairies were assembledtogether; Behold *here, sisters,' said Uancc' that guilty fugitive, who left us to follow a iyoutl), whom I have punished for his insolence ; shemust be made an exanr(-le of, that all wiio shall ddisplea-e u^ may tremble at the mentioning of}.uni->luiient.' ' We leave her to you," answered allthe fairies,she is your prize, <strong>and</strong> you may reveuijeyourself on that ungrateful princess.' 'Ihat ta^kshould be mine.' said the king of monsters, ' 1 pretendto be master of lier fate, since you gaveme wlien she was twelve years old.' The faiagreed tnat the king was in the right, <strong>and</strong> that theyeould not dispose of tbe princess; llaucour cob-


myTYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 385seated with reluctancy, though with the hopesthat the prince of monsters would be as cruel asherself. In short, the poor victim was delivered tohim, <strong>and</strong> he, without being in the least moved withher tears <strong>and</strong> complaints, hurried her away to afrightful den; where he told her, if she wouldmarry him, he would forgive her flight, <strong>and</strong> makeher the queen of monsters, <strong>and</strong> mistress of all histreasures. The princess told him, that the onlything that could induce her to accept of such aproposition would be to find out a way to deliverherself of him; <strong>and</strong> therefore desired him to be satisfiedwith making her as miserable as he could,'without her own consent. Well then,' said hCy' since thou wilt be so, thou shalt :' <strong>and</strong> with that,carrying her down steps below that dreadful den,<strong>and</strong> opening a gate, showed her a large grassyplain, watered by a clear brook, <strong>and</strong> bounded by arock, to which he fastened her by a long chain,<strong>and</strong> driving some monsters of all kinds out of hisstables, told her, that since she would not be theirqueen she must be their shepherdess; <strong>and</strong> that tohave them at her comm<strong>and</strong>, she needed but totouch them with a crook he gave her, <strong>and</strong> afterwardsleft this poor unhappy princess so frightenedthat she would have raised pity in a heart ofstone ; who, whenever she saw those creaturescoming near, she cried <strong>and</strong> shrieked out, <strong>and</strong> keep,ing close to the rock, made use of her crook to putthem off.In the mean time, the unhappy Anax<strong>and</strong>er wasin the utmost despair, not knowing which way tofollow his Philonice; when Elisa returning as soonas the princess was taken from her, came to him.' Ah ! dear Eiisa,' said ' he, where shall I findmy princess again ?' 'Without doubt,' said Elisa,' she is carried back again to the fairy abode, <strong>and</strong>perhaps, by the means of the fairy Serpenta, I maysee her, <strong>and</strong> let her know that you survived thecombat with the monsters.' 'Alas!' said theVOL. II.S


h<strong>and</strong>s, gave her to the king of monsters.'Ah !386 TALES OF THE FAIRIES,prince, ' certainly it had been better that I haddied, than to live incapable of serving Philonice.'• Follow me,' replied Elisa, '<strong>and</strong> I hope we mayonce more see that lovely princess.' After thisthey clapped spurs to their horses, <strong>and</strong> with an incrediblespeed reached the fairy abode in a fewdays ; <strong>and</strong> when it was night, went by the old wayinto the gardens, where tliey found Serpenta, whotold Auax<strong>and</strong>er, that her barbarous sisters, as soonas Rancour had delivered Philonice into their cruelcompassionate fairy,' cried the prince, can you 'letso charming a person suffer? And will you notafford me the means of dying at her feet, if I can-Dot free her from her unhappy fate ?' ' It is not inmy power to change her destiny,' said the fairy,*nor in yours; but the time will come when sheshall be happy. All that I can do for you now, isto conduct you <strong>and</strong> Elisa to tlie place where shepasses away her tedious days, in the shape of somemonster, for fear the king of that subterraneousabode should know you.' Whereupon touchingthem with her w<strong>and</strong>, they immediately became centaurs;<strong>and</strong> then giviug them a certain herb, of•which they needed but to taste to recover theirformer shapes, went with them to the plain of monsters,where tiie unfortunate Philonice watchedher terrible flock night <strong>and</strong> day. There at daybreakthey found the princess laid on the rock, withher crook in one h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> her head leaning onthe other, while tears trickled down from her eyesupon her tender breasts, which were half naked.The noise they made awakened her, <strong>and</strong> up shestarted, thinking they were some new monsters;when the prince, to remove her fears, said, Since,'divine princess, none but monsters are suffered toapproach you, be not surprised that Elisa <strong>and</strong> Iappear under this horrible form, for nothing is impossibleto love <strong>and</strong> friendship when joined. Thefairy Serpenta, according to her usual compassion.


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 389what 3'ou heard, we heard the same; <strong>and</strong> Heavenundoubtedly, -weary with the punishments inflictedon so many innocent persons, will send us succoursproportionable to our miseries : <strong>and</strong> this is not onlydeclared by the dead, but foretold by the living.'Ah!'madanv' said Melicerta,'how much am I©bliged to you, for confirming what I durst not believe!But where is that prince,' said she, lookingabout her, 'my husb<strong>and</strong> spoke of? Can this obligingcentaur, who was so kind to endeavour toassist my poor Uphidamentus, be him ?' 'Yes, madam,'said Anax<strong>and</strong>er, ' I am he, though forced bymy perverse fate to appear under this extraordinaryfigure.' ' I must own,' said Melicerta, ' thatI see very surprising things, <strong>and</strong> cannot help havinga curiosity to know your adventures, since Ihave given my word to that fair lady to satisfyhers whenever she pleases.' ' It should be now,madam,' replied Philonice, ' if I was not obliged totake my leave of you for the remaining part of thisday, for fear the king of monsters, who sometimescomes to see if 1 perform my duty, should find meabsent, <strong>and</strong> should abridge me of the liberty Ihave. For you, generous prince,' added she, ' stayherewith the charming Melicerta, <strong>and</strong> quittingyour disguise, show her you are deserving of heresteem; while my dear Elisa, throwing oft" her metamorphosislikewise, informs this beautiful lady,by relating my history, that she is not the onlymiserable person.' But do you think, my princess,'said Anax<strong>and</strong>er, ' that I can part with you so soon ;that satisfied with having seen you but a moment,I have not a thous<strong>and</strong> things to say to you?' 'Atnight,' replied Philonice,' I"ll come <strong>and</strong> hear themall ; but be so complaisant to me, my Anax<strong>and</strong>er,as not to show yourself before my Argus; the emotionhe would see in my countenance would informhim what we have so much reason to conceal.'After these arguments she left him, <strong>and</strong> got butjust in time upon the rock before the frightful


390 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.king appeared.'You are very gay to-day, Philcnice,' said he ; 'I see none of those tears on yourface as usual ;your punishment begins either to beeasy to you, or else you intend to consent to marryme. Speak,' continued he, sweetening her withfair words'; I am yet inclined to receive you : buttake care how you provoke me by a refusal, forwhat you have hitherto undergone is nothing to becompared with what you must suffer if you denyme.' Tiie princess shuddered at this discoursebut at last told him plainly, that she must nowyield to so much constancy, <strong>and</strong> desired but tillthe return of the new moon to offer up a sacrificeto that goddess. The monster, very well satisfied,answered, that he would grant it her, provided shewould not deceive him, though a month seemed toolong for his impatience ; <strong>and</strong> in the mean timewould go tell the fairies, <strong>and</strong> order his subjects toprepare all things for a magnificent solemnizationof his nuptials. As soon as he was gone, the princesshad a great mind to have returned to Uphidamentus'stomb ; but fearing he might come againthat day, stayed till it was night. When she wentinto the room, Elisa had just finished her history.Jlelicerta expressed how much she interested herselfin her troubles, <strong>and</strong> the prince told her a hundredtimes, in transports never felt by any loverbesides him, that he had much ado to support herabsence, desiring her for the future to exact nomore such cruel proofs of obedience. The princessanswered his passion with great tenderness; <strong>and</strong>afterwards addressing herself to Melicerta, said,* It is your turn now, madam, to gratify my curiosity,when I can listen to you without the dread ofbeing disturbed by my cruel tyrant.' Melicertatold the princess her request was very just; <strong>and</strong> tolos« BO more time^ began as follows.


PRINCESS MELICERTA.THE HISTORYTHE PRINCESS MELICERTA.* I AM the daughter, madam,' said she, ' of a sovereignprince below the Rhine. I have two brothers,who signalized their courage in a war which hasbeen carried on by almost all Europe against th«king of this country, who, to the shame of so manycrowned heads, is not to be conquered, whateverforces they bring against him. While my father<strong>and</strong> brothers were employed in defending their dominionsagainst the conquest of this victoriousprince, I was brought up under my mother with allimaginable care, <strong>and</strong> wanted no education to makeme an accomplished princess. When the campaignwas finished, <strong>and</strong> the warriors were returned home,the fame of the small stock of beauty with whichHeaven had blessed me, brought almost all theyoung lords <strong>and</strong> princes to my father's court : butof all the princes, Uphidamentus so much excelledthe rest, that I could not help entertaining a secretinclination for him. All his actions were gracefulbeyond every thing I had seen; <strong>and</strong> from the extraordinaryardour <strong>and</strong> respect with which he alwaysaddressed himself to me, I soon found thathis heart was touched with a most violent passion.And that he might not discover the advantageoussentiments I had of him, I avoided giving him anyopportunities of a declaration.'In this constraint the winter was spent, <strong>and</strong> thespring calling the armies again into the field, Icould not prevent, ia his taking his leave, bis per-


'392 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.ceiving some emotions of my heart. But withwhat transports of joy did he receive those marksof my tenderness ! He made a thous<strong>and</strong> protestationsof loving me eternally ; <strong>and</strong> would never havegiven over repeating them, but that he was told myfather <strong>and</strong> brothers waited for him to be gone.And I was so happy ia this aftair, that the absenceof so many near relations gave me an opportunityof concealing the mortal grief I was in for his departure.I spent all that summer in the most insupportableuneasiness; <strong>and</strong> had not winter approachingcalmed my troubles, I could not haveborne them. Upon advice of rny father's return,my mother <strong>and</strong> I went a great way to meet them<strong>and</strong> after the prince had saluted my mother, hecame to me with an eagerness that was observedby all the court, <strong>and</strong> all the way in our return tocourt rode by my coach-side, <strong>and</strong> said all tlie tenderthings his passion could suggest, which I heardwith the utmost pleasure : besides, he appeared sranch more amiable, that my heart could not dtmythe conquest he had made.'In this tender conversation we arrived at thepalace, <strong>and</strong> from that time every day increased ourloves ; <strong>and</strong> the prince knowing himself to be masterof a very plentiful fortune, asked mj- leave to dem<strong>and</strong>me of my father; which I readily gave him.Unwilling to defer his happiness any longer, hewent directly to ray father, who received him veryh<strong>and</strong>somely ; <strong>and</strong> though he promised me to him,yet would not consent that we should be marriedbefore a peace, alleging, that it would not lookwell for a soldier to solemnize nuptials wlien allEurope groaned under the burden of a heavy war.Uphidamentus came <strong>and</strong> told me his answer, <strong>and</strong>complained hard, to find his private happiness mustdepend on the public good ; while I endeavouredto persuade him that the reasons my father gavewere very just.From that day we spent our time the most plea-


PRINCESS MELICERTAw 393santly i-n the -world: we saw each other almostevery hour; <strong>and</strong> should have been happy if thattime had always been. But alas! the spring returnedagain, <strong>and</strong> we must part! It is impossibleto express our griefs. JFor my part, when I heardof the orders given out for taking the field, I fellin a swoon upon my bed, while my brothers tookUphidamentus out of my chamber. Alas ! we bothin a manner divined what happened, <strong>and</strong> liad a secretforesight that our absence would be attendedwith death. After my swoon I fell into a violentfever, which in a few days brought me to death'sdoor. My mother was inconsolable, <strong>and</strong> never leftme a moment, till by the strength of youth <strong>and</strong>good remedies, I recovered. When 1 was able togo abroad, I asked my motlier to go to a countryseat, some leagues distant from the town, where1 spent my time in thinking on Upliidamentus,<strong>and</strong> counted the days, hours, <strong>and</strong> minutes, when Ishould see him again. One day after dinner, whenmy thoughts were more employed than ordinary onmy tenderness, I took a walk into an adjacent forest,<strong>and</strong> walked musing in a pleasant path, whichwas somewhat dark, <strong>and</strong> the more agreeable to thehumour I was in. I went farther tiian I thought;<strong>and</strong> finding myself weary, sat down under a tree,<strong>and</strong> fell asleep. But, O heavens! how confused•was I when I awoke <strong>and</strong> found myself in a fright-ful den, <strong>and</strong> your tyrant, attended with the fairyRancour <strong>and</strong> her sisters Envy <strong>and</strong> Cruelty, st<strong>and</strong>ingby me. I could not tell what to think, v.-hetherI was among the living or the dead; <strong>and</strong> just as Iwas going to ask, the fairy Rancour said to me.Bless Heaven, Melicerta, that for thy good fortunev.e happened to pass through the forests wherethou wert lain asleep : thy beauty surprised theking of monsters, <strong>and</strong> he was so much struck withthy charms, that we immediately took thee away,to make thee queen of all that mighty king possesses.Accept of so great an honour m thouS2


S94TALES OF THE FAIRIES,oughtest to do, <strong>and</strong> bj' thy obedience merit ourfriendship. I thoucht, said I, I owed no obedienceto any but my parents, <strong>and</strong> cannot comprehendwhat right you have to comm<strong>and</strong> over me, nor•what justice there is in what you have done byme. We have no regulation of our actions but ourivills, said Rancour: all the world knows ourpower; <strong>and</strong> happy are they who, like you, find favourin our eyes ; which, if you are wise, you willmake a good use of, or dread our anger. Why,what can you do worse to me, replied I, than toforce me away from my parents, to give me to anexecrable monster? Either give me my liberty ortake away my life. Go, said the one-eyed monster,don't trouble yourselves about the reluctancy sheshows ; leave me alone with her, I know how to reducelier to obedience. Ah! madam, cried I,tlirowing myself at Rancour's feet, if ever you weresensible of pity, leave me not with your king, for Ishall certainly die if you do. The fairy, relentingat my grief, though the first time she ever did inlier life, told the monster she would take care todispose me to obey him. The king consented, <strong>and</strong>T was put into Rancour's h<strong>and</strong>s, who carried me tothe fairy^ abode, where she showed me all the beautiesof that place. After that, she conducted meto her pavilion, which as you know, st<strong>and</strong>s just bythe great grove, <strong>and</strong> is very rich in gold <strong>and</strong> jewels,<strong>and</strong> gave me magnificent habits, <strong>and</strong> neglected nothingto make me forget the injury done me. Butyll this usage could not dry up my tears: my abbencefrom my father <strong>and</strong> mother afflicted me verysensibly, <strong>and</strong> the idea of never seeing Uphidamentusmore made me almost distracted.In the mean time the king of monsters was impatientto see that I was not disposed to marry him;iiud Rancour, weary of a softness so contrary toiier nature, told me one day, that 1 abused theirgroodness; that I must think of conforming to theirtrill, or prepare for the most cruel punishment.


PRINCESS MELICERTA. 593Keither my tears nor sighs could move her enragedspirit, but away she hurried me to this cursedplace, <strong>and</strong> ab<strong>and</strong>oning me to my despair, left merather dead than alive. When she was going, Icalled after her, <strong>and</strong> said. Why, madam, will youforce me to marry the king of monsters, since I ampromised to Uphidamentus ? And you know Iought not to break my vows. Rancour had no relishfor my excuses; <strong>and</strong> without hearing me anylonger, left me with this wicked tyrant, who is athous<strong>and</strong> times more cruel than frightful ; <strong>and</strong>after she was gone I fainted away. When I cameto myself, which was without any assistance fromhim, he told me, that I did not deserve that heshould take any care of me; that he would notmarry me, for that the fairies had pro^'ided a beautifulyouug princess for him (which, madam, wasundoubtedly yourself); but that notwithst<strong>and</strong>ing Ishould not be more happy, for since I was so fondof Uphidamentus, he would fetch him to partakeof my punishments. In this <strong>and</strong> such-like conversationwe spent that horrible night together ; <strong>and</strong>as soon as the morning appeared. Rancour came tous, <strong>and</strong> bid me in a severe manner follow her,which I did trembling, till we came to this horridcave, where 1 saw this coffin covered with a blackcloth, which she took off, <strong>and</strong> showed me Uphidamentusdead. Never was grief equal to mine atthis dismal sight! I said <strong>and</strong> did all that the mostviolent love could inspire, <strong>and</strong> would willinglyhave died with this dear object of my tenderness.The deplorable state I was in at the sight of thisunliappy prince, would have melted the most strongheart but that of this cruel fairj, who, as if by•what she had done she had given me some comfort,put down the black cloth again ; <strong>and</strong> taking two orthree turns about the coffin, went away, telling mein a sarcastical way, that I ought to be satisfied,since she left me with him I loved. As soon asever her back was turned I ran to lift up the coffin-


396 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.lid : but, O heavens ! how much amazed was I tolind it fastened ! Upon which I redoubled my tears.But when I heard my Upliidamentus sigh fromwithin, judge of my despair! I made the most incredibleefiorts to open the coffin, <strong>and</strong> called bothgods <strong>and</strong> men to my assistance, but all in vainthen again, hearing nothing stir, I believed my dearspouse was stifled. In these cruel agitations Ipassed the whole night, almost distracted; <strong>and</strong>when again my ears were struck with the samesighing, I ran to the coffin, but witli tlie same success.From that fatal time I have never failedhearing him sigh <strong>and</strong> moan just at the same hour;And always forgetting that it is not in my power tohelp him, y*;t I strive to opea the coffin, as yoasaw me,'


TYRAXNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 397CONTINUATION OF THE TYRANNY OPTHE FAIRIES DESTROYED.Hebe Melicerta, almost drowned in tears <strong>and</strong>grief, made an end of lier story. Philonice, theprince, <strong>and</strong> Elisa, did what tljey could to comforther, <strong>and</strong> make her hope her misfortunes would soonhave an end : but the sighings beginning as usual,she ran to the coffin with the same eagerness asbefore, not regarding what those amiable personasaid to her. In the mean time, tlie king of monstersreturned from giving his orders to the fairiesto prepare every thing to celebrate his marriagewith Philonice, to tell hei', that no solemnity hadever appeared so noble in the kingdom of fairies ashis wedding should, <strong>and</strong> withal to conduct her toa magnificent apartment he had provided for he»till that day came ; <strong>and</strong> amazed not to find herthere, looked about to see which way the chaiomight direct him, <strong>and</strong> followed her into the cavejust as Uphidamentus's sighings ceased. Alashow inexpressible was the fright our lovers werein! They stood perfectly motionless, while theking of monsters loaded Philonice with injurious<strong>and</strong> opprobrious language : but to pass that by,<strong>and</strong> come to facts, he took her by the arm, <strong>and</strong> byforce pulled her out of the cave. Anax<strong>and</strong>er attemptedto rescue the princess, when the monsterlooking on him scornfully, said, ' Learn, rashyouth, to know thy strength ; <strong>and</strong> to increase thisfalse creature's punishment, come <strong>and</strong> partake tormentswith her.' At the same time Anax<strong>and</strong>er.found himself bound by the same chain that Philonicewas fastened to, <strong>and</strong> forced to follow thatuoDstrous tyraut as well as she : aod though he


how398 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.was in the utmost despair that he could not deliverher, 3'et he had some comfort in bearing the samechains, <strong>and</strong> in that miserable condition followedher to a dark prison. Poor Elisa, she was inconsolable;INIelicerta increased her brinj' tears; <strong>and</strong>the unhappy Uphidamentus, by new complaints,showed how sensible lie was of their misfortunes.After this the king of monsters told the fairies thenews, who were assembled from all parts of theworld to be present at this marriage, <strong>and</strong> had allprepared gifts for the bride. They were all verymuch surprised, <strong>and</strong> every one, to show their zealfor their king, were for contriving the most rigorouspunishments for Philonice <strong>and</strong> her lover ; till theking, thanking them, said, that he believed he hadthought of one which would be severe enough,which was to marry her, <strong>and</strong> to put Anax<strong>and</strong>er todeath that day before her face. The fairies all applaudedhis just revenge, <strong>and</strong> promised to be presentat the execution of so horrible a piece ofcruelty; <strong>and</strong> the next day the barbarous tyrantwent to tell those illustrious, but unfortunatelovers, the sentence he had pronounced againstthem. But what grief can be compared to whatthey both endured .' ' Ah ! transported shouldI be,' said Anax<strong>and</strong>er,' if by my death I couldmake Philonice happy; but to leave her a prey tothe most horrible monster in nature, racks me morethan a thous<strong>and</strong> deaths.' 'And alas! prince,' saidthe sorrowful princess, ' if he would but spare yourlife I'd marry him freely : but oh ! the wicked tyrantknows your death to be my greatest pain.'In these <strong>and</strong> such like mutual complaints theyspent the night; <strong>and</strong> as soon as day appeared, thefairies Rancour, Cruelty, <strong>and</strong> Envy, came withtheir king to carry Philonice to the palace, <strong>and</strong>from thence, regardless of the prayers <strong>and</strong> entreatiesshe made to them to save Anax<strong>and</strong>er's life,conducted her to the temple, where a scaffold wasraised, <strong>and</strong> the prince, tied to a post, was ready to


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 399be sacrificed. What a horrid spectacle was this tothe tender Philonice ! She cast herself at the tyrant'sfeet, <strong>and</strong> with a deluge of tears begged oncemore that he would spare the prince's life, unlesshe would with the same stroke take hers too. Buthe was as deaf now as before ; <strong>and</strong> the deadlyknife was lifted up, when a clap of thunder, attendedwith lightning, made the temple shake, <strong>and</strong>sounding trumpets pierced the monster's <strong>and</strong> fairies'ears, who all ran to the temple-gates to seewhat was the matter; when the fairy Serpentacoming in haste, cried,'Courage, Philonice, yourmisfortunes are ended; the divine princess foretoldby the oracles is coming to punish my barbaroussisters for all their crimes. All the fairies trembledat this news, <strong>and</strong> were running away, butwere stopped by the presence of that august princess,who appeared with so majestic a beauty, thatit was a punishment to the fairies to look at her.'Go, hateful monsters,' said she in a threateningvoice, ' undergo the punishments you deserve, wiiichshall be as lasting as tlie world. Go <strong>and</strong> prepare,by your magic arts, the instruments of your ownpunishments, tliat all those illustrious persons whomyou have made miserable may acknowledge thegoodness of Heaven in punishing you for yourcrimes. Go,' said the enraged princess,' <strong>and</strong> likethe Danaides, work without end.'The princess had no sooner pronounced this sentence,than the king of monsters, <strong>and</strong> all the fairies,ran howling <strong>and</strong> crying to the river, <strong>and</strong> workmgto prepare their own punishments, fixed great beamsin the midst of the river, to which they fastenedlarge wheels, with which they drew up buckets ofwater night <strong>and</strong> day into great cisterns, which suppliedthe water-works in those enchanted gardensfrom thence they sent forth such bitter shrieks <strong>and</strong>lamentations at this new torment, that they disturbedthe neighbourhood, <strong>and</strong> reached the princess'sears, while she was unloosing Anax<strong>and</strong>er,


400 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.who with Philonice tlirew himself at her feet, tothank her for his life. The princess raised themboth up with her natural bounty, <strong>and</strong> turning aboutto Serpenta, said, taking Philonice by the h<strong>and</strong>,* Go, Serpenta, <strong>and</strong> conduct us to the palace : Iknow you never contributed to the mischiefs yourwicked sisters liave done, therefore 1 esteem you,<strong>and</strong> shall keep you to embellish by your art thispleasant abode for the greatest king in the world,who, after he has given peace to Europe, will cometo repose himself, after his great toils, in thesecharming gardens. Find out new inventions everyday to please him, <strong>and</strong> add to nature all that thefairy art is capable of performing. But above all,that none may be unhappy in this abode of plea-Jures, go afterwards, prudent Serpenta, <strong>and</strong> deliverall those innocent victims from their enchantments,<strong>and</strong> bring them to me.'After this slie went, attended by Philonice, Anaxaiuier,<strong>and</strong> all her court, to the palace, where sheproiessed a great friendship for the princess, whileall her retinue gazed on her beauty with admiration,<strong>and</strong> were ciiarmed Mith her graceful mien.In the mean time Serpenta returned, leading Cleonice,followed by iier dear dragon, <strong>and</strong> presentedlier to the princess, <strong>and</strong> after telling her that shedeserved her protection, related all her misfortunes; which raised so much pity in the breast ofthe beneficent princess, that, unwilling to defer herhappiness any longer, touched Philoxipus, who immediatelyquitting that terrible form, appeared thesame as when he gained his charming spouse'sheart; who was so overjoyed, that if Philonice hadnot supported her she had fainted in that ecstas}-.After them came tlie two turtles, who recoveringtheir former shapes, thanked the divine princess,<strong>and</strong> showed her, by their polite manner of address<strong>and</strong> paying their compliments, that they v.-ere notunworthy the relief Heaven had sent them. Atthe same time, the statues on the terrace, re-ani-


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 401mated with the same life the malicious fairies hadtaken, came <strong>and</strong> made the hall ring again with thepraises they bestowed on the princess. But in themidst of all this joy, Melicerta was absent, as wellas the friendly Elisa, who was not suffered by theking of monsters to follow Philonice, <strong>and</strong> who wereboth ignorant of this surprising cliange, <strong>and</strong> pouredforth torrents of salt tears. But when Serpentatold the princess that Uphidamentus's enchantmentcould not be destroyed but by her presence, shehastened to the rocky cave, just when they, throughdespair, had relinquished all hopes. So melancholy<strong>and</strong> beautiful a subject affected the greatprincess's compassion in so lively a manner, thatwithout the least delay she ran <strong>and</strong> uncovered thecoffin in which Uphidamentus lay, who at the sameinstant rose <strong>and</strong> got out. But if Melicerta <strong>and</strong>Elisa were astonished to see the princess, howmuchmore surprised were tliey to see Uphidamentusalive? Melicerta, without regarding who haddelivered him from the fetters of cold death, ran<strong>and</strong> embraced the dear object of her tenderness,while Elisa did the same to Philonice ; but at last,reflecting on, <strong>and</strong> ashamed of their ill conduct,they went <strong>and</strong> asked their kind benefactress's pardon,who, never weary of doing good, asked Serpentaif any more unfortunates stood in need of herassistance. The fairy told her, none could be unhappywlierever she was, <strong>and</strong> that she had done'enough for that time. Come then,' said the princess,let us go taste the sweets of that repose we'want, <strong>and</strong> leave this place, which cannot be overagreeable to Melicerta.'After these words, they all left that horrible den,<strong>and</strong> rfturned to the palace, where, persuaded thatthey had nothing more to fear, they enjoyed a perfecthappiness. When it grew late in trhe eveningthey all took their leaves of the princess, <strong>and</strong> retiredto their apartments, where they had the moreliberty of discoursing in private, <strong>and</strong> tasted so


402 TALES OF THE FAIRIES.much pleasure in entertaining each other on theirloves, that the night, in respect to those they hadspent so sorrowfully before, was gone before theycould well tell where they were. Above all, Melicertacould not forbear asking Uphidaraentus howhe was conveyed into that coffin, <strong>and</strong> how he livedin it so long without being stifled. 'I cannot tellyou, charming Melicerta,' said he, 'by what enchantmentI lived <strong>and</strong> died every day since I returnedfrom making a campaign ; but you mayeasily judge of my despair ^hen I lost you : I retiredto my own apartment, resolved never to seemy country more till I had found you, <strong>and</strong> withthese thoughts went to bed, <strong>and</strong> without knowinghow, I was transported in that coffin in which youfound me. I awoke every day just as if it had beeaout of a deep sleep, found myself confined in thatabode of the dead, endeavoured to get out, sighed,heard you, <strong>and</strong> then falling again into my formerlethargy, became insensible. You know as well asI how long the time was; <strong>and</strong> all I can tell youis, that my heart ever burnt with the same flamathat your bright eyes first kmdled.'Uphidamentus here finished his discourse, <strong>and</strong>Melicerta having told him that it grew late, he retired,as did also all the other lovers. The nextmorning the fairy Serpenta prepared magnificenthabits covered over with gold <strong>and</strong> jewels, for theadorable princess, which she accepted of very favourably,<strong>and</strong> mounting a triumphal chariot, which thesovereign princess taking as great a fancy tofairy had also provided for her at the palace-gates,went, attended by these illustrious slaves, to meetthe victorious king, to whom she presented all thosecharming persons, <strong>and</strong> whom he received with an airof gr<strong>and</strong>eur <strong>and</strong> sweetness natural to him. He wassurprised at the sight of so many beauties, especiallywith Philonice's, <strong>and</strong> was besides so muchtaken with the good mien of her lover, that hewished he would but reside at his court; <strong>and</strong> thePhi-


TYRANNY OF FAIRIES DESTROYED. 403lonice, told her that night, tliat she could notresolve to part with her. Pliilouice made answer,that she was too happy in being prevented by hergoodness from attaching herself to her; that shehad been informed by Serpenta that her motherwas dead, <strong>and</strong> in that misfortune nothing couldcomfort her but the dedicating her life to her service,,<strong>and</strong> therefore she might always comm<strong>and</strong>her.In the mean time great preparations were makingto solemni2e the sovereign princess's nuptials,than which none were ever more magnificent <strong>and</strong>gallant. All the princes showed their address iatournaments <strong>and</strong> horse-races, <strong>and</strong> the princesseswere dressed so richly, <strong>and</strong> in such variety of beautifulcolours, as showed the judgment of the fairySerpenta. But among all these beauties, the lovelyprincess's charms were so piercing that none couldlook on her without admiration. After this feastwas over, which lasted nine days, in which therewas shown all the gr<strong>and</strong>eur that a powerful monarch<strong>and</strong> a skilful fairy were capable of settingforth, Uphidamentus taking upon him to pay thecompliment of all the princes, as Melicerta did forthe princesses, told the happy bride <strong>and</strong> bridegroom,that they should always preserve a livingremembrance of all their favours, <strong>and</strong> so took theirleaves. The fairy Serpenta, that nothing might bewanting on her part, provided equipases suitableto all their births, <strong>and</strong> in her adieu promised theman eternal friendship. But when Philonice, Melicerta,<strong>and</strong> Cleonice, came to part, a flood of tearspoured down from their eyes, though the last hadnot far to go. In short, they ail embraced withgreat love <strong>and</strong> a sincere friendship, <strong>and</strong> in a little "time arrived, without any ill accident, in theirprincipalities, <strong>and</strong> gave new joy to their subjectsby their presence.Philonice <strong>and</strong> the kind Elisa stayed behind withthe princess. Anax<strong>and</strong>er, prompted by bis love.


404: TALES OF THE FAIRIES.asked a recompense with so much ardour, that Philonicecould not refuse hira : their marriage washonoured by the presence of tlie king <strong>and</strong> queen;<strong>and</strong> the fairy, doting on that lovely person,crowned her with all the gifts she was mistress of.Anax<strong>and</strong>er, pleased with his happy fate, <strong>and</strong> servingso great a king, performed all the duties of a tenderliusb<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> preserved a growing passion.Printed l>jS. ilaniiltoD.VVeyliridge, Surrey.