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" And, for me, Doctor, completely bolthe rear 16 Enough, enough, I have no ear forl smith was ever engaged in, mined to come down in the country, and Magazine, and had suffered a sal build you an ice-house. Indeed, my be inserted therein, dear Doctor," I replied, "you will not; but someone

During the afternoon some literary dis-' reserve.”+ You do, Doctor, and some pute arose : but Johnson sat silent, till times catch a Tartar."--" If it were not the Dean of Derry, very respectfully for me, he would be insufferable: if you said, “We all wish, Sir, for your opinion remember, the last time we ever supped on the subject.” Johnson, inclined his together, he sat sulky and growling, byt, head, and never shone more in his life I resolved to fetch him out.' " You did, than at that period; he replied, without" and at last he told you that he would have any pomp, he was perfectly clear and no more of your fooleries." explicit, full of the subject, and left It was always thought fair by some nothing undetermined. There was a persons to make what stories they pleased pause, and he was then hailed with aston-1 of Dr. Goldsmith, and the following was ishment by all the company. The evening steely circulated in ridicule of him, " That in general passed off very pleasantly he attended the Fantoccini in PentonSome talked perhaps for amusement, and street, and that froin envy he wished to others for victory. We sat very late, and excel the dexterity of one of the puppets,". the conversation that at last ensued, was Mr. Joseph Cradock was of the party, and the direct cause of my friend Goldsmith's' remembered no more than that the Doctor, poem, called * Retaliation;"},,750,

the Rey. Mr. Ludlam of St. John's Cols Dr. Goldsmith and myself never quarut lege, and some others, went together to relled'; for he was convinced that I see the puppet-show, that we were all had a real regard for him, but a kind greatly entertained, and many idle remarks of civil sparring continually took place might possibly be made by all of us during between us. You are so attached," the evening

Mr. Ludlam afterwards says the Doctor, to Hurd, Gray, laughingly declared, that'he believed he and Mason, that you think nothing must shut up all his experiments' at Camgood can proceed, but out of that formal bridge and Leicester in future, and take school ;- but now I'll mend Gray's elegy lectures only, during the winter, from by leaving out an idle word in every line! Fantuccinis, and the expert mechanists of spoil it.”

real fault of Dr. Goldsmith 1 1332 was, that if he had thirty pounds

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in hopes of The plowman homeward plods his way froid doubling the sum, would generally return 21 .1111.14.98 leaders to town without any part of it.

worst affrays that Dr. Gold.

was with W? Evans the bookseller, of Paternoster-row. (a ), I am Evans was of make some stay with you, and I will sive

not only the Doctor,

the highest respectabiyou have got the strangest notion in the lity. The Doctor, unfortunately, went to world of making amends to your friends dine with the family in Westminster, just wherever you yo ; I hope, if you favour after they had read this insulting article, me with a visit, that you will consider and they were all most highly indignant that your own company is the best rea at it, The Doctor agonized "all dinnercompense.”//“Well,says Goldsmith, time; but as soon as possible afterwards, “ that is civilly enough expressed ; but I he stole away, set off in great 'haste for should like to build you an ice-house. I Paternoster-row, and caned Evans in his have built two already, they are perfect, own shop: This was every way a terrible and this should be a pattern to all your affair, and I' privately consulted with Dr. country.

Johnson concerning it. He said " that “I dined yesterday," says he, laying this at any time would bave been highly down his papers,

. in company with prejudicial to Goldsmith, but particularly three of your friends, and I talked at every now," and he advised me, as I was intimate thing.” And they would spare you in with both, that I should call upon Eyans, nothing." -- I cared not for that," I pera and endeavour to get the matter adjusted. sisted, but I declare solemnly to you, that I followed his advice; and Evans really though I angled the whole evening I never behaved very kindly to ine or the occasion. once vbtained a bite."

I truly urged that this publication had “ You are all of you,” continued he, cut off Dr. Goldsmith from the society of \ absolutely afraid of Johnson, - now í one of the most friendly houses that he attack bim boldly, and without the least had ever frequented, and that he could not

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have tortured him in a more tender point." Sir Emeric's paroxysms, the stranger apEvans calmly attended to me; and after proached him, and tapping him ou the much negociation, and the interference of shoulder, said in a low but distinct tone several discreet friends, this vexatious of voice, “ Then the tale that was told to affair was at last finally got rid of. The me is true." name of Johnson on such an affray, will “ Ha !” said the Governor, starting perhaps remind the reader that he himself and grasping his sword, " who and what once knocked down a very worthy book- art thou? What is the tale that has been seller in his own shop, at Gray's Inn (as told thee ?" related by Boswell.) The story was cur

" That Sir Emeric de Pavia is a trairently reported, and caused the following tor!" said the stranger. extempore, which has never extended " Dastard and liar !” said the Goverbefore beyond a private circulation :

“ who and what, I say again, art

thou that darest to call Emeric de Pavia a “When Johnson, with tremendous step, and traitor ?” slow,

“ Behold !” said the stranger, flinging Fully determin'd, deigns to fell the foe, E'en the earth trembles, thunders roll around, back his mantle and exhibiting the fine And mighty Osborne's self lies levell’d with majestic features of a man about thirtythe ground.

five years of age, which were well known

to Sir Emeric. The latter fell on his “ Lie still, Sir,” said Johnson,

knees, and in a suppliant tone exclaimed, you may not give me a second trouble !"


, my most gracious liege, guilty, -Mr. Nichols once asked Dr. Johnson, pardon, pardon !"*. if the story was true.”-“ No, Sir, it “Emeric,” said King Edward, for it was not in his shop, it was in my own was he, “thou knowest that I have enCradock's Memoirs. trusted to thee what I hold dearest in this

world, after my wife and children,-I mean the town and castle of Calais, which

thou hast sold to the French, and for THE CHAPLET OF PEARLS., which thou deservest death."

“ Ah! gentle King, have mercy on SIR EMERIC DE Pavia, a valiant me!” said the Governor ; all that you Lombard, whom King Edward the Third have charged me with is true, most true; had made Governor of Calais, was walk- but there is yet time to break the dising moodily on the ramparts of that town: graceful bargain. I have not yet received his step was hurried and impatient. He

one penny of the filthy lucre for which often raised his hand and passed it rapidly I agreed to deliver this town and castle to across his brow, as if he would by that

your Grace's enemies." act wipe away some torturing recollection

Emeric,” said the King, raising him from his brain. Sometimes he stamped from his suppliant posture, “I have loved furiously on the ground, and at others sat thee well, and even from a child have down on the battlements; and while he loaded thee with marks of my favour. leaned his head on his clenched hands, Your plot, well and secretly contrived as the sweat poured from his brow, and his it was, could not be kept hidden from me. whole frame shook convulsively. At times I had certain intelligence of it a month he looked towards the sun, which had

News was then brought me at nearly attained his meridian height and Westminster, that thou hadst sold this was gilding the broad expanse of ocean, place to Sir Geoffrey de Charni for twenty the town and castle of Calais, and the thousand crowns, and that this day he is distant plains of Picardy with the full to proceed from St. Omers with his forces effulgence of his beams. At others he and arrive here at midnight, for the purstretched his eye across the Channel, and pose of receiving possession from thee. looked wistfully, yet fearfully, towards Was my information true or false ?" the white cliffs of Dover. So entirely “It was most true, my liege," said absorbed in his own reflections was the Emeric, again attempting to throw himGovernor, that he did not observe a per. self at the King's feet. son near him wrapped in a long black - Listen to me,” said the King, precloak, who seemed narrowly to watch venting him; “it is my wish that you his motions. The stranger's face was en continue on this treaty. When Sir Geofveloped in his cloak. At first he seemed frey's forces arrive, lead them to the to avoid coming in contact with Sir Eme- great tower; and on this condition I proric; afterwards, however, he crossed his path repeatedly, evidently intending, but not being able, to attract his notice. At

• See the Embellishment, illustrative of the length, during one of the most violent of above, page 49.


mise you my pardon. I have just arrived “ Thou art marvellously honest on a from England with three hundred men-at sudden," said the Lombard ; “ but to a arms, and six hundred archers, but have plain man's apprehension there seems to arrived so privily, that no one but thou be no such wondrous difference between knowest that I am here. The Prince of the tempter and the tempted, the briber Wales and Sir Walter Manny are with and the bribed, especially when the forme. Go with me that I may give you mer is breaking a solemn truce, as should directions for placing the men in ambus- entitle him to plume himself on his supecade in the rooms and the towers of the riority to the latter." castle. Sir Walter Manny shall conduct “ Lead on, lead on, Sir Emneric," said this enterprise ; and my son and I, who his companion, "we are e’en haggards, would at present remain unknown, will and thou art but coystril ; so, as thou fight under his banner.”

sayest, we need not quarrel as to which Again did the repentant Governor throw soars highest." himself at the feet of his sovereign, and At a sign from the Lombard, the drawagain did the latter raise him from his bridge was let down, and one of the gates suppliant posture, and assure him of his of the castle opened. Sir Odoart, having pardon, and of his entire oblivion of the entered

with his detachment, placed the intended treason, if he remained faithful bag in Sir Emeric's hands, saying, “ The to him at the present crisis.

twenty thousand crowns are, I believe, Sir Geoffrey de Charni, accompanied all there. I have not time to count them, by the Lord of Namur, the Lord de Cre- for it will be daylight presently." qui, Sir Odoart de Reny, and numerous Sir Emeric taking the bag from his others of the most distinguished among hand, flung it into a room, the door of the French lords and knights, arrived which he locked. from St. Omers, with all the forces be "Now, Sir Odoart,” he said, “ follow could collect, crossed the bridge of Neui!- me, and I will conduct you to the great let, and sat down about midnight before tower, that you may sooner possess yourthat gate of the castle of Calais which is self of the castle. Behold it there !” he called the gate of Boulogne. Here he added, pointing to a door before them. halted, to give time for his rear to come “Push back the bolts and enter.” Thvs up, and here he found Sir Emeric de saying, he disappeared. Sir Odoart and Pavia anxiously awaiting his arrival.

the French advanced : the bolts gave way “ My gallant Lombard,” said Sir at their touch, and the great door of the Geoffrey, “ is all well, and are you tower flew open. ready to deliver up possession of the At that moment, a cry of “ Manny, castle ?

Manny, to the rescue!” rang in their “ All is well, Sir Knight,” said the ears, and about three hundred men, armLombard, " and the castle is yours on ed with swords and battle axes, rushed payment of the twenty thousand crowns." upon Sir Odoart and his little band. They

« Then Sir Odoart de Reny," said Sir seemed to be commanded by a knight in Geoffrey, addressing that Knight, who green armour, who advanced before them. stood by his side, “ take with you twelve “What!" said he to Sir Oduart, who, knights and one hundred men-at-arms, seeing the impossibility of resisting so and possess yourself of the castle. That disproportionate a force, had given up his once in our power, we shall soon be mas. sword to him, while his followers innitated lers of the town, considering what strength his example, “ do these Frenchmen think we have with us—that strength, should it to conquer the castle of Calais with such be necessary, may be doubled in a few a handful of men ?" days. Myself will remain with the rest “ Sir Knight,” said Odoart, “ that of the army here in silence ; for I mean double villain, the Lombard, has betrayed to enter the town by one of the gates, or us, or the standard of King Philip of not at all.

France had floated on the towers of this Thus saying, he delivered to Sir Odoart castle ere now. the twenty thousand crowns in a bag, “ The standard of King Edward," with instructions that he should give them said the Green Knight, “King of France to the Lombard as soon as the French and England, floats there now, and ill forces had crossed the drawbridge. betide the hand that shall attempt to

“ Thou art a very knave, Sir Emeric,” pluck it down. But let us onward said Sir Odoart to the Governor, as they to the gate leading to Boulogne :-guard mode together to the drawbridge, “ to turn well the prisoners. Manny, Manny, to recreant to so gallant and chivalrous a the rescue!” Thus saying, the captives king as thine. Thou hast earned the were shut in the tower, and the English crowns doubtless, but Heaven save me mounting their horses, made for the gate from entitling myself in the like manner to of Boulogne. uch a booty."

In the mean time Sir Geoffrey, with

his banners displayed, and surrounded by way through them with his battle- axe, his forces, was awaiting at the Boulogne Sir Geoffrey de Charni, Sir Henry du gate, with some impatience, the return of Bois, and Sir John de Landes, were all messengers from the castle. If this made prisoners by him; and scarcely had Lombard,” he said to the knight who one knight surrendered to him, before he stood next him, “ delays opening the gate was seen attacking another or defending we shall all die of cold.”

himself from the assault of numbers. He “ In God's name,” replied the knight, had many times, during the engagement, “ these Lombards are a malicious sort of attempted to come in contact with a people ; perhaps he is examining your French knight, Sir Eustace de Ribeauflorins, lest there should be any false ones, mont, whose extraordinary prowess struck and to see if they be right in number." ; as much terror among the English as that

The day was now breaking, and the of the Green Knight's did in the opposite gate of the castle was distinctly visible to ranks; they were scarcely able ever to those outside, when 'on a sudden it burst exchange a blow, before two large bodies open, and amidst deafening shouts of meeting where they were fighting, com“Manny, Manny, to the rescue !" a nu- pelled them to break off the engagement. merous troop of armed warrips, well At length, however, the Green Knight mounted, gallopped towards the French and his opponent met without the interforces. The Green Knight led them on, vention of any obstacle. The conflict preceded by the banner of Sir Walter around them was suspended, as if by the Manny; and numerous other banners, mutual consent of the combatants, and such as the Earl of Suffolk's, the Lord the two armies stood by and gazed at the Stafford's, and the Lord Berkeley's, were contention between their respective chamseen among the English troops. Be- pions.' Twice did Sir Eustace de Ribeautrayed ! betrayed !” said Sir Geoffrey de mont fell the Green Knight to the ground; Charni to those who stood about him. but he arose, like another Antæus, from « Gentlemen, if we dy we shall lose all; his fall each time apparently with renewed it will be more advantageous for us to strength and vigour. Their battle-axes fight valiantly, in the hope that the day were struck from each other's hands ; may be ours.

their spears, which were then resorted to, " By St. George !” said the Green shivered into a thousand splinters; their Knight, who had approached near enough swords were the only weapons left to them. to hear de Charni's words, “ you speak With these they held for a long time a truth-evil befal him who thinks of fly-, doubtful conflict, until at length that of ing !".theti, retreating a little, the English Sir Eustace de Ribeaumont broke against dismounted from their horses, and ad- the shield of the Green Knight, and the vancing on foot, for the most part armed latter, pressing irresistibly upon him, with battle-axes, they attacked the enemy: threw him to the ground, and planted his

The battle was short, but desperate and knee upon his breast. A tumultuous sanguinary. The English, incensed at shout of applause immediately burst from the treachery of the French, and the lat- the ranks of the English; and the French, ter infuriated at the unexpected opposition' who had already, although fighting with which they encountered, vied with each the utmost valour, been defeated at every other in the fury and zeal with which point, threw away their arms, and surthey contested the victory. Six banners rendered themselves prisoners of war. and three hundred archers left the main “Brave Knight,” said Sir Eustace to body of the English army, and made for his conqueror, I yield to your superior the bridge of Neuillet, where they found prowess, nor blush to be overcome by, the Lord Moreau de Fiennes, and the strength like yours.” Lord de Crequi, who guarded it. The “ Sir Eustace,” said the Green Knight, cross-bowmen of St. Omer and Aire were raising his fallen antagonist, and returning also posted between the bridge and Calais, him the sword which he presented him, and met a furious assault from their ene you of all men have least cause to mies. They were immediately discom- blush for the events of this day. By St. fited and pursed to the river, where more George ! I have eneountered many a tall than six hundred of them were drowned. and stalwart knight in my time, but never The knights of Picardy for a long time one who gave me so much trouble as you. maintained their post against very super have done." rior numbers; but reinforcements still “May I crave your name, courteous pouring in to the English froin the town, Knight,” said Sir Eustace, “that when the French were at length obliged to sur- the friends of Eustace de Ribeaumont learn render, or seek their safety in flight. that he had been vanquished, they may

The Green Knight performed prodigies know it was by the hands of one who has of valour. He was frequently seen sur- doubtless distinguished himself in many a rounded by the enemy, but hewing nis fiercer field than this.”

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's Sir Eustace,” said the Green Knight, countenance altered and assumed a severe « fear not that the most fastidious of expression. “Sir Geoffrey,” he said, “I your friends will think your fame for ho- have but little reason to love nour or valour tarnished by surrendering you wished to take from 'me by stealth' yourself to me. As for my name," he last night, and during the continuance of i added, lifting his beaver, “when next a solemn truce, what had given me so ? you see these features you will know it. much trouble and cost me so large a sum Shall you remember them ?"

of money to acquire. I am, however, They are features, Sir Knight,” said rejoiced to have detected and frustrated de Ribeaumont," which when once seen your attempt. You were desirous of gainare not easily forgotten ; but I would ing Calais town and castle at a cheaper speedily pay my ransom money and re rate than I did, and thought that you could gain my liberty-when, therefore, I pray purchase them for twenty thousand crowns; you, shall we meet again ?".

but through God's assistance you have To-night at supper, in Calais castle,” been disappointed.” said the Green Knight ; and as he spake, This rebuke was given with so much the conquerors and the prisoners simulta- dignity and feeling, that Sir Geoffrey was neously moved towards the gate of Bou-' unable to utter a syllable in his defence, ? logne.

and the King passed on unanswered. The That evening a superb banquet was last person whom he addressed was Sir : given in the castle of Calais, to which the Eustace de Ribeaumont, who stood at the French and English knights were alike hall door through which the monarch was invited." There was no distinction made about to make his exit, and fell on his between the guests of the two nations, knees before him. except that the tables of the prisoners 6. Sir Eustace de Ribeaumont," said the were more superbly decorated, and more King, extending his hand to him, and profusely supplied than those of the cap. raising him, " of all men living you are tors. A table was placed on an elevated the knight whom I have found most vaplatform at the end of the room, the seats liant as well in attacking his enemy, as at which were not occupied at the time in defending himself. I never found any that the principal part of the company was one in battle who gave me, body to body, assembled ; but the ‘astonishment of the 'so much to do as you have given me toFrench 'knights was extreine, when the day. I adjudge the prize of valour to doors were thrown open, and the King of you, above all the knights of my court, England, the Prince of Wales, and a nu as what is justly due to you." merous train of the most distinguished The knight would have expressed his barons and warriors of England, entered sense of the honour. conferred, but the the room. As yet they had imagined that King stopped him by taking the chaplet » the most eminent person in the ranks of of pearls, which was very rich and handtheir opponents had been Sit. Walter some, from his own brow, and placing it Manny. The wonder and interest of Sir on Sir Eustace's head : “ Sir Eustace,' Eustace de Ribeaumont were, however, he added, “I present this chaplet to you the most intense of all; for, as he gazed as the best 'combatant this day of either on the features of him who wore the crown party, whether French or English ; and and held the sceptre, he recognized the I beg you to wear it this year at fesțivals, Green Knight, and perceived that he had for my sake. You are a personable genbeen 'opposed in single combat to the tleman, young and amorous, and well King of England.

accepted among the ladies; wherefore, if The banquet passed off cheerfully, with you will only wear it at all public balls, many expressions on the part of the French- and declare unto them that the King of men, of wonder and delight at the distin- England gave it to you as the reward of guished rank of the persons to whom they your valour, I will now release you from had been opposed, and the courtesy with your captivity, quitting you wholly of which they were treated. At its con- your ransom. clusion, King Edward rose from his seat, Thus saying, the King left the hall, and having laid aside his crown, advanced after the knight, wkose feelings could not bareheaded, except that he wore a chaplet find utterance, had knelt down and kissed of fine pearls around his head, down the the monarch's hand in token of gratitude hall, attended by his son and the lords and acquiescence. Not only did Sir Euswho had sat down at table with him, for tace de Ribeaumont, as long as he lived, the purpose of retiring from the assembly. wear the chaplet in remembrance of the As he moved down the hall the knights gift of so renowned a prince, but his farose up, and he entered into familiar mily ever afterwards bore for their arms and courteous conversation with them, three chaplets garnished with pearls. especially with his prisoners. As hé Neele's Romance of History.' approached Sir Geoffrey de Charni, his

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