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IN those days (continued Branor) there known to him the strength of her pafy I lived in Britain a nob'ı knight, called fion. Danayn the Rel, lord of the castle of Now, figure to yourselves a lady in Maloanc. Gyron the Courteous was his all the pride of beaucy, in the Hoiv.r of companion-in-ari's, and his friend ; thev youth and ardor of love, throwing here fwore to each other eternal fidelity, and Colf into the arins of the man who w 18 their friendship became a proverb in the burning for her, and then cincoive how country. The laily of Maloanc, Sir hard it would be to refit. How f * Danayn's, confort. w19 the most beautic even of the noft virtuous sult in. Le ful woman in all Britain, á couatry faz fo hard a sacrifice'-ut Gut is cool!, mous over the world for the charms of For friendship and hon vur, H1101 its fair. To see her without loving her Danayn, like aing s arm wis ilan was imponible: “ATuredly,” thought (words, stood bei veen hin und wie Gyron when he saw her first, the man of his friend : . Trink, trid je to ,py who should for a single night reft in “ think what thou art, and what I .

that lady's arms, might ask no more What would become of us wise. I # of life."

u mean enough to tak. a.ivantayı ot' ; From that moment he anxiously en. " this moment of weakn-is which puts deavoured to annid her, spoke to her file to my friend's honour and his wife's in dom, and never when alone, or other. “ mv power.” The guilty fair one wife but in the prelence of her husband; ftood abale:), and Gyion pleri. into whose true and generous heart no For grief and thime the would cerTulpicion ever enteret. Often thev rode tainly have died liad the frone moout for months together in fearch of ad. meni ailowe i herseli to suppose that he ventures in foreign lands, or repaired to had rej di her from wan of love. But the king's court, or wherever honour in her eyes had ferved her too faithfully, arms was to be won. When they re- and the human heart in such cafes.de fomed to Maloanc, Sir Gyron stuck ceives itief too willingly not to bilieve firm to his resolution, keeping the cove. more than the ey-s fie.“ He loves me, nant that he had made with his eyes, lo " said she to herself; did I not see the that whoever saw himn would have sworn “ strife of his foul..Oh! certainly his that the fair lady of Maloanc was nothing is heatt is uiltless.” And now Gyron more nor less to him than the wife of his appears to her the more amiable on ac. friend.

count of his honout, and her love for · Unfortunately, her heart was not fo such a man the more jurifiable. She ftrially guarded as his. Nya Giron apă even appiauds herself fecretly for her peared to her, the moment se law him, weakness, and thews it to him without As the man of all men to whom a noble referve by her looks. This was a hint lady could not deny the meed of love; to Gyron no longer to expose hi nfelf to and, without rellraint, she allowed her so dangerous a tempter. He therefore eye to gaze at and admire his minly left Maloanc, and went to Braunenthai, beauty, and without thinking any evils to visit a knight whose castle was situatThe at length drunk deep of the intoxia.ed there. In this place maly a day was cating draught of love, the called it (pen in hunting, lance-breaking, finging friendlip and courtesy, and deceived and dancing, and all manner of sports. herself yith names, till she could deceive But of thetic Gyron loon began to be herself no longer; and now the wound satisfied. 6. Were Danayn here too!" grew too manifest to be concealed from thought he ; “ I can no longer live withbim who alone could cure it.

"out my friend among the strangers." Woman's love, says the proverb, has What Thare the lady of Ma ounc might a falcon's eye. How much focver have in his satiety he did not chure to Gyron wished to avoid her, no sooner ask himself; in short he put on his are did his eyes meet hers, than the faw or mour, mounted his horse and re.urned thou ht the faw them glowing with the to Mal anc. Lire of love. In this persuasion the wait. Great was the joy of Danayn the Red ed for an opportunity of being alone with at the return of his friend, who lo loved bim, and when it arrived, he made him, that twin brothers could not love Vol. XII. No. 68. S

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one another more. And although they lady of Maloanc, accompanied in great had been so long companions, and had state by six and twenty knights, took the been so feldom Ii parate, yet was there high road. neither knight nor damsel in the castle When the day of the tournament ar. that knew the name of Gyron except rived, Danayn and Gyron threw every Danayn and his lady ; there he was ne- other knight from the saddle, nor was ver called any thing but the good knight. there any one that could in the least

Now it happened while Gyron was at withstand them. The univerfal question Maloanc, that there arrived a squire with was, with all the fpe&ators, who the two information to Danay:, that in seven black knights were ; but nobody knew day's would be held a folemn tourna- them except the lady of Maloanc, whose ment at the caftle of the Two fpers. eyes and whose heart were ever fixed on Immediately the two friends resolved to Gyron and his deeds. When he ap. de present, bat in black armour, that peared with his unblazoned field and they might not be known.

his naked sword amongft the troop of Wheå this refolution came to the knights that were fluttering about in the knowledge of the lady of Maloane, sne gandiest armour, with weapons inlaid W2$ overjoyed. For as the caftle of the with gold, she still faw nobody on the Two filters was bat half a day's journey plain but him. diflanit, me hoped that Danayn woud Many were the fair ladies and beaucarry her with him to the tournament. teous damfels that came that day to the " And Gyron, says the to herself, will caflle ; but they all appeared, beside the « go with us, and I shall have the ex. lady of Maloanc, like the homely briar « quifite delight of feeing him excel the round a full blowa rose. The hearts of « noblest and bravest of all the knights all the knights who saw her beat high ; « and king, there assembled.” For her and Sir Lac, the friend of King Meliad, heart always dwelt upon Gyron ; and like one fascinated could look on nothing although he had avoided her love ; he elfe, but food gazing as it all his facul was, and continued to be the paragon of tics had been abforbed in the ser fe of áll men in her eyes; and him only could fight. “ He is caught," said the king to the love : night and day, his manly himfelf; and then he began to talk to beauty, his courteous demeanour, his Sir Lac of the beauty of the lady, of her valour and honour employed all her ftate, of her more than royal attire, and thoughts; the would rather have been of the fix and twenty knights that at. his lady than the sovereign of the whole tended her. " The fix and twenty world; the fecretly vowed never to “ knights, said Sir Lac, are too weak a withdraw her affection from him ; The « guard for such a lady. So help me would willingly have lost her life for his "God, King Meliad, as I trust that if fake, and with him she would have con- “ I were to mect her in a wood, accomtentedly defcended to the very meaneft « panied only by these fix and twenty condition.

o knights, I mould win her from them So much taken up was the lady of « all." Maloanc with the thoughts of the tour. Sir Danayn being engaged at a tilt, pament, that the mentioned her with to knew nothing of this speech. But Sir be there that very evening to Danayn, Gyron was accidentally near enough to who with a mile gave his consent. overhear every word that Sir Lac faid to « Lady, said he, if you defire it, your the king. His heart kindled to think “ will shall be mine. I will send you to that ang man sould speak thus of the " the castle of the Two filters, accom- wife of his friend ; yet, thought he, the « panied as becomes a lady of your knight who could undertake so adventu• itate and rank; I will give you a re- rous a deed must certainly be of no ig. 6 tinue of damsels and of knights to noble mind. Sir Gyron therefore weat « guard you; but I cannot attend you up to him, and addreffing him with “ myself, for Gyron and I have resolv- courteous demeanour, gave him to un«6 ed to appear in black armour, and to derstand that he had heard what he had 6 semain there unknown."

just now said to the king. “I care not, Now when the rime came, both the "answered Sir Lac, nor do I think I should knights set ont, attended only with one « decline the adverture even if you yoursquire bearing their sword and shield, « self were one of the fix and twenty." and arrived, through many by-paths at Here they were interrupted by Dathe castle of the Two fifters; while the nayn, who came to Sir Gyron in hafte,

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and said, “ Brother, I am just now in- " will soon again assemble round you. “ formed that the murderer of my ne- " Let us in the mean time follow this “ phew is not far from this; I go in- " path which will no doubt lead us “ flantly in pursuit of him. Do you to- « again into the high road.” So say “ morrow morning return to Maloanc ing they mounted their horses and pro" and abide there till I come.” The ceeded. Lady joined in this request, and next day Now, when the lady of Maloanc, haythe set out with her train.

ing recovered of her fright, saw herself Gyron had not forgotten the words of thus alone with her knight, whom more Sir Lac; and no sooner had the Lady than all the world the loved, and refl.cleft the castle of the Two fifters than he ted on his manly virtues, and how at followed her at a distance. But Sir Lac, the tournament he excelled the bravest sot to mifs the charming booty, had set of the brave knights that were there, out early in the morning and concealed and how courteous and beautiful and himself in a thick wood through which noble he was in all things, bevond all the fix and twenty knights with their other inen she had ever known, her charge had to pafs. When they ap heart grew big, and the did not know proached he fell upon thern like lightning whether she should speak or how she from heaven, put them all to fight, and couid remain silent. Love and Shane carried off the lady:

contended in her bosom, the one urging Sir Gyron had accidentally loft the way her to speak, the other to be filent. Lady, that they had taken, but, as he was en- says Love, ipeak without fear; he cer. deavouring to regain it, fortune threw tainly will not refuse you again: the the robber in his way, who, full of trans. man does not deserve the name of knight port, was riding off with the booty. who could reject the proffered love of What happened may eafily be conceiv. such a lady twice. Lady, says Shame, ed. In a moment the two knights were on the other hand, beware of another engaged with the fury of lions, while attempt. Gyron loves Danayn so ftedthe lady stood by, wringing her hands, faftly and so truly that he would no: be and offering up fervent petitions to all unfaithful to him for any thing the the faints in heaven, more in behalf of world contains, B: assured he will reher friend than of herself. But the va- fuse you. Thus the lady remained unliant Sir Gyron did not hold her long in determined, and they continued to ride suspense, för he overthrew his opponent, on a long while without a word being and forced him to receive his life, at the uttered on either side. intercession of the lady.

In the mean time there was no small How excepie was her joy when the conflict in the heart of Gyron. As often found herself delivered, and by the hand as he turned his eyes on the lady his reof the man whom of all the world the solution was taken, and he thought that, loved ! How great was the joy of the could he once press her bofom to his, he knight at recovering her, and punishing would ask no more of life. To fruggle the confidence of the ravilher! Both longer he thought imposible, and not looked at each other for a while in filvery honourable to so beautiful a. woence, their whole foul in their yes. All man, and one who loves hiin, Every around them is woods and solitude and thing conspires to fecond their vithes; filence: he and she as it were alone in the time, the place so quiet, so Pulitary : the world. What a moment for the such another opportunity could hardly oblivion of friendship! But Gyron foon ever return. But, the wife of thy friend, came to himself, and stepping back a few of thy companion in arms, who loves paces, “ Lady, said he, now you are de- tice more than his own eyes! Heaven * livered froin that false knight, you forfend, that so brave a knight should * may proceed to Maloanc without in- be dishonoured by the man whose fideli"terruption."

ty he has so firmly trusted. How couldnt « My lord, said the, that Iam delivered, thou ever after lift up thy eyes to His? * thanks be to God and to your valiant or to those of any other person to a tom "arm: for I should have been for ever honour is sacred ! Nay, now couldīt * dishonoured had not your courage de thou ever endure thyself after such a " fended ine. But what can I nw do? deed ? " my attendants have all fled, even my Agitated with those diftra&ing thoughts * damsels have forsaken me.” « Lady, he continued to ride on beside the lady “ returned the knight, be comforter, in silence ; yet could he not forbear now - your people cannot be far off, they and then to let his eyes wander towards

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hers, and the oftener he looked on her lady of Maloanc heard these words, the fai: er Me feened. Twice or thrice And now as they rode onward a wind he was on the point of telling her so, ing path presented itse.f through the but some withheld him.

wood that led towards a brook. "Lady, At lalt it became neceslary for the lady " iaid Gyron, the fatigue of yesterday's of Malranc to give veut to the emotions « tournament, with the labour of this of her heart. “ Dear Sir," said me, “ morning, and the heat of the day, “ tell me, so may God prosper you in “ begin to oppress me; with your leave “ all your adventures, what is that of " I would willingly take a little reft at “ a. other things which can inspire a “ tha: brook which lies before us.” “ krigrit with the highest degree of va. " Sir, answered the lac'y blushing, as Go Iur and of courage ?•Lady, on- " you please.” Now when they reach“ 14 red Gyron, it is love, without ed the brook Sir Gyron dismouniet, and 6 dubt. Such is the power of true tied his horse to a tree. The place was “ love that it can transform, cowardice a cool grove by the brook, sweetly over, “ itfell into valour. And, believe me, madowed with trees and encircled with “ I should not have been able to deliver bushes, to ftill and so folitary as if it had as you from the power of Sir Lac, had been formed on purpose for lovers to reft $6 not love given me strength ; nor would in. Here he fet down the lady as he ¢ he, though one of the moft valiant of received her in his arms from her horse; “ knights have been able to conquer and then began to unarm himself piece by “ your fix and twenty attendants, had not piece, taking off his helmet, then un; ll the love he bore to you inspired him," buckling his corslet and shield he laid « How ! said the lady, and dors true them by the margin of the brook. A« love actuate you then?” “ Certain- bove all he put his good sword that bad “ Jy, taia he, and such love as I believe once belonged to that flower of chival. " no other knight ever felt. I consider ry, H coi the Brown, who dying had “ myselt as highly fortunate that I can given it to him, and for whose lake he " biaft of laving set my heart on the valued it more than he would have done * fairelt of her sex; and on her account a kingdom, But in this moment of in“ I have perforp ed actions that other toxication he thinks but little on his % wise I would hardly have attempted. (word, or on the duty of a knight. He " That I have performed them is owing has forgotten, for the first time in this “ only to her, and here is all the praise." life, the honousand fidelity of friendship,

The lady of Maloanc when the heard and the passion of love overcoming lim, her knight'talk tkus was filled with ex- has flifled every noble fueling in his breast. cess of joy; for her heart whispered her, Gyron is no longer Gyron, he has for. * if Gyron is in love, he loves thee and gotten his friend, the g rous, the un. o none else,” And as he ceased to suspicious Panayn, be has forgotten Ipak, " My lord, faid me, tell me I himleli, he is haftening with impa s pray you, so may God prosper you tience to disarm ; and the iair lady, in « in all your adventures, who is the la: fweet confusion, her eyes caft co the 4 dy who has been so happy as to in ground, and her heart throbbing with “ fpire Sir Gyron with a love so true." love and delise, Itands bluthing and fiient “ So help me God, said he, as that la. bifide him.' şi dy is no other than yourself, and At this very moment, his good sword so weli assured cuft you be of this which he had carelessly laid on the mar.

in your own heart. Yes, dearest gin of the brook, suddenly fell into the 4 lady, it is you I love and with such stream. At the noise of iis fall he farts a true and perfect love, as never knighted, he left the lady, and rap to save his “ loved." " Alas, returned the, do I sword; he drew it out, and wiping it “ not remember the time when you diy, turned it round and round to see if ço thought otherwise, wlien you scern- it was uninjured, when the golden ing 6 fully rejected the love I proffered to scription which Hector had caused to be & you? T«Il me, Sir knight, what you engraven on the blade flared him in the " would now have me bebeve.'! “Dear face. He fiopped and read it. « Let q ett lady, said Cyion, believe that I “ none but the virtuous wild this “ Wös then blind and infendible. But “ svord; Honour is above all. Perfidy « take me now for your own knighi, “ dilgraces all. Intamy attend the man 46 and be allurçd that no heart was ever “ who would lide a coward's heart in a 4 more true, or more passionate shan "licu's skin.” 9 mine."

Gyron sead this inscription again and Judge of the rapture with which the again, as if he had never seen it before,

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and like one relieved from the power of self to his friend, takes upon himself all enchantment, he food by the stream with the guilt, and conceals noihing from him the sword in his han, immersed in but the weakness of is wife. And when thought. “ Where am I? said he, God he had made an end of his confeflion, " ot Heaven! to do what a decd came reaching out his hand io Danayn, “ Par“ I hit her!" His knees trembled and "don me, Brother, said he, if thou failed him, and he funk down on the "canit, and ier ne die, but have not bank. The lady who had just seen him " my memory--for repeniance anticifo enraptured knew not what to think “ pated the crine. In my heart aione of this Tudden change, and, advancing " was the guilt, and my heart's blood towards him with anxious and timid « Thall expiate it.” mien, “ Sir Gyrou, said the, do you ail But the noble Danayn felt in that mo

ment the exalted nature of his frien i's Sir Gyron, without returning any an- virtue and his fidelity more than ever, Swer, continued to gaze ftedfastly on his Gyron's heart lay ope!), to him as his Sworl; the lady drew still nearer, and own; he begs of him to pardon hunin the softeft accents repeated, " Dear felf, conjures him by their by frienuship Sir, do you ail aught?

to live, and swears that he will tuve and "Do I ail aug hur returned the knight, honour him niore than ever. " with a deep ligh. So may Gou have Overcome by such goodness, Sir Gy"mercy on my soul, as after such an infi- ron at last consented to live, and was I delity to my friend and brother Sir Da- carried on a bier to the nearest caitle, "nayn, I think myself unworthy to live." where there dwelt a knighi an old friend And as he said this he began again to of Danayn's. This knight had a nicce, look earnestly on his sword, Thou who in beauty scarcely yielded to the " good Sword,” said he, in bitter grief, lady of Maloanc, and who was well « into whose hands art thou fallen fkilled in the virtues of plants, and in " How different a man was he who all the mysteries of the healing art. This * owned thee last? Treachery and infi- young lady secretly loved Gyron, and " delity never entered his heart his by her art and attension is wound was “ whole life long. Pardon me. I am cured in a few weeks. But fata' was " unworthy to wear thee longer, but the wound which the ariventure of the “I will revenge thee and him; for he brook had made in the heart of the lady " hoped better things of me when he of Maloanc. It was too weak to bear " confided thee to my hands:" With the sudden transitions from doubt to these words, before the lady could pre- hope, from hope to joy, and irom joy vent it, he thrust himself through with to Torrow. A fever seized her agitated the sword, and pulling it out, would have frame which in three days put a period again repeated the blow, had not the in to her life, and Gyron's name was the all the agonies of despair flung herself last word that trembled on her tongue. into his arms; “ Deareft Sir, cricd the, Here the old knight was filent; and " fpare, spare yourself for heavens sake, with a penetrating look beheld all the “ do not thus murder yourself and me for ladies and all the knights that lat round " nothing for imaginary guilt,” “Oh! the table, filent. The pearly tears trick** cried he, have me į beleech you. I led over the glowing checks of all the

am not worthy to live, and I will die virgins, and the eyes of all the knighis " rather than live in infamy " were cast on the ground. The lady

At this very moment Danayn was re- Guenever the Queen, who during the rig. turning from his expedition. He had lation, was sometimes pale as death, and overraken and punished the murderer fometines red as fire, io conceal ber agiof his nephew, and now he was haften- tation said with a ligh, “ It is a dismal ing back to taloanc to his friend, and "6 tale." as he was paffing through the wood not Then king Arthur rose up from the far from the brook, he thought he heard table, and all role up; and Arthur said the voice of sorrow; he instantly turn to Branor; “ A cliainber, Sir knight, ed, and lo! he faw Gyron lying on the ¢ is prepared for you in the caitle as ground all bloody, and his own lady long as you shall chule to remain wich Landing by, wringing her hands. Da- " us. « Sir king, replied the old man, nayn, without asking any questions springs « so may God prosper you in all your from his horfe and runs to the affiftance "6 undertakings, as I have vowed never of his friend. But Gyron retufes ail " in my life to sleep within the verge Iaccour, determines to die, accuses him. ” of a court,” The knights looked at

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