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The Chevalier Bayard and Madame de Randan. A Tale of the fifteenth century.
M ADAME de Randan, of the illustrious gem, I am convinced he is enterpris.
W houlc of Miranda, becaine a widow ing. at twenty years of age, and wis incon. After these mort reflections the two foleable. Whatgrief was ever like hers, knights lat for some timc fient ; Aranye and whose eyes, fo young and to charm- thoughts were passing in their minds, ing, ever shed so many tears for a dead for they were both in love. It was the husband! The whole talk atcourt was of first inllant of their pallion, and that inthe mourning of the young widow. She stani is certainly lonactinis very combarno longer comfulled her mirror ; the def- railing. “ It would be a deritorious pised the decorations of dress, and vowed act, laid Palice, to touch the heart of to io the snade of her husband that the fair and accomplished a la iy." " Curwould never more ule them: the muffled tainly, taid Bayard, and highly honourhertelf up in a hood like a nun, and yet, able :” and they relapicd again in:o fix in that disadvantageous artire, Madame lence. They looked at each other, and de Randan was the lovelicit of ali the wo• perceived that they were rivals. Let men of her time.
there, however, be no difference between The Chevalier Bayard, at the age of us, laid Palice. Let us swear hy Si Del. thirty, had already attaiued the appeila- nis, that whosoever shall be the uniuction of Bayard the dauntless and irre- ceisfui lover, snall immediai-ly yied proachable. Palice was proud of ha- without complaiut; and that is a third ving been named with universal applause thali enter the lifts the duarded candito the command of the army at Ravenna. date shall aslift the other, and be his comThese two preux chevaliers, who acted a panion in arms. Let us promise, on the conspicuous part in the field, were hard- faith of true knights, to relite our face ly known ai court, and they resigned to cels without reserve." " I swear,” said the gentle Bonnivet and many others, Bayard. They embraced and te paraied. the intire pofTeffion of court favour, con. The one took the road on the right tent themselves with military fame. Ben- hand, the other that on the left, but nive!, however, sometimes courted the both directed their steps to the horel of conversation of Palice and Bayard; his the fair widow. Bayari hal already frigid foul came to warm itself at the fire fet his foot within the threhold of its which animated them when they talked gate, when he law Palice cuising. llc of honour, and loyalty, and deeds of had all his life been above fufpicion or arms. Bonnivet repayed them with reproach. “ Enter, my Friend, a.id he tales of galantry, with the news and « to Palice, you are my fenior; gord anecdotes of the court. The fair wi- • night and luccels to you; I will redow had her turn. “What think you," " turn 10-morrow,' At thei: wore's he said he one day to the knights, of Ma- retir«d, and Palice was anavanced to the dame de Randan ?.“ By this hand,” widow. faid Bayard, "I never saw fo fair' a How thall I describe Malame de Ran. « daine." ~ Bethrew, me, added Palice, day. She wore a grey robe; hur init " but it is too much to weep so long for was unpowdered, and concealed bencin “ the dead." “ Dont you know, replied an immense hord which covered her iice. “ Bonnivet, that I have undertaken to A finall machine for weaving filk !ace " put a speedy termination to her win food before her, and a young borl, who “ dowhood: yes, indeed, the fair wi. was reading certain select : agus from 4 dow, let me tell you in confidence, the story of Godfrey oi Boulogne, was “ will not be displeased when I attempt to ofien interrupied by the wid, i wilot « dry her tears.” “Thou art a vain many a figis. This was the Hcline from • créature, said Palice.” « lie is a whom theie two brave Chevaliers were « braggart,” rejoined Bayard " Very about to contend. She acknowledged well, gentlemen, said Bonnivet, bleive the lionour of the Captai!i's visit, bui it the end," and he took his leave
made her neither more talkative nor What a strange man, said Palice, is more at eale. « You see before you, this Admiral B-nivet! When I con- faid Palice, a true knight who has just lider, replied Bayard, his behaviour to devoted himself wholly to your service.” a iady of high rank, into whose cham- “ How say you ! bid nie, with fur. ber he introduced himnielf by a frata- priza." It is uuc, fair lady : my hand,
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my heart, I lay at your teet.” Á: this ed me : Hot a brate ein, sto tedal the * * * a91 -as cen. Palice ways deitate nituei from my iroka was acted and bad almost in d 1-21. furrosried me its party 20 took Tre gor! be a fun, bacaforward the ne t e. Latenie hadice ny be. picture of V1.d. Ran a, 21.dile wid , havicut from his dios and feat for aster only an wet, poin!ed with her in the. « at broo: : rou hizber, Chee get to this namitin, I lote bin pol. valier faid be. “ isec-Ere of viery, Price is erret s dumb rec!2!, I am:wred.-Ant did you expect to an, i took is ease for that time by de. take Mlan alone?"_* No, my Lord, clasing i at he wouerer coast indir bu. I thought I had been followed bs my ing Col to diffcie ter heart to forget comrades."-" Toongh vod hal, you the dead, and !o have piny on the living could not hare fucceed."- ** They
Bara:d waited his ritorn with a de. were wier than I; they are free and I gree of impatience. “ Aizs! said Palice, am a prifoner."-* Wzat is the foresth Ine was al. in tears, she fewed me the of the French Army 4- " We remer po' trait of er bynard, and liave been reckon by numbers; but I can afure obt gd to retire with more hinge P" Baard you the foidiets are all choten men before krew the wc.th of Purce and did not wbom your's will never ftand."--Ttat flatter biofil. " I wil g horever tirpe will detert. ise; battle will to-mot*, fais he, and you mall know prove their valoar."'-- Would to God the esent."
it were to-moron,and that I were free."* The interview between cur Chevalier _You are free;Iike your freedord,and and the widow was not alogether the your courage ; if vru have any thing fame. Bayard was younger than Palice further 'o ak of me it fall be granted." and his fane * 25 greater. The beauteous I feil at his feet and befought him to widow wen; she hewed the portrait, ut pardon the rudeness of my replies. I Ine liftened to Bayard ; and when he bezzed nt; horse and my arms and took said to her, Madar, I will return the lease. Thus ended my adventure at replied in 2 low price," you will do me Milan. It was easy for Lajovic in give me a great kirols.”
back my liberty; but that which I have The Ceveler related to Palice the loft with you it is impoffible to recover." converlarion faishfuils. “ You will be Palice was informed of this ionz corre " the huge man, ja d the capiain; the versation ; for Bayard fai:hfol to his oath “ did not speak haif fo much to me.”Pa• concealed nothing from him. The next lice ir ade another attempt. The widow visit be paid the wilow he thought to was ftil. in tears, the picture was again make his court by detailing the circumpresented. Baya d returned ; and while stances of the battles he had fought from Palice was always treated in the fame Harigran :o Ravenna; but his labour way, the Chevalier was making advances was loit; what interested the fair wilow daily. The fair widow began to turn when told bs Bavard, was ir upid when her eyes now and then to her mirror. related by Palice. This at Lift be pere There was however no change of dress, ceived. 16 The honour of this conquefi, no kini looks; but the wep: no more, faid he, is yours, Chevalier; I yield and and alwais prolonged the converiation retire. If a third rival appears, behold by quctions that demanded long an- me your companion in arms." Swers, which the Chevalier river gave the fair widow grew insensibly enzo wiin sur jent precifion. “ Tul me, moured of Birard, and his convería" said the, one day, the story of your tion, which at firft was only a pleafure 6 being mad: prifonop in Milan hy Lu- became at last a neceflity. She had quir“ dovi." " I was, laid Biyar, at the scd her grey attire,and had gradually rel,cad of a party of French; we were sumed her former dress. One would met by a party of I:aliars who attack: have said that the certainty of being beloved us vigorously: bosh fides were to ed inspired her with the wish to please. She anireated that the one did not know they took a fancy to re-appear af court, with were retreating nor the other that they a view of observing whether the did not were advancin, till we were at the gates still retain the pre-eminence over all the of Milan where the cry of turn, turn, beauties there. Bayard was the only wasrepeatedlyardeagerly uttered. I, who man who forgave the widow her return was inten: upon victory, was deaf to the to the world, and the was accordingly cry and thoughtlessly pursued into the always called at Court the Lady of the heart of the city. Immediately soldiers Chevalier. and citizens and the very women attack Spain having at that time renewed a
truce with France, the ambassadors of dress of the respective combatants, 'nor that power were received at Paris with with a description of the hopes and fears the greateft pomp. The entertainments that agitared their friends. Let it be sufgiven by Francis corresponded with the ficient to say that, after an obstinate and idea which the Spaniards, entertained of bloody encounter, the Chevalier Bayard his magnificence. The widow was one flew his opponent and came off victori. of thote who were chosen to figure in the ous. He immediately threw himself ballets, and she was always the most ap. upon his knees and returned thanks to plauded. One of the noble Spaniard3 God, three times killing the ground, who attended the embally, became ena. He was led away in triumph with the moured of her. But all his Terenades, sound of trumpets to the church, again and other efforts of gallantry were fruit- t give thanks for his victory, and thence less, and Don Alonzo soon learnt, that he proceeded to the fair widow. the heart, which appeared to him im- No one can paint the j y of this lady pregnable, bad a weak fide which lay but one who could paint her charming open to Bavard. The high reputation eyes and her whole perfon. All was of his rival did not intimidate him. The soul, and all, even her very fighs, was more of difficulty and of danger chat joy. From this moment love united appeared but stimulated him the more their hearts with his strongeft bonds. to the attempt.
Madame de Randan, sur ounded with Don Alonzo accordingly challenged a crowd of importunate lovers, now beBayard to single combat, which the late gan to dread the effecis of her beauty. ter did not refuse. Judges were appoint. The life of Bayard was become so dear ed, and Palice had the guard of the lifts. to her that she could not think of expof. The news of the duel was soon spread, ing it again to another hazard. and the Spaniards,considering Dun Alon- She therefore resolved to retire to a zo as the champion of their country, requestered manfion that belonged to her were anxious for his fate; while the. in the country. See did not however French made vows for the triumph of inform Bayard of her resolution, but she Bayard ; and thus a private quarrel be- faid to herself, he will perhaps coine ; and came almost a national concern. Me furnished a magnificent appartment
But who can defcribe the grief of the for him in the calle. " widow? She was the innocemcause of The ladies of our age, so decent and the combat, and accused herfelt for hay- so delicate, will perhaps be astonished ing appeared beautiful in the eyes of that the widow bould provide an appartDon Alonzo. How interesting a moment ment in her house for one not a husband: but was this for the soul of our Chevalier, this was the custom in days of old ; there who heard the soft confeffion, which he preux Chevaliers were discreet and refhad never dared to ask for, now uttered pectful lovers, and never failed to say, amidst a profufion of tears, of sighs and horni foit qui mal y pense. sobbings! He wiped away her tears Our wicow was occupied with Bayard and spoke comfort to her. As a pledge alone ; the ladies of these times are dirof love she tied round his arm a ribband, tracted with so many lovers that they can and gave him a picture. It was a Cuo afford to one but a Imall portion of senpid removing a widow's veil and wiping sibility ; and this distraction no doubt is off her tears with leaves of roles. The the lafeguard of their honour. But Chevalier received this picture on his alas! when one thiak, of none but one, knees, and after having kided it a thou- how necessary does that one become ! fand times, and a thousand times kified especially when that one is a Bayard ! the fair hand that gave it, he placed it The lady departed for her retirement in his bofom, and took his leave.
in the country, and the Chevalier, it is Palice led his friend to the lifts, mount. needless to say, did not, remain behind ed on a stately courfer; but the Spaniard They arrived in great ftate at Fertę chuling to fight on foot the Chevalier where magnificent preparations had been dismounted, the judges distributed the made for their reception; the old folarms to each, and both before engaging diers welcomed the gallant Chevalier fell down on their knees to recommend with honest hearts and inilitary honours, themselves to God, Then rising and while the young girls, of all the neighmaking the 'sign of the cross they pro. bouring villages, in their helt array, ceeded to the combat.
came out to meet the widow and preI shall not detain the reader with a fented her with flowers. particular account of the prowess and ad. How happy were our two lovers !
nome propear to them, of persons of quality, whose fears he m i ss think so tedious calmed by his discourse, and by the pre
.. Reading, and rural caution of placing two soldiers as a guard, o rter moit serious busi- to whom he gave a present of eight bune
we widow consented to dred crowns as an indemnification for
'orger. She had sworn the pillage of the house to which they sport in the name of Mons. were intitled. When his impatience to i nne could not break her join the army rather than his curr, which
Darriage therefore with Bay- was not compleated, determined him to Recevormen in private, and long depart, the mistress of the house tbrew 31.eret.
herself at his feet. • The right of war Dinimige of the happiness of this fond said the, makes you master not only of
les nece:Tars to have seen them. Our property but of our lives ; and you paire de Rondan had brought the have saved our honour; we hope how. Lavalier a daughter, destined to inhe ever from your generofiiy, that you will over mother's beauty, and her father's not treat us with rigour, and that you he pur. To fee Bayard, like another will accept of a prefent more suited 10
deter, take off his helmet not to tright- our fortune than to our gratitude. At co with its black and foreacing plumnes, the same time, the presented him with a the licrie infant which his wife, in an ex. box full of golden ducats. Bayard looktacy of conjugal love and maternal affece ed at her, and asked how many there rica, held out to him; to fee Bayard, the were. “ Two thousand five hundred, flower of chivalry, and the dread of the mv Lord, said the, but if you are not lafoes of France, lying on the green fod, tisfied, we will do every thing in our with a little child on his krices playing power to procure something more." with the helt of his sword-one must be 6 No, Mariam, laid Bayard, I will aca father one's self o conceive it.
cept of no money; thecare you have taOne day as he was amufing himief ken of me is beyond any recompence I in this wav, his friend Pajice came to can make to you; I only ak your friendfummon him to the field. He was not hip and beg you to accept of mine."surprised to find Bayard thus employed. A moderation to unusual afiected the laPeople in those days had not deviated dy more with surprise than with jer. She froin nature fo far as we have, and there threw herself again at the Chevalier's feet is a penetrating charm which attends and said he would not rise if he did not every action referable to her. The cap- accept of that proof of her gratitude. täin raw at once how matters stood. “ Since you will have it fo, said Bayard, " This is your danghter, Chevalier, I will not refuse you; but cannot I have
said he : what a charming little inro- the honour of Saluring your daughters be· cont!" and he lifted her up, and prefied fore I go?” When they came in he
her to Lis beart. Bayard blushed. “I thanked them for their attention to him, give you joy, my brave friend, said Pa- for their company and their kind endealice; allow mne to pay my refpectsto your vours to amule him in his diftress. “I wife”- Madame de Randan was in some would willingly testify my acknowledgecónfusion, but the foon recovered herself, ments to you, laid he'; but military reen and accepted the salutations of the cap. feldom have any jewels fit for periods of tain with a good grace. " You are go- your sex.' Your mother has made me a ing, said the, to take the Chevalier from present of two thousand five hundred dume, and to lead him to the field of dan- cais; I hope each of you will accept of ger,"_" To the field of honour, Ma- 'a thoufind as an addition to your dowry, dan." _"The king's will shall be obey. I define the remaining Give' huncred to ed," returned the with a figh. She weót the Nuns of this city who have been plus. immediately and prepared with her own dered, and I beg you will take the tri #hands the field equipage of the Cheva- ble to fie them properly distributed." lier, and the communicated to Boudin, It was thus that Bayard endeavoured his faithful squire, the secret of dressing to fofion the horrors of war. But while all fcits of wounds, with a box of me- he thus did honour to his country, and recines carelully made up froin herbs of was gloriously thedding his blood for the sovereign virtue by herself.
late there were not wanting persons at Bayard departed. Let us pass over the court who were forming plots against his adicus. In the first battle he was wound- domestic peace. Certain favourites who ed at the beginning of the action: he was remained with Francis I. in a Thame. ried off the field and taken to the houle ful inadlivity, and who attacked, at their
pleasure, the reputations of the brave and lier's own hand. The king read it. * I the beautiful, did not spare the fair in- ' know said she, and I am happy in habitant of the Castle of Ferte. Francis “ thinking, that it was not the wife of chid their calumny in that quarter, but « Bayard whom you meant to seduce." ftill he believed more of it than he ought “ No Madam, replied Francis, no ; upto have believed. He loved the sex, and « on the honour of a gentleman, justice Madame de Randan was so beautiful that. " shall be done to your reputation. I he grew desirous of seeing her, and as he “ own I have been impor d on, but I was an amiable, a gallant prince, and a « shall repair my fault. Bayard thall king, was it not natural for him to in- « always find a second in me when dulge some pleasing hopes? bug as he was "the honour of his fair spouse is attackever courteous, he wrote the lady a let- « ed.” ter informing her of his intention to pay So saying he summoned his attendants her a visit with only two attendants. and mounted his horse: “ Gentlemen
The lady answered respetfully, and the "faid he, as he took leave of the lady, Monarch'soon arrived at thecastle, where " I have been paying a visit to the wife he found her ready to receive him with- “ of the Chevalier Bayard ; Honni foit out the court. As soon as he saw her " qui mal y penje," he dismounted, took off his hat, and com- The lady latisfied with the manner in ing up, pulled off his glove, then killing which this visit had terminated, waited the hand the presented to him, led her with impatience for the return of the into the castle.
Chevalier ; but alas! Me was never to After the first compliments had pred see him more. and the king bad refreshed himfelf with Innumerabie faults, committed in that a flight collation, the two noblemen who compaign by Bonnivet, to whom the attended him, on various pretences, with- king had given the command of the drew. Francis immedia:ely began to army, madle it necessary for the troops to address the widow in a tone of gellantry, abandon their enterprise. The flower of and nobody knew better how to assume the French army was given in charge to the Monarch or the lover as occasion re. Bayard, in order to secure their retreat, quired. But, on finding in the present which he effected, but at the expence of case an unexpected refillance, he threw his own life. He was mortally wounded himself at the lady's feet. “ Sire, said by the shot of a musquet, then used for 6 she, bursting into tears, “ you rauft the first time; and having fallen from his “ have a very contemptuous opinion of horse he was carried to a little diftance “ me when you put yourles in that and laid at the foot a tree. • humble posture before me. Have you Here, with his face turned to the e“ forgotten that I am the widow of nemy and his eyes fixed on the cross of “ Monf. de Randan who formerly ren-' his sword, he recommended himself to “ dered you fuch signal lervices ?” The heaven and patiently waited his end. But king, piqued at this unexpected apoftro. did be forget Madame de Randani? No: phe, fórgot for a moment the respect he he dictated a letter to Boudin; his always shewed to the fex-* And have whole soul, tender and full of those virtues you, 'Madam, faid hr, not forgotten that dignified the character of the antiM. de Randan?” These words brought ent cavaliers, was poured forth in that a blush into the cheeks of the lady. letter. " Take, said he, take the name 4. Ah Sire, faid me, what have you been " of Bayard, and thus honour the me“ told of me?” “Madam," said he, « mory of a true knight who has loved inftantly aware of his imprudence, and " you while he lived, and who was all assuming as much respect as poflible, « his life without fear and irreproach“ I have been told that you are as vir.." ablc, ever zealous for glory, faithful " tuous as you are fair." " I know « to his king and true to his love." “ Sire, returned the, that it is to other The constable of Bourbon, as he was " reports of me that I am indebred for in pursuit of the fugitiv., palled by him ļ the honour of this vifit; you have been and was deeply affectes with his fate. "flattered, you have been imposed up. “ I am not to be pitid, fad this brave ” on. Yes, Sire, you have been imposed man; I die in the performance of my “ upon ; it is true I have forgotten M. `duty; but it is you who deferve pity, " de Randan ; the Chevalier de Bayard who are in anns against your country, " is now-my husband." Ar thefe words your king, your friends, your oath, your the opened a casket and took out the con- honour and your intereft," At this motract of marriage written by the Cheva- ment a page arrived froin the king with