备用By this time Madam Philomena, at command of the King, (MadamPampinea ceasing) prepared to follow next in order, whereupon thus shebegan. What is it (Gracious Ladies) that Kings cannot do (if theylist) in matters of greatest importance, and especially unto such asmost they should declare their magnificence? He then that performethwhat he ought to do, when it is within his owne power, doth well.But it is not so much to bee admired, neither deserveth halfe thecommendations, as when one man doth good to another, when least itis expected, as being out of his power, and yet performed. In whichrespect, because you have so extolled king Piero, as appearing notmeanly meritorious in your judgements; I make no doubt but you will bemuch more pleased, when the actions of our equals are duly considered,and shal paralell any of the greatest Kings. Wherefore I purpose totell you a Novel, concerning an honorable curtesie of two worthyfriends.乐投备用开户开户
乐投At such time as Octavius Caesar (not as yet named Augustus, but onlyin the office called Triumveri) governed the Romane Empire, theredwelt in Rome a Gentleman, named Publius Quintus Fulvius, a man ofsingular understanding, who having one son, called Titus QuintusFulvius, of towardly yeares and apprehension, sent him to Athens tolearne Philosophy, but with letters of familiar commendations, to aNoble Athenian Gentleman, named Chremes, being his ancient friend, oflong acquaintance. This Gentleman lodged Titus in his owne house, ascompanion to his son, named Gisippus, both of them studyingtogether, under the tutoring of a Philosopher, called Aristippus.These two yong Gentlemen living thus in one Citty, House, and Schoole,it bred betweene them such a brother-hoode and amity, as they couldnot be severed from one another, but only by the accident of death;nor could either of them enjoy any content, but when they were bothtogether in company.备用乐投备用开户开户Being each of them endued with gentle spirits, and having beguntheir studies together: they arose (by degrees) to the glorious heightof Philosophy, to their much admired fame and commendation. In thismanner they lived, to the no meane comfort of Chremes, hardlydistinguishing the one from the other for his Son, and thus theSchollers continued the space of three yeares. At the ending wherof(as it hapneth in al things else) Chremes died, whereat both the youngGentlemen conceived such hearty griefe, as if he had bin theircommon father; nor could the kinred of Chremes discerne, which ofthe two had most need of comfort, the losse touched them so equally.乐投备用It chanced within some few months after, that the kinred of Gisippuscame to see him, and (before Titus) avised him to marriage, and with ayong Gentlewoman of singular beauty, derived from a most noble housein Athens, and she named Sophronia, aged about fifteen years. Thismariage drawing neere, Gisippus on a day, intreated Titus to walkalong with him thither, because (as yet) he had not seene her.Commingto the house, and she sitting in the midst betweene them, Titusmaking himselfe a considerator of beauty, and especially on hisfriends behalfe; began to observe her very judicially, and everypart of her seemed so pleasing in his eie, that giving them al aprivat praise, yet answerable to their due deserving; he becam soenflamed with affection to her, as never any lover could bee moreviolentlie surprized, so sodainly doth beauty beguile our best senses.
开户乐投After they had sate an indifferent while with her, they returnedhome to their lodging, where Titus being alone in his chamber, beganto bethink himselfe on her, whose perfections had so powerfullypleased him: and the more he entred into this consideration, thefiercer he felt his desires enflamed, which being unable to quench, byany reasonable perswasions, after hee had vented foorth infinitesighes, thus he questioned with himselfe.Most unhappie Titus as thou art, whether doost thou transport thineunderstanding, love, and hope? Dooest thou not know as well by thehonourable favours, which thou hast received of Chremes and his house,as also the intire amity betweene thee and Gisippus (unto whom faireSophronia is the afflanced friend) that thou shouldst holde her in thelike reverent respect, as if shee were thy true borne Sister? Darestthou presume to fancie her? Whether shall beguiling Love allurethee, and vaine immaging hopes carrie thee? Open the eyes of thybetter understanding, and acknowledge thy selfe to bee a mostmiserable man. Give way to reason, bridle thine intemperate appetites,reforme all irregulare desires, and guide thy fancy to a place ofbetter direction. Resist thy wanton and lascivious will in thebeginning, and be master of thy selfe, while thou hast opportunity,for that which thou aimest at, is neyther reasonable nor honest. Andif thou wert assured to prevaile upon this pursuite, yet thououghtst to avoide it, if thou hast any regard of true friendship,and the duty therein justly required. What wilt thou do then Titus?Fly from this inordinate affection, if thou wilt be reputed to be aman of sensible judgement.备用详情