凯发网 Messer Guiglielmo of Rossiglione having slaine Messer GuiglielmoGuardastagno, whom hee imagined to love his wife, gave her his heartto eate. Which she knowing afterward, threw her selfe out of an highwindow to the ground; and being dead, was then buried with her friend.
凯发网You are to understand then, that Coppo di Borghese Domenichi, whowas of our owne City, and perhaps (as yet) his name remaineth in greatand reverend authority, now in these dayes of ours, as welldeserving eternall memory; yet more for his vertues and commendablequalities, then any boast of Nobility from his predecessors. This man,being well entred into yeares, and drawing towards the finishing ofhis dayes; it was his only delight and felicity, in conversation amonghis neighbours, to talke of matters concerning antiquity, and someother things within compasse of his owne knowledge: which he woulddeliver in such singular order (having an absolute memory) and withthe best Language, as very few or none could do the like. Among themultiplicity of his queint discourses, I remember he told us, thatsometime there lived in Florence a yong Gentleman, named Frederigo,Sonne to Signior Phillippo Alberigo, who was held and reputed, bothfor Armes, and all other actions beseeming a Gentleman, hardly to havehis equall through all Tuscany.凯发网凯发网
凯发网This Frederigo (as it is no rare matter in yong Gentlemen) becameenamored of a Gentlewoman, named Madam Giana, who was esteemed (in hertime) to be the fairest and most gracious Lady in all Florence. Inwhich respect, and to reach the height of his desire, he made manysumptuous Feasts and Banquets, joustes, Tilties, Tournaments, andall other noble actions of Armes, beside, sending her infinite richand costly presents, making spare of nothing, but lashing all out inlavish expence. Notwithstanding, she being no lesse honest then faire,made no reckoning of whatsoever he did for her sake, or the leastrespect of his owne person. So that Frederigo, spending thus dailymore, then his meanes and ability could maintaine, and no supplies anyway redounding to him, or his faculties (as very easily they might)diminished in such sort, that became so poore; as he had nothingleft him, but a small poore Farme to live upon, the silly reveneweswhereof were so meane, as scarcely allowed him meat and drinke; yethad he a faire Hawke or Faulcon, hardly any where to be fellowed, soexpeditious and sure she was of flight. His low ebbe and poverty, noway quailing his love to the Lady, but rather setting a keener edgethereon; he saw the City life could no longer containe him, where mosthe coveted to abide: and therefore, betooke himselfe to his pooreCountrey Farme, to let his Faulcon get him his dinner and supper,patiently supporting his penurious estate, without suite or meanesmaking to one, for helpe or reliefe in any such necessity.凯发网凯发网凯发网While thus he continued in this extremity, it came to passe, thatthe Husband to Madam Giana fell sicke, and his debility of bodybeing such, as little, or no hope of life remained: he made his lastwill and testament, ordaining thereby, that his Sonne (alreadygrowne to indifferent stature) should be heire to all his Lands andriches, wherein he abounded very greatly. Next unto him, if he chancedto die without a lawfull heire, he substituted his Wife, whom mostdearely he affected, and so departed out of this life. Madam Gianabeing thus left a widdow; as commonly it is the custome of our CityDames, during the Summer season, she went to a house of her owne inthe Countrey, which was somewhat neere to poore Frederigoes Farme, andwhere he lived in such an honest kind of contented poverty.凯发网凯发网Hereupon, the young Gentleman her Sonne, taking great delight inHounds and Hawkes; grew into familiarity with poore Frederigo, andhaving seene many faire flights of his Faulcon, they pleased him soextraordinarily, that he earnestly desired to enjoy her as his owne;yet durst not move the motion for her, because he saw how choycelyFrederigo esteemed her. Within a short while after, the youngGentleman, became very sicke, whereat his Mother greevedexceedingly, (as having no more but he, and therefore loved him themore entirely) never parting from him night or day, comforting himso kindly as she could, and demanding, if he had a desire to anything, willing him to reveale it, and assuring him withall, that (itwere within the compasse of possibility) he should have it. Theyouth hearing how many times she had made him these offers, and withsuch vehement protestations of performance, at last thus spake.
凯发网凯发网Mother (quoth he) if you can do so much for me, as that I may haveFrederigoes Faulcon, I am perswaded, that my sicknesse soone willcease. The Lady hearing this, sate some short while musing to herselfe, and began to consider, what she might best doe to compasseher Sonnes desire: for well she knew, how long a time Frederigo hadmost lovingly kept it, not suffering it ever to be out of his sight.Moreover, shee remembred, how earnest in affection he had bene to her,never thinking himselfe happy, but onely when he was in her company;wherefore, shee entred into this private consultation with her ownethoughts. Shall I send, or goe my selfe in person, to request theFaulcon of him, it being the best that ever flew? It is his onelyJewell of delight, and that taken from him, no longer can he wish tolive in this World. How farre then voyde of understanding shall I shewmy selfe, to rob a Gentleman of his sole felicity, having no other joyor comfort left him? These and the like considerations, wheeledabout her troubled braine, onely in tender care and love to her Sonne,perswading her selfe assuredly, that the Faulcon were her owne, if shewould but request it: yet not knowing whereon it were best to resolve,shee returned no answer to her Sonne, but sate still in her silentmeditations. At the length, love to the youth, so prevailed withher, that she concluded on his contentation, and (come of it whatcould) shee would not send for it; but go her selfe in person torequest it, and then returne home againe with it: whereupon thus shespake. Sonne, comfort thy selfe, and let languishing thoughts nolonger offend thee: for here I promise thee, that the first thing I doto morrow morning, shall bee my journey for the Faulcon, and assurethy selfe, that I will bring it with me. Whereat the youth was sojoyed, that he imagined, his sicknesse began instantly a little toleave him, and promised him a speedy recovery.凯发网详情