机版Ischia is an Iland very neere to Naples, wherein (not long since)lived a faire and lovely Gentlewoman, named Restituta, Daughter to aGentleman of the same Isle, whose name was Marino Bolgaro. A properyouth called Guion, dwelling also in a neere neighbouring Isle, calledProcida, did love her as dearly as his owne life, and she was asintimately affected towards him. Now because the sight of her washis onely comfort, as occasion gave him leave, he resorted to Ischiavery often in the day time, and as often also in the night season,when any Barke passed from Procida to Ischia; if to see nothingelse, yet to behold the walles that enclosed his Mistresse thus.猎球者手机版猎球
机版While this love continued in equall fervency, it chanced upon afaire Summers day, that Restituta walked alone upon the Sea-shore,going from Rocke to Rocke, having a naked knife in her hand, wherewithshe opened such Oysters as shee found among the stones, seeking forsmall pearles enclosed in their shelles. Her walke was very solitaryand shady, with a faire Spring or Well adjoyning to it, and thither(at that very instant time) certaine Sicilian young Gentlemen, whichcame from Naples, had made their retreate. They perceiving theGentlewoman to be very beautifull (she as yet not having any sightof them) and in such a silent place alone by her selfe: concludedtogether, to make a purchase of her, and carry her thence away withthem; as indeed they did, notwithstanding all her out cryes andexclaimes, bearing her perforce aboard their Barke.猎球猎球者手机版机版Setting sayle thence, they arrived in Calabria, and then theregrew a great contention betweene them, to which of them this bootyof beauty should belong, because each of them pleaded a title toher. But when they could not grow to any agreement, but doubtedgreater disasters would ensue thereon, by breaking their former leagueof friendship: by an equall conformity in consent, they resolved, tobestow her as a rich present, on Frederigo King of Sicille, who wasthen young and joviall, and could not be pleased with a better gift;wherefore, they were no sooner landed at Palermo, but they didaccording as they had determined. The King did commend her beautyextraordinarily, and liked her farre beyond all his other Loves:but, being at that time empaired in his health, and his body muchdistempered by ill dyet; he gave command, that untill he should bein more able disposition, she must be kept in a goodly house of hisowne, erected in a beautifull Garden, called the Cube, where she wasattended in most pompous manner.Now grew the noyse and rumor great in Ischia, about this rape orstealing away of Restituta; but the chiefest greevance of all, was,that it could not be knowne how, by whom, or by what meanes. But Guiondi Procida, whom this injury concerned much more then any other: stoodnot in expectation of better tydings from Ischia, but h earing whatcourse the Barke had taken, made ready another, to follow after withall possible speede. Flying thus on the winged winds through the Seas,even from Minerva, unto the Scalea in Calabria, searching for his lostLove in every angle: at length it was told him at the Scalea, thatshee was carryed away by certaine Sicillian Marriners, to Palermo,whither Guion set sayle immediately.猎球机版After some diligent search made there, he understood, that she wasdelivered to the King, and he had given strict command, for keepingher in his place of pleasure, called the Cube: which newes were nota little greevous to him, for now he was almost quite out of hope, notonely of ever enjoying her, but also of seeing her. Neverthelesse,Love would not let him utterly despaire, whereupon he sent away hisBarque, and perceiving himselfe to be unknowne of any; he continuedfor some time in Palermo, walking many times by that goodly place ofpleasure. It chanced on a day, that keeping his walke as he used todo, Fortune was so favourable to him, as to let him have a sight ofher at her window; from whence also she had a full view of him, totheir exceeding comfort and contentment. And Guion observing, that theCube was seated in a place of small resort; approached so neere aspossibly he durst, to have some conference with Restituta.
猎球机版As Love sets a keene edge on the dullest spirit, and (by a smalladvantage) makes a man the more adventurous: so this little time ofunseene talke, inspired him with courage, and her with witty advice,by what meanes his accesse might be much neerer to her, and theircommunication concealed from any discovery, the scituation of theplace, and benefit of time duly considered. Night must be the cloud totheir amorous conclusion, and therefore, so much thereof beingspent, as was thought convenient, he returned thither againe, providedof such grappling-yrons, as is required when men will clamber, madefast unto his hands and knees; by their helpe hee attained to thetop of the wall, whence discending downe into the Garden, there hefound the maine yard of a ship, whereof before she had given himinstruction, and rearing it up against her Chamber window, made thathis meanes for ascending thereto, she having left it open for hiseasier entrance.猎球详情