ページの画像
PDF

and, kissing the hand of her beneficent nursling, || aggressors : he soon wounded two, and made ihe she consented to the exchange.

other three save themselves by Hight. What Never did a monarch take possession of a || was his surprise at rucognizing in those he had palace with more joy than Don Pedro felt while delivered, Don Alonzo and his son, Henriquez! establishing himself in his nurse's chamber. As The young cavaliers of the town, who all paid soon as night arrived, Celestina appeared at her hom gelo Celestina's beauty, knowing that Hen. lattice; she promised to do the same every other riquez was going to rob them of her, had been evening, and faithfully kept her word, for each I wicked enough to cause their rival to be insulted twilight found her there. Thiese nocturnal meet- | by assassins, a species of villains too common in ings increased the passion which these lovers felt, Spain ; and without the valour of Don Pedro, and soon every hour was stolen from sleep, and the old miser and young scholar would have the whole day employed in writing to each I had some difficulty in escaping from their other. They enjoyed, for some time, this deli daggers. rium of happiness without interruption, when, un Pedro attempted to escape; but Henriquez, expectedly, Alonzo's son, Henriquez, Celestina's | who prided himself in having learned politeness destined husband, arrived from Salamanca, bring at Salamanca, swore that he should not leave ing with him, for his intended, a declaration of hiin that night. Pedro, in despair, had already love, written in Latin, which his professor had heard eleven strike. Alas! he little kuew the obligingly composed for him.

misfortune that awaited him. The lovers held a consultation at the lattice, ||

One of the ruffians he had put to flight, with meantime the old guardian was preparing the

his face concealed in his mantle, passed be-, marriage contract; and the day was fixed which

fore Celestina's window. The night was very was to make Celestina the wife of Henriquez. dark, and the unfortunate maiden, who had What was to be done? No alternative ren ai ed opened the grating while waiting for Don Pedro, but Alight. This, at tength, was agreed upon. They when she perceived the assassin, thought she saw determined to seek a refuge in Portugal, to begin him approach. She held out her hand to hiin by being united, and then to plead their cause with a inixture of impatience and joy, and prewith the old guardian. Celestina was to take senting the casket, said : “take our diamonds, with her a casket of diamonds, which had be.

while I descend.” At the word diamonds, the longed to her mother. These were very valu. ruffian suddenly stopped, seized the casket, and, able, and were to support the young couple until without saying a word, precipitately Hled, while Don Alonzo was appeased. Never was an un Celestina was employed in quitting her abode. dertaking conceived with more prudence,

Judge of her surprise, when alone in the street; Nothing remained but lo escape unperceived"; || she gazed around her, and could no longer descry and to accomplish this, it was necessary to possess

the person she had taken for Don Pedro. She at the key of the lattice. Celestina soon succeeded | first imagined he had proceeded onwards to avoid in this; and immediately it was settled that the suspicion; hastily walked forwards, and sought following night, at eleven o'clock, Don Pedro || him with her eyes, called him in a low voice; should. after having left horses in waiting at the l but no one answered her. Terror seized her, extremity of the town, come and fetch Celes and she knew not what to do. Should she return rina, who was to descend into the street by her home, or leave the town and seek the carriage window; and they were both to take the road Pedro had pomised to have in waiting ? Not leading to Portugal.

knowing how to decide, she walked forward, Don Pedro employed all the day in making with trembling steps, and soon lost her way, while preparations for his journey. Celestina, on her solitude and darkness augmented her fears. At side, arranged and deranged the casket which was length she met a man, and, in a faultering voice, to accompany them, twenty times. She was asked him how far were the gates of the city? very careful in placing in it a very fine emerald,

The man directed her. Celestina began to which she had received from her lover, and was

breathe, and proceeded with renovated courage. ready at eight o'clock in the evening; ten had She soon passed through the walls of Granada ; not struck, when Don Pedro, who had left a i but could descry no carriage in waiting. She did carriage in waiting, in the road to Andalusia, not yet dare to accuse her lover, but still hoping with a heart palpitating with joy, approached ! to find him farther on, she continued to walk, Celestina's dwelling.

terrified at the sight of every bush that crossed He was on the point of arriving, when he heard || her path; at every step she called on the name a cry for help, and saw two men attacked by five of Pedro; and the more she advanced, the more ruffians, who, armed with swords and sticks, she was bewildered, for this road was the opposite make use of them with all possible dexterity.. one to that of Portugal. The brave Pedro forgot every thing to fall on the Don Pedro, however, had not been able to

get rid of the grateful Henriquez and his father. '' meet. “It was not he," would she exclaim, Without leaving him for a moment, they obliged " who fled with my diamonds. How could I him to accompany them home. Pedro, thinking ! mistake another for him? How is it possible that Celestina would soon be made acquainted 1. that my heart did not apprise me? He, double with the cause of his delay, agreed to follow less, is now seeking me; I am certain he is, he them. As soon as they were arrived, Don Alonzo is in despair at my loss; and I shall die unrepaired to his ward's chamber to acquaint her known, far from him I love." with the peril he had encountered ; he called, As Celestina pronounced the last words, she but received no reply; entered, but perceived the heard the sound of a rustic Aute, which prolattice open. His cries spread an alarm through ceeded from the foot of the cave in which she the house. Pedro, on hearing that Celestina was was seated. She listened, and soon a pleasing, gone, determined instantly to follow her; and though uncultivated voice, sang the following Henriquez, thanking him for the interest he took words to a rural air :in his misfortune, wished to accompany him.

“ Fleet as the passing breath, is love's delight, But, to be certain of success, Pedro proposed

“ As lasting as the dream of life, his sorrow! that they should take different routes. He ran

“ To day the sun sheds beams of light, to the spot where he had left a carriage in wail | " Where tempests rage to-morrow. ing; and, not doubting that Celestina had taken the road to Portugal, killed his borses to fly from,“ While down the rugged rock yon stream shall the object of his affection; while Henriquez

flow, gulloped towards the Apulchares, the very road |

“ Responsive to thine heart my heart will Celestina had followed.

beat.” The unhappy maiden journeyed on towards “Why, Sylvia, soothe me with deceit, the Apulchares, enquiring for her dear Pedro of “ And bid my soul with hope to glow? every person the darkness would permit her to “ Ah! down the rugged rock yon stream still distinguish. She at length heard a trampling of flows. horses behind her, and her first thought was, that I “But soon thine arms a rival will entwine; it miglit be her lover; but then she feared “ Farewell! in solitude no falsehood grows, it might proceed from travellers, or even | « Be joy thy lot, whilst woe is mine. banditi; and, trembling with apprehension, quitted the road and hid herself behind soine

|« Fleet as the passing breath, is love's delight, bushes. Svon Henriquez passed by, followed

“As lasting as the dream of life, his sorrow! by several domestics. Our heroine shuddered at

" To day the sun sheds beams of light, this sight; and fearful, if she continued pursuing

“ Where tempests rage to.morrow." the main road, of falling into the power of Don " Who can appreciate the truth of thy lay Alonzo, forsook it, and plunged into the thickest better than the unhappy Celestina ?" exclaimed recesses of a wood.

our heroine, as she arose to seek the young mu. The Apulchares form a chain of mountains sician. He, whose wild notes had so afflicted which extends from Granada to the Mediter her, was a goat-herd, whom she soon discovered ranean: they are inhabited by shepherds and seated at the fuot of a weeping-willow; his eyes husbandmen. A barren and sandy soil, towering were filled with tears as he gazed on the clear oaks here and there, waterfalls, the noise of cas-l stream that gently meandered over the rude pebcades, and some goats climbing the rocks, were bles: in his hand he held a fluie, by his side lay the only objects which presented themselves to a stick, and a small bundle of clothes wrapped up Celestina's view at the dawn of morning. Sink I in a goal's skin. “ Shepherd,” said Celestina, ing with fatigue and pain, her feet torn by the “ since you have been forsaken by her you stones, she stepped beneath a rock, through loved, have pity on a stranger who has also been which flowed a limpid stream. The silence of forsaken, and instruct me how I may find, in this cave, the sylvan scene which surrounded her, these mountains, an habitation where I may the distant sound of torrents, the murmur of that seek, not rest, but bread."-" Alas! Madam,” water which fell drop by drop, into a bason hol. answered the herdsman, “I would conduct you lowed by the rude hand of nature, all combined | to the village of Gadara, situated behind these to make Celestina more acutely feel that she was rocks; but you wül not ask me to return there, alone, in the midst of a desert, abandoned by the | where, you must know, that this day I should see whole universe, Reclined beside the stream, in her I love, the bride of my rival. I am quitting which her tears dropped at intervals, reflecting these mountains never to return; and take noe on the misfortunes with which she was menaced, I thing with me but my flute, one suit of clothes, her heart filled with the image of Don Pedro, ! which I have in this buodle, and the rememshe still filartered herself that they should one day i brance of what I have lost." These few words

gave rise to several ideas in Celestina's mind.-- Two years thus rolled away. Celestina, whose “ My friend,” said she to the herdsinan, “ you mind was continually filled with Don Pedro, had have no money, and you will need some when || secretly sent a shepherd, in whom she could place you have quitted this country. I have a few confidence, lo Granada, to try to get some in. pieces of gold, which I will share with you, if I telligence of her lover, Don Alonzo, and Henriyou will give me the dress you have in that bun- quez. He brought her word, that her guardian dle.” The young man readily agreed to her was dead, and his son married, and that for two offer. Celestina gave him twelve ducats; and, years Don Pedro had not been heard of in that part after he had pointed out the path which led to of the country. Ceieslina now no longer hoped Gadara, bade him adieu, and re-entered the to see him, and resigned herself, to pass the reeave to assume the dress of a shepherd.

mainder of her days in the village, in the bosom of She left it clothed in a jacket of chamois l peace and friendship, and endeavoured to accuse skin, vandyked with sky blue, the hat was orna tim her heart to exist only for the latter sentiment; mented with ribbands of the same colour; and when her master, the old Alcade, fell dangerin this habit she lovked more lovely than she had ously ill. Marcelio paid him all the attentions ever done when covered with diamonds. Celes of the most affectionate child, and the good man tina proceeded the way she had been directed, treated her like a grateful parent; and died, till she arrived at the village ; and, stopping in leaving all he possessed to his faithful Marcelio. the market-place, enquired of the peasants whe- This inheritance did not, however, console the ther they knew any one who wanted a seivant successor for her loss. to attend a farm. She was soon surrounded with All the village wept at the death of their Algazers; the young maidens in particular contem- cade; after having bestowed on him funeral plated her beautiful flaxen tresses which Aowed honours, which rather consisted in tears than on her shoulders, her mildly brilliant eyes, her pomp, they assembled to elect his successor. In elegant shape, all combined to surprise and de- || Spain, some villages have the right oi choosing light them. No one could guess from whence their Alcade, that is to say, their magistrate, who came so handsome a young man. One imagined judges their law-suits, takes cognizance of crimes, her to be some great lord in disguise; another, a causes criminals to be arrested, examines them, prince that had fallen in love with a shepherdess; and afterwards gives them up into the hands of and the schoolmaster, who was also the poet of superior judges, who generally confirm the senthe village, maintained that it was Apollo reduced | tence passed by these peasants; for good laws. a second time to lead a Aock.

always agree with simplicity. . Celestina, who had taken the name of Mar The assembled villagers unanimously elected celio, soon found a master. He was the old Al- || him whom the deceased Alcade seeined to have cade of the village, who was universally esteemed intended for his successor. The old men, fol. as the most honest man in that country. This ll lowed by the young ones, came in procession 10 good labourer, for Alcades are chosen from that|| Marcelio, to bring him the mark of his office, class, soon conceived a tender friendship for our which was a white wand. Celestina accepted it; . heroine. Scarcely had she watched over his land, affected to tears at the testimonies of friendflocks one month, when he gave her the employ ship which she received from these good people, ment of superintending the affairs of his house; || resolved to consecrate to their happiness, a life and the pretended Marcelio acquitted herself at first dedicated to love. with so much mildness and fidelity, that the While the new Alcade is employed with the master and servants were equally delighted with | duties of his station, let us return to the unfor. her. At the end of six months, the Alcade, tunate Don Pedro, whom we left galloping to who had the weight of upwards of eighty years Portugal, and always flying from her he wished on his head, gave Marcelio the entire manage to meet. ment of all he possessed; he even went so far as

| He arrived at Lisbon without having heard a to consult her on all the causes which cime | word of Celestina, and returning on his steps, under his jurisdiction; and never had he dis once more sought her in the places which he had played so much justice as since he had been | already explored, and came back to Lisbon with. guided by the advice of her who was the model out more success. After six months spent in and delight of the whole village; her mildness, useless trouble, being assured that his beautiful grace, and wisdom, made her beloved by all. Celestina had not again appeared at Granada, he Look at the handsome Marcelio,” said mo imagined that she was, perhaps, at Seville, where thers to their sons, “ he is always with his mas- || he heard she had relations, and immediately set ter, incessantly occupied in endeavouring lo ren. | off for that place; but when he arrived there, der his old age comfortable; and does not quit he learned that Celestina's relations had sailed his duty, as you do, to run after shepherdesses." | with the last feet for Mexico. Pedro imagined

No, XVIII. Vol. II.

[ocr errors]

that his mistress had accompanied them, and em- !! descended; and confessed he had not waited for barked in the only ship that remained behind her, but had immediately made off with the On his landing, he soon discovered the persons | jewels; and concluded with asking pardon of he had followed; but they knew nothing of Ce- God and the lady for the theft he had committed. lestina. Stung with disappointment he sailed for | Afier this relation, he almost instantly expired; Spain. When he arrived on the coast of Gra I and Celestina flew to the prison. nada, a violent hurricane arose, and they were ll. During the way her palpitating heart told her wrecked. Don Pedro, with some other passen- | that she would soon see her dear Don Pedro; and gers, swam ashore, and proceeded, amongst the she feared he would discover her. She Alapped her mountains, to obtain relief; when chance, or love, hat over her eyes, wrapped herself in her mantle, guided him to Gadara.

and, preceded by the jailor, who held a light, de Don Pedro, and his companions in misfortune, scended into the dungeon. entered the first inn they mct on their way. They | Scarcely had she passed the threshold, when felicitated each other on their escape; and while she recognised her lover. The sight, although they were giving the relation of their sufferings, || she was prepared for it, almost deprived her of one of the passengers picked a quarrel with a her senses. She supported herself against the sailor of the ship for a casket the latter had saved | wall, her head sunk on her breast, and her tears from the wreck, and which the former maintained | began to Auw: she wiped them away, took was his property. Don Pedro, who wished to breath, and, struggling to conceal her ernction, appease the disputants, proposed that the passen- l approached the prisoner. “Stranger," said she, ger should declare what were the contents of the disguising her voice, and stopping at intervals, casket, and opened it to witness the truth of the “ you have killed your companion !- What assertion. But what was his astonishment on could have induced you to commit so criminal discovering Celestina's diamonds, amongst which || an act ?" After having pronounced these words was the emerald he had given her! He remained || she could no longer support her agilated frame; transfixed to the spot with surprise ; but soon ex. and, covering her face with her hand, seated here amining the jewels more atten'ively, his doubts | self on a stone. “ Alcade,” replied Don Pedro, vanished; and, casting a furious look on the “ I have not committed a crime, it was an act pretended owner, said to him, in a terrible voice, of justice; but I ask no more than death, death " Whence came these diamonds ?" " What l alone can put a period to the troubles of which concern is that of yours ?" haughtily answered the wretch I have destroyed was the first cause. the passenger; “they belong to me, and that is Condemn me! and rid me of a life which is enough.” He then attempted to snatch them Il odious to me, since I have lost the only blessing from our hero; but Don Pedro, no longer able I valued, and have no longer any hope of to contain himself, drew his sword and attacked | finding ." He did not conclude, but his him. “ Traitor !” exclaimed he," confess your lips murmured “ Celestina.” crime, or you shall instantly perish.” Saying Our heroine shuddered at the sound, and could these words, he aimed at his enemy, who de- || no longer contain herself. She rose, and was on fended himself with valour, but was soon pierced | the point of rushing into her lover's arms; but with a mortal blow. A crowd assembled to wi:- | the presence of a witness siopped her. She ness this spectacle. Don Pedro was hastily sur- turned away her eyes, stifled her sobs, asked to rounded, seized, and dragged into a dungeon. be left alone with the prisoner, and was immediThe landlord immediately sent his wife in search ately obeyed. Then, no longer suppressing her of the curate to assist the dying man, whilst he tears, she advanced towards Don Pedro; and, repaired to the Alcade to inform him of the | looking at him, extended her hand, and said, affair, and deliver into his hands the valuable ) while tears denied her utterance, “ You, then, casket.

still love her who only exists for your sake ?" What a mixture of surprise, fear, and delight | At these words, and the sound of that wellCelestina experienced in recognising her dia known voice, Pedro raised his head, but could monds, and hearing the relation of the crime the scarcely believe himself awake. “Oh! heavens! prisoner had committed! She immediately deter. 1 is it you? Is it my beloved Celestina, or an angel mined to visit the dying man, and returned with that has assumed her form ?-Ah! it is she; I the host. The curate liad already arrived; and the no longer doubt it,” cried he, pressing her to his man), affected by his pious exhortations, declared, breast, and bathing her with tears of delight. in the presence of the Alcade, that two years |“ It is my wife, my love. All my misfortunes before, as he was passing at night through a street are now at an end." at Granada, he saw a woman standing at a win-1 “No," repliesl Celestina, after a few moment's dow, whu, when he approached her, presented | silence, “ thou art guilty of murder, and I can. him the casket, telling him to keep it while she || not break thy fellers; but, to-morrow, I will reprison."

real all to the judge who presides over us. I will bound in chains; and soon the village would discover to him my birth, and relate our misfor. | have been nothing but a heap of stones and tunes; and if he should refuse to grant your|| corpses, freedom, I will return and end my days in At the first cries, the first acclamations, the

watchful Alcade arose, ran to the prison, caused Celestina immediately gave orders for Don the doors to be thrown open, and apprised Don Pedro's removal from the subterraneous dungeon Pedro of their danger. The brave youth asked to one less dreary; and, after having taken care for a sword for himself, and a shield for the that he should be in want of nothing, the affec Alcade ; 1ook Celestina by the hand, made his tionate Alcade returned home to prepare for the way through the crowd, and arrived at the next day's journey. But it was decreed that a market-place. There h: addressed the fugitives ! dreadful event should prevent her departure, and “ Friends!” exclaimed he, “ you are Spaniards, hasten Don Pedro's liberty.

and you ily! Ay, and abandon your wives and Some galleys from Algiers, whiclı fur several children to the fury of infidels !” These words days had followed Don Pedro's ship, after the arrested their steps; he ranged them around him storm, had arrived on the coast of Gadara. Not in order of battle, inspired them with his courage, to loose by their voyage, they resolved to land and, sword in hand, rushed on a body of Turks during the night. Two renegadoes, who were who were advancing. These were soon put to acquainted with the country, took upon them the rout and dispersed; and shouts of victory selves to guide the rest to the village of Gadara; soon rang through the air. All the inhabitants, and these wretches directed them but too well. animated by the example of their companions, About an hour after midnight, the time when instantly joined them. Pedro, without quiting the labourer enjoys repose, after the fatigues of the Celestina, and always occupied in sheltering her day, and the assassin wakes, a cry was heard of, l with his body, attacked the barbarians, struck “ To arms! to arms! the Turks have landed, and || thein with terror by his shoats, destroyed all are massacreing our inhabitants! and burning our those who resis: ed him, and drove the remainder houses !” These dreadful words, the darkness out of the village; retook the spoils, freed the of the night, and the screams of the dying, filled prisoners, and gave up the pursuit of the vanevery heart with dismay. The wonien, trem quished to return and assist in extinguishing the bling, clung to their husbands; and the old men Aames. sought protection beside their youthful sons. In

The day began to dawn, when a company of an instant the village appeared on fire; and then soldiers, who had been too late apprised of the it was, by the red glare of the Aames, that the descent of the Insdels, arrived from a neighbourterrible scy metars were seen to shine, and the ing town. The Governor, who conducted them, white turbans of the Infidels were distinguished. | found Don Pedro surrounded by women, chil. These barbarous monsters, with a Aambeau in dren, and aged men, who, weeping, kissed his one hand and an axe in the other, broke open || hands, thanking him for having restored to them and set fire to houses; rushed through the blaz. their husbands, fathers, and sons. The Alcade, ing ruins, in search of plunder and new victims, || standing beside him, enjoyed the dear delight of and returned covered with blood and loaded with witnessing bim she loved an object of universal their booty.

admiration. The Governor, being informed of Some seized the infant who slept peacefully l Don Pedro's exploits, overwhelmed him with in its cradle. The frautic mother in despair, un. praise. But Celestina now entreated to be heard; conscious of what she altempted, endeavoured and declared, before the Governor and the whole

to defend it; nothing terrified her. She || village, who were assembled, her sex and her braved, she contemned death; she supplicated, || adventures, the murder Don Pedro had comshe threatened: while the tender infant, already ll

mitted, and the motives that rendered it exin the grasp of those merciless tygers, bathed | cusable. All the inhabitants fell at the Gover. them with tears, extended its little arms, nor's feet to entreat pardon for their deliverer. and, screaming, asked them not to kill its |

Their request was granted; and the happy Pedro mother.

was embracing Celestina, the Governor, and the Nothing was sacred for these barbarians. They principal inhabitants, when an old villager adforced open the doors of the house of God, over vanced towards him:-" Brave stranger," said threw the altars, tors off the gold from precious he, “ you are our liberator; but you take our relicks, and trampled the bones of saints under Alcade froin us, and this loss will, perhaps, be their sacrilegious feet. Alas! their sacred func- ll greater than the good you have bestowed on us. tion afforded no protection to priests, their silver | Increase our happiness; remain in this village, hair to old men, to youth their beauty, and to and deign to become our Alcade, our master, our children their innocence. All were stabbed or friend ; and honour us by giving us an opportu

alone

dofen

« 前へ次へ »