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DAY02 THE INDUCTION TO THE SECOND DAY WHEREIN, ALL THE DISCOURSES ARE U...

     THE INDUCTION TO THE SECOND DAY

     WHEREIN, ALL THE DISCOURSES ARE UNDER THE GOVERNMENT OF

     MADAM PHILOMENA: CONCERNING SUCH MEN OR WOMEN, AS (IN DIVERS

     ACCIDENTS) HAVE BEEN MUCH MOLLESTED BY FORTUNE, AND YET AFTERWARD

     (CONTRARY TO THEIR HOPE AND EXPECTATION) HAVE HAD

     A HAPPY AND SUCCESSEFULL DELIVERANCE

     Already had the bright Sunne renewed the day every where with his

    splendant beames, and the Birds sate merrily singing on the blooming

    branches, yeelding testimony thereof to the eares of all hearers; when

    the seven Ladies, and the three Gentlemen (after they were risen)

    entered the Gardens, and there spent some time in walking, as also

    making of Nose-gayes and Chaplets of Flowers. And even as they had

    done the day before, so did they now follow the same course; for,

    after they had dined, in a coole and pleasing aire they fell to

    dancing, and then went to sleepe a while, from which being awaked,

    they tooke their places (according as it pleased the Queene to

    appoint) in the same faire Meadow about her. And she, being a goodly

    creature, and highly pleasing to behold, having put on her Crowne of

    Lawrell, and giving a gracious countenance to the whole company;

    commanded Madam Neiphila that her Tale should begin this daies

    delight. Whereupon she, without returning any excuse or deniall, began

in this manner.

     THE SECOND DAY, THE FIRST NOVELL

     WHEREIN IS SIGNIFIED, HOW EASIE A THING IT IS, FOR WICKED MEN

     TO DECEIVE THE WORLD, UNDER THE SHADOW AND COLOUR OF MIRACLES:

     AND THAT SUCH TREACHERY (OFTENTIMES) REDOUNDETH TO

     THE HARME OF THE DEVISER

     Martellino counterfeitting to be lame of his members, caused

    himselfe to be set on the body of Saint Arriguo, where he made shew of

    his sudden recovery; but when his dissimulation was discovered, he was

    well beaten, being afterward taken prisoner, and in great danger of

    being hanged and strangled by the necke, and yet he escaped in the

end.

     Faire Ladies, it hath happened many times, that he who striveth to

    scorne and floute other men, and especially in occasions deserving

    to be respected, proveth to mocke himselfe with the selfe same matter,

    yea, and to his no meane danger beside. As you shall perceive by a

    Tale, which I intend to tell you, obeying therein the command of our

    Queene, and according to the subject by her enjoyned. In which

    discourse, you may first observe, what great mischance happened to one

    our Citizens; and yet afterward, how (beyond all hope) he happily

escaped.

     Not long since, there lived in the City of Trevers, an Almaine or

    Germaine, named Arriguo, who being a poore man, served as a Porter, or

    burden-bearer for money, when any man pleased to employ him. And

    yet, notwithstanding his poore and meane condition, he was generally

    reputed, to be of good and sanctified life. In which regard (whether

    it were true or no, I know not) it happened, that when he died (at

    least as the men of Trevers themselves affirmed) in the very instant

    houre of his departing, all the Belles in the great Church of Trevers,

    (not being pulled by the helpe of any hand) beganne to ring: which

    being accounted for a miracle, every one saide; that this Arriguo

    had bene, and was a Saint. And presently all the people of the City

    ran to the house where the dead body lay, and carried it (as a

    sanctified body) into the great Church, where people, halt, lame,

    and blind, or troubled with any other diseases, were brought about it,

    even as if every one should forth-with be holpen, onely by their

touching the body.

     It came to passe, that in so great a concourse of people, as

    resorted thither from all parts; three of our Citizens went to

    Trevers, one of them being named Stechio, the second Martellino, and

    the third Marquiso, all being men of such condition, as frequented

    Princes Courts, to give them delight by pleasant and counterfetted

    qualities. None of these men having ever beene at Trevers before,

    seeing how the people crowded thorow the streetes, wondered greatly

    thereat: but when they knew the reason why the throngs ranne on heapes

    in such sort together, they grew as desirous to see the Shrine, as any

    of the rest. Having ordered all affaires at their lodging, Marquiso

    saide; It is fit for us to see this Saint, but I know not how we shall

    attaine thereto, because (as I have heard) the place is guarded by

    Germaine Souldiers, and other warlike men, commanded thither by the

    Governour of this City, least any outrage should be there committed:

    And beside, the Church is so full of people, as we shall never

    compasse to get neere. Martellino being also as forward in desire to

    see it, presently replied. All this difficulty cannot dismay me, but I

    will go to the very body of the Saint it selfe. But how? quoth

    Marquiso. I will tell thee, answered Martellino. I purpose to go in

    the disguise of an impotent lame person, supported on the one side

    by thy selfe, and on the other by Stechio, as if I were not able to

    walke of my selfe: And you two thus sustaining me, desiring to come

    neere the Saint to cure me; every one will make way, and freely give

you leave to go on.

     This devise was very pleasing to Marquiso and Stechio, so that

    (without any further delaying) they all three left their lodging,

    and resorting into a secret corner aside, Martellino so writhed and

    mishaped his hands, fingers, and armes, his legges, mouth, eyes, and

    whole countenance, that it was a dreadfull sight to looke upon him,

    and whosoever beheld him, would verily have imagined, that hee was

    utterly lame of his limbes, and greatly deformed in his body. Marquiso

    and Stechio, seeing all sorted so well as they could wish, tooke and

    led him towards the Church, making very pitious moane, and humbly

    desiring (for Gods sake) of every one that they met, to grant them

free passage: whereto they charitably condiscended.

     Thus leading him on, crying; Beware there before, and give way for

    Gods sake, they arrived at the body of Saint Arriguo, that (by his

    helpe) he might be healed. And while all eyes were diligently

    observing, what miracle would be wrought on Martellino, he having

    sitten a small space upon the Saints body, and being sufficiently

    skilfull in counterfeiting, began first to extend forth the one of his

    fingers, next his hand, then his arme, and so (by degrees) the rest of

    his body. Which when the people saw, they made such a wonderfull noyse

    in praise of Saint Arriguo, even as if it had thundered in the Church.

     Now it chanced by ill fortune, that there stood a Florentine neere

    to the body, who knew Martellino very perfectly; but appearing so

    monstrously mishapen, when he was brought into the Church, hee could

    take no knowledge of him. But when he saw him stand up and walke,

    hee knew him then to be the man indeede; whereupon he saide. How

    commeth it to passe, that this fellow should be so miraculously cured,

    that never truly was any way impotent? Certaine men of the City

    hearing these words, entred into further questioning with him,

    demanding, how he knew that the man had no such imperfection? Well

    enough (answered the Florentine) I know him to be as direct in his

    limbes and body, as you; I, or any of us all are: but indeede, he

    knowes better how to dissemble counterfet trickes, then any man else

that ever I saw.

     When they heard this, they discoursed no further with the

    Florentine, but pressed on mainely to the place where Martellino

    stood, crying out aloude. Lay hold on this Traytor, a mocker of God,

    and his holy Saints, that had no lamenesse in his limbes; but to

    make a mocke of our Saint and us, came hither in false and counterfeit

    manner. So laying hands uppon him, they threw him against the

    ground, having him by the haire on his head, and tearing the

    garments from his backe, spurning him with their feete, and beating

    him with their fists, that many were much ashamed to see it.

     Poore Martellino was in a pittifull case, crying out for mercy,

    but no man would heare him; for, the more he cryed, the more still

    they did beat him, as meaning to leave no life in him: which Stechio

    and Marquiso seeing, considered with themselves, that they were

    likewise in a desperate case; and therefore, fearing to be as much

    misused, they cryed out among the rest, Kill the counterfet knave, lay

    on loade, and spare him not; neverthelesse, they tooke care how to get

    him out of the peoples handes, as doubting, least they would kill

him indeede, by their extreame violence.

     Sodainly, Marquiso bethought him how to do it, and proceeded thus.

    All the Sergeants for Justice standing at the Church doore, hee ran

    with all possible speede to the Potestates Lieutenant, and said unto

    him. Good my Lord Justice, helpe me in an hard case; yonder is a

    villaine that hath cut my purse, I desire he may bee brought before

    you, that I may have my money againe. He hearing this, sent for a

    dozen of the Sergeants, who went to apprehend unhappy Martellino,

    and recover him from the peoples fury, leading him on with them to the

    Palace, no meane crowds thronging after him, when they heard that he

    was accused to bee a Cutpurse. Now durst they meddle no more with him,

    but assisted the Officers; some of them charging him in like manner,

that hee had cut their purses also.

     Upon these clamours and complaints, the Potestates Lieutenant (being

    a man of rude quality) tooke him sodainly aside, and examined him of

    the crimes wherewith he was charged. But Martellino, as making no

    account of these accusations, laughed, and returned scoffing answeres.

    Whereat the Judge, waxing much displeased, delivered him over to the

    Strappado, and stood by himselfe, to have him confesse the crimes

    imposed on him, and then to hang him afterward. Being let downe to the

    ground, the Judge still demaunded of him, whether the accusations

    against him were true, or no? Affirming, that it nothing avayled him

    to deny it: whereupon hee thus spake to the Judge. My Lord, I am heere

    ready before you, to confesse the truth; but I pray you, demaund of

    all them that accuse me, when and where I did cut their purses, and

    then I wil tell you that, which (as yet) I have not done, otherwise

I purpose to make you no more answers.

     Well (quoth the Judge) thou requirest but reason; and calling

    divers of the accusers, one of them saide, that he lost his purse

    eight dayes before; another saide six, another foure, and some saide

    the very same day. Which Martellino hearing, replyed. My Lord, they

    all lie in their throats, as I will plainly prove before you. I

    would to God I had never set foot within this City, as it is not

    many houres since my first entrance, and presently after mine

    arrivall, I went (in evill houre I may say for me) to see the Saints

    body, where I was thus beaten as you may beholde. That all this is

    true which I say unto you, the Seigneurie Officer that keeps your

    Booke of presentations, will testifie for me, as also the Host where I

    am lodged. Wherefore good my Lord, if you finde all no otherwise, then

    as I have said, I humbly entreate you, that upon these bad mens

    reportes and false informations, I may not be thus tormented, and

put in perill of my life.

     While matters proceeded in this manner, Marquiso and Stechio,

    understanding how roughly the Potestates Lieutenant dealt with

    Martellino, and that he had already given him the Strappado; were in

    heavy perplexity, saying to themselves; we have carried this businesse

    very badly, redeeming him out of the Frying-pan, and flinging him into

    the fire. Whereupon, trudging about from place to place, and meeting

    at length with their Host, they told him truly how all had happened,

    whereat hee could not refraine from laughing. Afterward, he went

    with them to one Master Alexander Agolante, who dwelt in Trevers,

    and was in great credite with the Cities cheefe Magistrate, to whom

    hee related the whole Discourse; all three earnestly entreating him,

to commisserate the case of poore Martellino.

     Master Alexander, after he had laughed heartily at this hotte

    peece of service, went with him to the Lord of Trevers; prevailing

    so well with him, that he sent to have Martellino brought before

    him. The Messengers that went for him, found him standing in his shirt

    before the Judge, very shrewdly shaken with the Strappado, trembling

    and quaking pitifully. For the Judge would not heare any thing in

    his excuse; but hating him (perhaps) because hee was a Florentine:

    flatly determined to have him hanged by the necke, and would not

    deliver him to the Lord, untill in meere despight he was compeld to do

it.

     The Lord of Trevers, when Martellino came before him, and had

    acquainted him truly with every particular: Master Alexander

    requested, that he might be dispatched thence for Florence, because he

    thought the halter to be about his necke, and that there was no

    other helpe but hanging. The Lord, smiling (a long while) at the

    accident, and causing Martellino to be handsomely apparrelled,

    delivering them also his Passe, they escaped out of further danger,

and tarried no where, till they came unto Florence.

     THE SECOND DAY, THE SECOND NOVELL

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