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DAY02

By Maurice Warren,2014-06-04 11:54
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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

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