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Hugo, Orlando's faithful camereiro, and prompt agent for obtaining views of lady Victoria for him in the château de Vicenza, was fummoned from Rouffillon to Manfredonia upon Orlando's first arrival at the cattle of his ancestors; and the happy Hugo reinflated in the fervice of his beloved master.
tion of any of the predacious focie
The happy intelligence of her hufband's return was cautioptly com municated to Ifabella by Ped: s now joyful brother. But to defcrine Pedro's first interview with his wi child, and other relations, baffics our attempt at defcription, and we must leave them to our reader's own imagination to pourtray.
Pedro, restored to domestic hap pinefs, forgot not the dreadful fate, which he believed inevitable, of his hipwrecked friends, or the mourn ful commiffion he had promifed to execute. He tore himself from his now even more tenderly beloved Ifabella; and, attended by an efcot of his brothers, relations, and frienes who all feared his again falling in the power of the predacious fociety, he journeyed to Cadiz, where he fuppofed conte Arioflo was, when he had therapture of hearing, from Alphonfo's colonel, that lady Vic
Pedro had bound, by a folemn oath to Francifco, to return to the caftle of the Pyrenees in the brigantine after leaving lady Victoria in a place of fafety; but the implacable fury of the tempeft had prevented his fulfilling that facred engagement:-and as he had only worn to return with the brigantine, and as the brigantine was irrecoverably loft, he believed himfelfabfolved from his oath, and by no means bound to return ( nor did he know the way) to a horde of villains, who had bafely dragged him from happinefs to mifery and bondage; and the moment Providence permitted him to reach the rocks he made for, he determined to return immediately to Murcia. Yet fearing the recognie
nity conveyed to the family maufoleum of Manfredonia, where all that remained of this faithful domeftic was laid at the foot of Viola's monument, Pedro, full of joy and gratitude to where a plain marble table was erectHeaven for the miraculous efcape of ed over him; upon which was fimply, himfelt and friends, retured to Car- though beautifully, recounted his atthagena; to where at length the tachment and fidelity to Viola, with courier of Orlando, entreating the the fatal termination of his life, while, refence of Pedro, at Manfredonia, haftening to clear her fame and reftore raced him. Pedro, full of amaze- her happiness. ment at the wonderful and happy difcoveries the packet of Orlando conained, and no longer having the predacious fociety to fear, was halening to obey his fummons, when another exprefs arrived to inform PeIro that the marchefe and marchefa of Palermo were gone upon the already-mentioned tour. But upon Orlando and Victoria's return to
The true Hippolyto Orlando failed not to trace out and invite to Manfredonia, where that amiable young man fpent much happy time with the friends he had known and loved in the Pyrenean caftle; but upon the death of his friend, the good abate, he found himself in poffeffion of an ample fortune, with which he returned to his family; and after his long Manfredonia' they fent to request a estrangement from them, was at vifit from Pedro, his wife, and child; length happily and refpectably fettled, and this humane man, his Ifabella, among his own connexions. and, boy, cheerfully undertook this CHAP. LXXX. long voyage and journey, wirich they ALTHOUGH the crimes of Fran had never caufe to repent. The cifco had been enormous, his virtues kindness and attention of Lorenzo had alfo been great. He had been a and his children gratified every feel- faithful affectionate guardian to Oring of their hearts; while the mu- lando and Matilda, and reared them nificent friendship of the duca di in the path of virtue-he had ever Manfredonia, and the marchefe and been kind and attentive to the fupmarchefa of Palermo, amply repaired pofed Sebaftian, and had preferved the injury done to the fortune of Pe- Victoria from deftruction. The fadro by his long eftrangement from his milies of Manfredonia and Ariofto family, and fequeftration from his were therefore bound to him by affecpractice as a furgeon. tion and gratitude; and although they condemned his offenfes, they trained every nerve to fave him from the dan gers that encompaffed him.
The wounded mariners who found helter in the monastery of St. Lewis, with all the crew of the brigantine, who had aided in Orlando's and Victoria's efcape from the Pyrenean caftle, that the families of Manfredonia and Ariofto could trace out, were rewarded, and put into the way of earning an honeft fubfift
oria was faved from the fury of the empest, and then in Provence, whither conte Ariofto was gone to vifit her.
With infinite expence and difficulty the pious and greatful Lorenzo had the bones of the ill-fated and affectionate Bernardo traced to his unhallowed fepulchre in a wood near Alfidence, and with refpectful folem
The connexion of Francifco with the predaceous fociety had long been no fecret to the inquifition (whom he had dexterously bribed to forbearance), and had been fome time fufpected by the Obfervantine monks ; but upon the annihilation of the predaceous brotherhood, and the razure of the caftle, its communication with the cave of the holy hermit could no longer be concealed from the multitude of Catalonia; and it required every
every exertion of the duca di Manfredonia and conte Ariofto to fave Francifco from the fury of the people, from the cognifance of the church and law. But, though with difficultv, they did fecure his fatety, and placed him in a convent of Francifcan honks near to the caftle of Manfredonia, where he was frequently in dulged by the fociety of thofe he had been kind to in their misfortunes, and who in return had refcued him from deftruction-and where, awed and affected by the confeffions and peni: tence of his friend Elfridii, by the perils he had himself efcaped, and the long uncertain fate of his beloved fon he lived a life of contrition, and died a fincere penitent.
For many years after the reftoration of Lorenzo to the world a melancholy friar, of the already-mentioned Francifcan monaftery (and, though lately profeffed one of the moft exemplary amongst the brothers), had often been obferved by the family of the callle to wander penfively round the grounds, apparently anxious to escape notice: though never omitting to gaze with folemn marked attention upon Lorenzo, his children, and grand-children, when he could do it unfeen by them. Or ten was he known to ftray into the caftle chapel, and pafs whole hours amongil the monuments erected to the family of Manfredonia. Still the melancholy father Julio thunned all converfation with every individual out of his convent, unless when without their parents he met the children of Orlando, whom he then would ftop to carefs, and to give them his folemn benediction.
all, but embraced the little Viola.
The nurfes haftened home with the children to give the jewels to the marchefa, and recount to her all that had occurred. Victoria, amazed and affected, fummoned Orlando; who, participating in her feelings, haftesed to the Francifcan monaftery to de mand an interview with father Julio : but that melancholy man was no where to be found. Orlando, in the impetuofity of his feelings, related the anecdote and showed the gems to Francifco, who inftantly knew them: and his anticipating heart conjectured what he had not before fufpected. Julio was diligently fearched for; but not until the fucceeding morning was he difcovered, when he was faced to the caftle chapel, and, on the bale of Viola's monument, was found by Diego extended a breathlefs corfe! His body was removed to his convent, where beneath the cowl and facerd tal habit appeared all that now re mained of the once beautiful, brave fometimes virtuous, but too often vi cious-Ambrofio de Montalvan; and in the convent church was he inter red with every poffible refpect, a tended by all the monks of this order, by the deeply-affected Juca di Man fredonia, and marchese di Palermo; the weeping Diego, and forrow Thomas: and he was mourned death, as a man who had for the lai, few years of his exiftence evinced a conduct fo exemplary, that all around admired and withed to imitate it.
When don Manuel fled from h caftle, he took retuge in a neighbour ing bay, where the confettions of Elfridii, and real fate of Viola, reach ed their knowledge. He attended the
At length, one morning the children met the melancholy father Julio, He feemed even unufually depreffed; and his fteps were faltering and uneven: yet, on fight of the children, a fluth of energy feemed to renovate his drooping frame. He ruthed forward to meet them; he blefied them
folemn ceremony in the caftle church; whom he traced a ftrong refemblance and he it was who, in the difguife of to that lovely being whofe name fhe a monk, evinced fuch forrow, and bore) he threw the only gems he pofhad fled fubdued from the pathos of feffed, which honour had bestowed Victoria's voice. From that mo- upon him. They had been the gift ment all thoughts of Matilda, with of his fovereign upon one of the most every vice that had difgraced his heart, glorious atchievements of don Amfled at once; and Viola, with every brofio di Montalvan. Then, rushvirtue, from that moment took pof- ing from the children, he bent his feffion of his bofom. The dreadful way to the maufoleum, and breathed fate of that immaculate being, im- his laft figh, according to bis withes, molated by the dæmons of revenge upon the cold marble which covered beneath his own roof, with the heart- the manes of her he never ceased to rending fcene of her death, now faf- adore when living, and to lament în tened upon his peace; and, as he death. ftrove to be what might lead hins to where her pure fpirit dwelt, undermined his health, and figned at length his final doom. From his own caftle church he haftened to Naples, where he attended the proceffion that received the manes of Viola; and at Manfredonia he was prefent at her laft fad interment.
This event gave the keenest affliction to the bofom of Francisco ; but ftill he derived confolation from the foothing thought of his fon's repentance and having finished his days in a manner likely to effect his eternal falvation,
When Polydore and Garcias fled from the caftle of the Pyrenees, they Don Manuel now fpeedily entered fteered their boat to the coaft of the Francifcan monaftery, and foon France, and landed at Narbonne, took the vows: he there faw his fa- from whence they im nediately emther, and was happy to find him fo barked for America. In that country, properly employed-but ftill conceal without money or friends, and maked himself from his knowledge, with- ing enemies by their ftill incorrigible ing now to have no interruption to turpitude, they experienced the most the folemn and fad fubject of his terrible viciffitudes and misfortunes, thoughts. Soon he felt convinced of and at length fell in with a tribe of the rapid decline of his health; but Indians, with whom they contrived he never complained, refolving not to live on terms of amity. At laft, to indulge himfelf with that mitigati- a war broke out with a neighbouron to fuffering which medicine might afford. And the only comfort he would allow himself was the pleasures of fometimes viewing at a diftance the adults of the now dear to him Manfredonia family; and to look on, carefs, and bless the children of Orlando and Victoria.
At length, he felt conviction that the moment of his diffolution was at hand; and at the hour he knew the shildren of the caftle walked out with their attendants, he frayed from his convent with a hope of meeting them. His hope was gratified: and round the neck of the young Viola (in
Ing nation. Garcias and Polydore were compelled to join the tribe with which they dwelt, and attack the enemy. Their tribe was conquered, and thefe diabolical wretches became prifoners to the conquerors; when they met with that dreadful punithment fo long due to their monitrous crimes. Garcias and Polydore were fentenced to die, and death was inflicted, according to the custom of the barbarous tribe that conquered them, by tortures from which difmayed nature recoils-which we thrink from defcribing.
Alonzo, and the reft of the preda
sus Brotherhood who fled at the approach of the inquifion, were fedttered round the world, whither their fears precipitated them; and, taking up various modes to earn or feize fubfiftence, fooner or later met their re-. wards or punishment.
Hero, at the defire of her amiable indignant brother, was confined for life in a convent, as the mofl effectual punishment,' he faid, that could he infisted upon her for fo baiely difpracing the honeft family from A which the fprung,"
The body of Elfridii was interred in the church of the Obfervantine monaftery at Cadaques, where the mild forgiving friend whofe happinefs he had deftroved caufe the most folemn males to be faid for the repofe of this fincere penitent's foul, and appropriated a fum of money to defray the expenfes of the fame awful ceremony being annually re peated.
Before Victoria finally quitted the Pyrenean cafle, Francifco had caufed the inqutition to trace out the wretched Sanguinaro, who was humanely removed to a place at Barcelona appropriated for the reception of of thote afflicted by the moft direful of humane calamities.
The unfortunate artificer of Geneva was liberated; and, with the other captives found in the prisons of the cafile, received from the inquifition a fum of money fufficient to convey them to their native homes.
We trust that we have now performed our part as faithful hiftorians, and have left no circumflance untold, that our readers can with to be informed of. We fondly hope that cur feeble efforts have contributed, in fome degree, to the amufement of our readers, and that no heart has become lets pute for having perufed
Endymion the Exile. LETTER IX.
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