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execution a plan which, after mature Christian corsair, from which they were deliberation, he had, some days previous none of them likely to escape without illto the cadi's departure, resolutely deter. usage; the Turks expected to be made mined upon. In another port, he had captive; and the Christians, although armed and equipped a vessel of seventeen they would regain their liberty, to be benches of oars; in this he put fifty stripped and robbed. Mahomet and soldiers, all attached to his person, and Ricardo would indeed have been quite whom he had obliged by numerous gifts satisfied with obtaining Leonisa's liberty and promises, and ordered them to pur- and their own; but they knew that evil sue and take the cadi's vessel and his was to be apprehended from the brutality riches, to put to the sword all that were of the pirates; the profession of piracy in it, excepting the captive Leonisa, the being one of those which render all who only treasure which he desired to possess follow them, of whatever country or reliof the many which the brigantine car- gion, cruel and brutal. All, therefore, ried, and to sink the vessel, so that no prepared for defence, rowing at the same indication might be left of the fate of the time with all their might; but, in a few passengers. The thirst for plunder made hours, they found their pursuers gaining them get on board, and set out on their upon them so fast, that, in less than two expedition with the utmost alacrity,—it bours more, they were within cannon put wings to their feet and courage in shot. Seeing this, they struck sail, quittheir hearts, though, indeed, they knew ted the oars, took up their arms, and that those in the brigantine could make awaited the attack; although the cadi but little resistance, going, as they were, told them not to be in any fear, for that unarmed, and without suspicion of any the vessel was Turkish, and would do such attack.

them no harm whatever. He imme. The first two days that the brigantine diately ordered a white flag, in token of was at sea, appeared to the cadi to be peace, to be displayed at the stern of his two ages, for he would fain have carried vessel, in order that it might be seen by his determination into effect on the first those who, in their eagerness for plunder, of them ; but his slaves told him that it were rushing at a furious rate upon the was advisable first of all to contrive that devoted and almost defenceless briganLeonisa should appear to fall sick, in tine. order to give a colouring of probability Mahomet just then turned his head, to the story of her death, and that her and discovered that a galiot was approachillness must continue for several days: ing them from the west, apparently of he, however, was for having it said that twenty benches. He told the cadi; and she had died suddenly, in order that he some Christian slaves at the oar said that might accomplish his purpose at this was a Christian vessel; all which and without delay, by dispatching his doubled their fear and confusion, and wife, and gratifying the desire which they remained in anxious suspense, ex. burned within him; yet he was at last pecting and fearing the event. Willingly obliged to yield to the opinion of his two would the cadi at that moment have surcounsellors. Halima had already de- rendered all his anticipated enjoyment to clared her intention to Mahomet and have found himself safe within the walls Ricardo ; and they had resolved to ex- of Nicosia, so great was his perturbation; ecute it at certain stage of their voyage but his attention was quickly called to which they thought most convenient; those in the former vessel, who, without but the cadi pressed them so eagerly, that any regard to his flag of amity, or to the they at length determined to do it the religion which they professed, boarded first opportunity. On the sixth day of the cadi's ship with such violence that their voyage, the cadi, thinking that they had nearly sunk it. The cadi then Leonisa's feigned indisposition had lasted discovered that his assailants were soldiers long enough, importuned his slaves that from Nicosia. He divined what was the the next day they should dispatch Ha- object of their pursuit, and gave himself

her up in a shroud, and throw up for lost and murdered; and, indeed, her into the sea, saying that she was the had not the soldiers been more eager to Grand Signior's captive.

plunder than to slay, neither the cadi nor At the dawn of the next day, which, any of his people would have been left according to the intention of Ricardo alive. But at the time when they were and Mahomet, was to witness either the most ardently engaged in the work of fulfilment of their design, or their own pillage, a Turk suddenly cried out, destruction, they discovered a vessel “ Soldiers, to arms!-a Christian vessel · which, with all force of sail and oar, was is bearing down upon us.” And such giving them chase. They feared it was a appeared to be the case ; for the vessel


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which the cadi's brigantine had discovered cloven it in two. The cadi was, however, was approaching with Christian ensigns struck down between the benches; and as and colours, to assail Hassan's vessel as he fell he exclaimed, “Oh! cruel renefuriously as the latter had attacked that gade, and enemy of the prophet, is there of the cadi; but before it came up, one at no one who will lift his hand to chastise the prow asked, in the Turkish language, thy enormous cruelty and insolence ? what vessel that was; and was answered How hast thou dared to lift thy hand that it belonged to Hassan Pacha, viceroy and thy weapon against thy cadi—against of Cyprus. “ How comes it, then,” re- a minister of Mahomet?” sumed the Turk, “that you, who are This appeal of the cadi gave additional Mussulmans, attack and plunder this ves- effect to his previous denunciation, and sel, which we know that the cadi of Ni- the soldiers of Hassan, fearing lest those cosia is aboard of ?” To this Hassan's of Ali should snatch from their hands the men answered, that they knew nothing prize which they had already considered more of the matter than that he had or- as their own, resolved to continue the dered them to take the vessel, and that conflict. One of them, setting the exthey, as his soldiers, bound to obey him, ample, was followed by all the rest; and had executed his command.

they fell upon Ali's men with such vigour The captain of the vessel that came and impetuosity, that the latter, though with Christian colours, having thus learn- much superior in number, were soon reed what he wanted to know, quitted duced to a few. They who were left, Hassan's ship for that of the cadi, and at however, attacking in their turn, amply the first fire killed above half a score of revenged their comrades, not leaving the Turks who had entered it. He then more than four of Hassan's men alive, proceeded to board it with great resolu- and those severely wounded. Ricardo tion; but scarcely had he and his men set and Mahomet were observing them by foot on board, before the cadi discovered now and then putting their heads through that his new assailant, instead of being the scuttle or hatchway of the after-cabin, a Christian, was no other than Ali to see in what all this clashing of arms Pacha, the enamoured of Leonisa, who was to end. Finding that nearly all the had been lying in wait for him with the Turks were slain, and the survivors sesame intention with which Hassan had verely wounded, so that they might easily sent in pursuit of him, and who, in order be despatched, they called to their assistthat he might commit his theft with ance two cousins of Halima's, whom she greater secresy, had clothed his soldiers had brought with her in order that they in the Christian costume. The cadi, might assist in seizing the vessel; and, toknowing the intentions of the enamoured gether with them and with her father, and treacherous Pachas, raising his voice, they leaped into the gangway, snatched up began thus to denounce their wicked- scimitars belonging to the slain, shouted ness:-" How is this, Ali Pacha, thou Liberty! liberty !” and, aided by the traitor, that, being a Mussulman, thou stout Greek rowers, they succeeded, with fallest upon me in the disguise of a Chris- safety to themselves, in despatching the tian ?-_and you, ye traitorous soldiers of exhausted Turks. Then passing into Hassan, what demon hath instigated you Ali's galiot, which was left without deto commit so vile an outrage ? How fence, they took possession of it and all comes it that, to gratify the loose desires that it contained. One of the first that of him who has sent you hither, you thus fell in the second encounter was Ali Pacha lift your hands against your natural su- himself, who was cut down by a Turk, in perior ?”

revenge of the cadi. At these words the conflict was sus- By the advice of Ricardo, they all impended the soldiers on each side looking mediately set to work to remove whatever at and recognising each other, for they was valuable in their own vessel, and in had all served under the same captain, Hassan's, into Ali's galiot, which was and fought under the same banner; and larger, and adapted to any cargo or voybeing confounded by the remonstrance of age. Its rowers, too, were Christians, the cadi and the consciousness of their who, being gratified with their liberty, criine, their resolution failed them, and and with many things which Ricardo disthey were disposed to sheath their scimi- tributed among them, offered to work the tars. Ali alone shut his eyes and his ears vessel to Trapani, or to the world's end, to every thing; and, rushing upon the if he chose to order them. This being cadi, gave him such a cut on the head, settled, Mahomet and Ricardo, rejoicing that, had it not been defended by a hun- for the happy event, went to Halima, and dred yards of muslin, which were wrap- told her that if she was disposed to return ped round it, he would undoubtedly have to Cyprus, they would man her own ves

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sel with good rowers, and would give her occasion to use the oars, they arrived at half the treasures which she had embark- the island of Corfu, where they took in ed; but she having, through all the ter- water : they proceeded immediately, passrors which she had experienced, preserved ing by the Acroceraunian rocks; and her passion for Ricardo, said that she on the second day they discovered at a would go with them to a Christian land; distance the promontory of Passaro, the and at this her parents were exceedingly ancient Pachinus of the fertile Trinacria rejoiced.

-one of the names given, on account of The cadi's senses returned; they its triangular form, to the fruitful island dressed his wound as well as the circum- of Sicily. The vessel flew on her prosstances would admit of their doing, and perous course, within sight of that cape then told him that he must choose one and of the then famed island of Malta, of two things; either to be taken to a and in four days more, following the Christian country, or to return in his Sicilian coast, they discovered the island own vessel to Nicosia. He answered, of Lampedosa, * and soon after that on that since fortune had been so unkind to which the corsair galiot had been wreckhim, he thanked them for the liberty ed, at the sight of which Leonisa shudwhich they gave him, and he wished to dered, recollecting the imminent peril in go to Constantinople and complain to which she had there been. The next the Grand Signior of the wrong that had day they saw before them their longbeen done him by Hassan and Ali. But desired country: fresh joy filled their when he learned that Halima was leaving hearts; and their spirits were exhilarated him, and meant to turn christian, he by this new pleasure-one of the greatwas almost mad with rage and vexation. est which can be experienced in this life However, they fitted out his own vessel, —that of returning after long captivity, provided him with everything necessary in health and safety, to our native land. for his voyage, and also gave him a few There is one which perhaps equals it, of the zechins which had lately been his says the delightful Cervantes (and he own. Having now resolved to return to had experienced both), which is, that of Nicosia, he took leave of them all; but being victorious in battle. entreated that before he set sail, Leonisa In the galiot had been found a chest would embrace him; which single favour, full of small silk flags and streamers of he said, would suffice to chase from his different colours, with which Ricardo had mind the memory of his misfortune. the vessel adorned. It was a little after They all asked Leonisa to grant him that day-break, when they found themselves indulgence, as she might do it without within a league of the city; and, rowing offence to her modesty. She consented; by divisions, and raising at intervals a joythe cadi then asked her to lay her hands ful shout, they were approaching the harupon his head, that he might have hopes bour, about which they soon saw an imof the cure of his wound; and she satis- mense number of people assembled, who, fied him in that particular also. This having observed this gaily adorned vessel being done, and having bored and sunk coming so leisurely to land, had hastened Hassan's vessel, being favoured by a down to the shore to obtain a nearer fresh breeze from the east, which seemed view. Meanwhile Ricardo had asked as to court the sails, they gladly hoisted a favour of Leonisa, that she would put

hem, and in a very few hours they lost on the very same dress and ornaments sight of the cadi's vessel, who, with tears in which she had entered the tent of the in his eyes, was gazing in the direction two pachas, as he had a mind to put a in which the winds were wafting from pleasant deception upon her parents, with him his wife, his treasures, his enjoy- a view to give them an agreeable surprise. ment, and almost his existence.

She did so; adding decoration to deco

ration, and beauty to beauty, for her CHAP. V.

countenance brightened with joy as she Fair ones, 't is said, there are, who slight

approached her native shore; and after Real worth for outward grace ;

all, smiles enhance the charms of a lovely But many more, I ween, prefer

face no less than tears,–

-as the rose which A heart before a face.

seems to triumph in bloom and gladness, RICARDO and Mahomet pursued their is beheld with a more lively though less voyage, with very different reflections tender feeling of delight than the pale and from those of the cadi: they resolved not drooping lily. Ricardo, likewise, put on to touch at any place on the way; so they passed within sight of Alexandria,

* A small and fertile island in the Mediterand without slackening sail, or having ranean, about twelve miles in circuit.

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a Turkish dress, as did also Mahomet, and grasp. With his other hand at the same all the christians at the oar; the clothes time holding Leonisa's, Ricardo said, “ I of the Turks who had been slain affording pray you, my friends, of your courtesy, them an ample supply.

that before we enter into the city, and When they reached the mouth of the into the temple, to render due thanks to harbour, it was about eight in the morn- God for the great mercies he has vouching, which was so bright and serene, that safed to us in our misfortunes, that you the heavens seemed to smile upon their listen to a few words which I am desirous joyous arrival. Before they entered the of addressing to you.” The governor harbour, Ricardo had the artillery of the told him in answer, to say whatever he galiot discharged, consisting of one piece pleased; for that they would all listen to of cannon and two falconets, which were him with pleasure, and in silence. He answered from the city by the like num- was immediately surrounded by the prin

The people on shore were cipal persons present, and, elevating his in suspense, awaiting the arrival of the voice a little, he addressed them to the gallant-looking vessel. But when they following effect. descried the white turbans of those on “ You must well remember, my friends, board, whom they consequently took for the misfortune which happened to me a Turks, they began to suspect some stra- few months ago, in the garden by the tagem; the militia of the town seized sast mines, together with the loss of Leotheir arms and ran down to the port, and nisa. Neither can you have forgotten the horsemen spread themselves along how solicitous I was to procure her lithe shore: all which was very entertain- berty; since, forgetting my own,

I offered ing to those on board the galiot; who for her ransom all that I possessed ; having entered the harbour, dropped an- though, indeed, I can presume but little chor close to the shore; and immediately on the merit of this apparent generosity, fixing the gang-board, all at once laying since it was but to ransom my dearer self. up their oars, they stepped ashore one by All that has since happened to us both, one, as in procession, and kissed the ground requires more leisure, a fitter opportunity again and again, shedding tears of joy; and a more tranquil mind than 1 at this a clear sign to those who stood gazing at moment possess, to relate it. Suffice it them that they were christians, who had for the present to say, that after various made themselves masters of a Turkish and extraordinary adventures, and after vessel. In the rear of the procession a thousand times despairing of any recame Halima, with her father and mother medy for our misfortunes, heaven, in its and her two cousins, all in Turkish infinite mercy, has at length restored us dresses: and last of all came the beautiful to our long-desired country, in happiness Leonisa, in the same splendid attire in and wealth. But the satisfaction which which the Jew had sold her, having her I now feel is owing, not to my own share face, as on that occasion, covered with a in our common good-fortune, but to the veil of crimson taffety. She walked be- pleasure which I imagine this my lovely tween Ricardo and Mahomet; and the and constant enemy to feel, both in the eyes of the assembled multitude were in- recovery of her liberty, and in seeing bestantly fixed upon them: on stepping fore her, as she now does, the form which ashore, they, like the rest, prostrated is dearest to her soul. I also rejoice in themselves and kissed their native soil. the general joy of those who have been

The governor of the city now approach- my companions in calamity. But aled them, as he clearly perceived that they though misfortune will often change the were the most important persons of the disposition and vanquish the strongest reparty ; but he had no sooner come near solution, it has been otherwise with the enough to observe their features, than he fair destroyer of my hopes; for, with more recognised Ricardo, and ran with open fortitude and firmness than can well be arms and with symptoms of great plea- told, she has braved the tempest of her sure, to embrace him. With the gover- misfortunes, and resisted my ardent though nor came Cornelio and his father, and the honourable suit. - I repeat, that I ofparents and relatives of Leonisa, together fered my property for her ransom, and in with those of Ricardo; all of them being my sincere and honourable passion I persons of the first consequence in the yielded her my soul. I have since city. Ricardo embraced the governor risked my life, much more for the sake and returned his gratulations. He then of her liberty than of my own: and altook Cornelio's hand, who, having dis- though to the mind of one more grateful, covered who he was, turned pale and al- these might be obligations of some immost trembled with fear at feeling his portance, yet I desire not that they should


be so regarded; I only wish this one to Cornelio, you may well believe that it did be considered so, which I now confer." not exceed the bounds of decorum, since

So saying, he raised his hand, and with it was under the guidance of my parents, all gentleness and delicacy uncovered the who permitted it because they were deface of Leonisa. He then continued — sirous of obtaining him for my husband. “ Here, Cornelio, I deliver to you the If you are satisfied on that point, you treasure which you ought to value above will not, I think, have been less so with all valuable things; and you, beauteous the experience which you ave had of Leonisa,-you see that I give you to him the modesty and propriety of my deportwho has ever bornc you in remembrance : ment. This I say, Ricardo, to give you this I do indeed wish to be considered as to understand that I have always been an act of generosity, compared with at liberty—subject, I mean, to none but which, to part with wealth, life, and how my parents, whom I now, with all due nour, is nothing. Receive her, too happy submission, entreat to give me leave to youth,—receive her, — and if thou art dispose of that freedom which your great capable of appreciating such a treasure, valour and generosity have restored to thou art indeed the happiest upon earth. With her I will give thee all that falls to Her parents said that they gave her my share of the prize which heaven has the liberty which she requested, as they given to us all, which I believe will be trusted in her prudence that she would upwards of thirty thousand crowns. All use it in such a manner as should rethis thou mayst enjoy to thy heart's con dound to her honour and advantage. tent, in ease, quiet, and freedom; and “ With this permission, then,” resumed heaven grant that it may be for many the discreet Leonisa, “I will risk apyears. For my part, since, being without pearing forward, that I may not appear Leonisa, I shall be without happiness, I ungrateful ; and so, worthy Ricardo, my wish to be poor ; for wanting her, life choice, which has hitherto been reserved, itself will be more than I can enjoy.”- hesitating, and doubtful, declares itself

Here he was silent for a few moments, in your favour. Hence men may learn as if his voice was stifled; but before any that women are not all ungrateful, since one spoke he exclaimed—“Good heaven! I hereby shew my gratitude at least ; I how much do sorrows and disasters dis- am yours, Ricardo, and yours I will be turb the understanding! I, my friends, until death,-unless indeed some worin my eagerness to do right, have not thier object induce you to deny me well considered what I have been say- your hand.” ing: for no one can bestow that which At these words, so unexpected, Ricardo belongs to another.

What authority was transported with joy. So much was have I over Leonisa, that I should give he affected, that he could not answer Leher to any one?-or how can I pretend onisa otherwise than by falling on his to dispose of that which is so far from knees before her, and taking her hands, being mine ? Leonisa is her own—and which he kissed again and again, bathing so much her own, that were she to lose them in tears of tenderness and love. her parents (whom heaven preserve Cornelio wept for vexation, the parents many years !) there would be no one to of Leonisa for joy, and the bystanders control her will; and should the obliga- with admiration and sympathy. tions which her good sense must tell her The bishop or archbishop of the city she owes to me, be considered as any was present, and took the betrothed pair, obstacle to it, I cancel them from this with his benediction and license, to the moment. I must, then, retract what I great church, where, dispensing with the have said: I do not give anything to usual delay, he united them immediately. Cornelio, for I have no power to do so : The rejoicing was general throughout the I only confirm the gift of my property to city, and was testified that night by a Leonisa, desiring no other compensation great number of illuminations, and for than that she should believe the sincerity many days after by the games and enterof my passion, and that it never tended tainments given by the relatives of Ricardo to any object unworthy of her incompa- and Leonisa. Mahomet and Halima rerable modesty, worth, and beauty.” turned to the bosom of the church; and

Ricardo here ceased; upon which the latter, finding it impossible for her to Leonisa answered him in these terms : become the wife of Ricardo, consoled

“ If, Ricardo, you imagine that during herself by espousing Mahomet, who, with the time when you were enamoured and the faith of his fathers, had resumed his jealous of me, I granted any favour to Christian name of Francesco. Ricardo's

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