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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Heroines of the Crusades
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* The Violet has felt humbled and concealed her head under the purple man-tle that covers her ; One would say that the verdure has formed beneath her feet inviting unto prayer." " Yet as the sun among the stars, and the rose among the flowers of the gar-den, So is the Beloved to the partial eyes of the lover." A voice singing or chanting in the Persian, seemed to reply from the precincts of the tomb :— " Child of Adam, heir of worldly glory, let not Hope deceive thee, For I passed an undistinguished grave in the midst of a garden, And the narcissus, and the rose, and the violet clustered round it, And the star-like anemone shed its red light upon iL And I said, whose tomb is this ? And the soil answered, Be respectful, for this is the resting-place of a lover." " So I said, God keep thee, oh 1 victim of love, For thou hast fallen beneath the simoom of passion, Or perished with the mildew of disappointment" The voice ceased—the company waited in silence for the renewal of the song : but the nightingale alone took up the strain, and the spreading of the tents and the sweet slum-ber that falls upon the weary, effaced the remembrance of the mysterious serenade from the minds of all but Oohr-Eddin. A superstitious fear weighed upon the spirit of the lover, and haunted his imagination. It was destiny warning him of disappointment, it was a rival triumphing in his chagrin ; in either case it argued ill for the success of his suit, and robbed him of his rest. "When they set forward the following morning, they again caught a glimpse of the unknown cavalier, spurring on before them, and a messenger, mounted on the fleetest steed of the party, was despatched to overtake the stranger, and learn his purpose. The mission was unsuccessful, and the affair was passed over in silence. The embassy was received with great distinction by the christian lords in charge of Acre. The advantages of the 312 HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.

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