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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.1
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iv fortunate in obtaining her. He was to ferve this beauty for ten years, and his whole life was to be devoted to the adoration of that divinity who hid made him fuch fair promifes. . Froiffart had been early attached to romances ; that of Cleomades was the firft infiniment by which love was enabled to captivate him. He found it in the hands of a young maiden who invited him to read it with her: he readily confented, for fuch complaifant attentions coil little. There was foon formed beiween them a literary connexion. Froiffart lent her the romance of the Baillou d* Amours* availed himfelf of the opportunity to flip into it a ballad, in which he firil fpoke of his love. This fpark _ of affeflion became a flame which nothing could extinguiih; and Froiffart having experienced all that agitation which a firil paffion infpires, was almoft reduced to defpair on hearing that his miftrefs was on the point of being married ; his exceflive grief overwhelmed him, and caufed him a fit of illnefs which lafled three months. The befl refolution h& could take was to travel in order to diflipate his chagrin, and to recover his health. As his journey was performed with a large company, he was forced to hide his trouble by more than ordinary attention to the common obfervances of fociety. After two ^ays travelling, during which he had never ceafed making verfes in honour of his miilrefs, he arrived at a town, which I believe to be Calais, where he em * M . de St. Palaye, in a note, fays he is, not acquainted with this romance. Baillou fignifies JBaiilif. barked.


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