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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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tir rival of King John of France in England; the re* turn of the duke of Brabant to his country after his captivity ; the viftory gained by Charles VI. òf France at Caffel ; the marriage of the duke of Berry ; the public entry of Queen Ifabella into Paris, &c. Froiffart has fucceeded better in his paftorals than in any other fpecies of poetry : that fimple and ingenuous gaiety, which is the general charafter of his mind, he has transfufed wholly into the fentiments and deportment of his ihepherds and ihep^ herdeffes. The fubje&s they difcufs, their manner of treating them, and their language, are always conformable to their ftate and fentiments ; a lively joy animates their games and their paftimes, but to render it more finking, M. de la Curne thus relates a part of the fourth paftoral. A rich ihepherd balances between the fear of lûfmg the affe&ion.of his miibefs, who threatens to leave him if he does not marry her, or the great wealth his relations promife him to prevent the match: he, therefore, confidentially feeks advice in this embarraffment from a fliepherd who is his friend, and whofe counfels end always vrith Si tu peux avoir ta Bergère, Qferois-tu demander mieux ! Were that lovely maid your bride. What could you demand befide ? At this moment the ihepherdefs appears,' they advance to meet her ; and the friend who has been confulted fays, 6'elfe


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