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THOMAS JOHNES, ESQ. Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart



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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Memoirs of the life of Sir John Froissart
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•*bat (his god, calling 'to minci the protection he had givep*him-from four years of age9 ordered him to revife the difpute of thefe three divinities; that lie had confirmed the judgment of Paris; and that Venus had promifed him, as a recompence9 a miftrds more beautiful than the fair Helen, and of fuch high birth that from the fcene of the .poem to Gonftantioople there was not earl, duke, king nor. emperor, who would not have efteemed himfelf fortunate in obtaining her. He was to fervé this beauty for ten years, and his whole life was to be devoted to the adoration of that divinity who had made him fuch fair promifes. FroMEurt had been early attached to romances : that of Cleomades was the firft inftrument 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 -contented, for fuch complaifant attentions -coft little. There was loon formed between them a literary connexion. Froiflart lent her-the romance of the ê Baàkm «TAmoarsV and availed himfelf of the •opportunity to -flip into it a ballad* In which he firft fpoke of his love. This fpark of afièétion became a flame which nothing could extinguifh ; -and Froiflart, having experienced all that agitation which a firft paflion infpires, was almoft reduced to defpair on hearing that his miftrefs was on the pointcf being married.: his exceffive grief overwhelmed him, and caufed Mm a fit of iMnefe whicttlafted three months. The beft refoluion he could take was to travel, in order to diffipate his chagrin, and to recover his health. Ms 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 days travelling, during which he had never ceaièd making verfes in honour of his miftrefs, he arrived at a town, which I believe to be Calais, where he embarked. During his pafiage, the weather was fo tempefluous as to threaten an immediate wreck of the veflel : this, "however, .was not capable of fufpending .his application in finMhing a rondeau which he had begun in honour of his love. The weather became xalm, and the rondeau was completed, when he found himfelf on a coaft, . • M. de St Palaye, in a note, frjs he is not acquainted with this romance. Bâillon ugm&e .miff.

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