Tales of a rambler

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Seite 32 - He was perfumed like a milliner; And 'twixt his finger and his thumb he held A pouncet-box, which ever and anon He gave his nose and took't away again ; Who therewith angry, when it next came there, Took it in snuff...
Seite 296 - On the demise of a person of eminence, it is confidently averred that he had a hand "open as day to melting charity," and that "take him for all in all, we ne'er shall look upon his like again.
Seite 296 - Such was the man who stood, like one of the patriarchs of old, stern and simple in his attire, amid the gay and glittering throng. * * * The scene is changed ; it is no longer the busy splendid assemblage of warriors and courtiers without the walls of Fontainbleau — it is the solemn stillness of the chamber of death ! The dark fretted roof of one of the chambers of the palace spreads its carved work above, in lieu of the clear and cloudless canopy of heaven ; and the faint glim' mer of a single...
Seite 296 - Francis ! the patron of learning," is joined with " honour to Da Vinci, le aage chevalier ! Honour to the noble Italian, may his stay be long at the court he has at length visited." It was indeed Da Vinci, the venerable Leonardo, who had left his ungrateful country, to visit the court of one who never failed to respect wisdom and virtue. Da Vinci, the man who united the most wonderful talents with a pure and guileless heart. The accomplished gentleman, the skilful knight, the mathematician, the poet,...
Seite 294 - Here rode the portly citizen on his sober pacing steed — there ambled the court] maiden on her playful jennet, jingling the milan bells of her hooded merlin in the ear of the citizen's horse, to the no small discomfiture of his rider. Here stood the veteran cavalier, stiff and straight as the old elm against which he leant, casting a wrathful eye upon the wayward caracolings of the lady's palfrey, — and there the bashful country damsel, half smiling, half pouting at the plumed gallant, who, bending...
Seite 293 - ... Gentlemen," was holding high festival at Fontainbleau, with the noblest and brightest of his court. Certes, it was a noble and a stirring sight to view the gallant array of warriors and princes, of spearmen and arbalisters, with their banners and their pennons, waving and flashing their many-coloured hues to the full blaze of the morning. All, of every degree, from the proud noble in his furred gown and golden chain, to the shouting peasant with his thrum cap and leathern jerkin, were thronging...
Seite 91 - Before Matsys could reply, the negro he had before seen, entered the chamber, bearing a collation of the rarest fruits and wines, which he placed upon the table, and then retired behind the couch, where he remained, with his arms crossed on his breast, as if awaiting the further commands of his master. " I pledge ye, Sir Quintin!" exclaimed the cavalier, pouring some wine into a crystal goblet, till the ruby bubbles sparkled above the brim ; " do me right in a cup of true Corinth. And now...
Seite 96 - Nicholas, threw his limbs on a bed upon which a king might have reposed, and was soon lost in a deep slumber, through which floated dreams that bore with them the towers of his native Antwerp, and the fairy form of the daughter of Michael Flors.
Seite 293 - Fontainbleau; the dew-drops were glittering on the pendant branches, as if each trembling bough were jewelled like the tiara of a monarch; and the matin-song of the little birds was sounding merrily in the greenwood ; but brighter far, shone the eyes of the fair maidens of France, and sweeter sang the minstrels who were assembled in the glades of the forest. Francis, the

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