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Memoirs of the celebrated Maid of l vere, assembled to escort it. She orORLEANS.

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theologians cautiously examinin her hands a confecrated ba: ner, ed Joan's million, and pronounced it where the Supreme Being was repreundoubted and supernatural. She was sented grasping the globe of the earth, sent to the parliament then residing at and surrounded with flower-de-luces ; Poitiers, and was interrogated before and she infifted, in right of her prothat assembly :-- the presidents, the phetic mission, that the convoy ihould counsellors, who came persuaded of enter Orleans by the direct road from her impofture, went away convinced the lide of Beausse : but the Count de of her inipiration. A ray of hope Dunois, unwilling to fubmit the rules began to break through that despair, of the military art to her inspirations, in which the mirds of all men were ordered it to approach by the other before enveloped. Heaven had now fide of the river where he knew the declared itself in favour of France, and weakest part of the English army was had laid bare its outstretched arm to stationed. take vengeance on her invaders. Few Previous to this attempt, the Maid could distinguish between the impulse had wrote to the Regent, and to the of inclination, and the force of con English general before Orleans, comviction ; and none would submit to the manding them, in the name of the trouble of fo disagreeable a scrutiny. Omnipotent Creator, by whom she was

After these artiñcial precautions and commiflioned, immediately to rate the preparations had been for some time fiege, and to evacuate France, and meemployed, Joan's requests were at lait nacing them with divine vengeance 112 complied with ; she was armed cap-a case of their disobedience. the pee, mounted on horseback, and shewn English affected to speak with deridion in that martial habiliment before the of the Maid, and of her heavenly comwhole people. Her dexterity in mamilion, and said, that the French king naging her steed, though acquired in was now indeed reduced to a forry her former occupation, was regarded pass, when he had recourse to such ria as a new proof of her mission, and she diculous expedients : but they felt was received with the loudest accla their imagination secretly struck with mations by the spectators. Her for the vehement persuasion which premer occupation was eren denied ; me vailed in all around them, and they was no longer the servant of an inn; waited with an anxious expectation, she was converted into a shepherders, not unmixed with horror, for the isfue an employment much more agreeable of these extraordinary preparations. to the imagination. To render her As the convoy approached the river, Itill more interesting, near ten years a fally was made by the garrison, on the were fubtracted from her age, and all fide of Beauffe, to prevent the English the sentiments of love and chivalry general from sending any detachment were thus united to those of enthu. to the other side: the provisions were fiasm, in order to inflame the fond fan- peaceably embarked in boats, which cy of the people with prepossessions in the inhabitants of Orleans had sent to her favour.

receive them: the Maid covered with When the engine was thus drefied her troops the embarkation : Suffolk up in full splendor, it was time to el ventured not to attack her; and the say its force againit the enemy. Joan French general carried back the army was sent to Blois, where a large con in safety to Blois : an alteration of afvoy was prepared for the supply of fairs which was already visible to all Orleans; and an army of ten thouiand the world, and which had a proportionmen, under the command of St. Se al effect on the minds of both parties. Vol. X.

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The Maid entered the town of Or one redoubt, and proved successful : leans, arrayed in her military garb, all the English who defended the euand displaying her consecrated stand trenchments were put to the sword, or ard, and was received as a celestial de- taken prisoners ; and Sir John Talbot liverer by all the inhabitants. They himself, who had drawn together, from now believed themselves invincible un the other redoubts, some troops to der her sacred influence, and Dunois | bring them relief, dared not to appear himself perceiving such a mighty al- in the open field against so formidable teration both in friends and foes, con an enemy: sented that the next convoy, which Nothing seemed impofsible after this was expected in a few days, should en success to the Maid and her enthusiaster by the fide of Beausse. The con tic votaries. She urged the generals voy approached ; the waggons and to attack the main body of the English troops were passed without interrup in their entrenchments.; but Dunois, tion between the redoubts of the En- still unwilling to hazard the fate of glish ; a dead filence and astonishment France by too great temerity, and senreigned among those troops, formerly lible that the least reverse of fortune so elated with victory, and so fierce for would make all the present visions ethe combat.

vaporate, and restore every thing to its The Earl of Suffolk was in a situa- former condition, checked her vehetion very unusual and extraordinary,' mence, and proposed to her first to exand which miglit well confound a man pel the enemies from the forts on the of the greateit capacity and firmest other side of the river, and thus lay temper. He saw his troops overawed, the communication with the country and strongly impressed with the idea entirely open, before she attempted any of a Divine influence accompanying the more hazardous enterprizes. Joan was Maid. Initead of banishing these vain persuaded, and these forts were vigoterrors by hurry, and action, and war, rously affailed. In one attack the he waited till the soldiers should re French were repulsed; the Maid was cover from the panic, and he thereby left almost alone ; she was obliged to gave leisure to those prepoffessions to retreat, and join the runaways ; but link ftill deeper into theu minds. The displaying her facred standard, and amilitary maxims, which are prudent in nimating them with her countenance, common cases, deceived him in these her gettures, her exhortations, she led unaccountable events. The English them back to the charge and overfelt their courage daunted and over powered the English in their entrenchwhelmed, and thence inferred a Divine

In the attack of another fort, vengeance hanging over them. The lhe was wounded in the neck with an French drew the same inference from arrow; the retreated a moment behind an inactivity so new and unexpected. the assailants ; she pulled out the arEvery circumstance was now reversed row with her own hands; she had the in the opinions of men, on which all wound quickly dressed; and she hafdepends. The spirit, resulting from tened back to head the troops, and to a long course of uninterrupted success, plant her victorious banner on the was on a sudden transferred from the ramparts of the enemy. victors to the vanquished.

By all these successes the English The Maid called aloud, that the were entirely chased from their fortigarrison should remain no longer on fications on that lide : they had lost athe defentive, and she promised her bove fix thousand men in these differfollowers the affittance of heaven in at ent actions, and what was still more tacking those redoubts of the enemy, important, their wonted courage and which had so long kept them in awe, contidence were wholly gone, and had and which they had never hitherto given place to amazement and despair. dared to insult.' The generals second. The Maid returned triumphant to the ed her ardour; an attack was made on I bridge, and was again received as the

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guardian angel of the city. After dubbed him into that fraternity; and performing such miracles, the convin- he immediately surrendered himself ced the moft obdurate incredulity of his prisoner. her divine mission : men felt themselves The remainder of the English army animated as by a fuperior energy, and was commanded by Fastolffe, Scales, thought nothing impoflible to that di and Talbot, who thought of nothing vine hand, which so visibly conducted but making their retreat as soon as them. It was in vain even for the possible into a place of safety, while English generals to oppose with their the French esteemed the overtaking soldiers the prevailing opinion of fu-them equivalent to a victory. So pernatural influence. They themselves much had the events which passed be. were probably moved with the same fore Orleans altered every thing bebelief. The utmost they dared to ad tween the two nations. The vanguard vance was, that Joan was not an in of the French, under Xaintrailles, atItrument of God; she was only the tacked the rear of the enemy at the implement of the devil : but as the village of Patay. The battle lasted English had felt, to their fad expe not a moment : the English were disrience, that the devil might be allowed comfited and fied : the brave Faitolffe Yometimes tò prevail, they derived not himself thewed the example of fight to much consolation from the enforcing his troops ; and the order of the girof this opinion.

ter was taken from him as a punishIt might prove [have proved] ex ment for this instance of cowardice.tremely dangerous for Suffolk, with Two thonsand men were killed in this such intimidated troops, to remain any action, and both Talbot and Scales longer in the presence of such a cou taken prisoners. rageous and victorious enemy, and he In the account of all these fuccef.. therefore raised the fiege, and retreat- les, the French writers, to magnify ed with all the precautions imaginable. the wonder, represent the Maid (who The French resolved to push their was now known by the appellation of conquests, and to allow the English no the Mard of Orleans) as not only acleisure to recover from their constern- tive in the combat, but as performing ation. Charles formed a body of fix the office of general, directing the thousand men, and sent them to attack troops, conducting the military oper: Jergeau, whither Suffolk had retired ations, and swaying the deliberations with a detachment of his army. The in all councils of war, It is ceriain fiege lasted ten days, and the place was that the policy of the French court obitinatily defended. Joan displayed endeavoured to maintain this pro her wonted intrepidity on this occa ance with the public ; but it sich fion. She defcended into the folia more probable that Dunois arrito in leading the attack, and the there wifer commanders prompt:d her in za! received a blow on the head with a stone, her reasures, than that a cronos y by which she was confounded, and beai girl, without experience or edu, u istine to the ground: but she foon recovered could, on a luculen, become cxo'rtin herself, and in the end rendered the af a profeffio', which requires nenecsault. successful: Suffolk was obliged to nius and capacity than any other acyield himself a prisoner to a Frenchman, tive Scene of loft. It is futticient has called Renaud; but before he submit that she could diflinguish the perfeito ted, he asked his adversary whether he whose judgment the might rely; that he was a gentleman. On receiving a fa- could seize thei lunts and fuggestions, tisfactory answer, he demanded whe and, on a sudden, deliver the opinii ther he was a knight. Renaud re as her own; and that she coule cas, plied, that he had not yet attained on occasion, that visionary a'id en that honour. “ Then I make you faftic spirit, with whici fhe nje u one,” replied Suffolk ; upon which he doubtedly actua:ed, ani coniu ter gave him a blow with his sword, which it with prudence and discretion.

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The MISTAKES LOVER. whol pad win ch led to it was occu (Concaci from Paz? 400.) pied by thinir zarritons, ard no imagibation could be lo fanguine as to think ENTIVOLIO, fatisfied with the

eclaircitenient, taking each of come within the bounds of posibility ; the ladies by the arm, was going homebut as it was extremely the intereit of wards, when the musical friends, begCharles to maintain the belief of somezed to have the honour of attending thing extraordinary and divine in these them home. When they came to the events, and to avail himself of the pre-house Bentivolio thanked them for Ient consternation of the English, he their civility, and asked them to go in resolved to follow the exhortations of and accept of some refresnment. his warlike prophetess, and to lead his After staying fome time, and talking army upon this promising adventure. on a variety of subjects, that preferHitherto he had kept remote from the ence which Antonio could not firit fccnc of war : as the safety of the state bestow, was now decided : and the depended entirely upon his person, he prize was given to Sapphira. There had been persuaded to restrain his mi was a gentleness and mildness in her litary ardour : but observing this prof- fentiments which he could not but adperous turn of affairs, he now deter: mire, and if her person was truely fe. • mined to appear at the head of his ar- minine, there was not less femality in mies, and to set the example of valour her mind. As they were all together to all his soldiers : and the French on the threshold Antonio seemed by nobility faw at once their young fo- his looks to beg a second interview vereign alluming a new and more bril- with Alicia, who answered only with liant character, feconded by fortune, blushes. Altamont bowing, thanked and conducted by the hand of hea. Bentivolio for his kindness, and begven; and they caught fresh zeal to ex-ged he might be permitted to renew ert themselves in placing him on the his visit. Bentivolio, with all the cauthrone of his anceitors.

tion of age, replied, “ he must first Charles let out for Rheims at the be acquainted with his character: afhead of twelve thousand men ; he ter which it would be time enough to pasted by Troye, which opened its give him an answer." gates to him : Chalons imitated the To obviate all objections, Altamont example ; Rheims sent him a deputa- informed him of his family, and his extion with its keys, before his approach pectations, concluding with those of to it; and he scarce perceived, as he Antonio his friend. paffed along, that he was marching By this detail Bentivolio found the through an enemy's country. The parents of Altamont and Antonio were ceremony of his coronation was here his intimate acquaintance : but still atperformed with the holy oil, which a tached to his characteristical precaupiycon had brought to King Clovis tion, he replied, that he was fatisfied from heaven, on the first establishment with 'his connections; but it were neof the French monarchy: the Maid of cessary that they should each of them Ons stood by his lide, ia complete gain the consent of their parents, pre

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sious to his admitting them as suitors up, and put into her pocket, with an to the ladies. “ But,” added he, in- intention of making farther use of it. terrupting himself, “ I can say nothing While her mistress was engaged, she to Alicia : her parents must be applied conveyed it to Altamont, who caught to before her suitor can expect her to fire as soon as he read it, and precireceive his addresles."

pitately fent a challenge to Antonio. Antonio and Altamont departed Antonio was astonished on the recepwith full hopes of obviating all diffi- tion of it, but was determined to rinculties, and when each of them had dicate his own honour. He appointed related the rencounter to his parents, the time and place of their meeting in obtained his wishes.

his answer. Bentivolio was the next day inform The agitations of Altamont were so ed of this happy circumttance, and great at this inftant, that he went out, the affairs of the respective parties leaving the letter, which had dropt on seemed to be in a prosperous way, the poor, behind him; and his man, when an occurrence happened which coming in, found it, and after reading threatened to ruin all their hopes. it, thought it was proper to carry it to

Alicia's woman, whom he made Bentivolio, Sapphira's father. The her confidant, had reasons for being a latter was allonished at the contents, verse to her mistress's marriage with and after revolving some time in his Antonio. A young gentleman in the vi- mind, desired the bearer to get incinage had bribed her to introduce him telligence, if the affair should be proto her in her father's abfence, before ductive of a challenge, of the time her meeting with Antonio. As he when the parties were to meet. Saphad solicited her, previously to apply.phir, perceiving the chagrin her father ing for her father's confent, she reject was in after the departure of Altaed him with scorn, and defired him mont's valet, fe importuned him never to see her any more. Her fa to disclose the occasion. Unable to ther was apprized of this circumstance, refift her importunities, he complied, and applauded her for her filial con and thewed her the letier. Scarcely duct. But her maid, itill blinded by had the finished perusing it, when Aliavarice, kept a secret correspondence cia's woman was announced, who dewith Malvolio, and undertook to break tiring to speak with her in secret, con off the match between her mistress and formed the particulars in the letter, Antonio. For this purpose she forged and added, that the parties were now a letter, wherein the accused Antonio on the verge of engaging. Sapphira, of infidelity to her mistress, and pay. distracted with grief, Acw to her faing his addresses to Sapphira : this she ther, who immediately repaired to the directed, in a feigned hand, to Alicia, fatal spot, attended by his daughter, and contrived to be by when the re and accompanied by Alicia’s woman, ceived it.

who was to serve as their condu&ress. On opening the billet, Alicia was Altamont was going to make his startled to find it in an unknown hand, first pass, when Sapphira appeared, and and, with an unguarded fimplicity, at the danger of her life ran between Thewed it to her woman, who artfully the parties, convinced them that loine told her that shc had heard as much, enemy to their happiness had been but out of a regard for her repose, had guilty of the forgery; and immediatefuppreffed it. Alicia was too strongly recollecting the correspondence Alily attached to Antonio to give credit cia's woman still kept with Malvolio, to an anonymous letter, or the sugges- the charged her with it homely, and tions of her woman to his prejudice ; by menaces brought her to confess the and her breakfast being ready, she went whole. down stairs, leaving the billet on her The parties being thus reconciled, toilette, which her woman fnatched they accelerated their joint marriages,

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