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THE 



KNIGHT OB" ST. JOHN. 



VOL. III. 



Printed by A. Scrahan, 
Priaters-Sueet, London. 



THE 

KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN, 

By Mms anna MARIA PORTER, 

AWrmE OF ** TBM MBCLVSS 6P NOBWAY!* SfC, SfC. BfC. 



** he d^ouement de soi-m^me et la confiancc dans le Gel font 

]'^ ' '\ "^ SiMIOMDI, 



IK THREE VOLUMES. 
VOL, III. 



LONDON: 

PRINTED FOR LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BlU>WN, 

fATEKNOSTBR^BOW. 

1817. 



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THE 



KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 



CHAPTER I. 



The Chevalier who led the reinforce* 
nient to St. Elmo, found congenial ardtHir 
in Giovanni ; and, no sooner was he ar- 
rived, than a sally was determined and 
executed. 

The new troops rushed from the for(^ 
and, fall»[g upon the Turks in their 
trenches, drove then^ out with prodigious 
slaughter. Quickly rallying, however^ 
and supported by the whole streiigth of 
their camp, the enemy not only regamed 
their Unes, but, favoured by a str<»ig 
wind, which blew back the smc^e |M:a- 

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■*-^ :• : .• : VHE*K?Ni6H*rOF sj. john; 

ceeding from the artillery of the fort, 
they possessed themselves of the counter- 
scarp, and began tasain a fire of musque- 
try^ upon the ravelin. 

covered the Turkish colours flying on the 
counterscarp, (whence the Janizaries 
took murderous aim at every knight as, 
be advanced,) some of the garrison called 
loudly for tlia ittunfeddatfe 'blowing up of 
this unfortunate work ; but, Giovanni 
ifflt t**ify abhDrHaaig «tich ingiwiowa de- 
^ti^atiiotiy bot ^desiroua mj£ »diet^i«g ^te 
dlilS]pA)^te«iit «pwt whidi pBimptad ifc 
fe»^ >him9d^ iBiBgly >up(m tdbe ^mWf 
crying out, '' Rather let us regaiaftitJ'' 
. -fie ittras ftflkwftd by <tte ^obevdfers 
<»^; iRit'ttdiei^^itsflttmed^^hliWi^ 
«l4^tllfe «tid i^«:itig Bfe at nought, ^whe© 
^^(«|)«^ ^4eh lion6M% Jtushed >$o im^ 
ffeliMI^ L^pcmi AhB inrftdBte 4J)at 'tb^y 
i^t^^me'tbttditiitti^ cton^a (b^m^ ibwf 



l^l^P 4W?.^ V^mf»^t l*ftr»»fP w^w 

fortress itself, an(J ^, ^^i^j^^f^^^ 

reduce the &rt to a h&jff- gi^-fsi^/^ 
B 2 



4 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

The venerable Dueguerras beheld these 
new arrangements with dismay; he saw 
tooy with instant sdf-condemnation^ four 
enormous culverins planted upon that 
parallel point, which Giovanni had so 
'Strenuously urged him to secure } and 
which how battered the flanks of his 
ravelin and cavalier with a fury that 
menaced the whole western side of the 
fort with destruction. ' . 

Even the sanguine spirit of the old 
knight must have fainted under these ill- 
boding appearances, had not the infor- 
ipation he received from St. Angelo re- 
stored his hopes. Henri la Valette had 
returned from Sicily with the Viceroy's 
solemn promise of sending part, if not 
the whole of his fleet and army, in less 
than ten days, to the relief of the island. 
^Cesario had remained in Sicily, to wait 
the arrival of Prince Doria, according to 
previous instructions; and his arguments, 
it was beKeved, would certainly expe- 
dite the succours. 



Ttm KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 5 

Having commumcat^ these gladden* 
ing tidings to lus garriseii, Du^uerras 
required them to call up their resolutioii^ 
and d^end themselves mutfully, since 
their day of deliverance drew mgh. 

The garrison, with one voice, expressed 
their determination of standing out to 
the last gasp of their lives ; and each 
man then betook himself ^ his post 

In the midMe of tibe second nigfat 
afler Dragut's appearance in Hie infidel 
camp, Giovanni was alarmed by an un- 
usual noise, whilst in the act of applying 
a bandage to a severe wopod which Ro» 
ddphe bad:got in the trenches the day 
b^re. He started from the ^ound on 
which he. was kneeUng, and. at thatmo- 
mait a horrid shout and a volley of fire- 
arms assured him that the enemy ware 
within the Christian lines. He threw the 
* bandages to a serving-brother, and, giving 
Bodo^e a hasty benediction, ruid^ 
out amongst the combatants. 
'* He Ibmid Ottomans andChristiansirased 
B 3 



teg^«)iiir ^tttbot tiie fim^ in collided 
%^ homri t^^HHge t th« ewt^my hAd dis-t 
cm^rtd Tin ^titmiit« to jhfe ravelin 
throQgh k pwtt-lKdie^ ^d/^mkig fntm 
thence into the cav^liei", had ^iitekl^^ 
t)vei|)ower©d the feW isoldiers defond- 
tUg it. 

Wb«!n Giovsnini fw^^ JDto tins op€ii 
air, h^ found edldser^ knights^ and sHervi* 
ing^brdthers mil rdnilhig in ^^^rnist^l^nation 
t0wards tihe ^cavalier. 

. Thft 9(s^u|fgte Whieh'fcAlcrwed Was d«s^ 
peraie: tlie enaiky w&iie repolBed vith 
prbdi^^in Ims^ and driven eVen be3rohd 
Idife ravelin t bnt evdi^ mstn tfaot 1^11 &ad 
tiiooBand? to ilupiri}^ hia pitoe; while tlsb 
^irost^ glffrhoa of StwEllmi mw Mkt ft 
tnA ahmkttn by mtamnbi bla^, i»li9Ck 
tfv«y fresh ^UBtd^dils to be rephmsbed 

GfDvluBBiii 'wbs ife all ^ntstttn ^ ibk * 
ligkt iviAh the eeteHty of thought^ mkBi 
everywhere be ahw liie 9g^d Duegue^niDB 
1^ ^abatred biwse to %he iityMe- 



tars ef the in^deb. He wmA^ htve 

Urged him to retire; and with Bcarijr 

fiUftl tenderness be»oiigfat him to do ao} 

but the old man, reddemng m he 3|>okef 

and pointing to the distant cape from 

M^fch w^ pouriiig the storm e£ Di^agut^s 

eulverins, said, ^ This is the onlyadvioe 

I will ei^er neglect again ;'^ asidbetbrtw 

himseM'into the thick c^* the fight. The 

Turks, newly-reinforced, had hy this time 

secured the ravelin, and returned tp die 

Mtadc of the i^ar^aMer ', yet did the fact 

still hail upon them showers of balU and 

itonesy and Naming pitch : at feogtli the 

good CQiiise tiimnphedy and th^ wwe 

once mere beat 'back. 

At ihe raveHn, however, tjbfy raUiad^ 
and, supqpofted by constant accesaiam /of 
fofce from their camp, were no longer 
to be 4i«k>dged. The ooimterscaTp was 
covered with dieir ^Uin, and 40 mwy of 
the kni^vts had faiHen, that boHh. partiat 
aeetned tacWy to demafid a guspeiwuiisi 
ef -asfmsw 

B 4 



8 THE KNIGHT OP ST«J0HN:. 

Du^uerras himself was amongst the 
wounded: but he roused himself to 
examine the state of his garrison, and 
found it alarmingly reduced. 

Two-thirds were either killed or dis- 
abled J and the infidels, growing in num- 
bers, were now in. possession of one of 
the principal outworks of the fort. 

In the dead of the ensuing night he 
contrived to convey his wounded across 
the port to D Borgo, and at the same 
time he prayed for a second reinforce- 
ment. 

La Valette sent him what troops he 
could spare from the oth^r fortresses j 
which, though not then in a state of 
actual siege, he was obliged to hold in 
momentary e^ectatipn oi[ a surprise. 

From this period the condition of the 
besieged grew daily more critical: the 
Turks, inspirited by the hardy coimsels 
aod skill of Dragut, and drawing prodi- 
gious advantages from their superiority in 
numbers and artillery,^ and their extendedi 



THE JKNI6HT OF ST. JOHN. 9 

position, baffled all the science of tiie 
engineers of the Order, and afl the 
haroism of its knights. 

Every Uving soul that went forth to 
repulse their fierce attacks, w^dt self* 
dev6ted to death : they ^ like so many 
appointed victims. , 

Hie grief of La Tsdette when he heard 
tlieir fsfi/py was as poignant as his admi- 
ration of their cofnstancy was fervei^t^ 
and so impatient was be for the relief of 
this suffenng garrison, that no sooner 
was Cesarip arrived wiA Prince Pqm's 
a9funrai9ca; jof jpinisig the Sicilian fleets 
than he was sent back again to urge the 
instant appearance of bo^ fleets, and to 
paint the desperate situation of St.£]|ao; 

In contempt of imminent danger, Cer 
sario contmued to cross the channel jxx 
a bark so t^ght that it was scarcely able 
to weather the frequent gales which as- 
sailed it. In getting out and into port> 
which he always cmitrived at idf^t^ he 
dared the perpetual risk of being Uken 
B 5 



By tWft eft%lfty% <M!s6i« ; bat <<he'Gl«nd 
Mast€^ d^nded 'eh itk Mil •smA Mi 
zeal ; and thoug)i tDesairio patiKifd ^ 

ViSftii, ^ *eKe*%?i 4t Ms "^ty Ife ce»nte«ft 
Iflm lA&«*ife bat mdful feetvite. 

His suspicions of tb* ^^icetdyh iSft*** 
¥11^, VitSMvrbfldtfixrtf«A:t6 ift)6cOtil6 •cerfialillty ; 
«* Prfttce Ddrife douWied ft ; and ifctfd 
Wru'rfg Tiis ^hands iii Mtte'rBeds of «Owl> 
Wben "hfe received 'the Seigftioty's 'pfositive 
brSdts rfdt t6 risk 'his galKes by an irtdis^ 
treift ittftempt to i^ucconr Malta unkiss 
prdi^ously joinfed^by lihe ships df -Spaitt. 

The GrdnA Ma^jter Wmself he^ti 
%k)% *o diSiflidS iall expectiatictti ftota that 
^riarter : but 'it WaS nece^saiy "ndt 'to 'dis^ 
ddse this%inio^, 'l«t t*ie dotirage of his 
"^fSmtit 'g^^fsofls should <&ink tit Otk^. 
life thei^fc^e 'dispatdhed 'Cesalio '^aili 
'to Sicily, as if =tb pi*48 -tHe suobOUft'; IJift 
in ^Allty 'to %ise itfatt^ upon ^ 
'v^riouls 'poiSse^toris <3iftbfe »Of dei- in 4tttly, 

•■ii 



with mhi^h iie most lare trbop$ m4 

Meonorfaile ±im Turks jadvanctd ia 
«adi numters to liie iGttack cf tiae ^ittf 
fences of St. Elmo, that ihey had Mlamdf 
nm Ji^ tbe -raueUn jso bigk sBb tto avml#dc 
^-fbe {Mtrs^ett jof tii« jxlaoe, nBd wae^ bad- 
gimaag i» mnS^mame die ndH. 

IBjr thse aid t<]tf' ^ teoaponuy >bi»(%e9 
they g€rt over tftie dfech which ky heu 
t^9ffie&a them and «be waA, and Kisppmg 
their ncating ladders t» it, mode a show 
•3B if iiiey w4mid ^torm tbe fo^ at oaeef 

Giovanni, mh» was at that inuiitiaiit 
"stamdifig o^ the ihigheiA IvattiaiMKt to 
-dbsertae the |]^lfltis of 4jke ^metny, ssw aU 
«^ ^aatrisdfi 4*iudiilig, as if 4^ ome itn. 
ipske, to ^e plMe tl^ieateaed. ile 
'CaHed laodly (cm 4liein 4o stop^ Ax he 
{|pa» jcomrinoed it was a «trata|gem. 

From his elevated posttbo, iie «aw 

the whole iria^ge df Tmictsfa ^rtflkry 

ie^etted fih thsit ^ecrtioik Mis v^ice 

wm ttohaard: 4;he ri»i^ly gattant metx 

B 6 



M THE KNIOHT OF ST. JOHK. 

presented themselves in a body upon thi^ 
rampart, and as immediately disappeared 
under the fire of those dreadful batteries; 
t&oy feU, as if a scjrthe had mowed them 
down with a stroke. 

Giovanni rushed from the battlements 
to the wall ; and there he behdd, in- 
deed, the slaughter he had foreseen. 

On emerging from the postern of the 
fort, he was struck and woimded in the 
forehead by the splinter of a cuirass ; 
but scarcely feeiling the acute pain it 
§ave, he advanced towards the scene of 
destruction. Wliile he held his blood- 
streaming head downwards, he stood 
mute with anguish, looking upon the 
lifelesf bodies <^ all that brave phalanx. 
Feeble aoBehis from a h^p of slain 
roused Jhiqi} from his mournful trance; 
and, wiping away the bldbd that flowed 
over his dimmed eyes, he stooped to ex- 
tricate the wounded knight ! 

It was Cynthio Doria: the unhappy 
young man grasfied Giovanni's hand 

14 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHH. 13 

9nth death and a»guiisb in his face, at 
the' same time fahering out, — ^ ** I 
cannot live. Cigala; take me into the 
chapel; I would die there, sinner that 
I am I — • there, perhaps — Heaven — — .*• 
his senses forsook him at these words; 
but Giovanni, hoping diat life m%ht yt^ 
be recalled, lifted him frmn the ground, 
and bore him in his arms to the chapel 
of the fort. 

The motion, and the brisker current 
of air, through which he was carried, 
brought Cyntbio back to sense ; the 
few religious attached to the garriscm 
were saying mass for the. success of their 
warring brethren; and Giovanni, , deli- 
venng upto them his sad burden, was 
dbput to return to the rampart, when 
the dying man feebly detained him. 
" Stay a moment in Christian charity !" 
he gasped out, in intermitting accents ; 
^ tell my poor father that I die lament^ 
ir^ my many ofifenees against him. If 



my ilife faaB ^ia^^oed bis xiMe mwM^ 
my deaths I ln^e> ■ " ■ " '^ 

Articulation £tdited bka:^ that dnfitant;; 
ite tiBmed bis dim and i^laziag ejres 
^feebly tewmids the t^mdit)! ^ iredemptk)!! 
i^on ^hfe aHar, and, doskig ttben ugadn, 
iu6 ifaand just ^esaad, r«[id itfaeoi dnop^iaA 
Amt af'GiovHnm. 

The ^attdr TBtamed ham opoaii hfis 
breast a few moments afterwacds, und 
inis leyes rested awhile u^on (the altered 
iiHie'with Ml leixpression of iswe stnd xe- 
•,gret : {then, fetching a fsigh fraught with 
flOdany trensembcanbes^ lie .ti;iin8ifertrBd the 
iM»dyrto tiie ohapkins, and oietnrned to 
Ins duty. 

By the time he ir^ucked the mopaTt 
n^Ein, ihe rftmnd the enemy fadd ;mo8t 
inetKpBoabiy nvitfedrawn, and ^he survixr- 
tngkcu^ts^biimly employed in renKiving 
.liie tsoTBes of dbfaeir trompandocTs. 

'Biffiguerras was standing m the midsft, 
ttears couirdi^ (me another dovtm im 
furrowed cheeks^ as he watched with a 



9fm iLmeno: idf m^.Mosgk 15 



f^tA ^a^e tte ^fm^ess fof th^ir dl 
work. Ife ^w^ thse fette rf bo muck' 
bravery and youth ; iMt te »oottteinfiiated 

fdmDst ca«ifin fdH Junctor the same 

i^netrated (wath Mirxrcni^ fisrtlK fiillen, 
and believing it his duly to «ave tJh« 
:»aiVfV0rs if fM^sJble, 4ye as&rediGi^thni 
if he 'wcftild OTid4Ea*ake to >c»oss *o St .A»- 
geto, and reptreseist 4^h^ir state mme 
-move to L;a Valette^ 'iibowing ivim lite 
WBC'iSSBity they were wilder «fimiwediate(Jy 
3ev&rQaHt»ng ^tbe fortret^s, i£ they woidd 
HiDt ^erfeh lift )ehe impt)»sible Mtempt^c*' 
tesistiftg ian assault. 

'« I caimot he ^e 'tejtrer ctf ^uch ^ 
itttessagfe/' replied ©iovantri, leaning ott 
liis sword, overcome with *si<Jteiess fr«fm 
«he *i?ound%hich -he i;v«as i^tttHchittg mtK 
his handkerchief. 

" YouifrB luTOundfed, 3 see r^ efwdaim- 
:6d Dn^tierras, «kititBrpi?cJltiig bis aia- 
:»wer J " igo ia^ ^ faiken care of'— 4 



16 THE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHN^ 

must find another messengen"i Gio^ 
vatini bowed his head without speakiDg, 
and retired abruptly. 

Happily for him, the fever consequent 
on this wound disabled him so com- 
pletely, that he gave no countenance by 
his. presence to the desperate coum^ls 
which followed. 

The Grand Master replied to the first 
representation of the besieged, after the 
destruction on the rampart, by the most 
pathetic lamentations over their suffer- 
ings and losses; but also with strong 
arguments iti support of his opinion, tiiat 
the whole island depended upon the pro- 
tracted holding out of St. E)lmQ ; and by 
entreaties that its defenders would new- 
string their courage, iind rely upcm his 
fatherly anxiety to recruit them with 
men and provisions, to the extent of hh^ 
limited power. 

Thi^ reply was received with indig- 
jiation by more dam half the garrison : 
they conidd^^d themselves wantonly de- 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN* 17 

voted to slaughter, since the delay of 
the Sicilian succours rendered their relief 
nearly impossible ; and, believing that 
sooner or later the fort must fall, they 
accused their Grand Master of Savage 
indifference in thus exacting a fruitless 
waste of their lives. 

The malcontents, unknown to their 
Grovemor, drew up a memorial of griev- 
ances, declaring theit resolution (in case 
the Grand Master refused them permis- 
sion to evacuate the fort,) to sally from 
it 3word in hand, and perish at once in 
fai> fight, rather than stay to be but- 
chered in cold blood by their barbarian 
ccmquerors. 

Ctoe of their members bore this memo- 
rial to St Angelo^ H$ returned after 
a diiort absence, accompanied by three 
senior knights, commissioned to ascer- 
tain the strength of the place i and he 
brought an indignant answer from La 
Valette. 

When this awful answer was read 



18 TH£ KM76HT OF ST. JOUS, 

aloud to the assembled flialoDn)»its^ 
each tnan bent his head in shame sod 
remorse : at every indignant liaae, thejr 
fancied they met the penetrating eye of 
their father and prmce, ov)er^vhelming 
them witife a sense of their own buieness 
and his disdain. 

In this jttstly*severe letter, be <:alled 
on them to remember, that wixai tbey 
took tlie habit <rf* St. John, they took on 
themselves an obligation to surresider up 
tJieir judgment and wills into the ex^ 
perienced hands df their master: he bade 
them remember, that th^ hod other 
duties to perform, besides tiiose of ruslu 
ing into battle ; that they mast practise 
patience and obedie^ice, and trust in 
God ; and that if it were his Divine will 
^at they shouM stand and meet death 
at their posts, they were bound to aiwait 
Itcbeer^uUy. 

*" What hope ye,** he ashed iniadSjnne 
of noble indignation, " from a nsmoiral 
to ii Borgo? Do you *expeot that the 



THE KNIQHT OP ST. JOSK* 1$ 

Vicchroy of Sicily will hasten to the 
suteoui* of men \diD basely desert them- 
selves^? What, then, is to prevent ^e 
eueitiy from attacking the v«y place 
yDU ar^ m eaget to rufn into for sbelter ? 
Wiii your hearts grow stouter for b^ing 
m U Borgo ? No i you will fail there as 
surely as on Mount Sceberras i and fall 
disgraced j or you wiU live ^11 mote 
difehofeordlily, a second time deserters 
from dttty.** 

These reproaches touched every oni» 

of the oiTeaders to the quick, re\'ivii^ 
ia iDost a sense .of honour and 4>f efaam^^ 
But a &w i^efliakied f^tlnately mbel** 
Uous^ and in spite of all the indulge^rb 
things said by two of* the cooimissioneril 
to soothe them into obedien<3€, th^ f^* 
sisted in aveiring that tiie Turks Wioiild 
eitiier entirely demolish the fort by the 
aid of that prodigious work which they, 
had i^^sdd '$kf6w the cavalia^ and froo^ 
which they poured a oontinuai storai nf 
fire i or they would blow it into the air 



^ 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHNi 



at once, by springing th6 mine which 
they were rapidly running under the 
first parapet. 

This last argument was disproved by 
the nature of the rock itself, which in^ 
creased so much in hardness as it ad- 
vanced in depth, that only madmen could 
doubt the certain failure of the Turkish 
engineers on that subject. 

The other argument was not to be 
treated lightly ; and two of the commis- 
iHoner^ answered it rather by motives of 
honour and duty to remain at all risks, 
than united in the extravagant assertions 
rf ikek hot-headed associate Gaidtriot, 
that the fort wias not merely tenable for 
Inuch longer, but capable of hew and 
formidable defences. 

The pertinacity and overbearing lan- 
guage of Castriot irritated even those 
among the knights who Were most ^n- 
cere in the intention of submitting to 
whatever the -Grand Master should Com* 
mand ^ and some very young brothers. 



THB KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. f 1 

drawing their swords in the heat of pas* 
sion, a disgraceful scene of contention 
would have followed, had not Giovanni, 
enquiring the cause oi the violent uproar 
as he reclined in the hospital-room, 
started up, and with happy presence of 
mind ordered an alarm to be sounded. 

This feint succeeded : for at that 
sound every knight ran to his post, ex- 
pecting to see the jnfidels mounting the 
walls. 

Till this moment Giovanni was igno- 
rant of the rebellious remonstrance of 
the malcontents : he got now, by a strong 
eSottf to the gate of the fort, where he 
^w the commissioners hurrying out with 
DuegueBras to engage in th^ repulse* 
Arresting the veteran by his cloke, he 
exclaimed, " Parclqn my temerity. Father 1 
I heard the humiliating contention, and 
it was I who ordered that alsMmi to \>^ 
sounded.** 

<* Ever the be§t and wisest !** exclaimed 
Dueguerras, interruptinjg him, ^d eatchi 



j^g^hwi w hi^^ms; ^ look at him, m^ 
i^i^as^/' he coiaiimed : '^ w^a and woch 
^^ fate i£u h»A I l»it tiveotj sueb, I mmM 
4^^4 il;h&$j^ emmj^lmg waBs ^gaintft a 
host." 

Qio¥««tiu hoiKcd hit iaca to hide 4^ 
hooieat iSKoitation -which Axished it at this 
ixvopr^siblje encdmuiOL *^ Mine is a 
p^iitl goMernfir/' he 9fud, ^$er a mo- 
ili9n(':9 pMi^ to rteadiy his votoe ; ^^ Cfa^ 
yaliers, I but pray you to report me as 
i»m ido^nlwr^ .Q^er ito quit thi& Bock 
teat in ob^dienw to th/e <kand Master/* 

He didiAOt wsttt fer i5^y* ixut ittirry- 
4Rg^&Ql» tbw Qjoonwnda^cHis left them 
ftp i^ucfiUf itbieh^ ii09VdGuu)batf}^^ return 



(2S) 



CHAPTEil IL 

A mMJf4)B irom St. iUigelp, ky xtej- 

dii^t of tk^ gBimson : 3|t icame ch^rg^ 
with a letter iiow the GsnAd Mast€;r, 
»^tbm m ^ sUida q£ wld 4ji$plea«ure 
less sunP^y^JbaUe tbw the sbarp/^ j^ 

l)Mk9. 

K^aoceptr^^^b^arj^sigQ^ion, t^iddin^ 
Ibem piv^pore ttp n^pjgn tibek places ^ 
othier s^oMj^ei^s : hcadded, that so iar fi:p»i 
finding any difficulty in providing ^exsaoe 
^i^wpersed^ *h^, Ws Qiay,au»i(Bty was 
tio^r^ cboo^ hfi^ \i&^om tbe number^ 
borove o^w iid^ cams iu^owds &pm kfif; 
^icppB^d fOTtoess^ x^ ftcim the very 
onJ^vatifiii^f jti;^ ^^i»y to d«m«ift4 a post 
»3tffPmo. 



94t TR£ KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

He told them that, at midnight, boats 
would arrive with part of the new gar- 
pson; and he therefore exhorted those 
who evinced such a love of inglorious 
life, to return in those boats without 
idday. 

" They will come, my brethren !** ex- 
claimed Giovanni, who was present at 
the reading of this piercing letter ; " they 
will defend St. Elmo ; and we shall call 
in vain for the rocks to cover us !** 

A general rnurmur of shatne and re- 
pentance ran through the assembly. 

" Go who will,*' cried the (xovemor, 
striking his baton on the table, " no boat 
shall carry this withered body across 
yon water, but as a conqueror or a 
corse!*' 

By the same impulse the offending 
knights threw themselves at the feet of 
their intrepid Governor, imploring for^ 
giveness, and declaring their wish to 
share his fate. " Obtain for us the Grand 
Master's pardon," they cried^ « and we 



TME KNIGPT OF 3T. JOHN. 25 

will wash out our offences in the best 
blood of pur enendies*^' . 

Buegi^erras pressed them severally io 
his arms, bedewing them with tears ; and, 
assuring them that their moment of re- 
bellion was forgotten, hastened to repre* 
Bent their eontrition to La Valette. 

More than one messenger passed be- 
tween the forts pf St. Angelo and St. 
Elmo, before the Grand Master allowed 
himself to r^lax from his necessary se- 
verity^; apd his forgiveness was obtained 
at last, only by such repeated sub- 
mission from the knights as convinced 
him he might now depend up(||tl\^lr 
firmness. 

Each man, indeed, had miMle up his 
mind to self-sacrifice fpr the general 
gopd : and in this spirit, under the de- 
voti^ing fire pf the sun and df the enemy, 
they persisted in ejecting n§w works as 
fast as the old one^ were destroyed, V 

GiQvanni, under skiUfeT h«fid% was 
soon able/to take a^ actiy^ share ii| these 

YQUlUf c 



26 rmE KNicnHT of bt. j€«n. 

labours i imd, idic^er oonbfb&tiiig Bword 
in hand in the tren<?hei», or cfoecting the 
camMvn from the battmes, or Mtencfii^ 
£be si(^ ^oid wounded in the tiospiti^, he 
was ei^pialty the inspirer of ndtAe am- 
*bitk>iif and the object cf emulation to 
his associates. 

No one^ m4io saw him passing from post 
to p(^f with a step as light as his coun- 
t^iance was animated, could have guessed 
that under that show of cheerftd con- 
fid^ice th^re lay the settled conviction 
of their destruction. He Wiis too well 
versed in the most scientific pdrt of the 
^U^lH profession, not to calculate to a 
certainty the chances for and against 
their power k)f maintaining the fort. 

W^oift the seige were raised before a 
given p^iod, he knew it must ftU : not 
even^rap^n^A^ral courage coi:dd prevent 
i^ lieiligMertroyed imder the inexhaust* 
ible awd uncea^ng foe of the enemy. 
But what of that? The safety of the 
Onter^ and erf the whole Island, depended 



up(m tiietr kee^ihg jbhat enem^ at bay as 
long as possible; and it was therefore 
ibeir djuty to ido so, thon^ with die po- 
sitivie ceertainty of diertradtitm to tfaenu 
i»eh«6« 

They were now, he thought, literaUjr 
cidled upon *' to Jay down their lives for 
the brethren," not wantonly and ^wn- 
^oiiouidy^ for libe soke of woiSdly ap^ 
fiiause, j^Kt in dbedience to the h^est 
t)ommainds o^* Him wiio settled that <y&m' 
moadiby his:8KCi8d examine. • 

Thus Oiovaimi mounted the waUs of 
iS^Shno as he iK^oidd htv^gmie to the 
statke; belie^di^ hkmiif ^catli^llff^^^ 
tyrdom ibr a ^eat and glorioils object^ 
and confidently anticipating the starry 
crown prosnised <* to thenLwlw) endlure 
to the end.** Jf M ^ ^ 

Bnt ione human affe^j^Sn^ltigged his 

soul's ieavm-wkrd iligbt : Cesario'« 

image still presented itself; and anxious 

friendship ianeied many a prdimble scene 

c; 2 ■ • " ' ' 



28 THE KNIGHT OF ST^ JOHN. 

of that friend's future life, torturing to 
imagine. 

Giovanni yearned to behold that erring 
but still dear Cesario again ; and had not 
the latter's absence in Sicily prevented 
it, perhaps be might hate urged la, 
Valette to appoint him a post in St. 
Elmo. 

. As it was, Giovanni thought of the 
hazardous service in which Cesario was 
placed, with extreme solicitude : for now 
the cruisers of Dragut were scattered 
about the seas between Sicily and Malta, 
with the express purpose of intercepting 
the •coBttroy of stores expected by the 
^Grand Master, under the guidance of 
Cesario. 

Already had two gallies so laden, under 
another comiHiMider, gone back to the 
Sicilian port froan which they had sailed, 
even after they had nearly reached Malta: 
their conduct, though justifiable in ordi- 
paty situations, was so severely reprcfe- 
bated by La Valette, who never ceased 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 39 

exh<HiJiig ^within his iniufrace to risk 
every thing in a conjuncture like the pre- 
sent, that Giovaimi was convinced Ce- 
sario would rather run direct into the 
cannon's mouth, than turn back from his 
course* 

Indifi^ent to his own life, Giovaimi 
could not be so to that of one so inter- 
woven with his dearest remembrances; 
and many and fervent were the prayers 
he offered up for that cherii^ed fri^d's 
ultimate preservation. 

Meanwhile the operations of the ene- 
my proceeded with greater vigour than 
ever : the shameful delay of tl^ Italian 
forces, which, plunged the Maltese in 
despair,. inspirited the infidels; they be- 
gan to blush at, being kept so long before 
an impel^ect fdrt, which only a handful 
of men ddfended. The Basba Mustaptia 
determined therefore to lay aside every 
«dieme for its slower reduction!, suid 
asfi^ult it in good earnest with his wb«le 

c 3 



30 THB KNI€»iIT OP fit. JOHH. 

Having! previotisly devoted a dxy^ to 
battering the walls, without a momeat'n 
intermission f and having succeeded in 
kjing a breach open to the v«ry rock 
itself J on the morning of the I6th of 
July, the Turkish fleet suddenly appeared 
before the sea-front cf l^e fort; and, 
while their artiUery, and the knd4>attery 
of Cape Dragut, thundered upon the 
^so^hem and eastern end^ the whole 
Turkish army marched to the assault on 
the north and west* - -^ - 

They advanced in %he midst of a 
hideous dissonance of ^ppdl^ sounds 
which dkgrMed the name oS martiai 
music^ but which might have frozen 
blood less warned hy genefcms aidour 
than thM of iiit besieged. 

It i» the province of the historiaia to 
^ve the details of this fierce contest : the 
Ami rank d knights was said to oppose a 
second wall behind that now broken, to 
the sabres of &e infidels.; and when that 
living bulwark was gaj^ed and broken 



rm^KjmGwr oj sr. jobk. 31 

dowu ita. pMts by the multitude of the 
eoemj^ each individual knight and sol* 
dier threw himsdi* on the besiegers, sing* 
iirig out his opponent, said quitting him 
not, till one or both fell dead. 

Yet how ineffectual seemed every sin- 
gle conquest, when such hosts were to 
be subdued ! Sheltered by the fire of 
all their battme$, the Turkish arque- 
busiers nsshed in crowds infta the 
treiiches^ and there sent their winged 
deathe amongst Christians. 

So sure was their aim, that they were 
exulting with shouts of victory, when 
suddenly a baiid of knights appeared, with 
each a new and dreacUul instrument cfS 
destruction in h|| hand; advancing with 
terrible rapidity, they threw them amid 
the enemy, and as quickly ran back to 
hurl down those who had already m^Ainted 
the wall. 

These circles of fire composed of com^ 
bui^ible hoops dipped in blazing oils, 
c 4 ^ 



S2 ^HE KNIGHT OF ST, JOHK. 

fiUed the trenches with a horrid light, 
while the shrieks and groans of the 
miserable wretches expiring of the tor- 
ments they caused, disputed the superi- 
ority of horror between sight and sound: 

The flames of these^readful fire-wheels 
and the flashes of so many pieces of ord* 
nance, covered the whole rock of St. 
£3mo with fire ; while, on the opposite 
side of the great port, the batteries of 
St.AngeIo and the Isle de la Sangle, 
thundering across the harbour upon the 
enemy's lines^ showed, by their mo- 
mentary illuminations, the anxious gar^ 
ris^ns of eachi watching the fate of 
St. Elmo. 

This fierce assault began in the dark- 
ntes of night, and continued till noon ; 
when the intense heat, the fatigue of 
both parties, and above all the flagging 
spirits of the infidels, combined to ter- 
minate it. 

Above two thousand of the latter 
strewed the ground 4 and the Basha, 



tHE KNIOHT OP ST. JOHN. S3 

finding that no auth(»ity could, that day, 
force his men to a second encounter 
with the fire-wheels, ordered a retreat to 
be sounded. 

At that sound, the triumphant shout 
of . the besieged was re-echoed by one 
from St. Angelo and St. Michael ; and 
La Valette himself was seen by the 
^e of the grand standard, with his arms 
extended towards St. £lmo, as if by that 
action he wished to tell them that tliey 
were again restored to his affections. 

At thi^ affecting sight, a second shouts 
but less tumultuous and more thrilling 
than the first, rent the air: an impres- 
sive pause succeeded; afler which the 
surviving warriors hastened to fulfil their 
sad duty to the wounded and dead. 

Sad indeed was the task ! for there 1^ 
kinsmen, and friends, and fellow-soldiers, 
never to rise again ! 

They who lifted their mangled corses, 
and committed them to the ground, 
might have wept over such dismal havoc, 
c 5 



34 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK« 

had not the belief of h^ng^oon called 
to follow them given a solemn check to 
)amentati<»i. 

They looked with tearless eyes upon 
each well-known face» as it disappeared 
under the mould they were heaping over 
ft i but many a deep-drawn sigh testified 
but too taruly, bow far from hard indif- 
ference were the brave hearts from which 
tiiiose sighs were drawn. 
- The boats which conveyed the wounded 
to St* Angelo returned with a reinforce- 
ment of volunteers, gallantly devoting 
themselves to death, in emulation of 
those who were now deaf to the voice of 
human applause. 

Such a remnant of the garrison re- 
mained, that but for this voluntary band 
La Valette knew the fort could not have 
hdd out a day longer. Still indulging, 
however, some fsunt hope of the Sicilian 
^ccours, or at least of being able to de- 
iisnd the island till the stormy season, 
y^hm the breath of heaven would blow 
xa 



THB KNIGHT OF 8T. JOHN. S5 

the enemy from tiieir shores, be durst 
not yield to the cry of his tenderer feel- 
ings, which urged him to save these 
gallant men from their impending fate. 

A severe duty called on Um to van<* 
quish himself; and while in secret he 
wept and sorrowed over these successive 
victims, in public he wore a face, of 
ardour and encouragement and con- 
fidence. 

JBnraged" at the ^luccessfiil landing of 
this reinforcement, in defiance of all* his 
efibrts to prevent it, the Basha's fury .ex- 
ceeded all bounds : he called a council 
of war, where it was determined, that 
new works should be immediately coat 
structed, so as to hem in the fort of St 
£lino on every side, and make it impos^ 
sikle for La Valette to siKcour it either 
with men or provisions from the town ; 
while by sea all assistance should be cut 
off by the gallies stationed before the ca^ 
trance of the port 

c 6 : 



S6 THE KKiOHT^ OF ST. JOHti* 

This plan, in deqpite -of tlie mosi in- 
trepid sallies of jthe besieged, was quickly 
executed. A .formidable sweq> of bat- 
teries extending down; to the very edge 
ef the great pcnrt.Vm one dide, and of the 
lesser port on the other, shut : in the ^- 
voted fort, ^tnd shut out hope. 

1%^ work completedy the infidels^ 
vMb^ again to the walls, which now 
pres^ited noi one breach, but mas^i .O 
breaches nobly stopped; with mortal 
boi^ies it is^ true, but invincible sends! 
- Thrice Clime the infidels on, and as 
often were they drivQi back : the blood 
r|tn off those fl^ed ramparts like the 
(Sheeted rain (^ thupder-storms. The 
dying curses of infidels mingled with 
the dying imiyers of Christians ; and the 
last pressure o£ kindi^ Iqm upon the 
chonmy bines of e^Epmng warriors, was 
smm, iHit not heard> amid that dismal 
uproar. 

Again, the disgraced Ottomajas were 
beaten beyond the trenches; which, 



THBXVi^ir WIT. JQMT. 57 



however/ were left uhmaitttatned by the 
b^^ed, for want of soldiers. 
:. The Turks now drew back upon their, 
^amp to bi^a^ie for the night ; leai^g 
^e afflicted garrison to collect their 
wounded^ and. count their few surviving 
numbers. 

/ AlaSt there was scarcely one who 
6€9ild be called more than the remnant 
of himself! Those who were not de- 
{Mtved of some Umb, were disfigured by 
hideous wounds, and soarcdy able. to 
drag their suffering bodies throi^ the 
iidbdrious aStces of the njght. 
, The aged Duegueiras dug with his 
own hand the grave of more than <me of 
his brave garrison ; while Giovanoiy 
whmn scHne good angel had miraculously 
protected through the storm of the as- 
sault, Mid the dangers which he courted, 
dressed the wounds of those that yet 
lived, and soothed each parting spirit 
wTth the consolatieni of rdigion. 



38 TBX Ksumr of bt. johk. 

Rodolphe was amongst the survivors ; 
and though Giovanni saw the dark goal 
to which all their glory tended^ he felt a 
thrill of pleasure at hearing his poor foU 
lower's praise. 

Rodolphe had saved the lesser standard 
of. the Order on the cavalier; and 
thrown himself with such intrepidity, 
singly, amongst whole bodies of the 
enemy, that Dueguerras did not hesitate 
to assure him, that if they lived to meet 
the Grand Master, he should claim for 
him the honourable title of a serving 
brother, — a distinction, from which, ac* 
cording to tJie strict rules of the Order, 
the meanness of his birA must otherwise 
have excluded him. 

Rodolphe*s feelings were overpowered 
1^ this unexpected good fortune ; for, 
as his mind opened, he became more 
sensitive to the opinion of others ; «id 
How, transported mth joy, he embraced 
the knees of the Governor and of Gio* 
vanni, unable to articulate his thanks. 



THE KNISHT OP ST. JOWt 9d 

Rather exhai»ted by fatigue^ than by 
the ipain of his maay but unimportant 
flesh-wounda^ the poor fellow was at last 
persuaded to retire and seek a idiori re* 
freshment : his example was followed hf 
all the inferior sfddiers, leaving 1^ few 
surviving knights to consult with their 
Governor. 

His councilphaU was the dismal scene 
of their last contest : a faint gleam of yet 
lingering day glimmered over their de« 
jeeted figures, as each stood leaning on 
his pike, with grief and perplexity in bk 
looks. 

Nearly all of them had their heads, or 
Kmbs, 6r bodies swathed in recent band- 
ages ; the white linen of which woefiilly 
matched their pale £sices: and as they 
leant their unsteady figures with all thdr 
weight upon w»pons now too feeble to 
support them, they seemed the slowly^ 
sinking spectres of those knights who^ 
yet unburied bodies lay scattered round. 



40 THB KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

" Tliey are fast lapping our few 
withering branches V* said Dueguenras, 
after a long and dismal silence, while he 
held out the stump of that arm with 
which he had vainly grasped the standard 
Rodolphe afterwards recovered. <*They 
will have laid the axe jto the root, ere the 
next set of the sun that has just sunk 
to his bed of rest! How many of us 
remain? One— ^two-^three ■■ Pll count 
no more !'' exclaimed the old man, inter* 
rupting himself with a burst of anguish, 
his eye rapidly outrunning his calcu- 
lation. He turned away to conceal his 
gushing tears. v 

Giovanni followed him. <* Father !" 
he cried with great emotion, pressing 
the shaking arm of Dueguerras, "time 
presses; we cannot defend this fort a 
single instant, if the enemy attack it 
again before we are reinforced : it is not 
a question of our lives— they ^ with 
the next hour; but the fort nmst be 
preserved.*^ 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 41 

"Good heaven!— preserved V* repeated 
l)ueguerras, raising bis afflicted counte- 
nance, "look there — there!" and he 
pointed to the triple lines of Turkish 
batteries, commanding every part of the 
two shores. " How are reinforcements 
to land under those batteries ? and how 
are we to gel a single boat across the 
port to tell our wretched tale to La 
Valette?" 

"Til swim it!*' cried Giovanni, in a 
voice which made every heart thrill. 

It was some minutes ere he could 
make Dueguerr^ comprehend the prac- 
ticability of this bold measure; the 
success of which must rest chiefly upon 
his extraordiniary bodily strength. The 
risk was imminent; but the necessity 
was yet more urgent ; and all impatient 
of delay, Giovanni received the few in- 
structions from his Governor, and break- 
ing away, flew along a path shaded by 
mounds of earUi^ down to ^e beach. 



43 THE KKIGHTOP ST. JOHN* 

One clear gleam was m the sky, as he 
sprang naked into the water, dividing 
with v^orcms strokes its turbulent waves^ 

The agitated friends he h^ left; stand- 
ing oa the r^aapart of St. Elmo watehied: 
his fateful progress by that gradnajly-* 
.extinguishing gleam, and with hearts 
so anxious that minutes ecmiprised the 
tortures of hours. 

His white and polished limbs in the 
midst of that black mass of water was 
too striking an object to be unmarked 
by the enemy. Oi>e of their sentinels, 
mistaking the glittering appearance for 
a sea-fowl> wantcmly discharged his piece 
in that direction. At that ifitoment, the 
same impulse checked by the same 
action the sudden cry of all upon the 
rampart. Giovanni, with admirable pre-r 
sence of mind, dived for an instant or 
two below the surface of the water j 
and when he rose again,, the closir^ 
clouds had just shut in the only gleam 



THE KKIOHT OF SIT. JOHN. 43 

of light, and the sentinel was turned 
another way. 

Giovanni then exerted all his strength ; 
and, vigorously breasting the waves, 
gained the shore. 



( 44 ) 



CIIAFTER IIL 

While the garrison of St. Elmo were 
thus contending with supers-human cou- 
rage against a growing host» Cesario was 
on the sea, joj^uUy conducting, as he 
believed, certain succour to Malta. 

This consisted of two gallies filled 
with gentlemen, and knights from their 
distant commanderies ; and two trans- 
ports bearing Spanish troops. This 
meagre reinforcement was to be consi. 
deted a pledge for the whdie Sicilian 
fleet, which should arrive as soon as 
the various regiments and supplies coidd 
be got on board the different vessels. 

But, unhappily for Cesario's hopes, 
the command of these few auxiliaries 
was given to Don Juan Cardona, with. 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 45 

private instructiom not to Jand the 
iM^diers nor risk the^ . shipping, if he 
should receive any news by the way 
of an unfavourable nature. 
' The critical state of StEl^o being 
hastily given to him with ^U the exs^« 
gerations of. vulgar lear by a fisherman^ 
Cardona, in obedience to the positive 
commands of his court, instead of making 
for the idandr stood out to sea, irresolute 
whether to return to Messina^ or hover 
about the channel* 

In vain Cesario remonstrated against 
this conduct J Cardona assured him, that 
his instructions were peremptory for 
avoiding an action with the Turkii^ 
tfeet; and in addititon to that, he confessed 
a private reascm, the force of which, he 
Ibtterod himself,^ no man could deny. 
The wife of I>lix di Toledo was on board 
bis ship. Cardona was her uncle ; and, 
overcome by her importunities, he had 
commented to i secrete her and her maid 
in his cabin, and convey them to Malta. 



He iMBjio¥^ver of too i^eak a character 
for consistency in kinckt^s } ^and, aScaid 
0f being repioadbed fx naming bi» ships 
into danger, only to gratify his private 
sfifectioiis, he now burrt out int^ f6ttish 
exdamations, devoutiy ginng all v^^mcav 
and wives especially, to jive devil* 

Cesario was sensibly affected by this 
proof of Donna Camilla's conjugal tendar^ 
tiess; for though he coold not justify 
her taking such a hazardous step miihoat 
her husband's permission, he understood 
how easily a fcmd heart might be bewil- 
dered between real and im^ined duties 4 
and how much a passionate desire of 
faring the dangers, and watching over 
the prdtidble ills of a. beloved object, 
might blind her sense txr tfiat increase of 
his perils and anxieties which niust follow 
her arrival* 

The siege also bad been drawn out so 
long beyond the period expected fi>r its 
conclusion, that he was not quite sure 
Toledo would ^cerely wish hta wife 



XBG UnOHT OF ST. JOBM. 47 

had beea le^adimitoimis: lie theidSoK 
mhked for fawftk their ndces tfamt she 
couU be laooded; ind he urged every 
atgume^ in Us power to induce Cardona 
to disrogmid the false or ^^Kaggeraled 
stateioeftt of tbe :fisheramn. 

His hesat was aU in tntaults lest he 
iSsovM^rme too late to share Giovaomi's 
bed of hon^ii*sJ)le death, (ibr, $iw ! he 
dare no longer encourage the hope of 
S0eii% St.£^o relieved); afid his tea- 
^rest s}«npacthies wi^e excited for the 
interesting young creature who was so 
devotedly throwing herself, for a -bos- 
band's sake, into tlie nddst of perils hid- 
eous but to imagine. 

Cesaarid^s aefosintance with Toledo 
had lieen short, it is true ; but frequent 
o^ortunily of ob^rvation stands, in the 
place of months and years ; smd be had 
&Ttun»tely seen the noble ^Spimiajpd in 
situations where the inm)[>6t -character' 
must rise to light. 

fVom ^very taial he had seen Toledo's 



48 T8E KNIOHT OF ST.JOHK* 

Sterling heart come out like tried and 
pure gold. Durii^ their harassing march 
along the coast, his manly neglect of 
every personal com&rt, and his delicate 
fttteotion to that of others, rivetted Ce- 
sario'sr^ard: he saw him, after the most 
fatiguing and dispiriting service, go forth 
amoDgst the men, to inspect their ac- 
commodations and attend to their com- 
plaints. Nay, the very brute creation had 
a friend in Toledo ^ and many was the 
wounded war-horse, which his humane 
and skilful hand cheri^^ed ioto iiealUi 
again* 

These may seem trifling acts of hu- 
manity; yet, perhaps, it is from such 
minor acts that we can best judge of the 
soul's spontaneous movements, and are 
most powerfully attracted to love the 
persQu who displays them. 

In the field, and at the military council, 
Toledo evinced qualities of a cast de* 
manding respecjt as well as a£fedion. On 
these occasions the greatest valour 



t^oapled with discreticm and the soundest 
Judgment, oinwarped even by a romantic 
passion for glory worthy the first days of 
chivtalry, distinguished him from every 
other warriorr 

Thus, in a moment, he passed from 
the amiable to the admirable ; from the 
t^areless, unpretending, amusing com- 
panion, to the firm and^nUghtened coun- 
sellor. 

' In both characters Cesario admrired 
him ; and scarcely "knew whether he 
liked him best, when, lightening the hcfurs 
of their stated watch, he recited or 
chanted a Proven9al romance, or, when 
severely thoughtful, he delivered opinions 
as valuable in themselves as important 
to the cause he investigated. 
' This esteem for Toledo^s character 
was heightened by the interesting nature 
of his private situation ; and convinced 
that no event could bestow more hap- 
piness upon him than that of his wife'is 

VOL. iii« :b . 



^0 THE KNIGHT ^F ST. JOHN. 

voiuntary inrivaJ, C^^ario longed to lea<jl 
her to him through ^very obstacle. , 

As Cesario had left an agent of the 
Grand Master's at Messina, to employ 
the money and equip the recruits he ba4 
succeeded in raising, he felt authorised 
to make his own immediate way to II 
Borgo: he therefore proposed the enter^ 
^rise to the knights a.nd gentlemen on 
board, who were all eager to adventure 
every thing for ^e attainment of the 
general wish* 

Cardcma could not refuse the boat they 
demanded for this purposei) but, sincerely 
apprehensive of their destruction, he en- 
deavoured to dissuade them from so 
danng ap attempt. He expostulated in 
^ain : in vain he magnified the dangers 
they were about to brave^ for no other 
object than that of losing their lives fruit- 
lessly the next hour, on the wsdls of the 
ikted fortresa« He spoke to resolute men 
whpja no^Bg could change; and he 
was to be conquered. 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK. 51 

Cesario meanwfiile conveyed a billet 
to Donna Cj^miUa, imeSj telKng her of 
their intended desperate method of at^ 
tempting a landing ; and offering her his 
protection in C2»e she had courage to 
encounter the alarm of such an e£Ebrti 
and to trust to his experience and reso« 
lution. 

Their boat was just launched^ and Ce- 
sario already in it, when Camilla and her 
attendant appeared. She had broken 
from her timid uncle's mingled argu^ 
inents and threatenings, with the sudden 
strength of wildly-exalted feelings, and 
now sprang into the boat, under the dark- 
ness of a thick fog, with as much eager- 
ness as if she were springing thtough the 
gates of heaven. 

A veil entirely concealed her face and 
figure, as she ^at silent, trembling with a 
little fear, but more anxiety, n^ar Cesario, 
who guided the rudder. 

He was now so familiar with the creeks 
and rocks of the island, that, so far from 
n 2 



52 THE KNIGHT OF ST^^OHKr 

dreadiqg the increadng fog, be blessed 
it as their shield and security ; and, hap- 
pily screened by it from the observation 
of the enemy,, and. favoured by the tide,f 
be drifted silently through their very fleet 
into the great port. 

No 30oner were they landed, than 
taking Donna Camilla and her faithful 
attendant under his own care, he pro- 
ceeded to Toledo's quarters, having pre- 
yiously dispatched one of the chevaliers 
tp apprise him of their arrival. 
^ Donna Camilla'^ impatience made her 
jpearly outstrip his messenger ; for when 
they came in sight of her husband's re- 
sidence, and no sooner was it pointed out 
to her by Cesario, than, breaking from 
his supporting arm, she flew like a lap^ 
wing into the court of the building. He 
followed quickly, and got up tP her in 
time to see her throw herself upon her 
husband's neck in the. porch of the 
J)uilding. 

Put though the strong light of alamp 



T^ftfi kNldHT OJ^ ST. JOHN* 53 

^spended above, shone full upon her 
figure, and though her^ veil was fallen ofi; 
he only caught a glimpse of a youthful 
fk^e, all tears and transport ; and saw a 
%ure, light as air, in defiance of a cir- 
cumstance which rendered it more in- 
teresting in the eye of a husband. 

It was long ere Don Teiix was suf* 
ficietitly. master of his joyfuUy-amazed 
senses to move from the position in which 
her first action had placed him. He held 
her locked in his arms, scarcely breath- 
ing ; his lips fondly sealed upon the back 
of her white neck, as she lay with her 
fece buried on his shoulder. 

When he found that she made no an- 
swer to his whispered blessings, he raised 
her gently; and, finding that she had 
fiunted, called Cesario to assist him in 
bearing her into his apartment* 

Cesario did so ; and having waited td 
see soiiie signs of returning life, he left 
them to themsdves. 

, Tlje first peracm Cesario met after tbisr 
p 3 



54 TH£ KNIGHT OF ST. JOH^r 

answered his eager question of, whether 
St. Elmo still held out, by telling him iU 
desperate situation. 

Giovanni, after breathii^ awhile,, when 
bis gloomy errand was told, bad swam 
back to inform the garrison that numbers 
had volunteered for theif reinforcement ; 
^d that boats were thm pcepaiing to 
^tempt their pass^ge across the port* 
/ "O, had I been but one hour wonerl** 
exclaimed Cesario, with a pang of 4}S9p-; 
pointment j and, rushing dpwn to: the 
^re by tJie light of a few ca«tiojifi4y 
shaded torches^ be saw those faeproic m^ 
who were about to court il^th m evc^Jt 
abapef tumultuoualy getting into the 
boats. 

"Where is the Grrand Master?^* .he 
cried, throwing hitnself into oae of the 
smallest shallops j "but ibis is no 1^m€ 
to W«it for leave— Off~oflf— push offV^ 
His ow^thand perforis^ the office hft 
demanded; and, pushing before the l^tle 
Q€iet» he led the way from eagemesi^ not 



THS. KlflGHT OP 9T.XHK: £6^ 

ambition; not even the "saBobkian q§ 
gloiy animated him ; his ^h(^ sonl was 
fixed on friendship and Giovanni. . 

The night was still dark 5 bat ttere 
WBS light enough aicmg the lines of thb 
enemy, to show their dreadful prepare- 
tion. The wbdeshore, indeed,^ was Kned 
with artillery, and the mouth of the port 
blocked «p by triple rows of gallieiii 
In advance of these were posted a lightej^ 
i^uadroti^ filed with musiqueteers and 
•archers; «o that from the seaside, tlm 
slender shallops of lJ«e knights W»e eic^ 
poeed to ttee operatkins ^' tile Turkish 
navf ♦ As long as the forts Df4§t/Angete 
Md St. Elmo, remaned in the haeid^ 6f 
ike Order^ and maintained tJ^ tlksin 
which crossed the entrance <rf' thfe hwk 
hoWf ^hut vessels cf the infidek ceuM 
iibt pass to take absolHte possession of 
the port } but the &e oi thdir guns could 
not be excluded ; and th^j i^ked the 
tittle &yi\om hope of gaUaat ^it» i» 
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§€ THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHfT^ 

every direction, while ii> front it re^ 
ceived the whole thunder of the enemy's^ 
camp and land batteries. 

Yet undismayed, the chevaliers per- 
sisted in attempting to weather lliafe 
storm of death. Animated by the sight 
of their brave companions on the rampart 
of St* Elmo,, who were seen dad in their 
white and scarlet subrevests, standing in 
the midst of those sulphureous clouds 
which rose in volumes from the shore 
to the very pinnacle of the rock ; ani- 
mated by their appearance and their 
encouragmg gestures^ this adventuroua 
band ma^ the most desperate efforts to 
jmn thetn. Sotne rashly ran their boat 
a^gi'ound under the very guns of the 
aaemy, beting to cut their way through 
their lines j xrthers threw themselves into 
the sea, endeavouring to gain the foot 
^f the rock by swimming ; others agaJA^ 
^th frantic cries and gesture^, seeiQi^d 
iqUe^tioningthe decrees of heaven; y^hikt 
a few humbly knelt in their shallops^ 



THE KmOnt OF ST. JOHN* 57 

as if to supplicate Divine assistance for 
their devoted brethren. ^ 

Cesario was the first that leaped into 
the sea: he thought he saw Giovanni,* 
and he did see him, directing the fire 
of some guns upon the enemy, near the 
only spot where a landing was practicable. 
, At that imagination, he sprang into 
the waves, crying out, "I come, Gioi 
vanni !** 

Giovanni's blood thrilled to that 
piercing sound— that sound so long im* 
iieard-44hat sound at once welcome, and 
the only one that could make him feel 
the pang of fear t he ran to the beach^ 
followed by Rodolphe ; but Cesario waai 
not fated to reach him. A well-aimed 
and heavy stone struck him on th^ 
shoulder, and his right arm, with which 
he was stemming the waves, fell power- 
less under water. His immediately 
sinking showed that he was deprived 
of sense; but at that moment Henri 
La Valette, who had obse/ved him, 
D 5 



58 THE KNIOHT OF ST. JOHN, 

dt^^gged him into his boat, and rowed 
away. 

(V'AU tihiis was the work <rf an instant j 
.9iid Giovanni had rushed half into the 
sea, when, seeing Cesario safe, and recol* 
lecting his own duty, he drew back, 
estclaiining in agonized accents, <<Is there 
no man who will swim to yonder boat, 
and tell Cesario Adimari that my heart 
is bursting to reach him !'* 
t: «f I Willi*' cried Rodolphe, starting 
forward. Giovanni caught the faithful 
Gahet as he flew,—" Bear him this last 
embrace !" he cried, and giving him one 
coimdsive pressure, as if it were indeed 
Cesario that he held, he turned with the 
^libgs of a man who has made his last 
i»acrifice, to regain his station on :the 
walls. 

. From that awful station he beheld 
the fearful scene of the xiufOTtunate 
boats: but two were now visibly of all 
that had dared the passage; and they 
jirere hastily steering back to ik^ opposite 



iTHE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHN. 59 

shore, through showers of baBs which 
^threatened every moment to send them 
«fter their wretched companions. 

Giovanni strained his eyes to watch 
the fearful progress of. the little barks : 
but dark themselves, they were soon be- 
yond *he reach of distant lights; and 
<jiovanni could but guess at their safety, 
when ht heard two faint shouts, repeated 
after short intervals, from the quarter g£ 
the town, 

' Hoping all things, as we are instructed 
to do, he then turned with a thankful 
though trenibKHg heart to his other 
duties. 

In the spirit of those immortal heroes 
who laid down their lives at Thermo- 
pylae a willing sacrifice, the self-devoted 
•garrison prepared for certain death t dis- 
tinttions were all laid aside : eath soldier 
could bo^st as scarred a breast, and as 
brave a heart within it, ajs that of the 
iioblest knight who comtnanded Himj 
^nd having paiiaken, therefore, in coiii- 
D 6 



60 l-HE KNIGHT OF ST.JOH!^, 

nion of the last solemn rite of Christian*, 
.they all embraced^ for the last time, in 
this world. After this, they betook them- 
selves Xo ^heir post. Even the wounded 
and the sick prayed to find death, not by 
lingering pain or murderous blows in 
i;heir beds, but where they had so often 
sought it, in front of the enemy : they . 
were therefore placed in the ranks with 
their less disabled associates. ^ 

Thus passed that dismal night. 

When day dawned, the infidels came 
on jto the assault with the fury and the 
yells of demons. What was to withstand 
them? Not a ruined fortress, beaten 
almost to the ground ! — not a handful of 
bleeding and dismembered men, whose 
brave souls were already flitting away! 

Yet did these unconquerable men con* 
tinue to fill up the breach with their 
bodies, till one by one they fell under 
the rutl^less battle-axes of the enemy. 

" This terrible assault," says the his- 
torian, *^ w%s discontinued only for want 



THE KNIGHT OF iST. JOHN. 6l 

of combatants, it not ending, but with 
the death of the last knight* The 
Turkish fleet then entered the great port 
in triumph, their cannon firing, their 
trumpets sounding, and all the infidels 
shouting for joy/' 



( 62 ) 



CHAPTER IV. 

Happily for Cesario, he remained in a 
state of stupor almost amounting to in* 
sensibility, till long after the fall of St. 
Elmo. On recovering perfect conscious- 
ness, the first object his eyes encountered 
was Rodolphe. 

The presence of the Cahet excited an 
instant hope of his master, and tvith wild 
transport Cesario pronounced Giovanni's 
name. 

At that name Rodolphe threw himself 
upon the ground, answering only by a 
groan. 

Cesario was iced to his inmost soul ; 
but suddenly starting up, he called out, 
" Tell me the worst !" 

One near them, who knew not the iin- 



THE KNIGHT OF 8T. JOHN; 63 

happy young man's individual interest 
in St. Elmo, immediately related the 
fate of. the fort, and the slaughter of 
its garrison. 

He added to this tale, the frightful 
fact — O shame to humanity !-— of the 
Basha*s impotent revenge. 

That ferocious monster had ordered 
the bodies of such as were found with 
remaining life, to be ripped open, and 
their hearts torn out. Upon those already 
dead, in horrid mockery of their sacred 
badge, he commanded gashes to be cut 
in the form of a cross ; then tying those 
insulted remnants of so many heroes to 
planks of wood, he cast them into the 
sea, leaving them to be washed by the 
tide to the very foot of St. Angelo.. . 

At tliis dreadful recital, Cesario fell 
back a second time, insensible to every 
thing. The cries of Rodolphe at last 
roused him : he opened his eyes once 
more, and slowly recollecting the horrors 
to /vdiich hehad before listeoed^ he fixed 



64^ THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK. 

a withering look upon Rodolphe, asking 
him in a stern voice, what brought him 
there. 

Rodolphe hastened to account for this 
apparent desertion of the master for 
whom he would willingly have died a 
thousand deaths. 

The violence of his grief would scarcely 
allow him to articulate; but at length 
he faltered through a short recital of 
their last interview at the foot of Mount 
Sceberras. 

: <* O give me that sad, that dear em- 
brace !'* cried Cesario, dissolving into 
tears, and trying once more to rise and 
receive it. The Cahet threw himself 
upon his. breast with that familiarity 
which companionship in the same grief 
renders sacred. 

Cesario pressed him against his heart, 
with the only arm he could now use, and 
so strongly, that it seemed as if he would 
have had him grow there. 

It was Jong, long ere either of them 

7 



THE KNIQHT Of ST. JOHN. 65, 

could Speak • when they did so, Cesario 
said with a rending sigh, " We must 
nev^r part again, Rodolphe ; you are 
my Giovanni's legacy ; and we will lay 
4own our desolated lives together/' 

Rodolphe had no voice to answer. 
In sorrow he was still the undisciplined 
child of nature : and though h$ had 
learned many noble lessons from the 
example of his master, he had not yet 
learned to bow his whole soul in submis^ 
sion to the seemingly-hard decrees of 
Providence. 

While he wept and beat his breast, ,in 
stormy agony, Cesario lay motionless on 
his pallet, his hands elapsed over his 
body, and his eyes fixed on heaven, in 
silent communion with the beatified spirit 
of his friend. 

To him, even this moment of anguish 
had its balm: for in it, he had been told, 
not only of Giovanni's forgiveness, but 
of his unabated affection. What, then, 
was to make Giovanni's removal from 



66 T^ KNIGHT OF ST, JOHN, ^ 

this earthly tabefnacle a grief to his sur- 
viving friend? Let but Cesario hasten 
to lose his life, as he bad done whom he 
lamented, and their souls would meet, 
and spring into each other, in regions of 
(everlasting joy ! 

This exaltation of feeling was inter- 
rupted by sounds from without, to 
which no name may be given: they were 
nor groans nor cries, but they smote the 
heart through the ear, and spoke of wofe 
and horror, . 

Cesario quickly comprehended their 
import : his eyes sought those of Ro- 
dolphe, where the ghastly expression tof 
hi^ was reflected. He started from his 
6ouch, and tried to reach the door ; buf^ 
enfeebled by foregone exertion, and the 
anguish of his contusion, he dropt upon 
the threshold. Rodolphe passed with- 
out seeing him. 

Winged with a dreadful hope, the 
Cahet flew down to the beach ; there he 
saw a crowd of mournful faces; Towns- 



XKB KKiOHT OP ST. JOHK% Gj 

WMXi and warriors stood mute andmoixooi^ 
l6S9» watching the sullen motion of the 
^de, sa it heaved-in the several corses of 
their martyred compaqions. 

An individual or general murmur of 
grief followed llie nearer view of ^u:h 
floating body. iSome were the remaiM 
of unknown volunteers; some, of the in* 
trepid peasantry ; some, of the oldest 
and dearest of their brethren* Women 
and children were seen kneeling upon th^ 
shore, fixed in stu]^d gaze over th« 
mangled corses of brothen^^ hu9^aqd$ii 
and scms. . - 

La Valette was not preseiU; : he durst 
not trust himself with a sight which must 
have uninanned him/ He withdrew from 
every eye, to commune singly with. thai 
God, whose awful decrees he might not 
question, hvA vsiwse gracicmsnesi^ nol 
only permits, but invites us to imiileM 
the removal of his judgments when they 
weigh upon us beyond our strength. 
. Rc^olphe's {frenzied eyea now raa 



68 Tilfi KNIGHT 6P 6T. jbtiH. 

over the whole surface of the port, in 
search of those precious relics, which it 
would be joy to rescue from indignity, 
and see committed with holy rites to the 
earth. 

• Alas, what is our joy? what is our 
grief? and how limited is our capacity 
of either, when we can thus admit an 
emotion of delight from the very circum- 
stance which makes our losses more ma- 
nifest! Alas, what is our grief, when 
time, yes time only, can wear away the 
acuteness of a sorrow as justly due to the 
memory of its object after years have 
passed by, as when it was first ravished 
from us ? 

Does not every thing show us the finite 
faculties of man? and should we not 
thirst, therefore, for that higher state of 
being, in which a boundless capacity of 
happiness shall be givien him amid its 
boundless ocean ? 

The tide continued to wash in many 
a corse, but no wave came freighted 



THE KNIGHT OF ST« JOHIf • 69 

with that of Giovanni. Hope might 
have kindled at this, had not several of 
these corses h^&n so mangled in the 
assault, and so wsmtonly mulilateid since, 
that alL traces of humanity were eflSiced 
from them. From the sight of these, 
Rodoljphe turned at first, with a convul- 
sive shudder ; then returned to assist in 
drawing them from the water, lest he 
should i^nconscibusly leave his master's 
body unhonoured. 

" Whoseremains do y<Mi seek ?** asked 
a knight, who had been long standing 
pale and dejected near him, fixed in 
dismal contemplation. 

" My master's -r- the Chevalier Ciga- 
la,*' returned the Cahet, scarcely able 
to utter that name. 

** I too have sought it," replied his 
questioner, who was no other than Felix 
di Toledo, " but in vain.'* 

He sighed heavily as he spoke j and, 
{bunging jsiLgsan into his own dark 
thpughts, tPQk th^ road to the town. 



70 THfi KNIOHT OF ST. JOHN« 

Not rery long after, he entered the in- 
firmary where Cesario lay in the midst of 
wounded associates ; and, advancing to 
his pallet, widi Donna Cunilla in his 
hand, he said with a faint smile, << I 
bring you a nurse, Adimari : she \iKU me • 
didne berth your mind and body, for she 
will mourn with you. I have oth^ work 
to do/* 

The glance of his kindled eye, and the 
nobly stem expression which at once 
banished the habitual sweetness of his 
countenance, were not to be mistaken : 
diey were indicative of his determination 
to rush into the most desperate scenes, 
to satisfy his irritated honour, and ap- 
piffiBse the manes of all those whom his 
father's political obedience had delivered 
ujp to destruction. 

The feeble smile which accompanied 
his first address, was the last Cesario saw 
iqKm Toledo's Jips through many a fate- 
fid day after the present ; fbr his heart 
was stricken ; and not even Camilla could 



cbftrm him into tbeobiivion of what he 
t^elieved » fMciity^liiagnce. 

That ami^lie yom^ cr^ture 0OW ap^ 
proached-Cesario, and, mixii^ her assuo 
ance of ridU in ooi^tiisioiigii witii her 
CQQQem that he sho^d requke its ei^^f. 
ciie, she iBsiiiuaM^ hy degrees some 
hope that Giovanni mig^t yet liye. 

Roddphe jfisned them: his haggard 
visage told the tale whioh hialips refiised 
to utter. Cesario saw enough in that 
dreadful look to convinqe him that none 
but Camilla entertained the hope he 
wished to catch at. A deep sigh from 
Toledo, and a tremulous motion of Ro- 
dolphe's head, answered him when he 
gasped out an enquiry respecting th^ 
remains of his friend. 

** Surely that is ground for hope, not 
for despair!'' said the tender Camilla, 
hastening ^o catch his sinking head^ as 
it fell back upon bis pillow, in complete 
abandonment to misery^ << Oh I hope^ 
^ you Bfe cpnvinced of what you fear ! 



72 THE KNKJHT OF ST. iOmf\ 

Assuredly Heaven would never abandon 
such a matchless person, as I am told 
your friend was, to such ruthless ene- 
mies.'* 

The persuasive tones of her voice had 
nu^c in them, for Rodolphe predpitated 
himself at her feet, where, fastening his 
lips upon her robe, he lay, inarticulately 
repeating some broken sentences of gra- 
titude and blest credulity of tlie hope she 
painted. 

Cesario, meanwhile, more respectfully 
bowed his head upon her supporting 
hand, in silent, hopeless thankfulness. He 
knew Giovanni's principles, and he felt 
convinced that his soul must have quitted 
its frail tenement, the first or the last 
in the breach of St. Ehno. 

Toledo cast an approving glance upon 
his lovely wife, and pressing the hand 
<rf Cesario, commended him to her carej 
while he hurried to attend the council 
just summoned. 

This solemn assembly was preceded 



TUB KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 73 

by the modre so^eorn intennent of those 
brave rediains which had been xescued 
from the waters. 

The long array erf* biers was followed 
by a traib of kni^ts in mourning habit«» 
with black tapers in their hands ^ th^ 
pale counten£uii3es, at once expressive of 
sorrow and of resolution to iniitate thosf 
they mourned. ; - ' - 

The sufiering injiabitants of U Borgo 
thinly lined the streets thrcmgh which 
they passed ; silently regarding that vast 
funeral; and listening with su^nded 
breaths to the heavy tread of so many 
feet, and the deep toll of a single bell. 

The bodies were laid in the ground 
with all the honours of war ; and all the 
ceremonies of religion by the Wi^op of 
Malta; but their funeral pratiim was 
delivered hy I^ Valette hjfnself. 

When the stated service was oyer, he 
rose up in the midst <3f the crowd, and, 
inastering that trgmysport of grief and 
indignation which ^eafly hi^rried him 

VOL. III. B 



74 THE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHN* 

out of himself, he pronounced the pane* 
g jric of the slain. Then looking rouiid 
upon the assembly, his eyes sparkling 
with generous fire, he called on them 
not to lament, but to emulate those who 
had fallen so gloriously. 

He protested that, for Jhs part, he 
ra/ther envied than pitied the meanest 
soldier who had fallen on the walls of 
St. Elmo; for his measure of glory was 
filled up ; he had departed in the bright- 
ness of his fame : while those who re- 
mained had yet to war against the infir- 
mities of human nature; to watch and 
pray, lest they should fall away from 
their former selves. 

He bade his hearers remember that 
the garrison of St. Elmo had not been 
conquered by the superior valour or skill 
of the besiegers, but by their numbers : 
and that now, that superiority was fast 
diminishing. The infidels had lost above 
three thousand men in that single siege ; 
I>i*agut too, the formidable Dragut, had 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN, 75 

ju^tezpired jii^ cosisa^ueiice^f a woand 
])^eiv<^ in the treiic;hes; a inortal and 
cont^io^is^ d^emper was in their camp ; 
and their .provisions w:ere nearly .ex- 
hapfirted* 

Thus, if each garrison resolved to 
emulate the noble example of SU Elmo, 
a^d perish rather than capitulate, Malta 
must finally conqiierj for the stormy 
season would arrive long before there* 
duction of a second fort so defended j 
and the infidels, no longer able to receive 
any but precarious supplies by sea, must 
at last consume away from disease and 
famine. 

LaValette no longer found it neces- 
sary to animate the courage of his people 
by die hope of foreign succours. A 
higher state of feeling now prevailed 
throughout Malta ^ even the commonest 
peasant, catching the h(^roic contagion, 
thought only of dying for the general 
good. 

Every man, in short, was so assured 



7& THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

that their cause must finally l^iumphf 
and that posterity would immortalise xt$ 
martjrrs, that he cared less for living 
to share, than dying to secure iti 

La Valette*s penetrating eye discerned 
this universal exaltation; and glancing 
for a moment with a softened heart on 
the bent and varying countenance <if 
Feb'x di Toledo, he went on, forbearing 
to mention those succoiu's whiqh were 
once the main spring of his eloquence. 

The appearance of a Greek slave 
hearing a flag of truce from the Basha, 
interrupted the ani^er from the knights. 
* The man^s errand was quickly told : he 
came to summon the whole Order to sur- 
render, oflering them specious term% 
couched in insulting language. 

Ia Valette, who had seated himself on 
his entrance, now started up. ** Lea^ 
him away!*/ he cried. He then returned 
calmly to his duties; while Toledo, 
seizing the astonished messenger, hurried 
him from the hall. 



THE KNiaqT OF ST. JOHN. , Tl 

He led him in silence through the 
fortified lines of the town j but as he 
paused with him on the counterscarp, he 
pointed sternly to the deep ditch below* 
" See there,'' he said, ** the only spot of 
ground we can afford your master.** 

Toledo released the arm he had grasp- 
ed ; and did so with so forceful an action, 
that the slave staggered and fell. The 
bitter smile on the brave Spaniard's face 
was instantly displaced by sudden light \ 
.he hailed the omen; and, waiting a mo- 
ment to see the man joined fay die^guard 
riiat was appointed to conduct him from 
the lines, he' turned back into the town. 



3E 3 



(78 ) 



CHAPTER V: 

On the return of his messenger, with a 
description of the bold conduct of the 
knights, and the imposing appearance of 
'liieir defences, Mustapha saw that none 
h\ii the most vigorous measures could jnre- 
vent his sneering the disgrace and mor- 
trfication of final defeat. Aware of those 
circumstances in his own situation, which 
inspired La Valette with confidence, he 
resolved to lose no time in rendering It 
impossible even for the Sicilian fleet, 
should it arrive after all, to relieve the 
garrisons of St. Angelo and St. Michael. ' 

In pursuance of this determination, 
he proceeded to invest the Christians on 
the land side, by removing his army from 
Mount Sceberras to the heights behind 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN*' 79 

the Isle de la Sangle> luid the peninsula 
on which stood IL Borgo and St. Aq. 
gelo. 

la doing this, he pursued the same 
plan which had ahready been so sue-' 
cessful with St. Elmo, that of enclosing it 
in a semicircle of batteries. 

The command of Mount jScebenrte 
gave him the advantage of battering the 
fortresses in front, whOe the possession 
of the heights overlooking them» en- 
abled him to plunge the fire of his artil- 
lery direct into the toymB. 

Ilappily for the besieged, both in II 
Boi^o and St. Michael, the effeqt of these 
formidable preparations was in some de- 
gree counterbalanced by the arrival of 
the troops under Cardona. 
^ The generous spirit of his officers and 
men was not to be controlled ; and hav- 
ing by a mixture of violence and stra- 
tagem induced him to sail back to Malta, 
and piit them an duare, t)»ey had sac- 
B 4 



80 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

ceeded in making their way under cover 
of night to the town. - 

With this unexpected reinforcement, 
theGraiid Master proceeded to strengthen 
his garrisons,' and prepare for the threat^ 
ened st0rm. ^ v ^ 

While the Christians and infidels were 
thus employed^ the sick and wounded 
amongst the former were slowly re- 
covering. Li.;, 
-- The Maltese won^en and the Nuns 
Hospitallers devoted themsdves to the 
care of those brave men who had bled 
for their pfeservatibiu Their watchful 
tenderness was more serviceable than the 
skill of the sui^eons ; and perhaps their 
pious consolations, when mixed with the 
sweet sounds, of gratitude, went more 
'surely to the. hearts of those they suc- 
coured, than all the ceremonies of th^ir 
:€ommon faith. 1 

, Donna Camilla was distinguished even 
liere.' Perhaps her frame was less strong 
than "others, her nerves less firm, her 



THE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHK. 81 

countenance less manageable; but she 
atoned for these defcicts of constkuticm 
hy that extreme sensibility to the suf- 
ferings she witnessed, which inspires the 
possessor of it with a yariety of expe- 
dients for mitigating pam and infusing 
fortitude. . ^ , 

Kind and succouring to all, she was 
e^cially so to Cesario. His character 
interested her, his situation called for 
-her liveliest sympathy j and his evident 
appreciation of her husband's excellence 
warmed her regard for him^ into sister- 
like affection. - . 
• She had persuaded him to remove 
from the hosjifftal to her husband's quar- 
ters in H Borgo ; and it was there, that 
she and Toledo endeavoured to medicine 
his sick soul with all that woman's soft- 
ness and man's firmness can render 
grateful or useful. ' 
, But what was that medicine? what 
discourse could they find to interest the 
E 5 



82 Tttfi KKIOMT or ST^JOEH. 

bereaved Ceaario? jirhat objeet could 
tfai^ o£fer him in the desdaite futio'ei 

Nothing, indeed, in this vrcdd. When 
Camilla found him inaccessHEiIe to ^ 
amiably wild hope she at first attempted 
to infu&e, tht ceased to urge it ; aad 
dwelt only on the character and £une of 
him they mourned. 

Again and again die drew him into 
details of Qiovanni's military aeticms ; 
and, as she commented on the hero's ar- 
dent desire for tbe preservation of the 
^4Mi&r, she JjDsensibly inflamed Gesaiii^s 
zeaTTor the same great object. Thus 
she taught him to seek consolation for 
a fiieijid's loss, in sympathy with that 
friend's strongest desire ; and thus, by 
kindling another strong and laudable pas- 
sion in Cesario'ssoul, she gave him a mb* 
tive to endure what else had crudiecLhim 
unresistingly: then placing his goal in 
that heaven to which Giovanni was g<me, 
die prepared him to seek it by a race 
of glory on earth. 

15 - 



With C^ilia, tfaerelbre, C^flBiM 
of bis friend's finer ^ades of character^ 
anil to ber rebtted all the Tidssttiides of 
tbeir friendship j with Toledo he expa* 
tmimd on those subtime futures of mag- 
nanimity and self-denial whicb a S(Adiet 
only csm properljr estimate ; with^ Ro* 
di^phe he conversed upon those minutisi 
<^ Giovanni's domestic hours^ which per- 
petually delight and surprise, or afflict 
and mortify those who scrutinise thus 
closely the private life of one removed 
by death. 

Every day^Rodolphe had something 
intherto untold to relate i some action or 
some word unimportant to all others, but 
most precious to Cesario; somethii^ 
lidiidi exalted Giovanni still higher in his 
friend's esteem, and rivetted his heart by 
some additional testimony of Giovanni^ 
all-forgiving affection. 

These, added to the never- wearying re- 
cital of Giovanni's last message, wete the 
secret treasures of Cesario ; to them be 
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8^ THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK. 

retired from the society of Toledo and 
Camilla^ when his over-taisked heart could 
no longer bear the sight of their mutual 
happiness. 

Let it not be imagined that Cesario 
turned from such happiness, because 
every thkig like it was denied to. him. 
Far different was his reason! He ti*embled 
at the exquisiteness of their feKcity ; and 
he looked .with dismal forebodings to that 
bloody cloud which was gathering over 
them all. 

Sometimes as they sat together, during 
th6 short period of rest from military du- 
ties, he would look at the interesting 
figure of Donna Camilla, iand as he con- 
templated its extreme delicacy, and the 
sensitive variation of her countenance, 
he would say to himself, " Alas, what will 

beoome of her, if Toledo ■'* he never 

finished the sentenqe. 
• Never had Cesario seen or imagined 
a female heart so devoted ; and the sight 
-was equally novel as lovely to him. 



THE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHN. 85 

In. the mifist of personal danger, arid 
with the prospect of greater trials^^ Ca- 
miUa seemed to think, that where her 
hasband was, there was safety, there was 

joy ! 

The countenance which was dim, and 
pale, ahd abstracted, when he was not 
present, Kghted up into immediate beaojty 
tlie instant he appeared: through the 
crystal clearness of .a complexion, which 
only her vivid sensibility coloured, her 
whole soul was visible,; and her husband, 

** Seen, heard, and felt, possessing every pulse/* 

became from that instant the only object" 
her eyes voluntarily rested on. 

' The manly tenderness of Toledo was 
not so irrepressibly elastic: he, could 
listen in her presence, with a calm air, to 
the indifferent conversation of another, 
and give the most earnest attention of 
mind and -eyes to a discourjse upon the 
great interests of society ^ but whenever 
he turned those ^yes upon his wife, an 



96 VBB Kim^HT CMP 91. JOHK. 

doquent look promised a recompmse for 
himself and her in their hours of unr^ 
strained, unwitnessed confidence. That 
deeply fond look said as miich perhaps^ 
as all the illuminations of Camilla's kin*- 
dlifig countenance. 

In short, the heart of ead^ uw 
eqoally true, tender, and happy ; but even 
the heart has a different sex ; and Ca* 
milla's had not room for all those great 
(dggects whkh assisted in filling that of 
Iter husband. 

It was impossible for Cesario to avoid 
the recurrence of one image, as he con* 
templated the conjugal happiness o£ To^ 
ledo and the character rf his wife— • it 
was that of the woman he wished to 
forget. 

. Happily, her image came no longer in 
the seducing dress of love and imagina^ 
tion ; he saw her now, as she was iu fact, 
a thing to despise, and blush at, for hav- 
ing squandered his soul (m, — nay, as 



TUB KKTORT df ST. JOHH^ Vj 

the cause of all his faults atid all his mi* 
8^ry» for had she not lost him Giovanni? 
^ Would I could blot out that shameful 
l^od from my life V* he would exdaim 
tot himself, his cheeks burning, evien 
though alone, at that humiliatitig recoL- 
Icction; << I lov^ hel* to distraction ; and 
#Dr her sake flutig from me the treasure 
0f my souL I lose her^ and her image 
passes away like a shadow^— IJose bm^ 
and the world is a desert \ Mighty God ! 
hdw ill do we read even our own hearts^^l*^ 

Then would Cesario plunge into an 
abfss of reflections on the mystery of 
kuEnaii! paasioQS, and the frailty of human 
affisetions, till reason herself could no 
k>|}^r stri^gle against misanthropy. 

But Toledo's fraternal look, or Ca- 
miUa's tender voice, would at any time 
draw him back again to fri^fidship widi 
Us kind \^ and then hi^ heart would flow 
out in a fuUer stream of confidence, ikxt 
this tempofaiy check. 

There was one eircumstimce which 



88 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

severely pained Cesario: since the arrivkl 
of Donna Camilla, he observed that To- 
ledo was less gay than before. Two rea- 
sons might be given for this change': 
when separated from the object of hi& 
tenderness, by what he deemed neces- 
sity, Toledo had not allowed himself any 
indulgence of regret ; thus he was gay 
4:hen, only becwse had he been serious, 
he must have been sad. 

In addition to this, the gratifying. ex- 
pectation of seeing Malta relieved by his 
father, was quite extinguished^ and a 
sense of disgrace svibstituted in its place. 
To none of his private remcmstrances had 
the Viceroy b^en able to pay more atten- 
tion than to the public applications of La 
Valette. . - 

' Burning to balance^ if possible, his fa- 
ther's failure by greater zeal on his part, 
Toledo now courted situations of the 
extremest peril j and if a thought arose 
of the fate too likely to follow this teme- 
rity, he banished it, in the fond hope 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN* 89 

that Heaven would spare his life for the 
^ake of Camilla. 

' A Greek deserter from the camp of 
the infidels had brought intelligence 
that they meant to attack the peninsula 
De la Satigle by land and water. Finding 
it impossible to bring their armed boats 
against it, under th^ guns of St. Angelo, 
(which they must pass, if they attempted 
to enter the great port from the main 
sea,) they had projected the astonishing 
measure, of drawing them from the lesser 
port actually across Mount Sceberras, and 
so launching them again directly in 
front of that point of the peninsula 
called the Spur of St. Michael. 

The Isle de la Sangle, therefore, be- 
came the post of danger, and for that 
station Felix di Toledo solicited. 

The surprise with which La Valette 
heard this bold project of the enemy, was 
not however coupled with incredulity : 
he had not forgotten a similar measure, 
by which the gallies of Dragut had es* 



90 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

caped from a port blockaded by Andrea 
Doria; and he therefore set hinBelf 
immediately to provide against its ex- 
ecution. 

In this view, he raised batteries and 
planted cannon on every part of the pe- 
ninsula where a descent of troops was 
practicable; while, to check their sap* 
proach to the town of St. Michael, which 
lay on the side opposite Mount Conradin, 
he formed a huge staccado of piles, driven 
into the sea, with chains, masts, and sail* 
yfurds strongly fastened together; and 
carrying it from the foot of Conradin to 
the point of the peninsula, thus barred 
all entrance to the narrow anchorage 
beyond. , 

The post of the gallies, already chained 
in from the same point to the foot of 
St»Angelo, he strengthened with dif- 
ferent staccadoes of the same materials : 
and though by reaison of the continued 
fire from the Turkish batteries on the ad- 
jacent hei^ht^ hi& men could not cariy 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 91 

bn their work by day, at night they la- 
boured so vigorously, that these new de- 
fences appeared like so many exhalations 
to the infidels, who guessed not how 
they could have been completed in so 
short a period. 

Still anxious to stay the dreadful effu- 
sion of blood, which must have been the 
consequence of his protracted and de- 
termined resistance, X«a Valette deefned 
it his duty to try agam the forlorn hope 
of an application to Sicily. 

Another brave spirit was found as a 
substitute for the exhausted Cesario, in 
the person x>f Marco Dona, who had 
learned that his father was still in the 
port of Messina ; and he prayed permis- 
sion that he might go thither to animate 
his exertions, if necessary, for the rdief 
of the Order. 

His request was complied with. Marco 
went, and returned : he returned hoping, 
and deceived. 

Doria had no. sooner listened to his 



92 TH£ KNIGHT OF ST, JOHN. 

son's representation of the state of Malta, 
{ind heard the death of him whose later 
days held out the hope of atonement for 
the past, than, transported with grief and 
generous indignation, he ran to the Vice- 
roy, oflFering to transport as many troops 
to Malta as his gallies could convey ; en- 
gaging, by the strength and ability of his 
rowers, to carry them all safely into the 
great port before the heavy-minded Turks 
could have weighed up their anchors. 
'* I^t me,'* he said, " but land your sol- 
diers, and my sailors, (which 1*11 answer 
for with my head,) and I care not what 
becomes of the mere hulks of my gallies. 
My fortune shall answer for them to the 
Republic — nay, my life, if she will have 
it then/' • 

The Viceroy, more cruelly bound than 
ever, since the fall of St. Elmo, by the 
parrow policy of his master, dared not 
avow his painful bondage; he therefore 
applauded this magnanimous offer, and 
declaring his intention of immediately 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOIJN. 93 

setting sail for Malta, dispatched Marco 
Doria with that intelligence to the Grand 
Master. 

Meanwhile he persuaded the unsuspect* 
ing prince to return to Genoa for per- 
mission to abandon his ships, if need 
were; since, unless he obtained sucH 
sanction, Don Garcia said he ^could not 
outrage his Royal Meter's dignity so far, 
as to venture upcHi accepting so bold an 
offer from an unwarranted subject. 

As the Viceroy gave Doria to imder-* 
stand that he meant to sail himself, the 
instant the soldiers could be embarked, 
and that Dorians gallies would be em- 
ployed, when he returned from Genoa, 
for the transport of other troops now 
levying, the honest sailor trusted to his 
truth, and made the voyage, which was 
to rid the other of his importunities. 

Marco reached Malta in air the buoy- 
ancy of a sanguine spirit ; but La Valfetje 
saw deeper into the intentions of Spain ; 
and, dismissing every thought of sue- 



94 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

cour from that quarter, a|iplied himself 
with greater eneirgy to defend himsdf 
singly. 

No sooner 4id he pqrc^ve the views 
pf the infideU upon the Isle de la Sangle, 
than he hastened to ipan that peninsula 
with hi3 best soldiers. Cesaxio, now re- 
stored to a capacity for service, and 
Toledo animated by a noble jsense of dis- 
grace, were amongst these new reinforce^ 
ments. 

Doni^a Camilla was not to be separated 
from her husband. She dared all the 
dangers and terrors of a temporary bridge, 
thrown across from one peninsula to 
the other J a^nd, protected by Providence, 
through the shower of balls under which 
she was led by her fondly-chiding yet 
grateful husband, she reached her desti- 
natipn in safety. 

. Scarcely were they thus transported 
from II Borgo to the town of St. Michael, 
wlxetu the two warriors were called into 
action. The infidels, they were told, 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 95 

had desperately attempted to force the 
staccado; at least to hreak it, suffidentlj 
for their boats to pass through. 

At this momeat, some were seen swim- 
ming towards it with their axes stuck in 
their girdles ; while others, already upon 
it, were eagerly trying to cut it away 
with their hatchets. 

The firing from the Christian batteries 
gate little interruption to this bold enter- 
prise; for proceeding from too great a 
height, it scarcely took eifect. 

Consternation had seized the few sol- 
diers guarding the shore ; but no sooner 
did Cesario and Toledo reach it, than by 
the same impulse each tore off his clothes, 
and calling on those who followed, to 
imitate their example, they took their 
swords in their teeth, and, plunging into 
the watCT, swam to the staccado. 

There wanted but such an example: 
numbers joined them almost instantly, 
encouraged by Di Monte, who. com- 
manded at that station. 



96 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

The contest on the stac^ado was short 
and fierce ; each Turk d]0{Hited the posses- 
sion of this importimt work with all the 
fury of baffled confidence and fn«itr»ted 
»m^ition. The Qbristians thought not 
of themselves; nobler and sljonger feel- 
ings inflamed them j they fpught for 
the preservation of each other, and the 
continuance of their Order. 

JjLodolphe alone was stimulated by a 
thirst for vengeance ; as he grasped 
the throat of each opponent on the pile» 
and at eveiy deadly thrust of his dagger, 
he shrilly pronounced the name of his 
master^ 

The pulsation of Cesario's heart stop- 
ped every time that name was uttered $ 
yet, only to beat again with greater force 
of resolution. That name was his watch- 
word to conquest : ha{^ily, individual re- 
venge had no power over his Christian 
principle. 

Toledo boasted the honour of hurling 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK- 97 

the last infictel into the sea ; after which, 
each brave Maltese swam back to lundt 
amid the shouts and applauses of his 
associates. 



VOL. III. T 

I 



< 98 ) 



CHAPTER VI. 

£v£N after this afiair, more than one 
unsuccessful attempt to destroy the stac. 
cado was made by the enemy. In vain 
they varied their modes, and called in 
the aid of their ships and levers; the 
Christians triumphed over all their strata- 
gems. Mustapha at length desisted; 
and believing that success must depend 
upon the actual weightt)f his whole force 
being directed upon each smaller object 
separately, he determined to attack the 
Isle de la Sangle ^Qp0, with all his 
troops. 

A reinforcement of six thousand men, 
under Hassan of Algiers, had just reached 
him; and as Hassan, not yet acquainted 
with the temper of the knights' swords, de^ 



TH£ KKIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 99 

rided tii^ir romantic cbivaliyj Muatiq^^ 
yielded to hia impetoow deiire of iittMkr 
ing them withoat delay. 

Wlule ti^e ipfiddif th^efbret wef e fK9f 
|MMiog4or a graad assault, bjr batteraig 
the deYc^bed peninevda Irc^n 9U their <^ 
a£4 new batteries; wd the Qmsi^m$ 
were ^actiy^ly ^itplojed m rtitwgthco^ 
iog their £6rtificatipJQs^ aod eim^iaiog 
^heiQs^ves in ^very iqieciep of bazardow 
Mfvicei Cesario beheld with atrae^^ 
•y e^ &r himself^ the approachiog atrn^e* 
Me hoped to fall, but to &U aoiid^ vio 
tory: yet, even while locddng to that 
hotir with 1^^ di«teQ)p^ed iaipatienc^ c^' 
a wprid^c^ he^rtf he biaathed a i^n^er 
lor the pTeaervatioii of Td^. 

U was iiiipofpible fox a beait like Ce* 
jBarioVi.to shut out a}l int^e^t ia ohfffftp 
whi^h, ia his happier days, would have 
wiMmed hwi withal^M^on; imd now he 
contemplated To^ledo 4»d CanuMa wjl^ a 
aad ^eodecpes?, prophetic of iU ; which, 
if it deepco^ l^ o«i^ j«^kwc^dly« did 
F 2 



100 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHM. 

ttot leave existence quite sterile oif eveiy 
sweet and sympalliising emotion. 

There was something inexpressibly in- 
teresting to him in that union of soft- 
ness and heroism which he hourly re- 
marked in Camilla : though her feelings 
w^re torn by apprehension for her hus- 
band, whenever he wias at his post, or 
exposing himself in some liastily con- 
ceived enterprise, she never gave them 
utterance to himself: she never at- 
tempted to melt him into that momentary 
weakness, of which he might afterwards 
have repented. It was not that his 
glory was dearer to her than her own 
peace, but his*Blf-esteem was. If there 
were an action which her Felixes calm 
ir^ason and principles wtuld have con- 
gdemned himself in the slightest degree, 
'f<Mr yielding to, even though that action 
'might spare her days of agony, she would 
have ishrunk from urging it. 
* His principles were fate to her: and 
^hen her trembling hands armed him for 



THE KNIGHT OF STt JOHN. lOl 

the fight, and her labouring heart almost 
throbbed to burstings she sought not to 
detain him ; breathing only^blessings and 
giving only farewell embraces, where one 
more sdfish (there could not be <me moipe 
fond) would have made her words sup- 
plications, Bnd her arms bondsi^ 

Cesario often lulled the remembrance 
of his own irreparable losses of father 
and of friend, in the endeavour to soothe 
those fears which Camilla rar^y exr 
l^essed to any but hipi; and loving h^ 
wth the disinterested affection of a bro- 
ther, he fdt that if Toledo were to fall, 
he could wish ihen to live, only to protect 
her, and watch over their expected babe,» 

Vflth these feelings strongly excited, 
one night, after a day spent in harassing 
sallies from different; outposts, he saw 
with a mixture of satisfaction and uneasi- 
ness, on visiting the extreme end of the 
peninsula, that the enemy were evidently 
preparing for a sudden and fierce assault* 

His honour was pledged to Toledo, to 
F 3 



lOfi TiHk KNI6RT OF ^1^. J^RN. 

give him the. intelligence of every ex- 
pected action, and^ hastening back for 
that ptupose^ he ];)e]^ed to the town. 

As he slowly eiitered the apartment 
which contained his friends^ he could not 
hehp pauouQg a moment to contemplate 
the picture they ^formed. 

1^ tight of a lamp il^ll dfirectly upon 
tihe spot where they were placed. 

Camilla was sitting mi a low cui^on^ 
i9upporting her husband's head on her lap, 
white be lay aedee^ M she bent 0¥^ 
him, his idianly figure, half despoiled of 
Its msurtiai trappings, formed a pictures^e 
contrast with ihe deKcate grace and fight 
dn^ryofhers. 

The contrast Wate yet greater between 
her &ir face, all awake wi^ f<mi and 
vai^ymg expression, and his bronzed fea- 
tures, fixed m tranquil sleep. Yet was 
there so soft smd sweet a smSe upon the 
lips of Toledo, while he dept, thatj Kke 
tnemifight on the water, it seeined' but 



the r^iflpctiw «r fte pil# of her tbat, 

-At thp 9QunA q£ Cesuwia'^ ^p, ^ 
started, ftn4 a viviil Uysjbb sbet i»to her 

little, as if to sIb^J^b thfe dei^^ oft y«t 
so gen%, ^t $b($ did qot rouse him; 

" He vra^sQ ti^d {'* ^ said, wJith aa 
air of emhapasament and apokof^ ; and 
she continued to look dpwn, ashamed of 
her unwillingness to sacri^e her bus- 
band's refit to her sense of fur^^riet^t 

Neither this beai^fid sham^ not the 
tejidemess which triumphed over it, URcrft 
lost upon Cesario : he advanced with an 
air of respect, and, careful iM>t to rouse 
her fears by any ahruptneas^ instead of 
w^ng Toledo by the usual method, he 
look up her Iqte as if by cbancci apd 
making some courteous reply to her, 
passed his hand somewhat strongly oiaer 
the strings. 

Toledo waked at the sound: as \ie 
opened his eyes, he saw Cesario sitting in 

F 4 



104 *!*« kHietrr 6* s*. jOB>jf. 

seeming c6m|K>siire near him* Used to 
see him thus domesticated trith them, wd 
^quite wearied ndth past exertion,/ Totedo 
just stretched out his hand to him, with- 
^t otherwise altering his po6iti<^i bid- 
ding his wife << sing him that air agmn/' 
At his ^sire, Caimlla tocfc the lute, 
and, 1>ending over it, sang with aU the 
hearths pathos, the following song : — 

SONG. 

The melk>i/d strain of distant horn. 
O'er some wide-8prea£ng witter borne 
AtMtofsuPy to wanderer lone» 
Is ^e ills voice of sliver tone ! 
And heard amid the twilight pale, 
When warbling sweet, the* nightingale 
Pours her fond soul to woods alone, . 
Tis like his vmce of silver tone! 

The darkly^rich, empurpled hue 

Of violet beds when steep*d in dew. 

And inbon-I^it on their sur&ce lies. 

Is like his sof^ and lovely eyes I 

And when Eve's star, with humid light» 

Just trembles on the verge of night, 

That tender beam, those shaded skiee^ 

Are like his soft atid lovely eyes i - '' 



THE KMtQHT OF ST. JOHN. 105 

The fond eyes which opened again to 
.raise themselves to Camilla's face, and 
the tender, whispering accent which 
thanked her, were faithfully described in 
the words of her song : Cesario felt their 
resemblance, and he could not stifle the 
involuntary sigh which. escaped him. 

At that sound, for his si^ waa fraught 
with his foreboding and pitying . heart, 
Toledo turned on him' an investigating 
glance, and reading his countenance 
started up: — ** I see we ajre not to rest 
to night i** he cried; "where is the iH:)int 
threatened? Camilla, sweetest, fetch 
me my lighter baldric.*' 

His wife tremulously obeyed ; and in 
the rapid moment between her disap* 
pearance and return, Toledo enquired, 
and Cesario hastily named, the Spur of 
St. Michael. 

Tdedo took the baldric from his 

wife with a bright look of.ard^r j and 

while he eagerly armed himse^ bade her 

be of good cheer, for the fatter the in- 

F 5 



106 THE KNIOHT OF ST. JOHN. 

fidels repeated their attacks, the nooner 
would the -Christians get to the end <rfl 
their ^ork. 

" And wh«e is the assault now ?** 
asked Camilla, striving to diffiise a serehe* 
expt^ssioii oyer her siaddenly blanched 
and quivering features; ** At ihe Spur, 
4earest!^ re{^ed her husband; ^ihey 
will not come on tiH djiy-break ; but I 
inust be there directly, or perhap s ■ . - ^ ^ 

CamiUa released the arm which fifee 
had instinctively seized in both her 
trelfibUng hands; and, loc^ng on him 
through blinditig teaurs^ with an expres- 
sion of love and submifflsdon, fidfcered out, 
"OgO — go, my Felix! I know it is 
JC^ght— ^a9d I can pray for youl*^ 

Toledo caughft ber to lus breast sriih" 
out iq;ieakkig: agam and again he re- 
laxed that fond grasp, and as often clasped 
her to him anew. His heart, his eyes, his 
vcHce, all overflowed with tenderness. 

At length in a gayer tone, exdaimiog 
against lus own felly, he reauiuled her 
15 



XHS KmoHT Off n, jqw^. 107 

and hiiMelf how afteo 1^ }m^ tkm gQw^ 
and returned i&0msijD98ttai*e<mteste^ iken 
beatowing on her another enobraoo, cou- 
pled with a fi^rvent beiedictiai^ he tore, 
himself away. 

CuaiUa, all pale and tr^»Uiiig and 
tearless w)w, caught Ce«ario*s haod as 
be 1^^ passing her, whis|>ering^ «* WUl it 
be a very dangerous service to-night ?** 
' '^ We can but guess at it,** rej^ed Ce^ 
sorio hastily; "but I s^e^ to you, the 
sword that reaqhes Toledo shall make its 
way throu^ this body :*' he kissed hear 
hai^ as be jqftok^ looked on her, audi dis- 
nfqcieared^ 

The expectations of the Christians 
were not decayed: when day dawnjed, 
a atrai^ge and threatening sight presented 
itself 

A numerous flept of boats, after having 
been actually brought aqross the opposite 
flWMintain, were seen covering the water 
of the peat pcort, advancing to the stac^ 
cade aiH} the $p<if, amidst the clash of 



lOS TH£ KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK. 

wtftlike instnunehts aud the barbumts 
bynins of priests and derVises. 

Meanwhile Hassan, with the flower of 
his new troops^ was pouring down like a 
torrent, on the land side, through all. 
tkose avenues opened, by the continued 
cannonading of preceding days. ^ < 

The whde peninsula was thus placed 
between two fires j and the destruction 
of every thingj upon it seemed inevitable. 

The besieged, however, undismayed 
by common calculations, met them at 
every point, opposing a few invincible 
spirits to hosts of mere animal bravery. 
Their courage seemed to grow with their 
danger. They threw themselves upon the 
enemy oft the ^taccado, in the very ses^ 
upon the ramparts of the town, andtheb^is- 
tions of St. Michael, with a boldness which 
amazed and paralised their adversaries. 

When at last, overpowered with the 

incieasing heat of a burning sun, ikey 

were driven for a moment, by mere 

weight of numbers, from their Ipies, they 

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THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. lOQ 

returned/ new-strung- widi noble sbame ; 
and, rushing upon the infidels, huiied 
them headloj^ from the walls. 

^How often that 4ay was the same 
standard' wrested by Turk from Christian^ 
and from Christian' again by Turk» each 
time seised by the proud conqueror, in 
the vain belief of secure possession! 
Msmy were the piles of rival dead that 
fell at once unckr each other's fire, 
marking with their horrid mounds the 
hottest and deadliest points of contest ! ^ 

Cesario and Toledo fought their way 
to the extremest point of the peninsula; 
where the Algerine troops had just ef- 
fected a landing under one continued 
thunder of cannon, the smoke of which 
favoured their descent* 

Candelissa^ an Italian renegade, who 
commanded them, with desperate deter- 
mination to conquer or die ordered back 
his boats, that retreat might thus be ren- 
dered impossiblei and his troops find their 



.1 JO THE KNIGHT OP BT. /OHH« 

ovUy pnUi to their own camp t^roi^ 
the breaste of the enemy* 

This dariQg experiment succeedid; 
led on by their savage chiefs the Alge- 
rines rushed forw^u^d to the intrench* 
ment with theijr sqaUng ladders, an4 
clapping th^ED against the w4d]» att^i^od 
to xnotint* 

The Christian, crowding to the fkce 
threatenedf showered death in every 
fonn upon them below: the enemy £»U 
in ma^fies under their pikes and sword^^ 
But still new battalion^ succeeded ; and 
$tiU the fight was renewed with redoubled 
animosity. 

In a few instants the standards of M^ 
hornet were seen flying on th^ intrent^?- 
ment; but, burning with piousindignation, 
thiat remnant of gallant Christians re- 
turned to the charge, and, tearing down 
itme hated tr^^hies, drove tjie enemy 
friom the wall. 

In the ccwJtUsion of that rep^e, Ge.- 



THE KNIGHT QP ST. JOHN. Ill 

sario and Toledo^ who had hithCTto fought 
side bj stde, were separated. Cesario 
rushed afiber a Turkish officer who was 
carrying off the only ^andard still in' 
the Enemy's hands ; and Toledo followed 
the flying steps of Candelissa himself. 

lliat toward renegade was the first 
to turn his back» and to cast kimsdf 
headlong from the w^Il : Toledo sprang 
after him. He averted his eyes from the 
liorr3)le pool of Mood into ivkich he 
leaped ; and/ dashing throu^ it^ pursued 
the fleeter dastard to the shore. 

Unconscious of their commander's . 
disgrace, meanwhile a band of stouta* 
Algerm<^ conterted with badcward step 
the victory with die Jori^ts. ' 

So determined was their resistance, 
and so few the numbers of their brave 
enemy, that perhi^ the tide of ccmquest 
might have turned agtoa, had nc* Oe- 
sario sallied forth from a casemate with 
a peu^ of fresh sc44i^s which La Yaietbe 



112 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

had dispatched from St. Angelo; and» 
pushing unexpectedly upon the infidels,; 
drove them finally into the watex. ' i 

1 The enemy was now beaten off from 
every point round the spur of the penin- 
sula ; but the tremendous cannonading 
and sulphureous clouds above the town 
of St. Michael declared that the work 
of death was still going on there. ■ 

Cesario thought instantly o^ Donna 
Camilla, who must be then' in that scen^ 
of horror ; and with a thrill of alarm, he 
looked round for her husband. 

He saw him not, and he hurried in 
search of him. - ij 

Each knight he questioned was igho* 
rant whether the gallant Spaniard had 
survived the action. Every one had seen 
him in the hottest of the fight ; and one 
remembered seeing him piu^uing the 
flying Caridelissa. 

Rodolphe, too, was missing. Cesario's 
heart . sickened : he paused a mcnnent to 
recover his palsied powers, and then he 



TPE KNIGHT OF ST.JpHN. 115 

called loudly on the names of his friend 
and his servant. . 

Nothing answeBed him but echoes. He 
hurried onwards, still repeaUng at eveiy 
change of place those agitating names. 

After frequent disappointment in va- 
rious parts of the field, at last his cry 
was flinswered by a voice, but not the 
voice of either. It proceeded from a 
groiipe of soldiers at a distance, proceed- 
i^ in the direction of the town.^ - 

Cesario was in the midst of them with 
the rapidity of an arrow. What a slight 
sfiaoie Inmlr^ihe body of Toledo ex- 
tended on a bier, hastily filmed of the 
pijkes and clokes of his soldiers. 

A ball had struck that nobl^ heart in 
the act of following CandeKssa, and dis- 
missed his soul, without one paiig c^ 
c<^iscious death, to the bliss of heaven. 

RodoljAe, who had followed Toledo, 
and saved his remains from outrage, was 
kneeling by the bier, weepiag again th^ 



114> THIS KHIGBT OF S^T^JOSUL 

death of his master, m the fall of one ^lio 
rejjembled him in his^ virtues. 

Cesario stood heart«stniek over the 
l^er : his grief had no voiee, no tears ; 
it was de€|s deep and sfleot. 

He thought of the moment in which 
he had seen that lif!^ss head repoiiflg^m 
the lap of his wife : he saw again their 
last embmce ; he saw Toledo's last smile. 
The humid eyes which had fondly hung 
upon that sfifule^ gathering froM it hope 
and eoi^ence in heaven, would never, 
never more, light up into joy ! 

Cesario bowed his spmt befi>re the 
^unsearchable decrees of God. What 
mortal may questicm them ?^-what morta} 
does not prostrate his rebellious nature 
with inwsurd huiliilityj when he thus sees 
the judgments of the Most High passing 
over himself and others ? 

Having stood long in solemn medita- 
tion by the remiuns of his friend, Cesario 
stopped down and imprinted a kiss upon 
the ice-cold browj that touch dissolved 



•raas KKICIHT OP si*. JOflK. 115 

bis heart; aand, gushing into tears^ he 
rested his head there till the torrent was 
exhai»ted. ' 

When Cesarid recovered himsdf, hw 
first thought was Camilla -, and he Vras 
has^ning to order the Bearers of the' bier 
rather to turn back with it into the 
fort than, proceed to the town, where the 
stiddea jdmckr ^ its s^pearance might 
procve fatal to h^, when, through the 
scattered groupes of soldiers bearing off 
l^e wounded, he discovered a figtire 
which be oooIA not mistake, running in ' 
th» directjon tow^rdis theift. . 

It was Camilla, whom report had early 
informed of her loss. 

i^be came with the same swiftness with 
wy^ Cesario had seen her fly to meet 
her hiisband on^ her landing ; but O, hovr 
different was her Countenance ! — her 
scattered haar blown rudely by the wind 
was the only covering of her head ; and 
her face, stamped with the colours of ' 



116 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

death, was filled with the most frightful 
distraction. 

She ran — she flew — she reached the 
bier, and gazed an instant on the. motion- 
less face; then casting one look at.Ce* 
sario, precipitated herself upon the body 
of her husband. 

Her arms locked that insensible body 
in a grasp, which nothing loosened but 
the temporary suspension of her own 
lii*e : as those slackening arms fell power- 
less down, Cesario cai^ht her sinking 
form. His- heart yet ached with the wild 
reproach of the look she had cast xm him : 
it seemed to say, ** You live, and be is 
deadP' 

Alas, in sj^te of his voluntary promise, 
Cesario was not by to shield the rashly 
brave Toledo ; and if he had been so, 
how could he have interposed between 
him and the unmarked flight of a buUet ? 

Motioning for the bier to follow, and 
overcome with these ideas, Cesario lifted 



THE KNIGriT Of ST. JOHN. 117 

her in his arms, md, turning back, carried 
her into the fort. 

. Some nuns, who were charitably assist- 
ing in the hospital there, hastened to 
receive and succour her. ' Cesario con- 
signed her to them ; and having seen the 
body of Toledo laid under a pall in tlie 
chapel of the fortress, he turned to go 
away« 

The solitary priest who officiated in 

the place, was preparing to say a mass 

over it: Cesario turned back and lifted 

the pall. His eyes rested upon that still 

and marbled face. The images of his 

father, of Giovanni, of Toledo himself 

while in life, of Camilla, of all in short 

whom he hitd loved and lost, or might 

yet lose, pressed upon his thoughts : 

glory, revenge, duty, every other passion 

and a£ection was dead within him at 

that moment; be stood suspended in 

apirit, till the increasing thunder of the 

cannonading round the diflFerent posts 



lis THE KNIGVr OF ST* JOHN; 

beyond tlie town called lum btck to 
action* 

He rushed firom the chapd : and, pass- 
11^ tbe diamber of Camilla, saw Ro« 
ddphe seated sadly upon the ground 
before the doon 

<< Rodcdphe I'* he cried, <^ you love this 
unhappy lady~*stay here-— *I must go, 
and I would not leave her without one 
&nuliar face to look on/' 

He did not wait for r^ly ; but hast- 
ening to the mmote post where the 
Basha and Hassan were making another 
attack, he i^i^d into the thick of the 
combatants. 



i m ) 



CHAFTER Vlt 

Fhom^ this iKihst^ acod neaiiy levery 
otbei^ ike i^nelajr wete beaten back, iftct 
9smraX diLfs aad ni^tts vf canttotted 
fighting : ladtiier paarty mtentnttibd tiMor 
ftcry iydt Vfhaa exfamufted tiatore oiMdd 

The shores of the peninsula and dtt 
xii^eM x)f the port ifefe MdecMisty covered 
^wsth dead^ amongst fi^cfa might be 
coHited the bra^ert; and the iioUefife tif 
tbeOrder. As their iMmbeDSi^iere hourly 
decreask^, and the ibrtificatiaas of St. 
Midiael nearly demoiisdied, nothing but 
the miraculous appearance of the SidUaa 
MccmoRs ODuld, it was thought^ preserve 
thc». 

The rutUess littsfiapba, instead of be- 



iSO THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

holding £hose heroic men with any sen- 
timent of adniiration^ found their valour 
only inflame his rancour ; and once m<M*e 
changing his measures, he determined 
to divide his forces, and attack both the 
peninsulas of St. Michael and St.Angelo 
at the same time. ~ 

Each day/ after, this resolution, new 
batteries arose, and swept down every 
thing in their line of fire. At the same 
moment the Turks assaulted: all tiie 
posts, of tlie Christians, thus . distracting 
their attention, and dividing their i^mmk 
forces. 

Women and children were now dbliged 
to lend thieir feeble aidj and as the in- 
fidels scaled the watts of a work, amid 
showers of stones and boiling pitch,- they 
were amazed to find th^Daselves falfing 
under the hands of such weak adver- 
saries. 

Night and day this tremendous stniggle 
continued : the rock resounded . with 
groans, ^id flowed with fire ; so that 



TUB KNIGHT OJf ST. MHK. 131 

to those who wandered over the seas, 
it must have appeared like some super** 
batural beacon ; or rathw like the gulf 
of Tartarus yzmtiing to PMcive ^em. 

Cesario no longer cheered by the 80« 
ciety of Toledo, and weary with so many 
sights of horror, began to repine at his 
Own safety: in vain he cast himself itito 
the hottest parts of every action j no 
ball had its ccmmiission for him. ' 

Life was now indeed completely deso* 
late to him : he had been summoned back 
by the Grand Master, to his original 
station, the lines of II Borgo ; and was 
thus cut c^from all information of Donna 
Camilla. 

But soon, alas, Rodotphe r^oined 
hiin from the isle De la Sangle, after 
having seen the widowed Camilla laid 
in the same grave with her husband. 

Nearly in a state of insensibility she 
had given birth to a dead child, a. few 
hours ailer Ceisario left lier ; and had 

VOL. nr. G 



199 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

herself fexplred, ere she could know this 
second affliction. 

. " Aiid this is the world I once coveted 
so !V exclaimed Rodolphe, as resting 
Awhile frbm their duty, he tidked over 
the various losses which Cesario and 
himself had sustained. ' 
4 "Tis a world erf trials Rodolphe,*' 
replied Cesario. " I once thought it a 
world of happiness, and I was told other- 
wise by our Divine Teacher — now, my 
soul weeps that mistake in blood! — But 
let us rouse ourselves — let us iiemember 
that all we moiirn, yet exist, yet behold 
us— yet tenderly regard u? : —let us make 
ourselves worthy of reunion with them.** 
' " O, that I had never left my cave !** 
was Rodolphe's answer, sm, smiting his 
breast, he turned a wistful ^nd miserable 
look .towards ', France. 
1 At that mometit, the explosion of a 
mine at a distance terminated their disr 
course. That explosion had blown down 
part of the wall at the bastion ot* CastUle, 



rm KNJOUT Of 8T, JOHH. 1«3 

^d the eao^fiy were already mouiituig 
the breach. 

!PfiS3in^ and Rodolp|ie ran to join the 
^efi^nders. They sow the Turkic eo* 
lours planted at the foot of the parapet f 
.^nd heard the remoter Toar of camum 
which convinced them that an assault 
was making at that very moment upon 
^e cU3tant castle of St Michael. • 

Now seemed the crisis of both im- 
portant posts. Ceaario started forwards, 
and behdld the Gra&d Master himself, 
without helm or cuirrass, or any other 
defence than the sword he had snatched 
up in haste, rushing upon the enemy, 
regardless of those knights who were on 
their, knees^ imploring him to remember 
^hat the existence of Malta depended 
upon his life. 

<<What! when ye are all so wqrthy 
to command!'* exclaimed La Vsdette, 
with animation. ** Give me way — I or 
those standards fall this moment." 

. At these words, Ceaario boldly pushed 
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124 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK« 

)ikn back; fgmd starting forward -vipth a^ 
few companions, as nobly resolved to 
conquer or perish, each seized a flaming 
standard, (for they were blazing with 
the combustibles thrown on them fron^ 
above,) and hurrying back, laid their 
trophies at the Grand Master's feet. 

This daring act inspired general emu* 
lation; the Christians rushed upon the 
foe with preternatural power, sweeping 
them before them b'ke a flood. 

But again and again the Jhuman tid^ 
rolled back ; and one wide scene of car- 
nage presented itself. 

The knights, inspired by the presence 
of their Grand Master, were elevated 
beyond themselves; they heard the va* 
liant resistance at the isle De la Sangle, 
and fearing to be outdone in bravery by 
the ^garrison there, not one would quit 
the action, even though covered with 
wounds, till death had released, or victory 
Rewarded him. - , 

j^ugh firmiiess was sure of conquest. 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK* 12^ 

The enemy at length sounded a retreat, 
leaving some of their most distmgeished 
officers, and nearly all the troc^s they 
had brought to the assault, dead or dying, 
before the disputed bastion. 

The Christians* loss was less consider 
able i but La Valette himsdf was wound- 
ed ; and the destruction on the isle De 
la Sangle, (though there, too, the enemy 
bad been foiled,) was fearfully great 
. Once more the Grand Master deter- 
mined to call upon the viceroy <^ Sicily j 
and hoping that his heart would either 
be softened into pity for others by his 
own private loss, or inflamed (though 
culpably) to revenge, he commissioned 
Cesario to sail for Sicily with the sad 
news of Don Felix's fall, imd a last 
demaad for succour. 

A tempestuous wind which lasted dur* 
ing the few days in which the breathless 
enemy remained quiet, prevented Cesario 
from attempting the passage. His own 
life he set pot **at a pin's fee," but oa 
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196 THfc KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

his reaching Messina in safety, hung the 
lives <tf all the inhabitants arid defenders 
of Malta. 

. Op the fourth evenings the wind fell^ 
and immediately seizing this opportunity; 
Cesario was hastening through the town, 
when, by one lingering gleam of light 
which yet cmitended with evening, he 
saw an arrow drop at his feet. It had 
evidwitly been shot from the Turkish 
camp^ OB tihe heights above j and he 
j^assed it as a danger gone by, and un^ 
cared for. 

But Rodolphe, obs(ei*ving something 
flirust inta a part of the shaft, stooped^ 
and picked it up. ^ 

He drew forth a narrow slip of Taffeta 
from the arrow, and gave it to Cesario^ 
The latter took it eagerly, and went with 
it to a porch illuminated by a lamp. 

When he cast his eye on the silk, he 
Mtered a piercing cry: there was only 
the word " Thursday*' written tiiere, but 
the characters were the firm and peculiar* 



THE KNIGHT OF ST^ JOffli; 12^ 

ones of that hand, ^hich till now, he had 
believed ceased from all its functions. 

Pressing these precious characters to 
his lips, Cesario dropt up<m his knees^ 
all his fkculties suspended in erne seizure 
of awe and joy. 

Roddphe wistfully looked at himi 
without daring to enquire what all thif 
meant: " He lives !** cried Cesario, again 
pressing the blessed testimony to his 
heart, and to his lips, and gushing intd 
tears, *< Your master lives !'* 

Rodolphe fell to the ground as if 
struck by lightning. 

The mixed transport of doubt and 
hope, of incredulity and rapture, which 
followed the poor fellow's recovery of 
sense, perhaps enabled Cesario to bear 
his own overwhelming happiness; H6 
repeated his conviction of Giovanni'i^ 
existence, both from the characters of 
this writing, and the information it Wall 
intended to convey j and, having s^en th^ 
delirious joy of Rodolphe, \at last melt 
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128 JHE KNIGHT OT ST. JOHN, 

into tears aiid thanksgivings, he left bim 
in the charge of a sentinel, while he ilew 
back to the Grand Master with the 
^rrow and its important freight 
' La Valette's feelings were seen in the 
bright suffusion of a cheek, long since 
f*€ndered pale by many cares and many 
griefs. 

" Giovanni Cigala lives !" was.hisex* 
;clamation after a short and soleitm pause 
of inward devotion; " we will take his 
preservation as a blessed omen for. our^ 
selves. A miracle has been worked for 
him — may not the saqtie gracious Pro- 
vidence work one for us ?'* 

The intelligence meant to be conveyed 
by Giovanni) could not be mistaken* 
Thursday was evidently the day fixed on, 
fot some peculiarly fierce attack from th^ 
^nerny ; and La Valette assured Cesario^ 
that thus Earned, he would prepare to 
jneet it with the utmost power of his 
mind and meatis. 



THE KM GHT OF ST. JOHV. 129 

Cesario*s heart, was once again on 
earth and in Malta i but with the great 
object upon which he was going, Gio- 
vanni's deliverance was bound up ; and 
that circumstance animated him to pro* 
ceed. , 

Earnestly beseeching the Grand Mas- 
ter to question whatever prisoners might 
now fall into his hands^ upon the situa- 
tion of that beloved friend, he rejoined 
the joyfully distracted Rodolphe^ and 
committing themselves to the mercy of 
the winda and waves, happily gained th^ 
open sea^ unsu^cted and unseen. 



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( 130 ) 



CHAPTER VIII. 

During their. short voyage, one great 
joy obliterated, for awhile, the very re- 
membrance of past sorrow. Cesario and 
Rodolphe talked and thought only of 
Giovanni. When compared with hii^ 
death, his captivity seemed dust in the 
balance; and hoping for miracle upon 
miracle, they abandoned themselves to 
an intoxication of hope, nearly amount- 
ing to the convictions of insanity. 

These balmy feelings were not, alas ! 
of long continuance. When Cesario had 
to tell the mournful tale of Toledo and 
Camilla to the heart-struck Viceroy, 
their happiness so exquisite, yet doomed 
to destruction, warned him not to reckon 
upon any promised blessing ; and when 

*5 



THE KOTGHT OF ST. JOUlS. ^$i 

he Keard the Viceroy, amid his lamentiu 
tions and threatenings^ con^fess his inabt'^ 
lity to iriove before the arrival of further 
Histmctions from his coipurt, he sunk at 
once into despair* 

This weakness was brief; he roused 
Himself anew, and discovering that Dotf 
Grarcia's secret wishes were, in fact, to 
succour the cause for which his son had 
^Eillen, he set about rousing that spirit of 
determination in the troops, which might 
afford their leader a plausible pretext for 
yielding to his own desire. 

TOiis plan succeeded. Inflamed by the 
eloquence of Cesario, ajterttate}y"inelted 
by the affecting picture which he drew of 
the sufferings of the besieged, or stimu- 
lated by their heroism, the soldiers burs€ 
the palace-gates, calling on the Viceroy 
to lead them to the relief of those de- 
voted heroes. 

They who had served under Felix di 
Toledo, invoked his father, by that afiect- 
ing name, to aid their vengeance : while 
G 6 



I9i im£ KNIGHT iOF ST. JOHN. 

tbose^ho had fought under D<hi Garcia'^ 
banners, i»-Uie shores of Africa, espied 
on him to remember those scenes of bis 
former fame, nor leave others-to rei^ 
the fresh laurels he might win at MsJlai 
' At length, pressed on every side, by 
crowds without and friends within ; and 
urged, besides, by his own warlike hu- 
mour, and parental regrets, Don Garcia 
named Syracuse as the rendezvcms; and 
set out thither to assume the command. 

Each different division, headed by ar- 
dent and experienced captains, was com^ 
poBed of veteran soldiers, and volunteers, 
whose intrepidity made up for their 
youth and inexperience in war : to these 
were added several brothers of the Order, 
gathered together from distant countries. 

All were now hurried on board the 
transports by Cesario's influence; his im- 
patience not jjlowing one instant's re- 
laxation to the^Viceroy. 
. In this he was ably seconded by the 
general spirit > so that by the iirst of 
13 



T^ KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 133 

September the whole army was euBboAedf 
and the fleet getting mider wei^, amid 
the discharge of canncm and the accla- 
stations of multitudes. 
. Scarcely could Cesario and Rodcrfphe 
^restrain the most frantic .expressions of 
joy, when on the fifth night they drew 
near the channel of Goza, and heard the 
faint reverberation of the Turkish and 
Maltese artillery. 

There was the goal of all tiieir hcfpc» 
and fears! A few hours would determine 
whether those hopes were to end in bless- 
ed certainty, or whether those fears were 
to be dismally realised* 

That dreaded Thursday ! — How had 
it passed ? 

. Even as Cesario's eyes were fixed 
on the gradually'rincreasing rock, and 
his heart labouring with those anxious 
tfxoughts, the wind changed, and Wew 
so violent a gale, from an adverse point, 
that in an hour or two the fleet waa di- 



134 THE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHK. 

vided ; one division entirely losing sight 
of the other, and botli dispersed. 

After long combatting the fuiy of the 
dements, damaged, but not destroyed, 
ihe transports and gallies which the Vice** 
roy commanded regained the coast of 
Sicily, and cast anchor at Passal : — there 
they were joined by the vanguard of the 
feet, under Don Juan Cardoiia. 

Impelled by the impetuosity of his 
companioni^ Cardoha had persisted, in 
spite of the elements, in steering for 
Malta, and had actually landed the troops 
he carried. 

No sooner was this circumstance pro- 
claimed by his appearance with his empty 
transports, than the soldiers of Don 
Garcia, still doubting his sincerity, sur- 
rounded the council-room, where he was 
displaying the cruel fetters by which a 
newly-arrived mandate from Spain had 
bcnmdhim; and forcing the entrance, 
proceeded in tumultuous heaps into his 
presence } demanding to be re-embarked 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 135 

immediately, and landed at all risks in 
Malta; or threatening, else, to sei^e the 
i^ips, and command themselves. 

The sparkling looks, smd silence of 
the officers, whom they called on to 
strengthen their party by their qoim^ 
tenance, convinced Don Garcia that 
these mutineers would be supported 
in their brave rebellion ; he therefor^ 
made a virtue of necessity ; and rising 
from the council-board, exclaimed, 

*< My friends, I admire your spirit too 
much to punish your rebellion : — see 
that you justify this forbearance." 

He then gave orders for the reimb^k- 
ation of all the troops, and dismissed 
the assembly, amid their shouts and ap- 
plauses. 

Once more, then, they put to sea: 
once more they came in sight of Malta. 
Cesario stood on the deck of the viceroy's 
vessel, near the viceroy himself, regard- 
ing him with a look which deepened in 
its 8temly4;breatening expression : as he^ 



136 THE KNIGHT OF ST* JOHKv 

drew nearer the object desired, he dreaded 
only the more being again torn from it. 

They were now steering for the western 
side of the island j having learned off 
Goza, that the Turkish fleet, expecting 
they .would attempt to relieve St. Angelo 
by forcing the entrance of the great port, 
had drawn up all their fleet there, adding 
a huge staccado of impenetrable strength 
across its mouth. 

When near the island, the wind had 
changed unfavorably, and the vessel was 
necessarily obliged to be tacked several 
times, to gain the harbour. In making 
th^ last stretch off the land, which the 
master of the vessel, apprehensive of the 
wind still becoming more contrary, lu<d 
lengthened to seemingly an unnecessary 
distance, Cesario took alarm : he fancied 
this the beginning of a new Sjeries of re^ 
tracting artifices; and turning on the 
xtjan with all his suspicions in his aspect, 
cried out in a terrible voice, <* He that 
utters another word of delay, shall find 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOMI. 137 

this sWord in his heart — if I pefirii tbe 
moin^Dt afterwards/' 

As he spcke he glanced his eyes upctt 
th^ viceroy with a look which needed no 
interpreter. ** I understand you> youn^ 
m^in!'' said Don Garcia^ haughtUy return- 
ing his glance with one of less noble fire r 
U cpmmantd.your countenance j or it witt 
undo you, if you mean to rise in life." — 
«> Rather may I fall, than rise basely !'* 
^as Cesario's rash and biting answer^ 
• The viceroy's hand was instantly u|^ 
]^is sword. The flash of the weapon, as 
be drew it forth, attracted the attention 
of the other officen^; and imme^afteiy 
interposing, they gave the two irascible 
spirits time to cool. 

Even while they closed up6n them, 
the vessel was casting anchor i and some^ 
lig^ttt . ones were disembarking their 
crews. 

That sight subdued Cesarioi he re- 
turned his sword into its scabbard, with a 
crimscHied countenance, as, bowing re^ 



138 THB KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

spectftilly to the vicer6y, he said, ** The^e 
is your excellency's feriumph/' and be 
pointed to the anchored galliesi. 

Don Garcia hesitated an instant^ th^i 
held out his hand to him with an altered 
countenance: Cesario put the hand to 
his lips ; and calling on Rodolpbe, flew 
to assist in lowering the boat which was 
to convey them to the land. 

Once more on that islandi which he 
loved for Giovanni's sake, and which he 
beUeved still ccmtained that precious 
friend } Cesario felt new life in all his^ 
Umbs ; and as he counted the stout bat« 
talions which drew up on the shore, as 
they disembarked, till they formed one 
formidable body, he asked himself whe- 
ther this were not some wild dream of 
i^ep or madness ? 

The viceroy had now stretched hi* 
powers to the utmost : his instructions 
were to return immediately to Sicily; 
which, of course, its governor could not 
in prudence leave for the indeterminate 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 19$ 

lime to which the siege of Malta might 
yet he drawn out. 

He reviewed the troops, harangued 
them upon their duties, and their illus- 
trious cause ; reminded the soldiers oi 
his gallant son : and, faithfully promising 
to dispatch the Prince of Melfi with^his 
gallies and auxiliaries, the moment he 
returned from the Genoese coast ; he re- 
embarked amongst the acclamations of 
his^army. 

: Ere the artny commenced its march 
f6i Id atteNotabik, the centre of the 
island, its commanders de SdXide and 
ddia Coma, deemed it expedient to 
give the Grand Master as early intd-. 
ligence as possible of their arrival ; and 
Xlodolphe oSenng himself for the service, 
if accompanied by a peasant j^cquainted 
with the country, to take him* by the 
shortest path to the vicinity of II Borgo; 
he engaged after that to proceed alone, 
attd get through the enemy's lines un- 
perceived, or unsuspected. 



lid THE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHN, 

Hi^ if^r was accepted ^ for none be-i 
sides himself and Cesario (whc^ local 
knowledge was required for the marcK of 
the troops) knew the situation of the 
Turkish campj or the circuitous ways 
by v^rhich it might be skirted* 

Cesario briefly commended the zealpus 
Cahet to Heaven ; and chargipg him 
with numerous questions about Giovanni, 
shook hands with, and dismissed him; 

The troops had halted; and . were eti» 
^amped in a strong position, between a 
forti^ed monastery, and k Citte Notabilej 
when Rodolphe returned. 
^ The news he brought winged his feet. 
He related, that when he entered IlBorgo, 
the. standard of St. John was flying from 
the tower of St Elmo, and from all the 
Turkish batteri^ round : that panie- 
struck, when they heard of the landing 
of the Sicilian succours, and magnifying 
their numbers in proportion to their owri 
fears, the enemy had precipitately with- 
drawn ail their garrisons, spiked their 



THE KNIGHT OF ST* JOHN. 14} 

g^nS) destroyed their st^Mres, and afraid 
of being blocked up in the great port 
and besieged in their turn, had etnbarked 
on the instant. 

La Valette had then lost no time in 
seizing the abandoned stations: and 
happy it was that he did so, for the in- 
fidels, on hearing the real force of the 
new troops ; and finding it did not ex- 
ceed six thousand men ; instead' of pro- 
ceeding to sea, had turned biCk, and 
seeing it vain to attempt repossessing 
themselves of the posts they had fled 
from, were now landed in the bay of St. 
Paul ; determining to seek and give bat- 
tle to the Christian army. 

This was the public news brought by 
Rodolphe: his private intelligence, though 
scanty, was yet more precious to the ear 
for which it was intended. 

The Grand Master himself had assured 
faun, that from one of ihe wounded left 
by the Turks in tfieir hospital, and since 
dead, he had beard tiiat GiovanniCigd^ 



14@ THE KKIGHT OF ST. JOHN* 

livedt md was a priscMief in their cam{M 
but how saved he knew not, nor why 
preserved. 

Cesario embraced Rodolphe in th^ 
transport of joy with which he heard 
these glad tidings, — he did not blush, to 
yield to hjis softened and grateful feelings 
with one who felt the samot -^ What now 
Ifthould damp those hopes, which the 
Divine breath itself seemed gracioudy to 
kmdle?^ 

When after his effiision of rapture, the 
apprehensive Cahet expressed a fear lest 
the infidels should butcher their prisoners 
m cold blood, out of revenge for their 
present disappointment ; Cesario chid his 
want of faith in the mercy of that Pro- 
vidence, whose arm was now evidently 
jstretched out to save j and by a variety 
of animating arguments^ in favour of the 
^any possibilities of Giovanni's escape, 
during the present confusion in the 
enemy's movements ; or, at least of hi9 
being preserved unhurt, for the sake of 



THE KKIGHrT OF ST. JOQK. 14({ 

obtaining their prisoners better terms; 
be :succeeded in imparting his own con» 
fidence. 

Impatient for the moment which was 
to decide the fate of the infidds, and 
terminate bis own anxiety, Cesario at-* 
tended a summons to immediate council. 
He found the officers .discussing 
the two questions of whether it were 
best to remain in their present strong 
position, and there await the ^nemy, or 
^dvanee and give him battle in the 
|>lain? 

; Each opinion had its supporters. The 
pi^dent and the timid maintained the 
propriety of resting where they were, 
behind intrenchments, whence it was 
scarcely possible they could be dislodged; 
and so waiting till the infidels, who came, 
u^iprovided with provisions, and who 
mnit sink under the heat of that open 
champaign, were obliged to return to 
thdbr ships. 
, The rash and the ard^t represented. 



144 t»& KNIGHT OT ST. JOHN. 

on the 6^her hand, the disgrace of thus 
conquering without striking a blow } tiiey 
suggested also, that finding them thus 
planted, the enemy might suddenly fall 
^back either upon B Borgo or St. Michael } 
and, stimulated by despair, carry one or 
both these places ere the army could 
march to save them. 

What then would be the shame and 
remorse of all now in the camp ? Itis 
true, their numbers did not exceed six 
thousand efibctive men j and the infidels^ 
even after their Josses by war and disease 
yet mustered three times that force : but 
the one army was fresh and resolute ; the 
other, war-wearied smd disheartened. 

De Sande, who commanded the army 
of Naples, was one of those who coun- 
* selled bold measures : Delia Coma, the 
representative of the Viceroy, urged the 
cert^nty of success by less hazardous 
means. 

Cesario, to whom every mom^it's 
delay seenled the loss of that criticistL in- 



THB KNIGtt'T OF ST. JOHar. 14* 

stantt wbi€fh migfat restorie Giovs^iii to 
freedom, started fit)ttt his' seat, attd, de- 
liveiii]^ fais optmen fi>r iimaediate battle, 
with all that eloqu^iee of speech, ditiA' 
countenance, and gesture, whidLnuide 
him irnesistibie in whatever cause he 
choice to plead, won over to his side mor^ 
than half hesadversair^s. 

No sooner did lie percdve the ^feef> 
he liad produced^ ti^an, cheeMogltiA iin- 
petuons oratoiryj he bridljr s^nnned iqy 
all the arguments he had addu|jced ; then 
added, — *♦ These are the reasons which 
wagfa with my judgment-*- you are to 
pronounce whether they are sound or not: 
but I will confess, that my heart also is 
impelled forward, — impelled, not merely 
by passionate zeal for the preservation.of 
an illustrious Order, but with desire to 
recorer the noblest of warriors, smd tlie 
dearest of friends : Giovanni Cigala lives, 
and is prisoner to the infidels." 

^1 the knights present, had known 

VOL- in. fi 



1^6 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOfiK* 

Giovanni in former days, and not the 
meanest soldier but had heard of his 
fame : they set up a shout of joy at this 
communication ; and, tumultuously hur- 
rying from the council, decided they 
would themselves rush upon the enemy, 
accompanied by their military followers, 
and cut their way to their captive bro- 
ther. 

. " I opposed your opinions, but I will 
share your danger 1'* exclaimed Delia 
Corna, mixing with them ; and no other 
officer attempting to renew the debate, 
orders were given for the whole army to 
quit their camp, and marcly down into 
the plain. 

No sooner were they in motion, than 
they beheld the close battalioni^ of the 
5asha advancing slowly towards them. 
The meridian sun flamed over the gor- 
geous ranks of the infidels : their num|)ers 
and their array ' were imposing. But , 
though Cesario, as he eyed them, for the 
first time in his life, breathed a prayer 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 14fl 

for his own preservation, he doubted hot 
the success of his brave companions. 
, Life was now dear to him, because 
Giovanni was in bondage ; and no zeal 
for his deliverance could be expected to 
equal that of the friend whose hs^ppineas 
was bound up in his liberation. 

If Cesario were to fall, Giovanni's re- 
lease might not be sure. These were the 
passing thoughts of a moment ; Cesario 
turned to Rodolphe by his side^ and, 
casting on him an inspiring look, he said 
as they rushed into the fight, " Now fdr 
tlie blessed Cross, and your master.'* 

Then began the roar of battle — then 
flowed the tide of blood. The Turkish 
officers fought as if that spirit which had 
deserted half their soldiers, was all in- 
fused into their breasts. They alone 
gave a short and fearful check to the 
sweeping torrent of the Christians : but 
overwhelmed at last, they sunk under the 
weight of the whole Christian force, and 
were eithei: borne along with their own 
H 2 



tif^ THB KSIQHT GB SX. JOHN. 

flying squadrons, or trampled ondte. foot 
by the hotly-pfursinng foe. 

The routed infidels fled to l2ie coast, 
^wfa^e they threw themselves into shal- 
lops, nay, into the very waves themselve^n 
in the hope of readiii^ their ships. 

But the knights, jumping into the sea 
after them, regardless of the artillery 
tlmndering from the Turkish fleet, turn* 
ed (iiose crimsoning waves into anodier 
sanguinary Add. 

Many were the stroj^lihg wr^ches 
who fell under their eager blad^^! 

Mustapha himself narrowly escs^ped 
death as he scaled the tall side of a 
gallion. His safety was the signal for 
a second flight : the whole fleet d^ped 
tiieir cables; and, crowding sail, were 
soon far from the scene of their defeat,, 
and the memorials of their disgrace. 

As Cesario, who had been one of Mus* 
tapha's pursuers, rose from the water, he 
saw an old man clinging to the side of 
m oMertarned shallop on the beach: 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK. 149 

a Boldter stood over the man, ih the acft 
of catting him down. 

The victim's white hair and suj^i- 
cating action were more dk>qQent with 
Cesario than a thousand tongues. He 
ran towards him; and, wresting away 
the soldier's weapon, called on him to 
r^nember mercy. 

The soldier retreated in ^sullen obe- 
dience J and the rescued person tittering 
a cry of joy, flung himself at Cesario's 
feet. 

<« I am not mistaken !" he exclaimed : 
" that look — that voice— 'O, signor, this 
is the second time !'* 

Cesario regarded the man. Who spoke 
bad Italian with a Jewish accent ; and, 
l^lieving he had never seen him befcH^e, 
said gently, " You mistake me for some 
other J but I will nevertheless protect 
you from evil treatment. My name is 
CjBsario Adimari.** 

The man regarded him ^rnestly, 
H 3 



150 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

while with an agitated voice he proceeded 
to recall himself to the recollection of 
Cesario. 

He announced himself to be a Jew, 
belonging to one of the Greek islands, 
under the dominion of Turkey, declaring 
that he had joined the Ottoman camp 
merely in the exercise of his business, 
«s a provider of stores, &c. His first 
knowle^e of Cesario, he acknowledged 
with lively gratitude, to have been at that 
period when the latter retook the inha- 
bitants of a Tuscan village plundered 
by the Algerines* 

, This person, at that time accompanied 
by an only son, was passing through 
Italy on a mercantile speculation ; and, ^ 
halting at this village, was amongst th!^ 
prisoners. 

"I have since lost that dear son," 
said the old man, weeping : ** he is dead; 
but I shall never forget the joy I felt 
when our brave deliverer set him free. 



tHE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 151 

And now again he saves these withered 
limbs from death or tortures! O that 
I could repay the debt I owe him !*' 

Cesario wasj moved by the apparent 
sensibility of Reuben (so the Jew was 
called) ; and, assuring him of his protec- 
tion till he could learn the Grand 
Master's pleasure about the disposal of 
- prisoners, he transferred him to the care 
of some faithful followers, and went in 
search of Rodolphe. 

Rodolphe was not far distant; and 
though both his own body and that of 
Cesario gave bleeding testimony of their 
valiant share in the dangers of the day, 
they could ill brook the delay which was 
necessary for themselves and others, ere 
the army could set forth on its victorious 
march towards II Borgo. 

The troops loitered 'on the shore till 

the last Turkish sail disappeared from 

the horizon : then uttering a shout, some 

fell upon their knees in pious transport, 

H 4 



15@ WHC KNKSiT OF ST. JCR^K. 

and cithers $iiiiik to the ground, overcame 
with littigue ^ pain. 

The severely-wounded were then se- 
lected and sent off in litters to La Citte 
Not^k, the nearest quarters ; white tl^ 
jrest of the troc^s, and those whose 
wounds did not depfrive them of the use 
^ their Aimha, atfter a few hours' refteih- 
n^nt, began their mwch. 

Thm ended a ^i^ge tht^ ^ad lasted 
above four months \ during which time!, 
a ^apriscm not e^oeediiag ^fiine thousand 
men had witivstood the attacks of an 
army thrice as numerous, wpported top 
by a fonnidftble fleet. And what en- 
jhanoed the difficulty of the Christiam* 
defence, was 1^ det!^wii^ti<Hiand viadour 
of their enemies. 

Never had the ii^ds (^stplayed sucl^ 
skill and suqh rcouirage ; and never had 
tikey bee9 so vaUantiy outdone in both. 

When the viotm'ious irtny, after a 
sl^wt wwcfe, entep-ed H Boi^go, tl^ey be- 
held it with a mixture of admiration and 
13 



THE KNBGHT OF «Tr JOBIf. 1<53 

i»€gret : it seemed ^us if they . came its 
•con^fuerors rather than its preservers; 
for every where it lay in ruins. 

FaUeu houses^ dsattered fortifications, 
destroyed magazines, attested the BeveUe 
assaults it had sustained since Cesaiio's 
afasehce. The half-fainisbed nihabitante 
slowly a*awled among tiiose Melan- 
choly remams, like so many i^ctres ; 
and the little remnant of knights, whOy 
with their Grand Master, c^me i^rtii to 
mtet their more fortunate ccmipanions 
in arms, were covered M^h tl^ honour- 
able testimonies oi their «ufferingi^ and 
all pate and ne^bcted, as if tiiey had 
neither slept nor rested 4^roughout that 
dreadi^ i^ege. ^ 

They advanced with slow and some- 
whcU: unsteady steps, for they were all 
well nigh worn to complete feebleness: 
each countenance, however, was bright 
with conscious desert, and gratitude to 
approving Heaven. At sight of ting 
sacred band, all the knights who were 
k 5 



154 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

mixed with the fresh troops, broke tumui- 
tupusiy from their ranks, and ran to re*- 
ceive them in their arms. 

Many were the embraces and tears of 
that afiecting moment! Those who had 
gone through the horrors of the siege, 
thought of all they had vainly hoped 
might have lived to this joyful hour j and 
.tiiose who came, had each to learn the 
fall of friends or relations whom th^ 
had&ndly expected to find in life. 

As the magnanimous La Valette rested 
for a moment upon the shoulder of Ce- 
sario, their hearts laboured with the 
same sad remembrance: the name of 
.Tdiejio was half-breathed between them, 
and their mutual tears embalmed his me- 
mory. 

' " Now, brave spirit!" said Cesario in- 
wardly, as he rose in silence from the 
Grand Master's embrace, apostrophising 
Toledo, " now thou art satisfied! — 
Thy father's honour is retrieved." 

Wiping bis darkened eyes, he gazed 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 155 

round to note the faces bf the surviving 
garrison. Only a few were familiar to 
him; the Order was nearly annihilated^ 

But with what respect did he look 
upon that band of heroes ! With what 
overflowing love and admiration did he 
c<H)template the wasted form and pallid 
^countenance of La Valette ! 

That wasted form was still erect in all 
the majesty of an unbending mind ; and 
that countenance, beaming with magoa- 
nimity, gave assurance that the impreg- 
nable part of Malta had lain in the cha- 
racter of her prince. 

The standards of St. John, floating ffom 
all the Christian and Turkish batteriei^ 
completed this august picture. 

As Cesario's agitated eye ran a second 
time over the surrounding knights, he 
missed two whom he had left in the 
ardour of youth and enthusiasm : their 
names escaped him, unawares. ** Marco 
Doria — Henri La- Valette !*' he ex- 
claimed. 

H 6 



}56 7liB KNI60T OF ST*JOH^. 

^ Doria i$ desperately^ I fear mortally 
woufi4ed;^' 9aid the Grand Master^ re- 
plying to hm in a low firm vcace, << aii4 
Henri's earthly race is d<me/' 

He turned his eyes upwards as lie 
cpoke, with the look of. the patriarch 
whea about to o&r up his Mdy son 'm 
sacrifice. 

Ceaarip's Mood ran cold -~ he pulsed 
bis biy^d vfon his eye^: JLa Valette 
..tooked on hini whijle he did so, vfkix a 
^weriul expression of aflg^ction and sad- 
ne^; then, struggHng againjst a 8%h, 
called on all present ta Attend him to the 
idmvch m the town. 

Afiber imit^diate a^nd p^hlic thanks- 
giving, the foreign and home tro<^ dis- 
persed into different quarters ; and each 
individusd was then left free to prosecute 
the privatis enquiries prompted by lin- 
gering hq^ or mourning auction* 



( 157 ) 



CHAPTER IX. 

After haviag learned the pleasfure of 
La Valette respectiiig the prisoners taken 
dxiring the hAfi engagement, Gesario's 
first act was to sedc his Jewish captive, 
and place him under the care of Uo- 
dolphe. 

Humanity wotild have prompted this^ 
had not hope been there as a stinuilant; 
he thought it possilde to gain some infor- 
onation of his frieed from Reuben, and 
with this view he que^ooed him* 

From the barbarous policy of the 
Turks, their number of Christian pri- 
. soners was so few that sudi a one as 
Giovanni could not be overlooked: Reu- 
ben had seen him; Reuben could tdU. 
the sibory of his miraculous deliverance ; 



158 THE KNIGHT OF ST, JOHN. 

and the substance of what he related was 
briefly this : — 

When the ferocious orders of Musta- 
pha were executing upon the bodies of 
the slain and dying knights at St. Elmo, 
a Turkish officer recognised that of 
Giovanni, yet warm with life. This 
young man, whose name was Morad, had 
been second in command of the vessel 
captured by Giovanni in the Santa Croce ; 
,and Giovanni's noble treatment of him, 
and flattering. admiration of his gallant 
conduct upon that occasion, had awak* 
ened in his heart perhaps the strongest 
jsentiment of gratitude ever felt by aa 
infidel for a Christian. 

Morad was^ retaken by his own coun- 
trymen during the siege; and being 
nephew to Mustapha himself, was en- 
abled to protect the man who had for* 
merly protected him. 

With that habitual prostration of mind 
as well as body, which is ever found ia 
the slaves of slaves, he threw himself at 



THE KNIGHT OF ST, JOHN* 159 

the Basha's feet, kissing the dust, and 
imploring him in the humblest terms to 
grant him the disposal of this still-bleed- 
ing corse: he recapitulated all the obli- 
gations he owed to Gipvanni ; expressing 
his abhorrence of treating with indignity 
the remains of one who had sheltered 
him from insult and degradation. Gio- 
vanni's interference, he said truly, had 
saved him from the gallies, the usual lot 
of prisoners taken in war. 

Mastapha was, for a long time, in- 
exorable ; at length, spurning that noblfe 
and weltering form with his fckit, he bade 
his nephew do what he chose with it: 
Morad eagerly seized this ungracious 
permission. 

He bore his prize to his tentj and 
there, all that a naturally-feeling nature 
^could dictate was exerted to stop that 
effusion of blood which had already re- 
duced the beatings of Giovanni's heart 
so fearfully, that they were imperceptible 



IGO THE KNIGHT OF ST. JQRK. 

to the hand which so anxiausly sought 
pulsstion* 

Morad was assisted in his grateful 
task by his own people, and by a siir- 
ge<m of some abtHty belonging to the 
camp* The bleeding once stopped, 
(thou^ a work of infinite difficulty,) life 
began to re-ap|>ear ; the arteries dowly 
recovered their visible motion* and to- 
wards evening Giovanni just c^ned his 
eyes; he closed them again iaunediately, . 
hij; powers being too wi^ for observa- 
tion* nay, even for thought. 

In this state he remained many 
da^S} but though outwardly the sam^ 
ft^ture was inwardly rallying and repair- 
ing all her losses. In a little time after*- 
wards he foecan^ conscious of lyhat was 
passing around him, and by slow degrees 
recovered the Acuity of speech and of 
motion. 

His protector's life thus preserved^ 
Morad b^ieved himself moi;e than ever 
bound to defend him; and though the 



TH£ KNIGHT, OF ST. J<HiK. l6l 

Basha's hatred of Giovanni^ whom he 
looked up6n as the most formidable indi- 
vidual hostile to Mahomet, was unap- 
peasable, Morad wrung from him a 
promise that Giovanni's life should be 
held sacred, even though the chances of 
war might take away that of his giiardian. 
Therefore while Morad lived, Beilben, 
who had heard this recital from one of 
his slaves, used to see Giovanni, at timies, 
walking at large through the camp, 
shackled only by honour. 

But Morad was slain upon that mo- 
mentom^ Thursday which Giovanni had 
dreaded for his brethren in U Borgo: 
the Knight of St. John then fell solely 
into the hands of Mustapha, after which . 
Reuben saw him no more. He could 
only say, that he heard the Basha 
kept his word, and that his prisoner 
lived. 

" And where was he, know youj in 
the last action ?*' asked the agitated, 
almost despairing Cesario, after having 



162 tHE KNIGHT OF ST, JOHi^. 

listened With gratitude and hope to the 
first part of this narration. 

" Of course in one of the ships^*^ w^ 
Reuben^s answer; " the Basha did not 
reland his sick nor his prisoners, when 
he disembarked his army again." 

" We have no hope then, but in gold/* 
exclaimed Cesario, aftei' a long and 
troubled train of thought ; " and if gold 
cannot ransom him, they shall have my 
liberty for his.*' He went out, after this 
vain determination, anxious to perform 
his grateful duty to the Prince of Melfi, 
by hastening to render every service to 
his son. ^ 

He found Marco Doria quite delirious 
from fever, and in a state of such suffer- 
ing, that but for the miraculous instance 
of recovery which Reuben had just de- 
tailed, Cesario would not have indulged 
a thought of his life. He now questioned 
the medical persons round, upon their 
opinion of him ; and, finding that nearly 
all would depend upon the constant 



tHE KKIGHT OF ST. JOmj, l63 

Watchfulness of one person night and 
day for a given period, he determined 
to be that person ; and to save, if pos- 
sible, the father's heart from a second 
and a heavier blow. 

Ere he entered upon this benevcd^it 
duty, Cesario went to the residence of 
jthe Grand Master, and besought an au- 
dience of him. His business was to 
i^eak of Giovanni. 

The information he had to give, and 
the petition he had to offer, were ad- 
dressed to one nearly as warmly inte- 
rested in the liberation of Giovanni, as 
Cesario was himself. La Valette entered 
into every detail with the liveliest interest. 
The path they had to pursue was plain 
he thought, and would most likely be 
successful : it was to negociate with the 
Porte for the release of the few prisoners 
taken during the siege, and to purchase 
Giovanni's freedom at any price. 

Although the funds of the Order were 
entirely, drained by the late ruinous con- 



1:64 THE KKIOHT OF ST. JCmK. 

test, and many of their possesions pledg- 
;€d to 4i&rent states for monies aiiea^* 
expended, their credit was now highw 
than ever ; apd La Valette assured Cesa- 
rio, with generous pride, that neither his 
mite in addition, nor any part of Giovan- 
ni's own property would be accepted, to 
jre*purchase his invaluable life from the 
infidels. 

He further added that a channel of 
communication should be immediately 
opened between Malta and Constant}* 
jaople; and UiatGiovimni's freedom should 
be the very 'first subject of negodatiod. 
Meanwhile the Turkish prisoners were 
ta be strictly guarded and retained in 
the hands c^ the kmghts ; and the Forte 
infonned that whatever acts of wanton 
severity it might exercise upon the 
captive Christians, should be retalii^t^d 
i^n its own people. 

Cheered and satisfied by this liber^d 
plan, Cesario retuiHed to Marco Doria» 
by whose bed he took his station for 



fourteen days and nights. At the end 
of thsU; time, Marco was pronounced out 
of danger, add Cesario rewarded for sq 
long a period of watching and painftil 
anxiety by that asstinufice, and by his 
patient's recogmtion^ 

No sooner was Marco permitted to 
converse, than Cesario found that what- 
ever alteration the late great events had 
made in him, they had not abated hiV 
passion for desultory talk. He roved 
over a thousand different topics in a 
moment ; passing from the terrible to the 
ludicrous, and thence to the sad, with 
the rapidity of a mind which had never 
dwelt long enough on any one subject 
to fatigue or so deeply interest him as to 
leave him indisposed for excursions upon 
whatever airy nothings might start up in 
his way. Among the numerous subjects 
which Marco treated, was the character 
a(id conduct of Beatrice Brignoletti. 

At the first mention of that name,- 
C^a^io stajted as if he had trodden 



166 THE KNIGKT OF ST. JOHJS. 

upon an adder; but,, recovering himself 
with laudable disdain of his own weak- 
ness, he said, " This feeling of sh^me, 
Marco, is only a right penalty for my 
past foDy: I assure you, I have been 
long since cured of my insane passion for 
that pernicious, infatuating '* 

" Hold, hold! don't call names, or PU 
swear your heart is not sound yet,'* cried 
Marco. ** However, for the comfort of 
you lovers of fair and perfect beauty, 
I will tell you, that one look at her now 
would cure you! A green and yellow 
melancholy has eaten up the damask of 
her cheek/' 

Cesario's cheek blanched at this un- 
expected information ; a thousand pain- 
ful recollections thronged on him at 
once, and g^,ve a reason for this change 
which penetrated his soul. 

*< When! where did you see this?" 
asked he, in a voice not quite as steady 
as he coiijd have wished, 

"I met her last in Sicily,'* replied 



THE KNIGHT OfF ST, JOHN. iGj 

MarcQ. ** Six weeks ago, when I was 
soUcitii^ the succours, she and the Mar- 
chesa had just returned from a voye^e 
to SpaiOy ¥^ither she had thought fit to 
go, to dissipate past chagrins ; and I saw 
her not five hours after her landing at 
Messina." 

; " And there, I suppose, she heard of 
Giovanni's reported f^lU ?** 

« Yes.} I told her/'. 

^* You told her? -^ Then, what a scene 
you must have witnessed !"-?-and Cesario 
put his hand upon his eyes, as if to shut 
out the fancied sight of her agonies. 

In spite of his bodily weakness and 
real concern for what he believed the 
lingering passion of Cesario, Marco burst 
into a fit of laughter. When his astonish- 
ed friend saw that it was downright 
mirth, and not the frightful violence of 
an hysterical aifection, he turned se- 
vierdy from him, and rose to leave the 
room. 

" Pardon me !" cried the h^-alarmed 



1^ THE KNIGHT OF ST. mWST^ 

Mmbcoi ** Isugfater^ you kno^, it the: 
vice of my nature; Not #ven tiie facHTors 
of this siege have oiied me of it( 
though^'' added he^ in a gra^^r tpne^ 
** they have sobedzed nj hecit, and 
^11 prevtmt me fircnn {daying the fool 
in life's pantomime again: but to look 
Muse at the Mty of others^ is more than 
I can promise ; and it w^ so irresistibly; 
ludicrous to compare the picture ^ich 
I know your imagination drew of Be- 
atrice's conduct, with what I saw in the; 
reality, that my risible propensity could 
not stand it! At the moment I met 
her in Messina, she was in the agonies 
of d^air for the desertion of a certain 
Dott .Antonio or Alpbonso ; and so li^ 
ened to the tale of Giovanni's fate^ as if 
I were talking of the man in the mpon/' 
Ccsano put his hand over his eyes 
agnn^ hot from a difi&rent feeling* 

^ Her Spanish lover^" continued 
Marco, *^ rejbtt^d himself from her chaios : 
on Urn pii)^ report of her former, co* 



THE KNiaHT OF JSIVJOHK. l6$ 

^[uetries ; and she is now, (alas^ my poet 
cousin !) the object of universal iidieule 
and contempt. For herself, she may feel} 
and that is her punishment : but for any 
sympathy, jiow, with you or Giovannij 
you may as well look for it in that butter- 
fly. Depend on it, ray dear Adimari, 
there are no hearts so cold, when once 
chijQed, as those which are so soon and 
so violently set in a blazer* 

** That is a. very wise apophthegm of 
yours,*' observed Cesario, trying at a 
careless air, but inwardly and deeply 
shocked at this indelicacy and hardifiess 
in Beatrice; "and so, I will leave you 
to meditate upon it J** He withdrew 
abruptly. 

<* And there are no hearts so impos- 
sible to be recalled,**^ he said to himself, 
following up the last remark of Marco^s, 
•^ as those which would have adhered to 
the chosen, object through every change 
of time and fortune, had t^ey not been 
wantonly repelled. Sufcti^ hearts be^ur 

VOL. III. . ^ - , 



170 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

much— -bear long : but once stiing to the 
quick by injury or contempt^ their keen 
sen^e is not to be dulled by all the opiateg 
of future artifice, or future acted peni* 
tence.^^ 

During the many reflections conse- 
quent on this conversation with Marco, 
Cesario's mo&t powerful conviction was 
one which Giovanni had always urged 
upon him, — That, however we may suffer 
under afflictions, the jperiod always comes 
in which we recognise their beneficial 
efl^t, either upon our character or ouf 
fate. 

Cesario had Kvpd, as Giovanni used 
to prophecy, to consider his loss of Bee- 
trice as a blessing rather than a misfor- 
tune. What would have been his mi^* 
sery, had he been united to her, and 
waking from the enchantment of itqagi- 
nation, found himself bound for life tQ 
one whose heart would cease to have any 
sympathy wijh his, the moment it ceased 
to regard him with passion ? 



TM: KmQHT OF ST. WHNi^ 171 

,, Hq §bud4e«ci i^ the possibility <rf 
such a situation ; and giving a si^ of 
commiseratij«a to the fadii^ beauty of 
(tJie oow^cootemned Beatrice, sinec^ely 
prayed that she might from those timdy 
^huatisimkeiftta be brought to turn her eyes 
inwards, and discipline her feelings v^ 
that order wliich would eventually pro- 
•duce for her both respect and happitiesa 

From the iniage of one who might 
wdl have made ftU feiaale worth mub- 
pected, Cesario naturally reverted to that 
of Donna Camitia ; and, a» the convalefi^ 
cence of Marco Doria allowed him te 
i^ross over to the ibsle De la Siangle, he 
n^nt to visit the grave which contamed 
her and Tdedo. 

As he passed over the ground which 
he had last trod wifii that gallant friendi 
.wbea side by side they stemmed the 
torrent of the infidels, so many recoUeo- 
ti^aa pressed upon him, that he scarcely 
knew how he should stand the view of 



172 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

the actual spot where that hapless pair 
slept their last sleep. 

Was it right, he thought, thus to in- 
crease the sum of human wretchedness 
by courting painful emotions ? 

Both his heart and his reason answered^ 

y^ 

We are told that " it is better to go to 
the house of mourning than to the house 
of feasting J for by the sadness of the 
countenance the heart is made better :" 
and if we do not abandon ourselves to . 
that continued indulgence of sorrow, 
which incapacttajtes us from the perform- 
ance of worldly duties, we may be assured 
that our dispositions are softened, our 
hearts purified, our minds elevated, and 
our sytnpathies extended, by an occa- 
sional renewal of such impressions as 
strongly revive the images of departed 
friends. ^ ^ 

At the moment of Cesario^s entrance 
into the .cemetery, a clouded Aoon shone 
at intervals through the fir-trees, which 



*rHE KHI^lT Cff ST. JOBS. IJS 

grew near the graire of Toledo and Ca^ 
milk. Tlie cemetery oveilooked tke sea, 
whence a hollow wind caune rwiuog, mmi, 
shaking the heads of the old ig-treei^ 
strewed their sun-withered leave& over 
the mound below. 

No other foot but that of Cesario's 
disturbed the sdllness of that narrow 
mound: no living object was 
and Cesario, solitaiy in the dreary 
felt as if that wailing wind ami those 
murmuring waves were joining the la- 
mentaticms of his i^jMressed heart 

Not even the recoUectidn of Giovanni 
still living, and preserved most Ukelj to 
be more entirely the companion of his 
soul than ever, could abate the anguidi 
with which he cast himself on that grave. 
Qis lips instinctively repeated the names 
of Camilla and Toledo, and his arms 
vainly embraced the earth which covered 
them. ' ^ ^ 

Nothing replied to that aflBicted em- 
brace. The deep silence which fbflowed 
I 3 



174 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

each s»d address, oidy deepened the con- 
victiiM that they upon whom he called, 
were indeed no more. 

O th« desolation of such convictions 1 
and how dften do we lose them cmly to 
suffer again and again the acute pain of 
their renewal ! 

Cesario's short li^ had been full of 
^eat calamities ; and he did not feel the 
deaths of Toledd and Camilla as iShe 
least of them. 

. WMq be tbpu^t over all the conxdbrt 
those friends had b^en to him under his 
lieaviest affliction, and imagined the bap- 
ipiness which they might have heightened 
£or him, he could not forbear questioning 
tihe reason for his many trials. He found 
it in bis own chafaeter: for he remem- 
bered ^ the faults of that character, 
and he felt its amendment -.calamity had 
been his teacher^ 

He then endeavoured to eahn his^ pre- 
sent feelings by reflecting how many be- 
sides bimsdf were beres^ved by this cruel 



THE ICNIGHt OP ST.JOHM. 175 

siege, not only of vidued friends, but of 
their nearest and dearest relatives. The 
chances of war had been comparatively 
merciful to him; for he_had escaped 
himself, and Giovanni survived, to whom 
his life was every thing. Rodolphe's 
49afety too, and the recovery of Marco 
Doria, were not mercies of small ac- 
count. 

Subdued by this balance of his pri- 
vations and his possessions, Cesario's 
grief at length subsided into that pro- 
found but unresisting melancholy which 
it is not culpable to feel, and which it in 
not misery to indulge. He left the 
cemetery, a proof that it is good to go 
into the bouse of moiu-ning ; for he left 
it with stronger convictions of Heaven's 
wisdom and goodness. 

A real pleasure awaited him at II 
Borgo : the Prince of Melfi was arrived 
there. , 

Whep this gallant seaman returned 

• -I 



176 tHE KNIGHT OF W. JOHN. 

from Grenoa witli permission to follow 
tbe^ dictates of his own brave spirit, (on 
his own conditions' of indemnifying the 
tepublic for her gallies, if obliged to 
abandon them ;) he heard there that 
the siege was raised : but' the joy of thip 
welcome intelligence was cruelly damped 
by the painful account of his soa^s 
danger; and, re-embarking immediately, 
the anxious father set sail in a single 
ship for Malta. 

Gesario found him by the couch ; of 
Marco, listening to his lively sallies, and 
perusing his altered appearance with a 
mixture of cheerfulness and apprehen- 
sion. 

The ^aces of tears were on the ve- 
teran's weather-darkened cheeks ; but 
his eyes smiled ; and when he saw Cesario 
enter, he started up atjd elapsed him in 
his arms. 

" Welcome, Adimari, welcome 1'* he 
cried, repeating that heart-felt pressure 
at every breath. "They tell me Mai*co 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 177 

owes his life to your care j what, then, 
do I owe you ?^' 

The father took Cesario*s hand within 
both his, as he loosened him from his 
embrace ; and Cesario then felt that he 
had put a ring upon his finger. He 
raised his hand to the light, in compli- 
ment to the donor ; but seeing the dia- 
mond which had belonged to his father, 
he started and would have torn it off. 

Doria held it forcibly on, beseeching 
him with such earnestness and affection 
to retain it, thatCqsario's distress was 
insupportable. "You know that I re- 
ceived it from you in the earliest hour 
of our acquaintance, as a pledge to be 
one day redeemed," continued the ge- 
nerous Prince, still keeping his hand 
firmly upon that of Cesario. " How 
wotdd you have it more nobly won back 
than by this second benefit conferred on 
me and mine ? would it please you better 
to buy it with ducats ?" 

" And have you the audacity to rate 
I 5 



176 THE KNIGHT 07 «T. JOHK. 

Mk efiemmate bauble higher thaii my 
30ul and body?'' asked Marco gaily; 
^^for, as I mean henceforth to become a 
very good<*fbr-ioaiething^rsonage; and^ 
had I died, I ttturt; hare gone where those 
spirits went, which our Dante describes as 

— — " Wretched bovAb, who lived, 
Without or pjrtu$e or bkme/' 

J must be considered as a soul saved 
by you. Put the ring fairly upon your 
finger, and make my father happy/* , 

Cesario turned his eyes upon that re- 
spectable father, and met so kind, so 
'grateful, and entreating a look, that it 
^ite vanquished him. 

He put tiie ring to his lips, his face 
^ bright wHh tears, and his heart aU full 
^f his lamented parent. He then kissed 
the Prince's hand without the power of 
articulating a reply, and sat down by the 
4M)Uch of Marco. 

The conversation, when resumed, 
turned upon Giovanni. Of his final h'be- 
xation X>oria would not allow himself to 



THE KKIOHT OF 8T. JOHK. 179 

doubt, thoi^h he warned Cesario to 
prepare for vexatious delajrs and cHffi- 
cuities which the Turks would certainly 
itart to enhance the ]»ice of his ransonu 

Warmly grateful for present hcqpe, 
Cesario believed himself prepared for all 
future anxieties, provided they did not 
threaten that cherished hope with de- 
struction; and he now entered with eager 
interest into Doria's calculation of the 
time which must elapse before they could 
learn the event of their applications at 
Constantinople to the Sultant Solyman. 

As the negociati<m had to reach the 
still*>hostile Porte by a circuitous ehan- 
, nely no immediate agent from' Malta 
neing admitted, it must necessarily be, 
drawn out to some length; a circum- 
stance which it required all Cesario's 
best reasonings to bear without repining: 
but, cheered by the presence and sym- 
pathy of Prince Doria, strengthened by 
the calmer arguments of La Valette, and 
obliged to animate the desponding Ro- 
I 6 



IW) . THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. - 

dc^he, he /contrivecU to wear out the 
days and weeks which intervened between 
tihie departure of the Turkish fleet and 
the arrival of an answer respecting the 
Redemption of prisoners. 

That answer fell like a thunderbolt. 
For the fiew prisoners made by the butch- 
ering Turics during the siege, the Porta 
were willing to receive their own cap- 
tured soldiar^i, with the addition of suit- 
able ransoms: but for Giovanni Cigala, 
they would not accept any sum. That 
which rendered him inestimable to the 
Order made him pernicious to its ene- 
,mies:. his bravery, his skill, his reputa- 
tion made it an act of policy in the 
Sultan, not to use his authority over 
Mustapha. 

Hufitapha, at this crisis, was in no 
humour to yield any thing to humanity: 
his^ passions were all inflamed by defeat 
and mortification, and the sharp rebukes 
of his master j he therefore sWore that no 
treasure should buy fro^n him that hated 



JUK KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 181 

Christian, whose aim and counsels so 
often triumphed over the best heads and 
swords of Turkey ; that nothing short 
-of his imperial master's command should 
make him relinquish the savage pleasut^ 
of revenging upon the most esteemed of 
the knights, the shame and vexation with 
.which the Grand Master's victory had 
overwhelmed him. 

This sentence was definitive ; for La 
Valette's agent, having previously re- 
ceived instructions how to ; act, in case 
such scarcely credible obstinacy should 
be opposed to their wishes, had left, 
neither importunities nor temptations 
untried to win the Mussulman from his 
fierce determination. 

Mustapha, however, was not to be 
conquered here j and, repeating hisreso- 
lution for the last time, never afterwards 
admitted the baffled negociator into his 
presence. 

The shock of this disappointment^ 
though communicated with the utmost 



18S THE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHN. 

caution by the Grand Master himself to 
Cesarip, almost crushed him : it was long 
before his dismayed faculties recovered 
thdr power ; and ^9^tien they did so, he 
remained fised in intense thought for a 
much longer period; then abruptly rising, 
he left the presence of La Valette, un- 
conscious that he had not replied to his 
sad communication. 

In trutii, his friend waii^ absorbed in tiie 
consideration of a project which had 
struck him ; and soldy intent upon that 
one object, he forgot etery thing else. 

He went straight to the place where 
)u8 Jewish prisoner was lodged, and en- 
tering to him, said precipitiately, — ** Reu- 
ben, you profess to be obliged to me ; 
your looks express it, even m<H*e than 
your words; therefore I believe it — • 
Would you serve me in return ?*' 

<* WiA all my means, I am sure,** 
replied the old man; << and I think, with 
my life too, if that were absolutely ne- 
cessary.** ; 



THE KNIOHT OF ST. JOHN. 18S 

Cesaiio regarded him for a moment 
with a countenance expressive of the va- 
rious fedtngs by which he was agitated ; 
then trying to steady his fluttered breathy 
said, ** I take you at your word. And 
now to tell you of the service I require 
of you :— No ransoms will be accepted 
for Giovanni Cigala ; but if I die, or be- 
come ^ slave myself, he shall be s?t free. 
I tell you openly, that I will immediateJy 
attempt this ; though, as yet, 1 know not 
where he may be, nor how to reach him; 
nor after that, how to get him away : but 
it is my resolution never to rest whfle he 
Hves, until I efibet his escape. Can you 
assist me in this ? — Will you do so, if I 
procure your enlargement for this ex- 
press purpose J^* 

Reuben's sallow face brightened with 
glad surprise: "O my lord!*' he ex- 
claimed, " I will do any things every 
thing, so that y6ur precious life is not* 
endangered.'* 



184 THE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHN. 

Cesario pressed his hand, and more 
distinctly stated his wishes. 

Several plans were then started and 
examined ; and at last it was settled, that 
Reubep should be set at liberty, and re- 
turn into his own country, accompanied 
by Cesario disguised as one of the same 
race. 

Cesario spoke the lingtia Franca fami- 
liarly ; and had heard enough of the 
modern Greek, during his voyage to the 
Levant, as warranted his belief of soon 
acquiring it entirely, from the instruc- 
tions of Reuben. Fortunately, his per- 
son wias not adverse to. the imposture; 
for the Asiatic character of his eyes and 
complexion, and the Grecian line of his 
features, might easily enable him to pass 
current for a native of Greece, when it 
.might be essential for him to be so repre- 
sented. 

During the latter time of the si^e, 
he, in common with the knights, had suf- 
fered his beard to grow uncared for: 



IFHE KNIGHT OF St.jrOIiJl. 183 

thus he wanted nothing but a black 
gaberdine and a difierent demeanour to 
make him a complete Isradiite. The 
oue was easily procured, and ' the other 
he could possess himself of by con- 
tracting his open chest, and substituting 
a slow crouching pace for the liberal 
air and martial step of his former habits. 

Reuben's house was in. Zante; thither 
it would be expedient for l^em to repmr^ 
and there endeavour to learn whether 
Mustapha (to whcmi the vacant govern- 
ment of Santa Maura was just given, as 
a sort of hoQourablfs banishment, by his 
irritated master,) had brought his captive 
along with him. 

That circumstance ascertained, Reu- 
ben assured Cesario, that he thought a 
liberal command of money for l»ribes» 
and extreme discretion in its use, would 
be likely to procure Giovanni's enlarge- 
ment from some of Mustapha's inferior 
agents ;, and, if that method failed, they 
must then be guided by circumstances in 



186 THE KNIGHT OF STUOHN. 

whatever enterprise they might attempt 
for his release by stratagem. 

As it was indispensable to the success 
of their measures, -that no one should 
suspect the real character of Cesario, 
Reuben warned him that he must accom- 
pany )iim to the synag(^ue, and conform 
in all things to the ui^ages of their wor- 
dup. Cesario was at first startled by this 
proposal ; bpt a moment's cc^^ideraticm 
convinced him that, in c^nplying with 
this necessity, he wm not violating any 
principle ; he was not denying the Savi- 
our who declared that he came, not to 
do away the law, but to fulfil it. 

The religion of Moses formed part of 
every Christian religion; and Cesario 
might therefore, without impiety, jxMii 
in a worship which was but imperfect, 
not profane. 

Having explained this to Reuben, who 
bowed in silent respect, they renewed 
their league of fidelity to each other* 

Trangformed ioto a new creature by 



THE KiriGHT OF ST.:rOBX. 187 

hope and impatience^ Cesario flew back 
to La Yalette, to acquaint him wi^ his 
plan^ and arrange a mode of obtaining 
money whenever it might be wanted for 
the great emergency they anticipated. 

He had to seek the Grand Master : he 
found him in the apaijiment of Marco 
.Doria, rewarding him for alt his suffer- 
ings, by eiilogiums given in the presence 
of his delighted father. 

Not one of the three attempted to 
dissuade Cesario from his enterprise; but 
the elder ooes bade him remember how 
much he risked by thus trusting himself 
to the good faith of a man almost un- 
known to him,— a Jew, and the subject of 
the very power which opposed Giovanni's 
release. 

" You may wander for a year or two 
among those islands,^ said Doria, ** with- 
out finding out your friend's prison ; or 
succeeding in his escape. What will be- 
come of your prospects in our Marine 
meaawhile?'^ 



i88 THE KMQI^ op ST. JOH». 

** I can have no prospect but one at 
pifesent,'' replied Cesario with animatiofi, 
" Let me but regain Giovanni, and I'll 
take my chance for my future life4-#»* 
The seigniory may efiace my name from 
the navy of the Republic^ but, thank 
Heaven, they cannot blot out my services 1 
And the man who has had a post here^ 
may defy neglect or injustice hereafter.^ 

<* Proudly spoken!*' exclaimed Marco, 
with a laugh. 

" Nobly!'' observed La Valette, 
turning upon the inconsiderate Marco, 
** Young man, never be ashamed to show 
that you know your own value : for uii- 
less we estimate our qualities, we shall 
not long preserve them. There is np 
dignity of character without a modest 
consciousness of worth : remember thatj 
and neither think yourself culpable nor 
ridiculous, when t/ou feel a heart-glow 
at the mention of the siege of Malta." 

The benignity of La Valette's smile, as 
he uttered the last sentence, softened the 



TH£ KNIOHT XXP ST. JOHK* 189 

effect of his jkwfiil eye-beam when he 
began this reproof: Marco bowed and 
bhu^ed ; while his brave father thanked 
h^ insti'uctor in his son's name, both fiqr 
the compliment and the lesson. 

The conversation then reverted to the 
original subject ; and having discussed 
it under various points of view, and re.- 
eeived many valuable hints from his two 
elder friends, Cesario departed. 

He went out from them with a buoyant 
spirit, for he had obtained every thing 
be i^ked. Reuben's liberty was freely 
given ; and La Valette had promised t<i^ 
receive Roddphe into his own residence,! 
and be watchful over him during the • 
absence of Cesario. 

Cesario's only hard task remained : the 
task of convincing Rodolpbe, that in 
leaving him behind^ Cesario was doing 
violence to his own feelings ; from a con- 
viction that Giovanni's freedom might 
depend upon the facility of flight from 
whatever place he might be conl^ned in. 



190 THE KNIGHT QT 8T» JOW* 

Of course the greater the! hiimb^ of 
persons to be disguised, the more would 
dieir difficulties be multiplied j eoiase^ 
^(uentij Cesario believed it his doty to fp 
singly. 

As he expected, when RodolpbeJieard 
tiie projected enterprise, and found that 
he was to have no share in it, his di&. 
s^pointment nearly amounted to dis- 
traction. 

All at once his intellect seemed hope- 
lessly, obstinately dull; for still he re- 
peated, that he cared not for danger, 
4bat he was ready to die, or yield him- 
self to slavery for his master. 
' " Ready to do every thing, my good 
vRodolphe, but the only thing which 
you can do to further his cause!*' said 
Cesario, tenderiy, but firmly : ** I re- 
peat to you, that if I thought your mas- 
ter's liberty could be purchased by your 
loss of freedom, or by your life, since 
you are willing to give either for him, I 
^ would allow you to make the sacri$ce. 



TI^ KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN* I9I 

BvA I. teU yoa nieither wiJl avaU : your 
total ignorance of the people and places 
amoo^s^ which I must go, would prevent 
ycai from knowing how to make one 
practicable attempt for his service, how- 
ever ftrdept your zeal m^ht be ; there- 
fore you could not undertake this en# 
terprise alone : and X have already stated 
tayou, why it is an enterprise for one 
person only. 

♦* You are anxious to evince your at- 
tainment and gratitude to your master : 
do it by conquering yourself. Believe 
me, he will fully estimate the greatiieas 
of the sacrifice : be will know how little 
it W(H»ld cost a brave man to die for 
him ; — and how much, a grateful heait^ 
to refrain from impeding his escape by 
indulging in the display of its gratitude. 
Consider ! — after we had managed his 
rescue, we might be so circumstanced as 
to have a limited mode of getting away--r 
some boat that could receive only one — 
two : some disguise, that could not with 



1 92 THF KNIGHT OP ST. SOtiif. 

plausibility be assumed by morer than 
that number. Would your master aban- 
don his faithful Rodolphe upon such an 
occasion? No; he would stay, and be 
retaken/* 

Poor Rodolphe held down his head. 
" I see it now!*' he said, contending 
witili the bitterness of his disappdint- 
ment } ** go then, Signor Adimari^~r*- 
You are very happy !" ^ 

.^ Cesario now pressed his hand with 
great kindness ; and, soothing this laud* 
able sensibility with a mixture of con- 
dolence and agreeable prophecies, he 
succeeded in calming that extreme tur- 
bulence of feeling, which had at fiirst 
mrmed itself even against reason. 

Hi3 arrangements after that, wem 
quickly made : Reuben did not loiter ^ 
so that early in October, they set sail fbr 
Sicily, and thence in a neutral ship, witii 
a favourable wind, for the Ionian sea. 



< i9B ) 



CHAPTER X. 

There had been a time^ when the mere 
pcospect of beholding Ghreece wouU have 
ixMised the whole soul <3f CesarKV and^ 
conjured up all these mi^ty c^teidr ^h^ 
yet live in iHHtory: but those noble 
associations w^e so tfot^bjed vxm, by 
personal knowledge of Greciae dlEgrad* 
atioii, aiid t^ anxiety for the result of 
hi^ present etteiprise, that he approached^ 
those memorable shores^ at first without 
enthusiasm; but at length his senses 
gradually awakened to new and ddi^it-' 
ful impressions. 

As he etitered the chaun^l' which di»> 
vides the Island of Cepfaalonia from that 
of Zante, the per&med air which is satid 
to float sensibly from, tli^ bow^^ <bor^ 

voIm mu k 



194 THE KNIGHT OF Si;. JOHN* 



J 



ofthelatter, stcde on his sense^ diffumiig 
a sensation of delicious refreshment and 
of soothing tranquillity. 

The rising moon shed her tremulous 
light above the inou^tiikiis of the Morea, 
illuminating, as she continued to rise, the 
distant hills of Epirus, and the shores of 
tiie Pek>ponnesus* 

' As his vessel gfided through, the sihner 
sea, Reuben pointed out t^e £ur-off ^}£ 
of Coiinth on^ one side, and ^ the ^>iher 
^le vercbnt steeps of Arcadia^ Cesario 
ga^ed on tjiemwith a kindling wish to take 
in all those memorable regions at a single 
view : he was at once seized by the sud^ 
den and awful power of the illustrious 
Pfeist. 

' What innumerable shades then peopled 
the void of air to his entranced sight !«-^ 
He saw heroes, and sages, and bards, 
pass in majestic review before him ; while 
his rapid memory ran over, with the 
celerity of light, the noble records 
which sanctify their name^. 



^Bfi KKIGHT OF ST.JOII*. i§A 

The vessel, meanwhile, dowly floated 
fdrwarida^. passing vineyards, and ^ve- 
grounds, and orange-groves, altemately 
embosomed id deep vallies/ cmt gUttmng 
on the sides of hills. When they enteired 
the bay of Zante, Cesano^s thoughts 
changed : he remembered the time when 
he last passed its chalky boundaries j and 
be thought of Genoa* 

The city, lying along a semicircular 
and broken hill, and the l^ay extending 
between ^ep wooded clil^ had that 
general resemblance to his native place, 
which is sufficient to melt the heart with 
fond recollections of home. 

The watei^ of the bay were sparkling 
like diamonds in the moonlight ; and a 
solitary wind-instrument, sounding at in- 
tervals from the woods on the height 
where the castle stiands, gave additional 
effect to the touching charms of night 
and meditation. 

« Beautiful scenes 1*' involuntarily sigh* 
ed Cesario, gitzing around, ^^ am I td 



196 THB KNIGMX Q^T BT^MWfr 

Remember ye in after days, with aversioti^ 
or wilii pleasure ! -— are ye to i^ettore ta 
xne my friend ?*' 

' He turned at \he troubled voice of 
Reuben. The old man had left a daiqgh- 
ter at Zante in such delicate health, from 
recent afiiction, that he dreaded ta 
Ascertain her present state. He now 
spoke of this daughter and of her childr^v 
(for she ^vas a widow, with a family,) in so 
affectionate a style, that Cesario felt.re^ 
Itssured i^pon the subject of his fidelity ; 
and he thought justly, that strong iser- 
tuous affections are^ nearly ^aIwaya, the 
guarantees of integrity. 

Happily, on disembarking and re- 
pairii^ to his home, Reuben foUnd his 
daughter in life and comparative health : 
her joy at seeing him was an additicmal 
testimony to the worth of her father, 
and Cesario failed not to register it. 

Reuben had his own plan of policy : 
wdf presenting Cesario, to her as a young 
man of their own^ race, who§e fteedom 



)ie had j^Urcfaased m considepatitni of bis 

friendly attention!^ and udefol taSents^ ^ 

deplored the high rate at which .their 

jobft release bad been procured. /' 

■ To have spoken of the Gliristians Bi 

generous or humane^ would have been 

to destroy the whole scheme he had laid 

in bis own mind for the redemption of Gio^ 

#aftni; bnd) thou^ perhaps it mattered 

little at Zante, should the opinions^ Ive 

lielivefed there, be contradicted by what 

be must eventuaHy utter at Saonta Afouri^ 

the great theatre of his subsequent mea^ 

«tires, the discordance of tl^ two slight 

defeat his purpose. . i • ( 

Reuben Was sinc^-dy grateful j and 

Reuben would indeed have done much 

to prove this : but the life for which he 

4ield himself so bound in gratitude, if#a^ 

"from a certain feebleness of charaeter^ 

wonderfully dear to him j and he sought 

<)nti thetefore, every artifice to prevent 

^ from being endangered. 

The liberation of GiovMHii, he i«k 
K 3 



i^9 3Wi KNIGHT QW 8^ JOH|^\ 

convinced^ saost be ^eoted tl^poju^ ih4 
sx^bordioaAe stents of th^ obstinate aiijdt 
arrogant Basha. They wouldviqctt pror 
bably be teiaapted by a great bribe ta^et 
him free: but should it be pthfjr^isiej he 
deemed it vme tobave a|2 extem^ng 
piea^ipr his owit coi^dtJot, in-ease-th^t 
afeould be called into question* > 

Thiisplea was to^ be aede«atyi inst^^ 
of Bpgociatii^ for th^ xtlea^e ^f tb« 
Christian linigbt^ with, an admow^ei^ 
mem of deep ii^ere^ in iV ^P#«» 
jQsieant to repreeent thejfoUy of tibe Bashf 
{jtq t}i9se he iiitrusted with thj caire ijf 
Giovanni) ib reixisipg jtbe- ^QCHftifoi:^ 
i5?)W0W4^edb5^&e^(^^ He meant 
4o insinuate to them, that if «bey wo^4 
^ntnve to 4eliver tibe^^^mso^r ioty 
hid hioids^ 190 aa it might appemr he ha^ 
escaped of hinMfeiljf; he would pbt2^il}i tfee 
ii&Qnd r^nscHn from Malta, and f^ithfiilly 
«hare it with them* Thus the fiac^'^ 
<^Ger or ofiic«trs would becomif masteif 
irf a, conejdei»ble sumi md JteubcH. be 



tabled oit df fasB idender abare to mafae 
up to his family for /flie giievout price 
he liad been obliged to give for his own 
fieedom. 

Reuben^ story was not doubted at 
^aio^; and as Ceaario, (thongh be mat- 
ta^ed at t^ eld nuaoi'd plausible invea- 
tions^ and imposing gravity in nanating 
Ihem,) never contradicted bis fabulous 
tortures in the dungeim of St Angela^ 
he paired fo^ a very sufBsring ^a^ in- 
cefilsed 4man, <-— one, cettahdy^. net in the 
Ifeast likely to aid tiie schemes of a X)fani« 

Td support the character of poverty, 
Eenben lived Midth Marked fti^alit|f^ 
keeping his supposed servant hi coniitaiit 
ooci^i^dn, for thl^ aSrbwed purpose of 
thus woi^tig oat wli£fc£ ihe aihef had lakl 
it&wti fmt his polt^ha^. Cdsario was tisas 
obliged to bend his spirit to all but ab» 
soliitely servile tasks: these, Reuben 
had the address to save him from; tMugfa 
itt ifedltainfy saw wkh secret ct^mplacaney 
K 4 



jnO XB£ KIQOHT' OP BJ.JOV»m 

'sHi he.gaJHied by the foro^ mdmV^:0f 
Jbis noble asBOciate. ; ' 

Nature had given Cesario a stuooi^ 
mechanical genius j and during the siegi^ 
he . had not unfre<|uently :i>een ob%ed 
40 exercise this genius, while ^mnng 
>with the other €&ctr& ths ihibonimfi 
^ces of the coraoiofiinen. ,:::.?- 

Amongst these had b«n:the r^udirtng 
,,^d cutting. down of sm^ vessels; .^iml 
nowy to afford Cesario regidar occupatiorif 
^removed from the pryiag crwd tliat 
frequented his employer's waretemse m 
the city, and to prepare for their aptici- 
paCed emergency, Beuben set about re* 
,fittii^ jand improving, a damitge4 vessel 
^hich he bought at a low rate, purpp»Bg, 
bej»i4, to freight her, whien coflapkted, 
.with the products of his cqrr^t-vii^ 
yards and bees, for some frie9<My poi^.t 
in Italy, \ 

Perhaps, he said> he might .tcmchiil:^eie 
. or two of the neighbouring ititmdis, m hp 
went akmg, to collect thmp0cuimiv^i^ 



^ktlcfise for dS^pdBal abroad. Meahwhife 
it behoved him to labour at making up 
im i(m^ by ^ting this vessel put into 
H fltate fit for sea, whenever his cargo 
iriijould be ready. 

:. The information which Reuben re4 

'Ceived about the Basha rendered this 

«iimag8ment necessary : for it was likely 

Aat they 'must wait Bome time longer ift 

2ante^ and if all that time no deter* 

mm^ibe business had been given to Ce«- 

4sario, first curiosity ' would have been 

jexcited, and next susf^cioh. ^ ^ / 

ITie Basha, it w^aaascertained^ had left 

Constaat9iaot>le, and i^as slowly proceed^ 

ing throu^ Romania to Albania, where 

it was likely he w6uld sojoUm at the re- 

,9idraeeof his son, before he came tohis new 

^vemiBent ; and as an escape was easier 

made fr^m an island exactly (^posite the 

Cal^rian coast than Gtom the inner land 

rf Greece, Cesario was obliged t6 confess 

;that his best chance of dwcess lay in 

waiting jtotiently at Zmte, till they 



WH TMB KNIGHT OF iT. JOWTr 

diould bear that the Badia was setl^ 
in Santa Maura* At such a time 
Reuben would undertake to transpcurt 
himself and lus servant thither wiiboot 
suspicion j for then he would freight his 
i^ip, and proceed to Santa Maura 
under pretence of taking in both. her 
producte and those of die coimtry be- 
hind, for sale in foreign ports. 
- So far every thing went smoothly c 
•Cesario^s Inclination to trust Reuben was 
changed into habitual omfidence. He 
was assured of his prudence^ thou^ not 
Always pleased with the artifices it «dic- 
4;ated ; and he often found relief from 
4)^er anxious thoughts in the sports and 
caresses of Tamar's children. 

Humanity soon supplied him with 
another interest, powerful enough to mo- 
'iderate die impatience with which he 
xrounted the days, and at last weeks, of 
'Mustapha's slow progress^ 

Reuben's living^house was situated in 
Vne of those romantic valleys, found 

.13 



ITHBlKVtGHT OF tT/JOSir* 086 

4Daicmg ihe broken cl^ of AkroietvL 
Throiigh a vkta of olive-woods^ the sett 
iod part of the Cephaloniati mountains 
were visible ; tgrhile on &e verdant eml* 
nences overhanging the valley, hung 
-igroves of fruit4reeg. 

His boat-yard lay fairdier down towatife 
the shore; and there it joined the unpick 
turesque warehouse and extensive pre- 
ttkes xjf an opalent female Greek, the 
widow of a trader in the natural com- 
merce of the island. 

litis wmnan still carried on the same 
traffic upon the same scale, employing ft 
number of persons in the manufacture 
<rf oils and wines, the culture of curr^ife- 
vineyards, and the management of bees. 

The lowest and most laborious details 
^ these various branches of trade, rfie 
as^gned to slaves <rf* both sexes, pui^ 
chased out of Turkish c(»*sairs« Some 
of these wretched creatures were em- 
j^loyed bo& in the business oi the house 
and of tile manufactory ; . and so entirefy 
K 6 



^04f TSEE KlflOHTOFBT.JQinr. 

W0re tiilelr sex and constitutbn cUsie- 
jparded by their inconsidamte task'^fiii^ 
•tresB, ^okJ 8o miserably wene liiey fed^ 
ihat luafiy <rfthem aj^eared wHbin a four 
iiours of dissolution. r 

The boat-yard of Reuben, on one sidey 
4ipei}ed into a cdffii^on piece i^ grcHind, 
in which jstbod ato ancfent £w»tian over^ 
huQg by pomegranates^ a^d a p&ne-tree 
^^eemingly as ancient as the fountaiii. 
The staves of Lydia^ (so the Gi*eek trailer 
was called,) often caine thither to fetdi 
water ^ so thi&t Cesario had frequent (^ 
iMH'tanities of marking -their wretched 
^nd fatigued looks, and hearing their 
4ismal complaints* ^ 

'Amdngst these unhappy beii^St be 
j>ftrticul?krly ndtiqed one young v^m&axiy 
whose figure, though more Wasted andl^i^p- 
^uid than any of the othfers, was distinr 
guished by an elegance of air whidi not 
jeven ber coarse garmieiit^ cotild entirely 
conceal. Enact proportion (l^t integral 
^art of beauty) was to be traeced in .bar 



KsxGHT OF «T. jonr« fdM 



^equally slender form; the same 
breeze which defined the symmetry of heir 
^dight limbs, aometuiim lifting the qfiSM- 
tity of didl hair.wl»eh s];iacbd her sallow 
face, discovered features wiEUch, if rounds 
j^d by health &3»A happioess, wcmld.have 
mocked the. chias^ of GreeianiaculptiHrfei^ 
Niiw, thoae features were but expressivt 
of 9iekne93 and mSkring: the chedcs 
:we$^ pale and boUow; and the smootb 
brow to which ninetjBqn summers would 
^ocAy hav^. given more smoothaess> ytm 
contracted by habitual care and fear/ \r 
A mortal weight hung on her halC^ 
^closed, lids : :yet now and the^ from 
beneath those heavy lids, Ceaario marHe4 
A 1q^ of dying. sweetness steal. frooL her 
hu0iid eyes whik they wandered from 
earth to heaven, as if hopeless of jrelifif 
from au^t below. 

. QfteU' did his ear catch, and bis heart 
feel, the iheai^ s^ which acccimpanied 
this silent appeal : for Cesario, was drawn 
\9 thft fpuBtein by solicitude for Tanw 'a 



806 .TSEKHIGHT Oi'ST.JCKIir. 

chfldren^ wfao^ attracted by the ifiM 
berries that grew nesor it, and by th^ 
^ruift of the pomegranates which oyer^ 
hung the well, pursued tb^ sports^ 
heedless of danger. 

CesariO'C^en (^served the eyes .of 
Zeila, &ff by thatniune he one day 
heard the yiamg ^slave summoned to her 
hard toil, fixed tearfully upon those in^ 
nocent and happy little creatures, while 
an expression, st once sad and tender, 
t^ened the wilder character oi suffering 
which marked her countenance. Skit 
seemed eitlier envying them or r^retting 
some object 4:hey recalled; smi dimigh 
fid^e^ never attempted to engage their at« 
tentikm or win from than a sm^ caresi^ 
it was evident she had pleasure in looking 
attbem« / 

With prompt humanity, Cesaria soon 
discovered Zeila's sti^^ed periodsc^ com- 
ing to the &mniain, aiui then he always 
e<mtiived to be within sight; when he 
would run and fill the pitchers for her, 



tub KmeuT aw a.amtu 90fJ 

^Bittompmying the kind action "with ex* 
pressions of conc^^ and sjrmpathy. 

At first, Zeila received these boievo- 
lent ^attentions in dejected and unaltered 
«i1ence^ and retired immediate* BvA 1^ 
degrees she evinced more sensibility: 
an unsteady colonic would flit Uke supei^ 
natural light over her cheek, and tears 
i^arkle through the long fringes of heir 
downcast eyes. 

Hie fiiQiiliar intercourse <^ near neigh- 
i)oufhood, and the occasions^ want of 
mutual assistance^ often drew Cesarie 
into the grounds and offices of Lydia% 
Unanufkctwy ; he there saw Z^a almost 
constantly, sinking under tasks far, far 
beyond her strength ; and of so servile a 
nature, that when he contrasted them 
with her silent dignity of manner and 
matchless elegance, he felt assured that 
her lot was very difierent firom her birth* 

Once he came upon her unexpectedly 
at the hour of dinner, and heard her say 



tOi TUB KNWBT Of S7« WBKtf 

jwyidly to henidf i^ Ittfaii^ ^ No mcmtr} 
BO mwe! -^tlKHigli I cbe!^ 
.( He itdvanced) and saw her pb^e her 
ftearcely-tasted portion of fobd at a cits** 
tance) then tott^ back to a toee, wlMM 
^ suj^rted heradf tremUing and 
iMoeathless* 

. Her ghastly looks and mmstened fore-^ 
^head) testified the tcnl that had exhausted 
her ; he noticed it, and would have put 
the lilde flaisk of milk to her lips, but dhe 
iq^ng away with sudden power^ repeat^ 
itg ihe first Words she had ever addressed 
to him, -^ " None ! — none !" ^ ^ 

This strange conduct made him ima^ 
gine her^ br^n discM*dered; and this 
iSfu^cicm, mth the knowledge that shf 
fnuit be his cmmtrywoman, only served 
i^ heighten his interest in her dismal 
defetifty. . 

.r^iigcala^ however, dki not in^p^e coao^ 
passion only ^ some things is^e did, C0m- 
^ftan46d esteem^ In the cool of evening, 
when labour was sus^nded, Cesario oJfle» 



Trntmonowr o? $t. johk. SOQ 

'»et her supportkig the feeble steps of l^ 
Mind old slave, whose occupation tv» 
the eoBstruction of hives aod baakets, 
and who was dependent upon the kind- 
nssa of his fellow-slav^ for recreation 
.after his sightless task. > ; 

The old man, naturally peevish^ ww 
rendered: stall more so by his infirmities, 
and his cruel condition ; he therefore t^ 
eeived Zeila's amiable cares, as if they 
J)ad been so maiiy injuries : still, however^ 
Zeila persisted in rendering them. . In 
truth, she hadhabituated herself to miniS^ 
ter to his age, awi rabmitto his humocH^ 
until he gneowi actually tohave forgotten 
that a Jscding of resentment, once strongly 
roused in her, might l^ve him to all the 
misery of utter helplessness* 

When Cesaria heard that none b^ 
v^duntary obligaticms tied her to this un- 
reasonable and thankless person^ and saw 
that she^ gently persevered, even in ^i^ 
Bud^t of tears wruii^ from her by his un- 
just diiqileasttre, he could not but admke 



210 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHBT^ 

lileChiii^an spirit ^hich thus eonqutcecl 
ttatiurid disgust and lawful indignatioii, 
in coflxpaasion to the mental and bodiljr 
infirmities of old age under affliction* : 

Not long after Cesario's neuer obseiBv 
vation c^ Zeila, a fire broke out in> that: 
.^piarter of Lydia's store^^houses, where 
jber male o^ves were locked} it ha|i» 
^oed in the ni^it^ and but for the 
{iFonipt activity of Cesario, who directed 
.others hf&w to j&nder assistance, and gave 
At hijsMeli^ at like ifinainent risk a£ his 
Ji£^ the whcde suite of buildings muit 
,bswe been cMSumed, aiid many livesr lost^ 

Seme stoves had betn laborious pre* 
\p«riiig fa cai^go late . |Jie pi^eceding 
joight, &)r a ship that w^ to sail i^ 
next day, and, over-wearied, did not ob- 
serve that they had left a lamp burning 
jties^r some £^efts of matting. Some ae« 
ve^etat of wind, cnr^pecfaapsthefiiilii^af* 
J^eae mats Yrithin reach <^ the flame of 
^ l9tnp> caused them to take fire, and 
.c^ter jjght antteriab catdbiiig, sooa com- 



/ras K2m?HT cat )sr. john; £11 

ffiunicated to the quarter where tfteoily 
and pitch Were kept: the bkze then 
becoHie terrific. Cesario, who ^aw it 
thro^gh the olive- woods, from the lattice 
of his chamber whete he sat readings 
flew to render assistance. His presence 
and courage restored thbir facuhiea to 
the bewildered multitude, who were sur^ 
rotinding their sfarieking mistress, inca^ 
pable c^ attending to her entreaties thai 
they would preserve h^ irom utter ruin. 
'■ He instructed them what to. do, to 
binder the fire ifrom spreading to the 
dbwsdfingJiouse ; and, exhorting them to 
MAUnne the theans already using, he 
"^ mounted the flaming walls of the waie^^^ 
house, to sa^e the i^w persons there, 
who were unable to escape without help« 
Zeila, in common wi<3i sil the houses 
htAd:0k* Lydia, was amongst those wh^ 
witnessed1;he geoeroiSKi exertions of* Ce- 
sario i and, while she ardently ejaculated 
a[ pMytsr for his^ presetyation, she could 
net fi^Hieiff (^allii^on the name of * the 



poor Mind ^d man* Hh vo&nakf and 
his fear had evidendy prevented Win firotii 
finding the windows by which it was no# 
ascertained his fellow-sufferers had all sd^ 
fishly escaped. At Zeila's cry, Ce^rnl» 
i^rang frcmi the ladder on which he was 
standing, direct into the open window of 
tfic dormitory : the poor terrified wretch 
was raving at the other end of it ; but 
Ceaario soon seized and bore him away> 

When he leaped to the ground with hii 
aged burden from a lower wall on which 
4he ladder rested^ he led him to Zeila» 
andf placing the old man's pal«ed hmids 
in hers, he said kindly, ** I give ypnom 
happy moment, ZeilaP* 

26tla answered only by a look, whifiby 
lor the instant, efiSiced every trace ^ 
tuSmng from her withered cheek •>— 
Cesarip felt the lo<^ enter his sotri ;' but 
he hurried away to finirii his benevolent 
duty. 

Haiq>ily tiie fire was finally extiofprniit 
^ wi^ much less I09S of proper^ ihm 



;iP0Klli6ilT OF eT»JQ«K. 918 

tteowiwr diu)edtohqpe) aod Ljfdia, seiw 
8(3bde l^t she owed this. Uessing to Ce^ 
Mrio'a activity and coonge^ desired him 
1i^ siiy i9 wixB^ way ebe coidd i^ow her 
IP»titude. 

., He evaded r^ly at that moment ; bnl 
the m%t day^ when he aicountered Z£ila» 
1^, reminded her of Lydia^s enquiry ; and 
h^ought.her to say whether there were 
ajiy thing she desired for herself^ which 
his solicitation (thus invited) might 
pbtain. 

With tears of mournful admiration 
^^^eila assured him that she was resigned 
^ hc^r lot y but she noticed several minute 
grievances of individuals amongst h^ 
fellow-slayeS) besee<^hing him in the ni^me 
<^ thi|t humanity which seemed to be the 
vital principle, of his soul, to plead to 
^dia for a removal of their hardships. ^ 

:Q14 age and childhood, were the chiei' 
objects of Zeila's compassion ; and Cer 
i^i^ w^hile hjB looked with passionate 
pity upon^tiip condition of the. geijerQus 



614 9HB KNK^RTOitinr.^asK; 

weatBie^ who thus ne^ected' keer ovm 
nHef far the sake of ligbtemag the li«ir* 
dens of othenr; proimsed what ^te a&ed; 
Hou^it, and after some delay, obtain^ it. 
From that period Cesario's observalios 
of Zeila, jand interest in her fate, occu- 
pied him incessantly : he had nevoFi he 
tiiiought, pitied any one so much — nevtt 
seen any so deserving of pify. He fcatgpt 
that there were n^uiy of her lellow-slaves 
equally worthy of compassion; but they 
had neither touched his feelings by the 
contrast of their manners and situation, 
nor awakened his esteem by any visHyle 
i^ow of generous concern for each othen 
Zeila, for her part, was for. awhile trans* 
formed into a new creature : she caiv^ 
more frequ^rtly to the f<Mnitain ; she 
even loitered there, ciuressing Tamar's 
children, and winning their httle hearts 
hy decorating their uncoveredrheads stnd 
arms with coronets and bracelets made c^ 
berries and flowers. If Cessuio j^ned 
the i^rtive groape, she yet remained} 



xnt dCNunr <sr st» num. S^5 

tor airhole cimolMattcel^itiiig i^ witii 
an expression, which recalled dua memorj . 
ctf*.£)miim CamiUa's more animirted fbee. 
K But ZeBa aeon ceased to exlnfait time 
phrafs of interest in Cesario, and this, 
wish c^. doorting happiness: a strange 
air of reserve and * timidity and sdfr 
restffai»t» baaxfhed eFerj ^pearance of 

: €e^rio at fii^ observed this to her ; 
but finding it continue, he receded in his 
tiirn, and sought her no more. 

Bnt tiiough he sought her no more, 
something (he knew not what) brpught 
him often wh^re she was; and then tiie 
instant she saw him, she would start 
away and vanish in the crowd of her toil- 
ing companions. 

Once, however, when.Cesario was sit- 
ting in deep thought upon a fidlen oma* 
ment of the fiountsnn, where Zeila haidr 
been hastily getting water undisturbed 
hy him, he looked up and saw her whoni. 
he faajdied gone^ Jingeringi near tliie . a^i. 



216 TH£ KNtGHT OF fit. SOUK^ 

tianC6hgate, and regardmg hkn wistfiilty 
aadgratefully^ 

. At meeting his eyes she swiftfy tumed^ 
away: hers, with a blush of more than 
modest confusion, of self-cenwse ; aad^ 
gliding throuj^ the gate, did not re* 
ajppear before him f6r some daySr 

At length, accidentally cromng a nar- 
row dell, late one evening, he espied her 
on the overhanging bank of a stream 
which ran through it. 

Treading lightly up<m the smooth turf, 
which carpeted the ascent she was on, he 
came up to her unawares. 
' She was standing with clipped hands, 
gazing upon the w^ter^ as though 

" She sighed, and envied every stone 
Which peaceful at the bottom lay." 

Never before had Cesario been so struck 
with the perfect sjonmetry of tier figure, 
which gave grace and almost beauty to 
the ciMninon foldings of her woollen vei(: 
but aM ideas of acUniraticHi were lost m 



mm mA co»ami, y^hm he capsi^tfi^ 
of lier f»C0 : ^$ €9^ewipp mowd bii 
ir€^ sopj. "So ywi^ pp ««], «p |u3p«. 
lesa !'' he said inwardly. / , 

utt^i^ a ^Mric* ^f 9wpm^ tott^i?^, 
MulM d9W;9 4i(H9 tli^ str<9^^ Cesario 
WAS Q^ j»9 lOstMrt: m le^iqg a^r 4m^, 

rivulet to the flat grawd <w %h^ opposite 

afid im ib^d i^vmg i^rst iiH;o iJi^ v^^r 
t^d/g&tfiompietrfy wjpt. iMO^arpa^t 
dp^pni mid^r $iQma ipyitl^d, ai^i sup{>pit^ 
her i>p bis breast, be JDffidousJy wiped 
the Jong locks of her 4i?fi(nnposed hair : 
b« Wis surprised to s«^ tbe dtfU cp^qur gf 
that Jiadjr tiaorferried to bia c^k (wi^h 
vduch be had rub^^it)^ Jl^vAPg in its 
plao^ ti^ blithe Jov^d, j^caji/ie it was 
that irf* Gi(p]mi»i'^» . . ; , 

. 4a .€|i^cttla*iojpi , e^cajged hip : ^a^a 

VOL, III. L 



218 ^HE KNIGHT OF ST, JOHN, 

opened her Tialf-closfed lids, and, semng 
his eyes fixed upon her altered hair, she 
blushed, and hastify gathered it up under 
the veil which had dropped From ha: head 
when she fell. 

Without attempting to account for 
this circumstance, she tried to break 
from him j but she trembled so, through 
excessive weakness and emotion, that 
she was unable to resist the hand that 
geiitly detained hers, ^ 

" Why would you fly me?** asked 
Gesario in Italian, with a vmce of ten- 
derest pity, and eyes so benevolently 
kind, that their expression melted her at 
once: "I would serve you, if it were 
in my power : — tell me, are you an 
Italian? — I have been in Italy, and I 
could perhaps assist — ; if you have friends 
there, perhaps they might be able to buy 
your freedom, if they only knew ——** 
«< Might be able!*' repeated Zeila, 
raising her eyes with de^>erate appeal to 
Heaven j « tfh yes ! but they l^ve me to 



THJ¥ KNiGHT OF ST» JOHN. 319 

f^cisk here. Yet I have no right to 
Qompl^ia !V and she threw down- her eyes 
again, drowned in tears. 
: There was sometfauig ine^qpressibly 
touchmg in the tcme of her voice as weU 
as in her countenance. ** What are your 
kin^jBd then ?^ where are Uiey x^' asked 
Cesario^ ean^tly regarding her. 

** I will never name them/' was Zeila's 
answer. 

Cesario looked at her stiU more in- 
tently: "They nwst be. monsters, if 
they know you are in captivity,, and am 
ransom you, and will not^ 

** O, do not wrong them so P* ex- 
claimed Zeila, bun^tii^g into tears, and 
tryipg once more to leave him. 

Cesario grasped, her trembling hand 
more firmly: " I cannot let you leave 
me, till you give me some clearer ac- 
count of yourself. I do not ask this 
Gcom motives of vain curiosity: your 
youth, your sex, your cruel sufferings 
affect me ; and if I could assist in restor- 
L 2 



2^0 'fHft klimwr W ST. 3r0»N. 

iAgym tbjdiir -^ounifey, it would ^v^ 
ihc t^tie happiness. Sirt I iHttdt im&w 
your Italian name, aad the di^cuttis^^^Kses 
VWeti traced yoo ift ^h» hai^ iilimtion, 
^Otltei^i^ I tjah xio ilolShiftg/* 

^* Attd ^at ape yoq, that oflfer *Ji«5 f'^ 
textkimed ^eila, iftterrnptitig him^^rftii 
a look of astonishment. Gesaiio^B ^eis 
fell ufider the broad and iiobk light of 
hers, which an expression ^t onoe grate* 
fal, admirittg, and exp^ctcuit, i^eadered 
isilmest da»2ling. He f^flt 4bat h^ had 
-cjommitted himsdf by-thfe ludfek^eet im- 
petuosity with which he Ik^ sp^l^en ; a&d 
"thfe idea of Giovanni crddse4 him with 
^refen riejd^)rfch : be was ^^ilent. 

Zeila getttly withdapew hey hand from 
Ms now-slackened g^asp, md, looking 
efaime^lyat him, said in a low veioe,-— ** I 
'see yo« have yoansecret, ^s Well as I have 
toine,*^^ (iand ^e pointed to her dis- 
icjoveredhair.) - " Keep mine, as I sbaU 
'ke^p yours, and let us pray for each 
other.*^ 



fB£ ^KIGHT QW ST. J<«ll. £31 



"t^b^ ekmd of d«qpBur agais obKiired 

imk^smoBg tbe trees. 

It wa^ lE^^Qfisible &F Ccsario to bankh 
tMa incident from bis thoughts^ In tiie 
scJiU&de ^ nigbt. aod the monotoiKms 
s^i&^sedtask^of died^yt itre^ivred 
af^n aa^. t^aui; often steating upon 
those reveries about Giovanni^ ygi^ch ha4 
bitlieprto occiipied bm to the oiccbqioQ 
of tiffery &iiig else. 

Wbep be r^eaUed the pathetic faifu^ 
of :Zeila'ft eye9 and voicep an4 ^ 
i^tmtterable charms which a strong emo- 
ttdur ^r^ over her wbolf comi^^ 
teoioice, m Hgbt, and colootj, smd e:^* 
prot^ien, he y»m wmsed to ^ think sbfi 
dMiuld be di^r^ted to snicb sordid .9% 
plcgmenta as*fbo9e fiihe ^e<uted# . _ 

But what was the alternative ? e)#if« 

suiibLabaselifeof (kudgeiy, ortbepol- 

hitbos of a Hajam ! Ce^asio ^t tbi| 

pos^biHt^ pf the bitter i^brfl^ him l&e 

anice-bollL . . > 

L 3 



S22 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN, 

^ << Happily," he thought, ** that beauty, 
like the soft perfume of an expiring rose, 
is too fine to attract the gross sense of men 
rioting amongst excess of sweets. Even 
I should have passed it by, had not com- 
pa^on led me to penetrate the veil of 
misery which concealed it : and perhaps, 
after all, it is nothing but the loveliness 
of expression !*' 

The more he reflected upon her evi- 
dent wish for utter concealment, from 
^e (fisguise of staining her hair, and her 
avowed resdiution of never declaring her- 
Italian connections, the more it perplexed 
him. He attempted a variety of solu- 
tions of i^is mystery, but not one satis^ 
fled him ; and only c<mscious of a most 
sMlent wish to serve one so helpless and 
io deserted, hesotight^veryopportonity 
n^ finding her once more alone. 

While seeking thisj he came more ive- 
quently into the grounds of Lydia ; and 
being therefore ofteher among the silaves^ 
he heard but the more of Zeila. 



TTHE KNIGHT OF ST* JOHN* 22S 

They could only tell him, that she was 
purchased by their mistress, out of a 
Turkish corsair, three years before, with 
a few other slaves, who were now dead, 
or sold to a different owner. 

All her present companions in misery 
4^s^cribed Zeila as kind and succouring 
%Q each I repeating, how often she had 
abridged her own hours of rest and sleep 
to attend a sick fellow-sufferer j and bow 
^ften she had worked till absolutely de- 
privied of every bodily power, for the 
sake of xelieving isome more infirm or 
very aged slave from an oppressive task. 

«' We think she lives upon her tears,'* 
said one of these persons; " for she i? 
always weeping when alone ; and thougl^ 
8i^e often seems fainting and famishing 
long before sun-set, when our supper 
comes, she just tastes her scanty portion, 
and leaves it for some one else/' 
. No one could remember that they 
bad ever heard her mention the name of 
her family, or the pla,ce she came from j 
L 4 . 



^i tHfe H^NiOriT OT ST. ^Ottjf. 

«d that Gesario got no fatther satisfactioTi 
thati' a cfeaii^ View of hei^ mkety. ^ 

So theeiplj purc!based> aiitd m Kttle 
«»tee<rifed by be* mistress, he th^mght hel^ 
freedom would be pfoctired at a rate 
^ite %fthih the limits of his <ywtt means ; 
at^d anxioi3(s t^etefore to know how he 
e<Juld dispose 6f her after her purchase ; 
^xious to have hii deep mtdrest in heF 
justified by her candid confidence, he 
redoubled his efforts to find her alone 
fbr a few moments. . 

But Zeila avoided him agaan more 
studiously than before ; and Cesario, dis- 
pirited by continued disrappointment, was 
often tempted to give the whole matter 
up. 

Sometimes he felt unaccountably ehaf*d 
and mortified ; and then he would re- 
probate himself for wasting so much of 
his thoughts upon one so strangely per-^ 
verse. " I have no interest in serving 
her,'^ he would say t& himself^ *^1 want 
only to get her out of this destroyiflg 



THE KNJGHT OF ST, JOHN. 225 

situation — to save her life in short j and 
after that, I should most likely never see 
her again^ But she opposes herself to 
this common Christian feeling, as if she 
fancied it, I l^now not what, — and hated 
me — and I am wrong, therefore, to let 
her occupy my thoughts, when I should 
think of nothing but my Gioyanui/* 

Cesario was in no danger now, of tnfs- 
taking gratified vanity for love. I 



h9 



226 ) 



CHAPTER XL 



After haying made this compact with 
himself, Cesario absented himself from 
his neighl>our's grounds for many days ; 
and though he saw Zeila as usual con^e 
for water to the fountain, he went on 
with his mechanical employment without 
offering to go and assist her. 

If after just glancing at her unsteady 
steps, he found her image still before his 
mind's eye, he steadily drove it away, 
and rivetted his thoughts upon his friend. 

What new interest, indeed, could do 
more than detach him at intervals firQm 
this paramount concern ? 

The progress of Mustapha seemed 
drawn out to intolerable length : he w^ 
heard of in Epirus, slowly approaching 



THE KNIC^HT OF ST, JOHN. 927 

the coast; but how accompanied, none 
could actually learn, till after his settle-* 
ment at Santa Maura. 

The days, the hoiu*s, the minutes, 
seemed in Cesario's apprehension to grow 
in their duration : his pulses were always 
beating with a feverish tumult, occasioned 
by increasing anxiety : expectation ever 
excited, never gratified, and always 
agitated by fear, consumed his strength 
so rapidly, that he began to dread lest 
it should entirely fail him before he get 
within reach of Giovanni. At that time, 
tlie perfect commaijd both of his mind 
and body might be essential to his en- 
terprise. 

Reuben, the kind but cautious Reuben, 
did not act with th6 rapidity Cesario 
asked : he wan so very guarded in all his 
enquiries, so slow in his advances to 
whatever object he sought to reach, and 
must reach through hazard, that Ce- 
sario sometimes accused him of imbecile 
fear. 

t 6 



' Cesarki i^M^ in Hhott, regties^ and di9^ 
tHtbed,--^ secretly at war trith bitMdf 
for caring about any thing unconnecttd 
wJfli (Jiov^nni j and even pov ^nd then 
he determined to go alone to Sants 
Maura, ^ftd learn surer inteU^nce. He 
thoQgfat, also, that he sbouid be l»]^mr 
if removed from the mixed grief and 
vexation (rf observing Zeila's misery^ 
since she shunned his sympathy: he 
thought he needed no new sufiering, 
added to what tprtured him on the score 
of his friend. 

So determined did he believe himself, 
to exclude this minor source of pain from 
his harassed thoughts, that one day a^ be 
saw her advancing to the fountain With 
another wcmmn, though he was then 
drinking at it, he withdrew precipitately, 
Without assisting, or even addressing 
her. 

Restless and uneasy after this petu- 
lent action, and quarrelling with himself 
for yielding to such a humour, merely 



TffiB KNIGHT OF gT. JOHK. 9^ 

beotufie his benevolent intentions were 
c;rofl3ed a Uttle, he qould nei^^er eat nor 
aieep. He was as^liAm^d of so savage a 
p^of of apger at conduct^ from which 
he had no right to draw hasty conclu- 
sions* Zeila might have as powerful 
and as honourable reasons for the con- 
cealment of her name and character, as 
he had ; why, tben» shoidd he redent her 
seeiauHg mystery ? 

Was he to be so easily checked in a 
benevolent purpose? Would Giovanni 
have allowed himself to be so affected ?--^ 
No ! If he had done so in times long 
past, where would have been their afte? 
bond of soul ? 

Cesario blushed at his own impatience^ 
and r^umed his visits to the gardens of 
Lydia. 

Not long after, he encountered Zeila 
by chance. 

A perturbed night, and the balmy 
bretothings of a peculiarly sweet momipg^ 
had invited him out. He wandered from 



230 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

the confined precincts of the valley into 
the open olive-grounds of Lydia, an4, 
thi'owing himself under the shade of one 
of the trees, yielded himself up to 
thought. 

Ituttigb^ his eyes were fixed upon the 
snowy tops of the distant mountains in 
the Morea, his sense took no note of 
them, for the images of former happiness 
and former suffering were passing before 
him. 

He thought of his father and of his 
friend, of Toledo and Camilla, till his 
heart melted with more than melancholy. 
Often and deeply did he sigh, while he 
lay shading his closed eyelids from the 
increasing light of the risen sun j a sigh 
heavier than his own, made him start and 
look up^; , 

He saw ' eila momentarily supporting 
herself against a tree,' with her melap* 
choly but love'y eyes fixed upon him. 
She was even thinner and paler than 
before, and seemed to haye scarcely 
I* 



THE KMGHT OF St* JOHN. 231 

Strength enough to prevent herself ftoin 
sinking upon the earth. 

What penetrating sweetness was in h^ 
soft regards ! — what a celestial, colour 
suddenly shot across her cheek ! Cesario 
sprang from his recumbent posture, and. 
advanced to meet her. He knew not what 
he meant nor what he did ; his senses were 
all confusion until he found that he had 
locked her trembling hands in both his, 
and murmured he knew not what, of 
kind reproach, and far kinder greeting. 

** I thought you meant that we should 
nev^r meet again I" he exclaimed. 

" I have been ill ; I am-— I am still 
ill,'' was her faltering answer, as ^e 
extricated herself from the ardent pres- 
l3ure of his hands. i 

Cesario gazed on her emotion with ain 
increasing pleasure, of the extent (^ which 
he was unconscious. "You have been 
"ill; and we might, indeed, never have 
seen each other again ! 2^eila, does my 
interest in your fate displease you?-— 



2SZ THE KNIGHT OF ST* jOHN<^ 

Witt you not allow me to serve you if 
I can ? I cannot b^ar to ^ee you thus 
wearing owt life in slavery: I think 
I could gladly Uy down my life . ■" 
He stopt, embarrassed, agitated, troubtedK 
selfrbetrayed. 

If Zeila had bieen indifferent to him, 
she could not have mistaken the senti- 
ment of which, as yet, Cesario hims^ll* 
was not quite sensible, but whiqh spok^ 
distinctly in his tremulous lips and yoice* 
Her overwhehaaed eyes 3unk under the ex*. 
ptession of his ^ but, quickly awakening 
from that dream of an instant, she averte4 
her face, and moved a few steps from 
bim. 

During the silence which followed, 
Cesario was discovering with coq^erna- 
tiori the real nature of his interest in 
her i and 2^1a was heroically reserving 
upon the probaMe sacrifice of that inter- 
est, in justice to him, and severe retrilm- 
tion of her own errors. 
' *• At this early hour,'* she 8aid^ ** we 



THE 1»IGHT OF ffr. JC^W* ^3S 

»e not Kkely td be intemq)tedt it i*^ 
my hour for peeumGaXfy breatbiog the 
reviving brea^of thesd hdmj Arubs. 
Yaw pity mtf^-^yo^ think noie mote worthy 
of ih«t pity thms I am in fact. I would: 
give much to prts«^6*— to d^serr^ that 
pity :3nd esteem -^ but 1 will not steal^ 

A si[^h burst <»t with the last words, , 
and she looked down. 

Cesario's h^it stopped in liis breast : 
it throbbed s^ain with the ariarming 
qoestioii, <' Could die be conscious of 
OTi^ deservfogr pity !" But mastering hi» 
extreflfie embtibn, lie retook <her band,: 
and Slid in an eMP»est voice^ ** If yxm 
trust me at all, be entirely sincere witk 
me! Ill die name of our blessed. Re- 
deemer, I ask it." . ^ 

Cesario was^ not conarioui of the last 
adjiii^oA } an4 he did not therefore ufiK 
defitand tbd ^ciigbtful s»r{Hise whic^ 
iikimanated Zeila'3 fece at this ^fecoveryj 
of his Christtaa feith: urithotit noticing 



234 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK, 

I 

it to him, die returned her dewy eyes 
downwards, and began. . 

. " I must not teD you the name (# my 
family, for I have justly £[%rfetted t^r 
affection^ and they have beeii, p^4iapt, but 
rigidly just to me. My sad histoid riiort, 
for my life has not beeiir long : I have not 
lived nineteen years ^ and yet I feel as 
if an a^ had passed m^ee my first days 
of childish rashness ! 

" My mother died during my infency ; 
my father did not conciliate my affection ; 
and I had but a brollier several years 
older thsm myself, — ^but a brother so deAr,i 
so amiable, so incomparable ! — O can he 
have forgotten me?-r-can he never hav6t 
fbrgiv«i me?*' t 

*< And wh^e is this brother?" asked: 
Cesario, tremulously. > 

" Alas, I know not ! -^ perhaps no 
l<mger in the woiid,'' replied Zeila, hat: 
eyes surcharged with tears. "He became 
one of a military order ; and then he was 
almost entirely removed from me,'* 



TH£. KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN, 235 

^ «^ Of' a militaiy order !" repeated Ce-' 
s»io} "washe— " He stopped^ and 
ef^eiiy Jtmnmg over her whole person 
with hii^ eyeii tiimed them hastily away 
ag^iBi bidcHi]^ hitr in i scarcely articulMe 
word$ pr^eeed*^ v: ; 

V lif^a* my fatlwi^iwai that I should 
ma^y»^^i resuikited tike faltering Zeila^ 
^< atid he c&ose for my husband a man 
more revolting in penmi^ mami^rs, and 
acknowle^ed character, iSian any de- 
scription can reatisew I was but fointeen 
tbei^ and beloved by ^ young man 
charming enough by nature and educa- 
tion to win a more experienced heart 
tiian mine. Yet I fancied I only yielded 
to his pleadings from mingled pity for 
him, and abhorrence of my intended, 
bridegroom. My dread of my faA6r*s 
wrath was chfldishly great; my lover's 
persuasions wer0 incessant ; alarm, pity, 
gratitude, ignorance of myself and others, 
aD assailed me. I had no female friend or 
relation to advise mia; my brother was 



QS& tH« KNiOtiT OF 8T.JOter4 

away, and tiifte pressings In an evil 
how I fl^ with my lover, and became 
his wife." 

M Zeila QO¥e]:?ed her burning j^nA 
tear&l face with bet hands, Cesorio «n«s 
consciously covered his. The agitstting 
imi^ination which had struck hkn at 
first, seemed now alfbost confirtned ; and 
a confused expression of horror at the 
Conviction of h,er belonging to another,, 
and of joy at he^ probable relatbnshqpr tb^ 
Gkivanni, locked up hia power of ispeech« 
At last, fixing his nkouriiful ^yes upon 
her violently-trembling figure;^, be said ifib 
a suppressed voice, ** You jwre marriedji 
then?*' 

A frightful stillness had succeeded tor 
that tumult of hopes and feari^ aiid onn 
defiipied wish^.wjth which he had listened 
to the first part of Zei]ia*S narrative ^ mA 
he now drew involuntarily back. 

Zeila removed her hands, and looked 
on him with eyes in which het wholes 
distracted ^ul was jpaint^d,— ". Oh, yOn 



"tttE KKIECHTT OF ST. JOHK. ^7 

%re ligbt !** lAfe ^idaimed wildly ; 
-*» shrittk from ^te wretdi who dwe pBead 
fthy estenuation fMr an aetof rgbeOioti 
-agakist a parent ; agaiiifrt: tbe just, re- 
^trdnts (^ h^ sex ! I woscfdpsMej I 
confess it, I deplore it do^y ad llie ft>ot 
xsfiheCri^m. I weep my fitult thrctagh 
severy sditaiy heiir. Heayen 4id iiot 
let me go unpunished s my firther weidd 
"pever see4ne j^ain; my husband W0i^ld 
not p^mit me to seek the medktton of 
my distant brother j and the character of 
that husband gradurfly withered all my 
iiopes in life, 

*^ I hare suff»ed much, kind stranger,'* 
she added, her brow contracting, and 
her cfheek turning iey gray. ** Think 
you that five years^ divided between 
blighted expectations amd bitter suffer- 
ings, with repentant penanees aU that 
time, may blot out the transgressiori of 
fourteen ?*' 

* Cesario was pierced wilfc « variety of 
feelings. Her deep contrition, her pre- 



238 THS.KNIOHT OFST. JOUK. 

sent situation, the increasing conviction 
that she was the long-lost sister of Gio- 
vanni;, and the idea thaU but for her 
imprudent marriage he might have be- 
come connect^ mth that precious friend 
by the nearest ties; the certainty that 
she could now never be his ; all these 
feelings warred in his breast and on his 
douiM^Miance. He si^ed repeatedly, be- 
tween every sigh murmuring. some inar- 
ticulate expressions of a cox^sqUng Icind. 

Zeila's beautiful features tpok a sadder 
expression. ** Alas, all other assurances 
are vain: — if my brother deems my 
fault unpardonable, it is so: and could 
he have forgiven me, would he have suf- 
fered me to languish in this wretched 
condition?*' 

Cesario was about to utter some hasty 
exclamation that would at once have de- 
clared his knowledge of Zeila's family ; 
but checking himself, he enquired in a 
hurried voice, how her brother knew of 



THE KMGHTOF ST.JOHN. 239 

her situation, and by what means she had 
f(g^len into it ? 

^^ Myhuaband had an unsteady tem- 
per/' ifae replied, kipping her humbled 
eyes fixed upon the ground, and replying 
to. Cesario's last question : << so, instead 
of embarking for France at the usual 
seal-port of the Italian State we were in, 
he chose, two years after our marriage, 
to Journey along the coast ; there we 
were surprised, one luckless night, by a 
descent of Turkish pirates, and carried 
off with all the young and healthy, of the 
village where we were sleeping. O 
that night of horror! O the days and 
ni^ts of yet greater horror < which fol- 
lowed it! ^-T On the deck of the corsair, 
even after we were taken, my poor hus- 

band made fierce resistance and ** 

Zeila stopt, pale, teaiiesfs, shaking in every 
limb. 

Cesario was imconscious of the vague 
expectation (for it must not be . catted 
hope) which now convulsed his heart, 



,^S40 TUS KNfOflT ^OfMT.JOHV. 

t>iitfbe di^tir doaer t6 .hw : Zcila, per- 
hapsy read the anxious meanaig. cf kis 
JK^ldlook^ for making a atrottg €A>rt to 
;coi}fjhi^» ^e :gi^eii oui;, <^ I Ja^ ciam 
icttft tkwiiat jny feiet I'' 

HmI »4>t CesaiM flaMteeed iiimaett^aad 
4i^wn l^i^ily jbiiiek, be mini have jdwped 
b^r DP bif hv^wft in the traaspinrt ^ tiwt 
moimB^' biippi^ b<3 biul acquired the 
bftbgt of commaodiiag his sudden isip^lses, 
mA be now Mily turned oa her a look of 
im^tQfmipnmimp'^^^ And thou, Zeila/ 
— so youQgt so lovely, ^^ left defenceless 
M such bauds -^ what became of ii»e?^* 

A blush, which restored its eavliest 
.bciauty to the lace he fixed that gase 
,^> prefaced the rieply of Zeila: tiudtblurfi 
.beliCMP^ed io the teelii^s his tender look 
had awakened ; those she had to describe, 
^w#re Auch as blanch ib^ chedk and i4^ 
the heart. 

r ^f They ^ ta& to me o£ my beauty P* 
l^ lyeplied > '' and it threatesied me miih 
,%90 many horporsfor meto doubt it theci: 



THE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHN. 241 

— Alas, we doufot only what is to make 
us happy! (She sighed deeply as she 
^poke.) Can you not guess what fate I 
dreaded? — what fate the pirates assured 
me I should find at Constantinople? — 
They called it a distinction — A dis- 
tinction ! — Blessed Virgin !*' 

Her shudder went to the soul of Ce- 
Mrio: he looked at her again, and fancied 
he saw in the expression of ihat thrilling 
countenance the very spirit of Giovanni. 

2^ila resumed in a low and embarras- 
sed voice : — •" The agonies of my mind 
soon brought on agonies of body, which 
happily caused the death of the infant to 
which I had once looked for all my hap- 
piness on earth. I could not wish that 
my child should live a slave — an impious 
Mahometan perhaps i — O no — I blest 
the awful Hand that withdrew its un- 
spotted soul ! I recovered life ; but 1 was 
determined never to recover what was to 

doom me O let me not think of what 

I might have sunk to! — Continued ill- 

yOL. III. M 



^42 xmiKNieH-j: oci^TiJtowrf 

Hess, and the r^splution of jwrejy isup- 
portiiijg e»ist^cp, nqt na^r^hiiyj VQ^^ 
yato strpflgth wd he^th, cbaRg^d m^ en- 
tirely; I w?i8 i^egH, stfid ^goufned ftt Cofr 
.staotwopte J wd bfOHglrt hithfic ii«ith th« 
r^qseof the prig?, to ba^o^n^ t^e pgpq- 
perty of my prefer* mistrwi- O IslmM 
loss of what I MVfj: fpe^y PRZpd! — 
Th^9e hpUow, f*ded fih^Vss, (tb»$ w««te4 
limlw, hlive pre§e;rvfid W}' WUl &W^ w^rse 
th9Ji de»^h, I ^lia^.^t l«fi&t difi^ QicH 
vanni, witlMWt hariog h^com? i^f thing 
you WQiild Bhrink frPW !" 

<• GiovwBi!" e<:hpe4 Cewfw, im a 
tone wWcb Aflwdw (ft)T it w^p *fo?) 
cQuld fliOfr c(;»9pr«|[j^ndi but wW^h wwt 
to her imi9^ pohJ i ««id ^ s^ aft fe?r 
feet overpowered fey joy, 

Amfidet^ lais^d him with a.b«wi)di|F«d 
dr. « What m$ans thie ^vtr^fAQ emth 
tion?" phe^edj "ypi* repeat tJhi??MU^ 
which h9^ ^$c^9d IP?; it w 9ay bF<>' 
thsr's. Afk m? net to cofnplete it with 
that, of onr family." 



THB H:NtGHT OF ST. ^OHK* 2i8 

. <« I will ask you notliing — wish no* 
thing more!*' repeated Cesarioi in £| 
delirium of fast-kindling love and hope 
and admiratioa } ** I now comprehend 
all your mysteri^ --i- that discolourfd 
bi^r and skin-^-^that serere abstinence-*^ 
that incessant toil^*-*that studioua elxpcw 
sure to the diftSguring ^Sn^ts of h^t and 
cold ;^^aU the$6 have but one ofajectr-^to 
preserve the spirit dpodess, though at the 
expense of its b^ut^ous temple !*r^ And 
thou ha«t ahomied me, Anfadea -^'' 

<< Amadea!'' shrieked his amazed com^ 
paaion^ catching his arm with b^th her 
hands, ^md eagerly Jk^ikiog i|i his &m 
with a preposterous expectation--^^* O 
no!«<^no!---»his eyes were beaveidy 
blue V* -*- $he sank back upon the bank 
in an agony of disappointment 

Cetario could no longer mai^r bis inii. 
petuous feelings. ** It is not Gwwbm 
that you see before you/^ he exclaime^f 
liirowing himself again at huajr feet, m^ 
i^eizing her hand which .^ wver^ wjtb 
kisses J « b«t it is hisiri^nd -~tbc iH»d 

M S » 



244 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

who will redeem you both, or perish 
himself.'* 

' The last expression was caught by 
Amadea^ whose ardent enquiry extorted 
a confirmation of the fear it excited; so 
that with the joy of knowing her brother 
lived, and had fondly sought herj and 
that the only being she coulid cling to for 
life was his friend, came the over-poising 
knowledge of his captivity : Perhaps 
merciftdly came; for how else could 
Amadea have borne the shock of so much 
happiness? 

At the information of her father's 
death she wept bitterly, for Cesario could 
not tell her she had been forgiven; 
but the certainty that Griovanni had never 
received the only account she had ev«r 
been able to send him of her situation, 
consoled and encouraged her. She had 
Written to her brother by a released Chris- 
tian, who had promised fkithfully to 
iransntiit her letter to him at Malta ; but 
whether his absence from that island, or 
the forgetfblnassof the bearer, had been 



THE KNIGHT OP ST^ JOHN. 245 

tp blame, Cesario Icnew not j he could 
only assure Amadea that no information 
of her existence had ever reached her 
relations. 

The loud bell whicb called the slaves 
of Lydia from their beds, now begsin to 
dug ; Amadea started with habitual fear. 
" We must part,'* she cried. 

" Part,*' repeated Cesario, " and I 
have so much to say to you !-r- Where can 
we meet again at this hour, at any hour? 
You have shdwn tae^our heart, Am9.dea, 
and I would make you a confisssion of 
mine : I, toor would not steal esteem 
and confidence; and thoij^h your brother 
has p&rdoned and restored me to his 
fjrienclship, his dearer, sister perhap s ■** 
Cesario stopt confused, faltering. The 
eyes of Amadea met^his at that moment : 
all h^r joyfully surprised heart w^ ip 
them ; that heart which had really neveJ- 
loved before, but. which dreaded the sen- 
timent, yet felt at this instant its fullest 
power. . 

M 3 



246 THE KNIGilt Ot St- JOHN. 

Cesaiio dared not reply to those speak- 
ing eyes : he averted his kindling fac«, 
and giving her hand a fluttering pressure^ 
. repealed his enquiry of where and when 
she would meet him the next day^ 

*< At this hour, in this place/* she 
whirred, and withdrawing her hand^ 
they severally and hastily retreated. 

Cesario retired from her into the soli- 
tude of his owta apditment in Reul^n's 
house} there he endeavoured to calm 
the turbulent yet (^ghdul agita^n of 
kis mind. 

What a view of Paradise was opened 
to him ? Dare be hope to enter there ? — 
or were those radiant gates to clo»e and 
shut htQi out for ever ? The bare possi- 
bility of being instrumental to the release 
both of Giovanni and of Amitdea^ mid 
the dearer hope of attaching her to hi» 
fate by the most sacred bonds, was po- 
sitive happiness to him. Ho kn^w not 
that he could bear greater happiness at 
that moment. 



tttte KKK^MT dF ST. JObN. 247 

' Hi* thoughts rapidly t6ok in the fiill 
e^tefnt of the Wfessiogs rtow promised 
ttitni a^ well as the fetrospect of the 
aw<Ul ev*Ats, by whi^h he had been led 
to this bright point. The impression 
such reflections made on him t^as inef- 

It s^ertl^d the very hand of Pfovid^rtce 
lendiftg hifld to the immmit of earthly de- 
sites J imd as «U(ih he W<mM tldt dlld^ 
himself to qnetrtion th6 eveiits of the 
futture. Of Amadea's iurprised feeHngs 
he docdd not retain a ratiotiiil donbt; 
f^r irhen she beard from his own lips 
the assurance of his being, what she in 
some degree suspected, far other than he 
seemed, her heart hid escaped its bonds, 
love, gratitude, and rapture Ughtnhig 
from her eyes. Cesario^s beating heart 
* had respemded to those thnlHng eyes ; 
md now, while in Idea he met their beam 
again, he felt the dear conviction* that 
when he dire s^ek her lovte, he Would 
. not fear to sue in vain. 
M 4 



€fi8 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN* 

But where were now his soberer visions 
of peace and friendship only? Not three 
months since, he had believed it impos- 
sible for anything to turn him back to 
the world from Giovanni and the Order 
of St. John. 

Cesario would have blushed at his own 
instability, had he not found a ready, 
and perhaps sufficient excuse, in ihe cir- 
cumstances under which he had first 
known Amadea, and in his subsequent 
discovery of her relationsh^ to Giovanni. 
By winning her affections, and eventosdfy 
making her his wife^ he was fulfilling 
the earliest, though at that time fruitless, 
wishes of her brother ; and though the 
vows of his Order must still attach Gio- 
vanni to its self-denying laws, Cesario 
cou^d imagine several allowable means by 
which the society of that inestimable 
friend might be nearly always seciured to 
him. 

Cesario saw nothing at this moment 
but the future arrayed- in smiles. His 
mind, indeed, was in such pleasurable 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 249 

disorder^ that it was long before his 
views for Amadea could assume a fixed 
-ishape. 

. At last he came to the resolution of 
partially confiding this new secret to 
• Reuben ; confessing that he had found 
in Zeila, one whose relatives he knew in 
Italy^ and for the sake <rf* whom he 
willed to obtain her freedom. A small 
sum (and with a great one, for another 
eipergency, he was secretly provided by 
La Valette,) would most likely purchase 
her from her present owner, as if to 
share the household duties of Tamar^ 
after which they must seize some op- 
portunity of transmitting her to Italy. 

The attachment of Tamar^s childreri 
to Amadea, would afford Reuben a plau- 
sible pretext for selecting her as an assist- 
ant to his daughter ; and his increasing 
success in the retail of his trade would 
prevent any surprise at his attempting so 
slight a purchase. 

u 5 



350 THB KNIGHT OF ST. JOHIT. 

Whatever might be the eveot of Ce- 
sario's atteflspt to liberate CKovaniti^ be 
yet hoped that Ainadea would owe h«r 
recovery of* life'is beet Ueitsing to him. 
But,^ though ke |!^, thai oot even Asia- 
flea eould reconcile hink to life, if her 
pother were lost to ^ l^iem, he could not 
forbear acknowleci^ingy that if, after the 
recital of hi» infatuated bondage to Bea- 
trice, and the confession of his struggling 
fortimes, she seemed undismayed at (he 
prospect of trusting her happiness to him, 
be should be unable to wait for Gio- 
vanni's permission to secure the promise 
of her affection* 

Pei^ps Cesario feh at thie instant 
how completely Provid^fiee had hutisbled 
his once proud sfmrit. He nvust receive 
from Giovanni) not only forgiveness, but 
the dfi^f blessing of his life ! — fi'om Gi- 
ovanni, whom he had first spnamed, smd 
then inmihed ! •— • and he was now dbliged 
to seek the freedom of that injured friend, 
not by the honourable paths of open 



dsmg^t, birt by the gaiting mea,m of 
sordid society and ignoble arti^k:e ! 

^* Ah weBi ! t h^ve deserved it all — 
tn6re thtti all ! ^ he said to himd&lf ; 
«< and it a mereifial Providence gi?a<^ m^ 
hid liberty, by any mode iirbich i§ not 
tekUy degrading, I i^ll h^Vt escaped 
iinjJuniiShed,'* 

AmjiMiea, Meanwhile, felt aisr though ^be 
were aws&ed in a ne^ wortd. Even 
hope had been so long banished from hef 
thoughts, th^t any thing Kke happiness 
was adffrifted with astofiishmeitt. She 
had believed herself an onteaist ftom 
hoitte ^md from Heaveti : aaki her own 
disciplined! mmd had M i^t^eiy coti^ 
demned her 6nly fauk, md iMver-'sieef^- 
ing reflectioii had so dSsthicfly UNM^ked 
evety nroiteent of her Slavery ^ee, ^at 
time seemed lengthened by it* Thiw^ iA 
the spring of life, she felt as if «*ie Were 
reaehing the term ef existence, audf all 
earthly prospects' closing : now, she wa« 
wafted back to the starting point of 
M 6 



952 THE KNIGHT OF Si". JOHN. 

yputh.and hope, with love and felicity 
for her goal ! 

Could it be possible ! (she thought). 
Was she, who had resigned herself with 
penitent submission to withered affections 
and a suffering life, to beci^e, after all, 
the centre of domestic love, bestowing 
as much happiness as she received ? Was 
she ever to look round on beauteous 
creation, and feel that it ma4e a part of 
thatsoursenjoyments,whichforthreelong 
years had considered its joyous charms as 
mockery? Was she ever to^be reinstated in 
her own respect, by knowing herself be- 
loved and respected by the most estimable 
amongst mankind ? Was she, in short, to 
bless the severe dispensation which had 
disciplined her into a perfect knowledge 
of the value of aU those blessings, which, 
long withheld, were eventually to be 
bestowed upon her ? , 

Amadea, the long-sufiering, se^*-con- 
demning Amadea, dared not believe it. 



THE JCNIGHT OF ST, JO^N. 253 

Oh, how incredulous are they of hap- 
piness, who have known only sorrow! 
Suffering seems to them the natural 
order of things ; and every thing de- 
Ughti^l, but passing phenomena. 

When Cesario's purely humane atten- 
tions to her had shed its first balmy 
drop upon Amadea's hearty she thought 
bnt of gratitude j eagerly admitting the 
long-estranged feeling of a kindly glow 
for her species : but no sooner had his 
generous contempt qf his own life at the 
period of the fire, kindled a livelier ad- 
miration in, her, and their subsequent 
intercourse taught her to suspect the 
nature' of this feeling, than, starting at 
herself, she fled from all indulgence of 
so dangerous a sentiment. 

Love would have been interdicted to 
her by her own severe self-judgment, 
even amid scenes of peace and equality j 
how much more so, therefore, in her pre- 
sent degraded state, and when its object 
was in a rank so far below hers ! 



Hie oflfendmg: «teter of Giovanni Ci- 
gala, she tilOUgfet, wen as a i^av^e, ought 
ttot to debase her family fbrther, by he^ 
stowing herself npon a low-bom servant, 
in recompcfwe for her liberty t and! 
though the thought, that he was other 
than he seemed, oftert srtole across her 
mind, she rerolutely dismissed itj still 
determining to expiate her weaknei&s 
in times long past^ by her self-ccmquest 
now. 

Yet how true it is, that 

'^ They who wotild stay the dde with §afid, 
And fetter five wit^ flabcen band. 
Have yet a harder ta£ik to provOf — 
By stroDg resolve, to conquer love !" 

Amadea's solitary heart had silently 
^nd imperceptibly kindled into an un- 
quenchable flame by repeated glows of 
virtuous admiration : Cesario^s singularly 
beautiful person might have" passed her 
unnoticed ; nay, his peculiar assiduity 
about herself might only have excited 



THE KNIGHT OP «. JOHK« 255 

gratitude ; but his active benevolence to 
others wM not to be contecnplated with 
moderate emotioo : that» seircd ber soul 
with sweet surprise ; opening to her an 
unsuspected source of pleasure, in the 
observation of its exercise^ and the con- 
templation of its effects* 

Dangerous, dangerous pleasure ! less 
beaded, jet fkr more destructive tbaa 
aH the reveries of wbich o«tw»d graces^ 
o«ly, or proofs c^ preference, are the 
objects ! What it seems virtue to love, 
prodence can scarcely withhoM m from 
lovmg ; and as Amadea observed or Bst-* 
ened to the numberless proofs of Cesario's 
gracious and succouring sp»dt to all 
within its influence, she felt that nothing 
e^ld ennoble him more in her eyesj 
though the diity she owed her family, 
even while deserting her, or unconscioofr 
of her protracted eidstence, her appre- 
hensive mind believed must ever place 
a bOF between their fates. 

Thk just conviction of the obligatio« 



256 THB KNIGHT OF &T.JOHN. 

imposed <m her by dbpari^ of birth, 
might not, perhaps,* .have ))een able to 
Stand against the continued influence of 
manners which made that disparity be 
forgotten, united to obvious assiduities 
or persuasive pleadings, had Cesario pur- 
sued either mode of winning her: but 
Cesario's sensibility was so alive to the 
sliglitest repulse, and so abhorrent of 
persecuting the thing he loved, that he 
unconsciously armed her with weapons to 
resist her owh heart. 

When she saw, that he shunned her 
in his turn, diat delicate apprehensive- 
HBss which distinguishes the love of 
woman, made Afnadea start at the pos- 
sibility of her having mistaken pity for a 
tenderer interest : it is for man to pursue 
and win ; woman relinquishes and re- 
cedes. Thus, when Amadea loved Ce- 
sario best, she shunned him most. But 
Cesario guessed it noij and when her 
laudable combat with an alarming feeling 
made her assume an air of coldness, he 



THi; KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 257 

Was far from imagining how many W9ui\ds 
his proud neglect inflicted on her already 
bleeding heart. . 

Overlooking the surer guide of com- 
paring her conduct with his own, and 
thence guessing at the motive which 
dictated its seeming caprice^ Cesario had • 
at flrsjt looked for such proofs df attach* 
ment as he had formerly received fron^i 
Beatrice \ and not finding these, he iaa- 
cied himself disregarded ; but as other 
agitating feelings threw Amad^s heart 
into disorder, and the joy of that tender 
heart at the discovery of his real cha- 
racter escaped from her eyes, so perfect 
and so delightful was the conviction it 
brought, of all that he then was to her, 
and all that he might yet be of dearer 
and more esteemed, that he felt he had 
never before known the prospect of per- 
fect happiness. 



( 258 ) 



CHAI>TEll XIL 

Cbsahio and Aittade^ met the t^ext 
morning, with, that dtrange embjirrass- 
ment which is in^patable from strong 
attachment i the former hastened to con- 
quer it, by immediately commencing the 
history of his £dendship with Giovanni. 

While Amadea listened to this interest- 
ing history, rfie yielded herself up to the 
dear consciousness of sympathy with Ce- 
6ario : her tender remdmbrancie Oi^ Gid- 
vanni wh6n she WsfcS only a child, w^ 
exalted by admiration and gitatitilde for 
his goodness to the man she n6w identificJd 
with herself. Delicious teitrs rained from 
her eyes; while those rivetted eyes, unable 
to avert themselves from the face of him 
who partook in all her feelings, seemed at 



THE KNIGHt Ot ST. JOHN, ^69 

mce to ask and to promise every thing 
which respectful love could desire. 

Amadea's crimsoned che^ek reflected 
the raised colour of Cesario's, when he 
hurried over the torturing avowal of his 
passion for Beatrice Brignoletti, and the 
madness into which it had transported 
him : her heart throbbed intolerably : it 
was not jealousy which made it beat ; she 
did Cesario justice, and believed him in* 
capable of retaining one lingering feeling 
for a creature so unworthy., She only 
grieved that his noble heart should ever 
have been the sport of such an incon* 
stanf ; and in proportion to her pity for 
him, was her indignant contempt of the 
woman who had severed sudi holy friend- 
ship as that between him and GKovanni. 

It was impossible for Cesario to go 
over the details of this infatuation, and 
describe the revolution of feeling which 
so quickfy followed, without endeavouring 
to convince Amadea and himself, that he 
had indeed been under the influence of a 



'^idO TfHE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHN. 

ap^lL He wished to believe that he had 
never truly loved till he knew her j and 
this belief^ at first insinuated/ was at last 
told by him with ingenuous earnestness. 

He followed up this involuntary de- 
claration by a hasty sketch of his views 
. for her transfer from Lydia ; and, in c^^e 
she should bless his wishes, of his plan for 
her r^noval to Malta ; there to await his 
arrival with Giovanni, of whose escape 
he would not allow her or himself to en-r 
tertain a single doubt* 

What became of Aniadea at this mo- 
ment? So long miserable ! — so long 
as if abandoned by Heaven and earth !— 
so wildly-doubtful of what she wished ! 
-*r- so tran^orted with the sudden view of 
all which this affection offered her — her 
liberty, her country, her brother! — How 
was she to master sp many strugglipg 
feelings ? 

Was it a violation of woman's best 
character, that, instead of a faint and 
regulated approval, she cast upon Cesario 



THE KNIGHT OF ST, JOHN. 26 1 

aglance full of her consenting, transported 
soul, and sank insensible into his arms ? 
Cesario indulged himself for an instant 
in gazing upon those perfect features, 
-which only too much happiness had 
fixed in temporary insensibility : his eye 
glanced, and withdrew directly from that 
alabaster throat, which, in his eager at- 
tempts at freeing her respiration, he had 
partially uncovered ; and his imagination 
could not but paint her such as he hoped 
one day to see her, when no longer 
obliged to stain that snowy skin and 
sunny hair which proved her kindred to 
Giovanni; 

While he gazed on her, he imagined 
that slender form rounded by health and 
happiness, those touching and tearful. 
eyes smiling with security of every dear 
possession; and though the image his. 
fancy presented was bright and fair, he 
could not help pressing her now-different , 
form against his breai^t, fondly exclaim- 
ing, " Yet it will not be this Amadea V\ 



^63 TUB KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK. 

Cesario knew not» that a heart truly 
attached,, accomxoodates it$elf to every 
personal ch^^a in its object : let tjie eyes 
we love, ever express the same tender- 
ness and tbe sfime qua}iti^ as when th^^ 
^t charmed us; andt whether they 
brighten or gtow dim, w« shaU still joy to 
meet them, stm think them w^K^haDg^ ! 

A short time restored Amad^ to her- 
self, and th^ her grateful tenderness 
showed its^ in blushes apd tears* 

Cesario's plwM for her and for Gio- 
vanui were more amply di$cwsed ; when 
it w«^ settled that he should immediately 
set about negociating her purchase. 

H^^ he mentioned the necessity of 
her subsequent removal to a place be- 
yond reach (^Turkish power, he observed 
her comitenimce change } but she op-^ 
posed no resistance: reas<m was con* 
vince^ though her heart trembled; 
Might she have gcMue where Cesario 
went, she would have foxmd feeraelf 
^yond danger j but to encounter the 



TH£ KNIGHT ^F ST. /Omc 26S 

Perils of the aeai aloo^» tp iucor the pos- 
^biUtyof bewgagam o^tuxed! — theickm 
w^3 alarming; but as tli^:e w» no al- 
ternative, wd^Giw9m»'Me9C9pemside 
up h^lf b?r de«a:e«t hoge^ she stifled the 
^ro^sioii of her reluctwce- 
^ Tfeey parted 4t the nAoroing belL 
Aftor this inteiriew, Cfsj^no's measures 
were prowpt, Reuben n»de the appli. 
c^tiou to I.^yditt prefa-ciug his subject by 
rem^As upou tj^ iucrewug <M4fues of 
his daugbtW, 9Ud tb§ CQUWquwt neces- 
sity of h^r beiug ^uppli^ witih mi a&r 
sistant. 

He tlwuJj^eiJ fl[eav#» that hi^ pwn in- 
^try wsm w fw blc^9»4» l*at fee «pqghl 
now a^d this help to Tatuarj and 
therefore as Zfsiila had acquired some 
pawer over his volatile grand-ohildren 
by her occasional caresses^ audj» as she 
qmM Bot be very valuable to her wis- 
tress» he wished to kuow whether her 
porioe would be «^ithin his poor ability. 



264 THK KNIGHT 0* St. JCHK. 

Lydia did not rate Zeila as low as 
Reuben expected; and with habitual 
parsimony refusing to give what she 
demanded, hfe broke off the negociation. 

Cesario's anguish and disappointment^ 
when he heard this, almost hurried him 
into an imprudence which might have 
proved fatal to his hopes, by awakening 
some suspicion of Zeila's original con- 
dition, and the present power and will 
of her friends to bid high for her liberty. ' 
Reuben bowed under the passing storm ; 
and when it was over, offered to repair 
his fault immediately. 

Cesario took him at his word ; and 
Reuben inwardly lamenting that so much 
good gold should be given for so good- 
for-little a slave, returned to Lydia, bar- 
gained with her awhile, and at last pur- 
chased Zeila. 

When Cesario first beheld Amadea 
under the same roof with the placid and 
kind Tamar, eyen the presence of the 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK« 266 

latter could hardly restrain him from 
uttering the grateful joy of his heart. 

Amadea spoke to him only with her 
eyes ; but how much did they say as she 
stood in the vine-trelliced porch of their 
little^ dwelling, surrounded by the chil- 
dren all clambering round her with 
boisterous fondness ! 

Prom that moment her health and 
spirits^ rapidly changed: Youth's heart 
and health are so elastic I The tasks 
Tamar required of her were few and 
light: to :share her maternal cares, to 
attend their bees, and prepare the simple 
meals of Reuben and Cesario, were all 
her occupations. - ' 

Amadea performed these with delight : 
she loved xrhildren; and the humblest 
duty had a charm for her, when it was 
to administer to the refreshment of him 
for whose sake all things were welpome. 

Often, as she gave and he received 
the honied cakes kneaded by herMpd, 
their eyes would meet with the same 

VOL. III. ^ 



4M6 THE KNIGHT OF ST* J<mif. 

smile ftt their mutual and temp(Mrary de- 
gradation. 

' Thus, in daily and undisturbed inter- 
Mmrse, their hearts became nuMre inti^- 
maiely known to each other. In the 
^nenJ character of tender and noble 
^idities, their mutual sympathy was 
sdready evident ; but it is only by hourfy 
intercourse, by seeing each other at every 
careless instant, by catching a look, a 
word, a movement, when the mind is off 
its guard, and circumstances of small or 
great moment arise unf(»reseen, that we 
can discover the dearest, because the 
most* minute of our syippathies. 

Principles, feelings, tastes, all agree- 
ing, Cesario and Amadea found only suf- 
ficient difference between them to marit 
their individuality ; for had Cesario been 
less impetuous, or Amadea less timidji 
they must have loved their absolute selves^ 
in each other. 

Amadea dared not throw aside the dis- 
guise of her hair and skin } but in spite . 



Tfi^ ^niOm Off ST.^<HIN* 267 

lErif i3tm ^UsguisQ h&t b^aKty was bi^iilg 
like morniqg through the clouds.^ The 
kindling bludbes of health; and hc^e an4 
y^ %adiated even that ^tamed e^^m- 
pl^xiosi J and her ivory arms^ from which 
Oe^^M^o sometimes stole aside the thick 
foldings of their covering wer^, a^stMSiing 
the roun4ness £uid polish of their oataral 
symmetry. > 

In that sweet serenity and fulness of 
h^^l^ness, with which her eyes now met 
his more agitated because more impas- 
sioned gaze, he fancied they resembled 
Jberlnother's: their light was softer per- 
haps, for even Friendship has not so 
touching a look^ Love!-—- but still th^y 
resembled Giovanni's in colour and in 
shape } smd Uie deep sadness which had 
once made them almost afflicting eyes, 
was gone ! —* ah ! was it gone for ever ? 

Cesario sometimes asked himsdbf that 
question^ when tortured by varying news 
firom Santa Maura^ and crossed by a sud- 
den pang of apprehension. He was now 
almost the happiest of men : Giovap- 
N 2 



868 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

ni's release would make him compld^ly 
so i then how dare he expect so match*- 
less a destiny? 

• If present blessings were to be the 
warrant for expectation of bliss in the 
future, if interwoven hearts were to be 
so, why were the hearts of Camilla and 
Toledo broken ? Why was their perfect 
happiness shattered by the awful bolt of 
Heaven? 

Cesario durst not dwell upon these dread 
imaginings ; and, hastening to - banish 
them, by other images, one moment when 
they crossed him, he took up a volume 
of his native poet ; his eye fell upon 
those beautiful lines, — 



' For I have s^en 



The thorn frown rudely all the winter long, 
And after bear the rose upon its top ; 
-And bark, that all her way across the sea 
Ran straight and speedy, perish at the last, 
E'en In the haven's mouth." 

Who is there, that, in an instant of ex- 
treme emotion, has not felt the influence 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 26Q 

of fmperstition ? Cesario shivered at the 
oirien, and throwing away the book^ went 
with a disturbed and boding soul to har- 
dier employments. 

He had scarcely commenced them, 
when Reuben appeared: the latter beck- 
oning him from his few associates, led 
him imder the deep shade of an old 
chesnut-grove skirting the field of the 
fountain. 

He had to inform Cesario, that the 
brother-in-law of Tamar, a hardy young 
man who carried on an illicit trade be- 
tween the islands and Sicily, was then 
with his vessel in an obscure creek on the 
least-frequented shore of Zante. Reu- 
ben was certain this man would under- 
take, for a proper recompense, to convey 
Amadea to Malta itself. 

Nicolai (so this person was called) re- 
sided in Maganesi, one of the petty islets 
oflF Santa Maura; and he had brought 
intelligence of the Basha's arrival there 
mth a large suite. 

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^0 THE KNIGHT OF 8T. JOmi. 

Both these agitating commnnicatibns 
being made at the same instant to Ge- 
i^rio, deprived him for a while of the 
power of thinking with necessary cod^ 
jiess; 

A multitude of alarming imaged im^ 
mediately presented themselves: Arna- 
dea taken from him — Amadea given 
into the power of a pirate and a smuggler 
— Amadea, now so likely to excite the 
avarice or worse passions of the very man 
to whom she was confided; dare he 
trust her with such a man ? ^ 

' Yet, if he lost this opportunity, he must 
leave her in Zante without better protec* • 
tion than Tamar's; since he and Reu- 
ben ought instantly to proceed to Santa 
Maura; and if her recovered beauty 
should strike the eye, or come to the tsr 
of any Turkish tyrant, during thek ab- 
sence, Cesario knew there was no powtt 
tiiat could preserve her. 

What was he to do? He durst ndt 
make the voyage to Malta with her, 9ffi 



THp KNKJHT OF ST. JOHN. 87! 

her safely iande^ and return agdinj for 
in thpft time (a period perhaps infinitely 
pr<d(Higed by the casualties of l^eather, 
i^ i^e necessary precautions of their 
desperate captain,) Giovanni might be 
k>^t. A, captive's life or liberty often 
turns upon the event of an instant :* it 
was therefore Cesario's duty to risk 
much, trust Amadea to Providence, and 
]^su<B his chief aim^ the aci|uitta) of his 
debt of gratitude and repentance to her 
t>rpther. . 

So great was his outward agitation dur- 
ing this internal conflict, that Reuben 
could not fail of noticing it. *• My soai,** 
he said in a cautious, but kind voice, •*! 
see you have not quite trusted nSe» bUt 
I don't think the worse of you for it ; -^_ 
-" I would have you prudent ; it is the only 
way to thrive. I see you love this young 
datosel, and are afraid of trustiUjg bet 
aimongst a s^t of wild adventurers, as ytai 
ftecy Nicolai and his crew j but in! truth 
he is a good well-meaning fellow that 
N 4 



27* . THE KNlGHt OF ST. JfOHKv 

works hard for his wife and children, 
and will not hatm a hair of Zeila's head; 
provided you give him something before'- 
hand, and ensure him a tolerable reward- 
when he lands her in Malta. I'll stake 
my life on his honest dealing with. y oil/' 

"I cannot, will not, must not trust 
her in such hands!'* exclaimed the im-' 
prudent Cesario, in an agony of indeci- 
sion : he turned abruptly away, and took 
several hasty steps up and down the - 
grove ; then, suddenly coming up again 
to Reuben, he exclaimed, " Reuben, 
it is not above four— -six days sail from 
this to Malta ;' the weather is not bois- 
terous for the season — Is there any con- 
sideration that would tempt Tamar to go 
along with Zeila ?"* 

Reuben was too much struck with this 
extraordinary proposal to reply instantly; 
but after a little ccmsideration, (during 
which, it must be conftl^sed, the prospect 
of a Kberal reward from *,Zeila*s friends 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 273 

In Malta had its full weight,) he con- 
sented to discuss the subject. 

It was then soon settled, that, provided 
Tamar would freely consent, she was to 
tdke her three children to give the thing 
a colour; and, as if going to visit her 
husband's family in Maganesi, was to 
embark with her brother-in-law, accom- 
panied by her slave. 

After landing Amadea, Nicolai was 
then to proceed with his sister-in-law to 
Maganesi, which circumstance would 
afford an additional reason for Reuben's 
intended traffic at Santa Maura : by that 
means, also, Cesario would be satisfied (^ 
Amadea's safety. , 

Many other advantages sprung out of 
this scheme : by dispatching Amadea di- 
rect to Malta, Cesario was enabled to 
concert measures with the Grand Master 
for facilitating the escape of Giovanni ; 
«i0ceitwa8 necessary for the success of 
Im plan, that some light gdlies of the 
Order should be scattered about the 
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«7i -THE KNIGHT OF i3T. jaHfrf* 

Ionian Sea, within his reach from Santa 
Maura. 

tJndiertaking to procure Tamar -s con- 
sent to the proposed voyage, Reubra 
went in search of her ; while Gesario 
hastened to impart their conversation td 
Aniadea, and learn whether she would 
^ave the courage, now the moment erf* 
trial came, to trust herself to the mercy 
of winds and waves, and a band of un- 
toiowti Greeks. 

As Cesario suspected, Amadea trembled 
when the proposal was made to her : shfe 
feared the chances of a voyage taken with 
, ohe of sucTi desperate habits ; and, believ- 
ing Giovanni at Santa Maura, her heart 
yearned to go where he was. For some 
titne her extreme agitation mocked all 
^Sott to control or conceal it : she wept 
violently on the supporting aijn of C6^ 
Bd^rio, Whose manly frame trembled ^th 
tender sympathy, and whose faltering 
voice but ill seconded the arguments for 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. "VfS 

bope and tescdution, which he tried tb 
urge on her. . 

: At' len^th» roimng Jberself, she saiid, 
iHth at rainbow smile, <^ I should tov^thito 
little, my Cesario, if these tears did not 
-witness how much I suffer in partidg 
from' thee ; but I have no fears IkxvtPf- 
self *^ at least will not have — if Tamar 
will go with me. O no, no,'^ she add^d, 
more vehemently clasping her hands 
together, " what shall I think of, fiir 
whom shaU I fear, except for tiiiee and 
our Giovanni P'V 

^^ Our CJiovanni!*' repeated Cesmo^ 
jn an exstacy at all that little pronetm 
dmplied. 

Amadea faintly extricated herself from 
his unbrace. " When we meet ^ain," 
ishe said, alluding to their reunion .n - 
Maha, " all this will he over-pairi ; — 
and, averting her firesh-streaming ^es, 
she retired from him to give compkte 
way to her Jfeelings \ and then to acquire 
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276 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

domiBion over them for the future more 
trying houn 

. Tamar's consent was easily gained^ 
she had no fear of the sea/ and with 
amisible pride she wished to show her 
children to the venerable parents of her 
husband ; besides which she loved the 
gentle Zeila ; and the liberal reward, of 
which her father assured her, stimulated 
her for her family's sake to encounter 
personal inconvenience. ' 

The preparations of the different per- 
sons were soon made ; so that by the 
next morning's dawn, Nicolai's little 
bark, freighted with half Cesario's soul, 
shot from under the ste^p cliffi; of Monte 
Skopo upon her eventful errand. 
. How long did Cesario, on that rocky 
height, watch with straining eyes the 
lateen sail and umbered keel of that little 
vessel, as it cut the sparkling waves and 
bowed before the freshening wind ! 

When its winged and slender figure 
vanished behind a promontory, he was 
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THE KNTOHT OF ST. JOHN. 277 

seized with such a fearful presentiment, 
that he would have given his life to have 
recalled Amadea; but the wish was 
vain, and the presentiment only fancy j 
and resolutely discarding such weakness, 
he threw himself prostrate on the solitary 
cliff, and there implored for her the pro- 
tection of Heaven, and besoiight the. 
same divine blessing upon his own medi* 
tated enterprise. 



( «78 ) 



CHAPTER XIII. 

The agitation and huny of the ensuing 
days gave a fortunate interruption to Ce-> 
sario's fearful thoughts about Amadea t 
Reuben's little vessel was launched and 
freighted; and licensed by the^ Turkish 
commandant, upon condition of paying 
him one-third of the profits. 

Reuben's avowed object was Santa 
Maura ; where the arrival of its magni- 
ficent governor, with a large suite of offi- 
cers and women, made it a sure market 
for the Indian and Europeait rarities 
which he confessed to have collected. 

With this plausible pretext, he took 
leave of his friends in Zante, consigning 
his house and few remaining stores to the 
care of a relation. 

14 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK. 279 

Eiribaiting With Cesarib^ whose impa- 
tient wishes the Urging wind would not 
second, liiey set sail for the island to 
which Sappho's death has given such sad 
celebrity. 

Hie navigation of the islands, and the 
dulness of the winds, made them very 
mon entirely dependent upon thdr oars; 
so that it was the middle of the third day 
when they came in sight of the high 
chalky shores of Santa Maura. 

The less inviting rocks of Ithaca, which 
they were then leaving behind, detained 
Cesario's thoughts a moment from the 
object of his greatest solicitude: he 
seemed to hear the sacred lyre of Homer 
sounding in the still morning air, match- 
ing with its lofty strains the glorious 
effects of the rising sun and the kindling 
heavens. But the stream bore them on; 
Ithaca receded; and four hoiu-s after- 
wards, Reuben's vessel was moored in the 
road of Santa Maura. 

Cesario had experienced many agitat- 



S80 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK. 

in^ moment^ during his life, but he re- 
membered none that exceeded the one id 
which he landed on that shore. Never 
before had he such a stake to throw for ! 
A re-union with Giovanni was .the only 
thing now wanting to make him the most 
favoured of mortals. 

He followed the steps of Reuben in 
silence ; who, as he led him towards the 
busiest quarter of the town of Santa 
Maura, pointed out, by significant looks, 
unaccompanied by words, the splendid 
seraglio or palace of the Basha. 

Its magnificent accompaniments of 
mosque and kiosk were mixed with the 
verdure of the cypress and the cedar; 
and the sound of music and laughter came 
from its extensive gardens. Marbles, por- 
phyries, and gildings glittered over the 
long-extending front of the palace itself j 
but the sight had no beauty in Cesario's 
eyes, for it was the prison of his friend. 

At the bazar Reuben encountered a 
:8ubordinate Turk whom he had known 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 281 

in the service of Mustapha, when they 
were in the Ottoman camp on Mount 
Sceberras. 

Seizing the happy chance, or rather 
providence of this encounter, he saluted 
Yusuf very humbly ; and immediately 
entering upon his long-practised.romance, 
of the severity and avarice of the Chris- 
tians in his own case, obtained both hear- 
ing. and credence. 

Cesario, who well knew his adroit com- 
panion's mode of reaching any point he 
aimed at, was prepared for what followed, 
the instant this harangue began; and 
consequently watched its progress with 
seeming indifterence, but real anxiety. 

Reuben gave Yusuf *s pithy description 
of his flight from Malta great attention; 
seasoning it with many gratifying excla- 
mations, , at all he had gone through dur- 
ing the siege ; (for human nature seems 
to love siqieriority, even in suflFering;^ 
and having, by this means, secured 
Yusur& favour, he ventured to state his 



f^: XHli KNIOIiT OF ST. JOHNi 

present view in touching at Santa Maiira^ 
which, he said, was to dispose of some ex- 
ceeding choice merchandise, with the 
profits of which he meant to purchase 
tfther goods to complete thd frei^tt (rf 
h?s vessel for the neutral pbrt of Trieste. 

If Yusuf had interest, therefore, to re* 
commend him to any oflScer about the 
Bashaws own person, so that his rarities 
might be shown in the seraglio, perhaps 
His Excellency might purchase them foi*' 
th^ ladies of his haram ; and in that case, 
Reuben's gratitude would not feil to tes- 
tify itself in a substantial form to his 
assisting friend. 

Yusiif swallowed the bait immediately; 
and, promising to speak to the Basha's 
hookha-bearer, whom he r^eserited as 
one high in favour from an extraordi- 
nary power of amusing his master, he 
instructed fieid)en in what quarter of Urn 
seraglio to enquire for him on the nk>r- 
i*ow, and took his leave, ' >- 

Cesario saw him depart with inexpres- 



TH3E KNIGHT OF .ST« JOliN* 9^5 

^ble disappointment ; having in vain 
waited to hear the name of Giovanni in* 
troduced: he now i-eproached Reuben 
with this culpable omisi^ion. Reuben 
46fended Mmself M^rell : he represented^ 
the necessity of extre toe caution ; urging/ 
tiiat had he made his entreaties to be ad- 
mitted with his goods into the palace^ 
aftCT having enquired about the prisoner 
of whose liberty Mustapha was so jealous^ 
suspicion might have been excited. 
: ♦^ If I hear the details ^e want to**^ 
morrow by chance/* he said, *'? it will 
he still better J but if I do not, Iwitt 
wind round my questions about twenty 
different persons, till I come, as if natu- 
Tftlly, to enquire what became of the 
Christian knight after the death of Morad 
Rais/* - 

Cesario yielded, Wth an ill^ griace, id 
tihe necessity of this caution. He fancied 
that when once he shoul4 know that 
GioMaiim lived, and was indeed iti Santa 



284 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN* 

Maura, his spirit would regain calmBess 
and strength for every future difficulty. ^ 

He forgot how jnuch more anxiety 
that circumstance must excite in him, by 
immediately opening to him a thousand 
new cares, for the success of the diflFerent 
stages of whatever plan he might adopt 
for his friend's release. : 

Reuben deemed it politic to remove 
Cesario as much as possible from obser- 
vation, lest his occasional fits of forget- 
fulness, by altering his demeanour, (as 
they had often done at Zante,) should 
excite notice, and stimulate enquiry. He 
therefore advised him to remain princi- 
pally on board their vessel, as if in charge 
of the cargo ; and to come only occa- 
sionally into the town, there to be in- 
structed iu its few details, — an ac- ' 
quaintance with the topography of the 
town, and indeed of the country r<Hind 
it, being absolutely requisite, in case any 
subsequent emergency shot^ ; roquire 
such knowledge from Cesario, 



THE KNIGHT OP Sr.JOflX. 999 

As he threw his eyes acrms the fotd^ 
able slip of sea, ^diich merelv cuts the 
island off the main land; and tliaioe 
glanced at the deep woods and momi- 
tainous ranges behind^ he imagined^ €o€ 
an instant, himself and Criovanni fording 
that narrow strait, and vanishing from 
pursuit amongst those pathless recesses* 
*^ O that it were come to that!'' throbbed 
his busy heart ; and he turned away, to 
pursue his observation of other means. 

Having accompanied his agitated com- 
panion in the circuit of the city, and se- 
cured to himself a lodging on shore, for 
.the greater facility of selling his goods 
and making purchases, Reuben saw Ce- 
sario into the boat, which was to recon- 
duct him to the ship, faithfully promising 
to bring him some satisfactory intelligence 
upon the morrow. 

The perturbed night which intervened 
between this period and that morrow 
was spent by Cesario in restless action. 
He walked tlxe deck that whole night. 



g86 THE KNIGHT OF SIV JO^ttfi:. 

alternately thinking of Ainadea ami of 
.Giovanni. / ; . 

So lately all confidence^ he i¥C|s now 
jail apprehension, — a tender heart i^ so 
variable in its hopes apd fear^ ! Evieiy 
li>last ^hich rushed down from the. 3te€}) 
shores, and swept the darlc stretch of 
ocean, shook his heiul also; on those 
viewless wings tlie fate of Amadea might 
be passing over him ! Then he turned bis 
eyes towards that part of the idand* 
where stood the seraglio of the Basha; 
and tracing, or fancying he traeed> its 
irregular outline above the shore, be said 
to himself, — ** I fancy Giovanni is there j 
and, perhaps, he lies mouldering in some 
TTurkish grave !** 

The idea was immediately foUowed by 
a train of desponding thoughts, which 
insensibly crowded on him one by one, 
till hope was excluded. 

^uben found him in the middle of 
the ensuing day, with all the marks of 
this wretched night upon his coun* 



THE KNIGIIT OF ST./OHlf. ^ 287. 

t^temce. The dd man conversed awhite 
with seetnitig earnestness amongst the 
few «afinera he found on the deck 
where Cesario was still walking ; then 
l^l^ly descending to the cabin, left the 
)atter to divine that he might follow. ^ 
Cesario was not an instant of (loing sd, 
When Reuben saw him enter, and ad^ 
:t»iice impatieiitly, he stepped behin4 
him and closed the door. *^ Be at peace, 
my son !** he whispered ; " your friend is 
alivp.** -r- ** And here !' • cried Cesario^ 
<* Yes, here, — rin the Basha's palace/* 
. Cesario fell upon the old man's^ neck : 
vfhm after some instant's indulgence <if 
his impetuous joy, he arose again, he sartir 
tears on Reuben^s cheek: his gratitude 
for this sym|>athy was as energetic in its 
expression as his transport ; but, hastily 
"interrupting himself, he demanded thfe 
particulars c^ Giovanni's situation^ 

Reuben's information had been ga, 
thered, partly by chance, and partly by 



S88 THE KNIGHT OF ST^JOHN. 

cautious enquiries. He was not admitted 
that day to the august presence of Oth- 
mantheBasha'shookha-bearer; he merely 
obtained the prospect of such an honour. 
Meanwhile, he made the most of his tiito 
with Yusuf, ¥410, in spite of Turkish ta- 
citumity, was to be courted into con- 
viersation. 

Oiovanni, he said, was at that moment 

in the eastern end of the palace ; he was 

placed in a deep dungeon, under the 

guard of sentinels relieved every second 

hour. 

The Basha, he added, had never yet 
treated the Christian with the severity he 
merited; contenting . himself with the 
pleasure of now and then yisittpg him, 
, and tantalizing him with hopes of. libera- 
tion, which the next day destroyed;-*- 
often, indeed, tormenting him with in- 
ventions of defeats and losses sustained 
by the Christian powers. Mustdpha es- 
pecially prided himself upon the success 
of one idea respecting the cause nearest 



1m priMMr'g lieart : he hadbMStod ikM. 
MAtsi had mt h^m idteired) that H 
«aa mm in Cke hands <^ the Gtaad 
Seignor, and that the Order of SL Jtekm 
wta ftherefoKe finaUgr exturpstei. 

No one eiidier daced or wished to oa» 
tsa^ct this story when to)d to one of 
the hated kn^ts; and Gioimioi,. then* 
fyt%^ was left in the paiafnl belief HoKt 

all-he loved and honoured was indeed 

* 

des^oyed 

How he bore this bitter ^onviotioD, 
Yusuf could not tell» nor did he care ; 
he only knew that, the Bas^ sorttpuhnisly 
£MUtttd his promise to hm ne|diewi of 
pseserMisiqg Giovanni in life, by allowing 
Iwn all its vulgar comforts of fbod and 
clothing ; but air he breathed only at 
ni^ on Ihe terntced roof of part of the 
seraglio, where a range of cj^resses, 
towwing firom^tiie oourtbciaWyji^btiouded 
him witii their tall heads frmn obser- 
vation*' 

Guards^ statioaied <m this terta^e 

VOL. in. o 



daring hii ^pvktk, imd guarcls' conducting 
•hitfi to and from hii3 dnngeonj rendered 
idi approach to him by that modcy com- 
pletely desperate. ^ 

Recreation he had none. Ndther 
books nor. writing implements: were 1 al- 
lowed hini i and he neverl > conviarsed 
^with human being,: except wlicai Mi^s- 
tapha. himsdfy or his jesting Tartar, 
commissioned tx> mock him,, came with 
invented tales of Turkish triumph oVar 
.Chrii^an valouiv 

' .What, then, were Giovanni's occupa- 
tions? To make acquaintance with the 
.sound of winds and waves ; to watch t£e 
blasts of the;£3rmer with an /ear nicely 
^ tuned by this habit to all their varie- 
-tiesi and, as he listened to. the roar 
vOT murmur of the latter, to image in 
rfancy the distant shores which those 
/waves had washed ; to think grate- 
ftilly, yet moumftilly, of the past ; md 
to turn his eyes in pious awe from ibe 
interdicted future.. 



rkEKmGBrjmn.Jcmm. tSU 



. Afterabckf innqxirtaillie* 
at' his f rimid bdog still ia lifie, Cctom 
found tha-e was no pemuuieiit donlkiiiiof 
that feding for him^ till he should hsfe 
{Placed Giovanni beyond the powerof socli 
oppressors. : He dierefor^ more eamctdy 
tibsui ever, besought Reuben to enter 
immediately upon thdr phm for bi^ 
friend's liberation ; to let no sli^t danger 
deter him in the rafnd prosecution of it; 
tior any. sum, within the large means of- 
fered for that purpose by the brethren of 
St. John, be deemed too immense. 

Reuben's feelings were now so much 
interested in this business, that his pm.- 
dence was less likely to throw obstacles 
in the way: he promised all Cesario 
asked j and^ soon returning to the city^ 
gave his whole thoughts to the interests 
of his preserver and his pi^eserver's friend* 

Cesario, thus unavoidably left to his 

own oppressive imaginations, ipissed the 

salutary labour of which he was oiPtien 

wearied in Zantc. Through the day he 

o 2 



9^ TSOL KmOIIT OF ST. JOHIT. 

t{i(vwBad tile dnrk of the veweU or 
vmky tried ta find oceiqpaticm for him« 
self in wmng singlj akmg the steep 
omit of Acamaniaj and at night he 
eame ta the town, where, after Bhort 
esMBaxetice with Reidien on his da% 
f Wgfess, he wtoidd ste^ to the precincti 
Af the sertj^io, and there wander round 
iibSkesc^^ 

** I<oiie, beaig^d w^tch, shut out from lodg^, 
Whose sad groans are answered by whistling 
winds." 

'• It Was now mid winter, and all the 
chain of Pindus on the opposite co»- 
tinent was topped with snow : the wind 
funded with peculiar hoUowness through 
the multitude of leafless woods which 
baxig upon the skirts of that vast range; 
and the waves, driven witih violence 
against the ^rocks of the coast, joined 
their monotonous and dismal roadngs to 
ihe continued ydling of the storms. 
Cesario^s mind insensibly toc^ the same 



TB£ KNIGHT OF 8T« JOmr. 9Q9 

tone witli &e melancholy music of dju 
ttipe J Md» m q>ite of all for wbiitjk htt 
had to be diaddul to a ^rackms Pcovi>^ 
ttfeiwe/ lie felt deiqpoiidmee iikrt: gnmii^^ 
ufMffiihim* 

Sometimes^ as he looked up to tiie 
h%li^ tow^r on whiofa hennas toid Ok^ 
\ilnm tock his miAdgfat waflt, and sa«^ 
the sparkling stitfs and tto de^Mot 
sk^ lining tkrotigh opening irti^etUSk 
bieiads of tli^^ ii^f{H»EMes^ his nie|radlud^ 
changed to momentary phrenzt;^ and Im 
fsras ready to MotAft inqpossihBilfltts^ and 
sdale that imjpenetvaUe bm^Af ibem^ub 
once to {wkitSi l^ ti»e udei^f h}fii^Q&; 

Wi» il: liot torture iM bdiirve, ttaa^ 
ifieikd wafidhg uneoniddiildy abdm himV 
f^Ha^ bdxsmig hiinself abaMroedUiof 
aHhelov^d^ iiidnle ki^ Ces£u^ i(4o i«^ 
adventuring erery thang £bt his 8ai)e,:ites 
(udy 4B^eehed froM fais siglit bymTfenk: 
firees, whidi a siti^e axe coiild at any 
foment level mth the gr^wid? 
o 3 



S9* THE XNIGHT of ST. JOHN. 

- But it vas not the momentaiy grati-r 
fieation of Ws own sensibility that Gesa-* 
410 had to seek; and he was bound to 
^em4n every impulse, which^ if iodulge^y 
might prove fatal to the succes3 of. thos€^ 
]^ans lipon which all his future happiness 
depended. He therefore denied him- 
si^> ^en.tlik melancholy, pleasure ^ of 
tvoadeinig n^r^the pdso^ of his friend^ 
MimMsreat he feit bk impatient or de- 
aponding feelings hecmmg too stroi^ 
for oontrdU 

I M^aB^lole^ Reuben fixrse^^alenmi^ 
days, viuted the palace of Mi£3ta{^a$ 
and^ thdugh never admitted to his pr^ 
Mtitte, / ofll^ed him m succeeHuoi^ tlnrougfa 
^ tlielmedium of Othman, all those bro- 
4wtes, and shawlsi and Europeati trinkets 
nhichihe Jiad ^olleete^ for that purpose. 
hk dwng this, he wilfuBy prolong^:; 
llieir liferent bar^nings, and diapli^ed 
much obstinacy in his . estimfdae 4>f the 
value of his .gWs : he did l*iis :R)r tfeft 



THE KNIGHT OF ST.JTOHN. $95 

sake of becoming niore intimate with tbe 
talkative Tartar; i , 

Bf dextrous use of these frequent op- 
portuhities, he was enabkfd ta ascertain 
the . character of the man, and happily 
found it one exa<^tly suited to his purposei 
a 'Dthman dcunbined extr^ne love of 
ornament with remarkable avidity fop 
m<Hiey ; and perhaps the last inclinatkm' 
is the natural fruit of the former: he 
wite good-tempered front insensibility^ 
credulous, and little disposed to calculate 
remote danger, when present gratific^on 
interposed. Great livelin^s, a talent at 
extempore -tale^tdling, and a ceUectiom 
of burlesque songs, which he sang wit^ 
a buffoonery i that marvellmisly delighted 
his master, made him, in truth,: a person 
of all the consequence he was said to 



By constant admission to tiie Ba&ha in 

his hours of /relaxation, Otbman had ac« 

^ii:ed a habit of famfliar : m^nriment 

before him, which by degrees enabled 

o 4 



^S& THE KNIGHT OF 8T. JOmC* 

Uitt to say and do tilings witii impuni^ 
that would have cost another his head. . 
• It was upon these qualities aad their 
effects, diat Reuben calculated feur tiie 
oomplefion of his scheme. Whenever he 
vinted tiie seiaglio» be took care to dis* 
play some peci^aily gaiKly article of 
dress before Othman, who was as sure 
to covet ity and bargain fw its possessiML 
At first) Reuben resisted all attempts to 
obtain it for a small sumv statin|^ his 
bwn reduced fortunes, and the certainty 
of selling every viduaUe oommodiiy £m 
its full worth ; th^i at last he would let 
it go J jocosely blaming Othman^s amining 
talents, (which, to say the truths were 
iiHlefati^ble in llie cause of his vanity,) 
and assuring him iimt he would be his 
p^ merdiant's ruin if he continued the 
same importunities and pleasantries ; he 
ndmquiidied first one costly aarticle, and 
kbeh another^ at half its marketable pries. 
By th» nuans Reuben c<mipletety in^ 
gtitiated faiopBi^witb the vain Tartar} 



THE KKIOHT OF ST. JOHK. ^7' 

and Homing theik- desultory conyersatioDSy. 
fooad occastons for freqiie&dy blaimi^ 
the lolly of the Basha in preferring i}» 
stetite gratification of shutting n^ a man 
botw^iii four stone-wdls, to the fruitful 



when he wad i prisdner at Midta^ he knew 
the Grand: Mairti^ offi£red» 

H^smn joimng bk Mme firdy celisltfe of 
bis master, Othman came at lei^th to the 
p^ut of wishing that Gio^almi's prisoti^ 
clo^ were in one of hi^ htods^ and ikt 
bug* of piastres in ibe ot&ei^ ** Td^pcai 
hotii/* wair his laugfai^ remark. 

<* And if there were anc^eic di>or to 
opeti,** Observed the wily Reuben, ^« Fd' 
folIiD^ y^mr example, protided you Woid^ 
give me part of the reward*^ YeiSj, ye% 
msy fHendi after all, money is the prime 
l^ngin^sworid/' And away ^if^ttbe 
Cfltttioiss israc^te to report tiieae £tvQ«K^ 
able s^Bs to Cesario. 

As he proceeded timtogb the townV lie 
stopped occasionally to hurry the ddivery 
tr5 



498 THE KNIGHT OP ST* JOHK. 

of certain commodities which he had oi!^: 
dered to complete the cargo of his veswl ; 
and which he professed himself enabled 
to purchase with the profits df his titeffic 
at the seraglio. / He was. anxious to have 
all his new property on board, so that m 
case he^ shmild be obliged to sail at an 
instant's warning from Santa Maura, he 
.might do so with as little loss as possible. 

On reaching the ship, Reuben found 
Cesarip agitated by joy and tendern^sa 
and pious^ gratitude. Nicdai, after land^ 
tng Tamar and her children at.Maganesi^ 
was then on board with accounts pf 
A^madea, whom he had. safely depo- 
sited in Malta, and with most liberal 
{)roofs.of the Grand Master's sense of his 
and Tamer's services. 

A letter;from La.Valette himself as- 
^sured Cesario that he. had placed the in- 
-teresting Amadea in the convent of Nuns 
Hospitallers, where.she would he treated 
^th all the aflfection and care of a sifter. 
: He Icongmtailated him upon the blesn- 



THE Kment of st« johk, S99 

k^. which seemed evidently bestowed on 
his pres^it enterprise^ by sO signal and un- 
e^qpected an event as that of discovering 
Hid succoming the sister of his frien(l. 

He next repeated, his anxiety for the 
tesuH of Cesario's }endeavoius to effc^^ 
<7iovanni's eficape, infonning him that 
eertain vessels were dispatched to scattei* 
themselves among the islands as he ili* 
rected, as if roamii^ about to intercut 
the Turkish traders. He then stated 
what rewards he liad bestowed on Tamar 
and Nicolai; and enclosed vouchers, 
under his hand and seal, by which the 
person- presenting them would be en- 
titled to receive the sum specified from 
the principal mercantile house in the neu« 
tral port of Trieste, as a recompense for 
liberating Giovanni. 

Reuben's deep sunken eyes sparkled 
on the mere reading of these promissory 
notes. "J don't think he can resist 
these!'* he exclaimed, thinking of Oth* 
man } and then he went on explainii^ to 
06 



§09 iMt KKI9H1P or BT* jonr. 

Gemio hk r«ttM>a8 Ibr betieviog^ they 
li^cmMI 900A «rri^te at thek* cfxpdcted §p)«L 
, Cesafu/is heitrt ^d ear was ai ote^ ia^ 
9tant ReubeiQ's ^ a»d tbe iiext^ Inb hciart 
Md oye were giren to tiie letter of 
Amadea. His inqpattence wouM xx)tpear# 
ii»t him to leave it unopened ; hM aAer 
mtmir^ over ita tender aiid gratifying 
Hne^, and convinced himsdf that she wad 
w^ and ail-devoted to him, be put it 
fiagtily into hn breast, and turned with 
a giowing cheek to discuss their nunre 
important interest 

He wae now decided fM instant niea* 
sures } and having convinced Im leer ^i* 
terprising companion^ that no greater be* 
nefit could be expected from defeiy, be 
intrustedi him with the papers signed by 
La Valette^ beseeching him to retism ai 
quickly as possible to ^e seragUo. 

Reubafi asserted, that if be were te 
seek Othman at an unusual hoilir, it migbt 
excite suspicion of there being too f^edA 
confidence between themj he therefOM 

'3 



m CKiGHT or ST« JOHR. sot 

dkdined going' tlien, defvoting the event- 
ing to the entertainmefit of htsdatighter^tf 
l^other-iiiJa^. 

Before mgh^ however^ be departed ; 
having "first seesi Nicolai on his retom to 
his islet-home. 

The Desi; day Reuben went on his mo- 
mentons errand. 'He smoothed the path 
fyi the jn^posid be had to make^ by 
granting to Otbman, at a very low pricey 
a piece of Genoa vdvet glaringly bro- 
caded with gold and foils, upon which 
the fodish Tartar had set his heart for a 
vest. He then prefaced his proposal by 
speaking of his relative Kicolai's secret 
trips to Sicily and other interdicted 
shores; aoid, finding that Othmaa ex- 
pressed no disappr£A>ation of contraband 
trade, he ^oke 6f bh relation as having 
touched at Malta^ and heard there hew 
moch More emxious the Order of ^t. John 
were for the recovery of their brother 
Giovanni Cigala* 

Again^ Reuben lamented that he and 



302 T9£ KNIGHT OF ST* JTOHV.* 

Othman were not the masters of Giovm^ 
ni's fate ; ^ £Uid fancying themselves so for 
a moment, and the knight given ia ex** 
change for a round ransom, he w^it on 
to describe the different use each would 
make of his separisite share, 
w ^Reuben's own ^objects of expenditure 
w^e not dazzling to youth or luxurious- 
ness; but those on which he imagined 
Othman's treasure lavished, were of a 
sort to inflame an effeminate passion for 
show and ornament. 
' When Reuben saw that his vivid pic- 
tures had raised Othman's desire for idl 
those gauds to its utmost height, he first 
hinted, and at length told him plainly, 
that they might realise, if they chose, the 
dream he had been relating* ' 

Othman lent a ready though startled 
ear to all he urged r he became^ serious. 
He could not but see that d^mger attest- 
ed this .tempting proposal ; yet the long- 
ing to possess a large sum' of money was 
irrepressible. R prompted him, after 



THE KNIGHT OF BT.JOWH. 303 

a littie demurring, to start a variety of 
possible plans for the release of Giovanni, 
though not one of them would stand the 
test of Reuben's cooler consideration. : 

Reuben indeed discerned, with ex- 
treme concern, from canvassing Othman's 
sdiemes, that none of them had a chance 
of success, without the actors in them 
were each as ready as Cesario to sacrifice 
their lives to save that of the prisoner, 
should it be placed in danger during 
their, attempt at his escape^ 
, With so much jealous care had the 
Basha provided against ssach an events 
that it was only after long consultation 
Othman struck out the following plan. 
: The eastern end of the seraglio looked 
directly upon the, sea, and the tower on 
the top of which Giovanni took his nightly 
^alk, was divided from the beach c^ly 
by^ the unfrequented court in which the 
cypresi^s grew, and a high wall beyond 
them. If Giovanni could descend from 
that to:«rer, and scale that^wajl, he might 



either be recehred in a boat^ ^mt ibrdb t3^e 
strait into AcarmUria. 

Othmim thought it possible to win ovet 
one of the guards, ah Alfa^iii^ Oiristiait^ 
who, by reason of his powisrful stfength, 
was appohtted to walk by die i^de of the 
prisoner, and seize him should be atten^t 
to throw himself headbng in deqpair* 

Four other guards were d#ays stai^ 
tioned on the platform during the houj^ 
allotted for Giovannf s walk j but as t^y 
varied every flight, Othmafei could not 
insure them by odier means than mixing 
a speedy opiate with their coflfee and t&k 
bacco, previous to their going oti this 
partmdar duty. 

A lu^bt mi^ be sefected diak enough 
to shroud their measures entirdy; so 
that while these stupefed guards were 
slumbering at one end of the platform^ 
Giovanni and the Alt^nian might de* 
scend by a rope-ladder j one end of 'wfeieb 
the latter eould eaisHy fkMen to the iron 
spikes of the to^r, white th# other eould 



rem kkight of st. ions, dGi^L 

be held by Odimmi luiBsdf iu t^ cOurt, 
below. The same ladxlet would help 
them over the wall to the sea, where it 
wcrnM be Reuben's business to provide 
fyr the security c£ the Albanian and the 
kh^ht. 

This scheme involved so nmcfa dai^er 
to Othman and the Albanian, tiiat the 
folrmer insisted upon the previous secu<< 
rity of some solid gdld. Reuben declared 
lie could only offisr the written bondd of 
the Grand Master,, which he shmild con- 
sider as good as money, and receive ac* 
cordingly. 

Othman said he was not of such easy 
faith ; especially since his neck would be 
at stake. He examined the vouchers ^ 
tJiey might, or they might not be the 
hand-writing of the Grand Master, he 
thought: some inferior person might 
have written them to deceive IBcolai 
and gull Giovanni*^ guardd ixttn giving 
him up.. When presented at Trieste 
theylflnght turn dut good for notiii^. 



308 THE KKIGHT OF ST» JOHN; 

man's cupidity in a blaze ; Sic^ diat, imt^ 
6f produdng the efilbct mtended, it Axed 
htm in the determinatioti c^ refusing to 
accept the bonds a$ payment fbr hid in-* 
tended service ; alleging, that the veiy 
act <^ obtainii^ their payment might 
render him suiq^ted, and put his Ufe in 
danger. 

Cessuio was scarcely master of Mmsetf 
at this second check. «♦ What is; it he 
wants f' he exclaimed pusi^ionately* ^— 
*« Can be ptt^nise me Giovanni's li- 
berty?-— let him insid^mfetliat, aodhe 
may take even this precious jewd.'* 

" This precious jewel, indeed t** re- 
peated Reuben, thinkiiig scdeljr (^ tiie 
intrini^c value of the stcme, and plaicbig 
it in every point of l^ht to scmtkiize 
its matchless perfisction : *^ trtdy it b a 
ransom fc^ an emperor ! It teoubt go 
hwd with me, before I would part wi& 
such a stone/' 

^* I would not part with it to save my 
own 'life, Ic^tdl you, Reuben^'* re% 



pUed Cesario^ xunting a watry glance lut 
thexing^ " f(M: it was my fath^'s; bot 
I'd ^¥6 it^ and Hfe too^ to i^deem my 
feiend/' 

He dien entered afresh upon the coiif- 
versation which had passed between ihe 
Jew and the Tartar on this eventful 
cii^umstance ; impressing upon the mind 
of the fpimer, the £ict, that» tihpugh he 
woidd not lightly resign this treasure^ he 
would cheerfully give the diamond in 
Ueu of other reward, provided Othman 
actually compassed the esfcape of Gio- 
vanni. 

Reuben undertook this newn^ocia* 
tion very unif^ilHngly ; bat he did un- 
dertake it 'y not quite sure whether the 
rattling, talkative Tartar w^re not his 
equal in the talent of driving a bargain. ^ 

Reuben's return to the seraglio was, 
however, in an evilliour. Every thibig 
d&efe vfSiB in flames. News had juat 
arrived £n»n Qonstanliiiople,. of One me^ 
morable blowing up of the Turkish 



810 TflE KNIOHT Of ST, JOI¥Kr« 

krsenisd Uy some undiscovered incendiary^ 
Public^ fame gave the detestable action to 
the Grand Master of Malta, hi revenge 
for the injuries his island had sustained 
during the siege; and the Basha, mad- 
dened by the additional retnrbaches ' whioh 
this drew on him from the Sultan for his 
failure, iiow breathed the deadliest venge- 
ance against every Christian knight. 

• He ordered Giovanni Cigala to be 
brought immediately before him ; - and 
having reviled him with every oj^robrious 
name befitting a coward tyrant to be^x>w 
upon a brave man in bonds, he asisured 
him that he now thought himself acquit- 
ted of his oath to his nephew, smd that 
he should therefore iastdxidy glut him- 
self With the sight of his ag<Hiies^ on the 
hook. 

" That dreadful d«ith V* exclaimedReu- 
be&, who had too often seen the victims 
lof Turkish barbarity perishing <m hodk^ 
•while fiends in human shape tore i^theijr 



.TBE KNIGHT OF iST. JOiJ(K. ^H 

j^iesh with biiniiiig pi&cers. '> Aad ^hs^ 
said the prisox^r?" 

' " Nothing V* rejdied Othman^ with a 
thoughtless laugh; *< there he stood \¥ith 
a face as serene as yon sky: neither 
moying muade nor uttering a word, and 
not (Hie sentence woidd he utjter for all 
^he great Mustapha's threatenings; so hfi 
was ordered off, like a dog as heJs, to 
-the condemiied holeV and to-morrow, at 
noon, he is to fae tossed upon llie hoo^ 
in full assembly of all good Mussulmei?^" 
Reuben'is yellow skip .turned almost 
green at this frightful intelligence ; he 
no longer thought of preserving the dia- 
mond fi[>r Cesario, but with all the ear- 
nestness of sincere concern and compas- 
. sionate alarm, began to pen^a^e Othmap 
to interfere. 

, For the first tinxe in his lUfe, Beuhen 
"feond it difficult to conceal his real mo- 
tives under the masic of cdd calculating 
^self-interest '; btit he tried to do soj 
^nd Qthm^, either easily blinded, or 



91M THE KUnOHT OF 8T» J^ 

not anxious 4;o mvoaitigBAe any timg 
closely, from which hems to tdapad- 
vaitti^e^ raflferedhimself to he pMvailed 
en.- • > 

'R^ttb^n oottfessad that the precious 
diamond came froman loMDediate sfgut 
of the Grand Master^s, Iton in theida»d» 
who wouhl willingly take any pmsorad 
risk) however £3arftil, uponhimself) if Ji>y 
that means he could be put in a way of 
releftsing the kn^lit: but &at, mean- 
while, if Othman could suqpead the exe- 
cution of 6iovaimi/^e ring sbooid be 
his instant reward* 

OUiman^s bead4ike eyes almost emitted 
yimbte rays at this assurance. ^ Go your 
ways then/' he said) ^* be under the old 
locust-tree ^y jthe^ nsiin to^nigbt, just 
before mocm-rise, and I'll bring j/ou news 
of my speeding ; I^ will iiie diamond, 
if possible ; but my bndn and my throat 
must work welt for if 

<^ Blessed Al)ii^am>!^' tiumght ftee- 
beii, as he stole out o^ thetSeragHo, "to 



THfi KNIGHT OV^ST. JOWH^ 31$ 

tiw^ a good ipim'fi life, should d^eiidL 
ufpfiSL ribt^d mmgf or monatamn tale i'^ 
a^ i^Jfi^. th^ Othmn's. tale^ anft 
success might this day. transcend thMiki 
M4ve9f he vtmt. dmowfiilly and deqkmd* 

The 9g(H^ . which . i&Uowed Cesario^S' 
knowledge of his friend's immediate dan^ 
ger mopkd 1 die^cription : . peiiiBCt despair 
seized hm*, Reubea could with diffieidtjr 
pq^vf^t his firantic biuiste ftook h^mg dis-^ 
tiiK^Uy^iwdiblje tothoseonileek: heus^ 
every argument to comfort and to instil 
hopQ^ the stormy elemcfnts were not 
de^sr. thiin..Ceflai» to such nitpotcint 
refi^OdingB. The * wjoetehed yomig msa 
sjtermitely upbraided Reuben for having' 
destrajredhos^end byr unnecassitty cau<- 
tkxn^ and then, besought his pardcm for 
s(ioh unreaaonafole aad ungratefid re- 



. Alter having neafly exhausted himseU*'' 
by tl^ extcaoragance <^ his deq>ah*y h&^ 
said in a determined voice, " I must see 

VOL* IH. P 



this Otfbnian^ — * and this very nighty Retr^ 
b0n : .mj friend's life hmogs on it. Yoif 
shiJl takpd me with yoii, ivheW yoagive 
htm the meeting at the ruin/' 
*f f*. But Consider/* rettuked the Jew, 
^ our secret : I have hitherto passed you 
off lEis one of oursdvi^/a Jew ; not at all 

concerned in '* - 

•, " No matter ! : I take all the risk. I 
will avow myself Griovanni's fixed friend, 
bthman shall have the diamond^ — twentj. 
such, ;,if I possessed them, if he will save 
my fWend.*' : 

vCesario's impetuous feelings could no 
longer bear ccmtradiction , and Keubeui^ 
silently deterinining to prepare every 
thing for their instant flight from the 
island, foreseeing the necessity for it, 
yielded to his wish ; and promised, that 
aft?r leaving first conversed with Othman, 
and smoothed the way for the . appear- 
ance of a third in their hazardous con- 
fidence, to allow of his introduction.. 



( 91S ) 



, > 



CHAPTER XIV. 



Xhe moon had not risen when Cesario 

and Reuben got into the little boat, which- 

oldy the laftter was to row to shore. Not 

even a single star lighted their sullen 

track across the waves. The iiight was 

gloomy- and tempestuous; but Cesario 

on this occasion forgot Reuben's danger, 

afod^^t no period ever calculated his owni 

Reuben was less hardy; but hiei ven- 

t^ired not complaint: he only looked 

wistfully now and then towards the line 

of rocks "which they were approaching, 

and which the light of their shaded torch - 

showsed in all their blackness. 

/Cesario, however, , steered the boat 

stfeily into a narrow creek, where the old 

man disembarked with air the haste iii 

p 2 



316 THE KNIGHT O^ ST. JOHN. 

his powOT ; aiidy taking the torch, pro- 
ceeded to the locust-tree. 

As Cesario sat in the boat, he per- 
ceived a figure cowering under the drop* 
ping branches of thp ivy, wiih which the 
ruin was overgrown. When Reuben 
stopped b^ore the locust-tree, a few paces 
aS^ this person caixie^ forth from the <Ai 
gateway and joined him«, 

The violent gesticulations of this perrr 
son showed ^that he was jconver^ng wijth 
great vehemeoce y but ReYbea stood sQ; 
stiy, and seemed to t33fj^ so smal} a shoxi^ 
in the dif^ogue^i tl;iat Cesario bdievod 
all was over, imd Reuben, stupefied with: 
horror. 

Unable to endure th^; intolerable susr> 
pense of such a moment, he wfts ha;9tily 
securing his boat with the intenticdi of 
joining them at all risk$;, when I^eubcoi 
gave the signal agreed on, of sha,kiiig tbe. 
torch above his head} and Cesar^ thki, 
merely staying to fasten the last nqos? of 
the rope by.whicU ^h^ moq^ed^^lU^ Jit^; 



THE K!fIGHT OF ST. JCmf. Sl7 

vessel^ rushed through dfe da^kne^s to 
the eventful rendezvous* 

As he sprang over the l<yw remains (rf 
an intervening wail, atnd alighted beside 
Reuben, the ^re of the torch fell 
equally upon his own ^d coitntentoct 
arid upon that of Othman: he gaized 
eageriy at the latter, attem|>ting to ask 
if Giovanni yet lived j but his lips were 
palsied, and he could only seize the Tar- 
tar's arm with a convidsive grasp* 

** The knight lives — Othman pro- 
mises '' Reuben's kind addi^ss was 

broken off by seeing Cte$£iri<r first fiusfr 
vividly, then turn deadly pale^ abd stiver 
back. 

The old man ran to him ; but Cesario, 
waving him off with oile hand, while wifli 
the other he tightly pressed his he^ 
tottered under the shade of the ruin, and 
Itoew himself dowri tipon one of the 
firaghvmts. 

The joy was too much for him ; arid 
though a smiie, alnnoist divine, shone On 
p 3 



818 THE KNIGHT OF ST. Jroiw. 

his ; count^paii<:e, it seemed as iffte 
agony of death was on him, and his hearts 
springs cracking* . 

r Reuben, checked the steps of Othman 
for, a few moments, then went with him 
ixitotheruiq. ' ' 

. i They found Cesario. still seated oniihe 
broken stone, completely unnerved by 
so sudden a transition, from; despak to 
Iiope. 

" You will swe^ to me that he lives,*' 
he cried, addressiiig XXhman, " you t/rill 
promise to aid in his escape by all the 
means in yonr power?** and as. he spoke, 
he laid his hand upon the : diamond Oth- 
man coveted. " I swear it by Alia !** 
replied the pih^X% .advancing, eagerly 
toward? the wearer of tihat precious ring. 

Reuben then Jiastened with all the 
quickness h^ habitual caution wmild 
allo^w, , to explain by what means Ac 
Tartar had procured Giovanni*s reprieve- 
from'death. 

Thie means were briefly these* 



tliE KKIGHT OF ST. JOHK. 'SlQ 

i' Tery soon after Reiiben had quitted 
the seraglio that morning, Othman was 
summoned to soothe his master's fury 
by the exercise of his amusing powers: 
in this he had succeeded so well,^ that 
when the Basha condescended to talk 
with him' of his savage pleasure for the 
morrow, Otiimail noticed the apathy with 
which the Christian had heai'd his sen* 
tence; and from that circumstance as- 
serted, that death was considered rather 
a blessing than a punishment by him. •* 
' He advised, therefore, in a half jesting 
wayjthat the proud hero (rfSt^ John should 
be degraded to the lowest tasks of a 
slave ; and, that aft^r having thus gone ' 
through every suffering and indignity, he 
might . at last be gratified with some* 
dreadful and public^ death. ' c . 

^ This idea met with instant approbation : 
Mhstapha pronounced it exquisite ; and 
the prisoner was then ordered to be led 
out the next morning, not to execution, 
r 4 ' ' ' ' 



but to llie dismal banks of a TufKisb 
fpAey. 

The scheme for Gii^viuim's Bsei^ was 
therefore to be entirely new modelled } 
and Othman meet willingly left it aolely^ 
^ the inV'eniion of Cesario. 

I^eaving Reuben and the Tartar to 
their silent ruminations, Cesario buried 
his face in hid hands, while racking bis 
jmnd with a thousand impracticatnle 
"^sch^nes: at length he struck out cme 
whiQh^emedpea&ilde, though extremely 
hazmrdous ; but it was the only one he 
could iflMgifie; and ias^a foriom hope 
tiedetml^d it to his two compamans. 

'Othman was/ td procure him employ** 
ment in the ^same ^^y with Giovanni 
the ^ first time it went off shore, and to 
give him such previous i^tice idf its 
^estjined ooorae^ ^ that he • nof^ provide 
m^^^s Ibr their secure retreat eithdr by 
detf orland. 

By QonceaHc^^a strong iiatehet under 
his clothes, Cesario felt certain that he 



eoidd^ at the criticml foment, sieviei: the 
ckain wMeh iivrays &8te»i 1^ right Jiritf 
of the galley-dave t» his oar, and tb the 
iMk /to teat from whibh he tw^s. If 
tiiis were aicfaievid at idusk^ the obfiCU-» 
rity, the confusion^ aiid the kiOfl^cit^ 
c^thei flfueroondihg slaves, all fbtlercsi')]^ 
flmr : di^s, i¥Oald ic^^tiide in . their fa- 
vour, ^abd ijiey could dsm s^nring into 
tdKe sea, and either 'gain itbe woods ei 
Acaraaiiia, by fording the strait, or be 
taken up by Nieolai in fa^ boat, atad car<J 
ried ottt to sea. 

Gesario thought of the Mdteese ci^^ 
now wfthjn his cbH ; and tite more he 
exaiim»d his hew i^roject^ coupled ^th 
their assistance, the less ^ad be doubt ha 
wcdess I but he did not inentidn this last 
ground of hope to the Miii^ulman* 

Othman deemed that' ^art €£ tite i^am 
Awjiioh WAS imparted to him,ieil8iUe j and 
he eiaiered the more wiUii^ty into it, be- 
cause his own apparent share in the me* 
d&tMxid escape, ^nd htiw itrmightr was 
p S 



Sa THB KNIGHT OF ST. JOHK. 

not liktdy to be . dificovered i and cer- 
tainly included no personal risk to him- 
self during its performance. V 
j . He , secretly thought, that both Gio- 
vanni. and 1^ brother knight^ (for such 
he believed (Cesario to be») would bet cut 
j>eice*meal. by the Turkish guard in < the 
g^ey..; But that. was. not hisai&ir^and 
promising immediate activity in the bu»- 
toess, he enquired whether the possession 
of the diamond were to depend upon this 
meditated rescue; if it were, he jocosely 
observed to the agent of Malta^ that he 
certainly should not swim after him;to 
ob^tain it j and. that . consequently, if it 
¥^ere net made his beforehand, the whole 
matter must stop short/ - 
r Witiu>ut uttering a word, Cesario drew 
the ring from his finger, and giving it one 
eartif^st i kiss,: a kite as expressive of gira- 
titude as of regret, held; it out to-Oth- 
man^* He waited to see itvglitterjiig on 
the Tartar's finger, then turned ' away, 
his hqart quite full of the dear conviction 



THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 323 

that Ais only treasure, not the funds of 
the Order, had bought the life- of his 
friend. • ; 

• Reuben lingered many minutes behind, 
to exhort Othman not to allow his vanity 
to overmaster his discretion ; assuring 
him, that if he ever suffered that extra- 
ordinary stone to glitter in the eyes of 
the Basha, their ruin was certain. ' 

Othman promised this very faithfully ; 
but the transport of admiration with 
which , he regarded it, and the extra- 
vagancies of speech and action into which 
this admiration hurried him, made poor 
Reuben quake for the event. < . 

" I thought how it would be,'* he 
muttered to himselfji as he stumbled after 
Cesario to their boat ; " I thought hoW^ 
it would be, the moment Signor Adimari 
insisted upon negociating with , Othman 
himself/* > 

With the' dawn of the next day, Ce- 
sario was again in the boat, proceeding 
to Meganesi. It was no longer possible 
p 6 



'f49r bim to tnist to the alow 4igeiic7 <€f 
Jteuben, or to ci^kidate oi^ iitk'«C daib- 
ger to himself by the failure of those ke 
iBust'Oiideayofir to gaia over^ Jyapur- 
p^fse* ^0;(MpyDi?3 precioii^ 1^4h^ <^ 
the wng of ^veiy fi^oog iaitaQ^ aad 4$ 
behoved CeBario, theri^oji^ tp dire ^e 
most imminent peril for hk smmediRte 
rescue. 

. Regardless of Ruben's piHtUc^stfuck 
efBtreaties for con^dei^tioBi he rowed 
direct to MJeganesi ; then ^sieekipg, and 
fiddiQgout the sbdtered hovel of Nicohuy 
invited him to a private confercMftce^ 

Boldly, and without pre&ce^ he told 
hkn thf work in hand ; feeUi^ himself 
warranted in this hardy es^rimant by 
that mixture of thoughtless coQjtQOipt <9f 
public law, and that scrupulous honour 
inrke^ping viduntary engagements/ which 
Amadea had described as markiBg the 
smuggler's conduct during their short 
voyage. 

Kieolai did not disappoint Gesario: 

%2 



)ii^ ac^ve spii!it-d€fl%hted tt-diiBger j and 
tJie gratifying . thoi^ht of having such 
noble partakers in illicit adveiitute, (be 
£Mfgpt what €M|^«t motives saoetiAed^ 
ee6»io-& forwd ^t^ptiaos,) /was pw* 
haps on^'iBeilclmeiit to fihare^the ^k* 
tc^rise. 

He plo^d t»»ii^i tQr%e;mrjreadiiffi8ii 
with bis boat fer ai^ :^a*i<» land atabjr 
time Gew^io woirt4 ^:^4p*c; wbI de- 
scribkig some ia?eret g^crktoea, botti iff. 
land s^]|d on the-0oast ^ tber^triut^ ^e 
^eited, that if Ceterio and his &iind 
would- e€Q£^ntvto lie there coeeealed^ be 
would anaw^ffor seiorQting llmB as ihxig 
as their safety required. Mea^whilie, he 
did not hesitate ^oembaHs: immedrntely 
in search of Ij^e ^MMtese erdisers* 

;C€»E»uio now H«6rasted him witib a let^ 
ter, requestiiBgwhateveir cruiser Nicolai 
m^ht fiMencottnteri taadvance specdfly, 
in comi^aiice ynth the Grrand dMcBter's 
instriictiwis, ^nd be within reach of fur- 
ther call : he t^en proffered him« gold, but 



3g6 THE KNIGHT OP ST. JOHK. 

Nicolai rejected it wilii some pride, and, 
throwing himself into his little baric, 
pushed off to sea. 

. Cesario lingered a few moments aiter 
him, to converse with Tamar upon the 
object of his tenderest thoughts. Tstmar 
spoke with astonishment and respect of 
the honours she had seen rendered in 
Malta to the Zeila of Zante : but when 
she described that Zeila*« soothing con- 
cern for the suffering children, who had 
never before known'the motion of a ship, 
and the terrors of the sea, the mother'iJ 
grateful heart lost sight of arbitrary dis- 
tinctions, and poured forth a full tide of 
familiar af^tion. 

She was now sufficiently instructed in 
Amadea's and Cesario's real condition to 
give a shrewd guess at the nature of their 
syihpathy ; and she ventured, therdFore, 
with a little of her father's adroitness, to 
mix up so many touching proofs of Ama- 
dea's constant jmd fond* recollection of 
her absent lover, that Cesario, scarcely 



THE KNIGHT W S/T. JOHN. 327 

knowing what it wias that> made him so 
happy, left Meganesi as if he could tread 
on air.. . ^* ^ ^ 

Othman was not slow of pwrforming 
his promise: in a few days afterwards^ 
he sent Renben to inform Cesdrio^ that 
^wo Maltese galleys having appeared in 
those seas> and one of thehi having al- 
ready made prize of a rich mer<^hant-ship^ 
be had persuaded the Basha to attempt 
taking the successful enemy. 
^ In consequence of this advice, Mus- 
tapfaa had cu'dered the Sultana (his largest 
galley) to be immeiiiately got r^ady for 
sea ; and as she Was but lately come round 
from Constantinople, and in excellent 
coiiditioh, there was not a doiribt of her 
being able to get oftt of pbrt in a very 
few days. * - 

i If Cesario thought this gjdley, Othn^an 
said, a jSt ground for- the eventful scene 
they had to play, as Griovanhi would cer* 
tainly be placed in her, Othman could 



398 tmrKmowT im-n^^oaxi 

em\y oh/Uia ao ostM^iUe situatum fer 

s fri^d in the stune veBsel. 

Cestrio's answer was prompt and de^ 
eidw ibr iitetantly 8etsin|p this finst op- 
pdrtonity: he tiieii exhorted Reuben id 
prcfyide fox his nfWn. safety imrttedtately, 
by fiiaiUi^ with ti^ first £iirwi»d ;l(tevti^ 
faloi, (as if they Jiad parted ki an iU-^ 
hoiDikOiiri) ^sppsiebAj to sedc bdier eai*> 
ployment, or the mtaAs of retnnkii^ to 
his home. 

Evident neceteity would then afford a 
pka fioir his afterwards acc^Milg a sidi-^ 
ordinate stetion mi -^boaid the ^gattey of 
the Basha. 

Reuben was not easily induced ta 
i^MMndon Cetario to bis fate; bilrt; the 
other used sttch earnest entreilties and 
solid arguments in support of his anxi<ȣ^ 
wis^ ^lat Uhe old nian Was at length 
j^revailed on to ^vea reluctant it^ons^iit^ 
When he did so^ he half detenhmed to 
yi^ assent to another of Cesarid's pro- 
posalsy which was^ that he would finally 



THE KinOHT OF ST. JdftK. 3S9 

renounce Turkish Greece, and, drawing 
round him his daughter and ber family, 
jointly pursue tiieir habits of iiidurtry 
under the protection of their Italian 
firiends. 

Some tears were shed on both sides 
when they parted ; and im3 Cesario, from 
the carerned hut of Nicolai, took his 
farewell look of Reub^s departing ves« 
sel, (which was going straight to Malta^ 
charged with .all that love and gratitude 
could address to Amadea and La Va- 
lette,) his blood thrilled at the awful crisis 
to which he had himself arrived. 

His life, and that far dearer to him, 
the life of Oiovanni, lay now between 
the faith of a desperate smuggler aad the 
unprincipled flatterer of a tyraikt. What 
crumbling piSars to test on ! Yet, if the 
hand of Heaven held thein up, tib^biigh 
his task had beea ta pile mountains upon 
ocean, even they w<Add iM>t have fmled 
him. 

Ott the very Bey of fte«*^^d departtire, 



330 THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN. 

Cesario, by previotis agreement with 
Othman, appeared at the landing-place of 
the beach of Santa Maura; addressing 
him9elf, asjf by chance, to Othirian, 
who, as if by chance, was then in Com- 
paoy with the head-carpenter of the 
Baaha. 

. Having listened to Gesarib's very brief 
acx^ount of his desertion by a master who 
had no looger need of him ; and having 
quesitioned him on his share in re-fitting 
Reuben's vessel; Othman, iil his. own 
language, coogiiatuhited the carpenter on 
the wonderful Itick of, this rencontre, 
urging Mtoi to take advantage of the 
youpig Jew^s. necessity, - and make a good 
bfUr^un with him : as he could a^ure 
Mes^noul (so the carpenter was called), 
thsit from what he: had heard Reuben say,* 
during his traffic with him, of the.young 
fdlow^s cleverness and industry, he was a* 
prize worth catching* 

Meshnoul was as stupid and sordid as 
Otbanaii could desire ; and seeing no ob- 



THE KNIGHT OP ST* JOHN. SSl 

ject whatever but gwn, he struck an in- 
stant bargain with Cesario« 
^ , Othnmn had now done his part, secretly 
glad to get lid of a person who paight, if' 
discontented with his attempts at serving 
him, discover the secret of his infidelity 
to his mastery and» turning his bugle eyes 
on CesariQ, with a glance whif^ meant, 
perhaps, to say as much,, and^hkh ex* 
cited alarm by ite expression of sdfish 
exultation, he retrod las steps to the 
seraglio. ,^ rj 

<< I am in the Rubicon Q0w,>aBd,tbare 
is no receding !*' exclaimed .Cesario in- 
wardly, as he followed his new master ; 
** but at least I shall sh^re the fateof.my 
£riend, be that what it; may; and Amor 
dea is safe!" : . . 

A sigh, followed the ^tender image of 
)i^3r he loved, while his softened hieart 
imagined all she must sufier, if it were 
not in the decrees of Providence that 
they should ever njeet again. 

Only they whose fat^s are cast among 



99i THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOHN* 

the storms of life can completely under- 
stand the feelings of Cfesario. Astonish- 
ing rieverlses and preservations ; old friend- 
ghips varnishing under their weight, and 
new ones solicitously running to their sup- 
port j a variety of checks and of mercies, 
keep their souls in a continual sense of 
Ibdr ovm dependence and of their Crea- 
<or*s authority. These are the charac- 
ters which feel, in the fullest tide of 
youdiful^ spirits, when elated by lur- 
expected joy, an awe and a gratitude im- 
possible to be comprehended 1)y those 
whose fortunate youth has passed without 
vicis^tude. , 

Thus Cesario, young, animated, inl 
4i<e{nd, resottite to dare aD and to do all 
for laudable objects, still felt even those 
powers aDd that resdution ste- nothing, 
without the sanction of Almighty Prt>- 
videkite. His heart, therefore, gradu«- 
jily turned ffom etttth to heaveti, im- 
ploring a bledsiAg and receiving the in« 
l^«tt(m itfvhope. 



TH3?, jKNIGHT OF ST. JOHV* 393 

On re^hing the Sultana he ibuod her^ . 
a«^OtbiBaahaclcle3cribed» nearly re^df 
for sea. M/ost of her people w^ on 
shore, but some inferior cheers had got 
onboard iippatient £br the dsattceofa 

piWi 
. M^shnqid went lazily to wofk, and set 
Cesado his taskt Cesanogave hbaml 
to, his hiipilile eBaployoMiit ; sxtA ad^ 
yancedt therefore, so rapidly, that the 
carpenter did indeed believe he had got 
a prize in hiiii. The officers were pleased 
with an. activity which secfonded their 
wishes; so that Cesario ventured. evea 
to speed his sipwer master by vdunteer^ ^ 
ing a variety of useful assistances, all 
tending to accelerate the comfdetion of 
the. Sultana. 

On the fourth morning the vessel was 
pronounced perfectf and the slaves iqpu 
pj[npted tQ row in her were ^en brought f 
to take their seatacMt^ her hanks. 

A^.the g^Uey lay at the usual place of 
a|QKJiorage,r far bie^lpw^the tc^^ thte sli^ves . 



33* THi KNIGHT OP ST. J6HN. 

were necesssudly brought to her in boats. 
While these were approaching, Cesario 
stood on the deck of the Sultana watch- 
ing their progress. 

: All the gBltey-slaves were sfTip|)ed to. 
the waist, as is customary, and their 
heads uncovered. Many of them were 
Turidsh orOredk malefactors, and others 
captured enemies, who had totted so long 
at the oar as to be scarcely distinguish- 
able from their infidel companions. 

Amongst these swarthy and withered 
figures, the yet unwasted and spotless 
body of Giovanni shone like some sculp- 
tured Grecian ' deity in the midst of 
Egyptian idols. 

Cesario, Mdth mournful admiration, 
recognised his friend in that glorious 
form ; but* as the boats drew nearer, and 
showed him that noble breast covered 
with the scars of wounds, a crowd of af- . 
feeling ideas rushed into his mind. 

On those immortalising scars he fixed 
his gushing eyes; he stretched out his 



TliB KKIOUT OP ST. JOHN. 335 

sirms, while his whole heart seemed well- 
ing towards his friend in a thousand 
Streams. 

Some inarticulate sounds escaped him y 
but feelhig that in another instant he 
should lose all self-command, he fled 
from the deck, nor returned; to it till 
each boat had reached the Sultana, and 
deposited its wretched cargo. 
' The wild tumult of soul which suc- 
ceeded in Cesario to those few moments 
of softness is indescribable. The heavy 
sound of the slaves' feet above his head, 
the horrid clank of their chains, the 
threatening voices and echoing whips of 
their inhuman masters, the half-uttered 
groans of some of the slaves, and the 
deep-drawn sighs of others, (sighs, now 
as habitual as their breathings,) roused all 
that was man in his soul. 

" O, not for thee alone, my Giovanni, ** 
he exclaimed, feeling every sigh and 
groan that reached him enter his very 



336 THE KNIGHT OF ST.JOHH. 

beart» and trying, to shut them out hy 
burying his head in his hands. 

Nothing but the hope of successfully 
contending, hereafter, for the liberatk)n 
x)f these unhappy men could have enabled 
him to control his ttansport of virtuous 
fiiry now; that thought csdmed him; 
and, assured that humanity as well' as 
friendship would ner^e his arm, should 
Heaven grant him the opportunity he 
prayed for, he waited till he believed'tbe. 
slaves settled in their places, and tihen he^ 
slowly ascended to. the deck. 

Cesapo stbod at a distance, while his 
eager and almost trembling eyes ran over 
th^dairk files of wretches ; they rested on. 
the;face.of his friend r-^tihat face so be- 
loved! that face s(^ sanctified by a thou* 
sand touching and solemn recollections 

He expected to have found it changed; 
but it was the, same. A soul, serene in 
con&iciiHigvifttie and Christian submission,; 
sfaonie i&: thut. noble countenance, pre- 



TWS KNIGHT or «Ta IOBXm 899 

tecvJQgits^jp^ukhi its cloarndfia^itsjbisi^it^ 

-. 79 litie iriyelted igaee of ^^eBarto, it 
jBtMmed as if no mortal doud j[iad Ammed 
tbat iieavenly Ught, since he had Beenit 
$bimi^ firoHi Gaoyaunifflj ^s ia jthe 
chioirdi iof JSl. Joba. T^e .same jsxpDen^ 
mimy.ti^e ;aame light, wese dsiifll ia those 
nintiiy; eyjosi hut as tbeopr alowfy ±ui;tted 
£rom tlie^eaveii on idbich iiiefy ihaddBist 
dresle4r ito iran^r <i»»r. ^e .imsetafal^ 
beings aiouod, Cesarlo (garw? tfa^mi ffm- 
4uaUyfi]yiTWtth)teai64 . ; ^ . 

Hiftoi^viijwer^ ready to ^nsh ^ut Jtttli 
femdei^eset and grieC: >he. v&a r^tt jtdtfi 
impatient ssearoiiigs to sua and tbisnr 
himsdbf tiipQ0 tbejoed^j^f hk fnaad); bu|; 
again he conquered iiimsel^ and maved 
M^ay thaft he might ^md up hkaout to 
^^.^^fit tertian lief(H«;haim . 
: His i^^tion (^mM npt ^Mrii^ hfSVFe 
ppas^d M|i99^09dt had not )the jandval vi 
j^]$9«h^ with bis i9|ut^ on^atodaoob- 
fmmi *wl)«i|idbafp|dly>^<^^:a^ii8d all Dtlier 

VOL. III. Q 



98S iwc KKmHT ofBr^jomk^ 

eceenCridties. This event wasihesig^ 
for departure. A discharge <^ mus^pte^ 
try OB board -was answered by an equal 
imaiber of guns from the castle of Sant$ 
Maara ; after which the sails wiere giv^ 
to.thtt wind^ the slaves plied) their o^^ 
and the Sultana proceeded on her wagf« > 
' It was the Basha's intentton to ^o&ad 
xndy to the extremity of the island } there 
to berelanded, (after a shoit stretch cmt 
tO'Sea^) while tiie galley should pursue 
Imt chase of the Maltese cruisers : but 
the elements did not acknowledge his 
airthoicity: ere they had got a league's 
^stance,: thev^nd auddeiily sdiiftedand 
blew so furicMisly off the island, aceotni 
panied with hail and rain, that the Suk 
tana was obliged to yield to it6 pow^. ^ 
^ C^ario^ scarce^ knowing M^iether t^ 
rejoice or to deprecate this cin^umstgn^e^ 
(iming me^tM;ed that hii^ friend's re^u^ 
should take place after the remanding <^ 
•tiie Baahm sbould give « them b^ti^ pro^ 
eptet^ etea|ie;)lieM«i«iotisly^roa^ 
5> ,:^: :^f 



fe^tteUttkvbtf]^ of Nkolaj^^iu 
l»lJ«Ml;^ followed their tndk, secmreil 
fim&vtetice by its Turktsh iqppeatfMi^ 
fite «iW it 8tiU faithfully conteadiiig wi|& 
tbe^eleibeiits; aiKl ht^ heart ache^ mtik 
«9ea|0fkl jTeftlifi^ c£ regret* a|; th& dei^ 
rati^, hdbitd of him by whom it was m 
hoaestjiy guidedL > . k, t 

r Hi^h^rto the qraiiaander c^ itibcf 3iii^ 
tana bad endeavouraA ta regain 4lie^G&ore 
by dint (^ rcrwii^ $ uidfor tbisrpqrp^se 
ev9ry> bwrid expedient ItudUar to the 
pkati^al powers in those days^ iw^fitUy 
exercised. BlawB» exeersL^i^ rli^ibms^ 
wexe dealt to sudi of the unbappycreiu 
tares as were iocapacitited &dpfi greeA 
exsrtiima either l^ d^ipiai. or weafenesB^ 
C^,d[ave:]dropt feintiiig .uiidfer : the la^ 
psrationcrfttewhip: aB406swo;w*ii6se. 
ffpxy limb now quivered^ with .^osf^ 
^ifeprr^^^, parted fo^wairds, tiflfering: td 
tak^ Jthy^ wj^rtched^ man's s&at. - t 

. Hitherto he had kept &r fwm the 
mmm^ <?f jGri«^»piti* wji0, atr a disj 
Q 2 



9§& ipRB «NWi#F <^ m^»w»^ 

irkmd ^nS^ fais J^^'iih ^^s^ise^ ^et^€» 
fasil )hi»'^^ r€i»Md cm kirn t Ce&Mk> ^(«^ 
sow lAkdCrt) td ^dotti^ ^ffi^ecdy i»id€ir lib 
flotice^ ^9i^ ke^^^ 4i^ looked iq) "fe 

dlilMlfg «ili»^M^ tlriV«!BL a^ixMt%itn-]^ 
tii^ furious blasts, he f)et^#tfy .^#ayi^ 
titeii tbctti: mitighiA '^tmm tms destin^ ta 

. With ilhi^ettdy liftibs be iSbwH:Mk fife 
i»«fc M fh:e%^dfitchfM«t<tdthe^<^ (X^ 
ifhidiM^w^o^s^S^dhifefhdttfhts. ^6H*^ 
%^tttff wat^ at #fsrt mometfC ex^l«iftf^^rfK 
hk ^tt^ng^h t^ sp€fed «*\e boftiewfitra 
e0«l^ of >*e^ii8^y ; tt&J^ «Wfe^^^e*Mted 

M<nr-sitflfe%i% femk *fhefr tofl atid iSidif 
kid^ilsies. Ch^ WDtive^tidbled'tii^'act. 
He>did ncit 'obs^tve vtho'^t dowh be«ld& 
hfctt, i^rhite -lii^ ^y^s follfeWed >flie^t)bdr 
fainting slavfe *^ *#*s bd^n^^Waj^ 

^Eveiy pulse beftting ahnb^ td tHittdSng,- 
imtt his «iglift ^obscured as if %y^i9iadf 



siriMrs «» BH. Mas. BA 

Ifea^ buried ki; histbresMM aad shaded by 
tiisetiistered lockB* ISMevy fiu^ was soml 
turned landTward, attracted bjr tiie rush- 
ingiof a l^ider bla$t: at tfaart iiio«ii^iiit;» 
€)|mri<» gently touehed! Giovaimi, aad 
¥^]^'bk head, iVom which' be sdiook 
back the ha^, tumed bin face A^tt i!^^ 

ing from his seat with a flask ot V&^td 
s^ a stifled ^ifi ^ ghmee, Qiw$iim'» 
shaking ^mh^ shewed his leeogiiititoii. 
A second :gtai^e e»>ha8ged 3ieir* Q9«Ak> 

The next i«i9lai^t*eaoh head was tuvned 
aWay, seemk^fy intent upon th0it» mi- 
wer^ taiskn* Cevid their lieaMs hwe 
l^een laid ^dpen at 'that instant^ wbalt 
powerful and strugglklg passieDfik ha^ 
mnazed those who saw them ! 

^ovanni was as ^ a(w>aked in a new 
world; and Cesarto, imitated a thousand- 
€tM hy hopes ^ind fears and t^der re- 
membrances^ wns eountlng^every flulseef 



Ae pnanng JunxTj . coomidi^ ihat in it 
vms to besummfid up the destimesr dPf 
Okmamif of bimsdfi and of* AmiMle^ 
^ The sleety: storm: had abat^» teit tiie. 
^wind stiil blew the gaUey. videlitly .cpt im 
8M. Nicolai^a little bark, 'wOk ite jmgliB 
wtl jreat to |piepe% was now driv€«(.^ 
yubxi^^ sight. Oily ox» y;e»d wa» yi^Wie 
in the sea between Santa Maura and 
Coifftt, pursuing the same cpuise with 
tile Sultana, . 

4« tlie veasela neflrad eaob o^ei^ C^ 
jttrffi^s heart bei^ almost audibly: h(» 
tiMw^t he discovered t^e peculiiir (wm 
i^ a Maltese cruiser ; and he was not 
.wrong. : When the Suh;a»a drpw^ne*^ 
Ifcei strange ve^lsjuddenly hoisted. ^ 
bb<^ (mm of Midt%^ aiid q^a^ evid^ 
pcepan^cmforj^on. ^ . , .^ 

Again Cesario's d^rk glancing ej^ 
to^duponliiiilojf QioyiqMii; Giovanni 
.ne44ed no inte^fM^oitaticm of its kuu^i^g 
meawtog; hk aiiw»i|»*ed coi^rticpWK:^ 

r^ft^ctpdt the 9m^m.\m ft*«»4ts hii^ 



T^m xNiGirr dip st. s^ims* SiS 

90ught; BXkdi plying their ooss^ euch 

si^ed^ to second the eag^ wish of tihe 

«Qai^ to attain the small island of Toxm 

the neajrest refbge then opiem to the 

^^l^rmed Mussulmep. ^^ 

^ / ) ^e Baahd) .^ho' had* indeed no in^ctir 

afiAion to hazard his own persw in an mr 

gBg^ment by Bea,. exhorted his |^<^pte to 

avoid an acticm with the Maltese galley^ 

^iMimating that his duty as a goveimor^ 

however anxious he might be, for tlie 

jo^bati must prevent hB sanctionii% a 

i^mse which might carry him from h» 

government for an indefinite time; hfi 

IHTomised them, lliat when they should 

have landed him at Toxa/ they should 

ifave permmon to^seek the en^ny. His 

.crew jther^re used every exertiim to 

get beyond reach of the Maltesef hxA 

iheir exertion was vain* / 

'So long as Mustapha thought he migl^t 

\,e^ape without the appearance of an ac- 

jbuid ftightp he continued his course ta<- 

}9^^s To|» ; btit tiie determiimtiQn of 

«4 



^ MiHese «o arr*St bto progress, fcav* 
itig he6cme W^^pikemf^thm tadude 
liief disgrace wlrfeh irfust be atta(*ed to 
€he Tarld^h flag^ should it be ma^e ttia^ 
nifest tkat he had positively £tv<Hded an 
^tion, the Btehdi yMdfng to necessity, 
t^defed fJie cdmmai^er to gite f^e 
T^^paf dfirfectidns for mcfetiilg the enerty. 

Cesarfo^s roused soul now flamed in 
Ms eyes, as, half-Startkfg ftom his^oar, he 
bent fbilWtrd, nmtcfAig the adViiirt of 
fiJsOtartStiaincoadjutott. Giotiannl,nie4rr- 
if^rhfle, preserved a majeStic stilftiessof 
■aitibn and of look, iiHiich inip<^ed sbmfe 
«urt)i upttfi th^6 i^dre tumultuous agitatiofn 
t)f M^ frferid. 

The ojypositig v^els soon dosed tod 
^bbaMted J and ffee respective crews, im- 
p^led hy th&t mutud hatred, rushed 
to the fight. The combat wa» obstinate ; 
feut nothing could resist the arddur and 
^pifuOsity 'of the Maltese, who, ani- 
thated With the douHe xiiotive €«f liber- 
^itig theif ' fli^ends, ' MHhoni ' they knew 



4^ be on bwir4, s^wJ of <inqw»li|ft»a«W» 

^p^«|ig fofi»raf4 with the <Jrea4fHl ;»h<W*t 
of " Eevenge !" 

/A% tb»t inrt»»i while 1^. Christians, 
w^^ PQurieg i^A till© 4©pl«^ of ^ 
^neto-y, and ^e infidels op$ri»sii^ J^r^ 
resistance; aipid the cir«th wd th«. )^ 
jMar, the tbundear a.ji^ i^uiwd sija^ke 
of their nuitu^ firiog, Ce6»riQ dj^w 
fiartb the hatchet wnpeali^d u»der hi* 
.gfffmfmtt and with pne |tr(A!e .severed 
^e chain th»t f(^ered th«,ar|a of Cripp 
yanni ; then* like the lV>i)e8s ru«hi>ff 
aw»y with h«r rescued young) he ih:fti^d 
with him i»to the ranks of their ffiendSf 

The names of » Cicala" a^d «♦ Adir 
^aari !" the war-^oty of " l4b(9?*y m^ St. 
Johnl" thriUed through the hcftrts oC 
^ends and enemies. A wellrkflown 
Toice e^oed those thrilling mm^P - it 
was tiie vbice <rf" R<>d(4phf. _Giov9mi 
s«p|r him ^ n^ognis«4 him > hnt th^ w^ 
ao time for greelin^: aU was j^umpl^ 
us. 5 



«kI strife |u]^iAEUig|rter^ 8^ pkast^^ 
4nto the thick of tiie conilMtantB, Gkv 
vanni and Cesario ran to attion f^iek 
dear soi^ht-for freedom. - 
^ " TreasoiA !-^ Treachery !'^reeoi«ded 
£f6m the Basha and hi^ officer^, jui <jb^ 
]r0tr^ted for a moment before ^ im*. 
petiious rush of die <^ristians^ 
- Cesario, with Ma tremendous hatchet, 
and Giovanni with a scymkar snatched 
filMn an enemy, scattereji destruction 
arMUd : the former darted on the in- 
iBoarkiie M nstl^ha, to give hipi the death 
he merited ; but smother arm than *his 
was destined to avenge his friend : a ball 
from some common musqueteer struck 
the Bksha on the temple, and he feU. 
' As die fierce Mustapha dr<^ped, the 
captaha of the Maltese called on the 
remaining Turks to surrender, offering 
them dieir lives and liberties upon, that 
condition. One instant the infidels he^ 
sitated ; die next^ they struck their flag« : 
t It wa(s» not on the deck c^ the Malte» 



vettcA, iiiat t>es«rio ^xni QkMtaixi g^yk 
loose to their goflbtng hearts* AAer 
having hastily ^cchangfed gratefiil Mu- 
tations with tiietr Chmtian brethfe&yMt4 
severally raised from thmr feet to their 
bosons, the ^ifjiful and • weeping ; Ro- 
d^phe, they retired below i and -t^i% 
in one sacred embrace^ filed up ^ 
mighty measure of their happiness. ^ 

«* My OioTanni !'* — "Brother of ;my 
soul 1*' were the first wwds they uttemd, 
filter a long, long indu%ence of over- 
powering joy. " Brother!-* repeated 
Cesario, fixing on hkh his idl-expr^3$ing 
eyes, <• O Giovanni !'• Hie blissful M»- 
-dosure he had to make was not to be 
withheld ; it burst from his heart iif 
broken^ incoherent fientences, which only 
the rapid and agitated questions of hi^ 
friend fiorced into on inteUigible ibrm. 
iWhen, at last, the latter comprdiended 
^f that impetuous narrative inchideiii^ he 
^oVeredhis joyfullynsuffiised face with 
his hiix^y gs»I^g, as he gM with difr 



no .more, Ceai^o^ mm V' 

As he retreated ittto th^ room W^oiseil 
the door ; there to throw litiiiself» without 
even the witness of fneodebip, before 
Him whose hount^oua haiul yrm tlam 
|MX)^^ygal d blessiiigs. Cesmrio's grateM 
soul was not silent during tlu^se soIeiQa 
moments : H ascended in the mm^ wordr 
lees thanksgiving to. the same Qjr&cious 
JPower^ and when the friebds nuet again^ 
they needed no explanatic^ of tlieir a»- 
jmration. 

According to the terms of their mrw 
tender, the Tnrkish pmoners were ali 
Iteided at Corfu^ after wfakh, the M^ir 
tese galley^ with her foriise, and the re^ 
leased Chriatiaiis^ jprocefided on ii» 
liomeward way. 

Cesario mgbt haire enibrced a eoiir 
^^ror^s right, andrachiim^d the d^aisoiid 
iie had gmn to Othman ; or he might 
flare bougbtit back .: but he scorned the 
^meanness of the find: wU V^ the JaJtter ^ 
^* 



TBB KNioHT OF ST. jrottir. 849^ 

did uot wish for : ho dmished the con*' 
scMNisoessoif kflptring redeemttdGKovanni's 
Kfe ^.nd liberty by ^ great sacrifice. 

In the recapitniaffeioii of all their sof^ 
ferine and sj^mpathieg of feciaiiig, Ccsaari^ 
and Giovanni scarcely no<ied the days 
wkich paused at sea. The ktter thirsted 
to hear every circamstimce of his sister^s 
diffiinacter and s^peacanee } and Cesario 
loved hat too well to repeat the same 
descf^tiotis^ When theiy discossed the 
pnrticiikrs of th^ si^e, (which had been 
so mis-stated l^ the Turks,) Rodolphe 
eftaa shared the conversatioiiy ennoUied 
hy his own brave shsare tn these memor* 
able scenes, and endeared to berth fiienda 
by Ism tried attadooiQient. 

Oiovanni^s owis narratire was baifes 
of incident. At first, ttni&rm dr eadntes 
«id solitude ; and finally, insalt send dei» 
^adation naade up its annals. 

*^ Yet I had n^ kKSury, my Cesario !" 
be said smiling, when the latter uttered 
some violent apestro}^ at his 4ismal 



$5Q THB KNI0HT OP ST.J0H1/. 

situatknl in Santa Maura. '^ It wad the 
hour thciy allotted me upon the platform 
of the tower. The feeling of the pure 
air, the view of the sfdendid heavens^the 
l^iasp^ea I caught through the cypressesx>f 
the sea lyfid the islands^ and the adjacent 
shores, sup{died me with some of 1^ . 
B^t^Ughtlul emotions I ever remember 
to ^Ve eypa:!ibiiced. I had no other 
enjoyment, and I f^t its fyi value. 

.1* When I believed you had peridied 
wjtfe: aU my l»*ave*fiien<b jn Malta, how 
cibm did I look oil those heavens q>aiii* 
ling with stars, and think that in one mS 
ite nttliant worlds, perhaps, I shocdd meei 
my C^soiQ agaimf^ * 

Giovanni's eyes siifibsed^^With teiid^i 
nM^ and faestl^'a mmxient, i^eturniiig 
the pr^sure of hi^ fiic^^s/h^id with 
«^al emotion. .Cesarib thought of Amv 
dea's yet tenderer eyes, and sighed witii 
fbnd imt^aticHotce. Giovanni fesuined,-— 
f * vj^ Io»ga«i I li^, I s^jall love G*e or 
t!siv0. ^artidulm* stars, b(dpillM»e^ tbfey haju 



THE KNIGHT OF OTi JOHN/ S51 

pened to be the most freqiient subjects 
of my visionary fancies.** 

In discourses like these passed the 

hour. A clear atmosphere, enlivened by 

^ February sun, made every object cheer^ 

ffd, when the vessel which contained the 

fioends entered the great port of Malta* 

. The knight who OHnmanded her had re* 

» caused instructions from the Grrand Master 

when he left him, to announce success, if 

successful, by a certain number of s%nal 

gtHis : these were no sooner dischai^ed, 

thiUi the ^nderiqg echo pf St Angelo*s 

spisead the joyful ticUngs^ over the whole 

island ; and when th^ir bravest knight 

landed on the shore, he saw collected 

thece, amongst the prowd of obscurer 

persons, : all that remained^ of his own 

numerous hrethi:en^ : c : 

A multitude (^.iSeg^ets thrcmged on 
him i and the shades of all the buried 
h^roeil seemed to rise bdSoore his eydis i^iid 
thoie of Cesaria;^bi£t unwilling to. ^bmp 
&e Moied pleamre <9f this numieDt^ they 



sat Txs KNi^Htr cm m. Jt>8fr« 

]kotfa dumiiisaed thek gathering mi/^tn^ 
and advanced inta the ea|^ ^oivrdi 

As G«n^ani^ tbr«w hiraself at the &et 
^ th& GxaAd Maetef, tfa^ lifter iweA 
htsi to Imhseaet y and while he held him 
tbore^ liUDied him ileiul to a vactait 
CMuaanderym Italy: then tnniing to 
G«9and,iiKho was fnrveodkly kissantg his oialh 
Btcetched h»ad^ he ackkd, ^ Hcsaven has 
unjited jem hearts; I will not davkiB 
your Uvea!'* 

, A bucst cdf fiyaapathy jn»se &tm tfa^ 
surrcniiiding pefsiws; it «a£L rq[ieati^ 
when Gidvmiiii> ctaigiii^ £ar Bodo^Aie 
the lianonr once {m>mBBed tinat faMribl 
fcdlower l^ the V0i6nd>]# Duegnerraa^ 
obtataeid &r him pemnssida to aasmie 
the ii^rior bjdnt iof th0 Ordiar, ^nd to 
accompany him to Italy^ . : 

<' IW'doa m^ ii' I iw^ ria^guiis for my 
^Malesthappiaiessl^' sa^Gidl^aiiini, read- 
ing the impatient eyes' of faia agcteted 

^^< YmwiR find bar in the oosiwiit of 



•Wte KNlGHt OF «T. J€Wir. &§& 

OUT nuns/' replied La Vdette ; and, 4«e. 
leasiiig the batids, which he stiU^fiectiiAu 
atelylield, of both friends, be motioil^ 
them to obeyHheir orim wishes. 

With this permission they hastened im* 
mediately to the convent. Their namea 
admitted them into a vacant apartment, 
to which Amadea was smnmoned : they 
were told, that, already sqsprised of their 
arrival by the long-watched signal guns, 
she was now just recovered from the 
overpowering effects of her joy and gra- 
titude* 

.The hearts of both her lover and bro- 
ther long beat at the sound of every step 
which caught their ear. " Ah, that is 
hers !*' exclaimed Cesario at last, spring- 
ing to the door in blissful certainty : he 
saw her radiant in beauty and joy and 
love i she started back at his different 
habit; but once meeting his eyes, she 
was just going to throw herself upon his 
breast, when, seeing Gioviumi by his side, 
(Giovanni all pale with strong emotion,) 



8S4f THE KNIGHT OF ST. JOB^ 

she uttQred a^i^ont ciy of tender trans- 
ported recognitioaa} cast on him an im* 
liloril^ .look t^t asked forgiyene^ for 
p^t error; and fui^c in^ his fondly^ 
ext^Eided arms* ^ _ . , 



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