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TheProjectGutenbergEBookofTheGesteofDukeJocelyn,byJefferyFarnol ThiseBookisfortheuseofanyoneanywhereatnocostandwith almostnorestrictionswhatsoever Youmaycopyit,giveitawayor re-useitunderthetermsoftheProjectGutenbergLicenseincluded withthiseBookoronlineatwww.gutenberg.org Title:TheGesteofDukeJocelyn Author:JefferyFarnol ReleaseDate:May,2005[EBook#8165] ThisfilewasfirstpostedonJune24,2003 LastUpdated:March15,2018 Language:English ***STARTOFTHISPROJECTGUTENBERGEBOOKTHEGESTEOFDUKEJOCELYN*** TextfileproducedbyTedGarvinandtheOnlineDistributed ProofreadingTeam HTMLfileproducedbyDavidWidger THEGESTEOFDUKEJOCELYN ByJefferyFarnol IllustrationsincolorbyEricPape (Illustrationsnotincludedinthisedition) Copyright,1920, ByLittle,Brown,AndCompany AllrightsreservedPublishedSeptember,1920 NorwoodPress SetupandelectrotypedbyJ S CushingCo Norwood,Mass.,U.S.A CONTENTS PRELUDE FYTTEI FYTTE2 FYTTE3 FYTTE4 FYTTE5 FYTTE6 FYTTE7 FYTTE8 FYTTE9 FYTTE10 FYTTE11 FYTTE12 MyGILLIAN,thouchildthatbuddingwomanart Forwhomto-dayandyesterdayliefarapart Alreadythou,mydear,dostlongerdresseswear Andbobbestinmoststrange,new-fangledwaysthyhair; Thoulookestontheworldwitheyesgrownserious Andrul'stthyfatherwithaswayimperious Particularlyasregardshissocksandties Insistentthateachwiththeotherharmonise Insteadofsimplefairy-talesthatpleasedofyore Romanticversethouread'standnovelsbythescore AndveryoftI'veknowntheesighandcallthem“stuff” Vowingofloveromanticthey'venothalfenough Wherefore,likefondanddotingparent,I Willstrivethiswantromantictosupply I'llwritefortheeabookofsighinglover CrammedwithROMANCEfromcoveruntocover; Abookthelikeofwhich'twerehardtofind FilledwithROMANCEofeverysortandkind I'llwriteitastheGestourswroteofold, Inprose,blank-verse,andrhymeitshallbetold AndGILLIAN— Somedayperhaps,mydear,whenyouaregrown Aportlydamewithchildrenofyourown You'llgatherallyourtroopaboutyourknee AndreadtothemthisGesteImadeforthee ILLUSTRATIONS “NoblesofBrocelaunde,saluteyourDuchessYolande” TheysawafarthetownofCanalise “Bravesoldier,Idothanktheewell!”shesighed “Hush,poorMotley!”whisperedthemaid Withmightybound,boldRobinleapingcame Thelongbladeswhirledandflashed PRELUDE Long,longagowhencastlesgrimdidfrown, Whenmassywallandgatedid'fendeachtown; Whenmightylordsinarmourbrightwereseen, Andstealthyoutlawslurkedamidthegreen Andoftwerehangedforpoachingofthedeer, Or,gasping,dieduponahuntingspear; Whenbaronsbolddidontheirrightsinsist Andhangedorburnedallrogueswhodaredresist; Whenhumblefolkonlifehadnofreehold Andwereinopenmarketboughtandsold; Whengrislywitches(leanandbonyhags) Castspellsmostdireyet,meantime,starvedinrags; Whenkingsdidlightlya-crusadingfare Andlefttheirkingdomstothedevil'scare— Atsuchatimetherelivedanobleknight Whosweetcouldsinganddoughtilycouldfight, Whoselancethruststrong,whoselongswordbit fulldeep Withdartingpointormightytwo-edgedsweep Adukewashe,rich,powerful—andyet Fatehadonhimaheavyburdenset, For,whileayouth,ashedidhunttheboar, Thesavagebeasthisgoodlysteeddidgore, Andastheyoungdukethusdefencelesslay, Withcrueltuskhadrefthislooksaway, Hadmarredhiscomelyfeaturesandsomauledhim That,'hindhisback,“TheuglyDuke”folkcalled him— MydaughterGILLIANinterposeth: GILL:Anuglyhero? MYSELF:Thatisso GILL:Anuglyhero,father?O,absurd!Whoeverofan“ugly”heroheard? MYSELF:I'llown,indeed,I'vecomeacrossbutfew— GILL:Butaduke—andugly!Father,thisfromyou? MYSELF:Mydukeisugly,very,forgoodreason,Asshallappearindueand properseason! GILL:I'msurenoonewillwanttoreadhimthen,For“heroes”allshouldbe mosthandsomemen Somakehimhandsome,please,orhewon'tdo MYSELF:Byheaven,girl—no,plainheroesaretoofew! GILL:Thenev'ryonewillleavehimontheshelf! MYSELF:Why,then,I'llreadthepoorfellowmyself GILL:Iwon't! MYSELF:Thendon't!Though,Imightsay,sinceyou'resetonit,child,My dukewasnotsouglywhenhesmiled— GILL:Thenmakehimsmileasoftenasyoucan MYSELF:Imightdothat,'tisnonesobadaplan GILL:Andthelady—shemustbealadyfair MYSELF:Mydear,she'sbeautifulbeyondcompare GILL:Why,then— MYSELF:Mypen! SohereandnowIdobegin ThetaleofyoungDukeJocelyn, Forcritics,schools, Andcrampingrules, Heedlessandcaringnotapin Thetitleherebehold Onthisfairpageenrolled, Inlettersbigandbold, Asseemethfit— Towit:— FYTTEI Uponaday,butwhenitmattersnot, Norwhere,butmark!thesunwasplaguyhot Fallingathwartalonganddustyroad Inwhichsamedusttwodustyfellowsstrode Onewasatall,broad-shouldered,goodlywight Ingarbofmotleylikeajesterdight, Fool'scaponheadwithass'searsa-swing, While,witheachstride,hisbellsdidgailyring; But,'neathhiscock's-combshowedafacesomarred Withcheek,withbrowandlipsostrangelyscarred Asmightscaretendermaidortimidchild Unless,bychance,theysawhimwhenhesmiled, Forthenhiseyes,sodeeplyblueandbright, Didholdinthemsuchjoyous,kindlylight, Thatsorrowwasfromheavyheartsbeguiled— Thisjesterseemedlessuglywhenhesmiled Here,OmyGill,rightdeftly,inatrice I'vemadehimsmileandmadehimdoit—twice That'twastheDukeofcourseyou'veguessedatonce Sinceyou,Iknow,wenothingofadunce But,whatshouldbringadukeincapandbells? Readonandmark,whilehethereasontells Now,'spiteofdustandheat,hislutehestrummed, Andsnatchesofamerrysonghehummed, Thewhileaskancefullmerrilyheeyed Thedustyknavewhoploddedathisside Abonyfellow,this,andlongoflimb, Hishabitpoor,hisaspectswartandgrim; Hisbelttobearalongbroad-sworddidserve, Hiseyewasbold,hisnosedidfiercelycurve Downwhichhesnortedoftand(whatisworse) Beneathhisbreathgaveventtomanyacurse WhereattheDuke,slylaughing,pluckedlutestring Andthus,invoicemelodiousdidsing: “SirPertinax,whycurseyeso? Sincethusinhumbleguisewego Wemerrychancesoftmayknow, SirPertinaxofShene.” “Andchanceswoeful,lord,also!” QuothPertinaxofShene “Toeveryfoolthatpassethby Thesefoolishbellsshalltestify Thatveryfool,forsooth,amI, GoodPertinaxofShene!” “And,lord,methinksthey'lltellnolie!” GrowledPertinaxofShene ThenspaketheKnightinsomethingofapet, “ParDex,lordDuke—plaguetakeit,howIsweat, ByCock,messire,yeknowIhavesmalllust Likehindorserftotrampiti'thedust! PerDe,mylord,aparch-edpeaamI— I'mallathirst!Athirst?Iamsodry Myverybonesdorattletoandfro AndjigaboutwithinmeasIgo! Whytrampwethus,bereftofstateandrank? Whygoye,lord,likefoolishmountebank? Andwhitherdothourmadcapjourneytrend? Andwherefore?Why?And,prithee,towhatend?” ThenquoththeDuke,“Seeyonderinthegreen Dothrunacoolingwater-brookIween, Come,Pertinax,beneathyonshadytrees, Andtherewhileswedorestoutstretchedatease Thy'wherefores'andthy'whys'shallansweredbe, AndofourdoingsIwillcounselthee.” Soturnedtheyfromthehotanddustyroad Where,'midgreenshade,arillsoft-bubblingflowed, Abrookthatleaptandlaughedinroguishwise, WhereatSirPertinaxwithscowlingeyes Didfrownupontheripplingwaterclear, Andswaresadoathsbecauseitwasnotbeer; Sighfulhekneltbesidethismurmurousrill, Bentsteel-cladheadandbravelydrankhisfill Thensittingdown,quothhe:“ByOgandGog, I'lldrinknomore—norhorseamInordog Togulpdownwater—pest,Ihatethestuff!” “Ah!”laughedtheDuke,“'tisplainhasthadenough, Andsincewellfilledwithwaterthoudostlie ToanswertheethyquestionsfainamI Firstthen—thouartinlowlyguisebedight, Forthatthouartmytrusty,most-lovedknight, Whoatmysideinmanyabloodyfray, WiththygoodswordhathsmitgrimDeathaway—” “Lord,”quoththeKnight,“what'sdoneispastreturn, 'TisofourfuturedoingsIwouldlearn.” “Aye,”saidtheDuke,“list,Pertinax,andknow 'Tisonapilgrimageoflovewego: Mayhaphastheardthebeautyandthefame OffairYolande,thatyoungandpeerlessdame “Forwhomsomanynobleloverssigh Andwitheachotherinthelistsdovie? ThoughmuchI'vedreamedofsweetYolanda'scharms Mydayshavepassedinwarsandfeatsofarms, For,Pertinax,thisblemishedfaceIbear, Shouldfright,methinks,aladyyoungandfair AndsoitisthatIhavedeemeditwiser TohideitwhenImight'neathcasqueandvisor—” HereatSirPertinaxsmotehandtoknee And,frowning,shookhishead “Messire,”saidhe, “Thouartaman,andyoung,ofnoblerace, And,beingduke,whatmatterforthyface? Rank,wealth,estate—thesebethethingsItrow Canmakethefairestwomantendergrow Rideuntoherinthyricharmourdight, Witharcher,man-at-arms,andmanyaknight Toswellthytrainwithpompandmajesty, Thatshe,andall,thymightandrankmaysee; Soshallallfolkthyworthinessacclaim, Andhermaid'sheart,methinks,shalldothesame Thyblemishedfaceshallmatternotonejot;
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