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CHAPTER LII. (CONT'D)
PANIAGUADO, ACADEMICIAN OF ARGAMASILLA, IN LAUDEM DULCINEAE DEL TOBOSO
She, whose full features may be here descried,
High-bosomed, with a bearing of disdain,
Is Dulcinea, she for whom in vain The great Don Quixote of La Mancha sighed. For her, Toboso's queen, from side to side
He traversed the grim sierra, the champaign
Of Aranjuez, and Montiel's famous plain: On Rocinante oft a weary ride. Malignant planets, cruel destiny,
Pursued them both, the fair Manchegan dame, And the unconquered star of chivalry.
Nor youth nor beauty saved her from the claim Of death; he paid love's bitter penalty,
And left the marble to preserve his name.
CAPRICHOSO, A MOST ACUTE ACADEMICIAN OF ARGAMASILLA, IN PRAISE OF ROCINANTE, STEED OF DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA
On that proud throne of diamantine sheen,
Which the blood-reeking feet of Mars degrade, The mad Manchegan's banner now hath been
By him in all its bravery displayed.
There hath he hung his arms and trenchant blade Wherewith, achieving deeds till now unseen,
He slays, lays low, cleaves, hews; but art hath made A novel style for our new paladin. If Amadis be the proud boast of Gaul,
If by his progeny the fame of Greece
Through all the regions of the earth be spread, Great Quixote crowned in grim Bellona's hall
To-day exalts La Mancha over these,
And above Greece or Gaul she holds her head. Nor ends his glory here, for his good steed Doth Brillador and Bayard far exceed; As mettled steeds compared with Rocinante, The reputation they have won is scanty.
BURLADOR, ACADEMICIAN OF ARGAMASILLA, ON SANCHO PANZA
The worthy Sancho Panza here you see;
A great soul once was in that body small,
Nor was there squire upon this earthly ball So plain and simple, or of guile so free. Within an ace of being Count was he,
And would have been but for the spite and gall
Of this vile age, mean and illiberal, That cannot even let a donkey be. For mounted on an ass (excuse the word),
By Rocinante's side this gentle squire
Was wont his wandering master to attend. Delusive hopes that lure the common herd
With promises of ease, the heart's desire,
In shadows, dreams, and smoke ye always end.
CACHIDIABLO, ACADEMICIAN OF ARGAMASILLA, ON THE TOMB OF DON QUIXOTE EPITAPH
The knight lies here below,
Ill-errant and bruised sore,
Whom Rocinante bore In his wanderings to and fro. By the side of the knight is laid
Stolid man Sancho too,
Than whom a squire more true Was not in the esquire trade.
ACADEMICIAN OF ARGAMASILLA, ON THE TOMB OF DULCINEA DEL TOBOSO
EPITAPH Here Dulcinea lies.
Plump was she and robust:
Now she is ashes and dust: The end of all flesh that dies. A lady of high degree,
With the port of a lofty dame,
And the great Don Quixote's flame, And the pride of her village was she.
These were all the verses that could be deciphered; the rest, the writing being worm-eaten, were handed over to one of the Academicians to make out their meaning conjecturally. We have been informed that at the cost of many sleepless nights and much toil he has succeeded, and that he means to publish them in hopes of Don Quixote's third sally.
"Forse altro cantera con miglior plectro."
END OF PART I.
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