For tell I may not, what I feele, and why.
The lines contained in this Ditty, Manutio fitted with noates somooving and singularly musicall, that every word had the seisiblemotion of life in it, where the King being (as yet) not risen from theTable, he commanded him to use both his Lute and voyce. eva gabor wigs
This seemed a happy opportunity to Manutio, to sing the dittie sopurposely done and devised: which hee delivered in such excellentmanner, the voice and Instrument concording so extraordinary pleasing;that all the persons then in the Presence, seemed rather Statues, thenliving men, so strangely they were wrapt with admiration, and the Kinghimselfe farre beyond all the rest, transported with a rare kinde ofalteration.
When Manutio had ended the Song, the King demanded of him, whencethis Song came, because he had never heard it before? My graciousLord, answered Manutio, it must needes seeme straunge to your Majesty,because it is not fully three dayes, since it was invented, made,and set to the note. Then the King asked, whom it concerned? Sir(quoth Manutio) I dare not disclose that to any but onely yourselfe. Which answer made the King much more desirous, and beingrisen from the Table, he tooke him into his Bedchamber, whereManutio related all at large to him, according to the trust reposed inhim. Wherwith the King was wonderfully well pleased, greatlycommending the courage of the Maide, and said, that a Virgin of such avaliant spirit, did well deserve to have her case commiserated: andcommanded him also, to goe (as sent from him) and comfort her, withpromise, that the very same day, in the evening, he would not faile tocome and see her. pixie wig
Manutio, more then contented, to carry such glad tydings toLisana; without staying in any place, and taking his Lute also withhim, went to the Apothecaries house, where speaking alone with theMaide: he told her what he had done, and afterward sung the song toher, in as excellent manner as he had done before, wherein Lisanaconceived such joy and contentment, as even in the very same moment,it was observed by apparant signes, that the violence of her fitsforsooke her, and health began to get the upper hand of them. SO,without suffering any one in the house to know it, or by the leastmeanes to suspect it; she comforted her selfe till the evening, inexpectation of her Soveraignes arrivall.
Piero being a Prince, of most liberall and benigne nature, havingafterward divers times considered on the matters which Manutio hadrevealed to him, knowing also the yong Maiden, to bee bothbeautifull and vertuous: was so much moved with pitty of herextremitie, as mounting on horsebacke in the evening, and seeming asif he rode abroad for his private recreation; he went directly tothe Apothecaries house, where desiring to see a goodly garden,appertaining then to the Apothecarie, he dismounted from his horse.Walking into the garden, he began to question with Bernardo,demaunding him for his Daughter, and whether he had (as yet) marryedher, or no? My Gracious Lord, answered Bernardo, as yet shee is notmarryed, neither likely to bee, in regard shee hath had a long andtedious sickenesse: but since Dinner time, she is indifferentlyeased of her former violent paine, which we could not discerne thelike alteration in her, a long while before.
The King understood immediately, the reason of this so suddenalteration, and said. In good faith Bernardo, the world would sustainea great maine and imperfection, by the losse of thy faire daughter;wherefore, we will goe our selfe in person to visite her. So, with twoof his Lords onely, and the Father, he ascended to the MaidesChamber and being entred, he went to the Beds side, where she sate,somewhat raised, in expectation of his comming, and taking her bythe hand, he said. Faire Lisana, how commeth this to passe? Youbeing so faire a Virgin, yong, and in the delicacy of your daies,which should be the chiefest comfort to you, will you suffer yourselfe to be over-awed with sickenesse? Let us intreat you, that (forour sake) you will be of good comfort, and thereby recover your healththe sooner, especially, when it is requested by a King, who is sorryto see so bright a beauty sicke, and would helpe it, it consisted inhis power.
Lisana, feeling the touch of his hand, whom she loved above allthings else in the world, although a bashfull blush mounted up intoher cheekes: yet her heart was seazed with such a rapture of pleasure,that she thought her selfe translated into Paradise, and, so well asshe could, thus she replyed. Great King, by opposing my feeblestrength, against a burden of over-ponderous weight, it became theoccasion of this grievous sickenesse: but I hope that the violencethereof is (almost) already kild, onely by this soveraigne mercy inyou, and doubtlesse it will cause my speedy deliverance. The Kingdid best understand this so well palliated answere of Lisana, which ashe did much commend, in regard of her high adventuring; so he didagaine as greatly condemne Fortune, for not making her more happy inher birth.
So, after he had stayed there a good while, and given her manycomfortable speeches, he returned backe to the Court. This humanity inthe King, was reputed a great honour to the Apothecary and hisdaughter, who (in her owne mind) received as much joy andcontentment thereby, as ever any wife could have of her owne Husband.