Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription GUILLA.UME DE CABE: T.~ I(; N. 81
in conflict with the rights of others, without the slightest notion
of wrong-doing or offence. It did not vex the temper, or im-
pair the marital securities of the husband, that the beauties of
his dame were sung with enthusiasm by the youthful poet ; on
the contrary, he who gloried in the possession of a jewel, was
scarcely satisfied with fortune unless she brought to a just knowl-
edge of its splendors, the bard who alone could convey to the
world a similar sense of the value of his treasure. The narra-
tive which we have gathered from the ancient chronicles of
Provence, and which we take occasion to say is drawn from the
most veracious sources of history, will illustrate the correctness
of these particulars.
One of the most remarkable instances of the sentiment of love,
warmed into passion, yet without evil in its objects, is to be found
in the true and touching history of Guillaume de Cabestaign, a
noble youth of Roussillon. Though noble of birth, Guillaume
was without fortune, and it was not thought improper or humili-
ating in those days that ,he should serve, as a page, the knight
whose ancestors were known to his own as associates. It was
in this capacity that he became the retainer of Raymond, lord
of Roussillon. Raymond, though a haughty baron, was one who
possessed certain generous tastes and sentiments, and who
showed himself capable of appreciating the talents and great
merits of Guillaume de Cabestaign. His endowments, indeed,
were of a character to find ready favor with all parties. The
youth was not only graceful of carriage, and particularly hand-
some of face and person, but he possessed graces of mind and
manner which especially commended him to knightly sympathy
and admiration. He belonged to that class of improvvisatori to
whom the people of Provence gave the name of troubadour, and
was quite as ready to sing the praises of his mistress, as he was
to mount horse, and charge with sword and lance in her defence
and honor. His muse, taking her moral aspect from his own,
was pure and modest in her behavior´┐Żindulging in no song or
sentiment which would not fall becomingly on the most virgin
ear. His verses were distinguished equally by their delicacy
and fancy, and united to a spirit of the most generous and exult-
ing life 'a taste of the utmost simplicity and purity. Not less
gentle than buoyant, he was at once timid in approach, and joy-