Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 104 SOUTHWARD HO !
to denounce and to destroy the bloody-minded criminal. Al-
phonso, king of Arragon, devoted himself to the work of justice.
Raymond was seized and cast into a dungeon. His castle was
razed to the ground, under a public decree, which scarcely an-
ticipated the eager rage of hundreds who rushed to the work of
demolition. The criminal himself was suffered to live ; but be
lived, either in prison or in exile, with loss of caste and society
and amidst universal detestation !
Very different was the fate of the lovers whom man could no
more harm or separate. They were honored, under the sanc-
tion of Alphonso, with a gorgeous funeral procession. They
were laid together, in the same tomb, before the church of Per
pignan, and their names and cruel history were duly engraves
upon the stone raised to their memory. According to the Pro-
vencal historians, it was afterward a custom with the knights of
Roussillon, of Cerdagne, and of Narbonnois, every year to join
with the noble dames and ladies of the same places, in a solemn
service, in memory of Marguerite of Roussillon, and William of
Cabestaign. At the same time came lovers of both sexes, on a
pilgrimage to their tomb, where they prayed for the repose of
their souls. The anniversary of this service was instituted by
Alphonso. We may add that romance has more than once
seized upon this tragic history, out of which to weave her fic-
tions. Boccacio has found in it the material for one of the stories
of the Decameron, in which, however, while perverting history,
he has done but little to merit the gratulation of Art. He has
failed equally to do justice to himself, and to his melancholy
subject.