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zo, Albert de Montauban, unconscious of them all, was pursuing his route towards Savoy, indulging, with melancholy regret, the remembrance of his adored Eleanor, whom he supposed was now charming with her society the fortunate Ernestine. He reproached himself for the cause of it; being fully persuaded, that his own impetuosity of temper had tended more than any thing else to forward the suit of Rodolphus; he even fancied, so prone to jealous fear is the true lover, that already she was linked to Ernestine by the soft bonds of affection, and most endearing tie, that of a husband. The thought was madness. Every step he proceeded, which increased the distance from the abode of Eleanor, his mind became more and more agitated. At length, however, Montauban arrived before Suza, where prince Eugene was stationed with an immense army, consisting chiefly of the Vaudois, who were

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of the reformed religion, and professed enemies to France..

A great battle was hourly expected to be fought between these hostile nations, which was anticipated by the Piedmontese with the most confident hopes of success. Thus situated, Montauban, for a time, was diverted from the agonizing reflection of his ill-fated love. Indifferent as to what became of himself, now that he believed he had for ever lost the affection of Eleanor, on the commencement of the dreadful contest, which took place the third day after his arrival at Suza, he madly plunged into the midst of the enemy's ranks, and, for a while, dealt destruction on every side. With his single arm, he performed wondersblood flowed in torrents down the rocky heights, and empurpled the far-lengthened plain, where men and horses, in confused heaps, lay mangled on the obdurate ground,

"Fierce

"Fierce as conflicting fires, the combat burns,
And now it rises, now it sinks, by turns;

In one thick darkness all the fight was lost :
The sun, the moon, and all th' etherial host,
Seem'd as extinct; day ravish'd from their eyes;
And all heaven's splendours blotted from the skies."

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Human prowess may do much, but prudence can do more: to the latter Montau ban was a totally stranger. At the very moment, therefore, that victory placed her banners on the brows of the courageous Piedmontese, the rash, but valiant Albert, from having too fearlessly exposed his life in the conflict, was wounded, and taken prisoner by the flying enemy. They well knew the value of their prize. Although so lately, from his extreme youth, initiated in the arts of war, the career of Montauban had been most successful; he inherited all his lamented father's virtues, and like him, seemed destined to be the sport of fortune. "The key-stone of the arch is

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lost!" unanimous was the shout of the French soldiers, as they unmercifully bore the bleeding warrior to the car for the wounded, and which was to carry him to France; and continued, "Savoy will bitterly remember the day that deprived her of so daring a champion!"

Thus exultingly did the foe announce the death-blow to the short, but victorious career, of Albert de Montauban !

"The youthful warrior heard with silent woe;.
From his fair eyes the tears began to flow;
Big with the mighty grief, he strove to say
What sorrow dictates, but no word found way.”

The excess of grief so justly represented in the foregoing passage from the Iliad, most forcibly was illustrated in the present condition of the hapless Montauban. In silent agony, he heard their sarcastic revelling and insults on his defeat; yet not all the pangs he endured from such a humiliating situation, or corporeal anguish, could equal what Al

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bert felt on thus being torn from the country which contained his Eleanor.All his unfounded jealousy, his anger towards her, had now subsided; he again acknowledged her merits, they arose with undiminished lustre in his remembrance, whilst all trivial failings were forgotten. Tyrannic love again usurped his iron sway; every local evil, therefore, was unheeded by Montauban, excepting that which involved and militated against that reconciliation with the beauteous Eleanor, for which he would now have given worlds to have effected.

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