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Project Gutenberg's Specimens of German Romance, by Carl Franz van der Velde This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: Specimens of German Romance Vol. I. The Patricians Author: Carl Franz van der Velde Editor: George Soan Release Date: April 20, 2010 [EBook #32070] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK SPECIMENS OF GERMAN ROMANCE *** Produced by Charles Bowen from page scans provided by the Web Archive Transcriber's Notes: 1. Page scan Source: http://www.archive.org/details/specimensofgerma01soaniala 2. Footnotes are at the end of the book. VOL. I. THE PATRICIANS. _From the German of_ C. F. VAN DER VELDE. SPECIMENS OF GERMAN ROMANCE. SELECTED AND TRANSLATED FROM VARIOUS AUTHORS. IN THREE VOLUMES. VOL. I. LONDON: PRINTED FOR GEO. B. WHITTAKER, AVE-MARIA-LANE. MDCCCXXVI. THE PATRICIANS. It was in the year 1568, on the 17th of May, old style, that Althea, the widow of Netz of Bogendorf, sate in her apartments at Schweidnitz. The mourning veil still flowed about her pale beautiful face, while her blue eyes gazed through their tears with melancholy tenderness on the only pledge of a brief yet happy union, the four years' old Henry, who sate upon her knees, and in childish sport was trying to pull the golden locks of his mother from under her widows' cap. Before her stood her old uncle, Seifried von Schindel, and, while he held the full goblet in his hand, exhausted himself in consolations to lessen the anguish of his beloved niece. With good-humoured rebuke he exclaimed, "It is, no doubt, praise-worthy in your zeal to grieve for the loss of your husband; I myself can't bear those widows, who, l
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