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covered with flowers, clad in shepherd's weeds, and seem- ingly thirty years old. Notwithstanding he was dead, they could plainly perceive that he had been a man of an engaging aspect, and genteel stature ; and could not help wondering at the sight of a great many papers, both sealed and loose, that lay round him in the coffin.
While the new comers were observing this pheno- menon, and the shepherds busied in digging a grave, a wonderful and universal silence prevailed, till such time as one of the bearers said to another : " Consider, Am- brosio, if this be the very spot which Chrysostom men- tioned, that his last will may be punctually fulfilled." " This," answered Ambrosio, " is the very place in which my unhappy friend has often recounted to me the story of his misfortunes. Here it was he first beheld that mortal enemy of the human race ; here also did he first declare his amorous and honourable intention ; and here, at last, did Marcella signify her disgust and disdain, which put an end to the tragedy of his wretched life : and in this place, as a monument of his mishap, did he desire to be deposited in the bowels of eternal oblivion."
Then addressing himself to Don Quixote and the travellers, he thus proceeded : " This corse, gentlemen, which you behold with compassionate eyes, was the habi- tation of a soul, which possessed an infinite share of the riches of heaven : this is the body of Chrysostom, who was a man of unparalleled genius, the pink of courtesy and kindness ; in friendship a very phoenix, liberal with- out bounds, grave without arrogance, gay without mean- ness ; and, in short, second to none in everything that was good, and without second in all that was unfortunate. He loved, and was abhorred ; he adored, and was disdained ;