Join Date Mar Posts 18, Join Date Dec Posts 9, Dear DNW, Thanks for the link. Very interesting. I had not read before this article, anything about St. Margaret Mary's requesting that France be consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Did you research that any further?
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Originally Posted by DeborahM. Louis' vow, but could not find anything about St. Reading the words of Louis' vow on the blog, I didn't find any reference to that request from St.
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Margaret Mary either. Curious, isn't it?
Thanks for making the effort. If you do find anything, to substantiate that mention of a request by St. Margaret Mary, in any other source, I'd still be interested. When she had him where she believ'd she cou'd not be heard, she sigh'd to him, and softly cry'd, Ah , Aboan! I confess it with my mouth, because I would not give my eyes the lye; and you have but too much already perceived they have confess'd my flame: nor would I have you believe, that because I am the abandoned mistress of a king, I esteem my self altogether divested of charms: No , Aboan;.
I have still a rest of beauty enough engaging, and have learn'd to please too well, not to be desirable. I can have lovers still, but will have none but Aboan. Madam , reply'd the half-feigning youth you have already, by my eyes, found you can still conquer; and I believe 'tis in pity of me you condescend to this kind confession.
But, madam, words are used to be so small a part of our country-courtship, that 'tis rare one can get so happy an opportunity as to tell one's heart; and those few minutes we have, are forced to be snatch'd for more certain proofs of love than speaking and sighing; and such I languish for. He spoke this with such a tone, that she hoped it true, and cou'd not forbear believing it; and being wholly transported with joy for having subdued the finest of all the king's subjects to her desires, she took from her ears two large pearls, and commanded him to wear 'em in his.
He would have refused 'em, crying, Madam, these are not the proofs of your love that I expect; 'tis opportunity, 'tis a lone-hour only, that can make me happy.
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But forcing the pearls into his hand, she whisper'd softly to him; Oh! And pressing his hand, she cry'd, This night you shall be happy: Come to the gate of the orange-grove, behind the otan, and I will be ready about mid-night to receive you. The ladies were still dancing, and the king laid on a carpet with a great deal of pleasure was beholding them, especially Imoinda , who that day appear'd more lovely than ever, being enliven'd with the good tidings Onahal had brought her, of the constant passion the prince had for her.
The prince was laid on another carpet at the other end of the room, with his eyes fixed on the object of his soul; and as she turned or moved, so did they: and she alone gave his eyes and soul their motions. Nor did Imoinda employ her eyes to any other use, than in beholding with infinite pleasure. But while she was more regarding him, than the steps she took, she chanced to fall; and so near him, as that leaping with extreme force from the carpet, he caught her in his arms as she fell: and 'twas visible to the whole presence, the joy wherewith he received her.
He clasped her close to his bosom, and quite forgot that reverence that was due to the mistress of a king, and that punishment that is the reward of a boldness of this nature. And had not the presence of mind of Imoinda fonder of his safety, than her own befriended him, in making her spring from his arms, and fall into her dance again, he had at that instant met his death; for the old king, jealous to the last degree, rose up in rage, broke all the diversion, and led Imoinda to her apartment, and sent out word to the prince, to go immediately to the camp; and that if he were found another night in court, he shou'd suffer the death ordained for disobedient offenders.
You may imagine how welcome this news was to Oroonoko , whose unseasonable transport and caress of Imoinda was blamed by all men that loved him: and now he perceived his fault, yet cry'd, That for such another moment he would be content to die. All the otan was in disorder about this accident; and Onahal was particularly concern'd, because on the prince's stay depended her happiness; for she cou'd no longer expect that of Aboan : So that e'er they departed, they contrived it so, that the prince and he should both come that night to the grove of the otan, which was all of oranges and citrons, and that there they wou'd wait her orders.
They parted thus with grief enough till night, leaving the king in possession of the lovely maid. But nothing could appease the jealousy of the old lover; he wou'd not be imposed on, but would have it, that Imoinda made a false step on purpose to fall into Oroonoko's bosom, and that all things looked like a design on both sides; and 'twas in vain she protested her innocence:. He was old and obstinate, and left her more than half assur'd that his fear was true. The king going to his apartment, sent to know where the prince was, and if he intended to obey his command. The messenger return'd, and told him, he found the prince pensive, and altogether unprepar'd for the campaign; that he lay negligently on the ground, and answer'd very little.
This confirmed the jealousy of the king, and he commanded that they should very narrowly and privately watch his motions; and that he should not stir from his apartment, but one spy or other shou'd be employ'd to watch him: So that the hour approaching, wherein he was to go to the citron-grove; and taking only Aboan along with him, he leaves his apartment, and was watched to the very gate of the Otan; where he was seen to enter, and where they left him, to carry back the tidings to the king.
Oroonoko and Aboan were no sooner enter'd, but Onahal led the prince to the apartment of Imoinda ; who, not knowing any thing of her happiness, was laid in bed. But Onahal only left him in her chamber, to make the best of his opportunity, and took her dear Aboan to her own; where he shew'd the height of complaisance for his prince, when, to give him an opportunity, he suffer'd himself to be caress'd in bed by Onahal.
The prince softly waken'd Imoinda , who was not a little surpriz'd with joy to find him there; and yet she trembled with a thousand fears. I believe he omitted saying nothing to this young maid, that might persuade her to suffer him to seize his own, and take the rights of love. And I believe she was not long resisting those arms where she so long'd to be; and having opportunity, night, and silence, youth, love and desire, he soon prevail'd, and ravished in a moment what his old grandfather had been endeavouring for so many months. And 'tis impossible to express the transports he suffer'd, while he listen'd to a discourse so charming from her loved lips; and clasped that body in his arms, for whom he had so long languished: and nothing now afflicted him, but his sudden departure from her; for he told her the necessity, and his commands, but should depart satisfy'd in this, That since the old king had hitherto not been able to deprive him of those enjoyments which only belonged to him, he believed for the future he would be less able to injure him: so that, abating the scandal of the veil, which was no otherwise so, than that she was wife to another, he believed her safe, even in the arms of the king, and innocent; yet would he have ventur'd at the conquest of the world, and have given it all to have had her avoided that honour of receiving the royal veil.
But while they were thus fondly employ'd, forgetting how time ran on, and that the dawn must conduct him far away from his only happiness, they heard a great noise in the Otan, and unusual voices of men; at which the prince, starting from the arms of the frighted Imoinda , ran to a little battle-ax he used to wear by his side; and having not so much leisure as to put on his habit, he opposed himself against some who were already opening the door: which they did with so much violence, that Oroonoko was not able to defend it; but was forced to cry out with a commanding voice, Whoever ye are that have the boldness to attempt to approach this apartment thus rudely; know, that I, the Prince Oroonoko, will revenge it with the certain death of him.
This he spoke with a voice so resolv'd and assur'd, that they soon retired from the door; but cry'd, 'Tis by the king's command we are come; and being satisfy'd by thy voice, O prince, as much as if we had enter'd, we can report to the king the truth of all his fears, and leave thee to provide for thy own safety, as thou art advis'd by thy friends. At these words they departed, and left the prince to take a short and sad leave of his Imoinda ; who, trusting in the strength of her charms, believed she should appease the fury of a jealous king, by saying, she was surprized, and that it was by force of arms he got into her apartment.
All her concern now was for his life, and therefore she hasten'd him to the camp, and with much ado prevail'd on him to go. Nor was it she alone that prevailed; Aboan and Onahal both pleaded, and both assured him of a lye that should be well enough contrived to secure Imoinda. So that at last, with a heart sad as death, dying eyes, and sighing soul, Oroonoko departed, and took his way to the camp.
It was not long after, the king in person came to the otan; where beholding Imoinda , with rage in his eyes, he upbraided her wickedness, and perfidy; and threatning her royal lover, she fell on her face at his feet, bedewing the floor with her tears, and imploring his pardon for a fault which she had not with her will committed; as Onahal , who was also prostrate with her, could testify: That, unknown to her, he had broke into her apartment, and ravished her.
She spoke this much against her conscience; but to save her own life, 'twas absolutely necessary she should feign this falsity. She knew it could not injure the prince, he being fled to an army that would stand by him, against any injuries that should assault him. However this last thought of Imoinda's being ravished, changed the. But as it is the greatest crime in nature amongst 'em, to touch a woman after having been possess'd by a son, a father, or a brother, so now he looked on Imoinda as a polluted thing, wholly unfit for his embrace; nor wou'd he resign her to his grandson, because she had received the royal veil: He therefore removes her from the otan, with Onahal ; whom he put into safe hands, with order they should be both sold off as slaves to another country, either Christian or heathen, 'twas no matter where.
This cruel sentence, worse than death, they implor'd might be reversed; but their prayers were vain, and it was put in execution accordingly, and that with so much secrecy, that none, either without or within the otan, knew any thing of their absence, or their destiny. The old king nevertheless executed this with a great deal of reluctancy; but he believed he had made a very great conquest over himself, when he had once resolved, and had perform'd what he resolv'd. He believed now, that his love had been unjust; and that he cou'd not expect the gods, or Captain of the Clouds as they call the unknown power wou'd suffer a better consequence from so ill a cause.
He now begins to hold Oroonoko excused; and to say, he had reason for what he did: And now every body cou'd assure the king how passionately Imoinda was beloved by the prince; even those confess'd it now, who said the contrary before his flame was not abated. So that the king being old, and not able to defend himself in war, and having no sons of all his race remaining alive, but only this, to maintain him on his throne; and looking on this as a man disobliged, first by the rape of his mistress, or rather wife, and now by depriving him wholly of her, he fear'd, might make him desperate, and do some cruel thing, either to himself or his old grandfather the offender, he began to repent him extremely of the contempt he had, in his rage, put on Imoinda.
He ought to have had so much value and consideration for a maid of her quality, as to have nobly put her to death, and not to have sold her like a common slave; the greatest revenge, and the most disgraceful of any, and to which they a thousand times prefer death, and implore it; as Imoinda did, but cou'd not obtain that honour. Seeing therefore it was certain that Oroonoko would highly resent this affront, he thought good to make some excuse for his rashness to him; and to that end, he sent a messenger to the camp, with orders to treat with him about the matter, to gain his pardon, and to endeavour to mitigate his grief; but that by no means he shou'd tell him she was sold, but secretly put to death: for he knew he should never obtain his pardon for the other.
When the messenger came, he found the prince upon the point of engaging with the enemy; but as soon as he heard of the arrival of the messenger, he commanded him to his tent, where he embraced him, and received him with joy: which was soon abated by the down-cast looks of the messenger, who was instantly demanded the cause by Oroonoko ; who, impatient of delay, ask'd a thousand questions in a breath, and all concerning Imoinda.
But there needed little return; for he cou'd almost answer himself of all he demanded from his sighs and eyes. At last the messenger casting himself at the prince's feet, and kissing them with all the submission of a man that had something to implore which he dreaded to utter, he besought him to hear with calmness what he had to deliver to him, and to call up all his noble and heroick courage, to encounter with his words, and defend himself against the ungrateful things he must relate.
Oroonoko reply'd, with a deep sigh, and a languishing voice, - I am armed against their worst efforts - For I know they will tell me , Imoinda is no more - and after that, you may spare the rest. Then, commanding him to rise, he laid himself on a carpet, under a rich pavilion, and remained a good. When he was come a little to himself, the messenger asked him leave to deliver that part of his embassy which the prince had not yet divin'd: And the prince cry'd, I permit thee - Then he told him the affliction the old king was in, for the rashness he had committed in his cruelty to Imoinda ; and how he deign'd to ask pardon for his offence, and to implore the prince would not suffer that loss to touch his heart too sensibly, which now all the gods cou'd not restore him, but might recompense him in glory, which he begged he would pursue; and that death, that common revenger of all injuries, would soon even the account between him and a feeble old man.
Oroonoko bad him return his duty to his lord and master; and to assure him, there was no account of revenge to be adjusted between them: if there were, 'twas he was the aggressor, and that death would be just, and, maugre his age, wou'd see him righted; and he was contented to leave his share of glory to youths more fortunate and worthy of that favour from the gods: That henceforth he would never lift a weapon, or draw a bow, but abandon the small remains of his life to sighs and tears, and the continual thoughts of what his lord and grandfather had thought good to send out of the world, with all that youth, that innocence and beauty.
After having spoken this, whatever his greatest officers and men of the best rank cou'd do, they could not raise him from the carpet, or persuade him to action, and resolutions of life; but commanding all to retire, he shut himself into his pavilion all that day, while the enemy was ready to engage: and wondring at the delay, the whole body of the chief of the army then address'd themselves to him, and to whom they had much ado to get admittance. They fell on their faces at the foot of his carpet, where they lay, and besought him with earnest prayers and tears, to lead them forth to battle, and not let the enemy take.
But he made no other reply to all their supplications, but this, That he had now no more business for glory; and for the world, it was a trifle not worth his care: Go continued he, sighing and divide it amongst you, and reap with joy what you so vainly prize, and leave me to my more welcome destiny. They then demanded what they should do, and whom he would constitute in his room, that the confusion of ambitious youth and power might not ruin their order, and make them a prey to the enemy.
He reply'd, he would not give himself the trouble - but wished 'em to chuse the bravest man amongst 'em, let his quality or birth be what it wou'd: For, oh my friends! Believe this, when you behold Oroonoko the most wretched, and abandoned by fortune, of all the creation of the gods.
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So turning himself about, he wou'd make no more reply to all they could urge or implore. The army beholding their officers return unsuccessful, with sad faces and ominous looks, that presaged no good luck, suffer'd a thousand fears to take possession of their hearts, and the enemy to come even upon them, before they would provide for their safety, by any defence: and though they were assured by some, who had a mind to animate them, that they should be immediately headed by the prince, and that in the mean time Aboan had orders to command as general; yet they were so dismay'd for want of that great example of bravery, that they could make but a very feeble resistance; and at last, downright fled before the enemy, who pursued 'em to the very tents, killing 'em.
Nor could all Aboan's courage, which that day gained him immortal glory, shame 'em into a manly defence of themselves. The guards that were left behind about the prince's tent, seeing the soldiers flee before the enemy, and scatter themselves all over the plain, in.
But, in spight of all his resolutions, he had not the constancy of grief to that degree, as to make him insensible of the danger of his army; and in that instant he leaped from his couch, and cry'd - Come, if we must die, let us meet death the noblest way; and 'twill be more like Oroonoko to encounter him at an army's head, opposing the torrent of a conquering foe, than lazily on a couch, to wait his lingring pleasure, and die every moment by a thousand racking thoughts; or be tamely taken by an enemy, and led a whining love-sick slave to adorn the triumphs of Jamoan, that young victor, who already is enter'd beyond the limits I have prescrib'd him.
While he was speaking, he suffer'd his people to dress him for the field; and sallying out of his pavilion, with more life and vigour in his countenance than ever he shew'd, he appear'd like some divine power descended to save his country from destruction: and his people had purposely put him on all things that might make him shine with most splendor, to strike a reverend awe into the beholders. He flew into the thickest of those that were pursuing his men; and being animated with despair, he fought as if he came on purpose to die, and did such things as will not be believed that human strength could perform; and such as soon inspir'd all the rest with new courage, and new order.
And now it was that they began to fight indeed; and so, as if they would not be outdone even by their ador'd hero; who turning the tide of the victory, changing absolutely the fate of the day, gain'd an entire conquest: and Oroonoko having the good fortune to single out Jamoan , he took him prisoner with his own hand, having wounded him almost to death. This Jamoan afterwards became very dear to him being a man very gallant, and of excellent graces, and fine parts; so that he never put him amongst the rank.
This Frenchman was banished out of his own country, for some heretical notions he held: and tho he was a man of very little religion, he had admirable morals, and a brave soul. After the total defeat of Jamoan's army, which all fled, or were left dead upon the place, they spent some time in the camp; Oroonoko chusing rather to remain awhile there in his tents, than to enter into a palace, or live in a court where he had so lately suffer'd so great a loss.
The officers therefore, who saw and knew his cause of discontent, invented all sorts of diversions and sports to entertain their prince: so that what with those amusements abroad, and others at home, that is, within their tents, with the persuasions, arguments, and care of his friends and servants that he more peculiarly priz'd, he wore off in time a great part of that chagreen , and torture of despair, which the first effects of Imoinda 's death had given him; insomuch as having received a thousand kind embassies from the king, and invitation to return to court, he obey'd, tho with no little reluctancy: and when he did so, there was a visible change in him, and for a long time he was much more melancholy than before.
But time lessens all extremes, and reduces 'em to mediums , and unconcern: but no motives of beauties, tho all endeavour'd it, cou'd engage him in any sort of amour, though he.
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Oroonoko was no sooner return'd from this last conquest, and receiv'd at court with all the joy and magnificence that cou'd be expressed to a young victor, who was not only returned triumphant, but belov'd like a deity, than there arriv'd in the port an English ship. The master of it had often before been in these countries, and was very well known to Oroonoko , with whom he had traffick'd for slaves, and had us'd to do the same with his predecessors.
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This commander was a man of a finer sort of address and conversation, better bred, and more engaging, than most of that sort of men are; so that he seem'd rather never to have been bred out of a court, than almost all his life at sea. This captain therefore was always better receiv'd at court, than most of the traders to those countries were; and especially by Oroonoko , who was more civiliz'd, according to the European mode, than any other had been, and took more delight in the white nations; and, above all, men of parts and wit.
To this captain he sold abundance of his slaves; and for the favour and esteem he had for him, made him many presents, and oblig'd him to stay at court as long as possibly he cou'd. Which the captain seem'd to take as a very great honour done him, entertaining the prince every day with globes and maps, and mathematical discourses and instruments; eating, drinking, hunting, and living with him with so much familiarity, that it was not to be doubted but he had gain'd very greatly upon the heart of this gallant young man.
And the captain, in return of all these mighty favours, besought the prince to honour his vessel with his presence, some day or other at dinner, before he shou'd set sail: which he condescended to accept, and appointed his day. The captain, on his part, fail'd not to have all things in a readiness, in the most magnificent order he cou'd possibly: And the day being come, the captain, in his boat, richly adorn'd with carpets and velvet. The prince having drunk hard of punch, and several sorts of wine, as did all the rest, for great care was taken, they shou'd want nothing of that part of the entertainment was very merry, and in great admiration of the ship, for he had never been in one before; so that he was curious of beholding every place where he decently might descend.
The rest, no less curious, who were not quite overcome with drinking, rambled at their pleasure fore and aft, as their fancies guided 'em: So that the captain, who had well laid his design before, gave the word, and seiz'd on all his guests; they clapping great irons suddenly on the prince, when he was leap'd down into the hold, to view that part of the vessel; and locking him fast down, secur'd him.