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Excerpt from Basile the Jester: A Romance of the Days of Mary Queen of ScotsVive le Dauphin et la Reine dEcosse- long live the Dauphin and Queen of Scotland! Shout, good people! Blend your voices in one mighty burst of enthusiastic joy! Rend theMoreExcerpt from Basile the Jester: A Romance of the Days of Mary Queen of ScotsVive le Dauphin et la Reine dEcosse- long live the Dauphin and Queen of Scotland! Shout, good people! Blend your voices in one mighty burst of enthusiastic joy! Rend the air with the forcible expression of your feelings, for I vow this is the happiest day that has ever dawned on fair France. Huzza! shout, I say. Wherefore dost thou laugh at me, good master blacksmith? How do I know that thou art a blacksmith? Because thou hast a leathery smell, and the wrinkles of thy face and neck are like the furrows of a ploughed field - they are full of dirt. Nay, lose not thy temper, thou beater of iron and maker of horseshoes. I am as good a man as thou art. Huzza! Crack your lungs, dear people, for this is a right merry day. By my cap and bells, I vow I am so happy that I could een embrace that grimy blacksmith, though his face be somewhat uglier than yonder gargoyle.Thus spoke Basile, a jester at the Court of Henry II. of France, as he cut merry antics, for the amusement of the people, in front of the great cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.The year is 1558- the time, April 24. The occasion, the marriage of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, with Francis, the eldest son of Henry II. of France. The weather is glorious, and spring has touched all Nature with a wand of gold.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.