The Harvard Classics Volume 38 eBook

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quarters, which were at the least two hundred paces away.  I bade one of his companions send for a priest to dispose the affairs of his soul; he got one for him, who stayed with him to his last breath.  The next day, the patient sent for me by his girl, dressed in boy’s apparel, to come and dress him; which I would not, fearing he would die under my hands; and to be rid of the matter I told her the dressing must not be removed before the third day.  But in truth he was sure to die, though he were never touched again.  The third day, he came staggering to find me in my tent, and the girl with him, and prayed me most affectionately to dress him, and showed me a purse wherein might be an hundred or sixscore pieces of gold, and said he would give me my heart’s desire; nevertheless, for all that, I put off the removal of the dressing, fearing lest he should die then and there.  Certain gentlemen desired me to go and dress him; which I did at their request; but in dressing him he died under my hands in a convulsion.  The priest stayed with him till death, and seized his purse, for fear another man should take it, saying he would say masses for his poor soul.  Also he took his clothes, and everything else.

I have told this case for the wonder of it, that the soldier, having received this great blow, did not fall down, and kept his reason to the end.

Not long afterward, the camp was broken up from diverse causes:  one, because we were told that four companies of Spaniards were entered into Perpignan:  the other, that the plague was spreading through the camp.  Moreover, the country folk warned us there would soon be a great overflowing of the sea, which might drown us all.  And the presage which they had, was a very great wind from sea, which rose so high that there remained not a single tent but was broken and thrown down, for all the care and diligence we could give; and the kitchens being all uncovered, the wind raised the dust and sand, which salted and powdered our meats in such fashion that we could not eat them; and we had to cook them in pots and other covered vessels.  Nor was the camp so quickly moved but that many carts and carters, mules and mule drivers, were drowned in the sea, with great loss of baggage.

When the camp was moved I returned to Paris.

THE JOURNEY TO LANDRESY. 1544

The King raised a great army to victual Landresy.  Against him the Emperor had no fewer men, but many more, to wit, eighteen thousand Germans, ten thousand Spaniards, six thousand Walloons, ten thousand English, and from thirteen to fourteen thousand horse.  I saw the two armies near each other, within cannon-shot; and we thought they could not withdraw without giving battle.  There were some foolish gentlemen who must needs approach the enemy’s camp; the enemy fired on them with light field pieces; some died then and there, others had their arms or legs carried away.  The King having done what he wished, which was to victual Landresy, withdrew his army to Guise, which was the day after All Saints, 1544; and from there I returned to Paris.

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