ページの画像
PDF
ePub

But swift as lightnings flash along the sky,
With spurning heels Bayardo made reply.
It chanc'd beside him the Circassian stood,

520
Else had he mourn'd his rash attempt in blood;
Such dreadful force was in the courser's heel,
The stroke had burst a mount of solid steel.
Then to Angelica with easy pace
He moves, and humbly views her well-known face: 595
A Spaniel thus, domestic at the board,
Fawns after absence, and surveys his lord.
The damsel was remember'd by the steed
Wont at Albracca from her hands to food,
What time Rinaldo, courted by the maid,

330 With foul ingratitude her love repay'd. Now boldly in her hand she took the rein, Strok'd his broad chest, and smooth'd his ruffled mane: While conscious he, with wondrous sense indu'd, Still as a lamb, beside her gently stood,

535 The watchful Pagan leap'd into the seat, And curb’d, with streighten'd reins, Bayardo's heat. The palfrey to Angelica reinain'd, Who gladly thus her former place regain’d.

Ver. 529. Wont at Alórucca---] Malagigi, who was made prisoner by Angelica, (see General View, &c.) being released upon his parole, endeavoured to persuade Rinaldo 10 reluru her love; but all his arguments proving inellectual, he, in revenge, by a magical illnsion, decoyed his cousin from the Christian camp: Bayardo, being left behind, came into the possession of Astolpho, who, going to the siege of Albracca, in aid of Angelica, was overthrowu before the walls of that city, when luis horse was seized by Agricul; who being afterwards slain, Bayardo came into the hands of Orlando, who had lost his horse Brigliadoro. Orlando at last having recovered his own, and departing from Cathay on a new adventure, lent Bayard, in Albracca with Angelica, who soon after sent him to his master Rinaldo. See Orlando Innam.

510

515

Now as by chance she cast her eyes avidle,

knight on foot in soun:ling arms she toy’d:
When sudilen terror on her face was shown,
Soon as the knight for imcui's son was known.
Long had he wou'l, kui she deceas his love;
Not swifter from the ricon fiins the love.
Ile hated once, while she with arcur lund;
And now behold their several fortunes turn'i.
This cause at first from two fair fountaitis came,
Their waters different, but their look the same:
Amilst the shade of Arden's dreary wool,
Tull in cach othei's view the fountains stood:
Who drinks of one, intiames with love his heart,
Who drinks the other stream contemns liis clart :

550

Vr318.--- co fuir fountains...) " is many of the il paeious and kondicrtul tains in romance witor's we borroli cid from Ginek on Latin poein, w this story oftlievo mountains (í 1:161112, 11th their dillerini dilects, is borrowed from Claudiu, in hi description of the gardens of Venus.

Izabuntur' seinni fontes, hii dulcin, d'urns
Aiter, et intus DrTupit mella venenis:
Inde Cupidinea.' aldurit fama gids.

[ocr errors]

Two fountains here', of duierent mainre, rine:
Thuis ulcei dran :hts; that bitter stream Supplies:
While bere dire person thrown tw luni the hier, l,
lame tells that cupid terpers ibere lui dart.”

l'plon, Notes 0! Spenser, B. iv. C.ii.

Spenser mentions one of these fountain in his Fairy Queel.
Much more of price, and of more gracious power,
Is thus, than that same water of Arden,
The whichi Rinalilo drank in happy hour
Describere by that famous Tuscan pen:
For that han might to change the hearts of neir
From love to hate................Book it. C.iii.

[blocks in formation]

Rinaldo tasted that, and inly burn'd;
The damsel this, and hate for love return’d.

553
Soon as Angelica beheld the knight,
A sudden mist o’crspread her chearful siglit;
While with a falt’ring voice and troubled look,
To Sacripant with suppliant tone she spoke;
And begg'd him not th' approaching chief to meet, 560
But turn his courser, and betimes retreat.

Does then my prowess (Sacripant replies) Appear so mean and worthless in your eyes, That you too feeble deem this slighted hand, The force of yonder champion to withstand? 565 Ilave you forgot that memorable night When at Albracca I maintain’d the fight? In your defence, unarm’d, I durst oppose King Agrican, and brav'd a host of foes.

Not so (she said)---nor lo reply she knew; 570 As thus she spoke Rinaldo nearer drew,

Ver. 566.---that memorable night.] See note on rer. 326. Concern. ing the force mentioned in Romances to have been sel down before Albracca, lilton, to express the idea of a prodigious concourse, alludes to it in the following lines:

“ Such forces met not, nor so wide a camp
When Agrican, with all his northern powers,
Besieg'dilbracca, as romances tell,
The city of Galaphron, from thence to win
The fairest of her sex, Angelica,
His daughter, sought hy many prowest knights,
Both Paynim and the Peers of Charlemain;
Such and so various was their chivalry.”

Parad. Reg. B. iii. ver. 336.

Who now began the Pagan king to threat,
Soon as his eves the well-known course inst,
And that lord tre be viewil, whosechno hud fir'di
Ilis ravishid bosom, and his soul inspir'd.

373

[ocr errors]

But cease we here: the cuing book shall tell
Whät strife between these haughty warriors fell.

END OF THE TIRST LOOK.

[ocr errors]
« 前へ次へ »