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Between Geneura, and her favourite knight,
165 That you are her you seem by mien and vest: For well I trust, while thus myself I cheat, To cure my fond desire with this deceit.
Ile said; and I unconscious ne'er perceiv'd (So far had love my thoughts of sense bereav'd) 170 That what he ask'd, my treacherous lover meant, With secret guilt t' effect some base intent; But like Geneura cloth'd in vestment white, Receiv'd his visits many a secret night;
Nor saw the reason workinz in his miin!,
175 Till all la lolluri'), which is willihersier.
His purpose lindo na gril, this wily duke
It moves me more to view your tiuitless pain, (Thus Ariodantes answer’d him again) Since, ere your thoughts aspirad 10 win the dame, 195 My soul had nourishiil long the gro:ving ilime; And nic'er could sympathy more powerful love, To join tuo amorous minds in meal love. Why then respect not you our triclly band!, Or pay my vors the deference you demand? 200 Were you beheld with more propitious eyes, Long since bad I resign’d the beauteous prize ; But well I hope the priucely maid to wed, Though your possessions may be wider spread: Not less my deeds by Scoiland's king approv'd, 205 And by his daughter am I more belov'd.
in thee repose.
O'erweening confidence (the duke rejoin'd)
When Ariodantes thus with truth declar'd
Thus fraudulent pursu'd--- Vow hear me tell,
?13 Though lady's favours we should still conccal. No conscious month revolves, but sees me kd Full many a night in fair Genera's bed; Beholds me clasp her yielding in my arms, And riot, unconfin', in all her charms. Judge, if thy favours can with mine compare : Then yield to me, and seek some kinder fair, Since love has crown'd my happier fortune there.
'Tis false! (thus Ariodant intensil replies) Thou has defani'd the fair with odious lyes;
255 And hast devis'd what thou hasi saiki, to prove If shallow tales can fright me from my love. But since tuo much Gencura's fame they stain, It fits, what thou hast spoken, to maintain. This instant wi!! I brand thce, cre we part,
200 1 liar and a traitor in thy heart.
"Twere weak indeed (the duke again reply'd)
At this to stagger Ariodant began,
His bosom throbb’d, his shifting colour fled, 270
275 In vain your words my constant mind would move, Unless these eyes her fatal falsehood prove.
This said, they parted: soon was fix'd again The night my treacherous duke to entertain : When to complete the share his craft had wrought, 280 My guileful lover Ariodantes sought; And bade him take his stand th’ ensuing night Amidst those ruin’d piles, conceald from sight.
But Ariodantes now in thought began To doubt that this conceal'd some murderous train; 285 That the false duke, by rival hatred sway'd, A secret ambush for his life had laid, Pretending there a cruel proof to give Of what his thoughts till then could ne'er conceive. Yet was he firm to go, but on his guard,
290 Tesolv'd for all assaults to be prepard; That, if the chance requir’d, he bravely might Withstand his ambush'd enemy in fight. Ilis brother was a knight of prudence sound, Of all the court in arms the most renown'd,
295 Lurcanio call'd, and less, with him, he fear’d, Than if ten others on his side appear'd. This gallant youth he bade his arins prepare, And led th' adventure of the night to share. Not that he told the secrets of his heart,
300 For these to him, nor none, would he impart.