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Rinaldo now dismounts; and, as he lies, Swift from the helpless wretch his helm untics.
610 But he, unable more to wage the war, For mercy then prefers his humble prayer; And to the king and court on every side, Confess'd the fraud for which he justly dy'd.
While yet with weak and filtering words he spoke, His utterance fail'd, and life his limbs forsook. 616
The king rejoic'd his much-lov'd child to see
620 Iład he his crown regain'l; and hence le gare Distinguish'd honours to Rinaldo brave. But when, his helinet rais'él, he knew the knight, (A face before no stranger to his sight) With lifted hands his thanks to Heaven he paid, 625 That sent so fam'd a champion to his aid.
The knight, who first t' assist Çeneura came, (Unknown to all his country and his name) Who, arm’dl in her defence, had sought the field, Remain'd apart; and all that pass'd beheld. 630 But now the king desir'd his name to know, And begg’d him froin his casque his face to show; That as his generous purpose clam'd regard, He might with royal gits such worth reward. At length, with much entreaty, from his head
635 He rais'u his helmet, and to sight display'd What in th’ ensuing book we shall reveal, If grateful to your car appears my sale,
END OF THE CITH BOOK.
THE conclusion of the story of Geneura. Rogero is carried by the
flying-horse to Alcina’s island, where he finds a knight turned into a myrtle, who gives him an account of his transformation, and warns him to shun the wiles of the sorceress. Rogero engages in combat with a troop of monsters, who oppose his passage from the city of Alcina; and is afterwards accosted by two ladies belonging to her palace.
MOST wretched man, who hopes in long disguise
False Polinesso deem'd his state secure,
Now each, impatient, urg'd the stranger-knight To show his face so long conceal'd from sight;