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At length he lifted up the helm he wore,
Disclosing features oft disclos'd before:
Then Ariodantes all with joy perceiv'd
Him, for whose loss the realm of Scotland griev'd;
That Ariodantes, whom, by fame misled,
Geneura and his brother wept for dead;
For whom the king, the court, the people mourn’d; 25
So brave a knight, with every grace adorn'd!
In this the peasant's truth appear’ıl to fail,
Whose lips had told the fair that fatal tale:
Yet had his eyes beheld the desperate knight
Jeap headlong from the rocky mountain's height. 30
But, as it oft befalls the wretch, whose grief
Calls dcath, when distant, to his wish'd relief;
To quit his purpose, when he sees him near,
So dark and comfortless his paths appear,
Thus Ariodantes, plunging in the wave,
With late repentance sought his life to save;
And strong of limbs above the waters bore
His head, and ply'd his arms and swam to shore.
Now every former thought of death he blam’d,
And senseless and unjust his fancy nam’d,
Then journey'd on with garments briny wet,
Till in a hermit's cave he shelter met;
Resolv'd awhile in secret there to stay,
Till time should to his ears the truth convey,
If for his loss suppos'd, Geneura griev'd,
Or if with joy the tidings she receiv'd.
And soon he heard so far her sorrows wrought,
As near to death th' unhappy virgin brought;
That stern Luircanio, by resentment sway'd,
Had to the king accus'd the guiltless maid.
Now fierce his wrath against his brother turn’d,
Ficrce as before for love his bosom burn'd.
With griei he learni, that yet no gallant knight
Had ventin'd in Genaura's cause to fight:
Lurcaniv's viscum and his valour known,
All seemid with care the doubtful surise to shun;
And thought the youth in such a dangerous strile,
T'assert i tilsehood ne'er would risk his life.
Put Ariolans by kirimp!!!,
Resolv: 0 Metlis Ivreiirr in the fiel.
Can I behull (the litilillorer 61:1)
To cruc Reith my hair Gerra led?
Whom still must my queen and soulless prize,
Dear as the light that shin's before my eyes !
Just or umjasi the cause, still let me fly
For her lov'd säke to conquer or to die.
Yet, ab! 100 sure I shall the wrong derend;
But be it wrong; my bloo: the strife shall end !
One thoughi alone in death will give mc pain,
That, if I fill, Genera musí be slain !
This comfort yet remains.---'will then be prov'd
Ilow well by Polinesso was she lov'll :
she view her lover's faith display'd,
Who nc’er appear'd to combat in her aid;
whose truth she could so ill requite,
She sees, for her defence, thus slain in fight,
Lurcanio 100 his punishment shall feel,
For having kindled first this flame of ill.
Remorse and grief shall rend his tortur'd breast,
When all the fatal conflict stands confest:
When, thinking to revenge his brother's death,
He finds him by his hand depriv'd of breath!
So mus'd the knight; and, having thus deereed, Procur'd new armour, and a horse with speed; His scarf was black; and round his ample shield, 85 With yellow-green was fring'd the sable field. He next receiv'd a squire from Fortune's hand Unknown to all, a stranger in the land : Thus well disguis'd, with him the knight pursu'd His way,
and arm'd before his brother stood. What follow'd then, my tale before has shown, And how he was for Ariodantes known.
Not less the king rejoic'd his face to see, Than his lov'd daughter from her danger free; And justly deem'd he ne'er again could view
93 A youth in love so valiant and so true; Who, when such seeming wrongs inflam'd his thought, With his own brother, in her cause, had fought. Urz’d by his court, and at Rinaldo's prayer He gave to Ariodant Geneura fair :
100 Albania's dukedom, which the king again Receiv'd, the traitor Polinesso slain, Which could not chance in more propitious hour,
gave his daughter for her marriage dower. Rinaldo then Dalinda's cause embrac'd,
105 And pardon gain' for all her errors past, Who, weary'd with the world's unhappy state, Had vow'd to Heaven her mind to dedicate. Forsaking Scotland, she to Dacia went, And there her days in hallow'd cloisters spent. 110
Ver. 86. Hith yellow-green--] The colour of fading leaves: In chivalry, this colour was worn as a mark of desperation. So Brada. mant wears a scarf of the same colour. Book xxxii. ver. 325.
But now 'eis time to view Rogero's course,
Who cuts the skies upon the winged horse,
Though brave Rogero was to fear unbred,
Nor yet the colour from his chiteks hal iled;
Full well I dare ailirm, his lieure nnist quake,
Like trembling leaves tht to the breezes shake.
He now has leit Europa's climes afar,
And past a mighty space that region, where
Unconquer'd liercules, in ares past,
His boundary to indiilers hul plac',
The Griffin-horse, a beast most strange to sight,
With such a strength of piriiun urgl his flight;
No winged animal of suvitlest breed,
Could dare to mate with him in rapid speed :
Nor can we, join'd with him, the bird compare
Whose mighty talons Jove's artillery bear.
Not skifter scarce the glancing lightning flies;
Or vengeful bolt that reuds the suilen skies.
At length he seems preparing, tir'd with flight,
In airy rings npon an isle to light:
Ver. 111. But now 'tis time...] lle returns again to Rinaldo, in the viiith book.
Ver. 120. lis boundary to mariners---] The straits of Gibraltar, where Hercules was said to hare planted his pillars, as the utno: i bounds of navigation, the great ocean lying beyond: Thus Tusso....
Tempo verra, che sian (l'Ercole i segni,
Fuvola vile ai paviganti industri.
The time will come, when sailors yet uborn,
Shall nane Alcides' narrow bounds in scom.
Jer. Del. B. XV. ver, 220,
Au isle like that, where, from her lover fleil,
Long time conceald within lier secret bed,
The virgin Arethusa runs in vain
By a strange course beneath the roaring main.
Midst all his way through ample fields of air, 135
Rogero had not seen a place so fair;
Nor had he search'd the vary'd world around,
A more transporting clime could e'er have found.
To this the monster with his rider bends,
And, after many a spacious wheel, descends. 140
There cultur'd plains, and grassy hills appear,
Green meadows, shady banks, and waters clear;
Delightful groves where palms and laurels grew,
Cedars, and myriles, pleasing to the view:
With flowers and fruits the orange stands between;
All intermis'd, a various sylvan scene!
These, with their shade, afford a sale retreat
From all the lurning of meridian heat.
And the boughs secure, wiih Nutiering wing,
The nightingales with tunefui voices sing;
While midst the roses reil, and lilies fair,
For ever murs'l by kindly Zephyr's care,
The nimble hures, in wanton mazes, play'd:
And stalcly stays will branching antlers stray'd:
Without the fear of hostile hands they stood 1.
To crop, or ruminate their
The wild goats frolic; leap the nimble deer;
That in this rural place in troops appear.
Soon as the earth so nigh Rogero found,
To reach with safety, on thi’ enamell’d ground
With gladsome heart he leaps, but still detains
His flying courser by the straitened reins;