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From prying eyes the more to hide his name, 580
Nor give each vulgar tongue t'asperse his fame,
He wore not those known arms, and ample shield
With red and white distinguish'd in the field;
Buț arms of sable hue, whose darkness shows
A just resemblance to his inward woes.

585 Not many years elaps'd, his matchless might From Amostantes won this suit in fight.

Now midst the silence of the midnight hour,
He left his sovereign Charles; the Christian power
He left; nor bade adieu to Brandimart,

590
Once his lov'd friend and partner of his heart !
But when with golden tresses round her head,
The morn arose from rich Tithonus' bed,
And from earth's face the humid curtains drew,
Orlando's Night, incens’d, the monarch knew : 595

Guyon's horse, Brigadore: this horse was formerly the property of Almontes.

See Note to Book i. ver. 202.

Ver. 582.---those known arms ---] The armour which Orlando won from Almontes, brother in Troyano.

Ver. 537.--- Amostantes---] The name of this warrior, who is not mentioned in Boyardo, appears in a muster of the forces brought over by Aimontes: after the death of Almontes he was killed by Onun io.

See Aspramonte, C. v. XX. Ver. 590.--- Brandimart.] Brandimart is one of the principal personages in the Orlando Innamorato, where he makes a more conspicuous figure than in the Furioso. Brandimart and Flordelis are described by Boyardo, as a pattern of conjugal atleution, and this character of them is preser ed by Ariosto: they were l'agans by birth, but Flordelis was first converted by Rinaldo, and Brandimart afterwards by the jomt arguments of Ortando ad Florrielis. Brandımart is introduced as the almost inseparable companion of Orlando, whom he accompanies to the siege of Albracca.

See Orlando Innam.

With deep concern his nephew's loss he heard,
When honour call'd him now, where danger rear’d
ller dreadful front, to guard from hostilc liands
His king, his country, and his social bands.
Nor could he hide his

anger,
but expresad

600
The just resentment kindled in his breast;
With threats, if absent lonx, the recreant knight
Should dearly mourn this ill-concerted flight.

But noble Brandimart, whose faith well try’d, No chance could shake, whom nothing could divide 60,0 From his lov'd friend; who inly hop'd once more Orlando to his fellows to restore; And scorn'd to hear reproach his fame upbraid, Swift from the host his eager steps convey’d; Nor would to Flordelis his thoughts disclose, 610 Lest her fond love should his design oppose. His wedded dame was she, his soul's delight, Scarce was he ever absent from her sight : The charms of beauty in her person shin’d, And every prudent grace adorn’d her mind! 016 Yet, parting thus, he hop'd ere closc of day Again to measure back his former way: But many a chance the wandering warrior prov'd, That long detain'd him from the fair be lov’dd.

A tedious month his consort stay'd in vain, 620 In hopes to see her Brandimart again ; Till fear and love her breast so strongly rend, She quits the walls without a guide or friend; And seeks him long in many a distant state, As, in its place, the story shall relate : Of these no more---the muse with nobler flight Now turns the strain to great Anglante's knight;

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Who, having chang’d his arms of well known fame,
Won from Alinontes, to the portal came,
And to a chief, who there maintain’d the guard, 630
In a low voice his mighty.name declar’d:
Soon at the word, he let the draw-bridge down,
When swift Orlando issued from the town,
And took the way to pass the slumberiny foc:
What followed then th’ ensuing book shall show. 635

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