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The frantic carl by fortune thither came,
And now it chanc'd a fair and gentle dame,
300 Lo! this was she (it still your mind retain 'The tale I told) who long had sought in vain
Ver. 30! ------?f still your mind retain
The inle 1 tulil---] Florilelis is here again introduced, who last made her appearance in the xxirth book, ver. 535. and was present at the single coinbat between Alandricardo and Zer. bino ; after which she continued her search of Erandimart till sie caine to this bride.
The steps of Brandimart, and far explor’l
Awhile she staid t' await the conilici's end, Where two such foes in matchless strength contendi. They press, they gripe, their utmost nerve they show, Each strives the other from the bridge to throw, 316 And, muttering to himself, the Pain cries, What to this fool such unlook'd force supplies? Now here, now there he struggles, shifts, and turns, With shame he reddens, and with wrath he burns : 320 With either hand he seeks, in vain, to take Some firmer hold, that best the earl may shake; And oft between his legs the furious knight The left foot now inserts, and now the right, Orlando Rodomont entwines around,
325 Like the fierce bear that struggles from the ground T' uproot the tree from which he fell, and deals His senseless rage on that which nothing feels.
Hapless Orlando, with his wits destroy'd, Nor slight, nor art, but strength alone cnploy'd; 330 (Such wondrous strength the world from end to end No living chief to equal him could send !) Himself now backward from the bridge he tbrew, And with him, close embrac’d, the Pagan drew,
Loisiak together to the depth profound,
335 Leap ile dhashi'd waves, and loud the shores resound! The water scen divides their struggling linbs; Ozaniu, nak?, drainciunber'd swims: Amid the scrcam hepiis25 with an oar, Ilis sirina19 linit jui.ins, s.110'y guins the shore: 310 Then o'er the plan de zeeds liis course, nor stays To mark how fir hendi vir: blame or praise. The Pa an, whom his ponderous arms surround, More sionly gains, at length, the distant ground. Meanwhile securely o'er the bridge and tide 315 The dene had past, and round on every side Exploril the tow!, if there hier anxious eje Might any roils of Brandimart esly. Tet while her arms, nor mantle there she view'd Of hin slir lovci-uod ho she still renew'd 350 To incet her loril--but let is turn to find The vretchei car, wiw lied with senseless inind, And left the brile, the siream, and tower behind.
Wild were the thought t' attempt in tuneful verse, The madness of Orlando to rehearse :
335 Such various feats---their number would excel, What leisure could describe, or tongue could tell: A few I chose that best befit my song; A few that to my story best lelong :
Ver. 351. .....brit Ii/ usturn to find!
The uritchar curl---) Hereiuras lo Flordelis, book xxxi. Vil199.
Teri 3,73. ....and lower thine.] lle returns to Rodomont, howk xxxi. ver
.. Ver. 351. Iilil more the thought...] Concerning the extravagant rezis of Orlaridto in his inaduess, ille reader is rcferred to tlie note was bok Xiv. ver. :.
Nor will I fail the wonder to recite
360 Wrought near Tolosa on Pyrene's heint.
O'er many a tract of lain the earl l'id past, And reach'd the range of craggy hills at liini, That sever France from Spain, whose lofty head Receives the beams by evening Phebus shed. S65 Here, while he rac'il along a narrow way, That o'er a deep tremendous valley lay, Two village lads he met, who drove before A laden ass that wintry fuel bore. These, when they view'd the hapless champion lost 570 To every sense, as in their path he crost, Aloud they call'd, and, threatening, bude hin leave The middle track, and free the passage vive'. Orlando to their threats no word return'd, But with his foot, beneath the belly, spurn'd 973 The wretched beast, with strength beyond compare, And rais'd from earth dismiss'd to soar in air; Thence on the summit of a live fell, That rear'd its head a mile beyond the dell. The youths he next assaild: one less discreet
380 Than happy, chanc'd a strange escape to meet : For, struck with terror, from the hanging steep Twice thirty feet he took a ventrous leap: A thorny bush against the cliff's rough side That in ihe mid-way grew, its aid supply’rl 385 To break his fall; and now, unhurt, he stood, Save that his face the bramble's greeting show'dl, That raz’d the skin, and drew the purple blood.
Ilis fellow seiz'd a jutting crag, and sprung 'lo scale the rock, but while aloft he chung:
The madman, on his swift destruction bent,
Such deeds, and many far transcending thought, The madnan, as he pass'd the mountain, wrought, Till wandering far, descending to the plain,
405 He reach'd at length the southern bounds of Spain, And bent his course along the sea, that laves Fair Teracona's strand with briny waves. There, with sirange schemes his brain distemper'd fill’d, He meant a dwelling on the beach to build,
410 A shelter from the sun; and, cover'd o'er With parching sand, upon the burning shore Concealal he lay, when lo! the princely dame Of rich Cathay with her Medloro came. These late espous’d, by fortune thither brought 415 From the steep height the Spanish borders sought. Th’unthinking damsel near Orlando dre\y, Who, save his head, lay buried deep from view. The squalid look her frantic lover wore, No memory wak'd of him she knew before :
420 For since the tinie his frenzy had begun, He wander'd, naked, in the shade or sun: