The frantic carl by fortune thither came,
When Rodomont, beside the rapid stream,
Urg'd on the task : as yet unfinish'd stood
The tower and tomb, and scarcely o'er the fiood 280
The bridge complete, when thither came the knight
Of wits distraught, wliai time in corselet bright
The Pagan watch'd to guard the tomb and tower,
And all his armour, save his helmet, wore.
Meanwhile Orlando, as his frenzy led,

At once o'erleapt the bar with fearless tread:
Him Rodonicnt, who stood on fout, espy'd
And thus from far-a-Forbeur thy steps (he cry’d).
This bridye, thou slave! was ne'er design'd for thec,
But noble knights and lords of high degree. 290
Orlau:lo, stranger now to reason's force,
Turn’d a deaf ear, and onward held his course.
I must chastise this fool (the lagan cries)
And as he perks, with rapid füet le fies
To plunge him in the sircam, nor thinks to try 295
A fall with one that could his strength defy.

And now it chanc'd a fair and gentle dame,
T' attempt the passage near the river came;
TIer lovely form in courtly weeds array’d,
And all her mien a noble race display'd.

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
Each pirt but that which now detain’d her lord?.
Fair Flordelis, arriving near the flood,

Beheld where on the bridge the Pagan stcod,
Clos’l with Orlando, while each nerve he ply'd
To hurl the marlman headlong in the tide.
The virtuous dame, when, with a nearer view,
She mark'd his features, well Orlando knew; 310
And fill'd with griet, at such dire sight amaz'd,
On him thris naked and forlorn she gai'd.

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,
Grasp'd either leg, these at his arms extent
lle strain'd asunder, till, with dreadful force,
Ile tore in bloody halves the panting corse.
Thus, for his bird, the falconer oft prepares

The living meal, when limb from limb he tears
The fowl or heron, destin'd for his food,
With entrails warm and flesh distilling blood.
Thrice bappy he that in the vale beneath
Surviv'd a fall, that threaten’d instant death. 400
This wondrous chance he made to others known,
Which Turpin to our age delivers down.

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:

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