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7TH ARGUT CNT.
CONTINUATION of the mad feats of Orlando. The poet takri
leave of Angelica. Dissertions in the camp of Agramant renewed. Rogern and Mandrieurco first named by lot lo «lecide their quarrel for the shield of lector. Description and issue of their combat. Bramant laments the alisence of her lover, and lifars tidings of him by Hippalca. Rinaldo arrives at Mount Ali),10, and prepares with his brethren Guichardo, Richardo, Richardetto, and Alardo, and his kinsmen Vivian and Malagigi, to go to be assistance of Charles. Bradainant remains beliad at Mount Alio.
WUCN Reason, that should still in bounds restrain
She plunges me in ills, she bids me burn
Day following day from place to place he flew,
Advancing swift, i stati the herdsman shook
50 Of knotty oak, with which the carl he struck : At this the Paladin was rous'd to ire, He gnash'd his teeth, his eye-balls flash'd with fire. With hand unaru'd he dealt a crashing wound, And stretch'd the peasant lifeless on the ground. 53 He mounts his steed, he scours the public ways, And towns and villages in ruin lays: No rest, no provender the beast he gives, But in a few short days disabled leaves. Nor will Orlando long on foot remain,
60 But soon by force another steed obtain: Whate'er he meets his lawless prize he makes; Ile kills; the rider, and the courser takes. Arrival at Malaya, the frantic knight Filld every part with tumult and affright: Such was the ravage of his fearful hand, Two years suffic'd not to recruit the land. Such numbers slain he left where'er he pass'd, Such buildings burnt, to earth so many cast, That halt the country look'd a dreary waste. 70 To Zizera lie thence pursu'd his way, That near the straits of Zibelterra lay. There loosen'd from the strand a hark he view'd, In which a troop for solace on the flood,
Ver. 54. With hand unarm'd--- ] The Italian is,
Sul capo del p.store un puguo serra
Che pezza l'oss0......
Pbt his skull.
Enjoy'd the freshness of the morning breeze,
75 And skimm'd the surface of the tranquil seas : On them Orlando call'd aloud to stay, And him their partner in the bark convey. In vain he call'd, when none to hcar inclin'd; A guest like him could little welcome find.
80 Swift o'er the level tide the vessel Nlies, As sails the swallow through the liquid skies.
At this, with blows on blow's Orlando drives His steed though loth, and at the sea arrives. The steed reluctant enters in the waves,
85 Long rainly struggling: now the water laves His knces and breast; now swells on either side, Till scarce his head appears above the tide. No more returning shall he quit the surge, While o'er his ears the madman waves the scourge. Ou Ah! wretched steed! whose life must soon be lost, Unless thou swimm'st to Afric's distant coast. Now more and more, withdrawing from the land, Orlando loses sight of hills and strand. Far in the sea he wades; between his eyes
95 And objects lost the billows fall and rise: Till now unequal to the watery strife, The beast concludes his swimming and his life: He sunk, and with the steed had sunk his load, But self-supported on the heaving flood,
100 His nervous arms and legs Orlando plyd, And from his mouth espell’d the briny tile; While Fortune, that o'er madmen still presides, From death preserves him, and to Setta guides; Then lands him sase, where near arose in sight 103 The walls in distance twice an arrow's flight: