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At length he found along the tented court
Encamp'd in swarthy bands a countless besis
But let us leave the earl, till better ti:ne
To him again recall the wandering rhymie.

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What next to fair Angelica befel,
Who late escap'd the madman's hand so well,
And how she found a ship in happy hour
To bear her safe for India's spicy shore;
There gave Medoro o'er her realms to reign,
Others may sing in more exalted strain :
I hasten to the Tartar knight, who gain'd
Such conquest o'er his rival, as obtain'd
The fairest dame to fill a lover's arms
That Europe Loasts in all her bloom of charms,
Since from our clime Angelica retir'd,
And Isabella chaste to Ileaven aspird.

Though Mandricardo heard with conscious pride
The dame in his behalf the cause decide,
Yet short enjoyment could that chance afford,
When quarrels still on foot requir'd his sword.
There young Rogero call'd him to the field,
And clair’d the argent eagle on his shield :
Gradasso, king of Sericana's lands,
For Durindana here the fight demands.
King Agramant, and king Marsilius try'd
To make each warrior's angry strife subside:

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Ver. 109. But let us leave the earl, --- ] He returns to Orlando, Book asxix. ver. 277.

Ver. 116. Others may sing ---) Angelica and Medoro appear no more in the course of this work,

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But nor Rogero will the Tartar knight
Permit to bear great Hector's shield in fight;
Nor stern Gradasso let the Tartar wield
The sword Orlando brandish'd in the field.

Then Agramant--No more at variance fall,
Let chance of lots cach knight to battle call :
And let us prove, whom Fortune first may name;
Of him she favours, I confirm the claim :
If yet you hold your sovereign's love so dear,
To what he offers lend a willing ear:
When lots decide who first the fight shall wage,
Let him, whose name appears, his faith engage
On his own head at once cach strife to take,
And, conquering for himself, a conquest make
Tor either's claim; or if his loss ensues,
lle, losing for himself, for each shall lose :

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Ver. 118. - for each shall lose :) It may not be amiss to take a little retrospect, in order to see how the matter was settled by Agramunt, which seems rather to require some explanation. By the firat lots that were drawn, the combatants stoord ihus: first, Rodomont and Mandricardo: second, Mandricardo and Rogero : third, Rodomont and Rogero: fourth, Mandricardo and Marphisto The list being prepared for the tiglit between Rodomont and Alan. atricardo, while these knights are arming themselves, a new dispute arises between them and Giadasso and Sacripant, for Dirindani and Frontino, which puts a step to the expected combat between Rodomont and Mandricardo. Marphisa adds to the confusion by carrying off Brunello prisoner, whom she accuses of stealing her Sword; and Rogero seeing the order of the lots disturbed, claims agzin his horse from Rodonont. Agramant, to settle the first dispure hetween Rolomont and Mandricarilo, onders the cause to be determineri by Dolulis, who ensing Maniricardo, her former lover qu!l- the camp with indignation. The list now remained according in the first lots, to be eniereal by Rogero and Mandricardo, but Grada-0 persisting still in claim Durindana from Mandricard), Agramunt propo.e that lots should be again drawn to determine Exhviher Rogero or Gradasso should first engage with Vandrieara,

So nearly, held in equal balance, weighs
Rogero's and Gradasso's martial praise,

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That he whose prowess can in combat stand
With either knight, may prove his valiant hand
At all essays---let conquest grace the side,
Which IIeaven's eternal justice shall provide:
But no dishonour on the loser fall,

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Silent Rogero and Gradasso heard
The prudent counsel of their king reverd,
And cach agreed, whom chance the knight might make,
The cause of either on himself should take.

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The names inscrib'd within an urn they threw,
And, shaking round, the lots a stripling drew,
Wrote on the first Rogero's name they find,
But bold Gradasso's name remain'd behind.
What words can speak the joy Rogero feels,

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Soon as the fateful vase his lot reveals :
Nor less the Sericanian chief repines :
But who shall that oppose which Heaven designs ?

And now Gradasso with officious cares,
Rogero for the dreadful list prepares;

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and to prevent future strise, proposes that whoever draws the lot of combats shall determine both his own claim and the claim of the knight who loses the lot; that when Rogero wins or loses, he shall not only win or lose the eagle for himself, hut Gradasso shall, in right of his conquest, or in consequence of his defeat, take possession of Durindana or relinquish his claim; and in like manner Rogero shall in right of Gradasso's conquest, or in consequence of his defeat, continue to bear the shield of Hector, or relinquish the claim. In this last disposition of the lots, no provision seems to he made for the termination of Marphisa's quarrel with Manoricardo.

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By long eypericuce in the fields of fight;
Do win the day insiructs the youthful knight:
liis veterail skill directs him how to wield
The treacliant sword, or litt ilie covering shield;
Whai to his aim the fue may open leave,

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Which sirokc may reail, and which is aim deceive;
When Torturne's ofiers to accepi úr slull,
And all war's arts he points him one įy one.
The lists prepy'd; cre since the luis were cast
On either sike the reminarli day was past,

180 As cusion wills, in many a kind address (As carlı inclines) for either knight's success, And all the signis of love that pariing friends express.

Thrp.cople, cazer to liehull ihe sixint, Ihong every passage with the dawning light; 185 While some impatient for the day's return, Wait in the list all nighi lli' approach of moin. The rulyar herd, still caught with outward shows, Desire the noble knizlis in arms io close; These judge not of creats: but all whose mind 193 Cin froni the prescat sie wlać lurkss behind, Midst when arsilius and Solrino know What most can work their colliry's weal or wo?, Condemn the fight, while gramant they blanie Through whom the quarrel to sucii issue came: 195 Nor ceas'd they to the monarchi's thoughi to cail What ruin must the Moorish rice betail, Whether, by angry destiny decreed, Rogero or the Tartar priure should bleeil : Since one such warrior losi must weaken more 200 Their force to meet the son of Perii's power,

Than thousands slain, arrint whose nimerous build
Not one perhaps could lot of how or hari.
King ilgramant the important irvih consisal:
But how repeäi nis ??!!? In vain he pre-s'dl 2015
The noble knights, and each by turn resnil.
He urg'd how weak their present cause of'sirile,
llow little such ciessri, the risk of life :
But if they scorn’d to hear the sole of peacr,
At least some months might each frona parrcicese, 210
Till Charles was exil'il from th’ in periał land,
His crown and mantle won; and from his han:
The sceptre wrench'd, no more his sway to own,
And Afric rais'd on Gallia's ruin'd throne.
In vain to this, to that the monarch sucs,

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Their sovereign both revere, yet both refuse
To yield in this, where he who first gives way
They deem must all a soldier's fame betray.

But more than Agramant, and more than each That urz'd the Tartar with dissuasive speech, 220 King Stordilano's lovely daughter strove With prayers and tears his steadfast mind to move; Begg’d him to grant what Afric's prince requir’d, What with their prince the noble: t peers

desir’d. Al! me (she cry'd) what more shall soothe my breast, Or calm henceforth my troubled thoughts to rest? 226 When some new cause for ever can prevail To make thee sheath thy 'imbs in plate and mail? What have I gair’d, so late o'erjoy'd to find My hand decreed without the fight design'd 230 With Sarza's chief---if still to risk thy life I view so soon another kindled strife?

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