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At length he found along the tented court
What next to fair Angelica befel,
Though Mandricardo heard with conscious pride
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,
But nor Rogero will the Tartar knight
Then Agramant--No more at variance fall,
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
155 Whate'er betide, impute to Fortune all.
Silent Rogero and Gradasso heard
And now Gradasso with officious cares,
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.
By long eypericuce in the fields of fight;
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
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?