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Alas! in vain was once my proudest boast,
That such a knight, the privest of his host,
Could for my beauty, prodigal of breath,
Engige a squadron in the face of death;
Since now too laiu ! find the slightest cause,
For equal risk tiny sword in battle draws:
Nor was it love for these unhappy charms
That urg'd thee thren, but svage thirst of arms!
let it siacerí, as all thy words vould show,
Lovr's faithful fames within thy bosom glow;
By Love I hire adjure thee, by the grief
Thtrenils my heart, and now iinplores relief;
Repine pot though loveru's hand inay wield
The argent easie in an azure fiehl.
What youd awaits, what evil can be thine,
Should he retuin ii, ir the crost resign?
Thy battle much may lose, but little gain:
Should now thy arms Rogero's bird obtain,
Small prize for mighty toil! but should'st thou find
With face averteil Fortune here unkind---
(Nor deem her ever fir’d) what tortures wait
This heart that shudders but to doubt thy fate!
Though life to thee so worthless may appear,
Thy judgment holds a painted bird more dear,
Yet, for my sake, prolong thy valu'd breath
The death of one includes the other's dcath
But, ali! more wretched for any state must prove,
If first I sce the death of him I love.
In werrls like these she pours the strain of

l'oe,
While sighis to sighs in quick succession slow :
The live-long night her tender plaints increase,
The live-long night she woos her lord to peace,

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While from her eyes, which trichling tears suffuse, 265
Ile sucks, with many a kiss, the baliny dews :
Then from her rosy lips new sweets lie socks,
Weeps to her words, and thus in answer speaks.

For Heaven's dear sake, my fair, ihy grief control,
Nor let so slight a cause afilict thy soul :

270 Did Charles and Afric's king, with all the bands Collected here from French and Moorish lands, Unite their force to work my single harm, No terror should thy genile breast alarm. To thee any prowess little must appear,

275 If one Rogero thus can raise thy fear. Thou may'st remember when I dauntless dar'd (No sword or scymetar my side to guard) With broken spear, amidst a numerous band, To rush and quell them with my single hand. 280 Gradasso's self, though grief and shame oppress His secret soul, if question’d will confess That him in Syria once I captive made : Yet not with his Rogero's worth is weigh’d.

Ver. 265. While from her eyes --- ) This passage may be taken from Statius, where Argia endeavours to persuade Polynices to quit the siege of Thebes.

Risit Echionius juvenis, tenerumque dolorem
Conjugis amplexu solatur et oscula mastis
Tempestiva genis posuit......
------Solve metus, animo.

Theb, Lib, ji.
The smiling hero claps her to his breast,
And with the stamp of love her cheeks impress'd,
Prevents with blandishments the rising tears,
And kindly then dispels her jealous fears.

Lewis.

Ver. 933. That him in Syria once .--) Alluding to the adventure at the castle of the fairy, where he conquered Gradasso in single

Bior king Gildasso will a truth disown

285 lihich io your isolero well is known, To Sacripant, who gives Circassii fune; Cryphon aiki Aquilani, of warlike naine ; To humureds mere, tiateua fortune found, By cruel foes in cattive fotters lound,

230 slike of numci acil t'biristian seci, Whem in one clay this arm iom bondage freed. Sull must remembrance wale in every thought What mighay deals that glorious day I wrought: And sha!! Hogero now (a child io fanc)

235 In single trial shake iny mariial name? Fear'st thou do gero, wen in fiht I wear Gicat liecior's anns and Durindana bear? Why did I not in listed schi engace With Sarzis kins, for thee the figlit to wage?

300 Such had 197 valour p:od, thy constant nind llal surely tien togiro's all livinid: For leaver's suke, citin ihy doubts, thy grief assuage, Nor let ilis:e trickling ifars so ill presage: Tor know 'us llunor calls me to the field?, And not an cugle painted on a shield.

Thus he; while yet, with anxious scars opprest, The fair in moving words her suit address’d; Words that might shake the most determin'd soul, Might soften rocks and savage beasts control,

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combat, won the armour c? Merter, and set so many prisoners at berly. See note, B. xiv. ver, liv.

Ver. 286. --- to your Isu,' ro -- ! lle gives him this appellation as being a Spaniard, and the countryman of Doralis.

A woman she, with beauty's naked charms,
So nearly vanquish'd him renown'd in arms,
He promis’d, if again the king requir’d
To stay the fight, to grant the peace

desir'd. But scarce Aurora had with light besin

315 To streak the east and usher in the sun, When bold Rogero, to defend his fame, And to the glorious bird assert his claim, Appears in arms, where crowds the list enclose, And from his horn a stern defiance blows.

320 Soon as this sound, the rattling peal of war, The Tartar rouz’d, no longer will he bear A word of peace, but from the couch he flies With headlong speed, and loud for arms he cries; While in his look such savage fury glares,

325 That Doralis herself no further dares To plead for truce or peace, compellid t' obey Her knight's stern will, and give the battle way. Himself his limbs in shining mail attires, And scarce, impatient, waits th' attending squires; $30 Then mounts the generous courser, that before, In combat, Paris' great defender * bore.

Soon came the king, the nobles take their seat, And soon in arms the eager knights must meet. Already now their shining helms are lac'd,

335 In either hand each ashen lance is plac'd. The signal sounds; and at the dreadful blast, A thousand cheeks are pale and hearts aghast: So fierce they pour l'obey the trumpet's call, That earth appears to open, heaven to fall !

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On either hand cach knight is scen to wield
The silver cagle on his honour'd shield:
The bird, that once in air could Jove sustain;

? That oft was seen amidst thi'erubattled train, With other pinions on Thessalia’s plain.

3-13 While either knight, at such a hideous shock, Seems as a tower to winds, to waves a rock; The crashing spears break sheri, and to the sky (As Turpin truly writes) the shivers fly; Whence from the fiery region (strange to tell!)

330 Again on earth the burning fragments fell. The knights, as those who know not terror, drew Their flashing swords the combat to renew : At either's belin they aim the trenchant steel: Together met, at once their vizors feel

35.5 The fearful strokes: but neither knight would try Ungenerous arts, or make the courser die To'erthrow his lord---for wherefore should the steed Who knows not battle's guilt in battle bloed? Yet he who thinks the kniglits such compact made, 360 But errs, and never heard the laws that sway'd The times of old, when shameful was that arnı Esieemd of all, that could the courser harm. Their vizors struck, though fenc'd with double fold af temperel plates, could scarce the tempest hold. 363 Swill and more swift the gleaming swords assail, Blows follow Llows, descending thick as hail,

Vir. 314. ----.th' rmhatllid train,] The poet allues to the battles of Car and Pompey, where either arry here the Roman eagle: Haus mity's with other pinions, the Romin canle being black, the Evená ve whe,

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