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From malice free, was Mount Albano's lorıl) 175
Confess’d the thunder of his rival's sword,
By none surpass'ı; and wish'd, but wish'd in vain,
The fight untry'd † avenge his courser slain.
Tain would he now the dangerous sport elude,
But conscicous honour such design withstund. 180
Decp and more deep the gloons of evening ru5€,
Till darkness seem'd to mock their random bios:
Ill could they strike, and worse could ward the blade,
Conceal'd in either's hand with murky shade.
The lord of Mount Albano first address'd

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His gallant foc---The hour requires to rest:
Defer the fight till slow Arcturus’ ivain
Ilas left its place in Ileaven's o'er-spangled plain.
Meanwhile in our pavilion shalt thou meet
A friendly welcome and secure retreat,

190 Attended as ourself, and at our hands Receive such honour as thy worth demands.

Thus far Rinaldo, nor in vain he spoke, His proffer'd grace the courteous baron took : And now Rinaldo from his ready squire

195 Receiv'd a stately steed with rich attire; To sword and spear well train’d in every fight, And with this gift he grac'd the stranger knight, Who knew ere long the chief with whom he carne Was Clarmont's leader, as by chance the name 200 Escap'd his lips, while journeying thus they went To join the warriors at Rinaldo's tent.

These noble knights were near by kinélred ties, Brethren hy blood; and hence new passions rise, That conflicts in the stranger's bosom move, 205 Who sheds the mingled tear of joy and love.

This youth was Guido savage, who before
On stormy seas such toils and dangers hore
With Olivero's sons*, Marphisa bold,
And Sansonetto, as the Muse has told.

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This knight in Pinabello's fraudful hands
A prisoner fall'n, was held in shameful bands
From his lov'd friends, and there compellid was stay'd
T' enforce an impious law his host had made.
Guido who now with eager gaze beheld

215 Rinaldo, who in arms such chiets excell’d, On whom so oft he wish'd to bend his sight, As sighs the blind to view the long-lost light, With transport thus began---O! honour'd lord ! What ill-starr'd chance could ever lift iny sword 220 On one, for whom such rooted love I feel, For whom, o'er all, I glow with kindly zeal. My name is Guido---me Constantia bore To noble Amon on the Euxine shore : Not less than thine my ancestry I trace,

225 An alien branch of Clarmoni's Doble race: A fond desire my journey hither drew, Thyself and all my kindred friends to view:

* Gryplion and Aquilant.

Ver. 407. This youth wus Guido savage,.--) This Guido was the champion with whom Murpiuisa fought amongst the Amazons (see Book xix. anci xx.) and who afterwards with Gryphon, Aquilant, and Sansonetto, being suorn to defend the law made by Pmabello, was cast down by the enchanted light of Rogero's shield: the poet gives no further account of him till his meeting with Rinalilo in this book, nor does it appear how, or where he parted from the other knights: the lady in his company was Aleria his favourite wife, whom he brought from the land of the amazons.

Ver. 208. On storiny sids-.-) Alluding to the storm before they landed amongsi the Ana 2015,

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But when I reverence meant, behold I gire
Such greeting only foes from foes receive !
If to my fault indulgence may be shown,
Thy valiant followers and thyself unknown,
0! say, what fair amends can such ofience atone?

Courteous he said; and now on either side
Th’ embrace exchang’d, Rinaldo thus reply'd.

Here cease--no more disturb thy generous mind
T” excuse the fight, since from our ancient kind
Thou spring'st a genuine shoot---no proof we claim
Beyond the last to speak thy lineal fame.
Thy birth were doubtful, were thy courage less,
But high sould thoughts a race as high confess.
No lions fierce from timorous deer proceed;
Nor doves from eagles, or from falcons breed.
So spoke the knights, and now their way pursu’d,
And, as they pass’d, their friendly talk renew'd.
The tent they reach’d, where to his comrades bold,
Of savage Guido found, Rinaldo told;
That Guido whom so long they wish'd to view,
Whom Fortune thither to their wishes drew,
The welcome tidings gladden'd every breast,
And all in him his mighty sire confess’d.
I pass the greetings of his noble race,
How oft, with joy unhop'd, the fond embrace
Sage Malagigi, Richardetto brave,
Alardo, Aldiger, and Vivian grave:
How lords and knights to him observance paid,
What he to them, and they in answer said.
At every time the kinsmen had beheld
Guido with joy---but now the joy excell'd

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Beyond compare, when public need required 260
Each arm and sword, and every bosom fir’d.

Now rose the sun from ocean's blue profound,
With orient rays his shining temples bound:
Wien with the brethren, all the warrior-kind
Oi amon's race, the banners Guido join'd.

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Day following day, the band their march pursu’d,
Till now the shores of winding Seine they view'd,
Whence, scarce ten milcs remote, the guarded towers
Or Paris rose, besieg'd by Pagan powers.
alere Gryphon with his Aquilant they found, 270
The brother chiefs for arms of proof renown'd,
Of Sigismunda born--with these appear'd
1 dame, that seem'd far other than the herd
Of vulgar females; splendid to behold
Round her white vests she wore a fringe of gold. 275
Lovcly her mien, replete with every grace,
Though tears stood trembling on her mournful face,
While by her gestures and her looks intent,
She seem'd on some important converse bent.

These knights to Güido known, nor less to these 280 Was he, with whom so late they plough'd the seas. Behold a pair (he to Rinaldo cries) Whose like in battle scarce the world supplies : Let these for Charles with us united stand, And soon I trust will shrink yon Pagan band. 285 Rinaldo then confirm'd the praise he gave, And own'd each warrior brave amongst the brave; One clad in white, and one in sable vest, And each in arms of sumptuous fashion drest, No less the brother champions saw and knew 200 Rinaldo, Guido, all the generous crew;

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These greeting fuir Rinaliw, they er 1.’d),
And cast a veil o'er all unkin'isp:-:
Time was, at strife (which now here lon: 10: {.!)
The gallant warriors, für Truffaldin fell!
But now in brothers love and friend-lip juin!!,
All foriner hate was scilier id to the vil.
To Sansonetto next (the last who came)
Rinaldo turning, to his noble name
Due honours paid, for oft Albano's knight
His praise had heard, and own’d his firte in lit.

When now the dame more near Rinallu ditit,
And mark'd (for well each Paladin she hoen)
His mien and arms---she to the generous chief
Disclos’d a tale that fill’d his soul withi grief.
O prince! (she said) thy kinsman so belov’d,
Whose saving arm our church, our empire prov'd,
Orlando, once so wise, so far renown'd
For deeds of prowess, roves the world around,
Of better sense distraught; nor can I tell
From what strange cause this dire mischance befcl.
These eyes beheld his cuirass, sword and shield
Dispers’d at random o'er the wood and field :

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Ver. 295.---Truffaldin---] Truffaldin was a Pagan in Allıracca, who, taking Sacripant prisoner by surprize, oifered treacherousiy tu be. tray the city into the hands of king Agrican ; but the proposai will generously rejected by Agrican. Having possession of the fort, he refused admittance to Orlando till Angelica had promised hii! protection from punishment. The knights were dividel in pariics about him. Rinaldo fought with Gryphon who defended him. Orlando, being armed by Angelica, left the walls to engage with Rinaldo. At length Rinaldo having seized Trutuldin dragged hiin at his horse's tail, and put an end to his life.

Orl. Innam, B. i. c. xiy. XX, XXTİ.

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