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A courteous knight I saw with pious pains
Ver. 314. A courteous knight I saw---] Flordelis, as the reader may recollect, was present when Zerbino and Isabella collected to. gether the arms of Orlando, and was witness to the combat between Zerbino and Mandricardo, in which the former received his death's wound; but it does not appear that Flordelis knew either Zerbino or Isabella,
This dame was Flordelis, the lovely wite
Struck with the news Rinaldo stood opprest,
Far in the wood to wait th' appointed hour
Ver. 368. Il'hen harmless serpents,---] By this expression is meant the constellations of stars, to which the poets have affixed the names of the goat, the bull, the lion, the serpent, and other animals, feigueu to have been placed in the Ileavens.
Unseen in presence of the greater light,
370) Rinaldo leads his troop, and to their might With livian, Guido's, Sansonetto's fame, Adds Gryphon, Aquilant, llardo's name. IIis first attack surpriz'd the sleeping guardi, And these he slew; for no defence prepar’d: 375 The trembling Moors, in evil hour perceive No cause for mirth but ample cause to grieve. How sliould a naked, timorous, feeble train With such a force th’unequal strife maintain? To strike the Saracens with deeper dread,
380 When to the charge his band Rinaldo led, Ile pour'd the horn and truinpet's clangor round, And bade each tongue his well-known name resound. Touch'd by the spur Bayardo seem'd not slow, But leapt at once the trenches of the foe:
385 The foot he trampled, and the horse o'er-turn’d, And tents to carth and rich pavilions spurn’d. Amid the Pagans none so bold appeard, But every hair was bristled when they heard Rinaldo's name above the tumults rise,
390 And Mount Albano echo'd to the skies! Swift Aed the troops of Spain, as swift the Voor, None stay'd behind their riches to secure. Him Guido follow'd, and with equal might The sons of Olivero rush'd to fight.
39.5 Not less Richardo, nor Alardo less, With Aldiger and Vivian, cleave the press : Guichardo next with Richardetto moves, And each in arms his single valour proves. Seven hundred that in Mount Albano dwell’d 100 And round the neighbouring towns, Rinaldo held
Beneath his rule: these rais'd the fearless lan'l,
420 The savage wolf amidst the woolly breed :
Ver. 408. Though good Rinaldo---} The low state of Rinaldo's finances is mentioned in several of the old romances; and in the adventure of the fairy of riches in Boyardo, where he is set at liberty by Orlando, he attempts to carry off a chair of solid gold, alledging that it will furnish the pay of his troops; this action of Rinaldo, and some other passages in the romances, will serve to explain the observation of the curate and barber in their scrutiny of Don Quixotte's library, where Rinaldo and his train are called greater thieves than Cacus. Ariosto in taking up the story, has judiciously dropt this part of his character.
Ver. 420.---Galesus --] Galesus, a river near Tarentum, where the shecp, from the fertility of the pasture, had remarkable thicks wool,
Or oft as near Ciniphius' held in chace,
Imperial Charles (who heard Albano's force,
430 Observ'd his buckler blazing o'er the field. When Brandimart liis dearest consort view'd, The fight forgotten, gentler thoughts ensud: Ile ran, he held her close in speechless bliss, And press’d her lips with many an ardent kiss. 135
Great was the trust of ancient times display'd In the fair consort or the blooming maid. Who, unaccompany'd, could safely rove In lands unknown, through mountain, field, or grove. And, when returning, found their dear-held name Clear as their form from breath of tainting fame!
Here to her lord the dame began to tell What dreadful chance Anglante's knight befel : Not from report the fatal tale she drew, IIcr mournful eyes had prov'd th’event too true: 445 Then of the bridge she told where every knight Was stay'd by Rodomont in dangerous fight;
Ver. 422.---Ciniphius---] The Cyniphians were a people of Africa, whose country was extremely fruitful.
Ver. 427.---with his Paladins,] In the xxviith Book, ver. 234, he tells us that the Paladins, except Ugero and Olivero, were made prisoners, and no mention has been since made of their deliverance,