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death of Gryphon. I had left behind me at the castle the heads oi my murdered children, which served as an instrument of vengeance in the hands of Stella : these she took, and carried them to Marchine, with dreadful exclamations, reproaching him with his bloody villany in the death of Gryphon, and the massacre of liis people. Marchino, in a phrenzy of fury would have siain the came; but his lustful passion, which, even in the present moment, was kept alive by her beauty, instigated him to a revenge more dreadful than a thousand deaths: he ordered the putrid dead corpse of Gryphon, still unburied, to be brought hefore him, and caused the lady to be bound to it, in which conditio. he accomplished his unheard of and hellish purpose.
The king of Orgagna and I now arrived with a numerous force; which, when the villain heard, he caused the lady to be murdered, and afterwards, to shiew how far human wickedness could reach, continued, with horrid abomination, to defile her breathless body. The troops which we brought soon made themselves masters of the castle. Marchino was immediately torn in pieces by the fury of the people, and the remains of the wretched Gryphon and Stella were reposited together in a magnificent tomb erected for that purpose. The king of Orgagna then departing, left me mistress of the castle; wlien in the ninth month of my residence, we heard a most dreadiul noise in the tomb, which terrified the three giants whom the king had left with me for my defence.
It happened that one of the giants, who was bolder than the rest, ventured to remove a little the stone that covered the entrance; but ne instantly repented his rashness, for a monster that was enclosed therein thrust forth one of his claws, drew the giant forcibly through the opening, and swallowed him in a moment. No one henceforth was hardy enough to approach the tomb, which I caused to be suis Pounded with a wall of vast strength : by a device the tomb was then thrown open, from which issued a most tremendous monster, whose forin my tongue cannot describe, but which you will behold with your own eyes, when you shall be cast to him to be devoured. By a dreadful custom here established, from all the strangers that arrive, one is every day given for food to this monster, and as we have sometimes more than the daily sacrifice retjuires, the rest are put to deati), and their bleeding limbs exposed, as you see, at the
Now here, now there, amidst the warring crowd
685 Still turning where he sees the numerous slain With deepest camage load ilie dreadful plain.
entrance of the castle. This inonster will receive no nourishment but the tlesh of man, and should he tail of his wonted
prey, would break through the wall that encloses him. For me, wretchu that I am! the continual remembrance of that villain, and the meditation on his unparalleleri wickedness, have so deadened in me every sense of humanity, that my soul seems now only delighted with scenes of misery ani slau,hter!”
After the old woman bad unished her dreadfal narrative, and Rinaldo perceived that his sentence was inevitable, he begged, that at least he might be allowed to meet the monster with all his armour, and with bus sword: to which the hag replied, with a ghastly smile, that he mizhi wear his armour, and take vhat weapons he chose, but that nothing could save his life from that fury, against wluch stength or courage was of no avail.
Next morning Rmaldo was iet down within the wall, completely armed with hus -word viraw; when the monster, dreadfuly gnashing his teeth to the terror of all, stood retriy to derour hum, while the knight advanced with undanned resolution. It is no easy task to describe the form of this honlle animal, that wits doubtless the diabolical ost-pring of Marchino from the dead body of Stella. In size lie was larger than an ox, his muzzie was like a serpent's, huis month was of vast widti, and his teeth long; his head had the fierceness of a wild boar when in its utmost fury, and from each tempie issued a horn that co the air with a louring noise : his skin was of divers colours, impenetrable by any weapon; his eyes were like fire, and his hands, resembling the hands of mani, were armed with the claws of a lion, anil he rent audier with these and with his teeth, armour of the serongest proot. This monter came with open mouth npon Rmaido, anii a 101 dreadful battle ensued between thea, wlusi lasted from the 1:01 a ;till the evening, and in which the knight vainly endeavoured to pierce the hide of his enery, who on the viner hut hi torn was his aumeur in many places, and wounded him in a terrible panne, : Ronaldo now began to grow weak with the loss of blood, when aiming with all his remaining strength a furious troke, the monster seized his swon an drew it from him. While Rinaldo -tood thus armeri, expecting instant Geril, angelica waiter with the utmost imputience for the return
Jalagigii it last he came', but without haldo, and related to
At length ihe knigh: he met, and soon oppos’d,
her the creaciful adventure that had befallen him, urging her to go inmniediately to the águistance of the knight. Angelica, terrified at the danger o: Rinaldo, began to load Malag xi with reproaches, but he told hier ihere was not a moment to lose, and immediately put into her hands a corii, a tile, and a large cake of wax. Angelica then called upon a demon, who transported her at once through the air, to the place where Rinaldo was reduced to the lant extremity. Just before the arrival of Angelica, casting round hiseyes to discover any possible means of escaping the jaws of the mon-ter, he espied a beam ten feet from the ground that jutted oui froin the wall, and Certing all his force, he leapt, and seizing it, took huis place thereon beyond the reach of the monster, that weiglied down with his enormous buik, in vain endeavoured repeatedly to seize him. It was now night, and Rinaldo, while he clung to the beam, saw some. thing by the light of the moon that seemed to hover near him, and soon discovered the form of a damsel : this was Angelica; but as soon as he beheld her face, he was ready to quit the beam, and expose hiinself to the enraged monster rather than be preserved by her assistance. Angelica entreated him in the most soothing manner to seek sheiter in her arms from so dreadful a peril; but Rinaldo obstinately persisted in refusing to listen to her, and threatened, unless she left him, to quit his present station. On this Angelica, casting the cord she had brought with her at the monster, at the same time laying the cake of wax before him, departed. The mon. ster immediately seized the wax, and closing his jaws was prevented again froni opening them: enraged at this, and leaping here and there with inconceivable fury, he entangled himseif in the cord, which Rinaldo seeing, quitted the beam, and recovering his sword, attacked liis enemy, unable now to make defence; but when the knight found that all altempts to wound hum were fruitless, lie leaped upon his back and strangled him. The inonster being dead, Rinaldo sought some opening in the wall, the height of which it was impossible to scale; at last he espied an iron grate that opened next the castic, wbich he for some une in vain tried to torce, till seeing the file which Angelica had left behind her, his operieu the
Soon as Gradasso, los hy arms or vest, Than by his sirokes the Paarlin confessel; And knew it beido by his thundering force
693 That wry'd through yilling ranis his razing course, Mastering the ti:k-blis és jos: lips assail 'The kiight with loud reproach, d. one who faild To seck his fue th' appointed day of fight, Aud keep ihe faith that knight demands trom kuight. Thou though ist perhaps (the haughty Pagan said) 701 The danger laie inpending o'er thy head So well escap'd, I ne'er again should greet Thy arm in fight, but lo! once more we meet? and know, to thy confusion, couldist thou bend 70, Thy flight to Ilul or to high Heaven ascend, Didst thru thai steed bestride, my feet should tread
skins pure plains, or shados inat veil the dead, l' enfor«c my right--and if thou wilt resign Thy bousted claim, and let yon steerd be mine, 710
grate with this; and was propiring at day break to quit the plice, when he wiis inet hy a Non-1!0ns giant, who as soon as he saw him ultered a loud cry, ini leil. The people of the castie, alarmed by the giant, attacked Rinallo in great numbers, but the knight with his sword Fusbertz so exciter himseif, that he soon slew or put them to flighi: he was afterward, attacked ly tie giant who liau first made him prisoner, whoin he overcrue; and then advanced to the castle, where the old his had fortified herseit, and wirere the other gialit had taken shelter: this gint now causing the Gate Lo be opened, rusher out again i Rinaldo, but was soon slain by him; all which being seen by this detestet hig, slie, in rage are ceperation, threw herself from a balcony a hundred feet lugl, and was dashed to pieces on the parement Rinaldo tlien forced the gates, put all witlum to the sword, ani departed thence in searc': of other adventures."
Orl. Inn, Isok I. C.v.vi, vii, viu, ia.
Then live secure---but never hope again,
lle said: when lo! th’insulting speech to hear, Stood Guido bold and Richardetto near:
715 Both from their sheath their shining weapons bar’d, And to chastise the Saracen prepar'd: But swift Rinaldo interpos’d, and said : Shall others take my quarrel on their heall? Think
ye, without your aid, this arm too weak 720 From him that wrongs me just revenge to seek ? Then to the king he turn'd, and thus began : Gradasso! hear---while meeting man to man, If thou attend'st, sincerely will I show I came to find thee like a generous foe:
725 My sword might prove the truth and here defy The tongue that dares to give my fame the lie; But ere we close in combat shalt thou hear What undisguis'd my wounded name shall clear. Then let Bayardo stand, the noble spoil,
730 Desigu'd by both to crown the victor's toil.
He said; the king of Sericane inclin’d To courteous lore, like every gallant mind, Consents to hear the generous warrior tell What chance to draw him from the fight befel. 735 Now to a stream the knights retir'd apart, Rinaldo there, with words devoid of art, Remov'd the veil that o'er the truth was spread, Invoking Heaven to witness what he said ; Then call'd before 'em Buovo's * prudent son, 740 Conscious alone of all his art had done,