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\'ho question'd), soon confirm'd whate'er the knight
Hae toh!, ind own’d the fraud of magic slight.

Rinaldo then pursi'd---Whnbrre is known
B; living witness, shunil alike be shown
By proof of ams, which ready (when or where
Thyself shall naille) l'esforce the truth I bear.

Gradusso with a warrioi's generous heat,
Rulerted low lie came in vain to mect
The Christian leader; yet resolv'd to gain
The pucrous courser, sought so long in vain,
llowe'er he doubted, or the tale believ'd,
Rinaldo's plea with secming futh receiv'l.

No inore to Barcelona's billowy strand,
Where first they went to combat hand to hand, 755
But Cach agreed at early dawn of day
To a clear neighbouring fount to bend his way;
Rinaldo thither must conduct the steed
Between them plac'd, the victor's future meed:
Then should the king or slay, or captive make 760
Albano's lord, 'tis his the steed to take;
But should his boasted claim Gradasso yield
To Clarmont's knight, Rinaldo from the field
Must for his prize fam’d Durindana wield.

With wonder great, with heart-corroding care, 765 Rinaldo heard by Flordelis the fair, (As late I told) that from his kinsman's head, Unblest Orlando, every sense was filed;

Ver. 765. Mith wonder great,---] This stanza in the original appears inartiticially introduced, as it makes a disagreeable break in the narrative: it might possibly be transposed to advantage, but this was at liberty I did not think myself authorized to take

770

780

What discord for his arms the camp engag'd,
How chief with chief in dire contention raz'd,
'Till stern Gradasso's arm the sword obtain'd,
By which a thousand wreaths Orlando gain’d.

The terms thus settled, to his social train
Gradasso now return'd, though oft in vain
The Palalin besought the Pagan knight
Beneath his tent t'await the morning light.
At dawn Rinaldo and the king, dispos'd
For cruel fight, their limhs in armour clos'd;
And near a fountain side the battle sought,
For Durindana and Bayardo fought.
With sad presage Rinaldo's friends behelå
His arm engay'd in such a dreadful field:
Great was Gradasso's courage, great his might,
Great was his skill well-prov'd in many a fight,
And since he now the fatal-sword had won
That lately grac'd the side of Milo's * son,
Each for Rinaldo felt his hope to fail,
And at his danger many a cheek grew pale.
But Vivian's t brother, o'er the rest dismay’d,
The contest view'd, and gladly would have stay!!
Th’ impending fight, but that he fear'd to raise,
In good Rinaldo's breast a quenchless blaze;
Who still in mind the time resentful bore
When Malagigi's ship decoy'd him from the shore,
While doubts and fears in

every
bosom

grew, No doubt, no fear, the bold Rinaldo knew,

785

790

795

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Ver. 794. When Malagigi's ship---] See note to ver, 690,

secure he goes, resolv'd one glorious day
Should wipe his late imputed stains away,
And silence those who joy’d in his disgrace,
Proud Altafoglia and Pontieri's race.

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Boldly he goes in heart secure to crown
His conquering brow with laurels of renown.
When now, from different parts, these sons of fanie
At once together to the fountain carne,
They first, in taith ustan'd, exchang'd embrace 803
With fair and open locks, as if the race
Of Clarmont and of Sericane had stood
Ally'l in friendship and ally'd in blood

But, here deferr’d, some future time shall tell Whai dreadful blows from either weapon fell.

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END OF THE THIRTY-FIRST BOOK.

THE

THIRTY-SECOND BOOK

OF

ORLANDO FURIOSO.

THE ARGUMENT.

TIJE distressed situation of Agramant. Marphisa comes to his

assistance. Death of Brunello. Lamentation of Bradamnant for the absence of Rogero. She unexpectedly hears news of her lover that reduces her to despair, and departs from Mount Albano. In her way she lights on Ulania, ambassadress from the queen of Iceland. Subject of her embassy. Pradamant arrives at Sir Tristram's lodge. The strange custom observed there. She unhorses three kmgs, and is hospitably received by the lord of the castle, who relates the adventure of Clodio, the son of Pharamund, and his wife, from which their law was first instituied. Drieace of Ulania by Bradiamants

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