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Iy promise keep---chidle not my long delay,
At this her slumber fled, and with it flew
What gives me joy, to lying dreams I owe,
Ver. 152. What core ye, üretched eyes !... This speech of Bradamant abouncis will thinile puerile Chiesa in vl:ich the rio noi that age, and particularly the Italians, S') moet delightesi. In this reperi even Tass;'), in other parts so truly clasical, is equally funny with Ariosto: we see nothing of this kind in Ilomer or Virgil.
It death inderd resembles such reposc,
Now in the cilat the sun his beains had shed,
When issuing from the casile they descry'd
Of stay impatient, Bradamant refus'd
500 No longer could unblam'd the course forbear. Her
spear she levels, with three strokes she sends
The hapless three who came so far to gain
515 And quench their pride, declar'd that not the force Of knight or Paladin had won the course; But that a female arm (in fight renown'd) Had hurld each mighty champion to the ground. What think ye, since a virgin could suffice
520 T' unhorse three knights like you (Ulania cries) Must great Orlando or Rinaldo prove So justly held all martial names above? Did one of these possess the golden shield, Say, would ye better then maintain the field,
525 Than with a woman here---but well I guess That each will now th’ungrateful truth confess. Then cease--nor further seek t essay your might, For he, who rashly dares through Trance invite
A second proof, may rusii on greater harms 530
When thus Ulania show'd a woman's power
515 From place to place forlorn on foot to stray Through rocky paths, rough hills, or thorny way; Nor when the year should run its circling race, To mount the courser or the cuirass lace, Unless his valour first should win by force
550 The shining armour and the warrior horse. And hence on foot, at fair Ulania's side They wait to punish their o'erweening pride: The rest in meet array and glittering splendor ride. Now Bradamant to Paris urg'd her way,
555 And reach'd a castle at declining day, Where first the news she heard that Afric's bands Where quell’d by Charles and her brave brother's hands.
Ver. 53t. ------and glittering splendor ride.] Ulania appears again, Book xxvii. ver. 105, and these three kings are inentioned in the same book,
Jlcre treatmeni fair she met at bed and board,
560 Lost is her appetite for food and rest, Aud gentle peace is banish'd from her breast.
Yet let me not so far her tale pursue As not again those noble knights to view, Who each, by compact meeting, fast beside 565 A lonely fount his beast securely ty’d. Their battle, which the muse prepares to tell, Was not in wealth or empire to excel, But to decide who victor from the plain Should Durindana and Bayardo gain.
570 Without a trumpet's breath to give the sign, Or herald's voice to bid the champions join; Without a master to direct, or raise In either's breast the thirst of noble praise; At once, as by accord, their swords they drew, 575 And each on each with generous ardor few. Now swift, now heavy fell the sounding blows, Deep and more deep the kindling combat glows. No swords like these could through the world be found, So fram'd at all essays with temper sound,
580 But meeting thus, had shiver'd as they clos’d: While these, so temper’d, edge to edge oppos'd, A thousand times in horrid crash could meet, And still with blade hurt each stroke repeat. Now here, now there his steps Rinaldo ply'd 585 And every art of long experience try'd
Ver. 563. Let me not so far ---] lle retums to Bradamant, Book XXXV. ver. 231.
Ver. 564. ------ thor noble knighls --- ] The last we heard of these two knights was in Book xxxi. the end.