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TUE ARGUMENT.

ROGERO, Richaydetto, and Alliger, meet an unknown warrior,

who joins their party. They attack the troops of Maganza and the Moor, and defeat thein. Rogero and Marphisa signalize their valour. The prisoners, Malagigi and Vivian are set at liberty, The warriors reposing themselves after the battle, Malagigi pleins to the rest the mystical sculpture on the fountain made py Diecin. !lippalca arrives, and gives an account to Richardetto CX Rogero of her losing Frontino, which was taken away by Biocomerit. Rogero departs to revenge the afront. Arrival of Bodonioni, Mandricardo, and Doralis: Mandricardio jousts with Hi! the knigliis, wd overthrows them: His batile with Marphisaa Pagero reitliis to the countain. Strange dissentions amongst the warci.rs. Roger claims his horse of Rociomont; vd Mandripallo wrangles with Rogero for the device on his shield. Rodo11011, Nandricardo, and Rogero fight: Marphisa takes part with Hogero. Malagigi, searing for the safety of Rihardetto, attacked Ly Rooment, causes, hy his magic art, a demon to enter the fone of Doralis, which carrying her away, she is immediately followed by Muncricatio auri Rutlamont, who are afterwards pursued ly Rogero and Marphisida

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generous dames, of ancient time, dicspis'il
The charms of wetull, and virtile only prizel:
In this our ago were the foniak iruin
Scarce bend a wisli to uphelile sordid gain.
Yet those who, ble:t with inbreil gooilues.i, shun
That love or gold which has the sex unde,
Living, contrat and peace may justly claim;
And, dcall, should find the inced of endless fanc.
For ever, sure, muust Bradamani be pris'il,
Who not her thoughts 10 power or riches rais'd,
But lov’d, whato'er i uke the noble niind,
Grace, courage, honour, in Rogero join'd;
And well deserv'd a kight of such desert
Should hear her inase in his constant heart;
And for her sake those valorons deeds achieve,
Which after-ages ::carcely could believe.

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Rosero), with t'ie two, as lite I toldi,
With Alliger and Richerdetto bold,

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(The knights of Clarmoni) brighi in steel array'd,
Prepard to give the Lrother-prisoners aid.
I told you how a warrior cross’d the fichi,
Of fearless gesture, bearing on his shield
The bird that from iis ashes Springs to birthi,
An (strange to tell) but one appears on earth.

Soon as the knight unknown, advancing, view'll 25
Where each brave chief prepard for combat stood,
Lager he burn'u to prove, in martial deed,
Ilow far their valour with their looks agreed.
Is there amongst you one who dares (he cries)
With me in single fight dispute the prize?

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With spear or sword in rough encomater meet,
Till one shall fall, while one retains his seat?

That man were I---(thus Aldiger reply'd)
With thee the sword 10 wield, the spear to guide :
But (as thyself shalt sce) far other task

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Bids us refuse what courage bids thee ask;
A task, that scarce permits these few short words,
Much less the time to run at tilt affords.
Behold, where station'd here we three prepare,
At least six hundred men in arms to dare,

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That by our love and valovir may be freed
Two wretched friends, to cruel bonds decreed.

He said; and to the brave unknown reveald
The cause at full that brought them to the field.

Well häst thou urg'il such reasons as suffice
For just excuse, (the stranger thus replies)
And sure three knights you seem whose dauntless worth
Scarce meets its equal through the spacious carth.
With you I sought, crewhile, to run the course
On equal terms, for proof of cither's force:

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