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Though Rodomont excell'd in nerve of fight,
590 The Tartar lord and king of Sericane.
Now to king Agramant, perplex'd in thought,
600 He stay'd his weapon, and his fury quell’d: Not with less awe Circassia's prince retir’d, When Agramant appear’d; who now inquir'd, With kingly looks, and with majestic tone, From what new cause this sudden strife was grown. 603 The whole declar'd, he sought with fruitless care T' appease cach warrior, and the breach repair. Unmov'd, Circassia's monarch still deny'd The king of Algiers longer should bestride
The generous steed, unless by fair request,
Amidst the train appear'd Marphisa bold,
Ver. 620. IIc oun'd how well the subtle thics, &c.] This ludicrous and extravagent incident is taken frou Boyardo. The passage is wittily ridiculed by Cervantes, wiere Sancho, while asleep, loses his ass, which is stolen from him bys Gines de Passamente in t} sanie manner.
Oi each Marphisa ask'd, nor fail’d to find
Now by her squire she bade her helm be lac'd, 6:15
650 Then, with her helmet clos'd, she went and found Brunello seated midst the peers around. Him, when she saw, the dame with furious heat Seiz'd by the throat, and dragg’d him from his seat; Easy, as grip'd within his hooky claws,
655 The ravenous eagle some weak chicken draws, And bore him thus before Troyano's heir, Then deep engag'd to heal intestine war. Brunello, fearing worse might yet befall, Ceas'd not to weep, and loud for pity cail.
660 IIis cries were heard amidst the mix'd alarms Of shouts and trimults from the camp in arms, For mercy now he sues, now aid demands : Near as he drew, thick crowd the gazing bands: To Afric's king the dame her prisoner took, 665 And thus address’dl him with an haughty look:
This wretch, thy vassal, by my hand ere long
675 When civil broils so many murmurs make; When discord kindles now, with dire alarms, The bravest warriors of the camp to arms; Three days I respite his determin'd fate, Meanwhile would any friend prolong his date, 680 Let such appear--if not ere then releas’d, I give him to the birds a welcome feast. But three miles distant by the wood's lone side, To yonder tower behold my coursc I guide : Without companion shall I there retire,
635 Save two, a damsel and a faithful squire, If any dare this wretch's calıse befriend, There let him come, I there his arms attend.
She said; and waiting no reply, pursu'd Hier destin'd way to reach the neighbouring wood; 690 Brunello on her courser's neck she cast, And in his locks the martial virgin fast IIcr hand securl, while loud he slirick'd and pray'!, Invoking every friend by name for aid.
Ver. 670. ------ 1.2 of my storil ---] This is sold in Covardo. See Book xviii. noie to ver. 732.
King Agramant, amid these tumults tost,
th’affront that rezal power sustain’d:
Ver. 695. King A ramant, ami:l these tumults. Nothing can be better worked up than the confusion in the camp) of the Pagan-, from these dissentions among ihiirleachers. (prvallie's islimourously makes Don Quixote, in the mirit of the quarrels at the Inal, thus allude to the above passage of Ariosto): "Did I cottcil you, Sirs, that this castle was enchanted, and ihal: imelion ou cievil, !hillst certainly inhabit it? In con: mion wireproof, I wild have you see, with your own eyes, how the discord of Agruant's camp is passer over, and transferred isither among us. Devold how there they fight for the sworil, here for the horse, Vorder for the eagle--liere azuin for the helmet; and we all fight, and no one uiderstands another. Come, therefore, my lord judge, and yoni, inaster priesi, and let one of yo'l stanı tor king Agramant, the other for king Sobrino, and make peace ainong us, &c.”
See jarris's Don Quixote, Vol. I. B. iv, C. xvii.
Ver. 707. But grare Sobrino, &c.] This is the first appearance of Sobrino in Ariosto. Ilis character is continued from Boyarde, where he makes a figure in the council !ield by: Agramant, to clebuie on the intended invasion of France, and endeavours to dissuade the king from thai expedition. Sobrino appears to be the Nestor vitke poem.