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The Orlando furioso (v. 6)

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Pages: 174

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Lodovico Ariosto

Excerpt from book: xc. Nay: when he hears it is Mount Alban's knight By whom assailed the paynim quarters are, He in his heart exults, with such delight, That he, for very joy, leaps here and there. He thanks and lauds his God, who him that night Blest with so high a fortune and so rare : Hoping to win the horse without a peer, Bayardo, from the Christian cavalier. Gradasso had desired long time before (I think you will have read the tale elsewhere) To back that courser, which Rinaldo bore, And Durindana by his side to wear: He with a hundred thousand men and more To France, with this design, had made repair: And had erewhile to bloody fight defied, Even for that good steed, Mount Alban's pride. XCII. Hence had that king repaired to the sea-shore, The place assigned to end their discord fell: But all was marred by Malagigi's lore6: Who, cheating good Rinaldo with a spell, To sea the champion in a pinnace bore. Too tedious were the tale at length to tell. Hence evermore Gradasso had opined, The gentle baron was of craven kind. VOL. VI. D XCIII. Now that Gradasso learns Mount Alban's peer Is he, that storms the camp, in huge delight, Armed, on Alfana leaps the cavalier7, And through the pitchy darkness seeks the knight, O'erturning all who cross his fierce career, He leaves afflicted and in piteous plight The broken bands of Afric and of France. All, food alike for his wide-wasting lance. XCIV. He seeks the paladin, now here now there, ' Echoing his name as loud as he can shout: And thitherward inclines his courser, where The bodies are most thickly strown about. At length encounter, sword to sword, the pair, For broken are alike their lances stout: Which shivering in their hands, had flown upright, And smote the starry chariot of the Night. When ...  

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