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The Orlando furioso

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Pages: 216

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

By: Lodovico Ariosto

Excerpt from book: xc. " I would," he said, " relieve, with your good will, " My king, besieged by Charlemagne's array, " That the misjudging rabble, prone to ill, " Might never, to my shame and scandal, say: ' Bogero, in fair wind and weather, still ' Waited upon his sovereign, night and day, ' And now that Fortune to King Charles is fled, ' Has with that conquering lord his ensign spread.' " I fifteen days or twenty ask, that I " Yet once again may to our army speed: " So that, by me from leaguering enemy " The African cantonments may be freed: " I will some fit and just occasion spy, " Meanwhile, to justify my change of creed. " I for my honour make this sole request: '' Then wholly yours for life, in all things, restI3." XCII. Rogero in such words his thoughts exposed, Which never could by me be fully showed: And added more, nor from his task reposed, Until the crowded paper overflowed: He next the letter folded and enclosed, And sealed it, and within his bosom stowed: In hopes to meet next morning by the way One who might covertly that writ convey. Vol. v. n XCIII. When he had closed the sheet, that amorous knight His eyelids closed as well, and rest ensued: For Slumber came and steeped his wearied might In balmy moisture, from a branch imbued With Lethe's water: and he slept till—white And red—a rain of flowers the horizon strewed, Painting the joyous east with colours gay: When from her golden dwelling broke the day: XCIV. And when the greenwood birds 'gan, far and wide, Greet the returning light with gladsome strain, Sir Aldigier (who wished to be the guide, Upon that journey, of the warlike twain, Who would in succour of those brethren ride, To rescue them from Bertolagi's chain) Was first upon his feet: and either peer Issues as well from bed,...  

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