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A dargli a intender che fusse gagliardo,
XII. “ And even at Aspramont thou didst begin
To let him know he was a gallant knight, And by the fount did much the day to win;
But I know who that day had won the fight If it had not for good Gherardo been :
The victory was Almonte's else; his sight He kept upon the standard, and the laurels In fact and fairness are his earning, Charles.
Quando e' vi venne la gente di Spagna,
XIV. “ If thou rememberest being in Gascony,
When there advanced the nations out of Spain, The Christian cause had suffer'd shamefully,
Had not his valour driven them back again. Best speak the truth when there's a reason why:
Know then, oh emperor! that all complain : As for myself, I shall repass the mounts O'er which I cross'd with two and sixty counts.
E far che ciascun abbi la sua parte:
Ma Ulivieri in quel mezzo si mise,
Tolse Cortana, e poi tolse Rondello;
Egli pareva a Gan dar veramente:
E terminò passare in Paganía ;
XV. “ 'Tis fit thy grandeur should dispense relief,
So that each here may bave his proper part, For the whole court is more or less in grief :
Perhaps thou deem'st this lad a Mars in heart ? ” Orlando one day heard this speech in brief,
As by himself it chanced he sate apart : Displeased he was with Gan because he said it, But much more still thatCharles should give him credit.
XVI. And with the sword he would have murder'd Gan,
But Oliver thrust in between the pair, And from his hand extracted Durlindan,
And thus at length they separated were.
Wanted but little to have slain him there ;
He took Cortana, and then took Rondell,
And when she saw him coming, Aldabelle
Orlando, in whose brain all was not well,
On Gan in that rash act he seem'd to take,
But soon Orlando found himself awake;
And he dismounted from his horse, and spake
And far as pagan countries roam'd astray,
The traitor Gan remember'd by the way ; And wandering on in error a long space,
An abbey which in a lone desert lay, 'Midst glens obscure, and distant lands, he found, Which form'd the Christian's and the pagan's bound.
Era del sangue disceso d'Anglante:
Descended from Anglante: under cover
But certain savage giants look'd him over; One Passamont was foremost of the brood,
And Alabaster and Morgante hover Second and third, with certain slings, and throw In daily jeopardy the place below.
XXI. The monks could pass the convent gate no more,
Nor leave their cells for water or for wood; Orlando knock'd, but none would ope, before
Unto the prior it at length seem'd good; Enter'd, he said that he was taught to adore
Hini who was born of Mary's holiest blood, And was baptized a Christian ; and then show'd How to the abbey he had found his road.
Del monistero o per legne o per acque :
Di quel ch'io ho volentier ti daremo,
be said it.
XXII. Said the abbot, “ You are welcome ; what is mine
We give you freely, since that you believe With us in Mary Mother's Son divine ;
And that you may not, cavalier, conceive
To be rusticity, you shall receive
er the plain; Idabelle
lord again: ot well, she said, che head,
Sonci appariti tre fieri giganti,
XXIV. “ These make us stand, in fact, upon the watch;
For late there have appear'd three giants rough; What nation or what kingdom bore the batch
I know not, but they are all of savage stuff; When force and malice with some genius match,
You know, they can do all — we are not enough: And these so much our orisons derange, I know not what to do, till matters change.
For just and holy works were duly fed ;
That manna was rain'd down from heaven instead; But here 't is fit we keep on the alert in [bread,
Our bounds, or taste the stones shower'd down for From off yon mountain daily raining faster, And Aung by Passamont and Alabaster.
Se le lor opre sante erano e giuste,
Isveglie e pini e faggi e cerri e gli oppi,
place, zstray, hace
XXVI. “ The third, Morgante, 's savagest by far; he
Plucks up pines, beeches, poplar-trees, and oaks, And flings them, our community to bury ;
And all that I can do but more provokes." While thus they parley in the cemetery,
A stone from one of their gigantic strokes, Which nearly crush'd Rondell, came tumbling over, So that he took a long leap under cover.
s, he found, pagan's bound.
Disse l'abate, che la manna casca.
XXVII. “For God-sake, cavalier, come in with speed;
The manna's falling now," the ablot cried. “ This fellow does not wish my horse should feed,
Dear abbot," Roland unto him replied. “ Of restiveness he'd cure him bad he need;
That stone seems with good will and aim applied."
And also made a brcakfast of his own :
Who flung at my good horse yon corner stone. Said the abbot, “Let not my advice seem shallow;
As to a brother dear I speak alone;
E ordinar per se da colazione :
XXIX. “ That Passamont has in his hand three darts Such slings, clubs, ballast-stones, that yield you
must; You know that giants have much stouter hearts
Than us, with reason, in proportion just : If go you will, guard well against their arts,
For these are very barbarous and robust."
sure, And walk the wild on foot to be secure.
Chi frombe, chi baston, chi muzzafrusti;
Va, che da Dio e me sia benedetto.
Orlando disse : pazzo Saracino,
Il qual non s'era partito da bomba;
Then go you with God's benison and mine :
As the abbot had directed, kept the line Right to the usual haunt of Passamont;
Who, seeing him alone in this design,
But, said Orlando, “ Saracen insane!
God, not to serve as footboy in your train ; You with his monks so oft have broke the peace
Vile dog! 't is past his patience to sustain.”
Who had not moved him from the spot, and swinging The cord, he hurl'd a stone with strength so rude,
As show'd a sample of his skill in slinging ; It rollid on Count Orlando's helinet good
And head, and set both head and helmet ringing,
Said, “ I will go, and while he lies along,
But Christ bis servants ne'er abandons long, Especially Orlando, such a knight,
As to desert would almost be a wrong. While the giant goes to put off his detences, Orlando has recall'd his force and senses :
E disse : io voglio andarmi a disarmare :
Ben ti pensasti d'avermi ammazzato!
Thou thought'st me doubtless for the bier outlaid; To the right about - without wings thou 'rt too slow
To fly my vengeance — currish renegade ! 'T was but by treachery thou laid'st me low,
The giant his astonishment betray'd,
To split the head in twain was what he schemed:Cortana clave the skull like a true brand,
And pagan Passamont died unredeem'd, Yet harsh and haughty, as he lay he bann'd,
And most devoutly Macon still blasphemed ; But while his crude, rude blasphemies he heard, Orlando thank'd the Father and the Word, —
Trasse a la testa : e Cortana tagliava:
Sempre ti sono, o signor mio, tenuto;
And I to thee, oh Lord ! am ever bound.
Since by the giant I was fairly down'd.
Our power without thine aid would nought be I pray thee take heed of me, till I can (found ; At least return once more to Carloman."
Tanto che trouva Alabastro più basso
Tanto ch' Orlando bisognò schermissc ;
Fatto di frasche e di schegge e di terra:
L' avea assalito, e chiamar Macometto ;
And Alabaster he found out below,
To root from out a bank a rock or two. Orlando, when he reach'd him, loud 'gan say
“ How think'st thou, glutton, such a stone to throw?" When Alabaster heard his deep voice ring, He suddenly betook him to his sling.
That if it had in fact fulfill'd its mission,
There would have been no need of a physician. Orlando set himself in turn to charge,
And in his bulky bosom made incision With all his sword. The lout fell; but o'erthrown, he However by no means forgot Macone.
. Morgante had a palace in his mode,
Composed of branches, logs of wood, and earth, And stretch'd himself at ease in this abode,
And shut himself at night within his berth.
The giant from his sleep; and he came forth
And Mahomet he call’d; but Mahomet
But praying blessed Jesu, he was set
And to the gate he came with great regret “ Who knocks here?" grumbling all the while, said he. “ That,” said Orlando, "you will quickly see.
Far de' peccati tuoi la penitenzia,
XLL “I come to preach to you, as to your brothers,
Sent by the miserable monks - repentance; For Providence divine, in you and others,
Condemns the evil done my now acquaintance. 'Tis writ on high — your wrong must pay another's ;
From heaven itself is issued out this sentence.
Per lo tuo Dio non mi dir villania:
Io ho fatto una strana visione,
Now by thy God say me no villany;
And if a Christian, speak for courtesy."
I by my faith disclose contentedly;
“I have had an extraordinary vision ; A savage serpent fell on me alone,
And Macon would not pity my condition; Hence to thy God, who for ye did atone
Upon the cross, preferr'd I my petition ;
If this good wish your heart can really move To the true God, you will not then deny us
Eternal honour, you will go above,
And I will love you with a perfect love.
Se questo buon voler terrai nel core,
Ne la sua madre vergine pulzella :
XLV. “ The Lord descended to the virgin breast
Of Mary Mother, sinless and divine; If you acknowledge the Redeemer blest,
Without whom neither sun nor star can shine, A bjure bad Macon's false and felon test,
Your renegado god, and worship mine, Baptize yourself with zeal, since you repent." To which Morgante answer'd, “I'm content."
Orlando gran carezze gli facea,
And made much of his convert, as he cried, “ To the abbey I will gladly marshal you."
To whom Morgante, “ Let us go," replied ; “ I to the friars have for peace to sue.
Which thing Orlando heard with inward pride, Saying, “ My brother, so devout and good, Ask the abbot pardon, as I wish you would :
Ed acettato per la sua umiltade ;
XLVII. “ Since God has granted your illumination,
Accepting you in mercy for his own, Humility should be your first oblation."
Morgante said, “For goodness' sake, make knownSince that your God is to be mine — your station,
And let your name in verity be shown ;