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"But that this mirror, and the mystic ring "I bear, alike commission'd from the king, "Another mark of his regard, be kept, « He prays that Canace will these accept.
"This ring interprets, with the truth of words, "Each meaning latent in the tones of birds; "And, to their sense enlarged, conveys again "Adapted language from the mouths of men. "Whether the hand wear this, or purse contain, "To such as rankling wounds oppress with pain, "It points what aid the stores of Nature yield, "And shews each useful simple of the field.
"This naked sword, that glitters at my side,
"To all were dreadful who its powers defied; "And irresistibly would pierce its stroke
Through mail, whose thickness match'd the
"Vain all attempts to heal the wound it made, "Till you shall o'er it gently draw the blade. "While yet the gifts by you possess'd remain, "Such various virtues shall they still retain."
Thus having spoke, the knight directs his steed
Back through the assembly, and alights with speed. The steed, reflecting the refulgent beats,
Stands in the court, and without motion seems:
The knight is led to a refreshing meal,
Eased of the incumbrance of his coat of steel.
Are duly borne, and without toil, away:
Now mighty throngs, attracted by report,
To vie, in briskness with the Apulian breed.
Nor Art, nor Nature can increase its store
The notions, bandied in discourse by these,
Like him to spurn the ground, and cleave the air:
To make them feel the fortune Troy deserved.
From angles and reflections well contrived.
They call to mind the memorable gash
Of royal Telephus, and spear of ash
His foe Achilles hurl'd; though when its rust
Now dwelt their thoughts on every method tried
Thus talk the gather'd crowds, ere they depart.
'Twas yet agreed on, by another class,
Much on its strangeness do we still insist.
Thus they indulged in various talk, nor ceased,
Till the king, rising, left the finish'd feast.
The sun his rapid course had downward bent,
When brave Cambuscan, from the exalted place Where stood his table, moved, with stately pace, Descending to the pavement, from its floor; Whence, through the hall, the minstrels march'd before.
Thus to his presence-room the guests retire,
The king o'erlooks them from his chair of state.
In the old astrology, Venus was supposed to exert its strongest influence in this sign of the zodiac.