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Arcalaus had mounted again, and was dragging her up by the arm. Amadis soon came up to them, and lifting up his sword dared not put forth his strength lest he should slay both, but with a half-blow he smote him on the shoulder, and cut away part of the cuirass and the skin; then Arcalaus let Oriana fall, that he might escape the better. Turn, Arcalaus, cried Amadis, and see if I be dead as thou hast reported ! but he in fear of death spurred on, and threw his shield from off his neck for speed. The blow made at him just reached his loins with the sword-end, and fell upon the horse's flank and wounded it, so that the beast rode away more furiously. Amadis, albeit he so hated the enchanter, did not pursue him further, lest he should lose his mistress, he turned towards her, and alighted and knelt before her, and kissed her hand, saying, Now let God do with me what he will ! I never thought to see you again. She being among the dead was in great terror, and could not speak, but she embraced him. The damsel of Denmark going to hold his horse saw the sword of Arcalaus on the ground, and admiring its beauty gave it to Amadis; but he seeing it was right glad thereof, for it was King Perion's sword which had been placed in his cradle, and which Arcalaus had taken when he enchanted him. Presently Gandalin came up, who had travelled all night long: a joyful man was he seeing how the quest had ended.

Amadis then placed Oriana upon the damsel's palfrey, while Gandalin caught one of the loose horses for the damsel, and taking her bridle they left the place of battle. But Amadis as they went along reminded Oriana how she had promised to be his; Hitherto, said he, I have known that it was not in

your power to show me more favour than you did ; but now that you are at full liberty, how should I support disappointments without the worst despair that ever destroyed man !, Dear friend, quoth she, never for my sake shall you suffer, for I am at your will : though it be an error and a sin now, let it not be so before God.—When they had proceeded about three leagues they entered a thick wood, and about a league farther there was a town. Oriana, who had not slept a wink since she left her father's house, complained of fatigue: let us rest in that valley, said Amadis. There was a brook there and soft herbage; there Amadis took her from her palfrey : The noon, said he, is coming on very hot, let us sleep here till it be cooler, and meantime Gandalin shall go bring us food from the town. He may go, replied Oriana, but who will give him food { They will give it him for his horse, which he may leave in pledge, and return on foot. No: said Oriana, let him take my ring, which was never before so useful: and she gave it to Gandalin, who, as he went by Amadis, said to him, He who loses a good opportunity, sir, must wait long before he find another. Oriana laid herself down upon the damsel's cloak, while Amadis disarmed, of which he had great need, and the damsel retired farther among the trees to sleep. Then was his lady in liis power, nothing loth; and the fairest damsel in the world became a woman. Yet was their love encreased thereby, as pure and true love alway is.

When Gandalin returned, the damsel prepared the food; and, though they had neither many servingmen, nor vessels of gold and silver, yet was that a sweet meal upon the green grass in the forest.

CHAP. XXXVII.—How Don Galaor delivered King Lisuarte

from the captivity to which they were treacherously leading him away.

ALAOR rode on after the king so fast as his

horse could carry him ; still following the

track of the horsemen. About vespers he met a knight who cried out to him, Whither so fast ? stop and tell me! I have no time, quoth he.—By St. Mary, you pass not so ! tell me, or fight me! But Galaor still rode on.-Certes, knight, cried the stranger, you have committed some villainy that you fly so fast : défend yourself! Galaor turned as if to meet him in his career, but dextrously moved aside, so that the knight's horse in his speed carried him a good way on. Ah, coward ! cried the knight, when at last he turned, thou shalt answer me or die ! and he ran at him again full tilt. Again Galaor avoided the encounter, and rode on as fast as he could. When the knight saw him far before, he said, As God shall help me, he shall not escape so ! and knowing the country well, he struck across by a nearer way, and took possession of a pass. Faint-hearted coward ! quoth he, chuse now of three things : fight, or turn back, or answer me! I like neither, replied Galaor, and you are discourteous : if you want to know why I go so fast, follow me and see; I should lose time in telling you, and you would not believe me, it is for so great an evil. The knight answered, in God's name then go on, and I will follow thee though for these three days.

In about half a league's time they saw one knight running after his horse, and another gallopping away from him. He who was with Galaor knew him on


foot, for he was his cousin, and he caught the horse for him, and asked him, How is this? He replied, I was riding along thinking upon you know what, when that knight yonder gave me such a thrust on my shield that the horse fell upon his knees and threw me. I drew my sword, and called to him to do battle; but he only cried out, Remember to answer another time when you are spoken to ! and so he rode away. By my faith in God, let us follow him, and see you how I will avenge myself. I cannot, said his cousin, now, for I must keep this knight company for three days; and then he related what had befallen him with Galaor. Quɔth the other, Certes either he is the greatest coward in the world, or he goes upon some great adventure : I will forego my own vengeance to see the end of this: By this Galaor was far before them, for he did not tarry a whit, and they rode after him. It was now drawing towards night. Galaor entered a forest, and soon lost the track, for it was dark, so that he knew not which way to take. Then he began to pray to God to guide him that he might be the first to succour the king ; and thinking that those horsemen might have led the king apart from the road to rest themselves, he went along the bottoms listening every where if he might hear them. The knights thinking he had kept the road, rode straight forward about a league till they came through the forest, and not seeing him there they imagined he had hidden himself, and they turned aside to lodge in the house of a dame hard by.

When Galaor had searched the forest throughout, and found nothing, he resolved to proceed, and ascend some eminence the next day to look about. So recovering the road, he went on till he came into the open country, and there he saw before him in a valley a little fire. Thither he went; it was some forgemen, and they seeing him come among them in arms, took up lances and hatchets to defend themselves; but he bidding them not fear, besought them to give him some barley for his horse. The which they did, and he gave the beast his supper. They would have given him also to eat, but he would not; only he lay down to sleep, requesting them to wake him before daybreak. The night was two parts gone, and Galaor lay down by the fire, completely armed. At dawn he rose, for he had not slept much for pure vexation, and, commending them to God, he took his leave. His squire had not been able to keep pace with him, and thenceforth he vowed if God prospered him, to give his squire the better horse.' So he rode to a high hill, and from thence began to look all round him. · The two cousins had now left the lady's house, and it being now day they saw Galaor on the eminence, and knowing him by his shield rode towards him. As they drew nigh they saw him descend the hill as fast as horse could carry him. Certes, quoth the one, he is flying and concealing himself for some mischief : if I come up with him, God never help me if I do not learn from him what he hath deserved. But Galaor, thinking nothing of them, had just seen ten knights passing a strait at the entrance of the forest, of whom five rode first and five behind, and some unarmed men went in the middle. These he thought to be the villains with the king, and went towards them like a man who has devoted his own life to save another. Coming near, he saw Lisuarte with the chain about his neck; and then, with grief and rage that defied danger, he ran at the first five, exclaiming,

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