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86 THE SEVEN CHAMPIONS
So took possession of her stock, And the enchantment broke.
Those Christian Champions being freed es
From their enchanted state, Each mounted on his prancing steed,
And took to travel straight; Where we will leave them to pursue
Kind fortune's favours still, fo
To treat of our own champion, who
Did courts with wonders fill.
For as he came to understand,
At an old hermit's cell, How, in the vast Egyptian land, ra
A dragon fierce and fell Threatened the ruin of them all,
By his devouring jaws, His sword releas'd them from that thrall,
And soon remov'd the cause. «•
This dreadful dragon must destroy
A virgin every day, Or else with stinks he'll them annoy,
And many thousands slay. At length the king's own daughter dear, as
For whom the court did mourn, Was brought to be devoured here,
For she must take her turn.