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Ile stayde his hand, and gan himselfc advise Who all this while, with charmes and hidden artes, To prove his sense, and tempt her feigned truth. Har made a lady of that other spright,
Wringing her hande in wemens pitteous wise, And fram'd of liquid ayre her tender partes, Tho' can she weepe, to stirre up gentle ruth So lively, and so like in all mens fight,
Both for her noble blood, and for her tender youth, That weaker sence it could have ravisht quight : The makers felse, for all his wondrous witt, Aud sayd, “ Ah ! Sir, my licge lord, and my love, Was nigh beguiled with so goodly light.
“ Shall I accuse the hidden cruel fate, Her all in white he clad, and over it
“ And mightic causes wrought in heaven above, Caft a black stole, most like to seeme for Una fit. “ Or the blind god, that doth me thus amate,
“ For hoped love to witne me certaine haie? Now when that ydle Dreame was to bim brought, “ Yet this perforce he bids me do or die. Unto that elfin knight he bad him fly,
“ Dic is my dew; yet rew my wretched state Where he slept foundly, void of evil thought, " You, whom ny hard avenging destinie And with falli Thewes abuse his fantasy,
“ Hath inade judge of my life or death indifferently, In foort as he him schooled privily; Ard tha: new creature, borne without her dew, “ Your owne deare sake forft me at first to leave Full of the maker's guyle, with usage sly
My father's kingdom,"there the stopt with teares; He taught o imitate chat lady trew,
Her swollen hart her speech seemd to bereave: Whose sembiance she did carie under feigned hew. And then againe begun, “ My weaker yeares,
“ Captiv'd to fortune and frayle worldly feares, Thus well instructed to "heir worke they hafte; Fly to your fayth for succour and fure ayde; And comming where the knight in Bomber lay, “Let me not die in languor and long tears" The ne upon his hardie head him plaste, “ Why, dame," quoth he, “ what hath ye thus And made him dreame of loves and lustfull play, “ dismayd? That nigh his marly hart did melt away, “ What frayes ye, that were wont to comfort me af. Bathed in wanton blis and wicked jny: Then seemed him his lady by him lay,
“ Love of yourselfe," she saide," and deare constraint And to 'im playnd, how that false winged boy “ Lets me not sleepe, but waste the wearie night Her chaste hart had subdewd to learne Dame “ In secre: anguish and unpittied plaint, Plcasure's toy.
“Whiles you in carelefle sleepe, are drownedquight.'
Her doubtfull words made that redoubted knight And the herselfe, of beautie roveraigne queene, Suspect her truth; yet lince no uptruth he know, Fayre Venus, seemde unto his bed to bring Her fawning love with foule disdainesull spight Her, whom he waking evermore did weene He would not shend, but said,“ Deare dame, I rew To be the chalteft flowre that aye did spring " That for my fake unknowne such griefe unu Or earthly braunch, the daughter of a king,
you grew. Now a loose leman to vile service bound: And eke the Graces seemed all to sing,
“ Assure your selfe, it fell not all to ground: Hymen, iö Hymen, dauncing all around; “ For all so deare as life is to my hari, Whyll freshest Flora hernith yvie girlond crownd. " I deeme your love, and hold me to you bound i
“ Ne let vaine fears procure your needleffe fmart, In this great passion of unwonted luft,
“ Where cause is none; but to your reft depart.' Or wonted feare of doirg ought amiss,
Not all con ent, yet seemed the to appease He started up, as seeming to mistrust
Her mous netull plaintes, beguiled of her art, Some secret ill, or hiddea foe of his ;
And fed with words, that couldnotchofe but please Lo there before his face his ladic is,
So flyding softly forth she turnd as to her cafe. Under blacke stole hyding her bayted hooke; ind a half blushing offred him to kis,
Long after lay he muling at her mood, With gentle blandishment and lovely looke, Much griev'd to think that gentle dame fo light, Mot like 'hat virgin true which for her knight For whose defence he was to shed his blood. him tooke.
At last dull wearines of former fight
Having yrockt asleep his irkesome (pright, All cleane dismayd to see so uncouth light, That troublous Dreame gan freshly tolle his brain And halfe enraged at her shamelesse guise, With bowres, and bes and ladies deare delight He thought have Alaine her in his fierce despight; Bur wlien h: law his la .oure all was vaine. Buc hastic heat tempring with sufferance wise, With that misformed spright he bake returndagain
THE FAERY QUEEN E.
BOOK 1. CANTO II.
The guilefull great enchaunter parts
By this the northerne wagoner had set
Forthwith he runnes with feigned faithfull hat His sevenfold teme behind the steelfast starre, Unto his guest, who after troublous sights That was in ocean waves yet never wet,
And dreams gan now to take more found repast; But firme is fixt, and sendeth light from farre Whom suddenly he wakes with fearful frighis, To all that in the wide deepe wandring arre : As one aghast with feends or damned sprights, And chearfull chaunticlere with his note shrill And so him calls, “ Rise, rise, unhappy lwaine, Had warned once that Phæbus' fiery carre “ rhat here u ex old in fleepe, whiles wickedwights In haft was climbing up the easterne hill, “ Have knit themselves in Venus' shameful chaine: Full envious that Night to long his roome did fill. “Come see where your false lady doth her honor
* ftaine." When those accursed messenger of hell, That feigoing Dreame, and that faire-forged All in amaze he suddenly upstart spright,
With sword in hand, and with the old man went; Came to their wicked maister, and gan tell Who foone hım brought into a secret part, Their bootelese paines, and ill-fucceeding night : Where that false couple were full closely ment Who all in rage to see his skilfull might
In wanton lust and leud embracement : Deluded fo, gan threaten hellish paine,
Which when he saw, he burnt with gealous fire;
Retourning to his bed in torment great,
He could not rest, but did his stout heart cat, Like a young squire, in loves and lustyhed And walt his inward gall with deepe despight, His wanton daies that ever loosely led,
Yrkesome of life, and too long lingring night. Without regard of armies and dreaded fight : At last faire Hesperus in highest skie
(light; Those too he tooke, and in a secret bed, Had spent his lampe, and brought forth dawning Covered with darkoess and n isdeeming night, Then up he rose, and clad bim hastily; (do ily. Them both together laid, to joy in vaine delight. The dwarfe hiin brought his steed; so both away
Now when the rosy-fingred Morning faire, Hee had a faire companion of his way,
A goodly lady clad in scarlet red,
And like a Perlian mitre on her hed
The which her lavish lovers to her gave : Look for her knighi, who far away wa fled, Her wanton palfrey all was overspred And for her dwarte, that wont to wait cach bewre; With tinsell crappings, woven like a wave, Then gan she wail and weepe to see that woeful Whose bridle rung with golden bels and bosses Itowre.
And after him she rode with so much spcede With faire disport, and courting dalliaunce,
The Knight of the Red-crosse, when him be spide And C'na wandring in woods and forests, spurring so hote wi:h rage dispiteous, (Th’er:d of his drift) he prais'd his develish Gan fairely couch his fpeare, and towards ride. arts,
Soone mete they both ; both fell and furious, That had such might over true-meaning harts: That daunted with their forces hideous Yet reft not so, but other meanes doth make, Their steeds doe stagger, and amazed stand; How he may worke unto her further (marts Aud eke themselves, too rudely rigorous, For her he hated as the hilling snake,
Antoined with the froke of their owne hand, And in her niany troubles did most pleasure Doe backe rebutte, and each to other ycaldech take.
XVI. He then devisde himselte how to disgnise ; As when two rams, fird with ambitious pride, For by his mighty science he could take
Fight for the rule of the rich-fleeced flocke, As many formes and shapes in sceming wise Their horned fronts so fierce on either side As ever Proteus to himselfe could make :
Die meere, that with the terror of the shocke So.: ecime a fowle, sometime a fith in lake, Astoined both stand lenceleffe as a blocke, Now like a foxe, now like a dragon fell; Forgetfull of the hanging victory : That of himselfe he ofte for feare would quake, So itood these twaint, unmoved as a rocke, And oft would fie away. O who can tell Both ítaring fierce, and holding idely The hidden powre of herbes, and might of ma The broken reliques of their former cruelty. gick ipell ?
The Sarazin, sore daunted with the buffe, But now seemde best the person to put on Snatcheth his sword, and fiercely to him Hlies, Of thar good knight, his late beguiled guest. Who well it wards, and quyteth cuff with cill: In mighty armes he was yciad anull,
Each others cquall puissance envies, And lilver Thield; upon his coward breit Ard through their iron fides with cruell spies A bloody crotic, and on hes craven crest
Does tecke to pierce; repining courage yields A bounch of heares discoloured dive: lly.
No foote to foe; the fathing fier flies, Full jolly knighe he seemde, and well addreit; As from a forge, out of their burning thields, And when he fate upon his courser free,
And Itreams of purple bloud new die the verdant Saint George hin:suite ye would have deemed him fields. to Ls. 11.
“ Curse on that crose," quoth then the Sarazin, Put he, the kn ghe whole fe mblaunt he did beare, " That keeps thy body from the bitter fitt; The truc Saint George, was wandred far away, “ Dead long ygoe, I wote, thou haddeft bin, Suill flying from his thoughts and gealous feare ; “ Had not that charme from thee forwarned itt ; Will was his g ide, and griefe led him aflsay. “ But yet I warne thee now allured sitt, Aclast hin chaudit to mcete upon the way “ And'hide thy head." Therewith upon his crest A faithless Sarazin, all armde io point,
With rigor so outrageous he fmitt, In whole great ihicid was writ with letters gay 'l has a large fhare it hewd out of the rest, Surfoan: Hill large of limle and every joint And glaurcing downe his shield from blame him Hu nas, ar d cared not for God or mun a point.
Who thereat wondrous wroth, the sleeping spark « At last it chaunced this proud Sarazin
“ To meete me wandring, who perforce me led
“i Of one bad fire, whose youngest is Sansioy, Whether the soules doe Ay of men that live amis. “ And twixt them both was borne the bloudy
“ bold Sansoy. The lady, when she saw her champion fall, Like the old ruines of a broken towre,
" In this sad plight, friendlesse, unfortunate, Staid not to waile bis woefull funerall,
“ Now miserable i Fidessa dwell, But from hin filed away with all her powre; “ Craving of you in pitty of my state, Who after her as hastily gan scowre,
“ To doe none ill, if please ye not doe well." Bidding the dwarfe with him to bring away He in great passion all this while did dwell, The Sarazin's shield, ligne of the conqueroure. More bulying his quicke eies her face to view, Her fooae he overtooke, and bad to stay, Then his duli eares to heare what she did tell; For present cause was none of dread her to disa And said, “ Fairc Lady! hart of flint would rew may.
“ The undeserved woes and sorrowes which yo
“ fhcw." Shee turning backe, with ruefull countenaunce Cride, “ Mercy, mercy, Sir, vouchsafe to show “ Henceforth in safe assurance may ye rest,' “ On filly dame, subiect to hard mischaunce, “ Having both found a new friend you to aid, " And to your mighty will.” Her humblesse low, “ And loft an old for that did you muleft: la so rich weedes and seeming glorious show, " Better new friend then an old foe is said." Lid much emmove his stout heroicke heart, With chaunge of chear the seeming-simple maid And said, “Dear dame, your suddein overthrow Let fall her eien, as ihamefast, to the earth, * Much rueth me; but now put fcare apart, And yielding fost, in that she nought gain-said. “ dod tel both who ye be, and who that tooke So forth they rode, he feining seemly merth, " your part."
And she coy lookes. So dainty, they say, maketk
dorth, Melting in ttares, then gan she thus lament; * The wretched woman, whom unhappy howre Long tinie they thus together traveiled; " Hash now made thrall to your commande. Til weary of their way, they came at last * ment,
Where grew too goodly trees, that faire did spred * Before thac angry heavens list to lowre, Their armes abroad, with gray molle overcast, # And Fortune false beftraide me to your powre, And their greene leaves trembling with every blast, “ Was (O what Duw availeth that I was !) Made a calmie shadowe far in compafle round: “ Borne the sole daughter of an emperuur; The fearefull fhepheard, often there aghalt, “ He that the wide West under his rule has, Under them never fat, ne wont there found " and high hath fet his thione where Tiberis His mery oaten pipe, but shund th'unlucky ground.
But this good knight, soone as he them can spic, * He, in the first flowre of my freshest age, For the coole shade him thither haftly got ; Betrothed me unto the onely haire
For golden Phæbus, now ymounted hie, * Oí a mott mighey king, moit rich and sage; From fiery wheeles of his faire chariot " Was never prince fo faithfull and so faire, Hurled his beame so scorching cruell hot, * Was never prince fu mcke and debou.aire; That living creature mote it not abide, * But ere my hoped day ct (poufall fhone, And his new lady it endured not : “My dearelt ord fell from high honor's stare There they alight, in hope themselves to hide Into the hands of hys accurfcd fone,
From the fierce heat, and reft their weary limbs " And cruelly was ilaine ; that thall I ever mone,
" His blessed body, spoild of lively breath, Faire-seemely pleafaunce each to other makes,
Was afterward, I know not how, convaid, With goodly purposes; thereas they fit, " And tro me bid: of while most innucent death And in his failed fancy he her takes " When tidings came to mee, uvhappy maid, To be the faireit wight that lived yit; "O how great forrow my sad soule asaid! Which to expreffe, he bends his gentle wit; " Then forth I went his worful coile to find; And thinking of those braunches greene to frame “And many yeares throughout the world I straia A girlond for her dainty forchead fit, "A virgin-widow whoie deepe-wounded mind He pluckt a bough, out of whose rific there came * With love song cir.e did larguifh as the friken Small drops of glory bloud, that trickled dowa
XXXVI. Therewith a piteous yelling voice was heard, “ So doubly lov'd of ladies unlike faire, Crying, " o spare with guilty hands to teare " Th' one seeming such, the other such indeede, a My tender sides, in this rough ry d embard; “ One day in doubt I cast for to compare « But fly, rh fly far hence away, for feare “ Whether in beauties glorie did exceede; " Left to you hap that happened to me heare, “ A rosy girlonde was the victor's eede. " And to this wretched lady, my deare love ; “ Both seemdę to win, and both seemde won to bee; “ O too deare love, love bought with death too “ So hard the discord was to be agreede : « deare!"
“ Frælifla was as faire as faire mote bee, Astond he stood, and up his heare hid hove. « And ever falfe Duessa seemde as faire as fhee. And with that suddein horror could no member
“ The wicked witch now seeing all this while
« The doubtfull ballaunce equally to fway, At last when as the dreadfull passion
“ What not by right, the cast to win by guile, Was overpast, and manhood well awake, “ And by her hellelh science raisd straight way Yet muling at the straunge occasion,
“ A foggy mist that overcast the day, And doubting much hi fense, he thus bespake; “ And a dull blast, that, breathing on her face, " What voice of damned ghost from Limbo lake, “ Dimme! her former beauties shining ray, “ Or guileful spright wandring in empty aire, “ And with foule ugly forme did her disgrace : “ (Both which fraile men do oftentimes mittake) " Then was the fayre alone, when done was faire “ Sends to my doubtful eares these speaches rare,
u in place. “ And ruefull plaints, me bidding guiltlefse blood “ to spare?”
“ Then cride she out, “ Fye, fye, deformed wight, XXXII.
“ Whose borrowed beautie now appeareth plaine Then groning deep. "Nor damned ghost,"quoth he, “ To have before bewitched all mens fight; “ Nor guilefulsprite tothee these wirds doth 1peake; “ O leave her soone, or let her soone be flaine !" « But once a man Fradubio, now a trec;
" Her loathly visage viewing with disdaine, “ Wretched man, wretched tree! whose nature “ Eftsoones I thought her such as she me told, 4 weake
“ And would have kild her; but with faigned « A cruell witch, her cursed will to wrcake,
(hold; “ Hath thus tra isformd, and plast in open plaines, “ The false witch did my wrathfull hand with. “ Where Boreas doth blow full bitter bleake. “ So left her, where she now is turnd to trec in " And scorching funne does dry my secret vaines; “ mould. " For though a cree I seeme, yet cold and heat me paines.”
“ Thensforth I tooke Duessa for my dame,
" And in the witch unweeting iosd long ime, Say on Fradubio, then, or man or tree," “ Ne ever wilt but that she was the same; Quoth then the knight;“ by whose mischievous arts “ Till on a day (that day is everie prime,
rt thou milhaped thus, as now I see? “ When witches wont do penance for their crime) “ He oft finds med'cine who his griefe imparts ;
“ I chaunft to see her in her proper hew, “ But double griefs affli& concealing harts, Bathing herselfe in origane and thyme :
-6 raging flames who striveth to suppresse," " A filthie foule old woman I did vie:v, * The author then,” said he “ of all my smarts, “ That ever to have toucht her I did dcadly rew. “ Is one Dueffa, a falle forcerelle, " That many errant knights hath brought to “ Her neather sartes mishapen, monftruous, “ wretchednefle
“ Were hidd in water, that I could not see,
“ But they did seenie more foule and hideous “ Iu prime of youthly yeares, when corage hott “ Then woman's shape man would beleeve to bee. “ The fire of love and ioy of chevalree
“ I hensforth from her most beastly companie “ First kindled in my breast, it was my lott “ I gan retraine, in minde to Sipp away, “ To love this gentle iady, whome ye see
“ Soone as appeared safe opportunitie; “ Now not a lady, but a seeming tree;
“ For danger great, if not assurd decay, “ With whome as once 'rode accompanyde, “I saw before mine eyes, if I were knowne to Aray. “ Me chaunced of a knight encountred bee, “ That had a like faire lady by his lyde; “ The divelish hag, by chaunges of my cheare, “ Like a faire lady, but did fowle Duessa hyde : " Perceiv'd my thought, and, drownd in dleepic XXXXVI,
night, " Whose forged beauty he did takc in hand “ With wicked herbes and oyntments did befmcare “ All other dames to have exceded farte;
My body all, through charmes and magicke « 1 in defence of mine did likewise stand,
"might, “Mire, that did then shine as the morning farre; “ That all my lenses were bereaved quight; * So both to batteil fierce ar raunged anie; “ Then brought she me into this dcfert waste, « In which his harder fortune was to fall “ And by ny wretched lover': fight me pight; “ Under n:y iptare : such is the dye of warre. “ Where now enclofd in wooden wals full faste, “ His lady, left as a prise martiall,
“ Banisht from living wighes, our wearic daics uc "Did yield her comely pesson to be at my call.