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To muse on means of hoped victory :
“ From dreaded storme of his disdainfull spight : But whenas Morpheus had with leaden mace “ To you th' inheritance belongs by right Arrested all that courtly company,
“ Of brothers prayse, to you eke longes his love : Uprose Duella from her resting place,
“ Let not his love, let not his restless spright, Audto the paynim's lodging comes with silent pace: "Be unreveng'd that calles to you above
“ From wandring Stygian fhores, where it doth Whom broad awake she findes in troublous fitt,
endlose move." Fore-casting how his foe he might annoy, And hini amoves with speaches seeming fitt ; Thereto said he," Faire Danıc! be bought dismaid " Ah! deare Sanloy, next deareft to Sansfoy, “ For sorrowes past; their griefe is with them * Cause of my new griefe, cause of my new joy;
gone : “ loyous to see his ymage in mine eye,
“ Ne yet of present perill be affraide, " And greevd to thinke how foe did him destroy, “ For needlese feare did never vantage none; “ That was the flowre of grace and chevalrye; “ And helplesse hap it booteth not to mone, * Lo his Fidella co thy secret faith I flye." “ Dead is Sansfoy, his vitall paines are past,
“ Tho'grceved glior sor vengeance deep do grone: With gentle wordes he can her fayrely greet, “ He lives that shall him pay his dewties last, And bad say on the secrete of her hart;
" And guiltie elfin blood shall sacrifice haft." 'Then fighing soft, “ 1 learn that litle sweet
Ofe tempred is," quoth she,“ with muchell smart; “ 0, but I feare the fickle freakes,” quoth me, " For lince my brelt was launcht with lovely dart “ O Fortune false, and oddes of armes in field.” " of deare Sanssoy, I never ioyed howre, “ Why, Dame," quoth he,“ what oddes can eveč " But in eternall woe my weaker hart
bee “ Hare wafted, loving him with all my powre, “ Where both doe fight alike to win or yield ?" " And for his fake have felt full many an heavie " Yea, but," quoth me," he beares a charmed shield, fowte.
" And eke enchaunted armes, that none can perce;
" Ne nune can wound the man that does them * At last, when perils all I weened paft,
wield.” " And hop'd to reape the crop of all my care,
“ Charmd or enchaunted," answerd he then ferce; "Into new woes unweeuing I was cast,
“I ho whit reck ; ne you the like need to reherce: " By this false fayłor, who unworthie ware " His worthie shield, whom he with guilefull fnare “ Put; fair Fidessa! sithens Fortune's guile, " Entrapped flew, and brought to shame!ull grave: “ Or enimies powre, hath now captived you, * Me filly maid away with him he bare, “ Returnc from whence ye came, and rest a whilc * And ever since hach kept in darksome cave, “ Till morrow next that I the clfe fubdew, " For that I would not yield that to Sansfoy I gave. “ And with Sansfoyes dead dowry you endew.”
that is a double death,” he said, * Bat finde faire sunne hath [pert that lowring “ With proud foes light my sorrow to renew : clowd,
" Where ever yet I be, miy secret aide " And to my loathed life now hews fome light, “Shall follow you.” So paling forth the him obaid, "Under your beames I will me safely throwd
" Ay me,
I HÈ FAERY QUEEN E.
The faithfull knight in equall field
Toz noble hart, that harbours virtuous thought,
Soone after comes the cruel Sarazid, And is with child of glorious great intent,
In woven maile all armed warily, Cap never rest untill it forth have brought
And sternly lookes at him, who not a pis Th' eternall brood of glorie excellent.
Does care for looke of living creature's eye. Such restlesse pallion did all night torment
They bring them wines of Greece and Araby, 'The flaming corage of that Faery knight,
And daintie spices fetch from furtheft Ynd, Devizing how that doughtie tournament
To kindle heat of corage privily ; With greatest honour he archieven mighe :
And in the wine a solemn oth they binde, Still did he wake, and fill did watch for dawning T'observe the sacred laws of armes that are assynd. light.
At last forth comes that far renowmed queene, At last the golden orientall gate
With royall pomp and princely maieste; Of greatest heaven gan to open fayre,
She is ybrought unto a paled greene, And Phæbus fresh, as brydegrome to his mate,
And placed under stately canapee, Came dauncing forth, shaking his deawie hayre,
The warlike feates of both those knights to see. And hurld his gliftring beams through gloomy on th' o:her side in all mens open vew
Duessa placed is, and on a tree ayre : Which when the wakeful elfe perceiv’d, streightway Sansfoy his shield is hangd with bloody hew; He started up, and did him selfe prepayre
Both those the lawrell girlands to the vidor dew. In sun-bright armes and battailous array, For with that pagan proud he combatt willthat day. A frilling trompett sownded from on hye,
And unto battaill bad themselves addrelle; And forth he comes into the commune hall, Their shining shieldes about their wreftes they tse, Where carely waite him many a gazing eye,
And burning blades about their heads doe blefie, To weet what end to straunger knights may fall : The instruments of wrath and heavinesle : There many minstrales maken melody,
With greedy force each other doth afsayle, To drive away the dull melancholy,
And strike so fiercely, that they do impresse And many bardes, that to the trembling chord Deepe dinted furrowes in the battred mayle: Can tune their timely voices cunningly,
The yron walles to ward their blowes are wcak And many chroniclers, that can record
and fraile. Old loves, and warres for ladies doen many a lord.
Thyselfe thy message do to german dcare ; The Sarazin was stout and wondrous strong, “ Alone he wandring thee to long doth want : And beaped blowes like yron hammers great ; “ Goe, fay his foe thy shield with his doth beare.”. For after blood and vengeance he did long. Therewith his heavie hand he high gan rcare, The knight was fiers, and full of youthly heat, Him to have saine ; when lo a darksome clowd And doubled strokes like dreaded thunders threat; Upon him fell; he no where doth appeare, For all for praise and honour he did fight.
But vanisht is. The Elfe kim calls all alowd, Both stricken stryke, and beaten both doe beat; But answer none receives; the darknes him docs That from their fhields forth flieth firie light,
frowd. And helmets hewen deepe Thew marks of either's might.
In haste Duessa from her piace arose,
And to him running sayd,“ O prowest knight So th' one for wrong, the other strives for right : " That ever ladie to her love did chose, As when a gıyson seized of his pray,
“Let now abate the terroir of your night, A dragon fiers encountreth in his flight,
“ And quench the flame of furious despight, Through widest ayre making his ydle way,
And bloodie vengeance : lo th’infernall powres, That would his rightfull ravine rend away ;
Covering your foe with cloud of deadly night, With hideous horror both together smight, “ Have borne him hence to Plutocs balefullbowres: And fouce so fore, that they the heavens affray: “ The conquest yout's, I your's, the field and The wise fouthsayer, secing so sad sight,
glory your's.” Th'amazed vulgar tells of warres and mortal fight.
Not all so satisfide, with greedy eye
Who all that while lay hid in secret shade :
And running heralds humble homage made, lato a pure vermillion now are dyde.
Greeting him goodly with new victorie Great ruth in all the gazers harts did grow, And to him brought the shield, the cause of enmitie. Seeing the gored woundes to gape so wyde, That victory they dare not wish to either side. Wherewith he goeth to that soverainc queene,
And falling her before or lowly knee, At last the paynim chaunst to cast his eye, To her makes present of his service feene ; His suddein eye, flaming with wrathfull fyre, Which she accepts with chankes and goodly gree, L'poo his brether's shield, which hong thereby : Greatly advauncing his gay chevalree: Therewith redoubled was his raging yre,
So marchech home, and by her takes the knight, And said, “ Ah! wretched sonne of wofull fyre, Whom all the people followe with great glee, " Doelt thou sit wayling by blacke Stygian lake, Shonting, and clapping ail their hands on hight, Whylest here thy Thield is hangd for vitor's That all the ayre ic 6ls, and flyes to heaven bright,
hyre? * And, sluggish german, doeft thy forces flake, Home is he brought, and layd in sumptuous bed, * To after-lend his fee, that him may overtake ? Where many skilfull leaches him abide
To falve his hurts, that yet still freshly bled. Gre, caytive Elfe! him quickly overtake, In wine and oyle they wash his woundes wide, " And soone redeeme from his long-wandring woe: And softly gan embalme on everie fide ;
Goe, guiltie Ghost: to him my message nake, And all the while mosi heavenly melody
And all the while Duessa wepe full bitterly.
The lookers on, and lowd to him gan call [all." As when a weary traveller, that strayes
Unweeting of the perillous wandring wayes,
Forgeifull of his owne that mindes another's cares. And with so’exceeding furie at him strake, That forced him to stoupe upon his krec: So wept Duefla untill eventyde, Had he not souped so, he should have cloven bee. That thyning lampes in love's high house werelighe;
Then forth the rose, ne lenger would abide, And to him said, Goe now, prcud Miscreant ! But comes unto the place where th' heathen knight
In flonbring (wownd nigh voyd of vitall spright, " Or breake the chayne of Atrong Necessitee,
“ Yet shall they not escape so freely all, Where griefly Night, with visage deadly sad, “ For some thall pay the price of others guilt; That Phæbus' chearefull face durst never vew, " And he, the man that made Sansfoy to fall, And in a foule blacke pitchy mantle clad,
“ Shall with his owne blood price that he hath spile. She findes forth coming from her darksome mew, “ But what art thou that celft of nephews kilt ?" Where she all day did hide her hated hew,
1, that do fecme not I, Duessa ame, Before the dore her yron charet stood,
Quoth the,“ however now in garments gilt, Already harnessed for iourney new,
“ And gorgeous gold arrayd, i to thee came; And colc-blacke stedes yborne of hellish brood, “ Duessa I, the daughter of Deccipt and Shame. That on their rulty bits did chanıp, as they were wood.
Then bowing downe her aged backe, she kist
The wicked wiich, saying, " In that fayre face Who when she saw Dueffa funny bright,
“ The false refemblance of Deceipt I wilt Adornd with gold and jewels shining cleare, “ Did closely lurke; yet so true-seeming grace She greatly grew amazed at the fight,
" It carried, that I scarse in darksome place And ch' unacquainted light began to feare, “ Could ic discerne, though I the mother bee (For never did such brightness there appeare) " Of Falsnood, and roote of Dueslaes sace. And would have backc retyred to her cave, “O welcome, child! whom I have longd to sec, Untill the witches speach the gan to heare,
And now have seene unwares. Lo now I go Saying, “ Yet, O thou dreaded Dame! I crave
" with thee." “ Abyde till I have told the message which I have."
Then to her yron wagon she becakes, She stayd, and foorth Duesla gan proceede, And with her beares the fowle wel-favourdwitch; “ Q thou moft auncient grandmother of all ! Through mirksome aire her ready way she makes: “ More old than love, whom thou at first didit Her twyfeld teme (of which two blacke as pitch, breede,
And two were browne, yet cach to each unlich), " Or that great house of gods cæleftiall,
Did foftly swim away, ne ever stamp, [twitch; “ Which was begoe in Dæmogorgon's hall, Unlesie the chaunft their stubborne mouths to “ And sawst the secrets of the world unmade; Then fomiig tarre, their bridles they would champ, “ Why fuffredit thou thy nephewes deare to fall And trampling the fine clement would fiercely “ With Eliin word, most shamefully betrayde?
. “ Lo where the stou: Sansioy doth llcepe in deadly ** fhade.
So well they sped, that they be come at length
Unto the place whereas the raynim Jay " And him before I saw with bitter eyes
Devoid of outward sence and native strength, " The bold Sansfoy ihrinck underncarh his fpeare; Coverd with charmed cloud from vew of day, “ And now the pray of fowles in field he lyes, And fight of men, fince his late luckelesle fras. “ Nor wayld of friends, nor layd on groning beare, His cruell wourds with cruddy blood congeald “ That whylome was to me too dearely deare. They binden up so wisely as they may, “ O what of gods then boots it to be borne, And handle softly, till they can be heald : “ If old Aveugles sonnes so evill heare?
So lay him in her charest, close in night conceald. 6 Or who shall not great Nightes children scorne, “When two of three her nephews are so fowle And all the while she stood upon the ground “ forlorne?
The wakefull dogs did never cease to bay,
As giving warning of th' unwonted sound “ Up then; up, drcary Dame, of darknes queene, With which her yron wheeles did them affray, « Go gather up the reliques of thy race,
And her darke griefly looke them much dismay. “ Or else goe them avenge, and let be seene The messenger of death, the ghaftly owle, “ That dreaded Night in brightest day hath place, With drery shriekes did also her bewray; " And can the children of fayre Light deface,” And hungry wolves continually did howle Her feeling (peaches some compaflion mov'd At ber abhorred face, su filthy and so fowle. In hart, and chaunge in that great mother's face: Yet pitty in her hart was never prov'd
Thence turring backe in filence soft they tole, Till then; for evermore she hated, never lov’d: And brought the heavy corse with ealy pace
To yawning gulse of deepe Avernus hole : And said, “ Deare Daughter ! rightly may I rew By that same hole an entrance dark and bace " The fall of famous children borne of mce, With smoakc and fulphur biding all the place, " And good successes which their focs ensew; Defcends to hell : there creature never palt " But who can tuine the ftrcame of Definee, That backe retourned without heavenly grace ;
Bat dreadful furies, which their chains have bralt Some cursed vengeaunce on his fónne to cast : And damned sprights sent forth to make ill men From surging gulf two monsters ftreight were aghalt.
With dread whereof his chafing fteedes aghalt, By that same way the direfull dames doe drive Both charett fwifte and huntsman overcast. Their mournfull charett, fild with rusty blood, His goodly coops, on ragged cliffs yrent, And downe to Plutoes hous are come bilive; Was quite disinembred, and his members chast Which passing through, on every side them stood Scattered on every mountaine as he went, The trembling ghosts with sad amazed mood, That of Hippolytus was lefte do moniment. Chattring their iron. teeth, and staring wide With stonie eies; and all the hellish brood
His cruel step-dame seeing what was donne Of feends infernal flockt on every fide, (ride. Her wicked daies with wretched knife did end, To gaze on erthly wight that with the Night durtt In death avowing the innocence of her fonne :
Which hearing, his rath fyre began to rend They pas the bitter waves of Acheron,
His hcarc, and hasty tong, that did offend; Where many soules fit wailing woefully,
Tho gathering up the reliques of his finart And come to fiery flood of Phlegeton,
By Dianes meanes, who was Hippolyts frend, Whereas the damned ghosts in torments fry, Them brought to Aesculape, that by his art And with sharp thrilling fhriekes doth bootlesse Did heale them all againe, and joyned every part.
cry, Curling high love, the which them thither sent. Such wondrous science in mens wit to rain The house of endlesse Paine is built thereby, When love avized, that could the dead revive, In which ten thousand forts of punishment And fates expired could renew again, The curled creatures doe eternally torment. Of endlesie lise he might him not deprive,
But unto hell did thrust hinr downe alive, Before the threshold dreadfull. Cerberus
With flashing thur.derbolt ywounded fore; His three deformed heads did lay along,
Where long remaining, he did alwaies strive Curled with thousand adders venemous,
Himselfe with salves to health for to restore, And lilled forth his bloody flaming tong :
And Make the heavenly fire that raged evermore, At them he gan to reare his bristles trong, And felly gnarre, until Dayes enemy
There auncient Night arriving, did alight Did him appease; then downe his taile he hong, From her nigh-weary wayne, and in her armes And suffered them to paflen quietly ;
To Æsculapius brought the wounded knight; For lhe in hell and heaven had power equally. Whom having softly disaraid of armcs,
Tho gan to him discover all his harmes, There was Ixion turned on a wheele,
Besecching him with prayer and with praise, For daring tempt the qucene of heaven to fin; If either salves, or oyles, or herbes, or charmes, And Sisyphus an huge round stone did reele A fordonne wight from dore of death mote raise, Against an hill, ne might from labour lin; He would ac her request prolong her nephews There thirty Tantalus hong by the chin,
daies. And Tityas fed a vultur on his maw; Typhæus ioynts were stretched on a gin, “Ah! Dame," quoth hc, “ thou temptest me ia Theseus condemad to endlessc flouth by law;
«'vaine And fifty Gifters water in leake vessels draw. “ To dare the thing which daily yet I rew;
“ And the old cause of my continued paine They all beholding worldly wights in place, “ With like attempt to like end to renew. Leave off their worke, unmindfull of their smart, “ Is not enough that thrust from heaven dew To gaze on them; who forth by them do pace, “ Here endlesle penaunce for one fault I pay, Til ency be come untn the furthest part,
" But that redoubled crime with vengeance new Where was a cave ywrought by wondrous art, “ Thou biddeft me to ceke? can Night defray Deeze, darke, uncaly, dolefull, comfortlesle, “ The wrath of thundring love that ralcs both In which sad #fculapius far apart
night and day?" Emprisond was in chaines remedilesse, For that Hippolytus' rent corse he did redresse. “ Not so," quoth she; “ but fith that heaven's
king Hippolytus a jolly huntsman was,
“ From hope of heaven hath thee excluded quight, That wont in charett chace the foming bore; " Why fearest thou, that canst not hope for thing? He all his peers in beauty did surpas,
“And feareft not that more thee hurten might, Eat ladies love as lofle of time forbore ;
“ Now in the powre of everlasting Night ? His wanton stepdame loved him the more; “ Go to then, I thou far-renowned fonne Bat when the law her offred sweets refuld, “ Of great Apolo: fhew thy famous might Her love the turnd to hate, and him before “In medicine, that els hath to thce wonne His father fierce of treason false acculd,
“ Great pains, and greater praise, both never to be And with her gealous termes his open cares abufd, « donne.”
Who all is rage his fea-god fyre besought
Her words prevaild; and then the learned leach