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“ But had he beene where earst his armes were lent, | Led with their poise, which through the aire was « Th' enchaunter vaine bis errour should not rew; thrown,
[sown. “ But thou his errour shalt, I hope, now proven Arriv'd, wher they in erth their fruitles blood had « trew.”
Whom all so soone as that proud Sarazin
of his leud lusts and late attempted sin, Each other bent his enemy to quell;
And lefte the doubtfull battel hastily, That with their force they perft both plate and maile, To catch her, newly offred to his eie; And made wide furrowes in their feshes fraile, But Satyrane with strokes him turning, staid, That it would pitzy any living eie :
And fternely bad him other business plie,
“O foolish Faeries forne, what fury mad
“ Then that thou hadît repented it too late ?
But that false pilgrim which that leasing told,
Being indeed old Archimage, did stay So fierfly, when these knights had breathed once, In secret shadow all this to behold,
They gan to fight retourne, increasing more And much reioyced in their bloody fray;
With heaped strokes more hugely than before, He left his stond, and her pursewd apace,
THE FAERY QUEEN E.
The Red-crosse knight is captive made,
What man so wise; what earthly witt so ware, Unkindnesse past, they gan of solace treat, As to discry the crafty cunning traine
And bathe in pleafaunce of the ioyous shade, By which Deceipt doth maske in visour faire, Which shielded them against the boyling heat," And cast her colours died deepe in graine, And with greene boughes decking a gloomy 8 To seeme like Truth, whose shape the well can faine, About the fountaine like a girlond made, And fitting gefiures to her purpose frame, Whose bubbling wave did ever freshly well, The guiltleise man with guile to entertaine? Ne ever would through fervent sommer sade; Great maistresse of her art was that falle dame, The sacred nymph, which therein wont to dwel The false Dueffa, cloked with Fidellaes name. Was out of Dianes favor, as it then befell. Who when, returning from the drery Night; The cause was this : One day when Phæbe fayan She fownd not in that perilous hous of Pryde, With all her band, was following the chace, Where she had left the noble Red-crosse knight, This nymph, quite tyrd, with heat of scorching af Her hoped pray, she would no lenger byde, Satt downe to rest in middeft of the race; But forth the went to secke him far and wide. The goddesse wroth gan fowly her disgrace, Ere long the fowod, whereas he wearie fate, And badd the waters, which from her did flow To reft him selfe, foreby a fountaine lyde, Be such as she her selse was then in place ; Disarmed all of yron coted plate,
Thenceforth her waters wexed dull aod Now, And by his fide his steed the grassy forage ate. And all that drinke thereof do faint and
grow. Hee feedes upon the cooling shade, and bayes His sweatie forehead in the breathing wynd Hereof this gentle knight unweeting was, Which through the trembling leaves full gentle And lying downe upon the sandie graile, playes,
Dronke of the streame, as cleare as chriftall Wherein the chearefull birds of sundrie kynd Eftsoones his manly forces gan to fayle, Doe chaunt sweet mufick to delight his mynd. And mightie strong was turnd to feeble frayle The witch approching gan him fayrely greet, His chaunged powres at first themselves not id And with reproch of carelesnes unkind
Till crudled cold his courage gan affayle, Upbrayd, for leaving her in place unmect, And cheareful blood in fayntnes chill did mckt With fowle words tempring faire ; soure gall with which like a fever fit through all his bodic 19 hony (wect.
And lightly leapt from underneath the blow : Yet goodly court he made ftill to his dame, Yet so exceeding was the villein's powre, Pourd cut in loosnesse on the grasly grownd,
That with the winde it did him overthrow, Both carelesse of his health and of his fame; And all his fences stoond, that still he lay full Till at the last he heard a dreadfull sownd,
As when that divelish yron engine, wrought
And ramd with bollet rownd, ordaind to kill, Upstarted lightly from his looser make,
Conceiveth fyre, the heavens it doth fill And his unrcady weapons gan in hand to take. With thundring noyse, and all the ayre doth choke
That none can breath, nor see, nor heare at will, But ere he could his armour on him dight, Through smoaldry cloud of duskish flincking Or get his shield, his nionstrous enimy
smoke, With furdie steps came stalking in his light, That th' only breath him daunts who hath escapt An hideous geaunt, horrible and hye,
His heavie hand he heaved up on hye,
And him to dust thought to have battred quight, The hight of three the talles sonnes of mortall Untill Duessa loud to him gan crye, feed.
“ O great Orgoglio! greatest under kye, II.
“ O hold thy mortall hand for ladies lake ; The greater Earth his uncouth mother was, “ Hold for my fake, and doe him not to dye, And bluftring Acolus his boasted syre,
" But vanquisht thine eternall bondslave make, Who with his breath, which through the world “ And mc thy worthy meed unto thy leman take." Her hollow womb did secretly inspyre,
He hearkned, and did stay from further harpies, Add fild her hidden caves with stormie yre, To gayne so goodly guerdon as she spake; That she conceiv'd; and trebling the dew time So willingly the came into his armes, In which the wombes of wemen do expyre, Who her as willingly to grace did take, Brought forth this monstrous masle of earthly And was possessed of his new-found make : flime,
Then up he took the llonıbred scncelesle corse, Pufs up with emptie wynd, and fild with sinfull And ere he could out of his swowne awake, cryme.
Him to his castle brought, with hartie forse,
And in a dongcon deepe him threw without remorse. So
growen great, through arrogant delight
And her endowd with royall maiestye:
Then for to make her dreaded more of men,
Hechose,which hehad keptlong time indarksom den.
XVII. That , when the knight be spyd, he gan
advaunce Such one it was as that renowmed snake Wah huge force and insupportable mayne,
Which great Alcides in Stremona few,
Long fostred in the filth of Lerna lake,
But this fame monster much more ugly was; And eke so faint in every ioint and vayne,
For seven great heads out of his body grew, Through that fraile fountain, which him feeble An yron breast, and back of scaly bras, made,
[blade. And all embrewed in blood his eyes did shine as, That scarfely could he weeld his bootlessc single glas.
XVIII. The geaont frooke fo miaynly mercilesse, His tayle was stretched out in wondrous longth, That could have overthrowne a ftony towre;
That to the hous of hevenly gods it raught, And were not hevenly grace that him did blese And with extorted powre and borrow'd strength, He had beene pouldred all as thin as flowre : The ever-burning lamps from thence it braught, Bat he was wary of that deadly Itowre,
And prowdly threw to ground, as things of naught; Yol. II,
And underneath his filthy feet did tread
" Then that I feele and harbour in mir hart : The wofull dwarfe, which saw his maister's fall, “ Who hath endur'd the whole can beart part. (Whiles he had keeping of his grasing steed) “ Jf death it be, it is not the first wound And vàliant knight become a caytive thrall, “ That launched hath my brest with bleeding (mart. When all was past, took up his forlorne weed; “ Begin, and end the bitter baleful stound; His mightie armour, missing molt at needs “ If lesse then that I feare, more favour I have found." His silver shield, now idle maisterlese; His poynant speare, that many made to bleed ; Then gan the dwarfe the whole discourse declare; (The rueful moniments of heavinesse)
The subtile traines of Archimago old, And with them all departes, to tell his great distresse. The wanton loves of false Fidella fayre,
Bought with the blood of vanquisht paynim bold; He had not travaild long, when on the way The wretched payre transformed to treen mould; He wofull lady, wofull Una, met
The house of Pryde, and perilles round about ; Fast Aying from the paynim's greedy pray, The combat which he with Sansioy did hould; Whileft Satyrane him from pursuie did let; The lucklefle conflict with the gyaunt stout, Who when her eyes she on the dwarf had set, Wherein captiy'd, of life or death he stood in doubt. And saw the lignes that deadly tydinges spake, She fell to ground for forrowful regret,
She heard with patience all unto the end, And lively breath her fad breast did forsake ; And Itrove to maister forrowfull assay, Yet might her piteous hart be seen to pant and quake. Which greater grew the more she did contend,
And almost rent her tender hart in tway,
And love fresh coles unto her fire did lay ;
Then she did love the Knight of the Red-crofie,
At last when fervent forrow Naked was,
All as th: dwarse the way to her affynd : “ Ye dreary instruments of doleful fight,
And evermore, in constant carefull mind, “ That doe this deadly spectacle behold,
She fedd her wound with fresh renewed bale. “Why doe ye lenger feed on loathed light, Long toft with stormes, and bet with bitter wind, " Or liking find to gaze on earthly mould, High over hills, and lowe adowne the dale, (vale. « Sith cruell Fates the careful threds unfold, She wandred many a wood, and measurd many “ The which my life and love together tyde? “ Now let the stony dart of fenceleffe cold
At last she chaunced by good hap to meet " Perce to my hart, and pas through everie lyde, A goodly knight, faire marching by the way, “ And let eternal wght so sad sight fro my hyde. Together with his squyre, arayed mect :
His glitterand armour shined far away, " O lightsome day (the lampe of highest love, Like glauncing light of Phæbus' brightest ray;
First made by him mens wandring wayes toguyde, From top to toe no place appeared bare,
Athwart his brest a bauldrick brave he ware, “ And shut up heaven's windowes shyning wyde; That shind, like twinkling stars, with stones moft “ Fer carthly light can nought but forrow breed,
XXX. (pretious rare : " And late repentance, which shall long abyde. And in the midst thereof one pretious stone “ Mine eyes no more on vanitie shall feed, (meed. Of wondrous worth, and eke of wondrous mights, “ But secled up with death shall have their deadly Shapt like a ladies head, exceeding Thone,
Like Hesperus emongst the lesser lights, Then downe again the fell unto the ground, And Itrove for to amaze the weaker sights; But he her quickly reared up againe :
Thereby his mortall blade full comely hong Thrise did the finke adowne in deadly (wowad, In yvory Meath, ycarv'd with curious flights, And thrise he her reviv'd with busie paine. Whose hilts were burnisht gold, and handle trong At last, when Life recover'd had the raine, Uf mother-perle, and buckled with a golden tong. And over-wrestled his strong enimy, With folering tong, and trembling everie vaine, His haughtie helmet, horrid all with gold, “Tell on," quoth the, “ the woful tragedy, Both glorious brightnesse and great terrour bredd; .: The which these reliques sad present unto minc For all the crest a dragon did enfold eye.
With greedie pawes, and over all did spredd
His golden winges; his dreadfull hideous hedd,
XXXVIIT. Close couched on the bever, seemd to throw Whenas this knight nigh to the lady drew, From faming mouth bright sparckles fiery redd, With lovely court he gan her entertaine ; That suddeine horrour to faint hartes did show ; But when he heard her aunswers both, he knew And scaly tayle was stretchtadowne his back full low. Some secret forrow did her heart distraine; XXXI.
Which to allay, and calme her storming paine, Upon the top of all his loftie crest
Faire-feeling words he wisely gan display, A bounch of heares discolourd diversly,
And for her humour fitting purpose faine, With sprincled pearle and gold full richly dreft, To tempt the caufe it felfe for to bewray. [fay; Did Lake, and seemd to daunce for iollity; Where with enmoud, these bleeding words she gan to Like to an almond tree ymounted hye On top of greene Selinis all alone,
“ What worlds delight, or ioy of living speach, With bloffoms brave bedecked daintily,
“ Can hart, so plungd in sea of sorrowes deep, Whose tender locks do tremble every one
“ And heaped with lo huge mi-fortunes, reach? At everie little breath that under heaven is blowne. « The carcfull cold beginneth for to creep,
" And in my hart his yron arrow Atcep, His warlike shield all closely cover'd was, “ Soone as I thinke up in my bitter bale. Ne might of mortall eye be ever seene ;
“ Such helpieffe harmes yts better hidden keep, Not made of steele, nor of enduring bras,
“ Then rip uy griefe where it may not availe ; (Such earthly mettals soon consumed bcene) “ My last left comfort is my woes to weeps and But all of diamond perfe& pure and cleene
“ waile." It framed was, one maffy entire mould,
XL. Hewen out of adamant rocke with engines keenc, « Ah ! lady deare," quoth then the gentle knight, That point of speare it never percen could, “ Well may I ween your griefe is wondrwus great; Ne ditt of direfull fword divide the substance would. " For wondrous great griefe groneth in my spright, XXXIV.
“ Whiles thus I heare you of your sorrowes treat. The fame to wight he never wont disclose, “ But, woefull lady! let me you intrete But whenas monsters huge he would dismay, “ For to unfold the anguish of your hart : Or daurt unequall armies of his foes,
Mishaps are maistred by advice discrete, Or when the Äying heavens he would affray : “ And counsell mitigates the greatest finart : Fur lo exceeding inone his glistring ray,
“ Found never help who never would his hurts That Phæbus' golden face it did attaint,
impart." As when a cloud his beames doth over-lay; And filver Cynthia wexed pale and faynt, “O but," quoth the, " great griefe will not be As when her face is staynd with magicke art's con
“ tould, XXXV.
(straint. “ And can more easily be thonght then said." No magicke arts hereof had any might,
“ Right so," quoth he ; " but he that never would, Nor bloody wordes of bold enchaunters call, “ Could never : will to might gives greatest aid." But all that was not such as feemd in fight, “ But griefe," quoth fhie,“ does greater grow Before that shield did fade, and suddein fall;
displaid, Asd when him lift the ralkall routes appall, " If then it find not helpe, and breeds despaire." Men into stones therewith he could transmew, Despaire breeds not," quoth he," where faith is And ftones to dust, and dust to nought at all;
« ftaid." And when him list the prouder loukes fubdew, “ No faith fo fast," quoth fhe,“ but fesh docs He would them gazing blind, or turne to other hew.
“ paire." XXXVI.
“ Flesh may empaire," quoth he, “ but reafon can Ne let it seeme that credence this exceedes;
So deepe did fertle in her gracious thought,
“ Or that your prowesse can me yield reliefe; A geetle youth, his dearly loved squire,
“ Then heare the story lad, which I Mall tell you His speare of hehen woud behind him bare,
" briete. Whole harmful head, th: ise heated in the fire,
XLIII. Had riven niany a brest with pikehead square; “ The forlorne maiden, whom your eics have seene À quodly perfon, and could menage faire
“ The laughing stock of Fortune's mockerics, Hi Iubborn teed with curbed canon bitt, “ Am th’incly daughter of a king and queene, who under kim cid trample as the aire,
“ Whose parents deare (whiles equal destinies Add chaust that any on his backe should fitt, “ Did ronne about, and their felicities Le Tron towels into freihy fome hc bitt.