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Him when the Damzel saw fast by her side,
So ugly creature, she was nigh dismay'd;
And now for help aloud in earnest cride.
But when the villain saw her lo affraid.
He 'gan with guileful words her to persuade
To banish fear : and with Sardonian smile
Laughing on her, his false intent to shade,
'Gan forth to lay his bait her to beguile, That from herself unwares he might her steal the while.
Like as the Fowler on his guileful pipe,
Charms to the birds full many a pleasant lay,
That they the whiles may take less heedy keep,
How he his nets doth for their ruin lay:
So did the villain to her prate and play,
And many pleasant tricks before her show,
To turn her eyes from his intent away :
For he in Neights and jugling feats did flow,
And of legier-demain the mysteries did know.
To which whilft she lent her intentive mind,
He suddenly his net upon her threw,
That overspread her like a puff of wind;
And snatching her soon up ere well she knew,
Ran with her fast away unto his mew,
Crying for help aloud. But whenas nigh
He came unto his cave, and there did view
The armed Knights stopping his passage by,
He threw his burden down and faft away did fly.
But Artbegal him after did pursue,
The whiles the Prince there kept the entrance still :
Up to the rock he ran, and thereon few
Like a wild Goat, leaping from hill to hill,
And dancing on the craggy cliffs at will;
That deadly danger seem'd in all mens sight,
To tempo fuch steps, where footing was so ill :
Ne ought availed for the armed Knight,
To think to follow him that was so swift and light.
Which when he saw, his iron man he fent
To follow him : for he was swift in chace.
He him pursu'd wherever that he went,
Both over rocks, and hills, and every place :
Whereso he fed, he follow'd him apace:
So that he shortly forc'd him to forsake
The height, and down descend unto the base.
There he him courft afresh, and foon did make To leave his proper form, and other shape to take.
Into a Fox himself he first did tourn;
But he him hunted like a Fox full fast:
Then to a bush himself he did transform ;
But he the bush did beat, till that at last
Into a Bird it chang'd, and from him paft,
Flying from tree to tree, from wand to wand :
But he then stones at it so long did cast,
That like a stone it fell upon the land,
But he then took it up, and held fast in his hand.
So he it brought with him unto the Knights,
And to his Lord Sir Arthegal it lent,
Warning him hold it falt, for fear of Neights.
Who whilst in hand it griping hard he hent,
Into an Hedgehog all unwares it went,
And pricke him so, that he away it threw.
Then 'gan it run away incontinent,
Being returned to his former hue :
But Talus foon him over-took, and backward drew.
But whenas he would to a Snake again
Have turn'd himself, he with his iron fail
'Gan drive at him, with so huge might and main,
That all his bones, as small as sandy grail
He broke, and did his bowels disentrail ;
Crying in vain for help, when help was paft.
So did deceipt the self deceiver fail :
There they hirn left a carrion outcast,
For beasts and fowls to feed upon for their repast.
Thenceforth they passed with that gentle Maid,
To see her Lady, as they did agree.
To which when she approached, thus she said ;
Lo now, right noble Knights, arriv’d ye
Nigh to the place which ye desir'd to fee :
There shall ye see my lov'raine Lady Queen,
Most sacred wight, molt debonair and free,
That ever yet upon this earth was seen,
Or that with diadem hath ever crowned been.
The gentle Knight rejoiced much to hear
The praises of that Prince so manifold;
And passing little further, comen were
Where they a stately palace did behold,
Of pompous show, much more than she had told;
With many towres, and tarras mounted high
And all their tops bright glistering with gold,
That seemed to outshine the dimmed sky,
And with thir brightness daz’d the strange beholders eye.
There they alighting, by that Damzel were
Directed in, and Thewed all the fight :
Whose porch that most magnifick did appear,
Srood open wide co all men day and night;
Yet warded well by one of mickle might,
That satę thereby, with Giant-like resemblance,
To keep out guile, and malice, and despight,
That under thew oft-times of feigned semblance,
Are wont in Princes courts to work great scath and hin-
[drance. His name was Awe; by whom they palling in
Went up the hall, that was a large wide room,
All full of people making troublous din,
And wondrous noise, as it that there were some,
Which unto them were dealing righteous doom.
By whom they passing through the thickest preace,
The Marshal of the hall to them did come;
His name hight Order, who commanding peace, Themguided through the throng, that did their clamours
They ceast their clamours upon them to gaze;
Whom seeing all in armour bright as day,
Strange there to fee, it did them much amaze,
And with unwonted terrour half affray.
For never saw they there the like array.
Ne ever was the name of war there spoken,
But joyous peace and quietness alway,
Dealing just judgements, that mote not be broken For any bribes, or threats of any to be wroken.
Thereas they entred at the scriene, they saw
Some one whose tongue was for his trespass vile
Naild to a post adjudged so by law :
For that therewith he falsely did revile,
And foul blaspheme that Queen for forged guile,
Both with bold speeches, which he blazed had,
And with lewd poems, which he did compile ;
For the bold title of a Poet bad
He on himself had ta’en, and railing rhimes had sprad.
Thus there he stood, whilft high over his head,
There written was the purport of his fin,
In cyphers strange, chat few could rightly read,
BON FONS: but Bon that once had written bin,
Was raced out, and Mal was now put in.
So now Malfons was plainly to be read;
Either for th'evil, which he did therein,
Or that he liken'd was to a well-head
Of evil words, and wicked Nanders by him lhed. ;
They passing by, were guided by degree
Unto the presence of that gracious Queen ::
Who face on high, that she might all men fee,
And might of all men royally be seen,
Upon a throne of gold full bright and sheen
Adorned all with gems of endless price,
As either might for wealth have gotten been,
Or could be tram'd by workmans rare device ;
And all emboft with Lions, and with flowr-delice.
All over her a cloth of state was spread,
Not of rich cisfew, nor of cloth of gold,
Nor of ought else, that may be richest read,
But like a cloud, as likest may be told,
That her broad spreading wings did wide unfold;
Whose skirts were bordred with bright funny beams,
Glistring like gold amongst the pleights enrold,
And here and there shooting forth silver streams, Mongst which crept little Angels through the glittering XXIX.
[gleams. Seemed those little Angels did uphold
The cloth of state, and on their purpled wings
Did bear the pendants, through their nimbless bold.
Belides a thousand more of such as fings
Hymns to high God, and carol heavenly things,
Encompassed the throne, on which she sate;
She Angel-like, the heir of ancient Kings
And mighty conquerors, in royal state,
Whilft Kings and Kesars at her feet did them proftrate.
Thus she did fit in soveraine majesty,
Holding a scepter in her royal hand,
The sacred pledge of peace and clemency,
With which high God had bleft her happy land,
Maugre so many foes, which did withstand.
But at her feet her sword was likewise laid,
Whose long rest, rufted the bright steely brand ;
Yet whenas foes enforc'd, or friends sought aid, She could it sternly draw, that all the world dismay'd.
And round about, before her feet there fate
A beavy of fair Virgins clad in white,
That goodly seem'd t'adorn her royal state,
All lovely Daughters of high 'yove, that hight
Litæ, by him begot in loves delight,
Upon the righteous Themis : thoie they say,
Upon Joves Judgement-seat wait day and night,
And when in wrath he threats the worlds decay,
They do his anger calm, and cruel vengeance stay.