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And now, disdaining parle, his courser hot
He fiercely prick'd, and couch'd his vengeful spear ;
Where with the GIANT he so rudely smot,
That him perforce constrain'd to b wend arrear.
Who, much abalh'd at such rebuke severe,
Yet his accuftom'd pride recov'ring soon,
Forth-with his maffy sceptre 'gan up-rear ;
For other warlike weapon he had none,
Ne other him behoved to quell his boldeft < fone.
With that enormous mace the Fairy KNIGHT
So fore he d bet, that all his armour d bray'd,
To pieces well-nigh riven with the might
Of so tempestuous strokes : but He was stay'd,
And ever with deliberate valour weigh’d
The sudden changes of the doubtful fray;
From cautious prudence oft deriving aid,
When force unequal did him hard assay:
So lightly from his steed he leapt upon the lay.
Then swiftly drawing forth his e trenchant blade,
High o'er his head he held his fenceful shield;
And warily fore-casting to evade
The Giant's furious arm, about him wheeld,
With restless steps aye traversing the field.
And ever as his foe's intemperate pride,
Through rage defenceless, mote advantage yield,
With his sharp sword so oft he did him f gride,
That his gold-fandal'd feet in crimson floods were dyed.
His baser parts he maim'd with many a wound;
But far above his utmost reach were 8 pight
The forts of life : ne ever to confound
With utter ruin, and abolish quite
A power so puissant by his fingle might
Did he presume to hope : Himself alone
From lawless force to free, in bloody fight
He stood ; content to bow to Custom's throne,
So Reason mote not blush his fou'ran rule to own.
So well he warded, and so fiercely press’d
His foe, that weary wex'd he of the fray ;
Yet nould he algates lower his haughty creft;
But malking in contempt his fore dismay,
Disdainfully releas'd the trembling prey,
As one unworthy of his princely care ;
Then proudly casting on the warlike i fay
A smile of fcorn and pity, through the air
Gan blow his fhrilling horn; the blaft was heard afar.
f Gride, cut, hack. & Pight, placed. h Nould he algates, would not by any means, i Fay, fairy.
Eftfoons astonishid at th’alarming found;
The signal of distress and hostile wrong,
Confufedly trooping from all quarters round;
Came pouring o'er the plain a numerous throng
Of every sex and order, old and young ;
The vassals of great Custom's wide domain,
Who to his lore inur'd by usage long,
His every summons heard with pleasure fain, And felt his every wound with sympathetick pain.
LII. They, when their bleeding king they did behold, And saw an armed Knight him standing near, Attended by that Palmer fage and bold; Whose vent'rous search of devious Truth while-ear Spread through the realms of Learning horrors drear, Y-seized were at first with terrors great ; And in their boding hearts began to fear,
Diffention factious, controversial hate, And innovations strange in CUSTOM's peaceful state.
LIII. But when they saw the Knight his fauchion sheathe And climbing to his steed march thence away, With all his hostile train, they ’gan to breathe With freer spirit, and with aspect gay
Soon chaced the gathering clouds of black affray.
Alse their great monarch, cheared with the view
Of myriads, who confess his fov'ran sway,
His rufiled pride began to plume anew;r 7
And on his bugle clear a strain of triumph blew.
LIV. There-at the multitude, that stood around, Sent up at once a universal roar, Of boisterous -joy : the sudden-bursting sound, Like the explosion of a warlike store Of nitrous grain, th' amicted k welkin tore. Then turning towards the KNIGHT, with scoffings lewd, Heart-piercing infults, andoręyilings fore,
Loud bursts of laughter vain, and hisles rude,
As through the throng he pass’d, his parting steps pursued.
Alse from that forked hill the boasted feat
Of ftudious Peace, and mild Philofophy,
Indignant murmurs mote be heard to threat,
Muftering their rage; eke baleful Infamy,
Rouz'd from her den of base obfcurity
By those fame Maidens Nine, began to sound
Her brazen trump of black’ning obloquy:
While Satire, with dark clouds encompast round, Sharp, secret arrows-fhot, and aim'd his back to wound.
But the brave FAIRY KNIGHT no wbit dismay'd
Held on his peaceful journey o'er the plain;
With curious 'eye observing, as he fray'd
Through the wide provinces of Custom's reign,
What mote afreth admonish him remain
Faft by his virtuous purpose; all around
So many objects mov'd his just disdain ;
Him seem'd that nothing serious, nothing found
In city, village, bow's, or castle mote be found.
In village, city, castle, bow'r and hall,
Each sex, each age, each order and degree,
To vice and idle sport abandon'd all,
Kept one perpetual general jubilee.
Ne suffered ought difturb their merry glee ;
Ne sense of private lofs, ne publick woes,
Restraint of law, Religion's drad decree,
Inteftine desolation, foreign foes,
(throwa. Nor heav'n's tempestuous threats, nor earth's convulfive
But chiefly they whom Heav'n's dispofing hand
Had feated high on Fortune's upper stage;
And plac'd within their call the sacred band
That waits on Nature and Inftruction sage,