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Much was the knight empaffion'd at the scene,
On his pale cheek the signs of drad impress'd,
Who with sweet finiles paternal foon redress'd
His troublous thoughts, and clear'd each fad furmise; Then turns his ready fteed, and on his journey hies.
But far he had not march'd ere he was stay'd
Nor with prefumptuous disobedience wound "That aweful majesty which all revere!
"In my commands, Sir Knight, the voice of nations "hear!"
Quick turn'd the Knight, and faw upon the plain
Shone the bright enfign of imperial state;
While fenates, priefts and kings his fovran fceptre
Custom he height; and aye in every land
O'er all he holds; and to his high command
And though deflower'd and thrall'd nought feels her foul:
For nurturing, even from their tenderest age,.
The docile fons of men withouten pain,
Sovran, for fovereign.
Protector therefore of that forked hill,
And mighty patron of thofe Sifters Nine,
Who, there enthron'd, with many a copious rill
He doth conftrain his vaffals to adore
Perforce their facred names, and learn their facred lore.
And to the fairy Knight now drawing near,
(All was he wont lefs dreadful to appear,
And all due honours pay to Learning's reverend train.
So faying, and foreftalling all reply,
His peremptory hand without delay,
His princely will, long us'd to boundless sway,
* The Lacedemonians, in order to make their children hardy, and endure pain with conftancy and courage, were accustomed to cause them to be fcourged very feverely. And I myself (fays Plutarch, in his life of Lycurgus) have feen feveral of them endure whipping to death, at the foot of the altar of Diana, furnamed Orthia.
Upon the Fairy Youth with great dismay
With many his young compeers therein to be † embay'd.
The Knight his tender son's distressful ‡ ftour
Ne vainly stay'd to deprecate that power,
With rafh prefumption; and with courage true,
And now, difdaining parle, his courfer hot
That him perforce conftrain'd to || wend arrear.
+ Embay'd, bathed, dipt. Fone, foes
* Stour, trouble, misfortune, &c.
With that enormous mace the Fairy Knight
The fudden changes of the doubtful fray;
From cautious prudence oft deriving aid,
Then swiftly drawing forth his ‡ trenchant blade,
And warily forecasting to evade
The giant's furious arm about him wheel'd,
Through rage defenceless, mote advantage yield, With his fharp fword so oft he did him || gride, That his gold-fandal'd feet in crimson floods were dy'd.
His bafer parts he maim'd with many a wound;
With utter ruin, and abolish quite
+ Bray'd, refounded.
Gride, cut, hack.