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xxxvi. An huge great payre of bellowes, which did Soone as the gracious Alma came in place, ftyre

They all actonce out of their feates arose, Continually, and cooling breath inspyre.

And to her homage made with humble grace; About the caudron many cookes accoyld

Whom when the knights beheld, they gan dispose
With houkes and ladles, as need did requyre; Themselves to court, and each a damzell chole:
The whiles the viaundes in the vessel boyld, The prince by chaunce did on a lady light,
They did about their businesle sweat and forely That was right faire and fresh as morning rose,
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But somewhat fad and solemne cke in fight,
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As if fome penfive thought constraind her gentle The maister cooke was cald Concoction,

fpright. A carefull man, and full of comely guise ; The kitchin clerke, that hight Digestion,

In a long purple pall, whose skirt with gold
Did order all th' achates in secmly wise,

Wax fretted all about, she was arayd,
And let them forth, as well he could devise. And in her hand a poplar braunch did hold;
The rest had severall offices affynd;

To whom the prince in courteous maner fayd, Some to remove the scum as it did rise,

“ Gentle Madame! why beene ye thus dismayd, Others to beare the same away did mynd, “ And your faire beautie doe with sadnes spill? And others it to use according to his kynd. “ Lives any that you hath thus ill apayd ?

“ Or doen your love, or doen you lack your will? But all the liquour, which was fowle and waste; “ Whatever bee the cause, it sure beseemes you Nor good nor serviceable elles for ought,

« ill.” They in another great rownd vesel platte,

*XXVIII. Till by a conduit pipe it thence were brought; Fayre Sir!" said she, halfe in disdaineful wise, And all the rest, that noyous was and nought, « How is it that this word in me ye blame, By secret wayes, that none might it espy, “ And in yourselfe doe not the same advise? Was close convaid, and to the back-gate brought, “ Him ill beseemes another's fault to name, That cleped was Port Esquiline, whereby “ That may unwares be blotted with the fame : It was avoided quite, and throwne out privily. “ Pensive 1 yeeld I am, and sad in mind,

“ Through great desire of glory and of fame; Which goodly order and great workmans skill “ Ne ought I weene are ye therein behynd, Whenas those knightes beheld, with rare delight “ That have twelve months sought one, yet no And gazing wonder they their mindes did fill,

“ where can her find.” For never had they seene lo straunge a light. Thence backe agaire faire Alma led them right, The prince was inly moved at her speach, And soone into a goodly parlour brought, Well weeting trew what she had rafhly told; That was with royall arras richly dight,

Yet with faire femblaunt sought to hide the breach, In which was nothing pourtrahed nor wrought, Which chaunge of colour did perforce unfold, Not wrought nor pourtrahed, but calie to be Now seeming flaming whott, now stony cold! thought :

Tho turning soft aside he did inquyre
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What wight she was that poplar braunch did hold?
And in the midst thereof, npon the floure, It answered was, her name was Prays-desire,
A lovely bevy of faire ladies fate,

That by well doing sought to honour to aspyre. Courted of many a jolly paramoure,

İL. The which them did in modest wise amate, The whiles the Faery Knight did entertaine And cach one fought his lady to aggrate;

Another danıfell of that gentle crew, And eke emongst them litle Cupid playd

That was right fayre and modest of demayne, His wanton sportes, being retourned late

But that too oft she chaung'd her native hew; From his fierce warres, and having from him Straunge was her tyre, and all her garment blew, layd

Close rownd about her tuckt with many a plight; His cruell bow, wherewith he thousands hath Upon her fift the bird which shonnech vew, dismayd.

And keepes in coverts close from living wight,

Did fitt, as yet alhamd how rude Pan did her Diverse delights they fownd themselves to please; dight. Some song in sweet confort, some laught for ioy, Some plaid with strawes, some ydly fatt at ease; So long as Guyon with her communed, But other some could not abide to toy,

Unto the grownd she cast her modeft eye, All pleafaunce was to them griefe and annoy : And ever and anone with rosy red This fround, that faund, the third for lame did The bashfull blood her snowy cheekes did dye, blush,

That her became, as polishe yvory, Another seemed envious or coy,

Which cunning craftelman hand bath overlayd Apother in her teeth did gnaw a ruth;

With fayre vermilion or pure caftory : But at these iraungers presence every one did Great wonder had the knight to see the mayd hush,

So straungely pallioned, and to her gently faid; Yol. II,

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Fayre damzell! seemeth by your troubled cheare, Not he whom Greece (the nourse of all good arts) " That either me too bold ye weçne, this wise By Phæbus' doome the wiseft thought alive, “ You to moleft, or other ill to feare,

Might be compar'd to these by many parts ; “ That in the secret of your hart close lyes, Nor that sage Pylian fyre, which did survive “ From whence it doth, as cloud from sea, aryse: Three ages, such as mortall men contrive, “ If it be I, of pardon l you pray;

By whose advise old Priam's cietie fell, " But if ought else that I mote not devyse, With these in praise of pollicies mote strive. “ I will, if please you it discure, assay

These three in these three rowmes did fundry "To case you of that ill, so wisely as I may."

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Aud counselled faire Alma how to governe well. She answerd nonght, but more abasht for shame Held downe her head, the whiles her lovely face The first of them could things to come fore-see: The flashing blood with blushing did inflame, The next could of things present best advize; And the strong pasion mard her modelt grace, The third things past could keep in memorce : That Guyon meryayld at her uncouth cace, So that no time nor reason could arize, Till Alma him bespake, “ Why wonder yee, *But that the same could one of these comprize.

Fayre Sir! at that which ye so much embrace ? Forthy the first did in the fore-part fit, “ She is the fountaine of your modeftce; That nought mote hinder his quicke preiudize; “ You Thamefaft are, but Shamefaftnes itself is He had a sharpe foresight and working wit, “ fee.”

That never idle was, nc once would reit a whit. Thereat the elfe did blush in privitee,

His chamber was dispainted all within And turnd his face away; but she the same With fondry colours, in the which were writ Diffembled faire, and faynd to oversee.

Infinite shapes of thinges dispersed thin ; Thus they awhile with court and goodly game. Some such as in the world were never yit, Themselves did folace each one with his dame, Ne can devized be of mortall wit; Till that great lady thence away them fought Some daily feene and knowen by their names, To vew her castle's other wondrous frame : Such as in idle fantasies do flit; Up to a stately curret she them brought,

Infernall hags, certaurs, seeneles, hippodames, Ascending by ten steps of alabafter wrought. Apes, lyons, aegles, owles, fooles, lovers, children, XLV.

dames. That turret's frame most admirable was, Like highest heaven compaffed around,

And all the chamber filled was with flyes, And lifted high above this earthly masse,

Which buzzed all about, and made such sound Which it survewd, as hils doen lower ground: That they encombred all mens eares and eyes; But not on ground moue like to this be found; Like many swarmes of becs assembled round, Not tha: which antique Cadmus whylome built After their hives with honny do abound. In Thebes, which Alexander did confound; All those were idle thoughtes and fantasies, Nor that proud Towre of Troy, though richly Devices, dreames, opinions unsound, guilt,

Shewes, visions, footh-fayes, and prophefies, From which young Hector's blood bycruell Greekes And all that fained is, as leafings, tales, and lies. was spilt.

Emongst them all fate he which wonned there, The roofę hercof was arched over head,

That hight Phantaftcs by his nature trew;
And deckt with flowers and herbars daintily; A man of yeares, yet freth as mote appere,
Two goodly beacons, set in watches stead, Of swarth complexion and of crabbed hew,
Therein gave light, and famd continually ; That him full of melancholy did thew;
For they of living fire most subtily

Bent hollow beetle brows, tharpe faring eyes, Were made, and fet in silver sockets bright, That mad or foolish feemd; one by his vew Cover'd with lids deviz'd of subitance fly,

More deeme bim borne with disposed skyes, 'l hat readily they shut and open might.

When oblique Saturne fate in th' house of Agowho can çell the prayses of that Maker's might: nyes : Ne can I tell, ne can I flay to tell

Whom alma having showed to her guestes, This part's great workeimanship and wondrous Thence brought them to the lecond rowme, whose powre,

wals That all this other worldęs worke doth excell, Were painted faire with memorable gestes And likest is unto that heavenly towre

Of famous wisards, and with picturals 'That God hath built for his owne blessed bowre. Of magistrates, of courts, of tribunals, 'Therein were divers rowmes, and divers stagcs, Of common wealthes, of statęs, of policy, But thrce the chiefest and of greatelt çowre, Of lawes, of iudgemontes, and of decretals; In which there dwelt three honorable sages, All artes, all science, all philosophy, The witeit men, I cene, that lived in their ages And all that in the world was ay thought wittily.

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Of native strength, now that he them survivd': Of those that rowme was full; and them among His chamber all was hangd about with rolls, There sate a man of ripe and perfe& age,

And old records from auncient times deriv'd, Who did them medicate all his life long,

Some made in books, some in long parchment That through continuall practise and usage

scrolls, He now was growne right wife and wondrous That were all worm-caten and full of canker sage :

holes. Great pleasure had these ftraunger knightes to see

LVIII. His goodly reason and grave personage,

Amidst them all he in a chaire was sett, Tha: his disciples both desyrd to bee;

Tosling and turning them withouten end; But Alma thence them led ro ch'hindmost rowme But for he was unable them to fett, of three.

A little boy did on him ftill attend

To reach, whenever he for ought did fend; That chamber seemed ruinous and old,

And oft when things were lost or laid amis, And therefore was removed far behind,

That boy them sought, and unto him did lend; Ye: were the wals, that did the same uphold, Therefore he Anamnestes cleped is, Rigbe firme and strong, though somewhat they And that old man Eumnestes, by their propertis.

declind; And therein sat an old man, halfe blind,

The knightes there entring did him reverence And all decrepit in his feeble corse,

dew, Yet lively vigour rested in his mind,

And wondred at his endlesse exercise : And recompenst them with a better scorse : Then as they gan his library to vew, Weake body well is charg'd for mind's redoubled And antique regelters for to avise, forfe.

There chaunced to the prince's hand to rize

An auncient booke hight Briton Moniments, This man of infinite remembraunce was,

That of this land's first conqueft did devize, And things foregone through many ages held,

And old division into regiments, Which he recorded still as they did pas,

Till it reduced was to one man's governements, Ne fuffred them to perish through long eld, As all things els the which this world doth weld; Sir Guyon chaunst ekc on another booke, But laid them up in his immortal Icrine,

That hight Antiquitec of Faery Lond, Where they for ever incorrupted dweld :

In which whenas he greedily did looke, The warres he well remembred of King Nine, Th' ofspring of Elves and Faryes there he found, of old alaracus and Inachus divine.

As it delivered was from hond to hond :
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Whereat they burning both with fervent fire,
The yeares of Nestor nothing were to his, Their countreys auncestry to understond,
Ne yet Mathusalem, though longest liv'd; Crav'd leave of Alma, and that aged fire,
For he remembred both their infancis :

To read those bookes, who gladly graunted their Ne wonder then if that he were depriv'd

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THE FAERY QUEEN E.

BOOK II.

C Α Ν Τ Ο Χ.

A chronicle of Briton kings
From Brute to Uther's rayne,
And rolls of Elfin Emperours,
Till time of Gloriane.

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Thy name, O soveraine Queene ! thy realme and Equall unto this haughty enterprise ?

race, Or who shall lend me wings, with which from From this renowned prince derived arre, ground

Who mightily upheld that royall mace, My lowly verse may.loftily arise,

Which now thou bear'st, to thee descended farre, And lift itselfe unto the highest skyes?

From mighty kings and conquerours in warre, More ample spirit then hetherto was wount | Thy fathers and great-grandfathers of old, Here needes me, whiles the famous auncestryes Whosc noble decds above the northern starre Of my most dreaded loveraine I recount,

Immortall Fame for ever hath enrold, (told. By which all earthly princes she doth far surmount. As in that old man's booke they were in order Ne under sunne, that shines so wide and faire, The lard which warlike Britons now possefle, Whence all that lives docs borrow life and light, And therein have there mighty empire raysd, Lives ought that to her linage may compaire, In antique times was salvage wildernesle, Which though from earth it be derived right, Unpeopled, unmanured, unprovd, unprayfd; Yet doth itselfe stretch forth to heven's hight, Ne was it island then ne was it paysd And all the world with wonder overspred ; Amid the ocean waves, ne was it sought A labor huge, exceeding far my might.

Of merchants farre for profits therein prayfd; How shall fraile pen, with feare disparaged, But was all desolate, and of some thought Conceive such foveraine glory and great bounty By sca to have bene from the Celticke mayn-land hed?

brought, Argument worthy of Mæonian quill,

Ne did it then deserve a name to have, Or rather worthy of great Phæbus rote,

Till that the venturous mariner that way Whereon the ruines of great Ofa hill,

Learning his ship from those white rocks to fare, And triumphes of Phlegræan love he wrote, Which all along the southerne sea-coaft lay, That all the gods admired his lofty note. Threatning unheedy wsccke and rash decay, But if some relish of that hevenly lay

For safety that same his sea-marke made, His learned daughters wold to me report, And nam'd it Albion; but later day To decke my long withall, I would assay (away. Finding in it fic ports for fishers trade, (vade, Thy name, o foveraine Queene! to blazon far 'Gap more the same frequent and further to is

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Bat far in land a salvage nation dwelt

Thus Brute this realme unto his rule fubde wd, Of hideous giaunts and halfe-beastly men,

And raigned long in great felicity, That never rafted grace, nor goodnes felt,

Lov'd of his freends, and of his foes eschewd: Bat wild like beastes lurking in loathsome den, He left three sonnes, his famous progeny, And Aying fast as roebucke through the fen, Borne of fayre Inogene of Italy, All naked without shame or care of cold,

Mongst whom he parted his imperiall state, By boating and by spoiling lived then,

And Locride left chiefe lord of Britany. Of ftature huge, and eke of corage bold,

At last ripe age bad him surrender late That Connes of men aniazd their kernefse to be- His life, and long good fortune unto finall fate. hold.

Locrine was left the soveraine lord of all; But whence they sprong, or how they were be Bat Albanad had all the northerne part, got,

Which of himselfe Albania he did call; Uneath is to assure ; uneath to wene

And Camber did pofsefse the westerne quart, That monstrous error which doth fome assott, Which Severne now from Logris doth depart : That Dioclefian's fifty daughters fhene

And each his portion peaceably enioyed, Into this land by chaunce have driven bene; Ne was there outward breach, nor grudge in hart Where companing with feends and filthy (prights, once their quiet government annoyd, Through vaine illufion of their lust unclene, But each his paynes to others profit kill employd. They brought forth geaunts and such dreadful wights,

Untill a nation straung, with visage swart, As far ciceeded men in their immeasurd mights. And corage fierce, that all men did affray,

Which through the world then swarmd in every They beld this land, and with their filthinesse

part, Polluted this fame gentle soyle long time,

And overflowd all countries far away, That their owne mother loathd their beastlinefle, Like Noyes great flood, with their importune And gan abhorre her brood's unkindly crime,

sway, All were they borse of her ownc native flime; This land invaded with like violence, Until that Brutus anciently deriv'd

And did themselves through all the North display From roiall stocke of old Alfarrac's line,

Untill that Locrine, for his realmes defence, Driven by fatall trror here arriv'd,

Did head against them make and strong munifiAnd them of their uniuft poffefsion depriv'd. But ere he had established his throne,

He them encountred, a confused rout, And spred his empire to the utmost fore, Foreby the river that whylome was hight He fought great batteills with his falvage fone, The ancient Abus, where with courage stout bo which he them defeated evermore,

He them defeated in victorious fight, And many giaunts left on groniug fiore, And chaste to fiercely after fearfuil night, 'That well can witnes yet unto this day

That forst their chieftaine, for his safeties sake, The westerne Hogh, besprincled with the gore (Their chiefetain Humber named was aright) Of mighty Goëmot, whome in stout fray Unto the mighty streame hini to betake, Corincus conquered, and cruelly did Day.

Where he an end of batteill and of life did make. And eke that ample pitt, yet far renownd The king retourned proud of vidory, For the large leape which Debon did compell And infolent wox through unwonted ease, Coulin to make, being eight lugs of grownd, That shortly he forgot the icopardy Into the which retourning backe he fell :

Which in his land he lately did appease, But those three monstrous itones doc molt ex And fell to vaine voluptuous disease : cell,

He lov'd faire Lady Estrild, leudly lov'd, Which that huge sonne of hideous Albion, Whose wanton pleasures him too much did please, (Whose father Hercules in Fraunce did quell) That quite his hart from Guendolene remov'd Great Godmer threw in fierce contention

From Guendolene his wife, though alwaies faithAt bold Canutus, but of him was laine anon.

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In meed of these great conquests by them gott, The noble daughter of Corineus
Corineus had that province utmost west

Would not endure to bee so vile disdaind,
To him afligned for his worthy lott,

But gathering force and corage valorous, Which of his name and memorable gest;

Encountred him in batteill well ordaind, He called Cornwaile, yet so called best;

In which him vanquiiht she to fly constraind : And Debon's fhayse was that is Devonshyre : But she so fast pursewd, that him she tooke, But Canutc had his portion from the rest,

And threw in bands, where he till death remaind; The which he cald Canutium, for his hyre, Als his faire leman, Aying through a brouke, How Cantium, which Kent we comenly inquyre. She overhent, nought mov'd with her pitcous leuke.

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