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He as a knight might iuftly be admitted : Thereto her feare was made so much the greater So none should be out-lhut, lith all of loves were Through fine abufion of that Briton mayd,

fitted. Who for to hide her fained sex the better, And make her wounded mind, both did and with that her gliflring helmet she unlaced, fayd

Which doft, her golden lockes, that were upFor many things so doubtfull to be wayd,

bound That well she wist not what by them to guesse; Still in a knot, unto her heeles downe traced, For otherwhiles to her the purpos made

And like a filken veile in compasse round Of love, and otherwhiles of lustfulnesse,

About her backe and all her bodie wound; That much the seard his mind would grow to Like as the shining skie in summer's night, fome exceffe.

What time the dayes with scorching heat abound,

Is creasted all with lines of fierie light,
His will she feard, for him she surely thought That it prodigious feemes in common peoples
To be a man, such as indeed he seemed,

fight.
And much the more by that he lately wrought,
When her from deadly thraldome he redeemed, Sach when those knights and ladies all about
For which no service she too much esteemed; Beheld her, all were with amazement (mit,
Yet dread shame, and doubt of fowle dishonor, And every one gan grow in secret dout
Made her not yeeld so much as due shee deemed; of this and that, according to each wit :
Yet Bricomart attended duly on her,

Some thought that some enchantment faygned it ; ; As well became a knight, and did to her all honor. Some that Bellona, in that warlike wise,

To them appear’d, with shield and armour fit; It so befell one evening, that they came

Some that it was a mafke of strange disguise : Unto a castel, lodged there to bee,

So diversely each one did fundrie doubts devise. Where many a knight and many a lovely dame Was then afsembled deeds of armes to see ; But that young knight, which through her gentle Amongst all which was none more faire then thee,

deed That many of them mov'd to eye her fore : Was to that goodly fellowship restor’d, The custome of that place was such, that hee Ten thousand thankes did yeeld her for her meed, Which had no love nor lemman there in store, And doubly over-commen her ador'd; Should either winne him one, or lye without the So did they all their former strife accord; dore.

And eke fayre Amoret, now freed from feare,

More franke affection did to her afford, Amongst the rest there was a jolly knight, And to her bed, which she was wont forbeare, Who being asked for his love, avow'd

Now freely drew, and found right safe assurance That fairelt Amoret was his by right,

theare. And offred that to iustific alowd. 'The warlike virgine, seeing his so prowd

Where all that night they of their loves did treat, And boaftfull chalenge, wexed inlie wroth, And hard adventures, twixt themselves alone, But for the present did her anger shrowd; That each the other gan with passion great, And fayd her love to lose the was full loth, And griefe-full pittie, privately bemone. But either he should neither of them have, or The morrow next, fo soone as Titan fhone, both.

They both uprose, and to their waies them dight;

Long wandered they, yet never met with none So foorth they went, and both together giusted; That to their willes could them direct aright, But that fame younker soone was overthrowne, Or to them tydings tell that mote their harts And made repent that he had rafhly lufted

delight. For thing unlawfull, that was not his owne; Yet since he seemed valiant, though unknowne, Lo thus they rode, till at the last they spide She, that no lesse was courteous then stout, Two armed knights that toward them did pace, Caft how to salve, that both the custome showne And cach of them had ryding by his side Were kept, and yet that knight not locked out; A lady, seeming in so farre a space ; That seem'd full hard t'accord two things so far But ladies none they were, albee in face in dout.

And outward fhew faire semblance they did beare;

For under maske of beautie and good grace 'The seneschall was cal'd to deeme the right ; Vile treason and fowle falfhoud hidden were, Whom the requir'd that first fayre Amoret

That mote to none but to the wearic wife appeare.-
Might be to her allow'd, as to a knight
That did her win and free from chalenge fet; The one of them the false Duessa hight,
Which Araight to her was yeelded without let. That now had chang'd her former wonted hew;
Then since that strange knight's love from him was For she could do'n so manie shapes in sight,
quitted,

As ever could cameleon colours new;
She claim'd that to herselfe, as ladies det, So could she forge all colours save the trew:

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The other so whit better was then Mee,

Their girlonds rent, their bowres despoyled all, But that such as she was the plaine did thew; The moniments whereof there byding beene, Yet otherwise much worse, if worfe might bee, As plaine as at the first when they were fresh and And dayly more offenlve unto cach degree.

greene. Her name was Até, mother of debate

Such was her house within; but all without And all diffention, which doth daily grow The barren ground was full of wicked wecdes, Amongst fraile men, that many a publicke state, Which she herselfe had sowen all about, And many a private oft deth oves-throw : Now growen great, at first of little seedes, Her false Duella, who full well did know

The feedes of evill wordes and factious decdes, To be most fit to trouble noble knights

Which when to ripenesse due they growen arre, Which hunt for bonor, raised from below

Bring forth an infinisc increase, that breedes Out of che dwellings of the damned (prights, Tumultuous trouble and contentious iarre, Where fae in darknes wastes her curfed daies and The which moft often end in bloudshed and in nights.

warre. Hard by the gates of hell her dwelling is ; And those same cursed scedes doe also serve There, whereas all the plagues and harmes abound To her for bread, and yeeld her living food, Which punish wicked men that walke amiffe : For life it is to her when others fterve It is a darksome delve, farre under ground, Through mischievous debate and deadly feood, With thornes and barren brakes environd round, That she may sucke their life and drinke their That none the same may easily out-win ;

blood, Yet many waies co enter may be found,

With which the from her childhood had bene fed; But none to issue forth when one is in ;

For she at first was borne of hellish brood, For difcord harder is to end then to begin. And by internall furies nourished,

That by her monstrous shape might casily be red. And all within the riven walls were hung With ragged monuments of times fore-paft, Her face most fowle and filthy was to see, All which the fad effects of discord sung :

With squinted eyes contrarie wayes intended, There were rent robes and broken scepters plast, And loathly mouth, unmeete a mouth to bee, Altars defyld, and holy things defast,

That nought but gall and venim comprehended, Dishevered speares, and fhields ytoroc in twaine, And wicked wordes that God and man offended : Great cities ransackt, and ftrong castles raft, Her lying tongue was in two parts divided, Nations capeived, and huge armies (laine ; And both the parts did speake, and both conOf all which ruines there some relicks did remaine. tended;

And as her congue, fo wis her hart discided, There was the signe of antique Babylon,

That never thought one thing, but doubly still was Of fatall Thebes, of Rome that raigned long,

guided. Of facred Salem, and sad Ilion,

XXVIII. For memorie of which on high there hong Als as she double spake, so heard the double, The golden apple (cause of all choir wrong) With matchlesse cares deformed and distort, For which the three fair goddesses did strive; Fild with falle rumours and (cditious trouble, There also was the name of Nimrod strong, Bred in assemblies of the vulgar sort, Of Alexander, and his princes five,

That fill are led with every light report ; Which fhard to them the spoiles chat he had got And as her eares, so eke her feet were odde, alive :

And much unlike; th' one long, the other short,

And both misplalt; that when th' one forward And there the relicks of the drunken fray

yode, The which amongit .che Lapithees befell,

The other backe retired, and contrarie trode. And of the bloodie feast which sent away So many Centaures drunken soules to hell, Likewise unequall were her handes twaine; That under great Alcides' furie fell;

That one did reach, the other pusht away : And of the dreadfull discord which did drive That one did make, the other mard againe, The noble Argonauts to outrage fell,

And sought to bring all things unto decay; That each of life sought others to deprive, Whereby great riches, gathered manie a day, All mindlefse of the Golden Fleece, which made She in fhore space did often bring to nought, then itrive.

And their possessours often did dismay;

For all her studie was, and all her thought, And eke of private persons many moc,

How fhe might overthrow the things that Con. That were too long a worke to count them all;

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Some of sworne friends, that did their faith forgoe;
Some of borne brethren, prov'd unnaturall; So much her malice did her might surpas,
Some of deare lovers, foes perpetuall;

That even th’ Almightie felfe the did maligne, Witnesse their braken bandes there to be seene, Because to man so merciful he was,.

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And into all his creatures so benigne,

Her fayned paramour, her forced guest, Sith the herselfe was of his grace indigne;

That being forst his saddle foone to leave, For all this world's faire workmanship she tride Himselfe he did of his new love deceave, Unto his last confusion to bring,

And made himselfe th' ensample of his follie; And that great golden chaine quite to divide, Which donc, she passed forth not taking leave, With which it blessed Concord hath together tide. And left him now as sad as whilome iollie,

Well warned to beware with whom he dar'd to Such was that hag which with Dueffa roade,

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To hurt good knights, was, as it were, her baude, which when his other companie beheld,
To sell her borrowed beautie to abuse;

They to his succour ran with readie ayd,
For though like withered tree, that wanteth iuyce, And finding him unable onet to weld,
She old and crooked were, yet now of late They reared him on horse-backe, and upstayd,
As fresh and fragrant as the floure-de-luce Tillon his way they had him furth convayd;
She was become, by chaunge ut her eftare, And all the way with wondrous griefe of mynd
And made full goodly inyance to her new-found And shame, he shewd himselfe to be dismayd

More for the love which he had left behynd,

Then that which he had to Sir Paridel resynd. Her mate, he was a iollie youthful knight,

XXXVIII. That bore great sway in armes and chivalrie, Nathlesse he forth did march well as he might, And was indeed a man of mickle might ;

And made good semblaunce to his companie, His name was Blandanour, that did descrie Dissembling his disease and evill plight, His fickle mind full of inconftancie,

Till that ere long they chaunced to espie And now himselfe he fitted had right well Two other knights, that towards them did ply With two companions of like qualitie,

With speedie course, as bent to charge them Faithleffe Duesia, and false Paridell, That whether were more false full hard it is to tell Whom whenas Blandamour approching nie,

Perceiv'd to be such as they seemd in vew, Now when this gallant with his goodly crew

He was full wo, aud gan his former griefe renew. From farre espide the famous Britomart, Like knight adventurous in outward vew, For th' one of them he perfectly descride With his faire paragon (his conquest's part) To be Sir Scudamour, by that he bore Approching nigh, eftsoones his wanton hart The God of Love with wings displayed wide ; Was tickled with delight, and iefting sayd, Whom mortally he hated evermore, “ Lo there, Sir Paridell! for your defart, Both for his worth, that all men did adore, “ Good lucke presents you with yond lovely And eke because his love he wonne by right;

Which when he thought, it grieved bim full fore, “ For pitie that ye want a fellow for your ayd.” That through the bruses of his former fight

He aow unable was to wreake his old despight. By that the lovely paire drew nigh to hond;

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Whom whenas Paridel more plaine beheld, Forthy he thus to Paridel befpake;
Albee in heart he like affection fond,

“ Faire Sir! of friendship let me now you pray, Yet mindfull how he late by one was feld “ That as I late adventured for your fake That did those armes and that same scutchion “ The hurts whereof me now from battell stay, weld,

“ Ye will me now with like good turne repay, He had small lust to buy his love so deare, “ And iuftifie my caute on yonder knight.” But answered, “ Sir, him wise I never held, “ Ah! Sir," said Paridel, “ do not dismay “ That having once escaped perill neare,

“ Yourselfe for this; myselfe will for you fight, “ Would afterwards afresh the sleeping evill reare. “ As ye have donc sor me : the left hand rubs che

XXXV. “ This knight too late his manhood and his might

With that he put his fpurres unto his steed, “ I did assay, that me right dcarely coft ;

With fpeare in rett, and toward him did fare, “ Ne list I for revenge provoke new fight, Like shaft out of a bow preventing speed; “ Ne for light ladies love, that soone is lott." But Scudamour was shortly well aware 'I he hot-spurre youth so fcorning to be crost, Of his approch, and gan himselfe prepare “ Take then to you this dame of mine," quoth hee, Him to receive with entertainment meete: “ And I without your perill or your cost

So furioully they met, that either bare " Will challenge yond lame other for my fee.” The other downe under their horses feete, Co forth he fiercely prickt, that one him scarce That whai of them became, themselves did scarfly could see.

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And with such uncuuth welcome did receave Forcibly driven with contrarie tydes,

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With roring rage, and dathing on all sides, “ Vile Hag,” sayd Scudamour, " why dost thou
That filleth all the sea with fome, divydes
The doubtfull current into divers wayes,

“ And falliy seekst a virtuous wight to shame;" So fell those two in spight of both their prydes; “ Fond Knight,” fayd the, “the thing that with But Scudamour himselfe did foone uprayse, And mounting light, his foe for lying long up " I saw, why should I doubt to tell the same ?" brayes :

“ Then tell," quoth Blandamour," and feare no

“ blame; Who rolled on an heape lay still in swound, “ Tell what thou saw'rt, maulgre whoso it hcares." All carelesse of his taunt and bitter rayle,

“ I saw," quoth she, a stranger knight, whole Till that the rest him feeing lie on ground Ran bastily, to weete what did him ayle;

“ I wote not well, but in his shield he bcares Where finding that the breath gan him to fayle, “ (That well I wote) the heads of many broken With bufie care they strove him to awake,

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And doft his helmet, and undid his mayle ;
So much they did, that at the last they brake “ I saw him have your Amoret at will,
His llomber, yet so mazed that he nothing spake. “ I saw him kifle, I saw him her embrace,

" I saw him sleepe with her all knight his fill, Which whenas Blandamour beheld, he sayd, “ All manie nights, and manie by in place “ False faitour Scudamour, that hast by flight “ That present were to testifie the case.” * And foule advantage this good knight dismayd, which whenas Scudamour did heare, his heart 6 A knight much better than thyselfe behight, Was thrild with inward griefe, as when in chace * Well falles it thee that I am not in plight The Parthian strikes a stag with shivering dart, « This day to wreake the danımage by thee The beast astonisht stands in middest of his smart,

“ donne ; " Such is thy wont, that still when any knight So stood Sir Scudamour when this he heard ; “ Is weakned, then thou doeft him over-ronne ; Ne word he had to speake for great dismay, * So hast thou to thyselfe false honor often But lookt on Glauce grim, who woxe afeard wonne."

Of outrage for the words which she heard say,

Albee untrue she wist them by affay : He little answer'd, but in manly heart

But Blandamour, whenas he did espie His mightie indignation did forbeare ;

His chaunge of cheere that anguish did bewray, Which was not yet so fucret, but some part He woxc full blithe, as he had got thereby, Thereof did in his frowning face appeare; And gan thereat to triumph without victorie. Like as a gloomie cloud, the which doth beare An hideous storme, is by the northernc blast

“ Lo, Recreant !" sayd he, “ the fruitlesse end Quite over-blowne, yet doch not passe so cleare, “ Of thy vaine boast, and spoile of love misgotBut that it all the skie doth over-cast

ten, With darknes dred, and threatens all the world “ Whereby the name of Knighthood thou dost to wait.

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« And all truc lovers with dishonor blotten : " Ah, gentle Knight!" then false Duesa fayd, " All things not rooted well will soone be rot" Why do ye trive for ladies love so sore,

56 ten." * Whose chiefe desire is love and friendly aid “ Fy, fy, falfe Knight!” then false Duesla cryde, “ Mongst gentle knights to nourish evermore? “ Unworthy life, that love with guile hast gota Ne be ye wroth, Sir Scudamour, therefore,

ten; " That the your love lift love another knight, “ Be thou, wherever thou do go or ryde,

Ne do yourselfe dislike a whit the more, “ Loathed of ladies all, and of all knights de. “ For love is free, and led with selfe delight,

fyde." * Ne will enforced be with maistcrdome or

But Scudamour, for passing great despight,

Staid not to answer; scarcely did retraine, So false. Duessa; but vile Até thus;

But that in all these knights and ladies sight * Both foolish knights, 1 can but laugh at both, He for revenge had guiltlesse Glauce Alaine ; 5* That strive and storme with stirre outrageous

But being past, he tlaus began amaine; " For her that each of you alike doth loth, “ Falle traicour Squire, falle Squire of false ti " And loves another, with whom now she goth

“ knight, " la lovely wise, and sleepes, and sports, and “ Why doch mine hand from thine avenge ab

« staine, " Whileft both you here, with many a cursed oth, “ Whose lord hath done my love this soule dee “ Sweare the is yours, and stirre up bloodie frayes,

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The aged dame him seeing so enraged, “ Untrue to God, and unto man uniust,

Was dead with feare; nathleffe as neede required " What vengeance due can equall thy defart, His flaming furie fought to have assuaged, “ That haft with shamefull fpot of finful luft With sober words, that sufferance desired, " Defil'd the pledge committed to thy trust? Till time the tryall of her truth expyted, “ Let ugly shame and endleffe infamy

And evermore fought Bricomart to cleare; “ Colour thy name with foule reproaches ruft : But he the more with furious rage was fyred, " Yet thou, false Squire, his fault thalt deare aby, And thrise his hand to kill her did upreare, And with thy punishment his penance fhalt And thrise he drew it backe ; so did at last før “ fupply."

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