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XI11. Which uncouth use whenas the prince perceived, Nought fear'd the childe his lookes, ne yet his He gan to watch the wielding of his hand,

threats, Leaft by such slighe he were unwares deceived, But onely wexed now the more aware, And ever ere he saw the stroke to land,

To save himselfe from those his furious heats, He would it meete and warily withstand.

And watch adväuntage how to worke his care, One time when he his weapon faynd to shift, The which good fortune to him offred faire; As he was wont, and changed from hand to hand, For as he in his rage him over.Itrooke,

He met him with a counter-stroke so swift, He, ere he could his weapon backe repaire, ! That quite smit off his arme as he it up did lift. His fide all bare and naked overtooke,

And with his mortall steel quite through the body Therewith all fraught with fury and disdaine,

ftrooke. He brayd aloud for very fell delpight; And sodain .y e' avenge himselfe againe,

Through all three bodies he him strooke attonce, Gan into one assemble all the might

That all the three attonce fell on the plaine, Of all his hards, and heaved them on hight, Elle should he thrise have needed for the nonce Thinking to pay him with that one for all; Them to have stricken, and thrise to have flaine, But the sad fleele seizd not, where it was hight, So now all three one sencelelle lump remaine, Uppon the childe, but somewhat short did fall, Enwallow'd in his owne blacke bloudy gore, And lighting on his horse's head him quite did And byting th' earth for very Death's disdaine, mall.

Who with a cloud of night him covering, bore

Downe to the house of Dole, his daies there to Downe streight to ground fell his astonisht steed,

deplore. And eke to th' earth his burden with him bare, But he himselfe full lightly from him freed, Which when the lady from the castle saw, nd gan himselfe to fight on foote prepare : Where she with her two founes did looking land, Whereof whenas the gyant was aware,

She towards him in haft is felfe did draw, He wox right blyth, as he had got thereby, To greet him the goo ne of his hand; And laught so loud, that all his teeth wide bare And all the people boys in and land, One might have secne enraung'd disorderly, Which there fod gazing froni tne citties wall Like to rancke of piles that pitched are awry. Uppon these warriours, greedy e'understand

To whether should the victory befall,

(all. Efesoones againe his axe he raught on hie, Now when they sawit falne, they eke him greeted Ere he were throughly buckled to his geare, And can let drive at him to dreadfullie,

But Belge with her sonnes, prostrated low, That had he chaunced not his shield to reare, Before his feete in all that peoples light, Ere that huge stroke arrived on him neare, Mongst ioyes mixing some tears, mongst wele fome He had him surely cloven quite in twaine ;

wo, But th' adamantine shield which he did beare Him thus bespake; “ O most redoubted knight! So well was tempred, that for all his maine, “ The which hast me, of all mo? wretched wight, It would no passage yeeld unto his purpose vaine. " That earst was dead, restor'd to life againe,

“ And these weake impes replanted by thy might, Yet was the stroke so forcibly applide,

“ What guerdon can I give thee for thy paine, That made him ftagger with uncertaine (way, “ But even that which thou savedit thine still to As if he would have tottred to one side;

“ remainc ?" Wherewith full wroth, he fiercely gan assay That curt'fie with like kindnesle to repay,

He tooke her up forhy the lilly hand, And smote at him with so importune night, And her recomforted the beft he might, That two more of his armes did fall away

Saying " Deare lady! deedes ought not be scand Like fruitlesle braunches, which the hatchet's “ By th' author's manhood uor the doer's might, flight

“ But by iheir trueth and by the cause's right : Hath pruned from the native tree, and cropped " That same is it which fought for you this day. quight.

" What other mecd then need me to requight,

“ But that which yceldeth vertue's meed alway? With that all mad and furious he grew,

" That is the vertue telfe, which her reward doth Like a fell maltiffe through enraging heat,

pay." And curst, and band, and blafphemies forth threw Against his gods, and fire to them did threat, She humbly thankt hin for that wondrous grace, And hell unto himselfe, with horrour great : And further sayd, “ Ah! Sir, but mote ye pleale, Thenceforth he car'd no more which way he strooke, “ Sith ye thus farre have tendred my poore cale, Nor where it light, but gan to chause and sweat, “ As from my chiefest foe me to release, And gnasht his teeth, and his head at him shooke, “ That your victorious arme will not yet cease, And iternely him beheld with grim and ghastly “ Till ye have rooted all the relickes out looke.

« Of that vilde race, and stablitbed my peace."

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" What is there else,” sayd he “ left of their A dragon's taile, whose fing without redresse " rout?

Full deadly wounds whereso it is empight; “ Declare it toidly, Dame, and doe not stand in An eagle's wings for scope and speedineffe, “ dout.".

That nothing may escape her reaching might,

Whereto she ever list to make her hardy flight “ Then wote you, Sir, that in this church hereby “ There stands an idole of great note and name, Much like in foulnefse and deformity « The which this gyaunt reared first on hie, Unto that monster whom the Theban knighe, “ And of his owne vaine fancies thought did the father of that farall progeny, “ frame;

Made kill herselfe for very heart's despight « To whom for endleffe horroir of his shame That he had red her riddle, which no wight " He offred up for daily sacrifize

Could ever loose, bue fuffred deadly doole; “ My children and my people, bnrnt in flame, So also did this monter use like Night “ With all the tortures that he could devize, To many a one which came unto her schoole, “ The more t'aggrate his god with such his Whom the did put to death, deceived like a foole. blouddy guize.

She comming forth, whenas she firft beheld “ And underneath this idoll there doth lie The armed prince with fhield so blazing bright « Au hideous monster, that doth it defend, Her ready to assaile. was greatly queld, " And feedes on all the carkasses that die

And much dismayd with that dismayfull äght, " In sacrifize unto that cursed seend;

That backe she would have turnd for great af“ Whose ugly shape none ever saw nor kend

fright; “ 'That ever scap'd; for of a man they say But he gan her with courage fierce assay, “ It has the voice, that speaches forth doth send, That forst her turne againe in her despight “ Even blafphemous words, which fhe doch bray To save herselfe, least that he did her flay ; “ Out of her poyfnous entrails, fraught with dire And sure he had her faine, had fhe not turnd her

way. Which when the prince heard tell, his heart gan Tho when she saw that she was forft to fight,

She flew at him like to an hellish feend, For great defire that monster to assay,

And on his shield tooke hold with all her might, And prayd the place of his abode to learne; As if that it she would in peeces rend, Which being thew'd, he gan himselle streightway Or reave out of the hand that did it hend; Thereto address, and his bright shield display : Strongly he strove out of her greedie gripe So to the church he came, where it was told To loose his shield, and long while did contend; The monster underneath the altar lay;

But when he could not quite it, with one stripe There he that idoll saw of massy gold

Her lion's clawes he from her feete away did Most richly made, but there no monster did be wipe. hold.

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With that aloude she gan to bray and yell, Upon the image with his naked blade

And fowle blasphemous fpeaches forth did caft, Three times, as in defiance, there he strooke And bitter curses, horrible to tell, And the third time out of an hidden shade That even the temple, wherein she was plast, There forth issewd from under th' altar's smooke Did quake to heare, and nigh asunder braft ; A dreadfull seend, with fowle deformed looke, Thu with her huge long taile she at him strooke, That stretcht itselfe as it had long lyen still, That made him ftagger and stand halfe aghaft And her long taile and fethers strongly Thooke, With trembling ioynts, as he for terrour shocke, 'That all the temple did with terrour fill,

Who nought was terrifide, but greater courage Yet him nought terrifide, that feared nothing ill.

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XXIX. An huge great beast it was, when it in length As when the mast of some well-timbred hulke Was stretched forth, that nigh fild all the place, Is with the blast of some outragious storme And seem'd to be of infinite great strength, Blowne downe, it shakes the bottome of the bulke, Horrible, hideous, and of hellish race,

And makes her ribs to cracke as they were torne, Borne of the brooding of Echidna bace,

Whileft ftill the stands astonisht and forlorne ; Or other like infernall furies kinde;

So was he stound with stroke of her huge taile ; For of a mayd she had the outward face,

But ere that it fhe backe againe had borne, To hide the horrour which did lurke behinde, He with his sword it strooke, that without faile The better to beguile whom the so fond did finde. He ioynted it, and mard the swinging of her

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'Thereto the body of a dog she had,
Full of fell ravin and fierce grecdinesse;

Then gan she cry much louder then afore,
A lion's clawes with powre and rigout clad, That all the people, there without, it heard,
To rend and teare whatso she can opprefle ; And Belge' selfe was therewith stonicd fore,

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As if the onely found thereof the feard ;

To weet, to worke Irenaes franchisement,
But then the feend herselfe more fiercely reard Andke Grantortoes worthy punishment :
Uppon her wide great winges, and ftrongly flew So forth he fared, as his manner was,
With all her body at his head and beard,

With onely Talus wayting diligent;
That bad he not foreseene with heedfull vew, Through many perills, and much way did pas,
And thrown his shield atween, she had him done Till nigh unto the place at length approcht he
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But as the prest on him with heavy fway, There as he traveld, by the way he met
Under her wombe his fatall sword he thrust, An aged wight, wayfaring all alone,
And for her entrailes made an open way

Who through his yeares long since afide had set
To iffue forth; the which, once being brust, The use of armes, and battell quite forgone;
Like to a great mill-damb forth fiercely gusht, To whom as he approcht, he knew anone
And powred out of her infernall finke

That it was he which whilome did attend Most ugly filth, and poyson therewith rusht, On faire Irene in her affliction, That him nigh choked with the deadly stinke ; When first to Faery Court he saw her wend, Such loathly matter were small luft to speake or Unto his soveraine queene her suite for co comthinke.

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Then downe to ground fell that defor:ned masse,
Breathing out clouds of sulphure fowle and blacke,
In which a puddle of contagion was,
More loath'd then Lerna, or then Stygian lake,
That any man would nigh awhaped niake;
Whom when he saw on ground he was full glad,
And streight went furth his gladnesc to partake
With Belge, who watcht all this while full fad,
Wayting what end would be of that fame daunger

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Whom when she saw so ioyously come forth,
She gan reioyce, and few triumphant chere,
Lauding and praying his renowmed worth
By all the names that honourable were
Then in he brought her, and her shewed there
The present of his paines, that monster's spoyle,
And eke that idoll deem'd so costly dere,
Whom he did all to peeces breake, and foyle
In filthy durt, and left so in the loathely soyle.

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Whom by his name faluting, thus he gan;
“ Haile, good Sir Sergis! truest knight alive,
“ Well tride in all thy troubles than
“ When her that tyrant did of crownc deprive;
“ What new occafion doth thee hicher drive,
“ Whiles she alone is left, and thou here found ?
“ Or is the thrall, or doth she not survive.”
To whom he thus; “ She liveth sure and found,
“ But by chat tyrant is in wretched thraldome
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“ For she, presuming on th' appointed tyde,
“ In which ye promist, as ye were a knight,
“ To meete her at the Salvage liand's syde,
“ And then and there for triall of her right
“ With her unrighteous enemy to fight,
“ Did thither come, were the, afrayd of nought,
“ By guilefull treason and by subrill Night
“ Surprized was, and to Grantorto brought,
“ Who her imprisoned hath, and her life often

u sought. “ And now he hath to her prefixt a day, " By which if that no champion doe appeare, « Which will her cause in battailous array “ Against him iuftifie, and prove her cleare “ of all those crimes chat he gainst her doth “ She death shall sure aby.” Those tidings sad Did much abash Sir Artegall to hcare, And grieved fore that through his fault she had Fallen into that tyrant's hand and usage bad.

ILI . Then thus replide; " Now sure, and by my life, “ Too much am I to blame for that faire maide, « That have her drawne to all this troublous

“ ftrife, “ Through promise to afford her timely aide, “ Which by default I have not yet defraide ; " But witnesse unto me, ye Heavens! that know “ How cleare I am from blame of this upbraide; “ For ye into like thraldome me did throw, " And kept from complishing the faith which I 6 did owe.

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Then all the people which beheld that day
Gan shout aloud, that unto Heaven it rong;
And all the damzels of that towne in ray
Came dauncing forth, and ioyous carrols song :
So him they led through all their streetes along,
Crowned with girlonds of immortall baies;
And all the vulgar did about them throng,
To see the man, whose everlasting praise
They all were bound to all pofterities to raise.

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There he with Belge did awhile remaine,
Making great feast and ioyous merriment,
Untill he had her settled in her raine
With safe assurance and establishment;
Then to his first emprize his mind he lent,
Full loath to Belge and to all the rest,
Of whom yet taking leave, thenceforth he went,
And to his former iourney him addrest;
On which long way he rode, ne ever day did

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But turne we now to noble Artegall,
Who having left Mercilla, streightway went,
On his first quest, the which him forth did call,

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From whose sterne presence they diffused ran, “ But now aread, Sir Sergis, how long space Like scattered chaffe, the which the wind away “ Hath he her lent a champion to provide."

doth fan. “ Ten daies," quoth he, “ he graunted hath of

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So when that knight from perill cleare was freed, " For that he weeneth well before that tide He drawing neare began to greete them faire,

None can have tidings to affift her fide ; And yeeld great thankes for their so goodly deed, “ For all the shores, which to the sea accoste, In saving him from daungerous despaire He day and night doth ward both farre and Of those which fough: his life for to empaire;

Of whom Sir Artegall gan then enquere " That none can there arrive without an hoftc; 'The whole occasion of his late misfare " So her he deemes already but a damned ghofte." And who he was, and what those villaines were, XLIII.

The which with mortall malice him pursu'd lo “ Now turne againe," Sir Artegall then fayd,

nere? " For if I live tilt those ten daies have end, “ Assure yourselfe, Sir knight, she shall have ayd, To whom he thus ; " My name is Burbon highs “ Though I this dearest life for her do spend,' “ Well knowne, and far renowmed heretofore, So backeward he attone with him did wend : “ Unuill late mischiefe did uppon me light, Tho as they rode together on their way,

“ That all my former praise hath blennfht fore; A rout of people they hefore them kend,

" And that faire lady, which in that uprore Flocking togeiher in confulde array,

“ Ye with those cayrives saw, Flourdelis hight, As if that there were sone tumultuous affray. “ Is mine own love, through me she have for

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" Whether withheld from me by wrongfull might, " Or with her owne good will, I cannot read

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To which as they approche, the cause to know,
They saw a knighi in daungerous distresse
Of a rude rout him chafing to and fro,
That sought with lawlesse powre him to opprefse,
And bring in bondage of their brutishnefle ;
And farre away, amid their rakehell bands,
They spide a lady left all succourleffe,
Crying, and lwolding up her wretched hands
To him for aide, who long in vaine their rage

with-fiands.

“ But sure to me her faith the first did plight
“ To be my love, and take me for her lord;
“ Till that a tyrant, which Grantorto hight,
“ With golden gifres and many a guilefull word

Entyced her to him for to accord.
“ O who may not with gifts and words be

tempted! "Sith which she hath me ever since abhord, “ And to my foe hath guileilly consented “ Ay me! that ever guyle in wemen was invented!

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Yet till he flrives, ne any perill spares
To refue her from their rude violence,
And like a lion wood amongst them fares,
Dealing his dreadfull blowes with large dispence,
Gainst which the pallid death findes no defence :
But all in vaine; their numbers are so great
That naught may boot to banishe them from

thence;
For soone as he their outrage backe doth beat,
They idrne afreth, and oft renew their former

threat.

“ And now he hath this troupe of villains sent
“ By open force to fetch her quite away,
“ Gainst whom mysulfe I long in vainc have bent
“ To rescue her, and daily meanes assay,
" Yet rescue her thence by no meanes I may;
“ for they doe me with multitude o prelle,
“ And with unequall mighe doe over-lay,
“ That oft I driveu am to grea: diftrede,
“ And forced to forgoe th' attempt remedilesse.**

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And now they doe fo sharply hini assay,
'That they his shield in pecces battred have,
And forced him to thiow it quite away,
Fro daungers dread his doubtfull life to save,
Albe that it moft safety to him gave,
And much did ntagnifie his noble name;
For from the day that he thus did it leave,
Amongst all knights he blotted was with blame,
And counted but a recreant knight wiih endlesse
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Whom when they thus diftreiled did behold,
They drewt unto his aide ; but that rude rout

Them allo gan assaile with outrage bold,
And forced them, however strong and stout
They were, as well approv'd in many a doubt,
Backe to recule, untill that yron man
With his huge finile began to lay about,

“ But why have ve," faid Artogall,“ forborne
Your owne good shield in dangerous difinay?
“ That is the greatest shame and foulest scorte
“ Which unto any knight behappen may,
" To loose the badge that should bis dcedes dic

“ play."
To whom Sir Burbon, blusling halfe for shame,
“ That thall I unto you," quoth he," bewray,
“ Least ye therefore niote happily me blame,
“ And deeme it doen of will, that through in-
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LUI. " True is that I at firit was dubbed knight “ By a good knight, the knighi of the Red-crosse, " Who when he gave me armes in field to fight, “ Gave me a shield, in which he did endolic

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LIX. " The same long while I bore, and therewithall But whenas everblowne was that brunt,

Fought many battels without wound or lofle; Those knights began afresh them to aslayle, “ Therewith Grandeorto felfe I did appall, And all about the fields like squirrels hunt; "And made him oftentimes in field before me But chiefly Talus with his yron flayle, “ fall.

Gainst which no flight nor rescue mote avayle,

Made cruell bavocke of the baler crew, " But for that many did that shield envie,

And chaсed them both over hill and dale : And cruell enemies increased more,

The raskall manie foone they overthrew; To stint all strife and troublous enmitic, But the owo knights themselves their captains did “ That bloudie scutchin being battred sore,

subdcw. " I layde aside, and have of late forbore, 4 Hoping thereby to have my love oblayner : At last they came whereas that ladie bode, " Yet can I not my love have gathemore; Whom now her keepers had forsakei quight, " For thc by force is still fro me detayned, To save themselves, and scattered were abrode ; * And with corruptfull brybes is to untruth mis Her halfe dismayd they found in doubtfull plight, " trayncd."

As neither glad nor forie for their fight;

Yet wondrous faire she was, and richly clad To whom thus Artegall; “ Certes, Sir knight, In roiall robes, and many jewels dight; * Hard is the case the which ye doc complaine, But that those villens through their usage had * Yet not so hard (for nought so hard may light Them fouly rent, and shamefully defaced had. * That it to such a streight mote you constraine) " As to abandon tha' which doth containe But Burbon freight, dismounting from his steed, * Your honour's stile, that is your warlike shield; Unto her ran with greedie great defyre, " All perill ought be lesse, and lesse all paine, And catching her fait by her ragged weed, * Then lofie of fame in disaventrous field :

Would have cnobraced her with hart entyre; Dye rather then doe ought that mote dishonour But she back-starting, with disdainefull yre

Bad him avaunt, ne would unto his lore

Allured be for prayer nor for meed: " Not so," quoth he; “ for yet when time doth Whom when those knights so froward and for6 serve.

lore "My former shield I may resume againe : Behuld, they her rebuked and upbrayded fore. “ To temporize is not from truth to swerve. * Ne for advantage terme to entertaine,

Sayd Artegall, “ What foule disgrace is this * Whenas nec«llicie doth it constraine.”

“ To fo faire ladie, as ye secme in sight, * Fic on such forgerie,” said Artegall,

“ To blor your beautie, that unblemnisht is, * Under one hood to shadow faces twaine ; “ With fo foule blame as breach of faith once * Knights ought be true, and truth is one and

plight,

“ Or change of love for any world's delight ? * Of all things to diffemble fouly may befall.” " Is olight on earth so pretious or deare ivi.

“ As prayse and honour or is ought to bright u Yee let me you of courtefie request,"

“ And beautifull as glories beames appeare, Said Burbon, " to ailist me now now at need " Whole goodly light then Phæbus' lamp doch “ Against these pesants which have me opprcft,

“ shine more cleare? * Ard forced me to so infamous deed, " That yet my love may from their hands be “ Why then will ye, fond Dame! attempted bee « freed."

“ Unto a stranger's love, so lightly placed, Sir Artegail, albe he erst did wyte

“ For guiftes of gold, or any worldly glee, His wavring mind, yet to his aide agreed, “ To leave the love that ye before embraced, And buckling him eftsoones unto the fight, “ And let your fame with fallhood be defaced ? Did set upon those troupes with all his powre and “ Fie on the pelfe for which good name is fold, might.

« And honour with indignitie debased;

" Dearer is love then life, and fame then gold; Who flocking round about them, as a swarme “ But dearer then them both your faith once Of fyes upon a birchen bough doth cluster,

plighted hold.” Did them affaalt with terible allarme, And over all the fields themselves did muster, Much was the ladie in her gentle mind With bils and glayves making a dreadfull luster, Abasht at his rebuke, that bit her neare, That forst at fortt those knights backe to retyre ; Ne ought to answere thereunto dia find; As when the wrathsull Boreas doth bluster, But hanging down her head with heavie cheare Nought may abide the tempest of his yre,

Stood long amaz’dl, as the anated weare; Doch man and beast doe flie, and fuccour doe in Which Burbon seeing, her againe aflayd, quic.

And claiping twixt his armies, hier up did reare

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