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LXIII.

Why then will ye, fond Dame, attempted bee
Unto a strangers love, so lightly placed,
For guiftes of gold or any worldly glee,
To leave the Love that

ye

before embraced, And let your fame with falshood be defaced ? Fie on the pelfe for which good name is sold, And honour with indignitie debased !

Dearer is love then life, and fame then gold; But dearer then them both your faith once plighted hold.”

LXIV.

Much was the Ladie in her gentle mind

Abasht at his rebuke, that bit her neare;
Ne ought to answere thereunto did find :
But, hanging down her head with heavie cheare,
Stood long amaz’d as she amated weare :
Which Burbon seeing, her againe assayd ;
And, clasping twixt his armes, her

Upon his steede, whiles she no whit gainesayd :
So bore her quite away nor well nor ill apayd.

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LXV.

Nathlesse the Yron Man did still pursew

That raskall many with unpittied spoyle ;
Ne ceassed not, till all their scattred crew
Into the sea he drove quite from that soyle,
The which they troubled had with great turmoyle:
But Artegall, seeing his cruell deed,
Commaunded him from slaughter to recoyle,

And to his voyage gan againe proceed;
For that the terme, apprợching fast, required speed

CANTO XII.

Artegall doth Sir Burbon aide,

And blames for changing shield :
He with the great Grantorto fights,

And slaieth him in field.

I.

O SACRED hunger of ambitious mindes,

And impotent desire of men to raine !
Whom neither dread of God, that devils bindes,
Nor lawes of men, that common-weales containe,
Nor bands of nature, that wilde beastes restraine,
Can keepe from outrage and from doing wrong,
Where they may hope a kingdome to obtaine:

No faith so firme, no trust can be so strong,
No love so lasting then, that may enduren long.

II.

Witnesse

may

Burbon be ; whom all the bands, Which may a Knight assure, had surely bound, Untill the love of lordship and of lands Made him become most faithless and unsound : And witnesse be Gerioneo found, Who for like cause faire Belgè did oppresse, And right and wrong most cruelly confound:

And so be now Grantorto, who no lesse Then all the rest burst out to all outragiousnesse.

III.

Gainst whom Sir Artegall long having since

Taken in hand th' exploit, (being theretoo
Appointed by that mightie Faerie Prince,
Great Gloriane, that Tyrant to fordoo,)
Through other great adventures hethertoo
Had it forslackt: but now time drawing ny,
To him assynd her high beheast to doo,
To the sea-shore he

gan
his

way apply
To weete if shipping readie he mote there descry.

IV.

Tho, when they came to the sea-coast, they found

A ship all readie, as good fortune fell,
To put to sea, with whom they did compound
To passe them over where them list to tell :
The winde and weather served them so well,
That in one day they with the coast did fall;
Whereas they readie found, them to repell,

Great hostes of men in order martiall,
Which them forbad to land, and footing did forstall.

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But nathëmore would they from land refraine :

But, whenas nigh unto the shore they drew
That foot of man might sound the bottome plaine,
Talus into the sea did forth issew

[threw;
Though darts from shore and stones they at him
And wading through the waves with stedfast sway,
Maugre the might of all those troupes in vew,
Did win the shore; whence he them chast

away And made to fly like doves, whom th' eagle doth affray.

VI.

The whyles Sir Artegall with that old Knight

Did forth descend, there being none them neare,
And forward marched to a towne in sight.
By this came tydings to the Tyrants eare,
By those which earst did fly away for feare,
Of their arrivall: wherewith troubled sore
He all his forces streight to him did reare,

And, forth issuing with his scouts afore,
Meant them to have incountred ere they left the shore:

VII.
But ere he marched farre he with them met,

And fiercely charged them with all his force;
But Talus sternely did upon them set,
And brusht and battred them without remorse,
That on the ground he left full many a corse ;
Ne
any

able was him to withstand,
But he them overthrew both man and horse,

That they lay scattred over all the land,
As thicke as doth the seede after the sowers hand :

II

Till Artegall him seeing so to rage

Willd him to stay, and signe of truce did make:
To which all harkning did awhile asswage
Their forces furie, and their terror slake;
Till he an herauld cald, and to him spake,
Willing him wend unto the Tyrant streight,
And tell him that not for such slaughters sake

He thether came, but for to trie the right
Of fayre Irenaes cause with him in single fight:

IX.

And willed him for to reclayme with speed

His scattred people, ere they all were slaine ;
And time and place convenient to areed,
In which they two the combat might darraine.
Which message when Grantorto heard, full fayne
And glad he was the slaughter so to stay;
And pointed for the combat twixt them twayne

The morrow next, ne gave him longer day:
So sounded the retraite, and drew his folke away.

X.

That night Sir Artegall did cause his tent

There to be pitched on the open plaine;
For he had given streight commaundëment
That none should dare him once to entertaine: [faine
Which none durst breake, though many would right
For faire Irena whom they loved deare:
But yet old Sergis did so well him paine,

That from close friends, that dar'd not to appeare,
He all things did purvay which for them needfull weare.

XI.

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The morrow next that was the dismall day

Appointed for Irenas death before,
So soone as it did to the world display
His chearefull face, and light to men restore,
The heavy Mayd, to whom none tydings bore
Of Artegals arrivall her to free,
Lookt with

full sad and hart full sore, Weening her lifes last howre then neare to bee; Sith no redemption nigh she did nor heare nor see.

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