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1 THE rugged forhead, that with grave foresight
Welds kingdomes causes and affaires of state,
That better were in vertues discipled,
2 Such ones iil iudge of love, that cannot love, Ne in their frosen hearts feele kindly flame:
1 Wate, blame.
I. 1. — The rugged forhead.] The Lord Treasurer Burleigh is supposed to be hinted at in these verses.
Forthy they ought not thing unknowne reprore,
That crowne true lovers with immortall blis,
3 Which who so list looke backe to former ages,
And call to count the things that then were donne,
Of love full manie lessons did apply,
To such therefore I do not sing at all ;
To her this song most fitly is addrest,
6 Which that she may the better deigne to heare,
Do thou, dred Infant, Venus dearling dove,
1 Forthy, therefore.
2 I. e. Socrates.
3 Bountie, goodness
From her high spirit chase imperious feare,
Sprinckle her heart, and haughtie courage soften, That she may hearke to love, and reade this lesson ofter..
V. 3. — Imperious feare.] Feare here means that which inspires fear in others. H.
V. 5. - With drops of melting love, &c.] Elizabeth, when this portion of the poem was published, was over sixty years old. H.
Fayre Britomart saves Amoret:
Duessa discord breedes
Their fight and warlike deedes.
1 Of lovers sad calamities of old
Full many piteous stories doe remaine,
That I with teares full oft doe pittie it,
2 For, from the time that Scudamour her bought?
In perilous fight, she never ioyed day;
8 Dismay, overpower.
1 Bought, ransomed.
II. 3. - A perilous fight.] Of the manner in which Scudamore won Amoret, we are informed hereafter, in the tenth canto of this book. H.
And with great glorie both the Shield of Love
Whom having wedded, as did him behove,
3 For that same vile Enchauntour Busyran,
By way of sport, as oft in maskes is knowen, Conveyed quite away to living wight unknowen.
4 Seven moneths he so her kept in bitter smart,
Because his sinfull lust she would not serve.
way Marching in lovely wise, that could deserve
No spot of blame, though spite did oft assay To blot her with dishonor of so faire a pray.
6 Yet should it be a pleasant tale, to tell The diverse usage, and demeanure daint,
1 Besledded, assisted.
4 Lovely, affectionate.