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In large paper copies (post 4to) a steel portrait of Spenser by Alais, from
a contemporary miniature in the possession of Lord Fitzhardinge,
To face title-page.
Book III.-Cant. XI.
Britomart chaceth Ollyphant,
findes Scudamour distreft: Afayes the house of Busyrane,
where Loues spoyles are expref.
Hatefull hellish Snake, what furie furft
Brought thee from balefull house of Proserpine, Where in her bosome she thee long had nurst, And fostred vp with bitter milke of tine, Fowle Gealofie, that turneft loue diuine To ioylesse dread, and mak'st the louing hart With hatefull thoughts to languish and to pine,
And feed it selfe with selfe-consuming smart ? Of all the passions in the mind thou vilest art.
O let him far be banished away,
And in his stead let Loue for euer dwell,
1. 5. ' loues ’: 1. 10, ‘Gealoly': I. 17, sweete': ib., 'golding' is changed to 'golden'in 1609.
Vntroubled of vile feare, or bitter fell.
And of faire Britomart ensample take,
Who with Sir Satyrane, as earst ye red,
Forth ryding from Malbeccoes hostlesse hous,
30 From whom the Squire of Dames was reft whylere ; This all as bad as she, and worse, if worse ought were.
For as the sister did in feminine
And filthy lust exceede all woman kind,
40 And pricked fiercely forward, where she him did vew.
Ne was Sir Satyrane her far behinde,
But with like fiercenesse did ensew the chace :
1. 31, 'Squyre': 1. 34, 'womankinde,' and so 'e' in rhyme-words of the stanza : 1. 36, vse, all that I cuer': 1. 38, 'pour sezo.'