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Thus finely did he his false nets dispred, With which he many weake harts had subdewd


many had ylike misled : What wonder then if she were likewise carried ?

Of yore,


No fort fo fensible, no wals so strong,

But that continuall battery will rive,
Or daily liege, through difpurvayaunce long
And lacke of reskewes, will to parley drive;

peece, that unto parley eare will give, Will shortly yield itselfe, and will be made The vaffall of the victors will bylive :

That stratageme had oftentimes affayd This crafty paramoure, and now it plaine dif

play'd :


For through his traines he her intrapped hath,

That she her love and hart hath wholy fold To him without regard of gaine, or fcath, Or care of credite, or of husband old,

explanations, or any other he shall think fit, from these hints given, to make for himself. Upton. X. 1.

fenfible,] So Spenser's own editions and the two first folios read. The folio of 1679, Hughes, and the edition of 1751, read sensible. CHURCH.

Mr. Upton, and Tonson's edition in 1758, give the original and genuine reading also, fenhble. TODD. X. 5.

peece,] Castle, as in F. Q. ii. xi. 14. See alfo Speed's Hift. of Gr. Brit. fol. p. 1169. “ The Fleete thus encreased, they landed in Portugall, euen vnder Thot of the Castle of Peniche-Of this Towne, and Peece, Conde de Fuentes had the command.”. Some editions corruptly read peace.


Whom she hath vow'd to dub a fayre cuc

quóld. Nought wants but time and place, which

Shortly shee
Devized hath, and to her Lover told.

It pleased well: So well they both agree; So readie rype to ill ill wemens counsels bee!


Darke was the evening, fit for lovers stealth,

When chaunst Malbecco bufie be elsewhere, She. to his closet went, where all his wealth Lay hid; thereof the countleffe fummes did

reare, The which she meant away with her to beare; The rest she fyr’d, for sport or for despight: As Hellene, when she saw aloft appeare The Troiane flames and reach to hevens


XII, 1.

stealth.] All the editions here place a comma only. CHURCH. XII. 5.

to beare ;] The edition of 1751 here places a full point. All the editions a full stop at the end of the stanza. CHURCH. X11. 7. As Hellene, when she saw aloft appeare

The Troiane flames &c.] Neither the poets, nor historians, are at all agreed concerning Helen's conduct and behaviour at the fiege of Troy. Menelaus (in Homer, Od.d.) plainly says she endeavoured by her artifice to ruin the Greeks, inspired by some evil demon. Virgil calls her the common pest of Troy and Greece ; and, as deservedly odious to both, makes her bide herself, and fly to the altars for refuge, Æn. ii. 571. And introduces Deiphobus relating how Helen betrayed bim to her husband, and giving a signal to the Greeks, Æn, vi. 511.

Did clap her hands, and ioyed at that doleful



The second Hellene, fayre Dame Hellenore,

The whiles her husband ran with fory hafte
To quench the flames which she had tyn'd

Laught at his foolish labour spent in waste,
And ran into her Lovers armes right fast;
Where streight embraced she to him did cry
And call alowd for helpe, ere helpe were past;

For lo! that Guest did beare her forcibly, And meant to ravish her, that rather had to dy!


The wretched man hearing her call for ayd,

And ready seeing him with her to fly,
In his difquiet mind was much dismayd:
But when againe he backeward cast his eye,
And saw the wicked fire fo furiously
Consume his hart, and scorch his idoles face,
He was therewith distressed diversely,

“ Flammam media ipfa tenebat “ Ingentem, et fumma Danaos ex arce vocabat.” Our poet adds that she rejoiced to see Troy in flames, as if, through female petulancy, the loved mischief for mischief's fake. UPTON. XIII. 8.

- did beare &c.] So Spenser's own editions, and those of 1751, Upton, and Church, read. The rest read, “would beare &c.” Todd. XIII. 9.

that rather had to dy !] Quæ mallet mori, ironically. UPTON.

Ne wist he how to turne, nor to what place: Was never wretched man in fuch a wofull cace.


Ay when to him she cryde, to her he turnd, And left the fire ; Love Money overcame: But, when he marked how his money burnd, He left his wife; Money did Love disclame : Both was he loth to loose his loved dame, And loth to leave his liefest pelfe behinde; Yet, sith he no'te fave both, he fay'd that

fame Which was the dearest to his dounghill minde, The god of his desire, the ioy of misers blinde.


Thus whilest all things in troublous uprore weré,

And all men bufie to fupprefle the flame,
The loving couple neede no reskew feare,
But leafure had and liberty to frame
Their purpoft flight, free from all mens re-

And Night, the patronesse of love-ftealth

fayre, Gave them fafe conduct till to end they came:

So beene they gone yfere, a wanton payre Of lovers loofely knit, where list them to re

payre. Soone as the cruell fames yslaked were,

Malbecco, seeing how his lofle did lye,


Out of the flames which he had quencht

whylere, Into huge waves of griefe and gealofye Full deepe emplonged was, and drowned nye Twixt inward doole and felonous despight: He rav'd, he wept, he stampt, he lowd did

cry; And all the passions, that in man may light, Did him attonce opprefse, and vex his caytive



Long thus he chawd the cud of inward griefe,

And did consume his gall with anguish fore:
Still when he mused on his late mischiefe,
Then still the smart thereof increased more,
And seemd more grievous then it was before:
At last when forrow he faw booted nought,
Ne griefe might not his Love to him restore,

devise how her he reskew móught; Ten thousand wayes he cast in his confused



At last resolving, like a pilgrim pore,
To search her forth wherefo she might be

fond, And bearing with him treasure in close store,

XVIII: 4. Then fill &c.) So the second and all the later editions read. The first,“ So ftill &c." CHURCH.

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