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III.
But patience perforce he must abie
What Fortune and his Fate on him will lay ;
Fond is the feare that findes no remedie:
Yet warily he watcheth every way,
By which he feareth evill happen may,
So th’evill thinkes by watching to prevent;
Ne doth he suffer her, nor night nor day,
Out of his sight herselfe once to absent;
So doth he punish her, and eke himselfe torment.

IV.
But Paridell kept better watch then hee,
A fit occasion for his turne to finde :
False Love! why do men say thou canst not see,
And in their foolish fancy feigne thee blinde,
That with thy charmes the sharpest sight doest binde,
And to thy will abuse ? thou walkest free,
And seest every secret of the minde ;
Thou seest all, yet none at all sees thee ;
All that is by the working of thy deitee.

V.
So perfect in that art was Paridell,
That he Malbeccoes halfen eye did wyle :
His halfen eye he wiled wondrous well,
And Hellenor's both

eyes

did eke beguyle, Both eyes and hart attonce, during the whyle That he there soiourned his woundes to heale, That Cupid selfe it seeing, close did smyle, To weet how he her love

did steale, And bad that nonetheirioyous treason should reveale.

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VI.
The learned lover lost no time nor tyde
That least avantage mote to him afford,
Yet bore so faire a sayle, that none espyde
His secret drift till he her layd abord.
Whenso in open place and commune bord
He fortun'd her to meet, with commune speach
He courted her, yet bayted every word,
That his ungentle hoste n'ote him appeach
Of vile ungentlenesse or hospitages breach.

VII.
But when apart (if ever her apart
He found) then his false engins fast he plyde,
And all the sleights unbosomd' in his hart :
He sigh’d, he sobd, he swownd, he perdy dyde,
And cast himselfe on ground her fast besyde ;
Tho when againe he him bethought to live,
He wept, and wayld, and false laments belyde,
Saying, but if she mercy would him give,
That he mote algates dye, yet did his death forgive.

VIII.
And otherwhyles with amorous delights
And pleasing toyes he would her entertaine,
Now singing sweetly to surprize her sprights,
Now making layes of love and lovers paine,
Bransles, ballads, virelayes, and verses vaine ;
Oft purposes, oft riddles, he devysd,
And thousands like which flowed in his braine,
With which he fed her fancy, and entysd
To take to his new love, and leave her old despysd.

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IX.
And every where he might, and everie while,
He did her service dewtifull, and sewd
At hand with humble pride and pleasing guile;
So closely yet, that none but she it vewd,
Who well perceived all, and all indewd.
Thus finely did he his false nets dispred,
With which he many weake harts had subdewd
Of yore, and many had ylike misled :
What wonder then if she were likewise carried ?

No fort so fensible, no wals so strong,
But that continuall battery will rive,
Or daily siege through dispurvayance long,
And lacke of reskewes, will to parley drive :
And Peece, that unto Parley eare will give,
Will shortly yielde itselfe, and will be made
The vassall of the victor's will bylive :
That stratageme had oftentimes assayd
This crafty paramoure, and now it plaine displayd ;

XI.
For through his traines he her entrapped hath,
That she her love and hart hath wholy sold
To him without regard of gaine, or scath,
Or care of credite, or of husband old,
Whom she hath vow'd to dub a fayre cucquold.
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, counsells bee.

THE FAERY QUEENE.

BOOK III. CANTO X.

Paridell rapeth Hellenore;
Malbecco her poursewes ;
Fyods emongst Satyres, whence with him
To turne she doth refuse.

I.
The morrow next, so soone as Phæbus’ lamp
Bewrayed had the world with early light,
And fresh Aurora had the shady damp
Out of the goodly heven amoved quight,
Faire Britomart, and that same Faery knight
Uprose, forth on their iourney for to wend;
But Paridell complaynd that his late fight
With Britomart so sore did him offend,
That ryde he conld not till his hurts he did amend.

11.
So foorth they far'd; but he behind them stayd
Maulgre his host, who grudged grievously
To house a guest that would be needes obayd,
And of his owne him lefte not liberty :
(Might wanting measure moveth surquedry.)
Two things he feared, but the third was death;
That fiers young man's unruly maystery,
His

money, which he lov'd as living breath, And his faire wife, whom honest long he kept uneath.

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III.
But patience perforce he must abie
What Fortune and his Fate on him will lay ;
Fond is the feare that findes no remedie :
Yet warily he watcheth every way,
By which he feareth evill happen may,
So th' evill thinkes by watching to prevent ;
Ne doth he suffer her, nor night nor day,
Out of his sight herselfe once to absent;
So doth he punish her, and eke himselfe torment.

IV.
But Paridell kept better watch then hee,
A fit occasion for his turne to finde:
False Love ! why do men say thou canst not see,
And in their foolish fancy feigne thee blinde,
That with thy charmes the sharpest sight doest binde,
And to thy will abuse ? thou walkest free,
And seest every secret of the minde;
Thou seest all, yet none at all sees thee ;
All that is by the working of thy deitee.

V.
So perfect in that art was Paridell,
That he Malbeccoes halfen eye did wyle :
His halfen eye he wiled wondrous well,
And Hellenor's both eyes did eke beguyle,
Both eyes and hart attonce, during the whyle
That he there soiourned his woundes to heale,
That Cupid selfe it seeing, close did smyle,
To weet how he her love away did steale,
And bad that none their ioyous treason should reveale.

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