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LX. « Which I, that was not bent to former love, “ As was my friend, that had her long refus'd, “ Did well accept, as well it did behove, “ And to the present neede it wisely usd “ My former hardnesse first I faire excusd, « And after promist large amends to make. 66 With such smooth termes her error I abusd, “ Tomy friend's good more then for mine owne sake, “ For whose sole libertie I love and life did stake.
LXI. “ Thenceforth I found more favour at her hand; “ That to her dwarfe, which had me in his charge, “ She bad to lighten my too heavie band, “ And graunt more scope to me to walke at large. ac So on a day, as by the flowrie marge “Of a fresh streame I with that elfe did play, “ Finding no meanes how I might us enlarge, " But if that dwarfe I could with me convay, “ I lightly snatcht him up, and with me bore away.
LXII. Thereat he shriekt aloud, that with his cry “ The tyrant selfe came forth with yelling bray, “ And me pursew’d; but nathemore would I “ Forgoe the purchase of my gotten pray, “ But have perforce him hether brought away." Thus as they talked, loe! where nigh at hand Those ladies two, yet doubtfull through dismay, In presence came, desirous t’understand Tydings of all which there had hapned on the land.
THE FAERY QUEENE.
BOOK IV, CANTO IX.
The Squire of Low Degree releast
VI. 'There did he find in her delitious boure The faire Poana playing on a rote, Complayning of her cruell paramoure, And singing all her sorrow to the note, As she had learned readily by rote; That with the sweetnesse of her rare delight, The prince half rapt began on her to dote, Till better him bethinking of the right, He her unwares attacht, and captive held by might.
VII. Whence being forth produc'd, when she perceived Her owne deare sire, she cald to him for aide; But when of him no aunswere she received, But saw him sencelesse by the squire up-staide, She weened well that then she was betraide ; Then gan she loudly cry, and weepe and waile, And that same squire of treason to upbraide ; But all in vaine; her plaints might not prevaile, Ne none there was to reskue her, ne none to baile.
VIII. Then tooke he that same dwarfe, and him compeld To open unto him the prison dore, And forth to bring those thrals which there he held : Thence forth were brought to him above a score Of knights and squires to him unknowne afore ; All which he did from bitter bondage free, And unto former liberty restore ; Amongst the rest that Squire of Low Degree Came forth full weake and wan, not like himselfe to