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« Gaint that proud paydim king that works her.Who with great wisedome and grave cloquence 4 teene:

Thus gan to say--but care he thus had sayd, “Therefore I ought crave pardon till I there have with flying speede, and seeming great pretence, * beenc."

Came running in, much like a man dismayd, XIX.

A messenger with letters, which his message fayd. « Unhappy falls that hard necessity,"

XXV. Quoth he," the troubler of my happy peace, All in the open hall amazed stood u And rowed foe of my felicity,

Att suddeinuesse of that unwary fight, " Ne I against the same can justly preace :

And wondred at his breathleffe haliy orood; But fince that band ye cannot now release, But he for nought would stay his pallage right, * Nor doen undo, (for vowe may not be vayne) Till faft before the king he did alight; “ Soone as the terme of those fix yeares shall ceale, where falling flat, great humblefli he did make, * Ye then shall hether backe retourne agayne, And kist the ground whereon his foot was pight; " The marriage to accomplish vowd betwixt you Then to his handes that writt he did betake, “ twayne :

Which he disclosing, red thus, as the paper fpake; IX. * Which for my part I covet to performe, "To thee, most mighty king of Eden fayre, * In sərt as through the world I did proclame, ' Her greeting sends in thec sad lines addrest • That wbuso kild that monster most deforme, • The wofull daughter and forsaken heyre * And him in hardy battayle overcanie,

• Of that great emperour of all the West, * Should have mine onely daughter to bis dame, And bids thee be avized for the best, * And of my kingdome heyre apparaunt bee; · Ere thou thy daughter linck in holy band * Therefore fince now to thee perteynes the Of wedlocke to that new unknowen gueft;

• For he already plighted his right hand " By dew desert of noble chevalree,

• Unto another love, and to another land, " Both daughter and eke kingdome lo I yield to " thee."

To me, sad mayd, or rather widow fad,

• He was affyaunced long time before, Then forth he called that his daughter fayre, • And sacred pledges he both gave, and had, The fairelt Un', his onely daughter dcare,

(False erraunt koight, infamous, and forswore) His onely daughter and his unely hayre:

• Witnesse the burning altars, which he swore, Who forth proceeding with fad sober cheare, ' And guilty heavers of his bold periury, As bright as doth the morning Itarrc appeare " Which though he hath polluted ofc ut yore, Out of the east, with flaming

lockes bedight, " Yet I to them for iudgment iust doe fly, To tell that dawning day is drawing neare, . And them coniure t'avenge this shamefuli And to the world does bring long-wished light; So faire and fresh that lady fewd herselfe in light:

Therefore since mine he is, or free or bond, ,

• Or false or trew, or living, or else dead, So faite and fresh, as freshest flowre in May; • Withhold, O soverayne Prince ! your hasty hond For she had layd her mournefull stole afide,

From knitting league with him, I you aread; And widow-like sad wimple throwne away, * Ne weené my right with strength adowne te Wherewith her heavenly bcautie she did hide, Whiles on her wearie journey ihe did ride; • Thro' weaknesse of my widowhed or woe, And on her now a garmeni she did wcare • For Truth is strong her rightfuil cause to plead, Ali lilly white, withouten spot or pride,

• And shall finde friends, if need requireth foc, That seemd like filke and silver woven ncare, So bids thee well to fare, thy neither friend nor But neither lilke nor silver therein did appeare.

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· Fidessa, The blazing brightnesse of her beauties beame, And glorious light of her sun-lhyny face, When he these bitter byting wordes had red, To tell, were as to strive against the streame; The tydings straunge did him abashed make, My ragged rimes are all too rude and bace That itill he fare long time astonished, Her heavenly lineaments for to enchace.

As in great muse, ne word to creature spake. Ne wonder; for her own deare-loved knight, At last his folemte filence thus he brake, All were the daily with himselfe in place, With doubtfull eyes fait fixed on his guest; Did wonder much at her celestial fight :

“ Redoubted knight! that for myne only fake Oft had he feene her faire, but never so faire Thy life and honour late aventurest, dight.

“ Let nought be hid from me that ought to be

exprelt. So fairely dight when the in presence came, She to her fyre made humble revereace,

“ What meane these bloody vowes and idle And bowed low, that her right well became,

" threats; And added grace unto her excellcace;

“ Throwne out from womanish impatient mynd?

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What hevens, what altars, what enraged heates, | With ydle force did faine them to withland, (Here heaped up with termes of love un- And often semblaunce made to kape out of their

hand. « My conscience cleare with guilty bands would

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But they him lay'd full low in dungeon deepe, « High God be witnesse that I guiltlesse ame : And bound him hand and foote with iron chains, * But if yourselfe, Sir knight, ye faulty fynd, And with continual watch did warely keepe: " Or wrapped be in loves of former dame, Who then would thinke, that by his fubtile " With cryme does not it cover, but disclose the

trains u fame.”

He could escape fowle death or deadly pains ?

Thus, when that prince's wrath was pacifide, To whom the Red-crosse knight this answere He gan renew the late-forbidden bains, fent ;

And to the knight his daughter dear he tyde « My lord, my king, be nought hereat dismayd, With facred rites and vowes forever to abyde. « Till well ye wote, by grave intendiment, " What woman, and wherefore, doth me upbrayd His owne ewo hands the holy knotts did knitt, " With breach of love and loialty betrayd. That none but death for ever can divide; " It was in my mishaps, as hitherward

His owne two hands, for fuch a turne most fitt, « I lately traveild, that unwares I ftrayd

The housling fire did kindle and provide, " Out of my way, through perils straunge and And holy water thereon spririckled wide ; « hard ;

At which the bufby teade a groome did light, # That day should faile-me ere I had them all And sacred lamp in secret chamber hide, declard.

Where it should not be quenched day nor night,

For feare of evil faces, but burnen ever bright. " There did I find, or rather I was fownd,

XXXVIII. « Of this false woman, that Fidessa hight, Then gan they fprinckle all the posts with wine, « Fidesfa hight, the falfeit dame on grownd, And made great feast to solemnize that day; « Most false Duessa, royall richly dight,

They all perfumde with frankincense divine, " That easy was t'enveigle weaker fighe ; And precious odours fetcht from far away, # Who by her wicked arts and wiely skill, That all the house did sweat with great aray: " Too false and strong for earthly fkill or might, And all the while fweet Musicke did apply « Unwares me wrought unco her wicked will, Her curious skill the warbling notes to play, " And to my foc betrayd, when least I feared To drive away the dull melancholy,

The whiles one fung a song of love and iollity.

*XXIX. Then stepped forth the goodly royall mayd, During the which there was an heavenly noise And on the ground herfelie prostrating low, Heard fownd through all the pallace pleasantly, With sober countenance thus to him fayd; Like as it had bene many an angels voice “O pardon me, my foveraine Lord, to fhow Singing before th' eternal Maietty, # The secret treasons which of late I know In their trinall triplicities on hye; • To have bene wrought by that falfe forcereffe ; Yct wift no creature whence that hevenly sweet * She, onely she, it is that earft did throw

Proceeded, yet each one felt secretly “ This gentle knight into fo great diftreffe, Himselfe thereby refte of his fences meet, " That death him did awaite iz daily wretched And ravished with rare impreffion in his sprite. « neffe. XXIV.

Great ioy was made that day of young and old, * And now it feemes that fae fuborned harb And folemne feafte proclaymd throughout the " This crafty messenger with letters vaine,

land. « To worke new woe and unprovided fcath, That their exceeding mirth may not be told : « By breaking of the band betwixt us twaine; Suffice it heare by signes to understand « Wherein the used hath the practicke paine The usual ioyes at knitting of love's band : “Of this false footman, clocke with simplenesse, Thrife happy man the knight himselfe did hold, * Whome if ye please for to discover plaine, Pogreffed of his ladies hart and hand; * Ye fhall him Archimago find, I gheffe,

And ever, when his eie did her behold « The falseft man alive; who tries shall find no His heart did fetme to melt in pleasures mani" leffe.”

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The king was greatly moved at her speach, Her joyous prefence and fwcet company
And all with fuddein indignation fraight,

In full content he there did long enioy ;
Bad on that messenger rude hands to reach. Ne wicked envy, ne vile gealosy,
Eftsopnes the gard, which on his state did wait, His deate delights were hable to annoy:
Atrache that faytor falfe, and bound him ftrait ; Yet swimming in that fea of blissful ioy,
Who seemingly forely chauffed at his band, He nought forgott how he whilone had sworne,
As adained beare, whom cuell dogs doe bait, In case he coulde tliat monftrous beak defroy,

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On the long voiage whereto she is bent : Now frike your failes, yee iolly Mariners! Well may she specde, and fairely finish her inFor wce be come into a quiet rode,

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That nothing is hut that which he hath scene? Right well I wote, most mighty Soveraine ! What if within the moones fayre shining fpheare, That all this famous antique history

What if in every other starre unseene, Of some tn' aboundance of an idle braine Of other worldes he happily should heare? [peare. Will iudged be, and painted forgery,

He wonder would much more; yet such to some apRather than matter of iust memory; Sith none that breadeth living aire doch know Of Faery Lond yet if he more inquyre, Where is that happy Land of Faery,

By certein signes, here fett in sondrie place, Which I so much doe vaunt, yet no where show, He may it fynd ; ne let him then admyre, But vouch antiquities which no body can know. But yield his sence to bee too blunt and bace,

That note without an hound fine footing trace. But let that man with better fence advize, And thou, O fayrest Princesse under sky! That of the world least part to us is red;

In this fayre mirrhour mailt behold thy face, And daily how through hardy enterprize And thine owne realmes in Lond of Faery, Many great regions are discovered,

And in this antique ymage thy great auncestry. Which to late age were never mentioned. Who ever heard of th' Indian Peru?

The which O pardon me thus to unfold Or who in venturous veflei measured

In covert vele, and wrap in shadowes light, The Amazons huge river, now found crew ? That feeble eyes your glory may behold, Or fruitfullest Virginia who did ever vew? Which ells could not endure those beames bright,

But would bee dazled with exceeding light. Yet all these were when no man did them know, O pardon, and vouchsafe with patient eare Yet have from wiseft ages hidden beene;

The brave adventures of this Faery Knight, And later times thinges mure unknowne shall The good Sir Guyon, gratiously to heare, show.

In whom great rule of temp’raunce goodly doch Why then should witlefTe man so much misweene, apreate.

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To ketch him at a vauntage in his fnares : Taat conning archite& of cancred guyle, But now so wise and wary was the knight Whom princes late displeasure left in bands By tryall of his former harmes and cares, For falsed letters and suborned wyle,

That he descryde and Monned ftill his flight : Soone as the Red-crosse knight he understands The fish that once was caught new bayt wil harde To beene departed out of Eden landes,

ly byte. To farve again his foveraine Elfin Queene, His artes he moves, and out of caytives handes Nath'lefse th' enchaunter would not spare his Himselfe he frees by secret meanes unseene, In hope to win occasion to his will; [paynes His shackles emptie lefte, himselfe escaped cleene. Which, when he long awaited had in vayne, ji.

He chaungd his mind from one to other ill; And forth he fares, full of malicious mynd For to all good he enimy was still. To worken mischiefe, and avenging woe, Upon the way him fortuned to micete, Wherever he that godly knight may fynd, Fayre marching underneath a shady hill, His only hart-fore and his only foe;

A goodly knight, all armed in harnesse meete, Eth Una now he algates must forgoe;

That from his head no place appeared to his feete. Whom his victorious handes did earst restore To sative crowne and kingdom late ygoe, His carriage was full comely and upright, Where she enioyes sure peace for evermore,

His countenance demure and temperate, As wether-beaten ship arryv'd on happie fhore. But yett fo fterne and terrible in fight,

That cheard his friendes, and did his foes amate : Hin therefore now the obied of his spight He was an Elfin borne of noble ftate, And deadly seude he makes : hin to offend And mickle worship in his native land; By forged areason or by open fight

Well could he tourney, and in lifts debate, He lekes, of all his drifte the aymed end : And koighthood tooke of good Sir Hunn's hand, Thereto his subtile engins he does bend,', When with King Oberon he came to Pary Land, H's practick witt and his fayre-fyled tonge, With thousand other fleightes; for well he kend Him als accompanyd upon the way His credit now in doubtfull hallaunce hong; A comely palmer, clad in black attyre, For hædly could bee hurt, who was already stong. Of rypelt yeares, and hearcs all hoarie gray,

That with a staffe his feeble stops did stire, 8- ) as be went he craftie itales did lay,

Least his long way his aged linibes hould tire; With canning traydes him to entrap unwares,

And if by lockes one may the mind aread, And priry {pyals plast in all his way,

He seems to be a fage and sober syre, To wcete what course he cakes, and how he fares,

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