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THE FAERY QUE E N E.

BOOK II.

CANTO II.

Babes bloody bandes may not be clense.
The face of golden Meane;
Her sisters, two Extremities,
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Trus when Sir Guyon, with his faithful guyde, He wilt not whether blot of fowle offence
Had with dew rites and dolorous lament

Might not be purgd with water nor with bach; The end of their fad tragedie uptyde,

Or that high God, in lieu of innocence, The little babe up in his armes he hènt,

Imprinted had that token of his wrath, Who with sweet pleafaunce and bold blandishment To thew how sore blood-guiltinesse he hat'th ; Gan smyle on them, that rather ought to weepe, Or that the charme and veneme which they As carelesse of his woe, or innocent

dronck, Of that was doen; that truth enperced deepe Their blood with secret filth infected hath, In that knightes hart, and wordes with bitter teares Being diffused through the senceless tronck, did Icepe ;

That through the great contagion direful deadly

Itonck. " Ah! lucklelle Babe! borne under cruell starre, “ And in dead parents balefull afhes bredd, Whom thus at gaze the palmer gan to bord # Full little weenelt thou what sorrowes are With goodly reason, and thus fayre bespake; u Left thee for porcion of thy livelyhed. “ Ye bene right hard amated, gratious Lord, * Poor Orphane! in the wide world scattered, “ And of your ignorance great marveill make, “ As budding braunch rent from the gative tree, " Whiles cause not well conceived ye miftake : * And throwne forth till it be withered;

" But know that secret vertues are infusd « Such is the state of men ; thus enter we “ In every fountaine and in everic lake, * Into this life with woc, and end with miserec." " Which who hath kill them rightly to have III.

« chusd, Then soft himse!fe inclyning on his knee “ To proofe of passing wonders bath full often Downe to that well, did in the water weene (So love does loath disdainfull nicitee) His guilty handes from bloody gorc to cleene : « Of those some were so from the sourse indewd He washt 'them oft and oft, yet nought they “ By great Dame Nature, from whose fruitfull beene

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" Had vertue pourd into their waters bace, And fairly fair on foot, however loth; “ And thenceforth were renowmd, and sought His double burden dil him fore disease. “ from place to place.

So long they traveiled with little case,

Till chat at last they to a castle came, * Such is this well, wrought by occasion straunge, Built on a rocke adioining to the seas; " Which to her nymph besell. Upon a day, It was an auncient worke if antique fame, “ As she the woodes with bow and shaftes did And wondrous strong by nature and by skilful raunge.

frame., * The hartlefle hynd and roebuck to dismay, « Dan Faunus chaunst to meet her by the way, Therein three filters dwelt of sundry fort, « And kindling fire at her faire-burning eye, The children of one fyre by mothers three, « Inflamed was to follow beauties chace,

Who dying whylome, did divide this fort « And chaced her, that fast from him did fy: To them by equall shares in cquall fee; « As hynd from her, so she fled from her enimy. But stryfull mind and divers qualitee

Drew them in partes, and each made others foc : " At last when fayling breath began to faint, Still did they strive and daily disagree ; " And saw no meanes to fcape, of shame affrayd, The eldest did against the youngest goe, * She set her downe to weepe for fore constraint, And both against the middest meant to workes " And to D:ana calling loud for ayde,

Her deare besought to let her die a mayd. * The giddeffe heard, and suddeine where she Where when the knight arriv'd, he was right wel

(olayd Receiv'd, as knight of so much worth became, " Welling out ftremes of teares, and quite dis- Of second lifter, who did far excell

With tony feare of that rude rustick mate, The other two; Medina was her name, " Transformd her to a stone from stedfast virgin's A sober sad and comely courteous dame;

Who rich arayd, and yet in modest guize,

In goodly garments, that her well became, 6 Low now she is that stone; from whose two Fayre marching forth in honorable wize, “ heads,

[flow, Him at the threshold mett, and well did enter " As from two weeping eyes, fresh streames do prize. 6 Yet colde through feare and old conceived u dreads :

She led him up into a goodly bowre, " And yet the fone her semblance secmes to And comley courted with meet modestie,

(know; Ne in her speach, ne in her haviour, * Shapt like a maide, that such you may her Was lightnesse seene or loofer vanitie, « And yet her vertues in her water byde, But gratious womanhood and gravitie “ For it is chaste and pure as purest snow, Above the reason of her youthly yeares'; " Ne lets her waves with any filth be dyde, (tryde. Her golden lockes she roundly did uptye " But ever, like herselfe, unfayned hath been In braided iramels, that no looser heares

Did out of order itray about her daintie eares. « From thence it comes, that this babe's bloody « hand

Whileft she herselfe thus busily did frame " May not be clensd with water of this well : Seemely to entertaine her new-come guest, " Ne certes, Sir, strive you it to withstand, Newes hereof to her other sisters came, " But let them still be bloody, as befell,

Who all this while were at their wanton rolt, " That they his mother's innocence may tell, Accourting each her frend with lavısh felt'; " As the bequeathd in her last teftament ; They were two knights of pereleffe puissaunice, * That as a sacred symbole it may dwell

And famous far abroad for warlike gest, u In her sonnes flesh, to mind revengenient, Which to these ladies love did countenaunce; ** And be for all chatte dames an endlesse moni- And to his mistreffe cach himselfe ftrove to ad “ ment."

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He hearkned to his reason; and the childe He that made love unto the eldest dame
Uptaking, to the palmer gave to beare ;

Was hight Sir Huddibras, an hardy man ; But his fad father's armes with bloode defylde Yet not so good of decdes as great of name, (An heavic load) himselfe did lightly reare ; Which he by many rash adventures wan, And turning to that place, in which whyleare Since errant armes to sew he firit began : He left his loftie steed with golden sell,

More huge in ftrength than wise in workes he And goodly gorgeous barbes, him found not theare: And reason with foole-hardize over-ran; (was By other accident, that earst befcll, [t. I. Sterne melancholy did his courage pas, (brasHe is convaide ; but how. or where, here fits not And was, for terrour more, all armd in fayning Which when Sir Guyon saw, all were he wroth, But he that lov'd the youngest was Sanfloy, Yet algates mote he soft himselfe appease, He that faire Una late fowle outraged,

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The most unruly and the boldest boy

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As a tall ship toffed in troublous seas, (pray And all to lawleste lut encouraged,

Whom raging windes, threaining to make the
Thicugh trong opinion of his matchlesse might ; Of the roagh rockes, do diverfly disease,
Ne onght he car'd whom he endamaged

Meetes two contrarie billowes by the way,
By tortious wrong, or whom bereav'd of right; Tbar her on eitber fide doe fore aflay,
He now this ladies champion chose for love to And boast to swallow her in greedy grave;
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She scorning both their spights does make wide

way, These two gay knights, vowd to so diverse loves, And with her brest breaking the fomy wave, Each other does envy with deadly hate,

Does ride on both their backs, and faise herself And daily warre against his foeman moves,

doth save : la hope to win more favour with his mate, And ta' others pleasing service to abate,

So boldly he him beares, and rusheth forth To magnific hus owne: but when they heard Between them both, by conduð of his blade, How in that place ftrauage knight arrived late, Wondrous great prowelle and heroick worth Bah knights and ladies forth right angry far'd, He shewd that day, and rare ensample made, And fercely unto batteill fterne themselves pre- When two so mighty warriours he dismade : par'd.

Attonce he wards and strikes, he takes and paies;

Now forft to yield, now forcing to invade, Bat ere they could proceede unto the place Before, behind, and round about him laies; Where he abode, themselves ai discord fell, So double was his paines, so double be his praise. And cruell combat ioynd in middle space : With horrible assault and fury fell

Straunge fort of fight, three valiaunt knights to They heape huge Atrokes, the scurned life to quell, fee That all on uprore from her sectled seat

Three combats joine in one, and to darrainc The house was raysd and all that in did dwell; A triple warre with triple enmitee, Seemd that lowde thunder wich amazement great All for their ladies froward love to gaine, Did rend the rattling skies with flames of fould- Which gotten was but hate. So love does raino ring heat.

In stouteft minds, and maketh monstrous warre;

He maketh warre, he maketh peace againe, The Doyse thereof cald forth that straunger And yet his peace is but continual iarre. knight,

O miserable men, that to him subiect arre! To weet what dreadfull thing was there in hond; Where whenas two brave knightes in bloody fight Whilt thus they mingled were in furious armes, With deadly rancour he enraunged fond,

The fair Medina, with her trelles torne, His sun-broad hield about his wrist he bond, And naked brest, in pitty of their harmes, And shyning blade anfheath’d, with which he ran Emongst them ran, and, falling them beforne, Voto that stead, their strife to understond; Befought them by the womb which them had And at his first arrivall them began

born, With goodly means to pacifie well as he can. And by the loves which were to them most deare,

And by the knighthood which they fure had But they him spying, both with gready forse

fworn, Azt once upon him ran, and him beset

Their deadly cruell discord to forbeare, With Atrokes of mortall Ateele without remorse, And to her iuft conditions of faire peace to heares And on his hield like yron fledges bet. As when a bear and tygre, being met

But her two other filters ftanding by la cruell fighte, on Lybicke ocean wide,

Her lowd gainsaid, and both their champions bad Elpye a traveiler with feet surbet,

Pursew the end of their trong enmity, Whom they in equall pray hope to divide,

As ever of their loves they would be glad;
They fint their strife, and him affayle

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Fu Vaine is the yaunt, and victory unjust, No solace could her paramour intreat
" That more to mighty hands than rightful cause Her once to Thew, ne court, nor dalliaunce,
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But with bent lowring brows, as the would threat,

She could, and frownd with froward countenaunce " 'And were there rightful cause of difference, Unworthy of faire ladies comely governaunce. “ Yct were not better fayre it to accord. « Then with blood-guiltineffe to heape offence, But young Periffa was of other mynd, " And mortal vengeaunce ioyne to crime abhord? Full of disport, still laughing, loosely light, " O fly from wrath, fly, O my liefest lord ! And quite contrary to her sister's kynd; “ Sad be the fights, and bitter fruites of warre, No measure in her mood, no rule of right, * And thousand furies wait on wrathfull sword: But poured out in pleasure and delight; “ Ne ought the praise of prowesse more doth In wine and meats the flow'd above the bacck, “ marre,

And in exceffe exceeded her own might; “ Then foule revenging rage and base contentious In sumptuous tire she ioyd herself to pranck; 4 iarre.

But of her love too lavish, little have the chanck. # But lovely concord and most facred peace Fast by her side did fitt the bold Sanfloy, “ Doth nourish virtue, and fast friendship breeds; Fitt mate for such a mincing mineon, Weake the makes strong, and strong thing who in her loosenesse tooke exceeding ioy: « does increace,

Might not be found a francker franion, Till it the pitch of highest praise exceeds : of her leawd parts to make companion. & Brave be her warres, and honorable deeds, But Huddibras, more like a malecontent, “ By which she triumphes over yre and pride, Did see and grieve at his bold fathion; * And winnes an olive girlond for her meeds. Hardly could he endure his hardiment; & Be therefore, O my deare Lords ! pacifide, Yett ftill he fatt, and inly did himselfe torment. " And this misseeming discord meekly lay afide."

Betwixt them both the faire Medina sate, Her gracious words their rancour did appall, With fober grace and goodly carriage; And funcke so deepe into their boyling brests, With equall meafure she did moderate That downe they lette their cruell weapons fall, The trong extremities of their outrage; And lowly did abase their lofty crests

That forward paire the ever would alswage, To her faire presence and discrete behests. When they would strive dew reason to exceed; Then the began a treaty to procure,

But that same froward twaine would accorage, And Itablish terms betwixt both their requefs, And of her plenty adde into their need; That as a law for ever should endure;

So kept she them in order, and herselfe in heed, Which to observe in word of knights they did assure.

Thus fairely she attempered her feast,
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And pleasd them all with meete satiety :
Which to confirme, and faft to bind their league, At last, when luft of meat and drinke was ceast,
After their weary sweat and bloody toile, She Guyon deare befought of curtesie,
She them besought, during their quiet treague,

To tell from whence he came through reopardy, Into her lodging to repair a while,

And whether now on new adventure bownd. To rest themselves, and grace to reconcile. Who with bold grace aud comely gravity, They soone consent; so forth with her they fare, Drawing to him the eies of all around, Where they are well receivd, and made to spoile From lofty ficge began lofty words aloud te 'Themselves of soiled arms, and to prepare

sownd. Their minds to pleasure, and their mouths to dainty farc.

« This thy demand, O Lady! doth revive

“ Fresh memory in me of that great queene And those two froward filters (their faire loves) “ (Great and most glorious virgin queene alive) Came with them eke, all were they wondrous " That with her loveraine power and scept T And fained cheare, as for the time behoves, [loch,

u dhene But could not colour yet so well the troth, “ All Faery Lond does peaceably fuftene. But that their vacures bad appeard in both; “ In widest occan the her throne does reare, For both did at their second lifter grurch

" That over all the earth it may be seene; And inly grieve, as doth an hidden moth

“ As morning funne her beames dispredden cleare, Their inner garment frett, not th' utter touch; “ And in her face faire peace and mercy doth ap One thought her cheare too little, ch' other thought “peare. too mutch.

« In her the richeffe of all heavenlŷ grace Elissa (so the eldeft highe) did deeme

• In chiefe degree are heaped up on hye; Such entertainment base, ne ought would cat, “ And all that else this world's enclosure bace Ne ought would speake, but evermore did seeme “ Hath great or glorious in mortall eye, As difcontent for want of wirth of meat; “ Adurnes the person of her maiorye;

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" That men beholding so grcat excellence, “ Ne never shall I reft in house nor hold, " And rare perfection in mortalitye,

« Till I that false Acrasia have wonne, * Do ber adore with sacred reverence,

“ of whose fowle deedes, too hideous to be told, « As th' idele of her Maker's great magnificence. “ I witnesse am, and this their wretched fonne,

" Whofe woefull parents the hath wickedly force " To her I homage and my service owe,

« donne." In number of the noblest knightes on ground; « Mongst whom op me she deigned to belowe « Tell on, fayre Sir !" said she, “ that doleful * Order of Maydeohead, the most renownd * That may this day in all the world be found. “ From which sadruth does seeme you to restraine, " An yearely folemne feast she wontes to make, “ That we may pitty such unhappy bale, * The day that first doth lead the yeare around, « And learne from pleafures poyfon to abftaine : * To which all knightes of worth and courage “ III, by ensample, good doth often gayne.” u bold

[cold. Then forward he his purposc gan purfew, * Resort, to heare of straunge adventures to be and told the story of the mortall payne

Which Mordant and Amavia did rew, # There this old palmer fewd himselfe that day, As with lamenring eyes himselfe did lately vew. "And to that mighty princesse did complaine • Of grievous mischiefes, which a wicked Fay Night was far spent, and oow in ocean deep * Had wrought, and many whelmd in deadly Orion, flying fast from hissing înake, paine,

His flaming head did halten for to steep, " Whereof he crar'd redresse. My foveraine, When of his pitreous tale he end did make; a Whose glory is in gracious deeds, and ioyes Whilft with delight of that be wisely fpake “ Throughout the world her mercy to maintaine, Those guestes beguyled did beguyle their eyes « Eftfoones devisd redresse for such annoyes; Of kindly fleepe, that did them overtake : Me all unfitt for so great purpose lhe employes. At last, when they had markt the chaunged XLIV.

fkyes, # New bath faire Phæbe with her silver face They wist their houre was spent, then cach to ref: * Thrise feene the shadowes of the neather world,

him hyes « Sith last I left that honorable place, “ In which her roiall presence is enrold;

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