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THE FA ERY QUEENE.
BOOK V. 'CANTO VII.
Bricomart comes to Isis church,
forget is on carth more facred or divine,
There she received was in goodly wize hat gods and men doe equally adore,
Of many priests, which duely did attend ken this fame vertue that doth right define; Uppon the rites and daily facrifize, * th' heavens themselves, whence mortal men All clad in linnen robes with silver hemd, implore
And on their heads, with long locks comly kemd, igike in their wrongs, are ruld by righteous lore They wore rich mitres, shaped like the moone, I highett love, who doth true iustice deale To thew that llis doth the moone portend, his inferior gods, and evermore
Likeas Ofyris signifies the sunne, berewith contains his heavenly common-weale ; For that they both like race iu equall iustice runne,' e kill whereof to princes hearts he doth reveale.
The championesse them greeting, as she could,
Was thence by them into the temple led, all therefore did the antique world invent,
Whose goodly building when she did behold har luftice was a god of soveraine grace,
Borne upon stacely pillours, all dispred td alears unto him and temples lent,
With shining gold, and arched over hed, heavenly honours in the highest place,
She wondred at the workman's passing skill, diling him great Osyris, of the race
Whose like before she never saw nor red, Ash' old Ægyptian kings that whylome were,
And thereuppon long while stood gazing till, bien fayded colours shading a true case,
But thought that the thereon could never gaze her er tha: Osyris, whileft he lived here,
fill. de iufteft man alive and truest did appeare.
Thenceforth unto the idoll they her brought, li wife was lfis, whom they likewise made The which was framed all of silver fine, prodeffe of great powre and soverainty,
So well as could with cunning hand be wrought, ad in her person cunningly did shade
And clothed all in garments made of line, b. part of iustice which is equity,
Hemd all about with fringe of silver twine; thereof I have to treat here presently;
Uppon her head she wore a crowne of gold, 4.9 whole temple whenas Britomart
To thew that she had powre in things divine ; Teived, see with great humility
And at her feete a crocodile was rold, lid enter in, ne would that night depart;
That with her wreathed taile her middle did enTalus mote not be admitted to her part.
Her seem'd as she was doing facrilize
All fodainely she saw transfigured
That even the herselle much wondered
vui. To which the idoll, as it were inclining,
And in the midst of her felicity
An hidecus tempest seemed from below
The holy fire, and all the embers ftrow
For other beds the priests there used none,
With that the crocodile, which sleeping lay But on their mother Earth's deare lap did lie, Under the idol's feete in fearelefre bowre, And bake their fides us pon the cold hard stone, Seem'd to awake in horrible disnay, Tenure themselves to sufferaunce thereby,' As being troubled with that stormy stewre, And proud rebellious flesh to mortify;
And gaping greedy wide, did ftreight devoure For by the vow of their religion
Both flames and tempeft; with which growon They tied were to ftedfast chastity
great, And continence of life, that all forgon,
And swolne with pride of his owne peerelelse They mote the better tend to their devotion.
He gan to threaten her likewise to eat; Therefore they mote not taste of fleshly food, But that the goddefle with her rod him backe Ne feed on ought the which doth bloud con
did beat. taine, Ne drinke of wine'; for wine they say is blood, Tho turning all his pride to humblesse meeke, Even the bloud of gyants, which were Naine Himselse before her feete he lowly threw, By thundrmg love in the Phlegrean plaine ; And gan for grace and love of her to seeke; For which the Earth (as they the story tell) Which she accepting, he so neare her drew, Wroth with the gods, which to perpetuall paine That of his game she loone enwombed grew, Had dann'd ber fonnes which gainst then did And forth did bring a lion of great might, rebell,
That shortly did alio her beasts subdew : With inward gricfe and malice did against them with that the waked full of fearefull fright, swell :
And doubtlully dilinayd through that so uncouth
fight. And of their vitall bloud, the which was shed into her pregnant bofom, forth the brought So thereuppon long while she musing lay, The fruitfuil vine, whose liquor blouddy red, With thousand thoughts feeding her fantasie, Having the mindes of men with fury fraught, Untill she fpide the lampe of lightlome day Mote in them stirre ap old rebellious thought Up-lifted in the porch of heaven hie; To make new warre against the gods againe : Then up she rose fraught with melancholy, Such is the powre of that lanie fruit, that nought And forth into the lower parts did pas, The fell coniugion may chereof restraine,
Whereas the priestes the found full busily Ne within Reason's rule her madding mood con- About their holy things for morrow mas,
Whom the faluting faire, faire re-saluted was. 11. There did the warlike naide herselse repose, But by the change of her unchcarefull looke Under the wings of llisali that night,
They might perceive she was not well in plight, And with sweete reft her heavy eyes did close, Or that lome pensiveness to hear: she tcoke; After that long daics toile and wcary plight; Therefore hus one of them who feem'd iu fight Where whilesher earthly parts with fost delight To be the greatest and the gravest wight, Of lenceleffe flecpe did deeply drowned lie, To her beljake; “Sir Knight, it seemes to me There did aj peare unto her heavenly (pright " That 'horough evill rest of this last night, A wondrous visie:1), which did close implie " Or ill apayd or much dismayd ye be;
(see." The course of all her fortune and polleritie, " That by your change of cheare is eagic fer to
To seeke her love, where he was to be fought, * Certes,” sayd she," fith ye so well have spide Ne rested till she came without relent * The troublous passion of my pensive mind, Unto the land of Amazons, as she was bent. * I will not seeke the same from you to hide, * But will my cares unfolde, in hope to find Whereof when newes to Radigund was brought, * Your aide to guide me out of errour blind." Not wich amaze as women wunted bee, * Say on,” quoth he, “the secret of your hart; She was confused in her troublous thought, * For by the holy vow which me doth bind, But fild with courage and with ioyous glee, I am adiur'd best counsell to impart
As glad to heare of armes, the which now the * To all that fall require my comfort in their Had long furceast, she bad to open bold, “ smart."
That she the face of her new foc might see ;
But when they of that yron man had told, Then gan ske to declare the whole discourse Which late her foike had flaine, the bad them Oi all that vifon which to her appeard,
forth to hold. As well as to her minde it had recourse : A which when he unto the end had heard, So there without the gate, as seemed best, Like to a weake faint-hearted man he fared She caused her pavilion he pight, Through great astonishment of that strange light, In which stout Britomart herfeife did rest, And with long locks up-standing fifly, stared Whiles Talus watched at the dore all night. Like oue adawed with some dreadfull spright; All night likewise they of the towne in fright 30 5d with heavenly fury thus he ber behight; Uppon their wall good watch and ward did
keepe; Slagnificke Virgin! that in queint disguise The morrow next, fo fone as dawring light * Of British armes doest malke thy royall blood, Bad doe away the dampe of drou zie feeje, * So to pursew a perillous emprise,
The warlike Amazon out of her bowre did peere : " How could it thou wecne through that disguized hood
And caused streight a trumpet loud to fhrill, * To hide thy state from being understood ? To warne her fue to battell soone be prelt, * Can from th’in mortall gods ought hidden bee? Who long before awoke (for fhe full ill They doe thy lineage, and thy lordly brood, Could fleepe all nigh., that in unquiet brest They doe thy fire lamenting fore for thee, Did closely harbour tuch a iealous guest) They doe thy love forlorne in womens thral- Was to the battell whylome ready dight. * dome see.
Eftfoones that warriouresse with haughty crest
Did forth issue, all ready for the fight;
But ere they reared hand, the Amazone
Wi:h which the used ftill to tye her sone
To serve her so, as she the rest had bound; "That under llis' feete doth ilcepe for ever; Which when the other heard, the sternly truwnd * T', hcw that clemence ost' in things amis For high disdaine of such indignity, Refraines those fterne bchests and cruell doomes And would ne lenger treat, but bad them sound; u of his.
For her no other termes should ever tie
Then what prefcribed were by lawes of chevalrie. * That knight shall all the troublous fornies as
The trumpets found, and they together run " And raging flames, that many foes shall reare With greedy rage, and with their saulchins smut; * To hinder thee from the just heritage
Ne either lought the other's Itrokes to shun, * Of thy fire's crowne, and from thy countrey But through great sury both their skiil torgot,
And practicke use in armes; ne spared not * Then shalt thou take him to thy loved fere, Their daigtie parts, which Nature had created "And ioyoe in equall portion of thy realme; So faire and tender, without itain or spot,
And afterwards a sonne to him shalt beare, For other uses then they them translated, * That lion-like shall fhew his powre extreame. Which they now hackt and hewd, as if such use So blesse thee God, and give thee ioyance of thy
they hated. dreame."
As when a tygre and a lionesse Al which when he unto the end had heard, Are met at fpoyling of sonic hungry pray, She much was cased in her troublous thought, Both challenge it with equall grcedineffe, And on those priests bestowed rich reward, But first the eygre clawes thercon did lay, And royall gifts, of gold and silver wrought, And therefore loth to loose her right away, She for a present to their goddefle brought : Doth in defence thereof full stoutly lond; Ilen taking leave of them, the forward went To which the lion strongly deth guinesay,
That the to hunt the beast first tooke in hond, Yet when she saw the heapes which he did make And therefore ought it have wherever she it fond. Of Naughtred carkaffes, her heart did quake
For very ruth, which did it almost rive, Full fiercely layde the Amazon about,
That the his fury willed him to slake; And dealt her blowes unmercifully sore ;
For else he sure had left not one alive, Which Britomart withstood with courage stout, But all in his revenge of spirite would deprive. And then repaide again with double more. So long they fought that all the grassie flore Tho when she had his execution stayd, Was fild with bloud, which from their fides did She for that yron prison did enquire, flow,
In which her wretched love was captive layd, And gushed through their armies, that all in gore Which breaking open with indignant ire, They trode, and on the ground their lives did She entred into all the partes entire; strow,
Where when she saw that lothly uncouth fight Like fruitles secde, of which untimely death should of men disguiz'd in womanishe attire, grow.
Her heart gan grudge for very deepe despight
O! so unmanly malke in misery misdight. At last proud Radigund, with fell despight,
XXXVIII. Having by chaunce cspide advantage neare, At last whenas to her owne love the came, Let drive at her with all her dreadfull might, Whom like disguize no lefse deformed had, And thus upbrayding said ; “ This token beare At light thereof abalht with secrete shame, “ Unto the man whom chou doelt love so deare, She turn'd her head aside, as nothing glad " And tell him for his fake thy life thou gavest.” To have beheld a spectacle so fad, Which spitefull words she, sore engriev'd to heare, And then too well believ'd that which tofore Thus answer'd; Lewdly thou my love de- Tealous suspect as true untruly drad; “ pravest,
Which vaine conceipt now nourishing no more, " Who shonily must repent that now so vainely She fought with ruth to falve his sad misfortunes « bravest."
XXXIX. Nath'lefíe that stroke so cruell passage found, Not so great wonder and astonishment That glauncing on her shoulder plate, ie bit Did the most chalt Penelope poffefse, Unto the bone, and made a griefly wound, To see her lord, that was reported drent, That the her shield through raging smart of it And dead long since in dolorous distresse, Could scarse uphold, yet soone fe it requit; Come home to her in piteous wretchednelle, For having force increast through furious paine, After long travell of full twenty yeares, She her so rudely on the helmet (mit,
That she knew not his favours likelyneffe, That it empierced to the very braine,
For many scarres and many hoary heares; And her proud person low proftrated on the But stood long staring on him mongit uncertaine plaine.
feares. XXXIV, Where being layd, the wrothfull Britonesse “ Ah! my deare Lord! what fight is this?" quoth Stayd not till the came to herselfe againe ;
she, But in revenge both of her love's diftreffe " What May-game hath Misfortune made of you? And her late vile reproch, though vaunted vaine, " Where is that dreadfull manly looke? where be And also of her wound, which sore did paine, “ Those mighty palmes, the which ye wont t' She with one stroke both head and helmet cleft;
“ embrew Which dreadfull fight when all her warlike traine " In bloud of kings, and great hoaftes to fubdew? There present saw, each one, of lence berest, “ Could ought on carth, so wondrous change have Fled fast into the towne, and her fole victor left :
“ As to have robde you of that manly hew? But yet so fast they could not home retrate, “ Could so great courage stouped have to ought? But that swift Talus did the formoft win; “ Then farewell Aeshly force, I see thy pride is And pressing through the preace unto the gate,
“ nought." Pelmell with them attonce did enter in : There then a pireous Navghter did begin, Thenceforth she streight into a bowre him brought, For all that ever came wishin his reach
And causd him those uncomely weedes undight, He with his yron fiale did thresh so thin, And in their steede for other rayment sought That he no worke at all left for the leach; Whereof there was great store, and armors bright, Like to an hideous forme, which nothing niay which had bene reft from many a noble knight, cmpeach.
Whom that proud Amazon subdewed had,
Whileft Fortune savoured her succefle in fight, And now by this the noble conquereffe
In which whenas the him anew had clad, Herfelfe canie in, her glory to partake ;
She was reviv'd, and ioyd much in his semblance Where though revengefull vow she did professe,
Full fad and sorrowfull was Britomart
Confilted much in that adventure's priefe,
That womanilha complaints fhe did represse, Her wisedom did admire, and hearkned to her and tempred for the time her present heavinesse. loring ;
There she continu'd for a certaine space, For all those knights, which long in captive shade Till through his want her woe did more increase ; Had throwded bene, she did from thraldome free, Then hoping that the change of aire and place And magistrates of all that city made,
Would change her paine, and sorrow somewhat And gave to them great living and large fee;
ease, And that they should for ever faithfull bee, She parted thence, her anguish to appease. Made them sweare fealty to Artegall;
Meane while her noble lord, Sir Artegall, Who when himselfe now well recur'd did see, Went on his way, ne ever howre did cease, He purposd to proceed, whatso befall,
Till he redeemed had that lady tirall ; Ufpon his first adventure, which him forth did that for another Canto will more fity fall.