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Charm'd those wild beasts that rag'd with furie mad;
[did ly. Then Guyon askt, what meant those beastes which there
But, Palmer, if it mote thee so aggrate, 3
Repyned greatly, and did him miscall 6
4 In speciall, especially.
LXXXVI. 7. – Hight Grylle.] In a dialogue by Plutarch, Gryllus, a companion of Ulysses, who had been changed into a swine by Circe, holds a conversation with him, and refuses to be restored to his human shape.
Let Gryll be Gryll, and have his hoggish minde;
THE THIRDE BOOKE
THE FAERIE QUEENE
THE LEGEND OF BRITOMARTIS, OR OF CHASTITY.
Need but behold the pourtraict of her hart;
II. But living art may not least part expresse, Nor life-resembling pencill it can paynt: All ? were it Zeuxis or Praxiteles, His dædale 3 hand would faile and greatly faynt,
| Sith, since.
2 All, although
3 Dadale, skilful.
1.1. - It falls me here to write of Chastity.] The subject of this book enables the poet, in his introduction, to pay some delicate com. pliments to the “ Virgin Queen,” to whom it is addressed.
And her perfections with his error taynt:
So hard a workemanship adventure darre,
That I in colourd showes may shadow itt,
And with the wonder of her beamës bright,
Sith, since. 4 Then, than.
III. 4. — Luckelesse lot.] Luckless, because he apprehends he shall not do justice to the subject.
IV.5. – A gracious servaunt.] This was Sir Walter Raleigh, who wrote a poem eulogizing Queen Elizabeth, called “ Cynthia.”
V. But let that same delitious poet lend A little leave unto a rusticke Muse To sing his Mistresse prayse; and let him mend, If ought amis her liking may abuse : Ne let his fayrest Cynthia refuse In mirrours more then one herselfe to see; But either Gloriana let her chuse,
Or in Belphebe fashioned to bee; In th' one her rule, in th’ other her rare chastitee.
· Then, than.