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He foot by foot him followed alway,
But, ioyning close, huge lode at him did lay;
XXIX. But, when his foe he still so eger saw, Unto his heeles himselfe he did betake, Hoping unto some refuge to withdraw: Ne would the Prince him ever foot forsake Whereso he went, but after him did make. He fled from roome to roome, from place to place, Whylest every joynt for dread of death did quake,
Still looking after him that did him chace; That made him evermore increase his speedie pace.
XXX. At last he up into the chamber came Whereas his Love was sitting all alone, Wayting what tydings of her folke became. There did the Prince him overtake anone Crying in vaine to her him to bemone; And with his sword him on the head did smyte, That to the ground he fell in senselesse swone:
Yet, whether thwart or flatly it did lyte, The tempred steele did not into his braynepan" byte.
XXXI. Which when the Ladie saw, with great affright She starting up began to shrieke aloud; And, with her garment covering him from sight, Seem'd under her protection him to shroud; And, falling lowly at his feet, her bowd Upon her knee, intreating him for grace,
And often him besought, and prayd, and vowd;
That, with the ruth of her so wretched case,
Like troubled ghost, did dreadfully appeare,
And eke thyselfe, for want of manly hart,
| Ruth, pity.
Abase, lower. 3 Weed, dress. * Shent, reproved. • Hardiment, boldness.
Or of their upper garment which they weare:
Yet doest thou not with manhood, but with guile,
Gotten great worship in this worldës sight:
Those goodly armes, he them away did give,
? Sith, since.
3 Atvene, between.
Therefore descending backe in haste he sought If yet he were alive, or to destruction brought.
XXXVIII. There he him found environed about With slaughtred bodies, which his hand had slaine ; And laying yet afresh with courage stout Upon the rest that did alive remaine; Whom he likewise right sorely did constraine, Like scattred sheepe, to seeke for safëtie, After he gotten had with busie paine
Some of their weapons which thereby did lie,
Into the chamber, where that Dame remayned With her unworthy Knight, who ill hin entertayned.
XL. Whom when the Salvage saw from daunger free, Sitting beside his Ladie there at ease, He well remembred that the same was hee, Which lately sought his Lord for to displease : Tho 2 all in rage he on him streight did seaze, As if he would in peeces him have rent; And, were not that the Prince did him appeaze,
He had not left one limbe of him uprent: But streight he held his hand at his commaundëment.
2 Tho, then.
And how to please the minds of good and ill, [skill. Through tempering of her words and lookes by wondrous
Now glooming sadly, so to cloke her matter;
His rancorous despight did not releasse
· Infest, hostile.
Trayned, allured, drew.
4 Thereto, also.