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Ne would endure the daunger of their might,
Resolved in one t assemble all his force,
XV. His dreadfull hand he heaved up aloft, And with his dreadfull instrument of yre Thought sure have pownded him to powder soft, Or deepe emboweld in the earth entyre; But Fortune did not with his will conspire: For, ere his stroke attayned his intent, The noble Childe, preventing 3 his desire,
Under his club with wary boldnesse went, And smote him on the knee that never yet was bent.
XVI. It never yet was bent, ne bent it now, Albe 4 the stroke so strong and puissant were, That seem'd a marble pillour it could bow; But all that leg, which did his body beare, It crackt throughout, (yet did no bloud appeare,) So as it was unable to support So huge a burden on such broken geare,
But fell to ground like to a lumpe of durt ;
· Discourse, (discursus, Lat.,) shifting, traversing. 2 Ruth, pity. 3 Preventing, anticipating.
4 Albe, although. 6 Geare, instrument. 6 Eftsoones, immediately. Least, lest.
His head meant from his shoulders to have swept:
For more on him doth then 3 himselse depend;
XVIII. He staide his hand according her desire, Yet nathëmore * him suffred to arize; But, still suppressing, gan of her inquire, What meaning mote those uncouth 6 words comprize, That in that Villaines health her safety lies; That were no might in man, nor heart in Knights, Which durst her dreaded reskue enterprize,
Yet heavens themselves, that favour feeble rights, Would for itselfe redresse, and punish such despights.
And damned to endure this direfull smart,
* Nathë more, none the more.
XVIII. 6. - That, &c.] Her safety. - The heavens themselves would redress or provide for her safety, were there no might in
XX. “ In prime of youthly yeares, when first the flowre Of beauty gan to bud, and bloosme delight; And Nature me endu'd with plenteous dowre Of all her gifts, that pleasde each living sight; I was belov’d of many a gentle Knight, And sude 1 and sought with all the service dew : Full many a one for me deepe groand and sigh't,
And to the dore of death for sorrow drew, Complayning out on me that would not on them rew.?
Did laugh at those that did lament and plaine:
Disdaine and Scorne, I through the world should stray, Till I have sav'd so many as I earst 6 did slay.”
Sude, sued, wooed.
4 Addeem'd, adjudged.
And eeke this wallet at your backe arreare,
gon. Yet is the bottle leake, and bag so torne, That all which I put in fals out anon,
And is behinde me trodden downe of Scorne,
i Certes, certainly.
5 Leake, leaky.
XXIV. 3. - Till to the brim I have it full defrayd.] Till I have discharged my duty by filling it to the brim.
Who was not able up himselfe to reare,
Who was so far from being ought amazed,
And him did oft embrace, and oft admire,
By meanes, because.
2 Prise, adventure. 3 Feare, companion. Dispraized, disparaged. 5 Admire, wonder.