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XLVI. Thus Calidore continu'd there long time To winne the love of the faire Pastorell ; Which having got, he used without crime Or blamefull blot; but menaged so well, That he, of all the rest which there did dwell, Was favoured and to her grace commended: But what straunge fortunes unto him befell,
Ere he attain’d the point by him intended, Shall more conveniently in other place be ended.
Calidore sees the Graces daunce
To Colins melody:
He mindeth more how he may be relieved [grieved. With grace from her, whose love his heart hath sore en
That from henceforth he meanes no more to sew
Of courtly favour fed with light report
2 Quest, pursuit.
3 Then, than.
IĮ. 9.— Sayling alıcaies in the port.] Always being near the shore without reaching it.
III. Ne certes ? mote he greatly blamed be From so high step to stoupe unto so low; For who had tasted once, as oft did he, The happy peace which there doth overflow, And prov'd the perfect pleasures which doe grow Amongst poore hyndes, in hils, in woods, in dales; Would never more delight in painted show
Of such false blisse, as there is set for stales ? T' entrap unwary fooles in their eternall bales.
IV. For what hath all that goodly glorious gaze Like to one sight which Calidore did vew ? The glaunce whereof their dimmed eies would daze,3 That never more they should endure the shew Of that shunne-shine, that makes them looke askew : Ne ought, in all that world of beauties rare, (Save onely Glorianaes heavenly hew, To which what can compare ?) can
compare , The which, as commeth now by course, I will declare.
And there by her were poured forth at fill,
1 Certes, truly. 2 Stales, lures. 3 Daze, dazzle.
* Troad, tread, footsteps. 5 Pill, rob, take from.
III. 9. — In their eternall bales.] To their eternal ruir
VI. It was an Hill plaste in an open plaine, That round about was bordered with a wood Of matchlesse hight, that seem'd th' earth to disdaine ; In which all trees of honour stately stood, And did all winter as in sommer bud, Spredding pavilions for the birds to bowre, Which in their lower braunches sung aloud;
And in their tops the soring hauke did towre,
Keeping all noysome things away from it,
VIII. And on the top thereof a spacious plaine Did spred itselfe, to serve to all delight, Either to daunce, when they to daunce would faine,2 Or else to course-about their bases light; Ne ought there wanted, which for pleasure might Desired be, or thence to banish bale 3 : So pleasauntly the Hill with equall hight
· Boure, shelter themselves.
3 Bale, sorrow.
VIII. 4. – To course-about their bases light.] This seems to contain an allusion to the game of prison-base.
Did seeme to overlooke the lowly vale; Therefore it rightly cleeped' was Mount Acidale.
And in her soveraine majesty to sit,
Full merrily, and making gladfull glee,
open greene, For dread of them unwares to be descryde, For breaking of their daunce, if he were seene; But in the covert of the wood did byde, Beholding all, yet of them unespyde:
· Hight, high.
3 Weete, know.
VIII. 9. — Therefore it rightly cleeped was Mount Acidale.] Acidale, from its composition, seems to mean, “a needle in a valley,' (acus, Lat.) Several mountain peaks are called needles.