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Ne day nor night he suffred her to rest,
Or at more ease continue there his thrall:
VII. So from thenceforth, when love he to her made, With better tearmes she did him entertaine, Which gave bim hope, and did him halfe perswade, That he in time her ioyance should obtaine: But when she saw, through that small favours gaine, That further then * she willing was he prest 5; She found no meanes to barre him, but to faine
A sodaine sickenesse which her sore opprest, And made unfit to serve his lawlesse mindes behest.
3 Wend, go.
4 Then, than.
? Sith, since.
VI. 4. – To foe or friend.] To be a foe or a friend, as he pleased. Nor better cheare to shew in misery,
Till Fortune would her captive bonds unbynde: Her sickenesse was not of the body but the mynde.
IX. During which space that she thus sicke did lie, It chaunst a sort ? of Merchants, which were wount
1 To skim those coastes for bondmen there to buy, And by such trafficke after gaines to hunt, Arrived in this isle, though bare and blunt, T'inquire for slaves; where being readie met By some of these same Theeves at th' instant brunt,
Were brought unto their Captaine, who was set By his faire patients side with sorrowfull regret.
X. To whom they shewed, how those Marchants were Arriv'd in place their bondslaves for to buy; And therefore prayd that those same captives there Mote to them for their most commodity 3 Be sold, and mongst them shared equally. This their request the Captaine much appalled; Yet could he not their iust demaund deny,
And willed streight the slaves should forth be called, And sold for most advantage not to be forstalled.
1 Sort, company.
3 Commodity, advantage. 4 Moe, more.
IX. 7. — At th' instant brunt.] Instantly, or immediately
Gan to inquire for that faire Shepherdesse,
And gan her forme and feature to expresse,
That nothing meet in merchandise to passe :"
did so amaze, That what through wonder, and what through delight,
A while on her they greedily did gaze,
| Purchase, something purchased or procured, property.
3 Regard, value.
But then the Captaine, fraught with more displeasure,
Bad them be still; “his Love should not be sold;
That whoso hardie hand on her doth lay,
And makes huge havocke; whiles the candle-light
| Denay, deny.
? Aby, abide.
3 Sort, company.
XV. 9. — Handsell.] Handsell is a term used in contracts of business for that which is given as a pledge or earnest of future payment. It is here used in the sense of price, or reward.
XVI. 4.- Ne learing any balke.] “ Balke is here used in the sense of balke in agriculture; that is, a ridge of land between two furrows. Ne leading any balke ; i. e., leaving no ridges or furrows; making all even." - Upton.
About some carcase by the common way,
And who sees not would be affrayd to heare:
And flyes away as fast as he can hye,
Fayre Pastorell, who with the selfe same wound
| Pretended, stretched over.
XVIII. 5. — Wide.] Far and wide; round about.