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For all that night, the whyles the Prince did rest In carelesse couch not weeting what was ment, He watcht in close awayt with weapons prest,2 Willing to worke his villenous intent
On him, that had so shamefully him shent 3: Yet durst he not for very cowardize Effect the same, whylest all the night was spent. The morrow next the Prince did early rize, And passed forth to follow his first enterprize.
1 Weeting, knowing.
2 Prest, ready.
3 Shent, rebuked, disgraced.
Turpine is baffuld; his two Knights
Fayre Mirabellaes punishment
LIKE as the gentle hart itselfe bewrayes
That well appears in this discourteous Knight,
He gan devize to be aveng'd anew
For all that shame, which kindled inward hate:
2 Base kind, low nature.
Arg. 1.-Turpine is baffuld.] Baffled, or disgraced. For the manner of his disgrace, see stanza XXVII.
Therefore, so soone as he was out of vew,
Himselfe in hast he arm'd, and did him fast pursew.
Well did he tract his steps as he did ryde,
And both combynd, whatever chaunce were blowne, Betwixt them to divide and each to make his owne.
To whom false Turpine comming courteously,
They should accomplish both a knightly deed, And for their paines obtaine of him a goodly meed.
The Knights beleev'd that all he sayd was trew;
Said then the one of them; "Where is that wight,
1 Scath, injury.
Agreeably, alike, in a manner to agree. 3 Shent, disgraced.
The which hath doen to thee this wrongfull deed, That we may it avenge, and punish him with speed?"
"He rides," said Turpine, "there not farre afore,
Ye may him overtake in timely tyde.1"
Eftsoones they pricked forth with forward pryde;
The gentle Prince not farre away they spyde,
Devizing of his Love more then 5 of daunger drad."
Then one of them aloud unto him cryde,
Bidding him turne againe; "False tray tour Knight, Foule woman-wronger!"-for he him defyde. With that they both at once with equall spight Did bend their speares, and both with equall might Against him ran; but th' one did misse his marke, And being carried with his force forthright Glaunst swiftly by; like to that heavenly sparke, Which glyding through the ayre lights all the heavens darke.
But th' other, ayming better, did him smite
Timely tyde, due season. 2 Eftsoones, immediately.
3 Portance, demeanor.
4 Devizing, thinking.
5 Then, than.
7 Flowre, floor, ground.
8 Stowre, assault.
Full on his bever did him strike so sore,
That the cold steele through piercing did devowre His vitall breath, and to the ground him bore, Where still he bathed lay in his own bloody gore.
By this the other, which was passed by,
As when a cast of faulcons make their flight
Not so the Prince; for his well-learned speare
3 Souse, stoop.
1 Cast, couple.
2 Engore, pierce.
IX. 2. An herneshaw.] A heron. Thus the proverbial expression, "to know a hawk from a hernshaw," corrupted into "handsaw."