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But Vertues seat is deepe within the mynd,
And not in outward shows but inward thoughts defynd.
But where shall I in all antiquity
So faire a patterne finde, where may be seene
As in Yourselfe, O soveraine Lady Queene?
Then pardon me, most dreaded Soveraine, That from Yourselfe I doe this Vertue bring, And to Yourselfe doe it returne againe: So from the ocean all rivers spring, And tribute backe repay as to their king: Right so from you all goodly vertues well 2 Into the rest which round about you ring,3 Faire Lords and Ladies which about you dwell, And doe adorne your Court where Courtesies excell.
1 Sheene, shining.
2 Well, flow.
3 Round about you ring, encircle you.
Calidore saves from Maleffort
A Damzell used vylde:
Doth vanquish Crudor; and doth make
OF Court, it seemes, men Courtesie doe call,
Right so in Faery Court it did redound,
Where curteous Knights and Ladies most did won
But mongst them all was none more courteous Knight
In whom it seemes that gentlenesse of spright
And manners mylde were planted naturall ;
To which he adding comely guize withall
And gracious speach, did steale mens hearts away:
1 Won, dwell. Paragon, model for imitation. 3 Then, than.
II. 2. Then Calidore.] Sir Calidore, as Upton conjectures, repre sents Sir Philip Sidney.
Nathlesse thereto1 he was full stout and tall,
And well approv'd in batteilous affray,
That him did much renowme, and far his fame display.
Ne was there Knight ne was there Lady found
And now he was in travell on his way,
They knew themselves, and both their persons rad8: When Calidore thus first; "Haile, noblest Knight Of all this day on ground that breathen living spright!
"Now tell, if please you, of the good successe
2 Embrace, love, regard.
1 Thereto, also.
3 Conditions sound, good qualities.
7 Sore bestad, earnestly bent.
4 Purchast, procured Leasing, falsehood.
8 Rad, recognized.
"Now, happy man," said then Sir Calidore,
"But where ye ended have, now I begin
To tread an endlesse trace; withouten guyde
Or how to issue forth in waies untryde,
"The Blattant Beast," quoth he, "I doe pursew,
Yet know I not or how or in what place
To find him out, yet still I forward trace."
Then answered he, "which often hath annoyd
Good Knights and Ladies true, and many else destroyd.
"Of Cerberus whilome 2 he was begot
And fell Chimæra, in her darkesome den,
1 Quest, enterprise, expedition. 2 Whilome, formerly.
To be the plague and scourge of wretched men: Whom with vile tongue and venemous intent He sore doth wound, and bite, and cruelly torment.
"Then, since the Salvage Island I did leave," Sayd Artegall, "I such a Beast did see,
The which did seeme a thousand tongues to have, That all in spight and malice did agree, With which he bayd and loudly barkt at mee, As if that he attonce would me devoure: But I, that knew myselfe from perill free, Did nought regard his malice nor his powre; But he the more his wicked poyson forth did poure."
"That surely is that Beast," saide Calidore, "Which I pursue, of whom I am right glad To heare these tidings which of none afore Through all my weary travell I have had : Yet now some hope your words unto me add." "Now God you speed," quoth then Sir Artegall, "And keepe your body from the daunger drad1: For ye have much adoe to deale withall!” So both tooke goodly leave, and parted severall.
Sir Calidore thence travelled not long,
Whenas by chaunce a comely Squire he found,
1 Drad, dreaded. 2 Thorough, through. 3 Stound, misfortune. 2