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"Such were those goddesses which ye did see:
But that fourth Mayd, which there amidst them traced,1
With heavenly gifts from heven first enraced 3!
To be the Fourth with those Three other placed :
Yet she all other countrey lasses farre did passe:
"So farre, as doth the Daughter of the Day
"Another Grace she well deserves to be,
2 Aread, declare.
1 Traced, stepped, moved. 3 Enraced, implanted. ▲ Certes, surely. 5 Meane, measure.
XXV. 2.- That fourth Mayd.] In this and the succeeding stanzas Spenser is supposed to pay an affectionate tribute to the merits of his own wife, which he does in a manner honorable alike to the warmth of his heart and the delicacy of his taste.
All which she with such courtesie doth grace, That all her peres cannot with her compare, But quite are dimmed when she is in place: She made me often pipe, and now to pipe apace.
"Sunne of the world, great glory of the sky,
Pardon thy Shepheard, mongst so many layes
When thus that Shepheard ended had his speach,
Thus to bereave thy Loves deare sight from thee:
In such discourses they together spent
Long time, as fit occasion forth them led;
With which the Knight himselfe did much content,
1 Bale, sorrow.
XXVIII. 6.- One minime.] A minim is, literally, a musical note, and it means here a trifling song.
Both of his words, which he with reason red,1
But wisht that with that Shepheard he mote dwelling share.
But that envenimd sting, the which of yore
Dinting his brest had bred his restlesse paine:
Like as the wounded whale to shore flies from the maine.
So, taking leave of that same gentle Swaine,
And evermore the shepheard Coridon,
1 Red, declared, spoke. 3 Wonne, dwelling.
2 Dinting, striking.
4 Donne, do.
XXXI. 7. — His wounds worker.] Her who had inflicted his wound.
And all his paines did closely emulate; Whether it were to caroll, as they sate Keeping their sheepe, or games to exercize, Or to present her with their labours late; Through which if any grace chaunst to arize To him, the Shepheard straight with iealousie did frize.1
One day, as they all three together went
Which Coridon first hearing, ran in hast
To reskue her; but, when he saw the feend,
His Loves deare spoile, in which his heart was prayde,
He ran at him enraged, instead of being frayde.5
He had no weapon but his shepheards hooke
1 Frize, freeze.
2 Surprize, seize. 4 Then, than.
3 Steemed, esteemed. Frayde, afraid.
XXXV. 8. — In which his heart was prayde.] Of which his own heart was the prey.
To serve the vengeaunce of his wrathfull will;
Whence ere he could recou'r,1 he did him quell,2
Before the feete of the faire Pastorell;
Who, scarcely yet from former feare exempted,
A thousand times him thankt that had her death prevented.
From that day forth she gan him to affect
Fit to keepe sheepe, unfit for loves content :
So well he wood her, and so well he wrought her,
That of his love he reapt the timely frute,
And ioyed long in close felicity:
Till Fortune, fraught with malice, blinde and brute,
Blew up a bitter storme of foule adversity.
1 Recou'r, recover.
3 Estate, state, condition.
XXXVII. 5. — Disparagement.]
worthiness, referring to Coridon's want of courage.
Disparagement here means un.