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It fortuned one day, when Calidore
Was hunting in the woods, as was his trade,
And spoyld their houses, and themselves did murder, And drove away their flocks; with other much disorder.
Amongst the rest, the which they then did pray,"
And all his people captive led away;
Mongst which this lucklesse Mayd away was lad,* Faire Pastorella, sorrow full and sad,
Most sorrow full, most sad, that ever sigh't,
Now made the spoile of theeves and Brigants bad, Which was the conquest of the gentlest Knight That ever liv'd, and th' onely glory of his might.
With them also was taken Coridon,
And carried captive by those theeves away;
1 Brigants, brigands, robbers.
3 Pray, plunder.
4 Lad, led.
Th' onely glory.] The chief or principal glory.
Appeared for people in nor out to pas, Nor any footing fynde for overgrowen gras:
For underneath the ground their way was made Through hollow caves, that no man mote' discover! For the thicke shrubs, which did them alwaies shade From view of living wight and covered over; But Darkenesse dred and daily Night did hover Through all the inner parts, wherein they dwelt; Ne lightned was with window, nor with lover, But with continuall candle light, which delt A doubtfull sense of things, not so well seene as felt.
Hither those Brigants brought their present pray,
Into this place was brought, and kept with gard
Of griesly theeves, she thought herself in hell, [dwell. Where with such damned fiends she should in darknesse
But for to tell the dolefull dreriment 1
And pittifull complaints which there she made,
1 Dreriment, affliction.
XLII. 5.- Daily Night.] Night or darkness in the day-time. Church proposes to read deadly for daily.
XLII. 7.- Lover.] Lover, or louver, (from the French ouvrer, to open,) is an opening in the roof to let out smoke.
And waste her goodly beauty, which did fade Like to a flowre that feeles no heate of sunne Which may her feeble leaves with comfort glade1;) And what befell her in that theevish wonne,2 Will in another Canto better be begonne.
1 Glade, gladden.
2 Wonne, dwelling.
The Theeves fall out for Pastorell,
THE joys of love, if they should ever last
Like as is now befalne to this faire Mayd,
1 Then, than.
2 Weet, know.
II. 2.- Faire Pastorell, &c.] "This pastoral part of the Faerie Queene seems to have been occasioned by Sidney's Arcadia, and in conformity to the common fashion of the times, which abounded in pastoral poets."- WARTON.
And sorrowes heapt on her in greater throng; That whoso heares her heavinesse, would rew1 And pitty her sad plight, so chang'd from pleasaunt hew
Whylest thus she in these hellish dens remayned,
At sight whereof his barbarous heart was fired, And inly burnt with flames most raging whot, That her alone he for his part desired Of all the other pray which they had got, And her in mynde did to himselfe allot. From that day forth he kyndnesse to her showed, And sought her love by all the meanes he mote; With looks, with words, with gifts he oft her wowed,3 And mixed threats among, and much unto her vowed.
But all that ever he could do or say
Her constant mynd could not a whit remove,
Nor draw unto the lure of his lewd lay,
1 Rew, lament.
2 Whot, hot.
3 Wowed, wooed.