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Sith otherwise he could not mend thing past;
Or, if it to revenge he were too weake,
Then for to die with her, and his lives threed to breake.
Tho3 Coridon he prayd, sith 1 he well knew The readie way unto that theevish wonne,* To wend 5 with him, and be his conduct trew Unto the place, to see what should be donne: But he, whose hart through feare was late fordonne,7 Would not for ought be drawne to former drede; But by all meanes the daunger knowne did shonne: Yet Calidore so well him wrought with meed, And faire bespoke with words, that he at last agreed.
So forth they goe together (God before) Both clad in shepheards weeds agreeably,9 And both with shepheards hookes; but Calidore Had, underneath, him armed privily: Tho,3 to the place when they approached nye, They chaunst, upon an hill not farre away, Some flockes of sheepe and shepheards to espy; To whom they both agreed to take their way, In hope there newes to learne, how they mote best assay.
There did they find, that which they did not feare,10 The self-same flocks the which those Theeves had reft
1 Sith, since.
2 Then, than.
3 Tho, then.
9 Agreeably, alike.
4 Wonne, dwelling.
10 Feare, anticipate.
XXXVI. 1.— God before.] With the assistance of God.
6 Conduct, conductor.
7 Fordonne, undone.
8 Weeds, dress.
From Melibee and from themselves whyleare1;
But, when he saw the Theeves which did them keepe, His hart gan fayle, albe 3 he saw them all asleepe.
But Calidore recomforting his griefe,
Though not his feare; for nought may feare disswade;
Lay sleeping soundly in the bushes shade,
Tho, sitting downe by them upon the greene,
That he by them might certaine tydings weene
Mongst which the Theeves them questioned againe,
1 Whyleare, formerly.
3 Albe, although.
5 Tho, then.
7 Mister men,
sort of men.
XXXVIII. 9.- Gave them the time of day.] A proverbial expression, equivalent to, "he saluted or addressed them," still in use in New England.
XXXIX. 7. — As did appertaine.] "As was suitable both to their dress and to Calidore's design."— CHURCH.
That they were poore heard groomes,' the which whylere 2 Had from their maisters fled, and now sought hyre elswhere.
Whereof right glad they seem'd, and offer made
To hyre them well if they their flockes would keepe:
But to forray the land, or scoure the deepe.
So there all day they bode,5 till light the sky forsooke.
Tho, whenas towards darksome night it drew,
Whereof they both full glad and blyth did rest,
At length, when they occasion fittest found,
In dead of night, when all the Theeves did rest
1 Heardgroomes, keepers of herds.
2 Whylere, formerly.
3 Evill, poor, unskilful.
4 Forray, ravage.
5 Bode, abode, remained.
XL. 6. — Earnest.] Something to make the contract binding.
Having of late by diligent inquest
Provided him a sword of meanest sort;
With which he streight went to the Captaines nest: But Coridon durst not with him consort,
Ne durst abide behind for dread of worse effort.
When to the cave they came, they found it fast: But Calidore with huge resistlesse might The dores assayled, and the locks upbrast1: With noyse whereof the theefe awaking light2 Unto the entrance ran; where the bold Knight Encountring him with small resistence slew: The whiles faire Pastorell through great affright Was almost dead, misdoubting least of new 3 Some uprore were like that which lately she did vew.
But whenas Calidore was comen in,
And gan aloud for Pastorell to call,
Knowing his voice, although not heard long sin,* She sudden was revived therewithall,
And wondrous ioy felt in her spirits thrall.5
Like him that being long in tempest tost,
Looking each houre into Deathes mouth to fall,
At length espyes at hand the happie cost,
On which he safety hopes that earst feard to be lost.
Her gentle hart, that now long season past
1 Upbrast, burst open.
2 Light, lightly, nimbly.
3 Of new, anew, again.
6 Looking, expecting.
8 New, anew.
Like lyfeful1 heat to nummed senses brought,
When he her found; but, like to one distraught 2
A thousand times embrast, and kist a thousand more.
But now by this, with noyse of late uprore,
But Calidore in th' entry close did stand, And, entertayning them with courage stout, Still slew the formost that came first to hand; So long, till all the entry was with bodies mand."
Tho, when no more could nigh to him approch,
How many flyes in whottest 11 summers day
1 Lyfeful, full of life, reviving. 2 Distraught, distracted.
3 Preasse, press.
▲ Doen, done.
5 Close, secretly.
• Entertayning, receiving.
7 Mand, covered, blocked up.
9 Breath'd, gave respite to.
10 Say, assay, temper.
11 Whottest, hottest.