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And to the Clergy now was come at last;
In which such spoile, such havocke, and such theft
Where he him found despoyling all with maine and might.
Into their cloysters now he broken had,
Through which the Monckes he chaced here and there,
From thence into the sacred church he broke,
And the images, for all their goodly hew,
1 Dortours, dormitories, sleeping apartments. 2 Heast, office.
XXIII. 9.— Where he him found despoyling, &c.] The Blatant Beast, in general, represents Calumny or Slander; but here the poet seems to allude to the outrages committed upon monasteries and religious houses by the Puritans, in the early stages of the refor
XXV. 2. -The chancell.] The chancel is that part of a church in which the communion table or altar is placed, with the area before it, in which the congregation assemble when the sacrament is administered. It is generally divided from the nave by a screen or railing, (cancellus,) from which the name is derived.
Did cast to ground, whilest none was them to rew1;
But, seeing Calidore, away he flew,
Him in a narrow place he overtooke,
And fierce assailing forst him turne againe:
And therein were a thousand tongs empight 3
Which spake reprochfully, not caring where nor when.
And them amongst were mingled here and there
1 Rew, pity, lament.
2 Utmost, outmost.
3 Empight, placed.
4 Wrawling, mewing.
5 Groynd, growled.
6 Gren, grin.
7 Snar, snarl.
XXV. 8.- Former feare.] See the twenty-fifth stanza of the third
The tongues of serpents, with three-forked stings,
Ne kesars spared he a whit nor kings;
But Calidore, thereof no whit afrayd,
As if he would have rent him with his cruell clawes:
But he right well aware, his rage to ward,
Is forcibly kept downe, till he be throughly queld.
Full cruelly the Beast did rage and rore
To be downe held, and maystred so with might,
1 Gere, matter. 2 Tho, then. 3 Rampt, leaped.
That he gan fret and fome out bloudy gore,
He grind, he bit, he scracht, he venim threw, And fared1 like a feend right horrible in hew:
Or like the hell-borne Hydra, which they faine
To crop his thousand heads, the which still new
aye, the more he rag'd, the more his powre increast.
Tho, when the Beast saw he mote nought availe
With bitter termes of shamefull infamy;
Whose like he never once did speake, nor heare,
Nor ever thought thing so unworthily:
Yet did he nought, for all that, him forbeare,
But strained him so streightly 6 that he chokt him neare.
At last, whenas he found his force to shrincke
1 Fared, acted.
3 Nathemore, none the more.
2 Whilome, formerly.
4 Tho, then
Of surest yron made with many a lincke;
Or unto lovely Lady doing wrong:
And thereunto a great long chaine he tight, With which he drew him forth, even in his own despight.
Like as whylóme 3 that strong Tirynthian swaine
To see the hatefull sunne, that he might tell
aye in Darkenesse which day-light doth shonne: So led this Knight his captyve with like conquest wonne.
Yet greatly did the Beast repine at those
Straunge bands, whose like till then he never bore,
Ne ever any durst till then impose;
And chauffed inly, seeing now no more
Him liberty was left aloud to rore:
Yet durst he not draw backe, nor once withstand
The proved powre of noble Calidore;
But trembled underneath his mighty hand,
And like a fearefull dog him followed through the land.
1 Mured, enclosed. 2 Tight, tied. 3 Whylome, formerly.
- For never more defaming, &c.] That he might never
XXXV. 1. — Tirynthian swaine.] Hercules, so called from Tyrinthus, a town of Argolis, where he generally resided.