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Calepine by a Salvage Man
LIKE as a ship with dreadfull storme long tost,
Such was the state of this most courteous Knight,
That he remayned in most perilous plight,
And his sad Ladie left in pitifull affright:
Till that, by fortune passing all foresight,
A Salvage Man, which in those woods did wonne,
1 Faytour, villain. 2 Wonne, dwell. 3
I. 2. -Groundhold.] Generally called the ground-tackle, being the cables, anchors, &c.
I. 9. Left.] Was left.
As fiercely yet, as when he first begonne, Chasing the gentle Calepine around, Ne sparing him the more for all his grievous wound.
The Salvage Man, that never till this houre
Yet armes or weapon had he none to fight, Ne knew the use of warlike instruments, Save such as sudden rage him lent to smite; But naked, without needfull vestiments To clad his corpse with meete habiliments, He cared not for dint of sword nor speere, No more then 3 for the stroke of strawes or bents 4: For from his mothers wonbe, which him did beare, He was invulnerable made by magicke leare.5✔
He stayed not t' advize which way were best
1 Stoure, attack.
2 Rew, pity.
3 Then, than.
4 Bents, rushes.
5 Leare, lore, art.
• Infest, (infestus, Lat.,) hostile.
And with the push of his sharp-pointed speare Full on the breast him strooke, so strong and hard That forst him backe recoyle and reele areare1; Yet in his bodie made no wound nor bloud
With that the Wyld Man more enraged grew,
And held the same so hard, that by no wize
Long did he wrest and wring it to and fro,
For he would not his greedie grype forgoe,
But hayld and puld with all his might and maine,
Both speare and shield, as things that needlesse were,
He quite forsooke, and fled himselfe away for feare.
But after him the Wyld Man ran apace,
1 Areare, back.
2 Tho, then.
Griple, tenacious, strong.
• Hayld, hauled, drew. Impórtune, cruel, excessive.
Bene helped through the swiftnesse of his steed, He had him overtaken in his flight.
Who, ever as he saw him nigh succeed,1
And shrieked out; a thing uncomely for a Knight.
But, when the Salvage saw his labour vaine
He wearie woxe, and backe return'd againe
Both for the perill of the present stound,2
And also for the sharpnesse of her rankling wound:
For though she were right glad so rid to bee From that vile Lozell 3 which her late offended; Yet now no lesse encombrance she did see And perill, by this Salvage Man pretended 4; Gainst whom she saw no meanes to be defended By reason that her Knight was wounded sore: Therefore herselfe she wholy recommended To Gods sole grace, whom she did oft implore To send her succour, being of all hope forlore.5
But the Wyld Man, contrárie to her feare,
1 Succeed, approach.
4 Pretended, stretched out,
2 Stound, affliction.
3 Lozell, loose fellow.
IX. 5.-Nere their utmost cast.] Almost dead.
Came to her creeping like a fawning hound,
Of senselesse words (which Nature did him teach T'expresse his passions) which his reason did empeach:
And comming likewise to the wounded Knight, When he beheld the streames of purple blood Yet flowing fresh, as moved with the sight, He made great mone after his salvage mood; And, running streight into the thickest wood, A certaine herbe from thence unto him brought, Whose vertue he by use well understood; The iuyce whereof into his wound he wrought, And stopt the bleeding straight, ere he it staunched thought.
Then taking up that recreants shield and speare,
Covered with mossie shrubs, which spredding brode
Did underneath them make a gloomy shade,
Where foot of living creature never trode,
Ne scarse wyld beasts durst come, there was this wights abode.
1 Stound, affliction.
3 Wend, go.
4 Wonning, dwelling.
XI. 9.- Which his reason did empeach.] Which did obstruct his reason; prevented it from being manifested.