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Calepine by a Salvage Man
From Turpine reskewed is;
LIKE as a ship with dreadfull storme long tost,
That he remayned in most perilous plight,
Till that, by fortune passing all foresight,
A Salvage Man, which in those woods did wonne,
To understand what there was to be donne :
1 Faytour, villain. 2 Wonne, dwell. 3 Shright, shriek.
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,
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,
No more then 3 for the stroke of strawes or bents 4: For from his mothers wombe, 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 appeare.
With that the Wyld Man more enraged grew,
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, That from his steed him nigh he drew againe:
Who having now no use of his long speare
So nigh at hand, nor force his shield to straine,
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.
5 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
Gan cry aloud with horrible affright,
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 *; 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.
2 Stound, affliction.
3 Lozell, loose fellow.
Pretended, stretched out, offered.
5 Forlore, deprived.
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,
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,
With him to wend 3 unto his wonning neare;
To which he easily did them perswade.
Farre in the forrest, by a hollow glade
Covered with mossie shrubs, which spredding brode
Where foot of living creature never trode,
Ne scarse wyld beasts durst come, there was this wights abode.
1 Stound, affliction.
3 Wend, go.
XI. 9.- Which his reason did empeach.] Which did obstruct his reason; prevented it from being manifested.