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The Salvage serves Serena well,
O WHAT an easie thing is to descry
The gentle bloud, however it be wrapt
And wretched sorrowes, which have often hapt!
Like this Wyld Man being undisciplynd,
Yet will it show some sparkes of gentle mynd,
And at the last breake forth in his owne proper kynd.
That plainely may in this Wyld Man be red,1
As ye may know, when time shall be to tell the same.
1 Red, perceived.
2 Certes, certainly.
II. 9. As ye may know, &c.] It was probably the poet's intention
Who, whenas now long time he lacked had
He sought him farre and neare, yet him no where he spyde.
Tho, backe returning to that sorie Dame,
He shewed semblant 2 of exceeding mone
By speaking signes, as he them best could frame,
By which she well perceiving what was done, Gan teare her hayre and all her garments rent, And beat her breast, and piteously herselfe torment.
Upon the ground herselfe she fiercely threw,
2 Semblant, appearance.
3 Ruth, pity.
to tell the origin of this wild man in some one of the six last books of the Faerie Queene.
With stronger Death, and feared their decay: Such were this Ladies pangs and dolorous assay.1
Whom when the Salvage saw so sore distrest,
Nor cease her sorrow and impatient stound,2 But day and night did vexe her carefull thought, And ever more and more her owne affliction wrought.
At length, whenas no hope of his retourne
She saw now left, she cast to leave the place, And wend 3 abrode, though feeble and forlorne, To seeke some comfort in that sorie case: His steede, now strong through rest so long a space, Well as she could she got, and did bedight *; And being thereon mounted forth did pace Withouten guide her to conduct aright, Or guard her to defend from bold oppressors might.
Whom when her Host saw readie to depart,
1 Dolorous assay, grievous attack or affliction. Stound, affliction.
3 Wend, go. 4 Bedight, equip.
• Eftsoones, immediately.
His shield, his helmet, and his curats bare,
So forth they traveld an uneven 2 payre
A Salvage Man matcht with a Ladie fayre
Upon a day, as on their way they went,
To be disordred by some accident; Which to redresse she did th' assistance need Of this her Groome; which he by signes did reede 5; And streight his combrous armes aside did lay Upon the ground, withouten doubt or dreed; And, in his homely wize, began to assay T' amend what was amisse, and put in right aray.
Bout which whilest he was busied thus hard,
1 Curats, cuirasses.
2 Uneven, unsuitably matched.
3 Uncouth, strange.
▲ Then, than.
5 Reede, perceive.
6 Portance, deportment.
After adventures, where they mote them get: Those were to weet (if that ye it require) Prince Arthur and young Timias, which met By straunge occasion, that here needs forth be set.
After that Timias had againe recured1
But, of them all which did his ruine seeke,
The second, not so strong but wize, Decetto;
The third, nor strong nor wise but spightfullest, Defetto.
Oftimes their sundry powres they did employ,
1 Recured, recovered.
XII. 1.- Timias had againe recured.] "When Sir Walter Raleigh had recovered again the favor of Queen Elizabeth." — UPTON. XII. 2.-As ye heard.] See book IV. canto VIII.
XIII. 6.- Despetto.] Despetto means malice; Decetto, deceit; Defetto, defamation.