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39 Say on Fradubio then, or man, or tree, Then cride she out, Fye, fye, deformed wight, Quoth then the knight, by whose mischieuous Whose borrowed beautie now appeareth plaine arts

To haue before bewitched all mens sight; Art thou misshaped thus, as now I see ? O leaue her soone, or let her soone be slaine. He oft finds med cine, who his griefe imparts; Her loathly visage viewing with disdaine, But double griefs afflict concealing harts, Eftsoones I thought her such, as she me told, As raging flames who striueth to suppresse. And would haue

kild her ; but with faigned The author then (said he) of all my smarts, paine,

[hold; Is one Duessa a false sorceresse,

The false witch did my wrathfull hand withThat many errant knights hath brought to So left her, where she now is turnd to treen wretchednesse.

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Thens forth I tooke Duessa for my Dame, In prime of youthly yeares, when corage hot

And in the witch vnweeting ioyd long time, The fire of loue and ioy of cheualree

Ne euer wist, but that she was the same, First kindled in my brest, it was my lot To loue this gentle Lady, whom ye see,

Till on a day (that day is euery Prime,

When Witches wont do penance for their crime) Now not a Lady, but a seeming tree;

I chaunst to see her in her proper hew, With whom as once I rode accompanyde,

Bathing her selfe in origane and thyme : Me chaunced of a knight encountred bee, That had a like faire Lady by his syde,

A filthy foule old woman I did vew,

That euer to haue toucht her, I did deadly rew. Like a faire Lady, but did fowle Duessa hyde.

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Her neather partes misshapen, monstruous, Whose forged beauty he did take in hand,

Were hidd in water, that I could not see, All other Dames to haue exceeded farre ;

But they did seeme more foule and hideous, I in defence of mine did likewise stand,

Then womans shape man would beleeue to bee. Mine, that did then shine as the Morningstarre: Thens forth from her most beastly companie So both to battell fierce arraunged arre, I gan refraine, in minde to slip away, In which his harder fortune was to fall

Soone as appeard safe opportunitie: Vnder my speare : such is the dye of warre :

For danger great, if not assur'd decay His Lady left as a prise martiall,

I saw before mine eyes, if I were knowne to Did yield her comely person, to be at my

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The diuelish hag by chaunges of my cheare So doubly lou'd of Ladies vnlike faire, Perceiu'd my thought, and drownd in sleepie Th'one seeming such, the other such indeede, night, One day in doubt I cast for to compare,

With wicked herbes and ointments did beWhether in beauties glorie did exceede ;

(might, A Rosy girlond was the victors meede : My bodie all, through charmes and magicke Both seemde to win, and both seemde won to That all my senses were bereaued quight: bee,

Then brought she me into this desert waste, So hard the discord was to be agreede. And by my wretched louers side me pight, Frælissa was as faire, as faire mote bee, Where now enclosd in wooden wals full faste, And euer false Duessa seemde as faire as shee. Banisht from liuing wights, our wearie dayes

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43 The wicked witch now seeing all this while But how long time, said then the Elfin knight, The doubtfull ballaunce equally to sway,

Are
you

in this misformed house to dwell ?
What not by right, she cast to win by guile, Wemay not chaunge (quoth he) this euil plight,
And by her hellish science raisd streight way Till we be bathed in a liuing well ;
A foggy mist, that ouercast the day,

That is the terme prescribed by the spell. And a dull blast, that breathing on her face, O how, said he, mote I that well out find, Dimmed her former beauties shining ray, That may restore you to your wonted well ? And with foule vgly forme did her disgrace: Time and suffised fates to former kynd Then was she faire alone, when none was faire Shall vs restore, none else from hence may vs in place.

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3 The false Duessa, now Fidessa hight,

Yet she most faithfull Ladie all this while Heard how in vaine Fradubio did lament, Forsaken, wofull, solitarie mayd And knew well all was true. But thegood knight Farre from all peoples prease, as in exile, Full of sad feare and ghastly dreriment, In wildernesse and wastfull deserts strayd, When all this speech the liuing tree had spent, To seeke her knight ; who subtilly betrayd The bleeding bough did thrust into the ground, Through that late vision, which th’Enchaunter That from the bloud he might be innocent, wrought, And with fresh clay did close the wooden wound: Had her abandond. She of nought affrayd, Then turning to his Lady, dead with feare her Through woods and wastnesse wide him daily found

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Yet wished tydings none of him unto her Her seeming dead he found with feigned feare, brought. As all vnweeting of that well she knew, And paynd himselfe with busie care to reare One day nigh wearie of the yrkesome way, Her out of carelesse swowne. Her eylids blew From her vnhastie beast she did alight, And dimmed sight with pale and deadly hew And on the grasse her daintie limbes did lay At last she vp gan lift : with trembling cheare In secret shadow, farre from all mens sight: Her

vp he tooke, too simple and too trew, From her faire head her fillet she vndight, And oft her kist. At length all passed feare, And laid her stole aside. Her angels face He set her on her steede, and forward forth did As the great eye of heauen shyned bright, beare.

And made a sunshine in the shadie place ;

Did neuer mortall eye behold such heauenly Cant. III.

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It fortuned out of the thickest wood
Forsaken Truth long seekes her loue,

A ramping Lyon rushed suddainly,
And makes the Lyon mylde,

Hunting full greedie after saluage blood ;

Soone as the royall virgin he did spy, Marres blind Deuotions mart, and fals With gaping mouth at her ran greedily, In hand of leachour vylde.

To haue attonce deuour'd her tender corse :
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But to the pray when as he drew more ny,
His bloudie rage asswaged with remorse,

And with the sight amazd, forgat his furious Nought is there vnder heau'ns wide hollownesse,

forse. That moues more deare compassion of mind,

6 Then beautie brought t'vnworthy wretched. In stead thereof he kist her wearie feet,

[vnkind :

And lickt her lilly hands with fawning tong, Through enuies snares or fortunes freakes As he her wronged innocence did weet. I, whether lately through her brightnesse blind,

O how can beautie maister the most strong, Or through alleageance and fast fealtie,

And simple truth subdue auenging wrong ? Which I do owe ynto all woman kind,

Whose yeelded pride and proud submission, Feele my heart perst with so great agonie,

Still dreading death,

when she had marked long, When such I see, that all for pittie I could die.

Her hart gan melt in great compassion,

And drizling teares did shed for pure affection. And now it is empassioned so deepe,

7 For fairest Vnaes sake, of whom I sing, The Lyon Lord of euerie beast in field, That

my

fraile eyes these lines with teares do Quoth she, his princely puissance doth abate, steepe,

And mightieproud to humble weakedoes yield, To thinke how she through guilefull handeling, Forgetfull of the hungry rage, which late Though trueas touch,though daughter of a king, Him prickt, in pittie of my sad estate : Though faire as euer liuing wight was faire, But he my Lyon, and my noble Lord, Though nor in word nor deede ill meriting, How does he find in cruell hart to hate Is from her knight diuorced in despaire Her that him lou'd, and euer most adord, And her due loues deriu'd to that vile witches share. As the God of my life? why hath he me abhord?

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39 Say on Fradubio then, or man, or tree, Then cride she out, Fye, fye, deformed wight, Quoth then the knight, by whose mischieuous Whose borrowed beautie now appeareth plaine

To haue before bewitched all mens sight; Art thou misshaped thus, as now I see ? O leaue her soone, or let her soone be slaine. He oft finds med'cine, who his griefe imparts; Her loathly visage viewing with disdaine, But double griefs afflict concealing harts, Eftsoones I thought her such, as she me told, As raging flames who striueth to suppresse. And would haue kild her ; but with faigned The author then (said he) of all my smarts, paine,

[hold; Is one Duessa a false sorceresse,

The false witch did my wrathfull hand withThat many errant knights hath brought to So left her, where she now is turnd to treen wretchednesse.

mould.

40 35

Thens forth I tooke Duessa for my Dame, In prime of youthly yeares, when corage hot

And in the witch vnweeting ioyd long time, The fire of loue and ioy of cheualree First kindled in my brest, it was my lot

Ne euer wist, but that she was the same, To loue this gentle Lady, whom ye see,

Till on a day (that day is Prime,

euery

When Witches wont do penance for their crime) Now not a Lady, but a seeming tree ;

I chaunst to see her in her proper hew, With whom as once I rode accompanyde,

Bathing her selfe in origane and thyme : Me chaunced of a knight encountred bee, That had a like faire Lady by his syde,

A filthy foule old woman I did vew,

That euer to haue toucht her, I did deadly rew. Like a faire Lady, but did fowle Duessa hyde. 36

Her neather partes misshapen, monstruous, Whose forged beauty he did take in hand,

Were hidd in water, that I could not see, All other Dames to haue exceeded farre ;

But they did seeme more foule and hideous, I in defence of mine did likewise stand,

Then womans shape man would beleeue to bee. Mine, that did thenshine as the Morningstarre: Thens forth from her most beastly companie So both to battell fierce arraunged arre,

I gan refraine, in minde to slip away, In which his harder fortune was to fall

Soone as appeard safe opportunitie: Vnder my speare : such is the dye of warre :

For danger great, if not assur'd decay His Lady left as a prise martiall,

I saw before mine eyes, if I were knowne to Did yield her comely person, to be at my call.

stray. 37

The diuelish hag by chaunges of my cheare So doubly lou'd of Ladies vnlike faire,

Perceiu'd my thought, and drownd in sleepie Th’one seeming such, the other such indeede, night, One day in doubt I cast for to compare, With wicked herbes and ointments did beWhether in beauties glorie did exceede ;

smeare

[might, A Rosy girlond was the victors meede : My bodie all, through charmes and magicke Both seemde to win, and both seemde won to That all my senses were bereaued quight : bee,

Then brought she me into this desert waste, So hard the discord was to be agreede. And by my wretched louers side me pight, Frælissa was as faire, as faire mote bee, Where now enclosd in wooden wals full faste, And euer false Duessa seemde as faire as shee. Banisht from liuing wights, our wearie dayes 38

43 The wicked witch now seeing all this while But how long time, said then the Elfin knight, The doubtfull ballaunce equally to sway, Are you in this misformed house to dwell ? What not by right, she cast to win by guile, Wemay not chaunge (quoth he) this euil plight, And by her hellish science raisd streight way Till we be bathed in a liuing well ; A foggy mist, that ouercast the day,

That is the terme prescribed by the spell. And a dull blast, that breathing on her face, O how, said he, mote I that well out find, Dimmed her former beauties shining ray, That may restore you to your wonted well ?

And with foule vgly forme did her disgrace : Time and suffised fates to former kynd Then was she faire alone, when none was faire Shall vs restore, none else from hence may vs in place.

vnbynd.

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3 The false Duessa, now Fidessa hight,

Yet she most faithfull Ladie all this while Heard how in vaine Fradubio did lament, Forsaken, wofull, solitarie mayd And knew well all was true. But thegood knight Farre from all peoples prease, as in exile, Full of sad feare and ghastly dreriment, In wildernesse and wastfull deserts strayd, When all this speech the liuing tree had spent, To seeke her knight ; who subtilly betrayd The bleeding bough did thrust into the ground, Through that late vision, which th’Enchaunt That from the bloud he might be innocent, wrought, And with fresh clay did close the wooden wound: Had her abandond. She of nought affrayd, Then turning to his Lady, dead with feare her Through woods and wastnesse wide him dai found

sought; 45

Yet wished tydings none of him vnto h Her seeming dead he found with feigned feare, brought. As all vnweeting of that well she knew, And paynd himselfe with busie care to reare One day nigh wearie of the yrkesome way, Her out of carelesse swowne. Her eylids blew From her vnhastie beast she did alight, And dimmed sight with pale and deadly hew And on the grasse her daintie limbes did lay At last she vp gan lift : with trembling cheare In secret shadow, farre from all mens sight Her vp he tooke, too simple and too trew, From her faire head her fillet she vndight, And oft her kist. At length all passed feare, And laid her stole aside. Her angels face He set her on her steede, and forward forth did As the great eye of heauen shyned bright, beare.

And made a sunshine in the shadie place ;

Did neuer mortall eye behold such heauenl Cant. III.

grace.

5 COCOSOS SOCIOSOS SIC-ICOS

It fortuned out of the thickest wood
Forsaken Truth long seekes her loue,

A ramping Lyon rushed suddainly,
And makes the Lyon mylde,

Hunting full greedie after saluage blood ;

Soone as the royall virgin he did spy, Marres blind Deuotions mart, and fals With gaping mouth at her ran greedily, In hand of leachour vylde.

To haue attonce deuour'd her tender corse :

But to the pray when as he drew more ny, SOS

His bloudie rage asswaged with remorse,

And with the sight amazd, forgat his furiou Nought is there vnder heau’ns wide hollownesse,

forse. That moues more deare compassion of mind,

6 Then beautie brought t'vnworthy wretched - In stead thereof he kist her wearie feet,

[vnkind :

And lickt her lilly hands with fawning tong Through enuies snares or fortunes freakes As he her wronged innocence did weet. I, whether lately through her brightnesse blind,

O how can beautie maister the most

strong Or through alleageance and fast fealtie,

And simple truth subdue auenging wrong Which I do owe vnto all woman kind,

Whose yeelded pride and proud submission, Feele my heart perst with so great agonie,

Still dreading death, when she had marked long When such I see, that all for pittie I could die.

Her hart gan melt in great compassion,

And drizling teares did shed for pure affection And now it is empassioned so deepe,

7 For fairest V naes sake, of whom I sing, The Lyon Lord of euerie beast in field, That my fraile eyes these lines with teares do Quoth she, his princely puissance doth abate steepe,

And mightie proud to humble weake does yield To thinke how she through guilefull handeling, Forgetfull of the hungry rage, which late Though true as touch,though daughter of a king, Him prickt, in pittie of my

sad estate : Though faire as euer liuing wight was faire, But he my Lyon, and my noble Lord, Though nor in word nor deede ill meriting, How does he find in cruell hart to hate Is from her knight diuorced in despaire Her that him lou'd, and euer most adord, And her due loues deriu'd to that vile witches share. As the God of my life? why hath he me abhord.

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13 Redounding teares did choke th’end of her plaint, Which when none yeelded, her vnruly Page Which softly ecchoed from the neighbour wood; With his rude clawes the wicket open rent, And sad to see her sorrowfull constraint And let her in; where of his cruell rage The kingly beast vpon her gazing stood ; Nigh dead with feare, and faint astonishment, With pittie calmd, downe fell his angry mood. Shefound them both in darkesome corner pent; At last in close hart shutting vp her paine, Where that old woman day and night did pray Arose the virgin borne of heauenly brood, Vpon her beades deuoutly penitent; And to her snowy Palfrey got againe,

Nine hundred Pater nosters euery day, To seeke her strayed Champion, if she might And thrise nine hundred Aues she was wont to attaine.

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14 The Lyon would not leaue her desolate, And to augment her painefull pennance more, But with her went along, as a strong gard Thrise euery weeke in ashes she did sit, Of her chast person, and a faithfull mate And next her wrinkled skin rough sackcloth Of her sad troubles and misfortunes hard : wore, Still when she slept, he kept both watch and

And thrise three times did fast from any bit : ward,

But now for feare her beads she did forget. And when she wakt, he waited diligent,

Whose needlesse dread for to remoue away, With humble seruice to her will prepard : Faire Una framed words and count'nance fit : From her faire eyes he tooke commaundement, Which hardly doen, at length she gan them And euer by her lookes conceiued her intent. pray,

✓ That in their cotage small, that night she rest Long she thus traueiled through deserts wyde,

15 By which she thought her wandring knight The day is spent, and commeth drowsie night,

When euery creature shrowded is in sleepe;

Sad V na downe her laies in wearie plight,
Yet neuer shew of liuing wight espyde ;
Till that at length she found the troden gras,

And at her feet the Lyon watch doth keepe: In which the tract of peoples footing was,

In stead of rest, she does lament, and weepe Vnder the steepe foot of a mountaine hore;

For the late losse of her deare loued knight, The same she followes, till at last she has

And sighes, and grones, and euermore does A damzell spyde slow footing her before,

steepe That on her shoulders sad a pot of water bore. All night she thinks too long, and often

lookes Her tender brest in bitter teares all night,

for light. To whom approching she to her gan call,

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To weet, if dwelling place were nigh at hand; Now when Aldeboran was mounted hie
But the rude wench her answer'd nought at all, Aboue the shynie Cassiopeias chaire,
She could not heare,norspeake,nor vnderstand; | And all in deadly sleepe did drowned lie,
Till seeing by her side the Lyon stand,

One knocked at the dore, and in would fare ; With suddaine feare her pitcher downe she

He knocked fast, and often curst, and sware, threw,

That readie entrance was not at his call : And fled away: for neuer in that land For on his backe a heauy load he bare Face of faire Ladie she before did vew,

Of nightly stelths and pillage seuerall, And that dread Lyons looke her cast in deadly Which he had got abroad by purchase criminall. hew.

17 Full fast she fled, ne euer lookt behynd, He was to weete a stout and sturdie thiefe, As if her life vpon the wager lay,

Wont to robbe Churches of their ornaments, And home she came, whereas her mother blynd And poore mens boxes of their due reliefe, Sate in eternall night : nought could she say, Which giuen was to them for good intents ; But suddaine catching hold, did her dismay The holy Saints of their rich vestiments With quaking hands, and other signes of feare: He did disrobe, when all men carelesse slept, Who full of ghastly fright and cold affray, And spoild the Priests of their habiliments, Gan shut the dore. By this arriued there Whiles none the holy things in safety kept ; Dame Vna, wearie Dame, and entrance did Then he by cunning sleights in at the window requere.

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