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34 When he these bitter byting words had red, And now it seemes, that she suborned hath The tydings straunge did him abashed make, This craftie messenger with letters vaine, That still he sate long time astonished To worke new woe and improuided scath, As in great muse, ne word to creature spake. By breaking of the band betwixt vs twaine ; At last his solemne silence thus he brake, Wherein she vsed hath the practicke paine With doubtfull eyes fast fixed on his guest ; Of this false footman, clokt with simplenesse, Redoubted knight, that for mine onely sake Whom if ye please for to discouer plaine, Thy life and honour late aduenturest, Ye shall him Archimago find, I ghesse, Let nought be hid from me, that ought to be The falsest man aliue ; who tries shall find no exprest.
35 What meane these bloudy vowes, and idle threats, The king was greatly moued at her speach, Throwne out from womanish impatient mind? And all with suddein indignation fraight, What heauens ? what altars ? what enraged Bad on that Messenger rude hands to reach. heates
Eftsoones the Gard, which on his state did Here heaped vp with termes of loue vnkind, wait, My conscience cleare with guilty bands would Attacht that faitor false,and bound him strait: bind ?
Who seeming sorely chauffed at his band, High God be witnesse, that I guiltlesse ame. As chained Beare, whom cruell dogs do bait, But if your selfe, Sir knight, ye faultie find, With idle force did faine them to withstand, Or wrapped be in loues of former Dame, And often semblaunce made to scape out of With crime do not it couer, but disclose the their hand.
But they him layd full low in dungeon deepe, Towhom the Redcrosse knight this answere sent, And bound him hand and foote with yron My Lord, my King, be nought hereat dismayd, chains. Till well ye wote by graue intendiment, And with continuall watch did warely keepe ; What woman, and wherefore doth me vpbrayd Who then would thinke, that by his subtile With breach of loue, and loyalty betrayd. trains It was in my mishaps, as hitherward
He could escape fowle death or deadly paines ? I lately traueild, that vnwares I strayd Thus when that Princes wrath was pacifide, Out of my way, through perils straunge and He gan renew the late forbidden banes,
And to the knight his daughter deare he tyde, That day should faile me, ere I had them all With sacred rites and vowes for euer to abyde. declard. 32
37 There did I find, or rather I was found His owne two hands the holy knots did knit, Of this false woman, that Fidessa hight, That none but death for euer can deuide; Fidessa hight the falsest Dame on ground, His owne two hands, for such a turne most fit, Most false Duessa, royall richly dight, The housling fire did kindle and prouide, That easie was t' inuegle weaker sight : And holy water thereon sprinckled wide ; Who by her wicked arts, and wylie skill, At which the bushy Teade a groome did light, Too false and strong for earthly skill or might, And sacred lampe in secret chamber hide, Vnwares me wrought vnto her wicked will, Where it should not be quenched day nor And to my foe betrayd, when least I feared ill. night,
For feare of euill fates, but burnen euer bright. 33 Then stepped forth the goodly royall Maya,
38 And on the ground her selfe prostrating low, Then gan they sprinckle all the posts with wine, With sober countenaunce thus to him sayd ; And made great feast to solemnize that day ; O pardon me, my soueraigne Lord, to show They all perfumde with frankencense diuine, The secret treasons, which of late I know And precious odours fetcht from far away, To haue bene wroght by that false sorceresse. That all the house did sweat with great aray: She onely she it is, that earst did throw And all the while sweete Musicke did apply This gentle knight into so great distresse, Her curious skill, the warbling notes to play, That death him did awaite in dayly wretched- To driue away the dull Melancholy ;
The whiles one sung a song of loue and iollity.
His deare delights were able to annoy :
Yet swimming in that sea of blisfull ioy, Yet wist no creature, whence that heauenly He nought forgot, how he whilome had
sworne, Proceeded, yet each one felt secretly In case he could that monstrous beast destroy, Himselfe thereby reft of his sences meet, Vnto his Farie Queene backe to returne: And rauished with rare impression in his sprite. The which he shortly did, and Vna left to
42 Great ioy was made that day of young and old, Now strike your sailes ye iolly Mariners, And solemne feast proclaimd throughout the For we be come vnto a quiet rode, land,
Where we must land some of our passengers, That their exceeding merth may not be told : And light this wearie vessell of her lode. Suffice it heare by signes to vnderstand Here she a while may make her safe abode, The vsuall ioyes at knitting of loues band. Till she repaired haue her tackles spent, Thrise happy man the knight himselfe did hold, And wants supplide. And then againe abroad Possessed of his Ladies hart and hand, On the long voyage whereto she is bent : And euer, when his eye did her behold, Well may she speede and fairely finish her Yisheart did seemetomeltin pleasures manifold. intent.
3 Right well I wote most mighty Soueraine, Yet all these were, when no man did them know; That all this famous antique history, Yet haue from wisest ages hidden beene : Of some th'aboundance of an idle braine And later times things more vnknowne shall Will iudged be, and painted forgery,
show. Rather then matter of iust memory,
Why then should witlesse man so much misSith none, that breatheth liuing aire, does know,
That nothing is, but that which he hath seene? Where is that happy land of Faery,
What ifwithin the Moones faireshiningspheare? Which I so much do vaunt, yet no where What if in euery other starre vnseene show,
Of other worldes he happily should heare ? But vouch antiquities, which no body can He wonder would much more: yet such to know.
4 But let that man with better sence aduize, Of Faerie lond yet if he more inquire, That of the world least part to vs is red : By certaine signes here set in sundry place And dayly how through hardy enterprize,
it find ; ne let him then admire, Many great Regions are discouered,
But yield his sence to be too blunt and bace, Which to late age were neuer mentioned. That no’te without an hound fine footing trace. Who euer heard of th’Indian Peru ?
And thou, O fairest Princesse vnder sky, Or who in venturous vessell measured In this faire mirrhour maist behold thy face, The Amazons huge riuer now found trew ? And thine owne realmes in lond of Faery, Or fruitfullest Virginia who did euer vew ? And in this antique Image thy great auncestry.
4 The which O pardon me thus to enfold Still as he went, he craftie stales did lay, In couert vele, and wrap in shadowes light, With cunning traines him to entrap vnware That feeble eyes your glory may behold, And priuie spials plast in all his way, Which else could not endure those beames Toweete what course he takes, and how he fares bright,
To ketch him at a vantage in his snares. But would be dazled with exceeding light. But now so wise and warie was the knight O pardon, and vouchsafe with patient eare By triall of his former harmes and cares, The braue aduentures of this Faery knight That he descride, and shonned still his slight The good Sir Guyon gratiously to heare, The fish that once was caught, new bait wil In whom great rule of Temp'raunce goodly hardly bite.
5 Nath'lesse th’Enchaunter would not spare his
paine, Cant. I.
In hope to win occasion to his will ;
Which when he long awaited had in vaine, SNOOKOSOSICIOSONICS
He chaungd his minde from one to other ill :
For to all good he enimy was still.
Vpon the way him fortuned to meet,
Faire marching vnderneath a shady hill,
A goodly knight, all armd in harnesse meete, With pleasures poisoned baytes. That from his head no place appeared to his SOCIOS NICOS
His carriage was full comely and vpright, That cunning Architect of cancred guile,
His countenaunce demure and temperate, Whom Princes late displeasure left in bands,
But yet so sterne and terrible in sight, For falsed letters and suborned wile,
That cheard his friends, and did his foes amate: Soone as the Redcrosse knight he vnderstands
He was an Ellin borne of noble state, To beene departed out of Eden lands, And mickle worship in his natiue land; To serue againe his soueraine Elfin Queene,
Well could he tourney and in lists debate, His artes he moues, and out of caytiues hands And knighthood tooke of good Sir Huons hand, Himselfe he frees by secret meanes vnseene ;
When with king Oberon he came to Faerie land. His shackles emptie left, him selfe escaped
Him als accompanyd vpon the way
A comely Palmer, clad in blacke attire,
Of ripest yeares, and haires all hoarie gray,
That with a stafse his feeble steps did stire, Where euer he that godly knight may find,
Least his long way his aged limbes should tire: His onely hart sore, and his onely foe, Sith V na now he algates must forgoe,
And if by lookes one may the mind aread,
He seemd to be a sage and sober sire,
And euer with slow pace the knight did lead, Where she enioyes sure peace for euermore,
Who taught his trampling steed with equali
steps to tread. As weather-beaten ship arriu'd on happie shore.
Such whenas Archimago them did view, 3
He weened well to worke some vncouth wil, Him therefore now the obiect of his spight Eftsoones vntwisting his deceiptfull clew, And deadly food he makes : him to offend He gan to weaue a web of wicked guile, By forged treason, or by open fight
And with faire countenance and flattring stile, He seekes, of all his drift the aymed end : To them approching, thus the knight bespake: Thereto his subtile engins he does bend, Faire sonne of Mars, that seeke with warlike His practick wit, and his faire filed tong, spoile, With thousand other sleights: for well he And great atchieu’ments great your selfe to kend,
make, His credit now in doubtfull ballaunce hong ; Vouchsafe to stay your steed for humble misers For hardly could be hurt, who was already stong. sake.