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And offred hope of comfort did despise,
16 Till her that Squyre bespake: "Madame, my liefe,
17 Eftsoone she said: "Ah! gentle trustie Squyre, What comfort can I, wofull wretch, conceave! Or why should ever I henceforth desyre To see faire heavens face, and life not leave, Sith that false Traytour did my honour reave 5.?" "False traytour certes," saide the Faerie Knight, "I read the man that ever would deceave
A gentle lady, or her wrong through might: Death were too little paine for such a fowle despight.7
1 Dreriment, sorrow.
2 Teene, grief.
3 Liefe, dear.
4 Wayment, lament.
5 Reave, take away.
6 Read, declare.
7 Despight, injury.
18 "But now, fayre Lady, comfort to you make, And read1 who hath ye wrought this shamfull plight,
That short revenge the man may overtake, Whereso he be, and soone upon him light.” "Certes," saide she, "I wote not how he hight, But under him a gray steede he did wield, Whose sides with dapled circles weren dight2; Upright he rode, and in his silver shield He bore a bloodie crosse, that quartred all the field.”
19 "Now by my head," saide Guyon, " much I muse,3 How that same knight should do so fowle amis, Or ever gentle damzell so abuse:
For may I boldly say, he surely is
A right good knight, and trew of word ywis
When armes he swore, and streight did enterpris 5 Th' adventure of the Errant Damozell;
In which he hath great glory wonne, as I heare tell.
20 "Nathlesse he shortly shall againe be tryde, And fairely quit him of th' imputed blame; Els, be ye sure, he dearely shall abyde,
1 Read, declare.
2 Dight, covered, marked.
3 Muse, wonder.
4 Yuis, surely.
5 Enterpris, undertake.
XIX. 8. Errant Damozell.] Una. He was present at the court of the Faerie Queene when the Red-cross Knight had this adventure assigned to him. H.
Or make you good amendment for the same: All wrongs have mendes, but no amendes of shame. Now therefore, Lady, rise out of your paine, And see the salving of your blotted name." Full loth she seemd thereto, but yet did faine ; For she was inly glad her purpose so to gaine.
21 Her purpose was not such as she did faine,
As a chaste virgin that had wronged beene;
To cloke her guile with sorrow and sad teene2:
To be her Squire, and do her service well aguisd.3
22 Her, late forlorne and naked, he had found Where she did wander in waste wildernesse, Lurking in rockes and caves far under ground, And with greene mosse cov'ring her nakednesse, To hide her shame and loathly filthinesse,
Sith her Prince Arthur of proud ornaments And borrowd beauty spoyld: her nathëlesse Th' Enchaunter finding fit for his intents Did thus revest,5 and deckt with dew habiliments.
23 For all he did was to deceive good knights, And draw them from pursuit of praise and fame
1 Semblant plaine, honest appearance.
2 Teene, grief.
3 Aguisd, dressed.
4 Sith, since.
5 Revest, reclothe.
To slug1 in slouth and sensuall delights,
24 So now he Guyon guydes an uncouth way Through woods and mountaines, till they came at last
Into a pleasant dale that lowly lay
Betwixt two hils, whose high heads, overplast,
By which there sate a knight with helme unlaste, Himselfe refreshing with the liquid cold,
After his travell long and labours manifold.
25 "Lo! yonder he," cryde Archimage alowd, "That wrought the shamefull fact which I did shew;
And now he doth himselfe in secret shrowd,
So they him left inflam'd with wrathfulnesse, That streight against that Knight his speare he did
1 Slug, live idly.
2 Irrenowmed, inglorious.
3 Do, make.
26 Who, seeing him from far so fierce to pricke,
27 And cryde, "Mercie, Sir Knight! and mercie, Lord,
Who prickt with courage kene, did cruell battell breath.
1 Tho, then.
2 Affrap, strike.
28 But when he heard him speake, streight way
His errour; and, himselfe inclyning, sayd:
Whose hastie hand so far from reason strayd,
3 Shent, disgraced.
4 Uneath, scarcely.