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20 Guyon was loath to leave his guide behind,
21 And by the way, as was her wonted guize, Her mery fitt she freshly gan to reare,2 And did of ioy and iollity devize,
Herselfe to cherish, and her guest to cheare. The Knight was courteous, and did not forbeare Her honest merth and pleasaunce to partake; But when he saw her toy, and gibe, and geare,3 And passe the bonds of modest merimake, Her dalliaunce he despisd and follies did forsake.
22 Yet she still followed her former style,
And said, and did, all that mote him delight,
Where sleeping late she lefte her other knight.
1 Flitt, fleet.
2 Reare, take up.
3 Geare, jeer.
4 Wist himselfe amisse, knew that he was out of his proper course.
Thus to mislead mee, whiles I you obaid: Me litle needed from my right way to have straid.”
"Faire Sir," quoth she, "be not displeasd at all; Who fares on sea may not commaund his way, Ne wind and weather at his pleasure call: The sea is wide, and easy for to stray; The wind unstable, and doth never stay. But here a while ye may in safety rest, Till season serve new passage to assay: Better safe port then be in seas distrest.” Therewith she laught, and did her earnest end in iest.
24 But he, halfe discontent, mote nathëlesse
And all, though pleasaunt, yet she made much more.
25 And she, more sweete then any bird on bough,
Where noise of armes, or vew of martiall guize, Might not revive desire of knightly exercize :
26 But he was wise, and wary of her will,
That gentle lady did to him impart :
She list not heare, but her disports poursewd,
27 And now by this Cymochles howre was spent,
Tho up he started, stird with shame extreme,
Ne staied for his damsell to inquire,
But marched to the strond, there passage to require.
28 And in the way he with Sir Guyon mett,
Loe! loe already how the fowles in aire
1 Thewed, bred, or mannered.
2 Tempring, moderating.
3 Dreriment, by license, for heaviness.
4 Avize, bethink.
5 Steme, steep.
6 Tho, then.
7 Debonaire, gracious, gentle.
Doe flocke, awaiting shortly to obtayn Thy carcas for their pray, the guerdon of thy payn.1”
29 And therewithall he fiersly at him flew,
And with impórtune 2 outrage him assayld;
Who, soone prepard to field, his sword forth drew
Deepe in their flesh, quite through the yron walles, That a large purple streame adown their giambeux9 falles.
30 Cymocles, that had never mett before
1 Payn, pains.
2 Importune, unrelenting.
3 Valew, valor.
4 Countervayld, opposed.
5 Haberieons, coats of mail.
31 Both of them high attonce their hands enhaunst,1 And both attonce their huge blowes down did sway:
8 Entayld, cut.
9 Giambeux, boots.
6 Dismayld, cut away the mails or meshes.
7 Spalles, shoulders.
10 Grudging, indignant at.
11 Wroke, avenged.,
12 Enhaunst, raised.
Cymochles sword on Guyons shield yglaunst,1 And thereof nigh one quarter sheard away : But Guyons angry blade so fiers did play On th' others helmett, which as Titan shone, That quite it clove his plumed crest in tway, And bared all his head unto the bone; Wherewith astonisht still he stood as sencelesse stone.
32 Still as he stood, fayre Phædria, that beheld
In his owne3 flesh, and make way to the living
33 “If ever love of lady did empierce
Your yron brestes, or pittie could find place, Withhold your bloody handes from battaill fierce, And, sith 5 for me ye fight, to me this grace Both yield, to stay your deadly stryfe a space." They stayd a while; and forth she gan proceed. "Most wretched woman and of wicked race, That am the authour of this hainous deed, And cause of death betweene two doughtie knights
1 Yglaunst, glanced. 2 Feld, threw.
3 Owne, i. e. human.
4 Sith, since.