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34" But, if for me ye fight, or me will serve,
Doe love, where Love does give his sweet alarmes
35"Debatefull strife, and cruell enmity,
The famous name of knighthood fowly shend3;
And in amours the passing howres to spend,
Then of their armes: Mars is Cupidoes frend,
Then all his wars and spoiles, the which he did of yore."
36 Therewith she sweetly smyld. They, though full
To prove extremities of bloody fight,
Yet at her speach their rages gan relent,
And calme the sea of their tempestuous spight: Such powre have pleasing wordes! Such is the might
Of courteous clemency in gentle hart!
Now after all was ceast, the Faery Knight
1 I. e. cause men to die in misery.
2 Scarmoges, skirmishes.
3 Shend, disgrace.
4 Prove, try.
Besought that damzell suffer him depart,
37 She no lesse glad then1 he desirous was
Still solemne sad, or still disdainfull coy ;
38 Tho3 him she brought abord, and her swift bote
There by his maister left, when late he far'd
39 Well could he him remember, sith of late
1 Then, than.
2 Pas, care for.
3 Tho, then.
5 Shard, division, boundary (see v. x. 1. 9).
6 He, i. e. Atin.
7 Tracted forth, traced out.
8 Trade, tread, footsteps.
"Vile miscreaunt," said he, "whether dost thou flye The shame and death, which will thee soone invade? What coward hand shall doe thee next to dye, That art thus fowly fledd from famous enimy?"
40 With that he stifly shooke his steelhead dart :
41 Whylest there the Varlet stood, he saw from farre
His forlorne steed from him the victour wan:
But bent his hastie course towardes the Ydle Flood.
42 The Varlett saw, when to the flood he came, How without stop or stay he fiersly lept, And deepe himselfe beducked in the same,
1 Fayrely, quietly.
2 Delayd, allayed.
XL. 7. — Which him late did faile.] See ante, Stanza 4. H.
That in the lake his loftie crest was stept,1 Ne of his safetie seemed care he kept; But with his raging armes he rudely flasht The waves about, and all his armour swept, That all the blood and filth away was washt; Yet still he bet the water, and the billowes dasht
43 Atin drew nigh to weet what it mote bee; For much he wondred at that uncouth 2 sight: Whom should he but his own deare lord there see, His owne deare lord Pyrochles in sad plight, Ready to drowne himselfe for fell despight: "Harrow 3 now, out and well away!" he cryde, "What dismall day hath lent this cursed light, To see my lord so deadly damnifyde 4? Pyrochles, O Pyrochles, what is thee betyde5?
44 "I burne, I burne, I burne," then lowd he cryde, "O how I burne with implacable fyre!
Yet nought can quench mine inly flaming syde,
Death is for wretches borne under unhappy starre."
1 Stept, steeped.
2 Uncouth, strange.
3 Harrow, an exclamation, first of alarm (help!), and then of sorrow (alas!).
4 Damnifyde, injured.
6 I. e. make me breathe again, give me ease.
7 I. e. seek after death, which of itself pursues us.
5 Betyde, happened.
45 "Perdye, then is it fitt for me," said he,
46 Into the lake he lept his lord to ayd,
(So love the dread of daunger doth despise,) And, of him catching hold, him strongly stayd From drowning; but more happy he then1 wise Of that seas nature did him not avise 2:
The waves thereof so slow and sluggish were, Engrost with mud which did them fowle agrise,4 That every weighty thing they did upbeare, Ne ought mote ever sinck downe to the bottom there.
47 Whiles thus they strugled in that ydle wave,
1 Then, than.
2 Avise, bethink himself.
3 Engrost, made thick.
4 Agrise, alarm.
5 Sowne, sound.