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Whereby to seeke some meanes it to appease. Most did she thinke, but most she thought amis, That that same former fatall wound of his Whyleare by Tryphon was not throughly healed, But closely rankled under th' orifis :

Least did she thinke, that which he most concealed,

That love it was, which in his hart lay unrevealed.

23 Therefore to Tryphon she againe doth hast,

And him doth chyde as false and fraudulent, That fayld' the trust, which she in him had plast, To cure her sonne, as he his faith had lent; Who now was falne into new languishment Of his old hurt, which was not throughly cured. So backe he came unto her patient; Where searching every part, her well assured That it was no old sore which his new paine procured;

24 But that it was some other maladie,

Or griefe unknowne, which he could not discerne : So left he her withouten remedie.

Then gan her heart to faint, and quake, and earne,
And inly troubled was, the truth to learne.
Unto himselfe she came, and him besought,

Now with faire speches, now with threatnings


If ought lay hidden in his grieved thought,

It to reveale: who still her answered, there was


1 Fayld, deceived.

3 Lent, pledged.

8 Earne, yearn.

Nathlesse she rested not so satisfide; But leaving watry gods, as booting nought, Unto the shinie heaven in haste she hide, And thence Apollo, king of leaches, brought. Apollo came; who, soone as he had sought Through his disease, did by and by out find That he did languish of some inward thought, The which afflicted his engrieved mind; Which love he red to be, that leads each living kind.

26 Which when he had unto his mother told,
She gan thereat to fret and greatly grieve:
And, comming to her sonne, gan first to scold
And chyde at him that made her misbelieve:
But afterwards she gan him soft to shrieve,
And wooe with faire intreatie, to disclose
Which of the nymphes his heart so sore did mieve3;
For sure she weend it was some one of those,
Which he had lately seene, that for his Love he chose.

27 Now lesse she feared that same fatall read,*
That warned him of womens love beware:
Which being ment of mortall creatures sead,
For love of nymphes she thought she need not care,
But promist him, whatever wight she weare,
That she her love to him would shortly gaine :
So he her told: but so ne as she did heare
That Florimell it was which wrought his paine,
She gan afresh to chafe, and grieve in every vaine.

By and by, at once.

3 Shrieve, shrive, act the confessor to him.

8 Mieve, move.

4 Read, advice

28 Yet since she saw the streight extremitie,
In which his life unluckily was layd,
It was no time to scan the prophecie,
Whether old Proteus true or false had sayd,
That his decay should happen by a Mayd;
(It's late, in death, of daunger to advize1;
Or love forbid him, that is life denayd2;)

But rather gan in troubled mind devize
How she that ladies libertie might enterprize.

29 To Proteus selfe to sew she thought it vaine,
Who was the root and worker of her woe;
Nor unto any meaner to complaine ;
But unto great King Neptune selfe did goe,
And, on her knee before him falling lowe,

Made humble suit unto his Maiestie

To graunt to her her sonnes life, which his foe,
A cruell tyrant, had presumpteouslie

By wicked doome condemn'd a wretched death to die.

30 To whom God Neptune, softly smyling, thus:
"Daughter, me seemes of double wrong ye plaine,
Gainst one that hath both wronged you and us :
For death t'adward I ween'd did appertaine
To none but to the seas sole soveraine:
Read, therefore, who it is which this hath wrought,
And for what cause; the truth discover plaine:
For never wight so evill did or thought,

But would some rightfull cause pretend, though

rightly nought."

Advize, consider.
Denayd, denied.

8 Enterprize, undertake, achieve.

To whom she answerd: "Then it is by name
Proteus, that hath ordayn'd my sonne to die;
For that a waift, the which by fortune came
Upon your seas, he claym'd as propertie:
And yet nor his, nor his in equitie,
But yours the waift by high prerogative:
Therefore I humbly crave your Maiestie
It to replevic, and my sonne reprive3:
So shall you by one gift save all us three alive."

2 He graunted it: and streight his warrant made, Under the Sea-gods seale autenticall, Commaunding Proteus straight t' enlarge the mayd Which, wandring on his seas imperiall,

He lately tooke, and sithence kept as thrall. Which she receiving with meete thankefulnesse, Departed straight to Proteus therewithall: Who, reading it with inward loathfulnesse, Was grieved to restore the pledge he did possesse.

13 Yet durst he not the warrant to withstand,
But unto her delivered Florimell:

Whom she receiving by the lilly hand,
Admyr'd her beautie much, as she mote well,
For she all living creatures did excell,-
And was right ioyous that she gotten had
So faire a wife for her sonne Marinell.

So home with her she streight the virgin lad,
And shewed her to him, then being sore bestad.*

1 Waift, waif.

2 Replevie, reclaim for your own.

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8 Reprive, rescue.

4 I. e. in a sad plight.

34 Who soone as he beheld that angels face
Adorn'd with all divine perfection,

His cheared heart eftsoones away gan chace
Sad death, revived with her sweet inspection,
And feeble spirit inly felt refection;

As withered weed through cruell winters tine,1
That feeles the warmth of sunny beames reflection,
Liftes up his head that did before decline,
And gins to spread his leafe before the faire sunshine.

85 Right so himselfe did Marinell upreare,

When he in place his dearest Love did spy; And though his limbs could not his bodie beare, Ne former strength returne so suddenly, Yet chearefull signes he shewed outwardly. Ne lesse was she in secret hart affected, But that she masked it with modestie, For feare she should of lightnesse be detected: Which to another place I leave to be perfected.

1 Tine, injury, violence.

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