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33 Tho, when the Beast saw he mote nought availe
Whose like he never once did speake, nor heart,
Yet did he nought, for all that, him forbeare, But strained him so streightly that he chokt him
At last, when as he found his force to shrincke And rage to quaile, he took a muzzell strong Of surest yron made with many a lincke; Therewith he mured up his mouth along, And therein shut up his blasphemous tong, For never more defaming gentle knight, Or unto lovely lady doing wrong: And thereunto a great long chaine he tight, With which he drew him forth, even in his own de
Like as whylóme that strong Tirynthian swaine
To see the hatefull sunne, that he might tell
1 Streightly, closely.
8 I. e. to prevent, &c.
XXXV. 1 — Like as, &c.] The reference is of course to the legend of Hercules and Cerberus.
To griesly Pluto what on earth was donne, And to the other damned ghosts which dwell For aye in darkenesse which day-light doth shonne: So led this knight his captyve with like conquest
16 Yet greatly did the Beast repine1 at those Straunge bands, whose like till then he never bore, Ne ever any durst till then impose;
And chauffed inly, seeing now no more
Him liberty was left aloud to rore:
Yet durst he not draw backe, nor once withstand The proved powre of noble Calidore;
But trembled underneath his mighty hand,
And like a fearefull dog him followed through the land.
37 Him through all Faery Land he follow'd so,
Out of their townes did round about him throng,
And much admyr'd' the Beast, but more admyr'd' the
1 Repine, fret.
2 Admyr'd, wondered at.
18 Thus was this monster, by the maystring might Of doughty Calidore, supprest and tamed, That never more he mote endammadge wight
8 Maystring, mastering.
With his vile tongue, which many had defamed, And many causelesse caused to be blamed: So did he eeke long after this remaine, Untill that, (whether wicked fate so framed Or fault of men,) he broke his yron chaine, And got into the world at liberty againe.
39 Thenceforth more mischiefe and more scath1 he wrought
To mortall men then h. had done before; Ne ever could, by any, more be brought Into like bands, ne maystred any more: Albe that, long time after Calidore, The good Sir Pelleas him tooke in hand, And after him Sir Lamoracke of yore, And all his brethren borne in Britaine land; Yet none of them could ever bring him into band.
40 So now he raungeth through the world againe,
may this homely verse, of many meanest, Hope to escape his venemous despite,
3 Albe they, whether they be
1 Scath, injury.
More then my former writs, all were they cleanest
Therfore do you, my rimes, keep better measure, And seeke to please; that now is counted wisemens threasure.
1 Wite, blame.
2 Endite, indict, accuse.
XLI. 6. Mighty Peres displeasure.] This is probably the Lord Treasurer Burleigh, who is well known to have been unfriendly to the poet. He is supposed to have been offended with Spenser's satire upon Bishop Aylmer (Ellmor), under the name of Morell, in the seventh eclogue of the Shepherd's Calendar. H.
WHICH, BOTH FOR FORME AND MATTER, APPEARE TO BR PARCELL OF SOME FOLLOWING BOOKE OF
THE FAERIE QUEENE,
THE LEGEND OF CONSTANCIE."
Proud Change, not pleasd in mortall things
Pretends as well of gods as men
To be the soveraine.
I WHAT man that sees the ever-whirling wheele
How Mutability in them doth play
1 Decay, destruction.
*These two cantos, and the fragment of the third, were not published during Spenser's life. They appeared for the first time in the folio edition of the Faerie Queene, published in 1609, with out any farther preface or explanation than is given above. H.