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“ But O vaine iudgement, and conditions vaine,
With that she wept and waild, as if her hart Would quite have burst through great abundance of
12 All which complaint when Marinell had heard,
And understood the cause of all her care 2
13 Thus whilst his stony heart with tender ruth
Was toucht, and mighty courage * mollifide,
i Points, appoints. 2 Care, grief.
3 Disfare, misfortune. 4 Courage, heart.
Then gan he make him tread his steps anew, And learne to love by learning lovers paines to rew.
gan he in his grieved minde devise, How from that dungeon he might her enlarge : Some while he thought, by faire and humble wise To Proteus selfe to sue for her discharge : But then he fear’d his mothers former charge Gainst womens love, long given him in vaine : Then
he thinke perforce with sword and targe Her forth to fetch, and Proteus to constraine : But soone he gan such folly to forthinke2 againe.
15 Then did he cast to steale her thence away,
And with him beare where none of her might know,
He wist not how her thence away to bere ;
16 At last, whenas no meanes he could invent,
Backe to himselfe he gan returne the blame,
1 Rew, pity.
2 Forthinke, think better of, repent.
Which him had sought through trouble and long
strife, Yet had refusde a god that her had sought to wife.
17 In this sad plight he walked here and there,
And romed round about the rocke in vaine,
An hundred times about the pit side fares,
18 And now by this the feast was throughly ended,
And every one gan homeward to resort:
Did march amongst the many 4 all the way ;
19 Being returned to his mothers bowre,
In solitary silence far from wight
gan record the lamentable stowre 6
1 Unworthy, undeserved.
4 Vany, company.
For his deare sake, that ill deserv'd that plight: The thought whereof empierst his hart so deepe, That of no worldly thing he tooke delight;
Ne dayly food did take, ne nightly sleepe, But pyn’d, and mourn'd, and languisht, and alone did
20 That in short space his wonted chearefull hew
Gan fade, and lively spirits deaded quight:
But to his bed was brought, and layd above,
21 Which when his mother saw, she in her mind
Was troubled sore, ne wist well what to weene;
Which griev'd her more that she it could not mend : To see an helpelesse evill double griefe doth lend.
22 Nought could she read the roote of his disease,
Ne weene what mistermaladie it is,
i Deaded, died away. ? Teene, sorrow.
8 Mister, kind of.
Whereby to seeke some meanes it to appease.
cealed, 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,
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 :
sterne, If ought lay hidden in his grieved thought, It to reveale: who still her answered, there was
8 Earne, yearn.
1 Fayld, deceived. 2 Lent, pledged.