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Upon wyld beasts which she in woods did find With wrongfull powre oppressing others of their kind.
s Thus she him trayned, and thus she him taught
any liv'd on ground that durst withstand
His dreadfull heast,1 much lesse him match in fight, Or bide the horror of his wreakfull 2 hand, Whenso he list in wrath lift up his steely brand:
9 Which steely brand, to make him dreaded more,
Well prov'd in that same day when Iove those gyants quelled:
10 For of most perfect metall it was made,
1 Heast, hest, injunction.
3 Wreakfull, avenging.
8 I. e. Golden Sword.
But it would pierce or cleave whereso it came;
11 Now when the world with sinne gan to abound, Astræa loathing lenger here to space 2
Mongst wicked men, in whom no truth she found,
12 But when she parted hence she left her groome,
With which he thresht out falshood and did truth un
1 Shard, sheared, cut.
2 Space, walk.
8 Plural, as often in Spenser.
4 Groome, servant.
5 I. e. Power.
XI. 8. - Sixt in her degree.] From the fourteenth century to the middle of the eighteenth, the year began on the 25th of March; hence August, in which the sun enters the constellation Virgo, was the sixth month.
13 He now went with him in this new inquest,
14 To whom as they approched, they espide
15 "Ah! woe is me, and well away," quoth hee, Bursting forth teares like springs out of a banke, "That ever I this dismall day did see! Full farre was I from thinking such a pranke; Yet litle losse it were, and mickle thanke,
If I should graunt that I have doen the same, That I mote drinke the cup whereof she dranke, — But that I should die guiltie of the blame,
The which another did, who now is fled with shame."
1 Tyne, wrong, misfortune.
2 Discolour, party-color.
4 Pranke, mischievous or malicious act.
3 Dight, treated.
18" Who was it then," sayd Artegall, " that wrought?
And why? doe it declare unto me trew."
"A knight," said he, "if knight he may be thought,
That did his hand in ladies bloud embrew,
And for no cause, but as I shall you shew.
With a fayre Love whose losse I now do rew,
This lucklesse ladie which now here doth headlesse
17" He, whether mine seem'd fayrer in his eye,
And on his steed her set to beare her out of sight.
18 Which when his ladie saw, she follow'd fast, And, on him catching hold, gan loud to crie
Not so to leave her nor away to cast,
But rather of his hand besought to die:
With that his sword he drew all wrathfully,
And at one stroke cropt off her head with scorne, In that same place whereas it now doth lie.
So he my Love away with him hath borne,
And left me here, both his and mine owne Love to
19" Aread," sayd he; "which way then did he make?
20 No sooner sayd, but streight he after sent
His yron page, who him pursew'd so light,
As that it seem'd above the ground he went :
Whom at the first he ghessed by his looke,
21 He bad him stay and backe with him retire; Who, full of scorne to be commaunded so, The Lady to alight did eft1 require,
Whilest he reformed that uncivill fo;
And streight at him with all his force did go:
1 Eft, at once.
XX. 7.- Sir Sanglier.] Sir Sanglier (the Wild Boar) is apparently meant for the cruel and profligate Shan O'Neal.