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And all her bones might through her chcekes be
red; Her lips were like raw lether, pale and blew:
And as she spake, therewith she slavered ; Yet spake she seldom ; but thought more, the Jesse
•o Her hands were foule and durtie, never washt
In all her life, with long nayles over-raught,
That round about her iawes one might descry The bloudie gore and poyson dropping lothsomely.
31 Her name was Envie, knowen well thereby;
Whose nature is to grieve and grudge at all
And of her owne foule entrayles makes her meat ; Meat fit for such a monsters monsterous dyeat:
32 And if she hapt of any good to heare,
That had to any happily betid,
1 Red, perceived.
8 Putlocks, kites. ? I. e. reaching beyond the ends of the fingers.
Then would she inly fret, and grieve, and teare
And in anothers losse great pleasure take,
83 The other nothing better was then shee;
Agreeing in bad will and cancred kynd,
Yet this in all her words might be perceived,
34 For, whatsoever good by any sayd
Or doen she heard, she would streightwayes invent
To hearke what any one did good report, 'To blot the same with blame, or wrest in wicked sort:
35 And if that any ill she heard of any,
She would it eeke, and make much worse by telling,
i Got, profited.
2 Kynd, nature.
And take great ioy to publish it to many ;
In mischiefe ; for herselfe she onely vext;
36 Her face was ugly, and her mouth distort,
Foming with poyson round about her gils,
And faynes 5 to weave false tales and leasings bad, To throw amongst the good, which others had dis
37 These two now had themselves combynd in one,
And linckt together gainst Sir Artegall;
1 Melling, meddling.
4 Spils, spoils. 2 Closely, secretly.
5 Faynes, delights. 8 1. e. in one of her hands. 6 Disprad, spread abroad.
7 Fone, foes.
A dreadfull feend, of gods and men ydrad, Whom they by slights allur'd and to their purpose lad.
38 Such were these hags, and so unhandsome drest :
Who when they nigh approching had espyde
Towardes him runs, and with rude flaring lockes About her eares does beat her brest and forhead
39 Then from her mouth the gobbet she does take,
The which whyleare she was so greedily
And, as he past afore withouten dread
40 Then th' other, comming neare, gan him revile And fouly rayle, with all she could invent: Saying that he had, with unmanly guile
1 Ydrad, dreaded.
2 Read, perceived.
And foule abusion, both his honour blent,
As for Grandtorto, him with treacherie
41 Thereto the Blatant Beast, by them set on,
At him began aloud to barke and bay
And evermore those hags themselves did paine
42 And, still among, most bitter wordes they spake,
Most shamefull, most unrighteous, most untrew,
1 Blent, stained.
XL. 8. — As for Grandtorto, &c.] “But in that sharpe execu tion of the Spaniards, at the Fort of Smerwicke I heard [his cruelty] specially noted, and if it were true as some reported, surely it was a great touch to him in honour, for some say that he promised them life; others, at least hee did put them in hope thereof." See View of the State of Ireland, pp. 434 – 436. C.