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THE FOURTH BOOKE
THE FAERIE QUEENE,
THE LEGEND OF CAMBEL AND TRIAMOND, OR OF
The rugged forhead, that with grave foresight
That better were in vertues discipled,
2 Such ones iil iudge of love, that cannot love,
Ne in their frosen hearts feele kindly flame:
1 Wite, blame.
The rugged forhead.] The Lord Treasurer Burleigh is supposed to be hinted at in these verges.
Forthy they ought not thing unknowne reprove,
That crowne true lovers with immortall blis,
3 Which who so list looke backe to former ages,
Of love full manie lessons did apply,
4 To such therefore I do not sing at all;
But to that sacred Saint my soveraigne Queene,
To her this song most fitly is addrest,
6 Which that she may the better deigne to heare,
Do thou, dred Infant, Venus dearling dove,
1 Forthy, therefore.
2 I. e. Socrates.
8 Bountie, goodness.
From her high spirit chase imperious feare,
Sprinckle her heart, and haughtie courage soften, That she may hearke to love, and reade this lesson often.
V. 3. — Imperious feare.] Feare here means that which inspires fear in others. H.
V. 5. — With drops of melting love, &c.] Elizabeth, when this portion of the poem was published, was over sixty years old. H.