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Fayre Britomart saves Amoret:
Duessa discord breedes
Their fight and warlike deedes.
1 OF lovers sad calamities of old
Full many piteous stories doe remaine,
That I with teares full oft doe pittie it,
2 For, from the time that Scudamour her bought?
8 Dismay, overpower.
1 Bought, ransomed.
II. 3. - A perilous fight.] Of the manner in which Scudamore won Amoret, we are informed hereafter, in the tenth canto of this book. H.
And with great glorie both the Shield of Love
Whom having wedded, as did him behove,
3 For that same vile Enchauntour Busyran,
By way of sport, as oft in maskes is knowen, Conveyed quite away to living wight unknowen.
Seven moneths he so her kept in bitter smart,
No spot of blame, though spite did oft assay To blot her5 with dishonor of so faire a pray.
5 Yet should it be a pleasant tale, to tell The diverse usage, and demeanure daint,
1 Besledded, assisted.
4 Lovely, affectionate.
That each to other made, as oft befell:
And everie limbe that touched her? did quake; Yet could she not but curteous countenance to her
6 For well she wist, as true it was indeed,
Die had she lever 4 with Enchanters knife
7 Thereto her feare was made so much the greater,
Through fine abusion of that Briton mayd;
i Quaint, nice.
8 I. e. defender of her safety. 2 1. e. Britomart.
4 Lever, rather. 5 Otherwhiles — otherwhiles, sometimes sometimes. 6 Purpos, discourse.
VII. 4. Wounded mind.] Arthegall. H.
Wounded that is, with love for
Of love, and otherwhiles of lustfulnesse, That much she feard his mind would grow to some
8 His will she feard; for him she surely thought
Yet Britomart attended duly on her,
9 It so befell one evening that they came
Unto a Castell, lodged there to bee,
of them mov'd to eye her sore. The custome of that place was such, that hee,
Which had no love nor lemman there in store, Should either winne him one, or lye without the
10 Amongst the rest there was a iolly Knight,
Who, being asked for his love, avow'd
And sayd, her love to lose she was full loth, But either he should neither of them have, or both.
11 So foorth they went, and both together giusted;
But that same younker soone was overthrowne,
Were kept, and yet that Knight not locked out; That seem'd full hard taccord two things so far in dout.
12 The seneschall was cal’d to deeme: the right
Whom she requir'd, that first fayre Amoret
He as a knight might iustly be admitted; So none should be out shut, sith all of 5 loves were
13 With that, her glistring helmet she unlaced ;
Which doft, her golden lockes, that were upbound
1 Salve, secure.
4 Quitted, taken.
XII. 1. — Seneschall.] The household steward, or master of the ceremonies. H.