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But Scudamour, for passing great despight,
The aged Dame, him seeing so enraged,
Was dead with feare; nathlesse, as neede required, His flaming furie sought to have assuaged With sober words, that sufferance desired, Till time the tryall of her truth expyred; And evermore sought Britomart to cleare: But he the more with furious rage was fyred, And thrise his hand to kill her did upreare, And thrise he drew it backe so, did at last forbeare
Blandamour winnes false Florimell;
doth lengthen her sonnes lives.
IREBRAND of hell, first tynd in Phlegeton By thousand furies, and from thence out throwen
Into this world to worke confusion,
And set it all on fire by force unknowen,
Is wicked discord; whose small sparkes once blowen None but a God or godlike man can slake;
Such as was Orpheus, that, when strife was growen Amongst those famous ympes of Greece, did take His silver Harpe in hand and shortly friends them make: Or such as that celestiall Psalmist was,
That, when the wicked feend his Lord tormented, With heavenly notes, that did all other pas,
The outrage of his furious fit relented.
Such Musicke is wise words, with time concented, To moderate stiffe mindes disposd to strive: Such as that prudent Romane well invented, What time his people into partes did rive, Them reconcyld againe, and to their homes did drive. Such us'd wise Glauce to that wrathfull knight, To calme the tempest of his troubled thought: Yet Blandamour with termes of foule despight, And Paridell her scornd, and set at nought, As old and crooked and not good for ought. Both they unwise, and warelesse of the evill That by themselves unto themselves is wrought Through that false witch, and that foule aged drevill; The one a feend, the other an incarnate devill.
With whom as they thus rode accompanide,
To whom he made great dalliance and delight:
Which when as Blandamour, whose fancie light
But Paridell, that had too late a tryall
Of the bad issue of his counsell vaine,
List not to hearke, but made this faire denyall :
Who, with the sudden stroke astonisht sore,
His hart with secret envie gan to swell,
And inly grudge at him that he had sped so well.
Nathlesse proud man himselfe the other deemed, 8
Having so peerelesse paragon ygot:
For sure the fayrest Florimell him seemed
Whose like alive on earth he weened not:
With humblest suit that he imagine mot,
And all things did devise, and all things dooe, That might her love prepare, and liking win theretoo.
She, in regard thereof, him recompenst
With golden words and goodly countenance, And such fond favours sparingly dispenst: Sometimes him blessing with a light eye-glance, And coy lookes tempring with loose dalliance; Sometimes estranging him in sterner wise; That having cast him in a foolish trance, He seemed brought to bed in Paradise, And prov'd himselfe most foole in what he seem'd most
So great a mistresse of her art she was,
Yet now he was surpriz'd: for that false spright,
Yet he to her did dayly service more,
To stirre up strife twixt love and spight and ire, Did privily put coles unto his secret fire.
By sundry meanes thereto she prickt him forth;
She it revives, and new occasion reaches;
The open wrongs thou doest me day by day : Well know'st thou, when we friendship first did
The covenant was, that every spoyle or pray Should equally be shard betwixt us tway. Where is my part then of this Ladie bright, Whom to thy selfe thou takest quite away Render therefore therein to me my right, Or answere for thy wrong as shall fall out in fight." Exceeding wroth thereat was Blandamour,
And gan this bitter answere to him make:
This hand her wonne, this hand shall her defend." With that they gan their shivering speares to shake, And deadly points at eithers breast to bend, Forgetfull each to have bene ever others frend. Their firie steedes with so untamed forse
Did beare them both to fell avenges end,
Each other horse and man to ground did send ;
The perilous present stownd in which their lives were set.