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But all the while that he these speeches spent,
And greedy eares her weake hart from her bore;
In speaking many false belgardes at her let fly.
So long these knightes discoursed diversly
Which by the houres he measured, besought Them go to rest. So all unto their bowres were brought.
Paridell rapeth Hellenore:
Malbecco her poursewes;
Fynds emongst Satyres, whence with him
HE morow next, so soone as Phœbus Lamp 1 Bewrayed had the world with early light, And fresh Aurora had the shady damp Out of the goodly heven amoved quight, Faire Britomart and that same Faery knight Uprose, forth on their journey for to wend: But Paridell complaynd, that his late fight With Britomart so sore did him offend,
That ryde he could not, till his hurts he did amend.
So foorth they far'd; but he behind them stayd, 2
To house a guest that would be needes obayd,
Might wanting measure moveth surquedry.
His money, which he lov'd as living breath;
And his faire wife, whom honest long he kept uneath.
But patience perforce, he must abie
What fortune and his fate on him will lay:
But Paridell kept better watch then hee,
A fit occasion for his turne to finde.
False love! why do men say thou canst not see, And in their foolish fancy feigne thee blinde, That with thy charmes the sharpest sight doest binde, . And to thy will abuse? Thou walkest free, And seest every secret of the minde;
Thou seest all, yet none at all sees thee: All that is by the working of thy Deitee.
So perfect in that art was Paridell,
That he Malbeccoes halfen eye did wyle;
And bad that none their joyous treason should reveale.
The learned lover lost no time nor tyde
But when apart (if ever her apart
He found) then his false engins fast he plyde, And all the sleights unbosomd in his hart: He sigh'd, he sobd, he swownd, he perdy dyde, And cast himselfe on ground her fast besyde: Tho, when againe he him bethought to live, He wept, and wayld, and false laments belyde, Saying, but if she Mercie would him give, That he mote algates dye, yet did his death forgive.
And otherwhyles with amorous delights
And pleasing toyes he would her entertaine;
And thousands like which flowed in his braine,
To take with his new love, and leave her old despysd.
And every where he might, and everie while,
He did her service dewtifull, and sewd
At hand with humble pride and pleasing guile;
What wonder then, if she were likewise carried?
No fort so fensible, no wals so strong,
Or daily siege, through dispurvayaunce long
For through his traines he her intrapped hath,
To him, without regard of gaine or scath,
Or care of credite, or of husband old,
Whom she hath vow'd to dub a fayre Cucquold.
Nought wants but time and place, which shortly shee Devized hath, and to her lover told.
It pleased well: So well they both agree. So readie rype to ill ill wemens counsels bee!
Darke was the Evening, fit for lovers stealth,
The Trojane flames and reach to hevens hight, Did clap her hands, and joyed at that dolefull sight.
This second Helene, fayre Dame Hellenore,
The wretched man hearing her call for ayd,
And ready seeing him with her to fly,
Ne wist he how to turne, nor to what place:
Ay when to him she cryde, to her he turnd,
And left the fire; love money overcame : But, when he marked how his money burnd, He left his wife; money did love disclame: Both was he loth to loose his loved Dame, And loth to leave his liefest pelfe behinde; Yet, sith he n'ote save both, he sav'd that same Which was the dearest to his dounghill minde, The God of his desire, the joy of misers blinde.