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Have borne him hence to Plutoes balefull bowres :
The conquest yours; I yours; the shield and glory yours!"
Not all so satisfide, with greedy eye
He sought, all round about, his thirsty blade
To bathe in blood of faithlesse enimy ;
Who all that while lay hid in secret shade:
At last the trumpets triumph sound on hie;
And to him brought the shield, the cause of enmitie.
Wherewith he goeth to that soveraine Queene;
To her makes present of his service seene1:
So marcheth home, and by her takes the Knight, Whom all the people followe with great glee, Shouting, and clapping all their hands on hight, That all the ayre it fils, and flyes to heaven bright.
Home is he brought, and layd in sumptuous bed:
1 Seene, tried. 2 Gree, favor.
3 Adrauncing, extolling.
XVII. 3. To salve his hurts, &c.] The Knight prevails in the encounter, as Holiness is unchangeable in its essence, and must subdue evil; but the effect of the influences to which he is exposed is shown in the fact that he did not escape without injury, unlike his fight with Sansfoy, in canto II.
In wine and oyle they wash his woundës wide,
As when a wearie traveiler, that strayes
By muddy shore of broad seven-mouthed Nile,
Which, in false griefe hyding his harmefull guile,
His mournefull plight, is swallowed up unwares;
So wept Duessa untill eventyde,
That shyning lampes in Joves high house were light: Then forth she rose, ne lenger would abide ;
But comes unto the place, where th' Hethen Knight, In slombring swownd nigh voyd of vitall spright, Lay cover'd with inchaunted cloud all day: Whom when she found, as she him left in plight, To wayle his wofull case she would not stay, But to the easterne coast of heaven makes speedy way:
Where griesly Night, with visage deadly sad,
1 Unweeting, unknowing. 2 Mew, place of confinement.
Where she all day did hide her hated hew.
And cole-blacke steedes yborne of hellish brood, That on their rusty bits did champ, as they were wood.1
Who when she saw Duessa, sunny bright,
She stayd; and foorth Duessa gan proceede;
And sawst the secrets of the world unmade;
Why suffredst thou thy Nephewes2 deare to fall
Lo, where the stout Sansioy doth sleepe in deadly shade!
"And, him before, I saw with bitter eyes
The bold Sansfoy shrinck underneath his speare;
1 Wood, mad.
XXI. 1.- Who when she saw, &c.] Night at first does not recognize Duessa in her assumed shape.
XXII. 5. — In Dæmogorgons hall,] i. e. in chaos.
And now the pray of fowles in field he lyes,
Or who shall not great Nightës children scorne,
"Up, then; up, dreary Dame, of darknes Queene;
Or else goe, them avenge; and let be seene
Till then; for evermore she hated, never lov'd:
And said, "Deare daughter, rightly may I rew,
1 Nephews, descendants.
2 Excheat, gain or profit.
XXIII. 7. Old Aveugles sonnes.] Aveugle (French for blind) is another name of the person she is addressing. XXIII. 7.
So evill heare.] A Latin idiom are so ill spoken of.
"Yet shall they not escape so freely all;
Then, bowing downe her aged backe, she kist The wicked Witch, saying; "In that fayre face The false resemblaunce of Deceipt, I wist, Did closely lurke; yet so true-seeming grace It carried, that I scarse in darksome place Could it discerne; though I the mother bee Of Falshood, and roote of Duessaes race. O welcome, child, whom I have longd to see, I And now have seen unwares! Lo, now with thee."
Then to her yron wagon she betakes,
And with her beares the fowle welfavourd Witch:
Unlesse she chaunst their stubborne mouths to twitch;
1 Price, pay the price of.
XXVIII. 8. Foming tarre.] Foaming forth what resembled tar.