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From lawlesse lust by wondrous grace
Whom salvage nation does adore,
As when a ship, that flyes fayre under sayle,
Yet sad he was, that his too hastie speed
1 Foolhappie, lucky without design.
2 Oversight, escape; literally, his being overlooked, and thus allowed to escape.
3 Dreed, object of reverence.
I. 3. For to bewaile, &c.] Bewaile here means to choose or select; and the idea conveyed is that the rock lies in wait for the ship, or selects her for the purpose of wrecking her.
But for his love, and for her own selfe sake,
Who, after Archimagoes fowle defeat,
With fawning wordes he courted her a while;
Her constant hart did tempt with diverse guile:
Yet, for to feed his fyrie lustfull eye,
He snatcht the vele that hong her face before: Then gan her beautie shyne as brightest skye, And burnt his beastly hart t' enforce her chastitye.
So when he saw his flatt'ring artes to fayle,
1 Traynes, persuasion.
2 Lovely, lovingly.
11. 9. Till her unwares, &c.] The adventures of Una are now resumed from canto III.
And win rich spoile of ransackt chastitee. Ah heavens! that doe this hideous act behold, And heavenly Virgin thus outraged see, How can ye vengeance iust so long withhold, And hurle not flashing flames upon that Paynım bold?
The pitteous Mayden, carefull,1 comfortlesse,
Does throw out thrilling shriekes, and shrieking cryes; (The last vaine helpe of wemens greate distresse,) And with loud plaintes impórtuneth the skyes; That molten starres doe drop like weeping eyes; And Phoebus, flying so most shameful sight, His blushing face in foggy cloud implyes,2 And hydes for shame. What witt of mortall wight Can now devise to quitt a thrall 3 from such a plight?
Eternall Providence, exceeding thought,
Where none appeares can make her self a way A wondrous way it for this Lady wrought, From lyons clawes to pluck the gryped pray. Her shrill outcryes and shrieks so loud did bray, That all the woodes and forestes did resownd: A troupe of Faunes and satyres far away Within the wood were dauncing in a rownd, Whiles old Sylvanus slept in shady arber sownd:
Who, when they heard that pitteous strained voice,
1 Carefull, sorrowful.
2 Implyes, envelopes.
3 Thrall, a person subjected to the power of another.
VII. 9. Old Sylvanus.] Sylvanus was a rural deity, in figure resembling a satyr.
And ran towardes the far rebownded noyce,
The wyld woodgods, arrived in the place,
She, more amazd, in double dread doth dwell;
The innocent pray in hast he does forsake;
1 Incontinent, immediately. 2 Blubbred, stained with tears.
IX. 3.- Blubbred face.] This word, in Spenser's times, had not acquired those associations which in modern times forbid its use in dignified or pathetic passages.
Such fearefull fitt assaid her trembling hart;
And, gently grenning,1 shew a semblance glad
Their backward-bent knees teach her humbly to obay.
The doubtfull 2 Damzell dare not yet committ
Doe kisse her feete, and fawne on her with count'nance fayne.3
Their harts she ghesseth by their humble guise,
So from the ground she fearlesse doth arise,
3 2 Doubtfull, fearful.
1 Grenning, grinning.
XIII. 4. — Without suspect of crime.] Without suspecting or anticipating any evil.