« PreviousContinue »
Her neather parts, the shame of all her kind,
Which when the Knights beheld, amazd they were,
They let her goe at will, and wander waies unknowne.
Shee, flying fast from heavens hated face,
And from the world that her discovered wide,
From living eies her open shame to hide;
To rest themselves, and weary powres repaire: Where store they fownd of al, that dainty was and rare.
1 Counterfesaunce, counterfeiting.
His loves and lignage Arthure tells:
O! GOODLY golden chayne, wherewith yfere1
As this good Prince redeemd the Redcrosse Knight from
Who when their powres, empayrd through labor long,
And that weake captive wight now wexed strong;
1 Yfere, together.
2 Recured, restored.
"Faire Virgin," said the Prince, "yee me require A thing without the compas of my witt:
For both the lignage, and the certein sire,
Into this world, and shewed hevens light,
From mother's pap I taken was unfitt,
And streight deliver'd to a Fary Knight,
To be upbrought in gentle thewes1 and martiall might.
"Unto old Timon he me brought bylive 2;
"Thether the great magicien Merlin came,
1 Thewes, accomplishments.
2 Bylive, immediately.
IV. 1. Unto Old Timon.] In the romance of King Arthur, or Morte d'Arthur, he is represented as having been taken from his mother by the direction of Merlin, and delivered to a knight, called Sir Hector, to be educated.
IV. 1.- Old Timon.] By the name of his tutor, Spenser expresses that Arthur was brought up in the ways of honor.
Him oft and oft I askt in privity,
Of what loines and what lignage I did spring. Whose aunswere bad me still assured bee, That I was sonne and heire unto a king, As time in her iust term the truth to light should bring."
"Well worthy impe," said then the Lady gent,2
The course of heavenly cause, or understand
''hat rules mens waies, and rules the thoughts of living wight.
"For whether He, through fatal deepe foresight,
Or that fresh bleeding wound which day and night
Me hether brought by wayes yet never found;
"Ah! courteous Knight," quoth she, "what secret wound Could ever find to grieve the gentlest hart on ground?"
"Deare Dame," quoth he, " you sleeping sparkes awake, Which, troubled once, into huge flames will grow;
2 Gent, accomplished.
"Arthur and Una have been
VI. 5. Aread, Prince Arthure.] hitherto represented as entire strangers to each other, and it does not appear how Una became acquainted with the name of this new knight."
Ne ever will their fervent fury slake,
But, told, it flames; and, hidden, it does glow;
I will revele what ye so much desire:
Ah! Love, lay down thy bow, the whiles I may respyre.
"It was in freshest flowre of youthly yeares,
Which still wex old in woe, whiles woe stil wexeth new.
"That ydle name of love, and lovers life, As losse of time, and vertues enimy,
I ever scorn'd, and ioyd to stirre up strife,
Shott many a dart at me with fiers intent;
"But all in vaine; no fort can be so strong,
1 Sithens, since.
* Brent, burnt.