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As in great muse, ne word to creature spake. At last his solemn silence thus he brake, With doubtfull eyes fast fixed on his Guest; "Redoubted Knight, that for myne only sake Thy life and honor late adventurest; Let nought be hid from me, that ought to be exprest.
"What meane these bloody vows and idle threats, Throwne out from womanish impatient mynd? What hevens? what altars? what enraged heates, Here heaped up with termes of love unkynd, My conscience cleare with guilty bands would bynd? High God be witnesse, that I guiltlesse ame But if yourselfe, Sir Knight, ye faulty fynd, Or wrapped be in loves of former Dame, With cryme doe not it cover, but disclose the same."
To whom the Redcrosse Knight this answere sent ;
It was in my mishaps, as hitherward
I lately traveild, that unwares I strayd
Out of my way, through perils straunge and hard; That day should faile me ere I had them all declard.
1 Wote, know.
* Intendiment, understanding. 3 Hight, named
That easy was t' inveigle weaker sight:
Then stepped forth the goodly royall Mayd, And, on the ground herselfe prostrating low, With sober countenance thus to him sayd; "O pardon me, my soveraine Lord, to show The secret treasons, which of late I know To have bene wrought by that false Sorceresse: Shee, onely she, it is, that earst1 did throw This gentle Knight into so great distresse, That death him did awaite in daily wretchednesse.
The falsest man alive; who tries, shall find no lesse.”
The King was greatly moved at her speach;
1 Earst, before.
3 Unprovided scath, unforeseen mischief. • Practicke paine, practice and endeavor.
2 Vaine, idle.
* Fraight, filled.
Eftsoones the gard, which on his state did wait,
As chained beare whom cruell dogs doe bait,
But they him layd full low in dungeon deepe,
And bound him hand and foote with yron chains;
And to the Knight his Daughter dear he tyde
His owne two hands the holy knotts did knitt,
1 Eftsoones, immediately.
3 Bains, bans.
4 Housling, sacramental.
XXXVII. 6.- Bushy.] The torches burned at the marriages of the ancients were made of bunches of thorns, or of splitted pine, tied together.
Then gan they sprinckle all the posts with wine,
During the which there was an heavenly noise
Yett wist no creature whence that hevenly sweet
Himselfe thereby refte of his sences meet,
XXXIX. 5. — Trinall triplicities.] Some of the Christian Fathers have considered that there were various ranks and degrees among the angels in heaven. One of them divides them into three hierarchies, with various orders in each hierarchy: in the first are seraphim, cherubim, and thrones; in the second, dominions, mights, and powers; in the third, principalities, archangels, and angels. Milton has an allusion to the same triple division
"the mighty regencies Of Seraphim, and Potentates, and Thrones In their triple degrees."
Tasso also has
PAR. LOST, book v. 750.
"A Battel round of Squadrons three, they shew,
JER. DEL., canto xviii. stanza 96.- Fairfax's Trans.
Great ioy was made that day of young and old,
Her ioyous presence, and sweet company,
Ne wicked envy, ne vile gealosy,
Now, strike your sailes, yee iolly mariners,
Where we must land some of our passengers,
* The connection between this first book of the Faerie Queene and the remainder of the poem is so slight that Hughes conjectures it to be a separate work of itself. We do not learn the particular enterprises