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in which the Red-cross Knight engaged after his marriage with Una. He appears occasionally in the subsequent books, but only incidentally, and not as taking any part in the main action. Warton considers it a defect in the Faerie Queene that the adventures, taken separately as the subject of each single book, have not always a mutual dependence upon each other, and consequently do not properly contribute to constitute one legitimate poem. Skill in the construction of the story is certainly not a prominent merit of the poem; but, as Campbell remarks, with as much of beauty as truth, "There is still a richness in his materials, even where their coherence is loose and their disposition confused. The clouds of his allegory may seem to spread into shapeless forms, but they are still the clouds of a glowing atmosphere. Though his story grows desultory, the sweetness and grace of his manner still abide by him."-ESSAY ON ENG. POETRY, p. 107.
THE SECOND BOOK
THE FAERIE QUEENE
THE LEGEND OF SIR GUYON, OR OF TEMPERAUNCE.
RIGHT well I wote, most mighty Soveraine,
Of some th' aboundance of an ydle braine
Sith 2 none that breatheth living aire doth know Where is that happy land of Faëry,
Which I so much doe vaunt, yet no where show; But vouch antiquities, which no body can know.
1 Wote, know.
3 Advize, bear in mind.
4 Red, made known.
Who ever heard of th' Indian Peru?
Or who in venturous vessell measured
The Amazon huge river, now found trew? Or fruitfullest Virginia who did ever vew?
Yet all these were, when no man did them know,
And later times thinges more unknowne shall show.
Of other worldes he happily should heare?
He wonder would much more; yet such to some appeare.
Of Faery lond yet if he more inquyre,
By certein signes, here sett in sondrie place,
In this fayre mirrhour maist behold thy face,
The which O! pardon me thus to enfold
In covert vele, and wrapt in shadowes light,
That feeble eyes your glory may behold,
1 Misweene, misjudge. 2 No'te, knows not, contracted from ne wote.
- Who ever heard, &c.] That is, until the present age.
IV. 6. Fayrest Princesse.] Queen Elizabeth.
Which ells could not endure those beamës bright,
The good Sir Guyon, gratiously to heare;
In whom great rule of Temp'raunce goodly doth appeare.
Guyon, by Archimage abusd,
The Redcrosse Knight awaytes;
THAT Conning Architect of cancred guyle,
Soone as the Redcrosse Knight he understands
And forth he fares, full of malicious mynd,
1 Caytives handes, hands of menials employed to keep him.
4 Algates, entirely.
I. 1. — That conning Architect.] This is Archimago, who plays so important a part in the first book, and who, at its close, was left in prison.