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Vaine Braggadocchio, getting Guy-
SOONE as the morrow fayre with purple beames Disperst the shadowes of the misty night, And Titan, playing on the eastern streames, Gan cleare the deawy ayre with springing light; Sir Guyon, mindfull of his vow yplight,' Uprose from drowsie couch, and him addrest Unto the iourney which he had behight 2: His puissant armes about his noble brest, And many-folded shield he bound about his wrest.
Then, taking congé 3 of that Virgin pure,
1 Yplight, plighted.
2 Behight, promised.
3 Congé, farewell.
Arg. 4. Fowle forlorne.] Is left in disgrace by Belphœbe.
4 Noriture, nurture.
5 Ensu'th, follows, belongs to.
He might, for memory of that dayes ruth,1
Be called Ruddymane; and thereby taught T' avenge his parents death on them that had it wrought.
So forth he far'd, as now befell, on foot,
Sith his good steed is lately from him gone;
His Palmer now shall foot no more alone.
The whyles a Lossell 3 wandring by the way,
His baser brest, but in his kestrell kynd 5
A pleasing vaine of glory he did fynd, To which his flowing toung and troublous 6 spright Gave him great ayd, and made him more inclynd; He, that brave steed their finding ready dight, Purloynd both steed and speare, and ran away full light.
Now gan his hart all swell in iollity,
And of himselfe great hope and help conceiv'd,
1 Ruth, sorrow.
2 Sith, since.
3 Lossell, loose person.
4 Bountie, goodness.
5 Kestrell kynd, base nature.
II. 8.- Ruddymane.] Ruddymane means bloody-handed.
III. 2.- Sith his good steed.] See canto II. stanza XI.
IV. 5. - A pleasing vaine, &c.] He felt a pleasing glow of selfcomplacency.
That puffed up with smoke of vanity, And with selfe-loved personage deceiv'd, He gan to hope of men to be receiv'd For such, as he him thought, or faine would bee: But for in Court gay portaunce 2 he perceiv'd, And gallant shew to be in greatest gree,3 Eftsoones to Court he cast t'advaunce his first degree.
And by the way he chaunced to espy
As peacocke that his painted plumes doth pranck,7
And crying, "Mercy," loud, his pitious handes gan reare.
Thereat the Scarcrow wexed wondrous prowd, Through fortune of his first adventure fayre, And with big thundring voice revyld him lowd; "Vile caytive, vassall of dread and despayre, Unworthie of the commune breathed ayre, Why livest thou, dead dog, a lenger 10 day, And doest not unto death thyselfe prepayre? Dy, or thyselfe my captive yield for ay: Great favour I thee graunt for aunswere thus to stay."
"Hold, O deare Lord, hold your dead-doing hand,"
1 But for, because.
2 Portaunce, demeanor.
3 Gree, favor.
4 Eftsoones, immediately.
5 Cast, purposed.
6 Araunting, advancing.
↑ Pranck, display.
8 Seely, silly.
9 Ranck, fierce.
10 Lenger, longer.
Then loud he cryde, "I am your humble thrall.”
So happy peace they made and faire accord.
Trompart, fitt man for Braggadochio
To serve at Court in view of vaunting eye;
1 Miser, miserable person.
3 Eftsoones, immediately.
4 Cast, resolved
VIII. 9. And cleeped him, &c.] He acknowledged himself to be his vassal, as if he had been his tenant, and held lands of him as his liege lord.
IX. 8.- His.] Braggadochio's.
X. 1.- Trompart.] Trompart means deceiver, and he plays the part of a base flatterer. The name of Braggadochio expresses the quality he is intended to represent.
To thinke, without desert of gentle deed
So forth they pas, a well consorted payre,
For since the Redcrosse Knight he erst 2 did weet
And comming close to Trompart gan inquere
And now hath vowd, till he avenged bee
Of that despight, never to wearen none; That speare is him enough to doen 10
1 Eftsoones, immediately.
3 Weet, learn.
4 Ment, intended.
a thousand grone."
Single spere, spear alone.
Despight, insult. 10 Doen, make.
XI. 3. — In armour fayre.]
Braggadochio had stolen Sir Guyon's
horse and spear; but it does not appear how he came into possession of the armor he wore.
XII. 9. That speare, &c.] That spear is sufficient for him to cause a thousand to groan.