« PreviousContinue »
"In woods, in waves, in warres, she wonts to dwell,
Before her gate High God did Sweate ordaine,
But easy is the way and passage plaine
To Pleasures pallace: it may soone be spide,
"In Princes Court"-The rest she would have sayd,
Of her sweete words that all his sence dismayd,
Which when the Pesaunt saw, amazd he stood,
1 Bastard, base.
2 Swarving, retreating.
XIII. 9. So turned her about, &c.] In Belphœbe, Spenser imbodies the idea of pure and dignified womanhood, which no poet understood better or reverenced more.
XLIII. 6. Her presence vayne.] Her presence useless to him.
But turning said to Trompart; "What fowle blott
Depart to woods untoucht, and leave so proud disdayne!"
'Perdy,1” said Trompart, "lett her pas at will,
But that shee is some powre celestiall?
For, whiles she spake, her great words did appall
That yet I quake and tremble over all."
"And I," said Braggadocchio, "thought no lesse, When first I heard her horn sound with such ghastlinesse.
"For from my mothers wombe this grace I have Me given by eternall destiny,
That earthly thing may not my corage brave
Dismay with feare, or cause one foote to flye,
But, when I other knew, my self I boldly reard.
"But now, for feare of worse that may betide, Let us soone hence depart." They soone agree: So to his steed he gott, and gan to ride
As one unfitt therefore, that all might see
1 Perdy, truly.
2 Earst, lately.
XLIII. 9.- Leave so proud disdayne.] Leave us so proudly and disdainfully.
XLV. 9.- When I other knew.] When I knew that it was some other sound.
He had not trayned bene in chevalree.
Which well that valiaunt courser did discerne;
For he despisd to tread in dew degree,
1 Erne, yearn, or desire.
XLVI. 5. He had not trayned, &c.] In the education of the knight, great attention was paid to horsemanship, and if a person did not ride well, it was a proof that he had not received a knightly training.
Guyon does Furor bind in chaines,
IN brave poursuitt of honorable deed, There is I know not what great difference Betweene the vulgar and the noble seed, Which unto things of valorous pretence Seemes to be borne by native influence; As feates of armes; and love to entertaine : But chiefly skill to ride seemes a science Proper to gentle blood: Some others faine To menage steeds, as did this Vaunter; but in vaine.
But he, the rightfull owner of that steede,
Who well could menage and subdew his pride,
1 Yeed, go.
II. 1.-But he, &c.] The adventures of Sir Guyon are resumed from canto III. stanza III.
He would, through temperaunce and stedfastnesse, Teach him the weak to strengthen, and the strong suppresse.
It fortuned, forth faring on his way,
Whom sore he bett, and gor'd with many a wownd,
That cheekes with teares, and sydes with blood, did all
And him behynd a wicked Hag did stalke,
Her other leg was lame, that she no’te2 walke,
But all behinde was bald, and worne away,
And, ever as she went, her toung did walke3
1 Agree, settle.
2 No'te, could not.
3 Walke, move.
IV. 3.-Other leg.] Left leg.
IV. 6.- Grew all afore.] Time is also represented in pictures as having hair only on the front of his head; whence the expression of 'taking time by the forelock.'