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With that, one of his thrillant1 darts he threw,
But he was wary, and, ere it empight 2
In the meant marke, advaunst his shield atween,
But backe rebownding left the forckhead keene: Eftsoones 3 he fled away, and might no where be seene.
2 Empight, was fixed. Eftsoones, immediately.
1 Thrillant, piercing.
Pyrochles does with Guyon fight,
And Furors chayne untyes,
WHOEVER doth to Temperaunce apply
After that Varlets flight, it was not long
1 Staied, composed.
2 Embatteiled, armed for battle.
I. 8. His owne woes author, &c.] He is the author of his own woes, who finds Perturbation bound, and unbinds him wilfully, as Pyrochles did. - Perturbation is the same as Furor.
That seemd him to enfiame on every side: His steed was bloody red, and fomed yre, When with the maistring spur he did him roughly stire.1
Approching nigh, he never staid to greete,
But prickt so fiers, that underneath his feete
The smouldring dust did rownd about him smoke,
It booted nought Sir Guyon, comming neare,
To thincke such hideous puissaunce on foot to beare;
But lightly shunned it; and, passing by,
With his bright blade did smite at him so fell,
On his broad shield, bitt not, but glauncing fell
On foot with him to matchen equall fight;
The truncked beast fast bleeding did him fowly dight.*
Sore bruzed with the fall he slow uprose,
And all enraged thus him loudly shent 5;
"Disleall Knight, whose coward corage chose
1 Stire, provoke.
2 Smouldring, hot.
II. 8.-Fomed yre.]
A Dight, disfigure.
5 Shent, upbraided.
6 Disleall, disloyal.
Foamed with rage.
To wreake itselfe on beast all innocent,
And shund the marke at which it should be ment1;
If wonted force and fortune doe me not much fayl.”
With that he drew his flaming sword, and strooke
The weary sowle from thence it would discharge;
That made him reele, and to his brest his bever 5 bent
Exceeding wroth was Guyon at that blow,
1 Ment, aimed.
2 Blent, debased.
3 Marge, edge, or rim.
▲ Targe, target or shield.
8 Bate, bit.
5 Bever, part of the helmet covering the mouth.
7 Yron-braced, covered with
V. 6. — Manhood frayl.] Courage weak or deficient.
Deadly dismayd with horror of that dint
He hewd, and lasht, and foynd,5 and thondred blowes, And every way did seeke into his life;
Ne plate, ne male, could ward so mighty throwes,6
But yielded passage to his cruell knife.
But Guyon, in the heat of all his strife,
Like as a lyon, whose imperiall powre
A prowd rebellious unicorn defyes,
T'avoide the rash assault and wrathfull stowre 9
1 Entyre, exceedingly.
2 Nathmore, none the more.
3 Molt, melted.
4 Far'd, acted.
Foynd, pushed as in fencing.
6 Throwes, thrusts.
7 Athwart, sideways, or obliquely.
9 Stowre, assault.
VIII. 7.- Hurtle round in warlike gyre.] Move round the foe in a
IX. 9.-Falsed oft his blowes, &c.] He made feint