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So, having solaced themselves a space
Who, when the shamed shield of slaine Sansfoy
He to him lept, and that same envious 3 gage
But th' Elfin Knight, which ought that warlike wage,5
And, him rencountring fierce, reskewd the noble pray.
Therewith they gan to hurtlen6 greedily,
And clash their shields, and shake their swerds on hy;
1 Yfed, fed, or refreshed.
2 Bewraying, betraying.
3 Enrious, inspiring envy.
5 Wage, pledge, or prize.
6 Hurtlen, encounter each other.
7 Darrayne, prepare.
Sans ioy,] i. e. without happiness.
XXXIX. 1.-Shamed shield.] The propriety of this epithet is explained in stanza XLI.
Of high displeasure that ensewen might,
"Ah, dearest Dame," quoth then the Paynim bold, "Pardon the error of enraged wight,
Whome great griefe made forgett the raines to hold
Even stout Sansfoy, (O who can then refrayn?)
"And, to augment the glorie of his guile,
So be, O Queene, you equall favour showe."
He never meant with words, but swords, to plead his right:
But threw his gauntlet, as a sacred pledg,
His cause in combat the next day to try:
So been they parted both, with harts on edg
Treachour, traitor. 2 Prowest, bravest. 3 Renverst, reversed.
XLI. 9. — Renverst.] When a knight was degraded, his arms were reversed.
That night they pas in ioy and iollity,
That of his plenty poured forth to all:
Which doen, the chamberlain Slowth did to rest them call.
Now whenas darksome Night had all displayd
But whenas Morpheus had with leaden mace
Uprose Duessa from her resting place,
And to the Paynims lodging comes with silent pace:
Whom broad awake she findes, in troublous fitt,
And greevd, to thinke how foe did him destroy
With gentle wordes he can her fayrely greet,
1 Amoves, moves.
3 Muchell, much.
• Lovely dart, dart of love.
Of deare Sansfoy, I never ioyed howre,
But in eternall woes my weaker hart
"At last, when perils all I weened past,
And hop'd to reape the crop of all my care,
By this false faytor,3 who unworthie ware
"But since faire sunne hath sperst that lowring clowd,
Of brothers prayse, to you eke longes 4 his love.
Be unreveng'd, that calles to you above
From wandring Stygian shores, where it doth endlesse move."
Thereto said he, "Faire dame, be nought dismaid
For needlesse feare did never vantage none;
1 Storore, peril.
* Unweeting, unknowing.
3 False faytor, deceiver.
Dead is Sansfoy, his vitall paines are past,
"O, but I feare the fickle freakes," quoth shee, "Of fortune false, and oddes of armes in field.” "Why, dame," quoth he, "what oddes can ever bee, Where both doe fight alike, to win or yield?" "Yea, but," quoth she, "he beares a charmed shield, And eke enchaunted armes, that none can perce; Ne none can wound the man, that does them wield." "Charmd or enchaunted," answerd he then ferce, "I no whitt reck; ne you the like need to reherce.
"But, faire Fidessa, sithens fortunes guile,
Shall follow you." So, passing forth, she him obaid.*
* Here we find the Red-cross Knight so deluded by the wiles of Duessa, as to become a courtier in the house of Pride, though he cannot be so untrue to his original nature as to feel contented. So far astray has a single rash act led him.