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That seemd him to enfiame on every
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,
It booted nought Sir Guyon, comming neare,
But lightly shunned it; and, passing by,
With his bright blade did smite at him so fell,
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;
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,
5 Bever, part of the helmet covering the mouth.
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,
Ne plate, ne male, could ward so mighty throwes,6
But Guyon, in the heat of all his strife,
Avauntage, whilest his foe did rage most rife;
Like as a lyon, whose imperiall powre
A prowd rebellious unicorn defyes,
T'avoide the rash assault and wrathfull stowre 9
Of his fiers foe, him to a tree applyes,
1 Entyre, exceedingly.
2 Nathemore, none the more.
3 Molt, melted.
▲ Far'd, acted.
Foynd, pushed as in fencing.
• Throwes, thrusts.
"Athwart, sideways, or obliquely.
8 Bayt, artifice.
9 Stowre, assault.
VIII. 7.- Hurtle round in warlike gyre.] Move round the foe in a circle.
IX. 9.-Falsed oft his blowes, &c.] He made feint passes.
And when him ronning in full course he spyes, He slips aside; the whiles that furious beast His precious horne, sought of his enimyes, Strikes in the stocke,' ne thence can be releast, But to the mighty victor yields a bounteous feast.
With such faire sleight him Guyon often fayld,
Such homage till that instant never learned hee.
Whom Guyon seeing stoup, poursewed fast
And soone his dreadfull blade about he cast,
That streight on grownd made him full low to lye;
Ne deeme thy force by fortunes doome uniust, That hath (maugre her spight) thus low me laid in dust."
Eftsoones his cruel hand Sir Guyon stayd,
1 Stocke, trunk.
2 Fayld, foiled.
3 Queint, quenched.
4 Eftsoones, immediately.
XI. 7. — The Saint.] The image of Gloriana, which Sir Guyon had upon his shield. See canto I. stanza XXVIII.
XII. 9.-Maugre her spight.] This is probably a form of imprecation-Curse on her spite.
Tempring the passion with advizement 1 slow,
For th' equall die of warre he well did know:
So up he let him rise; who, with grim looke
Whose bounty more then 5 might, yet both, he wondered.
Which Guyon marking said; "Be nought agriev'd,
Sir Knight, that thus ye now subdewed arre:
1 Adrizement, discretion.
2 Trow, learn.
3 Hazardry, rashness.
4 Bounty, generosity.
5 Then, than.
XIII. 3. — Maistring might, &c.] Refraining from exercising his