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And said; "Deare sonne, thy causelesse ruth represse,
Ne let thy stout hart melt in pitty vayne:
Guyon obayd: So him away he drew
Unto his brother, whom Cymochles men did call.
Of fowles and beastes he made the piteous prayes,
His dearest Dame is that Enchaunteresse,
Can call out of the bodies of fraile wightes;
Whom then she does transforme to monstrous hewes,
And darksom dens, where Titan his face never shewes.
There Atin fownd Cymochles soiourning,
To serve his Lemans 2 love: for he by kynd 3
And over him Art, stryving to compayre With Nature, did an arber greene dispred, Framed of wanton yvie, flouring fayre, Through which the fragrant eglantine did spred His prickling armes, entrayld 5 with roses red, Which daintie odours round about them threw : And all within with flowres was garnished, That, when mild Zephyrus emongst them blew, Did breath out bounteous smels, and painted colors shew.
And fast beside there trickled softly downe
A gentle streame, whose murmuring wave did play
4 Delices, delights.
5 Entrayld, mixed.
1 Mewes, prisons.
2 Lemans, mistress's.
3 Kynd, nature.
XXIX. 4.- Eglantine.] The eglantine is the sweet briar.
Emongst the pumy1 stones, and made a sowne, To lull him soft asleepe that by it lay: The wearie traveiler, wandring that way, Therein did often quench his thristy 2 heat, And then by it his wearie limbes display, (Whiles creeping slomber made him to forget His former payne,) and wypt away his toilsom sweat.
And on the other syde a pleasaunt grove
And made emongst themselves a sweet consórt, That quickned the dull spright with musical comfort.
There he him found all carelesly displaid,
And shewd them naked, deckt with many ornaments.
1 Pumy, porous.
2 Thristy, thirsty.
XXXI. 1. — And on the other syde, &c.] The tree dedicated to Jove is the oak; that to Hercules, is the poplar.
In Nemea, &c.] It was in Nemea that Hercules slew a
And every of them strove with most1 delights
The sugred licour through his melting lips: One boastes her beautie, and does yield to vew Her dainty limbes above her tender hips; Another her out boastes, and all for tryall strips.
He, like an adder lurking in the weedes,
His wandring thought in deepe desire does steepe,
Atin, arriving there, when him he spyde
1 Most, greatest.
3 Close, secret.
XXXIV. 8.— So' he them deceives, &c.] The meaning of this line seems to be, he deceives them because they believe him to be asleep; but in so doing, he deceives himself in not perceiving his base subjection to sensual passion.
What is become of great Acrates sonne?
Then, pricking him with his sharp-pointed dart, He said; "Up, up, thou womanish weake Knight, That here in Ladies lap entombed art, Unmindfull of thy praise and prowest might, And weetlesse 2 eke of lately-wrought despight; Whiles sad Pyrochles lies on sencelesse ground, And groneth out his utmost grudging spright Through many a stroke and many a streaming wound, Calling thy help in vaine, that here in ioyes art dround."
Suddeinly out of his delightfull dreame
The Man awoke, and would have questioned more 3;
For to dilate at large, but urged sore,
And called for his armes; for he would algates 5 fight:
They bene ybrought; he quickly does him dight,6
1 Forlorne, lost.
2 Weetlesse, unheeding.
3 More, much.
▲ Implore, entreaty.
XXXVI. 6.- Lies on sencelesse ground.] Lies senseless on the ground.
XXXVI. 7.- His utmost grudging spright.] His last indignant breath.
XXXVII. 3.—But he.] Atin.