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Calepine by a Salvage Man
From Turpine reskewed is;
He saves, his Love doth misse.
I. LIKE as a ship with dreadfull storme long tost, Having spent all her mastes and her groundhold, Now farre from harbour likely to be lost, At last some fisher-barke doth neare behold, That giveth comfort to her courage cold; Such was the state of this most courteous Knight, Being oppressed by that Faytourl bold,
That he remayned in most perilous plight, And his sad Ladie left in pitifull affright:
II. Till that, by fortune passing all foresight, A Salvage Man, which in those woods did wonne, Drawne with that Ladies loud and piteous shright,3 Toward the same incessantly did ronne To understand what there was to be donne: There he this most discourteous Craven found
· Faytour, villain.
? Wonne, dwell.
3 Shright, shriek.
1. 2. — Groundhold.] Generally called the ground-tackle, being the cables, anchors, &c.
I. 9. — Left.] Was left.
As fiercely yet, as when he first begonne,
Chasing the gentle Calepine around,
From whom he meant to free him, if he might,
For from his mothers woinbe, which him did beare,
i Stoure, attack.
* Bents, rushes.
And with the push of his sharp-pointed speare
That forst him backe recoyle and reele areare;
And held the same so hard, that by no wize
Both speare and shield, as things that needlesse were, He quite forsooke, and fed himselfe away for feare.
• Hayld, hauled, drew.
Bene helped through the swiftnesse of his steed,
Gan cry aloud with horrible affright,
IX. But, when the Salvage saw his labour vaine In following of him that fled so fast, He wearie woxe, and backe return'd againe With speede unto the place, whereas he last Had left that couple nere their utmost cast : There he that Knight full sorely bleeding found, And eke the Ladie fearefully aghast,
Both for the perill of the present stound,? And also for the sharpnesse of her rankling wound:
X. For though she were right glad so rid to bee From that vile Lozell 3 which her late offended; Yet now no lesse encombrance she did see And perill, by this Salvage Man pretended ; Gainst whom she saw no meanes to be defended By reason that her Knight was wounded sore: Therefore herselfe she wholy recommended
To Gods sole grace, whom she did oft implore To send her succour, being of all hope forlore.5
But the Wyld Man, contrárie to her feare,
i Succeed, approach.
• Pretended, stretched out,
IX. 5. – Nere thcir utmost cast.] Almost dead.
Came to her creeping like a fawning hound,
Of senselesse words (which Nature did him teach
The iuyce whereof into his wound he wrought,
Where foot of living creature never trode,
3 Wend, go.
1 Stound, affliction.
4 Wonning, dwelling.
XI. 9. – Which his reason did empeach.] Which did obstruct his reason; prevented it from being manifested.