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Who, by her cleanly garment catching hold, Her from her palfrey pluckt, her visage to behold.
By her fiers servant, full of kingly aw
And high disdaine, whenas his soveraine Dame
His corage more, that from his griping pawes
He hath his shield redeemd; and forth his swerd he arawes.
O then, too weake and feeble was the forse
And launcht his lordly hart: with death opprest
Who now is left to keepe the forlorne Maid
1 Weene, purpose.
2 Corse, frame.
3 Eftsoones, immediately.
4 Chaufed, chafed.
Bears her away upon his courser light:
prayers nought prevaile; his rage is more of might.
And all the way, with great lamenting paine,
More mild in beastly kind, then that her beastly foe.*
* The defeat of Archimago in this canto seems hardly consistent with his magical skill. Spenser may mean to inculcate by it the moral, that the pretended friends of Truth are overthrown and detected in the hour of peril. The captivity of Una and the death of the lion may be typical of the dangers to which Truth and her stout and simple champions are exposed from lawless violence.
To sinfull Hous of Pryde Duess
a guydes the faithfull Knight;
YOUNG Knight whatever, that dost armes professe,
In choice, and chaunge, of thy deare-loved dame;
That doth this Redcrosse Knights ensample plainly prove.
Who, after that he had faire Una lorne,
1 Then, than.
2 Lorne, deserted.
Arg. 1.To sinfull Hous, &c.] The adventures of the Red-cross Knight are resumed from the second canto.
1. 9. — This Redcrosse Knights ensample.] “The author has shown judgment in making his Knight of the Red-cross, or St. George, no perfect character, without which many of the incidents could not have been represented."- HUGHES.
Long with her traveild; till at last they see
The house of mightie prince it seemd to be;
All bare through peoples feet, which thether traveiled.
Great troupes of people traveild thetherward
A stately pallace built of squared bricke,
That purest skye with brightnesse they dismaid;
And goodly galleries far over laid,
Full of faire windowes and delightful bowres ; And on the top a diall told the timely howres.
It was a goodly heape for to behould,
And spake the praises of the workmans witt:
1 Lazars, leprous persons.
And fall away, it mounted was full hie:
Arrived there, they passed in forth right;
There waiting long, to win the wished sight
By them they passe, all gazing on them round,
In living princes court none ever knew
Such endlesse richesse, and so sumpteous shew:
Of Lords and Ladies stood on every side,
Which, with their presence fayre, the place much beautifide.
High above all a cloth of state was spred,
1 Hight, intrusted.
2 Dight, ornamented.
3 Presence, presence- or reception-room.