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There they did thinke themselves on her to wreake: His wife was Isis; whom they likewise made
Who as she nigh unto them drew, the one

A goddesse of great powre and soverainty,
These vile reproches gan unto her speake;

And in her person cunningly did shade
“ Thou recreant false traytor, that with lone That part of instice which is equity,
Ofarmes hast knighthood stolne, yet knight art none, Whereof I have to treat here presently :
No more shall now the darkenesse of the night Unto whose temple whenas Britomart
Defend thee from the vengeance of thy fone; Arrived, shee with great humility
But with thy bloud thou shalt appease the spright Did enter in, ne would that night depart;
Of Guizor by thee slaine and murdred by thy slight.” But Talus mote not be admitted to her part.
Strange were the words in Britomartis eare; There she received was in goodly wize
Yet stayd she not for them, but forward fared, Of many priests, which duely did attend
Till to the perillous bridge she came; and there Uppon the rites and daily sacrifize,
Talus desir'd that he might have prepared

All clad in hinnen robes with silver bemd;
The way to her, and those two losels scared : And on their heads with long locks comely kemd
But she thereat was wroth, that for despight They wore rich mitres shaped like the Moone,
The glauncing sparkles through her bever glared, To shew that Isis doth the Moone portend;
And from her eies did flash out fiery light, Like as Osyris signifies the Sunne:
Like coles that through a silver censer sparklebright. For that they both like race in equall instice runne.
She stayd not to advise which way to take ; The championesse them greeting, as she could,
But, putting spurres unto her fiery beast,

Was thence by them into the temple led ; Thorough the midst of them she way did make. Whose goodly building when she did behould The one of them, which most her wrath increast, Borne uppon stately pillours, all dispred Uppon her speare she bore before her breast, With shining gold, and arched over hed, Till to the bridges further end she past ;

She wondred at the workmans passing skill, Where falling downe his challenge he releast : Whose like before she never saw nor red; The other over side the bridge she cast

And thereuppon long while stood gazing still, into the river, where he drupke bis deadly last. But thought that she thereon could never gaze.

her fill. As when the flashing levin haps to light Cppon two stubborne oakes, which stand so neare Thenceforth unto the idoll they her brought; That way betwixt them none appeares in sight; The which was framed all of silver fine, The engia, fiercely flying forth, doth teare

So well as could with cunning hand be wrought, Th' one from the earth, and through the aire doth And clothed all in garments made of line, The other it with force doth overthrow [beare; Hernd all about with fringe of silver twine : Uppon one side, and from his rootes doth reare: Uppon her head she wore a crowne of goid; So did the championesse those two there strow, To sbew that she had powre in things divine: And to their sire their carcassess left to bestuw. And at her feete a crocodile was rold,

That with her wreathed taile her middle did enfold.

One foote was set appon the crocodile,

And on the ground the other fast did stand;

So meaning to suppresse both forged guile

And open force: and in her other hand Britomart comes to Isis Church,

She stretched forth a long white sclender wand. Where shee strange visions sees :

Such was the goddesse: whom when Britomart She fights with Radigund, her slaies,

Had long beheld, herselfe uppon the land And Artegall thence frees.

She did prostráte, and with right humble hart

Unto herselfe her silent prayers did impart.
Nought is on Earth more sacred or divine,
That gods and men doe equally adore,

To which the idoll as it were inclining
Then this same vertue that doth right define: Her wand did move with amiable looke,
For th' Hevens themselves, whence mortal men By outward shew her inward sence desining:

Who well perceiving how her wand she shooke, Right in their wrongs, are rul'd by righteous lore It as a token of good fortune tooke. Of highest love, who doth true iustice deale By this the day with dampe was overcast, To his inferiour gods, and evermore

And ioyous light the house of love forsooke : Therewith containes his heavenly common weale: Which when she saw, her helmet she unlaste, The skill whereof to princes hearts he doth reveale. And by the altars side herselfe to slumber plaste. Well therefore did the antique world invent For other beds the priests there used none, That lustice was a god of soveraine grace

But on their mother Earths deare lap did lie, And altars unto him and temples lent,

And bake their sides uppon the cold hard stone, And beavenly honours in the highest place; Tenure themselves to sutleraunce thereby, Calling him great Osyris, of the race

And proud rebellious flesh to mortify: Of th' old Ægyptian kings that whylome were ;

For, by the vow of their religion, With fayned colours shading a true case;

They tied were to stedfast chastity For that Osyris, whilest he lived here,

And continence of life; that, all forgon, The iustest man alive and truest did appeare.

They mote the better tend to their devotion.

Therefore they mote not taste of fleshly food, So therenppon long wùile she musing lay,
Ne feed on ought the which doth blond containe, With thousand thoughts feeding her fantasie;
Ne drinke of wine ; for wine they say is blood, Untill she spide the lampe of lightsome day
Even the bloud of gyants, which were slaine Up-lifted in the porch of Heaven hie:
By thundring love in the Phlegrean plaine : Then up she rose fraught with melancholy,
For which the Earth (as they the story tell) And forth into the lower parts did pas,
Wroth with the gods, which to perpetuall paine Whereas the priests she found full busily
Hlad damn'd her sonnes which gainst them did rebell, About their holy things for morrow mas;
With inward griefe and malice did against them swell: Whom she saluting faire, faire resaluted was:

And of their vitall bloud, the which was shed But, by the change of her unchearefull looke,
Into her pregnant bosome, forth she brought They might perceive she was not well in plight,
The fruitfull vine; whose liquor blonddy red, Or that some pensiveness to heart she tooke :
Having the mindes of men with fury fraught, Therefore thus one of them, who seem'd in sight
Mote in them stirre up old rebellious thought To be the greatest and the gravest wight,
To make new warre against the gods againe: To her bespake; “Sir Knight, it seemes to me
Such is the powre of that same fruit, that nought That, thorough evill rest of this last night,
The fell contagion may thereof restraine,

Or ill apayd or much dismayd ye be;
Ne within reasons rule her madding mood containe. That by your change of eheare is easie for to see."
There did the warlike maide herselfe repose, “ Certes," sayd she, “sith ye so well have spide
Under the wings of Isis all that night;

The troublous passion of my pensive mind, And with sweete rest her heavy eyes did close, I will not seeke the same from you to hide; After that long daies toile and weary plight: But will my cares unfolde, in hope to find Where whilest her earthly parts with soft delight Your aide to guide me out of errour blind.” Of sencelesse sleepe did deeply drowned lie, “ Say on," quoth he," the secret of your hart: There did appeare unto her heavenly spright For, by the holy vow which me doth bind, A wondrous vision, which did close implie

I am adiur'd best counsell to impart The course of all her fortune and posteritie. To all that shall require my comfort in their smart." Her seem'd, as she was doing sacrifize

Then gan she to declare the whole discourse To Isis, deckt with mitre on her bed

Of all that vision which to her appeard, And linnen stole after those priestës gnize,

As well as to her minde it had recourse. All sodainely she saw transfigured

All which when he unto the end bad beard, Her linnen stole to robe of scarlet red,

Like to a weake faint-hearted man he fared And moone-like mitre to a crowne of gold; Through great astonishment of that strange sight; That even she herselfe much wondered

And, with long locks up-standing stify, stared At such a chaunge, and ioyed to behold

Like one adawed with some dreadfull spright: Herselfe adorn'd with gems and iewels manifold. So fild with heavenly fury thus he her behight ;

And, in the midst of her felicity,

« Magnificke virgin, that in queint disguise An bideous tempest seemed from below

Of British armes doest maske thy royall blood, To rise through all the temple sodainely,

So to pursue a perillous emprize;

[hood, That from the altar all about did blow

How couldst thou weene, through that disguized The holy fire, and all the embers strow

To hide thy state from being understood ? Uppon the ground; which, kindled privily, Can from th’immortall gods ought hidden bee? Into outragious flames unwares did grow,

They doe thy linage, and thy lordly brood, That all the temple put in ieopardy

They doc thy sire lamenting sore for thee, Of flaming, and herselfe in great perplexity. They doe thy love forlorne in womens thraldome see. With that the crocodile, which sleeping lay “ The end whereof, and all the long event, Under the idols feete in fearelesse bowre,

They do to thee in this same dreame discover : Seem'd to awake in horrible dismay,

For that same crocodile doth represent As being troubled with that stormy stowre; The righteous knight that is thy faithfull lover, And gaping greedy wide did streight devoure Like to Osyris in all just endever: Both flames and tempest; with which growen great, For that same crocodile Osyris is, And swolne with pride of his owne peerelesse powre, That under Isis feete doth sleepe for ever; He gan to threaten her likewise to eat; (beat. To shew that clemence oft, in things amis, (his. But that the goddesse with her rod him backe did Restraines those sterne behests and cruell doomes of Tho, turning all his pride to humblesse meeke, “That knight shall allthe troublons stormes asswage Himselfe before her feete he lowly threw,

And 'raging flames, that many foes shall reare And gan for grace and love of her to seeke: To binder thee from the inst heritage Which she accepting, he so neare her drew, Of thy sires crowne, and from thy countrey deare: That of his game she soone enwombed grew, Then shalt thou take him to thy loved fere, And forth did bring a lion of great might,

And ioyne in equall portion of thy realme: That shortly did all other beasts subdew :

And afterwards a sonne to him shalt beare, With that she waked full of fearefull fright, * That lion-like shall shew his powre extreame. And doubtfully dismayd through that so uncouth So blesse thee God, and give thee ioyance of thy sight.

dreame !"

All which when she unto the end had heard, Full fiercely layde the Amazon about,
She much was eased in her troublous thought,

And dealt her blowes unmercifully sore;
And on those priests bestowed rich reward ; Which Britomart withstood with courage stont,
And royall gifts of gold and silver wrought And them repaide againe with double more.
She for a present to their goddesse brought. So long they fought, that all the grassie fiore
Then taking leave of them she forward went Was fild with bloud which from their sides did now,
To seeke ber love, where he was to be sought ; And gushed through their armes, that all in gore
Ne rested till she came without relent

They trode, and on the ground their lives did strow, l'ato the land of Amazons, as she was bent. Like fruitles stede, of which untimely death should

grow. Whereof when newes to Radigund was brought, Not with amaze, as women wonted bee,

At last proud Radigund with fell despight, She was confused in her troublous thought;

Having by channce espide advantage neare, But fild with courage and with ioyous glee,

Let drive at her with all her dreadfull might, As glad to heare of armes, the which now she

And thus upbrayding said; “ This token beare Had long surceast, she bad to open bold,

Unto the man whom thou doest love so deare; Toat she the face of her new fue might see:

And tell him for his sake thy life thou gavest." But when they of that yron man had told,

Which spitefull words she sore engriev'd to heare Which late her folke had slaine, she bad them forth Thus answer'd; “ Lewdly thou my love depravest, to hold.

Who shortly must repent that now so vainely

bravest.” So there without the gate, as seemed best,

Nath'lesse that stroke so cruell passage found, She caused her pavilion be pight; In which stout Britomart herselfe did rest,

That glauncing on her shoulder-plate it bit

Cnto the bone, and made a griesly wound, Whiles Talus watched at the dore all night.

That she her shield through raging smart of it All night likewise they of the towne in fright Ippon their wall good watch and ward did keepe. For, having force increast through furious paine,

Could scarse uphold; yet soone she it requit: The morrow next, so soone as dawning light

She her so rudely on the helmet smit Bad doe away the dampe of drouzie sleepe,

That it empierced to the very braine, The warlike Amazon out of her bowre did peepe ;

And her proud person low prostráted on the plaine. And caused streight a trumpet loud to shrill, Where being layd, the wrothfull Britonesse To wame her foe to battell soone be prest: Stayd not till she came to herselfe againe; Who, long before awoke, (for she full ill

But in revenge both of her loves distresse Could sleepe all night, that in unquiet brest

And her late vile reproch though vaunted vaine, Did closely harbour such a iealous guest)

And also of her wound which sore did paine, Was to the battell whiloine ready dicht.

She with one stroke both head and helmet cleft: Fitsoones that warriorresse with haughty crest Which dreadful sight when all her warlike traine Did forth issue all ready for the fight;

There present saw, each one of sence bereft On th' other side her foe appeared soone in sight. Fled fast into the towne, and her sole victor left. But, ere they reared hand, the Amazone

But yet so fast they could not home retrate, Began the streight conditions to propound, But that swift Talus did the formost win; With which she vised still to tye her fone, And, pressing through the preace unto the gate, To serve her so, as she the rest had bound: Pelmell with them attonce did enter in: Which when the other heard, she sternly frownd There then a piteous slaughter did begin; For high disdaine of such indignity,

For all that ever came within his reach And would no lenger treat, bnt bai them sound: He with his yron tlale did thresh so thin, For her no other termes should ever tie

That he no worke at all left for the leach: (peach. Theo what prescribed were by lawes of chevalrie. Like to an hidevus storme, wbich nothing may emThe trumpets sound, and they together run And now by this the noble conqueresse With greedy rage, and with their faulchins smot; Herselfe came in, her glory to partake; Ke either sought the others strokes to shun, Where though revengefull vow she did professe, Bat through great fury both their skill forgot, Yet, when she saw the heapes which he did makte And practicke use in armes; ne spared not Of slaughtred carkasses, her heart did quake Their dainty parts, which Nature had created For very ruth, which did it almost rive, So faire and tender without staine or spot

That she bis fury willed him to slake: for other uses then they them translated; [hated. For else he sure had left not one alive; Which they now hackt and hewd as if such use they But all, in his revenge, of spirite would deprives As when a tygre and a lionesse

Tho, when she had his execution stayd, Are met at spoyling of some hungry pray, She for that yron prison did enquire, Poth challenge it with equall greedinesse: In which her wretched love was captive layd : But first the tygre clawes thereon did lay; Which breaking open with indignant ire, And therefore loth to loose her right away

She entred into all the partes entire: Doth in defence thereof full stoutly stond: Where when she saw that lothly uncouth sighs To which the lion strongly doth gainesay, Of men disguiz'd in womanishe attire, That she to hunt the beast first tooke in hond; Her heart gan grudge for very deepe despight And thereforesought it have wherever she it fond. Of so unmanly maske in misery misdight:

At last whenas to her owne love she came, There she continu'd for a certaine space,
Whom like disguize no lesse deformed had, Till through his want her woe did more increase:
At sight thereof abasht with secrete shame Then, hoping that the change of aire and place
She turnd her head aside, as nothing glad

Would change her paine and sorrow somewhat ease, To have beheld a spectacle so bad;

She parted thence, her anguish to appease.
And then too well believ'd that which tofore Meane while her noble lord sir Artegall
Iealous suspect as true untruely drad:

Went on his way; ne ever howre did cease,
Which vaine conceipt now nourishing no more, Till he redeemed had that lady thrall :
She sought with ruth to salve his sad misfortunes sore. That for another canto will more fitly fall.
Not so great wonder and astonishment
Did the most chast Penelope possesse,
To see her lord, that was reported drent
And dead long since in dolorous distresse,
Come home to her in piteous wretchednesse,

After long travell of full twenty yeares ;
That she knew not his favours likelynesse,

Prince Arthure and sir Artegall
For many scarres and many hoary heares; (feares. Free Samient from feare:
But stood long staring on him mongst uncertaine They slay the Soudan; drive his wife

Adicia to despaire. “Ah! my deare lord, what sight is this,” quoth she, “ What May-game hath misfortune made of you? Noucht under Heaven so strongly doth allure Where is that dreadfull manly looke? where be Those mighty palmes, the which ye wont t'embrew The sence of man, and all his minde possesse,

As beauties lovely baite, that doth procure
In bloud of kings, and great hoastes to subdew?
Could ought on Earth so wondrous change have And mighty bands forget their manlinesse;

Great warriours oft their rigour to represse,

Drawne with the powre of an heart-robbing eye, As to have robde you of that manly hew?

And wrapt in fetters of a golden tresse, Could so great courage stouped have to ought? Then farewell, fleshly force; I see thy pride is Their hardned hearts enur'd to bloud and cruelty,

That can with melting pleasaunce mollifye nought !" Thenceforth she streight into a bowre him

brought, Each of whose lockes did

match a man in might,

So whylome learnd that mighty lewish swaine, And causd him those uncomely weedes undight; And in their steede for other rayment sought,

To lay his spoiles before his lemans traine: Whereof there was great store, and armors bright, So also did that great Oetean knight Which had bene reft from many a noble knight;

For his love sake his lions skin undight; Whom that proud Amazon subdewed had,

And so did warlike Antony neglect Whilest fortune favourd her successe in fight:

The worlds whole rule for Cleopatras sight. In which wbenas she him anew had clad, (glad.

Such wondrous powre hath wemens faire aspect She was reviv'd, and ioyd much in his semblance To captive men, and make them allthe world reject. So there awhile they afterwards remained, Yet could it not sterne Artegall retaine, Him to refresh, and her late wounds to heale: Nor hold from suite of his avowed quest, During which space she there as princess rained; Which he had undertave to Gloriane; And changing all that forme of common-weale

But left his love (albe her strong request) The liberty of women did repeale,

Faire Britomart in languor and unrest, Which they had long usurpt; and, them restoring And rode himselfe uppon his first intent: To mens subiection, did true iustice deale: Ne day nor night did ever idly rest; That all they, as a goddesse her adoring, [loring. Ne wight but onely Talus with him went, Her wisedome did admire, and hearkned to her The true guide of his way and vertuous government. For all those knights, which long in captive shade So travelling, he chaunst far off to heed Had shrowded bene, she did from thraldome free; A damzell Aying on a palfrey fast And magistrates of all that city made,

Before two knights that after her did speed And gave to them great living and large fee: With all their powre, and her full fiercely chast And, that they should for ever faithfuli bee, In hope to have her overhent at last: Made them sweare fealty to Artegall:

Yet fled she fast, and both them farre outwent, Who when himselfe now well recur'd did see, Carried with wings of feare, like fowle aghast, He purposd to proceed, whatso befall,

With locks all loose, and rayment all to rent ; Uppon his first adventure which him forth did call. And ever as she rode her eye was backeward bent. Full sad and sorrowfull was Britomart

Soone after these he saw another knight, For his departure, her new cause of griefe; That after those two former rode apace Yet wisely moderated her owne smart,

With speare in rest, and prickt with all his might: Seeing his honor, which she tendred chiefe, So ran they all, as they had bene at bace, Consisted much in that adventures priefe: They being chased that did others chace. The care whereof, and hope of his successe; At length he saw the hindmost overtake Gave unto her great comfort and reliefe;

One of those two, and force him tume his face; That woman'ish complaints she did represse, However loth he were his way to slake, And tempred for the time ber present heavinesse. Yet mote be algates now abide, and answere make..

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But th' other still pursu'd the fearefull mayd; Saying, “ Sir Knight, of pardon I you pray,
Who still from him as fast away did flie,

That all unweeting have you wrong'd thus sore,
Ne once for ought her speedy passage stayd, Suffring my hand against my heart to stray:
Till that at length she did before her spie

Which if ye please forgive, I will therefore Sir Artegall, to whom she streight did hie

Yeeld for amends myselfe yours evermore, With gladfull hast, in hope of him to get

Or whatso penaunce shall by you be red." Succour against her greedy enimy:

To whom the prince; “ Certes me needeth more Who seeing her approch gan forward set

To crave the same ; whom errour so misled, To save her from her feare, and him from force to let. As that I did mistake the living for the ded. But he, like hound full greedy of his pray, “ But, sith ye please that both our blames shall die, Being impatient of impediment,

Amends may for the trespasse soone be made, Continu'd still bis course, and by the way

Since neither is endamaðg'd much thereby." Thougbt with his speare him quight have overwent. So can they both themselves full eath perswade So both together, ylike felly bent,

To faire accordaunce, and both faults to shade, Like fiercely met: but Artegall was stronger, Either embracing other lovingly, And better skild in tilt and turnament,

And swearing faith to either on his blade, And bore him quite ogt of his saddle, longer Never thenceforth to nourish enmity, Then two speares length: so mischiefe overmatcht But either others cause to maintaine mutually. the wronger:

Then Artegall gan of the prince enquire, And in his fall misfortune him mistooke;

What were those knights which there on ground For on his head unhappily he pight,

were layd, That his owne waight his necke asunder broke, And had receiv'd their follies worthy hire, And left there dead. Meae while the other knight And for what cause they chased so that mayd. Defeated had the other faytour quight,

“ Certes I wote not well,” the prince then sayd, And all his bowels in his body brast:

“ But by adventure found them faring so, Whom leaving there in that dispiteous plight, As by the way unweetingly I strayd, He ran still on, thinking to follow fast

And lo! the damzell selfe, whence all did grow, His other fellow Pagan which before him past.

Of whom we may at will the whole occasion know." Instead of whom finding there ready prest

Then they that damzell called to them nie, Sir Artegall, without discretion

And asked her, what were those two her fone, He at him ran with ready speare in rest:

From whom she earst so fast away did flie; Who, seeing him come still so fiercely on,

And what was she herselfe so woe-begone, Against bim made againe : so both anon

And for what cause pursu'd of them attone. Together met, and strongly either strooke

To whom she thus; “ Then wote ye well, that 1: And broke their speares; yet neither has forgon

Doe serve a queene that not far hence doth wone, His borses backe, yet to and fro long shooke

A princesse of great powre and maiestie, (nie And tortred, like two towres which through a tém- Famous through all the world, and honor'd far and pest quooke.

“ Her name Mercilla most men use to call; Bat, when againe they had recovered sence,

That is a mayden queene of high renowne, They drew their swords, in inind to make amends For what their speares had fayld of their pretence: And soveraine grace, with which her royall crowne

For her great bounty knowen over all Which when the damzell, who those deadly ends

She doth support, and strongly beateth downe Of both her foes bad seene, and now her frends

The inalice of her foes, which her envy For her beginning a more fearefull fray;

And at her happinesse do fret and frowne; She to them runnes in hast, and her haire rends,

Yet sbe herselfe the more doth magnify, Crying to them their cruell hands to stay,

And even to her foes her mercies multiply. Untill they both do beare what she to them will say. They stayd their hands'; when she thus gan to speake; There is a mighty man, which wonnes here by,

“ Mongst many which maligne her happy state, Ah! gentle knights, what meane ye thus unwise Upon yourselves anothers wrong to wreake?

That with most fell despight and deadly hate I am the wrong'd, whom ye did enterprise

Seekes to subvert her crowne and dignity, Both to redresse, and both redrest likewise:

And all his powre doth thereunto apply: Witnesse the Paynims both, whoin ye may see

And her good knights, (of which so brave a band There dead on ground: what doe ye then devise

Serves her as any princesse under sky) of more revenge? if more, then I am shee (mee.” He either spoiles, if they against him stand, Which was the roote of all; end your revenge on

Or to his part allures, and bribeth under hand. Whom when they heard so say, they lookt about “ Ne him sufficeth all the wrong and ill, To weete if it were true as she had told;

Which he unto her people does each day; Where #ben they saw their foes dead out of doubt, But that he seekes by trayterous traines to spill Eftsoones they gan their wrothfull hands to hold, Her person, and her sacred selfe to slay: And ventailes reare each other to behold.

That, Oye Heavens, defend! and turne away Tho, wben as Artegall did Arthure vew,

From her unto the miscreant himselfe ; So faire a creature and so wondrous bold,

That neither hath religion nor fay, He much admired both his heart and hew,

But makes his god of his ungodly pelfe, had touched with intire affection nigh him drew; And idoles serves: so let his idolş serve the Elfe !

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