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“ To all which cruell tyranny, they say, Who, bringing them to their appointed place, He is provokt, and stird up day and night Offred his service to disarme the knight; By his bad wife that hight Adicia;

But he refusing him to let unlace, Who counsels him, through confidence of might, For doubt to be discovered by his sight, To breake all bonds of law and rules of right : Kept himselfe still in his straunge armour dight: For she herselfe professeth mortall foe

Soone after whom the prince arrived there, To Iustice, and against her still doth fight, And, sending to the Souldan in despight Working, to all that love her, deadly woe,

A bold defyance, did of him requere And making all her knights and people to doe so. That damzell whom he held as wrongfull prisonere. ” Which my liege lady seeing, thought it best Wherewith the Souldan all with furie fraught, With that his wife in friendly wise to deale, Swearing and banning most blasphemonsly, For stint of strife and stablishment of rest

Commaunded straight his armour to be brought; Both to herselfe and to her common-weale, And, mounting straight upon a charret hye, And all forepast displeasures to repeale.

(With yron wheeles and hookes arm'd dreadfully, So me in message unto her she sent,

And drawne of cruell steedes which he had fed To treat with her, by way of enterdeale,

With flesh of men, whom through fell tyranny Of finall peace and faire attonëment

He slanghtred had, and ere they were halfe ded Which might concluded be by mutuall consent. Their bodies to his beastes for provender did spred;)

“ All times have wont safe passage to afford
To messengers that come for causes just :
But this proude dame, disdayning all accord,
Not onely into bitter termes forth brust,
Reviling me and rayling as she lust,
But lastly, to make proofe of utmost shame,
Me like a dog she out of dores did thrust,
Miscalling me by many a bitter name,
That never did her ill, ne once deserved blame.

So forth he came all in a cote of plate
Burnisht with bloudie rust; whiles on the greene
The Briton prince him readie did awayte
In glistering armes right goodly well beseene,
That shone as bright as doth the Heaven sheene;
And by his stirrup Talus did attend,
Playing his pages part, as he had beene
Before directed by his lord ; to th’ end
He should his faile to finall execution bend.

« And lastly, that no shame might wanting be, Thus goe they both together to their geare
When I was gone, soone after me she sent With like fierce minds, but meanings different:
These two false knights, whom there ye lying see, For the proud Souldan, with presumptuous cheare
To be by them dishonoured and shent:

And countenance sublime and insolent,
But, thankt be God, and your good hardiment! Sought onely slaughter and avengëment;
They have the price of their owne folly payd." But the brave prince for honour and for right,
So said this damnzell, that hight Samient;

Gainst tortious powre and lawlesse regiment, And to those knights for their so noble ayd In the behalfe of wronged weake did fight: Herselfe most gratefull shew'd, and heaped thanks More in his causes truth be trusted then in might. repayd.

Like to the Thracian tyrant, who they say But they now having throughly heard and seene Unto his horses gave his guests for meat, All those great wrongs, the which that mayd com- Till he himselfe was made their greedie pray, To have bene done against her lady queene (plained And torne in pieces by Alcides great; By that proud dame, which her so much disdained, so thought the Souldan, in his follies threat, Were moved much thereat, and twixt them fained Either the prince in peeces to have torne With all their force to worke avengement strong With his sharpe wheeles in his first rages heat, Uppon the Souldan selfe, which it mayntained, Or under his fierce horses feet have borne, And on his lady, th' author of that wrong, And trampled downe in dust his thoughts disdained And uppon all those knights that did to her belong. But, thinking best by counterfet disguise

But the bold child that perill well espying, To their deseigne to make the easier way,

If he too rashly to his charret drew, They did this complot twixt themselves devise: Gave way unto his horses speedie flying, First, that sir Artegall should him array

And their resistlesse rigour did eschew: Like one of those two knights which dead there lay; Yet, as he passed by, the Pagan threw And then that damzell, the sad Samient,

A shivering dart with so impetuous force, Should as bis purchast prize with him convay That, had he not it shunn'd with heedfull vew, Unto the Souldans court, her to present

It had himselfe transfixed or his horse, (morse. Unto-bis scorefull lady that for her had sent. Or made them both one masse withouten more re

scorne

So as they had deviz'd, sir Artegall

Oft drew the prince unto his charret nigh, Him clad in th’armour of a Pagan knight,

In hope some stroke to fasten on him ueare; And taking with him, as his vanquisht thrall, But he was mounted in his seat so high, That damzell, led her to the Souldans right: And his wing-footed coursers him did beare Where soone as his proud wife of her had sight, So fast away, that, ere his readie speare Forth of her window as she looking lay,

He could advance, he farre was gone and past; She weened streight it was her Payniin knight, Yet still he him did follow every where, Which brought that damzell as his purchase pray; And followed was of him likewise full fast, And sent to him a page that mote direet his way: So long as in his steedes tbe daming breath did last: up

Againe the-Pagan threw another dart,

Such was the furie of these head-strong steeds, Of wbich he had with bim abundant store

Soone as the infants sunl ke shield they saw, On every side of his embatteld cart,

That all obedience both to words and deeds And of all other weapons lesse or more,

They quite forgot, and scornd all former law: (draw Which warlike uses had deviz'd of yore :

Through woods, and rocks, and mountaines they did The wicked shaft, guyded through th' ayrie wyde The yron charet, and the wheeles did teare, By some bad spirit that it to mischiefe bore, And tost the Paynim without feare or awe; Stayd not, till through his curat it did glyde, From side to side they tost him here and there, And made a griesly wound in his enriven side. Crying to them in vaine that uould his crying heare. Much was he grieved with that haplesse throe, Yet still the prince pursew'd him close behind, That opened bad the welspring of his blood; Oft making offer him to smite, but found But much the more that to his hatefull foe No easie meanes according to his mind: He mote bot come to wreake his wrathfull mood : At last they have all overthrowne to ground That made him rave, like to a lyon wood,

Quite topside turvey, and the Pagan hound Which being wounded of the huntsmans hand Amongst the yron bookes and graples keene Cannot come neare hiin in the covert wood, Torne all to rags, and rent with many a wound; Where he with boughes hath built his shady stand, That no whole peece of him was to be seene, And fenst himselfe about with many a tiaming brand. But scattred all about, and strow'd upon the greene. Still when he sought t'approch unto him ny Like as the cursed sonne of Thesëus, His charret wheeles about him whirled round, That following his chace in dewy morne, And made him backe againe as fast to fly; To fly his stepdames love outrageous, And eke his steedes, like to an hungry bound Of his owne steedes was all to peeces torne, That hunting after game hath carrion found, And his faire limbs left in the woods forlorne; So cruelly d.d him pursew and cbace,

That for his sake Diana did lament, That his good steed, all were he much renound And all the woody nymphes did wayle and mourne: For noble courage and for hardie race, [place. So was this Sonidain rapt and all to rent, Durst not endure their sight, but fied from place to That of his shape appear'd no litle moniment. Thus long they trast and traverst to and fro, Onely his shield and armour, which there lay, Seeking by every way to make some breach ; Though nothing whole, but all to brus'd and broken, Yet could the prince not nigh unto him goe,

He did take, and with him brought away, That one sure stroke he might unto him reach, That mote remaine for an eternall token Whereby his strengthes assay he might him teach: To all, mongst whom this storie should be spoken, At last, from his victorious shield he drew

How worthily, by Heavens high decree,
The vaile, which did his powrefull light empeach; Iustice that day of wrong herselfe had wroken;
And comming ful before his horses vew,

That all men, which that spectacle did see,
As they opon him prest, it plaine to them did shew. By like ensample mote for ever warned bee.
Like lightening flash that hath the gazer burned, So on a tree, before the tyrants dore,
So did the sight thereof their sense dismay, He caused them be hung in all mens sight,
That backe againe upon themselves they turned, To be a moniment for evermore.
And with their ryder ranne perforce away:

Which when his ladie from the castles hight
Ne could the Souldan them from flying stay Beheld, it much appald her troubled spright:
With raynes or wonted rule, as well he knew : Yet not, as women wont, in dolefull fit
Nought feared they what he could do or say, She was dismayd, or faynted through affright,
But th' onely feare that was before their vew; But gathered unto her her troubled wit,
From which like mazed deere disinayfully they flew. And gan

eftsoones devize to be aveng'd for it. Fast did they fly as them there feete could beare Streight downe she ranne, like an enraged con High over hilles, and lowly over dales,

That is berobbed of her youngling dere,
As they were follow'd of their former feare:

With knife in hand, and fatally did vow
In vaine the Pagan bannes, and sweares, and rayles, To wreake her on that mayden messengere,
And backe with both his bands unto him hayles Whom she had causd be kept as prisonere
The resty raynes, regarded now no more:

By Artegall, misween’d for her owne knight,
He to them calles and speakes, yet nought avayles; That brought her backe: and, comming present
They heare him not, they have forgot his lore;

there, But go which way they list; their guide they have she at her ran with all her force and might, forlore.

All flaming with revenge and furious despight. As when the firie-mouthed steedes, which drew Like raging Ino, when with knife in hand The Sunnes bright wayne to Phaëtons decay, She threw her husbands murdred infant out; Soone as they did the monstrous scorpion vew Or fell Medea, when on Colchicke strand With ugly craples crawling in their way,

Her brothers bones she scattered all about; The dreadfull sight did them so sore affray, Or as that madding mother, mongst the rout That their well-knowen courses they forwent; Of Bacchus priests, her owne deare flesh did teare: And, leading th' ever burning lampe astray, Yet neither Ino, nor Medea stout, This lower world nigh all to ashes brent,

Nor all the Mænades so furious were, And left their scorched path yet in the firmament. As this bold woman when she saw that damzell there. But Artegall being thereof aware

Where having with sir Artegall a space Did stay her cruell hand ere she her raught;

Well solast in that Souldans late delight, And, as she did herselfe to strike prepare,

They both, resolving now to leave the place, Out of her fist the wicked weapon caught :

Both it and all the wealth therein behight With that, like one enfelon'd or distraught, Unto that damzell and her ladies right, She forth did rome whether her rage her bore, And so would have departed on their way: With franticke passion and with furie fraught; But she them woo'd, by all the meanes she might, And, breaking forth out at a posterne dore, And earnestly besought to wend that day Unto the wilde wood ranne, her dolours to deplore: With her, to see her ladie thence not farte away. As a mad bytch, whenas the franticke fit

By whose entreatie both they overcommen Her burning tongue with rage inflamed hath,

Agree to goe with her; and by the way,

As often falles, of sundry things did commen; Doth runne at randon, and with furious bit Snatching at every thing doth wreake her wrath

Mongst which that damzell did to them bewray On man and beast that commeth in her path.

A straunge adventure which not farre thence lay; There they doe say that she transformed was

To weet, a wicked villaine, bold and stout,

Which wonned in a rocke not farre away,
Into a tygre, and that tygres scath
In crueltie and outrage she did pas,

That robbed all the countrie thereabout,

And brought the pillage home, whence none could To prove her surname true, that she imposed has.

get it out. Then Artegall, himselfe discovering plaine,

Thereto both his owne wylie wit, she sayd, Did issue forth gainst all that warlike rout

And eke the fastnesse of his dwelling place, Of knights and armed men, which did maintaine

Both unassaylable, gave him great ayde: That ladies part and to the Souldan lout:

For he so crafty was to forge and face, All which he did assault with courage stout, "So light of hand, and nymble of his pace, All were they nigh an hundred knights of name,

So smooth of tongue, and subtile in his tale, And like wyld goates them chaced all about,

That could deceive one looking in his face: Flying from place to place with cowheard shame;

Therefore by name Malengin they him call, So that with finall force them all he overcame.

Well knowen by his feates, and famous over all. Then caused he the gates be opened wyde; Through these his slights he many doth confound: And there the prince, as victour of that day, And eke the rocke, in which he wonts to dwell, With tryumph entertayn'd and glorifyde,

Is wondrous strong and hewn farre under ground, Presenting him with all the rich array

A dreadfull depth, how deepe no man can tell; And roiall pomp, which there long hidden lay, But some doe say it goeth downe to Hell: Purchast through lawlesse powreand tortious wrong, And, all within, it full of wyndings is Of that proud Souldan, whom he earst did slay. And hidden wayes, that scarse an hound by smell So both, for rest, there having stayd not long, Can follow out those false footsteps of his, Marcht with that mayd ; fit matter for another Ne none can backe returne that once are gone amis. song.

Whicb when those knights had heard, their hearts

gan earne
To understand that villeins dwelling place,

And greatly it desir'd of her to learne,
CANTO IX

And by which way they towards it should trace.
“ Were not,” sayd she, " that it should let your

Towards my ladies presence
Arthur and Artegall catch Guyle

you ment, (pace Whom Talus doth dismay:

I would you guyde directly to the place.”
They to Mercillaes pallace come,

" Then let not that,” said they, “ stay your intent; And see her rich array.

For neither will one foot, till we that carle have

hent.” What tygre, or what other salvage wight,

So forth they past, till they approched ny Is so exceeding furious and fell

Unto the rocke where was tbe villeins won: As Wrong, when it bath arm'd itselfe with might? Which when the damzell veare at hand did spy, Not fit mongst men that doe with reason mell,

She warn'd the knights thereof : who thereupon But mongst

, wyld beasts, and salvage woods, to dwell; Gan to advize what best were to be done. Where still the stronger doth the weake devourc,

So both agreed to send that mayd afore,
And they that most in boldnesse doe excell
Are dreadded most, and feared for their powre;

Where she might sit nigh to the den alone,

Wayling, and raysing pittifull uprore, Fit for Adicia there to build her wicked bowre.

As if she did some great calamitie deplore. There let her wonne, farre from resort of men, With noyse whereof whenas the caytive carle Where righteous Artegall her late exyled; Should issue forth, in hope to find some spoyle, There let her ever keepe her damned den,

They in awayt would closely him ensnarle, Where none may be with her lewd parts defyled, Ere to his den he backward could recoyle; Nor none but beasts may be of her despoyled : And so would hope him easily to foyle. And turne we to the noble prince, where late The damzell straight went, as she was directed, We did him leave, after that he had foyled Unto the rocke; and there, upon a soyle The cruell Souldan, and with dreadfull fate Having herselfe in wretched wize abiected, [fected. llad utterly subverted his unrighteous state. Gan weepe and wayle as if great griefe had her af. The cry whereof entring the hollow cave

Into a foxe bimselfe he first did tourne;
Eftsoones brought forth the villaine, as they ment, But he him hunted like a foxe full fast:
With hope of her some wishfull boot to have : Then to a bush himselfe he did transforme;
Full dreadfull wight he was as ever went

But he the bush did beat, till that at last
Upon the Earth, with hollow eyes deepe pent, Into a bird it chauug'd, and from him past,
And long curld locks that downe his shoulders shag-Flying from tree to tree, from wand to wand:
And on his backe an uncouth vestiment [ged, But he then stones at it so long did cast,
Made of straunge stuffe, but all to worne and ragged, That like stone it fell upon the land;
And underneath his breech was all to torne and But he then tooke it up, and held fast in his hand.
iagged.

So he it bronght with him unto the knights, And in his hand an huge long staffe he held,

And to his lord sir Artegall it lent, Whose top was arm’d with many an yron booke,

Warning him hold it fast for feare of slights: Fit to catch hold of all that he could weld,

Who wbilest in hand it gryping hard he hent, Or in the compasse of his clouches tooke;

Into a hedgehogge all unwares it went, And ever round about he cast his looke :

And prickt bim so that he away it threw : Als at his backe a great wyde net he bore,

Then gan it runne away incontinent, With which he seldom fished at the brooke,

Being returned to his former hew; But usd to fish for fooles on the dry shore, [store. But Talus soone him overtooke, and backward drew. Of which he in faire weather wont to take great But, whenas he would to a snake againe

Have turn’d himselfe, he with his yron flayle Him when the damzell saw fast by her side,

Gan drive at him with so huge might and maine, So ugly creature, she was nigh dismayd;

That all his bones as small as sandy grayle
And now for helpe aloud in earnest cride :
But, when the villaine saw her so affrayd,

He broke, and did his bowels disentrayle,

Crying in vaine for belpe, when helpe was past; He gan with guilefull words her to perswade To banish feare; and with Sadonian smyle

So did deceipt the selfe-deceiver fayle: Laughing on her, his false intent to shade,

There they him left a carrion outcast Gan forth to lay his bayte her to beguyle, (whyle. For beasts and foules to feede upon for their repast. That from herself unwares he might her steale the Thence forth they passed with that gentle mayd

To see her ladie, as they did agree: Like as the fouler on his guilefull pype

To which when she approched, thus she sayd; Charmes to the birds full many a pleasant lay, Loe now, right noble knights, arriv'd ye bee That they the whiles may take lesse heedie keepe, Nigh to the place which ye desir'd to see: How he his nets doth for their ruine lay:

There shall ye see my soverayne ladie queene, So did the villaine to her prate and play,

Most sacred wight, most debonayre and free,
And many pleasant tricks before her show, That ever yet upon this Earth was seene,
To turne her eyes from his intent away:

Or that with diademe hath ever crowned beene."
For he in slights and iugling feates did flow,
And of legierdemayne the mysteries did know. The gentle knights reioyced much to heare

The prayses of that prince so manifold ; To which whilest she lent her intentive mind, And, passing litle further, commen were He suddenly his net upon ber threw,

Where they a stately pallace did behold That oversprad her like a puffe of wind;

Of pompous show, much more then she had told, And snatching her soone up, ere well she knew, With many towres and tarras mounted hye, Ran with her fast away unto his mew,

And all their tops bright glistering with gold, Crying for helpe aloud: but whenas ny

That seemed to out-shine the dimmed skye, He came unto bis cave, and there did vew

And with their brightnesse daz'd the straunge beThe armed knights stopping his passage by, He threw his burden downe and fast away did fly.

There they alighting, by that damzell were
But Artegall him after did pursew;

Directed in, and shewed all the sight;
The whiles the prince there kept the entrance still: Stood open wyde to all men day and night;

Whose porch, that most magnificke did appeare, Cp to the rocke he ran, and thereon flew

Yet warded well by one of mickle might
Like a wyld gote, leaping from hill to hill,
And dauncing on the craggy cliffes at will;

That sate thereby, with gyant-like resemblance, That deadly daunger seem'd in all mens sight

To keepe out guyle, and malice, and despight,

That under shew oft-times of fayned semblance, To tempt such steps, where footing was so ill:

Are wont in princes courts to v: orke great scath and Ne ought avayled for the armed knight

hindrance: To thinke to follow him that was so swift and light.

His name was Awe; by whom they passing in Which when hesaw, his yron man he sent Went up the hall, that was a large wyde roome, To follow him ; for he was swift in chace: All full of people making troublous din He him pursewd wherever that he went;

And wondrous noyse, as if that there were some Both over rockes, and hilles, and every place Which unto them was dealing righteous doome : Where so he fled, he followd him apace:

By whom they passing through the thickest preasse, So that he shortly forst him to forsake

The marshall of the hall to them did come, The hight, and downe descend unto the base : His name hight Order; who, commaunding peace, There he him courst afresh, and soone did make Them guyded through the throng, that did their To leave his proper forme, and other shape to take.

clamors ceasse.

holders eye.

Tney ceast their clamors upon them to gaze; And round about before her feet there sate
Whom seeing all in armour bright as day,

A bevie of faire virgins clad in white,
Straunge there to see, it did them much amaze, That goodly seem'd tadorne her royall state;
And with unwonted terror balfe affray:

All lovely daughters of high love, that hight
For never saw they there the like array ;

Litæ, by him begot in loves delight
Ne ever was the name of warre there spoken, Upon the righteous Themis; those they say
But ioyous peace and quietnesse alway

Upon loves iudgment-seat wayt day and night;
Dealing iust iudgments, that mote not be broken And, when in wrath he threats the worlds decay,
For any brybes, or threates of any to be wroken. They doe his anger calme and cruell vengeance stay.
There, as they entred at the scriene, they saw They also doe, by his divine permission,
Some one, whose tongue was for his trespasse vyle Upon the thrones of mortall princes tend,
Nayld to a post, adiudged so by law;

And often treat for pardon and remission For that therewith he falsely did revyle

To suppliants, through frayltie which offend : And foule blaspheme that queene for forged guyle, 'Those did upon Mercillaes throne attend, Both with bold speaches which he blazed had, Iust Dice, wise Eunomie, myld Eirene ; And with lewd poems which he did compyle; And them amongst, her glorie to commend, For the bold title of a poet bad

[sprad. Sate goodly Temperance in garments clene, He on bimselfe had ta'en, and rayling rymes had | And saered Reverence yborne of heavenly strene Thus there he stood, whilest high over his head Thus did she sit in royall rich estate, There written was the purport of his sin,

Admyrd of many, honoured of all; In cyphers strange, that few could rightly read, Whylest underneath her feete, there as she state, Bon Fons; but Bon, that once had written bin, An huge great lyon lay, (that mote appall Was raced out, and Mal was now put in:

An hardie courage) like captived thrall So now Malfont was plainely to be red;

With a strong yron chaine and coller bound, Eyther for th' évill which he did therein,

That once he could not move, nor qnich at all; Or that he likened was to a welhed

Yet did he murmure with rebellious sound, Of evill words, and wicked sclaunders by him shed. And softly royne, when salvage choler gan redound, They, passing by, were guyded by degree So sitting high in dreaded soverayntie, Unto the presence of that gratious queene; Those two strange knights were to her presence Who sate on high, that she might all men see

brought; And might of all men royally be seene,

Who, bowing low before her maiestie, Upon a throne of gold full bright and sheene, Did to her myld obeysance, as they ought, Adorned all with gemmes of endlesse price, And meekest boone that they imagine mought : As either might for wealth have gotten beene, To wbom she eke inclyning her withall, Or could be fram’d by workmans rare device; As a faire stoupe of her high-soaring thought, And all embost with lyons and flourdelice.

A chearefull countenance on them let fall,

Yet tempred with some maiestie imperiall.
All over her a cloth of state was spred,
Not of rich tissew, nor of cloth of gold,
Nor of ought else that may be richest red,

As the bright Sunne, what time his fierie teme

Towards the westerne brim begins to draw, But like a cloud, as likest may be told,

Gins to abate the brightnesse of his beme, That her brode-spreading wings did wyde unfold;

And fervour of his flames somewhat adaw; Whose skirts were bordred with bright summy beames, So did this mightie ladie, when she saw Glistring like gold amongst the plights enrold,

Those two strange knights such homage to her make, And here and there shooting forth silver streames,

Bate somewhat of that maiestie and awe Mongst which crept litle angels through the glit. That whylome wont to doe so many quake, tering gleames.

And with more myld aspéct those two to entertake. Seemed those litle angels did uphold The cloth of state, and on their purpled wings

Now at that instant, as occasion fell, Did beare the pendants through their nimblesse bold; When these two stranger knights arriv'd in place, Besides, a thousand more of such as sings

She was about affaires of common-wele, Hymns to high God, and carols heavenly things,

Dealing of justice with indifferent grace, Encompassed the throne on which she sate;

And hearing pleas of people mean and base: She, angel-like, the heyre of ancient kings

Mongst which, as then, there was for to be heard And mightie conquerors, in royall state; stráte. The tryall of a great and weightie case, Whylest kings and Kesars at her feet did them pros

Which on both sides was then debating hard :

But, at the sight of these, those were awhile debard. Thus she did sit in soverayne maiestie, Holding a sceptre in ber royall hand,

But, after all her princely entertayne, The sacred pledge of peace and clemencie, To th' hearing of that former cause in hand With which high God had blest her happie land, Herselfe eftsoones she gan convert agaide ; Maugre so many foes which did withstand : Which that those knights likewise mote understand, But at her feet her sword was likewise layde, And witnesse forth aright in forrain land, Whose long rest rusted the bright steely brand; Taking them up unto her stately throne, Yet whenas foes enforst, or friends sought ayde, Where they mote heare the matter throughly scand She could it sternely draw, that all the world dis- One either part, she placed th’ one on th' one, mayde.

Th' other on th' other side, and neare them none,

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