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Shee weend it was, and towards him gan ride: Approching nigh she wist it was the same ; (came: And with faire fearefull humblesse towards him shee,
And weeping said, “ Ah my long-lacked lord,
Where have ye bene thus long out of my sight?
Much feared I to have bene quite abhord,
Or ought have done, that ye displeasen might;
That should as death unto my deare heart light;
For since mine eie your ioyous sight did mis,
My chearefull day is turnd to chearelesse night.
And eke my night of death the shadow is : [blis!"
But welcome now, my light, and shinning lamp of
He thereto meeting said, “My dearest dame,
Far be it from your thought, and fro my wil,
To thinke that knighthood I so much should shame
As you to leave that have me loved stil,
And chose in Faery court, of meere goodwil,
Where noblest knights were to be found on Earth.
The Earth shall sooner leave her kindly skil
To bring forth fruit, and make eternal derth,
Then I leave you, my liefe, yborn of hevenly berth.
“ And sooth to say, why I lefte you so long,
Was for to seeke adventure in straunge place;
Where, Archimago said, a felon strong
To many knights did daily worke disgrace ;
But knight he now shall never more deface :
Good cause of mine excuse that mote ye please
Well to accept, and evermore embrace
My faithfull service, that by land and seas
Have vowd you to defend : now then your plaint
His lovely words her seemd due recompence
Of all her passed paines : one loving howre
For many yeares of sorrow can dispence;
A dram of sweete is worth a pound of sowre.
Shee has forgott how many a woeful stowre
For him she late endurd; she speakes no more
Of past : true is, that true love hath no powre
To looken backe; his eies be fixt before. (so sore.
Before her stands her knight, for whom she toyld
Much like, as when the beaten marinere,
That long hath wandred in the ocean wide,
Ofte soust in swelling Tethys saltish teare;
And long time having tand his tawny hide
With blustring breath of Heaven that none can bide,
And scorching flames of fierce Orion's hound;
Soone as the port from far he has espide,
His chearfull whistle merily doth sound,
And Nereus crownes with cups; his mates him
Such ioy made Una, when her knight she found;
And eke th’ enchaunter ioyous seemde no lesse
Then the glad marchant, that does vew from ground
His ship far come from watrie wildernesse ;
He hurles out vows, and Neptune oft doth blesse.
So forth they past ; and all the way they spent
Discoursing of her dreadful late distresse,
In which he askt her, what the lyon ment;
Who told her all that fell in iourney, as she went.
They had not ridden far, when they might see
One pricking towards them with hastie heat,
Full strongly armd, and on a courser free
That through his fiersnesse fomed all with sweat,
And the sharpe yron did for anger eat,
When his hot ryder spurd his chauffed side ;
His looke was sterne, and seemed still to threat
Cruell revenge, which he in hart did hyde :
And on his shield Sans loy in bloody lines was dyde.
When nigh he drew unto this gentle payre,
And sow the red crosse, which the knight bid beare,
He burnt in fire ; and gan eftsoones prepare
Himselfe to batteill with his couched speare.
Loth was that other, and did faint through feare,
To taste th’untryed dint of deadly steele :
But yet his lady did so well him cheare,
That hope of new good hap he gan to feele;
So bent his speare, and spurd his horse with yron
But that proud Paynim forward came so ferce
And full of wrath, that, with his sharp-head speare,
Through vainly crossed shield he quite did perce ;
And, had his staggering steed not shronke for feare,
Through shield and body eke he should him beare:
Yet, so great was the puissance of his push,
That from his sadle quite he did him beare :
He tombling rudely downe to ground did rush,
And from his gored wound a well of bloud did gush.
Dismounting lightly from his loftie steed,
He to him lept, in minde to reave his life,
And proudly said ; “Lo, there the worthie meed
Of him, that slew Sansfoy with bloody knife ;
Henceforth his ghost, freed from repining strife,
In peace may passen over Lethe lake ;
When mourning altars, purgd with enimies life,
The black infernall Furies doen aslake: (thee take."
Life from Sansfoy thou tookst, Sansloy shall from.
Therewith in haste his helmet gan unlace,
Till Una cride, “ O hold that heavie hand,
Dear sir, what ever that thou be in place :
Enough is, that thy foe doth vanquisht stand
Now at thy mercy; mercy not withstand;
For he is one the truest knight alive,
Though conquered now he lie on lowly land ;
And, whilest him fortune favourd, fayre did thrive
In bloudy field ; therefore of life him not deprive."
Her piteous wordes might not abate his rage;
But, rudely rending up his helmet, would
Have slayne him streight: but when he sees his age,
And hoarie head of Archimago old,
His hasty hand he doth amased hold,
And, halfe ashamed, wondred at the sight:
For that old man well knew he, though untold,
In charmes and magick to have wondrous might ;
Ne ever wont in field, ne in round lists, to fight :
And said, “ Why Archimago, lucklesse syre,
What doe I see? what hard mishap is this,
That hath thee hether brought to taste mine yre?
Or thine the fault, or mine the error is,
Instead of foe to wound my friend amiss ?”
He answered nought, but in a traunce still lay,
And on those guilefull dazed eyes of his
The cloude of death did sit; which doen away,
He left him lying so, ne would no lenger stay:
But to the virgin comes; who all this while
Amased stands, herselfe so mockt to see
By him, who has the guerdon of his guilc,
For so misfeigning her true knight to bee :
Yet is she now in more perplexitie,
Left in the hand of that same Paynim bold,
From whom her booteth not at all to Aie :
Who, by her cleanly garment catching hold,
Her from her palfrey pluckt, her visage to behold.
But her fiers servant, full of kingly aw
And high disdaine, whenas his soveraine dame
So rudely handled by her foe he saw,
With gaping iawes full greedy at him came,
And, ramping on his shield, did weene the same
Have reft away with his sharp rending clawes :
But he was stout, and lust did now inflame
His corage more, that from his griping pawes
He hath his shield redeemd ; and forth his swerd he
O then, too weake and feeble was the forse
Of salvage beast, his puissance to withstand !
For he was strong, and of so mightie corse,
As ever wielded speare in warlike hand;
And feates of armes did wisely understand.
Eftsoones he perced through his chaufed chest
With thrilling point of deadly yron brand,
And launcht his lordly hart : with death opprest
He ror'd aloud, whiles life forsooke his stubborne
Who now is left to keepe the fórlorne maid
From raging spoile of lawlesse victors will ?
Her faithfull gard remov'd; her hope dismaid ;