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Ah! fairest Lady-Knight, said Paridell,
Pardon (I pray) my heedless over-light,
Who had forgot, that whylome I heard tell
From aged Mnemon , for my wits been light.
Indeed he said, if I remember right,
That of the antique Trojan stock, there grew
Another plant, that raught to wondrous height,
And far abroad his mighty branches threw,
Into the utmost angle of the world he knew.
For that fame Brute (whom much he did advance
In all his speech) was Sylvius his son,
Whom having Nain, through luckless arrows glance,
He Aed for fear of that he had misdone,
Or else for shame, so foul reproach to shone ;
And with him led to sea a youthly train,
Where weary wandring they long time did wonne,
And many fortunes prov'd in th'Ocean main,
And great adventures found, that now were long to sayn.
At last by fatal course they driven were
Into an Inand spacious and broad,
The furtheft north that did to them appear :
And (after reft they seeking far abroad)
Found it the fittest foil for their abode ;
Fruitful of all things fit for living food,
But wholly waite, and void of peoples trode,
Save an huge nation of the Giants brood,
That fed on living felh, and drunk mens vital blood.
Whom he through weary wars and labours long,
Subdu'd with loss of many Britons bold :
In which, the great Goëmagot of strong
Corineus, and Coulin of Debon old
Were overthrown, and laid on th'earth full cold,
Which quaked under their fo hideous mass :
A famous history to be enrold
In everlasting monuments of brass,
That all the antique worthics merits far did pass.
His work, great Troynouant, his work is eke
Fair Lincoln, both renowned far away,
That who from east to west will end-long feek,
Cannot two fairer cities find this day,
Except Cleopolis : fo heard I say
Old Mnemon. Therefore fir, Í greet you well
Your country kin, and you entirely pray
Of pardon for the strife which late befell
Betwixt us both unknown. So ended Paridell.
But all the while that he these speeches spent,
Upon his lips hung fair Dame Hellenore,
With vigilant regard, and due attent,
Fashioning worlds of fancies evermore
In her frail wit, that now her quite forlore:
The whiles, unwares away her wandring eye
And greedy ears, her weak heart from her bore :
Which he perceiving, ever privily
In speaking, many falle belgards at her let ily.
So long these Knights discoursed diversly,
Of strange affairs, and noble hardiment,
Which they had past with mickle jeopardy,
That now the humid night was farforth spent,
And heavenly lamps were halfendeal ybrent :
Which th’old inan seeing well (who too long thought
Every discourse and every argument,
Which by the hours he measured) besought
Them go to rest. So all unto their bowrs were brought.
Paridell rapetó hellenore:
Malbecco her pursues:
Finds emongst Satyrs, whence with him
To turn se doth refuse.
he morrow next, fo soon as Phabus lamp
Bewrayed had the world with early light,
And fresh Aurora had the shady damp
Out of the goodly heaven amoved quight,
Fair Britomart and that same Fairy Knight
Uprose, forth on their journey for to wend:
But Paridell complain'd, that his late fight
With Britomart, fo fore did him offend,
That ride he could not, till his hurts he did amend.
So forth they far'd; but he behind them stayd,
Maulgre his host, who grudged grievously
To house a guest, that would be needs obey'd,
And of his own him left not liberty :
(Might, wanting measure, moveth furquedry.)
Two things he feared, but the third was death;
That fierce young mans unruly maistery ;
His money, which he lov'd as living breath;
And his fair wife, whom honest long he kept uneath.
But patience perforce : he must aby
What fortune and his fate on him will lay:
Fond is the fear that finds no remedy;
Yet w arily he watcheth every way,
By which he feareth evil happen may:
So th’evil thinks by watching to prevent;
Ne doth he suffer her, nor night, nor day,
Out of his fight her self once to absent
So doth he punish her, and eke himielf torment.
But Paridell kept better watch than he,
A fit occasion for his turn to find :
Falfe Love, why do men say, thou canst not see,
And in their foolish fancy feign thee blind,
That with thy charms the sharpest fight dost bind,
And to thy will abuse? Thou walkest free,
And seeft every secret of the mind;
Thou seeft all, yet' none at all sees thee;
All that is by the working of thy Deity.
So perfect in that art was Paridell,
That he Malbecco's halfen eye did while :
His halfen eye he wiled wondrous well,
And Hellenor's both eyes did eke beguile,
Both eyes and heart attonce, during the while
That he there fojourned his wounds to heal ;
That Cupid self it seeing, close did smile,
To weet how he her love away did steal,
And bade, that none their joyous treason should reveal.
The learned Lover loft no time nor tide,
That least advantage mote to him afford,
Yet bore so fair a fail, that none espide
His secret drift, till he her laid abord.
When-fo in open place, and common bord,
He fortun'd her to meet, with common speech
He courted her, yet baited every word,
That his ungentle hoft n'ote him appeach
Of vilc ungentleness, or hospitages breach.
But when apart (if ever her apart)
He found, then his false engins fast he plide,
And all the sleighis unbotom'd in his heart;
He sigh’d, he fob’d, he swound, he perdy dide,
And cait himself on ground her fast beside :
Tho when again he him bethought to live,
He wept, and waild, and false laments belide,
Saying, but if she mercy would him give,
That he note algates dye, yet did his death forgive.
And other-whiles with amorous delights,
And pleasing toys he would her entertain,
Now singing sweetly, to surprise her sprights,
Now making lays of love and Lovers pain,
Branfles, ballads, virelays, and verses vain;
Oft purposes, oft riddles he devis'd,
And thousands like, which fowed in his brain,
With which he fed her fancy and entis'd
To take to his new love, and leave her old despis’d.
And every where he might, and every while
He did her service dutiful, and su'd
At hand with humble pride, and pleasing guile,
So closely yet, that none but she it viewd,
Who well perceived all, and all indu'd.
Thus finely did he his false nets diffpred,
With which he many weak hearts had subdu'd
Of yore, and many had ylike misled :
Whac wonder then, if she were likewise carried ?
No fort fo fensible, no walls so strong,
But that continual battery will rive,
Or daily siege through dispurveyance long,
And lack of rescues will to parly drive;
And piece, that unto parly ear will give,
Will shortly yield it felf, and will be made
The vassal of the victors will-bylive:
That stratagem had oftentimes affay'd
This crafty paramour, and now it plain display'd.
For though his trains he her intrapped hath,
That she her love and heart hath wholly told
To him, without regard of gain, or scath,
Or care of credit, or of husband old,
Whom she hath vow'd to dub a fair cuckold.
Nought wants but time and place, which shortly flic
Devized hath, and to her Lover told.
It pleased well. So well they both agree;
So ready ripe to ill, ill womens counsels be.