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Against his foe and mine: Watch thou, I
So having faid, eftfoones he gan display . His painted nimble wings, and vanilht quite away.
! IX. ' . The Palmer seeing his lefte empty place, · And his slow eies beguiled of their fight, Woxe fore 'affraid, and standing still a space Gaz'd after him, as fowle escapt by flight: At last, him turning to his charge behight, With trembling hand his troubled pulse gan
try; Where finding life not yet dislodged quight,
VIII. 6. Watch thou, I pray;], Considering the dignity of the angelical speaker, this reading I would alter; and either read, ".Watch thou und pray;" because these words are joined in feripture, Mark xii. 33. “ Take ye heed, watch and pray," and again xiv. 38. “Watch ye and pray:” or rather thus, “ Watch thou, I Say : And this emendation is becoming the dignity of the angel, and is likewise scriptural. Mark ii. 11. “ I fay unto thee, arise.” 'Tis in several other places, but one occurs, much to our purpose, Mark xiii. 37. “And what I say unto you, I fay unto all, watch." Upton. IX. 1. The Palmer seeing his lefte empty place,
And his now eies beguiled &c.] That is, the Palmer seeing his place. left empty, and his eyes being beguiled of their fight, woxe sore afraid. And his sow eyes &c. is put absolute. We have the same construction, F.Q. i, v. 45, ii. iii. 36.
- UPTON. . IX. 5.
to his charge behight,] To the ,charge entrusted to him. See the note on hight, F. Q. i. iv. 6.
i He much reioys, and courd it tenderly, As chicken newly hatcht, from dreaded destiny,
At last he spide where towards him did pace
Foreby that Idle Strond, of him were told That he, which earst them combatted, was
. Guyon bold,
- and courd it tenderly, As chicken newly hatcht,] And protected it, as a hen fits couring over her young chicken. Skinner, ". To coure, ab Ital. covare, fr. couver, incubare ; metaphora fumpta a gallinis ovis incubantibus." See Menage in v. Couver. But Junius brings it from the old British word, cwrrian. Milton'applies this expression to the beasts bending or cowring down, Par. Loft, B. viii. 539. But I believe Spenser uses it in the former sente, as Skinner and Menage explain it. In the Glossary, usually printed with Spenser's Works, it is said to be put for covered, as if corrupted from it. Spenser plainly had in view the affecting fimile of our Lord, Matt. xxiii. 37. UPTON. ..
In the first edition of Ganimer Gurton's Needle, we find * They coure so over the coles;" which in all the subsequent ones is very improperly altered to cover. To coure, is to bend, stoop, hang or lean over. See Beaumont and Fletcher's Monheur Thomas, A. iv. S. vi, and Nash's Pierce Pennilefle's Supplication to the Devil, 1592, p. 8. (Old Pl. edit. 1780, vol. ii. p. 9.) REED.
*X, 7. IVho meeting earft &c.] See before, C. iv. st. 41, and C. vi. ft. 47. UPTON.
XI. Which to avenge on him they dearly vowd, Whereever that on ground they mote him
find : False Archimage provokt their corage prowd,
And stryful Atin in their stubborne mind. · Coles of contention and whot vengeaunce
· tind. · Now bene they come whereas the Palmer
fate, Keeping that sombred corse to him afsind ;
Well knew they both his person, sith of late With him in bloody armes they rafhly did . debate.
:,: . XII. Whom when Pyrochles faw, inflam'd with rage That Şire he fowl bespake; “ Thou dotard
vile, That with thy brutenesse fhendst thy comely ' ' age,
Abandon foone, I read, the caytive spoile
XI. 4. And stryful Atin in their stubborne mind
Coles of contention and whot vengeaunce tind.] This description of the furious Atin is evidently drawn from the pure fountain of wisdom, Prov. xv. 18. " A wrathfull man itirreth up strife." Prov. xxvi. 21. “ As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; fo is a contentious man to kindle ftrife." TODD. XI. 5.
- tind.] Kindled, excited. See the note on tind, F. Q. iii. vii. 15. TODD. XII. 3.
bruteneffe] Sottishness, stupidity of a brute, brutishness. Upton.
Of that same outcast carcas, that erewhile
stile; .. Loe! where he now inglorious doth lye, To proove he lived il, that did thus fowly dye."
. . XIII. : . To whom the Palmer fearelesse answered; : “ Certes, Sir Knight, ye bene too much to
blame, · Thus for to blott the honor of the dead,
And with fowle cowardize his carcas shame Whose living handes immortalizd his name. Vile is the vengeaunce on the ashes cold; And envy base to barke at sleeping fame:
Was never wight that treafon of him told: Yourselfe his proweffe prov'd, and found him
fiers and bold.”
. . si" XIV.. " ni in Then fayd Cymochles; “ Palmer, thou doeft
Ne canst of prowesse ne of knighthood deeme,
XII. 9: To proove &c.] This sentiment is truly Pagan. In this and the four following stanzas, the charačters of the fpeakers are admirably supported. CHURCH. . • XIII. 6. Vile is the vengeaunce on the ashes cold;
And envy base to barke at fleeping fame:) " At sleeping fame," i. e. at the fame of a person now dead; of one now fallen asleep, xexosunuéve, mortui. The fentence is proverbial, and perhaps from Homer, Odyl: %. 412. . . Ούχ οσίη κταμένοισιν επ' ανδράσιν ευχετσασθαι. See also Virg. Æn. xi. 104, Taiso C. xix. 117. Upton, .
Save as thou seest or hearst: But well I wote, That of his puiffaunce tryall made extreeme: Yet gold all is not that doth golden feeme; Ne al good Knights that shake well speare
and shield: · The worth of all men by their end esteeme;
And then dew praise or dew reproch them yield: Bad therefore I him deeme' that thus lies dead con field.”
XV. * Good or bad," gan his brother fiers reply,
“ What do I recke, fith that he dide entire ?
Yet, since no way is lefte to wreake my spight,
fith that he dide entire ?] That is, feeing that he died a natural death. This fenfe is suitable to the mind of the speaker. Church.
Entire, not mangled, or wounded; as we say, in a whole skin, And integer is thus ufed by Statius, Sylv. L. II. i. 156.
" Manefque fubivit
- the victors hire,] See the dote on “ shield renverst,” F. Q. i. iv. 41. TODD.