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VIII.

But th' other, ayming better, did him smite

Full in the shield with so impetuous powre,
That all his launce in

peeces

shivered quite, And scattered all about fell on the flowre: But the stout Prince with much more steddy

ftowre Full on his bever did him strike so fore, That the cold steele through piercing did

devowre His vitall breath, and to the ground him

bore, Where still he bathed lay in his own bloody gore.

IX.

As when a cast of faulcons make their flight

At an herneshaw, that lyes aloft on wing, The whyles they strike at him with heedleffe

might, The warie foule his bill doth backward wring ; On which the first, whose force her first doth

bring, Herselfe quite through the bodie doth

engore,

compares Minerva's descent from heaven to a shooting star or glancing meteor, Il. d. 75. Ovid compares the fall of Phaëton to a hooting star; and Milton the descent of Uriel, Par, L. B. iv. 556. UPTON. IX. 1. As when a cast of faulcons make their flight

At an herneshaw,) A cast of faulcons is a couple of hawks. CHURCH.

So Sidney, in his Arcadia, p. 108. “ A cast of merlins.-But the sport, which for that day Bafilius would principally thew to Zelmane was the mounty at a hearne, &c.” Upton.

And falleth downe to ground like senselesse

thing; But th other, not so swift as she before, Fayles of her foufe, and passing by doth hurt

no more.

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X.

By this the other, which was passed by,
Himselfe recovering, was return'd to fight;
Where when he saw his fellow lifelesse ly,
He much was daunted with fo dismal fight;
Yet, nought abating of his former spight,
Let drive at him with so malitious mynd,
As if he would have passed through him

quight: But the steele-head nostedfast hold could fynd, But glauncing by deceiv'd him of that he desynd.

XI. Not fo the Prince; for his well-learned speare

Tooke fürer hould, and from his horses backe
Above a launces length him forth did beare,
And gainst the cold hard earth fó sore him

strake,
That all his bones in peeces nigh he brake,
Where seeing him so lie, he left his steed,
And, to him leaping, vengeance thought to

take Of him, for all his former follies meed, With flaming sword in hand his terror more to

breed,

XII.

The fearfull Șwayne beholding death fo' nią

Cryde out aloud, for mercie, him to fave;
In lieu whereof he would to him descrie
Great treason to him meant, his life to reave.
The Prince foone hearkned, and his life

forgave,
Then thus said he; “ There is a straunger

Knight,
The which, for promise of great meed, us drave

To this attempt, to wreake his hid despight, For that himselfe thereto did want sufficient

might.”

XII.

The Prince much mused at such villenie,

And fayd ; “ Now fure ye well have earn'd

your meed;

He

For th' one is dead, and th' other soone shall

die, Unleffe to me thou hither bring with speed The wretch that hyrd you to this wicked

deed.'

glad of life, and willing eke to wreake The guilt on him which did this mischiefe

breed, Swore by his sword, that neither day nor

weeke He would surceaffe, but him wherefo he were would seeke.

XIV.

So up he rose, and forth streightway he went Backe to the place where Turpine late he

lore; There he him found in great astonishment, To see him so bedight with bloodie gore And griefly wounds, that him appalled fore. Yet thus at length he faid;

66 How now,

Sir Knight, What meaneth this which here I fee before?

How fortuneth this foule uncomely plight, So different from that which earst ye seem'd in

fight ?"

XV.
Perdie,” said he, “ in evill houre it fell,
That ever I for meed did undertake
So hard a taske as life for hyre to fell;
The which I earst adventur'd for

your

fake : Witneffe the wounds, and this wide bloudie

lake,
Which
ye may

fee
yet

all about me steeme. Therefore now yeeld, as ye did promise make,

My due reward, the which right well I deeme I yearned have, that life so dearely did re

deeme."

XV. 9. I yearned ha'.-] I have gained or deserved. See also F. Q. vi. i. 40, and the note on earne, F. Q. iv. x. 9, where, as in the present instance, it may be seen that Spenser sometimes spells the word, which we now spell eurne, yearne ; and vice versa. However, earne was formerly a conimon

XVI.

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“ But where then is,” quoth he halfe wrothfully, “ Where is the bootie, which therefore I

bought, That cursed caytive, my strong enemy, That recreant Knight, whose hated life I

fought? And where is eke your friend which halfe it

ought ?" “ He lyes,” faid he, “ upon the cold bare

ground, Slayne of that Errant Knight with whom he

fought; Whom afterwards myselfe with many a wound Did flay againe, as ye may see there in the

stound.”

XVII.

Thereof false Turpin was full glad and faine, And needs with him streight to the place

would ryde, Where he himselfe might see his foeman

flaine; For else his feare could not be satisfyde. So, as they rode, he saw the

way

all dyde

Spelling for yearne. See Cotgrave's Di&. in V. Frissonner, “ to
tremble, to earne through cold or feare." See also ibid, in
VV. earne and yearne. TODD.
XVI. 5.

ought i] Owned, had a right to. CHURCII.

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