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But th' other, ayming better, did him smite
Full in the shield with so impetuous powre,
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.
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
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
By this the other, which was passed by,
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
take Of him, for all his former follies meed, With flaming sword in hand his terror more to
The fearfull Șwayne beholding death fo' nią
Cryde out aloud, for mercie, him to fave;
To this attempt, to wreake his hid despight, For that himselfe thereto did want sufficient
The Prince much mused at such villenie,
And fayd ; “ Now fure ye well have earn'd
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
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.
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
fake : Witneffe the wounds, and this wide bloudie
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
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
“ 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
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
Spelling for yearne. See Cotgrave's Di&. in V. Frissonner, “ to
ought i] Owned, had a right to. CHURCII.