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IX. And to requite him with the like againe, With his sharpe sword he fiercely at him flew, And strooke so strongly, that the carle with paine Saved himselfe, but that he there him slew ; Yet sav'd not so, but that the blood it drew, And gave his foe good hope of victory; Who therewith Aesht, upon him set anew, And with the second stroke thought certainely To have supplyde the first, and paide the usury:

X. But Fortune aunswerd not unto his call; For as his hand was heaved up on hight, The villaine met him in the middle fall, And with his club bet backe his brond-yron bright So forcibly, that with his owne hands might Rebeaten backe upon himselfe againe He driven was to ground in selfe despight, From whence ere he recovery could gaine, He in his necke had set his foote with fell disdaine.

XI. With that the foole, which did that end awayte, Came running in, and whilst on ground he lay, Laide heavy hands on him, and held so strayte, That downe he kept him with his scornefull sway, So as he could not weld him any way; The whiles that other villaine went about Him to have bound, and thrald without delay; The whites the foole did him revile and flout, (stout. Threatning to yoke them two, and tame their corage

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XII.
As when a sturdy ploughman with his hynde

By strength have overthrowne a stubborne steare, - They downe him hold, and fast with cords do bynde,

Till they him force the buxome yoke to beare ;
So did these two this knight oft tug and teare :
Which when the prince beheld there standing by,
He left his lofty steede to aide him neare,
And buckling soone himselfe, gan fiercely fly
Upon that carle, to save his friend from ieopardy.

XIII.
The villaine, leaving him unto his mate
To be captiv'd and handled as he list,
Himselfe addrest unto this new debate,
And with his club him all about so blist,
That he which way to turne him scarcely wist :
Sometimes aloft he layd, sometimes alow;
Now here, now there, and oft him neare he mist;
So doubtfully, that hardly one could know
Whether more wary were to give or ward the blow.

XIV.
But yet the prince so well enured was
With such huge strokes, approved oft in fight,
That way to them he gave forth right to pas,
Ne would endure the daunger of their might,
But wayt advantage when they downe did light:
At last the caytive, after long discourse,
When all his strokes he saw avoyded quite,
Resolved in one t'assemble all his force,
And make one end of him without ruth or remorse.

XV. His dreadfull hand he heaved up alofty : And with his dreadfull instrument of yre Thought sure have pownded him to powder soft, Or deepe emboweld in the earth entyre, But Fortune did not with his will conspire ; For ere his stroke attayned his intent, The noble childe, preventing his desire, Under his club with wary boldnesse went, And smote him on the knee that never yet was ben

XVI. It never yet was bent, ne bent it now, Albe the stroke so strong and puissant were, That seem'd a marble pillour it could bow į But all that leg, which did his body beare, It crackt throughout, yet did no bloud appeare ; So as it was unable to support So huge a burden on such broken geare, . But fell to ground like to a lumpe of durt; Whence he assayed to rise, but could not for his hurt.

XVII. Eftsoones the prinċe to him full nimbly stept, And least he should recover foote againe, His head meant from his shoulders to have swept ; Which when the lady saw, she cryde amaine, “ Stay, stay, Sir Knight, for love of God abstaine “ From that unwares ye weetlesse doe intend; “ Slay not that carle, though worthy to be slaine, “ For more on him doth then himselfe depend; “ My life will by his death have lamentable end."

XVIII.
He staide his hand according her desire,
Yet nathemore him suffred to arize,
But still suppressing, gan of her inquire,
What meaning mote those uncouth words comprizë,
That in that villaines health her safety lies ;
That were no might in man, nor heart in knights,
Which durst her dreaded reskue enterprize,
Yet ens themselves, that favour feeble rights,
Would for itselfe redresse, and punish such de-

XIX.

(spights. Then bursting forth in teares, which gushed fast Like many water streams, awhile she stayd, Till the sharp passion being overpast, Her tongue to her restor'd, then thus she sayd; “ Nor heavens nor men can memost wretched mayd ! • Deliver from the doome of my desart, « The which the god of Love hath on me layd, “ And damned to endure this.direfull smart, " For penaunce of my proud and hard rebellious XX.

[hart. « In prime of youthly yeares, when first the flowre “ Of beauty gan to bud, and bloosme delight, “ And Nature me endu'd with plenteous dowre “ Of all her gifts that pleasde each living sight, " I was belov?d of many a gentle knight, « And sude and sought with all the service dew; “ Full many a one for me deepe groand and sight, “ And to the dore of death for sorrow drew, Crew. 56 Complayning out on me that would not on them

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XXI. “ But let them love that list, or live or die, “ Me list not die for any lover's doole; Ne list me leave my loved libertie « To pitty him that list to play the foole ; To love myself I learned had in schoole. “ Thus I triumphed long in lovers paine, " And sitting carelesse on the scorner's stoole, “ Did laugh at those that did lament and plaine ; .“ But all is now repayd with interest againe.

XXII. “ For loe the winged god that woundeth harts, “ Cauşde me be called to accompt therefore, “ And for revengement of those wrongfull smarts “Which I to others did inflict afore, « Addeem'd me to endure this penaunce sore, " That in this wize, and this unmeete array, “ With these two lewd companions, and no more, “ Disdaine and Scorne, I through the world should "Till I have sav'd so many as I earstdid slay."[stray,

XXIII. " Certés,” sayd then the prince, “ the god is just, " That taketh vengeaunce of his peoples spoile ; « For were no law in love, but all that lust.

Might them oppresse, and painefully turmoile, His kingdome would continue but awhile. " But tell me, Lady, wherefore doe you beare " This bottle thus before you with such toile, « And eęke this wallet at your backe arreare, " That for these carles to carry much more comely

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