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Thereby sir Artegall did plaine areed,
Artegall dealeth right betwixt
Two brethren that doe strive:
Saves Terpine from the gallow tree,
And doth from death reprive.
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For vaine it is to deeme of things aright, Saying, “Sir Knight, it would dishonour bee And makes wrong doers justice to deride, To you that are our judge of equity,
Unlesse it be perform'd with dreadlesse might : To wreake your wrath on such a carle as hee: Por powre is the right hand of Iustice truely hight, It's punishment enough that all bis shame doe see.”
Therefore whylome to knights of great emprise So did he mitigate sir Artegall;
The charge of lustice given was in trust, But Talus by the backe the boaster hent,
That they might execute her iudgements wise, And drawing him out of the open hall
And with their might beat downe licentious lust, Upon him did inflict this punishment :
Which proudly did impugne her sentence just : First he his beard did shave, and fowly shent ; Whereof no braver president this day Then from him reft his shield, and it renverst, Remaines on Earth, preserv'd from yron rust And blotted out his armes with falsehood blent; Of rude oblivion and long times decay, And himselfe baffuld, and his armes unherst; Then this of Artegall, which bere we have to say. And broke his sword in twaine, and all bis armour sperst.
Who having lately left that lovely payre,
Enlincked fast in wedlockes loyall bond, The whiles his guilefull groome was fled away ; Bold Marinell with Florimell the fayre, But vaine it was to thinke from him to flie: With whom great feast and goodly glee he fond, Who overtaking him did disaray,
Departed from the castle of the strond And all his face deform'd with infamie,
To follow his adventures first intent, And out of court him scourged openly.
Which long agoe he taken had in hond: So ought all faytours, that true knighthood shame, Ne wight with bim for his assistance went, And armes dishonour with base villanie,
But that great yron groome, his gard and governFrom all brave knights be banisht with defame:
ment: For oft their lewdnes blotteth good deserts with blame.
With whom, as he did passe by the sea-shore,
He chaunst to come whereas two comely squires, Now when these counterfeits were thus uncased Both brethren whom one wombe together bore, Out of the foreside of their forgerie,
But stirred up with different desires,
And them beside two seemely damzels stood, At the remembrance of their knaverie :
By all meanes seeking to asswage their ires, Ladies can laugh at ladies, knights at knights, Now with faire words; but words did little good; To thinke with how great vaunt of braverie Now with sharpe threats; but threats the more inHe them abused through his subtill slights,
creast their mood. And what a glorious shew he made in all their sights.
And there before them stood a coffer strong There leave we them in pleasure and repast, Fast bound on every side with iron bands, Spending their ioyous dayes and gladfull nights, But seeming to have suffred inickle wrong, And taking usurie of time forepast,
Either by being wreckt uppon the sands, With all deare delices and rare delights,
Or being carried farre from forraine lands: Fit for such ladies and such lovely knights : Seem'd that for it these squires at ods did fall, And turne we here to this faire furrowes end And bent against themselves their cruell hands; Our wearie yokes, to gather fresher sprights, But evermore those damzels did forestall That, whenas time to Artegall shall tend,
Their furious encounter, and their fiercenesse pall. We on his first adventure may him forward send.
But firmely fixt they were with dint of sword
To whom the elder did this aunswere frame; “ But, whether it indeede be so or no, “ Then weet ye, sir, that we two brethren be, This doe I say, that whatso good or ill To whom our sire, Milesio by name,
Or God or Fortune unto me did throw, Did equally bequeath bis lands in fee,
(Not wronging any other by my will) Two islands, which ye there before you see I hold mine owne, and so will bold it still. Not farre in sea; of which the one appeares And though my land the first did winne away, But like a little mount of small degree;
And then my love, (though now it little skill) Yet was as great and wide ere many years, Yet my good lucke he shall not likewise pray ; As that same other isle, that greater bredth now But I will it defend whilst ever that I may.” beares.
So having sayd, the younger did ensew; “ But tract of time, that all things doth decay,
“ Full true it is whatso about our land And this devouring sea, that nought doth spare,
My brother here declared hath to you: The most part of my land hath washt away,
But not for it this ods twixt us doth stand, And throwne it up unto my brothers share:
But for this threasure throwne uppun his strand; So his encreased, but mine did empaire.
Which well I prove, as shall appeare by triall, Before which time I lov'd, as was my lot,
To be this maides with whom I fastned hand, That further mayd, hight Philtera the faire,
Known by good markes and perfect good espiall: With whom a goodly doure I should have got,
Therefore it ought be rendred her without deniall.” And should have ioyned bene to her in wedlocks knot. When they thus ended had, the knight began;
“ Certes your strife were easie to accord, “ Then did my younger brother Amidas
Would ye remit it to some righteous man.” Love that same other damzell, Lucy bright,
“ Unto yourselfe,” said they, “ we give our word, To whom but little dowre allotted was:
To bide that judgement ye shall us afford.” Her vertue was the dowre that did delight :
«. Then for assurance to my doome to stand, What better dowre can to a dame be hight?
Under my foote let each lay downe his sword; But now, when Philtra saw my lands decay
And then you shall my sentence understand.” And former livel'od fayle, she left me quight,
So each of them layd downe his sword out of his And to my brother did elope streightway:
hand. Who, taking her from me, his owne love left astray.
Then Artegall thus to the younger sayd; “ She, seeing then herselfe forsaken so,
Now tell me, Amidas, if that ye may, Through dolorous despaire which she conceyved, Your brothers land the which the sea hath layd Into the sea herselfe did headlong throw,
into your part, and pluckt from his away, Thinking to have her griefe by death bereaved; By.what good right doe you withhold this day?” But see how much her purpose was deceived ! What other right,”quoth he,“should yon esteeme, Whilest thus, amidst the billowes beating of her, But that the sea it to my share did lay?" Twixt life and death long to and fro she weaved, “ Your right is good," sayd he, “ and so I deeme, She chaunst unwares to light upon this coffer, Chat what the sea unto you sent your own should Which to her in that daunger hope of life did offer.
seeme.” “ The wretched mayd, that earst desir'd to die,
Then turning to the elder thus he sayd; Whenas the paine of death she tasted had,
“ Now, Bracidas, let this likewise be showne; And but halfe seene his ugly visnomie,
Your brothers threasure, which from him is strayd, Gan to repent that she had beene so mad
Being the dowry of his wife well knowne, For any death to change life, though most bad:
By what right doe you claime to be your owne ?" And catching hold of this sea-beaten chest,
What other right,” quoth he,"should you esteeme, (The lucky pylot of her passage sad)
But that the sea hath it unto me throwne?" After long tossing in the seas distrest,
“ Your right is good,” sayd he, “and so I deeme, Her weary barke at last uppoo mine isle did rest.
That what the sea unto you sent your own should " Where I by chaunce then wandring on the shore Did her espy, and through my good endevour
" For equall right in equall things doth stand: From dreadfull mouth of death, which threatned sore And plucked quite from all possessors hand,
For what the mighty sea hath once possest, Her to have swallow'd up, did helpe to save her.
Whether by rage of waves that never rest, She then in'recompence of that great favour,
Or else by wracke that wretches bath distrest, Which I on her bestowed, bestowed on me
He may dispose by his imperiall might, The portion of that good which fortune gave her,
As thing at random left, to whom he list. Together with herselfe in dowry free;
So, Amidas, the land was yours first hight; Both goodly portions, but of both the better she.
And so the threasure yours is, Bracidas, by right.” “ Yet in this coffer which she with her brought When he his sentence thus pronounced had, Great threasure síthence we did finde contained; Both Amidas and Philtra were displeased : Which as our owne we tooke, and so it thought: But Bracidas and Lucy were right glad, But this same other damzell since hath fained And on the threasure by that iudgement seased. That to herselfe that threasure appertained ; So was their discord by this doome appeased, And that she did transport the same by sea, And each one had his right. Then Artegall, To bring it to her husband new ordained,
Whenas their sharpe contention he had ceased, But suffred cruell shipwracke by the way: Departed on his way, as did befall, But, whether it be so or no, I cannot say.
To follow his old quest, the which him forth did call.
So, as he travelled uppon the way,
“ Right true: but faulty men use oftentimes He chaunst to come, where happily be spide To attribute their folly unto fate, A rout of many people farre away;
And lay on Heaven the guilt of their owne crimes. To whom his course he hastily applide,
But tell, sir Terpin, ne let you amate To weete the cause of their assemblaunce wide: Your misery, how fell ye in this state?” (shame, To whom when he approched neare in sight, “ Then sith ye needs,” quoth he, “ will know my (An uncouth sight) he plainely then descride And all the ill which chaunst to me of late, To be a troupe of women, warlike dight,
I shortly will to you rehearse the same, With weapons in their hands, as ready for to fight: In hope ye will not turne misfortune to my blame, And in the midst of them he saw a knight, “ Being desirous (as all knights are woont) With both his hands behinde him pinnoed hard, Through hard adventures deedes of armes to try, And round about his necke an halter tight, And after fame and honour for to hunt, And ready for the gallow tree prepard :
I heard report that farre abrode did fly, His face was covered, and his head was bar'd, That a proud Amazon did late defy That who he was uneath was to descry;
All the brave knights that hold of Maidenhead, And with full heavy heart with them he fard, And unto them wrought all the villany Griev'd to the soule, and groning inwardly, That she could forge in her malicious head, [dead, That he of womens hands so base a death should dy. Which some hath put to shame, and many done be But they, like tyrants mercilesse, the more “ The cause, they say, of this her cruell hate, Reioyced at his miserable case,
Is for the sake of Bellodant the bold, And him reviled, aud reproched sore
To whom she bore most fervent love of late, With bitter taunts and termes of vile disgrace. And wooed him by all the waies she could : Now whenas Artegall, arriv'd in place,
But, when she saw at last that he ne would Did aske what cause brought that man to decay, For vught or nought be wonne unto her will, They round about bim gan to swarm apace, She turn'd her love to hatred manifold, Meaning on him their cruell hands to lay, And for his sake vow'd to doe all the ill (fulfill, And to have wrought unwares some villanous assay, which she could doe to knights; which now she doth But he was soone aware of their ill minde, “For all those knights, the which by force or guile And drawing backe deceived their intent: She doth subdue, she fowly doth entreate : Yet, though himselfe did shame on womankinde First, she doth them of warlike armes despoile, His mighty band to shend, he Talus sent
And cloth in womens weedes; and then with threat To wrecke on them their follies hardyment : Doth them compell to worke, to earne their meat, Who with few sowces of his yron fale
To spin, to card, to sew, to wash, to wring; Dispersed all their troupe incontinent,
Ne doth she give them other thing to eat And sent them home to tell a piteous tale But bread and water or like feeble thing ; Of their vaine prowesse turned to their proper bale: Them to disable from revenge adventuring. But that same wretched man, ordaynd to die, “But if through stout disdaine of manly mind They left behind them, glad to be so quit: Any her proud observannce will withstand, Him Talus tooke out of perplexitie,
Uppon that gibbet, which is there behind, And horror of fowle death for knight unfit, She causeth them be hang'd up out of hand; Who more than losse of life ydreaded it;
In which condition I right now did stand: And, him restoring unto living light,
For, being overcome by her in fight, So brought unto his lord, where he did sit
And put to that base service of her band, Beholding all that womanish weake fight;
I rather chose to die in lives despight, Whom soone as he beheld he knew, and thus behight; Then lead that shamefull life, unworthy of a knight," “Sir Turpine, haplesse man, what make you here? “ How hight that Amazon," sayd Artegall, Or bave you lost yourselfe and your discretion, “And where and how far hence does she abide ?” That ever in this wretched case ye were?
" Her name," quoth he, “they Radigund doe call, Or have ye yeelded you to proude oppression A princesse of great powre and greater pride, Of womens powre, that boast of mens subiection? And queene of Amazons, in armes well tride Or else what other deadly dismall day,
And sundry battels, which she hath atchieved Is falne on you by Heavens hard direction, With great successe, that her hath glorifide, That ye were runne so fondly far astray
And made her famous, more then is believed; As for to lead yourselfe unto your owne decay?" Ne would lit have ween'd bad I not late it prieved." Much was the man confounded in his mind, “Now sure,” said he, “ and by the faith that I Partly with shame, and partly with dismay, To maydenhead and noble knighthood owe, That all astonisht he himselfe did find,
I will not rest till I her might doe trie, And little had for his excuse to say,
And venge the shame that she to knights doth show, But onely thus; “ Most haplesse well ye may Therefore, sir Terpin, from you lightly throw Me iustly terme, that to this shame am brought, This squalid weede, the patterne of dispaire, And made the score of knighthood this same day: And wend with me, that ye may see and know But who can scape what his owne fate hath wrought? How fortune will your ruin'd name repaire The worke of Heavens will surpasseth humane And knights of Maidenhead, whose praise she would thought."
With that, like one that hopelesse was repryv'd Like to an eagle, in bis kingly pride
A goshauke, which hath seized for her share
With dreadfull force he flies at her bylive, Which was from thence not past a mile or tway; That with his souce, which none enduren dare, A goodly citty and a mighty one,
Her from the quarry he away doth drive, The which, of her owne name, she called Radegone. And from her griping pounce the greedy prey doth
rive. Where they arriving by the watchmen were Descried streight; who all the citty warned But, soone as she her sence recover'd had, How that three warlike persons did appeare, She fiercely towards him herselfe gan dight, Of which the one him seem'd a knight all armed, Through rengeful wrath and sdeignfull pride half And th' other two well likely to have harmed. For never had she suffred such despight: (mad; Eftsoones the people all to harnesse rau,
But, ere she could joyne hand with him to fight, And like a sort of bees in clusters swarmed : Her warlike maides about her flockt so fast, Ere long their queene herselfe, balfe like a man, That they disparted them, maugre their might, Came forth into the rout, and them t'array began. And with their troupes did far asunder cast:
But mongst the rest the fight did untill evening last, And now the knights, being arrived neare, Did beat uppon the gates to enter in;
And every while that mighty yron man And at the porter, skorning thein so few,
With his strange weapon, never wont in warre, Threw many threats, if they the towne did win, Them sorely vext, and courst, and over-ran, To teare his flesh in pieces for his sin :
And broke their bowes, and did their shooting marre, Which whepas Radigund there comming heard, That none of all the many once did darre Her heart for rage did grate, and teeth did grin: Him to assault, nor once approach him nie; She bad that streight the gates should be unbard, But like a sort of sheepe dispersed farre, And to them way to make with weapons well pre- For dread of their devouring enemie, pard.
Through all the fields and vallies did before him flie. Soone as the gates were open to them set, But whenas daies faire shinie beame, yclowded They pressed forward, entraunce to have made: With fearefull shadowes of deforined night, But in the middle way they were ymet
Warn'd man and beast in quiet rest be shrowded, With a sharpe showre of arrowes, which them staid, Bold Rad gund with sound of trumpe on hight, And better bad advise, ere they assaid
Causd all her people to surcease from fight; Unknowen perill of bold womens pride.
And, gathering them unto her citties gate,
When thus the field was voided all away,
Before the city-gate in open sigbt;
Where he himselfe did rest in safëty And on his head-piece him so fiercely smit, Together with sir Terpin all that night: That to the ground him quite she overthrew, But Talus usde, in times of ieopardy, Dismayd so with the stroke that he no colours knew. To keepe a nightly watch for dread of treachery Soone as she saw him on the ground to grovell, But Radigund, full of heart-gnawing griefe She lightly to him leapt; and, in his necke For the rebuke which she sustain'd that day, Her proud foote setting, at his head did levell, Could take no rest, ne would receive reliefe; Weening at once her wrath on him to wreake, But tossed in her troublous minde what way And his contempt, that did her judgment breake: She mote revenge that blot which on her lay. As when a beare hath seiz'd her cruell clawes There she resolv'd herselfe in single fight Uppon the carkasse of some beast too weake, To try her fortune, and his force assay, Proudly stands over, and awhile doth pause (cause. Rather than see her people spoiled quight, To heare the piteous beast pleading her plaintiffe As she had seene that day, a disadventerous sight. Whom whenas Artegall in that distresse
She called forth to her a trusty mayd, By chaunce beheld, he left the bloudy slaughter Whom she thought fittest for that businesse; In which he swam, and ranne to his redresse: Her name was Clarin, and thus to her sayd ; There her assayling fiercely fresh be raught her “Goe, damzell, quickly, doe thyselfe addresse Such an huge stroke, that it of sence distraught her; To doe the message which I shall expresse : And, had she not it warded warily,
Goe thou unto that stranger Faery knight, It had depriv'd her mother of a daughter : Who yesterday drove us to such distresse; Nathlesse for all the powre she did apply
Tell, that to morrow I with him will fight, It made her stagger oft, and stare with ghastly eye. And try in equall field whether hath greater might
“ But these conditions doe to him propound; So forth she came out of the citty-gate That, if I vanquishe him, he shall obay
With stately port and proud magnificence, My law, and ever to my lore be bound;
Guarded with many damzels that did waite And so will I, if me he vanquish may;
Uppon her person for her sure defence, Whatever he shall like to doe or say:
Playing on shaumes and trumpets, that from henco Goe streight, and take with thee to witnesse it Their sound did reach unto the Heavens hight: Sixe of thy fellowes of the best array,
So forth into the field she marched thence, And beare with you both wine and iuncates fit, Where was a rich pavilion ready pight And bid him eate: henceforth he oft shall hungry Her to receive, till time they should begin the fight. sit.”
Then forth came Artegall out of his tent, The damzell streight obayd; and, putting all All arm'd to point, and first the lists did enter : In readinesse, forth to the town-gate went;
Soone after eke came she with full intent Where, sounding loud a trumpet from the wall, And countenaunce fierce, as having fully bent her Unto those warlike knights she warning sent. That battels utmost triall to adventer. Then Talus forth issuing from the tent
The lists were closed fast, to barre the rout Unto the wall his way did fearelesse take,
From rudely pressing on the middle center ; To weeten what that trumpets sounding ment: Which in great heapes them circled all about, Where that same damzell lowdly him bespake, Waytiug how fortune would resolve that dangerous And shew'd that with his lord she would empar
dout. launce make.
The trumpets sounded, and the field began;
With bitter strokes it both began and ended. So be them streight conducted to his lord;
She at the first encounter on him ran
With furious rage, as if she had intended
Out of his breast the very heart have readed : Them fairely entertaynd with curt'sies meete,
But he, that had like tempests often tride, And gave them gifts and things of deare delight:
From that first flaw himselfe right well defended. So backe againe they homeward turn’d their feete; She hewd, she foynd, she lasht, she laid on every
The more she rag'd, the more he did abide; (side,
Weening at last to win advantage new;
And, though powre faild, her courage did accrew;
Which fayling, he gan fiercely her pursew :
Like as a smith, that to his cunning feat
The stubborne mettall seeketh to subdew,
Soone as he feeles it mollifide with heat,
With his great fron sledge doth strongly on it beat,
So did sir Artegall upon her lay,
As if she had an yron andvile beene,
Out of her steely armes were flashing seene,
That all on fire ye would her surely weene:
But with her shield so well herselfe she warded The last daies purpose of their vowed fight,
From the dread daunger of his weapon keene, Themselves thereto preparde irt order dew;
That all that while her life she safely garded; [ed, The knight, as best was seeming for a knight, And th' Amazon, as best it likt herselfe to dight.
But he that helpe from her against her will discard
For with his trenchant blade at the next blow All in a camis light of purple silke
Halfe of her shield he shared quite away, Woven uppon with silver, subtly wrought,
That halfe her side itselfe did naked show, And quilted uppon sattin white as milke;
And thenceforth unto daunger opened way. Trayled with ribbands diversly distraught,
Much was she moved with the mightie sway Like as the workeman had their courses taught; Of that sad stroke, that halfe enrag'd she grew ; Which was short tucked for light motion
And like a greedie beare unto her pray Up to her ham; but, when she list, it raught
With her sharpe cemitare at him she flew, Downe to her lowest heele, and thereuppon That glauncing downe his thigh the purple blond She wore for her defence a mayled habergeon.
forth drew. And on her legs she painted buskins wore, Thereat she gan to triumph with great boast, Basted with bends of gold on every side,
And to upbrayd that chaunce which him misfell, And mailes betweene, and laced close afore; As if the prize she gotten had almost, Uppon her thigh her cemitare was tide
With spightfull speaches, fitting with her well; With an embrodered belt of mickell pride; That his great hart gan inwardly to swell And on her shoulder hung her shield, bedeckt With indignation at her vaunting vaine, Uppon the bosse with stones that shined wide, And at her strooke with puissaunce fearefull fell; As the faire Moone in her most full aspect; Yet with her shield she warded it againc, That to the Moone it mote be like in each respect. That shattered all to pieces round about the plaine,