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Upon a great adventure he was bond,
Upon his foe, and his new force to learne;
A lovely Ladie rode him faire beside,
Seemed in heart some hidden care she had;
So pure and innocent, as that same lambe,
Forwasted 3 all their land, and then expeld;
That everie wight to slırowd it did constrain;
2 Whimpled-gathered, or plaited. 8 Forwasted-much wasted. Tho prefix for is an intensive, from the Saxon and German ver. 4 Fain-glad.
With footing worne, and leading inward farr:
And foorth they passe, with pleasure forward led,
The builder oake, sole king of forrests all;
The laurell, meed of mightie conquerours
The fruitfull olive; and the platane round;
Led with delight, they thus beguile the way,
So many pathes, so many turnings seene,
UNA FOLLOWED BY THE LION.
Nought is there under heaven's wide hollownesse,
Feele my hart perst with so great agony,
And now it is empassioned * so deepe,
Can they praise-Much they praised. This form of expression is frequently used by Spenser, Some, however, consider.can' to be put for 'gan,' or 'began.'
? Eugh-yew. # Nought, &o. In this canto the adventures of Una are resumed, from the ninth stanza of the pro. ording canto.
Tlat my frayle eies these lines with teares do steepe,
Is from her Knight divorced in despayre,
111. Yet she, most faithfull Ladie, all this while Forsaken, wofull, solitarie mayd, Far from all peoples preace, as in exile, In wildernesse and wastfull deserts strayd, To seeke her Knight; who, subtily betrayd Through that late vision which thi Enchaun'er wrought, Had her abandond: She, of nought affrayd,
Through woods and wastness wide him daily sought, Yet wished iydinges none of him unto ber brought.
One day, nigh wearie of the yrkesome way,
and make a sunshine in the shady place;
His bloody rage aswaged with remorse,
Instead thereof he kist her wearie feet,
1 True as touch-i. e. true as the touchstone by which other substances are tried.
4 Undight-took off. 6 A ramping lyon.-Upton conjectures the lion to be the English monarch, the defender of the faith. He seems rather to represent a manly and courageous people, like the English, and the homage he pays to Una betokens the respect which would be felt by such a people to beauty and innocence. 6 A3-as is.
Her hart gan melt in great compassion;
Her, that him lov'd, and ever most adord
Redounding' tears did choke th' end of her plains,
And to her snowy palfrey got agayne,
The lyon would not leave her desolate,
From her fayre eyes he took commandément,
Book L. Canto In
DESCRIPTION OF PRINCE ARTHUR.
At last she chaunced by good hap to meet
Athwart his brest a bauldrick brave he ware,
And, in the midst thereof, one pretious stone
Of wondrous worth, and eke of wondrous mights, 1 Redoanding-flowing. ? A goodly Knight. This is Prince Arthur, in whose faultless excellence Spenser is supposed to have represented his illustrious friend, Sir Philip Sidney, whose beautiful character and splendid aceomplishments kindled a warmth of admiration among his contemporaries, of which we find it dificult to conceive in our colder and more prosaic age.
Sbapt like a Ladies liead, exceeding shone,
Whose hilts were burnisht gold; and handle strong
His haughtie helme, horrid all with gold,
That suddeine horrour to faint hartes did show;
Upon the top of all his loftie crest,
Whose tender locks do tremble every one
Book I. Canto VII.
DESCRIPTION OF BELPHEBE.
Eftsoone3 there stepped foorth
That seemd to be a woman of great worth,
Her face so faire, as flesh it seemed not,
9 Greene Selinis.--Selinis is evidently the name of some hill or mountain, which I do not find in any book of reference within reach. Upton, strangely enough, supposes it to be Selinus, a city in Cilicia, to which he applies an epithet, “ Palmosa," applied by Virgil to another city of the same nane in Sicily. After this double blunder, he remarks, with amusing simplicity, " The simile of the almondtree is exceeding elegant, and much after the cast of that admired image in Homer," &c. Todd copies the whole without comment.-Hilland.
3 Eftsoone-immediately. 1 A goodly ladie, &c.-In the beautiful and elaborate portrait of Belphæbe, Sper.ser has drawn a fattored likeness of Queen Elizabeth.
6 Portance demennor.