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XXXVII.

There whileft he thus was fetling things above, Atwene that Ladie myld and recreant

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To whom his life he graunted for her love,
He gan
bethinke him in what perilous plight
He had behynd him left that falvage wight
Amongft fo many foes, whom fure he thought
By this quite flaine in fo unequall fight:
Therefore defcending backe in haste he
fought

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If yet he were alive, or to deftruction brought.

XXXVIII.

There he him found environed about

With flaughtred bodies, which his hand had

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flaine;

And laying yet afresh with courage ftout Upon the reft that did alive remaine ; Whom he likewife right forely did constraine, Like scattred sheepe, to feeke for fafëtie, After he gotten had with bufie paine Some of their weapons which thereby did lie, With which he layd about, and made them fast to flie.

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XXXIX.

Whom when the Prince fo felly saw to rage, Approaching to him neare, his hand he stayd,

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And fought, by making fignes, him to af

fwage:

Who them perceiving, streight to him obayd,
As to his Lord, and downe his weapons layd,
As if he long had to his heafts bene trayned.
Thence he him brought away, and up con-

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vayd

Into the chamber, where that Dame re

mayned

With her unworthy Knight, who ill him entertayned.

XL.

Whom when the Salvage faw from daunger free,
Sitting beside his Ladie there at ease,

He well remembred that the fame was hee,
Which lately fought his Lord for to displease:
Tho all in rage he on him ftreight did feaze,
As if he would in peeces him have rent;
And, were not that the Prince did him ap-

peaze,

He had not left one limbe of him unrent:

XXXIX. 4. Who them perceiving,] That is, perceiving the figns which the Prince made to him. So the poet's own edition, the first folio, and the edition of 1751, read. The other folios and Hughes, "Who him perceiving." CHURCH.

Mr. Church's explanation is judicious. Upton and Tonfon's edition in 1758 have haftily followed the fuppofed emendation, “Who him perceiving, &c." TODD.

XXXIX. 9.

who ill him entertayned.] That is, who entertained the Prince with lefs civility than he ought to have done. The behaviour of Turpine is oppofed to that of Blandina, ft. 41. CHURCH.

But ftreight he held his hand at his commaundë

ment.

XLI.

Thus having all things well in peace ordayned, The Prince himfelfe there all that night did reft;

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Where him Blandina fayrely entertayned With all the courteous glee and goodly feaft The which for him she could imagine beft: For well she knew the wayes to win good will

Of every wight, that were not too infest; And how to please the minds of good and ill, Through tempering of her words and lookes by wondrous skill.

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Yet were her words and lookes but falfe and

fayned,

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To fome hid end to make more eafie way, Or to allure fuch fondlings whom the trayned Into her trap unto their owne decay: Thereto, when needed, fhe could weepe and

pray,

And when her lifted fhe could fawne and

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flatter;

Now fmyling smoothly like to fommers day, Now glooming fadly, fo' to cloke her matter; Yet were her words but wynd, and all her tears but water.

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XLIII.

Whether fuch grace were given her by kynd,
As women wont their guilefull wits to guyde;
Or learnd the art to pleafe, I doe not fynd:
This well I wote, that the fo well applyde
Her pleasing tongue, that foon fhe pacifyde
The wrathfull Prince, and wrought her huf-
bands peace:
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Who nathëleffe, not therewith fatisfyde,
His rancorous despight did not releaffe,
Ne fecretly from thought of fell revenge fur-

ceaffe:

END OF THE SIXTH VOLUME.

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XLIV.

For all that night, the whyles the Prince did reft

In careleffe couch not weeting what was ment,

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He watcht in close awayt with weapons preft,
Willing to worke his villenous intent ́
On him, that had fo fhamefully him fhent:
Yet durft he not for very cowardize
Effect the fame, whyleft all the night was
spent.

The morrow next the Prince did early rize, And paffed forth to follow his firft enterprize.,

XLIII. 3. Or learnd] Or that she had learn'd. CHURCH.

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