The Faery Queene, Book III-IV
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ...spight to him to beare; Which he to shun, and stop vile envies sting, Hath lately caus'd to be proclaim'd each where A solemne feast with publike turneying, To which all knights with them their ladies are to bring: xxvn. " And of them all she that is fayrest found Shall have that golden girdle for reward; And of those knights who is most stout on ground Shall to that fairest ladie be prefard. Since therefore she herselfe is now your ward, To you that ornament of hers pertaines Against all those that chalenge it to gard, And save her honour with your ventrous paines; That shall you win more glory than ye here find gaines." xxvrrr. When they the reason of his words had hard, They gan abate the rancour of their rage, And with their honours and their loves regard The furious flames of malice to asswage. Tho each to other did his faith engage, Like faithfull friends thenceforth to ioyne in one With all their force, and battell strong to wage Gainst all those knights, as their professed fone, That chaleng'd ought in F lorimell, save they alone. _ xx IX. 50 well accorded forth they rode together In friendly sort, that lasted but awhile; And of all old dislikes they made faire weather; Yet all was forg'd and spred with golden foyle, That under it hidde hate and hollow guyle. Ne certes can that friendship long endure, However gay and goodly be the style, That doth ill cause or evill end enure; For vertue is the band that bindeth harts most sure. xxx. Thus as they marched all in close disguise Of fayned love, they chaunst to overtake Two knights, that lincked rode in lovely wise, As if they secret counsels did partake; And each not farre behinde him had his make, T o weete, two ladies of most goodly hew, That...
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