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With footing worne, and leading inward farr;
And foorth they passe, with pleasure forward led,
The fruitfull olive; and the platane round;
Led with delight, they thus beguile the way, Untill the blustering storme is overblowne; When, weening to returne whence they did stray, They cannot finde that path, which first was showne, But wander too and fro in waies unknowne, Furthest from end then, when they neerest weene, That makes them doubt their wits be not their owne: So many pathes, so many turnings seene, That, which of thein to take, in diverse doubt they becn.
UNA FOLLOWED BY THE LION.
I. Nouglit3 is there under heaven's wide hollownesse That moves more deare compassion of mind, Then beautie brought t' unworthie wretchednesse Through envies snares, or fortunes freakes unkind. I, whether lately through her brightnes blynd, Or through allegeance, and fast fealty, Which I do owe unto all womankynd,
Feele my hart perst with so great agony, When such I see, that all for pitty I could dy.
And now it is empassioned 4 so deepe,
1 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. # Nonght, &c. In this canto the adventures of Una are resumed, from the ninth stanza of the pro reding canto
That my frayle cies these lines with teares da teepe,
Is from her Knight divorced in despayre,
III. 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 th' Enchaunter wrought, Had her abandond: She, of nought affrayd,
Through woods and wastness wide him daily sought, Yet wished tydinges none of him unto her brought.
One day, nigh wearie of the yrkesome way,
And make a sunshine in the shady place;
It fortuned, out of the thickest wood
His bloody rage aswaged with remorse,
1 True as touch-l. e. true as the touchstone by which other substances are tried.
4 Undight-took ofr. 6 A ramping lyon.-Upton conjectures the lion to be the English monarch, the defender of the taith. Ke 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 A as los
Her hart gan melt in great compassion;
« The lyon, lord of everie beast in field,”
Her, that him lov'd, and ever most adord
From her fayre eyes he took commandément,
Book I. Canto III.
DESCRIPTION OF PRINCE ARTHUR.
ook of er of the e homage nocrocs
A goodly Knight. This is Prince Arthur, in whose faultless excellence Spenser is supposed to bave represented his flustrious friend, Sir Philip Sidney, whose beautiful character and splendid Accomplishments kindled a warmth of admiration among his contemporaries, of which we find it duficult to conceive in our colder and more prosaic age.
Shape like a Ladies head, exceeding shone,
Whose hilts were burnisht gold; and handle strong
That suddeine horrour to faint hartes did show;
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,
2 Greene Selinis.--Sellnis is evidently the name of some bill or mountain, which I do not And 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 name 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 wliole without comment.--Huurd.
8 Eftsoone- immediately. 4 A goodly Ladie, &c.-In the beautiful and elaborate portrait of Belphoebe, Sperser has drawn & dattered likeness of Queen Elizabeth.
6 Portance-demeanor. And la city in
And gazers sence with double pleasure fed, Hable to heale the sicke and to revive the ded.
XXIII. In her faire eyes two living lamps did flame, Kindled above at th' Hevenly Makers light, And darted fyrie beames out of the same, So passing persant,' and so wondrous bright, That quite bereavd the rash beholders sight; In them the blinded god his lustful fyre To kindle oft assayd, but had no might; For, with dredd maiestie and awfull yre She broke his wanton darts, and quenched bace desyre.
XXIV. Her yvoire forhead, full of bountie brave, Like a broad table did itselle dispred, For Love his loftie triumphes to engrave, And write the battailes of his great godhed: All good and honour might therein be red; For there their dwelling was. And, when she spake, Sweete wordes, like dropping honny, she did shed;
And twixt the perles and rubins? softly brake
How shall frayle pen descrive her heavenly face,
Like twinckling starres; and all the skirt about
1 Persant-piercing. Rubins---rubies. 8 Belgardes-sweet looks. Retrate-picture. Camokthin dress. Purfled-embroidered. 7 Plight-plait. $ Aygulets-tagged potta
The yellow locks of Queen Elizabeth enter largely into the descriptions of beauty by the poets of her reign.
10 Inspyre-brea ho.