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XVIII. Thereto the joys of idleness and love, : And luxury, that befots the nebleft mind,

And custom prevalent at distance drove : All sense and relish of a higher kind,

Whereby the foul to virtue is refin’d.
Instead whereof the arts of lavery
Were taught, of flavery perverfe and blind,

That vainly boasts her native liberty,
Yet wears the chains of pride, of luft, and gluttony.

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XIX.
Of which the red-crofs knight right well aware,.
Would in no wise agree with them to go,
Albeit with courtly glee their leader fair,

Hight Politessa, him did kindly woo.
But all was false pretence, and hollow show,
False as the flowers which to their breasts they ty'd
Or those which seemed in their cheeks to glow,

For both were false, and not by Nature dy'd, False rivals of the spring, and beauty's rosy pride.

XX. Then from behind them ftraightway 'gan advaunce An uncouth stripling quaintly habited, As for some revel mark, or antic daunce, All chequer'd o’er with yellow, blue, and red; Als in a vizor black he throuds his head,

The * Called,

The which he tossed to and fro amain,
And + eft his lathy falchion brandished,

As if he meant fierce battle to f darrain,
And like a wanton ape eft skip'd he on the plain.

XXI.
And eft about him skip'd a gaudy throng
Of youthful gallants, frolic, trim, and gay,
Chanting in careless notes their amorous song,
Match'd with like careless guests, like ainorous play.
Als were they gorgeous, dress'din rich array,
And well accepted of that female train,
Whose hearts to joy and 'mirth devoted aye,

Each proffer'd love receive without disdain,
And part without regret from each late favour'd swain.

XXII.
And now tlrey do accord in wanton daunce

To join their hands upon the flowery plain ;
The whiles with amorous leer and eyes askaunce
Each damsel fires with love her glowing swain ;
Till, all impatient of the tickling pain,
In fudden laughter forth at once they break,
And ending so their daunce, each tender twain

To shady bowers. forthwith themselves betake,
De hid in myrtle groves, beside a silver lake.

XXIII.
Thereat the red-cross knight was much enmov'da
And 'gan his heart with indignation (well,
To view in forms so made to be belov’d,
Ne faith, ne truth, ne heavenly virtue dwell;

But ☆ Often.

Attempt.

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But luft instead, and falsehood, child of hell;,
And giutton floth, and love of

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attire : And footh to say, them well could parallel.

Their lusty * paramours in vain desire;
Well fitted to each dame was every gallant squire.

XXIV.
Yet when their sovereign calls them forth to arms,
Their sovereign, whose ¢ behests they most revere,
Right wisely can they menage war’s alarms,
And wield with valour great the martial spear,
So that their name is dreaded far and near,
Oh! that for liberty they fo did fight!
Then need not fairy-land their prowess fear,

Ne give in charge to her adventurous knight Their friendship to beware, and fenfe-deluding fleight.

XXV.
But not for liberty they wagen war,
But solely to I aggrate their mighty lord,
For whom their dearest blood they 11 nillen spare,
When so him listeth draw the conquering sword;
So is that idol vain of them ador'd,
Who ne with might beyond his meanest thrall
Endued, ne with superior wisdom stor’d,

Sees at his feet prostrated millions fall,
And with religious dread obey his princely call.

XXVI.
Thereto so high and stately was his port,
That all the petty kings him fore envy'd,
And would him imitate in any fort,
With all the mimic pageantry of pride, And
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And worship'd be like him, and deify'd,

Of courtly sycophants and * caitifs vile, i "Who to those fervices themselves apply’d,

And in that school of fervitude erewhile
Had learn'd to bow and grin, and flatter, and beguite.

XXVII.
For to that seminary of fashions vain
The rich and noble from ail parts repair,
Where grown enamour'd of the gaudy train,
And, courteous haviour gent and debonair,
They cast to imitate fuch semblaunce fair;
And, deeming meanly of their native lond,
Their own rough virtues they disdain to wear,

And back returning drest by foreign hond,
Ne other matter care, ne other understond.

XXVIII. Wherefore th’enchaunter vile, who sore was griev'd To see the knight reject those damfels gay, Wherewith he thought him sure to have deceiv'd, Was minded to that court him to convey, And daze his eyen with majesty's bright ray: So to a stately castle he him brought, Which in the midst of a great garden: lay,

And wisely was by cunning craftsmen wrought, And with all riches deck'd furpafling human thought.

XXIX.
There underneath a fumptnous canopy,
That with bright ore and diamonds glitter'd far,
Sate the fwoln form of royal + furquedry,
And deem'd jaself 1 allgates fome creature rare,

While * Scoundrels. + Pride. By all means, omnino

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While its own haughty state it mote compare
With the base countenance of the vaffal fry,
That seem'd to have nor eye, nor tongue, nor ear ,

Ne any sense, ne any faculty,
That did not to his throne owe servile ministry,

XXX.

Yet wilt he not that half that homage low
Was at a wizard's fhrine in private pay'd,
The which conducted all that goodly show,
And as he list th' imperial puppet play'd,
By secret springs and wheels night wisely made,
That he the subtle wires mote not * avize,
But deem in footh that all he did or said,

From his own motion and free grace did rise, And that he justly hight immortal, great, and wife {

XXXI.

And eke to each of that same gilded train,
That meekly round that lordly throne did stand,
Was by that wizard ty'd a magic chain,
Whereby their actions all he note command,
And rule with hidden influence the land.
Yet to his lord he outwardly did bend,
And those fame magic chains within his hand

Did seem to place, albeit by the end He held them faft, that none them from his gripe mote rend.

XXXII, He • Discover, perceive,

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