Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 285 pages of information about Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I.


The king was greatly moved at her speach,
  And, all with suddein indignation fraight,
  Bad on that Messenger rude hands to reach. 
  Eftsoones the Gard, which on his state did wait, 310
  Attacht that faitor false, and bound him strait: 
  Who seeming sorely chauffed at his band,
  As chained Beare, whom cruell dogs do bait,[*]
  With idle force did faine them to withstand,
And often semblaunce made to scape out of their hand. 315


But they him layd full low in dungeon deepe,
  And bound him hand and foote with yron chains
  And with continual watch did warely keepe: 
  Who then would thinke, that by his subtile trains
  He could escape fowle death or deadly paines? 320
  Thus when that princes wrath was pacifide,
  He gan renew the late forbidden bains,
  And to the knight his daughter dear he tyde,
With sacred rites and vowes for ever to abyde.


His owne two hands the holy knots did knit, 325
  That none but death for ever can devide;
  His owne two hands, for such a turne most fit,
  The housling fire[*] did kindle and provide,
  And holy water thereon sprinckled wide;
  At which the bushy Teade a groome did light, 330
  And sacred lamp in secret chamber hide,
  Where it should not be quenched day nor night,
For feare of evill fates, but burnen ever bright.


Then gan they sprinckle all the posts with wine,
  And made great feast to solemnize that day; 335
  They all perfumde with frankencense divine,
  And precious odours fetcht from far away,
  That all the house did sweat with great aray: 
  And all the while sweete Musicke did apply
  Her curious skill, the warbling notes to play, 340
  To drive away the dull Melancholy;
The whiles one sung a song of love and jollity.


During the which there was an heavenly noise
  Heard sound through all the Pallace pleasantly,
  Like as it had bene many an Angels voice 345
  Singing before th’ eternall Majesty,
  In their trinall triplicities[*] on hye;
  Yet wist no creature whence that heavenly sweet
  Proceeded, yet eachone felt secretly
  Himselfe thereby reft of his sences meet, 350
And ravished with rare impression in his sprite.


Great joy was made that day of young and old,
  And solemne feast proclaimd throughout the land,
  That their exceeding merth may not be told: 
  Suffice it heare by signes to understand 355
  The usuall joyes at knitting of loves band. 
  Thrise happy man the knight himselfe did hold,
  Possessed of his Ladies hart and hand,
  And ever, when his eye did her behold,
His heart did seeme to melt in pleasures manifold. 360

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