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Then answered hee, Verily shee is a Magitian, which hath power to rule the heavens, to bringe downe the sky, to beare up the earth, to turne the waters into hills and the hills into running waters, to lift up the terrestrial spirits into the aire, and to pull the gods out of the heavens, to extinguish the planets, and to lighten the deepe darknesse of hell.

Captaine from yonder Castle, and therewithall he tooke me by the halter and would violently have taken me away : but my master wiping away the blood of the blow which he received of the souldier, desired him gently and civilly to take some pitty upon him, and to let him depart with his owne, swearing and affirming that his slow Asse, welnigh dead with sicknesse, could scarce carry a few handfuls of hearbs to the next towne, much lesse he was able to beare any greater trusses : but when he saw the souldier would in no wise be intreated, but ready with his staffe to cleave my masters head, my master fell down at his feete, under colour to move him to some pitty, but when he saw his time, he tooke the souldier by the legs and cast him upon the ground: Then he buffetted him, thumped him, bit him, and tooke a stone and beat his face and his sides, that he could not turne and defend himselfe, but onely threaten that if ever he rose, he would choppe him in pieces.

Then the witch with her abhominable science, began to conjure and to make her Ceremonies, to turne the heart of the Baker to his wife, but all was in vaine, wherefore considering on the one side that she could not bring her purpose to passe, and on the other side the losse of her gaine, she ran hastily to the Baker, threatning to send an evill spirit to kill him, by meane of her conjurations.

For that wol turne rancour and disese Tacord and love and many a wrong apese.

The whiles faire Britomart, whose constant mind,Would not so lightly follow beauties chace,Ne reckt of Ladies Loue, did stay behind,And them awayted there a certaine space,To weet if they would turne backe to that place:But when she saw them gone, she forward went,As lay her iourney, through that perlous Pace,With stedfast courage and stout hardiment.

I T often fals, (as here it earst befell)That mortall foes doe turne to faithfull frends,And friends profest are chaungd to foemen fell:The cause of both, of both their minds depends.

For thy, he thus to Paridel bespake,Faire Sir, of friendship let me now you pray,That as I late aduentured for your sake,The hurts whereof me now from battell stay,Ye will me now with like good turne repay,And iustifie my cause on yonder knight.

The villaine leauing him vnto his mateTo be captiu'd, and handled as he list,Himselfe addrest vnto this new debate,And with his club him all about so blist,That he which way to turne him scarcely wist:Sometimes aloft he layd, sometimes alow.

If I doe such things as I canot give reasons for, it is like you have sett a foole aboute your bussines, and so turne ye reproofe to your selves, & send an other, and let me come againe to my Combes.

And therfore who-so list it nat yheere, Turne over the leef, and chese another tale.

And therewithall he pulled out two thousand crownes, which he had under his coate, saying : Hold here the dowry which I present unto you, hold eke my person, which you shall alwayes find trusty and faithfull, if you willingly receive me: and I will ensure you that in so doing, within short space I wilt make and turne this stony house of yours into gold.

Now turne againe (Sir Artegall then sayd)For if I liue till those ten daies haue end,Assure your selfe, Sir Knight, she shall haue ayd,Though I this dearest life for her doe spend.

Therewith she spewd out of her filthy mawA floud of poyson horrible and blacke,Full of great lumpes of flesh and gobbets raw,Which stunck so vildly, that it forst him slackeHis grasping hold, and from her turne him backe:Her vomit full of bookes and papers was,With loathly frogs and toades, which eyes did lacke,And creeping sought way in the weedy gras:Her filthy parbreake all the place defiled has.

There leaue we them in pleasure and repast,Spending their ioyous dayes and gladfull nights,And taking vsurie of time forepast,With all deare delices and rare delights,Fit for such Ladies and such louely knights:And turne we here to this faire furrowes endOur wearie yokes, to gather fresher sprights,That when as time to Artegall shall tend,We on his first aduenture may him forward send.

The wretched man hearing her call for ayd,And readie seeing him with her to fly,In his disquiet mind was much dismayd:But when againe he backward cast his eye,And saw the wicked fire so furiouslyConsume his hart, and scorch his Idoles face,He was therewith distressed diuersly,Ne wist he how to turne, nor to what place.