Monday, August 11, 2014

Spenser on passion

Then turning to his Palmer said, Old syre
   Behold the image of mortalitie,
   And feeble nature cloth'd with fleshly tyre,
   When raging passion with fierce tyrannie
   Robs reason of her due regalitie,
   And makes it seruant to her basest part:
   The strong it weakens with infirmitie,
   And with bold furie armes the weakest hart;
   The strong through pleasure soonest falles,
         the weake through smart.

     Sir Guyon, in Edmund Spenser, The faerie queene II.i.57.  This in response to the devastation wreaked upon Sir Mortdant and Amavia both by Acrasia.

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