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(1695)
At this request, with noble disposition (1696)

Each present lord began to promise aid, (1697)

As bound in knighthood to her imposition, (1698)

Longing to hear the hateful foe bewray'd. (1699)

But she, that yet her sad task hath not said,
(1700)
The protestation stops. 'O, speak,' quoth she, (1701)

'How may this forced stain be wiped from me?

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