Sir Clyomon and Sir Clamydes/Scene vii
Scene vii 
Enter Clamydes with the head [of the flying serpent] upon his sword.
- Ah happy day! my deadly foe submitted hath to death:
- Lo, here the hand, lo, here the sword that stopped the vital breath!
- Lo, here the head that shall possess my Juliana dear!
- The Knight of the Golden Shield his force what need I now to fear?
- Since I by force subdued have this serpent fierce of might,
- Who vanquished hath, as I have heard, full many a worthy knight,
- Which, for to win my lady’s love, their lives have ventured here.
- Besides, that cowardly Bryan, which the Faithless Shield doth bear,
- A number keeps, as I have heard, as captives in his hold,
- Whom he hath by enchantment got and not through courage bold:
- Shall such defamed dastards, dared by knights, thus bear their name?
- Shall such as are without all faith live to impair our fame?
- Shall valiant hearts by cowardly charm be kept in captives’ thrall?
- Shall knights live subject to a wretch which hath no heart at all?
- Nay, first, Clamydes, claim to thee fell Atropos her stroke,
- Ere thou dost see such worthy knights to bear the heavy yoke
- Of cowardly Bryan Without-faith: his charms let daunt not thee;
- And for his force thou need’st not fear, the gods thy shield will be.
- Well, to meet the Knight of the Golden Shield yet ten days’ space I have
- And to set free these worthy knights; but rest a while I crave:
- Here in this place near to this fort, for that I weary am
- With travail since from killing of the serpent late I came,
- Lo, here a while I mind to rest, and Bryan then subdue,
- And then to Alexander’s court, to keep my promise true.
Enter Bryan Sans-foy and [Subtle] Shift.
- Come, Knowledge, for here he lies, laid weary on the ground.
- Nay, I’ll not come in his sight, if you would give me a thousand pound,
- For he is the terriblest knight of any you have heard spoke;
- He’ll beat a hundred such as you and I am down at one stroke.
- Tush, fear thou naught at all: I have charmed him, and he is fast asleep,
- Lying near unto the castle here which I do keep;
- And ten days in this sleep I have charmed him to remain
- Before nature shall overcome it that he might wake again.
- In the mean season, lo, behold, the serpent’s head I’ll take away,
- His shield, and his apparel: this done, then will I convey
- His body into prison, with other his companions to lie,
- Whose strengths, ah Knowledge, I durst never attempt to try!
- Ah, handle him softly, or else you will cause him to awake!
- Tush, tush, not if all the noise in the world I were able to make:
- Till ten days be expired the charm will not leave him;
- And then, I am sure, he will marvel who did thus deceive him.
- So, now he is stripped, stay thou here for a season,
- And I’ll go fetch two of my servants to carry him into prison.
- Well, do so, Master Bryan, and for your coming I’ll stay.
- Gog’s blood, what a villain am I my master to betray!
- Nay, sure, I’ll awake him, if it be possible, ere they carry him to jail.—
- Master! what, master! awake, man! what, master!—Ah, it will not prevail!
- Am I not worthy to be hanged? was ever seen such a deceitful knave?
- What villainy was in me when unto Bryan understanding I gave
- Of my master’s being n this forest? but much I muse, indeed,
- What he means to do with my master’s apparel, his shield, and the head.
- Well, seeing it is through my villainy my master is at this drift,
- Yet, when he is in prison, Shift shall not be void of a shift
- To get him away; but if it ever come to his ear
- That I was the occasion of it, he’ll hang me, that’s clear.
- Well, here comes Bryan: I’ll cloak with him, if I may,
- To have the keeping of my master in prison night and day.
- Come, sirs, take up this body, and carry it in to the appointed place,
- And there let it lie, for as yet he shall sleep ten days’ space.
- How say you, Master Bryan, shall I of him have the guard?
- By my troth, policy thy good-will to reward;
- In hope of thy just service, content, I agree
- For to resign the keeping of this same knight unto thee:
- But give me thy hand that thou wilt deceive me never.
- Here’s my hand: charm, enchant, make a spider-catcher of me, if I be false to you ever.
- Well, then, come, follow after me, and the guard of him thou shalt have.
- A thousand thanks I give you: this is all the promotion I crave.
- Ah sirrah, little knows Bryan that Clamydes my master is;
- But to set him free from prison I intend not to miss:
- Yet still in my mind I can do no other but muse
- What practice with my master’s apparel and shield he will use.
- Well, seeing I have played the crafty knave with the one, I’ll play it with the other;
- Subtle Shift for advantage will deceive his own brother.
Textual Notes 
- Juliana] D B; Iulianas Q
- her] D B; his Q
- might] Q D B; may Dyce conjecture
Explanatory Notes 
- the Faithless Shield: i.e. the shield which has the impress Sans-foy.—Dyce.
- dared: scared.
- prevail: avail.
- cloak: deal cunningly, dissemble.—Bullen.
- spider-catcher: monkey.