Edmund Spenser – “The Faerie Queene ” (ctd.)

George, seemingly vanquished, falls into the well and the dragon claps his iron wings in joy. Una, observing all this from a distance, spends the night weeping and praying. In the morning the knight jumps out of the well, as refreshed as a freshly molted eagle and gets back to the fight. He strikes the dragon in the head and this time gives him a huge gaping wound. The narrator says he is not sure whether it was the new strength he got in the well, or whether the water worked its miracle also on his sword and it became harder or sharper, but it must have been one of those things because no regular human could have made such a wound. The enraged dragon strikes at Redcrosse with his tail and pierces his shoulder, leaving his sting in it  (if I understand this correctly). The knight, after trying unsuccessfully to dislodge the sting, goes at the dragon and hacks of most of his tail. “O death, where is thy sting?” (! Cor 15:55)

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