The speaker starts by asking for breathing space after his epic exertions: "After so long a race as I have run / Through Faery land, which those six books compile, / Give leave to rest me being halfe fordonne
, / And gather to my selfe new breath awhile" (1-4).
A passage from CH XX, describing the fight for the soul of Furseus, shows the angels contending with |dam awyrgedan gastas'.(5) In the Admonitio ad Filium Spiritualem the evil spirits are more precisely defined as: |ba awyrgedan gastas pe geond pat lyft fleod to fordonne
pa unwaran.'(6), The echo of the passage from De Auguriis associates these spirits with the devil, and contributes to a composite picture of the three demonic attributes of evil, invisibility, and the powers of flight.