Twines not of them one golden thread, But for its sake a Paynim
Such forces met not, nor so wide a camp, When Agrican, with all his northern powers, Besieged Albracea, as romances tell, The city of Gallaphrone, from thence to win The fairest of her sex, Angelica, His daughter, sought by many prowest knights, Both Paynim
and the peers of Charlemane.
"He is in hiding somewhere, for he knew well, black paynim
as he is, that our horses' four legs could outstrip his two."
The Assistant Commissioner laughed a little; but the great man's thoughts seemed to have wandered far away, perhaps to the questions of his country's domestic policy, the battle-ground of his crusading valour against the paynim
His dark eyes and swarthy skin and Paynim
features suited the costume exactly: he looked the very model of an Eastern emir, an agent or a victim of the bowstring.
And backward roll'd the paynim
flood--for this, with listless eye, The west beheld her bleeding bound, yet passed her coldly by.
Spenser similarly envisages a war with infidels where Gloriana will help the British confront the Saracens" (297): "And Bryton fields with Sarazin blood bedyde, / Twixt that great faery Queene and Paynim
(17) There is a sense in which it is the poem's characters themselves who insist on the binary framework--the poem takes its title from the Muslim narrator's discursive othering of one whom he knew not and loathed, (18) and the Giaour ironically recommends his crime to the Caloyer Abbot on the basis of his victim's "paynim
spleen" (1038-42)--and thus the possibility that the dichotomy within which the poem is locked is itself symptomatic of the intercultural violence that imperial work entails.
/ In paynim
toyes the sweetest vaines are spent: / To Christian workes, few have their talents lent" ("The Author to the Reader" ll.
The scenes that prompt strong responses--one that scares the speaker and one she longs to have found--are defined by that absence of people: first, the grave that bears no trace of the "poor prophet paynim
" it once held; then, the Nativity's "family with pets," the single image of realized human connection in the poem, noted because not seen.
sailors clustering, tawny skinned, Cried 'Who is he that comes to Christian slaves?
In Book V canto viii, Artegall and Arthur are reunited when they rescue the damsel Samient from a pair of paynim