In it Spenser has made great use of the legend of St. George and the Dragon.
The first three books tell the adventures of the Red Cross Knight St. George, or Holiness; of Sir Guyon, or Temperance; and of the Lady Britomartis, or Chastity.
There was not a soul in Randolph Crescent, nor a soul in Queensferry Street; in this outdoor privacy and the sense of escape, John took heart again; and with a pathetic sense of leave-taking, he even ventured up the lane and stood awhile, a strange peri at the gates of a quaint paradise, by the west end of St. George
I should like the scheme, and we would make a little circuit, and shew you Everingham in our way, and perhaps you would not mind passing through London, and seeing the inside of St. George
's, Hanover Square.
"You have earned the St. George
's standards and will be worthy of them."
Whether it were St. George, I cannot say; but surely a dragon was killed there, for you may see the marks yet where his blood ran down, and more by token the place where it ran down is the easiest way up the hillside.
And his wife dealt out stockings, and calico shirts, and smock frocks, and comforting drinks to the old folks with the "rheumatiz," and good counsel to all; and kept the coal and clothes' clubs going, for yule-tide, when the bands of mummers came round, dressed out in ribbons and coloured paper caps, and stamped round the Squire's kitchen, repeating in true sing-song vernacular the legend of St. George and his fight, and the ten-pound doctor, who plays his part at healing the Saint--a relic, I believe, of the old Middle-age mysteries.
The other day I saw Miss Trotter (that was), arrayed in them, trip into the travelling carriage at St. George
's, Hanover Square, and Lord Methuselah hobbled in after.
We set out the 5th day of August, 1706, and arrived at Fort St. George
the 11th of April, 1707.
Announcing his intention to the bachelor, he asked his advice as to the quarter in which he ought to commence his expedition, and the bachelor replied that in his opinion he ought to go to the kingdom of Aragon, and the city of Saragossa, where there were to be certain solemn joustings at the festival of St. George
, at which he might win renown above all the knights of Aragon, which would be winning it above all the knights of the world.
It was this howling and firing of the guns at Ripley and St. George's Hill that we had heard at Upper Halliford.
The St. George's Hill men, however, were better led or of a better mettle.