Lo I the man, whose Muse whilome did maske,
As time her taught, in lowly Shepheards weeds,
Am now enfrost a far unfitter taske,
For trumpets sterne to chaunge mine Oaten reeds,
And sing of Knights and Ladies gentle deeds;
Whose prayers having slept in silence long,
Me, all too meane, the sacred Muse areeds
To blazon broad emongst her learned throng:
Fierce warres and faithful loves shall moralize my song.
The opening stanza of The Fairie Queene sounds almost like a prayer. The use of words in this stanza such as “Am now enfrost a far unfitter taske”, he is bracing the audience for what is about to come and let them know that although he has been given this noble task, he may be unfit or unworthy of it. He is aware that the task in hand is great and if he completes this he will be praised as a knight and that he has people’s prayers that will be protecting him.
The language in the opening lines is very strong. In the first look, it was really hard to comprehend. But as it progresses to the second stanza it becomes clearer and clearer. He asks the holy virgin of nine to grant him the strength to carry out a task that only they can accomplish but with their support, he will attempt to take care of. Overall, it is very powerful not only in terms of the language he uses but also the strength he gathers upon with the use of his words to fight the monster.