The Faerie Queene

Explain the following lines from The Faerie Queene A lovely Ladie rode him faire beside, Upon a lowly, Asse more white then snow, Yet she much wither; but the same was full low, And ouer all a blacke stole she did throw.

Explain the following lines from The Faerie Queene
A lovely Ladie rode him faire beside,
Upon a lowly, Asse more white then snow,
Yet she much wither; but the same was full low,
And ouer all a blacke stole she did throw.

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Basically this excerpt deals with Una, a lovely young lady, who rides beside the Red Cross Knight. Much like Christ rode into Jerusalem before his death, the donkey is very pale and white. Una is in mourning and seams to reflect the paleness of her donkey. Beside her are white lambs, which represent her purity.