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Yet greatly did the Beast repine at those
Straunge bands, whose like till then he never bore,
And chauffed inly, seeing now no more
Him liberty was left aloud to rore:
Yet durst he not draw backe, nor once withstand The proved powre of noble Calidore; But trembled underneath his mighty hand, And like a fearefull dog him followed through the land.
Thus was this Monster, by the maystring might
Him through all Faery Land he follow'd so,
Out of their townes did round about him throng,
And all such persons, as he earst did wrong,
And much admyr'd the Beast, but more admyr❜d the Knight.
Thenceforth more mischiefe and more scath he wrought 39
So now he raungeth through the world againe,
Ne may this homely Verse, of many meanest,
Hope to escape his venemous despite,
More than my former Writs, all were they cleanest From blamefull blot, and free from all that wite With which some wicked tongues did it backebite, And bring into a mighty Peres displeasure,
That never so deserved to endite.
Therefore do you, my rimes, keep better measure, And seeke to please; that now is counted wise mens threa
TWO CANTOS OF MUTABILITIE:
WHICH, BOTH FOR FORME AND MATTER, APPEARE TO
BE PARCELL OF SOME FOLLOWING
THE FAERIE QUEENE,
UNDER THE LEGEND OF CONSTANCIE.
Proud Change (not pleasd in mortall things
Pretends, as well of Gods as Men,
HAT man that sees the ever-whirling wheele Of Change, the which all mortall things doth sway, But that thereby doth find, and plainly feele, How Mutability in them doth play Her cruell sports to many mens decay? Which that to all may better yet appeare, I will rehearse, that whylome I heard say, How she at first herselfe began to reare Gainst all the Gods, and th' empire sought from them to
But first, here falleth fittest to unfold
Her antique race and linage ancient,
In Faery Land mongst records permanent.
And many of them afterwards obtain'd
To Gods and men, as she them list divide;
And drad Bellona, that doth sound on hie
Warres and allarums unto Nations wide, That makes both heaven and earth to tremble at her pride.
So likewise did this Titanesse aspire
Rule and dominion to herselfe to gaine;
For she the face of earthly things so changed,
Of Gods or men to alter or misguide)
She alter'd quite; and made them all accurst
That God had blest, and did at first provide In that still happy state for ever to abide.
Ne shee the lawes of Nature onely brake,
And wrong of right, and bad of good did make,
Since which, all living wights have learn'd to die,
O pittious worke of Mutabilitie,
By which we all are subject to that curse,
And death, in stead of life, have sucked from our Nurse!
And now, when all the earth she thus had brought
Thence to the Circle of the Moone she clambe,
Where Cynthia raignes in everlasting glory,
Her sitting on an ivory throne shee found,
Drawne of two steeds, th' one black, the other white,
And by her side there ran her Page, that hight
That when the hardy Titanesse beheld
The goodly building of her Palace bright, Made of the heavens substance, and up-held With thousand Crystall pillors of huge hight; Shee gan to burne in her ambitious spright, And t'envie her that in such glorie raigned. Eftsoones she cast by force and tortious might Her to displace and to herselfe t' have gained The kingdome of the Night, and waters by her wained.