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But to the highest him, that is behight
Did inly grudge, yet did it well conceale ;
of my old father MOLE, whom Shepheards quill Renowmed hath with hymnes fit for a rurall skill.
XXXVII. And, were it not ill fitting for this file To sing of hilles and woods mongst warres and Knights, I would abate the sternenesse of my stile, Mongst these sterne stounds 4 to mingle soft delights ; And tell how Arlo, through Dianaes spights, (Beeing of old the best and fairest hill That was in all this Holy-Islands hights,)
Was made the most unpleasant and most ill: Meane while, O Clio, lend Calliope thy quill.
: Eftsoones, immediately.
XXXVI. 8. — My old father Mole.] The name of a mountain men tioned by Spenser in his “ Colin Clouts come Home againe." XXXVII. 1. — This file.] This style or subject. VOL. IV.
Of woods and forrests, which therein abound,
With whom the woody gods did oft consort;
· Whylome, formerly.
? Then, than.
3 Hight, was called.
XL. 5.- That Shepheard Colin, &c.] “ Which story Colin Clout (Spenser himself) did dearly condole in his poem entitled Colin Clouts come Home againe.'” — UPTON.
But this Molanna, were she not so shole,
Were no lesse faire and beautifull then 2 shee: Yet, as she is, a fairer flood may no man see.
XLI. For first she springs out of two marble rocks, On which a grove of oakes high-mounted growes, That as a girlond seemes to deck the locks Of some faire bride, brought forth with pompous showes Out of her bowre, that many flowers strowes : So through the flowry dales she tumbling downe Through many woods and shady coverts flowes,
That on each side her silver channell crowne,
may ; For much she hated sight of living eye: Foolish god Faunus, though full many a day
He saw her clad, yet longed foolishly
Shole, shallow ? Then, than.
3 Bovore, chamber.
With which he her allured and betraid
To tell what time he might her Lady see When she herselfe did bathe, that he might secret bee.
XLIV. Thereto 1 hee promist, if she would him pleasure With this small boone, to quit 2 her with a better; To weet, that whereas shee had out of measure Long lov'd the Fanchin, who by nought did set her, That he would undertake for this to get her To be his Love, and of him liked well: Besides all which, he vow'd to be her debter For
many moe 3 good turnes then 4 he would tell ; The least of which this little pleasure should excell.
To this sweet spring; where, doffing her array, She bath'd her lovely limbes, for love a likely pray.
Thereto, also. 2 Quit, requite. 3 Moe, more.
4 Then, than. 5 Eft, quickly. 6 Tho, then.
? Doffing, putting off.
Sade onely one.) Acteon.
But, breaking forth in laughter, loud profest
But wouldest needs thine owne conceit areed !!
XLVII. The Goddesse, all abashed with that noise, In haste forth started from the guilty brooke; And, running straight whereas she heard his voice, Enclos'd the bush about, and there him tooke Like darred larke, not daring up to looke On her whose sight before so much he sought. Thence forth they drew him by the hornes, and shooke
Nigh all to peeces, that they left him nought;
Then thinkes what punishment were best assign’d,
| Areed, declare.
? Baile, custody.
XLVII. 5. – Darred.] Caught by means of a looking-glass, which engages the attention of the larks while the fowler throws his net over them.