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But to the highest him, that is behight
Father of gods and men by equall might,
To weet, the god of Nature, I appeale.”
Thereat love wexed wroth, and in his spright

Did inly grudge, yet did it well conceale ;
And bade Dan Phæbus scribe her appellation ? seale.

XXXVI.
Eftsoones 3 the time and place appointed were,
Where all, both heavenly powers and earthly wights,
Before great Natures presence should appeare,
For triall of their titles and best rights:
That was, to weet, upon the highest hights
Of Arlo-hill (who knowes not Arlo-hill ?)
That is the highest head, in all mens sights,

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.

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Behight, called.
Appellation, appeal.

: Eftsoones, immediately.
Stounds, alarms.

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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.

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XXXVIII.
Whylome when Ireland florished in fame
Of wealth and goodnesse, far above the rest
Of all that beare the British Islands name,
The gods then us’d, for pleasure and for rest,
Oft to resort thereto, when seem’d them best :
But none of all therein more pleasure found
Then ? Cynthia, that is soveraine Queene profest

Of woods and forrests, which therein abound,
Sprinkled with wholsom waters more then ? most on ground:

XXXIX.
But mongst them all, as fittest for her game,
(Either for chace of beasts with hound or bowe,
Or for to shroude in shade from Phæbus flame,
Or bathe in fountaines that doe freshly flowe
Or from high hilles, or from the dales belowe,)
She chose this Arlo; where shee did resort
With all her nymphes enranged on a rowe,

With whom the woody gods did oft consort;
For with the nymphes the satyres love to play and sport :

XL.
Amongst the which there was a Nymph that hight 3
Molanna; daughter of old Father Mole,
And sister unto Mulla faire and bright:
Unto whose bed false Bregog whylome 1 stole,
That Shepheard Colin dearely did condole,
And made her lucklesse loves well knowne to be:

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· 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,
Till to the plaine she come, whose valleyes shee doth drowne.

XLII.
In her sweet streames Diana used oft,
After her sweatie chace and toilesome play,
To bathe herselfe; and, after, on the soft
And downy grasse her dainty limbes to lay
In covert shade, where none behold her

may ; For much she hated sight of living eye: Foolish god Faunus, though full many a day

He saw her clad, yet longed foolishly
To see her naked mongst her nymphes in privity.

XLIII.
No way he found to compasse his desire,
But to corrupt Molanna, this her Maid,
Her to discover for some secret hire:
So her with flattering words he first assaid ;
And, after, pleasing gifts for her purvaid,
Queene-apples, and red cherries from the tree,

Shole, shallow ? Then, than.

3 Bovore, chamber.
Purvaid, provided.

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.

XLV.
The simple Maid did yield to him anone;
And eft 5 him placed where he close might view
That never any saw, save onely one,
Who, for his hire to so foole-hardy dew,
Was of his hounds devour'd in hunters hew.
Tho,6 as her manner was on sunny day,
Diana, with her nymphes about her, drew

To this sweet spring; where, doffing her array, She bath'd her lovely limbes, for love a likely pray.

XLVI.
There Faunus saw that pleased much his eye,
And made his hart to tickle in his brest,
That, for great ioy of somewhat he did spy,
He could him not containe in silent rest;

Thereto, also. 2 Quit, requite. 3 Moe, more.

4 Then, than. 5 Eft, quickly. 6 Tho, then.

? Doffing, putting off.

XLV. 3.

Sade onely one.) Acteon.

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But, breaking forth in laughter, loud profest
His foolish thought: a foolish Faune indeed,
That couldst not hold thyselfe so hidden blest,

But wouldest needs thine owne conceit areed !!
Babblers unworthy been of so divine a meed.

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;
And then into the open light they forth him brought.

XLVIII.
Like as an huswife, that with busie care
Thinks of her dairie to make wondrous gaine,
Finding whereas some wicked beast unware
That breakes into her dayr house, there doth draine
Her creaming pannes, and frustrate all her paine;
Hath, in some snare or gin set close behind,
Entrapped him, and caught into her traine,

Then thinkes what punishment were best assign’d,
And thousand deathes deviseth in her vengefull mind:

XLIX.
So did Diana and her maydens all
Use silly Faunus, now within their baile ? :

| 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.

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