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But Life was like a faire young lusty boy,
Such as they faine Dan Cupid to have beene, Full of delightfull health and lively joy, Deckt all with flowres and wings of gold fit to employ.
When these were past, thus gan the Titanesse; "Lo! mighty Mother, now be iudge, and say Whether in all thy creatures more or lesse CHANGE doth not raign and beare the greatest sway: For who sees not that Time on all doth pray? But times do change and move continually : So nothing here long standeth in one stay: Wherefore this lower world who can deny But to be subiect still to Mutabilitie?"
Then thus gan love; "Right true it is, that these And all things else that under heaven dwell
Are chaung'd of Time, who doth them all disseise1 Of being: But who is it (to me tell)
That Time himselfe doth move and still compell To keepe his course? Is not that namely Wee, Which poure that virtue from our heavenly cell
That moves them all, and makes them changed be? So them We gods doe rule, and in them also Thee."
To whom thus Mutability; "The things,
Which we see not how they are mov'd and swayd, Ye may attribute to yourselves as kings,
And say, they by your secret power are made:
1 Disseise, dispossess.
2 Namely, particularly.
Mov'd by your might, and ordered by your ayde,
"And first, concerning her that is the first,
Now hornd, now round, now bright, now brown and gray; So that as changefull as the moone men use to say.
"Next Mercury; who though he lesse appeare
And fills the darkned world with terror and dismay.
"Now Mars, that valiant man, is changed most;
2 Cleane, entirely.
1 Crake, boast.
His sterne aspect, and calme his crabbed lookes: So many turning cranks1 these have, so many crookes.
"But you, Dan love, that only constant are,
Are you not subject eeke to this misfare??
But, wheresoever they comment 3 the same,
They all consent that ye begotten were
"Then are ye mortall borne, and thrall to Me; Unlesse the kingdome of the sky yee make Immortall and unchangeable to be:
Besides, that power and vertue, which ye spake,
"Besides, the sundry motions of your spheares,
Onely the starrie skie doth still remaine :
1 Cranks, windings.
2 Misfare, misfortune.
3 Comment, feign, pretend.
4 Obliquid, oblique.
And even itself is mov'd, as wizards saine 1:
"Then since within this wide great Universe
So having ended, silence long ensewed;
But with firme eyes affixt the ground still viewed.
"I well consider all that ye have sayd;
2 Addoom, adjudge.
1 Saine, say.
Then over them Change doth not rule and raigne: But they raigne over Change, and doe their states maintaine.
"Cease therefore, Daughter, further to aspire,
So was the Titaness put downe and whist,1
1 Whist, silenced.
See, dominion. 3 Wist, knew.