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And all this was for loue of Marinell,
Yet farre and neare the Nymph his mother sought,
And many salues did to his sore applie, And many herbes did vse. But when as nought She saw could ease his rankling maladie, At last to Tryphon she for helpe did hie, (This Tryphon is the seagods surgeon hight) Whom she besought to find some remedie: And for his paines a whistle him behight That of a fishes shell was wrought with rare delight.
So well that Leach did hearke to her request,
Who sore against his will did him retaine, For feare of perill, which to him mote fall, Through his too ventrous prowesse proued ouer all.
That rules the Seas, and makes them rise or fall; His dewy lockes did drop with brine apace, Vnder his Diademe imperiall:
And by his side his Queene with coronall,
These marched farre afore the other crew;
And after them the royall issue came,
The powre to rule the billowes, and the waues 13
to tame. Phorcys, the father of that fatall brood,
By whom those old Heroes wonne such fame; And Glaucus, that wise southsayes vnderstood; And tragicke Inoes sonne, the which became A God of seas through his mad mothers blame, Now hight Palemon, and is saylers frend; Great Brontes, and Astræus, that did shame Himselfe with incest of his kin vnkend; And huge Orion, that doth tempests still portend.
The rich Cteatus, and Eurytus long;
The waters depth, and doth their bottome tread; And sad Asopus, comely with his hoarie head.
15 There also some most famous founders were Of puissant Nations, which the world possest; Yet sonnes of Neptune, now assembled here: Ancient Ogyges, euen th' auncientest, And Inachus renowmd aboue the rest; Phoenix, and Aon, and Pelasgus old, Great Belus, Phoax, and Agenor best; And mightie Albion, father of the bold And warlike people, which the Britaine Islands hold. 16
For Albion the sonne of Neptune was,
Who for the proofe of his great puissance,
And there his mortall part by great mischance Was slaine: but that which is th'immortall spright
Liues still and to this feast with Neptunes seed was dight.
Ioy on those warlike women, which so long
Then was there heard a most celestiall sound,
So went he playing on the watery plaine.
Soone after whom the louely Bridegroome came, The noble Thamis, with all his goodly traine, But him before there went, as best became, His auncient parents, namely th'auncient Thame.
But much more aged was his wife then he, The Ouze, whom men doe Isis rightly name; Full weake and crooked creature seemed shee, And almost blind through eld, that scarce her way could see.
Then came his neighbour flouds, which nigh him dwell,
And water all the English soile throughout; They all on him this day attended well; And with meet seruice waited him about; Ne none disdained low to him to lout: No not the stately Seuerne grudg'd at all, Ne storming Humber, though he looked stout; But both him honor'd as their principall, And let their swelling waters low before him fall. 31
There was the speedy Tamar, which deuides The Cornish and the Deuonish confines ; Through both whose borders swiftly downe it glides, [declines: And meeting Plim, to Plimmouth thence And Dart, nigh chockt with sands of tinny mines.
But Auon marched in more stately path, Proud of his Adamants, with which he shines And glisters wide, as als' of wondrous Bath, And Bristow faire, which on his waues he builded hath.
And there came Stoure with terrible aspect, Bearing his sixe deformed heads on hye, That doth his course through Blandford plains direct,
And washeth Winborne meades in season drye. Next him went Wylibourne with passage slye, That of his wylinesse his name doth take, And of him selfe doth name the shire thereby : And Mole, that like a nousling Mole doth make His way still vnder ground, till Thamis he ouertake.
Then came the Rother, decked all with woods