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And all this was for loue of Marinell,
Who her despysd (ah who would her despyse?)
And wemens loue did from his hart expell,
And all those ioyes that weake mankind entyse.
Nathlesse his pride full dearely he did pryse;
For of a womans hand it was ywroke,
That of the wound he yet in languor lyes,
Ne can be cured of that cruell stroke
Which Britomart him gaue, when he did her

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,
And did so well employ his carefull paine,
That in short space his hurts he had redrest,
And him restor❜d to healthfull state againe :
In which he long time after did remaine
There with the Nymph his mother, like her

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.


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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,
Faire Amphitrite, most diuinely faire,
Whose yuorie shoulders weren couered all,
As with a robe, with her owne siluer haire,
And deckt with pearles, which th' Indian seas for
her prepaire. 12

These marched farre afore the other crew;
And all the way before them as they went,
Triton his trompet shrill before them blew,
For goodly triumph and great iollyment,
That made the rockes to roare, as they were


And after them the royall issue came,
Which of them sprung by lineall descent:~
First the Sea-gods, which to themselues doe

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;
Neleus and Pelias louely brethren both;
Mightie Chrysaor, and Caïcus strong;
Eurypulus, that calmes the waters wroth;
And faire Euphemus, that vpon them goth
As on the ground, without dismay or dread:
Fierce Eryx, and Alebius that know'th

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,
Out of his Albion did on dry-foot pas
Into old Gall, that now is cleeped France,
To fight with Hercules, that did aduance
To vanquish all the world with matchlesse

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.


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Ioy on those warlike women, which so long
Can from all men so rich a kingdome hold;
And shame on you, O men, which boast your
[and bold,
And valiant hearts, in thoughts lesse hard
Yet quaile in conquest of that land of gold.
But this to you, O Britons, most pertaines,
To whom the right hereof it selfe hath sold;
The which for sparing litle cost or paines,
Loose so immortall glory, and so endlesse gaines.


Then was there heard a most celestiall sound,
Of dainty musicke, which did next ensew
Before the spouse: that was Arion crownd;
Who playing on his harpe, vnto him drew
The eares and hearts of all that goodly crew,
That euen yet the Dolphin, which him bore
Through the Ægæan seas from Pirates vew,
Stood still by him astonisht at his lore,
And all the raging seas for ioy forgot to rore.


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.

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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
Like a wood God, and flowing fast to Rhy:
And Sture, that parteth with his pleasant floods
The Easterne Saxons from the Southerne ny,
And Clare, and Harwitch both doth beautify:
Him follow'd Yar, soft washing Norwitch wall,
And with him brought a present ioyfully
Of his owne fish vnto their festiuall,
Whose like none else could shew, the which they
Ruffins call.

Next these theplenteous Ouse came far from land,
By many a city, and by many a towne,
And many riuers taking vnder hand
Into his waters, as he passeth downe, [Rowne.
The Cle, the Were, the Grant, the Sture, the
Thence doth by Huntingdon and Cambridge flit,
My mother Cambridge, whom as with a Crowne
He doth adorne, and is adorn'd of it
With many agentle Muse, and many a learned wit.

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