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To which as he now was vppon the way,
His name is hight Pollente, rightly so
How she was found againe, and spousde to Through which the rider downe doth fall Marinell.
As when a Dolphin and a Sele are met,
In the wide champian of the Ocean plaine: With cruell chaufe their courages they whet, The maysterdome of each by force to gaine, And dreadfull battaile twixt them dodarraine: They snuf, they snort, they bounce, they rage, they rore,
That all the sea disturbed with their traine, Doth frie with fome aboue the surges hore. Such was betwixt these two the troublesome vprore. 16
So Artegall at length him forst forsake
His horses backe, for dread of being drownd, And to his handy swimming him betake. Eftsoones him selfe he from his hold vnbownd, And then no ods at all in him he fownd: For Artegall in swimming skilfull was, And durst the depth of any water sownd. So ought each Knight, that vse of perill has, In swimming be expert through waters force to
Long they her sought, yet no where could they There they beheld a mighty Gyant stand finde her,
That sure they ween'd she was escapt away:
Yet for no pitty would he change the course
Vpon a rocke, and holding forth on hie
He sayd that he would all the earth vptake,
And all that did within them all containe;
Thou that presum st to weigh the world anew, And all things to an equall to restore,
In stead of right me seemes great wrong dost shew,
And far aboue thy forces pitch to sore For ere thou limit what is lesse or more In euery thing, thou oughtest first to know, What was the poyse of euery part of yore: And looke then how much it doth ouerflow, Or faile thereof, so much is more then iust to trow. 35
For at the first they all created were
In goodly measure, by their Makers might, And weighed out in ballaunces so nere, That not a dram was missing of their right, The earth was in the middle centre pight, In which it doth immoueable abide, Hemd in with waters like a wall in sight; And they with aire, that not a drop can slide : Al which the heauens containe, and in their courses guide. 36
Such heauenly iustice doth among them raine, That euery one doe know their certaine bound, In which they doe these many yeares remaine, And mongst them al no change hath yet beene found.
But if thou now shouldst weigh them new in pound,
We are not sure they would so long remaine: All change is perillous,and allchaunce vnsound. Therefore leaue off to weigh them all againe, Till we may be assur'd they shall their course retaine.
37 Thou foolishe Elfe (said then the Gyant wroth) Seest not, how badly all things present bee, And each estate quite out of order goth? The sea it selfe doest thou not plainely see Encroch vppon the land there vnder thee; And th'earth it selfe how daily its increast, By all that dying to it turned be?
Were it not good that wrong were then surceast,
And from the most, that some were giuen to the least? 38
Therefore I will throw downe these mountaines hie,
And make them leuell with the lowly plaine: These towring rocks, which reach vnto the skie, I will thrust downe into the deepest maine, And as they were, them equalize againe. Tyrants that make men subiect to their law, I will suppresse, that they no more may raine; And Lordings curbe, that commons ouer-aw; And all the wealth of rich men to the poore will draw.
Of things vnseene how canst thou deeme aright,
What though the sea with waues continuall
For of the earth they formed were of yore, How euer gay their blossome or their blade Doe flourish now, they into dust shall vade. What wrong then is it, if that when they die, They turne to that, whereof they first were
Which when he saw, he greatly grew in rage,
But in the mind the doome of right must bee;
But set the truth and set the right aside,
Wroth wext he then, and sayd, that words were Like as a ship, whom cruell tempest driues light,
Ne would within his ballaunce well abide.
Now take the right likewise, sayd Artegale,
Vpon a rocke with horrible dismay,
His battred ballances in peeces lay,
His timbered bones all broken rudely rumbled, So was the high aspyring with huge ruine humbled.
That when the people, which had there about