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And thus of all my haruest hope I haue Now leaue ye shepheards boyes your merry glee, Nought reaped but a weedye crop of care : My Muse is hoarse and weary of thys stounde: Which, when I thought haue thresht in swelling Here will I hang my pype vpon this tree, 141 sheaue,
Was neuer pype of reede did better sounde. Cockel for corne, and chaffe for barley bare. Winter is come, that blowes the bitter blaste,
Soone as the chaffe should in the fan be fynd, And after Winter dreerie death does hast. All was blowne
of the wauering wynd. Gather ye together my little flocke, So now my yeare drawes to his latter terme, My little flock, that was to me so liefe: My spring is spent, my sommer burnt vp quite : Let me, ah lette me in your folds ye lock, My harueste hasts to stirre vp winter sterne, Ere the breme Winter breede you greater griefe. And bids him clayme with rigorous rage hys Winter is come, that blowes the balefull right.
130 breath, So nowe hestormes with manyasturdy stoure, And after Winter commeth timely death. So now his blustring blast'eche coste doth
Adieu delightes, that lulled me asleepe, 151 The carefull cold hath nypt my rugged rynde, Adieu my little Lambes and loued sheepe,
Adieu my deare, whose loue I bought so deare: And in my face deepe furrowes eld hath pight : Adieu ye Woodes that oft my witnesse were: My head besprent with hoary frost I fynd,
Adieu good Hobbinol, that was so true, And by myne eie the Crow his clawedooth wright.
Tell Rosalind, her Colin bids her adieu. Delight is layd abedde, and pleasure past, No sonne now shines, cloudes han allouercast.
GLOSSE. Tityrus) Chaucer, as hath bene oft sayd.
alwayes in Cauda or Capite Draconis, signes in Lambkins) young lambes.
heauen. Als of their) Semeth to expresse Virgils verse Venus).s. Venus starre otherwise called Hesperus Pan curat oues ouiumque magistros.
and Vesper and Lucifer, both because he seemeth
to be one of the brightest starres, and also first Deigne) voutchsafe.
fyseth and setteth last. All which skill in starres Cabinet) Colinet) diminutiues.
being conuenient for shepheardes to knowe as Mazie) For they be like to a maze whence it is hard Theocritus and the rest vse. to get out agayne.
Raging seaes) The cause of the swelling and ebbing Peres) felowes and companions.
of the sea commeth of the course of the Moone, Musick) that is Poetry as Terence sayth Qui artem sometime encreasing, sometime wayning and tractant musicam, speking of Poetes.
decreasing. Derring doe) aforesayd.
Sooth of byrdes) A kind of sooth saying vsed in Lions house) He imagineth simply that Cupid, elder tymes, which they gathered by the flying of
which is loue, had his abode in the whote signe byrds; First (as is sayd) inuented by the Leo, which is in middest of somer; a pretie Thuscanes, and from them deriued to the allegory, whereof the meaning is, that loue in Romanes, who (as is sayd in Liuie) were so
him wrought an extraordinarie heate of lust. supersticiously rooted in the same, that they His ray) which is Cupides beame or flames of Loue. agreed that euery Nobleman should
his A Comete) a blasing starre, meant of beautie, sonne to the Thuscanes, by them to be brought which was the cause of his whote loue.
vp in that knowledge. Venus) the goddesse of beauty or pleasure. Also of herbes) That wonderous thinges be wrought by
a signe in heauen, as it is here taken. So he herbes, aswell appeareth by the common working meaneth that beautie, which hath alwayes aspect of them in our bodies, as also by the wonderful to Venus, was the cause of all his vnquietnes enchauntments and sorceries that haue bene in loue.
wrought by them; insomuch that it is sayde that Where I was) a fine discription of the chaunge of Circe a famous sorceresse turned men into
hys lyfe and liking; for all things nowe seemed sondry kinds of beastes and Monsters, and onely
to hym to haue altered their kindly course. by herbes: as the Poete sayth Dea sæua potenLording) Spoken after the maner of Paddocks and tibus herbis &c. Frogges sitting which is indeed Lordly, not Kidst) knewest.
Eare) of corne. semouing nor looking once a side, vnlesse they Scathe) losse hinderaunce. be sturred.
Euer among) Euer and anone. Then as) The second part. That is his manhoode. Thus is my) The thyrde parte wherein is set forth Cotes) sheepecotes. For such be the exercises of his ripe yeres as an intimely haruest, that shepheards.
bringeth little fruite. Sale) or Salow a kind of woodde like Wyllow, fit | The flagraunt flowres) sundry studies and laudable
to wreath and bynde in leapes to catch fish partes of learning, wherein how our Poete is withall.
seene, be they witnesse which are priuie to his Phæbe fayles) The Eclipse of the Moone, which is study.
So now my yeere) The last part, wherein is described Therefore let not be enuied, that this poete in his
his age by comparison of wyntrye stormes. Epilogue sayth he hath made a Calendar, that Carefull cold) for care is sayd to coole the blood. shall endure as long as time &c. folowing the Glee) mirth.
ensample of Horace and Ouid in the like. Hoary frost) A metaphore of hoary heares scattred
Grande opus exegi quod nec louis ira nec ignis, lyke to a gray frost. Breeme) sharpe and bitter.
Nec ferrum poterit nec edax abolere vetustas &c. Adiew delights) is a conclusion of all. Where in sixe verses he comprehendeth briefly all that was
Loe I haue made a Calender for euery yeare, touched in this booke. In the first verse his That steele in strength, and time in durance shall delights of youth generally. In the second, the outweare: loue of Rosalind, in the thyrd, the keeping of And if I marked well the starres reuolution, sheepe, which is the argument of all Æglogues. It shall continewe till the worlds dissolution. In the fourth his complaints.
And in the last two To teach the ruder shepheard how to feede his his professed frendship and good will to his good and from the falsers fraud his folded flocke to
sheepe, friend Hobbinoll.
Goe lyttle Calender, thou hast a free passeporte, The meaning wherof is that all thinges perish and Goe but a lowly gate emongste the meaner sorte.
come to theyr last end, but workes of learned Dare not to match thy pype with Tityrus hys style, wits and monuments of Poetry abide for euer.
Nor with the Pilgrim that the Ploughman And therefore Horace of his Odes a work though But followe them farre off, and their high steppes
playde a whyle: ful indede of great wit and learning, yet of no so great weight and importaunce boldly sayth.
The better please, the worse despise, I aske nomore.
Merce non mercede.
A note of the sundrie Poemes contained
in this Volume.
i The Ruines of Time.
6 Muiopotmos, or The Tale of the Butterflie.
The Printer to the
INCE my late setting foorth of the meditations of the worlds vanitie, verie graue
Faerie Queene, finding that it hath found and profitable. To which effect I vnderstand a fauourable passage amongst you; I haue that he besides wrote sundrie others, namelie sithence endeuoured by all good meanes (for Ecclesiastes, and Canticum canticorum tranthe better encrease and accomplishment of slated, A senights slumber, The hell of louers, your delights,) to get into my handes such his Purgatorie, being all dedicated to Ladies; smale Poemes of the same Authors; as I heard so as it may seeme he ment them all to one were disperst abroad in sundrie hands, and not volume. Besides some other Pamphlets looselie easie to bee come by, by himselfe ; some of scattered abroad: as The dying Pellican, The them hauing bene diuerslie imbeziled and pur- howers of the Lord, The sacrifice of a sinner, loyned from him, since his departure ouer Sea. The seuen Psalmes, &c. which when I can either
Í Of the which I haue by good meanes gathered by himselfe, or otherwise attaine too, I meane togeather these fewe parcels present, which likewise for your fauour sake to set foorth. I haue caused to bee imprinted altogeather, for In the meane time praying you gentlie to that they al seeme to containe like matter of accept of these, and graciouslie to entertaine argument in them: being all complaints and the new Poet, I take leaue.