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Such one King Edmond, but was rent for gaine. Thus hauing ended all her piteous plaint, 470
All such vaine moniments of earthlie masse, With dolefull shrikes shee vanished away,
Deuour'd of Time, in time to nought doo passe. That I through inward sorrowe wexen faint,
But fame with golden wings aloft doth flie, 421 for her departure, had no word to say:

And all astonished with deepe dismay,
Aboue the reach of ruinous decay,
And with braue plumes doth beate the azure

But sate long time in sencelesse sad affright,

Looking still, if I might of her haue sight. skie, Admir'd of base-borne men from farre away: Which when I missed, hauing looked long, Then who so will with vertuous deeds assay My thought returned greeued home againe, To mount to heauen, on Pegasus must ride, Renewing her complaint with passion strong, And with sweete Poets verse be glorifide. Forruth of that same womans piteous paine; 480

Whose wordes recording in my troubled braine, For not to haue been dipt in Lethe lake, Could saue the sonne of Thetis from to die;

I felt such anguish wound my feeble heart,

That frosen horror ran through euerie part. But that blinde bard did him immortall make With verses, dipt in deaw of Castalie : 431 So inlie greeuing in my groning brest, Which made the Easterne Conquerour to crie, And deepelie muzing at her doubtfull speach, O fortunate yong-man, whose vertue found Whose meaning much I labored foorth to wreste, So braue a Trompe, thy noble acts to sound. Being aboue my slender reasons reach ; Therefore in this halfe happie I doo read

At length by demonstration me to teach, Good Melibæ, that hath a Poet got,

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mine eies strange sights presented were, To sing his liuing praises being dead,

Like tragicke Pageants seeming to appeare. 490 Deseruing neuer here to be forgot, In spight of enuie, that his deeds would spot: I saw an Image, all of massie gold, Since whose decease, learning lies vnregarded, Placed on high vpon an Altare faire, And men of armes doo wander vnrewarded.

That all, which did the same from farre beholde, Those two be those two great calamities, Might worship it, and fall on lowest staire. That long agoe did grieue the noble spright

Not that great Idoll might with this compaire, Of Salomon with great indignities;

To which th’Assyrian tyrant would haue made Who whilome was aliue the wisest wight. The holie brethren, falslie to haue praid. But now his wisedome is disprooued quite; But th’Altare, on the which this Image staid, For he that now welds all things at his will, Was (O great pitie) built of brickle clay, Scorns th’one and th’other in his deeper skill. That shortly the foundation decaid, 500 O griefe of griefes, O gall of all good heartes,

With showers of heauen and tempests worne To see that vertue should dispised bee 450 away : Of him, that first was raisde for vertuous parts, Then downe it fell, and low in ashes lay, And now broad spreading like an aged tree,

Scorned of euerie one, which by it went; Lets none shoot vp, that nigh him planted bee : That I it seing, dearelie did lament. O let the man, of whom the Muse is scorned, Nor aliue, nor dead be of the Muse adorned.

Next vnto this a statelie Towre appeared, O vile worlds trust, that with such vaine illusion Built all of richest stone, that might bee found, Hath so wise men bewitcht, and ouerkest, And nigh vnto the Heauens in height vpreared, That they see not the way of their confusion, But placed on a plot of sandie ground: O vainesse to be added to the rest,

Not that greatTowre, which isso much renownd That do my soule with inward griefe infest : For tongues confusion in holie writ,

510 Let them behold the piteous fall of mee: 461 King Ninus worke, might be compar'd to it. And in my case their owne ensample see.

But O vaine labours of terrestriall wit, And who so els that sits in highest seate That buildes so stronglie on so frayle a soyle, Of this worlds glorie, worshipped of all, As with each storme does fall away, and fit, Ne feareth change of time, nor fortunes threate, And giues the fruit of all your trauailes toyle, Let him behold the horror of my fall, To be the pray of Tyme, and Fortunes spoyle: And his owne end vnto remembrance call; I saw this Towre fall sodainlie to dust, That of like ruine he may warned bee, That nigh with griefe thereof my heart was And in himselfe be moou'd to pittie mee.

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But what can long abide aboue this ground Then did I see a pleasant Paradize,

In state of blis, or stedfast happinesse ? Full of sweete flowresand daintiest delights, 520 The Caue, in which these Beares lay sleeping Such as on earth man could not more deuize, sound,

570 With pleasures choyce to feed his cheerefull Was but earth, and with her owne weightinesse . sprights;

Vpon them fell, and did vnwares oppresse, Not that, which Merlin by his Magicke slights That for great sorrow of their sudden fate, Made for the gentle squire, to entertaine Henceforth all worlds felicitie I hate. His fayre Belphæbe, could this gardine staine. 9 Much was I troubled in my heauie spright, But O short pleasure bought with lasting paine, Ät sight of these sad spectacles forepast, Why will hereafter anie flesh delight

That all my senses were bereaued quight, In earthlie blis, and ioy in pleasures vaine, And I in minde remained sore agast, Since that I sawe this gardine wasted quite, Distraught twixt feare and pitie; when at last That where it was scarce seemed anie sight? 530 I heard a voyce, which loudly to me called, 580 That I, which once that beautie did beholde, That with the suddein shrill I was appalled. Could not from teares my melting eyes with. Behold (said it) and by ensample see, holde.

That all is vanitie and griefe of minde, Soone after this a Giaunt came in place, Ne other comfort in this world can be, Of wondrous power, and of exceeding stature, But hope of heauen, and heart to God inclinde; That none durst vewe the horror of his face, For all the rest must needs be left behinde: Yet was he milde of speach,andmeekeof nature. With that it bad me, to the other side Not he, which in despight of his Creatour To cast mine eye, where other sights I spide. With railing tearmes defied the lewish hoast, Might with this mightie one in hugenes boast. For from the one he could to th'other coast, 540 1 Vpon that famous Riuers further shore, Stretch his strong thighes, and th’Occæan There stood a snowie Swan of heauenly hiew, ouerstride,

And gentle kinde, as euer Fowle afore; 591 And reatch his hand into his enemies hoast. A fairer one in all the goodlie criew But see the end of pompe and fleshlie pride ;

Of white Strimonian brood might no man view : One of his feete vnwares from him did slide,

There he most sweetly sung the prophecie That downe hee fell into the deepe Abisse,

Of his owne death in dolefull Elegie. Where drownd with him is all his earthlie blisse. At last, when all his mourning melodie 5

He ended had, that both the shores resounded, Then did I see a Bridge, made all of golde,

Feeling the fit that him forewarnd to die, Ouer the Sea from one to other side,

With loftie flight aboue the earth he bounded, Withouten prop or pillour it t'vpholde,

Andout of sight to highest heauen mounted: 600 But like the coulored Rainbowe arched wide: Where now he is become an heauenly signe; Not that great Arche, which Traian edifide, 551 There now the ioy is his, here sorrow mine. To be a wonder to all

age ensuing, Was matchable to this in equall vewing. Whilest thus I looked, loe adowne the Lee, But (ah) what bootes it to see earthlie thing I sawe an Harpe stroong all with siluer twyne, In glorie, or in greatnes to excell,

And made of golde and costlie yuorie, Sith time doth greatest things to ruine bring ? Swimming, that whilome seemed to haue been This goodlie bridge, one foote not fastened well, The harpe, on which Dan Orpheus was seene Gan faile, and all the rest downe shortlie fell, Wylde beasts and forrests after him to lead, Ne of so braue a building ought remained, 559 But was th’Harpe of Philisides now dead. That griefe thereof my spirite greatly pained. At length out of the River it was reard 610 6

And borne aboue the cloudes to be diuin'd, I saw two Beares, as white as anie milke, Whilst all the way most heauenly noyse was Lying together in a mightie caue,

heard Of milde aspect, and haire as soft as silke, Of the strings, stirred with the warbling wind, That saluage nature seemed not to haue, That wrought both ioy and sorrow in my mind; Nor after greedie spoyle of blood to craue: So now in heauen a signe it doth appeare, Two fairer beasts might not elswhere be found, The Harpe well knowne beside the Northern Although the compast worldweresought around. Beare.

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Yet was he deckt (small ioy to him alas) Soone after this I saw on th'other side, With manie garlands for his victories, A curious Coffer made of Heben wood, And with rich spoyles, which late hedid purchas That in it did most precious treasure hide, Through braueatcheiuements from his enemies: Exceeding all this baser worldes good : 620 Fainting at last through long infirmities, Yet through the ouerflowing of the flood He smote his steed, that straight to heauen It almost drowned was, and done to nought, him bore, That sight thereof much grieu'd my pensiue And left me here his losse for to deplore. thought.

6 At length when most in perill it was brought, Lastly I saw an Arke of purest golde Two Angels downe descending with swift flight, Vpon a brazen pillour standing hie, 660 Out of the swelling streame it lightly caught, which th’ashes seem'd of some great Prince to And twixt their blessed armes it carried quight

hold, Aboue the reach of anie liuing sight:

Enclosdě therein for endles memorie So now it is transform'd into that starre,

Of him, whom all the world did glorifie: In which all heauenly treasures locked are. 630 Seemed the heauens with the earth did disagree,

Whether should of those ashes keeper bee. Looking aside I saw a stately Bed,

At last me seem'd wing footed Mercurie, Adorned all with costly cloth of gold, From heauen descending to appease their strife, That might for anie Princes couche be red, The Arke did beare with him aboue the skie, And deckt with daintie flowres, as if it shold And to those ashes gaue a second life, Be for some bride, her ioyous night to hold : To liue in heauen, where happines is rife : 670 Therein a goodly Virgine sleeping lay ;

At which the earth did grieue exceedingly, A fairer wight saw neuer summers day.

And I for dole was almost like to die.
I heard a voyce that called farre away

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And her awaking bad her quickly dight,
For lo her Bridegrome was in readie ray

Immortall spirite of Philisides,
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Which now art made the heauens ornament, To come to her, and seeke her loues delight : With that she started vp with cherefull sight, Giue leaue to him that lou’de thee to lament

That whilome wast the worlds chiefst riches ;
When suddeinly both bed and all was gone,
And I in languor left there all alone.

His losse, by lacke of thee to heauen hent,
And with last duties of this broken verse,

Broken with sighes, to decke thy sable Herse.
Still as I gazed, I beheld where stood And ye faire Ladie th'honor of your daies, 680
A Knight all arm’d, vpon a winged steed, And glorie of the world, your high thoughts
The same that was bred of Medusaes blood,
On which Dan Perseus borne of heauenly seed, Vouchsafe this moniment of his last praise,
The faire Andromeda from perill freed : With some few siluer dropping teares t'adorne :
Full mortally this Knight ywounded was, 650 And as ye be of heauenlie off spring borne,
That streames of blood foorth flowed on the So vnto heauen let your high minde aspire,
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TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE

the Ladie Strange. Ost braue and noble Ladie, the things that mate my humble affection to your Ladiship and ye bee, are such, as (without my simple lines world ; that by honouring you they might know testimonie) are throughlie knowen to all men; me, and by knowing me they might honor you. namely, your excellent beautie, your vertuous Vouchsafe, noble Lady, to accept this simple behauior, and your noble match with that most remembrance, thogh not worthy of your self, yet honourable Lord the verie Paterne of right such, as perhaps by good acceptance therof, ye Nobilitie : But the causes for which ye haue thus may hereafter cull out a more meet and memordeserued of me to be honoured (if honour it be at able euidence of your own excellent deserts. So all) are, both your particular bounties, and also recommending the same to your Ladiships good some priuate bands of affinitie, which it hath liking, I humbly take leaue. pleased your Ladiship to acknowledge. Of which

Your La: humbly euer. whenas I found my selfe in no part worthie, I deuised this last slender meanes, both to inti

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Ehearse to me ye sacred Sisters nine, Now forst to ouerflowe with brackish teares,

With troublous noyse did dull their daintie Those piteous plaints and sorrowfull sad tine,

30 Which late ye powred forth as ye did sit

The ioyous Nymphes and lightfoote Faeries Beside the siluer Springs of Helicone,

Which thether came to heare their musick Making your musick of hart-breaking mone.

sweet, For since the time that Phoebus foolish sonne And to the measure of their melodies Ythundered through Ioues auengefull wrath, Did learne to moue their nimble shifting feete ; For trauersing the charret of the Sunne Now hearing them so heauily lament, Beyond the compasse of his pointed path, 10 Like heauily lamenting from them went. Of you his mournfull Sisters was lamented,

And all that els was wont to worke delight Such mournfulltunes were neuer since inuented.

Through the diuine infusion of their skill, Nor since that faire Calliope did lose

And all that els seemd faire and fresh in sight, Her loued Twinnes, the dearlings of her ioy, So made by nature for to serue their will, 40 Her Palici, whom her vnkindly foes

Was turned now to dismall heauinesse, The fatall Sisters, did for spight destroy, Was turned now to dreadfull vglinesse. Whom all the Muses did bewaile long space ;

Ay me, what thing on earth that all thing Was euer heard such wayling in this place.

breeds, For all their groues, which with the heauenly Might be the cause of so impatient plight? noyses

19 What furie, or what feend with felon deeds Of theirsweeteinstruments were wont to sound, Hath stirred vp so mischieuous despight? And th’hollow hills, from which theirsiluer voyces Can griefe then enter into heauenly harts, Were wont redoubled Echoes to rebound, And pierce immortall breasts with mortall Did now rebound with nought but rufull cries, smarts? And yelling shrieks throwne vp into the skies. Vouchsafe ye then, whom onely it concernes, The trembling streames which wont in chanels To me those secret causes to display; 50 cleare

For none but you, or who of you it learnes, To romble gently downe with murmur soft, Can rightfully aread so dolefull lay. And were by them right tunefull taught to beare Begin thou eldest Sister of the crew, A Bases part amongst their consorts oft ; And let the rest in order thee ensew.

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