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But the two brethren borne of Cadmus blood, And didst (O monthly Virgin) thou delay
Whilst each does for the Soueraignty contend, Thy nightly course, to heare his melodie ? 460
Blinde through ambition, and with vengeance The same was able with like louely lay
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411 The Queene of hell to moue as easily,
Each doth against the others bodie bend To yeeld Eurydice vnto her fere,
His cursed steele, of neither well withstood, Backe to be borne, though it vnlawfull were.
And with wide wounds their carcases doth rend; She (Ladie) hauing well before approoued,
That yet they both doe mortall foes remaine, The feends to be too cruell and seuere,
Sith each with brothers bloudie hand was slaine. Obseru'd th’appointed way, as her behooued,
Ah (waladay) there is no end of paine, Ne euer did her ey-sight turne arere,
Nor chaunge of labour may intreated bee: Ne euer spake, ne cause of speaking mooued :
Yet I beyond all these am carried faine, But cruell Orpheus, thou much crueller, 470
Where other powers farre different I see, 420 Seeking to kisse her, brok’st the Gods decree,
And must passe ouer to th’Elisian plaine : And thereby mad'st her euer damn'd to be.
There grim Persephone encountring mee, Ah but sweete loue of pardon worthie is,
Doth vrge her fellow Furies earnestlie, And doth deserue to haue small faults remitted ;
With their bright firebronds me to terrifie. If Hell at least things lightly done amis
There chast Alceste liues inuiolate,

Knew how to pardon, when ought is omitted: Free from all care, for that her husbands daies Yet are ye both receiued into blis, She did prolong by changing fate for fate. And to the seates of happie soules admitted. Lo there liues also the immortall praise And you, beside the honourable band Of womankinde, most faithfull to her mate, Of great Heroës, doo in order stand. Penelope : and from her farre awayes 430 There be the two stout sonnes of Aeacus, A rulesse rout of yongmen, which her woo'd

Fierce Peleus, and the hardie Telamon, All slaine with darts, lie wallowed in their blood. Both seeming now full glad and ioyeous And sad Eurydice thence now no more Through their Syres dreadfull iurisdiction, Must turne to life, but there detained bee, Being the Iudge of all that horrid hous: For looking back, being forbid before : And both of them by strange occasion, Yet was the guilt thereof, Orpheus, in thee. Renown'd in choyce of happie marriage Bold sure he was, and worthie spirite bore, Through Venus grace, and vertues cariage. That durst those lowest shadowes goe to see, For th’one was rauisht of his owne bondmaide, And could beleeue that anie thing could please The faire Ixione captiu'd from Troy : 490 Fell Cerberus, or Stygian powres appease. 440 But th’other was with Thetis loue assaid, Ne feard the burning waues of Phlegeton, Great Nereus his daughter, and his ioy. Nor those same mournfull kingdomes, com- On this side them there is a yongman layd, passed

Their match in glorie, mightie, fierce and coy ; With rustie horrour and fowle fashion, That from th’Argolick ships, with furious yre, And deep digd vawtes, and Tartar couered Bett back the furie of the Troian fyre. With bloodie night, and darke confusion, O who would not recount the strong diuorces And iudgement seates, whose Iudge is deadlie Of that great warre, which Troianes oft behelde, dred.

And oft beheld the warlike Greekish forces, 499 A iudge, that after death doth punish sore When Teucrian soyle with bloodie riuers swelde, The faults, which life hath trespassed before. And wide Sigean shores were spred with corses, But valiant fortune made Dan Orpheus bolde : And Simois and Xanthus blood outwelde, For the swift running riuers still did stand, 450 Whilst Hector raged with outragious minde, And the wilde beasts their furie did withhold, Flames, weapons, wounds in Greeks fleete to To follow Orpheus musicke through the land:

haue tynde. And th’Okes deep grounded in the earthly molde For Ida selfe, in ayde of that fierce fight, Did moue, as if they could him vnderstand ; Out of her mountaines ministred supplies, And the shrill woods, which were of sense And like a kindly nourse, did yeeld (for spight) bereau’d,

Store of firebronds out of her nourseries, Through their hard barke his siluer sound Vnto her foster children, that they might receau'd.

Inflame the Nauie of their enemies, 510 And eke the Moone her hastie steedes did stay, And all the Rhetæan shore to ashes turne, Drawing in teemes along the starrie skie, Where lay the ships, which they did seeke to burne.

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Gainst which the noble sonne of Telamon Nerežs to the Seas a token gaue, Opposd’himselfe, and thwarting his huge shield, The whiles their crooked keeles the surges claue. Them battell bad, gainst whom appeard anon Suddenly, whether through the Gods decree, Hector, the glorie of the Troian field:

Or haplesse rising of some froward starre, 570 Both fierce and furious in contention

The heauens on euerie side enclowded bee: Encountred, that their mightie strokesso shrild, Black stormesand fogsare blowen vp from farre, As the great clap of thunder, which doth ryue That now the Pylote can no loadstarre see, Theratling heauens, and cloudes asunder dryue. But skies and seas doo make most dreadfull So th'one with fire and

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did contend warre; To cut the ships, from turning home againe The billowes striuing to the heauens to reach, To Argos, th'other stroue for to defend And th’heauens striuing them for to impeach. The force of Vulcane with his might and maine. And in auengement of their bold attempt, Thus th'one Aeacide did his fame extend :

Both Sun and starres and all the heauenly But th’other ioy'd, that on the Phrygian playne Hauing the blood of vanquisht Hector shedd,

Conspire in one to wreake their rash contempt, He compast Troy thrice with his bodie dedd.

And downe on them to fall from highest towres: Againe great dole on either partie grewe, The skie in pieces seeming to be rent, 581 That him to death vnfaithfull Paris sent, 530 Throwes lightning forth, and haile, and harmful And also him that false Vlysses slewe,

showres, Drawne into dangerthroughclose ambushment: That death on euerie side to them appeares Therefore from him Laërtes sonne his vewe In thousand formes, to worke more ghastly Doth turne aside, and boasts his good euent In working of Strymonian Rhæsus fall,

Some in the greedie flouds are sunke and drent, And efte in Dolons subtile surprysall.

Some on the rocks of Caphareus are throwne ; Againe the dreadfull Cycones him dismay,

Some on th’Euboick Cliffs in pieces rent; And blacke Læstrigones, a people stout :

Some scattred on the Hercæan shores vnknowne; Then greedie Scilla, vnder whom there bay

And manie lost, of whom no moniment Manie great bandogs, which her gird about: Remaines, nor memorie is to be showne: 590 Then doo the Aetnean Cyclops him affray, 541 Whilst all the purchase of the Phrigian pray And deep Charybdis gulphing in and out: Tost on salt billowes, round about doth stray. Lastly the squalid lakes of Tartarie,

Here manie other like Heroës bee, And griesly Feends of hell him terrifie. Equall in honour to the former crue, There also goodly Agamemnon bosts,

Whom ye in goodly seates may placed see, The glorie of the stock of Tantalus,

Descended all from Rome by linage due,
And famous light of all the Greekish hosts, From Rome, that holds the worldin souereigntie,
Vnder whose conduct most victorious,

And doth all Nations vnto her subdue :
The Dorick flames consum'd the Iliack posts. Here Fabij and Decij doo dwell,
Ah but the Greekes themselues more dolorous, Horatij that in vertue did excell.

600 To thee, O Troy, paid penaunce for thy fall,

And here the antique fame of stout Camill In th’Hellespont being nigh drowned all.

552 Doth euer liue, and constant Curlius, Well may appeare by proofe of theirmischaunce, Who stifly bent his vowed life to spill The chaungfull turning of mens slipperie state, For Countreyes health, a gulph most hideous That none, whom fortune freely doth aduaunce, Amidst the Towne with his owne corps did fini, Himselfe therefore to heauen should eleuate: T'appease the powers; and prudent Mutius, For loftie type of honour through the glaunce Who in his flesh endur'd the scorching flame, Of enuies dart, is downe in dust prostrate ; To daunt his foe by ensample of the same. And all that vaunts in worldly vanitie, And here wise Curius, companion Shall fall through fortunes mutabilitie. 560 Of noble vertues, liues in endles rest; 610 Th’Argolicke power returning home againe, And stout Flaminius, whose deuotion Enricht with spoyles of th’Ericthonian towre, Taught him the fires scorn'd furie to detest; Did happie winde and weather entertaine, And here the praise of either Scipion And with good speed the fomie billowes scowre: Abides in highest place aboue the best, No signe of storme, no feare of future paine, To whom the ruin'd walls of Carthage vow'd. Which soone ensued them with heauie stowre. I Trembling their forces, sound their praises lowd.

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Liue they for euer through their lasting praise : His yron headed spade tho making cleene,
But I poore wretch am forced to retourne To dig vp sods out of the flowrie grasse,
To the sad lakes, that Phoebus sunnie rayes His worke he shortly to good purpose
Doo neuer see, where soules dooalwaies mourne, brought,
And by the wayling shores to waste my dayes, Like as he had conceiu'd it in his thought.
Where Phlegelon with quenchles flames doth

An heape of earth he hoorded vp on hie, burne;

622 By which iust Minos righteous soules doth seuer And thereupon did raise full busily

Enclosing it with banks on euerie side, From wicked ones, to liue in blisse for euer.

A little mount, of greene turffs edifide ; Me therefore thus the cruell fiends of hell And on the top of all, that passers by Girt with long snakes, and thousand yron Might it behold, the toomb he did prouide chaynes,

Of smoothest marble stone in order set, Through doome of that their cruell ludge, That neuer might his luckie scape forget. compell

And round about he taught sweete flowres to With bitter torture and impatient paines, Cause of my death, and iust complaint to tell. The Rose engrained in pure scarlet die,

growe, For thou art he, whom my poore ghost com- The Lilly fresh, and Violet belowe, plaines

630 The Marigolde, and cherefull Rosemarie, To be the author of her ill vnwares,

The Spartan Mirtle, whence sweet gumb does That careles hear’st my intollerable cares.

flowe, Them therefore as bequeathing to the winde, The purple Hyacinthe, and fresh Costmarie, I now depart, returning to thee neuer,

And Saffron sought for in Cilician soyle, 671 And leaue this lamentable plaint behinde.

And Lawrell th'ornament of Phæbus toyle. But doo thou haunt the soft downe rolling riuer, Fresh Rhododaphne, and the Sabinte flowre And wilde greene woods, and fruitful pastures Matching the wealth of th’auncient Frankin

minde, And let the flitting aire my vaine words seuer. And pallid Yuie building his owne bowre, Thus hauing said, he heauily departed 639 And Box yet mindfull of bis olde offence, With piteous crie, that anie would haue smarted. Red Amaranthus, lucklesse Paramour, Now, when the sloathfull fit of lifes sweete rest Oxeye still greene, and bitter Patience ; Had left the heauie Shepheard, wondrous cares Ne wants there pale Narcisse, that in a well His inly grieued minde full sore opprest;

Seeing his beautie, in loue with it fell:

680 That balefull sorrow he no longer beares, And whatsoeuer other flowre of worth, For that Gnats death, which deeply was imprest: And whatso other hearb of louely hew But bends what euer power his aged yeares The ioyous Spring out of the ground brings Him lent, yet being such, as through their might forth, He lately slue his dreadfull foe in fight. To cloath her selfe in colours fresh and new ; By that same Riuer lurking vnder greene,

He planted there, and reard a mount of earth, Eftsoones he gins to fashion forth a place,' 650 In whose high front was writ as doth ensue. And squaring it in compasse well beseene, To thee, small Gnat, in lieu of his life saued, There plotteth cut a tombe by measured space : The Shepheard hath thy deaths record engraued.

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Ost faire and vertuous Ladie ; hauing euen the rather because of the simplicitie and meanes to make knowen to your Ladiship, the your Ladiship take in good part, as a pledge of humble affection and faithfull duetie, which that profession which I haue made to you, and I haue alwaies professed, and am bound to keepe with you vntill with some other more beare to that House, from whence yee spring, worthie labour, I do redeeme it out of your hands, I haue at length found occasion to remember the and discharge my vtmost dutie. Till then wishsame, by making a simple present to you of these ing your Ladiship all increase of honour and my idle labours; which hauing long sithens happinesse, I humblie take leaue. composed in the raw conceipt of my youth,

Your La: euer I lately amongst other papers lighted vpon, and was by others, which liked the same, mooued to

humbly; set them foorth. Simple is lhe deuice, and the

Ed. Sp. composition meane, yet carrieth some delight,

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Prosopopoia : or

And sitting all in seates about me round,
With pleasant tales (fit for that idle stound)

They cast in course to waste the wearie howres: Mother Hubberds Tale. Some tolde of Ladies

, and their Paramoures ;

Some of braue Knights, and their renowned T was the month, in which the righteous Squires; ,

Some of the Faeries and their strange attires; That for disdaine of sinfull worlds vpbraide, And some of Giaunts hard to be beleeued, 31 Fled back to heauen, whence she was first con- That the delight thereof me much releeued. ceiued,

Amongst the rest a good old woman was, Into her siluer bowre the Sunne receiued ; Hight Mother Hubberd, who did farre surpas And the hot Syrian Dog on him awayting, The rest in honest mirth, that seem'd her well: After the chased Lyons cruell bayting, She when her turne was come her tale to tell, Corrupted had th’ayre with his noysome breath, Tolde of a strange aduenture, that betided And powr’d on th’earth plague, pestilence, and Betwixt the Foxe and th’Ape by him misdeath.

guided ; Emongst the rest a wicked maladie

The which for that my sense it greatly pleased, Raign'd emongst men, that manie did to die, All were my spirite heauie and diseased, 40 Depriu'd of sense and ordinarie reason ; Ile write in termes, as she the same did say, That it to Leaches seemed strange and geason. So well as I her words remember may. My fortune was mongst manie others moe, No Muses aide me needes heretoo to call; To be partaker of their common woe;

Base is the style, and matter meane withall. And my weake bodie set on fire with griefe, Whilome (said she) before the world was Was rob'd of rest, and naturall reliefe.

ciuill, In this ill plight, there came to visite mee The Foxe and th’Ape disliking of their euill Some friends, who sorie my sad case to see, And hard estate, determined to seeke Began to comfort me in chearfull wise, Their fortunes farre abroad, lyeke with his And meanes of gladsome solace to deuise. lyeke: But seeing kindly sleep refuse to doe For both were craftie and vnhappie witted ; His office, and my feeble eyes forgoe,

Two fellowes might no where be better fitted. They sought my troubled sense how to deceaue The Foxe, that first this cause of griefe did finde, With talke, that might vnquiet fancies reaue Gan first thus plaine his case with words vnkinde.

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