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All loves dislike, and friendships faultie guile
For ever to assoile.

Let endlesse Peace your steadfast hearts accord,
And blessed Plentie wait upon your bord;
And let your bed with pleasures chast abound,
That fruitfull issue may to you afford,
Which may your foes confound,

And make your joyes redound
Upon your Brydale day, which is not long :
Sweet Themmes! runne softlie, till I end my Song."

So ended she; and all the rest around

To her redoubled that her undersong,

Which said, their, Brydale daye should not be long :
And gentle Eccho from the neighbour ground
Their accents did resound.

So forth those joyous Birdes did passe along
Adowne the Lee, that to them murmurde low,
As he would speake, but that he lackt a tong,
Yet did by signes his glad affection show,
Making his streame run slow.

And all the foule which in his flood did dwell
Gan flock about these twaine, that did excell
The rest, so far as Cynthia doth shend
The lesser stars. So they, enranged well,
Did on those two attend,

And their best service lend

Against their wedding day, which was not long:
Sweet Themmes! runne softly, till I end my Song.

At length they all to mery London came,
To mery London, my most kyndly Nurse,
That to me gave this Lifes first native sourse,
Though from another place I take my name,
An house of auncient fame:


There when they came, whereas those bricky towres
The which on Themmes brode aged backe doe ryde,
Where now the studious Lawyers have their bowers,

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There whylome wont the Templer Knights to byde, 135

Till they decayd through pride;
Next whereunto there standes a stately place,
Where oft I gayned giftes and goodly grace

Of that great Lord, which therein wont to dwell.
Whose want too well now feels my freen dles case;
But ah! here fits not well

Olde woes, but joyes, to tell

Against the Bridale daye, which is not long :
Sweet Themmes! runne softly, till I end my Song,

Yet therein now doth lodge a noble peer,
Great Englands glory, and the Worlds wide wonder,
Whose dreadfull name late through all Spaine did thunder,
And Hercules two Pillors standing neere

Did make to quake and feare:

Faire branch of Honor, flower of Chevalrie!
That fillest England with thy triumphs fame,
Joy have thou of thy noble victorie,
And endlesse happinesse of thine owne name
That promiseth the same;

That through thy prowesse, and victorious armes,
Thy Country may be freed from forraine harmes,
And great Elisaes glorious name may ring
Through al the world, fil'd with thy wide Alarmes,
Which some brave Muse may sing

To ages following,

Upon the Brydale day, which is not long:

Sweet Themmes! runne softly, till I end my Song.

From those high Towers this noble Lord issuing,
Like radiant Hesper, when his golden hayre
In th' Ocean billowes he hath bathed fayre,
Descended to the Rivers open vewing,
With a great traine ensuing.

Above the rest were goodly to be seene
Two gentle Knights of lovely face and feature,
Beseeming well the bower of any Queene,

With gifts of wit, and ornaments of nature,

Fit for so goodly stature,

That like the Twins of Jove they seem'd in sight,
Which decke the bauldricke of the heavens bright;
They two, forth pacing to the rivers side,
Receiv'd those two faire Brides, their Loves delight;
Which, at th' appointed tyde,

Each one did make his Bryde

Against their Brydale day, which is not long:

Sweet Themmes! runne softly, till I end my Song.




E learned Sisters, which have oftentimes
Beene to me ayding, others to adorne,
Whom ye thought worthy of your gracefull rymes,
That even the greatest did not greatly scorne
To heare theyr names sung in your simple layes,
But joyed in theyr praise;

And when ye list your own mishaps to mourne,
Which death, or love, or fortunes wreck did rayse,
Your string could soone to sadder tenor turne,
And teach the woods and waters to lament
Your dolefull dreriment:

Now lay those sorrowfull complaints aside;
And, having all your heads with girlands crownd,
Helpe me mine owne Loves prayses to resound;
Ne let the same of any be envide:
So Orpheus did for his owne bride!

So I unto my selfe alone will sing;

The woods shall to me answer, and my eccho ring.

Early, before the worlds light-giving lampe
His golden beame upon the hils doth spred,
Having disperst the nights unchearfull dampe,
Doe ye awake; and, with fresh lustyhed,
Go to the bowre of my beloved Love,

My truest Turtle-dove;

Bid her awake; for Hymen is awake,

And long since ready forth his maske to move,
With his bright Tead that flames with many a flake,

And many a bachelor to waite on him,
In theyr fresh garments trim.

Bid her awake therefore, and soone her dight,

For loe! the wished day is come at last,

That shall, for all the paynes and sorrowes past,
Pay to her usury of long delight:
And, whylest she doth her dight,
Doe ye
to her of joy and solace sing,

That all the woods may answer, and your eccho ring.

Bring with you all the Nymphes that you can heare
Both of the Rivers and the Forrests greene,
And of the Sea that neighbours to her neare;
All with gay girlands goodly wel beseene.
And let them also with them bring in hand
Another gay girland,

For my fayre Love, of Lillyes and of Roses,
Bound truelove wize, with a blew silke riband.
And let them make great store of bridale poses,
And let them eke bring store of other flowers,
To deck the bridale bowers.

And let the ground whereas her foot shall tread,
For feare the stones her tender foot should wrong,
Be strewd with fragrant flowers all along,
And diapred lyke the discolored mead.

Which done, doe at her chamber dore awayt,

For she will waken strayt;

The whiles do ye this Song unto her sing,
The woods shall to you answer, and your eccho ring.

Ye Nymphes of Mulla, which with carefull heed
The silver scaly trouts do tend full well,
And greedy pikes which use therein to feed;
(Those trouts and pikes all others doe excell;)
And ye likewise, which keepe the rushy lake,
Where none doo fishes take

Bynd up the locks the which hang scatterd light,
And in his waters, which your mirror make,


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