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With his vile tongue, which many had defamed,
Or fault of men,) he broke his yron chaine,
39 Thenceforth more mischiefe and more scath? he
And all his brethren borne in Britaine land;
40 So now he raungeth through the world againe,
And rageth sore in each degree and state ;
Ne spareth he the gentle poets rime;
many meanest, Hope to escape his venemous despite,
3 Albe they, whether they be.
1 Scath, injury. 2 Bate, bait.
More then my former writs, all were they cleanest
Therfore do you, my rimes, keep better measure. And seeke to please ; that now is counted wisemens
1 Wite, blame.
2 Endite, indict, accuse.
XLI. 6. — Mighty Peres displeasure.] This is probably the Lord Treasurer Burleigh, who is well known to have been unfriendly to poet. He is supposed have been off ed with Spenser's satire upon Bishop Aylmer (Ellmor), under the name of Morell, in the seventh eclogue of the Shepherd's Calendar. H.
WHICH, BOTH FOR FORME AND MATTER, APPEARE TO BE
PARCELL OF SOME FOLLOWING BOOKE OF
THE FAERIE QUEENE,
THE LEGEND OF CONSTANCIE.
Proud Change, not pleasd in mortall things
Beneath the moone to raigne,
To be the soveraine.
1 What man that sees the ever-whirling wheele
1 Decay, destruction.
* These two cantos, and the fragment of the third, were not published during Spenser's life. They appeared for the first time in the folio edition of the Faerie Queene, published in 1609, without any further preface or explanation than is given above. H.
Which that to all may better yet appeare,
How she at first herselfe began to reare
2 But first, here falleth fittest to unfold
Her antique race and linage ancient,
Whom though high love of kingdome did deprive, Yet
many of their stemme long after did survive:
of them afterwards obtain'd
Warres and allarums unto nations wide,
4 So likewise did this Titanesse aspire
Rule and dominion to herselfe to gaine ;
i Regiment, government.
And heavenly honours yield, as to them twaine : And first, on earth she sought it to obtaine; Where she such proofe and sad examples shewed Of her great power to many ones great paine,
That not men onely (whom she soone subdewed), But eke all other creatures, her bad dooings rewed.
o For she the face of earthly things so changed,
That all which Nature had establisht first
That God had blest, and did at first provide In that still happy state for ever to abide.
6 Ne shee the lawes of Nature onely brake,
But eke of Iustice, and of Policie;
By which we all are subiect to that curse,
7 And now, when all the earth she thus had brought To her behest and thralled to her might, She
gan to cast in her ambitious thought T attempt the empire of the heavens hight,