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THE FOURTH BOOKE
THE FAERIE QUEENE,
THE LEGEND OF CAMBEL AND TRIAMOND, OR OF
1 THE rugged forhead, that with grave foresight
Then with vaine poemes weeds to have their fancies
2 Such ones il iudge of love, that cannot love, Ne in their frosen hearts feele kindly flame:
1 Wite, blame.
1. 1. The rugged forhead.] The Lord Treasurer Burleigh is supposed to be hinted at in these verses.
Forthy they ought not thing unknowne reprove,
Ne naturall affection faultlesse blame
For fault of few that have abusd the same:
For it of honor and all vertue is
The roote, and brings forth glorious flowres of fame, That crowne true lovers with immortall blis, The meed of them that love, and do not live amisse.
3 Which who so list looke backe to former ages,
Which to his Critias, shaded oft from sunne,
The which these Stoicke censours cannot well deny.
4 To such therefore I do not sing at all;
The Queene of love, and Prince of peace from heaven
Which that she may the better deigne to heare,
Forthy, therefore. 2 I. e. Socrates. 3 Buntie, goodness