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Which through the flood before did softly slyde
Of hasting Prime did make them burgein 2 round. So past the twelve Months forth, and their dew places
44 And after these there came the Day and Night,
Riding together both with equall pase;
But Day did beare upon his scepters hight
45 Then came the Howres, faire daughters of high Iove
And timely Night; the which were all endewed
Which they did dayly watch, and nightly wake By even turnes, ne ever did their charge forsake.
1 Prime, Spring.
46 And after all came Life; and lastly Death:
Death with most grim and griesly visage seene,
Full of delightfull health and lively joy,
17 When these were past, thus gan the Titanesse :
“Lo! mighty Mother, now be iudge, and say
Wherefore this lower world who can deny
gan Iove: “Right true it is, that these And all things else that under heaven dwell Are chaung'd of Time, who doth them all disseise! Of being: but who is it, to me tell, That Time himselfe doth move and still compell To keepe his course? Is not that namely wee, Which poure that virtue from our heavenly cell
That moves them all, and makes them changed he? So them we gods doe rule, and in them also thee.”
1 Disserse, dispossess.
49 To whom thus Mutability: "The things,
Which we see not how they are mov'd and swayd,
Yet what if I can prove, that even yee
And first, concerning her that is the first,
make loves dearest darling; she was bred and nurst On Cynthus hill, whence she her name did take; Then is she mortall borne, howso ye crake 1: Besides, her face and countenance every day We changed see and sundry forms partake, Now hornd, now round, now bright, now brown and
gray; So that as changefull as the moone men use to say.
“ Next Mercury; who though he lesse appeare
1 Crake, boast.
Yet is he oft eclipsed by the way, Aud fills the darkned world with terror and disinay.
“Now Mars, that valiant man, is changed most ;
His sterne aspect, and calme his crabbed lookes : So many turning cranks? these have, so many crookes.
Dan Iove, that only constant are, And king of all the rest, as ye do clame, Are you not subiect eeke to this misfare 2 ? Then let me aske you this withouten blame: Where were ye borne ? Some say in Crete by
name, Others in Thebes, and others otherwhere; But, wheresoever they comment : the same,
They all consent that ye begotten were And borne here in this world; ne other can ap
“ Then are ye mortall borne, and thrall to me;
i Cranks, bends, devious courses. 2 Misfare, going astray: or, misfortune. 3 Comment, expound; (perhaps) feign.
That ye here worke, doth many changes take, And your owne natures change: for each of you, That vertue have or this or that to make,
Is checkt and changed from his nature trew, By others opposition or obliquid 1 view.
65 Besides, the sundry motions of your spheares,
So sundry waies and fashions as clerkes 2 faine,
But all that moveth doth Mutation love : Therefore both you and them to me I subiect prove.
“ Then since within this wide great universe
And unto me addoom * that is my dew;
67 So having ended, silence long ensewed;
Ne Nature to or fro spake for a space,
i Obliquid, oblique.
8 Wizards saine, wise ones say.