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THE THIRDE BOOKE OF
OR OF CHASTITY.
Of Amorett is told :
With pleasures manifold.
may I weene, faire Ladies, all this while Ye wonder how this noble Damozell
So great perfections did in her compile,
All civile usage and gentility,
The hevens so favorable were and free,
and chastitee On her they poured forth of plenteous horne: Jove langht on Venus from his soverayne see,
And Phæbus with faire beames did her adorne, And all the Graces rockt her cradle being borne.
Iler berth was of the wombe of Morning dew, 3
And her conception of the joyous Prime ;
In all chaste vertue and true bounti-hed,
The daughter of Amphisa, who by race
That all the rest it seemd they robbed bare
5 By what straunge accident faire Chrysogone Conceiv'd these infants, and how them she bare In this wilde forrest wandring all alone, After she had nine moneths fulfild and gone: For not as other wemens commune brood They were enwombed in the sacred throne
Of her chaste bodie ; nor with commune food, As other wemens babes, they sucked vitall blood : But wondrously they were begot and bred
6 Through influence of th' hevens fruitfull ray, As it in antique bookes is mentioned. It was upon a Sommers shinie day, When Titan faire his beames did display, In a fresh fountaine, far from all mens vew, She bath'd her brest the boyling heat t'allay ;
She bath'd with roses red and violets blew, And all the sweetest flowers that in the forrest grew: