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"It Troynovant is hight, that with the waves "Of wealthy Thamis washed is along, "Upon whose stubborne neck (whereat he raves "With roring rage, and sore himselfe does throng, "That all men feare to tempt his billowes strong) "She fastned hath her foot, which stands so hy, "That it a wonder of the world is song "In forreine landes; and all, which passen by, "Beholding it from farre, do think it threates the

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"The Troian Brute did first that citie fownd,
"And Hygate made the meare thereof by west,
"And Overt-gate by north; that is the bownd
"Toward the land; two rivers bownd the rest.
"So huge a scope at first him seemed best
"To be the compasse of his kingdomes seat;
"So huge a mind could not in lesser rest,
"Ne in small meares containe his glory great,
"That Albion had conquered first by warlike feat."

"Ah, fairest Lady-knight!" said Paridell,
"Pardon I pray my heedlesse over-sight,
"Who had forgot that whylome I heard tell
"From aged Mnemon, for my wits beene light.
"Indeed he said, if I remember right,

"That of the antique Trojan stocke there grew "Another plant, that raught to wondrous hight, "And far abroad his mighty braunches threw, "Into the utmost angle of the world he knew.



"For that same Brute (whom much he did advaunce "In all his speach) was Sylvius his sonne, "Whom having slain thro' luckles arrowes glaunce, "He fled for feare of that he had misdonne, "Or els for shame, so fowle reproch to shonne, "And with him ledd to sea an youthly trayne, "Where wearie wandring they long time did wonne, "And many fortunes prov'd in th' ocean mayne, « And great adventures found, that now were long XLIX.

[to sayne. "At last by fatall course they driven were "Into an island spatious and brode,

"The furthest north that did to them appeare; "Which after rest they seeking farre abrode, "Found it the fittest soyle for their abode, "Fruitfull of all thinges fitt for living foode, "But wholy waste, and void of peoples trode, "Save an huge nation of the geaunts broode, "That fed on living flesh, and dronck mens vitall


[blood. "Whom he through wearie wars and labours long "Subdewd with losse of many Britons bold; "In which the great Goëmagot of strong

"Corineus, and Coulin of Debon old,


"Were overthrowne, and laide on th' earth full "Which quaked under their so hideous masse; "A famous history to bee enrold

"In everlasting moniments of brasse,

"That all the antique worthies merits far did passe.


"His worke great Troynovant, his worke is eke "Faire Lincolne, both renowmed far away; "That who from east to west will endlong seeke, "Cannot two fairer cities find this day, "Except Cleopolis; so heard I say

"Old Mnemon: therefore, Sir, I greet you well
"Your country kin, and you entyrely pray
"Of pardon for the strife, which late befell
"Betwixt us both unknowne," So ended Paridell.

But all the while that he these speeches spent,
Upon his lips hong faire Dame Hellenore
With vigilant regard and dew attent,
Fashioning worldes of fancies evermore
In her fraile witt, that now her quite forlore;
The whiles unwares away her wondring eye
And greedy eares her weake hart from her bore;
Which he perceiving, ever privily

In speaking, many false belgardes at her let fly.

So long these knightes discoursed diversly
Of straunge affaires and noble hardiment,
Which they had past with mickle ieopardy,
That now the humid night was farforth spent,
And hevenly lampes were halfendeale ybrent;
Which th' old man seeing wel (who too long
Every discourse and every argument, [thought
Which by the houres he measured) besought
Themgo to rest; so all unto their bowres were brought.
Volume III.

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