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That did herselfe in fondry parts divide,
O&avius here lept into his roome,
Slaying Traherne, and having overcome
But wanting ysícw male, his daughter deare There she with them a cruell batteill tryde, He gave in wedlocke to Maximian, Not with so good successe as she delerv'd; And him with her made of his kingdome heyre, By reason that the captaines on her fyde,
Who toone by meanes thereof the empire wan, Corrupted by Paulinus, from her swerv'd : Till murdred by the friends of Gracian, Yet such as were through former fight preservd, Then gan the Hunnes and Picts invade this land, Gathering againe, her hoft she did renew, During the raigme of Maximinian; And with freib corage on the victor fervid; Who dying, left none heire them to withstand, But being all defea:ed, fave a few,
But that they over-ran all parts with easy hand, Ra:her than fly, or be captiv'd, herselfe she flew.
The weary Britons, whose war-hable youth O famous moniment of women's prayse !
Was by Maximian lately ledd away, Matchable either to Semiramis,
With wretched miseryes and woefull ruth Whom antique history so high dath rayse,
Were to choic pagans made an open pray, Or to Hyptihil', or to Thomiris :
And daily spectacle of lad decay ; Her host two hundred thouland numbred is, Whom Romanc warres, which now fowr hun. Whe, whiles good fortune favoured her might,
dred yeares, Trioniphed oft against her enemis :
And more, bad wasted, could no whit dismay; And yet though overcome in hapluffe fight, Til by content of commons and of peares, She triumphed on death, in enemies despight. They crownd the second Constantine with joyws Her reliques Fulgent having gathered, Fought with Severus, and him overthrew; Who having oft in batteil vanquished Yet in the chace was slaine of them that filed, Those spoylcfull Pies, and swarming Easterlings So made them victors whome he did Tubdew, Long time in peace bis realme established, Then gan Caraulius tiranize anew
Yet oft annoyd with londry bordragings, And gainst the Romanes bent their proper powre, Of neighbour Scots, and forrein scatterlings, But him Alledus treacherously flew,
With which the world did in those dayes abound; And tooke on him the robe of Emperoure; Which to out-barre, with painful pyunings Nath'lefle the fane enioyed, but short happy From sea to sea he heape a mighty muund, howre.
Which from Alcluiá to Panwelt did that border LVII1.
bownd. For Asclepiodate him overcame, Ard left inglorious on the vanquisht playne, Three sonnes he dying left, all under age; Without or robe or rag to hide his shame; By meanes whereof their uncle Vortigere Then afterwards he in his stead did raigne, Usurpt the crowne during their pupillage; But thortly was by Coyll in batteil Paine; Which th' infants tutors gathering to feare, Who after long debare, since hucius tyne, Them closely into Armorick did beare; Was of the Britons first crownd foveraine ; For dread of whom, and for those Picts annoyes, Then gan this realmc renew her passed prime; He sent to Germany Itraunge aid to reare, He of his name Coylchester built of stone and From whence eftfoones arrived here three hoyes lime.
Of Saxons, whom he for his salety employes. Which when the Romanes heard, they hether sent Two brethren were their capitayns, which hight Contantiüs, a man of meikle might,
Hengist and Horsus, well approv'd in warre, With whom King Coyll made an agreement, And both of them men of renowmed might, And to him gave for wife his daughter bright, Who making vantage of their civil iarre, Fayre Helena, the fairest living wight,
And of those forreyners which came from farre, Who in all godly thewes and goodly praise Grew great, and got large portions of land, Did far excell, but was most famous hight That in the realme ere long they Itronger arre For fkil in muficke of all in her daies,
Theo they which fought at first their helping As well in curious instruments as cunning laics.
And Vortiger enforst the kingdome to aband : of whom he did great Constantine begett,
And Hengist, seeming sad for what was donne,
Of these a mighty people shortly grew, 'Throngh his fair daughter's face and flattring And puitlaunt-kinges, which all the world war. word :
And to themselves all nations did subdew. (rayd, Soone after which three hundred lords he new The first and eldert, which that scepter swayd, Of British blood, all fitting at his bord;
Was Elfin; him all India obayd, Whofe dolefull moniments who list to rew, And all that now America mon call : Th' eternal marks of treason may at Sconheng Next him was noble llfinan, who laid
Cleopolis' foundation first of all,
But Elfiline encloid it with a golden wall. By this the sonnes of Constantine, which fled,
LXIll.. Ambrose and Uther, did ripe yeares attayne,
His fonne was Elfinell, who overcame And here arriving, strongly challenged
The wicked Gobbelines in bloody field; The crowne, which Vortiger did long detayne ; But Elfunt was of most renowmcd fame, Who, flying from his guilt, by tam was flayne ; Who all of christall did Panthea build : And Hengist eke soone brought to shamefull Then Elfar, who two brethren gyauntes kild, death,
The one of which had two heades, th' other three; Thenceforth Aurelius peaceably did rayne,
Then Elfinor, who was in magicke ikild; Till that through poyson stopped was his breath : He built by art upon the glaffy Tee So now entombed lies at Stoneheng by the heath. A bridge of bras, whose found heven's thunder
feem'd to be. After him Uther, which Pendragon hight, Succeeding-there abruptly it did end,
He left three sonnes, the which in order raynd, Without full point, or other cesure right,
And all their offspring in their dew descents; As if the rest fum wicked hand did rend,
Even leven hundred princes, which maintaynd Or th' author felse could not at least attend With mightie deedes their sondry governments, To finish it ; that so untinely breach
That were too long their infinite contents
· Ye: should they be mot famous moniments, And wonder of antiquity long stopt his speach, And brave ensample, both of martiall
And civil rule to kings and states imperiall. At last, quite ravisht with delight to hcare The royall offspring of his native land,
After all these Elficleos did rayne, Cryde out, “ Deare Countrey! O how dearely The wise Elficleos ! in great maiestie, « deare
Who mightily that scepter did sustayne, u Ought thy remembrance and perpetuall baud And with rich spoyles and famous victorie “ Be to thy foster childe, that from thy hand Did high advaunce the crowne of Faery. « Did commun breath and nouriture receave! He left two sonnes, of which fayre Elseron, & How brutish is it not to understand
The eldest brother, did untimely dy,
Which him before that sacred feate did fill, And ample volume, that doth far exceаd
That yet remaines his wide memoriall. My leilure so long leaves here to repeat:
He dying, left the faireft Tanaquill It cold how first Prometheus did create
Him to luccecde therein by his last will: A man of many parts from beasts deryv'd, Fairer and nobler liveth none this howre, And then stole fire from heven to animate
Ne like in grace, ne like in learned skill; His worke, for which he was by love depryv'd Therefore they Glorian call chat glorious flowre: of life himselfe, and hart-strings of an aegle Long mayst thou, Glorian ! live in glory and great Tyv'il.
That man so made, he called Elfe, to weet Beguyld thus with delight of novelties,
And naturall desire of countryes state, Who, wandrin through the world with wearie So long they redd in those antiquities, feet,
That how the time was fled they quite forgate ; Did in the gardins of Adonis fynd
Till gentle Alma, seeing it fo late, A goodly creature, whom he deemd in mynd Perforce their studies broke, and them befought To be no earthly wight, but either spright To thinke how supper did them long awaite; Or angell, th' author of all woman kynd; So halfc unwilling from their bookes them Therciore a Fay he her according hight,
brought, of whom all Fáryes spring, and fetch their lign. And fayrely feasted, as so noble knightes fue age right.
THE FAERY QUEENE
C Α Ν Τ Ο ΧΙ. .
The enimies of Temperaunce
What warre so cruel, or what siege so sore, Where them awaited ready at the ford
With his well-rigged bote : they go abord,
And he eftfoones gan launch his barke forthright. Their force is fiercer through infirmity
Ere long they rowed were quite out of sight, Of the fraile flesh, relenting to their rage, And fast the land behynd them fled away. And exercise most bitter tyranny
But let them pas, whiles winde and wether right Upon the partes, brought into their bondage : Doe serve their turnes; here I a while muft ftay, No wretchednefse is like to sinfull vellcnage. To see a cruell fight doen by the prince this day. But in a body which doth freely yecla
For all so soon as Guyon thence was gon His partes to Reason's rule obedient,
Upon his voyage with his trustie guyde, And letteth her that ought the scepter weeld, That wicked band of villeins frei begon All happy peace and goodly government
That castle to assaile on every fide, Is fettled there in sure establishment :
And lay strong fiege about it far and wyde. There Alma, like a virgin queene most bright, So huge and infinite their numbers were, Doth flourish in all beautie excellent,
That all the land they under them did hyde : And to their guestes doth bounteous banket dight, So fowle and ugly, that exceeding feare Attempred goodly well for health and for de- Their visages imprest, when they approched neare. light.
Them in twelve troupes their captein did dispart, Early before the morne with cremosin ray And round about in fitteft ftcades did place, The windowes of bright heaven opened had, Where each might belt offend his proper part, Through which into the world the dawning day And his contrary obiect most deface, Might looke, that maketh every creature glad, As every one seem'd meetest in that cace. Uprose Sir Guyon in bright armour clad, Seven of the same against the castle-gate, And to his purpos'a journey him prepar'd; In strong entrenchments he did closely place, With him the palmer eke in habit sad
Which with inceffaunt force and endlesle hate Himselfe addreft to chat adventure hard;
They battred day and night, and entraunce did So to the river's lyde they both together fard :
The other five five fondry wayes he sett
But the fist troupe, most horrible of hew, Against the five great bulwarkes of that pyle, And ferce of force, is dreadfull to report; And unto each a bulwarke did arrett,
For some like snailes, some did like spyders shew, T'afíayle with open force or hidden guylc, And fome like uglv urchins, thick and short : In hope thereof to win victorious spoile.
Cruelly they affayled that fift fort, They all that charge did fervently apply
Armed with dartes of sensuall delight, With greedy malice and iniportune toyle,
With itinges of carnall lust, and strong effort And planted there their huge artillery,
Of feeli.g pleasures, with which day and night With which they daily made mest dreadfull battery. | Against that fame fist bulwarke they continued
fight The first trrupc was a monstrous rablement Ot fowle mi fhapen wightes, of which to me were Thus thele twelve troupes with dreadfull puissaunce Headed like owles, with beckes uncomely bent; Againit that castle relticfle liege did lay, Others like dogs, others like gryphons dreare; And cvermore their hideous ordinaunce And some had wings, and some had clawes to Upon the bulwarkes cruelly did play, tcare ;
That now it gan to threaten neare decay; And every one of them had lynces eyes,
Ind evermort their wicked capitayn And every one did bow and arrowes beare : Provoked them the breaches to ailay, All those were lawieffe luftes, corrupt envyes, Somtimes with threats, somtimes with hope of And covetous aspects, all cruel enimyes.
Which by the ransack of that peace they hould Those fame against the bulwarke of the fight
Their stedfast fonds did migh:ily maintaine,
Atchievement, wrought with perill and with paydo That is each thing by which the eyes may fault; That goodly frame from ruine to sustaine : But two then all more huge and violent,
And those iwo brethren gyaunts did defend Beautie and Money, they that bulwarke sorely | The walies so stoutly with their sturdie niayse,
That never entraunce any durft prerend,
But they to direfull death their groning ghosts did The second bulwarke was the Hearing sence,
fend. Gainst which the second troupe deslignment makes;
The noble virgin, ladic of the place, Deformed creatures, in straunge difference, Was much dismayed with that dreadful light, Some having heads like harts, some like to snakes, (For never was she in so evill cace) Some like wild bores late rouzd out of the brakes: Till that the prince, seeing her wofull plight, Slaunderous reproches, and fowle infamics, Gan her recomfort from so sad affright, Leasinges, backbytinges, and vaine-glorious crakes, Offring his service and his deareft lite Ead counsels, prayles, and faile flatieries;
For her defence against that carle to fight, All those against that fort did bend their batteries. Which was their chiese, and th' authour of the
ftrisc: Likewise that same third fort, that is the Smell, She him remercied as the patrone of her life. Of that third troupe was cruclly affayd, Whole hiceous shapes were like to feendes of hell, Eftioones himselfe in glitterand armes he dight, Some like to houndes, fome like to apes, dilmayd, And his well-proved weapons to him hent; Sone like to puttockes all in plumes arayd; So taking courteous conge, he behighe All thap'ı according their conditions;
Thole gates to be unbar'd, and forth he went. For by these ugly to mes weren pouruayd Fayre mote be thee, the prowest and most gent Foolish deligats and fond abusions,
That every brandished bright steel op hye: Which doe that foncc icflege with light illnbons. Whom soose as chat unruly rab’ement
With his gay lquyre ifíewing did elpye, And that fourth band, which cruell battsy bent They reard a most outrageous driadfull yelling Against the fourth bulwarke, that is the Talte,
cry : Wito as the red a gryllic rablement; Some mouth'd like grecdy syftriges, fonie falte
And therewithall attonce at him let fly Like loathly toades, fome falbioned in the walls Their fluttring arrowes, thicke as fiakes of snow Like swine ; for to deformd is luxity,
And round about him flocke impetuously, Surfcat, mildici, and unthiit:ic walle,
Like a great water ilood, 'hat tomoling .uw Vain italtos, and yele suportunity;
from the high mountaincs threates to overore All these this sense's fast alleyle incessantly. With luddcin fury all the fertile playne,
And the sad husbandman's long hope doth throw His beast he felly prickt on either fyde, Adowne the streame, and all his vowes make | And his mischievous bow sell readic bent, vayne ;
With which at him a cruell shaft he sent; Nor bounds, nor banks, his headlong ruine may But he was warie, and it warded well sustayne.
Upon his shield, that it no further went,
But to the ground the idle quarrell fell;
Which to prevent, the prince his mortall speare
But he was not so hardy to abide And underneath him his courageous steed, That bitter stowod, but turning quicke afide The fierce Spumador, trod them downe like docks; His light-foot beast, fled fast away for feare : The fierce Spumador ! borne of heavenly feed, Whom to poursue, the infant after hide, Such as Laomedon of Phoebus' race did breed. So fast as his good courfer could him beare;
But labour lost it was to weene approch him ncare. Which suddeine horrour and confused cry Whenas their capteine heard, in hatte he yode For as the winged wind his tigre fled, The cause to weet, and fault to remedy:
That vew of eye could scarfe hin overtake, Upon a tyger swift and fierce he rode,
Ne scarse his feet on ground were secne to tred; Tha: as the winde ran underneath his lode, Through hils and dales he speedy way did make, Whiles his long legs nigh raught unto the ground: Ne hedge ne ditch his readie passage brake, Ful large he was of limbe, and shoulders brode, And in his flight the villeine turn'd his face But of such subtile substance and unfound,
(As wonts the Tarter by the Caspian lake, That like a ghost he seem'd, whose grave.clothes Whenas the Russian him in fight does chace) were unbound :
Unto his tygre's taile, and shot at him apace. And in his hand a bended bow was seene,
Apace he shot, and yet he fled apace, And many arrowes under his right fide,
Suill as the greedy knight nigh to him drew; All deadly daungerous, all cruell keene,
And oftentimes he would relent his pace, Headed with Aint, and fethers bloody dide, That him his foe more fiercely should pourfew : Such as the Indians in their quivers hide :
But when his uncouth manner he did vew, Those could he well direct, and streight as line, He gan avize to follow him no more, And bid them strike the marke which he had But keepe his standing, and his faftes eschew, eyde;
Untill he quite had spent his perlous store, Ne was there salve, ne was there medicine, And then assayle him fresh, ere he could Anist for That mote recure their wounds; lo ivly they did tine,
But that lame hag, still as abroad he strew As pale and wan as ashes was his looke,
His wicked arrowes, gathered them againe, His body leane and mtagre as a rake,
And to him brought fresh batteill to renew; And fin all withered like a dryed rooke; Which he espying, cat her to restraine Thereto as cold and drery as a snake,
From yielding succour to that cursed (waine, That seemd to tremble evermore and quake : And her attaching, thought her hands to tye; All in a canvas thin he was bedight,
But foone as him dismounted on the plaine And girded with a belt of twisted brake;
That o:her hag did far away espye Upon his head he wore an helmet light,
Binding her tiiter, she to hini ran haftily; Made of a dead man's skull, that seemd a ghaftly fight.
And catching hold of him as downe hc lent, XXIII.
Him backward overthrew, and down him itayd Maleger was his name; and after him
With their rude handes and grysely graplement; There follow'd fait at hand two wicked hags, Till that the villein coming to their ayd, With hoary lockes all loole and visage grim; Upon him fell, and lode upon him layd : Their feet unshod, their bodies wrapt in rags,
Full litle wanted but he had him Naine, And both as swift on foot as chaced stags;
And of the battell balefull end had made, And yet the one her other legge had lame, Had not his gentle squire beheld his paine, Which with a staffe all full of little snags
And commien to his refkew ere his bitter bane. She did support, and Impotence her name; But th' other was Impatience, arm'd with raging So greatest and most glorious thing on ground flame.
May often need the helpe of weaker hand; 1x1v.
So fceble is man's state, and life unfound, Soone as the carle from far the prince espyde, That in assuraunce it may never stand, Glidring in armes and warlike ornanent, Till it dissolved be from carthly band.