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Between his cankered teeth a venomous toad,
when any good he saw; And wept, that cause of weeping none he had: But when he heard of harm he waxéd wondrous glad. 9. All in a kirtle of discoloured say
He clothed was, ypainted full of eyes;
And grudgéd at the great felicity
And him no less, that any
From leprous mouth on all that ever writ:
-Edmund Spenser (1552(?)—1598). Flora, the goddess of flowers and spring, among the Romans.
Juno, the queen of the Roman gods, wife of Jupiter-here designated Jove. Usually the peacock is represented as standing by Juno's side, not yoked to her chariot.
Argus had a hundred eyes, some of which were always awake. His eyes were transplanted to the tail of the peacock.
six unequal beasts, i.e., unlike each other. The beasts were taught to obey the behests or commands of the six counsellors who
like did use;
upon them, representing, along with Pride their queen, the seven deadly sins. The commands suited the characteristics of the several animals.
habit is a dress : amis or amice, a square linen cloth fastened round the neck and spread over the shoulders.
portesse, a small portable prayer-book : wain, waggon or carriage.
pelf here means money. Originally it meant the scraps or shreds left by tailors and skinners, which of course were little accounted of.
yplaced, placed: compare, to procure : thorough = through: covetice=covetousness: eke, also or likewise : chaw=chew (jaw is the same word): say, silk: imply, to fold in or envelop: griple, grasping.
1. And is there care in heaven? And is there love
In heavenly spirits to these creatures base,
That blessed Angels he sends to and fro,
To come to succour us that succour want!
And all for love, and nothing for reward.
THE PLEASURE ARISING FROM VICISSITUDE.
1. Now the golden Morn aloft
Waves her dew-bespangled wing,
She woos the tardy Spring:
But chief, the sky-lark warbles high
Melts into air and liquid light. 3. Yesterday the sullen year
Saw the snowy whirlwind fly;
The herd stood drooping by:
With forward and reverted eyes. 4. Smiles on past Misfortune's brow
Soft Reflection's hand can trace,
A melancholy grace;
Gilds with a gleam of distant day. 5. Still, where rosy Pleasure leads,
See a kindred Grief pursue;
Approaching Comfort view:
The strength and harmony of life. 6. See the wretch that long has tost
On the thorny bed of pain,
And breathe and walk again:
The meanest floweret of the vale,
-Thos. Gray (1716—1771).
1. Whoever may have been the founder of Babylon, it was Nebuchadnezzar and Nitocris that made it one of the wonders of the world. Herodotus, "the Father of History,” who appears to have seen with his own eyes some of its gigantic ruins, asserts that its walls were 300 feet high and 80 broad; while the compass of the city was little less than sixty miles.
2. The walls, “artificial mountains” rather, surrounded the city in the form of a square. They were built of bricks cemented by a glutinous slime or bitumen, which still issues in great abundance from the ground at some distance from the site formerly occupied by the city. This bitumen binds more firmly than lime, and soon becomes harder even than the bricks or stones which it unites. The walls, moreover, were defended on the outside by a vast moat or ditch lined with bricks that it might be capable of being filled with water.
3. In each of the four sides of the city were twenty-five gates of solid brass with brazen lintels and side-posts. From each of them a street passed in a straight line to the gate directly over against it on the opposite side. The whole number of streets was fifty, each fifteen miles long, whereof twenty-five went one way and twenty-five the other, crossing one another at right angles. Round the