The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser: With Memoir and Critical Dissertations, Volume 2

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Page 22 - O th' exceeding grace Of highest God ! that loves his creatures so, And all his works with mercy doth embrace, That blessed angels he sends to and fro, To serve to wicked man, to serve his wicked foe. " How oft do they their silver bowers leave To come to succour us, that succour want ? How oft do they with golden pinions cleave The flitting skies, like flying pursuivant Against foul fiends, to aid us militant? They for us fight, they watch and duly ward, And their bright squadrons round about us...
Page 119 - Eftsoones they heard a most melodious sound, Of all that mote delight a dainty ear, Such as at once might not on living ground, Save in this paradise, be heard elsewhere : Right hard it was for wight which did it hear, To...
Page xv - If so be the Faerye Queene be fairer in your eie than the Nine Muses, and Hobgoblin runne away with the Garland from Apollo: Marke what I saye, and yet I will not say that I thought, but there an End for this once, and fare you well, till God or some good Aungell putte you in a better minde (Ibid., pp.
Page 22 - Of men than beasts ; but oh ! the exceeding grace Of highest God ! that loves his creatures so, And all his works with mercy doth embrace. That blessed angels he sends to and fro, To serve to wicked man, to serve his wicked foe.
Page 109 - All those, and all that els does horror breed, About them flew, and fild their sayles with feare : Yet stayd they not, but forward did proceed, Whiles th...
Page 120 - Ah see, whoso fair thing dost fain to see, In springing flower the image of thy day; Ah see the virgin rose, how sweetly she Doth first peep forth with bashful modesty, That fairer seems, the less ye see her may; Lo see soon after, how more bold and free Her bared bosom she doth broad display; Lo see soon after, how she fades, and falls away.
Page 17 - Cypresse grew in greatest store, And trees of bitter Gall, and Heben sad ; Dead sleeping Poppy, and black Hellebore ; Cold Coloquintida, and Tetra mad ; Mortal! Samnitis, and Cicuta bad, With which th...
Page 345 - With matchlesse eares deformed and distort, Fild with false rumors and seditious trouble, Bred in assemblies of the vulgar sort, •That still are led with every light report: And as her eares, so eke her feet were odde, And much unlike ; th' one long, the other short, And both misplast; that, when th
Page viii - At length they all to merry London came, To merry London, my most kindly nurse, That to me gave this life's first native source, Though from another place I take my name. An house of ancient fame: There when they came whereas those bricky towers The which on Thames
Page 120 - So passeth in the passing of a day Of mortal life the leaf, the bud, the flower: Ne more doth flourish after first decay, That erst was sought to deck both bed and bower Of many a lady and many a paramour! Gather therefore the rose whilst yet is prime. For soon comes age that will her pride deflower; Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time, Whilst loving thou mayst loved be with equal crime...

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