« PreviousContinue »
XLV. “ 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 XLVI.
(sky. “ 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 himn 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,"
XLVII. “ 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.
XLVIII. “ For that same Brute (whom much he did advaunce " In all his speach) was Sylvius his sonne, “Whoin 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
[to sayne. " At last by fatall course they drivery weré “ 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, 66 That fed on living flesh, and dronck mens vitail
[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, [cold, “ 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.