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By envy's snares, or fortune's freaks unkind :
Feel my heart pierc'd with so great agony,
A goodly lady, clad in hunter's weed,
Her face so fair, as flesh it seemed not,
The which ambrosial odours from them threw,
In her fair eyes two living lamps did flame,
In them the blinded God his lustful fire
For, with dread majesty, and awful ire, She broke his wanton darts, and quenched base desire.
Nought under heaven so strongly doth allure
As beauty's love-bait, that doth procure
That can with melting pleasance mollify Their harden'd hearts, enur'd to blood and cruelty.
So whilome learn'd that mighty Jewish swain, Each of whose locks did match a man of might, To lay his spoils before his leman's train:
§ 30. Bower of Bliss.
THENCE passing forth, they shortly do arrive
Is sweet and pleasing unto living sense,
Was poured forth with plentiful dispense,
Goodly it was enclosed round about,
As those unruly beasts to hold without;
But wisdom's powre and temperance's migh
Rather for pleasure than for battery or fight.
And therein all the famous historie
The wondred Argo, which invent'rous perse
Ye might have seen the frothy billowes fry
All this and more might in this goodly gate
Which thither came; but in the porch there
ntled with green, and goodly beatifide
As lurking from the view of covetous guest,
hereto the heavens always joviall,
kt on them lovely, still in stedfast state, Ne suffer'd storme nor frost on them to fall, eir tender buds or leaves to violate,
scorching heat, nor cold intemperate, afflict the creatures which therein did dwell; the mild air with season moderate ently attempted and disposed so well, t still it breathed forth sweet spirit and
ore sweet and wholesome than the pleasant
Rhodope, on which the nymph that bore
There the most dainty paradise on ground,
In which all pleasures plentiouly abound,
The trembling groves, the crystall running by;
The art which wrought it all appeared in no place.
And scorned parts were mingled with the fine)
Each did the other's worke more beautify;
So all agreed through sweet diversitie,
And in the midst of all, a fountaine stood,
fashioned a porch with rare divise, it over head with an embracing vine, [tice hose bunches hanging downe, seem'd to enassers by to taste their lushious wine, did themselves into their hands incline, s freely offering to be gathered: e deep empurpled as the hyacint, ine as the rubine laughing, sweetly red, e like fair emeraudes not yet ripened. ad them amongst, some were of burnisht
ade by art, to beautifie the rest,
And over all, of purest gold, was spred
For the rich metall was so coloured,
Lowe his lascivious armes adowne did creep,
Their fleecie flowres they tenderly did steepe, Which drops of crystall seem'd for wantonness
Infinite streames continually did well
Whose depth exceeded not threecubits height,
All pav'd beneath with jasper shining bright That seem'd the fountaine in that sea did sayle
And all the margent round about was set With shady lawrell-trees, thence to defend
The sunny beames, which on the billows bet, And those which therein bathed, mote offend.
$31. Bower of Proteus. His bowre is in the bottom of the maine,
Under a mighty rock, 'gainst which do rave The roring billocs in their proud disdaine;
§ 33. Calumny. IT is a monster bred of hellish race,
Then answer'd he, which often had annoy'd Good knights and ladies true, and many else destroy'd.
Of Cerberus whylome he was begot,
Through foule commixture of his filthy blot,
Into this wicked world he forth was sent,
§ 35. Charity.
HE was a woman in her
As hell she hated, chast in work and will;
The rest was all in yellow robes arraied still.
A multitude of babes about her hang,
But thrust them forth still, as they wered ok:
Adorn'd with gemmes and owches wondr
Ladies and lords she every-where mote hear mplaining, how with his empoysned shot Their woful hearts he wounded had whyleare, d so had left thein languishing 'twixt hope
She then the cities sought from gate to gate, d ev'ry one did ask, did he him see; And every one her answer'd, and too late had him seen, and felt the crueltie This sharp darts, and hot artillerie; And every one threw forth reproaches rife his mischievous deeds, and said, that hee Vas the disturber of all civil life, e enemie of peace, and author of all strife. Then in the country she abroad him sought, d in the rural cottages enquired; Where also many plaints to her were brought, whe their heedless hearts with love had fired, I false venim thorough their veines inspired; nd eke the gentle shepheard swaines, which fate
ping their fleecy flocks, as they were hired; The sweetly heard complaine, both how and
sonne had to them doen; yet she did smile
and at the upper end of the faire towne, re was an altar built of precious stone, f passing value, and of great renowne, which there stood an image all alone, nassie gold, which with his own light shone; nd wings it had with sundry colours dight, e sundry colours than the proud pavone ears in his boasted fan, or Iris bright, en her discolour'd bow she spreads thro' heaven bright.
lindfold he was, and in his cruel fist
ortal bow and arrowes keen did hold, ith which he shot at random when he list: e headed with sad lead, some with pure gold ,man! beware how thou those darts behold). wounded dragon under him did lie, ose hideous tayle his left foot did enfold, nd with a shaft was shot through eyther eye, t no man forth could draw, ne no man remedy.
That all his many it affraide did make : Tho' binding him againe, his way he forth did take.
ext after her, the winged god himself e riding on a lyon ravenous, aught to obey the menage of that elfe, I man and beast with powre imperious Jaeth to his kingdom tyrannous: is blindfold eyes he had awhile unbind, this proud spoyle of that same dolorous air dame he might behold in perfect kind; ich seen he much rejoyceth in his cruel mind. f which full proud, himself up-rearing hye, looked round about with sterne disdaine; and did survey his goodly company : 1 marshalling the evil ordered traine, [straine, th that the darts which his right hand did Full dreadfully he shook, that all did quake, clapt on high his coloured wings twaine,
Such as the Indians in their quivers hide : Those could he well direct, and straite as line, Aud bid them strike the marke which he had eyde;
Ne was there salve, ne was there medicine, That mote recure their wounds; so inly they did tine.
As pale and wan as ashes was his look, His body lean and meagre as a rake,
And skin all withered as a dried rook, Thereto as cold and drery as a snake, That seem'd to tremble evermore, and quake; All in a canvas thin he was bedight, And girded with a belt of twisted brake, Upon his head he wore an helmet light, Made of a dead man's scull, that seem'd a gastly sight.
HIM in a narrow place he overtook,
And fierce assailing forc't hiin turn againe ; Sternly he turn'd again, when he him strooke With his sharp steele, and ran at him amaine With opon mouth, that seemed to containe
A full good peck within the utmost brim, All set with iron teeth with ranges twaine,
That terrified his foes, and armed him,
Appearing like the mouth of Orcus, grisly grim. And therein were a thousand tongues empight, Of sundry kindes, and sundry quality;
Some were of dogs, that barked day and night, And some of cats, that wralling still did cry; And some of bears, that groynd continually;
And some of tygers that did seem to gren And snar at all that ever passed by:
But most of them were tongues of mortal men, That spake reproachfully, not caring where nor when.
And then amongst were mingled here and
The tongues of serpents, with three forked stings,
That spat out poison, and bore bloudy gere At all that came within his ravenings, And spake licentious words, and hateful things, Of good and bad alike, of low and hie; Ne Casars spared he a whit, nor kings, But either blotted them with infamy, Or bit them with his baneful teeth of injury.
§ 43. Desire.
AND him beside marcht amorous Desire,
Yet was that other swaine the elder syre,
And his embroidered bonet sate awry;
THE other nothing better was than she; Agreeing in bad will and cancred kind, But in bad manner they did disagree; For, what-so Envie good or bad did find, She did conceale and murder her own mind; But this, whatever evil she conceaved, Did spread abroad, and throw in the open win Yet this in all her words might be perceiv That all she sought was men's good names have bereaved.
For whatsoever good by any said, Or done, she heard, she would strait-waies inver How to deprave, or slanderously upbraid, Or to misconstrue of a man's intent, And turne to till the thing that well was me Therefore she used often to resort To common haunts, and companys frequent,
To hark what any one did good report, To blot the same with blame, or wrest in wicke sort.
And if that any ill she heard of any, She would it eke, and make it worse by tell:
And take great joy to publish it to many, That every matter worse was for her melling Her name was hight Detraction, and her dw:
Was near to Envy, even her neighbour soc A wicked hagg, and Envy's self excelling
In mischiefe: for, her self she only vest: But this same, both herself and others eac plext.
Her face was ugly, and her mouth distor Foaming with poyson round about her gia In which her cursed tongue (full sharpe
Appear'd like aspis sting, that closely hills, Or cruelly does wound whom-so she wills A distaffe in her other hand she had, Upon the which she little spinnes, but spils, And faines to weave false tales and Icasings To throw among the good, when others disprad.
§ 45. Discord. IREBRAND of hell, first tin'd in Phlegeton, By thousand furies, and from thence thrown,
Into this world, to work confusion. And sett it all on fire (by force unknown', Is wicked Discord, whose small sparkles w blowne,
None but a god, or godlike man, can slake Such as was Orpheus, that when strife was gre Amongst those famous impes of Greece,dica
"Twixt both his hands flew sparkes he close did His silver harp in hand, and shortly friends the