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And ever drizling raine upon the loft, [sound Mixt with a murmuring wind, much like the Of swarming bees, did cast him in a swoone:
No other noise, nor peoples troublous cryes, As still are wont t' annoy the walled town,
Might there be heard : but careless quiet lies, Wrapt in eternal silence, farre from enemies.
ow gan the humid vapour shed the ground
him behind, a wicked hagg did stalke, In ragged robes, and filthy disarray; er other leg was lame, that she note walk, on a staff her feeble steps did stay; locks, that loathly were, and hoary grey, rew all afore, and loosely hung unroll'd; all behind was bald, and worn away, hat none thereof could ever taken hold, [old. eke her face ill-favour'd, full of wrinkles nd ever as she went, her tongue did walk ul reproach, and terms of vile despight, ovoking him, by her outrageous talk, heap more vengeance on that wretched
$ 98. Tuger.
s when two tygers, pinch'd with hunger's
Have by good fortune found some beast's fresh spoyle,
On which they ween their famin to asswage,
And cruell battell 'twixt themselves do make.
Both challenge it with equal greediness:
Doth in defence thereof full stoutly ston d
That she to hunt the beast first took in hond: And therefore ought it have, where ever she it found.
etimes she raught him stones, wherewith to smite,
LIKE as a boist'rous wind, [been hid. Which in th' earth's hollow caves hath long And shut up fast within her prisons blind, Makes the huge element against her kind To move, and tremble as it were aghast, Untill that it an issue forth may find,
forth it breakes, and with his furious blast Confounds both land and seas, and sky doth
metimes her staff, tho' it her own leg were,
$97. Palace of Sleep.
dwelling is; there Thetys his wet bed
s when two Suns appear in th' azure sky. Mounted in Phoebus' chariot fierie bright: Both darting forth faire beames to each man's
And both adorn'd with lamps of flaming light,
Are wrapt with wonder and with rare affright
hose double gates he findeth locked fast, one faire fram'd with burnish'd ivory, he other all with silver over-cast; wakefull dogges before them farre doe lye, ching to banish Care their enemy, Who oft is wont to trouble gentle sleep.
§ 101. Phaeton.
hem the spright doth pass in quietly, [deep,
EXCEEDING shone, like Phœbus' fairest
nd unto Morpheus comes, whom drowned That did presume his father's fierie waine, rowsic fit he finds: of nothing he takes keep. and more to lull him in his slumbers soft, ickling stream from high rock tumbling down,
And flaming mouthes of steeds unwonted
Thro' highest heaven with weaker hand to raine,
So when that forest they had passed well,
Upon the ground, in ragged rude attire,
Gnawing her nayles for felness and for ire, And thereout sucking venom to her parts intire.
A foule and loathly creature sure in sight,
And in conditions to be loath'd no less:
For shee was stuft with rancour and despight Up to the throat; that oft with bitterness It forth would break, and gush in great excess, Pouring out streams of poyson and of gall, Gainst all that truth or virtue doe professe: Whome she with leesings lewdly did miscall, And wickedly back-bite: her name men Slander call.
Her nature is, all goodness to abuse, And causeless crimes continually to frame; With which she guiltless persons may ac
And steale away the crowne of their good name: Ne ever knight so bold, ne ever dame
And thrice three times did fast from ary. Upon the image with his naked blade Three times, as in defiance, there he stroke
And the third time, out of an hidden st. There forth issued from under the altar sma A dreadful fiend, with foul deformed lock.
That strecht it self, as it had long lain si That her long taile and feathers strongly sho That all the temple did with terror fill; Yet him nought terrified, that feared nothing ill.
An huge great beast it was, when it in leng
So chast and loyall liv'd, but she would strive Was stretched forth, that nigh filled all the
With forged cause them falsely to defame:
nd seem'd to be of infinite great strength; rible, hideous, and of hellish race,
e of the brooding of Echidna base, rother like infernall furies kind: of a maide she had the outward face, o hide the horrour which did lurk behind, better to beguile whom she so fond did find. here to the body of a dog she had, of fell ravin and fierce greediness; lyon's clawes with power and rigour clad, end and teare what so she can oppress; dragon's taile, whoes sting without re
all deadly wounds, when so it is empight;
hereto she ever list to make her hardy flight.
The cause why she was covered with a veile, Was hard to know, for that her priests the same From people's knowledge labour'd to con
ich like in foulness and deformitie
kill herself for very heart's despight,
But sooth it was not sure for womanish shame,
But for (they say) she had both kinds in one,
he was foule, ill-favour'd, and grim,
And all about her neck and shoulders flew A flock of little loves, and sports and joyes, With nimble wings of gold and purple hew; Whoes shapes seem'd not like to terrestrial
But like to angels playing heavenly toyes;
The whilst their elder brother was away,
The wide kingdome of love with lordly sway,
Some of their loss, some of their love's delay,
§ 107. Venus.
HT in the midst the goddesse self did
on an altar of some costly masse,
$108. Temple of Venus.
HE temple of great Venus, that is hight of the tho ther, There worshipped of every living wight; Whose goodly workmanship farre past all other That ever were on earth, all were they set together.
Not that same famous temple of Diane, Whose height all Ephesus did over-see, [fane,
And which all Asia sought with vows proOne of the world's seven wonders said to be, Might match with this by many a degree:
Nor that, which that wise king of Jurie framed,
With endless cost to be the Almighty's see;
Nor all that else thro' all the world is named To all the heathen gods, might like to this be clamed.
I, much admiring that so goodly frame, Unto the porch approacht, which open stood,
But therein sat an amiable dame,
Poudred with pearl and stone; and all her
Enwoven was with gold, that raught full low adowne.
it in shape and beauty did excell
On either side of her two young men stood,
which that wretched Greeke that life for-Both strongly arm'd, as fearing one another,
I fall in love: yet this much fairer shined, overed with slender veile afore,
d both her feet and legs together twined with a snake, whoes head and taile were fast combined.
Yet were they brethren both of half the blood, Begotten by two fathers of one another, Though of contrary natures each to other:
The one of them hight Love, the other Hate, Hate was the elder, Love the younger brother;
That she them forced hand to join in hand,
Albe that Hatred was thereof full loth, And turn'd his face away as he did stand, Unwilling to behold that lovely band.
Yet she was of such grace and vertuous might, [stand, That her commandment he could not withBut bit his lips for felonous despight, And gnasht his iron tusks at that displeasing sight.
Concord she cleeped was in common reed, Mother of blessed Peace, and Friendship true; They both her twins, both born of heavenly And she herself likewise divinely grew; [seed, The which right well her works divine did [lends, For strength, and wealth, and happiness, she And strife, and war, and anger, does subdue:
Of little, much, of foes she maketh friends, And to afflicted minds sweet rest and quiet sends.
By her the heaven is in his course contained, And all the world in state unmoved stands,
As their Alnighty Maker first ordained, And bound them with inviolable bands; Else would the waters overflow the lands,
And fire devour the aire, and hell them quite, But that she holds them with her blessed hands. She is the nurse of pleasure and delight, And unto Venus grace the gate doth open right. Into the inmost temple thus I came, Which fuming all with frankencense I found, And odours rising from the altars flame; Upon an hundred marble pillers round, The roof up high was reared from the ground, All deckt with crowns, and chains, and gir
A thousand precious gifts worth many a pound, The which sad lovers for their vowes did pay; And all the ground was strew'd with flowers as fresh as May.
An hundred altars round about were set, All flaming with their sacrifices fire,
That with the steme thereof the temple swet, Which roul'd in cloudes, to heaven did aspire, And in them bore true lovers vows entire:
Aad eke an hundred brazen cauldrons bright To bathe in joy and amorous desire,
Every which was to a damzell hight; For all the priests were damzells, in soft linnen dight.
§ 109. Wrath. AFTER that varlet's fight, it was not long
Ere on the plaine fast pricking Guion spide One in bright arins embattailed full strong, That as the sunny beams doe glance and glide
Upon the trembling wave, so shined bright, And round about him threw forth sparkling fire,
His steed was bloody red, and foamed ire. When with the maistring spur he did him roughly stire.
That seemed him to enflame on every side:
Approaching nigh he never staid to gr Ne chaffer words, proud courage to provale,
But prickt so fierce, that underneath his det The smouldring dust did round about smoke,
Both horse and man nigh able for to che
And in his hand a burning brond he hath, The which he brandisheth about his head, His eyes did hurle forth sparkles fiery red,
And stared stern on all that him beheld, As ashes pale of hue, and seeming dead;
And on his dagger still his hand he held, Trembling thro' hasty rage, when choler in ind swell'd.
His ruffin raiment all was stain'd with b Which he had spilt, and all to rage yrent,
Thro' unadvised rashness woxen wood, For of his hands he had no government, Ne car'd for bloud in his avengement;
But when the furious fit was overpast, His cruel facts he often would repent,
Yet, wilful man, he never would tore How many mischiefs should ensue his less hast!
Full many mischiefs follow cruel Wra Abhorred bloudshed, and tumultuous str
Unmanly murther, and unthrifty seath, Bitter despight, with rancour's rusty kaik, And fretting grief, the enemy of life,
And these and many evils more hauati". The swelling splene, and phrenzy raging! The shaking palsey, and St. Francis' ti Such one was Wrath, the last of this ung
SPENSER'S FAIRY QUEEN $110. Duessa weeping over her Enemy,com: to a Crocodile; and a Description of Ni As when a weary traveller, that strays N
By muddy shore of broad seven-mont Unweeting of the perilous wand'ring way Doth meet a cruel crafty crocodile, Which in false grief hiding his harmless Doth weep full sore, and sheddeth tender to The foolish man, that pities all this while His mournful plight, is swallow'd up unawar Forgetful of his own, that minds another, cart So wept Duessa until even tide, [ligh That shining lamps in Jove's high house we
en forth she rose, ne longer would abide,
lumb'ring swoon nigh void of vital spright,
ere griesly Night, with visage deadly sad,
All hurlen forth, and she with princely pace,
all the while she stood upon the ground,
dreary shrieks did also her bewray; hungry wolves continually did howl r abhorred face, so filthy and so foul.
-On every side them stood rembling ghosts with sad amazed mood, ering their iron teeth, and staring wide stony eyes; and all the hellish brood nds infernal flock'd on every side, ze on earthly wight, that with the Night durst ride.
The heaps of people thronging in the hall,
So forth she comes, and to her coach does climb
Drawn of fair peacocks that excel in pride,
11. Description of Lucifera's Palace. ATELY palace built of squared brick, hich cunningly was without mortar laid, e walls were high, but nothing strong nor thick,
olden foil all over them display'd;
$114. Description of Diana with her Nymphs,
a goodly heap for to behold,
ake the praises of the workman's wit; After her heat the breathing cold to taste; Il great pity, that so fair a mold a so weak foundation ever sit;
Her golden locks that late in tresses bright
a sandy hill, that still did flit 11 away, it mounted was full high, very breath of heaven shaked it; 1 the hinder parts, that few could spy, inous and old, but painted cunningly
12. Lucifera ascending her Coach.
Soon as she Venus saw behind her back,