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THE FAERY QUE EN E.
Pealing from love to Nature's bar,
AR! whither doost thou now, thou greater And thither also came all other creatures,
Whatever life or motion doc retaine,
That Arlo scarlly could them all containe, This too high flight, unfit for her weake wing, So full they filled every hiil and plaine ; Lift op aloft, to tell of heaven's King
And had not Nature's fergeant (that is Order) (Thy soveraigne Gire) his fortunate successe, Them well disposed by his bulie paine, And victory in bigger noates to fing,
And raunged farre abroad in every border Which he obtain'd against that Titanesse, They would have caused much confusion and disThat him of heaven's empire sought to dispos. order. sesse?
Then forth issewed (great goddese) great Dame Yet fith I needs must follow thy behest,
Nature, Doe thou my weaker wit with skill inspire, With goodly port and gracious maiefty, Fit for this turne, and in my feeble brest Being far greater and more call of stature Kindle fresh fparks of that immortall fire Then any of the gods or powers on hie ; Which learned minds inflameth with desire Yet certes, by her face and physnomy, Of heavenly things ; for who but thou alone, Whether the man or woman inly were, That art yborne of heaven and heavenly fire, That could not any creature well descry; Can tell things doen in heaven so long ygone, For with a veile that whimpled every where So farre pait memory of man that may be Her head and face was hid, that mote to none knowne ?
appeare. Now at the time that was before agreed,
That fome doe say was so by skill devized, The gods assembled all on Arlo-hill,
To hide the terror of her upcouth hew As well those that are sprung of heavenly feed, From mortall eyes that should be fore agrized, As those that all the other world doe fill,
For that her face did like a lion Thew, And rule both sea and land unto their will; Tha! eye of wight could not indure to view : Onely th' infernall powers might not appeare,
But others tell that it so beauteous was, As well for horror of their count’naunce ill, And round about luch beames of splendor threw, As for th' unruly fiends which they did feare; That it the sunne a thousand times did pass, Ye Pluto and Proferpina were present there. Ne could be teene, but like an image in a glass.
Where Phæbus' self, that God of Poets hight, That well may seemen true; for well I weene They say did sing the spoufall hymne full cleere, That this lame day, when she on Arlo fat, That all the gods were raviht with delight Her garment was so bright and wondrous sheene, Of his celestiall song, and mufick's wondrous That my fraile wit cannot devise to what
might. It to compare, nor finde like stuffe to tha!; As those three sacred saints, though else most This great grandmother of all creatures bred wise,
Great Nature, cver young, yet full of eld, Yet on Mount Thabar quite their wics forgat, Still mooving, yet unmoved from her sted, When they :heir glorious Lord in strange dis- Unseene of any, yet of all beheld; guise
Thus sitting in her throne as I have teld, Transfigur'd sawe; his garments so did daze their Before her came Dame Mutabilitie, eyes
And being lowe before her presence feld,
With meek obaysance and humilitie, In a fayre plain upon an equall hill
Thus gan her plaintif plea with words to amShe placed was in a pavilion,
plifie. Not such as craftesmen, by their idle skill, Are wont for princes ftates to fashion ;
“ To thee, O greatest Goddesse! onely great, But th' earth herself, of her owne motion “ An humble suppliant, loe, I lowely fly, Out of her fruitfull bosome made to growe “ Secking for right, which I of thee entreat, Moit dainty trees, that shooting up anon
Who right to all doft deale indifferently, Did seeme to bow their bloofming heads full lowe, “ Damning all wrong and cortious iniurie For homage unto her, and like a throne to fhew. “ Which any of thy creatures doe to other,
“ Oppresling them with power unequally, So hard it is for any living wight
“ Sith of them all thou art the equall mother, All her array and vestiments to tell,
“ And knittelt each to each, as brother unto brom That old Dan Geffrey, in whose gentle spright
The pure well-head of poesie did dwell)
" And heaven itselfe by heritage in fee;
“ For heaven and earth I both alike doe deeme, And all the Earth far underneath her feete “ Sich heaven and earth are both alike to thee, Was dight with flowers, that voluntary grew “ And gods no more than men thou doelt di Out of the ground, and sent forth odours sweet;
teeme; Tenne thousand mores of sundry fent and hew, “ For even the gods to thee as men to gods da That might delight the smell, or please the view, “ seeme. The which the nymphes from all the brooks thereby
“ Then weigh, O soveraigne Goddesse ! by wha: Had gathered, which they at her fool-foole threw,
“ These gods do claime the world's whole fores 'That richer seem'd than any tapestry
raigoty, That princes bowres adorne with painted ima " And that is onely dew unto thy might gery.
“ Arrogate to themselves ambitiously.
“ As for the gods owne principality, And mole himselfe, to honour her the more, “ Which love ufurps uniuftly, that to be Did deck himselfe in freshest faire attire,
“ My heritage, love's selfe cannot deny, And his high head, that seemeth alwaies hore “ From my great grandGre Titan unto mee With hardned frofts of former winters ire, “ Deriv'd by dew descent; as is well known :3 He with an oaken girlond now did tire,
5 thee. As if the love of some new nynıph late seene Had in him kindled youthfull fresh desire, " Yet maugre love, and all his gods beside, And made him change his gray attire to greene : “ I doe poliese the world's most regiment, Ah, gentle Mole ! such ioyance hath thee well “ As if ye please it into parts divide, beseene.
“ And every part's inhollers to convent,
“ Shall to your eyes appeare incontinent : Was never so great ioyance since the day “ And first to Earth (great mother of us alt) Tha: all the gods whylome assembled were " That only seenis unmov'd and permanent, On Hamus hill in their divine array,
“ And unto Mutability. not thrall, To celebrate the solemne bridal chcare
" Yet is the chang’d in part, and ceke in gence Twixt Pelcue and Dame Thetis pointed there,
“ guise ;
“ Now faire fun-line, that makes all skip and « For all that from her springs and is ybredde,
“ daunce " However fayre it flourish for a time,
“ Streight bitter storms and balefull countenance, " Yet see we fogne decay, and being dead
" That makes thein all to fhiver and to shake : “ To turne againe unto their earthly flime; “ Rayne, hayle, and know, do pay them fad pe“ Yet out of their decay and niortall crime
nance, 6 We daily see new creatures to arize,
“ And dreadfull thunder-claps (that makć them « And of their winter fpring another prime,
quake) “ Unlike in forme, and chang'd by itrange dif " With flames and flashing lights that thousand
changes make, “ So turne they still about, and change in reft
XXIV. “ lefle wise.
" Last is the fire; which though it live for ever,
“ Nę can be quenched quite, yet every day ** As for her tenants, that is man and beasts, " We fee his parts, so soone as they do sever, 'The beasts we daily fee matsacred dy,
" To lose their heat, and shortly to decay, " As thralls and vassals unto mens beheafts, “ So makes himself his ownc consuming pray ; • And men themselves doe change continually “ Ne any living creatures doth he breed, " From youth to eld, from wealth to poverty, “ But all that others breid doch, llay, “ From good to bad, from bad to worst of all; " And with their death his cruell life dooth feed, “ Ne does their bodies oniy flit and fly,
“ Nought leaving but thcir barren aihes without “ But eeke their minds (which they immortall * fced. “ Still change and vary thoughts as new occasions “ Thus all these four (the which the ground
" work bce
“ of all the world and of all living wights) “ Ne is the water in more constant case,
“ To thousand sorts of change we subiect fee, “ Whether those fame on high or these belowe : “ Yet are they chang'd by other wondrous flights « For th' ocean moveth still from place to place, “ Into themselves, and lose their native mights; « And every river till doth ebbe and Aowe; " The fire to aire, and th' ayre to water ihcere,
Ne any lake, that seems most ftill and flowe; “ And water into carth; yet water fights “ Ne poole so small, that can his smoothnesse “ With fire, and aire with earth approaching “ holde,
ncere, es " When any winde doth under heaven blowel “ Yet all are in one body, and as one appeare. " With which the clouds are also toft and rollid, " Now like great hills, and straight like fluces, “ So in them all raignes Mutabilitie; " them unfold.
“ However there, that gods themselves doe call,
“ Of them doe claime the rule and fovereignty; ci So likewise are all watry living wights. “ As Vetta of the fire cthcreall, “ Still cost and turned with continuali change, " Vulcan of this with us so usuall,
Never abyding in their stedfast plights ; " Ops of the earth, and luno of the ayre, " The fish, still foting, do at random range, “ Neptune of seas, and Nymphes of rivers all ; * And never rest, but evermore exchange “ For all those rivers to me subiect are, (share. “ Their dwelling places as the ftreanees them " And all the rest which they usurp be all my
“ carrie; « Ne have the watry foules a certaine grange " Which to approven true, as I have told, * Wherein to reft, ne in one stead to tarry, “ Vuachiale, O Goddesse! to thy prefence call u But fitting still doe flie, and still their places “ The rest which doe the world in being held, vary.
“ As Times and Seafons of the year that fall;
« Of all the which demand in generali, “ Next is the ayre, which thou feelst not by sense “ Or iudge thyselfe by verdit of thine eye, " (For of all sense it is the middle meane) " Whether to me they are not subiect all." “ To fit ftill, and with subtill influence
Nature did yield thereto, and by and by * of his thin spirit all creatures to maintaine Bade Order call them all before her Maiefty. “ In ftate of life : 0 weake life! that does leane “ On thing so tickle as th' unsteady ayre,
So forth iflew'd the Scasons of the year; " Which every howre is chang'd, and altred First lusty Spring, all dight in leaves of flowers “ cleane
That freshly budded, and new bloofmes did beare, « With every blast that bloweth fowle or faire : In which a thousand birds had built their bowres, The faire doth prolong, the fowle duth it im That sweetly sung to call forth paramoures; paire.
And in his hand a iavclin he did beare, txir.
And on his head (as fit for warlike stoures) “ Therein the changes infinite beholde,
A guilt engraven inorion he did weare, - Which to her creatures every minute chaunce, That as some did him love, so others did him u Now boyling hot, freight ficzing deadly cold; feare.
Lord! how all creatures laught when her they had Then came the iolly Sommer, being dight
spide, In a thin filken castock coloured greene,
And leapt and daunc't as they had ravisht beene! That was unlyned all, to be more light,
And Cupid selfe about her fluttred all in greene. And on his head a girlond well beseene He wore, from which, as he had chauffed been, And after her came iolly lune, arrayd T'he sweat did drop, and in his hand he bore. All in greene leaves, as he a player were, A boawe and shaftes, as he in forest greene Yet in his time he wrought as well as playd, Had hunted late the libbard or the bore,
That by his plough-yronis mote right well asAnd now would bache his limbes, with labor
peare; heated core.
Upon a Crab he rode, that him did beare
With crooked crawling feps an uncouth pace, Then came the Autumne, all in yellow clad, And backward yode, as bargemen wont to fare, As though he ioyed in his plenteous store,
Beuding their force contrary to their face ; Laden with fruits that made him laugh, full glad | Like that ungracious crew which faines demurek 'That he had bansfht Hunger, which to-fure
grace. Had by the belly oft him pinched fore; Upon his head a wreath, that was enrold
Then came hot July, boyling like to fire, With ears of corne of every fort, he bore,
That all his garments he had caft away:
Upon a Lyon raging yet with ire
It was the beast that whilome did forray
The Nemæan forrest, till th' Amphytrionide
TXXVIL As from a limbeck did adown distill;
The fixt was August, being rich arrayd In his right hand a tipped staffe he held,
In garment all of gold down to the ground; With which his feeble steps he stayed still, Yet rode he not, but led a lovely Mayd For he was faint with cold and weak with eld, Forth by the lilly hand, the which was cround That scarse his loosed limbes he hable was to weld. With cares of corne, and full her hand was
found; 'These, marching foftly, thus in order went, That was the righteous Virgin, which of old And after them the Monthes all riding came ; Liv'd here on earth, and plenty made abound, First sturdy March, with brows full sternly bent, But after wrong was lov'd and justice folde, And armed frongly, rode upon a ram,
She left th' unrighteous world, and was to heaven The same which over Hellespontus swam ;
cxtold. Yet in his hand a spadc he also hent,
XXXVIIT. And in a bag all sorts of seeds ylame,
Next him September marched eeke on foote; Which on the earth he strowed as he went, Yet was he heavy laden with the spoyle And fild her womb with fruitfull hope of nourish. Of harvest's riches
, which he made his boot, And him enricht with bounty of the foyle;
In his one hand, as fit for harvest's toyle, Next came fresh Aprill, full of lustghed,
He held a knife-hook, and in th' other hand And wanton as a kid whose horne new buds; A paire of waights, with which he did alloyle Upon a Bull he rode, the same which led
Both more and lesse, where it in doubt did itand, Europa floting through th' Argolick Auds;
And equall gave to cach, as iustice duly scann'd. His hornes were gilden all with golden studs, And garnished with garlonds goodly dight Then came October, full of merry glec, Of ali the fairest flowres and freshest buds
For yet his noule was totty of the mult, Which th' earth brings forth, and wee he seem'd which he was treading in the wine-fat's see, in fight
And of the joyous oyl, whose gentle gust With waves, through which he waded for his Made him so frolick and so full of luit; love's delight.
Upon a dreadfull Scorpion he did ride,
The same which by Dianaes doom upiuft Then came faire May, the fayrest mayd on Slew great Orion; and eeke by his side ground,
He had his ploughing-share and coulter ready Deckt all with dainties of her season's pryde,
tyde. And throwing flowres out of her lap around; Upon two brethrens shoulders she did ride, Next was November ; he full grosse and fat, The Twinnes of Leda, which on cyther fide As fed with lard, and that“ right well mighe , Supported her like to their soveraine queene :
For he had been a fatting hogs of late,
Which they did dayly watch and nightly wake That yet his browes with sweat did reek and By cven turnes, ne ever did their charge forsake. steem,
ILVI. And yet the seafon was full sharp and breem; And after all came Life, and lastly Death; In planting ceke he took no small delight : Death with most grim and griefly visage seene, Whereon he rode, not ealy was to decme,
Yet is he fought but parting of the breath, For it a dreadfull Centaure was in light,
Ne ought to see, but like a fuade to weene, The feed of Saturne and faire Nais, Chiron Unbodied, unfoul'd, unheard, unseene; hight.
But Life was like a faire young lusly boy,
Such as they faine Dan Cupid to have beene, And after him came next the chill December, Full of delightfull health and lively ioy, Yet he, through merry feasting which he made, Deckt all with flowres, and wings of gold fit to And great bonfires, did not the cold remember,
employ. His Saviour's birth his mind so much did glad ;
XLVII. Upon a faggy, bearded Goat he rode,
When these were past, thus gan the Titaneffe ; The same wherewith Dan love in tender yeares, “ Lo; mighty Mother! now be iudge, and say They say, was nourifht by th' læan mayd; " Whether in all thy creatures more or leffe And in his hand a broad deepe boawle he beates, “ Change doth not raign, and beare the grcalck of which he freely drinks an health to all his
“ For who fees not that time on all doth pray?
“ But times do change and move continually, Then came old lanuary, wrapped well
“ So nothing here long ftandech in one stay s In many weeds, to keep the cold away,
« Wherefore this lower world who can deny Yet did he quake and quiver like to quell, " But to be subiect still to Mutabilitie?" And blowe his nayles to warme them if he may, For they were numbd with holding all the day Then thus gan love; “ Right true it is that An hatchet keene, with which he felled wood,
these, And from the trees did lop the needlesle fpray; “ And all things else that under heaven dwell, Upon an huge great Earth-pot steane he floud, “ Are chaung'd of Time, who doth them all del From whose wide mouth there flowed forth the Romane flood.
“ Of being ; but who is it (to me tell)
u That time himselfe doth move and still com, And lastly came old February, fitting
pell In an old Waggon, for he could not ride, “ To keepe his course! is not that namely wee, Drawne of two Filhes for the season fitting, “ Which poure chat vertue from our heavenly Which through the flood before did softly flyde And swim away ; yet had he by his side
“ That moves them all, and makes them changed His plough and harnesse fit to till the ground,
“ be? And tooles to prune the trees, before the pride “ So them we gods do rule, and in them alla Of bafting prime did make them burgein round;
" thce" So past the Twelve Months forth, and their dew places found.
To whom thus Mutability; The Things
" Which we see not how they are mor'd and And after these there came the Day and Night,
“ swayd, Riding together both with equall pace;
“ Ye may attribute to yourselves as kings, Th' one on a palfrey blacke, the other white; “ And say they by your secret power are made, But Night had covered her uncomely face “ But what we fee not, who shall us perswade ? With a blacke veile, and held in hand a mace, “ But were they so, as ye them faine to be, On top whereof the moon and stars were pight, “ Mov'd by your might, and order'd by your And Nicepe and darknesse round about did trace; But Day did beare upon his scepter's hight “ Yer what if I can prove that even yee The goodly fun, encompast all with beames “ Yourselves are likewise changed, and fubie& bright.
« unto me? Theo came the Howres, faire daughters of high “ And first, concerning her that is the first, love
“ Even you, faire Cynthia! whom so much ye And timely Night, the which were all endewed With wondrous beauty fit to kindle love ;
“ love's dearcst darling, she was bred and nurst But they were virgins all, and love eschewed, “ On Cynthus' hill, whence the her name did That might furllak the charge to them foreThewed
« Then is she mortall borne, howso ye crake; By mighty love, who did them porters make “ Besides, her face and countenance every day of heaven's gare, (whence all the gods issued) We changed fce, and fundry forms partake;