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}; Then did I fee a pleasant Paradize, Full of sweete flowres and daintiest delights, 520 Such as on earth man could not more devize, With pleasures choyce to feed his cheerefull

sprights : Not that, which Merlin by his magicke slights Made for the gentle Squire, to entertaine His fayre Belphæbe, could this gardine staine. But O fhort pleasure bought with lasting paine!

526 Why will hereafter anie flesh delight In earthlie blis, and ioy in pleasures vaine, Since that I sawe this gardine wasted quite, That where it was scarce seemed anie fight? 530 That I, which once that beautie did beholde, Could not from teares my melting eyes

with-holde.

IV.

Soone after this a Giaunt came in place,
Of wondrous powre, and of exceeding stature,
That none durft vewe the horror of his face, 535
Yet was he milde of speach, and meeke of

nature: Not he, which in despight of his Creatour With railing tearmes defied the lewish hoast,

Ver. 523. Not that, which Merlin &c.] See F. Q. jii. vi. 29, &c. T. WARTON.

541

Might with this mightie one in hugenes boast; For from the one he could to th' other coast Stretch his strong thighes, and th' ocean over

stride, And reatch his hand into his enemies hoast. But see the end of pompe and fleshlie pride ! One of his feete unwares from him did slide, That downe hee fell into the deepe abisse, Where drownd with him is all his earthlie bliffe.

546 V. Then did I see a Bridge, made all of golde, Over the sea from one to other side, Withouten

prop or pillour it t' upholde, But like the coulored rainbowe arched wide : Not that great Arche, with Traian edifide, 551 To be a wonder to all

age ensuing, Was matchable to this in equall vewing. But (ah!) what bootes it to see earthlie thing In glorie, or in greatnes to excell, Sith time doth greatest things to ruine bring ? This goodlie Bridge, one foote not fastned well, Gan faile, and all the rest downe shortlie fell, Ne of so brave a building ought remained, That griefe thereof my spirite greatly pained.

555

Ver. 551. Not that great Arche, &c.] Trajan's stone bridge over the Danube was a molt surprising work, which Dion Carfius says could never be enough admired. See Lipfius De Magn. Roman. III. 13. JORTIN.

VI. I saw two Beares, as white as anie milke, 561 Lying together in a mightie cave, Of milde aspect, and haire as soft as silke, That falvage nature seemed not to have, Nor after greedie spoyle of bloud to crave: 565 Two, fairer beasts might not elfwhere be

found, Although the compaft : world were fought

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570

But what can long abide above this ground
In state of blis, or stedfast happinesse?
The Cave, in which these Beares lay sleeping

found,
Was but of earth, and with her weightinesse
Upon them fell, and did unwares oppresse;
That, for great forrow of their fudden fate, ,
Henceforth all worlds felicitie I hate,

576

Much was I troubled in my heavie spright, At fight of these fad fpectacles forepast, That all my senses were bereaved quight, And I în minde remained fore agast, Distraught twixt feare and pitie; when at last

Ver. 571. Was but of earth, and with her weightinesse &c.] This is the einendation of the first folio. Spenter's own edition reads, “ Was but earth, and with her owne weightineffe &c."

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I heard a voyce, which loudly to me called, 580
That with the suddein shrill I was appalled.
Behold (faid it) and by ensample see,
That all is vanitie and griefe of minde,
Ne other comfort in this world can be,
But hope of heaven, and heart to God inclinde;
For all the rest must needs be left behinde: 586
With that it bad me, to the other side
To caft mine eye, where other sights I spide.

I. UPON that famous Rivers further shore, There stood a snowie Swan of heavenly biew, 590 And gentle kinde, as ever Fowle afore ; A fairer one in all the goodlie criew Of white Strimonian brood might no man view: There he most sweetly sung the prophecie Of his owne death in dolefull Elegie. At last, when all his mourning melodie He ended had, that both the shores refounded, Feeling the fit that him forewarnd to die, With loftie flight above the earth he bounded, And out of sight to highest heaven mounted, 600 Where now he is become an heavenly signe; There now the ioy is his, here forrow mine.

595

II.

Whileft thus I looked, loe ! adowne the lee
I saw an Harpe stroong all with silver twyne,
And made of golde and costlie yvorie,

605 610

Swimming, that whilome seemed to have been
The Harpe, on which Dan Orpheus was seene
Wylde beasts and forrests after him to lead,
But was th' Harpe of Philifides now dead.
At length out of the river it was reard
And borne above the cloudes to be divin'd,
Whilst all the way most heavenly noyfe was

heard
Of the strings, stirred with the warbling wind,
That wrought both ioy and forrow in my mind:
So now in heaven a signe it doth appeare, 615
The Harpe well knowne beside the Northern
Beare.

III.
Soone after this I saw on th' other side,
A curious Coffer made of Heben wood,
That in it did most precious treasure hide,
Exceeding all this bafer worldës good:
Yet through the overflowing of the flood
It almost drowned was, and done to nought,

620

Ver. 609.

th' Harpe of Philihdes] Of Sir Philip Sidney. See the note on ver. 323, 4. TODD. Ver. 611.

to be divin'd,] See the note on Daphnaida, ver. 214. Jortin. Ver. 612. Whilst all the way most heavenly noyse was heard

Of the strings, stirred with the warbling wind,

T'hat wrought both ioy and Sorrow in my mind :] What Spenser's imagination here beautifully feigns, is actually brought into execution in the Æolian harp; the effect of whose musick is exactly what our poet describes : “ That wrought both ioy and sorrow in niy mind." See Thomfon's Ode on Æolus's Harp. T. WARTON.

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