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TO THE RIGHT HONORABLE

THE LADIE STRANGE.

MOST brave and noble Ladie; the things, that make

ye

fo much honored of the world as ye bee, are luch, as (without my simple lines testimonie) are throughlie knowen to all men; namely, your excellent beautie, your vertuous behavior, and your noble match with that most honourable Lord, the very Paterne of right Nobilitie: But the causes, for which ye have thus deferved of me to he honoured, (if honour it be at all,) are, both your particular bounties, and also fome private bands * of affinitie, which it hath pleased your Ladifhip to acknowledge. Of which whenas I found my felfe in no part woorthie, I devised this last slender meanes, both to intimate my humble affection to your Ladiship, and also to make the same universallie known to the world ; that by honouring you they might know me, and by knowing me they might honor you. Vouchsafe, noble Lady, to accept this simple remembrance, though not worthy of your self, yet such, as perhaps by good acceptance thereof ye may hereafter cull out a more meet and memorable evidence of your owne excellent deserts. So recommending the fame to your Ladiships good liking, I humbly take leave. Your La : humbly ever.

ED, SP

* See the Life of the poet. TODD.

VOL. VII.

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TEARES OF THE MUSES *.

REHEARSE to me, ye sacred Sisters nine,
The golden brood of great Apolloes wit,
Those piteous plaints and forowfull fad tine,
Which late ye powred forth as ye did fit
Beside the filver springs of Helicone,
Making your musick of hart-breaking mone !

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For since the time that Phæbus foolish sonne
Ythundered, through loves avengefull wrath,
For traversing the charret of the Sunne
Beyond the compaffe of his pointed path,
Of
you

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his mournfull Sisters was lamented, Such mournfull tunes were never since invented.

“ Ga

* The Teares of the Muses.] This title bad been before adopted by Spenser's friend, Gabriel Harvey, as appears by the Glofle of E. K. on September in the Shepheurds Calender ; which fee. The old commentator, I suppose, means brielis Harveii Valdinatis SMITHUS; vel MUSARUM LACHRYMÆ ; pro obitu honoratissimi viri, atque hominis multis nominibus clariffimi, Thomæ Smithi, Equitis Aurati, &c. 4to. Lond. 1578.TODD.

Ver. 1. Rehearse to me, ye sacred Sisters nine : &c.] This poem puts me in mind of these lines in Sbakspeare's Midsummer Night's Dream :

“ The thrice three Muses mourning for the death
“ Of learning, Jate deceas'd in beggary.
“ This is fome satire, &c." JORTIN.

Nor since that faire Calliope did lose
Her loved Twinnes, the dearlings of her ioy,
Her Palici, whom her unkindly foes,
The Fatall Sisters, did for spight destroy,
Whom all the Muses did bewaile long space ;
Was ever heard such wayling in this place.

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For all their groves, which with the heavenly

noyses

Oftheir sweete instruments were wont to sound, 20
And th' hollow hills, from which their silver

voyces
Were wont redoubled echoes to rebound,
Did now rebound with nought but rufull cries,
And yelling shrieks throwne up into the skies.

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The trembling streames which wont in chanels

cleare
To romble gently downe with murmur foft,
And were by them right tunefull taught to beare
A bases part amongst their conforts oft;
Now, forft to overflowe with brackish teares,
With troublous noye did dull their daintie

eares.

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Ver. 21.

filver voyces) See the note on hlver found,” Shep. Cal. June. ver. 61. TODD. Ver. 28. A bases part) So, in F. Q. ii. xii. 33.

“ With that the rolling sea, resounding soft,
Io his big base them fitly answered.” Topp.

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