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On those two caytives, which had bred him

blame. And, seeking all the forrest busily, At last he found, where sleeping he did ly: 1520 The wicked weed, which there the Foxe did lay, From underneath his head he tooke away, And then him waking, forced up

to rize. The Lion looking up gan him avize, As one late in a traunce, what had of long 1325 Become of him: for fantasie is strong. “ Arise, (faid Mercurie) thou sluggish beast, That here liest senseles, like the corpfe deceast, The whilste thy kingdome from thy head is rent, And thy throne royall with dishonour blent: 1330 Arise, and doo thy felfe redeeme from shame, And be aveng'd on those that breed thy blame.” Thereat enraged, soone he gan upstart, Grinding his teeth, and grating his great hart ; And, rouzing up himselfe, for his rough hide He gan to reach ; but no where it espide : 1336 Therewith he gan full terribly to rore, And chafte at that indignitie right fore. But when his Crowne and scepter both he

wanted, Lord ! how he fum'd, and sweld, and rag'd, and



Ver. 1330.

blent:) Blemished, disgraced. See F. Q. i. vi. 42, ii. v. 5, &c. TODD.


And threatned death, and thousand deadly

dolours, To them that had purloyn'd his Princely honours. With that in haft, difroabed as he was, He toward his owne Pallace forth did pas; And all the way he roared as he went, That all the forrest with astonishment Thereof did tremble, and the beasts therein Fled fast away from that fo dreadfull din. At last he came unto his mansion, Where all the gates he found fast lockt anon, 1350 And manie warders round about them ftood: With that he roar'd alowd, as he were wood, That all the Pallace quaked at the stound, As if it quite were riven from the ground, And all within were dead and hartles left; 1355 And th’ Ape himselfe, as one whose wits were

reft, Fled here and there, and everie corner fought, To hide himselfe from his owne feared thought. But the false Foxe when he the Lion heard, Fled closely forth, streightway of death afeard, And to the Lion came, full lowly creeping, 1361 With fained face, and watrie eyne halfe weeping,

Ver. 1358. To hide himselfe from his owne feared thought.] This is strongly and finely expressed. Compare Tasso, C. xii. 77.

“ Temerò me medesmo, e da me stesso
Sempre fuggendo, havrò me sempre appreffo."



T'excuse his former treason and abusion.
And turning all unto the Apes confusion :
Nath'les the Royall Beast forbore beleeving, 1365
But bad him stay at ease till further preeving.
Then when he saw no entrance to him graunted,
Roaring yet lowder that all harts it daunted,

with force he fiercely flewe, And, rending them in pieces, felly flewe 1370) Those warders strange, and all that els he met. But th’Ape still flying he no where might

get : From rowme to rowme, from beame to beame

he fled All breathles, and for feare now almost ded: Yet him at last the Lyon fpide, and caught, 1375 And forth with shame unto his iudgement

brought. Then all the beasts he caus'd assembled bee, To heare their doome, and fad ensample fee: The Foxe, first Author of that treacherie, He did uncafe, and then away

let flie. But th’ Apes long taile (which then he had)

he quight Cut off, and both eares pared of their hight;


Ver. 1366.

preeving.] Prooving, i. e. as it should turn out upon trial. Su Chaucer uses preve, Clerk. Tale, edit. Tyrwhitt, 8876.

Your done is fals, your constance evil prevelh,

A ful gret fool is he that on you leveth.” Todd. VOL. VII.

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Since which, all Apes but halfe their eares have

left, And of their tailes are utterlie bereft.

So Mother Hubberd her discourse did end : Which pardon me, if I amiffe have pend; For weake was my remembrance it to hold, And bad her tongue that it so bluntly tolde. 1388

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