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YE heavenly spirites, whose ashie cinders lie
with lowd voyce I appeale, And for
your antique furie here doo call, The whiles that I with facred horror fing
Your glorie, fairest of all earthly thing ! Great Babylon her haughtie walls will praise, 15 And sharped steeples high shot up ayre;
Ruines of Rome, by Bellay.] Entitled in the edition of Bellay's Poems, published at Rouen in 1597, “ Le Premier Livre des Antiquitez de Rome, contenant yne generale defcription de sa grandeur, & comme vne deploration de sa ruine.” The preliminary Sonnet of Bellay “ Au Roy," is not transated by Spenser. At the end of the Antiquitez de Rome, follow the fifteen Songes of Bellay, whịch Spenser has tranflated; omitting the concluding Sonnets " Au Roy” and “ A la Royne." TODD.
Greece will the olde Ephesian buildings blaze;
But I will fing above all moniments
Thou stranger, which for Rome in Rome here
seekeft, And nought of Rome in Rome perceivft at all, 30 These fame olde walls, olde arches, which thou
feest, Olde palaces, is that which Rome men call. Beholde what wreake, what ruine, and what wast, And how that she, which with her mightie
powre Tam'd all the world, hath tam'd herselfe at laft; The
pray of Time, which all things doth devowre!
36 Rome now. of Rome is th’onely funerall, And onely Rome of Rome hath victorie ; Ne ought fave Tyber haftning to his fall
Remaine sof all: O worlds inconstancie!
She, whose high top above the starres did fore, One foote on Thetis, th' other on the Morning, One hand on Scythia, th' other on the More, 45 Both heaven and earth in roundnesse com.
passing; Iove fearing, least if she should greater growe, The Giants old should once againe uprise, Her whelm'd with bills, these Seven Hils, which
be nowe Tombes of her greatnes which did threate the
And Cælian on the right; but both her feete.
V. Who lists to see, what ever nature, arte, And heaven, could doo; O Rome, thee let
him fee, In case thy greatnes he can geffe in harte,
IV. 6. The Giants old &c.] So the folio of 1611, corre&ed the passage. It was before “ Th' old Giants &c.” And in the fourteenth line the folio rightly fubftituted Viminall for Vimniah
By that which but the picture is of thee! 60
merite In spight of Time out of the dust doth reare, Doo make her 'Idole through the world ap
Such as the Berecynthian Goddeffe bright,
tremble : So did the gods by heavenly doome decree, That other earthlie power should not resemble