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YE heavenly spirites, whose ashie cinders lie
Under deep ruines, with huge walls opprest,
But not your praise, the which shall never die
Through your faire verses, ne in ashes rest;
If fo be Thrilling voyce of wight alive
May reach from hence to depth of darkest hell,
Then let those deep abysses open rive,
That ye may understand my shreiking yell!
Thrice having feene under the heavens veale
Your toombs devoted compasse over all,
Thrice unto

you

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;

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II.

in

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;
And Nylus nurllings their Pyramides faire ;
The same yet vaunting Greece will tell the storie
Of loves great Image in Olympus placed; 20
Manfolus worke will be the Carians glorie ;
And Crete will boast thé Labyrinth, now raced;
The antique Rhodian will likewise fet forth
The great Coloffe, erect to Memorie;
And what els in the world is of like worth, 25
Some greater learned wit will magnifie.

But I will fing above all moniments
Seven Romane Hils, the worlds Seven Won-

derments.

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III.

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

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Remaine sof all: O worlds inconstancie!
That which is firme doth flit and fall away,
And that is flitting doth abide and stay.

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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

fkies :
Upon her head he heapt Mount Saturnal,
Upon her bellie th' antique Palatine,
Upon her stomackę laid Mount Quirinal,
On her left hand the noyfome Esquiline,

And Cælian on the right; but both her feete.
Mount Viminal and Aventine doo meete, . 56

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

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By that which but the picture is of thee! 60
Rome is no more: but, if the shade of Rome
May of the bodie yeeld a seeming sight,
It's like a corse drawne forth out of the tombe
By magicke skill out of eternall night:
The corpes of Rome in ashes is entombed,
And her great fpirite, reioyned to the spirite
Of this great maffe, is in the fame enwombed ;
But her brave writings, which her famous

merite In spight of Time out of the dust doth reare, Doo make her 'Idole through the world ap

peare.

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Such as the Berecynthian Goddeffe bright,
In her swifte charret with high turrets crownde,
Proud that so manie gods she brought to light;
Such was this Citie in her good daies fownd:
This Citie, more than that great Phrygian

mother
Renowm'd for fruite of famous progenie,
Whose greatnes by the greatnes of none other,
But by her felfe, her equall match could see:
Rome onely might to Rome compared bee,
And onely Rome could make great Rome to

tremble : So did the gods by heavenly doome decree, That other earthlie power should not resemble

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