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VISIONS

OF THE

WORLDS VANITIE.

1591.

OF

THE WORLDS VANITIE.

I.

ONE day, whiles that my daylie cares did

Neepe, My spirit, shaking off her earthly prison, Began to enter into meditation deepe Of things exceeding reach of common reason'; Such as this age, in which all good is geason, s And all that humble is, and meane debaced, Hath brought forth in her last declining season, Griefe of good mindes, to see goodneffe dif

graced ! On which when as my thought was throghly

placed,
Unto my eyes ftrange showes presented were, 10
Picturing that, which I in minde embraced,
That yet those fights empaflion me full nere.

Such as they were (faire Ladie!) take in worth,
That when time ferves may bring things

better forth.

1. 5.

geason,] Rare. See the gote, F. Q. vi. iv. 37. Todd. I. 13.

-faire Ladie!] See also the conclusion of the Visions of Petrarch. These were dedicated probably to the fame Lady; to whose name, however, we have

II.

20.

In summers day, when Phæbus fairly shone, 15
I saw a Bull as white as driven snowe,
With gilden hornes embowed like the moone,
In a fresh flowring meadow lying lowe:
Up to his eares the verdant graffe did growe,
And the

gay

Aoures did offer to be eaten; But he with fatnes fo did overflowe, 17 That he all wallowed in the weede's downe

beaten, Ne car'd with them bis daintie lips to sweeten: Till that a Brize, a scorned little creature, *} Through his faire hide his angrie fting did

threaten, And vext fo fore, that all his goodly feature And all his plenteous pafture nought him

pleased : So-by the small the great is oft difeafed. ?

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III.

Beside the fruitfull shore of muddie Nile,
Upon a funnie banke outstretched lay,

30.

no other guide than the circumstance of these Vifions immediately following, in the edition of 1591, the Muiopotmos, which is dedicated to Lady Carey; and of no separate title to the Vifons. TODD. II. 3.

embowed] See the notes on this word, F. Q. i. ix. 19. TODD. II. 10.

a Brize,] A gad or horse-fly. Cotgrave writes it the “ brizze or gadbee." See Shakspeare's Troil, and Cr. A. i. S. iii.

“ The herd hath more antioyance by the brize,
“ Than by the tiger.” TODD.

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In monstrous length, a mightie Crocodile, That, cram'd with guiltles blood and greedie

pray Of wretched people travailing that way, Thought all things lefse than his disdainfull pride. I saw a little Bird, cald Tedula, The least of thousands which on earth abide, That forst this hideous beast to open wide The greilly gates of his devouring hell, And let him feede, as Nature did provide, Upon his iawes, that with blacke venime swell. Why then should greatest things the least

disdaine, Sith that fo fmall so mightie can constraine ?

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IV.

The kingly bird, that beares Ioves thunder-clap,
One day did scorne the simple scarabee,
Proud of his highest service, and good hap, 45
That made all other foules his thralls to bee :
The filly Flie, that no redresse did see,

III. 7.

Tedula,] I suppose he means the little bird Trochila ; which, Gesner informs ús, is a small sea-bird that picks her meat out of the teeth of the crocodile, which, being thus eased, never molefts her. Barnabie Rich, condemning the covetous and their supporters, makes the following allusion to this bird, Faults and nothing but Faults, 1606, fol. 11. b. And how many haue we that be of the Trochiles kinde, that doe cleanse the iawes of these devouring Serpents that eate vp the meanes that the poore haue to live by, &c." TODD. IV. 2.

scarabee,] Beetle. Lat. Scarabuus. TODD.

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