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THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

EDMUND SPENSER.

IN EIGHT VOLUMES.

FROM THE TEXT OF MR. UPTON, &c.

WITH THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR.

Goe, little Booke! thyself present,
As child whose parent is unkenty
To him that is the President
Of Noblenesse and Chivalrie---..
And, asked who thee forth did bring!
A shepheard's swaine say did thee sing,
All as his straying flocke he fedde:
And when his Honor hath thee redde,
Crave pardon for thy hardy-head------
And when thou art past jeopardie,
Come tell me what was said of mee,
And I will send more after thec. SPENSER TO HIS BOOKE,

VOL. V.

LONDON:

*RINTED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF J. BELL,

BRITISH LIBRARY, STRAND,
BOOKSILLER TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS

THE PRINCE OF WALES.

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When SPENSER saw the fame was spredd so large
Through Faery Land of their renowned Queene,
Loth that his Muse should take so great a charge,
As in such haughty matter to be seene,
To seeme a shepeheard then he made his choice,
But Sidney heard him sing, and knew his voice----
SO SPENSER was by Sidney's speaches wonne,
To blaze her fame, not fearing future harmes----
SO SPENSER now, to his immortall prayse,
Hath wonne the laurell quite from all his feres.

VERSES TO THE AUTHOR.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR J. BELL, BOOKSELLER TO HIS

ROYAL HIGHNESS
THE PRINCE OF WALES.

1788.

1

BOOK V.

Contayning

The Legend of Artegall, or of Justice.

I. So oft as I with state of present time The image of the antique world compare, Whenas man's age was in his freshest prime, And the first blossome of faire vertue bare, Such oddes I finde twixt those and these which are, As that, through long continuance of his course, Me seemes the world is runne quite out of square From the first point of his appointed sourse, And being once amisse, growes daily wourse and

[wourse : For from the Golden Age, that first was named, It's now at earst become a stonie one; And men themselves, the which at first were framed Of earthly mould, and form’d of flesh and bone, Are now transformed into hardest stone, Such as behind their backs (so backward bred) Were throwne by Pyrrha and Deucalione; And if then those may any worse be red, They into that ere long will be degendered.

Il.

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