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XX. «« Hearken to mee awhile, ye heavenly Powers ; “ Yemay remember since th’ Earth's cursed seed “ Sought to assaile the heavens eternall towers, “ And to us all exceeding feare did breed ; « But how we then defeated all their deed “ Yee ail doe knowe, and them destroied quite ; “ Yet not so quite, but that there did succeed " An off-spring of their bloud, which did alite Upon the fruitfull earth, which doth us yet despite.
XXI. “ Of that bad seed is this bold woman bred; “ That now with bold presumption doth aspire " To thrust faire Phæbe from her silver bed, “ And eke ourselves from heaven's high empire, 66 If that her might were match to her desire; 66 Wherefore it now behoves us to advise " What way is best to drive her to retire, " Whether by open force, or counsell wise, “ Areed, ye Sonnes of God! as best ye can devize."
XXII. So having said, he ceast, and with his brow (His blacke eye-brow, whose doomefull dreaded beck Is wont to wield the world unto his vow, And even the highest powers of heaven to check) Made signe to them in their degrees to speake; Who straight gan cast their counsell grave and wise: Meane while th’Earth's daughter, though she nought Of Hermes' inessage, yet gan now advise [did reck What course were best to take in this hot boldemprise. XXIII. Eftsoones she thus resolv'd, that whilst the gods (After returne of Hermes' embassie) Were troubled, and amongst themselves at ods, Before they could new counsels reallie, To set upon them in that extasie, And take what fortune, time, and place, wouid lend : So forth she rose, and through the purest sky To love's high palace streight cast to ascend, To prosecute her plot: good onset boads good end,
XXIV. She there arriving, boldly in did pass, Where all the gods she found in counsell close, All quite unarm’d, as then their manner was : At sight of her they sudden all arose In great amaze, ne wist what way to chose; But love, all fearlesse, forc't them to aby, And in his soveraine throne gan straight dispose Himselfe more full of grace and maiestie, Thatmoteencheare his friends and foes moteterrifie.
XXV. That when the haughty Titanesse beheld, All were she fraught with pride and implidence, Yet with the sight thereof was almost queld, And inly quaking, seem'd as reft of sense And voyd of speech in that drad audience, Untill that Iove himself herselfe bespake; “ Speake, thou fraileWoman,speake with confidence, " Whence art thou ? and what dooest thou here now make ?
[sake ?" 66 What idle errand hast thou earth's mansion to for
XXVI. Shee, halfe confused with his great commaund, Yet gathering spirit of her nature's pride, Him boldly answer'd thus to his demaund; “ I am a daughter, by the mother's side, “ Of her that is grand-mother magnifide “ Of all the gods, great Earth, great Chaos' child; “ But by the father's, be it not envide, “ I greater am in bloud, whereon I build, [exil'd. “ Then all the gods, though wrongfully from heaven
XXVII. « For Titan, as ye all acknowledge must, “ Was Saturnes elder brother by birth-right, “ Both sonnes of Uranus; but by uniust « And guilefull meanes, through Corybantes slight, “ The younger thrust the elder from his right; “ Since which thou, love, iniuriously hast held " The heavens rule from Titan's sonnes by might, 6. And them to hellish dungeons downe hast feld; “ Witnesse, ye Heavens! the truth of all that I have XXVIII.
[teld." Whilst she thus spake, the gods, that gave good eare To her bold words, and marked well her
grace, Beeing of stature tall as any there Of all the gods, and beautifull of face As any of the goddesses in place, Stood all astonied ; like a sort of steeres, Mongst whom some beast of strange and forraine race Unwares is chaunc't, far straying from his peeres; So did their ghastly gaze bewray their hidden feares. XXIX. Till having pauz’d awhile, Iove thus bespake; « Will never mortall thoughts ceasse to aspire “ In this bold sort, to heaven claime to make, “ And touch celestiall seates with earthly mire? “ I would have thought that bold Procustes' hire, " Or Typhon's fall, or proud Ixion's paine, “ Or great Prometheus tasting of our ire, " Would have suffiz’d the rest for to restraine, “ And warn'd all men by their example to refraine:
XXX. “ But now, this off-scum of that cursed fry « Dare to renew the like bold enterprize, “ And chalenge th' heritage of this our skie, " Whom what should hinder but that we likewise 66 Should handle as the rest of her allies, « And thunder-drive to hell ?” with that he shooke His nectar-deawed locks, with which the skyes And all the world beneath for terror quooke, And eft his burning levin-brond in hand he tooke.
XXXI. But when he looked on her lovely face, In which faire beames of beauty did appeare, That could the greatest wrath soone turne to grace, (Such sway doth beauty even in heaven beare) He staide his hand, and having chang'd his cheare, He thus againe in milder wise began; “ But ah! if gods should strive with flesh yfere, “ Then shortly should the progeny of man " Be rooted out, if Iove should doe still what he can:
XXXII. “ But thee, faire Titan's Child! I rather weene “ Through some vaine errour or inducement light “ To see that mortal eyes have never seene, " Or through ensample of thy sister's might,
Bellona, whose great glory thou doost spight, “ Since thou hast seene her dreadfull power belowe " Mongst wretched men, dismaide with her affright, “ To bandie crownes, and kingdoms to bestowe, “ And sure thy worth no lesse then her's doth seem
[to showe. But wote thou this, thou hardy Titanesse, " That not the worth of any living wight “ May challenge ought in heaven's interesse, “ Much lesse the title of old Titan's right; “ For we, by conquest of our soveraine might, “ And by eternall doome of Fates decree, “ Have wonne the empire of the heavens bright, “ Which to ourselves we hold, and to whom wee “ Shall worthy deeme partakers of our blisse to bee.
XXXIV. “ Then ceasse thy idly claime, thou foolish Gerle ! “ And seeke by grace and goodnesse to obtaine “ That place from which by folly Titan fell; " Thereto thou maist perhaps, if so thou faine, “ Have love thy gracious lord and soveraigne." So having said, she thus to him replyde; “ Cease, Saturnes Sonne ! to seeke by proffers vaine « Of idle hopes t'allure mee to thy side “ For to betray my right before I have it tride.