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L. At length, when they had flouted him their fill, They gan to cast what penaunce him to give : Some would have gelt him, but that same would spill The wood-gods breed, which must for ever live; Others would through the river him have drive, And ducked deepe, but that seem'd penaunce light ; But most agreed, and did this sentence give, Him in deares skin to clad, and in that plight To hunt him with their hounds, himselfe save how

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[hee might. But Cynthia's selfe, more angry then the rest, Thought not enough to punish him in sport, And of her shame to make a gamesome iest, Butgan examine him in straighter sort, Which of her nymphes, or other close consort, Him thither brought, and her to him betraid ? He, much affeard, to her confessed short That 'twas Molanna which her so bewraid ; Then all attonce their hands upon Molanna laid.

LII, But him (according as they had decreed) With a deeres-skin they covered, and then chast With all their hounds, that after him did speed ; But he more speedy, from them fled more fast Then any deere ; so sore him dread aghast : They after follow'd all with shrill out-cry, Shouting as they the heavens would have brast, That all the woods and dales where he did fie Did ring againe, and loud re-eccho to the skie.

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LIII. So they him follow'd till they weary were ; When back returning to Molann' againe, They by command'ment of Diana there Herwhelm’d with stones; yet Faunus, for her paine; Of her beloved Fanchin did'obtaine,

That her he would receive unto his bed ;So now her waves pas se through a pleasant plaine, Till with the Fanchin she herselfe doe wed, And, both combin'd, themselves in one faire river

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[spred. Nath'lesse Diana, full of indignation, Thenceforth abandond her delicious brooke, In whose sweet streame, before that bad occasion, So much delight to barke her limbes she tooke ; Ne onely her, but also quite forsooke All those faire forrests about Arlo hid, And all that mountaine which doth over-looke, 'The richest champian that may else berid, And the faire Shure, in which are thousand salmons

[bred. Them all, and all that she so deare did way, Thenceforth she lefty and parting from the place, 'Thereon an heavy haplesse curse did lay, To weet, that wolves, where she was wont to space, Shou'd harbour'd be, and all those woods deface, And thieves should roband spoile that'coastaround: Since which, those woods, and all that goodly chase Doth to this day with wolves and thieves abound, Which too too true that land's in-dwellers since have

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found.

CANTO VII.

Pealing from love to Nature's bar,
Bold Alteration pleades
Large evidence; but Nature soone
Her righteous doome areads.

I. Ah! whither doost thou now, thou greater Muse, Me from these woods and pleasing forrests bring, And my fraile spirit, that dooth oft refuse This too high flight unfit for her weake wing, Lift

up aloft, to tell of heaven's king (Thy soveraine sire) his fortunate successe, And victory in bigger noates to sing, Which he obtain'd against that Titanesse, That him of heaven's empire sought to dispossesse ?

II. Yet sith I needs must follow thy behest, Doe thou my weaker wit with skill inspire, Fit for this turne, and in my feeble brest Kindle fresh sparks of that immortall fire Which learned minds inflameth with desire Of heavenly things; for who but thou alone, That art yborne of heaven and heavenly sire, Can tell things doen in heaven so long ygone, So farre past memory of man that may be knowne ?

III. Now at the time that was before agreed, The gods assembled all on Arlo hill, As well those that are sprung of heavenly seed, As those that all the other world doe fill, And rule both sea and land unto their will; Onely th’infernall powers might not appeare, As well for horror of their count'naunce ill, As for th' unruly fiends which they did feare ; Yet Pluto and Proserpina were present there.

IV. And thither also came all other creatures, Whatever life or motion doe retaine, According to their sundry kinds of features, That Arlo scarsly could them all containe, So full they filled every hill and plaine; And had not Nature's sergeant (that is Order) Them well disposed by his busie paine, And raunged farre abroad in every border, They would have caused much confusion and dis

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[order. Then forth issewed (great goddesse) great Dame With goodly port and gracious maiesty, [Nature, Being far greater and more tatt of stature Then

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of the gods or powers on bie ; Yet certes, by her face and physnomy, Whether she man or woman inly were, That could not any creature well descry; For with a veile that wimpled every where Her head and face was bid, that mote to none appeare.

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That some doe say was so by skill devized,

To bide the terror of her uncouth hew
· From mortall eyes that should be sore agrized,

For that her face did like a lion shew,
That eye of wight could not indure to view :
But others tell that it so beautious was,
And round about such beames of splendor threw,
That it the sunne a thousand times did pass,
Ne could be seene, but like an image in a glass.

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That well may seemen true ; for well I weene
That this same day when she on Arlo sat,
Her garment was so bright and wondrous sheene,
That my fraile wit cannot devize to what
It to compare, nor finde like stuffe to that ;
As those three sacred saints, though else inost wise,
Yet on Mount Thabor quite their wits forgat, !

When they their glorious Lord in strange disguise - Transfigur'd sawe ; his garments so did daze their

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[eyes,
In a fayre plain upon an equall bill
She placed was in a pavilion,
Not such as craftesmen, by their idle skill,
Are wont for princes states to fashion ;
But th' Earth herself, of her owne motión
Out of her fruitfull bosome made to growe
Most dainty trees, that shooting up anon
Did seemeto bow their bloosming heads full lowe,
For homage unto her, and like a throne did shew.':

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