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IX. So hard it is for any living wight All her array and vestiments to tell, That old Dan Geffrey (in whose gentle spright The pure well-head of poesie did dwell) In his Foules Parley durst not with it mell, But it transferd to Alane, who he thought Had in his Plaint of Kindes describ'd it well; Which who will read set forth so as it ought, Go seeke he out that Alane where he may be sought.
X. And all the Earth far underneath her feete Was dight with flowers, that voluntary grew Out of the ground, and sent forth odours sweet; Tenne thousand mores of sundry sent and hew, That might delight the smell, or please the view, The which the nymphes from all the brooks thereby Had gathered, which they at her foot-stoole threw, That richer seem'd then any tapestry That princes bowres adorne with painted imagery.
XI. And Mole himselfe, to honour her the more, Did deck himself in freshest faire attire, And his high head, that seemeth alwaies hore. With hardned frosts of former winters ire, He with an oaken girlond now did tire, As if the love of some new nymph late seene Had in him kindled youthfull fresh desire, And made him change his gray attire to greene ; Ah,gentle Mole! such ioyance hath thee well beseene. XII. Was never so great ioyance since the day That all the gods whylome assembled were On Hæmus hill in their divine array, To celebrate the solemne bridall cheare Twixt Peleus and Dame Thetis pointed there, Where Phoebus' self, that God of Poets hight, They say did sing the spousall hymne full cleere, That all the gods were ravisht with delight Of his celestiall song, and musick's wondrous might.
XIII. This great grandmother of all creatures bred Great Nature, ever young, yet full of eld, Still mooving, yet unmoved from her sted, Unseene of any, yet of all beheld; Thus sitting in her throne as I have teld, Before her came Dame Mutabilitie, And being lowe before her presence feld, With meek obaysance and humilitie, Thus gan her plaintif plea with words to amplifie.
XIV. " To thee, O greatest Goddesse! onely great, “ An humble suppliant, loe, I lowely fly, " Seeking for right, which I of thee entreat, “ Who right to all dost deale indifferently, “ Damning all wrong and tortious iniurie " Which any of thy creatures doe to other, “ Oppressing them with power unequally, « Sith of them all thou art the equall mother, "And knittest each to each, as brother unto brother: Volume VI..
XV. “ To thee, therefore, of this same love I plaine, “ And of his fellow-gods that faine to be, (raign, “ That challenge to themselves the whole world's « Of which the greatest part is due to me, 66 And heaven itselfe by heritage in fee ; • For heaven and earth I both alike do deeme, “ Sith heaven and earth are both alike to thee, “ And gods no more then men thou doest lesteeme ; “For even the gods to thee as men to gods do seeme.
XVI. “ Then weigh, O soveraigne Goddesse! by what
right " These gods do claime the world's whole soverainty, “ And that is onely dew unto thy might “ Arrogate to themselves ambitiously. “ As for the gods owne principality, “ Which love usurps uniustly, that to be “ My heritage, Iove's self cannot deny, “ From my great grandsire Titan unto mee “ Deriv’d by dew descent; as is well known to thee.
XVII, “ Yet mauger Fove, and all his gods beside, “ I doe possesse the world's most regiment, “ As if ye please it into parts divide, “ And every part's inholders to conteni, “ Shall to your eyes appeare incontinent : “ And first the Earth (great mother of w's all) “ That only seeins unmov’d and permanent, “ 'And unto Mutability not thrall, “ Yet is she chang’d in part, and eeke in generall :
XVIII. " For all that from her springs and is ybredde, “ However fayre it flourish for a time, “ Yet see we soone decay, and being dead “ To turne againe unto their earthly slime រ “ Yet out of their decay and mortall crime “ We daily see new creatures to arize, " And of their winter spring another prime, “ Unlike in forme, and chang’d by strange disguize; « So turne they still about, and change in restlesse XIX.
[wise. « As for her tenants, that is man and beasts, “ The beasts we daily see massacred dy, " As thralls and vassals unto mens beheasts, “ And men themselves doe change continually " From youth to eld, from wealth to poverty, “ From good to bad, from bad to worst of all; “ Ne doe their bodies only fit and fly, « But eeke their ininds (which they immortall call) «Still changeandvary thoughts as new occasionsfall.
XX. " Ne is the water in more constant case, , " Whether those same on high or these belowe : “ For th' ocean moveth still from place to place, “ And every river still doth ebbe and flowe; “ Ne any lake, that seems most still and slowe; “ Ne poole so small, that can bis smoothnesse holde, “When any winde doth under heaven blowe, 66 With which the clouds are also tost and rollid, “ Now like great hills, and streight like sluces, them unfold.
XXI. « So likewise are all watry living wights “ Still tost and turned with continuall change, “ Never abyding in their stedfast plights; ". The fish, still floting, doe at randon range, “ And never rest, but evermore exchange « Their dwelling places as the streames them carrie; “ Ne have the watry foules a certaine grange " Wherein to rest, ne in one stead do tarry, “ But fitting still doe flie, and still their places vary.
XXII. oc Next is the ayre, which who feeles not by sense " (For of all sense it is the middle meane) " To fit still, and with subtill influence “ Of his thin spirit all creatures to maintaine 6 In state of life? O weake life! that does leane « On thing so tickle as th’ unsteady ayre, “ Which every howre is chang’d, and altred cleane “ With every blast that bloweth fowle or faire: “ The faire doth it prolong, the fowle doth it impaire.
XXIII. “. Therein the changes infinite beholde, " Which to her creatures every minute chaunce, “Now boyling hot, streight friezing deadly cold; “ Now faire sun-shine, that makes all skip and daunce " Streight bitter storms and balefull countenance, " That makes them all to shiver and to shake : " Rayne, hayle, and snowe, do pay them sad penance,
Anddreadfullthunder-claps(that makethemquake) “ With flames and Aashing lights that thousand