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XXIV. “ Last is the fire ; which though it live for ever, “ Ne can be quenched quite, yet every day " We see his parts, so soone as they do sever, " To lose their heat, and shoutly to decay, “ So makes himself his owne consuming pray;. 6. Ne any living creatures doth he breed, “ But all that are of others, bredd doth slay, " And with their death, his cruell life dooth feed, “ Nought leaving; but their barren ashes, without XXV.
seed. « Thus all these four(the which the groundiwork bee 6. Of all the world and of all living wights:); 6. To thousand, sorts of change we subject se@. “ Yet are they chang’d by other wondrous slights, 66 Into themselves, and lose their native mights ;; « The fire to aires, and th' ayre to water sheere;. 1 “ And water into earth; yet water fights: " With fire, and
aire with earth approaching neere, " Yet all are in, one body, and as one appeare..
XXYL « So in them; all raignes: Mutabilitie zi “ However these, that gods themselyes do call, « Of them doe claime, the rule and soverainty ; 66 As Vesta of the fire wthereally
.si ". Vulcan of this with us so usually « Ops of the earthy, and, Luna of the ayre;. “ Neptune of seas, and; Nymphess of rivers allqu! A “ Fon all those rivers to me subiect areli “ And all the rest which they surpbeall my share.
XXVII. “ Which to approven true, as I have told, “ Vouchsafe, O Goddesse! to thy presence call “ The rest which doe the world in being hold, “ As Times and Seasons of the year that fall i « Of all the which demand in general), “ Or iudge thyselfe by verdit of thine eye, “ Whether to me they are not subiect all.” Nature did yeeld thereto, and by and by Bade Order call them all before her Maiesty.
XXVIII. So forth issew'd the Seasons of the year; First lusty Spring, all dight in leaves of flowres That freshly budded, and new bloosmes did beare, In which a thousand birds had built their bowres, That sweetly sung to call forth paramoures ; And in his hand a iavelin he did beare, And on his head (as fit for warlike stoures) A guilt engraven morion he did weare, That as some did him love, so others did him feare,
XXIX. Then came the folly Sommer, being dight In a thin silken cassock coloured greene, That was unlyned all, to be more light, And on his head a girlond well beseene He wore, from which, as he had chauffed been, The sweat did drop, and in his hand he bore A boawe and shaftes, as he in forrest greene Had hunted late the libbard or the bore, [sore. And now would bathe his limbes, with labor heated
[delight. Then came faire May, the fayrest mayd on ground, Deckt all with dainties of her season's pryde, And throwing flowres out of her lap aroundi;. Upon two brethrens shoulders, she did ride, The Twinnes of Leda, which on eyther side Supported her like to their soveraine queene : Lord ! how all creatures, laught when her they spide And leapt and daunc't as they had ravisht beene ! And Cupid selfe about. her; fluttred all in greene.
XXXV. And after her came iplly lune, arrayd All in greene leaves, as he a player were, Yet in his time he wrought as well as playd, That by his plough-yrons mote right well appeares Upon a Crab he rode, that him did, beare With crooked crawling steps, an uncouth pace, And backward, yode, as, bargemen wont to-farey, Bending their force contrary to their face; (grace, Like that, ungracious, crew which, faines demurest