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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.

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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

XXX.
Then came the Autumne, all in yellow clad,
As though he ioyed in his plentious store,
Laden with fruits that made him laugh, full glad
That he had banisht Hunger, which to-fore
Had by the belly oft him pinched sore ;
Upon his head a wreath, that was enrold
With ears of corne of every sort, he bore,
And in his hand a sickle he did holde, [yold.
To reape the ripened fruits the which the earth had

XXXI.
Lastly came Winter, cloathed all in frize,
Chattering his teeth for cold that did him chill,
Whilst on his hoary beard his breath did freese,
And the dull drops that from his purpled bill
As from a limbeck did adown distill;
In his right hand a tipped staffe he held,
With which his feeble steps he stayed still,
For he was faint with cold and weak with eld,
That scarse his loosed limbes he hable was to weld.

XXXII.
These, marching softly, thus in order went,
And after them the Monthes all riding came ;
First sturdy March, with brows full sternly bent,
And armed strongly, rode upon a ram,
The same which over Hellespontus swam n;
Yet in his hand a spade he also hent,
And in a bag all sorts of seeds ysame,
Which on the earth he strowed as he went, [ment,
And fild her womb with fruitfull hope of nourish-

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XXXIII.
Next came fresh Aprill, full, of lustyhed,
And wanton as a kid whose horne new, buds, ;
Upon a Bull he rode, the same which led
Europa floting through th' Argolick fluds

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His hornes were gilden all with, golden studs,
And garnished with garlonds, goodly dight
Of all the fairest flowres and freshest buds [sight
Which th' earth brings forth, and wet he seem'd in
With waves, through which he waded for his love's
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[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

XXXVI.
Then came hot Iuly, boyling like to fire,
That all his garments he had cast away ;
Upon a Lyon raging yet with ire
He boldly rode, and made him to obay;
It was the beast that whylome did forray
The Nemæan forrest, till th' Amphytrionide
Him slew, and with his hide did him array;
Behinde his backe a sithe, and by his side,
Under his belt, he bore a sickle circling wide.

XXXVII.
The sixt was August, being rich arrayd
In garment all of gold downe to the ground ;
Yet rode he not, but led a lovely Mayd
Forth by the lilly hand, the which was cround
With eares of corne, and full her hand was found;
That was the righteous Virgin, which of old
Liv'd here on earth, and plenty made abound,
But after wrong was lov’d, and iustice solde, (told.
She left th’unrighteous world, and was to heaven ex-

XXXVIII.
Next him September marched eeke on foote;
Yet was he heavy laden with the spoyle
Of harvest's riches, which he made his boot,
And him enricht with bounty of the soyle ;
In his one hand, as fit for harvest's toyle,
He held a knife-hook, and in th' other hand
A paire of waights, with which he did assoyle
Both more and lesse, where it in doubt did stand,
And equall gave to each, as iustice duly scann'd.

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