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LIV. « Then are ye mortall borne, and thrall to me, " Unlesse the kingdome of the sky yee make « Immortall and unchangeable to be ; “ Besides that power and vertue which yę spake, « That ye here worke, doth many changes take, “ And your own naturęs change; for each of you " That vertue have or this or that to make, Is checkt and changed from his nature trew, " By others opposition or obliquid view.

LV. “ Besides, the sundry motions of your spheares, “ So sundry wajes and fashions as clerkes faine, “ Some in short space, and some in longer yeares, . “ What is the same but alteration plaine ? " Onely the starrie skie doth still remaine ; “ Yet do the starres and signes therein still move, “ And even itself is mov'd, as wizards faine “ But all that moveth doth mutation love, Therefore both you and them to me I subiect prove.

LVI. " Then since within this wide great universe “ Nothing dộth firme and permanent appeare, “ But all things, tost and turned by transverse, What then should let but I aloft should reare “My trophee, and from all the triumph beare? “ Now iudge then, 0 thou greatest Goddesse trew. 1: According as thyselfe doest

: see and heare, " And unto me addoom that is my dew, * “ That is the rule of all, all being ruld by you."

So having ended, silence long ensewed,
Ne Nature to or fro spake for a space,
But with firme eyes affixt the ground still viewed ;
Meane while all creatures, looking in her face,
Expecting th' end of this so doubtfull case,
Did hang in long suspence what would ensew,

To whether side should fall the soveraigne place;
At length she looking up with chearefull view (few.
The silence brake, and gave her doome in speeches

LVIII. “ I well consider all that ye have sayd, “ And find that all things stedfastnes doe hate, “ And changed be ; yet being rightly wayd, “ They are not changed from their first estate, “ But by their change their being doe dilate, “ And turning to themselves at length againe “ Doe worke their owne perfection so by fate ; “ Then over them Change doth not rule and raigne, “ But they raigne over Change, and doe their states


[maintaine. “ Cease, therefore, Daughter, further to aspire, " And thee content thus to be rul'd by me; " For thy decay thou seekst by thy desire, “ But time shall come that all shall changed bee, “ And from thenceforth none no more change shall So was the Titaness put downe and whist, [see." And love confirm'd in his imperiall see; Then was that whole assembly quite dismist, And Nature's selfe did vanish, whither no man wist. CANTO VIII. Unperfite.

I. WHEN I bethinke me on that speech whyleare, Of Mutability, and well it way; Me seems that though she all unworthy were Of the heav'n's rule yet very sooth to say, In all things else she bears the greatest sway, Which makes me loath, this state of life so tickle, And love of things so vaine to cast away, Whose flowring pride, so fading and so fickle, Short Time shall soon cut down with his consuming


[sickle. Then gin I thinke on that which Nature sayd, Of that same time when no more change shall, be, But stedfast rest of all things, firmely stayd Upon the pillours of Eternity, That is contrayr to Mutabilitie ; For all that moveth doth in change delight; But thenceforth all shall rest eternally With him that is the God of Sabbaoth hight; O that great Sabbaoth’s God, grant me that Sabbath's



IN an advertisement prefixed to the first volume of this

edition, p. 88. the reader was informed that the text of the Faery Queen was printed from Mr. Upton's Quarto Edition, as the most genuine text of that poem. It becomes necessary to intimate in this place, that the following Poems in this volume, as well as the whole of those in the seventh and eighth volumes, are printed from the text of Mr. Hughes, the edition by Mr. Upton containing the Faery Queen alone of all Spenser's writings.According to our usual method, the verses are numbered throughout every poem, which was not thought necessary in regard to the Faery Queen, that poem being wrote in stanzas of nine lines each.

Feb. 1778.


To the right worthy and noble Knt. SIR WALTER RALEIGH, Captain of her Majesty's Guard, Lord Warden of the Stanneries, and Lieut. of the County of Cornwall.


THAT you may see that I am not always idle, as yethink,

though not greatly well occupied, nor altogether undutiful, though not precisely officious, I make

you present of this simple Pastoral, unworthy of your higher conceipt for the meanness of the stilė, but agreeing with the truth in circumstance and 'mata ter; the which I humbly beseech you to accept in part of payment of the infinite debt in which I acknowledge myself bounden unto you, (for your sin. gular favours and sundry good turns shewed to me at my late being in England) and with your good countenance protect against the malice of evil mouths, which are always wide open to carp at and misconstrue my simple meaning. I pray continually

for your happiness. From my house at Kilcolman, Yours ever humbly,


December the 27th, 1591.

The shepherd's boy (best knowen by that name)
That after. Tityrus first sung his lay,
Lays of sweet love, without rebuke or blame,
Sate (as his custom was) upon a day

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