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XV.
She at his bidding meekely did arise,
And streight unto her litle flocke did fare ;
Then all the rest about her rose likewise,
And each his sundrie sheepe with severall care
Gathered together, and them homeward bare;
Whilest everie 'one with helping hands did strive
Amongst themselves, and did their labours share,
To helpe faire Pastorella home to drive
Her fleecie flocke; but Coridon most helpe did give.

XVI.
But Melibee (so hight that good old man)
Now seeing Calidore left all alone,
And night arrived hard at hand, began
Him to invite unto his simple home ;
Which though it were a cottage clad with lome,
And all things therein meane, yet better so
To lodge then in the salvage fields to rome ;

The knight full gladly soone agreed thereto, [go.
Being his hart's owne wish, and home with him did

XVII.
There he was welcom'd of that honest syre,
And of his aged beldame homely well,
Who him besought himselfe to disattyre,
And rest himselfe, till supper time befell;
By which home came the fayrest Pastorell,
After her flocke she in their fold had tyde;
And supper readie dight, they to it fell
With small adoe, and nature satisfyde;
The which doth litle crave contented to abyde.

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XVIII. Tho when they had their hunger slaked well, And the fayre mayd the tables ta’ne away, The gentle knight, as he that did excell In courtesie, and well could doe and say, For so great kindnesse as he found that day, Gan greately thanke his host and his good wife, And drawing thence his speach another way, Gan highly to commend the happie life Which shepheards lead without debate or bitter strife.

XIX. “ How much,” sayd he “ more happie is the state “ In which ye, Father, here doe dwell at ease, “ Leading a life so free and fortunate « From all the tempests of these worldly seas, “ Which tosse the rest in daungerous disease; “ Where warres, and wreckes, and wicked enmitie “ Doe them afflict, which no man can appease ? “That certes I your happinesse envie, And wish my lot were plast in such felicitie.”

XX. “ Surely, my Sonne," then answer'd he againe, “ If happie, then it is in this intent, “ That having small, yet doe I not complaine “Of want, ne wish for more it to augment, “ But doe myselfe with that I have content; So taught of Nature, which doth litle need “ Of forreine helpes to life's due nourishment; “ The fields my food, my flocke my rayment breed; “ Na better doe I weare, no better doe I feed.

XXI. 6. Therefore I doe not any one'envy, “ Nor am envyde of any one therefore ; “They that have much, feare much to loose thereby, « And store of cares doth follow riches store : " The litle that I have grows dayly more “ Without my care, but onely to attend it; “My lambes doe every yeare increase their score, « And my flockęs father daily doth amend it. “ What have I but to praise th’ Almighty that doth

XXII.

(send it? « To them that list the world's gay showes I leave, « And to great ones such follies doe forgive, “Which oft through pride doe their owne perill weave, “ And through ambition downe themselves doe drive To sad decay, that inight contented live : “Me no such cares nor combrous thoughts offend, “ Ne once my mind's unmoved quiet grieve, “ But all the night in silver sleepe I spend, « And all the day to what I list I doe attend.

XXIII. 66 Sometimes I hunt the fox, the vowed foe “ Unto my lambes, and him dislodge away ; “ Sometime the fawne I practise from the doe, 66 Or from the goat her kidde how to convay; « Another while I baytes and nets display, “ The birds to catch, or fishes to beguyle : “ And when I wearie am, I downe doe lay “ My limbes in every shade, to rest from toyle, “And drinke of every brooke, when thirst my throte

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XXIV.
“ The time was once, in my first prime of yeares,
“ When pride of youth forth pricked my desire,
" That I disdain'd amongst mine equall peares
“ To follow sheepe and shepheards base attire;
- For further fortune then I would inquire,
« And leaving horne, to roiall court I sought,
" Where I did sell myselfe for yearely hire,
“ And in the prince's gardin daily wrought;
“There I beheld such vainenesse as I never thought.

XXV.
“With sight whereof soone cloyd, and long deluded
" With idle hopes, which them doe entertaine,
“ After I had ten yeares myselfe excluded
" From native home, and spent my youth in vainc,
I gan my follies to myselfe to plaine,
“And this sweet peace, whose lacke did then appeare ;
“ Tho backe returning to my sheepe againe,
" I from thenceforth have learn'd to love more deare
“ This lowly quiet life which I inherite here."

XXVI.
Whylest thus he talkt, thé knight with greedy care
Hong still upon his melting mouth attent,
Whose sensefull words empierst his hart so neare,
That he was wrapt with double ravishment,
Both of his speach, that wrought him great content,
And also of the obiect of his vew,
On which his hungry eye was alwayes bent,
That twixt his pleasing tongue, and her faire hew,
He lost himselfe, and like one halfe entraunced grew.

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XXVII. Yet to occasion meanes to worke his mind, And to insinuate his hart's desire, He thus replyde; “ Now surely, Syre, I find « That all this world's gay showes, which we admire, " Be but vaine shadows to this safe retyre “ Of life, which here in lowlinesse ye

lead, “ Fearelesse of foes, or Fortune's wrackfull yrę, “ Which tosseth states, and under foot doth tread “The mightieones, affrayd of every chaunge's dread.

XXVIII. “ That even I, which daily doe behold “ The glorie of the great, mongst whom I won, " And now have prov'd what happinesse ye hold “ In this small plot of your dominion, “ Now loath great lordship and ambition, " And wish th' heavens so much had graced mee, “As graunt me live in like condition, “ Or that my fortunes might transposed bee “ From pitch of higher place unto this low degree."

XXIX. “ In vaine," said then old Melibee,“ doe men, • The heavens of their fortune's fault accuse, “ Sith they know best what is the best for them; For they to each such fortune doe diffuse, “ As they doe know each can most aptly use : 6. For not that which men covet most is best, « Nor that thing worst which men do most refuse; " But fittest is that all contented rest [brest. “ With that they hold : each hath his fortune in his

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