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Next him king Leyr in happie peace long raynd, His sonne Rivall' his dead rowme did supply; But had no issue male him to succeed,

In whose sad time blood did from Heaven rayne. But three faire daughters, which were well uptraind Next great Gargustus, then faire Cæcily, In all that seemed fitt for kingly seed;

constant peace their kingdomes did contayde: Mongst whom his realme he equally decreed After whom Lago, and Kinmarke did rayne, To have divided : tho, when feeble age

And Gorbogud, till far in years he grew : Nigh to his utmost date he saw proceed,

Then his ambitious sonnes unto them twayne He cald his daughters, and with speeches sage Arraught the rule, and from their father drew; Inquyrd, which of them most did love her parentage. Stout Ferrex and sterne Porrex him in prison threx. The eldest, Gonorill, gan to protest,

But 0! the greedy thirst of royall crowne, That she much more than ber owne life him lov'd; That kuowes no kinred, nor regardes no right, And Regan greater love to bim profest

Stird Porrex up to put his brother downe; Then all the world, whenever it were proov'd; Who, unto him assembling forreigne might, But Cordeill said she lov'd him as behoov'd:

Made warre on him, and fell himselfe in fight: Whose simple answere, wanting colours fayre

Whose death t'avenge, his mother mercilesse, · To paint it forth, him to displeasannce moor'd,

Most mercilesse of women, Wyden hight,
That in his crown he counted her no hayre, Her other sonne fast sleeping did oppresse,
But twixt the other twain his kingdom whole did And with most cruell hand ħiin muxdred pittilesse.

Here ended Brutus sacred progeny,
So wedded th' one to Maglan king of Scottes,
And th' other to the king of Cambria,

Which had seven hundred years this scepter borne And twixt them shayrd his realme by equall lottes ; The noble braunch from th'antique stooke was torne

With high renowme and great felicity :
But, without dowre, the wise Cordelia
Was sent to Aganip of Celtica:

Through discord, and the rojall throne forlorne.

Thenceforth this realme was into factions rent, Their aged syre, thus eased of his crowne,

Whilest each of Brutus boasted to be borné,
A private life ledd in Albania

That in the end was left no moniment
With Gonorill, long had in great renowne,
That nought him griev'd to beene from rule de- of Brutus, nor of Britons glorie auncient:
posed downe.

Then up arose a man of matchlesse might,
But true it is that, when the oyle is spent, And wondrous wit to menage high affayres,“
The light goes out, and weeke is throwne away;

Who, stird with pitty of the stressed plight So, when he had resignd bis regiment,

Of this sad realme, cut into sondry shayres His daughter gan despise his drouping day,

By such as claymd themselves Brutes rightfall And wearie wax of his continuall stay:

Gathered the princes of the people loose (bayres, Tho to his daughter Regan he repayrd,

To taken counsell of their common cares; Who him at firsť well used every way;

Who, with his wisedom won, him streight did choose But, when of his departure she despayrd,

Their king, and swore him fëalty to win or loose. Her bountie she abated, and his cheare empayrd.

Then made he head against his enimies, The wretched man gan then avise too late, And Ymner slew of Logris misereate; That love is not where most it is profest ;

Then Ruddoc and proud Stater, both allyes, Too truely tryde in his extremest state!

This of Albány newly nominatė, At last, resolv'd likewise to prove the rest,

And that of Cambry king coofirmed late, He to Cordelia himselfe addrest,

He overthrew through his owne valiaunce ; Who with entyre affection him receat'd,

Whose countries he redus'd to quiet state, As for her syre and king her seemed best; And shortly brought to civile governaunce, And after all an army strong she leav'd, [reav'd, Now one, which earst were many made through Ta To war on those whieh him had of his realme be- riaunce. So to his crowne she him restord againe ;

Then made he sacred lawes, which some men say In which he dyde, made ripe for death by eld, Were unto him reveald in vision; And after wild it should to her remajne:

By which he freed the traveilers high-way,“: Who peaceably the same long time did weld, The churches part, and plonghimans portion; And all mens harts in dew obedience held; Restraining stealth and strong extortion; Till that her sisters children, woxen strong, The gratious Numa of great Britany: Through proud ambition against her rebeld, For, till bis dayes, the chiefe dominion And overcommen kept in prison long,

By strength was wielded without pollicy: Till weary of that wretched life herselfe she hong. Therefore he first wore crowne of gold for dignity. Then gan the bloody brethren both to raine: Donwallo dyde, (for what'may live'for ay?) * : But fierce Cundah gan shortly to envy

And left two sonnes, of pearelesse prowesse both;A: His brother Morgan, prickt with proud disdaine That sacked Rome too dearely did assay, To have a pere in part of suverainty;

The recompence of their periảred oth ; (wioth) And, kindling coles of cruell enmity,

And rapsackt Greece wel tryde, when they were Raisd warro, and him in batteill overthrew! Besides subiected France and Germany, Whence as he to those woody billes did fly, Which yet their praises speake, all be they lotb, Which hight of him Glamorgan, there him slew : And inly tremble at the memory Then did he raigne alone, when he nonc equal knew. Of Brennus and Belipus, kinges of Britany.

Next them did Gurgunt, great Belinus sonne, Yet twise they were repulsed backe againe,
In rule succeede, and eke in fathers praise; And twise renforst backe to their ships to fly;
He Easterland subdewd, and Denmarke wonne, The whiles with blood they all the shore did staine,
And of thein both did foy and tribute raise, And the gray ocean into purple dy:
The which was dew in his dead fathers dajes: Ne had they footing found at last perdie,
He also gave to fugitives of Spayne,

Had not Androgeus, false to native soyle,
Whom he at sea found wandring from their waies, And envious of uncles soveraintie,
A seate in Ireland safely to remayne, [táyne. Betrayd his country unto forreine spoyle. [foyle !
Which they should hold of him as subiect to Bri- Nought els but treason from the first this land did
After him raigned Guitheline his hayre,

So by him Cæsar got the victory, The justest man and trewest in his daies,

Through great bloodshed and many a sad assay, Who had to wife dame Mertia the fayre,

In which himselfe was charged heavily A woman worthy of immortall praise,

Of hardy Nennius, whom he yet did slay, Which for this realme found many goodly layes, But lost his sword, yet to be seene this day. And wholesome statutes to her husband brought: Thenceforth this land was tributarie made Her many deemd to have beene of the Payes, T'ambitious Rome, and did their rule obay, As was deverié that Numa tought:

Till Arthur all that reckoning defrayd: . Those yet of her be Mertian lawes both nam'd and Yet oft the Briton kings against them strongly swayd. thought.

Next him Tenantius raignd; then Kimbeline, Her sonne Sifillus after her did rayne;

What time th' Eternall Lord in fleshly slime And then Kimarus; and then Danius :

Enwoinbed was, from wretched Adams line Next whom Moriudus did the erowne sustayne ; To purge away the guilt of sinful crime. Who, had he not with wrath outrageous

O joyous memorie of happy time, And cruell rancour dim'd his valorous

That heavenly grace so plenteously displayd! And mightie deedes, should matched have the best: O too high ditty for my simple riune! As well in that same field victorious

Soone after this the Romanes him warrayd ; Against the forreine Morands he exprest; For that their tribute be refusd to let be payd. Yet lives his memorie, though carcas sleepe in rest.

Good Claudius, that next was emperour, Five sonnes he left begotten of one wife,

An army brought, and with him batteile fought, All which successively by turnes did rayne: In which the king was by a treachetour First Gorboman, a man of vertuous life;

Disguised slaine, ere any thereof thought: Next Archigald, who for his proud disdayne Yet ceased not the bloody fight for ought; Deposed was from princedome soverayne,

For Arvirage bis brothers place supplyde And pitteous Elidure put in his sted;

Both in his armes and crowne, and by that draught Who shortly it to him restord agayne,

Did drive the Romanes to the weaker syde, Till by his death he it recovered ;

That they to peace agreed. So all was pacifyde.. But Periduré and Vigent him disthronized :

Was never king more highly magnifide,
In wretched prison long he did remaine,

Nor dredd of Romanes, then was Arvirage;
Till they out-raigned had their utmost date, For which the emperour to him allide
And then therein reseized was againe,

His daughter Genuiss' in marriage:
And ruled long with honorable state,

Yet shortly be renounst the vassallage Till he surrendred realme and life to fate.

Of Rome againe, who hether hastly sent
Then all the sonnes of these five bretbren raynd Vespasian, that with great spoile and rage
By dew successe, and all their nephewes late; Porwasted all, till Genuissa gent
Even thrise eleven descents the crowne retaynd, Persuaded him to ceasse, and her lord to relent.
Till aged Hely by dew heritage it gaynd.

He dide; and him succeded Marius,
He had two sonnes, whose eldest, called Lud, Who ioyd bis dages in great tranquillity.
Left of bis life most famous memory,

Then Coyll; and after bim good Lucius,
And endlesse moniments of his great good : That first received Christianity,
The ruin'd wals he did reædifye

The sacred pledge of Christes Evangely,
Of Troynovant, gainst force of enimy,

Yet true it is, that long before that day
And built that gate which of his name is hight, Hither came loseph of Arimathy,
By which he lyes entombed solemnly:

Who brought with bimb the Holy Grayle, (they say) He left two sonnes, too young to rule aright, And preacht the truth; but since it greatly did Androgeas and Tenantius, pictures of his might.

decay. Whilst they were young, Cassibalane their eme This good king shortly without issew dide, Was by the people chosen in their sted,

Whereof great trouble in the kingdome grew, Who on him tooke the rojall diademe,

That did herselfe in sondry parts divide, And goodly well long time it governed;

And with her powre her owne selfe overthrew, Till the prowde Romanes him


Whilest Romanes daily did the weake subdew : And warlike Cæsar, tempted with the name Which seeing, stout Bunduca up arose, Of this sweet island never conquered,

And taking armes the Britons to ber drew; And envying the Britons blazed fame,

With whom she marched straight against her foes, (0 hideous hunger of dominion !) bether came And them unwares besides the Severne did enclose.

There she with them a cruell batteill tryde, The weary Britons, whose war-hable youth
Not with so good successe as shec deserv'd; Was by Maximian lately ledd away,
By reason that the captaines on her syde,

With wretched miseryes and woefull ruth
Corrupted by Paulinus, from her swervid: Were to those Pagans made an open pray,
Yet such, as were through former flight preserv’d, And daily spectacle of sad decay: [yeares
Gathering againe, her bost she did renew,

Whome Romane warres, which now fowr bundred And with fresh corage on the victor servd:

And more had wasted, could no whit dismay; But being all defeated, save a few,

Til, by consent of commous and of peares, Rather than fly, or be captiv’d, herselfe she slew. They crownd the second Constantine with ioyous

teares: O famous moniment of womens prayse! Matchable either to Semiramis,

Who having oft in batteill vanquished Whom antique history so high doth rayse, Those spoylefull Picts, and swarming Easterlings, Or to Hypsiphil', or to 'Thomiris :

Long time in peace his realme established, Her host two hundred thousand numbred is; Yet oft annoyd with sondry bordragings Who, whiles good fortune favoured her might, Of neighbour Scots, and forrein scatterlings Triumphed oft against her enemis;

With which the world did in those dayes abound : And yet, though overcome in haplesse fight, Which to outbarre, with painefull pyonings Shee triumphed on death, in enemies despight. From sea to sea he heapt a mighty mound, [bownd.

Which from Alcluid to Panwelt did that border Her reliques Fulgent having gathered, Fought with Severus, and him overthrew;

Three sonnes he dying left, all under age;
Yet in the chace was slaine of them that fed ; By meanes whereof their uncle Vortigere
So made them victors whome be did subdew. Usurpt the crowne during their pupillages
Then gan Cararsius tirannize anew,

Which th' infants tutors gathering to feare,
And gainst the Romanes bent their proper powre; Them closely into Armorick did beare:
Bu him Allectus treacherously slev,

For dread of whom, and for those Picts annoyes, And tooke on him the robe of emperoure :

He sent to Germany straunge aid to reare; Nath'lesse the same enioyed but short happy howre: From whence eftsoones arrived here three hoyes

Of Saxons, whom he for his safety imployes. For Asclepiodate him overcame, And left inglorious on the vanquisht playne, Two brethren were their capitayns, which hight Without or robe or rag to hide his shame :

Hengist and Horsus, well approv'd in warre, Then afterwards he in his stead did raigne ; Avd both of them men of renowmed might; But shortly was by Coyll in batteill slaine : Who making vantage of their civile iarre, Who after long debate, since Lucies tyme, And of those forreyners which came from farre, Was of the Britons first crownd soveraine :

Grew great, and got large portions of land, Then gan this realme renew her passed prime: That in the realme ere long they stronger arre He of his name Coylchester built of stone and lime. Then they which sought at first their helping hand,

And Vortiger enforst the kingdome to aband. Which when the Romanes heard, they hether sent Constantius, a man of mickle might,

But, by the helpe of Vortimere his sonne, With whome king Coyll made an agreëment, He is againe unto his rule restord ; And to him gave for wife bis daughter bright, And Hengist, seeming sad for that was donne, Fayre Helena, the fairest living wight,

Received is to grace and new accord, Who in all godly thewes and goodly praise Through his faire daughters face and flattring word. Did far excell, but was most famous hight

Soone after wbich, three hundred lords he slew For skil in musicke of all in her daies,

Of British blood, all sitting at his bord;
As well in curious instruments as cunning laies : Whose dolefull moniments who list to rew,

Th’eternall marks of treason may at Stonheng vew,
Of whome he did great Consantine begett,
Who afterward was emperour of Rome;

By this the sonnes of Constantine, which fled, To which whiles absent he his mind did sett, Ambrose and Uther, did ripe yeares attayne, Octavius here lept into his roome,

And, bere arriving, strongly challenged And it usurped by unrighteous doome:

The crowne which Vortiger did long detayne: But he his title iustifide by might,

Who, flying from his guilt, by them was slayne; Slaying Traherne, and having overcome

And Hengist eke soone brought to shamefull death. The Romane legion in dreadfull fight :

Thenceforth Aurelius peaceably did rayne, So settled he his kingdome, and confirmd his Till that through poyson stopped was his breath; right:

So now entombed lies at Stoneheng by the heath. But, wanting yssew male, his daughter deare After him Uther, which Pendragon bight, He gave in wedlocke to Maximian,

Succeeding- There abruptly it did end, And him with her made of his kingdome heyre, Without full point, or other cesure right; Who soone by meanes thereof the empire wan, As if the rest some wicked hand did rend, Till murdred by the freends of Gratian.

Or th' author selfe could not at least attend Then gan the Hunnes and Picts invade this land, To finish it: that so untimely breach During the raigne of Maximinian;

The prince himselfe halfe seemed to offend; Who dying left none heire them to withstand ; Yet secret pleasure did offence empeach, But that they overran all parts with easy hand. And wonder of antiquity long stopt his speach,

At last, quite ravisht with delight to heare Great was his power and glorie over all
The royall ofspring of his native land,

Which, him before, that sacred seate did fill,
Cryde out;“Deare countrey! O how dearely deare That yet remaines his wide memoriall:
Ought thy remembraunce and perpetuall band He dying left the fairest Tanaquill,
Be to thy foster childe, that from thy hand Him to succeede therein, by his last will :
Did commun breath and nouriture receave! Fairer and nobler liveth none this howre,
How brutish is it not to understand

Ne like in grace, ne like in learned skill; How much to her we owe, that all us gave; Therefore they Glorian call that glorious flowre : That gave unto us all whatever good we have !" Long mayst thou, Glorian, live in glory and great

powre! But Guyon all this while his booke did read, Ne yet has ended: for it was a great

Beguyld thus with delight of novelties, And atople volume, that doth far exceаd

And naturall desire of countryes state, My leasure so long leaves here to repeat:

So long they redd in those antiquities, It told how first Prometheus did create

That how the time was fled they quite forgate ; A man, of many parts from beasts deryv'd, Till gentle Alma, seeing it so late, And then stole fire from Heven to animate Perforce their studies broke, and them besought His worke, for wbich he was by love depryr'd To thinke how supper did them long awaite: Of life himselfe, and hart-strings of an aegle ryvd. So halfe unwilling from their bookes them brought,

And fayrely feasted as so noble knightes she ought. That man so made he called Elfe, to weet Quick, the first author of all Elfin kynd; Who, wandring through the world with wearie feet, Did in the gardins of Adonis fynd A goodly creature, whom he deemd in mynd

To be no earthly wight, but either spright,

The enimies of Temperaunce
Or angell, th' authour of all woman kynd;
Therefore a Pay he her according hight, [right.

Besiege her dwelling place;

Prince Arthure them repelles, and fowle Of whom all Faryes spring, and fetch their lignage

Maleger doth deface.
Of these a mighty people shortly grew,

What warre so cruel, or what siege so sore,
And puissant kinges which all the world warrayd,
And to themselves all nations did subdew :

As that, which strong affections doe apply
The first and eldest, which that scepter swayd,

Against the forte of Reason evermore, Was Elfin; him all India obayd,

To bring the sowle into captivity! And all that now America men call:

Their force is fiercer through infirmity Next him was noble Elfinan, who laid

Of the fraile flesh, relenting to their rage; Cleopolis foundation first of all :

And exercise most bitter tyranny But Elfiline enclosd it with a golden wall.

Upon the partes, brought into their bondage:

No wretchednesse is like to sinfull vellenage.
His sonne was Elfinell, who overcame

But in a body which doth freely yeeld
The wicked Gobbelines in bloody field :
But Elfant was of most renow med fame,

His partes to Reasons rule obedient,

And letteth her that ougbt the scepter weeld, Who all of christall did Panthea build:

All happy peace and goodly government Then Elfar, who two brethren gyaunts kild,

Is setled there in sure establishment. The one of which had two heades, th' other three:

There Alma, like a virgin queene most bright, Then Elfinor, who was in magick skild;

Doth florish in all beautie excellent; He built by art upon the glassy see."

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And to her guestes doth bounteous banket dight, A bridge of bras, whose sound Hevens thunder seem'd | Attempred goodly well for health and for delight. He left three sonnes, the which in order raynd, Early, before the Morne with cremosin ray And all their ofspring, in their dew descents; The windowes of bright Heaven opened had, Even seven hundred princes, which maintaynd Through which into the world the dawning Day With mightie deedes their sondry governments ; Might looke, that maketh every creature glad, That were too long their infinite contents

Uprose sir Guyon in bright armour clad,
Here to record, ne much materiall:

And to his purposd journey him prepard :
Yet should they be most famous moniments, With him the palmer eke in habit sad
And brave ensample, both of martiall

Himselfe addrest to that adventure hard :
And civil rule, to kinges and states imperiall. So to the rivers syde they both together far'd:
After all these Elficleos did rayne,

Where them awaited ready at the ford The wise Elficleos in great maiestie,

The ferriman, as Alma had behight, Who mightily that scepter did sustayne,

With his well-rigged bote: they goe abord, And with rich spoyles and famous victorie And he eftsoones gan launch his barke forthright. Did high advaunce the crowne of Faëry :

Ere long they rowed were quite out of sight, He left two sonnes, of which faire Elferon,

And fast the land behynd them fled away. The eldest brother, did untimely dy ;

But let them pas, whiles winde and wether right Whose einptie place the mightie Oberon

Doe serve their turnes: here I a while must stay,, Doubly supplide, in spousall and dominion. To see a cruell fight doen by the prince this day,

For, all so soone as Guyon thence was gon And that fourth band which cruell battry bent
Upon his voyage with his trustie guyde,

Against the fourth bulwarke, that is the taste,
That wicked band of villeins fresh begon

Was, as the rest, a grysie rablement; That castle to assaile on every side,

Some mouth'd like greedy oystriges; some faste And lay strong siege about it far and wyde. Like loathly toades; some fashioned in the waste So huge aud infinite their numbers were,

Like swine : for so deformd is Luxury,
That all the land they under them did hyde; Surfeat, Misdiet, aņd unthriftie Waste,
So fowle and ugly, that exceeding feare

Vain Feastes, and ydle Superfluity :
Their visages imprest, when they approched neare, All those this sences fort assayle incessantly.

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Them in twelve troupes their captein did dispart, But the fift troupe, most horrible of hew
And round aboat in fittest steades did place, And ferce of force, is dreadfull to report;
Where each might best offend bis proper part, For some like snailes, some did like spyders shew,
And his contráry obiect most deface,

And some like ugly urchins thick and short:
As every one seem'd meetest in that cace.

Cruelly they assayled that fift fort, Seven of the same against the castle-gate

Armed with dartes of sensuall Delight, In strong entrenchments he did closely place, With stinges of carnall Lust, and strong effort Which with incessaynt force and endlesse hate Of feeling Pleasures, with which day and night They battred day and night, and entraunce did Against that same fift bulwarke they continued fight, awate.

Thus these twelve troupes with dreadfull puissaunce The other five, five sondry wayes he sett

Against that castle restlesse siege did lay, Against the five great bulwarkes of that pyle,

And evermore their hideous ordinaunce And unto each a bulwarke did arrett,

Upon the bulwarkes cruelly did play, T'assayle with open force or hidden guyle, That now it gan to threaten neare decay: In hope thereof to win victorious spoile.

And evermore their wicked capitaya They all that charge did fervently apply

Provoked them the breaches to assay, [gayn, With greedie malice and importune toyle,

Sometimes with threats, sometimes with hope of And planted there their huge artillery, [tery. Which by the ransack of that peece they should With which they dayly made most dreadfull bat

attayn. The first troupe was a monstrous rablement

On th' other side, th' assieged castles ward Of fowle misshapen wightes, of which some were

Their stedfast stonds did mightily maintaine, Headed like owles, with beckes uncomely bent;

And many bold répulse and many hard Others like dogs; others like gryphons dreare;

Atchievement wrought, with perill and with payne, And some had wings, and some had clawes to teare: And those two brethren gyauntes did defend

That goodly frame from ruin to sustaine:
And every one of them had lynces oyes;

The walls so stoutly with their sturdie mayne,
And every one did bow and arrowes beare:
All those were lawlesse Lustes, corrupt Envyes,

That never entraunçe any durst pretend, (send, And covetous Aspects, all cruel enimyes.

But they to direfull death their groning ghosts did

The noble virgin, ladje of the place, Those same against the bulwarķe of the sight

Was much dismayed with that dreadful sight, Did lay strong siège and battailous assault,

(For never was she jn so evill cace) Ne once did yield it respitt day nor night;

Till that the prince, seeing her wofull plight,
But soone as Titan gan bis head exault,

Gan her recomfort from so sad affright,
And soone againe as he his light withhault,
Their wicked engines they against it bept;

Offring his service and his dearest life
That is, each thing by which the eyes may fault:

For her defence against that carle to fight,

Which was their chiefe and th’authour of that strifet But two then all more huge and violent,

She bim remercied as the patrone of her life. Beautie and Money, they that bulwarke sorely rent.

Eftsoones himselfe in glitterand armes he dight, The second bulwarke was the hearing sence, And his well proved weapons to him hent; Gainst which the second troupe dessignment makes; So taking courteous congè, he belight Deformed creatures, in straunge difference:

Those gates to be unbar'd, and forth he went, Some having beads like harts, some like to snakes, Fayre mote he thee, the prowest and most gent, Some like wild bores late souzd out of the brakes: That ever brandished bright steele on hye! Slaunderous Reproches, anti fowle Infamies,

Whom soone as that unruly rablement Leasinges, Backbytinges, and vain-glorious Crakes, With his gay squyre issewing did espye, Bad Counsels, Prayses, and false Flatteries:

They reard a most outrageous dreadfull yelling cry: All those against that fort did bend their batteries,

And therewithall attonce at him let fly Likewise that same third fort, that is the smell, Their fluttring arrowes, thicke as flakes of snow, Of that third troupe was cruelly assayd;

And round about him focke impetuously,Whose hideous shapes were like to feendes of Hell, Like a great water-flood, that tombling low Some like to boundes, some like to apes, dismayd; From the high mountaines, threates to overflow Some, like to puttockes, all in plumes arayd; With suddein fury all the fertile playne, All shap't according theit, conditions:

And the sad husbandmans long hope doth throw For, by those ugly formes, weren pourtrayd Adowne the streame, and all his yowes make vayne; Foolish Delights, and fond Abusions,

Nor bounds nor bauks bis headlong ruine may sus Which doe that sence besiege with light illusions..


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