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“ Thence forth I passed to the second gate, - In such luxurious plentie of all pleasure,
So lavishly enricht with Natures threasure, The same to all stoode alwaies open wide; That if the happie soules, which doe possesse But in the porch did evermore abide
Th’ Elysian fields and live in lasting blesse, An hideous giant, dreadfull to behold,
Should happen this with living eye to see, That stopt the entraunce with his spacious stride, They soone would loath their lesser happinesse, And with the terrour of his countenance bold And wish to life return'd againe to bee, (free. Full many did affray, that else faine enter would: That in this ioyous place they mote have ioyance “ His name was Daunger, dreaded over all ; “ Fresh shadowes, fit to shroud from sunny ray; Who day and night did watch and duely ward Faire lawnds, to take the Sunne in season dew; From fearefull cowards entrance to forstall
Sweet springs, in which a thousand nymphs did play; And faint-beart fooles, whom shew of perill hard Soft-rombling brookes, that gentle slomber drew; Could terrifie from fortunes faire adward :
High-reared mounts, the lands about to view; For oftentimes faint hearts, at first espiall
Low-looking dales, disloigod from common gaze; Of his grim face, were from approaching scard: Delightfull bowres, to solace lovers trew; Unworthy they of grace, whom one deniall False labyrinthes, fond runners eyes to daze; Excludes from fairest hope withouten furthertriall. All which by Nature made did Nature selfe amaze. “ Yet many doughty warriours, often tride “ And all without were walkes and alleyes dight In greater perils to be stout and bold,
With divers trees enrang'd in even rankes; Durst not the sternnesse of his looke abide;
And here and there were pleasant arbors pight, But, soone as they his countenance did behold, And shadie seates, and sundry flowring bankes, Began to faint, and feele their corage cold.
To sit and rest the walkers wearie shankes: Againe, some other, that in hard assaies
Aud therein thousaud payres of lovers walkt, Were cowards knowne, and litle couut did hold, Praysing their God, and yeelding him great thankes, Either through gifts, or guile, or such like waies, Ne ever ought but of their true loves talkt, Crept in by stouping low, or stealing of the kaies. Ne ever for rebuke or blame of any balkt.
“ All these together by themselves did sport • But I, though meanest man of many moe,
Their spotlesse pleasures and sweet loves content. Yet much disdaining unto him to lout,
But, farre away from these, another sort Or creepe betweene his legs, so in to goe,
Of lovers lincked in true harts consent; Resolv'd him to assault with manhood stout,
Which loved not as these for like intent, And either beat him in or drive him out.
But on chaste vertue grounded their desire, Eftsoones, advauncing that enchaunted shield,
Parre from all fraud or fayned blandishment; With all my might I gan to lay about:
Which, in their spirits kindling zealous fire, (pire. Which when he saw, the glaive which he did wield Brave thoughts and noble deedes did evermore as.. He gan forthwith t'avale, and way unto me yield.
“ Such were great Hercules, and Hyllus deare ; “ So, as I entred, I did backeward looke,
Trew Ionathan, and David trustie tryde; For feare of harme that might lie hidden there;
Stout Theseus, 'and Pirithous bis feare; And loe! his hind parts, wbereof heed I tooke, Pylades, and Orestes by his syde; Much more deformed, fearfull, ugly were,
Myld Titus, and Gesippus without pryde; Then all his former parts did earst appere:
Damon, and Pythias, whom death could not sever: For Hatred, Murther, Treason, and Despight,
All these, and all that ever had bene tyde With many moe lay in ambúshment there, In bands of friendship, there did live for ever; Awayting lo entrap the warelesse wight
Whose lives although decay'd, yet loves decayed Which did not them prevent with vigilant foresight.
" Which whenas I, that never tasted blis “ Thus having past all perill, I was come
Nor happy howre, beheld with gazefull eye, Within the compasse of that islands space;
I thought there was none other Heaven then this; The which did seeme, unto my simple doome,
And gan their endlesse happinesse envye, The onely pleasant and delightfull place
That being free from feare and gealosye That ever troden was of footings trace:
Might frankely there their loves desire possesse; For all that Nature by her mother-wit Could frame in earth, and forme of substance base, Was forst to seeke my lifes deare patronesse :
Whilest I, through pains and perlous leopardie, Was there; and all that Nature did omit,
Much dearer be the things which come through Art, playing second Natures part, supplyed it.
“ No tree, that is of count, in greenewood growes, “ Yet all those sights, and all that else I saw, From lowest juniper to ceder tall;
Might not my steps withhold but that forthright No flowre in field, that daintie odour throwes, Unto that purposd place I did me draw, And deckes his branch with blossomes over all, Whereas iny love was lodged day and night, But there was planted, or grew naturall:
The temple of great Venus, that is bight Nor sense of man so coy and curious nice,
The queene of Beautie, and of Love the mother, But there mote find to please itseife withall; There worshipped of every living wight; Nor hart could wish for any queint device, Whose goodly workmanship farre past all other But there it present was, and did fraile sense entice. Thatever were on Earth, all were they set together,
« Not that same famous temple of Diáne, “ Into the inmost temple thus I came, Whose hight all Ephesus did oversee,
Which fuming all with frankensence I found, And which all Asia sought with vowes prophane, And odours rising from the altars flame. One of the worlds seven wonders sayd to bee, Upon an hundred marble pillors round Might match with this by many a degree: The roof up high was reared from the ground, Nor that, which that wise king of Iurie framed All deckt with crownes, and chaynes, and girlands With endlesse cost to be th' Almighties see;
gay, Nor all, that else through all the world is named And thousand pretious gifts worth many a pound, To all the heathen gods, might like to this be clamed. The which sad lovers for their vowes did pay ;
And all the ground was strow'd with flowres as fresh “ I, much admyring that so goodly frame,
as May. Unto the porch approcht, which open stood;
“ An hundred altars round about were set, But therein sate an amiable dame, That seem'd to be of very sober mood,
All flaming with their sacrifices fire, And in her semblant shew'd great womanhood :
That with the steme thereof the temple swet,
Which rould in clouds to Heaven did aspire,
And in them bore true lovers vowes entire:
Every of which was to a damzell hight; “ On either side of her two young men stood,
For all the priests were damzels in soft linnen dight. Both strongly arm'd, as fearing one another;
“ Right in the midst the goddesse selfe did stand Yet were they brethren both of halfe the blood,
Upon an altar of some costly masse, Begotten by two fathers of one mother,
Whose substance was uneath to understand : Though of contrárie natures each to other:
For neither pretious stone, nor durefull brasse, The one of them hight Love, the other Hate ;
Nor shining gold, nor mouldring clay it was; Hate was the elder, Love the younger brother;
But much more rare and pretious to esteeme, Yet was the younger stronger in his state
Pure in aspect, and like to christall glasse; Then th' elder, and him maystred still in all debate.
Yet glasse was not, if one did rightly deeme;
But, being faire and brickle, likest glasse did seeme. “ Nathlesse that dame so well them tempred both, That she them forced hand to joyne in hand,
“ But it in shape and beautie did excell Albe that Hatred was thereto full loth,
All other idoles which the heath'en adore, And turn'd his face away, as he did stand,
Farre passing that, which by surpassing skill Unwilling to behold that lovely band:
Phidias did make in Paphos isle of yore, Yet she was of such grace and vertuous might,
With which that wretched Greeke, that life forlore, That her commaundment he could not withstand,
Did fall in love: yet this much fairer shined, But bit his lip for felonous despight,
But covered with a slender veile afore;
Were with a snake, whose head and tail were fast “ Concord she cleeped was in common reed,
combyned. Mother of blessed Peace and Friendship trew; “ The cause why she was covered with a vele They both her twins, both borne of heavenly seed, Was hard to know, for that her priests the same And she herselfe likewise divinely grew;
From peoples knowledge labour'd to concele: The which right well her workes divine did shew: But sooth it was not sure for womanish shame, For strength and wealth and happinesse she lends, Nor any blemish, which the worke mote blame; And strife and warre and anger does subdew; But for (they say) she hath both kinds in one, Of little much, of foes she maketh frends,
Both male and female, both under one name : And to afflicted minds sweet rest and quiet sends. She syre and mother is herselfe alone,
Begets and eke conceives, ne needeth other none. " By her the Heaven is in his course contained,
And all about her necke and shoulders few And all the world in state unmoved stands,
A flocke of litle Loves, and Sports, and loyes, As their Almightie Maker first ordained, And bound them with inviolable bands;
With nimble wings of gold and purple hew; Else would the waters overflow the lands,
Whose shapes seem'd not like to terrestriall boyes, And fire devoure the ayre, and Hell them quight; The whilest their eldest brother was away,
But like to angels playing heavenly toyes;
Cupid their eldest brother: he enioyes
The wide kingdome of Love with lordly sway,
And to his law compels all creatures to obay. “ By her I entring half dismayed was;
“ And all about her altar scattered lay Bat she in gentle wise me entertayned,
Great sorts of lovers piteously complayning, And twixt herselfe and Love did let me pas; Some of their losse, some of their loves delay, But Hatred would my entrance have restrayned, Some of their pride, some paragons disdayning, And with his club me threatned to have brayned, Some fearing fraud, some fraudulently fayning, Had not the ladie with her powrefull speach As every one had cause of good or ill." Himn from his wicked will uneath refrayned; Amongst the rest some one, through Loves constrayna And th' other eke his malice did empeach, Tormented sore, could not conteine it still, [ing Till I was throughly past the perill of his reach. But thus brake forth, that all the temple it did fill; «« « Great Venus! queene of Beautie and of Grace, “ And next to her sate sober Modestie, The ioy of gods and men, that under skie
Holding her band upon her gentle hart; Doest fayrest shine, and most adorne thy place; And her against sate comely Curtesie, That with thy smyling looke doest pacifie
That unto every person knew her part; The raging seas, and makst the stormes to flie; And her before was seated overthwart Thee, goddesse, thee the winds, the clouds doe feare; / Soft Silence, and submisse Obedience, And, when thou spredst thy mantle forth on hie, Both linekt together never to dispart; The waters play, and pleasant lands appeare, Both gifts of God not gotten but from thence ; And Heavens laugh, and al the world shews ioyous Both girlonds of his saints against their foes offence. cheare:
“ Thus sate they all around in seemely rate: " "Then doth the dædale Earth throw forth to thee | And in the midst of them a goodly mayd Out of her fruitfull lap aboundant flowres ; (Eveu in the lap of Womanhood) there sate, And then all living wights, soone as they see The which was all in lilly white arayd, The Spring breake forth out of his lusty bowres, With silver streames amongst the linnen stray'd; They all doe learne to play the paramours: Like to the Morne, when first her shyning face First doe the merry birds, thy prety pages, Hath to the gloomy world itself bewray'd: Privily pricked with thy lustfull powres,
That same was fayrest Amoret in place, (grace. Chirpe loud to thee out of their leavy cages, Shyning with beauties light and heavenly vertues And thee their mother call to coole their kindly rages.
“ Whome soone as I bebeld, my hart gan throb "" Then doe the salvage beasts begin to play And wade in doubt what best were to be donne: Their pleasant friskes, and loath their wonted food: For sacrilege me seem'd the church to rob; The lyons rore; the tygers loudly bray;
And folly seem'd to leave the thing undonne, The raging buls rebellow through the wood, Which with so strong attempt I had begonne. And breaking forth dare tempt the deepest flood Tho, shaking off all doubt and shamefast feare, To come where thou doest draw them with desire: Which ladies love I heard had never wonne So all things else, that nourish vitall blood,
Mongst men of worth, I to her stepped neare, Soone as with fury thou doest them inspire, And by the lilly hand her labour'd up to reare. In generation seeke to quench their inward fire.
“ Thereat that formost matrone me did blame, " • So all the world by thee at first was made, And sharpe rebuke for being over-bold; And dayly yet thou doest the same repayre: Saying it was to kuight unseemely shame, Ne ought on Earth that merry is and glad, Upon a récluse virgin to lay bold, Ne ought on Earth that lovely is and fayre,
That unto Venus services was sold.
For Cupids man with Venus mayd to hold;
“ With that my shield I forth to her did show, “ So did he say: but I with murmure soft,
Which all that while I closely had conceld, That none might heare the sorrow of my hart,
On which when Cupid with his killing bow Yet inly groning deepe and sighing oft,
And cruell shafts einblazond sbe beheld, Besought her to graunt ease unto my smart,
At sight thereof she was with terror queld, And to my wound her gratious help impart.
And said no more : but I, which all that while Whilest tbus I spake, behold! with happy eye
The pledge of faith her hand engaged held, I spyde where at the idoles feet apart
(Like wanie hynd within the weedie soyle) A bevie of fayre damzels close did lye,
For no intreatie would forgoe so glorious spoyle. Wayting whenas the antheme should be sung on hye. • The first of them did seeme of ryper yeares
“ And evermore upon the goddesse face And graver countenance then all the rest;
Mine eye was fixt, for feare of her offence: Yet all the rest were eke her equall peares,
Whom when I saw with amiable grace Yet unto her obayed all the best :
To laugh on me, and favour my pretence, Her name was Womanhood; that she exprest
I was emboldned with more confidence; By her sad semblant and demeantre wyse:
And, nought for nicenesse nor for envy sparing, For stedfast still her eyes did fixed rest,
In presence of them all forth led ber thence, Ne rov'd at random, after gazers guyse, [tyse.
AH looking on, and like astonisht staring, Whose luring baytes oftimes doe heedlesse harts en
Yet to lay hand on her not one of all them daring, “ And next to her sate goodly Shamefastnesse, “ She often prayd, and often me besought, Ne ever durst her eyes from ground upreare, Sometime with tender teares to let her goe, Ne ever once did looke up from her desse,
Sometime with witching smyles: but yet, for As if some blame of evill she did feare,
pought That in her cheekes made roses oft appeare: That ever she to me could say or doe, And her against sweet Cherefulnesse was placed, Could she her wished freedome fro me wooe; Whose cyes, like twinkling stars in evening cleare, but forth I led her through the temple gate, Were deckt with smyles that all sad humors chaced, By which I hardly past with much adoe: And darted forth delights the which ber goodly But that same ladie, which me friended late graced
In entrance, did me also friend in my retrate.
" No lesse did Daunger threaten me with dread, Yet farre and neare the nymph his mother sought, Whenas he saw me, maugre all his powre,
And many salves did to his sore applie, That glorious spoyle of beautie with me lead, And many herbes did use: but whenas nought Then Cerberus, when Orpheus did recoure
She saw conld ease his rankling maladie; His leman from the Stygian princes boure. At last to Tryphon she for helpe did hie, But evermore my shield did ine defend
(This Tryphon is the sea-gods surgeon hight)
So well that leach did hearke to her request,
That in short space his hurts he had redrest,
And him restor'd to healthfull state againe:
In which he long time after did remaine
There with the nymph his mother, like her thrall,
Who sore against his will did him retaine,
Through his too ventrous prowesse proved over all! But ah! for pittie that I have thus long
It fortun'd then, a solemne feast was there Left a fayre ladie languishing in payne!
To all the sea-gods and their fruitfull seede,
Betwixt the Medway and the Thames agreed.
But the proud nymph would for no worldly meed, She lenger yet is like captív'd to bee;
Nor no entreatie, to his love be led;
Should for the gods in Proteus house be made; That virgins love to win by wit or wile,
To which they all repayr'd, both most and least, Her threw into a dongeon deepe and blind, As well which in the mightie ocean trade, And there in chaynes her cruelly did bind, As that in rivers swim, or brookes doe wade: In hope thereby her to his bent to draw:
All which, not if an hundred tongues to tell, For, whenas neither gifts nor graces kind
And hundred mouthes, and voice of brasse I had, Her constant mind could move at all he saw, And endlesse memorie that mote excell, He thought her to compell by crueltie and awe. In order as they came could I recount them welt. Deepe in the bottome of an huge great rocke Helpe therefore, Othou sacred impe of love, The dongeon was, in which her bound he left, The noursling of dame Memorie his deare, That neither yron barres, nor brasen locke, To whom those rolles, layd up in Heaven above, Did neede to gard from force or secret theft And records of antiquitie appeare, Of all her lovers which would her have reft : To which no wit of man may comen neare; For wall'd it was with waves, which rag'd and ror'd Helpe me to tell the names of all those floods As they the cliffe in peeces would have cleft; And all those nymphes, which then assembled were Besides, ten thousand monsters foule abhor'd To that great banquet of the watry gods, Did waite about it, gaping griesly, all begor'd. And all their sundry kinds, and all their hid abodes, And in the midst thereof did Horror dwell, First came great Neptune, with his three-forkt mace, And Darkenesse dredd that never viewed day, That rules the seas and makes them rise or fall; Like to the balefull house of lowest Hell,
His dewy lockes did drop with brine apace
Under his diademe imperiall :
Whose yvorie shoulders weren covered all,
As with a robe, with her owne silver haice, But thought it all one night, that did no houres di- And deckt with pearles which th' Indian som for her vide.
And all this was for love of Marinell,
These marched farre afore the other crew: Who her despysd (ah! who would her despyse !) And all the way before them, as they went, And wemens love did from bis hart expell, Triton his trompet shrill before them blew, And all those ioyes that weake mankind entyse. For goodly triumph and great jollyment, Natblesse his pride full dearely he did pryse; That made the rockes to roare as they were rent. For of a womans hand it was ywroke,
And after them the royall issue came, That of the wound he yet in languor lyes, Which of them sprung by lineall descent : Ne can be cured of that cruell stroke
First the sea-gods, which to themselves doe clame Which Britomart him gave, when be did her provoke. The powre to rule the billowes, and the waves to tame Phorcys, the father of that fatall brood,
And after him the famous rivers came, By whom those old heroes wonne such fame; Which doe the earth enrich and beautifie : And Glaucus, that wise southsayes understood; The fertile Nile, which creatures new doth frame, And tragicke Inoes sonne, the which became Long Rhodanus, whose sourse springs from the skie; A god of seas through his mad mothers blame, Faire Ister, flowing from the mountaines bie; Now hight Palemon, and is saylers frend;
Divine Scamander, purpled yet with blood Great Brontes ; and Astræus, that did shame Of Greeks and Troians, which therein did die; Himselfe with incest of his kin unkend;
Pactolus glistring with his golden flood; And huge Orion, that doth tempests still portend; Aud Tygris fierre, whose streames of none may be
withstood; The rich Cteatus; and Eurytus long; Neleus and Pelias, lovely brethren both;
Great Ganges; and immortall Euphrates; Mightie Chrysaor; and Caicus strong;
Deepe Indus; and Mæander intricate; Eurypalus, that calmes the waters wroth;
Slow Peneus; and tempestus Phasides; And faire Euphemus, that upon them go'th,
Swift Rhene; and Alpheus still immaculate ;
Ooraxes, feared for great Cyrus fate;
Tybris, renowned for the Romaines fame;
Rich Oranochy, though but knowen late ;
And that huge river, which doth beare his name And sad Asopus, comely with his hoarie head.
Of warlike Amazons which doe possesse the same. There also some most famous founders were
loy on those warlike women, which so long Of puissant nations, which the world possest, Yet sonnes of Neptune, now assembled here :
Can from all men so rich a kingdome hold !
And shame on you, O men, which boast your strong Ancient Ogyges, even th’auncientest;
And valiant hearts, in thoughts lesse hard and bold, And Inachus renowmd above the rest; Phenix; and Aon; and Pelasgus old;
Yet quaile in conquest of that land of gold !
But this to you, O Britons, most pertaines,
To whom the right hereof itselfe hath sold;
Loose so immortall glory, and so endlesse gaines. For Albion the sonne of Neptune was;
Then was there heard a most celestiall sound Who, for the proofe of his great puissance,
Of dainty musicke, which did next ensew
Before the spouse: that was Arion crownd ;
Who, playing on his harpe, unto him drew
The eares and hearts of all that goodly crew;
Through the Ægéan seas from pirates vew, Lives still, and to this feast with Neptunes seed was
And all the raging seas for ioy forgot to rore. dight.
So went he playing on the watery plaine: But what do I their names seeke to reherse,
Soone after whom the lovely bridegroome came, Which all the world have with their issue fild?
The noble Thames, with all his goodly traine. How can they all in this so narrow verse
But him before there went, as best became, Contayned be, and in small compasse hild?
His auncient parents, namely th'auncient Thame; Let them record them that are better skild,
But much more aged was his wife then he, And know the moniments of passed age:
The Ouze, whom men doe Isis rightly name; Onely what needeth shall be here fulfild,
Full weake and crooked creature seemed shee, T' expresse some part of that great equipage [age. And almost blind through eld, that scarce her way Which from great Neptune do derive their parent
could see. Next came the aged Ocean and his dame
Therefore on either side she was sustained Old Tethys, th' oldest two of all the rest;
Oftwo smal grooms, which by their names were hight For all the rest of those two parents came,
The Churne and Charwell, two small streames, Which afterward both sea and land possest;
which pained Of all which Nereus, th' eldest and the best, Themselves her footing to direct aright, Did first proceed ; then which none more upright, which fayled oft through faint and feeble plight: Ne more sincere in word and deed profest; But Thame was stronger, and of better stay; Most voté of guile, most free from fowle despight, Yet seem'd full aged by his outward sight, Doing Amselfe and teaching others to doe right : With head all hoary, and his beard all gray,
Deawed with silver drops that trickled downe alway: Thereto he was expert in prophecies, And could the ledden of the gods unfold;
And eke he somewhat seem'd to stoupe afore Through which,when Paris brought his famous prise, With bowed backe, by reason of the lode The faire Tindarid lasse, he him foretold
And auncient heavy burden which he bore That her all Greece with many a champion bold Of that faire city, wherein make abode Should fetch againe, and finally destroy
So many learned impes, that shoote abrode, Proud Priams towne: so wise is Nereus old, And with their braunches spred all Britany, And so well skild; nathlesse he takes great ioy No lesse then do ber elder sisters broode. Oft-times amongst the wanton nymphs to sport and loy to you both, ye double noursery [rify, toy.
Of arts! but, Oxford, thine doth Thame most glo