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So likewise did this Titanesse aspire

Boldly she bid the goddesse downe descend. Rule and dominion to herselfe to gaine;

And let herselfe into that ivory throne; That as a goddesse men might her admire, For she herselfe more worthy thereof wend; And heavenly honours yield, as to them twaine : And better able it to guide alone; And first, on Earth she sought it to obtaine; Whether to men whose fall she did bemone, Where she such proofe and sad examples shewed Or anto gods whose state she did maligne, Of her great power, to many ones great paine, Or to th' infernall powers her need give lone That not men onely (whom she soone subdewed) Of her faire light and bounty most benigne, But eke all other creatures her bad dooings rewed. Herselfe of all that rule shee deemed' most condignes . For she the face of earthly things so changed, But shee that had to her that soveraigne scat That all which Nature had establisht first By highest love assign'd, therein to beare In good estate, and in meet order rangede Nights burning lamp, r«garded not ber threat, She did pervert, and all their statutes burst : Ne yielded ought for favour or for feare; And all the worlds faire frame (which none yet durst But,with sterne countenaunce and disdainfullchcare Of gods or men to alter or misguide)

Bending her horned browes, did put her back; She alter'd quite; and made them all accurst And, boldly blaming her for coming there, That God had blest, and did at first provide Bade her attonce from Heavens coast to pack, Iu that still happy state for ever to abide. Or at her perill bide the wrathfull thunders wrack. Ne shee the lawes of Nature onely brake,

Yet nathëmore the giantesse forbare; But eke of lustice, and of Policie;

But, boldly preacing on, raught forth her hand And wrong of right, and bad of good did make, To pluck ber downe perforce from off her chaire; And death for life exchanged foolishlie :

And, there with lifting up her golden wand, Since which, all living wights have learn'd to die, Threatned to strike her if she did with-stand: And all this world is woxen daily worse.

Whereat the starres, which round about her biazed, O pittious worke of Mutabilitie,

And eke the Moones bright wagon still did stand, By which we all are subiect to that curse, (nurse: All beeing with so bold attempt amazed, And death, in stead of life, have sucked from our And on her uncouth habit and sterne looke still gazed. And now, when all the Earth she thus had brought | Mean while the lower world, which nothing knew To her behest and thralled to her might,

Of all that chaunced here, was darkned quite; She gan to cast in her ambitious thought

And eke the Heavens, and all the heavenly crew T'' attempt the empire of the Heavens hight,

Of bappy wights, now unpurvaide of light, And love himselfe to shoulder from his right. Were much afraid and wondred at that sight; And first, she past the region of the agre

Fearing least Chaos broken had his chaine, And of the fire, whose substance thin and slight And brought againe on them eternall night; Made no resistance, ne could her contraire, But chiefely Mercury, that next doth raigne, But ready passage to her pleasure did prepaire. Kan forth in haste uuto the king of gods to plaine. Thence to the circle of the Moone she clambe,

All ran together with a great out-cry
Where Cynthia raignes in everlasting glory,

To loves faire palace fixt in Heavens hight;
To whose bright shining palace straight she came, And, beating at his gates full earnestly,
All fairely deckt with Heavens goodly story;

Gan call to him aloud with all their might
Whose silver gates (by which there sate an hory

To know what meant that suddaine lack of light. Old aged sire, with hower-glasse in hand,

The father of the gods, when this he heard, Hight Tyme) she entred, were he liefe or sory ;

Was troubled much at their so strange affright, Ne staide till she the highest stage had scand,

Doubting least Typhou were againe upreard, Where Cynthia did sit, that never still did stand.

Or other his old foes that once bim sorely fear Her sitting on an ivory throne shee found, Drawne of two steeds, th’ one black, the other white, Eftsooves the sonne of Maia forth be sent Environd with tenne thousand starres around,

Downe to the circle of the Moone, to knowe That daly her attended day and night;

The cause of this so strange astonishment, And by her side there ran her page, that hight

And why shee did her wonted course forslowe; 1 Vesper, whom we the evening-starre intend;

And, if that any were on Earth belowe That with his torche, still twinkling like twylight,

That did with charmes or magick her molest, Her lightened all the way where she should wend,

Him to attache, and downe to Hell to throwe;

But if from Heaven it were, then to arrest And ioy to weary wandring travailers did lend :

The author, and him bring before his presence prese. That when the hardy Titanesse beheld The goodly building of her palace bright,

The wingd-foot god so fast his plumes did beat, Made of the Heavens substance, and up-held That soone he came whereas the Titahesse With thousand crystall pillors of huge hight; Was striving with faire Cynthia for her seat; Shee gan to burne in her ambitious spright, At whose strange sight and haughty hardinesse. And t'envie her that in such glorie raigned. He wondred much, and feared her no lesse : Eftsoones she cast by force and torticus might Yet, laying feare aside to doe his charge, Her to displace, and to herselfe ť have gained At last he bade her, with bold stedfastnesse, The kingdome of the Night, and waters by her Ceasse to molest the Moone to walke at large wained.

Or come before high love her dooings to discharge.' And therewithall he on her shoulder laid

That when the haaghty Titanesse beheld, His snaky-wreathed mace, whose awfull power All were she fraught with pride and impudence, Doth make both gods and hellish fiends affraid : Yet with the sight thereof was almost queld ; Whereat the Titanesse did sternely lower,

And, inly quaking, seem'd as reft of sense And stoutly answer'd ; That in evill hower And voyd of speech in that drad audience; He from his love such message to her brought, Untill that love himselfe herselfe bespake: To bid her leave faire Cynthias silver bower ; “Speake, thou fraile woman, speake with confidence; Sith shee bis love and him esteemed nought, Whenceart thou,and what doost thou bere nowmake? No more then Cynthias selfe; but all their king- What idle errand hast thou Earths mansion to fordoms sought.

sake?The Heavens herald staid not to reply,

Shee, halfe confused with his great commaund, But past away, his doings to relate

Yet gathering spirit of her natures pride, Unto his lord; who now, in th' highest sky, Him boldly answer'd thus to his demaund; Was placed in his principall estate,

“ I am a daughter, by the mothers side, With all the gods about him congregate:

Of her that is grand-mother magnifide To whom when Herines had bis message told, Of all the gods, great Earth, great Chaos child : It did them all exceedingly amate, [bold, But by the fathers, be it not envide, Save love; who, changing nought his count'nance I greater am in bloud, whereon I build,

[exil'd. Did unto them at length these speeches wise unfold; Then all the gods, though wrongfully from Heaven “ Harken to mee awhile, ye heavenly powers : “ For Titan, as ye all acknowledge must, Ye may remember since th’ Earths cursed seed Was Saturnes elder brother by birth-right; Sought to assaile the Heavens eternall towers, Both sonnes of Uranus; but by uniust And to us all exceeding feare did breed;

And guilefull meanes, through Corybantes slight, But, how we then defeated all their deed,

The younger thrust the elder from his right: Yee all doe knowe, and them destroied qnite; Since which thou, love, iniuriously hast held Yet not so quite, but that there did succeed The Heavens rule from Titans sondes by might; An off-spring of their bloud, which did alite And them to bellish dungeons downe hast feld: Upon the fruitfull Earth, which doth us yet despite. Witnesse, ye Heavens, the truth of all that I bare

teld!" « Of that bad seed is this bold woman bred, That now with bold presumption doth aspire

Whil'st she thus spake, the gods that gave good eare To thrust faire Phæbe from her silver bed,

To her bold words, and marked well her grace, And eke ourselves from Heavens high empire,

(Beeing of stature tall as any there If that her might were match to her desire: Of all the gods, and beautifull of face Wherefore it now behoves us to advise

As any of the goddesses in place) What way is best to drive her to retire ;

Stood alt astonied, like a sort of steeres, Whether by open force, or counsell wise:

Mongst whom some beast of strange and foraine race Areed, ye sonnes of God, as best ye can devise." Unwares is chaunc't, far straying from his peeres:

So did their ghastly gaze bewray their hidden feares. So having said, he ceast; and with his brow (His black eye-brow, whose doomefull dreaded beck Till, having pauz’d awhile, love thus bespake; Is wont to wield the world unto his vow,

“Will never mortall thoughts ceasse to aspire And even the bigbest powers of Heaven to check)

In this bold sort to Heaven claime to make, Made signe to them in their degrees to speake:

And touch celestiall seates with earthly mire ? Who straight gan cast their counsell grave and wise. I would have thought that bold Procrustes hire, Meanewhile th’Earths daughter, though she nought Or Typhons fall, or proud Ixions paine, Of Herines message, yet gan now advise [did reck

Or great Prometheus tasting of our ire, What course were best to take in this hot bold em

Would have suffiz'd the rest for to restraine, prize.

And warn'd all men, by their example, to refraine: Eftsoones she thus resolv'd ; that whilst the gods

“ But now this off-scum of that cursed fry (After returne of Hermes embassie)

Dare to renew the like bold enterprize, Were troubled, and amongst themselves at ods;

And chalenge th' heritage of this our skie; Before they could new counsels re-allie,

Whom what should binder, but that we likewise To set upon them in that extasie,

Should liandle as the rest of her allies, And take what fortune, time, and place would lend: And thunder-drive to Hell ?" With that, he shooke So forth she rose, and through the purest sky

His nectar-deawed locks, with which the skyes To loves high palace straight cast to ascend,

And all the world beneath for terror quooke, To prosecute her plot: good onset boads good end. And eft his burning levin-brond in hand he tooke. Shee there arriving boldly in did pass;

But when he looked on her lovely face, Where all the gods she found in counsell close, In which faire beames of beauty did appeare All quite unarm'd, as then their manner was. That could the greatest wrath soone turne to grace, At sight of her they suddaine all arose

(Such sway doth beauty even in Heaven beare) In great amaze, ne wist what way to chose: He staide his hand;

and, having chang'd

his cheare, But love, all fearelesse, forc't them to aby ; He thus againe in milder wise began ; And in his soveraine throne gan straight dispose “But ah ! if gods should strive with flesh yfere, Himselfe, more full of grace and maiestie, Then shortly should the progeny of man That mote encheare his friends, and foes mote terrifie. Be rooted out, if Tove should doe still what he can!

“ But thee, faire Titans child, I rather weene, But mongst them all, as fittest for her game, Through some vaine errour, or inducement light, (Either for chace of beasts with hound or bowe, To see that mortall eyes have never seene; Or for to shroude in shade from Phoebus flame, Or through ensample of thy sisters might,

Or bathe in fountaines that doe freshly flowe Bellona, whose great glory thou doost spight, Or from high billes, or from the dales belowe) Since thou hast seene her dreadfull power belowe, She chose this Arlo; where shee did resort Mongst wretched men, dismaide with her affright, With all her nymphes enranged on a rowe, To bandie crownes, and kingdoms to bestowe: With whom the woody gods did oft consort; [sport: And sure thy worth no lesse then hers doth seem to For with the nymphes the satyres love to play and showe.

Amongst the which there was a nymph that hight “ But wote thou this, thou hardy Titanesse,

Molanna; daughter of old father Mole,
That not the worth of any living wight

And sister unto Mulla faire and bright:
May challenge ought in Heavens interesse; Unto whose bed false Bregog whylome stole,
Much lesse the title of old Titans right:

That shepheard Colin dearely did condole,
For we by conquest, of our soveraine might,

And made her lucklesse loves well knowne to be: And by eternali doome of Fates decree,

But this Molanna, were she not so shole, Have wonne the empire of the Heavens bright; Were no lesse faire and beautifull then shee : Which to ourselves we hold, and to whom wee Yet, as she is, a fairer flood may no man see. Shall worthy deeme partakers of our blisse to bee.

For first she springs out of two marble rocks, “Then ceasşe thy idle claime, thou foolish gerle ; On which a grove of oakes high-mounted growes, And seeke by grace and goodnesse to obtaine

That as a girloud seemes to deck the locks (showes That place, from which by folly Titan fell; Of some faire bride, brought forth with pompous Thereto thou maist perhaps, if so thou faine Out of her bowre, that many flowers strowes : Have love thy gracious lord and soveraigne.”

So through the flowry dales she tumbling downe So having said, she thus to him replyde;

Through many woods and shady coverts flowes, “Ceasse, Saturnes sonne, to seeke by proffers vaine That on each side her silver channell crowne, Of idle hopes t'allure mee to thy side,

Till to the plaine she come, whose valleyes sheo For to betray my right before I have it tride.

doth drowne. “ But thee, O love, no equall judge I deeme

In her sweet streames Diana used oft, Of my desert, or of my dewfull right;

After her sweatie chace and toilesome play, That in thine owne behalfe maist partiall seeme: To bathe berselfe; and, after, on the soft But to the highest him, that is behight

And downy grasse her dainty limbes to lay Father of gods and men by equall might,

In covert shade, where none behold her may; To weet, the god of Nature, I appeale."

For much she hated sight of living eye: Thereat love wexed wroth, and in his spright Foolish god Faunus, though full many a day Did inly grudge, yet did it well conceale; He saw her clad, yet longed foolishly And bade Dan Phæbus scribe her appellation seale. To see her naked mongst her nymphes in privity. Eftsoones the time and place appointed were, Where all, both heavenly powers and earthly wights, But to corrupt Molanna, this her maid,

No way he found to compasse his desire, Before great Natures presence should appeare,

Her to discover for some secret hire: For triall of their titles and best rights:

So her with flattering words he first assaid; That was, to weet, upon the highest hights

And, after, pleasing gifts for her purvaid, Of Arlo-hill (who knowes not Arlo-hill?)

Queene-apples, and red cherries from the tree, That is the highest head, in all mens sights,

With which he her allured and betraid Of my old father Mole, whom shepheards quill

To tell what time he might ber lady see Renowmed hath with hymnes fit for a rurall skill.

(bee,

When she herselfe did bathe, that he might secret And, were it not ill fitting for this file [knights,

To sing of hilles and woodes mongst warres and Thereto hee promist, if she would him pleasure I would abate the sternenesse of my stile,

With this small boone, to qnit her with a better; Mongst these sterne stounds to mingle soft delights; To weet, that whereas shee had out of measure And tell how Arlo, through Dianaes spights,

Long lov'd the Panchin, who by nought did set her, (Beeing of old the best and fairest hill

That he would undertake for this to get her That was in all this holy-islands hights)

To be his love, and of him liked well : Was made the most unpleasant and most ill:

Besides all wbich, he vow'd to be her debter Meane while, O Clio, lend Calliope thy quill.

For many moe good turnes then he would tell;

The least of which this little pleasure should excell. Whylome when Ireland florished in fame Of wealth and goodnesse, far above the rest

The simple maid did yield to him anone; Of all that beare the British Islands name, And eft him placed where he close might view The gods then us'd, for pleasure and for rest, That never any saw, save onely one, Oft to resort thereto, when seein'd them best : Who, for his hire to so foole-hardy dew, But none of all therein more pleasure found Was of his bounds devour'd in hunters hew. Then Cynthia, that is soveraine queene profest Tho, as her mavner was on sunny day, Of woods and forrests, which therein abound, Diana, with her nymphes about her, drew Sprinkled with wholsom waters more then most on To this sweet spring; where, doffing her array, ground :

She bath'd ber lovely limbes, for love a likek) pray.

There Faunus saw that pleased much his eye, So they him follow'd till they weary were ;
And made his hart to tickle in his brest,

When, back returning to Molann' againe,
That, for great ioy of somewhat he did spy, They, by commaund'ment of Diana, there
He could him not containe in silent rest;

Her whelm'd with stones: yet Faunus, for her paine, But, breaking forth in laughter, loud profest Of her beloved Fanchin did obtaine, His foolish thought: a foolish faune indeed, That her he would receive unto his bed. That couldst not hold thyselfe so hidden blest, So now her waves passe through a pleasant plaine, But wouldest needs thine owne conceit areed ! Till with the Fanchin she herselfe doe wed, (spred. Babblers unworthy been of so divine a meed. And, both combin'd, themselves in one faire river The goddesse, all abashed with that noise,

Nath'lesse Diana, full of indignation, In haste forth started from the guilty brooke; Thenceforth abandond her delicious brooke; And, running straight whereas she heard his voice, In whose sweete streame, before that bad occasion, Enclos'd the bush about, and there him tooke

So much delight to bathe her limbes she tooke: Like darred larke, not daring up to looke

Ne onely her, but also quite forsooke On her whose sight before so much he sought.

All those faire forrests about Arlo bid; Thence forth they drew him bythe hornes,and shooke And all that mountaine, which doth overlooke Nigh all to peeces, that they left him nought;

The richest champian that may else be rid;
And then into the open light they forth him brought. And the faire Shure, in which are thousand salmons

bred.
Like as an huswife, that with busie care
Thinks of her dairie to make wondrous gaine,
Finding whereas some wicked beast unware

Them all, and all that she so deare did way,
That breakes into her dayr' house, there doth draine Thenceforth she left; and, parting from the place,
Her creaming pannes, and frustrate all her paine;

Thereon

an heavy haplesse curse did Tay; Hath, in some snare or gin set close behind,

To weet, that wolves, where she was wont to space,

Shou'd harbour'd be and all those woods deface, Entrapped him, and caught into her traine, Then thinkes what punishment were best assign'd,

And thieves should rob and spoile that coast around. And thousand deathes deviseth in her vengefull Doth to this day with wolves and thieves abound:

Since which, those woods, and all that goodly chase mind:

Which too-too true that lands in-dwellers since have So did Diana and her maydens all

found!
Use silly Faunus, now within their baile:
They mocke and scorne him, and him foule miscall;
Some by the nose him pluckt, some by the taile,
And by his goatish beard some did him haile:

CANTO VII.
Yet he (poore soule !) with patience all did beare;
For nought against their wils might countervaile :

Pealing from love to Natures bar,
Ne ought be said, whatever he did heare; (peare.

Bold Alteration pleades
But, hanging downe his head, did like a mome ap- Large evidence: but Nature soone

Her righteous doome areads.
At length, when they had fouted him their fill,
They gan to cast what penaunce him to give. Ah! whither doost'thou now, thou greater Muse,
Some would have gelt him; but that same would Me from these woods and pleasing forrests bring?
spill

And my fraile spirit, that dooth oft refuse The wood-gods breed, which must for ever live:

This too high flight unfit for her weake wing, Others would through the river him have drive

Lift up aloft, to tell of Heavens king
| And ducked deepe; but that seem'd penaunce light: (Thy soveraine sire) his fortunate successe;

But most agreed, and did this sentence give, And victory in bigger voates to sing,
Him in deeres skin to clad; and in that plight Which he obtain'd against that Titanesse,
To hunt him with their hounds, himselfe save how That him of Heavens empire sought to dispossesse !
hee might.

Yet, sith I needs must follow thy behest,
But Cynthia's selfe, more angry then the rest,

Doe thou my weaker wit with skill inspire,
Thought not enough to punish bim in sport,
And of her shame to make a gamesome iest;

Fit for this turne; and in my sable brest

Kindle fresh sparks of that immortall fire
But gan examine him in straighter sort,

Which learned minds inflameth with desire
Which of her nymphes, or other close consort,
Him thither brought, and her to him betraid.

Of heavenly things : for who, but thou alone

That art yborne of Heaven and heavenly sire, He, much affeard, to her confessed short

Can tell things doen in Heaven so long ygone, That 'twas Molanna which her so bewraid. Then all attonce their hands upon Molanna laid.

So farre past memory of man that may be knowne? But him (according as they had decreed)

Now, at the time that was before agreed, With a deeres-skin they covered, and then chast The gods assembled all on Arlo-hill; With all their hounds that after him did speed; As well those that are sprung of heavenly seed, But he, more speedy, from them fled more fast As those that all the other world doe fill, Then any deere; so sore bim dread aghast. And rule both sea and land unto their will: They after follow'd all with shrill out-cry, Onely th' infernall powers might not appeare; Shouting as they the Heavens would have brast; As well for horror of their count'naunce ill, That all the woods and dales, where he did flie, As for th' unruly fiends which they did feare; Did ring againe, aad loud reeccho to the skie. Yet Pluto and Prosérpina were present there.

And thither also came all other creatures, And Mole himselfe, to honour her the more,
Whatever life or motion doe retaine,

Did deck himself in freshest faire attire ;
According to their sundry kinds of features; And his high head, that seemeth alwaies hore
That Arlo scarsly could them all containe; With hardned frosts of former winters ire,
So full they filled every hill and plaine:

He with an oaken girlond now did tire,
And had not Natures sergeant (that is Order) As if the love of some new nymph late seene
Them well disposed by his busie paine,

Had in him kindled youthfull fresh desire,
And raunged farre abroad in every border, [order. And made him change his gray attire to greene:
They would have caused much confusion and dis- Ah! gentle Mole, such ioyance hath thee well be-

seene.
Then forth issew'd (great goddesse) great dame Na-
With goodly port and gracious maiesty, (ture was never so great joyance since the day
Being far greater and more tall of stature

That all the gods whylome assembled were
Then any of the gods or powers on hie;

On Hæmus bill in their divine array, Yet certes by her face and physnomy,

To celebrate the solemne bridall cheare Whether she man or woman inly were,

Twixt Peleus and dame Thetis pointed there; That could not any creature well descry; Where Phæbus self, that god of poets hight, For, with a veile

that wimpled every where, They say, did sing the spousall hymne full cleere, Her head and face was hid that mote to none ap- That all the gods were ravisht with delight peare.

Of his celestiall song and musicks wondrous might. That, some doe say, was so by skill devized,

This great grandmother of all creatures bred, To hide the terror of her uncouth bew

Great Nature, ever young, yet full of eld; From mortall eyes that should be sore agrized;

Still mooving, yet unmoved from her sted; For that her face did like a lion shew,

Unseene of any, yet of all beheld; That eye of wight could not indure to view :

Thus sitting in her throne, as I have teld, But others tell that it so beauteous was,

Before her came dame Mutabilitie; And round abont such beames of splendor threw,

And, being Towe before her presence feld That it the Sunne a thousand times did pass,

With meek obaysance and humilitie, Ne could be seene but like an image in a glass.

Thus gan her plaintif plea with words to amplifie: That well may seemen true; for well I wecne That this same day, when she on Arlo sat,

“ To thee, O greatest goddesse, onely great, Her garment was so bright and wondrous sheene, An humble suppliant loe! I lowely fly, That my frajle wit cannot devize to what

Seeking for right, which I of thee entreat; It to compare, nor finde like stuffe to that: Who right to all dost deale indifferently, As those three sacred saints, though else most wise, Damning all wrong and tortious iniurie, Yet on Mount Thabor quite their wits forgat,

Which any of thy creatures doe to other When they their glorious Lord in strange disguise Oppressing them with power unequally, Transfigur'd sawe; his garments so did daze their Sith of them all thou art the equall mother, eyes.

And knittest each to each, as brother unto brother: In a fayre plaine upon an equall hill

“ To thee therefore of this same love I plaine, She placed was in a pavilion;

And of his fellow gods that faine to be, Not such as craftesmen by their idle skill That challenge to themselves the whole worlds raign, Are wont for princes states to fashion;

Of which the greatest part is due to me, But th' Earth herself, of her owne motion,

And Heaven itselfe by heritage in fee: Out of her fruitfull bosome made to growe For Heaven and Earth I both alike do deeme, Most dainty trees, that, shooting up anon,

Sith Heaven and Earth are both alike to thee; Did seeme to how their bloosming heads full lowe And gods no more then men thou doest esteeme: For homage unto her, and like a throne did show.

For even the gods to thee, as men to gods; do seeme. So hard it is for any living wight All her array and vestiments to tell,

“ Then weigh, O soveraigne goddesse, by what right. That old Dan Geffrey (in whose gentle spright,

These gods do claime the worlds whole soverainty; The pure well-head of poesie did dwell)

And that is onely dew unto my might In his foules parley durst not with it mell,

Arrogate to themselves ambitiously: But it transferd to Alane, who he thought

As for the gods owne principality, Had in his Plaint of Kindes describ'd it well:

Which love usurpes uniustly, that to be Which who will read set forth so as it ought,

My heritage, love's selfe cannot deny, Go seek he out that Alane where he may be From my great grandsire Titan unto mee sought.

Deriv'd by dew descent; as is well known to thee. And all the earth far underneath her feete " Yet mauger love, and all his gods beside, Was dight with flowers, that voluntary grew I doe possesse the worlds most regiment; Out of tbe ground, and sent forth odours sweet; As if ye please it into parts divide, Tenne thousand mores of sundry sent and hew, And every parts ipholders to convent, That might delight the smell, or please the view, Shall to your eyes appeare incontinent. The which the nymphes from all the brooks thereby | And first, the Earth (great mother of us all) Had gathered, they at her foot-stoole threw; That only seems unmov'd and permanent, That richer seem'd then any tapestry,

And unto Mutability not thrall, That princes bowres adorne with painted imagery. Yet is she chang'd in part, and eeke in generall:

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