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That fight thereof much griev'd my pensive
thought. At length, when most in perill it was brought, Two Angels, downe descending with swift
flight, Out of the swelling streame it lightly caught, And twixt their blessed armes it carried quight Above the reach of anie living light: So now it is transform'd into that starre, In which all heavenly treasures locked are. 630
Looking aside I saw a stately Bed,
Still as I gazed, I beheld where stood
On which Dan Perseus, borne of heavenly seed,
Lastly I saw an Arke of purest golde
Ver. 661. Which th' afhes seem'd of some great Prince to hold, &c.] This seems an allufion to the circumstance of Sir Philip Sidney's corpfe being brought to England. TODD.
At which the earth did grieve exceedingly,
* L'Envoy. Immortall fpirite of Philifides, Which now art made the heavens ornament, That whilome wast the worldës chiefst richés ; Give leave to him that lov’de thee to lament 676 His lofle, by lacke of thee to heaven hent, And with last duties of this broken verse, Broken with fighes, to decke thy fable Herse ! And ye,
faire Ladie! th' honoưr of your daies, And glorie of the world, your high thoughts
scorne; Vouchsafe this moniment of his last praise With some few filver-dropping teares t'adorne;
be of heavenlie off-spring borne, So unto heaven let your high minde aspire, And loath this droffe of sinfull worlds defire! 686
And as ye
• L' Encoy was a sort of postscript, sent with poetical compositious, and serving either to reconimend them to the attention of some particular person, or to enforce what we call the moral of them. See the stanzas at the end of Chaucer's Clerkes Tale, and of the Complaint of the Black Knight, and of Chaucer's Dreme. TYRWHITT.