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Oft tymis is denyid his purpose ;
Take mesure in langage, wisedome ingrofe,
For mesure, as right well proved is by reson,
Thyngis unfeso’nable fettith in sefon.

Soche daungir exile hym all uttirly,
Ovir all mercie to'occupie his place,
To piteous complaintis your eres applie,
And receve your true fervaunte into grace;
To him that boundin is in Lov'is lace
Shewe favour, ladie', and be not merciles,
Left ye be called a common murdires.

When ye unto this balade have inspeccion
In my makyng holde me excusable,
It is submittid unto your correccion;
Considir chat my connyng is disable
To write to you the figure uniable,
All devoide of connyng and experience,
Maner of indityng, reson, and eloquence.

Trust it well the makir is alle your owne,
You to obeie while his life maie endure,
To doe you service as a man unknowne,
No guerdone defiryng of yerthly tresure,
But if it might accorde with your plesure
For his true service hym for to avaunce,
And call hym into your remembèraunce.

Explicit the X. Commaundementes of Love.



The IX. Ladies Worthie.

Quene Sinope. PROFULGenr in preciousnes, o Sinope the Quene! Of all feminine berynge the sceptir and regalie, [sene, Subduyng the large countrie of Armenie', as it was For maugre ther mightis thou ybrought them for to

applie, Thin honor to encresin and thy power to magnifie; Omost renoumed Hercules! with althy pompous bofte This princes toke the prisonir and put to fighte thine Ladie Hippolyte.

[hoft. Yet Hercules wexed red for Mame when I fpake of

Hippolyt, Chief patrones and captain of the peple of Sinope, Which with her amorous chere and with coragious

might She smotè the unto the ground for all thy cruiltie, Wherfore the dukeship of Diamedes and dignitie Unto her gretè laudè and glorie perpetuall Attributid by all is with triumphè laureall. 14

Ladie Deiphile. The most noble triumphè of this ladie Deiphile In releve and succor of the gret Duke of Athenis, She chastisid and brought into perpetual exile The aurcat citizeinis of the mightie Thebis, The strongè brasin pilliris there haddin no reles, Volume XIII.


But she with her sistir Agrifè them did dounè cast, And with furious fire the cite ybrent at last. 2 1

Ladie Teuca. O pulchrior fole in beautie and full ylucident, Of all feminine creturis the mostè formous flour! In Italy reigning with gret chevalry right fervenit, Chaiftifed the Romainis as maistris and conquèrour, O lady Teuca ! mochil was thy glorie and honour, Yet mochil more was to commende thy grete benigIn thy perfite living and virginall chastitie. [nite

Quene Penthefilea. Oye Trojanis! for this noble Quene Penthesile Sorowe her mortalitie with dolorous compassion, Her love was towardis you so pregnante and fertile, Which that againistthe proude Grekismade defension, With her victorious hand was al her affeccion (joie To lashe the Grekis to ground, and with ther hert'is To revengin the coward deth of noble' Hector of Quene Thamyris.

[Troie. O thon most rigorous Quene Thamyris invincible! Upon the strong and hideous peple of citees reining, Whiche by thy grete powir and by wittis sensible Ytokift in battaile captive Cyrus, the grete King Of Persia and of Media, his hed in blode lying ; [slid, 'Thou baddist him to drinkin of the blode he hadthurAnd xxii. M. of his horle there were distreslid.

Ladie Lampede. The famous loudetrumpè ymade of gold yforgid so Hath blowin so up the fame and glory.environ (bright


Of this lady Lampedo, with her sistir Masifit,
That al the land of Feminie, Europe, and Epheson,
Be yeldin and applied lowly to her subjeccion;
Many an high toure she raisid, and ybilt touris long,
Perpetuelly to laftin, with huge wallis strong. 49

Quene Semiramis.
Lo here Semiramis, the Quene of grete Babilon,
The mofte generous gem and the flourc of lovily favor,
Whose excellent powir from Mede unto Septentrion
Florished in her regally as a mightie conqueror,
Subdued al Barbary, and Zorast the King of honor,
She flue Ethiop, and conquirid Armenie and Inde, 55
In which non entrid but Alexander and she as 1 finde.

Ladie Menalippe. Also the ladie Menalippe, thy lifir so dere, [stand, Whosemartial powirthere was no man that coud withFor thorough the wide worldè there was not yfound

[hande, The famous Duke of Athenis, Theseus, she had in And she forely chastisid him and conquirid his lande; The proudè Grekis mightilie also she did affaile, 62 Andovircam'e and vanquilhid them bravely in bataile.

Explicit the balade of the IX. Worthies of Ladies.

her pere,

ALONE walkyng,
In thought plainyng, All defolate,
And sore lighyng,


Me remembryng
Of my livyng, Bothe erly and late,
My death withyng


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Yet I full faine
Would me complaine From this pénaunce;
Me to abflaine


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