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And therewithall he on her shoulder laid
That when the baughty 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 his love and him esteemed nought, Whenceart thou,and what doost thou here 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 command, But past away, his doings to relate
Yet gathering spirit of her natures pride, Unto his lord; who now, in th' higbest 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 bim congregate:
Of her that is grand-mother magnifide To whom when Herines had his 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 amn in bloud, whereon I build, (exil d. Did unto them at length these speeches wise unfold; | Then all the gods, though wrongfully from Heaveu “ 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 thein destroied guite ; Since which thou, love, iniuriously hast held Yet not so quite, but that there did succeed The Heavens rule froin Titans sonues by might; An off-spring of their bloud, which did alite And them to hellish dungeons downe hast feld: "Upon the fruitfull Earth, which doth us yet despite. Witnesse, ye Heavens, the truth of all that I have
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 care To thrust faire Phæbe from her silver bed,
To ber 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 all 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 beckTill, having pauz'd awbile, love thus bespake ;
“ Will never mortall thoughts ceasse to aspire Is wont to wield the world unto his vow,
In this bold sort to Heaven claime to make,
And touch celestiall seates with earthly mire ?
I would have thought that bold Procrustes hire,
Or Typhons fall, or proud Ixions paine,
Would have suffiz'd the rest for to restraine, prize.
Aud warn'd all men, by their example, to refraine: Eftsoones she thus resolv'd ; that whil'st 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 tbat we likewise To set upon them in that extasie,
Should handle 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 quvoke, 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 unarmd, 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, pe wist what way to chose: He staide bis 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 enchearc his friends, and foes mote terrifie. Be rooted out, if love should doe still wbat he can!
« But thee, faire Titans child, I rather weene, But mongst them all, as fittest for her game,
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:
That shepheard Colin dearely did condole,
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 bec.
For first she springs out of two marble rocks, “ Then ceasse 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 girlond seemes to deck the locks (shower 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 : Hare 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 shee 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 seeine: To bathe herselfe; 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 sbade, 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 :
So her with flattering words he first assaid;
And, after, pleasing gifts for her purvaid,
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 her lady see Renowmed hath with hymnes fit for a rurall skill.
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 Fanchin, who by nought did set her, (Beeing of old the best and fairest bill
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 which, 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 bim placed where he close might yiew The gods then us’d, for pleasure and for rest, That never any saw, save onely one, Oft to resort thereto, when seem'd them best : Who, for his hire to so foole-bardy 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 manner 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 her lovely limbes, for love a likely pray.
There Faunus saw that pleased much his eye, So they him follow'd till they weary were ;
When, back returning to Molann' againe,
Her whelm'd with stones: yet Faunus, for her painé, But, breaking forth in laughter, loud profest Of her beloved Fauchin 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 Panchin 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 On her whose sight before so much he sought.
Ne onely her, but also quite forsooke
All those faire forrests about Arlo hid; 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 bim 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,
Them all, and all that she so deare did way, Finding whereas some wicked beast anware That breakes into her dayr' house, there doth draine Thenceforth she left; and, parting from the placer Her creaming pannes, and frustrate all her paine;
Thereon an heavy haplesse curse did lay; Hath, in some snare or gin set close behind,
To weet, that wolves, where she was wont to space, Entrapped him, and caught into her traine,
Shou'd harbour'd be and all those woods deface, 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 bave So did Diana and her maydens all
Pealing from love to Natures bar,
Bold Alteration pleades
Her righteous doome áreads.
And my fraile spirit, that dooth oft refuse The wood-gods breed, which must for ever live:
This too bigh fight unfit for her weake wing, Others would through the river him have drive
Lift up aloft, to tell of Heavens king
And victory in bigger noates to sing,
hee might. But Cynthia's selfe, more angry then the rest,
Yet, sith I needs must follow thy behest, Thought not enough to punish him in sport,
Doe thou my weaker wit with skill inspire, And of her shame to make a gamesome iest;
Fit for this tume; and in my sable brest But gan examine him in straighter sort,
Kindle fresh sparks of that immortall fire Which of her nymphes, or other close consort,
Which learned minds inflameth with desire Him thither brought, and her to bim betraid.
Of heavenly things : for who, but thou alone He, much affeard, to her confessed short
That art yborne of Heaven and heavenly sire, That 'twas Molanna which her so bewraid.
Can tell things doen in Heaven so long ygone, 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 be, more speedy, from them fled more fast As those that all the other world doe fill, Then any deere; so sore him 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 fie, As for th' unruly fiends which they did feare; Did ring agaipe, and loud reeccho to the skie. Yet Pluto and Proserpina were present there.
And thither also came all other creatores, And Mole himselfe, to honour her the more,
Did deck himself in freshest faire attire ;
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 beThen forth issew'd (great goddesse) great dame NaWith goodly port and gracious maiestyy (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 hill in their divine array, Yet certes by her face and physnomy,
To celebrate the solemne bridali cheare Whether she man or woman inly were,
Twixt Peleas and dame Thetis pointed there; That could not any creature well desery ;
Where Phæbus self, that god of poets hight, For, with a veile that wimpled every where, They say, did sing the spousall bymne 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 hew
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 about such beames of splendor threw,
And, being lowe 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 amplific: That well may seemen true; for well I weene 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 lowply tly, That my fraile wit cannot devize to what
Seeking for right, which I of thee entreat;
Who right to all dost deale indifferently,
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 bow their bloosining heads fall lowe And gods no more then men tho!: doest esteeme: For homage unto her, and like a throne did show.
Por even the gods to thee, as meu to gods, do seeme. So bard it is for any living wight All her array and vestiments to tell,
“ Then weigh, 0 soveraigne goddesse, by what right That old Dan Geffrey (in whose gentle spright,
These gods do claime the worlds whole soverainty; The pare 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,
Which love usurpes uniustly, that to be
My heritage, love's selfe cannot deny, Go seek be out that Ajane 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 fecte “ Yet mauger love, and all his gods beside, Was dight with flowers, that voluntary grew I doe possesse the worlds most regiment; Out of the 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 inholders 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.
" For all that from her springs, and is ybredde, “ Thus all these fower (the which the groundwork However fayre it Aourish for a tirde,
Of all the world and of all living wights) (bee Yet see we soone decay; and, being dead,
To thousand sorts of change we subject see: To turne again unto their earthly slime:
Yet are they chang'd by other wondrous slights Yet, out of their decay and mortall crime,
Into themselves, and lose their native mights; We daily see new creatures to arize,
The Fire to Aire, and th' Ayre to Water sheere, And of their winter spring another prime,
And Water into Eartb; yet Water fights Unlike in forme, and chang'd by strange disguise: With Fire, and Aire with Earth, approaching neere; So turne they still about, and change in restlesse wise. Yet all are in one body, and as one appeare. « As for her tenants; that is, man and beasts; “ So in them all raignes Mutabilitie; The beasts we daily sce massacred dy
However these, that gods themselves do call, As thralls and vassals unto mens beheasts;
Of them doe claime the rule and soverainty ; And men themselves doe change continually, As Vesta, of the fire æthereall; From youth to eld, from wealth to poverty, Vulcan, of this with us so usuall; Froin good to bad, from bad to worst of all: Ops, of the earth; and luno, of the ayre; Ne doe thcir bodies only flit and Ay;
Neptune, of seas; and nymphes, of rivers all: But eeke their minds (which they immortall call) For all those rivers to me subiect are; Still change and vary thoughts, as new occasions And all the rest, which they usurp, be all my share.
fall. « Ne is the Water in more constant case;
“ Which to approven true, as I have told, Whether those same on high, or these belowe :
Vouchsafe, O goddesse, to thy presence call
The rest which doe the world in being hold;
As Times and Seasons of the yeare that fall :
Of all the wbich demand in generall,
Or iudge thyselfe, by verdit of thine eye,
Whether to me they are not subiect all.” With which the clouds are also tost and rollid,
Nature did yeeld thereto; and by-and-by Now like great hills; and streight, like sluces, them
Bade Order call them all before her maiesty. unfold.
So forth issew'd the Seasons of the yeare : “ So likewise are all watry living wights
First, lusty Spring all dight in leaves of flowres Still tost and turned with continuall change, That freshly budded and new bloosmes did beare, Never abyding in their stedfast plights:
In which a thousand birds had built their bowres The fish, still floting, doe at randon range,
That sweetly sung to call forth paramours; And never rest, but evermore exchange
And in his hand a iavelin he did beare, Their dwelling places, as the streames them carrie: And on his head (as fit for warlike stoures) Ne have the watry foules a certaide grange A guilt engraven morion he did weare; Wherein to rest, ne in one stead do tarry;
That as some did him love, so others did him feare, But fitting still doe flie, and still their places vary.
Then came the iolly Sommer, being dight “ Next is the Ayre: which who feeles not by sense In a thin silken cassock coloured greene, (For of all sense it is the middle meane)
That was unlyned all, to be more light: To fit still, and with subtill influence
And on his head a girlond well beseene Of his thin spirit all creatures to maintaine
He wore, from which as he had chauffed been In state of life? ('weake life ! that does leane
The sweat did drop; and in his hand he bore On thing so tickle as th' unsteady ayre,
A bowe and shaftes, as he in forrest greene Which every howre is chang'd, and altred cleane Had hunted late the libbard or the bore, With every blast that bloweth fowle or faire:
And now would bathe bis limnbes with labor heated The faire doth tolong; the fowle doth it impaire.
sore. “ Therein the changes infinite beholde, Which to her creatures every minute chaunce;
Then came the Autumnc all in yellow clad, Now boyling hot; streight friezing deadly cold;
As though he ioyed in his p!entious store, Now faire sun-shine, that makes allskip and daunce;
Laden with fruits that made him laugh, full glad Streight bitter storms, and balefull countenance
That he had banisht hunger, which to-fore That makes them all to shiver and to shake:
Had by the belly oft bim pinched sore: Rayne, hayle, and snowe do pay them sad penance, upon his head a wreath, that was enrold And dreadfull thunder-claps (that make them
With ears of corne of every sort, he bore; quake)
And in his hand a sickle he did holde, (yold.
[changes make. With flames and fasbing lights that thousand
To reape the ripened fruits the which the earth had
And the dull drops, that from his purpled bill
In his right hand a tipped staffe he held,