« PreviousContinue »
Which thither came; but in the porch there Which did themselves amongst the leaves
enfold, A comely personage of stature tall,
As lurking from the view of covetous guest, And semblance pleasing more than natural, That the weak boughes, with so rich load op
That travellers to him seem'd to entice; Did bow adown as over-burthened. [prest, His looser garments to the ground did fall, There the most dainty paradise on ground,
And flew about his heels in wanton wise, Itself doth offer to his sober eye,
The foe of life, that good envies to all, And none does others happiness envie:
The painted flowres, the trees upshooting hie, Through guileful semblaunce which he makes The dales for shade, the hills for breathing us see,
place, He of this garden had the governall, The trembling groves, the crystall running by:
And pleasure's porter was devis’d to be, And that which all fair works doth most Holding a staffe in hand for more formalitie.
(place. Thus being entred, they behold around
The art which wrought it all appeared in no A large and spatious plaine on every side
One would have thought (so conningly the Strow'd with pleasaunce, whose faire grassie
And scorned parts were mingled with the fine) Mantled with green, and goodly beatifide That Nature had for wantonness ensude With all the ornaments of Floraes pride,
Art, and that Art at Nature did repine; Wherewith her mother Art, as half in scorne So striveing each the other to undermine, Of niggard Nature, like a pompous bride,
Each did the other's work more beautify; Did deck her, and too lavishly adorne, So differing both in willes, agreed in fine : When forth from virgin bowre she comes in So all agreed through sweet diversitie, th' early morne.
This garden to adorne wih all varietie. Thereto the heavens always joviall,
And in the midst of all, a fountaine stood, Lookt on them lovely, still in stedfast state,
Of richest substance that on earth might be, Ne suffer'd storme nor frost on them to fall,
pure and shiny, that the silver Hood Their tender buds or leaves to violate,
Through every channell running, one might Nor scorching heat, nor cold intemperate,
Most goodly ii with pure imageree (see; T afflict the creatures which therein did
Was over-wrought, and shapes of naked boyes, dwell;
Of which some seem'd with lively jollitee But the mild air with season moderate
To fly about, playing their wanton toyes, Gently attempred and disposed so well,
While others did themselves embay in liquid That still it breathed forth sweet spirit and joyes. wholesome smell.
And over all, of purest gold, was spred More sweet and wholesome than the plea- A tragle of ivie in his native hew: sant hill
For the rich metall was so coloured, Of Rhodopè, on which the nymph that bore That wight that did not well advised view,
A giant-babe, herselfe for griefe did kill; Would surely deem it to be ivie true ::. Or the Thessalian Tempè, where of yore
Low his lascivious armes adowne did creep, Faire Daphne Phæbus' heart with lovedid gore; That themselves dipping in the silver dew, Or Ida, where the gods lov'd to repaire,
Their fleecie flowres they tenderly did steepe, When-ever they their heavenly bowres forlore; Which drops of crystall seemd for wantonness
Or sweet Parnasse, the haunt of muses faire; to weepe.
Till that he came unto another gate, Out of this fountaine, sweet and faire to see,
That like a little lake it seem'd to bee; Their clasping armes, in wanton wreathings Whose depth exceeded not three cubits intricate.
(see So fashioned a porch with rare divise, That through the waves one might the bottom Archt over head with an embracing vine,
All pav'd beneath with jaspers shining bright, Whose bunches hanging downe, seem'd to That seem'd the fountaine in that sea did sayle entice
upright. All passers by to taste their lushious wine, And all the margent round about was set And did themselves into their hands incline, With shady lawrell-trees, thence to defend As freely offering to be gathered :
Thesunny beames, which on the billows bet, Some deep empurpled as the hyacint,
And those which therein bathed, mote offend. Some as the rubine laughing, sweetly red,
$31. Bower of Proteus. Some like fair emeraudes not yet ripened.
His bowre is in the bottom of the maine, And them amongst, some were of burnisht Under a mighty rock, 'gainst which do rave So made by art, to beautifie the rest, [gold, The roaring billows in their proud disdaine ;
That with the angry working of the wave,
$ 35. Charity, Therein is eaten out an hollow cave,
She was a woman in her freshest age, That seems rough mason's hand, with en- of wondrous beauty, and of bountie rare, gine keen,
With goodly grace and comely personage, Had long while laboured it to engrave: That was on earth not easy to compare ; There was his wonne, ne living wight was Full of great love, but Cupid's wanton snare seen,
As hell she hated, chasi in work and will; Save an old nymph, hight Panope, to keep it Her neck and breasts were ever open bare, clean.
That aye thereof her babes might suck their § 32. Bull. As salvage bull, whom two fierce mastives The rest was all in yellow robes arraied still.
A multitude of babes about her hang, bait, When rancour doth with rage him once begore,
Plying their sports, that joy'd her to behold,
Whom still she fed, whilst they were weak Forgets with warie ward them to await, But with his dreadful horns them drives afore, But thrust them forth still, as they wexed old: Or Alings aloft, or treads down in the fore,
And on her head she wore a tire of gold, Breathing out wrath, and bellowing out dis
Adorn'd with gemmes and owches wondrous daine,
fair, That all the forest quakes to hear him roar.
Whose passing price uneath was to be told; Another.
And by her
side there sate a gentle pair As two fierce bulls, that strive the rule to get Of turtle doves, she sitting in an ivory chaire. Of all the herd, meet with so hideous maine, That both rebutted, tumble on the plaine :
$36. Concord. So these two champions to the ground were feld.
But lovely concord, and most sacred peace,
Doth nourish virtue, and fast friendship breedes; Another.
Weake she makes strong, and strong things Like a wild bull, that being at a bay,
does increase, Is baited of a mastiff and a hound,
Till it the pitch of highest praise exceeds. And a curre-dog, that do him sharp assay Brave be her warres, as honourable deedes, On every side, and beat about him round; By which she triumphs over ire and pride, But most the curre, barking with bitter sound, And winnes an olive girlond for her meeds. And creeping still behind, doth him incom
ber, That in chauffe he digs the trampled ground,
$ 37. Contemplation. And threats his horns, and bellows like the There they doe find that godly aged sire, thunder.
With snowy locks adown his shoulders shed,
As hoarie frost with spangles doth attire $ 33. Calumny.
The mossy branches of an oak half dead It is a monster bred of hellish race,
Each bone might through his body well be read, Then answer'd he, which often had annoy'd And every sinew seen through his long fast: Good knights and ladies true, and many else For nought he car'd, his carcase long unfed ; destroy'd.
His mind was full of spiritual repast, Of Cerberus whylome he was begot, And pyn’d his flesh to keep his body lowe and And fell Chimæra in her darksome den,
chaste. Through foule comunixture of his filthy blot, Where he was fostred long in Stygian fen,
$ 38. Cupid. Till he to perfect ripeness grew, and then Into this wicked world he forth was sent,
Like a Cupido on Idæan hill, To be the plague and scourge of wretched men:
When having laid his cruel bowe away, Whom with vile tongue and venemousintent The world with wondrous spoils and bloodie
And mortal arrows, wherewith he doth fill Ill sore doth wound, and bite, and cruelly torment.
With his faire mother he him dights to play, $ 34. Cunnon.
And with his goodly sisters, graces three; As when the devilish iron engine wrought The goddesse pleased with his wanton play, In deepest hell, and fram'd by furies' skill, Suffers herself through sleep beguild to be,
With windy nitre and quick sulphur fraught, The whiles the other ladies mind their merty And ramm'd with bullet round ordain'd to kill, glee. Conceiveth fire, the heavens it doth fill
First, she him sought in court where most With thondering noise, and all the aire doth he used choke,
Whylome to haunt, but there she found him That none can breath, nor see, nor hear, at will,
[smoke, But many there she found, which sore acThrough smouldry cloud of duskish stinking cused That th' only breath him daunts who hath His falsehood, and with foule infamous blot, escapt his stroke.
His cruel deeds and wicked wiles did spot :
Ladies and lords she every-where mote hear Full dreadfully he shook, that all did quake, Complaining, how with his empoysned shot And clapt on high his coloured wings twaine, Their woful hearts he wounded had why- That all his many it affraide did make : leare,
[and feare. Though binding him againe, his way he forth And so had left them languishing 'twixt hope did take.
She then the cities sought from gate to gate, And ev'ry one did ask, did he him see;
$ 39. Danger. And every one her answer'd, and too late
With him went Danger, cloth'd in ragged He had him seen, and felt the crueltie
weed, Of his sharp darts, and hot artillerie;
Made of a beares skyn, that him more dreadAnd every one threw forth reproaches rife
ful made : Of his mischievous deeds, and said, that hee
Yet his own face was dreadful, ne did need Was the disturber of all civil life,
Strange horror, to deform his griesly shade; The enemie of peace, and author of all strife.
A net in th' one hand, and a rusty blade Then in the country she abroad him sought, In th'other was: this mischiefe, that mishap; And in the rural cottages enquired :
With th' one his foes he threatened to invade, Where also many plaints to her were brought, With th' other he his friends meant to enHow he their heedless hearts with love had wrap:
For, whom he could not kill, he practis dio And false venim thorough theirveines inspired; Andeke the gentle shepheard swaines, which
But in the porch did ever more abide Keeping their fleecy focks, as they were hired, An hideous giant, dredful to behold, She sweetly heard.complaine, both how and That stopt the entrance with his spacious what
stride; Her sonne had to them doen; yet she did smile And with the terror of his countenance bold, thereat.
Full many did affray, thatelse faine enter would. And at the upper end of the faire towne,
His name was Danger, dreaded over all, There was an altar built of precious stone,
Who day and night did watch and duly ward, Of passing value, and of great renowne,
From fearful cowards entrance to forestall, On which there stood an image all alone,
And faint-heart fooles, whom show of perill Of massie gold, which with his own light
Could terrifie from Fortune's faire award : And wings it had with sundry colours dight, of his grim face, were from approaching scardi
For, oftentimes, faint hearts at first espiall More sundry colours than the proud pavone Bears in his boasted fan, or Iris bright,
Unworthy they of grace, whom one deniall When her discolour'd bow she spreads through Excludes from fáire hope, withouten further heaven bright.
triall. Blindfold he was, and in his cruel fist Yet many doughty heroes, often tride A mortal bow and arrowes keen did hold, In greater perils to be stout and bold, With which he shot at random when he list:
Durst not the sterness of his look abide; Some headed with sad lead, some with pure
But soon as they his countenance behold, gold
(hold). Began to faint, and feel their courage cold. (Ah, man! bewarc how thou those darts be- Again, some other, that in hard assaies A wounded dragon under him did lie,
Were cowards known, and little count did hold, Whose hideous tayle his left foot did enfold, Either through gifts, orguile, or such like waies, And with a shaft was shot through eyther Crept in by stooping lowe, or stealing of the eye,
kaies. That no man forth could draw, ne no man
$ 40. Day-break. Next after her, the winged god himself Came riding on a lyon ravenous,
By this, the northern waggoner had set Taught to obey the menage of that elfe,
His sevenfold teme behind the stedfast star, That man and beast with powre imperious
That was in ocean waves yet never wet. Subdueth to his kingdom tyrannous :
But firme is fixt, and sendeth light from far His blindfold eyes he bad awhile unbind,
To all, that in the wide deep wandering are : That his proud spoyle of that same dolorous
Andchearful Chauntielere with his note shrill Fair dame he might behold in perfect kind; Had warned once, that Phæbus' fiery carre Which seen he much rejoyceth in his cruel
In haste was climbing up the eastern hill; mind. Full envious that night so long his room did fill
. Of which full proud, himself up-rearing hye, He looked round about with stern disdaine ;
$ 41. Death. And did survey his goodly company; And in his hand a bended bow was seene, And marshalling the evil ordered traine, And many arrowes under his right side, With that the darts which his right hand did All deadly dangerous, all cruel keene, straine,
Headed with fint, and feathers bloudie dide.
Such as the Indians in their quivers hide: That soon they life conceiv'd, and forth in
§ 44. Detraction. That mote recure their wounds ; so inly they The other nothing better was than she; did tine.
Agreeing in bad will and cancred kind, As pale and wan as ashes was his look,
But in bad manner they did disagree; His body lean and meagre as a rake,
For, what-so Envie good or bad did find, And skin all wither'd as a dried rook,
She did conceale and murder her own mind; Thereto as cold and drery as a snake,
But this, whatever evil she conceaved, That seem'd to tremble evermore, and quake;
Did spread abroad, and throw in the open All in a canras thin he was bedight,
wind. And girded with a belt of twisted brake,
Yet this in all her words might be perceived, Upon his head he wore an helmet light,
That all she sought was men's good names to Made of a dead man's skull, that seem'd a
For whatsoever good by any said,
How to deprave, or slanderously upbraid, Him in a narrow place he overtook, Or to misconstrue of a man's intent, And fierce assailing forc't him turn againe ; And turne to ill the thing that well was ment.
Sternly he turn d again, when he him strooke Therefore she used often to resort With his sharp steele, and ran at him amaine To common haunts, and company's frequent, With open mouth, that seemed to containe To hark what any one did good report, · A full good peck within the utmost brim, To blot the same with blame, or wrest in All set with iron teeth with ranges twaine,
wicked sort. That terrified his foes, and armed him, Appearing like the mouth of Orcus, grisly she would it eke, and make it worse by telling,
And if that any ill she heard of any, griin.
And take great joy to publish it to many, And therein were a thousand tongues em- That every matter worse was for her melling: pight,
Her name was hight Detraction, and her of sundry kindes, and sundry quality;
dwelling, Some were of dogs, that barked day and Was near to Envy, even her neighlour next; night,
A wicked hag, and Envy's self excelling And some of cats, that wralling still did cry ; In mischiefe: for, herself she only vext : And some of bears, that groynd continually ; But this same, both herself and others eke And some of tigers that did seem to gren
perplext. And snar at all that ever passed by :
Her face was ugly, and her mouth distort, But most of them were tongues of mortal
Foaming with poyson round about her gills, men, That spake reproachfully, not caring where
In which her cursed tongue (full sharp and
short) por when.
Appear'd like aspis sting, that closely kills, And then amongst were mingled here and Or cruelly does wound whom-so she wills; there,
A distaff in her other hand she had, The tongues of serpents, with three forked stings, Upon the which she little spinnes, but spils,
That spat out poison, and bore bloudy gere And faines to weave false tales and leasings At all that came within his ravenings,
bad, And spake licentious words, and hateful things, To throw among the good, when others had Of good and bad alike, of low and hie;
disprad. Ne Cæsars spared he a whit, nor kings,
Bat either blotted them with infamy,
By thousand furies, and from thence outthrown, $43. Desire.
'Into this world, to work confusion, And him beside marcht amorous Desire, And sett it all on fire (by force unknown) Who seem'd of riper years than th' other Is wicked Discord, whose small sparkles once swaine;
blowne, Yet was that other swaine the elder syre, None but a god, or godlike man, can slake: And gave him being, common to them twaine: Such as was Orpheus, that when strife was His garment was disguised very vaine,
grown And his embroidered bonet sate awry; Amongst those famous impes of Greece, did 'Twixt both his hands flew sparks he close did take strain,
His silver harp in hand, and shortly friends Which still he blew, and kindled busily, them make.
§ 46. Discord's House.
And those same cursed seedes do also serve Hard by the gates of hell her dwelling is,
To her for bread, and yield a living food : There whereas all plagues and harmes abound,
For life it is to her, when others sterve Which punish wicked men, that walk amiss; Thro' mischievous debate, and deadly feood, It is a darksome delve farre under ground,
That she may suck their life, and drink their With thornes and barren brakes environd
With which she from her childhood had been That none the same way may out-win ;
For she at first was born of hellish brood, Yet many wayes to enter may be found,
And by infernal furies nourished, (read. But none to issue forth when one is in ; That by her monstrous shape might easily be For discord harder is to end than to begin. Her face most foule and filthy was to see,
And all within the riven walles were hung With squinting eyes contrary ways entended, With ragged monuments of times fore-past,
And loathly mouth, unmeet a mouth to be; Of which, the sad effects of discord sung;
That nought but gall and venim comprehended, There were rent robes, and broken scepters And wicked words that God and man offended : Altars defild, and holy things defac't, [plac't,
Her lying tongue was in two parts divided, Disbevered spears, and shields ytorne in And both the parts did speak, and both contwaine.
tended, Great cittys ransack't, and strong castles ras't,
And as her tongue, so was her heart decided, Nations captived, and huge arınies slaine :
That never thought one thing, but doubly still Of all which ruines there some reliques did
was guided. remaine.
Als as she double spake, so heard she double, There was the signe of antique Babylon,
With matchless ears deformed and distort, Of fatal Thebes, of Rome that raigned long,
Fild with false rumors, and seditious trouble, Of sacred Salem, and sad Ilion,
Bred in assemblies of the vulgar sort, For memory of which, on high there hong
That still are led with every light report. The golden apple (cause of all their wrong)
And as her eares, so eke her feet were odde, For which the three faire goddesses did And much unlike, th one long, the other short
, strive :
And both misplac't ; that when th' one for There also was the name of Nimrod strong,
ward gode, Of Alexander, and his princes five,
The other back retired, and contrary trode. Which shar'd to them the spoiles which he Likewise unequal were her handes twaine ; had got alive.
That one did reach, the other pusht away; And there the reliques of the drunken fray,
The one did make, the other marr'd againe, The which amongst the Lapithees befell,
And sought to bring all things unto decay; And of the bloody feast, which sent away
Whereby great riches, gather'd many a day, So many Centaures' drunken soules to hell, She in short space did often bring to nought, That under great Alcides' furie fell:
And their possessours often did dismay. And of the dreadful discord, which did drive
For all her study was, and all her thought, The noble Argonauts to outrage fell,
How she might overthrowe the thing that conThat each of life sought other to deprive,
cord wrought. All mindless of the golden-feece which made So much her malice did her might sarpass, them strive.
That even th’ Almighty selfe she did maligne And eke of private persons many moe,
Because to man so merciful he was, That were too long a worke to count them all; And unto all his creatures so benigne, Some of sworne friends, that did their faith Sith she her self was of his grace indigne : forgoe;
For all this world's faire workmanship she Some of borne brethren, prov'd unnatural ;
Unto his last confusion to bring,
(tride Some of deare lovers, foes perpetual ;
And that great golden chain quite to divide, Witness their broken bands there to be seen, With which it blessed concord hath together Their girlonds rent, their bowres dispoiled all;
tide. The monuments whereof there byding been, As plaine as at the first, when they were fresh
$ 47. Dolphin. Such was the house within; but all without As when a dolphin and a sele are met, The barren ground was full of wicked weeds, In the wide champian of the ocean plaine,
Which she berself had sowen all about, With cruel chaufe their courages they whet, Now growen great, at first of little seedes, The masterdome of each by force to gaine, The seedes of evil words, and factious deedes; And dreadful battaile 'twixt them to darraine : Which when to ripeness due they growen They snuff, they snort, they bounce, they
rage, they rore, Bring forth an infinite increase, that breedes That all the sea (disturbed with their traine)
Tumultuous trouble, and contentious jarre, Doth frie with fome above the surges hore, The which most often end in blood-shed and in Such was betwixt these two the troublesome warre,