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Aye holding up before uncertain feet
The perfecuting sword forbids to draw,
+ Ne with the glorious gifts elate and vain
wide, By him hath been y-taught his course to frame To Virtue's sweet abodes, and heaven-aspiring Fame !
For this the Fairy Knight with anxious thought,
* Aye, ever.
+ Ne, mor,
The while his tender offspring he convey'd,
On a wide mount had fix'd her rural feat, 'Mid flowery gardens plac’d, untrod by vulgar feet.
His counsellour and guard, in goodly † thews, Who well had been brought up, and nurs'd by every
XI. Thus as their pleasing journey they pursued, With chearful argument beguiling pain : Ere long descending from an hill they view'd Beneath their eyes out-stretch'd a spacious plain. That fruitful shew'd, and apt for For pastures, vines, and flowers ; while Nature fair Sweet-smiling all around with countenance I fain
Seem'd to demand the tiller's art and care, Her wildness to correct, her lavish waste repair.
XII. Right * Ensues, follows. † Thews, manners. I Fain, earnest, eager.
All as the public evil were unknown,
For towns him feem’d, and castles he did spy, As to th' horizon round he stretch'd his roaming eye,
Nor long way had they travell’d, ere they came
* Brakes, briars.
+ Lond, land,
With angry foam, and stain’d with infants' gore. Thereto along th? unlovely margin stood A birchen grove that, waving from the shore, Aye caft upon
the tide its falling bud, And with its bitter, juice empoison d all the flood.
Right in the centre of the vale empight,
But this to that compar’d mote juftly seem
For this nor founded deep, nor spredden wide,
Thereto, the more to captivate the light,
In figur'd plots with leafy walls inclos"d,
Through shells of Tritons their ascending showers, And labyrinths involv’d, and trelice-woven bowers.
There likewise mote be seen on every
side The yew
obedient to the planter's will, And shapely box of all their branching pride Ungently fhorne, and with preposterous skill To various beasts and birds of sundry quill Transform’d, and human shapes of monstrous fize; Huge as that giant-race, who, hill on hill
High-heaping, fought with impious vain * emprize, Despite of thundering Jove, to scale the steepy skies.
XIX. Alle other wonders of the sportive shears Fair Nature mis-adorning there were found: Globes, spiral columns, pyramids and piers With sprouting urns and budding statues crown'd;
Emprize, enterprize, attempt.