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XXXIX. Then sighing soft awhile, at last she thus ; " O lamentable fall of famous towne, “ Which raignd so many yeares victorious, “ And of all Asie bore the soveraine crowne, “ In one sad night consumd and throwen downe ! “ What stony hart, that heares thy haplesse fate, “ Is not empierst with deepe compassiowne, “ And makes ensample of man's wretched state, 66 That floures so fresh at morne, and fades at even

XL. “ Behold, Sir, how your pitifull complaint “ Hath fownd another partner of your payne, “ For nothing may impresse so deare constraint " As countries cause, and commune foes disdayne; « But if it should not grieve you backe agayne " To turne your course, I would to heare desyre " What to Æneas fell, sith that men sayne “ He was not in the cities wofull fyre “ Consumd, but did himselfe to safety retyre.”

XLI. * Anchyses' sonne, begott of Venus fayre,” Said he, “out of the flames for safegard fled, 66 And with a remnant did to sea repayre, " Where he through fatall errour long was led “ Full many yeares, and weetlesse wandered “ From shore to shore, emongst the Lybick sandes, • Ere rest he fownd : much there he suffered, “ And many perilles past in forrein landes, • To save his people sad from victours vengefull XLII. “ At last in Lațium he did arryve, “ Where he with cruell warre was entertaind “ Of th' inland folke, which sought him backe to « Till he with old Latinus was constraind [drive, To contract wedlock, so the Fates ordaind; “Wedlocke contract in blood, and eke in blood Accomplished, that many deare complaind; “ The rivall slaine, the vidtour (through the flood “ Escaped hardly) hardly praisd his wedlock good.

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XLIII. “ Yet after all he victour did survive, " And with Latinus did the kingdom part; “ But after, when both nations gan to strive " Into their names the title to convart, “ His sonne lülus did from thence depart “ With all the warlike youth of Troians blood, " And in long Alba plast his throne apart, " Where faire it florished and long time stoud, “ Till Romulus renewing it, to Roine removd."

XLIV. “ There, there,” said Britomart, « afresh appeard “ The glory of the later world to spring, “ And Troy againe out of her dust was reard “ To sit in second seat of soveraine king, 6. Of all the world under her governing : “ But a third kingdom yet is to arise “ Out of the Troians scattered ofspring, “ That in all glory and great enterprise “ Both first and second Troy shall dare to equalise.


XLV. “ It Troynovant is hight, that with the waves « Of wealthy Thamis washed is along, “ Upon whose stubborne neck (whereat he raves “ With roring rage, and sore himselfe does throng, “ That all men feare to tempt his billowes strong) “ She fastned hath her foot, which stands so hy, " That it a wonder of the world is song “ In forreine landes; and all, which passen by, Beholding it from farre, do think it threates the XLVI.

(sky. 66 The Troian Brute did first that citie fownd, “ And Hygate made the meare thereof by west, “ And Overt-gate by north ; that is the bownd Toward the land; two rivers bownd the rest. So huge a scope at first him seemed best “ To be the compasse of his kingdomes seat ; “ So huge a mind could not in lesser rest, “ Ne in small meares containe his glory great, “ That Albion had conquered first by warlike feat,"

XLVII. " Ah, fairest Lady-knight !” said Paridell, " Pardon I pray my heedlesse over-sight, “ Who had forgot that whylome I heard tell From aged Mnemon, for my wits beene light. “ Indeed he said, if I remember right, “ That of the antique Trojan stocke there grew “ Another plant, that raught to wondrous hight, “ And far abroad his mighty braunches threw, " Into the utmost angle of the world he knew.


XLVIII. “For that same Brute (whom much he did advaunce " In all his speach) was Sylvius his sonne, “Whoin having slain thro' luckles arrowes glaunce, " He fled for feare of that he had misdonne, " Or els for shame, so fowle reproch to shonne, « And with him ledd to sea an youthly trayne, “ Where wearie wandring they long time did wonne, “ And many fortunes prov'd in th’ ocean mayne, " And great adventures found, that now were long


[to sayne. “ At last by fatall course they driven were “Into an island spatious and brode, - The furthest north that did to them appeare ; “ Which after rest they seeking farre abrode, “: Found it the fittest soyle for their abode, “ Fruitfull of all thinges fitt for living foode, “ But wholy waste, and void of peoples trode, “ Save an huge nation of the geaunts broode, 66 That fed on living flesh, and dronck mens vitail


[blood. ~ Whom he through wearie wars and labours long “ Subdewd with losse of many Britons bold ; " In which the great Goëmagot of strong « Corineus, and Coulin of Debon old, [cold, “ Were overthrowne, and laide on th earth full " Which quaked under their so hideous masse ; " A famous history to bee enrold “ In everlasting moniments of brasse, “ That all the antique worthies merits far did passe.

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LI. “ His worke great Troynovant, his worke is eke « Faire Lincolne, both renowmed far away; " That who from east to west will endlong seeke, “ Cannot two fairer cities find this day, “ Except Cleopolis ; so heard I say « Old Mnemon: therefore, Sir, I greet you

well “ Your country kin, and you entyrely pray « Of pardon for the strife, which late befell “ Betwixt us both unknowne,” So ended Paridell.

But all the while that he these speeches spent,
Upon his lips hong faire Dame Hellenore
With vigilant regard and dew attent,
Fashioning worldes of fancies evermore
In her fraile witt, that now her quite forlore ;
The whiles unwares away her wondring eye
And greedy eares her weake hart from her bore;
Which he perceiving, ever privily
In speaking, many false belgardes at her let fly.

So long these knightes discoursed diversly
Of straunge affaires and noble hardiment,
Which they had past with mickle ieopardy,
That now the humid night was farforth spent,
And hevenly lampes were halfendeale ybrent;
Which th' old man seeing wel (who too long
Every discourse and every argument, [thought
Which by the houres he measured) besought
Themgo to rest; so all unto their bowres were brought.
Volume III.


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