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XII. These marched farre afore the other crew, And all the way before them as they went, Triton his trompet shril! before them blew, For goodly triumph and great ioliyment, That made the rockes to roare as they were rent; And after them the royall issue came, Which of them sprung by lineall descent; First the sea-gods, which to themselves doe clame The powre to rule the billowes, and the waves to tames

XIII. Phorcys, the father of that fatall brood By whom those old heroës wonne such fame, And Glaucus, that wise southsayes understood; And tragicke Inoes sonne, the which became A god of seas through his mad mother's blame, Now hight Palemon, and his saylers frend; Great Brontes, and Astræus, that did shame Himselfe with incest of his kin unkend; And huge Orion, that doth tempests still portend :


The rich Cteatus, and Eurytus long ;
Neleus and Pelias, lovely brethren both;
Mightie Chrysaor, and Caïcus strong ;
Eurypulus, that calmes the waters wroth;
And faire Euphæmus, that upon them goth
As on the ground without dismay or dread ;
Fierce Eryx, and Alebius, that know'th
The waters depth, and doth their bottome tread;
And sad Asopus, comely with his hoarie head,

XV. There also some most famous founders were Of puissant nations, which the world possest; Yet sonnes of Neptune, now assembled here : Ancient Ogyges, even th' auncientest, And Inachus, renowmd above the rest; Phænix, and Aon, and Pelasgus old, Great Belus, Phæax, and Agenor best ; And mightie Albion, father of the bold And warlike people with the Britaine islands hold :

XVI. For Albion the sonne of Neptune was, Who for the proofe of his great puissance, Out of his Albion did on dry-foot pas Into old Gall, that now is cleeped France, To fight with Hercules, that did advance To vanquish all the world with matchlesse might, And there his mortall part by great

mischance Was slaine; but that which is th' immortall spright Lives still, and to his feast with Neptune's seed was


[dight. But what do I their names seeke to reherse, Which all the world have with their issue fild ? How can they all in this so narrow verse Contayned be, and in small compasse hild ? Let them record them that are better skild And know the moniments of passed age; Onely what needeth shall be here fulfild, T'expresse some part of that greate equipage, Which from great Neptune do derive their parentage.


Next came the aged Ocean and his dame,
Old Tethys, th' oldest two of all the rest,
For all the rest of those two parents came,
Which afterwards both sea and land possest;
Of all which Nereus th' eldest and the best
Did first proceed, then which none more upright,
Ne more sincere in word and deed profest,
Most voide of guile, most free from fowle despight,
Doing himselfe, and teaching others to doe right,

Thereto he was expert in prophecies,
And could the ledden of the gods unfold, [prise,
Through which, when Paris brought his famous
The faire Tindarid lasse, he him foretold
That her all Greece with many a champion bold
Should fetch againe, and finally destroy
Proud Priam's towne : so wise is Nereus old,
And so well skild; nathlesse he takes great ioy
Oft-times amongst the wanton nymphs to sport and

And after him the famous rivers came
Which doe the earth enrich and beautifie;
The fertile Nile, which creatures now doth frame;
Long Rhodanus, whose sourse springs from the skie;
Faire Ister, flowing from the mountaines hie;
Divine Scamander, purpled yet with blood
Of Greekes and Troians, which therein did die;
Pactolus, glistiring with his golden flood,
And Tygris fierce, whose streames of none may be

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Great Ganges, and immortall Euphrates ;
Deepe Indus, and Mäander intricate ;
Slow Peneus, and tempestuous Phasides ;
Swift Rhene, and Alpheus still immaculate ;
Ooraxes, feared for great Cyrus' fate;
Tybris, renowmed for the Romaines fame;
Rich Oranochy, though but knowen late;
And that huge river which doth beare his name
Of warlike Amazons, which doe possesse the same.

Ioy on those warlike women, which so long
Can from all men so rich a kingdome hold;
And shame on you, O Men! which boast your strong
And valiant hearts, in thoughts lesse hard and bold,
Yet quaile in conquest of that land of gold.
But this to you, O Britons! most pertaines
To whom the right hereof itselfe hath sold,
The which for sparing litle cost or paines,
Loose so immortall glory, and so endlesse gaines.

Then was there heard a most celestial sound
Of dainty musicke, which did next ensew
Before the spouse, that was Arion crownd,
Who playing on his harpe, unto him drew
The eares and hearts of all that goodly crew;
That even yet the dolphin which him bore
Through the Ægean seas from pirates vew
Stood still, by him astonisht at his lore,
And all the raging seas for ioy forget to rore.

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XXIV. So went he playing on the watery plaine; Soone after whom the lovely bridegroome came, The noble Thamis, with all his goodly traine ; But him before there went, as best became, His auncient parents, namely, th' auncient Thame; But much more aged was his wife then he, The Ouze, whom men doe Isis rightly name; Full weake and crooked creature seemed shee, And almost blinde through eld, that scarce her way


[could see. Therefore on either side she was sustained [hight Of two smal grooms, which by their names were The Churne and Charwell, two small streames, which Themselves her footing to direct aright, [pained Which fayled oft through faint and feeble plight; But Thame was stronger, and of better stay ; Yet seem'd full aged by his outward sight, With head all hoary, and his beard all gray, Deawed with silver drops that trickled downe alway;

XXVI. And eke somewhat seem'd to stoupe afore With bowed backe, by reason of the lode And auncient heavy burden which he bore Of that faire city, wherein make abode So many learned impes, that shoote abrode, And with their braunches spred all Britany, No lesse then do her elder sister's broode : Ioy to you both, ye double noursery Ofarts! but, Oxford ! thine doth Thame most glorify.

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