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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 ;
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.
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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.