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Next them did Gurgunt, great Belinus sonne, Yet twise they were repulsed backe againe,
In rule succeede, and eke in fathers praise ; And twise renforst backe to their ships to fly;
He Easterland subdewd, and Denmarke wonne, The whiles with blood they all the shore did staine,
And of them both did foy and tribute raisc, And the gray ocean into purple dy:
The which was dew in his dead fathers daies: Ne had they footing found at last perdie,
He also gave to fugitives of Spayne,

Had not Androgeus, false to native soyle,
Whom he at sea found war:dring from their waies, And envions of uncles soreraintie,
A seate in Ireland safely to remayne, [táyne. Betrayd his country unto forreine spoyle. [foyle!
Which they should hold of him as subiect to Bri- Nought els but treason from the first this land did
After him raigned Gaitheline his bayre,

So by bim Cæsar got the victory, The iustest man and trewest in his daies,

Through great bloodshed and many a sad assay, Who had to w fe dame Mertia the fayre,

In which himselfe was charged heavily A woman worthy of immortall praise,

Of hardy Nennius, whom he yet did slay, Which for this realme found many goodly layes, But lost his sword, yet to be seene this day. And wholesome statutes to her husband brought: Thenceforth this land was tributarie made Her many deemd to have beene of the Fayes, Tambitious Rome, and did their rule obay, As was Aegerié that Nnma tought:

Till Arthur all that reckoning defrayd: Those yet of her be Mertian lawes both nam'd and Yet oft the Britou kings against them strongly swayd. thought.

Next him Tenantius raigod; then Kimbeline, Her sonne Sifillus after her did rayne;

What time th' Eternall Lord in fleshly slime And then Kimarus; and then Danius :

Enwornbed was, from wretched Adams line Next whom Moriudus did the crowne sustayne ; To purge away the guilt of sinful crime. Who, had he not with wrath outrageous

O joyous memorie of happy time, And cruell rancour dim'd his valorous

That heaven'y grace so plenteously displayd! And mightie deedes, should matched have the best: O too high ditty for my simple rine! As well in that same field victorious

Soone after this the Romanes him warrayd; Against the forreine Morands he exprest;

For that their tribute he refusd to let be payd. Yet lives his memorie, though carcas sleepe in rest.

Good Claudius, that next was emperour, Fise sonnes he left begotten of one wife,

An army brought, and with him batteile fought, All wbich successively by turnes did rayne: In which the king was by a treachetour First Gorboman, a man of vertuous life;

Disguised slaine, ere any thereof thought: Next Arch gald, who for his proud disdayne Yet ceased not the bloody fight for ought : Deposed was from princedome soverayne,

For Arvirage bis brothers place supplyde And pitteous Elidure put in his sted;

Both in his armes and crowne, and by that draught Who shortly it to him restord agayne,

Did drive the Romanes to the weaher syde, Till by his death be it recovered;

That they to peace agreed. So all was pacifyde. But Peridure and Figent him disthronized :

Was never king more highly magn fide,
In wretched prison long he did remaine,

Nor dredd of Romanes, then was Arvirage;
Till they out-raigned had their utmost date, For which the emperonr to him allide
And then therein reseized was againe,

His daughter Genuiss' in marr age:
And ruled long with honorable state,

Yet shortly he renounst the vassallare Till be surrendred realme and life to fate.

Of Rome aga'ne, who hether hast'y sent
Then all the sonnes of these five brethren raynd Vespasian, that with great spoile and rage
By des successe, and all their nephewes late; Forwasted all, till Genuissa gent
Eren thrise eleven descents the crowne retaynd, Persuaded bim to ceasse, and ber lord to relent.
Till aged Hely by dew heritage it gaynd.

He dide; and him succeded Marius,
He had two sonnes, wbose eldest, called Lud, Who ioyd his dayes in great tranquillity.
Left of his life most famous memory,

Then Coyll; and after him good Lucius,
And endlesse moniments of his great good :

That first received Christianity, The ruin'd wals be did reædifye

The sacred pledge of Christes Evangely.
Of Troynovant, gainst force of enimy,

Yet true it is, that long before that day
And built that gate which of his name is hight, Hither came loseph of Arimathy,
By which he lyes entombed solemnly:

Who brought with him the Holy Grayle, (they say) He left two sondes, too young to rule aright, And preacht the truth; but since it greatly did Androgeus and Tenantius, pictures of his might.

decay. Whilst they were young, Cassibalane their eme This good king shortly without issew dide, Was by the people chosen in their sted,

Whereof great trouble in the kingdome grew, Wbo on him tooke the roiall diademe,

That did herselfe in sondry parts divide, And goodly well long time it governed;

And with her powre her owne selfe overthrew, Till the prowde Romanes bim disquieted,

Whilest Romanes daily did the weake subdew : And Farlike Cæsar, tempted with the name Which seeing, stout Bunduca up arose, Of this sweet island never conquered,

And taking armes the Britons to her drew; And envying the Britons blazed fame,

With whom she marched straight against her foes, (0 hideous hunger of dominion !) hether came. And them unwares besides the Severne did enclose.

There she with them a cruell batteill tryde, The weary Britons, whose war-hable youth
Not with so good successe as shee deserr'd; Was by Maximian lately ledd away,
By reason that the captaines on her syde,

With wretched miseryes and woefull ruth
Corrupted by Paulinus, from her swerv'd :

Were to those Pagans made an open pray, Yet such, as were through former flight preserv'd, And daily spectacle of sad decay: (yeares Gathering againe, her host she did renew,

Whome Romane warres, which now fowr hundred And with fresh corage on the victor servd :

And more had wasted, could no whit dismay; But being all defeated, save a few,

Til, by consent of commous and of peares, Rather than fiy, or be captiv'd, herselfe she slew. They crownd the second Constantine with ioyous

teares: O famous moniment of womens prayse! Matchable either to Semiramis,

Who having oft in batteill vanquished Whom ániique history so high doth rayse, Those spoylefull Picts, and swarming Easterlings, Or to Hy:siphil', or to Thomiris:

long time in peace his realme established, Her host two hundred thousand numbred is; Yet oft annoyd with sondry bordragings Who, whiles good fortune favoured her might, Of neighbour Scots, and forrein scatterlings Triumphed oft against her enemis;

With which the world did in those dayes abound : And yei, though overcome in haplesse fight, Which to outbarre, with painefull pyonings Shee triumphed on death, in enemies despight. From sea to sea he heapt a mighty mound, [bownd.

Which from Alcluid to Panwelt did that border Her reliques Fulgent having gathered, Fought with Severus, and him overthrew ;

Three sonnes he dying left, all under age ;
Yet in the chace was slaine of them that fled ; By meanes whereof their uncle Vortigere
So made then victors whome he did subdew, Usurpt the crowne during their pupillage;
Then gon Carausius tirannize anew,

Which th' infants tutors gathering to feare,
And gainst the Romanes bent their proper powre; | Them closely into Armorick did beare :
But him Allectus treacherously slew,

For dread of whom, and for those Picts annoyes, And tooke on bina the robe of emperoure:

He sent to Germany straunge aid to reare; Nath'lesse the same enioyed but short happy howre: From whence eftsoones arrived here three hoyes

Of Saxons, whom he for his safety imployes. For Asclepiodate him overcame, And left inglorious on the vanquisht playne, Two brethren were their capitayns, which hight Without or robe or rag to hide his shame :

Hengist and Horsus, well approv'd in warre, Then afterwards he in his stead did raigne ; And both of them men of renowmed might; But shortly was by Coyll in batteill slaine : Who making vantage of their civile jarre, Who after long debate, since Lucies tyme, And of those forreyners which came from farte, Was of the Britons first crownd soveraine : Grew great, and got large portions of land, Then gan this realme renew her passed prime: That in the realme ere long they stronger arre He of his name Coylchester built of stone and lime. Then they which sought at first their belping hand,

And Vortiger enforst the kingdome to aband. Which when the Romanes heard, they hether sent Constantius, a man of mickle might,

But, by the helpe of Vortimere his sonne, With whome king Coyll made an agreëment, He is againe unto his rule restord; And to him gave for wife his daughter bright, And Hengist, seeming sad for that was donne, Fayre Helena, the fairest living wight,

Received is to grace and new accord, Who in all godly thewes and goodly praise Through his faire daughters face and flattring word. Did far excell, but was most famous hight

Soone after which, three hundred lords he slew For skil in musicke of all in her dajes,

Of British blood, all sitting at his bord;
As well in curious instruments as cunning laies: Whose dolefull moniments who list to rew,

Th’ eternall marks of treason may at Stonbeng vew.
Of whome he did great Consantine begett,
Who afterward was emperour of Rome;

By this the sonnes of Constantine, which fled, To which whiles absent he his mind did sett, Ambrose and Uther, did ripe yeares attayne, Octavius here lept into his roome,

And, here arriving, strongly challenged And it usurped by unrighteous doome:

The crowne which Vortiger did long detayne: But he his title iustifide by might,

Who, flying from his guilt, by them was slayne; Slaying Traherne, and having overcome

And Hengist eke soone brought to shamefull death. The Romane legion in dreadfull fight :

Thenceforth Aurelius peaceably did rayne, So settled he his kingdome, and confirmd his Till that through poyson stopped was bis breath; right:

So now entombed lies at Stoneheng by the heath. But, wanting yssew male, his daughter deare After him Uther, which Pendragon hight, He gave in wedlocke to Maximian,

Succeeding-There abruptly it did end, And him with her made of his kingdome heyre, Without full point, or other cesure right; Who soone by meanes thereof the empire wan, As if the rest some wicked hand did rend, Till murdred by the freends of Gratian.

Or th' author selfe could not at least attend Then gan the Hunnes and Picts invade this land, To finish it: that so untimely breach During the raigne of Maximinian;

The prince himselfe halfe seemed to offend; Who dying left cone heire them to withstand ; Yet secret pleasure did offence empeach, But that they overran all parts with easy hand. And wonder of antiquity long stopt his speach.

At last, quite ravisht with delight to heare Great was his power and glorie over all
The royall ofspring of his native land,

Which, him before, that sacred seate did fill,
Cryde out;“Deare countrey! O how dearely deare That yet remaines his wide memoriall:
Ought thy remembraunce and perpetuall band He dying left the fairest Tanaquill,
Be to thy foster childe, that from thy hand Him to succeede therein, by his last will:
Did commup breath and nouriture receave! Fairer and nobler liveth none this howre,
How brutish is it not to understand

Ne like in grace, ne like in learned skill; How much to her we owe, that all us gave; Therefore they Glorian call that glorious flowre: That gave unto us all whatever good we have !” Long mayst thou, Glorian, live in glory and great

powre! But Guyon all this while his booke did read, Ne yet has ended : for it was a great

Beguyld thus with delight of novelties, And ample volume, that doth far exceаd

And naturall desire of countryes state, My leasure so long leaves bere to repeat:

So long they redd in those antiquities, It told how first Prometheus did create

That how the time was fled they quite forgate ; A man, of many parts from beasts deryv'd, Till gentle Alma, seeing it so late, And then stole fire from Heren to animate Perforee their studies broke, and them besought His worke, for wbich he was by love depryv'd To thinke how supper did them long awaite: of life himselfe, and hart-strings of an aegle ryv'd. So halfe unwilling from their bookes them brought,

And fayrely feasted as so noble knightes she ought.
That man so made he called Elfe, to weet
Quick, the first author of all Ellin kynd;
Who, wapdring through the world with wearie feet,
Did in the gardins of Adonis fynd

A goodly creature, whom he deemd in mynd
To be no earthly wight, but either sprighi,

The enimies of Temperaunce
Or angell, th' authour of all woman kynd;

Besiege her dwelling place;
Therefore a Fay he her according hight, [right.
Of whom all Faryes spring, and fetch their lignage

Prince Arthure them repelles, and fowle

Maleger doth deface.
Of these a mighty people shortly grew,
And puissant kinges which all the world warrayd,

What warre so cruel, or what siege so sore,
And to themselves all nations did subdew:

As that, which strong affections doe apply The first and eldest, which that scepter swayd,

Against the forte of Reason evermore, Was Elfin ; bim all India obayd,

To bring the sowle into captivity! And all that now America men call :

Their force is fiercer through infirmity Next him was noble Ellinan, who laid

Of the fraile flesh, relenting to their rage; Cleopolis foundation first of all:

And exercise most bitter tyranny But Elbline enclosd it with a golden wall.

Upon the partes, brought into their bondage:

No wretchednesse' is like to sinfull vellenage. His sonne was Elfinell, who overcame

But in a body which doth freely yeeld The wicked Gobbelines in bloody field :

His partes to Reasons rule obedient, Bat Elfant was of most renowmed fame,

And letteth her that ought the scepter weeld, Who all of christall did Panthea build : Then Elfar, who two brethren gyaonts kild,

All happy peace and goodly government

Is setled there in sure establishment. The one of which had two heades, th’ other three:

There Alma, like a virgin queene most bright, Then Elfinor, who was in magick skild;

Doth florish in all beautie excellent; He built by art upon the glassy see

And to her guestes doth bounteous banket dight, A bridge of bras, whose sound Heveus thunder seemd Attempred goodly well for health and for delight. He left three sonnes, the which in order raynd, Early, before the Mome with cremosin ray And all their ofspring, in their dew descents; The windowes of bright Heaven opened had, Even seven hundred princes, which maintaynd Through which into the world the dawning Day With mightie deedes their sondry governments; Might looke, that maketh every creature glad, That were too long their infinite contents

Uprose sir Guyon in bright armour clad,
Here to record, ne much materiall:

And to his purposd journey him prepard :
Yet should they bę most famous moniments, With him the palmer eke in habit sad
And brave ensample, both of martiall

Himselfe addrest to that adventure hard :
And civil rule, to kinges and states imperiall. So to the rivers syde they both together far'd:
After all these Elficleos did rayne,

Where them awaited ready at the ford The wise Elficleos in great maiestie,

The ferriman, as Alma had behight, Who mightily that scepter did sustayne,

With his well-rigged bote: they goe abord, And with rich spoyles and famous victorie And he eftsoones gan launch his barke forthright. Did high advaunce the crowne of Paëry :

Ere long they rowed were quite out of sight, He left two sonnes, of which faire Elferon, And fast the land behynd them Aed away. The eldest brother, did untimely dy;

But let them pas, whiles winde and wether right Whose emptie place the mightie Oberon

Doe serve their turnes: here I a while must stay, Doubly supplide, in spousali and dominion. To see a cruell fight doen by the prince this day.

(to be.

For, all so soone as Guyon thence was gon And that fourth band which cruell battry bent Upon his voyage with his trustie guyde,

Against the fourth bulwarke, that is the taste, That wicked band of villeins fresh begou

Was, as the rest, a grysie rablement; That castle to assaile on every side,

Some mouth'd like greedy oystriges; some faste And lay strong siege about it far and wyde. Like loathly toades; some fashioned in the waste So huge and infinite their numbers were,

Like swine : for so deformd is Luxury, That all the land they under them did hyde; Surfeat, Misdiet, and untbriftie Waste, So fowle and ugly, that exceeding feare

Vajn Feastes, and ydle Superfluity:
Their visages imprest, when they approched neare. All those this sences foșt assayle incessantly.
Them in twelve troupes their captein did dispart, But the fift troupe, most horrible of hew
And round about in fittest steades did place, And ferce of force, is dreadfull to report;
Where each might best offend his proper part, For some like snailes, some did like spyders shew,
And his contrary obiect most deface,

And some like ugly urchins thick and short:
As every one seem'd meetest in that cace. Cruelly they assayled that fift fort,
Seven of the same against the castle-gate

Armed with dartes of sensuail Delight,
In strong entrenchments he did closely place, With stinges of carnall Lust, and strong effort
Which with incessaunt force and endlesse bate Of feeling Pleasures, with which day and night
They battred day and night, and entraunce did Against that same fift bulwarke they continued fight,

Thus these twelve troupes with dreadfull puissaunce The other five, five sondry wayes he sett

Against that castle resilesse siege did lay, Against the five great bulwarkes of that pyle,

And evermore their hideous ordinaunce And unto each a bulwarke did arrett,

Upon the bulwarkes cruelly did play, T'assayle with open force or hidden guyle,

That now it gan to threaten neare decay: In hope thereof to win victorious spoile.

And evermore their wicked capitaya They all that charge did fervently apply

Proroked them the breaches to assay, [gayn, With greedie malice and importune toyle,

Sometimes with threats, sometimes with hope of And planted there their huge artillery, [tery. Which by the ransack of that peece they should With which they dayly made most dreadfull bat

attayn. The first troupe was a monstrous rablement

On th' other side, th’assieged castles ward Of fowle misshapen wightes, of which some were

Their stedfast stonds did mightily maintaine, Headed like owles, with beckes uncomely bent;

And many bold repulse and many hard

Atchievement wrought, with perill and with payne, Others like dogs; others like gryphons dreare;

That goodly frame from ruin to sustaine:
And some had wings, and some had clawes to teare:
And every one of them had lynces eyes;

And those two brethren gyauntes did defend And every one did bow and arrowes beare:

The walls so stoutly with their sturdie mayne, All those were lawlesse Lustes, corrupt Envyes,

That never entraunce any durst pretend, (send, And covetous Aspects, all cruel enimyes.

But they to direfull death their groning ghosts did

The noble virgin, ladie of the place, Those same against the bulwarke of the sight

Was much dismayed with that dreadful sight, Did lay strovg siege and battailous assault,

(For never was she in so evill cace) Ne once did yield it respitt day nor night; But soone as Titan gan bis head exault,

Till that the prince, seeing her wofull plight,

Gan her recomfort from so sad affright,
And soone againe as he his light withbault,
Their wicked engines they against it bent;

Offring his service and his dearest life

For her defence against that carle to fight, That is, each thing by which the eyes may fault:

Which was their chiefe and th'authour of that strife: But two then all more huge and violent, Beautie and Money, they that bulwarke sorely rent.

She him remercied as the patrone of her life.

Eftsoones himselfe in glitterand armes he dight, The second bulwarke was the hearing sence,

And his well proved weapons to him bent; Gainst which the second troupe dessignment makes; So taking courteous congè, he behight Deformed creatures, in straunge difference: Those gates to be unbar'd, and forth he went. Some having heads like harts, some like to snakes, Fayre mote he thee, the prowest and most gent, Some like wild bores late rouzd out of the brakes : That ever brandished bright steele on hye ! Slaundcrous Reproches, and fowle Infamies,

Whom soone as that unruly rablement Leasinges, Backbytinges, and vain-glorious Crakes, With his gay squyre issewing did espye, Bad Counsels, Prayses, and false Flatteries:

They reard a most outrageous dreadfull yelling cry: All those against that fort did bend their batteries.

And therewithall attonce at him let fly Likewise that same third fort, that is the smell, Their Auttring arrowes, thicke as flakes of snow, Of that third troupe was cruelly assayd ;

And round about him flocke impetuously, Whose hideous shapes were like to feendes of Hell, Like a great water-flood, that tombling low Some like to boundes, some like to apes, dismayd; From the high mountaines, threates to overflow Some, like to puttockes, all in plumes arayd; With suddein fury all the fertile playne, All shap't according their conditions:

And the sad husbandmans long hope doth throw For, by those ugly formes, weten pourtrayd Adowne the streame, and all his vowes make vayne ; Foolish Delights, and fond Abusions,

Nor bounds nor banks his headlong ruine may sus Which doe that sence besiege with light illusions.


Upon his shield their heaped hayle he bore, Far as the winged wind bis tigre fled,
And with his sword disperst the raskall lockes, That rew of eye could scarce him overtake,
Which fled asоnder, and him fell before ;

Ne scarse his feet on ground were seene to tred;
As withered leaves drop from their dryed stockes, Through hils and dales he speedy way did make,
When the wroth western wind does reave their locks: Ne hedge ne ditch his readie passage brake,
And underneath him his courageons steed, And in his fight the villeine turn’d his face
The fierce Spamador, trode them downe like docks; (As wonts the 'Tartar by the Caspian lake,
The fierce Spumador borne of heavenly seed; Whenas the Russian bin in fight does chace)
Such as Laomedon of Phæbus race did breed. Unto his tygres taile, and shot at him apace.
Which suddeine horrvur and confused cry

Apace he shot, and yet he fled apace,
When as their capteine heard, in haste he yode Sull as the greedy knight nigh to bim drew;
The cause to weet, and fault to remedy:

And oftentimes he would relent his pace,
Upon a tygre swift and fierce he rode,

That him his foe more fiercely should poursew : That as the winde ran underneath his lode, But, when his unconth manner he did vew, Whiles his long legs nigh raught unto the ground: He gan avize to follow him no more, Fall large he was of limbe, and shoulders brode; But keepe his standing, and his shaftes eschew, But of such subtile substance and unsound, Untill he quite had spent his perlous store, [more, That like a ghost he seem'd whose grave-clothes and then assayle him fresh, ere he could shift for were unbound :

But that lame hag, still as abroad he strew And in his hand a bended bow was seene,

His wicked arrowes, gathered them againe, And many arrowes under his right side,

And to him brought, fresh batteill to renew; All deadly daungerous, all crueil keene,

Which he espying cast her to restraine
Headed with fint, and fethers bloody dide: From yielding succour to that cursed swaine,
Such as the Indians in their quivers hide :

And her attaching thought her hands to tye;
Those could he well direct and streight as line, But, soone as him dismounted on the plaine
And bid them strike the marke which he had eyde: That other hag did far away espye
Ne was there salve, ne was there medicine, (tine. Binding her sister, she to aim ran hastily ;
That mote recure their wounds; so inly they did

And catching hold of him, as downe he lent,
As pale and wan as ashes was his looke;

Him backeward overthrew, and downe him stayd His body leane and meagre as a rake;

With their rude bandes and gryesly graplement; And skin all withered like a dryed rooke;

Till that the villein, coming to their ayd, Thereto as cold and drery as a snake;

Upon him fell, and lode upon him layd : That seemd to tremble evermore and quake: Full litle wanted, but he had him slaine, All in a canvas thin he was bedig bt,

And of the battell balefull end had made, And girded with a belt of twisted brake:

Had not his gentle squire beheld his paine, Upon his head he wore an helmet light, [sight: And commen to his reskew ere his bitter bane. Made of a dead mans skull, that seemd a ghastly

So greatest and most glorious thing on ground Maleger was his name: and after bim

May often need the helpe of weaker band;
There follow'd fast at hand two wicked hags, So feeble is mans state, and life insound,
With boary lockes all loose, and visage grim; That in assuraunce it may never stand,
Their feet unshod, their bodies wrapt in rags, Til it dissolved be from earthly band !
And both as swift on foot as chased stags;

Proofe be thou, prince, the prowest man alyve,
And yet the one her other legge had lame, And noblest borne of all in Briton land;
Which with a staffe all full of litle snags

Yet thee fierce Fortune did so nearely drive, She did support, and Impotence her name: [Alame. That, had not Grace thee blest, thou shouldest not But th' other was Impatience armd with "raging

survive. Soone as the carle from far the prince espyde The squyre arriving, fiercely in his armes Glistring in armes and warlike ornament,

Snatcht first the one, and then the other jade, His beast he felly prickt on either syde,

His chiefest letts and authors of his harmes, And his mischievous bow full readie bent,

And them perforce withheld with threatned blade, With which at him a cruell shaft he sent :

Least that his lord they should bebinde invade; But be was warie, and it warded well

The whiles the prince, prickt with reprochful shame, Upon bis shield, that it no further went,

As one awakte out of long slombring shade, But to the ground the idle quarrell fell :

Revivyng thought of glory and of fame, Then he another and another did expell,

United all his powres to purge himselfe from blame, Which to prevent, the prince his mortall speare Like as a fire, the which in hollow cave Soune to bim raught, and fierce at him did ride, Hath long bene underkept and down supprest, To be avenged of that shot whyleare:

With murmurous disdayne doth inly rave, Bat he was not so hardy to abide

And grudge, in so streight prison to be prest, That bitter stownd, but, turning quieke aside At last breakes forth with furious unrest, His light-foot beast, fled fast away for feare: And strives to mount onto his native seat; Whom to poursue, the infant after hide

All that did earst it hinder and molest, So fast as his good courser could him beare; Yt now devoures with flames and scorching heat, Bat labour lost it was to weere approch him neare. And carries into smoake with tage and horror great,

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