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66 Her stature comely, tall ; her gate
“ Well graced ; and her wit " To marvell at, not meddle with,
" As matchless I omit.
“ A globe-like head, a gold-like haire,
" A forehead smooth, and hie, “ An even nose, on either side
“ Did shine a grayish eie :
« Two rofie cheekes, round ruddy lips,
“ White juft-set teeth within ; “ A mouth in meane; and underneathe
“ A round and dimpled chin.
" Her snowie necke, with blewish veines,
o Stood bolt upright upon “ Her portly shoulders : beating balles
« Her veined breasts, anon
66 Adde more to beautie, Wand-like was
“ Her middle falling still, “ And rising whereas women rise :
“ - Imagine nothing ill.
“ And more, her long, and limber armés
" Had white and azure wrists; “ And slender fingers aunfwere to ;" Her smooth and lillie fifts.
« A legge in print, a pretie foot;
“ Conjecture of the rest : “ For amorous eies, observing forme,
“ Think parts obfcured beft.
6. With these Oraretie ! with these
“ Her tong of speech was spare ; “ But speaking, Venus feem'd to speake,
" The balle from Ide to bear.
“ With Phæbe, Juno, and with both
" Herselfe contends in face ; “ Wheare equall mixture did not want
« Of milde and stately grace,
“ Her smiles were fober, and her lookes
66 Were chearefull unto all : « Even such as neither wanton seeme,
66 Nor waiward ; mell, nor gall.
“ A quiet minde, a patient moode,
“ And not disdaining any ; “ Not gybing, gadding, gawdy, and
" Sweete faculties had many.
" A nimph, no tong, no heart, no eie ;
Might praise, might wish, might fee; « For life, for love, for forme ; more good, “ More worth, more faire than thce.
“ Yea such an one, as such was none,
“ Save only she was such : “ Of Argentile to say the most
“ Were to be filent much.”
I knew the lady very well,
But worthles of such praise,
A shepheard thus should blaze
Thy latter speech bewraies.
Thy clownish shape a coined Thew.
But wherefore doft thou weepe? The shepheard wept, and she was woe,
And both doe filence keepe.
“ In troth, quoth he, I am not such,
“ As seeming I profeffe: " But then for her, and now for thee,
I from myselfe digresse.
“ Her loved I (wretch that I am
" A recreant to be) « I loved her, that hated love,
« But now I die for thee.
" At Kirkland is my fathers court,
6 And Curan is my name,
cs In Edels court fometimes in pompe,
« Till love contrould the fame :
6. But now-what now?-dear heart, how now? " What ailest thou to weepe?”
280 The damsell wept, and he was woe,
And both did filence keepe.
I graunt, quoth she, it was too much
did love so much: But whom
former could not move, Your second love doth touch.
Thy twice-beloved Argentile
Submitteth her to thee,
Herself a single fee,,
lord am fhe.
They sweetly surfeiting in joy,
And filent for a space,
Did tenderly imbraces
Got fitting time and place.
Not England (for of Hengist then
Was named so this land)
His force could none withstand :
Had higher things in hand.
First, making knowne his lawfull claime
In Argentile her right,
Bernicia too in fight:
And so from trecherous Edel tooke
At once his life and crowne,
Long raigning in renowne.
** During the Saxon heptarchy, the kingdom of Northum. berland (consisting of 6 counties) was for a long time divided into two lefjer sovereignties, viz. Deira (called herc Diria) which contained the southern parts, and Bernicia, comprehending those which lay north.
Only the three first fianzas of this song are ancient ; these are extracted from the quario MS. mentioned in vol. 1. p. 66. As they fpemed to want application, this bas been attempted by a modern band.