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Muchel or Mochel-much, with heat. great.

Swirk-to labour. Nathless-nevertheless.

Smackt savoured. Nenor.

Thrall-Mave. Needments-riecesaries. Transmew'd-transform’d. Nourfling--a child that is Vild-vile. nursed.

Unkempt (Lat. incompius) Noyance-barm.

unadorned. Prankt-coloured, adorned Weento think, be of opigayly.

nion. Perdie (Fr. par Dieu)--an Weet—to know; to weet, old oath.

to wit. Prick'd through the forest Whilɔm-ere-while, for

-rode through the foreft. merly. Seardry, burnt up. Wight-man. Sheen-bright, mining. Wis, for Wist-to know, Sicker-fure, surely.

think, underfiand. Soot-sweet, or fweetly. Wonne-(a noun) dwell. Sooth-true or truth.

ing Stound-misfortune, pang. Wroke-wreakt. Sweltry-sultry, consuming.

N. B. The letter Y is frequently placed in the begin. ing of a word by Spenser, to lengthen it a fyllable

, and en at the end of

word, for the same reason, as withouten, caften, &c. Yborn-born.

Yfere-together. Yblent, or blent-blended, Ymolten---milted. mingled.

Yode (preter tense of yede) Yclad-clad.

went. Y cleped-called, named.

THE

CASTLE OF INDOLENCE

The castle hight of indolence,

And its false luxury;
Where for a little time, alas !

We liv'd right jollily.

1.
Mortal
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man, who livest here by toil,
Do not complain of this thy hard estate;
That like an emmet thou must ever moil,
Is a fad sentence of an ancient date;
And, certes,

there is for it reason great ; For, though sometimes it makes thee weep and waile And curse thy itar, and early drudge and late,

Withouten that would come an heavier bale, Loose life, unruly passions, and diseases pale.

II. In lowly dale, fast by a river's side, With woody hill o'er hill encompass'd round, A most enchanting wizard did abide, Than whom a fiend more fell is no where found. It was, I ween, a lovely spot of ground; And there a season atween June and May, Half prankt with spring, with summer half imbrown’d,

A listless climate made, where, footh to say, No living wight could work, ne cared ev'n for play.

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III.
Was nought around but images of rest :
Sleep-soothing groves, and quiet lawns between ;
And flowery beds that sumberous influence kest,
From poppies breath’d; and beds of pleasant green,
Where never yet was creeping creature feen.
Meantime unnumber'd glittering streamlets play'd,
And hurled every--where their waters sheen ;

That, as they bicker'd through the funny glade, Though restless still themselves, a lulling murmur made.

IV.
Join'd to the prattle of the purling rills,
Were heard the lowing herds along the vale,
And flocks loud-bleating from the distant hills,
And vacant shepherds piping in the dale :
And now and then sweet Philomel would wail,
Or stock-doves plain amid the forest deep,
That drowsy rustled to the sighing gale;

And still a coil the grasshopper did keep;
Yet all these founds yblent inclined all to sleep.

V. Full in the passage of the vale, above, A sable, silent, folemn forest stood; Where nought but shadowy forms was seen to move, As Idless fancy'd in her dreaming mood : And up the hills, on either side, a wood Of blackening pines, ay waving to and fro, Sent forth a sleepy horror through the blood ;

And where this valley winded out, below, [Row, The murmuring main was heard, and scarcely heard, to

VI.
A pleasing land of drowsy-head it was,
Of dreams that wave before the half-fhut eye ;
And of

gay

castles in the clouds that pass, For ever flushing round a summer-sky: There eke the soft delights, that witchingly Instil a wanton sweetness through the breast, And the calm pleasures always hover'd nigh;

But whate'er smack'd of noyance, or unrest,
Was far far off expell’d from this delicious nest.

VII.
The landskip such, inspiring perfect ease,
Where Indolence (for so the wizard hight)
Close-hid his castle mid embowering trees,
That half shut out the beams of Phæbus bright,
And made a kind of checker'd day and night;
Meanwhile, unceasing at the massy gate,
Beneath a spacious palm, the wicked wight

Was plac'd; and to his lute, of cruel fate,
And labour harsh, complain’d, lamenting man's eftate.

VIII. Thither continual pilgrims crowded still, From all the roads of earth that pass there by : For, as they chaunc'd to breathe on neighbouring hill, The frelhness of this valley (mote their eye, And drew them ever and anon more nigh; Till clustering round th'enchanter false they hung, Ymolten with his fyren melody;

While o’er th' enfeebling lute his hand he flung, And to the trembling chords these tempting verfes sung:

IX. “ Be

IX. “ Behold! ye pilgrims of this earth, behold! “ See all but man with unearn’d pleasure gay: “ See her bright robes the butterfly unfold, • Broke from her wintery tomb in prime of May ! “ What youthful bride can equal her array? “ Who can with her for easy pleasure vie ? “ From mead to mead with gentle wing to stray,

“ From flower to flower on balmy gales to fly, • Is all she has to do beneath the radiant sky.

X. “ Behold the merry minstrels of the morn, " The fwarming fongsters of the careless grove, “ 'Ten thousand throats ! that from the flowering thorn,

Hymn their good God, and carol sweet of love, “ Such grateful kindly raptures them emove : • They neither plough, nor fow; ne, fit for fail, “ E'er to the barn the nodden sheaves they drove;

16 Yet theirs each harvest dancing in the gale, 6. Whatever crowns the hill, or snuiles along the vale.

XI. Outcast of nature, man! the wretched thrall 66 Of bitter dropping sweat, of sweltry pain, “ Of cares that eat away thy heart with gall, “ And of the vices, an inbuman train, " That all proceed from favage thirst of gain : « For when hard-hearted Interest first began « To poison earth, Aftræa left the plain ;

« Guile, violence, and murder feiz'd on man, “ And, for soft milky streams, with blood the rivers ran.

XII. “ Come,

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