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Lo, then Olympus' king, the thundering Jove,
Now once again he sends her from above,
And here she sits in beauty fresh and sheen,
The Graces throw their balm about her sacred head,
That happiness continue in her land,
Great Israel's God, spring of all heavenly peace, And let thine angels in her rescue stand;
With her life's wane done England's joys decrease: O let her princely days never have fine,” Whose virtues are immortal and divine !
Such virtues as her throne do beautify,
Where hope of her eternal bliss doth rest,
* fine] i.e. end.
With radiant beams, reflecting on the earth,
CHAMPION. In whose defence my colours I advance, And girt me with my sword, and shake my lance: These British lions, rampant in this field, That never learn'd in battle's rage to yield, Breathe terror to the proud aspiring foe, Ranging the world, commanding where they go; Therefore in vain this misproud malcontent Threatens her state, whose harms the heavens prevent. Sit safe, sweet nymph, among thy harmless sheep, Thy sacred person angels have in keep.
1st MALcontent. What meaneth this 2 I strive, and cannot strike; She is preserv'd by miracle belike : ~ If so, then wherefore threaten we in vain That Queen whose cause the gracious heavens main
2nd MALcon TENT. No marvel then, although we faint and quail, For mighty is the truth, and will prevail.
VOL. II. M
In the hinder part of the pageant did sit a child, representing Nature, holding in her hand a distaff, and spinning, a web, which passed through the hand of Fortune, and was wheeled up by Time, who spake as followeth : ; ; ; it. ... so to to
- Time. " " " " " " " " Thus while my wheel with ever-turning gyres, o At heaven's high hest serves earthly men's desires, / * I wind the Web that kind so well begins,
A speech on the water, delivered in the morning, at my Lord Mayor's going to Westminster.
List, gentle Lords, and bubbling stream be still,
The mortar of these walls, temper'd in peace,
* So wish, &c.] Qy.; “So with these friendly strangers, man by man, Pass,” &c.