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With new-born sighs and denizen'd wit do sing,
And sure, at length stol'n goods do come to light:
With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb'st the skies!
What, may it be that even in heavenly place
Do they above love to be loved, and yet
Those lovers scorn whom that love doth possess?
Description of Arcadia
(From Arcadia, Book I, Chap. II)
There were hills which garnished their proud heights with stately trees; humble valleys whose base estate seemed comforted with the refreshing of silver rivers; meadows enamelled with all sorts of eye-pleasing flowers; thickets 5 which, being lined with most pleasant shade, were witnessed so to, by the cheerful disposition of many well-tuned birds; each pasture stored with sheep, feeding with sober security, while the pretty lambs, with bleating oratory, craved the dams' comfort; here a shepherd's boy piping, as though he
should never be old; there a young shepherdess knitting, 10 and withal singing; and it seemed that her voice comforted her hands to work, and her hands kept time to her voicemusic. As for the houses of the country - for many houses came under their eye they were all scattered, no two being one by the other, and yet not so far off as that it barred 15 mutual succour; a show, as it were, of an accompanable solitariness, and of a civil wildness.
"I pray you," said Musidorus, then first unsealing his long-silent lips, "what countries be these we pass through, which are so diverse in show, the one wanting no store, the 20 other having no store but of want?"
"The country," answered Claius, "where you were cast ashore, and now are passed through, is Laconia, not so poor by the barrenness of the soil-though in itself not passing fertile as by a civil war, which, being these two years 25 within the bowels of that estate, between the gentlemen and the peasants - by them named Helots - hath in this sort, as it were, disfigured the face of nature and made it so unhospitall as now you have found it; the towns neither of the one side nor the other willingly opening their gates to 30 strangers, nor strangers willingly entering, for fear of being mistaken.
"But this country, where now you set your foot, is Arcadia; and even hard by is the house of Kalander, whither we lead you this country being thus decked with peace and the 35 child of peace, good husbandry. These houses you see so scattered are of men, as we two are, that live upon the commodity of their sheep, and therefore, in the division of the Arcadian estate, are termed shepherds; a happy people, wanting little, because they desire not much."
Una and the Lion
(From The Faerie Queene, Book I, Canto III)
Nought is there under heav'ns wide hollownesse,
And now it is empassioned so deepe,
For fairest Unaes sake, of whom I sing,
That my frayle eies these lines with teares do steepe,
Though true as touch, though daughter of a king,
Though nor in word nor deede ill meriting,
Is from her knight divorced in despayre,
And her dew loves deryv'd to that vile witches shayre.
Yet she, most faithfull Ladie, all this while
Forsaken, wofull, solitarie mayd,
Far from all peoples preace, as in exile,
In wildernesse and wastfull deserts strayd,
To seeke her knight; who, subtily betrayd
Through that late vision which th' enchaunter wrought,
One day, nigh wearie of the yrksome way,
And on the grasse her dainty limbs did lay,
It fortuned, out of the thickest wood
His bloody rage aswaged with remorse,
And, with the sight amazd, forgat his furious forse.
In stead thereof he kist her wearie feet,
O how can beautie maister the most strong,
"The lyon, lord of everie beast in field,"
And mightie proud to humble weake does yield,
Forgetfull of the hungry rage, which late
As the God of my life? why hath he me abhord?"
Redounding teares did choke th' end of her plaint,
To seeke her strayed champion if she might attayne
The lyon would not leave her desolate,
But with her went along, as a strong gard
Of her chast person, and a faythfull mate
Of her sad troubles and misfortunes hard:
Still, when she slept, he kept both watch and ward,
Like as a ship, that through the ocean wide