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FA ERIE QUE É N E.

Α Ν Ε W E D Ι Τ Ι Ο Ν

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G L O S S A RY,

And NOTES explanatory and critical

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JOHN UPTON
Prebendary of Rochester and Rector of Great Rissington

in Glocefterfhire.

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Printed for J. and R. TONson in the Strand.

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I.
O oft as I with state of present time
The image of the antique world compare,
Whenas mans age was in his freshest prime,
And the first blofsome of faire vertue bare

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Such oddes I finde twixt those, and these which are,

As that, through long continuance of his course,
Me seemes the world is runne quite out of square

From the first point of his appointed sourse ;
And being once amiffe growes daily wourse and wourse:

II.
For from the golden age, that first was named,

It's now at earst become a stonie one;
And men themselves, the which at first were framed
Of earthly mould, and form'd of flesh and bone,
Are now transformed into hardest stone;
Such as behind their backs (so bạckward bred)
Were throwne by Pyrrha and Deucalione:
And if then those may any worse be red,
They into that ere long will be degendered,

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III. Let

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Let none then blame me, if in discipline

Of vertue and of civill uses lore
I do not forme them to the common line
Of present dayes which are corrupted fore;
But to the antique use which was of

yore,
When good was onely for itselfe desyred,
And all men sought their owne, and none no more ;

When iustice was not for most meed out-hyred,
But simple truth did rayne, and was of all admyred.

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For that which all men then did vertue call,

Is now cald vice; and that which vice was hight,
Is now hight vertue, and so us'd of all :
Right now is wrong, and wrong that was is right;
As all things else in time are chaunged quight:
Ne wonder; for the heavens revolution
Is wandred farre from where it first was pight,

And so doe make contrarie constitution
Of all this lower world toward his diffolutian.

V.
For whoso lift into the heavens looke,

And search the courses of the rowling spheares,
Shall find that from the point where they first tooke
Their setting forth, in these few thousand yeares
They all are wandred much; that plaine appeares:
For that same golden fleecy ram, which bore
Phrixus and Helle from their stepdames feares,

Hath now forgot where he was plast of yore,
And Thouldred hath the bull which fayre Europa bore :

VI.
And eke the bull hath with his bow-bent horne

So hardly butted those two twinnes of love,
That they have crusht the crab, and quite him borne
Into the great Nemaean lions grove. .
So now all range, and doe at randon rove
Out of their proper places farre away,
And all this world with them amiffe doe move,

And all his creatures from their course astray ;
Till they arrive at their last ruinous decay.

VII. Ne

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