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To the Right Honourable Robert 

Deuorax, Earle of Eflex and Ewe , Vifcount 

Hereford, and Bourghchier, Lordc Ferrers ofChartlty, 

Bourghchicr and Louaine, Maifter of the Queenes Maie- 

fttes Harff, and Knight of the moft rroi/e order of the Garter : 

Is wiflicd, the pmcftion of all happincfiTc, and tryumpnant 

fclicitic in this life, and in the worldc 

to come. 

Hen I had determined 

(Right honorable) to dedi 
cate this Booke, to the euer- 
iyuing vertues of that match- 
Icflc Knight Syr Pbillif Syd 
ney ; me thought that I could 
not findeouta more Noble 
perfonage then your felte, and more fit, to patro 
nize, fhield, and defende my dutie to the deade, 
then your Honour, whofe greatnes is fuch, and 
vertues of that power, as whofo commendeth 
them, deferueth not to be accounted a flatterer, 
bur. he that doth not the fame, may be thought an 

A 2, euill 


euill wilier. How your Honor will accept here 
of, I make no doubt, becaufe that curtefie atten 
ded* vpon true nobilitie ; but my humble requeft 
is, that your Honor may not thinke of me (by the 
tytle of the Booke,and fome part of the difcour/e) 
as if I were amorous, and did /peake according 
tomyownepafsions, for I beeing reftrained of 
my liberty, and helde in the graue of obliuion, 
where I ftill as yet remaine, opprefled with Me- 
lancholie, and wearied with deeper ftudies , I 
was glad to beguile the time withthefe conceits, 
anothomifing in them,the vanitie of this life, and 
vncertaintie of the delights therof, in the Dreame 
ofPolipbilM; Which if it (hall plea/e your Honor 
atconuenientleyfureto looke ouer, pardoning 
what you findeamifle , and weighing my good 
will, I (hall thinke my felfe moft happy. 

And thus I humbly take my leaue, vntillthat 
I may prefent your Honour, with a matter more 
fitting the fame. 

Tour Honors dcuoted. 

. V. 

A nonymi elegia ad Lee 

Andide Poliphilum narrantemfomnia Leflor 

aufculteSy fammofornnia miffa po/o, 
Non oferamferdeSy non b<c audifiepigelit, 

tarn vwijs mirum reliMalundatotu*. 
Sigrauis Qf tetricus contemnis erotica^ rerum 
nofcc frccor feriem tarn bene difpofitam. 
s ? acfaltemftylus qy noua lingua nov 
iS) fofbia 9 fc rogat afpiciof. 

geometrica cernc vetufta 
^lurima miUiacls difce referta not is. 
Hicfant Pyramides, therm* jngentefy Cohfi, 

ac Olelifcorumforma vetuftayatet. 
Hie diuerfa bafisfulget, varitfque columns 

illarumfy arcirt y Zofbora, cfiflilia, 
Et capita at^ trabes, et cum quadrante corona 

Hie return cernes excultayalatia, cultu* 

, femes, egregiafaue 



Hir.c bicolor chorea ef? latronum, expreffiufue tota 
in Laberintkeif Vita kowinum tenebris. 

Hinc lege de triplici cp< maieftate tonantif 
dtcat, (y in fort is egerit ipfe tribus. 

Polia qua fuerit forma, quam culta, tryumfios 
inde louis fcetta quatuor xthereos. 

rvarios affeElu* narrat amoris^ 
atque opera (y quantum feuiat ille Dew. 

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Poliphili hypnerotcmachia, 

V/herein he shcweth , that all humaine and 

worldlic things are but a dreame,and but as vanitie it 
felfe. Inthefettingfoorth whereof many things 
arc figured wortruc of remembrance. 

Tl e Author beginneth his Hypnerotomachia , to fet downe the hower 

And time when in hufleepc itfecmed to him that hee wot in a quiet 

folitarte d.:fcrt&n<]LvninhabitedyUine>tindfcom thence afte nvard 

how hecnterfiditnadttifedly before hs TV as a&are ^veith great fear f e, 

into A dftr^f obfcurc and vnfrequentedwood. 

I he difcription of the morning. 

j Hathoureas PAce^w ( 4 ) ifTuing foorth, did 
bewtific withbri2;htneiTc the forhead of Lett- 


cetbea(f>^,and appearing out of the Occean 
waues, not full/ fhewinghis turning wheeles, 
that had beene hungvp,butfpecdily with his 
fwih horfes Pyrou* Scd7W,haftning his courfe, 
andgimng a tinftureto the Spiders webbes, 
ainon2;rhe grccneleaues and tender prickles of the Vermilion 
Roles" in the purfuite whereof he lTiewedhimfelfemofl:fwift& 
"littering, now vpontheneuerreftmgand fhlJ mooning waues, 
hecryfped vp his irradientlieyres. 

Vpponwhofe vprifing ,euen at that indant, the vnhorned 
Moone difir.ountedhir icife, lofine from hir Chariot hir two 
I,orfes,theone white and the other browne, and drewc to the 
Hot rifon(^ different from the Hemifphere (<r) from whence 
flic came. 

And when as the mountaines and htlles were beautifull, and 
the northeaft winds had left of to make barraine with the Iharp- 
neilc of their blnfb, the tender fprigsto difquiec the nioou uig 

B rccdcs, 

the Sunnc, 
b) Leucothea 
the morning. 
the horfes of 
(he Suonc* 

circle deui- 

fpeare of che 
from the o- 
thev halfc 

which we Hoc 
not fee. 
is halfe the 
compafle of 
the vifvblc 

Tbt Jbifc of Lou* 

reedes,the fenny Bulrufli, and weake Cyprus, to torment the 
foulding Vines, to trouble the bending Willowc , and to breakc 
downe the brittle Firre bowghes,vnder the homes of the lafciui- 
ous DulJ^as they do in winter. 

At that very houre,as tlie diners coulcrcd flowers and grccnc 

(f) Hyperion meades , atthecommmgof the funne of Hypptnon(f} fcarenot 
the Sunne. his burning heate 5 bcing bcducd and fpnnkled with the Chrifhl- 

(g) Halcyons ] mc t cares of the fwectc morning, when as the ILilcyonsf* "Wpoii 

artccriame i i n ,- i n i i J n r i i 

byrds which tn c leuell wauesor the ililjCalme^nd cjuict (lowing leas, Jo build 
building near their nefts in fight of the f indie fhore,whcrcas the Ibrro\vfull~r0, 

theihorc vp- with fcal ding fighes did b ehold the dolorous and vugrate dcpar- 

onthc waucs ture o f| ur 

there will be T i j i ,. r j 

no ftorme vn- * v m gvpon my bed, an oportune and meet treend to a \ve.i- 

till the young riebody,no creatureaccompaningmeinmy cliambcr,be/]dcs die 
be hatched, attcnder vppon my body,and vfuall night lights , who after 
(h)Leander fa^ nac [ v f cc [ dmersfpecches , to the end fhee might comfort me, 
o/Ab D os a nau i ]1 gvnderftood before ofme5the original! caufe of my ho How 
who in fwim- and deepe fighes,flie indeuored hir befl to moderatc,if at leal! flic 
minp ouer jnight,that } my perturbed and pittifull eflate* But when ihe fawc 
Hclkfpom(a that I \vas deftrous of fleepe,fhc tookeleaueto dcp.ut. 
^zTc^m^ Then I being leftalone to tlie high cogitations ofloue,hauing 
which par- 5 pafledouer a long and tedious night without flcepe , through my 
teth Europ barren fortune,and aduerfc conftellationjaltogcther vr.comfor- 
from Afu ) to ted and forrowfull,by means of my vntimely and not profperous 
S L ft r s f wa f m louc,\veeping,I recounted from point topoinr,wliat a thing vne- 
his C Icme^Ero quail loue is : and how fitly one may loue that dooth not loue : and 
of Seftus what defence there may bee made againft the vnaccuftomed.yec 
browned, dayly allaults of loue : for a naked fonle altogether vnarmed, the 

which flic f cdltlous {tnfc } efpcciallybeingintcftine:afi-c(hflillfettingvpon 
feeing, threw n . , f . L u 

hir fdf down with vnfhble and new thoughts 

into the Tea, In this fort brought to fo miferable aneltate, and tor along 

and died with while plunged in a deepe poole of bitter forrowcs , at length my 

h:rr * wandnngfences being wearie to feedeftill vponvnfauoncand 

f nyned pfeafure, but diredly and without deceit , vppon therarc 

dmine obiecl : whofc reuerende Idea is deeply imprinted with 

in me, and liucth ingrauen in the fecretofmy heart , from which 

proceedeth this fo great andvnccflantaftnfe,continuallyrenu- 

jn^my cruel 1 torments without intermifllon . I begin ofthecon- 

duions ot thofe miferable loucis , who for their miftreiTes plea- 


in . "Dreamt. 2 

f urcs defire their oxvne deaths, and in their bed delights do think 
themlclues molt vnhappic, feeding their framed paflionsnoto- 
therwife then withfi.thfull imaginations. And then as a weary bo- 
dye after a fore labour,fo I,fomcwhat in outward (hew qualified, 
in the payneofmyforrpwfull thoughts, andhauingincloyftered 
and iliut vp the courfe of my di [tilling tear cs : whofe drops had 
watered my palccheekes , thorow amorous gricfe,defircdfome 
ncedfull reft* 

At length mymoyft eyes being clofed within their bloud- 
fhotten and reddifhliddcs,prcfently betwixt a bitter life anda 
iwcet death,! was iiTtheminuadedandouercome,witha heauic 
llecpe,\vho with my minde and watchfull fpirits, were noperta- 
kers offo high an operation. 

Me thought that I was in a large, plaine,and champion place, 
all grecnc and dmerflyfpotted with many forced flo werrs,wher- 
by it feemed pnflmgly adorned. In which by rcafon of the mildc 
and gentle ayre, there was a ftill cjuyet whiilit: Info much that 
myattentiue cares did heare no noyfe, neither did any framed 
ipeechpeirce into them, but with the gratious beames of the 
funne,the Hiding rime padcd. 

In which place with a fearefull admiration^looking about me, 
I f.iydthus to my fclfe.Heereappcarethno humaine creature to 
my dght,nor fylua beaft,flying bird,corurey houfe, field tent,or 
ihephcards cote: neyther vpon the gras could I perceiue feeding 
pyther flock of fheep a orhcardofcattcll,orru(tjkehcrdman with 
Oten pipe making paftorall melodic ; but onely taking the bene 
fit of thcplace,and quietnefle of die plaine,which aiTured mee to 
be svithout fear ejdircctedmy courfe dill foi-vvard,regai dingoti 
cyther tide the tender leaues and thick graiFe, which rcftcdvn* 
flirredjvvithout the beholding of any motion. 

At length my ignorant fl eepes,brought me into a thick wood, 
whercinto beins, a pruty way entrcd, 1 could not tell how to get 
out of ir Whercvpon.afodcLiine fcarcinuadedmy hart,and dif- 
fufcditfelfeinto eueryioynt,fothat mycouler began to waxe 
pale, and the rather by reafon that I was alone,and vnarmed,and 
could not h ndc any track or path,cythcr to direft me forward,or 
lead me back againc. But a durke wood of tlucke bullies, lharpc 
thornes,tallaOies haled of the Viper ,towghhlmesbeloucdof 
the fruitfull vines, harde Ebony , ftrong Okes, fofc Beechc, and 

B 2 brownc 

Theftrife of Lette 

browneHafils, whointertniningone anothers branches , with a 
natural! goodwill oppoledihenjfcJues, to refift the entrance of 
the gratiousfunnefhme, with the grccne couerture of their in 
numerable leaues. And in this fort i found my felte in a frelh lha- 
do we,a coole ayre,and a folytarie thicket* 

Wherevponmyreafon perfwadedmeto bc!ecuc,thntthis 
vaftwood,wasonely a receptacle for fauage and hurtful 1 beafb, 
as the tufked Bore 3 the furi ous and bloudt hirflic Beare, the hit- 
fine ferpenr,andmuading V Voolfe, a^unft which i was vnpro- 
uided to make refiftance , but r ay t her as a praye lent amongft 
them , miferablie tohaucmy flcih. and bones rent and gnawne 
And thus fbrecaflin^thewoorft that miirht follow, I was re- 

4+ v^ ^ 

fo-lued not to abide there .but to fceke to t our, that I might 

^j * ^j 

the better efchewfuch fufpected occurrents, and taking my felfe 

.Minotaurus tomyfeete,lwandrednowthis\vay,nowtliat way, lometimcto 

amonfterin therighthand,fometimetotheleft :noweforwarde.thenbackc 

S- r cc ^ ^ orn asaine, notknowino;howtofioeamon^the thickcbowcrhesand 

ofPa/iphae ^ c j i 

which beine tearing tnornes,bean:igvpon my race trending my clotncs, and 

inclofedin houlding me fometimes hanging in them, whereby my hall in 
thclaborinth gettingfoorth was much hyudersxl . In this vn.iccuftomcd la- 
fed on mans 5 O ur- and without any helpe but oncly the keeping o the funne 
ci ,w orne ^\\ V pon one/ide ,to directmee ftrei2;ht forwarder I ;rewe ex- 

A ncJci s Jlcw f lit 

and got out of treaniely hoate and faynrc,not knowing what to doe,b ut onciy i 1 1 
thelaborimh a weary c bo dyjto conteineaminde diitraught through trouble- 
by a clew cf f ome thoughts, breathingout hollow and deepc fighes , definng 
K^T* gl j en helpe of the pitrifull Cretenfian Ari?.dne y who for the deftroying 
kin< M^noes of hirmonftroas brotiier the Mynataw. gaue vnto the deceitfull 
daughter, af- Tkfsw a clew of rhred^to conduct him toorth of the intricate la 
ter wife to borinth,that I alfo by fomefuch meancs might be deliucred out 
Thcfcus,who ofthigobfcurewood. 

did ioilake 
hir, and left 
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P oh philtu being thtudiftempsred in thu dauvgerstu tnd obfcurc we 
at length g^t tethfeortk , and being come to a fare Riutr, in 
rtxg to refl himfelfe andcoole his beate,he heard* mott delightful 
harmonic jxbteh made him for get to drives , and follows after the 
voice jtvhick brought him toawoorfe pervlcxitie* 

Earcanddelireoffrccdome thus occupy- 
m2;myfences % iTivvnclerftandinirvvasblin- 

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ded, neither did I knowe whether it were 

better for mee cyther to \viilie for hated 
death,orinfo drcadfiill apiece to hope for 
defiredlife. Thuseueryway difcontent,! 
did indcuour, uith all force and diligence 
the more I found my felfe intangled, and 

B 3 fo 

The flrife of Loue 

fo infecbled with wearincflc , that on cuery fide I feared , when 
fomecrucllbeaillhouldcomeanddeuoureme, or els ynawares 
to tumble downe into fome deepepit or hollow place. 

Wherefore more trembling then in muftulent -</##;* be the 
ycalow coulored leaue.haumg lefc their moifture^being thorow- 
lye fearchedwith the furious northwinde, I lifted vp my hirt to 
Godjdefinngas ^^w?/^jbeingatraide of the horribleC^/tyr 
rather to bellatnc by the hands of: Acncu his cnemie^rithcr then 
to fufTer fo odtousa death. 

And my deuouteprayer,finccre!y vnitedtoa contrite heart, 
pownng out afountameof teares with a ftedfaftbehefe to be de- 
liucred. I found my felfeinafhortfpace gotten at hbertie, like a 
new day crept out of a darke and tempeftuous night . My eyes 
before vfed to fuch obumbratcddarkenes , could fcarfe abide to 
behould the light, thorow watery fadnes Neuertheledcgladl 
was to fee the light : as one fet at Ubertie.that had beenc chayned 
vp in a deepe dungeon and obfcure darkene(Te . Verye thirltie I 
-was,my clothes tor ne,my face and hands fcratched andnetteled, 
and withall fo extreamely fet on heate, as the frelli ay re fecmcd 
to doe me more hurt then good, neither did it anywayeeafemy 
body,defirous to keepehis new recouered fcope and hbertie. 

And after that I had a little rojvfedvp mymynde,andfom- 
nioned together my fences in fome better fort: I fought a in canes 
toquench my inordinate thyrlt, procured and increafed through 
innumerable fighes,and extreame labour ofbody . Thus calling 
my eyes with a diligent regarde aboutthe plaine,tofindefome 
T-ountaine whereat I might refrefh my felfe: apleafant fpring or 
head of water, did offer it felfe vnto me , with a great vayne boy- 
lin^vpjabout the which didgrowediuers fwcethearbes and wa 
ter flowcrs,and from the fame did flowe a cleare and chryfrallinc 
current ftreame 3 which deuided into diuers branches,ran thorow 
the defart wood,with a turning and winding body, rcceyiung in 
to it other little channcls,vnladingthemfelues* 

In whofecourfestheftones lift vp by nature, andtrunkesof 
trees dcnyed any longer by their roots tobe vpholden, did caufc 
a flopping hinderance to their current and whuzing fall, which 
frill augmented by other vndiflbnant torrents, from high and 
fcrtlefTemountaincs intheplaine, ihewed a beautifnli brightnes 
and foft paffingcourfe,to the which ihort windedJy commmgjby 


in A Dreame. 4 

meanes of my fearefull flight . I did fee a little obfcurcJight.tho- 
row the tops of the high trees , fomew.lm deluding thcmfelucs 
oner the \vater,and with the reft of their bodyes and branches ,as 
it were feperatingthe heauens from iny lifted vp eyes. A horrible 
place to be in, vnaccompanyedofany creature. 

And fuddainly hearing the fall of trees , through the force of n 
vvhyrlc\vindc,& noife of the broken bowghcs,with a redoubled 
.indho.ufefoiindafarreof,and yetbrought totheccchoofthc 
water thorow the thick wood,! grew into a new afronifhmcnt. 

And at this inftant thus terrified and arTlyfted , and yet with 
out any recciuedhurtjbeingvpon my knees bowed downe, and 
indolingthchollowneiTeof my hand, therewith determined to 
make me a neceiTary drinking veiTe!:! had no fooner put the fame 
into the water, offnng to my mouth the long defired moyfture, 
thereby to rcrrygerate and coole the extreame heate of my burn- 
iii<> heui t, which at that time would hauebecne more acceptable 
vnto nie,then ey ther Hypanis and Gaxgesbe to the Indians ^Tigris 
or Euphrates to the Armenians , or Xeyltu to the Aethiopan nation, 
or iothe;pr/<*/ his innundation, inbybing theyr burnt and 
rofted mould,or yet the riuer Po to the Ligtirians* 

Euen thenalfo itfellfo out, that I had no {boner taken water 
into the palme of my hand^ ofteringthe fame to my open mouth, 
ready to receiue it : I heard a doricall fonge, wherewith I was as 
reaily delightedjas if I had heard the Thracian Thamiras, which 
thorough my eares prefcnted it felfe to my vnquiet heart ,with fo 
fweete and delectable a deliuerk , with a voyce-not terreftriall, 
with fo great a harmonic and incredible a fayning fhrilnelTe , and 
vnufuall proportion,as is poffible to bee imaginedby no toungc 
fufficiently to be commended. The fweetnes whereof fo greatly 
delighted me ,as thereby I was rauifhed ofmyremembrancc,and 
my vnderftanding fo taken from me,as I let fallmy defired water 
thorough the loomed ioynts of my feeble hands. 

And then euen as a birde, which thro ugh the fweetnes of the 
call forgetteth to remember the Fowlers deceit, fo I letting flip 
that which nature flood in need of, haft ened my felfe back with 
all fpeed.towardc that attraftiue melodic, which the more I coa- 
Itcd, the further it feemed flillfromme,fometimehcere 3 fome- 
timcs therc,and ftill as I (niftcd places, fo the fame alfo chaunged 
with a delectable voycc andhcauenly confent. Thus vainly run 

The firife of Lone 

ning vp and downe, I knew not after what , I grew more wearle , 
faint,and drye,and fo feeblc,that myleggcs could but with great 
paincjvphouldmydiftemperedbody. And my grieued (pints 
vnabled long to fupp ort the fame, what with the rearc that I had 
binin,what with extreamethirft, what with long and wilefornc 
trauell.and what with doub ting the worft that mightinfae.Thus 
hotc ,faint, and drye: I knew not what to do but cuen to procure 
re ft for my weary member* Imarueledfirftatthis ftraunge accc- 
dent, and was amazed at this inhumane harmonyc, butmoftof 
all in that I was in a ftraunge contry,and vnmhabited,being one- 
lye fertill and beawtyfull to bchould, befydes that I greatly for- 
rowed for the lofteofthefaycrryuer which I hadlo greatly labo 
red to finde out,and now fo lightly and carcledy to haue loft the 
benifit thereof. In this fort 1 was houlden in an intrycate miudc 
of doubts,at length ouercome withall kmdc of whole 
bodye trembling and languifhingevnder a broade and mightye 
Okefull of Acorncs,ftandmg in thcmiddeft of afpatious and 
large green meadc,extendmg forth his thicke and leauiearmes 
tomakeacoole fhadowe/vnderwhofe bodycbrcathm^Irefted 
my felfe vppon the dcawye hearbes, and lying vppon my left 
fydeldrewemybreathmthefrcfhcayremorc ihortly betwixt 
my drye and wnnclded lips ,thcn the weary running heai*,pin- 
chedinthe haunchcand (truck in the breft, not able any longer 
to beare vp his weighty header fuftnme his body vpon his bow 
ing knees,but dying proftratcs himfelfe . And lying thus in fuch 
an agonie, I thought vpon the ftrrfes of weake fortune, and the 
inchauntments of the malicious Cjrces^ if I had by hir charmes 
and quadrangulcdplaints,bcenbereaued ofmy fences . In thefe 

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Ml h b 

greatly com- am^ng fomany dyuerfe and fundry forts of hearbes , finde the 

mended of Mercurial Moh\^\.M\\^ blackercotc^for myhelpeandremedie. 
Homer ,and A^aineme thought that it was not fo with me* What then 2 euena 

thoughteo be J iar j a ppoyntmcnt to delay my defired death .And thus remnv- 
fouercijine a- . . rr / . / IJLI- J T 

gainft in- ningin thefe pcrmtious thoughts, my Ltreogtn debylitated: 1 

chauntments looked for no other helpc, but to drawc andreceiuefrefh ayre 
ofmoderne into that breft, which panted with a fmall remainder of vytall 
authors alto- warmnc (r Cj takinginto my hands halfcaliue,as my laftrefuge,thc 
SowncV nioyft and bedewed Ieaues,preferued in the coolefliadowof the 
grecnc Okc : putting the fame to my pale and drye lippes,with a 

in* Drcamc. p 

greedy dcfirc in licking of them to fatiffie my diftemprcd mouth 
\vith theyrmoifturCjWifhingfor fucha wells fTjpfipyie( *)fhewed 
the Grecians t Fearing lead that vnawarcs as I had ruffled in the 
wood I were bitten with the ferpentZ>//>/*()my thirftwasfo vn- 
fupportable.Thenrenuing my oulde cogitations : as/Jay vnder 
thismightieOke:! wasoppreiFed with ctnyncnt flecpcoucrali 
my members : where agaiuc I dreamed in thisfortc. 

, that he thought he did fie rp *gaine t andtn his dreame 
that he was tn a Vallte, inuironed with monntaincs and killes , the 
endvchereofrvM font up in a marue How fort , with A mightiefyra- 
midfs wort hie of admiration : vpon the top whereof wot a highvbe- 
Jtskf , which with great plea fore hcc beheld^ And diligently dtfcri- 

Otten foorthofthis feareful) and thick 
v\ood , and forgetting the forementio- 
ned places by this fweete fleepe, occa- 
fioned by mywcanc members nowe 
layde along : mce thought that I was in 
anew more delcclableplace,far excel 
ling the former, which confifted not ot 
forties mountaines and cras^ie wind- 
ing rockes,contaynmg wide caues, but 
being a delicate valley ,in the which did 
rife a fmall mounting of no great height,fprinkled heare and there 
with youngOkes,Aihes, Palme trees broad leaued, /&///,(*) 
Holme, CheftnutjSugerchifljPoplars^ ildc Oliue, and Oppies 
difpofedfomehyerthen other According to the mounting or fall 
of the place, in theplame whereof was an other kinde of thicket 
onnedicinablefimples like little young trees, as the flowering 
ev/7//k()emiironed with diuers green hearbs,Tetrifolie,Sheere 
graffe, hunmluckle, themusked Angelica, Crowfoot Elapium, 
and Rug\voort,withotherprohtableandvnknownehearbesand 
flo .vers heare and there dmerflie difpofed. A little beyond in the 
fame valley 3 1 foundea fandieorgrauellyplame,yetbefpotted 
withgrecnemffeSjin which place grew a faire Palme tree with his 
leaueslrkethe Culter of a plowe, and abounding with fweetand 
pleafont fruite,forae fet liigh a fome lowe , forne in a meane , f ome 

C in 


was daughter 
who alone 
when all wo 
men of that 
Hand had 
flaine chcir 
husbands Si 
kmfmen, fa- 
uedhir fa 
ther : (he alfo 
iheWwd the 
Grecians the 
Langia in the 
wood ot Ne- 
(b) Dipfa a 


that Lucan 


whofe byting 




isaticc bea 
ring both 

greater fruitc 
and brodcr 
leaues then 

flower, vines 
are bound 
Elaphium is 
like to Ange 
lica, hue noc 
in fmcll, the 
hart the re on 
head when ii 
is vclucc. 

The ftrife of Ltue 

the very top,anelca and chofcjifigne of viaorie. Neither in 
this place was ( thcre any habitation or creature whatfoeuer. Thus 
vvalkmgfolitarilybetwixtthctrees, growing diftantly onefroni 
another , I perfwadcd my felfc , that to this no earthly fituation 
was comparable: in which thought I foddainely efpiedyponmy 
left hand , an hungrie and carmuorous Woolfe , gaping vpon me 
with open mouthe. 

At the fight whereof immediatly,my hayrc flood right vp,and 
I would haue cry ed out,but could not : and prefcntly the Woolfe 
ranneawaye:wherevponreturningtomyfelfe,and cafting my 
eyes towards the wooddie mountames, which feemed toioync 
themfelues together, bcem* looked vnto a farreoff, I fawethc 
forme ofa tower of an increaiblcheygth, with a fpyre vnperfeft- 
lie appearing, all being of very auncient forme and workeman- 

(a)Olimpus a ft P* 

hil in Greece Ami drawing ncarc vnto this building 4 1 beheld the eratious 

\ t ~ 4^ m ^j ^ ^y 

between Ma. mountaines before a farre of feeming fmall,by comming neerer 

c anc ^ neercr > by littleand little, to lift vp themfelues more and 
high-hat of more , at the firftfeemingtomee that they had ioyned together 
thePoctsiris with the building which was an inclofure or end ofthevalley be- 
fometime ta- twixtmountaineandmountainc: whichthmgl thought worthy 
the noting,and without further delay I addrefTed my felfc more 
(d)Caucafus neerer therevnto. And by how much the morel approximated 
amighcic hill the fame, by fo much the more the excellence or the woorkc 
in Alia which /hewed k feJfc , increafingmy defire to behould the fame 4 For 
partcrhln- tnere appearedno longerafubftanceof vnknowne forme , but a 
thL f C ^" rare Obeliik vpon a vait frame and ftonicfoundation,the heigth 
(c)Cilenusa whereof without comparifon did exceed thetoppes of the fide- 
hill of Area- lying mountaynes , although I thought that they had bcenc the 
dia 3 whcre lu- ren owmed Ofvmpw f^),the famous Cavcafwfb ), and not inferior 

Pl ccrbe ^ c tocy^^co. 

Mtrcunevp- 4, r <f - i j/ji -i_ 

n Mala. To this lollitatrc place thus denredlyc comming , with vn- 

(d)Parosis fpeakeable delight, at pleafure I beJielde the ftraunge manner 
oneofchc^y. o f tne arte ? the hugene(l"e of the frame, and the woonderfull 
If] cs called excellencicofthewoorkmanfhip . Mnruellin^ andconfidering 
Sporadesf^n the compafTe andlargeneiFeof this broken and decayed obieft, 
thefeaAege- made of the pure gliilenng marble/of Pares (d) . The fquared 
um which <ic- frones ioyned tog ither without anyc cement, and the pointed 
uidethEurup c j ran j au corner ft oncs (treightlyc fitted andfinoothlyc 
from Aha. ^ 

pullifhcdjtnc edges whercofwerc ofan exquisite vermillion cou- 
lour,asis pofiiblctobee dcuifed : and foiuftfet, as betwixt the 
joy nts,euen the encmie to the woorke ( if euer there were anye) 
could not deuife to hide the point of the fmallcir fpamfh needle 
vfed ot the be(l workewomen. And therein this fo noble a piece 
or uorke, I found a proportioned fubftance to cucry lhape and 
likenetfe thatcanbc thought vpon and called torcmembrancej 
partly decsyed,and fome (till whole remaining, with pillers fmall 
vpon greatjWith their excellent heads of an exaft andmoflper- 
feftclofing,crovvnedbattelments,cmbofbcaruings,bearing forth 
like embroderie,archedbeames,mjghtiemettalme images, ouer- 
thro\vne and broken in f under ,the troake of their exaft and per 
fect members,appeannghollow of braiTe, Skyifcs,fmall boates 
and veiTels ofNttmtdtan (lone and Porpkjr , and diuers couloured 
marble . Great lauers condites , and other infinite fragments of 
notable woorkrnanfhip,\r different and in fenour from that they 
v. cre,m their perfeftion.but now brought back as it were to their 
firft vnfhapehnes^eing fallen and call: downe,fo;neheere, Tome 
thereupon the earth from the which they were taken. Among 
the broken and decayed placcs,wherof great fundrie wall weeds 
andhearbes ,cfpecially the vnlhaking Anagyrc,the Lenrife of 
bothkmdes,bearesfoote, doggeshead, Gladengreene.fpotted 
lujc, Centarie,and diuers fuch like- And in the myld ^red places 
of broken wall es grew Ho wflike, and the hanging Cymbalari.i 
br) r ers,and pricking brambles,among the which crept Swifts and 
Lyzarts which I fawe crawling among the ouergrowne ftones f 
which at the firft fight in this filent and folitaric place, made me 
to be warily afraid of them. On euery fide there lay fallen downe 
fmoothe round pieces of ferpentfpottedMarble,purple and red 
dmerfe coulourecLFragments offtrangehiftories , PanglyphicznA. 

Hcmyvtnkic compcndioufly caralenzed, (hewing the excellen- bc ^Y ca , r " 
L c j L ji r i r o ^uedfrom the 

ciethereofjvndoubtedlyacculing ourage,thatthcpcrfe6lionof head to the 
fuch an art is forgotten* footc m all 

Then commmg to the myddle fronture of the great and members. 

excellent woorke , I fawe one fole large and marueylc us porche 
worthy of great eftiination,proportioned according to the huge " 
quantitie of the reft of the whole work^which was placed betwixt 
and continued in building from the one and the other of the 
mouataincs hare lipped,and aboue arched, whofc fpacc betwixt 

C 2 as 

The ftrtfe of Louc 

as I doc coniefture was in meafure fixe furlongs, and twelue pa 
ces . The top of which rnountaincs were perpendicularly cquall 
eyther of them touching the allured skey . At the fight whereof I 
imagined with my felfe anddeuifedto thinke with what yron in- 
{trumentSjWith what labour of menshands 5 and number of work 
men, fuch apiece of woorke could bee by great ftrength framed, 
with much paine layde together , and a long time in finiilmig. 
There then this woonderfuil frame willingly as it were ioyned 
hands and vnited it felfe with the one and the other mi^htic 


mouritames,bymeanes whereof, the forefaid valley there had an 
cnd,that no man could go further forward or backe againe,but to 
enter in by this broadejlarge^nd wide open porche. 

Vpon this maflie frame and mightie woorkmanfhip, which I 
take to be in heigth from the roofe or top to the foot e,fiuc parts 
of a furlongiwas placed a high and woonderfuil Pyramides ,after 
thefafhion of a fquarepoynted Diamond, and fuch incredible 
workemanfhip that could neuer be deuifed and erected, without 
ineftimable chargc,grcat helpe,and long time . So that I thought 
the excellcncie thereof vnthought vpon ,tobeeamyrrour,thc 
fight whereof was able to dafell any humaineeyes , andquailc 
the reft ofthe fpirituall fences. What fliall 1 fay more ?for fofar 
as the reache of my capacitk will afoorde me leaue , in this fort I 
briefely defcnbethe fame. 

A furl is Euery fide or quarter of this four e fquarcd frame ,wherevpon 
i^.polceucry thefooteofthePyramidcsdidftand , did extend themfelues in 
pole being 1 6 length fixfurlongs , which in compaiTe about euery fide squila- 
footc. terec j O flikebredth,doothmultiplieto 2 4 i urlongs. Then lifting 

vp the lynes onhigh from the foure corners ,fo much as eueryc 
corner is diftant in length from an other,meetmg in the top,fo as 
the Perpendicular line may falhuft vpon the center of thcDya- 
gon, ftretchingfrom botli corners ofthe plynts or fquai e footc, 
mft and conuemently ioyned together doe make a peifed pyra 
midal! figure.VVhichimmcncc and woonderfuil forme, with a 
maruelous and exquife Symmetric and due proportion moun 
ting vp labourfomly foote by foote, conteyned 1410. degrees or 
fteppes,takingaway 10. degrees to make vp the head and graci- 
lamentof the Pyramides in whofeplace was fct a huge Cube or 
jfoure fouare ftone oi forme 1 ike a dye, found and firme of a mon - 
ftrous tine knciTe and incredible weight to bee carryed fohigh. 


in 4 Dreame. I I 

And of the fame Hone of Paros as were the Heps : which cube and 
fquare Rone was the Bafis and foote fet vnder tht Obilisk, which 
1 haue in hand to defcnbe. 

This mightie big ftone lharpe topt, (Tiding downc the extream 
part from corner to corner, flat fided by the Diameter ,wasfo\ver 
pace$,ateueryequalldiftant corner, whereof was the foote of a 
harpie of moulten mettall,their (leales and clawes armed* Fnm- 
lyeandllrongliefetinwithled ,ineuery corner of the Cube, or 
fourc fquare head of the Pyramides, meeting together ouer the 
Diagomke line. Of proportioned thickneffe in heigth two paces. 
"Which t husclofmg and mettc together , made the focketofthe 
great Obelisk: which Socket was beautified with leaues,fruites 
and flowers, of fhming cad mettall, and of conuenient bignedc, 
Wherevpon the weight of tire Obelisk was borne. The breadth 
^hereofvvas twopaces,andfeauenmheigth, artinaoudyfharp- 
ingof theftoneot Thebais called Pjrw. Vpon the fmooth plains 
whereof a pure and bright fhining as alcokingglaCTe , weremofte 
excellently z\tf. Aegiyttan Hycrogltybs. 

Vpon the pomte of which Obelisk > with great arte anddili* 
gence 3 wasfailnedacopperbafe 5 in the which alfo t here was a 
turning deuife infixed: whervpon did ftand the fhape of a beau- 
tifull nimph framed of the aforefayd matter, able to amaze the 
contmuall diligent bchoulder . Of fuch a proportion as the com 
mon itature might be conlldered and perfectly feene , notwith- 
ftanding the exceeding heigth thereof in the ayre . Befidesthe 
greatneile of the figure or image:itwasawoondertothinke how 
iuch a weight fhould bee carrycd and fet in fuch a place and fo 
high* Couered with a habite blowne abroad with the winde , and 
fhewmgparte of the naked fubflance oftheleggesandthighes : 
with t\N o w ings growing out from the fhoulder blades, and fpred 
abroad as if fhee were ready e to fly e , turning hir fayrc face and 
fweete regarding; count enancetowardeshirwin^s.ThetreiTes of 

O O O 

hir haire ry ing abroade the vpper part or crowne naked and bare. 
In hir right hand fhe held fromhir fight a copie or home ftuft hill 
of many good things, flopped vp, and the mouth downewarde, 
hir left hand faftned and harde holdentohir naked breft. This 
Image and ftature was with euery blafl: ofwmd turned,and moo- 
ued about with fuch a noyfe and tinkling in the hollo wnes of the 
mctalinc deuife : as if thcmynte of the Queencof England had 

C bin 

The ftrife of lotif 

being go ing there . And when the footc of thephane or Image in 
turning about, did rub and grinde vpon the copper bafc,nxed 
vponthepomteoftheObeliske,it gaue fuch a found , as if the 
tower bell of Saint lohns Colledge in the famous Viuuerfirie of 
Cambridge had beene rung :or that in the pompeous Batches of 
the mightie Hadria* : or that in the fift Pyramides (landing vp 
on foure . This Obeliske in my iudgemcnt was fuch , as neyther 
that inthe^fftAfjiffin Alexandria. orBabilon , may bee equally 
compared vnto it,but rather eftecmcd far conteined 
in it fucha heape of woonders,as I could not without great afto- 
iiifhmentlookevponit. As alfo confider the hugenelTeofthc 
worke,the excdfiuefumptuoufnefTe,the ftraunge muention,thc 
rare performance, and cxquiiGte diligence of the woorkeman* 
With what art inuented? with what power, humiine force, and 
incredible meanes,enuying(if I may fpeakeit)thcworkmanfhip 
of the heauens, fuch and fo mightie weights (hould be tranfpor* 
ted and carryed into the fkyes ? with what Cranes , winding 
beames,Trocles,round pullies, Caprcs bearing out deuiccsjand 
Poliplafies , and drawing frames , and roped tryces, therein be 
ing vnskilfuU ,Iflip it ouer withfilencc. 

rfnd fare tn \\K othcrfek fiSowttk tbt figure. 

i>r a Dreamt. 



The ftrifg of Lone 

Lctvsrcrurnc then to the huge Pyramides, Handing vpon a 
ftrong and found plynth or foure iquare footc , fourteene paces 
in heigth, and in length fixe furlongs , which was the foundation 
and bottom of the weigbtiepyramides, which I perfwadcdmy 
fclfe was not brought from any other place, but euen with plainc 
labour and vvorkemanfhip hewen out of the felfe fame moun- 
taincs, and reduced to this figure and proportion iuhisowne 
proper place. 

Which great quadrant and fquare woorke,ioyned not fad to 
the collat crate and fidelying rockes,but was b etwix t fpaced and 
feperated on eytherfidestenne paces. Vpon the right hand as 
I went of the aforefaid plynth or fquarcfheame, there was mod 
perfectly carued the vyperous head of the fearefull Afedufo, in a 
moft furious and rigorous forme to looke vpon , and as it were 
yellingout : with terrible eyes caucrnate, and hollow skowlmg 
vnder ther with a wrympled andforrowed 
forehead and gaping wide open mouth, which being hollowed 
\\ithadyrcctwaye from the Catill, and vpponftone by a medi 
an c lyne perpendicular to the center of the far fhe wing Pyrami- 
des,made alarge enteranceand coming vnto it,at which opening 
mouth, compafTedwitbfowldedhaires of vnrepar table curiouf. 
ncs artificiall cunning and coftly woorkmanlliyppe the JlVnding 
the turning flayers fliewed them felues5andmrteadoftre!Tesof 
haire platted with laces, I faw fearefull vypersand windingfcr- 
pents growing out fromthefcalpeof themontlroushead confu- 
fedlytwyfting together andhifling,fo liuely portrayed and fee 
foorth,that they mademeafrayde to behouldthem.In their eyes 
were placed mod fhining ftones,in fuch fort,as if I had not beenc 
perfwaded and knowne that they were ftones indeed, I durft not 
haue drawne neere them. 

Andthcaforefaydeentrie cutout of the firme ftone , led to 
the fcaleandcompaflmgpaffagein the center,with winding fleps 
tending to the higheft parte of the (lately Pyramides > an d ope 
ning vpon the out fide of the catill or cube: vpon the which the 
fhimng obchske was founded . And among the reft of fuch nota- 
blepartes that I beheld , me thought that this deuife was woorth 
the noting , becaufethe artifitious and rnoft cunning architect 
withanexquifiteandperfpicuous inuention , had made to the 
{byres certaine Icope* or fmall windowes,imbracing the bounti- 


n ^ 

full beamesofthefunnecorrefpondently on three parts , thclo- 
\vcr, the middle,and fupreamc : The lower taking light from the 
higher , and the higher from the catabaffc or lower with their op- 
pofite reflexions ihcwing a marucllous faire light > they were fo 
fitly difpofed by the calculate rule or the artincious Matherna- 
trician, to thcOncntalllVleridionaU and Occidental! partcs of 
the ayre,that euery houre of the day the funnc fhincd in,and gaue 
light to the whole fcale, the fame loop es or windoletsindiuerfe 
places fymmctrially and definitely difperfedandfet. 

To theafbrefaid entrance thorow the open mouth oMeduft t 
I came by a long gallon e to a falying fcale or downe going ftanrc 
opening at the foot and pauement of the building vpon iny right 
hanu againft one of the collatcrall and fide-lying obountaines, 
betwixt which there was out of the {tone and open fpacc cut out 
of tenne paces vp, into the which I afcendcdboldcly without re* 
fiftance, and being come to the beginningof the ftaircinrhca- 
forefaid mouth by innumerable fteppesand degrees^jot mthouc 
great wearines and difinefTe of head, by often turning about , I 
came to fo incredible a height, that my eitt wonld notfuficrrae 
to looke downe to trie ground infomuch, that me thought that 
euery thing below vpon the plaine had loft his lhape, and fcemed 
vnperfeft . In the opening andcommingoutofthis circulate 
and turning afTenc^ many pillars of fuftd and molten mottall 
were aptly difpofed and furely fixed : the intes-fpacebetwixt e- 
uery one and other one foote> and in height halfe apafe, railed 
and loynedtogrther abouewithabatteJied coronctalalong the 
faid pillar, and of the famemetallcompafsing about theopening 
of the (hire, left that any comming iborthvnawaresfhouldfall 
down headlong 5 For the immefurabk height thereof woulde 
caufc a giddinej in the hcad,andbringa daggering to the feete : 
vpon the plaine oftheobcliske there was in fixed a tableof braflc 
faftened and foldered in about the height of a man> with an anci 
ent mfcription in Latine, Greeke, and Arabike, by the which I 
plamely vndcrfloode that the fame was dedicated tothc Sunne, 
and tlie meafurcof the work wholy fct downe and dcfcnbed, the 
fame of the Architect or noted on the obeliskein Greek letters. 


Lickxs Libttcns arckitt&tu me ercxit. 
Lichas a Libian architeftor fet me vp. 

D Let 

of L,9ut 

and teflcll or fquare , fubieft and vphoulder of the Pyramides in 
the frontc and forefide whereof I beheld ingrauen a Gtgantcwa- 
chte and com bate betwixt Giauntes, the onely encmie to vitall 
brcathjfurpaflinglic well tut, with the quick motions and Uuelie 
agilities of their large and tall bodyes,vnpo(Tible to be rightly e 
defcribedjthc artificiall handling thereof, as it were enuyingthc 
woorke of nature it fclre,as if they r eyes and feete had mooued 
together,and c called from one part to an other,with an expedite 
paflagc and fwift courfe. In fuch forte feerncd they vpon theyr 
flrong andimghtie horJGTes >fome being caft downe , other {tum 
bling an dialling : many wounded and hur t,y eelding vp their de- 
fired liucs: fbmetrodejQ downe andmifchieuedvnder the feete 
of the fierce and vnreftrainedhoriTes . Other calling off their ar 
mour wraftlingand togging one with another: fomeheadlong 
with then heelesvpmrdc failing and not come to the ground 
Irom orTchat homcLs. Other fome lying vpon the elrthjhould* 
ing vp their fheilds and Targets, offended with the one hand,and 
defended with the other . Many with their fhimi wries and curti- 
laxes, forae with long Iwordes two handed after the auncient 
Perfian manner,others with diuers deadly! and flrange falhioned 
toorrallw capons tfonae wearing habergions and helmets, with 
diuers deuiles vpon theif crefls : others naked and vnatmed,lea- 
ping aad mftnng in among the thickeft , thereby fliewing theyr 
fiajughtie^i naknciblejand vndaunted courages, rcfolute for death. 
Somewith i-earcrull countenances cryingout,other (hewing ob- 
ilinateandfurious \nfages, although they were allured to dye, 
fbonMy abiding the proofe of their paine, and the cutting in fnn- 
derotthetttatail thread, others flaine before them with diuers 
vncotheandftraunge warlike and deadly inflruments . Shewing 
their frrorig membtrSjthck fwdlingmuskcls (landing out , offe 
ring to the fight and eyes of the Shoulder, the dutie of theyr 
bones,nndthehollowneffeintheplaces , where theyr ftrongfi- 
newes beft^ayned* Their eonflid* and combatefeemedfo feare- 
tullvbloudie.deatUyyCruclUnd horrible : asifyWrthimfelfehad 
bceac fighting with Porpkiriw and Akion who made anoyfdykc 

the braying of Afle$ t 

This cataglip hie imagerifi,did exceed a naturaU and common 

and proportion of men , carued inpriuic white marble, 


the ground thereof as black as ict , a perfect foilc to beatltifie and 
fcr foorth with pale Chriftaline and filuer croliey, of imjtimera- 
blc huge bodyes,theirlaftindcuours, their present actions, die 
fafhion of their armor,the duierritie of their d..*atlis,5c vnccrtaine 
& doubtful viftorie.The difchargc o f my vndci taken difcnption 
whercof,proouethrraymecl and lame, by reafonthat my vnder- 
ftanding is wcarie , my memorie confuted with v.irietic , and my 
fight dimmed with continuallgafing, that my f^tifeswill nota- 
ford me rightly , and as their dewe, fitl) to manifest. part, much 
lefleto dcicnbe at large the whole manner of their curious Ly- 

After this 1 became to caft with my felfc , what fhould mooue 
and caufe fuch a pride & burning defire,iu any man,to fetch from 
far, aad gather together fo mightie ftones with fo great trauell: 
With what carriage , who were the conueycrs and porters j with 
what manner of whecles,and ro wling deuifes, and vphoidiug fup- 
porters, fo great large and innumerable a fort of ftoncs fhould be 
brought thither, and of what matter theyr cement that ioynecf 
and held them together, was made thcheygth of the Obelisk and 
ftatelinefTeoftlie Pyramidcs,exceeding the imagined conceit of 
Dtmocratcs propofedto Alexander thcgreat,abouta worke to be 
performed vpon the hill Athos. For thcilrangenesofthe Egipti- 
an building mightgiue place to this . The famous laborinth were 
far inferior t L*mnot is not to be rehearfed the Theaters of old time 
were in comparifon but warrracrslodges^neyther didthe famous 
Naufolej come any thing neere * Which certainly maketh me ab- 
folutelypcrfwaded^that he which wrote the feauen woondersof 
the world,neuer hard of tlm : ncy thet in any age hlth their been 
feene or imagined the like,no not the fcpulahe* ofNiwt. 

Laftly 1 woondeued what foundation athidrches were able to 
vphold fo monftrousaweighr,whother tKepyUarft were hexagons 
or tetragons , and what vnrietie of corlumnes ^ and what rmrntber 
might ferue , and after what forte proportionately difpofed and 
fet. For the better vndcr (binding and more perfect hiowledgc 
wherof,! conueyghed my felfe in at the open & fpaciousporche 
and emerance,withm the which was ajiobfcrvre and vaft hollow - 
nes : whkh porchc, together with the proud and ftatejy buylding 
(things worthy of memorie ) ihall in fonaeforto b^ dcfcrybcdas 

D * Pdj- 

Tbcftrifs of Leue 

,*frrr the difcripion of the huge Pyramid** An - 

courfitb tfmorutlou woctrkcsm this Copter 3 n<twe/y of* twffi *f 

of. m Olrphant , hut eifocmfy of A r*o; I 

Ighthrcand lawfollvciiwy I June Icaueto 

-i * * 

v* rite, that in die whole world there was 
neucr fuch an other , fo pompeouSjglorj- 
ous.and magnificent a petrcc ofworke, by 
mans eyes ieene or crebiblie reported. 
The woow-dertlill exceHencie aitd rare 
ftraungcnefie whereof, a^I beheld what 
wjth delight , and whai with admiration, 
my fences were fo captiu.ited and tyedtherevnto, that no other 
fokcc orplcafure,dideyther occuire or take place in my fv\irt 
fly ing thought* 

But f hat when J-npplyedrnyfences to conHder, andaddrcflid 
my eyes with diligent obi^roaraon , cunouilieto ouerlooke eue- 
rieperticular part o-t this fwecic compofed obieft , and mod rare 
and goodly iinas;me and virgin likebodyeso v ithoutcrickeor 

- ^* ^^ ^? * ** 

long dravvne breath, and fomewhat opening my 
cepC fighe Infomuchas my amorous and (bun* 
by rea(bn-of the tluckncilcoOheayre in this fo- 
]ytarieandloiieplace3gauean eccho,and djdputme jnjrundeof 
my Angehke and extrcafnc deiired./W/*. 

O hi me that foiiiull oranye intermiilion fhould caufethat 
hir fottety and celcfli aii idea and fhape was not dill imprinted in 
my mmde, and^corttlrtiic^ia dayly comp-anior:, in whoi<e bf eft my 
hfeis-refolued^b-sbkJci acid txrit as "vnder the prot-eftion of a 
moil finx* afvd ap-pr&oue^rleldiandiafc defence. 

And by trftsway I wasittsught too a pLice v.herc were diuers 

and rumh ie excellent fort j of aoncient deuifes and woorkeman - 

fhips.-nVflofaJJ,! b-eheMa moft fay-re porthc,paft all fenceto de- 

fcribe^forthcineF^dible Curiaofnei thereof, as cuenvas built or 

dcuifed) and therAthet foe d^at cuar mother toung and vulgar 

fy:zdic y rt]i(y not aflfoord-apt and peed lar words, for fu-ch a picc^e 

of arti^cral 1 ! work e. 

Before this gorgeous and glorious porche,you lliall vndcrfland 


in A Dre<*tnf. 1 1 

that ir. the open ayre there was a fowrefquare court of thirtrepa- 
c cs by his Dumetcr, paucd withpuje fine marble, poynted footc 
fquare,wrought checker wife of diuers fusions , and fundnc bell 
titling coulours : but jn many places , by meases of the ruine of 
tlieaiiJKKUtwalkeandoldep.u > ]cr$,brokeii inpecces and oucr- 


Anainttevtmoirpartesofthe aforefaide court , to the right Acolumnc 
haiadjandthekft.LOAardsthemountaines^thcre was two frraight confiftechof 
rowes of pillars, with a fpace betwixt for the interieft Areoftde^ j^ 
the quantities of both columnes required, thefirflcourfeoror- h LO( j. 
der of Letting the pyllars, beginning on both fides equall to the Ailrngalus 
Lyrr.bus or extreamepartotthefronteof thcporche, the 1 pace tlutib ihc 

betwixt py liars and pillars xv 4 paces * Of which colluinnes or jbl . ecto lhe 

.. rj r *. capiccll next 

great pillarsjlome and the greateit pane or number were whole. ^ co ]umnc. 

With their capitels or heads , wrought with a wauediliell workc, Hypocrachc- 
andcyllene or drapene,their corners bearing out and inanulated licihcfliafc 
or turned in like a curled locke of hayre , or the vpper head of a ? f 
bafe Viall aboue the pinnes, which ftraine the ftringes of the in- An( j H ypo - 
Hrument to a muficall concord: with their fubiecl: A(tragals,wri- thcfisythat is 
thingandhangingheere and there, making the capitall thnfcfo the footc 
big as the bottom thereof of the columne,wherevpon was placed ^ncreon the 
the Epiftile or ftreight beame,thc greatefl part decayed, and ma- ft^deth e: 
nycolumnes widowed and depnuedof their Capitels , buryed cccdingthe 
in ruine both Aflragals and fliafts of the columnes and their ba- bigncs of 
fesorfeete. thc columnc. 

Faftioyning to which order or fetrowesofpillars, there grew 
ould plamc trees ,wyldeOliues,Pme apple, and pricking bram- 
bles.l coniectured that it was made for to ride horfes in , to trot 
and gallop 3 the i ing,to manage, carrcic,and coruet in,or els fomc 
open gallerie,coueredclofeoucr head, vnderpropt withpillers, 
ayre m 3 not too fubtile. 

Aboue in this great Court paued as aforefayd ,in the padagc 
towaxdes trie Porche,fome tenr^e paces , I beheld a prodigious 
winged vaughtinghorfe,ofmaultfn braiTe, of an exceedtngtig- 
ne(Te,his wiiigs fiODing out. His hooues (landing vpoa a fmoefth 
plainebafe or fratne^fiue rbow bj o4e P an4Tiinefeete in length, .iu 
heigth propoxtiorj^ble to rhebrc<hh and length : witbhis head at 
hberticand vnbndeled : Iwuinghis two fmall cares , the one 

D 3 ftand- 

Tie Jtrifi of Lone 

ftattdiagterward,and the other drawne back , with a Ion? waued 
maime falhngfromhis crcftonthc contraryefidc rvponwhofc 
backcs dmersyoungyouthesa/Tayed to ride ,but not one was a- rcafonof his fwiftnetfe and high boundin* 
from whom fomc were fallen downe,lyingwide open to the ayrc. 
iomcgrouebng,othcr falling hcadlong,bctwixt the horflTeand the 


torccing togetvp vpon him, and others indeuoring torecoucr 
themlelucsfrom vnderhisfccte. 

Vpon the vpper oarc of the frame and bafe , there was infixed 
and faftned with Jead.a footing or thick cruft,of the fame mettall 
that the horfe was,aud vpon the which he ftoode , and thofe that 
were oucrthrowne did lye ,fomewhat fhorter and narrower then 
the bafc or fubiecl fume ; the whole maffe or compofition caft of 
apeeceaudof the fanaeniettaU,ujorueJouflje founded. ta%c 


tn A Dream f. 1 2 

vo u c ould not per c eiue that any were contented with his rowgh- 
nes>as appeared by their framed countenances, (hewing a difcon* 
tent which they could not vtter being fenccleiTeiniages 3 not dif 
fering othcrwayes thorough the excellent conning ofthecraf- 
tifmanfrom liuing creatures , and by his furpaffmg imitation ot 

Peryfttu there might go put vp his pypes,and blufh with his de- 
uifed Bull , and Hiram the lewe mult heere giue place , or what 

The/^wrfbafeorfubieftfor this metaline machine to ftand 
vpon,was of one folydepecee of marble (of fit and conuenient 
breadth,heighth,and length, for that purpof e accordinglye pro- 
portionedjrullofflrcaming vaines,fondry coulered, and diuerf- 
Jyefpotted,maruelouspleafantto the eye , in infinite commix 
tures, conftifedly difpofed. 

Vpon the breft or formoftpart, and end of the marble bafe, 
that was oppofite againft the pprch,thcre was a garland of grene 
marble ,like the leaucs of bitter dhfander , commast with dead 
leauesofMaydenwecde,of a hayrc coulour , within the which 
there was a (moo the round, pure,whitc flonc^whcrcin was ingra- 
uen thefc capitall Romame letters. 

The flr iff of L<wt 

At the hinder end in like fort was a garland of deadly \Voolf- 
\voort, with this mfcript ion 5 <7; inftlicttatu . And vpon the 
right fide there was ingrauen certaine figures, fhapes, and r epre 
fentments of menand women dauncin^ together, bvformedor 

^J ^x * 

hicedjthcforinoftirmling, the hynmolt weeping: and dauncing 
^ . inaring.witiithcyr nrmcsfpredabrode,and hanfaftcdman, \vith 
this world manan ^ wo * lian with woman. Onearmeof the man vnder that 
in that pica- of the woman,and the other aboue,and thus clofm together, and 
furc,buc they houlding by the hands, they floung about one after another, that 
haue alf alwayes ihll in one place , a fmyling countenance incountered a 
forego ing fad. Their number was feauenandfeauen, fo perfectly 
and fweetely counterfeited with liuelie motions , their veftures 
whisking vp and flymgabroad,that the workman could not be ac- 
cufed of any imp er teflon, but that one had not a liuely voyce to 
exprelTe their mirth,and the other brmilh teares to manifclt their 
forrow rthefaiddauncewasmfafhionoftwo Semicircles, with a 
fep crating partition put betwixt* 

thcii forowcs 


in a Drctme*. 1 5 

Vnder which Hcnnal! figure, /here was infcript thisworde 
T 1: M P V S. On the contrary fide I beheld many ofgrcene a- 
dolcftencieof like proportio/i to the former, and in fuchlikc 
compatTeor fpace, thcgrourjds of both beautified andfet foorth Gift vaine/y 
with an exquiiite foliature or woorke of leaues and fioxvers , this bcftowed,m 


corrpanicvvas plucking -Tjjd gathering of the flowers of fundrye 1 
heai6es,and tender builiing (bikes and braunchestand with them * r ^fc & 
diuersf^ireNimphesplealamlydeuifing.arjdfportingliefnatch- brccdtih re 
in 2 a\va^ their gathered flower,and in fuch fort as abouefaid vn- pencancc. 
< chebsurcwete ingrnuenccrtainccapitall letters , to fhew this 
oneivordc A MIS SIOyContcyningthcninthparttothcDia- 
meter or thcquAdcatiire. 


{{ 1i ^ i 


1 1 O \ H ^^ 


// S r5^ ; \ 

A ***.*.* 

The firife of Lew 

At the firft fight hereof I was amnfedand aftonimcd,but with 
better regard & great delight curiouily reouerlooking the huge 
founded Machine the fhapeand forme of ahorfemade by hu 
mane induftry and skill moft commendable,for that euery mem 
ber without defeft had his perf-ft harmonic, and euery Jimrne 
his defired proportion, Iftraight called to remembrance the vn- 
fortunate horfe ofScian. 

AndthusheldelMtobeholdcthe fameartificiall myfterie, 
an other fpeftacle and obieft no Icfle worthy to be looked vp- 
on than the former,ofFered it f elfe to my fight,whrch was a migh 
ty Elephant, whcreumo with adefuous intent I %eedelyhyed 
me to approch and corne ncere. 

In which meane while on an other fide I heard amourncfull 
noife and humane groaning, as proceeding from a fie ke body e- 
uen vnto death: whereat 1 ftoodeftill at the firft,myhaires (Ian- 
ding right vp, but prefently without further ftay,Iaddrelled my 
fteppes towards the place from whence I heard this wofull noylf 
and dolefull lament, forcing my felfe vp vpp^nahenpeofruma- 
ted,brokenand downe-fallen marbles Thus willingly going 
forward,! cam e to a vaft and won derfull large Colofe , the feete 
thereof bare, and their foles hollow e, andtheleg2;esasiftheir 
flefh had beene wafted,confumedand fiillen-away . Prom thence 
with horror I came to looke vpon the head where / did coniec- 
ture and imagine, that the ayre andvvinde getting in and com- 
ining foorth of his wide open mouth, and the hollow prpes of his 
throat, by a diume inuention did caufe this moderated noife and 
timed groanes it lay \viththeracevpwardallofmoltenmettal, 
like a man of middle age, and his head lifted vp as withapillowe, 
witharefembJanceofonethatwere ficke, breathing out at his 
mouth, fighes and groanes gaping, his length wasthree fcorepa- 
ces. By the haires of his beard you might mount vp to his breaft, 
and by therentandtornepeecesof the fame to his ftil lamenting 
mou tli, which groningly remained wide open and empty, by the 
\\ hich 5 prouoked by the fpurre of curious defire , I went downc 
by diuers degrees into his throat, from thence to his ftomacke, 
and fo-foorth by fecret way es, and by little and little to all the 
fcuerallpartes of his inward bowelles, Oh wonderfull conceit. 
And euery part ofmans body hauing vpon it written his proper 
appellation in three ideomes Chaldee a Greeke and Latine , that 


tn 4 Drtame* 1 4 

you might know the intrailes, (inews,bone$, velneS, mufcles and 
the mclofedflefh,and what difeafe is bred there: the caufe there 
of, the cure and remedy , Vnto which ingJomerated and wind- 
in^ hcape of bowelles, there was a conueniem commingvnta 
and entrance in : with fmall loope-holes and wickets in funory 
places diucrfly difpofed, yeclding thorough them a fufficiene 
light to bcholde the feucrall partes of the artificiall anothomie s 
not wanting any member that is found in a natural! body. 

When I carncto the heart, did fee andrcadehow Loire at his 
firft entrance begctteth forow, and in continuaunce fendeth ouc 
fighcs, and where Loue doth moft greeuoufly offend . where- 
withall /was mooued to renew my pafsion^ fending out from the 
botome of my heart deepc fet and groaning fighs inuocating and 
calling out vpon Polta , in fuch fort as that the whole Colofe and 
Machine of brafle did refound,ftriking me into a horrible feare.- 
an exquifite Arte beyond all capacity, for a manto frame his like 
not being an Anotomy indcede. 

Oh the excellency of paffed wittes , and perfect golden age. 
when Vcrtue did ftriuc with Fortune, leaumgoncly behind him 
for an heritage to this our world,blmde ,ignorant, and grudging 
dcfire ofworldly pelfe* 

Vpon the other fide Ipercciuedof likebignes to the former 
Colofe, the vpper part of a womans head fome dealetmre, and 
the reft buried with the decayed mines, as I rhought,of fuch like 
workmanftipastheother, and being forbidden by incompoihe 
and difordered heapes of decayed and fallen downc (tones , to 
view the famcl returned to another former obieft, which was 
(and not farrediftantfrom thehorfe ftraight forward) a huge 
Elephant of more blacke ftonc than the ObfidiUm , powdered o- 
uer with fmall fpottesofgoldeandglimcesofillucr, asthicke as 
dud: glittering in the done. The extreamehardnes whereof the 
better did fhew his cleere Hiining brightnes , fo as euery prop.r 
obiecT: therein did reprcfent it fclfe, exceptc in that parte where 
the mett ill did benrea contrary colour. Vpon his large backe 
was fet a faddle or furniture ofbrade, with two gyrthcs going 
vnder his large belJy,betwixt the which two being ilrei^ht buck 
led vp with buckles of the fame Itone, there was mm- fet a qua 
drangle correfpondent to the breadth of the Obcliskc placed 
vpon the faddlejandfo iuftly fe. t,as no perpendiculai line would 

Er* 1 1 
2 fill 

The flrifr of Lout 

on cither fide 6e diameter. Vpon three parts or fides of the 
tourefquarc Obelisk , were ingrauenEgiptian caraftcrs. The 
beaft fo exacViy and cunningly proportioned, as inuention could 
dcuife, auuartpcrforrue. Theaforcfaid faddle and furniture fct 
foort.., and beautified with ituddcshangingKwe!s,ilones, and de- 
uiles,andhouldmgvp as it were a might ie Obciiske of ereenc 
roulourcd floneof Laceden:onia ,vpoiitheeueii iqu^rr, tv,o pa 
ces broad ,andfeauen in heigl t, to thcil ipe poime thereof, 
waxing fmallci and imallcr 5 vpon which pointe tijere was fi^-cc 
a Tngon or rounde Ball ot a fl:inyiig and l) r ftcril)q fub- 

Thishugebeaft flood flrcightvpon all rr>nre,ofan/cxqai(Tie 
woorkmanthipvpon the plaineleuell,andv])per part otthe bale, 
hewenand cunningly faihioned, beeinjof Ptfr/^rflenc. With 
two larg^aud long teeth, of puer white (lone., and cle.ire appacl, 
andhftncd fc .Artdto t be fore gyrrhon eythef fidewasbuckl^da 
licheand gorgeous poiterell, beautified with ctiucr$ ornaments 
andvarietie oflewcls -, the fubiecl whereof was of the fame iub- 
flance of the faddle ; vppon tliemiddeft whereof was g* auen>n 
Latin tCerebrumettincapne . AndinliKe manner brought about 
the out fides of his neck to the foretop of his large andbigiiead, 
it was therefoilned together with an artificial! knot: from the 
which a curious ornament and vene notable, of Gouldlhmhes 
%vorke,hungdownc,ouer fprcdding his fpacious face: the fame 
ornament being twifc fo long as bronde, bordered about 3 inihe 
table whereof. I beheld ccrtainc letters Ionic M 


r ONO 






His dcuouring tru % nkc 
reRed noi vj)on the Ic- 
uel ofthe bafe, but fomc 
deale hanging downe, 
turned vppc againe ro- 
wardes his face , His rig 
ged large ears hkeaFox- 
hounde rLppin;ly pen 
dent , whole vail ftature 


was little Idle, then a vc- 
rye naturall Olyphant, 
And in the about core- 
pafTe, and long ficUs ot 
the bafe, w. re ingraucn 
certain e Htcrogltphs , or 
Egiptian caracters. Be-? 
ing decently and order- 



lye pullifhed, with are- 
cjuifiterebatejnenr, La- 
tatter gulc thore erbicle*> 
Aftr flails or Neptrnles , 
\virh a turned do\vn6)w<? 
art he foote of the bafe, 
and turned vp aloft with 
writhin trachilsand den 
ticles , agreeable and fit to the disproportion of fo large a fub- 
fhnce, inlength 1 2. paces, in breadth fiue 5 and in heigth three, 
the fuperficialland outward par t,whereof was hewen in forme ot 

Inthehynderparteof which bafe and ftonei wherevpon tliit- 
mightie beaft didllande, I foundeanaOendingpJaccot feauen 
Heps, to mount-vp to theplaine fuperficiesof the bafe. where vp- 
on the Olyphant Jid ihnd . And in the referued Quadrangle per 
pendicularly (height vndertheaforefaidbrafcnfaddle 3 therewai 
cut o*tandmadea little dooreandhollowcd entrance , awoon- 
deifull woorke info hard aiubitance, with certaine Oeppcs of 
braile,in manner of frayrcs>by the which a co 
into the body of the OJepnajit was offered me, 


J%ff ffrifrof Ltue 

in a Dreamt. Itf 

A t the fight whercofl extreamely defiredto fee the whole de- 
iiife & fo going in,I attended vp to the heigth of the bafe where* 
vpponthecauernatejhollowj vaftjlargeandpredigiousmonfter 
did iland,except that fame part of the Obelisk , which was con* 
teynedwithm the voydc body of the beaft^ and fo pa/Ting to the 
bafe. Leauing towards both fides of the OJyphant io much fpacc 
ss might feruc for any man to pa(Te , eythcr towarde the head or 
hynder haunches. 

And within from the bending downe of the chine orbackeof 
the beaftjthere hunge by chaynes of copper an euerlaftinglampe 
andincalceratelight,thoroughthe which in this hinder partel 
fawean auncient iepulcher of the fame flone, with the petfeft 
fhape of a in an naked,of all naturall parts* Hauing vpon his head 
acrowneofblackftoneasietihistccth eyes andnaylesfiluered 
and itanding vpon a fepulcher coueredhke an arke , of fcale 
woorke^and other exquifitclyneaments, poynting with a goul- 
den fceptcr , and houl ding forward his arme togiue direction to 

On his left fide he held a (hi eld in fafhion like to the keel e of a 
fliip>or the bone of a horfehead, wherevppon wa$ infcript in He 
brew, Attic,and Latine letters,this fcntencc that is placed on the 
tber fi de with the figure. 


Tkeftrfi fiflite 

l*a xw taw nofun 

OM EJUfi KA/T YtH. tHVEt.Br- 


At which vncoth and (Iraungc fi^ht I flood not a little amafcd 
and fomewhat doubtful! what to imagine,turmngmy eyes to the 
Contrariepart,! faweinlike forte an other, as before burning 
hht,andpa{Ting thorough betwixt the fide of the beaft, and the 
therein inclofed part of the Obelisk,! came towards the forepart 
of the Olyphant, where in like manner I found fuchan other fa- 
fhionedfepulcherasthe former, with a ftature or image fhnding 
therevponas the othei^auing that it was a Queene 5 who lyhing 
vp hir right arrac with hir formoft finger , poynted towards that 
part behindehirlhouldcfs,and with the other ihcchelde a little 
rablefaft inhirhand,in which was written in thrpe languages this 



to n rvnn 





This noue! tie worthie robe manifefted, and fecret riddle often 
to be readouer , was not knowen to me, fo as I refted dDubtfull 
uhac the interpretation of this fophifmefhould fi^nify,not daring 
to tnc the cone] ufion. But flncken with fearc in this d. n .rk vulighr- 
fome place, notwichflanding the dimme burning Inmpe, I was 
more dj.Trous to bcholde and perute that triumplianr porch and 
gate as morj Liwfull to remaine there than other -where. Whereup 
on without moreadoe, I determined to leaue this place vntill ano 
ther time,that I might more quietly at lefure looke vpon rlie f \me, 
and to prep.iremy felfe to beholde the woonderfuJJ worl.e oh the 
gate : and thus defcendmg downe I iffued foorth ot tiie vabowcl- 
led mon(ter,an inuentionpa{limagination,and an cxcefsine labour 
and bolde attempt to euacuatc fuch a hard fubfcice ouer thato- 

F thci- 

Tks ftrtfe of Lett* 

thcrltoncsbc, the workemanfhip w ithin as curious as that \vith- 
out . LafHy, returned clcanedowne, I beheld in the Porphirc !a(!c 
along the fides notably jnfculpt and "raiienthefehicrogliphies. 

Firftj the horned fcalpe of an oxc,\\ith two toolcs of husbandry 
faltned to the homes. 

An altar Handing vpongoates frctc, witha burning (ore a .oft, 
on the forefide v\ hereof there was alio an cru, and a vulciire, 

After tliat a bafon and ;ui c\\ re. 

A fpindle tul of tvvind,an old veiTcl fafl^oned with the mouth 
flopped and tied fair. 

A iblenndan eye in the bale thereof and two branches trauer- 
ied one of Oiiue, an other of Palme tree. 

An Anchor and a Goole. 

An olde iampe, and a hand holding of if. 

An ore of ancient forme with a fruitcfuii Oliuc branch fanned 
to the handle* 

Two graplmgyrons or liookes* 

A Dolphin and an Arkcciofefhut. 

Thefe hierogliphics were pafsuig well cuton this manner. 


Which ancient maner of wririiig,as I take it, is thus tobe vnder- 

Ex I fib or D(3 nature ficnfca hbs witter pnulatim reduce I tnimttt* 
DeofidtfftHm Firmtun cuftodiamvitt tH*,miprt9ordittrguhcrto*n- 
do tenelrit, incotumtmcpiefcriMbit. 

Letting pafTe this mod excellent rare, ftrangc, andfecret deuife 
and worke : Let vs returne ngaine to the prodigious hurfe, whofe 
head was leaneand little, of a fmal I proportion and yet fitting the 
body, which feemed continually {raring , fiecrceandimpatient,the 
flefh in his mufcles trembling and quaking, in fuch fort as that hee 
feemed rather alme than a famed imitation,with thi/ Greeke worde 
in his face FENEA. There were alfo other great peeces and frag 
ments of dmers and fundry lineaments among the broken and de 
cayed ruines, which I looked not on, fhll running and Hiding, time 
giuingme onely leaue to confiderand perufetheie fourerare won* 
ders, the porch or gate, the horfe, rhe Colofe,and the Flephant 

Ohreuerendarthifls of times paft,whac dcfpi re hath gotten the 
vppcr hand of your cunning that the fame is buried with you,and 
none left for vs to inheritein this age, 

At Iciigthbcing coir.e to this ancient porch, a worke woorthic 
thelookingvponmnruellouflycompofedby CKquifitc rules , and 
by art notably beautified, with dmers and fundry forts of cuttings, 
which did infiamea deflrcin me to vnder flan d and rmdc out the li 
neaments a ldpra^ifeot the architect. Ibeganneafterth^ inaner, 
irakuig a fqu.irefrom thctwocollumnes on either fide ill a perfect 
ioi t, in the which I tooke the due proportion of the whole porch. 

A tetragon figure A. B. C D. diuided by three lines firaight, 
and three ouer thwart equally diftant one from an other will make 
fixetcei-.c quadrats, then adde to the figure halfe as much more in 
like proportion, diuiding the adiunclyou lliailfinde foureand 
iwcnry irjuaves . figure H\iH feme of credycels to make 

Draw then in the firft fygurc A B. C. D. two diagons, make 
nlfo in the fame two lines, and frraight downe, and the other c-ucr- 
thwart, winch make ton c quadrats mutually interfecl, 

Then in the voide ouer the Ifopleures make foure medianc 

F 2 prickes, 

The ftrift of Loue 

prickes, drawmglines from one to another, and they wil make the 

When I had drawne this figure after this manner I ftraightway 
irmfed with my felfe, what reafon mould mooucmany of our 
woorkemcnin thefe dayes eythcr to thinkc well of themfelues, 
or take the art of building in hand,not knowing what it is? Mnk- 
ing fuch groife faults in churches and great mens houfes, defa 
ming arte,and fo ignorant, that they feemeas though they cool d 
not confiderwhat nature hir felfe dooch teach vs in behoulding 

And what partefoeuerisnot agreeable with hij principle , is 
foule and naught.For take away order and rule, and what thing 
can any man make,eyther beautirull to the eye,or ofcommenda- 
ble proportion and durable: then it muft needes folio w,that the 
caufe of fuch inconucment errors doth proceed from ignorance, 
and hath his beginning from illiterature. And this notwithftan- 
ding,that although the perfeftion of this arte dooth not varie, & 
fall from his re<fhtude,yct thedifcrcetand cunningarchiteft to 
grace the obiecl^to the behoulders : may lawfullye eyther with 

adieclion or deminution,beautifie his woike, keeping whole the 
foJhdpnrr,\vith his vniuerfall composition. 

I call thatfolid which is thcbodyeof the frame 3 which is the 
principal] intent,inuention, fore fetting downe, and fymmetrie, 
oi dew proportion of the buildmj, without any additions, right- 
]ye examinedjand perfectly corr.poicd , which will manireftthe 
skillof theworkeman, and thefame afterwardes to adorncand 
beaurifiejwliich adiunfts is an eaHc matter.\\ herein is alib to be 
cojifideredjthe dew ordering and placingofcuery thing,and not 
tofetacrownc vponthe feetc 3 bi?tvpon the head, and iooua ing 
and (ienrku-ating.and other cuttings of fun dry e forts in their fe- 
ueralland bedfitfingpLices, thecJiiefeinue/Jtionanddifpofing 
vvliereofjicflerh in the rare and cunning architc^but the labour 
and woorking therofto the vulgar and common fort of mmna- 

liils and feruants to the architect, who if he will do well , he m 
in no wife be fubieft to auarice, 

And befldes his skilhcmufl be hone{T,nopratlcr full of words, 
butcourieous,gcntlejbejnng 5 tradable,patient,mcry &: pleaiant, 
full ofnew deuiics,a curious fearcher into all artes > and well adui- 
fcd in his procecduig ; leail w ith rjflmes he comit a fault or abfur- 


ffj a "Drctme. 

clitic in his workc , and hccrcof thus much fhall fuffice. 

that Poliphylus had at Urge made a dcmonftrationofthedew 
prep art ton of the Gate 3 heeproceedethto defcrtbe the ornaments 
thereof jtnd their excellence. 

Hauingbcenefomewhat prolix and tedi 
ous in my former purpofe , it may be that 
it hath bred fome orTencc,to fuch as dayly 
indeuour to occupic theyr fences in tiic 
pleafaunt difcourfes of loue . But it vvyll 
alfoproouenowhit difpleafant,if witha 
lyttle patience , they refirainc to glutte 
themfelues with the walowilh fweetnes 
of deceyueable delightes , and trye the tafteofa contraryc 

And for as much as the affections of men are naturally variable 
and different one from an other :vpon this occafion I may bee 
cxcufed. For although that bread fometime denyed and kept 
bac ke from the hungrie body,may caufe a hard conceir,yet when 
it is eftfocnesorTeredvntohimjtnemalhceis forgotten , and the 
gift very gratefully receyued. 

Now e hauing in fome forte fpokeaof the right vfe of archi- 
teclune, and the direct waye and meanes by order and rule, to 
fmdeout,thefetdowncdcuife,andfolyde bodyeor groundeof 
the\voorke,withfacib tre that becing found out,thearchitcftor 
may vfe fundrye deuifions in diuerfe pcrfeclions,not vnlike vnto 
a cunning Alufit ion. who h^uinc; deuifed his plaine Bromide in 

O _ O X O 

right meafure , with full ftrokes, afterwarde wyll proportion 
the fame into deuiiions , by cromatycoll and delyghtfull minims 
crotchets, and cjuaucrSjCurioiuTy reporting vpon his plaine fong. 
Euen fo after inuention, the principall and ipeciall rule, for an 
Architcctorisa quadrature, the fame cleuidcd into fmalcsthe 
harmonic and fweere confent of the building, fettethfoorthit 
felfe,and the conuenient admncles , agreeable to theyr prin- 

In all which this porthc was mofl excellent , both for the rare 

additions to beautifie the fame , in fuch forte fo exquyhte 3 

* * r 

The ftrife of Loue 

fo fitly placed, and focuriouliie cut and ingrauen, as the fin illcfl 
part thereof could not bee accufedofanycfault,but the woork- 
man commended tor the perfection ot his skill. 

Firft vpon my right handebelowe , I beheld a ftilypode or 
fquareitone , like an aulter vnder the bafes of the columnes, 
which hailing vpon the vpperparte a conuenient and meet coro- 
nice,and accordingly imbowed, the bottoms and lowed part in 
like manner was falhioned,fo as the quadrate and aforefayd fti- 
lypode,was no broder then long, but a right quadrarigule, Which 
aulter(as Imay tearmc it) fidelong about , wrought with leaues, 
hollowed vnder with a gulaterie,and wrapt ouer wirhthe fame 
foliature and leafe worke , hemming in the fmooth face or table 
ofthcStilypodeof iTiining white alliblafter^ohlTied and plaine, 
the outward part of the quadrangule, equilateraliy comparing 
about the fame , wherevpon with a woonderfull cunoulnes was 
ingrauenamanneerehis myddle-age,of achurlifh and fwarffie 
countenance,with an vnfhaply beard, thick,and turning into his 
chyn,by the towghnefle of the hard skinne,and vneafie growing 
out of the hay re. 

He fat vpon a ftone with an aporne of a Goates skinne,the hin 
der parts compaffing his wafte, and tyed behyndcwithaknotte, 
and the neck part,with the hayne (Idc next him,hung downe be 
twixt his legges. Before him in the intcriticeof thefcgrofeand 
rumorus calfes, there was ananuill faftnedvponaknottiepcece 
of a tree, wherevpon he was fafhoningof a bryganine or haber- 
2;ion of burning mcctall, houlding vp his Hammer, and as it were 
flriking vpon his worke. 

And there before him was a molt noble woman, hauingtwo 
fethered wings fet vpon hir delicate and tender flioulders,hou!d- 
inghirfonnc an infante naked, which fate with his little hyppes 
vpon the large and goo dly proportioned thighes of the faire god- 
deflc his mother,and playing with hir,as l"he held him vp,and put- 
tin " his feete vpon a ltone,as it had beene a little hill, with a for- 
nac e in a hollow hole,wherin was an extreame whote burning fire. 

ThisLadye had hirfayre tre(Tcs curiouflic drefTed vponhyr 
broad an d highe forhead,and in like forte comparing about with 
abundance,hir head info rare and delicate a fort, that I maruey- 
led why the Black fmithcs that were there bulic at theyr worke, 

left not all to looke ftill vpon Co beautifull an obicft. 


in 4 Dreame. 20 

There wasalfo faftby , of like excellent woorkemanfhip , a Mrir$ 

of fierce countenance , hauing vponhym an armour of 
bn.ric , with the head of Medufa vpon the curate or breft plate, 
sn cial It her ell excjuifitely wrought and beautified , with aban- 
diher oiierthwartlus broad and ftrongbrcfl: , houldingwithhys 
br.uvry anne ahalfe Pike,nndrayfing vp thepoynte thereof,and 
beanno; vpon his head a high crefted helmet, the other armefha- 
dowedandnotfeenebyreafonofthe former figure: There was 
alfoayoungmanin filke clothing, behynde the Smith,whomel 
couldiiot perceiue but from the breR vpwarde, ouer the decly- 
ning head of the forenamed Smith .Thysrehcarfed hyRorie, for 
the better and fvveeter pleafing to theeyp , the had 
graced in this fort. The playne "rounde that was hollo we and 
Irr.oothe in euery cutting out of a jimme or body, vpon the table 
of theltylipode , was like vnto red coroll and ihyning, which 
tnadefucha reflection vpon the naked bodyes ,an : dtheyr mem 
bers betwixt thcm,andcompafsing them about, that they fee- 
ined lykea Carnation Role couler. 

Vpon the left fide of the doore in the like aulter or ftylipode Mercuric, 
vpon the table thereof, there was ingrauen a yoong man offeem- 
ly countenance, \\hereinappearedgreatcelerity : he fate vpon a 
fquarc leate adorned with an ancient manner of caruing, hauing 
vpon his leggeapaireof half buskens,opeu from the calfe of the 
lez^e to the ancle. fromwhenceo;rew outoneitherancleawinir, 


andtowhomcthe aforefaidegoddes wiihaheauenlyemape,her 
brefts touching togetherand growne out round and firme with 
out leaking, with her large flankes conformableto thercR ofhir 
yoojigand tender fonneready to be taught : they ong man bow 
ing hnnfelfc cur teou fly down e to the childc,who{loode before 
him vpponhis pretty little feete, receiuing from his tutor three 
arrowes , wliichin fuch fort were deliucredas onemi :ht cafe lye 
coniedureandgatherafterwliat manner they weretobe vfed: 
the goddefle his mother holding the empty quiuer and bowe vn- 
bcnr 5 andatthefceteofthisinllru<flor lay hisvyperedc.iduce, 

Tlierealfo I law a fquier or armour-bearer and a woman with , 

L 1 i i r c o Amor micro- 

a helmet vpon her he.m car) inga trophxor iigne or vilone vp- ua di tutro 

on a fper.rcatter this manner . Anancientcoate-^rmorhungvpj difaimato. 
and vpon the top thereof or creaft^a fphearc vpon two w ings,and 


Tt>; ftrifc of Lout 

betwixtboth wings this note or faying, Wbilfirmu*, No thin* 
permanent : (he was apparelled in a thin garment carried abroad 
with the wind,and her breafts bare. 

The two ftraight pillars of Porphyre of leuen diameters vpon 
either ofthe aforenamed ftilipodes and fquareaulurs did flretch 
vpwar d of a pumifh or tawnie colour, the out fides fhimno- cleere 
and finoothly pollimed,chamfered,and chanelled with foure and 
twenty rebatements or channels in cuery collumne betwixt the 

Of thefe the third part was round, andthereafonof their cut 
ting in fuch fort(that is two parts chamfered, & the third round) 
as 1 thought was this : the frame or temple was dedicated to both 
fexeSjthatisjtoa^odandagoddciTe, or to the mother and the 
fon, or to the husband and the wife, orthe father andthedaugh- 
ter,and fuch like . And therefore the expert and cunm:ig worke- 
men in elder timcfor the feminine fex , did vfe more chartering 
and channelling and double varietic then for the mafculme, be 
caufe cf their flippeiy and vnccnfrant nature. 

The caufeof io much rebatuig was to this was the 
temple ofagoddeite, for chamfering doothfetfoorththeplytcs 
of feminine apparcll, vpon the which they p accd d chapter with 
prepcndent fo } ding , lijce vnto plyted and curled hair ? , and fcnn- 
nine dre/Tin.r , and fometirncs in flcad ofa chapter a wom.ins head 

Thotcs and Thefe notable and fairc Colhimnes aforefoide did rife vp in 
Cymbies be length vpon their vnderfet bafes of brafTe with their Thores and 
the outward Q w ^/> /V vroughtwithafoliatureotoke Jeaues and acornes win- 

K^nr din^about their chapters ibndino; V pon their fubiecl Plynrhs. 

chapreior rfi r r i iT r i 

he ad of a pil- * he Chapters of the lame tubitance of their bafesjwrth requi- 

Jar flicking Utemeeteaiid conuenient proportion aunfwerable to thchar- 

outfurthc r rnonieof the whole worKe Such as CAli .macktu the chicfecaruer 

than the rnl- to ^/^^ t ] ic f o] }nc of luster did neutr performe or come 

and turning neere in theereclcd fepulcherof the Corinthian Virgin, beautifi- 

kijwrought cd with draperie of double Acbauthis. 
with leaues, The Piynthes whereon the chapters did ILnid wrought with 

theworkcis vvindins; and turning workes, andinthemiddefl, decoraledwith 
calJedorcar- r -n L L i /i i c r\ 

ucrs&pain. a LiUic^thebowlc garni! ncd with twarowesor via. leaues of A- 

ters draperie chanthus,aftcrthc Roimineand Corinthian maner,out of which 
and cekde, Icaues came liule (iaall italkes , doling together iu the raiddeft 


in a Dreamt. It 

of the boulc,fhcwingfoortba fayrcand fwect compofcd Lyllic 
in the hollowing of the Abac or PJynth, from the which the ten 
der ftalkes did turnc round together, vnder the compare of the 
fqunre Abac , much after the woorkc that Agrifta caufed to bee 
madc,in the porche of his woonderfull Pantheon. 

Let vscomenowtothelymct and lowed parte of the do ore, 
for entrance,which was of a great large and harde done , powde 
red with fundry forted fpottes,white, black, and ofa clay couler, 
and diucrs other mixtures : vppon this Itood the fhreightcheekes 
and fides of the doore,with an interftitious afpccl: , inwardly cai - 
ued with as great cunning as the reft* Without any figne of eythcr 
hookes orhmges,belowor aboue. 

Thearcheof which doore comparing like a halfe cyrcle, was 
wrought curiouflye and imbowed , and as/ i t were bounde about 
vvithlaceslikebeadsofbrafTe, fomeround, andfomelike Eglan 
tine berries ofa rcddifh couler,hangingdowne after an auncient 
manner ,and f ouldcd and turned in among the render (hikes. 

The clofing together and bracing of which hemi cycle or arch, 
worthie of admiration , of a rare and lubtiledeuife,and exquifitc 
po ly ture,did thus obieft and prefent it felfe to my fight. 

There Ibeheld in a hard and mod black ftone^n eagle difplay- 
ed,and bearing out of thebigncfle ofa naturall eagle , which had 
loumgly feazed and taken in hir footeafweetebabemthefwad- The Eagle of 
ling cloutes,nicely,carefully, and gently houldmg the fame, lead lupiterthac 
thathirftrong, fharpe, and hooking pounces, ihould by anye carrycdGa- 
mranes pierce thorough the tender skynnc of the young infant. nimetj - 

Hir^fe etc were fixed about the : nfing vp chid of thechilde, 
\vhomeiTiehadmadebare from the nauell vpwarde anddowne- 
\ as the naked h.ppes might be feene betwixt the fethered 
tln^hesot the Eagle* 1 his little infant and moftbeautifull babe 
(wort hie and meete for him that he was feazed for) by his coun 
tenance fhewed as if he had bcene afraideofhis fortune* 

And thus lying in the foote of the Eagle, he ftretched both his The bones 
nrmesabro.ide,andjwith his little fat hands to okef ill houldvpon nexcchcqack 
theremigiall bones of the Eagles pinions difplayed,asaforeCnd in the wing, 
AndclafpinghisfweHingprittielcgges aucl feete, about hir fub- f^^ 1 " 2 . 
vaging fpreding traine, winch lay e bchindc the rifing vpp e ot the ^ all^r" " 

3rche. portions of o- 

Tins little childewascut of the white v; ne of Achates or therbirdcs. 

G Onix 


the figures 
of the nine 

Mules, of Vc - 
nus and Cuch 
like beautiful 

in diuers 



The flnfe of Lens 

Onix , and the Eagle of theother vaine of the Time Qonecalled 
Sardins which is ot black couler of Come called Cordeoll,ioyning 
both in one felfc fame fcone. Whereat 1 flood mufifjg and com- 

mending to my felfe the ingenious and apt inuention of theAr- 
o / o 

thift,in thcvfe offucha [tone , which of his oxvne natujc to con- 
trurie proportions affoordcd contranccoulcrs^ar.d in fuch forms 
by the rayfing vp ofhirfiiiallphimmageabouehir feare,hirbeack 

lialfe open, and hirtouni: ippe.inn; in the micidcfi thereohasif 

al ri i-jj s IL 

" icnacl beenerelolutcly intended, and eagerly bent to hauegor- 

gedhirfelfe vpon it 

Thehemicicleor archc rifingrov;nd from the vpper part ofthe 
freight cheekc ofthe entrance,according to thethickncs tlicre- 
of was difpofed into lofenges or fquarcs, wherein were carued 
Rofes ,theyr leaues and branches hanging in a curious and de- 
lightfull order to behoulde,ouer the entry of the Gate 

In the two Triangles occafloned by the bow ofthe arche there 
were two fayre Nymphes of excellent proportions and fhapes, 
theyr clothes which coueredtheyr Virgins bodyes,giuing place 
for theyr legges, br ells, andarmes to be bare , theyr hayreloofe 
and flying abroad, and towardes the brace, and knitting together 
of thear eheaboue,they held a victorious trophse. 

The ground ofwhich tryanglc was of black Hone, the better to 
fhew the perfection and truthe of the inettals in the trophaes,and 
the beautifull bodyes ofthe delycate virgins. 

A b OIK thefe mentioned Cartes, was the Zophor , in the myd- 
deftwhr/eof,I beheld atableofgoulde,wherem wasthisEpi- 
gram in Cappicall Creeke Letters of Syluer . In tli> r s fortcrc- 



Vfxe rijilto amori>Baechiu ) & Ceres 


in a Dmrne. 2 2 

Eyther fides of which table was reteind and held vp with two 
babes or wyuged fpyritsof perfect and liuelycfliapes, as if they 
had beenecelettialJ bodyes,vppon aground of laful or blew Sa- 
phyrs to grace the mettals and imagei ie. 

Vpon the face of the Zophor extending and foretelling along 
ouer the columnes ofporphir (lone were ingraucn certain fpoiles 
orcuratesjgorgetsofmayJe, Vanubraces, gauntlets, fhields, Tar- 
getSjhead-peeces, maces, batte]! Axes,fpurres , cjuiuers, arrowes, 
dartes,broken launces,curtilaxes,and other auncient infrruments 
of \varre. As well ay eric and marine,as for the field fingularly well 
cut , and mamfcfting to the behoulder both victories , force , and 
triumph es, after a mortal IcfTufion of blond. 

Vpon this in order Rood the Coromie , wrought with fuch ly- 
neaments as decently concurred , and were aunfwerable to the ex- 
ccllencic of the reft oftheworke: for other wifc,as in a mans body 
one qualitie being contrarieto another , fickneffc dooth follow, 
the humors oppreiTmg one an other in abundaace : fo in building 
iftheadiunfts be vn.iptly difpofed, and vndecently diftributed 
there will fall out a fowle deformitie. 

For a frame and building growes weake and vnfeemely wherin 
cannot be found a fwectc harmonic and commodulare order and 

Which tiling many moderneideots doe confound, beingigno- 
rant in Loc^ll diflnbution For a cunning crafts mafter will in his 
worke fhewe anaUudon or refcmblance to a humaine fhape and 
proportion beautifully adorned m apparrell. 

Aboue ouer the coronice , by an inucrs gradation there were 
fowre Quadratures or fquare Tables, two right ouer the chaui- 

fercdcolumnes.and chanaelled pyllars, audtwo wirliin them. In r ni ? i^ 1 u* 
T j -r L r j 01- I laiotnly cna- 

an otner aeuilion , betwixt the laid two contract ana mwarde ta- f c a O ut with 

ble ; chere Hood a Niinph in inr Anagliph mod rare and excellent cHs hammer 
orOrichalkcoryealowLatm^houldingineytherhandaToichej and not car- 
one of the n reuerfed and uirned downeward, beieng extint uc " 
and put out , and the other burning towardesthe Sunne The 
burning Forche in hyr righte hande 4 and the extinclc in hyc 

G 2 III 

The finfe of Lottc 

Inthcquadriture vppon the right fide, Ibehelde the Jealous 
^ with her hearc tranf-formed into an hearbe called few 

^^ - j * i ^^ * + .4 w -^ 

mothe?of maid or Lad > hearbe,& /*, in a cruel! indignation & 
Phaeton! ^ difpleafurc^fhe following of him weeping,from whom he fled 
haftening onforwardhys fwift horfes, as one that fly eth from hvs 
mortall and deadly enemie, 

Vppon the Table ouer the Columnes on the left fide in a curi 
ous and rare vnufuall caruing, there was therefemblaucehiflory- 
ed of thevncomfortableand flill mourning C^fariffus^ holding vp 
hys handes and armes toward the Sunne,and making his mone to 
Jjpotlo for the wounded Ctrua. 

In the third Table nexte thelalt mencioncdjina workean- 
fwerablctotheprefedent and former, ] behelde Lencotboc, wic 
kedly flayne of hyr own Father, chaunging and transforming her 
fayrc yongand tender flefh into fmooth barke,fhaking leaues and 
bending wandes. 

In the fourth Table, was reprefented the difcontemed & dif- 
plcafant Daphus,zt the burning defires of the curled headed Deli- 
us, rendring vp by little and little her virgins body vndefiied,to- 
wardsthehoteheauens,beeingmetamorplufed moft pyttifully 
into a green e Laurel!. 

Nowe fuccefsiuely in order ouer the afoi e-mencioned Tables 
and quadratures in the Zophor , wherein thefeHiftories were re 
prefented in fhapes , there was extendecfandlaideouera Coro- 
nicedenticuled&oualld with interfer Hralets, betwixt the Mtes 
oftheOualls,andleafeworke and the Imbrices withthereft that 
appertaynethtothc letting forth of the {ame(paftmyskilltore- 
port) without any Emit or defcft : andhftly,the fyme was ador 
ned heereand therewith the leaues ofjiehtmhits. 

And to return to the view of the whole frame, in the difpofin^ 
thereof as aforcfiidcl, the Coronices by a perpendycular lyae 
were corrofpojidcnt and agrering \viththefalmgoutof thewhol 
Coroniceonely excf pr. 

1 1 followeth to (hew and fpeake of the Table or inward part of 
the Trigonall : within the which , according af the extreames of 
the fame triangle would permit, there was prefentedto my view, 
a Crowne or Garland of diuers leaues, frmtc^, and ftalkes, foul- 


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in a DrcAme. 23 

ded vppc and wrapte together of a greeneflone knitte infourc 
pr.rtes, the bindings ot thefelfe fame flalkes, holden by two 
Mermaydes , the vpper paites of them of a huimyne fhape, 
and that vnder the nauell like a Fyfhe, their one handevp,and 
the other belowe on the GarJande , their fcalye ra^ les exten 
ding to the nethcrmoft corners of the Triangle , vppon the 
top of the Conomkebauing at theyr extreemepartes theyrfifhy 
\\inges or finnes. Theyr faces like vyrgmes, tlitryrtreffes of haire, 
partly curling vppe vppon their frorheadcs, foinc turned about 
their heads androwledvp, fome depending down* vppon theyr 
temples, and crifping and manulating by their eares. Frombe- 
t\\ ixt their fhoulders grewetheir winges like Hapies, Rretching 
do\vne and extending to the futrhkhg and turnings of theyr 
tayles , vpon their monftrous ffank^s grew out rheir fynnes to 
fwimme \vithall, their beginning, their fifhen andfcaiye fub* 
ihnce,and from thenccio continuing theyr nether parts downe 

Within the faide Garland I beheld a rough Milche Gote, lupitcr. 
which a littlechild did fuck,firting vnder hir fide vponhis fle/hic 
young legges one (height foorth, and the other retra& and bow 
ed vnder him. With his little armes houldmg himfelfe by the 
hearie and rough locks 9 his countenance and eyes vpon the byg 
and full vdder thus fucking. Anda certaineNimphe ,asitwere 
fpeakin gwoords,andgiuing voyces of contentment,to the Goat 
feete,and with the right hand putting the pappe to the finacking 
kiflings of the fucking infant, and vnder hir were thefe letters lupircrs 
Amaltbc*. nuilTc. 

An other Nimphc flood againft the head of the Goate ,with 
one arme carefully compafsing the neck, and with the other fhee 
held hir by the home. 

In the middeft flood the third Nimphe with greenc bowgh Thcdaugh- 
leauesmonehand, andintheotheranouldefafhioned drinking 5 
bowle 5 more long then broad,likeaboateby a little handle. Vn- 
der hir fcete was \vritten,y%7>j^r. 

Betwixt one and other of the three fore fpecifiedNymphes, 
t here were two other haul ng Cymtods in theyr hnndes>as it were 
pJaying-anddaunciDg, euery one apparrelled according to the 

G 3 perfefti- 

The flrifi of Lone 

perfc&ion of thcyr beauties, with an artificial! performance of 
vvorkmanlhip in the vndertaken proportions , that they rather Tee 
med the fub Ranees theinfelues thena Lythoglyph anlmagene, ei- 
t ^ iei ^ ^^ ett4t ^^ 1AS or Lyfypw* neyther did dnagtipts to Ar- 
iruc s and temifa the Queenc of Catria y Scaphef, Brityis , Timotbeus a Ltoctris 
rauers. and Tkew , come any thing near c for the workemanftup h:ereof 
f eemed to excell the cunning ot any humaine Lapicidarie , caruer, 
grauer,or cutter whatfoeuer. 

Aboue this forefayde Triangle,and vnder the vpper coronice 
inafmoothplainc werethcfe two Attic wordes in capiull Let 
ters, 102 AinoxioN. 

This confpitious porche and gate, moft woorthyeto bebc- 
hcldc,thus rfoodeofamaruelouscoinpolition, excellently dif- 
pofedIf lhadnotexplanedthe commodulation and harraoaie 
ncer eo fparticalarly, I might hauebeene blamed for myprohxi- 
tie and tedioulhcrfe,and ror wanting offit words in the difcnpti- 
on And thus for this time hcereot fo much. 


in ft Dreamt* 

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The ftriff of Lout 

It muft ncedcs fallow , that all the reft of the afbrcfaide court 
on euery fide was beautiftillto behold, and of llately workenun. 
fhip by that winch ftill remained (landing : as in the inward parte 
the naues and columnes carrieng and bearing vp an immefurable 
a ndtnonftrous weight, and Corinthiesof alelTerfort, a diuinc 
and vnfcnowen work abounding in variety of perfeftions as pro 
portion required andneedfullncs diddefire tobeare vpthe bur 
then that was laide vppon them. Their ornature and decking with 
woorkes,and deuifes imitating theapparreling of princely bodies 
indewetl as it were with an artificiall reafon For as to a large big 
and corpulent body (trong legges,and broad feete,are neceuane to 
beare nnd carry the fame: fo in a modulate and well compofed buil 
ding, to fuflaine great weights,Naues are appointed , and for beau- 
tie,columnes,Corinthies,andilendcr lonices ,arefetvpon them. 
And this whole woorke cuen after fuch forte as was requifite for 
the harmonic thereof, euen fo it flood in an approoued excel- 

With diuerlitie of coulers, (wcetlyc let , and aptlye difpofed, 
the reflexion of one beautifing another, and all together making 
agratious obie&.O(P0rpfyrit > Opbit,N itmi{it4n t A/abaftrit t Pyroyc- 
cti)LacedrmoniaBgceene,an<{ white marble, dmerilie watered, and 
of j4ndrafmev4it\i white fpottes,and many others of ilrange forts 
and diucrs commixtures. 

I found oncrare forme of a bafe, in fafhion like a cufhion vpon 
the plynthc whereor flood two trochils or torrules, with an inter* 
pofitionof Hypotraclcs or fhaftes,and A(lragals,witha fupreamc 


Diuers places were hidden and coucred ouer with winding, 
feltedand fprcding Iuie,full of black bemcs,andgreenefoft leaues 
heare and there growing vp,and hindering theinwardeobieftof 
the auncient worke ,with other Murall and wall weeds comming 
out of the chinkes andclifrs,as the bell ffowered Foxgloue.Venui 
Nauill,& Erogennet,offomccalledLoue, to whome he is grate- 
full, bufhmg downe agame toward the ground,in other ryfts grew 
Mowfe-eare,Polypodie,Adientus or Lady hayre,theiaged acid 
curled Cithraciis the knotted Lunane minor, Prickmaddam,Po- 
ly tricon,or goulden lockes and fuch like,which vfe to grow in de 
cayed buildings,and ouldftone wales,fo that many wo orthie pee- 


ccs were inueftcci and hy dden froai mc,with fuch like weedes and 
grecne Olyues thegarnifhers ofruincs. 

There was in dmers places ineflimablc huge downc fulles of 
man) columncs or rather coufufcd piles ofbroken (loncs,and vn- 
ihapely Culpins mountm^vp from the earth. 

Among which downcfillen pecces I might fee the remayn- 
ders of diuers fliapes of men of fundne fortes, many naked, o- 
ther fome hauing their members couered with folded and pliccd 
mduments, fad flicking to their naked proportions. Some (lan 
ding vpon the left fbotc, others vpon the right in a ftr eight fort, 
with their heads perpendicularly, euerthe center betwixt their 
heeles , and fome looking (idcwaies in height , foure Cubitcs of 

Others (landing vppon both feete, fome dealediftant one 
from an other, and each one in a maiedie fitting in their thrones, 
and the reft with a rare and modcft grace in their bed pleafuig and 
appointed feat es. 

There alfo I beheld innumerable troph&s^ fpoyles of armor, 
and infinite ornaments j with the heades of Oxen and Horfes of 
conuement bignes , and about their homes part ottheir garlands 
oneauesjihiites^vvigges, braunchesaudfloures, and fome about 
part of their bodies, with little children riding vpon them and 
playing, mfo perfect a(ort and willed order, asthemoftskil- 
full workemaifter i-ullofvarietie, labour, (ludie,andmdu(lrie, 
could deuife and performe. With what care and pamehis aboun 
ding skill did plainly manifeft, and with what pleafure the effccl: 

And with fuch an Ettrtthmie or apt proportioning of mem 
bers, heedid fhewethefubtiltieoftheart of Lapictdartf, as if the 
fub (lances had not beeneof thehardeft marble ho wloeucr, but 
of foft chaulke or Potters claie, and with what conclanfture 
the tlones were couched, and by what Artillene , rule and mea- 
fure they were compofed and fet , it was woonderfull to ima- 


This was the true Art enucleating and difcouering the igno 
rance that weeworkein, ourdeteftableprefumption, and pub- 
like condemned errors. 

This is that cleare and perfeft light, which fweetlyand with 

H om 

our vnconftrained willes draweth our dimme fighted eics ro con- 
template and behold the fame. For none (vnles it be he which of 
fetpurpofercfulcth to behold it ) but his eyes would dafellvMth 
contmuall defire to fee it. 

1 his is that which accufeth horrible ccuetoufiics, the deuou- 
rer and coniumer ofall vertue. a Itil bytmir and euerlaltin^ ^rce- 

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chc wo-rme in his heart that is cnptiuat ed and fubic-fb to thrlaine, 
theacairfedletandhindcrancetowelldilpofcdwittes^the mor. 
tal enemy to good Architeftuvie^ and the execrable Idol of this 
prefem world, lo vnworrhily worJ hipped, and damnably adored* 
Thou deadly poifon to him that is infected with thee,\vhat (limp- 
ruous workes are ouerthrowne, and by thee interdicted. 

Herewithall 1 beeingrauifhed and taken vp with vnfpeakc- 
able delight andpleafure in the regard ing of tins rare and aunci- 
cnt venerable monument otfuch a grace and admiration, that I 
knew not to which parttoturne me tirft,here and there willingly 
looking about , and thereat amazed, considerately perufing ouer 
what theingrauen hiftories prefentcd vnto me, as 1 remoued my 
{ clfe from place to place, with an vnknowne delight, and vnrepor- 
tablepleaiure to beholde the fame , gaping at them wit hop en 
mouth, forgetting my felfehke ayoungchiide, neuerfatisfiing 
tnygreedie eyesandvnfaciabiedeiireto lookednd ouerlookethe 
cxcjuifiteperfeclion of the auncientworke,! was fpoiledandrob- 
bed of all thoughts whatfocuer , the remembrance of my defi red 
Policy often accurnng,one!y excepted. But with an extreeme and 
deepe fet figh, let vs leaue her a litle, and retume again to our con- 


iff* Dre/tme. 

cntring A It tie waye in at the defer ibfdforchjvjtbgrett de- 
light h; there alfo beheld bow tt W4t gtrnffbed and adorned, a*d 
after as he WAS camming out he net with a monftruotis dragon 
xhrreat he was e \treemlie afr aide, and compelled to runne bac^e 
into the budding , and at laft getting foorth with much ajioe hec 
into a fertile place* 

Great and commendable thing with 
out dout it ihold be,trulie to difcribe, 
& from point to point, to fet down the 
incredible work,and vn imagined com- 
pofition,of fo vaftaframe , and huge 
bignesjoffo great a buildinge with tnc 
excellencie or the entrance,in a confpi- 
cuous and fightly place , conueniently 
fituated, where of my delight to behold 
them, did excedthegreatacs of my ad 
miration breeding in me fuch a conceit fo as Iperfwad jd my felf 
that luptrer durfl not vndmake the like to the reft of the gods, & 
certainly beleeuingthatno workman, or human witt could com- 
p.ife fo huge a frame >exprefTc fo no table conceits, or imagine and 
inuentfo rare deuifesand fo gorgioullicto garnilhcthem ,info 
llnguler an order and fimmetry,io difpofe them,and withoutfup- 
plementor correction perfi^ilye to finifhe them. A rare and in- 
folentpnde in a building. Vppon which occafion I was in fomc 
dcubt and that not a Httle that if thenaturall hiftoriographer had 
fcene or heard of this, heewculdehaue fcorned that of Egipt, 
and the cunning and induftne of the woorking thereof , for 
tlut heCi em the fundne and diuers vvoorkes effected by ma 
ny feuerall wookmenfeemed in the perfections, ofthcir dewc 
proportions as if they had been performed by one himfelfc 

He would aJfo as lightlie haue regarded thefkillfiill cunning 
of ^f/r/ the architect and other ot fame, efpeciallyc4$VwWrw, 
for thewoorfce of Memnon, who cut the three ftaturcs of lui- 
ler in one Hone, the feet bein^abouefeauen cub its Ions. 

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To this the reprelentation of the magnanimous 
carucd out of the mountaine Bagiftann muft gcue place, 

H a And 

The ftrife of Letts 

AndlettinojpaiTc to fpcakc of the mfolcntgrcatncs ofthe Pi- 
ramides of Memphis , thofe writers at large would hauc 
themfefucs to this defcription* And leaning vnrerortcd, the fa 
mous Theaters, Amphithcaters 3 Bathes,and building facrcdand 
prophane, carnages , of waters, and coloffes, and that of Ap- 
pollinetranflatedbyL/of/*/*/ . Or the temple dedicated to Ittpi- 
ter by Claudius CV/2r.Or that of Lrfrppus at Tarenm7n,or the won 
der ofCarchndiuszt theRhodes,andof Xenodorus in France 3 andin 
Roome. And the coloflc of Seratus nine cubits longeof Smarage 
or Emerattldes, or the famous Labyrinth of Egypt . Or the reprc- 
fcntacion of Hercules at Tyre. 

They wouldehauc accommodated their fwectc{tyle$,tothc 
commendation heard of as aboue all other moft excellent , al 
though the Obcliftof lupiter, compact of fbwer fruftes , fortic 
Cubits high, fower Cubits broade , and two Cubits thick , in his 
delub cr within the temple dooth manrfeft it felfc to bea wonder- 
full miracle* 

Vnfaciable thus cafhngmine eyes, and turning vp my counte 
nance now this way & now that way, towards this huge ck mighty 
frame, I thus thought with my felfe Jf the fragments andremayn- 
der offo facredan antiquitic, and if thegreetandduftoffucha 
decayed monument , can breed a {lupifaftion in the admiration 
thereof, and caufe fo great delyghtto behould the fame , what 
would it haue done in chiefeft pride. 

After this my difcour/eing,reafon perfwaded meeto fuppofe, 
tfat with in mi^ht bee the Aultar of Venus for hir mifticill Sacrifi 
ces and facred names , or the reprefemation of hir Godhead , or 
the ^phrodtfe of hir felfe and hir little Archer, and therefore 

A bird of flow w ^h a deuoute rcuerence,my right footebeeing fctvpponthe 

flight & Jong halowed lymit of the doore, there came towards me flying a white 

liumg.moM Horix* 

monuments g llt \ f o dainlyc with out any furtherregard or curious forcafte 

byAuguis u j lic j ]rn y fearchinsreieswentinas thefpatiousand lisJitfomeen- 
dedicated to J & r rL/-i^ i 

Saturnc. & & a ue mc l eauc > repreicntuig vnto me lucn lights as merit , and 
are Condigne of euerlaftingeremembramKe , in ether fydes (til 
led with fmotb poollifliede Marble, in the middle parte where of 
tliere was iiijpa<fte a rounde table, inclanftredeandcompafTede 
aboutvMthagi-eeneStoiiiK vcryepretious and accordinghe afo- 


in 4 Dretnte. 

fcociated with curious workcmanlhip. And the oppofite of ve- 
rie blackeflone , (corning and contemning the hardnesof iron, 
and cieare an d fhimng as a mirror. By meanes whereof as 1 pafTed 
bv(vnawares) Igrewafraydatmy owne fhadoWj neuerthelesl 
was by an by comforted with vnexfpefted delight, for thcplacc 
tliatoccafionedmy difcjuiet nowc offered vnto methcgrounde 
of allfciences, hiftoned in a vifiblemanifcfl and experce pain- 

And on either fides vnder the fame beautiful! and moft no 
ble tables, there were placed all a long feates of ftone. 1 hepauc- 
ment neat and cleajie from duft, being made of Oftractu. 

Andfoinhke manner the coloured vpper feeling was pure Oftracnsbc 
and voydof Spiders and Cobwebs, byreafon of the contnmall poundedfnels 
frefhayrebothentrineinand^oin^out. mixed with 

T-I r i- r T. 11 r r j J limc.wheicot 

The feeling of the walles as aforefaydc , mounted vpto a pi ai ft cr i s 
thebendyngoFthe Arche from the Chapters which flood vp- made to floor 
on their ftrift and vpright Antes euen to the vttermofl: ende withall, 
of the entric, which was by my perlpeftwe iudgcmeut twelue 

From which perpolyte ligature and faftned ioyntcs, the 
roofe of the entrie all the length thereof, did march with a hemi- 
circubatc Hexurc, anfwcrabletothe Antes and (freight fides of 
the afore defcribedporche full of varieties and exquifiterepre- 
fentmcnts , rarely ingranenand of little water monfters, as in the 
fvater it felfe in their right and well difpofed plemmyrules , halfe 
men and women, with their fifhietailes : fomeim bracing one an 
otherwhh amutnallconfcnt, fome playing vppon Flutes, and 
others vpon otherfantafticall inftiruments. 

Someiittingin flraunge fafhioned Charriots, and drawne in 
them by fwitt Dolphines, crowned and adorned with water Lil- 
hes iutable to the furniture of the gnrnimedieates : fome with 
diuers difhes and vefTels replenished with many fortes of fruice% 
Others with plentiful copies^ fome coupled togithcr with bands, 
and others wraftling as they did, riding vppon ffrppofatanirezr , 
and other fundrie and vncoth bealtcs, with a Chiloneall de 

Some wantonly difpofed , others to varietieof fportes and 
feaftes, with liuely indeuours and cjuicke motions , mod fingu- 

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Tbf ftrift of Lout 

larlye well fetfoorth, and filling alloucr the aforefiyde arched 

Along vnder the bending ryfe of thcentrie,! beheld a (ingu- 
lar ivoorkcinaiiiinpof fundrie reprefentments and counterfeits, 
in an excellent Theflfelhture , bright ihiiiinglykego.ild.r.a.irl of 
diuers other coulers^witha border two foorc broad .^co.-Ti^ufling 
about the turning couer of the roofe, both vnder and aboue , and 


deuiding them from the woorke,vpoii theplainc fides ,of lo per- 
feet and trefhcaulers,as if they bcene new fet , with a natnrall 
leafcwoorkcofanemerawldgrecne, vppon a punice or tawnie 
groundc, with Flowers ot Cttasts af&Pb*niffees adulterated 
with curious knottes and winding? , and in the conteyned fpace 
of the aforofayde fides , 1 fawe this auncicnt Hylbrye paya- 

e* young Lady c,fwimming into Crettt vpponaprc- 
fligious Bull - And the cdift of Km> Agenor to his Sonnes CJL&- 
sM s FcBuice,2LiiA Cdtciti , to Hade ojttheyrdefljuredfiiL r, which 
thing they co ild not do.but after that they had valuuiitly kylled 
the bkalic fierce Dragon that kepte the fayreFounrayne : and 
confultedwith./fy/>0//0, they determined with theyr followers, 
and agreed to builde a Cittie , where the bellowing rieyffci 
Ihould appoyate , whrcevppon that countrcy , eucn to this dayc 
carryeththe nameot the bellowing of a Cowe En- rope . Ci^- 
buiite Athens . Tiie other brother Fawic w , The third &U- 


Thys woorke and inufaicall painnng , was rightly e plared in 
order,as the beginning and endofthehillorierequired widi ncli- 
onsjiuhe)i naturallcouleri, thcyr adionsand degrees rightlyc 

On the contrarie fide, I beheld in thefainc manner the wan- 
tonand lafcmious f 4^6* burning in mfamous luft^ymgma Ma 
chine or frame of wood,and the Bull leaping vpon that hec knew 


in a Drewe. a 8 

After that the monftrous mynotaure with hys vglye fhape 
fl uc.indjncloLcd in the intricate Labyrinth. And after that the 
inipiyfonedi}^Htfj artificially making of winges fbrhymfelte, 

and iusyoungfonnelcarus ,who vnhappyly.c not obferuinghys 
Fathers lule . fell downe headlong into the dcepe fee,leaumg vn- 
to the fame fe^sfofc name, after his drowning. And his difcreetc 
f^thcT,beingfjfj? according to his vowc , hanging vp his wings in 
th: tempi a o 

Vppon the which I ftoode with open mouth nttcntiuely ga 
zing with my -\es,and rauifhedin mindewith the bcautie of the 
hy ilorie , io \\ cii difpofcd ? (o perfe<flly ordered , fo artificiallye 
payntedand ctiriouflie.exprened, whole and founde, without any 
figneof djCrf)c,tlje Itreng th oF the glutinous fubibnce, which 
ioyned.u:dlie!dtheT7ie(lalnrureor ciieckers, together wasfuch 
andfj peife<fl . For therein the workeman had taken great paine 

and ii evved a rare cunning. 

And thus foote by foote I went forward bowldly, examining 
an d b eh ou ding what direflkmanel arteof paintrug heehadob- 
ferued \vith :i penfiied difh-ibuticn to make whole proportiv>nsm 
almoothe and flat playne 4 Some lynes drawing neere to my ob- 
ieft.andfomercemirtgas theyhadbeeneafarre of hardely to bee 
de:erned,and yet both ofa like neerenefle* And the fame againe 
which was hardiie to bee feene t to offer it felfemore and more, 
to theiudgercent of the eye , with cxquifite parergie and fha- 

do wing 

Waters, Fountaines,Mountajne$, HilleSiWoodes, andbea lTs,m 
rheyr natunll coulours , and difhmte one from an other, with 


oppofite light* Andinapparrell theplyghtsandtbuldesfo cun- 
mnglye perfefted and fhaddowed that as well in that as in all 
the reft , the arte did (eeme to enuye nature it felte, and that 
not a little whereat I greatly \voondercd. 

After this manner I came to the ini ther ende, where the 
bciutifull hyftoriesflnillied,nnd beyond the fame more inward 
the darknes was fuch as J dui ft: not enter, <Sc comming back againe 
I l*ardair:on the ruines a continuing noifehke thecrnckini of 

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or tJieir ratling togetlier a whereat I flood 1U11 forgetting 


The Dragon 
is that Abad- 
d-m and Apo- 
hon,thc ene- 


The darke 

the w fedome 
of this word 
which is no- 

thing els but 
roccrc folly. 

The fir i ft of Lone 

my fore concerned delight being interrupted therewith from the 
fweetnesoftheobiecls. At lengthlrnighthearcarudlingasita 
dead Oxe had been dragged vpon the ground, the noyfeihll ap 
proaching and commingnecrer and necrerthcpoarchthatlwas 
topafTeoutat, where 1 hear da greathiflingof a huge Serpent: 
the fodaine feare I was in, made mec pad crying out for help e, 
neither did I fee how toefcape, but by running into the darke 
and obfcure vadues whiche before I was afraide to enter in 

Oh vnhappie wretch oppreflfed with aduets and fad fortune, 
Ifawiiuhc entrieofthedoorecommingtowardesmee,no hurt- 
full Lyon crowching to Androdw , but a fearefull and horrible 
-^ ra g on Baking her trifulked and three parted tongue againd 
rnee , grating her teeth, and making a skritching or critchms 
noyfe , her fquamy and fcaly hide trailing vpon the flowerd paue- 
nie nt, clapping her winges vpon her wrimplcd backc, with a long 
tailc folding and crinckling like and Eele and neuer reding* Oht 
me , the fight was fuffkient to haue affrighted Mars himfelfc in 
the affurednes of warlike Armour, or to haue made tremble the 
ftrong and mightic Hercules, for all his molorchied and clubbed 
but. And to call Thefetubackc from his begunne imprefe and 
bold attempt, andtoterrifietheGyantTj/^o^andtomake the 
proudeftand flouted heart whatfoeuer toquaileanddoopc. I 
wifhed my felfe the fwiftnes of Atalant* , beeing but young and 
vnarmed, no way able to encounter with fuch a poifonablc force, 
and perceiuing his blacke infectious breath fmoaking outathis 
mouth* Beeing pad all hope to flip by him , I deuoutly cried for 
diuinehelpe. And fodeinly turning my backe, as fad as I could 
runne, I conueighed my fearefull bodie by the helpe of my fwift 
pacing feete , into the inward part of the darke places , penetra 
ting through diuers crooked torments , ambagious pallages and 
vnknowne \vaies. 

So that I thought to bee in the inextricable frame of the 

ru( j ent Dgdalw , or oP*ft**, fo full of way cs and winding tur- 

nings, one entr ing into another , to deceiue the intent of the go- 

er out, or in the romthie denne of the horrible Cyclops , or the 

hollow Caue of the theeuifli Ctrus. In fuch fort , that although 

were fomcwhat wel acquainted with the dar kenes , y et I 

/ / Could 


could feciuft nothing . But was glad to ffrercheout myarmes 
forme before my face, groping about mee( ly kc one that played 
blynde SymJ lead 1 fhould runnemyfaceaeainftfomcpyllcrs, 

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and feeling with my feerefoftlye before I did reft vpoa them for 
fearcl fhould tumble do wne into fomevaultevndcr thy s mighty 

And looking backe , whether this fearernll Dragon did fhll 
followemee or no, the light was cleane gone . Andlremayning 
in a darke placc,full of fundrie turnings and eroding paffages, m 
a greater terror and more deadly heaumefle of minde then Mcr- 
cttrtf. Making himfelfc / and Apollo , Threicia , Ditna^ into the 
lyttle byrd Cholomenf. And Pan into two lhapes . I and more a- 
fraide then euer was O edifw^ Cjr tu>Cr<tfttSi and -feu** And more 
trembling then the theefe 7&r*//w in his beares skmne . Infor- 
rowemorc abounding then poorc Pftyphfs. And in morelabour- 
fomedaungers then Lucius Apuletu , when hee heard the theeues 
confulnng to knocke him on the head and kyll him. 

OpprelFedand laden with all thefe aforenamed frightes and 
terrcrs. I began to imagine that the Dragon was flying about 
my head , and with the noyfeof hir fcritching teeth and tearing 
clawes to take hould vpon me with hir deuouring lawesrmy heart 
giuing mee to vndcrftand , that the carniuorus Woolfe which I 
drempt of, was a prefage of this my laft doubted end . And thus 
running vppe and downe like a little poore Pifmcere or Aunte, 
vvhenthePartrichis fcratching vpon their hillocks and picking 
ot them vp.With my watchful! and attentiue cares>Uftning ifthc 
horrible monfter with hir ilimie and filthiepoyfon andfhnking 
^auour were drawing towards mee. And fearing whatfoeuer came 
firit into ray thought. 

Finding my fclfe vnarmed , voydeof all helpe,in this mortall 
daunger,andmiferable perplexitic , although that death is natu 
rally bytter and hated, yet notwithftanding at that time, I did 
gratiouflie efteemeofit,whichmec thought I could fufferwil- 
hnglye ; but that will was inefficient : hope dill looking 3 and 
perfwading mee of an vncertame , fearefull , and vnquyet 

Alas howemy foule and bodye werclothe to leaue one an 
another,the forrowe whereof made me vnvMiiing to iiitertaine fo 

I crucll 

drife of Loue 

cruel an enemy as death : whereupon I plucking vp a good heart, 
thought thus.* 

Shallthegreatnesofmylouefo fwcetlyfeton fire, now dc- 
caie,fruftrated of ame eftecl,forifat thisprefentl had been but 
preferred with a fight thereof, 1 could haue beene yet the better 

But yet forthwith returning to the inward impreffrjn of my 
fweeteft obiecl, ftil dwelling in the fecret of my heart , 1 fell into 
bloberlng teares, for the JoiTe of two fo worthie iewels . That 
was Polta and my precious life. Continually calling vpon her 
with deepefighes andfingultiue iobbings, founding m the thicke 
ayre, incloyiteredvnder the hugearches and fecret darkecoue- 
ring, fay ing thus to my felfe. 

If I die heere thus miferably, forrowfully, and vn comforta 
bly, all alone, who ihal bee a woorthie fuccellour offo precious a 
gemme? Andvvhofhalbe thepoflbroffucbatreafureoifoine* 
ilimable valure? And what faire heauen fhal fhewfo clcare a light? 
Oh mod wretched Poliphi/m, whether doft thou go vnfortunate. ? 
whether doft thou hailen thy fteppes?hope(t thou euer to behold 
againe any defired good? Behould all thy grations conceits and 
pleafant highe delyghtcsbuildedinthyapprehenfiuethoughtes, 
through the fweetenes ofloue, are deadly lliaken, andabruptlie 
precipitated and caft downe ? Lookehovv thy loftie Amorous co 
gitations are fliakenmpeecesandauchilated. Ah me what injuri 
ous lot maleuolent conftellatioi^hauefopernicioufly driuen, 
and deceitfully allured thee into this miferabicobfcure darknes? 
and now liaue defpitefully ledde thee in aheape of mortal feares, 
and drowning in a deepe fea of vnfpeakeable forrowes. To the 
vnmercifull deuouring and fodaine gobbling vpof fofilthie a 
jnonfter, and to bee rotted and difgclted in the (linking intrailes 
offofbwleabeafl, andtobeccaft out info vile a place. Oh la- 
mentable and vnaccullomed death. O mi ferable end ofmy de- 
fired Jife. Where are my eyes ? what be they barreme ? Is their hu 
mor one ? Are there no more teares left to fall trie kelm^ downe 

O O 

my blubbered cheekes ? Well then Jperceiucthatdenthisatmy 
bncke,who did euer fee fuch a change of fortune ? Behold vnhap- 
pieand wayward death, and the lalthoure, and accurfcd minute 
thereof at huide, inthisdarkeforaeihade, where my bodie and 


flcfh is appointed to bee a foode for fo fowle a bead* Whatfurie? 
what cru . hie? what mi e ic more monitrous can a mortall crea 
ture fuffcr. That f vs cere and pleafant light Hiould bee reft from 
themthacbee aliue, and the eai th denied to them thatare dead. 
What hoggiih ca imine, and deformed mifhap , fo grceuo;ifly 
and vntnnely fliall abandontrom nice mytnoftdetiredandHori- 
fhingfo//*, Farewell the merror of all vertue, and true perfection 
of beautie, farewell. 

And thus beyond all mcafurctoft and tumbled in fuch and 
fo great afflictions, my veriefoule was vexed within me, firming 
to be let at libertie from my vnforturiate and feeble bodie, paf- 
fing vp and downe I knew not where. My legges weake , feeble, 
andtowltcrmgvndcrmee, my fpiritcs languiihmg , and my fen 
ces in a maner gone from mec. Sailing that I called deuoutly vp- 
ponthe omnipotent God to hauepittie vppon mcc, and that 
fome good Angell might bee appointed to conduft mee out. 
And withthatbeholdel difcouercd a little light* To the which, 
how gladly I bafted, let cuerie one mdgc whathcc would doom 

I favv an euerlafting Lampc, burning before an Aultar that 
wasfmefoote high, and tenne footc broad , with the images of 
golde (landing thereupon , which I could not vcne perfeftly be 
hold , notwithstanding the burning Lampe , thegroflcnesof the 
ayrewas fu c hand fo great an enemy to the light. 

And alwayes with attentiuc cares I diligently barkened, as 
not yet nddc of fcarc, and fomewhat I faw,the dimme images and 
the large foundations, and feareful vaul tcs, and fubterranea! but- 
treflfes or vpholders and ftrengthes,hearc and t here in infinite pla 
ces diflributed, and many huge and mightiepillers, fome fourc- 
fquare, fome fixe fquare, foniceight fquare, aptly fee vnder and 
approporuoncdtofuftainethe vaftbignesof thewaightic Pjra- 

There I hAuingfmall delight to make anie longfhue, lia- 
tcndedtotake an vnknowne way further in, which my vnder- 
uken courfe, I efpied alightwhiche folong I h.;d wiilied tor, 
commingia at a lit le wicket as fmall as I could fee. 

la Oh 

The ftrtfe of Line 

Oh witli what ioy, and with what a glad heart, I beheld it, and 
with what chearc did Ihjft en myfteppes towards it 4 Perchance 

ft faifcrthen Ctnijliw or Phlonides my vnbridclcd aladneile and 
lahcluhhers, *.,,,.. j r r 

oneofMditc cxtrearne denre tocomcneeretherevnto was fuch,thatl reuo- 

rof J tc dand haled backeagamc the diuorfeof my difcontented and 
, that irkefome life, fucceffiuely comforting my perturbed mmde and 
9 ua lcdJiait. Somewhat refrelhmg and reafluring my felfc :fil- 
^ in S V P a S aine m y cuacuated and emptie heart , and replenishing 
ownemeatc. the fame with his ould cogitations. 

Nowe I fettled my (elfe more towardes my louely Poii* , and 
bound my affections more furely to hir. Being perfwadcd and 
firmely opinionated,that this fight was a trauce in loue,for mew 
ing that I fhould dye and lofe my lone.Oh how extreamely did it 
vcxcmce Neyther did it rcfufc or make refinance toanyc 
fharpe and newe aflaulte of loue , which in my ftroken and 
lore wounded heart wouldc lye fettering and feeding of him - 

And by this time, all lets and hyndcrances paflouer, alpati- 
ous and large going out was offer edvnto me. Thenbymeanes 
ofthc clcere light I was fomwhat comforted, and reaflummgand 
gethcring together againe my wandering thoughts,andreftonng 
rayproftrate force, my fufpcfted and vnknownc voyage, made 
me to fet out in running : fo as the nearer I came to the doore, 
the bigger mec thought it grewe. To the which at lad by Gods 
Vfy\\,Po/ia in my amorous breft bearing a prcdominante vigor , I 
came, not ceafing to continue forward my faft courfe: my hands 
\vhich before I groping hclde foorth , to keepe me from running 
againft pyllers , Inowevfedlikea payreof Ores to haften mee 

Thus trauelmg on fafeJy, I came into a verie pleafauntfighte 
andcounttic,in tne which I was not yet without feare, and not 
daring to reft me downe, the impreflion of the horrible monfter 
was fo frcfh in my mindc , that mee thought I (till heard him bc- 
hinde me,and rhercfbrc I could not fo eahlv forget him.But was 
rayther perfwaded to goe on further rflrfl becaufe thecountrie 
wasfofertile,pleafauntanci beautiful!,- Secondly, thatlmighc 
get farre enough off from the place wherein I was fo lately af 
frighted. That then I fitting downe, might reft my felfc ^ndfet 


at a Dretate. % i 

myminde together againe,and forget thi$conceiueddread,at my 
entrance in of the gate, the apparation of the white Sorix gtati* 
oully cooimingagaineinto my rereyning memorie , aii exhorta- 
coneprouacanon,and good occafion to animate and comfbrtc 
me,becaufe that to Augnrcs it was agratefull and propitious fignc 


At laftl was refolutely perfwaded to commit my felfe to the 
benignine of my good fortune , which fome time might bee vnto 
me an officious and bountifull handmaidc, of profperous euents. 
A nd therewithall pricked forward and prouoked to continue on Ca ^ ta 
my \valke , whethermy wearieand feeble legges would conduct niftra. 
and bring mee. And yet I was (as in good iorte becamemce) 
fomewhat doubtfull to enter into fuch a place , (becing vn- 
knowne vnto me)wherc perchauncc it was not lawf ull for me to 
come. Albeit that I was hcerinmore audacious and bould a great 
dcale,then in the cntcraunce of the gorgeous Porche, And thus 
my bred faft beating , and my minde perplexed, I fajde to my 

There is no caufe that fliouldlead mee to ttirnebackagaine, 
all things confidcrcd : is not this a fafcr place , and more fit to flic 
from daunger ?Is it not better to halfard a mans lyfe in the ligiit 
and cleere Sunne,then todyeandfterue inablindedarkeneue? 
andferefoluednottoturnebacke anycmore: with a deepcfet 
fighe,! called into memorie, the pleafure and delight that my 
fences had well necreloft: for the woorkc which 1 had feene 
was full of maruclouswoonders, and thinking by whatmeanel 
was-depriuedofthem, Icalledto remembrance thebrafei Ly- Salomons Temple, which were of fuch fierce counicnun- 
ces,as that they would bring men to forgetflilnes* 

And into fuch an eftatel was afrayde that the Dragon had 
brought me, that Co excellent and marucllous woorkes , and rare 
inuentions^namannervnpoflTiblefor any humainc creatureto 
perfbrme,worthietobemanifefted,and by myfeire ciiligentlvc 
perufedjfhouldnowbe fled out of my fucking remembrance , fo 
as I fhould not bee able to make a truereportc o : rhem : but 
therein I contraried my felfe: neither didlfinde that I was ma 
Lithargicpaision : But that I vcrrie well rcnaembrcd andheldc 

I J with* 


Tfcf ftrifc of Lone 

without any dcf.ultc in order and proportion whatfoeuerlhad 
fecne and beheld. And that the monflrous andcruell bcallwas a 
verne hueJyc fubftance ,and no fiftion , the like of any mortall 
manfildomcfccne, no not vtRcgulus. The verie remembrance 
whereof, made my hayre (land right vp , and f oorthwith mooued 
me to mcud my pace. 

Afterward returning to my felfe , I thought thus . Heere 
without all doubtc (foi fol imagined by reafonof the glonous 
bountie of the beautihill foile) is no habitation but for ciuill 
peoplc/n rather for Angles and noble perfonages^nd a place for 
Nimphes to frequent vnto , or for the Goddes and Auncients, 
Monarches and princes, info much as my pcrfwafiue defire did 
prouokeforwarde my rcftraincd pace , cauunga perceucrancc in 
my latcbeguniourncy. And thus as one captiuated andfubicc^ 
tothefharpc fpurrc of vnlatiablc delire , Ipurpofedto houldc 
on whether the fayrenefle of my fortune ihould conduct mce, 
as yet but indifferent and rather languishing. 

Nowc come to behouldc a fayre and plcntiFull countrie, 
fruitcfull fieldes, and fertill groundes , I did excccdmglye com 
mend the defire that mooued meefirft to cnterinto them. But 
cfpecially to giuc thankcs to him that had brought me e out from 
the fearcrull place, \vhichnovvllittlcrcgardcd being far enough 
off from it. 


in A Dretmt. 

Po!, phi/us fiewtth the commodioufrcfre of the countrie where -into he >t 
WM comeytn hU trattatltng rvtthin the fame, be came vnto agoodlic 
Tountaine , and bow e hccfawc fine fare Dam f els camming to- 
wardes him , and their W tendering at hu com/ning , hither , affu- 
ring htm from kurte , *ndinwtingkii* to bee A partaker of their 

Hus gotten foorth ofthis fearefull hell, darkc 
hollovMiefTe, and dre.idfull place ( although it 
werca (acred Aphrodifeand reuercnd Tem 
ple: ) and beeing come into a defired light, 
fouelyeayre ,and pleafaunt countne, full of 
contentment : I turned my fclfc about to 
lookebackc at the place fro-n whence I came 
out, and where my life, my life that latelye I efteemctl fo light- 
lie , was fo gre^tiy e perplexed and daungered , where I beheld a 
mountaine vnnaturall,witha moderate aflfention and fteeperi- 
fing , ouer-grownc and fbaddowcd with grecne and tender 
leaues of maftie Okes , Beeches, Wainefcot Okes , Holmes, 
Cerries Aefcttltes > Corke trees, Yew trees , Holly or Huluer,or 

And towardes the plaine, it wascouered withHamberries, 
Hafels,Fylbirds, prune, print, or pnuet, and whitened with the 
flowers thereof : bycouicredXeapie, beeing red towardes the 
north,and white againft the Southe , Plane trees, AlTie trees, and 
fuch like, fpreddingand itretchingout their braunches . fowlded 
an dim braced with the running of Hunnifuckles or woodbines, 
and Hoppes, which made a pleafaunt and coolc fhade Vnder 
the which greweLadycs Scale or Rape Violet, hurttull for the 
fight, lagged Polypodie, and the Tricntall and fourc inched 
Scolopendna , or Hartes toongue , Heleborous Niger , or 
Melampodi, Tray fles, and fuch other Vmbriphilous hearbcs 
and Woodde Flowers , fonic adorned with them , and fonic 

So that the mouth of the darke place , out of the which 
Ihadefcapcd, was in a manner within the highe Mountaine, 


fix ftrfi of Lot* 

all ouergrone with trees. 

And as I could ccnicfturc it was iuft againft the afore fpoken 
of frame, and in my Judgement it had, been Come rare peice of 
woork, more auncient then the other, and by time walled and 
confumcd,now bearing luie and other wall trees, and fo was be 
come an ouer growne wood, that I could Icarce perceiue any 
comming out,or mouth for ea(ie p adage but cucn for a neccflme, 
for it it was rownd about comparted and enuironed with bu- 
(hie and fpreeding trees, fo as I was neuer determined to eater 
in there againe. 

In the itreightpaflagc of the valie betwixt the extenfed and 
highe mounting rockcs,theayre was dim by reafon of the retai 
ned vapores, and yet I was as well plcafcd therewith as Apollo at 
his deuine birth. 

Butletting pafTethis hole, from the which I gat out byftoo- 
pingjletvs come on forward to the fweet liber ties which! next 
beheld and that was athicke woodot Cheftnutsatthefooteof 
the hill, which I fuppofedto be afoilefbr ?<*or fomeSiluanc 
God with their feeding ficardsand flockes,witha plcafantfliade, 
vnder thewhicha I palled on,I came to an auncient bridgeof 
marble with a verygreat and highe arche, vppon the which along 
winning to eytherhdes of the walls,thcrc wcreconucnient feats 
toreft vppon, which although they were welcome to my wea 
ry e bodie , yet 1 hid more deUre to go on forwarde, vppon which 
(ides of the budge , iuft ouer the top of the archc, there was 
placed a porphmr rabie with agorgeous border of curious work- 
manfhip , one table on the one fide and an other on the other fide, 
but that one the left fide was of Ophite. 

Vppon the tab icon my right hand as I went IbeheldE^fo 
kifrogltphtet on this forte, An auncient Helmet crcftedwith a 

The bony fcalpe of an oxe with two green braunches of trcei 
bound faft to the homes. And an ould lampe* Which hieroglipbis 
the braunches except edbecaufe I know not whether they were 
of Firrc tree, Piacapple, Latixor /unipcr, or fuch like : I thus in 


kt 4 



On the other fide there was ingraucn acyrcle,then an An* 
chor with a Dolphin winding about the ftrangule thereof, which 
I comefturedfhould fignifiethis,AEj ZFET AE BpAAEO2^*wp^rj9/?i- 
jia ttrde . 

Vndcr which auncient,fure,andfairc bridgc,didrunncamoft 
clearc fwift v,ater,dcuidingn felfc into two feucrall currents, the 
one one way and the other an other ,which ranne moft colde, ma 
king a foft continuall ftillnoyfc,in their freefcd,broken and nib 
bled Channels, by their eaten in and furrowed bancke , full of 
(tones, couercdouer andihadowed with trees , their fpredding 
rootes appearing in the fame bare, and about them hanging Tri- 
comAnes , Adttnttts and CtmbaUn* , and bearded alfo with di- 
ucrs fmall hayres as vfc to growc about the banckcs of Ry- 

The wood that I hauc fpoken of, was to lookc vppon veryc 
plcafant,neytheroucrtliick ormorclargeincompaflcthanaman 
would wifhjbut building a delightfuilmadowc,thc wecsfullof 
(ball birdesandfoulcs. 

K Right 

Thejirife of Lone 

Right forwarde , the Bridge did extendeit felfe, and leadcto- 
wardes a large plaine, refoundingall ouerwith the fwectc chir 
pings, melodious recordings, and loude finging of them.Where- 
in were leaping and running little Sqirrels, and the dro wfie Dor- 
moufe, and other harmelesbeaftes. 

And after this manner as aforefayd, this woocldie Countric 
fliewedit felfc,euuironcd about with highmountames as much a* 
amanmightlookevnto, and the plaine couered all ouerwith a 
fine varietie of fundric fweete hearbcs, and the clearc channels of 
Chariftaline ftreames,fliding downc a long the hilles with a mur 
muring noyfe into the leaueJJvally. 

Adorned and beautified with the flo wring bitter OJiue> Law- 
rell 5 white Poplar , audLifimachia , blacke Pople , Alders, and 

Vpon the hils grew high Firrc trees vnarmed, and the wee 
ping Larix, whereon Turpentineismade,andfuch like. 

When I had well confidered ot this lo fruitfull and fo com 
modious a place for cartel and beaflsto befeddeiiurrd^kept,(for 
11 lookedas though it would defire a fhepheardes company and a 
paftorall (bng)l mufed what mould be the occafior^that ib com 
modious a place fhould lye vninbabited, AndcaAingmy eyes 
further on forward into the plaine before mee, and leauing this 
fore difcribedplace , I might perceiue a borldmgof Marble, /he^ 
wing the ro3fe thereof oucr the tender roppes of the comparing 
trees. At the fight whereof, I grew wonderfully glad and in good 
hope, that there yet Ifrould findefome habitation and retiige, 
To thewhich \\ithoutdtlaie I haflmed my felfe And being come 
thereunto, I found a building eight fcjuare, with a rare and won 
der full fo if n tain e: which was not altogitheramifTe, For as yet I 
had not quenchedjand flaked my thitft. 

This building was eight cornered, fmall townrdcs the top and 
leaded. Vpon one fide there was placed araiic (lone ofpure white 
Marble foure cornered, half as long again as it was broad, which 
latitude as I fuppo fed was fome fixe foote. 

Of this goodly Hone were exaft two lirle halfe pillers , cham 
fered with their bafes, ho! ding vp aflreightSime,withagulcand 
adiec^cd denticulature & cordiculcs,or worke ofharts,with their 
chapters vnder a Trabct,Zbphor and Coramcc, ouerthe which 

was a trigonall coatcined, in the fourth part of the ftonc fmooth 
and plainc without any workcmanfhip in the table thereof fauing 
a htle garland , withi;i the which were two Doucs drinking in a 

Althcfpacevnfpo kenor inclufiuewas cut in andcuacuated, 
betwixt the Fillers the Gulature and oucrthwart Trabet , did 
containc an elegant Cigrued Nimph. And vrfder the Symewas 
another quarter wrought with Thors, Torques 3 BalJonsanda 

Which faire Nymph lay c flccping vppon a folded cloth , lap, 
and woundc vp vnder her head* Au other part conuenicntlic 
brought oner her, to hide that bare which was womanly & mectc 
tobekeptfecrer. Lying vpon her right fide with that fubieftcd 
arme retract, andheropenpalmevnderherfairecheekc, wherc- 
vpon Hie relied her head. 

The other arme at hbcrtic, lying all along ouer her left loync, 
flretchmg to the middle of her goodly thigh. By her f malt eat es 
(like a yor.g maids) in her round brefts didiprovvt out fmal flrea- 
mmgs ofpure and cleare frcfh water from the rightbreft as it had 
b ecu a thrced, but from the left breft mod vehemently. The fall 
of both of them, receiuedinavciTelofPtfrp^jm ftone, with two 
Receptories ioyning togither in the fame vefTel, feperatcd and 
didinc^ from the Nimphfixe fbote, (landing vppon a conenient 
frame of Hint ftone. Betwixt either of thcreceptories, there was 
an ofherveiTel placed, in the which the waters did ftrme togither 
andmeetes, ronningoutat the cut and appointed places, in the 
middle lymbus ot their Receptories, which waters comixtout 
of that veiTel, Arnhdedthemfelues into a little channel Hiding a- 
wa y, and what with oneandwhat withtheothcr, alrheheirbes 
and flo\vres adioyning , and about were bountifullye bemfi- 

That of the left breft did fpinvp fo high,that it did not weac 
or hinder any that would fucke or drinkeoftlie water that flrea- 
fuednnd fprung out ofthc right breft. 

And this excellent Image was fo difinitelye exprefftd , 
that I frarc mec Prapittkf neuer pcrfourmcd the lyke for 

K 2 Venm 

fir iff of Lout 

Venus o Nichomides the King of Caria which Idoll he appointed 

to bcadored of his fubiccts,although the beauty thcrotuerc fucb 
that it moued that filthic people to flefhlyconcupifcence* 

But 1 was perfwaded that the perfection of the im ige of/ r *;**/ 
was nothing to this,for it looked as if a mo ft bevuifull Lady e in 
inhirfleep had beenechaunged mtoaftone,hir hart ftill panting 
arid hir fwcete lipps readie to open, as if ihe would not be (Q 

From hir head hir loofe treflos laye wauing vppon the fup- 
prciled couermg, fovslded andplited aiidasit were fcorning the 
haires of the inglomatede cloth, hir thighes of aconuemenre 
bignes and hir fleihie knees fomwhat benduig vpp, and retract 
towares hir. 

Showing hir ftrcight toes as it were incereating hir fingers 
to handle and ftreme them , the reft of hir bodie aunfwerable 
to the perfections of thefc feuerall proportions. 

And behind hir the Jliadowing of the leaffye Afemcnllvt 
Arbntfu\\ of foft fmall Apples and fruire, and prettyc byrdes 
as yf they had bcenc chirping and fmging of hir a fbep. 

At hir tect flood a fatire in prurient luft vppon hisgotiJ^c 
feet , his mouth and his nofe ioyning together like agote with 
a beard growinge on either fides of his chin, with two peakes 
and fhorte in the middcfte like Goates hayre,andm like man 
lier about his flankcs and his cares , grcwe hayre , with avifagc 
adulterated betwixt a mans and a Goates, info rare a fort as it the 
excellent woorkman in his caruinge had had prefentcd vnto 
him by nature the Idea and fhapeof ^Satire. 

The fame Satire , hadforciblie with his fefte hand bent an 
arme of the Arbtit tree ouer theflcepie nimphe,as if he would 
make hir a fauorable fhadowe therewith, and with the other 
hand howldinge vpp a curtaine by one of the fides that was 
fattened to the body of the tree. 

Betwixt the comarc Mcimcrill or Arlut , and the Satire t 
were two little Satires, the one howldinga bottellm his hande 
and the other with two makes fowlding about his armes. 

The exccllencie, dilicatnes and perfeaion of this figment 

woorkmanfhippe cannot be fuffientlie exprefTcd. 


in A Drtamt. 3 ] 

Thisalfo helping to adornc the fwcetnes thereof that is the 
tshitnes of the ltone,as if it had been pureiuone. 

I wondered alfo at the woorking of the clothe eoueringe 
as yf it had been wouen: and at the bowcs, braunches,and leaueSj 
aii d at the lit tie birdes, as if they had been fingingand hopping 
vpp and do wncvpon their pret:e feet in cucrie ioynt (ingle and 
pounce made perfeft,andfo the Stttre like wifc.Vnder thisrnrc 
and woonderrull carued woork betwixt the gulatures andvn- 
duls in the plaine (rnothc was grauen in Anhit characters this 


The fir if e of Lone 



The third which I had gotten the daic before was fcincrca- 
fed, thutlwnsprouokednowtoflackenthefame 3 or rather inti* 
cedwiththefdirebeautieoftheinftrument, the coolcnes where 
of was fuch , as betwixt my Ijppes me thought it ftirrcd and trem 

And rounde about this pleafant place, and by thepipplyng 
channels, grew Vatteiniwn ,. Lrfh coniialltt , and the flo wring Lyfi- 


or willow hearbe , the forrowfull Reedes, Myntes, water 
Parfiey , Baume , Hydrolapathos , or water Sorrell, and other ap- 
proued hearbes, and fine floures , a little Channel ccmming by a 
lluce from the Bridge , entering in and vnladin^ it fejfe , was the 
caufeofa goodly faire Poole^ broad^nd large, in a veriegooc{ or* 
dcr , trimmed about and beautified with a fence of fweeteRofes 
and GefTamine. And from thence running oucr it, dilperfedit 
felfe, nourimyng and yifiting the nexte idioyning fieldes and 
giounde, abounding in all fortes of hcarbes, flour es, fruites, 
and trees. 

There grcwe alfo great ftpreor Cvnarie gratefull to Venus > 
\vylde Ttnjte, CvlocaJJju , witkleftws;like albielde, and garden 

And from thence beholding the pjaine fieldes, it waswoon~ 

derfullto fee the greennes thereof, powdered with fuch varietie 

offundrieforted.colours > anddiuersfafhionedfloures > asyealow 

Crowfoote, or golden Knop, Oxeye, Satrion Dogges flone,the 

IcflerCentorie, Mellilot, Saxifrage, Cowflops, Ladies fingers, 

r.ildeCheruilc,orfhephenrdes Needle, A^^y Gentil , Sinqui- 

fohe Eyebright, Strawbenes, with floures and fruites, wilde Co- 

luinbindes Agnus Caftus, Millfoyle, Yarrow, wherewith Achtl- 

tesdid healeTV/ty&w , and therud o f the fame! peares head that 

hurt him. Withe the white Mufcarioli , bee floures and Pane- 

nrntes in fo beautifull and pleafant manner, that they did great 

ly comfort mee (hailing loft my felfe) but eucnwhhthe looking 

vpponthem. And heere andthereinameafurable andwcidif- 

pofcd diQaunceand fpace bctweene. In a conuement order and 

fweetc difpofed iort by a iu(t line, grewthegreeneandfwcete 

imellingOrenges,Lymons, Citrons, PomfgrunetteSj their wa 

ter boughes bendyng downc within one pace of the ground, 

couercdyvithleaues of a glaflie grecne colour,, of a great height 


Ttv frift 

and turning downc againc their toppcs, laden vrith the aboun- 
dance ohhcir floureand fruitcs, breathing forth a mod fwect and 
dcleftablc odoriferous fmcll. Whcrwithall my appaled heart did 
not ver ic lightly reuiuc himfelfc (it might bee in a pcftilcnt ayrc 
and contagious and deadly fauour.) 

For which caufe I flood amazed and in great doubt what to 
thinkeor doo , and the rather bccaufc place I had fcenc 
fuch a marueilous fbuataiac, the varictie ofhcarbcs , the colours 
of flourcs, the placing orderly of the trees, the foire and commo 
dious difpofitionof the feat, the fwect chirpings and quiet fingmg 
Of Birds, and the temperate and healthful ayrc. And which I could 
veric well hauc been contented withall , and the worft of them 
might wel hauc contented me 3 if I had found any inhabitant there, 
And fomewhat I was gricucd that! could no longer abide in fuch 
a place where fo many delightful fightcsdid prefcnt thcmfelu 
vnto mec. Neither was I acmrfcd to my better fafctic and content 
which way to turnc me. 

Standing thus mfuchafufpencc ofminde, calling toiemcm- 
brauncc the tdminger that 1 had laftlye cfcaped,ancf the prcfcnt 
place that I was ncwlyc entered into , and thinking vppon 
hieragliphcs that Idid fee irt the left fid sot the bridge , Iwasin 
doubt, to haftcn my felfe towards any vnaduifed aduers accident, 
And that fuch a monument and warning woorthie or golden let 
ters, (hould not be fet in vainc tothemthatpalTcdby, which was 
Senqtrfcftina, txrde. Behold of a fodainc bchindc me,I heard a ruf- 
lingnpyfe, like the windc or beating of a Dragons winges. Alas I 
knew hot what it fhould bee. And fodeinly ifpafurated and tur 
ning my fclfe about, I might perceiue vpon one fide of me many 
filiquctrces of Acgnt> with their ripe long coddes hanging and 
beatingonc againrfan other with thewinde, had felled downe 
themfelues, which when I perceiued, I was foone qukted,and be- 
gannc to make fport at my owne fol ly. 

I had not continued long thus, but I ham a finging company 
ofgallant damofelles comoiingtowardesmee (by their voyces of 
young and tender yeares) and fairc ( as I thought ) folacing and 
(porting themfelues among the flowering hcarbes and frcfti coole 
fhadow,trcc from the fufne.ft of any mans fight,and making in their 
Gate a great applaufc a*. " the plcafant flowers . The incre 

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thole fweetuefTe of hir irmficall and cpnfonant voycc, conueigh- 
ed inthe roj-iferous ayrejandfpreddingitT^feabroadc with the 
aunfwerjble founds and deferable report of a wartaling harpe 
(for the tryali of which noueltie, I couched downe vnder the 
lowc bow^hes of the next adioinins; buflies, and faw them conic 

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towardes mee withgratiousgeftures) hir Maydenlie headatty- 
red and bound vp in fillets of glyftennggoulcl , and inftrophiated 
redimited,garnirhedouerandbefet with floured mirtle, and vpon 
hir fnowyc foreheade, branched out hir trembling curled lockes, 
andabouthii-fayreit fhowlders, flew her long tr ell es a ft era ny in- 

They \vere apparreiled in carpanticallliabitesoffinc fylkcof 
fondrye coulers , and weaumgesot three forts, one fhorter ,and 
difhnclfroin the other. Thenethermoft ofpui-ple, thenextof 
greenefilke,&:gouldeortiirew,ancl the vppermfl: of curled white 
fen d all 5 s:vrded about their fmalc waftes with girdles of c;ouldc 

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vnder the lower partes of their round breads . Their (leeuesof 
the fame curled Sendall, oft en doubled, which bettered and gra 
ced thefubieft couler . And tyed about their wnfts with ribands 
of(like,ta2:2edwith Gouldfmitheswoorke. And (bine of them 


\MthPantophlesvpon their iliooes , the vpperpart of the Pan- 
tophlc of gould and purple filke, leafeworke , (hewing thorough 
betwixt the voydefpaces ot theleaues, the fine proportion of 
their prune lilaquiated .and contaynedfeete. Their (hooes coin- 
mmg llraightly vnder their anckles,with two lappes meeting vp 
on then inllepSjandclofed fafl: eyther with Buttons or cjafpes of 
go\\ld after a fine manner. Aboue the hemmes otheyr nether 
garments , there compafjcd about infleed of gardes and nnbro 
deredwoorkeof hearts, which now and then bio wnevp with the 
gentle ayre,made a difcouene of their fine ledges. 

And allbone as they were aware of mee,ihey left or their fong 
and flayed theyrnunpilhgare,Sj being amazed with the infighte, 
and of my commmg into this place, maruellmg together, and 
whifperinglye inquiring of me,one of another , for 1 f eemed vnto 
them a rare and vnufuall thing , becaufe I was. aa alianr and ftran* 
ger, and by chauncecome into fo famous and renowmeda coun- 
trie* Thus they (hide ltilJ 5 fojnctimcs looking downe vpon 



again muttering one to an other,! flood (till like an imagc.Oh wo 
wasmc.forlfeltallmyioynts cjuakelike the leauesof an Afpe, 
in a bitter winde , And I was .iftrnidcof the prefacing poefic thst 
1 hadread/xherwifeaduifingme , whereof 1 now thought to late 
to experience the eflfeft thcreof,and looking for no other cucnt.,1 
remained as doubtful! ofthe deuine vifionjtlicrcwith as much dc- 
ccyuedas Stmele with the fayncdfhape ot the Eprd,utrc*n Zeros. 
Alas I trembled and fhooke like the rear cfullhindc caluci tthc 
fight ofthe tawnie Lyons roring out for hunger, 

Contending and ft riuing with my fcifc , whether it werebet- 
ter foi mefubmifliucly to knecle downe.or els to turnerae about 
and flye from them)for they feemedto-mcc by their behauiour, 
to court eons young women, and bcfidcs their humanitic ota do 
ume beningnitie)orto remaineftillvnmoueabIe,AtlengthI de 
termined to make tryall^and put my (elf e forwardeto whatfoeuer 
would follow, being veYy w ellallured, that by no means I fhould 
finde any inhumanitie or cruell dealing by any of them, and efpe- 
tially,becaufethat innoccnciecarryeth alwayeshis protcftion 
with him . And thus fomewhat comfortingmy fearerull minde, 
and yet retrained witfi ihamcfaflndTc , knowing that I was vn- 
fvoorthily comeinto this fhaddwie plac e , and Ib licious company 
ofdeuineand delicate nimphes, myguittie and troubled minde, 
tfllingmee. thatitwasralhly and ouer-bouldlydoone,andthac 
they were it rmghtbe,prohibited place*, and-a torbiddcncoun- 
trie for a ftrain-ing t o frequent . And thinking thus and thus with 
myfeiie: one amongfrtlTe reflof a morebouldcand audatious 
fpiritc,very hardly fpakevntome,faying. Ho \\Iio art thou?athir 
fpeeche I was halfc afraide, and of my feltc afharned , both igno 
rant what to &y , or howc to aunfwer : my voyce and fpirit being 
imerdi^ed,Iftoodenoneiliinike a dead image . Btitthcfiyrc 
Damfclsand beautiful! Nimpheswell aduifcd 5 that in me was a 
reallandhumaine peifonageand/]iiapc, but difnempcrcd anda- 
frayde, they ch ew all of them more necrerviw o me, faying. 

Thou young man, whatfoeuerthou art, and from whencefo- 
cuer tliou art come : Let not our prefent afpe<fts any whit difinay 
thee,oroccafionthy discouragement nor be no whirafrayde,foir 
here thou J fialr not finrlc any cruell cullomes , oj caufe of difcan- 
tcnt, but free from diij^lcafures, and therefore be not afrayde to 



dii"coiicrthyfclfe,and tell vs what thou art. 

By this motion hauing called b.icke againe my forgotten and 
loft IcnceSjComforted with their fairc , pleafant , and fauourablc 
afpefts^and rccouering rny felfe with their fwcet fp eechcs, with a 
vcrv ^rood will I inade this aunfwer vnto them. 


I am the rnofl: difgraccdand vnhappicft louer that the whole 
world can aforde. I loue,and the whom (o greatly I cftccmc , and 
fo earneftly I defire.Ineyther know where eyther (he or my feifc 

And by thegreateft and moil daungcrous hap that can be ima 
gined I am come hither . And now with prouoked tcares do wnc 
railing from my waterieeyes along my pale chcekes , and bowed 
downete the earth proftratjngmyfelrc to your virginallfectcl 
humblie craue and fue for your fhuourablc grces:whercat theyr 
foftandtenderheartes mooued with pittietov^ardesmce, and 
halfe weeping with mee tor companie, and as it wrrc dutifullye 
ftriuing with theyr armes to lift race vp from the grounde , with 
fweeteand comfor table fpeeches, they courtcx>ullye fpakc vnto 

Wee are ceruinlypcrfwaded and know ruliwcil(jpoorc wretch) 
that few or none can efcapc by that way which thou art come,and 
thererorc bee not vnthankfull to that diuine power , whidi hath 
thus preferucdtbee.And nov. benot doubtful! or afraydcofany 
aduers accident or oreefe to affaile thcc . Therefore quye^com- 
fort, and fettle thy heart ro reft. For nowe thou art come as thou 
mayeftemclentlyperceiuejandpbinelyfee, into a place of plea- 
furc and deli^Iit,abandonin ftnfe and difcontent . For our vni- 

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formed ages: the feate vnchaungeable,the time not dealing away, 
thegoodoportunitiejthcgratiousandfotiablefamiliantie, inti- 
cingly dooth allure vs there vnto, and graunteth vnto vs a conti- 
nuall ley furc . And thisalfo diou mult vnderftand, that if one of 
vsbemerrie and dejightfomc, the other fheweth her felfe the 
more glndand plcnfaunt, and our delectable and perticipatcd 
friendrhip,iswith anattentiue confideration perpetually vny- 
ted andinitte together . One of vs incrcafing an others con 
tent , to the higheft degree of delight, and mofte conucnyent 

Thoufeeft alfothat thcayrcis healthful!, the lymittcsand 

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The ftrjfg ofLoue 

bounds of this place verieJarge: of hearbesfullofvarietie . Of 
plants diuerflie abounding , and withfruites plentifully laden, 
inuironed and defended with huge mountaines and rot kes, well 
ftored withharrnelefTe bcaRs^and fittefor all paihmcs and plea- 
fures , replemfhed with all kindc of fames and rrayjics , vi::-iJr- 
fally growing,andfuHorgoodly fountaines. 

An other faid:vnderftaiid,vnknowhe, ( and yet aiTurcdgiieir,) 
good friend, thatthis territories more rruit full then the fen ill 
mountame TWnrMfiiithcaqiiiloiull a(Tpcft 9 whofe frame dooth 
iwellio much, that their cluiters of grapes bee two cubits Ion"-, 
and that ane Figtree\Mll beare feauentie bullieh. 

The third : this famous and fpatioas countrey , excecdeth the 
fcrtititie of the Hyperborean IflandintheWeftIndia,or thepor- 
tugaltes ofLt/citaniH , nowe vfurpedano tyrannized by theinfo- 
lenf Spanyard. 

NOT Xa/ga in the Cfffiiari mountaine. The fourth affirmed in 
hir commendation of thafcountrie, that the plemifulnefle of- 
gypt was but to be accounted fcacfitie,mrcipeft of that although 
that it were thought to be the garden ot the world. 

And the lafl , of a choyfe countenanceand fwcete pronuntia- 

In this fayre countrie you ihall not finde any large fennic 
groundes 5 ororTcnilue andficklye ayves, or craggieandrertldlc 
mo(Tes,but faircand pleaftunthilles., muironedand walled about 
with tteip and vnpailiigeable rockes , and by meanes thereof, fc- 
curc and free from all daungers and feare, we want not any thing 
which may breed delight,andcaufealweetecontent Befidesall 
tins wee are attendant vppon a renowned and moft excellent 
Queene of large bountieand exceeding liberalitie : called Effttri-* 
Ijda of great pittie and mcruelous clemencie , ruling with great 

accurnolatedheapeofallfdicitie,and ihee wyll bee greatly de- 
lighted,when welliallprefent theevntohir facred pre(ence,and 
maiefticallfi^ht. And therefore caft away jfliake of, and forget 
all affli^ing forro we,and frame thy felfe and thy affrighted fpyrits 
to intcxtaineof our comforts folace and pleafure, 

in A Drexmt. 

filling bimfiffii vndtrthe affitraxce of the fine Njwpkes, went 
irnh themtoih; bathes vrberetke} had great laughter in the deuife of 
the fcuntc.tnc , anAalfo bjhU Isnttion. Aftervcardbeiv^ brought to 

Qxeene Eut her ill/da , he did fe many thing? sworthie of regard ^ 

chiefly tlx irsrkf ofafwntttwe. 

Beins; thus <-urtcoul I virt treated of tlicfc 


graciousand pitiful Nvinphes, and hailing 
iny fafctic by them fufiiaently warranted 
with fweet coaiforts , reimnng my decai- 
-ed ipinres To whatfoeuer might feemo 
gratefljl and plcafing vnto them, fo much 
-as was cbnuenient S>r-mcc I framed my 
felte to offer my feruice. And bccaul e 
t Irit they had boxes of fweete perfumes, and catling bottels of 
goldc and precious ftone^ looking GlafTes in their delicate and 
t ciirehandes, raidpure white Vailes of filkeplited and folded vp, 
andotherneceflanestobeevfedinbathin" , which I offering to 

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helpethenuobeare, they rerufing fay thus vnto mee : that their 
comming into this place was to bathe,and therewith fliewed mee 
that it was their pleafure that Ifliouldgoewith them, for(faide 
they) the fountain e is herehardby > haue yon not leene it. And I 
rtueren tly made them this anfwere. 

AlortfaireNimphes, iflhadathoufandetonguesandknew 
how to vfe them al, yet could I not render fufHcient thankes for 
your gracious defertes , and make requital of your great fauours, 
becaufe you haue reftored vnto mee my life* And therefore if I 
fhouldnot confentandyeeldvntoyoumy feruice and company, 
Imightwel bee accounted of a churJifh difpofition. For which 
caufe,amongftyoal hadratherbeaferujnttiheniaan other place 
a Lord and commander, for that (fo farre as I can comefture) you 
are the tenantes and chan^berfellowes of al delight and true fdi- 

Youfhal vnderftand that I Jidfee A maruerious fountaine of 
a rare and wonderful workemanfhip. , as neuer before my eyes 
did beholde, and fo toucbniy mindc wasoxoipkd intlitqegard 

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of the ftraungcncs thereof, and to quench my great thirft, that 1 
did lookc for no further benefit . 

One pleafaut Nymphe fpake thus merrily vnto mce faying, 
giuc mce thy hand , thou art vcric welcome* Thou feed at this 
prefcnt here, that we arc rwc companions,and I am called j4pbc*, 
^Cc nimphs and (he that carneth the boxes and white cloathcs Offrcffit. This 
wero his Hue o thcr with the fhining GlafTe four delightes,) her name is Ortfii*. 
Shee that carrieth the founding. Harp c is called Achol , and ihcc 
that bcareth the cafting bottle of precious Lyquor,is called Gen- 
ftra. And we arc al now going togithcr to thefe temperate bathes, 
torefrefhand delight our felucs. Therefore you aUo (feeing that 
it is your good hap to bee amongft vs) fhal bee willing to doo the 
like, and afterwardes with a veric good wil wee wiluiake our re 
pair c to the great Pallaisof our foueraignc. 

Who is moft merciful, bountiful , and liberal, and willing to 
hel pc and further you, inyourintendedloucs, burning dcfires, 
and high conceites. Pluckevp a good heart, man, come Jet vsgoe 

With pleafurable actions, maydeoly ieftures,fwafiuioug be- 
hauiours,gjrlj/hfp0rtes,wautonregardes , and with fweet words 
they ledde mcc on thither ,beeingvvel content with euerie pre- 
fent aftion, but that my Poli* was not tliere to the fuppliment of 
myfelicitie, and to haiie been the fixtperfonm the making vp of 
aperfeft number* 

Further, I found my felfeagrieued, that my apparel was not 
conformable to this delicious confort, but grovving into fome 

and they with mee, til at kit wee came to the place. 

Thercl behcidsamai-ueilousbmldyngof abathc eight 

iquarej and at eucrye Exterior corner , there were dou 
bled together twoo Pyles , in fafhion of a Pyke , from 
the Ipuell of the foundation, thc-fubieft Areobates Circumcinft 
and ribbed about. And after them followed the vtmoft of 
like bbnes , from the ground of the other , with their chapters 
fctvn^er theftreightbeame, withaborderaboue,vnderaCo- 
tomcc going round about. Which border was beautified with ex 
cellent caruedworke^flitle naked children parting welfet forth, 
and eqal>y dilUnt oac from an other, with their hand w imricat e- 


ly tyed and wrapped about, and in them holding little bundels of 
fmal grccne boughcs. inftrophiated togither. And abouc the (aid 
Coronice, did mount vp (by an elegant arching an eight fquarc 
Spyer , iinitatingthcfubie<ft Which from corner to corner was 
cut through withamarueilous workemanfhipof athoufand fun- 
ibiefafliions , and clofedagaine with Quarrels of Chriftal, which 
a farre of I did take to bee Leade. Vpojuhe top of which arched 
S pyer was placed a Trygon, and from the vpper center thereof, 
did afcend vp a ftrong ftealc, wherinto was royned aii other fteale 
whkhewas turned about, and to the fame was fattened a wyng, 
which with euerieblaft ofwinde tarried about, the pip ing (tea le 
which had vpon the lop thereof a ball, whereupon ftoodanaked 
Boy, ftreight vpon his right foote, and tke left holden out. His 
head was hollow to his mouth like a Tunnd, with the Orifice eu> 
cuated to his mouth, to the which wajfowdercd a Tromper,with 
his left hand holding the Lanquct to his mouth , & his right hand 
extending to wardcs-the middle loynt, iuft oucrthepinyonofit 
the wing or hnc. Al which was of thinnebrafle, excellently we 1 
oft and gui r. Which wing, .ball, andboyc, with his cheekes and 
countenance as if hee were founding, with the hinder part of his 
liead euacunnted towardes the bluftring winde, as that blew,fo he 
founded , and as the winde caufeda ftrangenoyfe among the rods 
ofSihquts ofEgjpt , euen fo did it heare in the Trumpet. Vppon 
which caufc I menly. thought to myfelfe, that a manbemg alone 
in an vnknowne place and out of quiet, may cafiiicbwafnghtcd 
with fuch liKe ftrange noyfcs. 


The f rife of Lout 

In that part oF the 
building that was on 
the other fide of the 
Nimphvvasthe entc- 
raunce into the bathe 
perfourmed as mec 
thought by the fame 
Lithoglyphcjthat co- 
uered the llcepyng 
Nimphe, vppon the 
phrifc whereof, were 
certaine Grecke Ca- 
rafters , figmfymg 


Within there were 
foure feates whiche 
went rounde about, 
and one vnder an o- 
ther, andclofeknitre 
togither,wroght with 
lalper and Calcedony 
(lone, in allkmde of 
colours. Twoofthc 
copafiiug about feates 
were couered ouer 
with watcr,andto the 
vpper margineorthc 
third . In the cor 
ners, & in euerry cor 
ner (loodc a Cnorin- 

^^^^^^^^ thianCollumneofdi- 

uers colours, waued 
withfopure 6c beau 
tiful lacintes as nature could affoord , with conuement bafes and 
their chap ters curio ufly made vnder the bcame, ouerthewhich 
was a Zophor, wherein were caruedjittle naked Boyes playing in 
the water, with water monfters, with wraftl ing and childii"h ftnfes, 
with cunning (lights and agilities fit for their year es, in liuefy mo 

a Drt4we. 

tionsand fportes. A 1 which was beautiful duercompafTcd about 
with a Coronice Oucr the which, according to the order of the 
little Colluinics, from the perpendicular poynt in the toppc of 
the Cupul or Suffice and couer of the Bathe , there went a Tore 
moderator , increafins; bi^s;er and bi2er of Okc leaucs , one toll- 

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cing and lying ouer another of grecnc Diafper hanging vppon 
their braunfbing ftalkes gilt , which afcendmg vp met togithcr, 
andioynedroundc in the aforefaidc Cupul : where was placed a 
Lyons head , with his haire Ran ding vp round about his fac, and 
holding a Ring in his iawes , vntothcwhichc were fattened ccr- 
tainc chaines Orichalkc or Copper, that held a large goodly vek 
fel,withagreatbraincorlyp, and farrowed ofthcafbrHaide fhy- 
n ing Tub fiance, and hangyng two Cubitesabouc the water, the 
bowle of the veflel which was of Chriftal oncly except , the reft 
as the ribbes thereof and lippings, was ot Afurc blew , with bub 
bles ofgold and fhining fprinkled here and there* 

Not farre of, there was a cleft in the earth, the which continu 
ally did caft foorth burning matter , and taking of this , and filling 
the bottome of the vcfTcl, they did put certaineginnes andfwect 
woods which made an incftimablefuffamigation, as of the fwcc* 
tcft pad, afterwardcs clofing the fame, and putting dowue the co 
uer, both partcs being holow, and the lipping and ribbing perfo 
rated and pcarccd through the tranfparent , Chnftal cleare and 
bright, theyrendereda pleafantanddmerscouicred light , by the 
which through the fmal holes the bathes were hghtened,and the 
heate ftil incarcerated and interdicted. 

Thcwal equally interpofite betwixt Colurane,and Columns 
was of moft blackc Hone , of an extreame har dncs and fhining, in- 
cloy ftercd about and bordered with a conuenient border of Diaf 
per redde as Coral, adorned with a Lyneament and worke ot dou 
ble Gurgulcs or V^rticules. In the middle part of which table, 
betwixt the Collumnes , there (ate an elegant Nymph naked , as 
iflhe had been (laying and attending of the ftoncGallatitis, of 
colour like luorie, the lower partes of euerie of the faid borders, 
<ircuktiugiuftly with thebafes of the Collumnes. 

Oh howexfquitely were the fame Images cut , that often* 
times my eycsv/ould wander from the real and liucly ihapes> to 

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The paucd ground vndcr the water being of a diuers cmble- 
mature of hard ltone,chcckered where you might fee marucilous 
graphics. through the diuerfitieofrhe colours, tor the cleare wa 
ter and not fulphurous, but fweetcandtemperatelyehotte ,not 
likeaHotte-houfe or Stew, but naturally clcanfing it felfebe- 
yond all credet, there was no nieancs to hinder the obi eel from 
the fight of the cyc.For diuers fillies in the fides of the feates, and 
in the bottom by a mufeacall cutting exprefTed, which didfo imi 
tate nature as if they had beene fwimming alme. As barbies, lam 
preys , and many others , the curioufnes of whofe wool ke I more 
regarded,then their names and natures. 

The black ftone ofthe \valles was ingraucn witlia leafc worke, 
as if it had beene an illaqueated composition of leaues and flow- 
ers,and the little fhelles of cytheriaces, fo beautifull to the cye,a* 
was pofTible to be deuifcd. 

Vpon thedqore,the interface whereof was of ftone called 
Gallaclites,! behelda Dolphin fwimming in thecalme waues, 
and carrying vpon his back ayoungman, playing vj on an harpe: 
Andonthexrontrarie fide vporr the colde Fountaine, there was 
another dolphin fvtimming, and* 9 ofidomw riding vpon him with 
a fharpc elle fpearein his hand. 

Thefe hiflories were perfected within the compaflTe of one felfe 
fame ftone,and fet out in a moiVblacke ground. I hen deferuedfy 
Ididcommend^boththearchyteft and the (latuaric . On the o- 
ther fide, the pleaiant dignitie of the yre and beautiful fporting 
nimphcs did highlyc contentmee^foas 1 could not compare to 
thinKe whether theexcelTe ofmy parted forrow r or prefent folace 
fhouldbe greateft. And there was fofwcete a fmell as Arabia 
neueryeeJtlcd thehke.. 

Vppon the feates of (!one,in deed of an Apodyterie, they did 
impouenfh theyr apparrell 3 richejyinuoluped, in the caftuio; of 
it onSfrom their celeitiallbodyes. Theyr tayretrefTes bound vp 
in nettings ofgould, wcuen after a iroft cunout fort. And with 
out any refpeS at all, they gaue.meelcaue to lookevpon theyr 
fayre and delicate perfonages, theyr honeftie an d honour refer 
red* Flelhvndoubtedly like the pure Rofcs and white Snowe. 
Ah woe is me,! found myhcart.tonfcaHd opeiut felfe, and al 

thcr to be adiftcd to a voluptuous deligh$,Wherevpon I at 
that prcfent thought my felfe moft happie, onely in the bchould- 
ingoffuch delights, becaufe I was not able to red ft the .burning 
flames which did fet vpon mce in the fornace of my heart . And 
therefore fometime for a refuge and fuccour 1 durft not looke fo 
narrowly vppon theyr inticing beauties , heaped vp in their hea- 
uenlybodycs. And they perceiuing the fame did fmile at my 
bafhfulbehauiour,makinggreatfportatme: And thereat I was 
glad,and contented tliat 1 might any way occafion their paftim e. 
But I was greatly afhamcd, in that 1 was an vnfit companion for 
fuch a company, but that they intrcatcd mec to enter in with 
them where 1 flood like a Crowe among white Doues , which 
made mepartly afhamedto behould 3 and ouerlooke fuch choyfc 

Then Of refit a very pleafant difpofed piece , (aid vnto mce 
Tel me young man what is your name ? And I reuerently Aunfwc- 
sed them, Poltpbilns : it will pleafe me well faith fl>e,ifthe effeftof 
your conditions beaunfwerai>letoyonr name, And without de 
ceit, faid the reft. And how is your dcareft loue called ? Whereat 
1 making fomepaufe, aunfwered,P<?//x? thenfhe replycd. Aha 
1 thought that your name fhould fignific that you were a great 
louer, but now I perc ciue that you are a louer of Polia : and pre- 
fently fhee added more, faying: if iliee werchccie prefent,what 
ivould you doo ? j aunfwered . That which were agreeable with 
hir honour, and fit for your companies. Tel me Poltphtlw doeft 
thou louc hir wel indeed ? Then I fetting a de epe figh,aunfwered: 
beyond all the delights and chcefeftfubuance of the greateftand 
jnofl pretioustrcature in tlie whole world s and this opinion hath 
madeaneuerlaftmgimprcflioninmy ftill tormented heart. And 
fhe : where hauc you loft or abandoned fo louedaiewel? I know 
not,neyther where I am my felfe I know . Then flic {my ling aun 
fwered. If any (hould finde hir out for you , what rewardc would 
yougiue . But content thy felfe ,beof goodcomfort, and frame 
thy felfe to delights ^ for thou (halt finde thy Polta againc . And 
\Mththefcandfuchlikeplcafauntand gracious cju^ftions, thefc 
fayre young Virgins /porting and fo lacing themfclucs, we waflit 
and bathed together, 

M i At 

The fir ife of Ltttc 

Attheoppoiiteinterfticeof the beautifull foumainc with 
out, of the fair e fle.eping Nymph before mentioned, within the 
Bathe there was another of fcatnes of fine mettal, and of a curi 
ous workemanfhjp, gUfteringofagoldeii colour , that one mbht 
fee himfelfe thercm. Which were fattened in a Marble, cut into 
a fquadraturc,and euacuatedfor the Images to (Lnd m their pro - 
portions, with two halfe Cellumncs that is Hcmiciles, one of ei 
ther fide, with a Trabet, a fmalZophcr, andaCoronicc, all cut 
in one follidMarble, and this peece of worke was nothing inferi 
or to any of the reft, which before 1 had f eene,but witha rare art, 
and marueilousmuention ,both deuifcd and performed. In the 
voydandplaineeuacuatedquadrcr, there ftood twoNimphes, 
little leiTe then if they had been liuely creatures, apparelled, fb as 
you might fee fomewhat aboue their knees > vppon one of theyr 
legges, as if the windc hadblowne it vp, as they were doing thcyr 
office, and their armes bare, from the elbow to the fhoulder ex 
cept. And vponthatarme, wherewith they fuftained the Boye, 
the habite that was lifted vp was reiec>, The feete of the Infant 
flood one in one of the handes of the Nymphcs , and the other, 
in the others hand. All their three countenances fmiling : and 
with their other handes, they held vp the Boyes fliirt , aboue his 

The Infant holdinghis little Iftrumentinbothhishand5, 
and continued piflfinginto the hotte water, frefh coole water. In 
this delicious place ofpleafurc,! was verieiocund and full of con- 
tent, but the fame was much apalled, in that I thought my felfea 
contemptible bodie , among fuch beauties , and dcwe coniealed 
into Snowc,; and as it were a Negro or tawny e Mcore amongft 

One of them called ^^, veric affably and with a pleafant 
countenance faid vntomee, Poltphtlc take that Chndal veflel and 
bring meefome of thstfrefti water. I without fTnie intending to 
do fo, and thinking nothing, but to do her feruice in any fort that 
flic would commaundme, went to thepkice. And I had no foo- 
nerfetmyfootevponthefleppe, toreceiuethewavcr,asit fell^ 
Lut thcpifling Boye lift vp his pricke, and caft fodcinlyefo 
coldc water vppcn my face, that I had lyke at that inflant to 

fallen backward* Whereat they fo laughed , and it inadc 



fuch a foundc in the reunifies arid clofenes of the bathe, that 
I a .fo beganne (when I was come to my felfe)to laugh that I was 
almoftdead. Afterward, Ifoundeout the concauitie, and per- 
ceiued that any hcauy weight, being put vponthemoueablc ftep- 
ping, that i t \vould rife vp like the 1C eye andlacke of a Virginal], 
ancr lift vp the Boy espricke, and finding out the deuife and curi 
ous \\orkewaninip thereof I was greatly contented. Vp- 
on the Zophor was written in Attkic letters this 

title TEAOIA2TOJ. 

M 3 Afur 



After our great laughter and bathing > and all hauing walhed 
v,lth a thoufandfweete, amorous, andpleafantwordes,mayden- 
Jy fport es, an d paltimes , wee went out of the water , and leapt vp 
vppontheaccuftomcd fcates, nipping on their toes, where they 
did annoynt thcmfelucs withfweete Odours, Diafdafmatic,and 
\vitha Mynftic liquor, or water of Nutmcgges. Andthey offe 
red a boxe vnto mee alfo, and I annoynted my felfe thcrewith- 
all,and 1 founde great pleafurc therein , : for befidesthe excellent 
frrjelandfwcctc fauour, it was verie good to comfort my bodie, 
legges, and armes, that had been fo wearied in my daungerous 

Afterward when wehad made our fclues redy,which was fom- 
what long a ftcr the manner of other women, by r cafon of fo ma 
ny gewgawes andgimmene whatchcts, they did op en their vef- 
feiiesot daintie confessions , and rcfrefhed thcmfelues, aud la- 
mongft them , and fvith precious drinke* When they had eaten 
fufficiently, they returned againe to their looking Glaflfes, with a 
fcrupulous examination , about their bodies , and the attire of 
their heades, and drefsing of their yealow curling haires depen 
ding, and hemicirculately inftrophiated about their diuine fa 
ces, And when they had made an ende > they fayde vnto 

Pobpkilu*, wee aretiow going vnto our gratious and mo ft ex 
cellent Soucreigne the Queene#/<?r//A<if, where you fhal findc 
and conceiuc greater delight, but the water hftill inyour face, 
whereat theybeganne to renew their laughter, without all mea- 
furcatmee, glauncing and turning their eyes one to an other, 
with a louely regardc. At laR they fet foorth a and as they went 
oundetogither, they beganneto fingverfes inaPhrygial tune, 
of a pleaftunt metamorphofing of one, who with an oyntment 
thought to haue transfourmed hirnfelfe into a Byrd D and by 
mifbkyngof the Boxe, was turned into a rude AiTc, 

Concludyng , that mnnye tooke Oyntmentes to one pun. 
pofe , and founde the dfefte to contrarie their- expectati 

Whereat I bcganue to be in a doubt, that they had (ungthat 
by mee, becaufe that they ftillfmiled as they turned towardes 
mce. But feeing that I perceiucd no alteration in my felfc, 


but well was contented to let them laugh on. Vponafodaine 1 
foundemy felfe fo lafcmiouQy bent, and in fuch a prurient lu ft, 
that which way foeucrl turned, I could not forb care, and they 
as they fung laughed the more, knowing what had happened ynt o 
mee. Audit did fo increafe intnee more and more , that I knew 
not wherewithal I might bridle andrcltrainemy feifefrom cat 
ching of one of them , like an eager and hotte Falcon comming 
downeoutof the ayrcjvpon acouieof Partriges.1 was with fuch 
a violent defirepricktforwardc, which I felt more and more to 
increafe in a fault burning. And the more 1 was to that venerious 
defire by the violent offers of fo oportune and fweete obiefts. A 
foode forfuche a permtious plague, and vnexperienced bur 


Then oneot thcfe flamigcrous Nymphes named 
vnto race , How is it Po/tpbdw * Euen now I did fee you verye 
merry, what hath altered your difpofition ? lanfwered. Pardon 
mee that Ibindeandvexemy fclfc more then a willow Garland* 
Giuc mee leaue to deftroy my fclfe in a lafciuious fire. And there 
at they burftout all in a laughter and faid, Ah ha, and ifyour de- 
fired Poli*, if ihee were here, what would you do, how ? Alas my 
defire, euen by the deitie which you ferue, I befeech you put not 
Flaxe and Rofintothe fire, whichcburnethmeeoutof all mea- 
fure. Put no Pitch to the fire in my heart , make me not to for 
get my felfe I befeech you. 

At this my lamentable and forrowing anfwere,they wcrepro- 
uokcd to fuch a loude laughter, wherin they did exceed fo much, 
that neither they nor my felfe with the weannes thereof could 
coe any further, but were conftrained to reft our felues for want 
of breath,vpon the odoriferous flourcs &coolegra(Te,by mcancs 
whereof, I became fomcwhatoportunely tobeceafcd, my heatc 
afwaging and relenting by.lit tie and little. 

And as they thus contentedly refted themielues a whilc,vndet 
the coole vmbrage of the leafie Trees ,1 beganne to beeboldc 
with them faying. O you women , that are burners and dettroy- 
ers doo you vfe mee thus ? See what an offered occafion lhaue, 
which wil holde mee excufed, to breake foorth and doo violence 
vnto you. And thereupon fomewhat boldly mooumg my i 
and fayning as if I would haue done that which by no meanes 1 


durfl:, but then with a newepaftymeand laughter they called 
one for an others helpe , leauing heere and there their golden 
PantofHcs and Vailes , to bee carried about with the wiadc, 
and their veflelles neclefted in the gralTe, theyranneallawaye, 
and I after them , that I might well perceiue that they had nei 
ther crampes nor ftringhawldes or leaden heeles, andthus con 
tinuing our paftunes a pretie fpace, being fomcwhatpieafcd that 
Iliad made them to runne. 1 returned backe to gather vp their 
Pantophles and fuch thingsasthey had fcattered behind thenu 
And commmg neare to a coole Rmer , they began to ccafc 
off from laughter, and to take pittie vpponmee, and (?*#/}/<* b e- 
hindealithereft, bowed her ielfe do.vne to the water, beauti 
fully adorned \viththcbendyng Bull Rufhe, water Spyke, fwim- 
myng Vitrix, and aboundauncc of water Symplcs, fhec dyd 
pluckc vp the Heraclea Nympha, of fome called water Lillye 
or Nenuphar, and the rooteojf Aroaor wake Robyn, of, Come, 
Pfsvittfh QI Serpent aria A4inor. 

And AmslUot Bawme Gentill , all whicne ^rew very neare 
to a ither aud not tarre diftant, whiche fhee fauourably offered 
vntomec faying, of thefe whiche I haue made choyfe of take, 
and for my freedome talte. 

For whiche caufe I refufedthe Nenuphar , andreieftcd the 
Drncuncle for his heate , and accepted of the dm:lU , whiche 
fhee cleane wadied, by meanes whereof , within a verye 
fliort fpace, Ifoundcmv venenous Lubric undincendngfpurrc 
af defire to leaue of, and my intemperate lufte was cleane 



And when my vnlawfiill defires of the fleilie were bride- Vnlawfull 

led , the pleafant Nymphes came a^aine to nice . and as wee concu K- 

c i . i I ccncebun- 

walked on , wee came into a ireqirented place, and wonder- ^cthaman, 

fullj frjuitfull. and drmeth 

And there in a fine order and appointed diftance wasawaye his fences 
fet on either fide^ with Cyprus Trees , with their corner clcfted 
Apples , and as thickc with leaues as their nature will fuf- 
fcr them , the leauell grounde beeyng couered all ouer, 
with sreefcic Vinca Permma , or Lawceoll and Chamme, 


The firife of Lit* 

f, and full of his afurine flowers. Which adorned way of .1 
meeteandconucnient breadth , did lead directly on into a greene 
Clofure , from the beginning of whiche walke , mft betwixt the 
Cyprus Trees, to the entrance and opening of the aforefaide en- 
clofure, was fome fourc Vnto which cnclftfure when 
wee came, Ifounde it equilatera]l,with three fences like a fir eight 
wall, as high as the Cyprus Trees vpon either fides of the waye, 
that wee had pafled along in : which was altogithcr of Cytrons, 
OrengesandLymonds, bufhingwith their leaues one within an 
other, and artintially knittc and twitted togit her, andthethick- 
nes mec thought of fixe foote : with a Gate in the mi ddeft of the 
fame Trees , io wcl compof edas is either poflible to bee thought 
or done. And abouein conuenicnt places were made windowes, 
by meanes whereof,the bowghes in thofeplnces were to be feene 
bare, but for their greene leaues which yeelded a molt fweet and 
plcafant verdure* Betwixt the curious twiftmgsof the braun- 
ches and their greene leaues , the white flowers did aboundantly 
fhewe themfelues a fingular Ornament , breathing foonh a moll 
dclcftablc andfweetc odour. And to pleafe the eye , the fairc 
fruitewasin no place wan ting, where it fhould yeelde content. 
And afterwardes I might perceiue,that in the interftitious thick- 
ncs, thebowffhes (not without a wonderful woorke) were fo ar 
tificially tfvifted and growne togither, that youmightaflendvp 
by them, and not bee feene in them , noryet the way where you 

At length comming into this gteene and delightful groundc 
to the eye, aiidinamansvnderftandingwoorthieoteflimation, 
1 pcrceiued that it was a great enclofure in the fore front ofa 
rmrueilous Pallaice of anoblefiinmernatedarchiteclurie which 
of thisfrondiferous conclaufure,\vas the fourth part in longitude 
^x tic paces. And this was the fl-ftthri to wa^kc m, for open 
ay re. 

Inj-hemiddeflof this great bafe Court, I didbehold agoodly 
Fountaine of cleare water fpinnyng from the verie toppe as ic 
were to the foundation whiche (toodevponafmoothc paue- 
ment througji little Ureiglit Py^><;s^ftiling into a hollowed vei : - 
fel, whiche was of moil pnrc Amethilt, \vhofe Diameter con- 
tcincd three paces, the thicknes agreeing therewithal! , leauyng 

the twelfth part for thethicknefTe of the brimmc, rolinde about 
the fame were carued water monfters , after the bed fort that e- 
uer any auncient inucntoror woorkemanfor thehardnesofthe 
ftone could deuife towoorke, it might bee the woorkeof >*- 
dalw t for the wonderful excelltncie thereof. Paufeway i r* he had 
fccncthis, would hauc taken fmall pleafure to boaltof the ilan- 
ding cup which he made to HipjMrif. 

Which fame was founded vpon a (tealeor final Pillar of laf- 
pcrofdiuers colours, beautifully adulterating oacwithan other 
being cutin themiddeftanddofed vpwith thecleare Cakido. 
nie,ofthe colour of the troubled Sea water, and brought into 
marueilous woorke, beeing lifted vp with gutturedhollowe vef 
fcls , one aboue an other , vvith a referued feperation , by artifici 
al! and woond erf ulioyntcs* It flooddreight v^,faftcnedinth< 
center or a Plynrh , made of greene Ophite which was roimde, 
and fomewhat lifted vp aboue, about compafsing Porphyry fome 
fiue inches, whichc was curioufly wrought with dmers lynca- 

Rounde about the fteate whiche helde vp the vcflTclI > fourc 
Harpies of Golde did (land, with their clawes and tallentcd feete 
vpon thelmoothe Table or the Ophite, 

Their hinder partes towardes-the fteile , one iuit oppo- 
fite againil an other, vvith their wirtgesf difplaied and fpredde a- 
broad , they refled vnder the vedeli with their femmiac coun 
tenances , and hauing haire vpon their heades , from the fam e s it 
fpredde downe to their fhowlders, their heades viider, and not 
touching the yeflell : with thtir tayles like Eeles, and turning 
rounde And vpon their nauds,an Antique leafe worke. TheCe 
^ere verie neceflarie for the ftrengthening of the Pype within 
the fteale andfmal Pillar. 

Within the middefl: of the wombe and bellye , or nauel of the 
vefTeJ, vpon the Subi^Ofteale, there was proportionately rajfcd 
vpof thefam- vefTelof Anwthift > a fubRatice like nClnlli -e, in 
ward, ortheimvarciemouidetor a Bell, fohighasthevefTelwas 
deepc the middle thereof, leuell with the bruinne of the vef- 

Vppon the which was made an artificious foote fet vndcr the 
three graces naked of fine Gold, of a common ftatuie, one loy- 

N 2 

Tbt ftrifo ofLotte 
rung to an other. 

From the teates of their breaftes the afcending water did fpin 
out lykc filuer twift. And euene one oF them in their ri^ht hand 
did holdeacopie full of allkindc offruitcs, whiche did extend 
in length vpaboue their heades , and at the opening, all three 
of them ioyned rounde into one , with diners leauesimdfrwtes 
hangyng ouer the bri mines or lippes of the wry then Co 

Betwixt the fruiteandthe leaues, there came vpfixe fmall 
Pypes, out of the whiche the water did fpring vp through a fmall 

And the cunning Artificer, becaiife that hee would not trou 
ble one Cubit with the tuch of another. With afigneof fhamc- 
faftnes, the Images with their left handes did hide that part which 
modeflie would not hauefeene, butaccounterhwoorthicto bee 

Vppon the brimme of the hollow veitell , whofecompafTe 
wasafootemoreouer about, thenthefubiacentof it, with their 
heades lifted vp vpon their Vipers feete , with a conuenient and 
decent intercalation, there were placed fixe lutfefcaly Dragons, 
of pure iTiiniiig Golde, withftich adeuife, that the water com- 
,ming from the teates of the. Ladies , did fall directly vppon the 
euacuated andopen crowne of the headof the Dragons, afore 
Ipokenof, with their wingesfpiedde abroad, andasifth:yhad 
been by ting, they did call vp and vomit the lame water whiche 
fell beyonde th^ mundnes of the Ophift, into areceptorie of 
Porphyr, and rounde, whiche were both more higher then the 
flatnefte of the pauement before Ipoken ot : where there was a 
little Cliannell 2;oinf>; rounde about betwyxt tlie Ophit and 

lJ J m A 

the Porphyrite 3 in breadth one foot e and ahalfe, and in depth 

Whiche Porphyrite was three foote from the plaync o- 
uermoft parte to the Pauement, with an excellent vndicu- 
Jation . Tlie rcfle of the panes of the Dr.igonnes , for 
the moderate deepenelTeofthe veilell did grow on, vntillallmec 
together, tranfibnning the extreame partes of their tailes into an 
antique foliatureinaking a beaunfullillygament with the arule or 
footc fet vnder the three images without any deforming htnde- 


rancctothc hollowne/Tc of the precious veflcll. And what with 
thegrecne afTayling of the compafsing Orange trees , and the 
bright reflections ot thcfhming matter, and the pure water, there 
\\ as fuch a gratious couler,in that fingular and moft pretions vef- 
fell, as if the Rainbowe and the clowdes had made theyr habita- 
on there* 

Then in the corpulent bearing out of the belly of the vefTelJ, 
betwixt one,and the other Dragons, in an equall difrance, and of 
a mod excellent melting or caihng,there flood out Lyons heads 
ofanexquifite exaftion.and driuing, caRing foortli by ahttle 
pype, the water that diftilled from the fix fiftuJets, placed in the 
copieabou&.Which water,didfoforcibliefpring vpwardjthatin 
the turning downe it fell among the Dragons in the large veiTell, 
\s here by reafon of the high fall,and tafhion of the veflel, 
it made a pleafam tinckling noyfc. 


AH which rare worke 5 by fo fharpe and fine a wit compofed, 
as this infolent and precious vefTell was,the foureperfecl harpies, 
the woonderfull and curious azule, wherevpon the three Injages 
of puregould frood,with what Arte, ordinance, and rule 5 digeft- 
cd and made perfect : as I am ignorant in them altogether , fo 
much the lefle ablcaml todefcribethe whole as it did deferue, 
beingawoorkepalt any hum a me rcachc and capacitieto frame 
the like. 

Andlmaybouldly{ay,that in our age there was iieuer feene 
in (lone and mettle fuch a peece of woorke emboft , chafed ,and 
en^raucn . For it was a woonder to fee , that (tones of fuch ex- 


treamcliardnefle, as that which was the (leak to houldvppethe 
Veflell, fhould be cut and wrought ro that purpofe , as iht had 
bceneasfbftas wax . A-wootKiraithcr to bee woondered at, 

The fqnare bafe conn, (in the middeft whereof flood this 
notable woorke of the furnptuous Fountame , was paucd with 
fine Marble of duicrs coukrs andfafh ions. Amongft which were 
appacl very beautifully, roundesof Dia/per, equally diftant, and 
dilagreeing from the ceulcrof the pauemeht^and the corners clo 
fed vp with leaues and Lyllies . Betwixt the fquare marble pa- 
mng ftoncs , there was a fpace lek like a lift , which was fill ed vp 
withdiuers coulered ftonesof a lelTercut , fome proportioned 
into greencleaues 1 , and tawnieftowers . Cyanei, Phaenicei, and 
Sallcndine,fo well agreeing in theyr coulers, foglifteringand 
feuerly fet of a diligent Xefturgie . As full of coulers as a Chri- 
ftallglaiTe,repercuft and beaten agamftwith the beanies of the 
funne.Becaufethecircumdudl:and compaffing coulers, meeting 
together in the felfe fame fin oothe and cleane (tones, did yeeld a 
refteftion,nopart being faultie, eytherof thefquare checkers 01 
fcutuls and Tritons But with a fmoothe and flrei2;htordiriancc 


well ioyned together. 

Whereat 1 remained woonderfuHy amafed b) r my felfe , dili 
gently confidering vponthe noblencsof the woorke, fuch asl 
ndd not beenevfed to le, aim verve willinglyc I would hauc 
beenc-contentjrohaiit made^ittoffr ffayein tbe contemplating 
thcreof,for fo the dignitie of the worke required,but I could n^t 
becaufe it was neceflarie forme to follow after my leaders* 


Then the afpeft of this fumptuous magnifkient andftatclye 
pallace , theapprooucd fit uation thereof, the dew proportion^ 
and the maruelous compofition m myfirft comming to it, did 
make me woondei fully contented to view the woorthincs there 
of, and in continuance I was prouokedto behouldmore , for 
which caufe I perlwaded my felfe , as I might very well , that the 
expert builder , excelled all other whatfoeuer . Whatkindcof 
rafters ? what manner ofroofe ? after what fort the Parlors cham 
bers, clofcts and lodgings,weredifpofed* with what kind otiee- 
ling they were enclofed and mcrufted ? wherewithall hanged? 
with what couler and kmde of painting ouerhead? What order 
of columination , andwhat fpace betwixt . No other building 
maye goe beyondethiswhatfocuer , but may giue place verye 
well, of what kmdc of Marble , and what manner of engra 


There I beheld the laboures of Hercules grauen in Rone 
with halfe the reprefentation (landing out or bearing foorth, in a 
woonderfuilfort,the fkinnes, {tatnes,ty ties, and trophes , What 
an entry ,what a liately porche,what that of Titus Cefar with his 
floneofPheniceawithallthe tinkering and pulhflnng about it, 
there is none whofe wit is fo groiTe to commend it, in refpect of 
this,but will rather fcorne tofpeakeof it. As for the woorthie 
and excellent manner of glaiing the gallerie without the palla<e, 
the conlpitious porche, the manner of building, the arched fee 
ling aboue headjbeautified and adorned with fohature and other 
lineaments of puregouldand afuer couler and excellent painting 
that whatfoeuer I had fcene before I made fmall acount of , as not 
worthic of remembrance. Andbeeingnow come to the doore 
within the porche, the going in was clofed vp wth a hanging, 
drawne ouer before it of gould and Hike , wrought together, and 
and in the fame two images One ot them haumg all kmde of 111- 
flruments about hir, fitte and readie to goe to worke, and the o- 
therwith a maidenly countenance, looking vp with hyr eyes in 
to heauen. 

The beautye of which two were fuch , and fo freih , as I loo 
ked about mec , whether 4fellcs had painted them with his 



in A Dreamt. 

And there my fportfull, faire , and pleafant companions, cueric 
one putting their right handcs to mine, willing to haue me in, 
fay dcyPebpbt/w this is the vfuall waye , by the which youmuft 
come into the prefeuce of our Gracious and mofte excellent 

Bat you cannot hauc leaue to enter in here through this Curtain, 
before youbee receiucd of a vigilantand innocent Damofel that 
is the keeper ofthis doore, and ihe is called Cmofia. Who hearing 
vs comming, did rbrthwithpretent her fclfe, and fauourably held 
vp the cloth, and wee entered in. 

There was a roomc hung about and diuidedby an other Cur- 
tauie of excellent Arras full of Imagene,as fignes,lhapcs,plants, 
andbeal\es, fingularly well done. 

In tins place at our comming , an other curious woman came 
towardes vs 3 called fndahwsnA , and (he putting by the Curtainc, 
wee enteredin. And rhere was an other fuche like roomc, from 
the fecond for quantin :, with difcourfes and reafon rnaruciloufly 
wouen, \Mti .iiifinitek~ottes, buckling^ ,tyings, and oldfafhia- 
ned harping Irons, orHookes, as if they had been fattened and 
knit togither. Inwhichplicc without any (hying, the third wo 
man came and receiued vs very gratioufly, her name was Muem^ 
fin* t and fhee calling vs.gauevs free leaue to go in. Where lafl> 
ly my companions did prefentmee before the facred maicftic of 
the Quccnc Eleutherilltd*. 

m&y , hovtexctcding grfttt ths 
ftie of the Qucenc VPM , the mtnner of her Refidencc and fer~ 
nicf. His favourable entertainment. Howe [hee marvelled M 

HcnT camctownrdes the fiiTtdoore-keept*, 
Iwasfomewhat aballied , but yetl did utc 
her in ouodfjrte as became mce to dc ?, Av>i 
i^eevene curteoufly badd j mec c 
And in lik: manner the fecond. 



Ttv ftrtfe of L 

In whofegardJL did feeaiofric Gallery as long the content of the 
Pallaice, the roote whereof , was all painted v\ith a greene fbha- 
ture , with diftin& flowers and folded leaues, and little flv- 
ing Byrdes, excellently imphrygiated ot mufeacall paymiag, 
as without in the firft Court, and the done walks fcclcd with 
Chipworkcsofdiuers colours. 

At thelaft daore, the Matrone MnenufwA perilvad^dn^e 
Verie effectually , not to doubt of any thing > but that 1 fhould 
ftedfafHy follow the royall perfwafion, and healthfull counfell 
of the Queene , and perfeucre in the execution thereof, for 
that the endc without doubt would be to my content* 

And thus hauing leaue to goe ui , beholde fuch thinges pre- 
fcntedthemfcluestomy eyes , as were lykcr to be celcftiall then 

A moft (lately and fumpteous preparation, in a gorgeous and 
(pacious Court, bcyondthe Pallaiccneercand oppofiteto the 
other, and foure fquarc. 

The bewtifull and precious Pauemcnt widiiii a checkered 
compade going about the fame, therewasafpaceot fixticfourc 
Squadraws of tlircerbote f the dynmetcrofeuerycone : Of the 
which one was of lafper y of the colour of Coral!, and the other 
greene, powdered with drops of blood not to bee woorne away.- 
and fet togither ih manner of a Chdlc-boord. Compaffed a- 
bout with aborder , the breadth of bncpacc of a raremuention 
of woorke, with (tnall pieces of (tones , ofdiucrs colours , and 
fo compare together, as if it had becne a flraungc paynted 
woorke cuenly cut and fet by rule , that you could not per- 
ceiue the ioyning, but fmootli^ and fliynmg , and fo well fra- 
medby thcLybclland Squadrate, that no circulating or fphz- 
rkall Inftcumcnt woulde raoouc to either (ides without for 


About this, laftlyewnsan other marueylous kyndcof Pa- 
ing of three paces broad, in knottes of lafper, Praxin, Cakcdo- 
nie, Agat, nr*d other fortes of (tones of price. 

And about by the fides of the walles, comparing the- faydc 
Court paued as you haite heard , there were placed Settles, of 
the wood of Palme Trees,of colour betwixt a yealow and ta\vny, 
pafs ing well turned and fafhi on ed, coder ed oucr withgreene Vel- 


n a 

uct , and bowlftered with fomc foft fiuffe or feathers eafie to fit 
vpon,thc Veluct brought downe to the frame of the Settles or 
Benches , and fattened to. the fame with tarch Nayles of Golde, 
with boiled heades vppon a plame Silucr Nextriile or Cordi- 

The alament of the clauftcring wallcs,were couered ouer 
with Platc-s of beaten Golde , with a gramng agreeable to the 

Andin thecojequatcdand fmoothe plaine of the fame walles 
offtone, bycertame Pilaftrelles, Qundrangules >or Lotlengcs, 
of an equall dimension and diftinft corrcipondenciein therriid- 
deft of euerie one, there were perfpicuoufly appaft rounde le w- 
els, bearing out and fwelling beyond the plaineleuei I oFthe wall, 
after the in ^nner of the tores of bafes, and of thicknes according 
to the proportion of the Lofenge wherein it flood, compafTea 
about with (yeene iaofT C d leaues, one bending oucr an other, the 

O C\J O 

tops turned toward the lewell* 

And betwyxt the Foliature and the great Tcwcll, another 
border of pretious (tones cunouflie fortedand confpicuouflic 

Andin the reft of the wall circumvallate of thefe bearing out 


rownde Jewels, the feuen Planners with their nature and pro 
perties, \\ithan Encauflic woorke were fweetly painted, which 
1 beheld with greatdelight. The reft of the wall exdufiue frorn 
thcrowndnes of the Jewels within the Pilaftrels > were filled vp 
and bewtified with infinite varietie of ^ orkes in filuerjand pow 
dered with dmersmeltimable Hones, fingulariy well cut, indof 
diuersfail ions* 

The wall on the left fide was in like forr, and oppoHte in run- 
dels. A^ainrt t lie feuen Plannettes were tiierefeucn Tryomphes 

O J * 

ouer thefubieAesofthe fame predominent Plannettes, andin 
fuch lyke Arc of Painting as the other fide* 

And on ir he right part I bthelde their (eucn Jvrmoni?s and 
friendly afpelcs, and the paflage of the blood, wirhthcqu.Vura- 
tiue r ceiuinoiand retirins; 5c circulating enrrance , with an I M XI> 

o o o 

dibit Hillone of the celeftnll operation accident. 

The fourth alament made the J^lbice of fuche like ! if*ri- 

O 2 buuon 

ftrife ofLotte 

bution as the other, the doore except, whichc didoccupican 
emptic voydc interftice. The other fixe with n regulate cor- 
refpondencc, andharmonye of the reft, in the lewelles to the 
oppofite and fymentriall congrefle of the PJaiinettes, w ith their 
vertuous inclinations > were exprefTed in the fhapes of elegant 
NimpheSjWith the titles and figncs of their natures. 

The feuemh Mediane quarter , was the forefront direftlyc 
placed againft the feuenth Icwell , reprefenting the Planet Soil, 
Yvhiche was fet vp more higher then the reft, byreafon of the 
Qu,ecnes Throne. 

Eueriepart of matter, number, forme, and lyneament,in di- 
flribution equally correfpondent to his Lybcll, the right with 
the left, ajid here and therewith an cxquifite loue,and congreflc 

Of whichemofte excellent Court, cuerie fide was eight and 
twentie paces In this fort ftood this fynarieopen Court,all com- 
pafled about with fine goldc ,a worke rather to bee wondered at, 
then fpoken off. 

TncPilaftrelles were difcrepant fowre paces one from ano 
ther, with a iuft partition of feuen (a number gratcfull to nature) 
of fine and orient Azure, Lazuli ftone, pafling well coloured ac 
cording to his kindc, with abewtifullbeftowingof fmall glym- 
ccs of gold. In the fore part of which, betwixt the feuen pilaftrels > 
there were appointed little (lender Fillers wrought about with 
leaues, copies, heades with haire like leaues, boy es their hippcs 
and legges proportioned into brawnches , Birdesandcopies,and 
veffclles full of flowers, with other woonderfull inuentions and 
deuifcs, from the top to the botrome of the Anaglyph, as if they 
had grown out of the fbundation,making and diuidmg in funder 
thefpaces, their chapters were wrought of a fa/Lion anfwerablc 

to the reft. 

Ouer the whiche did extendc a {freight beame with grauen 
lineamentes fitting the fame* And ouer that a Zophor, contei- 
nmgthiswoorke (till throughout, that is, the bonycfcalpes of 
Oxen, with myroll bowghes full of berries, tyed abowt theyr 
homes by atowelloflinnen. 

Vpon either fides of them were Dolphines, with their gillea 
lykeieaues, and their Fmnes and their exit cciue part cs of a fb* 


liature, and vpontheyr heades and backescmainenakedboyes, 
getting holde of theyr litted vpbraunching tayles , withlcaucs 
and flowers, and bending them downc. 

The head of the Dolphmehauyng a Syme, whereof the one 
part turned towardes the Boye, and the other bent againft the 
vefTellwith an open gaping, andendyngintheheadotaStorke, 
vsith herbeakeagamfttheopenmouthofaMonftcr, lying with 
Ins face vpwarde, and cernine Whorelles or Beades ryfing vp 
betwixt his mouth and her beake. 

VVhiche heades inftead of haire, were couered withleaues 
one ouer an other, filling the Orifice of the veiTell, and from 
onelypto another, and vndcr the bowle thereof towarde the 
foote, there compafTcd a fine towell of linnen , the endes han- 
gingdowne from theknottes, in fuche an excellent forte as was 
conuenient both for the place and matter. And in the middle 
ouer the heades , \vas the face of a childe vppon a payre of 


And with fuche lyke lineamentes was the Zophor adorned 
and couered , with a Coronicc full of excellent workemanfhip. 
Vppon the plaine toppe whereof, by a perpendicular lyne o- 
uer the Pillars , in the ordeining of the fquadrangalles , there 
were placed and framed certaine oldc fafhioned vefTelles , by an 
appointed diftnbution, three foote high of Calcedonic , fome 
of Amethift , fomc of Agat, fome of lafpcr , with their bellies 
furrowed and Channelled , and cut of a rare and maruellous cun- 
ning.and with excellent cares. 

Jnaperfeft order ouer cueric lewell aboue the Coronice, 
were aptlyeioynedtraunfomes, fquared feucn foote high, and 
the middle fpace betweene them of glittering Goldc , with a 
fupcradieO extention, clofing ouer the (treight extended tran- 
fomcs. And by a turnyng downe the tranfomes , did ioyne de 
cently one with the other, with a Topiarie woorke. Inten 
ding that out of the vefTelles Randing vpon the Coronice as a- Topiarij, the 
forefaide, in the cornes the tranfomcand thevyncfhould ryfe ^atcofma- 
vp togither,butout of the other veflelles, either a vyne or fomc "f 11 ? 1 ^* 8 " 
Woodbine of Golde, by courfes meeting ouer the tranfwerft T / ces< 
traunfomes, with a thicke ftretching out of theyr fprcndyng 

O braun- 


braunches , one ioyning with an other , and twitting toother 
with a line andpleafant congrcfle, couering ouer all the whole 
court with a nche and incftjmablefuffiie, with diuers tofaoned 
leaues of grecne emcralde , gratctull to the fight , more perrcft 
then that wherein Amenon was impretfed ,and the flowers difpcr- 
fedanddinnbutedofSaphiresandbyrrals. And with an excel 
lent difpofition and artificial! , betwixt the greene leaucs and 

thegrofTcvaynes/o precious huiigedownethecluftcrs of Crapes 
madeot ftoncs,agreebalc and fitting to the natural! coolers of 

All which moft rare deuifes , of pryfe incomparable, incredi- 
ble,and part jmagina:ion,did(hineall ouer moft pretiouflic : not 
fo much to bemarueyled at for the cofthneflc of the matter , but 
for the large great j-.clTe of the worke* 

Fornor\Mthoutgrearcaufe,n;omp1ace to place, withadili- 
gent and iealous examination I did carefully confider thelar^c 
cxtentionoftheinmoft intricate braunches, and tneir proporti 
onate Itrength and thickne/Te , fo cunnmglie doone , by fuch an 
arte,boulde attenipt,and continued mtent,they were fo aptly led 
out, whether by (owdering, or by the Hammer, or by calling 
or by all three, mec thought it an vnpofsiblc worke to majfc 
a couering of fuch a breadth , andfo twyfted and twyned to 


la the middle profpcft , opposite againftour going in vpon a 
degreed regall throne, fetfull of glyftenng (tones in a maruelous 
order , farrc more excellent then the feat in the temple of Hercu 
les at Tyre , of the (lone Eufebts . The Queene with an imperial 1 
Maieme fitting vpponir, goddeflelike, and of a woonderfull 
magnammitie in countenance: gorgioufly apparrelled in clothe 
ofgoulde,witha fumptuous and carious attyrc, vpon hir head of 
a purple coulcr, with an edging of Orient Pearle , fhadowino- 
Utr hir large forhead, aundently and princelike, euer p.efTiiig 
hir plemmirtulate trammels of hayre, as blacke as iet defcenciing 
downe hir fnowie tempi es , and the reftof the aboundance of hir 
long hayre, falrned roundc in the hinder parte of her head, and 
deluded into two partes or treiTes,lapt about this way e and that 
waye,behindhirfiri4ll care s,ouer hir {freight proportioned head, 


and firufhcd in the crowue, with a flower of great Orient , and 
rownd Pcarles,fuchas be found in the Indian promontorie Pert* 

Therefl ofhir longfpredinghayrewas notfcenc > but coue- 
red oucr with a rkiunevaylc, edged with gould, hanging dowjic 
from theiaidflower and knot ofpearlc, to hir delicate flioulders, 
and Hindering abroude with the ayre. 

In the middle of the edging of hir dcefsing , vpon the higheft 
pnrtc ouer the middeft of hir forhead hoong a rare lewell. And a- 
bouthirround and inowie neck,wentan incftimablc Carkenet 
with apendent ouer the diuifion of hir rownde brefts^of a table 
Dyamond,in fcfhionof an Egge,fparKhn,andof amonftrous 

At hir er.res mofte nchelye were hanged in the typpcstwo 
earinges , two great fhynyng Carbunckles of an ineftiinable 

Hir fhooes wereofgreenefilke,and hir pantofles ofgouldim- 
brodered in a leafc woorke. Vppon a roate froole aboue the 
xvhkh, and vnder hir feetc , was laydea cufhion of white Veluet, 
xvith a purfeling of filkc and Orient Pearles of Ar*biA, within 
the perfick^golph, with foure Buttons wroughtwith pretious 
Stones , and taffeld with gouldc twift,and crimolenfilke, de 

Vppon eyther fides along vpon the aforefaid benches roue- 
red ouer with greene veluet,fate hir Ladycs of honour,attendant 
in agoodlyaadxomm^ndable order, according to their eftates, 
apparrelled in clothe of goulde in an incredible braucne,asin 
the world may bee feenc. Andm the middeft of them this rc- 
no\Miedand famous Quecne in great pompe and vnfpeakeable 
Hatelynes y and the hemmes of hir vedures fo edged and fet with 
pearleand ftone, asifnaturehad rayned aiidpowredthera 4own 
vpon hir. 

At hir high and imperial! afpeft , with great reuerence bowing 
their knees to the ground vjito hir,hir women did rife vppe from 
their feates.occafioned by the noueltie of thefpec^acle^ grcat- 
lymarueilingthatiriiould come into fuch a place* 

But I foundemy felfe more amazed, my hearte quayling, 
<nd dilating both of the troubles that I paffed , and theprefent 

Tkflrify of La** 

cftate that I was brought into,which did enuiron and fill me with 
an extreamc amafcment , rcuercnd fcarc , and honeft ihamcfafl:- 

And they asking the fitie Nimphes that brought me in , whyf- 
peringlie what I was , and the ftrangenedc of my hap , dire&ing, 
bending and intentmcly fixingall their eyes vpon mc,Whcre fin 
ding my felfe fo bale a worme in fuch an excellent confpeft, 
1 was woonderfully aftonifhed, and lyke one that had no fpy- 

But the fuccefTe and manner of my comming being demaun- 
ded of them, the Nymphes plainly ,open and manifelt the fame 
at large, whereat the gratious Queene beeing mooued to com - 
paflion,caufedmetoitandvp,and vndcrftanding what my name 
wasjbegan to fay. 

Pohpbi/Wj be ofgood comfort ,and pluck vp a goodlieart , and 
tell me how thou commeft hither, and by what meanes, and how 
thoudiddeft efcape that mortall and horrible Dragon? andhovi 
thou diddeft finde away out of that odious andblmdedarkenes, 1 
haue beene touldof it .- But I maruell me not a little, becaufe few 
or none dareaduenture that waye . But feeing that grace hath 
fafelye brought thee hither vntovs, I will not denye thee(any 
caufe notwithftanding ) a gratious and fauourablc intcrtaync- 

To whofelibcrill inuiting, royall woordcs and intcrtayne- 
ment , better then I could haue imagined to defirc , with diuotc 
and honourable thankes , giuen aboundantly from pointc to 
poiate, I tould how I efcapedand fled from the Dragon.a feare- 
fullnionfter. And confequentlywith what traucllandpaynel 
came to the defired place . And how the fiuc Nimphes did finde 
me wandering and afrayde. Whichwhen I had at large declared 
and ended my fpeeche, I began with great defirc to frame my 
felfe to bee a per taker of their folacious and magnicifient plca- 

After that fhefaidvnto me with a fmiling and pleafant coun 
tenance. It is a woorthie matter to con{ider,thatancuilland dif- 
contented beginning.often timefalleth out to ahappieandgood 
iucccfTe in the end: and before thatanye thing bee committed 


A fter that fhc faid with a fmilingand pleafant countenance, 
It is a worthy matter to confidcr , that an euill and difcontcn- 
ted beginning, often times fallcth out toahappieandgood 
fucccflein the end. And before that any thing DC committed 
vntoyoutoperfourmc, as touching your amorous and firmc 
concept is our pleafurc , for the aflwagement and mitigation 
of thy commendable griefes , that in this company thou efpc- 
cially fhouldeft aflbciatc thy fclfc with Philotefia, feeing that 
the fair chcaucnshaue (hewed theeofthy entertainment, and 
brought thec into our triumphantinanfion place. And there 
fore my Pohphtltts , without any more ceremonies take thy 
place there and fit downc, for thou (halt fee (wrth a veric good 
will) part of our fumptuous and (lately manner of (eruice, the 
plcntifull diuerfitic and number of my more then princely 
daintiesjthc honourable attendance of my houfholdj & excel 
lent order thereof, the ineftinaable pretioufnes of my great 
aboundance,and the large effects of my bounty. 

A t which imperious commaund , her eloquent and fauo- 
rablefpeech ended, humbly, and with a little more audacitic 
than before, vppon one of the benches of my righthandel did 
fit downc flapping my torn c^ownc together before me with 
certainc brymble leaues (till nicking in it) betwixt* the fiue 
Nymphcs that brought mee in , and amongft them next vnto 
OfrffaandjJcbof, p laced behinde the Queene, and fix other 
of the chamber vppon the other hande, and in themiddcft on 
high vppon a throne did tKe Quecnc fittc in aji imperiall 

The CouerouerthcThronewasofaninamelledcouloring 
contayning m it a beautifull image without any beard, the 
head buihing with yellow hairc , part ofhis brcft couered with 
a thinne cloath oucr the difplayed winces of an Eagle } her head 
turmngvp, and beholding of him. The head of which image 
was redymited with an azure Diademe, a domed with feauen 
beames, andatthcfootofrhcEaoletwobraunclies ofsrreenc 

C? w 

Lawrell, one one way, the other contrary towards either fide* 
And in cuenc garland 1 bchelde the figment proper to Us pla 
net, and behind at my backe was the iewcll 3 containing the hi- 
ftoricofthc winged Mercury, andhowcthcbemgniticofhis 

P. good 

Tb* fir ft efLoue 

good difpolition is depraued,when he is in the malignant 
of the venemous Scorpion. And looking vpon niy ielfe , I was 
afliamedto fee my vile habite among fuchefumpteous indu-r 
ments, that me thought my felfe no otherwaies but eucn lykc 
that vile andmortifcrousbeaftamons; the mofl noble (i*ncs 

i^ ^ 

of the Zodiac. The bewtifull and honorable damofcls fate in 
order vpon the Benches , compaft about all along by the fides 
of the wallcs vppon the right fide , and the bed of the Court, 
with a rare and ftrange kinde of womanly drefling vppon their 
heads, as is in the world, with the trefTes of their hairc lapt and 
bowed vp in Caules ofgold. 

Some with their haires of Amber colour, curled and dref- 
fedvp with flowers of the fame vppon a wyer, withthe endes 
turning downs and wauing vppon their fnowy forehead es and 
fmooth temples, bewtificd with Rubies and Diamonds prickc 
in the haire. 

Others of the colour of the Obfidium oflvdta, blacke and 
(Lining, adorned with floures of Orient Pearle , & Carkenets 
of the fame. They flood all waiting with fuch a venerate atten 
tion, that when the feruiccwas brought to the table, they all 
at one inftant time alike,made their reuerent curtefies in bow 
ing of their knees, and in like manner when they did rife from 
of their feates , euerie one apparrelled in cloth of Golde, but 
they did not fit and eate at the fame table, 

Sreight before the triumphant Qucenc was the opening 
of the third Curtaine, couenng a great and good lydoorc, not 
of Marble, but of rare and hard Diafpcr oftheEaft, of an ar 
tificial! and ancient worke , wonderfully bewtifull to behold* 
Vpon eithcrfides of this doore , their yoongdamcfels Mufi- 
tians/euen vpon .1 fide in aNimpifhapparrel, notable for the 
fafhionand venench : which at euery change off eruice,did al 
ter their Muficke and Inftruments , and during the banquet- 
ting, others with an Angelikeand Syren call confent,did tune 
the fame to their handes. Then in a fodaine was placed frames 
of Hebony, with three feet e,and other temporary tables,wnh- 
out any noyfe or bruftling* Euerie one readie to his appoyn- 
ted Office, with a carefull, diligent, and affcfting iudeuour, 

to that feruicc which was cnioyned him. 


A ndfirft before the Queens, there was placed a frame of 
three feeteof this fourme,vpon a rounde of fine Dyafpcr,with 
curious Lineaments. To the which were three ftypits,the low 
er partes whereof, did finifh in the forme of the tearing claw of 
aLyon, with an cxfquifite foliature, compafsing about the 
fteales of the ftypets, hauing in themiddeilofcueneone, fa 
ttened the head of a childe betwixt two wmgs,from the which 
betwixt one and other of the ftypets, there hunginmanerot 
a Garland a bundle of leaues and fruitesbounde togither, and 
biggeft towardes the midft, and vppon the top of the ftypets 
or fteales,was put a projection to beare vp the rounde table b e- 

This frame was vnmoueable, but the round table was to be 
quickly taken of and on, according to the fubftanccof the vef- 
i els at eucry changing of the table. 

And ftreight way as it were in the twinckling ofan eye and 
turne of a hand , there was put vppon this three footed frame a 
rounde table of Golde , three foote by the Diameter , and of 
an indifferent thickneffe, and of this forme and bignes were 
all the reft. 

Vpon this table was hide a Carpet perfumed, of cloth of 
Hormifine of a greene colour, eucnfy diftended large and long 
downe to the pauemcnt : fringed vpon the fides with twif led 
threedeofthelelfe fame, and mixed with Silucr and Golde, 
depending downe vnder a border of imbroyderic of Pearle 
andpretiousftone, with a hand- breadth of the pavement on 
cucrie fide hanging downe. Andof this fortwere all the Car 
pets bordered .ma fringed. 

Afterwards followed afaire yoongDamofellandquicke, 
with a great Bafon of Gold filled with the flowers of Violets, 
tawny,blew white,andfweet fmelling, as in the prime fpring 
time, and ftrewing of them vpon the tables,except that before 
the Queene, 

Her ficred maieftic , hauing put off her robe fo gorgeous as 
//*, wife to P*tilm Acmilitu neuerfawin her husbandes try- 
umphes^ and fliec remiyncdin a gowne of purple Veluet, 

P 3 hauinir 

Ttv ftrtfe gfLitu 

hauingwoucninitbirdcs, littlebcaftcs, leaues and flovrm in 
knot ces, the worke fomewhat rayfcd vp with pearle and (lone, 
with athynnevaylecoueringitallouer of filkefypruflc, (hew 
ing through itthccoucredworkcs and cloath!bvrenfonofthc 

o . o / 

clcarc fubtihie and thinnciTe thereof, and impcnall and grati- 

A fter came in two bcautifull Damofcls bringing in an arti- 
ficious fountame continually running with water , and rcaflu- 
ming the fame agaync, which was of tine goldc, andmavelTell 
of a curious workmanfluppc, which was brought before the 
Quecnc , and after the presenting of it vpon the table ofgoldc 
they bowed their knees downc to the pauemcnt , and bkc re- 
uerence at the fame initaunt made all the reft of the attendant 
Ladyes , both at the prefenting of euery thing , and at the ta 
king away . Three other fairc Damofels followed neare after 
them, onecdrryinganEwerofgokie, thefecond abafon , and 
the other a towell of white filkc. 

The Queen whi- 
leO: fhce <lid walh 
her handes , one 
that caried the gol 
den bafon, recey- 
ucd therin the wa 
ter, that it might 
not fall agaync in 
to the reaftuming 
fountame: and the 
other with the Ew- 
ric, powred in as 
much fweete water 
as was borne away, 
becaufc that the 
fountains ihoulde 
hyndcred in hys 
courfe. The third did wipe and drie her hands. 

ThebroadandlargcRcceptorieofthis fountaine was car- 

fyedvpon fourclittlcwhcelcs^hichthey drew vpponeuenc 


table to wafh the handcs ofall that were fettc. 

The brim of the veflell wherein thcnfing vpfollntaine did 
ftandc, was adorned with bubbles ofpearlc (landing vp, and 
vndcr the fame was fctte an other ofaii other forte , and both 
ioyned together with two clafpcs of an cxquifite dipoliturc, 
fins \vorke, andpreuouflygarmfncd. For among other icw- 
ciles of mefhmable price, vpponthc vcnetoppe in a flower, 
there was fcttc a Diamond in fafhion of a peare , gliftcringand 
fparklmg of a huge and vnfcene bignes. 

And as nearc as my fmell could tell mec,I did ludge the wa 
ter to bee of Rofes,mixt with the mice of Lymon pillcs, and a 
little Amber artificially compofed,which yeclded a fwcet and 
pleafant fmell. 

In the middcft of this 
admirable and fhipendi- 
ous Court, there was fee 
>ut a marucllous perfu 
ming vcffel, not fo much 
for the excellent and p cr- 
fcftefubftauncc thereof, 
which was pure and fine 
golde : but for the con- 
fpicuous, rare, andaun* 
cient fafhion of the bafe, 
(landing vpon three Har- 
pycs fcete , the which in 
a foliature made a tnan, 
guled illygarnent to the 
bafe,full of deuifes,as the 
mcttall required, ouer c- 
ucnc Angle or corner 
\vhercofitoode three na 
ked fhapcs of flying fpi- 
rites orderly fette,of two 
cubitcshigh, with their 
fliouldcrs turned one to* 
wards an other, and fomewhat near e together. 

They Hood vpon the bafe with thenght foot towards the 

P corner, 


corner, and the left c (fetching towardcs the fixed foot of the 
other boye. Their cubits b ending vp, and holding the han 
dle ofthe perfuming panne, vene ilender in the Hcaie, and 

vpwardmfalhionof abowle, fomewhat furrowed and broad 

There were fix in a round circuit, one towardes an other: 
And betwixt theyrJhouldcrsmthe Center point of the tnan- 
guledbafe, thcrerofevpaftealc like an olde fallnonedCan- 
dlefhcke, holding on thctoppethereor fucheabowleorvel- 
fellasaforefaide, and fo broadeas did fill vp the voyde place 
in the middell betwixt the other fix . 

Which bowles were filled with burning coles couered ouer 
with embers , and in cucry vefTcll vppon the allies did boyle 
a little pot of gold, which contrary liquors infufedwithfweet 

And as I fufpefted , euery potte had feuerall water, as it 
were, one with Role-water, another with ivater of Oran- e 
flowers, another of myrtle, tender greenc La \\rellleaues, el 
der flowers, anddiuersfuchlykeiociublcfymples* And the fc 
boy ling together, they did yeelde a moil pleaiam and fragrant 

In the prefence ofthc magnificent Queene there did al- 
wayes way teandattend three honourable Nymphes, their r,p- 
parell beeing ofgoldeand filke, marucloufly wouen and ador 
ned, andfctte with pearlc and (lone. The lyninges oftheyr 
gownes eoins; about their fnowie fhoulders, and commin 

O O O * O 

downe vppon thcyr little round brefles to the lower parte of 

their waftes, of iuche colour as the napkins , leauing to be 

feene the pleafaunt valleys betwixt their faire breftcs, an 

cxtrcamc delight and dcfired nounfhment vnto a narrow e 

looke and greechc eye, with a thoufand fmall chaynes, pre- 

tie ieweiles and flowers of golde in a farmmine fort, afweec 

baytc to carne a man headlong into fbrgetfulnes of hym- 

felfe, beeing inchaunted with choyfc and amorous regards, 

frrre paffing the defire of any other dclycate-vyands. Their 

fhooes of golde cuttc with halfc Moones, and clofed vp 

at the ioymng of the homes or corners with buttons and 

flowers ofgold-fmithes woorkein a curious forte, and the 


in a Dreamt. 5 6 

trammels of their faire and plentiful! haire aboue their for 
heads and temples inftrophiated with large and round oryent 

They ftoodethus on eyther handeand before the Queenc 
with a fingular and reuerent regarde, attending and readilie 
perfourming that charge whercunto they were appoynted, 
Andthefeferuedbutanonc Table : \vhichbeeingchaunged, 
they withdrewe themfelues by, and ftoodcfbll vppon theyr 
feete arme in arme, other three hauing fupplyed their pla 
ces : And the three that wayted, fhec in the middeft was 

The other vppon the right fide helde vnder a plate if anic 
thing fhould fall by : and the thirde vppon the lefte hand held 
a molt whyte and cleane towell of filke to drie her lippes, and 
in euery aftion a reuerence. 

The towell was notvfed but once, and then caft by vpon 
the pauement, and carryec/ away by one that ftoode nearc* 
And fo manymorfclsas/hecdid eate , fo many fweete perfu 
med cleane towelles of filke plyted and finely wrought were 

And the like was doonc to eueric gueft, for not one 
at that banquet did touch anic thinge failing onelye the 

After that the Queene hadwafhed, and had her fir ft fer- 
uice, then all the reltdid walliatthe fime fountains, caftmg 
out water of it felfe, and reaflumin^ the fame in a wonderful! 

^ u 

manner by two fmall pypes on cythcr fides, and running vp 
flraifrhtm the middert from the bottome of the vefTell.the 


dcuvfe whereof when I did vndcritand. I was much contented 



After the wafhingof the Queene firfl, andfucceiliaelyof 
all the reft, there was delmered to euery one ot the waytersa 
rounde ball of golde wyer-woorke tull of fmall holes, and 
\vithinftuftwithAmber paft of a moft perfelcompofition, 
fet wi hpretious ftones, to thcende their hands,eyes, and fen 
ces fhould not be idle. 

Then there at cuerie chaunge of courfe 5 two Edcabri- 
that Iwd the ordayning of the Quecnes meate, did bring 


Tfo&nfe of Lout 

into the middeft of the royall Court vppon fuurc turning 
whcclcsaftatelyrepofitoneorcupbord , infafhionlikcvmoj 
(hippe, and thcr eft like to a triumphant Chariot, of mo ft fine 
goldc,with many fifties and water monflers, and mhnit other 
exquifitcfhapcs marueloufly wrought, and fettcfullof nche 
(tones, thcfparklingsandgliitermgs whereof did ftiincrounde 
about thefides of the Court, and reincoumcr vp on the roun 
del Ics of the other before fpoken icwclles , on cucry fide fitly 
placed, as if Phoebus hadbcenefctte by a Nymph to grace hir 
eyes and countenance with his (liming brightnes. 

Toallwhich continuall glittering of ineffable workeman- 

, there could no more bee deuifed of equall compan- 
fon, although it were the Temple at Babylon with the three 
golden flatues 

Within the which was put all fuch ncccdarics perfumed , as 
wercmeeteandconucnient f r tnc chaungins of the tables, as 

O ^ 

clothes^ Sowers, cuppcs, towcllcs, and veflelles, topowrc 
out of, to drinke in , and plates to eatc vpon. 

, . . ... And thcfc two Nymphcs plauftranes , did take them 

draw in the downc, and deliuer them (as neede rcquu-cd) to the way- 
cujpbord tcrs . 

And the firft Table beeing chaunged, eueric thing was 
brought backc agayne to the plauftrarics, at whofcgoinga- 
way the Trump ettcs founded in fuch a forte, ttPtfcusTher- 
r^w/neuercamencarcvnto, nor Maletus Trumpeter to the 

And then they did wind their Cornettes, thus dooing eue 
rietiinc that thercpofitoric was drawnc out, vntil that it came 
in againe, at what time they ceafed, 

And when the Table was chaungeJ, they altered their mu- 
ficallinftruments , which beeing ceafed, thefmgersbcganfo 
hcauenly, that it would hauecaufed the Syrens to (leepe, ha- 
uing mixed with their voyccs ftijlwindemftruments or wood, 
fuch as ihcTroe&fin Darfanxs ncucr mucnted. 

And by tins appOyntedorder,thercwas continually heard 
dious foundes, and pleafaunt harmonies, fwcetc con- 
with deJightfull Mu/lckcprefentcd , odoriferous per- 
, and (lately viandes plentifully fcdde of. And e- 


tueric thing whatfoeuer,without any dcfecl: of grace or delight 
anfwcrable, according to the dignitieofthc place. 

To this firft princely table, all the vefTels and inflruments 
togither with the table it felfc, were of pure fine Gold, Whcr- 
upon there was apprefcnted a Cordiall confection , and as I 
could conicfturc, it was made of the fcraping of Vnicorncs 
home, Date (tones and Pearlc, often hette, and quenched and 
povvndedfmall,Manna, Pineapple kernels, Rofe water,Musk 
and Lyquid , Goldc, in a precious compofition by weight , and 
made Lofenges with fine Sugar and Ainylum. 

This was eaten without any drinking vpon it, and it was a 
Confection to prohibite all Feuers, and to driuc away Melan 
choly wearines. 

This being done in a moment, all things were taken vp and 
remoucd, the Violets cad vpon thcground,and the table bare. 
Anclaflbone as this was done, the table was laideagaine couc- 
red with cloth of Talafike, andalfothewayters, and as at the 
fir ft 5 there was caft vpon them the fwectc flo wers of Cedars, 
Orenges, and Lymons , and vpon that , they did apprefcnt in 
veffels of Beryl, and of that precious ftone was the Qjueenes 
table (except theskinking pottes which were all of pure fine 
Gold) fiue Fritter* of pafte of a Saffron colour , and crufted 
oucr with extreemchotte Rofe water, and fine pownded Su 
gar, and then againecart ouer withmusked watcr,and withfmc 
Sugar like fro ft vpon Ifc. Thefe Seruiccs of a moftpleafant 
tafte, and of fundry falhions were laid in thus. The firft,in oyle 
of the flowers of Orenges. Thefecond, inoyleof Gilliflow- 
ers.Thethirdjnoyle ot the flloures of GefTam in. The fourth, 
in pure Oyle of Beniamm. 

And the laft,in the oyle of Muske and Amber. And when we 
hadweltafted and eaten of the fame deleftable meat.there was 
dehuered to vs a goodly dip ofthe aforenamed Beryl, with his 
couer, and couercd ouer that alfo with a thinne Veyle of filkc 
and Gold curioufly folded into thefourmeof a C.inapie, the 
ends cart ouer the fhoulders ofthe bearers, and hanging down 
their backe. 

And in this fort they did prefent all drinking vefTels and 
others,with meates and fawces couered. Within the drinkyng 


tup they had infufcd a precious Wine, foas meet nought that 
the Gods of the Ehfun fieldes, had transformed their power 
into the fweetncs of the ly quor ; furpafsing the wmc of Tb*f- 

Without delaie ( after our drinking this table being taken 
away, and the fweete flowers caft vpon the pauement , there 
tvasforthwith fprcd a cloth of nmrry filke and canianonrwrth 
Rofes white, red de, Darnaske, Muske, and yealow caft vppon 
the fame. And prcfemly new wayters brought in (apparrcl- 
led in the fame colours) fixe pieces of bread cut for euery one, 
toflcd and drefled with refined marrow, fpnnckled ouer with 
Rofc water. Saffron, and theiuice of Orcngcs , tempering the 
taftc and gild edoucr, and with them fixe pieces of pure man- 
chet wercfct downc. And next vnto them a confcftion , of 
the iuicc of Lymons tempered with fine Sugar, thefeedesof 
Pines, Rofe water, Muske, Saffron, and choycc Synamon, and 
thus were all the fawces made with conuenient gradation and 
deliuery. The veflels were of Topas and the round table. 

This third magnificent table oeing taken vp as before faid, 
there was prefently another innouatcd, with acloth of Hike 
fmooth, and of a yealow colour, (the wayters futable) and 
ftrewedwithLilly Conualty , and Daffodil, immediately this 
courfe wasprefented 3 feuen morfclsofthcfleih of a Partridge 
in afharpe broth , and fo many pieces of pure white Mancher. 
Thefaucc Acccres, mince daod di(Tolued in Sugar thrice fod- 
Jen, Amylum, Saunders , Muske andllofc water. The vef- 
fcls and the rounde table of ChryfilJte. Lailly ,thcy offered a 
precious drinking cup, an dfo obferuedm the reft. 

The fourth table beeing taken away , thefiftwas rcueftetl 
fvithaclothof fiJke, ofacrimofencoJour, and in like fort the 
Nimphifhapparrcl. The flowers of purple, yealow ,white,arrd 
taw ny. The Scruis, eight morfels ofthe flelli of a Pheafantro- 
fled lyi^g in the orauie, and withall fo many pieces of fine 
vvhite manc-het. The f iucc was this, water of Orcnge flowers, 
the iuice of Pomegrancts, Sugar,Cloues, and Cynamon. 
The veflcllesof Smaragde, and the table of the Souereignc 

This bccing taken away veric folcmnely , there was fprcd 


f a 4 Drf4mt. 

an other cloth offilke of a purple colour, andfotheapparrcl 

The flowers were of three fortes, of leflamine, tawny,yca- 
low,and white. The Seruice wasnineinorfcls oftheflefhof a 
rcftoratiuc Peacocke, moyftenedinhis grauie. Thefaucc wai 
moftgrcenc and tart, with Piftacke , Nutte^ pownded, Sugar, 
Cypricum, Amylum, andMuskc, Time, white Marioram, 
and Pepper. The vcfTcllcs of Saphyrc, and the Princely 

At the fcuenth chaungc , they brought in a fumpteous ta 
ble of white luorf jbordered^raylcd, and finely wrought with 
many fmall pieces vpon the precious wood of Aloes, andioy- 
ned & glued togither, and from one fide to the other, wrought 
with knottes and foliature, flowers, veffellcs, monitcrs, little 
Birdes.and the ftnkes and caruings filled vp with a black pafte 
and mixture of Amber and Muske, This mee thought was a 
mod excellent thing and fumpteous breathing out, a mod de 
lightful fwcetfmcl. The cloth white and fubtily wrought with 
drawne \vorke with Satten filke, thcgroundpowdcred and fil 
led, and the worke white and phine, with the reprelcntation of 
fliapes, byrdcs, beaftes, and flowers, and in like fort thcappa- 
rel ofthcwaytcrs. The flowers Ladyftcalc, Rape, Violet, 
and aJl fortes of fwcetc Gilliflowers. And thus there varied 
cueric where fuch diucrfitieof fmclies, fcucrally brought in, 
and fo delighfull to the fences, as I cannot fufficicntlycx- 


Then there was giuen to eucric one a confection in three 
morfels of the fhell, fifli, Daftilus, with Piftacke, Nut kernels 
pownded and put into Rofe water and Sugar, ofthellandcs, 
and Muskcandleafc Goldc.bcaten and adulterated thcrwith, 
that euerie piece taken vp , fccmed as if it had beene all 

The vefTcls were of lacymh , and the table circulare. An 
aptandconuenientftoneto fo excellent difpofitionand roy* 
all board and ftraungc banquets, fuchc as before were neucr 
heard of. 

After the taking away of thefc wondcrfull Confections, 


tie flriff of Low 

and the flowers cafl downc vpon the paiicmcnt in a princely 
magnificence, there was prefcntly brought in,a great vcfTell ol 
Cold full of kindled coalcs , into the winch the table cloathes, 
napkins and towelles offilke were throwne , whiche presently 
burned light, and after that becing taken out and coolcd.they 
werewhole,vnhurt andcleane^asatthefirfl:. Andthisyct was 
thcwonderfullftraun2;eftofall the reft. And then the tables 

C 1 

and frames were taken downc and carried away. 

Which mod excellent order and fightcs, the more that I 
carefully indcuoured to confider of them , the more ignorant 
and amazed I founde my felfe* 

But in all thingcs aiTuredly I did take gr eat pleafurc with 
iny intended admiration, m feeing of fuch, fo great, plentiful), 
and tryumphant fumpteoufhes , of fo incredible coftly a ban 
ket, that it is better to holdc my peace then not to fpeakc fuf- 
ficiemly in the report thereof. For that the bankets of Sictli* 
beinrcfpcftbut ocggcrly, and fo were the (lately Ornaments 
of Attaint. The Corinthian vefTels, the dainties of C/prw, and 
Satitrie Cuppers. 

Yetnotwithftanding fo fupreameand exceflmealacritie, 
and cordiall delectation, and that oncly and extrecme pleafurc 
(occafioned by fuch and fo vnexpeclcd delightes) byoneof 
thofe three which in the laft chaunge attended , was quayled, 
ouerthrowne, interrupted , lamed, intercepted and made 
vaine* For fhee did reprefcnt in her bchauiour, the fweet ie- 
fiurc and refemblance of Polta, ftirring vp by them in me ftca- 

Thiswasnofmallhinderancevntomec, inthetakyng of 
thofcpleafant dainties and princely refection. Yet notwith- 
ftandingmy eyes would now and then with much adoo, bee 
\vithdrawne to beholdc the bewtie of the Jewels and precious 
ilones, fparkeling and glittering in eucrie place, in fuch diuer- 
fitiesofftraungeand vnfeeneglonoufnesandconfpicuous de- 
coraments,as if they had all ought a duetie to her , which made 
mee with an immoderate defire, to behold the correfpondcncy 
of her excellent bewtie. 

Laftly, in fuche order and forte, asaforefaide, the tables 
bceing taken away, I hung downe my hcadc, becaufe that I 
might not followe after the laft mnckates which I had loft by 
minding o f her that mimftrcd. 

Then firft before the facrcd Maieftie and royall perfon of 
theQueenc, an d after wards to vs, fiueftyrc Nyrnphes appa 
relled in blewc filke andgoldecurioufly wouentogeather in 
vsorkes , did all together apprefent themfelues. 

The middlemoft of them did bear e a branch of coorrajl, 
lykeatree, fuchasisnotfounde amongltthellandesOrcha- 
des,ofonecubitehigh, which ftoode as vppon a little moun- 
tayne, which was the coucr of an old fafliionedveflellot pure 
gold, in forme ofa Challycc , as high agayne as the couerand 
thetreeofcoorrall, full of curious workmanihippeandleafe 
vvorke, neuer made in our age,nor the like feene. 

Betwixt the gracy lament of the foote and the cnppe^t was 
knitte together with a handle of mcfhmablc workemanfhip, 
and in lyke manner the foote and the bowlewere of an excel 
lent anaglyphie of foliaturc, monfters and byformed Scyl- 
lules, fo exquifitely exprefTed , as could be imboffcd, chafed, 
or ingrauen by proportionate circulation, 

And the mordycant couer of the fame was thick c fctwith 
incomparable icwelles : and in iyke forte all the bafe and 
handle whereas conueniende recjuyred, and glyfteringa- 

Vppon the braunches of the coorrall, there were artifici 
ally fette certayne open flowers with fiue leaues , fome of Sa* 
phyre,fomeoflacynth andBenll s andmthemiddeftofthem 
a little round feede of go Idej fattening the leaues to the llalkc 

Which yoong woman reuerently bowing to the earth with 
her right knee, referuing the other ftillvp, whereuppon fliee 
helde this couer of coorrall, which alfo bcfides the flowers, 
had vppon the pointes and toppes ofothertwiggesorfprouts 
curioufly infixed raonflrous great pearle. An other of \hem 
hadacuppefullofpretious lyquor, better then that whach the 
prowdc Cleopatra gaue vntotheRomaneCaptame : Therefte 
did execute their offices as afbrefnid, and plucking off one af- 

0.3 ter 

tei-another, with alittlc inftrument with two teeth ofgoldc 
they oftering rhc fame fruits vnto vs,to me vnknownc, for that 
1 had ncucr icenc the lyke.we did taft them. 

But the vnsxpefted plcafurc ofthcm,and fweetnes of their 
taft,was no otherwise to me than like a graticus fub (lance wan 
ting his defired forme. 

And there were rertorcd agayne the ballcs of golde before 

Vppon this appeared an other marucllous woorke, that 
was a perpctuall running fountaiac artificially deuyfcd of the 
aforcfaid matter , but of an other notable fafhion and workc- 
manfhippe, founded vppon an iramoueablcaxcltrcc, vppon 
the which two wheclcs turned about* 

Abouc the which flood an vnequal quadrature three foot 
long,twofoot broad,and fix foot e high. 

In cucry angular part did fit a Harpic with both her winges 
extended and ftretchcdvp tothcbrcadth ofa higher veQ ell, 
{landing vp vppon the middcft of the meafured quadrangule, 
coronized at the extreme and vppcr parts, and beautified with 
chanciling and foliaturc,circumuefting the lower p art. 

And vppon cucric fide the fame diuided into three, the 
middle part c betwixt the fall of the waters intercepted, did 
contaync in halfe bodycs carued, a tryumph of Satyres and 
Nymphcs, withTrophces, and cxquyfitc actions, exceptc 
the fore-part and hinder partc moderately finuated and bent 
in . The which in ftcadc of fquadred lyneatncnt, did contaync 
aroundncfTcwaued betweene, in the which was maruelloufiy 
ingrauen a little facrificc with an olde Aultaron eyther fides, 
with man ic figures and actions, the red that was voydc, the 
tayles of the forefaydc Harpy cs iayning togcather, and 
turninghccreandthcreintolcaucs, did excellently coucrthc 

Outofthc mcdyan center of the cquature andquadran 
gulc afore fpecificdanddcfcribcd out ot an antykcfolyaturc, 
did ryfc vp an olde fafhioncd vcfTcIl, and veric beautifull, 
the cyrcuitc whereof did not cxceedc the content of thcqua^ 
drangulate playne, and this with all the reft of the woorke, 
indcucricproporaonatcdiTquifition, tryall, and examinati 


on , both in the higheft breadth and tnickneflc, with moire 
conucrucnt vefTcling lincamentes , diligently delymated and 
fylcd, and then finilhed with an abfolutc and dcpolytc defor 

The which out of the fupprefled orifice thereof did af- 
ccndvpan other hollo we vcflcll, the corapafTc whereof did 
cxceedcthe afbrefaide fubiect vefTell furrowed and channel 
led round about, of a great breadth and large brymmcs fo wel 
fafhioned, as is pofliblc for any goldfmith to b ca t c out with his 

In the center poynt whereof did rife and mount an other 
VcfTcll ofincrediblc workeman/hip. 

In the boctomc of which thirde there were fmallridgei 
fwelling outwardes , the toppcs of them comparted about 
witharowofdiuerfeincftimablc ftoncs,bearingoutand diffe 
ring in colours, as bcft .might content the eye of a curious La- 
pidarieand skilfull vndcrfhnding. 

Vppon the fame on eythcr fides was made a hcadc of 
a monftor , from the which on, both handcs did proccedc 
the garniiTiing thereof in an exquyfite and moll rare worke 
of leaues 5 inuefting the fame about with the congrefTe of 
the oppofytc hcadc , and finely gracing that pane of the 

And iathc bearing out of tbelippe of the veffell oucrthe 
perpendicular poynt of the hea^c there was faftenedaryngc, 
from the which vppon cyther fid^s there hung downc a gar 
land of braunchcs, leaues ^ flowers, and fruites growing big 
ger towardcs thcmiddeft, withapcrpolytcbyndingto eyther 


Ouer the middle bending of the garland, andvnderthe 
proicclureofthe lyppeofthe veflell, there was fixed and pla 
ced the head of an oldc man, with his beard and Liirc of IMS 
head transformed into nettle leaues. and out of whofe mouth 
gufhcdout the water of: the fountaync by art conLinually 
into the hollownes of the broad vefTcll v!;cier this. 

Vppon the mouth of this laftdcfcnbed veflell did mount 
vppc a prctyous hyll maruclloufly congcft , and framed 


Thf/trift tfLout 

ofinnumcrableroundcprctioujrockc ftones clou* ng one with 
another vnequally, as if nature had loyncd them growing, ma- 
kmga rounde compofed hill , beautifully glittering of dyucrfc 
fortes and colours in a proportionate bigncs. 

And aloft vppon the toppe of this little hill,there grewe a 
fine pomgranate tree , the body, boughes and fruite made all 
ofgolde,the Jcaucs ofgrcene Smaragde. The fruit of theyr na- 
turallbignefle heere and there aptly placed , their fides cut o- 
pen, and in place ofkernelles they were full of moftperrcftc 
llubyes,as biggeas the kernels. 

After that, the ingenious Artificer wanting no inucntion, 
hee feperatcdthe graynes in fteadc of the fylme with filuer 

And moreoucr , mother apples , opened , but not rypc, 
hce redoubled the thicknefTe of the foyle, making the ker- 
nelles of an oryentall colour , fo alfo hee made the flowers of 
perfect corrall, in the cuppesfullof bees of golde. 

Befidcs this , out of the toppe of the hollowe fteale, lyke a 
pype, there came out a turning ftealc, the lowed part where 
of reftcd in a heade, framed from the middle trunke or pypc 
iuft ouer the axeltree. 

Which fteale or ftypet becing ftrongly faftcned, it bare vp 
avcflellof Topasofanauncient forme, the bowle whereof in 
the bottome was broad, andfwellingoutwithriggesinthco- 
pening 5 rarely bewtifiedwithacoronice, and put vnder with 


Jn which doling and binding together in foure cquall di 
lutions, there were fourc winged heades of a little childe, with 
foure pipes in their mourhes . 

The reft mounted vpfo much as the lower bigne(Tc of the 
veflcll was,beeingclofed vp at the orifice with an inucrfe folia- 
ture. Vpponthe which there was placed an other velTell as 1C 
were a circular couer ofa moft curious leafe worke,wich a fmal 
coronice,and an artificial! orifice. 

From the bottome of which there beganne a flounlhed 
tayle ofa Dolphin fattened and fowldcred to the gracylament 
ofthevetTell, defcendmg downe with his heade finned with 
Icaues, to the circulating bryraine of the veffell where the 



boyesheades were fixed. And with a moderate fwcliing out 
about the head, and ftreightiring hi towardcs the taylc, they 
fitted for the cares in a beautiful manner. And all that inclining 


part with an exquiiite polimmg did make an expreffe ihcwe of 
moft curious lineaments* 

Thcypper veflell was To perfeftly wrought, that when 
the whcclewasmooued, the ftcalc with the vciTcll vppon the 
toppc thereof, turned about and powred out water through 
the tree, and when the whcele ftoodc ftill , then that lefte 


The whcelcs were halte coucred with two winces , the 

t) r ppes turning one one way , and the other an 

other way, adorned with a chafing 

of Mermaydes orSciU 


R. This 


l4Drt4ff. 5 a 

This excellent pecce of woo: ke thus running before cue- 
riconc, and weeting our Fancies and reete of an incredible 
{wectnefTe,fuchas Ineuerhadfelt before,we dry ed oar hands, 
and it was carry ed away* 

And beting thus fprinckled with this rare and maicfticall 
water, the wayters with great reuerence prefented vnto the 
Qu,ccnefirftagreatcuppe ofgolde, and her highnefTe affably 
falutingvs, drunkc Nectar, and afterwardeseuerieoneofvs 
after other,v\ith reuerent,mutual, and folemne honours done, 
did drinke a mod pleafaunt farewell and fhutting vp of all the 
pretious dainties that we had taftcd and fed vpon. 

Laftly,theredolcat flowers bcemg diligently taken away, 
andallthinscstKac had bccne vfcd borne from thence, the 


pauenjcntremayned pure and fhming as a nioft clcare fteele 
giaiTe, and as it were emulating the pretious icwellcs rownde 

Andeuerieonebeeinjfcttc in his appoyntcd place, the 

high and mightie Princefle did commaund a company to come 

ui,and itande vppon the diafper checkers, neucr the 

like before fcene or imagined of amc 

mo r tall creature. 

Tlv Jfrffr of Lotto 

Pofyh/lw followctht often be fides ihi* grett fa* fa of a moft 

Cfllcnt datince or game , A nd how the Queene did commit 
him to two of her Njmpltes, the which did I fade andconduft 
him to the fight of many wonAerf nil things , tsd as thty tal- 
ked, fhened vnto him the fccrccies offuch things At het flood 
in doubt of. Finally , how they came to the three gatts, tn the 
whereof) hee remained tmongeft th 

Auingfpokenfoincthingofrlie excee 
ding 6c incomparable gloric, triumph, 
vnknovN ne trcafure, plentiful delights, 
folemne banket , and the mod honou 
rable and fumptu ^us drinking of tlus 
mod hnppie ar.d rich Queene, if I haue 
notdiftmclly andpei-fc(flly expreflcd 

her chiefeil di ninc,!et jior the curious 
company maiuel thereat, for what To- 
cuer rype, fharpe, and readie v\ it , with a frankc , eloquent and 
plentiful toongadorned, is not able to performe the leaRpart 

And much IcfTcI, who continually fuffer in euerie fecret 
place of my burning heart,2n vncriTantftnfenotwithRanding 
the abfenccof/ ) */ my miflres , the owner of alJ my ski), and 
iinpnfoncr of my perfections. 

Befides that, in truth the many maruels in excellency, and 
varietie vnhardof,fovncoth, rare and (Iraungevnlikes inclh- 
iB.iblejandnotliumaneJiaucfoopprenrecIJ. .dentX born down 
my fences, with the grcedic and cxcefsiue contemplation and 
beholding ible dmerfitks, as thatfrompoint to 
point I am no whir able to d eic nbe them, and rnuchje/l ewer* 
rhictopublilTi them, 

All and the moll that I can do ,is tothinkeoftherich np- 
parrel, cxquilite prouifion , curious drdsings , pcrfeft jmbiri- 
ous .:nd vvouiiduig bewties without imperfcclions.their cieepe 
iud.;emaits, Acm:ttun eloc|ucn:e,& bountie more then prince 
ly, the notable difpofition and order of Architecture, the du 


r.iblc Symmetric and proportion of the building 5 perfect and 
ablolute, the noblcncs of the Art of Mafonric and Lapycida- 
rie, the directions and placing of Columnes, the perfection of 
frames and reprefentations , the adornment ofthcwalles,the 
diusriltie oft he (tones, the (lately entrance & princely porch, 
large Gallery , artificious pauements, no man will thinke with 
whatcoft and charge bewtificd and hanged with precious Ar 
ras and Verdure. 1 he fpacious and loftie inner Court, goodly 
bedchambers,mner withdrawing chambers, parlours , bathes, 
hbrarie and pinacloth, where c oat Armors cfcuchions ,painted 
tables,and counterfeates of ftrangcrs were kept , with a ma- 
leihcalcomelmesand order placed and folcmnely distributed. 
In which concerning capacitie , tnaruellous performance, 
incredible charge and high commendation of the moft excel 
lent Artificer, \voor;hily allowed in eueric partition and ele- 
*a~t conuention of exquifitc Lineaments. I alfo beheld a mar- 
ouer afourefcjuareplaineCourt, growing vp alike , without 
comparifon like a hcaucn,with a dilpofite diftancc of many for- 
tcdproportionSjWithfundry lybellated Dimen(ions,fhadow- 
ingoucrthc Court, with an ArchedEmmence,which was vn- 
dcr, adorned withcoromfed Lyneaments andgrauings,thcre- 
unto conuenient,as Fafheols, Gululles 3 and Quailing, and the 
leaues of^cbaatlna , licking vp as it were in the corners of the 
quadrangulcd Court. With Rofcs and thegrowing order of 
their leaues, the top leate lead, their laggings about the leaues, 
and fpace betweene 1 cafe and leafe. All thinges coucred with 
purcnnegold and Azurccolour, with diuers other proporti 
ons and counterfeits of fubfbnce,ecmal with their workcman- 
jhip. The roofing of Salanccs King of CoUbis, may not com 
pare with this. 

Then the delightful fruitfulnes of the fet hedges, Orchards, 
watered Gardens , fpnn^in^ Foumames , current flrearnes in 
Marble Channelles , conteincd , framed, and held in , with an 
incredible Art > grcene Hearbcs, iliil frefhc and flowering, 
a fweete ayre, warme and fpring windes , with a confufcd 
charme of (inging and chirping birdes > a pure, fairc and bright 
aire,aiid Ihl continuing temperate and hcalthfull , couutry free 

R fiora 


from danger and clcanc, No craggy nor rockie placcs,nipt and 
blaftcdvvithftiarpc windes, nor burnt with an vntempcratc 
hortc Sunne, but vnder a fweet and plcafant temperature, in a 
moderate meanereioycing, betwixt two extreemes, thefields 
fruitful and without tillage and mammng,yeelding all commo 
dities, warmehilles,grecuewoodsandfweetcooieiliadowes. 

Alfothc mefhmuble furniture, the attendant houfholdc 
and great number, their excellent feruice, the diucrfitie of 
youthes , 2nd all in the prime of their yeares. The delighfuli 
prefence of the Nymphes , both attending abroad in the pre- 
lence and chambcrs.her bafer fort , their Honourable and gra 
cious behauiours, their diuerfitic of apparrel, attire and tiref- 
fings f et with Pearle and (lone, in an allowed, pleafant & louc- 
ly iort, as any can imagine or exprefle. With thefe infinite ri 
ches, fuprcamc delightes, and immeafurabletreafure, neither 
Danw , Cr&fa, or any other humane (late , whatfoeuer might 
any way compare. 

And thus to conclude, being ouercome with the glorie of 
them, I know not what more to fay , but that I flood amaz ed, 
and as it were fenceles , and yet in great delight and without 
wearines, beholding thofe prefent obicfts , and caftingwith 
inyfelfe what fate anddelbnatertiould conduct uiitl lead emee 
into fuch a place. 

But afterwardes finding my felfc in fuch an accumulation 
of glorie, pleafant feate, happie Country, great contentment 
and tryumphant company , fuch as Clodtus the Player in Tra 
gedies neuer had feene. I was but moderately conuerted, not- 
withftandingthepromifeof the Queene, tofauourmyaino- 
tousdcfirc, accounting all, but as eyepleafures that l.ithertol 
had feenc and had been prefented vnto mejftil defiring a grea 
ter happmes. 

For which caufe, and for the greater fetting out of the ex- 
cefle and abounding excellency,bcy ond all the reft of her roy- 
all magnificence, en cry one fitting in their place after the mira- 
culous,wondirfu! 3 aiidii)inptcousbankct,withoutany delaicr, 
fhe commanded a game to be play d by parfonages, not onehc 
vvoorthie the beholding, but of eternall remembrance, which 
was a game at CheHe^m this fort as follow eth, 



By thcentraunceofthecurtainetherc came in thirty two 
Nymphcs, whereof fixteene were apparrellcd in cloth of gold 
(eyght vniformally without difference of degrees) afterwards 
oneofthofe fixtecnc was apparreJJed in princely robes lyke a 
King, and the other lyke a Q\ieene, with two tower-keepers 
or Rookcs , as wee tearme them , two counfell-kcepers or Se 
cretaries^ \\ectearme them Bilboppcs>and two Kmghts.In like 
fort were eight other in cloth of filuer,vnder the like gouerne- 
ment and magiflracieasaforcfaid. 

Euerie one of thefe according to their duties* tooke tli eyr 
places vpponthecheckers of the paucment, that is, fixteenc 
ingo deot oRefideimwo rowes, andfixteenemfiluerof the 

The Muficke beganne vppon a fodayne with a rare inuen- 
tion to found a charge with a plcafaunt concord, participating 
togeathcr a fweete and thundering melodic , hauing in it a de- 

Atthemeafured foundc and time of the Muficke vppon 
their checkers, as it pleafed the King to commaund, the pawns 
turning themfelues with a decent reuolution , honounngthc 
King and the Queene, leapt vppon an other checker before 

The King of the white men, his muficke founding, com- 
maunded her forward that ftoode before the Qucene, and the 
famewirhlykc reucrentbehauiour marched forwai d her con- 
tinentjdnci nocdeflill. And according to the menlurationof 
the muli call tm.e in this order, fothey chaunged their places, 
or continued vppon the checkers dauncmg, vntill th-t they 
\\ere e\ ther nken or commaundcd forward by the Kir,g. 

Itthemufickekcpteflill one time, thofc cyght vnyfciine 
pawnesdid Ipende the time in marching forwardes inr <> ano 
ther checker, neuercomming backe vntill that worthily wirh- 
outtouchorpppalementofcourage,theyhadlc-pt vp. on the 
line of that fqu.ire where was the residence oi" t!. 1 ? Queene, 
pro c ceding (Iraight on, vnlefielhctookcapriijacr by aDu- 
gonick line. 

The BiiTiop wrmina Di:gonike line , iUU holding that co 
loured checker wherein he Itocd firil. 


The Knight ouer two checkers before him taketh the next 
ofeythcrhmdes , and of a contrary colour to that hccftoodc 
in immediately before* 

The Cattle-keepers or Rookes might pa(Tc ouer manic 
checkers (height on as they pleafcd at commaundement , fo 
that they might goe one, two, three, foure, or fiuc checkers, 
keeping a mcafur e , and not (laying in their march. 

The Kiti might goc vponanie checker if none were in it, 
orbackeward, and caufc any other to remoouc tor him, and 
make him roomc fc 

The Queenc might goc any way,but it is bed when fhcc i$ 
nearc her has b and o n cuery fide. 

And whcnfocucr the officers of cythcr of the Kings Hull 
finde one without guarde of hclpCj they take her pnioncr, and 
both kitting one another, (he that is ouercomc and taken,gocth 
fborth and ftandeth by* 

Thus they continued playing and dauncing according ro 
the time of the muficke, with grcatc pleafure , folacc, andap- 
plaufe, vntilltheKingofthcfiluerNymphcswas viftourand 


This folemnc fport, what with refinance flying backe, and 
fecondmgofone another, with fuch a meafured circulation, 
reuerencc, paufc, and modefl continencie , endured thefpace 
ofanhower, whereat I tooke fuch pleafiire andddyght, that 
I imagyne (and not amyfTe) that I was rapt vpon the fo- 
dainc from the liking of the fportcs of Olympus to a ncwe 


This firrt game beeing ended , and conqueftobtayncd , aU 
retourned into thcyr accuflomed places , and in like manner 
asatthefirft, fothcfccondti Keeacricone in theyr appoyn- 
tedcheckcrs, the Mufkke chaunging thcyr meafure, fo the 


der, andapprooued gedurcand artc, that itwasnonecdcto 

commaund or fay any thing. 

But the cunning and expcrtc Nyianlics, with thcyr pi 
foil trcffcscffafedoutr thcyr deiicarc fnoulders hung waumg, 

and in theyr motion fom.udes would drcamc out at kngrn, 


in 4 Dreamt. 

iome\vhatftiewing their backes , about their h cades wearing 
Garlandes and Crown es of Violets. And when any one was 
taken, they lifted vp their armcs and clapt handes. Thus play 
ing and courfing vp anddowne, the firft continued flillcon- 

In the laft game and daunfing, they beeing all returned to 
their diftnbuted places, theMuficke againe founded amea- 
{ure phrygiall mas perfect and prouoking furie as euer M*r- ofPbrygiaimtcnted* 

The Kingin robes of Colde , caufed the yoong Damo- 
fcll that ftood before the Queene, tomarcheforwarde to the 
third Checker, direct in the firft remooue , whereupon im 
mediately there was feene abattaileandTorney,withfofwift 
andfodame forces , bending themfeluestothe groundeasic 
were lying clofcvpon their Gaide, and prefently vpon it ca 
per ing vp with a turnctwifeaboue ground, oneiuftoppoiite 
againil an other, and vpon their do wne comewithall a turnc 
vpon the toe thnfe about. 

All this A ftion they did atone time, with fuch a grace and 
agilitie, as nothing could be better, with their lowc inclmati- 
tions,high Capers and Turnings, without affectation of ftray- 
niiig, asitfhouldfeemewithfacilitie andcarelcs cafe at plea- 
fureandfweeteieftures, as in fuch a thing may bee imagined, 
and not clfc where to bee feenc. Ncuer any onetroublmg an 
other, but who fo was taken prifoner, did prefently ki(Te their 
Conquerour, and voyded the place. And the lefter number 
that there was, the more pleafureitwastopcrcemcthcpolli- 
cies ot either fides to ouercotne other. 

An d fuch an order and motion was vfed of euerie one, in a 
commendable fort without fault y asthemeafureandtimeof 
the Mufike appointed, ftirryngeuen them that looked on to 
haue a motion in their finowes and mindesto doo the lyke, 
there was fuch a concord ard agreement betwixt nature and 
the Mufike efpecially , feeing the performance of the fame in 
the actions cf others. 

Vpon this occafion I was mouedto call to remembrance 
the force of Timotheus, the mod cunning mufitian, who with 
his voice and meafure vppon his Inftrument \vouldprouokc 

S the 

TJ: frrife of Love 

tne great Macedonian Alsxan&sr, violently to take Armes, 
and prcfently altering his voyccand tune , to rbrget the fame, 
and lit downe contentedly. In this third game, thy apparrel- 
led in gold did triumph in the viftomic. 

Thus honourably with exceeding pleafure and *reat fo- 
lace, this fumpteous feaft beeing ended, euerie one framed 
themfelucs to fit downe. And I ryfing vp, made reuerence be 
fore the Royall feate of her facred maieftie, and kne^lyno- 
downe vpon my knee, ihe thus faid vnto me. 

PeHfaiiti) forget now, and wype out of thy remembrance 
all iorepaixed gviefes, occurfme troubles, pcnfiueconceucs, 
and ouergone daungers , becaufe that I am allured of thy 
forthwith full contentment of defire. 

And leeing that thy determination is topcrfeuere refo- 
lutely in the amorous flames and loueof /W/*, I thinkc it 
conuenient, that for the recouerie thereof, thourepaireto the 
three Portes, which are the refident places of the high and 
might ie Qucene Teh/ia, in which place vpponenerie of thofe 
Portes and Gates, thoufhalt fee her tytleandname infcrypt. 
Read it diligently, but for thy better direction and fnfegarde, 
thou (halt haue to accompany thee, two of my handmaydes, 
which knowverie well the way thither, and therefore go on 
vndoubtedly with ahappie fucce(Te. 

And thereupon with a princely bountie,fhe drew of from 
herfingeraRingofgold,hauingfetinitan Anchit, and deli- 
uered it vnto me to remember her boumieby* 

At this aduife and precious gift, I became amphafntike, 
not knowing what to faie or doo, in requitall or giuing of 
thankes. \Vhichhcr Highnes perceming, motherly and with 
a naturall promptnes in a maieitical grauitie, turned her coun 
tenance totwonoblc andgoodly Nymphes, attendmgneere 
vnto her Royall and jinpcnall Throne, laying thus to one of 
them vpon her right fide. 

Logittica, you fhall bee one that /hall accompany e our 
gaeRPoItpktltu, and \\ith afacred and honourable grace, fhee 
turned to the left hande faying, Thelemtx, you fhall alfogo 
uith him . And both or you fhewe and inflrucl him at 
vvhat Gate hce muft remayne 9 and tjien Poliphtlw , they 


(hall bring y^utD an other mi^htir and rmicfticall Queen?, 
who if ;:icc fhiU bee bountifull vnco theein enccrt-iamcnt 
thouart happie , if contraric, thcnWconrentcd, 

Notivithilandyng, none doth knowe her intent by her 
countenance, bjcaufe that foinetime j hec fheweth her felfe 
full of fauour, Iouc,and pleafmtdifpofitions. An othertimc 
fhcc is malignant, frowarde^difdaineBilij withvnftableinoir- 
fyue pjfsions. And fhce it is that deteraimeth fuch euents 
as thoufcekcft after. And for her obfcure condition^ fhee is 
rightly called Thclap*. 

Her residence is not infuchea [lately Pallakc , as thou 
fee ft mce to dwell in. 

Therefore I would hauc thee to vndcrhande , that t!~c 
chiefe v\oorkeman in the creation of nature, did make no 
thy ng comparable to mee, neytlicr can the earth lliew thcc 
greater treafure then to come to my prefencc and tade of 
my bountie, obtainc my fauour and participate of my qua- 

And therefore eftecmc of it according to the value, for 
that thouhndeftinmc, is aheauenly Tallentaboucall earth 
ly lewels, for I haue not had my residence in man (mce his 

They may imagine of mee , but they knowc mee not, 
neythcr doo I bearc any rule with them to the good of my 


Kowe the Queene Ttlofoi fliee dwelleth in a place of 
clouciie darkenes, hsr houlc is kept clofc and (hue, for that 
ihee will not mew her fjlfc vnto man, nor anotlioir.ife, dif- 
couer, and layc open her felfe vnto any as fhee is, and for 
this caufe the eueiic of her variable determination is keptfe- 


But in a marueilous fort considerately, iliee tran-formeth 
her felfe agranft the hair e, into dmcrs.ilhions,no: mn 
her felfe, although desired. 

And when then-ancient Gates fhali be opened vnto t:i 
ineuerieonefruUb,e ^attcnwiiat^Vi.iU befell thsc, inn thou 
(halt not pcrccac the-iaiiKj vnlfiT thic in fo-iicpart thy 

7 -Jff (Infe of Low 

vnderftandyng and wifedome enigmatically and with a right: 
and finccre iudgemcnt lookc vnto it , and quickly confider 
of it, for becaufe that fliee ambyguoufly chaungeth her feite 
in habite and countenance, and through this doubt full any- 
maduerfion, a man 4 rcmaineth decemed of his expectation 
without remedie. 

And therefore Pohfhlw , that which thefe my configned, 
truftie and appoynted handmaydes by fuggcftion mall per- 
fwadc thee vnto, andatwhat Gate thou oughteft to enter 
in and remayne y euen which of thole two it lhallbeftpleafc 
thee to giue eare vnto, door for theyhauefomevnderftan- 
ding of her. 

And hauyngthusfpoken, (hee made afigne or bccke with 
her head to the two Nymphes Logiftica, and Thclemia. , who 
prefently without dclaie, were obedient to her commaund. 
And I bceing readie to fpeake, neyther knew what to fay, 
or yet durft to fohigh amaieftie, and for fo great bounties 
giue a word. 

The two appoynted companyons of my iourney, ve- 
rie fauourablye, and with a familiar readmes and virgmlike 
ieftures, tookeholde of mee, oneby the right hande, and 
the other by the left, and reucrentlyobteyning licence, firil 
of the Queene, and takyng theyrleaucof thereft, went out 
the fame way that I came in. 

And I beeyng desirous and not fatisfied, turned mee 
about towardes the confpicuous Poarch, to beholde dili 
gently the artifkious Pallaice, wonderfull and perfinite of 
the Art of building. 

The fubnl tie of which, no humane excogitation is able 
to imitate, 

And therefore I thought that nature had made that fora 


maruell of all her woorkes for commoditie , vfe, grace, bew- 
tic, ayrc, and continuall durablenes. 

For which caufe,Iwas excefsiuely desirous toflaie and 
looke vppon it , but my leaders andguides wouldnot fuffcr 
mee, and yet by the thefc of my eye in the Zopher, ouer 
the gate I noted this itffciiption, o THjr2fi2 OABOS. 


And as muche as with my quicke fences I could carrie, I 
tooke in my going foorth, with as greate pleafure and de 
light as is poflible to exprefTe. O happie were hee that 
mv2;ht bee but a drudge or kitchin flaue in fuche a Para- 

. o o 


Nowe beeing come into the bafe Court, compafled and 
fctte about with Orenge trees, Thelemiam great curteftefaide 
thus vnto mee, befides and aboue all the maruellous and 
woonderfullthinges which thouhaft yet feene and beheldc* 
there bee fower yet remayning behynde whiche thou lhalt 

And vppon the lefrefide of the incomparable pallace, 
they brought mee into a fayre Orchyard of excogitable ex- 
pence, tyme, and fubtletie of woorke-manfhippe, the 
conrynent and cyrcuite whereof was as muche as rhe plot 
of the Pallace, wherein was the refydcnce and abiding of 

Round about faft by the walks of the Orchyard there 
were let conuenyent garden pots in the which in Head of Arscopariais 
growing plantes , euerie one was of pure glade, exceeding the way of 
a mans imagination or beleefe, intorpiaried boxe the cutnn Sf 
rootes and italkcs of golde, \vhereout the other procec- "^orShcr 
ded. places to pro- 

Betwixt one and other of the which was placed a Cy- portions or 
pruHe tree, not aboue two paces high, and the boxe one 
pace full of manyfolde maruellous fymples, with a mode 
excellent imitation of nature, and pleafaunt diuerfitiem 
the falhions of flowers in diftincl: colours vene delyght- 

The plaync labiall companlng about the quadrant Or 
chyard comming out from the walles as a feate for thefe a- 
forefaydc garden pottcs and trees to flande vppon, was 
fubcoromzed with golde by excellent lyneamentes wrought 
and adorned. The vppcr face whereof, and whereuppon 
thofe pottes and trees did ftande, was couered with aplay- 
flcr of glafle gilte, and a curious hiftorographie to be feene 
in the lame, and compailed about and holdcn in with wye- 
ring and netting of golde. 


The wall that compaded about the Orchyardwithacon- 
uenient diftance , was bellycd out with columncs of the lame 
matter, and inuefted with flowring bindings naturally propor 
tioned, and hcere and there were quadrangulatccommnes of 
golde chamfered, arching from one to an other, witharequi- 
litc bcame Zophor and coronice, with a iiieece and conucment 
proieftuae oucr the chapter ofglafTe vppon the round. 

The fub fiance of which fubicftproieclure of the bryttlc 
imtter, was of counterfayte diafper diucrfly coloured and 
fliinmg. Which bryttlc fubltance had fome void fpace betwixt 
that and the other* 

Themouthofthe arches were (lopped with rombycs of 
clearcglafleinfbrmeof atryangle, and the pypcs beautified 
all ouer with an Encauftick painting, verie grttious to the fight 
of the beholder. 

Theground was here and there couered with great round 
ballcsofglafTelykegunneftoncs, and other fine proportions 
muchpleafing, with a mutuall confent vnmooueable lykc 
pcarles (hining without any adulteration byfolyaturc. From 
the flowers did breath a fweet fragrancie by fomc clcare walh- 
ing with oyle for that purpofe. 

There moftcunmngly did Logtftic* lykc an Orator make 
a difcourfe in commendation phyfically of that excellent 
confection of thcnoblenes of the tubftaunce , fecrccieof the 
art , and ftraungcnes of the inuention , The like is not to bee 

And after fhee fayde, Po/ipbi/tv lettc vs goc and afcende vp 
this mount nexte the Garden , and Thckmia remayning at the 
ftayrefoote, wee afc ended vp to the plaync toppe. Where 
fhcefiicwedvntonicc, with a heauenly eloquence, a Garden 
of alargcrompafle, made in the forme of an intricate Labo- 
rynthallyes and wayes , not to bee trodcn , but fayled about, 
fbrinftcadeorallyes to trcade vppcn, there were ryuers of 


The which my ft icall place wa<: of averic Jultie mould and 

fruitrull, replenifhed with all forts of fruits, beautified with 
fake fprm^s, and greenchearbcs and flowers, full ofalliblacc 

and delimit. Whereupon flic fpake thus t 


nt A Dreamt. 

I doe imagine (Potiphibu) that you doe not vnde/fhnde 
the condjtionate (late of this marueilous feate , and therefore 
giue attendance to ray wordes. 

\V hofoeuer entereth in cannot come backe , but as you fee 
yonder mountaines heerc and there diftnbuted , feuen circu* 
it sand the about goingsdiftantonefrom another. 

And the extreememoleftotionand forrowc of thcente- 
rersin, is tliis : In the myddle mountayne within the center 
thereof, and open mouth of the fame, there lurkcth muinbly 
a deadly deuounng olde Dragon, hee is vtter deltruc"hori to 
fome, and others are not hurte to death by him, Hec can 
not bee feene nor Hiunned, neythcrdoth heeleaueany vnaf- 
faultcd, buteytherin die entrie , or in their tourney, hcede- 
flroyethor woundeth . And if hee killeththemnot betwixt 
one mountayne and another, theypaflc the feuencircuitcsto 
the next mount* 

And they that enter in by the firft tower or mouut (where- 
vpponisthis tytleinfcripc AOHA Ko^MiKHai FOM*oAr2.) They 
fayle in a little ihippe with a profperous winde , andfecurely 
at pleaiure : the fruites and flowers fall downc vppontheyr 
hatches, and with great folacc and pleafure they cut through 
bythefeauenrcuolutions with a merry \\indc, vntill the fe- 
cond mount bee difcouered and come vuto* Andmarkeand 
beholde(P<?/^///^)howccleare and bright the ayre is in the 
entrance, ouer that it is in the ccnter,abou: the which is thicke 

In the firft mount or tower there is alwayes relident a 
pittifull matron and bountifull , before whome ftandeth 
an auncient appoyntcd vcfTell called Vrna> in a readineiTe, 
hauing vppon it feaucn Greeke letters as thus eEsnioN, full 
of appoynted honic , and to euene one that entereth in , \ crie 
curteoufly and with a good will fheegiueth one of them w ith- 
out refpeftc of ftatc and condition, but according to theyr 

Thcfebeeingreceyued, they came foorth, and begin to 
fayle intheLabor) r nth, the w.iterb eemgenuy rone dvp on ei 
ther fidc5,with roies,tr ees,ond fruits* 



And hauing fayled the firft feuen reuolutions of Aries, an d 
being co me to the fecond mount, there they mcctwith innu 
merable troopes of yong women of diuerfc conditions , which 
demaund ofeucrie one the fight of theyr honyc, which beein* 
(hewed vnto them, they ftrai^htwayes knowc the propertie 
ofthehony, andthegoodncfle thereof, and embracm* nmi 
as theyr gueft, they inuytc him with them to paiTe through 
the next feuen reuolutions, and with diuerfc exercifes accor 
ding to her inclynedpromptnes, they accompany them to the 
third mount. 

In this p lace hee that will goe on forwards with his compa 
nion , fhee will neuer abandon or leaue him : for there bee farrc 
more pleafaunt voluptuous women. And many refufe the firft 
and make choyfe of them. 

In the putting oflpfrom the fecond mount , to come to the 
third, they finde the current of the water fomewhat a\iynft 
them, andftandinneedeofoarcs, butbeeingfallen oft from 
the thirde mount , making theyr courfe towardesthe fourth, 
they finde the tide and ftreame more againft them/and in thefc 
feauen oblique courfcs their pleafurc is variable and vncon- 

Beeing come to the fourth mount , they finde other yoong 
women combatting and fighting, and thofe examining theyr 
pottesofhorue, they intice them to theyr exercife, butthofc 
that refufe to leaue theyr fir ft companions , they let pa(Te to 
gether, and in this cyrcuite the water is yet more contrary and 
troublelome, where there is needeofgreatftudie and labour 

And bceing come to the fift mount , they finde it fpecula- 
blc, lykeamirrour wherein they fee theyr reprefentations, 
and in that thev take great delyght 5 and with a feruent defirc 
they pafTe on tncir labourfome courfe . In that mount they fee 
this ientence and golden faying manyfeftcd, Mediumtenuere 
^r/.-notlyneaUjnorlocall^buttemporall, where by a Jincerc 
and perfeft examination hee difcerncth that meane wherewith 
hehathioynedhisfelicitie,wifdomeand riches : which if not 

well , in the reft of his courfe he faynt cth th e more. 


in A dreamt* 69 

And lofing off from thence,the Waters by rcafbn cf the bro 
ken circles, beginne to be verie flyding towards the Center, fo 
that with fmall or no rowing they are brought to the fixe 
Mount. And there they findc elegant Women, withafLewof 
heauenly modeitie and diuine worlliip, with whofe amiable a- 
fpefts andccuntenaunces,the Trauailersarc taken in their loue, 
condemning their former with defpite and hateful! abhorrence. 
And with thefe they fall acquainted, and pafle the feauen reuo- 

The febeeing; come ouer with an obfcure and roy clofe 

./v ij&j 

ayre, with many loUes and a gneuous voyage , they beginne to 
remember what they haue pail and loft: for the more that the 
compafle of the reuolucion, draweth necre to the difcoucrie of 
the Figure of the Center, the fconer they are pafled ouer , ftyll 
hortcrand /Sorter , and the more fwyfter the courfe of the 
ftrcame is into the deuouring fwallow of the Center. 

And then with extreame affliction and bitter ans;uiiTi re- 


roembringthc abufe of their pleafures , and companions that 
they haue forfaken, and fweete places, which fomur h the more 
augmentcth their forrowes, for that they can not returne or goe 
backe with theyr Shyppe, fuch a companie ftill follow them vp- 
pon the frearnc with their fore-ca(Ues. And moft of all dyfmay- 
eth them the heauje fentence ouer the median Center, Theonjy- 

And there, confidering the difpleafant tytle, they curfe the 
time of their entrance into the Labirinth , which hath in it fo 
manic fundiy delights, and the end of them fubieft to fuch my- 
ferable and jneuitable necefsity. 

And then Hie (myling, faid : Toltfiilus, ouer the deuouring 
throat of thys Center, there fitteth a feuerc ludge, balancing e- 
uery ones aclions, and helping whom hec will helpe. And be- 
caufe that it will be tedious to tell thee all, let thus much heereof 
fuffife. Let vs goe downe to our copanion Thelemw, who de 
manding the caufe why they flaid fo long aboue, Logtjhca made 
aunfwcr, it dotli not content our PohphtlHs, onely to behold,but 
alfo to vnderlland by me the fecrecie of thcfe things, which ha 
could not goe to knowe, wherein I haue fatif-fied him, And 
when Ihe had ended, Tbelemta faid. 

T Let 

Theftrifc of Lone 

Let vs goe a little while to an other garden no IcfTe plea- 
fant ioyning to the glalTe garden , vppon the right fide of 
the Pallas : and when wee were come in thither , 1 way a- 
inazcd with cxcefllue wondering , to fee the cunoufnefie of 
the worke , as vneafie to report as vncredtble to beleeue: 
arcjuiuolcnt with that of glaiTe , wyth lyke difpofition of 
benches or bankes , theyr lyppes fet out with coronifingand 
golden ground work*, and iuch trees , but that the boxes 
and Cyprus trees, were all filke,fauingthe bodies and grea 
ter branches, or the ftrength of the armes : the reft , as the 
leaues , flowers , and outermoft rynde , was of fine (like, 
wanting no (lore of Pearlcs to beaut ifie the fame : and the 
peife&fine collour, fvnellmg as the gla(Te flowers beforennenti- 
oned,and alike, but that they about compaffing walles^of mcr- 
uailous and incredible fumpteoufneiTe , were all couered o- 
uer with a crufting of Pearle , clofe ioyned and fet toge 
ther : and towardes the toppe, there fprouted out greenc 
yuie, the leaues thickningandbufhing out from the Pearles, 
vvith the ftringes and veines of golde, running vppe in di- 
uers places betwixt the Pearles , in a moft rare and curious 
(brt , as if it had beene very growing yuie > with berries of 
precious (tones fette in the ftalkes in little bunches: and in 
the bu flies were Ringe-doues of filkc, as if they had becnc 
feeding of the berries, all along the (ides of the fquare plot 
ted garden walles : ouer the which , in rnafrer-like and re- 
quifite order , ftretched out the beamc and Zophor of golde. 

The plaine fmotb of the fettles , where-vpon the boxc 
trees (loode, couered ouer with Hiftories of loue and venc- 
rie , ia a workc of filke and threddes of golde and filuer, in 
iuche a perfect proportioned ymaginarie and counterfeiting 
as none maygoe beyonde. The ground of the leuell garden, 
was of leaues,grafTe,and flowers offilke, like a faire fweere med- 
do we : in the midft wliereofj there was a large and goodly round 
Arbour , made with golde wyer , and ouerfpread with rofes of 
the lyke woike, more beautifull to the cye,then if they had been 
growing rofcsvnder which couering.and within which Arbour 
about the fides,werc feates of red Diafpre,& all the round pauc- 
raet of a yellow Diafpre, according to the largenes of the place, 


in a dreamt. 7 o 

with dyucrs colloured fpottings , confufcdly agreeing together 
in plcafant adulterated vniting, and fo clecre and fhining,that to 
euery obieft was it felfegainc reprefented. Vnder the which 
Arbour , the fayre and pleafant The/nut* , folacioufly fitting 
downe, tooke her Lute which Hie carryed with her, and wifh a 
hcauenly melodie and vn-hearde fweetcneiTe, fhe began to (ing 
in the commendation and delighfes of her Queene. And fee 
ing what a grace vnto her, the company of her frllowe Lcgiftic* 
was, I maruailcd why cxf polio came not to hnrken the Harmonic 
made by them : it was fo melodious , that for the prefcnt tyme a 
man woulde haue thought that there had becne no greater fz- 
licitie. And after that fhce ended her diuinc Poems, Logifltca 
tookemeby the hande and led mefoorth of the Arbour,(aying 
vnto me. 

Pokphilus, thou /halt vnderftande that the deuife of thefc 
obiccls, arc more plcafant to bee vnderfloode then beheldc, and 
therefore lettc vs enter in heere , to bee fansfied in both. 

And from thence , (hce and her companion brought mec 
from thys garden to an other, where 1 behelde an arching <-x/- 
reoftile,from the ground bent to the toppe, fyue paces in height 
and three ouer, and thus continued rounde about the compaflc 
of the garden, in an orderly and requisite proportioning, all in- 
ucfted and couered ouer with greenc yuie , fo that no part ofthc 
wall was to be feene. And there were a hundred Arches to the 
compaflmgofthis garden. 

By cuery of the Arches, was an Aulter of red Porphirite,cu- 
rioufly proportioned with exquiflte lyneaments ; and vppon c- 
ucry one of them was placed, an image of golde , like a Nymph, 
of rare and beautifull femblances, diuerfly apparelled, and vary 
ing in theyr attyre and heade drefling , euery one bending their 
eyes towards the Center of the garden. 

In which middle Centricke place, there was founded a Bafe, 
of a cleerc Chriftal-like Calcedonie flone , in a Cubic forme: 
that is, euery way a like fquare. And vppon that was fet a round 
ftone, but flatte vppon both fides , two fbote high , and by the 
Diamet er>one pace and a halfe ouer, of mod: pure red Diafpre. 
Vppon the which, frcode amoflblackc Done, infoime three 
fquare, and in quantitie for breadth, fiftmg the rounde, and in 

T 2 height 


height one pace and a halfe. The corners of which triangle did 
iumpe with the fides, and lymbus of the fubiacent plynth or 
round (lone, 

In the fmooth poll filed fronts of which triangle, there was 
appaft a beautiful! Image, of aheauenly afpecl, graue and mo 
del}., with their fee te not touching the (tone , but (landing out 
from the f<.me iudouer the fupprefled and voder-put roundc 
(lone. Theyr datures as tall as the trygonall would beare , vnto 
the which they did dick fad by their backe parts. Theyr armes 
were dretched abroade, both the right and left to the corners of 
the triangle, where they held a Coppy, filled and fadned to the 
corners of the Trigonall, the length of euery one of which Cop- 
pies of fine gold, was feauen foote. 

And the Images, the Coppyes, and their bandcs wherewith 
they were tyed in the midd and held by, were all fhyning, and 
their hands inuiluped with the fundry dringes, flynging about 
the plaine fmothc of the black (lone. 

Their habits were Nymphi fL,of mod rare and mod excel. 
lent working. The Sepulchre of Te.rma. the Queene of the 
Scythtans in Apa, was nothing comparable- 

In the lowed Cubicall Figure, vpon the fmoth plaine of e- 
uery fquare, were ingrauen Greeke Letters ; threc, one, two and 
three on thysforr. ATS A MI 


in a r Drear(. 

In the circular there 
were three Characters Hi- 
eraghphicall, perpendicu 
larly vnder the feet of eue- 
rie Image. For the firft, 
was imprefled the forme 
of the Sonne. Next vnder 
another , the figure of an 
oldc fafhionedOwer. 

Thirdly, adyfhewifha 
burning flame in it. 

Vponthe headeofthc 
frygonall blacke (rone, to- 
warde euerie corner, I did 
behold an Egiptian Mon 
ger of Gold, fower footed 
couchant. One of the ha- 
uing a face lyke man al 
together. The other like 
half a man,& halfeabeafr. 
And the third hkeabeall. 
With a linnen vaile ouer 
eueryof their hcades,wirh 
two Labels hanging ouer 
theyr cares, & the rcftde- 

* w 

fcending downe and coue- 
ring their necks & backes, 
with the bodies of Lyons. 
Theyr lookcs dire^ly for 


Vppon the backs ofthefe three, dyd ftanderyfingvpamaf* 
fine SpyreofGold^hree fc]uare..frarpr)ing vp to the toppe.fiuc 
fymcs as high as broade below. Andvpon euery front orforc- 
(Ide,was grauen a circlc.and ouer one circle a Greeke Letter, O. 
oucr another, a Letter &- and ouer the rhird, a Greeke N. 

There Logiftica begannc to fpeakc vntome,faying, by thefc 
Figures are difcribed, fo farrc as mans reafon can fhewe, the ce- 
leftiall harmony. -And vnderfhnd Pokphtlus, that thefe Figures, 
with a perpetuall affynit ic and coniunftion, are auncient Mo 
numents, and EgiptianHieragliphsJignifyingthis, Dmr* in- 
finit<tqne trtmtatt vntus eficnti*. Which is now by his holy word, 
in a mo(l louing (brt mamfefod to the whole world, according 
to his will : and yet it fhall not be a miffe to fee antiquities, and 
confider what greater benefite is had by the precious Gofpcl. 

The lower Figure was confecrated to the Deitie, becaufe it 
is euerie way alike, and all one : and vpon euery fide , and tur 
ned cuery way, of like ftablenes j vpon euery bafe, conftant and 

The round Circular (landing vppon that, is without begin 
ning or ende. Vppon the circumferent fides whereof , theft 
three lyneaments are contained, directly vnder euerie Image,ac~ 
cording to the property attributed* 

The Sunne with his comfortable light, giuech life to euerie 
thing, and his nature is attributed to G O D- 

The fecond is the Ower, which is pi ouidentdireftion , and 
gouernment of all with an infinite wifcdomc* 

The third is a Fyeric VefTell, whereby is vnderftoodc a par- 
tycipation of Loue. 

And although that they be three diftinft things, yet they arc 
contained & vnited in one fempeternallie, with great loue com 
municating their blefsings as you may fee by the coppics at c- 
uery corner of the trygonall (lone. 

And continuing her deleclable fpeech, ftec fayd, vndcr the 
forme of the Sunne, note this Greeke worde, d&t&tos. By the 
Owe looke vpon this, Adiackoriftos. And by the VefTcl of fier, 
was engrauen, t/fdiereynes. 

And to this ende arc the three Monfters placed vnder the 
golden Obehfque , becaufe that there be three great opinions 



iike fhofe Mongers :& as that with the humane countcnauncc 
is beft, fo the other be bcaftly and monftrous. 

In the Spyre there be three plaine fides, lyneatcd with three 
circles, figmfying one for euery time. The pafr, the prefenr,and 
Co come ; and no other figure can holde thefe three circles, but 
in that inuariable- And no mot tall man can at one inftant pcr- 
fecllie difcerne and fee together two fides of the fame figure,fa- 
uing one integrally, which is the Prefent : and therefore vp- 
pon great knowledge were the(e three Characters cngrauen, 
O. ft. N. 

For which caufe Tohphiltts , not that I excufe my felfc for 
beeing oucr prolix and tedious, but bnefcly to teach thce , and 
fettc thce right vp. In the knowledge heereof, thou (haltvn- 
dcrftand, that the firft bafiall Figure is onely knownc to hym- 
fclfe, and to one Sonne of man, which hath a humane bodje glo- 
rifyed and without finne: and the brighrncs thereof wee fee but 
as in a glaiTe, : rvd not clcerely as it is, for that it is incomprehen- 
fible for a fynite fubftance. 

But he that is indued with wiledome, let him confider of the 
glorious brightnes thereof. But to the thirdc Figure, which is 
of a darke and blacke collour, wherein be the three golden Ima 
ges :The B Uck* ftonets the Lowe : the Coppies foode : the three 
Women the preferuxtton of Man-kwd. 

Nowe they which willlooke higher, they fee a Figure in a 
tryne afpeft, and the higher that they goe towardcs the toppe, 
where the vnion of the three is, be they neuer fb wife , their vn- 
derftandmg is vn perfect : and although that they fee it, yet they 
knowe not what they fee, but that there is fuch a thin^. in com- 

* O 

parifon whereof] they arefooles, theyr power weake, and them- 
felucs nothing. 

And there Logtfttca hauing ended her allowed talke,procee- 
ding from an abfolurc knowledge.deepe mdgement,and /liarp- 
neiTeofwitinDminematters,andvnknovvne to weake capaci 
ties, I began heereat to take greater delight, then in any other 
mcruailous workc what (beuer, that I had gracioufly beholden 
with my greedy eyes. Confidcring with my felfe of the myft-i- 
callObelifque,the ineffable equality ftatarie , for durablenefle 
and perpetuitie vnmoueable,and enduring vncorruptible. 



Where there breathed a fweet ayrefrom heauen, with vnua- 
riable windes, in this Garden round about full of flowers, of a 
Jarge and circular permanent plot: comparted about with all 
forts of fruites, pleafant in tafte and full of health, with a per- 
petuall greencrte,difpofed and fet by a regular order,both beau- 
tirull, pleafhnt, and conuenient ; with the perfeft labour and in- 
deuour ofNature to bring it to that paiTe, and beautified with 
precious gold. 

And Logiftica holding her peace, they tookc mee both by 
the hands, and we went out at the raouth of one of the Archer 
fromtheprecynftsof the luied mclofure. And beeing gone 
from thence, very contentedly parting on betwixt them both, 
faith Thelemia, let vs now haftcn on to our three Gates whether 

Where-vpon, we pafsing through a plentiful feate and plea- 
fant Countrcy, with a reafonable conuenient pace, I beheld the 
heauens very cleere & bright, & beguiled the tyme with merry, 
fwect,anddelightfull difcourfes. Andldefirousto vnderfrand 
euery particular of the ineftiraable riches,vnfpeakeabk delights 
and incomparable treafure of the facred Queene, (to the which 
OJyris the builder of the two Temples of Golde, one to Inptter, 
and the other to the kingdome, muft giue place , ) I mooued 
this queflion. 

Tell me I bcfcech you fayre Nymphes, (if my curiofity bee 
not to your difcontentment) amongft all the precious ftones 
that I could perfectly behold of great eftimation and prycc, one 
I deemed inestimable, and without companion moft precious ; 
The lafper which had the effigies of Nero cut, it was not much 
bigger. Neither was the Corufcant to paflfe in the (fame of v4r- 
fnoe the Arabian Queene equall with it. Next her , of fuch 
value was the lewell, wherein was the reprefcntaticn of 7^- 
tJtfis the Senator, as this fparkling and rtiyning Dyamond , of a 
rare and vnfcene beautie and bignes,which did hang vpcn a rich 
Carkenet about the fnowie necke of the facred Queene , what 
cutting was in the fame, which I could not perceme by meanes 
of the brightneffc and my beeing fome-what farre of. And 
therefore I beeing therein ignoraunt , defyre to knowe the 


in a Drcetme. 73 

Logiftica considering of my honefl dcmaund, aunfwered me 
incontinent]) . Know this Poliphtlus, in the Jewell was ingrauen 
an iropenall throne, and in the throne the mighty name of le~ 
ktuah in Hebrew Letters, and before that thrcne,are call downc 
and tronen vnder foote, the Gyants v\hich proudly haue lift vp 
themfelucs a gain (I his vvorde, and refilled hys vvjll: vppon the 
left fide of the throne is a flame of fire> vpponthe right handea 
home of faluation,or Copie full t fall gcod bleffednes, and this 
is all that is contained in the Jewell. 

Then I prefumed further to knowc, what fhould thefe two 
things vpon eyther fides of the throne fisrufie . that were hoi- 

^ * i s~\ i 

den out m two handcs. The/i mm quickly aunfwered me, God 
of his infinite gcodnefle, propofeth to mankind his mercie and 
his iudgcment, chufc which they will. 

For thys teeing fatif-fied,I faydmoreouer. Seeing that mod 
gracious Nymphs, my fpceches be not difpleafant vnto you,and 
That I am not yet fatii-ried in all that 1 baue feene,! pray you let 
me vnderlland this. 

Before the horrible feare that I was driuen into by the Dra 
gon,! beheld a mighty huge Elephant of frone.with an entrance 
into his bellie, where were two Sepulchres, with a wiyting, the 
meaning vvhcrof is too myflicall for me, that was, that I fhouldc 
not touch the Lodie, but take away the head. 

LootfttCA forthwith made me aunfwcr. Poltfbiltts, I doc vn- 
derllande very weii your doubt, and therefore you fhall vnder-. 
flande , that this monflrous Qnapc and machine wasnot made 
without grearand wondeifull humane wifcdome.much labour, 
and incredible diligence, with a perplexibility of vnderHan- 
ding to knowe the myflicall conceite. Thou remembrefl that 
vpon the face there hung^an ornament, with cerrainc Ideomx 
ionic and Artlnc, which jn our Mother-tongue, is as much to 
fay, as labour, and mduffrie . Sgmfying; thereby , that in thys 
Vi orldjW hofoeuer will haue any blefsing thatfhall do him good, 
he muf} kaue the body, which is cafe and jdlcnes , and betake 
himfclfeto traunile and indudry, which is the head. 

Slice had no (boner ended her words botJi pleafant & pier 
cing, but I vnderfloode it very well and gaue her great thankcs. 
And yet defirous to be refolucd in whatfoeuei 1 flood in doubt, 

V and 

Theftrife of Lwe 

and feeing thatl might fpeakc boldly, I made this third <jucfri- 
on. Moft wife Nymph, in my commin2;out of the fubterra-icall 
vaft darkfome place, as I paflcd on, I came to a goodlic L idge t 
and vpponthc fame,inaPorphyntefioncvppoIi the one fide, 
and an Ophite vpon the other, f beheld engrauen ctrtaine Hie- 
ragliphs,borh which I did inferpiete.Lut 1 iloode doultfuM of 
certamc branches, that were tyed to the homes of the fcalpe of 
the Oxe, and the rather bccaufethey were in the Porphyrite 
ftonc, and not in the Ophit vpon the other fide . 

She aunfwercd me ftraight way. The braunches , one is of 
The crown ^eThiftleor thorne of ludea, and the other of the Turben- 
of thorne f nc. The nature of which Woodes bee , that the one will not 
vpon chri- cafily take fire, and the other will neither bend, rotte, confumc, 
flcs head. nor b c eaten w\th wormes. And fo that patience is commen 
ded, which with anger is not kindled, nor by adueifity will bee 

The nature of die Porphyrit ftone is of this fecrccie, that in 
the fornace it will neither burne it felfe , but alfo caufeth other 
(rones necrc adioyning that they (hall not burne. And of that 
nature is patience, that it will neither be altered itfclfe, nor fuf- 
fcr any other wherein it beareth rule to fall into a func . And 
the Ophite (lone is of fuch nature alfb. 

No we Toliphiltu, I doe greatly commende you, in that you 
are defirous to vnderftand fuch fecrcts : for to behold, confidcr, 
and mcafure the fame, is a commendable vcrtue, and the way to 
knowledge : whereuppon I had occafion giuen to render innu 
merable thanks, for her great and fauourable curtefies. 

And thus with allowed and dclightfull difcourfing fpee- 
ches, we came to a fayre Riucr, vpon the banck whereof,beGdes 
other fayre greene and florifhing Trees , and water hearbes , I 
beheld i-fine Cioue of Plane Trees, in the which was an excel 
lent fayre bridge ouer the Riuer made of flone, with three Ar 
ches, with pyles bearingfoorth againft the two fronts, to pre- 
fcruethe worke of the bridge, the fides thereof beeing of excel 
lent workman (hip. 

And in the middle bending of the fame, vpon cyther fides, 
there was a fquare flone of Porphyrite fee , hauing in it aCata- 


mtdrttmt. 74 

Vpon the right hand as I went oucr, I beheld a woman, ca 
rting abroade her armes, fitting onely vppon one buttockc, put 
ting foorth one of her legges as if (lice woulde rife; In her right 
hand, vpon that fide which /hee did fitte, fhce helde a payrc of 
winges, and in the other hand, vppon that fide whereon (he was 
aryfing, a Tortice. 

Right agamft her, there was a Circle, the center wherof two 
little Spyrits did hold, with their backs turned towards the cir 
cumference of the Circle. 

And then Logiftica faidc vnto me, t Pokphi!f4s,lzm furc that 
thou dooft not vnderftand thefe Hieragliphs , but they make 
much for thy purpofc : and therfore they are placed for a Mo 
nument and thing to be confjdered, of fuch as paflc by. 

The Circle iJMedium tenners beati. 

The other, temper thy haft by (laying, and thy flowneflc by 
ryfing, confider hcereof as thou fceft caufe. 

This bridge was built with a modtrate bending , flawing 
the cunning difquifition, tiyall, examination, arte, and difcretih 
on of the excellent workman and inuentcr, commended in the 
continuaunce and durableneile thereof, which manic of our 
Bayard-hkc moderne Idiots, without knowledge, meafure and 
artc buzzing on, neither obferue proportion nor lyncamcnts, 
but all out of order. 

This bridge was all of pure Marble. 

When wee had pafTedouer the bridge, wee walked in the 
coolc ftadow, delighted with the variable notes and chirpings 
of fmall byrds, to a rocky and flony place, where high & crag- 
gic Mounraincs lifted vp themfelues, afrerwarde continuing to 
abrupt and wilefome hilly places, full of broken and nybled 
ftoncs, mounting vppc into the ayre, as high as a man might 
lookc to, and without any greene graffe or hcarbe , and there 
were hcwen out the three gates,in the verie rocke it felfe, euen 
as plaine as might be. A workc veric auncient and pad record, 
ID a very difplcafant feate. 


Theflrtfe of Lone 



in A drearnc. 7 / 

Oucr euery one of the which, I beheld in Letters Ionic,Ro- 
, Hebrew and Arabic, thetyrle that the Tiered Queene 
Eltitfhertlbda fore- told me that I fhould find. The Gnte vppon 
my right hand, had vpon it this won*, TheodoxM.1\\*t vppcn 
tny\eithand,Co/wodoxM. And the thirde, Prototrephos. Vnro 
the which as foone as we were come, the Damofels beganne to 
inflrutfl me in the tytles,and knocking in the refoundjng leaues 
of the Gates, vppon the right hande coueredouer with gictne 
mofTe, they were prefently opened. 

And ther dyd an oldc woman prefent herfelfe vnto vs, of nn 
honourable countcnaunce, out of an oldcd.iwbed r.nd fmoakie 
houfc,haumgapoore bafe httle doorejOiicr the which was pain 
ted Piltirjtnta. Slice came with a modefr and honcil fhamefaft- 
neiTe, and her dwelling place was in a fbhtanc fite and fhadie 
Rockc, decayed and crumbly, her clothes were tattered, her face 
leanc, pale & poore. Her eyes looking towards the ground, her 
name was Tbende. Shee had attending vpon her iixe Hand- 
maydes, bafely and flenderly apparrelled- One was named Par- 
thevi.i, tlie fccond Edofia, an other HypocoknM* the fourth Pino- 
lidi^ the ntxiTapinofa, the laflTroc^m.t. Which vcucrent Ma 
tron, with her right armc naked poynted to the heauens. 

She dwelt in a place very hard to come vnto,and fu! of trou 
bles to pulle on the way, beeing hyndered with thornc ^nd bry- 
crs, very rough and difpleafant, a miflic clowde cafl oucr it, and 
very hard to clymbe vp into 

L^^/c^pcrceiuingbymy lookc that I had no great lyking 
in this place, fome-whatgreeued therewith, (aid, this Rockeis 
knowne neuer but at the end. And then TheltmM fayde , 7V;- 
phtlus, I fee you makefmall regarde of fuch a painefuH woman. 
Whereat I aQenting to her with my countcnaunce , wee depar 
ted, and the 2;ate being; ftmt we came to the next. 

Where knocking, it was prefently opened, and wee entering 

in, there met vs a browne woman, with fierce eyes rowling, and 
of a cjuicke countcnaunce, lyfting vp a naked glittering fworde, 
vpon the midd e wherof was a Ciowne of golde, and a branche 
of Palme tree intrauerfed . 

Her annes brawnie like Hercules, in labour and rifts ma >na- 


nimious and nobly minded. Her belly fmall. A little mourh, 

V 3 (liong 

The ft rift of Lone 

(Irong and (looping fliouldcrs, by her countcnaunce fccming 
Co bee of an vndaunccd mmdc, not fearing to vndertake any cn- 
tcrpnfc how hard foeucr . 

Her name was ndeUa f vcrie honourable attended vppon 
with fixe young Women. The firft was called <JWerimnafi*, 
the fccond, Stride, another, r*y//f4,thcfourth,ex/w#<*, the 
fift was named StatM, the laft was called Ohftf*. 

The fituation and place me thought was painerull, and Le- 
ifttca percciuing my inclynation , prcfenthc tookc into her 
hand The Umias Lute, andbeganne to ftrike a doricall tune,and 
Tung to the fame verie fwectly, faying. O Toltphilus be not wea- 
nc to take payncs in thys place, for when labour and trauett is 
oucr -come, there will be a ty me of reft. And her fbnge was of 
fuch force, that I was euen confcnting to remaine there , not- 
with (landing that, the habitation feemed labour fomc- Where- 
vppon, Thelcmia inticingly faid vnto roe, I think that it fbnderh 
with vcrie great rcafon my Poltfhiltts t that before you fet downe 
your rell heere in this place , you ought in any cafe to fee the 
third Gate. 

Whcrcuntol confented with a very good will,and therefore 
going out from hence, we came to the other Gate, where The* 
lemM knocking at a ring of Braffe, it was forth-with fctte open, 
and when wee were come in, there came towardcs vs a notable 
goodly woman, and her name was Pbtltronia. 

Her regards were wanton, lafciuious, and vnconftant , her 
grace wonderful! plcafant,fo as at the vcrie full fight dice vio 
lently drew me into her louc- 

This place was the Manfion-noufe of Volupwoufnes.The 
grounde decked with fmall hcarbcs, and adorned with all forts 
of fundrie flowers, abounding with folacc and quiet cafe. Iflu- 
ing and lending foorth in diucrs places fmall ftrcaraes of water, 
pyppling and flyding downc vpon the Amber grauell in thc)T 
crooking Channels!) cere and there, by feme fuddaine fall ma 
king a dill continued noyfe, to great plcafurc mc> dning the o- 
pcnfieldcs, and making the ftiadowed places vnder the leaf!} C 
Trees, coolc and frcfh. 

Shcc had with her alfo fixe young women of like ftatures, 
pafsingfayre,ofp!eafant coomcnaunccs , amorottfly adorned, 


and drefTed as may bee defined of an ambitious beautie and ge- 


The firfl was called Raftmtlt*. The fccond, Corta/in*. The 
thirde, Jdwrfa. The fourth, Trtphelia. The fift, Efutma. And 
the laft was named exfc/i*. 

Thcfe and their companie,were very delightful! to my ga- 
(ing and fearching eyes. Where- vppon Logifttc* prcfcntlic 
with a fad and graded count cnauncc, feeing mee difpofing my 
fclfc abruptlie to the fcrnilc loue of them, fliee faid vntomee, O 
fohphtlns, the alluring and intic ing beauties of thefe, arc vaine, 
deceiucablc, and counterfeited, vnfauorie and difpleafant , and 
therefore if thouwouldefl with aduifcment looke vppon their 
bjckes, thou wouldcft then hate, contemne, and abhorre theyr 
lofhfome filthmeflc and fliame, abounding in flinke and noy- 
fbme fauoure aboue any dunghifl, which no ttomacke can a- 

And therefore what is flyppcrie and tranfttorie Bye and 
efchewe, defpifc that plealure w4iich bnngeth fhamc and re 
pentance, vaine hopes, a fhort and frnall ioy , with perpetual! 
cornplaynts , doubtfull fighcs, and a forrowrull life neuer en 

Oh adulterated and vnkmdly pleadirc, fraught withmife- 
rie, com ayning (uch bitterneflfc, like honnie, and yet gall drop 
ping from grccne leaues. 

O lyfe wor(e then death, and yet deadly, delighted in fwcctc 
poyfbn, with what care, (brrow, penfiuc thoughts, mortall and 
defperate attempt?,art thou fought for to bee obtained by blind 
Louer% who without regardc or aduifc caft themfehies head* 
long info a gulfe of fbrrowes. 

They be preftnt before thine eyes, and yet thou feefr them 
not. Oh what and howe great forrowes , bitter and fharpc 
paine and vexation dooft thou bcarc, wicked, execrable and ac- 
curfed appetite. 

O dcteftable madnefle, oh beguiled fenfes , by your faulte 
with the felfe fame beafllie pleafurc, myferable mortall men are 

Oh filthy luft, abfiird furic, difbrdinate and vaine defire, 
building ncfls with errours , and torments for wounded 



harts, the vtter deftroyer, and idle letting goe by of all good 


Oh blinde Monfter, how dooft thou blinde, and with what 
decciptdooflthoucouer the eyes, and decciuc the vndeiflan- 
dmg fences of vnhappie and miferable Louers with vailes and 
my Res. 

Omonftrous and flauifli, which compafled with fb manic 
cuils, hnfteneft to fo fmall pleafure poyfoned and fayned. 

Logiftica fpeaking with vehcmencie thefe and fuch lykc 
words, her fore-head frowning, wrymplmg with forrowes, and 
veincs, ryfing vp in a great rage, (lice cart her Lute vppon the 
ground and brake it. 

Whcre-vpponTta/fww, with a fmyling countenaunce, 
nodded towards mee, as if fhee fhoulde fay, let Log ftica fpeake 
her pleafure, but doc as you fee good your felfe. 

And Logiftica feeing my wicked intent and refolute deter 
mination, beeing kindled with difdaine, turned her backe , and 
with a great figh haftcned away. 

And I remained Itillwith my companion TkelemM, who 
with a flattering and fmyling grace faid vnto me, Po lip kilns, this 
is the place where thou ilialt not continue long , but thou ("hale 
finde the deereft thing which thou loueft in the world, & which 
thou haft in thy hart, without intermifsion detei mined to feekc 
and defire. 

And doubtfully then difcourfing with my felfe, I was refol- 
Ucd that nothing coulde breede quiet, or bring content to my 
poore grieued hart, but my beft defirtd7Vw. The promife and 
warrantife of Thelemia for my obtayning the fame, bred in mec 
fome comfort. 

And /liec perceiuing that the Miftrisof thys place, and 
the fcate it felfe, and her Women dyd bothc pleafe mee well, 
and entertained mee courteoufly, fhec kifsing mee, tooke her 
Icaue and gaue me a fare- well. 


m A dreamt. 77 

The met allyne gates bccine fliut , I remayned incloyftered a- 
mong thefc fay re and beautifuU Nymphes, who began very plea- 
fantly and wantonly to dcuife with inee : and beeing hemmed in 
with rheir lafcmious company,! found my felfe prouokedby their 
perfwafiuc alluring intifcments, to vnlawfull concupifccnce/ee- 
Jing in my felfe a burning defire , kyndled with their wanton aA 
pe&s,an increafing prouocation of a lufting ficr. I doubt me that 
if Phrine had bcene of that fauour, and force in gefture of fpeech, 
coldc Xenocrates would haue confented to her alluring, and not 
haue beene accufed by her,to be an image of ftone. Their counte 
nances were fb lafciuiousxheir breaftcs naked and intycing, thcyr 
eyes flattering , in their rofcall fbrheads , glyftering and rowling, 
their fliapcs moft cxcellcnt,their apparell rich,their motions gir- 
hh, they r regards by ting, theyr ornaments , fweete and precious, 
no part counterfeited , but all perfefted by nature in an excellent 
(brt, nothing deformed, but all partex aunfwcrablc one to an o- 

Their headcs yellowe,their trefles fayre,and the hayrc (oft and 
fine , in fuch a fort dreilcd vp and rouled into trammels, with la 
ces of filke and goldc , pa/Ting any ioye that a man may bcholdc, 
turned about their heads in an excellent manner , inuiluxed, and 
bound vppe together, their forheades comparted about and&ad- 
dowed with wauering curies, mouably prxpendingin a wonder- 
full manner, roarueilous delightfull, perfumed 6c fweet,ycelding 
an vnknown fragrancie. Their fpeeches fo perfwa(bric and plea- 
fm^, as might robbe the fauour of an indefpofed hart,and violent 
ly drawe vnto them any mind,though Satyr-like or churlifli how- 
(oeuer,to depraue Rehgion,to binde euery loofe conceit, to make 
any rufty Peafant amorous, and to mollifie any fro ward difpofiti- 
on. Vppon which occafion^ny minde,altogether (et on fier with 
a new defire, and in the cxtreame heate of concupiscence, prouo- 
ked to fall headlong into a Jafciuious appetite, & drowned in luft> 
full louc vnbndled : in the extrcame inuafion and infe&ious con- 
tage thereof, the Damofelles forfooke mce and left OK all alone 


n this fUce Pofyhitus being left doncsmoftftyre Nympbefwben bfe 
W*s forfaken of the laJcttttoHs company ) came vnto him , 
bf antic and apparel! Poliphtlus dooth amour oufly dtfcribc. 

Y tender heart thus excefliuely woan- 
ded with amorous prouocation,! think 
1 was mad, I flood fo amazed^or blmdc 
at the leaft , becaufe that I coulde not 
perceiue in what fort or how this defi- 
redand delightfull company gaue mee 
the flip: and at laft not knowing what 
I did, but calling mine eyes right for 
ward, 1 behclde before mee, a fine Ar 
bour of fweetc Geflaminc , fomewhat 
highjifting vppc and bending ouer. all to bee painted and decked 
with the pleafant and odoriferous flowers of three fortes com- 
mixt, and entritig in vnder the fame. Wonderfully perplexed for 
the lofTe of my company, I kncwe not howe or in what fort, and 
calling to remembrauncc the diuers , rare and wonderfull things 
part, and aboue al the great hope and truft which I had concerned 
vpon the Quecnes promife,that I ftiould finde my loue Poh* . 

Alas faid I, with a deepc figh,my /Vw,that the greene Arbour 
rcfounded againe therewithaTl , my amourous breathings were 
fach, framed within and fenf out from my burning hart. And I 
was no fooner entered into this agony, and ouerwhelmcd in this 
paflion, but as I parted on to the other cnde of the Arbor, I might 
perceiue a farre off, a great number ofyouthes,(blacingand fpor- 
tingthemfelues very loude with diuers melodious foundes,with 
pleafant fports and fundry paftimes, in great ioye, and pafling de- 
hght aflembled together, in a large playne. Vppon this gratefull 
and dcfircd noueltie,! fet me down marueiling at it,before I would 
ftep any further on. 

And beholde, a mod noble and faire Nymph, with a burning 
torch in her hand,departing from the company,tended her courfc 
towardcs mee, foasl might well perceiue that (hee was a reall 
m. tyde indeede and no fpintc, whervpon I mooued not one whit, 
but gladly expected her comming,\vl7o with a maidenly hafymo- 
deft accefle, (lar-like countenance,and fmilmg grace^rewe neerc 


in a dreamt. 7 9 

vnto mee with filch a Maieftie.and yetfriendly, Co as I doubt mc> 
the amorous Idalea neucr fncwed her fclfc to Mars t uor to her the 
fay re Paftor tSfdoms. Nor the delicate (jammed to Ittpiter&i the 
thcfayre TJychesjo her fpoufc /<;>&/. 

For which caufe, if fhechad beene the fourth among the three 
contending GoddefTes , if foue had bcene Judge , as in the fhady 
Wooddcs of Mcnfunlone was the Phrigian Shcepheard,without ail 
doubt flic had beene iudged of farre more excellent beautie , and 
without equiuolencc,more worthy of the golden apple,then all or 
any one of the reft. At the firfr fight I was perfwaded that flicc 
had beene Poltafcut the place vnaccuftomcd & her apparell made 
mcc thinkc the contraric , and therefore my doubtfull judgement 
remained in fufpcnce, hauing onely a reuerent fufpition therof. 

This honourable Nymph , had her virgineali diuine and fmall 
body coucrcd with a thinne fubtill (tuffe of grecne fllkc, powde 
red with golde,vppon a fmocke of pure white coorled Lawne,o> 
ucring her mod delicate and tender body, and fnowye skinnc, a$ 
fine and good as euer Pamphtla the daughter to Plans in the Hand 
of Coo, did muent to weaue. Which white ftnodce teemed as if if 
had couered damaskc Rofes. 

The coate which (he wore ouer that, was not like our ratio 
ned petticoares with French waftes, for that hcrfweetc proporo* 
oned body needed no fuch pinching in,& vnholforoc weare, hyn- 
dering procreation and an enemie to health: but rather like a 
waftcoate, with little plightes and gathers vnder her roundc and 
pretty bearing our brealh,vpon her {lender and fmall wafte,ouer 
ner large proportioned flanckes and little round belly/ail girded 
about with a girdle of golde : and ouer the fame.a gownc or gar 
ment fide to the grounded welted belowe. 

This garment becin^ very fide, was taken vp round about the 
pitch of her hippes, and before vpon hcrbclly,& tycd about with 
the (ludded marriage girdle of Cubcre*,thc plucking vp of t gar- 
nient, bearing ouer the girdle about her like afrcnch vardingate., 
& the ncthermoft part falling down about her feet in plightes and 
fouldes, vnftablc and blowne about with the fweetc ayre & ccolc 
wmtic,cauGng fomenrnc, by the thinnelTe thereof,hcr (hape to be 
fecnc in it, which fhee feemed with a prompt readinedc to refid 
and hynder. Her beautie and grace was fuel v$ I fl code in doubt 
whether hce were begotten by any humamc generation : her 

X 2 armcs 

Tktftrifiof Lone 

armes ftrctching downe, her handcs long and (lender, her fingers 
fmall and fayrc,and her nayles thinne and ruddy, and fliining, as if 
flic had beene Aimcrua. her felfe. Her armes to be fcene through 
the cleerc thmnefTe oftlie Lawne,the vvinges about the fizc of her 
garment where her armes came out, were of an excellent 
fort and fafhionwelted,andfet with Pcarleand ftone: and in like 
fort, all the hemming about of her vefturc, with golde ooes, and 
Pcarle,and fpangles ofgoldc in diuers placcs,diftantly difpofed in 
a curious and pleafant fort to beholde. 

Vppon either fide, vnder the armes to her wafte, her vppcr 
garment was vnfowed and open , but fattened with three buttons 
of great Orient Pcarle(fuch as Cleopatra ncucr had to diflblue in a 
Potion) in loopes of blewc filke,fo that you might fee her finockc 
betwccnc the diftance of one Pearle from an other, couering her 
daintie (oft fnowyc thinne skinne -.except her fmall necke and the 
vpper halfe of her fpatious and dclitious breafl,morc dcfired and 
contenting mine eyes , then the water brookes and coole Ryuers 
totheembofteand chafed Hart, more pleafing then the fifticr 
boatc Q^Endimion to Cynthia, and more pleafant then fitkcra to 

The fleeues of her fmocke ofa conuenient largenellc , and a- 
bout her wriftes plighted and tyed with Bracelets of Golde,doub!c 
and vnited with Orient Pearle. And befides all her ornaments and 
gracious gefturcs, flic indeuoured nowe and then with ftolenand 
affecled regards, in a fwcet & pleafant (brt,to cart down her eyes 
vpon her little round fwelling breaftcs , impatient at the fuppref- 
fing of her foft and fine apparcll : fo as I mdged vppon good con- 
fideration,and thought that in the dignitic and honourable frame 
of her perfonage, the Creator had framed and vnited together,all 
the violence of Loue. The fourc Nourfes of the royall Kmgdornc 
of Babilon, called The tongue of the fyds> had not that powrc to 
winne fauour and louc of the King,which this raoft fweet Nymph 

About herfayrc Necke, more white then the Scithian fnowe, 
fliee wore a Carkenet of Oryent Pearle : Cerna the wife of Ctfir 
neucr had the like, and I doubt me that that oriphtle, which /he 
rooke t&tsfmphtaraus , was nothing comparable vnto it. Arrd in 
the bending downe ouer the deuifion of her breatfes, betwixt 
two great Pcarles,there was laced a corrufcant roundc Rubie, and 


in A Dreamt. 79 

vppon the collatcrate fides of the fayde Pearles, two glittering Sa- 
phircs,and two them two Emeraldes, & two Pearlcs, 
and after them two fayre lacinthcs : all thcfe Pearles and Stones 
were laced in a worke in lofcngcs , in a rare and beautiful! man 

Her fayrc heade , fending downe and vnfoldinga loofe fprea- 
ding abroadc of plentifull hayre, like the fmallefl threds of golde, 
wauing with the winde, and vpon her crowne,a garland of tawny 
vyolets fwectly fmellmg,and couering the fame almoft to her for- 
headc : from the middle vpper point whereof, in forme of two 
Hcmycycles to the halfe of her cares, it mounted vppe in curled 
trammellcs , falling downe againc vppon her fayrc Temples, 
tnoueably wauing and iTiaddowing the fame, and hydmg the vp- 
per halfe of her fmall cares, more fayre then cuer was reported of 

The reft of hcryellowe haire, defcended downe ouer her fayre 
necke,wcll difpofed ftionlders,and ftraight backe,to the calucs of 
her flcnder lcgges,moderatly wauing and blownc abroadjn grea 
ter beautie than the proude eyed feathers of lunou Birdc. Such 
hayre as Berenice did neuer vow in the vencreous Temple for her 
TholomtHs, nor Conns the Mathematician did eucrbeholde the 
like placed in the Tnangulc. 

In her forehead, vnder two fubtile blacke Hcrrjyciclcs and di- 
ftinft eye brees,fuch as Abacfme in /Ethiopia had not to boafl of, 
or compare with, nor funo her felfe , didlookeoutandprcfcnt 
themfelues two pleafant radious and gliflering eyes,which would 
enforce fxptter to rayne golde, of a clecre fight, cjuicke and pear- 
cing, with a browne circle betwixt the Apple and the milchie 
white : neere to the which, were her purple and Cherry cheekes, 
beautified with two round fmyling dimples, gracing the pleafure 
of her countenaunce, of the collour of the frefh Rofes gathered at 
the ryfing of the Sunne , and layde in a vcfTcl! of the Chnftall of 
Cyprus.and /lievving through the fame, as me thought. 

Vnder her nofe to her lyppes, paffed a little valley to her (mall 
mouth of a rnoft fweete forme , her lyppes not blabbered or fwel- 
lingjbut indifferent, & of a rubye collour,couering two vniforme 
fets of teeth, like yuory,and fmall^not one longer and (harper than 
an other, but in order euenly difpofed and fet : from betwixt the 
which, Loue had compofed aneuerlaftmg fweet breathing, fo as I 

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prefumed to thinkc, that the fnow white teeth betwixt her graci 
ous lyppes,werc no other but Oryent Perries, & her fweet breath 
hoe Muske,and by her delightfull voyce that flic was Thcfpts with 
her nine daughters. 


By all which fight I was greatly mooued and my fences raui- 
fhed with a kindled appetite,caufing among them great frnfc and 
bitter contcnrion/uch as Incuer felt any other prefencc 
or excellent figbtes whatfoeuer. My fcarching eyes commended 
one pnrt aboue another, to bee more beautifull : but my appetite 
rapt into an other part of her heauenly body ,efleemmg that aboue 
the other. And thus my infatiablc and wanton eycs.were the euill 
beginning of all thys perturbing and contentious commotion, 
whome I founde the feminarics and moouers of all fo great ftnfe 
and trouble, in my wounded and fettering heait. Through theyr 
contumacy, I was now brought from my felfe, and neuertneieilej 
could not be fatisficd by them. My greedy appecyte^xtolled her 
delicate breaft aboue any companfon , my eyes delightfully con- 
fenting thervnto,fayd, at leaft by that \ve may difcouer what $ reft 
is ; And they, glauncing from that to the regardc of her grace and 
gefture, fet all their delight therein : and my appetite ftrengthc- 
ncd and not eafilic rcmooued from thence, I perfwaded my felfc, 
that the plentie and fayrenefle of her head and hayre,and the drcf- 
(Ing thereof, and the beautic of her fbrheade , couldencuer bee 
compared with of any one or other, like the (crapings ofgoldc al- 
waies turning into little roundels. 

With two eyes lyke moniing ftarres in a cleere hcauen, more 
beautifully adorning her heade, than any that euer the warlike 
Neco behclde among the Acitamans, wounding my heart like one 
of thearrowesof the angrie Cnyid. And thus to conclude, I dare 
be bolde to fay,that no mortall man hath gracious/o (liy- 
ning,fo cleere and pleafant lightes as thefe were.placed in the for- 
head of this heauenly creature ; fo that by them my hart was taken 
prifoner, & was filled with fuch continuall cotroueriles of defire, 
as if a leafcof the Laurell of the Tombeof the king of Bibrta had 
bin placed bcrwixt, (Scthat flnfe /houldneuer ceafe whilft it was 
there : fo as I thought that this ftrifc would neucr ceafc , vncill rhe 
pleafure were taken away, by rcafon wherof, I could not percciue 
novve I fhoulde obtaine the fulnes of my defirc, or howc it coulde 
agree with cither one or other. Like one cxtreamely hungry a- 


in u Drtamt. to 

a number of prepared meatcs being defirous of all/eedcs of 
nonc%s burning appetite remaymng fatisfied with none.but dill 

The moftfare Nymph beting come to Toltphtlus, bearing a Torch in 
her left band&ith the other tocke him andinttited htm to Ktilke 
er , and there Potyhtlus by her lone Was more inflamed. 

Hus feing before mc,a reall and vifiblc 
obiecl of a mod excellent reprefenta- 
f ion, Jouely prefence and heauenly af- 
pcft.of a plentifull dore and vniuerfall 
gathering cf vnfeene bcautic , and in- 
humaine eomelmelTe. I made light and 
(lender account, in refpecl heercof, of 
all the medimable delights, riches, and 
great pompc which before I had bc- 
hcldeand fcene, thinking their wor* 

thinefTe nothing to fpeake of, in comparifon of this. Oh happic 
hee that may eriioy fuch and fo great a treafure of louc ; and not 
onely a happic pofTeiTor I account him , but moft happie that 
fliall pofleile and obtaine her obedience, tohysdefireandrule. 
But if Zencshad bcheldethis fubftance, hee would haue com 
mended the fame aboue all the AgYtgcntmc maides, euery propro- 
tion would haue made vntohim an oportunc fliewe of the abfolu- 
teft pcreclion in the whole world. 

Which fayre and heauenly Nymph no we comming neere vn- 
to me, with a cheercfull countenance, incontinently her mod rare 
beautie,beforc fomewhat a farre of looked vppon with mine eyes, 
but nowe , by them more neere and narrowly behelde, I was raui- 
hcd and amafed. 

And her amorous afpecl and louely prefence , was no fooner 
brought by the mefTage of mine eyes to my inward partes, but my 
recording and watchfull remembrance, frirringand waking vppc 
my heart, prefenting and orTenng her vnto the fame : it is become 
hcrihoppe; the quiutr for her piercing arrowes and wounding 
regart cs, and the dwelling place and conferuable manfion houfe, 
of her f A-cete p <fburc. Knowing that this was (hee which had r.T- 
coi:fum:d my tender yceres, in her hotte and prime loue, 



not fo be refitted. For I felt the fame leaping and beating againft 
my breaft, without ceafing, like as one that ftriketh vpon a hoarfc 
Taber. And (till me thought by her louely and delighrfull coun 
tenance, by herfayretreffes, and the curling and waumg hairc. 
playing vp and downe vppon her forheadc, that it Should be Po- 
fa, whome Co greatly I had loued and defired,and for whom I had 
fuftaincd fb many & fundry griefes,without intermifiion,fending 
out fcalding fighcs, the outward reporters of my inwarde flames. 
But her rich and Nymplnfh habite, vnaccuftomed, and the place 
vnknowne and ftrange , made mec ftill doubtfull and fufpici- 

Shce(as beforefaide)carried in her faowc white left arme^lofc 
to her body,a kindled and burning Torch, fomewhat higher then 
her heade a good deale, and the lower endc growing fmaller and 
Cnaller,fliee hclde in her hande : and ftretchingfooith that which 
was at libertie,raore white then cucr had Ttloyta, wherein appea 
red the thinnefmoothncs of the skynne, and the blewneffe of the 
vcynes lyke Azure ftreamcs , vppon the fairc and whiteft paper. 
Shee toooke me by the left hande with a fwcete and louing coun 
tenance and fmiling gra<e,and with an eloquent fpccch,fhec piea- 
fantly faide in this manner. 

Pokphtlus,! thinke my felfc to come in faftie,but it feemeth that 
you Rand doubtfull . Heereat I was more amazed, and my fences 
in a manner gone to imagine howe ftie fhould knowc my name ; 
and al my inward parts vanc|tti(hed,and hemmed in with burning 
amorous flames , my fpcech was taken from mec with feare and 
reuercnt bafhfu Incite. 

In this fort remayning, I knewe not vppon the fuddaine what 
good aunfwere I might make, or otherwifc doe her reuerencc,but 
co offer her my vnworthy and vnfic hande ; Which when it was 
ftreined in hers, me thought that it was in hot fhowe and curded 
milke,and me.thought indeede,that I touched and handled fbmc- 
thing which was more then humaine ; which when I had fo done, 
I remained moued in minde , troubled and doubtfull, vnaccufto- 
med to fiich a companion, not knowing what to fay, or whether to 
followe her, hi my fimple apparcll and homely bringing vp, not a- 
grceablc with hers : and as a foole, vnworthy and vnfitfor her fcl- 
lowl}iip,perfwading my felfe, that it was not lawfull for amortall 
and earthly creature to enioy (uch pleafures. For which caufo> my 


in 4 drcame. 8 1 

collour red and blufliing,with rcuercnt admiration, being grieued 
at my bafeneiTe, I fetled my felfe to followe her. 

Ac Jengtl^and yet not with a perfect recalled minde,! bcganne 
to reduce and fommon together, my fearcfiill and diftempered 
fpintes : perfvvading my felfe, that I mull ncedes hauc good fuc- 
cefle,bcinc; necre fo faireand diuine an obiec~t,and mfucha place; 
And fo followed her on with a panting heart, more fliakingthan 
the birde Siftrin, or a Lambe carryed in the mouth of a Wolfe. 

And thus touched moft feruently with pleafant heates, grow 
ing cncrcafing more & more,they began to boyle & kindle my 
colde feare, and difpofitiuely to adopt my altered hcate to fincere 
Joue. Which being thus brought to thys palTe, by a prouoked in 
ward defire, yet inwardly as 1 reafoned with my felfe , it was won 
derfully variable and doubtfull. Oh moil happyc Louer of all 
Louers, that in iccjuitall of hys, might bee fure to participate of 

On the other fide,I perfwaded my felfe, that if I flioulde offer 
vnto her my amorous heart and loue,hauing no better thing to be- 
ftow vpon her,or prefent vnto her,it might be that /he would not 
refufe it : like ^rtaxerxc j 3 the King of the Percians; who hauing 
water prefentcd to hys handes , accepted of it bowing downe 
himfelfe. Hcerewit hall , me thought yet that a fcarefull and chill 
trembling inuaded mee, infufingit felfe ouer all my body and 
bre;ift 3 renewing the force of the extreame fire, euen like dry 
rccde: which being once kindled, is enflamed and nourished 
with the frefli ayre, vntill at length it is increafed fo mightily^that 
kconfumeth all to afhes. 

And in like forte, I fully founde in my felfe, anincrcafc and 
fiafliing abroade of my inwarde flames, in their prepared fub- 
iccl, (b efFeclually, that her amorous regardes gaue me mortall 
and deadly woundes : euen as lightning and thunder, among 
the llronge and mightie oakes/uddainely with a great force,(cor- 
ching & tearing them. And therefore I durft not looke vpon her 
bright eycs,becaufe that dooing fo, ( being ouercome with the in 
credible beauty of her gracious afpecl) ifpcraduenture her radi- 
oiisbeamesdid reincounter mutually withmyne , for a little 
while eucry thinge feemed two vnto mee , vntill I had clo- 
fed the lyddes together , and reftoied them to theyr former 

Y Where- 

The ftrift of Lone 

Wherevpon, and by reafon of thefe thinges capriuated, fpoy- 
led^ndouercome,! determined atthatinftant topluckevpiomc 
frefli flowers, and in all humble fort to offer them vnto her,and it 
came to paiTe, that whilft my fecret thoughts contented ihei vnto, 
confining a free meane and large entrance , for the difcouery of 
mydefire.But my burning heart humbly hauing opened the fame, 
cuen as a rype Apple being eyther bytten or fhal<cn, fo it fell and 
fayled me. And receiuing into his wounded and familiar eftuati- 
on/m fome interpofit ion ot time, immediatly his accuftomed heat 
and feruor increafed,piercing the inward parts with her virgineall 
afpefts, exceedingly beautified with a comely grace and vnexco- 
gitable elegancie ; Becaufejhat into this fweete introduction into 
my minde, of thefe firft amorous flames,(lyke the Troian horfe, 
full of weapons and deceite)the enterance was made for an euerla- 
fting, vnknown,and vnceiTam plague,deeply fettering in my ten 
der and poorc heart, perpetually remayning: which eafllyouer- 
come with one fweete looke, inconlldcrately without dclay,hafte- 
neth his owne hurt, and wholly laycth it fclfc open toamorotis in- 
curfions, and burneth it felfe with fweet conceits, going into the 
flames of his owne accord. 

To all which burning defires,her prefent company did greatly 
inforce mee, which I efteemed to yeelde mee more comfort, then 
the North ftarre in a tempeftuous night to the troubled Mar- 
riner : more acceptable then that of Mekcta to Adonis px to F hro- 
dttes, the ob(equious Nymph Periftera:and more delightful! then 
Dtttander to the daughter of Z>y<&,with the Purple flowre for the 
woundeof Pins *sncas: And finding my heart fTrooken and in- 
vvardly pricking,fecretly filled andcomprefliucly ftuft; recording 
and gathering together into it, varyable thoughts and working of 
Loue, my immedicable wounde grewe greater and greater. But 
gathering vp the remaynder of my fences.asone that durd, I affu- 
red my felfe to mnn feft and lay open before her , my intended de- 
fires and amorous conceitcs. And thus loofing my felfe in ablinde 
folly .1 couU not clioofc but giue place to my inuadmg defircs,fer- 
ucnrly boyhng and inforcins; me to fay thus. 

Oh delycate and heaucnly Damofell, whatfocuer thou art, thy 

fbrcyble loue hath fct me on fire,and confumeth my grieued hearfj 

I finde my felfe all ouer, burning in an vnceftant flame, anda 

(harpc dart call into the middeft of my bread , where it fticketh 

^ fall, 

in a drcamc. 

fad, hairing made a mortall wounde vncurable. And hauing fpo- 
kcn thus, to the tnde I might difcouer vntoher my hidden define, 
and moderate by that meanes the extreamitie of my bitter pnffi- 
ons : which I felt.the more they were concealed,thc more to aug 
ment and incrcafe,! patiently helde my peace : and by this meanes 
all thofc feruent and greeuous agitations , doubtfull thoughtes, 
wanton and vyolent defircs, were fomewhat fuppreft; wjfhmy 
ill fauoured Gowne, that had fhll (bine of the Bramble leaucs and 
prickcs in the Wood hanging vpon it , and euen as a Peacocke in 
the pride of his feathers, beholding the fowJenede of his feete, 
pulleth downe hys traine : fo I confidering the inequallitie of my 
lelfe,wjth fuch a heauenly obiec"t,appaled the prouocations of my 
contumacious and high defires , looking into the vanities of my 

And then I earncftly endeuourcd by all the meanes that I 
mighr,tofubdue,cncloy(ter,and keepe in, my vnbndlcd gadding 
appetite, wandring mindc, and immodeft dciire, intending nowe 
that it fliould neucr be vttered againe. 

At length I bcganne to thinkc in the fecret depth of my 
wounded heart , that vndoubtedly this my prefent continued 
griefe,wasequall with that of wicked Tantalus ,to whofe hottc and 
thirfting lyppes,the coole and clcerc water did offer it felfe,and to 
his hungry appetttc, thefwecte fruites hongeouerhys gaping 
mouth apprefenting,but heneuer tafted any of either. 

Ah woe is mcc cuen in like fort,a moft fayre Nymph of an ex 
cellent ftiape, of aflorifhingage, of Angel-like behauiour vn- 
(peakable,and of rare honour and exceeding curtefie as mine eies 
coulde beholde, whofe company exceeded any cxqucfite hu- 
mainc content; and I, iuflby her, full of all whatfoeuer pro- 
uocation, forcing follacioufly loue and defirejieaping vppe in her 
felfe the whole perfections ofdelight,andyet my yauningand vo 
luptuous deilre, neuer the more thereby {atisfied. 

Well, on this (brte my burning concupifcence nothing allayed, 
as much as I might,! comforted my languishing hart, vnmeafura- 
bly tormented, in putting of it in mindcjof folacious and amorous 
hope : and with that,there was neuer a coale fo neere put out, but 
it was prefently renued and fet on fire , with the company of the 
next. And my vnbridled eyes, the more they were vnarmed to re- 
lift her power, the more they were inflamed with the infolent de- 

Y 2 fire 

Thcftrife of LOKC 

fire and liking of her wondcrfull and hcaucnly bc.iurie; Still 
fccming more fairc, more excellent, more louely.morc robe 
dcflred,extreamly apt and prepared for louereuedently Shew 
ing foorth in her felfc, a \vondcrfull increafe of fweete plea- 

Afterwards I thought with my felfe , it may be that flic is 

fome creature which 1 may not dcfire , and it may bee the 

>lace is not fitte for fuch thoughtes , and then it may bee I 

laue made a wife worke , and fpunne a fayre thred , if 1 (Lould 

see punifhed for my impudencie, like Ixion. In like fort, the 

Thracian had neuer founde the deepe feare of l^cptnne , if 

hej had not medlcd with Tethts : and GalLwtide , the mayde of 

Litcma, (houlde not haue brought fooith in her mouth, if hcc 

had not deceiued. It may that thys Nymph is fpowfcd to fomc 

high and mightic Prince , and I to offer her this diflionour, 

wnat am I worthy of? 

And thus refbning with my (elfe, I thought that thofe thingcs 
which had but (lender aiTurance, woulde lightly flyppe away, 
and that it would not be hard to deceiuc, where was no watchful! 
regarde: andtobolde fpirites, Fortune was not altogether fay. 
ling: and befides, that it was hardc to knowe a mans thought. 
Wher<-vpon,euen as CiA/?0>7f,beingafhamcd at her fwelling bel- 
ley,fhronl<e afide from the prcfence of Diana ; fo I withdrcwe my 
felf e,bluftiing at my atternpt,and bridling my incouenienr defires . 
Yet with a hncious eye , I neuer left to examine , with great dc- 
Jight, the extreame beautie of the excellent Nymph,difpofing my 
(clfe to her fweccc loue,with an vnfallyble, oblhnatc,and &mc rc- 


, ms yet w.krtovenc to her Loner Poliyhilus,ftecgratioufly aflurcth 
him : \V/?0 for her cxtreante beaut ie, hee mdenoreth hts minds to 
lone, Andboth of them going to tht triumphes , they fee tnnnmc- 
rabkyouthsaadDantofclsJfortwg Vpithgtett delight. 

HE Archer Cuptd y in my wounding 
heart hauing his refidence,hke a Lord 
and king.holdmgme tyed in the bands 
of Loue, I found my fclfe pricked and 
grieuoufly tormented,in his tyrannous 
and yet plcafant regiment. And a- 
boundmg in doubtfulldelight,vnmea- 
furably fighing, I watered my plaints; 
and then the furmounting Nymph, 
with a pleafing grace, incontinently 

I O O ^ 

gaue me comfort, ana with her ruddy and fay re fpoken lyppes,fra- 
roing violent and attra&iue wordes,/ nc gauc me adurance : aban 
doning and remouingfrom my heart , all fearcful! thoughts, with 
her Ol) mphicall afpe^s , and cooling with her eloquent fpee- 
chc$, my burning heart; and with an amorous and. friendly 
regaide,and cad of her cyes,and fmiling grace, /he faiderhus vn~ 

t P^Jb/|*tr, I woulde thou fhouldeft vnderflanci and know thys, 
chat true and vemious loue hath no refpeft of outward things,and 
therefore let not the bafencsof thy apparel!, diminish or leflen thy 
minde^ if perhaps noble and gentle, and worthy ofthefe places, 
andfitt to beholdethefe maruelloustryumphes; Therefore let 
not thy romde be difmayed with feare,but dilligently behold what 
Kmgdomes they pofleilc , that are crowned by Venus. I mcane, 
fuch as bee ftrongly agomfLed and yet perfeuere ftill,feruing and 
attending vpon her amorous Aulrars and facred flanres 3 vntill they 
obtaine her Jawfullfauour. Ami then making an cnde of her fliort 
and fweet fpeech,both of vs making forward,our pace neither too 
fail nor too flowe, but in a meafurc i I thought thus, and thus dif- 
courflng with my felfe. 

Oh moft valiant Per/cut, thou wouldeft moic feirfly haue 
fought witlj the crucIlDragon>for th$ fauour of this, then for the 
louc of tliy fayre ssfndromada. And after. 

y 3 OH 

Theftsife of Lone 

Oh fa/oft, if the marriage of this had bcene offered vnfo thec, 
with a more greater and more daungerous aduenture , rhen f he 
obtayning of the golden fleece , thou wouldeft haue let goe that, 
and vndcrtaken this,vvith a greater courage.efleeming it uboue al 
the iewelles and precious treafures of the whole worlde;],n]orc 
then thofe of the ntch and mightie Quecne Zltitthertlltda. Conti 
nually (eeming more fayre.more beautifull,and more louely.//rp- 
podxmia, and all the greedy fcraping and doubtfull Vfurers, neuer 
tooke fuch delight in getting or gold. A quyct Haibour wasneucr 
fo welcome to a deftrdfed Marry ner,in a (lorroy, darkc, and tern- 
pelleous winter night : nor the wifhedand oportunefall of raync, 
at the prayer of Crafts , as the loumg, confcnt of this damtic 
Nymph: more welcome to mee, then bloody bioyiesto warlike 
tJfyfars, or thefuft fruites of Creta to Dionijiiu : or the warbling 
Harpe to <^4 polio : and yet more gratefull,thenfertill giounde^ll 
cares, and plentiful! yeelding, to the labouring Husbandman. 

And thus in mofl contented fort,pailing on and prefling down 
the thicke, greene, and coole grafle : fometJmc my iearching and 
bufie eyes, woulde haue a caft with her pretty & fmall feetc, paf- 
fing well fitted with Ihoces of Red leather^growing broader from 
the inftept,nai rowe at the toe,and clofe about the heele ; and fonv 
times her fine and moueable legges,(herve{lureof filkebecing 
blowne about with the winde,vppon her virgineall partes) difo* 
uered themfelues. If I might haue feene them, I do imagine that 
they did looke Uke the fineft flowei of Peloponefus, or like the pu- 
rcft mi!ke,coagulated with Muske. 

By all wh id* moil delc^able thinges, tyed and bounde in the 
hardc and inextricable knots of vehement loue , more vneafie to 
vndoe then that of Hercules , or that which tsflcxAtidcr the 
great did cut in funder with hys fworde : and aruoroufiy masked 
in rowled nettes, and my fubducd haert, belde downe withe gric- 
ued cogitations and burning defires, leading mee whether they 
would, i founde in it more pricking torments then fa-ythfull ^- 
lus in Aphrica. So that my forrowing fpirites exafperated with an 
amorous dcfirc and extreame vexation , continually burning in 
my panting breafl: , coulde by no meanes bee afTwagect , bat with 
Tupping vp of contmuall fobbtfigs,and breathing out of their fly 
ing lofic. And thus drowned in a mift of doubts, and feeing me 
vyolently taken in iier loue, I (aide thus to my felfe. 


in * Dreamt. 

O Toliphibts, howe canft thou leauc at any tytnc thy infepera- 
bleloue, kindled tovvardes cliy fwccte TWw, for any ether ? And 
therewithal!, from this Nymph, thus clofe and fad bounde, more 
ftrongly the in the clavves of a Creuifc or Lobftar,endeuouring to 
vntie my fdre, I found it no eafie peece ofworke > fo that I cculde 
not choofc but greeuoufly binde my troubled hart,fo the loue and 
affecting o r this by all likelihoodes.hauing the true fhape,f weetc 
refcmblance, and grarious behauiour of my moft beloued To/ia. 
But aboue all rhmges,this came more neere vnto mcc and grieucd 
me worll,howe 1 fhould bee allured that fliee was Polta. Where- 
vppon, from my wat ry eyes , the fait teares jmmediatly tr) clcling 
do wnc, it fcerned vnto me a hard & contemptuous matter, to ba- 
ni/li from my forlorne and poore heart, Ins olde foueraigne Lady 
and Miftreitc, andtocntertaine a newe, ftrange^nd vnknowne 

Artci wards,! comforted my (clfe again,wifh thinking that per- 
aduenturc this was ihee, according to the facred Oracle and true 
fpeech,of the mighty Queene leuthcrtlluia : nd therefore,that I 
ftiould not i)irinke or froope vnder my burthen ; for if J were not 
greatly deceiued, this was fheeindcede. And hauing made rhys 
amorous and difcourfiue thought andfwafiue pr.tfuppofe, aban 
doning all other defires whatfoeuer, I onely determined with my 
heart and mmde,to come backe againe to this noble and excellent 
Nympli ; in whofe great loue I becmg thus taken, with extreamc 
compulilon ,1 was boldc with an vnaccuflomed admyration.dilli- 
gently to looke vpon her rare iTiape, ancf louely features, my eyes 
making themlelues the fwallowing whirlpools of her incompa 
rable beautie : and they were nofooner opened,hotly to take in the 
fwectepleafureof her fobenigne^ndcon/picuous prefence, but 
they were ftren2;f hcned for euer, to hold with them folacioufly a- 
greeing, the aflembly of all my other capriued fences, that from 
her and no othcr,l did feeke the mittegation and quenching of my 
amorous flames. And in this fort we came, whilft I was thus cru 
elly wounded by exafpcrating Loue, fomewhat vppon the right 
fide of the fpacious fielde- 

Inwluch place, were fetgreene trees, thicke with leaues, and 
full of flowers, bearing fruite,rounde about the place and feate of 
fuch variable and diuers forts, neuer fading but dill greene,giuing 

great content to the delightfull beholder. 


Theftrife of Lout 

The gallant and pleafant Nymphe there flayed; and I alfo 
flood ftill : Where looking abour,by the benignitie of the fruitfull 
plaync,with halfe my fight, becaufc I coulde not altogether vuth- 
drawe the fame from the amorous obicft ; 1 bchelde very neerc 
vnto vs,a certaine lliewe of an inuyroning company, tryumphing 
and dauncing about vs, of inoft braue and fine you dies , without 
beardes and vnfhorne heare^but that of their heads bufliing,cur- 
lmg,and wrything,withoutany art or effeminate ciylping: crow 
ned and dreffed, with garlands and wreathes of dmers flowers,and 
red Rofes, with Icauye Myrtle, with purple Amaranth or flower 
gentle, and Mclhot: and with them a great company of yongc 
maydcSj more fayre and delicate then bee to bee founde in Sparta; 
Both kindes apparelled vejy richly, in Hikes of changable col. ours, 
hydmg the perfeft collour; fome in Purple & Murry,and feme in 
white curled Senrlall , fuch as /Egipt neucr affoorded, and of dy- 
uers other collours : fome Tawney, feme Ciyniofen , others in 
Greene, (brae in Vyoler ,(bme in BJewc, Peach collour, Pcacockc 
collour , perfectly engrayncd , as cuer Corica coulde yeelde : and 
powdered and wouen with golde , and edged and hemmed about 
With orient Pearle and ftones fet in pure golde ; fome in gowncs, 
and others in hunting futes. 

And the mod of the beautifull Nymphes,had their fayre haire 
(moothly boundc vppe together, and thrife ro wled about , with 
an excellent finiftiing knot ; Others had their vnftable & wauing 
treflcs, fpreading downc ouer their fayre neckes. Some, with a- 
boundance of haire, cart vp ouer their forhcades, and the endes 
turning into curles,<5c fhaddowing ouer the fayrcncs of the fame : 
fo as Nature and not Arte , Ihewcd her felfe therein a beautifull 
miftrefTe ; With fillets and laces of golde , edged with orient 
fearle,and others inCaules of golde, wearing about theyr (lender 
neckes,rich and precious Carkenets and,necklaces,of Pearles and 
(lone, and depending iewellcs. And vppon theyr fmall eares,djd 
hange dyuers precious Rones, and ouer the variable dreiTings of 
theyr hcadcs,before in two Hemyciclcs, were fet fhoddowes of o- 
ryent Pearle and ftonejn flowers of hayrc. 

All which excellent ornaments, together with theyr moft ele 
gant perfonages,wcre cafily able to alter,any churliHi, vile or ob- 

ftmatc heart. 


w A drtttote. 

Theyr fayre breaftes , in a voluptuous and wanton fore, were 
bare to the middeft of them : And vppon their pretriefeete/omc 
wore fandalles, after the auncient manner, beeingfoles, and the 
foote bare fattened to the famejwith a fmall chaine of golde, ccm- 
ming vp betwixt the great toe and the middle , and the little toe 
and the next, about the heeleoucr theinflep, and faftening vp 
pon the vpper part, betwixt the foes and the infrep, in a flower . 
Others tuuing Qraight Ilidoes 3 daipt vppcn the mftep with flow 
ers of golde. Their (lockings of filke; feme of Purple, forneof 
Carnation, fomc of parted collours : fuch as Cains Gakcola ncuer 
firft brought vp. Others wearing Buskins, vppon the white fwel- 
ling calfes of their Jegges,ar}d laced with filke ; fbme butned wyth 
goidcand precious flone. 

Their forc-heades mofl fayre, and beautified with the moue- 
able waumges ofthcyr cryfping hay re couered ouer with athmne 
vayle^fyke a Spiders vvebbe-Theyr eycsbyting and alluring,more 
bright , than the twinkling ftarres in a cleere ayre,vnder theyr cir 
culate bree^ : with a finall ncfc,betwixt the r rounde-and cherry 
cheekes : their teeth orderly difpofed, finall and euen/cr, of the 
collour of rcfyned filuer : vppon the tcft^etwixtihcir fwect and 
(oft lyppcs : of fhe collour oFCorraH. 

Many of them carrying inftruraentsof Mufique/uch asneuer 
rverc feexie in ts4nfor,ia t nor in the handes of Orpheus : yeelding in 
fhe flo wring Meado we fie fmoth plaync, moft delightfull founds, 
with fweete voyces and noyces of ioye*nd tr)iimphing : and to 
increafe the glcny, amor^ufiy (Iryuing and contending one with 
an other,vvith falacious and pleafant aAs,accompaniccT with faire 
(beeches and friendly afpefts. And in this place, with a rooft 
deleclable applaufe, 1 beheldc foure Tryumphes, fo precious and 
(bmptuoufly fee fooi th,as neucr any mortal! eye hath fccnc. 

The JlrifeoJ Lout 

PotipMttt in this prtftrtbtfiyUcf,did khoUtfiitre triumphing Ch*ri- 
ots, alt fit with prftiwsftontj And ifwelles, by agrear numbtr of 
yoHthes>w tht heneur of/Hpitc r. 

H E fir(t of the foure maroeilous try- 
umphatit Chanots, had route rounde 
wh<reles,of Perfect grecne Emeralds of 
Scythia ; the reft of the Chariot did a- 
mafc mee to beholde,bceing made all of 
table Dyamonds : not of Arabia or Cy 
prus.^ the newe Myne, as our Lapida 
ries call them .butoflndia,refi(lingthc 
harde ftixsakes of yron and fteele, aby- 
dmg tbe hote fire 5c ftriuing riicrwith, 
mollified ouely with the warme bloode of Goates,gratefull in the 
Magical! artc; which ftones, were wonderfully cut of a Catagly- 
phic cxplicature,and fet very curioufly in fine golde. 

Vppon the right tide of the Chariot,! fa we cxpreCTed,the re* 
presentation of anobk Nytnph, with many accompanying her in 
a Meddowe, crowning of victorious Dalles with garlands of flow- 
ers,and one abydmg by her very tamely. 

The fame Nymph, vppon the other fide was atfo represented, 
who hauing mounted vp vppon the backeof the Bull, which was 
gentle and white ^ he cafryed herouer the fca. 

Vppon the fbre-ende Jbchclde fitpid, wi-th a great number cf 
wounded people and Nations , marueiling to fee mm fhoote into 
che 3)fc. And in fhe hinder parr 3 cx^^/fbndmg before Jupiter, 
mouiningbecaufc the boy had fhotte through his impenetrable 
Breft-plare , and /hewing the wounde , and with the other handc, 
holding out his arme,he helde this worde l^emo. 

The fa/hion of this Chariot was quadrangular, of two perfeft 
fquares, longe wayes, of fixe foote in length and three footein 
height, with a bearing out coronice aboue and vnderthe plynth: 
and about the fame a plaine, in breadth two foote and a halfe, and 
in length fiue foot and a halfe, bearing towards the Corcnice,all o- 
uer fcally, with precious ftones, with an altered congrefle and or- 
derof collours, variably difpo/ed. And vppon the foure corners, 
were faAncd foure coppies,inuerfed, and the mouth lying vpward 


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vpon the proie corner of the Coronkc,full of fruites and flow 
ers cut of precious ftones^s it were growing out of a foliature of 
golde. The homes were chafed neere their mouth,with the leaues 
of Poppy, and wrythen in the belly : the gracylament & outward 
bend in g,ioyn ing fail to the endeof theplame, and breaking of in 
anolde fafLioned iagged leaf-worke, lying a longvndcr the backc 
of the CoppilTe,and of the fame mettalJ. Vpon euery corner of the 
Plynth, trom the Coronke downe ward, there was a foote lykea 
Harpies, with an excellent conucifion and turning vppon eyther 
(ides of the leaues of Acanthus. 

The wheeles,aboue the naues and axeltrces, were clofed with 
in the Chariot,and the fides thereof vnder the Harpies feetc, bent 
fomcwhat vpward and growing IcfTe^urned rounoe downward, 
whercvnto the furniture or trace to drawe it ly,wcre faftncd : and 
where the axelrrcc was, there vpon the fide of the bottom of the 
Charriot,ouer the naue of the whecle,there came downe a prepen- 
t ion ioyning to the Plynth , twife (b long as deepe , of two folia- 
tures, one extending one way and the other an other way: and 
vpon the middle thereof and loweft part,was a Rofe of Sue leaucs, 
in the feede whereof, the endc of the axeltree did lye. 

Vppon the aforefaide Playne , 1 bchelde the ymage of a rayrc 
white and tame Bull, trymmed and dreiTed with Bowers, in man 
ner like an Oxe for a Sacrifice. And vppon his large and broade 
baclce,did fit a princely virgine, with long and flendcr ai mcs^alfc 
calccd ; with her handcs Hie helde by his homes. Her appareJl was 
exqucfite cf greene filke and goldt^marueiloufly wx)ucn, and ofa 
Nymphi/h fail ion, coucring her body and girded about her waft, 
edged about with Pearle and ftone, and a crownc of glittering 
golde vpon her fayre heade. 

This Triumph, was drawne by fixe lafciuionsCentaures, 
which come of the fallen feede of thefaufy and prefumpteous 
Ixtsn .-with a furnituie of gold vpon thcm.and a long their ftror^ 
fides,like horfes, excellently framed and iliaqueated in manner of 
a flagon chayne, whereby they drewe the Tryumph; fuch as E- 
rtfthcmus neuer inuented,for fwiftnefle. 

Vpon euery one of them did ride a goodly Nymph,with theyr 
flioulders one towards an other : three,with their beautifull faces 
towards the right fide of the Tr)-umphes, and three to the left , 
with Initnimcnts cf Mo&jue, making together a heauenly har- 

Z z monic 



monieandconfort . Their hayresyellowe, and fal ling ouer their 
ftyre neckcs, with Pancarpiall garlands of all manner of flowers, 
vpon their heades. The two next the Tryumph, were apparelled 
in blewe ftlke,like the collour of a Peacockcs necke. 

The middlemoll in briglrt Crymofen : and the two foi moft in 
an Emerald grecne, not wanting any ornamentestofitfe them 
fborth, finging fo fweetly with little rounde mouthes, and playin^ 
vppon their inftrumcnts, within fo celelliall a manner, as woulde 
keepe a man from euer dying. 

The Centaures were crowned with yuie,tl;at is called Ttcihiro- 
cyffos. The two next the tryumph did beare ;n their handes, two 
veflellesof an olde fafhion , of the Topas of Arabia, of a bright 
golden collour, gratefull to Lucwa> and to the which , the waues 
will be calme : {lender at the bottom, bigge fwellmg in the belly, 
and leffening fmall vp towardes the Orifice ; In height two fbotc, 
without eares : out of the which v did afcend a thickc fmoake or 
fume, of an ineftimablc fragrancie. The middlemoft, did founde 
Trumpets of golde, with banners of filkc and golde,faftned to the 
Trumpets in three places. 

The other two formoft,wuh olde fafhioned Cornets,agrccing 
in conforc with the Inflruments of the Nymph. 

Vnder the which triumphant Chahot,vvere the Axeltrees con- 
uently placed, whcrevppon the wheeles turned, and of a baluftic 
lyneament, waxing fmall towarde the ende and rounde : Which 
Axeltrees, were of fine pure golde and muffiue, neucr canke 
ring or fretting; which is the deadly poyfon and dettroyer of ver- 
tue and peaceable quyeti 

This tryumph was folemnly celeb) ated,vvith moderate leaping 
and dauncing about, and great applaufe : their habites were girded 
with skarfes 3 the endes flying abroade. 

And in like fort, thofc which did fit vpon the Gent aures, com 
mending in their fong,the occafion and miftery of the Tryumph, 
invoyccsconfbnantancfcantionell verfe ; morepleafant than I 
am able to exprcfle,but let this fuffice. 

T be fie on d Tryumyh. 

The next Tryumph, was not lefle worthy to b beholden then 
the fii/il The four e wheeles, the fpokes , and luues , were ail 


in a Dreamt. Sj 

of Fulkifti Agate , and in dyuers places white vcines : fuch as 
King Pyrrbus could not fhewe,with the rcprcfentationof the nine 
Mules > and Apollo playing in the middeft of them vppon his 

The Axeltrees and fafhion of the fame like the other : but 
the Tables were of orient blewe Saphire, hauing in them , as 
fmall as motes in the Sunns, certaine glinces of golde , grate- 
full to the Magtcke Arte , and of Cupid beloued in the left 

Vpon the Table on the right fide, I behelde engrauen,a good 
ly Matron lying in a princely bed, beemg dcliuered of two egges 
in a ftatcly Pallacc :her Midwyues and other Matrons andyongc 
women , beemg greatly aftomfhed at the fight. Out of one 
of the which, fpronge a flame of fire : and out of the other 
egge two bright fhrrcs. 

Vppon the other fide were engrauen , the curious Pa 
rents , ignorant of fhys ftrange byrth , in the Temple of A- 
polio, before hys image, asking by Oracle the caufe and ende 
heereof , haumg this darke auniwerc. Vm gratum tJMare. 
*s4iiernm gratum t>7/<m. And for thys ambiguous aunfwere 
they were referued by their Parents. 

Vppon the forc-ende of the Charyot , there was repic- 
fented mod liuely the figure of Cupid, aloft in the sl^yes, with 
ihe iharpe headcs of his golden arrowes , wounding and ma 
king blee<ie the bodyes of dyuers foure footed beaftes , cree 
ping Serpents , and flying Foules . And vppon the earth , 
iloode dyutrs perfons , wondering at the force of fuch a httle 
flauc , and the eflfeft of fuche a vveake and /lender Ar- 

In the hynJer enJe , Jupiter appoynting in hys fteade, a 
prndcnt and fubtill Sheepehearde as a Judge , awakened by 
hynij as hee lay deeping ncere a mofl fayre Fountaine, whe 
ther of the three moil fayre Goddclles , hee jefreemed beft 
worthie. And hee beeing feduced bydeuifing Cupid , gaue the 
Apple to the pleafain wo;kingZAtf.r. 

This triumphant Charyot, was drawen b>^fixe white E e- 
phants,coupled two and two together/uch as will hardly be found 
in Agefinua, nor amcng the GanJ.irs of India. Pompci neucr 

Z 3 had 

Theftrife of Lone 

had the like in his Tryumphes in AfTrickc : neither were the like 
feene in the Tryumphes of the concjueft of India ; their tronckcs 
aimed with deadly teeth of yuory, parting on theyr way and draw 
ing together , making a pleafont braying or noyfe. Their furni 
ture & traces of pure blewe filke, twitted with threds of golde and 
filuer : the faftmngs in the furniture, all made vp with Iquare or 
true loue knots,lyke fquare eares of corne of the Mountain* Gar- 
ganus. Their Poyterelles of goldc, fet with Pcarle and ftonc diffe 
rent incollours , the beautic of the one ftnuing to excel! the 
beautie of the other. And thus was all their furniture or armings 
to the traces,of filke as aforefayde. 

Vppon them alfo, did ride (as before ) fixe younge and tender 
Nymphes, in like fort , Lut theyr Inilrumenrs different from the 
former, but agreeing in conforc : and what foeuer the firft did/the 
fame did thefe. 

The fir/1 two were apparelled in Crymofen : the middle moil 
two in fine hayre collour: and the foremofr. m vyolct.The Capa- 
rifonsof the Elipliants Were of cloth of golde, edged with great 
Pearles and precious ftones : And about their neckes were orna 
ments of great round iewelles,and vpon their faces, great balles of 
Pcarles,tafled with filke and golde,vnfUble and turning* 

Ouer this (lately Chariot tryumphant, I behelde a mod white 
Swanne, in the amorous imbracingof a noble Nymph, the daugh 
ter of Thefeus,o an incredible beautie: and vpon her lappe,fitnng 
the fame Swanne, ouerher white thighes- She fate vpponrwo cu- 
fliines of cloth of golde , finely and foftely wouen, with all the or 
naments neceiTary for them- 

Her feife apparelled in a Nimphifh cloth offiluer.heere 
and there powdered with golde,ouer one and vnder three, without 
defe ft or want of any thing, requiiite to the adorning of (b hono 
rable a reprefentation, which to the beholder,mayoccafionaplea- 
furable delight. In euery fort performed with as great applaufc as 
the firft. 

Then followed the thyrd Try umph, with foure whelcs o 
th) r opian Chryfohte, fparkhrrg out golde : that which hath beene 
helde in the fame, in olde time hath bcenc thought good to dryue 


tn A Dreamt. t/ 

away malignant fpirirs. The whceles vpwardly couered,as afore- 
faide,and the nauesand fpokes of the fame faihion,of greene He- 
htropia of Cyprus : whofe vertue is, to keepe fecret in the day 
light^o dmmegiftes/ull of drops of blood. 

This Hiflone was engrauen vppon the right fide of the Table 
thereof, asrolloweth. z/f man of great Maieftic, rtquefting to knovrc 
Vrkjt fiioHld happen to hts f-*yre daughter : her Father vnderflar.ding^ 
that by her r/ieanes hefhonldbc difpojfijfed of his froVone anddignitie^ 
and to the ende fie fhonlde not be carried aftay orftollen ofany,he built 
A might te ftrovgt Tower, and there, With a Watchful! fArde caufed her 
to bee kfpt and free remaynwg there in this fort With great content 3 
h*d falling wto her virgmeall laptops ofGolde. 

Vppon the other fide was chafed out a valiant youth, who with 
great reuerence did receiue a prote^ion of a-Chnflall /hielde,afid 
with his fworde afterward cutting oft the heade of a terryble wo- 
min^nd >fterwardcs proudly bearing her heade in figne of vifto- 
rie ;Out of the hotte blood of whome, did rife vp a flying horfe: 
who finking vppon a Mountaine with one of hyshoucs, madea 
ftrange fpnnge of water to gulL out. 

Vpon the fore ends I behelde the migbtie Cupid, drawing hys 
golden Arrowe, and fhooting the fame vp into the heauens, cau- 
fing them to raine bloode : whereat a number ftoode wonderfully 
amazed.of all fortes of people. Vpon the other ende, I did fee f^e- 
nxs in a wonderfull difpleafure, hauing taken hex fon by a Knight 
in a Net, and getting him by the winges, he was about to plucke 
of his f ethers: hauing plucktd of one handfull, diatflewe about, 
the little elph crying out pitteoufly ; and an other fentfrom Jupi 
ter, tooke him away and faued him from his mother, and prefen- 
ted him to Jupiter : againft whofe diume mouth, were in Attic 
Letter thefe wordes written, ZTMOJPA rKmtKAiPKrc^ and heeco- 
uered him in the lap of his celefhall gownc. 

This ti yumphant Charriot, was pompoufly drawne with fixe 
fierce Vnicornes : their heades like Harfs, reuerencing the chaile 
Duma. The poyterelles and furniture about tlieir ilronge breafts, 
was ofgolde,frt with precious flonc, and fringed with filuer and 
hnyrecollouredfilke, tyed into knots, in manner of a net we >ke, 
andtafleledateucry prependent point, their capanfons like rhc 
other before fpokcn of. 

Vpon thefe didfit,fix fayre virgines, in fucn pompe and man 

Theftrife of Lout 

nerasbeforct apparelled in cloth of golde, wouen with blewe 
filke into diuers leaucs & flowers-, thefe had a confort of huncyeis 
winde Instruments , full of fpinrc. And vppon the foppeof the 
Cbai ior,was placed a ftoolc of green Tafper, ftt in filuer : needfuil 
in byrth , and medicmablc for chaiVit Je ; at the foote it was fixe 
fcjuare,and growing (mailer tovvardc ihc feate, and from the mid 
dle to the fbote^hamphered and furrowcd,aud vpward wrought 
with nextrulles : the fcate whereof was fomewhat hallowed, for 
the more cafily fitting vppon it. The Lyneaments thereof moft 

A loft vppon the fame did fit a moft finguler fay re Nymph, 
richly apparelled in cloth of golde and blewe filke, dreffedlykc a 
virgme,and adorned wirh innumerable fortes of Pcarles and ftonc; 
flic (hewed an aflfe&ious deli;hr,to beholde droppes of golde fttl 
from heauen into her lappc. She fare in folemne pompe like the 
other,and with great applaufc, with her fayre and plentiful! haire 
fpreadmg downe oucr her backe , crowned with a Dyademe of 
gplde,fet with fundry precious ftones. 

The fourth Tryamph. 

The fourth Tryumph was borne vppon foure wheeles,with I- 
ron drakes, forcibly beaten out without fire , All the reft of the 
Charyot, in fafliion like the former, was of burning Carbuncle, 
Viewing light in the darkeft places, of an export e cutting : paft 
any reafon, to thinke howe or where it waspofTible to be made, or 
by what workcman. 

The right fide whercofjhelde this Hifrory. *s4n honourable Wo 
man With chtlde, vnto Vvhome Jupiter flawed himfclfe (as he Was ftont 
\\nth luno) in thunder and lightning : wfimHch, as jlw fell all to ajhes, 
cut of the Vvhich Vvas taken up ayoungc infant. 

Vpon the other fide,I beheldc Jupiter, hauing the fhidc Infant 
in his hands, & delyuering him to a yonge man, with winged buf- 
k) ns , and a ftarTe,with two fcrpents winding about it : who deli- 
uered the Infant to ccrtaine Nymphes in a Caue,to be foftercd. 

In the fore-ende , I might fee howe Cupid hauing (Lot vp 
into heauen with hys mifcheeuous Arrowe , had caufed Jttptttr 
to beholde a mortall Nymph : and a great number of wounded 

people wooadering at it. 


In the hinder end was lupiter fitting in a tribunall feate as 
iudge, andCupde appeering limping before him, and ma 
king grieuous complaints againft his louing mother, bicaufe 
that by hir means he had wounded himfelfe extreemly with 
the loue of a faire damfell, and that his leg was burnt with a 
dropofalampe, prefentingalfo the yoong Nymph and the 
lampein hir hand. And lupitcrwith a fmiling countenance 

Perfer fctnttlUmqui coslumacccndis & omnes. 
This Monotttcon was gran en in Latine letters in a fquare ta 
ble before the faces of their fupreame maiefties, the reft as is 

This my fticall triumph was drawen by fixe fpotted beafts 
of yealow (hining colour, andfwiftas thetygers of Hyrcama 
called Leopards, coupled togithcr with withes of twined 
vines, full of tender greene leaues, and ftalkes full of greene 
clufters. This chariot was drawen very leifurcly. 

Vpon the middle of which plaine there was placed a bafe 
of golde by the loweft diameter, one foote and three hand- 
fuls high, the latafter or loweft verdge round and hollowed, 
in the middle vnder the vpper fime or brimme in forme of a 
pullie with nextrubs, rules and cordicels : the vpper plaine of 
this bafe was euacuated, wherein refted the traines 01 the 
foaer eagles fbnding vpon the plaine, fmooth fnperficies 
of the bafe, which were of pretious ittite of Perfia , of 
the colour of a fakers plume. And thefe ftood with their 
(boulders one oppofite againft another, and their pounces 
of gold fattened and flicking in the faid bafe, eueryonefur- 
ueying with their wings, and the flowering tips of their far- 
cellets touching one another. Ouer thefe as vpon a neft, 
was placed this maruellous veflell of /Ethiopian Hyacints 
clcere and bright, Cflfoimmicw, Comiti grattofa. This veffell 
wascrufied with emeralds and vaines of diners other preti 
ous ftones,a worke incredible. The height thereof two foote 
and a halfe, the fafhion in maner round, the breadth by dia 
meter one foote and a halfe, and the circumference conhfted 
of three diameters. From the heads of the eagles the bot- 
tome 01 foote of the veflell did afcend vp one triens, and a 
bordergoingaboutthethicknesofahand, from which bor- 

Aa der 

Tkcftrifc ofLoue 

der to the beginning of the belly of the veflel,and to the bot- 

tome of the foote with this hand breadth, was a foote and a 

halfe. Vpon this (lood the forme of the veflcll aforefaid one 

handfull and a halfe broader, which halfe handfull was diftri- 

buted to the border, about the briinmeof foulding leaues 

and flowers (landing out from the hyacinth. The diameter 

two quarters & a halfe. Vnder this border there did Hick out 

roundabout certaine proportions like walnut (hcls, or the 

keele of a (hip, fomwhar thicke and broade at the vpper end, 

and letting themfelues to nothing belowe. From thence to 

the orifice it did rifevp two quarters and a halfe, furrowed 

with turning champhers,and an excellent fime : and in lieed 

of eares to take vp the vetTell by, it had two lips Handing out 

and turning in round like the head of a bafe viall . 

Vnder and aboue the borders, the vefTel was wrought with 
turned gululs , vnduls, and imboffings, and with fuch linea 
ments were the borders wrought, both vnder and aboue. 
Vppon the border in the necke of the coucr, were two halfe 
rings/upprefledin the border by tranfuerfion, one of them 
iuft againll another , which were holden in the biting teeth 
of two Lyfarts,or byting Dragons of greene emerauld, bea 
ring out from the couer. They ftoode with their ferpentlike 
feete vpon the lower part of the couer vnder the necke, be 
twixt the which and the lower veflell, was one quantitie, and 
from his vppcrgracilament defending, he ioyncdvrith the 
turned infimeofthecircumferentlymbusorverdge, where 
they did clofely byte togither. This couer to the necke was 
niadein skalie work c of Hyacinth^ except the vaynes of fma- 
ragd, for the little dragons, their bellies and feete s fatte 
ning to the skalie couer. Thefe lirrle dragons one againft an 
othcr,their brefts and throtes hollowing out from the bor 
der and the coaer,and their tayles turning vpwards againe, 
did ferue for the eares of the couer, iuftouer them of the lo 
wer vefll ll. 

The lower turning about, where the couer did clofe with 
thevciTcll being of two parts ,ioyned togither with an ex 
cellent folia turc, halfe a foore broad, as if they had binin- 

The bodie of this vefleli was all run ouer with a Vine, the 


in adreame. 

ftringcs and vaines whereof, and fmall curling twifts , were 
ofTopas, farre better then is founde in the Hande Ophia- 
dis, the leauesof fine fmaragd,andthe braunchesofAme- 
thift, to the fight moft beautifull , and to the vnderftan- 
dingwoonderfuHcontemplable. Thefubied veflell appea 
ring thorough the fame of Hiacinthfo round and polifhed, 
as any wheele can fend foorth : except , vnder the leaucs 
there was a fubftaunce left, which helde the foliature to the 
vefTell of Hiacinth, patting ouer and feparated from the fub- 
iect. The hollowed and bending leaucs with all the other la- 
picidariall lineaments,were performed with fuch an emula 
tion of nature as was woonderfull. 

Letvsnowereturnetothecircumferentbrim of the pre- 
tious vcflell. In the fmoothpartes whereof, vpponeyther 
fides of the tayles of theLyfarts, I behelde two hyilorials 
woorthy of regard, ingrauen in this fort. Vpon the fore- 
fide ofthevefle!l,the reprcfentationof Jupiter, holding in his 
right hande a glittering fword,of the vayne of the ^Ethiopian 
Chryfolits : and in the other hande a thunder bolt of (hi 
ring Rubie.His countenance fauour of the vaine of Gallatits, 
and crowned withftars like lightening, heftoode vpon an 
aultar of Saphyre. Before his fearefull maieftie,were a beuie of 
Nymphs, feauen in number, apparrelled in white, proffering 
with their fweere voices to fing,and after transforming them- 
felues into greene trees like emeralds full of azure flowers, 
and bowing themfelues downe withdeuotion to his power : 
Not that they were all transformed into leaues, but the firft 
into a tree, hir feete to rootes, their armes and heads into 
braunches, fome more then other, but in a fhewe that they 
mutt followe all alike,as appeared by their heads. 

Vpon the other Anaglyph,! did behold a merrie and plea- 
fant maiefticall perfonage, like a yoongfatboye, crowned 
with two folding ferpents, one white, and the other blacke, 
tied into a knot. Heerefteddelightfullie vnder a plentifull 
vine tree full of ripe grapes, and vpon the top of the frame 
there were little naked boies,climing vp and fitting aloft ga 
thering the ripe clufters : others offering them in a basket to 
the God, who pleafantly receiued them : other fome lay fa ft 
a lleepe vpon the ground, being di unke with the fweet iuice 

Aa a of 

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of the grape. Others applying themfelues to the workeof 
muftulcnt autumne: others iinging and piping : all which ex- 
preflion was perfeded by the workman in pretious (tones, 
of fuch colour as the naturall liuelinefle ofeuery vaine, leafe, 
flower, berrie, body, proportion, fhape, and reprefentarion 
required. And in this imagerie, although it was very fmall, 
yet there was no defed to be found in the leaft part belong 
ing thereunto, but perfcdly to be difcerned. 

Out of this former defcribed vefTell did fpring vp a grecnc 
flourifhingvine, the twifling branches thereof full fetwith 
clutters of grapes,the tawny berries of Indian Amethylt.and 
theleaties of greeneSilenitis of Perfia : Not fubiedtothe 
change of the moone,delighted of Cupid. This tree (liadowed 
the chariot : Ateucry corner of this triumphant chariot vp- 
ontheplaine where the velTcllttocd, was placed a candle- 
fticke, of excellent workmanfhip, vpon three feet of red cor- 
ralljwell liked of the ruder fort, refitting lightening and tem- 
pefts, fauourable and prelcruatiue to the bearer : The like 
were not found vnckr ilie head of Gorgon of Perfia, nor in the 
Ocean Erythrcum. The ll^ale of one of the candlefticks was 
of white corrall,bdoued of D/^4, of a conuenient length, 
with round knobs and Joints, in height two foote. Another 
was of mod fine ftonc Dtomfjas, hauing fpots growing from 
a blackifn to a pure red, the fame pounded fmelleth fweetly. 
The third was of perfed Medea of the colour of darke gold, 
and hauing the fmell of Nedar.The fourth of pretious Nebri- 
ti* from a blacke growing to a white and greene. Out of the 
hollowed fteales whereof, there afcendcd vp a pyramidall 
flame of euerlafting fire, continually burning.The brightnes 
of the works exprefled through the reflexion of the lights, 
and the fparkling of the pretious ftones were fuch, as my eies 
dazeled to behold them. 

About which heauenly triumph, with a maruellous and fo- 
lemnepornpe, infinite troups of Nymphs , their faireand 
plentifulltrefles falling loofe ouer their (houlders, forne na 
ked with aprons of goates skins and kids, others with tym- 
brels and flutes, making amofl pleafaunt noife, as in the 
dauncc called Thiafus, in the trieterie of Tltcchw, with green 
leaffiefprigs and vine branches, inftrophyated about their 


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heads and wafts,leaping and dauncing before the triumphs : 
immediately after the triumphs followed anoldeman vpon 
an afle,andafterhimwasledagoate adorned fora facrifice: 
And one that followed after carrieng vpon hir head a fanne, 
making an vnmcafurable laughter , andvfing furious and 
outragious geftures. This was the order of thefe Aftmallws, 
5*r/r/,and feruants to Bacchus , bawds, Tyades, NatAdes and 
fuch as followed after. 

The Nymph dotbfhew to PoItphilM the nutlthvde ofyooxg 
Loucrs, and their Louts, what they 
i what fort beloued 

T is vene hard for a man to ac- 
jcommodate his fpeech to apte 
termes, whereby he may expref- 
lie declare the great pompe, in- 
definent triumph, vnceffaunt 
ioie and delightfull iettings a- 
iboute thefe rare and vnfeene 
chariots,and being once vnder- 
taken , it is as vnealie to leaue 
off: befidesthe notable compa- 
nie of yoong youths,and the in- 

creafing troups of innumerable faire and pleafant 
morelharpe witted,wife,modeft, anddifcreet, then is ordi 
narily feene in fotendeiyeeres, with their beardlesLouers, 
fcarce hauing downy cheekes,pleafantly deuifing with them 
matters of Loue. Manieofthem hauing their torches bur- 
ningjOtherspaitophorall, fome with ancient fpoiles vppon 
the endes of ftreight ftaues, and others with diuers forts of 
Trophes vpon launces, curiouilie hanging,caried before the 
myftical triumphs,with (houting refounds aboue in the aire. 
Some with v inde-inftruments of diuers fafhions and maner 
of windings/agbuts and flutes.Orhers with heauenly voices 
Tinging with ineffable delights, and exceeding folace, part 
mans reafon to imagme.-within them paiTed about the glori 
ous triumphsjturning vpon the florulent ground^and green 


The flrifc of Loue 

fwoord, a place dedicated tothehappie, without anie ftub 
or tree, but the fielde wasasaplainecoequatemedoweof 
fweete hearbes and pleafaunt flowers, of all forts of colours, 
and fundry varieng faQiions , yeelding fo fragrant a fmell as 
is poflible to fpeake of, not burnt with the extreeme heat of 
the funne, but moderate, the ground moyftened with fweete 
ry uers, the aire pure and cleane, the daies all alike, the earth 
continually greene, thefpring neuerdecaieng but renuing, 
the coole grafle with variable flowers like a painting, remai 
ning alwaies vnhurt, with their deawie frefhnefle , referuing 
and holding their colours without interdict of time. There 
grewc the fower fortes of Violets, Cowflops, Melilots, 
Rofe Parfley or Paflcflower, Blew bottles,Gy th, Ladies feale, 
Vatrachium, Aquilegia, Lillieconually, Amaranth, Flower 
gentle,Ideofmus,all forts of fweete pinks, and (mall flowring 
hearbs of odoriferous fragrancieand fmell, Rofes of Perfia, 
hauing the fmel of mu&keandAmber,and innumerable forts 
of others, without fetting; but naturally growing in a woon- 
derfull dtftribution, peeping out from their greene leaues, 
and barbs very delightfull to behold. 

In this place I might fee goodly braue women as the Ar 
ch ad ian Cahfto the daughter of Lycton, with the vnknowen 
Diana. The Lesbian Antiopa daughter to Nyftew,and mother 
to ss4mphio and Zetem that built Thebes, with hir fatyre. 
Iff* the daughter of Mwkareiu with hir (hepheard. Antichi* 
the daughter of Acctu and yoong "D^nae. Attcric the daugh 
ter to Ctetffy and ^Icbmena with hir fained husband. After 
ward I beheld the pleafantc//* folacing hir felfe <vith the 
cleere flood and diuine fire. The daughter of Fullus and that 
of Mencmphtti, with hir counterfeit father, and that other of 
Diodes with hir lap full of flowers and a writhing ferpent, and 
the faire yoong gyrle no more forrowing for the growing of 
hir hornes.t/fftiocbi* and Antigone the daughter of Laomcdon 
folacioufly delighting hir felfe in hirftorkifh plumes, and 
Lur fflet he fir ft inuentrixof wheeles. G*r,*w<*wmkthcdaun- 
cing Nymph holding by hir little finger, and wafhing hir de 
licate pretie feete from fweate in the riuer B.igrada. After 
that I beheld a quaile flying, and a faulcon purfuing hir : 
Erigone hauing hir faire (hining breft ilickt full of f^eetc 


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grapes,and the daughter of king Chollut with hir bull, Eripbile 
and hir changed husband: The daughter of eX//wand the 
virgin Mclantho with hir dolphin, Phylkra the daughter of 
old Ocean** with the father of Chiron. Next hir CVw with hir 
head inftrophyated with ripe cares of corne imbracingthe 
fcalie Hydra, : And the faire Nymph Lara forting with */trgi- 
phon : and the fa eeteF/riof the riuer Numicta. 

And whileftl flood with excetfiue delight beholding onely 
as an ignorant this rarecompanie and myfticall triumphes, 
circumfept with thefe and fuch like forts, and fo alfo the de 
licious fields, but that me thought it was a louely fight to be 
hold, and fo I fbould haue continued : then the gratious 
Nymph attbciating and leading me/eeing my fimplicitie and 
carelefnes, with a ready countenance and fweete andplea- 
fanr words, without asking, (he faid thus vnto me : MyPo/j- 
phitw, doeft thou fee thefe ? ( (hewing me thofe of the olde 
world ) thefe were beloued of /Hpitcr, and this, and this was 
fuch a one, and thefe were in loue with him, by this meanes 
(hewing vnto me their high and mighty linage, and noc 
knowing their names, (he in great curtefie told me. After 
ward fhe (hewed me a great number of little virgins, vnder 
thegouernment of three fober and difcrcte matrones the 
leaders to fo great delight : Adding thereunto very pleaiant- 
ly (changing hir augelhke countenance) My Poliphtbu, thou 
lhalt vnderftand, that no earthly creature can enter in heere 
without a burning torch as thou feed me, either with ex- 
treeme loue and great paines, or for the fau our and compa 
ny of thofe three matrones. And from hir hart fetting a 
deepe figh, (he faid : This torch haue I brought hither for 
thy fake,minding to put ic cut in yonder temple. 

Thefe fpeeches pearced my hart, they were fo delightfull 
and defired , and fo much the more, bicaufe (lie called me hir 
*Pol!phtln4. Whereupon I aflured my felfe, that (he was To/ia, 
and From top to the toe 1 found an extreeme alteration into 
a fupreame delight, my hart flying onely to hir. Which 
thoughts were bewraied by my countenance, and whifpe- 
ring (mall fighes. 

Which fte cunningly perceiuing, brake orr tmsnewaco 
dent wnh thefe tvords : Oh how many be ih ere which would 


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moft gladly behold thefetriumphes,and therefore T 
addrefle thy thoughts to other matters, and behold what 
noble and woorthy Nymphs fhew themfelues deferuedly 
conforted with their amorous louers, curteous and affable : 
who with fweete and pleafant notes in meafured verfe, praife 
and commend one another without wearines,ince(Tantly ce 
lebrating their turnes with excefliue delight, and extolling 
the triumphs, the aire alfo full of the chirpings of diuers 
prctie birds,yeelding a diffufcd charme, 

Thisverfc About the firft triumph among thereioifing companie, 

confiftcd of the nine Mufes did fing , with their leader the diuine Luter 

Strophe.Jri- Apollo. 

Afcer thc trium P h followed the faire Parthenopeian Ltria, 
with a lawrell crowne , accompanied with MeUnthia, whofe 
Homer. habites and voices reprefcnted the pride of Greece, where 

upon the great Macedon refted his head : She bare a fplen- 
dent lampe, communicating the light thereof with hir com 
panion, then the reft more excellent both in voice and fong. 

There the faire Nymph (hewed me the auncient Iphianaff*> 
and after the old father Himerinw his daughters and their 
drinke, and one betwixt the two Theban brothers : Thefe 
with pleafant noifes , fweete muficke and fine agilities, paftc 
on about the firft triumph. 

About the fecond triumph was the noble Nem^fs with the 
L fsbt4HCorin4,Df/M and Netra* with diuers others amorous 
Nymphs, making pleafaunt foundes vppon ftringed inftru- 
ments of yealow wood. 

About the thirde triumph,the glorious Nymphs (hewed 
me Quinti/iaand Cjnthea Nauta, with others, in great folace, 
making fweete harmonies, and fmging pleafant verfes:there 
alfo I behelde the virgin VioUntillo, with hir Douc,and the o- 
ther forrowing for hir Sparrow. 

About the fourth triumph, before it went the Lidion Cloe, 
ljide,Neobole,fatttt Pbillis, and the faire Lyce Tjburts & Tjra, 
with their liarps fingingand making a moft pleafant noyfe. 
After this fourth triumph among the Mamades and facrifi- 
cers to Bacchw, there folowed an amorous damofell finging 
in thc commendation of the head of hir louerP/^w, (he defi- 

red homes. And after them all (be fliewed me two women, 



one of them apparelled in white, and the other in greene, 
which came hindermoft finging togither. 

And thus they marched about in a moft pleafant and de- 
iightfull manervpon the frefh greene and flourifliingplainc: 
Some inttrophiated with Iaurcl,fome with my rtle^nd others 
with other forts of flowers and garlands, inceflantly without 
any wearines or intermiffion in a perfection of the felicitic 
of this world, mutually enioying one anothers afped and 

The Njmph batting at Urge declared vnto Poliphilw the myfticall 
triumph fond extreeme lotte , afterwards fhe de/fred htm to go o* 
further jtvhere a/fo with great delight he beheld innumerable other 
Nymphs i with their dejtred totters, in a thoufand forts of pleafttres 
folacingthemfclttesvpon thegreerjegrajfe y fre(h{hadovpes t andbj 
the eoole riuers andcleere fount awes. And how Polrphiltu there 
had with madnes almoft forgotten himfelfe in the pajfions ofdeprc t 
but nope dtd affivagc hufHrit, quieting himfelfe tn the beholding cf 
thefreetffanourofthefaire Nymph. 

Ot onely happje but aboue all 
other mod happie were he, to 
whom it (hould be granted con 
tinually by fpeciall fauour to be- 
holde the glorious pompe, high 
triumphs,beautiful places, fweet 
fcituations, togither with the 
goddefles, halfe godde{Tes, faire 
Nymphes of mcredible delight 
and pleafure,butefpecially to be 
fecond^d and accompanied wkh 
fo honorable a Nymph of fo rare and excellent beautie. And 
this I thought not to be the leaft andfmalleft point of my 
felicitie. Now hauing looked vpon thefe fights, 1 remained a 
great fpace recording of the fame, being therewith beyocdc 
meafure abundantly contented. 

Afterwards, the faire and fweet damfell my guide fakl thus 
vnto me : Pefybi/w } kt vs now go on a little further. And then 

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Th* flrfi of Lone 

immediately we tended our walke toward the frefh fountains 
lhady nuers,compafling about the flourfting fields with 
chryltalhne currents and gratious ftreames. 

In which cleare water,grew the purple flooring fo/>ne of 
the Nymph <>/*/>*, lookingvp from his tender ftringes and 
Jeaues. And al the faire riuers were f ul of other flowers fweet- 
hc growing among their greene and frcfli leaucs. Thisde- 
lightfull place was of a fpatious and large circuit, comparted 
about and inuironed with wooddic mountaines, of a mode 
rate height of greene lawrell, fruitefull memerels, hearie & 
high pine trees, and within the cleere channels, with graue- 
led banks,and in fome places the bottom was faire fort yea- 
low fande, where the water ran fwifte, and the three leaued 
driope grew. 

There were a great companieof delicate faire Nymphs 
of tender age,with a redolent flower of bafhfulnes , and be 
yond all credire beaurifull, with their beardlcs louers conti- 
nuallie accompanied. Among which Nymphs, fomc veiie 
pleatantly with wanton countenaunces in the cleere ftreams 
(hewed themfelues fportefull and gamefome, hauing ta 
ken vppe finelie their thin garments of filkeof diucrs co- 
lours,and holding them in the bouts of their white armes, 
the forme of their rounde thighs were feene vnckr the 
plytes, and their faire legges were reuealed to the naked 
knees, the current ftreames comming vp fo high : it was* 
fight which woulde hauc prepared one to that which were 
vnfit, and if himfelfe had been vnable thereunto. And there 
where the water was moft ftill, turning downe their faire fa 
ces of exceeding beautie, and bending their bodies of rare 
proportion, as in a large goodly glaiTc they might behould 
their heauenly (hapes, breaking off the fame with the mo 
tion of their pretie feete, making a noyfe with the con- 
traftofthe circulating water. Some folaciouflie ftriuingto 
gobythetamefwimmingfwans, andfportinglycafting wa 
ter one at another,with the hollowncs of their palms:othcr$ 
landing without the water vpon thefoftcoolegraflfe, ma 
king vp of nofegaies and garlands of fundrie fweete flowers^ 
&giuing the fame to their louers as tokens of their fauora- 
ble rcnicmbraunce, not denieng their fweet kifles,& louing 

im bracings, 

in 4 Dreame, 

imbracings , with the amorous regardes of their ftar-likc 

And fome were fct vpon the grecne banks notouergrown 
with reed and fegs,but finely beautified with (weete hcarbs 
and flowcrs,among the which the tender Nymphs comming 
wet out of the water more cleere then Axiw in MygdontAjm- 
der the vmbragious trees, did fit fporting and deuifing ona 
with another in delightfull imbracings, with their reueren- 
cing louers,not cruelly (corning & reie&ing them , but with 
a fociable loue and benigne affablenefle , difpofing them- 
felues to the like (hew of true aftedion , their fweete geftures 
and pleafant behauiours far more gratious to the eie , then 
flowing teares be to thcfrowardcand vnmercifull Cp/W, the 
fweete fountaines and moift dewes to the green fieldes, and 
defired forme to vnfa(hioned matter. 

Some did fing amorous fonnets,and verfes of loue , brea- 
thingoutin the fame from their inflamed breads, fcaldmg 
fighs ful of fweete accents, able to enamorate harts of Hone: 
And to make fmooth the rugged nefle of the vnpaflageablc 
mouncaine Caucafw, toftaiewhatfoeuer furiethe harpe of 
Orpheus wouldeprouoke , and the fowle andeuill fauourea 
face of Msdufa to make any horrible monfter tame and 
tradable, and to Hop the continual! prouocation of the de- 
uouring5c;^4. Some refted their heads in the chafte laps of 
their fairc loues, recounting the pleafaunt deuifes of fupitcr t 
and they inftrophyating their curled locks with fweete fmel- 
ling flowers. 

Others of them fained that they were forfaken , and feer 
med to flie and go avaie from them, whom dearely they did 
afted, and then was there running one after another with 
loud laughters,and effeminate criengs out, their faire trefles 
fpredding downe ouer their fnowie fhoulders like threeds 
of gold, bound in laces of greene filke : Someloofe after a 
Nymphilh mancr , others bounde vp in attyres of golde fee 
with pearle.Afterwards comming neere togither,they would 
fto^pe downe, and twiching vp the fweete flowers with their 
fairc and tender fingers, fling the fame in the faces of their 
purfuing louers with great pleafure and folace, maintaining 
their fained difgracings. 

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n*ftrifi of Lone 

Others with great curtefie were putting of Rofe leaues 
oneafteranother into their laced brcfts, adding arter them 
fweete kiffes.fome giuingtheirlouers(if ouer-bold)vpon the 
cheekes with their harmles palmcs pretie ticks,making them 
red like the wheeles vfl Mtu in a faire and cleere morning : 
with other new and vnthought contentions, fuch as loue 
could deuife. They all being pleafant, merrie, anddifpofed 
to delight : Their geftures and motions girlifh, and of avir- 
gineall fimplicitie, putting on fmcere loue without theof- 
fence of honorable vertu<;: tree and exempt from the occur- 
fion of griefe or emulation of aducrs fortune: Sitting vndcr 
the (hade of the weeping fifter of the whited Thafto*, and of 
thcimmortall Itaphne and hairie pineapple with fmall and 
ftarpe leaues, (height Cyprus, greene Orenge trees, and tall 
Cedars, and others moft excellent, abounding with greene 
kaues, fweete flowers, and pleafant fruits fiill flourishing in 
fuch fort as is ineftimable, euenly difpofed vpon the gratious 
banks, & orderly growing in a moderatdiftance vpon thee 
graflie ground, inuefted with green Vinca peruince or laurel. 
What hart is fo cold and chilling, that would notbeftirred 
vp to hcate,manifeftly beholding the delightfull duties of re- 
ciprocall loue, fuch as I was perfwaded would haue kindled 

Whereupon I wasboldtofliew that folly which tormen 
ted my inward fpirirv, enuying to fee what others poflefled, 
that was a continual! delight inpleafure and folace without 
any vrearinesin full cloying, and thus diuers times my hare 
being feron ftre by myeies, and extreemely burning, my 
minde ftill fixed vpon delightful! pleafures and their fmac- 
king kifles, and regarding with a curious eie the abounding 
guerdons of the fetheredgod, me thought at that inflant, 
that I did behold the extreeme perfe&ion of pleafure.And by 
thismeancs I itood wauering and out of meafure amazed, 
and as one which had droonke an amorous potion, calling 
into remembrance the ointments of the mifcheeuous Circes > 
the forcible hearbs of Medea , the hurtfull fongs of ^Bjrrena^ 
and the deadly verfes of TAmphile, f flood doubtfull that my 
eies had feene fomthing more than humane, and that a bafe, 
di!l;onorable* and frailc bodic (hould not be where immor- 


tall creatures did abide. 

After that I was brought fromthefe long and doubtfull 
thoughts and phantafticall imaginations , and remembring 
allthofe maruellous diuine (hapes and bodies which I had 
perfonallyfeene with mine eics, I then knew that they were 
notdeceitfull fhadowes, nor magicall illufions, but that I 
had not rightly conceiued of them. 

And now with earneft confederation among thefe behol 
ding the moft excellent Nymph faft by me, my eies filled 
with amorous darts ceafed not to wound my paflionate hart, 
by means wherof incontinently all my wandering thoughts 
were ftirrcd vp,compa<5t,and fixed vpon hir their defired ob- 
ieft, recalling my mottified foule afrelhtobe tormented in 
his firft flames, which moft cruelly I fuffered, in that I durft 
not be bold to askeif Die were my defired Po/ta, for (he had 
put me in fome doubt thereof before, and now fearing to 
offend hir with my being ouerbolde, and ore troublefome 
with my rude and vntilled toong, diuers times when my 
voice was breaking out betwixt my lips, vpon that occafion 
I fupprefled the fame. But what fhe (hould be, it was beyond 
my compafTe to imagine,and I flood as fufpicious thereof,as 
the deceiued Socta with the fained Atfatitdcr. Thus with dili 
gent regards andcordiall fearches examining hir heauenly 
features inuaded with a burning defire beyond meafure, I 
faid to my felfiOh that I might be,if it were po(Tible,a freema 
in fuch a place , for no forrow fhoulde greeue me, nor immi 
nent danger {hould make me afraidialthough thatfrowarde 
fortune (houlde oppofe hir felfe againft me, I woulde fpende 
my life without any regard therof, not refuiing to vndertake 
th c laborfome and great enterprife of the two gates (hewed 
to the fonneofesfmpkitrio. 

To fpend the prime of my youth and pleafure of my yeers 
in the mortall daungers of the merciles feas, and in the fear-, 
full places of Trwacria, with theexcelTiuetrauelsand terrors 
oft/Vvj^/.inthedarkecaueofthe horriblePo/i^w, the Ton 
ofNtprtMCyto be transformed in the com panic of CA/ypfi, al 
though 1 loll my life,or indured the moft hard & long ferui- 
tude of t/4ndrodutjor all weannes is forgotten where loue is 
vehement. To vndertake with the amorous J/w/w*and 


Tkeftrife of Lout 

Hew to runne with Atalanta, or to com but in fuch fort as the 
ftrong and mightie Hercules for his loue D<i/r4, did with 
the huge Ackelowfo as I might atchicue fo gracious a fauor, 
and attaine to fo high delight, as the remaining in thefe fo- 
lacious places,and aboue all to enioy the precious loue and 
ineftimable good wil of hir,more faire without comparifon, 
then Cajftopeta, of betcerfauour then Cafltamira. Ah me, my 
life and death is in hir power ! And if fo be that I fecme vn- 
woorthie of hir fellowfhippe and amorous commcrs , yec 
would God it might be granted me as a fpeciall rewarde and 
priuilcdge to looke vpon hir: and then I (aide to my felfe, oh 
Polfktlwtf thefe heauieand burthenous weights of amarous 
conceits do opprefle thee \ thefwcetenesof thefruitc doth 
allure thee thereunto.- and if the peremptone dangers ftrike 
thec into a terror,the hope of the fupportation and helpc of 
fo faire a Nymph will animate thee to be rcfolute. Thus my 
thought being diuers , I faid, Oh God, if this be that defircd 
PolfM which I fee at this prcfent,and whofe precious imprefli- 
on without intermiflion, I haue ftil born in my burning and 
wounded hart,fro the firftyeers of my loue vntil this prcfcnr, 
I am contented with all forrows,& befides hir, I dcfire no o- 
ther requcft but only this, that (he may be drawne to my fer- 
uent loue, that it may be with vs alike,or that I may be at li- 
berty,for I am no longer able to diflemble my griefe,or hide 
the extremity of my fmart,! die liuing,& liuingam as dead:I 
delight in that which ismygriefe:! go mourning: I confume 
my felf in the flame,& yet the flame doth norifli me, & burn 
ing like gold in the ftrong cement, yet I find my felf like cold 
yce. Ah wo is me, that loue (hould be more greeuous vnto me 
then the weight of Iwxrtmc to Typhon. Ir difperfeth me more, 
then the raucnous vulcurs the glomerated bowels of Tttytu: 
It holdeth me in morAthen the labirinrh crookingrlt tofTeth 
me more, then the northeaft winds the calme feas:f t tearcth 
me woorfe then vittcons dogges their flieng mafter: It trou- 
bleth my fpirits more then horrible death doth them who 
de(iretoliue:ltismore direfull to my vexed hart, rhen the 
crocodils bowels to Ichneumon. And fo much the more is my 
greefe, that with all the wit I haue, I knowe not to thinke in 
what part of the worlde 1 ihoulde be,but ftreight before the 


in 4 drcamc. 

fweete fire of this halfe goddeflfe, which without any corpo- 
rail fuoitanceconfumethmc : hiraboundant andfaire yea- 
low haire , a frure and net for my hart to be masked in : hir 
large and phlegmatique forehead, like white lillies, bynd me 
in as with a withe : hir pearcing regards take away my life as 
f^eere prouocarions to affli<5t me : hir rofeall cheekes do cx- 
afpcrate my defirc.hir ruddie lips continue the fame, and hir 
delicious breafts like the winter fnow vpon the hyperboreall 
mountaines,are the fharp fpurs and byting whip to my amo 
rous palfi on s : rrirlouelygefhiresand pleafantcountenancc 
do draw my defirc to an imaginatiue delight, heaping vp my 
forrow.And ro all thefeinfulting martyrdoms and greeuous 
vexations of that impious anddeceitfull Cupid 1 laie open, 
mightilie ftriuingro bearethem, andnowaie able to refift 
them, but to fuffcrmy felfetobeouercome.-neithercouldel 
(hun the fame, but remained ilill as one vnawares loft in the 
Babylonian fen. 

Oh Tntw, thou canft not perfwade me that thy paineis 
equall with mine, although chat the vultures teare open thy 
brcaft, and taking out thy fmoking warm hart, do pluck it in 
pceces with their crooked beaks, and pinch the fame in their 
lharpetallents, eating vpalfo the reft of thy rleft, vntillthey 
haueingorged thefc-lues,& wkhin a while after thou renewed 
againe,they begin afrefh to pray vpon thee. Thou haffa time 
to be reuiued againe,and made found as eiler thou wert : but 
twoeies wirhoutall pitieor intermiflion haue wounded me, 
deuour and confume me, leauing nie no time of refr,or fpace 
to be comforted. 

And hauing had thefe difcourfes with my felfe, I began fe- 
ctctly to mourne andweepe, anddefire a way that I might 
die, fetching deepe fighes as if my hart had terne in fundei 
with euery one of them. And diuers times I had purpofed 
with a lamentable voice to defire hir helpe, for that I was at 
the point of death : but as one drowned and ouervt helmed,! 
deemed that way to be vaine,and to no purpofe,and therfore 
furioufl) , and as one of a raging fpint 1 thought thus : Why 
doc ft thou doubt,/V/;>//** ? Death for loue is laudable, and 
therefore my grceuous and malignant fortune, my forrowful 
accident and hard hap in the loue of fo beaucifuil a Nymph, 


Tbeflrife ofLoue 

will be writ and reported when I (hall lie interred. The fame 
will be fung in doleful tunes vpon fwecte inftruments of mu- 
ficke,manifeftmg the force of hurtfullloue. 

And thus continuing the follie of my thoughts, Ifaid : Ic 
may be that this Nymph, by al likelihoods, is fomc reuerend 
goddeflfe, and therefore my fpeeches will be but as the crac 
kling reedes of Archadia in the moift and fennie fides of the 
riuerLabdone,(haken with the (harpeeaft wind,with the boi- 
fterous north,cloudy fouth & rainie fouth weft wind.Befides 
this, the gods will be feuere reuengers of fuch an infolencie, 
for the companions oiVlyffcs had been preferued from drow 
ning and (hipwracke, if they had not ftolne ^polios cattell 
kept by Phactuf* and hir lifter Lampetta. Orion had not bcene 
flaine by a fcorpion, if he had not attempted the cold & chaft 
D/4*i,and therefore if I (hould vfe any indeccncie againft the 
honor of this Nymph in any fort/uch like reuenge or woorfe 
woulde be vfed vpon me. At laft getting foorth of rhefe 
changeable thoughts, I did greatly comfort my felfe in be 
holding and contemplating the excellent proportion and 
fu f eete (auour of this ingenuous and moft rare Nymph, con 
taining in hir al whatfoeuer that may prouoke amorous con 
ceits and fweete lone, giuing from hirfaire eies fo gratious 
and fauorable regards, as thereby I fome what tempered my 
troublefome and vnbridelcd thoughts. Andmyrefounding 
fighes rcflexed with a flattering hope (oh the amorous foode 
of louers and fauce of fait teares) by thefe and no other rains 
I did manage my vehement thoughts,and made them ftop in 
a conceiued hope, fixing mine eies with exceffiue delight vp 
on hirfaire bodie and well difpofed members, by all which, 
my difcontented dehreswere gently mitigated and redee 
med from that furieand amorous fire, which fo neere had 
bred the extrcmitie of my paflions. 


The Itymph letdeth the homered Potipbittu to other pletfant pUeet, 
where he beheld innumerable Nymphs folding them, and a/fo tht 
triumph ofVertumntu and Pomona. 

Y no meancs I was able to rc- 
(ift the violent force of Cupds 
artillerie,and therefore the ele 
gant Nymph hauing amoroufly 
gotten an irrtuocable domini 
on ouer me a miserable loner, I 
was inforced to follow ft. II af 
ter hit moderate Itcps, which 
led me into a fpatious and large 
plaine.theconterminate bound 
of the flowered greene & farce t 

f ,r i_ 

fmellmg valhe, where alfo ended the adorned mountames 
and fruitfull hils, (hutting vp the entrance into this golden 
countrie, full of incredible delight with their Joining togi- 
thcr: couered ouer with green trees of a cofpicuous thicknes 
& d.(tance,as if they had been fet by hand,as Yew trees, wild 
Pynes,vnfruitfull but dropping Refin,tallpineapple,ftraight 
Firre,burning Pitch trees, the fpungie Larix, the aierie Teda 
belouedof the mountains, celebrated and prefcruedfor the 
fcftiuall Oreadcs . There both of vs walked in the greene 
and flowering plaine, fhee being my guide through the high 
cyprcs trees, the broad leaued beech, coole (hadie okes full 
ofmafte, and other hornebeames, pricking iuniper, weake 
hafell. fpaltafh, greene lawrell, and humbryferousefculies, 

knottie plane trees &lyndensmoouing by the fweet breatli 

r f i i *!! ii- 

of the pleafant Zeplurus, whiitling through their tender 

branches, vith a bcnigneand fauorableimpulfion. 

All u hich greene trees were not thickly twiftedtogither, 
butofiiconuenientdiftaunceonefrom another, and all of 
them fo aptly diftribuced as to the eie the fight thereof bred 
great deHght. ^ 

This place was frequented with countrie Nymphs and Dry- 
*des, their fmall and flender waftes being girded with a bray- 
ding of tender corules of fprigs, leaueSjandflowerSjandvp- 

Cc on 

like a pine, 

g 00 afo r 

ding, it will 
neither roc, 
woo ""re f 

out of the 

, be 

- y " eni or 
tcile trees . in 

Latm TiUtt 

thcybearc a 
fmitas hig as 


fce d r9 . 
Dryadu, be 
Nymph* of 

thcwoods - 

The jlnfe ef Lt*e 

on their heads their rifing vp haires, were compared about 
as with garlands. Among!* them were the horned famies 
andlafciurou^fatyresjforeinnifing t heir fau nail feaRs, bem* 
aflemblcd togither out of diuers places,wirhm rhisfcititefc 
pleafant cuntrie.bearing in their hands fo tender green and 
itrage boiighs,a$ are not to be food in the wood of the god- 
a god- des FaronM^kcn the inhabitaints carrie hir imageto the fire . 
e of the From thence we entered into a large fquareinclofureco- 
lbuL a P^^^abQUtwith broadewalkes, ftraight from one corner 
fertile pbce to W0lhfr,wttb a quick-fct vpon either fides, in height one 
in Arabia. pace, ofpricking Jumper thicke fet togirher, andmixt with 
Sc*nm,bca box, coirp.a (Ting about the fquarc green? mead.In tberowes 
people m A- Or whichquick-fet there were fymmetrially planted the vie- 
dwcHaitocV torious P almc trees,whofe branches were laden with fruitc, 
ihcr m tenrs. a PP^ring out of their husk s, fome blacke , fome crymofen, 
Sawomatw, and many yealow, the like are not to be found in tht land of 
be people of ^gypt,norin Dabulam among the Arabian Scaenits, or in 
s ^ rmatu Hieraconta beyond the Sauromatans. All which were inter- 
largc iuntry mectlecl witn S r ^ne Cytrons, Orenges, H ; ppomclides, Pi- 
reachingf 6 ^ ac ^ trees Pomegranats,Meligot6s,Dendromirts, Mefpils, 
Germany & and Sorbis,with diuers other fruitful! trees, 
the riuer Vif- In this place vppon the grcene fwoord of the flowering 
tub coHy- meajd,andvnderthefrefliandcoole (liadowes, I might be- 
and iVdeui- ^^ a 8 reat aflemblie met togither of lirange people, & fuch 
ded into two 3s I had neuer before feene, full of ioyesand paftimes, but 
parts Euro- bafely apparrelled/ome in fauns skins , painted with white 
pea and fpots, fome in lynxskins,othersin leopards : and maniehad 
h fiftened togither diuers broad leaues, inftrophiating them 
uVin w]t ^ fund deflowers, therewithall couering their nakednes, 
like a finging^ leaping, and dauncing with great applaufe. 
wolph, being Thefe were the Nymphs Hamadryades , pleafantly com- 
of pafTmg vppon either fides the flowered Vertumntu, hauing 
j ad j v PP on ^ is neac ^ e a garlande of rofes, and his gowne lap full 
wernymphs offaire flowers , louing the Ration of the woollie ramme. 
ofthe wood He fate in an ancient fafhioned carre, drawne by fower hor- 
and Symenides n ed fauns or fatyrs , with his louing and faire wife Pomona, 
Venumn** the crovv ned with delicate fruits, hir haire hanging downe oucr 
Cod of fruits. ^ f] 10 ulders,of a flaxen colour , and thus lliefate participa- 
ting of hir husbands pleafure and quiet, and at hir feete laie 


f* * tire***. 98 

a vefTell catted Clepfydra. In hirright hand (heheldacopie 

full offlowcrs,fruits,andgreene leaues^andinhirlefthande fometime ta- 

a branch of flowers/ruits and leaues. ken foradiall 

Before the carre and the fower drawing ratyrs,therc mar- mes lrin & 
ched two faire Nymphs,the one of them bare a tropha? with tMnineof 
a przpendant table, whereupon was written this title, water, buc 

here for a poc 
Intcgcrrimam Corporis valetudincnt & ftabtle robttr to wat " a 

caftafque men far urn de/tti*u, & he at am antmi CCCH- 

J1 , , fr yoonefed- 

ntAtem cultaribus me ojfcro. lings in a 

nourcery for 

And the other bare atrophzof certaine greene fprigges anorchyard. 
bound togicher, and among them diuers rurall inftrumcnts 
fattened. Thefe pa(Ted on thus after the ancient maner, with 
great ceremonies,and much folemnitie, compaffing about a 
great fquare ftone like and aulter, Handing in the middeft of 
this faire mead, Efficiently m.oyftened with current ftreames 
from beautifullfountaines. 

This fquare ftone or aulter was of pure white marble, cu- 
riouilie cut by a cunning lapicidai ie, vpon euery front wher- 
of was a woonderfull goodly exprefilon, of an elegant image, 
fo exad ,as the like elfc- where is hardly to be found . 

The firft was a faire goddefle.hir treces flieng abroad, gir 
ded wirh rofes and other flowers,vpon a thin vpper garment 
couennghir beaurifull and pleafant proportion. She heldc 
hir right hand ouer an ancient vcflcll, in maner of a chafing- 
diih, called Chytropodus,fending foorth a flame of fire,into 
the which fheedidcaft rofes and flowers , and in the other 
hand (he held a branch of fweete myrtle, full of berries. By 
hir lidc ftoode a lirtle winged boy fmjjjng.wirh his bowe and 
arrowes. Ouer hir head were two pigeons. And vnder the 
foote of this figure wo* written 

Florido ixri S. 

Vpon tbc other fide I beheld in an excellent earning, the 
reprefenration of adamofell of a maidenly countenaunce, 
whofc ftacelymaicftiegaue great commendation to the curi 
ous deuifc of the workcman. She was crowned with a gar- 

C c 2 land 

n*flrifi of Lou* 

land of wheat cares, hir haire flingcring abroade, and hir ha- 
byte Nymphifh.In hir right hand toe held a copie full of rypc 
graine,and in the other hand three eares of corne,vpon their 
ftrawie ftalks. At hir feetelay a wheat ilieaue bound vp, and 
a little boy with gleanings of corne in either hands, The fub- 
fcription was this. 


Vpon the third fide was the likenes in a deuine afpea na 
ked of a yoong boy,crowned with vine leaues, and of a wan 
ton countenance, holding in his left hand ccrtaine clutters 
of ripe grapes,and in the other, a copic full of grapes which 
did hang ouer the mouth thereof. At his feete laie a hayric 
goate and this writing v nder. 

The laft fquarc did beare vpon it a kincly image paffing 
well cut, his countenance difpleafant andauftere, inhislert 
handheheldafceptervp into theheauens, theairecloudie, 
troublefomcandftormie, and with the other hand reaching 
into the clouds full of huile Behinde him alfo the aue was 
rainieand tempeHuous. He was couered with bcaits skins, 
arid vpon his fee te he ware fandals, where vndec was written, 

Hicmt t/oK& 

Froiu thence the moft faire and pleafant Nymph brought 
ine towards the fea (ide and fandie ihore, where we came to 
anolde decaied temple, before the which vpon thetrefti and 
cooleheajbs, vnderfvveete fliadie trees we fate downe and 
refted ourfelues, my eies very narrowly beholding, with an 
*nfatiablede(ire, in one fole perfection and virgineall bodie, 
the accumulation and aflcmbly ofall beauties ; an obied in- 
tcrdiding my eies tobehold any gracious, that except, or of 
fo great content. 

Where refrefhing in a fecretioy with new budding con- 
ceks my burning hart, and leauing off vulgar and common 


follies, I began to confider of the intelligible effed of honeft 
loue, and withal! of the cleerenes of the skies, the fweete and region of 
milde aire,the delightfull fite^the pleafant con ntrie,the green ( rcccc ,ha- 
grail? decked wich diuerfity of flowers, the faire hib adorned "nlffidc"^ 
with thicke woods, the quiet time, frelli windes, and fruitfull C cdoma,and 
place, beautifully enriched with dirflueot ftreames, fliding onchcothcr 
do* ne the moitt vallies betwixt the crooked hils in their Bceotia, rta- 
erauelkd channels, and into the next feas with a continued chin bc * 

r r r ^ i i- r twecnc Incr- 

courfefoftlyvnladmgthemfelues. mopyl*,and 

A ground moft healthfull, the grafTe coole and fweet : and the nucr Pi- 
from the trees refounded the fweete co;ifentsof fmallchir- ncus, cuento 
ping birds. The flouds and fields of Thetalie muftgiue place the lca fidc 

to this. S/rfSJE 

And there fitting thus togither among the fweete flowers HenKka, u 
and redolent rofes, I fattened mine eies vpon this heauenly thcnamcof 
(hape of fo faire and rate a proportion, whereunto my fences dwersfairc 
were foapplied,drawen and addicted, that my hart was ouer- cmcs,onciii 
whelmed with extrecme delights, foas I remained fenceles, ^ C j. c u r "! 
and yet caftinto a curious defire to vnderftand and knowe a n0t hcrjn lta 
what ftiould be the reafon and caufe that the purple humidi- i JC & in Pon- 
tiein the touch of hirbodie, in thefmoothnes of hir hand HIS by the ri. 
(hould be as white as pure nulkc : and by what nieanes that ucr 
nature had bcftowed in hir faire bodie the fragrant fweetncs 
of Arabia. And by whatinduftrie in hir ftarrie forehead pam- f 
pynulated with threds of gold aptly difpofed,ftie had infixed Crete & Ly- 
the faireft part of the heauens, or the fylendycant Heraclea. ^ > whereof 

Afterward letting fall mine eies towards hirpretyfeete, I lhc Lodc " 
beheld theminclofedin red leather cut vpon. white, fattened 
vpon the inftep with buttons of goldinloopesofblewfilke. 
And from thence I returned vpward my wanton regard to 
hir ftraight necke cooipafled about with a carkentt of orient Daughters of 
pcarte, ftnuingbuc not able to match with the whitenesof 
thefwcec skin. From thence defcending down to hir (hining 
breaftand delitious bofome, from whence grew two round vvho 
apples, fuch as //>r^/^/neuerftole out of the garden of Hcf- orchard of 
ferides. Neither did euer Pomona behold the bke to thefe two & olcic * 
ftanding vnmooueable in hir rofcall breaft, more white than 
hilsof fnowe in the going downe of the funne. Betwixt the 
which there paflcddowne a delicious vallie, wherein was the rookeaway 

delicate the apple?. 

Tkffflrifi of Lone 


honor of hir a bein S concent with a wounded hart full well vnder- 

husbandc Handing that mine eies haddrawen it dying into allthefe 
MaufoJus elegant parts. Yet neuertheles I could not Co bridle and Cup- 
< prelfe my amorous inflamed fighes,or fo clofely couer them, 

but that they would needs exprefle my inward deiire. 

By means whereof (he was changed from contagious loue, 
and (Inking with hir ftolen regards ( enuying the fame ) (he 
turned it vpon me, foas I pcrceiued an inceniing fire pruri 
ently diffufing it fclfe through my inward parts and hollow 
vemes: and during the contemplate beholding of hir moft 
rare and excellent beautie, a mellifluous delight and fwcete 
"olaceconttraincd me thereunto. Thus difordinately beaten 
* r ith the importune fpur of vnfatiable defire, I found my felfe 
:obe fet vpon with the mother of loue, inuironed round 
about with hir flamigerous fonne, and inuaded with fofairc 
a fbape, that I was with thefe and others fo excellent circum- 
ftances brought into fuch an agonic of minde and ficknes 
of bodie,and in fuch fort infeebled, that the leaft haire of hir 
head was a band forcible ynough to hold me faft, and euery 
rowled tramell a chaineand lliackle to fetter me, being fed 
A ith the fweetnes of hir beautie, and hooked withrheplea- 
fant baits of hir amorous delights, that I was not able with 
whatfoeuer cunning deuife to refiftthe inuadingheatesaiui 
prouoking defires (till comming vpon me,that I determined 
rather to die than longer to endure the fame, orinthisfoli- 
tarie place to offer hir any didionor. 

Then againel was determined with humble requeftsand 
fubmiffiue intreaties to fay thus : 

Alas moft delighted />e/r<*,at this prefent to die by thee is a 
thing that 1 defire, and my death if it were erFede d by thefc 
thy fmall, (lender and faire hands, the ende thereof (hould be 
more tolerable, fweete and glorious vnto me,bicaufe my hare 
iscompafled about with fuch tormenting flames, ftillmorc 
and more cruelly increasing, and burning the fame without 
pitieorintermiffion, foas by meanes thereof I am bereft of 
all reft. 

And heerewithall intending to put in execution another 


tn adreamf. IOO 

determinate purpofe, behold my hart was tormented with 
more (harpe flames, that me thought I was all of a light fire- 
Ah wo is me what wert thou aduifed to doPcfykt/ta * Re 
member the violence done to Detamra and the chafte Ro 
man lady. Confider what followed them forareward,anddi- 
uers others. 

Call comindethat mighty princes haue beene reie&edof 
their inferiors, how much more then a bafe andabiedper- 
fon, but trad of time giueth place to them which exped the 
bountie thercof.Time caufeth the fierce lions ro be tame,and 
vrhatfoeuerfuriousbeaft : the fmall ant by iongtrauell laieth 
vp hir winter foode in the hard tree, and fhall not a diuine 
fhape lying hid in a humane bodie take the impreflionof fer- 
uent loue, and then holding the fame, (Viake ofTall annoyous 
and vexing palfions, hoping to enioy amorous fruits, defired 
efTe<fti,ai^d triumphing agonifmes. 

The Nymph Tolta perceiuing well the change of my co 
lour and blood comming in more ftranger fort than Jnpohon 
oiTeucrton, thrife a day changing the colourof his flowers, 
and my mdeuoring to fende outfcalding fighes deeply fee 
from thebottomeof my hart, (lie did temper and mitigate 
the fame with hir fweete and friendly regards, pacifieng the 
rage of my opprefllng paffions , foas notwithftanding my 
burning minde in thefecontmuall flames and (harpe prouo- 
cations of loue , I was aduifed patiently to hope euen with 
the bird of Arabia in hirfweetneft of fmall fprigs,kindled by 
the heate of the funne to be renewed.