Excerpt from The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser, Vol. 4 of 6: From the Text of J. Upton; With a Preface, Biographical and Critical
VI. And eke the bull bath with his bow-bent home So hardly butted those two twinnes Of Iove, That they have crusht the crab, and quite him born... e Into the great Nemaean lions grove. SO now all range, and doe at random rove Out Of their proper places farre away, And all this world With them amisse doe move, And all his creatures from their course astray; Till they arrive at their last ruinous decay. VII. Ne is that same great glorious lampe Of light, That doth enlumine all these lesser fyres, Iii better case, me keepes his course more right, But is miscaried With the other spheres For smce the terme of fourteen hundred yeres, That learned Ptolomaee his hight did take, He is declyned from that marke of theirs Nigh thirtie minutes to the southerne lake; That makes me feare in time he will us quite forsake. VIII. And if to those Aegyptian wisards Old (which in star-read were wont have best insight) Faith may be given, it is by them told That since the time they first tooke the sunnes hight, F oure times his place be shifted hath in sight,' And twice hath risen where he now doth west, And wested twice where he ought rise ariglit. But most is Mars amisse Of all the rest And next to him old Saturne, that was wont be best.
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