the time when rest the gift of Gods
Sweetely sliding into the eyes of men,
Doth drowne in the forgetfulnesse of slepe,
The carefull trauailestravailes of the painefull day:
Then did a ghost appeare before mine eyes
On banke that runnes by Rome,
And calling me then by ,
He bade me vpwardeupwarde
He cride to me, and loe (quod he) beholde,
What vnderunder this great is containde,
Loe all is .
So I knowing the worldes vnstedfastnesseunstedfastnesse,
Sith onely God surmountes the force of tyme,
In God alone do stay my confidence.
a frame an hundred hie
I sawe, an hundred pillers eke about,
All of fine Diamant decking the front,
And fashiond were they all in .
bricke, ne yet of marble was the wall,
But shining Christall, which from
top to base
Out of threw
forth a thousand rayes
VponUpon an hundred steps of purest golde.
Golde was the parget: and the sielyng eke
Did shine all scaly with fine .
The floore was , and of Emeraude.
O worldes vainenesse. A sodein
Shaking the hill eueneven from the bottome deepe,
Threwe downe this building to the lowest stone.
did appeare to me a spire
Of diamant, ten feete eche way in square,
VponUpon the top therof was set a pot
Made of the mettall that we honour most.
And in this golden vessell were
The ashes of a mightie Emperour.
VponUpon foure corners of the base there lay
To beare the frame, foure great Lions of golde.
A worthie tombe for such a worthie corps.
Alas, nought in this worlde but
A sodaine tempest from the heauenheaven, I saw,
With stroke downe this noble monument.
raisde vpup on pillers of IuorieIvorie,
Whereof the bases were of richest golde,
The chapters Alabaster, Christall frises,
The double front of a triumphall arke.
On eche side portraide was a
With golden wings in habite of a Nymph,Nymph.
And set on hie vponupon triumphing chaire,
The auncient glorie of the Romane lordes.
The worke did shewe it selfe not wrought by man
But rather made by his owne skilfull hande
That forgeth thunder dartes for IoueJove
Let me no more see faire thing vnderunder
Sith I hauehave seene so faire a thing as this,
With sodaine falling broken all to dust.
behelde the faire ,
throw forth his gladsome
Along the bankes of the .
There many auncient Trophees were erect,
Many a spoile, and ,
To shewe the greatnesse of the stately ,
That erst descended from the bloud.
RauishtRavisht I was to see so rare a thing,
When barbarous in
Outraged the honour of these noble bowes.
I hearde the tronke to grone vnderunder the .
And since I saw the roote in hie disdaine
Sende forth againe a .
With feeble flight venture to mount to heauenheaven,
By more and more she gan to trust hir wings,
Still folowing :
I saw hir rise, and with a larger flight
Surmount the toppes eueneven of the hiest hilles,
And pierce the cloudes, and with hir wings to reache
The place where is the temple of the Gods.Gods,
There was she lost, and sodenly I saw
the aire in of fire,
All flaming downe she fell vponupon the plaine.
I saw hir bodie turned all to dust,
And saw the
Out of hir ashes
all astonned with ,
I saw an hideous body big and strong,
was his beard, and did hang his
A grisly forehed and
Leaning against the belly of a pot
He shed , whose
Ran flowing all along the
Where once the Troyan Duke with Turnus fought.
his feete a bitch Wolfe did giuegive sucke
To two yong babes. In his right hand he bare
of peace, in left the conquering Palme,
His head was garnisht with the Laurel
Then sodenly the Palme and OliueOlive fell,
And faire greene Laurel witherd vpup and dide.
by a riuersrivers side, a wailing Nimphe,
Folding hir armes with thousand sighs to heauẽheauenheavẽheaven
Did hir plaint to falling riuersrivers sound,
Renting hir faire visage and golden haire,
Where is (quod she)
Where is thy glory and the auncient
Where all worldes hap was reposed,
When erst of Gods and man I worshipt was?
Alas, suffisde it not that ciuilecivile
With seuenseven springing heds of monstrous crimes,
Must still to
VPUPVpUp a hill I saw a kindled
A bird all white, well fetherd on hir winges
Hereout did flie vpup to the throne of Gods,
And singing with most plesant melodie
She climbed vpup to heauenheaven in the smoke.
Of this faire fire the faire dispersed rayes
Threw forth abrode a thousand shining leames,
When sodain dropping of a
Gan quench the glystering flame. O greuousgrevous chaunge!
That which erstwhile so pleasaunt scent did yelde,
Of Sulphure now did breathe corrupted smel.
fresh spring rise out of a rocke,
Clere as Christall against the Sunny beames,
yellow like the
That golden Pactol driuesdrives
vponupon the plaine.
that arte and nature striuedstrived to ioynejoyne
There in one place all pleasures of the eye.
There was to heare a noise alluring slepe
Of many more
swete than song,
The seates and benches shone as IuorieIvorie,
An hundred Nymphes sate side by side about,
When from nie hilles a naked rout of Faunes
With hideous cry on the
Which with their feete vncleaneuncleane the water fouled,
Threw down the seats, &and
drouedrove the Nimphs to flight.
Wearie to see th’inconstance of the heauensheavens:
I saw the great
Hir head full
with a armed,
In maiestiemajestie she seemde to matche the Gods.
And on the shore, harde by a violent
She raisde a Trophee ouerover all the worlde.
An hundred vanquisht kings gronde at hir
Their armes in shamefull wise bounde at their backes.
While I was with so dreadfull sight
I saw the heauensheavens warre against hir tho,
And seing hir ,
With so great noyse I in sodaine
vglyugly beast come from the sea,
heads, ten crounes, ten hornes did beare,
HauingHaving theron .
The cruell Leopard she resembled much:
Feete of a beare, a Lions throte she had.
gauegave to hir his power.
One of hir heads yet there I did espie,
aloude:aloude. What one is like (quod he)
This honoured Dragon, or may him withstande?
came a sauagesavage beast,
With Dragons speche, and shewde his force by fire,
With wondrous signes to make all wights adore
The beast, in .
a Woman sitting on a beast
Before mine eyes, of colour
Horrour and dreadfull name of blasphemie
Filde hir with pride.
And seuenseven heads I saw,
Ten hornes also the stately beast did beare.
She seemde with glorie of the scarlet faire,
And with fine perle and golde puft vpup in heart.
The wine of hooredome in a cup she bare.
The name of Mysterie writ in hir face.
The bloud of Martyrs dere were hir delite.
Most fierce and fell this woman seemde
I see vponupon a white horse set
The faithfull man with flaming countenaunce,
His head did shine with crounes set therupon.
The worde of God made him a noble name.
His precious robe I saw embrued with
Then saw I from the heauenheaven on horses white,
A puissant armie come the selfe same way.
Should warre vponupon the kings, and eate their flesh.
Then did I see the beast and Kings also
IoinyngJoinyng their force to slea the faithfull
But this fierce hatefull beast and all hir trainetraine.
Is pitilesse throwne downe in pit of fire.
Earth, new HeauenHeaven, sayde Saint IohnJohn.
And loe, the sea (quod he) is now no more.
The holy Citie of the Lorde, from hye
Descendeth garnisht as a louedloved
A voice then sayde, beholde the bright abode
Of God and men. For he shall be their God,
And all their teares he shall wipe cleane away.
greater was than can be founde,
was this Citie, and it had.
Eche gate was of an orient perfect pearle,
The houses golde, the pauementpavement precious stone.
A liuelylively streame, more cleere than ChristallChrist all is,
Ranne through the mid, sprong from triumphant seat.
There growes lifes fruite .
1.13. Sith: Since
1.14. stay: to hold fixed
2.1. frame: structure, building
2.3. Diamant: diamond
bricke, ne yet: neither of brick nor
2.6. Christall: crystal
2.9. parget: Ornamental work (usually in plaster) on walls.
2.9. sielyng: ceiling
2.12. sodein: sudden
4.3. chapters: capitals, the top portion of a column
4.3. frises: friezes
4.4. arke: arch
4.6. habite: clothing
4.7. chaire: chariot
4.8. auncient: ancient
4.13. Sith: Since
5.2. gladsome: pleasant
5.8. erst: originally
5.13. since: thereafter
7.1. astonned: stunned, amazed
8.4. Renting: rending
8.5. whilome: formerly, once upon a time
8.7. hap: chance
8.9. bate: discord
8.11. mete: deserving
9.10. leames: flashes
9.12. glystering: glittering
9.13. yelde: yield, give off
11.5. brauely: splendidly
11.7. harde by: very close at hand
11.9. gronde: groaned
. . . afrayde: frightened by
11.12. tho: then, thereupon
13.11. fell: cruel
14.5. embrued: soaked, stained
14.7. puissant: powerful
14.12. slea: slay
15.4. garnisht: adorned
4.5. victorie, ] victorie. 1569
4.6. Nymph ,] Nymph. 1569
5.2. shade, ] shadc, 1569
6.8. Gods. ] Gods, 1569
8.15. shore? ] shore. 1569
10.3. shining ] sh ning 1569
10.3. sand, ] land, 1569
12.9. aloude: ] aloude. 1569
14.13. traine ] traine. 1569