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  • Title: Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene (Selection)
  • Editor: Andrew Griffin

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    Author: Edmund Spenser
    Editor: Andrew Griffin
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    Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene (Selection)

    40The wretched man gan then avise to late,
    That love is not, where most it is profest,
    Too truely tryde in his extremest state;
    At last resolv'd likewise to prove the rest,
    He to Cordelia him selfe addrest,
    45 Who with entyre affection him receav'd,
    As for her Syre and king her seemed best;
    And after all an army strong she leav'd,
    To war on those, which him had of his realme bereav'd.
    So to his crowne she him restord againe,
    50 In which he dyde, made ripe for death by eld,
    And after wild, it should to her remaine:
    Who peaceably the same long time did weld:
    And all mens harts in dew obedience held:
    Till that her sisters children, woxen strong
    55 Through proud ambition, against her rebeld,
    And overcommen kept in prison long,
    Till weary of that wretched life, her selfe she hong.
    Then gan the bloudie brethren both to raine:
    But fierce Cundah gan shortly to envy
    60 His brother Morgan, prickt with proud disdaine,
    To have a pere in part of soverainty,
    And kindling coles of cruell enmity,
    Raisd warre, and him in battell overthrew:
    Whence as he to those woodie hilles did flie,
    65 Which hight of him Glamorgan, there him slew:
    Then did he raigne alone, when he none equall knew.