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SOSPETTO D'HERODE.

XXXII.

Reply'd the proud king, O my crowne's defence,
Stay of my strong hopes, you of whose brave worth,
The frighted stars to be faint experience,
When 'gainst the Thunder's mouth we marched forth :
Still you are prouligall of your Love's expence
In our great projects, both 'gainst Heav'n and Earth:

I thank you all, but one must single out :
Cruelty, she alone shall cure my coubt.

XXIII.

Fourth of the cursed knot of hays is slee,
Or rather all the other three in one;
Hell's shop of slaughter shee do's oversee,
And still assist the execution.
But chietly there clo's she slelight to be,
Where Hell's capacious canlılron is set on :

And while the black soules boile in their own gore,
To hold them down, and looke that none seeth o're.

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Trice howl'd the caves of Vight, and thrice the sound,
Thundring upon the bankes of those black lakes,
Rug through the hollow vaults of Hell profound :
At last her listning cares the noise o're takes,
She lifts her sooty lampes, and looking round,
A gen'rall hisse from the whole tire of snakes

Rebounding, through 1III's inmost cavernes came,
In answer to her formidable name.

XXXIX.

'Mongst all the palaces in Hell's command,
No one so mercilesse as this of her's.
The adamantine doors, for ever stand
Impenetrable, both to prai'rs and teares;
The walls inexorable steele, no hand
Of Time, or teeth of hungry Ruine feares.

Their ugly ornaments are the bloody staines
Of ragged limbs, torne sculls, and dasht-out braines.

XL.

There has the purple Vengeance a proud seat
Whose ever-brandisht sword is sheath'd in blood :
About her Hate, Wrath, Warre and Slaughter sweat ;
Bathing their hot limbs in life's pretious flood :
There rude impetuous Rage do's storme and fret,
And there as master of this murd'ring brood,

Swinging a huge sith stands impartiall Death: scythe
With endlesse businesse almost out of breath.

XLI.

For hangings and for curtaines, all along
The walls (abominable ornaments !)
Are tooles of wrath, anvills of torments hung ;
Fell executioners of foule intents,
Nailes, hammers, hatchets sharpe, and halters strong,
Swords, speares, with all the fatall instruments

Of Sin and Death, twice dipt in the dire staines
Of brothers' mutuall blood, and fathers' braines.

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SOSPETTO D' TIERUDE.

XLII.

The talles furnisht with a cursed feast
Which llarpyes, with leane Famine feed upon,
l'utili'l for ever. llere among the rest,
Inhumane Erisicthon too makes one ;
Tantalus, Atreus, Progne, here are guests :
Wolvish Lycaon here a place hatlı won.

The cup they drinke in is Medusa's scull,
Which mixt with galland blood they quafle brim-full.

XLIII.

The foule queen's most abhorrèd mails of honour,
Merlaa, Jezabell, many a meager witch,
With (Circe, Scylla, stand to wait upon her:
But her best huswife's are the Parca, which
Still worke for her, and have their wages from her:
They prick a bleeding heart at every stitch.

ller cruell cloathes of costly threels they weave,
Which short-rnt lives of murdrea infants leave.

XLIV.

The house is hersil about with a black wood, leurscel
Which nous with many a heavy-healed tree:
Each lowers in pregnant poyson, try'll and good,
Earl herle a pagne. The wind's sigles timed be
By a black fout, which weeps into a flood.
Through the thick shadles obscurely might you see

Minotaures, Cyclopses, with a darke drove
Of Dragons, llibres, Sphinxes, fill the grove,

XLV.

Here Diomed's horses, Phereus dogs appeare,
With the fierce lyons of Therodamas.
Busiris has his bloody altar here :
Here Sylla his severest prison has :
The Lestrigonians here their table reare :
Here strong Procrustes plants his bed of brasse :

Here cruell Scyron boasts his bloody rockes
And hatefull Schinis his so feared oakes.

XLVI.
What ever schemes of blood, fantastick Frames
Of death, Vezentius or Geryon drew;
Phalaris, Ochus, Ezelinus : names
Mighty in mischiefe ; with dread Nero too;
Here are they all, here all the swords or flames
Assyrian tyrants or Egyptian knew.

Such was the house, so furnisht was the hall,
Whence the fourth Fury answe'd Plato's call.

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SOSPETTO D'HERODE.

XLII.

The talles furnisht with a cursed feast
Which Harpyes, with leane Famine feed upon,
Vnfill' for ever. Flere among the rest,
Inhumane Erisicthon too makes one ;
Tantalus, Atreus, Progne, here are guests :
Wolvish Lycaon here a place hath won.

The cup they drinke in is Medusa's scull,
Windmixt with galland blood they quatre brim-full.

XLIIT.

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The foule queen's most abhorrèd maids of honour',
Merdana, Jezabell, many a meager witch,
With Circe, Scylla, stand to wait her :
But her best huuswife's are the Parca, which
Still worke for her, and have their wages

from her: They prick a bleerling heart at every stitch.

ller cruell cloathes of costly threels they weave,
Which short cut lives of murrel infants leave.

XLIV.

The house is berst about with a black wood, heursel
Whichi nods with many a heavy-healed tree:
Lachlower's it pregnant poyson, tryil and good,
Earli herbe at plagne. The wind's sighes timèd bee
liy a bluck fount, which weeps into a flooil.
Through the thick shades obscurely might you see

Minotillris, l 'ycloposes, with a darke drove
Of Dragons, llwidracs, Sphinxes, till the grove.

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