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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From the Prothalamion

Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
CALME 1 was the day, and through the trembling ayre
Sweet-breathing Zephyrus did softly play—
A gentle spirit, that lightly did delay
Hot Titans beams, which then did glyster fayre:
When I 2 (whom sullen care,        5
Through discontent of my long fruitless stay
In Princes court, and expectation vayne
Of idle hopes, which still do fly away,
Like empty shadows, did afflict my brayne,)
Walkt forth to ease my payne        10
Along the shore of silver-streaming Themmes;
Whose rutty Bank, the which his river hemmes,
Was painted all with variable flowers,
And all the meads adornd with dainty gemmes,
Fit to deck maidens bowers,        15
And crown their Paramours
Against the Bridale day, which is not long:
Sweet Themmes! run softly, till I end my Song …
At length they all to mery London came,
To mery London, my most kindly nurse,        20
That to me gave this lifes first native source,
Tho’ from another place I take my name,
An house of ancient fame:
There when they came, whereas those bricky towers
The which on Themmes broad aged back do ride,        25
Where now the studious Lawyers have their bowers,
There whylom wont the Templer Knights to bide,
Till they decayd through pride;
Next whereunto there stands a stately place,
Where oft I gained gifts and goodly grace        30
Of that great lord, which therein wont to dwell:
Whose want too well now feels my friendless case;
But ah! here fits not well
Old woes, but joys to tell
Against the Bridale day, which is not long:        35
Sweet Themmes! run softly, till I end my song …
Note 1. Spenser. From the Prothalamion. A spousall verse, &c. The spelling is a little mitigated from R. Morris’s text in Globe edition. [back]
Note 2. Edmund Spenser. [back]

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