Frontispicij & seqq. Enarratio Historica, Or a Declaration of the Frontispice or first Page, wherein in intimated the whole Scope of the Poeme, and not obscurely, the complete platforme of this ensuing History.

A Stately Nymph of Nereus traine,
Waue-bred in the Virgiuian Maine,
Ycleped Albion, kept ere-whiles,
So famous erst the Fortunate
Vnder which name of beata­rum Insularum, & Fortunatae, alluding to Hesiods words and other Fables of the Greekes, it seemes the ancient Romanes pointed out these Bryttish Iles; see more in the end of the 5. Ode.
Whose treasures, as of equall price,
With Hesperid's Fruit and Colchos Fliece,
Braue Knights to seeke Aduentures came,
To winne this wealth, and court this Dame;
Samothes supposed to bee Mesech.
Syria one, a next from
Albion, sonne of the Greeks, (if not some other) Neptune.
The third
The Gyant Race of Inhabi­tants.
a home-bred churlish peece,
A Brute from
Brutus descended of Aeneas.
Troy, the
Mulmutius descended of the same Troian Line, and neere kin to the last Kings, descended from Brute.
fift neere kinne,
The one quels Deuils,
Brutus ouercame the Gyants, reputed of Antiquitie to haue bin the Race of Danaus Daughters and Deuils; Mulmutius the se­ditious Bryttons in the Heptar­chie.
t'other Men;
A sixt from
Rome, and next from
Hengist the Saxon, of the German Nation, whose chiefe Riuer is the Rhene.
The eighth
Sweno with his Danes in­habiting Gimbrica Chersone­sus.
from Cymbria, ninth from
William the Conquerour; from Normandie a Dutchy of Frāce.
All these were Warriors, all these came,
By dint of Sword to purchase Fame!
But comes a
King Iames crowned King of Scotland at a yeare old.
tenth in shew more milde,
A crowned King euen from a Child,
And though new-Lords, new-Lawes! yet strange,
New-Lord, nor Law nor State did change;
Because, perhaps this peace-full Impe,
Or so lou'd Albion, or faire Nymph
Most lou'd by her: To see their Glories,
Whereof they vaunt; behold their Stories.
To win this Nymph, her wealth or fauour,
Samothes, whose darke anti­quitie representeth a bright shine of Honour.
Syrian first, who came to craue her,
Bore Armes through eld, obscure and darke,
Seemes his great Grandsire Noah's Arke;
Albion, whose father Nep­tunes trident Mace, was the to­ken of his chiefe Honour, and rule, as god of the Sea.
Neptunes sonne of Paynim Race,
Talkes of his Fathers Trident Mace,
The third a Gyant-Satyr wilde,
Pan-like in shew, and Cham-bred stilde!
The fourth from Troy, Venus his Guide,
Brute doth one crowne in three deuide.
Mulmutius sonne of Clote­nus Duke of Cornwall, who e­stablisht Peace after a bloudie Schisme.
fift agen of fiue makes one,
Happie Cornish Prince, blest vnion.
Sixt Caesar vaunts his
From whence they gloried to be descended.
gods at Rome,
His Eagle and Troyes Trophees some:
Hengist, whose Saxon Suc­cessours conquered all England, but deuided the same among them into seuen petty Kingdomes till Egbert who erected it to a Mo­narchie.
seuenth next with his seuen fold Crowne
And Saxon Horse, would beare all downe.
The eighth the
Whose Armes & Ensigne were ordinary the Rauen, Embleme of rapacitie, for such were the Danes Rapines rather then Con­quests.
Dane, in armes by stealth,
Sought win, or wed, or weare her wealth.
William the Conqueror, then taking aduantage of grieuous broyles.
ninth, aduanc'd 'mongst these Misrules
His Norman Leopards, bath'de in Gules!
But now the
King Iames vniting the long deuided and dissentious Realmes of England and Scotland.
tenth sans strife or Warres,
Brings Peace and Vnion, stints all Iarres.
Giue sentence then, if any craue;
Who best deserues this Nymph to haue.

THE HISTORY OF GREAT BRITANIE from the first peopling of this Iland to this pre­sent Raigne of or happy and peacefull Monarke K: JAMES, by Will: Slatyer.

London Printed by W: Stansby. for Rich: Meighen, and are to be sold at his shop at St. Clements Church.

POTENTISSIMO, SIMVLAC SERENISSIMO, IACOBO, Magnae Britanniae Monarchae, cui se suam (que) PALAE-ALBIONEM dicat, consecrát (que), Authoris Epiphonema.

GReat Brytaines King, sprong from great'st wights;
Who claym'st iust right, in all their rights,
From IAPHETS sonnes first, comes thy Grace,
As all our Northerne peoples Race!
And as for ALBION his intrusion,
And CHAM-bred Giants fell confusion,
Disclayme it. All the rest of them,
That e're wore Englands Diadem,
Danes, Saxons, Brittish, Romans came,
With Normans Armes, and TEVDOR'S Name,
Deriu'd to thee, whom Scotlands Throne
With all her Iles, calls her deare owne:
To thee my humble Muse doth bend
These Stories of thine owne thus penn'd.
Daigne to receiue, shee prayes, in worth,
Till grauer golden Pens step forth,
To blaze praise-worthy acts, whose posies
French Lillyes with the English Roses,
Shall sweetly wreathe about that Lyre,
Which we and all the World admire.
And for great'st persons oft, great'st grace
Afforden: makes me bring in place,
And lay what of their rights I sing,
Just at thy feete, great Brytaines King.

Odarum ordo, numerus, & nomina Disticho comprehensa.

Vestra Mesech1, Chemnita2, Gygas3, laus Brute4, tui (que) 5
Laurea Iule6, Angli7, Sueno8, Celta (que) 9; Oliua Iacobi10.
With Samothes1, Albion2, Giants3, Brute4, comes peacefull5 Prince Donwallo,
Caesar6, Hengist7, Sweno8, William9, IAMES10, faire Vnion-Iem done follow.


FAirely disposed Friends: Since the world (of Cri­tiques) for custome-sake at least, would take it else in scorne; it being growne so coy and squea­mish, or, good City-Dame, so much affecting, as we see, Court fashion, that with an oyly tongue shee must be complemented with; otherwise in stead of courtesie nothing but curiositie can be expected. Bowing therefore to, rather then of singularitie offering to infringe her doted-on Dar­lings customary proceedings, that Momus so might haue lesse cause to carpe and mow at what he cannot mend, or Zoilus to bite and snarle at it, by this importunity I yeeld to be thus ceremonious, Preface-wise to salute a World of (some cap­tious and capricious, no doubt, others more friendly) Rea­ders; and thy selfe, perhaps, a more iudicious, and so lesse supercilious Censurer: for satisfaction to such thy selfe, being somewhat here is to be said of this ensuing Treatise; let mee find fauour to be borne with, in speaking these few words, more for fashion sake then else, of that thou knowest before, or canst not but streight-waies collect, from the but viewing the first Pages of this present Historie.

Historie her Encomium needs not farre fetching, so fre­quent in our mouthes, the Life, Light, and Mistresse of Prudence: Life of past; Light of present; Directresse of fu­ture actions: memorizing Monument, and Trophey of the worlds ages and minoritie; Glasse of Time; Historie so conspicuous in it selfe, enueyled in the robes of Poesie, if [Page] worthily commendable, in many a famous forreine Nations gests, I may well thinke it no wayes disallowable in our owne; how-e're obscuritie like a Cymmerian night, hath ouer-clouded the infancy of this our Iland! still bearing sway with most, thereby yet prouing vs not degenerate in that, from our not curious Ancestors, in conseruation of Antiquities, we quit as little, if not lesse industrious to obserue and note the same! when notwithstanding, with the enuious Mans, and curious, our eyes gaze on our Neighbours ground, his manners, sel­dome looking to our selues, neare home. We better skill the warres of Troy and Thebes, with the Pharsalian fields, the halfe-feyned fights of Hercules, Achilles Turnus, Hector and Aeneas, (I will not say of Amadis, Don Quixot, and such like) then as Heroike, if not more warlike, and worthy to be renowned martiall spirits of our owne; Danes, Saxons, Romans, Nor­mans, Brittons, and other noble Captaynes here at home; the great Britannicus Caesars, Cassiuelane, Guider, Hengist, Arthur, Egbert, Rollo, Alfred, Marcia's, Elfled's, and their equalls, as truely glorious and worthy Wights, in this our Sea-encom­past little Bryttaine-World, as euer were those halfe-deified and Pagan-sainted Heroes, of whose acts Homer and Hesiods, the Mantuan and Theban Poets layes in that so famous and triumphant wise resound! yet then I feare, we should not be the true, plaine, downe-right, shall I say, or fantastique En­glish-men, if Apes, Toyes, Monkeyes, Parrots, and Baboones, or yond-sea Owles, other Country-far-fetcht and new-fangle fashions, were not more fancy-able to our braine-sicke hu­mours, and plausible to our nice palats, then wiser and better obiects, more profitable and fitting matters, in staid and setled iudgements, nearer concerning both our selues and na­tiue home. Which being so, sans enuy be it spoken, for cor­recting our too generally corrupted iudgements, in applause of any nouell monstrous (I might say Monsters) manners, as more especially strangers gugawes, and to the present pur­pose, forreine stories neare or farre before our owne; where­by the same lie more vntrimd and trodden vnder foot; since, what Scholers studie see wee? as nor Merchants traffique for those things, how good so-e're, that are but seldome sought for, want vent, and are not saleable. This yet, incited me the more to trie new wayes, that Noueltie it selfe, and Nouelists fancying fancie pleased, and others, the best at least, conten­ted, [Page] Albion and her Worthies might by this meanes, at all hands receiue some, though the meanest part of their true lustre, due, ancient and deserued glorie.

The ayme of this discourse, the full scope of our Bryttish hi­storie, so diuided, that according to the ten great Reall or ap­parant changes of Estate, each seuerall Booke or Ode, from such mutation, take their subiect and beginning in historicall order, and from some partie of prime note, denomination; the first treating of our first Founder Samothes and his succes­sion called Samothes; the second Albion, of him chiefe actor in the same; the third the Giants of their rude regiment; the fourth named Brute, of his next stablishing a Kingdome; fift Mulmutius, of his re-vniting the distracted Prouinces; sixt Caesar, of his conquest, and the Roman Caesars gouernment; the seuenth entituled Hengist, of his foundation of the Saxon Heptarchy; eight Sueno, of his, and the then rapines and op­pressions of the Danes; ninth Gulielmus, of his Norman con­quest; tenth Iacobus, of him a plant of that pacifique Oliue, fortunate Peace-maker, of famous memorie HENRY the se­uenth; now anew also planting peace, and vniting foure Kingdomes; whose other stories on that occasion are briefly there displayed. In all which passages, what is lesse lightsome, or delightsome, impute it, if not to the obscuritie and harsh­nesse of the matter, to his weaknesse, that yet was and is wil­ling, far as able, to giue all best contentment in that kinde. That Poesie should shadow Historie, such [...], and pleasant studie, I may hope to find out Patrons for protecti­on, as well as patterns, and those right ancient and worthy, for imitation and excuse! What nouell is should not for nouelty distaste; the English Poeme glosse to the stranger Idiome, that speaks perhaps such barbarous States-matters, like our English Lawes, but rude; the marginall notes seruing for il­lustration to them both, supplying the defects, guiding and supporting the course of Historie: other Annotations, Ana­lyses, or Explications proposing order, pointing at method, light and life of all discourse; as they cannot but yeeld some profit, how-e're painefull and laborious to me, I wish to thee as vsefull and commodious, not doubting then thy well ac­ceptance of the same! The Title, suiting to the Treatise, [...]-Albion, or Antiqua-Albion, should seeme to promise Al­bions [Page] antiquities, and ancient storie of our Ile! if alluding to [...]-Olbion, as thou fauourest one, happily enioy the other; and as a Fauorite of Albion mayst thou be fauoured in the highest Olbion; for whose sakes I say, and wish to say,

Sentio quâ Natale solum dulcedine Cunctos
Sentio quâ Coeleste solum dulcedine Sanctos
Ducit, vt immemores non sinat esse sui.

Not censuring before thou reade; not reading with preiu­dicate opinions of thine owne or others; and not con­demning all, before thou haue read all. As I shall much expect such censure, and approue it; so shall I most respect the Censurer! I will not be so rash or harsh to say, commend, or else come­mend; yet doe con­clude thus with the Poet,

Siquid nouisti rectius istis,
Candidus imperti, si non, his vtere mecum.

Typus breuis, siue Analysis totius operis, poematis scilicet Historici, quae PALAE-ALBION inscribitur.
This Treatise or Poeme, according to the ten seuerall great mu­tations and changes of the state or name of this Iland, is diuided into ten Bookes, or

Odes, Whereof the
  • 1. COntayneth, after an assertion of the storie, a briefe description of Britayne and Ireland, with the first succession of Kings from Samothes descended, A. M. 1787. till Albion, A. 2200. by the space of 400. yeares.
  • 2. A second race of Kings: Albion and Bergion, with their discent; accor­ding to the ancient and Greeke Histories, also an illustration of the pre­sent and domestique, as well as some forren Antiquities and Genealogies, together with their defeate by Hercules, circa Annum 2250.
  • 3. The Anarchy or Interregnum of the Gyants, that succeeded Albion and Hercules, from A. 2300. till Brute, A. 2850. being 500. yeares & vpwards.
  • 4. Brute, and his succession, Kings of this Iland, from A. 2850. till Malmu­tius Dunwallo, A. 3500. aboue 600. yeares.
  • 5. Malmutius and his race Kings here, till the Romans Conquest vnder Iulius Caesar, which was A. 3900. about 400. yeares.
  • 6. Caesars Conquest, and the Romans Gouernement in Britayne, by their Presidents, and Deputy-Kings, from Iulius Casars to Valentinians dayes, A. 4400. neare 500. yeares.
  • 7. The seuen Kingdomes of the Saxons: begun in Hongist, A. 4400. And reduced from Heptarchy into Monarchy, by Egbert, King of West-Saxons, A. 4800. after neare 400. yeares.
  • 8. The often inuasions and rapines of the Danes, so continually vexing the Land, and the Kings of England from Egberts time, till Harold and William the Conqueror, Anno Christi 1060. neare 300. yeares.
  • 9. The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror and his issue, Kings of England: with the bloudy faction and schisme betweene the houses of Lancaster and Yorke, ended in Henry the seuenth, in whose issue also the Realmes of England and Sotland grew vnited, after 500 yeares from the Conquest.
  • 10. The happy discent of King Iames from Henry the seuenth, whereby the vnion of the two Kingdomes of England is accomplished, as vnder one Prince, so flourishing vnder one name of great Britayne. In the end a briefe touch of the Scottish, Irish, and French Histories.

A more perfect and particular Type or Analysis of the first Booke or Ode.
The first Ode contayneth,

1. As a Proaemium, a generall deducing of Historie from the beginning, and Noah: with an assertion of the storie, and antiquities of this Iland, compared with those of other Nations, especially of these Neighbouring and Northerne Countries.

2. A briefe description, both of the Peoples and Situations of the Ilands of great Britayne and Ireland: according to the Rules (in so compendious limits) of Chorographie, Geographie, and Historie.

3. The Historie and succession of the first race of Kings here, viz. Samo­thes, A. M. 1800. his sonne Magus, his sonne Sarron, his sonne Druis, his sonne Bardus, his sonne Longho, and successor Bardus 2. in whose time Albion and Bergion obtayned the Dominion of Britayne and Ireland.

Ode prima, Inscripta SAMOTHES.

Prima palaephatiâ Samothen Sobolem (que) papyro,
Series Poematis in hac margine.
Samotheae Dominos ceu not at Oda canit;
Albion adueniens fatalia donec in arua,
Pellit eos, statim pulsus & ipse cadit.

Institutum operis: & occasione arreptâ, opera Creationis; Rerum tam omnium, quam impraesentiarum primordia.

VIsam Laurigero sacrata palatia Phoebo,
Dodoni (que) Iouis patulas, Oracula Graijs,
Quercus! Parnassi Colleis, & Phocidos aruae,
Sacrorum saltus Memorum, Hyantaea (que) Rura;
Pierij Laticis Decus ô Decus omne, Sorores,
Nymphae, noster Amor, Libethrides, Aurea Virgo,
Institutum operis & Votum.
& Paeon, linguis animis (que) fauete;
Et Dea Mnemosine, pandens ab Origine primâ,
Mecum Dic Britones, populos & Praelia Reges:
Heroum (que) Ducum (que) Britannûm parta Trophaea;
Monstraiter! Aonios superabo, Te Duce, Saltus.
Quàm fuit aut Tellus, aut Quod tegit omnia, Coelum,
Siue aequor glaucum,
Narratio, in qua exquirltur origo Mundi, secundo Gen­tium, ac De [...]nceps Britonum.
Chaos & Lis omnis in Orbe est!
Lite (que) Dir [...]ptâ, fulserunt sydera Coelis;
Fronde tegi syluas, cingi Labentia riuis
Flumina, protendi Campos, surgescere Colleis
Fecit: [...], Valles subsidere. Littora fluctus
Insano fremitu pulsando tumescere Ventis.
Terra feris, aqua pisce, repletus & Alite fulgens
Aer, non Regio vlla suis animalibus Orba;
Aureus egit iter super aethera Apollo, Madentes
Nube cadunt Imbres submota,
Creationis series.
Maximus Atlas
Sydereis humeris leuat astra cadentia, Prodit
Res Quaeuis, Quocun (que) Modo aedita Lucis in Oras!
[Page 4] Tum Zonis Coelum, omnipotens pater ille,
Mundi, per parteis, ordinatio & dispositio.
Iussit; Parte gradus istâ nix altaretardat,
Parte aliâ torrent sudantis Brachia Cancri:
Innocuas vireis, exercent flamine venti,
Persida (que) Eurus adit, Nabathaea (que) regna; recessit
Auster ad Aethiopes; positi (que) sub axe tepentes
Hesperio Zephyri! Boreae spirantia Thracis,
Frigora saeua Scytho-taurûm famulantur in oris.

Hominis formatio, lapsus, Gygantes, & Diluvium.

TErra recens partu, producens Plasma decorum,
Prima hominis formatio.
Induit ignotas hominum (res mira) figuras:
In se fusa (que) habet Diuinae semina mentis.
Natus homo è terrâ colit ex quâ creuerat ipse,
Glebam, tuta sedet Pinus, non montibus altis
Caesa erat, vt poterat peregrinam visere terram;
Non tuba, bella canunt, strepitu non cornuarauco;
Aurea tunc vere fuerant ea pristina saecla:
Descriptio Paradisi, siue Aureae aetatis. & Lapsus hominis. ac demum Gygansomachiae.
Poma cibi, frutices (que); fluebant Nectare Riui,
Lacte greg [...]s, duro stillabant roscida mella
Cortice, dona Ceres nullo cogente ministrat.
Fraga rubent nascentia humi, lapidosa (que) Corna;
Ver tepet aeternum! sed iam meliore cadebat,
Ante statû, quo natus homo; verum (que) fides (que),
Fugêre, instrârunt furor & sine lege libido:
Affectando, ferunt, Coelestiaregna Gyganteis,
Velle Iouem superis regem detrudere Regnis.
Hij sceleraimponunt sceleri, super Ossan Olympum,
Multa (que) moliti Diuûm conscendere sedes;
Quae Pater ac summa vidit Lucetius Arce,
Insidias hominum iratus probitate carenteis,
Foeda Lycaoneae referens conuiuia mensae,
Consilium stetit humanum genus efferum & excors,
Perdere aquis! Nymbis Auster fluuialis anhelis,
Diluvij caussa, & Descriptio.
Suffultus celer Aeolio de carcere fugit:
Flumina non iniussaruunt per rura, per agros,
Per (que) hominum villas; Latis spaciatur in oris,
Aequor caeruleum! migrans Neptunus in arua,
Campos & colleis spissâ perfundit arenâ!
Cum (que) satis arbusta rapit, pecudes (que) viros (que);
Nat Lupus inter Oueis, Fuluos vehit vnda Leones,
Tigres aqua! ablato minime velocia Ceruo
Prosunt crura; diuterris vbi sistere posset
Quaesitis, lassis volucris vaga decidit alis:
Omnia Pontus erat, nec habent quae littora pulsent,
Flumina Nereides sub aquis, vrbeis (que) domos (que)
[Page 6] Mirantur, syluis ludunt Delphines in altis:
Qui vir de tot erat modo millibus ecce superstes,
Cnm consorte thori, sibi coniugibus (que) receptis,
Pignoribus (que) datis, vectus rate sospes adhaesit,
Montibus Armenijs! Edocti ita Moseos ore,
Diluvij cessatio & Mundi in­ter Nohae posteros diuisio.
Crediderant Patres; Monumenta (que) sacra reuoluunt;
Prole sua toto qui restaurabat in orbe,
Humanum genus, vt mundi melioris origo!
Nec lamen vt cautum est, scelerata euanuit aetas,
In meliúsue redacta fuit, Gygantúmue
Anguipedum soboles, prodeunt sceleraomnia in aeuum;
Ille suae soboli terras partitur, & vnus,
Relliquiae miserae mersae, primordia Gentis,
Alterius renouae, prolem dimisit in omnem
Terram, sole suo lustratam vbi vertitur axis
Fulgidus & minimè freta stricta gelu aurea tingunt
Historia Nohae, & Gnatorum.
Bubsequa neué cadentia plaustra secutus;
Aethiopes vltra nigros Garamantas & Indos.
Corniger vnci Apis primus monstrator aratri,
Mizriam ad Aegypti deuenerat ora fluentis
Nyli; sub Zephyro colit Hespera limina Tubal;
Magog adit Tanais ripas Scythiam (que) niuosam;
Ille quo (que) Europam, dictus quod finijt illam,
Quam recolunt homines terram, Gomer; Arcades illic,
Climate in Arctoo potiuntur sede & Olympo.
Te (que) canunt prolem (que) tuam, res dignarelatu,
Nos canimus Grandaeue Mesech; Quem saecla subacta,
Illustrem norunt Rhutupino in littore Regem.

Vt Europaearum, ac Borealium magis ita Britanniarum Gentium Origo, & Laudes.

QVid Cretes Britonen? Quae Nympha inferre parantem,
Vim Minoa sibi, fugit; commisit & vndis
[...]leutenerum Corpus rapidis! Quid Pryton Araxes
Gnatum, Brytannis memorem dare nomina Regnis?
Vestra Iaphet Samothen soboles! Chem creta Gygantes,
Albiona! Bruti proles sedêre Brytannis
Oris! Angliacis habitârunt finibus Angli.
Sed quid ego moror hisce,
Vt nom [...] Brit sonat.
recenseo (que) ab Ioue gentem?
Seu Bruti soboles, seu Picti, * seu Gomeraei,
Diues opum patria est, nec si generosa probatis
De Britannicae gentis Nobi­litate, discertatio, quorum laus petita, & satis conspicua.
nonne sat est quod sint sine crimine Mores;
Nec tam auersus equos nostro sol iungit ab orbe,
Non obtusa adeò gestamus pectora, Néue
Ingenia illepidus septentrio frigore stringit!
[Page 8] Quid doteis animi referam?
Ex Moribus, Dotibus Animi, & Corporis, Sosijs; & eiusdem Rei Amplificatio, à patriae situ,
Corpúsue labores
Posse pati? certè populi, quos despicit Arctos,
Viribus vt (que) animi inuictis, ita corpore pollent;
Flectere ludus equos & mittere spicula cornu,
Siue forum retinet, siue vnctae dona palestrae,
Enitet vtra (que) laus! & nunquam ociosa iuuentus
Venatu inuigilant; modo rus geniale colendo
Exercent vireis; & concutere oppida bello:
Durum à stirpe genus Maeotiacas (que) paludeis,
Qui circa Tanain habitant, & Phasios vndas:
Massagetes qui fugit equo, Pictus (que) Gelonus,
Et fera quos homines producit Taurica Tellus,
Noruagenus, Dacus, Scythicus trucis incola Iernes,
Sauromatae (que) leues, & quos Germania mittit,
Dalmata, Maenapî, Cymbri! virideis (que) Britannos
Adiungam; longis (que) leueis Axônas in armis:
Caussa nec est, cur heîc despecta habeatur origo,
Arua quòd haec late Boreas, septem (que) Triones
Stringunt! solantur mentem Rhodopeiae arces,
Alta (que) Pangaea, & Rhaesi mauortia tellus:
Hebrus item (que) Getae! nunquam viduata pruinis,
Riphaeis, perfusa niuis conspergine tota
Arua ora: Claróue celebria quae loca fastu,
Edita iam quae non ne (que) laeserat Inuida fama;
Sua aliarum (que) gentium ori­gine,
Gentibus his Italus natus, Longiusúe remotis
Exoritur Francus, Germanus, laesus Iberus;
Pannonius satus, e (que) hoc stemmate Alemanus ortus:
Quas (que) ferunt Arceis Antenora condere: (qui de
Troia prosiliens olim, medijs (que) Mycenis,
Turbae vrbem fessis,
Periculis, & tum suis, aliorum (que) consimilibus casibus,
posuit super ora Timaui:)
Sanguine misceri Scythico, rea Ibera (que) tellus.
Illius immunis non Anglica terra pericli,
Quando Scythae toto debacchabantur in orbe:
Quòd modò contulerint, fari horret perbreue tempus,
Hellespontiacâ damnum numerosius Alga!
Laeua (que) siqua fuit, sors semper laeua meorum,
Dente Theomno si velles laedere laudem,
Sunt vrbes captae, sunt terrae, deijcere auram
Fama adulatricem; vt cnm iam praedixeris omnia,
Obtrectes alijs famam quo (que), liuide morsor,
Morsor habes quod (que) Inuideas, praeclara nepotum
Stirpis auita suae gesta! & modo certius illo,
Cum virtute patrum semper memorabile nomen;
Ergo vbi liuor abest, quae belli palma Britannis
Mansit adhuc, steterat (que) diu fuit aut vigor ingens
Ille animi! vt micuit (que) patrum longe inclyta virtus,
Consule scripta virûm clarorum, & Carmina vatum:
Nam (que) vti non semper fautrix, ne (que) semper acerba,
Caeca sibi Diua, & Dociles non parcerc parcae,
Persa potens olim! & iam Media concutis orbem,
[Page 10] Dux (que) Philippiades Macedum,
& Infortunijs ac denuò,
ditione premebas;
Gentibus ille Ninus qui transtulit omnibus arma,
Caedit auum, incoluit primus qui Persidos oris,
Bactra auro, ac gemma pretiosa ditia Regna,
Assyrio (que) prior rex Rege Aegyptus & alter,
Sarmaticus Tanais vastant vicinia Bello!
Sed ne (que) Persepolis, nec quam ipsa Semyramis vrbem
Condit, coctilibus Babylon circundata muris;
Perpetuò sua colla superba leuarit ad astra:
Néue suo assuescat diffuso gurgite in ora
Septem, Nylus aquis, spolijs gazis (que) repletas,
Ferre rateis Ebeno Indo oneratas; Quam (que) tulisse
Telam depectunt sylua Gangetide Scres!
Semper Saurobates fugiatné, Semyramis, Iras?
Flumine deiectum quem viderat Indus aquoso;
Subdita vel Scythico Pontus virosa Tyranno?
Roma ingum imposuit populis, Lassis (que) resurgens
Viribus, vs (que) potens per saecula Graecia multa!
Sed fugit, & mundi volat irreparabilis aetas,
Quod (que) fuit non est, neque erit, quod perstet in orbe.

[...] siue infortuniorum quorundam excusatio.

ILle graueis Persas, qui subijcit, atque superbus,
Fine redit Lybies, victor, Gangetide terra,
Portando palmas,
per Romanos subiugatione;
Brytannicus esse superbit;
Cum neque adhuc sciret, quid sit pendere tributuns
Romanis rerum Dominis, Brito! Moenia Troiae,
Quae modo despectis, duce cum (que) Atriade, Achiuis,
Olim Aurorigena nigro sub Memnone in Armis,
Defendere diu, non tanti erat Indica bello
Agmina vicisse, & Parthos superare fugaces,
Medosué Italidas Generosos! vt Latijsue
Hospes Dardanius, profugus, fera bella colonis,
Concitet! Indomitis, plus, Iulius arma Britannis,
Intulit & potuit bello domuisse feroceis!
Quis Deus opposuit Phrygibus Phrygas? aut duce quo vel
Numine vel furia,
vertêre in viscera ferrum?
Ilus & Assaracus Genitor sua stemmata clara,
Tros (que) parens faciunt, & Troiae Cynthius author!
Vt (que) suae stirpis, nostri sis carminis! O ter
Principe te dignus fuero, Sol Candide, foelix:
Phoebeiae Comites, Parnassi fauete Choraea;
Combibat & vates Latices è fontibus haustos,
Sic ego, sic qui Delon amat, velit, & Iuga Cynthi,
Id (que) Canam, quod non Deus ipse referre recuset!

Britanniae Topographia.

TRans Gessoriacum mare, Gallica littora contra,
Insula in Oceano est,
Britanniae Illustratio. à
diuisa Britannia ab orbe,
Gallûm in conspectu tellus; notissima Fama!
Faucibus angustis, Gemini heic vbi Ianua Ponti,
Caerulus ille pater spumantia littora fluctû
Concutit irato; Morinûm de littore ad Anglos,
Traiectus breuis: vs (que) citò,
situ & situatione, à
prora illita hiulcet,
Littus vtrumque maris, Dorobe [...] finibus Anglis,
Labenteis vndas, Gallorum à parte Caletae,
Mirantur, celeri (que) vident freta concita cursu;
Nereus aequoreos Britannos ambit, & huius
Forma triquetra patet residentis rupibus albis
qualitate loci postea, vnde
Hybernos quae sustinet vndi (que) fluctus!
Angulus ad Gallos, quibus Auster nubila anhelat,
In mare progreditur, Rhutupinum littus apertum;
Promontoriolum, sed longè, flumina Ibera,
Belerium, Zephyri qua molles, spectat Hybernos!
Ora vbi Iuuernae cincta est sub sole cadenti,
Vergiuio Oceano: Scotiam secluserit Orcas,
A Scythi Hyperboreas turbante Aquilonibus vndas:
Orcades & validum positae inter Scotum & Hybernen,
Aebudes Oceano apparent, vt Sporades inter
Aegaeos fluctus, Terrarum (que) vltima Thule:
Germanùm terras, Euri si respicis Ortum,
Vidimus Aurorae iuga subdita Matutinae!
Germanis (que) Ortus, Phoebus cadit inter Iberos,
Oceani immergens liquidis caput aureus vndit.

Encomium Britanniae.

SEd nimium neque stricta gelu,
neque sydere ferues,
Insula, Diues opum, studijs (que) asperrima belli,
Sedes antiqua, at (que) satis famosa cygantum;
O nostrae regionis opes! ô florida prata,
Pascua (que) & Colles, dumi, campi (que) virences!
Cincta ô frondoso nemore, alta cacumina montium,
Vmbrosae (que) specus, liquentia flumine rura!
Frugiferae valles, zephyri praedulcia anheli,
Flamina, syluarum saltus, fluuij (que), lacus (que),
Muscosi fontes, & quae circumfluus humor
Irrigat arua, hortos, mandata (que) semina terrae;
Totius ac terrae Tempe celebrata per oras
Thessala! cuius opes si possem ac ditia dona,
Vberior expatiatio, in Bri­tanniae laudibus, argumento sumpto,
si cultus operosos, denique floreis,
Ordine contextos & iunctas vitibus vlmos!
[Page 14] Arbor [...]s aura comas, hominum tua carmina, Aedon,
Turturis & gemitus dimulcent suauiter aureis:
Alma quies,
[...] opum ac deliciarum suarum [...] Coeli [...]um [...]eli natura & be­n [...] [...],
cum mobilibus sopita susurris,
Aurae, inter frondes densas, vmbras (que) virenteis,
Praetentat sensus suadenti languida somno,
Ponere membra, super viridi lanugine ripam,
Praetextam, lenè labentis murmure riui;
Colle Lyaeo vuae, Bacchi pendere Racemo;
Vellus ouis manibus tondentis, vt Indica Serûm
Lanugo! Dea Gargaridas succidier vncâ
Falce stupet messeis! Tellus mitissima frugeis,
Producit! nostra ô Coelo (que) solo (que) beata
Insula: Quid Scythicis nascens aconiton in oris,
Nescia, quid posset Pontus virosa venenis.

Stirps prima Regum, seu regni Britannici origo.

GRatulor huic orbi,
& Incolatum [...]: Historica relatio, de
quod non sata dentibus Hydrae
Monstrosis, enata, sinu terra alma fouebat,
Neu creu [...]re hominum, veteres vti, corpora, bullae
Instar, vulgârunt, plunialibus edita fungis!
Ipse pater Samothes qui regna prioribus annis,
Transtulerat Gallos super aequoreos (que) Britannos:
Nam (que) vti flumineâ Cymba pater omnibus vndis,
Elatus vidit nemorosa Cacumina montium,
Fluctu submersa, iratis (que) euaserat olim
Fluminibus, sedem soboles quaesiuit vbi (que),
Tunc (que) nepos Iapetiades, iuga Pontica Mesech,
Transgressus, queis fata dabant consistere terris,
Vltra Cappadoces positam & Bithynica Regna,
Inuenit sedem; sancit sua regna quibus (que)
Alpes Aerei latis spaciantur in oris:
Non procul hinc, triplici famosi corpore, Ibero
Geryones Tauros lauêre, & saltibus herbam,
Nequic quam insoliti, nullo pascente per arua,
Gramineis errare boues carpsêre! Rapinae,
Dignae eo, vt Allectus Tirynthius attigit oras!

Samothae Britanni Regis primi Imperium ac sedes.

VEnimus ad Samothen!
Samothe Rege, quod aiunt, Britanniarum primo.
diducunt stemmata ab ipso,
Qui (que) Pyrenaeis habuerunt montibus ortum,
Qui (que) sub Alpinis oriuntur collibus: aut qui
Burgundam iuxta Sequamam; statuisse priusquam
Ripis Parisios fertur Marcomyrus vrbem!
Lenem Ararim, Rhodanum (que) bibunt, Gens (que) vltima littus
Deinceps de
Quae colit, extremas vbi pandit Gallia terras,
Supremis hominum Morinis, regnis (que) Britannis.
[Page 16] Ille iugis totis superatis venit in arua
Sorte data! & Gallum requieuit littore; Rheni
Alpini cum iam super ora, & adus (que) Pyrenen,
Regna pater sibi venturis (que) nepotibus olim,
Obtinuit Samothes! agnouerat Insula Regem,
Quamlibet ignoto sita nostra Britannia Ponto.

Samothidarum Regna.

DIuinam norat Sophiam Rex primus in oris
Britannis Samothes! Qui non moritura reliquit,
Samothidis: Samothae sc. Ne­potibus ac posteris.
Regna Mago! Populis (que) suis Magus ille dedisse
Arteis & Sophiam, quas à patre caeperat ante;
Fertur! vt ornârit studijs non saecula docta:
Assyricis arteis,
Magia, & Magi.
adeò vt magiam (que) professis,
Astrologis Persis, dubium est, dederit ne sacratas.
Defuncto (que) Mago, populis patriae (que) dicatus,
Succedit Sarron! & non sine honore gerebat,
Imperium; instituit primus Gymnasia; lumen,
Adrectum virtutis opus! ter nobile sydus;
Quod Parnassiacos colleis,
Academiarum prima institu­tio.
Phoebaea (que) Templa,
Visere, Castalios (que) det [...]ore bibisse liquores:
Haec, ó Samothides, non rerum oblite tuarum,
Vt gentem Sophiae studijs, & moribus ornes.
Sarronides Druis, Arctoos, vbi Sarron ad astra
Druidarum origo, secta, Autoritas, & literatura,
populos rexit! Dicuntur ab illo,
Quorum prima foret publicis pro rebus agendis,
Atque vigil semper communis cura negotî:
Hij cultus docucre Dei immortalis; & ipsum
Norunt, pectore dum probitas innata maneret,
Nedum ficta iuuet Fanis idola tueri;
Doc [...]nt [...]s Metem [...]suchosim.
senis Samij temerassent dogmate sectas:
Praeriptunt liteis populo, praesaga futuri
Mens erat; & viscum Druides clamare solebant.
Graecano [...] ita manu Druidum,
Apud Gallos, Graecos.
illustrata (que) Athenis,
Pallados A [...]aeis, Timagenis arte; choraeis
Litter [...]: Qui ritu Druides periêre profano
Gallia quos olim, quos fouit & Anglica tellus.

De Bardo, & Bardi sectatoribus Poetis.

VLtimus vsque feros fertur rexisse Britannos,
Samothidum Bardus! Musarum dulcis Alumnus;
Qui cum suanisonas tentaret pollice chordas,
Detinuit ripis mirantibus agmen aquarum,
[Page 18] Et tacitos pisceis: captae modulamine syluae,
Exoptant vatem, modò quae Phoebaea sonoro
Efferret cantu, stupet inscia turba ferarum
Carmina, magne Poeta, tui vestigia, Bardi
Sectantur! forteis animas bello (que) peremptas,
In longum innumeris,
Poetarum nomen & origo, a­pud antiquos Gallos & Bri­tannos, eorum (que) institutum sectae primum, per­quam laudabile, & Mores, sed & ab instituto Defectio & deflectio, satis illaudata & vilis, Vnde querimonia.
qui ducunt laudibus aeuum,
Gesta Ducum, Calamo, & Regum recinendo triumphos;
Gratia (que) illa fuit, Quam non aboleuerit aetas
Vatibus! Ingenium fuluo pretiosius auro;
Ennius emeruit Calabris in montibus ortum;
Hic decus, ille lares, & non moritura per igneis
Nomina! Priamiden, quis, si latuisset Homerus,
Nouerit Haemoniûm vi ducier Hectora equorum?
Quis Campos, vbi Troia stetit? Quis Moenia Troiae
Inclyta Dardaniae? Diuum domus, Ilion ingens
Gloria quae Teucrùm est? Quis fortem nosset Achillem?
Anni quis Solis (que) vias? Lunae (que) labores
Compertos, primam (que) ratem quae nesciat aetas?
Carmine ni celebrata forent, fidibus (que) canoris!
Gratia tanta lyrae est, Reges Regum (que) triumphi,
Hijs cedunt! sed tam periêre fauor (que) decus (que);
Occubat Augustus vatum solatia pascens,
Moecenas obijt, nunquam rediturus ab Orco!
Sunt quo (que), stulti-loquis, dicant, quae praemia Musis?
Efficite vt redeant Moecenas, & Deus ille,
Qui secùm abstulerat discedens vatibus omnia;
Ingenij vires, modò venerit ipse, redibunt!
O vatum praedulce decus! Libata priusquam,
Phoebo grata, mero cithara est; & Bacchica festa,
Absynthi ac celebret prope flumina Thracia Bacche!
Cum ne (que) sic Furijs, Idaeis, Moenades actae,
Bacchauere iugis, sacer vt chorus iste Camoenis.
Heu quid inest pretij Musis! vbi grata venustas,
Queis venit Alma Thaleia modis? periêre Camoenae;
Nos malè deuoti, grex hic imbellis, iners (que),
Vatum, Moeonij mirabimur ora Magistri:
Et laudem ipsius canimus, qui monte potitus,
Ridet anhelantem dura ad fastigia turbam.

Irreligiosa feritas Samothidarum, euersio Imperij.

VIx dum, qui rigidas quercus at (que) ardua cantu,
Saxa mouere suo quiuit, volucreis (que) feras (que)
Mollijt indomitae durissima pectora plebis;
Quid iuuat ad surdas si cantet Pythius aureis?
Nam (que) irrepsit acerba lues,
vbi Longus, & alter
Bardus, Samothei gessêrunt sceptra nepotes:
[Page 20] Effera colla iugo populus detraxerat, aris
Submouêre igneis,
vtique & aliorum quorundam vanitates, & Improbitates superstitiosae, easdem (que) securae poenae, &
infandum! Relligio (que)
Ter pia cum probitateiacet, neglecta (que) iura,
Sancta patrum, & Legum semper veneranda potestas!
Quis stupet in peius si vel meliora residant,
Caepta? quod in piscem Seiren formosa superné?
Molis erat tantae, impatientia subdere fraeno
Colla, aut conceptus animi mutare proteruos.
Aurea sic Latij (que) abiêrunt saecula Regis;
Regna (que) Samothidum verita est quos Anglica tellus,
Quondam! deperit & multos sacrata per annos
Relligio, hijs terris, Diuini (que) aetheris haustus
Mentis; Sarronides quid enim Bardi (que) Magi (que)
Samothei (que) omnes, docuêre nisi ista? Remotis,
Qui colitis lucis, ritus, morem (que) sinistrum,
Barbaricos, Druides, Coeli quid numina prosunt,
Orbe alio, quándo reget idem spiritus artus?

De Magis & Idololatricae gentium superstitionis origine.

ET Galli Druidas, Bardos (que) habuêre canoros;
Arsacidae (que) Magos! sed non Samothes, ne (que) Sarron,
Hos certe docuêre Deos, quos impiae honore
Afficiunt Gentes! Phoeben ne (que) Apollina diuos,
Martem, ipsum (que) Iouem: quis eorum nomina norat?
Donec erant Belus Saturnus & omnis Ogyges,
Vesta (que) Dij Gentium! quando ignorantia caeca,
Nomina Nymbrotes, magni occuluit (que) Iapeti,
Tum iuuat à diuis proauorum duce re turmas;
Et Saturnus erat Genitor, dein Corniger Hammon,
In fanis passim colitur, Crocodilon adorat
Aegyptus, saturam (que) pauet serpentibus Ibin!
Inscia plebs Diuos ignota (que) nomina Diuûm,
Immaneis statuas stupet, ingenteis (que) Colossos:
Barbara Memphitim miratur pubes Osyrim!
Heu scelus infandum! miserae (que) piacula plebis,
Quosque suo sacris peragendis sanguine tristeis
Inficiunt Ritus! placatur sanguine diro,
Teutates; horrensque feris altaribus Haesus;
Taranis & Scythicae non mitiorara Dianae.

Samothidarum regni finis.

TE Duce, qui poteras resona testudine quercus,
Carmine blandiri Rupes, atque agmina Tygres,
[Page 22] Omne nefas latuit scelus & sentina malorum;
Quin Duce de medio sublato, & lumine casso,
Vulgus iners neque ius, neque fas exercuit! ingens
Pestis & exitiosa lues, patriae (que) suique
Supplicium fatuo dominatur vbique popello!
Nox aeterna ruit, terras Astraea relinquens
Magnanimi (que) Iouis superas conscendit in aedes:
Astra fides sua distulit! omine purpureus Sol
Perquam fatidico, miseris mortalibus, orbem
Perstrinxit radijs, hij contempsêre Gygantes
Cum superis (que) Iouem; non fabula notior vlla!
Pyndo imponebant Ossan, & Pelion Ossae,
Anguipedum soboles, Phlegraeis horrida castris;
Non minus Albionis per inhospita littora, non iam
Dictae, at dicendae nuper, ferus incola, turba,
Nequitiae addentes fraudem sceleri (que) Rapinas,
Accelerant certam amotâ pietate ruinam;
Scilicet improbitas semper scelerata, rescindens
Iussa patrum, Leges (que) sacras transgressa, pericli
Immunis nunquam euasit! neque honoribus vnquam
Quis Reges,
Exaggeratio, in qua
putet, exutos putet ignibus Aras
Nudatas, lusosúe Deos impune tulisse
Monstra diu! non fata sinent, quin, improbe, poenas
Heu dabis haud miteis, laesas violator adaras!
Sic Bacchi Pentheus, sic Brennus Apollinis iras
Senserat occisus, comixtâ grandine Nymbo:

[...] de impietate, occasione sumptâ ex Samothidarum improbitate.

SIc Reges commissa suûm, commissa (que) Regum
Saepe luunt populi;
[...]ffectus scelerum commisso­rum monstratur in priuatis & publici [...], tam
rapta vel imagine diuae,
Palladio è Troiâ; potiusné exurere classem
Argiuûm, atque ipsos voluit submergere Ponto,
Vnius ob noxam, & furias Aiacis Oilaei,
Aegide Pallas ouans? Tholosano haud segnius auro,
Dux populus (que) perit, violati ob nummis iram.
O igitur caeci, & rerum coelestium inanes,
Si genus humanum & mortalia temnitis arma,
At sperate Deos, memores fandi atque nefandi.
Aut si sacrilegis manibus rapere omnia Templis,
Sacra, aras, igneis, census, donaria, honores,
Vsque adeò libitum, sanctis (que) illudere diuis,
Aspicite at celebres dantem Salmonea paenas!
Vsque adeò haud licite forsan fieri ista docebit,
Detonat ac magno miseris mortalibus ore,
Discite iustitiam moniti & non temnere diuos!
Et quis non solos pacis (que) piae (que) patronos,
[Page 24] Omnimodae fateatur eos,
Personis, quam Rel [...]us; Regnis scilicet, & Imperijs.
fontem (que) salutis?
Ecquis item nisi mentis inops Iouis omnia plena
Ceu videat, summos non illi affingit honores?
Quando igitur vacuas video Iouis ignibus aras,
Neglectis (que) suis, diuina humana (que), sacris,
Misceri, ruere, ac sine numine, nomine nudos
Consilij (que) inopes, suetos rapere omnia Templis;
Turpiter infameis cunctis, Ire omnia pessum
Ex factis liquet hisce satìs: videor (que) videre
Sedibus & populis Reges, populos (que) tumenteis
Regibus at (que) sibi saeuam intentare ruinam.
Relligione equidem spretâ sequitur (que) Deorum
Eiusdem rei amplificatio, & confirmatio, per rationes.
spreto (que) deûm ter numine sacro,
Quis pudor? in sanctos Diuûm sub imagine Reges,
Quis timor? in moreis vergit Natura deorsùm
Damnatos prona, & mutari nescia, vt ante,
In melius, ne (que) saepe prehensa, recedere donec
Regna ruant, nimium (que) frequens suae sero pericla,
Sentiat Impretas, ausa & temeraria damnet.
Quandoquidem ille auro patriam, charos (que) penateis
Vendidit, hic Leges fixit pretio, at (que) refixit,
Vt facile haud quenquam contentum videris vno
Flagitio, aut finem ponat sibi, caeca libido,
Peccandi & furiosus amor quem coepit, & omnem
Excussit semel attrito de fronte ruborem,
Regna haec vna, eadem (que) domos subuertit & vrbeis;
Funditus Impietas: vos, ô mea dicta, tyranni,
Percipite haec animis, multum (que) ignobile vulgus,
Instabile, Oceani refluis velut vnda marinis,
Fluctibus, assiduos vel passa Diana labores:
Percipite haec animis quanquam indignantibus, vs (que)
Dura, at ver a tamen, imis (que) reponite sensis.
Impietas, mirum, nisi debita praemia dignis
Non dabit; eijciet populos, euerterit vrbeis;
Facta Ducum scelerata luunt, Regum (que) cruentas
Saepe manus, soboles, temerata palatia, & arces.

[...] de improbis.

HAec mea Samothidûm velut extera linea Regum
Eruta saepe docent; quasi talia saepe perennis,
Moliri improbitas non desinat ante supremos
Credo ità si posset mundum euersura,
Experimenta, & Exempla.
nouos (que)
Semper in exitium sibimet motura tumultus!
Sicubi Samothei cedunt Neptunia proles,
Succedunt similis (que) cadunt cito conscia culpae,
Post igitur Samothen qui regnat adus (que) Pyrenen,
[Page 26] Persis vt nostris Magicae pater artis & author,
Quando penes Persas Magus est, qui syderanôrit,
Qui sciat herbarum vireis, cultus (que) Deorum,
Persepoli clarus! Sarron (que), Druis (que) Poetûm
Carminibus magno Bardus celebratus honore,
Longus & à longè sequitur, Bardus (que) secundus,
Ordine postremi! quibus vs (que) gerentibus aurea
Sceptra manu magni Samothae cessere nepotum.
Regna Britanniacis quondam celeberrima in oris:
In Gallijs regnante Lyco! qui proximus illis
Fertur apud Celtas regnasse; vbi venerat olim
Albion Albionis, Iernes vti Bergion Oras.

Hyberniae Descriptio.

AC velut Albionis tractum quasi praepete pennâ,
Hyberniae breuis illustratio.
Lustrata es dudum & sita Littora rupibus albis,
Ogygiae (que) situm, peramaena (que) limina Iernes,
Nostra referre precor non dedignere Thalia!
Vtra (que) ab Aequatore Brittannias Insula distat,
Chorographia, Forma, Situs, & Nomina, Loci Natura, Mira, Incolarum suorum Mores, Habitus, Opes, ac Diuitiae.
Quinquaginta gradus, ter quinque Canariâ Eoos!
Vergiuio (que) iacens minor Insula Hybernia Ponto,
Cingitur Occiduo: Primas tenet omnibus vndis,
Indica Taprobane, dicente Geographo, eidem
Succedit (que) secunda Britannia, tertia Ierne!
Oblonga, in Boream protensa, simillima (que) ouo,
Forma rotunda patet, plenae stagnantibus vndis,
Insulae, Hyperboreo quae cingitur vndique ponto.
Hesperia (que) plagâ, procul haud se iungit ab Anglis,
Quam modo virgiuius circumquâque alluit aestus.
Virginia in Zephyrum, longè iacet, Anglia ad Eurum,
Thule Aquilonari, opposito (que) Hispania tractu:
Dicta eadem antiquis, Ierne, & Iuuernia & Iris,
Quae Tartessiaco propior setingere Soles,
Conspicit Oceano! Cauri subiecta procacis,
Flatibus Aeolijs, quamuis, Hiemis (que) fragori!
Cui Deus aut melior Natura, hoc muneris Almi,
Concessit chara cum Cretâ altrice tonantis
Solis nulla suis edant vti sibila in oris,
Terrifici tabo creti Phorcynidos angues:
Fortè quo (que) illati compressis faucibus atris
Viroso pariter vitam cum sanguine ponant.
Degentes (que) ferox inclultis horrida syluis
Gens habitat, saeuo mauortia pectora bello,
Qui cursu Alipedes norunt praeuertere Ceruos
Ierna feris faecunda, fouet! Generosa Caballos
Egregios; Armenta boum, pecoris (que) niuosi,
Lactea dona sui; miratur, & educat vuas,
Pampineis ramis, quamuis nec amata Lyaeo,
[Page 28] Nec Cereri nimiùm: Laedaeos flumine cygnos,
Piscosos (que) lacus profert; voiucrum (que) paludeis
Omnimodûm lustris faetas! stanni (que) fodinas,
Et puri argenti venas, quas terra refossis
Visceribus maneis imos visura recludit,

Albionis aduentus in Britanniam.

QVin redeo ad susceptum opus! A dominis (que) verendis
Dicta ferunt Samothe,
[...] siue Regressio, ad propositam de Samotheda­rum exitio, & Albionis ad­uentu, ac denuo
nostra Anglia; iam (que) Britannis
Plusquam tercentos annos dominantur in oris,
Samothei Celtae: donec freta caerula pando
Myoparone secans. Neptunius Albion oram,
Milite stipatus forti turmis (que) suorum,
Attigit Albionis: fatalia (que) inuenit arua,
Regna heu Samothidûm miserè vastata furentûm;
Cum (que) Britanniaco proles Neptunia Rege,
Bergion aduenit, cui subdita Ogygia Ierne!
Haebus & Ila suâ atibus (que) imperuia Thyle,
Sub ditione iacent. Iapetiadas (que) furore
Neptune geniti per litora saeua Tyranni
Exagitant fessos lucem (que) oculos (que) perosos:
Quos super accumulat Chemnita per inuia rura,
Infand [...]s strageis, miseranda piacula Dirae
Sortis vti exortae propter contagia pestis.
Iam verò ingemuit tellus, cladis (que) miserta est;
Albion in (que) sinus placidos accepit opimos,
Heroes Titaniadas, quibus vs (que) vocata est
Albion, à dominis deducens nomina! dudum
Virgineo cultu, speciosa (que) colla comas (que)
Ornata: in qualem iussu Sirena Deorum
Formosam posses mutari credere Nympham,
Nautis inuisam, quam perdidit acer Vlysses,
Neritius quondam; cum iam Scironia saxis
Fluctibus in medijs mutarier à Ioue possent
Ossa, Seuerinis, ità nostra Britannia nummis,
Rupibus vnà ac Nerëidum super insidet albis.

[...] ad sequentem librum & Historiam.

NVnc Caelireserate vias Heliconacolentes
Diuae! opis indigeo vestrae,
Transitio ad seq.
iuuat ire per astra,
Iuuerit astrigeris humeris insistere Atlantis,
Hinc homines, instar pecudum, rationis egenos,
Despectare procul lubet,
De ortu & interitu eiusdem, necnon regno ac regni extir­patione, quae in Oda proxima describuntur, historiam.
& contemnere curas,
Rerum humanarum fluxus ediscere, Coelos
Sperare, & ferriclarum super aethera mente.
Musavola, & resonis pete candida sydera pennis;
Dic antiquum Argos, Argiua Aegypta (que) castra,
Quam (que) papyriferi septemflua flumina Nili,
Rege nouo Graiam fluctu innuectare carinam,
Fama refert! Tellus, vberrima cuius inundans
Littora Nilus aquis immersit & arua meatu,
Illa virum nouit, cui coniux Inachis Iö,
Memphitis Dea; funeribus qui raptis iniquis,
Non styga perpessus,
Phlegetontideué obrutus vndâ
Surripuit Templis altaria lucida flammis;
Considet in (que) epulis Diuûm, coelo (que) receptus,
Numen habet terris, genitus Ioue, magnus Osyris.
Odae primae Finis.

The first Ode, Entituled SAMOTHES.

First Ancient'st records that we finde
Enrolled in the Towre of Fame,
Synchronis­mus, siue cō ­putatio anno­rum sequitur in hac scrie.
Samothes and his by Fates assign'de
T' our Ile,
Supplementum Historia in isto latere.
thence call' [...] Samothea, came;
Who long time herc as Kings did raigne,
Till cha [...]t hence by rude Albions traine.

The scope of the Poeme, and by deducing Storie from the beginning, the Creation touched.

FAine would I visit Phoebus shrine,
And Dodon Oracles diuine,
Parnassus hill, and Phocis fields,
That sacred Cells and Solace yeelds:
Pierian sisters, honored Nymphs,
Lou'd and ador'd, by Learnings Imps.
Pallas, faire Sol, and Memnosine,
O Gently fauour my designes,
And shew me out of stories old
The warlike acts of Britons bold;
Or guide me to the Towre of Fame,
To find their first birth: Ere heauens frame,
Or Earth, or Sea was, Chaos was!
And out of that Confused Masse,
Natures Commander
Principio creauit Deus, &c. Gen. 1. The works of the Crea­tion: the spring and originall of all things, and so consequently of the Kingdomes of the Earth: and therein the Kinreds, Peoples, and Nations. Coelum & Terra.
did produce,
Opera primorum sex dierum.
Bright star's for heauen, heau'n for earths vse;
The flowry vales, the hills and woods,
Fresh Riuerets, and salt swelling floods,
Vnder this truth of the Crea­tion of Heauen and Earth, the Poets would needs inuolue great mysteries and fictions of their owne, concerning Vranus or Coelum, and Terra called Ve­sta, the most ancient of their Pa­nym Gods, being indeed in re­gard of their Pagan and Idola­trous worship, truely Terrae filij. Sol.
And earth, and aire, and sea, brought forth
Their wondrous Creatures, sundrie sorts!
The golden Sunne appeares in skie,
And dainty showres in Clouds on hie.
Whiles Atlas on his shoulders beares
The burden of the starry Spheares.
[Page 5] Then mightie Ioue, cuts earth and heauen
By zones, degrees,
and portions eauen:
Farre North or South are frosts and snowes,
I'th midst sweat Cancers scorched pawes,
Both sides beene temp'rate zones: the windes
Eurus and Zephyr, to both Indes,
Auster to th' Aethiops hyes apace,
Boreas to Scythia, North, and Thrace.

The creation of Man, his Fall, the Gyants, Floud, and World re-peopled.

THen new borne earth puts on Mans feature
Of all, the last, but perfitt'st Creature.
Inspir'de by
Formauit Deus hominem de limo terrae, & inspirauit in faciem eius spiraculum vitae, Genes. 2.
Gods immortall Breath,
Though set, whence tane to till the Earth,
The stately Pine on Hills remaynes;
Not forc't to plough vp th'Ocean playnes.
No Trumpets sound doth Mars enrage
In this the truely golden
Aurea aetas, The golden Age, vnder which terme, the Poets seeme to set forth Paradise, and the happy estate of Man in his cre­ation and innocen [...]y: as vnder the title of the Iron Age, the fall of him at first, with his degenera­ting more, to these present times.
But Apples, Milke, and Honey there
Pure Nectar, and Ambrosia were;
Whiles Ceres with her golden Tresses,
Glads many a Field which no man dresses.
Eternall Spring, on Earth abode
With Man, till Man forgot his GOD:
Then Vertue fled; then Paradise
Did fade away; and in came Vice.
Men-Deuils then, a Gyant race,
Heapt sinne on sinne, Heau'n to out-face.
Like Ossa laid on
Gygantes autem erant su­per terram in diebus illis, Ge­nes. 6. So in these Gyants, as in the story of the Floud, the Poets seeme to allude to the history of the Bible, hauing perhaps read the same, as may be gathered by Or­pheus in his Hymnes.
Olymp hie,
To pull downe Ioue, and scale the skie;
Till Heauens dread Roy to mocke their pride,
Remembring fell Lycaons deed,
To quench their malice, thought it good,
Vniuersale Di­luvium Nohae, e­rat A. M. 1656.
T'orewhelme the World with
Whence the fabulous Greekes stealing and forging all Antiqui­ties of others, and vsurping all such things to the glorie of their Nation, would shaddow this vni­uersall Deluge, vnder the colour of their Deucalions floud, which was but an invndation of some, though perhaps a great part of Thessaly.
Noes flood!
The Winds sent from th' Aeolian Caues,
From Sea to Shore bring Nereus waues.
And Neptune with his Sea-Nymph traines,
Diluvium Ogy­gium, circa An. 2250. apud The­bas sub Ogyge R.
Doth driue the Land-Nymphs from the Plaines.
The cristall Brookes and their cleere Springs,
Let loose to hurt, helpe drowne all things:
And sweepe from Fields and Mountaines steepe,
Deucalionis Di­luvium à Poetis tantummodo ce­lebratum in par­te Thessaliae, cir­ca An. 2440.
Woolues, Lyons, and whole flocks of Sheepe;
Swift Tygres, nor the winged Quire,
Could scape the furious
Some haue beene of opinion, that the breaking of Sicilia from Italy, of England from France, and the like, were the effects of this furious Deluge, though there want not reasons alleaged to the contrary, which may be these and other like strange euents of that nature, the accidents of later ages.
Oceans ire.
No Shores appeare, but all's wild Sea;
O're Townes tops wanton Dolphins play;
[Page 7] And Mermaid monsters of the floods,
Dance in the hyest Hills and Woods.
When all flesh sayes the sacred spell,
Di'de, saue what Noe, in's Arke-like
Noahs building of the Arke, h [...]s entrance into, and comming forth of the same, Gen. 7. & seq.
Sau'de, whose Arke lastly rested at
Th'Armenian Mountaynes
Quicuit Arca in montibus Armenijs vocatis Ararat, Ge­nes 8. Supposed a branch of the Mountayne Caucasus, where Prometheus is fayned to be tyed in chaynes by Iupiter, for stea­ling fire from heauen: where in­deed Noah sacrificed first, whe­ther deriued or hauing such holy fire stolen to prophane and Hea­th [...]n [...]sh Rites, by Cham, in all likelihood their founder, therefore cursed, and as afterwards per­petuo patris Anathemati sub­iectus.
Whence sprung this newer latter race,
That now ore-spreads the Earths broad face.
Yet who so lookes on this our Time,
Might scarce thinke, th'Adder-footed line
Of Gyants were extinct, to see
Heauens scorne so rife on earth to bee.
The second worlds first Father then,
A. M. 1750. quo tempore Peleg natus est, circa 100. annos post Diluvium.
Into all Lands that now agen
Their heads aboue the flouds shew
Because of the wild beasts a­bounding anciently in Albion, and diuers sea fish shels & great bones found in the vpper skirts of Germanie and France, Master Verstegan is of opinion that the Low Countries, and those inferior parts of Germany haue beene recouered from the Sea since the floud, there hauing beene an Isih­mos between Albion & Gallia, and of later ages broken vp, and the higher Seas towards Den­marke vnburdening themselues into the lower towards Spaine, those Prouinces appeared; the like inequalitie hauing beene no­ted by the Kings of Egypt of the Red Sea aboue the Mediterran, and of late of Mardel zur, aboue the Atlantike Ocean.
Sends out his Sonnes, East, West, and North,
As farre as frozen Charlsiz-Wayne,
That neuer diues in th'lcy Mayne:
To Lybia and the Lands that shew
The Moores and Indians blacke of hew.
Mizraim to Nyle, Tubal to
Of this first plantation and peopling of the world, and the Iles of the Gentiles, Gen. 10. of the further di­uisions and distributions of the Princos among the sonnes and posteritie of Noah. Vide Ioseph. de anti­quit. Berosum, & al.
Magog to Scythia; Gomer gaines,
Furd'st Europe,
A. M. 1787. post Diluvium 131.
where th' Arcadian Beares
Are plac't by Ioue, ith'heauenly Spheares.
Then Mesech namde in holy
Mesech, Mo [...]och, or Samothes, came, as is said, with Gomer and Fuisco, or Aschenas, founders of the Westerne Gaules and Germans, about Anno 1787. what time twentie other Dukes of the sonnes of Noah, are supposed sent, who peopled Europe and these parts.
Our Samothes, they say, did sit
By-North the Alpes as Monarke or'e
The Gaulish and our Brittish shore.

European Nations, and especially the Britons originall, with all deserued praises in their honor.

WHat need our Ile then hunt for fame,
From Britones and Prytus name?
Since Samothes from Iaphet
The foure names that this King­dome of Britaine successiuely tooke from her Lords and inhabi­tants at seuerall times: viz. Sa­mothea, of Samothes or Me­sech: Albion, of Neptunes Sonne Albion: Britaine, of Brute: And lastly, the chiefest part, Engla-lond, Anglia, or England, from Egbert, and the Angles: To which may fitly bee added, with that addition, the renouation of her ancient name, or new naming, now great Bri­taine; Embleme of the ioyfull v­nion of her long distracted King­domes, in the raigne and person of her happy and peacefull Prince, and Monarch, King IAMES.
First rul'd Samothea!
Samothes, A. M. 1787. post Dilu­vium 131.
and e're long
Cham's Sonne of's owne name cald it Albion.
Ante Christum, 2158.
Britaine names, brings Troy from Ilion:
And English Englands Scepters sway,
Albion, A. M. 2200.
Till Normans wore the Victors bay!
But whether sprung from Brute or Ioue,
Brutus, A. M. 2850.
Ioue, sure, himselfe their Land doth loue;
Their Countries rich, their manners ciuill,
Egbert, A. 4750.
And though farre North their chance not euill,
Gulielmus Con­questor, A. M. 5020.
Since Phoebus doth their brests inspire
With sacred and celestiall Fire;
A. Christi 1070.
[Page 9] How for their worth can I set forth
Those fairest peoples of the
All Naturalists affirming, the more Southerne peoples to be sub­till, politique, and ingenious: nei­ther can they, if they would, deny, but that al our part of the North, being but the temporate Zone, af­fordeth peoples ingenious, bold, & warlike, and for outward linea­ments of body, strong, goodly, and beautifull; that no Nation can deseruedly haue greater prayses, then they [...]aue at all times pur­chased and howeuer the Prouerb stupidus Thrax, may intimate very farre North, more dull of apprehension, it hath beene euer seene that these haue beene in di­uers gifts admirably excelling.
Iacobus Primus in magna Bri­taniâ.
Whose minds as free as bodies faire,
Though bred ith' cold and frozen aire,
A. M. 5550.
To ride,
A. Christi 1602.
to run, to plead, or fight,
Their laurell Crownes, and martiall might
Were such, all Nations farre and [...]eere,
Haue seene or felt, or sore did feare,
Those hotter clymes yeeld frozen blouds,
When North of Tanais frozen flouds,
Beene firie spirits, warlike brutes,
The Massagett's and painted Iutes;
Numberlesse as Hybla's swarmes, the Scythes,
Danes, Sweuians, Norwayes, Moscouites,
Gaules, Germans, and the folke that held
The North and Brittish
Vnder the name of British Iles, or Insulae Britannicae was anciently comprehended both Bri­taine and Ireland, and all the adiacent Iles of Orcades, Hae­budes, and the rest.
Iles of eld:
Who th'off springs iustly can despize,
That from the Northerne clymes did rise?
Since there is Rhodopeian Thrace,
Pangaea Mount, fierce Rhcsus place,
Swift Hebrus, and the warlike Getes,
With cold Riphaean snowy seates,
So graced erst and famous now,
As Enuy ne're could disallow.
From these, or farther North then these,
Whole Armies oft did South-ward prease,
The Spaniard will not indure to bee accounted sprung from [...] Moore, or other stranger inhabi­tants of Spaine, then the Goth; which he much applaudeth, affir­ming in his owne tongue, Io soy del antigo Gotho.
Spaniard and Italian both,
Are said descended of the Goth;
The courtly French, and Almaine stout,
From Picts and Hun's that Scythian Rout,
Then Britaine was not free from harmes,
When Picts and Huns were vp in armes.
Who came downe with their furious
Wbence many great Warriours and Armies, hurrying ouer and harrying in very furious sort Greece, Italy, Spaine, and the Southerne Countries, haue often­times come, as Danes, Cym­brians, Gaules, Goths, Van­dals, Hunnes, vnder the con­duct of Totyla, Alarik, Attyla, Brennus, &c.
From Norway and the Scandian Coasts;
And then, if others were not free
From enuious fate, what if not wee?
When furie of these Northerne blasts,
Our Cities, Land, and Countrie wasts!
Yet if for this bites Zoilus,
Zoilus bites others more then vs.
To reade, what Enuie shall repine
To reade! see but the Brittish line;
Their valiant acts and deeds of old,
Their Bardes our Poets erst
Bardes were the auncient Gaulish and Brittish Poets, as Druides their Priests and Philo­sophers, who also were Magi­strates.
haue told:
So cleare their praise, and palmes their prize,
Their brightnesse bleares dimme Enuies eyes.
Assyr. Monar­chia.
perhaps, they were cast downe:
On whom did Fortune neuer frowne?
Belus, A. M. 1750.
So various are the change of State,
So fickle Fortune,
Nium, A. 1790.
doubtfull fate!
[Page 11] Sometime the
The first Monarchy or Empire of the World, was that of Assyria begun by Ninus, and ended in Sardan [...]palus, or the Babylo­nians; the second, of the Medes & Persians, begun by Arbaces, but flourishing to the greatest height vnder Cyrus: the third of the Graecians, begun by A­lexander: the fourth of the Ro­mans, begun in the nature in­deed of an Empire by the Con­suls and Magistracy, but perfe­cted and reduced from Aristo­cracy to Monarchy by Caesar, who first of the Romans entred Britaine.
Persian Empire flourisht,
And Media Easterne Monarks nourisht,
Medorum, Arbaces, A. 3076.
Then Macedonian Scanders Court,
Was the Worlds Empires whole resort;
Persarum, Cyrus, A. 3400.
Though first th'Assyrian Monarks wore
Th'Imperiall Purple long before!
Graecorum, Alexander, A. 3620.
Yet kept they not their Honors won,
Romanorum, Caesar, A. 3907.
nor towred Babylon;
For Fame hath left this now long while
Euphrates shores, and seuen-fold Nyle,
Carolus M. 4750
The Seres with their silken woods,
A. Christi 800.
And those that dwell by Ganges floods,
Might lastly sit and take their rest,
By Westerne Warriors long opprest!
Being Pontus and the Regions nie,
Set free from
Of Mithridates and ancient­ly the Amazons and other [...]cy­thian Warriors, did euer out of the North disturbe the Empires of the Medes, Persians, Greeks and Romans; as of later yeares the Vandals, Gothes, Huns, &c. from almost the same coasts; and since, the Turke, Tamer­lane, and the Tartars.
Scythian slauerie:
But Rome at last bore all the sway,
When Greeks had lost their Phoebus bay;
Thus Ages, Empires, wondrous strange,
The world, and wee, and all doe change!

Excusing, as also incident to the greatest Nations, their misfortunes.

BVt Conquerors with Laurell crown'd,
That Persia turn'd to Roman ground,
Indus and Lybia's desart shore;
And with their Titles of Im­perator, Foelix, Augustus, Triumphator, &c. in [...]erted Britannicus: many time trium­phing for their Conquests, gotten here.
Brittish titles gloried more;
A much grac't stile! when nere erst they
Tribute to Roman Lords did pay:
Nor was it held so great a grace
T'haue held those Indian troopes in chase,
Whose Ancestors, to Greeks annoy,
Stoutly defended stately Troy;
Or Parthians put or Medes to flight,
Or Turnus powers in bloudie fight;
As Iulius deeds, who Britaine pierc't,
And tam'd her brood, vntamed
By Caesar supposed to be Gauls; though sin [...]e consisting of [...]oure Nations especially, vsing so many different sorts of speech within the compasse of the Iland, viz. the first & ancientest the Welsh, be­ing the very Britons: The second, the Cornish, part Britons, as their Dialect argueth, and likely to bee with-all the remnant of the Gaules, if any were, as Caesar intimateth, and their corner or part of the Land called Cornu­gallia, doth seeme to sound: The third and greatest, Angles and Saxons, now called Englishmen: The fourth, Scots, the very race of the Irish; Ireland being first Scotia and Scotia Magna: Ta­maris diuideth Cornwall from the rest of England, whereof it is now accounted but one of the for­tie shires or countries: Seuerne and Dee do naturally diuide the Welsh & their Wales from vs: Tweed nowe parteth vs from Scotland.
But what or God, or power, did send
Troians with Troians to contend?
Tros, Ilus, and Assaracus,
Being Parents both to them and vs!
And thou, Troyes founder, both our glories
Author, bright Phoebus in these stories,
Whiles I the Brittons acts reherse,
Daigne to be Patron of my Verse!
With such sweet influence thy traynes
Shall then perhaps inspire these straynes,
That thy selfe, faire Sol, at my sute,
Shalt sing them to thy Ebon Lute.

The description and site of Britaine.

BEyond the Mayne and shores of France,
Brittish Iles their chalkie tops
Of which whitenesse of the Rocks, appearing to passengers, Antiquitie hath supposed her cal­led Albion.
Short being the passage twixt both Strands,
From Douer Cliffs to
Not past thirtie miles.
Callaice Sands;
Whence flouds in narrow Seas with force,
Doe beate vpon both Britaines shores;
And Nereus euery way doth bound
Our Iland with the Ocean round:
Whose whitish Rocks and three-square
One and the narrowest flat­side lying against France, South: the second, East, against Den­marke: the third, West, against Ireland: and the Ebudes, the angles or corners pointing as fol­loweth.
Feele th'Oceans rage, and sore Sea stormes.
Right South is France, South-East doth lie,
One angle towards
From which Corner, viz. Sandwich in Kent, ouer against German [...] to [...] Mount in Cornwal (o [...] fr [...]m Saint Da­uids to Yarmou [...]h) bring the breadth of the Iland, extending from East to West, [...] ned 200 miles and vpwards; and from the sa [...]d Corners to the far­thest [...] of Scotland rea [...]h [...]ng among the Orcades, being the length of Britain [...], extending from South to North, is 800. miles [...]r better, so that it very neare [...] with Cae [...]ars ac­count, to be 2000. miles in com­passe, or much more according to the now Italian miles.
At second corner Michaels Mount,
South-west doth Spaine and Ireland front:
The last third angle pointeth forth,
'Mongst Orkney Scottish Iles iust North!
Ireland is West, more North therewhiles,
Ebudes, furd'st Thyle, and Orkney Iles:
Denmarke is East, and Germanie,
Norway North-East; so heauens bright eye
Rising, as 'twere, from Germans East,
Twixt Spaine and Ireland seemes to rest!
South narrow Seas, North frozen bee,
Th'East German, West Vergiuian Sea.

The qualitie and richnesse of the soile.

THus lyes our Ile, our pleasant seate,
Nor vext with cold, nor
In the temperate Zone, the South parts of Britaine, about the Degree of 50: of North lati­tude, reaching thence 10. De­grees North: the longitude there­of being from the Degree 17. to 25. o [...] thereabouts. So the De­grees of latitude measuring the length, of longitude the breadth of the Iland.
Cancers heate.
Doubtfull whether for Gyants bold,
Or wealth, or warre, most fam'd of old!
O, our rich flowrie Fields and Plaines,
In Summers pride, when Flora raignes,
Greene meadowes, mountayns, dales & downes,
Whom many a groue with shaddowes crownes,
Lakes, Riuerets, Flouds, and Fountaynes faire,
Where Zephyr breathes his sweetest aire!
Plentie and pleasure temp'red are,
So sweet, scarce Tempe may compare,
Those famous fields of Thessalie,
With this our pleasant Arcadie:
Such beds of flowres and Hybla Thyme,
The louing Elme with spreading
That there haue beene flore of Vines and Vine-yards in Eng­land, as at Windsore, and other places, appeareth in the Records kept by the Clerke of the Pleas for that Castle, the Honours and Forrests; where is set downe the charge of the Vineyard in the litle Parke, and making the Wine, whereof tithe was paid to the Ab­bot of Waltham.
Soft gentle aire, sweet Philomel,
Kind Turtles moanes, and shadie Cells,
[Page 15] Intyre ones yeelding eares and eyes,
To taste such daintiest nouelties:
Or rest or sleepe by Riuers sides,
Whose streames with gentle murmur glides.
Our Land doth yeeld Lyaean
To these prayses of the Land, for the peoples honor, adde this as a corollary: since Arts taught scarce any Nation more ingenious: since Christianitie, more zealously giuen and religious; witnesse the many Schooles of learning, the V­niuersities, besides those in Scot­land, two in England, compa­rable with any in the world; the faire Churches, Buildings, Hospi­tals, Monasteries, Religious hou­ses and Colle [...]ges, though a multi­tude swept away and defaced, in the reigne of King Henrie the eight, yet monuments of the piety, arte, wisedome and industrie of our Ancestors, in such abundance, as scarce any Nation able to equall, at least, to surpasse them.
The golden fleece, or twist as fine,
Almost as Indian Seres weaue;
Pomona's fruit, and Ceres sheaues,
Thrice happy soile for Earth and Aire,
Scarce knowing what (the lesse her care!)
To Scythian Aconitum strong,
Or Pontus poysons doth belong.

First entrance and inhabiting thereof.

THis ioy we more, that not our Land
From teeth of Hydra sowne in sand,
Receiued her Peoples,
Gomer suppo­sed founder of the most Western Gaules. Tuisco or Aschenaz, of the people of the more Southerne coasts, & higher Germany. Mesech, Mo­soch, or Samo­thes, of the more North and East parts of Gaule, Germany and Britaine, with other the sonnes of Noah, are said to come into Europe, A. M. 1787. post Diluuium 131. Ante Christum 2158.
they their birth,
Like wat'ry
As the [...] in Greece, and Aborigines in Italy, were supposed to haue had there begin­ning: And the old Germans affirmed their first founder Tuis­co, to be the sonne of the Earth; all Pagan antiquitie deriued their Gods and great Men, from Vranus and Vesta, signifying, Coelum & Terra, which might be Noe, and Arezia his wife, Arez signifying the Earth in He­brew. So did the West Indians, the Americans, of [...]ate time, a­bout Peru, worshipping their gods Pacha-Cama and Con, suppose, and were taught they were sonnes of the Sunne and the Earth.
Mushromes from the earth!
Since Gaules and Britons, both of these,
Are said to come of Samothes,
Great Noahs Nephew; for when hee
Saw one world drown'd, and scaping free,
With woodden Horse, not winged Steed,
Vnto th'Armenian Hills did speed.
Our Sire, his Nephew, Iaphets sonne,
So twise all Nations sprung from one,
Mesech call'd Samothes that time,
Passing beyond the Pontike clime,
In Europe plac't his seate betweene
The snowy
From whence it is said, with Colonies sent ouer, be peopled and ruled Britaine, as Caesar in his time perceiued affinitie betweene those neighbouring Countries.
Alpes and frozen Rhene:
Not farre from whence by Iber's side,
The Geryons Heards, fam'd farre and wide,
Long since did feed! till Victor-wise,
Alcides tooke them for his prize.

Samothes Rule and Empire here, the first King of this Iland.

NOw sing we Samothes, whose Race
Held th'Alpes,
Or at least the more Northern [...] parts of France, Gallia Belgi­ca, and Britaine; if the Westerns parts (as they are by some) be as­signed for Gemers habitation, or Kingdome, according to the fa­shion of raigning of those first Kings, in the ruder age of the World.
Pyrene, and all the space
Twixt that and Seyne, where now aspires,
Faire Paris, built by Marcomyre;
And Rhene, and Rhosne, and Arar's source,
And farthest French and Brittish shores.
First Samothes came from the East,
Whither Fate assign'd him place of rest;
[Page 17] Who sate him downe, sole Lord betweene
The Pyrene Hills, and Alpine Rhene:
For vnto Samothes they say,
Both France, and Brittish Iles obey:
Who was to all or Sire or King,
That with him came, or from him spring.

Samothes issue, Kings after him, Magus, Sarron, Druis; of whom the Druides tooke their name, and beginning.

IN Samothes sacred wisedome shone;
Samothes, A. M. 1787.
Next him sate
Magus now signifieth [...], Sapiens, a wise man: and so were the Philosophers in Persia, and the East named: And of them were chosen the Kings or chiefe Counsellors to the Kings. This Magus is said to haue built a­mongst the Gaules, the Cities of Neomagus, Sitomagus, Rho­tomagus, Nouiomagus, &c.
Magus in his Throne;
And with his Fathers Crowne inherits,
His prudence, iust and best demerits!
Diuiner Artes he lou'd, and taught
Those Magi of the East, 'tis thought!
Magus sonne,
Sarron, next succeeds
Heire, both to's Crowne, and vertuous Deeds.
He founded Schooles,
the Load-starre bright,
That vertue guides with louing
First, Schooles and Vniuersi­ties, founded by Sarron, the tbird King of this Land.
Then Parnasse Nymphs, and Phoebus Shrine,
And learnings Lamps seem'd here to shine.
O, well becomes it
A pious and Prince-like ear [...].
Royall blood,
And Prince, to care for peoples good!
Sarrons sonne,
Druis, next is King,
From whom the
Of the Druides, Priests, or chiefe Philosophers and States­men among the ancient Gaules and Britons, how they gouerned the state, determined matters, sa­crificed to the gods, and therein vsed Mis [...]-toe, called Viscus, which they accounted a most holy branch, taught the people, and their owne Sect; their learning consisting ch [...]efly of a great num­ber of Verses, said and learned by heart, with others of their beha­uiours & superstitions, Tacitus, Suetonius, and other latine Au­thors, abundantly doe mention.
Druid's name did spring,
Whose care and state was vnderstood,
For peoples worth, and publike good.
These taught diuine Philosophie,
What Vertue meant, what Pietie,
Ere they in Temples Idols plac't,
Or with strange Sects their owne disgrac't.
They iudge the people, prophetize,
Vs'd Misle-toe at sacrifize.
Greeke literature, from them, 'twas thought,
Philosophie [...]nd good Let­ters, brought from whence, and by whom, to Athens.
Timagen, to Athens brought:
Though since they fell, that sometimes flourisht,
Whom Gallia er'st, and Britaine nourisht.

Bardus, last absolute Lord and King of that race here, of whom the Bardes, the ancient and grauer Poets, glorie to haue beene followers.

THe last of these Samotheans race,
Druis sonne,
Bardus, takes his place;
Bardus, according to his ex­cellent qualities, the honourable Author of both their Poeme, and the Brittish Poets name: of him afterwards called Bardi, and Barthes to this day.
Graces Darling, Muses Friend,
Whom choisest vertues did commend.
[Page 19] Like Orpheus with his daintie Lute,
The Woods, Fields, Flouds, and Fishes mute,
He held attentiue, and among,
The sauage Beasts with his sweet song.
French Bardes, great Poet, and Welsh would grace
Their name, when theirs, in thine they trace!
Who soules to rest departed sing,
It was their practice, the re­counting of the exploits of noble Captaynes, and famous men; Ge­nealogies, such was Hesiode, Theogonia, and singing them to their Instruments of musique, in very stately sort, as followeth.
Heröes acts and gests of Kings:
Once wit was priz'd more worth then gold,
And once these flourisht! so of old,
Iapigian Mountaynes won much honors
For Ennius birth, Athens for Homers!
And who had knowne or Priams glorie,
Or Hector stout, or Troians storie,
Dardanian Troy, or Ilion Towres,
Great Thetis sonne, or Ida's Bowres.
The various motions of the Spheares,
And all those acts of elder yeares,
More may bee said in the ho­nour of true Poetrie, that elswhere as well as here, [...] authours and fauorites were of the greatest and best Princes & Personages of the World: and the Diuines, Priests, and Philosophers with Princes, were of the chiefest Poets, or at least well skild in poefie: To leaue those m [...]re sacred Poets, Dauid, Salomon, the author of Iobs booke, Debora, Moses, &c. witnesse Phoebus and King Pie­rus Daughters, Chyron, Achil­les, Hesiodus, Orpheus, Py­thagorus, Phocylides, Tyr­taeus, Aristotle, Augustus, with a multitude of the worthyest, dedi­cating themselues to it, or most de­lighted in the same.
Poets had not sweetly song,
And so preseru'd their fames thus long!
Kings with their triumphs may giue place
To laureate poesie that doth grace,
Their worth's with praise! the worthies names
With trumpe of neuer dying Fame.
But some haue said 'twixt spight and hate,
That poesie now is out of date:
Indeed, Moecenas he is dead,
And great Augustus lapt in lead;
But let such liue againe, and see,
If euer fades the Laurell Tree.
Yet more, I muse not much, if Phoebus
And gentle Nymphs the Muses leaue vs,
Since these our Poets more adore
Their Bacchus feasts, then Phoebus lore:
Whose follies fits, as furious
Not to suppose many licentious, bald, and ribauld rimes, where­with much paper hath beene stuf­fed, worthy to passe vnder the name of Poesie; being more di­stant from true Poetrie, them Sy­nons subtiltie, from wisedome: foole-bardy acts, or Aiax impa­tient attempt of murdering him­selfe, from true valour: such being indeed but sterquilinium ve­lamento Aureo-se [...]ico obdu­ctum. A varnish of words, or scarce that: Apes in outward imi­tation, Parats for verball pro­nunciation, else, nothing parta­king of the grauitie, wisedome, and moderation of the former.
As Moenad' froes, on Ida's greene!
Let best admire but ne're come neere,
That graue, sweet, old Moeonian quire.

The irreligious and barbarous acts of the Samotheans, their ouerthrow.

BVt our Prince-Poet Bardus, when
Hee could moue Rocks, could scarce moue Men.
With his so sweet enchanting tongue;
Deafe eares despize e'en Phoebus song!
For when next age, in France they sayne,
The wa [...]ing of the Brittish Monarchy vnder Longho, and second Bardus, Kings in France and here, with the causes of the fame.
Longus, and second Bardus raigne;
[Page 21] Brittons rude lawlesse wild desires,
From th'altars hur'ld, their hallowed fires,
And Pietie being thrust out of Grace,
Pollicy yet stept not vp in place;
Thus oft begun well, sometimes failes,
And Syrens formes haue fishes tailes:
So great a worke of waight and wonder,
'Twas now to bring these peoples vnder.
That Saturnes golden Age is vanisht,
And from the Brittish coasts are banisht,
Samothes and his; fall what may fall,
Religion, Scepters, Monarchs, all!
Which Monarchs then both Priests and Kings,
Melchisedek-like did rule all things,
Guiding both sacred and prophane,
Teaching things heauenly and humane.

The originall of Idolatrie and Heathenish superstition.

FRom Samothes and Sarron sprong,
Druid's for State-matters, Bardes for Song;
And Magi so for wisedome nam'd
In Persia, or to Persia fam'd:
Did flourish long: that yet not taught
Those fables fond with dotage fraught
Of Saturne, Ioue, Pan, and Apollo,
And all those Heathen gods that follow;
The beginning of Pagan and Heathenish Idolatrie, by letting vp and honouring the Statues of their deceased Kings, in some pla­ces; otherwhere by other meanes & deuillish illusions. So among the old Germans and Saxons were the [...]dols & Statues in their Tem­ples of the Sunne and Moone, and of their ancestors, Tuisco, Wo­den, their Mars or Mercurie, Thor their Ioue, Frea th [...]ir Venus, and Seater, of whom the Weeke dayes, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sat [...]rday, continued from the Saxons to vs, doe yet retayne their names, with the I­dols of E [...]menseal, like Hermes or Mercurie, Fl [...]nt, standing on a flint stone, and in a sheete, like Death: Helmsteed, Prono, Fidegast, Siwe, and diuers o­thers, to whom, euen till late times, they sacrificed Creatures, and in extremitie their sonnes & daughters, in Germany, Nor­way, and those Sept [...]ntrionall Regions.
names were neuer heard nor knowne,
Till blindnesse blossomes were full blowne,
And Ignorance had with their fames
Almost hid both themselues and names;
Of Noe, Nimrod, and the rest,
Of those great Worthies, then at least,
Each one with might and mayne did striue,
From Gods their Linage to deriue;
Then Ioue and Saturne honoured were,
For Gods, some are so wise, they feare
Huge Idols, stocks and flouds, as Nyle,
Anubis, and the
So did the Egyptians & their superstitions did ouer-spread a great part of the world; Busiris also King of Egypt, did offer strangers bloud to his gods, the like was done in these North Countries and Scythia, to Taranis, and Di [...]na Taurica; they offered their childrens bloud, in Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere, the Bible sheweth.
And with their owne, or strangers blouds,
Foile th'altars of their Scythique gods.

The end of the Samotheans Kingdome.

WHile thou didst liue, whose sweetest voyce,
Made rocks, wild beasts, & woods reioyce,
[Page 23] All ill was hush't! when thou
Bardus, being so excellent & Musician and Poet, and King of this Iland.
didst die,
Stept in foule rude impietie,
And all what plagues or deadly smarts,
Could pierce such lawlesse peoples hearts.
Eternall night might cloud our skie,
To heauen when Iustice seem'd to hie,
And Faith was fled! might Phoebus beames
Well faile or faint, when such foule streames
Of loathed vice, in heauens disgrace,
Both heauen and him seem'd to outface,
As if those Gyants had beene reuiu'd,
Noahs floud erst of life deptiu'd;
These Monsters now of men, so much
Degenerate, their rudenesse such,
Vice heap't on vice, they godlesse grow,
And haste on fast their ouerthrow.
Yet mark't who will, when orders meete,
And Lawes beene trodden
To this tune was that sung by the famous Poet of our Land, When faith failes in Priests sawes, And Lords lusts bin held for lawes, When robbery is holden purchase, And lechery is counted solace; Then shall the Land of Albion▪ Be brought to great confusion,
vnder feete,
It neuer past vnpunisht quight,
Or God or King dis-rob'de of right,
Heauen suffred long such lawlesse rage
To prosper! or at least next age,
Done rue, or damne, to lowest night,
Deeds so ill sped to heauens despight!
Pentheus, to Bacchus, Bren t'Apollo's
Rauisht shrin [...] fearefull vengeance follow's.

Wickednesse, the destruction of Empires.

KIngs haue ru'd peoples faults, they Kings,
Whence State & Realmes oft ruine springs,
So for one Greeks fault, Pallas ire
Thousands drown'd or consum'd with fire,
Of sacred Rapin'd haplesse gold,
Where not one of the Souldiers or others that spoyled the Temples or tooke, or had share of their gold, escaped a most fearefull end, insomuch, that like pennae A­quilinae, or Seianus horse, Tho­losanum aurum, was taken vp prouerib-wise, for an vnfortunate possession, or an execrable and vn­happy spoile, such as all rapines from Churches and hallowed v­ses are.
Tholouze for meed shall e're be told.
O foolish Mortalls most vnwise,
Can you so Heauen and Hell despise,
And thinke with sacrilegious hands
To heape vp treasures, leaue faire lands,
And not heauen and her Saints fell doomes
Reuenge wrong'd Altars, Temples, Tombes!
That 'tis not safe to iest at Saints,
Or mocke heauens Host, thy wretched plaints,
Salmoneus, shew, and Mizers notes,
Yell'd through their hellish bellowing throates,
Who heauen nor hop't nor fear'd, now dwell
In dungeons deepe of darkest hell!
[Page 25] When I see some so much want grace,
As Church and Gods right would deface,
How needefull wer't to call out then,
Dare not God, though you dread not men!
All things must runne to ruine
For where they dare be so busie with God, it is likely they will bee bold with mortall men; and the dispising and despite of Religion, which is the b [...]nd of peace, and things pertayning to the same, in very morall obseruation leauing the diuine Iustice, decaying the ordinarie Fidelitie and Integritie of men, subuerteth Kingdomes, the only neglect thereof working confusion and disorder, being the way leading to the assured ruine of Crownes, and all setled estates.
Whereso foule swelling tumor breeds;
Nor to sole priuate state this tends,
Such Comet kingdomes fall portends!
For the that puls Gods honors downe,
From Kings head puls withall the crowne:
Or do's what ere he can to tread
Downe Vertue, and lay Honour dead.
Many poore weeping states can tell
How ill Kings far'd, where God not well;
God builds their houses that build his,
And puls downe theirs that pull downe this;
Or if God should not vengeance take,
Sense shewes how senselesse they mistake,
With Tyrannous and Turkish might,
Or policy rather then right,
That thinke to rule; giue leaue, but marke,
Gainst milde Religions cause that barke,
How carnall, and on how weake grounds
They build, selfe-wit selfe-weight confounds!
See they that most religion spight
Or wrong the Church, Fooles-motto right,
They cut the bough they stand on! take
Religion downe, shall not crownes shake?
For God not worshipt, to his Image,
Kings, who will reuerence doe or homage?
Who then shall gouerne, how protect,
Liues or lands in such lawes neglect?
And who will feare to sinne, when sin
May goe vnpunisht? who begin
To care for goodnesse when there's naught
That's good, or God, or Conscience taught?

Exemplified in these Samotheans, and not vn­punished.

SEe then, you Tyrants, that misconster
Religion! many-headded
Vulgus bellua multorum capitum, as the Prouerbe sayes, and so called, as also instabile vulgus, of their folly and vncon­stancy.
That barkes at thine owne bowels: theirs,
Is thine, and thine may be their heires!
Time will shew truth. Most famous men
Most grac't Gods House, that theirs agen;
When they that pul'd it downe most fast,
Swine-like must liue, most miseries tast.
[Page 27] Small strokes leaue small impressions! greater
Make the great giuers ne're the better!
Experience of this truth, they sayne,
Samotheans irreligious trayne,
Growne orderlesse and lawlesse feeles;
Albion to scourge them hard at heeles:
That wrought their ruine; what time came
Bergion to Ireland, so sayes Fame.

A short description of Ireland, occasioned by Bergions comming in with Albion, and possessing the same.

NOw gentle Muse, since in thy flight
Thou Albion coasts didst touch! but light:
The description of Ireland briefly, and of her situation and people.
Ireland now her neighbour neere
Comes thus in place! Touch also here,
Lightly her site! since ancients stile
By name of Brittish either Ile:
Fifty degrees North; East fifteene
Both lye, or but small difference seene;
Third chiefe Ile plac't by Ptolomey,
Next Britaine and Taprobane,
Seated in the Vergiuian Mayne,
Full of Lakes and of Egge-forme playne.
Ireland is North-extended! East
England at hand; Virginia West.
Aloofe in that
Ireland is almost round, the length that is so varying from a direct round, is extending from North to South, accounted 300. Miles.
Verginian Mayne,
Island farre Northward, South lyes Spaine.
Iuuerna, Ierne, and Iris height;
Subiect to wind and winters spight,
Sees the Sunnes set, in Iber's floud:
Whom God and Nature gaue this good
With Candy Ioues owne foster place,
Equall, that none of Pythons race,
Doe breed there; and if thither brought
They die! a secret not
Whence they haue supposed it called anciently, as Ogygia, so Banno, and holy Iland; being no such venemous Creatures liue there; and it is said, the roofe of Westminster Hall framed of Irish Oake, and [...]imber brought from thence, so breedeth neither Cobwebs nor Spiders.
From venom's free! The men for warres,
Swift runners, nimble swimmers; Mars
Their ee'n ord'narie play-mate takes,
For Townes or Cities, Loughes or Lakes,
That beene with Fish and Fowle repleate,
And snow-white Swans their pleasant seate,
Whole herds of beasts both wild and tame,
In pastures large
The commodities of Ireland.
for goods and gaine,
Much milch-store and fam'd Hobbies race;
Their grounds for Corne and Wine lesse grace!
By Ceres nor Lyaeus lou'd,
Their ill-late-ripened fruits well prou'd;
[Page 29] Her Plutus pelfe neere Pluto's Cell,
Th'Earth hides in mines e'en halfe at Hell.
But to retire to Albion, whence
We came, returne, deare Muse, from hence
With Proserpine, to th' Orientall,
Ioues Pallace, from this Occidentall.

Albion, Neptunes sonne, comming hither, destroyeth the Samotheans, Bergion ruleth in Ireland.

NOw Samothes Sonne in France and heere,
Had raign'd wel-nigh three hundred yeere!
Of whom our Iland first tooke
Samothea, and since that time called Albion, as some say, of the Greeke word, Olbion, Happy; others, ab Albis Rupi­bus, white Rocks, appearing to to them that on the South coast saile by it; others of Albion, Neptunes sonne; and lastly, some but most fabulously of Albania, Dioclesians supposed Daughter; the name of Britaine, some de­riue from Britone, a Nymph of Creete; others of one Prytus; some, as Sir Thomas Eliot, of the Greeke Prytaneia; Master Lluid, of Welsh Pryd-cain, a faire forme; Master Camden, of Brith, a painting, that the old Britons vsed; Goropius Be­canus, of Free-Dania, or Bry-Dania, as it were, Free Den­marke, but quite besides the marke, as well as they that sup­pose the name to haue come from little Britaine, for that it was ancienter of name then either of them, and little Britaine recei­ued name from hence, the com­mon receiued opinion is, that it is so named of King Brute, as Eng­land of the English.
Samothea cleped, so sayes Fame;
Yet now their rule was in the wayning,
Longus, and second Bardus, raigning
In France among the Celts, before
Albion found out our Brittish shore;
As soone as this our Brittaine shore;
As soone as this our Brittaine stoopes
To Neptunes Albion and his
The end of the Samotheans raigne, and the comming in of Albion & Bergion, who hence­forth ruled this Iland and Ire­land.
His Brother Bergion sayles for Thyle,
Haebudes, Ireland, Orkney, and Ile;
But still Cham's issue, Albions traine,
From Neptune sprung, in great disdaine,
Massacre their lawlesse Caytifes, and
Chase them through their misgouern'd land,
Wearie of their liues, in all their borders
Doing penance for their foule disorders;
So heauen tooke vengeance whiles earth stood,
Amaz'd to see't e'en drunke with blood;
And Albion, her new Lords that came,
Gently receiues and keepes their name.
Faire Ile, whose flowry bosome is
A Paradise of earthly blisse,
So faire, so sweet, that all mens eyes,
Thy Syren beautie doth entice,
O, sure some Nimph thus turnd by Ioue,
Drown'd for vnkinde Vlysses loue,
For Syren-like with wauing
The Emperour Seuerus did so describe this Iland of Albion in his Coy [...].
Seuerus seates thee on white rocks.

A descending to the seeking out of Albions descent, which, with his acts and fall, are the subiects of the second Ode.

NOw, aid me Muses, for I long
To rest on Atlas shoulders
The Transition to the Story (in the second Ode) of Albion, and his trayne, next inhabitants of this Ile, who came from Greece and Egypt, where Osyris raign­ed, whose Cousin or Grand-child Albion was.
Whence Ialoofe, with carelesse eie,
Viewing poore mortals miserie,
May earth despise, and rapt aboue
Those starry battlements of Ioue,
On contemplations spotlesse wings,
To heau'ns cleere light the soules faire spring,
Taste, feede, and feast on, ô best good,
Heauenly Ambrosia, Angels food;
My mind most free, whiles I in verse
Doe Albions due descent rehearse,
Should then suruey Aegyptian Nile,
And ancient Argos where some while,
Osyris raig'nd, and Isis Queene,
Alcides Tutoresse, Albions teene,
Who plac't in heauen, for iust
With holy Vowes were sacrifi­ced and prayed vnto, for their propitious ayde, by their deuout Clyents, thereby to obtayne their Petitions, and iust desires: A re­uerent salutation and hayling of the Deities, being then accustom­ably vsed.
Were hayl'd on earth, with hallowed fires.
The end of the first Ode.

A briefe type of the second Booke or Ode of PALAE-ALBION, called ALBION.
The second Ode contayneth,

1. AN Apologie for Poësie in generall, and more expres­ly in respect of some moralizing fictions, and sup­posed escapes in this present, or the like moderne Historie of our Land of great Britaine.

2. An asseueration of the peopling of this Iland soone after the floud, as were the rest, by Noah, the great Belus or Saturne of Assyria, and his sonnes: whose stories are compa­red with those ancient Panym fictions of Saturne, of Creet, and vnder him the flourishing golden Age.

3. The comming in of Albion, and his descent from Neptune, the sonne of Osyris, Iupiter, or Saturne of Egypt, the sonne of Cham, the sonne of Noah, who with his brother Bergion, were Kings of this Iland, Ireland, and the Orcades.

4. The ouerthrow of Albion and Bergion, by Hercules, the sonne of Iupiter, Europs or Osyris of Egypt, who with his mother Isis came into Germany and France, where he espou­sed the daughter of Lycus, King of Celts: whose issue reigned there, and from whom the people and many of the chiefest places tooke their names.

PALAE ALBION.Series Poematis & Artificium siue [...].
Ode secunda, Inscripta ALBION.

Proximus Albionis ceu nominet Albion oras,
Et genus & proauos Oda secunda refert:
Ambo, sed Alcides, fratrem (que) ipsum (que) coegit,
Noctis adire nigrae, tecta inamoena, domos.

[...] antiquitatum, & inde occasione oblatâ, Poese [...] Apologia.

SAmotheam Samothes, velut Albiona, Albion olim,
Insulam vter (que) suo dixit de nomine; Fama est.
Quis tamen aut Samothes, aut quis fuit Albion ille,
Clariùs vt referam, cum res vix clara vel vsquam
Quaesita antiquis, aut orbi cognita nostro;
Cymmerijs videar tenebris anquirere solem;
Fama malum, mendax! quid non? veneranda vetustas
Occubuit, solùm ignorantia caeca superstes!
Cum ne hominum aetatem, quis mundi saecula norit?
Prima obscura aetas,
Contra suos exagitatores, & eorum molestias.
nugis (que) referta secunda,
Tertia sola fidem historijs polita meretur.
At Pol ego Magnis quae sunt libanda Poetis,
Carmina, vel cedro digna, aut linenda cupresso,
Gesta legens magnûm monumenta (que) prisca virorum,
Semideûm laudes Heroum fortia facta,
Celsa quibus viguit fulgens super aethera virtus,
Vn [...]
Sic soleo afficier, hausto quasi caelitus igne,
Ambrosijs (que) epulis iussus consistere Diuûm;
Et cupio hijs fieri similem,
Poeseos verae ac genuinae, vt & vetustissimae vindicatione à calumnijis! cuius laudes & approbatio, vel ideò eluces­cant & clariores fiant Argu­mentis inde sumptis.
vel ad astra leuari,
Sedibus hijs miseris hominum socijs (que) relictis;
Vt cum ijsdem placidam possem traducere vitam;
Nam vel erant homines, nunc dij, hominesue deceret,
Taleis esse, sient Diuino vti munere Diui,
Sancti Immortales, aeternâ pace beati.
Siue igitur figmenta forent, ea seria siue,
Nam (que), fatebor enim, fuerant dignissima lectu,
[Page 36] Plurima virtutum fomenta, repagula prauae
Nequitiae, stimulus (que) exempla illustria laudi.
Desine mirari,
Laudabilibus & miris suis ef­fectibus,
res ingeniosa Poeta est;
Ornatu miro, varijs (que) coloribus vsus,
Plusquam Parrhasiâ depictis arte tabellis,
Tum menteis,
in Viuentibus
oculos (que) hominum demulcet & aures,
Si bonus est; natum inter spelaea ferarum,
Quem nutrijt Rhodope, aut horrenti Caucasus antro,
Ingenuum (que) hominem (que) facit, praecepta (que) tradit,
Non bene formatae, verè moralia vitae.
Ficta (que) res persaepe iuuat, si vera relatu
Defuerint, summi ne desint semina honoris,
Neu' pia virtuti, deessent sua praemia laudes:
Hinc merito debetur honos,
& Mortuis satis ex voto conspi­cuis:
diuine Poeta,
Chie Melesigenes tibi suauiloquis (que) Camoenis.
Qui canitis magnos Heroes, gesta, triumphos!
Hij Ioue prognatos cecinêre Deos (que) Duces (que)
Ne quisquam aut proprio, aut digno fraudetur honore,
Hinc iuuat à Diuis proauorum Ducere turmas;
Nec cito crediderim, qui stemma suum, ab Ioue summo,
Deduci cupidè vellet, quin protinus Idem
Vellet item cupidè, nato Ioue dignus haberi,
Virtutis (que) ergò, Herculeos perferre labores.
Nobilitas populi, Maiestas vrbis & orbis,
Clara trophaea, vocant mundi miracula, vulgus,
Atria, Templa, Domus, Statuae, ingentes (que) Colossi,
Magnatum elato praetendunt nomina fronte;
Cuius etiam vt monumentorum antiqui­tatis aliorum consimilium vis tanta,
Gloria quanta ijsdem fuerat, pictas (que) fides (que),
Quos fundatores praeconia splendida iactant.
Accensus velut hijs animus stimulatur ad omne
Virtutum genus,
& Energeia,
esse cupit primordia gentis
Clara suae, meritis vti laudibus omne per aeuum,
Maiores super astra ferens, se immisceat illis.
Aura nec ista leuis, vanâ spe lactat hiantem
Famae! etenim in dubijs constans fiducia rebus,
Mentem hominis firmat, vt maiorum & gloria semper
Fida Comes, praesens oculis, animo (que) figuras,
Exhibet haud tristeis! ne (que) deserit illa labanteis,
Donec in Elisios migrarint se Duce Campos.
Durior at siquis dicat mihi forsan,
Omnes praesertim ingenuos sui dulcedine & amore captos
vt ille,
Malo pater tibi sit Thersites, dummodo tu sis,
Aeacidae similis, vulcania (que) arma capessas,
Quàm te Thersitae similem producat Achilles!
Rapiant, & Alliciant.
Nobilitas equidem, sola est at (que) vnica virtus,
Ingenuè fateor! sunt & sine crimine mores;
Neué obtusa adeò gestamus pectora; soli
Virtutis (que) rudes, soboles & inhospita Musis!
Sin etiam cupimus meritis clarescere auorum,
An vitio nobis vertat, quod Graecia laudi,
Docta sibi, Aegyptus, Babylon, Roma, Ilion, Argos!

A thesi ad hypothesin [...]! & ita historiae & antiquitatum Britannicarum assertio excusatoria.

HIjsce superbire, & saltem virtutis amorem
Prae se ferre homines perhibent, praesagia honoris;
Nobilitatis enim propriae,
Ipsissimae Apologiae,
ceu conscia mens est,
Vt stirpis generis (que) sui! Non saepe videmus
Maiori (que) ardore cieri, at (que) impetu in ipsam
Virtutem? & quasi iam sibi debita praemia poscat?
Nec vana,
Item Apologetici, sicut &
aut fallax haec talis opinio nostris,
Censeri possit, ceu fabula inutilis, Anglis!
Certa vti (que) è tenebris cum redditanuper in Auras,
Canicies veneranda, accepta (que) grata (que) multis,
Anglos effulsit super aequoreos (que) Britannos!
Apologizatorum quorundam aliorum Apologia, [...].
Saxones à Noe, Thursto (que) parente & Odeno;
Quos medios I [...]tas (que) olim inter-creuerit Anglus;
Britttones à Bruto, pictóue colore Agathyrsi,
Quem Brith dixerunt patrio sermone Britanni!
Caesar Aborigines quos sensit, serior aetas
Inuenit Bruti sobolem (que), Hunnos (que) Scythas (que);
Tum Samothenoris, primum, Albionem (que) Britannis.

Nohae tanquam Saturni historiae adumbratio: plurimarum [...]ue hinc inde gentium antiquitates & Origo.

Instituti primi resumptio, & Nohae, sub Saturni persona, Historiae hy­po [...]ypose [...].
in toto, notissima Fabula Coelo,
Saturni vt mundo cessêrunt Aurea saecla,
Treis Regna in parteis olim diuisa fuisse;
Coelica sceptra Ioui, Neptuno caerula, Diti
Infera sorte data! [...], anné negabit
Esse quis Assyrium Noe? qui totius orbis
Diuidit imperium Gnatis tribus? Indica cedunt,
Regna Asiae Semo! Iaphet Europa; Africa Chamo!
Diuino eloquio, citò pagina sacradocebit.
Coeli Oriens typus Illustris! sic, forsitan ille
Iupiter Assyrijs, oris Sem iustus Eois,
Sceptra gerens pacis! qui Melchi-sedek (que) Salem (que)
Ante Ninum & Belum, infameis; qui iam duo vidit
Diuisos ab aquis mundos! cui nescia vitae
Principij aut finis, series numerosa Dierum.
Coeli Oriens dixi Typus! Orcus & infera forsan,
Aegyptus Chusij (que) (que) nigri, Loca; Torrida Zona,
Chamo ceu diti, cessit, maledictio patris!
Hesperio (que) Mari, quae dicitur Insula Gentium,
Ceu medio, Ionio, Euxino, & Maeotidos vndis,
Cincta loca, Iapeto quasi Neptuno data!
A [...]plior
Vates decantant; & norunt omnia Vates!
[Page 40] Quod siquis niueos interstrepit Anser Oloreis,
Vates hic dicet; quis enim non clarius ipso
Eiusdem rei illustratio, & confirmatio, ab Anxia dub [...]tatione, confusio­ne, & incertitudine, omnium aliarum antiquitatum, nisi istuc reducantur: vnde nostrarum vel [...] & principaliorum Gentium O­rientalium, & aliarum pri­mordia, huc referuntur, hinc deducuntur
videt tenebris se errorum inuoluere caecis?
Creta Iouis geniale solum! fateor (que) benignè!
At quis non videat, captus nisi mente & ocellis,
Saturnos (que) Ioues (que) Deos (que) per oppida plureis,
Promiscuè cultos? Alcidas nouimus ipsi,
Et Lybicum, & Gallum, & Graiugenam Amphitryonis!
Antiquo de more, etenim, Gens quaelibet olim,
Saturnum (que) Iouem (que) habet incunabula stirpis
Prima suae! hosce canit multum admirata vetustas:
Hos solita est numeris mirè celebrare canoris.
Iupiter in Cretâ est! Aegyptius alter, Osyris!
Hammon in Lybia! Durstus quo (que) fortè & Odenus,
Iupiter & Saturnus erant Germanici! eisdem
Sic placet Hebraeis pater Aschenas! Aschenes ipsi,
Hebreis hodie dicti! Sic Graecia, Iauan,
Ionios populos habet! vt Dodanim, Dodonaeo
Sacra Ioui Quercus, feret aut tua nomina Dedan!
E (que) Tyrash Tyrij, Thraxuè; E (que) Gomer Gomeraei,
Antiquo historicis dicti quoque nomine Cymbri:
Quos Belgij Gallos, quos nunc vocat Anglia Wallos,
Se Cumero, Cumeraeg, quo vsi Idiomate dictant:
Stemmatis antiqui memores, quasi per dere nomen,
Indignè aut minimè, cum agris & sede ferentes!
Haud secus ac miseri ex aruis & arce Syonis,
Quae Gens rapta tuo, Salmanasar impie, iussu,
Tartaricis vltra Babylonem agit hospes in oris;
Fama refert, vti eis, Solymorum flebilis inter
Cantica prorumpti Gemitus, Io, Ierushalaim;
Sic genus & Natale solum, patria alma, Penates,
Nescio quâ, at video, vt rapiant dulcedine cunctos.
Vt (que) minus mirere, meis quasi fabula verbis,
Et non vera fides, adsit, precor, adspice Gentes,
Eoas, quae sunt Semi de sanguine cretae,
Quae (que) Austrum coluêre, satae de stemmate Chami.
Nonne Madai Medès, Paras sua nomina Persis,
Sicut Elam, dedit? Assur, Aram, Saba, Hauila, Sydon,
Samarithes, Chanaan, Hethus, Iebus, Amor, Heuaeus,
Qui magnas dixêre suo denomine Genteis.
Mizraim in Aegypto, qui sedit ad ora fluentis
Nili, Niliacae imposuit sua nomina terrae:
Testibus Hebraeis, Hebraeoùe idiomate gnaris.
Aethiopes Chusios, genuit Chu [...]! At Lybicos nè,
Coniectare licet Lehabim; ceu saba Sabaeos?
Cum (que) Lydi Ludim; Iones & Graecia Iauan;
Ryphath, Ryphaeis qui habuere in montibus ortum;
Moschus habet (que) suum Mosoch, & Turca Togarmah:
Serius è tenebris velut eruta Nomina! quid nî,
Iam pulsis nebulis orientis lumine Phoebi,
[Page 42] Verior elicior: videatur & hinc tua Gomer,
Progenies? Cumeri, ceu Cymbri seu Gomeraei,
Quae gens relliquiae cupide audit Cambro-Britannae;
Et sedes? siquidem tua nomina, terminus! inter
Sedem habeas, Morinos, hominum extremos (que) Britannos.
Siue Gomer,
& explicantur.
siue ille Mesech, Germanica, & ista
Litora Samotheae, tenuêre, & forsan vter (que),
Ambo Iapetiadae; quem primum Europa Monarcham
Agnouit! soboles forsan Germaniae in Oris
Eois Mesech, Hesperijs Gomer, Aschenes austro,
Sub tepido! primos vtcun (que) Britannia Gallis
Germanisué suos, debet de iure colonos.
Trans mare in Albionem, deducta colonia multa,
Caesareis visa est! Samothes quo (que) littore vtro (que)
Regnauit, perhibent, Celtas (que) super (que) Britannos:
Quippe Mesech Samothes dictus fuit! Insula nomen
Traxit & inde suum; sic vos cecinisse sorores
Aoniae memini! Cur dicta sit Albion olim,
Musa rogata,
[...] &
refer! ceu quis fuit Albion ille,
Vnde etiam nomen praenobilis Insula, dudum
Caeperat; a toto seclusa Britannia mundo.

De Osyridis, Albionis aui, Aegypti regno, & vrbe Memphi, ve­tustissimis.

VRbs antiqua fuit;
Deductio historiae ad Nohae posteros, in persona Chami.
prisci tenuere Coloni,
Illius Authores, soboles Chami (que) nepotes,
Ad Nili ripas positam,
& Osyridis Aegyptij.
qua postea fertur
Ostentasse superba procul, miracula Memphis!
Hîc olim regnasse ferunt, genitum Ioue Osyrim,
Iupiter ille idem, dictus (que) Aegyptius ijsdem,
Cui dea memphitis, coniux erat Inachis Iö
Isis dicta eadem,
Cuius Regnum & Ciuitas vita.
per (que) omneis inclyta Gentes;
Ille Aegyptiaci, qui venit ad ostia Nili,
Et sua Niliacis relliquit nomina terris
Mizram, apud nostros magnus reputatur Osyris!
Qui Serapis & Apis erat; ceu corniger Hammon
In Lybijs! vnci (que) puer monstrator Aratri,
Fortè Aegyptiacae Gentis Saturnus! vt olli
Nepthum erat genitus, monstrat sacra pagina! quidam
Neptunum dixere; itidem satus Albion illo
Qui dedit Albioni nomen, sic Fama, Brytannae.

Loquacitas & fabulae Graecorum hîc praesertim de Iside, Argo, & Osyride.

HIc tamen incertam, in caecos impingere Cymbam
Errorum scopulos, video; vt ne plurima fando,
Aut tractus lustrando omneis, attingere portum,
Securus possim; Miris adeo (que) referta est,
Fabellis, monstris, mundi haec obscurior aetas;
De se,
& de eodem figmenta apud Graecos Aegyptios recitantur.
de (que) alijs, res mira, at dignanotatu;
Quàm propè nil audet non dicere Graecia mendax!
Se (que) suos (que) canendo, nimis dum iactat abundè,
Sic certa incertis, veris sic falsa remiscet,
A summo vt medium, à toto quo (que) discrepet imum.
Omniavae miserè, quantùm haec facundia, plusquam
Libera, turbarit, cupit omnia, perdidit omma;
Ingenium (que) decus (que) suis famam (que) perennem.
Hij regem Argiuûm, Argiuis Regno (que) relictis,
Aegyptum migrasse, rudeis docuissevti sulcis
Mandarent cererem, & reliquas faeliciter arteis?
Vnde bouis formâ, monstrator Osyris aratri,
Dein colitur; referunt: deberi ita singula doctis,
Gloriolam certè, primùm omnia cognita Graecis,
A Ioue deceptam (que) canunt, nam (que) omnia vellent
De Ioue dicta suo, vaccae sub Imagine terris
Errantem ignotis, venisse ad flumina Nili,
Quae furijs agitata dolis Iunonis iniquae,
Aegypti impleuit falsis mugitibus agros;
Reddita forma prior, donec, fit Osyridis Isis,
Iö dicta priùs! genitus quo (que) creditur Eius,
Esse Epaphus! cuius dicta est de coniuge Memphis!
Quanquam alij Lybien, referunt, de nomine dictam.

Beli Nohae, cum reliquis Beli nomine insignitis, collatio.

CRedo equidem ante alios Rex Antiquissimus omnes,
Accommodatio praemissorum ad praesentem locum & ma­teriam,
Assyrijs Noe est dominus sic dictus in oris;
Belus enim dominum sonat, hoc quo (que) nomine Belus,
Aegypti Danai (que) pater, quos postea gentes
Aegypti Danaûm (que) canunt, Belo (que) priori,
Dico satas omnes,
de [...]n
docet hoc sacra pagina, genteis!
Hoc (que) satus Belo, fortè est antiquior Apis,
Illo Diuae Iûs famoso coni [...]ge; & Ille,
Forsan vt alter erat, siet altera (que) Isis, Osyris!
Aegialeus Frater, Coniux fuit Inachis Iö,
[Page 46] Eius qui histoijs tantum est celebratus Osyris.
Prosecutio historiae propositae de Osyride & posteris.
E (que) Ioue hoc sata, iam soboles Neptuni [...], multis
Coeperat esse locis celebris, & sceptra gerebant
Quacun (que) est toto circum diffusa profundo
Insula! magnus enim fratreis sic iusserat Apis,
Triginta aut plureis, varijs dominarier oris.
Lestrigo Italiam colit; Hespera limina habebant
Geryones! alios (que) inter, maria omnia lustrans,
Bergion Ogygiam Iernen at (que) Orcades; omnem
Albion Albionis tractum capit, insula nomen
Cum dominis recipit (que) nouum, dominos (que) priores
Aut fugat aut caedit miseros, duráue subactos
Seruitute premit, Neptunius Albion omneis.

Ob Samothidarum per Albionem extirpationem querela, [...] ambo­rum (que) nequitia, adnotatur.

HEu, heu, Samothidûm periêrunt gloria, nomen,
Heu grandaeué Mesech tua iam cecidêre decus (que)
Et sceptra, in manibus quae olim gessêre nepotes,
Tum lauro Phoebaâ,
Albion contra Samothidas molitur machinationes bel­licas
hedera (que) reuincta decoris!
Cum pia Relligio, & probitas deserta, fides (que),
Tum iacuêre simul, deserta (que) splendida sceptra;
Relligio basis est nexus (que) & vincula pacis,
Hanc vbi neglexere, homines Astraea reliquit;
Insequitur vindicta scelus! & rabies (que) Cigantum,
Contemptus superûm; pestis mortalibus aegris!
Nequitiam improbitas superat! se Daemones ipsi
& cum populorum subiugatio­ne & Tyrannide, alia nefan­da sceleta,
clauus clauo, vndâ pellitur vnda.
Albion inuisus superis, reliqui (que) Tyranni,
Neptuno-geniti longè late (que) per omneis
Terras, haud secus ac vasti Titanides olim,
Viperea proles, omni pietate remota,
Accumulare scelus sceleri, ceu Pelio Ossan,
Tum ipse & reliqui Gigantes
at (que) Ossae frondosum inuoluere Olympum;
Donec auus, sic fama refert, grandaeuus Osyris,
Magnus & annoso multum venerabilis aeuo,
Iratus diro scelere & furialibus ausis
Increpat hos, grauiter culpans crudelia facta.
Vnanimi consensu omnes, hunc tollere censent
Eviuis, aetate grauem, curuum (que) senectâ!
Nec mora, vti cautum est, vbi coniuratio facta est,
Immaneis inter,
contra Osyridem insidias struunt, & perimunt:
sceleratos (que) hosce Giganteis,
Exequitur scelus ipse Tryphon; tibi frater Osyris!
Et clam, è conspectû dilectae coniugis Iûs,
Crandaeuum perimit (sceleri scelus additum,) Osyrim:
[Page 48] Isis vt absentem, longâ spe caeca, Maritum
Non videt,
At verò
horrendae male sedula, nescia fraudis,
Per syluas & agros at (que) inuiarura, furenti
Persimilis, solis, comitata timore & amore,
Nî sociam addiderat, timidae (que) superuenit, Eccho
Errabat quaerens socium, pia Nympha, ingalem;
Scissa comas, laniata genas, incessibus agros,
Atterit illa suis, querulis vlulatibus auras!
Donec vt omne nemus, fontes (que) & flumina Nili,
Murmure clamarent magno, tua nomina Osyris.
Ipsa sed in somnis inhumati venit Imago,
Ostendens (que) scelus, transfixa (que) pectora ferro,
Vindictam hinc animo, mandat, sua (que) ossa sepulchro.

Osiridis à funere tymbus, sacra & exequiae.

EXilit e somno, somnis exterrita,
Contra hos omneis Alcides,
& vmbram
Persequitur verbis, quòd non se sistat ocellis;
Et fugis ô Coniux, inquit, miseram (que) relinquis?
Ibimus ô Coniux pariter, pariter (que) Tyranni,
Sanguine perfusi, pulsabimus ostia Ditis:
Tum vero quibus ipse locis monstrauerat antè,
Inuenit, at (que) rogo imponit, consumpta (que) flammis,
Cum celebri pompâ, capit ossa recondita in vrna,
Insula in Aegypto, quae Abatos accincta palude,
Quam dicunt stygiâ, Diuae contermina Memphi.
Indè bouem Aegyptus colit, inuentum (que) quotannis,
Barbara Memphitim miratur pubes Osyrim:
Forsitan & Lybicis qui corniger Hammon in oris!
Parta dolo, vi regna Tryphon sceleratus habebat;
At Regina graui iam dudum saucia curâ,
Multa animo secum tacito (que) in pectore voluit!
Vindictam meditatur ouans, ad caetera moesta.

Alcidae contra Gigantes bella & belli occasio.

HErculis adsciscens cunctos perferre labores
Virtutem inuictam,
Matre dea Iside, instigatus,
socium comitem (que) pericli,
Nympha suum Lehabim, Lybium quo (que) fortè vocatum;
Alter hic Alcides, multum (que) antiquior illo
Alcidâ, Alcmenae gnato; sed forsitanidem
Cum Gallo, quòd ibi, Celtarum in littore, saeuos
Albionis strauit, faelici marte Tyrannos:
Huic Dea, dum scelera enarrat, caedem (que) parentis,
[Page 50] Vs (que) adeò exacuit mentem (que) iras (que) querelis;
Bellum mouens, necem & ex [...]um parat?
Vis excelsa viri emicuit, velut ignea flammis
Fax è coelo ardens, vindictam exposcit ab omni
Peste Tyrannorum; virtutis verae & honoris
Accensus stimulis: horrentia (que) intulit arma
Hijs hominum monstris, totúmque ad bella per orbem
Prouocat immaneis horrenda mole Gigantes.

Alcidae profectio, pereg [...]inatio, & gesta contra Gigantes.

TVm clara Alcidae virtus, à Gadibus vs (que)
Auroram & Britones, caedit superat (que) Tyrannos,
Dijs gratus superis; victricia vti (que) per omneis
[...]am coeli plagas circumtulit arma; serenam
Restituens mundo pacem: primum (que) Typhonem
Verius Italiae referam Aegyptine Tyrannum,
Anth [...]um in Lybia domuit,
Vnde eius ex Aegypto per Lybiam in Europam, & has mundi plagas pro [...]ectio,
proprias (que) columnas
Transgressus Calpen & diuerso in littore Abylen,
Vltima in Hesperiâ: fingunt tria corpora in vno,
Geryonem informem, superat, seu treis ita dictos
Neptuni potiùs gnatos! Lestrigona contrâ,
Faucibus Italiae saeuos prolem (que) tyrannos,
Vnde Anthropophagi saeclis venientibus orti,
Alcidae virtus parat ire! Alpeis (que) niuosas,
Dum transit, cupiens Celtarum inuisere regna,
Celtarum (que) Lycum regem,
vbi inter alios incidit in Albio­nem vnum è Gigantibus Bri­tanniae tunc Regem, quem vita ac regno spoliat.
cui iam ferus hostis
Imminet, Aëreas posuit qui castraper Alpes,
Albion! è coelo veniens diuinus & hospes
Alcides videare Lyco! & iam terga premebat
Hostis agens raptas quaecun (que) per oppida praedas;
Sollennes epulae, conuiuia festa parantur,
Hospitibus leuet vt curas fessis (que) laborem;
Laetitia tonat ingenti,
cum Regia Celtae,
Vulgus item festas passim duxêre choraeas;
Phoebus vt Eurotam, plaudente, vel ad iuga Cynthi,
Sic populo, Didûsue recepti Troes in vrbem:
Et Galathaea genas roseo suffusa nitore,
Gnata Lyco, formam faciem (que) simillima Diuae,
Nympha rosas potis & Ledaeos vincere cygnos,
Ornatur, niueae vt deceptus amore puellae,
Alcides patrem & populos defendere possit.

Inter Herculem & Albionem belli motus & praeparatio.

COniugio hunc stabili vinctum charis (que) Hymenaeis,
Hospitium apud Lycum re­gem Galliae, memoratur, & vtrius (que) apparatus belli, tum foederis & Sociorum,
Praesidium tutum esserati, firmata (que) in aeuum,
Foedera, sceptra, sibi, seris (que) nepotibus olim,
Rex cupit hoc, populus, pariter pulcherima Nympha;
Hinc iurata prius clades & nobile lethum,
Albion Herculeâ, tua certa accita (que) dextrâ!
Efferus interea gentis populator opimae
Celtùm Gomereae sobolis, furiosior Adriâ,
Et fratrum Impatiens necis, & quasi percitus oestro,
Herculis aduentu fratrum occisoris, & arcto
Foedere cum Celtis inito; malus aestuat Iris!
Accersens fratrem, in fratrum occisoris inultûm
Perniciem, ex Ierne, Scotica Orcade, & Acmode, & vltimo
Ex Britonum tractu, Tamesino aruo (que) Sabrino,
Albion in Campum secum rapit agmina! Gallûm
Littora ceu tota insolito sonuêre tumultu.
Excitat Ogygiam Iernen, Scythicam Orcada & omnem,
Quâ patet acris hiems, ratibus (que) imperuia Thule,
Insulam, in auxilium fratris, fretus (que) suorum
Bergion acer adest turmis; Iungunt (que) Phalanges,
Inuisi superis fratres; & cedere nescij!
Magni vtri (que) duces, solùm, duo fulmina belli,
Bergion Herculeis, vincendus & Albion armis.
Impiger Alcides iam notum limen Amicae,
Amplexus molleis benè concessas (que) relinquens
Delicias, quas ferre solent dulces Hymenaei;
Quos celebrare parat deuictis hostibus! haud iam
[...]ditus imbelli Cytharae; sed Cornua rauco
Cum stridore iuuant; clauo exuuijs (que) Leonis
Hordidus, & teneris nequicquam amplexibus aptus
Coniugis! Arma vocat, Iustas (que) exasperat Iras,
Heroicae plenus virtutis, dignus honore
Summo, dimeritus pia serta, trophaea, triumphos,
A saeuis totum monstris qui liberet orbem:
Tum comites Celtae (que) simul multo agmine facto,
In sua castrarunt, pectus dedit Inclyta famâ,
Magnanimi ducis, & foelix celebrata (que) virtus!
Qui prius attoniti vt lepores, vix hiscere nuper
Ausi prae dubio, infandum, nimio (que) pauore;
Ac timidi sic fortè aliquando, ad pocula Damae,
Cum canibus venient, velut hij sua tecta Domos (que);
Nunc virtus menti, mens insita pectore, cunctis
Vis Inuicta viris, certae spes vna salutis:
Tantae molis erat Ducis inclyti honos (que) Decus (que)!

Praelij commissi apparatus, & Albionis euersio.

IAm properant acies, toruis aspectibus ambae,
Demum praelij commissi descriptio: Eiusdem euentu [...] & consequentia, Herculis sc. triumphi
Herculis ex vnâ, diuersâ ex parte Gigantum,
Inficere Herbosos cum caede & sanguine Campos;
Ac nisi vana fuit Phlegraeis fabula castris,
Aggressi superos, Iouis vt nunc filium in armis,
Horrendo fremitu stolidi immanes (que) Gigantes,
Ceu Boreas bello, pluuiosus & Auster aperto,
Congressi magno turbantes murmure coelum,
Exercent vireis, & terras turbine perflant;
Crebros (que) excutinunt attritis nubibus igneis!
Sic fremitu ingenti, & telorum nubibus aether
Turbidus, infestos reddunt solem (que) diem (que),
Et quasi misceri, coelum (que) solum (que) videres,
Laxa est terra cruore, fluunt de sanguine riui,
Nescit habere modum rabies, studium (que) nocendi;
Donec permissù superûm Neptunia proles,
Virtuti Alcidae cessit, caesis (que) tyrannis,
Cum socijs; maduit fraterno sanguine tellus;
Ceu fato cecidêre pari, & quasi turbine missis
Imbribus è coelo. Comitum pars maxima Saxis,
Narbonensi agro, Lapidoso in littore Le-Craux;
Ad Rhodani ripas; diuerso in limine, quidam
Dixêre, ad Scaldim, vel amoeni fluminis Albis,
Bergion Herculeis, vti pressus & Albion armis.
Iam (que) aderant festus (que) Dies, laeti (que) Hymenaei;
Magnificum Paeana canunt, celebrant (que) triumphos,
Pax quoniam Arcto [...], & liberta [...] reddita mundo.

Herculis de Albione triumphi, & cum Galathaea Hymenaei.

TVm bonus Alcides clauo, spolijs (que) Leonis
Depositis, Nymphae dulceis meditatur amores
Formosae; Dryades, Fauni, Satyri (que) petulci,
In syluis, iuuenes,
& Nuptiae cum Galathae [...], vbi
passim, innuptae (que) puellae,
In Thalamis Galathaes tuis! tum pronuba Iuno,
At (que) Hymen hanc celebrant pompam taedas (que) ingaleis.
Nascitur ex illâ Calates, qui nomina Celtis
Imposuit! Celtum verò e Celtice & Hercule natum,
Parthenius Nicaeus ait, dare nomina Celtis;
Illa autem Bretani gnata est! Bretano (que) Britannos
[Page 56] Deduci perhibent! ceu nomina Graeca sonarent,
[...] & [...] [...]ue;
Quòd si ita sint, & certa fides adhibenda Nicaeo,
Quid Britonen Cretes Nympham? qu [...] Pryton Araxes
Dissentientes quorundam o­piniones aliquatenùs recon­ciliantur; In fine.
Brytannis memorent dare Nomina regnis?
Vel Brutum? vel vbi Galates, Galathaea, Lycus (que)?
N [...] Bretanus Lycus ille foret, Galathaea (que) dicta
Celtica, ceu Galates Celtus; ceu nomina rebus,
Aut alia, aut intorta nimis, data saepe videmus.
Iudicium hic alios, per me, penès esto licebit!
Fama etiam victis domitis (que) Gigantibus olim,
Alciden cum matre deâ, (quae gloriagentì;)
Germanis venisse, simul docuisse feroceis
Tunc populos, arteis, & commoda plurima vitae.
At quidam venisse, ferunt, cum (que) Iside Osyrim,
Ad Marsum Regem; sed non ego credulus illis;
Serior hic nisi Osyris erit, siet altera (que) Isis;
Aut illo genitus, pro illo ponatur Osyris!
Trans Rhenum at (que) Alpeis qui iam peruenit adus (que)
Germanos, vel quae gens illi proxima Gallos,
Ac fudit, dum quaerit ouans, toto orbe Giganteis.

Transitio ad seqq. obiter tamen adnotatis Herculis sobole, postea Francorum Regibus.

INclytum apud Gallos,
[...] ad sequentia, obiter verò recensitis Her­culeis posteris, Francorum Regibus, ad Brutum vs (que) & Corynaei tempora.
charae tenerae (que) sodalis,
Implicitum Thalamis, reliquósue domare Gigantes,
Forte paraturum, Alciden rel [...]sinquimus! Orti,
Gallorum ex illo Reges, per saecula multa,
Nati natorum, qui (que) enascuntur ab illis,
Perpetuâ serie, Galates, & Lugdus, Harbon,
Beligius Iasius (que) ferox, seri (que) nepotes
Herculei, Allobroges, Romus, Paris, at (que) Lemanus,
Olbius, hoc, Galates (que) secundus in agmine, Nannes,
Et Remis, & Francus, & longo post ordine Pictus.
Odae secundae Finis.

PALAESynchronismus, siue supputatio Annorum. ALBION.Supplementum historiae.
The second Ode, Entituled ALBION.

The second Ode, sings Albions acts,
Whose downefall and his brother Bergions,
Beene fam'd for Gaule-Alcides facts;
Their remnant issue, in these Regions,
On Danaus Daughters, got the race
Of Cyclops huge, that haunt the place.

An assertion of approued Antiquities, with an Apo­logie in defence of Historie and Poesie.

SAmothes Samothea's, Albions style,
Albion, saies Fame, gaue this our Ile.
Who Samothes or Albion were
To make report, of eld more cleere,
When doubts like mists doe seeme t'arise,
And ouercast our clouded skies,
We will seeke what those Ancients sayne
To shew the cause of truth more plaine,
Although we know some said not late,
Fames rumors want, most, their true date;
Her monuments all saue last vnsure,
Flatteries or fables or obscure;
One scarce knowes th' acts of present ages
How much lesse th'old worlds halfe lost pages?
Yet in their venerable dust
Like Ennius leaues,
lyes gold sans rust.
And when I read those stately Poesies,
Whence Phoebus with his traine discloses
A gracious splendor, and affords
Th'old Heroes fame, among old records,
Their honors gests though mixt with fables,
Worthy Cypresse, or Cedar tables,
Engrauen there; I so admire,
And feele such sparkes of heauenly fire,
To heare their legends, reade their
The good vse to bee made of Poeticall sables and figments for honourable ends deuised.
Spectacles of old, spur's to new glory,
[Page 37] What more repast? how more refrest,
If set at Ioues Ambrosian feast?
That I then only wish that I,
Might with those Worthies liue and die:
And rest where in th'Elisium blest,
Their spirits possesse all peace and rest.
For whether truth, or fain'd Trop [...]aea's
Plato's Eutopian world's Idaea's,
Yet such as should be; whose heart scant
As soft as steele, or Adamant,
Not mou'd, or not enflam'd to heare
Those honoured acts of elder yeares?
When Poets, when they please, impart
To liuelesse things such liuing Art!
That one might say, yet Hector liues,
And great Achilles fame
Great Alexander, who visi­ted Achilles tombe, wished that hee had such a trumpet of his fame, as Achilles had, meaning that mellifluous Homer, that preserued his glorie in a more di­uine manner, then that his decay­ing and defaced monument; whose works he so delighted in, that hee was seldome without th [...]m, but carryed them in his bosome.
His marble Monument! whence they sayne,
Great Scander wisht like fate, full fayne.
And laurell crown'd bee all those pen's
That are incitements to great'st men,
Through Vertues Temple most diuine
To tread the way to Honors
So was the Temple of Honor in Rome placed, that the way into it lay through the Temple of Vertue: the morall of it [...], as it were, No comm [...] to honour, but by vertue; [...] truely noble, that were not wor­thily vertuous.
Haue we not knowne of Ioues bloud some
Supposing onely they had come,
As Poets told them, in that height
Of courage and auspicious might,
Such toyle haue ta'ne worthy to raise,
From Homers pen Herculean praise;
For who but generous spirits aspires
To be fam'd with their famous Sires?
Dumbe shewes, which admiration sunders
From common things! the
worlds rare wonders,
Whose high forefronts hunt after fame,
Shewing proudly forth their founders name,
Townes, Cities, Castles, and Colossi,
As well as th'Hesperid's read in Poesie:
And hanging Gardens in the East
Th'Assyrian Monarkes presence blest.
Colleges and Temples, built for loue
Of vertue, and those Quires aboue,
With what content, and sweet satietie,
They feede the Eye; with what varietie,
They feast a free and honest minde,
That needes must wish praise in this kinde!
Whom like them honored for good deedes
Olymph may crowne! whose minde not heedes
Such heauenly height: but base earth tombes,
Must needes be most ignoble
The basenesse and ignoblenesse of their minds, that heed not such honorable and vertuous designes, doth yet more appeare in those, who doing no good themselves, in enuious sort repining at others fame, themselves onely worthy with Herostratus, to be chroni­cled for infamy: defacing and pulling downe Monuments of o­thers honor, doe what they can to despite and controll the deuoires of any flourishing, or sp [...]rred on by the triumphant incitements of magnanimitie and heroicall vertue.

Applyed to the present matter of our owne Nation.

IF Momus taxe me, that I taxe
Not their great worthi's and noble acts,
Of vanitie! Vngracious dayes!
Nor good deeds done, nor none will praise;
And more then most ingratefull wee,
If snatch the fruite, yet scorne the tree!
Which if we mend not, 'twill not misse,
Next age must want much of our blisse:
For had these men their mindes, too late
Wretched experience ship-wrackt State,
Might weepe, with had I wist, to see,
What confus'd Chaos things would be.
Thus natures, arts, dumbe, all records,
Sweet sollace to good minds affords:
Whence many Nations for their fame,
Trauerse out their first founders name;
Brittons there find as well as these,
Brute, Albion, and old Samothes;
Whiles Saxon too for companie,
On Thurstus and great
Woden, from whom all our Saxons doe deriue their Genea­logies, as the Welsh from Be [...] ­maur: like as all other Nations had some great Man [...] Prince, from whom they gloried to bee descended, the very Iewes their Abraham and Patriarkes; E­gyptians, Osyris; Syrians, Be­lus; Greeks, Danaus; Ioue or Hercules, or some of the race; Latines, Romulus & Aeneas: and generally all Europaean na­tions, of a kinde of fancy which they had from Troy, or one of her wandring and distressed pil­grime Captaynes.
Woden crie.

The Historie of Noe shewne, shadowed in the fables of Saturne, with the originall of diuers, if not most Na­tions, and consequently of Albion and the Brittons.

ENuie them not; Rome, Babylon
Greece, Aegypt, and fair'st Ilion,
Curious in farre-fetcht Pedegrees
Censure that finds vs, them not frees!
Yet sure this fault if t'any bee,
Best deserues Grace, for ought I see:
Since such too curious though, must needes
Loue honour that delight her deedes.
Britaines name and Albions, whence deriu'd
Many men haue many a meanes contriu'd:
Britt's, some of Brith, their painted
For they were altogether giuen to painting themselues with woad, enter-chased with diuers and strange figures, in Caesars and the Romans time.
In their owne tongue cald! Caesar
Which the Latines called In­digenae or Aborigines, borne and bred in the same soyle, not knowing whence their Ancestors were descended, but as if they had there right, like Mushromes growne or sprung out of the earth.
[...] only! latter ages,
With Brutus line, haue fild whole pages:
Albions descent, no lesse dissented
On, as if t'were too strange inuented;
Truth rest to try! Gaules, Scythes or Hunnes,
Brutes, Samothes, all's, or Albions sonnes:
Needes must I, faire Sol, guide my wayes
Begin at Saturnes golden dayes.
[Page 41] That famou'st Legend vnder
The description, and perhaps also the true morall or interpreta­tion of Saturnes time, and the Golden Age.
Nohae diluuium, A: 1656. Shortly after which must needs be Sa­turnes golden Age.
That Saturnes reigne ends, Ioues begunne,
The golden worlds Realmes parts betwixt
Ioue, Neptune, and the Lord of Styx;
Were Noah, Saturne! cursed
Noah, to be Saturne; blessed Sem, Ioue; cursed Cham, Pluto; Iaphet, Neptune, being Iaphets, part Europe, called by the Iewes, Insula Gentium, or the Iles, as Neptunes part was the Seas: Saturne also like No­ah, was a great planter of Vines, witnesse Arcadia & Italy, whi­ther it is said Noah likewise came: Cham and Chus, like Pluto, had the lower and blacke Sunne-burnt Regions of Egypt, Lybia, and Ethiopia and Sem like Ioue, in most honourable sort succeeded his Father, being Mel­chi-sedek: a King in the East, the Orient being [...] manner the type or figure of Heauen, whence Phoebus and the Planets daily ascend, mounting thither, as it were, in our Hemispheare.
Blacke Dis,
Noah liued al­most to the yeere 2000.
with th'Aethiops! blessed Sem
Salem's Melchisedek, Syon sayes,
Sans yeeres beginning or end of dayes;
Sem dyed, A. 2158.
Ioue in the Orient,
His name Mel­chi-sedek, sig­nifieth King of Iustice; Salem, also whereof, it is said, hee was King, signifieth Peace.
heau'ns Type! whiles
Iaphet hath Europe shores; they th'Iles
O'th Gentiles cald! Iust Neptunes part;
How stories fit? or if nice Art,
Call Candy Ioues owne foster-place;
Tis true! yet must they grant this grace,
More Ioues then Creet's! more, Hercules,
Then that Amphitryo's sonne of Greece;
And many Saturnes more by ods,
As euery Countrey had their gods:
From whom they drew their stem's! though Greece,
Stole their great'st Gests, from most of these,
In Creet Ioue! Lybia, Hammon he,
In Aegypt, Apis Altars be.
Durstus or Woden, Germans
Where note, though Seater was acknowledged lately for the Idoll Saturne, as also appeareth by that weeke day, alluding to both the names, yet in another sense, as founder of a Family or Nation. Tuisco and Thurstus or Woden, were their Ioue and Saturne, for euery Nation, or for the most part, and those the chiefest, had of their owne home­bred founders, their Mercuries, Mars, Venus, Hercules, and o­thers, especially Ioues, and Sa­turnes of their owne: of owne: of Wo­den, was Wodensdeag or We­densday, called as Tuisday of Tuisco; Seater-deag, of Sea­ter, their Saturne; Frige-deag, of their Friga, Prea, or Venus; Thusday, called yet of the Swe­dians, Thors-day; of the Dutch Dunders-dagh; of the old Sax­ons, Thunres-deag, of Thor or Thur, abreuiated, as it were (like the Latine Tonans for Iupiter) of Thunre, which wee write Thunder.
Or Saturne may, most likely proue!
Then who'le denie, Noe was at least
Th'Assyrian Saturne in the East:
From whose sonnes sent to farthest Seas,
All Nations draw their Pedigrees!
As th'Iönes,
Inachus, A. 2090. King of Argos: iam senex, and therefore likely to be Iauan.
Iauans impes; sure Ioues,
Or Inach's! those 'bout Dodon Groues,
Of Dedan come; of Tyrash,
So is it written by Iosephus, Berosus, and many other Anti­quaries.
Or Thracians; of Gomer, Gomerians.
Haply, our Cambrians, who call'd long
Themselues Cumero, Cumeraeg their tongue,
Like Syon's sonnes, wer't loath to lose
Their name, though borne on tydes of woes!
Banished and carried from their owne,
To Tartars, beyond Babylon;
To mirthfull musique yet proclayme,
In mournefull wise
And so doe the Hebrewes write and pronounce Ierusalem! there are also where they vse this kind of song, among the H [...]rdes of the Tartarians, which places from Iudaea lie right beyond old Babylon, prouinces and peoples called Danites, Assareth, and the like, as it were, arguing there to bee the seates of those Tribes, carryed into perpetuall captiuity, whose names they doe yet seeme to preserue.
As hands should faile, and heart breake, e're
They would forget their Countrey deare!
Sweet secret sympathy betweene,
One and ones natiue soile thus seene.
But you'le lesse wonder at these new,
And strange reports, yet likely true,
If you but heed Sems Easterne Nations,
Or sun-burnt Chams sonnes, South generations,
There Madai, Paras, Amor, Heth,
Assur, Elam, Saba, Samareth,
[Page 43] Lud, Lehabim, Canaan, Sydon, and
A many more nam'd each his land:
As Mizraim his on Nilus streames,
And Chus the Ethiopian
The Hebrewes call Egypt Mizraim; Greece and lonis, Iauan: Aethiopia, the Land of Chus, and the like the others; as Germany & the Germans, Aschenez to this day.
What lets it Iaphets sonnes likewise,
Should not their names to lands deuise;
Both to posterities! as 'tis thought,
Iauan his name, t' Ionia brought;
Riphath to cold Riphaean boundes,
Mosoch to Moschi; Twisco
The Italian calleth the Ger­man Tudesco at this day; this Tuisco, by some, at Sebastian Munster, is held the sonne of Noe, by his wise Arezia or Ty­thea, borne after the floud; by o­thers to bee the s [...]nne of Asche­nez, Grand-child to Iaphet: that ancient Germans held him for the sonne of the Earth, at the Aborigines thought themselues, all approued Authors; as Taci­citus and whers, hold him the first great Commander among the Germans, whom they honoured for one or chiefe of their Gods, as was the Pagan fashion in old time.
Neere the Duttch, Aschenez, they say,
Th' Hebrues so call them to this day.
And yet with Aschenez might well
Mesech and Gomers Cambrians dwell,
Gomer in Gaule, Mesech more East,
Higher Aschenez; all right Germans
As brothers or so neere kin.
So well thought Caesar that of yore,
From German, Gaule, or Belgique shote,
Colonies to vs transplanted were,
From these thus Germans 'tis most
For German and Germany, are thought by some to be names imposed by others, not themselues; others thinke of themselues impo­sed for terror to the Romans, and other Inuaders, German & Alman signifying a stout warrior, Gar being the same with all, as Gar [...]ans (whence our Carouse) all is out, or off: so Gar-man or German, and Alman, wholly a Man or a stout Man! The like name tooke the Sycambers, or Sigh-Campers, of Sigh-Victorie or Victorious, and Campers, Fighters, or Combatters in the old Teutonic tongue, in which language, Istaenoues seeme to sound outerest-woners, in English, Outermost-dwellers; Ingaeuones, In­ner-woners, or Inward dwellers; Burgundiones, Bourgh-woners or Dwellers in Boroughs or fenced places; Hermiones, Herst-woners or dwellers in or neare Woods, all of them ancient appellations of peoples in Germany.
For Samothes Mesech thought, reign'd o're
Our Brytaines both and Belgian shores.

Of Osyris, Albions Grandfather, and his most King­dome of Aegypt and Citie of Memphis.

TIll Albion! whose descent ere-whiles
We meant to seeke o're seuen fold Niles,
And Neptunes flouds, where Memphis faire
Aduanc't her stately pride in th'Aire,
Her towring spires, built by Chams seede,
Whom Aegypts fruitfull wombe did breede;
Here sometimes reign'd, Osyris,
Osyris was called Iupiter Europs, and Mizraim in He­brew, first Egyptian King.
Aegyptian King, call'd Saturne erst
Or Ancient Ioue;
Osyris the first or Mizraim, A. M. 1800.
some thinke, the same,
That Misraim Hebrw writ doth name,
Who had to spouse, faire Greeke,
Whose Deiti's said so oft to seeke,
Serapis hight! If Nephthuim
His sonne be Neptune, then from him;
We streight doe bring our Albion, whoe,
So nam'd our Ile so long agoe.

The truth of which story is conferred with the fabulous narrations of the Greekes

BVt here of Apis I'me to seeke
More then ere they; the fabulous Greeke
Hath so inuolu'd these ancient'st yeeres
With tales of his ten moderne
The Graecians would haue this storie vnderstood of their loue of Creet, who was many hundred yeares after this Osy­ris, and the time that same part of the storie was indeed truely ordered.
That all that ere was spoke may be,
Iupiter Belus of Assyri [...], and Iupiter Europ [...] or Osyris of E­gypt, circa An. 1800 or very shortly after. Iupiter of Creet, A. 2400. or not much before.
Spoke of his Ioue and none but he,
It much obscures most things, that cleere
Might else to all the world appeare.
But giue them leaue, for thus they sing,
That leauing Greece, an Argiue King
Went into Aegypt and there taught
Them to sow Corne, poore soules, who thought
His Godhead worthily t'adore
In Apis Oxe-like forme therefore.
Then sing they how, faire dame,
Cow-turn'd for feare of farther shame,
Inachus or Ia­uan, A. M. 2090 iam senex, King of Argos. Io the first, cal­led of her father Inachis, of her brother Phoro­nis, flourisheth about An. 2000. shee liued 400. yeares.
No sooner iealous Iuno spies
For iealousy hath an hundred
Whence grew the fable of Argus hundred eyes, being by iealousie, that is euer waking enjoyned to keepe watch ouer Io.
Argus set sentinell, Ioues faire loue,
As farre as Nilus streames did roue!
And like one in forlorne despaire,
With bellowing sounds she fils the
Vnderstand hereby the brut [...]sh sensualitie of those who are led by their lust and appetite.
Till Iuno reconcil'd was s [...]ene,
Ioues Paramour Isis Aegypts Queene,
Wed to Osyris, and their sonne
Epaphus built Memphis walls anone;
And of his wise so call'd the same,
Yet some say Lybia weares her name:
And I doe find, at least there beene
Hundreds of yeeres these Ioues betweene.

As that of the Assyrian Belus, Noah, with the other Bele's of Aegypt and Greece.

SO from this Labyrinth turnes to winde,
Ariadnes clew,
Belus of Egypt circa A. M. 2400
one had neede finde:
This make me then say th' ancient'st Bele,
Noe, rul'd th' Assyrian common-weale:
Nimrod was Belus too, which word,
In Hebrew signeth King or
Belus and Baal, are all one, and in Hebrew signifie King, Lo [...]d, or Master, whence both the Assyrians Kings and Idoll-gods were so named; and Noah might well be so called there, as he is in Italy supposed to be Ianus, by Berosus and others, of his com­ming thither and planting Vines, Iajin signifying wine in Hebrew: so hee might bee Vranus to the Greeks, as father of their and all other Satutnes, [...] wife being called, as Authours report, Tythea or Arezia, which seemeth to be the Hebrew Arez or Are [...]s, for Earth, as Vranus or Coelum and Vesta, interpreted by Ouid, terra, à vi stando, were the Heathens reputed first gods, and greatest ancestors.
Danaus syre, and Aegyptus,
Danaus, An. 2 [...]70. King of Argiues.
A latter Belus farre then these,
[Page 47] And others more, rays'd great, this same
Iupiter Bele's so ambiguous
By reason of the many Baals, or Beles, Nimrod, Ninus, or Assur, and other Emperours there, aswell as the Kings of Ty [...]e, Dido's ancestors, and Danaus father [...]o called, and many of them accounted loues, or Saturnes, to their succeeding generations.
Our Mizraim oldest Belus Impe
Or grand-child, and that beauteous Nymph
Inachus or Iauans Daughter beene,
Aegypt's much fam'd, first King and Queene.
And these perhaps did teach good Artes,
So deifyed for their great deserts,
Their nephewes, Neptunes sonnes it seemes,
Their Grandsire plac't in diuers realmes;
Italy Lestrigo's, Geryon's Spaine
Antaeus Lybia; Albion raignes
And Bergion in the Brittish Iles,
Where they hauing set foote ere whiles,
Wretched Samotheans thence they chac'te;
And wel-nigh lay'd their countrey waste.

Albion hauing made hauocke of the Samotheans, and the other Giants Neptunes Imps, tyrannizing euery­where, reprehended by Osyris the most ancient Belus of Aegypt, cause him to be murdered.

GReat Samothes,
Samothes 1787.
as oft as I
Thinke on thy sonnes, whose progenie
Might haue worne Crownes, borne scepters gay,
With Iuie wreath'd, and Oliue spray?
I see that Kings and greatest
As Horace said, Stultitiam pariuntur ope [...] they afford no priuiledge nisi per accidens, for the owners to be better or wi­ser then others.
May hap to haue vngracious sonnes!
When on their Phaeton-fall; I thinke,
Some great ones now how soone they'le sinke;
When these would heauen and hers out-face,
Contemne Religion, and disgrace
Astraea; Albion, scourge of God,
Bruis'd them,
Albion 2200. reigned 44. yeares.
though Ioue soone burnt this rod;
So Deuils to Deuils tormenters
Sic clauus clauo, sic vnda superuenit vndae Omnium rarum vicissitudo: cum tamen hora horam pell [...]t, dies diem docet.
Naile driues out naile, streame driues on streame.
Albion and all the Giant crew,
So godlesse then and gracelesse grew,
That were they not, they might well bee
Th' earth's sonnes, whom heauen abhord to
Terrae filij, for ignoble and base creatures, in prou [...]bium cessir; opposite to such contemp­tible ones, albae Gallinae filius, is taken for an honorable or for­tunate person.
Like Titans broode, that in their Pride
Laid hils on hils, and heau'n defyde,
Heapt sinne on sinne, ee'n seem'd to striue
How Vertue least, most Vice might thriue.
Till great Osyris, quite asham'd
To heare their leudnesse, them much blam'd!
Who though, despis'd his counsels sage,
With all his graue and reuerend age,
And all, with one consent conspire,
Gainst his graue yeeres, their leud desires
[Page 49] Sole obstacles! whom they meane to kill,
So gracelesse ones, quit good withill!
Tryphon his brother, with the rest,
Well ware of their vnnaturall hest,
The secret Tragique stroke then gaue,
Hasting his gray haires to their
And this Tryphon did vsurpe the Crowne of Egypt, till he was slaine by Hercules.
Least minding such perfidious vowes,
Isis laments her absent spouse,
Not knowne where hee's become, her voice,
Niles banks redouble with Ecchoing noice;
So oft, so shrill, groues, flouds, good Dame,
Might seeme t'haue learn'd Osyris name,
Whose pale Ghost, in nights shady gloome,
Told her their treasons, points h [...] [...]ombe.

His carcasse is sought, found, and honorably entombed by his wife the Goddesse Isis, and diuine honours in­tituled to him by his subiects.

SHee much amaz'd at that horrid sight,
Yet faine t'haue caught the fleeting spright,
Sought and found out, where he did shew
His mangled corps, the Tyrants slew:
And good Queene in that heauy dumpe,
Bringing him backe, with funerall pompe,
Addrest in Ceremonious sort,
And state to fit his Kingly Port,
His vrne and ashes tomb'd; where hee
Pale Ghost pointed himselfe to be:
In Abatos Ile, neere Memphis walls,
Girt with a lake, some Stygian calls;
These Nilanders the Memphians since,
In memory of their so lost Prince,
And his good deedes! seeke, and
The people of Memphis and Egypt, did honour Mercurie vnder the forme of the [...] A­nubis, or the winged Ibis, Osy­ris of an Oxe; whom after acer­tayne time, hauing made away or drowned the Priests, went vp and downe howling with the people, to find another so spotted and like the former, and then with great ioy and honour they brought him in triumph to Memphis, thence­fo [...]th applauding him as the Idoll of Osyris.
Serapis found, with honours store.

Isis reuenge on the Tyrants by her sonne Hercules or Lehabims meanes.

NOw Tryphon
weares the kingly stile,
With force maintayn'd what got with guile;
Whiles heauy Isis, wofull Queene,
Wants time and meanes to wreake her teene
On all that Parricidious crew,
Which though they thinke not, well she knew,
With patience arm'd awhile, till some
Reuenge resolu'd on, might strike home;
[Page 51] And therefore breakes her mind anon,
To Hercules her warlike sonne,
Cald Lehabim! ancienter then hee,
Blaz'd so Alcmena's sonne to bee,
The Lybian, or as may seeme true,
The Gaule, since there, he Albion slue.

Hercules ouerthroweth and slayeth these Giants euery­where, and commeth into Gaule, where he encountreth Albion.

TO him as whom 't concerned chiefe,
Hauing laid downe her cause of griefe,
He 'stonisht at such strangest words,
Iust courage, so iust cause affords;
As quick as lightning, and as fierce
As thunder, clouds and towres that teares,
Streight vowes reuenge, and soone proclaimes
Th'inhumane Tyrants, Traytors
The occasion that Hercules slue the Giants, and sought so many strange aduentures, in e­mulation of whom the Greeks set forth their Alcides, long after being Amphytrio's and Alc­mena's sonne.
Then gan his glory shine as faire,
As Phoebus from his golden Chaire,
From whose cleere orient Ganges east,
As farre as Gades Pillars west,
Hercules his honor was heard fam'd,
For peace protected, tyrants tam [...]d!
Then Tryphon fell! in Libia's slaine,
Giant Antey; Geryons in
Diuers other the Giants that Hercules ouerthrew, about the time that he slue our Albion and Bergion.
Lestrigo and his sonnes, from whom
Th' Anthropöphagi Italian Canibals come,
'Bout Italy they say did fall!
And he prepares to visit Gaule:
Where Albion neere the Alpes by chance,
Then sore vext Lycus King of
Lycus succeeded Bardus iu­nior or second, that followed Longho and Bardus, the last King ouer both Gaule and Bri­taine.
Lycus King of France, A. 2200.
Diuine Alcides at that time,
How did thy presence blesse their clime,
To Lycus one so neere opprest,
Nor vnwish't, nor vnwelcom'd guest.
The peoples then of Gaules all round
We guesse were glad, and Pallace crown'd
With triumphs; Court and Countrey euen
Ioy'd, as he had come downe from heauen:
That Phoebus might not, with more Ioy,
To Cynthus come, Venus to Troy.

He is entertained by Lycus King of Gaule, Albion be­ing professed enemy to them both whom Hercules pre­pareth to ouerthrow.

FAire Galathaea, that more faire,
Then Leda's Cygnet, might compare
With th'orient beauty, and sweet roses
Lehabim or Hercules, King of Gaule, circa An. 2250. about what time Al­bion fell, hauing reigned 44. yeares.
Aurora's morning blush discloses;
With sweetest Art, as louers doe
Did spread her wanton plumes to wooe,
And win their guest to be their Prince,
Her spouse, her sires and lands defence.
Dumbe eloquence that conquers hearts,
Where Loue and Beauty play their parts!
So, willing he was eas'ly wonne,
To doe what else he would haue done,
Doubly bound by loue, honour; all,
To worke Gaules freedome, Albions fall.
Albion was now vext many wayes,
His Brothers death's, the victor's
For his conquests of the other Giants in Lybia, Italy, and those other parts before hee came to passe the Alpes into Gaule.
This league with France and what great ioy,
The Gaules conceiu'd, for their new Roy!
T'was neede aswell for his owne good,
As for reuenge of others bloud,
Of fresh supply from Brittish realmes,
From Trent, Thames, and faire Scuernes streames,
Fierce enemies to encounter thoe,
And force of such a furious foe!
His Brother Bergion comes from
Whose dominion all those Northerne Ilands and Ireland, were said to be.
With powers of Irish, Orkes, and Ile;
Ioyn'd like two Thunder-bolts of warres,
Mated to be by none but Mars.
Alcides leauing then his Loue,
Ioues Eagle takes for Venus Doue,
His Lyon-skin stead of softer tyre,
And winded Hornes for warbling lyre.
So from her Chamber to his charge,
His iust designements shewne at large,
Drawes with him of his presence fayne,
Celts mingled troopes with his owne
For Albion, who warred now in France, hauing called the I­land Albion of his owne name, had also ban [...]shed the name of Samotheans or Celts, call them how you will, into Gaule.
Who late more fearefull then the Deere
Hunted to toyle; though now of cheere,
To front their proudest foes; his fame
Their fainting hearts did so inflame,
Signes of true valour shewne they forth;
Such courage giues, the Captaines worth!

Albion and his powers vanquished and slaine.

BOth sides prepar'd now for these warres,
Albion and Bergion slaine, circa An. 2250. hauing reigned in Albion and the Isles adia­cent, about 44. yeares.
Alcides and those twinnes of Mars,
Neither of them euer match't till now,
Eith'r ayming others ouerthrow,
Haste on right sore, with might and mayne
Greene fields with purple gore to stayne,
Fierce as the Giant-troopes that stroue
From heau'ns high towres to pull downe Ioue;
For Albions tree-like traines did yeeld
Like monsters as fought Phlegra
The battell wherein the Giants warred with the Gods, whereof Ouid & other Poe [...]s make men­tion; when the Gods hauing the worst, Ioue hid vnder the f [...]me of a Ram, in which forme Ham­mon is honoured for Iupiter in Lybia, Mercurie of a [...]ag, Phoebus a Cow, Venus a Fish, Iuno a Cow, Diana a Cat, Bac­chus a Goat, whence [...] P [...] ­nims since honored them in these formes some of them.
These met on Frances floury pride,
Like raged boystrous windes that tyde,
Whose furious force, sends flames of fire
From blowes redoubled in their ire:
Their steele-strokes glittring, lightning seeme,
Their clamors thunder, and betweene,
Heau'n clouded with hurld weapons store,
Th'ayre fild with groanes, ground fild with gore!
When as'twere heau'ns cause gainst these rude
Heau'ns and earth's out-lawes! that fell feude,
'Gainst right rais'd, Gods good hests and Ioues!
Ioue showr'd downe from his realmes aboue,
Such stormes of stones, with vengeance mixt,
Sent many of these fiends to Styx.
The place they say as yet is
Le-Craux is indeed so stony a shore as if it had r [...]yned [...] there; as this fi [...]ion pretends! but that those Giants were s [...]ay [...]e thereabouts, an indiffer [...]nt an­cient writer, Pomponius Mela beareth witnesse.
Le-Craux, in Narbone coasts by Rho'ne,
Monument as 'twere of that strange shower,
The stony Shore cald to this hower:
The rest of them that so not fell,
Hercules sent with their Lords to hell.

Hercules marrieth Galathaea Daughter to that Lycus King of France, which of their sonne Galates or Celtes, tooke name. Diuers stories hereof are here reconciled.

ALbion and Bergion slaine; was so
France freed from feare of Giant-foe,
And almost all the world was clear'd
Of Cy [...]lops-monsters whom they fear'd;
Hercules returnes incontinent,
To Venus bower, from Mars his Tent.
Then Court, and Countrey Nymphs not coy,
And Fawnes and Syluanes sung with ioy
Their nuptiall Hymens; sweete Napaeas,
Hercules Loue and faire Galathaea's;
[Page 57] Queene Iuno too, chiefe president
Of marriage rites, gaue all content.
So from this noble paire there came,
Galates that gaue the Celts their name;
Niceus though, sayes Celts they
The names conferred together, of Bretanus supposed Lucus or Lycus, Celtica or Galathea, as Celtus or Galates, of whom the Galatae or Celts may haue their name; se [...]me thus reconci­led, and the rather since you shall obserue our Oxonians [...] discourse of Tully, [...] Cant [...]brigians wholly [...], and why not [...] e­specially of [...], through diuersitie of Name, Surname, and other addition, as Hercules Alcides, Artaxasta Xerxes, Chasmonai Macha­baei, and so perhaps Bretanus and Lycus.
Of Celtus, Celtices sonne; and shee,
Hercules wife, Bretanus Impe, who names
Vs [...], as Greeke Idiome frames.
Wher's Prytus then Araxe's Impe?
Lycus, Brute, or Britone Candyes
Shee fl [...]d from Minos, who would haue rauished [...]er, of whom some would deriue the name of Britaine, as others from Pretus, the sonne of A­rax [...]: others of the famous Pry­tanaeum of Athens.
Vnlesse Bretanus may Lycus bee,
Celt Galates, Celtica Galathey?
As oft wee see names so much chang'd,
Wondrously from themselues estrang'd!
Let others iudge hereof! there beene
Say Hercules and his mother Queene
Dame Isis came into these parts,
And Gaules and Germanes taught good Arts,
Marsus King of Germany, A. M. 2190, and reigned neare 50. yeares.
Others Isis and Osyris bring
To Marsus ancient Germane
Marsus the sixt from Tuisco, first King of Germany, or at least the higher parts of the same.
Makes me thinke their sonne Hercules, so,
His name might be Osyris too.

Their issue Kings in France afterward, whose names only there recorded; the next Ode pursueth the story of the remainder of those Giants in this Ile of Albion.

BVt leaue we Hercules now to seeke
Aduentures whether Gaule or Greeke,
With his faire charge, his tender spouse,
Whose race, French Kings, old story
After Lycus Hercules and his sonne Galates succeed, then all arow, Harbon, Lugdus, Be­ligius, Iasius, Allobrox, Ro­mus, Paris, Lemanus, Oibius, Galates the second, Nannes, Remis, Francus, and Pictus, who was discomfited by Cory­naeus and Brute; of these the peoples & diuers parts of Frāce, are said to be named; as was done by Sueuus, Vandalus, Teuto, Alman & his sonnes Noricus, Hunnus, Helue [...]us, Boiu [...], &c. being Marsus issue in Germa­ny.
With Lugdus and a number more,
Belgius that nam'd the Belgique shore,
Paris, Reme, and Francus, till they sayne,
Pictus by Coryne ta'ne or slayne.
The end of the second Ode.

A briefe type of the third Booke or Ode of PALAE-ALBION, called GIGANTES.
The third Ode contayneth,

1. THe description of the confused Chaos of a King­dome not well ordered: Seene in the Anarchy or Inter-regnum of the Giants, the race or remnant of Albion, and Samothes traynes, liuing disorderly like brute beasts, ma­ny hundreds of yeares without any discipline of State or po­litique Gouernement in their Land.

2. The comming in of Danaus daughters to these Giants, whence were descended those monstrous Creatures, that Brute and Corynaeus found at their arriuall here; by reason whereof the stories of Belus and Danaus, with the occasion of these Ladies comming, are briefly touched and set downe.

3. The arriuall of Brutus in this Iland, and his aduen­tures and trauels to Greece, and other parts of the world be­fore he came hither: with a short Apologie, both for his and the other precedent Histories of Albion and Samothes.

PALAE ALBION.Series Poemat's: siue [...].
Ode tertia, Inscripta GIGANTES.

Terti [...] (que) Oda canit, quota inhospita saecla, Gigantum
Relliquiae saeuae, littora nostra tenent!
Queis Neptunigenis ortam, Danai (que) puellis,
Cyclopeam sobolem, trans Styga, Brutus agit.

Odae propositum, & proaemium.

NVnc interregnum Albionis, rabiem (que) Gigantum,
Albione occiso, & nullo dominante per arua,
Musa refer! Sine Regerudeis, sine lege Britannos
Viuenteis, Satyrûm in syluis aut more ferarum;
Quos Neptunigenas inter, Danai (que) puellas,
Ceu sama est, oritur malè sana Gigantea moles,
Quos aliquot post saecla, accedens Troius Heros,
Littoribus nostris Plutonis ad ostia Brutus,
Praecipites (que) nigro misit Corinaeus auerno!
Iam chorus alme faueto precor,
Institutum libri;
dum singula paucis
Expediam, cuncti (que) sciant quid Numina possint
Castalides mecum castae, doctae (que) sorores.
Et quanquam in tenebris priuati lumine caecis
Errabundi agimur, tamen eruite ista Camoenae,
Vt tandem videant nostri sua stirpis auitae,
Gesta, Gigantaeos contra, reliquûm (que) furores!
Siqua fides dubijs, chorus alme referre stupendam,
Annuite ô, sobolem, vati (que) haec diciite vestro.
Albione Albionis, caeso, Iernes (que) Tyranno,
Foelicem heu nimiùm, quae diceris Olbion olim,
Si poteras Dominos non agnouisse Tyrannos,
Insula, sed Dominis nimiùm nudata seueris
Amplius inuenit nullos,
Votum & seqq. Historiarum cum prae­cedentibus, connexio.
moderamina rerum
Qui caperent, quid sanctum esset, iustúmue docerent;
[Page 62] Nec quis erat tantâ fretus probitatè fide (que)
Qui regere Imperio, vel Lege, rudi (que) popello
Aut premere, aut laxas sciret dare iussus habenas!
Donec vti perhibent, Troiano sanguine cretus,
Longum post tempus, quingentos plus minùs annos,
Brutus in Angliacas serò deuenerat Oras.
Tum rudis vs (que) adeo (que) ferox Gens,
Daemonas esse,
Credimus Historijs dictos, pietate carenteis,
Nulla Lege, (nefas) aut Relligione reuinctos,
Inter se socios (que); hinc fabula forsitan illa,
Daemonas, in Danai gnatis, genuisse Giganteis!

Danai & gnatarum Historia.

ALtiùs vt repetam pandens ab origine primâ:
Beli Epaphus pater,
Exordium à Danao
& Reginae filius Iûs,
Phoebi fortè alijs, Chusiué caloribus vsti,
Neptuni & Lybies gnatum, cognomine Belum,
Dixêrunt alij; Gnatûm pater ille duorum
Aegypti Rameses dicti, Danai (que) parentis
Argiuûm Danaûm; Rex factus vter (que) tenebat
Niliacae partem terrae, Aegypto (que) fuêrunt
Quinquaginta aiunt gnati,
& eius Gnatis 50.
pulcherrima proles,
Et Danao gnatae totidem! vt sibi firmet in aeuum
soboli (que) suae, concedere gnatis,
Postulat Aegyptus gnatas, Danaus (que) recusat;
Audierat quoniam, & vatum responsa timebat,
Deberi fato generum sibi, sceptra animam (que),
Qui non impauido, auferret, sic voluere Parcas!
Armis Aegyptus cupidè,
Ex Aegypto primùm profugae,
bello (que) parabat,
Indignum, quod pace nequit precibus (que) potiri;
Molitur (que) fugam, regno patria (que) relictis,
Cum gnatis Danaus! auris (que) fauentibus vsus
Appulit Argos, vbi populis solió (que) receptis,
Liquit adhuc, prius ignotae sua nomina Genti,
Cognatae tamen, vt cui atauo, grandaeuus Osyris.
Insequitur pulchrâ, profugos, cum prole parentem,
Aegypti soholes! Europae limina & Argos,
Ingressi, lento vastant sua regna duello,
Vi (que) coactus erat Danaus,
ob earum
tam tradere charas
Inuisis gnatas sollenni more maritis,
Quod se facturum simulat, sed consciamens est
Egregij sceleris! somno vinó (que) sepultos,
Prima nocte viros,
Nouum & inauditum facinus caede [...]d [...]co iuges prima nu­ptiarum nocte.
gnatas deper dere iussit,
Saeuum & inauditum scelus, omneis! omnibus vna,
Sors manet, in Thalamis sponsi iacuere cruentis,
Praeter Hypermnestra,
seruatum Lyncea amore;
[Page 64] Vt curae est capitis Nisi non purpura Scyllae,
Minoem ac sectata, timet non Minoa patrem
Cnossia amans decepta dolo, à te pessime Theseu,
Vt nec Hypermnestra agnoscit pia iussa parentis,
Fidaluit poe [...]as, caeco (que) in Carcere clausa est;
Vincula amor menti, dederat, quo (que) vincla lacertis,
Pro nimiá pietate pater!
Lynceo, qui solus beneficio [...] [...]eruatus est, no­uo & inaud to modo exposi­tae, &
ceu Lynceus omnem
Euasit dubij casum (que) metum (que) pericli,
Aegyptum remeans celeri pede reppetit Argos,
Vindictae causâ, ingenti comitante Cateruâ:
Et Danaum, Regno spoliatum & lumine cassum
Infera Taenarij detrudit in atria Ditis:
Fato sic refragus transuersum agit omnia fato;
Liberat è vinclis inclusam Carcere, charam
Coniugem Hypermnestram, Lynceus! turbam (que) sororum,
Caede maritorum Infameis; non caedere motus
Suae prece Hypermnestrae,
in exil [...]: [...]ortè for­tuna, in
duce remigio (que) carenti
Imposuit naui, pelago (que) immisit aperto:
Acnè vndis Remos dederat, ne (que) Carbasa ventis.

Gnatarum Danai in Albionem Aduentus.

TRistis Amymone Phrygijs Errabat in agris;
Britannias appellunt Insulas,
Exposita (que) iris ventûm Oceani (que) furentis,
Myrmidone Scylla, Scea, Trite, Chrysothemis (que)
Glaucippe, Polybe, formosa Vrania, Chlio,
Euridice (que), Erato, Danaë, Philomela canora,
Demophile, Hypareta, Hyale, Hero, Electra, Pyrene;
Has certè, plureis (que) canunt Neptunio in alto,
Abs (que) Gubernaclo, per Caerula Flumina Lembo,
Huc fore delatas; non Oris Assyris illa
Attulit impulsa Albine sua nomina nostris.
Has etiam Albionis Nymphas ad littora fato
Ventis (que) appulsas,
vbi Monstiosis Samothidarum & Albionis lociotum reliqu [...]s app [...]imè Barba [...]is [...] incultis, nubunt, proge [...] sic paren­tes factae Monst [...]sioris.
vastis (que) Gigantibus olim
Relliquijs caesùm Herculea virtute Cyclôpum,
Daemonijs forsan magnâ ex feritate vocatis,
Commixtas, syluis, montium (que) horrentibus antris,
Historiae Immaneis referunt peperisse Gigantes.
Hac quo (que) stirpe satos, olim domuisse feroceis,
Monstra hominum, Albionis inculta per aura colonos,
Creditur à nostris mira celebratus honore,
Nomine non celebri, at famoso Carmine Brutus;
Brutus ab Aenea,
Quae ad Bruti nostri tempora per­rexerunt, qui deleuit eos.
Troiano stemmate clarus.
His quo (que) temporibus, simul-at (que) sequentibus Annis,
Carleon vrbs celebris florens (que) Leone Gauero,
[Page 66] Fundatore suo gaudet; famosa Gigantis,
Mox Italûm, Arx belli, Britonum (que) sat inclyta sedes!
Antra (que) saxosae (que) domus, monumenta lacertûm,
Roboris inuicti; at (que) effossa stupenda sepulcris
Ossa, docent quales fuerint! scelera vs (que) Latrones
Monstra malos monstrant, hominum (que) Deûm (que) perosos.

In Bruti Historiam praefatiuncula inuocatoria,Historia proximo in loco ha­betur: & [...].

NVnc mihi Musa virum memora, qui primus ab oris
Italiae, fato profugus, Brytannica venit
Littora; qui multum terris iactatus & alto,
Vi superum & saeuae memorem Iunonis ob Irae [...],
Iugiter ac Phrygios miserandâ strage fatigat;
Multa quo (que) & bello passus, dum Littora nostrae
Quaereret Albionis; veteres, vastos (que) colonos
Dijs genus inuisum superis, superaret, alumnos
Martis, terribiles horrendâ mole Gigantes.

Bruti natalitia, Exilium & in exilio Gesta.

SYluius in Syluis Aeneae posthuma proles,
Primò quibus ortus est ipse Brutus, tempore, natali solo, & parentibus,
Nascitur Aeneas, quo tempore clara fuere
Regna sub Ascanio, in longâ quam condidit Albâ;
Huius & Aeneae soboles, sic Fama, parentem
Obruit Imprudens! patriae (que) è finibus Exul,
Brutus agens vitam, Assaraci venit hospes in vrbem,
Troiani Ducis in Graia ditione potentis,
Eiusdem Deinde infortunia, in Grae­ciam fuga, & ibidem casus,
Nec minus hospes erat gratus modo fratribus olim,
Hectoris Andromache, Pyrrho (que) parentibus ortis,
Pergameo, Pyleo, iam Chaoniae (que) Molosso
Principibus, qui castra Olli sedem (que) dedêre.
Bruto aderant iam multa manus de sanguine Troûm
Mancipijs nati, & iuga sub seruilia missi,
Fatali Bello oppressi, Troiaeqúe ruinis.
Qui Brutum vn [...] omnes Regem (que) ducem (que) salutant,
Et dulci vt donet se Libertate requirunt,
Se socios (que) rogant; quorum pars plurima, tractu
Finitimo pressi, Pandrasi regis in Aulâ,
Seruitute graui.
& praecipuè contra Regem Pan­drasum gesta,
Firmato pectore Brutus,
Pandrasum infestum Phrygibus Troia (que) profectis,
Regem Acheloigenam rogat vt dimittere vellet,
Troes, immiti quos iam ditione premebat.
Infensum (que) super (que) minantem plu [...]ma verbis,
[Page 68] Compulerat belli dubio discrimine victor,
Brutus agens laetis, victricia capta (que) signa,
Vecta triumphali currû Regem (que) trophaeis.
Fratre etiam Antigono capto, ingenuâ (que) puellá
Innogenâ egregiae formae, iam virgine Regis
Gnatâ; quam pater ac Bruto pro coniuge spondet,
Quem Bello vincit, sed Regis filia Innogena in vxorem ducta; Magnis▪
Immenso argenti dotatam pondere & auri.
Caussa (que) tum belli sublata erat omnis; ab hoste
In generum Conuersus; honoris praemia Brutus
Iusta tulit, dignos celebrans dulceis (que) Hymenaeos!

Peregrinationis Bruti Apparatus & socij.

FOrmosa Brutus cum Coniuge, diuite dote,
Muneribus (que) datis, socijs (que) & classe receptis,
Regali Illustris pompa comitum (que) decoro
cum Honore ac diuitijs è
multo stipantibus Agmine, turmâ (que)
Ingenti, ipse animi excelsi, eximij (que) nitoris
Ante omneis, auro decoratam, & dentibus Indis,
Conscendit nauem,
Graecia ad quaerendum no­uas sedes nauigaturus, in iti­nere.
sequitur dein omnis & ipsum
Ipse Iuuentutis Regni flos; omine fausto
Laeti; Regna & non arctatas quaerere sedes,
Brutus ouans Graio Classem de Littore soluit.

Brutus Leogetiam appellit oracula Dianae consulturus.

INde Leogetiam vectus, iacet Insula ponto
In medio, Immenso circum diffusa profundo;
Non bene nota frequensué viris; sed templa Dianae,
Struxerat ecce pia, & multùm deuota vetustas.
Brutus vt è ratibus descendit,
In Leogetiam Insulam, & inibi Dianae templum incidens.
littore curuo
Rellinquens classem, comites vocat ordine longo;
Et quae conspexit, non marmore clara, ne (que) Auro,
Sed luco, & nemore vmbroso, plane inuia, sacris
Templa adit orba diu, & pompa viduata frequenti;
Inuenit hic sine thure focum, at (que) altaria Diuae;
Thura aras super accendens, spumantia Baccho
Brutus vtris (que) leuat manibus Carchesia,
It Oracula consultum.
Sanguine tum niueae, gratae olli, altaria spargit,
Et genibus flexis, sistens se, oracula Diuae
Consultûm! Magnum prece supplice Numen adorat:

Bruti oratio, & Oraculi ad eundem responsa!

O Comes errorum,
Vndè tulit
Arcadicis dea Cynthia lucis,
Parthenijs (que) potens in saltibus Ilithyia;
Bruto ait, & socijs, sedes da diua quietas:
Nosti etenim Dea, quae, toto Sol Aureus orbe
Despicit, & Genteis, inculta (que) margine ponti,
Littora; dic sedes igitur quocun (que) sub axe,
Queis olim nos fata sinant consistere terris;
Dic sedes vbi Templa tibi de marmore ponam,
Templa (que) dicabo, tibi, virgineis (que) choraeis.
Cui Dea sic, placidis, demulcens pectora verbis,
In somnis responsa tulit; simul Atria tota,
Signa Deae aduentus, nebulis perfusa & odore
Diuino Ambrosiae; aethereo (que) nitore refulsit
Diua potens! haud talis equos Threissa fatigat,
Harpalice; haud talis Pharetraeta Semyramis olim,
Quantúmuis speciosa! Duci quintalia fatur,
Troiano; placidis, demulcens pectora verbis:
Zephyreo terra est celebris sub sole cadenti,
Responsa dex perquam be­ [...]igna, &
Tota oram insana Oceani collisa fragore,
Insula, trans Rheni or a Alpini, antiqua Gigantum
Illa domus! modò desertam lege littoris oram,
Chare nepos; locus est Idaeis Gentibus aptus;
Hanc pete, nam (que) tibi soboli (que) erit illa perennis
Sedes, & surget noua Troia tibi (que) tuis (que),
Hic de prole tua Reges nascentur, & omnis
Subdita terra sibi, quam Phoebe accingo rotatû,

Bruti & sociorum ob Oraculi responsum gaudia.

INtonuere simul ad [...]tus (que) at (que) Atria diuae,
Cum strepitu ingenti, penetralia (que) intima Templi;
Brutus at in terram pronus,
comites (que) silenti
Murmure, fas, magno Numen venerantur honore;
Iam (que) egressi omnes venerandae Limina Diuae,
Instructis (que) Pyris, vin [...] (que) & aromate pastis,
Fragranti magnum perfundunt aëra odore;
Ingeminant responsa Deae, reboantia circum
Littora, cum fremitu, quae è syluis rettulit Eccho
Plaudentis populi, vox (que) aurea syderatangit.

Bruti Brytanniam versus nauigatio & cursus.

CLasse iterum totâ,
Classem soluens
è portu & statione solutâ,
Cursu dum Brutus celeri, maria omnia lustrans,
Alter vt Aeneas, fatalia tendit in arua;
Puppibus oram Africae attingunt, vltra (que) columnas
Herculis egeressi, sinuosa ad littora Troes,
Classe, Pyrenaeis loca subdita montibus, ipsos
Gallos Hesperios (que) inter Confinia Iberos,
Appellunt! Magno, hîc sociati foedere certo
Cum Corinaeo, alijs (que) antiqua stirpe creatis,
Troianâ, sibi cognatis; duce, creditur, Illo
Qui Illyricos penetrare sinus, at (que) intimatutus
Regna Liburnorum potuit, fontem (que) Timaui,
Venêre è Troiâ! & Garamantica sydera contra,
Nunc oram Illyricos vltrâ, Gallos (que) Pyrenen,
cum Antenoris socio, nobili quo­da [...] Troiano, duce Corinaeo, foedere inito,
Vbi descendentem è montibus, Eccum,
Hijsce Pyrenaeis Brutus, socium (que) ducem (que)
Adsciscit, comitem (que) viae: Dein littora Gallûm
Lustrando, Ligeris superora Aquitannici; aperto
Marte, (tulit quippe indignè sua barbara iussa,
Pictonûm insulsi Regis,) virtute Corini,
& Spoliato Galliae Rege Goffa­rio qui eis insidiatus est, & ad Herculem Genus suum refe­rebat:
Goffarium fudit Celtam, cognomine Pictum,
Herculea, quem stirpe satum cecinêre poetae.
Inde dato cursu, Brutus comitatus Achate
Fido, ceu Phrygiâ Corinaeo stirpe nepote,
Gallorum spolijs cumulatis nauibus, aequor
Exarat, & superis aurâ (que) fauentibus vsus,
Littora Foeliccis intrat Totnesia Portus.
Brutus at Albionis, placidâ iam sede sinu (que),
Per varios casus, per tot discrimina rerum,
Albionem tendens, fatalia in arua receptus,
Ionio (que) mari, Maleae (que) sequacibus vndis
Erutus & Lybicis tutus,
Citò Brytanniam appulit,
Aris (que) Philenûm
Gadibus Herculeis visis; altáque Pyrene,
Gallis ceu Graecis superatis, Ocyor Aurâ
Damnoniae portum simulac ingressus; inoram
Prosiliens! Salue O fatis mihi debita tellus,
Vos (que) ait, ô fidi Troiae saluete penates;
Heic domus, haec patria est, sic dixit Cynthia Diuae.
Nunc repeto! heic rutilis, altaria lucida flammis,
Diua tibi, festos (que) dies denomine Phoebes,
vbi Enumeratis periculis, vota precel (que) fudisse, & Dijs pro­pte [...]ea litatum fuisse.
duce te magnas obcuntia terras,
Tot maria intraui, Gades penitus (que) repostas
Massylûm Genteis, praetenta (que) syrtibus arua,
Iam tandem Albionis fugientem prendimus Oram!
Sic deinde effatus frondenti tempora ramo
Implicat, & genium (que) loci, primam (que) deorum
[Page 74] Tellurem, Nymphas (que), & adhuc ignota precatur
Flumina, tum Noctem, noctis (que) Deam [...]ithyiam;
Idaeum (que) Iouem, Phrygios (que) ex ordine Diuos,
Inuocat ore pio;
Nemo non credat.
cum Laomedontia pubes
Gramineo Ripae religauit ab aggere classem,
Fluminis ignoti; fusi (que) in littore toto,
Instituêre dapes, & adorea Liba per herbas,
Subijciunt epulis! sic tandem, Numine Diuûm,
Laetus in Albionis consedit limine Brutus.

[...]: ac primò Samothae & Albionis Historiae.

AC velut antiquum Samothen,
Exinde sequitur,
è stemmate Noes;
Neptuni & Nerei Albionem, rabiem (que) Gigantum,
Vidimus immaneis (ita fama palaia) Tyrannos
Non minùs ad Bruti venientes tempora, Brutum,
Si non Graiugenis direptae & littore Troiae;
Finibus Italiae, saltem, Troïae (que) propinquis,
Incolumem Angliacis nuper diduximus oris:
Quum tamen Albionem,
sicut Samothae & Albionis, it [...]
Neptunigenas (que) Gigantes,
Grandaeuum (que) suis malè sedula turba Britannis
Vexârunt Samothen, conati expellere Regnis.
Primus vt à primo Noe, sibi stemma parente,
Traxerit; an dubitare locus? fideine sacratae,
Danda, vel Historiae violandae erit ansa proteruis?
Et Neptunigenas, toto quibus Insula Ponto,
Praedia vbi (que) patent, vno quasi nomine Nautas,
Quis minimè vocat, aut quae non Fabella vocabit?
Siue igitur pirata fuit, siue Albion vnus
Neptuni illius vero sic nomine dicti,
Filius! In nostris ausim memorare nepotes,
Et Nerei sobolem, [...] sedisse Brytannis;
Nec meruisse fidem minùs hoc videare quod olim,
Albiona Herculeis, Mela, Bergionem (que) sub armis
Occubuisse refert! Rhodani prope flumina, quando,
Albion Historijs, haec nostra Brytannia Graijs,
Dicitur, & passim Monumentis: Rupibus albis,
Quî magis, ac Domino, foret aut Domitore superba?
Quandoquidem hos constet, mundi dominarier [...]ris
Arctoi, extremas quâ pandit Gallia terras.

Bruti Historiae Apologia: seu defensio.

SEd venio ad Brutum! cum (que) haec. Aporetica iniquis,
Secta adeò inualuit, ceu non rata, sancta (que) firmè,
Temporibus nostris,
Bruti historiae vindicatio à quibusdam calumnijs, non minùs nouiter quàm verisi­militer falsò aspersis.
satiùs dubia omnia credit,
Res quasi vel libitu, leuium argutijs (que) sophorum
Essent delectu sine, subijcienda procaci
Quaelibet ingenio cuiusuis! Gredo sagaces,
Prudenteis (que) viros sapere hijs meliora; malis (que)
Consilia in melius maturè adhibendo, mederi!
Hijs igitur leuibus, leuis argumenta sophistae,
liceat, tumidis occurrere verbis
Non probro vacuis, Euris (que) fauentibus vsos,
Cursum eius contra velis volitare secundis.

Dubitationes variae contra Brutum, & earundem solutiones.

SCilicet extenuant Brutum (que) aditum (que) Brytannis
Primò propter Casa [...]is alio­rum (que) authoritatem & graui­tatem.
tum prisca fides, tum certa recentis
Notitia historiae; Monumenta (que) muta reclamant;
Caesar ouans, Tacitus (que) tacent! Extinguere laudes,
Qui cupit, in tenebris inuoluere nomina caecis,
Velle etiam & genus & proauos & stemmata clara,
Quis dubilet? Caesar forsan conatus vtrum (que);
Ce [...] prius! Et dolus, an virtus quis in hoste requirat?
Obscurare alijs Famam,
A silentio & taciturnitate eo­rum, Elumbes negati [...]ae [...]a­tiones,
quibus inclyta gesta
Off [...]scare suam, videat, queis stemmata, stirpi,
Officiant splendore suo, si certa notentur.
Sin Druidae, in Cambros fineis, Monae (que) recessus,
Secum prisca suae Patriae & ditionis Auitae,
Seu Regum, retulêre! patriae ecquis crederet hosti
Munimenta suae, & clarûm monumenta penatum?
Caesareos siquando citi aufugere Triumphos!
At miranda magis reuirescit vulnere virtus;
Et rursum è Cambris Oris,
& earum appositae dilutiones,
Bardis (que) furentum
E sobole Druidum, superas venit omnis in Oras,
Progenies caelata diu! Bruti (que) nepotes,
Cum Cadwalligenis, nigri prope limina Ditis,
Detrusi nuper, soboles, caput extulit Orci,
Sedibus vmbriferis. Quod si non extera nostrae,
Saxonica historiae meminit ne (que) pagina Cambrae:
Quando leui Calamo percurrere Cambro-Britannûm
Gesta solent; mirum quid, si latuisset in atris,
Brutus, & Arthurus velut & Cadwallader vmbris?
Anglorum hîc muti Annales, licet omnia chartis,
[Page 78] Libroso hoc saeclo,
quatenus ex vetis
scateant, nugis (que) sonoris;
Ergo minùs miror Monumenta prioribus Annis,
Muta magis! si non Anglus, non extera Musa,
Scilicet id populus curet!
& verisimilibus coniectare licet, aut datur, ac
Quasi vulgus & exter!
Cambrica nunc Monumenta quidem vix inspicit Anglus,
Vix quisquam Historias; meritò ergo vel omnia lustrans,
Quàm potes, ignoras Britones fortissime Caesar;
Aemula siue latent cupido, monumenta, vel hosti,
Inuida Caesareae doctrinae! Druidaene laborent
Inuidiâ turpi? An cuperet premere Arte vel Armis,
Maximus ille putem? placeat sententia neutra!
Quin Druides siquidem chartis minùs, omnia verò
Mandârunt menti, memores; Hinc Caesaris error;
Siqua magis visa est, res circa incuria nostras.
Siquis & in sensa illius iurare paratus,
Sensit Aborigines; [...] esse, Britannos.
Caesaris at Domini vestigia, verba Magistri,
Sectatur Taecitus!
denuo post alia quorundam obiects,
Doctissimus ille Latinus,
Varro, vbi [...] prius, post [...], solùm
Tertia (que) Historiae adsignârit tempora certae;
Quid nî alios, aequè ac nos conuenit? Italus olim,
Italicas Maro! Graeca tuba, Smyrnaeus Homerus,
Res Phrygias Graiûm (que)
& similiter solutiones, & aliquo­rum aduersariorum recrimi­nationes,
canit. De nomine Cambrae
Queis magis ac Cambris, credam, vel origine Gentis?
Aeneam (que) aliquis Gnati, neget esto, cruento
Vulnere confossum Bruti, cecidisse, fidem (que)
Deroget historiae; videat tamen ille quod vs (que)
Fermè simul duo Syluij erant, Gnatus (que) pater (que),
Aeneae Reges Itali, minime (que) priori
Si satus est, quis item ne (que) posteriore docebit?
Sin minùs arrident nimis aspera Nomina nostris
Auribus; insuauis foret ac quasi Barbara, Bruti,
Vox, minime (que) Latina; neges licet, optime Caesar,
Inuenio tamen, Italiae antiquissimae in Oris,
Et Brutios populos, tractus (que) & nomina Bruti.
Hijs ne (que) jejunis forsan,
in [...].
ne (que) prorsùs ineptis,
Aut leuibus modò coniecturis; adde, quod olim,
Nostra Sibyllinis memorata Brytania libris,
Dicta quasi à Bruto, foret; [...]

[...],Attexitur. siue excusatio, & Metabasis ad seqq.

CVi minùs haec placeant, ne (que) picta Britannia
Vt Camdenus luculenti [...], Bri­tanniae illustra­tionis, ita deri­uationis à colore Brith, quod sci­am, author est.
Clara tuis Camdene coloribus! omnibus vnus,
Doctior, aut veniam, dabit, aut meliora rogamus!
Sic mihi, sic nostris, modò nomina, stemmata Cambris,
Concedat claros (que) olim magnos (que) Monarchas,
Albionis Dominos, Troiano sanguine cretos,
Metabasis, siue transitio ad commodiorem historiae conti­nuationem spectans.
sobolem (que) Heleni, socios (que) leuatos
Pandrasijs odijs, feret alta per aethera Brutus.
Odae tertiae Finis.

PALAE ALBION,Supplementum historiae.
The third Ode,Synchronismu [...], siue computatio A [...]rum. Entituled GIGANTES.

The third Ode, th'Interregnum sings,
Of Syluan swarmes, that baunten here,
Whiles Danaus Daughters brood, of Kings
The Royall style vnworthy were;
Where Brute, that brought these Caytifes downe,
Stablisht Throne, Scepters, Regall Crowne.

The Subiect proposed of the present discourse, shadowing the turbulent and confused state of a disordered king­dome, here represented in Albion.

NOw sing we th'Interregnum next
Of Albion, neuer more perplext,
Then now for want of Lords & lawes;
Faith fayling Priests, truth all men sawes;
For Albion slaine, sans guide or grace,
The remnant of his Giant race
Like Satyrs liu'd in Saluage wise,
Of whom and Danaus Daughters rise
Those monsters rude, were heere, the same
Time Brute and Corinaeus came.
Thou sacred Quire that sits and sings
Amid's Parnassus pleasant springs,
Turne o're the duskie leaues of fame,
And let me, pray, o'relooke the same;
That I may th'vn couth Lords repeate,
That sometimes held this floury seate.
When Albion, Albion's scourge, ere while,
And Irish Bergion fell, our Ile,
How truely Olbion, happy
Olbion, signifieth in Greeke, Happy, whence some deriue, o­thers onely allude thereto, the name of Albion.
For Tyrant Lords had shee found men?
But they vnkinged, were found none,
Were fit to sit on regall Throne;
That knew what long'd to Morall piety,
Much lesse to high and holy Deity,
[Page 63] Or could teach, guide, or rule; till heere
Brute after many a hundred yeere,
Came in and found so rude a race,
As Deuills seem'd haunt, not men the place.
And for they were so rude a crew,

Of these Giants, as no acts, but their rudenesse, so neither can Chronologie be registred, sauing onely thus gene­rally.

Albion slaine and Hercules liued in Gaule, about, or before, An. 2300.

Brute came not till after, An. 2800. so this Interregnum continued fiue or sixe hundred yeares.

From thence the fables haply grew,
How they, to Ladyes strange (God wot)
Right ragged Saluages, begot
Like Deuils on Danaus Daughters then,
That Paynim race, of monstrous Men.

The story of Danaus and his fiftie Daughters that mur­dered their husbands, with the euent thereof.

THese Cyclops pedegrees to bring
Deriued from their ancient'st springs;
Bele's sonne t' Io's sonne,
The common receiued opinion is, that hee was sonne of Lybia, daughter of Epaphus, sonne of Io the second, who was grand­child to Argus, of whom the Ar­giues tooke their name; which Argus is reckoned the fift in des­cent from Inachus.
Some Sol's, some thine blacke sun-burt Chus,
Some Neptunes him, and Lybia's sayne;
Bele, his two sonn's deuide in twaine,
Aegypt's so much fam'd fruitfull soyle,
Plac't on his-bankes-neglecting Nyle.
Aegyptus t'one,
Aegyptus and Danaus Kings of Egypt, circa An. 2500.
that Aegypt nam'd,
And Danaus,
Of whom they gloried to be cal­led Danai, hee did establish so flourishing a Kingdome, and Common-wealth amongst them.
Argiues founder fam'd.
Aegyptus he had fiftie sonnes;
As many Daughters gallant ones,
Had Danaus, whom Aegyptus craues
Wiues for his sonnes, faire Nymphs, to haue!
But Danaus nild, who had heard told
A sonne in law vnking him
Some blind prophesie, which he had heard, and seeking to shun it, as the fashion of such is, more surely entangled himselfe therein and hastned, if not so framed the euent.
Which by Aegyptus and his trayne,
Was taken in so foule disdayne,
That father both and Daughters bee
Faine flie to Greece,
Danaus, King of Argiues, car­ca An. 2500.
where Danaus hee,
Reignes Argiue King, till to these Dames
Aegyptus sonnes maken fresh claymes.
And last by warre forc't Danaus giues
In sollem sort, long-wish't their wiues!
But fie on falshood, with bloud-shed
Each bride she staines her bridall bed,
First night, so father will'd! saue one,
Hypermnestra's loue, sau'd, scap't and gone!
Whil'st she's poore soule honouring loues deity,
Wrong'd, prisond, for her too much piety;
So Scylla priz'd Minos welfare,
'Boue her sire Nisus purple
Which haire shee for loue be­trayed to Minos, though therein consisted the slay and welfare of her father, and his whole King­dome.
And Minos Daughter skil'd the same
Lesson for Theseus loue, faire
Who guided him by a clew of threed into the Labyrinth, where­by hee slue the Minotaure and freed his Countrey of Athens, from the bloudy tribute and ser­uitude to Minos and the Can­dians.
[Page 65] Lynceus thus by his faire loues means,
Scap't from his trecherous Vncles Realmes,
Returning soone, with so strong hand,
As Argos powers could not withstand,
In fell reuenge of brothers slaine,
Wrought Danaus still-fled, sore-feard bane;
Who flying found fate following fast
Spur'd on with winged speede for haste.
Lynceus, King of Argos, An. 2525.
Lynceus thus by this conquest wonne,
Set on his Vncles Argiue throne,
His faire loue frees, who prison'd long,
For his sake had sustayn'd much wrong;
But had fordo [...] th'vngracious sisters,
Saue, for his loued Hypermnestra's
Suite, at whose pray'rs, he set them in
A ship, sans helme, sayles, oares, or men!
And so the abandon'd Ladies went,
T' Atlantique seas to
A like story (but more vncer­tayne, as hauing no probable au­thor or ground) is told of Dio­clesians daughters, a King or Emperour of Assyria, w [...]ereas there was neuer any such; and one Albina, amongst them that should giue name to this Iland Albion.

They are banished to the Sea, and arriue in Albion; where they become the mothers of the succeeding race of Giants, of whom nothing is memorable, besides their rudenesse, disorder, and ouer throw by Brute, saue that Leon-Gauere built Carleon.

THis makes me thinke; not Dioclesian
His Daughters, nor the faire Assyrian,
Albina brought our Albions Name,
Since likelyer these Nymphs hither came,
Hal'd by windes, waues, and Nereus force,
To Neptunes sonne's on Albions shores!
Who though long since in Celt-land dead
His name's yet on our white-rockes read.
These Ladies must come, cir­ca an. 2525. for at that time Lynceus was King of Ar­giues.
Their weather-beaten Barke, being cast
On British coast, right sore agast,
Amymone-like, sad, left alone,
On Phrygian mountaines making
Where shee is said to haue wan­dred comfortlesse, till Iupiter pi­tied her or tooke her for his Pa­ramour.
These meete such mates in our wild Groues
You'd thinke vnfit for Ladies loues,
Faire Greekes! Vrania, Scylla, Scaea,
Hero, Hyale, Glauce, Galathaea,
And twise three times as many more,
By Aeolus brought to Albions shore;
Which passing prize with merry glee,
The Syluan's seize, pretty to see,
Such Nymphs keepe Sheepe vpon the Downes,
Such Ladies laid by such right Clownes.
So their halfe-Greeke, halfe-barbarous brood,
Brutish before ere British bloud,
[Page 67] From Troian Brute deriu'd, they sayne,
These Centaure-like huge monsters raigne.
This only act and name of Leon Gauere, but without expresse mention of time when hee built Carleon, now called Chester, is found during those many hun­dred yeares, of their rude mis­gouernment or Anarchy.
Leon Gauere, builds Carleon's bowers
Other tracts shew'n crophees of their powers,
Whose tombes portend, in equall range,
With monstrous might their statures strange.

An Exordium to the History of Brute.

NOw Muses sing the Man, whose might,
Italian Tents in Albion pight;
Who long kept off, turmoyl'd and tost
To many a farre and forreine Coast,
By Iuno's ire,
The Historie of King Brute, and his comming towards Britayne.
and wreak-full spleene,
Troi [...] excidium, A. M. 2767.
Or Gods that Troians torturers beene:
Our second wandring Prince of Troy,
As great aduentures, with great Ioy,
Sought, as his Grandsire; and at last,
That big-bon'd broode, from Brytaine chac't.

The descent of Brutus, the cause of his exile, and tra­uailes and aduentures in Greece.

WHen after great Aeneas death,
Syluius in saluage Woods tooke breath,
Did his half-brother, yclep't Iùle,
In new-built Alba Longa rule.
Ascanius buil­ded Alba-Lon­ga, A. 2774. reigned there 38. yeares.
Brute then, they say, this Syluius sonne
Had by mischance his sire
Brute slue his father by mis­fortune as they were bu [...]ng in the Forrest together, and so fled or banished from Italy, went in­to Greece into exile.
And fled to Greece, where Hectors once
Andromache's and Pyrrhus sonnes,
His noble Cousins now liu'd, and
Were Princes of Chaonia land,
Pergameus, Pyleus, and Molossus,
Whose welcome cheeres, whom fortune
The like friendly entertayne­ment, hee found at the hands of another Troian Prince there, named Assaracus.
Who had by them, lands giuen him then,
But that a numerous band of men,
From Troy descended, captiu'd all
By King Pandrasus kep't in thrall,
A neighboring Prince; did him importune,
To free them, and if th'hand of Fortune
So friended them; they once set free,
Vassals to him their Prince, would bee.
First then, Pandrase he gently
These captiued Troians and their race, prayed Brute to bee their Captayne, saith the Storie, as desirous to seeke aduentures, and weary of their seruitude in Greece.
Who with proud threats, their suite denayes;
[Page 69] Which caus'd him force the Tyrant feele,
The strokes of vnrelenting steele:
And Pandrase and his children then,
Antigonus, and Innogen,
Captiu'd, the victors price had
King Pandrasus Citie Spar­tianum, was taken by Brutus, and many of his men drowned in the Riuer Schel [...]u [...], and [...] after the King brought into [...] hands, was glad to buy his Lands and freedome at that friendly rate.
But that Brute for the beauteous Maid,
Faire Innogens sake, set them free,
And marrying her, for dowry hee
May haue, but what hee'le craue! so strange,
Foes to friends; warres to weddings change!

Brute marrying King Pandrasus daughter with great prouision of Ships and company, seeketh fortune, and other larger dominions, wherewith his remnant Tro­ian troopes to inhabit.

THen Brutus and his beautious Make,
Brutes setting forth from Greece.
To ship and Seas themselues betake,
With money, men, munition, and
The youthes choise flowers of all the land;
All seeking fame, and with new seates,
Aduentures strange, by warlike feates:
That not those Peeres of Argo fam'd,
Set forth with courage more enflamd,
To Colchos for the golden fleece,
Then Brute, and his they done from Greece.

He falleth with an Iland called Leogetia, where he sa­crifizeth, prayeth, and asketh counsell at Dianas O­racle.

THence sayling forth with prosperous course,
They light on Leogetia
Leogetia, one of the Ilands about Greece or Italy, where it seemes [...]ood one of Dianas Tem­ples, and so Brute doing sacrifice, seeketh to the Oracle.
An Iland in an vnknowne Ocean;
There founded by zealous deuotion,
Brute found, where one of Phoebe's shrines,
With gold nor sparkling Iewels shines,
But o're top't by the dangling trees
And fenc't with thorny passages.
Heere calling out his Mates arow,
He sacrifiz'd a milke-white Doe,
And mighty bowles of wine there beene
Crownd by him to nights shady Queene;
And 'fore her Oracle whiles he stayes,
For her propitious aid thus prayes.

Hee receiueth answere, to bend his course for Brytaine.

GReat Goddesse that th'Arcadian groues,
Parthenian hils and Cynthus
The places where shee was principally resident and most ho­noured, as luno at Samos; Pal­las at Athens; Phoebus at Delphos, &c.
Giue gracious Audience to my suite,
And gently guide thy Beads-man Brute,
That o're rough Seas with prosperous winde,
Their seats of rest by fates assign'd
For him and his, he may attaine;
To thee then and thy virgin trayne,
Great Oceans Queene, wee'll to thy praise,
That right'st our course, faire Temples raise!
The Goddesse then in Vision-wise,
Sleepe hauing now seiz'd Brutus
As was the manner to sleepe before to [...] Oracle, on the skins of the beasts that were slaine for sa­crifice.
Shewing cleere tokens of diuine
Maiestike presence, in her shrine,
Her selfe more stately to be seene,
Then th' Amazon, or Assyrian Queene,
Most rauishing bright, with heauenly looke,
She thus bespake the valiant Duke.
In westerne Sea's an Isle is plac't,
Subject to gentle Zephyr's
The answere of Dianas O­racle, concerning his voyage and aduentures, directing his course for Britayne, then called Al­bion.
Neptunes sonnes, Seamen say'ne of yore
Huge Cyants held that wealthie shore:
Deere Nephew that's a place right fit,
For Ida's Peoples there to sit,
Where I deuine New-troy shall rise,
And Kings, whose fames shall pierce the Skies,
Thy sonn's! beyond th'Herculean straites
Seeke out those seates assign'd by fates

The generall applause of his whole company, and the [...]r preparation for the same.

THe Chappell with her words seem'd shake,
And Brutus from his trance awake,
With his companions halfe agast,
Perfumes vp to the Heauens they cast,
Of Frankinsence, and costly spice,
Th'aire Ecchoing forth, and open skies,
These sawes; with their glad shouts for ioy
In hope of their new-builded Troy!

Their meeting with Corynaeus and other Troians neere the Pyrenine mountaines, ouerthrow of Guffar King of Poytewes in France, and arriuall in Britaine.

THence putting forth to seas againe,
The Lybian Syrts and Midland mayne,
He leaues, passing by Hercules
Pillers into th' Atlantique Seas;
Aeneas-like perhaps by kinde,
Seekes forraine shores, New-Troy to finde:
And casting by the coast of Spaine,
Before he met with Frances Mayne,
Where Pyrene hills deuide both lands,
Hee's seene by Corynaeus
A man of approued wisedome and valour, tha [...] was Captayne of a remnant of these that came from Troy with Antenor, to seate themselues in Illyria, and the Westerne coasts: and now had light on the [...]orders of the Pyre­nine Hills, inhabited by a people called Nomades.
A Captaine that at great Troyes foyle,
Chaing'd Ilions for Illyrian soyle,
And with Antenor noble Prince
Came to Timaus springs! and since,
Leauing Lyburnian Kingdomes quite,
To South and Indies opposite,
On Spaine and Frances bounds
At foote of Pyrene hils was found,
Whose tops fir'd by the Nomad
The Nomades hauing their name of feeding Cattell, to whose pastures the woods being no friēd­ly neighbours, they fired the s [...]me on those Pyrene Mountaynes, of which great burning of the vast woods, the Hills tooke their name: Pyr, signifying fire in Greeke, not much d [...]stant fr [...]m the Dutch, and English Saxon words, Fyre, and Br [...]n, that is, Burne.
Thence nam'd, or'elooke the vast west Ocean.
This Corynaeus and his traine
Both sides of such Colleagues full faine,
All of one stocke, one Troian Kin,
All neere Allyes, Brute takes him in,
Complice Copartner and Companion
Of Trauels, who on th'Aquitanian
King Guffar, come of Hercules bloud,
Proofe of his valour shew'd right
Arriuing in the mouth of Loire, and receiuing some discourtesie from king Guffar, called Pictus, of whom the Pictones, quasi picti, or Poytewes, some would deriue; they ouerthrew [...] and some of his confederate neighbour Princes And so with wealthy spoiles set saile for Albion.
Whose ransack't townes and subiects slaine,
When King to fly himselfe was faine,
Deere did abuy, th'opprobrious words
He proudly gaue those Troian Lords.
From hence with wealthy spoyles,
Brute, circa An. 2850. cous (que) peregri­natus est.
they say,
Embark't againe withouten stay,
They make for Deuon and Totnesse strand,
Albions fore-told long-lookt-for land,
Thus hauing past the dangerous Syrtes
And Altars on fam'd Affrike

Arae Philenûm as the Syrtes and like dangerous places, were so called, it might be, for that the ships ommin [...] neare, could [...]ard­ly escape from being sacrificed to Aeouls and the Oceans fury, of them Virgil sings,

Treis Notus abreptas, in Saxa latentia torquet; Saxa vocant Itali, medijs quae in fluctibus, Aras.

Malaea's gulfe, and lately seene
Furd'st Gades Pillers and Pyrene:
No sooner safe from vunder sayle,
But toucht, but leaping forth, All haile,
All haile, cries Brute, thou sacred seate,
Faire Ile which Cynthia goddesse great;
Promis'd to me and mine for ay,
This is the place; here must I pay
[Page 75] My vowes to her, whose gracious hand
From vnknowne Peoples, and strange
Brutes trauailes and nauiga­tion in that Age were great, being ouer all the Mediteriane Sea, and a great part of the Atlan­tique Ocean: Vlys [...]es and Ae­neas wondred at aduentures, ly­ing all within the narrow com­passe of the former.
And Seas, and Syrts, and dangers store,
Hath brought vs safe to Albions shore.
And then, as was the manner, crown'd,
With leauy sprayes his temples round,
Deuoutly he by pray'rs doth call
On Phrygian gods in order all,
Ioue, Cybele, Sunne and Moone, and Night,
And what or Genius god or spright,
Was hallowed there, or haunts the place.
His Mates their businesse ply apace,
All got a-shore, glad of sweet rest,
On Albions flowry fields they feast.

An Apologie for the storie of Samothes or Mesech, and Albion.

NOw Brute's in Brytaine;
Noahs brood,
Though fetcht from th'vniuersall floud,
Nor Neptunes sonnes escap't not free,
From Zoilus carping, much lesse hee;
How secretly so e're he came,
From Troy, some that maligne his fame,
Haue made sore search! they'le not endure,
That he should flourish, they
Herostratus would haue a name, were it for burning so goodly a Monument, as the Tem­ple of Diana was reputed among the Ephesians and Heathen; so doe some now nothing more, then hunt for Name, though by vnder­mining truth.
Samothes, whose stories nearest fit
With verities of sacred Writ,
That from great Noahs Arke doe bring,
The second Worlds new-birth and spring,
'Bout whose obscure and ancient dayes,
Few'st scruples sure, deserue most prayse.
For Neptunes sonnes and Albion hee,
'Twas e're the guise, and e're will bee,
That those, that furrow th'Ocean
Oceano-geniti, and Nep­tunia proles, though sometimes otherwise taken, doe most fitly point out Sea-faring men, who must needs be the first inhabiters of this Ile, and if any more doubt were (but Mela's report makes all cleare) whence this allusion could not choose but haue origi­nall.
Beene term'd by Poets Nereus brood!
And these must needs possesse of yore,
Waues-all-encircled Albion shore.
But more to make their storie plaine,
Mela reports of Albion slaine,
Neare Britaine; why not he the while
As rathe as white Rocks, names this Ile?

The like for that of Brute, his descent and race.

ANd now to Brute; since some in game
Or spight, will sport at others fame;
But sure I know not how to please,
Such curious queint conceits as these;
And certes! th'Aporetique
Aporetici, a braine-sicke sect of Philosophers, that not trusting any known verit [...]e, foolishly doub­ting of all things, would call all things, euen the most certayne truths, into question.
In all establish Lawes neglect,
Hath too too much preuail'd in this
Sicke Age of ours, and much amisse,
When nothing once, so firme was thought,
That now's not vnder Quaere's brought:
Though more staid heads will one day see,
Such too much medling should not bee;
Or by experience learne, at last,
That hee's not wisest, prates too fast.

All ordinary Obiections to the contrary answered and clearely refelled, and the Sybils Oracle-verses cited to that purpose.

BVt now, pray heare, what they can say,
That Brutes Detractors parts would play!
Obiections against the story of Brute, vrged by some.
Caesar, forsooth, was wondrous mute,
And Tacitus, in not naming
The first Obiection answered, and the reasons following, why Caesar might bee ignorant of the British stories and antiquities, as well as their present estate, notwithstanding hee should then seeke the same, which may bee doubted of.
Indeed, I thinke, 'twas wisest art,
For Caesar, to conceale some part;
And not the best of them to say,
From whom he bore the worst away:
His glorie was obscur'd too much,
To lose the day, his lucke was such!
Or if he truely had good will
To say the truth! he had small skill
To reade the Brittish Annalls o're,
And leisure lesse he had therefore,
I doubt! or if he had; I
Caesars conquest in Brytaine, as it seemes not very faire exten­ded, for fours of the Kings [...]ee conquered were onely of Kent, and Cassiue [...]anes City of the T [...]inobantes, or London his most fayned opposite, on the very edge thereof, at whose submission his conquest was determined.
In Kent alone his conquests beene.
And our chiefe Monuments, they say,
Farre off in Mona secret lay;
Among the Druides: And who,
Would wish or trust such with his foe?
When they themselues from Romans ire,
To their remotest Cells retyre?
But now from Mona's secret
The Brittish story reuiued and flourished from those parts and parties, that were fled and hid from Caesar.
And Druid' Priests inuolued spells,
The Bard's the Druid's off-spring haue,
Rais'd Brute and Arthur from their graue;
[Page 79] Where they yet slept, forgotten long,
In the Bard's songs, and Brittish tongue.
See, now in these great lett'red
The Saxons and English, e­uen to this day, doe little inter­meddle with the Brittons gests: insomuch that more obscure are they to them, and lesse minded by them, then the storie almost of a­ny other Nation.
We scarcely minde those Brittish layes,
Or heed their gests and moderne acts,
Much lesse those ancient times and facts.
No maruell then if Latine storie,
Or Saxon silence Brutus glorie:
Lesse wonder too, that Caesar should
Not finde these matters though he would.
For grant the Druid's not enuy'de
This, so to baulke great Caesars pride,
Yet we finde they committed
And this vse of committing the greatest matters to memorie ra­ther then writing, could not but much increase Caesars ignorance of the state.
Most things to memorie, least to pen,
Whence he t'affirme them knowes not whether,
[...] or from France come thither;
And Tacitus may-be sought no more,
Then his great Lord obseru'd before.
Th'Obscure first Age doth Varro call,
Next Fabulous, third Historicall:
The learned Latine too,
The second Obiection, Sol. per concess.
sayes true,
But toucheth all both vs and you!
And if great Maro merit
And what lets it that we should not take the Brittish storie on their credit, with the like ap­plause, at the Brittons hands: since the Maxime is, vnicuique in sua arte [...]redendum? The third Obiection answered: cum recriminatione Polydo­ristarum.
For Romes first Lords, in Latine layes!
And Homer like-grac't, when he sings
His owne Greeke Peeres, and Dardan Kings!
Whom rather for their stories else,
Seeke we to then, then Brittons selues?
More, some obiect, in Roman
In the ancient Roman storie, euen of their Kings, is much ob­scuritie, I may say contrarietie & apparant contradiction, which if it shall condemne the rest, their storie must be exploded as well as ours! but then, sauing the holy Writ, I know not what historie should be saued.
Brute, nor his slaine Sire, read in it;
And Brutes name barbarous seemes! We may,
If Brutes name be not found, well say,
They writ but barely of their owne
Much more, of forraine more vnknowne,
Their Kings e'en clouded! specially
In those first Ages; and yet I,
See diuers Syluij; if not ones
Sonne, who can yet shew Brute was nones?
And Brutij, with Caesars good
Brutij, were an ancient people in Italy.
In ancient'st Italy had place.

A transition to the next, and conclusion of this present Ode.

MOre, to confirme vs to our Brute,
Since sacred Sybills seeme not
And it is certayne, the Oracles delighted in naming the places after the most ancient, and some­times obscure and ae [...]igmaticall names.
Whose books well worthy best respect,
Frame Brutus Iles in Greeke
Aethicus translated by Saint Ierome, aboue 1000. yeares since, calleth them Insulas Bru­tanicas: the Greeks writing it by [...], it soundeth our u. And the Welsh doe the like, as is seene in Brytys, by them pronounced Brutus: Also English Writers that are aboue an hundred yeares since, call it Brutaine. J. Mandeuill.
Needs, such as this, nor aught will please,
We pray them better shew, or cease,
And giue vs leaue, and Welsh to raise,
Aswell our Brutes, as Arthurs praise.
The end of the third Ode.

A briefe type of the fourth Booke or Ode of PALAE-ALBION, called BRVTVS.
The fourth Ode contayneth,

1. A brief recapitu­lation of Brutus storie, his descent & trauels with the aduen­tures hee found here, when he came in­to this I­land: Quelling the Gi­ants, and establish­ing his King­dome in Albion, called since Bri­tannia or Brutania of his owne name.

2. Brutus Acts, Race, and succession of Kings here: viz. Brute, 2855. he reigned 24. yeares, and diuided his Kingdome among his three sonnes.

  • 1. Locrine King of Loegres, or England, reigned 20. yeares; His wife was Guen­doline; His Paramour the beauteous Estrild.
  • 2. Camber King of Wales or Cambria.
  • 3. Albanak King of Albania or Scot [...]and.
  • Madan his sonne, and Gwendoline, reign. 55. yeares.
  • Mempritius his sonne, reigned 20. yeares: Hee slue his brother Manlius.
  • Ebranke his sonne, reigned 60. yeares: His sonnes conquer Germany: He builded Oxford.
  • Brute Greene-sh [...]eld his sonne, reigned 12. yeares.
  • Lei [...] his sonne, reigned 25 yeares.
  • Lud-Rudibras his sonne, reigned 29. yeares.
  • Bladud his sonne, reigned 20. yeares: A Magitian, he founded Bath.
  • Leir his sonne, reigned 40. yeares. Expelled by his elder Daug [...]ters, Gonorilla and Ragan, and their husbands; Is restored by Cordyla his youngest Daughter whom he had reiected.
  • Cordyla, daughter to King Leir, reigned 5. yeares.
  • Cunedagius, sonne to Ragan, slue his Cousin Morgan, sonne of Gonorilla, and possessed the Kingdome, and reigned 33. yeares.
  • Riuallo his sonne, reigned 46. yeares.
  • Gurgius his sonne, reigned 38. yeares.
  • Syssylth, Riuallo's sonne, reigned 49. yeares.
  • Iago, Gurgius sonne, reigned 15. yeares.
  • K [...]mac [...], sonne of Syssylth, reigned 54. yeares.
  • Gronodugo or Gorbodugus, reigned 63. yeares: His sonnes Ferrex and Porrex being slaine, began the Pentarc [...]y or fiue Kingdomes in fiue seuerall parts of the Land, which M [...]lmutius Dunwallo, sonne of Clotenus Duke of Cornwall, reduced into Monarchy, after fiftie yeares.

3. A remon­strance oppo­sed to the er­ronious retec­tion of some supposed Er­rours, by Po­lydore Virgill, an Italian wri­ter, of our En­glish Annalls: refelling some of his errours; detecting and rectifying his vvrong cōpu­tation of times and calculating the K. reignes according to the same.

Also shew­ing how vn­iust his & some of his Follow­ers calumnia­tions are, that are made a­gainst the Bri­tish & our Hi­stories.

Ode quarta, Inscripta BRVTVS.

Brutus vt Albionem, Bruto (que) Brytania Nomen,
Coepit, & excisus, quarta dat Oda, Gygas!
At Mulmutiadae, stirps altera, Bruto oriundis,
Sceptra licet serò, surripit illa tamen.

Prooemij Ioco, istius Odae Hypothesis.

SAmotheam exorsi primùm,
Series Poematis, siue [...].
lustrauimus! Oram
Desertae Albionis promouimus inde; Brytannos
Nunc tractus, vti (que) olim etiam indita nomina nostris
Temporibus rediuiua vigent, benè nota recensens,
Musa veni, & resonis pete candida sydera pennis!
A Mauris, Luso, vel aquis, quae Tania dicta est,
Aut venit, aut videt, aut vicit Brutus! Amoenae
Institutum libri,
impositum, à Bruto Brytania Nomen:
Hic claruêre eius per saecula multa nepotes,
Brutigenûm, donec acer Romanus in oras
Deuenit, Gallûm (que) manu spolijs (que) superbus,
Dempta (que) cognatis populis è sanguine Troûm,
Ortis, Tarpeiâ suspendit in Arce trophaea,
Ca [...]sar in aequoreos, qui transtulit arma Brytannos.
Nota canam! vati linguis animis (que) fauentes,
Annuite Aonides!
& votum,
Brutus trans Gallica Regna,
Lustrans fata, solum geniale inuenerat olim.
Pandite Daedaliae fonteis Helicona (que) Diuae,
Vos meministis enim Nymphae, quibus Anglica iam tum,
Floruerit terra alma viris, quibus arserit Armis▪
Ad nos vix tenuis famae perlabitur aura.

Bruti in Brytanniam aduentus.

CVm pius Aeneas sociorum flebile fatum,
Occasum Troiae suprema (que) funera vidit,
Monte sub Attandro molitur vti (que) biremes,
Inde post recapitulationem bre­uem, praecedenuum ante Bruti adue [...]tum,
Tendens (que) in Latium, sedes vbi fata quietas
Ostendebant, fas vbiregna resurgere Troiae,
Getulis Lybicis (que) ereptus Syrtibus, exul,
Impulerat sospes Lauiua ad littora classes;
Nec citius Latijs tuto consederat Agris,
Quam fuit Alecto, stygijs infecta venenis,
Quam fuit Alecto & coniux Iouis effera Iuno,
Quae Phrygas & Rutilos miseranda strage fatigent.
Sed postquam Aeneiâ deiectus cuspide Turnus,
etiam reliqua Bruti historiae series & gesta, attexuntur;
& sero facta est Liuinia Coniux,
Syluius in Syluis ex hac tua posthuma proles,
Nascitur Aeneas; hoc saeclo, recta fuêre,
Regna sub Ascanio, & quae dicitur Alba; sed huius
Aeneae soboles, diuersa per aequora vectus,
Brutus in Angliacas tandem deuenerat oras.
Has etiam terras meministis vt antea sanctae
Aonidum turmae, vasti tenuere Gygantes!
Neptuni filij: nam postquam regna fuêrunt,
Olim Saturni diuisa, habet aethera summus
Iupiter, infernum styga Dis; maria omnia lustrans
Caeruleis dominaris aquis Neptune, nepotes
Cuius, regna patris, per Caerula flumina nando,
Oras inuenêre, & finibus incoluêre
Desertae Albionis, faelicia rura, Gygantes:
Quorum aliquam partem disiecit littore Celtûm
Virtus Alcidae; hic reliquos Aeneia proles;
Damnoniae attingens Totnesia littora Brutus,
Ac primo cum
Ecce tenet portum; iam stabant littore curuo
Naues; quam primum summis de montibus hostis,
Apparet tanquam nemorosa, procera (que) sylua;
Sic nautae vidissle ferunt in montibus olim
Trinacriae Cyclopas, & hic è Collibus astra
Sublimi ceruice ferit; Naualia Bruti,
In mare progreditur lustrans, vt consitaripâ
Populus Eridani, verrit (que) Cacumime nubes.

Bruti cum Gygantibus praelium & praelij euentus.

NEc mora, quin stricto cernuntur praelia ferro;
Vndi (que) concursant vasto clamore Gygantes,
[Page 88] Ac nisi vana fuit Phlegraeis fabula castris,
Dijs infestae acies, certarunt Pelio Ossan,
Insuper at (que) Ossae frondosum inuoluere Olympum,
Imperio Diuos premere, & supera astra tenere;
Gigantibus congressus; ini­toque praelio,
Praelia Brutus init, tremit horrida terra tumultu,
Euolat interea certis victoria pennis,
Brutigenûm turmis, releuans sua pectora! vt hostis
Aufugit, insequitur Brutus, nec rara Gigantum
Corpora sternit humi; vt secus haud respersa videres,
Passim per terras & per Genialia rura,
Quàm vel in Autumno, Boreali flamine frondes:
Nituntur Bruti Comites, & puluere condunt,
Quoscun (que) aspiciunt, ac caesa cadauera campis,
Rellinquunt lanianda Lupis; sic Iupiter altus,
Centimanum (que) Gygen, Briarea (que) & obruit Aetnâ,
Enceladum: è campis Phlegrae, Titanida (que) Olim
Condidit Inarines aeterna mole Typhaea.
Neu priùs è regno extirparunt martis alumnos,
Neptuni & Nerei sobolem,
opera Corinaei, à quo Cornubia nomen traxit, Victeria.
quàm summus honore,
Dux Corinaeus opem tulit; huic pro munera tanto,
Arua dedit Brutus, Corinaea (que) rura vocauit;
Proxima Damnonijs, quâ inter confinia currit,
Loegriae Tamaris diuisor Cornubiaeque;
Quo tractu montes aiunt Titanibus illis,
Antiquis famulosadomus, quibus vda ferarum
Terga dabant vestes, cruor haustus pocula trunci,
Antra lares, dumeta thoros, Caenacula rupes,
Praeda cibos, raptus venerem, spectaculacaedes,
Imperium vires, animos furor, impetus arma,
Mortem pugna, sepulcra rubus: monstris (que) gemebat
Monticolis tellus, sed eorum plurima tractû,
Pars crat occiduo; terror, maior (que) premebat
Te furor, extremum Zephyri Cornubia limen;
Fortè quia huc multo occursarunt agmine Teucris,
Tunc ità perculsi, insolito terrore Gigantes.
Hos auidum belli robur Corinaeus Auerno
Praecipites misit,
Et deinde
cubitis ter quatuor altum
Gogmagog Herculeâ suspendit in Aere luctâ;
Anthaeum (que) suum, scopulo detrusit in aequor,
Qua Tamaris glauco immiscet sua flumina Ponto,
Potauit fuso Thetis ebria sanguine fluctus,
Diuisum (que) tulit corpus mare, Cerberus vmbram.

Vortigerin facinorosa regni occupatio, & Romani Im­perij finis.

REge breui, à famulis Picto (que) satellite, caeso,
Vortiger hac princeps in proditione Tyrannus,
Ingenio pollens, diadema & regnū per traudem occupat; & heic Ode, est Romani apud Brito­nes imperij, meta & periodus. in Epiphonemate isto, conclu­sionis aut corollarij vice, qua­si inuolutae.
Euadens, potitur sceptris, solio (que) Brytannis.
Vther & Aurelius, defuncti Regis vter (que)
Frater, Aremoricum vicino littore tractum
Cesserunt, ne (que) iam totam cum Scotus Hybernen
Mouit, & infesto spumauit Remige Tethys,
Te modo vicinis percuntem Gentibus, olim
O Nympha aequoras inter celeberrima diuas,
Ferro picta genas, cuius vestigia verrit
Caerulus, immenso Brytannia cincta profundo,
Defendit rapidis acer Romanus in armis,
Ampliùs, aut reprimit Pictûmve, Scotûmve tumultus:
Caesar abes; ter Consul opem negat Aetius! hostis,
Britannum Oceano, Oceanus (que) repellit in hostem.
Quo nunc? Caesar eras, non deserere ausus Alumnos,
Quo ruit Imperium? deserta quod Insula Iule,
Parta trophaea tuâ, quondam fortissime, dextrâ.
Scilicet ingenium, senio, mens, forma, laborant
Cunctae sue! Imperij (que) suis iacet aegra ruinis,
Maiestas; multum languens annosa veterno.
Imperij in nostros heic meta! à Caesare primo,
Postquam quingentos, lustris labentibus, annos,
Seu propè Brytannis Itali dominantur in oris.
Odae sextae Finis.

The fourth Ode, Entituled BRVTVS.

The fourth Ode brings in Troian Brute
Mong's sonnes, that parts his Realmes in three,
Scot'sh yet and Cambrian Kings ow'n suite
And seruice t' Englands Primacy,
That in right Line arow descends
T'his Heires, till Schisme their glorie ends.

The intention of the present Booke discouered.

SAmothea first,
[...] siue supputatio Annorum.
next Albion shore
Now so, both now and nam'd of yore,
Supplementum Historiae.
Great Britaine shewes! new dayes forth brings,
Th'old names, and ancient race of Kings.
Thou sought'st, deare Muse, how Mauritane,
Spanish Lusitane, French Aquitane,
Coasted or kend' or conquerd', last
Brute at Brute-tania anchor cast!
Call'd Albion erst; where many a-day
His issue reign'd,
till Caesars way
Hither lay through France; so French and ours
With Trophey's deckt Tarpaeyan towers;
Nor booted kindred: Mars decides
Th'alliance, lands by lot diuides.
Then Pallas and my Muse that sings
Their Roman Lords or Troian Kings,
How Brute who quell'd the Belgique hoast,
Found entertaynment on our coast;
Diuine Dames you remember when
He came, his chance, the meanes, the men,
With whom he fought, that Giant race:
Now briefely, that both time and place,
And all things else I may reherse,
Pray, prompt my pen, tune well my Verse.

A briefe recollection of the precedent story of Brute, continuing it to his encounter with the Giants that he found in the Iland.

VVHen once the wandring Troian
A briefe recapitulation of the former story of Brute, ere hee came at Brytaine; and so pro­ceeding on, and descending to his acts here.
To salt Sea woues himselfe betooke,
Troiae excidium, A. M. 2767.
In Barks ybuilt' in Ida, and
Leauing furious Dido's loue, and land,
Had safe set foote in [...]ium, where
Fates had decreed, [...] Troy to reare,
And Romes great [...]; soone were seene,
Fell Furies rais'd [...] hie Queene.
But tumults laid, and Turnus dead,
Troyes Prince he doth Lauinia wed,
Whose late-borne Babe, since Fathers death,
Syluius in saluage woods tooke breath;
From him whose brother halfe of bloud,
Built Alba-Longa, t'goes for good,
Came our first founder Brute; what time
Vast Giants did possesse this Clime;
Ascanius King in Italy, A. 2774
Great Neptunes sonnes; for Saturnes
The golden Age, and diuision of the world vnder Saturnes heires; whereby Neptune and his sonnes came to be Lords of the Seas and Iles.
When they came to his childrens hands,
Beene had by them, thus, Poets please;
Ioue Heau'n, Dis Hell, Neptune the Seas.
So Neptunes sonnes held this our shore,
And many a wealthy Ile of yore:
Of which race, Herc'les some in France
Did quell; these here, 'twas Brutus chance;
Who striking in at Totnesse Strand,
Brute King bere, A. 2855.
In Deuo [...]shire brought his Barks to land!
But scarce had time to view the coasts,
Ere from the Hills he spies huge hosts,
And Cyclops swarmes, as 'twere great woods
Come from their fields to th'neybouring flouds:
Such, Sea-men sayne, they vs'd to see
'Bout Mongibell, in
Mont-Gibello, the moderne name of the aunciently so much famed Mountayne, A [...]tna.
Such statures strange, they say'n, of eld,
Both their and our Trinacria held,
Th'Aetnaean Monsters, matching tho
Tall Poplar's on the banks of Poe.

The Giants ouerthrowne, and Gogmagog the greatest slaine by Corinaeus, who hath Cornwall assigned to him; their manners decyphered.

VVIth these, whose tree-like tops did skar
The flutt'ring clouds, must Brutus war;
[Page 89] Not much vnlike such match, I weene,
In Phlaegra fields there once was seene,
Where Ossa laid on Pelion hie,
Made Olymph tops out-towre the skie;
Whiles for to win, fell Monsters stroue,
Those starry battlements of Ioue
These liuelesse, breathlesse, chac't and slaine,
Brute strewes their corpses o're the plaine;
Like eares of corne while haruest lasts,
Or leaues borne downe by Boreas blasts!
A prey for Wolues, and daintie feasts
For rauenous Birds, and for wild Beasts.
So Ioue dealt with the
The sonnes of Tytan, and their adherents, the Giants that warred with Iupiter, and the Gods.
Th'huge Monsters quelling, layes the poise
Of Aetna on this Giants brest;
Of Iles and Sea-rocks on the rest;
Of Inarine's burden sore and streight,
Typhaeus feeles the endless weight.
But Albions coasts were not set free,
From Albions brood; e're braue Knight hee,
Duke Corinaeus tooke in hand,
To rid these vncoth Creatures, and
Had faire lands giuen him, call'd, they say,
Of his name
Corn-wall so called of Cori­naeus name; some say of the fa­shion of it lying out like a horne in­to the Sea, opposite to Gaule, and held by ancient Gaules in Bry­taine, thence called Cornugal­lia; which westerne parts were accounted the chiefe receptacle & abode of these Giants, where also are reported most stories of them, and most monuments yet appearing, tokens of their mon­strous strength and hugenesse.
Cornwall to this day;
Where on the bankes of Tamaris,
Which now the Cornish confines is,
He with Herculean might o're-threw
Gogmagog, Chieftaine of that crew;
Who hurl'd downe head-long, Doris deepe
His corps, Styx had his soule to sleepe.
And it was thought that westerne coast,
Of this our Iland pest'red most,
With those huge-limbed Centaures, who
In stead of house and harbour, doe
On Mountaynes liue in dens and caues
That summers sunne, and winter saues:
The running Riuers, Herbs, and Rootes,
Right sauage-like, raw flesh and fruits,
And skins of wild beasts, such their
Therudenesse of the Giants.
Their meate, drinke, cloth, and finest cates,
And greatest strength bore greatest sway,
Till Corine chac't them quite away!

Vortiger steppeth vp dispossessing the right heires, and [...]b­teyneth the Crowne; the Romane E [...]pire wayning and fully ended in Britaine.

VOrtiger for wisedome by report,
Vortiger King of Brytaine, A. 447. reigned in all 20 yeares.
Gracious with all, but most at Court,
Amidst these broyles so laid his traine,
The King by a Pict in's Guard was slaine,
And himselfe crown'd: both the right heires,
Kings brothers fled to France for
Aurch [...]s [...] after­wards returned and [...] Vortiger and the Saxon Hengist [...] ther in Law, of the Crowne
And now, alas, this noble Ile,
Albions that wert, since Brytaines style,
Admir'd of all, nor lou'd in vaine,
By Nereus beauteous Sea-Nymph traine,
In their soft armes waue-circled round,
By th'other powers with pleasures crown'd;
Now lay'd and left, at lowest
For in former times [...] in vaine [...] to Rome for aide; and a letter to Aetius in Franee, the [...] whereof was (Aetio [...]er Consult; the [...] of the Britons; The [...] enemy driues vs to the Sea, the Sea backe to the enemy, between these tw [...]i [...]e arise two deaths, wee are slaine or drowned) but the Romans could afford them small succour, be [...]ng ouer laid by Bleda and [...]ttyla Kings of Huns and others, and so ended the Roman Empire here, with the beginning of Vortigers and the Saxons reigne.
For Hunn's, Picts, and wilde Scots a pray;
Romes Lords nor Aetius eft-soones prou'd
By piteous plaints t'aide Brittons mou'd,
Prime tropheys erst of Caesars glory,
Iulius Caesar came hither, a­bout A. ante Christum 51. Vottiger began since Christ 447. so the whole time of the Romans rule & stay here was within two yeares of 500.
And rar'st Lords, once, in Romans story:
Though't seemes the wayning Empires state
Through very eld, leaues them; and late
Languishing plac't her reignes period here,
From Iulius nigh fiue hundred
Meta Romani apud nos Imperij.
Where then Rome left, rose Saxon Kings,
Whose race, and acts, my Muse next sings.
The end of the sixt Ode.

A briefe type of the seuenth Ode of PALAE-ALBION, Entitul [...] HENGISTVS.
the seauen [...] Ode contayneth,

2. The Heptarchye, [...]eauen Kingdomes of the Saxons, with their seue [...] [...]eginnings, extent, encrease, continuance [...]ding, viz.
  • 1. The ori­ginal & cal­l [...]g [...]n of the Saxons vn­der Vortiger, and the end of the B [...]y­tons reigne, vnder their [...] Kings. v [...]z.
  • Vortiger, A. 417. R 20 v. V [...]mer, his son, dead in his fathers life time.
  • Aureli' Am­brose, son of Constantine, late King. R 32 yeares Vther Pen­dragon, his brother, r. 18.
  • Arthur. sur­named the Great. V­thers sonne, R. 26 years. Constantine, duke Cadors sonne, reig­ned 3 years. Conan. Ar­thurs Ne­phew, R. [...]3 Vortiporus, his son R. 4.
  • Malg [...] R. 5. Car [...]cus, R. 3 yeares. Cad [...]ar, R. 22 yeares. Cadw [...], R. 48 yeares.
  • Cadwallader his son, last King of the Brytons R. only 3 years
    • 1. The Kingdome of Kent, Anno 456. vn­der Hengist, who reigned 24. yeares.
    • Octa, his sonne R. 24.
    • Otho. his sonne, R. 22.
    • Ermenrike, his sonne, reigned 25.
    • Ethelbert, his sonne, reigned 56. In his time Saint Augustine came into England conuerting the Sax­ons.
    • Eadbald, his sonne, a notable Pagan, reig­ned 24 yeares.
    • Ercombert, his sonne, a good Prince, reig­ned 20.
    • Egbert, his son, reig­ned 9.
    • Luthere, Egberts bro­ther, reigned 11. yeares.
    • Edr [...]g, his Cousin, 2.
    • Guthred, sonne of Eg­bert, reigned three yeares.
    • His three sonnes.
      Eth [...],11.
      A [...], [...]4.
    • [...]
    • Cuthred, R. 8 yeares, Al [...]ed, alias Balared, expelled by Egbert, King of west Sax­ons, Anno 827. hee reade his sonne A [...]stane Duke thereof.
    • 2 The Kingdom of Mer­cia began, A. 586. vnder Crida, who reigned 9. yeares: his sonne Wibba reigned 20 yeares. Ceorlus, his sonne, reig­ned 10.
    • Penda, sonne of Wibba, reigned 30. slame by Oswy, K. of Northumbers.
    • Wolfere, his sonne. R. 17.
    • Ethelred, Wolferes sonne, R. 29. Hee warred with Egfride of Northumberland, and Lothaire of Kent.
    • Kenred, sonne of Wolfer, reigned 5.
    • Celred, Ed [...]reds sonne, reigned 8. Hee warred with Ina.
    • Ethelbald, of the bloud of Eopa, brother of Penda, reigned 40. slaine by
    • Bernred, that R. 10. y.
    • Offa, a bloudy King reig­ned, 39.
    • Egfride, his sonne, reig­ned 4 moneths.
    • Cynewolf, of Penda's line, reigned 24 yeares.
    • Kenelme, his sonne, [...]ame by his sister Quindred.
    • C [...]wulf, brother to K. Cynewolf, reigned two yeares, expelled by [...]nulf who was van­quished by Egbert, and s [...]aine by the East-An­gles, afterwards Ludicenus, reign. 2. y. and Whitlafe, 15 yeares, made tributarie to Egbert, a­bout, Anno 827.
    • 3. The Kingdome of Northumbers began [...]der Ida, A. 547. he reigned 12 yeares: af [...] his death his Kingdom was diuided into t [...] petty Kingdomes or Prouinces:
      • In
        • Bremcia.
        • Ada, his son, and his brothers, reigned 30 yeares.
        • Deira.
        • Ella, the sonne Histria, a [...] Duke, R. 30
    • Ethelfride, nephew to Ida, expelleth Ed [...] sonne of Ella, heire of Deira, and reigneth [...]uer both Prouinces 22 yeares:
    • Edwine afterwa [...] ouerthrew Ethelfride, and reign. ouer all 17
      • Eaufride, sonne of Ethelfride, R. 1. y.
      • Osrijc, sonne of Ethelfride, R. 1. [...]
    • Oswald, sonne of Ethelfride, the Cadw [...] and was slaine by Penda King of M [...] he reigned ouer both Prouinces 8 yeares▪
    • Oswy, brother of Oswald, after Oswine slaine, reig­ned ouer both the Pro­uinces, which were neuer againe after [...] ioyned, as they had before been, 28 year [...]
      • Oswine, son [...]
      • Osrijc, slain [...]
      • Oswy, R. 8
    • Egfride, sonne of Oswye, reigned 15 yeares [...]
    • Alfride, his brother, reigned 20 yeares.
    • Osred, his sonne, reigned 11 yeares, slaine
    • Kenred, his Cousin, who reigned 2 yeares.
    • Osrijc, his other Cousin, reigned 10 yeare [...]
    • Ceolf, brother of Kenred, reigned 8 yeare [...]
    • Egbert, reigned 24.
    • Osulfus, reigned 1. murdered.
    • Edilwald, reigned 11. slaine by the Vsu [...]
    • Alred who reigned 10 yeares.
    • Edilbert, sonne of Edilwald, expelled
  • 2. Dukes
    • Ethelbald, and Herebert,
      • but after 10 ye [...] reigne of A [...] sonne.
  • Aswald, slaine by one Siga, and his bree [...]
  • Osred, that reigned 1 yeare: expelled, reigned againe many yeares, &c.
  • But the Northumbers sore vexed by these [...] other intestine wars of their Kings or Du [...] and also by the Danes, submit to Egbert. Circa Anno 820.
  • [Page 155] [...] The Kingdome of the East Saxons, A. 527. vnder Erchenwine, who reigned 60 yeares.
  • [...]dda, his sonne, reig­ned 17.
  • [...]ert, his sonne, reig­ned 13.
  • [...]red, his sonne, [...]red, his bro­ther,
  • [...]bald, his bro­ [...]her,
  • [...]bertus Paruus [...]nne of Sew [...]rd, [...]bert, sonne of [...]igebald.
  • [...]deline.
  • [...]gaire. sonne of [...]igebert' Paruus. [...]lbius, Associate of Sigaire.
  • [...]gard, and Sew­ [...]red, sonnes of [...]elbius, and [...] sonne of Sigaire, from,—Anno 617. [...]ill—Anno 717.
    • R. all of them 100. years
  • [...]red, sonne of Sige­ [...]t, reigned 38 yeares.
  • [...] then followed [...]thelwald, Albert, [...]ena, and Suthred, [...]anquished by Egbert, [...]f west Saxons, hauing [...]eigned there till the yeare 800, or after vt dicitur.
  • 5. The Kingdome of East Angles, began An. 492. vnder Vffa, of whom his Successours were called Vffings: he reig. 7 yeares.
  • Tytullus, his sonne, R. 20.
  • Redwald, his sonne, R. 25. he aided Edwine of Nor­thumberland, against E­thelfride.
  • Eorpwald, his sonne, R. 12.
  • Sigebert, his brother, who founded Cambridge, and
  • Edrike, his cousin, R. 60. y.
  • Anna, sonne of Ewide, brother of Redwald, R. 20 yeares: All these three last Kings were slaine by Penda of Mercia.
  • Adilherus, brother of An­na, slaine by Oswy, with Penda, R.
  • Edilwald, his brother, R. 9.
  • Aldulf,sonnes of A­dilhere Reign25.
    Hisbern, or26.
  • Edilred, a good Prince, reigned 52 yeares.
  • Ethelbert, his sonne, about An. 790. a very godly Prince, trecherously slain by Offa King of Mercia; whose Lands taken by Offa with the Kingdome of Mercia, came to the west Saxons Crowne, & Egberts hands, about An­no 827.
  • 6. The King­dome of the South Saxons began A. 478 the first of all the other kingdoms next to the Kingdom of Kent, in Hengists life­time, vnder Ella, who reigned 36. yeares.
  • Cissa, his son, who builded Chichester, reigned 76. yeares.
  • After them Edilwalcus, reigned 25 yeares.
  • Berthunus, & Anthynus, were slaine by Cedwalla, K. of west Sax­ons, and Ald­wyne by his Successor Ina; so this King­dome came first of all the rest into the west Saxons hands: Circa Annum 713.
  • 7. The Kingd. of west Saxons began, A. 499. vnder Cerdic, who reigned, or was in Bry­taine, 27.
  • Kenrik, his sonne, R. 25. v.
  • Ceauline, his sonne, R. 33 y. dyeth in exile.
  • Celrijc, his grand-child by Cutwyne, reigned 5 yeares.
  • Ceolfus, sonne of Cutha bro­ther of Ceauline, reigned 12.
  • Cunegulf, son of Ceola, son of Cutha, brother of Ceauline, reigned 31 yeares.
  • Guthred, son of Guicheline, son of Kingulf, R. 3 yeares.
  • Kenwal [...], son of Kingulf, r. 30 Sexburga his wife, R. 1 y. Elckwyne and Centwyne, sons or nephewes of Kingulf, r. 11.
  • Cedwalla, nephew to Cut­wine, reigned but 3 yeares and went to Rome.
  • Ina, his cousin, reigned 37 y.
  • Ethelard, reigned 14 yeares.
  • Cuthred, reigned 17 yeares.
  • Sigebert, reigned 1 yeare.
  • Kenulf, R. 29. slaine by Cy­neard one of the bloud Royal.
  • Brytricus, poysoned by his wife Eadburga, reign. 17 y.
  • Egbert, who before had bin a petty King among the west Saxons, and fled into France for feare of Brytricus, recal­led, was made King, A. 802.
  • He reduced all the Kingdoms to one, vnder his obedience, and reigned 37 yeares.
  • 3. The vnion of the seuen Kingdomes of the Saxons vnder the west Saxon King Egbert, into Monar­chy againe, who at a ge­nerall Coun­cell, or Par­liament, as­sembled at Winchester, Anno—caused him­selfe to bee crowned King ouer all the seuen Prouinces; and by his E­dict-Royall, commanded the land to be called from thenceforth Engla-Lond, as the Sax­ons write, and as wee pro­nounce Eng­land: he reig­ned 37 years, and dyed about, Anno 839. first King of Eng­land, he also subdued the Danes, Wales, and a part of Scotland.
HENGIST and HORSVS, Brittons harmes,
Their Ensignes signing both their names,
The Saxon Horse their Armes,
Braue warriours hither came.
Whose mightie stocke,
Like Hydra bud,
So huge a flocke
Of Saxon brood;
That Brytaine bends
To th'Pagan force,
But late as friends
Call'd to their shores.
Kent first, her Kings,
West-Saxons then,
And Sussex sings
As Essex men:
East-Angles, and
Northumbers wilde;
Last Merken-land
Great'st Kingdome stylde.
So while these raigne,
Brittons race failes:
When Welsh-men faine,
Fly into Wales,
Leaue Albions faire
And best parts free
To th' Foe, to reare
Their Heptarchye;
Which flourisht long with fame
Till EGBERTS warre-like force
Brought all to one; and England names,
Faire speede to th'honoured Saxon Horse.

Ode septima, Inscripta HENGISTVS.

Septima septenis sub Regibus Anglica vixdùm,
Oda regi recitat Regna, Britanna cadunt!
Egbertus, tot sceptra tamen, coalescere in vnum
Rex west-Saxo facit, iam (que) monarcha gerit.

Institutum Odae, & Prooemium.

ILle ego qui Samothem,
Series Poematis, siue ma­teriarum [...].
Albiona, immaneis (que) Gigantes
Brutum Brytannis, cecini, agmina (que) Italain oris;
Iam venio ad parteis Anglorum, & Saxones Anglis
Vicinos, primum (que) in littora nostra vocatos,
Rege iubente, rudeis contra hostiles (que) tumultus,
Gentis Hyperboreae, Pictûm (que) Scotûm (que) rapinas.
Quaesitos igitur toties, toties (que) negatos,
Numine Phoebeis,
Praesentis instituti Exegesis.
primos ostendere fonteis,
Saxonici illustris generis, concedite vati
Vestro, augescentis florescere germen honoris,
Percupienti; & tandem archaia, arcana reclusa,
Pandite Daedaliae nobis Oracula Diuae.
Sic ego, sic Britones, Iuitae, Angli, Saxones, omnes,
Florea serta simul, sollemni more feremus.

Anglum, & Saxonicae gentis, vt & nominis Origo.

SAxones à Sacis, ducunt sua stemmata; Sacae,
Sarmatiam coluêre, Getae iuga Pontica; Iuitae
Vbi primùm,
ac terra illis concessa est Cymbrica sedes;
Vicinae heic gentes! cum Iuitis Saxonas olim,
[Page 160] Periustrasse ferunt, pandis freta caeca Cyulis;
Hos praedae intentos contra, tumidos (que) furores,
Saxonicae Comites orae instituere Quirites;
E contrà,
S [...]xonum Archaiologia & [...] exquiritur,
hos Comites sibi Vortiger euocat! Atquî,
Vimine texebant puppeis, alnos (que) cauatas,
Flumina senserunt; direpta (que) terga iuuencûm,
Fluctibus insiliunt ratibus velamina pandis.
Vix Venetus stagnante Pado, ceu Saxo furenti
Nauigat Oceano! talem videt Indus in alueo,
Saurobatis perhibent contextam vimine Cymbam,
Primùm vbi Semiramis summo fluitantia malo,
Caeruleis Regnis victricia signa leuârat.
Vtcun (que) hos primùm video esse necesse fateri,
Sarmatiam, aut Scythiae partem, aut confinia Sacas
Incoluisse; Getae sedêre ad littora Ponti,
Iutae nunc dicti, & Iuit-landia, Cymbrica Nesos,
Sedes percelebris Boreali in Cardine mundi:
Sauromatûm & Sacûm sedem, Scythiam, Europaeam (que)
Olim Sarmatiam, Poloni, alij (que) Polonis
Vicini lota tota tenent; Scythiam vlteriorem,
qui è Scythiâ forsan Europaeâ aut proximè adiacenti Asiaticâ, & Oris
Hordae Tartaricae gentes (que) Hierosolymitanae;
Sunt (que) ingressi Europam, aiunt, Scytha, Sarmata, Sacae:
Sacas (que) è Scythiâ redeunteis subripuisse
Paulatimin Cymbriâ sedes; ne (que) Negnone natum
Saxona commemorem! qui certè Sassones altâ
Chersone so primùm posucrunt maenia Cymbriâ;
Quos medios Iuitas (que) oliminter-creuerit Anglus,
Flens-burgum propè; quod Saxonia protulit Anglos,
Hoc patet in linguâ niueo (que) colore! & ibidem
Anglia, aiunt, vetus est, locus, & sacer angulus Anglis;
Saxones in (que) suâ & nostrûm linguâ, quasi Sacûm
Progenies sonat, & nos Saxones indè vocamus:
Sedem (que) Armenijs Sacas invallibus olim
Sacacenam habuisse ferunt, magnum (que) Monarcham
Ante Cyrum Sacas fugisse, Cyrum (que) fugasse,
In (que) vicem victum & victorem, ait inuida Fama!
Indè olim Persae, Sacaea (que) festa quotannis,
Instituunt celebri, Eustathio referente, triumpho.
Persa Scythas quamuis vno omneis nomine Sacas,
Perfidi vicinis oriundi, in Germaniam, exinde in Britan­niam transmigrârunt:
Saepe vocet; nosmet tamen hijsce parentibus ortos
Scilicet è Sacis; Persis (que) potentibus olim,
Contiguas habuisse domos, ne (que) forsitan illa
Coniectura leuis, quam multa vocabulain vsu
Iam nostris hodie, cum (que) hijs communia Persis,
ijdem historijs recinentibus, Albim
Transuecti Sueuos turbârunt, & modò Gallos,
Et Salicam Gentem, delata (que) postea ad illas
Gens Anglûm recolit dictas de nomine sedes.

Saxones à Vortigerno accersiti, praemijs, & praedijs donati.

VOrtiger Imperio ac sceptris velut ante receptis,
Circumlustranteis pandis freta caeca Cyulis,
Vortigerno, sc. euocati; qua oblata occasione cum
Saxones accersit sibi, praesidiaria, turbas
Hostileis contrâ, socia agmina, Scoto-Hybernûm;
Nam (que) ferunt Britones (que) feros, in montibus olim,
Finibus expulsos Italo regnante per vrbeis,
Secessu è longo, extremi (que) Aquilonis ab Axe
Agresteis homines, Dumis (que) horrentibus ortos,
Pingendi Pistos prisco de more vocatos,
Affore & antiquis sibi reppetere Arua Colonis
Iure sua! Hybernis, turmis (que) Scotûm inter-mixtis;
Odêrunt quippe Britones, cane peius & Angue,
Italionatos, antiquior illa Brytannûm
Vera (que) progenies; quanquam horrida, picta, rudis (que),
Quanquam etiam agnatos viuenteis iure Quiritum;
Vortiger hos reprimit duce Saxone; pace p [...]titus,
Praemia militiae Hengisto, fatalia dona,
Cantia rura dedit; quae Saxone Saxo repleuit;
In (que) tenent hunc vs (que) diem, pater at (que) nepotes.

Vortigerni & Rowennae Hengisti filiae, amores & nuptiae.

HVic erat Hengisto,
Duce Hengisto, ibi sedem fixêrunt; vnde paulatim,
pulcherrima filia Nympha,
Nomine dicta Ronix, alij dixêre Roennam;
Illa adeò insigni formâ, vultu (que) decoro,
Vt Venerem potuisse putes, & vincere Cygnos
Ledaeos iurare velis, ità candida virgo
Pectoribus niueis totum spirabat amorem,
Qualis in Arcadiâ Phoebe, Cytheraea sub Idâ,
Visa, vel Aurora est in vertice montis Hymetti,
Talis erat Ronix, talem se Regis ocellis,
Praebuit, & gestû & formae splendore superba,
Lilia sic amicita rosis, sic vere tepenti,
Flora rubens pratis;
& praecipuè Rowennae gratiâ, potestas & autoritas eorum creuit, Brytannorum vero
Roseos diffundere odores
Est quo (que) visa Ronix, anniveris (que) decore
Florida; sic teneris, Veneres, Charites (que) labellis
[Page 164] Spargere: cùm pendens placidè ridentis ab ore,
In mensis medijs, Dapibus vino (que) repletis,
Vortiger immensam rapuit sub pectore flammam;
Illic saepe animos iuuenum rapuêre puellae,
Illic Rex positis pro virgine concidit armis.
Tum primum spumante cypho, pulcherrima Was-heil
Instituit Regi Ronix! Rex impiger vno
Vinum haustu venerem (que) simul, Lenaeum & Amorem
Libauit! Proceres, Ciues, ignobile vulgus,
Quis credat? facti memores, hucus (que) quot-annis,
Concelebrant Was-heil, & Bacchica festa coronant;
Cum bene me, bene te, bene nos, bene vos, bene nostram
Et dominam ingeminant, cassâ (que) salute salutem:
Sicubi eam visam (que) cupit potitur (que) cupitâ,
Reginâ gnatis (que) tribus, vel carcere clausis
Vel saltem spretis; ad virginis omnia nutum,
Saxonicae genti Regni permisit habenas:
Omnia iam poterant; & nil non Saxones audent.
Paganos minimè passi, (sic nam (que) vocabant
Saxones;) vlteriùs Brytanni! Rege sepulto,
Aut vitijs quasi sopito, sibi pro patre Gnatum
Vortimerum ex primâ statuebant coniuge Regem.

[...]. Belli inter Britannos & Saxones initium, & regni Bry­tannici finis.

IAm (que) parant miseri plusquam ciuilia Ciues
Bella, heu innumeros non extinguenda per annos;
Saxones à Patris, a Gnati stant parte Brytanni,
Rex (que) Octam accersit & ex Scotica Orcade Ebusam;
Spectatrix prima miserûm Deruentio cladis,
Saxonum, & Anglorum; queis non benè fata fauebant,
Bellorum (que) duces, saeuo periêre Duello,
in peius in dies prolabens; ex conflictatione cum Saxone, iam hoste, turmatim, in
Magnanimi, mutuo confossi vulnere, fratres
Wodenî Hengisti, & Britannûm Regis; acerbo
Funerc submersos, pulcherrima corpora bello,
Deflerunt Briiones, & versis Saxones armis.
Saxones ac pugnis fracti cecidêre cruentis
Rex fugit, at (que) penes Britones victoria mansit;
Turbas sedatura sed ipsa Nouerca, priuigno
Pocula Vortimero Medaeis miscuit herbis;
Qno simul ablato▪ ac Hengisti fraude dolo (que)
Delet [...] fuerant proceres; Rex pace quiesset,
Nî noua Aremoricus mouisset praelia tractus;
Nam Constantini fratres modò Regis vter (que)
Vther & Aurelius socias iunxêre Phalanges;
[Page 166] Iura (que) poscebant, & pro diademate certant
Angliam confluente, tandem sub posterioribus Regibus
à domino quam dempserat antè coronam.
Hisce lacessitus bellis, lassus (que) cruentis,
Victori Aurelio linquens sibi debita Iura
Voriger aufugiens, Eboraci ad Moenia tendit.
Saxones Aurelius Regem (que) à Saxone factum
Vortigerum insequitur, nec destitit antè ruinis
Horum inhians, solio sese firmasset Eburno.
Vortigerum perijsse iniectis vndi (que) flammis.
Castro in Mont-Cloarijc dicto, prope flumina Guanae,
Hengistum (que) ferunt virtute superstitis Eldol,
Qui vnus ab Ambriaco euasit stratagemate sospes:
Vitâ Octam donatum, aiunt, Scotiam (que) remissum.
Bis senos tamen Hengistum occidisse tremendo
Marte Duces Britonum audimus; Britones (que) fugasse,
Quos domitos bello, Creisfordia vidit aperto;
Ac tandem placida compostum pace quiesse:
In (que) vicem perhibent, Octa, Otho, Irmenricus olli
Post successores sua Cantia Regna tenebant.
Non tamen inficias eo, Regem quippe vocatum
Aurelium Ambrosium, Britonum sibi splendida sceptra
Acquisita manu, insigni virtute tueri;
Ac laudis monumenta suae,
Arthur [...] qui aliquandiu labantis patriae columen extitit, succedenti­bus, in nihilum recidit,
praeclara trophaea
Relliquisse, vti Saxonico bene tincta cruore.
Illo (que) extincto post bis tria lustra venenis,
Vther successit; modò Merlinaeâ ope fratris,
Ambrosij-buriae ad fineis, ex vrbe Dablanâ
Allata est lapidum structura, Choraea Gigantum
Dicta! Guilo-mauro Iernes, tum Saxone fusis.
Illo (que) extincto post bis duo lustra veneno,
Proximus Arthurus, Constantinus (que) Cadori
Filius insequitur; Constantino (que) Conanus
Aurelius, cui Vortiporus, cui Maglonus, olli
Et penitus euanuit.
Cadwanus ei, Cadwallo, puer (que)
Qui Brito-Romanûm longo vltimus ordine Regum.

Heptarchiae, siue septem Regnorum heic Saxonicorum [...].

SAxones interea,
Saxones autem rerum potiti, septem locis, Regna Minutu­la, Regno [...]úmve Idaeas sibi con [...]nxêrunt,
Aurelio regnante & Vthero,
Sub Ducibus, si [...]i, quis (que) suis, sua Regna parârunt;
Diuersis (que) locis florere Heptarchia coepit:
Prima equidem Cantij; sed flore [...]tissima Merciae;
Nerthumbriae (que) fuêre, Essexiae splendida sceptra,
East-Angliae parua, at Sussexia quàm propè nulla:
[Page 168] Verùm vni tibi soli omnes West-Sexia cedunt.
Cantij erant Cantiae ditionis & Insula Vectis,
Parent (que) Hengisto Hengisti (que) nepotibus [...]lim.
quorum sc. Cantij,
Merciae; Herefordi, fuerint (que) Vigorina, Gleuum,
Lectodorum, Oxonium, Staffordi, Hertfordia, Leyri
Castra, Notinghamia, & quos Buckinghamia saltus,
Northamptonia (que) habet, Varuicum; Erythraea (que) rura,
Cestria, Salopia, Huntingdonia, Derbia, Lindum,
Quae Trentam,
& Tamisim, Sabrinae & flumina Deuae,
Prata bibunt; quaquâ vergens media Anglica tellus:
Quas genteis Latiâ dixti fortissime Caesar
Voce Catechlaunos, Coritanos, at (que) Dobunos,
Cornauios (que), omnes Merciae sub lege iugo (que),
Primum habuêre Cridam, & gnatos sibi postèa Reges.
Northumbriae amplexû Lancastria [...]
At (que) Eboracenses,
Dunelmia, Cumbria & omnes
Westmoriae, late (que) tui Northumbria fines
Contenti; & Regio Borealis tota, Marinis
Scotiae Edinburgi contermina adus (que) fluentis:
Ipsi, ora haec omnis, soboli (que) obtemperat Idae.
Essexiae Regnum, Trinobantes Caesaris olim
Hertfordiae partem, cùm Middel-sexiam, & ipsam
Essexiam amplectens,
fuit Vffae, Vffae (que) nepotum.
East-Anglûm genteis, quos iam Norfolcia diues,
Suffolcia, Eliensis & Insula pauit,
Vffa habuit; Tityla, & Titylae tenuere nepotes.
Primos sed paucos profert Sussexia Reges,
A Cissâ quamuis,
Ella (que) parente oriundos
Surreiam sibi iunctam habuit Sussexia, vbi Ella,
Primus ab Hengisto Rex: at citò postea Regnum,
Cum West-Saxonico, perhibent, coaleuit in vnum.
West-Sexiae Regnum est, Dorsetia, Danmonij (que),
Bercheria, Hamptonia, Wiltonia, amoena (que) sedes
& West-Sexiae regnorum [...] [...]iue Hypotyposes carptim hic proponuntur:
satis & Cornubia clara metallis;
Cerdicus est à quo, West-Saxones ordine longo
Nascuntur Reges! pater Ella; a [...]us vnde Gewisses.

[...] Saxonum, & votum.

NVnc Heleconiades, in tanto turbine rerum,
Saxonieos Reges memorate,
& eo ordine, paulo fusiùs▪ in seqq. eluci­dantur.
trophaea (que) Diuae:
Dijs genitos equidem se oriundos Saxones omnes
Inclamant, magno attollentes nomina fastû!
Saturnus Seater, quocum Sol, Luna, Dea (que)
Dij (que) dies, sacro, Hebdomadae de nomine censent;
[Page 170] Mars Tuisco,
Cytheraea Frea, Geta Apollo, Thor ipse
Iupiter esse, Herm [...]s (que) adeo celebratus Odenus,
Creditur! hinc oritur tam verè Martia proles;
Orti à Seth, & Adam; & aui numerantur auorum.
Cantia nunc Primâs, Regni (que) Metropolis olim,
Primi Saxonici; primùm ergo canenda camoenis.

Cantij Regni & Regum primorum origo, & ordo.

primò inter Cantios Reges tanquam omnium primos, & Vthe [...]um gesta,
vt perhibent, Hengistus noster Odeni,
Progenies, Magni (que) Getae; modò quartus ab illo!
Cantia Regna tenet; successit filius Octa;
Quicum Pen-dragon exercet lachrymabile bellum,
Rex (que) in praelio apud Mont-Badon concidit Octa;
Cornubiae Ducis Igernae, ce [...] captus amore
Victor vti (que) suos minime citò Pendragon igneis
vt & Arthurum posteà recitantur,
omnificas Merlini consulit artes;
Mentitur (que) Ducis habitus, & Rege latente,
Induit absentis praesentia Gorlois ora.
Est locus Abrimi sinuoso in littore Ponti,
Rupe situs mediâ, refluus quem circuit aestus,
Fulminat heic latè turrito vertice Castrum
Nomine Tyndagium veteres dixêre Corini:
Hac specie tectus, hoc nomine falsus adulter,
Tyndagel irrupit; ex illo Arthurius ingens
Concubitu genitus; Brytannûm gloria! Cuius
Mira frequens (que) canit laudes Lyra!
cuius Arthuri sc, natale [...]
Martis alumni.

Tempore primorum Cantij Regum, Arthuri gesta & laudes.

OCtae Otho successit, aiunt, Irmenricus olli
Tempestate istâ fusis vbicun (que) Britannis,
Northumbriam Ida regit, South-Saxones Ella, Gewisses
Cerdicus, & paullò Crida posteà Merciam, & ambos
Gnati Orientaleis Anglos & Saxones Vffae:
Haec mala tot Britonum, capita ac quae pullulat Hydra,
At (que) renascenteis vires quasi sanguine Lernae
Debellare aggressus eras Arthurius omneis,
Nam (que) Scotûm turmas at (que) agmina Pictica Loti,
Cui data Connubio Arthuri soror Anna, Ducem (que)
[Page 172] Nor danhumbrorum Colgernum Saxona, fudit,
Bis, decies (que) aiunt Anglos; vires (que) repressit.
Formosam hinc Nympham Guinheram nomine dictam
Accipit in socias sibi taedas! Scoto-Hybernis,
Vs (que) metu micuêre sinus, quando algida Ierne,
Brutigenum aduentu spumantem remige Tethym
Sensit! eum norant, Islandiae, quae (que), Britanno,
Insula in Oceano, Germani, Gallia, Gothae,
Saxones & Daci confecti caede cruenta,
Gallia at Infidum redeunti, è trans (que) marinis,
Cantia Lotiden Mordredum bella fugarunt;
Quem videt ac stratum Zephyri Cornubia limen,
Arthurus (que) cadit; mutatam vbi Cambula fontis
Naturam stupet esse sui; ceu transit inundans,
Sanguineus torrens ripas, & voluit in aequor
Corpora caesorum: cognatum ac perculit hastâ
Comminus accepit lethalia vulnera Princeps;
Mellodunus (que) vbi aquas confundit Dulios vndis,
Domi & foras occasus Tymbus, Gloria & Encomi [...], virtutis praemia, re­censentur.
Cuius conuersim per Riuos per (que) paludeis
Pont-perilos recipit fluctus remeantis; in illis
Ille locis ensem Calibur Arthurius alto
Vulnere confossus proiecit! Iam (que) leuare
Desierat fuso morientia membra cruore;
Somersettiae agris! Pomorum vbi in insulâ Auallon,
Glasconiâ tumulatus humo, iacet inclytus Hector;
Saxonicas toties, qui fudit Marte cruent [...],
Turmas, fulmineo qui Pictos [...]ontudit ense,
Qui Scotos, Gallos; Germanos qui (que) feroceis
Perculit, & Dacos bello confregit aperto;
Dum tumuli Elogium, & canet hos tibi tymbus honores,
Perpetuo celebrata vigescent fortia facta,
Militiae clarum decus & virtutis Alumne!
O igitur proles Gentis generosa Brytannae,
Ceu facitis, Regiter magno assurgite vestro,
Et tumulo sacro R [...]seas inferte Corollas,
Officij testes redolentia munera vestri.

Reliqui Reges, & regni Cantij finis.

ARthuro extincto, simul-ac ruit omne Brytannis
Imperiale decus, virtus (que) refloruit Anglis:
Postquam lustra decem, Otho, at (que) Irmenricus eiu [...]
Successor, rexêre, aut iam latuêre per Arua
Cantij; Ethelbertus sequitur! pia nupserat [...]lli
Francorum Regis Chereberti filia Berta:
Iisdem Augustinus,
Inde Cantiorum Regum, tum inter eos, pientissimi Ethelberti,
vice Apostoli, vt Angelus Anglis,
E Coelo, Christi (que) fidem, cum Chrismate sacro,
Attulit in terris summum vir sanctus honorem.
Immanis tamen huic solio Paganus in alto,
Gnatus Eadbaldus successit; Apostata saeuus!
Cui sor [...]r, Edwino Ethelburga pijssima Nympha,
Northumbro, Nupta est, Christi serua optima, secum
Paulinum (que) ferens & non mortalia dona.
Olli Ercumbertus; satus illo Ecbertus; & illi
Successor Lotherus erat; furialia bella
Merciae Ethelredus quicum gerit!
& Reliquorum, siqua precipua, memorantur gesta,
Edricus illum
Filius Eeberti, belli armorum (que) perosum
Cognatus perimit, solum (que) duo Edricus annos
Rex, in ciuili simul occubat ipse tumultû:
Tum Cedwalla potens West-Saxo, Cantia Regna
Vast abat miserè; Cui postea visere Romam
(Fratre sed amisso West-Saxonis antè,) volenti
Filius Ecberti Guithredus lenijt iras,
Immensum soluens Argenti pondus & Auri.
Guithredus ille Edrici frater, tres (que) ordine Gnati,
Pace Ethelredus (que) Edbertus, & Alricus almâ
Cantia sceptragerunt, centum vel circiter annos;
Alter & Edbertus sequitur, Cynewolfus at illum
Deturbat solio, Rex Merciae; ei (que) Cuthredum
ad Egberti tempora, qui sibi Cantios cum reliquis Regnis subiugauit.
perhibent, iam proximum & vltimum in isto
Ordine successorem Alredum è limite pulsum
Liquisse Egberto fatis sibi debita Sceptra,
Angliaco Regi primo! cui serius vni,
Heic omneis parere,
vitas & Saxones; Anglûm
Regna simul septena, audimus, sic voluere Parcas.

Merciaci regni, primorum (que) Regum origo & ordo.

ETiam Merciacos mihi Musa recense Tyrannos!
A Crida exorsi,
Merciae Regum & inter eos praecipuè,
Guifa proximus; inde Ceorlus,
Bellator (que) potens, terror (que) pudor (que) Brytannûm;
Proximus ast illi successor Penda, Brytannis
Foedere coniunctus Northumbrûm fortiter armis,
Opposuit Regem Edwinum, Gnatos (que) Ceorli
Gnatae Quinburgae Edwino priùs anteà nuptae;
Saxones Occiduos Bellonae turbine vexat,
Quippe quòd indigna est iniuria lata sorori,
Sponsae â Rege suo spretae; at pax alma secuta est.
Iam (que) orientalis Anglos treis ordine Reges,
Et solio & vitâ spoliarat; deni (que) quarto
Iunctus foedere, cum socio simul occubat ipse,
A Rege Osuuio Northumbro, victus vter (que);
Occupat Osuuius Regnum, minimè (que) ferentes
Aequo animo proceres, sua subdere colla Tyranno,
Externo tanquam Merciae de sanguine creto,
Wolpherum in Regno statuunt,
Regem (que) salutant;
Saxone qui fuso occiduo, Vectam (que) subegit,
Quam dat Edilwalco, Regi Sussexiae! at [...]lli
Frater Edilredus successit, Cantia Rura,
Crebris qui spoliat bellis;
regnante Lothero:
Nec minùs Egfridi Northumbrica sceptra, perempto
Egfridi fratre Alcwino, prope flumina Trentae;
Atquî operae-precium! Accensos in praelia Reges,
Ecce Theodorus placat, dat Mercia D [...]ron:
Wolferi at soboles simulac Rex ille cucullum
Induerat, Diadema capit Kenredus; & olli,
Gnatus Edilredi; quicum fera bella gerebat
Ceolredus succedit: proximus illi,
Ortus Ethilbaldus fratris de sanguine Pendae,
Eopides! Wallos qui contudit at (que) Meatas,
Occiduo tamen à Cuthredo Saxone fusus,
Bernredo occisus; quem sustulit Offa tyrannum.

Regni & reliquorum Regum Merciacorum acta & exitus.

WAlli Offa veniente tremunt,
Offae Regis nequam gestorum Catalogus
& Cantia Regna,
Saxones occidui, & Northumbria tota tumultû;
East-Anglûm Regem, in generum taedas (que) paratas,
Conscius egregiae fraudis, sceleris (que) vocatum
Interimi iubet, & Regnum rapit; at pia Nympha,
Alfreda, heu lachrymis tumulum decorata Mariti
Sperati, & facinus crudele exosa parentis,
Incusans patrem, Monacham induit! Anglo-Eoûm,
Caeso ità Ethelberto, meta haec fuit vltima Regni;
In (que) manus venit Egberti, cui Mercia venit:
Offa vti (que) Alcuinum, ad Carolum cognomine Magnum,
Misit, vt illius sibi conciliaret amorem.
Et quid non illi facanda Lutetia debes?
Vix latuit quater, & toto quater orbe recreuit
ad Egberti tempora vsque pro­tenditur, proximè
vbi post patrem cito funere raptus acerba,
Filius Egfridus Offa satus appulit vmbras:
Succedis Cynewofe, satus de sanguine Pendae.
Edbertum strauit, dat Cantia Regna Cuthredo;
Quem soror & latis Quindreda reliquit in aruis.
Confossum. Infelix sequitur puer ipse Kenelmus;
Inde Ceolwolphus Cunewolfi frater; at illum
Bernulph [...]s pellit, Regno mox pulsus & ipse,
Fusus ab Egberto, sed ab Anglis caesus Eois;
Et quamuis Ludicenus ei, ceu Guthlacus olli,
Successêre, iugo tamen ambo Egbertus adegit,
Subdere colla, sibi (que) ratum pendere tributum
Angliaco Regi primo: sic Fata volebant.

Regnorum Breniciae ac Deirae, Regum (que) Northumbrorum Origo & admodum varia successio.

IAm (que) Ottadinos, dabis ordine Diua Toparchas!
Ida regit primus Northumbros;
Northumbriae Regum, & inter eos praecipuè celebratorum
nomine clarus,
Regio! & imperij fineis promouit ab Humbro
Flumine, adus (que) fretum Scoticum; socio agmine victis,
L [...]tho Pictorum, ac Conrano Rege Scotorum;
Intra bis senos spacium quo rexerat annos.
Id [...]
Idae Ada Breniciae; at Histriae, Rex Ella Deirae:
[Page 180] Regnum Ellae cis, Adae, Scoticos tendebat in agros
Glappa, Theodulphus, Freodulphus, Adam (que) secuti
Ter modo Theodoricus denos, & Ethelricus omnes,
Breniciam! Deiros vnus rexisse tot annos,
Dicitur Ella suos! Ellae tamen vnicus haeres,
Vix ab Ethelrici Ethelfrido,
tutore maligno,
Euadens sospes, Redoualdi Regis, & oras
East-Anglum venit Edwinus; charissimus olli!
Cuius ope fretus solio sceptris (que) potiri
Bello Ethelfridum aggreditur, sternit (que) furentem;
Quanquam & pace forent firmata sibi omnia, postquam
Imperij extendens fineis,
Britones (que) fugara [...],
Et Scotum Ethelfridus, Pictum (que) & ab Orcade Regem;
Quo caeso, in Scotiam se proripuêre tenelli,
Quin (que) cius Gnati, Don-Waldi Regis ad aulam,
Osricus, Oswaldus, Eufridus, Osuuius, Offa,
Ebba (que) virgo soror! Longè hic Scotica aura & Hybernas
Ebrides imperio adiecit; pulchrâ (que) Ceorli
Merciaci ex Gnatâ Quinburgâ, mascula bina,
Nata sibi soboles; Gnatae (que) ex coniuge binae,
Cantia Ethelburgâ!
quae Christum, candida Nympha,
Attulerat secum dotem, & coelestia dona:
Primùm ibi tum fundata fides, & Cantia sedes,
Aemulam habet Famae mater sanctissima gnatam,
Inuidet Edwino infaelix West-Saxo Ceolphus,
Interimi (que) cupit, bello tamen occubat ipse.
Penda sed & Britonum Princeps Cadwallinus, armis
Edwinum & Gnatos Quinburga ex coniuge caedunt,
Offredum, Edfredum (que): Offredum cum patre aperto
alium (que) datae violato faedere pacis:
Queis caesis, misera Ethelburga in Cantia Rura,
Heu virgo infelix, natis comitata duabus,
Venit Eadbaldum ad fratrem, transfixa dolore,
Et teneram prolem externas pia mater in oras
Misit, vbi aethereis desiêrunt vescier auris.
Breniciae ac Deirae, Eufridus & Osricus Accâ,
Sponsa Ethelfridi, Edwini (que) sorore creati,
Regna adeunt; ab Adâ veniunt, & ab Histriâ & Ellâ;
Finibus è Scotiae reduces! sed concidit Osrijc,
Concidit & positis, Wallo Duce, Eufridus armis.
Tertius Oswaldus venit acrem infensus in hostem
Vlturus Fratreis crudelia vulnera passos;
Conuersam in cin [...]res patriam, charos (que) Penateis.
Est locus; Oswaldi, Heauen feildia nota trophaeis,
Dictus, vbi caedit victor, domuit (que) Britannos:
Neu Britonum ignoras O Denisbornia clades,
Rex ibi Saxonicis Cadwallinus occidit armis;
Quem sequeris Britonum Cadwallader vltime Regum.

Oswaldi pientissimi regis gloria, & nepotum gesta.

POsteà pacificus sine caede aut sanguine Pictos,
Continuit (que) Scotos, Britannos, Saxones omnes,
Foedere; Brenicios simul vnanimi (que) Deiros,
Pace suos! queis vixdum animis concordia concors:
Pacis amans, summa pietate insignis, egenis
Dans Elcemosynas largis, manibus (que) quod aiunt,
Ambabus, populo Ecclesias, donaria templis;
Haud secùs ac Anius, Rex ille, Dei (que) Sacerdos.
Rex ipse Oswaldus sacer interpres (que) Deorum;
Quando ex Aidani venerandi praesulis ore,
Verba sacra excerpens,
Regis honoratissimi, & Osuuij gesta, ac
populi spargebat in aures.
Tandem Merciacus multâ feritate tyrannus
Saeuus, & immanis Christiani nominis hostis,
Oswaldum superat Penda, & transmisit ad vmbras:
Osrici at Oswino, Oswalditam Deira nepoti
Obtigit, Osuuio, Oswaldi Brenicia fratri;
At (que) ita Brenicios inter-cidit at (que) Deiros,
Schisma iterum; quanquam, non multùm ità postea capto,
Caeso (que) Oswino, Osuuium penes vtra (que) mansit,
Breniciae Deirae (que) simul Prouincia: Pendae
Osuuius bellum (que) mouet; bello (que) peremit;
Dat (que) Peda Pendae Gnato, pro coniuge Gnatam,
Australem (que) plagam Merciae; sibi caetera victor,
Rettinuit, moriens (que) Egfrido sceptra relinquit;
Gnato, â Merciacis victo, Pictis (que) peremt [...];
Qui sponsae, florens quamuis iuuenilibus annis,
Virgineam haud soluit Zonam, Monacham (que) remisit:
Frater at è gelidis rediens Elfridus Hybernis,
Ad cultum ingenij capiendum eous (que) profectus;
Succedit: sequitur (que) Osredus filius, [...]lli,
Cognati Kenredus & Osricus; inde Ceolphus,
Egbertus (que) pius, Monachi ambo, Deo (que) dicati;
Egberto (que) satus, turbis (que) excisus Osulphus.

Regni Northumbrici per bellicas turbas dissipatio.

NOrthumbris vbi iam discordia turpis oriri
Coepit, Eidwaldus cadit, Alredus (que) Tyrannus;
[Page 184] Factus Ethelbertus bis Rex toties (que) reiectus,
postremò turbae ciuili odio defl [...]gran [...]ium, ad Egberti vf­que tempora, facinora expli­cantur,
Oswaldus, frater (que) Osredus eos (que) secuti,
Post Alfwoldum Ardulphus, & isto turbine, fato,
Aut pulsi, aut capite plexi, cecidêre tremendo,
Omnes postremi Reges: vti Sceptra iacebant,
Visa Seianeio magis infortuna Caballo
Quando duces inter, multos viduata per annos
Regibus; vt praeda infestis Northumbria Dacis,
Occubuit, sua fatagemens crudelia; cum (que)
Bella cient miseri, plusquam ciuilia ciues.
Quis cladeis etenim miseras, quis funera fando,
Explicet, aut possit lachrymis aequare dolores?
Sylua nemus (que) omnis, deiectis frondibus arbos,
Aethereus montium tractus, scit & ardua rupes,
Quos gemitus; qualeis (que) Tigreis, rapidos (que) Leones,
Posse mouere putes, silices adamanta (que) durum,
Instar Arioneae citharae!
Egberto (que) mouente
Praelia, Palladios pacis praetendere ramos,
Legatos mittunt, Regem (que) vno ore salutant;
Et quanquam Egberto incipiunt pendere tributum,
Vix tamen à Dacis, tutos fore, fata ferebant.

Essexiae Regnum; & Regum series.

NVnc claros mihi Pande tuos Essexia Reges;
Et primus magno venit Erchenwinus ab Vffâ,
Essexiae Regum, inter quos Erchenwinus primus,
Sledda deinde, sacro (que) Sebertus chrismate tinctus,
E Sleddâ satus ille fuit, Ricula (que) sorore,
Cantij Ethelberti; sceptris (que) inglorius haeres,
Serredus; sequitur (que) nepos cognomine Paruus
At (que) alter Sigebertus; eum (que) subinde secuti
Suithelinus, simulac Regni socio (que) Sigerus
Cum Selbio, Monachum induto, Gnatis (que) Sigardo,
Seufredo (que) suis;
Offa pijssimus habentur,
multum (que) pijssimus Offa,
Vrbis visendae studio, veniae (que) petendae
Romam primâ aetate profectus, ibi (que) sepultus.
Offae Celredus perhibent, successeraet olli
Clarus Edilwaldus; Alberto, Vmbêna; cadebat,
Regum East-Saxonicâ supremus ab arce Suthredus,
Egbertum [...]sque catalogus perducitur, sed &
Qui West-Saxonico linquens sua Regna tyranno,
Cesserat Egberto! longè cui Martia virtus,
Sic micuit reliquos inter, socios (que) Dynastas
Vndi (que) vicinos; quos iam malè fata fouebant,

East-Angliae siue Angliae Regnum orientalis & Regis.

NEc minus O recine Alma tuos East-Anglia Reges;
East-Angliae Reges recensen, tu [...], [...] quos Vffa primus
Exoritur magno, primo (que) Tytullus ab Vffâ,
Filius huic Redoualdus erat, qui flebile bellum
Mouit Ethelfridum contrâ. Edwino (que) fauêbat;
Ol [...] Forpwaldus; Sigebertus proximus; illo,
Plurima patrono sibi Cantabrigia gaudet:
Sigebertus Cantabrigiae sun­dator cla [...]simus,
Tres (que) adeò à Pendâ saeuo, veluti ordine Reges
Continuo occisi, prior hic ingressus Eremum,
Cognatus (que) Edricus, nec fortunatior Anna;
Hos (que) secutus Edilherus dat sanguine poenas
Cum Pendâ Osuu [...], Christi pro Dogmate spreto.
Ordine Edilwaldus sequitur; succedit Adulphus,
Ethelbertus vltimus ab Offa Merciae Tyrannoc [...] cumuen­tus: qui East-Ang [...]r regnum occupauit; & successores am­bo, Egberto relinquunt.
Gnatus Adilheri; Eluoldus (que), illis (que) Beornas;
Clarus Edilredus, & chara pro coniuge ab offâ
Caesus Ethelbertus, Rex vltimus Anglo-Eoûm.

Sussexiae Regnum, & siqui supersunt Reges.

IAm paucos numerare potes Sussexia Reges:
Saxonum ab aduentu, vix dum trigesimus annus.
Voluitur, ac solio regnantem viderat alto,
Austri Ellam plaga! Plettigero, Cissâ, at (que) Cymene,
Inde Sussexiae pauci qui sunt Re­ges & gesta recitantur.
Cum gnatis tribus; egregijs, Rex ille Britannos,
Afflixit damnis; successit Cissa parenti,
Eius Cissan Cestria opus: West-Saxone cuncti
Posteâ Edilwalcus, mox & Berthunus, Athuno
Cum socio caesi à Cedwalla, Aldwinus ab Inâ:
Hos West-Saxonici primùm absorpsere Tyranni,
Mox Reliquos:
quos Musa olim memorate Monarchas.

Dynastiae & regum West-Saxonum historia.

CErdicus est,
West-Saxonum Regum & in­ter eos claridimorum, praeci­puè,
à quo, West-Saxones ordine longo
Nascuntur Reges! Britones, serò aduena ab axe
Zephyreo eiecit; soboles (que) huic Kenricus, olli
Rex (que) Ceaulinus,
ferus hostis vter (que) Brytannis:
Iis (que) Ceaulini frater Cutha, tristia beila
Intulit, & villas rapuit, domuit (que) feroceis;
Treis (que) fudit Britonum Reges!
at Regia proles,
Cutwinus tamen occubuit, Regni vnicus haeres:
Illius (que) patris vice filius, ortus ab illo,
Celricus exuli auo successit; ei (que) Ceolphus;
Cuius in Edwinum mala Machina, se opprimit ipsum!
Succedit Cynegillus ei Ceolae (que) Cuthae (que)
Filius, hic Ceolae ipse Cuthae: Kenoualchius olli;
Armat in exitium sibi, vindictam (que) sororis,
Spretae, iras iustas Pendae; mediante sed Annâ,
East-Anglo, sponsam (que) & pristina regna re [...]epit!
Septra gerit Segburga manu, moriente marito:
Postea (que) egregij luuenes, Elewinus, & alter,
Centwinus Cuthwino orti; domat ille Britannos,
Merciacos prior. Et post hos Cedwalla, reuersus
inuidiam propter quo missus abijsset,
Ipse etiam Cuthwino ortus! temerarius ausu,
Primus Edilwalkus, mox & Berthunus Athuno,
Cum socio, heic fusi, Sussexiae vtri (que) Tyranni;
Iam (que) feris bellis vastabat Cantiae Regna,
Cum tamen à Cantio, amisso sed fratre Molone,
Pacatus grandi nummorum pondere cessit;
Sceptris substituens Inam! Romam (que) profectus
Sacro vbi chrismate eum tinxit,
Petrum (que) vocauit,
Sergius Antistes, sanctâ iacet vrbe sepultus.
Fuso (que) Alwino, Regnum Sussexiae in vnum
Cum West-Saxonico coalescere, Cantia fecit
Regna suo subiecta iugo, pendere tributum,
At (que) Ceolredum! & Wellijs, iam pace potitus
Sanctorum Monumentum ingens Rex Ina laborum,
Condebat templum; Benedictinis (que) celebre
Coenobium Monachis, cùm praedia templa (que) ponit;
Olim vbi Glasconiae, fore Arymathiense sacellum,
Fama refert, Christi, velantis syndone corpus:
Dormierunt (que) Deo, Rex Romae ingressus eremum,
Berchyngae (que) domi, Ethelburga pijssima coniux.
Successêre Ethelardus ei, domuit (que) rebellem
Oswaldum; Cuthredus ei, domuit (que) ferocem
Merciae Edilwaldum; primo Sigebertus at anno,
Turbatus solio;
fusus (que) Kenulphus ab Offâ,
Postea (que) à Regum Cyneardo è sanguine creto,
[Page 190] Caesus, & occisore suo comitatus ad vmbras.
Inde salutatus fuerat Rex Brytricus! olli,
Valde suspecta est, orti de sanguine Regum,
Egbertivirtus! suspectam Galliae in oras,
Cogit in exilium; fato cedente sed ipso,
Hunc omnes reducem expectant, Regem (que) salutant.

Egberti Regnum & cum vnione 7. regnorum gesta florentissima.

MErciacos statim aggressus,
Egberti gesta celebrantur,
Wallos (que) rebelleis,
Ambos West-Saxo, & sibi Cantia Regna iugauit;
Inde Orientaleis, deuicto Rege Suthredo,
Saxones imperio adiecit; sed & Anglo-eoos,
Merciaco, spreto (que) ingo, strato (que) tyranno
Bernulpho, ad se vltrò venienteis, omine perquàm
Fatidico recipit: Ludicenus & Vthlacus olli
Merciaci Reges succumbunt; praelio vter (que)
Ille occisus, & hic iuga sub seruilia missus.
Iam (que) Ottadinos contà conuersus, Oliuâ
Palladiâ circùm redimitos tempora,
vti (que) eiusdem Egberti operâ, Da­norum tunc saeuientium pro­fli [...]t [...]atio, &
Legatos recipit, Rex (que) ipse receptus ab illis;
Et sibi promittens tutelam, è limine toto,
Heptarchiae, septem scil. Reg­norum in vnam politeian re­ductio,
& bello Dacos confregit aperto;
Tunc Northumbriacis solum quasi finibus hostem
Totius A [...]bionis miserandam posteà pestem.
Vicit & Ordouices velut antè Silures, & vrbem
Carleon ad flumen Deuae: sic Cantia rura,
Mercia, Northumbri, Walli, Anglo-Saxones omnes,
Vni iam parent Egberto; Florida rerum
Angliacarum erat haec facies! Heu parcere Parcas,
Indocileis diuas, at (que) inuida fata! paterent,
Quorsùm ea Normannûm spolijs Danûm (que) rapinis?
Wintoniam (que) regressus, vbi proceres (que) Duces (que)
Hospitio excipiens laetos per cuncta benig nè
Concilio indicto,
vndè ab ipso, gen [...]re Anglo,
Diademate clarus & auro,
Totius Albionis nostrae, Rex inde creatur.
Totam etiam illius, quae dicitur Anglia, partem
Publico eam edicto, iussit, sermone vocari
Saxonico Engla-lond;
Anglia & Angli, Edicto eius publico, nomen suum, & eo cum Oda haec finem, sortiun­tur.
nostro contractiús England;
Rex West-Saxo, genus ducens Egbertus ab Anglis.
Anglis sic effulsit honos, quo tempere primùm,
Desijt Heptarchia, florere Monarchia coepit.
Odae septimae Finis.

Entituled HENGIST. The seuenth Ode,

Seuen Saxon Kings this seuenth Ode tells,
And Hengist how, 'gainst Pictish pride,
By Bryttons call'd in, both expells,
And Conquerour-like their Lands diuides:
But Egbert brought all Crownes to one,
Erecting new styl'd Englands Throne.

The scope proposed of this present Ode.

I That late sung,
Synchronismus siue computatio Annorum.
in humble straine,
Supplementum Historiae.
Samothes, Albion, Brute, Romans traine;
Sing now the warlike English, and
Saxons neare kin, Kings of this Land,
Call'd in by Vortiger, t'oppose
Picts rapines first, and other foes!
Whose Ancestors and Gentries ground
Not so rare sought, as seldome found,
Daigne, gentle Phoebus, to reherse,
And be thou Patron of my Verse:
Brits then, Iuits, Saxons, we and they,
Will decke thy shrine, with Garlands gay;
So honouring thee, that honour'st them
With Blazon of their Royall stem.

A summary discouery of the Saxons originall and hono­rable antiquitie.

FRom Sacae comes the Saxons name,
The Sacae they from Scythia
All those Countries East and North, Sarm [...]tia, Polonia, Moscouia, Tartaria, &c. were anciently called Scythia, the hi­thermost Europaea, the other Asiatica; like as the south-east Countries, all India's: the Southerne termed Lybia's.
Inhabiting erst Sarmatia, where,
The Pontique Getes, neare neighbours were;
[Page 161] And now, since plac't in Cymbrike
Cymbrica, Chersonesus, Denmarke, and a great part of Scandia.
As nigh beene set, the Iuites or Getes;
And rouing since, Romans 'gainst these
Set th'Earles of Saxon shores, and
Comites Saxonici littoris; such was Carausius.
Though rouing so, Vortiger, he prai'd,
'Gainst Picts, and Scots, these Pyrates aide,
Whose boates of so small bulke, to row,
Venice scarce would venture on her Poe;
As these compact of twigs of willowes,
Couered with skins, to cut salt b [...]llowes;
Much like Saurobates Indian fleete,
Semyramis did in triumph meete:
First sea-fight first time land-reft woods
Seeme quarrell on fam'd Indus flouds.
These Saca's son's their Scythian style,
Inhabiters of the Scandian
Scandia and Scandinauia, are all those Countries called North of Germany, Prussia, and Polonia, which the Danes, Iuits, Swedians, Norwayes, and their Norther [...]y neigbhours doe inhabit.
Saxons and moderne Iutes; old Getes,
For Iuit-land and their Cymbrian seates;
Left their erst home, more easterne site,
To th'Pol [...], 'tis thought or Moscouite;
Perhaps, Tartarian Hords! say
Where the Hords haue names of Assareth, Danitae, and the like, as if deriued from the tribes of Israel, carryed that way cap­tiue by Salmanasat beyond Ba­bylon.
That from faire Syons Towers did come.
Getes, Gothes, Iutes, Saxons, all sate in
The Baltique sea-coast, all neere kin,
And mid'st these Iuites and Saxons, neere
Flensburge, old Anglia's found we
The place from whence the Angles, Angli, or English tooke their name, scituate betweene Flensbuge and the floud Sly, whereon Sleswike standeth, from which place came those peoples, called Saxons or English, or English Saxons, saith Ranzo­uius.
What need's then, seeke th'English to bring,
From other, then the Saxon spring;
Whose manners, beauty, speech and guise,
Bewrayes it! nor neede they deuise,
Negnon's Saxo, or other
Saxo is said to be the sonne of N [...]g [...]o, who was brother of Vandalus, of whom, according to some, the Vandals were named.
Then their trew ancient Saca's race,
Which Saca's sonnes spoke short and

Sac's sons, is Saxons: x. valuing c. s. They were also an­ciently written Sal [...]ones, with ss. Verstegan will not allow of this, but wil haue them called Seaxen or Seaxes, of their skeynes they vsed to w [...]are, as we call Lances, Carabines, Pikes, Muskets, the bearers of those weapons, so these for distinction sake, named of their Seaxen, as the Verse go­eth,

Quippe breuis gladius apud illos Saxa vocatur,

Vnde [...]uum nomen Saxo traxisse putatur. And the like of this hee vrgeth of the Galli­glasses in Ireland.

Saxons, their very name doth sound:
And in th'Armenian bounds was seene
Saca's old Citty Sacacene;
Where conquering Cyrus, conquer'd oft,
Was lastly by Thomyris scoft:
For Persians they promiscuously,
Sacae, and Scythians call;
As it may bee seene in Eusta­thius Commentaries vpon Dio­nysius, de Situ, or descripcio­ne Orbis.
Triumphs memorizing Scythian gests,
Beene nam'd by them Sacaean feasts.
More to confirme this our assertion
Of their so bord'ring on the Persian,
Trauellors and skilfull Linguists may
Gather from their speech, good proofs, they
Hauing beene neighbour Nati­ons; many of their words, as Feadar, Madar, Breadar, Do­ctear, Star, Baud, for father, &c. and the very Idiom, like, or the same; which may argue their originall from thence.
So thence, first Germany, now long-while,
Since haue they held faire Albions Ile.

Their calling in and first plantation here vnder Vortiger.

Vortiger, Anno Christo 447. reigned first 7. yeares, after­wards 12. yeares or mo [...]t.
as was before set downe,
Hauing by fraud gayn'd Brytaines Crowne,
Call'd in these Saxons t'helpe
The Saxons to the number of 9000. came in certayne long Ves­sels they called Keeles, with their Leaders, two brothers, Hengist & Horse, nobly descended, whose ensigne, as was an vsuall and ho­norable deuice of antiquity, allu­ded to their names (Hengst, sig­nifying a stond horse; Horse, as the word importeth) their Ban­ner, being a white or siluer Horse, in a field Gules, Armes which the noblest Families of Saxons, and other thence descended, haue borne.
with stand
Irish, Scots, and Picts, that spoil'd the Land;
Some holden th'ancient Britons race,
When Roman Lords reign'd in their place,
Retyr'd to Scotlands Mountaynes
As being not Romanized; for it was Agricola's policy to haue had the Brittons brought vp after the Latines fashion, so to haue them more tractable, and leaue their rudenesse.
And Irish Orkes, thence beene Picts stylde,
Because they, as they vsed, e're
Since Caesars dayes, be-painted
Who reported this their guise; that they dyed themselues with w [...]ad, of a wan and blew [...]sh co­lour, to make themselues seeme more terrible in battaile, the hair they ware being long, but shauen all sauing the head and vpper lip: then taking their name of Britts or Brittons, of their owne word Brit, from their painting, since Picti of the Latines, as on like occasions Longa-bardi of their long beards; Gallia togata and Braccata, with the peoples of their habit there, wearing Togae and Braccae, tooke their name.
Notes of their Gentrie such! this wise,
Retayning still th'old Brytons guise;
Hating th'Italionate new brood,
As we say, worse, then Turke or Toad!
Proud of their painting! none true Brittons,
Else held; most painted, so most Great-ones.
Vortiger represt these Picts rude traynes,
By th'Saxons aide; and for his
The Saxons had onely the Ile of Thanet first giuen them, where they first landed, and whither Vortimer afterwards chased them out of the rest of the Land, till he and the Barons were slaine, then Hengist bad all Kent assigned him, Geffrey of Monmouth saith, Vortiger first gaue him ground to build a Castle, so much as could be composed in a thong of a Bulls skin, which is Thong-Castle by Sittingbourne in Kent.
Gaue Hengist Kent,
Hengist began his reigne 8. yeares after his first arriuall, about Anno 456 he reigned 34. yeares.
whose sonnes, they say,
Held since, and hold it to this day.

Vortiger taking Rowen, Hengists Daughter, to wife more establisheth the Saxons power and authoritie, whereat the Bryttons repine.

BVt fairest Rowen, Hengists Impe,
Some call her Ronix, beauteous Nymph,
Whose rarest parts, so rauishing are,
As one would sweare, were no compare,
Like Leda's Swans; and Venus Doues,
The Queene of soft and wanton loues;
Or else faire Lillies; mixe with those,
The orient beauties of the Rose,
When Zephir's gentle breath makes sweet
Th'aire, and strew's flowers at Flora's feet.
So sweet was Rowen, faire her face,
Such Nymph-like gate, and goddesse grace,
Her Spring-time fresh, and gallant youth
So liuely bloomes, and louely shew'th:
[Page 165] That but her Peeres on Ida's greene,
Cynthus e're or Arcadia seene;
Lesse wonder then, that one so
By her meanes the Saxons chiefly got the great fauour and sure footing in the Laud, as wel as by their fauour in repul [...]ng the Picts, and other enemies.
At feasts where Loue and Bromius meet,
Should snare the King! vnwares so tan'e,
Tooke many a heedlesse youth their bane.
This gallant Dame, with courtly grace,
Was-heall myn Liege, they say her phrase,
Dranke to the King; who pledg'd so deepe,
That loue his senses lull'd asleepe;
And Venus with Vines-bloud he raught,
Loue and Lenaeus, at one draught.
Was [...]il, or [...], wa [...]s heall hlaford Gyning, [...] in Saxon, [...]e of health Lord King, to which the King directed by his Interpretour, answered, Drinke-heall, or Drinke health; whence the like words of health, and especially wassaile, may well be supposed to take originall.
perhaps tan'e vp from hence,
In City, Court, and Country since,
Health's ply'd so round, till quaffing healths
To Mistris fann's, craze healths and wealths.
The King bewitcht, as 'twere and thrall,
For Rowens
The King for her sake diuor [...]st himselfe from his lawfull wife, by whom hee had three sonnes, for which cause most of the Brittons forsooke him.
sake abandons all,
Spouse, Sonnes, Friends; Saxons only guide,
The State, that rues their Pagan pride;
Which made the Brittons in disgrace,
Make his first wiues sonne, King in's
Vortimer, at which accidents, and by the counsell of the good Archbishop Vodinus, of Lon­don; Vortiger lamenting his ill acts and life; Hengist perceiuing it, sl [...]e the said Vodinus, the 13. and last Archbishop of that See, and defaced and spoyled all the Churches and religiou [...] houses in Kent.

Warres flaming betweene the Saxons and Bryttons, Vor­tiger is dispossest of the Kingdome.

ANd now began that mortall feud,
Vortimer, son to Vortiger, by his former wife, began, An. 454. & was poysoned by Rowen, his step-mother, ha­uing reigned 6. yeares.
Many yeares asswag'd not, nor much bloud▪
That 'twixt Brittons and Saxons heere
Endur'd aboue a thousand yeere.
Octa and Ebysse, sent for from th'Orke,
At Derwent made first wofull
The second battell was fought at Crocan-ford, or Craford in Kent; the third at Weppeds Fleet; a fourth at Colmore.
In King and Hengists aide; these done
Defend the Sire, Bryttons the sonne.
In this first fight their bane, braue
Horsus, Hengists brother, & Cattigern, Vortimers: whose tombes are shewed; Horsus, at Horsteed, within two miles of A [...]glesthorpe, or AElsford in Kent, where, some say, the bat­tell was fought, and the inhabi­tants affirme, Horsus was there slaine. And at the same AElsford, is also shewed a monument, which the people call corruptly, Citt's Cattihons, very likely to be [...] Cattigernes
Vortimers and Hengists brothers tooke,
But Saxons fayll'd, and were o're aw'd,
Till Vortimer fell by Rowens fraud,
And Hengist the Welsh Barons slew,
Whose fate, strange Stonedge stones yet
The hanging stones on Salisbu­ry Playnes, neare Amsbury, or Ambresbury, where the chiefest Brytons being inuited to a feast or parley, being a watchword gi­uen by the Saxons, Nimen eot Seaxen, which is, take your Sexes, with short skeynes [...]id vnder their clothes, 300. or more of the Brytons Nobiliti [...] were slaine, and that monument there erected by Merlins arte, in remembrance of the same.
Then Vortiger had gayn'd rest, but for
Fresh broyles from th' Aremorique shore,
The last slaine King Constantius brothers,
Vther and Aurelius, no more smother
Their title, hoping t'haue the Crowne,
And Vortigern, and Hengist downe;
[Page 167] Vortiger e'en weary of all
Of Vortigers flying into Wales building has Castle, the lo [...]g let of the same, his Prophet Me [...]line, and the Fayery; Geffrey of Monmouth and others speake many and miraculous things.
Calling to minde his ancient scarres,
Aurelius, sonne of Constantine A. 466. reigned 32. yeares.
Flying towards Yorke, did in plaine field
Bayes and gold-wreath t'Aurelius yeeld;
But so hard chac't by th'Britons traine,
T' his Castle plac't on Riuer Guane
Mont-Cloarik cal'd, burnt in it there,
T' Aurelius leaues his regall Chaire.
And Hengist was by Eldol slaine,
Hengist, A. 456 reign. 34. yeares.
Alone that skap't from Salsbury plaine:
Octa was sau'd,
Osca, succeeded his father Hen­gist, A. 490. reign. 24. yeares.
but sent away
To Scotland backe, the Brittons say.
Though we doe heare that Hengist slew,
Twelue Britton Dukes; and Brittons crew,
From Creisford fled;
Otto, his sonne, A. 514. R. 22. y.
since when, warres cease,
And he liu'd, rested, slept in
So saith Marianus Scotus, he dyed honorably, hauing reigned 34. yeares, though Peter de I­cham sa [...]th, Eldol, Duke of Glo­ste [...], by the counsell of Eldad Bishop there, smote off his head at Conesborow.
And his sonnes Octa, Otho, and
Irmenrike reign'd in Kent their land.
Irmenrik, [...]is sonne, A. 536. reigned 25.
I thinke no lesse, though, gather'd hence,
Aurelius was a worthy Prince,
And by strong powerfull hand maintain'd,
Vther Pen­dragon, brother of Aurelius, A. 498. R. 18. y.
The Brittish scepters which he gain'd;
With swords point hewing tokens fresh
Of honours on the Saxons flesh.
Arthur, Vthers sonne, A. 516, reigned 26.
Whom poyson'd, thirty yeeres King succeeds
Constantine, Cadors sonne, A. 542. R. 3. y.
much-fam'd for Merlines deeds,
That t'Amesbury from Dubline
That were also brought out of Africke thither, and placed on Mount Kyllare.
That trophey of the Welshmens fates,
Conan, Ar­thurs nephew, A. 545. R. 33.
Those hanging stones, the Gyants bower,
Saxons slaine,
Vortiporus, Conans sonne, A. 578. reign. 4.
and King
King of Ireland.
Him poyson'd, twenty yeeres King succeeds
Arthur most fam'd for martiall deeds;
Malgo, reign. 5.
Next Constantine Duke Cadors sonne,
Caretic, [...]eig. 3.
Cadwan, R. 22.
Vortiporus, and Malgwn,
Cadwallo, 48.
Cadwane, Cadwallo,
His sonne last King of Brittons land.
Cadwallader, reigned 3. yeares.

The seuen Saxon Kingdomes their arise and extent.

ANd now the Saxons
All these seuen Kingdomes; by three of the Nations of the strong­est in Germany: The Iuits or Vites; Saxons and Angles; of the Vites came the Kentish, part of the West-Saxons and Ile of Wight, of whom it tooke name: of the Saxons of old Saxonia, came the East and rest of South and West Saxons; of the Angles came the East-Angles, Mercians, and Northumbers.
The Heptarchy or seuen King­domes, began 456.
Their Kingdomes plant! first Kentish were,
Fair'st Merke-lands and Northumbers beene;
East-Angles were not so much seene;
Essex lesse, Sussex small or none;
All yeeld last to West-Saxons one.
[Page 169] Kent with the Ile of Wight
The Kingdome of Kent, with the bounds, and race of Kings.
Kingdome of Kent began, A. 456. ended A. 827. endured 371. yeares.
To Kents throne, her Kings, Hengists heires.
To Merk-land longen, Hereford, Chester,
Wor'ster, Gloster, Warwike, Salop, Leyster,
Kingdome of Mercia began, A. 586. ended in A. 875. vna [...]. Al [...]red.
Lincolne, Derby,
The Kingdome of Mercia, & race of Kings, with the bounds thereof and Nations, how styled in Caesars time.
Huntingdon, Hertford, Bedford, Buckingham,
Oxford, Rutland, and Stafford bee,
The Thames and Seuerne,
Kingdome of Northumbers began, A. 547. ended, A. 940. vnder Adel­stane and Ed­mond, in Sith­riks sonnes.
Trent and Dee,
Within her march! These Cattechlauni,
Cornauij, and wit▪ Corytani,
Caesars Dobuni beene! their Prince,
Crida first King, and his sonnes since.
Beene in Northumbers circuite
Northumbers, their King, race, and bounds of their King­dome.
Kingdome of East Saxons began, A. 527. ended about A. 800. in Su­thred.
for faite women fam'd;
Yorke; Durham; erst a Kingdome, Cumberland
West-morland, and our now Northumberland;
E'ne almost to Scot'sh Frith! and once
Ida's dominions,
Kingdome of East-Angles began, A. 492. ended A. 885. in Edmond, slaine by the Dane Hinguar vnder Alfred.
since his sonnes.
East-Saxons, perhaps,
East-Saxons kingdome and Kings.
Of Tre-nuidh call'd or Troy-Nouant;
Vffa, and his, ore Essex were,
Middle-sex and part of Hertford-sheere.
East-Angles Kings and kingly
Cambrige admires and Elye Ile,
Kingdome of South Saxons began, A. 478. ended A. [...]13. in Alwine vn­der Ina.
Norfolke, and Suffolke; Vffa there;
Tytila, and his sonnes Princes were.
South-Saxons, Sussex, Surrey,
South Saxons kingdome and race of Kings, who were first Kings of Saxons here, sauing the Ken [...]sh, the first ouerthrowne by the West Saxons,
Though the next first Kings, yet but few,
Kingdome of West Saxons began in Cerdic who arriued here A. 499. and subduin▪ the o­thers, hath conti­nued hitherto, th [...]ugh interrup­ted somewhat by the Danes rapines & Nor­man Conquest.
Great Ella's sonnes! whom first the West
Saxons deuou [...]'d, since all the
The kingdome of West Saxons, the bounds and race of Kings, who lastly conquered all the other kingdomes of the land, and redu­ced it to Monarchy.
West-Saxons Kingdome though not great,
Deuon, Dorset; flowry Sommers-seat,
Corn-wall with mines stor'd, Hampshire full,
Berks and Wilt-shire, with corne and wooll:
From Ella's sonne, call'd Cerdijc, came
Their Kings! Gewisse his Grand-sires
Of whom the people were cal­led Gewisses.

The Saxons glorying in their Ancestors and Gods.

ANd now great Heliconian Dames,
Our Saxon Kings trophee's and fames,
From gods descended all-arow,
Ioue, Woden, Geta, Tuisco
With the Saxons Thor, or Thurstus, is said to be Iupiter; Tuisco, Mars: Woden (who is farre ancienter then Hengists great Grand father Woden) Mercury, by some Mars: Geta, Apollo; Frea, Venus; Seater, Saturne, who with the Sunne and Moone, and others, had their seue­rall Idolls and peculiar worships: from whom also the dayes of the Weeke were called Sondeag, Moondeag, Tuis-d, Wondens-d. Thursdeag, Frea-d. Scaterdeag: as we now say, Sunday, Monday, &c. for the Germans and Saxons then worshipped the Planets aswell as their ancient founders for their gods.
[Page 171] Seater, with Sunne and Moone, from whom
Th'old Saxon weeke-dayes names did come;
And what Seth's martiall brood did here,
Reigning since many hundred yeare;
Prime Kingdome once, as Primates See,
Kent was, and my first song shall bee.

The story of the first Saxon Kentish Kingdome, conti­nued till Arthurs birth.

WOdens and Geta's sonne,
Hengist, first King of Kent, A. 456. R. 34. y.
the fourth,
The Kingdome of KENT.
From him was noble Hengists worth;
Who first wore Kentish
This was the chiefe of the se­uen Kingdomes, and to whom the rest were in a sort Feodaries, for that Vortiger at the defeat vpon Salisbury plaine, deliu red seis [...] of the whole to Hengist; whence the Kings of Kent challenged So­ueraig [...]tie of the whole Countri [...] from thence to Humber.
Octa, his sonne succeeds! with him,
Pendragon waging warre,
Octa, A. 490. reign. 24. yeares.
they tell,
How at Mont-Badon Octa
Mont-Badon supposed to bee Bannar-downe, by where to­kens of battell, bones and teeth of men are ploughed vp in great abundance.
But the late Conquerour conquered proues,
Captiu'd by faire Igerna's loue,
The Cornish Duchesse;
Vther-Pendra­gon, A. 498. reign. 18. yeares.
Merlines art
Helpt the King play his Louers part;
Like Ioue transform'd t'Amphytrio's shape,
To Goylen's he, commits this rape;
And in the absent Gorlois
This Duke of Cornwall was after slaine by the King at Duui­lioc.
Did his deceiu'd faire Spouse embrace:
So Tyndagel whose towring pride
Is plac't on flowry Seuernes
The place of Arthurs birth.
Great Arthur got; whom in their Layes
Welsh Harps, and Poets, loudly prayse.

Great Arthurs prowesse, life and death.

OTho succeeded Octa; than,
Otho, alias O [...]ta, A. 514. reign. 22. yeares.
Irmenrijck: and right now
The Heptarchy began: The first Kingdome was Hengists in Kent, A. 456. The last, but grea­test, of Mercia, beganne vnder Crida, An. 586. About which time reigned Cadmane grand­father of Cadwalladar, last King of Brittons, it being then the very wane of the Brittish Mo­narchy.
Irmenrik, sonne to Otho, A. 536 reign. 25. yeares.
'mongst Northumbers Ida,
South Saxons Ella, Mercyans Crida,
West Saxons Cerdic, Vffa's sonnes
Won Essex, and East Angles Crownes;
Brittons weake powers could now no good
Against those Hydra's heads that bud,
Though Arthur rose with powerfull hand,
Arthur, surna­med the Great, A. 516. R. 26. y.
The Saxon foe-men to withstand;
[Page 173] And in twelue fierce-fought fields,
Whereof the first was at the wa­ter of [...]leine or Gledy; the se­cond, third, fourth, and fifth, neare the [...]uer Douglasse, in the Country of Lineux; the s [...]xt at Riuer Bassus; the seuenth at C [...]r-c [...]i [...] Cal [...]don, or the wood Calydon: the eight at Castle Gwineon [...]the ninth at Carlee [...]: the tenth by the Sea-side, at a place called [...]achen-Rith, or R [...]ther-wood: the eleuenth on t [...]e hill Agned-Cathergonien: the twelfth at Badon hill, Bath Towne or Hill.
they say,
Did brauely beare the bell away:
His wife was faire
Guinhe [...] was Cousin to Ca­dor Duke of Cornwall, Go [...]en or Gorlois sonne; but daughter to the King of Biskay.
Guin-hera, fam'd
For beautie! By his prowesse tam'd
Great Saxon Colgerne, and the Scot,
With's sister Ann's Spouse Pictish Lot,
Island and Ireland, vtmost
Hauing ouercome the Saxons or abated their courage, be in [...] ­tuted the order of the Round Ta­ble for his Knights honour; which he kept at Carleen, and Win­chester, and Camelot, a place neare south Cadbury in Somer­setshire. There is a place hew [...]n out of the Rocke at Lansannan in Denbigh-shire, which the inhabitants call Arthurs Round Table.
French, Germans, Scottish, Orkes and Ile,
Gothes, Danes, and Saxons: Welshmen needs
Will haue to rue his warlike deeds;
With whom at his returne from France,
The trecherous Mordred tryes warres
Hauing quieted the Saxons, they say, hee made an expedition into Norway, which [...]ee conque­red with the Regions adioyning, so farre as Lapland and Russi [...], causing them to be baptized, and obtayned of the Pop [...] to hau [...] them confirmed to the Crown [...] of this Realme, calling Norway the Chamber of Brytaine: [...] [...] ­tring France, ouercam [...] the Go­uernour, and in warre slue Lucius Hiberus, who demanded tribute, and sent his body to the Senate of Rome for tribute; in which meane time his Kinsman Mor­dred, to whom he betooke the rule of Brytaine, combined with Ge [...] ­dic and the Saxons against him.
At first in Kent; and after slaine
Where bloudy Riuers did distaine
Cambula's fresh Fountaynes waters cleere,
In Corn-walls confines! Arthur heere,
Had his deaths wound, but after dy'de
By Mellodunes low Lake-ish side;
Into whose troubled streames he throwes,
Accustom'd to warres deadly blowes,
His conqu'ring sword, and 'mongst those Lakes
His farewell of the world he
The riuers below Glastenbury in Somersetshire, where for the plenty of fruit Aualo [...] tooke name, signifying Insula Pomorum.
In Somerset-shire! and Aualon Ile,
That of her Orchards weares that style,
Glastenbury now call'd, doth enfold
His liuelesse corps, there laid in
At his return from beyond seas, the traytor Mordred gave him battell at Sandwich near Rich-borow, where were slaine Angussel of Scotland, Gawen, & Cador, whence thewarre translated into Cornwall by their retur­ning thither; where Mordred was slaine, and Arthur receiued his deaths wound; neare the Riuer Alanne or Camblan, thence conueyed into Somersetshire, he dyed and was buried at Glastenbury.
He that subdu'd by restlesse paines,
French, Picts, Scots, Germans, Saxons, Danes,
Though clos'd vp in his marble tombe,
His dust, her euerlasting home;
His fame yet liues, and with fleet wings,
O're the worlds surface nimbly flings:
And that dumbe monument though, doth blaze
Such things to his immortall
Saith Wil­liam of Malmesbury, a Prince worthy to haue had his acts recorded in true History rather then fables, which haue made his story doubtfull, being in his time the onely prop and pillar of his Country and decaying Nation, by credible Historians report; a very martiall Prince, borne where he was slaine in Cornwall, crowned at Carleen, or Caer-Seguent, an old decayed Towne in Hampshire, called Cilicester, by Dubricius Arch­bishop of Caer-Legionum; tombed with his wife Guinhera at Glastenbury, as his tombe digged vp in the reigne of Henry the second witnessed, wherein were found their bones, and this inscription, Hic iacet se­pultus Rex Arthurus in Insulâ Aualoniae. the tresses of Guinhera's haire seemed whole, and finely plot­ted of colour like to gold; but being touched fell away to dust.
As rosie Garlands and fair'st flowers
Beene fit'st to decke his dead-mans bowers.

The story pursued to the end of the Kingdome of Kent with the first plantation of Christian faith among the Saxons.

WIth Arthur,
Ethelbert, son to Ermenrik, A. 562. R. 53. Bede saith 56.
Bryttons hopes decay,
And Saxons now beare all the sway;
Otho, and Irmenricus, had raign'd
Forty yeeres; and Ethelbert, next gain'd
His sires throne; weds French Cherebert's Impe,
The Lady Bertha,
Augustine sent by Pope Grego­ry, A. 596. since the Saxons first arriuall 147. in the yeare of E­thelberts R. 33.
beauteous Nymph,
And gracious Queene, for Saxons good
Her meanes, here heauenly Angels
Queene Berta brought with her a godly Bishop named Leta [...] ­dus, by whose meanes the King was made tractable to the recei­uing the Christian Faith: when Pope Gregory, A. 596. sent Au­gustine, who was founder of S. Augustines, and Archbishop of Canterbury, with Melitus, Iustus, and Iohn, and other zea­lous men to preach the Faith, who were proudly withstood by the Monks of Bangor, & Brytaine, on whom Gildas doth complaine. Melitus made Bishop of Lon­don, preached to the East An­gles: Iustus was Bishop of Ro­chester, where Ethelbert built the Church of Saint Andrewes, at he did Paules in London for Mellitus or Miletus.
Christs faith by Augustine had plantation,
Apostle of the English nation:
A monstrous Pagan though their sonne,
Eadbald, son to Ethelbert, a notable Pagan, and vicious King A. 616. R. 24.
Edbald succeeds in's fathers throne,
Whose sister to Northumbers King,
Edwine wed! Christian faith did bring.
Ercombert, a good Prince, A. 641. R. 25.
Ercombert his sonne next; Ecbert
About Ercomberts time Honorius Archbishop of Can­terbury, diuided his Prouince into Parishes, as is recorded a­mong the Antiquities of Christ-Church in Canterbury.
And then Lothaire! To warre with this,
Ecbert, Et­comberts son, A. 666. R. 9.
Mercian King Ethelred begonne,
But Edrike slew him Ecberts
The Lady Dompneua right heire to the Crowne from Ead­bald, about this time founded the Monastery of Minster in Thanet, and was first Abbesse there her selfe.
Edrike his cousin,
Loathaire, Ec­berts brother, A. 674. R. 13.
too, left his life
Within two yeeres by ciuill strife.
West-Saxon Ceadwall now in's
Ceadwalla's brother Mollo being slaine by the Kentish men, he was furious against them, till Guthred with great summes of money purchased peace, this Gu­thred founded the Monastery of Saint Martin in Douer, with him one King Sebherd did reign ioyntly in one part of the Kingdom.
Wasted Kents townes with sword and fire;
Edrik, sonne of Ecbert, A. 688.
Till Guthred Ecberts other sonne
Appeas'd his wrath and warres begonne;
R. 2. years. After whose death the West Saxons many yeares sore vexed Kent. Guthred. a. 698
This Guthred and his three sons then
Ethelbert, Edbert, and Alrijc
In Edberts time strange Co­mets were s [...]ene, the Pagans the while cruelly infesting France and Spaine.
Kentish Kings,
R. 33. yeares. Edbert, A. 731.
and that Diadem wore,
An hundred yeeres,
R. 23. yeares. Ethelred, A. 754. R. 11. years. Alrije, A. 765.
in peace, or more.
An other Edbert, followes next,
Whom Merk-lands King vnthron'd and vext,
R. 34. yeares. Edbert, alias Pren; did vsurp and was pulled downe, and Cuthred made King, A. 799.
that to his great'st disgrace,
Did set vp Cuthred King in's place;
Next Alred, last King, leaues by fate,
T'Englands first Egbert Crowne and state;
So last,
R. 8. yeares, Alred, alias Baldred, heire to A. 807. after 20. yeares, expelled by West Saxon Egbert.
Kentish, all the rest
Submitten to th'West-Saxons hest.

The Mercian Kings their originall and order till Offa.

ANd now sing Merk-lands Lords dear Dames;
First Cride,
Crida, A. 586. R. 10 yeares.
then Guipha,
The Kingdome of MERCIA.
third place
This Kingdome was the grea­test though latest [...] of all the re [...]t, the first King whereof Crida, was the [...] from Woden.
Ceorlus Brittons fell foe;
Wibba, his son, R. 20 yeares.
Brittons friend Penda,
Ceorlus, Wib­ba's sonne, &. 10.
that sore vext
Northumbrian Edwine,
Penda, sonne of Wibba, A. 626. reign. 30. yeares.
and his once
First spouse Ceorlus daughters sons;
With Kenwalke then, West-Saxons King,
War's for his sisters sake did spring;
But shee and all receiu'd to
Anna King of East-Angles.
By Anna's meanes, sweete peace tooke place!
Yet two East-Angles Kings beside,
And Anna fell, for Penda's
Boto Sigebert that founded Cambridge, turned Monke in his old age, but drawne out into the field, and his [...] and [...] Anna, all three succes­siuely Kings of East-Angles.
But being confederate with a
Ad [...]here, brother to [...], next King.
Both fall,
Peda, sonne to Penda, and Oswy, A. 656. R. 3. or 4. yeares.
by noble Oswyes worth;
Northumbers King: who hauing gain'd
Penda's dominions thus; there
Three yeares but gaue all the fourth parts from [...] to Pen­da's sonne Peda, with his [...], who [...] King, who [...] Chri­stianity, which O [...]wy and Peda had begun: but [...]ee [...] his two sonnes for frequenting the holy man Cedda's Cell, whose bodies their mother Ernenelda buried at Stone in [...] a Church to bee built there, shee afterwards became a Nunne at Ely, vnder her mother Sex. burga, sometime Queene of west Saxons; and heere penting that deed, among other pious works in building Churches and Monaste­ries, bestowed great cost on Me­dishamsted or Peterborow, which Penda's sonnes & daugh­ters (though hee were a Pagan) did build from the foundation.
Till Merk-lands Nobles loath t'obay
Others then of Merk-lands bloud, made way,
For Wolphere,
Wolfere, Pen­da's sonne, A. 660. R. 17.
who Northumbers yoke,
West-Saxons warre attempts too, broke;
T'Edilwalke Sussex King giues Wight,
Leaues Merklands Crowne t'his brother, hight
Edilred! that vext Lothaire of Kent;
And hauing slaine Alcwine by Trent,
Edilred, sonne to Penda, A. 677. R. 30.
Brother to Egfride Northumbers King,
Kenred, Wol­feres sonne, A. 707. R. 5. and went to Rome.
Yorkes Primate stints the strife that spring:
Edilred turn'd Monke then, Wolferes
Edilred founded the [...]shoprike of Worcester, turned Monke at Bardoney in Lincolnsture.
Kenred possest the
Kenred went to Rome and was Monke in the Church of S. Peter, he founded the Monaste­ry of Euesham.
regall throne;
Edilreds sonne Celred that succeeds,
Celred, sonne of Edilred, A 711. R. 8.
And Ina, try'd their martiall meeds.
Ethilbald next King,
Ethelbald, des­cended of Eopa brother of Pen­da, A. 719 R. 41.
from Penda numbers
His descent; Welsh quels, and
This King Ethelbald by the procurement of the Po [...]es Legate, Boniface Archbishop of Mentz, an English man borne; with aduice of Cuthbert Archbishop of Canterbury, made good Church lawes, giuing Churches and Monasteries great priuiledges and exemptions from taxes and tributes, bee also founded the Abbey of Crowland.
But by West-Saxon Cuthred foyl'd
Bernred of crowne and life dispoyl'd.
Bernred vsur­ped 10. yeares.

The end of the great Kingdome of Mercia.

OFfa then Tyrant Bernred slew,
Offa nephew to Ethelbald, A. 760. R. 39. his sonne not one yeare.
Northumbers doth and Kent
He made a Dike called Offa­dike, to bound his Kingdome a­gainst Wales, extending from the South part neare Bristoll, ouer the Mountaynes towards Flint and the North Sea to the mout [...] of [...], see [...]ounded the Mona­stery of Bath, translated the [...] See to Lichfield, caused the [...] of Saint Al­ban to bee laid in a [...] at old Verulam, which hee [...] adorned with gold and [...] stones: and raysing there a Prince­ly Abbey, hee gaue [...] to it: the Charter dated, [...] 79 [...]. of his reigne 33. witnesse [...] selfe, Eg [...]ide his sonne, nine Kings, 15. Bishops, 10. Dukes, &c.
Welsh foyl'd; West-Saxon Kenulfe slaine,
He by pretence of marriage,
The Chappell where the said Offa was bury­ed being demo­lished by the Ri­uer Ouse at Bedford, his leaden tombe, as it were some phantasticall thing, a [...]peareth often to them that seeke it not, but to them that seeke it, saith Rouse, it is in­uisible.
Ethelbert East-Angles King t'his Court,
And slue him there, in cruell sort:
Foule fell act! which his promis'd spouse
Faire Alfred so much disauowes,
With hands wrung, and di-sheuel'd haire
Distilling many a pearly
He was slaine at Sutton-wal­lis or Kenchester, [...] Offa's Palace was: and buried on the Riuer Lugg's banke, where Maurd [...]e Church [...]: whence remoued to Hereford, ouer him is builded the Church of the Bishops See, dedicate to the same Ethelbert.
At her loues herse, poore soule, so greeues,
She her fires Court, and Pallace leaues,
And vow'd t'auoide all farther strife,
To liue, and led an Anchoresse
At Crowland shee prophesied against [...] mother, who caused Ethelberts death, and against her brother; all which sell out ac­cording to her words: of her bro­ther Alcuine wrote, that for his fathers bloudy deeds, his reigne and dayes were the shorter.
East-Angles Kingdome that here ends,
This Tyrant tooke! Alkuine he sends,
To France to famous Charle-maine:
His sonne Egfrids scarce foure-month's raigne
Kynewolfe succ [...]eds,
East-Angles Kingdome fell so to Offa and the Mercians, A. 790. or 800. and with the Mercians Crowne to the West Saxons afterwards.
that downe did
Some say that on the day of the dedication of the Church of Win­chelcombe, which hee built, hee released the said Edbe [...]t, the foun­ded the Church of Saint Ethel­bert in Hereford.
Edbert, made Cuthred Kentish King.
His haplesse young sonne next doth raigne
Kenelme, by's sister Quindred
He is accounted the Martyr, his body was found by a scroll cast on the Altar, thus written in Saxon, Ke­nelm King barne, lye vnder thorne Heaued-bereaued, that is, Kenelm Kings child lyeth vnder a thorne, bereft of the head or life.
Kenulfs brother,
Kenulf, nephew in the fift degree to Penda, A. 799. R. 23.
next wore the Crowne
Ccolwolf, by Bernulf; he put downe
By Egbert; to whom Ludicene,
And Whitlafe, Tributaries beene:
And euer-since West-Saxons
Fridulf, Burthred, and others, being set vp by the West Saxons and Danes afterwards, scarce worthy the name of Kings rather Dukes.
Themselues Merklands Lords Paramount.
Ceolwol [...]e, expelled by Bernulf, A. 820 reigned [...]. Bernulf subdued by Egbert, A. 824. R. 3. Ludicene expelled the East-Angles, A. 825. Whitlafe, A. 826. reigned 13. yeares.

The originall of the Kings and Kingdome of Northum­berland and the many deuisions thereof before good King Olwal [...]is ti [...]e.

NOrthumbers Kings Muse next relate!
The Kingdome of NORTHVMBERS.
Ida first founder of the state,
Octa, Ebysse & Saxons sent by Hengist into the North, it seemes long time molested by the Picts, Scots, & Brittons, before they were fully possest of any Kingdome for 99. yeares space, and after Hengists [...] 60 yeares, being A. 547. that Ida began, being the 10. from Woden, [...] reigned. 2. yeares.
From Tine to Cluid reign'd;
Lot was father to Mordred, allyed both, yet enemies to great Arthur.
vanquisht Lots
Pict-troopes, and Conrane King of Scots;
But after twelue yeeres reigne deuided,
Beene his lands! his sonne Ada
The Kingdome of Brenicia, extēde [...] from Edenborow [...]rith to Tyne; Deira from the said Tyne to [...]: but they were quite vnited againe in Oswy, Ethelfrides sonne.
[Page 181] Brenicia's North! South Deira tooke,
Idas sons 559.
Histria's sonne Ella,
Ada, reign. 7. Glappa, 5. Tidwald, 1. Fridulf, 7. Theodorik 7. in Brenicia, whiles Ella, son of Histria, reig. 30. in Deira. Ethelrik, R. 5. partly in both Prouinces.
Saxon Duke;
Glappa, Tydwald, Fridulf, Thyery, and
Ethelrik in Brenicia's land
Scarce thirtie yeares reign'd: Ella alone
Sate so long on Deira's
He was surnamed the [...]
Ethelriks heire though, Ethelfride,
Had almost set Edwine beside
Ella his Sires seate! who was made
Fly to East-Angles King for aide.
Ethelfride, son of Ethelrik, A. 589. R. 27. ouer both Pr [...]uinces; Ella's sonne Ed­wine being yong or expeld.
Redwald that lou'd him dearely well,
Holpe him, so that Ethelfride
Though growne so great, that all Kings heare,
Wales, Scots, and Orkeys stood in
Ebba, Oswy, Oswald, Eaufride,
Edwine, Ella's sonne, A. 616. R. 17. ouer both Prouinces; the sonnes of Ethel­fride being [...]led into Scotland.
and Offa, fled that tide;
His tender daughter and fiue sonnes,
To th' Scot'sh Kings Court, poore little ones!
Edwine possest, of all what state
Long'd to Northumbers both Crownes late,
Th'Ebrides he did t'his Empire adde;
By Mercian Ceorles daughter had
Two sonnes,
Paulinus Bishop of Rochester went with queen Ethelburga, A. 626. And Ed­wine and the Northumbers generally recei­ued the Faith, A. 627 o [...]gni 11.
as many female Imps
By Ethelburga, Cantian Nymph,
Who brought Christs Faith, and great
The king gaue Pauline the Bishops See at Yorke, and began to build Saint Peters Church there which was finished by Os­wald; and Paulinus founded the great Church of Lincolne.
To Yorks See, chiefe, next Kents faire shrine.
Edwine, West-Saxon Ceolph
He sent a desperate fellow na­med [...]omer, to murder Edwine; and continually vexing all his neighbour Princes with warre, was slaine in the quarrels he mo­ued, and Edwine was slaine by Cadwallo and Penda.
To wrong, but fell by th'wiles he wrought;
But Penda and the Brittons Prince,
Slue Edwine and his both sonnes since,
Mercyan Quinburga's issue,
Edfred and Off [...]ed: Off [...]ed with his father Edwine [...] battell at Hatfield, [...] fell with them Eadbaldus King of the O [...]keyes: Edfred [...] afterwards. Edwines reigne had beene so peacefull that a woman with a sucking child might haue trauelled free from violence ouer all his Dominions; yet so triumphant that Banners displaid were borne before [...] both in warre and peace.
First in fierce warre, next in false peace!
Kents Nymph with her Imps from wars chance
Fled into Kent; fayl'd, sent to France.
From Scotland now return'd at once,
Ethelfrides and Edwines sisters sonnes:
Faire Acca's Royall off-spring,
Osrijc aud Eaufride, A. 633. reigned a very small time.
From Ella sprong, and
Who fled into Scotland to king Donald when Edwine got the Crowne; they being the sonnes of Ethelfride (from Ida descen­ded) and Acca, sister to Edwine, daughter to Ella, the kings both of Brenicia and Deira.
Ida too,
Eaufride Brenicia's, Osrijc glad
Deyra's Crowne and Scepters had,
Whom Cambrian Prince Cadwall [...] slue,
Whose cause doth Oswald fresh pursue,
Where neare Picts wall, is Heauen-field nam'd,
The place by Oswalds conquest fam'd,
Oswald, sonne of Ethelfride, A. 634. R. 8. y.
And Denisbournet that saw in plaine
Field Bryttons King Cadwallo slaine;
Cadwallader, his sonne, next in place,
Last King of Cambers of that race.

The rest of the continuance till the subuersion of that fa­ctious Kingdome.

ANd now good Oswald fayne makes peace
'Twixt his two factious
So vertuous & godly a prince, that after his death [...] was Cano­niz [...]d for a Saint.
Brenicia and Deyra; since,
They late scarce brooke one Law or Prince:
Both whom, with Picts, Scots, Bryttons bold,
He did in due subiection hold.
His plenteous almes the sumptuous shrines
He built, and whence his glorie shines;
Such power hath Faith, such grace affords
Interprets reuerend Aidans
A holy & learned man, whom the King for propagation of the Gospell had sent for out of Scot­land, and giuen him Lindis [...]ern or holy Iland for his Bishops See.
T'his men,
Oswine reigned with Oswy a­bout 8. yeares.
seemes Anius-like for these,
Priest of th'high GOD, and Prince of Peace.
But Pagan Penda, Mercians King,
T'vntimely death good
At Maserfield, or Oswalstre, the Towne now so called of his name.
Oswald brings.
Then Oswalds brothers, Osrijc's sonne,
Oswine had Deira,
Oswye, sonne of Ethelfride, A. 642. reign. 28.
Oswye wonne
Brenicia; and betwixt these twaine,
New warres, and schisme, 'gan now againe,
Till Oswyne slaine, Oswye alone
Had Deira's and Brenicia's Throne.
He Penda slue, and Mercians
At which time Oswy vowed great lands to [...] from Yorke.
As Fortune would, annext t'his
And by this meanes the M [...]r­cians receiued the Faith: hee founded the Bishops See of Mer­cia at Lichfield; and Dwina Bishop at Lindesferne was also Bishop of the same.
Whereof part, Peda, Penda's Impe
Dower with his daughter had, false Nymph.
Egfride succeeded next,
Egfride, Os­wyes sonne, A. 670. R. 15.
his sonne
Who leaues his Virgin-Spouse, a
Her name Mildred or Ethel­dred, after twelue yeares, she be­came Nunne at Ely, where shee founded the Monastery whereof shee was Abbesse.
Though in youths prime! when th'Irish rew
Mercians foile, Picts King
At a place called Nectans­more, hee was buried in Saint Columbes Iland.
Brudeus slew.
Next then his brother Alfride rules,
Alfride, base sonne of Osway, A. 685. R. 20.
and trayn'd vp in Irish
Where learning then flourisht more then in Brytaine, it being the fashion to send the noblest youth thither, as now to our Vni­uersities.
Osred his sonne next,
Osred, A. 705. reigned 10.
Osrijc then,
His cousin, and Kenred crowned beene;
Ceolfe and Egbert soone,
Kenred & Os­rijc, reign. 13. Ceolf, A. 728. reigned 8. years, Egbert, A. 736. reigned 20.
Ceolf or Ceolnulf, became Monke in holy Iland: in his time glazing, painting, and Masons were brought into the land by the Monke Bennet, or Benedict: venerable Bede dedicateth his Ecclesiastique history to this king. Egbert also became Monke, and his brother of the same name, was Archbishop of Yorke; which See hee greatly aduanced, and founded the Library, worthily furnished with all good Authors.
Royall Robes done for Regular change.

Their last encumbrance by the Danes, and submission for reliefe to the West-Saxons.

EGberts sonne Osulfe then,
Osulfe, reig­ned 1. yeare.
and next
Whiles grieuous ciuill warres sore vext
[Page 195] Northumbers, after
Edilwald or Mo. l, A. 758. reigned 11. Alred, reign. 11. Ethelbert, son of Mollo, A. 780 reigned first 5. y. and after Als­wald or Oswald 11. & Osred 1. he reigned 4. all the others bare but the titles of Dukes rather then Kings.
Or Mollo who slue Earle Os­wine that rebelled, and himselfe slaine by Alred, that vsurping succeeded.
Alred! and twise downe, twise enstal'd,
King Ethelbert; since those two
Sonnes of Alred, then Ethel­bert againe, after him Ardulf Al [...]wold, Eandred, Etheldred, Readulf, Osbright, and Ella; which last Kings were slaine by the Danes, Hinguar and Hub­ba, incited to that by the Lo. Beornas whose wife Osbert or Osbright had rauisht: most of these latter Kings or Dukes ac­knowledging Egbert of west Sax­ons, and his sonnes Lo. Para­mount.
Oswald, Osred; since diuers others.
For this poore Kingdome more of late,
Then Sejan's horse vnfortunate,
As if she kingly style not brookes,
Was a while gouern'd by her Dukes.
Scarce any of the latter traine
Of Kings that scap't and was not slaine,
Such tragique ends and fearefull fate
Pursu'd the Princes of that
Partly fallen by the Danes in­uasion, but more by ciuill warres: last Kings of all were Ri [...]siga the Dane, then Cuthred and Syth­rik, to whom Ad [...]lsane gaue his daughter in marriage; but their sonnes were finally expeld by Ed­mond and the succeeding Kings, about, A. 950.
The flowry dales, the fields and flouds,
Fresh stain'd with streames of purple bloud,
And Eccho pitious plaints affor [...]s
What she could though she wanted words,
Earth's face shew'd forth her graues like scarres
Part the Danes worke, part ciuill warres.
Northumbers therefore tooke, Fame sings
W [...]st-Saxons Egbert for their King.

The Kings and Kingdome of East-Saxons.

EAst-Saxons Kings,
Erchenwine, A. 527. R. about. 60. yeares. Sledda, sonne of Erchenwine, A. 587. R. 17. Sebert, sonne to Sledda, A. 604. reigned 13. from An. 617. by the space of 100. y. reigned Serred, Seberts [...], with his brothers and their sonnes. Sigebert, son of Seward, & Si­gebert. sonne of Sigebald, the brothers of Ser­red; and Swi­deline, Sigaire with Sebba or Selbius, and his sons Sigard and Sewfred; and Offa, sonne of Sighere, till A. 717. In Selbius time Erkenwald builded the Monastery of Croteley in Surrey for himselfe, and Berking in Essex for his sister Edilburga, Queene of West Saxons; he was after Bishop of London, about A. 700. Celred, A. 718 reigned 30. Edilwald, Albert, Vmbena, and Suthred, reigned till A. 800. or after.
may now next
Erchenwine the 8. from Wo­den, sonne of Vffa, his sonne Sledda married Ricula daugh­ter of Ermenrik King of Kent, and to their sonne Sebert first Christian King there, came Mile­tus from Augustine and Ethel­bert King of Kent, who preach­ed the Faith, conuerted and bap­tized the King and his people, who then builded a Church in ho­nour of Saint Peter at West­minster then called Thorney, where he & his wife were buried.
The Kingdome of EAST-SAXONS.
First Erchenwine from Vffa sprong,
Sledda, and Sledda's Sebert, since,
And Ricula's sonne, first Christian Prince:
Ignoble Serred, then a paire
Of Sigeberts, Swithline,
Serred and his brethren, sons of Sebert, enemies of Christiani­ty, were slaine by Kynegilfus King of West Saxons, but the se­cond Sigebert, son of Sigebald brother of Serred, called the ho­ly man Cedda to him, making him Bishop of East Saxons; hee baptized Swideline, Anna King of East Angles being his God­father.
And Selbius, Sigaires consort, once,
Monke-profest turn'd! next his two
Sebba or Selbius, Monke at Saint Paules in London.
Sigard and Sewfred: after them
Good Offa weares the Diadem,
That of deuotion visit's
He endued the Church of Saint Peter in Westm. with faire possessions and buildings: and leauing his wife Geneswede, Penda's daugh­ter, went to Rome with Kenred King of Mercia, and Edwine Bishop of Worster, and there liued in a Monks habit.
And youths best good, found there his tombe.
Next Celred, and then Ethelwold,
Albertus, and Vmbena, hold
East-Saxon scepters, Suthred
Subdued by Egbert, about the very time that he conquered Kent.
West-Saxon Egbert quite displac't;
Their trophees doe, with all else, meete,
Thus at victorious Egberts feete,

The East-Angle Kings and their time of gouernement.

EAst-Angles Kings would next be told!
Vffa, A. 492. reign. 7. yeares. Tytullus, a. 499. R. 20. Redwald, R. 25. Eorpenwald, reigned 12. Sigebert, sonne of Redwald, A. 569. and his cousin Edrik, R. 60. yeares, slaine by Penda. Anna, sonne of Ewide brother of Redwald, R. 20. yeares. slaine by Penda. Adelhere, bro­ther of Anna, slaine with Pen­da, A. 656. Edilwald, bro­ther to Anna, reigned 9. yeares Sonnes of Adilhere, Adalphe reigned 25. Eluold, Hisbern, Edilred, Ethelbert, sonne of Edilred, A. 790.
Vffa's sonne Titylla's first
Vffa: the 8. from Woden.
The Kingdome of EAST-ANGLES.
His Redwald, that on Edwines side,
Warres with Northumbrian
Whom he slue, and repossest Edwine of the Kingdome.
His Carpwald, and Sigebert, whoot's [...]aid,
Learned Cambrige first foundation
He also pla [...]ted Christian saith there by the h [...]lpe of Foelix a Burgundian, sent by Honorius Archb [...]shop of Canter whom hee made B [...]shop of Dunwich: an [...] of Suffolke, which [...] was after diu [...]ded by one Bisi [...]ishop t [...]ere into two, viz Dunwich and Holmham.
But old, and leauing kingly weeds
For Monks cowle, Edricus succeeds
His cousin, and Anna next doth raigne,
By Mercyan Penda, all three
Sigebert, found [...]r of Cam­bridge was fetch out of the [...]o­nastery into the field against Penda, where both hee and E­gricus were sla [...]ne; and so was Anna afterw [...]ds.
Brother though thus slaine, and kinsmen were,
By th'wretch, with him ioyn'd, Edilhere,
Christs enemies fell by Oswyes
Both [...] and Penda, A. 656. neare the Riuer Iewet: his wife was [...], daugh­ter to Hereticus, and sister to Abbesse Hilda; his daughter E­theldred founded Saint Peters Church in the Ile of Ely, A. 674.
Edilwald then, Adulfe, Alfwold, and
Beorn, Edilred, and last King slaine,
Ethelbert fall's by false Offa's
King of Mercia, in whose hands and his successors the chiefe Kingdome remayned till Egbert.
East-Angles so, with Mercyans lands,
Came to West-Saxon Egberts hands.

The ancient South-Saxon Kings with their short dominion.

NOw Sussex next in order brings
Her few indeede,
Ella, with his 3. sonnes and three ships, landed at a place called Cy­menshore, An. 470. in Hēg [...]sts life time his king­dome beg [...]n, R. 36. yeares. Cisia, A. 514. reigned 76. Edilwalcus, A. 590 R. 25. Aldwine. slaine by Ine, and Sussex vnited to the West Sax. crown about, A. 713.
though next first Kings,
The Kingdome of SOVTH-SAXONS.
When Ella, within thirty
Ella, the 8. from Woden, wit [...] his sonnes put the Bryttons to flight first at Cymens-shore, where hee landed, then at Ma­croeds bourne, after won A [...] ­dreds-ceaster, and so began his Kingdome.
Of Saxon Hengist reigned heere,
Who with his three sonnes, Cymen, Plettinger
And Cissa, that built
Which is called Cissan-cea­ster in the Saxon tongu [...].
Sore vext the Brytons; after them
Edilwalcus wore the
He gaue [...] to Wilfride Archbishop of Yorke, who came to plant the Faith in Sussex, where Wilfride set a Monastery for Episcopall S [...]e; yet Sussex was since sometimes vnder Winche­ster, and the See translated also to Chichester.
Last Tyrants Berthune and
Ceadwalla ouerthrew Edi [...]walke in his yonger yeares before he went into exile, Berthune and Anthyne after, when he came to be King of West Saxons.
By Cedwal slaine, Aldwine by Ine;
West-Saxon Kings thus swallowed them,
West-Saxons Kingdome my next theme.

The west-Saxon Kings and whole time of gouernement vnder the Heptarchy vntill Egberts time.

WEst-Saxon Monarkes!
Cerdic and his son Kenrik with 5 ships arriue at a place called Cerdic-shore, A. 499. slue Na­tanl [...]od, K. of Brittons, and 5000. men, and conquered the Ile of Wight, hee reign 17. yeares.
Cerdic, the 10. from Woden, vanquished the Bryttons first at Cerdics-ford, then at Cerdicks lege, and at Withgar-birg in the Ile of Wight, which hee gaue to his Nephew Withgare, who reigned there, and was buried at the Withgar-birg, or With­gares City.
The Kingdome of WEST-SAXONS.
From the west draue the Welshmen erst;
Kenrik his sonne, his Ceauline,
And Cuthe, and Ceaulines slaine Cutwine,
All Brittons foes, but Cutha
They vanquished the Brytons fiue times, and tooke from them the Cities of Glocester, Giren-Cester, Bathan-Cester, and diuers other [...]ownes, but at last Geaulines sonne and heire Cut­wine was slaine by them, and he expeld by his brother Cuthas son (Ceoli and Cutwolf) but his grand child Celrijc succeeded, and after him Geolfe, that vex­ed all the neighbour Princes, which was slaine by the South Saxons.
By whom the Brittons three Kings lost.
Next Cuthwines Celrijc, then, whose wyles,
'Gainst Edwine, Ceolph's owne selfe spoiles.
Gutha's Ceola's sonne next Kingulfe springs
Berinus conuert Christian
With Kingulf his sonne Gui­cheline, christned, and ioyntly reigned and dyed, and his sonne Guthred reigned no [...] past 3 or 4 yeares after his father and grand­father, whom Kenwalk succee­ded that founded the Cathedrall Church and Bishops See of Win­chester.
Kenric, A. 526. reigned 25.
Kenwalcus then,
Ceauline, An. 552. R. 33.
whom Penda chac't
From thence,
Cel [...]ik, A. 588. reigned 5.
for sisters sake disgrac't;
But by East-Angle Anna's meanes,
Ceolf, sonne of Cutha, brother of Ceauline, A. 594. R. 14.
Kingdome, Crowne and all regaines.
Sexburga reignes her husband
Shee founded a Monas [...]ry in the Ile of Shepey, and became a Nunne, & after Abbe [...]e there, and in the Ile of Ely, whither al­so came her daughter Ermenil­da, wife sometime to Wolfere King of Mercia.
And Elewine, next sate on his throne,
And Centwine,
Kingulf, son of Ceola, sonne of Cutha, brother of Ceauline, A. 603. R. 31. his son Guicheline and his sonne Guthred, reign in Kingulfs life time and foure yeares after. Kenwalkus, son of Kingulf, A. 643. R. 30.
both of Cutwines race,
This Brittons, that Mercians disgrace;
Then Cedwall much enuy'd, from long
Exile return'd, from Cutwine sprong,
That Edilwalcus erst o'rethrew,
Now Berthune and Anthunus
The Bryttons confound the stories by falsely supposing this Cedwal [...]s, to be their last King Cadwalladar, and so attributing Cedwalla's acts, and going to Rome to him.
Sussex Kings: and with fatall feuds
Bath'd flowry Kentish fields in bloud,
Till leauing more with losse, then gaine
Of spoyle, his brother Mollo slaine,
Saxburga, reig. a small time. Elkwine, Ne­phew of Kingulf A. 673. R. 2.
he by Sergius Pope of Rome,
Baptiz'd there found both fount and tombe.
His Cousen Ina King in's place
Rootes Aldwine out,
Kentwine, Kingulf Ne­phew, or [...]eire, reigned 9.
Sussex Kings race;
For Ceolreds Mercyans Crowne and Kent,
Makes the Kings pay him tributary rent;
With faire Saint Andrewes Church in * Wells,
Glastenburies Benedictine Cells,
Cedwalla, Ne­phew to Cut­wine & Ceau­line, A. 685. R. 3 yeares and went to Rome.
Where Arymathean Ioseph lurkes
Archorite of [...]ld! his pious workes;
Who payes to God his life and vowes
At Rome;
Ina, a kinsman of Cedwalla's, of the line of Cerdic, A. 688. reigned 37.
at Berking his faire spouse.
Next Ethelard doth Oswald tame,
And Cuthred Earle Adelme o'recame,
With Mercians,
Ethelard, An. 724. R. 14.
and the Kings of Wales;
Then Sigebert one sole yeere King fayles:
Foyl'd Kenulph,
Cuthred, An. 739. R. 17.
fled from Offa fayne,
Cyneard oth' King bloud slew,
Sigebert, anno 757. R. 1.
though slaine.
Kenulph, anno 758 R. 29.
He bulded it for a Colledge, but his successor Kenulf turned it to a Cathedrall Church and Bishops See, for Ina had diuided the Bi­shoprike of West-Saxons into two Sees, Winchester & Shir­burne, and erected Selsey by Chichester to a Bishops Se [...], and made Abbot Gadbert Bishop there; he gaue to the Monas [...]ry of Glastenbury, which he erected, in ornaments, as Censer, Ch [...]lice, Paten, Bason and Vessels of gold and siluer for the Altar, with a Pall for the same, Candlesticks; and the Images of Christ and our Lady, and the 12. Apostles, with other ornaments for the Monks, with precious stones inserted, to the weight 264, pounds of gold: and 2640. pounds of siluer, he also made Peter pence to be paid to Rome, where he dyed a Votary, as his wife at Barkin [...].
[Page 191] Whence Brytricus obtayn'd the Crowne,
Brytricus, of the line of Cer­dic, A. 786. R. 17
Enuious at Egberts high
Brytricus of the Bloud-Royall, a louer of peace rather then war, aduanced to the Crowne, marryed Ead [...]urga daughter to Offa K. of Mercia, by whose power hee expelled Egbe [...]t, [...] was a pet­ty King among the West Saxons, but being poysoned by his wife, in detestation of the f [...]ct the Nobles ordayned that the Kings wiues should not bee called Queenes, nor sit with them in [...] of Estate: she fled into France, where shee [...]ued leudly, and dyed miserably; whence Egbert was recalled home.
Whom more bloud-Royall did aduance;
Who fled, to free suspect, to France,
Till Brytrike was, vnheard-of fact,
Slaine, his false Spouses loathed act.

Egbert King of West-Saxons, reducing the seuen King­domes to one, and calling it England, with the b [...]gin­ning of his Monarchy concludeth this Ode and the Heptarchye.

THen Egbert all with one consent
Egbert, A. 802. R. 37. yeares and 7. moneths.
thron'd, crown'd King, incontinent,
The Merks, Welsh, Cornish, Kentish all,
Yeeld, bow, or downe before him fall;
East-Saxon Suthred could not stand,
East-Angles left Mercians command,
Submisse to him; Bernulfe was slaine,
Ludicenus vanquisht, Whitlafe
All three, Kings or Vsurpers of the East Angles and Merci­ans Crown [...].
Northumbers, doubtfull which, perplext,
By Danes, or ciuill warres, more vext,
With Pallas peacefull Oliue spray,
Their Legates crown'd, did Egbert pray
To be their King, and free them from
Bloud-thirsty rapines rise at home:
Who their Liege, they his Liege-menta'ne,
Englands plague since, expulst the
He fought with & ouerthrew the Danes at Carham; at Hen­gisten-doune, and the Ile Tha­net in Kent, hee vanquished the Mercians, and Bertult at Hel­lan-dune: he subdued the Ken­tish-men and East-Saxons, and receiued to his protection the East Angles, and Northumbers: he brake down the brazen Image of Cadwalline King of the Brit­tons, and commanded the land to bee called Anglia or Engla­lond and not Brytaine; he was crowned and buryed, hauing reig­ned 38. yeares, at Winchester.
Thus Mercyans, Danes, those by cold Tweede,
Trent, Tyne, and Humbers pleasant side,
Welsh, East, West-Saxons, Angles now,
All Subiects beene, or to him bow.
Braue state of things! pitty that e're
Danes spoiles they should or Normans feare.
At Winchester with Royall feasts,
He entertaynes his Lordly guests,
Nobles and Knights; where with consent
Of a then held full Parliament,
Egbert Crown'd, Thron'd, in greatest state,
Was of all England King create;
This Edict, and new [...]a [...]ing the Land by him, was about A... and the... yeare of his reigne.
Edict-Royall publisht then,
That England nam'd, vs English-men;
So Egbert first brought into one,
Seuen Kingdomes, rear'd one Regall Throne.
The end of the seuenth Ode.

A briefe type of the eight Booke or Ode of PALAE-ALBION, called SWENO or SWANVS.

The eight Ode contayneth,
  • 1. The O­riginall of the Danes, frō old Dacia, by Danu­bius side, whose off­spring in Scandia sere vex­ed the Realme of Eng­land, first by Ro­uers, then by the King. Iuarus in Ethelreds time, after by Hin­guar and Hubba in Alfreds time, and after, till Sweno made a conquest, though lost againe by the succeeding Kings.
  • 2. The story of the chiefe Kings of England, viz. Egbert, A. 830. who left his sonnes
    • Ethelw [...]lf King, A. 839. hee reig­ned 18. yeares.
      • Adelstane Duke of Kent.
    • Ethelbald, his sonne, reigned 3.

      Ethelbert, his brother, reign. 5.

      Ethelred, his brother, reign. 7.

      Alfred, his brother, R. 29. he had great war with the Danes, & made Oxford an Vniuersitie.

      Edward Senior, his son, R. 24. y.

      Adelstane, his son, R. 15. yeares.

      Edmond, his brother, R. 5. years.

      Eldred, his brother, R. 9 yeares.

      Edwine, Edmonds sonne, R. 4. y.

      Edgar, his brother, R. 16. y. A right worthy Prince, especially in his latter yeares.

      Edward, his sonne, surnamed the Martyr, reigned three yeares.

      Ethelred, his brother, he reigned in all 38. y. In his time Sweno got the conquest of this land and tri­bute, and exiled him into Nor­mandy.

      Edmond, his sonne, surnamed Ironside, after the Danes were a­gaine expeld, reigned 2. yeares. Canute, the son of Sweno, reig­ned 20 yeares.

      Harold, his sonne, R. 3. yeares.

      Hard [...]Knute, his brother, R 2. y.

      Edward, sonne of Ethelred, sur­named Confessor, R. 23. yeares, a good Prince.

      Harold, the sonne of [...]arle God­ [...]ine, and Thyra, as some say, the after of Canute, vsurpeth one eare, and is dispossessed by Wil­liam the Conquerour, An. 1066.

  • 3. Certayne fragments of the stories of the tri­butary and petty Kings of diuers Prouinces, set vp, and for the most part sub­iect to the former, viz. Of
    • East-Angles
      • King Offa, a­bout the time of Ethelwolf.

        King Edmond, his adopted son martyred by the Pagan Danes.

        K. Guthrum, set vp by the Danes, R. 12.

        King Edrike, also set vp by the Danes and last King of the East-Angles, reigned 14. sauing that some name Turkillus or Turketillus the Dane, King of East-Angles, about Adel­stanes time.

    • Mercians.
      • Whitlafe, R. 15. y.

        Fridulf, R. 13. y. ouerthrown by the Danes, whom Ethel­wolf vanquisht in Surrey.

        Burthred, made King by Ethelwolf, married Ethelswide the Kings daugh­ter, but at last hee fled frō the Danes to Rome about Al­freds time.

        Eldred, made King by Alfred, e­spoused the noble Lady Elslede, who also after her hus­bands death go­uerned the Merci­ans with great ho­nour, & defended them right nobly against the Danes: her brother King being much hol­pen by her marti­all aide and politike counsels, af­ter whose death K. Edward tooke the land of Mercians wholly the Crowne.

    • Northumbers.
      • Osfride and Ella rebell against Ethelred, and are slaine by the Danes, a­bout the beginning of Alfreds reigne,

        Egbert, made King by the Danes, expelled by the Northumbers.

        Ricsiga, King vnder the Danes, R. 3. yeares.

        Egbert, a second, vn­der the Danes, R. 7. y.

        Guthred or Gormo a Dane, but God-sonne to King Alfred, regned 11.

        Sythrik, his son, reig­ned next, and espoused Edyth daughter to King Edward, sister to Adel­stane: but Aulafe and Godfride their sonnes, for mouing some sediti­on against Adelstane, were expelled, and fled, Aulafe into Ireland, God fridus into Scotland; where they raysed some powers, but were not­withstanding at seuerall times vanquished by A­delstane and Eldred. Af­ter that one Edrike did clayme the Kingdome of Northumberland: but was ouercome by Eldred, about, An. 950. since when, Northumberland hath onely remayned an Earledome or Dukedome.

Ode octaua, Inscripta SVENO.

Oda velut varijs, Anglos, octaua procellis
Iactatos canit, huc Danica turba ruit;
Dura (que) Suenc l [...]cèt pensa imperet, omne retrorsum
Cessit at Angligenis Imper [...]ale decus.

Prooemio Odae, inserta hypothesis.

BRitannos Latij▪
Series Poematis, siue historiae Syntaxe [...]s ratio.
cum Italis modò Sax [...] Brytannos,
Sedibus è patrijs & finibus expulit ambos:
Saxones è solio, simul omnia turbine versant,
Daci disijciunt. Nostris ita saepè minutis,
Ludit in humanis diuina potentia rebus.
Sic (que) vices Fortuna fouet, Natura (que) cursu
Omnia perpetuo varians, sic (que) explicat annum;
Ver fugit aestates, aestatum terga lacessit
Pomifer Autumnus, Nymbis cessurus & vndis.
Vt (que) canit Samius,
sic nos, sic omnia verti,
Nunc has, nunc alias videas florescere genteis;
Celsaolim, veteres nunc Troia, humil [...]s (que) ruinas,
Et pro diuitijs tumulos estendit auorum;
Clara fuit Sparte, quondam viguêre Mycenae,
Cecropis, & Pr [...]ami, necnon Carthaginis arces:
Vile solum Sparta est, clarae cecidere Mycenae,
Celsa (que) Carthago, Thebae celeberrimae & Argos.
Laomedonteae, quid nunc nisi nomina Troiae?
Quid Pandionijs restant nisi nomina Athenis?
Tam variat Fortuna vices, tot mille figuris,
Vt quod erat non est,
inconstantis Fortunae accu­ [...]tione constanti,
ne (que) erit quod perstet in orbe.
Imperiale decus, saeclo isto, pessim [...] Hirene,
Transferre ad Gallos, velles insana Monarcha.

Dacorum siue Danorum & Daciae domen & origo.

SAxones Egberto florent regnante, cruento
Mox ipsi praedae Daco, miserae (que) rapinae;
Vnde igitur Dani veniunt, quibus incola terris
Olim Dacus erat, qui tot modo coedibus Anglo
Saxones affecit; pandens ab origine primâ
Musa rogata refer!
stati [...] subtexitur Archaiologia siue origo Danorum è Dacia ve­teri [...]uxta Danub [...]um sitâ,
Fuit olim Dacia propter
Ripam Istri, Gothi (que) Getae (que) ad littora Ponti,
Contiguas Dacis sedes habuêre, sed intus
Daci Danubicis iuxta adsedêre fluentis:
Contiguas quo (que) nunc Boreali in cardine mundi
Quaesiuêre sibi sedes; nam Gotthia fineis
Dacorum attingit, quâ tendit Cymbrica Nesos.
Illi multoties Romano à milite victi,
Trajani ac iussu Caracallae: postea bellis
Romani Imperij fineis regnante Philippo,
Turbârunt miserè, Europam (que), Asiam (que) remiscent,
Donec ab Aurelio victi, validis (que) fugati,
Aut propè deleti, irruentùm à gente feroci
Hunnorum, Eoas dominante Valente per oras:
Exin cessêre, at (que) vbi iam sedêre, potiti
Sede, ex quâ Marius Cymbros deleuerat, inter
Arctoos mundi populos numerantur: Eorum
Dacia Pannonijs vicina, Valachia nuper
Dicta, tulit Danos dudum, Dragulas (que) sibjipsis
Infestos; parili (que) odio flagrànte, vocatus
Turca iugum imposuit collis, Danos (que) trucidat
Instinctu Dragulûm! Sic turpè vtris (que) subactis,
Possidet arua ferox hostis;
vnde in Cymbricam Chersonesum,
celeberrima donec,
Rettulit Hunniades, à Turcis capta trophaea,
Extitit ac patriae vindex, Lunas (que) repressit;
Sic (que) vetus, perhibent, produxit Dacia Dacos,
Iam Danos Dragulas (que); hodierna (que) Dania dudum,
A sibi cognatis Danis, aut sede potitis
Antiqua Istriacâ, nomen traxisse putatur.
Crebra (que) cos inter commercia vtros (que) fuisse,
Dacos (que) & Danos, olim Edgaris acta docerent;
E (que) sinu quamuis, quidam autumat hosce Codano,
Danos iam dictos; siue haec seu verior illa
Summi vtrius (que) authoris erit sententia, Dacos
Siue vocare lubet Danos, de nomine quippe
Sollicitè minùs Orator monet esse seueros,
Cum dere constet: suo enim diplomate Regem
Dacûm s [...] profitetur ouans,
Ind [...] ad nos transierunt; Quibus tamen
Rex Daniae! ab illis
Littoribus certum est venisse, vbi Scandia in Arcton
Brachia protendit, tum limina nostra rapinis,
Infestasse diu! sunt Oceano (que) propinqui
Dani, Baltiaci (que) sedentes margine Ponti,
[Page 198] Eoum (que) per Oceanum, sua littora contrâ,
Hostibus infestis; breuis hinc traiectus ad Anglos;
Hic fons, hoc flemma, haec Dacûm celebratur origo.
Iam (que) Deà vnde fores digressa, reuertere tempus,
Et mecum Albionis placidam lege littoris oram.

Egberti dominatus, & Dynastiae finis.

PRimum quem canimus,
Angliae Reges, vt hic ordine [...], restit [...]runt▪
Egberto Principe primo,
Gaudet nata recèns, roseas induta Corollas
Anglia, pace choros celebrans, laurum (que) triumphos.
Saxonum ab aduentu, quadringentesimus annus
Est propè coeptus agi, Egberto iam Rege salutis (que)
Egbertus, &
tricesimus, Ogdoos idem,
Postquam Merciacis Wallis (que) Monarcha subactis,
Euri (que) & Zephyri, Anglo-Saxones at (que) Meatas,
Septem Regna suis adiunxerat; extera (que) arma
Finibus è totis repulit; cum stamina vitae
Ruperunt Parcae, & florentia Sceptrarelinquit
Filio Ethelwolfo: hic Romam proficiscitur, vrbis
Visendi studio, & votis Monacho (que) solutus,
Quo priùs indutus fuerat,
filius Ethelwolfus,
Regalia iura,
Sceptra capit, solium (que) sibi, & Diademata Patris.

Egberti filij Ethelwolphi Regnum & gesta,

DVctâ (que) Osburgâ formosâ coniuge, Gnatos
Bis duo suscepit, totidem ordine postea Reges.
Huic Diuus Swithinus, Adelstanus (que) celebres,
Consiliarij erant; Egbertus & anteà Gnato,
Cantia rura Duci dedit Adelstano, vti fama est.
Dotibus egregij naturae instructus & artis,
Iusticia (que) suos & multâ pace fouebat,
fortiter profligârunt;
Cum subitò Oceani emergens quasi fluctibus ingens
Dacorum numerus, turbantes omnia, Regni
Fineis inuadunt! quos Damnoniae (que) Ceorlus,
Vicit, Adelstanus (que) per aequora tota fugauit;
At priùs & villas multùm populantur & agros,
Et Thamesim ingressi, Londinum, & Mercica rura,
Cum, duce Merciaco, dicto modò Rege, Fridulph [...],
A Dacis fuso; comiti pro coniuge Gnatam
Rex dat Ethelswidam, Burthredo; & Marcia donat
Sceptra, & quam potuit magno conamine iuuit,
Infestos contra Dacos, inimica (que) tela,
[Page 200] Donec eos multâ discedere strage coegit.
reliqu [...] Reges
Sicuti iam radijs, aliquot obscura per annos,
Dispergens nebulas, Anglis pax alma refulsit:
Rex Iuditham duxit Francam, solio (que) locarat
Contrâ quàm Proceres Reges (que) ipsi antea contrâ
Brytici Eadburgam statuissent Regi-Cidam:
Wintoniae (que) iacet post bis duo lustra sepultus.

Ethelbaldi, Ethelberti & Ethelredi, trium Ethelwolfi Gnato­rum regna.

REgnat Ethelbaldus cum patre & fratre,
sibi (que)
Iudittham malus, vxorem patris, omine diro,
Concubitu incesto,
male tum copulauit & audit:
Despectus (que) suis, paucos (que) superstes in annos
Ethelbertus (que) olli successit; in illum
Danica turba ruit; valida at virtute repressit,
Ac citò post moritur, vix quintâ aestate peractá.
Frater Ethelredus sequitur,
Ethel [...]edus,
quem Dania totis
Viribus aggressa est: etenim Rex Dacus Iuarus,
Cum classe ingenti Angliacas simul appulit oras;
Temporis intereâ Mercios (que) parum (que) fideles,
Regi Ottadinos perhibent; ipsos (que) regebant,
Burthredus Mercios, Osfridus & Ella Meatas;
Rex tamen & Dacos superat, Regem (que) cecidi [...]:
Vnde duces,
multùm rapinis eorum infe­statieos tamen repressunt.
cum fratre Agnerus Hubone creati.
Quanquam alij referunt Regem haud perijsse, sed ipsum
Pace impetratâ, terrâ (que) hoc nomine quantum
Tergo, ceu Corio circundare posset equino,
Doncastrum posuisse, domum (que) measse, subortos
Ad compescendum motus & furialia bella;
At (que) ita substituit fratreis, sed foedere nullo,
Foedifragi poenis Daci magis vs (que) stetêrunt:
Vnde breui post bellum oritur, ingens (que) secuta est
Dacorum strages! cum,
At sub primis Alfredi tempori­bus,
accepto vulnere, paullò
Posteà Ethelredus, animam exhalauit in auras.
Et minimus natû Alfredus, moderamine rerum
Iam potitur;
Rebelles reguli Northum­briae & Merciae Dacis suc­cumbunt,
potitis (que) domi circùm vndi (que) pace
Compositis; votíne ergô, an faciebat honoris,
Romam abiens, diadema verendo à praesule coepit.

Quarti Ethelwolphi filij Alfredi Gesta florentissima.

PErfidiae interèa fuso dant sanguine poenas,
Merciaci (que) infidi, Ottadini (que) rebelles;
Nam (que) per id tempus Northumbria paruit Ellae,
Offrido (que) Anglum (que) iugo sua colla leuârat;
Cum ducis infoelix spensam violare Beorni,
Haud cunctatus erat Northumbricus ille Tyrannus
Osfridus; vindex (que) Thori laesi (que) pudoris
Coniugis assertor, vocat in confinia Dacos,
Aspergens (que) odijs commissa ob crimina Reges,
Vallo ipsos Eboraci intra sua moenia cingit,
Nec vita & solio, ac spoliarat, destitit ambos:
Crimen adulterij Osfridus cum sanguine pensat,
Et pr [...]pè Vro-uicum locus est qui dicitur Ellae
Campus, vbicaesus cum sanguine nomina liquit.
Nacti opportunum Daci tempus (que) locum (que),
Qui vice illorum regulo [...] alios substituunt, &
Nunc Regum ac scelus infandum quo pellere Reges
Nulli non libitum; illorum sibi Regna iugarunt;
Regi (que) Egberto cuidam Northumbrica sceptra
Mandarunt! pulso (que) illo, Ricsiga, secuti,
Egbertus (que) alius! Gormo successerat illis,
Guthredus (que) aliâs dictus, charissimus vnus
Alfredo quandam; Daci omnes Regna gubernant.
At (que) ità Northumbris dominati sedibus, vltrâ
Merciacis agris latè populantur, & Anglos
Inuasere etiam fineis; lento (que) duello,
Corruente Edmond [...] sanctae pietatis alumn [...],
Alkymondâ orto, Norymberga (que) Sywarâ;
Regem siue ducem sibi substituêre Guthormum;
Eois sequitur (que) nouissimus Edricus Anglis.

Daci & eorum Duces saepiùs ab Alfredo profligati.

BVrthredo haud Mercio minus, Alfredo (que) furentes
Multùm perfidiosi ingentia damna tulerunt
Daci; qui nullis pacto ne (que) foedere,
Alfredus ipse quamuis Dacis saepius fusis, ac pulso
Exoniam Alfredo [...]ripiunt, inopina (que) Regi
Struxêre insidias; Rex, impiger arma capescens,
Bristoliam propè primò, Abingdoniae (que) secundò
Praelio eos, magnum (que) ducem modo strauit Hubonem:
At (que) iterum à bellis sancito foedere cessit.
Tempestate istâ Dacis veniebat ab oris
[Page 204] Rollo,
& ab Alfredo victus, ceu littora longè
Neustriaca aspiciebat, apum (que) examine, gente
Mellificâ, ductore, procul, sed debita fato,
Regna petit, fluuios Ligerim super at (que) Garumnam,
Et Sequanam vs (que) sitam sedem!
Neustriae & Normannorum [...]rimo Duce;
à quo postea Reges
Neustriae, & Angliacis qui olim dominantur in oris.

Alfredi infortunia, sed & eorum foelix exitus.

PErpetua intereà Dacis-cum bella fuisse,
Sancitum quamuis esset foedus (que) fides (que)
Irrita cum votis, notum satis omnibus; vni
Tot varios rerum casus, tot adire labores
Contigit Alfredo inuicto! cui mixta dolori,
Gaudia semper erant, spes semper mixta timori,
Cui vestes sudore iugi, cui sica cruore
Tincta iugi, quantum sit onus regnare probârunt,
Vix (que) foret quisquam immensi per climata mundi
Cui tot in aduersis vel respirare liceret,
Nec tamen aut ferro contritus ponere ferrum
Decreuit! quanquam à Burthredo Regia Dacis,
Mercia (que) exposita est praedae; confinia Regis
Alfredi, cum se Romam modò contulit, ausus
Vlterius tumidis sese haud committere bellis;
In (que) manus Dacûm sic Mercia venit; vt antè
Desertis Ducibus Northumbria; tota (que) Eoûm
i [...] angustias deductus,
& Londinia East-Anglûm pulcherrima sedes:
Hisce malis pressum & cingentibus vndi (que) Danis,
Alfredum, perhibent, per deuia rura vagantem
Haud secus ac Phoebum Admeti inter prata, paludeis,
Somersetiae agris, tanquam loca tuta tenentem;
Insula Nobilium, per id tempus Athelnea texit
Hostium ab incursu! & speratae penè salutis
Immemorem: at Cutheberto, aiunt, hortante labantem,
(Posteà cui,
In Somersetiâ latuit, donec à S. Cutheberro solatus, & co­hortatus,
(pario positum est de marmore templum
Ingens Cestriae Ei;) donaria multa dicauit,
Dunelmense solum, Cutheberti (que) arua!) palude
Rellicta, in fuluam, contrà, descendit arenam.
Post toties fractâm (que) fidem, iurata (que) frustrâ
Numina Rex totis insurgens viribus, hostem
Finibus è patrijs repulit! mox Mercica Regna
Ingressus subigit sibi;
resumptis armis Dacos & quoscun (que) hostes eiecit,
Noruegios (que) ferenteis
Praesidiariam opem, sternit, Dacum (que) cohortes;
Et quem Burthredi vice substituêre Ceolphum
Merciacis Daci, indignum vel nomine Regis,
Infimae vti sortis, musis ne (que) Martis alumnum.
[Page 206] Cestria dein redit ad Regem, & Northumbria! Dacus
Praeficitur quibus, Alfredi ex baptismate Gnatus,
Gormo! fugâ, quaquâ versum sibi consulit hostis,
Pars patriam repetens, pars munijt aggere fossas;
Praeterèa ac nemo bellis tot victor apertis,
Vno, vti qui septies Dacis-cum cerneret anno:
Londinium, ereptam Dacis vbicun (que) fugatis,
& inter alia ipsius,
Merciaci (que) soli partem, cum coniuge Gnatâ,
Dat Duci Ethelredo, Elfledae Rex nomine dotis:
At bellis simulac Dacum (que) furore quiescens,
Tum Monachis aedes,
opera magnificentissima Oxo­nium Academiam inst [...]tuit.
Cutheberto (que) arua dicauit,
Rex Tinam at (que) Athesim inter flumina; debeat olli
Quicquid habet Phoebi & Musarum splendida sedes,
Oxonium studijs florens, mihi dulcis alumna:
Qui primùm instituens gymnasia, praemia fixit,
Pallados, Hesperidum (que) sacri cultoribus horti,
Wintoniae (que) iacet post bis tria lustra sepultus.

Eduardi Senioris regnum & gesta.

GNatus Eduardus sequitur,
Eius soboles,
Wallum (que) Scotum (que)
Hic primo Imperio & fratrem,
Eduardus Senior, &
Dacos (que) cecîdit,
Fratris Athelwoldi insigni feritate rebelleis:
Northumbros (que) armis domat, East-Anglûm (que) Guthormì
Successorem Ericum, ereptis cum sanguine sceptris:
Mortuo & Eldredo, Augustam, Oxonium (que) recepit;
Merciâ at in reliquâ populos Elfleda feroceis
Inclyta Amazoniâ plusquam virtute coercet:
Varuicum huic multum,
Staffordia, Cestria debent,
Salopia, at (que) aliae posuit queis moenia villae:
Scilicet & Wallos domuisti, insignia (que) armis
Bellica Northumbris, Dacis (que) trophaea tulisti,
O Elfleda potens, ô terror virgo virorum,
Penthesilaea Phryges, Italos pharetrata Camilla
Inter & ipsa tuos Dacis (que) verenda virago!
Mercia (que) hac vitâ functâ, estreuoluta Coronae
Fratris, & imperium Scoticos, penetrauit inagros;
Daci etenim & Walli, Eduardo, at (que) Anglia tota,
quae Sythrico solum Northumbria Daco
Guthredi Gnato, parent! sexus (que) vtrius (que),
Sex Gnatas, sed non ex vna coniuge▪ treis (que)
Suscepit Gnatos, totidem ordine postea Reges:
Nupta Editha est Sythrico, Northumbro; Elgina Monarchae
Francorum Carolo, Elysi [...]s Rex visere campos
Tendit, Wintoniae (que) habet ossa recondita Tymbus.

Adelstani & fratrum, splendidum solis Imperium.

GNatus Athelslanus sequitur,
Regem (que) Scotorum,
Arma vocantem, armis reprimit; Binos (que) nepotes,
Defuncti Sythrici Gnat [...]s, furialia bella
Ad minimum tacitè de seditione mouenteis
Consilia, è regno pellit, solio (que) paterno:
Godfridus (que) Scotos, fugiens, Aualassus Hybernos,
Mouit Adelstanum contra; sed vtros (que) manebat
Belli eadem fortuna; Scotûm (que) exercitus ingens
Concidit, illorum (que) etiam Reges (que) Duces (que)
Non pauci!
cum Dacis, Wallis, Scotis, alijs (que) regno in [...]diatoribus fortiter & [...]liciter praeliatur.
Repetit (que) suos Aualassus Hybernos.
Non impunè Scotos rupisse (que) foedera Dacos,
Passus Athelstanus, Dacos subsidere, & ipsum
In sua verba facit Regem jurare Scotorum:
Vimerum (que) cepit, Wallos (que), aggressus Huuallum,
Regnis restituens ipsos; domitos (que) rebelleis
Exus Cornubios,
similiter [...]ecêrunt
mox pulsos flumine ab Exi,
[...] operâ turrita Excestria vidit;
Cui Tamaris (que) datum est recipit Cornubia limen,
Florente Imperio illius quo (que) tempore florent,
Wolstanus Deirae, sanctus Cantuariae Adelmus,
Cùm Monachis aedes, sibi nomina clara, parabat,
Et fratri moriens sobole sine, splendida sceptra
Permisit; Dacos qui perculit at (que) rebelleis
Northumbros Edmondus ouans: Rursus (que) nepotem
Edmondus &
si ex Scoticâ redit idem Aualassus Hyberne!
At breue fata nimis tempus vitae (que) dierum (que)
Indulsere sibi! cuius post flebile bustum
Bina superstes erant soboles, Edwinus & Edgar;
Frater ei successit, adhuc impubere prole,
Eldredus; teneris (que) datur Rex tutor Alumnis.

Eldredi & pupillorum dominium, & gesta.

VNus hic Angliacos Reges celeberrimus inter,
Eldredus! cui tanta hominis sapientia, virtus
Bellica & integritas,
Eldredus Reges meritò ho­noratissimi;
morum candore, parata,
Vt facilè hostileis audito nomine solùm
Sedaret motus! Hunc Odo, duos (que) sequenteis,
Edgarum & Edwinum fratres; treis ordine Reges;
Odo coronauit, Cantuariae Episcopus! Ormi
Rursum Aualassus ope soceri, Northumbrica Regna
Inuasit, rursum (que) petens, reppulsus ab ipsis
Northumbris; posthaec Ericum sibi denuo sceptris
Successorem habuit! Quem nigro immersit auerno,
Impiger Eldredus: Quem post duo lustra secutus,
[Page 210] Edmondi puer Edwinus; qui insignia praeter
Edwinum verò infamem,
sanctos (que) viros, meliora monenteis
Candidè, in exilium pulsos, ea [...]propter & iras,
Praeter & incestum, haud quicquam memorabile gessit,
Dignum Rege nihil: Quare Northumbria & omnis
Mercia, mirati teneris adeò Edgaris annis
Eximias doteis claro sat stemmate dignas,
Asciuêre ducem sibi eum, Regem (que) salutant;
Quo facto, irarum, curis (que) ingentibus, aeger,
sequitur Edgar frater,
occubuit frater citò; coepta (que) Regis
Fama nec immeritò volitare per ora virorum:
Dictus eras Edgar-Etheling pulcherrime rerum
[...]los, honor, Anglorum sydus ter nobile gentis,
Deliciae, patriae decus, & virtutis alumnus!

Edgaris Acta famosissima.

VNdè equidem reliquos super, inclyta fama, Monarchas,
Edgaris eximijcelebratur, & ardua virtus;
Disposuit classem, munimina, littora circùm,
Dunstanum reuocat, Wallum (que) Scotum (que) subegit:
Regum octo, Cumbriae, Wallûm, Scotiae, Orcadum, Hybernes,
Vs (que) remigio,
cuius gesta florentissima, nisi
est transuectus flumina Deuae;
Classe etiam aequoreos tractus solitum ire per omnes,
Et Regni fineis circum-lustrare quotannis,
Florentem perhihent suprâ omneis antea Reges!
Is Wallûm Regem Luduuallum nomine, iussit,
Trecentos, res bella, lupos, de more quotannis,
Noxium ità, id genus, omne animal perdendo, tributi
Nomine pendere. At mullum illi infamiae amores
Inspersère leues; spaciatus amasius Edgar
Rure & Vere nouo, deceptus amore puellae,
Quae Ioue digna rapi visa est; pulcherrima Nympha;
Sollicitus (que) suos Matri dum narrat amores,
Percupiens praedam, Danaes disponderat Imbrem.
Mater vt, & natae illibato virgine flore,
Posset Amatorem placasse, auro (que) potiri,
Construxit Thalamum, at Nympham subduxit amanti,
Ancillam (que) suam pro virgine Regis in vlnas
Ignari dedit! ignoscente (que) nomina fassae
Edgaro, ab imperio dominae fit libera! vti illam
Prostituisse iuuet, turpi pro foenore corpus.

Amoris Edgaris infames, aliá (que) gesta.

ORgerij (que) Ducis Gnatae,
Q [...]òd leuioribus nimiùm in­du [...]serit amoribus; quae eius intamia est,
postquam improba fama,
Eximiam formam illius retulisset ad aures,
Misit Ethelwoldum Comitem satis antè fidelem,
Aequè formosam ac famosam visere Nympham:
It, videt hanc, visam (que) cupit, potitur (que) cupitâ
Mentitus Regi; Alfredae pulcherrima▪ amatae
Formam (que) faciem (que) at (que) ora simillima Diuis,
Ceu Rege indigna, aut potiùs sibi congrua Nymphae
Connubia; at (que) istis non absona caetera fingens,
Rege petit veniam, Gnatam patre, virgine amorem,
Quam capit in sociam, accelerans sua fata, iugalem:
Mox vbi fama iterùm est formam admirata puellae,
Se Rex infido delusum sensit amico,
Spectatum (que) suis quo certior esset ocellis,
Cornubiae Ducis, Orgerij patris, omnibus vni
Praeter Ethelwoldo,
Regem alioqui satis inclytum demon­strârunt.
valdè exoptatus in aedes,
Edgarus ecce venit! Tyrio (que) nitentior ostro
Interfusa genas roseo formosa pudore
Constitit ante oculos, heu talis vt alma Dione,
Candidior nive, pulchra suos. Alfreda decores
Ostentans; quamuis coniux secus antè rogasset;
Causas (que) exposuit delusi Regis amores:
Quo magis illa stupet, magis & formosa videri,
Falsa, sui similis, leuior (que) fugacibus auris,
Deperit! Hancce mouent, non pignora chara preces (que);
Mollicie (que) animi indutâ, illaqueatus amore,
Rex sponsum interimi curat, votis (que) potitur:
Decept [...] (que) priùs Domino simili arte, rapinam,
Inter venandum transfixus arundine liquit.
Wilfreda [...] ex Monachâ, Monacham (que) habet Edgar Edytham,
Wiltoniae primam Abbatissam; dijs (que) relatam;
Edgaris ista iuuenta fuit; quapropter abundè
Sancto à Dunstano est reprehensus; serior aetas
Sanctior! heic Monachis indulgentissimus aedes
Extruxit (que) nouas,
Eius filij
veteres (que) alio (que) receptas
Transtulit ijs, auxit (que) alias, reparat (que) vetustas;
Ijs (que) tulit leges, Regno (que) apprime salubreis.

Eduardi Martyris & Ethelredi regna diuersimodè infoelicia.

LEgitima ex Elfredâ Edouardus coniuge natus,
Ex Alfreda alter Copronymus! Edgarus auris
Aethere mutatis, Edouardo sceptra relinquit.
Fraude sed ille suae impettitus & arte Nouercae,
Eduardus Martyr [...]adit,
Occubuit rediens venatu incautus ab agris,
Impia Ethelredo Gnato, dum regna pararet
Ethelredus Copronymus pro­phetante S. Dunstano,
hunc tanquam emergentem ex sanguine fratris,
Diris deuouet; at, tandem sacrare coactus
Diuus Dunstanus, sacra ceu baptismata vates,
Foedantem, Angligenis insignia damna ferentem:
Ignauum at (que) malum, fore iam praedixit, vt olim.
Eius Ethelredi vitia, & simul Anglia Nympham,
Te vitâ demptam Guinthildida luget in aeuum.
Dacus enim hinc fineis armis inuaserat Anglos,
At (que) agitat praedas per littora curua; paratam
Proditor insignis classem dedit Aelfricus hosti;
Tum primùm, hisce malis, fractis Rex Sueno Britannis
Imposuit vectigal, & icto foedere cessit.
Brictius at postquam flêrunt madidi (que) Nouembres
Danorum interitum, quos puncto temporis vno,
Fraudis Ethelredi memorant insigne trophaeum
Excisos! dolus an virtus quis in hoste requirat?
Sueno iterum Angliacas venit indignatus in oras;
Toto (que) Eoo tractu, Thamisim inter & Humbri
Flumina, tum populis ripam extra vtrius (que) subactis,
Rex fugit ad socerum, Richardum, coniugis Emmae
Patrem, Normannûm Regem; regno (que) potitus
Sueno erat,
vitijs & ignauiâ suâ, Angliam miserijs oppletam, Dacis Suenone Rege, tributariam praestitit,
Angliacis Dacûm Rex primus in oris:
Quo vitâ functo, insulsûm misera Anglia Danûm
Lassa iugo, reuocat (que) domum, recipit (que) misellum
Rursus Ethelredum! miseranda strage peremptis
Dacis, Sueniades sua trans mare regna Canutus,
Mox (que) reuersurus furiali more recessit.
Regiâ Ethelredus praeter spem sede potitus,
Postquam lustra suos propè rexerat octo Britannos,
Ceu priùs Edmondum, ex Elginâ, postmodo Regem
Eduardum Alfredum (que) ex coniuge ceperat Emmâ,
Londinij morbo,
at recuperato regno, filius Ed­mondus; fraude
an curis confectus acerbis,
Iam Diui Pauli tumulatus in aede recumbit.

Edmondi Regis immaturè extincti nobilissima progenies.

REgna adit Edmondus, qui littora ad ista reuersum,
Impiger excipiens horrendo marte Canutum,
Multa quo (que) est bello passus, stratagemmate multa
Indigno, malè fidi Edrici, cognomine dicti
Stratonici! tandem ad Sabrinae fluminis vndas,
Monomachia duos inter suscepta Tyrannos,
Litem aufert! socijs vtrin (que) astantibus armis,
Oluea, Sabrinae in medio sita fluminis Alueo,
Insula vidit eos lentum admirata duellum,
Pugnando fessos demum (que) ita (que) conuenit actis,
Inter eos publicis; Borealior ora Canuto,
Edmondo Zephyri at (que) austri subiecta procellis
tamen proditoris Edrici occumbit,
& socias iunxerunt foedere dextras.
At citò fraude Edrici Edmondus cadit, Anglia fleuit
Flore iuuentutis raptum! sunt Regia proles
Daciam adus (que) suam ablegati à Rege Canuto:
Et fieri sic firmaratus sibi sceptra tyrannus,
Quo Daca effuso fratrum conspersa cruore
Terra foret,
vnde Canutus Suenonis filius regnat,
premere incautos nece Knutus alumnos
Impius ac voluit, frater concedere nollet;
Rex Dacus, factum crudele perhorruit intus,
Pannonico Regi externam qui misit in oram
Imberbes iuuenes, vbi cessit vescier auris
Edmondus superis! Agathae (que) sui (que) hymenaeos
Eduardus celebrat; voluuntur vt omnia fato!
Pannonicae illa soror Reginae, filia Neptis,
Regum & Alemaniae dominorum; oriuntur ab illo
Stemmate, Qui Reges, Scoticis dominantur in oris:
Hijs satus Edgar erat, Margareta (que) nupta Scotorum
Regi Malcolmo,
& Edmondi puelluli, exilio de­gentes vitam, temporis tra­ctu tamen, & longa post suc­cessione ad Angliae & Scotiae coronam, in suis posteris ad­spirârunt.
Scotiae quibus ordine longo
Nascuntur Reges; Maria (que) sorore, Mathildis
Henrici primi coniux, sed & illa Mathildam
Induperatricem genuit, fuit illa secundi
Henrici genitrix; comiti quo (que) nupta Maria
Bononiae Eustathio, Stephani hijs sata sponsa, Mathildis
Altera! sic (que) Scotis dominata & vbi (que) Britannis,
Spreta licet, despecta quasi, insidijs (que) petita,
Progenies toto longè celeberrima mundo.

Kanuti Daci apud Anglos Imperium.

SIc Ferreo-latere extincto,
Ipsi verò Canuto,
simul exule prole
Sceptra Canutus habes, iam totius Anglia; Olauo
Noruegiam pulso subigens, Scoticos (que) rebelles,
Noruegiae, Dacûm, Scotiae, Angliae, vnus & idem
Quatuor ingentûm populorum habeare Monarcha!
Cui viduâ Emmâ vxore, data (que) sorore vicissim,
Normanno; illius sobolem succedere celso
Pactus erat solio: egregiè hic maris imperat vndis,
Stulto adulatori illudens;
duo ipsius Gnati.
Christo (que) Coronam
Dedicat, imperium (que) pedes pius antè resignat;
Poenituit scelerum ac commissûm! inuisat & vrbem
Romanam, in cineres post bis duo lustra reuersus.

Canuti & Emmae Gnatorum successionis ordo & dominia.

TReis Regna in parteis,
Haraldus cognomento Hare­foot,
soboles, diuisa capescit,
Noruegium Sueno; satus Hardi-Kanutus ab Emmâ,
Vulgo sic dictus, Daciam; sed & Anglica sceptra,
Suppositus, perhibent, Gnatus inuasit Haraldus;
Regnum & confratreis vexans odijs (que) Nouercam,
Rex (que) triennis obit!
& Hardi-Kanutus, ac tandem
Solio successor in alto
Rex Dacus sequitur, satus Hardi-Canutus ab Emmâ
Rex (que) triennis obit! solio (que) Edouardus Eburno
Successit, sanctus Confessor! & ipse Canuto,
Ex Emmâ frater;
Ethelredi Gnatus Eduardus Confessor dictus, succedunt,
geminis (que) parentibus ortus,
Emmâ & Ethelredo: Godwini huic filia nupta est,
Pulchra adeò pia Nympha, pudica, modesta, decens (que);
Ac quasi spina rosam, perhibent, Godwinus Edytham
Barbarus at (que) ferox genuit, pater improbus! Eius,
Godwini malè consilijs, Rex saepius vsus,
Multa minùs rectè, matrem (que) alios (que) fideleis
Contra equidem falsò insimulatos crimine, amicos,
Gessit; donec erant, Gnati (que) pater (que) rebelles
& in exilium missi, pia nupta (que) eorum
Culpâ Wiltoniae Monachis est reddita Nymphis.
Rex (que) manens virgo cum virgine coniuge, fama est,
Praedam alijs moriens, sobole sine, sceptra reliquit.

Eduardo Confessore sine prole decedente, varij suborti motus in Anglia.

POstea at in Regis, Gnati (que) pater (que) fauorem,
Depositis redeunt obijs; ipso (que) iubente
Rege, per insolitos saltus, tractus (que) niuosos
Victor agens currus Snowdonis montibus hostem
sobole sine decedente,
& bello minimè confregit aperto,
Contectos Wallos nemore at (que) silentibus vmbris,
Godwino satus acer Haraldus! vti (que) Sywardus
Disiecit Scoticum, Ottadinus Comes ipse Tyrannum
Machutam! Et Regum Scotiae de sanguine cretum
Malcolmum statuit Regem; cui postea nupsit
Edmondi neptis, soror Edgaris! Angliae in oras
Qui modò cum patre, matre Agatha, at (que) sororibus, vnâ
Accessurus erat,
Regnum tanquam praedae ex­positum, inter Competitores,
Rege accersente: sed ecce
Interèa Eduardus moritur pater; exulis ergò
Dicti, Edgar-Etheling Gnatus, Regni audijt Haeres,
A Rege Eduardo, Angliaci; & Protector Haraldus.
His ità compositis,
cui plurima sancta (que) virtus
Emicuit, sanctâ Eduardus Rex pace quieuit.
At dubij Proceres, & quò se vertere nescij,
Seu fugere antè suam,
Haraldum Godwini Gnatum
siue expectare ruinam,
Normannas metuunt vireis, iactata (que) vulgo
Facta Duci promissa; at Godwineius Haraldus
Ingentem populi sibi conciliarat amorem:
Et iam Pannonico, fato ecce superstes ab orbe
Nobilitate potens, dudùm Edgar, Regia proles,
Venerat Angliacas, patre condecoratus in oras;
Sed puer Edgar adhuc, & nondùm aetatis adultae,
Nec tam acri,
& Gulielum, denuò Conquae­storem, dilaniandum & dis­cerpendum reliquit,
aut tanto potis est occurrere morbo,
Nascentisue mali infenfas restinguere flammas!
Hijs ità suspensis animo; Protector habendus
S [...]u genere, anne magis hoc audax nomine Regnum
Nemine eum prohibente, ferox inuadit Haraldus!
Sceptra manu rapiens, frontem Diademate cingit:
Bis (que) fidem fractam, puero (que) Duci (que), parabat,
Armatà (que) manû,
aut quauis ratione tueri.

Sub aduentum Gulielmi Normanni, valdè tumultuantis An­gliae descriptio.

AT iam corda hominum terrent,
Miseriae hypotyposis ad se­quent [...]m Odam, fit quasi Metabasis.
visus (que) Cometes,
Hij (que) noui motus, fata & contraria fatis!
Anglia, & accensis furialibus vndi (que) flammis,
Insula tota ferè flagrat! ciuilibus armis
Frater Tosto furit; Venetâ iracundior Adriâ.
Addidit infestas vireis, plaga frigida mundi,
Noruegiae (que) manus, Scotia, Orcades, vltima Thule;
Nec Gulielmus abest longè, quem Flandria totis,
Neustria quem sequitur, quem Gallia viribus: Olli
Charta sacrata mea est, illi haec mea carmina! Terris
Qui decus, Oceano Dominos, genus addit Olympo.
Odae octauae Finis.

The eighth Ode.

Th'eighth Ode the rapines of the Dane,
And Swane's supposed conquest sings,
Who here impos'd Dane-gu [...]t, but t'ane
Away by Fate, few Danes were Kings,
For English as they back regaine
Their Phoebus Bay, agen did raigne.

The Exordium drawne from the various changes of all humane things.

BRittons the Latian Lords of eld,
Synchronismus siue computatio Annorum.
Them Saxons, Danes
Supplementum Historiae.
them both expeld:
So Ioue, Kings crowns like ba [...]s in sport,
Tosses in Fortunes tennis-court;
Whiles shee her shapes and vassals tornes
Vortumnus-like t'a thousand formes.
So Nature her things; nothing strange,
Doth yearely vary, hourely change:
Spring, Sommer; Fall, doth Winter chace,
Liue take Deads, Young their Elders place.
Of Soules, Seas, Empires, Vs and all,
[...], or the trans­migration of soules from one bo­dy to another, and sometimes of diuers and strange kinds, as of the soules of men into Apes, Swine, &c. for punishment, a­mong the various changes of things, wa [...] the doctrine of the Pythagorians.
sang the Rise and Fall,
How, now this King, anon that Nation
Triumphs; soone, suffers alteration:
Troy now for towers may tell her toombes,
Whose ruines take their stately roomes;
That buried in their owne falls beene;
Thebes, learned Athens, faire Mycene,
Sparta, Argos, Carthage; armes, pride, fame,
What newes? where now? seen nought, saue name.
Th'old Samians saying, so, not
Pythagoras [...]is saying.
Hirene the Em­presse, A Christi 800.
We, States, World and all doe change.
Hirene mad now more to change States,
Greeks Empire would to French translate.

The originall of the Danes that so molested England.

EGbert now flourisht,
Egbert, A. 802. reign. 37. yeares.
and his raigne
Free from the rapines of the Dane:
Who whence they came that England vext
So, bee't thy taske, deere Muse, now next.
Old Dacia lay by Donow,
The originall of the Daci o [...] Danes, now Dani; their Coun­try being called Dac [...]a, or Dania.
Goths their neere Pontique neighbours were:
These though not farre, Danes neerer bide
To Swan-lou'd Isters pleasant side;
Southerne of eld; the selfe same seene
Now Northerne Nations, neighbours beene;
Goth-land and Denmarke dwellers, neere
The Baltique now, erst th'Euxine Meere.
These Daci, oft the Romans thralls
By Traians power and Caracalls,
Trajanus, anno 100.
Vext th'Empire sore in Philip's raigne
Till by Aurelius foyl'd or slaine,
Th'Huns too, o're ranne them with huge hoasts,
When Valens rul'd ith'easterne coasts;
So, faine to seeke this northerne
The old Daci of Dacia, by Ister or Donow, opprest and ex­pulst by the Romans and Huns, were faine to seeke new seates about Cymbrica Chersone­sus, and the Baltique Ocean, whence Marius expeld the Cymbrians.
Whence Marius did the Cymbri quell.
That ancient Dacia, that since hight
Valachia, lately brought to light
Two factious families, t'one of Danes
T'other Draguli; that their owne banes
Wrought by vnciuill ciuill flames
To their great losse, and Christians shames,
Whiles Turke deuoures with rauening Kite,
Those frogs and mice-like warriours quite,
Though soone Don Iohn of Austria fam'd
From Mahounds moones their lands reclaim'd.
Thus Dacia once her Daci, now
Her Danes and Draguli did show,
Whence moderne Denmark, name and race,
From those on Donow's bankes they trace:
Whose old mutual commerce and loue,
Since, Edgars acts and theirs, seeme proue.
Though Danes name nor meane authors some
Would haue from Codane gulfe to
Sinus Codanus being all that Sea and Gulfe, bordcring the now Dania or Denmarke. vide Ortelium.
So here's inuentions choise! lesse neede,
Striue o're names, things themselues-on greede:
Since Danes King, King of Daci writes,
And his Danes from (t'vs) easterne sites,
Their Dacian seates on Scandian coasts
Harrow'd England erst, with furious [...]oasts;
And 'tis but from their shores to these
A short cut o're the German Seas.
[Page 199] Such their old seates, their stocke and stem;
Leauing a while their lands and them,
Goe we whence we digrest before,
Backe to our best knowne Brittaine shore.

The flourishing reigne and Monarchy of King Egbert, vniting the seuen Kingdomes of Saxons, and subdu­ing the Danes.

COmes that now first in place to sing
Egbert first new made Englands
The whole Land being then newly by his Edict called Anglia or Engla-lond, of the Angles or English, of whose stocke the King was.
The latter end of Egberts reigne, hee being t [...]n King of all England, who began, A. Christi 802. and R. 37. was, [...]. 838. and 839. And from Hengists com­ming 390. years; who came about the 450. yeare of Christ.
His due for Peace the myrtle spray
And Rosy wreath's, for warres the bay!
Four-hundreth from first Saxons heere,
Eight-hundreth and nie fortieth yeere
Of grace it was; and Egbert raign'd
O're all seuen Saxon Kingdomes gain'd,
And Danes driuen out, t'him Englands King
Angles all-haile, and Saxons sing;
Hauing so subdu'd both Welsh and them,
He dyes, and leaues his Diadem
And scepters flourishing full faire
To Ethelwolfe, his sonne and heire:
Who went to visit Rome; where
He was Bishop of Winchester, saith Iohn B [...]ompton, Abbo [...] of Ia [...]uaux; at Rome [...]e repay [...]ed the English Schoole, founded by Offa King of Mercia.
From vow'd do's on the regall weede.

His sonne Ethelwolphes acts and reigne.

THen marrying faire Osburga,
Ethelwolfe, sonne of Egbert, A. 839. [...]. 18.
From them, twise two sonnes, after Kings;
Saint Swithine, and good Ethelstane,
Were his chiefe councell; this they sayne
As was his father Egberts minde,
Had for his Earledome Kent affign'd.
This good Kings time saw iustice raigne
And peace; till troubled by the Dane;
Whom when Ce [...]rle by land o'recame,
Athelstane did by sea the same;
Though they had first borne Fridulfe downe,
And sack't and fir'd his Merk-land townes,
Being come so farre as London,
The Dane hauing entred the Thames with 530 ships, spoyled London, ouer-ran Mercia, and entred Southrye, there foyled by the King and his sonne Ethel­bald, at a place called Aolca, and in the West; and after by A­delstane, and Earle Calchere, at Sandwich in Kent, where 9. of their ships were taken.
Her Thames the pride of all the land.
Merk-land her dower, for Buthred's bride,
Her sire then gaue faire Ethelswide;
And with ioynt-powers opposing thoe,
They done represse the Danish foe,
[Page 201] So peace againe in's latter dayes
Gan to shew forth his golden
Sauing that his sonne Ethel­bald rebelling, diuided his King­dome with him, and made him take the worser halfe.
French Iudith made his Queene anon
The King set her on regall Throne,
Contrary to what was decreed
For Brytrik's Queenes King-quelling deede,
Eadburga's act; Winchester deignes,
Her King tombe for twise ten yeeres
Where he was sometimes Bishop as some write, before hee was King.

Ethelbalds, Ethelbert and Ethelreds times sore pestred wth incursions of the Danes;

NExt Ethelbald,
Ethelbald reig­ned with his fa­ther; and his fa­ther dying, An. 857. he reigned 3. yeares after.
Ethelwolphes sonne,
Succeeds, and 'mongst his deeds ill done,
Foule acts befit incestuous beds,
His fathers wife French Iudith weds;
But liues not long. His brother next
Ethelbert whom the Danes sore vext,
Reignes but fiue yeere! chac't hence the Dancs.
Ethelred then third brother raignes,
Ethelbert, An. 860. R. 5. yeares, buried at Shir­burne. Ethelred, An. 866. R. 7. yeares, buried at Wim­bourne.
Who was much pestred with those hoasts
Of Pyrates from the Scandian
In his time the Danes harrow­ing England, ouerthrew the fa­mous Monasteries of Bardoney, Croyland, Medishamstede, or Peterborow and Ely: the Ab­besse of Coldingham, cut off her owne nose, and vpper-lip, perswa­ding her sisters to do the like, ther­by to become odible to the Danes so to preserue their Virginitie; which made the Danes in de­spight burne both the Monastery and Nunnes therein.
More, Merk-lands Duke Burthred rebels,
And Humbers Lords Offride and Elle;
But Ethelred quencht all these flames,
Danes, faithlesse friends, and enemies tames,
When Danes King slaine, famous Agner [...]
And Hubbo, Dukes created
Or Hinguar or Hubba, who ouerthrew the valiant Earle a­mong the East-Angles, Walke­tulus, and shortly after the holy king Edmond, whom they bound to a stake, shot himfull of arrowes as bee was making his prayers to God; and lastly strake off his head.
Though some say, he with Englands peace
Went hence home ciuill broiles to cease:
But first from Ethelred procur'd,
Land where those brothers them immur'd,
Like Byrsa, Carthage Castle strong,
What might be compast by one
Like to this was done by Queene D [...]do at Carthage, and by Hengist at Thong neare Sittingburne in Kent.
Whence Thong-Castle or Doncaster
As soone suppose, surnamed were.
But Danes brake truce; whence to those Danes
Warres dismall chance, brought all their banes;
And Ethelred hurt in the
After a battell at Basing hee was slaine or deadly hurt at Whitingham, and buried in the Monastery of Wimbourne, his Armes were a Crosse Florye.
Dy'd shortly after; whose crownes right,
Did to fourth brother Alfred come,
For honours sake then fetcht at Rome.

Alfred made King of Northumberland and a great part of England besides, being ruled by the Danes.

BVt now Northumbers in this tide,
Alfred, the 4. son of Ethelwolf, A. 872. R. 29.
And Mercians paide deere for their pride,
Who left the English yoke, and tane,
Were made slaues to the Lordly Dane.
Northumbers tyrants, one of them
That then vsurpt the Diadem,
Osbright, rauisht Beorna's spouse,
A Lords! that solemne vengeance vowes;
When Danes call'd in, within Yorke walls
With hostile armes girt, Osbright falls.
Nor distant is farre from the
The place called Elles-Croft.
Where Ella left, both life and name.
Northumberland then,
Osbright and Ella, Kings of Northumber­land, slaine.
these two slaine,
Was forthwith subiect to the Dane;
One Egbert first, next Ri [...]sige,
Kings set vp by the Danes in Northumberland.
Another Egbert bring they in,
And Guthred's made the Crowne to weare,
Sometimes by Alfred loued deare.
The Danes thus 'mongst Meatae they
Reigning, was Merkland made their prey,
East-Angles too, their good King
His predecessor Offa, though of meane estate, King of the Fast-Angles, making his voyage to the holy Land, went by Saxony and Norymberge, to visit his cousin Alkymond, and young ne­phew Edmond, whom hee pro­mised to make his heire, and did accordingly, sending him his ring in token thereof, from the place where he dyed in the iourney; wh [...] bringing diuers learne; [...] ouer with him, reigned in East-Angle, till he was so ouercome by Hin­gu [...]r and Hubba, and in prof [...] ­sion of the Faith martyred by the mercilesse Pagan Danes: his Psalter in the Saxon tongue was long kept as a monument in the Monastery of Saint Edmonds­bury.
Edmond great Alkymonda's sonne,
King Edmond of East-Angles the Martyr.
And Queene Sywares! by holy vow,
King Offa's heire, whom Danes o'rethrow.
And Guthrum in his place they bring,
And Edrick last East-Angles King.

Alfred forsaken of some of his rebellious Dukes, yet van­quisheth Rollo the Dane, great ancestor of the Nor­mans.

THerewhiles as one of friends forsooke,
Alfred alone though, could not brooke
Those rech-lesse rapines of the Dane,
Troth-lesse truce-breaks, that had ta'ne
Exeter by such craft; and laid waite
For the Kings life: who therefore straite
With his few Southerne forces, did
First battell nigh to Bristow bid;
And next, neere Abingdon he slew,
Great Hubbo, Chieftaine of the
A great beape of stones was copped vp in the place where hee was buried, which is yet called of his name Hubbes [...]ow.
So Danes sought peace! and Rollo came
Foe-like, but was repulst with shame;
[Page 205] And hony-bees their gentle guides
By Loyr's, and by Seynes floury sides,
He and his warlike Danish hoast
Plac't themselues in faire Frances coast,
Which Northmen Normans been!
Rollo the Dane, A. 890.
whence springs,
Their Neustrian race of
The ancestors of William the Conquerour, Dukes of Norman­dy, descended from this Rollo the Dane, the [...] of Guion, being then expulsed hence by king Alfred.
English Kings.

Afterwards brought to the lowest ebbe of fortune, and faine to lurke vnknowne in the marishes in Somerset shire, yet againe recouereth the Monarchie of the whole Iland: he founded Oxford.

NOr yet can noble Alfred cease
From wars, though Danes themselues craue peace;
Whose troth-plight promise broken still,
Done raise fresh broyles and farther ill,
That scarce one found, more truely bare
A crowne of thornes then Alfred ware,
Whose head from care, nor hands from bloud,
Or he from toyle, ere vacant stood;
Each passed paine, seeming t'haue beene
Prologue, t'a more prodigious scene!
That he, almost, and none but hee
Could liu'd, or haue beene halfe so free
From feare, or farther danger, when,
His foes so false and faithlesse beene.
For Burthred, by this time to
Where he dyed, and was buried in the Saxons Schoole, founded by Offa King of Mercia, and since repayred by his father in law, King Ethel [...]ol [...]e.
From Merk-land fled and natiue home,
Left pallace, lands, and what remaines
Expos'd to th'rapines of the Danes:
East-Angles and Northumberland
More, e're this, held by Danes strong hand.
Good Alfred too, by frownes of fate
At lowest ebbe; in stead of state
In Athelney the Nobles
So called of King Alfred and his Nobles, lurking there and [...] ­ding them from the Danes cru­elty.
In ragged poore attire, a while,
Wearied by warre, in Somerset-sheere,
Among the marshes hid him
Where it is said, a poore wo­man the wife of a Cowheard, ba­king cakes on the co [...]es, as the King was in the house dressing his bow and shafts by the fi [...] shee threw them away [...] & saying, Why doest not thou turne the bread [...], but lette [...] it burne, and yet wilt bee ready to eate it e're it behalfe baked: not knowing it to bee the King that had fought so many shar [...]e [...] [...] against the Danes for them.
And Sol-like with his lyre, that song
T'Admetus heards, he too among
Those rushie pastures, seemes, was glad
In minstrell-like meane habit clad
With Harpe in hand, so to spie out
The ryots of the Danish rout.
Whom holy Cuthbert cheering, and
Perswading to take armes in hand,
Had Cuthberts lands vow'd, and in fine
Dedicate to him Chesters sumptuous shrine;
Alfred much like the sparke that came
From cynders rak't, resumes new
And first at a battell sought at Exceter, the Danes ensigne called Rea [...]an, a Banner with the Rauen, held by them in great estimation, for that it was im­brodered by the daughters of Lodbroke, the three sisters of Hinguar and Hubba, with rich spoiles was taken; after they were defeated at Ethan-dune, then at Rhoaf-ceaster or Rochester which they besieged; after that at Farnham in the Parish of Ales­ford in Kent, and thence chased into Essex through the Thames; then at Beaufleet, a place which the Dane Hasting [...] new come ouer with 80. ships [...]ad fortified; and lastly, quite discomfited at Bultinga-tune, by Scuerne, at the Ile Mersig or Mersey in Es [...]ex, at the Riuer Ligea or Ley that goeth vp to Ware, which carried vp their ships, but by Al­fred trenched and dryed that they could not bring them backe; but so forced to [...] into Nor­thumberland, and thence home to Denmarke.
[Page 207] And first from his owne realmes the Danes,
Next most ignoble King that raignes,
Ceolfe he sets from supreme seate
Merks Dane-King since Burthreds defeate!
Fresh Norway powers foyl'd, Chester fail'd,
Northumbers then, and London quail'd,
He Humbers flowry bankes betooke
This god-sonne Gormo Danish Duke;
Eldred, or E­thelred, King of Mercia.
with Kings-child, Elfled flower
Of maides, hath Merklands part her dower!
So foes fal'n or fled, newes to bring
To th'Neth'rlands or their Norway King,
In peace Monks cells hee plac't and
This most victorious and ver­tuous Prince, well seene in the liberall Sciences and Poetry, a carefull lusticer and prouider for the Poore, and Orphanes, and Wi­dowes, most vigilant and deuout in the seruice of God; sent for Grimbald a learned man, and by the counsell of Neotus erected common Schooles of the liberall Sciences in Oxenfourd, turned the Lawes and diuers books into English; diuided the Day, eight houres to his study and prayer, eight to beare his subiects causes, and eight to his sleepe and repast: his reuenues likewise, part to his seruants, part to building, part to Schooles, strangers, Monasteries, by him built and others; hee also founded the Monasteries of E­thelingsey, Shaftsbury, and Winchester, where he was bu­ried: his wife Alfwida founded the Monastery of Nunnes in Win­chester.
Saint Cuthberts lands twixt Tees and Tyne.
More honoring Oxfords Pallas-towers
With Sols and Muses sacred bowers,
My deer'st nurse e're his praise will sing,
Whom Cair-Guent tombes these ten yeers King.

King Edward Senior, and the Princesse Elfleda's warlike acts.

WHen Alfred who made Mars rage cease
In warre triumphant,
Edward, surna­med Senior, A. 900. R. 24. his brother Adel­wold rebelling fled to the Danes & made their King, was slaine, and the o­ther Kings of the Danes, Heal­den & Eouils, at Wodens field by Wol­frune-hamp­ton, in Staffordshire, A. 910.
slept in peace,
His sonne first Edward, Danes Welsh, Scots,
Northumbers and false brothers plots
With Edrike last East-Angles King
Subdu'd! and Eldred dead, did bring
From Merk-lands back t'his Englands crowne,
London and Oxford, Thames chiefe townes.
Though Elfled, Amazonian Dame,
His sister gouernes with great fame
Her Mercians! that not more fear'd beene
Camilla, nor those Scythian
The Amazons.
Whiles Danes, Welsh, and Northumbers yeeld,
Her warlike tropheys in the
This Lady after she had once felt the paynes of childbirth, leauing her husbands company, wholly gaue her selfe to such ma [...]tiall a­ctions, much aiding the King his brother by her powers and coun­sell and policy in the warres, she tooke a Queene of the Welsh in battell, diuers times chased the Danes, and in person tooke and entred Derby, being fortified by them; besides those other Townes shee fairely repayred Tamworth, Lichfield, Watersbury, El­desbury, Leycester, the Towne and Castle of Runcorne, builded Brymsbury, and a Bridge there euer the Seuerne shee ouercame the Yorkeshire men, and hauing nobly gouerned eight yeares, shee dyed and was buried at Gloce­ster in the Church which her hus­band and shee had builded.
And Shrewsburies,
Turketillus, likewise counted King slaine, A. 915. with other Danish Earles and Dukes of Bed ord, Buc­kingham, &c. And Edrike al­so after Gu­thrum made King of East-Angl [...] by the Danes.
Staffords, Chester townes
With Warwikes walls, this Queene renownes:
Who dead; t'her brother King, doe fall
Both Mercia, Danes, and Welsh and all,
To Scotland borders; saue alone
Northumbrian Sythrik's, Gormo's sonne,
T'whom was wed Edith, Edwards Impe,
As Elgine to French Charles, faire Nymph;
Foure daughters more he had, and sonnes
All three Kings;
Winchester by the Brittons called Caer-Guent.
Cair-Guent, tombes his bones.

King Adelstanes worthy reigne vnder whom flourisht fa­mous VVolstane and Adelme.

REignes his sonne Athelstane next! who,
Adelstane, A. 924. crowned at Kingstone by Adelme, Arch­bishop of Can­terbury, R. 15. y. was buried at Malmesbury.
Foyl'd by the Scot'sh King, and those
And making Constantine king of Scots, hee added this Princely word, that it was more honour to make a king then to bee a king; one hapning of fortune, so to be borne, the other being of worth and valour.
Sonnes of dead Sythrike, that for warres
Secretly sow'd seditious iarres;
And fled though, mortall feud to cherish,
Godfrey of Scots, Aulafe oth' Irish
Obtaine whole troopes, but both like sped
For th'Irish fell, and Scots lay dead:
And Scot'sh King on his knees brought downe,
Fealty faine sweares to th'English
But in a second exp [...]dition in the said Auala [...]us aide againe, who had married his daughter, he was slaine with fiue kings and twelue Dukes, Leaders of the ar­my, consisting of Danes, Irish­men, Scots, and Ilanders.
Siferth too, and Howell Welsh Kings both,
Tane and restor'd, tane the like
Hee made them also pay the yearely tribute of twenty pound gold, and three hundred pound siluer, 2500. head of nea [...]e, with Hounds & Hawkes to a certayne number.
Cornish rebells repell'd to th'Exe,
And from her riuer thence t'a next,
Exceter, being towr'd by this Kings meanes,
Saw them confin'd at Tamaris streames.
Athelstane flourishing, flourish't then,
Wolstane, and Adeline, holy men,
Yorkes Sees Primates, and Canterberies:
This King builds diuers
Hee [...]ounded Saint Germans in Cornwall, which was since a Bishops See, Saint Petrocus at Bodmyn; so likewise Pylton Priory, Middleton and Michel­ney; in his time Guy Earle of Warwicke slue Colbrond the Danish Giant in Hide-meade by Winchester.
And dying issue-lesse leaues the crowne
Too's brother Edmond! who put downe,
Danes and Northumbers first,
Edmond, A. 940. R. 5. yeares.
and then
His cousen, new-risen with th'Irish-men;
But rapt alas too soone by
He was fam'd for a good Iu­sticer and vertuous Prince, hee granted the priuiledges of Saint Edmondsbury: he was staine at Puckle Church, rescuing his seruant from a thiefe, and buried at Glastenbury.
Two tender Impes in pupills state,
Edwine and Edgar, crowne and heire,
He left t'his brother Eldreds care.

Of King Edmonds sonnes Edwine and Edgar brought vp vnder their vncle Eldred, who nobly expelled the Danes.

EDmond thus dead,
Eldred, brother of Adelstane, A. 946. R. 9. y. buried at Win­ [...]hester.
his sonnes and throne,
All left to's brothers charge alone;
Eldred then reign'd, whose very
He tooke on him onely the rule as Protector at first, but was af­ter crowned at Kingstone; hee founded the Bishops See of Corn­wall at Saint Germans, where it continued till Edward the Con­fessor translated it to Exeter: he builded Mich at Abingdon, giuing great lands & confirming them Charters with seales of gold.
His foes did daunt, whose noble same
For iustice, and Prince-worthy parts
Rebels represt, wonne good-mens heart;
His cousen Aulasse that th'Irish prai'd,
By's father-inlaw Duke Ormus aide;
Inuades: and after Erike
The Northumbers had recei­ued Aulafe for their king, and a­gaine reiecting him, set vp Eri­cus, but Eldred repayed all their disloyalties according to their de­serts.
Northumbers scepters; but both slaine,
Next Eldreds ten yeeres reigne,
Edwine, sonne of Edmond, A. 955. R. 4.
not long,
Edwine as ill-dispos'd as young,
[Page 211] Succeeded, famous for no facts
Saue vicious stead of vertuous acts;
His Cousen, on's
And after slue her husband, so to enioy her vnlawfully the more! freely.
He rauish't! Dunstan fled away,
And good men banish't from his Court,
Must leaue him needs but bad report;
Northumbers they, and Merkland
So being depriued by the Mer­cians and Northumbers, hee dyed soone after for griefe, and was buried at Winchester.
Chose for their Prince young Edgar then,
Whose much admir'd, and princely parts,
Had stolne their loues and all mens hearts:
His brother dyde for very griefe,
Whose fam's his infamy!
Edgar, sonne of Edmond, A. 959. R. 16. hee was surnamed the Peaceable.
Edgar chiefe
Of English Kings; mought all of eld,
As well as latter times so held.

Edwine being despised for his vice, Edgar obtayneth the Crowne, a most fortunate and victorious Prince Mo­narke ouer all Britaine.

FAire flower though last, not least renown'd
Of three Kents Primate Otho
Himselfe, his brother Edwine and vncle Eldred, were crowned by Archbishop Odo: hee was crowned at Bath, enterred at Glas [...]enbury.
Wer't th'English Rose, and thence call'd Etheling,
As countries vertues, honours darling,
He call'd home Dunstan, and o'requell'd
Both Scots and Welshmen that rebell'd,
And Ludwall yeerely tribute
Which was not past 3. or 4. yeares, e're no more could bee gotten.
Three hundred Woolues till they decay'd.
Eight Kings, we reade, row'd him on
There were the Kings, Ri­noch of Scots, Malcolme of Cumberlād, Macone of Man, Dyfn-wall of Dymetia, Si­ferth and Huwall other Kings of Wales, Iames of Galloway, and Iukill of Westmerland: his nauy of 3600. ships, sauing when bee compassed the Iland trium­phantwise in the same, hee dispo­sed at three seuerall places 1200. at a place, for defence of the Kingdome.
And oft in gallant fleete at Sea,
In sommer-time he sayles Brittaine round,
T'was thought his peere till then not found:
Though wanton loues did much disgrace
His royall person and his place;
For at one time deceiu'd by loue,
Or a wench worthy wanton Ioue,
'Bout Andeuor his faire loue dwels,
Whose mother charm'd with golden spels
By amorous Edgar; faine t'haue found
His gold, that sau'd her daughter sound,
Laid in loues armes, by darke deceiu'd,
Her waiting maide; which when perceiu'd
By morning-sunne, this Lasse he frees,
And gaue deseru'd her golden fees.

King Edgar infamed for his wanton loues.

ANother time the Cornish Dukes
Fam'd daughters faire enchanting lookes
For loue and beauty, made him send
Earle Ethelwold a faithlesse friend,
To view; who went, and woo'd and wonne
For himselfe, not his Prince! This done,
Returnes, tells wanton Edgar then
T'was course stuffe, fit for common men,
Not Princes Chambers! fame bely'd her,
(Or rather he,) to say beside her,
Was none so faire! But pleas'd his grace,
Her parents, portion, birth and place,
More fit for him: and so with leaue
To wed, both Prince and selfe deceiues!
For fame againe boasting too much
Her peerelesse parts, as 'twere none such,
Edgar mis-doubts, deceiu'd, to proue
Too-farre to trust false friends in loue;
Faines there to hunt, rides to behold,
Wish't, welcom'd t'all saue Ethelwold,
Who then disclos'd t'his wondring bride,
Kings foule loue crost, by his false deede,
And by what else, vowes, loue, or duty,
Coniures her to conceale her beauty,
Or cancell it by mis-attire,
To blinde the Kings else blinde desire:
But deafe as dumbe, and wanton as
Light lyther aire, more faine she was
To seeme more faire, right woman too,
Spreads all her Peacocks plumes to woo,
Fresh as the morne fond Nymph, to gaine
Light loue! her spouse a-hunting's slaine.
Faire Wilfride bore too, (for't hee's taynted),
Edyth first Wilton Abbesse, Sainted:
This youth displeas'd Saint Dunstan sore,
Though in ripe yeeres for vertues more,
Freed from ill tongues, and enuies iawes,
He built great Abbeyes, made good
Hee restored and new founded 47. Monasteries, intending to make the number 50. In the pre­sence of all the Nobilitie on Christ­masse day, A 974. he confirmed the Abbey of Ramsey, which his Kinsman Alwine had founded, made the Monastery which Bishop O [...]wald had builded, the Cathe­drall Church of that shire. Among other Lawes he made some against Ale houses, and the number of them, and against Drunkards, & that none vnder a certayne paine should exceed, in drinking, cer­tayne marks which were [...] in or­dinary drinking cups for that purpose.

His bastard sonne Ethelred obtayneth the crowne from Edward Martyr poysoned, and Sweno King of Den­marke expelleth him, but at Swenos death he regaineth the Crowne.

ELfiede his lawfull wise bare one;
Edward surna­med the Mar [...]yr, A. 975. R. 3. he was crowned by Dunstan Arch. of Canter. at Kingstone; poy­so [...]ed at the [...]a­stle of [...] in the il [...] of P [...]r­beck, by his step­mother, and buried first at Warham, after at Sha [...]tesbury.
Alfred, bare Eldred his base sonne,
Cornwals Duke Orgar's Impe! when hee
Chang'd earth for heauen, then Alfred shee,
False stepdame greets with poysoned
Alfred afterwards doing pe­nance, builded two Monasteries of Nunnes, at Amesbury and at Warwell, where shee liued a so­litary life till shee dyed.
The good King Edward, whose deuotion
With vs the name of Martyr merits.
So her base sonne the crowne inherits,
Ethelred, whom Dunstan forc't, not el's
Crownes, sacring execrates, and tels
Prophet-like strange and fearefull
He was crowned at Kingstone by Dunstane, who refused to per­forme that [...] for him, as one that rose [...] his brother [...] to it, in stead [...] king many [...] of the losses that England should sustayne by the King, who also foyled the Fount at his baptisme.
To this fount-foyling King,
Ethel [...]ed or El­dred, surnamed the Vnready, A. 978. R. 38. y. but in the meane time was once expeld by the Danes, who reigned part of that time; he be­ing in exile, ere he recouered the Crowne againe.
and state.
This Kings vice, sloth, and Guinchild slaine
Tow'rds England made Danes flocke amaine,
When trecherous Elfrike did betray
The Kings ships to the Dane by sea.
So Eldred first sore prest by th'Dane
Admits Dane-gelt, submits to
About, A. 9 [...]5, Ethelred [...] ­countred by Swane K. of [...]en­marke, and the King Olafe of Norway, was fayne to admit 16000. pounds tribute; but after the Danes were slaine on Saint Brices day, 13. Nouemb. 1002. and Swan [...]s sister Guin [...]hildis; she in reuenge of their deaths in­uaded so furiously, that in the yeare 1011. 48000. pounds tri­bute was imposed, and A. 1012. Ethelred notwithstanding fayne to fly into Normādy, the Danes cruelty more & more raging both against Elsegus Archbishop of Canterbury, and the King.
Till Saint Brice wept and wet Nouembers
For the Danes dounfall in huge numbers
Massacred in one minutes while
Ouer all England;
A. 995. the body of S. Cuthbe [...] and the Bisho­prike of L [...]ndis­f [...]n [...] or holy I­land, were re­moued to Dur­ham, and the yeare before, viz 994. the Bi­shops See of Ex­eter erected.
whether guile
Or policie wer't, then of a foe
Some doubt! but warres fresh flaming thoe,
Made Ethelred to Duke Richard flie
His father in law, in Normandy,
And Swaine, see Fortune, Fame proclaimes
First Dane-King heere from Trent to Thames!
But he dead; th'Englishmen reuoke,
Weary of the Lordly Danish yoke,
Their exil'd Ethelred; and Swaines
Sonne Knute,
A. 1011. the bo­dy of Saint Ed­mond being brought into Lōdon through Criple-gate by Bishop Alw [...]ne, who fled from the rapines of the Danes in Es­sex, miracles were said to be done, and the lame that begged at the gate restored, praysing God. Sue­no or Swanus first Dane-King of England, A. 1012. R. 2. yeares.
home for to fly was
Hauing the like m [...]rcy shewed to him and his followers, as [...] fa­ther not long before had shewed to the English, all put to fire and sword.
Againe despair'd of late and gone,
Ethelred set on regall Throne,
Ny forty yeeres wore the Diademme;
Two sonnes he had by Norman Emme,
One by Elgine, next King in's roome!
In Paules in London in his tombe.

Edmond Ironside and his childrens fortunes.

Edmond sur­named Ironside of his hardinesse and valour, A. 1016. R. 2. y.
Elgina's sonne, suceeeds,
Whose prowesse and praise-worthy deeds
Did Cnutus brauely
A full battell at Penham neare Gi [...]ngham; the second at Sher sta [...]e in Worstersh [...]re, the third, the [...] notwithstanding I drinke did what hee could to [...] the En­glish, blazing flasely in the [...] of the fight, that the King was slaine; the Danes flying th [...]nce to London, E [...]mond [...], and at [...] else-where discomfited them, till [...] the sixt battell at Assen dune in Essex neare [...], by the practize and plot of Ed [...]ike, who sled of purpose, losing the day, hee was fayne to fly towards Glou­cester, where hauing gathered new powers, the warre was yet ended by single comba [...]e.
That came to claime these Realmes againe;
Bare downe both Danes and by strong might,
Edrike of Scattons trecherous slights:
When after many a well fought field,
'Twixt the King this conclusion held,
Their two sole duell should decide
This diffrence by faire Seuernes side,
Where lay their powers; and Olwey Ile
Saw them fight hand to hand long while,
Till breathlesse, pawsing; peace brake forth;
The South tooke Edmond, Knute the North:
But peace though plac't, Edmond o're-tane
By Traytor Edriks fraud was
This Ed [...]cus de Streona, or Stratonicus, in Edmonds reigne, and Aeltri [...]us Duke of Mercia, in his fathers time, were two notable Traytors: but Ca­nute in recompence of his good seruices slue Edrike lest he should play his parts with him, as hee had done with his Predecessors.
Which mou'd all England to much ruth
For him so rapt in prime of youth.
Canutus the Dane, sonne of Sueno, A. 1018 reigned 20.
Then his two sonnes young Princes were
By Knute conuey'd to Denmarke, where
He meant their deaths; but that his
Or as some say, a Prince of Sueth-land, who contrary to the trust reposed to kill them, so pre­serued their liues.
Denmarks King loath'd so vile a murther,
And sends them to Pannonia, where
Edmond dy'de, Edward married there
Agatha, the Empresse sister,
Daughter to Henry the fourth Emperour.
To th'Almaigne Lords and Dukes! From these,
Both English came and Scottish Kings;
Edgar from these and Margret

Edmond Ironside had two sonnes,

  • 1. Edward that married Agatha the Emp. daugh­ter, & had by her
    • 1. Edgar surnamed Etheling who dyed without issue.
    • 2. Margret wed to Mal­colm, K. of Scotland, had issue
      • Edgar, Dauid, & Alex­ander, all three Kings of Scotlād.
      • Maud wife to Henry the first King of En­gland, had issue
        • Diuers children drowned in the Sea.
        • Maud the Empresse, mother to Henry the second.
      • Mary wed to Eustace Earle of Boloigne, had issue Maud wife to king Stephen.
    • 3. Chri­stian who was a Nunne profest.
  • 2. Edmōd, that dyed without issue.
Margret to Malcolme wed, their Impes
Beene Maud and Mary; Maud faire Nymph's
First Henries spouse,
Their Race, though they were thus exil'd, re­turning to be Kings of Eng­land, in the person of Henry the second, about 120. yeares af­ter, in A. 1155.
Maud th'Empresse mother
Whose son's next Henrie! Mary t'other
Weds Eustace Earle of Bolloignoys,
Their Maud King Stephen then Earle of Bloys!
And thus a race as royall springs
Of Scotch and English Britaine Kings,
From this poore wrackt despised stem.
As e're ware golden Diadem.

Canute the Danes famous reigne ouer England, Scot­land, Denmarke and Norway.

NOw Edmond slaine, and his sonnes fate
Exil'd, Knute meant should mend his state,
For Norwayes [...]oin'd to th'Danish Crowne
And King Olaue, and Scots pull'd downe,
English, Scots, Danes and Norwayes they,
Foure mighty people him
Canutus hath foure King­domes vnder him: hee was fani [...]d for a iust Prince, in all sauing his tyrannie against the two young Princes, the sonnes of [...].
More to make friends to th'Norman Duke,
His sister giues to wife, and tooke
Ethelreds widdow Emme!
By th [...] meanes notwithstanding his conquest, the Crowne did re­uert to the ancient [...].
The crowne, they say, t'her issue males;
This Cnute commands the seas to
Sea [...]e Parasites in flattery cal­ling him as a dem [...]-god, Lord of the Seas; becaused a chaire to be set where the tyde [...] come, and commanding the [...] to wet his Kingly feet, staid till the Sea keeping her [...], wel wash­ed his flatterers and hi [...] selfe, who thus derided their f [...]llies: [...]e gaue great priuiledges to the Monastery of Saint Edmonds­bury, which hee founded a new: he dyed at Shaftesbury and was buried at Saint Swithins in Winchester where Queene Emma made her abode euer after.
His Sycophants flattering termes vntrew,
And knowledging Christ his only trust,
Return'd from Rome, returnes to dust.

Harold Hardyknute, and Edward Confessors reigne.

MOngst his three sonnes his lands in three,
Harold surna­med Harefoot, A. 1038. R; 3. y. he dyed at Ox­ford, and was buried at West­minster, after at Saint Clemēts without Tem­ple barre. Hardy-Cnute, A. 1041. R. 2. y. was buried at Winchester.
Deuided; Bastard Harold, hee
Britaine; Swane Norway; sonne to Emme,
Hardi-knute, ha's Denmarks Diadem.
Harold then working his
Queene Emma's whom hee accused grieu [...]ush, and bar [...]shi [...]g her, put one of her son, [...], to death: Edward the Confessor hardly esca [...]ing by [...]ght.
Discredit, vexing realmes and brothers,
Dies three yeeres King! likewise Emmes sonne
Hardiknute, next set on Englands throne
Dies three yeeres King too; his halfe-brother
Edward, by Norman Emme, their mother,
Confessor call'd then reignes, th'off-spring
Of Ethelred, late Englands
Sonne of Ethelred & Emma, borne at Is [...]p by Ox [...]ord, but brought vp m [...]ch in Normandy; he is accounted chiefe founder & composer of the Cōmon lawes of the Land, collected from the or­dinances and customes of those foure principall Regiments that sometimes flourished here, viz. the Mercians, West Saxons, Danes and Northumbers; the Normans since added, or new broached others more rigorous & tyrannicall ones, whence haue di­uers commotions beene, for the abolishing of such, and reesta­blishment of these.
This King weds Edyth Godwines Impe,
Edward the Confessor, An. 1043. R. 23. y.
Kind, modest, comely, vertuous Nymphe,
So faire, so sweet, the by-word goes,
Her Syre the Bryer, brought her the Rose;
Earle Godwine; whose ill counsels long,
King abus'd, friends and mother wrong,
Till he, and's sonnes expulst; she last
When they rebelled, because they could not in euery thing haue their minde, the father was fame to fly into Planders, the sonnes into Ireland.
All into Wilton Nunnerie's cast off!
Both louing too much virgin-life
Expos'd the Crowne, to strangers
In this Queenes commendati­ons, Ingul us Abbot of Crow­land wh [...] then flourished, spea­keth much, for her wisedome, learning, humility, modesty, and behauiour, nothing sauouring of the barbarousne [...]e of her father and bro­thers: shee endowed that Monastery of Wilton with goodly buildings and faire possessions.

Edward dying, Harold Earle Godwines sonne vsurpeth against Clyto Edgar.

BVt Godwine, and his sonnes reclaim'd
To the Kings fauour,
A. 1050. was the Bishoprick of Saint Germans translated to Exeter.
Harold tam'd
The Welsh-mens powers on Snowdowne hils;
Syward Northumbers Earle then kils
Macbeth! which Scot'sh vsuper gone,
Malcolme his grand-child ha's his
Earle Sywards daughter was King Malcolmes mother, being also Duchesse or Queen of Cum­berland.
Malcolme that married Margret after,
Edmonds neece, Edward out-lawes daughter,
So call'd as outed by disseyssor
Knute, call'd home though by the Confessor;
He with his Children and his wife,
Hitherwards returning ends his life.
His sonne young Edgar though's set
Hee was called Etheling, a name proper onely to the Kings children in hope and possibilit [...]e of the Crowne.
As heire apparant t'Englands Crowne,
And Godwin's sonne Protector;
Hee released the grieuous tri­bute, called the Dane-gelt, af­firming, he saw a Deuill dancing about the money when it was brought in: he translated the Bi­shops See of Saint Germans to Exeter, founded the Colledge of Saint Mary Otery in [...]euon, and the goodly Abbey of Westm. where he was buried.
Things thus compos'd, good King in peace
Edward he rests!
Harold dispos­sesseth Edgar, and made King, A. 2066. reign­eth not full one yeare.
but soone from's death
Edgar's disrob'd of's royall wreath;
For Nobles doubt; and Normans threat
Edgar but young: Godwines sonne
The reasons mouing the No­bles to fauour Harolds part the more.
In all mens fauours, and of might
To match, if neede, his foes in fight;
Though Edward promising, Harold tooke
Oath, some say, to the Norman Duke,
As his Liege-lord; yet Nobles since,
And vulgars, wish him for their Prince;
As, being his troth-plight promise
Now twice, once to the Duke, and since to King Edward, in the behalfe of Edgar, who should haue beene by right, and was ap­pointed King.
Able to ward warr's steely stroke:
When Edgar heire by's fathers side,
Sign'd Prince and prince-like else alli'd,
As young, thought weake to quench the flame
Of Normans furie if they came.

All England vexed with strange feares and vproares, at the comming in of the Conquerour.

T'Was easie now for Harold, none
Opposing, thus to gayne the Throne;
To make sure worke, he quickly downe
Did set him, and do's on the Crowne;
His twice-broke trust, and troubled State
Arm'd to free, or meet Foes and Fate.
Flame Starres, fume Tosto, not the
Tosto raysed all those Nor­therne Countries against his bro­ther Harold: A Comet also was seene for many dayes together, in Aprill, the same yeare, viz. An. 1066. being the yeare of the Con­quest by the Normans, made of this Land.
Powers of Scots, Norwayes, Orkes and Ile,
Danes, Newstrians, maken him afraid;
William, nor France, nor Flanders aide:
His Goale's Crowne! My Muse next sings
His fall, then facts of Norman Kings.
The end of the eight Ode.

A briefe type of the ninth Booke or Ode of PALAE-ALBION, called GVLIELMVS.

The ninth Ode contayneth,
  • 1. The Origi­nall of the Nor­mans with their Conquest, and the great alte­ration of the land vnder Wil­liam the Con­querour, who was the sonne of Robert the se­cond Duke of Normandy, who was the sonne of Richard the second sonne of Richard the first, sonne of William the first, sonne of Rollo the Dane, that in King Alfreds time inuaded England, and thence expeld, seated himselfe in Normandy, and became Duke thereof; who receiuing Christianity, was baptized Robert, and so Robert the first, being the sonne of Guion a Noble man of Den­marke.
  • 2. The Race and succession of the Nor­mans, Kings of this Land. viz.
    • William the Conquerour, A. 1066. who R. 20. yeares.

      William Rufus, his sonne, reigned 12. yeares.

      Henry Beauclerke, his brother, R. 35. y.

      Stephen, Grandchild to William the Conquerour by his daughter Adela, married to the Earle of Bloys, he reigned 18. yeares.

      Henry the second, grandchild to Henry the first by his daughter Maud the Empresse, R. 34 y.

      Richard Coeur-de-Lyon, his sonne, R. 9 y.

      Iohn, called Without land, his brother, R. 17. y.

      Henry the third, his sonne, R. 56. y.

      Edward the first, his sonne, R. 34. y.

      Edward the second of Carnaruon, his sonne, R. 19. y.

      Edward the third, his sonne, R. 50. y. hee instituted the round Table, and first laid claime to the Crowne of France.

      Richard the second, his grandchild by Edward the blacke Pr [...]nce, R. 22. y.

      Henry the fourth of Bolingbroke, sonne of Iohn of Gaunt, fourth sonne of Edward the third, R. 13. y. he began the bloudy schisme betweene the houses of Yorke and Lancaster.

      Henry the fift, his sonne, conquered France, R. 9. y.

      Heney the sixt, his sonne, lost France, R. 50. y.

      Edward the fourth, of the house of Yorke, descended of Lionel, third sonne of Edward the third: resto­red the house of Yorke, and reigned 22. yeares.

      Edward the fift, his sonne, murdered ere he was crow­ned, reigned not one yeare.

      Richard the third, his Vncle, vsurped three yeares.

      Henry the seuenth, descended of Iohn of Gaunt, of the house of Lancaster, espoused Elizabeth eldest daugh­ter of Edward the 4, of the house of Yorke, whereby the schisme of the Houses, and Ro [...]es of Lancaster and Yorke, was fully determined, and ended, A. 1485. which had endured almost 100. yeares, to the destruction of many hundred thousands.

  • 3. The Vnion of the long di­uided and bloudy schisme betweene the Houses and Ro­ses of Lancaster and Yorke (the red Rose being the cognizance of the House of Yorke, as the white Rose was of Lancaster) by the marriage of Henry the se­uenth, with the Lady Elizabeth daughter to Edward the fourth, from whom also sprang the Lady Margaret, whose marriage into Scotland hath since produced betweene those two long foe­sworne King­domes of Eng­land and Scot­land, a no lesse ha [...]py and blessed Vnion.

Ode nona, Inscripta GVLIELMVS.

Nona vbi Neustriacos canit Oda trophaea, triumphos,
Contrâ Anglis clades, perniciem (que) parat;
Sceptra sed Angligenis sua restaurantur, vti ipsis
In (que) hunc vs (que) diem nomine regna vigent.

Prooemio statim subijcitur, Ducum Normannorum stemma­tis disquisitio.

SIc Britones Latijs,
Series Poematis, siue Marginalia [...].
Saxones ipsis
Cessêrunt Dacis; Daci sic Neustriae & Anglis.
Saxones & Dacos, Italos, Bruti (que) Nepotes
Neptuni & Nerei sobolem, immancis (que) Gigantes,
Et Samothen cecinisti olim ter candida Peitho,
Anglus vt Eois, oriundi, Dacus ab Istro,
Vnde Itali, in toto notissima fabula coelo;
Brutus & è Troiâ, sacrum, traxit (que) furenti
Albion Oceano, Samothes genus omnibus vndis:
Nunc mihi Musa virum memora, prosapia in oris
Cuius adhuc viget Angliacis; nisi nomina totis
Inclyta iussa recèns, facerent magis esse Brytannis,
Cui decus & debetur honos, quem postea Reges,
Innumeri numerant (que) patrem & numerantur ab illo,
Neustria quem genuit, Gulielmum, habet Anglica tellus,
Nomine Conquastus clarum, sobolem (que) Monarchas.
Illius repetens proauos ab origine primâ
Auspicatur haec Oda,
Diua veni, & resonis, super aethera lucida pennis,
Tolle virum! Modò Danus, at idem oriundus ab Istro,
Guionides Rollo, Dacis olim asper ab oris
Infestus bello fineis inuaserat Anglos:
Rege sed Alfredo, Brytannûm littore pulsus,
Postmodò sede sibi, Gallis, Regno (que) potitus
Dux, ibi consedit multos longaeuus in annos;
[Page 228] Belligerae ex illo gentes nascuntur & ipsi
Reges Neustriacis,
à [...] Gulielmi Conquaesto [...]s,
dominati postea & Anglis.
Ille Elephantiasi, lotus quasi fonte salutis
Chrismate, curatà, dictus modò Rollo, Robertus;
Ex Ope Bellouacûm comitis, sibi coniuge, Gantâ,
Gnatum suscepti Gulielmum; haud simplicis olli
Filia erat Caroli, in sponsam! sed & inclyta longè
Fmicuit virtus Gulielmi;
à Rollone Daco, cuius heic s [...] ­b [...]les No [...]ma [...]no [...]m Duces reccul [...]ntur: indè
eius (que) Richardus
Primus erat, primi (que) secundus & Emma, secundi
Tertius insequitur, soboles, frater (que) Robertus:
Sponsa (que) Ethelredi fuit Emma; pater (que) Robertus
Ille secundus erat, Gulielmi huisce secundi,
Conquaestûs titulo heic clari, & cognomine primi:
Illa Ducum series; Regum haec memoratur origo.

Haraldi, regni vsurpatio, & Gulielmi in eum praeparatio bellica.

SCeptra manu simul ac,
[...]usdem Gulielmi
Regni (que) capescit habenas,
Godwino (que) satus Thyra (que) sorore Canuti,
Omnibus ille cèbris populo adblanditur Haraldus:
Neue sibi fraudem intentatam existimet Edgar,
Scilicet egregio iuuenem decorauit honore
Oxonij titulos, Comitem huic pro Rege reponit;
Legati sedenim, à Gulielmo multa monentes
Praestò aderant, domino (que) Duci, sua Regna reposcunt;
De (que) fide, fractis, iuramento (que) querentes,
Antè Duci factis,
ad Haraldum, Angliae tunc Re­gem, Legatio,
responsa superba tulerunt;
Quae iurat mens est, non coniurauimus: illa
Cogor vt orba darem, at (que) dedi sine pectore vocem,
Vrba fide! gnatae (que) Ducis simul at (que) rogassent
De Thalamis, pactis (que) tuis Adeliza Hymenaeis;
Néue istis meliora, tibi, responsa tulissent;
Sumere perfidiae poenas, Sceptris (que) potiri,
Eximia Dux classe parat; magnâ (que) manûm vi,
Exorsus fineis, hostem (que) lacessere bello;
Carperet ac Regni (que) Rosas, capiti (que) Corollas,
Conciliat Flandrûm (que) fidem Gallûm (que) cateruas.
Tosto sed interè a Flandris è finibus exul
Oram omnem Eoam, Bellonae turbine vexat,
Quem iuuenes verè regij,
posteà in ipsum & Angiam vairs procellis agitatam
iuncto agmine fratres
Northumbriae & Merciae Comites, Edoumus & vnâ
Malcherius fudère trucem, Scotiam (que) fugârunt:
Vndè citò remeans reparatis viribus, omni
Noruegiae, Scotiae (que) & ab Orcade milite, circum-
Cinctus adest; Comites, belli duo fulmina, fratreis,
Cum turmis disiecit, & aspera praelia miscens,
Northumbros populatur agros; Rex donec Haraldus,
[Page 230] Marte aggressus, eos, Deruentae ad flumina fudit.
Aufugêre leues turmae; Scotiam (que) reuersi
Noruegiae cum Rege-sato, Rex Orcadum, Olaue:
Tosto (que) Noruegiae (que) cadunt famosus Haraldus.
Nec mora, ceu Normannûm acies, lectas (que) phalanges
Audijt, Hastyngum prope, descendisse Carinis,
Impiger in bello,
Rex, intrepidus (que) pericli,
Sanguine fraterno tinctas, & caede recenti
Conseruisse manus properans, festinus ad arma
Concitat ore suos; pugnae (que) immittere dextras:
Vt vix, aut ne vix, iam respirare liceret
Fessis assiduo, dudùm, lassis (que) labore:
Sic bellum bello, sic vulnere vulnera condi
Curat, & haud dubiam expectat cunctando salutem,
Inuictus belli terroribus, acer Haraldus.

Gulielmus victor, vulgò Conquaestor, euadens coronatur.

SEd iam tempus adest, & ineluctabile fatum,
Cum cecidit Princeps supremus in ordine Regum
Saxonicae stripis; ducentos circiter annos,
A Rege Egberto; sexcentos, Saxone primo:
Vndecies sexto (que) supra millesime eodem
Voluente, vt perhibent, à partu Virginis anno.
Cunctanti haud similis, furijs agitatus iniquis
Rex venit, Anglorum (que) ingens fuit edita strages,
Dux (que) catus fugiens quò vincere posset, inoris
Sussexiae strauit Regem:
vtique Haraldo profigato Conquae­stus,
Rex illicò factus
Rege cadente; ita fortè Ducem dea caeca beârat!
Redditum erat Matri, caesi modò Regis Haraldi
Corpus ab hoste, Thyraenè putem, lachrymans (que) sepulchro,
Walthamiae ipsa dedit, quam munijt antè Tyrannus:
Vno, eodem (que) anno, iam primo vtrius (que) Monarchae.
Londinum Proceres turmis (que) ignobile vulgus
Se (que) recepêrunt ciues; Ducis Angliaiussu
In cineres conuersa flagrat! Scotiam (que) petebant
Malcherius cum fratre, huc tempestate furenti
Edgarus actus erat; pelagi (que) tumentibus iris,
Pannoniam repetens diuersa in littora vectus,
Nupta (que) Marguerita fuit, soror vna, Scotorum
Regi Malcolmo; Monacham induit altera, Christi
Serua, professa fidem velamine, nomine, Sanctam:
Iam (que) immiscuerat coelum (que) solum (que) fauillis,
Caede furens, late (que) ferens, incendia totis
Spargebat campis Gulielmus; denuò in vrbem
Londinum tendens, & principe sede receptus!
[Page 232] Quae Christo carnem genialis,
& die natah Christ coronatio.
& illa Coronam
Induerat lux alma Duci; Aldredus (que) sacrauit
Illum Eboracensis praesul: Cantuariae alumnus
Illustris virtute, sacris, pietate Stygandus,
Praeclarum facinus satis, & me morabile pensat.

Stygandi & Gulielmi, Episcoporum in suos beneficia; reliquae verò Angliae miseria.

PRessuro iam-iam Gulielmo Cantia bellis
Rura feris; illi, contrâ, Archi-Praesul adortus,
Ingenti (que) manu stipatus, & agmine forti,
Fronde, suis iussit, velarier arma comas (que);
Praetendunt manibus ramos,
Cuius primis temporibus Cantium atte, & stratagemate Stygandi Archiepiscopi,
Regi (que) propinquant;
Rex cum Normannis gradientem cernere syluam
C [...]u stupet, insolitùm monteis motare cacumen,
Cignaea in valle est propè circumuentus ab hoste:
Cui patriae intentus pro libertate Stygandus
Arma mouet, ni iura sibi sua pristina mâlit
Concedi; abiectis (que) apparent frondibus arma,
Et totis circùm densis seges horruit Hastis,
In campis stricto (que) paratis cernere ferro:
Annuit at votis Rex, proijcit arma Sacerdos.
Moribus antiquis & consuetudine priscâ
Hinc gaudent hodiè; hinc leges & pristina iura
Cantia rura colunt! quae clare Stygande, perennis
Laus tua:
Londinum Gulielmi Episco­properâ liberatibus & priui­legijs suis gaudent.
Londinum (que) virum qui fouit amoenâ
Libertate, suam Gulielmus Episcopus vrbem,
Acropolis canit; huic, vel adhuc plaga Cantia laudes.
Quem tamen, integritas minimè, aut sacra infula texit
Inuidiâ, at citò post disiectus culmine honoris,
Carcere vir sanctus moritur; Cadomensis & Abbas,
Lanfrancus Cathredâ successit homo Italus olli:
Tum verò mulctis grauitèr, sine crimine no [...]os,
Immeritùm (que) suis spoliabat honoribus Anglos
At (que) opthus, dedit at (que) suis Normannus! & agris
Expulit antiquos, aliâ heic de gente Colonos,
Reliqua verò Anglia vulgus,
Induxit (que) feras alibi; Forresta vocatur
Quâ noua, Wintoniae circùm loca plurima tractû,
Templa aequans ac tecta solo, ludibrio haberet
Diuûm acsi populi (que) domos, dat ludere capris;
Ceu viduae, haud lachrymis prolisúe patrisúe pepercit;
Heu pueri hèic cecidêre Richardus, postea Rufus.
Rex (que) malo ductus genio, mala plurima nectit,
Feralcis (que) tulit, legis (que) apprimè nociuas
Anglis: iam (que) Foro circum-sonat extera lingua,
Quam qui non nôrit nedum generosus haberi
Turpè, foret dignus; ità barbara verba Theatris,
In querulis caussis, inter conuiuia, mensis
[Page 234] Barbara tota strepunt: Anglos (que) idiomatis Angli,
Paenè pudet; varias (que) fugit malè sedula in oras,
Anglica nobilitas,
irrisa (que) spreta (que) terris,
Hospite vt hoste suis; toto ludibria Coelo:
Pars Scotiam penetrant, pars ad iuga Cymbrica Dacis.
Hoc quo (que) praetextu, simulac ditionis auitae,
Bella mouens Dacus Normannis concidit armis,
Cum profugis ducibus (que)
suis Rex ipse Canutus,
Fratres (que) è Scotià comites, Malcolmus & Edgar,
Cum profugis turmis (que) Scotûm, confinia bellis
Diuexant crebris; Herewardus & agmina iungit:
Rex parili fortuná omneis, Wallos (que) rebelles,
Vicit & exegit iuramentum à Rege Scotorum;
Appulûm (que) suûm trans-mittitur Edgar in oras,
Ac redit in Regis,
donis decoratus, amorem.

Regis in suos etiam saeuitia, & in Gallia tymbus.

REgis crant fratres, Arlettâ ex matre oriundi,
Verùm Herlouino, ignoto quasi patre; Robertus
Mortonus Comes, & Bayocensis Episcopus Odo!
Odo Comes Cantij, & Pro-rex à Rege creatus
Bellis implicito, summâ virtute rebelleis,
[...]rater Regis Odo, vt
alios (que) domat; triplici (que) coronae
Papa inhiat, vigili Hildebrando morte perempto,
Augurio malus ac laeuo cecinisset haruspex.
Verùm vbi celsa sibi pretio (que) palatia Romae
Praegrandi conducta forent, in carcere vinctum
Detinuit frater, sua busta nec ante remisit.
Rex (que) aedes monachis posuit iam pace potitus,
Templa (que), de (que) nouo, Pauli celebre, inchoat, igne
Consumptum prius; & tot castra, quot antea Regum
Nemo vnquam extruxit: censu (que) recognita ab illo
Anglia tota,
& filius Robertus, dant illi cō ­missorum poenas,
domus (que) Dei liber extitit ingens.
Saepius Armorico tractu, gnato (que) Roberto,
Intulit, & sibi finitimis fera praelia Gallis;
Intestina patri, ceu mouerat antè Robertus,
Bella ipsum contra. Gallorum à Rege Philippo
Adiutus fuerat, gnati ergo furore represso,
Neustriaco insonuit, iam Gallia tota tumultu;
Francorum (que) iterum fineis intrare parantem,
Rothomagi morbo detentum irrisit acerbè
Ignano quasi puerperio per Scomma cubantem
in Galliâ praeliatus occumbit,
Rex Gallus; iurata (que) numina frustrà
Non sunt, Mille meis lucebunt ignibus Arae
Cum valem, Anglus ait, mulierum more sacellis
[Page 236] Ceu purgatum iëro; sua verba fides (que) secuta est,
Gallia vbi (que) flagrat, sensêre Altaria flammas.
Saliu vbi fractus equi, media inter praelia, morbo
Correptus grauiore perit; Cadomi (que) negatus
Vix capit octo pedum tumulus; quem Gallia nuper
Vix tenuit; sed nudus humi (que) relictus, & auro
Terra emptâ,
Cademi sepultus,
magno (que) omnium terrore sepultus;
Gallia quem nuper tremuit, Normannia nato
Rege superba suo, Cenomania & Anglia, claro
Conquaestu, Armoricus cui subdere colla Brytannus
Gaudebat, Walli (que) Scoti (que) fuêre triumpho:
Sic cine regna abeunt?
sic flos? sic gloria mundi?

Gulielmi Rufi non multùm laudata Dynastia.

ANglica ceu Rufo, Normannica regna Roberto
Thesauri Henrico cedunt; mox omnia! Gnatae,
Caecilia Abbatissa fuit;
progenies: inter quos
Stephano (que) Blesensi
Nupsit Adela soror; Comiti, Constantia Alano
Armorici tractus, sponsa, Eleonora (que) Regi
Alphonso Hispano;
Gulielmus Rufus, satis illau­datè,
sponsata (que) Haraldo Adeliza.
Iam (que) inter fratreis belli exorientibus addit
Odo oleum flammis! sedenim cedentibus iris
Foedere coniuncti, Wallûm (que) Scolûm (que) tumultus,
Normannûm (que) premunt; sacra adit loca, bella, Robertus;
West (que)-Monasteriensis opus Rufi Aula; Donaldi
In (que) vicem, Rex fit Malcolmius Edgar ab illo;
Lanfranco heic viuente minùs, moriente, Tyranni
Vafricies visa est; populi, arae, templa, rapinae,
Omnia erant, Sanctus (que) monens meliora remissus
Praesul in exilium Anselmus! Dij sumere poenas
Vellent: Templa quibus, fora ciuibus, arua colonis,
Ceu pater antè,
aiunt, Beaulensi in limine dempsit:
Rex Ceruum insequitur, Regem vindicta, Tyrellus
Transfixit; modo Rex, bis sex inglorius annos,
Wintoniae pompâ sine, cassus honore recumbit.

Henrici primi Dominium, & honorifica gesta.

HEnricus sequitur,
Heinricus cognomento Beuclerk, aliquanto melius: Regnum administra [...]un [...]
Musarum & Martis alumnus,
Claram ob Doctrinam & doteis cognomine, Beuclerk;
Sancti (que) hic placitis Edwardi indixit honorem;
Quanquam etiam ingenio, genio, Martis (que) fauore
Insignis, tamen, vt mollis, crudelis, anarus,
Audijt infamis: Reuocat memorabilis aeui
Anselmum, ac monitis, vix paruit vs (que) verendis:
Frater & è Solymis rediens sua iura Robertus
Poscit, at in pacis conuentum est pacta ab vtris (que),
Donec lite iteram exortâ, Dux captus, ocellis
Priuatus, longo Cardyffae carcere, fato
Cessit, & illius Gnatus Gulielmus, ad arma,
Gallis (que) & Flandris accitis, morte recumbit.
Tum Wallos domat Henricus, primi (que) Senatus
Parliamenta vocat: Templarius incipit Ordo!
Castra (que) Vindesorae surgunt in culmine ripae
Piscosi Thamisis, iam posteà clara Georgî
Militiâ ac titulis: Nostro pia Nympha Monarchae
Filia Malcolmi, Scoti, soror Edgaris alma,
Nupta Mathildis erat; queis sola Matilda superstes,
Oceano absumptis reliquis, data nubere primùm,
Induperatori Henrico, demùm Andegauensi
Galfrido Comiti, pulchrâ illum prole parentem
Henrico facit, at (que) alijs; hinc postèa Reges
Angligenae, antiquâ de Saxone stirpe creati;
Quippe Mathilda illi genitrix,
Margreta Mathildae,
Margretae Eduardus pater Edmundi (que) puellus,
Angli olim Regis: tenerâ hanc cum prole Matildam
Legitimos Regni haeredes statuebat, & oris
Neustriae obit; septem (que) iacet post lustra Redyngae.

Stephani Blesensis Regnum: omni ex parte turbulentissimum.

IAm Stephanus,
Stephanus succedit, quorum Mathilda, de iure Coronae certat pro filio suo.
Stephani Gnatus, Stephano (que) dicato,
Induerat Diadema die; satus ipse Blesensi
Ex Conite, & Gnatâ modò Conquaestoris Adelâ:
Hunc Proceres crebris,
Augusta (que) Nympba Matildae
Vexarunt bellis! Donec sua sceptra Mathildae
[...] obitum, Henrico, ablegarat Regia Gnato;
[...] vitâ tamen ipse sua durante,
[...] post ferè his duo Feuershamia Tymbus:

Henrici secundi inquietum, alioqui foelix satis Dominium.

PRimus at Angliacis Rex Plantaginêta, Matildae
Filius Augustae, Henricus (que) secundus in oris,
Succedit Stephano: Renouata (que) linea Regum
Saxonicae stirpis,
Henrici nomine 2. praeclara edidit facinora.
quasi iam videantur in illo,
Alfredus Senior (que) Edouardus, & inclytus Edgar,
Stemmate materno satus hijs: Rex ille Britanno
Orcades adiecit,
Eius ditienes,
Wallos (que) Scotos (que) reduxit
Imperio! virideis (que) super dominatur Hybernos,
Primus: Dermitio vel ita exposcente Lageno.
Materno haec, velut & Normannia; iure paterno,
Turones in Galliâ ei, Cenomania & Andes
Parebant, Gnato (que), vbi iam data Nympha, Conani,
Filia Galfredo, Armoricus Britannia tractus:
Pictauia vxoris dos at (que) Aquitania, Franci
Regis desertae modò coniugis Eleonorae;
Pictonûm Comitum Gnatae, & ditionis auitae
sobole ex illâ Comite Armoricano,
Susceptâ, simulac cum Rege Iohanne Richardo;
Cum (que) immaturè, at iustè, & sine nomine Regis
Olli obitum ante, coronato, at (que) rebelle perempto:
Et gnatas habuit; quarum, Eleonora cubile
Hispani ascendit Regis, Siculi (que) Iohanna,
Saxonici ducis Augustos genitura Mathildis!
At Regem infamant veneres, nimium (que) proteruae
Cliffordis Rosamunda,
Ieuiusculi amores,
Adeliza (que) Franca! loquelas
Improba quid fingis; complens modò cantibus auras
Blandiloqua, ah Syren, querulis! Si Regis ocellos
Formâ, vt mellitis ore aut sermonibus aures,
Ac Labyrinthaeo tenuisti in limine captum
Anglica Cliffordis Circe, ceu Galla Calypso.
Zelotypa at sensit Regina, irata (que) Iuno
Inuenit in medio, & Ioue non praesente, Maeandro,
Inficit aegra, datis, sibi pocula saeua venenis;
Et gnatos in bella ciet! quâ ductus Erynni,
Concidit Henricus:
odia domestica flagrantia,
Rex illam, ac senserat iras,
Carcere conclusit. Becketti at sanguine tinctas
Criminibus (que) alijs, Diuis fuit ille relatus,
Ceu purgare manus Solymis de more sacratis,
Ferre parabat opem, Gnatûm (que) odijs (que) Philippi
Francorum Regis,
detentus Galliae in oris
Occubuit; septem post lustra; Chinone sepultus.

Richardi primi honorificentissima domi & fortis gesta.

SVccessit patris in solio sceptris (que) Richardus,
Richardus eius filius
Coeur-de-lyon dictus; Solymos qui visere colleis,
Intentus, bellis (que) sacris ingentia mouit.
Insula Carpathio, circúm diffusa, profundo,
Diues opum Cyprus, bello, & modo concidit Acon,
Aca cadit, quam nos Ptolemaida dicimus vrbem;
Chaonia (que) graueis, & diuite merce repletas,
Ille rateis, Ioppem, & quae munimina cepit
Niliacus Princeps dudùm victricibus armis
Instaurans victor,
Hierosolymis & locis sacris o­pitulatus, Rex in reditu èter­ra Sanctâ,
virtute pericla refellit;
Sed iuga Christicolis grauia imposuêre Tyranni
Heu Saladinius, & Turcarum dira potestas,
Excelsis Solymis impigro marte potiti.
Quando sibi infestis coniunctus foedere Gallis,
Infidus frater, tulerat socia arma Iohannes.
Ille pedem retrò,
ab Austriaco Duce nequam cap­tiuus injuriosisimè detine­tur?
at Leopoldi Principis oris
Austriaci, iratâ ventis dum nauigat Adriâ,
Naufragio eiectus, contraius fas (que) tenetur
Captiuus, donec, lutron persoluerat ingens,
Ac posuit pulchrae sua moenia clara Viennae:
At veniam supplex iam à Rege fratre reuerso,
Matre inter cedente petit, petitam (que) Iohannes
Obtinuit, miro (que) illum Rex fouit amore:
Cui rapto, sobole sine, post duo lustra, tumultu
Carleoli facto,
I [...] Galliâ illatus, iniurias vlturus occ [...]mbit; & ibidem tumula­tus est.
successit! humantur ibidem
Viscera, Rothomagi cor, Caetera fontis Ebrardi.

Regis Iohannis, ob Baronum aliorum (que) odia, tempora turbis refertissima.

REge Iohanne,
Iohannes frater, eontrà
tuâ Galfridi prole reiectâ,
Maioris natu fratris, comitis (que) Brytanni,
Omnia pessum abeunt; Gallorum ope fultus at impar,
Cesserat Arthurus: sedenim Rex iura Iohanni,
Arte magis quàm armis dempsit,
sibi Gallica Gallu [...]:
Et Regni Proceres vulgo inclyta turma Barones
Olli imentarunt turbas,
simulant (que) salutem,
Ceu dulci patriae pro libertate reclament.
Nec minùs immunis Stephani Archi-praesulis iris,
Rex modò censurae Romanae fulmina sensit,
[Page 244] Donec in Ecclesiae gremio iam pacereceptus,
Papa Coronam aufert capiti,
Papam cui Coronam tandem resignat, &
rursum (que) reponit;
Pandulpho satagente, à quo consistere iussi
Saeua manus Procerum, Rex Gallus & acer in armis
Delphinus, Procerum causâ transgressus ad Anglos,
Vix tamen â bellis compostâ ita pace quieuit:
Proceres suos tumultuatus, moriens,
Qui [...]suâ raptis provirgine, coniuge, Nymphis,
Zelotypi Proceres, quibus & lasciuia Regis
Probro erat, insanos multùm indignantur amores.
Treis Gnatas equidem nuptas tot Regibus, vnam
Induperatori; Gnat [...]s duos,
turbas filio
postea Reges,
Henricum Angliae, habebat, Alemaniae (que) Richardum;
Post tria lustra veneno obijt, Vigornia tymbus.

Henrici tertij benè diuturnum & foelix Regnum.

REx (que) nouennis adhuc infans, puer illius, Anglis,
Lustris bis senis propè regnaturus in oris,
Henrico tertio, & eius tutori­bus sedandas & siniendas re­liquit.
Tertius Henricus sequitur; quem turma Baronum
Infestant odijs, quem Gallia, Wallia, Bellis:
Quos omneis superat, leuibus non arte nec armis;
Nobile sed bellum, imprimis curante Gualone
Sedis Apostolicae legato! Regia proles,
Eius filius
Assyricas turmas Aegyptia (que) agmina sternunt,
Inuicti bello fratres! Solymis (que) reuersi
Rex fit Edouardus, fratri Lancastriacessit,
Edmundo! simul-at (que) patri West-minstria tymbus.

Eduardi primi Regnum & bene fortunata gesta.

PRimus Edouardus Leolino Principe caeso
Wallia Edouardum natum,
Eduardus 1. Hierosolymis an­te regnum adeptum, posteà
decorauit honore,
[Page 246] Ac titulis, vtimos, solitis! Scotiae (que) Iohannem
Baliolum praefert! Brusio (que) furente Roberto,
Aduena ciuili qui semper crimine creuit
Miles habet belli funesti praemiarura,
In Walliâ & Scotiâ victor laure­at ssimus,
Angliaci ex dono Regis! post lustra (que) septem
Ceupulchram ex Gallâ, numerosam ex coniuge cepit
Hispaniâ sobolem, magnos (que)
aliquando Monarchas,
In Scoticis morientis agris West-mynstria Tymbus.

Edwardi secundi dominandi ratio malé sana, & miserior exitus.

ALter Edouardus sequitur, celebrat (que) Isabellae,
Procurante Petro Hispano,
Eduard [...] se undo [...]lio relin­quit [...] [...] vaide insanienrem & [...] [...]be getent [...]m plu­t [...]ma ad nutum Gauestom & al [...]m.
connubia Gallae;
Quem fudere leues Scoti, infamem (que) dedêre,
Anté Gauestonus, mox & Spenserus vter (que);
Quorum adcò insulsùm peruerterat omnia nutû;
Heroes ac, proceres (que), malé stomachantur opimi;
Mortimerûm (que) odijs,
Infida coniux & Amasius Mortimerus Regno & vita spoliant; filius
& saeuae coniugis iris,
Depositus post bis duo lustra; vbi morte misellâ
Barkleyo in Castro perijt; Glocestria Tymbus.

Eduardi tertij domi tum foras apud Scotos & Gallos splendor verè Martius.

TErtius Eduardus,
Eduardus tertius Rexfactus
obitum patris ante, Coronam
Induerat; mollis deprensum in limine amicae
Reginae matris, nimium (que) tumentibus ausis
Mortimerum interimi mandat: teneram (que) Tyrann [...]
Sororem quamuis Dauidi Brusio antè locârat,
Consilio illorum ductus! seu scommate motus,
Fama ait,
In Mortimeri & matris nequitias animaduertit.
indigno, seuiure fide (que) negatis;
Baliolum iuuit, Baruicum cingit, auitis
Regem restituens regnis; Dauidem (que) fugauit
Ad Gallos: Bellonae horrenda Halydonia testis,
Quàm nullâ Anglorum caede,
Scotos subigit, anhela [...]s.
innumerâ (que) Scotorum
Percelebris. Cum iam tacito sub pectore voluit
Maius opus, Rex Anglus ouans! celebrando Philippae
Hannouiae Comitis Gnatae (que) sui (que) Hymenaeos;
Gallica Sceptra animo, nec spes malê fouit inaneis:
Quippe soror Caroli, Belli (que) Isabella Philippi
[Page 248] Eduardi genitrix, Haeres & filia Regum:
Coniugis ac tenerae genitrix, soror ipsa Valesî,
Qui iam Franca ferox rapuit sibi Regna Tyrannus.
Ergo petens sua certa, erepta (que) pristina auorum
Iura, faces belli Gallorum accendit in agris:
Neustria Francorum (que) vrbes in limine plures,
ad Galliae coronam
Hostileis timuit (que) superba Lutetia flammas,
Auratis fulgens tectis! Quà lympidus Amnis
Cresseidis syluae latus alluit, vtra (que) gentis
Tandem conuenêre acies, & vallis amoenae
Delectati opibus floreis, Marti (que) dicatis,
Conseruêre manus, rubeis (que) coloribus herbas
Inficiunt virideis;
famosissimis praelijs fudit Gallos;
sic lactea Lilia rubrae
Tincta colore Rosae; at (que) oleo-flammantia signa,
Sanguineis maculis conspersa Draconibus Anglis.
Rex ibi consuluit certus fugiendo saluti
Celta suae; Innumeri, vulgus, Comites (que), Duces (que),
Maiorci, Reges (que), aiunt, cecidêre Bohemi;
Nomina dant syluae, his, loca famosissima bellis;
Sic Cadomum, Guisnes, sic Tanker-villa, Caletae,
At (que) aliae haud paucae,
Eius autem filius
nec parui Nominis, vrbes
Galliae, & occiduus circùm, citò posteà tractus,
Reddita sunt Anglo Regi: Brusius (que) Tyrannus,
Bella mouens, Celtâ suadente, in finibus Anglis,
Captiuus premitur! Rex foedera Gallus ab Anglo,
Ceu petit, inducijs potitur; moritur (que) Philippus
Cui Gnatus patrijs solio sceptris (que) Iohannes
Successit. Princeps Niger appellatus in oris,
Eduardus Princeps Niger, fi­ue ex nigricantibus armis, fi­ue luctuoso & atro Gallorum fato, its appellatus,
Iunior Eduardus, Gallis, Aquitaniam & omnem
Hesperiae tractum Galliae, qua Phoebus Iberum
Prospicit occiduum, patreità mandante, regebat;
Gallorum (que) agros latè populatur & vrbeis,
Cum iuuenes inter illustreis, laudis auitae
Ceu Regni cupidos, summi (que) Heroas honoris,
ob expeditiones in Galliam,
Certatum est acriter! Pictonûm in finibus Anglus
Sed rerum potitur, Poyteusi ait accola bello;
Et proceres Princeps Gallos, Regem (que) Brytannus
Captiuos duxit spectacula laeta Triumphi.

Vtriusque Eduardi patris & filij mors vltima vitae linea, fama finis nescia.

I Am (que) vstae Lybies Indis (que) virentibus oris;
Tempestate ista Armorum portenta furentûm,
Apparent oculis sublimia in aëre Castra
Quorum in conspectu ferus incola praelia gessit,
Pars nigra Memnonijs, armis turma altera in albis;
Rorantem (que) comam perfusa (que) sanguine cristas,
Turma cadis positis niueo velamine & armis,
Palma nigris remanet, locus Aethera deperit inter.
Neustria, Burgundi, Britannia, Gallia tota,
Principis ante pedes, tremuit (que) Nauarra tumultu;
Castellae (que) Petro, disiecto à fratre tyranno,
Auxilio iuuat, & frontem diademate cingit;
Rex (que) Cypriposcebat opem; sic Principis Angli
Captiui duo, Rex (que) Cypi famulantur in Aulâ.
Ipse Periscelidi suras,
omni bellicâ laude eumulatis­simus ante patrem diem obijt.
Chlamydis (que) intenti,
Ornatu fulgens, heu funere raptus acerbo,
Occubuit Princeps; Anglûm decus! vnde Richardus
Ornatus titulis, patrijs & honore superbit.
Rex tamen ante, auro (que), datis, & Galliae in oris
Terrarum ingenti tractu, modo pace remisit,
Gallorum Regem & Delphinum: Brusius heros,
Reliqu [...]
Lutra dedit, Reges (que) inter pax alma refulsit;
Clarensi (que) Duci Leonello, candida Nympha,
Mediolanensis Galeasî filia nupta est;
Lata (que) cum spons â formosâ, possidet arua,
Finibus Italiae,
Leonellus Regia proles:
Lancastro (que) Duci, Gandauo prima Iohanni,
Regni haeres nupsit, Cantabrigiae altera fratri,
Castiliaè Regis gnatae: quare Hespera Regna
Dux petijt; Rexs (que) ipse nouus, quo posset amorem
multùm vigult.
Iohanne satam, socijs Hymenaeis
Accepit, multo (que) Ducem donauerat auro.
At miser héic claris Dux ciuibus at (que) sacratae
Inuidus heu nimium Ecclesiae, macrescit opimis
Praelatorum opibus, titulis & honoribus aeger,
Hos (que) leuare opibus dignatur,
Rex ipse, omnium reliquorum qui in Angliâ floruêrunt, vt e­ius opera testantur, honoratis­simus.
honoribus illos,
Wicleafi incendens magno mala dogmata fastû,
Quem tamen Ecclesiae, Wickhamo, ciuibus vnum
Conciliare student, Edouardus, Aliza,
Alizia Pierce ob cuius nimiam cum ipso consue­tudine Rex au­dijt infamis.
Huius Edouardi quasi Vindesorensia sacra,
Festa (que) Regis opus! modò munereclara Georgî
Cappadocis: quorum alma cohors chlamydata, superbas,
[Page 252] Cincta periscelidi suras, sic laudibus illum
Illustrat, tantis radijs perstringit & orbem
Vt iam Phryxaeum prae illis Burgundia vellus
Contemnat, Cochleis variatos Gallia torques,
Et Cruce conspicuas Pallas Rhodos, Elkala, & Elb [...].
Quinis foemineâ, septiens, prole virili,
Laetus agens foelix (que) diem, Richmondiae obiuit
Rex pulcher, post lustra decem, Westminstria Tymbus.

Richardus secundus Regno temerè administrato, spoliatur; vnde schisma.

DEfunctis successit auo (que) patri (que) secundus
Richardum 3. Edwardi Nigri Principis Gnatum
at heu nimiâ infamis leuitate Richardus!
Anna Bohema, nouis vestitu habitu (que) superba,
Franca Isabella, etiam, sobole sine Regia coniux;
Hic vulgi motus propè inauditos (que) furores,
Ceu Wallûm, Scotûm (que), truces (que) domabat Hybernos!
Sancti Edouardi aureis insignibus vsus & albis.
Quando ducis rediens [...]ancastri filius exul
Dux Herefordensis, Boling brokius (que) vocatus,
Excipit Henricus,
Haeredem, quamuis Wallis, Scotis, & alijs hostibus debel­latis, bellicosum satis, at lon­ge alijs inf [...] liciorem reliquit; vt qui tandem
redeuntem è littore Iernes,
Regem armis, nudum (que) premit, nudat (que) Coronâ;
Nobilis hinc oritur contentio, flebilis Anglis,
Lis (que) tremenda viris,
niueae (que) rubrae (que) Rosarum
Factio, schisma Dueum, rerum & confusio Regum,
Rex (que) fame Pont-fracti obit, ad Proto-Martyris aedes,
Magnifici, quamuis mollis, Langleya Tymbus.

Henrici quarti tempore ob Coronae indebitam adeptionem variae inde secutae turbae.

QVatuor Henricus quartus post lustra,
Henrico 4. Coronâ & regno nudatus, in magn [...] miseriâ, fame perijt.
Deposuit; quem Mortimerus (que) & Wallus Oenus,
Glendower dictus, primùm, Scotici (que) tumultus,
[Page 254] Posteà turbárunt! sed concidtt acer Owenus,
Mortimerus (que) gener! rursum (que) Halydonia fastis,
Rex n [...]nus varijs lacessitus sedition bus & bellis, supera­t [...] om [...]ibus, semper victor euadens,
Damnata in Scoticis, Scotica agmina fudit, & Anglo,
Albaniae Gnatum Ducis, Oceanus (que) Iacobum
Roberti Regis, dederant, Proceres (que) Scotorum
Non paucos; qui sic in Caesaris arce vel arcto
Detenti custode, Scotae flos ipse iuuentae:
Regi, Herefordensi ex Nymphâ, pulcherrima proles,
Principe cum (que) satû Cambriae, Gnatis (que) duâbus,
Sceptra auctiora filio
Gleui (que) Duces, Thomas (que) Clarensis!
In (que) Hierosolymis Cameris, ità fama, vocatis
Terno obijt Regni lustro; Cantuaria Tymbus.

Henrici quinti Gesta, triumphali curru dignissima.

FIlius Henricus,
Henrico 5. relinquit, quivitiis & societate improborum, qui­bus in prima iuuenta, irreti­tu, fuerat, excussis,
Cambriad confinia, quintus,
Monmuthiae ortus agro; vitijs, primae (que) iuuentae
Rellictis socijs; iris (que), odijs (que) furentûm
Marte domi oppressis, veteris deliria Castri
Vulgo sic dicti, celebris Wicklefia sectae
Erroris (que) sati socios & dogmata damnat:
Postèa (que) externas Celtae conuersus in oras,
Princeps optimus res domi pace composuit; &
Iam meditatur ouans, sua iura reposcere bello,
Regis Edouardi titulis & honore superbus,
Quondam ataui! Gallûm (que) olim domitoris, in armis
Lilia qui socianda Rosis curârat amoenis.
Pro (que) pilis missis pessum dedit omnia pilis;
In (que) ferens totis inimica incendia campis,
regnum Franciae recuperare aggressus, bellicosissimè se gessit,
Galliae agros rapidis mandauit & ignibus vrbeis;
Clara (que) Agincourti, famosa (que) praelia, summis
Laudibus Angligenas ornant, nitidis (que) trophaeis.
Pars ibi magna cadunt Procerum (que) quàm maxima Gallûm
Nobilium capti, Angliacis decora alta triumphis;
Victor at instat ouans, donec iam Gallia supplex
Venerat, & Regi pulcherrima Regia virgo,
Nubilis oblata est, Katharina (que) Nobilis, Anglo,
Filia Francorum Regis: Data nomine dotis,
[Page 256] Gallica sceptra placent genero; oblectatus vter (que),
Rex, socero viuente regens, functo; audijt Haeres:
Parrisijs (que)
vnde acceptâ coniuge Regis filiâ Ka ha [...]â, haeres & admini­st [...] regni Franc [...]ae institu­t [...]s est.
frequens pompas celebrante cateruâ
Nobilium cum Rege suo, inuenes (que) senes (que),
Foemineus (que) tener chorus, innuptae (que) puellae,
Pacificos laeti celebrant dulceis (que) Hymenaeos:
Pace istâ, noxa (que) sibi Delphinus abhorret
Solus! at insequitur totis (que) è finibus Anglus
Pellit eum patrijs: Katharina inuiserat Anglos
Mutua (que) Angliacis haec sedibus, illius infans
Ortus Vindesorae Tamesini ad fluminis vndas,
Parrisijs Gallis, frontem Diademate cincti:
Cum citò Rexmoriens tenerae heu propè flore iuuentae,
Faeliceis nuper,
per Gallica littora, victor,
Phoebeia insignis lauro, plantâ (que) Mineruae
Pulcher agens currus, febre iam correptus acutâ
Res ità disponit,
ver [...]
Gleui Ducis Anglia nutu
Bedfordi Ducis & Burgundi, Gallia cessit;
Et tenero Tutor datus est Excestrius Heros,
aetate decedens; filius
Qui monitis (que) pijs Regem educat, instruit, ornat;
Parrisijs (que) obijt, cum vix duo munere lustra
Functus erat regio, Heroicè; Westminstria tymbus:
[...]arterius (que) huius, Richmondia celsa, Syonis
Claustra (que) Regis opus! quo iam moriente Monarchâ,
Vix nouimestris adhuc, Haeres modò, filius infans,
Incipit Henricus sextus regnare Britannis.

Henrici sexti sanctissimi Regis egregia infortunia.

CVi Burgunda tamen soror,
Henricus 6, nouimestris in­fans;
& Burgundio, coniux,
Delphinum domuêre Duces! Gallos (que) fugaces;
Donec fata suae ruperunt stamina vitae
Bedfordi illustris: domitor (que) Richardus Hybernes,
Dux Eboracensis regali stemmate clarus
Olli successit,
citò Warwicensis & [...]lli
Sufficitur Comes! At Burgundio Celta (que) Gallo
Deficiunt Carolo; gens perfida! quando Britannis
[Page 258] Dudum oriens furiosa domi dominatur Erynnis:
Musa sile,
Galliae (gliscente inter tuto­ [...]es discordiá) &
aut mussa infortunia temporis huius;
Ceu Fortuna nouerca furit, capit oppida Gallus
Delphinus: facile est populum domuisse volentem
Tendentem (que) manus vltro; nec clarior ornat
Gloria vincentem fuso sine sanguine Regna.
Dux Eboraci odijs & Somersettus in armis
Flagrabant mutuis: queis tanta incendia flammit
Vt vix dùm accensas poterant restinguere, multo
Albionis fluerent quamuis, de sanguine riui.
Priuatis (que) oriens, publicae cito certa ruinae
Caussa agitata odijs; & de Diademate lis est.
Ac gelidis redijt, domitis (que) Richardus Hybernis,
Dux Eboracensis, claris velut anteà gestis,
Inuidet Edmondus Dux Somersettus, vter (que)
Aequè opibus, proauis, rerum splendore superbi:
In (que) vicem probris onerant, lacerant (que) scipsos.
Sicuti saeua, animis (que) ingens discordia gliscit,
Millia multa hominum, pulcherrima corpora bellis,
Occubuére feris!
ind [...] ingruente ciuili bello,
quasi regno incuria regnet,
Ferre Richardus opem parat; hinc sua stemmata pandit,
Rege suo potiora magis! huic Anna Rogeri
Filia Mortimeri genitrix, huic Gnata Philippa
Clarensis Leonelli, Edouardi hic tertia proles:
Rex solum è quartâ, Gandauo prole Iohanne,
Venerat Henricus Lancastro stemmate cretus.
Inde Somersetti Verulamia prima cruore,
Blore-hethi celebres & Northamptonia pugnae;
Quarta Eboracensem dominum Wake-feildia sternit:
Filius Eduardus quartus tamen occupat vrbem
Londinum, & Regio cinctus Diademate fulget;
Intereà Henricus Scoticos fugit exul in agros,
Angliae dominatum, cum vitâ & f [...]o Henrico, amisit
Marguerita (que) moesta Thori socia, inclyta Nympha,
Neapolis Siculi & Solymorum filia Regis
Reyneri, titulis Ducis Andegauensis onusti,
Restaurare viro cupiens Gnato (que) coronam,
Instaurat bellum; rursum Verulamia caede
Et Wallûm clarae, & Scotiae ad confinia pugnae:
Haec fugat ad Gallos Edouardum, iterum (que) reponit
Henricum in solio Regina; iterum (que) repressa
Haec fugit ad Gallos, patriâ (que) ope fulta, regressa,
Varuici casum Barnetti in collibus audit;
Dum parat vt reparando petat, pereundo salutem;
Supremae, loca clara Theoci Curia, pugnae,
Heic capitur cum matre tener, manibus (que) Tyranni
Caeditur Eduardus, truce circumstante coronâ!
Cùm partim Scoticis, partim Anglis, pauper & exul,
Heinricus pater orbus agens in finibus, agris
Lancastris latuit; Talbottus at obtulit illum
Regi, vbi Caesareâ detentus & obrutus arce:
[Page 260] In prece multus erat, sanctae pietatis alumnus,
Pacis auens,
Rex pijssimus.
virtutis amans, Rex summus honore,
Tristia sanguinei deuitans praelia campi,
Se non si potis, immiscens ciuilibus vndis,
Captabat placidae securior ocia mentis:
Octo (que) lustra priùs,
iam post duo lustra, monarchae
Vix totidem menses, Castella Georgica Tymbus.

Eduardus quartus & soboles, ludicrae fortunae specimina.

QVartus vbi Edwardus Gallis fera bella Scotis (que)
Intulit, hijs arceis, ijs aurea pensa recepit.
At Shori infamis famosa coniuge Ianâ;
Et pulchrae perhibent,
Eduardus quartus, ex Ebora­censi familia, oriundus, inces­sit,
ceu mollis amator Elizae
Graij equitis viduae nubens! Carolotta sorori
Franca tuae Regina bonae, ducis (que) Sabaudi
Illusit gnatae,
qui leuibus amoribus,
parili (que) illuditur arte;
Filia Delphino iussu Elizabetha parentis
Desponsata fuit, Margretta sed Austrica nupsit.
Confixus (que) acri moriens, ità fama, dolore,
Londini; liquit Gnatos duo, quin (que) puellas;
Bis duo cui post lustra sacella Georgica Tymbus.
Filius Eduardus quintus puer, anté coronâ
Tempora cincta forent, Gleui Ducis arte Richardi,
Intra aliqu [...]t menses, in celsâ Caesaris arce,
Cum Duce fratre perit; rapit & sua Regna Tyrannus.
Hoc metuens pater,
& Fratris nece infamis, Richar­do alteri fratri, moriens, suos puellulos in manus, quasi op­ptimendos tradidit,
antè nigris transmisit auernis,
Clarensem, infandum, fratrem! quae machina Gleui
Dicitur esse Ducis: meliùs quò fraude nepotes,
Opprimere incautos poterat protector alumnos;
Tertius in (que) manu terit aurea sceptra Richardus.
At sequitur vindicta scelus; facinus (que) superbum,
Odêrunt populi:
vndè Richardus tertius tyrannidem triennem exercuit,
monstris (que) insomnia terrent,
Manes, & horrendae ante oculos mala mille figurae;
Tartareis (que) canes inferni vlulare tenebris
Visi, animae (que) negant, irata (que) spectra quietem;
Donec eis dederat scelerato sanguine poenas.

Henrici septimi gesta: & connubia foelicissima.

SEptimus Henricus Lancastro stemmate cretus,
Margretâ venit ecce satus; Margreta Iohanne,
Ille Thomâ,
Henricus septimus Lanca­strensis, eum solio deturbans, & Elizabetham Eboracensis familiae,
hic magno Grandauae stirpis alumno,
Et Katharinâ olim dictâ Swinfordiâ! adepti
Bewforti titulis iuga Somersettia; Wallus
Huic Edmundus, ei (que) parens, pulcherrima quinti
Henrici Katharina, pater Theodorus Ocnus!
Dux (que) Somersettus, Comes & Richmondius audit:
Mater eum inuitat Stanleyo nupta Baroni;
Nymphae ambae regiae, mater (que) & filia Elizae,
Mortonus (que) pius,
Edwardi quarti gnatam, in vxorem accipiens, sanguino­lento schismati, cum hâc Odâ, finem imponit.
Buckinghamius (que) Tyranno
Infesti, accelerant remorantem Galliae in oris.
Ille manu paruâ Britonum comitante, profectus,
Milfordum Cambris in finibus, indé triennem
Bosworthi in campis petit occidit (que) Tyrannum;
Cui pompâ sine, vix lacero Leir-cestria tymbus.
Clara dies, pia cuius ope, pax reddita mundo!
Elizabetha etenim Dux & Richmondus eundem
Conuenêre Thorum! Iam Musa recense triumphans
Germina dijs gratae pacis modulamine dulci;
Hinc viget ambarum, niueae, rubeae (que) Rosarum
Vnio, Regnorum Anglo-Gallo-Hyberno-Scotorum!
Hinc veniunt, certo (que) sequuntur in ordine Reges,
Septimus, octauus (que) Henrici, Edouardus, & vnae
Hispano nupta, Hispanis oriunda Maria!
Diua (que) virgo, satus (que) Anglis quasi virgine Diuâ,
Tu (que) puer (que) tuus, ter Eliza beata, Iacobus.
Odae nonae Finis.

The ninth Ode, Entituled GVLIELMVS.

Ninth Ode, shewes, Danish broyles o'reblowne,
How Norman William here set foote,
Whose Conquest by that name's yet knowne;
But th'English race againe tooke roote;
Whiles Albions Scepters e'en t'our dayes
Plantaginet's name and Tewthors swayes.

The descent of VVilliam the Conquerour, from Great Rollo the Dane.

Synchronismus siue computatis Annorum.
Brittons ruine, gaue Saxons roome,
Supplementum Historia.
Danes they, Danes stood at Normans doome;
Normans, Danes, Saxons, Romans, Bryttons,
Neptunes and Nereus brood, huge Eattons,
And Samothes, sang you, learned Sisters,
Angles from th'East lands, Danes from Isters,
And Simois side, both ours and theirs
Romes Lords, you brought, and Bryttaines heires;
Albion from's Oares, and Samothes,
From th'Arke, when all the world was Seas.
Now name the man, deare Nymphs, whose line,
Reignes now, in Brutes new Sainted shrine,
Whom England and great Brittaine sings,
So much-fam'd Conquerour, Sire of Kings!
Whom Newstria bred, now Brittaine holds
Him and his off-spring Monarkes bold.
Sing we our Williams warlike feates,
His conquests and atchiuements great,
And first his Stocke from whence he came,
Reuoluing elder yeares of Fame.
From Istrian Daci, erst,
The descent of William the Conquerour, and Dukes of Nor­mandy, from Rollo, and the Danes.
they sayne,
Came Rollo Guion's sonne, great Dane,
And England skal'd, whom Alfreds worth
Repell'd; but France shores, nearest North,
[Page 229] Afford him land-roome, whence now springs,
Their Norman Dukes race, Englands Kings:
This Rollo, christ'ned Robert, th'Earle
Of Beauois, not Charles Simples,
As some haue written, but not rightly, for he married Poupa, as some call her, daughter of Been­ger Earle of Bessin and Beau­uoisie: but indeed another Nor­man Princes a little before, mar­ried Gilda Neece to Carolus Crassus, whence is supposed, sprang the error: William the first called Long-sword, espoused Sporta, daughter of Herbert Earle of Senlis, by whom hee had Richard the first, called, With­out feare, who espoused Agnes si­ster to Hugh Capet, after Gun­nor a Danish Lady, by whom he had Richard the second, who espoused first Iudith sister to the Earle of Brytaine, after Paula daughter to Sweine K of Den­marke; by them hee had Richard the third, neuer married, and Robert the second, who by his Concubine Arletta, a mans daughter of the Towne of Fallaise, had William the Conquerour.
Weds, and hath issue, William; who
Had Richard; he a next; he too,
Another Richard, and his brother
Robert, whose Aunt's Saint Edwards mother:
Which second Robert was the father
Of second William; with vs rather
Call'd first; of Norman Dukes the second;
'Mongst English Kings, the foremost reckon'd!
Such was this Dukedome, name and race,
Comes now his Kingdome next in place.

The Conquerours quarrell, claime, and preparation to gaine the crowne of Englands.

WHen fates had Edwards life-thread spon,
Harold, son of Earle Godwine and Thyra, as some say, sister to King Canutus, whence was some pretended shew of a title, An. 1066. reigned not full one yeare
Soone Godwines Harold Thyra's son,
Caught Englands Crowne; seeks all mens fauours;
And left, too grosse fraud Edgar sauours,
Makes him some mends! part guilt, for pearle,
For Englands King, sooth, Oxfords
Edgar is by Harold made Earle of Oxford, a goodly re­compence for his Kingdome taken away by him.
But now, besides his cancell'd oath,
To Edgar made, and Edward both,
(More shame,) a harsh Embassage came,
From Norman William, who much blame,
His troth-plight promise broke, which made
He did the Dukes vow'd right inuade;
But no expected words or deedes,
For Duke or them, from him proceedes,
Dukes daughter too, his promis'd spouse,
Forsakes they say, forsweares all vowes:
Which so incen'st the Dukes sharp spleene
To worke reuenge, and wreak his teene,
He men and ships to sea
His Nauy 896. ships.
To winne the rosie royall wreathes.
Flanders and France with him combin'd,
Fierce Tosto was not farre behinde,
To worke his brothers bane, till those
Two noble Earles against him rose
Morcare and Edwine, who him
Malchere or Morcare Earle of Northumberland, Edwine of Mercia [...]
To th'Orks as t'were to banishment;
Whence Norway, Scot'sh and Orkey powers
He drew, that not those martiall flowers,
Northumhers Earle, and Merk-lands flame
Could stay him till King Harold came;
[Page 231] Who by faire Riuer Darwents side,
Foyl'd Scot'sh and Orkeyes Prince and pride,
And Tosto sent and Norwayes King,
To Pluto's Palace newes to bring;
When more, streight, more might make him feare,
He heard the Normans landed
At Pemsey in Sussex on the 28. day of September, in. 1066. and fought the great battell at Battaile the 14. of October, and William was crowned in Lon­don on Christmasse day next following.
Neare Hastings! with vndaunted spright:
Streight he calls forth his men to fight,
Longing t'allay that fatall feud,
With hands new dipt in's brothers bloud;
His wearied war-mates waxing faint,
Vnbreath'd, were faine yet fresh to paint
Their scarres with bloud and wounds with gore,
As daring Mars at deaths owne dore:
So furious Harold hastes to meet
His fate like fire with winged feet.

His successe, conquest, and coronation, on Christmasse day, Anno 1066.

NOw comes that houre,
William the Conquerour, af­ter this victory, getting much of the Land and withall London was there crow­ned 25. Decemb. the same yeare 1066. dyed 9. September. 1087. hauing reigned 20. yeares, 8. moneths and 16. dayes.
and times full date,
That wrackt the Saxon Princes state,
From Egberts
Egbert began, A. 802. ended 838, whence to this yeare 1066. is 228 years. Hengist came al­most 400. yeares before that, An. 449. began his reigne, An 456. Whence to the present yeare 1066 is 610. yeares.
reigne two hundred neare,
From Hengist nigh sixe hundred yeare;
Since CHRIST, one thousand sixtie six;
When Fate or some foule Friend of Styx,
Hastes Harold on! William
Towards the end of the day William caused his men to re­tire, which the English percei­uing, thinking they had fled, brea­king their rankes [...] to pursue, were easily euercome; where this battaile was fought the Conquerour after found, [...] Bat­taile Abbey; there were slaine of the Normans 6013. of the En­glish 47944. or after some [...]7974 scarce euer the like [...]uerthrow and number slaine heard of a­mong the English before.
that fayn'd
To fly, both Crowne and Kingdome gayn'd;
In Sussex battaile th'English fell,
Strange Comets did such change foretell.
Harolds corps (the Duke, now King, so doom'd)
By him built Waltham, ha's
In the colledge of S. Crosse, which he had founded, and there placed a Deane and eleuen Chan­n [...]ns
Thyra mourning! being, selfe-same last yeere,
As his first! First, first William's heere.
Then th'English fled to London fast,
Whiles Normans did their Countries wast:
Northumberlands and
Edwine and Morcare.
Merk-lands Lords
For safetie tending Scotland wards,
Met there young Edgar, who set late
Sailes for Appulia, but by Fate,
Or mightie Aeol's Impes thus crost,
Cast on a quite contrary coast:
Whose sisters, Margret's Malcolmes wife
Scot'sh Queene! t'other vowes Monastique life.
Now made the Norman Leopards pray
On Englands spoile, and tooke their way
For London, which they friendly found,
Where Christ-masse day, was William crown'd
[Page 233] By Aldred, Yorkes Arch-bishop!
The famous exploit and strata­gem of Stygandus, Archbishop of Canterbury: Eglesine Ab­bat of Saint Augustines and the Kentishmen, at Swans-coomb two miles from G [...]auesend, whereby they gayned the Freedome and Priuiledges of their Countrey.
Famous Stigand, whom England stiles
Her other Primate, thus entends
His Countries freedome to defend.

The Arch-bishops Stygands famous stratagem whereby he procured Kents liberties and ancient freedome, all England else groning under the Normans tyrannie.

AS William ween'd with warlike powers
To o're runne Kent; in greene-wood bowers
Th'Arch-Bishop he, his men arayes
Couering their armes, with leauie sprayes:
Saint Austines Abbot Eglesine
Did in this act with him combine,
The King at Swans-coombe kend, who stood
Maz'd thus to meete this moouing wood,
By which sleight they encompast round
His Normans on vnequall ground,
Who casting downe their boughs, appeares
Their Kentish force, to Normans feares:
But Stigand only praying peace
And countries freedome, so to cease
All warres, and farther strife; which thing,
The King grants, and they greete him King.
Hence Kent enjoyes (our Lawyers say)
Her ancient customes to this day.
Londons Charter Bishop William
The same first yeare of the Conquerour, the Archbishop Sty­gand so pro [...]ured the liberties of Kent, William Bishop of Lon­don procured the Charter and priuiledges thereof.
Her fauourite! Kent-freed Stygand fames.
Yet such his faith nor fame defends
His worth from Enuie, subtile fiend;
But dying disrob'd in prisoners weedes
Cane's Abbot Lanfrank him
To Lanfranke, and the See of Canterbury, the Archbishop of Yorke at this time made a k [...]nde of submission for him and his See; Scotland was then vnder the Prouince of Yorke.
And now began our, th'English, bane,
Some fyn'd, some punish't; som's lands tane
And giuen to strangers, many a place
To wild-beasts, faire fields made a chace:
Hamp-shiere townes on New-forrest
Many Towns, Villages, and Churches in Hampshire were vnpeopled and ruined, to make the Kings Chase of new Forrest, not without the griefe and many bitter curses of the poore wron­ged owners.
Could witnesse well this Normans pride,
Where Church and all, laid leuell ground,
Wilde Deere or Satyr's dance around,
Where plagues for Widowes, Orphan cryes,
Richard Kings-child and Rufus dyes.
No lesse the Nobles for their parts
Or feare, or feele, as grieuous smarts,
Feele present wrongs, feare future dangers,
Their fellowesmade foote-stooles for
which made the English No­bilitie, as Morcare & Edwine, Gospatrik Earle of Cumber­land, Walthe of Earle of Nort­hampton, Syward, Hereward, Clito Edgar, and Bishops, and the rest, attempt many insolen­cies against the State, ioyning sometimes with the Scots, other­whiles the Danes, end doing many outrages, till at last most of them were slaine and came to vn­timely ends.
When each Iack iets for gentleman
That skill of French or Norman can,
[Page 235] Stage, Court, Lawes turn'd French, strange to see
How brag French beggers English't bee.
So great and small, skorn'd or skar'd sore,
All feare, some fled their natiue shore,
And ioyning with the warlike Dane,
Who claim'd the crowne his right, were slaine:
Others ioyn'd with th'inuading Scots
In Edgars quarrell, chanc't like lots.
Both Welsh and Scot'sh and Herewards
Hereward, his father Leo­frike Earle of Leycester, being dead, came out of Flanders to claime has lands that were giuen to Normans; hee was a valiant and right worthy warriour, and long time defended h [...]ms [...]lfe is the Ile of Ely, being made Knight by his Vncle Brand, Abbot of Peterborrow; the fashion then being that the Knight to be made, after Confession and Ab [...]olution, watching afore the Altar all night, then offereth his sword, which receiuing againe with a benediction from the Abbot or Bishop, hee was thenceforth ac­counted a lawfull Knight, which order as well as [...] with golden cross [...]s, the Normans a­bo [...]shed, substituting others in their places.
The brother Earles braue martiall flowers,
Haue all like Fortune, Welsh are tam'd,
The rest quite fled, foyl'd, or reclaim'd.
Malcolme do's homage, Edgar too,
And his as tane to fauour, doe
Receiue the Kings rich gifts! all friends
His course thence for Pannonia bends.

The Kings tyrannie also against his brother, his death and strange funerall in France.

THe Kings halfe brothers were by's
Arlotta, why before the Duke his fathers death, married one Herlewine of Gantreuill of meane estate; & as proceeding of her immodest behauiour towards the Duke, some allude the name of Harlot as it were descended.
Robert Earle of Morton, and his brother
Odo Bayon's Bishop, Earle of Kent,
Who vice-Roy made, when William went
To warre in France, Northumbers wilde,
With th'rest of's Kings foes brauely foyl'd;
But gaping for the Papall Crowne,
When fates great Hidebrand pull'd downe,
Was prisnor'd by his brother-King,
Enuie par'd proud Ambitions wing,
Doubly deceiu'd by lying Augury
Lost triple-Crowne, and long time liberty!
Peace gain'd, the King did Poules repaire,
Built many a Church and Abbey
The Abbeyes of Battaile in Sussex, Gane in Normandy, to which he gaue his Crowne and Ornaments, which King Henry the first redeemed at a great rate▪ Selby Abby in Yorkshire, Saint Nicholas Priory in Exeter: hee gaue lands and priuiledges to the Colledge of Saint Martins le grand; ten Monasteries built by his Ancestors in Normandy hee enlarged: in his time were 2 [...]. in diuers parts with his consent and confirmation founded, with the greatest part of Paules Church and the Tower of London, and many other Castles in England and Normandy.
And castles, and of England tooke
The great suruey, in Doomes-day
It was called the Roll of Win­ton, of being laid vp at Win­chester; the booke of Bermond­sey saith it is called Domus Dei Booke, of lying in the Kings Treasury called Domus Dei, at Westminster, such a Rolhad, Al­fred before set forth, all Eng­land thereby taxed by Shires, Hundreds, and T [...]ings.
Last time King William France inuaded,
Because French Philip 'gainst him ayded
Robert his so vnnaturall Sonne;
Falne sicke at Roan, the French begonne
And King to scoffe, as if his sicknesse
Were Child-bed faintnesse, womens weakenesse;
Which made him mad-chas't vow, should shrines
And altars with burnt-offrings shine,
At his safe Church going; saues his oath,
Th'Altars flame, townes, and temples both:
'Mongst which warre tumults, bruised
At the firing of the City of Meux.
By his horse leaping; sickning more,
[Page 237] Soone after dyes! when (wofull
Dying at Roan, he was left by his seruants who fled, his body was found naked on the floore, and most of his stuffe an [...] stollen; thence conneyed to C [...]ne, one Fitz Arthur denyed the K. buriall in the Abbey Church (as ground which was wrongfully ta­ken by the King from father) till he had 100 pounds paid him for it; the Kings Coffin there breaking, to the feare and amaze­ment of those present, there issued so [...] a stench of the body not bowelled, that the Priests and Monkes could scarce abide to finish the ordinary Kites and fune­rall dutie; the end and embleme of all flesh though neuer so proud or stately.
Great Cane scarce yeelds him buriall place;
A spacious Empire, so small roome,
To fit her Monarks eight-foote toombe,
Till 'twas with loathsome neede for gold
To all beholders terrours sold!
Whom Normandy nurst, France did feare,
England and Picards, conquests were,
Lesse Brytaine bowes to, Scot'sh, Welsh, both
Triumpht! Ah, worlds pride, glory, froth!

The smally-praised governement of William Rufus.

HIs death makes Robert Normans
So was the Kings will, lying on his death bed, when hee [...]wil­led all prison dores to fly open, & all prisoners to be released sauing his brother Odo, whose contenti­ous nature, and ambition, he fea­reds but at the last gaue consent to his release also.
Rufus our King;
William Rufus 9. Septemb. A. 1087. R. 12. y. 11. moneths wanting 8. dayes, cowned at Westminster by Lanfranke Archbishop of Cant. sline by Tyrell in the new Forrest in Hampshire, 2. August. A. 1100.
youngst Henry tooke,
His treasures; Stephen Earle of Bloys
Adela weds! the Britannoy's
Earle Alam, Constance; Spaines Alfonso
Elnor; Adeliza and his throne so,
Both Harold left! they Cicely call
Canes Abbesse; Williams issue all!
Now Odo free'd by's Brothers
The Nobles and hee setting vp Robert for King against Rutus: but being reconciled, Duke Robert went with Godfrey of Bol­loigne to the holy Land, were they achieued many honourable victories against the Saracens: whiles William at home, ouer­came the Vsurper Donald, and made Edgar King of Scots: also the contention growing hot in Wales between lestin & Prince Rees, William and the English ouercame them, and tooke many goodly Lordships and Territories, in the chiefest parts of Wales from them.
Nurst fell flames till wit deare bought late,
Vnites the Nephewes powers, that quell'd
Welsh, Scot'sh and Normans that rebell'd.
Then Robert gone to th'Holy-land
Rufus makes Edgar Scot'sh King; and
Builds Westminster great Hall; but lead
A most loose life, being Lanfrank
During Lanfranks life hee so liued, saith the story, that hee might have beene a mirrour of Princes, though afterwards his rapines, sacriledges, and synonies exceeded: of his variablenesse is noted this, That to the Iewes who brought him presents, encourage­ing them to fight against Christians, he would say; if they overcame, and swore by Saint Lukes face, which was his oath, he would be one of their sect. A note of his prodigalitie is recorded, his rating his Chamberline for bringing him a paire of hose that cost but three shillings; who fetching a worse paire, and saying, they cost a marke, he was pleased: which may with more wonder taxe the excesse of meaner persons in this age.
Who rul'd him much: and exil'd flies
Reuerend Anselme who taxt his vice!
Though rapine nor of Church nor State
Scapt scot-free. Tyrell, such his fate,
On the new Forrest, ill-got ground
From Gods and men, gaue him deaths wound;
Whom Colliers Carts, vncourtly bring,
Winchester toombs th'eleuen yeeres m
Sir Walter Ty­rell that slue the King escaped, o­ther of the Kings seruants fled, his body laid on a Colliers Cart, was by a silly leane iade drawne into Winchester, & there in Saint Swithins church entombed.

Henrie the first called Beuclerks honourable reigne.

NExt, young'st Henry,
Henry the first, called Beuclerk, of his learning, third sonne of the Conqueror, borne at Selby in Lin­colnshire, brought vp in study at Cam­bridge; began his reigne 2. Au­gust, was crow­ned 5. August 1100. at West­minst. by Mau­rice Bishop of London, being Anselme then in exile; he reig­ned 35. y. 4. m. A. 1116. the first Parliament at Salisbury. A. 1122. the king went to Po [...]ys­land, being Co­man of North­wales in peace with him, but Meredith ap Blethin, and Eneon, Madok and Morgan, the sons of Ca­dugan, pursuing the wars awhile, at last sought peace.
the first, restoring
Saint Edwards Lawes, and most adoring
Artes, armes, and honour, Beauclerk styl'd;
Fam'd yet for couetous, wanton, wilde;
He banisht Anselme backe doth call,
Regards his counsels yet but small.
Robert, now from Ierusalem
Comes, claimes his royall Diadem;
But peace tooke place, till last, fresh broyles
Captiu'd the Duke, whom Cardiff spoyles
Of eyes and life: his sonne that
William called Earle of Flan­ders, the Kings nephew, a worthy young Captaine; he was staine at the siege of the castle of Angeou.
To th'Duch, and French for aid, soone dies.
First Parliaments, and Templers
The first conuocation of the State: Prelates, Nobles, and Commons of the Land, was 19. A­prilis, A. 1116 and A. regni 16. when beforetimes the Kings made their Lawes by the aduice of the learned without altogether such solemne meetings. Of Templers, the first were the honorable men Hugo Paganus and Galfridus de Saint Andemate, vnder Baldwine King of Ierusalem: their white habit they had from Pope Honorius; their red Cros­ses from Eugenius, their name from their first Mansion [...]ard by the Temple at Ierusalem.
Vnder this Henry heard! who earst
Build Windsore Castle, after fam'd
So by Saint George! He Welshmen tam'd;
Weds Maud, Scot'sh Edgars sister, whose
Sole heire, (the rest sea-swallowed!) spouse
Maud too, to th'Emperor, after tooke
Geofrey Plantaginet, Angeou's
Maud was first married to Henry the Emperour, then to Ieffrey Plantaginet Earle of Angeou, whose issue Plantagi­nets reigned in England, till Henry the seuenth.
Whose issue, second Henry brings
In, th'ancient race of Saxon Kings,
His mother th'Empresse Maud! hers too
Maud Scot'sh-Queene Margrets Daughter, who
Had to syre Edward, Edmonds sonne
Nam'd Ironside, King heere long agone!
These heires! Henry beyond-sea
In Normandy, 1. Decembr. 1135. his bowels, braines, and eyes, buried at Roan, the rest at Reading where hee founded an Abbey of blacke Monks in place of a Nunnery which he suppressed: so he conuerted a rich Colledge of Prehends at Cicester to an Ab­bey: hee sounded the Priory of Dunstable, the Hospitall of S. Iohn in Ciceter, and Castle and Colledge at new Windsore; he is noted to haue beene better disposed at the beginning, then end of his reigne.
Thrise twelue yeeres King; at Reading lyes.

King Stephens altogether troublesome time.

BVt Stephen Earle of Bloys his sonne,
Stephen, sonne of Stephen, Earle of Bloys, and Adela the Conquerours daughter, crow­ned on S. Ste­uens day, 1135. did found an Hospitall by the west gate of Yorke: two Nunneries at Carew, and Higham by Grauesend, the Abbey of Cogshall in Essex, Furnesse in Lancashire, and Feuersham in Kent, where he was buried, ha­uing reigned 18. yeares, 10. moneths, and odde dayes, he dyed 25. Octob. 1154.
On Stephens day crownd his reigne begunne,
By's mother Adela, Conquerours Impe;
Whose Nobles, and the Imperiall Nymphe
So vext him, faine at last, as 'twere
Adopts her sonne, young Henry
For during all his reigne En­gland was full of br [...]yles, Ra­nulph Earle of Chester, Ro­bert Earle of Gloster, Miles & Roger Earles of Hereford, and many others of the [...]obles & Bishops, and King of Scots, holding with the Empresse; & once tooke the King prisoner; but this con­clusion procured peace at the last.
Yet hee, for's life King, weares the Crowne
Nigh twenty yeeres; tomb'd at Feuersham towne.

Henry the second his partly vnquiet, otherwise fortunate and flourishing gouernement.

SEcond Henry,
Henry the se­cond, sonne of Maud the Em­presse, in whose person reuiued the ancient race of Saxon kings, that were before the Conquest, be­gan 25. Octobr. A. 1154. crow­ned at Westm. 17. of Decemb. following, he dyed in France at Chinon, hauing R. 34. y. 7. m. wāting 11. daies. This Henry that rebeld against his father, was at the age of seuen yeares maried to the French K. daughter Mar­gret, being but three yeares old, An. 1160. and crownd A. 1170 but in his fathers life sime rebel­ling, slaine, dyed before his father A. 1183. A. 1185. Maud the Empresse did found the Abbey of Brodesley, shee was buried at Reading, with this epitaph Ortu magna, viro maior, sed maxima partû, Hic iacet, Henrici, filia, sponsa parens: being daughter to Henry the first, wife to Henry Empe­rour, mother to Henry the se­cond king of England.
first Plantaginet, sonne
To th'Empresse; new as 'twere begonne
Th'old Saxons line; in him exemplar'd
Seem'd famous Edgar, Alfred, Edward;
By's mothers side from these descended,
O're Scotsh, Welsh, Orkeys, he
A. Regni 10. Malcolme K of Scots, and Rees K. of Wales did homage to him at Westminst.
His British Empire; conquering foote
In Ireland sets, at Mac-mor'gh's
Dermon Mac-Morough K. of Leymster, go of the K. Ri­chard Strongbow Earle of Chepstoll for [...]is aide with Welsh & English, who reposses­sed him of his land, and married his daughter Eue, and brought Ireland with the Kings thereof, Maurice K. of Meth, Duue­nald K. of Limerik, and all the other Kings and Bishops to the subiection of the king of Englād, who came ouer from Pembroke, and receiued their sealty, & built a Princely Palace it Dubline: these acts were confirmed by [...]ove Adrian the fourth an English man succeeded Anastasius, his name being Nicholas Breake­speare, borne at Langley in Hart [...]ordshire; he had beene Bi­shop of Alba, Cardinall and Le­gate to the Norwayes whom be conuerted to Christianitie.
All these were his, with Normandy
In's mothers right! Towrs, Picardy
And Angeou, were his fathers lands,
Lesse Brytaine too came to his hands,
Ieffrey his sonne, wedding the Gyrle,
Daughter and heire to Conan Earle.
Yet more his land in Frances mayne
Extends; Poytew, and Aquitaine,
Being his wiues dower; did Elnor bring,
Forsaken though by Frances King,
Poytew's Earle Williams issue,
William a name almost hereditary with those Dukedomes, wherfore her first son was named William, but he liued not long.
Earledomes and Dukedomes both sole heire.
By her were Richard, Ieoffrey, Iohn
And Henry's crown'd, slaine rebell son;
Girles Elnor, Spaines Queene; Sicill's
Ione Queene of Sicily.
Maud Saxons Duchesse, Cesars Mother.
But subtill Syrens, two faire dames
Light loue our wanton King defames;
French Adeliza, and
Adeliza daughter to the king of France, espoused to Richard the king of Englands son, trayned to the kings lust after Rosamōds death, whose ancestors were Clyf­ford, then & since Earls of Cum­berlād, h [...]r tombe was at God­stow by Oxford, with these Verses thereon,
Of Cliffords race; who held him bound,
In her loues Labyrinih; Woodstocke bowers
Shrowding her, their loues, & loue-stolne houres.
But iealous Iuno,
Hic iacet in tumbâ Rosa Mundi, non Rosa Munda,
furious Queene,
Found a fit time to worke her teene,
Non redolet, sed olet, Quae redolere soler. But cast out of Godstow Church, by Hugh bi­shop of Lincolne, who said, That monument of shame befitted not so hallowed a place.
In her Lords absence, as he goes
To French warr's; on his beauteous Rose:
Whom she did poyson; and sets on
In armes against the sire his son;
But younger Henry falls, both crown'd
By's fathers life, and laid in ground.
Which furious acts of hers, when seene
The King imprison's th'angry Queene;
And hands thought stain'd with Beckets
Who was slaine by William Tracy, baron of Mort [...]n, and other knights, as was thought with the kings priuity; though the king took it on his oath he was not therewith acquainted, and was so assoyled of the same.
Meanes purge by warres for Holy-lands good:
But French broyles staying him, fates assigne,
Chinon, thrise twelue yeeres King, his
He dyed at Chinon and was entombed at Fount-Eucrard, in a Monastery of Nuns, which hee there founded: hee also built the Priories of Stanley, Douer, and Basingwarke, and the Abbey of Regular Chanons at Waltham: hee began London Stone-bridge, now the Thames course, being turned by a trench, beginning at Redrife, and ending at Battersey.

Richard the first: called Cuor-de-Lyon and his victorious acts.

SVcceedes braue Richard Cuor-de-lyon,
Richard surna­med Coeur de Lyon, of his va­liancy, began his reigne 6. Iuly 1189. hee dyed the 6. of Aprill 1199. hauing reigned 9. y. 9. moneths: hee re­iected his wife, the French K. sister, supposed his fathers Con­eubine, and e­spoused Beren­garia the king of [...] daughter.
Who as his sire, meanes visit Syon,
And from the Babylonian
The Souldan, or Soultan, signifieth in Hebrew, and likewise Arab, or Morisco, Lord or Prince.
Cyprus, Acon, and Ioppa winnes,
And ships, towne, towers, and forts regaines,
With warlike and victorious traines;
Though Souldan yet, and Saracens bold,
The faire Ierusalem still did hold!
But wo-worth those crost such designes,
False brother Iohn, with France combines
To quench with flames, retiring
Being withdrawne from the holy Land warres, by the conspi­racy of his brother, & the French king Philip, who fell out with him and departed from Aco [...]; he thus taken was fame for his ran­some to pay a great summe (for which the Bishops, Abbots, and Prelates, brought the fourth part of their reuenues, and all the Cha­lices of siluer and gold and orna­ments of their Churches) and pro­mised more: which being shewed to the Pope h [...]e excommunicated the Duke, who refused to y [...]eld re­stitut [...]on, and after back his leg, and dying to great anguish, re­mayned vnburied till his [...] released the pledges taken of king Richard, and sware to obey the decrees of the Church of Rome.
'Bout Austria coasts by tempest cast,
Ignobly by Limpoldus Duke,
'Gainst law of nations pris'nor tooke,
Great ransome giues;
Vienna and her walls the bul­wark of Christen­dome, against the inuasions of the Turke these ma­ny ages.
fayne too, as 'tfalls
To build the faire Vienna's walls.
Safe when return'd, false brother sought
And mothers mediation, wrought
Such peace, that he, being Richard gone
Sans issue, obtayn'd his ten-yeeres throne;
Being so enuied by the Empe­rour and French king, for that he shewed more v [...]lour in his expe­dition to the holy Land then any other. In his time were those fa­mous out-lawes, called Robin­hood, and Little Iohn, and a seditious Preacher called Willi­am with the Beard: also Hubert Archbishop of Cant. chiefe Iu [...]ice Vice-Roy and Lieutenant in the kings absence, set peace amongst the Welshmen being at variance among themselues, and vanquished them after when they did rebell.
falne ith'French warres, Chalne conteynes
His bowels there, where he was slaine
By Bertram Gordon's venom'd dart,
His corps Fount-Euerard, Roan his hart.

King Iohns vnfortunate reigne, and troubles by the Barons warres.

KIng Iohn scarce crown'd;
K. Iohn, though not right heire, was el [...]cted and crowned by Hu­bert Arc [...]h. of Cant. 26. May, 1199. who was made Lord Cha­cellor of Englād though in king Richards life time he had both resisted the tyrā ­ny of the now king, & excōmu­nicated him, and preferred the ti­tle of Arthur, Geofreyes son: K. Iohn died the 19. of Octob. 1216 hauing reigned 17. y. and 5. m. lacking 8. dayes. K. Iohn had continuall warres with either the French or Emperor, or his Barons at home, partly for their liberties and Saint Edwards Lawes, and partly other priuate [...] he had warres in Scotland, and with his son in law Leoline of Wales; he dyed in the heate of the warres: the K. of France hauing taken vp [...] a second time, in the Barons behalfe, and Lewes the Dolphin being then come ouer into England.
when France will needs
(The elder brothers son
But King Iohn soone got his nephew Arthur, that had espou­sed the King of Frances daugh­ter, and was right [...] to the Crowne, into his hands and mur­dred him.
Set Arthur vp; but got but harmes,
If aught, 'twas more by art then armes;
Till more his Barons warres him vext,
For countries good, faire foule pretext.
Th'Archbishop Langton too, rak't th'ashes,
Whence Romish thundring censure
The Bishop's, William of Lon­don, [...], of [...], and Malgor of Winchester, execu­ting the Popes [...] vpon the Realme, it came, that the dead were buried in [...], and cor­ners, bylaymen, like dogs: King Iohn then seised the Abbeyes and Ecclesiasticall liuings, and put them in Laymens hands: Pope Innocent then absolued all Princes and o­thers from subiection to King Iohn, incited the King of France and Dolphin to seize England, as they did all beyond the Seas: and his Nobles and the Welshmen conspiring against him, hee was forced to call home diuers exiled Bishops, recall diuers vniust lawes, and put Saint Edwards lawes in execution, Pan­dulph the Legate chiefe actor herein, to [...] in the Popes behalfe he resigned the Crowne.
Nor reconcil'd to them, till when
Vnking'd, vncrown'd, the Pope agen
[Page 245] Put on his Crowne; Pandulfe the meanes
Who blest, vext, curst, and calm'd the Realmes.
Lewys of France the Dolphin then
Who came to th'aid oth' English men
Ith' Barons cause, although call'd home,
King Iohns 3. daughters were Isabel, wed to the Emperour Frederike, Io­han espoused Leoline Prince of Wales, Ianc espoused Alex­ander King of Scots.
Scarce stints all strife! his Nobles some
For rauisht wiues, for daughters other,
Fell rage conceiu'd, can scantly
And among others Maud tbe Faire, daughter of Robert Fitz-Walter, who not consenting to his vnlawfull loue, was by him poysoned, where shee was buried at Dunmow.
Henry Englands, Richard Almaignes beene,
Kings both his sonnes; three daughters Queenes
Princely wed! when Iohn, poyson'd
As it is said, by a Monke in Swynstead Abbey: yet hee had founded the Abbey of Beauly in Hampshire; the Monasteries of Farenden, & of Hales Owen, in Shropshire; hee redified Godstow, Wroxhall, and the Chappell of Snaris borough.
Thrise six yeeres King! at Worster lyes.

Henry the third his acts, and his sonnes warlike exploits at the holy Land.

THird Henry then his infant sonne,
Henry the third borne at Win­chester, King Iohns eldest son, but 9. yeares of age, beganne his reigne 19. Octob. A. 1216. crowned at Glocester by Peter Bishop of Winchester, & Ioseline Bishop of Bath: in pre­sence of Walo the Popes Legate 28. Octob. 1216. and after peace concluded with the Barons, by Stephen Lang­ton Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster on Whitsonday, A. 1219. he dyed 16. Nouemb. 1272. hauing liued 65. yeares and 28. dayes.
His nigh threescore-yeeres reigne
Gualo the Popes Legate, the Bishop of Winchester, and Wil­liam Marshall, Earle of Pem­broke, being Protectors of the Realme and Kings person, so wrought that the Barons were quieted. Lewes the Dolphin de­parted, and things setied in peace: of this William Marshall is read this Epitaph, in his honour, Sum quem Saturnum sib [...] sensit Hybornia, Solem Anglia, Mer­curium N [...]rm [...]nnia, Gallia Martem: towards the end of his reign the Parons taking vp armes againe: Symon Montfort Earle of Leister, & Gilbert de Clare; principall actors therein, vnder pretext of the Acts of the Parliament, called, The mad Parliament of Ox­ford, A. 1258. to the ruine of many of the Nobilitie; but the warre was ended partly by the battell of E­uesham, partly by Legate Othobone, and the Acts of the Mad Parliament repealed at Winchester, 1265. A 1268. was the Parliament of Marleborow, and the Statutes enacted, called, Of Marlebrige.
Whose Barons warres, with Welsh and French
He all, scant eas'ly though did quench;
Legat Gualo chiefly managing,
The Realmes affaires, for the young King;
Whose valiant Impes long after spoyle
The Souldans townes, and Syrians foyle,
And safe return'd from Syons aide,
First Edward King of England's made;
Lancasters Duke his brother Edmond,
To Westminster their sire being
He builded the Hospitall of Saint Iohns in Oxford, a house and Church for Conuerts of Iewes and Pa­gans in London, the Chappell at Westminster, whither Saint Edwards the Confessors bo [...]es were tran­slated out of the Quire by him, and himselfe buried.

Edward the first, and his decyding the right of the Crowne of Scotland. Edward his sonne first English Prince of VVales.

BY Edwards hand Prince Leoline falles,
Edward the first, surnamed Longshanks, being in the parts beyond the Seas towards Ierusa­lem, beganne his reigne 16. No­uemb. 1272. and came into England, was crowned at Westminster by Rob. Kilwarby Archbishop of Cant. 15. August. 1274. he dyed 7. Iuly 1307. R. 34. y. 7. m. & odde dayes.
And Edwards son's borne
And called Edward of Car­naruan; for the Welshmen af­ter Leolines death, earnest with the King for a Prince of their owne Countrimen; the King told them they should haue a Prince there borne that could speake no E [...]glish, which they contented with, he named his [...]fant Sonne; who, of this policy, the Queene being brought to Carnaruan, was borne there: hee diuided Wales, incorporated into Eng­land, into Shires and Hundreds.
Prince of Wales,
[Page 247] And Robere Bruse by him put downe,
A. 1292. 18. No­uemb. Alex. K. of Scots being dead without is­sue: the K. of En­gland, as Lord Paramount, ha­uing heard all the titles and claymes of the 12 Competitors, as beires to the Crowne of Scot­land, adiudged the Crowne to To. Baliol, of whom he tooke homage; who rebelling, K. Edward entring Scot­land and Edenborow, tooke all the regall ensignes, and offered the Chaire, Crowne, and Scepter of the Scottish King to Saint Edward at Westminster.
Iohn Baliols right beares Scotlands Crowne!
But Scottish broyles s'mbrew'd all hands,
That th' English Lords deuide their
To whom the King gaue Man­nors and Signio [...]tes with great li­berties throughout all parts, euen to the farthest end of all Scotlād whence tooke roote there many English customes and names.
Made sire t'a race of royall
By [...]ianor of Spaine, he had Prince Edward, and foure other sonnes, and 10. daughters: for this Qucenes sake were builded the Crosses of Cheapside and Charing-crosse, and diuers others, as all the places where her Herse rested being brought from Lincolne (where shee dyed in the Kings iourney to Scot­land) to Westm. By Margret the K. of Frances daughter, he ha [...] two sonnes, and one daughter.
By's two Queenes, Spaines and Frances Nymphs
Elnor and Margret! Westminsters
Shrine, him fiue-seuen-yeeres King interres.

Edward the second called of Carnaruan, an vnfortunate Prince, much wronged by Gaueston, the Mortimers, and Spensers meanes.

NExt Edward; Frances heire, as't fell,
Edward the second, named of Carnaruan, began 7. Iuly, 1307. deposed 25. Ianuary, 1326. R. 19. y. 6. moneths and odde dayes.
(Peter Hispan's plot) weds
Daughter to Philip le Beau, and heire to France, all her bro­thers being dead without issue.
Him Scots chac't home, and Gauestone,
And Spensers, made him lou'd of
For their insolencies the Ba­rons tooke vp armes against him, but he was by the Queene at last, and Mortimer her Minion depo­sed: and most lamentably vsed and murdred at Barkley Castle, on 5. Matthews day, 21. Septemb. 1327, then buried at Gloster.
Whose pride the mis-rul'd State much rues,
Till they fled. Then whom they abuse,
King twenty yeers, Queene & Mortimers doom'd
Him; Barkley murdred, Gloster toomb'd.

Edward the third his warlike acts, and conquest of France.

THird Edward crown'd ere's fathers death,
Edward the third, borne at Windso. e, be­gan 25. Ian. 1326 and crowned at Westminster by Walter Re­ginalds Arch­bishop of Cant. 1. Feb. next, in his fathers life time: he dyed at Sheene, now Richmond, 21. Iune, 1377. ha­uing reigned 50. yeares, 4. months, and odde dayes. Edward Baliol was crowned K. of Scots, 27. Septemb. 1332. there were then slaine at Halidon of the Scots, 8. Earles, 1300. horsemen, and of common Souldiers 35000.
As he the Earles ouer-boldnesse seeth,
Slue Mortimer, whiles he
Causing him to bee condemned by his Peeres, but neuer brought to his answere, like as hec before had serued diuers others.
His, and his mothers wanton loues.
And married though with his consent,
But their appoint, his sister went
To Scotland; yet for homage, not
Perform'd, or scofs giuen by the
Among others this rime is said to bee cast abroad by the Scots about that time,
Long beara [...]s heartlesse,
Painted bo [...]ds witlesse,
Gay coates gracelesse,
Makes England thriftlesse.
Beleaguring Barwicke, Dauid Bruse
His brother in-law, so hard pursues
To Halydon hill, Scots great'st disgrace,
He Balioll king'd, in Bruse his place;
Who fled for France, whither angry fate
Brought our King soone, to claim's estate,
Laying title to Frances Lillies
Of right his mother
Edward the third, his mother, daughter to Philip le Bel, sister to Charles the fift, and Lewes Hutin, whose heire she was, they dying without issue.
[Page 249] Charles sister, and Philip the Faire
Last King of Frances daughter and heire,
Valoys, the vsurpers sister Impe.
Queene Philip, our Kings wife, faire
[...] was daughter to [...] of Henault, [...] Philip de Valo [...]s, who new v­surped France against Edward the third, [...] his mother [...] title.
Brought Henault, and with th'Earle her syre
Flanders with England fierce
The Flemings [...]tted them­selues to the King of Englands obeys [...] and [...] the Earle three times, and King Edward was [...] of the Empire, 1339. clected also [...] Emperor, 13 [...] [...].
That Newstria, and her neighbour France
'Gan hope war's, helplesse, haplessechance;
Paris e'en felt for feare the fire,
Of English warriours in their ire,
And Cresseid flowry vale beheld
A famous, fierce-fought well-pitcht field,
When greene-grasse beds, with gore were spred,
White milkie Lillies dyde bloud-red;
And mercy ne're-taught
Oyly-flame, was [...] the French KIng [...] [...] ­sying, No mery, but vpon [...] of death, of prisoner [...] to the [...], against this the King of England [...] his Banner of the D [...]a­gon, noting [...].
Learn'd th'English Lyons were vntame.
The French King fled, his Lords they tell,
Kings of Maiork, and Beme, they
With the Kings of Maiork and Beme sell, the Archbishop Zan­ximus; the Bishop of Noyoune, the Dakes of [...] and Bur­bon, the Earles of Alenson, Ha [...]ecourt, Aumarle, Sauoy Noy [...], Mont byliard, Niuers and Franders, the Grand Prior and 4000. men of armes, besi [...]es that innumerable multitude of the commons.
With troopes of Commons numberlesse
In this fam'd battell nam'd of Cresse;
Tankeruill, Guisnes, Cane, Callaice, and
Many a faire towne that late did stand
For Philip then, and all the west
Submit to th'English Conquerors hest.
Bruis in French cause afresh French aided,
Was tane as England he
At the battell of Durham or Neuils Crosse, William de la Zouch, Archbishop of Yorke, vicegerent for the King in the Marches, giuing him battell; the said Dauid King of Scots, was taken by Iohn Copland Esquire and so sent to the Tower, where he remayned many yeares.
The Pope for French-King treating peace,
Takes truce, whiles did th'old King decease,
Whom his sonne Iohn succeeds, with whom
Young Edward, call'd in Frence whilom [...]
The Black-Prince; who rul'd France full farre
And Aquitane, moues mortall warre;
Wheth'r noble youth's for crownes or praise
You stroue, or both, and Phoebus bayes;
When Poyteu fields were skarlet
In this battell of Poytew, were slaine the Dukes of Burbon, Da­fines, the Marshall of France, and many Lords; and taken pri­soners, the King and his sonne Philip the Dolphin, the Archbi­shop of Senon, the Earles of Pontue, Ewe, Longvile, Tan­keruill, Daa [...]tet, Vendadour, Vindome, Wademont, Slan­cer, Iuyney, Don-Martin, Sa [...] ­so, Selabrase: Viscounts, Ner­bon and Belemont: and many Lords, who were by the Prince brought prisoners into England, in triumph: the King of France was lodged in the Sauoy; and all the Kings and Princes, the King and Prince of England, the captiue kings of France and Scotland, the Dolphin and king of Cyprus, with many of the Nobilitie, were sumptuously entertayned and feasted by Henry Pyeard Vintner, Maior of London.
When fell the chiefe of Frances pride,
Were Dolphin, King, and many a Lord
Captiu'd by Black-Prince Edwards sword,
Tropheys of triumph, high that raise
Englands both Prince and souldiers praise.

Edward the blacke Prince his honourable atchiuements, and vntimely death.

GReat signes o're south and Indian shores
Seemes to foreshew such strange vprores,
White troopes 'gainst Aethiopians blacke
In Azure skies to threat fierce wracke;
But while they fell, wheth'r Mahounds powers,
Or else, were showne by Memnons Moores.
For now great warres in Normandy
Lesse Britaine were, and
Being inuaded by the Kings of England and Nauarre.
France fell before our Princes feete
Trembleth Nauarre, Spaine doth entreate
For her King Pedro, who's new
Hee was expelled by Henry his bastard brother; but being restored by Prince Edward, hee was shortly after treacherously murdred; the two daughters of the said King Peter, were after married to Iohn Duke of Lan­caster, and Edmond Earle of Cambridge, the King of Eng­lands sonnes; & Iohn of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster, who marri­ed the elder sister Constance, wrote himselfe King of Castile, and challenged it; and aided the King of Portugal aga [...]nst bastard Henry: but receiuing a large summe of money, gaue his daugh­ter in marriage to the said King, and quitted all claime to his kingdome.
King by braue black-prince Edwards aide,
Came Cyprus King his helpe t'obtaine
'Gainst Turks; were then in's royall traine
Worth registring on fames faire wings
Two captiues and the Cyprus Kings;
A. 1350. was ce­lebrated the first feast of S. George at Windsore. A. 1376. the Prince dyed.
Whiles he thus glorious Knighted shines
Both at Saint George, and Marses shrines,
Pale foe to honour, winter-power
Of death, nipt this faire springing flower;
Whence Richard, black-Prince son's made Prince.
French-King, and Dolphin, Bruse too, since,
Tributaries and ransom'd ioyne
The King of France, was to deliuer the lands of Gascoigne, Guienne, Poyt [...]ers, Limosin, Balei [...]le, Exante [...], Galaice & Guisnes, freely to the King of England, and three millions of Florences, for his ransome, Dauid king of Scots, was to pay 100000 marks in ten yeares next follow­ing his release.
So peace shone fresh, on all three lands.
Clarence Duke Lyonell, weds the faire
Millaines Duke Galease, his
Violentis her name, the sump­tuousnesse of which marriage, whereat Francis Petrach was present, and the magnificence see­ming to equall, if not surpasse, the state of the greatest and wealthi­est Princes.
Hauing with her goodly lands! his brother
Iohn of Gaunt, Lancastrian Duke, and t'other
Cambrige Earle Edmond, wed two Nymphes
Castile King Pedro's beauteous [...]mpes,
Whence claim'd the Duke the Crowne; but giues
Only his daughter, and receiues
Of the new King, a masse of
Of Henry the bastard.
From lucre of which drossy mold,
'Gainst Cities wealth, and Churches state,
His enuie first growes to such hate,
Might Wicklifes words worke Wicham's dole
Or theirs, hee'd gladly blow the
Hee was a great enemy to the Bishops, City, and Clergy, bolste­ring Wicklife against his Ordi­nary the Bishop of London, with such intolency, that had not the Bishop, requiting euill with good, entreated the Citizens in his be­halfe, they would haue slaine him at his Palace of the Sauoy.
Scarce King, or Prince, for him long space
Gain'd Wichams Church, or Citizens grace.
This our third Edward's Windsores round
Saint Georges feasts with honour crown'd,
[Page 253] And Garter his inuentions;
Hee instituted the most noble Order of the Garter, and round Table at Wi [...]dsore; & on Saint Georges day, A. 1350. kept the first Saint Georges feast, with the beginning of that institution of Knighthood: the King of Frace in imitation of him then began a like order of round Table, to keepe the noble men of Italy & Spaine from the King of Englands, but with no successe. He almost new built the said Castle of Windsore; to the eight Channons there, hee added a Deane and fifteene more, and 24. Knights: he builded the new Abbey by the Tower of white Monks, and one for Nunnes at Dert­fort in Kent, and Kings Hall in Cambridge, and Maison de Dieu, an Hospitall in Callaice, and augmented Saint Steuens Chappell in Westminster, giuing it more 500. pounds per annum.
So fam'd: let th'orders of no Prince,
Edward the third his issue were Edward the black Prince, William of Hat­field, Lionel Duke of Cla­rence, Iohn of Gaunt, Willi­am of Wind­sore, Thomas of Woodstock: Isabel, Ioan Queen of Spain, Blanch, Mary, and Margaret.
Contend, or not compare with these,
Rhodes Pall's, nor Colchos golden Fleece.
Seauen sonnes, fiue daughters, royall state
Shew'd him thrice blest and fortunate;
At Richmond, fifty yeeres King he dyes,
At Westminster there tombed lyes.

Richard the second stript of the crowne by Henry Bo­lingbrooke; whence grew the schisme.

BOth's father Prince,
Richard borne at Burdeaux, began 21. Iunij, 1377. crowned at Westminster by Simon Sud­bury Archbishop of Canterbury, the 16. of Iuly next: what time he made foure Earles and nine Knights: he was deposed 29. Sep­tember 1399. hauing reigned 22. yeares 3. mo­neths and odde dayes: he was murdred at Pomfret, 14. Februarij fol­lowing, buried at Langley by Saint Albons, and after remoued by Henry the fift to Westminster.
and Grand-sire King,
Richard succeeeds, for many a thing
Infam'd! Sans heire die both his Queenes,
French Is'bell, and proud Anne of
Shee is said to haue beene the first bringer in of many strange attyres for women, and also the vse of side-saddles, and Gownes with long traynes.
The Commons he, vnheard-of
Wat Tyler the master of the Kentish rebells, was slaine with a dagger by William Walworth Maior of London, close by the Kings side, in the Kings defence, who was therefore knighted and the City since giueth for armes the Dagger: at that time Iohn Liti­star a rebell in Norwich, and his crew were dispersed by the Bi­shop of Norwich, Henry Spen­sers valour: the like rebellion in other parts of Norfolke and Suf­folke, with their Captayn a Priest one Iohn Wraw, who intended to kill all Gentlemen, Lords, knights, Bishops (and began with the arch-Bish) Abbots, and all the Orders of religious, sauing begging Fryers together with the King himselfe, and especially the Lawyers whom they termed the Oppressors of the poore: but they were, not without great adoe, and much bloud-shed▪ suppressed.
Wat-Tylers, Scot'sh and Welsh turmoyles,
And Irish tam'd! 'mong whose rude traines
Saint Edwards armes the garland
The Irish are said to haue much honoured and admired the me­mory and armes of Saint Edward the Confessor, which were, a crosse Paton Gold and Gules, with foure white Martellets; insomuch that foure of the Irish Kings came and voluntarily submitted.
Whom, thence returning, Herefords Duke,
Late banisht Henry of Bolingbrooke,
Captiu'd, and soone vnking'd; whence rose
Those wofull flames 'twixt either Rose!
In which so many thousands bane,
Kings, Dukes, and noble Captaines slaine;
Poore King, at Pomfret, famish't dyes,
At Langley, neere Saint Albons lyes.

Henry the fourth his most vnquiet gouernement.

FOurth Henry,
Henry the fourth borne at Bolingbrooke, sonne of Iohn of Gaunt, fourth sonne of Edward the third, began 29. September 1399. crowned at Westminster by Thomas Arundale, Archbishop of Canterbury, 13. Octo­ber, prox. he dyed 20. Martij, 1412. hauing reigned 13. yeares, 6. moneths lacking 10. dayes.
after twise ten yeere
Proclaim'd, deposed Richard, heires;
[Page 255] In Wales with Owen Glendowers
This Kings reigne was full of tumults and troubles, among which that of Owen Glendor, & Henry Hotspur of the North were not the least; Owen (called of the place where he dwelt, Glen being a Vale; Dour, Water, or the Riuer of Dew, in the Par [...]st of Corwen, in Me [...]oneth­shire.) hauing maried his daugh­ter to the Earle of March, who had title to the Crowne.
Westm. by Tho. Arundale, arch­bishop of Cant. 13. Octob. prox. he died, 20. Mar­tij, 1412. hauing reig. 13. y. 6. m. lacking 10. daies Henr. 4. his issue were Henr. 5. Thom. Duke of Clar [...]ce, Iohn Duke of Bed­ford, Humfrey Duke of Glo­ster, Blanch Duchesse of Ba­uiere, and Phi­lip Queene of Denmarke.
Mort'mer his sonne in law o're threw;
Th'English too, sore, and oft rebell,
Scots at vnfortunate Halydon fell,
Where Dukes-son's tane of Albancy,
Many Lords and Kings son Iames by
Iames sonne of Robert King of Scots, was detayned in Eng­land prisoner, till A. 2. Henr. 6.
Which Scotsh nobilities youths choise flower
Were long deteyn'd in Londons Tower;
Kings herse three sonnes, three Dukes, bewailes,
Two daughters, and the Prince of Wales!
Twise seuen-yeeres King, then Henry dyes,
At Canterbury, entombed
He founded a Colledge at Bat­taile field in Shro [...]shire, was a benefactor to Christ Church in Canterbury where he was buried, his halfe b [...]others Thomas Beufort was made Earle of Somerset, and Henry Beufort, Car [...]all and Bishop of Winchester, in his time were the two famous Poets Chaucer and Gower.

Henry the fift, his short, but victorious reigne and conquest of France.

Fift Henry of Monmouth,
Henr. 5. borne at Monmouth, began 20. Mar­tij, 1412. crow­ned at Westm. by Tho. Arun­dale, Archb. of Canterbury. In his younger yeares hee had kept such compa­ny as his father much misliked, and one of the Iudges for his misse-dem [...] [...]ors in defence of his fellowes, com­manded him to the prison of the Kings bench, but now vtterly a­bandoning the leud company, he became a iust and good Prince; he dyed in Frāce 31. August 1422. hauing reigned 9. y. 5. m. and [...]dde dayes,
much infam'd,
In's younger yeeres, but now reclaym'd,
Stints many ciuill strifes at home,
With Wickliefs sect, Old castles
They were stubborne and sedi­tious, both against the Bishops and the King, insomuch that it was threatned that Sir Io. Oldcastle and Sir Rich. Acton would bring 25000. men into the field to de­f [...]d Wiclifes sect, but they were [...]spersed and many of them by the Kings care executed: and Sir Io. Oldcastle himselfe that inci­ted the Scots to inuade, was ta­ken and hanged whiles the King was in France.
Then casting o're his eyes' [...]ow'rds France,
Soone th'English armes did there aduance,
In his great Grand-sires right, whose posies
French Lillyes ioyn'd with th'English Roses;
Though scoft; 'gainst Frances proud'st towne walls
Sent bullets backe, for
Charles the Dolphin of Frāce, bearing of the Kings intent for the conquest of France, in moc­kage sent him ouer a present of Tennis-balls, as it were, that hee should bestow his time as hee had done, and let [...]ance alone, to which he returned answer, Hee would send th [...]m such [...] should make Franc [...] shake.
And Agincourts first famous day
Adorn'd his browes with victors Bay,
Where most part of the French Kings traine
Of Nobles were or tane or slaine,
Braue men at armes, who late plaid cards
For English prisoners, now their
Which was right triumphum c [...]nere ante victoriam, ouer­night the Nobles of France, [...] they had already conquered [...] English, plaid at Cards for them, being the next day almost all slain or taken prisoners by them; there were slaine, one Archbishop, three Dukes, sixe Earles, Barons and the like 80. Knights 1500. Esquiers and Gentlemen 7000. besides [...] multitude of the meaner sort: taken prisoners the Dukes of Orleance and Burbon, of Earles [...] others 1500.
Trophees of Englands triumphs! nor
Henry so held his hand, before
France su'd for peace, and humbly proffers
Her child and crowne with fairest offers,
Regent proclaim'd, for th'old Kings life,
He tooke! France him heire! he to wise
[Page 257] The Princesse Katharine, France her dower,
Whose royall marriage stately Low're,
Peeres, nobles, commons, young and old
As first to heare, glad to behold;
At these, all these, seem'd to clap hands
So peacefull Hymens ioyfull bands!
Only the Dolphin he
This Charles the Dolphin had slaine the Duke of Burgoine treacherously, wherefore the yong Duke claue so stedfastly to the English, and the King his father now disinherited him the more willingly: but both the Kings dy­ing within two yeares, left their sonnes to wrestle for the French Crowne; when Henry the sixt lost it through the contentions and dissentions that burst sorth and flamed then in England.
This present peace; whom th'English force,
From France expulst; whiles Kath'rine Queene
Crown'd was by Thames,
Queene Kathe­rine was crow­ned at West­minster 14. Fe­bruar. 1421. her young sonne at Paris, 7. De­cembr. 1431.
her sonne by Seyne!
Whom Windsore borne, his father than,
Too true prophetique dying Swan!
Diuines to reigne long all to
His father, it is said, hearing he was borne at Windsore, brake forth into this speech, I Henry borne at Monmoth, shall small time line and gayne much, but Henry borne at Windsore, shall long time liue and lose all: which he did, his Realms first of France, then England, and his life in the Tower.
Himselfe short-liu'd; all too-right! whose
Triumphant Carre, late deckt with bayes
Now herse-wise shaden Cypresse sprayes!
By his last will, old Exeter tooke
Care of the young King: Glosters Duke
Doth gouerne England; Frances land
Burgundy and Bedford Dukes command.
More, Bethlem, stately Richmond
He builded faire his Mannor of Sheene, called Richmond, and hard by founded two Mona­steries, by the Thames, of Car­thusians called Bethlem, and of the order of Saint Briget, called Syon, with the Brotherhood of Saint Giles without Criplegate, and or­dayned Garter principall king at Armes: He also gaue 1000. marks and diuers ornaments of much price, to the Chappell of Westminster; whither hee was conueyed out of France, and laid at the feete of Ed­ward the Confessor.
Sheene, and religious Syons bowers
And Garter, as his founder, doth
Admire him; who in's flowers of youth
At Paris faire, of feuer dyes,
At Westminster entombed lyes.

King Henry the sixt his wonderfull misfortunes.

SIxt Henry,
Henry the sixt began, vlt. Au­gusti, A. 1422. crowned at Westminster 6. Nouember, 1429. at Paris 7. December, 1431. Deposed 4. Martij, 1461. Restored 6. O­ctobr. 1470. Againe deposed and sent to the Tower, and murdred 21. May next following.
eight moneths old made King,
Did by his noble Tutors bring
The Dolphin downe, till Bedford dyes,
Whom Richard Duke of Yorke supplies
And Warwick! what time
The occasion of breaking being his too much familiarity with the Countesse of Salisbury, which the Earle tooke in ill part; and his alliance with Burbon and Cleremont, contrary to the En­glish mens liking.
Gan to play false, and French fast flye
From th'English rule; whiles English broyles
Lost France, and selfe hand-selfe-bloud
Dissentions arising betweene Richard Duke of Yorke, and Edmond younger sonne of Iohn, and then Duke of Somerset, in A. 1451. when Richard returned out of Ireland with conquest; after grew to greater quarrells, and clayme laid to the Crowne.
[Page 259] Be silent, or bemone, sweet Muse,
These times and these sad times abuse!
Well might the Dolphin conquest gaine
When none oppos'd, or few but faine
To leaue vs left: small glory crownes
Such paines to take such yeelding townes!
For th'English hy'd home, all diuided
Parts-take, with one or other sided:
The Dukes of Somerset and Yorke,
Did first begin this wofull worke,
Whose priuate quarrels bred too rathe
A world of mischiefe, publique scathe,
Whiles Richard Duke of Yorke, who
Hee came thence 1451. but from A. 1448. when the Kings great vncle the Cardinall dyed, France was but negligently loo­ked vnto; and as it were on lo­sing: the Commons at home re­belled in Kent and Essex vnder Iack Cade, and was slaine at Hothfield in Sussex; but these mutinous courses of the Nobles raised all the land to armes, whence lastly King Henry lost his Crowne.
From Irelands conquest with great fame,
Enui'd by Somerset, ne're smothers
His wayward tants, not his Kings brothers;
For words first, next for Crownes the game,
Riuers of bloud not quench't the flame!
Richard, the world in hand doth beare,
The Realmes they how misgouern'd
Such was his protestation at the first, An. 1453. but after­wards and at the Parliament, An. 1460. hee insisted on other things, and set forth his title to the Crowne, as followeth.
Protector so, by force proclaim'd,
So not content, the Kingdome claim'd,
And this his right! Anne his, her mother
Philip, her sire being elder brother
Lionell, third Edward second sonne
King came, but from his next sonne Iohn!
Hence Somersets fall first Verlam yeelds
Blore-heath's fam'd and Northampton fields.
And though Yorkes Dukes at Wakefield
The battell of Saint Albons was, A. 1455. where the Duke of Somerset was slaine: of Blore­heath, 1459. at 1460. where the King was taken, and in the Par­liament next holden allowed the Dukes title, and proclaymed him Protector, and heire apparant to the Crowne, reseruing it to him­selfe only during life; which Q. Margret disliking and renoun­cing, gathering power gaue the Duke battell at Wakefield 1461 where the Duke was slaine. The same yeare the Queens party had the soyle at Mortimers Crosse neare Ludlow, by the Dukes son the Earle of March; and whiles the Queene got another victory at S. Albons: the Earle of March attayned London, & was there crowned, 4. Martij, 1461.
His sonne fourth Edward, London gaynes,
There crown'd; whiles haplesse Henry flies
Tow'rds Scotland, noble Queene she hies
T'her syre! Angeous Duke Reyners child,
Naples, Sicills, Syons King so styl'd;
Whence fresh supplies, wrought foes fresh harmes
And Margret warlike Nymph at armes,
Yet once againe wins Henries crowne,
Who yet againe is soone put downe;
But after many a grieuous losse,
Barwick, Yorke, Barnet, Mortmers
The battaile at Mortimers Crosse was fought immediately before Edward the fourth gayned London and was crowned: next at Towton was a great field fought on Palmesunday, 1461. King Edward victor, and 35000 slaine. In An. 1463. many light skirmishes and sieges of Yorke, Barwick, and other Castles by the Queene, and Scots, and French, and Normans, with their Cap­tayne Pierce le Brasile, that came to aide the Queene. Hex­ham field 1464. Edgecote field 1469. and shortly thereupon was K. Edward taken at Northam­pton by the Archbishop of York, but escaped at Yorke and flying beyond Seas: Henry the sixt was crowned 6. Octob. the same yeare: but Edward returning, War­wicke of the Queenes part was slaine at Barnet, the King and Queene taken prisoners, and their sonne, Prince Henry slaine at Teuxbury.
At Tewksbury last, her selfe was tane
And her young sonne Prince Edward slaine;
Henry the sixt, poore King, oppressed
Good-man, scarce e're one more distressed;
Tane in the north, to London sent,
From Caesars to Ioues towers he went;
Vs'd so milde speech, such often pray'r,
Lou'd peace, liu'd vertuous, heauenly care
On contemplations spotlesse wings
Rapting his thoughts to holyer things;
[Page 261] His heart so void of hate or strife,
On earth he led an Angels
The Bishop his Confessor a­uouching in ten years that he was Confessor, he committed no mor­tall crime; he vsed no oathes nor made any shew of reuenge against any that wronged him, he founded the Kings Colledge in Cābrid [...]e and Eaton Colledge, and gaue large guifts to All-soules Colledge in Oxford: he abhorred vice, and was honoured by the name of holy king Henry: his red veluet hat was accounted euen to worke miracles of healing; hee should haue beene canonized: what is now become of his body, at Windsore is scarce knowne.
Nigh fortie yeeres King, first time, but then
Not forty weekes next, though crown'd agen;
Long prisond, poore, exil'd, last, death-doom'd,
At Chertsey first, then Windsore toomb'd.

Edward the fourth and his sonnes, true spectacles of enuious fate.

FOurth Edward,
Edward 4. borne at Roan, began 4. Martij, 1461. crowned 12. Martij prox. expulsed 6. mo­neths in A. 1470. dyed 9. Aprilis 1483. hauing reigned 22. y. one moneth and [...]dde dayes. Edward the fourth his issue. Edward 5. Richard mur­dred in the Tow­er. Elizab. espoused Henry the 7. Cicely espoused Viscount We [...]ls. Briget, a Nunue at Dertford. Anne espoused Tho. Howard Earle of Surrey, Duke of Nor­folke. Katharine e­spoused William Lord Courtney, Earle of Deuon. Edward 5. began 9. April. 1483. but the prepara­tion for his coro­nation was tur­ned to the setting the Crowne on his treacherous Vncles head, 6. Iuly following, by whose meanes he and his brother were soone after murdred in the Tower.
Earle of March, the fourth
Of March was crown'd, whose martiall worth
Sixt Henry, French, and Scots so weilds
T'ons Crowne, next Crownes, third
He had Henry the sixt's crown, and 72000. crownes paid him by the French King, A. 1475. and tribute of 50000. yearly granted▪ from the Scots he tooke Barwick & Bamburgh Castles, & others.
Castles yeilds!
But Shores faire wife; & widdow Gray,
So woo'd, so wed! and Bona gay,
Left, being the loue-embassage
Whiles the Earle of Warwick was in France to treate the ma­riage with the Lady Bona, sister to the French Queen, & daugh­ter to the Duke of Sauoy: he ma­ried the widow Lady Elizabeth Gray: which made Warwicke take part against him, and the French King afterwards maried the Dolphin (who was to wed king Edwards daughter Elizabeth, by him called often the L Dolphi­nesse) to Margret of Austria, daughter to Duke Maximilian.
Made French King fume, and Warwicke sweare,
Both vow reuenge; so Edwards Impe,
The Dolphin wooes, weds th' Austrian Nymphe:
Which Edward tooke so ill, that tyde,
For very griefe, 'twas thought hee dy'de!
Fiue Girles, and two sonnes left behind,
Thrise seuen yeeres King, at Windsore
In the new Chappell which he builded, hee erected the Colledge there, and repayred the Castles of Nottingham, Douer, the tower of London, and the house of Eltham.
His sonnes, fift Edward few-moneths King
With's brother Duke, did Gloster bring
T'vntimely end in Londons Tower,
Vnknowne where tombed to this hower;
This their sire fearing, cursed plot,
Though Glosters guile, the crowne that got,
Made Clarence dye a maulmesey
Drowned in a Butt of Malme­sey by the Duke of Glosters meanes, as was thought; who with his owne hands, it is said, murdred Henry the sixt there in the tower.
And by this means, must needes bequeath
To murdrous tyrant Crook-backs hand
Guiding both of his sonnes and land;
Which opportunity gaue to
The King hearing of a certaine prophesie, that G should dispos­sesse his children of the Crowne, was consenting to his death; inter­preting G to be George Duke of Clarence, which fell out to bee Gloster, to whose tyrannie hee left them by this vngodly meanes.
By Gods and men, s'abhor'd a fact;
That furies, fiends and specters fell,
Fore's death, gaues conscience taste of hell.

Henry the seuenth concludeth this Ode with the conclu­sion of the schisme, by the vnion of the long deuided Roses and howses of Yorke and Lancaster.

SEuenth Henry now,
Richard the third, surnamed Crook-backe, about 22. Iunij, 1483. was first called King and crowned, 6. Iuly next: slaine at Bosworthfield in Leicester­shire, 22. Augu­sti, A. 1485. ha­uing vsurped 2. yeares 2. mo­neths.
whose mother is
Margret, her sire Iohn, Thomas
They were made legitimate in the Parliament, 1397. vnder Ri­chard the second, and called Beuforts, and by him was Tho­mas made Earle of Somerset; by Henry the fourth Marques Dorset, A. 1411. by Henry the fift, A. 1416. Duke of Exeter; his sonne Iohn Earle of Somer­set, is made Duke of Somerset, his sole daughter and heire Mar­gret, espoused Edmond sonne of Owen Tewther and Queene Katharine, Duke of Somerset, (after Edmond and Henry, Iohns brother and his sonne) he was slain at Tewxbury, A. 1470. and this Henry his sonne now li­ued in France for safety sake, with the Duke of Brytaine.
Iohn-a-Gaunt's by Kath'rine Swinfords race,
Bewfort's! whom Som'rsets titles grace;
Owen Teuthors and Queene Kath'rines sonne,
Edmond his sire too, that in one
Th'Earle Richmond's wore and Som'rsets stile,
Liuing in France; his friends the while,
Buckingham, Morton, and mother deere,
With both Elizabeths wisht him here;
T'one th'eldst of Edwards forlorne
Elizabeth, as was said, pro­mised heretofore to the Dolphin of France, and by her father Ed­ward the fourth, at that time ap­pointed, to bee called the Lady Dolphinesse.
Queene mother, and daughter, royall Nymphes!
Th'earle, though with few, French Britton bands,
At Milford hau'n, in Wales he lands!
At Bosworth field, with warlike crew
Then three-yeeres Tyrant Richard slew,
Henry the se­uenth ouerthrew the Tyrant Crook-backe at Bosworth­field, and so be­gan his reigne, 22. August, A. 1485.
Whose carcasse torne, to th'horse-taile doom'd,
Leyster scarce daign'd to see it toomb'd.
So Henry and Elizabeth,
Ioyntly wore Englands royall wreath,
And Yorke and Lancaster in
The vniting of the long diuided Roses; from whence also spring­eth the Vnion of the Realmes of England and Scotland.
Were wed; thrise happy lasting peace,
That bloudy schisme betwixt the Roses,
And Kingdomes too, in vnion closes!
Which so begunne, so heauens King frames,
Planted then, full compleate in Iames.
The end of the ninth Ode.

A briefe Type of the tenth Booke or Ode of PALAE-ALBION, called IACOBVS.
The tenth Ode contayneth,

1. The succession of the Kings of Eng­land, from Henry the 7. in vvhose is­sue vvere vnited the Kingdomes of Eng­land and Scotland, viz.

Henry the 7. reigned 23. yeares.

Henry 8. his sonne, reigned 37. yeares.

Edward 6. his son, reigned 6. yeares.

Q. Mary, his sister, reigned 5. yeares.

Q. Elizabeth, her sister, R. 44. years.

Iames, the sonne of Mary, Q. of Scots, daughter of Iames 5.

K. of Scotland, (son of Iames the 4. and Margaret, eldest daughter of Hen. 7.) now reigneth, & Diu. V. R.

2. The des­cent of the Kings of Scotland from Fer­guse 2. in the Romās time or be­fore, and so down con­sequently to this pre­sent age, with the originall of the Scot­tish Name & Nation; according to the iudgmēt of the most ap­proued au­thors, that haue writ­ten of the same.

3. The be­ginning and descent of both Irish and Scottish Nations, more amply set downe, with the O­riginall of the now Irish and their se­uerall Con­quests by the English made of latter times, where­by the Kings of England came first to bee Lords, and since Kings of Ire­land, as they are at this present day.

4. The descent of the Kingdom & Crowne of France, to the king of England, whereby are touched the des­cent of the Merouin­gians, kings of Frāce, from Pharamond; the Carlouingians, from Carolus Martellus, & Pepin: The Capevin­gians or Hugonetts, (so termed for diuers respects, and partly in the worst sence by the Guise) being the modern K. of France, from Hugh Capet; of whose Line, Isabella the Heire, was wife to Edward the se­cond, King of Eng­land, in whose right Edward the third claymed, Henry the sixt wore the French Diadem.

Ode decima, Inscripta IACOBVS.

Vltima iam Myrto dignum, vel fronde Mineruae,
Innuba cui circum tempora laurus eat;
Oda virum recinens, velut Anglica sceptra, trophaeis,
Iungit Hyberna Scotis, Lilia Franca Rosis!

Primâ fronte, libri institutum, & Authoris votum, [...].

EXtremum hunc, Aracyntha, mihi concede laborem,
Series Poematis: eius­dem (que) ratio siue [...].
Magna tui velata comas, Dea candida ramis!
Dijs data dona fero! Theodorae