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For of all good he is the onely Master,
And foe vnto my harmes, and my disaster.

Not in these sayings to be proou’d a lier,
He knowes, that doth not loue, nor is beloued:
Now nights and daies I rest, as I desier,
After I had such greefefrom me remoued:
And cannot I be glad, since thus estranged,
My selfe from false Diana I haue changed?
Hence, hence false Loue I will not entertaine thee,
Since to thy torments thou dost seeke to traine me.

Not in these sayings to be proou’d a lier,
He knowes, that loues, and is againe beloued:
Now nights and daies I rest in sweete desier,
After I had such happy fortune proued:
And cannot I be glad, since not estranged,
My selfe into Seluagia I haue changed?
Come, come good Loue, and I will entertaine thee,
Since to thy sweete content thou seek’st to traine mee.

The rest of the companie tooke great delight to heare the Shepherds sing, and how contrary they were in their opinions, commending Syluanus his wit and skill very much, which he shewed in euery point with the same termes to contra∣dict Syrenus. And after this, they went to sleepe, the Shepherds then taking their leaue for their departure earely in the morning, bicause rising betimes, not to tra∣uell in the heate of the day, their visiting in the morning might not hinder their quiet sleepe. Felicia gaue Doria in charge to fill their scrips that night before with sufficient prouision for their way, who like a friendly and louing Nymph, that was neuer slacke to serue their necessitie, going about it immediately, did put into the same good store of victuals.

The opprobrious and rude shame of the ignominious coniunction, had nowe thrust out vermillion and purple Aurora to leaue with her absence, the defor∣med little old man in a solitarie sadnes, for feare of being espied by Phoebus: and the little stars as most obedient, and of lesse force, with the comming of the moun∣ting Sunne into our Hemisphere, hid themselues when the three Shepherds went from Felicias rich pallace towards their poore Cottages by their accustomed and knowen waies: which with their pleasant and merry talke they ouercame, and made lesse painfull, conferring togither of bitter and sorrowfull memories of times past, and entermingling them with recitall of the sweete and ioyfull remedies of their former greefes, which by Felicias fauours they enioyed, liuing now in a happie and wished estate.

But Clicies louing friend had scarce lifted vp his chariot ouer the face of the earth, when from the side of a hill they espied a Shepherd comming downe with a paper in his hand, staying betweene pace and pace, and vnfolding it, looked into it, and put it by and by into his bosome againe, and without playing on Bagpipe or Rebecke, began to sing this Sonnet.


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