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Her brest (loues sweete repaire)
Continu ally shall wauer on two men,
Inclining now and then
Her loue to one, then to another straight:
Poore soule she shall await
In this suspence, not knowing to define
To whether of them both she should incline?
And thinke not that th’immortall Gods intended
To bar these loues, that heere I am declaring,
Nor their successe would euer haue denied:
For being to a vertuous end applied,
Either of both they would not haue suspended:
Alas, it is their fate such woes preparing,
Not one nor other sparing.
Both for one cause in one loue shall be chained;
And both alike be pained:
But yet the Gods shall euer be procuring,
That, Stela then enduring
These •ardest haps shall not with those be placed,
Whom Fortune alwaies checkes, and hath disgraced.
But thou must comfort thee aboue the rest,
If of these three, the hard and cruell fate
Cannot be shunn’d; their ioies that must adiourne:
After these woes Fortune shall make them blest,
Shewing her face milde and propitiate,
Gentle, and sweete: Then shall they cease to mourne,
For•…e her wheele shall turne:
Annoyes to ioyes, their sighes to sweetest songs
Shall turne, and all their wrongs
Shall cease: Their woes, their miseries, and teares,
Their sorrowes, greefes, and feares
Shall be one day conuerted into ioy,
Which neuer after Fortune shall destroy.
Thy daughter then (Parisiles) imbrace,
And so restore her to this place againe,
The heauens must haue their race:
Then let them run: And cease to mourne in vaine.

This beuie of faire Nymphes, when they had ended their propheticall song, came to the riuer side, and with a maruellous sweete consent did put into Parisiles armes his welbeloued daughter: Betweene whom certaine speeches being past, with great thankes to the Nymphes, they tooke their mutuall leaue, the old man going away al alone, though accōpanied with a thousand perplexed thoughts, & swelling tears, that for depriuation & losse of his deere daughter fell in great plentie from his aged face. The Nymphes to their christalline aboades, and Parthenius and I remaining


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