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Upon the Frontispice.

THrough a Triumphant Arch, see Albion plas't,
In Happy site, in Neptunes armes embras't,
In Power and Plenty, on his Cleevy Throne
Circled with Natures Garlands, being alone
Stil'd th'Oceans [star] Island. On the Columnes beene
(As Trophies raiz'd) what Princes Time hath seene
Ambitious of her. In hir younger years,
Vast Earth-bred Giants woo'd her: but, who bears
In [a] Golden field the Lion passant red,
AEneas Nephew (Brute) them conquered.
Next, Laureat Caesar, as a Philtre, brings,
On's shield, his Grandame [b] Venus: Him hir Kings
Withstood. At length, the Roman, by long sute,
Gain'd here (most Part) from th'ancient race of Brute.
Divors't from Him, the Saxon [c] sable Horse,
Borne of sterne Hengist, wins her: but, through force
Garding the [d] Norman Leopards bath'd in Gules,
She chang'd hir Love to Him, whose Line yet rules.
[star] Insula Caeruli.
[a] So Ha[m]illan & Upton anciently delivered. I justifie it not; yet, as well as others can his other attributed Arms, I might.
[b] Object not, that it should be the Eagle, because it is now borne by the Emperors; and that some Heralds ignoranty publish it, as J. Caesars Coat, Double headed. They move me not; for plainly the Eagle was single at that time (unless you call it [ ... Greek ...] as Pindar doth Joves Eagle) and but newly us'd among the Romans (first by Marius) as their Standard, not otherwise, untill afterwards Constantine made it respect the two Empires: and since, it hath beene borne on a Shield. I took Venus proper to him, for that the stamp of hir face (she being his Ancestor AEneas his mother) in his Coins is frequent; and can so maintaine it here fitter, then many of those invented Coats (without colour of reason) attributed to the old Heroes. As for matter of Armory, Venus being a Goddesse may be as good Bearing, if not better than Atlanta, which, by expresse Authority of Euripides, was borne, in the Theban warre by Partheo[ ].
[c] Hengist hath other Armes in some traditions, which are to be respected as Old wives fictions. His name expresses a Horse, and the Dukes of Saxony are said to have borne it anciently, before their Christianity, Sable: therfore, if you give him any, with most reason, let him have this.
[d] The common Blazon of the Norman Armes justifies it. And, if you please, see for it to the XI. Canto.
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