This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...pledge to yield; He smot thereat with all his might and maine, That nought so wondrous puissaunce might sustaine; Upon the joint the lucky steele did light, And made such way, that hewd it quite in twaine; The paw yett missed not his minisht might, But hong still on the shield, as it at first was pight. 44 For griefe thereof and divelish despight, From his infernall fournace forth he threw, Huge flames, that dimmed all the heavens light. Enrold in duskish smoke and brimstone blew: As burning Aetna from his boyling stew Doth belch out flames, and rockes in peeces broke, And ragged ribs of mountaines molten new, Enwrapt in coleblacke clouds and filthy smoke, That all the land with stench, and heaven with horror choke. 45 The heate whereof, and harmefull pestilence, So sore him noyd, that forst him to retire A little backward for his best defence, To save his body from the scorching fire, Which he from hellish entrailes did expire. It chaunst, (eternall God that chaunce did guide, ) As he recoiled backward, in the mire His nigh forwearied feeble feet did slide, And downe he fell, with dread of shame sore terrifide. 46 There grew a goodly tree him faire beside, Loaden with fruit and apples rosy red, As they in pure vermilion had beene dide, Whereof great vertues over all were red: For happy life to all which thereon fed, And life eke everlasting did befall: Great God it planted in that blessed sted With his Almighty hand, and did it call The tree of life, the crime of our first fathers fall. 47 In all the world like was not to be found, Save in that soile, where all good things did grow, And freely sprong out of the fruitfull ground, As incorrupted Nature did them sow, Till that dread Dragon all did overthrow. Another like faire tree eke grew thereby, .
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