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Middle of the lent, &c. : Lent is an antient Saxon word and
doth properly signifie that time of the yeare wherein beggers
creepe out of their booths, & do lie sunning themselues in the
open feilds: hence the Saxons haue an antient prouerbe in their
owne tongue, Lent nempt knechten,1 that is, lent takes vpp
seruants. the word now is indeferently vsed for all the time
betweene Shrouetide & Ester, w^/'ch falls out allwayes in the
begining of the Spring.
Yet neuertheles, within mine orature
I stood, when Titan had his beames bright
scyled that Withdrawen doune, & scyled vnder cure,
is hidden ^ ^n(j fajre venuSj the beaute of the night,
ors utvpp. Vprajse) & set vnto the West full right
Her golden face in oppositioune
Of God Phoebus right discending doune.
p. 477. 2.
Nil minus meo steti in conclaui
Splendorem suum Titan cum ingentem
Subduxerat sub noctis vmbra graui
Et Venus surgens aureum decentem
Vertebat faciem versus occidentem
Directe ex opposite tunc stantem
Ad Phoebum sextam domum peragrantem.
Throughout the glasse her beames brast so faire
That I might see on euery side by me 3
The Northerne wind had purifide the aire,
And shed his misty cloudes fro the skie;
The frost freesed, & blastes bitterly
Fro pole Artike come whisking loud & shrill,
And caused me remoue ayenst my will.
1 Kinaston’s ‘ Saxon ’ may keep company with Jamieson’s ‘ Moeso-Gothic.’
2 The marginal notes are written in another hand.
3 T, ‘me by.’

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