Elizabethan English Poetry

Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Qveene

16th century, Elizabethan English. Numerous printed copies.

"There did the warlike Maide her selfe repose, under the wings of Isis all that night..."

Britomart comes to Isis Church, where shee strange visions sees...

Britomatis comes to a church of Isis and reverently pays her respects. The priests lovingly tend the altar upon which an image of the goddess stands, her foot upon a crocodile and a crown upon her head. Britomatis kneels lovingly at this altar and the image of Isis moves her head in recognition. Since night is falling, Britomatis curls up at the foot of the altar and falls asleep.

Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book V, Canto VII.

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