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ELEGIA 12

DeJunonis festo


When fruite fild Tuscia should a wife give me,
We toucht the walles, Camillus wonne by thee.
The Priests to Juno did prepare chaste feasts,
With famous pageants, and their home-bred beasts.
To know their rites, well recompenc'd my stay,
Though thether leades a rough steepe hilly way.
There stands an old wood with thick trees darke clouded,
Who sees it, graunts some deity there is shrowded.
An Altar takes mens incense, and oblation,
An Altar made after the ancient fashion.
Here when the Pipe with solemne tunes doth sound,
The annuall pompe goes on the covered ground.
White Heifers by glad people forth are led,
Which with the grasse of Tuscane fields are fed.
And calves from whose feard front no threatning fiyes,
And little Piggs, base Hog-sties sacrifice,
And Rams with hornes their hard heads wreathed back.
Onely the Goddesse hated Goate did lack,
By whom disclosd, she in the high woods tooke,
Is said to have attempted flight forsooke.
Now is the goat brought through the boyes with darts,
And give to him that the first wound imparts.
Where Juno comes, each youth, and pretty maide,
Shew large wayes with their garments there displayed.
Jewels, and gold their Virgin tresses crowne,
And stately robes to their gilt feete hang downe.
As is the use, the Nunnes in white veyles clad,
Upon their heads the holy mysteries had.
When the chiefe pompe comes, lowd the people hollow,
And she her vestall virgin Priests doth follow.
Such was the Greeke pompe, Agamemnon dead,
Which fact, and country wealth Halesus fled.
And having wandred now through sea and land,
Built walles high towred with a prosperous hand.
He to th'HetruriansJunoes feast commended,
Let me, and them by it be aye be-friended.

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