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Spenser begins a complimentary sonnet prefixed to the ‘Commonwealth and Government of Venice’ (1599) with this beautiful verse,
Arachne figured how Jove did abuse
Europa like a bull, and on his back
Her through the sea did bear:. . . .
She seemed still back unto the land to look,
And her playfellows' aid to call, and fear
The dashing of the waves, that up she took
Her dainty feet, and garments gathered near. . . . .
Before tile bull she pictured winged Love,
With his young brother Sport,. . . .
And many nymphs about them flocking round,
And many Tritons which their horns did sound.Muiopotmos, 281-296.
Fair Venice, flower of the last world's delight.Perhaps we should read ‘lost’?
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