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162
BYGONE SUSSEX
Where my complexion more sutes with the higher ground,
Upon the lusty Weald, where strength doth still abound.
The Wood-gods I refus'd, that su'd to me for grace,
Me in thy watry Armes, thee suffring to imbrace;
Where, to great Neptune she may one day be a pray:
The Sea-gods in her lap lie wallowing euery day.
And what, though of her strength she seem to make no
doubt ? Yet put vnto the proofe shee'll hardly hold him out. With this perswasful speech which Oxney lately vs'd, With strange and sundry doubts, whilst Rother stood
confus'd, Old Andredsweald at length doth take her time to tell The changes of the world, that since her youth befell, When yet upon her soyle, scarce humane foote had trode; A place where only then, the Syluans made abode. Where, feareless of the Hunt, the Hart securely stood, And euery where walkt free, a Burgesse of the Wood. Untill those Danish routs, whom hunger-staru'd at home, (Like Wolues pursuing prey) about the world did roame. And stemming the rude streame diuiding vs from France, Into the spacious mouth of Rother fell (by chance) That Lymen * then was nam'd, when (with most irksome
care)
* So the Author conjectures; that Rother's mouth was the place called Limen, at which the Danes in time of King Alfred made irruption ; which he must (I think) maintain by adding likelyhood that Rother then fell into the Ocean about Hith ; where (as the relics of the name in Lime, and the distance from Canterbury in Antoninus, making Portus Lemanis, (a) which is misprinted in Surita's edition, Pontem Lemanis, sixteen miles off) it seems Limen was; and if Rother were Limen, then also, there was it discharged out of the land. But for the Author's words read this: Equestris paganorum exereitus cum suis equis CCL. navibus Cantiam transuectus in ostio Amnis Limen qui de sylva magna Andre J nominata decurrit, applicuit, a cujius ostio I III. milliariis in eandem syfoam naves suas sursum traxit, ubi quandam arcem semsitructam, quam panci inhabitabant vii/a/ti,
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