double malady / double penance

+++Long languishing in double malady,  of my hearts wound and of my body’s grief:  there came to me a leech that would apply  fit medicines for my body’s best reliefVain man (quoth I) that hast but little prief:  in deep discovery of the mind’s disease,  is not the heart of all the body chief?  and rules the members as it self doth please.Then with some cordials seek first to appease,  the inward languor of my wounded heart,  and then my body shall have shortly ease:  but such sweet cordials pass Physicians art.Then my life’s Leech do you your skill reveal,  and with one salve both heart and body heal.Spenser 50+++O,…

obliquid / aliquid

+++ … that power and vertue which ye spake,That ye here worke, doth many changes take,And your owne natures change: for, each of youThat vertue have, or this, or that to make,Is checkt and changed from his nature trew,By others opposition or obliquid view. -Spenser, Mutability canto VII,  54 +++ Those hours, that with gentle work did frameThe lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell,Will play the tyrants to the very sameAnd that unfair which fairly doth excel:For never-resting time leads summer onTo hideous winter and confounds him there;Sap cheque’d with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,Beauty o’ersnow’d and bareness…

calling it what it once had been

+++ XXIIThe same so sore annoyed has the knight,  That welnigh choked with the deadly stinke, His forces faile, ne can no lenger fight. Whose corage when the feend perceiv’d to shrinke, She poured forth out of her hellish sinke Her fruitfull cursed spawne of serpents small,  Deformed monsters, fowle, and blacke as inke, With swarming all about his legs did crall,And him encombred sore, but could not hurt at all. XXIII As gentle Shepheard in sweete even-tide, When ruddy Phoebus gins to welke in west,  High on an hill, his flocke to vewen wide, Markes which do byte their hasty supper best, A cloud of combrous gnattes do him molest, All striving…