The complete works of Michael Drayton. With intr. and notes by R. Hooper
Pages: ETURNING into the land, the Muse leads you about Denbigh and Flint, most Northern and maritime shires of Wales: which conclude these seven last books dedicated to the glory of that third part of Great Britain. 14. Prophetic Merlin sate, when to the British King. In the first declining state of the British Empire (to explain the Author in this of Merlin) Vortigern, by advice of his Magicians, after divers unfortunate successes in war, resolved to erect a strong Fort in Snowdon Hills (not far from Conwey's head in the edge of Merioneth) which might be as his last and surest refuge, against the increasing power of the English. Masons were appointed, and the work begun: but what they built in the day, was always swallowed up in the earth, next night. The King asks counsel of his Magicians, touching this prodigy: they advise that he must find out a child which had no father, and with his blood sprinkle the stones and mortar, and that then the Castle would stand as on a firm foundation. Search was made, and in Caer- Merdhin (as you have it to the Fifth Song) was Merlin Ambrose found : he, being hither brought to the King, slightedthat pretended skill of those Magicians as palliated ignorance : and with confidence of a more knowing spirit, undertakes to show the true cause of that amazing ruin of the stone-work: tells them that in the earth was a great water, which could endure continuance of no heavy superstruction. The workmen digged to discover the truth, and found it so. He then beseeches the King to cause them make further inquisition, and affirms, that in the bottom of it were two sleeping Dragons : which proved so likewise, the one white, the other red: the white he interpreted for the Saxons, the red for the Britons: and upon this event here in Dinas Emr...
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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - 222
By: Michael Drayton
Excerpt from book: ILLUSTBATIONS. j