from New English Canaan [New Canaans Genivs: Epilogvs], by Thomas Morton

from New English Canaan [New Canaans Genivs: Epilogvs]

Thou that art by Fates degree,Or Providence, ordain’d to seeNatures wonder, her rich storeNe’-r discovered before,Th’ admired Lake of ErocoiseAnd fertile Borders, now rejoyce.See what multitudes of fishShee presents to fitt thy dish.If rich furres thou dost adore,And of Beaver Fleeces store,See the Lake where they abound,And what pleasures els are found.There chast Leda, free from fire,Does enjoy her hearts desire;Mongst the flowry bancks at easeLive the sporting Najades,Bigg lim’d Druides, whose browesBewtified with greenebowes.See the Nimphes, how they doe makeFine Meanders from the Lake,Twining in and out, as theyThrough the pleasant groves make way,Weaving by the shady treesCurious Anastomases,Where the harmeles Turtles breede,And such usefull Beasts doe feedeAs no Traveller can tellEls where how to paralell.Colcos golden Fleece reject;This deserveth best respect.In sweete Peans let thy voyce,Sing the praise of Erocoise,Peans to advaunce her name,New Canaans everlasting fame. - Thomas Morton

Thomas Morton