IV. From "The Commonwealth and Government of
Inc. Il ritten by the Cardinall Gasper Conta-
rere, and translated out of Italian into English by
Louis Lackener, Esquire. London : Imprinted by
Icin Ilandet for Edmund Mattes, etc., 1599 (4°).”
He antique Ball, Empresse of the East,
Vpreard her buildinges to the threatned skie:
And Second Babell, tyrant of the West,
Her ayry Towers vpraised much more high.
But, with the weight of their own surquedry,
They both are fallen, that all the earth did feare,
And buried now in their own ashes ly ;
Yet fhewing by their heapes, how great they were.
But in their place doth now a third appeare,
Fayre Venice, flower of the last worlds delight;
And next to them in beauty draweth neare,
But farre exceedes in policie of right.
Yet not so fayre her buildinges to behold
As Lewkenors ftile that hath her beautie told.