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  • Him fortuned (hard fortune ye may ghesse)

    To come, where vile Acrasia does wonne,

    Acrasia a false enchaunteresse,

    That many errant knights hath foule fordonne:

    Within a wandring Island, that doth ronne

    And stray in perilous gulfe, her dwelling is:

    Faire Sir, if euer there ye trauell, shonne

    The cursed land where many wend amis,

    And know it by the name; it hight the Bowre of blis.

    Her blisse is all in pleasure and delight,

    Wherewith she makes her louers drunken mad,

    And then with words & weedes of wondrous might,

    On them she workes her will to vses bad…

    – Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book II, Canto xii, ll. 451–463.

    September 4, 2008