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Compare 1577 edition: 1 There was (saie they) in that retinue one of Bartolenus, or Bastole|nus. Clem. lib. 4. Cambreid. lib. 3. the same progenie named Bartolenus or Bastole|nus, who incouraged with the late attempt and suc|cesse of Nimrod kinsman to Ninus (then newlie in|truded vpon the monarchie of Assyria) searched so far west, intending to atteine to some gouernement, where he might rule without anie partner in authori|tie, till at length fortune brought him and his people vpon the coast of Ireland. Here he settled himselfe with his three sonnes Languina, Salamis, and Ru|thurgus, right actiue and stout gentlemen, who sear|ching the land from side to side, and from end to end, left remembrances of their names in certeine nota|ble places named after them; as Languinie, Stra|gruus, and mount Salanga, since named saint Do|miniks hill, and Ruthurgus his poole. Little is re|membred Ruthurgi stag|num. of Bartolenus, sauing that in short space with manie hands working at once, he rid and made plaine a great part of the countrie ouergrowen with woods and thickets.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 Thus was Ireland inhabited by this people vn|der Ireland first inhabited. the gouernment of those thrée sons of Bartole|nus and their ofspring, about the space of thrée hun|dred yeares. Togither with Bartolenus arriued Ireland certeine godles people of Nimrods stocke, woorthilie termed giants, as those that in botille Giants. shape excéeded the common proportion of others, and vsed their strength to gaine souereigntie, and to op|presse Bergon the sonne of Nep|tune and bro|ther to Albion (as Iohn Bale hath) conque|red Ireland and the Ork|neis. Euill exam|ples soone fol|lowed. the weake with rapine and violence. That li|nage (Chams brood) did grow in short while to great numbers, and alwaie indeuored themselues where soeuer they came to beare the rule ouer others. One cause hereof was their bodilie strength, answerable to their hugenesse of stature; another, the examples of Cham or Zoroastres the magician, and Nimrod grandfather to Ninus. Which two persons in them|selues and their progenies were renowmed through the world as victorious princes, ruling ouer two mightie kingdoms Egypt and Assyria. A third cause there was, as this: they repined at the blessings be|stowed vpon Sem and Iaphet, thinking it necessarie to withstand and preuent all lawfull rule and domi|nion, least the cursse of slauerie prophesied by Noah should light vpon them, as at length it did. Here|vpon EEBO page image 48 rebelliouslie withdrawing their due obedience from their lawfull gouernors here in Ireland, and taking head, set vp a king of their owne faction, and mainteining his estate to the oppression of the Rebe [...]ion a|gainst gouer|nors. subiects, by bringing them into continuall bondage. The successe was variable on both sides betwixt the lawfull gouernors & these vsurpers, with dailie rai|ses and skirmishes, so much to the griefe of them that couered to liue in quiet vnder their rightfull princes, that they determined with the chance of one gene|rall A woorthie resolution. battell, either wholie to subdue those proud rebel|lious tyrants, or else to end their liues in fréedome, and so [...] be rid of further miserie. But first, where there had growen certeine debates and enimitie a|mong themselues, whereby they had infeebled their owne forces, they thought good to make peace togi|ther, before they put their whole state in hazard of one battell against the giants, concluding therefore an agréement, and ioining in league with promise to as|sis [...] ech other to subdue their common eni [...]ies, they Assemble their power foorth of all parts of the land, and comming to ioine battell with the giants, after th [...] had fought right fiercelie togither for the space [...] certeine houres, the victorie inclined to the right| [...] part; so that the lawfull kings preuailing against Uictorie [...] cruellie vsed. the wicked tyrants, great slaughter was made on the whole brood of that mischeefous generation. For the kings meaning to deliuer themselues of all dan|ger in time to come, vsed their happie victorie with great crueltie, which turned to their owne confusion: for where they neither spared man, woman, nor child that came in the waie for more despite, & fuller satisfi|eng of their whole reuenge, they did not vouchsafe to burie the carcasses of their slaine enimies; but cast Anno mundi. 2257 them out like a sort of dead dogs: whereof through [...]ench of the same, such an infectiue pestilence insu|ed in all places through corruption of aire, that few escaped with life, beside those that got them awaie by sea.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 And hereby lieth a vaine tale among the Irish|men, that one of the giants named Ruanus, chan|cing Ruanus how long he liued. to be preserued from this mortalitie, liued for|sooth two thousand and one and fortie yeares, which is more than twise the age of Methusalem. By this man (saie they) saint Patrike was informed of all the estate of the countrie: and after that vpon request he had receiued baptisme of the said Patrike, he de|ceassed in the yeare after the birth of our sauior foure hundred and thirtie, as in the Irish histories hath bin vnaduisedlie registred. But such foolish tales and vaine narrations may warne the aduised reader how to beware of yéelding credit vnto the like idle fantasies and forged tales, when they hap to light vp|on such blind legends. For where some of the poets Forged tales and tables wi [...] credit in time, to passe among the vn|skilfull people for [...] hi|stories. vsed for inuention sake to faine such dreaming ta|bles for exercise of their stiles and wits: afterwards through error and lacke of knowledge, they haue béene taken with the ignorant for verie true and most assured histories. But now to the matter, as we find it recorded of an infinit number of giants slaine and made awaie in manner afore rehearsed, certeine there were that got them into some lurking dens or caues, and there kept them till lacke of vit|tels inforced them to come foorth, and make shift for sustenance; and perceiuing no resistance because the land was in manner left desolat, they waxed bolder; and when they vnderstood how things had passed, they settled themselues in the best part of the countrie, ea|silie subduing the poore séelie soules that remained, and so reuiuing their linage, they became lords of the whole Iland, kéeping the same in subiection for the space of three score yeares togither.

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Compare 1587 edition: 1 There was (ſaye they) in that retinue one of the ſame progenie named Bartolenus,Bartolenus, or Baſtolenus. Clem. lib. 4. Cambreid. li. 3. or Ba|ſtolenus, who encouraged with the late attempte and ſucceſſe of Nimrod, kinſeman to Nimus, (then newely intruded vppon the Monarchie of Aſſyria) ſerched ſo farre weſt, intending to atteyn vnto ſome gouernement where hee mighte rule EEBO page image 2 without any partener in authoritie) till at length Fortune broughte him and his people vppon the coaſt of Irelande. Here he ſettled himſelfe with his three ſonnes, Languinna, Salamis, and Ru|thurgus, right actiue and ſtout Gentlemen, who ſearching the lande from ſyde to ſyde, and from ende to ende, lefte remembraunces of their na|mes in certayn notable places named after them as Languini, Stragrnus, and mount Salanga ſince named Sainte Dominickes hill, and Ru|thurgus his poole.Ruthurgi ſtag|num. Little is remembred of Bar|tolenus, ſauing that in ſhorte ſpace with ma|ny handes working at once, he ridde and made playne a great part of the countrey ouergrowen with wooddes and thickets.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 Ireland [...]oſt inhabited.Thus was Irelande inhabited by this peo|ple vnder the gouernemente of thoſe three ſonnes of Bartholenus and their ofſpryng, aboute the ſpace of three hundred yeares.

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