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  South Tyne, River
  Nent, River
  Ayle Burn
  Long Meg and Her Daughters
  Lowther, River
  Karls Lofts
  Arthur's Round Table
  Eden, River
  Line, River
  Esk, River

To those old Britans once, who from the Saxons they
For succour hither fled, as farre out of their way.
Amongst her mighty Wylds, and Mountains freed from feare,
And from the British race, residing long time here,
Which in their Genuine tongue, themselves did Kimbri name,
Of Kimbri-land, the name of Cumberland first came;
And in her praise bee't spoke, this soyle whose best is mine,
That Fountaine bringeth forth, from which the Southern Tyne.
(So nam'd for that of North, another hath that stile)
This to the Easterne Sea, that makes forth many a mile,
Her first beginning takes, and Vent, and Alne doth lend,
To wait upon her foorth; but further to transcend
To these great things of note, which many Countries call
Their wonders, there is not a Tract amongst them all,
Can shew the like to mine, at the lesse Salkeld, neere
To Edens Bank, the like is scarcely any where,
Stones seventie and seven stand, in manner of a Ring,
Each full ten foot in height, but yet the strangest thing,
Their equall distance is, the circle that compose,
Within which other stones lye flat, which doe inclose
The bones of men long dead, (as there the people say;)
So neere to Loders Spring, from thence not farre away,
Be others nine foot high, a myle in length that runne,
The victories for which these Trophies were begun,
From darke oblivion thou, O Time, shouldst have protected,
For mighty were their minds, them thus that first erected:
And neere to this againe, there is a piece of ground,
A little rising Bank, which of the Table round,
Men in remembrance keepe, and Arthurs Table name.
But whilst these more and more, with glory her inflame,
Supposing of her selfe in these her wonders great,
All her attending Floods, faire Eden doe entreat,
To lead them downe to Sea, when Leven comes along,
And by her double Spring, being mightie them among,
There overtaketh Eske, from Scotland that doth hye,
Faire Eden to behold, who meeting by and by,
Downe from these Westerne Sands into the Sea doe fall,
Where I this Canto end, as also therewithall
My England doe conclude, for which I undertooke,
This strange Herculean toyle, to this my thirtieth Booke.
[margin - Kimbri] Why Cumberland so called.
gazetteer links
button -- "Arthur's Table" -- Arthur's Round Table
button -- "Alne" -- Ayle Burn
button -- "Cumberland" -- Cumberland
button -- "Eske" -- Esk, River
button -- Karl Lofts
button -- "Lesse Salkeld" -- Little Salkeld
button -- Long Meg and Her Daughters
button -- "Leven" -- Lyne, River
button -- "Vent" -- Nent, River
button -- "Southern Tyne" -- South Tyne, River

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