44) However, this particular instance of pastoral contentation
takes on additional significance in light of the earlier cantos.
with that Station and Condition of life and (k) Externals, which the Divine Providence allots: The contrary whereof namely murmuring and discontent like the worm at the root of Jonas gourd gnaws asunder the tranquillity of life [Jonah 4:6-7], 2.
At this point the reader is flattered and enlisted as being clever enough to understand how to interpret such an anthology: 'This I haue adventured, for thy contentation
(learned Reader) [.
A similar sentiment was expressed by Jean de L'espine, A Very Excellent and Learned Discourse, touching the Tranquilitie and Contentation
of the minde (Cambridge, 1592), fol 21: "the disordinate affection which we have to be masters, and to have the highest roumes in assemblies, taking pleasure, as we pass in the streetes, to be pointed at with the finger, that some man may say, This is he.
wheras the laste somer was spente in the servyce of the wylde goddes Diana, this shall (I truste) be consecrated to Apollo and the muses to theire no small profecte and your good contentation
And for your self we cannot but let you know, that we hear out of France such singular good reports of your duty well accomplished towards your husband, both living and dead, with other your sober, wise and discreet behaviour in that Court and Country, that we think it a part of great contentation
to us and commendation of our Country, that such a Gentlewoman hath given so manifest a testimony of virtue in such hard times of adversity.