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SOME LONGER ELIZABETHAN POEMS



    _AN ENGLISH GARNER_



    SOME LONGER
    ELIZABETHAN POEMS

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY
    A. H. BULLEN

    [Illustration]

    WESTMINSTER
    ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE AND CO., LTD.
    1903



PUBLISHERS' NOTE


The texts contained in the present volume are reprinted with very
slight alterations from the _English Garner_ issued in eight volumes
(1877-1890, London, 8vo) by Professor Arber, whose name is sufficient
guarantee for the accurate collation of the texts with the rare
originals, the old spelling being in most cases carefully modernised.
The contents of the original _Garner_ have been rearranged and now for
the first time classified, under the general editorial supervision
of Mr. Thomas Seccombe. Certain lacunae have been filled by the
interpolation of fresh matter. The Introductions are wholly new and
have been written specially for this issue.


Edinburgh: T. and A. CONSTABLE, Printers to His Majesty



CONTENTS


                                                                    PAGE

    Sir John Davies--Orchestra, or A Poem of Dancing, 1596,            1

    Sir John Davies--Nosce Teipsum:--
          1. Of Human Knowledge,}
          2. Of the Soul of Man,} 1599,                               41

    Sir John Davies--Hymns of Astræa, in Acrostic Verse, 1599,       107

    Six Idillia, that is six small or petty poems or Æglogues of
    Theocritus translated into English Verse (Anon), Oxford,
    1588,                                                            123

    *Richard Barnfield--The Affectionate Shepheard. Containing
    the Complaint of Daphnis for the love of Ganymede,
    1594,                                                            147

    *Richard Barnfield--Cynthia. With Certaine Sonnets and the
    Legend of Cassandra, 1595,                                       187

    *Richard Barnfield--The Encomion of Lady Pecunia: or The
    Praise of Money, 1598,                                           227

    *Richard Barnfield--The Complaint of Poetrie for the Death of
    Liberalitie, 1598,                                               241

    *Richard Barnfield--The Combat, betweene Conscience and
    Covetousnesse in the minde of Man, 1598,                         253

    *Richard Barnfield--Poems: in divers humors, 1598,               261

    Astrophel. A Pastoral Elegy upon the death of the most noble
    and valorous Knight, Sir Philip Sidney. A group of
    elegies by Spenser and other hands printed as an
    Appendix to Spenser's Colin Clouts come home again,
    1595,                                                            271

    J. C.--Alcilia: Philoparthen's Loving Folly, 1595,               319

    Antony Scoloker--Daiphantus, or The Passions of Love, by
    An. Sc. Whereunto is added The Passionate Man's
    Pilgrimage, 1604,                                                363

    Michael Drayton--_Odes_ [drawn from _Poems Lyrick and Pastorall_,
    1606, and the later _Poems_ of 1619],                            405

*The items indicated by an asterisk are new additions to _An English
Garner_.



INTRODUCTION


As there is no need to adopt a strictly chronological order for the
poems included in the present volume, I have begun with the _Orchestra_
and _Nosce Teipsum_ of Sir John Davies (1569-1626), who was undoubtedly
one of the most brilliant figures of the Elizabethan Age. Well-born
and gently bred, educated at Winchester and at New College, Oxford,
Davies was exceptionally fortunate in escaping the pecuniary cares that
harassed so many Elizabethan men of letters. From the Middle Temple
he was called to the bar in 1595 (at the age of twenty-six). In the
previous year _Orchestra_ had been entered in the Stationers' Register,
but the poem was first published in 1596. From the dedicatory sonnet
to Richard Martin we learn that it was written in fifteen days. There
are, however, no signs of haste in the writing, and it may fairly be
claimed that this poem in praise of dancing is a graceful monument of
ingenious fancy. Lucian composed a valuable and entertaining treatise
on dancing, and I suspect that Περὶ ᾽Ορχήσεως gave Davies
the idea of writing _Orchestra_.

In the opening stanzas[1] we are presented with a picturesque
description of

    'The sovereign castle of the rockly isle
    Wherein Penelope the Princess lay,'

lit with a thousand lamps on a festal night when the suitors had
assembled, at the queen's invitation, to hear the minstrel Phoemius
sing the praises of the heroes who had fought at Troy. With such beauty
shone Penelope that the suitors were abashed at their temerity in
having dared to woo her. But one 'fresh and jolly knight,' Antinous, so
far from being dismayed,

                            'boldly gan advance
    And with fair manners wooed the Queen to dance.'

She blushingly declined, and mildly chided him for trying to persuade
her to new-fangled follies. Forthwith he launched into a rapturous
disquisition on the antiquity of dancing, which began when Love
persuaded the jarring elements--fire, air, earth, and water--to
cease from conflict and observe true measure. The sun and moon, the
fixed and wandering stars, the girdling sea and running streams, all
'yield perfect forms of dancing.' With exuberant fancy, fetching his
illustrations from near and far, he pursues his theme through many
richly-coloured stanzas. It may be worth while to remark (as his
editors have been silent on the subject) that Davies does not scruple
to borrow freely from Lucian. Take, for instance, stanza 80:--

    'Wherefore was Proteus said himself to change
    Into a stream, a lion, and a tree,
    And many other forms fantastic strange
    As in his fickle thought he wished to be?
    But that he danced with such facility,
        As, like a lion, he could prance with pride,
        Ply like a plant and like a river glide."

Now hear Lucian:--

    δοκεῖ γάρ μοι ὁ παλαιὸς μῆθος καὶ Πρωτέα
    τὸν Αἰγύπτιον οὐκ ἄλλο τι ἢ ὀρχηστήν τινα
    γενέσθαι λέγειν, μιμητικὸν ἄνθρωπον καὶ πρὸς
    πάντα σχηματίζεσθαι καὶ μεταβάλλεσθαι δυνάμενον,
    ὡς καὶ ὕδατος ὑγρότητα μιμεῖσθαι καὶ πυρὸς
    ὀξύτητα ἐν τᾖ τῆς κινήσεως σφοδρότητι καὶ
    λέοντος ἀγριότητα καὶ παρδάλεως θυμὸν καὶ
    δένδρου δόνημα, καὶ ὅλως ὅ τι καὶ θελήσειεν.[2]

Here is another example (Stanza 17):--

    'Dancing, bright Lady, then began to be
    When the first seeds whereof the world did spring,
    The Fire, Air, Earth, and Water did agree
    By Love's persuasion (Nature's mighty King)
    To leave their first disordered combating,
        And in a dance such measures to observe
        As all the world their motion should preserve.'

With this compare Lucian (as Englished by Jasper Mayne): 'First, then,
you plainly seem to me not to know that dancing is no new invention or
of yesterday's or the other day's growth, or born among our forefathers
or their ancestors. But they who most truly derive dancing, say it
sprung with the first beginning of the universe, and had a birth
equally as ancient as love.' It would be easy to multiply instances. Of
course Davies' borrowings from Lucian do not for a moment detract from
his poem's merit: indeed they give an added zest.

In the 1596 edition _Orchestra_ ends with a compliment to Queen
Elizabeth, and stanzas in praise of Spenser, Daniel, and others. Davies
had evidently intended to write a sequel; for, when _Orchestra_ was
republished in the collective edition of his poems (1622), it was
described on the title-page as 'not finished,' some new stanzas were
added, and it ended abruptly in the middle of a simile. The poem is
quite long enough as we have it in the 1596 edition, and we need not
lament that Davies failed to carry out his intention of continuing it:
μηδὲν ἄγαν.

To his youthful days belong the _Epigrams_, which were bound up with
Marlowe's translation of Ovid's _Amores_ (with a Middleburgh imprint):
occasionally indecorous, they are seldom wanting in wit and pleasantry.

In February 1597-8, Davies was disbarred for a breach of discipline. He
quarrelled with Richard Martin (afterwards Recorder of London)--to whom
he had dedicated _Orchestra_--and assaulted him at dinner in the Middle
Temple Hall, breaking a cudgel over his head. Retiring to Oxford, he
engaged in the more peaceful occupation of composing _Nosce Teipsum_,
a poem on the immortality of the soul, which was published in 1599.
It was an ambitious task that this young disbarred bencher took in
hand, but he acquitted himself ably. Some of his modern admirers have
exceeded all reasonable bounds in their praise of the poem. Rejecting
these extravagant eulogies, we may claim that Davies, while he was
leading the life of an inns-of-court man of fashion, had remained a
steadfast lover of learning and letters; that he had stored his mind
richly; and that his well-turned quatrains have had an inspiring
influence on later poets. Young, in _Night Thoughts_, was under special
obligation to Davies. Matthew Arnold had no enthusiasm for Elizabethan
writers; but, unless I am greatly mistaken, he had glanced at _Nosce
Teipsum_. In 'A Southern Night' Arnold wrote--

    ... 'And see all things from pole to pole,[3]
      And glance, and nod, and bustle by,
    And never once possess our soul
      Before we die,'

--a stanza that bears a very suspicious resemblance to Davies'
quatrain--

    'We that acquaint ourselves with every zone,
      And pass both tropics, and behold both poles;
    When we come home, are to ourselves unknown
      And unacquainted still with our own souls.'

All the arguments for and against the immortality of the soul were
threshed out ages ago, and there is little or nothing new to say
on the subject. A poet's skill lies in graciously attiring the old
commonplaces; in searching out the right persuasive words and uttering
them so melodiously that dull 'approved verities'--sparkling with
sudden lustre--are transmuted into something rich and strange. It is
idle to talk about Davies' 'deep and original thinking.' Many stanzas
can be brushed aside as tiresome and uncouth; but something will be
left. In his handling of the ten-syllabled quatrain (with alternate
rhymes) Davies showed considerable deftness. The metre has weight and
dignity, but is apt to become stiff and monotonous. Davies certainly
succeeded in securing more freedom and variety than might have been
anticipated. Inspired by his example, Davenant chose this metre for
_Gondibert;_ and Davenant was followed by Dryden, who in the preface to
_Annus Mirabilis_ says all that can be said in favour of the quatrain
(which was seen to best advantage in Gray's _Elegy_).

Though few may be at the pains to read through _Nosce Teipsum_ at a
blow, it is a poem that lends itself admirably to quotation. Towards
the end there is a cluster of fine stanzas('O ignorant poor man,'
etc.) that have found their way into many volumes of selected poetry;
and even the arid tracts are dotted with green oases. Tennyson, with
somewhat wearisome iteration, pleaded through stanza after stanza of
_In Memoriam_ that the longing which most men unquestionably have for
immortality must needs be based on a sure foundation:--

      'We think we were not made to die,
    And Thou hast made us, Thou art just.'

Davies sums up pithily in a single line:--

    'If Death do quench us quite, we have great wrong.'

A poet greater than Davies, greater than Tennyson, the august
Lucretius, in the noble verses that he pondered through the still
nights (seeking to do justice to the doctrine of his Master Epicurus),
scathingly checks our vaulting aspirations. If we have enjoyed the
banquet of life, why should we not rise content and pass to our
dreamless sleep? If our life has been wastefully squandered and is
become a weariness to us, why should we hesitate to make an end of it?
'Aufer abhinc lacrimas, balatro, et compesce querellas!'

_Astræa_, a series of acrostic verses on Queen Elizabeth, is merely
a _tour de force_ of courtly ingenuity. Much more interesting is
Davies' group of graceful little poems, _Twelve Wonders of the World_,
published in the second edition (1608) of Davison's _Poetical Rhapsody_.

In 1603 Davies was appointed Solicitor-General for Ireland, and in
1606 Attorney-General. His letters to Cecil give a valuable and vivid
account of the state of Ireland; and his _Discovery of the True Cause
why Ireland was never entirely subdued_, 1612, is a treatise of the
first importance. Davies' political writings wait the attention of a
competent editor, who would undoubtedly find absorbing interest in his
task.

It was the poet's misfortune to marry a crazy rhapsodical woman
(Eleanor Touchet, sister of the notorious Baron Audley), who annoyed
him by putting herself into mourning and bidding him 'within three
years to expect the mortal blow.' Three days before his death she
'gave him pass to take his long sleep.' He resented these admonitions,
and testily exclaimed, 'I pray you weep not while I am alive, and I
will give you leave to laugh when I am dead.' On 7th December 1626
he dined with Lord Keeper Coventry, and on the following morning was
found dead of apoplexy. It was perhaps fortunate that his life had not
been prolonged, for his views of kingly prerogative were high. He had
supported the king's demand for a forced loan, and (when 'the mortal
blow' really came) was about to succeed Lord Chief Justice Crew, who
had been removed from office for refusing to affirm the legality of
such loans.

Not much need be said about _Six Idillia_, 1588, the anonymous
translations (pp. 123-146) from Theocritus. It is a performance worthy
of George Turberville or 'that painful furtherer of learning' Barnabe
Googe. On the verso of the title page is the Horatian inscription:--

    'E.D.

    Libenter hic et omnis exantlabitur
      Labor, in tuæ spem gratiæ.'

Collier, misreading this dedication, claimed the _Idillia_ for
Sir Edward Dyer, and his mistake has been followed by some later
bibliographers. But in the first place there is nothing to show that
'E.D.' was Sir Edward Dyer; and in the second it is perfectly plain
that the translations were dedicated to 'E.D.,' not written by him.
The rhymed fourteen-syllable lines are somewhat uncouth and do scant
justice to the liquid melody of Theocritus' hexameters; but though
these _Idillia_ have no great literary value, the hardy pioneer
is entitled to some credit for breaking new ground. Only one copy
(preserved in the Bodleian Library) of the original edition is known.
Some years ago a small edition, for private circulation, was issued
from the press of Rev. H.C. Daniel.

Richard Barnfield(1574-1627) had genuine poetical gifts, but seldom
displayed them to advantage. Born in 1574 at Norbury, near Newport,
Shropshire, he was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, and is
conjectured to have been a member of Gray's Inn. He seems to have
spent most of his time in the country, leading the life of a country
gentleman. In 1594 he published _The Affectionate Shepheard_ (with a
dedication to Lady Penelope Rich), and in 1595 _Cynthia_. His last
work, _The Encomion of Lady Pecunia_, followed in 1598, a second
edition (with changes and additions) appearing in 1605. He died in
March 1626-7, leaving a son and a grand-daughter. In his will he is
described as of 'Dorlestone, in the Countie of Stafford, Esquire.'[4]

_The Affectionate Shepheard_ was inspired by Virgil's Second Eclogue.
Though the choice of subject was not happy, it must be allowed that
in describing country contentment and the pastimes of silly shepherds
Barnfield shows un-laboured fluency and grace, with playful touches
of quaint extravagance. The passage beginning 'And when th'art wearie
of thy keeping Sheepe'(pp. 159, 160) and ending 'Like Lillyes in
a bed of roses shed' is a pleasant piece of poetical embroidery.
Barnfield doubtless adopted the six-line stanza in imitation of
_Venus and Adonis_, 1593(which had in turn been modelled on Lodge's
_Glaucus and Scylla_, 1589). It has been recently pointed out--by Mr.
Charles Crawford in _Notes and Queries_--that some passages in _The
Affectionate Shepheard_ were closely imitated from Marlowe and Nashe's
_Dido_ (published in 1594), and that one line has been taken straight
out of Marlowe's _Edward II._ Appended to _The Affectionate Shepheard_
are _The Complainte of Chastitie_, in imitation of Michael Drayton, and
_Hellens Rape_--a copy of 'English Hexameters' so atrociously bad that
one wonders whether it was written to bring contempt on the metre which
Gabriel Harvey and others were vainly striving to popularise.

To _Cynthia_ is prefixed a copy of high-flying commendatory verses,
from which very little sense can be extracted, by 'T.T.,' possibly
Thomas Thorpe, the publisher of Shakespeare's Sonnets. In the address
to 'The Curteous Gentlemen Readers' Barnfield claims indulgence for
_Cynthia_ on the ground that it was the first 'imitation of the verse
of that excellent Poet, Maister _Spencer_, in his _Fayrie Queene_.'
The poem is a compliment to Queen Elizabeth, who is adjudged by Jove
to have merited the golden apple wrongly given by Paris to Venus.
When Barnfield mentioned that he borrowed the metre of _Cynthia_ from
Spenser, he forgot to add that the matter was drawn from Peele's
_Arraignment of Paris_. To _Cynthia_ succeed twenty sonnets extolling,
after the fashion of the age, the beauty and virtues of an imaginary
youth, Ganymede. In the last sonnet Barnfield introduces compliments to
Spenser (Colin) and Drayton (Rowland):--

    'Ah had great _Colin_, chiefe of sheepheards all,
      Or gentle _Rowland_, my professed friend,
      Had they thy beautie, or my pennance pend,
    Greater had beene thy fame, and lesse my fall:
      But since that euerie one cannot be wittie,
      Pardon I craue of them, and of thee pitty.'

The 'Ode' that follows the sonnets runs trippingly away in easy
trochaics; but _Cassandra_ is laboured and languid.

_The Encomion of Lady Pecunia_ has an 'Address to the Gentlemen
Readers,' in which Barnfield states that he had been at much pains to
find an unhackneyed subject for his pen. After long consideration he
had determined to write the praises of money, a theme both new (for
none had ventured upon it before) and pleasing (for money is always in
esteem). It was in pursuit of money that Hawkins and Drake had lost
their lives. Barnfield wrote a fine epitaph on Hawkins:--

    'The[5] Waters were his Winding sheete, the Sea was made his Toome;
    Yet for his fame the Ocean Sea was not sufficient roome.'

His lines on Drake are not quite so happy:--

    'England[6] his hart; his Corps the Waters have;
    And that which raysed his fame, became his grave.'

The _Encomion_ is smoothly written, and is not without humour.
A country gentleman in easy circumstances, Barnfield could dally
playfully with a subject that had for him no terrors. His example
probably led 'T. A.' (Thomas Acheley?) to write _The Massacre of
Money_, 1602. _The Complaint of Poetrie for the Death of Liberalitie_
seems to be an imitation of Spenser's _Teares of the Muses_. More
interesting are the _Poems: in divers humors_ at the end of the
booklet, for among them are the sonnet 'If Musique and sweet Poetrie
agree,' and the 'Ode' beginning 'As it fell upon a day,' which were
long ascribed erroneously to Shakespeare. In the poem entitled
'A Remembrance of some English Poets' Barnfield praises Spenser,
Daniel, Drayton, and Shakespeare. For Sir Philip Sidney he had a deep
admiration, but his 'Epitaph' was a poor tribute. The verse with
which the tract ends,'A Comparison of the Life of Man,' is distinctly
impressive:--

    'Mans life is well compared to a feast,
    Furnisht with choice of all Varietie:
    To it comes Tyme; and as a bidden guest
    Hee sets him downe, in Pompe and Majestie;
    The three-folde Age of Man the Waiters bee:
      Then with an earthen voyder (made of clay)
      Comes Death, and takes the table clean away.'

We now reach a group of elegies (pp. 271-318) by various hands on Sir
Philip Sidney, printed as an Appendix to Spenser's _Colin Clouts Come
Home Againe_, 1595, with a dedication to Sidney's widow, who by her
second marriage had become Countess of Essex. There was no man more
generally beloved than Sidney, and none whose loss was more sincerely
deplored. Numberless were the tributes paid in verse and prose to his
memory. The present collection embraces 'Astrophel,' by Spenser;
the 'Dolefull Lay of Clorinda,' by Sidney's sister, the Countess of
Pembroke; 'The Mourning Muse of Thestylis' and 'A Pastorall Æglogue,'
both by Lodowick Bryskett; 'An Elegie, or Friends Passion, for his
Astrophel,' by Matthew Roydon; 'An Epitaph,' probably by Sir Walter
Ralegh; and 'Another of the same' (_i.e._ on the same subject), which
Malone was inclined to attribute to Sir Edward Dyer, while Charles Lamb
ascribed it on internal evidence to Fulke Greville. Although _Colin
Clouts Come Home Againe_ was first published in 1595, the dedicatory
epistle to Sir Walter Ralegh is dated from Kilcolman, 27th December
1591. All the elegies were doubtless written soon after Sidney's death.
Lodowick Bryskett's two poems had been entered in the Stationers'
Register on 22nd August 1587, but are not known to have been separately
published. Matthew Roydon's elegy had appeared in the _Phœnix Nest_,
1593, where also are found the 'Epitaph' and 'Another of the Same.
Excellently written by a most woorthy gentleman.'

In _The Ruines of Time_ (1591) there are some fine stanzas to Sidney's
memory; but if the literary public expected an elaborate elegy from
Spenser, 'Astrophel' must have disappointed their hopes. When we recall
Moschus' lament over Bion, or Ovid's tribute to Tibullus, or _Lycidas_,
or _Adonais_, Spenser's elegy on Sidney seems thin and colourless.
Scores of poets who had not a tithe of Spenser's genius have left
elegies that far transcend 'Astrophel.' Lady Pembroke's sisterly
tribute of affection will be read with respect; but however much we
may commend the pious intentions of the naturalised Italian Ludowick
Bryskett, it is impossible to find a word of praise for such 'rude
rhymes' as

    'Come forth, ye Nymphes, come forth, forsake your watry boures!
    Forsake your mossy caves and help me to lament;
    Help me to tune my dolefull notes to gurgling sound
    Of Liffies tumbling streames; come, let salt teares of ours
    Mix with his waters fresh,' etc.

Matthew Roydon's elegy is too diffuse, but has some most happy and
memorable stanzas. As we gaze at Isaac Oliver's beautiful miniature of
Sidney, in the Windsor Palace collection, those oft-quoted lines of
Roydon inevitably leap to the lips:--

    'A sweet attractive kind of grace,
    A full assurance given by lookes,
    Continuall comfort in a face,
    The lineaments of Gospell bookes:
      I trowe that countenance cannot lie
      Whose thoughts are legible in the eie.'

The 'Epitaph' beginning, 'To praise thy life, or waile thy worthie
death' appears to have been written by Sir Walter Ralegh. Sir John
Harington, in the notes appended to the sixteenth book of his
translation of _Orlando Furioso_ (1591), refers to 'our English
Petrarke, Sir Philip Sidney, or (as Sir Walter Rawleigh in his Epitaph
worthily calleth him) the Scipio and the Petrarke of our time' (see the
last stanza of the poem). Harington had evidently seen the 'Epitaph' in
MS.; and there is not the slightest reason for questioning the accuracy
of his ascription, for he was well acquainted with the poets of the
time, and curious information may be gathered from his Notes. I find
Ralegh's elegy somewhat obscure; pregnant, but harshly worded. Nor can
I profess any great admiration for 'Another of the same,' where the
vehemence of the writer's grief choked his utterance.

Of the first edition of _Alcilia: Philoparthen's Loving Folly_,
1595 (pp. 319-362), only one copy is known, preserved in the public
library at Hamburgh. On the last page are subscribed the author's
initials 'J.C.', which have been altered in ink to 'J.G.' in the
Hamburgh copy. The poem was reprinted in London in 1613, 1619, and
1628, being accompanied by Marston's _Pygmalion's Image_ and Samuel
Page's _Amos and Laura_. Who 'J.C.' may have been is unknown; for the
wild conjecture that he was John Chalkhill, author of _Thealma and
Clearchus_ and friend of Izaak Walton, is chronologically untenable.
For the space of two years the unknown poet had pressed his attentions
upon the lady whom he called Alcilia. She finally rejected his
addresses, and young 'J.C.' was not sorry to escape from bondage.
Hardly a trace of genuine passion can be found in _Alcilia_, which is
merely (as the author freely admits) a collection of odds and ends
written 'at divers times and upon divers occasions.' It is somewhat
surprising that there was a demand for new editions. 'J.C.' wrote with
elegance and facility, but the note of originality is wanting. Had the
poem appeared a few years earlier, it would have been entitled to more
consideration; but the achievements of Greene, Lodge, and others had
made it possible in the closing years of the sixteenth century for any
young writer of respectable talents to compose such verse as we find in
_Alcilia_.

_Daiphantus_, or _The Passions of Love_, 1604 (pp. 363-404), is
described on the title-page as 'By An. Sc. Gentleman,' assumed to stand
for Antony Scoloker. In the days of Henry VIII there was an Antony
Scoloker, a printer and translator, with whom 'An. Sc.' was doubtless
connected In the humorous prose address there is an interesting
reference to Shakespeare:--'It should be like the never-too-well-read
_Arcadia_ where the Prose and Verse, Matter and Words, are like his
Mistress eyes, one still excelling another and without corrival; or
to come home to the Vulgar's element, like friendly Shake-speare's
_Tragedies_, where the Comedian rides when the Tragedian stands on
tiptoe. Faith it should please all like Prince HAMLET. But, in sadness,
then it were to be feared he would run mad. In sooth I will not be
moonsick to please, nor out of my wits though I displease all. What?
Poet, are you in passion or out of Love? This is as strange as true.'
In the poem itself there is another reference to 'mad Hamlet,' though
Scoloker there seems to be glancing at the older play on the subject of
Hamlet. For the reader's guidance an 'Argument' is obligingly prefixed,
but it is to be feared that even with the help of this Argument he
will not find the poem very intelligible or of engrossing interest.
_Daiphantus_, of which only one copy (in the Douce Collection) is
known, was perhaps intended merely for circulation among the author's
friends, who may have been able to read between the lines. Appended is
the fine poem, 'The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage,' beginning:--

    'Give me my Scalop Shell of quiet,
    My Staff of faith to walk upon,
    My Scrip of joy, immortal diet,
    My Bottle of salvation,
    My Gown of glory, hope's true gage,
    And thus I'll take my Pilgrimage,' etc.

Possibly the publisher tacked on these verses without Scoloker's
knowledge. It is quite certain that they were not written by the author
of _Daiphantus_, and there are good reasons for assigning them to Sir
Walter Ralegh (_see_ Hannah's edition of Ralegh's _Poems_, 1885).

The 'Odes' of Michael Drayton (pp. 405-441), drawn from _Poems Lyrick
and Pastorall_ (1606?), and the later collection of 1619, contain some
of his best writing. There is no need to praise the glorious 'Ballad of
Agincourt,' but it may be noted that Drayton spent considerable pains
over the revision of this poem. It was fine in its original form, but
every change found in the later version was a clear improvement. No
signs of the file are visible, and we should certainly judge--unless
we had evidence to the contrary--that this imperishable 'ballad' had
been thrown off at a white heat. Only inferior to 'Agincourt' is
the stirring ode 'To the Virginian Voyage.' Professor Arber, a high
authority, is of opinion that it was composed some time before 12th
August 1606, on which day the Plymouth Company despatched Captain Henry
Challons' ship to North Virginia. In this valedictory address Drayton
writes:--

    'Your course securely steer,
    West-and-by-South forth keep!
      Rocks,[7] Lee-shores, nor Shoals,
      When Æolus scowls,
    You need not fear:
    So absolute the deep.'

Captain Challons sailed to Madeira, St. Lucia, Porto Rico, and thence
towards North Virginia. His little ship of fifty-five tons, with a crew
of twenty-nine Englishmen (and two native Virginians), had the ill-luck
on 10th November to fall in with the Spanish fleet of eight ships
returning from Havanna. It was captured by the Spaniards and the crew
were taken prisoners to Spain.

In a lighter vein, the ode beginning 'Maidens, why spare ye,' was
worthy to have been set to music by Robert Jones. The seventh ode was
written from the Peak in winter--

    'Amongst the mountains bleak,
    Exposed to sleet and rain'--

where Charles Cotton afterwards resided. Drayton's statement in the
ninth ode--

    'My resolution such
    How well and not how much
    To write'--

will draw a smile from any reader who has ever seriously attempted to
grapple with his multitudinous works. But in these odes, and in the
other 'lyric poesies' added in the 1619 edition, he was careful to curb
his tendency to diffuseness. He employed a variety of metres, and his
experiments were not always happy. Ode 5, 'An Amouret Anacreontic,'
cannot be unreservedly commended, and Ode 9, 'A Skeltoniad,' could
be spared. One of the most attractive poems is the address 'To his
Rival,' a capital piece of good-natured raillery. In his early work
Drayton frequently taxes the reader's patience by his disregard for
grammatical proprieties, and some of these maturer Odes are so ineptly
harsh that one has to grope for the writer's meaning (while one bans
the punctuation of old printers and modern editors alike). Hence it is
particularly pleasant to meet such a poem as 'To his Rival,' which
never swerves awry, but runs on blithely without an encountering
obstacle. The 'Hymn to his Lady's Birthplace' is a polished compliment,
and very charming is the canzonet 'To his Coy Love.' I end with
expressing a hope that the extracts here given from Michael Drayton may
induce the reader to make further acquaintance[8] with the writings of
one of the most lovable of our elder poets.

    A.H. BULLEN.

FOOTNOTES:

[Footnote 1: Ben Jonson (_Conversations with William Drummond of
Hawthornden_) took exception to the opening lines:--

    'He scorned such verses as could be transponed--
        Where is the man that never yett did hear
        Of faire Penelope, Ulisses Queene?
        Of faire Penelope Ulisses Queene,
        Wher is the man that never yett did hear?'
]

[Footnote 2: The passage is thus rendered by Jasper Mayne (_Part of
Lucian, made English ... in the year 1638_):--'Nor were it amiss,
having passed through India and Aethiopia, to draw our discourse
down to their neighbouring Aegypt. Where the ancient fiction which
goes of Proteus, methinks, signifies him only to be a certain dancer
and mimic; who could transform and change himself into all shapes,
sometimes acting the fluidness of water, sometimes the sharpness of
fire, occasioned by the quickness of its aspiring motion, sometimes the
fierceness of a lion, and fury of a libbard, and waving of an oak, and
whatever he liked.']

[Footnote 3: Cf. also Arnold's "Obermann once more":--

    '"Poor World," she cried, "so deep accurst,
      That runn'st from pole to pole
    To seek a draught to quench thy thirst,
      Go seek it in thy soul."'
]

[Footnote 4: The poems of Barnfield were not in the original _Garner_
and are now incorporated for the first time.]

[Footnote 5: Prince in his _Worthies of Devon_(1701) quotes this
couplet as an epitaph, by an anonymous writer, on Drake.]

[Footnote 6: There is a better epitaph on Drake in _Wit's
Recreations_(1640):--

    'Sir Drake, whom well the world's end knew,
      Which thou didst compasse round.
    And whom both Poles of Heaven once saw,
      Which North and South do bound:
    The Stars above would make thee known
      If men here silent were:
    The Sun himselfe cannot forget
      His fellow-passenger.'
]

[Footnote 7: On March 31, 1605, Captain George Weymouth started from
the Downs with a crew of twenty-nine to discover a North-West Passage
to the East Indies. On May 14 he 'descries land in 41° 30' N. in the
midst of dangerous rocks and shoals. Upon which he puts to sea, the
wind blowing south-south-west and west-south-west many days' (Prince's
_New England Chronology ap._ Garner, ii. 356). Drayton advises the
Virginian voyagers to keep the west-by-south course and so avoid
misadventures. He had not reckoned on the Spanish fleet.]

[Footnote 8: Several of Drayton's works have been reprinted by the
Spenser Society, and an excellent Introduction to them has been written
by Professor Oliver Elton (1895).]



_ORCHESTRA_,

or,

A Poem of Dancing.


    Judicially proving the true
     observation of Time and
    Measure, in the authentical
         and laudable
        use of Dancing.

       OVID, _Art. Aman._ lib. I.
    _Si vox est, canta: si mollia brachia, salta:
    Et quacunque potes dote placere, place._

                _At London_,
    Printed by J. ROBARTS for N. LING.
                    1596.



[The following entries at Stationers' Hall prove that this Poem,
composed in fifteen days, was written not later than June, 1594; though
it did not come to the press till November, 1596.


25 Junif [1594].

    Master HARRISON. Entred for his copie in Court holden this day/ a
    _Senior._      booke entituled, _Orchestra, or a poeme of Daunsing_.
                                                                   vjd.
                  _Transcript &c._ ii. 655. _Ed. 1875._


    xxj° Die Novembris [1596].

    NICHOLAS LYNG/ Entered for his copie under th[e h]andes of Master
                  JACKSON and master Warden DAWSON, a booke
                      called _Orchestra, or a poeme of Dauncinge_. vjd.

                       _Transcript &c._ iii. 74. _Ed. 1876._
]



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To his very friend,

Master RICHARD MARTIN.


    _To whom, shall I, this Dancing Poem send;
    This sudden, rash, half-capreol of my wit?
    To you, first mover and sole cause of it,
    Mine own-self's better half, my dearest friend!
        Oh would you, yet, my Muse some honey lend
        From your mellifluous tongue (whereon doth sit_
        Suada _in majesty) that I may fit
        These harsh beginnings with a sweeter end!
    You know the modest sun, full fifteen times,
    Blushing did rise, and blushing did descend,
    While I, in making of these ill made rhymes,
    My golden hours unthriftily did spend:
        Yet if, in friendship, you these Numbers praise,
        I will mispend another fifteen days._

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[The following Dedication was substituted in the edition of 1622.

To the Prince.


[_i.e._, CHARLES, _Prince of_ WALES.]

    Sir, whatsoever You are pleased to do,
        It is your special praise, that you are bent,
        And sadly set your Princely mind thereto:
        Which makes You in each thing so excellent.

    Hence is it, that You came so soon to be
        A Man-at-arms in every point aright,
        The fairest flower of noble Chivalry,
        And of Saint GEORGE his Band the bravest Knight.

    And hence it is, that all your youthful train
        In activeness and grace You do excel,
        When You do Courtly dancings entertain:
        Then Dancing's praise may be presented well

    To You, whose action adds more praise thereto
    Than all the Muses, with their pens can do.]

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ORCHESTRA,

or,

A Poem of Dancing.


1.

    Where lives the man, that never yet did hear
    Of chaste PENELOPE, ULYSSES's Queen?
    Who kept her faith unspotted twenty year;
    Till he returned, that far away had been,
    And many men and many towns had seen:
        Ten year at Siege of Troy, he ling'ring lay;
        And ten year in the midland sea did stray.


2.

    HOMER, to whom the Muses did carouse
    A great deep cup, with heavenly nectar filled;
    The greatest deepest cup in JOVE's great house
    (For JOVE himself had so expressly willed):
    He drank of all, ne let one drop be spilled;
        Since when, his brain, that had before been dry,
        Became the Wellspring of all Poetry.


3.

    Homer doth tell, in his abundant verse,
    The long laborious travails of the Man;
    And of his Lady too, he doth rehearse,
    How she illudes, with all the art she can,
    Th'ungrateful love which other Lords began;
        For of her Lord, false Fame, long since, had sworn
        That NEPTUNE's monsters had his carcass torn.


4.

    All this he tells, but one thing he forgot,
    One thing most worthy his eternal Song,
    But he was old, and blind, and saw it not:
    Or else he thought he should ULYSSES wrong,
    To mingle it his tragic acts among:
        Yet was there not, in all the world of things,
        A sweeter burden for his Muse's wings:


5.

    The Courtly love ANTINOUS did make,
    ANTINOUS, that fresh and jolly Knight,
    Which of the Gallants that did undertake
    To win the Widow, had most Wealth and Might,
    Wit to persuade, and Beauty to delight:
        The Courtly love he made unto the Queen,
        HOMER forgot, as if it had not been.


6.

    Sing then, TERPSICHORE, my light MUSE, sing
    His gentle art and cunning courtesy!
    You, Lady, can remember everything,
    For you are daughter of Queen MEMORY:
    But sing a plain and easy melody,
        For the soft mean that warbleth but the ground,
        To my rude ear doth yield the sweetest sound.


7.

    Only one night's Discourse I can report:
    When the great Torchbearer of heaven was gone
    Down, in a masque, unto the Ocean's Court,
    To revel it with TETHYS, all alone;
    ANTINOUS disguised, and unknown,
        Like to the Spring in gaudy ornament,
        Unto the Castle of the Princess went.


8.

    The sovereign Castle of the rocky isle,
    Wherein PENELOPE the Princess lay,
    Shone with a thousand lamps, which did exile
    The dim dark shades, and turned the night to day.
    Not JOVE's blue tent, what time the sunny ray
        Behind the bulwark of the earth retires,
        Is seen to sparkle with more twinkling fires.


9.

    That night, the Queen came forth from far within,
    And in the presence of her Court was seen.
    For the sweet singer PHŒMIUS did begin
    To praise the Worthies that at Troy had been:
    Somewhat of her ULYSSES she did ween,
        In his grave Hymn, the heavenly man would sing,
        Or of his wars, or of his wandering.


10.

    PALLAS, that hour, with her sweet breath divine,
    Inspired immortal beauty in her eyes,
    That with celestial glory she did shine
    Brighter than VENUS, when she doth arise
    Out of the waters to adorn the skies.
        The Wooers, all amazèd, do admire
        And check their own presumptuous desire.


11.

    Only ANTINOUS, when at first he viewed
    Her star-bright eyes, that with new honour shined,
    Was not dismayed; but therewithal renewed
    The _noblesse_ and the splendour of his mind:
    And, as he did fit circumstances find,
        Unto the throne, he boldly 'gan advance,
        And, with fair manners, wooed the Queen to dance.


12.

    _Goddess of women! sith your heavenliness
    Hath now vouchsafed itself to represent
    To our dim eyes; which though they see the less,
    Yet are they blest in their astonishment:
    Imitate heaven, whose beauties excellent
        Are in continual motion day and night,
        And move thereby more wonder and delight._


13.

    _Let me the mover be, to turn about
    Those glorious ornaments that Youth and Love
    Have fixed in you, every part throughout:
    Which if you will in timely measure move;
    Not all those precious gems in heaven above
        Shall yield a sight more pleasing to behold
        With all their turns and tracings manifold._


14.

    With this, the modest Princess blushed and smiled
    Like to a clear and rosy eventide,
    And softly did return this answer mild:
    _Fair Sir! You needs must fairly be denied,
    Where your demand cannot be satisfied.
        My feet, which only Nature taught to go,
        Did never yet the Art of Footing know._


15.

    _But why persuade you me to this new rage?
    For all Disorder and Misrule is new:
    For such misgovernment in former Age
    Our old divine forefathers never knew;
    Who if they lived, and did the follies view,
        Which their fond nephews make their chief affairs,
        Would hate themselves, that had begot such heirs._


16.

    _Sole Heir of Virtue, and of Beauty both!
    Whence cometh it_, ANTINOUS replies,
    _That your imperious Virtue is so loath
    To grant your Beauty her chief exercise?
    Or from what spring doth your opinion rise
        That Dancing is a Frenzy and a Rage,
        First known and used in this new-fangled Age?_


17.

    _Dancing, bright Lady! then, began to be,
    When the first seeds whereof the world did spring;
    The Fire, Air, Earth, and Water did agree
    By LOVE's persuasion (Nature's mighty King)
    To leave their first disordered combating;
        And, in a dance, such Measure to observe,
        As all the world their motion should preserve._


18.

    _Since when, they still are carried in a round;
    And changing come one in another's place:
    Yet do they neither mingle nor confound,
    But every one doth keep the bounded space,
    Wherein the Dance doth bid it turn or trace:
        This wondrous miracle did LOVE devise,
        For Dancing is LOVE's proper exercise._


19.

    _Like this, he framed the gods' eternal bower,
    And of a shapeless and confusèd mass,
    By his through-piercing and digesting power,
    The turning Vault of Heaven formèd was;
    Whose starry wheels he hath so made to pass
        As that their movings do a Music frame,
        And they themselves still dance unto the same._


20.

    _Or if_ "_this All, which round about we see_"
    _As idle MORPHEUS some sick brains hath taught,_
    "_Of undivided motes compactèd be,_"
    _How was this goodly architecture wrought?
    Or by what means were they together brought?
        They err, that say,_ "_they did concur by Chance!_"
        _LOVE made them meet in a well ordered Dance!_


21.

    _As when AMPHION with his charming Lyre
    Begot so sweet a Siren of the air,
    That, with her rhetoric, made the stones conspire,
    The ruins of a city to repair
    (A work of Wit and Reason's wise affair):
        So LOVE's smooth tongue the motes such measure taught,
        That they joined hands; and so the world was wrought!_


22.

    _How justly then is Dancing termèd new,
    Which, with the world, in point of time began?
    Yea Time itself (whose birth JOVE never knew,
    And which is far more ancient than the sun)
    Had not one moment of his age outrun,
        When out leaped Dancing from the heap of things
        And lightly rode upon his nimble wings._


23.

    _Reason hath both their pictures in her Treasure;
    Where Time the Measure of all moving is,
    And Dancing is a moving all in measure.
    Now, if you do resemble that to this,
    And think both One, I think you think amiss:
        But if you Judge them Twins, together got,
        And Time first born, your judgement erreth not._


24.

    _Thus doth it equal age with Age enjoy,
    And yet in lusty youth for ever flowers;
    Like LOVE, his Sire, whom painters make a boy,
    Yet is he Eldest of the Heavenly Powers;
    Or like his brother Time, whose wingèd hours,
        Going and coming, will not let him die,
        But still preserve him in his infancy._


25.

    This said, the Queen, with her sweet lips divine,
    Gently began to move the subtle air,
    Which gladly yielding, did itself incline
    To take a shape between those rubies fair;
    And being formed, softly did repair,
        With twenty doublings in the empty way,
        Unto ANTINOUS' ears, and thus did say.


26.

    _What eye doth see the heaven, but doth admire
    When it the movings of the heavens doth see?
    Myself, if I, to heaven may once aspire,
    If that be Dancing, will a dancer be;
    But as for this, your frantic jollity,
        How it began, or whence you did it learn,
        I never could, with Reason's eye discern?_


27.

    ANTINOUS answered, _Jewel of the earth!
    Worthy you are, that heavenly Dance to lead;
    But for you think our Dancing base of birth,
    And newly born but of a brain-sick head,
    I will forthwith his antique gentry read,
        And (for I love him) will his herald be,
        And blaze his arms, and draw his pedigree._


28.

    _When LOVE had shaped this world, this great fair wight,_
    (_That all wights else in this wide womb contains_),
    _And had instructed it to dance aright
    A thousand measures, with a thousand strains,
    Which it should practise with delightful pains,
        Until that fatal instant should revolve,
        When all to nothing should again resolve:_


29.

    _The comely Order and Proportion fair
    On every side did please his wand'ring eye;
    Till, glancing through the thin transparent air,
    A rude disordered rout he did espy
    Of men and women, that most spitefully
        Did one another throng and crowd so sore
        That his kind eye, in pity, wept therefore._


30.

    _And swifter than the lightning down he came,
    Another shapeless chaos to digest.
    He will begin another world to frame_
    (_For LOVE, till all be well, will never rest_).
    _Then with such words as cannot be expresst,
        He cuts the troops, that all asunder fling,
        And ere they wist, he casts them in a ring._


31.

    _Then did he rarify the Element,
    And in the centre of the ring appear;
    The beams that from his forehead shining went
    Begot a horror and religious fear
    In all the souls that round about him were,
        Which in their ears attentiveness procures,
        While he, with such like sounds, their minds allures._


32.

    "_How doth Confusions's Mother, headlong Chance,
    Put Reason's noble squadron to the rout?
    Or how should you, that have the governance
    Of Nature's children, heaven and earth throughout,
    Prescribe them rules, and live yourselves without?
        Why should your fellowship a trouble be,
        Since Man's chief pleasure is Society?_


33.

    "_If Sense hath not yet taught you, learn of me
    A comely moderation and discreet;
    That your assemblies may well ordered be,
    When my uniting power shall make you meet,
    With heavenly tunes it shall be tempered sweet;
        And be the model of the world's great frame,
        And you, Earth's children, Dancing shall it name._


34.

    "_Behold the world, how it is whirlèd round!
    And for it is so whirlèd, is namèd so:
    In whose large volume, many rules are found
    Of this new Art, which it doth fairly show.
    For your quick eyes in wandering to and fro,
        From East to West, on no one thing can glance;
        But (if you mark it well) it seems to dance._


35.

    "_First, you see fixed, in this huge mirror blue,
    Of trembling lights a number numberless;
    Fixed, they are named but with a name untrue;
    For they are moved and in a dance express
    The great long Year that doth contain no less
        Than threescore hundreds of those years in all,
        Which the Sun makes with his course natural._


36.

    "_What if to you these sparks disordered seem,
    As if by chance they had been scattered there?
    The gods a solemn measure do it deem
    And see a just proportion everywhere,
    And know the faints whence first their movings were
        To which first points, when all return again,
        The Axletree of Heaven shall break in twain._


37.

    "_Under that spangled sky, five wandering Flames,
    Besides the King of Day and Queen of Night,
    Are wheeled around, all in their sundry frames,
    And all in sundry measures do delight;
    Yet altogether keep no measure right;
        For by itself each doth itself advance,
        And by itself each doth a Galliard dance._


38

    "_VENUS_ (_the mother of that bastard LOVE,
    Which doth usurp the world's Great Marshal's name_),
    _Just with the sun, her dainty feet doth move;
    And unto him doth all her gestures frame
    Now after, now afore, the flattering Dame,
        With divers cunning passages doth err,
        Still him respecting, that respects not her._


39.

    "_For that brave SUN, the Father of the Day,
    Doth love this EARTH, the Mother of the Night,
    And like a reveller, in rich array,
    Doth dance his Galliard in his leman's sight;
    Both back, and forth, and sideways passing light.
        His gallant grace doth so the gods amaze,
        That all stand still, and at his beauty gaze._


40.

    "_But see the EARTH, when she approacheth near,
    How she for joy doth spring and sweetly smile;
    But see again, her sad and heavy cheer
    When, changing places, he retires a while;
    But those black clouds he shortly will exile,
        And make them all before his presence fly,
        As mists consumed before his cheerful eye._


41.

    "_Who doth not see the Measures of the MOON?
    Which thirteen times she danceth every year,
    And ends her Pavin thirteen times as soon
    As doth her brother, of whose golden hair
    She borroweth part, and proudly doth it wear.
        Then doth she coyly turn her face aside
        That half her cheek is scarce sometimes descried._


42.

    "_Next her, the pure, subtle, and cleansing fire
    Is swiftly carried in a circle even:
    Though VULCAN be pronounced by many, a liar,
    The only halting god that dwells in heaven.
    But that foul name may be more fitly given
        To your false fire, that far from heaven is fall,
        And doth consume, waste, spoil, disorder all._


43.

    "_And now, behold your tender nurse, the Air,
    And common neighbour that aye runs around;
    How many pictures and impressions fair,
    Within her empty regions are there found,
    Which to your senses, Dancing do propound?
        For what are breath, speech, echoes, music, winds
        But Dancings of the Air, in sundry kinds?_


44.

    "_For when you Breathe, the air in order moves;
    Now in, now out, in time and measure true
    And when you Speak, so well the Dancing loves
    That doubling oft, and oft redoubling new,
    With thousand forms she doth herself endue.
        For all the words that from your lips repair,
        Are nought but tricks and turnings of the Air._


45.

    "_Hence is her prattling daughter, ECHO, born,
    That dances to all voices she can hear.
    There is no sound so harsh that she doth scorn;
    Nor any time, wherein she will forbear
    The airy pavement with her feet to wear;
        And yet her hearing sense is nothing quick,
        For after time she endeth every trick._"


46.

    "_And thou, sweet Music, Dancing's only life,
    The ear's sole happiness, the Air's best speech,
    Loadstone of fellowship, Charming rod of strife,
    The soft mind's Paradise, the sick mind's Leech,
    With thine own tongue, thou trees and stones canst teach,
        That when the Air doth dance her finest measure.
        Then art thou born, the gods' and men's sweet pleasure._"


47.

    "_Lastly, where keep the Winds their revelry,
    Their violent turnings, and wild whirling Hayes;
    But in the Air's tralucent gallery?
    Where she herself is turned a hundred ways,
    While with those Maskers, wantonly she plays.
        Yet in this misrule, they such rule embrace
        As two, at once, encumber not the place._


48.

    "_If then Fire, Air, Wandering and Fixed Lights,
    In every province of th' imperial sky,
    Yield perfect forms of Dancing to your sights;
    In vain I teach the ear, that which the eye,
    With certain view, already doth descry;
        But for your eyes perceive not all they see,
        In this, I will your senses' master be._


49.

    "_For lo, the Sea that fleets about the land,
    And like a girdle clips her solid waist,
    Music and Measure both doth understand
    For his great Crystal Eye is always cast
    Up to the Moon, and on her fixèd fast;
        And as she danceth, in her pallid sphere,
        So danceth he about the centre here._


50.

    "_Sometimes his proud green waves, in order set,
    One after other, flow unto the shore;
    Which when they have with many kisses wet,
    They ebb away in order, as before:
    And to make known his Courtly Love the more,
        He oft doth lay aside his three-forked mace,
        And with his arms the timorous Earth embrace._


51.

    "_Only the Earth doth stand for ever still:
    Her rocks remove not, nor her mountains meet_
    (_Although some wits enriched with learning's skill,
    Say 'Heaven stands firm, and that the Earth doth fleet,
    And swiftly turneth underneath their feet'_);
        _Yet, though the Earth is ever steadfast seen,
        On her broad breast hath Dancing ever been._


52.

    "_For those blue veins, that through her body spread;
    Those sapphire streams which from great hills do spring,_
    (_The Earth's great dugs! for every wight is fed
    With sweet fresh moisture from them issuing_)
    _Observe a Dance in their wild wandering;
        And still their Dance begets a murmur sweet,
        And still the Murmur with the Dance doth meet._


53.

    "_Of all their ways, I love Mæander's path;
    Which, to the tunes of dying swans, doth dance
    Such winding slights. Such turns and tricks he hath,
    Such creeks, such wrenches, and such daliance
    That (whether it be hap or heedless chance)
        In his indented course and wringing play,
        He seems to dance a perfect cunning Hay._


54.

    "_But wherefore do these streams for ever run?
    To keep themselves for ever sweet and clear;
    For let their everlasting course be done,
    They straight corrupt and foul with mud appear.
    O ye sweet Nymphs, that beauty's loss do fear,
        Contemn the drugs that physic doth devise;
        And learn of LOVE, this dainty exercise._


55.

    "_See how those flowers, that have sweet beauty too,
    The only jewels that the EARTH doth wear
    When the young SUN in bravery her doth woo_)
    _As oft as they the whistling wind do hear,
    Do wave their tender bodies here and there:
        And though their dance no perfect measure is;
        Yet oftentimes their music makes them kiss._


56.

    "_What makes the Vine about the Elm to dance
    With turnings, windings, and embracements round?
    What makes the loadstone to the North advance
    His subtle point, as if from thence he found
    His chief attractive virtue to redound?
        Kind Nature, first, doth cause all things to love;
        Love makes them dance, and in just order move._


57.

    "_Hark how the birds do sing! and mark then how,
    Jump with the modulation of their lays,
    They lightly leap, and skip from bough to bough;
    Yet do the cranes deserve a greater praise,
    Which keep such measure in their airy ways:
        As when they all in order rankèd are,
        They make a perfect form triangular._


58.

    "_In the chief angle, flies the watchful guide;
    And all the followers their heads do lay
    On their foregoers' backs, on either side:
    But, for the Captain hath no rest to stay
    His head forwearied with the windy way,
        He back retires; and then the next behind,
        As his Lieutenant, leads them through the wind._


59.

    "_By why relate I every singular?
    Since all the world's great fortunes and affairs
    Forward and backward rapt and whirlèd are,
    According to the music of the spheres;
    And Chance herself her nimble feet upbears
        On a round slippery wheel, that rolleth aye,
        And turns all states with her impetuous sway._


60.

    "_Learn then to dance you, that are princes born
    And lawful Lords of earthly creatures all;
    Imitate them, and thereof take no scorn,
    For this new Art to them is natural.
    And imitate the stars celestial;
        For when pale Death your vital twist shall sever,
        Your better parts must dance with them for ever._"


61.

    _Thus LOVE persuades, and all the crowd of men
    That stands around, doth make a murmuring,
    As when the wind, loosed from his hollow den,
    Among the trees a gentle bass doth sing;
    Or as a brook, through pebbles wandering:
        But in their looks, they uttered this plain speech,_
        "_That they would learn to dance, if LOVE would teach._"


62.

    _Then, first of all, he doth demonstrate plain,
    The motions seven that are in Nature found;
    Upward and downward, forth and back again,
    To this side, and to that, and turning round:
    Whereof a thousand Brawls he doth compound,
        Which he doth teach unto the multitude;
        And ever, with a turn they must conclude._


63.

    _As when a Nymph arising from the land,
    Leadeth a dance, with her long watery train,
    Down to the sea, she wries to every hand,
    And every way doth cross the fertile plain;
    But when, at last, she falls into the Main,
        Then all her traverses concluded are,
        And with the sea her course is circular._


64.

    _Thus, when, at first, LOVE had them marshallèd,
    (As erst he did the shapeless mass of things)
    He taught them Rounds and winding Heyes to tread,
    And about trees to cast themselves in rings:
    As the two Bears, whom the First Mover flings
    With a short turn about Heaven's Axle-tree,
        In a round dance for ever wheeling be._


65.

    _But after these, as men more civil grew,
    He did more grave and solemn Measures frame;
    With such fair order and proportion true,
    And correspondence every way the same,
    That no fault-finding eye did ever blame:
        For every eye was movèd at the sight
        With sober wondering, and with sweet delight._


66.

    _Not those old students of the heavenly book,
    ATLAS the great, PROMETHEUS the wise;
    Which on the stars did all their lifetime look,
    Could ever find such measures in the skies,
    So full of change and rare varieties:
        Yet all the feet whereon these measures go
        Are only Spondees, solemn, grave, and slow._


67.

    _But for more divers and more pleasing show,
    A swift and wandering dance She did invent;
    With passages uncertain, to and fro,
    Yet with a certain Answer and Consent
    To the quick music of the instrument.
        Five was the number of the Music's feet;
        Which still the Dance did with five paces meet._


68.

    _A gallant Dance! that lively doth bewray
    A spirit and a virtue masculine;
    Impatient that her house on earth should stay,
    Since she herself is fiery and divine.
    Oft doth she make her body upward flyne
        With lofty turns and caprioles in the air,
        Which with the lusty tunes accordeth fair._


69.

    _What shall I name those current travases,
    That on a triple Dactyl foot, do run
    Close by the ground, with sliding passages?
    Wherein that dancer greatest praise hath won,
    Which with best order can all orders shun;
        For everywhere he wantonly must range.
        And turn, and wind, with unexpected change._


70.

    _Yet is there one, the most delightful kind,
    A lofty jumping, or a leaping round,
    When, arm in arm, two dancers are entwined,
    And whirl themselves, with strict embracements bound,
    And still their feet an Anapest do sound;
        An Anapest is all their music's song,
        Whose first two feet are short, and third is long._


71.

    _As the victorious twins of LÆDA and JOVE,
    (That taught the Spartans dancing on the sands
    Of swift Eurotas) dance in heaven above,
    Knit and united with eternal bands;
    Among the stars their double image stands,
        Where both are carried with an equal pace,
        Together jumping in their turning race._


72.

    _This is the net wherein the sun's bright eye
    VENUS and MARS entangled did behold;
    For in this dance their arms they so imply,
    As each doth seem the other to enfold.
    What if lewd wits another tale have told,
        Of jealous VULCAN, and of iron chains?
        Yet this true sense that forged lie contains._


73.

    _These various forms of dancing LOVE did frame,
    And besides these, a hundred millions moe;
    And as he did invent, he taught the same:
    With goodly gesture, and with comely show,
    Now keeping state, now humbly honouring low.
        And ever for the persons and the place,
        He taught most fit, and best according grace._


74.

    _For LOVE, within his fertile working brain,
    Did then conceive those gracious Virgins three,
    Whose civil moderation did maintain
    All decent order and conveniency,
    And fair respect, and seemly modesty:
        And then he thought it fit they should be born,
        That their sweet presence Dancing might adorn_.


75.

    _Hence is it, that these Graces painted are
    With hand in hand, dancing an endless round;
    And with regarding eyes, that still beware
    That there be no disgrace amongst them found:
    With equal foot they beat the flowery ground,
        Laughing, or singing, as their Passions will;
        Yet nothing that they do, becomes them ill._


76.

    _Thus LOVE taught men! and men thus learned of LOVE
    Sweet Music's sound with feet to counterfeit:
    Which was long time before high-thundering JOVE
    Was lifted up to Heaven's imperial seat.
    For though by birth he were the Prince of Crete,
        Nor Crete nor Heaven should that young Prince have seen,
        If dancers with their timbrels had not been._


77.

    _Since when all ceremonious mysteries,
    All sacred orgies and religious rites,
    All pomps, and triumphs, and solemnities,
    All funerals, nuptials, and like public sights,
    All parliaments of peace, and warlike fights,
        All learned arts, and every great affair,
        A lively shape of Dancing seems to bear._


78.

    _For what did he, who, with his ten-tongued Lute,
    Gave beasts and blocks an understanding ear;
    Or rather into bestial minds and brutes
    Shed and infused the beams of Reason clear?
    Doubtless, for men that rude and savage were,
        A civil form of Dancing he devised,
        Wherewith unto their gods they sacrificed._


79.

    _So did MUSÆUS, so AMPHION did,
    And LINUS with his sweet enchanting Song,
    And he whose hand the earth of monsters rid,
    And had men's ears fast chainèd to his tongue,
    And THESEUS to his wood-born slaves among,
        Used Dancing, as the finest policy
        To plant Religion and Society._


80.

    _And therefore, now, the Thracian ORPHEUS' lyre
    And HERCULES himself are stellified,
    And in high heaven, amidst the starry quire
    Dancing their parts, continually do slide.
    So, on the Zodiac, GANYMEDE doth ride,
        And so is HEBE with the Muses nine,
        For pleasing JOVE with dancing, made divine._


81.

    _Wherefore was PROTEUS said himself to change
    Into a stream, a lion, and a tree,
    And many other forms fantastic strange,
    As, in his fickle thought, he wished to be?
    But that he danced with such facility,
        As, like a lion, he could pace with pride,
        Ply like a plant, and like a river slide._


82.

    _And how was CŒNEUS made, at first, a man,
    And then a woman, then a man again,
    But in a Dance? which when he first began
    He the man's part in measure did sustain:
    But when he changed into a second strain,
        He danced the woman's part another space;
        And then returned unto his former place._


83.

    _Hence sprang the fable of TIRESIAS,
    That he the pleasure of both sexes tried;
    For, in a dance, he man and woman was.
    By often change of place, from side to side,
    But, for the woman easily did slide,
        And smoothly swim with cunning hidden Art,
        He took more pleasure in a woman's part._


84.

    _So to a fish VENUS herself did change,
    And swimming through the soft and yielding wave,
    With gentle motions did so smoothly range,
    As none might see where she the water drave;
    But this plain truth that falsèd fable gave,
        That she did dance with sliding easiness,
        Pliant and quick in wandering passages._


85.

    _And merry BACCHUS practised dancing too,
    And to the Lydian numbers Rounds did make.
    The like he did in th' Eastern India do,
    And taught them all, when PHŒBUS did awake,
    And when at night he did his coach forsake,
        To honour heaven, and heaven's great rolling eye,
        With turning dances and with melody._


86.

    _Thus they who first did found a Common weal,
    And they who first Religion did ordain,
    By dancing first the people's hearts did steal:
    Of whom we now a thousand tales do feign.
    Yet do we now their perfect rules retain,
        And use them still in such devices new;
        As in the world, long since, their withering grew._


87.

    _For after Towns and Kingdoms founded were,
    Between great states arose well-ordered war,
    Wherein most perfect Measure doth appear:
    Whether their well set Ranks respected are,
    In quadrant forms or semicircular;
        Or else the March, when all the troops advance,
        Unto the drum in gallant order dance._


88.

    _And after wars, when white-winged Victory
    Is with a glorious Triumph beautified;
    And every one doth Ιῶ! Ιῶ! cry,
    While all in gold the Conqueror doth ride;
    The solemn pomp, that fills the city wide,
        Observes such Rank and Measure everywhere,
        As if they altogether dancing were._


89.

    _The like just order Mourners do observe,
    But with unlike affection and attire,
    When some great man, that nobly did deserve,
    And whom his friends impatiently desire,
    Is brought with honour to his latest fire.
        The dead corpse, too, in that sad dance is moved
        As if both dead and living dancing loved._


90.

    _A diverse cause, but like solemnity,
    Unto the Temple leads the bashful bride,
    Which blusheth like the Indian ivory
    Which is with dip of Tyrian purple dyed:
    A golden troop doth pass on every side,
        Of flourishing young men and virgins gay,
        Which keep fair Measure all the flowery way._


91.

    _And not alone the general multitude
    But those choice NESTORS, which in counsel grave
    Of cities and of kingdoms do conclude,
    Most comely order in their sessions have;
    Wherefore the wise Thessalians ever gave
        The name of Leader of their Country's Dance
        To him that had their country's governance._


92.

    _And those great Masters of the liberal arts,
    In all their several Schools, do Dancing teach;
    For humble Grammar first doth set the parts
    Of congruent and well according Speech,
    Which Rhetoric, whose state the clouds doth reach,
        And heavenly Poetry do forward lead,
        And divers Measures diversely do tread._


93.

    _For Rhetoric clothing Speech in rich array,
    The looser numbers teacheth her to range
    With twenty tropes, and turnings every way,
    And various figures and licentious change:
    But Poetry, with rule and order strange,
        So curiously doth move each single pace
        As all is marred if she one foot misplace._


94.

    _These Arts of Speech the Guides and Marshals are,
    But Logic leadeth Reason in a dance_
    (_Reason, the Cynosure and bright Loadstar
    _In this world's sea, t' avoid the rocks of Chance_),
    For with close following, and continuance,
        One reason doth another so ensue
        As, in conclusion, still the Dance is true._


95.

    _So Music to her own sweet tunes doth trip,
    With tricks of_ 3, 5, 8, 15, _and more;
    So doth the Art of Numbering seem to skip
    From Even to Odd, in her proportioned score;
    So do those skills, whose quick eyes do explore
        The just dimension both of earth and heaven,
        In all their rules observe a measure even._


96.

    _Lo, this is Dancing's true nobility;
    Dancing, the Child of Music and of Love;
    Dancing itself, both Love and Harmony;
    Where all agree, and all in order move;
    Dancing, the art that all Arts doth approve;
        The sure Character of the world's consent,
        The heavens true figure, and th'earth's ornament._


97.

    The Queen, whose dainty ears had borne too long
    The tedious praise of that she did despise,
    Adding once more the music of the tongue
    To the sweet speech of her alluring eyes;
    Began to answer in such winning wise
        As that forthwith ANTINOUS' tongue was tied,
        His eyes fast fixed, his ears were open wide.


98.

    _Forsooth,_ quoth she, _great glory you have won
    To your trim minion, Dancing, all this while,
    By blazing him LOVE'S first begotten son,
    Of every ill the hateful father vile,
    That doth the world with sorceries beguile,
        Cunningly mad, religiously profane,
        Wit's monster, Reason's canker, Sense's bane._


99.

    _LOVE taught the mother that unkind desire
    To wash her hands in her own infants blood;
    LOVE taught the daughter to betray her sire
    Into most base unworthy servitude;
    LOVE taught the brother to prepare such food
        To feast his brothers that the all-seeing sun,
        Wrapt in a cloud, the wicked sight did shun._


100.

    _And even this self-same LOVE hath Dancing taught,
    An Art that shewed th' Idea of his mind
    With vainness, frenzy, and misorder fraught;
    Sometimes with blood and cruelties unkind,
    For in a dance TEREUS' mad wife did find
        Fit time and place, by murdering her son,
        T' avenge the wrong his traitorous sire had done._


101.

    _What mean the Mermaids, when they dance and sing,
    But certain death unto the mariner?
    What tidings do the dancing Dolphins bring,
    But that some dangerous storm approacheth near?
    Then since both Love and Dancing liveries bear
        Of such ill hap unhappy may they prove
        That, sitting free, will either dance or love!_


102.

    Yet, once again, ANTINOUS did reply,
    _Great Queen! condemn not LOVE the innocent,
    For this mischievous LUST, which traitorously
    Usurps his Name, and steals his Ornament;
    For that TRUE LOVE, which Dancing did invent,
        Is he that tuned the world's whole harmony,
        And linked all men in sweet society._


103.

    _He first extracted from th' earth-mingled mind
    That heavenly fire, or quintessence divine,
    Which doth such sympathy in Beauty find
    As is between the Elm and fruitful Vine,
    And so to Beauty ever doth incline;
        Life's life it is, and cordial to the heart,
        And of our better part the better part._


104.

    _This is True Love, by that true CUPID got;
    Which danceth Galliards in your amorous eyes,
    But to your frozen heart approacheth not;
    Only your heart he dares not enterprise,
    And yet through every other part he flies,
        And everywhere he nimbly danceth now,
        Though in yourself yourself perceive not how._


105.

    _For your sweet beauty daintily transfused
    With due proportion, throughout every part;
    What is it but a dance where LOVE hath used
    His finer cunning, and more curious Art?
    Where all the Elements themselves impart,
        And turn, and wind, and mingle with such measure
        That th' eye that sees it surfeits with the pleasure._


106.

    _LOVE in the twinkling of your eyelids danceth,
    LOVE dances in your pulses and your veins,
    LOVE, when you sew, your needle's point advanceth,
    And makes it dance a thousand curious strains
    Of winding rounds; whereof the form remains
        To shew that your fair hands can dance the Hey,
        Which your fine feet would learn as well as they._


107.

    _And when your ivory fingers touch the strings
    Of any silver-sounding instrument,
    LOVE makes them dance to those sweet murmurings,
    With busy skill and cunning excellent!
    O that your feet, those tunes would represent
        With artificial motions to and fro,
        That LOVE this Art in every part might shew!_


108.

    _Yet your fair soul, which came from heaven above
    To rule this house_ (_another heaven below_)
    _With divers powers in harmony doth move;
    And all the virtues that from her do flow
    In a round measure, hand in hand do go:
        Could I now see, as I conceive this dance,
        Wonder and Love would cast me in a trance._


109.

    _The richest jewel in all the heavenly treasure,
    That ever yet unto the earth was shown,
    Is Perfect Concord th' only perfect pleasure,
    That wretched earthborn men have ever known:
    For many hearts it doth compound in one,
        That what so one doth will, or speak, or do,
        With one consent they all agree thereto._


110.

    _Concord's true picture shineth in this Art
    Where divers men and women rankèd be,
    And every one doth dance a several part,
    Yet all as one in measure do agree,
    Observing perfect uniformity:
        All turn together, all together trace,
        And all together honour and embrace._


111.

    _If they whom sacred Love hath linked in one,
    Do, as they dance, in all their course of life;
    Never shall burning grief nor bitter moan,
    Nor factious difference, nor unkind strife,
    Arise between the husband and the wife;
        For whether forth, or back, or round he go,
        As doth the man, so must the woman do._


112.

    _What, if by often interchange of place,
    Sometimes the woman gets the upper hand?
    That is but done for more delightful grace,
    For on that part, she doth not ever stand;
    But, as the Measures' law doth her command,
        She wheels about, and, ere the dance doth end,
        Into her former place she doth transcend._


113.

    _But not alone this correspondence meet
    And uniform consent doth Dancing praise;
    For Comeliness, the child of Order sweet,
    Enamels it with her eye-pleasing rays:
    Fair Comeliness, ten hundred thousand ways,
        Through Dancing sheds itself, and makes it shine
        With glorious beauty, and with grace divine._


114.

    _For Comeliness is a disposing fair
    Of things and actions in fit time and place;
    Which doth in Dancing shew itself most clear
    When troops confused, which here and there do trace,
    Without distinguishment or bounded space,
        By dancing rule, into such ranks are brought,
        As glads the eye, and ravisheth the thought._


115.

    _Then why should Reason judge that reasonless
    Which is Wit's Offspring, and the work of Art,
    Image of Concord, and of Comeliness?
    Who sees a clock moving in every part,
    A sailing pinnace, or a wheeling cart,
        But thinks that Reason, ere it came to pass,
        The first impulsive cause and mover was?_


116.

    _Who sees an army all in rank advance,
    But deems a wise Commander is in place,
    Which leadeth on that brave victorious dance?
    Much more in Dancing's Art, in Dancing's grace,
    Blindness itself may Reason's footsteps trace;
        For of Love's Maze it is the curious plot,
        And of Man's Fellowship the true-love knot._


117.

    _But if these eyes of yours (Loadstars of Love!
    Shewing the world's great Dance to your mind's eye)
    Cannot, with all their demonstrations, move
    Kind apprehension in your Phantasy
    Of Dancing's virtue and nobility;
        How can my barbarous tongue win you thereto,
        Which heaven's and earth's fair speech could never do?_


118.

    _O LOVE! my King! If all my Wit and power
    Have done you all the service that they can;
    O be you present, in this present hour,
    And help your servant and your true liegeman!
    End that persuasion, which I erst began!
        For who in praise of Dancing can persuade
        With such sweet force, as LOVE, which Dancing made?_


119.

    LOVE heard his prayer; and swifter than the wind,
    (Like to a page in habit, face, and speech),
    He came; and stood ANTINOUS behind,
    And many secrets of his thoughts did teach.
    At last a crystal Mirror he did reach
        Unto his hands, that he with one rash view
        All forms therein by LOVE'S revealing knew.


120.

    And humbly honouring, gave it to the Queen,
    With this fair speech, _See, fairest Queen!_ quoth he,
    _The fairest sight that ever shall be seen,
    And th' only wonder of posterity!
    The richest work in Nature's treasury!
        Which she disdains to shew on this world's stage,
        And thinks it far too good for our rude age._


121.

    _But in another world, divided far,
    In the great fortunate triangled Isle,
    Thrice twelve degrees removed from the North Star,
    She will this glorious Workmanship compile,
    Which she hath been conceiving all this while
        Since the world's birth; and will bring forth at last,
        When six and twenty hundred years are past._


122.

    PENELOPE the Queen, when she had viewed
    The strange eye-dazzling admirable sight,
    Fain would have praised the State and Pulchritude;
    But she was stricken dumb with wonder quite,
    Yet her sweet mind retained her thinking might.
        Her ravished mind in heavenly thoughts did dwell;
        But what she thought, no mortal tongue can tell.


123.

    You, Lady Muse, whom JOVE the Counsellor
    Begot of MEMORY, Wisdom's Treasuress,
    To your divining tongue is given a power
    Of uttering secrets, large and limitless;
    You can PENELOPE'S strange thoughts express;
        Which she conceived, and then would fain have told,
        When she the wondrous Crystal did behold.


124.

    Her wingèd thoughts bore up her mind so high
    As that she weened she saw the glorious throne,
    Where the bright Moon doth sit in Majesty:
    A thousand sparkling stars about her shone,
    But she herself did sparkle more, alone,
        Than all those thousand beauties would have done,
        If they had been confounded all in one.


125.

    And yet she thought those stars moved in such measure,
    To do their Sovereign honour and delight,
    As soothed her mind with sweet enchanting pleasure,
    Although the various Change amazed her sight,
    And her weak judgement did entangle quite:
        Besides, their moving made them shine more clear;
        As diamonds moved more sparkling do appear.


126.

    This was the Picture of her wondrous thought!
    But who can wonder that her thought was so,
    Sith VULCAN, King of Fire, that Mirror wrought
    (Which things to come, present, and past doth know),
    And there did represent in lively show
        Our glorious English Court's divine Image,
        As it should be in this our Golden Age?

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127.

    Away, TERPSICHORE, light Muse, away!
    And come, URANIA, Prophetess divine!
    Come, Muse of Heaven, my burning thirst allay!
    Even now, for want of sacred drink, I pine:
    In heavenly moisture dip this pen of mine,
        And let my mouth with nectar overflow,
        For I must more than mortal glory show!


128.

    O that I had HOMER'S abundant vein,
    I would hereof another Ilias make!
    Or else the Man of Mantua's charmèd brain,
    In whose large throat great JOVE the thunder spake!
    O that I could old GEOFFREY'S Muse awake,
        Or borrow COLIN'S fair heroic style,
        Or smooth my rhymes with _DELIA'S_ servant's file!


129.

    O could I, sweet Companion, sing like you
    Which of a _Shadow_, under a shadow sing!
    Or like fair SALVES' sad lover true!
    Or like the Bay, the marigold's darling,
    Whose sudden verse, Love covers with his wing!
        O that your brains were mingled all with mine,
        T' enlarge my Wit for this great work divine!


130.

    Yet ASTROPHEL might one for all suffice.
    Whose supple Muse camelion-like doth change
    Into all forms of excellent device:
    So might the Swallow, whose swift Muse doth range
    Through rare _Idæas_ and inventions strange,
        And ever doth enjoy her joyful Spring,
        And Sweeter than the Nightingale doth sing.


131.

    O that I might that singing Swallow hear,
    To whom I owe my service and my love!
    His sugared tunes would so enchant mine ear,
    And in my mind such sacred fury move,
    As I should knock at heaven's great gate above,
        With my proud rhymes; while, of this heavenly state,
        I do aspire the Shadow to relate.


    FINIS.


[_In later editions a different ending of the poem was substituted for
the above, from after Stanza 126, thus:_

       *       *       *       *       *

    _Here are wanting some stanzas describing Queen
    ELIZABETH.

    Then follow these:_


127.

    Her brighter dazzling beams of Majesty
    Were laid aside: for she vouchsafed awhile
    With gracious, cheerful, and familiar eye,
    Upon the Revels of her Court to smile,
    For so Time's journey she doth oft beguile:
        Like sight no mortal eye might elsewhere see
        So full of State, Art, and variety.


128.

    For of her Barons brave, and Ladies fair
    (Who had they been elsewhere, most fair had been),
    Many an incomparable lovely pair
    With hand-in-hand were interlinkèd seen,
    Making fair honour to their sovereign Queen:
        Forward they paced, and did their pace apply
        To a most sweet and solemn melody.


129.

    So subtle and curious was the measure
    With such unlooked-for change in every strain,
    As that PENELOPE rapt with sweet pleasure
    Weened she beheld the true proportion plain
    Of her own web, weaved and unweaved again:
        But that her Art was somewhat less, she thought,
        And on a mere ignoble subject wrought.


130.

    For here, like to the silkworm's industry,
    Beauty itself out of itself did weave
    So rare a work, and of such subtlety,
    As did all eyes entangle and deceive;
    And in all minds a strange impression leave.
        In this sweet labyrinth did CUPID stray,
        And never had the power to pass away.


131.

    As when the Indians, neighbours of the Morning,
    In honour of the cheerful rising Sun,
    With pearl and painted plumes themselves adorning,
    A solemn stately measure have begun;
    The god well pleased with that fair honour done,
        Sheds forth his beams, and doth their faces kiss
        With that immortal glorious face of his:


132.

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    JOHN STANDYSHE

         Entred for his copie A booke called _Nosce Teipsum
         The oracle expounded in two Elegies._ 1. _of human
         kno[w]ledge._ 2. _of the soule of Man and th[e]
         immortality thereof._

    Master PONSONBYES

     [_the junior Warden_
     _at the time_] hand is
      to yt.

         This is aucthorised vnder the hand of the L[ord]
          Bysshop of LONDON PROVYED that yt must not be
        printed without his L[ordships] hand to yt again.

                           _Transcript &c._ iii. 142. _Ed._ 1876.



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To my most gracious dread Sovereign.


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    _To that clear Majesty which in the North
        Doth like another sun in glory rise;
        Which standeth fixt, yet spreads her heavenly worth
        Loadstone to hearts, and loadstar to all eyes:_

    _Like heaven in all; like th' earth in this alone,
        That though great States by her support do stand,
        Yet she herself supported is of none,
        But by the finger of th' Almighty's hand:_

    _To the divinest and the richest Mind,
        Both by Art's purchase and by Nature's dower,
        That ever was from heaven to earth confined,
        To shew the utmost of a creature's power:_

    _To that great Spirit which doth great kingdoms move,
        The sacred spring, whence Right and Honour streams,
        Distilling Virtue, shedding Peace and Love
        In every place, as CYNTHIA sheds her beams:_

    _I offer up some sparkles of that fire,
        Whereby we Reason, Live, and Move, and Be.
        These sparks, by nature, evermore aspire;
        Which makes them to so high a Highness flee._

    _Fair Soul, since to the fairest body knit,
        You give such lively life, such quick'ning power.
        Such sweet celestial influence to it
        As keeps it still in youth's immortal flower;_

    _(As where the sun is present all the year,
        And never doth retire his golden ray,
        Needs must the Spring be everlasting there,
        And every season, like the month of May)_

    _O many, many years, may you remain
        A happy Angel to this happy land!
        Long, long may you on earth our Empress reign!
        Ere you in heaven, a glorious angel stand._

             _Stay long, sweet Spirit, ere than to heaven depart,
             Which mak'st each place a heaven, wherein thou art._


               _Her Majesty's least and unworthiest subject,_

    _JOHN DAVIES._

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Of Human Knowledge.


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    Why did my parents send me to the Schools,
        That I with knowledge might enrich my mind?
        Since the Desire to Know first made men fools,
        And did corrupt the root of all mankind.

    For when GOD's hand had written in the hearts
        Of the First Parents, all the rules of good;
        So that their skill infused, did pass all Arts
        That ever were, before, or since the Flood;

    And when their Reason's eye was sharp and clear,
        And, as an eagle can behold the sun,
        Could have approached the Eternal Light as near
        As th'intellectual angels could have done:

    Even then, to them the Spirit of Lies suggests
        That they were blind, because they saw not Ill;
        And breathes into their incorrupted breasts,
        A curious Wish, which did corrupt their Will.

    For that same Ill they straight desired to know,
        Which Ill (being nought but a defect of Good);
        In all GOD's works, the Devil could not show,
        While Man, their Lord, in his perfection stood.

    So that themselves were first to _do_ the Ill
        Ere they thereof the _knowledge_ could attain;
        Like him, that knew not poison's power to kill,
        Until, by tasting it, himself was slain.

    Even so, by tasting of that fruit forbid,
        Where they sought Knowledge, they did Error find;
        Ill they desired to know, and Ill, they did;
        And to give Passion eyes, made Reason blind.

    For then their minds did first in Passion see,
        Those wretched Shapes of Misery and Woe,
        Of Nakedness, of Shame, of Poverty,
        Which then their own experience made them know.

    But then grew Reason dark, that she no more
        Could the fair forms of Good and Truth discern:
        Bats they became, that eagles were before;
        And this they got by their Desire to Learn.

    But we, their wretched offspring, what do we?
        Do not we still taste of the fruit forbid?
        Whiles, with fond fruitless curiosity,
        In books profane we seek for knowledge hid?

    What is this Knowledge but the sky-stol'n fire
        For which the Thief still chained in ice doth sit,
        And which the poor rude Satyr did admire,
        And needs would kiss, but burnt his lips with it?

    What is it, but the cloud of empty rain,
        Which when JOVE'S guest embraced, he monsters got?
        Or the false pails, which oft being filled with pain,
        Received the water, but retained it not?

    Shortly, what is it but the fiery Coach
        Which the Youth sought, and sought his death withal?
        Or the Boy's wings, which when he did approach
        The sun's hot beams, did melt, and let him fall?

    And yet, alas, when all our lamps are burned,
        Our bodies wasted, and our spirits spent;
        When we have all the learned volumes turned,
        Which yield men's wits, both help and ornament:

    What can we know? or what can we discern?
        When Error chokes the windows of the Mind;
        The divers Forms of things how can we learn,
        That have been, ever from our birthday, blind?

    When Reason's lamp (which, like the sun in sky,
        Throughout man's little world her beams did spread)
        Is now become a Sparkle, which doth lie
        Under the ashes, half extinct, and dead;

    How can we hope, that through the Eye and Ear,
        This dying Sparkle, in this cloudy place,
        Can re-collect these beams of knowledge clear,
        Which were infused in the first minds, by grace?

    So might the heir, whose father hath in play
        Wasted a thousand pounds of ancient rent,
        By painful earning of one groat a day,
        Hope to restore the patrimony spent.

    The wits that dived most deep, and soared most high,
        Seeking man's powers, have found his weakness such;
        "Skill comes so slow, and life so fast doth fly;
        We learn so little, and forget so much."

    For this, the wisest of all moral men
        Said, _He knew nought, but that he nought did know!_
        And the great mocking Master, mocked not then,
        When he said, _Truth was buried deep below!_

    For how may we, to other's things attain,
        When none of us, his own Soul understands?
        For which, the Devil mocks our curious brain,
        When, _Know thyself!_ his oracle commands.

    For why should we the busy Soul believe,
        When boldly she concludes of that and this?
        When of herself, she can no judgement give,
        Nor How, nor Whence, nor Where, nor What she is?

    All things without, which round about we see,
        We seek to know, and have therewith to do;
        But that, whereby we Reason, Live, and Be,
        Within ourselves, we strangers are thereto.

    We seek to know the moving of each sphere,
        And the strange cause of th' ebbs and floods of Nile;
        But of that Clock, which in our breasts we bear,
        The subtle motions we forget the while!

    We that acquaint ourselves with every zone,
        And pass both tropics, and behold both poles;
        When we come home, are to ourselves unknown
        And unacquainted still with our own souls!

    We study Speech, but others we persuade;
        We Leechcraft learn, but others cure with it;
        We interpret Laws which other men have made,
        But read not those which in our hearts are writ.

    Is it because the Mind is like the Eye,
        (Through which it gathers knowledge by degrees)
        Whose rays reflect not but spread outwardly,
        Not seeing itself, when other things it sees?

    No, doubtless, for the Mind can backward cast
        Upon herself, her understanding light;
        But she is so corrupt, and so defac't,
        As her own image doth herself affright.

    As in the fable of that Lady fair,
        Which, for her lust, was turned into a cow;
        When thirsty to a stream she did repair,
        And saw herself transformed (she wist not how;)

    At first, she startles! then, she stands amazed!
        At last, with terror, she from thence doth fly,
        And loathes the wat'ry glass wherein she gazed,
        And shuns it still, though she for thirst do die.

    Even so, Man's Soul, which did God's Image bear,
        And was, at first, fair, good, and spotless pure;
        Since with her sins, her beauties blotted were,
        Doth, of all sights, her own sight least endure.

    For even, at first reflection, she espies
        Such strange CHIMERAS and such monsters there!
        Such toys! such antics! and such vanities!
        As she retires, and shrinks for shame and fear.

    And as the man loves least at home to be,
        That hath a sluttish house, haunted with sprites;
        So she, impatient her own faults to see,
        Turns from herself, and in strange things delights.

    For this, few _know themselves_! for merchants broke,
        View their estate with discontent and pain;
        And seas are troubled, when they do revoke
        Their flowing waves into themselves again.

    And while the face of outward things we find,
        Pleasing and fair, agreeable and sweet;
        These things transport and carry out the mind,
        That with herself, herself can never meet.

    Yet if Affliction once her wars begin,
        And threat the feeble Sense with sword and fire;
        The Mind contracts herself, and shrinketh in,
        And to herself she gladly doth retire,

    As spiders touched, seek their web's inmost part;
        As bees in storms, unto their hives return;
        As blood in danger, gathers to the heart;
        And men seek towns, when foes the country burn.

    If ought can teach us ought, Affliction's looks
        (Making us look into ourselves so near)
        Teach us to _know ourselves_, beyond all books,
        Or all the learned Schools that ever were!

    This Mistress, lately, plucked me by the ear,
        And many a golden lesson hath me taught,
        Hath made my Senses quick, and Reason clear,
        Reformed my Will, and rectified my Thought.

    So do the winds and thunders cleanse the air;
        So working lees settle and purge the wine;
        So lopt and pruned trees do flourish fair;
        So doth the fire the drossy gold refine.

    Neither MINERVA, nor the learned Muse,
        Nor Rules of Art, nor Precepts of the Wise,
        Could in my brain, those beams of skill infuse,
        As but the glance of this Dame's angry eyes.

    She, within lists, my ranging mind hath brought,
        That now beyond myself I list not go;
        Myself am Centre of my circling thought,
        Only Myself, I study, learn, and know.

    I _know_ my Body's of so frail a kind,
        As force without, fevers within, can kill;
        I _know_ the heavenly nature of my Mind;
        But 'tis corrupted, both in Wit and Will.

    I _know_ my Soul hath power to know all things,
        Yet is she blind and ignorant in all;
        I _know_ I am one of Nature's little kings,
        Yet to the least and vilest things am thrall!

    I _know_ my Life's a pain, and but a span;
        I _know_ my Sense is mocked with every thing:
        And to conclude, I _know_ myself a Man;
        Which is a proud, and yet a wretched thing!



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Of the Soul of Man; and the Immortality thereof.


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    The Lights of Heaven, which are the world's fair eyes,
        Look down into the world, the world to see;
        And as they turn, or wander in the skies,
        Survey all things, that on this Centre be.

    And yet the Lights which in my Tower do shine,
        Mine Eyes! (which view all objects, nigh and far)
        Look not into this little world of mine,
        Nor see my face, wherein they fixed are.

    Since Nature fails us in no needful thing;
        Why want I means, mine inward self to see?
        Which sight, the Knowledge of Myself might bring;
        Which, to true wisdom, is the first degree.

    That Power (which gave me eyes, the world to view)
        To view myself, infused an Inward Light,
        Whereby my Soul, as by a Mirror true,
        Of her own form, may take a perfect sight.

    But as the sharpest Eye discerneth nought,
        Except the sunbeams in the air do shine;
        So the best Soul, with her reflecting thought,
        Sees not herself, without some light Divine.

    O LIGHT! (which makest the Light, which makest the Day;
        Which settest the Eye without, and Mind within)
        Lighten my spirit, with one clear heavenly ray!
        Which now to view itself, doth first begin.

    For her true form, how can my Spark discern?
        Which dim by Nature, Art did never clear;
        When the great wits, of whom all skill we learn,
        Are ignorant, both What She is! and Where!

    One thinks the Soul is Air, another Fire,
        Another, Blood diffused about the heart,
        Another saith, the Elements conspire,
        And to her Essence, each doth give a part.

    Musicians think our Souls are Harmonies;
        Physicians hold that they Complexions be:
        Epicures make them Swarms of Atomies,
        Which do, by change, into our bodies flee!

    Some think one General Soul fills every brain,
        As the bright sun sheds light in every star;
        And others think the name of Soul is vain,
        And that We, only Well-mixed Bodies are.

    In judgement of her Substance, thus they vary;
        And thus they vary in judgement of her Seat;
        For some, her chair up to the Brain do carry,
        Some thrust it down into the Stomach's heat!

    Some place it in the root of life, the Heart;
        Some, in the Liver, fountain of the veins;
        Some say, "She is all in all, and all in part!"
        Some say, "She is not contained, but all contains!"

    Thus these great Clerks their little wisdom show,
        While with their doctrines, they at hazard play;
        Tossing their light opinions to and fro,
        To mock the lewd; as learned in this, as they!

    For no crazed brain could ever yet propound,
        Touching the Soul, so vain and fond a thought;
        But some among these Masters, have been found,
        Which in their Schools, the selfsame thing have taught.

    GOD, only-Wise! to punish Pride of Wit,
        Among men's wits hath this confusion wrought!
        As the proud Tower, whose points the clouds did hit,
        By Tongues' Confusion, was to ruin brought.

    But, Thou! which didst Man's Soul, of nothing make!
        And when to nothing, it was fallen again;
        To make it new, the Form of Man didst take,
        And, GOD with GOD, becam'st a Man with men!

    Thou! that hast fashioned twice, this Soul of ours,
        So that She is, by double title, Thine;
        Thou, only, knowest her nature and her powers,
        Her subtle form, Thou, only, canst define!

    To judge herself, She must herself transcend,
        As greater circles comprehend the less:
        But She wants power, her own powers to extend,
        As fettered men cannot their strength express.

    But Thou, bright morning Star! Thou, rising Sun!
        Which, in these later times, has brought to light
        Those mysteries, that, since the world began,
        Lay hid in darkness and eternal night!

    Thou, like the sun, doth with indifferent ray,
        Into the palace and the cottage shine!
        And showest the Soul, both to the Clerk and Lay,
        By the clear Lamp of thy Oracle Divine!

    This Lamp, through all the regions of my brain,
        Where my Soul sits, doth spread such beams of grace,
        As now, methinks! I do distinguish plain
        Each subtle line of her immortal face.

[Sidenote: What the Soul is?]

    The Soul, a Substance and a Spirit is,
        Which GOD Himself doth in the body make,
        Which makes the Man; for every man, from this,
        The Nature of a man and Name doth take.

    And though the Spirit be to the Body knit,
        As an apt meane her powers to exercise;
        Which are Life, Motion, Sense, and Will, and Wit:
        Yet she survives, although the Body dies.

[Sidenote: That the Soul is a thing subsisting by itself, without the
Body.]

    She is a Substance, and a real thing,
        1. Which hath, itself, an actual working Might,
        2. Which neither from the Sense's power doth spring,
        3. Nor from the Body's humours tempered right.

    She is a Vine, which doth no propping need,
        To make her spread herself, or spring upright;
        She is a Star, whose beams do not proceed
        From any sun, but from a native light.

[Sidenote: That the Soul hath a proper operation, without the Body.]

    For when She sorts things present with the past,
        And thereby things to come doth oft foresee;
        When She doth doubt at first, and choose at last:
        These acts her own, without the Body, be.

    When of the dew, which the Eye and Ear do take,
        From flowers abroad, and bring into the brain;
        She doth, within, both wax and honey make:
        This work is hers, this is her proper pain!

    When She from sundry acts, one Skill doth draw;
        Gathering from divers fights, one Art of War;
        From many Cases like, one Rule of Law:
        These, her collections, not the Sense's, are.

    When in th'Effects, She doth the Causes know;
        And seeing the stream, thinks where the spring doth rise;
        And seeing the branch, conceives the root below:
        These things She views, without the Body's eyes.

    When She, without a Pegasus, doth fly
        Swifter than lightning's fire, from East to West;
        About the Centre, and above the Sky:
        She travels then, although the Body rest.

    When all her works She formeth first within;
        Proportions them, and sees their perfect end,
        Ere She in act, doth any part begin:
        What instruments doth then, the Body lend?

    When without hands, She thus doth castles build;
        Sees without eyes, and without feet doth run;
        When She digests the world, yet is not filled:
        By her own power, these miracles are done.

    When She defines, argues, divides, compounds;
        Considers Virtue, Vice, and General Things;
        And marrying diverse principles and grounds,
        Out of their match, a true conclusion brings:

    These actions, in her closet, all alone,
        (Retired within herself) She doth fulfil;
        Use of her Body's organs, She hath none,
        When She doth use the powers of Wit and Will.

    Yet in the Body's prison, so She lies,
        As through the Body's windows She must look,
        Her divers powers of Sense to exercise,
        By gathering notes out of the world's great book.

    Nor can herself discourse, or judge of ought,
        But what the Sense collects, and home doth bring,
        And yet the Power of her discoursing Thought,
        From these Collections, is a diverse thing.

    For though our eyes can nought but colours see,
        Yet colours give them not their Power of Sight;
        So, though these fruits of Sense, her objects be,
        Yet She discerns them by her proper light.

    The workman on his stuff, his skill doth shew,
        And yet the stuff gives not the man his skill;
        Kings, their affairs, do, by their servants know,
        But order them by their own royal will.

    So though this cunning Mistress, and this Queen
        Doth, as her instruments, the Senses use,
        To know all things that are Felt, Heard, or Seen;
        Yet She herself doth only Judge and Choose:

    Even as our great wise Empress (that now reigns
        By sovereign title over sundry lands)
        Borrows, in mean affairs, her subjects' pains,
        Sees by their eyes, and writeth by their hands:

    But things of weight and consequence indeed,
        Herself doth in her chamber them debate;
        Where, all her Councillors she doth exceed
        As far in judgement, as she doth in State.

    Or as the man, whom she doth now advance,
        Upon her gracious Mercy Seat to sit,
        Doth common things, of course and circumstance,
        To the Reports of common men commit:

    But when the Cause itself must be decreed,
        Himself in person, in his proper Court,
        To grave and solemn hearing doth proceed,
        Of every proof, and every by-report.

    Then, like God's angel, he pronounceth right,
        And milk and honey from his tongue do flow:
        Happy are they, that still are in his sight,
        To reap the wisdom, which his lips do sow.

    Right so, the Soul, which is a Lady free,
        And doth the justice of her State maintain;
        Because the Senses, ready servants be,
        Attending nigh about her Court, the Brain;

    By them, the forms of outward things She learns,
        For they return unto the Fantasy,
        Whatever each of them abroad discerns;
        And there enrol it for the Mind to see.

    But when She sits to judge the good and ill,
        And to discern betwixt the false and true;
        She is not guided by the Senses' skill,
        But doth each thing in her own mirror view.

    Then She the Senses checks! which oft do err,
        And even against their false reports, decrees;
        And oft She doth condemn, what they prefer,
        For with a power above the Sense, She sees:

    Therefore, no Sense, the precious joys conceives,
        Which in her private contemplations be;
        For then, the ravished Spirit, the Senses leaves,
        Hath her own powers, and proper actions free.

    Her harmonies are sweet and full of skill,
        When on the Body's instrument She plays:
        But the proportions of the Wit and Will,
        Those sweet accords are even the angels' lays.

    These tunes of Reason are AMPHION's lyre,
        Wherewith he did the Theban city found;
        These are the notes, wherewith the heavenly Quire,
        The praise of Him, which spreads the heaven, doth sound.

    Then her self-being nature shines in this,
        That She performs her noblest works alone!
        "The work, the touchstone of the nature is!"
        And "by their operations, things are known!"

[Sidenote: 2. That the Soul is more than a perfection or reflection of
the Sense.]

    Are they not senseless then! that think the Soul
        Nought but a fine perfection of the Sense,
        Or of the forms which Fancy doth enrol,
        A quick Resulting, and a Consequence?

    What is it, then, that doth the Sense accuse,
        Both of false judgements, and fond appetites?
        Which makes us do, what Sense doth most refuse?
        Which oft, in torment of the Sense delights?

    Sense thinks the planets' spheres not much asunder;
        What tells us, then, their distance is so far?
        Sense thinks the lightning born before the thunder,
        What tells us, then, they both together are?

    When men seem crows, far off upon a tower;
        Sense saith, "They are crows!" What makes us think them men?
        When we, in agues, think all sweet things sour;
        What makes us know our tongue's false judgements then?

    What power was that, whereby MEDEA saw,
        And well approved and praised the better course,
        When her rebellious Sense did so withdraw
        Her feeble powers, as she pursued the worst?

    Did Sense persuade ULYSSES not to hear
        The Mermaid's songs? which so his men did please,
        As they were all persuaded through the ear,
        To quit the ship, and leap into the seas.

    Could any power of Sense the Roman move,
        To burn his own right hand, with courage stout?
        Could Sense make MARIUS sit unbound, and prove
        The cruel lancing of the knotty gout?

    Doubtless in Man, there is a Nature found
        Beside the senses, and above them far;
        Though "most men being in sensual pleasures drowned,
        It seems their souls but in their senses are."

    If we had nought but sense, then only they
        Should have sound minds, which have their senses sound;
        But Wisdom grows, when senses do decay,
        And Folly most, in quickest sense is found.

    If we had nought but Sense, each living wight,
        Which we call brute, would be more sharp than we;
        As having Sense's apprehensive might
        In a more clear and excellent degree.

    But they do want that quick discoursing Power,
        Which doth, in us, the erring Sense correct:
        Therefore the bee did suck the painted flower,
        And birds, of grapes the cunning shadow peckt.

    Sense, outsides knows! the Soul, through all things sees,
        Sense, circumstance! She doth, the substance view;
        Sense sees the bark! but She, the life of trees;
        Sense hears the sounds! but She, the concords true.

    But why do I the Soul and Sense divide?
        When Sense is but a power, which She extends,
        Which being in divers parts diversified,
        The divers Forms of objects apprehends?

    This power spreads outward; but the root doth grow
        In th'inward Soul, which only doth perceive;
        For the Eyes and Ears, no more their objects know,
        Than glasses know what faces they receive.

    For if we chance to fix our thoughts elsewhere;
        Although our eyes be ope, we do not see,
        And if one Power did not both see and hear,
        Our sights and sounds would always double be.

    Then is the Soul a Nature which contains
        The power of Sense within a greater power;
        Which doth employ and use the senses' pains,
        But sits and rules within her private bower.

[Sidenote: 3. That the Soul is more than the Temperature of the Humours
of the body.]

    If She doth then the subtle Sense excel,
        How gross are they, that drown her in the blood!
        Or in the Body's humours tempered well,
        As if in them, such high perfection stood.

    As if most skill in that musician were,
        Which had the best and best-tuned instrument;
        As if the pencil neat, and colours clear
        Had power to make the painter excellent

    Why doth not Beauty then refine the Wit?
        And good Complexion rectify the Will?
        Why doth not Health bring Wisdom still with it?
        Why doth not Sickness make men brutish still?

    Who can in Memory, or Wit, or Will;
        Or Air! or Fire! or Earth! or Water find!
        What alchemist can draw, with all his skill,
        The Quintessence of these, out of the Mind?

    If th'Elements (which have, nor Life, nor Sense)
        Can breed in us so great a power as this!
        Why give they not themselves, like excellence,
        Or other things wherein their mixture is?

    If She were but the Body's quality
        Then would She be, with it, sick! maimed! and blind!
        But we perceive, when these privations be,
        A healthy, perfect, and sharp-sighted Mind.

    If She, the Body's nature did partake,
        Her strength would, with the Body's strength decay;
        But when the Body's strongest sinews slake,
        Then is the Soul most active! quick! and gay!

    If She were but the Body's accident,
        And her sole Being did in it subsist
        As white in snow; She might herself absent!
        And in the Body's substance not the mist.

    But it on Her, not She on it depends,
        For She the Body doth sustain and cherish.
        Such secret powers of life to it, She lends;
        That when they fail, then doth the Body perish.

    Since, then, the Soul works by herself alone,
        Springs not from Sense, nor Humours well agreeing;
        Her nature is peculiar, and her own.
        She is a Substance! and a Perfect Being.

[Sidenote: That the Soul is a Spirit.]

    But though this Substance be the root of Sense,
        Sense knows her not! (which doth but bodies know)
        She is a Spirit, and a heavenly influence;
        Which from the fountain of GOD's Spirit doth flow.

    She is a Spirit; yet not like air, or wind,
        Nor like the spirits about the heart or brain,
        Nor like those spirits which alchemists do find,
        When they, in everything, seek gold, _in vain_.

    For She, all natures under heaven doth pass;
        Being like those spirits, which GOD's bright face do see,
        Or like Himself! whose Image once She was,
        Though now, alas, She scarce his Shadow be.

    Yet of the forms, She holds the first degree,
        That are to gross material bodies knit;
        Yet She herself is bodiless and free,
        And, though confined, is almost infinite.

[Sidenote: That it cannot be a Body.]

    Were She a Body, how could She remain
        Within this body, which is less than She?
        Or how could She, the world's great shape contain;
        And in our narrow breasts contained be?

    All bodies are confined within some place;
        But She all place within herself confines;
        All bodies have their measure and their space;
        But who can draw the Soul's dimensive lines?

    No Body can, at once, two forms admit,
        Except the one, the other do deface;
        But in the Soul, ten thousand forms do sit,
        And none intrudes into her neighbour's place.

    All bodies are, with other bodies filled,
        But She receives both heaven and earth together,
        Nor are their Forms, by rash encounter, spilled,
        For there they stand, and neither toucheth either.

    Nor can her wide embracements fillèd be;
        For they that most and greatest things embrace,
        Enlarge thereby their mind's capacity,
        As streams enlarged, enlarge the channel's space.

    All things received, do such proportion take,
        As those things have, wherein they are received:
        So little glasses, little faces make;
        And narrow webs, on narrow frames be weaved:

    Then, what vast body must we make the Mind?
        Wherein are men, beasts, trees, towns, seas, and lands,
        And yet each thing a proper place doth find,
        And each thing in the true proportion stands.

    Doubtless, this could not be, but that She turns
        Bodies to Spirits, by sublimation strange;
        As fire converts to fire, the things it burns;
        As we, our meats into our nature change.

    From their gross Matter, she abstracts the Forms,
        And draws a kind of Quintessence from things,
        Which to her proper nature, She transforms,
        To bear them light on her celestial wings.

    This doth She, when from things particular,
        She doth abstract the universal kinds,
        Which bodiless and immaterial are,
        And can be lodged but only in our minds.

    And thus, from divers accidents and acts,
        Which do within her observation fall;
        She, goddesses and Powers Divine abstracts,
        As Nature, Fortune, and the Virtues all.

    Again, how can She, several bodies know,
        If in herself a body's form She bears?
        How can a mirror sundry faces show,
        If from all shapes and forms it be not clear?

    Nor could we by our eyes, all colours learn,
        Except our eyes were, of all colours void,
        Nor sundry tastes can any tongue discern,
        Which is with gross and bitter humours cloyed.

    Nor may a man, of Passions judge aright,
        Except his mind be from all Passions free;
        Nor can a Judge, his office well acquite,
        If he possest of either party be!

    If, lastly, this quick power a Body were,
        Were it as swift, as is the wind or fire,
        (Whose atomies do, th' one down sideways bear,
        And make the other, in pyramids aspire);

    Her nimble body, yet in _time_ must move,
        And not in instants through all places slide:
        But She is nigh! and far! beneath! above!
        In point of time which thought can not divide.

    She's sent as soon to China, as to Spain,
        And thence returns, as soon as She is sent,
        She measures with one time and with one pain,
        An ell of silk, and heaven's wide-spreading tent.

    As then, the Soul a Substance hath alone
        Besides the Body, in which She is confined;
        So hath She _not_ a body of her own,
        But is a Spirit and immaterial Mind.

[Sidenote: That the Soul is created immediately by God.--_Zach_, xii.
x.]

    Since Body and Soul have such diversities;
        Well, might we muse, how first their match began,
        But that we learn, that He, that spread the skies
        And fixed the earth, first formed the Soul in Man.

    This true PROMETHEUS, first, made man of earth,
        And shed in him a beam of heavenly fire:
        Now, in their mother's womb, before their birth,
        Doth in all sons of men, their souls inspire.

    And as MINERVA is, in fables, said,
        From JOVE, without a mother, to proceed;
        So our true JOVE, without a mother's aid,
        Doth, daily, millions of MINERVAS breed.

[Sidenote: Erroneous opinions of the creation of souls.]

    Then neither, from Eternity before,
        Nor from the time, when time's first point began;
        Made He all souls! which now He keeps in store,
        Some in the moon, and others in the sun:

    Nor in the secret cloister doth He keep,
        These virgin spirits until their marriage day,
        Nor locks them up in chambers, where they sleep,
        Till they awake within these beds of clay.

    Nor did He first a certain number make,
        Infusing part in beasts, and part in men,
        And as unwilling farther pains to take,
        Would make no more, than those He framèd then.

    So that the widow Soul, her Body dying,
        Unto the next born Body married was;
        And so by often changing and supplying,
        Men's souls to beasts, and beasts' to men did pass.

    (These thoughts are fond! for since the bodies born
        Be more in number far than those that die;
        Thousands must be abortive, and forlorn,
        Ere others' deaths, to them their souls supply.)

    But as GOD's handmaid, Nature, doth create
        Bodies, in time distinct and order due;
        So GOD gives souls the like successive date,
        Which Himself makes in bodies formèd new.

    Which Himself makes, of no material things,
        For unto angels, He no power hath given,
        Either to form the shape, or stuff to bring,
        From air, or Fire, or substance of the heaven.

[Sidenote: That the Soul is not traduced from the parents.]

    Nor He, in this, doth Nature's service use,
        For though from bodies she can bodies bring;
        Yet could she never, souls from souls traduce,
        As fire from fire, or light from light doth spring.

    Alas! that some that were great lights of old,
        And in their hands the Lamp of GOD did bear,
        Some reverend Fathers did this error hold,
        Having their eyes dimmed with religious fear.

    "For when," say they, "by rule of faith we find,
        That every soul unto her body knit,
        Brings from the mother's womb, the Sin of Kind,
        The root of all the ill She doth commit."

    "How can we say, that GOD, the Soul doth make,
        But we must make Him author of her sin;
        Then from man's soul, She doth beginning take,
        Since in man's soul, corruption did begin."

    "For if GOD make her, first he makes her ill,
        (Which GOD forbid! our thoughts should yield unto)
        Or makes the body, her fair form to spill;
        Which, of itself, it hath no power to do."

    "Not Adam's Body, but his Soul did sin,
        And so herself unto corruption brought:
        But our poor Soul corrupted is within,
        Ere She hath sinned, either in act or thought";
    "And yet we see in her such powers divine,
        As we could gladly think, from GOD she came;
        Fain would we make Him author of the wine,
        If for the dregs, we could some other blame."

[Sidenote: The Answer to the Objection.]

    Thus these good men, with holy zeal were blind,
        When on the other part the truth did shine,
        Whereof we do clear demonstrations find,
        By light of Nature, and by light Divine.

    None are so gross, as to contend for this,
        That Souls from Bodies may traducèd be;
        Between whose natures no proportion is,
        When root and branch in nature still agree.

    But many subtle wits have justified
        That Souls from Souls, spiritually may spring;
        Which (if the nature of the Soul be tried)
        Will even, in Nature, prove as gross a thing.

[Sidenote: Reasons derived from Nature.]

    For all things made, are either made of nought,
        Or made of stuff that ready made doth stand:
        Of nought, no creature ever formed ought,
        For that is proper to th'Almighty's hand.

    If then the Soul, another soul do make;
        Because her power is kept within a bound,
        She must some former stuff or matter take;
        But in the Soul, there is no matter found.

    Then if her heavenly Form do not agree,
        With any matter which the world contains;
        Then She of nothing must created be,
        And to Create, to GOD alone, pertains!

    Again, if Souls do other Souls beget,
        'Tis by themselves, or by the Body's power!
        If by themselves! what doth their working let,
        But they might Souls engender every hour?

    If by the Body! how can Wit and Will,
        Join with the body, only in this act?
        Since when they do their other works fulfil,
        They from the Body, do themselves abstract!

    Again, if Souls, of Souls begotten were,
        Into each other they should change and move;
        And Change and Motion still corruption bear;
        How shall we then, the Soul immortal prove?

    If, lastly, Souls did generation use,
        Then should they spread incorruptible seed:
        What then becomes of that which they to lose,
        When the acts of generation do not speed?

    And though the Soul _could_ cast spiritual seed,
        Yet _would_ She not, because She never dies;
        For mortal things desire, their like to breed;
        That so they may their kind immortalise.

    Therefore the angels, Sons of God are named,
        And marry not, nor are in marriage given;
        Their spirits and ours are of one Substance framed,
        And have one Father, even the Lord of heaven:

    Who would at first, that in each other thing,
        The earth and water, living souls should breed;
        But that Man's Soul (whom He would make their king)
        Should from Himself immediately proceed.

    And when He took the woman from man's side,
        Doubtless Himself inspired her soul alone;
        For 'tis not said, he did, Man's _soul_ divide,
        But took _flesh of his flesh, bone of his bone_.

    Lastly, GOD, being made Man, for man's own sake,
        And being like man in all, except in sin:
        His Body, from the Virgin's womb did take;
        But all agree, _GOD formed His soul within_.

    Then is the Soul from God? So Pagans say,
        Which saw by Nature's light, her heavenly kind,
        Naming her "Kin to God!" and "GOD's bright ray,"
        "A citizen of heaven, to earth confined!"

    But now I feel they pluck me by the ear,
        (Whom my young Muse so boldly termed blind)
        And crave more heavenly light; that cloud to clear,
        Which makes them think GOD doth not make the Mind!

[Sidenote: Reasons drawn from divinity.]

    GOD doubtless makes her! and doth make her good!
        And grafts her in a Body, there to spring;
        Which though it be corrupted, flesh and blood,
        Can no way to the Soul, corruption bring.

    And yet this Soul (made good by GOD at first,
        And not corrupted by the Body's ill)
        Even in the womb, is sinful and accurst,
        Ere she can judge by Wit, or choose by Will.

    Yet is not GOD, the author of her Sin;
        Though author of her Being, and being there;
        And if we dare to judge our Judge therein;
        He can condemn us, and Himself can clear.

    First, GOD, from infinite eternity
        Decreed what hath been, is, or shall be done;
        And was resolved that every man should Be
        And, in his turn, his race of life should run.

    And so did purpose all the souls to make,
        That ever have been made, or ever shall;
        And that their Being, they should only take
        In human bodies, or not Be at all.

    Was it then fit, that such a weak event
        (Weakness, itself! the sin and fall of Man)
        His counsel's execution should prevent?
        Decreed and fixed before the world began.

    Or that one penal law, by ADAM broke,
        Should make GOD break His own eternal law;
        The settled order of the world revoke,
        And change all forms of things, which He foresaw.

    Could EVE'S weak hand, extended to the tree,
        In sunder rent that Adamantine Chain,
        Whose golden links, Effects and Causes be;
        And which to GOD's own chair, doth fixt remain?

    O could we see! how Cause from Cause doth spring!
        How mutually they linked and folded are!
        And hear how oft one disagreeing string,
        The harmony doth rather make, than mar!

    And view at once, how Death by sin is brought!
        And how from Death a better Life doth rise;
        How this, GOD's Justice and his Mercy taught;
        We, this decree, would praise, as right and wise!

    But we (that measure times, by First and Last)
        The sight of things successively do take;
        When GOD, on all at once, His view doth cast;
        And of all times, doth but one instant make.

    All in Himself, as in a glass, He sees,
        And from Him, by Him, through Him, all things be;
        His sight is not discursive, by degrees;
        But seeing the whole, each single part doth see.

    He looks on ADAM, as a root, or well,
        And on his heirs, as branches, and as streams;
        He sees all men as one man! though they dwell
        In sundry cities, and in sundry realms.

    And as the root and branch are but one tree,
        And well and stream do but one river make;
        So, if the root and well corrupted be;
        The stream and branch the same corruption take

    So when the root and fountain of Mankind;
        Did draw corruption, and GOD's curse by sin:
        This was a charge that all his heirs did bind;
        And all his offspring grew corrupt therein!

    And as when th' hand doth strike, the man offends,
        (For part from whole, Law severs not in this!)
        So ADAM'S sin to the whole Kind extends,
        For all their natures are but part of his.

    Therefore, this sin, of Kind, not personal;
        But real, and hereditary was:
        The guilt whereof, and punishment to all,
        By Course of Nature, and of Law doth pass.

    For as that easy law was given to all!
        To ancestor and heir! to first and last!
        So was the first transgression general;
        And All did pluck the fruit! and All did taste!

    Of this, we find some footsteps in our Law,
        Which doth her root from GOD and Nature take.
        Ten thousand men she doth together draw,
        And of them all, one Corporation make!

    Yet these and their successors are but One;
        And if they gain or lose their liberties;
        They harm or profit not themselves alone,
        But such, as in succeeding time, shall rise!

    And so the ancestor and all his heirs,
        (Though they in number pass the stars of heaven)
        Are still but One! His forfeitures are theirs!
        And unto them, are his advancements given!

    His civil acts to bind and bar them all!
        And as from ADAM, all corruption take;
        So if the father's crime be capital;
        In all the blood, Law doth _corruption_ make!

    Is it, then, just with us, to disinherit
        The unborn nephews, for the father's fault?
        And to advance again, for one man's merit,
        A thousand heirs that have deserved nought?

    And is not GOD's decree as just as ours,
        If He, for ADAM'S sins, his sons deprive
        Of all those native virtues, and those powers;
        Which He to him, and to his race did give?

    For what is this contagious Sin of Kind,
        But a privation of that grace within,
        And of that great rich dowry of the mind;
        Which all had had, but for the first man's sin?

    If then a man, on light conditions, gain
        A great estate, to him and his, for ever;
        If wilfully, he forfeit it again:
        Who doth bemoan his heir? or blame the giver?

    So, though GOD make the Soul good, rich, and fair;
        Yet when her form is to the Body knit,
        Which makes the Man: which Man is ADAM'S heir;
        Justly, forthwith, he takes his grace from it.

    And then the Soul, being first from nothing brought,
        When GOD's grace fails her, doth to nothing fall;
        And this _declining Proneness unto nought_,
        Is even that Sin, that we are born withal.

    Yet not, alone, the first good qualities,
        Which in the first Soul were, deprivèd are;
        But in their place the contrary do rise,
        And real spots of sin, her beauty mar.

    Nor is it strange that ADAM'S ill desert,
        Should be transferred unto his guilty race;
        When CHRIST, His grace and justice doth impart
        To men unjust! and such as have no grace!

    Lastly, the Soul were better so to be
        Born slave to sin, than not to Be at all!
        Since, if She do believe, One sets her free,
        That makes her mount the higher, from her fall.

    Yet this, the curious Wits will not content!
        They yet will know (since GOD foresaw this Ill)
        Why His high providence did not prevent
        The declination of the first Man's will.

    If by His word, He had the current stayed,
        Of Adam's will, which was by nature free;
        It had been one as if His word had said,
        "I will, henceforth, that man, no Man shall be!"

    For what is Man, without a moving Mind;
        Which hath a judging Wit, and choosing Will?
        Now, if GOD's power should her election bind;
        Her motions then would cease, and stand all still.

    And why did GOD in Man this Soul infuse;
        But that he should his Maker know and love?
        Now if love be compelled, and cannot choose;
        How can it grateful, or thankworthy prove?

    Love must free hearted be, and voluntary,
        And not enchanted, or by Fate constrained:
        Not like that love, which did ULYSSES carry
        To CIRCE'S isle, with mighty charms enchained

    Besides! Were we unchangeable in Will,
        And of a Wit, that nothing could misdeem;
        Equal to GOD (whose wisdom shineth still,
        And never errs) we might ourselves esteem.

    So that if Man would be unvariable;
        He must be GOD! or like a rock, or tree!
        For even the perfect angels were not stable;
        But had a fall, more desperate than we.

    Then let us praise that Power, which makes us be
        Men, as we are! and rest contented so!
        And knowing man's fall was Curiosity,
        Admire GOD's counsels! which we cannot know.

    And let us know that GOD, the Maker is
        Of all the Souls, in all the men that be:
        Yet their corruption is no fault of His;
        But the first man's, that broke GOD's first decree

[Sidenote: Why the Soul is united to the Body.]

    This Substance, and this Spirit, of God's own making,
        Is in the Body placed, and planted there:
        That both of GOD, and of the world partaking;
        Of all that is, Man might the Image bear!

    GOD, first, made Angels! bodiless pure minds!
        Then, other things, which mindless bodies be.
        Last, He made Man, the Horizon 'twixt both kinds,
        In whom, we do the World's Abridgement see.

    Besides! This world below did need one wight,
        Which might thereof, distinguish every part;
        Make use thereof, and take therein delight;
        And order things with industry and Art.

    Which, also, GOD, might (in His works) admire,
        And here, beneath, yield Him both prayer and praise;
        As there, above, the holy Angels' Quire
        Doth spread His glory, with spiritual lays.

    Lastly, the brute unreasonable wights,
        Did want a Visible King, on them to reign;
        And GOD Himself, thus to the world unites,
        That so the world might endless bliss obtain.

[Sidenote: In what manner the Soul is united to the Body.]

    But how shall we this Union well express?
        Nought ties the Soul, her subtility is such:
        She moves the body, which She doth possess;
        Yet no part toucheth, but by virtue's touch!

    Then dwells She _not_ therein, as in a tent,
        Nor as a pilot, in his ship doth sit,
        Nor as a spider, in her web is pent,
        Nor as the wax retains the print in it:

    Nor as a vessel, water doth contain,
        Nor as one liquor, in another shed,
        Nor as the heat doth in the fire remain,
        Nor as a voice, throughout the air is spread.

    But as the fair and cheerful Morning Light
        Doth, here and there, her silver beams impart:
        And, in an instant, doth herself unite
        To the transparent air, in all and part.

    Still resting whole, when blows, the air divide,
        Abiding pure, when th'air is most corrupted;
        Throughout the air, her beams dispersing wide;
        And, when the air is tost, not interrupted!

    So doth the piercing Soul, the Body fill,
        Being all in all, and all in part diffused?
        Indivisible! incorruptible still!
        Not forced! encountered! troubled! or confused!

    And as the Sun above, the light doth bring,
        Though we behold it in the air below;
        So from th' Eternal Light, the Soul doth spring,
        Though in the body, She her powers do show.

[Sidenote: How the Soul doth exercise her powers in the Body.]

    But as this world's sun doth effects beget,
        Diverse in divers places, every day,
        Here, Autumn's temperature! there, Summer's heat!
        Here, flowery Spring-tide! and there, Winter grey!

    Here, Even! there, Morn! here, Noon! there, Day! there, Night!
        Melts wax! dries clay! makes flowers some quick, some dead!
        Makes the Moor black! and th'European, white!
        Th'American tawny! and th'East Indian red!

    So in our little world, this Soul of ours,
        Being only One, and to one Body tied,
        Doth use on divers objects, diverse powers,
        And so are her effects diversified.

[Sidenote: The Vegetative or Quickening Power.]

    Her Quick'ning Power in every living part,
        Doth as a Nurse, or as a Mother serve;
        And doth employ her economic art,
        And busy care, her household to preserve.

    Here, She attracts! and there, She doth retain,
        There, She decocts, and doth the food prepare,
        There, She distributes it to every vein,
        There, She expels, what She may fitly spare.

    This power to MARTHA, may compared be,
        Which busy was, the household things to do;
        Or to a Dryas living in a tree,
        For even to trees, this power is proper too.

    And though the Soul may not this power extend
        Out of the body, but still use it there;
        She hath a Power, which she abroad doth send,
        Which views and searcheth all things everywhere.

[Sidenote: The power of Sense.]

    This Power is Sense, which from abroad doth bring,
        The Colour, Taste, and Touch, and Scent, and Sound,
        The Quantity, and shape of everything
        Within th'earth's centre or heaven's circle found.

    This Power, in parts made fit, fit objects takes,
        Yet not the Things, but Forms of Things receives:
        As when a seal in wax impression makes,
        The print therein, but not itself, it leaves:

    And though things sensible be numberless,
        But only five the Sense's organs be;
        And in those five, All Things their Forms express,
        Which we can Touch, Taste, Feel, or Hear, or See.

    These are the Windows, through the which She views
        The Light of Knowledge, which is Life's Load-star;
        And yet whiles She, these spectacles doth use,
        Oft, worldly things seem greater than they are.

[Sidenote: Sight.]

    First, the two Eyes, which have the Seeing Power,
        Stand as one Watchman, Spy, or Sentinel,
        Being placed aloft within the head's high Tower
        And though both see, yet both but one thing tell.

    These Mirrors take into their little space,
        The Forms of moon, and sun, and every star;
        Of every body, and of every place,
        Which, with the world's wide arms, embracèd are.

    Yet their best object, and their noblest use,
        Hereafter in another world will be;
        When GOD in them, shall heavenly light infuse,
        That face to face, they may their Maker see.

    Here are they guides, which do the Body lead,
        Which else would stumble in eternal night:
        Here in this world, they do much knowledge _read_,
        And are the Casements, which admit most light.

    They are her farthest-reaching instrument;
        Yet they no beams unto their objects send:
        But all the rays are from their objects sent;
        And in the Eyes, with pointed angles end.

    If th'objects be far off, the rays do meet
        In a sharp point, and so things seem but small;
        If they be near, their rays do spread and fleet,
        And make broad points, that things seem great withal.

    Lastly. Nine things to Sight requirèd are.
        The Power to see! the Light! the Visible thing!
        Being not too small! too thin! too nigh! too far!
        Clear space! and Time, the Form distinct to bring.

    Thus see we, how the Soul doth use the Eyes,
        As instruments of her quick power of sight;
        Hence do th'Arts Optic, and fair Painting rise.
        Painting, which doth all gentle minds delight!

[Sidenote: Hearing.]

    Now let us hear, how She the Ears employs:
        Their office is the troubled air to take,
        Which in their mazes, forms a sound or noise;
        Whereof herself doth true distinction make.

    These Wickets of the Soul are placed on high,
        Because all sounds do lightly mount aloft;
        And that they may not pierce too violently;
        They are delayed with turns and windings oft.

    For should the voice directly strike the brain,
        It would astonish and confuse it much;
        Therefore these plaits and folds the sound restrain,
        That it, the Organ may more gently touch!

    As streams, which, with their winding banks, do play,
        Stopt by their creeks, run softly through the plain;
        So in the Ear's labyrinth, the voice doth stray,
        And doth, with easy motion, touch the brain!

    It is the slowest, yet the daintiest Sense!
        For even the ears of such as have no skill,
        Perceive a discord, and conceive offence,
        And knowing not what's good, yet find the ill!

    And though this Sense, first, gentle Music found;
        Her proper object is the Speech of Man!
        But that speech chiefly which GOD's heralds sound,
        When their tongues utter, what his Spirit did pen.

    Our Eyes have lids, our Ears still ope we see!
        Quickly to hear, how every tale is proved;
        Our Eyes still move, our Ears unmoved be!
        That though we hear quick, we be not quickly moved.

    Thus by the organs of the Eye and Ear,
        The Soul with knowledge doth herself endue!
        Thus She her prison, may with pleasure bear;
        Having such prospects, all the world to view!

    These Conduit Pipes of Knowledge feed the Mind:
        But th'other three attend the Body still;
        For by their services the Soul doth find
        What things are to the Body, good or ill.

[Sidenote: Taste.]

    The Body's life, with meats and air is fed,
        Therefore the Soul doth use the Tasting power!
        In veins, which through the tongue and palate spread,
        Distinguish every relish, sweet and sour.

    This is the Body's Nurse! But since Man's wit
        Found th'art of cookery to delight his Sense:
        More bodies are consumed and killed with it!
        Than with the sword, famine, or pestilence.

[Sidenote: Smell.]

    Next, in the nostrils, She doth use the Smell,
        As GOD the breath of life in them did give;
        So makes He, now, His power in them to dwell;
        To judge all airs, whereby we breath and live.

    This Sense is also mistress of an Art,
        Which to soft people, sweet perfumes doth sell;
        Though this dear Art doth little good impart,
        Since "they smell best; that do of nothing smell!"

    And yet good scents do purify the Brain,
        Awake the Fancy, and the Wits refine.
        Hence Old Devotion, incense did ordain,
        To make men's spirits more apt for thoughts divine.

[Sidenote: Feeling.]

    Lastly, the Feeling power, which is Life's Root,
        Through every living part itself doth shed;
        By sinews, which extend from head to foot,
        And like a net, all o'er the Body spread.

    Much like a subtle spider, which doth sit
        In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide;
        If ought do touch the utmost thread of it;
        She feels it, instantly, on every side!

    By touch; the first pure qualities we learn,
        Which quicken all things, Hot, Cold, Moist, and Dry!
        By touch; Hard, Soft, Rough, Smooth, we do discern!
        By touch; sweet Pleasure, and sharp Pain we try!

    These are the outward instruments of Sense!
        These are the Guards, which every thing must pass;
        Ere it approach the Mind's intelligence!
        Or touch the Phantasy "Wits Looking Glass!"

[Sidenote: The Imagination, or Common Sense.]

    And yet these Porters which all things admit,
        Themselves perceive not, nor discern the things;
        One Common Power doth in the forehead sit,
        Which all their proper forms together brings.

    For all those Nerves, which spirits of Sense do bear,
        And to those outward organs spreading go,
        United are as in a centre there!
        And, there, this power, those sundry forms doth know!

    Those outward Organs present things receive;
        This inward Sense doth absent things retain!
        Yet, straight, transmits all Forms she doth perceive,
        Unto a higher region of the brain;

[Sidenote: The Phantasy.]

    Where Phantasy (near handmaid to the Mind!)
        Sits and beholds, and doth discern them all;
        Compounds in one, things diverse in their kind,
        Compares the black and white, the great and small.

    Besides those single forms, She doth esteem,
        And in her balance doth their values try;
        Where some things good, and some things ill do seem,
        And neutral some in her Phantastic eye.

    This busy power is working day and night,
        For when the outward senses rest do take;
        A thousand dreams, phantastical and light,
        With fluttering wings, do keep her still awake!

[Sidenote: The sensitive Memory.]

    Yet, always, all may not afore her be;
        Successively, she this, and that intends:
        Therefore such forms as she doth cease to see,
        To Memory's large volume she commends!

    The Ledger Book lies in the brain behind,
        Like JANUS' eye, which in his poll was set;
        The Layman's Tables! Storehouse of the Mind!
        Which doth remember much, and much forget.

    Here, Sense's Apprehensions end doth take;
        As, when a stone is into water cast,
        One circle doth another circle make,
        Till the last circle touch the bank at last!

[Sidenote: The Passions of Sense.]

    But though the Apprehensive Power do pause,
        The Motive Virtue then begins to move!
        Which in the heart below, doth Passions cause,
        Joy, Grief, and Fear, and Hope, and Hate, and Love

    These Passions have a free commanding might,
        And divers actions in our life do breed;
        For all acts done without true Reason's light,
        Do from the Passion of the Sense proceed.

    But sith the Brain doth lodge these powers of Sense,
        How makes it, in the Heart those passions spring?
        The mutual love, the kind intelligence
        'Twixt heart and brain, this Sympathy doth bring.

    From the kind heat, which in the heart doth reign,
        The spirits of Life do their beginning take!
        These spirits of Life ascending to the brain,
        When they come there, the spirits of Sense do make

    These spirits of Sense in Phantasy's high court,
        Judge of the Forms of Objects, ill or well!
        And so, they send a good or ill report
        Down to the heart, where all Affections dwell.

    If the report be good; it causeth love!
        And longing hope! and well assured joy!
        If it be ill; then doth it hatred move!
        And trembling fear! and vexing griefs annoy!

    Yet were these natural affections good
        (For they which want them, blocks or devils be!);
        If Reason in her first perfection stood,
        That she might Nature's Passions rectify.

[Sidenote: The motion of Life.]

    Besides, another Motive Power doth rise
        Out of the heart: from whose pure blood do spring
        The Vital Spirits, which born in arteries,
        Continual motion to all parts do bring.

[Sidenote: The local motion.]

    This makes the pulses beat, and lungs respire,
        This holds the sinews, like a bridle's reins;
        And makes the body to advance, retire,
        To turn or stop, as she them slacks or strains!

    Thus the Soul tunes the Body's instrument;
        These harmonies She makes with Life and Sense:
        The organs fit, are by the Body lent;
        But th'actions flow from the Soul's influence.

[Sidenote: The Intellectual Powers of the Soul.]

    But now I have a Will, yet want a Wit,
        To express the workings of the Wit and Will;
        Which, though their root be to the body knit,
        Use not the Body, when they use their skill.

    These powers the nature of the Soul declare,
        For to Man's Soul, these only proper be!
        For on the earth, no other wights there are,
        Which have these heavenly powers, but only

[Sidenote: The Wit or Understanding.]

    The Wit (the pupil of the Soul's clear eye!
        And in Man's world, th'only shining star!)
        Looks in the Mirror of the Phantasy,
        Where all the gatherings of the senses are

    From thence this Power, the Shapes of things abstracts,
        And them within her _Passive_ part receives;
        Which are enlightened by that part which _Acts_,
        And so the Forms of single things perceives.

    But after, by discoursing to and fro,
        Anticipating, and comparing things;
        She doth all universal natures know,
        And all Effects into their Causes brings.

[Sidenote: Reason.]

[Sidenote: Understanding.]

    When She rates things, and moves from ground to ground,
        The name of Reason, She obtains by this!
        But when, by reasons, She the truth hath found,
        And standeth fixt, She, Understanding is!

[Sidenote: Opinion.]

[Sidenote: Judgement.]

    When her assent, She lightly doth incline
        To either part, She is Opinion light!
        But when She doth by principles define
        A certain truth, She hath true Judgement's sight.

    And as from senses, Reason's work doth spring;
        So many reasons, Understanding gain:
        And many understandings, Knowledge bring,
        And by much knowledge, Wisdom we obtain

    So, many stairs we must ascend upright,
        Ere we attain to Wisdom's high degree:
        So doth this earth eclipse our Reason's light,
        Which else (in instants) would like angels see.

    Yet hath the Soul a dowry natural,
        And Sparks of Light some common things to see;
        Not being a blank, where nought is writ at all,
        But what the writer will, may written be.

    For Nature, in man's heart her laws doth pen,
        Prescribing Truth to Wit! and Good to Will!
        Which do accuse, or else excuse all men,
        For every thought or practice, good or ill!

    And yet these sparks grow almost infinite,
        Making the world and all therein, their food;
        As fire so spreads, as no place holdeth it,
        Being nourished still with new supplies of wood.

    And though these sparks were almost quenched with sin,
        Yet they, whom that Just One hath justified,
        Have them increased, with Heavenly Light within!
        And, like the Widow's oil, still multiplied!

[Sidenote: The power of Will.]

    And as this Wit should goodness truly know,
        We have a Wit which that true good should choose!
        Though Will do oft (when Wit, false Forms doth show)
        Take Ill, for Good; and Good, for Ill refuse.

[Sidenote: The relations betwixt Wit and Will.]

    Will puts in practice what the Wit deviseth;
        The Will ever acts, and Wit contemplates still:
        And as from Wit the power of Wisdom riseth;
        All other virtues, daughters are of Will!

    Will is the Prince! and Wit, the Councillor!
        Which doth for common good in council sit;
        And when Wit is resolved; Will lends her power
        To execute what is advised by Wit.

    Wit is the Mind's Chief Judge! which doth control,
        Of Fancy's Court, the judgements false and vain!
        Will holds the royal sceptre in the Soul;
        And on the Passions of the Heart doth reign!

    Will is as free as any Emperor,
        Nought can restrain her gentle liberty;
        No tyrant, nor no torment hath the power
        To make us will; when we unwilling be!

[Sidenote: The intellectual Memory.]

    To these high powers, a Storehouse doth pertain;
        Where they, all Arts and general reasons lay!
        Which in the Soul (even after death!) remain,
        And no Lethean flood can wash away!

    This is the Soul! and those, her virtues be!
        Which, though they have their sundry proper ends,
        And one exceeds another in degree;
        Yet each on other mutually depends.

    Our Wit is given, Almighty GOD to know!
        Our Will is given to love Him, being known!
        But GOD could not be _known_ to us below,
        But by His works, which through the Sense are shown.

    And as the Wit doth reap the fruits of Sense;
        So doth the Quick'ning Power, the Senses feed!
        Thus while they do their sundry gifts dispense,
        The best, the service of the least doth need!

    Even so, the King, his magistrates do serve;
        Yet Commons feed both magistrate and King!
        The Commons' peace, the magistrates preserve
        By borrowed power, which from the Prince doth spring.

    The Quickening Power would _be_, and so would rest!
        The Sense would not _be_ only, be _be well_!
        But Wit's ambition longeth to _be best_!
        For it desires in endless bliss, to dwell.

    And these three Powers, three sorts of men do make.
        For some, like plants, their veins do only fill;
        And some, like beasts, their senses' pleasure take,
        And some, like angels, do contemplate still.

    Therefore the fables turned some men to flowers,
        And others, did with brutish forms invest;
        And did of others, make celestial powers
        Like angels! which still travail, yet still rest!

    Yet these three Powers are not three Souls but one,
        As one and two are both contained in three;
        Three being one number by itself alone.
        A shadow of the blessed Trinity!

[Sidenote: An acclamation.]

    O what is Man! (Great Maker of mankind!)
        That Thou to him so great respect dost bear!
        That Thou adorn'st him with so bright a Mind!
        Mak'st him a king! and even an angel's peer!

    O what a lively life! what heavenly power!
        What spreading virtue! what a sparkling fire!
        How great! how plentiful! how rich a dower!
        Dost Thou, within this dying flesh inspire!

    Thou leav'st Thy Print in other works of Thine!
        But Thy whole Image, Thou, in Man hast writ!
        There cannot be a creature more divine;
        Except, (like Thee!) it should be infinite.

    But it exceeds Man's thought, to think how high
        GOD hath raised Man, since GOD, a man became:
        The angels do admire this mystery,
        And are astonished when they view the same!

[Illustration]

[Sidenote: That the Soul is immortal, and cannot die.]


[Illustration]

    Nor hath He given these blessings for a day,
        Nor made them on the Body's life depend,
        The Soul, though made in Time, survives for Aye;
        And though it hath beginning, sees no end!

    Her only end, in never-ending bliss;
        Which is, th'eternal face of GOD to see:
        Who Last of Ends and First of Causes is,
        And to do this, She must Eternal be!

    How senseless then, and dead a Soul hath he,
        Which thinks his soul doth with his body die:
        Or thinks not so, but so would have it be,
        That he might sin with more security!

    For though these light and vicious persons say,
        "Our Soul is but a smoke! or airy blast!
        Which, during life, doth in our nostrils play;
        And when we die, doth turn to wind at last!"

    Although they say, "Come, let us eat, and drink!
        Our life is but a spark, which quickly dies!"
        Though thus they _say_, they know not what to _think_,
        But in their minds, ten thousand doubts arise.

    Therefore no heretics desire to spread
        Their light opinions, like these Epicures;
        For so their staggering thoughts are comforted,
        And other men's assent, their doubt assures.

    Yet though these men against their conscience strive,
        There are some sparkles in their flinty breasts,
        Which cannot be extinct, but still revive,
        That (though they would) they cannot, quite be beasts!

    But whoso makes a Mirror of his Mind;
        And doth, with patience, view himself therein;
        His Soul's _eternity_ shall clearly find,
        Though th'other beauties be defaced with sin.

[Sidenote: 1 _Reason_. Drawn from the Desire of Knowledge.]

    First, In man's mind, we find an appetite
        To Learn and Know the Truth of everything:
        Which is connatural, and born with it;
        And from the essence of the Soul doth spring.

    With this Desire, She hath a native Might,
        To find out every truth, if She had time
        Th'innumerable effects to sort aright;
        And, by degrees, from cause to cause to climb!

    But since our life so fast away doth slide!
        (As doth a hungry eagle through the wind,
        Or as a ship transported with the tide;
        Which in their passage, leave no print behind.)

    Of which swift little time, so much we spend,
        While some few things, we, through the Sense, do strain;
        That our short race of life is at an end,
        Ere we, the Principles of Skill attain:

    Or GOD (which to vain ends, hath nothing done)
        In vain, this Appetite and Power hath given;
        Or else our knowledge, which is here begun,
        Hereafter must be perfected in heaven.

    GOD never gave a Power to one whole Kind;
        But most of that Kind did use the same!
        Most eyes have perfect sight! though some be blind;
        Most legs can nimbly run! though some be lame.

    But in this life, _no_ Soul, the Truth can know
        So perfectly, as it hath power to do!
        If then perfection be not found below,
        A higher place must make her mount thereto.

[Sidenote: 2 _Reason_. Drawn from the motion of the Soul.]

    Again, how can She but immortal be?
        When with the motions of both Will and Wit,
        She still aspireth to Eternity,
        And never rests, till she attain to it.

    Water in conduit pipes can rise no higher
        Than the well head, from whence it first doth spring!
        Then since to eternal GOD, She doth aspire;
        She cannot be but an eternal thing.

    "All moving things to other things do move
        Of the same kind," which shows their natures such;
        So earth falls down, and fire doth mount above,
        Till both their proper Elements do touch.

[Sidenote: The soul compared to a river.]

    And as the moisture which the thirsty earth
        Sucks from the sea, to fill her empty veins;
        From out her womb at last doth take a birth,
        And runs, a Nymph! along the grassy plains:

    Long doth she stay, as loath to leave the land,
        From whose soft side, she first did issue make:
        She tastes all places! turns to every hand!
        Her flow'ry banks unwilling to forsake:

    Yet Nature, so her streams doth lead and carry,
        As that her course doth make no final stay
        Till she, herself unto the Ocean marry;
        Within whose watry bosom first she lay.

    Even so the Soul, which in this earthy mould,
        The Spirit of GOD doth secretly infuse;
        Because, at first, She doth the earth behold,
        And only this material world She views!

    At first, our Mother Earth, She holdeth dear!
        And doth embrace the World, and worldly things!
        She flies close by the ground, and hovers here!
        And mounts not up with her celestial wings!

    Yet, under heaven, She cannot light on ought,
        That with her heavenly nature doth agree:
        She cannot rest! She cannot fix her thought!
        She cannot in this world contented be!

    For who did ever yet in Honour, Wealth,
        Or Pleasure of the Sense, contentment find?
        Who ever ceased to _wish_, when he had Health?
        Or having Wisdom, was not _vext in mind_?

    Then as a bee, which among weeds doth fall,
        Which seem sweet flowers, with lustre fresh and gay;
        She lights on that! and this! and tasteth all;
        But pleased with none, doth rise and soar away!

    So, when the Soul finds here no true content,
        And, like NOAH'S dove, can no sure footing take;
        She doth return from whence She first was sent,
        And flies to Him, that first her wings did make!

    Wit seeking Truth, from Cause to Cause ascends;
        And never rests, till it the First attain;
        Will seeking Good, finds many middle Ends,
        But never stays, till it the Last do gain.

    Now, GOD, the Truth! and First of Causes is!
        GOD is the Last Good End! which lasteth still:
        Being _Alpha_ and _Omega_ named for this,
        _Alpha_ to Wit! _Omega_ to the Will!

    Since then, her heavenly kind She doth bewray,
        In that to GOD, She doth directly move:
        And on no mortal thing can make her stay;
        She cannot be from hence, but from _above_.

    And yet this First True Cause and Last Good End,
        She cannot hear so _well_, and _truly_ see;
        For this perfection, She must yet attend,
        Till to her Maker, She espousèd be.

    As a King's daughter, being in person sought
        Of divers Princes, which do neighbour near;
        On none of them can fix a constant thought,
        Though she to all do lend a gentle ear.

    Yet can she love a foreign Emperor!
        Whom, of great worth and power, she hears to be;
        If she be wooed but by Ambassador;
        Or but his letters, or his picture see.

    For well she knows, that when she shall be brought
        Into the kingdom, where her Spouse doth reign;
        Her eyes shall see what she conceived in thought,
        Himself! his State! his glory! and his train!

    So while the virgin Soul on earth doth stay
        She wooed and tempted is, ten thousand ways,
        By these great Powers, which on the earth bear sway;
        The WISDOM OF THE WORLD, WEALTH, PLEASURE, PRAISE.

    With these, sometime, She doth her time beguile.
        These do, by fits, her Phantasy possess,
        But She distastes them all, within a while;
        And in the sweetest, finds a tediousness:

    But if, upon the world's Almighty King,
        She once do fix her humble loving thought;
        Which, by his Picture drawn in everything,
        And sacred Messages, her love hath sought,

    Of Him, She thinks She cannot think too much.
        This honey tasted, still is ever sweet;
        The pleasure of her ravished thought is such,
        As almost here, She, with her bliss doth meet.

    But when in heaven, She shall His Essence see,
        This is her Sovereign Good! and Perfect Bliss!
        Her longings, wishings, hopes, all finished be!
        Her joys are full! her motions rest in this!

    There, is She crowned with Garlands of Content,
        There, doth She manna eat, and nectar drink,
        That Presence doth such high delights present,
        As never tongue could speak, nor heart could think!

[Sidenote: 3 _Reason._ From contempt of death in the better sort of
spirits.]

    For this! the better Souls do oft despise
        The body's death, and do it oft desire;
        For when on ground, the burdened balance lies;
        The empty part is lifted up the higher!

    But if the body's death, the Soul should kill?
        Then death must needs _against her nature_ be;
        And were it so, all Souls would fly it still,
        "For Nature hates, and shuns her contrary."

    For all things else, which Nature makes to be;
        Their Being to preserve, are chiefly taught!
        For though some things desire a change to see,
        "Yet never thing did long to turn to _nought_!"

    If then, by death, the Soul were quenchèd quite,
        She could not thus against her nature run!
        Since every senseless thing, by Nature's light,
        Doth _preservation_ seek! _destruction_ shun!

    Nor could the world's best spirits so much err,
        (If Death took all!) that they should _all_ agree,
        Before this life, their Honour to prefer!
        For what is praise, to things that nothing be?

    Again, if by the body's prop, She stand?
        If on the body's life, her life depend?
        As MELEAGER's on the fatal brand!
        The body's good, She only would intend!

    We should not find her half so brave and bold,
        To lead it to the wars, and to the seas!
        To make it suffer watchings! hunger! cold!
        When it might feed with plenty! rest with ease!

    Doubtless, _all_ Souls have a surviving thought;
        Therefore of Death, we think with quiet mind;
        But if we think of being _turned to nought_,
        A trembling horror in our Souls we find!

[Sidenote: 4. _Reason._ From the fear of death in the wicked souls.]

    And as the better spirit, when She doth bear
        A scorn of death, doth shew She cannot die;
        So when the wicked Soul, Death's face doth fear,
        Even then, She proves her own eternity!

    For, when Death's form appears, She feareth not
        An utter quenching or extinguishment!
        She would be glad to meet with such a lot!
        That so She might all future ill prevent.


    But She doth doubt what after may befall,
        For Nature's law accuseth her within,
        And saith, "'Tis true, that is affirmed by all,
        That after death, there is a pain for sin!"

    Then She, which hath been hoodwinked from her birth,
        Doth first herself within Death's Mirror see;
        And when her body doth return to earth,
        She first takes care, how She alone shall be.

    Whoever sees these irreligious men,
        With burden of a sickness, weak and faint;
        But hears them talking of religion then,
        And vowing of their souls to every saint?

    When was there ever cursed atheist brought
        Unto the gibbet, but he did adore
        That blessed Power! which he had set at nought,
        Scorned, and blasphemed, all his life before?

    These light vain persons, still are drunk and mad,
        With surfeitings and pleasures of their youth;
        But, at their deaths, they are fresh! sober! sad!
        Then, they discern! and then, they speak the truth!

    If then, all souls, both good and bad, do teach
        With general voice, that souls can never die;
        'Tis not Man's flattering Gloss, but Nature's Speech,
        Which, like GOD's Oracle, can never lie.

[Sidenote: 5. _Reason._ From the general desire of Immortality.]

    Hence, springs that _universal_ strong desire,
        Which all men have, of Immortality:
        Not some few spirits unto this thought aspire,
        But all men's minds in this, united be.

    Then this desire of Nature is not vain!
        "She covets not impossibilities!"
        "Fond thoughts may fall into some idle brain;
        But one Assent of All, is ever true!"

    From hence, that general care and study springs,
        That _launching_ and _progression_ of the Mind,
        Which all men have, so much of Future things,
        As they no joy, do in the Present find.

    From this desire, that main Desire proceeds,
        Which all men have, surviving Fame to gain;
        By tombs, by books, by memorable deeds;
        For She that this desires, doth still remain.

    Hence, lastly, springs Care of Posterities!
        For things, their kind would everlasting make!
        Hence is it, that old men do plant young trees,
        The fruit whereof, another age shall take!

    If we these rules unto ourselves apply,
        And view them by reflection of the mind;
        All these True Notes of Immortality,
        In our hearts' tables, we shall written find!

[Sidenote: 6. _Reason._ From the very doubt and disputation of
immortality.]

    And though some impious wits do questions move,
        And doubt "if souls immortal be or no?"
        That _doubt_, their immortality doth prove!
        Because they seem immortal things to know.

    For he which reasons, on both parts doth bring,
        Doth some things mortal, some immortal call;
        Now if himself were but a mortal thing;
        He could not judge immortal things, _at all_!

    For when we judge, our Minds we Mirrors make,
        And as those glasses, which material be,
        Forms of material things do only take
        (For Thoughts or Minds in them, we cannot see);

    So when we GOD and Angels do conceive,
        And think of Truth (which is eternal too),
        Then do our Minds, immortal Forms receive,
        Which if they mortal were, they could not do.

    And as if beasts conceived what Reason were,
        And that conception should distinctly shew;
        They should the name of _reasonable_ bear
        (For without Reason, none could reason know).

    So when the Soul mounts with so high a wing,
        As of eternal things, She _doubts_ can move,
        She, proofs of her eternity doth bring;
        Even when She strives the contrary to prove.

    For even the _thought_ of Immortality,
        Being an act done without the body's aid,
        Shews, that herself alone could move, and be,
        Although the body in the grave were laid.

    And if herself She can so lively move,
        And never need a foreign help to take,
        Then must her motion everlasting prove,
        "Because her self She never can forsake."

[Sidenote: That the Soul cannot be destroyed.]

    "But though Corruption cannot touch the Mind,
      By any cause, that from itself may spring;
      Some Outward Cause, Fate hath perhaps designed,
      Which to the Soul, may utter quenching bring?"

[Sidenote: Her Cause ceaseth not.]

    "Perhaps her Cause may cease, and She may die!"
      GOD is her Cause! His WORD, her Maker was!
      Which shall stand fixed for all eternity!
      When heaven and earth shall like a shadow pass.

[Sidenote: She hath no contrary.]

    "Perhaps something repugnant to her kind,
      By strong antipathy, the Soul may kill!"
      But what can be contrary to the Mind,
      Which holds all contraries in concord still?

    She lodgeth heat, and cold! and moist, and dry!
      And life, and death! and peace, and war together:
      Ten thousand fighting things in her do lie,
      Yet neither troubleth or disturbeth either.

[Sidenote: She cannot die for want of food.]

    "Perhaps, for want of food, the Soul may pine!"
        But that were strange! since all things bad and good,
        Since all GOD's creatures, mortal and divine;
        Since GOD Himself is her eternal food.

    Bodies are fed with things of mortal kind,
        And so are subject to mortality;
        But Truth, which is eternal, feeds the Mind,
        The Tree of Life, which will not let her die.

[Sidenote: Violence cannot destroy her.]

    "Yet violence perhaps the Soul destroys,
        As lightning or the sunbeams dim the sight;
        Or as a thunder-clap or cannon's noise,
        The power of hearing doth astonish quite?"

    But high perfection to the Soul it brings,
        T'encounter things most excellent and high;
        For when She views the best and greatest things,
        They do not hurt, but rather clear the eye.

    Besides as HOMER's gods 'gainst armies stand;
        Her subtle form can through all dangers slide;
        Bodies are captive, Minds endure no band,
        "And Will is free, and can no force abide!"

[Sidenote: Time cannot destroy her.]

    "But lastly, Time perhaps, at last, hath power,
        To spend her lively powers, and quench her light?"
        But old god SATURN, which doth all devour,
        Doth cherish her, and still augment her might

    Heaven waxeth old; and all the spheres above
        Shall, one day, faint, and their swift motion stay;
        And Time itself, in time, shall cease to move,
        Only the Soul survives, and lives for aye.

    Our bodies, every footstep that they make,
        March towards death, until at last they die:
        Whether we work, or play, or sleep, or wake,
        Our life doth pass, and with Time's wings doth fly

    But to the Soul, time doth perfection give,
        And adds fresh lustre to her beauty still,
        And makes her in eternal youth to live,
        Like her which nectar to the gods doth fill.

    The more She lives, the more She feeds on Truth;
        The more She feeds, her Strength doth more increase:
        And what is Strength, but an effect of Youth!
        Which if Time nurse, how can it ever cease?

[Sidenote: Objections against the Immortality of the Soul.]

    But now these Epicures begin to smile,
        And say, "My doctrine is more safe, than true!"
        And that "I fondly do myself beguile,
        While these received opinions I ensue."

[Sidenote: Objection.]

    "For what!" they say, "doth not the Soul wax old?
        How comes it, then, that aged men do dote,
        And that their brains grow sottish, dull, and cold;
        Which were in youth, the only spirits of note?"

    "What! are not Souls within themselves corrupted?
        How can there idiots then by Nature be?
        How is it that some wits are interrupted,
        That now they dazzled are, now clearly see?"

[Sidenote: Answer.]

    These questions make a subtle argument
        To such as think both Sense and Reason one:
        To whom, nor Agent, from the Instrument;
        Nor Power of Working, from the Work is known

    But they that know that Wit can show no skill,
        But when she things in Sense's glass doth view;
        Do know, if accident this glass do spill,
        It _nothing_ sees! or sees the _false_ for _true_.

    For if that region of the tender brain,
        Wherein th'inward sense of Phantasy should sit,
        And th'outward senses' gatherings should retain,
        By Nature, or by chance become unfit.

    Either at first uncapable it is;
        And so few things or none at all receives;
        Or marred by accident which haps amiss,
        And so amiss it everything perceives;

    Then as a cunning Prince that useth spies;
        If they return no news, doth nothing know;
        But if they make advertisement of lies,
        The Prince's Council all awry do go.

    Even so, the Soul, to such a Body knit,
        Whose inward senses undisposèd be,
        And to receive the Forms of things unfit;
        Where nothing is brought in, can nothing see.

    This makes the Idiot, which hath yet a mind,
        Able to know the Truth, and choose the Good;
        If she such figures in the brain did find,
        As might be found, if it in temper stood.

    But if a frenzy do possess the brain;
        It so disturbs and blots the forms of things,
        As Phantasy proves altogether vain,
        And to the Wit, no true relation brings.

    Then doth the Wit, admitting all for true,
        Build fond conclusions on those idle grounds;
        Then doth it fly the Good, and Ill pursue,
        Believing all that this false spy propounds.

    But purge the humours, and the rage appease;
        Which this distemper in the Fancy wrought:
        Then will the Wit, which never had disease,
        Discourse and judge discreetly, as it ought.

    So though the clouds eclipse the Sun's fair light,
        Yet from his face they do not take one beam:
        So have our eyes their perfect power of sight,
        Even when they look into a troubled stream.

    Then these defects in Sense's organs be,
        Not in the Soul, or in her working might;
        She cannot lose her perfect Power to See,
        Though mists and clouds do choke her window light.

    These imperfections then we must impute,
        Not to the Agent, but the Instrument;
        We must not blame APOLLO, but his Lute,
        If false accords from her false strings be sent

    The Soul, in all, hath one intelligence,
        Though too much moisture in an infant's brain,
        And too much dryness in an old man's sense
        Cannot the prints of outward things retain.

    Then doth the Soul want work, and idle sit:
        And this we Childishness and Dotage call:
        Yet hath She then a quick and active Wit,
        If She had stuff and tools to work withal.

    For, give her organs fit, and objects fair,
        Give but the aged man, the young man's sense:
        Let but MEDEA, ÆSON'S youth repair,
        And straight She shews her wonted excellence.

    As a good harper, stricken far in years,
        Into whose cunning hands, the gout is fall:
        All his old crotchets, in his brain he bears,
        But on his harp, plays ill, or not at all.

    But if APOLLO take his gout away,
        That he, his nimble fingers may apply;
        APOLLO'S self will envy at his play,
        And all the world applaud his minstrelsy!

    Then Dotage is no weakness of the Mind,
        But of the Sense; for if the Mind did waste;
        In _all_ old men, we should this wasting find,
        When they some certain term of years had past.

    But most of them, even to their dying hour,
        Retain a Mind more lively, quick, and strong,
        And better use their Understanding Power,
        Than when their brains were warm, and limbs were young.

    For though the body wasted be and weak,
        And though the leaden form of earth it bears;
        Yet when we hear that half-dead body speak,
        We oft are ravished to the heavenly spheres.

[Sidenote: 2. Objection.]

    Yet say these men, "If all her organs die,
        Then hath the Soul no power, her Powers to use!
        So in a sort her Powers extinct do lie,
        When into Act She cannot them reduce."

    "And if her Powers be dead, then what is She?
        For since from everything, some Powers do spring,
        And from those Powers some Acts proceeding be:
        Then kill both Power and Act, and kill the Thing."

[Sidenote: Answer.]

    Doubtless the Body's death, when once it dies,
        The Instruments of Sense and Life doth kill;
        So that She cannot use those faculties,
        Although their root rest in her substance still.

    But as, the Body living, Wit and Will
        Can judge and choose without the Body's aid,
        Though on such objects, they are working still,
        As through the Body's organs are conveyed:

    So, when the Body serves her turn no more,
        And all her Senses are extinct and gone,
        She can discourse of what She learned before,
        In heavenly contemplations all alone.

    So if one man well on the lute doth play,
        And have good horsemanship, and learning's skill:
        Though both his lute and horse we take away;
        Doth he not keep his former learning still?

    He keeps it doubtless! and can use it too!
        And doth both th'other skills, in power retain!
        And can of both the proper actions do,
        If with his Lute, or Horse he meet again.

    So, though the instruments by which we live
        And view the world, the Body's death doth kill:
        Yet with the Body, they shall all revive;
        And all their wonted offices fulfil.

[Sidenote: 3. Objection.]

    "But _how_, till then, shall She herself employ?
        Her spies are dead; which brought home news before:
        What she hath got and keeps, she may enjoy;
        But She hath means to understand no more."

    "Then what do those poor Souls which nothing get?
        Or what do those which get and nothing keep,
        Like buckets bottomless, which all out let?
        Those Souls, for want of exercise, must sleep."

[Sidenote: Answer.]

    See _how_ Man's Soul, against itself doth strive:
        Why should we not have other means to know?
        As children, while within the womb they live,
        Feed by the navel; Here, they feed not so.

    These children (if they had some use of Sense,
        And should by chance their mothers talking, hear;
        That, in short time, they shall come forth from thence)
        Would fear their birth, more than our death we fear.

    They would cry out, "If we, this place shall leave,
        Then shall we break our tender navel strings:
        How shall we then our nourishment receive,
        Since our sweet food, no other conduit brings?"

    And if a man should, to these babes reply,
        That "Into this fair world they shall be brought,
        Where they shall see the earth, the sea, the sky,
        The glorious sun, and all that GOD hath wrought:

    That there ten thousand dainties they shall meet,
        Which by their mouths they shall with pleasure take;
        Which shall be cordial too, as well as sweet,
        And of their little limbs, tall bodies make!"

    This, would they think a fable! even as we
        Do think the story of the Golden Age;
        Or as some sensual spirits amongst us be,
        Which hold the World to Come, "a feigned Stage."

    Yet shall these infants, after, find all true;
        Though, then, thereof, they nothing could conceive.
        As soon as they are born, the world they view,
        And with their mouths, the nurse's milk receive.

    So when the Soul is born (for Death is nought
        But the Soul's Birth, and so we should it call!)
        Ten thousand things She sees, beyond her thought;
        And, in an unknown manner, knows them all.

    Then doth She see by spectacles no more,
        She hears not by report of double spies,
        Herself, in instants, doth all things explore,
        For each thing present, and before her lies.

[Sidenote: 4. Objection.]

    But still this Crew, with questions me pursues;
        "If Souls deceased," say they, "still living be",
        Why do they not return to bring us news
        Of that strange world, where they such wonders see?

[Sidenote: Answer.]

    Fond men! if we believe that men do live
        Under the zenith of both frozen poles;
        Though none come thence, advertisement to give;
        Why bear we not the like faith of our Souls?

    The Soul hath, here on earth, no more to do,
        Than we have business in our mother's womb;
        What child doth covet to return thereto?
        Although all children, first from thence do come!

    But as Noah's pigeon which returned no more,
        Did shew she footing found, for all the flood;
        So when good Souls, departed through death's door,
        Come not again; it shews their dwelling good.

    And doubtless such a Soul as up doth mount,
        And doth appear before her Maker's face,
        Holds this vile world in such a base account,
        As She looks down and scorns this wretched place.

    But such as are detruded down to hell;
        Either for shame, they still themselves retire,
        Or tied in chains, they in close prison dwell,
        And cannot come, although they much desire.

[Sidenote: 5. Objection.]

    "Well, well," say these vain spirits, "though vain it is
        To think our Souls to heaven or hell do go;
        Politic men have thought it not amiss,
        To spread this _lie_, to make men virtuous so!"

[Sidenote: Answer.]

    Do _you_, then, think this moral Virtue, good?
        I think you do! even for your private gain;
        For commonwealths by Virtue ever stood;
        And common good, the private doth contain.

    If then this Virtue, you do love so well,
        Have you no means, her practice to maintain?
        But you this lie must to the people tell,
        "That good Souls live in joy, and ill in pain."

    Must Virtue be preservèd by a lie?
        Virtue and Truth do ever best agree.
        By this, it seems to be a verity,
        Since the effects so good and virtuous be.

    For as the Devil, father is of lies,
        So Vice and Mischief do his lies ensue.
        Then this good doctrine did he not devise,
        But made this Lie which saith, "It is not true!"

[Sidenote: The General Consent of all.]

    For how can that be false, which every tongue,
        Of every mortal man, affirms for true;
        Which truth hath, in all ages, been so strong,
        As loadstone-like, all hearts it ever drew.

    For not the Christian or the Jew alone;
        The Persian, or the Turk acknowledge this:
        This mystery to the wild Indian known,
        And to the Cannibal and Tartar, is.

    This rich Assyrian drug grows everywhere,
        As common in the North, as in the East!
        This doctrine doth not enter by the ear,
        But, of itself, is native in the breast!

    None that acknowledge GOD, or Providence,
        Their Soul's eternity did ever doubt;
        For all religion takes her root from hence,
        Which no poor naked nation lives without.

    For since the world for Man created was,
        (For only Man, the use thereof doth know)
        If Man do perish like a withered grass,
        How doth GOD's wisdom order things below?

    And if that wisdom still wise ends propound,
        Why made He Man, of other creatures king?
        When (if he perish here!) there is not found,
        In all the world so poor and vile a thing?

    If Death do quench us quite; we have great wrong;
        Since for our service, all things else were wrought:
        That daws, and trees, and rocks should last so long,
        When we must in an instant pass to nought.

    But, blest be that Great Power! that hath us blest
        With longer life, than heaven or earth can have
        Which hath infused into one mortal breast,
        Immortal Powers, not subject to the grave.

    For though the Soul do seem her grave to bear,
        And in this world is almost buried quick;
        We have no cause the Body's death to fear,
        "For when the shell is broke, out comes a chick."

[Sidenote: Three kinds of Life answerable to the three powers of the
Soul.]

    For as the Soul's _essential_ Powers are three,
        The Quick'ning Power, the Power of Sense, and Reason;
        Three kinds of Life to her designèd be,
        Which perfect these three Powers, in their due season.

    The first Life in the mother's womb is spent,
        Where She her Nursing Power doth only use;
        Where, when She finds defect of nourishment,
        Sh' expels her body, and this world She views.

    This, we call Birth! but if the child could speak,
        He, Death would call it! and of Nature, 'plain
        That She should thrust him out naked and weak;
        And in his passage, pinch him with such pain.

    Yet, out he comes! and in this world is placed,
        Where all his Senses in perfection be;
        Where he finds flowers to smell, and fruits to taste,
        And sounds to hear, and sundry forms to see.

    When he hath passed some time upon this Stage,
        His Reason, then, a little seems to wake,
        Which though She spring, when Sense doth fade with age,
        Yet can She here, no perfect practice make.

    Then doth th' aspiring Soul, the Body leave,
        Which we call Death. But were it known to all,
        What Life our Souls do, by this death, receive;
        Men would it, Birth! or Gaol Delivery! call.

    In this third Life, Reason will be so bright,
        As that her Spark will like the sunbeams shine;
        And shall, of GOD enjoy the real sight,
        Being still increased by influence divine.


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[Sidenote: An acclamation!]

    O ignorant poor Man! what dost thou bear,
        Locked up within the casket of thy breast;
        What jewels, and what riches hast thou there.
        What heavenly treasure in so weak a chest!

    Look in thy Soul! and thou shall beauties find,
        Like those which drowned NARCISSUS in the flood;
        Honour and Pleasure both are in thy Mind,
        And all that in the world is counted Good.

    Think of her worth! and think that GOD did mean
        This worthy Mind should worthy things embrace!
        Blot not her beauties, with thy thoughts unclean;
        Nor her, dishonour with thy Passions base.

    Kill not her Quick'ning Power with surfeitings!
        Mar not her Sense with sensualities!
        Cast not her serious Wit on idle things!
        Make not her free Will slave to vanities!

    And when thou thinkest of her Eternity;
        Think not that Death against her nature is;
        Think it a Birth! and, when thou goest to die,
        Sing like a swan, as if thou wentst to bliss!

    And if thou, like a child, didst fear before,
        Being in the dark, when thou didst nothing see;
        Now I have brought thee Torch-light, fear no more.
        Now, when thou diest; thou canst not hoodwinked be.

    And thou, my Soul! which turn'st thy curious eye,
        To view the beams of thine own form divine;
        Know, that thou canst know nothing perfectly,
        While thou are _clouded_ with this flesh of mine.

    Take heed of _overweening_! and compare
        Thy peacock's feet, with thy gay peacock's train;
        Study the _best_ and _highest_ things that are;
        But of thyself, an humble thought retain!

    Cast down thyself! and only strive to raise
        The glory of thy Maker's sacred name!
        Use all thy powers, that Blessed Power to praise,
        Which gives thee power to Be, and Use the same.

FINIS.

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HYMNS OF

ASTRÆA, IN

ACROSTIC

VERSE.

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    _LONDON:_
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    1599.



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[_Hymns of ASTRÆA._]


HYMN I.

_Of ASTRÆA._

    E ARLY, before the day doth spring,
    L et us awake, my Muse! and sing!
    I t is no time to slumber!
    S o many joys this Time doth bring,
    A s time will fail to number.

    B ut, whereto shall we bend our Lays?
    E ven up to heaven, again to raise
    T he Maid! which, thence descended,
    H ath brought again the Golden Days
    A nd all the world amended.

    R udeness itself, She doth refine!
    E ven like an Alchemist divine,
    G ross Times of Iron turning
    I nto the purest form of Gold;
    N ot to corrupt, till heaven wax old
    A nd be refined with burning.


HYMN II.

_To ASTRÆA._

    E TERNAL Virgin! Goddess true!
    L et me presume to sing to you!
    I OVE, even great JOVE hath leisure
    S ometimes, to hear the vulgar crew,
    A nd hears them, oft, with pleasure.

    B lessed ASTRÆ! I, in part,
    E njoy the blessings you impart!
    T he Peace! the milk and honey!
    H umanity! and civil Art!
    A richer dower than money.

    R ight glad am I, that now I live,
    E ven in these days, whereto you give
    G reat happiness and glory!
    I f after you, I should be born;
    N o doubt, I should my birthday scorn,
    A dmiring your sweet Story.


HYMN III.

_To the Spring._

    E ARTH now is green, and heaven is blue!
    L ively Spring, which makes all new.
    I olly Spring doth enter.
    S weet young sunbeams do subdue
    A ngry, agèd Winter.

    B lasts are mild, and seas are calm!
    E very meadow flows with balm!
    T he earth wears all her riches!
    H armonious birds sing such a psalm
    A s ear and heart bewitches!

    R eserve, sweet Spring! this Nymph of ours,
    E ternal garlands of thy flowers!
    G reen garlands never wasting!
    I n her shall last our State's fair Spring,
    N ow and for ever flourishing,
    A s long as heaven is lasting.


HYMN IV.

_To the month of May._

    E ACH day of thine, sweet month of May!
    L ove makes a solemn Holy Day.
    I will perform like duty!
    S ince thou resemblest, every way,
    A STRÆA, Queen of Beauty.

    B oth you, fresh beauties do partake!
    E ither's aspect, doth Summer make,
    T houghts of young Love awaking!
    H earts you both, do cause to ache;
    A nd yet be pleased with aching.

    R ight dear art thou! and so is She!
    E ven like attractive sympathy
    G ains unto both, like dearness.
    I ween this made Antiquity
    N ame thee, Sweet May of Majesty!
    A s being both like in clearness.


HYMN V.

_To the Lark._

    E ARLY, cheerful, mounting Lark!
    L ight's gentle Usher! Morning's Clerk!
    I n merry notes delighting;
    S tint awhile thy song, and hark,
    A nd learn my new inditing!

    B ear up this Hymn! to heaven, it bear!
    E ven up to heaven, and sing it there!
    T o heaven, each morning bear it!
    H ave it set to some sweet sphere,
    A nd let the angels hear it!

    R enowned ASTRÆA, that great name!
    (E xceeding great in worth and fame,
    G reat worth hath so renowned it)
    I t is ASTRÆA's name, I praise!
    N ow then, sweet Lark! do thou it raise;
    A nd in high heaven resound it!


HYMN VI.

_To the Nightingale._

    E VERY night, from even till morn,
    L ove's Chorister amid the thorn,
    I s now so sweet a singer!
    S o sweet, as for her Song, I scorn
    A POLLO'S voice and finger.

    B ut, Nightingale! sith you delight
    E ver to watch the starry night,
    T ell all the stars of heaven!
    H eaven never had a star so bright
    A s now to earth is given!

    R oyal ASTRÆA makes our day
    E ternal, with her beams! nor may
    G ross darkness overcome her!
    I now perceive, why some do write,
    "N o country hath so short a night
    A s England hath in summer."


HYMN VII.

_To the Rose._

    E YE of the garden! Queen of Flowers!
    L OVE's cup, wherein he nectar pours!
    I ngendered first of nectar.
    S weet nurse-child of the Spring's young Hours!
    A nd Beauty's fair Character!

    B est jewel that the earth doth wear!
    E ven when the brave young sun draws near,
    T o her hot love pretending;
    H imself likewise, like form doth bear,
    A t rising and descending.

    R ose, of the Queen of Love beloved!
    E ngland's great Kings (divinely moved)
    G ave Roses in their banner:
    I t shewed, that Beauty's Rose indeed,
    N ow in this Age should them succeed,
    A nd reign in more sweet manner.


HYMN VIII.

_To all the Princes of Europe._

    E UROPE! the Earth's sweet Paradise!
    L et all thy Kings (that would be wise
    I n Politic Devotion)
    S ail hither, to observe her eyes,
    A nd mark her heavenly motion!

    B rave Princes of this civil Age!
    E nter into this pilgrimage!
    T his Saint's tongue is an Oracle!
    H er eye hath made a Prince a page;
    A nd works, each day, a miracle!

    R aise but your looks to her, and see
    E ven the true beams of Majesty!
    G reat Princes, mark her duly!
    I f all the world you do survey,
    N o forehead spreads so bright a ray;
    A nd notes a Prince, so truly!


HYMN IX.

_To FLORA._

    E MPRESS of Flowers! Tell, where away
    L ies your sweet Court, this merry May?
    I n Greenwich garden alleys!
    S ince there the Heavenly Powers do play,
    A nd haunt no other valleys.

    B EAUTY, VIRTUE, MAJESTY,
    E loquent MUSES, three times three,
    T he new fresh HOURS and GRACES
    H ave pleasure in this place to be,
    A bove all other places.

    R oses and lilies did them draw,
    E re they, divine ASTRÆA saw:
    G ay flowers, they sought for pleasure.
    I nstead of gathering Crowns of Flowers,
    N ow, gather they ASTRÆA's dowers,
    A nd bear to heaven, that treasure.


HYMN X.

_To the Month of September._

    E ACH month hath praise in some degree,
    L et May to others seem to be
    I n Sense, the sweetest season;
    S eptember! thou are best to me!
    A nd best doth please my Reason.

    B ut neither for their corn, nor wine;
    E xtol I, those mild days of thine!
    T hough corn and wine might praise thee;
    H eaven gives thee honour more divine
    A nd higher fortunes raise thee!

    R enowned art thou, sweet Month! for this.
    E mong thy days, her birthday is!
    G race, Plenty, Peace, and Honour
    I n one fair hour with her were born!
    N ow since, they still her crown adorn,
    A nd still attend upon her.


HYMN XI.

_To the Sun._

    E YE of the world! Fountain of light!
    L ife of day, and death of night!
    I humbly seek thy kindness!
    S weet! dazzle not my feeble sight,
    A nd strike me not with blindness!

    B ehold me mildly from that face
    E ven where thou now dost run thy race,
    T he sphere where now thou turnest,
    H aving, like PHÆTON changed thy place,
    A nd yet hearts only burnest.

    R ed in her right cheek, thou dost rise
    E xalted after, in her eyes;
    G reat glory, there, thou shewest!
    I n th'other cheek, when thou descendest,
    N ew redness unto it thou lendest!
    A nd so thy Round, thou goest!


HYMN XII.

_To her Picture._

    E XTREME was his audacity,
    L ittle his skill, that finished thee!
    I am ashamed and sorry,
    S o dull her counterfeit should be;
    A nd She, so full of glory!

    B ut here are colours, red and white;
    E ach line, and each proportion right:
    T hese lines, this red and whiteness,
    H ave wanting yet a life and light,
    A majesty and brightness.

    R ude counterfeit! I then did err;
    E ven now, when I would needs infer
    G reat boldness in thy maker!
    I did mistake! He was not bold,
    N or durst his eyes, her eyes behold:
    A nd this made him mistake her.


HYMN XIII.

_Of her Mind._

    E ARTH, now adieu! My ravished thought
    L ifted to heaven, sets thee at nought!
    I nfinite is my longing,
    S ecrets of angels to be taught,
    A nd things to heaven belonging!

    B rought down from heaven, of angels' kind,
    E ven now, do I admire her Mind!
    T his is my contemplation!
    H er clear sweet Spirit, which is refined
    A bove humane creation!

    R ich sunbeam of th' Eternal Light!
    E xcellent Soul! How shall I write?
    G ood angels make me able!
    I cannot see but by your eye;
    N or but by your tongue, signify
    A thing so admirable.


HYMN XIV.

_Of the Sunbeams of her Mind._

    E XCEEDING glorious is this Star!
    L et us behold her beams afar
    I n a side line reflected!
    S ight bears them not, when near they are
    A nd in right lines directed.

    B ehold her in her virtue's beams,
    E xtending sun-like to all realms!
    T he sun none views too nearly.
    H er well of goodness, in these streams,
    A ppears right well and clearly.

    R adiant virtues! if your light
    E nfeeble the best judgement's sight;
    G reat splendour above measure
    I s in the Mind, from whence you flow!
    N o wit may have access to know
    A nd view so bright a treasure.


HYMN XV.

_Of her Wit._

    E YE of that Mind most quick and clear,
    L ike heaven's Eye, which from his sphere,
    I nto all things pryeth;
    S ees through all things everywhere,
    A nd all their natures trieth.

    B right image of an angel's wit,
    E xceeding sharp and swift like it,
    T hings instantly discerning;
    H aving a nature infinite,
    A nd yet increased by learning.

    R ebound upon thyself thy light!
    E njoy thine own sweet precious sight!
    G ive us but some reflection!
    I t is enough for us if we,
    N ow in her speech, now policy;
    A dmire thine high perfection!


HYMN XVI.

_Of her Will._

    E VER well affected Will,
    L oving goodness, loathing ill!
    I nestimable treasure!
    S ince such a power hath power to spill,
    A nd save us, at her pleasure.

    B e thou our law, sweet Will! and say
    E ven what thou wilt, we will obey!
    T his law, if I could read it.
    H erein would I spend night and day,
    A nd study still to plead it.

    R oyal Free Will, and only free!
    E ach other will is slave to thee!
    G lad is each will to serve thee!
    I n thee such princely power is seen;
    N o spirit but takes thee, for her Queen!
    A nd thinks she must observe thee!


HYMN XVII.

_Of her Memory._

    E XCELLENT jewels would you see?
    L ovely ladies! Come with me!
    I will (for love I owe you)
    S hew you as rich a treasury
    A s East or West can shew you!

    B ehold! (if you can judge of it)
    E ven that great Storehouse of her Wit!
    T hat beautiful large table,
    H er Memory! wherein is writ
    A ll knowledge admirable.

    R ead this fair book, and you shall learn
    E xquisite skill, if you discern;
    G ain heaven, by this discerning!
    I n such a memory divine,
    N ature did form the Muses nine,
    A nd PALLAS, Queen of Learning.


HYMN XVIII.

_Of her Phantasy._

    E XQUISITE curiosity!
    L ook on thyself, with judging eye!
    I f ought be faulty, leave it!
    S o delicate a Phantasy
    A s this, will straight perceive it

    B ecause her temper is so fine,
    E ndued with harmonies divine;
    T herefore if discord strike it,
    H er true proportions do repine,
    A nd sadly do mislike it.

    R ight otherwise, a pleasure sweet,
    E ver she takes in actions meet,
    G racing with smiles such meetness:
    I n her fair forehead beams appear,
    N o Summer's day is half so clear!
    A dorned with half that sweetness!


HYMN XIX.

_Of the Organs of her Mind._

    E CLIPSED She is, and her bright rays
    L ie under veils; yet many ways
    I s her fair form revealed!
    S he diversely herself conveys,
    A nd cannot be concealed.

    B y instruments, her powers appear
    E xceedingly well tuned and clear!
    T his Lute is still in measure,
    H olds still in tune, even like a sphere,
    A nd yields the world sweet pleasure!

    R esolve me, Muse! how this thing is?
    E ver a body like to this,
    G ave heaven to earthly creature?
    I am but fond this doubt to make!
    N o doubt, the angels, bodies take
    A bove our common nature!


HYMN XX.

_Of the Passions of her Heart._

    E XAMINE not th' inscrutable Heart,
    L ight Muse! of Her, though She in part
    I mpart it to the subject!
    S earch not! although from heaven thou art!
    A nd this a heavenly object.

    B ut since She hath a heart, we know
    E ver some Passions thence do flow,
    T hough ever ruled with honour.
    H er judgement reigns! They wait below,
    A nd fix their eyes upon her!

    R ectified so, they, in their kind,
    E ncrease each virtue of her Mind,
    G overned with mild tranquility.
    I n all the regions under heaven,
    N o State doth bear itself so even,
    A nd with so sweet facility.


HYMN XXI.

_Of the innumerable Virtues of her Mind._

    E RE thou proceed in these sweet pains,
    L earn Muse! how many drops it rains
    I n cold and moist December!
    S um up May flowers! and August's grains!
    A nd grapes of mild September!

    B ear the sea's sand in Memory!
    E arth's grasses! and the stars in sky!
    T he little moats, which mounted
    H ang in the beams of PHŒBUS' eye,
    A nd never can be counted!

    R ecount these numbers, numberless,
    E re thou, her virtue canst express!
    G reat wits, this count will cumber!
    I nstruct thyself in numbering schools!
    N ow Courtiers use to beg for fools;
    A ll such as cannot number.


HYMN XXII.

_Of her Wisdom._

    E AGLE-eyed Wisdom! Life's loadstar!
    L ooking near, on things afar!
    I OVE's best beloved daughter!
    S hews to her spirit all that are!
    A s JOVE himself hath taught her.

    B y this straight rule, She rectifies
    E ach thought, that in her heart doth rise;
    T his is her clear true Mirror!
    H er Looking Glass, wherein She spies
    A ll forms of Truth and Error.

    R ight Princely virtue, fit to reign!
    E nthronised in her spirit remain,
    G uiding our fortunes ever!
    I f we this Star once cease to see;
    N o doubt our State will shipwrecked be,
    A nd torn and sunk for ever.


HYMN XXIII.

_Of her Justice._

    E XILED ASTRÆA is come again!
    L o here She doth all things maintain
    I n number, weight, and measure!
    S he rules us, with delightful pain,
    A nd we obey with pleasure!

    B y Love, She rules more than by Law!
    E ven her great Mercy breedeth awe;
    T his is her sword and sceptre!
    H erewith She hearts did ever draw,
    A nd this guard ever kept her.

    R eward doth sit in her right hand!
    E ach Virtue, thence takes her garland,
    G athered in Honour's garden!
    I n her left hand (wherein should be
    N ought but the sword) sits Clemency!
    A nd conquers Vice with pardon.


HYMN XXIV.

_Of her Magnanimity._

    E VEN as her State, so is her Mind
    L ifted above the vulgar kind!
    I t treads proud Fortune under!
    S unlike, it sits above the wind;
    A bove the storms, and thunder.

    B rave Spirit! Large Heart! admiring nought!
    E steeming each thing, as it ought!
    T hat swelleth not, nor shrinketh!
    H onour is always in her thought;
    A nd of great things, She thinketh!

    R ocks, pillars, and heaven's axletree
    E xemplify her Constancy!
    G reat changes never change her!
    I n her sex, fears are wont to rise;
    N ature permits, Virtue denies,
    A nd scorns the face of danger!


HYMN XXV.

_Of her Moderation._

    E MPRESS of Kingdoms, though She be;
    L arger is her Sovereignty,
    I f She herself do govern!
    S ubject unto herself is She;
    A nd of herself, true Sovereign!

    B eauty's Crown, though She do wear;
    E xalted into Fortune's Chair;
    T hroned like the Queen of Pleasure:
    H er virtues still possess her ear,
    A nd counsel her to Measure!

    R eason (if She incarnate were)
    E ven Reason's self could never bear
    G reatness with Moderation!
    I n her, one temper still is seen.
    N o liberty claims She as Queen!
    A nd shows no alteration!


HYMN XXVI.

    E NVY, go weep! My Muse and I
    L augh thee to scorn! Thy feeble eye
    I s dazzled with the glory
    S hining in this gay Poesy,
    A nd little golden Story!

    B ehold, how my proud quill doth shed
    E ternal nectar on her head!
    T he pomp of Coronation
    H ath not such power, her fame to spread,
    A s this my admiration!

    R espect my pen, as free and frank;
    E xpecting nor reward, nor thank!
    G reat wonder only moves it!
    I never made it mercenary!
    N or should my Muse, this burden carry
    A s hired; but that she loves it!

_FINIS._

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    SIX IDILLIA,

    THAT IS,

    SIX SMALL, OR PETTY, POEMS,
    OR ÆGLOGUES,

    chosen out of the right famous Sicilian Poet

    THEOCRITUS,

    And translated into English verse.

    _Dum defluat amnis._

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    PRINTED

    At Oxford by IOSEPH BARNES.

    1588.



                   E. D.


    Libenter hic, et omnis exantlabitur
        Labor, in tuæ spem gratiæ.
        [HORACE, _Epodes_ i. 23-24.]



SIX IDILLIA

chosen out of the famous Sicilian Poet

THEOCRITUS,

and translated into English verse.


THE EIGHTH IDILLION.

Argument.

    MENALCAS a Shepherd and DAPHNIS a Neatherd, two Sicilian Lads,
    contending who should sing best, pawn their Whistles; and choose
    a Goatherd to be their Judge: who giveth sentence on DAPHNIS his
    side. The thing is imagined to be done in the Isle of Sicily,
    by the sea-shore. Of whose singing, this Idillion is called
    _Bucoliastæ_, that is, "Singers of a Neatherd's Song."


_BUCOLIASTÆ_.

DAPHNIS, MENALCAS, Goatherd.

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    With lovely Neatherd DAPHNIS on the hills, they say,
    Shepherd MENALCAS met upon a summer's day:
    Both youthful striplings, both had yellow heads of hair;
    In whistling both, and both in singing skilful were.

MENALCAS first, beholding DAPHNIS, thus bespake:

MENALCAS.

      "Wilt thou in singing, Neatherd DAPHNIS, undertake
    To strive with me? For I affirm that, at my will,
    I can thee pass!" Thus DAPHNIS answered on the hill.

DAPHNIS.

      "Whistler MENALCAS, thou shalt never me excel
    In singing, though to death with singing thou should'st swell!"

MENALCAS.

    "Then wilt thou see, and something for the victor wage?"

DAPHNIS.

    "I will both see, and something for the victor gage!"

MENALCAS.

    "What therefore shall we pawn, that for us may be fit?"

DAPHNIS.

    "I'll pawn a calf; a wennell lamb lay thou to it!"

MENALCAS.

      "I'll pawn no lamb: for both my Sire and Mother fell
    Are very hard; and all my sheep at e'en they tell."

DAPHNIS.

    "What then? What shall he gain that wins the victory?"

MENALCAS.

      "A gallant Whistle which I made with notes thrice three,
    Joined with white wax, both e'en below and e'en above;
    This will I lay! My father's things I will not move!"

DAPHNIS.

      "And I a Whistle have with notes thrice three a row,
    Joined with white wax, both e'en below and e'en above.
    I lately framed it: for this finger yet doth ache
    With pricking, which a splinter of the reed did make.
    But who shall be our Judge, and give us audience?"

MENALCAS.

      "What if we call this Goatherd here, not far from hence,
    Whose dog doth bark hard by the kids?" The lusty boys
    Did call him, and the Goatherd came to hear their toys.
    The lusty boys did sing, the Goatherd judgment gave.
    MENALCAS first, by lot, unto his Whistle brave,
    Did sing a Neatherd's Song; and Neatherd DAPHNIS then
    Did sing, by course: but first MENALCAS thus began:

MENALCAS.

      "Ye Groves and Brooks divine, if on his reed
    MENALCAS ever sang a pleasant Lay;
    Fat me these lambs! If DAPHNIS here will feed
    His calves, let him have pasture too I pray!"

DAPHNIS.

      "Ye pleasant Springs and Plants, would DAPHNIS had
    As sweet a voice as have the nightingales!
    Feed me this herd! and if the Shepherd's lad
    MENALCAS comes, let him have all the dales!"

MENALCAS.

      "'Tis ever Spring; there meads are ever gay;
    There strout the bags; there sheep are fatly fed,
    When DAPHNE comes! Go she away;
    Then both the Shepherd there, and grass are dead."

DAPHNIS.

      "There both the ewes, and goats, bring forth their twins;
    There bees do fill their hives; there oaks are high;
    Where MILO treads! When he away begins
    To go, both Neatherd and the neat wax dry."

MENALCAS.

      "O husband of the goats! O wood so high!
    O kids! come to this brook, for he is there!
    Thou with the broken horns tell MILO shy,
    That PROTEUS kept sea-calves, though god he were."

DAPHNIS.

      "Nor PELOPS' kingdom may I crave, nor gold;
    Nor to outrun the winds upon a lea:
    But in this cave I'll sing, with thee in hold,
    Both looking on my sheep, and on the sea."

MENALCAS.

      "A tempest marreth trees; and drought, a spring:
    Snares unto fowls, to beasts nets, are a smart;
    Love spoils a man. O JOVE, alone his sting
    I have not felt; for thou a lover art!"

      Thus sang these boys, by course, with voices strong;
    MENALCAS then began a latter song:

MENALCAS.

      "Wolf, spare my kids! and spare my fruitful sheep!
    And hurt me not! though but a lad, these flocks I guide.
    Lampur my dog, art thou indeed so sound asleep?
    Thou should'st not sleep while thou art by thy master's side!
    My sheep, fear not to eat the tender grass at will!
    Nor when it springeth up again, see that you fail!
    Go to, and feed apace, and all your bellies fill!
    That part your lambs may have; and part, my milking pail."

Then DAPHNIS in his turn sweetly began to sing:

DAPHNIS.

      "And me, not long ago, fair DAPHNE whistly eyed
    As I drove by; and said, I was a paragon:
    Nor then indeed to her I churlishly replied;
    But, looking on the ground, my way still held I on.
    Sweet is a cow-calf's voice, and sweet her breath doth smell;
    A bull calf, and a cow, do low full pleasantly.
    'Tis sweet in summer by a spring abroad to dwell!
    Acorns become the oak; apples, the apple-tree;
    And calves, the kine; and kine, the Neatherd much set out."

    Thus sung these youths. The Goatherd thus did end the doubt:

Goatherd.

      "O DAPHNIS, what a dulcet mouth and voice thou hast!
    'Tis sweeter thee to hear than honey-combs to taste!
    Take thee these Pipes, for thou in singing dost excel!
    If me, a Goatherd, thou wilt teach to sing so well;
    This broken-hornèd goat, on thee bestow I will!
    Which to the very brim, the pail doth ever fill."

      So then was DAPHNIS glad, and lept and clapt his hands;
    And danced as doth a fawn, when by the dam he stands.
    MENALCAS grieved, the thing his mind did much dismay:
    And sad as Bride he was, upon the marriage day.

      Since then among the Shepherds, DAPHNIS chief was had!
    And took a Nymph to wife when he was but a lad.

    DAPHNIS his Emblem.

    _Me tamen urit Amor._

    MENALCAS his Emblem.

    _At hæc DAPHNE forsan probet._

    Goatherd's Emblem.

    _Est minor nemo nisi comparatus_

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THE ELEVENTH IDILLION.

Argument.

    THEOCRITUS wrote this Idillion to NICIAS a learned Physician:
    wherein he sheweth--by the example of POLYPHEMUS a giant in Sicily,
    of the race of the CYCLOPS, who loved the Water Nymph GALATEA--that
    there is no medicine so sovereign against Love as is Poetry. Of
    whose Love Song, as this Idillion, is termed CYCLOPS; so he was
    called CYCLOPS, because he had but one eye, that stood like a
    circle in the midst of his forehead.


_CYCLOPS_.

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    O Nicias, there is no other remedy for Love,
    With ointing, or with sprinkling on, that ever I could prove,
    Beside the Muses nine! This pleasant medicine of the mind
    Grows among men; and seems but light, yet very hard to find:
    As well I wote you know; who are in physic such a Leech,
    And of the Muses so beloved. The cause of this my speech
    A CYCLOPS is, who lived here with us right wealthily;
    That ancient POLYPHEM, when first he loved GALATE
    (When, with a bristled beard, his chin and cheeks first clothed were):
    He loved her not with roses, apples, or with curlèd hair;
    But with the Furies' rage. All other things he little plied.
    Full often to their fold, from pastures green, without a guide,
    His sheep returnèd home: when all the while he singing lay
    In honour of his Love, and on the shore consumed away
    From morning until night; sick of the wound, fast by the heart,
    Which mighty VENUS gave, and in his liver stuck the dart.
    For which, this remedy he found, that sitting oftentimes
    Upon a rock and looking on the sea, he sang these rhymes:

      "O GALATEA fair, why dost thou shun thy lover true?
    More tender than a lamb, more white than cheese when it is new,
    More wanton than a calf, more sharp than grapes unripe, I find.
    You use to come when pleasant sleep, my senses all do bind:
    But you are gone again when pleasant sleep doth leave mine eye;
    And as a sheep you run, that on the plain a wolf doth spy.

      "I then began to love thee, GALATE, when first of all
    You, with my mother, came to gather leaves of crowtoe [_hyacinth_]
       small
    Upon our hill; when I, as Usher, squired you all the way.
    Nor when I saw thee first, nor afterwards, nor at this day,
    Since then could I refrain: but you, by Jove! nought set thereby!

      "But well I know, fair Nymph, the very cause why thus you fly.
    Because upon my front, one only brow, with bristles strong
    From one ear to the other ear is stretchèd all along:
    'Neath which, one eye; and on my lips, a hugy nose, there stands.
    Yet I, this such a one, a thousand sheep feed on these lands;
    And pleasant milk I drink, which from the strouting bags is presst.
    Nor want I cheese in summer, nor in autumn of the best,
    Nor yet in winter time. My cheese racks ever laden are;
    And better can I pipe than any CYCLOPS may compare.
    O apple sweet! of thee, and of myself I use to sing,
    And that at midnight oft. For thee! eleven fawns up I bring,
    All great with young: and four bears' whelps, I nourish up for thee!
    But come thou hither first, and thou shall have them all of me.
    And let the bluish coloured sea beat on the shore so nigh,
    The night with me in cave, thou shalt consume more pleasantly!
    There are the shady bays, and there tall cypress trees do sprout:
    And there is ivy black, and fertile vines are all about.
    Cool water there I have, distilled of the whitest snow,
    A drink divine, which out of woody Etna mount doth flow.
    In these respects, who in the sea and waves would rather be?

      "But if I seem as yet too rough and savage unto thee,
    Great store of oaken wood I have, and never-quenchèd fire;
    And I can well endure my soul to burn with thy desire,
    With this my only eye, than which I nothing think more trim:
    Now woe is me, my mother bore me not with fins to swim!
    That I might dive to thee; that I thy dainty hand might kiss,
    If lips thou wouldst not let. Then would I lilies bring iwis,
    And tender poppy-toe that bears a top like rattles red,
    And these in summer time: but others are in winter bred,
    So that I cannot bring them all at once. Now certainly
    I'll learn to swim of some or other stranger passing by,
    That I may know what pleasure 'tis in waters deep to dwell.

      "Come forth, fair GALATE! and once got out, forget thee well
    (As I do, sitting on this rock) home to return again!              }
    But feed my sheep with me, and for to milk them take the pain!     }
    And cheese to press, and in the milk the rennet sharp to strain!   }
    My mother only wrongeth me; and her I blame, for she
    Spake never yet to thee one good, or lovely, word of me:
    And that, although she daily sees how I away do pine.
    But I will say, 'My head and feet do ache,' that she may whine,
    And sorrow at the heart: because my heart with grief is swoll'n.

      "O CYCLOPS, CYCLOPS! whither is thy wit and reason flown?
    If thou would'st baskets make; and cut down brouzing from the tree,
    And bring it to thy lambs, a great deal wiser thou should'st be!
    Go, coy some present Nymph! Why dost thou follow flying wind?
    Perhaps another GALATE, and fairer, thou shalt find!
    For many Maidens in the evening tide with me will play,          }
    And all do sweetly laugh, when I stand heark'ning what they say: }
    And I somebody seem, and in the earth do bear a sway."           }

      Thus POLYPHEMUS singing, fed his raging love of old;
    Wherein he sweeter did, than had he sent her sums of gold.

    POLYPHEM's Emblem.

    _Ubi Dictamum inventiam?_

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THE SIXTEENTH IDILLION.


Argument.

    The style of this Poem is more lofty than any of the rest, and
    THEOCRITUS wrote it to HIERO, King of Syracuse in Sicily. Wherein
    he reproveth the nigardise of Princes and Great Men towards the
    Learned, and namely [_especially_] Poets: in whose power it is to
    make men famous to all posterity. Towards the end, he praiseth
    HIERO; and prayeth that Sicily may be delivered by his prowess from
    the invasions of the Carthaginians. This Idillion is named HIERO in
    respect of the person to whom it was written; or _Charites_, that
    is, "Graces," in respect of the matter whereof it treateth.


_CHARITES, or HIERO_

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    Poets have still this care, and still the Muses have this care;
    To magnify the gods with Songs, and men that worthy are.
    The Muses they are goddesses, and gods with praise they crown;
    But we are mortal men, and mortal men let us renown!
      But who, of all the men under the cope of heaven that dwell,
    By opening of his doors, our Graces entertains so well
    That unrewarded quite he doth not send them back again?
    They in a chafe, all barefoot, home to me return with pain:
    And me they greatly blame, and that they went for nought they grudge;
    And all too weary, in the bottom of an empty hutch,
    Laying their heads upon their knees full cold, they still remain:
    Where they do poorly dwell, because they home returned in vain.

      Of all that living are, who loves a man that speaketh well?
    I know not one. For now a days for deeds that do excel
    Men care not to be praised: but all are overcome with gain.        }
    For every man looks round, with hand in bosom, whence amain        }
    Coin he may get: whose rust rubbed off, he will not give again.    }
    But straightway thus he says, "The leg is further than the knee,
    Let me have gold enough; the gods to Poets pay their fee!"
    Who would another hear, "Enough for all, one HOMER is;
    Of poets he is Prince: yet gets he nought of me iwis!"

      Madmen, what gain is this, to hoard up bags of gold within?
    This is not money's use, nor hath to wise men ever been!
    But part is due unto ourselves, part to the Poet's pen;
    And many kinsfolk must be pleasured, and many men:
    And often to the gods thou must do solemn sacrifice.
    Nor must thou keep a sparing house: but when, in friendly wise,
    Thou hast receivèd strangers at thy board; when they will thence,
    Let them depart! But chiefly Poets must thou reverence!
    That after thou art hidden in thy grave, thou mayest hear well!
    Nor basely mayest thou mourn when thou in Acheron dost dwell!
    Like to some ditcher vile, whose hands with work are hard and dry;
    Who from his parents poor, bewails his life in beggary.

      In King ANTIOCHUS his Court, and King ALEVAS' too
    To distribute the monthly bread a many had to do.
    The Scopedans had many droves of calves, which in their stalls
    'Mong oxen lowed; and shepherds kept, in the Cranonian dales,
    Infinite flocks to bear the hospital [_hospitable_] CREONDAN's
                                                             charge. }
    No pleasure should these men enjoy of their expenses large,      }
    When once their souls they had embarked in the Infernal Barge;   }
    But leaving all this wealth behind, in wretched misery
    Among the dead, without renown, for ever they should lie:
    Had not SIMONIDES the Chian Poet, with his pen
    And with his lute of many strings so famous made these men
    To all posterity. The very horses were renowned;
    Which, from their races swift returned, with olive garlands crowned.
      Whoever should have known the Lycian Princes and their race,
    Or them of Troy, of CIGNUS [_CYCNUS_] with his woman's coloured face:
    Had not the Poets sung the famous Wars of them of old?
      Nor yet ULYSSES (who, for ten years space on seas was rolled,
    By sundry sorts of men; and who at last went down to Hell
    As yet alive; and from the CYCLOPS' den escapèd well)
    Had got such lasting fame: and drowned should lie in silence deep
    Swineherd EUMÆUS, and PHILÆTUS who had to keep
    A herd of neat; LAERTES eke himself had been unknown--
    If far and wide their names, great HOMER's verses had not blown.

      Immortal fame to mortal men, the Muses nine do give:
    But dead men's wealth is spent and quite consumed of them that live.
    But all one pain[s] it is, to number waves upon the banks,
    Whereof great store, the wind from sea doth blow to land in ranks;
    Or for to wash a brick with water clear till it be white:
    As for to move a man whom avarice doth once delight.
    Therefore "Adieu!" to such a one for me! and let him have
    Huge silver heaps at will, and more and more still let him crave!
    But I, Goodwill of Men, and Honour, will prefer before
    A many mules of price, or many horses kept in store.
    Therefore I ask, To whom shall I be welcome with my train
    Of Muses nine? whose ways are hard, if JOVE guides not the rein.

      The heavens yet have not left to roll both months and years on reels;
    And many horses yet shall turn about the Chariot's wheels:
    The man shall rise that shall have need of me to set him out;
    Doing such deeds of arms as AJAX, or ACHILLES stout,
    Did in the field of Simois, where ILUS' bones do rest
    And now the Carthaginians, inhabiting the West,
    Who in the utmost end of Liby' dwell, in arms are prest:
    And now the Syracuseans their spears do carry in the rest;
    Whose left arms laden are with targets made of willow tree.
    'Mongst whom King HIERO, the ancient Worthies' match, I see
    In armour shine; whose plume doth overshade his helmet bright.

      O JUPITER, and thou MINERVA fierce in fight,
    And thou PROSERPINA (who, with thy mother, has renown
    By Lysimelia streams, in Ephyra that wealthy town),
    Out of our island drive our enemies, our bitter fate,
    Along the Sardine sea! that death of friends they may relate
    Unto their children and their wives! and that the town opprest
    By enemies, of th' old inhabitants may be possesst!
    That they may till the fields! and sheep upon the downs may bleat
    By thousands infinite, and fat! and that the herds of neat
    As to their stalls they go, may press the ling'ring traveller!
    Let grounds be broken up for seed, what time the grasshopper
    Watching the shepherds by their flocks, in boughs close singing lies!
    And let the spiders spread their slender webs in armories;
    So that of War, the very name may not be heard again!

      But let the Poets strive, King HIERO's glory for to strain
    Beyond the Scythean sea; and far beyond those places where
    SEMIRAMIS did build those stately walls, and rule did bear.
    'Mongst whom, I will be one: for many other men beside,
    JOVE's daughters love; whose study still shall be, both far and wide,
    Sicilian Arethusa, with the people, to advance;
    And warlike HIERO. Ye Graces! (who keep resiance [_residence_]
    In the Thessalian Mount Orchomenus; to Thebes of old
    So hateful, though of you beloved) to stay I will be bold,
    Where I am bid to come: and I with them will still remain,
    That shall invite me to their house, with all my Muses' train.
    Nor you, will I forsake! For what to men can lovely be
    Without your company? The Graces always be with me!

    Emblem.

    _Si nihil attuleris, ibis HOMERE foras._

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THE EIGHTEENTH IDILLION.


Argument.

    Twelve noble Spartan Virgins are brought in singing, in the
    evening, at the chamber door of MENELAUS and HELENA on their
    Wedding Day. And first they prettily jest with the Bridegroom, then
    they praise HELENA, last they wish them both joy of their marriage.
    Therefore this Idillion is entitled _HELEN's Epithalamion_ that is
    "HELEN's Wedding Song."


_HELEN's Epithalamion_.

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    In Sparta, long ago, where MENELAUS wore the crown,
    Twelve noble Virgins, daughters to the greatest in the town,
    All dight upon their hair in crowtoe [_hyacinth_] garlands fresh
        and green,
    Danced at the chamber door of HELENA the Queen:
    What time this MENELAUS, the younger son of ATREUS,
    Did marry with this lovely daughter of Prince TYNDARUS;
    And therewithal, at eve, a Wedding Song they jointly sang,
    With such a shuffling of their feet that all the palace rang.

      "Fair Bridegroom, do you sleep? Hath slumber all your limbs
       possesst?                                                       }
    What, are you drowsy? or hath wine your body so oppresst           }
    That you are gone to bed? For if you needs would take your rest,   }
    You should have ta'en a season meet. Mean time, till it be day
    Suffer the Bride with us, and with her mother dear, to play!
    For, MENELAUS, She, at evening and at morning tide.
    From day to day, and year to year, shall be thy loving Bride.

      "O happy Bridegroom, sure some honest man did sneeze to thee,
    When thou to Sparta came, to meet with such a one as She!
    Among the demi-gods thou only art accounted meet                    }
    To be the Son-in-law to JOVE! for underneath one sheet              }
    His daughter lies with thee! Of all that tread on ground with feet  }
    There is not such a one in Greece! Now sure some goodly thing
    She will thee bear; if it be like the mother that she bring.

      For we, her peers in age, whose course of life is e'en the same;
    Who, at Eurotas' streams, like men, are oilèd to the game:
    And four times sixty Maids, of all the women youth we are;
    Of these none wants a fault, if her with HELEN we compare.
    Like as the rising morn shews a grateful lightening,
    When sacred night is past; and Winter now lets loose the Spring:
    So glittering HELEN shined among her Maids, lusty and tall.
    As is the furrow in a field that far outstretcheth all;
    Or in a garden is a cypress tree; or in a trace,
    A steed of Thessaly; so She to Sparta was a grace.
    No damsel with such works as She, her baskets used to fill;
    Nor in a divers coloured web, a woof of greater skill
    Doth cut off from the loom; nor any hath such Songs and Lays
    Unto her dainty harp, in DIAN's and MINERVA's praise,
    As HELEN hath: in whose bright eyes all Loves and Graces be.

      "O fair, O lovely Maid! a Matron is now made of thee!
    But we will, every Spring, unto the leaves in meadow go
    To gather garlands sweet; and there, not with a little woe,
    Will often think of thee, O HELEN! as the suckling lambs
    Desire the strouting bags and presence of their tender dams.
    We all betimes for thee, a wreath of melitoe will knit;
    And on a shady plane for thee will safely fasten it.
    And all betimes for thee, under a shady plane below,
    Out of a silver box the sweetest ointment will bestow.
    And letters shall be written in the bark that men may see,
    And read, DO HUMBLE REVERENCE, FOR I AM HELEN'S TREE!

      "Sweet Bride, good night! and thou, O happy Bridegroom, now good
         night!
    LATONA send your happy issue! who is most of might
    In helping youth; and blissful VENUS send you equal love
    Betwixt you both! and JOVE give lasting riches from above,
    Which from your noble selves, unto your noble imps may fall!
    Sleep on, and breathe into your breasts desires mutual!
    But in the morning, wake! Forget it not in any wise!
    And we will then return; as soon as any one shall rise
    And in the chamber stir, and first of all lift up the head!
    HYMEN! O HYMEN! now be gladsome at this marriage bed!"

    Emblem.

    _Usque adeo latet utilitas._



THE TWENTY-FIRST IDILLION.


Argument.

    A Neatherd is brought chafing that EUNICA, a Maid of the city,
    disdained to kiss him. Whereby it is thought that THEOCRITUS
    seemeth to check them that think this kind of writing in Poetry
    to be too base and rustical. And therefore this Poem is termed
    _Neatherd_.


_NEATHERD._

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    Eunica scorned me, when her I would have sweetly kist
    And railing at me said, "Go with a mischief, where thou list!
    Thinkest thou, a wretched Neatherd, me to kiss! I have no will
    After the country guise to smouch! Of city lips I skill!
    My lovely mouth, so much as in thy dream, thou shalt not touch!
    How dost thou look! How dost thou talk! How play'st thou the slouch!
    How daintily thou speak'st! What Courting words thou bringest out!
    How soft a beard thou hast! How fair thy locks hang round about!
    Thy lips are like a sick man's lips! thy hands, so black they be!
    And rankly thou dost smell! Away, lest thou defilest me!"
      Having thus said, she spattered on her bosom twice or thrice;
    And, still beholding me from top to toe in scornful wise,
    She muttered with her lips; and with her eyes she looked aside,
    And of her beauty wondrous coy she was; her mouth she wryed,
    And proudly mocked me to my face. My blood boiled in each vein,
    And red I wox for grief as doth the rose with dewy rain.
    Thus leaving me, away she flang! Since when, it vexeth me
    That I should be so scorned of such a filthy drab as She.
      "Ye shepherds, tell me true, am not I as fair as any swan?
    Hath of a sudden any god made me another man?
    For well I wot, before a comely grace in me did shine,
    Like ivy round about a tree, and decked this beard of mine.
    My crispèd locks, like parsley, on my temples wont to spread;
    And on my eyebrows black a milk white forehead glisterèd:
    More seemly were mine eyes than are MINERVA's eyes, I know.
    My mouth for sweetness passèd cheese; and from my mouth did flow
    A voice more sweet than honeycombs. Sweet is my Roundelay
    When on the whistle, flute, or pipe, or cornet I do play.
    And all the women on our hills do say that I am fair,
    And all do love me well: but these that breathe the city air
    Did never love me yet. And why? The cause is this I know.
    That I a Neatherd am. They hear not how in vales below,
    Fair BACCHUS kept a herd of beasts. Nor can these nice ones tell
    How VENUS, raving for a Neatherd's love, with him did dwell
    Upon the hills of Phrygia; and how she loved again
    ADONIS in the woods, and mourned in woods when he was slain.
    Who was ENDYMION? Was he not a Neatherd? Yet the Moon
    Did love this Neatherd so, that, from the heavens descending soon,
    She came to Latmos grove where with the dainty lad she lay.
    And RHEA, thou a Neatherd dost bewail! and thou, all day,
    O mighty JUPITER! but for a shepherd's boy didst stray!
    EUNICA only, deigned not a Neatherd for to love:
    Better, forsooth, than CYBEL, VENUS, or the Moon above!
    And VENUS, thou hereafter must not love thy fair ADONE
    In city, nor on hill! but all the night must sleep alone!"

    Emblem.

    _Habitarunt Dii quoque sylvas._



THE THIRTY-FIRST IDILLION.


Argument

    The conceit of this Idillion is very delicate. Wherein it is
    imagined how VENUS did send for the Boar who in hunting slew
    ADONIS, a dainty youth whom she loved: and how the Boar answering
    for himself that he slew him against his will, as being enamoured
    on him, and thinking only to kiss his naked thigh; she forgave him.
    The Poet's drift is to shew the power of Love, not only in men,
    but also in brute beasts: although in the last two verses, by the
    burning of the Boar's amorous teeth, he intimateth that extravagant
    and unorderly passions are to be restrained by reason.


_ADONIS._

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    When VENUS first did see
    ADONIS dead to be;
    With woeful tattered hair
    And cheeks so wan and sear,
    The wingèd Loves she bade,
    The Boar should straight be had.
    Forthwith like birds they fly,
    And through the wood they hie;
    The woeful beast they find,
    And him with cords they bind.
    One with a rope before
    Doth lead the captive Boar:
    Another on his back
    Doth make his bow to crack.
    The beast went wretchedly,
    For VENUS horribly
    He feared; who thus him curst:
      "Of all the beasts the worst,
    Didst thou this thigh so wound?
    Didst thou my Love confound?"
      The beast thus spake in fear
    "VENUS, to thee I swear!
    By thee, and husband thine,
    And by these bands of mine,
    And by these hunters all,
    Thy husband fair and tall,
    I mindèd not to kill!
    But, as an image still,
    I him beheld for love:
    Which made me forward shove
    His thigh, that naked was;
    Thinking to kiss, alas,
    And that hath hurt me thus.
      "Wherefore these teeth, VENUS!
    Or punish, or cut out:
    Why bear I in my snout
    These needless teeth about!
    If these may not suffice;
    Cut off my chaps likewise!"
      To ruth he VENUS moves,
    And she commands the Loves,
    His bands for to untie.
      After he came not nigh
    The wood; but at her will
    He followed VENUS still.
    And coming to the fire,
    He burnt up his desire.

    Emblem.

    _Raris forma viris, secula prospice
    Impunita fuit._


FINIS.

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    The Affectionate
    Shepheard.

    Containing the Complaint of _Daphnis_ for
    the loue of _Ganymede_.

    _Amor plus mellis, quam fellis, est._

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    LONDON,

    Printed by Iohn Danter for T.G. and E.N.

    and are to bee sold in Saint Dunstones
    Church-yeard in Fleetstreet,
    1594.



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To the Right Excellent

and most beautifull Lady, the Ladie

PENELOPE RITCH.


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    _Fayre louely Ladie, vvhose Angelique eyes
    Are Vestall Candles of sweet Beauties Treasure,
    Whose speech is able to inchaunt the wise,
    Conuerting Ioy to Paine, and Paine to Pleasure;
      Accept this simple Toy of my Soules Dutie,
      Which I present vnto thy matchles Beautie._

    _And albeit the gift be all too meane,
    Too meane an Offring for thine Iuorie Shrine;
    Yet must thy Beautie my iust blame susteane,
    Since it is mortall, but thy selfe diuine.
      Then (Noble Ladie) take in gentle vvorth,
      This new-borne Babe which here my Muse brings forth._

    Your Honours most affectionate
    and perpetually deuoted Shepheard:
    _DAPHNIS_.

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The Teares of an

affectionate Shepheard sicke

for Loue.

_OR_

The Complaint of _Daphnis_ for the Loue

of _Ganimede_.


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    Scarce had the morning Starre hid from the light
    Heauens crimson Canopie with stars bespangled,
    But I began to rue th'vnhappy sight
    Of that faire Boy that had my hart intangled;
    Cursing the Time, the Place, the sense, the sin;
      I came, I saw, I viewd, I slipped in.

    If it be sinne to loue a sweet-fac'd Boy,
    (Whose amber locks trust vp in golden tramels
    Dangle adowne his louely cheekes with ioy,
    When pearle and flowers his faire haire enamels)
      If it be sinne to loue a louely Lad;
      Oh then sinne I, for whom my soule is sad.

    His Iuory-white and Alabaster skin
    Is staind throughout with rare Vermillion red,
    Whose twinckling starrie lights do neuer blin
    To shine on louely _Venus_ (Beauties bed:)
      But as the Lillie and the blushing Rose,
      So white and red on him in order growes.

    Vpon a time the Nymphs bestird them-selues
    To trie who could his beautie soonest win:
    But he accounted them but all as Elues,
    Except it were the faire Queene _Guendolen_,
      Her he embrac'd, of her was beloued,
      With plaints he proued, and with teares he moued.

    But her an Old-Man had beene sutor too,
    That in his age began to doate againe;
    Her would he often pray, and often woo,
    When through old-age enfeebled was his Braine:
    But she before had lou'd a lustie youth
    That now was dead, the cause of all her ruth.

    And thus it hapned, Death and _Cupid_ met
    Vpon a time at swilling _Bacchus_ house,
    Where daintie cates vpon the Board were set,
    And Goblets full of wine to drinke carouse:
      Where Loue and Death did loue the licor so,
      That out they fall and to the fray they goe.

    And hauing both their Quiuers at their backe
    Fild full of Arrows; Th'one of fatall steele,
    The other all of gold; Deaths shaft was black,
    But Loues was yellow: Fortune turnd her wheele;
      And from Deaths Quiuer fell a fatall shaft,
      That vnder _Cupid_ by the winde was waft.

    And at the same time by ill hap there fell
    Another Arrow out of _Cupids_ Quiuer;
    The which was carried by the winde at will,
    And vnder Death the amorous shaft did shiuer:
      They being parted, Loue tooke vp Deaths dart,
      And Death tooke vp Loues Arrow (for his part.)

    Thus as they wandred both about the world,
    At last Death met with one of feeble age:
    Wherewith he drew a shaft and at him hurld
    The vnknowne Arrow; (with a furious rage)
      Thinking to strike him dead with Deaths blacke dart,
      But he (alas) with Loue did wound his hart.

    This was the doting foole, this was the man
    That lou'd faire _Guendolena_ Queene of Beautie;
    Shee cannot shake him off, doo what she can,
    For he hath vowd to her his soules last duety:
      Making him trim vpon the holy-daies;
      And crownes his Loue with Garlands made of Baies.

    Now doth he stroke his Beard; and now (againe)
    He wipes the driuel from his filthy chin;
    Now offers he a kisse; but high Disdaine
    Will not permit her hart to pity him:
      Her hart more hard than Adamant or steele,
      Her hart more changeable than Fortunes wheele.

    But leaue we him in loue (vp to the eares)
    And tell how Loue behau'd himselfe abroad;
    Who seeing one that mourned still in teares
    (a young-man groaning vnder Loues great Load)
      Thinking to ease his Burden, rid his paines:
      For men haue griefe as long as life remaines.

    Alas (the while) that vnawares he drue
    The fatall shaft that Death had dropt before;
    By which deceit great harme did then issue,
    Stayning his face with blood and filthy goare.
      His face, that was to _Guendolen_ more deere
      Than loue of Lords, of any lordly Peere.

    This was that faire and beautifull young-man,
    Whom _Guendolena_ so lamented for;
    This is that Loue whom she doth curse and ban,
    Because she doth that dismall chaunce abhor:
      And if it were not for his Mothers sake,
      Euen _Ganimede_ himselfe she would forsake.

    Oh would shee would forsake my _Ganimede_,
    Whose sugred loue is full of sweete delight,
    Vpon whose fore-head you may plainely reade
    Loues Pleasure, grau'd in yuorie Tables bright:
      In whose faire eye-balls you may clearely see
      Base Loue still staind with foule indignitie.

    Oh would to God he would but pitty mee,
    That loue him more than any mortall wight;
    Then he and I with loue would soone agree,
    That now cannot abide his Sutors sight.
      O would to God (so I might haue my fee)
      My lips were honey, and thy mouth a Bee.

    Then shouldst thou sucke my sweete and my faire flower
    That now is ripe, and full of honey-berries:
    Then would I leade thee to my pleasant Bower
    Fild full of Grapes, of Mulberries, and Cherries;
      Then shouldst thou be my Waspe or else my Bee,
      I would thy hiue, and thou my honey bee.

    I would put amber Bracelets on thy wrests,
    Crownets of Pearle about thy naked Armes:
    And when thou sitst at swilling _Bacchus_ feasts
    My lips with charmes should saue thee from all harmes:
      And when in sleepe thou tookst thy chiefest Pleasure,
      Mine eyes should gaze vpon thine eye-lids Treasure.

    And euery Morne by dawning of the day,
    When _Phœbus_ riseth with a blushing face,
    _Siluanus_ Chappel-Clarkes shall chaunt a Lay,
    And play thee hunts-vp in thy resting place:
      My Coote thy Chamber, my bosome thy Bed;
      Shall be appointed for thy sleepy head.

    And when it pleaseth thee to walke abroad,
    (Abroad into the fields to take fresh ayre:)
    The Meades with _Floras_ treasure should be strowde,
    (The mantled meaddowes, and the fields so fayre.)
      And by a siluer Well (with golden sands)
      Ile sit me downe, and wash thine yuory hands.

    And in the sweltring heate of summer time,
    I would make Cabinets for thee (my Loue:)
    Sweet-smelling Arbours made of Eglantine
    Should be thy shrine, and I would be thy Doue.
      Coole Cabinets of fresh greene Laurell boughs
      Should shadow vs, ore-set with thicke-set Eughes.

    Or if thou list to bathe thy naked limbs,
    Within the Christall of a Pearle-bright brooke,
    Paued with dainty pibbles to the brims;
    Or cleare, wherein thyselfe thy selfe mayst looke;
      Weele goe to _Ladon_, whose still trickling noyse,
      Will lull thee fast asleepe amids thy ioyes.

    Or if thoult goe vnto the Riuer side,
    To angle for the sweet fresh-water fish:
    Arm'd with thy implements that will abide
    (Thy rod, hooke, line) to take a dainty dish;
      Thy rods shall be of cane, thy lines of silke,
      Thy hooks of siluer, and thy bayts of milke.

    Or if thou lou'st to heare sweet Melodie,
    Or pipe a Round vpon an Oaten Reede,
    Or make thy selfe glad with some myrthfull glee,
    Or play them Musicke whilst thy flocke doth feede;
      To _Pans_ owne Pipe Ile helpe my louely Lad,
      (_Pans_ golden Pype) which he of _Syrinx_ had.

    Or if thou dar'st to climbe the highest Trees
    For Apples, Cherries, Medlars, Peares, or Plumbs,
    Nuts, Walnuts, Filbeards, Chest-nuts, Ceruices,
    The hoary Peach, when snowy winter comes;
      I have fine Orchards full of mellowed frute;
      Which I will giue thee to obtain my sute.

    Not proud _Alcynous_ himselfe can vaunt,
    Of goodlier Orchards or of brauer Trees
    Than I haue planted; yet thou wilt not graunt
    My simple sute; but like the honey Bees
      Thou suckst the flowre till all the sweet be gone;
      And lou'st mee for my Coyne till I haue none.

    Leave _Guendolen_ (sweet hart) though she be faire
    Yet is she light; not light in vertue shining:
    But light in her behauiour, to impaire
    Her honour in her Chastities declining;
      Trust not her teares, for they can watonnize,
      When teares in pearle are trickling from her eyes.

    If thou wilt come and dwell with me at home;
    My sheep-cote shall be strowd with new greene rushes:
    Weele haunt the trembling Prickets as they rome
    About the fields, along the hauthorne bushes;
      I haue a pie-bald Curre to hunt the Hare:
      So we will liue with daintie forrest fare.

    Nay more than this, I haue a Garden-plot,
    Wherein there wants nor hearbs, nor roots, nor flowers;
    (Flowers to smell, roots to eate, hearbs for the pot,)
    And dainty Shelters when the Welkin lowers:
      Sweet-smelling Beds of Lillies and of Roses,
      Which Rosemary banks and Lauender incloses.

    There growes the Gilliflowre, the Mynt, the Dayzie
    (Both red and white,) the blew-veynd-Violet:
    The purple Hyacinth, the Spyke to please thee,
    The scarlet dyde Carnation bleeding yet;
      The Sage, the Sauery, and sweet Margerum,
      Isop, Tyme, and Eye-bright, good for the blinde and dumbe.

    The Pinke, the Primrose, Cowslip, and Daffadilly,
    The Hare-bell blue, the crimson Cullumbine,
    Sage, Lettis, Parsley, and the milke-white Lilly,
    The Rose, and speckled flowre cald Sops in wine,
      Fine pretie King-cups, and the yellow Bootes,
      That growes by Riuers, and by shallow Brookes.

    And manie thousand moe (I cannot name)
    Of hearbs and flowers that in gardens grow,
    I haue for thee; and Coneyes that be tame,
    Yong Rabbets, white as Swan, and blacke as Crow,
      Some speckled here and there with daintie spots:
      And more I haue two mylch and milke-white Goates.

    All these, and more, Ile giue thee for thy loue;
    If these, and more, may tyce thy loue away:
    I haue a Pidgeon-house, in it a Doue,
    Which I loue more than mortall tongue can say:
      And last of all, Ile giue thee a little Lambe
      To play withall, new weaned from her Dam.

    But if thou wilt not pittie my Complaint,
    My Teares, nor Vowes, nor Oathes, made to thy Beautie:
    What shall I doo? But languish, die, or faint,
    Since thou dost scorne my Teares, and my Soules Duetie:
      And Teares contemned, Vowes and Oaths must faile;
      For where Teares cannot, nothing can preuaile.

    Compare the loue of faire Queene _Guendolin_
    With mine, and thou shalt [s]ee how she doth loue thee:
    I loue thee for thy qualities diuine,
    But She doth loue another Swaine aboue thee:
      I loue thee for thy gifts, She for hir pleasure;
      I for thy Vertue, She for Beauties treasure.

    And alwaies (I am sure) it cannot last,
    But sometime Nature will denie those dimples:
    In steed of Beautie (when thy Blossom's past)
    Thy face will be deformed, full of wrinckles:
      Then She that lou'd thee for thy Beauties sake,
      When Age drawes on, thy loue will soone forsake.

    But I that lou'd thee for thy gifts diuine,
    In the December of thy Beauties waning,
    Will still admire (with ioy) those louely eine,
    That now behold me with their beauties baning:
      Though Ianuarie will neuer come againe,
      Yet Aprill yeres will come in showers of raine.

    When will my May come, that I may embrace thee?
    When will the hower be of my soules ioying?
    Why dost thou seeke in mirthe still to disgrace mee?
    Whose mirth's my health, whose griefe's my harts annoying.
      Thy bane my bale, thy blisse my blessednes,
      Thy ill my hell, thy weale my welfare is.

    Thus doo I honour thee that loue thee so,
    And loue thee so, that so doo honour thee,
    Much more than anie mortall man doth know,
    Or can discerne by Loue or Iealozie:
      But if that thou disdainst my louing euer;
      Oh happie I, if I had loued neuer. _Finis._

    _Plus fellis quam mellis Amor._



The second Dayes Lamentation of

the _Affectionate Shepheard_.


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    Next Morning when the golden Sunne was risen,
    And new had bid good morrow to the Mountaines;
    When Night her siluer light had lockt in prison,
    Which gaue a glimmering on the christall Fountaines:
      Then ended sleepe: and then my cares began,
      Eu'n with the vprising of the siluer Swan.

    O glorious Sunne quoth I, (viewing the Sunne)
    That lightenst euerie thing but me alone:
    Why is my Summer season almost done?
    My Spring-time past, and Ages Autumne gone?
      My Haruest's come, and yet I reapt no corne:
      My loue is great, and yet I am forlorne.

    Witnes these watrie eyes my sad lament
    (Receauing cisternes of my ceaseles teares),
    Witnes my bleeding hart my soules intent,
    Witnes the weight distressed _Daphnis_ beares:
      Sweet Loue, come ease me of thy burthens paine;
      Or els I die, or else my hart is slaine.

    And thou loue-scorning Boy, cruell, vnkinde;
    Oh let me once againe intreat some pittie:
    May be thou wilt relent thy marble minde,
    And lend thine eares vnto my dolefull Dittie:
      Oh pittie him, that pittie craues so sweetly;
      Or else thou shalt be neuer named meekly.

    If thou wilt loue me, thou shalt be my Boy,
    My sweet Delight, the Comfort of my minde,
    My Loue, my Doue, my Sollace, and my Ioy:
    But if I can no grace nor mercie finde,
      Ile goe to _Caucasus_ to ease my smart,
      And let a Vulture gnaw vpon my hart.

    Yet if thou wilt but show me one kinde looke
    (A small reward for my so great affection)
    Ile graue thy name in Beauties golden Booke,
    And shrowd thee vnder _Hellicons_ protection;
      Making the Muses chaunt thy louely prayse:
      (For they delight in Shepheards lowly layes.)

    And when th'art wearie of thy keeping Sheepe
    Vpon a louely Downe, (to please thy minde)
    Ile giue thee fine ruffe-footed Doues to keepe,
    And pretie Pidgeons of another kinde:
      A Robbin-red-brest shall thy Minstrell bee,
      Chirping thee sweet, and pleasant Melodie.

    Or if thou wilt goe shoote at little Birds
    With bow and boult (the Thrustle-cocke and Sparrow)
    Such as our Countrey hedges can afford's;
    I haue a fine bowe, and an yuorie arrow:
      And if thou misse, yet meate thou shalt [not] lacke,
      Ile hang a bag and bottle at thy backe.

    Wilt thou set springes in a frostie Night,
    To catch the long-billd Woodcocke and the Snype?
    (By the bright glimmering of the Starrie light)
    The Partridge, Phæsant, or the greedie Grype?
      Ile lend thee lyme-twigs, and fine sparrow calls,
      Wherewith the Fowler silly Birds inthralls.

    Or in a mystie morning if thou wilt
    Make pit-falls for the Larke and Pheldifare;
    Thy prop and sweake shall be both ouer-guilt;
    With _Cyparissus_ selfe thou shalt compare
      For gins and wyles, the Oozels to beguile;
      Whilst thou vnder a bush shalt sit and smile.

    Or with Hare-pypes (set in a muset hole)
    Wilt thou deceaue the deep-earth-deluing Coney?
    Or wilt thou in a yellow Boxen bole,
    Taste with a woodden splent the sweet lythe honey?
      Clusters of crimson Grapes Ile pull thee downe;
      And with Vine-leaues make thee a louely Crowne.

    Or wilt thou drinke a cup of new-made Wine
    Froathing at top, mixt with a dish of Creame;
    And Straw-berries, or Bil-berries in their prime,
    Bath'd in a melting Sugar-Candie streame:
      Bunnell and Perry I haue for thee (alone)
      When Vynes are dead, and all the Grapes are gone.

    I have a pleasant noted Nightingale,
    (That sings as sweetly as the siluer Swan)
    Kept in a Cage of bone; as white as Whale,
    Which I with singing of _Philemon_ wan:
      Her shalt thou haue, and all I haue beside;
      If thou wilt be my Boy, or else my Bride.

    Then will I lay out all my Lardarie
    (Of Cheese, of Cracknells, Curds and Clowted-creame)
    Before thy male-content ill-pleasing eye:
    But why doo I of such great follies dreame?
      Alas, he will not see my simple Coate;
      For all my speckled Lambe, nor milk-white Goate.

    Against my Birth-day thou shalt be my guest:
    Weele haue Greene-cheeses and fine Silly-bubs;
    And thou shalt be the chiefe of all my feast.
    And I will giue thee two fine pretie Cubs,
      With two young Whelps, to make thee sport withall,
      A golden Racket, and a Tennis-ball.

    A guilded Nutmeg, and a race of Ginger,
    A silken Girdle, and a drawn-worke Band,
    Cuffs for thy wrists, a gold Ring for thy finger,
    And sweet Rose-water for thy Lilly-white hand,
      A Purse of silke, bespangd with spots of gold,
      As braue a one as ere thou didst behold.

    A paire of Kniues, a greene Hat and a Feather,
    New Gloues to put vpon thy milk-white hand
    Ile giue thee, for to keep thee from the weather;
    With Phœnix feathers shall thy Face be fand,
      Cooling those Cheekes, that being cool'd wexe red,
      Like Lillyes in a bed of Roses shed.

    Why doo thy Corall lips disdaine to kisse,
    And sucke that Sweete, which manie haue desired?
    That Baulme my Bane, that meanes would mend my misse:
    Oh let me then with thy sweete Lips b'inspired;
      When thy Lips touch my Lips, my Lips will turne
      To Corall too, and being cold yce will burne.

    Why should thy sweete Loue-locke hang dangling downe,
    Kissing thy girdle-steed with falling pride?
    Although thy Skin be white, thy haire is browne:
    Oh let not then thy haire thy beautie hide;
      Cut off thy Locke, and sell it for gold wier:
      (The purest gold is tryde in hottest fier).

    Faire-long-haire-wearing _Absolon_ was kild,
    Because he wore it in a brauerie:
    So that whiche gracde his Beautie, Beautie spild,
    Making him subiect to vile slauerie,
      In being hangd: a death for him too good,
      That sought his owne shame, and his Fathers blood.

    Againe, we read of old King _Priamus_,
    (The haplesse syre of valiant _Hector_ slaine)
    That his haire was so long and odious
    In youth, that in his age it bred his paine:
      For if his haire had not been halfe so long,
      His life had been, and he had had no wrong.

    For when his stately Citie was destroyd
    (That Monument of great Antiquitie)
    When his poore hart (with griefe and sorrow cloyd)
    Fled to his Wife (last hope in miserie;)
      _Pyrrhus_ (more hard than Adamantine rockes)
      Held him and halde him by his aged lockes.

    These two examples by the way I show,
    To proue th'indecencie of mens long haire:
    Though I could tell thee of a thousand moe,
    Let these suffice for thee (my louely Faire)
      Whose eye's my starre; whose smiling is my Sunne;
      Whose loue did ende before my ioys begunne.

    Fond Loue is blinde, and so art thou (my Deare)
    For thou seest not my Loue, and great desart;
    Blinde Loue is fond, and so thou dost appeare;
    For fond, and blinde, thou greeust my greeuing hart;
      Be thou fond-blinde, blinde-fond, or one, or all;
      Thou art my Loue, and I must be thy thrall.

    Oh lend thine yuorie fore-head for Loues Booke,
    Thine eyes for candles to behold the same;
    That when dim-sighted ones therein shall looke
    They may discerne that proud disdainefull Dame;
      Yet claspe that Booke, and shut that Cazement light;
      Lest th'one obscurde, the other shine too bright.

    Sell thy sweet breath to th'daintie Musk-ball-makers;
    Yet sell it so as thou mayst soone redeeme it:
    Let others of thy beauty be pertakers;
    Els none but _Daphnis_ will so well esteeme it:
      For what is Beauty except it be well knowne?
      And how can it be knowne, except first showne?

    Learne of the Gentlewomen of this Age,
    That set their Beauties to the open view,
    Making Disdaine their Lord, true Loue their Page;
    A Custome Zeale doth hate, Desert doth rue:
      Learne to looke red, anon waxe pale and wan,
      Making a mocke of Loue, a scorne of man.

    A candle light, and couer'd with a vaile,
    Doth no man good, because it giues no light;
    So Beauty of her beauty seemes to faile,
    When being not seene it cannot shine so bright.
      Then show thy selfe and know thy selfe withall,
      Lest climing high thou catch too great a fall.

    Oh foule Eclipser of that fayre sun-shine,
    Which is intitled Beauty in the best;
    Making that mortall, which is els diuine,
    That staines the fayre which Womens steeme not least:
      Get thee to Hell againe (from whence thou art)
      And leaue the Center of a Woman's hart.

    Ah be not staind, (sweet Boy) with this vilde spot,
    Indulgence Daughter, Mother of mischaunce;
    A blemish that doth euery beauty blot;
    That makes them loath'd, but neuer doth aduaunce
      Her Clyents, fautors, friends; or them that loue her;
      And hates them most of all, that most reproue her.

    Remember Age, and thou canst not be prowd,
    For age puls downe the pride of euery man;
    In youthfull yeares by Nature tis allowde
    To haue selfe-will, doo Nurture what she can;
      Nature and Nurture once together met,
      The Soule and shape in decent order set.

    Pride looks aloft, still staring on the starres,
    Humility looks lowly on the ground;
    Th'one menaceth the Gods with ciuill warres,
    The other toyles til he haue Vertue found:
      His thoughts are humble, not aspiring hye;
      But Pride looks haughtily with scornefull eye.

    Humillity is clad in modest weedes,
    But Pride is braue and glorious to the show;
    Humillity his friends with kindnes feedes,
    But Pride his friends (in neede) will neuer know:
      Supplying not their wants, but them disdaining;
      Whilst they to pitty neuer neede complayning.

    Humillity in misery is relieu'd,
    But Pride in neede of no man is regarded;
    Pitty and Mercy weepe to see him grieu'd
    That in distresse had them so well rewarded:
      But Pride is scornd, contemnd, disdaind, derided,
      Whilst Humblenes of all things is prouided.

    Oh then be humble, gentle, meeke, and milde;
    So shalt thou be of euery mouth commended;
    Be not disdainfull, cruell, proud, (sweet childe)
    So shalt thou be of no man much condemned;
      Care not for them that Vertue doo despise;
      Vertue is loathde of fooles; loude of the wise.

    O faire Boy trust not to thy Beauties wings,
    They cannot carry thee aboue the Sunne:
    Beauty and wealth are transitory things,
    (For all must ende that euer was begunne)
      But Fame and Vertue neuer shall decay;
      For Fame is toombles, Vertue liues for aye.

    The snow is white, and yet the pepper's blacke,
    The one is bought, the other is contemned:
    Pibbles we haue, but store of Ieat we lacke;
    So white comparde to blacke is much condemned:
      We doo not praise the Swanne because shees white,
      But for she doth in Musique much delite.

    And yet the siluer-noted Nightingale,
    Though she be not so white is more esteemed;
    Sturgion is dun of hew, white is the Whale,
    Yet for the daintier Dish the first is deemed;
      What thing is whiter than the milke-bred Lilly?
      Thou knowes it not for naught, what man so silly?

    Yea what more noysomer vnto the smell
    Than Lillies are? what's sweeter than the Sage?
    Yet for pure white the Lilly beares the Bell
    Till it be faded through decaying Age;
      House-Doues are white, and Oozels Blacke-birds bee;
      Yet what a difference in the taste, we see.

    Compare the Cow and Calfe, with Ewe and Lambe;
    Rough hayrie Hydes, with softest downy Fell;
    Hecfar and Bull, with Weather and with Ramme,
    And you shall see how far they doo excell;
      White Kine with blacke, blacke Coney-skins with gray,
      Kine, nesh and strong; skin, deare and cheape alway.

    The whitest siluer is not alwaies best,
    Lead, Tynne, and Pewter are of base esteeme;
    The yellow burnisht gold, that comes from th'East,
    And West (of late inuented), may beseeme
      The worlds ritch Treasury, or _Mydas_ eye;
      (The Ritch mans God, poore mans felicitie.)

    Bugle and Ieat, with snow and Alablaster
    I will compare: White Dammasin with blacke;
    Bullas and wheaton Plumbs, (to a good Taster,)
    The ripe red Cherries haue the sweetest smacke;
      When they be greene and young, th'are sowre and naught;
      But being ripe, with eagerness th'are baught.

    Compare the Wyld-cat to the brownish Beauer,
    Running for life, with hounds pursued sore;
    When Hunts-men of her pretious Stones bereaue her
    (Which with her teeth sh'had bitten off before):
      Restoratiues, and costly curious Felts
      Are made of them, and rich imbroydred Belts.

    To what vse serues a peece of crimbling Chalke?
    The Agget stone is white, yet good for nothing:
    Fie, fie, I am asham'd to heare thee talke;
    Be not so much of thine owne Image doating:
      So faire _Narcissus_ lost his loue and life.
      (Beautie is often with itselfe at strife).

    Right Diamonds are of a russet hieu,
    The brightsome Carbuncles are red to see too,
    The Saphyre stone is of a watchet blue,
    (To this thou canst not chuse but soone agree too):
      Pearles are not white but gray, Rubies are red:
      In praise of Blacke, what can be better sed?

    For if we doo consider of each mortall thing
    That flyes in welkin, or in waters swims,
    How euerie thing increaseth with the Spring,
    And how the blacker still the brighter dims:
      We cannot chuse, but needs we must confesse,
      Sable excels milk-white in more or lesse.

    As for example, in the christall cleare
    Of a sweete streame, or pleasant running Riuer,
    Where thousand formes of fishes will appeare,
    (Whose names to thee I cannot now deliuer:)
      The blacker still the brighter haue disgrac'd,
      For pleasant profit, and delicious taste.

    Salmon and Trout are of a ruddie colour,
    Whiting and Dare is of a milk-white hiew:
    Nature by them (perhaps) is made the fuller,
    Little they nourish, be they old or new:
      Carp, Loach, Tench, Eeles (though black and bred in mud)
      Delight the tooth with taste, and breed good blud.

    Innumerable be the kindes, if I could name them;
    But I a Shepheard, and no Fisher am:
    Little it skills whether I praise or blame them,
    I onely meddle with my Ew and Lamb:
      Yet this I say, that blacke the better is,
      In birds, beasts, frute, stones, flowres, herbs, mettals, fish.

    And last of all, in blacke there doth appeare
    Such qualities, as not in yuorie;
    Black cannot blush for shame, looke pale for fear,
    Scorning to weare another liuorie.
      Blacke is the badge of sober Modestie,
      The wonted weare of ancient Grauetie.

    The learned Sisters sute themselues in blacke,
    Learning abandons white, and lighter hues:
    Pleasure and Pride light colours neuer lacke;
    But true Religion doth such Toyes refuse:
      Vertue and Grauity are sisters growne,
      Since blacke by both, and both by blacke are knowne.

    White is the colour of each paltry Miller,
    White is the Ensigne of each comman Woman;
    White, is white Vertues for blacke Vyces Piller;
    White makes proud fooles inferiour vnto no man:
      White, is the white of Body, blacke of Minde,
      (Vertue we seldome in white Habit finde.)

    Oh then be not so proud because th'art fayre,
    Vertue is onely the ritch gift of God:
    Let not selfe-pride thy vertues name impayre,
    Beate not greene youth with sharpe Repentance Rod:
      (A Fiend, a Monster, and mishapen Diuel;
      Vertues foe, Vyces friend, the roote of euill.)

    Apply thy minde to be a vertuous man,
    Auoyd ill company (the spoyle of youth;)
    To follow Vertues Lore doo what thou can
    (Whereby great profit vnto thee ensu[e]th:)
      Reade Bookes, hate Ignorance, (the foe to Art,
      The Damme of Errour, Enuy of the hart).

    Serue _Ioue_ (vpon thy knees) both day and night,
    Adore his Name aboue all things on Earth:
    So shall thy vowes be gracious in his sight,
    So little Babes are blessed in their Birth:
      Thinke on no worldly woe, lament thy sin;
      (For lesser cease, when greater griefes begin).

    Sweare no vaine oathes; heare much, but little say;
    Speake ill of no man, tend thine owne affaires,
    Bridle thy wrath, thine angrie mood delay;
    (So shall thy minde be seldome cloyd with cares:)
      Be milde and gentle in thy speech to all,
      Refuse no honest gaine when it doth fall.

    Be not beguild with words, proue not vngratefull,
    Releeue thy Neighbour in his greatest need,
    Commit no action that to all is hatefull,
    Their want with welth, the poore with plentie feed:
      Twit no man in the teeth with what th'hast done;
      Remember flesh is fraile, and hatred shunne.

    Leaue wicked things, which Men to mischiefe moue,
    (Least crosse mis-hap may thee in danger bring,)
    Craue no preferment of thy heauenly _Ioue_,
    Nor anie honor of thy earthly King:
      Boast not thy selfe before th'Almighties sight,
      (Who knowes thy hart, and anie wicked wight).

    Be not offensiue to the peoples eye,
    See that thy praiers harts true zeale affords,
    Scorne not a man that's falne in miserie,
    Esteeme no tatling tales, nor babling words;
      That reason is exiled alwaies thinke,
      When as a drunkard rayles amidst his drinke.

    Vse not thy louely lips to loathsome lyes,
    By craftie meanes increase no worldly wealth;
    Striue not with mightie Men (whose fortune flies)
    With temp'rate diet nourish wholesome health:
      Place well thy words, leaue not thy frend for gold;
      First trie, then trust; in ventring be not bold.

    In _Pan_ repose thy trust; extoll his praise
    (That neuer shall decay, but euer liues):
    Honor thy Parents (to prolong thy dayes),
    Let not thy left hand know what right hand giues:
      From needie men turn not thy face away,
      (Though Charitie be now yclad in clay).

    Heare Shepheards oft (thereby great wisdome growes),
    With good aduice a sober answere make:
    Be not remoou'd with euery winde that blowes,
    (That course doo onely sinfull sinners take).
      Thy talke will shew thy fame or els thy shame;
      (As pratling tongue doth often purchase blame).

    Obtaine a faithfull frend that will not faile thee,
    Thinke on thy Mothers paine in her child-bearing,
    Make no debate, least quickly thou bewaile thee,
    Visit the sicke with comfortable chearing:
      Pittie the prisner, helpe the fatherlesse,
     Reuenge the Widdowes wrongs in her distresse.

    Thinke on thy graue, remember still thy end,
    Let not thy winding-sheete be staind with guilt,
    Trust not a fained reconciled frend,
    More than an open foe (that blood hath spilt)
     (Who tutcheth pitch, with pitch shalbe defiled),
      Be not with wanton companie beguiled.

    Take not a flattring woman to thy wife,
    A shameles creature, full of wanton words,
    (Whose bad, thy good; whose lust will end thy life,
    Cutting thy hart with sharpe two edged swords:)
      Cast not thy minde on her whose lookes allure,
      But she that shines in Truth and Vertue pure.

    Praise not thy selfe, let other men commend thee;
    Beare not a flattring tongue to glauer anie,
    Let Parents due correction not offend thee:
    Rob not thy neighbor, seeke the loue of manie;
      Hate not to heare good Counsell giuen thee,
      Lay not thy money vnto Vsurie.

    Restraine thy steps from too much libertie,
    Fulfill not th'enuious mans malitious minde;
    Embrace thy Wife, live not in lecherie;
    Content thyselfe with what Fates haue assignde:
      Be rul'd by Reason, Warning dangers saue;
      True Age is reuerend worship to thy graue.

    Be patient in extreame Aduersitie,
    (Man's chiefest credit growes by dooing well,)
    Be no high-minded in Prosperity;
    Falshood abhorre, nor lying fable tell.
      Giue not thy selfe to Sloth, (the sinke of Shame,
      The moath of Time, the enemie to Fame.)

    This leare I learned of a Bel-dame Trot,
    (When I was yong and wylde as now thou art):
    But her good counsell I regarded not;
    I markt it with my eares, not with my hart:
      But now I finde it too--too true (my Sonne),
      When my Age-withered Spring is almost done.

    Behold my gray head, full of siluer haires,
    My wrinckled skin, deepe furrowes in my face:
    Cares bring Old-Age, Old-Age increaseth cares;
    My Time is come, and I haue run my Race:
      Winter hath snow'd vpon my hoarie head,
      And with my Winter all my ioys are dead.

    And thou loue-hating Boy, (whom once I loued),
    Farewell, a thousand-thousand times farewell;
    My Teares the Marble Stones to ruth haue moued;
    My sad Complaints the babling Ecchoes tell:
      And yet thou wouldst take no compassion on mee.
      Scorning that crosse which Loue hath laid vpon mee.

    The hardest steele with fier doth mend his misse,
    Marble is mollifyde with drops of Raine;
    But thou (more hard than Steele or Marble is)
    Doost scorne my Teares, and my true loue disdaine,
      Which for thy sake shall euerlasting bee,
      Wrote in the Annalls of Eternitie.

    By this, the Night (with darknes ouer-spred)
    Had drawne the curtaines of her cole-blacke bed;
    And _Cynthia_ muffling her face with a clowd,
    (Lest all the world of her should be too prowd)
      Had taken _Conge_ of the sable Night,
      (That wanting her cannot be halfe so bright;)

    When I poore forlorne man and outcast creature
    (Despairing of my Loue, despisde of Beautie)
    Grew male-content, scorning his louely feature,
    That had disdaind my euer-zealous dutie:
      I hy'd me homeward by the Moone-shine light;
      Forswearing Loue, and all his fond delight.


_FINIS._

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The Shepherds Content

_OR_

The happines of a harmless life.

Written upon Occasion of the

_former Subject_.


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    Of all the kindes of common Countrey life,
    Me thinkes a Shepheards life is most Content;
    His State is quiet Peace, deuoyd of strife;
    His thoughts are pure from all impure intent,
    His Pleasures rate sits at an easie rent:
      He beares no mallice in his harmles hart,
      Malicious meaning hath in him no part.

    He is not troubled with th'afflicted minde,
    His cares are onely ouer silly Sheepe;
    He is not vnto Iealozie inclinde,
    (Thrice happie Man) he knowes not how to weepe;
    Whil'st I the Treble in deepe sorrowes keepe;
      I cannot keepe the Meane; for why (alas)
      Griefes haue no meane, though I for meane doe passe.

    No Briefes nor Semi-Briefes are in my Songs,
    Because (alas) my griefe is seldome shoot;
    My Prick-Song's alwayes full of Largues and Longs,
    (Because I neuer can obtaine the Port
    Of my desires: Hope is a happie Fort.)
      Prick-song (indeed) because it pricks my hart;
      And Song, because sometimes I ease my smart.

    The mightie Monarch of a royall Realme,
    Swaying his Scepter with a Princely pompe;
    Of his desires cannot so steare the Healme,
    But sometime falls into a deadly dumpe,
    When as he heares the shrilly-sounding Trumpe
      Of Forren Enemies, or home-bred Foes;
      His minde of griefe, his hart is full of woes.

    Or when bad subiects gainst their Soueraigne
    (Like hollow harts) vnnaturally rebell,
    How carefull is he to suppresse againe
    Their desperate forces, and their powers to quell
    With loyall harts, till all (againe) be well:
      When (being subdu'd) his care is rather more
      To keepe them vnder, than it was before.

    Thus is he neuer full of sweete Content,
    But either this or that his ioy debars:
    Now Noble-men gainst Noble-men are bent,
    Now Gentlemen and others fall at iarrs:
    Thus is his Countrey full of ciuill warrs;
      He still in danger sits, still fearing Death:
      For Traitors seeke to stop their Princes breath.

    The whylst the other hath no enemie,
    Without it be the Wolfe and cruell Fates
    (Which no man spare): when as his disagree
    He with his sheep-hooke knaps them on the pates,
    Schooling his tender Lambs from wanton gates:
      Beasts are more kinde then Men, Sheepe seeke not blood
      But countrey caytiues kill their Countreyes good.

    The Courtier he fawn's for his Princes fauour,
    In hope to get a Princely ritch Reward;
    His tongue is tipt with honey for to glauer;
    Pride deales the Deck whilst Chance doth choose the Card,
    Then comes another and his Game hath mard;
      Sitting betwixt him, and the morning Sun:
      Thus Night is come before the Day is done.

    Some Courtiers carefull of their Princes health,
    Attends his Person with all dilligence
    Whose hand's their hart; whose welfare is their wealth,
    Whose safe Protection is their sure Defence,
    For pure affection, not for hope of pence:
      Such is the faithfull hart, such is the minde,
      Of him that is to Vertue still inclinde.

    The skilfull Scholler, and braue man at Armes,
    First plies his Booke, last fights for Countries Peace;
    Th'one feares Obliuion, th'other fresh Alarmes;
    His paines nere ende, his trauailes neuer cease;
    His with the Day, his with the Night increase:
      He studies how to get eternall Fame;
      The Souldier fights to win a glorious Name.

    The Knight, the Squire, the Gentleman, the Clowne,
    Are full of crosses and calamities;
    Lest fickle Fortune should begin to frowne,
    And turne their mirth to extreame miseries:
    Nothing more certaine than incertainties;
      Fortune is full of fresh varietie:
      Constant in nothing but inconstancie.

    The wealthie Merchant that doth crosse the Seas,
    To _Denmarke_, _Poland_, _Spaine_, and _Barbarie;_
    For all his ritches, liues not still at ease;
    Sometimes he feares ship-spoyling Pyracie,
    Another while deceipt and treacherie
      Of his owne Factors in a forren Land;
      Thus doth he still in dread and danger stand.

    Well is he tearmd a Merchant-Venturer,
    Since he doth venter lands, and goods, and all:
    When he doth trauell for his Traffique far,
    Little he knowes what fortune may befall,
    Or rather what mis-fortune happen shall:
      Sometimes he splits his Ship against a rocke;
      Loosing his men, his goods, his wealth, his stocke.

    And if he so escape with life away,
    He counts himselfe a man most fortunate,
    Because the waues their rigorous rage did stay,
    (When being within their cruell powers of late,
    The Seas did seeme to pittie his estate)
      But yet he neuer can recouer health,
      Because his ioy was drowned with his wealth.

    The painfull Plough-swaine, and the Husband-man
    Rise vp each morning by the breake of day,
    Taking what toyle and drudging paines they can,
    And all is for to get a little stay;
    And yet they cannot put their care away:
      When Night is come, their cares begin afresh,
      Thinking vpon their Morrowes busines.

    Thus euerie man is troubled with vnrest,
    From rich to poore, from high to low degree:
    Therefore I thinke that man is truly blest,
    That neither cares for wealth nor pouertie,
    But laughs at Fortune and her foolerie;
      That giues rich Churles great store of golde and fee,
      And lets poore Schollers liue in miserie.

    O fading Branches of decaying Bayes
    Who now will water your dry-wither'd Armes?
    Or where is he that sung the louely Layes
    Of simple Shepheards in their Countrey-Farmes?
    Ah he is dead, the cause of all our harmes:
      And with him dide my ioy and sweete delight;
      And cleare to Clowdes, the Day is turnd to Night.

    SYDNEY. The Syren of this latter Age;
    SYDNEY. The Blasing-starre of England's glory;
    SYDNEY. The Wonder of wise and sage;
    SYDNEY. The Subiect of true Vertues story;
      This Syren, Starre, this Wonder, and this Subiect;
      In dumbe, dim, gone, and mard by Fortunes Obiect.

    And thou my sweete _Amintas_ vertuous minde,
    Should I forget thy Learning or thy Loue;
    Well might I be accounted but vnkinde,
    Whose pure affection I so oft did proue:
    Might my poore Plaints hard stones to pitty moue;
      His losse should be lamented of each Creature,
      So great his Name, so gentle was his Nature.

    But sleepe his soule in sweet Elysium,
    (The happy Hauen of eternall rest:)
    And let me to my former matter come,
    Prouing by Reason, Shepheard's life is best,
    Because he harbours Vertue in his Brest;
      And is content (the chiefest thing of all)
      With any fortune that shall him befall.

    He sits all Day lowd-piping on a Hill,
    The whilst his flocke about him daunce apace,
    His hart with ioy, his eares with Musique fill:
    Anon a bleating Weather beares the Bace,
    A Lambe the Treble; and to his disgrace
      Another answers like a middle Meane:
      Thus euery one to beare a Part are faine.

    Like a great King he rules a little Land,
    Still making Statutes, and ordayning Lawes;
    Which if they breake, he beates them with his Wand:
    He doth defend them from the greedy Iawes
    Of rau'ning Woolues, and Lyons bloudy Pawes.
      His Field, his Realme; his Subiects are his Sheepe;
      Which he doth still in due obedience keepe.

    First he ordaines by Act of Parlament,
    (Holden by custome in each Countrey Towne),
    That if a sheepe (with any bad intent)
    Presume to breake the neighbour Hedges downe,
    Or haunt strange Pastures that be not his owne;
      He shall be pounded for his lustines,
      Vntill his Master finde out some redres.

    Also if any proue a Strageller
    From his owne fellowes in a forraine field,
    He shall be taken for a wanderer,
    And forc'd himselfe immediatly to yeeld,
    Or with a wyde-mouth'd Mastiue Curre be kild.
      And if not claimd within a twelue-month's space,
      He shall remaine with Land-lord of the place.

    Or if one stray to feede far from the rest,
    He shall be pincht by his swift pye-bald Curre;
    If any by his fellowes be opprest,
    The wronger (for he doth all wrong abhorre)
    Shall be well bangd so long as he can sturre.
      Because he did anoy his harmeles Brother,
      That meant not harme to him nor any other.

    And last of all, if any wanton Weather,
    With briers and brambles teare his fleece in twaine,
    He shall be forc'd t'abide cold frosty weather,
    And powring showres of ratling stormes of raine,
    Till his new fleece begins to grow againe:
      And for his rashnes he is doom'd to goe
      without a new Coate all the Winter throw.

    Thus doth he keepe them, still in awfull feare,
    And yet allowes them liberty inough;
    So deare to him their welfare doth appeare,
    That when their fleeces gin to waxen rough,
    He combs and trims them with a Rampicke bough,
      Washing them in the streames of siluer _Ladon_,
      To cleanse their skinnes from all corruption.

    Another while he wooes his Country Wench,
    (With Chaplets crownd, and gaudy girlonds dight)
    Whose burning Lust her modest eye doth quench,
    Standing amazed at her heauenly sight,
    (Beauty doth rauish Sense with sweet Delight)
      Clearing _Arcadia_ with a smoothed Browe
      When Sun-bright smiles melts flakes of driuen snowe.

    Thus doth he frollicke it each day by day,
    And when Night comes drawes homeward to his Coate,
    Singing a Iigge or merry Roundelay;
    (For who sings commonly so merry a Noate,
    As he that cannot chop or change a groate)
      And in the winter Nights (his chiefe desire)
      He turns a Crabbe or Cracknell in the fire.

    He leads his Wench a Country Horn-pipe Round,
    About a May-pole on a Holy-day;
    Kissing his louely Lasse (with Garlands Crownd)
    With whoopping heigh-ho singing Care away;
    Thus doth he passe the merry month of May:
      And all th'yere after in delight and ioy,
    (Scorning a King) he cares for no annoy.

    What though with simple cheere he homely fares?
    He liues content, a King can doo no more;
    Nay not so much, for Kings haue manie cares:
    But he hath none; except it be that sore
    Which yong and old, which vexeth ritch and poore,
      The pangs of Loue. O! who can vanquish Loue?
      That conquers Kingdomes, and the Gods aboue?

    Deepe-wounding Arrow, hart-consuming Fire;
    Ruler of Reason, slaue to tyraunt Beautie;
    Monarch of harts, Fuell of fond desire,
    Prentice to Folly, foe to faind Duetie.
    Pledge of true Zeale, Affections moitie;
      If thou kilst where thou wilt, and whom it list thee,
      (Alas) how can a silly Soule resist thee?

    By thee great _Collin_ lost his libertie,
    By thee sweet _Astrophel_ forwent his ioy;
    By thee _Amyntas_ wept incessantly,
    By thee good _Rowland_ liu'd in great annoy;
    O cruell, peeuish, vylde, blind-seeing Boy:
      How canst thou hit their harts, and yet not see?
      (If thou be blinde, as thou art faind to bee).

    A Shepheard loues no ill, but onely thee;
    He hath no care, but onely by thy causing:
    Why doost thou shoot thy cruell shafts at mee?
    Giue me some respite, some short time of pausing:
    Still my sweet Loue with bitter lucke th'art sawcing:
      Oh, if thou hast a minde to shew thy might;
      Kill mightie Kings, and not a wretched wight.

    Yet (O Enthraller of infranchizd harts)
    At my poor hart if thou wilt needs be ayming,
    Doo me the fauour, show me both thy Darts,
    That I may chuse the best for my harts mayming,
    (A free consent is priuiledgd from blaming:)
      Then pierce his hard hart with thy golden Arrow,
      That thou my wrong, that he may rue my sorrow.

    But let mee feele the force of thy lead Pyle,
    What should I doo with loue when I am old?
    I know not how to flatter, fawne, or smyle;
    Then stay thy hand, O cruell Bow-man hold:
    For if thou strik'st me with thy dart of gold,
      I sweare to thee (by Ioues immortall curse)
      I haue more in my hart, than in my purse.

    The more I weepe, the more he bends his Bow,
    For in my hart a golden Shaft I finde:
    (Cruell, vnkinde) and wilt thou leaue me so?
    Can no remorce nor pittie moue thy minde?
    Is Mercie in the Heauens so hard to finde?
      Oh, then it is no meruaile that on earth
      Of kinde Remorce there is so great a dearth.

    How happie were a harmles Shepheards life,
    If he had neuer knowen what Loue did meane;
    But now fond Loue in euery place is rife,
    Staining the purest Soule with spots vncleane,
    Making thicke purses, thin: and fat bodies, leane:
      Loue is a fiend, a fire, a heauen, a hell;
      Where pleasure, paine, and sad repentance dwell.

    There are so manie _Danaes_ nowadayes,
    That loue for lucre; paine for gaine is sold:
    No true affection can their fancie please,
    Except it be a _Ioue_, to raine downe gold
    Into their laps, which they wyde open hold:
      If _legem pone_ comes, he is receau'd,
      When _Vix haud habeo_ is of hope bereau'd.

    Thus haue I showed in my Countrey vaine
    The sweet Content that Shepheards still inioy;
    The mickle pleasure, and the little paine
    That euer doth awayte the Shepheards Boy:
    His hart is neuer troubled with annoy.
      He is a King, for he commands his Sheepe;
      He knowes no woe, for he doth seldome weepe.

    He is a Courtier, for he courts his Loue:
    He is a Scholler, for he sings sweet Ditties:
    He is a Souldier, for he wounds doth proue;
    He is the fame of Townes, the shame of Citties;
    He scornes false Fortune, put true Vertue pitties.
      He is a Gentleman, because his nature
      Is kinde and affable to euerie Creature.

    Who would not then a simple Shepheard bee,
    Rather than be a mightie Monarch made?
    Since he inioyes such perfect libertie,
    As neuer can decay, nor neuer fade:
    He seldome sits in dolefull Cypresse shade,
      But liues in hope, in ioy, in peace, in blisse:
      Ioying all ioy with this content of his.

    But now good-fortune lands my little Boate
    Vpon the shoare of his desired rest:
    Now I must leaue (awhile) my rurall noate,
    To thinke on him whom my soule loueth best;
    He that can make the most vnhappie blest:
      In whose sweete lap He lay me downe to sleepe,
      And neuer wake till Marble-stones shall weepe.

    _FINIS._

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SONNET.


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    Loe here behold these tributarie Teares
    Paid to thy faire, but cruell tyrant Eyes;
    Loe here the blossome of my youthfull yeares,
    Nipt with the fresh of thy Wraths winter, dyes,

      Here on Loues Altar I doo offer vp
    This burning hart for my Soules sacrifice;
    Here I receaue this deadly-poysned Cu[p]
    Of _Circe_ charm'd; wherein deepe Magicke lyes.

      Then Teares (if thou be happie Teares indeed),
    And Hart (if thou be lodged in his brest),
    And Cup (if thou canst helpe despaire with speed);
    Teares, Hart, and Cup conjoyne to make me blest:
      Teares moue, Hart win, Cup cause, ruth, loue, desire,
      In word, in deed, by moane, by zeale, by fire.

    _FINIS._

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THE COMPLAINT

OF CHASTITIE.

Briefely touching the cause of the death of _Matilda Fitzwalters_ an
English Ladie; sometime loued of King _Iohn_, after poysoned. The
Storie is at large written by _Michael Dreyton_.


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    You modest Dames, inricht with Chastitie.
    Maske your bright eyes with _Vestaes_ sable Vaile,
    Since few are left so faire or chast as shee;
    (Matter for me to weepe, you to bewaile):
    For manie seeming so, of Vertue faile;
      Whose louely Cheeks (with rare vermillion tainted)
      Can neuer blush because their faire is painted.

    O faire-foule Tincture, staine of Woman-kinde,
    Mother of Mischiefe, Daughter of Deceate,
    False traitor to the Soule, blot to the Minde,
    Vsurping Tyrant of true Beauties seate,
    Right Cousner of the eye, lewd Follies baite,
      The flag of filthines, the sinke of shame,
      The Diuells dye, dishonour of thy name.

    Monster of Art, Bastard of bad Desier,
    Il-worshipt Idoll, false Imagerie,
    Ensigne of Vice, to thine owne selfe a lier,
    Silent Inchaunter, mindes Anatomie,
    Sly Bawd to Lust, Pandor to Infamie,
      Slaunder of Truth, Truth of Dissimulation;
      Staining our Clymate more than anie Nature.

    What shall I say to thee? thou scorne of Nature,
    Blacke spot of sinne, vylde lure of lecherie;
    Iniurious Blame to euerie faemale creature,
    Wronger of time, Broker of trecherie,
    Trap of greene youth, false Womens witcherie,
      Hand-maid of pride, high-way to wickednesse;
      Yet path-way to Repentance, nere the lesse.

    Thou dost entice the minde to dooing euill,
    Thou setst dissention twixt the man and wife;
    A Saint in show, and yet indeed a deuill:
    Thou art the cause of euerie common strife;
    Thou art the life of Death, the death of Life!
      Thou doost betray thyselfe to Infamie,
      When thou art once discernd by the eye.

    Ah, little knew _Matilda_ of thy being,
    Those times were pure from all impure complection;
    Then Loue came at Desert, Desert of seeing,
    Then Vertue was the mother of Affection,
    (But Beautie now is vnder no subjection),
      Then women were the same that men did deeme,
      But now they are the same they doo not seeme.

    What fæmale now intreated of a King
    With gold and iewels, pearles and precious stones,
    Would willingly refuse so sweete a thing?
    Onely for a little show of Vertue ones?
    Women haue kindnes grafted in their bones.
      Gold is a deepe-perswading Orator,
      Especially where few the fault abhor.

    But yet shee rather deadly poyson chose,
    (Oh cruell Bane of most accursed Clime;)
    Than staine that milk-white Mayden-virgin Rose,
    Which shee had kept vnspotted till that time:
    And not corrupted with this earthly slime
      Her soule shall liue: inclosd eternally,
      In that pure shrine of Immortality.

    This is my Doome: and this shall come to passe,
    For what are Pleasures but still-vading ioyes?
    Fading as flowers, brittle as a glasse,
    Or Potters Clay; crost with the least annoyes;
    All thinges in this life are but trifling Toyes:
      But Fame and Vertue neuer shall decay,
      For Fame is Toomblesse, Vertue liues for aye!

    _FINIS._

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Hellens Rape.

_OR_

A light Lanthorne for light Ladies.

Written in English Hexameters.


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    _Louely a Lasse, so loued a Lasse, and (alas) such a louing_
    _Lasse, for a while (but a while) was none such a sweet bonny
        Loue-Lasse_
    _As_ Helen, Mænelaus _louing, lou'd, loulie a loue-lasse,_
    _Till spightfull Fortune from a loue-lasse made her a loue-lesse_
    _Wife. From a wise woman to a witles vvanton abandond,_
    _When her mate (vnawares) made warres in_ Peloponessus,_
    _Adultrous_ Paris (_then a Boy_) _kept sheepe as a shepheard_
    _On_ Ida _Mountaine, vnknowne to the King for a Keeper_
    _Of sheep, on_ Ida _Mountaine, as a Boy, as a shepheard:_
    _Yet such sheep he kept, and was so seemelie a shepheard,_
    _Seemlie a Boy, so seemlie a youth, so seemlie a Younker,_
    _That on_ Ida _was not such a Boy, such a youth, such a Younker._
    _Sonne now reconcil'd to the Father, fained a letter_
    _Sent him by_ Iupiter (_the greatest God in_ Olympus)
    _For to repaire with speede to the brauest Græcian Hauen,
    And to redeeme againe_ Hesyone _latelie reuolted
    From_ Troy _by_ Aiax, _whom she had newly betrothed.
    Well, so well he told his tale to his Aunt_ Amaryllis
    _That_ Amaryllis, _(his Aunt,) obtaind aid of his aged
    Syre, that he sent him a ship, and made Capten of_ Argus.
    _Great store went to Greece with lust-bewitched_ Alexis,
    Telamour, _and_ Tydias: _with these he sliceth the salt seas,
    The salt seas slicing, at length he comes to the firme land,
    Firme land an auntient Iland cald old_ Lacedæmon.
    Argus _(eye full Earle) when first the ken of a Castle
    He had spide bespake: (to the Mate, to the men, to the Mates-man)
    Lo behold of Greece (quoth he) the great_ Cytadella.
    (_Ycleaped_ Menela) _so tearmed of_ Deliaes _Husband:
    Happie_ Helen, _Womens most woonder, beautifull_ Helen.
    _Oh would God (quoth he) with a flattring Tongue he repeated:
    Oh would God (quoth he) that I might deserue to be husband
    To such a happie huswife, to such a beautifull_ Helen.
    _This he spake to intice the minde of a lecherous young-man:
    But what spurres need now, for an vntam'd Titt to be trotting:
    Or to add old Oile to the flame, new flaxe to the fier:_
    Paris _heard him hard, and gaue good eare to his hearkening:
    And then his loue to a lust, his lust was turnd to a fier,
    Fier was turnd to a flame, and flame was turnd to a burning
    Brand: and mothers Dreame was then most truelie resolued.
    Well so far th'are come, that now th'are come to the Castle,
    Castle all of stone, yet euery stone vvas a Castle:
    Euerie foote had a Fort, and euerie Fort had a fountaine,
    Euerie fountaine a spring, and euerie spring had a spurting
    Streame: so strong without, vvithin, so stately a building,
    Neuer afore vvas seene; If neuer afore_ Polyphœbe
    _Was seene: vvas to be seene, if nere to be seene vvas_ Olympus.
    _Flovvers vvere framd of flints, Walls, Rubies, Rafters of Argent:
    Pauement of Chrisolite, Windows contriu'd of a Cristall:
    Vessels were of gold, with gold was each thing adorned:
    Golden Webs more worth than a vvealthy_ Souldan _of Egypt,
    And her selfe more vvorth than a vvealthy_ Souldan _of Egypt:
    And her selfe more worth than all the wealth shee possessed;
    Selfe? indeede such a selfe, as thundring_ Ioue _in_ Olympus,
    _Though he were father could finde in his hart to be husband.
    Embassage ended, to the Queene of faire_ Lacedæmon;
    _(Happie King of a Queene so faire, of a Countrey so famous)
    Embassage ended, a Banquet braue was appointed:
    Sweet Repast for a Prince, fine Iunkets fit for a Kings sonne.
    Biskets and Carrawayes, Comfets, Tart, Plate, Ielley, Gingerbread,
    Lymons and Medlars: and Dishes moe by a thousand.
    First they fell to the feast, and after fall to a Dauncing,
    And from a Dance to a Trance, from a Trance they fell to a falling,
    Either in other armes, and either in armes of another.
    Pastime ouer-past, and Banquet duely prepared,
    Deuoutly pared: Each one hies home to his owne home,
    Saue Lord and Ladie; Young Lad, but yet such an old Lad,
    In such a Ladies lappe, at such a slipperie by-blow,
    That in a vvorld so vvilde, could not be found such a wilie
    Lad: in an Age so old, could not be found such an old lad:
    Old lad, and bold lad, such a Boy, such a lustie_ Iuuentus:
    _Well to their vvorke they goe, and both they iumble in one Bed:
    Worke so well they like, that they still like to be vvorking:
    For_ Aurora _mounts before he leaues to be mounting:
    And_ Astræa _fades before she faints to be falling:_
    (Helen _a light Huswife, now a lightsome starre in_ Olympus.)

    _FINIS._

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    _Cynthia._

    VVITH CER-
    taine
    Sonnets, and
    the Legend of
    _Cassandra._

_Quod cupio nequeo._

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    _At London_,
    Printed for Humfrey
    _Lownes, and are to bee_
    sold at the VVest doore
    of Paules. 1595.

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    To the Right Honorable, and
    most noble-minded Lorde,
    William Stanley, Earle of
    Darby, &c.


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_Right Honorable, the dutifull affection I beare to your manie vertues,
is cause, that to manifest my loue to your Lordship, I am constrained
to shew my simplenes to the world. Many are they that admire your
worth, of the which number, I (though the meanest in abilitie, yet with
the formost in affection) am one that most desire to serue, and onely
to serue your Honour._

_Small is the gift, but great is my good-will; the which, by how
much the lesse I am able to expresse it, by so much the more it is
infinite. Liue long: and inherit your Predecessors vertues, as you doe
their dignitie and estate. This is my wish: the which your honorable
excellent giftes doe promise me to obtaine: and whereof these few rude
and vnpollished lines, are a true (though an vndeseruing) testimony.
If my ability were better, the signes should be greater; but being as
it is, your honour must take me as I am, not as I should be. My yeares
being so young, my perfection cannot be greater: But howsoeuer it is,
yours it is; and I my selfe am yours; in all humble seruice, most ready
to be commaunded._

    Richard Barnefeilde.

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_To the curteous Gentlemen Readers._


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Gentlemen; the last Terme [_i.e._, _November_ 1594] there came forth
a little toy of mine, intituled, _The affectionate Shepheard:_ In
the which, his Country _Content_ found such friendly fauor, that it
hath incouraged me to publish my second fruites. _The affectionate
Shepheard_ being the first: howsoeuer undeseruedly (I protest) I
haue beene thought (of some) to haue beene the authour of two Books
heretofore. I neede not to name them, because they are two-well
knowne already: nor will I deny them, because they are dislik't; but
because they are not mine. This protestation (I hope) will satisfie
th'indifferent: as for them that are maliciously enuious, as I cannot,
so I care not to please. Some there were, that did interpret _The
affectionate Shepheard_, otherwise then (in truth) I meant, touching
the subiect thereof, to wit, the loue of a Shepheard to a boy; a
fault, the which I will not excuse, because I neuer made. Onely this,
I will vnshaddow my conceit: being nothing else, but an imitation of
_Virgill_, in the second Eglogue of _Alexis_. In one or two places (in
this Booke) I vse the name of _Eliza_ pastorally: wherein, lest any one
should misconster my meaning (as I hope none will) I haue here briefly
discouered my harmeles conceipt as concerning that name: whereof once
(in a simple Shepheards deuice) I wrot this Epigramme.

    _One name there is, which name aboue all other
    I most esteeme, as time and place shall proue:
    The one is_ Vesta, _th'other_ Cupids _Mother,
    The first my Goddesse is, the last my loue;
      Subiect to Both I am: to that by berth;
      To this for beautie; fairest on the earth._

Thus, hoping you will beare with my rude conceit of _Cynthia_, (if for
no other cause, yet, for that it is the first imitation of the verse of
that excellent Poet, Maister _Spencer_, in his _Fayrie Queene_) I will
leaue you to the reading of that, which I so much desire may breed your
Delight.

    _Richard Barnefeild._



T. T. in commendation of the _Authour his worke_.


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    Whylom that in a shepheards gray coate masked,
    (Where masked loue the nonage of his skill)
    Reares new Eagle-winged pen, new tasked,
    To scale the by-clift Muse sole-pleasing hill:
    Dropping sweete Nectar poesie from his quill,
      Admires faire CYNTHIA with his iuory pen
      Faire CYNTHIA lou'd, fear'd, of Gods and men.

    Downe sliding from that cloudes ore-pearing mounteine:
    Decking with double grace the neighbour plaines,
    Drawes christall dew, from PEGASE foote-sprung fountain,
    Whose flower set banks, delights, sweet choice containes:
    Nere yet discouerd to the country swaines:
      Heere bud those branches, which adorne his turtle,
      With loue made garlands, of heart-bleeding Mirtle.

    Rays'd from the cynders, of the thrice-sact towne:
    ILLIONS sooth-telling SYBILLIST appeares,
    Eclipsing PHOEBUS loue, with scornefull frowne,
    Whose tragicke end, affords warme-water teares,
    (For pitty-wanting PACOE, none forbeares)
      Such period haps, to beauties price ore-priz'd:
      Where IANVS-faced loue, doth lurke disguiz'd.

    Nere-waining CYNTHIA yeelds thee triple thankes,
    Whose beames vnborrowed darke the worlds faire eie
    And as full streames that euer fill their bankes,
    So those rare Sonnets, where wits ripe doth lie,
    With Troian Nimph, doe soare thy fame to skie.
      And those, and these, contend thy Muse to raise
      (Larke mounting Muse) with more then common praise.

    _ENG. SCH. LIB. No._ 14.



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_To his Mistresse._

    Bright Starre of Beauty, fairest Faire aliue,
    Rare president of peerelesse chastity;
    (In whom the Muses and the Graces striue,
    VVhich shall possesse the chiefest part of thee:)
    Oh let these simple lines accepted bee:
      VVhich here I offer at thy sacred shrine:
      Sacred, because sweet Beauty is diuine.

    And though I cannot please each curious eare,
    With sugred Noates of heauenly Harmonie:
    Yet if my loue shall to thy selfe appeare,
    No other Muse I will inuoke but thee:
    And if thou wilt my faire _Thalia_ be,
      Ile sing sweet Hymnes and praises to thy name,
      In that cleare Temple of eternall Fame.

    But ah (alas) how can mine infant Muse
    (That neuer heard of _Helicon_ before)
    Performe my promise past: when they refuse
    Poore Shepheards Plaints? yet will I still adore
    Thy sacred Name, al though I write no more:
      Yet hope I shall, if this accepted bee:
      If not, in silence sleepe eternally.

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_CYNTHIA._


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    Now was the Welkyn all inuelloped
      With duskie Mantle of the sable Night:
      And CYNTHIA lifting vp her drouping head,
      Blusht at the Beautie of her borrowed light,
      When Sleepe now summon'd euery mortal wight.
      Then loe (me thought) I saw or seem'd to see,
      An heauenly Creature like an Angell bright,
      That in great haste came pacing towards me:
    Was neuer mortall eye beheld so faire a Shee.

    Thou lazie man (quoth she) what mak'st thou heere
      (Luld in the lap of Honours Enimie?)
      I heere commaund thee now for to appeare
      (By vertue of IOVES mickle Maiestie)
      In yonder Wood. (Which with her finger shee
      Out-poynting) had no sooner turn'd her face,
      And leauing mee to muze what she should bee,
      Yuanished into some other place:
    But straite (me thought) I saw a rout of heauenlie Race.

    Downe in a Dale, hard by a Forrest side,
      (Vnder the shaddow of a loftie Pine,)
      Not far from whence a trickling streame did glide,
      Did nature by her secret art combine,
      A pleasant Arbour, of a spreading Vine:
      Wherein Art stroue with nature to compaire,
      That made it rather seeme a thing diuine
      Being scituate all in the open Aire:
    A fairer nere was seene, if any seene so faire.

    There might one see, and yet not see (indeede)
      Fresh _Flora_ flourishing in chiefest Prime,
      Arrayed all in gay and gorgeous weede,
      The Primrose and sweet-smelling Eglantine,
      As fitted best beguiling so the time:
      And euer as she went she strewd the place,
      Red-roses mixt with Daffadillies fine,
      For Gods and Goddesses, that in like case
    In this same order sat, with il-beseeming grace.

    First, in a royall Chaire of massie gold,
      (Bard all about with plates of burning steele)
      Sat _Iupiter_ most glorious to behold,
      And in his hand was placed Fortunes wheele:
      The which he often turn'd, and oft did reele.
      And next to him, in griefe and gealouzie,
      (If sight may censure what the heart doth feele)
      In sad lament was placed _Mercurie;_
    That dying seem'd to weep, and weeping seem'd to die.

    On th'other side, aboue the other twaine,
      (Delighting as it seem'd to sit alone)
      Sat _Mulciber;_ in pride and high disdaine,
      Mounted on high vpon a stately throne,
      And euen with that I heard a deadly grone:
      Muzing at this, and such an vncouth sight,
      (Not knowing what shoulde make that piteous mone)
      I saw three furies, all in Armour dight,
    With euery one a Lampe, and euery one a light.

    I deemed so; nor was I much deceau'd,
      For poured forth in sensuall Delight,
      There might I see of Sences quite bereau'd
      King _Priams_ Sonne, that _Alexander_ hight
      (Wrapt in the Mantle of eternall Night.)
      And vnder him, awaiting for his fall,
      Sate Shame, here Death, and there sat fel Despight,
      That with their Horrour did his heart appall:
    Thus was his Blisse to Bale, his Hony turn'd to gall.

    In which delight feeding mine hungry eye,
      Of two great Goddesses a sight I had,
      And after them in wondrous Iollity,
      (As one that inly ioy'd, so was she glad)
      The Queene of Loue full royallie yclad,
      In glistring Gold, and peerelesse precious stone,
      There might I spie: and her Companion had,
      Proud _Paris_, Nephew to _Laomedon_,
    That afterward did cause the Death of many a one.

    By this the formost melting all in teares,
      And rayning downe resolued Pearls in showers,
      Gan to approach the place of heauenly Pheares,
      And with her weeping, watring all their Bowers,
      Throwing sweet Odors on those fading flowers,
      At length, she them bespake thus mournfullie.
      High _Ioue_ (quoth she) and yee Cœlestiall powers,
      That here in Iudgement sit twixt her and mee,
    Now listen (for a while) and iudge with equitie.

    Sporting our selues to day, as wee were woont
      (I meane, I, _Pallas_, and the Queene of Loue.)
      Intending with _Diana_ for to hunt,
      On _Ida_ Mountaine top our skill to proue,
      A golden Ball was trindled from aboue,
      And on the Rinde was writ this Poesie,
      PVLCHERIMÆ for which a while we stroue,
      Each saying shee was fairest of the three,
    When loe a shepheards Swaine not far away we see.

    I spi'd him first, and spying thus bespake,
      Shall yonder Swaine vnfolde the mysterie?
      Agreed (quoth _Venus_) and by _Stygian_ Lake,
      To whom he giues the ball so shall it bee:
      Nor from his censure will I flie, quoth shee,
      (Poynting to _Pallas_) though I loose the gole.
      Thus euery one yplac'd in her degree,
      The Shepheard comes, whose partial eies gan role,
    And on our beuties look't, and of our beuties stole.

    I promis'd wealth, _Minerua_ promised wit,
      (Shee promis'd wit to him that was vnwise,)
      But he (fond foole) had soone refused it,
      And minding to bestow that glorious Prize,
      On _Venus_, that with pleasure might suffize
      His greedie minde in loose lasciuiousnes:
      Vpon a sudden, wanting goode aduice,
      Holde heere (quoth he) this golden Ball possesse,
    Which _Paris_ giues to thee for meede of worthines,

    Thus haue I shew'd the summe of all my sute,
      And as a Plaintiffe heere appeale to thee,
      And to the rest. Whose folly I impute
      To filthie lust, and partialitie,
      That made him iudge amisse: and so doo we
      (Quoth _Pallas_, _Venus_,) nor will I gaine-say,
      Although it's mine by right, yet willinglie,
      I heere disclaime my title and obey:
    When silence being made, _Ioue_ thus began to saie.

    Thou _Venus_, art my darling, thou my deare,
      (_Minerua_) shee, my sister and my wife:
      So that of all a due respect I beare,
      Assign'd as one to end this doubtfull strife,
      (Touching your forme, your fame, your loue, your life)
      Beauty is vaine much like a gloomy light,
      And wanting wit is counted but a trife,
      Especially when Honour's put to flight:
    Thus of a lonely, soone becomes a loathly sight.

    VVit without wealth is bad, yet counted good,
      wealth wanting wisdom's worse, yet deem'd as wel,
      From whence (for ay) doth flow, as from a flood,
      A pleasant Poyson, and a heauenly Hell,
      where mortall men do couet still to dwell.
      Yet one there is to Vertue so inclin'd,
      That as for Maiesty she beares the Bell,
      So in the truth who tries her princelie minde,
    Both Wisdom, Beauty, Wealth, and all in her shall find.

    In Westerne world amids the Ocean maine,
      In compleat Vertue shining like the Sunne,
      In great Renowne a maiden Queene doth raigne,
      Whose royall Race, in Ruine first begun,
      Till Heauens bright Lamps dissolue shall nere be done:
      In whose faire eies Loue linckt with vertues been,
      In euerlasting Peace and Vnion.
      Which sweet Consort in her full well beseeme
    Of Bounty, and of Beauty fairest Fayrie Queene.

    And to conclude, the gifts in her yfound,
      Are all so noble, royall, and so rare,
      That more and more in her they doe abound;
      In her most peerelesse Prince without compare,
      Endowing still her minde with vertuous care:
      That through the world (so wide) the flying fame,
      (And Name that Enuies selfe cannot impaire,)
      Is blown of this faire Queen, this gorgeous dame,
    Fame borrowing al men's mouths to royalize the same.

    And with this sentence _Iupiter_ did end,
      This is the Pricke (quoth he), this is the praies,
      To whom, this as a Present I will send,
      That shameth _Cynthia_ in her siluer Raies,
      If so you three this deed doe not displease.
      Then one, and all, and euery one of them,
      To her that is the honour of her daies,
      A second _Iudith_ in IERVSALEM.
    To her we send this Pearle, this Iewell, and this Iem.

    Then call'd he vp the winged _Mercury_,
      (The mighty Messenger of Gods enrold,)
      And bad him hither hastily to hie,
      Whom tended by her Nymphes he should behold,
      (Like Pearles ycouched all in shining gold.)
      And euen with that, from pleasant slumbring sleepe,
      (Desiring much these wonders to vnfold)
      I wak'ning, when _Aurora_ gan to peepe,
    Depriu'd so soone of my sweet Dreame, gan almost weepe.


_The Conclusion._

    Thus, sacred Virgin, Muse of chastitie,
    This difference is betwixt the Moone and thee:
    Shee shines by Night; but thou by Day do'st shine:
    Shee Monthly changeth; thou dost nere decline:
    And as the Sunne, to her, doth lend his light,
    So hee, by thee, is onely made so bright:
    Yet neither Sun, nor Moone, thou canst be named,
    Because thy light hath both their beauties shamed:
      Then, since an heauenly Name doth thee befall,
      Thou VIRGO art: (if any Signe at all).

    FINIS.

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[_SONNETS._]


_SONNET. I._

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    Sporting at fancie, setting light by loue,
      There came a theefe, and stole away my heart,
      (And therefore robd me of my chiefest part)
    Yet cannot Reason him a felon proue.
    For why his beauty (my hearts thiefe) affirmeth,
      Piercing no skin (the bodies fensiue wall)
      And hauing leaue, and free consent withall,
    Himselfe not guilty, from loue guilty tearmeth,
    Conscience the Iudge, twelue Reasons are the Iurie,
      They finde mine eies the be[a]utie t' haue let in,
      And on this verdict giuen, agreed they bin,
    VVherefore, because his beauty did allure yee,
      Your Doome is this: in teares still to be drowned,
      VVhen his faire forehead with disdain is frowned.


_SONNET. II._

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    Be[a]uty and Maiesty are falne at ods,
      Th'one claimes his cheeke, the other claimes his chin;
      Then Vertue comes, and puts her title in.
    (Quoth she) I make him like th'immortall Gods.
    (Quoth Maiestie) I owne his lookes, his Brow,
      His lips, (quoth Loue) his eies, his faire is mine.
      And yet (quoth Maiesty) he is not thine,
    I mixe Disdaine with Loues congealed Snow.
    I, but (quoth Loue) his lockes are mine (by right)
      His stately gate is mine (quoth Maiestie,)
      And mine (quoth Vertue) is his Modestie.
    Thus as they striue about this heauenly wight,
      At last the other two to Vertue yeeld,
      The lists of Loue, fought in faire Beauties field.


_SONNET. III._

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    The Stoicks thinke, (and they come neere the truth,)
      That vertue is the chiefest good of all,
      The Academicks on _Idea_ call.
    The Epicures in pleasure spend their youth,
    The Perrepatetickes iudge felicitie,
      To be the chiefest good aboue all other,
      One man, thinks this: and that conceaues another:
    So that in one thing very few agree.
    Let Stoicks haue their Vertue if they will,
      And all the rest their chiefe-supposed good,
      Let cruell Martialists delight in blood,
    And Mysers ioy their bags with gold to fill:
      My chiefest good, my chiefe felicity,
      Is to be gazing on my loues faire eie.


_SONNET. IIII._

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    Two stars there are in one faire firmament,
      (Of some intitled _Ganymedes_ sweet face),
      VVhich other stars in brightnes doe disgrace,
    As much as _Po_ in clearenes passeth _Trent_.
    Nor are they common natur'd stars: for why,
      These stars when other shine vaile their pure light,
      And when all other vanish out of sight,
    They adde a glory to the worlds great eie.
    By these two stars my life is onely led,
      In them I place my ioy, in them my pleasure,
      Loue's piercing Darts, and Natures precious treasure
    With their sweet foode my fainting soule is fed:
      Then when my sunne is absent from my sight
      How can it chuse (with me) but be dark night?


_SONNET. V._

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    It is reported of faire _Thetis_ Sonne,
      (_Achilles_ famous for his chiualry,
      His noble minde and magnanimity,)
    That when the Troian wars were new begun,
    Whos'euer was deepe-wounded with his speare,
      Could neuer be recured of his maime,
      Nor euer after be made whole againe:
    Except with that speares rust he holpen were.
    Euen so it fareth with my fortune now,
      Who being wounded with his piercing eie,
      Must either thereby finde a remedy,
    Or els to be releeu'd, I know not how.
      Then if thou hast a minde still to annoy me,
      Kill me with kisses, if thou wilt destroy me.


_SONNET. VI._

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    Sweet Corrall lips, where Nature's treasure lies,
      The balme of blisse, the soueraigne salue of sorrow,
      The secret touch of loues heart-burning arrow,
    Come quench my thirst or els poor _Daphnis_ dies.
    One night I dream'd (alas twas but a Dreame)
      That I did feele the sweetnes of the same,
      Where-with inspir'd, I young againe became,
    And from my heart a spring of blood did streame,
    But when I wak't, I found it nothing so,
      Saue that my limbs (me thought) did waxe more strong
      And I more lusty far, and far more yong.
    This gift on him rich Nature did bestow.
      Then if in dreaming so, I so did speede,
      What should I doe, if I did so indeede?


_SONNET. VII._

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    Sweet _Thames_ I honour thee, not for thou art
      The chiefest Riuer of the fairest Ile,
      Nor for thou dost admirers eies beguile,
    But for thou hold'st the keeper of my heart,
    For on thy waues, (thy Christal-billow'd waues,)
      My fairest faire, my siluer Swan is swimming:
      Against the sunne his pruned feathers trimming:
    Whilst _Neptune_ his faire feete with water laues,
    Neptune, I feare not thee, not yet thine eie,
      And yet (alas) _Apollo_ lou'd a boy,
      And _Cyparissus_ was _Siluanus_ ioy.
    No, no, I feare none but faire _Thetis_, I,
      For if she spie my Loue, (alas) aie me,
      My mirth is turn'd to extreame miserie.


_SONNET. VIII._

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    Sometimes I wish that I his pillow were,
      So might I steale a kisse, and yet not seene,
      So might I gaze vpon his sleeping eine,
    Although I did it with a panting feare:
    But when I well consider how vaine my wish is,
      Ah foolish Bees (thinke I) that doe not sucke
      His lips for hony; but poore flowers doe plucke
    Which haue no sweet in them: when his sole kisses,
    Are able to reuiue a dying soule.
      Kisse him, but sting him not, for if you doe,
      His angry voice your flying will pursue:
    But when they heare his tongue, what can controule,
      Their back-returne? for then they plaine may see,
      How hony-combs from his lips dropping bee.


_SONNET. IX._

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    _Diana_ (on a time) walking the wood,
      To sport herselfe, of her faire traine forlorne,
      Chaunc't for to pricke her foote against a thorne,
    And from thence issu'd out a streame of blood.
    No sooner shee was vanisht out of sight,
      But loues faire Queen came there away by chance,
      And hauing of this hap a glym'ring glance,
    She put the blood into a christall bright,
    When being now come vnto mount _Rhodope_,
      With her faire hands she formes a shape of Snow,
      And blends it with this blood; from whence doth grow
    A lonely creature, brighter than the Dey.
      And being christned in faire _Paphos_ shrine,
      She call'd him _Ganymede:_ as all diuine.


_SONNET. X._

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    Thus was my loue, thus was my _Ganymed_,
      (Heauens ioy, worlds wonder, natures fairest work,
      In whose aspect Hope and Dispaire doe lurke)
    Made of pure blood in whitest snow yshed,
    And for sweete _Venus_ only form'd his face,
      And his each member delicately framed,
      And last of all faire _Ganymede_ him named,
    His limbs (as their Creatrix) her imbrace.
    But as for his pure, spotles, vertuous minde,
      Because it sprung of chaste _Dianaes_ blood,
      (Goddesse of Maides, directresse of all good,)
    Hit wholy is to chastity inclinde.
      And thus it is: as far as I can proue,
      He loues to be beloued, but not to loue.


_SONNET XI._

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    Sighing, and sadly sitting by my Loue,
      He ask't the cause of my hearts sorrowing,
      Coniuring me by heauens eternall King
    To tell the cause which me so much did moue.
    Compell'd: (quoth I) to thee will I confesse,
      Loue is the cause; and only loue it is
      That doth depriue me of my heauenly blisse.
    Loue is the paine that doth my heart oppresse.
    And what is she (quoth he) whom thou dos't loue?
      Looke in this glasse (quoth I) there shalt thou see
      The perfect forme of my fælicitie.
    When, thinking that it would strange Magique proue
      He open'd it: and taking of the couer,
      He straight perceau'd himselfe to be my Louer.


_SONNET. XII._

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    Some talke of _Ganymede_ th' _Idalian_ Boy,
      And some of faire _Adonis_ make their boast,
      Some talke of him whom louely _Læda_ lost,
    And some of _Ecchoes_ loue that was so coy.
    They speake by heere-say, I of perfect truth,
      They partially commend the persons named,
      And for them, sweet Encomions haue framed:
    I onely t'him haue sacrifized my youth.
    As for those wonders of antiquitie,
      And those whom later ages haue inioy'd,
      (But ah what hath not cruell death destroide?
    Death, that enuies this worlds felicitie),
      They were (perhaps) lesse faire then Poets write.
      But he is fairer then I can indite.


_SONNET. XIII._

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    Speake Eccho, tell; how may I call my loue?          _Loue._
      But how his Lamps that are so christaline?         _Eyne._
      Oh happy starrs that make your heauens diuine:
    And happy Iems that admiration moue.
    How tearm'st his golden tresses wau'd with aire?     _Haire._
      Oh louely haire of your more-louely Maister,
      Image of loue, faire shape of Alablaster,
    Why do'st thou driue thy Louer to dispaire?
    How do'st thou cal the bed wher beuty grows?         _Rose._
      Faire virgine-Rose, whose mayden blossoms couer
      The milke-white Lilly, thy imbracing Louer:
    Whose kisses makes thee oft thy red to lose.
      And blushing oft for shame, when he hath kist thee,
      He vades away, and thou raing'st where it list thee.


_SONNET. XIIII._

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    Here, hold this gloue (this milk-white cheueril gloue)
      Not quaintly ouer-wrought with curious knots,
      Not deckt with golden spangs, nor siluer spots,
    Yet wholsome for thy hand as thou shalt proue.
    Ah no; (sweet boy) place this gloue neere thy heart,
      Weare it, and lodge it still within thy brest,
      So shalt thou make me (most vnhappy,) blest.
    So shalt thou rid my paine, and ease my smart:
    How can that be (perhaps) thou wilt reply,
      A gloue is for the hand not for the heart,
      Nor can it well be prou'd by common art,
    Nor reasons rule. To this, thus answere I:
      If thou from gloue do'st take away the g,
      Then gloue is loue: and so I send it thee.


_SONNET. XV._

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    A[h] fairest _Ganymede_, disdaine me not,
      Though silly Sheepeheard I, presume to loue thee,
      Though my harsh songs and Sonnets cannot moue thee,
    Yet to thy beauty is my loue no blot.
    _Apollo_, _Ioue_, and many Gods beside,
      S' daind not the name of cuntry shepheards swains
      Nor want we pleasure, though we take some pains,
    We liue contentedly: a thing call'd pride,
    Which so corrupts the Court and euery place,
      (Each place I meane where learning is neglected,
      And yet of late, euen learnings selfe's infected)
    I know not what it meanes, in any case:
      Wee onely (when _Molorchus_ gins to peepe)
      Learne for to folde, and to vnfold our sheepe.


_SONNET. XVI._

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    Long haue I long'd to see my Loue againe,
      Still haue I wisht, but neuer could obtaine it;
      Rather than all the world (if I might gaine it)
    Would I desire my loues sweet precious gaine.
    Yet in my soule I see him euerie day,
      See him, and see his still sterne countenaunce,
      But (ah) what is of long continuance,
    Where Maiestie and Beautie beares the sway?
    Sometimes, when I imagine that I see him,
      (As loue is full of foolish fantasies)
      VVeening to kisse his lips, as my loues fee's,
    I feele but Aire: nothing but Aire to bee him.
      Thus with _Ixion_, kisse I clouds in vaine:
      Thus with _Ixion_, feele I endles paine.


_SONNET. XVII._

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    Cherry-lipt _Adonis_ in his snowie shape,
      Might not compare with his pure Iuorie white,
      On whose faire front a Poets pen may write,
    Whose rosiate red excels the crimson grape,
    His loue-enticing delicate soft limbs,
      Are rarely fram'd t'intrap poore gazing eies:
      His cheekes, the Lillie and Carnation dies,
    With louely tincture which _Apolloes_ dims.
    His lips ripe strawberries in Nectar wet,
      His mouth a Hiue, his tongue a hony-combe,
      Where Muses (like Bees) make their mansion.
    His teeth pure Pearle in blushing Correll set.
      Oh how can such a body sinne-procuring,
      Be slow to loue, and quicke to hate, enduring?


_SONNET. XVIII._

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    Not _Megabætes_ nor _Cleonymus_,
      (Of whom great _Plutarch_ makes such mention,
      Praysing their faire with rare inuention)
    As _Ganymede_ were halfe so beauteous.
    They onely pleas'd the eies of two great Kings,
      But all the worlde at my loue stands amazed,
      Nor one that on his Angels face hath gazed,
    But (rauisht with delight) him Presents brings.
    Some weaning Lambs, and some a suckling Kyd,
      Some Nuts, and fil-beards, others Peares and Plums,
      Another with a milk-white Heyfar comes;
    As lately _Ægons_ man (_Damætas_) did:
      But neither he, nor all the Nymphs beside,
      Can win my _Ganymede_, with them t'abide.


_SONNET. XIX._

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    Ah no; nor I my selfe: though my pure loue
      (Sweete _Ganymede_) to thee hath still beene pure,
      And euen till my last gaspe shall aie endure,
    Could euer thy obdurate beuty moue:
    Then cease oh Goddesse sonne (for sure thou art,
      A Goddesse sonne that canst resist desire)
      Cease thy hard heart, and entertaine loues fire,
    Within thy sacred breast: by Natures art.
    And as I loue thee more then any Creature,
      (Loue thee, because thy beautie is diuine;
      Loue thee, because my selfe, my soule is thine:
    Wholie deuoted to thy louelie feature),
      Euen so of all the vowels, I and V,
      Are dearest vnto me, as doth ensue.


_SONNET. XX._

    But now my Muse toyld with continuall care,
      Begins to faint, and slacke her former pace,
      Expecting fauour from that heauenly grace,
    That maie (in time) her feeble strength repaire.
    Till when (sweete youth) th'essence of my soule,
      (Thou that dost sit and sing at my hearts griefe.
      Thou that dost send thy shepheard no reliefe)
    Beholde, these lines; the sonnes of Teares and Dole.
    Ah had great _Colin_ chiefe of sheepheards all,
      Or gentle _Rowland_, my professed friend,
      Had they thy beautie, or my pennance pend,
    Greater had beene thy fame, and lesse my fall:
      But since that euerie one cannot be wittie,
      Pardon I craue of them, and of thee, pitty.

    FINIS.

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_AN ODE._


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    Nights were short, and daies were long;
    Blossoms on the Hauthorn's hung:
    _Philomœle_ (Night-Musiques-King)
    Tolde the comming of the spring.
    Whose sweete siluer-sounding voice
    Made the little birds reioice:
    Skipping light from spray to spray,
    Till _Aurora_ shew'd the day.
    Scarce might one see, when I might see
    (For such chaunces sudden bee)
    By a well of Marble-stone
    A Shepheard lying all alone.
    Weepe he did; and his weeping
    Made the fading flowers spring.
    _Daphnis_ was his name (I weene)
    Youngest Swaine of Summers Queene.
    When _Aurora_ saw 'twas he.
    Weepe she did for companie:
    Weepe she did for her sweete sonne
    That (when antique _Troy_ was wonne)
    Suffer'd death by lucklesse fate,
    Whom she now laments too late:
    And each morning (by Cocks crew)
    Showers downe her siluer dew.
    Whose teares (falling from their spring)
    Giue moysture to each liuing thing,
    That on earth increase and grow,
    Through power of their friendlie foe.
    Whose effect when _Flora_ felt,
    Teares, that did her bosome melt,
    (For who can resist teares often,
    But Shee whom no teares can soften?)
    Peering straite aboue the banks,
    Shew'd herselfe to giue her thanks.
    Wondring thus at Natures worke,
    (Wherein many maruailes lurke)
    Me thought I heard a dolefull noise,
    Consorted with a mournfull voice,
    Drawing nie to heare more plaine,
    Heare I did, vnto my paine,
    (For who is not pain'd to heare
    Him in griefe whom heart holdes deare?)
    Silly swaine (with griefe ore-gone)
    Thus to make his piteous mone.
    Loue I did, (alas the while)
    Loue I did, but did beguile
    My deare loue with louing so,
    (VVhom as then I did not know.)
    Loue I did the fairest boy,
    That these fields did ere enioy.
    Loue I did, fair _Ganymed;_
    (_Venus_ darling, beauties bed:)
    Him I thought the fairest creature;
    Him the quintessence of Nature:
    But yet (alas) I was deceiu'd,
    (Loue of reason is bereau'd)
    For since then I saw a Lasse.
    (Lasse) that did in beauty passe,
    (Passe) faire _Ganymede_ as farre
    As _Phœbus_ doth the smallest starre.
    Loue commaunded me to loue;
    Fancy bade me not remoue
    My affection from the swaine
    Which he cannot graunt the crauer?)
    Loue at last (though loath) preuailde;
    (Loue) that so my heart assailde;
    Whom I neuer could obtaine:
    (For who can obtaine that fauour,
    Wounding me with her faire eies,
    (Ah how Loue can subtelize,
    And deuize a thousand shifts,
    How to worke men to his drifts.)
    Her it is, for whom I mourne;
    Her, for whom my life I scorne;
    Her, for whom I weepe all day;
    Her, for whom I sigh, and say,
    Either She, or els no creature,
    Shall enioy my loue: whose feature
    Though I neuer can obtaine,
    Yet shall my true loue remaine:
    Till (my body turn'd to clay)
    My poore soule must passe away,
    To the heauens; where (I hope)
    Hit shall finde a resting scope:
    Then since I loued thee (alone)
    Remember me when I am gone.
    Scarce had he these last words spoken,
    But me thought his heart was broken;
    With great griefe that did abound,
    (Cares and griefe the heart confound)
    In whose heart (thus riu'd in three)
    ELIZA written I might see:
    In Caracters of crimson blood,
    (VVhose meaning well I vnderstood.)
    Which, for my heart might not behold,
    I hyed me home my sheep to folde.

    FINIS.



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_CASSANDRA._


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    Vpon a gorgious gold embossed bed,
    With Tissue curtaines drawne against the sunne,
    (Which gazers eies into amazement led,
    So curiously the workmanship was done,)
      Lay faire _Cassandra_, in her snowie smocke,
      Whose lips the Rubies and the pearles did locke.

    And from her Iuory front hung dangling downe,
    A bush of long and louely curled haire;
    VVhose head impalled with a precious Crowne
    Of orient Pearle, made her to seeme more faire:
      And yet more faire she hardly could be thought,
      Then Loue and Nature in her face had wrought.

    By this, young _Phœbus_ rising from the East,
    Had tane a view of this rare Paragon:
    Wherewith he soone his radiant beames addresst,
    And with great ioy her (sleeping) gazed vpon:
      Til at the last, through her light cazements cleare,
      He stole a kisse; and softly call'd her Deare.

    Yet not so softly but (therwith awak't,)
    Shee gins to open her faire christall couers,
    Wherewith the wounded God, for terror quakt,
    (Viewing those darts that kill disdained louers:)
      And blushing red to see himselfe so shamed
      He scorns his Coach, and his owne beauty blamed.

    Now with a trice he leaues the azure skies,
    (As whilome _Ioue_ did at _Europaes_ rape,)
    And rauisht with her loue-a[l]luring eies,
    He turns himselfe into a humane shape:
      And that his wish the sooner might ensue,
      He sutes himselfe like one of _Venus_ crew.

    Vpon his head he wore a Hunters hat
    Of crimson veluet, spangd with stars of gold,
    Which grac'd his louely face: and ouer that
    A siluer hatband ritchly to behold:
      On his left shoulder hung a loose Tyara,
      As whilome vs'd faire _Penthesilea_.

    Faire _Penthesilea_ th' _Amazonian_ Queene,
    When she to Troy came with her warlike band,
    Of braue Viragoes glorious to be scene;
    Whose manlike force no power might withstand:
      So look't _Apollo_ in his lonely weedes,
      As he vnto the Troian Damzell speedes.

    Not faire, _Adonis_ in his chiefest pride,
    Did seeme more faire, then young _Apollo_ seemed,
    When he through th'aire inuisibly did glide,
    T'obtaine his Loue, which he Angelike deemed;
      Whom finding in her chamber all alone,
      He thus begins t'expresse his piteous mone.

    O fairest, faire, aboue all faires (quoth hee)
    If euer Loue obtained Ladies fauour,
    Then shew thy selfe compassionate to me,
    Whose head surpriz'd with thy diuine behauior,
      Yeelds my selfe captiue to thy conqu'ring eies:
      O then shew mercy, do not tyrannize.

    Scarce had _Apollo_ vtter'd these last words
    (Rayning downe pearle from his immortall eies)
    When she for answere, naught but feare affords,
    Filling the place with lamentable cries:
      But _Phœbus_ fearing much these raging fits,
      With sugred kisses sweetely charm'd her lips.

    (And tells her softly in her softer eare)
    That he a God is, and no mortall creature:
    Wherewith abandoning all needlesse feare,
    (A common frailtie of weake womans nature)
      She boldly askes him of his deitie,
      Gracing her question with her wanton eie.

    Which charge to him no sooner was assignde,
    But taking faire _Cassandra_ by the hand
    (The true bewraier of his secrete minde)
    He first begins to let her vnderstand,
      That he from _Demogorgon_ was descended:
      Father of th'Earth, of Gods and men commended.

    The tenor of which tale he now recites,
    Closing each period with a rauisht kisse:
    Which kindnes, she vnwillingly requites,
    Conioyning oft her Corrall lips to his:
      Not that she lou'd the loue of any one;
      But that she meant to cozen him anone.

    Hee briefly t'her relates his pedegree:
    The sonne of _Ioue_, sole guider of the sunne,
    He that slue _Python_ so victoriouslie,
    He that the name of wisdomes God hath wonne,
      The God of Musique, and of Poetry:
      Of Phisicke, Learning, and Chirurgery.

    All which he eloquently reckons vp,
    That she might know how great a God he was:
    And being charm'd with _Cupid's_ golden cup
    He partiallie vnto her praise doth passe,
      Calling her tipe of honour, Queen of beauty:
      To whom all eies owe tributary duety.

    I loued once, (quoth hee) aie me I lou'd,
    As faire a shape as euer nature framed:
    Had she not been so hard t'haue beene remou'd,
    By birth a sea-Nymph; cruell _Daphne_ named:
      Whom, for shee would not to my will agree,
      The Gods transform'd into a Laurell tree.

    Ah therefore be not, (with that word he kist her)
    Be not (quot[h] he) so proud as _Daphne_ was:
    Ne care thou for the anger of my sister,
    She cannot, nay she shall not hurt my _Cass:_
      For if she doe, I vow (by dreadfull night)
      Neuer againe to lend her of my light.

    This said: he sweetly doth imbrace his loue,
    Yoaking his armes about her Iuory necke:
    And calls her wanton _Venus_ milk-white Doue,
    VVhose ruddie lips the damaske roses decke.
      And euer as his tongue compiles her praise,
      Loue daintie Dimples in her cheekes doth raise.

    And meaning now to worke her stratagem
    Vpon the silly God, that thinks none ill,
    She hugs him in her armes, and kisses him;
    (Th'easlyer to intice him to her will.)
      And being not able to maintaine the feeld,
      Thus she begins (or rather seemes) to yeeld.

    VVoon with thy words, and rauisht with my beauty,
    Loe here _Cassandra_ yeelds her selfe to thee,
    Requiring nothing for thy vowed duety,
    But only firmnesse, Loue, and secrecy:
      Which for that now (euen now) I meane to try thee,
      A boone I crave; which thou canst not deny me.

    Scarce were these honywords breath'd from her lips,
    But he, supposing that she ment good-faith,
    Her filed tongues temptations interceps;
    And (like a Nouice,) thus to her he saith:
      Aske what thou wilt, and I will giue it thee;
      Health, wealth, long life, wit, art, or dignitie.

    Here-with she blushing red, (for shame did adde
    A crimson tincture to her palish hew,)
    Seeming in outward semblance passing glad,
    (As one that th'end of her petition knew)
      She makes him sweare by vgly _Acheron_,
      That he his promise should performe anon.

    Which done: relying on his sacred oath,
    She askes of him the gift of prophecie:
    He (silent) giues consent: though seeming loath
    To grant so much to fraile mortalitie:
      But since that he his vowes maie not recall,
      He giues to her the sp'rite propheticall.

    But she no sooner had obtain'd her wish,
    VVhen straite vnpris'ning her lasciuiuous armes
    From his softe bosom (th'aluary of blisse)
    She chastely counterchecks loues hote alarmes:
      And fearing lest his presence might offend her,
      She slips aside; and (absent) doth defend her.

          (_Muliere ne credas, ne mortuæ quidem._)

    Looke how a brightsome Planet in the skie,
    (Spangling the Welkin with a golden spot)
    Shootes suddenly from the beholders eie,
    And leaues him looking there where she is not:
      Euen so amazed _Phœbus_ (to descrie her)
      Lookes all about, but no where can espie her.

    Not th'hungry Lyon, hauing lost his pray,
    With greater furie runneth through the wood,
    (Making no signe of momentarie staie,
    Till he haue satisfi'd himslfe with blood,)
      Then angry _Phœbus_ mounts into the skie:
      Threatning the world with his hot-burning eie.

    Now nimbly to his glist'ring Coach he skips,
    And churlishlie ascends his loftie chaire,
    Yerking his head strong Iades with yron whips,
    Whose fearefull neighing ecchoes through the aire,
      Snorting out fierie Sulphure from theire nosethrils:
      Whose deadly damp the worlds poore people kils.

    Him leaue me (for a while) amids the heauens,
    VVreaking his anger on his sturdie steedes:
    Whose speedful course the day and night now eeuens,
    (The earth dis-robed of her summer weedes)
      And nowe black-mantled night with her browne vaile,
      Couers each thing that all the world might quaile.

    When loe, _Cassandra_ lying at her rest,
    (Her rest were restlesse thoughts:) it so befell,
    Her minde with multitude of cares opprest,
    Requir'd some sleepe her passions to expell:
      Which when sad _Morpheus_ will did vnderstand,
      He clos'd her eie-lids with his leaden hand.

    Now sleepeth shee: and as shee sleepes, beholde;
    Shee seemes to see the God whom late shee wronged
    Standing before her; whose fierce looks vnfold,
    His hidden wrath (to whom iust ire belonged)
      Seeing, shee sighs, and sighing quak't for feare,
      To see the shaddow of her shame appeare.

    Betwixt amaze and dread as shee thus stands,
    The fearefull vision drew more neere vnto her:
    Aud pynioning her armes in captiue bands
    So sure, that mortall wight may not vndoe her,
      He with a bloudy knife (oh cruell part,)
      With raging fury stabd her to the heart.

    Heerewith awaking from her slumbring sleepe,
    (For feare, and care, are enemies to rest:)
    At such time as _Aurora_ gins to peepe
    And shew her selfe; far orient in the East:
      Shee heard a voice which said: O wicked woman,
      Why dost thou stil the gods to vengeance summon?

    Thou shalt (indeede) fore-tell of things to come;
    And truely, too; (for why my vowes are past)
    But heare the end of _Ioues_ eternall doome:
    Because thy promise did so little last,
      Although thou tell the truth, (this gift I giue thee)
      Yet for thy falsehood, no man shall beleeue thee.

    And (for thy sake) this pennance I impose
    Vpon the remnant of all woman kinde,
    For that they be such truth professed foes;
    A constant woman shall be hard to finde:
      And that all flesh at my dread name may tremble,
      When they weep most, then shall they most dissemble.

    This said _Apollo_ then: And since that time
    His words haue proved true as Oracles:
    Whose turning thoughtes ambitiously doe clime
    To heauens height; and world with lightnes fils:
      Whose sex are subject to inconstancie,
      As other creatures are to destinie.

    Yet famous _Sabrine_ on thy banks doth rest
    The fairest Maide that euer world admired:
    Whose constant minde, with heauenly gifts possest
    Makes her rare selfe of all the world desired.
      In whose chaste thoughts no vanitie doth enter;
      So pure a minde _Endymions_ Love hath lent her.

    Queene of my thoughts, but subiect of my verse,
    (Divine _Eliza_) pardon my defect:
    Whose artlesse pen so rudely doth reherse
    Thy beauties worth; (for want of due respect)
      Oh pardon thou the follies of my youth;
      Pardon my faith, my loue, my zeale, my truth.

    But to _Cassandra_ now: who hauing heard
    The cruell sentence of the threatning voice;
    At length (too late) begins to waxe affeard,
    Lamenting much her vnrepentant choice:
      And seeing her hard hap without reliefe,
      She sheeds salt teares in token of her griefe.

    Which when _Aurora_ saw, and saw t'was shee,
    Euen shee her selfe whose far-renowmed fame
    Made all the world to wonder at her beauty,
    It mou'd compassion in this ruthfull Dame:
      And thinking on her Sonnes sad destinie,
      With mournfull teares she beares her companie.

    Great was the mone, which faire _Cassandra_ made:
    Greater the kindnesse, which _Aurora_ shew'd:
    Whose sorrow with the sunne began to fade,
    And her moist teares on th'earths green grasse bestow'd:
      Kissing the flowers with her siluer dew,
      Whose fading beautie, seem'd her case to rew.

    Scarce was the lonely Easterne Queene departed,
    From stately _Ilion_ (whose proud-reared wals
    Seem'd to controule the cloudes, till _Vulcan_ darted
    Against their Tower his burning fier-bals)
      When sweet _Cassandra_ (leauing her soft bed)
      In seemely sort her selfe apparelled.

    And hearing that her honourable Sire,
    (Old princely _Pryamus Troy's_ aged King)
    Was gone into _Ioues_ Temple, to conspire
    Against the _Greekes_, (whom he to war did bring)
      Shee, (like a Furie), in a bedlam rage,
      Runs gadding thither, his fell wrath t'assuage.

    But not preuailing: truely she fore-tolde
    The fall of _Troy_ (with bold erected face:)
    They count her hare-brain'd, mad, and ouer-bold,
    To presse in presence in so graue a place:
      But in meane season _Paris_ he is gone,
      To bring destruction on faire _Ilion_.

    What, ten-yeeres siedge by force could not subuert,
    That, two false traitors in one night destroi'd:
    Who richly guerdon'd for their bad desert,
    Was of _Æneas_ but small time inioi'd:
      Who, for concealement of _Achilles_ loue,
      Was banished; from _Ilion_ to remoue.

    King _Pryam_ dead and all the Troians slaine;
    (His sonnes, his friends and deere confederates)
    And lots now cast for captiues that remaine,
    (Whom Death hath spared for more cruell fates)
      _Cassandra_ then to _Agamemnon_ fell,
      With whom a Lemman she disdain'd to dwell.

    She, weepes; he, wooes; he would, but she would not:
    He, tell's his birth; shee, pleades virginitie:
    He saith, selfe-pride doth rarest beauty blot:
    (And with that word he kist her louingly:)
      Shee, yeeldingly resists; he faines to die:
      Shee, fall's for feare; he, on her feareleslie.

    But this braue generall of all the _Greekes_,
    Was quickly foyled at a womans hands,
    For who so rashly such incounters seekes,
    Of hard mis-hap in danger euer stands:
      Onely chaste thoughts, vertuous abstinence,
      Gainst such sweet poyson is the sur'st defence.

    But who can shun the force of beauties blow?
    Who is not rauisht with a lonely looke?
    Grac'd with a wanton eie, (the hearts dumb show)
    Such fish are taken with a siluer hooke:
      And when true loue cannot these pearles obtaine
      _Vnguentum Album_ is the only meane.

    Farre be it from my thought (diuinest Maid)
    To haue relation to thy heauenly hew,
    (In whose sweete voice the Muses are imbaid)
    No pen can paint thy commendation due:
      Saue only that pen, which no pen can be,
      An Angels quill, to make a pen for thee.

    But to returne to these vnhappie Louers,
    (Sleeping securely in each others armes)
    Whose sugred ioies nights sable mantle couers,
    Little regarding their ensuing harmes:
      Which afterward they iointlie both repented:
      "Fate is fore-seene, but neuer is preuented."

    Which saying to be true, this lucklesse Dame
    Approued in the sequele of her story:
    Now waxing pale, now blushing red (for shame),
    She scales her lips with silence (womens glory)
      Till _Agamemnon_ vrging her replies,
      Thus of his death she truely prophecies.

    The day shall come, (quoth she) O dismal daie!
    When thou by false _Ægistus_ shalt be slaine:
    Heere could she tell no more; but made a stay.
    (From further speech as willing to refraine:)
      Not knowing then, nor little did she thinke,
      That she with him of that same cup must drinke.

    But what? (fond man) he laughs her skil to scorne,
    And iesteth at her diuination:
    Ah to what vnbeliefe are Princes borne?
    (The onely ouer-throw of many a Nation:)
      And so it did befall this lucklesse Prince,
      Whom all the world hath much lamented since.

    Insteede of teares, he smileth at her tale:
    Insteede of griefe, he makes great shew of gladnes:
    But after blisse, there euer followes bale;
    And after mirth, there alwaies commeth sadnes:
      But gladnesse, blisse, and mirth had so possest him,
      That sadnes, bale, and griefe could not molest him.

    Oh cruell _Parcæ_ (quoth _Cassandra_ then)
    Why are you _Parcæ_, yet not mou'd with praier?
    Oh small security of mortall men,
    That liue on earth, and breathe this vitall aire:
      When we laugh most, then are we next to sorrow;
      The Birds feede vs to-day, we them to-morrow.

    But if the first did little moue his minde,
    Her later speeches lesse with him preuailed;
    Who beinge wholy to selfe-will inclinde,
    Deemes her weake braine with lunacy assailed:
      And still the more shee councels him to stay,
      The more he striueth to make haste away.

    How on the Seas he scap'd stormes, rocks and sholes,
    (Seas that enuide the conquest he had wone,
    Gaping like hell to swallow Greekish soules,)
    I heere omit; onely suppose it done:
      His storm-tyrde Barke safely brings him to shore,
      His whole Fleete els, or suncke or lost before.

    Lift vp thy head, thou ashie-cyndred _Troy_,
    See the commaunder of thy traitor foes,
    That made thy last nights woe, his first daies ioie,
    Now gins his night of ioy and daie of woes:
      His fall be thy delight, thine was his pride:
      As he thee then, so now thou him deride.

    He and _Cassandra_ now are set on shore,
    Which he salutes with ioy, she greetes with teares,
    Currors are sent that poast to Court before,
    Whose tidings fill th'adultrous Queene with feares,
      Who with _Ægistus_ in a lust-staind bed,
      Her selfe, her King, her State dishonored.

    She wakes the lecher with a loud-strain'd shrike,
    Loue-toies they leaue, now doth lament begin:
    He flie (quoth he) but she doth that mislike,
    Guilt vnto guilt, and sinne she ads to sinne:
      Shee meanes to kill (immodest loue to couer)
      A kingly husband, for a caytiue louer.

    The peoples ioies, conceiued at his returne,
    Their thronging multitudes: their gladsome cries,
    Their gleeful hymnes, whiles piles of incense burne:
    Their publique shewes, kept at solemnities:
      We passe: and tell how King and Queene did meet,
      Where he with zeale, she him with guile did greet.

    He (noble Lord) fearelesse of hidden treason,
    Sweetely salutes this weeping Crocodile:
    Excusing euery cause with instant reason
    That kept him from her sight so long a while:
      She, faintly pardons him; smiling by Art:
      (For life was in her lookes, death in her hart.)

    For pledge that I am pleas'd receiue (quoth shee)
    This rich wrought robe, thy _Clytemnestras_ toile:
    Her ten yeeres worke this day shall honour thee,
    For ten yeeres war, and one daies glorious spoile:
      Whil'st thou contendedst there, I heere did this:
      Weare it my loue, my life, my ioy, my blisse.

    Scarce had the Syren said what I haue write,
    But he (kind Prince) by her milde words misled,
    Receiu'd the robe, to trie if it were fit;
    (The robe) that had no issue for his head;
      Which, whilst he vainly hoped to haue found,
      _Ægistus_ pierst him with a mortal wound.

    Oh how the _Troyan_ Damzell was amazed
    To see so fell and bloudy a Tragedie,
    Performed in one Act; she naught but gazed,
    Vpon the picture; whom shee dead did see,
      Before her face: whose body she emballms,
      With brennish teares, and sudden deadly qualms.

    Faine would she haue fled backe on her swift horse
    But _Clytemnestra_ bad her be content,
    Her time was com'n: now bootelesse vsd she force,
    Against so many; whom this Tygresse sent
      To apprehend her: who (within one hower
      Brought backe againe) was lockt within a Tower.

    Now is she ioylesse, friendlesse, and (in fine)
    Without all hope of further libertie:
    Insteed of cates, cold water was her wine,
    And _Agamemnons_ corps her meate must be,
      Or els she must for hunger starue (poore sole)
      What could she do but make great mone and dole.

    So darke the dungeon was, wherein she was,
    That neither Sunne (by day) nor Mone (by night)
    Did shew themselues: and thus it came to passe.
    The Sunne denide to lend his glorious light
      To such a periur'd wight, or to be scene;
      (What neede she light, that ouer-light had bin?)

    Now silent night drew on; when all things sleepe,
    Saue theeves, and cares; and now stil mid-night came:
    When sad _Cassandra_ did naught els but weepe;
    Oft calling on her _Agamemnons_ name.
      But seeing that the dead did not replie,
      Thus she begins to mourne, lament, and crie.

    Oh cruell Fortune (mother of despaire,)
    Well art thou christen'd with a cruell name:
    Since thou regardest not the wise, or faire,
    But do'st bestow thy riches (to thy shame)
      On fooles and lowly swaines, that care not for thee:
      And yet I weepe, and yet thou do'st abhorre me.

    Fie on ambition, fie on filthy pride,
    The roote of ill, the cause of all my woe:
    On whose fraile yce my youth first slipt aside:
    And falling downe, receiu'd a fatall blow.
      Ah who hath liu'd to see such miserie
      As I haue done, and yet I cannot die?

    I liu'd (quoth she) to see _Troy_ set on fire:
    I liu'd to see, renowned _Hector_ slaine:
    I liu'd to see, the shame of my desire:
    And yet I liue, to feel my grieuous paine:
      Let all young maides example take by me,
      To keepe their oathes, and spotlesse chastity.

    Happy are they, that neuer liu'd to know
    What 'tis to liue in this world happily:
    Happy are they which neuer yet felt woe:
    Happy are they, that die in infancie:
      Whose sins are cancell'd in their mothers wombe:
      Whose cradle is their graue, whose lap their tomb.

    Here ended shee; and then her teares began,
    That (Chorus-like) at euery word downe rained.
    Which like a paire of christall fountaines ran,
    Along her lonely cheekes: with roses stained:
      Which as they wither still (for want of raine)
      Those siluer showers water them againe.

    Now had the poore-mans clock (shrill chauntcleare)
    Twice giuen notice of the Mornes approach,
    (That then began in glorie to appeare,
    Drawne in her stately colour'd saffron-Coach)
      When shee (poore Lady) almost turn'd to teares,
      Began to teare and rend her golden haires.

    Lie there (quoth shee) the workers of my woes
    You trifling toies, which my liues staine haue bin:
    You, by whose meanes our coines chiefly growes,
    Clothing the backe with pride, the soule with sin:
      Lie there (quoth shee) the causers of my care;
      This said, her robes she all in pieces tare.

    Here-with, as weary of her wretched life,
    (Which shee inioy'd with small felicitie)
    She ends her fortune with a fatall knife;
    (First day of ioy, last day of miserie:)
      Then why is death accounted Nature's foe,
      Since death (indeed) is but the end of woe?

    For as by death, her bodie was released
    From that strong prison made of lime and stone;
    Euen so by death her purest soule was eased,
    From bodies prison, and from endlesse mone:
      Where now shee walkes in sweete _Elysium_
      (The place for wrongful Death and Martirdum.)

    FINIS.

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The Encomion of Lady Pecunia:

_OR_

The praise of Money.

          _quærenda pecunia primum est,
    Virtus post nummos._   Horace.

By _Richard Barnfeild_, Graduate in _Oxford_.

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    LONDON,

    Printed by G. S. for Iohn Iaggard, and are
    to be sold at his shoppe neere Temple-barre,
    at the Signe of the Hand and starre.

    1598.



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To the Gentlemen Readers.


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Gentlemen, being incouraged through your gentle acceptance of my
_Cynthia_, I haue once more aduentured on your Curtesies: hoping to
finde you (as I haue done heretofore) friendly. Being determined to
write of somthing, and yet not resolued of any thing, I considered with
my selfe, if one should write of Loue (they will say) why, euery one
writes of Loue: if of Vertue, why, who regards Vertue? To be short, I
could thinke of nothing, but either it was common, or not at all in
request. At length I bethought my selfe of a Subiect, both new (as
hauing neuer beene written vpon before) and pleasing (as I thought)
because Mans Nature (commonly) loues to heare that praised, with whose
pressence, hee is most pleased.

_Erasmus_ (the glory of _Netherland_, and the refiner of the Latin
Tongue) wrote a whole Booke, in _the prayse of Folly_. Then if so
excellent a Scholler, writ in praise of Vanity, why may not I write in
praise of that which is profitable? There are no two Countreys, where
Gold is esteemed, lesse than in _India_, and more then in _England:_
the reason is, because the _Indians_ are barbarous, and our Nation
ciuill.

I have giuen _Pecunia_ the title of a Woman, Both for the termination
of the Word, and because (as Women are) shee is lov'd of men. The
brauest Voyages in the World, haue beene made for Gold: for it, men
haue venterd (by Sea) to the furthest parts of the Earth: In the
Pursute whereof, _Englands Nestor_ and _Neptune_ (_Haukins_ and
_Drake_) lost their liues. Vpon the Deathes of the which two, of the
first I writ this:

    _The Waters were his Winding sheete, the Sea was made his Toome;
    Yet for his fame the Ocean Sea, was not sufficient roome._

Of the latter this:

    England _his hart; his Corps the Waters haue;
    And that which raysd his fame, became his grave._

The _Prætorians_ (after the death of _Pertinax_) in the election of a
new Emperour, more esteemed the money of _Iulianus_, then either the
vertue of _Seuerus_, or the Valour of _Pessennius_. Then of what great
estimation and account, this Lady _Pecunia_, both hath beene in the
Worlde, and is at this present, I leaue to your Iudgement. But what
speake I so much of her praise in my Epistle, that haue commended her
so at large in my Booke? To the reading wherof, (Gentlemen) I referre
you.

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[THE AUTHORS FIRST EPISTLE-DEDICATORY (1605).

[Collated with the Bridgwater House copy.]

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    Led by the swift report of winged Fame,
        With siluer trumpet, sounding forth your name
        To you I dedicate this merry Muse,
      And for my Patron, I your fauour chuse:
      She is a Lady, she must be respected:
    She is a Queene, she may not be neglected.
      This is the shadow, you the substance haue,
      Which substance now this shadow seems to craue.

    RICHARD BARNFIELD.]



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The prayse of Lady Pecunia.


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    I Sing not of _Angellica_ the faire,
    (For whom the Palladine of _Fraunce_ fell mad)
    Nor of sweet _Rosamond_, olde _Cliffords_ heire,
    (Whose death did make the second _Henry_ sad)
      But of the fairest Faire _Pecunia_,
      The famous Queene of rich _America_.

    Goddesse of Golde, great Empresse of the Earth,
    O thou that canst doe all Thinges under Heauen:
    That doost conuert the saddest minde to Mirth;
    (Of whom the elder Age was quite bereauen)
      Of thee Ile sing, and in thy Prayse Ile write;
      You _golden Angels_ helpe me to indite.

    You, you alone, can make my Muse to speake;
    And tell a golden Tale, with siluer Tongue:
    You onely can my pleasing silence breake;
    And adde some Musique, to a merry Songue:
      But amongst all the fiue, in Musicks Art,
      I would not sing the _Counter_-tenor part.

    The Meane is best, and that I meane to keepe;
    So shall I keepe my selfe from That I meane:
    Lest with some Others, I be forc'd to weepe,
    And cry _Peccaui_, in a dolefull Scæne.
      But to the matter which I haue in hand,
      The Lady Regent, both by Sea and Land.

    When _Saturne_ liu'd, and wore the Kingly Crowne,
    (And _Ioue_ was yet vnborne, but not vnbred)
    This Ladies fame was then of no renowne;
    (For Golde was then, no more esteem'd then Lead)
      Then Truth and Honesty were onely vs'd,
      Siluer and Golde were vtterly refus'd.

    But when the Worlde grew wiser in Conceit,
    And saw how Men in manners did decline,
    How Charitie began to loose her heate,
    And One did at anothers good repine,
      Then did the Aged, first of all respect her;
      And vowd from thenceforth, neuer to reiect her.

    Thus with the Worlde, her beauty did increase;
    And manie Suters had she to obtaine her:
    Some sought her in the Wars, and some in peace;
    But few of youthfull age, could euer game her:
      Or if they did, she soone was gone againe;
      And would with them, but little while remaine.

    For why against the Nature of her Sexe,
    (That commonlie dispise the feeble Olde)
    Shee, loues olde men; but young men she reiects;
    Because to her, their Loue is quicklie colde:
      Olde men (like Husbands iealous of their Wiues)
      Lock her vp fast, and keepe her as their Liues.

    The young man carelesse to maintaine his life,
    Neglects her Loue (as though he did abhor her)
    Like one that hardly doeth obtaine a wife,
    And when he hath her once, he cares not for her:
      Shee, seeing that the young man doeth despyse her,
      Leaues the franke heart, and flies vnto the Myser.

    Hee intertaines her, with a ioyfull hart;
    And seemes to rue her vndeserued wrong:
    And from his Pressence, she shall neuer part;
    Or if shee doo, he thinkes her Absence long:
      And oftentimes he sends for her againe,
      Whose life without her, cannot long remaine.

    And when he hath her, in his owne possession,
    He locks her in an iron-barred Chest,
    And doubting somewhat, of the like Transgression,
    He holds that iron-walled Prison best.
      And least some _rusty_ sicknesse should infect her,
      He often visits her, and doeth respect her.

    As for the young man (subiect vnto sinne)
    No maruell though the Diuell doe distresse him;
    To tempt mans frailtie, which doth neuer linne,
    Who many times, hath not a _Crosse_ to blesse him:
      But how can hee incurre the Heauens Curse,
      That hath so many _Crosses_ in his Purse?

    Hee needes not feare those wicked sprights, that waulke
    Vnder the Couerture of cole-blacke Night;
    For why the Diuell still, a _Crosse_ doeth baulke,
    Because on it, was hangd the Lorde of Light:
      But let not Mysers trust to _siluer Crosses_,
      Least in the End, their gaines be turnd to losses.

    But what care they, so they may hoorde vp golde?
    Either for God, or Diuell, or Heauen, or Hell?
    So they may faire _Pecuniaes_ face behold;
    And euery Day, their Mounts of Money tell.
      What tho to count their Coyne, they neuer blin,
      Count they their Coyne, and counts not God their sin?

    But what talke I of sinne, to Vsurers?
    Or looke for mendment, at a Mysers hand?
    _Pecunia_, hath so many followers,
    Bootlesse it is, her Power to with-stand.
      King _Couetise_, and _Warinesse_ his Wife,
      The Parents were, that first did giue her Life.

    But now vnto her Praise I will proceede,
    Which is as ample, as the Worlde is wide:
    What great Contentment doth her Pressence breede
    In him, that can his wealth with Wysdome guide?
      She is the Soueraigne Queene, of all Delights:
      For her the Lawyer pleades; the Souldier fights.

    For her, the Merchant venters on the Seas:
    For her, the Scholler studdies at his Booke:
    For her, the Vsurer (with greater ease)
    For sillie fishes, layes a siluer hooke:
      For her, the Townsman leaues the Countrey Village:
      For her, the Plowman giues himselte to Tillage.

    For her, the Gentlemen doeth raise his rents:
    For her, the Seruingman attends his maister:
    For her, the curious head new toyes inuents:
    For her, to Sores, the Surgeon layes his plaister.
      In fine for her, each man in his Vocation,
      Applies himselfe, in euerie sev'rall Nation.

    What can thy hart desire, but thou mayst haue it,
    If thou hast readie money to disburse?
    Then thanke thy Fortune, that so freely gaue it;
    For of all friends, the surest is thy purse.
      Friends may proue false, and leaue thee in thy need;
      But still thy Purse will bee thy friend indeed.

    Admit thou come, into a place vnknowne;
    And no man knowes, of whence, or what thou art:
    If once thy faire _Pecunia_, shee be showne,
    Thou art esteem'd a man of great Desart:
      And placed at the Tables vpper ende;
      Not for thine owne sake, but thy faithfull frende.

    But if you want your Ladies louely grace,
    And haue not wherewithall to pay your shot,
    Your Hostis pressently will step in Place,
    You are a Stranger (Sir) I know you not:
      By trusting Diuers, I am run in Det;
      Therefore of mee, nor meate nor Bed you get.

    O who can then, expresse the worthie praise,
    Which faire _Pecunia_ iustly doeth desarue?
    That can the meanest man, to Honor raise;
    And feed the soule, that ready is to starue.
      Affection, which was wont to bee so pure,
      Against a golden Siege, may not endure.

    Witnesse the trade of Mercenary sinne;
    (Or Occupation, if thou list to tearme it)
    Where faire _Pecunia_ must the suite beginne;
    (As common-tride Experience doeth confirme it)
      Not _Mercury_ himselfe, with siluer Tongue,
      Can so inchaunt, as can a golden Songue.

    When nothing could subdue the _Phrygian Troy_,
    (That Citty through the world so much renowned)
    _Pecunia_ did her vtterly destroy:
    And left her fame, in darke Obliuion drowned.
      And many Citties since, no lesse in fame,
      For Loue of her, haue yeelded to their shame.

    What Thing is then, so well belou'd as money?
    It is a speciall Comfort to the minde;
    More faire then Women are; more sweet then honey:
    Easie to loose, but very harde to finde.
      In fine, to him, whose Purse beginns to faint,
      Golde is a God, and Siluer is a Saint.

    The Tyme was once, when Honestie was counted
    A Demy god; and so esteem'd of all:
    But now _Pecunia_ on his Seate is mounted;
    Since Honestie in great Disgrace did fall.
      No state, no Calling now, doeth him esteeme;
      Nor of the other ill, doeth any deeme.

    The reason is, because he is so poore:
    (And who respects the poore, and needie Creature?)
    Still begging of his almes, from Doore to Doore:
    All ragd, and torne; and eeke deformed in feature.
      In Countinance so changde, that none can know him;
      So weake, and euery vice doeth ouerthrow him.

    But faire _Pecunia_, (most diuinely bred)
    For sundrie shapes, doth _Proteus_ selfe surpasse:
    In one Lande, she is suted all in Lead;
    And in another, she is clad in Brasse:
      But still within the Coast of _Albion_,
      She euer puts, her best Apparell on.

    Siluer and Golde, and nothing else is currant,
    In _Englands_, in faire _Englands_ happy Land:
    All baser sorts of Mettalls, haue no Warrant;
    Yet secretly they _slip_, from hand to hand.
      If any such be tooke, the same is lost,
      And pressently is nayled on a Post.

    Which with Quick-siluer, being flourisht ouer,
    Seemes to be perfect Siluer, to the showe:
    As Woemens paintings, their defects doe couer,
    Vnder this false attyre, so doe they goe.
      If on a woollen Cloth, thou rub the same,
      Then will it straight beginne to blush, for shame.

    If chafed on thy haire, till it be hot,
    If it good Siluer bee, the scent is sweete:
    If counterfeit, thy chafing hath begot
    A ranke-smelt sauour; for a Queene vnmeete:
      _Pecunia_ is a Queene, for her Desarts,
      And in the Decke, may goe for _Queene of harts_.

    _The Queene of harts_, because she rules all harts;
    And hath all harts, obedient to her Will:
    Whose Bounty, fame vnto the Worlde imparts;
    And with her glory, all the Worlde doeth fill:
      The _Queene of Diamonds_, she cannot bee;
      There is but one, ELIZA, thou art shee.

    And thou art shee, O sacred Soueraigne;
    Whom God hath helpt with his Al-mighty hand:
    Blessing thy People, with thy peacefull raigne;
    And made this little Land, a happy Land:
      May all those liue, that wish long life to thee,
      And all the rest, perish eternally.

    Thy tyme was once, when faire _Pecunia_, here
    Did basely goe attyred all in Leather:
    But since her raigne, she neuer did appeere
    But richly clad; in Golde, or Siluer either:
      Nor reason is it, that her Golden raigne
      With baser Coyne, eclypsed should remaine.

    And as the Coyne, she hath repurifyde,
    From baser substance, to the purest Mettels:
    Religion so, hath shee refinde beside,
    From Papistrie, to Truth; which daily settles
      Within her Peoples harts; though some there bee,
      That cleaue vnto their wonted Papistrie.

    No flocke of sheepe, but some are still infected:
    No peece of Lawne so pure, but hath some fret:
    All buildings are not strong, that are erected:
    All Plants proue not, that in good ground are set:
      Some tares are sowne, amongst the choicest seed:
      No garden can be cleansd of euery Weede.

    But now to her, whose praise is her pretended,
    (Diuine _Pecunia_) fairer then the morne:
    Which cannot be sufficiently commended;
    Whose Sun-bright Beauty doeth the Worlde adorne,
      Adorns the World, but specially the Purse;
      Without whose pressence, nothing can be worse.

    Not faire _Hæsione_ (King of _Priams_ sister)
    Did euer showe more Beauty, in her face,
    Then can this louely Lady, if it list her
    To showe her selfe; admir'd for comely grace:
      Which neither Age can weare, nor Tyme conclude;
      For why, her Beauty yeerely is renude.

    New Coyne is coynd each yeare, within the Tower;
    So that her Beauty neuer can decay:
    Which to resist, no mortall man hath Power,
    When as she doeth her glorious Beames display.
      Nor doeth _Pecunia_, onely please the eie,
      But charms the eare, with heauenly Harmonie.

    Lyke to an other _Orpheus_, can she play
    Vpon her _treble Harpe_, whose siluer sound
    Inchaunts the eare, and steales the hart away:
    Nor hardly can deceit, therein be found.
      Although such Musique, some a Shilling cost,
      Yet is it worth but _Nine-pence_, at the most.

    Had I the sweet inchaunting Tongue of _Tully_,
    That charmd the hearers, lyke the Syrens Song;
    Yet could I not describe the Prayses fully,
    Which to _Pecunia_ iustly doe belong.
      Let it suffice, her Beauty doeth excell:
      Whose praise no Pen can paint, no Tongue can tell.

    Then how shall I describe, with artlesse Pen,
    The praise of her, whose praise, all praise surmounteth?
    Breeding amazement, in the mindes of men:
    Of whom, this pressent Age to much accounteth.
      Varietie of Words, would sooner want,
      Then store of plentious matter, would be scant.

    Whether yee list, to looke into the Citty:
    (Where money tempts the poore Beholders eye)
    Or to the Countrey Townes, deuoyde of Pitty:
    (Where to the poore, each place doeth almes denye)
      All Thinges for money now, are bought and solde,
      That either hart can thinke, or eie beholde.

    Nay more for money (as report doeth tell)
    Thou mayst obteine a Pardon for thy sinnes:
    The Pope of _Rome_, for money will it sell;
    (Whereby thy soule, no small saluation winnes)
      But how can hee, (of Pride the chiefe Beginner)
      Forgiue thy sinnes, that is himselfe a sinner?

    Then, sith the Pope is subiect vnto sinne,
    No maruell tho, diuine _Pecunia_ tempt him,
    With her faire Beauty; whose good-will to winne,
    Each one contends; and shall we then exempt him.
      Did neuer mortall man, yet looke vpon her,
      But straightwaies he became, enamourd on her.

    Yet would I wish, the Wight that loues her so,
    And hath obtain'd, the like good-will againe,
    To vse her wisely, lest she proue his foe;
    And so, in stead of Pleasure, breed his paine.
      She may be kyst; but shee must not be _clypt:_
      Lest such Delight in bitter gall be dypt.

    The iuyce of grapes, which is a soueraigne Thing
    To cheere the hart, and to reuiue the spirits;
    Being vsde immoderatly (in surfetting)
    Rather Dispraise, then commendation merits:
      Euen so _Pecunia_, is, as shee is vsed;
      Good of her selfe, but bad if once abused.

    With her, the Tenant payes his Landlords rent:
    On her, depends the stay of euery state:
    To her, rich Pressents euery day are sent:
    In her, it rests to end all dire Debate:
      Through her, to Wealth, is raisd the Countrey Boore:
      From her, proceedes much proffit to the poore.

    Then how can I, sufficiently commend,
    Her Beauties worth, which makes the World to wonder?
    Or end her prayse, whose prayses haue no End?
    Whose absence brings the stoutest stomack vnder:
      Let it suffice, _Pecunia_ hath no peere;
      No Wight, no Beauty held; more faire, more deere.

    _FINIS._


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His Prayer to Pecunia.

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    Great Lady, sith I haue complyde thy Prayse,
    (According to my skill and not thy merit:)
    And sought thy Fame aboue the starrs to rayse;
    (Had I sweete _Ovids_ vaine, or _Virgils_ spirit)
      I craue no more but this, for my good will,
      That in my Want, thou wilt supplye me still.



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THE

Complaint of Poetrie,

for the Death of Liberalitie.

    _Viuit post funera virtus._

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    LONDON,

    Printed by G. S. for Iohn Iaggard, and are
    to be solde at his shoppe neere Temple-barre,
    at the Signe of the Hand and starre.
    1598.



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To his Worshipfull wel-willer, Maister _Edward Leigh_, of Grayes Inne.


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    Image of that, whose losse is here lamented;
    (In whom, so many vertues are containd)
    Daine to accept, what I haue now presented.
    Though Bounties death, herein be not fained,
      In your mind, she not reuiue (with speed)
      Then will I sweare, that shee is dead indeed.

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THE COMPLAINT OF

Poetrie, for the Death of Liberalitie.


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    Weepe Heauens now, for you haue lost your light;
    Ye Sunne and Moone, beare witnes of my mone:
    The cleere is turnd to clouds; the day to night;
    And all my hope, and all my ioy is gone:
      _Bounty_ is dead, the cause of my annoy;
      _Bounty_ is dead, and with her dide my ioy.

    O who can comfort my afflicted soule?
    Or adde some ende to my increasing sorrowes?
    Who can deliuer me from endlesse dole?
    (Which from my hart eternall torment borrowes.)
      When _Bounty_ liu'd, I bore the Bell away;
      When _Bounty_ dide, my credit did decay.

    I neuer then, did write one verse in vaine;
    Nor euer went my Poems vnregarded:
    Then did each Noble breast, me intertaine,
    And for my Labours I was well rewarded:
      But now _Good wordes_, are stept in _Bounties_ place,
      Thinking thereby, her glorie to disgrace.

    But who can liue with words, in these hard tymes?
    (Although they came from _Iupiter_ himselfe?)
    Or who can take such Paiment, for his Rymes?
    (When nothing now, is so esteem'd as Pelfe?)
      Tis not _Good wordes_, that can a man maintaine;
      Wordes are but winde; and winde is all but vaine.

    Where is _Mecænas_, Learnings noble Patron?
    (That _Maroes_ Muse, with Bountie so did cherish?)
    Or faire _Zenobia_, that worthy Matron?
    (Whose name, for Learnings Loue, shall neuer perish)
      What tho their Bodies, lie full lowe in graue,
      Their fame the worlde; their souls the Heauens haue.

    Vile _Auaricia_, how hast thou inchaunted
    The Noble mindes, of great and mightie Men?
    Or what infernall furie late hath haunted
    Their niggard purses? (to the learned pen)
      Was it _Augustus_ wealth, or noble minde,
      That euerlasting fame, to him assinde?

    If wealth? Why _Crœsus_ was more rich then hee;
    (Yet _Crœsus_ glorie, with his life did end)
    It was his Noble mind, that moued mee
    To write his praise, and eeke his Acts commend.
      Who ere had heard, of _Alexanders_ fame,
      If _Quintus Curtius_ had not pend the same?

    Then sith by mee, their deedes haue been declared,
    (Which else had perisht with their liues decay)
    Who to augment their glories, haue not spared
    To crowne their browes, with neuer-fading Bay:
      What Art deserues such Liberalitie,
      As doeth the peerlesse Art of Poetrie?

    But _Liberalitie_ is dead and gone:
    And _Auarice_ vsurps true _Bounties_ seat.
    For her it is, I make this endlesse mone,
    (Whose praises worth no men can well repeat.
      Sweet _Liberalitie_ adiew for euer,
      For _Poetrie_ againe, shall see thee neuer.

    Neuer againe, shall I thy presence see:
    Neuer againe, shal I thy bountie tast:
    Neuer againe, shal I accepted bee:
    Neuer againe, shall I be so embrac't:
      Neuer againe, shall I the bad recall:
      Neuer againe, shall I be lou'd of all:

    Thou wast the Nurse, whose Bountie gaue me sucke:
    Thou wast the Sunne, whose beames did lend me light:
    Thou wast the Tree, whose fruit I still did plucke:
    Thou wast the Patron, to maintaine my right:
      Through thee I liu'd; on thee I did relie;
      In thee I ioy'd; and now for thee I die.

    What man, hath lately lost a faithfull frend?
    Or Husband, is depriued of his Wife?
    But doth his after-daies in dolour spend?
    (Leading a loathsome, discontented life?)
      Dearer then friend, or wife, haue I forgone;
      Then maruell not, although I make such mone.

    Faire _Philomela_, cease thy sad complaint;
    And lend thine eares, vnto my dolefull Ditty:
    (Whose soule with sorrowe, now begins to faint,
    And yet I cannot moue mens hearts to pitty:)
      Thy woes are light, compared vnto mine:
      You waterie Nymphes, to mee your plaints resigne.

    And thou _Melpomene_, (the Muse of Death)
    That neuer sing'st, but in a dolefull straine;
    Sith cruell Destinie hath stopt her breath,
    (Who whilst she liu'd, was Vertues Soueraigne
      Leaue _Hellicon_, (whose bankes so pleasant bee)
      And beare a part of sorrowe now with mee.

    The Trees (for sorrowe) shead their fading Leaues,
    And weepe out gum, in stead of other teares;
    Comfort nor ioy, no Creature now conceiues,
    To chirpe and sing, each little bird forbeares.
      The sillie Sheepe, hangs downe his drooping head,
      And all because, that _Bounty_ she is dead.

    The greater that I feele my griefe to be,
    The lesser able, am I to expresse it;
    Such is the nature of extremitie,
    The heart it som-thing eases, to confesse it.
      Therefore Ile wake my muse, amidst her sleeping,
      And what I want in wordes, supplie with weeping.

    Weepe still mine eies, a Riuer full of Teares,
    To drowne my Sorrowe in, that so molests me;
    And rid my head of cares; my thoughts of feares:
    Exiling sweet Content, that so detests me.
      But ah (alas) my Teares are almost dun,
      And yet my griefe, it is but new begun.

    Euen as the Sunne, when as it leaues our sight,
    Doth shine with those Antipodes, beneath vs;
    Lending the other worlde her glorious light,
    And dismall Darknesse, onely doeth bequeath vs:
      Euen so sweet _Bountie_, seeming dead to mee,
      Liues now to none, but smooth-Tongd Flatterie.

    O _Adulation_, Canker-worme of Truth;
    The flattring Glasse of Pride, and Self-conceit:
    (Making olde wrinkled Age, appeare like youth)
    Dissimulations Maske, and follies Beate:
      Pittie it is, that thou art so rewarded,
      Whilst Truth and Honestie, goe vnregarded.

    O that Nobilitie, it selfe should staine,
    In being bountifull, to such vile Creatures:
    Who, when they flatter most, then most they faine;
    Knowing what humor best, will fit their Natures.
      What man so mad, that knowes himselfe but pore,
      And will beleeue that he hath riches store.

    Vpon a time, the craftie Foxe did flatter
    The foolish Pye (whose mouth was full of meate)
    The Pye beleeuing him, began to chatter,
    And sing for ioy, (not hauing list to eate)
      And whil'st the foolish Pye, her meate let fall,
      The craftie Foxe, did runne awaie with all.

    _Terence_ describeth vnder _Gnatoes_ name,
    The right conditions of a Parasyte:
    (And with such Eloquence, sets foorth the same,
    As doeth the learned Reader much delyght)
      Shewing, that such a Sycophant as _Gnato_,
      In more esteem'd, then twentie such a _Plato_.

    _Bounty_ looke backe, vpon thy goods mispent;
    And thinke how ill, thou hast bestow'd thy mony:
    Consider not their wordes, but their intent;
    Their hearts are gall, although their tongues be hony:
      They speake not as they thinke, but all is fained,
      And onely to th'intent to be maintained.

    And herein happie, I areade the poore;
    No flattring Spanyels, fawne on them for meate:
    The reason is, because the Countrey Boore
    Hath little enough, for himselfe to eate:
      No man will flatter him, except himselfe;
      And why? because hee hath no store of wealth.

    But sure it is not _Liberalitie_
    That doeth reward these fawning smel-feasts so:
    It is the vice of Prodigalitie,
    That doeth the Bankers of _Bounty_ over-flo:
      _Bounty_ is dead: yea so it needes must bee;
      Or if aliue, yet is shee dead to mee.

    Therefore as one, whose friend is lately dead,
    I will bewaile the death, of my deere frend;
    Vppon whose Tombe, ten thousand Teares Ile shead,
    Till drearie Death, of mee shall make an end:
      Or if she want a Toombe, to her desart,
      Oh then, Ile burie her within my hart.

    But (_Bounty_) if thou loue a Tombe of stone,
    Oh then seeke out, a hard and stonie hart:
    For were mine so, yet would it melt with mone,
    And all because, that I with thee must part.
      Then, if a stonie hart must thee interr,
      Goe finde a Step-dame, or a Vsurer.

    And sith there dies no Wight, of great account,
    But hath an Epitaph compos'd by mee,
    _Bounty_, that did all other far surmount,
    Vpon her Tombe, this Epitaph shall bee:
      _Here lies the Wight, that Learning did maintaine,
      And at the last, by_ AVARICE _was slaine_.

    Vile _Auarice_, why hast thou kildd my Deare?
    And robd the World, of such a worthy Treasure?
    In whome no sparke of goodnesse doth appeare,
    So greedie is thy mind, without all measure,
      Thy death, from Death did merit to release her:
      The Murtherers deseru'd to die, not _Caesar_.

    The Merchants wife; the Tender-hearted Mother
    That leaues her loue; whose Sonne is prest for warre;
    (Resting, the one; as woefull as the other;)
    Hopes met at length, when ended is the iarre,
      To see her Husband; see her Sonne again;
      "Were it not then for Hope, the hart were slaine."

    But I, whose hope is turned to despaire
    Nere looke to see my dearest Deare againe:
    Then _Pleasure_ sit thou downe, in _Sorrowes_ Chaire,
    And (for a while) thy wonted Mirth refraine.
      _Bounty_ is dead, that whylome was my Treasure,
      _Bounty_ is dead, my joy and onely pleasure.

    If _Pythias_ death, of _Damon_ were bewailed;
    Or _Pillades_ did rue, _Orestes_ ende:
    If _Hercules_, for _Hylas_ losse were quailed;
    Or _Theseus_, for _Pyrithous_ Teares did spende:
      When doe I mourne for _Bounty_, being dead:
      Who liuing, was my hand, my hart, my head.

    My hand, to helpe mee, in my greatest need:
    My hart, to comfort mee, in my distresse:
    My head, whom onely I obeyd, indeed:
    If she were such, how can my griefe be lesse?
      Perhaps my wordes, may pierce the _Parcæ's_ eares;
      If not with wordes, Ile moue them with my teares.

    But ah (alas) my Teares are spent in vaine,
    (For she is dead, and I am left aliue)
    Teares cannot call, sweet _Bounty_ backe againe;
    Then why doe I, gainst Fate and Fortune striue?
      And for her death, thus weepe, lament, and crie;
      Sith euery mortall wight, is borne to die.

    But as the woefull mother doeth lament,
    Her tender babe, with cruell Death opprest:
    Whose life was spotlesse, pure, and innocent,
    (And therefore sure, it[s] soule is gone to rest)
      So _Bountie_, which her selfe did vpright keepe,
      Yet for her losse, loue cannot chuse but weepe.

    The losse of her, is losse to many a one:
    The losse of her, is losse vnto the poore:
    And therefore not a losse, to mee alone,
    But vnto such, as goe from Doore to Doore.
      Her losse, is losse vnto the fatherlesse;
      And vnto all, that are in great distresse.

    The maimed Souldier, comming from the warre,
    The woefull wight, whose house was lately burnd;
    The sillie soule; the wofull Traueylar;
    And all, whom Fortune at her feet hath spurnd;
      Lament the losse of _Liberalitie:_
      "Its ease, to haue in griefe some Companie."

    The Wife of _Hector_ (sad _Andromache_)
    Did not bewaile, her husbands death alone:
    But (sith he was the _Troians_ onely stay)
    The wiues of _Troy_ (for him) made æquall mone.
      Shee, shead the teares of Loue; and they of pittie:
      Shee, for her deare dead Lord; they, for their Cittie.

    Nor is the Death of _Liberalitie_,
    (Although my griefe be greater than the rest)
    Onely lamented, and bewaild of mee;
    (And yet of mee, she was beloued best)
      But, sith she was so bountifull to all,
      She is lamented, both of great and small.

    O that my Teares could moue the powres diuine,
    That _Bountie_ might be called from the dead:
    As Pitty pierc'd the hart of _Proserpine;_
    Who (moued with the Teares _Admetus_ shead)
      Did sende him backe againe, his louing Wife;
      Who lost her owne, to saue her husbands life.

    Impartiall _Parcæ_, will no prayers moue you?
    Can Creatures so diuine, haue stony harts?
    Haplesse are they, whose hap it is to proue you,
    For you respect no Creatures good Desarts.
      O _Atropos_, (the cruelst of the three)
      Why hast thou tane, my faithfull friend from mee?

    But ah, she cannot (or shee will not) heare me,
    Or if shee doo, yet may not she repent her:
    Then come (sweet Death) O why doest thou forbeare me?
    Aye mee! thy Dart is blunt, it will not enter.
      Oh now I knowe the cause, and reason why;
      I am immortall, and I cannot dye.

    So _Cytheræa_ would haue dide, but could not;
    When faire _Adonis_ by her side lay slaine:
    So I desire the Sisters, what I should not;
    For why (alas) I wish for Death in vaine;
      Death is their seruant, and obeys their will;
      And if they bid him spare, he cannot kill.

    Oh would I were, as other Creatures are;
    Then would I die, and so my griefe were ended:
    But Death (against my will) my life doeth spare;
    (So little with the fates I am befrended)
      Sith, when I would, thou doost my sute denie,
      Vile Tyrant, when thou wilt, I will not die.

    And _Bounty_, though her body thou hast slaine,
    Yet shall her memorie remaine for euer:
    For euer, shall her memorie remaine;
    Whereof no spitefull Fortune can bereaue her.
      Then Sorrowe cease, and wipe thy weeping eye;
      For Fame shall liue, when all the World shall dye.

    FINIS.



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THE

Combat, betweene

Conscience and Couetousnesse,

in the minde of Man.

    _quid non mortalia pectora cogis
    Auri sacra fames?_ Virgil.

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To his Worshipfull good friend,

Maister _Iohn Steuenton_, of _Dothill_, in the County of _Salop_,
Esquire.


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    Sith Conscience (long since) is exilde the Citty,
      O let her in the Countrey, finde some Pitty.
    But if she be exilde, the Countrey too,
      O let her finde, some fauour yet of you.

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The Combat betweene Conscience and Couetousnesse in the mind of Man.


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    Now had the cole-blacke steedes, of pitchie Night,
    (Breathing out Darknesse) banisht cheerfull Light,
    And sleepe (the shaddowe of eternall rest)
    My seuerall senses, wholy had possest.
    When loe, there was presented to my view,
    A vision strange, yet not so strange, as true.
    _Conscience_ (me thought) appeared vnto mee,
    Cloth'd with good Deedes, with Trueth and Honestie,
    Her countinance demure, and sober sad,
    Nor any other Ornament shee had.
    Then _Couetousnesse_ did incounter her,
    Clad in a Cassock, lyke a Vsurer,
    The Cassock, it was made of poore-mens skinnes,
    Lac'd here and there, with many seuerall sinnes:
    Nor was it furd, with any common furre;
    Or if it were, himselfe hee was the _fur_.
    A Bag of money, in his hande he helde,
    The which with hungry eie, he still behelde.
    The place wherein this vision first began,
    (A spacious plaine) was cald _The Minde of Man_.
    The Carle no sooner, _Conscience_ had espyde,
    But swelling lyke a Toade, (puft vp with pryde)
    He straight began against her to inuey:
    These were the wordes, which _Couetise_ did sey.
    _Conscience_ (quoth hee) how dar'st thou bee so bold,
    To claime the place, that I by right doe hold?
    Neither by right, nor might, thou canst obtaine it:
    By might (thou knowst full well) thou canst not gaine it.
    The greatest Princes are my followars,
    The King in Peace, the Captaine in the Warres:
    The Courtier, and the simple Countrey-man:
    The Iudge, the Merchant, and the Gentleman:
    The learned Lawyer, and the Politician:
    The skilfull Surgeon, and the fine Physician:
    In briefe, all sortes of men mee entertaine,
    And hold mee, as their Soules sole Soueraigne,
    And in my quarrell, they will fight and die,
    Rather then I should suffer iniurie.
    And as for title, interest, and right,
    Ile proue its mine by that, as well as might,
    Though _Couetousnesse_, were vsed long before,
    Yet _Iudas_ Treason, made my Fame the more;
    When _Christ_ he caused, crucifyde to bee,
    For thirtie pence, man solde his minde to mee:
    And now adaies, what tenure is more free,
    Than that which purchas'd is, with Gold and fee?


_Conscience._

    With patience, haue I heard thy large Complaint,
    Wherein the Diuell, would be thought a Saint:
    But wot ye what, the Saying is of olde?
    One tale is good, vntill anothers tolde.
    Truth is the right, that I must stand vpon,
    (For other title, hath poore _Conscience_ none)
    First I will proue it, by Antiquitie,
    That thou art but an vp-start, vnto mee;
    Before that thou wast euer thought vpon,
    The minde of Man, belongd to mee alone.
    For after that the Lord, hath Man created,
    And him in blisse-full Paradice had seated;
    (Knowing his Nature was to vice inclynde)
    God gaue me vnto man, to rule his mynde,
    And as it were, his Gouernour to bee,
    To guide his minde, in Trueth, and Honestie.
    And where thou sayst, that man did sell his soule;
    That Argument, I quicklie can controule:
    It is a fayned fable, thou doost tell,
    That, which is not his owne, he cannot sell;
    No man can sell his soule, altho he thought it:
    Mans soule is _Christs_, for hee hath dearely bought it.
    Therefore vsurping _Couetise_, be gone.
    For why, the minde belongs to mee alone.


_Couetousnesse._

    Alas poore _Conscience_, how thou art deceav'd?
    As though of senses, thou wert quite bereaud.
    What wilt thou say (that thinkst thou canst not erre)
    If I can proue my selfe the ancienter?
    Though into _Adams_ minde, God did infuse thee,
    Before his fall, yet man did neuer vse thee.
    What was it else, but _Aurice_ in _Eue_,
    (Thinking thereby, in greater Blisse to liue)
    That made her taste, of the forbidden fruite?
    Of her Desier, was not I the roote?
    Did she not couet? (tempted by the Deuill)
    The Apple of the Tree, of good and euill?
    Before man vsed _Conscience_, she did couet:
    Therefore by her Transgression, here I proue it,
    That _Couetousnesse_ possest the minde of man,
    Before that any _Conscience_ began.


_Conscience._

    Euen as a counterfeited precious stone,
    Seemes to bee far more rich, to looke vpon,
    Then doeth the right: But when a man comes neere,
    His baseness then, doeth euident appeere:
    So _Couetise_, the Reasons thou doost tell,
    Seeme to be strong, but being weighed well,
    They are indeed, but onely meere Illusions,
    And doe inforce but very weake Conclusions.
    When as the Lord (fore-knowing his offence)
    Had giuen man a Charge, of Abstinence,
    And to refraine, the fruite of good and ill:
    Man had a _Conscience_, to obey his will,
    And neuer would be tempted thereunto,
    Vntill the Woeman, shee, did worke _man woe_.
    And make him breake, the Lords Commaundement,
    Which all Mankinde, did afterward repent:
    So that thou seest, thy Argument is vaine,
    And I am prov'd, the elder of the twaine.


_Couetousnesse._

    Fond Wretch, it was not _Conscience_, but feare,
    That made the first man (Adam) to forbeare
    To tast the fruite, of the forbidden Tree,
    Lest, if offending hee were found to bee,
    (According as _Iehouah_ saide on hye,
    For his so great Transgression, hee should dye.)
    Feare curbd his minde, it was not _Conscience_ then,
    (For _Conscience_ freely, rules the harts of men)
    And is a godly motion of the mynde,
    To euerie vertuous action inclynde,
    And not enforc'd, through feare of Punishment,
    But is to vertue, voluntary bent:
    Then (simple Trul) be packing presentlie,
    For in this place, there is no roome for thee.


_Conscience._

    Aye mee (distressed Wight) what shall I doe?
    Where shall I rest? Or whither shall I goe?
    Vnto the rich? (woes mee) they, doe abhor me:
    Vnto the poore? (alas) they, care not for me:
    Vnto the Olde-man? hee; hath mee forgot:
    Vnto the Young-man? yet hee, knowes me not:
    Vnto the Prince? hee; can dispence with me:
    Vnto the Magistrate? that, may not bee:
    Vnto the Court? for it, I am too base:
    Vnto the Countrey? there, I haue no place:
    Vnto the Citty? thence; I am exilde:
    Vnto the Village? there; I am reuilde:
    Vnto the Barre? the Lawyer there, is bribed?
    Vnto the Warre? there, _Conscience_ is derided:
    Vnto the Temple? there, I am disguised:
    Vnto the Market? there, I am dispised:
    Thus both the young and olde, the rich and poore,
    Against mee (silly Creature) shut their doore.
    Then, sith each one seekes my rebuke and shame,
    Ile goe againe to Heauen (from whence I came.)
      This saide (me thought) making exceeding mone,
    She went her way, and left the Carle alone,
    Who vaunting of his late-got victorie,
    Aduanc'd himselfe in pompe and Maiestie:
    Much like a Cocke, who hauing kild his foe,
    Brisks vp himselfe, and then begins to crow.
    So _Couetise_, when _Conscience_ was departed,
    Gan to be proud in minde, and hauty harted:
    And in a stately Chayre of state he set him,
    (For _Conscience_ banisht) there are none to let him.
    And being but one entrie, to this Plaine,
    (Whereof as king and Lord, he did remaine)
    _Repentance_ cald, he causd that to be kept,
    Lest _Conscience_ should returne, whilst as he slept:
    Wherefore he causd it, to be watcht and warded
    Both night and Day, and to be strongly guarded:
    To keepe it safe, these three he did intreat,
    _Hardnesse of hart_, with _Falshood_ and _Deceat:_
    And if at any time, she chaunc'd to venter,
    _Hardnesse of hart_, denide her still to enter.
    When _Conscience_ was exilde the minde of Man,
    Then _Couetise_, his gouernment began.
    This once being seene, what I had seene before,
    (Being onely seene in sleepe) was seene no more;
    For with the sorrowe, which my Soule did take
    At sight hereof, foorthwith I did awake.

    _FINIS._

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Poems:

In diuers humors.

_Trahit sua quemque voluptas._ Virgil.

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To the learned, and accomplisht Gentleman,

Maister _Nicholas Blackleech_, of Grayes Inne.


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    To you, that know the tuch of true Conceat;
    (Whose many gifts I neede not to repeat)
    I vvrite these Lines; fruits of vnriper yeares;
    Wherein my Muse no harder censure feares:
    Hoping in gentle Worth, you will them take;
    Not for the gift, but for the giuers sake.

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_SONNET._ I.

To his friend Maister R. L. In praise of Musique and Poetrie.


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    If Musique and sweet Poetrie agree,
    As they must needes (the Sister and the Brother)
    Then must the Loue be great, twixt thee and mee,
      Because thou lou'st the one, and I the other.
      _Dowland_ to thee is deare; whose heauenly tuch
    Vpon the Lute, doeth rauish humaine sense:
    _Spenser_ to mee; whose deepe Conceit is such,
      As passing all Conceit, needs no defence.
      Thou lou'st to heare the sweete melodious sound,
    That _Phœbus_ Lute (the Queene of Musique) makes:
    And I in deepe Delight am chiefly drownd,
      When as himselfe to singing he betakes.
        One God is God of Both (as Poets faigne)
        One Knight loues Both, and Both in thee remaine.


_SONNET._ II.

_Against the Dispraysers of Poetrie._

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    _Chaucer_ is dead; and _Gower_ lyes in grave;
    The Earle of _Surrey_, long agoe is gone;
    Sir _Philip Sidneis_ soule, the Heauens haue;
    _George Gascoigne_ him beforne, was tomb'd in stone,
      Yet, tho their Bodies lye full low in ground,
    (As euery thing must dye, that earst was borne)
    Their liuing fame, no Fortune can confound;
    Nor euer shall their Labours be forlorne.
      And you, that discommend sweete Poetrie,
    (So that the Subiect of the same be good)
    Here may you see, your fond simplicitie;
    Sith Kings haue fauord it, of royall Blood.
      The King of _Scots_ (now liuing) is a Poet,
      As his _Lepanto_, and his _Furies_ shoe it.

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A Remembrance of some English Poets.

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    Liue _Spenser_ euer, in thy _Fairy Queene:_
    Whose like (for deepe Conceit) was neuer seene.
    Crownd mayst thou bee, vnto thy more renowne,
    (As King of Poets) with a Lawrell Crowne.

    And _Daniell_, praised for thy sweet-chast Verse:
    Whose Fame is grav'd on _Rosamonds_ blacke Herse.
    Still mayst thou liue: and still be honored,
    For that rare Worke, _The White Rose and the Red_.

    And _Drayton_, whose wel-written Tragedies,
    And sweete Epistles, soare thy fame to skies.
    Thy learned Name, is æquall with the rest;
    Whose stately Numbers are so well addrest.

    And _Shakespeare_ thou, whose hony-flowing Vaine,
    (Pleasing the World) thy Praises doth obtaine.
    Whose _Venus_, and whose _Lucrece_ (sweete, and chaste)
    Thy Name in fames immortall Booke haue plac't.
      Liue euer you, at least in Fame liue euer:
      Well may the Bodye dye, but Fame dies neuer.

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An Ode.

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    As it fell vpon a Day,
    In the merrie Month of May,
    Sitting in a pleasant shade,
    Which a groue of Myrtles made,
    Beastes did leape, and Birds did sing,
    Trees did grow, and Plants did spring:
    Euery thing did banish mone,
    Saue the Nightingale alone.
    Shee (poore Bird) as all forlorne,
    Leand her Breast vp-till a Thorne,
    And there sung the dolefulst Ditty,
    That to heare it was great Pitty.
    _Fie_, _fie_, _fie_, now would she cry
    _Teru Teru_, by and by:
    That to heare her so complaine,
    Scarce I could from Teares refraine:
    For her griefes so liuely showne,
    Made me thinke vpon mine owne.
    Ah (thought I) thou mournst in vaine;
    None takes Pitty on thy paine:
    Senslesse Trees, they cannot heere thee;
    Ruthlesse Beares, they wil not cheer thee.
    King _Pandion_, hee is dead:
    All thy friends are lapt in Lead.
    All thy fellow Birds doe singe,
    Carelesse of thy sorrowing.
    Whilst as fickle Fortune smilde,
    Thou and I, were both beguilde.
    Euerie one that flatters thee,
    Is no friend in miserie:
    Words are easie, like the winde;
    Faithfull friends are hard to finde:
    Euerie man will bee thy friend,
    Whilst thou hast wherewith to spend:
    But if store of Crownes be scant,
    No man will supply thy want.
    If that one be prodigall,
    Bountifull, they will him call.
    And with such-like flattering,
    Pitty but hee were a King.
    If hee bee adict to vice,
    Quickly him, they will intice.
    If to Woemen hee be bent,
    They haue at Commaundement.
    But if Fortune once doe frowne,
    Then farewell his great renowne:
    They that fawnd on him before,
    Vse his company no more.
    Hee that is thy friend indeed,
    Hee will helpe thee in thy neede:
    If thou sorrowe, hee will weepe;
    If thou wake, hee cannot sleepe:
    Thus of euerie griefe, in hart,
    Hee, with thee, doeth beare a Part.
    These are certaine Signes, to knowe
    Faithfull friend, from flatt'ring foe.

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Written, at the Request of a Gentleman,

vnder a Gentlewoman's Picture.

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    Euen as _Apelles_ could not paint _Campaspes_ face aright:
    Because _Campaspes_ Sun-bright eyes did dimme _Apelles_ sight:
    Euen so, amazed at her sight, her sight, all sights excelling,
    Like _Nyobe_ the Painter stoode, her sight his sight expelling,
    Thus Art and Nature did contend, who should the Victor bee,
    Till Art by Nature was supprest, as all the worlde may see.


An Epitaph vpon the Death, of Sir Philip

Sidney, Knight; Lord-gouernour of Vlissing.

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    That _England_ lost, that Learning lov'd, that euery mouth commended,
    That fame did prayse, that Prince did rayse, that Countrey do defended,
    Here lyes the man: lyke to the Swan, who knowing shee shall die,
    Doeth tune her voice vnto the Spheares, and scornes Mortalitie.
    Two worthie Earls his vncles were; a Lady was his Mother;
    A Knight his father; and himselfe a noble Countesse Brother.
    Belov'd, bewaild; aliue, now dead; of all, with Teares for euer;
    Here lyes Sir _Philip Sidneis_ Corps, whom cruell Death did seuer,
    He liv'd for her, hee dyde for her; for whom he dyde, he liued:
    O graunt (O God) that wee of her, may neuer be depriued.


An Epitaph vpon the Death of his Aunt,

Mistresse Elizabeth Skrymsher.

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    Loe here beholde the certaine Ende, of euery liuing wight:
    No Creature is secure from Death, for Death will haue his Right.
    He spareth none: both rich and poore, both young and olde must die;
    So fraile is flesh, so short is Life, so sure Mortalitie.
    When first the Bodye liues to Life, the soule first dies to sinne:
    And they that loose this earthly Life, a heauenly Life shall winne,
    If they liue well: as well she liv'd, that lyeth Vnder heere;
    Whose Vertuous Life to all the Worlde, most plainly did appeere.
    Good to the poore, friend to the rich, and foe to no Degree:
    A President of modest Life, and peerelesse Chastitie.
    Who louing more, Who more belov'd of euerie honest mynde?
    Who more to Hospitalitie, and Clemencie inclinde
    Then she? that being buried here, lyes wrapt in Earth below;
    From whence we came, to whom wee must, and bee as shee is now,
    A Clodd of Clay: though her pure soule in endlesse Blisse doeth rest;
    Ioying all Ioy, the Place of Peace, prepared for the blest:
    Where holy Angells sit and sing, before the King of Kings;
    Not mynding worldly Vanities, but onely heavenly Things.
    Vnto which Ioy, Vnto which Blisse, Vnto which Place of Pleasure,
    God graunt that wee may come at last, t' inioy that heauenly Treasure.
    Which to obtaine, to liue as shee hath done let us endeuor;
    That wee may liue with Christ himselfe, (above) that liues for euer.



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A Comparison of the Life of Man.


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    Mans life is vvell compared to a feast,
    Furnisht with choice of all Varietie:
    To it comes Tyme; and as a bidden guest
    Hee sets him downe, in Pompe and Maiestie;
    The three-folde Age of Man, the Waiters bee,
      Then with an earthen voyder (made of clay)
      Comes Death, and takes the table clean away.

    FINIS.

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ASTROPHEL.


    A Pastoral Elegy upon
    the death of the most noble
    and valorous Knight,
    Sir PHILIP SIDNEY.


    _Dedicated
    to the most beautiful and virtuous Lady
    the Countess of ESSEX._

    [By EDMUND SPENSER, the Countess
    of PEMBROKE, and others.]

    [Printed as an Appendix to _COLIN CLOUT's come home again_, first
    printed in 1595; but the epistle of which is dated "From my house
    of Kilcolman, the 27 of December, 1591."]

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Astrophel.


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    _Shepherds that wont, on pipes of oaten reed,_
    _Ofttimes to plain your love's concealèd smart;_
    _And with your piteous lays have learned to breed_
    _Compassion in a country lass's heart:_
    _Hearken, ye gentle shepherds, to my song!_
    _And place my doleful plaint, your plaints emong._

    _To you alone, I sing this mournful verse,_
    _The mournful'st verse that ever man heard tell:_
    _To you whose softened hearts it may empierce_
    _With dolour's dart, for death of ASTROPHEL._
    _To you I sing, and to none other wight,_
    _For well I wot my rhymes been rudely dight._

    _Yet as they been, if any nicer wit_
    _Shall hap to hear, or covet them to read:_
    _Think he, that such are for such ones most fit,_
    _Made not to please the living but the dead:_
    _And if in him, found pity ever place;_
    _Let him be moved to pity such a case._

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_ASTROPHEL._

_A Pastoral Elegy upon the death of_

_the most noble and valorous Knight,_

_Sir PHILIP SIDNEY._


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    A gentle shepherd born in Arcady,
    Of gentlest race that ever shepherd bore;
    About the grassy banks of Hæmony,
    Did keep his sheep, his little stock and store.
    Full carefully he kept them day and night
    In fairest fields; and ASTROPHEL he hight.

    Young ASTROPHEL! the pride of shepherds' praise.
    Young ASTROPHEL! the rustic lasses' love.
    Far passing all the pastors of his days
    In all that seemly shepherd might behove.
    In one thing only failing of the best;
    That he was not so happy as the rest.

    For from the time that first the nymph his mother
    Him forth did bring; and taught, her lambs to feed:
    A slender swain, excelling far each other
    In comely shape, like her that did him breed:
    He grew up fast in goodness and in grace;
    And doubly fair wox both in mind and face.

    Which daily more and more he did augment
    With gentle usage and demeanour mild;
    That all men's hearts with secret ravishment
    He stole away, and wittingly beguiled.
    Ne Spite itself--that all good things doth spill--
    Found ought in him, that she could say was ill.

    His sports were fair, his joyance innocent,
    Sweet without sour, and honey without gall;
    And he himself seemed made for merriment,
    Merrily masking both in bower and hall.
    There was no pleasure nor delightful play
    When ASTROPHEL so ever was away.

    For he could pipe, and dance, and carol sweet;
    Emongst the shepherds in their shearing feast:
    As summer's lark that with her song doth greet
    The dawning day, forth coming from the East.
    And lays of love he also would compose.
    Thrice happy she! whom he to praise did choose.

    Full many maidens often did him woo,
    Them to vouchsafe, emongst his rhymes to name:
    Or make for them, as he was wont to do,
    For her that did his heart with love inflame;
    For which they promised to dight for him,
    Gay chaplets of flowers and garlands trim.

    And many a nymph, both of the wood and brook,
    Soon as his oaten pipe began to shrill;
    Both crystal wells and shady groves forsook,
    To hear the charms of his enchanting skill:
    And brought him presents; flowers, if it were prime:
    Or mellow fruit, if it were harvest time.

    But he for none of them did care a whit;
    Yet wood-gods for them oft sighed sore:
    Ne for their gifts unworthy of his wit,
    Yet not unworthy of the country's store.
    For One alone he cared, for One he sighed
    His life's treasure, and his dear love's delight.

    STELLA the fair! the fairest star in sky:
    As fair as VENUS, or the fairest fair.
    A fairer star saw never living eye,
    Shot her sharp pointed beams through purest air.
    Her, he did love; her, he alone he did honour;
    His thoughts, his rhymes, his songs were all upon her.

    To her, he vowed the service of his days;
    On her, he spent the riches of his wit;
    For her, he made hymns of immortal praise:
    Of only her; he sang, he thought, he writ.
    Her, and but her, of love he worthy deemed:
    For all the rest, but little he esteemed.

    Ne her with idle words alone he vowed,
    And verses vain--yet verses are not vain:
    But with brave deeds, to her sole service vowed;
    And bold achievements, her did entertain.
    For both in deeds and words he nurtured was.
    Both wise and hardy--too hardy, alas!

    In wrestling, nimble; and in running, swift;
    In shooting, steady; and in swimming, strong:
    Well made to strike, to throw, to leap, to lift,
    And all the sports that shepherds are emong.
    In every one, he vanquished every one,
    He vanquished all, and vanquished was of none.

    Besides, in hunting such felicity
    Or rather infelicity, he found;
    That every field and forest far away
    He sought, where savage beasts do most abound.
    No beast so savage, but he could it kill:
    No chase so hard, but he therein had skill.

    Such skill, matched with such courage as he had,
    Did prick him forth with proud desire of praise;
    To seek abroad, of danger nought y'drad,
    His mistress' name and his own fame to raise.
    What need, peril to be sought abroad?
    Since round about us, it doth make abode.

    It fortuned as he, that perilous game
    In foreign soil pursued, far away;
    Into a forest wide and waste, he came,
    Where store he heard to be of savage prey.
    So wide a forest and so waste as this,
    Nor famous Ardenne, nor foul Arlo is.

    There his well-woven toils and subtle trains
    He laid, the brutish nation to enwrap:
    So well he wrought with practice and with pains,
    That he of them, great troops did soon entrap.
    Full happy man! misweening much, was he;
    So rich a spoil within his power to see.

    Eftsoons, all heedless of his dearest hale,
    Full greedily into the herd he thrust
    To slaughter them and work their final bale,
    Lest that his toil should of their troops be burst.
    Wide wounds emongst them, many one he made;
    Now with his sharp boar spear, now with his blade.

    His care was all, how he them all might kill;
    That none might 'scape, so partial unto none.
    Ill mind! so much to mind another's ill,
    As to become unmindful of his own.
    But pardon that unto the cruel skies,
    That from himself to them, withdrew his eyes.

    So as he raged emongst that beastly rout;
    A cruel beast of most accursèd brood,
    Upon him turned--despair makes cowards stout;
    And with fell tooth, accustomèd to blood,
    Launched his thigh with so mischievous might,
    That it both bone and muscle rivèd quite.

    So deadly was the dint, and deep the wound,
    And so huge streams of blood thereout did flow;
    That he endurèd not the direful stound
    But on the cold dear earth, himself did throw.
    The whiles the captive herd his nets did rend,
    And having none to let; to wood did wend.

    Ah, where were ye this while, his shepherd peers?
    To whom alive was nought so dear as he.
    And ye fair maids, the matches of his years!
    Which in his grace, did boast you most to be?
    And where were ye, when he of you had need,
    To stop his wound that wondrously did bleed?

    Ah, wretched boy! the shape of drearihead!
    And sad ensample of man's sudden end!
    Full little faileth, but thou shalt be dead;
    Unpitied, unplained of foe or friend:
    Whilst none is nigh, thine eyelids up to close;
    And kiss thy lips like faded leaves of rose.

    A sort of shepherds suing of the chase,
    As they the forest rangèd on a day;
    By fate or fortune came unto the place,
    Whereas the luckless boy yet bleeding lay.
    Yet bleeding lay, and yet would still have bled,
    Had not good hap those shepherds thither led.

    They stopped his wound--too late to stop, it was,
    And in their arms then softly did him rear:
    Tho, as he willed, unto his lovèd lass,
    His dearest love, him dolefully did bear.
    The doleful'st bier that ever man did see
    Was ASTROPHEL, but dearest unto me.

    She, when she saw her love in such a plight,
    With curdled blood and filthy gore deformed;
    That wont to be with flowers and garlands dight,
    And her dear favours dearly well adorned.
    Her face, the fairest face that eye might see,
    She likewise did deform, like him to be.

    Her yellow locks that shone so bright and long,
    As sunny beams in fairest summer's day;
    She fiercely tore: and with outrageous wrong,
    From her red cheeks, the roses rent away.
    And her fair breast, the treasury of joy;
    She spoiled thereof, and fillèd with annoy.

    His pallid face, impicturèd with death;
    She bathèd oft with tears and drièd oft:
    And with sweet kisses, sucked the wasting breath
    Out of his lips, like lilies pale and soft.
    And oft she called to him, who answered nought;
    But only by his looks did tell his thought.

    The rest of her impatient regret
    And piteous moan, the which she for him made;
    No tongue can tell, nor any forth can set:
    But he whose heart, like sorrow did invade.
    At last, when pain his vital powers had spent,
    His wasted life her weary lodge forewent.

    Which when she saw, she stayèd not a whit,
    But after him, did make untimely haste:
    Forthwith her ghost out of her corps did flit,
    And followed her mate, like turtle chaste.
    To prove that death, their hearts cannot divide;
    Which living were in love so firmly tied.

    The gods, which all things see, this same beheld.
    And pitying this pair of lovers true;
    Transformèd them, there lying on the field,
    Into one flower that is both red and blue.
    It first grows red, and then to blue doth fade;
    Like ASTROPHEL, which thereinto was made.

    And in the midst thereof a star appears,
    As fairly formed as any star in sky;
    Resembling STELLA in her freshest years,
    Forth darting beams of beauty from her eyes:
    And all the day it standeth full of dew,
    Which is the tears that from her eyes did flow.

    That herb of some, "Starlight" is called by name;
    Of others _Penthia_, though not so well:
    But thou wherever thou dost find the same,
    From this day forth do call it _Astrophel_.
    And whensoever thou it up dost take;
    Do pluck it softly, for that shepherd's sake.

    Hereof when tidings far abroad did pass,
    The shepherds all which lovèd him full dear--
    And sure, full dear of all he lovèd was--
    Did thither flock to see what they did hear.
    And when that piteous spectacle they viewed,
    The same with bitter tears they all bedewed.

    And every one did make exceeding moan,
    With inward anguish and great grief opprest;
    And every one did weep and wail and moan,
    And means devised to show his sorrow best.
    That from that hour since first on grassy green,
    Shepherds kept sheep; was not like mourning seen.

    But first his sister that CLORINDA hight,
    The gentlest shepherdess that lives this day;
    And most resembling both in shape and sprite,
    Her brother dear, began this doleful lay.
    Which lest I mar the sweetness of the verse,
    In sort as she it sung, I will rehearse.


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    "Aye me! to whom shall I, my case complain,
    That may compassion my impatient grief?
    Or where shall I unfold my inward pain
    That my enriven heart may find relief?
      Shall I unto the heavenly powers it show,
      Or unto earthly men that dwell below?"

    "To heavens! Ah, they, alas, the authors were
    And workers of my unremèdied woe;
    For they foresee what to us happens here,
    And they foresaw, yet suffered this be so.
      From them comes good, from them comes also ill;
      That which they made, who can them warn to spill?"

    "To men! Ah, they, alas, like wretched be
    And subject to the heaven's ordinance;
    Bound to abide whatever they decree,
    Their best redress, is their best sufferance.
      How then can they, like wretched, comfort me?
      The which no less, need comforted to be."

    "Then to myself, will I my sorrow mourn,
    Sith none alive like sorrowful remains;
    And to myself, my plaints shall back return,
    To pay their usury with doubled pains.
      The woods, the hills, the rivers shall resound
      The mournful accent of my sorrow's ground."

    "Woods, hills and rivers now are desolate;
    Sith he is gone the which them all did grace:
    And all the fields do wail their widow-state;
    Sith death, their fairest flower did late deface.
      The fairest flower in field that ever grew,
      Was ASTROPHEL: that 'was,' we all may rue."

    "What cruel hand of cursèd foe unknown,
    Hath cropped the stalk which bore so fair a flower?
    Untimely cropped, before it well were grown,
    And clean defacèd in untimely hour.
      Great loss to all that ever him see,
      Great loss to all, but greatest loss to me."

    "Break now your garlands, O ye shepherds' lasses!
    Sith the fair flower, which them adorned, is gone:
    The flower, which them adorned, is gone to ashes,
    Never again let lass put garland on.
      Instead of garland, wear sad cypress now;
      And bitter elder, broken from the bough."

    "Ne ever sing the love-lays which he made;
    Whoever made such lays of love as he?
    Ne ever read the riddles, which he said
    Unto yourselves, to make you merry glee.
      Your merry glee is now laid all abed,
      Your merry-maker now, alas! is dead."

    "Death! the devourer of all world's delight,
    Hath robbèd you, and reft from me my joy;
    Both you and me and all the world, he quite
    Hath robbed of joyance; and left sad annoy.
      Joy of the world! and shepherds' pride was he:
      Shepherds hope never, like again to see."

    "Oh, Death! that hast us of such riches reft,
    Tell us at least, What hast thou with it done?
    What is become of him, whose flower here left;
    Is but the shadow of his likeness gone.
      Scarce like the shadow of that which he was:
      Nought like, but that he, like a shade, did pass."

    "But that immortal spirit, which was deckt
    With all the dowries of celestial grace;
    By sovereign choice from th' heavenly quires select,
    And lineally derived from angels' race:
      O what is now of it become aread?
      Aye me! can so divine a thing be dead?"

    "Ah, no! It is not dead, nor can it die;
    But lives for aye in blissful Paradise:
    Where like a new-born babe it soft doth lie
    In bed of lilies, wrapped in tender wise:
      And compassed all about with roses sweet,
      And dainty violets from head to feet."

    "There, thousand birds, all of celestial brood,
    To him do sweetly carol day and night;
    And with strange notes, of him well understood,
    Lull him asleep in angelic delight:
      Whilst in sweet dream, to him presented be
      Immortal beauties, which no eye may see."

    "But he them sees, and takes exceeding pleasure
    Of their divine aspects, appearing plain;
    And kindling love in him above all measure
    Sweet love, still joyous, never feeling pain.
      For what so goodly form he there doth see,
      He may enjoy, from jealous rancour free."

    "There liveth he in everlasting bliss,
    Sweet spirit! never fearing more to die:
    Ne dreading harm from any foes of his,
    Ne fearing savage beast's more cruelty.
      Whilst we here, wretches! wail his private lack;
      And with vain vows do often call him back."

    "But live thou there still happy, happy spirit!
    And give us leave, thee here thus to lament:
    Not thee, that dost thy heaven's joy inherit;
    But our own selves, that here in dole are drent.
      Thus do we weep and wail, and wear our eyes,
      Mourning in others, our own miseries."

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    Which when she ended had, another swain,
    Of gentle wit and dainty sweet device;
    Whom ASTROPHEL full dear did entertain
    Whilst here he lived, and held in passing price:
    Hight THESTYLIS, began his mournful tourn,
    And made the Muses in his song to mourn.

    And after him, full many other moe,
    As every one in order loved him best;
    'Gan dight themselves t'express their inward woe
    With doleful lays unto the tune addrest.
    The which I here in order will rehearse,
    As fittest flowers to deck his mournful hearse.


_The mourning Muse of_ THESTYLIS.

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    Come forth ye nymphs! come forth! forsake your watery bowers!
    Forsake your mossy caves; and help me to lament.
    Help me to tune my doleful notes to gurgling sound
    Of Liffey's tumbling streams. Come let salt tears of ours,
    Mix with his waters fresh. O come let one consent
    Join us to mourn with wailful plaints the deadly wound
    Which fatal clap hath made, decreed by higher powers;
    The dreary day in which they have from us yrent
    The noblest plant that might from East to West be found.
    Mourn! mourn great PHILIP'S fall! mourn we his woeful end,
    Whom spiteful death hath plucked untimely from the tree;
    While yet his years in flower did promise worthy fruit.
    Ah, dreadful MARS! why didst thou not thy knight defend?
    What wrathful mood, what fault of ours hath moved thee,
    Of such a shining light to leave us destitute?
    Thou with benign aspect sometime didst us behold.
    Thou hast in Britons' valour ta'en delight of old,
    And with thy presence oft vouchsafed to attribute
    Fame and renown to us, for glorious martial deeds:
    But now their ireful beams have chilled our hearts with cold.
    Thou hast estranged thyself and deignest not our land:
    Far off to others now, thy favour, honour breeds;
    And high disdain doth cause thee shun our clime, I fear.
    For hadst thou not been wroth, or that time near at hand;
    Thou wouldst have heard the cry that woeful England made:
    Eke Zealand's piteous plaints, and Holland's toren hair
    Would haply have appeased thy divine angry mind.
    Thou shouldst have seen the trees refuse to yield their shade
    And wailing to let fall the honour of their head,
    And birds in mournful tunes lamenting in their kind.
    Up from his tomb, the mighty CORINEUS rose,
    Who cursing oft the fates that this mishap had bred,
    His hoary locks he tare, calling the heavens unkind.
    The Thames was heard to roar, the Rhine, and eke the Meuse,
    The Scheldt, the Danow self this great mischance did rue:
    With torment and with grief, their fountains pure and clear
    Were troubled; and with swelling floods declared their woes.
    The Muses comfortless, the nymphs with pallid hue;
    The sylvan gods likewise came running far and near;
    And all, with hearts bedewed, and eyes cast up on high,
    "O help! O help, ye gods!" they ghastly 'gan to cry,
    "O change the cruel fate of this so rare a wight
    And grant that nature's course may measure out his age!"
    The beasts their food forsook, and trembling fearfully,
    Each sought his cave or den. This cry did them so fright.
    Out from amid the waves, by storm then stirred to rage,
    This cry did cause to rise th'old father OCEAN hoar,
    Who grave with eld, and full of majesty in sight,
    Spake in this wise, "Refrain," quoth he, "your tears and plaints!
    Cease these your idle words! Make vain requests no more!
    No humble speech nor moan may move the fixèd stint
    Of destiny or death. Such is His will that paints
    The earth with colours fresh, the darkest skies with store
    Of starry lights: and though your tears a heart of flint
    Might tender make; yet nought herein will they prevail."
      Whiles thus he said, the noble Knight, who 'gan to feel
    His vital force to faint, and death with cruel dint
    Of direful dart his mortal body to assail:
    With eyes lift up to heaven, and courage frank as steel;
    With cheerful face where valour lively was exprest,
    But humble mind, he said, "O LORD! if ought this frail
    And earthly carcass have Thy service sought t'advance;
    If my desire have been still to relieve th'opprest;
    If Justice to maintain, that valour I have spent
    Which Thou me gav'st; or if henceforth I might advance
    Thy name, Thy truth: then spare me, LORD! if Thou think best;
    Forbear these unripe years! But if Thy will be bent,
    If that prefixèd time be come which Thou hast set:
    Through pure and fervent faith, I hope now to be placed
    In th'everlasting bliss; which with Thy precious blood
    Thou purchase didst for us." With that a sigh he fet,
    And straight a cloudy mist his senses overcast.
    His lips waxed pale and wan, like damask rose's bud
    Cast from the stalk; or like in field to purple flower
    Which languisheth, being shred by culter as it past.
    A trembling chilly cold ran through their veins, which were
    With eyes brimful of tears to see his fatal hour:
    Whose blustering sighs at first their sorrow did declare;
    Next, murmuring ensued; at last they not forbear
    Plain outcries; all against the heavens that enviously
    Deprived us of a sprite so perfect and so rare.
    The sun his lightsome beams did shroud, and hide his face
    For grief; whereby the earth feared night eternally:
    The mountains eachwhere shook, the rivers turned their streams;
    And th'air 'gan winter-like to rage and fret apace:
    And grisly ghosts by night were seen; and fiery gleams
    Amid the clouds with claps of thunder, that did seem
    To rent the skies; and made both man and beast afraid:
    The birds of ill presage this luckless chance foretold
    By dernful noise; and dogs with howling made man deem
    Some mischief was at hand: for such they do esteem
    As tokens of mishap; and so have done of old.
      Ah, that thou hadst but heard his lovely STELLA plain
    Her grievous loss, or seen her heavy mourning cheer;
    Whilst she, with woe oppressed, her sorrows did unfold.
    Her hair hung loose neglect about her shoulders twain:
    And from those two bright stars to him sometime so dear,
    Her heart sent drops of pearl; which fell in foison down
    'Twixt lily and the rose. She wrung her hands with pain
    And piteously 'gan say, "My true and faithful pheer!
    Alas, and woe is me! why should my fortune frown
    On me thus frowardly to rob me of my joy?
    What cruel envious hand hath taken thee away;
    And with thee, my content, my comfort and my stay?
    Thou only wast the ease of trouble and annoy:
    When they did me assail, in thee my hopes did rest.
    Alas, what now is left but grief that night and day
    Afflicts this woeful life, and with continual rage
    Torments ten thousand ways my miserable breast?
    O greedy envious heaven! what needed thee to have
    Enriched with such a jewel this unhappy age;
    To take it back again so soon? Alas, when shall
    Mine eyes see ought that may content them, since thy grave
    My only treasure hides, the joy of my poor heart?
    As here with thee on earth I lived, even so equal
    Methinks it were, with thee in heaven I did abide:
    And as our troubles all, we here on earth did part;
    So reason would that there, of thy most happy state
    I had my share. Alas, if thou my trusty guide
    Were wont to be: how canst thou leave me thus alone
    In darkness and astray; weak, weary, desolate,
    Plunged in a world of woe--refusing for to take
    Me with thee, to the place of rest where thou art gone?"
    This said, she held her peace, for sorrow tied her tongue:
    And instead of more words, seemed that her eyes a lake
    Of tears had been, they flowed so plenteously therefrom:
    And with her sobs and sighs th'air round about her rung.
      If VENUS when she wailed her dear ADONIS slain,
    Ought moved in thy fierce heart, compassion of her woe:
    His noble sister's plaints, her sighs and tears emong;
    Would sure have made thee mild, and inly rue her pain.
    AURORA half so fair, herself did never show;
    When from old TITHON'S bed, she weeping did arise.
    The blinded archer-boy, like lark in shower of rain,
    Sat bathing of his wings, and glad the time did spend
    Under those crystal drops which fell from her fair eyes;
    And at their brightest beams him proined in lovely wise.
    Yet sorry for her grief, which he could not amend;
    The gentle boy 'gan wipe her eyes, and clear those lights:
    Those lights through which his glory and his conquests shine.
    The Graces tuckt her hair, which hung like threads of gold
    Along her ivory breast, the treasure of delights.
    All things with her to weep, it seemèd did incline;
    The trees, the hills, the dales, the caves, the stones so cold.
    The air did help them mourn, with dark clouds, rain and mist;
    Forbearing many a day to clear itself again:
    Which made them eftsoons fear the days of PYRRHA should
    Of creatures spoil the earth, their fatal threads untwist.
    For PHŒBUS' gladsome rays were wishèd for in vain,
    And with her quivering light LATONA'S daughter fair;
    And Charles' Wain eke refused to be the shipman's guide.
    On NEPTUNE, war was made by ÆOLUS and his train.
    Who letting loose the winds, tost and tormented th'air,
    So that on every coast, men shipwreck did abide,
    Or else were swallowed up in open sea with waves:
    And such as came to shore were beaten with despair.
    The Medway's silver streams that wont so still to slide,
    Were troubled now and wroth; whose hidden hollow caves
    Along his banks, with fog then shrouded from man's eye,
    Aye "PHILIP" did resound, aye "PHILIP" they did cry.
    His nymphs were seen no more, though custom still it craves,
    With hair spread to the wind, themselves to bathe or sport;
    Or with the hook or net, barefooted wantonly
    The pleasant dainty fish to entangle or deceive.
    The shepherds left their wonted places of resort,
    Their bagpipes now were still, their lovely merry lays
    Were quite forgot; and now their flocks, men might perceive
    To wander and to stray, all carelessly neglect:
    And in the stead of mirth and pleasure, nights and days
    Nought else was to be heard, but woes, complaints and moan.
      But thou, O blessèd soul! dost haply not respect
    These tears we shed, though full of loving pure affect;
    Having affixt thine eyes on that most glorious throne,
    Where full of majesty, the high Creator reigns.
    In whose bright shining face thy joys are all complete,
    Whose love kindles thy sprite, where happy always one,
    Thou liv'st in bliss that earthly passion never stains;
    Where from the purest spring the sacred nectar sweet
    Is thy continual drink: where thou dost gather now
    Of well-employed life, th'estimable gains.
    There VENUS on thee smiles, APOLLO gives thee place;
    And MARS in reverent wise doth to thy virtue bow,
    And decks his fiery sphere, to do thee honour most.
    In highest part whereof, thy valour for to grace,
    A chair of gold he sets to thee, and there doth tell
    Thy noble acts arew; whereby even they that boast
    Themselves of ancient fame, as PYRRHUS, HANNIBAL,
    SCIPIO and CÆSAR, with the rest that did excel
    In martial prowess; high thy glory do admire.
      All hail! therefore, O worthy PHILIP immortal!
    The flower of SIDNEY'S race, the honour of thy name.
    Whose worthy praise to sing, my Muses not aspire.
    But sorrowful and sad these tears to thee let fall:
    Yet wish their verses might so far and wide thy fame
    Extend, that ENVY'S rage nor time might end the same.

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[Illustration]

_A pastoral Eclogue upon the death of Sir PHILIP SIDNEY, Knight, &c._


    =Lycon.=    =Colin.=

    =Lycon.= [Illustration] COLIN! well fits thy sad cheer this sad stound,
    This woeful stound, wherein all things complain
    This great mishap, this grievous loss of ours.
    Hear'st thou the Orown? How with hollow sound
    He slides away, and murmuring doth plain,
    And seems to say unto the fading flowers
    Along his banks, unto the barèd trees;
    PHILLISIDES is dead. Up, jolly swain!
    Thou that with skill canst tune a doleful lay;
    Help him to mourn! My heart with grief doth freeze;
    Hoarse is my voice with crying, else a part
    Sure would I bear, though rude: but as I may,
    With sobs and sighs I second will thy song;
    And so express the sorrows of my heart.

      =Colin.= Ah LYCON! LYCON! what need skill to teach
    A grievèd mind pour forth his plaints? How long
    Hath the poor turtle gone to school, weenest thou,
    To learn to mourn her lost make? No, no, each
    Creature by nature can tell how to wail.
    Seest not these flocks; how sad they wander now?
    Seemeth their leader's bell, their bleating tunes
    In doleful sound. Like him, not one doth fail,
    With hanging head to show a heavy cheer.
    What bird, I pray thee, hast thou seen that prunes
    Himself of late? Did any cheerful note
    Come to thine ears, or gladsome sight appear
    Unto thine eyes, since that same fatal hour?
    Hath not the air put on his mourning coat,
    And testified his grief with flowing tears?
    Sith then, it seemeth each thing to his power,
    Doth us invite to make a sad consort:
    Come let us join our mournful song with theirs!
    Grief will indite, and sorrow will enforce
    Thy voice; and ECHO will our words report.

      =Lycon.= Though my rude rhymes, ill with thy verses frame,
    That others far excel: yet will I force
    Myself to answer thee the best I can;
    And honour my base words with his high name.
    But if my plaints annoy thee where thou sit
    In secret shade or cave; vouchsafe, O PAN!
    To pardon me; and hear this hard constraint
    With patience, while I sing; and pity it.
    And eke ye rural Muses, that do dwell
    In these wild woods: if ever piteous plaint
    We did indite, or taught a woeful mind
    With words of pure affect, his grief to tell;
    Instruct me now! Now COLIN then go on;
    And I will follow thee, though far behind.

      =Colin.= PHILLISIDES is dead! O harmful death!
    O deadly harm! Unhappy Albion!
    When shalt thou see emong thy shepherds all
    Any so sage, so perfect? Whom uneath
    Envy could touch for virtuous life and skill:
    Courteous, valiant, and liberal.
    Behold the sacred PALES! where with hair
    Untrusst, she sits in shade of yonder hill;
    And her fair face bent sadly down, doth send
    A flood of tears to bathe the earth: and there
    Doth call the heavens despiteful, envious;
    Cruel his fate, that made so short an end
    Of that same life, well worthy to have been
    Prolonged with many years, happy and famous.
    The Nymphs and Oreades her round about
    Do sit lamenting on the grassy green;
    And with shrill cries, beating their whitest breasts,
    Accuse the direful dart that DEATH sent out
    To give the fatal stroke. The stars they blame;
    That deaf or careless seem at their request.
    The pleasant shade of stately groves they shun.
    They leave their crystal springs, where they wont frame
    Sweet bowers of myrtle twigs and laurel fair;
    To sport themselves free from the scorching sun.
    And now the hollow caves, where HORROR dark
    Doth dwell, whence banished is the gladsome air
    They seek; and there in mourning spend their time
    With wailful tunes; whiles wolves do howl and bark,
    And seem to bear a bourdon to their plaint.

      =Lycon.= PHILLISIDES is dead! O doleful rhyme!
    Why should my tongue express thee? Who is left
    Now to uphold thy hopes, when they do faint;
    LYCON unfortunate? What spiteful fate?
    What luckless destiny hath thee bereft
    Of thy chief comfort, of thy only stay?
    Where is become thy wonted happy state?
    Alas, wherein through many a hill and dale,
    Through pleasant woods, and many an unknown way,
    Along the banks of many silver streams,
    Thou with him yodest; and with him did scale
    The craggy rocks of th'Alps and Appennine?
    Still with the Muses sporting, while those beams
    Of virtue kindled in his noble breast;
    Which after did so gloriously forth shine?
    But, woe is me, they now yquenched are
    All suddenly, and death hath them oppressed,
    Lo, father NEPTUNE! with sad countenance,
    How he sits mourning on the strond now bare
    Yonder; where th'OCEAN with his rolling waves
    The white feet washeth, wailing this mischance,
    Of Dover cliffs. His sacred skirt about
    The sea gods all are set; from their moist caves,
    All for his comfort gathered there they be.
    The Thamis rich, the Humber rough and stout,
    The fruitful Severn, with the rest; are come
    To help their lord to mourn, and eke to see
    The doleful sight, and sad pomp funeral
    Of the dead corps passing through his kingdom;
    And all their heads with cypress garlands crowned:
    With woeful shrieks salute him, great and small.
    Eke wailful ECHO, forgetting her dear
    NARCISSUS, their last accents doth resound.

      =Colin.= PHILLISIDES is dead! O luckless age!
    O widow world! O brooks and fountains clear!
    O hills! O dales! O woods that oft have rung
    With his sweet carolling, which could assuage
    The fiercest wrath of tiger or of bear!
    Ye sylvans, fawns and satyrs, that emong
    These thickets oft have danced after his pipe!
    Ye Nymphs and Naiads with golden hair
    That oft have left your purest crystal springs
    To hearken to his lays, that coulden wipe
    Away all grief and sorrow from your hearts!
    Alas! who now is left that like him sings?
    When shall you hear again like harmony?
    So sweet a sound, who to you now imparts?
    Lo where engravèd by his hand yet lives
    The name of STELLA in yonder bay tree.
    Happy name! happy tree! Fair may you grow
    And spread your sacred branch, which honour gives,
    To famous emperors; and poets crown.
    Unhappy flock! that wander scattered now.
    What marvel if through grief, ye woxen lean,
    Forsake your food, and hang your heads adown?
    For such a shepherd never shall you guide;
    Whose parting, hath of weal bereft you clean.

      =Lycon.= PHILLISIDES is dead! O happy sprite!
    That now in heaven with blessèd souls dost bide.
    Look down awhile from where thou sitt'st above,
    And see how busy shepherds be to indite
    Sad songs of grief, their sorrows to declare;
    And grateful memory of their kind love.
    Behold myself with COLIN gentle swain,
    Whose learned Muse thou cherisht most whilere,
    Where we thy name recording, seek to ease
    The inward torment and tormenting pain
    That thy departure to us both hath bred;
    Ne can each other's sorrow yet appease.
    Behold the fountains now left desolate,
    And withered grass with cypress boughs bespread!
    Behold these flowers which on thy grave we strew!
    Which faded, show the givers' faded state;
    (Though eke they show their fervent zeal and pure)
    Whose only comfort on thy welfare grew.
    Whose prayers importune shall the heavens for aye,
    That to thy ashes, rest they may assure;
    That learnedst shepherds honour may thy name
    With yearly praises; and the nymphs alway,
    Thy tomb may deck with fresh and sweetest flowers;
    And that for ever may endure thy fame.

      =Colin.= The sun, lo, hastened hath his face to steep
    In western waves, and th'air with stormy showers,
    Warns us to drive homewards our silly sheep.
    LYCON! let's rise, and take of them good keep.

          _Virtute summa; cætera fortuna._

                                              =L. B.=

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[Illustration]

_An Elegy, or Friend's Passion_ _for his ASTROPHIL._

_Written upon the death of the Right Honourable Sir PHILIP SIDNEY,
Knight, Lord Governor of Flushing._


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    As then, no wind at all there blew,
    No swelling cloud accloyed the air,
    The sky, like grass of watchet hue,
    Reflected PHŒBUS' golden hair;
        The garnished tree no pendant stirred,
        No voice was heard of any bird.

    There might you see the burly bear,
    The lion king, the elephant.
    The maiden unicorn was there,
    So was ACTÆON'S horned plant:
        And what of wild or tame are found,
        Were couched in order on the ground.

    ALCIDES' speckled poplar tree;
    The palm that monarchs do obtain;
    With love juice stained, the mulberry,
    The fruit that dews the poet's brain;
        And PHILLIS' filbert there away
        Compared with myrtle and the bay:

    The tree that coffins doth adorn,
    With stately height threat'ning the sky,
    And for the bed of love forlorn,
    The black and doleful ebony:
        All in a circle compassed were
        Like to an amphitheatre.

    Upon the branches of those trees,
    The air-winged people sat,
    Distinguishèd in odd degrees;
    One sort is this, another that.
        Here PHILOMEL that knows full well
        What force and wit in love doth dwell.

    The sky-bred eagle, royal bird,
    Perched there upon an oak above;
    The turtle by him never stirred,
    Example of immortal love.
        The swan that sings about to die;
        Leaving MEANDER, stood thereby.

    And that which was of wonder most,
    The Phœnix left sweet Araby;
    And on a cedar in this coast,
    Built up her tomb of spicery.
        As I conjecture by the same,
        Prepared to take her dying flame.

    In midst and centre of this plot,
    I saw one grovelling on the grass;
    A man or stone, I knew not what.
    No stone; of man, the figure was.
        And yet I could not count him one,
        More than the image made of stone.

    At length I might perceive him rear
    His body on his elbows' end:
    Earthly and pale with ghastly cheer,
    Upon his knees he upward tend;
        Seeming like one in uncouth stound,
        To be ascending out the ground.

    A grievous sigh forthwith he throws,
    As might have torn the vital strings;
    Then down his cheeks the tears so flows
    As doth the stream of many springs.
        So thunder rends the cloud in twain,
        And makes a passage for the rain.

    Incontinent with trembling sound,
    He woefully 'gan to complain;
    Such were the accents as might wound,
    And tear a diamond rock in twain.
        After his throbs did somewhat stay,
        Thus heavily he 'gan to say.

    "O sun!" said he, seeing the sun,
    "On wretched me, why dost thou shine?
    My star is fallen, my comfort done;
    Out is the apple of my eyen.
        Shine upon those possess delight,
        And let me live in endless night!"

    "O grief! that liest upon my soul,
    As heavy as a mount of lead;
    The remnant of my life control,
    Consort me quickly with the dead!
        Half of this heart, this sprite and will,
        Died in the breast of ASTROPHIL."

    "And you compassionate of my woe,
    Gentle birds, beasts, and shady trees!
    I am assured ye long to know
    What be the sorrows me aggrieves;
        Listen ye then to what ensu'th,
        And hear a tale of tears and ruth."

    "You knew, who knew not ASTROPHIL?
    (That I should live to say I knew,
    And have not in possession still!)
    Things known, permit me to renew:
        Of him you know, his merit such,
        I cannot say, you hear too much."

    "Within these woods of Arcady,
    His chief delight and pleasure took:
    And on the mountain Partheny,
    Upon the crystal liquid brook,
        The Muses met him every day;
        That taught him sing, to write, and say."

    "When he descended down the mount,
    His personage seemed most divine;
    A thousand graces one might count
    Upon his lovely cheerful eyen:
        To hear him speak, and sweetly smile;
        You were in Paradise the while."

    "A sweet attractive kind of grace;
    A full assurance given by looks;
    Continual comfort in a face,
    The lineaments of Gospel books.
        I trow that countenance cannot lie,
        Whose thoughts are legible in the eye."

    "Was ever eye did see that face;
    Was never ear did hear that tongue;
    Was never mind did mind his grace;
    That ever thought the travail long:
        But eyes and ears and every thought,
      Were with his sweet perfections caught."

    "O GOD! that such a worthy man,
    In whom so rare deserts did reign;
    Desired thus, must leave us then:
    And we to wish for him in vain.
        O could the stars that bred that wit,
        In force no longer fixèd sit."

    "Then being filled with learned dew,
    The Muses willèd him to love:
    That instrument can aptly show,
    How finely our conceits will move.
        As BACCHUS opes dissembled hearts,
        So LOVE sets out our better parts."

    "STELLA, a nymph within this wood,
    Most rare, and rich of heavenly bliss;
    The highest in his fancy stood,
    And she could well demerit this.
        'Tis likely, they acquainted soon:
        He was a sun, and she a moon."

    "Our ASTROPHIL did STELLA love.
    O STELLA! vaunt of ASTROPHIL!
    Albeit thy graces gods may move;
    Where wilt thou find an ASTROPHIL?
        The rose and lily have their prime;
        And so hath beauty but a time,"

    "Although thy beauty do exceed
    In common sight of every eye;
    Yet in his poesies when we read,
    It is apparent more thereby.
        He that hath love and judgment too,
        Sees more than any others do."

    "Then ASTROPHIL hath honoured thee.
    For when thy body is extinct,
    Thy graces shall eternal be.
    And live by virtue of his ink.
        For by his verses he doth give
        To shortlived beauty aye to live."

    "Above all others this is he,
    Which erst approvèd in his song
    That love and honour might agree,
    And that pure love will do no wrong.
        Sweet saints! it is no sin nor blame
        To love a man of virtuous name."

    "Did never love so sweetly breathe
    In any mortal breast before?
    Did never Muse inspire beneath,
    A poet's brain with finer store?
        He wrote of love with high conceit;
        And beauty reared above her height."

    "Then PALLAS afterward attired
    Our ASTROPHIL with her device,
    Whom in his armour heaven admired,
    As of the nation of the skies:
        He sparkled in his arms afar,
        As he were dight with fiery stars."

    "The blaze whereof, when MARS beheld
    (An envious eye doth see afar)
    'Such majesty,' quoth he, 'is seld.
    Such majesty, my mart may mar.
        Perhaps this may a suitor be
        To set MARS by his deity.'"

    "In this surmise, he made with speed
    An iron can, wherein he put
    The thunders that in clouds do breed;
    The flame and bolt together shut,
        With privy force burst out again;
        And so our ASTROPHIL was slain."

    His word, "was slain," straightway did move,
    And Nature's inward life-strings twitch,
    The sky immediately above,
    Was dimmed with hideous clouds of pitch.
        The wrastling winds, from out the ground
        Filled all the air with rattling sound.

    The bending trees expressed a groan,
    And sighed the sorrow of his fall;
    The forest beasts made ruthful moan;
    The birds did tune their mourning call,
        And PHILOMEL for ASTROPHIL,
        Unto her notes, annexed a "phil."

    The turtle dove with tones of ruth,
    Showed feeling passion of his death;
    Methought she said "I tell thee truth,
    Was never he that drew in breath,
        Unto his love more trusty found,
        Than he for whom our griefs abound."

    The swan that was in presence here,
    Began his funeral dirge to sing;
    "Good things," quoth he, "may scarce appear;
    But pass away with speedy wing.
        This mortal life as death is tried,
        And death gives life, and so he died."

    The general sorrow that was made
    Among the creatures of kind,
    Fired the Phœnix where she laid,
    Her ashes flying with the wind.
        So as I might with reason see
        That such a Phœnix ne'er should be.

    Haply, the cinders driven about,
    May breed an offspring near that kind;
    But hardly a peer to that, I doubt:
    It cannot sink into my mind
        That under branches e'er can be,
        Of worth and value as the tree.

    The eagle marked with piercing sight
    The mournful habit of the place;
    And parted thence with mounting flight,
    To signify to JOVE the case:
        What sorrow Nature doth sustain,
        For ASTROPHIL, by ENVY slain.

    And while I followed with mine eye
    The flight the eagle upward took;
    All things did vanish by and by,
    And disappearèd from my look.
        The trees, beasts, birds and grove were gone:
        So was the friend that made this moan.

    This spectacle had firmly wrought
    A deep compassion in my sprite;
    My molten heart issued, methought,
    In streams forth at mine eyes aright:
        And here my pen is forced to shrink;
        My tears discolour so mine ink.

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[Illustration]

_An Epitaph upon the Right Honourable_ Sir PHILIP SIDNEY, Knight, Lord
Governor of Flushing._

[Illustration]


    To praise thy life or wail thy worthy death;
    And want thy wit, thy wit pure, high, divine:
    Is far beyond the power of mortal line,
    Nor any one hath worth that draweth breath.

    Yet rich in zeal, though poor in learning's lore;
    And friendly care obscured in secret breast,
    And love that envy in thy life supprest,
    Thy dear life done, and death hath doubled more.

    And I, that in thy time and living state,
    Did only praise thy virtues in my thought;
    As one that seld the rising sun hath sought:
    With words and tears now wail thy timeless fate.

    Drawn was thy race aright from princely line,
    Nor less than such (by gifts that Nature gave,
    The common mother that all creatures have)
    Doth virtue show, and princely lineage shine.

    A King gave thee thy name; a kingly mind
    That GOD thee gave: who found it now too dear
    For this base world; and hath resumed it near,
    To sit in skies, and 'sort with powers divine.

    Kent, thy birthdays; and Oxford held thy youth.
    The heavens made haste, and stayed nor years nor time;
    The fruits of age grew ripe in thy first prime:
    Thy will, thy words; thy words, the seals of truth.

    Great gifts and wisdom rare employed thee thence,
    To treat from kings, with those more great than kings.
    Such hope men had to lay the highest things
    On thy wise youth, to be transported thence.

    Whence to sharp wars, sweet Honour did thee call,
    Thy country's love, religion, and thy friends:
    Of worthy men, the marks, the lives and ends;
    And her defence, for whom we labour all.

    These didst thou vanquish shame and tedious age,
    Grief, sorrow, sickness and base fortune's might.
    Thy rising day saw never woeful night,
    But passed with praise from off this worldly stage.

    Back to the camp, by thee that day was brought
    First, thine own death; and after, thy long fame;
    Tears to the soldiers; the proud Castilians' shame;
    Virtue expressed; and honour truly taught.

    What hath he lost? that such great grace hath won.
    Young years, for endless years; and hope unsure
    Of fortune's gifts, for wealth that still shall 'dure.
    O happy race! with so great praises run.

    England doth hold thy limbs, that bred the same;
    Flanders, thy valour: where it last was tried.
    The camp, thy sorrow; where thy body died.
    Thy friends, thy want; the world, thy virtue's fame.

    Nations, thy wit; our minds lay up thy love.
    Letters, thy learning; thy loss, years long to come.
    In worthy hearts, sorrow hath made thy tomb;
    Thy soul and sprite enrich the heavens above.

    Thy liberal heart embalmed in grateful tears,
    Young sighs, sweet sighs, sage sighs bewail thy fall.
    ENVY, her sting; and SPITE, hath left her gall.
    MALICE herself, a mourning garment wears.

    That day their HANNIBAL died, our SCIPIO fell:
    SCIPIO, CICERO, and PETRARCH of our time:
    Whose virtues, wounded by my worthless rhyme,
    Let angels speak; and heaven, thy praises tell.



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_Another of the same._


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    Silence augmenteth grief! writing increaseth rage!
    Stald are my thoughts, which loved and lost the wonder of our age.
    Yet quickened now with fire, though dead with frost ere now,
    Enraged I write, I know not what. Dead, quick, I know not how.

    Hard-hearted minds relent, and RIGOUR'S tears abound,
    And ENVY strangely rues his end, in whom no fault she found;
    KNOWLEDGE her light hath lost; VALOUR hath slain her Knight:
    SIDNEY is dead! Dead is my friend! Dead is the world's delight.

    PLACE pensive wails his fall, whose presence was her pride.
    TIME crieth out "my ebb is come; his life was my springtide."
    FAME mourns in that she lost the ground of her reports.
    Each living wight laments his lack, and all in sundry sorts.

    He was (woe worth that word!) to each well-thinking mind,
    A spotless friend, a matchless man, whose virtue ever shined:
    Declaring in his thoughts, his life, and that he writ;
    Highest conceits, longest foresights, and deepest works of wit.

    He only like himself, was second unto none,
    Whose death (though life) we rue, and wrong, and all in vain do moan.
    Their loss, not him; wail they, that fill the world with cries.
    DEATH slew not him; but he made death his ladder to the skies.

    Now sink of sorrow I, who live, the more the wrong,
    Who wishing death, whom death denies, whose thread is all too long;
    Who tied to wretched life, who looks for no relief,
    Must spend my ever-dying days in never-ending grief.

    Heartsease and only I like parallels run on,
    Whose equal length keep equal breadth, and never meet in one:
    Yet for not wronging him, my thoughts, my sorrows' cell,
    Shall not run out; though leak they will, for liking him so well.

    Farewell to you! my hopes, my wonted waking dreams.
    Farewell sometimes enjoyèd joy! Eclipsèd are thy beams.
    Farewell self-pleasing thoughts! which quietness brings forth.
    And farewell friendship's sacred league! uniting minds of worth.

    And farewell, merry heart! the gift of guiltless minds;
    And all sports! which for life's restore, variety assigns.
    Let all that sweet is, void! In me no mirth may dwell.
    PHILIP, the cause of all this woe, my life's content, farewell!

    Now rhyme, the son of rage, which art no kin to skill;
    And endless grief which deads my life, yet knows not how to kill:
    Go, seek that hapless tomb! which if ye hap to find;
    Salute the stones that keep the limbs that held so good a mind.

_FINIS._

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    _ALCILIA:_

    _PHILOPARTHEN's

    Loving Folly._

    _Non Deus_ (_ut perhibent_) _amor est_, _sed
    amaror_, _et error._

    [Illustration]

    AT LONDON.

    _Printed by R. R. for William Mattes_,
    dwelling in Fleet street, at the sign of the
    _Hand and Plough._

    1595.


    [The only copy of the 1595 edition, at present known, is in the
    City Library, at Hamburg.

    It was recovered, and reprinted in 1875 by Herr WILHELM WAGNER,
    Ph.D., in Vol. X. of the _Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft
    Jahrbuch;_ copies of this particular text being also separately
    printed.

    A limited Subscription edition, of fifty-one copies, was printed by
    Rev. A. B. GROSART, LL.D., F.S.A., of Blackburn, in 1879: with a
    fresh collation of the text by B. S. LEESON, Esq., of Hamburg.

    The present modernized text is based on a comparison of the above
    two reprints of the 1595 edition with the text of the London
    edition of 1613 in which some headings therein inserted between [
    ], on _pp._ 256, 276, 278) first occur.]



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_A Letter written by a Gentleman to the Author, his friend._


    FRIEND PHILOPARTHEN,

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In perusing your Loving Folly, and your Declining from it; I do
behold Reason conquering Passion. The infirmity of loving argueth
you are a man; the firmness thereof, discovereth a good wit and the
best nature: and the falling from it, true virtue. Beauty was always
of force to mislead the wisest; and men of greatest perfection have
had no power to resist Love. The best are accompanied with vices, to
exercise their virtues; whose glory shineth brightest in resisting
motives of pleasure, and in subduing affections. And though I cannot
altogether excuse your Loving Folly; yet I do the less blame you, in
that you loved such a one as was more to be commended for her virtue,
than beauty: albeit even for that too, she was so well accomplished
with the gifts of Nature as in mine conceit (which, for good cause, I
must submit as inferior to yours) there was nothing wanting, either
in the one or the other, that might add more to her worth, except it
were a more due and better regard of your love; which she requited
not according to your deserts, nor answerable to herself in her other
parts of perfection. Yet herein it appeareth you have made good use of
Reason; that being heretofore lost in youthful vanity, have now, by
timely discretion, found yourself!

Let me entreat you to suffer these your Passionate Sonnets to be
published! which may, peradventure, make others, possessed with the
like Humour of Loving, to follow your example, in leaving; and move
other ALCILIAS (if there be any) to embrace deserving love, while they
may!

Hereby, also, she shall know, and, it may be, inwardly repent the
loss of your love, and see how much her perfections are blemished by
ingratitude; which will make your happiness greater by adding to your
reputation, than your contentment could have been in enjoying her love.
At the least wise, the wiser sort, however in censuring them, they may
dislike of your errors; yet they cannot but commend and allow of your
reformation: and all others that shall with indifferency read them, may
reap thereby some benefit, or contentment.

Thus much I have written as a testimony of the good will I bear you!
with whom I do suffer or rejoice according to the quality of your
misfortune or good hap. And so I take my leave; resting, as always,

    Yours most assured,
    PHILARETES.

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Author ipse φιλοπάρθενος ad libellum suum.


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    _Parve liber Domini vanos dicture labores,
      Insomnes noctes, sollicitosque dies,
    Errores varios, languentis tædia vitæ,
      Mærores certos, gaudia certa minus,
    Peruigiles curas, suspiria, vota, querelas,
      Et quæcunque pati dura coegit amor.
    I precor intrepidus, duram comiterque salutans
      Hæc me ejus causa sustinuisse refer.
    Te grato excipiet vultu rubicundula, nomen
      Cum titulo inscriptum viderit esse suum.
    Forsitan et nostri miserebitur illa doloris,
      Dicet et, ah quantum deseruisse dolet:
    Seque nimis sœvam, crudelemque ipsa vocabit,
      Cui non est fidei debita cura meæ;
    Quod siquidem eveniet, Domino solaminis illud,
      Et tibi supremi muneris instar erit.
    Si quis (ut est æquum) fatuos damnaverit ignes,
      Pigritiæ fructus ingeniique levis:
    Tu Dominum cæcis tenebris errasse, sed ipsum
      Erroris tandem pænituisse sui,
    Me quoque re vera nec tot, nec tanta tulisse,
      Sed ficta ad placitum multa fuisse refer.
    Ab quanto satius (nisi mens mihi vana) fuisset
      Ista meo penitus delituisse sinu:
    Quam levia in lucem prodire, aut luce carentis
      Insanam Domini prodere stultitiam.
    Nil amor est aliud, quam mentis morbus et error
      Nil sapienter agit, nil bene, quisquis amat.
    Sed non cuique datur sapere, aut melioribus uti,
      Forte erit alterius, qui meus error erat.
    Cautior incedit, qui nunquam labitur, atqui
      Jam proprio evadam cautior ipse malo.
    Si cui delicto gravior mea pœna videtur;
      Illius in laudes officiosus eris.
    Te si quis simili qui carpitur igne videbit,
      Ille suam sortem flebit, et ille meam.
    ALCILIÆ obsequium supplex præstare memento,
      Non minima officii pars erit illa tui.
    Te fortasse sua secura recondet in arca,
      Et Solis posthæc luminis orbus eris.
    Nil referet, fateor me non prudenter amasse;
      Ultima deceptæ sors erit illa spei.
    Bis proprio PHŒBUS cursu lustraverat orbem,
      Conscius erroris, stultitiœque meæ,
    A quo primus amor cœpit penetrare medullas,
      Et falsa accensos nutriit arte focos.
    Desino jam nugas amplecti, seria posthæc
      (Ut Ratio monet) ac utiliora sequor._

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_Amoris Præludium._

[_Vel, Epistola ad Amicam._]


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    To thee, ALCILIA! solace of my youth!
    These rude and scattered rhymes I have addressed!
    The certain Witness of my Love and Truth,
    That truly cannot be in words expressed:
    Which, if I shall perceive thou tak'st in gree,
    I will, from henceforth, write of none but thee!

    Here may you find the wounds yourself have made!
    The many sorrows, I have long sustained!
    Here may you see that LOVE must be obeyed!
    How much I hoped, how little I have gained!
    That as for you, the pains have been endured;
    Even so by you, they may, at length, be cured!

    I will not call for aid to any Muse
    (It is for learned Poets so to do):
    Affection must, my want of Art excuse,
    My works must have their patronage from You!
    Whose sweet assistance, if obtain I might!
    I should be able both to speak and write

[Sidenote: _Nemini datur amare simul et sapere._]

    Meanwhile, vouchsafe to read this, as assigned
    To no man's censure; but to yours alone!
    Pardon the faults, that you therein shall find;
    And think the writer's heart was not his own!
    Experience of examples daily prove
    "That no man can be well advised, and love!"

    And though the work itself deserve it not
    (Such is your Worth, with my great Wants compared!);
    Yet may my love unfeignèd, without spot,
    Challenge so much (if more cannot be spared!).
    Then, lovely Virgin! take this in good part!
    The rest, unseen, is sealed up in the heart.

    Judge not by this, the depth of my affection!
    Which far exceeds the measure of my skill;
    But rather note herein your own perfection!
    So shall appear my want of Art, not will:
    Wherefore, this now, as part in lieu of greater,
    I offer as an insufficient debtor!

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_Sic incipit Stultorum Tragicomedia._


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    It was my chance, unhappy chance to me!
    As, all alone, I wandered on my way;
    Void of distrust, from doubt of dangers free,
    To pass a grove where LOVE in ambush lay:
    Who aiming at me with his feathered dart,
    Conveyed it by mine eye unto my heart.

    Where, retchless boy! he let the arrow stick,
    When I, as one amazèd, senseless stood.
    The hurt was great, yet seemèd but a prick!
    The wound was deep, and yet appeared no blood!
    But inwardly it bleeds. Proof teacheth this.
    When wounds do so, the danger greater is.

    Pausing a while, and grievèd with my wound,
    I looked about, expecting some relief:
    Small hope of help, no ease of pain I found.
    Like, all at once, to perish in my grief:
    When hastily, I pluckèd forth the dart;
    But left the head fast fixèd in my heart.

    Fast fixèd in my heart, I left the head,
    From whence I doubt it will not be removed.
    Ah, what unlucky chance that way me led?
    O LOVE! thy force thou might'st elsewhere have proved!
    And shewed thy power, where thou art not obeyed!
    "The conquest's small, where no resist is made."

    But nought, alas, avails it to complain;
    I rest resolved, with patience to endure.
    The fire being once dispersed through every vein,
    It is too late to hope for present cure.
    Now PHILOPARTHEN must new follies prove,
    And learn a little, what it is to love!

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    _These Sonnets following were written by the Author
    (who giveth himself this feigned name of PHILOPARTHEN
      as his accidental attribute), at divers times, and upon
        divers occasions; and therefore in the form and
          matter they differ, and sometimes are quite
            contrary one to another: which ought not to
              be misliked, considering the very nature
                and quality of Love; which is
                  a Passion full of variety,
                    and contrariety
                      in itself._


I.

[Sidenote: _Ut vidi, ut perii, ut me malus abstulit error._]

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    Unhappy Eyes! that first my heart betrayed,
    Had you not seen, my grief had not been such!
    And yet, how may I, justly, you upbraid!
    Since what I saw delighted me so much?
    But hence, alas, proceedeth all my smart:
    Unhappy Eyes! that first betrayed my heart!


II.

    To seek adventures, as Fate hath assigned,
    My slender Bark now floats upon the main;
    Each troubled thought, an Oar; each sigh, a Wind,
    Whose often puffs have rent my Sails in twain.
    LOVE steers the Boat, which (for that sight, he lacks)
    Is still in danger of ten thousand wracks.


III.

    What sudden chance hath changed my wonted cheer,
    Which makes me other than I seem to be?
    My days of joy, that once were bright and clear,
    Are turned to nights! my mirth, to misery!
    Ah, well I ween that somewhat is amiss;
    But, sooth to say, I know not what it is!


IV.

    What, am I dead? Then could I feel no smart!
    But still in me the sense of grief reviveth.
    Am I alive? Ah, no! I have no heart;
    For she that hath it, me of life depriveth.
    O that she would restore my heart again;
    Or give me hers, to countervail my pain!


V.

    If it be Love, to waste long hours in grief;
    If it be Love, to wish, and not obtain;
    If it be Love, to pine without relief;
    If it be Love, to hope and never gain;
    Then may you think that he hath truly loved,
    Who, for your sake! all this and more, hath proved!


VI.

    If that, in ought, mine eyes have done amiss;
    Let them receive deserved punishment!
    For so the perfect rule of Justice is,
    Each for his own deeds, should be praised, or shent.
    Then, doubtless, is it both 'gainst Law and Sense,
    My Heart should suffer for mine Eyes' offence.


VII.

    I am not sick, and yet I am not sound;
    I eat and sleep, and yet, methinks, I thrive not.
    I sport and laugh, and yet my griefs abound;
    I am not dead, and yet, methinks, I live not.
    "What uncouth cause hath these strange passions bred,
    To make at once, sick, sound, alive, and dead?"


VIII.

    Something I want; but what, I cannot say.
    O, now I know! It is myself I want!
    My Love, with her, hath ta'en my heart away;
    Yea, heart and all, and left me very scant.
    "Such power hath Love, and nought but Love alone,
    To make divided creatures live in one."


IX.

    PHILOPARTHEN. "Come, gentle Death! and strike me with thy dart!
                   Life is but loathsome to a man opprest."
    DEATH.        "How can I kill thee! when thou hast no heart?
                   That which thou hadst, is in another's breast!"
    PHILOPARTHEN. "Then, must I live, and languish still in pain?"
    DEATH.        "Yea, till thy Love restore thy heart again!"


X.

    Were Love a Fire, my tears might quench it lightly;
    Or were it Water, my hot heart might dry it.
    If Air, then might it pass away more slightly;
    Or were it Earth, the world might soon descry it.
    If Fire nor Water, Air nor Earth it be;
    What then is it, that thus tormenteth me?


XI.

    To paint her outward shape and gifts of mind,
    It doth exceed my wit and cunning far.
    She hath no fault, but that she is unkind.
    All other parts in her so complete are,
    That who, to view them throughly would devise,
    Must have his body nothing else but eyes.


XII.

    Fair is my Love! whose parts are so well framed,
    By Nature's special order and direction;
    That She herself is more than half ashamed,
    In having made a work of such perfection.
    And well may Nature blush at such a feature;
    Seeing herself excelled in her creature.


XIII.

    Her body is straight, slender, and upright;
    Her visage comely, and her looks demure
    Mixt with a cheerful grace that yields delight;
    Her eyes, like stars, bright, shining, clear and pure:
    Which I describing, LOVE bids stay my pen,
    And says, "It's not a work for mortal men!"


XIV.

    The ancient poets write of Graces three,
    Which meeting all together in one creature,
    In all points, perfect make the Frame to be;
    For inward virtues, and for outward feature
    But smile, ALCILIA! and the world shall see
    That in thine eyes, a hundred Graces be!


XV.

    As LOVE had drawn his bow, ready to shoot,
    Aiming at me, with resolute intent;
    Straight, bow and shaft he cast down at his foot,
    And said, "Why, needless, should one shaft be spent?
    I'll spare it then, and now it shall suffice
    Instead of shafts, to use ALCILIA'S eyes."


XVI.

    Blush not, my Love! for fear lest PHŒBUS spy!
    Which if he do, then, doubtless, he will say,
    "Thou seek'st to dim his clearness with thine eye!"
    That clearness, which, from East, brings gladsome day:
    But most of all, lest JOVE should see, I dread;
    And take thee up to heaven like GANYMEDE.


XVII.

    PHILOPARTHEN. "What is the cause ALCILIA is displeased?"
    LOVE.         "Because she wants that which should most content her."
    PHILOPARATHEN. "O did I know it, soon should she be eased!"
    LOVE.         "Perhaps, thou dost! and that doth most torment her."
    PHILOPARTHEN. "Yet, let her ask! what she desires to have."
    LOVE.         "Guess, by thyself! For maidens must not crave!"


XVIII.

    My Love, by chance, her tender finger pricked;
    As, in the dark, I strivèd for a kiss:
    Whose blood, I seeing, offered to have licked,
    But half in anger, she refusèd this.
    O that she knew the difference of the smart
    'Twixt her pricked finger, and my piercèd heart!


XIX.

    PHILOPARTHEN. "I pray thee, tell! What makes my heart to tremble,
                  When, on a sudden, I, ALCILIA spy?"
    LOVE.         "Because thy heart cannot thy joy dissemble!
                  Thy life and death are both lodged in her eye."
    PHILOPARTHEN. "Dost thou not her, with self-same passion strike?"
    LOVE.         "O, no! Her heart and thine are not alike."


XX.

    Such are thy parts of body and of mind;
    That if I should not love thee as I do,
    I should too much degenerate from Kind,
    And think the world would blame my weakness too.
    For he, whom such perfections cannot move,
    Is either senseless, or not born to love.


XXI.

    ALCILIA'S eyes have set my heart on fire,
    The pleasing object that my pain doth feed:
    Yet still to see those eyes I do desire,
    As if my help should from my hurt proceed.
    Happy were I, might there in her be found
    A will to heal, as there was power to wound.


XXII.

    Unwise was he, that painted LOVE a boy;
    Who, for his strength, a giant should have been.
    It's strange a child should work so great annoy;
    Yet howsoever strange, too truly seen.
    "But what is he? that dares at LOVE repine;
    Whose works are wonders, and himself divine!"


XXIII.

    My fair ALCILIA! gladly would I know it,
    If ever Loving Passion pierced thy heart?
    O, no! For, then, thy kindness soon would show it!
    And of my pains, thyself wouldst bear some part.
    Full little knoweth he that hath not proved,
    What hell it is to love, and not be loved.


XXIV.

    LOVE! Art thou blind? Nay, thou canst see too well!
    And they are blind that so report of thee!
    That thou dost see, myself by proof can tell;
    (A hapless proof thereof is made by me);
    For sure I am, hadst thou not had thy sight,
    Thou never couldst have hit my heart so right.


XXV.

    Long have I languished, and endured much smart
    Since hapless I, the Cruel Fair did love;
    And lodged her in the centre of my heart.
    Who, there abiding, Reason should her move.
    Though of my pains she no compassion take;
    Yet to respect me, for her own sweet sake.


XXVI.

    In midst of winter season, as the snow,
    Whose milk white mantle overspreads the ground;
    In part, the colour of my love is so.
    Yet their effects, I have contrary found:
    For when the sun appears, snow melts anon;
    But I melt always when my sun is gone.


XXVII.

    The sweet content, at first, I seemed to prove
    (While yet Desire unfledged, could scarcely fly),
    Did make me think there was no life to Love;
    Till all too late, Time taught the contrary.
    For, like a fly, I sported with the flame;
    Till, like a fool, I perished in the same.


XXVIII.

    After dark night, the cheerful day appeareth;
    After an ebb, the river flows again;
    After a storm, the cloudy heaven cleareth:
    All labours have their end, or ease of pain.
    Each creature hath relief and rest, save I,
    Who only dying, live; and living, die!


XXIX.

    Sometimes I seek for company to sport,
    Whereby I might my pensive thoughts beguile;
    Sometimes, again, I hide me from resort,
    And muse alone: but yet, alas, the while
    In changing place, I cannot change my mind;
    For wheresoe'er I fly, myself I find.


XXX.

[Sidenote: _Meritum petere grave._]

    Fain would I speak, but straight my heart doth tremble,
    And checks my tongue that should my griefs reveal:
    And so I strive my Passions to dissemble,
    Which all the art I have, cannot conceal.
    Thus standing mute, my heart with longing starveth!
    "It grieves a man to ask, what he deserveth."


XXXI.

    Since you desire of me the cause to know,
    For which these divers Passions I have proved;
    Look in your glass! which will not fail to show
    The shadowed portrait of my best beloved.
    If that suffice not, look into my heart!
    Where it's engraven by a new found art.


XXXII.

    The painful ploughman hath his heart's delight;
    Who, though his daily toil his body tireth,
    Yet merrily comes whistling home at night,
    And sweetly takes the ease his pain requireth:
    But neither days nor nights can yield me rest;
    Born to be wretched, and to live opprest!


XXXIII.

    O well were it, if Nature would devise
    That men with men together might engender,
    As grafts of trees, one from another rise;
    Then nought, of due, to women should we render!
    But, vain conceit! that Nature should do this;
    Since, well we know, herself a woman is!


XXXIV.

    Upon the altar where LOVE'S fires burnèd,
    My Sighs and Tears for sacrifice I offered;
    When LOVE, in rage, from me his countenance turnèd,
    And did reject what I so humbly proffered.
    If he, my heart expect, alas, it's gone!
    "How can a man give that, is not his own?"


XXXV.

    ALCILIA said, "She did not know my mind,
    Because my words did not declare my love!"
    Thus, where I merit most, least help I find;
    And her unkindness all too late I prove.
    Grant, LOVE! that She, of whom thou art neglected,
    May one day love, and little be respected!


XXXVI.

[Sidenote: _Amor est otiogorum negotium_.]

    The Cynic[9] being asked, "When he should love?"
    Made answer, "When he nothing had to do;
    For Love was Sloth!" But he did never prove
    By his experience, what belonged thereto.
    For had he tasted but so much as I,
    He would have soon reformed his heresy.


XXXVII.

    O judge me not, sweet Love, by outward show
    Though sometimes strange I seem, and to neglect thee!
    Yet didst thou, but my inward Passions know,
    Thou shouldst perceive how highly I respect thee!
    "When looks are fixed, the heart ofttimes doth tremble!
    "Little loves he, that cannot much dissemble!"


XXXVIII.

    Parting from thee! even from myself I part.
    Thou art the star, by which my life is guided!
    I have the body, but thou hast the heart!
    The better part is from itself divided.
    Thus do I live, and this I do sustain,
    Till gracious Fortune make us meet again!


XXXIX.

    Open the sluices of my feeble eyes,
    And let my tears have passage from their fountain!
    Fill all the earth, with plaints! the air, with cries!
    Which may pierce rocks, and reach the highest mountain
    That so, LOVE'S wrath, by these extremes appeased;
    My griefs may cease, and my poor heart be eased.


XL.

    "After long sickness, health brings more delight."
    "Seas seem more calm, by storms once overblown."
    "The day more cheerful, by the passed night."
    "Each thing is, by his contrary best known."
    "Continual ease is pain: Change sometimes meeter."
    "Discords in music make music sweeter."


XLI.

    Fear to offend forbids my tongue to speak,
    And signs and sighs must tell my inward woe:
    But (ay the while) my heart with grief doth break,
    And she, by signs, my sorrow will not know.
    "The stillest streams we see in deepest fords;
    And Love is greatest, when it wanteth words."


XLII.

    "No pain so great but may be eased by Art."
    "Though much we suffer, yet despair we should not."
    "In midst of griefs, Hope always hath some part;
    And Time may heal, what Art and Reason could not."
    O what is then this Passion I endure,
    Which neither Reason, Art, nor Time can cure?


XLIII.

    Pale Jealousy! Fiend of the eternal Night!
    Misshapen creature, born before thy time!
    The Imp of Horror! Foe to sweet Delight!
    Making each error seem an heinous crime.
    Ah, too great pity! (were there remedy),
    That ever Love should keep Thee company!


XLIV.

[Sidenote: _Solstit: brumal._

_This Sonnet was devised upon the shortest day of the year._]

    The days are now come to their shortest date;
    And must, in time, by course, increase again.
    But only I continue at one state,
    Void of all hope of help, or ease of pain;
    For days of joy must still be short with me,
    And nights of sorrow must prolongèd be.


XLV.

    Sleep now, my Muse! and henceforth take thy rest!
    Which all too long thyself in vain hath wasted.
    Let it suffice I still must live opprest;
    And of my pains, the fruit must ne'er be tasted.
    Then sleep, my Muse! "Fate cannot be withstood."
    "It's better sleep; than wake, and do no good."


XLVI.

    Why should I love, since She doth prove ungrateful:
    Since, for reward, I reap nought but disdain.
    Love thus to be requited, it is hateful!
    And Reason would, I should not love in vain.
    Yet all in vain, when all is out of season,
    For "Love hath no society with Reason."


XLVII.

    Heart's Ease and I have been at odds, too long!
    I follow fast, but still he flies from me!
    I sue for grace, and yet sustain the wrong;
    So gladly would I reconcilèd be.
    LOVE! make us one! So shalt thou work a wonder;
    Uniting them, that were so far asunder.


XLVIII.

    "Uncouth, unkist," our ancient Poet[10] said.
    And he that hides his wants, when he hath need,
    May, after, have his want of wit bewrayed;
    And fail of his desire, when others speed.
    Then boldly speak! "The worst is at first entering!"
    "Much good success men miss, for lack of venturing!"


XLIX.

    Declare the griefs wherewith thou art opprest,
    And let the world be witness of thy woes!
    Let not thy thoughts lie buried in thy breast;
    But let thy tongue, thy discontents disclose!
    For "who conceals his pain when he is grieved,
    May well be pitied, but no way relieved."


L.

[Sidenote: _Ne amor ne signoria vuole compagnia._]

    Wretched is he that loving, sets his heart
    On her, whose love, from pure affection swerveth;
    Who doth permit each one to have a part
    Of that, which none but he alone deserveth.
    Give all, or none! For once, of this be sure!
    "Lordship and Love no partners may endure."


LI.

    Who spends the weary day in pensive thought,
    And night in dreams of horror and affright;
    Whose wealth is want; whose hope is come to nought;
    Himself, the mark for Love's and Fortune's spite:
    Let him appear, if any such there be!
    His case and mine more fitly will agree.


LII.

    Fair tree, but fruitless! sometimes full of sap!
    Which now yields nought at all, that may delight me!
    Some cruel frost, or some untimely hap
    Hath made thee barren, only to despite me!
    Such trees, in vain, with hope do feed Desire;
    And serve for fuel to increase Love's fire.


LIII.

    In company (whiles sad and mute I sit,
    My thoughts elsewhere, than there I seem to be)
    Possessed with some deep melancholy fit;
    One of my friends observes the same in me,
    And says in jest, which I in earnest prove,
    "He looks like one, that had lost his First Love!"


LIV.

    'Twixt Hope and Fear, in doubtful balance peazed,
    My fate, my fortune, and my love depends.
    Sometimes my Hope is raised, when LOVE is pleased;
    Which Fear weighs down, when ought his will offends.
    The heavens are sometimes clear, and sometimes lower;
    And "he that loves, must taste both sweet and sour!"


LV.

    Retire, my wandering Thoughts! unto your rest!
    Do not, henceforth, consume yourselves in vain!
    No mortal man, in all points, can be blest;
    What now is mine, may be another's pain.
    The watery clouds are clear, when storms are past;
    And "things, in their extremes, long cannot last."


LVI.

[Sidenote: _Visus. Sermo. Tactus._]

    The fire of Love is first bred in the Eye,
    And thence conveys his heat unto the Heart,
    Where it lies hid, till time his force descry.
    The Tongue thereto adds fuel for his part;
    The touch of Lips, which doth succeed the same,
    Kindles the rest, and so it proves a flame.


LVII.

    The tender Sprigs that sprouted in the field,
    And promised hope of fruit to him that planted;
    Instead of fruit, doth nought but blossoms yield,
    Though care, and pain to prune them never wanted:
    Even so, my hopes do nought but blossoms prove,
    And yield no fruits to recompense my love.


LVIII.

    Though little sign of love in show appear;
    Yet think, True Love, of colours hath no need!
    It's not the glorious garments, which men wear,
    That makes them other than they are indeed:
    "In meanest show, the most affection dwells;
    And richest pearls are found in simplest shells."


LIX.

[Sidenote: _MARTIAL. Ille dolet vere, qui sine teste dolet._]

    Let not thy tongue, thy inward thoughts disclose!
    Or tell the sorrows that thy heart endures!
    Let no man's ears be witness of thy woes!
    Since pity, neither help nor ease procures:
    And "only he is, truly, said to moan,
    Whose griefs none knoweth but himself alone."


LX.

[Sidenote: _Alteri inserviens meipsum conficio._]

    A thousand times; I curse these idle rhymes,
    Which do their Maker's follies vain set forth;
    Yet bless I them again, as many times,
    For that in them, I blaze ALCILIA'S worth.
    Meanwhile, I fare, as doth the torch by night,
    Which wastes itself in giving others light.


LXI.

    Enough of this! For all is nought regarded!
    And She, not once, with my complaints is moved.
    Die, hapless love! since thou art not rewarded;
    Yet ere thou die, to witness that I loved!
    Report my truth! and tell the Fair unkind,
    That "She hath lost, what none but She shall find!


LXII.

    Lovers, lament! You that have truly loved!
    For PHILOPARTHEN, now, hath lost his love:
    The greatest loss that ever lover proved.
    O let his hard hap some compassion move!
    Who had not rued the loss of her so much;
    But that he knows the world yields no more such.


LXIII.

    Upon the ocean of conceited error,
    My weary spirits, many storms have past;
    Which now in harbour, free from wonted terror,
    Joy the possession of their rest at last.
    And, henceforth, safely may they lie at road!
    And never rove for "Had I wist!" abroad!

FOOTNOTES:

[Footnote 9: _DIOGENES._]

[Footnote 10: _CHAUCER._]



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_LOVE'S Accusation at the Judgement Seat_ _of REASON; wherein the
Author's whole_ _success in his love is covertly_ _deciphered._

[Compare this, with GASCOIGNE'S poem, _Vol. I. p._ 63.]


[Illustration]

    IN REASON'S Court, myself being Plaintiff there,
    LOVE was, by process, summoned to appear.
    That so the wrongs, which he had done to me,
    Might be made known; and all the world might see:
    And seeing, rue what to my cost I proved;
    While faithful, but unfortunate I loved.

    After I had obtainèd audience;
    I thus began to give in evidence.

[_The Author's Evidence against LOVE._]

    "Most sacred Queen! and Sovereign of man's heart!
    Which of the mind dost rule the better part!
    First bred in heaven, and from thence, hither sent
    To guide men's actions by thy regiment!
    Vouchsafe a while to hear the sad complaint
    Of him that LOVE hath long kept in restraint;
    And, as to you it properly belongs,
    Grant justice of my undeservèd wrongs!
      It's now two years, as I remember well,
    Since first this wretch, (sent from the nether hell,
    To plague the world with new-found cruelties),
    Under the shadow of two crystal Eyes,
    Betrayed my Sense; and, as I slumbering lay,
    Feloniously conveyed my heart away;
    Which most unjustly he detained from me,
    And exercised thereon strange tyranny.
      Sometime his manner was, in sport and game,
    With briars and thorns, to raze and prick the same;
    Sometime with nettles of Desire to sting it;
    Sometime with pincons[11] of Despair to wring it;
    Sometime again, he would anoint the sore,
    And heal the place that he had hurt before:
    But hurtful helps! and ministered in vain!
    Which servèd only to renew my pain.
    For, after that, more wounds he added still,
    Which piercèd deep, but had no power to kill.
    Unhappy medicine! which, instead of cure,
    Gives strength to make the patient more endure!
      But that which was most strange of all the rest
    (Myself being thus 'twixt life and death distrest),
    Ofttimes, when as my pain exceeded measure,
    He would persuade me that the same was pleasure;
    My solemn sadness, but contentment meet;
    My travail, rest; and all my sour, sweet;
    My wounds, but gentle strokes: whereat he smiled,
    And by these slights, my careless youth beguiled.
      Thus did I fare, as one that living died,
    (For greater pains, I think, hath no man tried)
    Disquiet thoughts, like furies in my breast
    Nourished the poison that my spirits possesst.
    Now Grief, then Joy; now War, then Peace unstable,
    Nought sure I had, but to be miserable.
      I cannot utter all, I must confess.
    Men may conceive more than they can express!
    But (to be short), which cannot be excused,
    With vain illusions, LOVE, my hope abused;
    Persuading me I stood upon firm ground
    When, unawares, myself on sands I found.
    This is the point which most I do enforce!
    That Love, without all pity or remorse,
    Did suffer me to languish still in grief
    Void of contentment, succour, or relief:
    And when I looked my pains should be rewarded,
    I did perceive, that they were nought regarded.
      For why? Alas, these hapless eyes did see
    ALCILIA loved another more than me!
    So in the end, when I expected most;
    My hope, my love, and fortune thus were crost."

      Proceeding further, REASON bad me stay
    For the Defendant had some thing to say.
    Then to the Judge, for justice, loud I cried!
    And so I pausèd: and LOVE thus replied.

FOOTNOTE:

[Footnote 11: _pincers._]


[_LOVE'S Reply to the Author._]

      "Since REASON ought to lend indifferent ears
    Unto both parties, and judge as truth appears;
    Most gracious Lady! give me leave to speak,
    And answer his Complaint, that seeks to wreak
    His spite and malice on me, without cause;
    In charging me to have transgressed thy laws!
    Of all his follies, he imputes the blame
    To me, poor LOVE! that nought deserves the same.
    Himself it is, that hath abusèd me!
    As by mine answer, shall well proved be.
      Fond youth! thou knowest what I for thee effected!
    Though, now, I find it little be respected.
    I purged thy wit, which was before but gross.
    The metal pure, I severed from the dross,
    And did inspire thee with my sweetest fire
    That kindled in thee Courage and Desire:
    Not like unto those servile Passions
    Which cumber men's imaginations
    With Avarice, Ambition, and Vainglory;
    Desire of things fleeting and transitory.
    No base conceit, but such as Powers above
    Have known and felt, I mean, th' Instinct of Love;
    Which making men, all earthly things despise,
    Transports them to a heavenly paradise.
      Where thou complain'st of sorrows in thy heart,
    Who lives on earth but therein hath his part?
    Are these thy fruits? Are these thy best rewards
    For all the pleasing glances, sly regards,
    The sweet stol'n kisses, amorous conceits,
    So many smiles, so many fair intreats,
    Such kindness as ALCILIA did bestow
    All for my sake! as well thyself dost know?
    That LOVE should thus be used, it is hateful!
    But 'all is lost, that's done for one ungrateful.'
      Where he allegeth that he was abusèd
    In that he truly loving, was refusèd:
    That's most untrue! and plainly may be tried.
    Who never asked, could never be denied!
    But he affected rather single life,
    Than yoke of marriage, matching with a wife.
    And most men, now, make love to none but heires[ses]
    Poor love! GOD wot! that poverty empairs.
    Worldly respects, LOVE little doth regard.
    'Who loves, hath only love for his reward!'

    [Sidenote: _The description
    of a
    foolhardy
    Lover._]

      He merits a lover's name, indeed!
    That casts no doubts, which vain suspicion breed:
    But desperately at hazard, throws the dice,
    Neglecting due regard of friends' advice;
    That wrestles with his fortune and his fate,
    Which had ordained to better his estate;
    That hath no care of wealth, no fear of lack,
    But ventures forward, though he see his wrack;
    That with Hope's wings, like ICARUS doth fly,
    Though for his rashness, he like fortune try;
    That, to his fame, the world of him may tell
    How, while he soared aloft, adown he fell.
    And so True Love awarded him his doom
    In scaling heaven, to have made the sea his tomb;
    That making shipwreck of his dearest fame,
    Betrays himself to poverty and shame;
    That hath no sense of sorrow, or repent,
    No dread of perils far or imminent;
    But doth prefer before all pomp or pelf,
    The sweet of love as dearer than himself.
    Who, were his passage stopped by sword and fire,
    Would make way through, to compass his Desire.
    For which he would (though heaven and earth forbad it)
    Hazard to lose a kingdom, if he had it.
      These be the things wherein I glory most,
    Whereof, this my Accuser cannot boast:
    Who was indifferent to his loss or gain;
    And better pleased to fail, than to obtain.
    All qualified affections, LOVE doth hate!
    And likes him best that's most intemperate.
    But hence, proceeds his malice and despite;
    While he himself bars of his own delight.
    For when as he, ALCILIA first affected,
    (Like one in show, that love little respected)
    He masqued, disguised, and entertained his thought
    With hope of that, which he in secret sought;
    And still forbare to utter his desire,
    Till his delay receive her worthy hire.
    And well we know, what maids themselves would have,
    Men must sue for, and by petition crave.
    But he regarding more his Wealth, than Will;
    Hath little care his Fancy to fulfil.
    Yet when he saw ALCILIA loved another;
    The secret fire, which in his breast did smother,
    Began to smoke, and soon had proved a flame:
    If Temperance had not allayed the same.
    Which, afterward, so quenched he did not find
    But that some sparks remainèd still behind.
    Thus, when time served, he did refuse to crave it;
    And yet envied another man should have it!
      As though, fair maids should wait, at young men's pleasure,
    Whilst they, 'twixt sport and earnest, love at leisure.
    Nay, at the first! when it is kindly proffered!
    Maids must accept; least twice, it be not offered!
    Else though their beauty seem their good t'importune,
    Yet may they lose the better of their fortune.
      Thus, as this Fondling coldly went about it;
    So in the end, he clearly went without it.
    For while he, doubtful, seemed to make a stay,
    A Mongrel stole the maiden's heart away;
    For which, though he lamented much in shew,
    Yet was he, inward, glad it fell out so.
      Now, REASON! you may plainly judge by this,
    Not I, but he, the false dissembler is:
    Who, while fond hope his lukewarm love did feed,
    Made sign of more than he sustained indeed:
    And filled his rhymes with fables and with lies,
    Which, without Passion, he did oft devise;
    So to delude the ignorance of such
    That pitied him, thinking he loved too much.
    And with conceit, rather to shew his Wit,
    Than manifest his faithful Love by it.
      Much more than this, could I lay to his charge;
    But time would fail to open all at large.
    Let this suffice to prove his bad intent,
    And prove that LOVE is clear and innocent."

      Thus, at the length, though late, he made an end,
    And both of us did earnestly, attend
    The final judgement, REASON should award:
    When thus she 'gan to speak. "With due regard,
    The matter hath been heard, on either side.
    For judgement, you must longer time abide!
    The cause is weighty, and of great import."
    And so she, smiling, did adjourn the Court.

    Little availed it, then, to argue more;
    So I returned in worse case than before.


_LOVE Deciphered._

[Illustration]

    LOVE and I are now divided,
    Conceit, by Error, was misguided.
    ALCILIA hath my love despised!
    "No man loves, that is advised."
    "Time at length, hath Truth detected."
    LOVE hath missed what he expected.
    Yet missing that, which long he sought;
    I have found that, I little thought.
    "Errors, in time, may be redrest,"
    "The shortest follies are the best."

    Love and Youth are now asunder;
    Reason's glory, Nature's wonder.
    My thoughts, long bound, are now enlarged;
    My Folly's penance is discharged:
    Thus Time hath altered my estate.
    "Repentance never comes too late."
    Ah, well I find that Love is nought
    But folly, and an idle thought.
    The difference is 'twixt LOVE and me,
    That he is blind, and I can see.

    Love is honey mixed with gall!
    A thraldom free, a freedom thrall!
    A bitter sweet, a pleasant sour!
    Got in a year, lost in an hour!
    A peaceful war, a warlike peace!
    Whose wealth brings want; whose want, increase!
    Full long pursuit, and little gain!
    Uncertain pleasure, certain pain!
    Regard of neither right nor wrong!
    For short delights, repentance long!

    Love is the sickness of the thought!
    Conceit of pleasure, dearly bought!
    A restless Passion of the mind!
    A labyrinth of errors blind!
    A sugared poison! fair deceit!
    A bait for fools! a furious heat!
    A chilling cold! a wondrous passion
    Exceeding man's imagination!
    Which none can tell in whole, or part,
    But only he that feels the smart.

    Love is sorrow mixt with gladness!
    Fear, with hope! and hope, with madness!
    Long did I love, but all in vain;
    I loving, was not loved again:
    For which my heart sustained much woe.
    It fits not maids to use men so!
    Just deserts are not regarded,
    Never love so ill rewarded!
    But "all is lost that is not sought!"
    "Oft wit proves best, that's dearest bought!

    Women were made for men's relief;
    To comfort, not to cause their grief.
    Where most I merit, least I find:
    No marvel! since that love is blind.
    Had She been kind, as She was fair,
    My case had been more strange and rare.
    But women love not by desert!
    Reason in them hath weakest part!
    Then, henceforth, let them love that list,
    I will beware of "Had I wist!"

    These faults had better been concealed,
    Than to my shame abroad revealed.
    Yet though my youth did thus miscarry,
    My harms may make others more wary.
    Love is but a youthful fit,
    And some men say "It's sign of wit!"
    But he that loves as I have done;
    To pass the day, and see no sun:
    Must change his note, and sing _Erravi!_
    Or else may chance to cry _Peccavi!_

    The longest day must have his night,
    Reason triumphs in Love's despite.
    I follow now Discretion's lore;
    "Henceforth to like; but love no more!"
    Then gently pardon what is past!
    For LOVE draws onwards to his last.
    "He walks," they say, "with wary eye;
    Whose footsteps never tread awry!"
    My Muse a better work intends:
    And here my Loving Folly ends.

    After long storms and tempests past,
    I see the haven at the last;
    Where I must rest my weary bark,
    And there unlade my care and cark.
    My pains and travails long endured,
    And all my wounds must there be cured.
    Joys, out of date, shall be renewed;
    To think of perils past eschewed.
    When I shall sit full blithe and jolly,
    And talk of lovers and their folly.

    Then LOVE and FOLLY, both adieu!
    Long have I been misled by you.
    FOLLY may new adventures try!
    But REASON says that "LOVE must die!"
    Yea, die indeed, although grieve him;
    For my cold heart cannot relieve him!
    Yet for her sake, whom once I loved,
    (Though all in vain, as time hath proved)
    I'll take the pain, if She consent!
    To write his Will and Testament.


_LOVE's last Will and Testament._

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    My spirit, I bequeath unto the air!
      My Body shall unto the earth repair!
      My Burning Brand, unto the Prince of Hell;
    T'increase men's pains that there in darkness dwell!
    For well I ween, above nor under ground,
    A greater pain than that, may not be found.
      My sweet Conceits of Pleasure and Delight,
    To EREBUS! and to Eternal Night!
      My Sighs, my Tears, my Passions, and Laments,
    Distrust, Despair; all these my hourly rents,
    With other plagues that lovers' minds enthral:
    Unto OBLIVION, I bequeath them all!
      My broken Bow, and Shafts, I give to REASON!
      My Cruelties, my Slights, and forged Treason,
    To Womankind! and to their seed, for aye!
    To wreak their spite, and work poor men's decay.
    Reserving only for ALCILIA's part,
    Small kindness, and less care of lovers' smart.
    For She is from the vulgar sort excepted;
    And had She, PHILOPARTHEN's love respected,
    Requiting it with like affection,
    She might have had the praise of all perfection.
      This done; if I have any Faith and Troth;
    To PHILOPARTHEN, I assign them both!
    For unto him, of right, they do belong
    Who loving truly, suffered too much wrong.
      TIME shall be sole Executor of my will;
    Who may these things, in order due fulfil,
      To warrant this my Testament for good;
    I have subscribed it, with my dying blood."

    And so he died, that all this bale had bred.
    And yet my heart misdoubts he is not dead:
    For, sure, I fear, should I ALCILIA spy;
    She might, eftsoons, revive him with her eye!
    Such power divine remaineth in her sight;
    To make him live again, in Death's despite.

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    _The Sonnets following were written by the Author,
        after he began to decline from his Passionate
          Affection; and in them, he seemeth to
           please himself with describing the
              Vanity of Love, the Frailty
                of Beauty, and the
                  sour fruits of
                    Repentance._


I.

[Sidenote: _Chi non si fida, non vient ingannato._]

[Illustration]

    Now have I spun the web of my own woes,
    And laboured long to purchase my own loss.
    Too late I see, I was beguiled with shows.
    And that which once seemed gold, now
    proves but dross.
    Thus am I, both of help and hope bereaved.
    "He never tried that never was deceived.


II.

    Once did I love, but more than once repent;
    When vintage came, my grapes were sour, or rotten.
    Long time in grief and pensive thoughts I spent;
    And all for that, which Time hath made forgotten.
    O strange effects of time! which, once being lost,
    Make men secure of that they loved most.


III.

    Thus have I long in th'air of Error hovered,
    And run my ship upon Repentance's shelf.
    Truth hath the veil of Ignorance uncovered,
    And made me see; and seeing, know myself.
    Of former follies, now, I must repent,
    And count this work, part of my time ill spent.


IV.

    What thing is LOVE? "A tyrant of the Mind!"
    "Begot by heat of Youth; brought forth by Sloth;
     Nursed with vain Thoughts, and changing as the wind!"
    "A deep Dissembler, void of faith and troth!"
    "Fraught with fond errors, doubts, despite, disdain,
     And all the plagues that earth and hell contain!"


V.

    Like to a man that wanders all the day
    Through ways unknown, to seek a thing of worth,
    And, at the night, sees he hath gone astray;
    As near his end, as when he first set forth:
    Such is my case, whose hope untimely crost,
    After long errors, proves my labour lost.


VI.

    Failed of that hap, whereto my hope aspired,
    Deprived of that which might have been mine own:
    Another, now, must have what I desired;
    And things too late, by their events are known.
    Thus do we wish for that cannot be got;
    And when it may, then we regard it not.


VII.

    Ingrateful LOVE! since thou hast played thy part!
    (Enthralling him, whom Time hath since made free)
    It rests with me, to use both Wit and Art,
    That of my wrongs I may revenged be:
    And in those eyes, where first thou took'st thy fire!
    Thyself shalt perish, through my cold desire.


VIII.

    "Grieve not thyself, for that cannot be had!
    And things, once cureless, let them cureless rest!"
    "Blame not thy fortune, though thou deem it bad!
    What's past and gone will never be redrest."
    "The only help, for that cannot be gained,
    Is to forget it might have been obtained."


IX.

    How happy, once, did I myself esteem!
    While Love with Hope, my fond Desire did cherish:
    My state as blissful as a King's did seem,
    Had I been sure my joys should never perish.
    "The thoughts of men are fed with expectation."
    "Pleasures themselves are but imagination."


X.

    Why should we hope for that which is to come,
    Where the event is doubtful, and unknown?
    Such fond presumptions soon receive their doom,
    When things expected we count as our own;
    Whose issue, ofttimes, in the end proves nought
    But hope! a shadow, and an idle thought.


XI.

    In vain do we complain our life is short,
    (Which well disposed, great matters might effect)
    While we ourselves, in toys and idle sport,
    Consume the better part without respect.
    And careless (as though time should never end it)
    'Twixt sleep, and waking, prodigally spend it.


XII.

    Youthful Desire is like the summer season
    That lasts not long; for winter must succeed:
    And so our Passions must give place to Reason;
    And riper years, more ripe effects must breed.
    Of all the seed, Youth sowed in vain desires,
    I reaped nought, but thistles, thorns, and briars.


XIII.

[Sidenote: _Chi non fa, non falla; chi falla, l'amenda._]

    "To err and do amiss, is given to men by Kind."
    "Who walks so sure, but sometimes treads awry?"
    But to continue still in errors blind,
    A bad and bestial nature doth descry.
    "Who proves not; fails not; and brings nought to end:
    Who proves and fails, may, afterward, amend."


XIV.

    There was but One, and doubtless She the best!
    Whom I did more than all the world esteem:
    She having failed, I disavow the rest;
    For, now, I find "things are not as they seem."
    "Default of that, wherein our will is crost,
    Ofttimes, unto our good availeth most."


XV.

[Sidenote: _Chi va, e ritorna, fa buon viaggio._]

    I fare like him who, now his land-hope spent,
    By unknown seas, sails to the Indian shore;
    Returning thence no richer than he went,
    Yet cannot much his fortune blame therefore.
    Since "Whoso ventures forth upon the Main,
    Makes a good mart, if he return again."


XVI.

    Lovers' Conceits are like a flatt'ring Glass,
    That makes the lookers fairer than they are;
    Who, pleased in their deceit, contented pass.
    Such once was mine, who thought there was none fair,
    None witty, modest, virtuous but She;
    Yet now I find the Glass abusèd me.


XVII.

    Adieu, fond Love! the Mother of all Error!
    Replete with hope and fear, with joy and pain.
    False fire of Fancy! full of care and terror.
    Shadow of pleasures fleeting, short, and vain!
    Die, loathèd Love! Receive thy latest doom!
    "Night be thy grave! and Oblivion be thy tomb!"


XVIII.

[Sidenote: _Nihil agenda male agere discimus._]

    Who would be rapt up into the third heaven
    To see a world of strange imaginations?
    Who, careless, would leave all at six and seven,
    To wander in a labyrinth of Passions?
    Who would, at once, all kinds of folly prove;
    When he hath nought to do, then let him love!


XIX.

    What thing is Beauty? "Nature's dearest Minion!"
    "The Snare of Youth! like the inconstant moon
    Waxing and waning!" "Error of Opinion!"
    "A Morning's Flower, that withereth ere noon!"
    "A swelling Fruit! no sooner ripe, than rotten!"
    "Which sickness makes forlorn, and time forgotten!"


XX.

    The Spring of Youth, which now is in his prime;
    Winter of Age, with hoary frosts shall nip!
    Beauty shall then be made the prey of Time!
    And sour Remorse, deceitful Pleasures whip!
    Then, henceforth, let Discretion rule Desire!
    And Reason quench the flame of CUPID'S fire!

XXI.

    O what a life was that sometime I led!
    When Love with Passions did my peace encumber;
    While, like a man neither alive nor dead,
    I was rapt from myself, as one in slumber:
    Whose idle senses, charmed with fond illusion,
    Did nourish that which bred their own confusion.


XXII.

    The child, for ever after, dreads the fire;
    That once therewith by chance his finger burned.
    Water of Time distilled doth cool Desire.
    "And far he ran," they say, "that never turned."
    After long storms, I see the port at last.
    Farewell, Folly! For now my love is past!


XXIII.

    Base servile thoughts of men, too much dejected,
    That seek, and crouch, and kneel for women's grace!
    Of whom, your pain and service is neglected;
    Yourselves, despised; rivals, before your face!
    The more you sue, the less you shall obtain!
    The less you win, the more shall be your gain!


XXIV.

    In looking back unto my follies past;
    While I the present, with times past compare,
    And think how many hours I then did waste
    Painting on clouds, and building in the air:
    I sigh within myself, and say in sadness,
    "This thing which fools call Love, is nought but Madness!"


XXV.

    "The things we have, we most of all neglect;
    And that we have not, greedily we crave.
    The things we may have, little we respect;
    And still we covet, that we cannot have.
    Yet, howsoe'er, in our conceit, we prize them;
    No sooner gotten, but we straight despise them."


XXVI.

    Who seats his love upon a woman's will,
    And thinks thereon to build a happy state;
    Shall be deceived, when least he thinks of ill,
    And rue his folly when it is too late.
    He ploughs on sand, and sows upon the wind,
    That hopes for constant love in Womankind.


XXVII.

    I will no longer spend my time in toys!
    Seeing Love is Error, Folly, and Offence;
    An idle fit for fond and reckless boys,
    Or else for men deprived of common sense.
    'Twixt Lunacy and Love, these odds appear;
    Th' one makes fools, monthly; th' other, all the year.


XXVIII.

    While season served to sow, my plough stood still;
    My graffs unset, when other's trees did bloom.
    I spent the Spring in sloth, and slept my fill;
    But never thought of Winter's cold to come;
    Till Spring was past, the Summer well nigh gone;
    When I awaked, and saw my harvest none.


XXIX.

    Now LOVE sits all alone, in black attire;
    His broken bow, and arrows lying by him;
    His fire extinct, that whilom fed Desire;
    Himself the scorn of lovers that pass by him:
    Who, this day, freely may disport and play;
    For it is PHILOPARTHEN's Holiday.


XXX.

[Sidenote: _Otia si tellas periere Cupidinis arcus._]

    Nay, think not LOVE! with all thy cunning slight,
    To catch me once again! Thou com'st too late!
    Stern Industry puts Idleness to flight:
    And Time hath changed both my name and state.
    Then seek elsewhere for mates, that may befriend thee!
    For I am busy, and cannot attend thee!


XXXI.

    Loose Idleness! the Nurse of fond Desire!
    Root of all ills that do our youth betide;
    That, whilom, didst, through love, my wrack conspire:
    I banish thee! and rather wish t'abide
    All austere hardness, and continual pain;
    Than to revoke thee! or to love again!


XXXII.

    The time will come when, looking in a glass,
    Thy rivelled face, with sorrow thou shalt see!
    And sighing, say, "It is not as it was!
    These cheeks were wont more fresh and fair to be!
    But now, what once made me so much admired
    Is least regarded, and of none desired!"


XXXIII.

[Sidenote: _Temporis soltus honesta est avaritia._]

    Though thou be fair, think Beauty but a blast!
    A morning's dew! a shadow quickly gone!
    A painted flower, whose colour will not last!
    Time steals away, when least we think thereon.
    Most precious time! too wastefully expended;
    Of which alone, the sparing is commended.


XXXIV.

    How vain is Youth that, crossed in his Desire,
    Doth fret and fume, and inwardly repine;
    As though 'gainst heaven itself, he would conspire;
    And with his fraility, 'gainst his fate combine,
    Who of itself continues constant still;
    And doth us good, ofttimes against our will.


XXXV.

    In prime of Youth, when years and Wit were ripe,
    Unhappy Will, to ruin led the way.
    Wit danced about, when Folly 'gan to pipe;
    And Will and he together went astray.
    Nought then but Pleasure, was the good they sought!
    Which now Repentance proves too dearly bought.


XXXVI.

[Sidenote: _Est virtus placitis abstinuisse bonis._]

    He that in matters of delight and pleasure,
    Can bridle his outrageous affection;
    And temper it in some indifferent measure,
    Doth prove himself a man of good direction.
    In conquering Will, true courage most is shown;
    And sweet temptations makes men's virtues known.


XXXVII.

[Sidenote: _Invidia fatorum series summisque negatum staro diu._]

    Each natural thing, by course of Kind, we see,
    In his perfection long continueth not.
    Fruits once full ripe, will then fall from the tree;
    Or in due time not gathered, soon will rot.
    It is decreed, by doom of Powers Divine,
    Things at their height, must thence again decline.


XXXVIII.

    Thy large smooth forehead, wrinkled shall appear!
    Vermillion hue, to pale and wan shall turn!
    Time shall deface what Youth has held most dear!
    Yea, these clear Eyes (which once my heart did burn)
    Shall, in their hollow circles, lodge the night;
    And yield more cause of terror, than delight!


XXXIX.

[Sidenote: _Quanto piace al mondo, e breue sogno._]

    Lo here, the Record of my follies past,
    The fruits of Wit unstaid, and hours misspent!
    Full wise is he that perils can forecast,
    And so, by others' harms, his own prevent.
    All Worldly Pleasure that delights the Sense,
    Is but a short Sleep, and Time's vain expense!


XL.

    The sun hath twice his annual course performed,
    Since first unhappy I, began to love;
    Whose errors now, by Reason's rule reformed,
    Conceits of Love but smoke and shadows prove.
    Who, of his folly, seeks more praise to win;
    Where I have made an end, let him begin!

    _J. C._

FINIS.

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    DAIPHANTUS,

    OR

    The Passions of Love.

    Comical to read,

    _But Tragical to act:_

    As full of Wit, as Experience.

    By AN. SC. Gentleman.

    _Fœlix quem faciunt aliena pericula cautum._

    Whereunto is added,

    _The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage._

    [Illustration]

    LONDON:

    Printed by T. C. for WILLIAM COTTON: and are
    to be sold at his shop, near Ludgate. 1604.



[Illustration]

_The Argument._


[Illustration]

Daiphantus, a younger brother, very honourably descended, brought up
but not born in Venice; naturally subject to Courting, but not to Love;
reputed a man rather full of compliment, than of true courtesy; more
desirous to be thought honest, than so to be wordish beyond discretion;
promising more to all, than friendship could challenge; mutable in
all his actions, but his affections aiming indeed to gain opinion
rather than goodwill; challenging love from greatness, not from merit;
studious to abuse his own wit, by the common sale of his infirmities;
lastly, under the colour of his natural affection (which indeed was
very pleasant and delightful) coveted to disgrace every other to his
own discontent: a scourge to Beauty, a traitor to Women, and an infidel
to Love.

This He, this creature, at length, falls in love with two at one
instant; yea, two of his nearest allies: and so indifferently
[_equally_] yet outrageously, as what was commendable in the one, was
admirable in the other. By which means, as not despised, not regarded!
if not deceived, not pitied! They esteemed him as he was in deed, not
words. He protested, they jested! He swore he loved in sadness; they
in sooth believed, but seemed to give no credence to him: thinking
him so humorous as no resolution could be long good; and holding this
his attestation to them of affection in that kind, [no] more than his
contesting against it before time.

Thus overcome of that he seemed to conquer, he became a slave to his
own fortunes. Laden with much misery, utter mischief seized upon him.
He fell in love with another, a wedded Lady. Then with a fourth,
named VITULLIA. And so far was he imparadised in her beauty (She not
recomforting him) that he fell from Love to Passion, so to Distraction,
then to Admiration [_wonderment_] and Contemplation, lastly to Madness.
Thus did he _act_ the Tragical scenes, who only penned the Comical:
became, if not as brutish as ACTÆON, as furious as ORLANDO. Of whose
Humours and Passions, I had rather you should read them, than I act
them!

In the end, by one, or rather by all, he was recovered. A Voice did mad
him; and a Song did recure him! Four in one sent him out of this world;
and one with four redeemed him to the world. To whose unusual strains
in Music, and emphatical emphasis in Love; I will leave you to turn
over a new leaf!

This only I will end with:

    Who, of Love should better write,
    Than he that Love learns to indite?

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    To the mighty, learned, and ancient Potentate,
     QUISQUIS, Emperor of +, King of
      Great and Little A., Prince of B. C. and
       D., &c.; ALIQUIS wisheth the much
        increase of true subjects, free from
         Passion, spleen, and melancholy;
          and endued with virtue,
           wisdom, and magnanimity.


Or to the Reader.

[Illustration]

_An Epistle to the Reader! Why! that must have his Forehead or first
entrance like a Courtier, fair-spoken and full of expectation; his
Middle or centre like your citizen's warehouse, beautified with
enticing vanities, though the true riches consist of bald commodities;
his_ Rendezvous _or conclusion like the lawyer's case, able to pocket
up any matter; but let good words be your best evidence! In the General
or foundation, he must be like Paul's Church, resolved to let every
Knight and Gull travel upon him: yet his Particulars or lineaments
may be Royal as the Exchange, with ascending steps, promising new but
costly devices and fashions. It must have Teeth like a Satyr, Eyes like
a critic; and yet may your Tongue speak false Latin, like your panders
and bawds of poetry. Your Genius and Species should march in battle
array with our politicians: yet your Genius ought to live with an
honest soul indeed._

_It should be like the never-too-well-read_ Arcadia, _where the Prose
and Verse, Matter and Words, are like his_ [SIDNEY'S] _Mistress's eyes!
one still excelling another, and without corrival! or to come home to
the vulgar's element, like friendly SHAKE-SPEARE's_ Tragedies, _where
the Comedian rides, when the Tragedian stands on tiptoe. Faith, it
should please all, like Prince_ HAMLET! _But, in sadness, then it were
to be feared, he would run mad. In sooth, I will not be moonsick, to
please! nor out of my wits, though I displease all! What? Poet! are you
in Passion, or out of Love? This is as strange as true!_

_Well, well! if I seem mystical or tyrannical; whether I be a fool or
a Lord's-Ingle; all's one! If you be angry, you are not well advised!
I will tell you, it is an Indian humour I have snuffed up from Divine
Tobacco! and it is most gentlemanlike, to puff it out at any place or
person!_

_I'll no_ Epistle! _It were worse than one of HERCULES' labours! but
will conclude honesty is a man's best virtue. And but for the Lord
Mayor and the two Sheriffs, the Inns of Court, and many Gallants
elsewhere, this last year might have been burned! As for MOMUS (carp
and bark who will!), if the_ noble Ass _bray not, I am as good a Knight
Poet, as_ Ætatis suæ, _Master_ An. Dom.'s _son-in-law._

_Let your critic look to the rowels of his spurs, the pad of his
saddle, and the jerk of his wand! then let him ride me and my rhymes
down, as hotly as he would. I care not! We shall meet and be friends
again, with the breaking of a spear or two! and who would do less, for
a fair Lady?_

_There I leave you, where you shall ever find me!_

       *       *       *       *       *

_Passionate DAIPHANTUS, your loving subject, Gives you to understand,
he is a_ Man in Print, _and it is enough he hath undergone a Pressing,
though for your sakes and for Ladies: protesting for this poor infant
of his brain, as it was the price of his virginity, born into the world
with tears: so (but for a many his dear friends that took much pains
for it) it had died, and never been laughed at! and that if Truth have
wrote less than Fiction; yet it is better to err in Knowledge than in
Judgement! Also, if he have caught up half a line of any other's, it
was out of his memory, not of any ignorance!_

_Why he dedicates it to All, and not to any Particular, as his Mistress
or so? His answer is, He is better born, than to creep into women's
favours, and ask their leave afterwards._

_Also he desireth you to help to correct such errors of the Printer,
which (because the Author is dead, or was out of the City) hath been
committed. And it was his folly, or the Stationer's, you had not an_
Epistle _to the purpose._

    _Thus like a lover, wooes he for your favour;
    Which, if you grant, then_ Omnia vincit Amor.



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_DAIPHANTUS._


Proem

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    I sing the old World in an infant story!
    I sing the new World in an ancient ditty!
    I sing this World; yes, this World's shame and glory!
    I sing a Medley of rigour and of pity!
      I sing the Court's, City's, and the Country's fashions!
      Yet sing I but of Love and her strange Passions!

    I sing that anthem lovers sigh in sadness!
    I sing sweet times of joys in wo[e]-ven verses!
    I sing those lines, I once did act in madness!
    I sing and weep! (tears follow birth and hearses!)
      I sing a _Dirge!_ a Fury did indite it!
      I sing Myself! whilst I myself do write it.

    I invocate, to grace my Artless labour,
    The faithful goddess, men call MEMORY
    (True Poet's treasure, and their Wit's best favour);
    To deck my Muse with truest poesy!
      Though Love write well, yet Passion blinds th'affection.
      _Man ne'er rules right, that's in the least subjection._

    Sweet Memory! Soul's life, new life increasing!
    The Eye of Justice! Tongue of Eloquence!
    The Lock of Learning! Fountain never ceasing!
    The Cabinet of Secrets! Caske[t] of Sense!
      Which governest Nature, teacheth Man his awe!
      That art all Conscience, and yet rul'st by Law!

    Bless thou, this Love Song-Air of my best wishes!
    (Thou art the Parent nourisheth Desire!)
    Blow, gentle winds! safe land me at my blisses!
    Love still mounts high, though lovers not aspire.
      My Poem's Truth! Fond poets feign at pleasure!
      A loving subject is a Prince's treasure.

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[Illustration]

THE PASSIONS OF LOVE.


[Illustration]

    In Venice fair, the city most admired;
    Their lived a Gallant, who DAIPHANTUS hight.
    Right nobly born, well lettered, loved, desired
    Of every Courtier in their most delight:
      So full of pleasance, that he seemed to be
      A man begot in VENUS' infancy.

    His face was fair, full comely was his feature:
    Lipped like the cherry, with a wanton's eye:
    A MARS in anger, yet a VENUS' creature;
    Made part of CYNTHIA, most of MERCURY:
      A pitied soul, so made of Love and Hate,
      Though still beloved, in love unfortunate.

    Thus made by Nature, Fortune did conspire
    To balance him, with weight of CUPID'S wings;
    Passant in Love, yet oft in great Desire;
    Sudden in Love, not staid in anything.
      He courted all, not loved: and much did strive
      To die for Love, yet never meant to wive!

    As Nature made him fair, so likewise witty;
    (She not content) his thoughts thus very fickle.
    Fortune that gained him, placed him in this city,
    To wheel his head, which she had made most tickle.
      Fortune made him beloved, and so distraught him!
      His reins let forth, he fell; and CUPID caught him.

    Not far from Venice, in an Abbey fair,
    Well walled about, two worthy Ladies dwelt:
    Who virgins were, so sweet and debonair,
    The ground they trod on, of their odour smelt.
      Two virgin Sisters, matchless in a phere,
      Had livèd virgins well nigh eighteen year.

    EURIALÆ, the elder sister's named;
    The other was URANIA the wise.
    Nature for making them was surely blamed:
    VENUS herself, by them all did despise!
      Such beauties with such virtue! so combined,
      That all exceeds, yet nought excels their mind.

    EURIALÆ so shows as doth the sun,
    When mounted on the continent of heaven:
    Yet oft she's clouded; but when her glory's come,
    Two suns appear! to make her glory even.
      Her smiles send brightness when the sun's not bright!
      Her looks give beauty, when the sun lends light!

    Modest and humble, of nature mild and sweet;
    Unmatched beauty with her virtue meeting:
    Proud that her lowly 'beisance doth re-greet
    With her chaste silence. Virtue ever keeping.
      This is the sun, that sets before it rise!
      This is a star! no less are both her eyes!

    Her beauty peerless! peerless is her mind!
    Her body matchless! matchless are her thoughts!
    Herself but one! but one like her, we find!
    Her wealth's her virtue! Such virtue is not bought!
      This is a heaven on earth, makes her divine!
      This is the sun, obscures where it doth shine!

    URANIA next. O that I had that Art
    Could write her worth! her worth no eye may see!
    Or that her tongue (O heaven!) were now my heart,
    What silver lines in showers should drop from me!
      My heart she keeps! how can I then indite?
      No heart-less creature can Love Passions write!

    As a black veil upon the wings of morn,
    Brings forth a day as clear as VENUS' face;
    Or a fair jewel, by an Ethiope worn,
    Enricheth much the eye, which it doth grace:
      Such is her beauty, if it well be told!
      Placed in a jetty chariot set with gold.

    Her hair, Night's canopy in mourning weeds
    Is still enthroned, when locked within is seen
    A Deity, drawn by a pair of steeds
    Like VENUS' eyes! And if the like have been,
      Her eyes two radiant stars, but yet divine!
      Her face day's sun (heaven all!) if once they shine!

    Upon the left side of this heavenly feature,
    In curious work, Nature hath set a seal,
    Wherein is writ, _This is a matchless creature!_
    Where Wit and Beauty strives for the appeal:
      The Judges choosed are Love and Fancy. They rise,
      And looking on her, with her, left their eyes!

    Her Wit and Beauty were at many frays,
    "Whether the deep impressions did cause?"
    "Nature!" said Beauty; Art, her Wit did praise:
    Love thought her Face; her tongue had Truth's applause.
      Whilst they contend, Which was the better part?
      I lent an eye; She robbed me of my heart!

    Sisters these two are, like the Day and Night:
    Their glories, by their virtues they do merit,
    One as the Day to see the other's might;
    The other's Night to shadow a high spirit.
      If all were Day, how could a lover rest?
      Or if all Night, lovers were too much blest!

    Both fair, as eke their bodies tall and slender:
    Both wise, yet silence shews their modesty:
    Both grave, although they both are young and tender:
    Both humble hearted, not in policy.
      So fair, wise, grave, and humble are esteemed;
      Yet what men see, the worst of them is deemed!

    Nature that made them fair, doth love perfection.
    What Youth counts wisdom, Age doth bring to trial.
    Grave years in Youth, in Age needs no direction.
    A humble heart deserves, finds, no denial.
      Fairs ring their knells, and yet Fame never dies!
      True judgement's from the heart, not from the eyes!

    These two, two sisters, cousins to this lover;
    He often courts, as was his wonted fashion.
    Who swears all's fair, yet hath no heart to prove her,
    Seems still in Love or in a lover's Passion,
      Now learns this lesson! and love-scoffers find it!
      _CUPID hits rightest, when Lovers do least mind it!_

    Although his guise were fashioned to his mind,
    And wording Love, as compliment he used;
    Seemed still to jest at Love and lovers' kind,
    Never obtained, but where he was refused:
      Yet now, his words with wit so are rewarded;
      He loves! loves two! loves all! of none regarded.

    Now he that laughed to hear true lovers sigh,
    Can bite his lips, until his heart doth bleed!
    Who jibed at all, loves all! each day's his night!
    Who scorned, now weeps and howls! writes his own meed!
      He that would bandy Love, is now the ball!
      Who feared no hazard, himself hath ta'en the fall!

    Beauty and Virtue, who did praise the fashion;
    Who, Love and Fancy thought a comedy:
    Now is turned Poet! and writes Love in Passion!
    His verses fit the bleeding Tragedy!
      In willow weeds, right well he acts his part!
      His Scenes are tears, whose embryon was his heart!

    He loves, where Love to all doth prove disaster!
    His eyes no sooner see, but he's straight blind!
    His kindred, friends, or foes, he follows faster
    Than his own good! He's now but too too kind!
      He that spent all, would fain find out Love's treasure!
      Extremities are, for extremes the measure.

    Thus thinks he, of the words he spent in vain;
    And wishes now, his tongue had eloquence!
    He's dumb! all motion that a world could gain,
    A centre now without circumference!
      CUPID, with words who fought! would teach him Art,
      Hath lost his tongue; and with it, left his heart!

    He swears he loves! (the heat doth prove the fire!)
    He weeps his Love, his tears shew his Affection.
    He writes his Love, his lines plead his Desire.
    He sings his Love, the ditty mourns the action.
      He sings, writes, weeps, and swears that he's in sadness!
      It is believed, _Not cured, Love turns to madness!_

    Love once dissembled, oaths are a grace most slender!
    Tears oft are heard, Ambassadors for Beauty!
    Words writ in gold, an iron heart may render!
    A Passion Song shews much more hope than duty!
      Oaths spoke in tears; words, song; prove no true ditty:
      _A feignèd Love must find a feignèd Pity!_

    Thus is the good DAIPHANTUS like the fly,
    Who playing with the candle feels the flame.
    The smiles of scorn are lovers' misery:
    That soul's most vex't, is grievèd with his name.
      Though kind DAIPHANTUS do most love protest;
      Yet is his cross, still to be thought in jest!

    Poor tortured lover! Like a perjured soul,
    Swears till he's hoarse, yet never is believed!
    (Who's once a villain, still is counted foul!)
    O woful pity! when with wind relieved,
      Learns this by wrote, _Though Love unconstant be,
      They must prove constant, will her comforts see!_

    Now to the humble heart of his dread Saint,
    EURIALÆ, he kneels; but's not regarded!
    Then to URANIA sighs, till he grows faint:
    Such is her Wit, in silence he's rewarded!
      His humble voice, EURIALÆ accuseth!
      His sighing Passion, URANIA refuseth!

    Then lifts he up his eyes, but Heaven frowneth!
    Bows down his head, Earth is a mass of sorrow!
    Runs to the seas; the sea, it storms and howleth!
    Hies to the woods, the birds sad tunes do borrow!
      Heaven, Earth, sea, woods, and all things do conspire
      He burn in Love, yet freeze in his Desire!

    The Ladies jest! command him to feign still!
    Tell him, how, one day, he may be in love!
    That lover's reason hath not Love's free will!
    Smile in disdain, to think of that he proves!
      (O me, DAIPHANTUS! how art thou advised?
      When he's less pitied, then he is despised!)

    They hold this but his humour! seem so wise!
    And many lovers' stories forth do bring!
    Court him with shadows, whilst he catcheth flies,
    Biting his fingers till the blood forth spring!
      Then do they much commend his careless Passion!
      Call him "a lover of our Courtiers' fashion!"

    All this they do in modesty; yet free
    From thinking him so honest, as in truth:
    Much less so kind, as to love two or three,
    Him near allied; and he himself a youth!
      Till with the sweat, which from his sufferings rise,
      His face is pearled, like the lights his eyes.

    Then with his look down-cast, and trembling hand,
    A High Dutch colour, and a tongue like ice,
    Apart with this EURIALÆ to stand
    Endeavours he. This was his last device,
      Yet in so humble strains, this Gallant courts her;
      The wind being high, his breath it never hurts her!

    Speechless thus stands he, till She feared him dead,
    And rubs his temples, calls and cries for aid.
    Water is fetched and spunged into his head:
    Who then starts up; from dreaming, as he said,
      And craving absence of all, but this Saint,
      He 'gan to court her, but with a heart right faint.

    "Bright Star of PHŒBUS! Goddess of my thought!
    Behold thy vassal, humbled on his knee!
    Behold for thee, what gods and Art hath wrought,
    A man adoring! of Love, the lowest degree.
      I love! I honour thee!" No more; there stayed
      As if foresworn; even so, was he afraid!

    EURIALÆ now spake, yet seemed in wonder,
    Her lips when parting, heaven did ope his treasure,
    "O do not, do not love! I will not sunder
    A heart in two! Love hath nor height nor measure!
      Live still a virgin! Then I'll be thy lover!"
      Heaven here did close. No tongue could after move her.

    As if in heaven, he was ravished so.
    O love! O voice! O face! which is the glory?
    O day! O night! O Age! O worlds of joy!
    Of every part, true love might write a story.
      Convert my sighs, O to some angel's tongue.
      To die for Love is life! Death is best young!

    She gone, URANIA came. He, on the flower,
    But sight of her revived his noble fire:
    And as if MARS did thunder, words did shower!
    (Love speaks in heat, when 'tis in most Desire)
      She made him mad, whose sight had him revived;
      Now speaks he plainly! Storms past, the air is glide.

    "Why was I made, to bear such woe and grief?
    Why was I born, but in Love to be nourished?
    Why then for Love (Love, of all virtues chief),
    And I not pitied, though I be not cherished?
      What! did my eyes offend in virtue seeing?
      O no! True Virtue is the lover's being!

    "Beauty and Virtue are the twins of life;
    Love is the mother which them forth doth bring.
    Wit with discretion ends the lover's strife.
    Patience with silence is a glorious thing.
      Love crowns a man, Love gives to all due merit;
      Men without love are bodies without spirit.

    "Love to a mortal is both life and treasure.
    Love changed to Wedlock doubleth in her glory.
    Love is the gem, whose worth is without measure.
    Fame dies, if not entombed within Love's story.
      Man that lives, lives not, if he wants Content.
      Man that dies, dies not, if with Love's consent."

    Thus spake DAIPHANTUS, and thus spake he well;
    Which wise URANIA well did understand:
    So well she like it, as it did excel.
    Now graced she him with her white slender hand,
      With words most sweet, a colour fresh and fair,
      In heavenly speech, she 'gan his woes declare.

    "My good DAIPHANTUS! Love, it is no toy!
    CUPID, though blind, yet strikes the heart at last.
    His force, you feel! whose power must breed your joy;
    This is the meed for scoffs, you on him cast!
      You love, who scorned! your love, with scorn is quite!
      You love, yet want! your love, with want is spite!

    "Love plays the wanton, where she means to kill.
    Love rides the fool, and spurs without direction.
    Love weeps like you, yet laughs at your good will.
    Love is, of all things, but the true confection.
      Love is of everything; yet itself's but one thing.
      Love is anything, yet indeed is nothing.

    "We virgins know this, though not the force of Love.
    For we two sisters live as in a cell:
    Nor do we scorn it, though we it not approve;
    By prayer we hope, her charms for to repell!
      And thus adieu! But you, in Progress go,
      To find fit place to warble forth your woe.

    "Who first seeks mercy, is the last for grief,"
    Thus did She part; whose image stayed behind.
    He in a trance stands mute, finds no relief
    (For She was absent, whose tongue pleased his mind),
      But like a heartless and a hurtless creature,
      In admiration of so sweet a feature.

    At length looked up, his shadow only seeing,
    Sighs to himself and weeps, yet silent stands;
    Kneels, riseth, walks, all this without True Being,
    Sure he was there, though fettered in Love's bands.
      His lips departed, parted were his blisses:
      Yet for pure love, each lip the other kisses.

    Revived by this, or else Imagination,
    Recalls things past, the time to come laments;
    Records his love, but with an acclamation!
    Repents himself and all these accidents.
      Now with the wings of Love, he 'gins to raise,
      His Love to gain, this woman he doth praise.

    "Women than Men are purer creatures far!
    The Soul of souls! the blessed Gift of Nature!
    To men, a heaven! to men, the brightest star!
    The pearl that's matchless! high, without all stature!
      So full of goodness, that Bounty waiteth still
      Upon their trencher! feeds them with free will!

    "Where seek we Virtue, learn true Art or Glory;
    Where find we Joy that lasteth, still is spending,
    But in sweet Women? of man's life, the Story!
    Alpha, they are! Omega is their ending!
      Their virtues shine with such a sun of brightness!
      Yet he's unwise, that looks in them for lightness!"

    (O let my pen relate mine own decay!
    There are, which are not, or which should not be,
    Some shaped like Saints, whose steps are not the way.
    O let my Verse not name their infamy!
      These hurt not all, but even the wandering eye,
      Which fondly gapes for his own misery.

    These do not harm the honest or the just,
    The faithful lover, or the virtuous dame;
    But those whose souls be only given to lust,
    Care more for pleasure, than for worthy fame.
      But peace, my Muse! For now, methinks I hear
      An angel's voice come warbling in my ear!)

    Not distant far, within a garden fair,
    The sweet ARTESIA sang unto her lute,
    Her voice charmed CUPID, and perfumed the air,
    Made beasts stand still, and birds for to be mute.
      Her voice and beauty proved so sad a ditty;
      Who saw, was blind! who heard, soon sued for pity!

    This Lady was no virgin like the rest,
    Yet near allied. By Florence city dwelling
    (Nature and Art; within her both were blest;
    Music in her, and Love had his excelling).
      To visit her fair cousins oft she came;
      Perhaps more jocund, but no whit to blame.

    Fortune had crossed her with a churlish Mate,
    Who STRYMON hight. A Palmer was his sire,
    Full nobly born and of a wealthy state;
    His son a child not born to his Desire.
      Thus was she crossed, which causèd her thereby,
      DAIPHANTUS' grief to mourn, by sympathy.

    DAIPHANTUS hearing such a swan-tuned voice,
    Was ravished, as with angels' melody;
    Though in this labyrinth blest, could not rejoice,
    Nor yet could see what brought this harmony.
      At length, this goddess ceased; began draw near,
      Who, when he saw; he saw not, 'twas her sphere!

    Away then crept he on his hands and knees,
    To hide himself: thought VENUS came to plague him!
    Which she espying, like the sun she stands;
    As with her beams, she thought for to assuage him.
      But like the sun, which gazed on blinds the eye,
      So he by her! and so resolved to die.

    At this, in wonder softly did she pace it;
    Yet suddenly was stayed. His verses seized her,
    Which he late writ, forgot. Thus was he graced.
    She read them over, and the writing pleased her.
      For CUPID framed two mottoes in her heart:
      The one as DIAN'S, the other, for his dart.

    She read and pitied; reading, Pity taught.
    She loved and hated; hate to Love did turn.
    She smiled and wept; her weeping Smiling brought.
    She hoped and feared; her Hopes in fear did mourn.
      She read, loved, smiled, and hoped; but 'twas in vain:
      Her tears, still dread; and pity, hate did gain.

    She could have loved him, such true verses making;
    She might have loved him, and yet love beguiling.
    She would have kissed him, but feared his awaking;
    She might have kissed him, and sleep sweetly smiling.
      She thus afeared, did fear what she most wished.
      He thus in hope, still hoped for that he missed.

    He looked! They two, long each on other gazed!
    Sweet silence pleaded what each other thought.
    Thus Love and Fancy both alike amazed,
    As if their tongues and hearts had been distraught.
      ARTESIA'S voice thus courted him at length.
      The more she spake, the greater was his strength!

    "Good gentle Sir! your fortunes I bemoan,
    And wish my state so happy as to ease you!
    But She that grieved you, She it is alone,
    Whose breath can cure, and whose kind words appease you!
      Were I that She, heaven should my star extinguish,
      If you but loved me, ere I would relinquish.

    "Yet, noble Sir! I can no love protest,
    For I am wedded (O word full fraught with woe!)
    But in such manner as good love is blest,
    In honest kindness, I'll not prove your foe!
      Mine own experience doth my counsel prove,
      I know to pity, yet not care to love!

    "A sister, yet Nature hath given me,
    A virgin true, right fair, and sweetly kind.
    I for her good, Fortune hath driven me
    To be a comfort. Your heart shall be her mind.
      My woes yet tell me, she is best a maid!"
      And here she stopped her tears, her words thus stayed.

    DAIPHANTUS then, in number without measure,
    Began her praises, which no pen can end.
    "O Saint! O sun of heaven, and earth the treasure!
    Who lives, if not thy honour to defend?
      Ah me! what mortal can be in love so strange,
      That wedding Virtue will a wand'ring range?

    "She, like the morning, is still fresh and fair.
    The Elements, of her, they all do borrow;
    The Earth, the Fire, the Waters, and the Air;
    Their strength, heat, moisture, liveliness. No sorrow
      Can Virtue change! Beauty hath but one place.
      The heart's still perfect; though empaled the face.

    "O eyes! no eyes, but stars still clearly shining!
    O face! no face but shape of angels' fashion!
    O lips! no lips, but bliss by kiss refining!
    O heart! no heart, but of true love right Passion!
      O eyes, face, lips, and heart, if not too cruel;
      To see, feel, taste, and love earth's rarest jewel."

    This said, he paused, new praises now devising,
    Kneels to APOLLO for his skill and Art:
    When came the Ladies! At which, he arising,
    'Twixt lip and lip, he had nor lips nor heart.
      His eyes, their eyes so sweetly did incumber:
      Although awaked, yet in a golden slumber.

    Most like a lion raised from slumbering ease,
    He cast his looks, fall grimly them among.
    At length, he firmly knit what might appease
    His brow; looked stedfastly and long
      At one, till all their eyes with his eyes met alike
      On fair VITULLIA, who his heart did strike.

    VITULLIA fair, yet brown; as mixed together
    As Art and Nature strove which was the purest.
    So sweet her smilings were, a grace to either!
    That heaven's glory in that face seemed truest.
      VENUS, excepted when the god her wooed,
      Was ne'er so fair! so tempting, yet so good!

    Wonder not, mortals, though the Poets feign!
    The Muses' graces were in this She's favour:
    Nor wonder, though She strove his tongue to gain!
    For I lose mine, in thinking of his labour.
      "Well may he love," I write, "and all Wits praise her,
      She's so all humble, Learning cannot raise her!"

    DAIPHANTUS oft sighed: "Oh!" oft said "Fair!"
    Then looks and sighs, and then cries wonderful;
    Thus did he long, and truly 'twas not rare:
    The object was! which made his mind so dull.
      Pray pardon him! for better to cry "Oh!"
      Than feel that Passion which caused him sigh so.

    Now, all were silent, not alone this Lover,
    Till came ISMENIO, brother to this Saint,
    Whose haste made sweat, his tongue he could not prove her,
    For this against him, that his heart was faint:
      Thus all amazed, none knowing any cause,
      ISMENIO breathless, here had time to pause.

    At length, ISMENIO, who had wit and skill,
    Questioned the reason of this strong effect:
    At last related, haste outwent his will,
    He told them, "He was sent, them to direct,
      Where hunting sports, their eyes should better please!"
      Who first went forth, DAIPHANTUS most did ease.

    They gone, DAIPHANTUS to his standish highs!
    Thinks, in his writs VITULLIA'S beauties were:
    But what he wrote, his Muse not justifies,
    Bids him take time! "Love badly writes in fear!
      Her worthy praise, if he would truly write,
      Her kisses' nectar must the same indite."

    "Art, and sweet Nature! Let your influence drop
    From me like rain! Yes, yes, in golden showers!
    (Whose end is Virtue, let him never stop!)
    But fall on her, like dew on sprinkling flowers!
      That both together meeting, may beget
      An ORPHEUS! two gems in a soil richly set!"

    Thus ravished, then distracted, as was deemed,
    Not taught to write of Love in this extreme;
    In love, in fear; yea, trembling (as it seemed),
    If praising her, he should not keep the mean!
      Thus vexed, he wept! His tears intreated pity,
      But Love unconstant, tunes a woful ditty.

    Now kneels to VENUS. Faithfulness protested
    To this, none else! This was his only Saint!
    Vowed e'er his service, or to be arrested
    To VENUS' censure! Thus he left to faint.
      His love brought Wit, and Wit engendered Spirit;
      True Love and Wit thus learned him to indite.

    "As the mild lamb runs forth from shepherd's fold,
    By ravenous wolves is caught and made a prey:
    So is my Sense, by which Love taketh hold,
    Tormented more than any tongue can say.
      The difference is, they tortured so, do die!
      I feed the torment breeds my misery.

    "Consumed by her I live, such is her glory!
    Despised of her I love, I more adore her!
    I'll ne'er write ought, but of her virtue's story!
    Beauty unblasted is the eye's rich storer,
      If I should die, O who would ring love's knell?"
      Faint not, DAIPHANTUS! Wise men love not so well!

    "Like heaven's artist, the astronomer,
    Gazing on stars, oft to the earth doth fall:
    So I, DAIPHANTUS, now Lover's Harbinger,
    Am quite condemned to Love's funeral!
      Who falls by women, by them oft doth rise;
      Ladies have lips to kiss, as well as eyes!"

    But tush, thou fool! thou lov'st all thou seest.
    Who once thou lovest, thou should'st change her never!
    Constant in love, DAIPHANTUS, see thou beest!
    If thou hope comfort, Love but once, and ever!
      "Fortune! O be so good to let me find
      A lady living, of this constant mind!"

    "O, I would wear her in my heart's heart-gore!
    And place her on the continent of stars!
    Think heaven and earth, like her had not one more!
    Would fight for her till all my face were scars!
      But if that women be such fickle Shees;
      Men may be like them in infirmities!"

    O no, DAIPHANTUS! Women are not so
    'Tis but their shadows, pictures merely painted!
    Then turn poor lover! "O heaven! not to my woe!
    Then to VITULLIA!" With that word, he fainted.
      Yet she that wounds, did heal. Like her, no heaven.
      Odds in a man, a woman can make even!

    "O my VITULLIA! Let me write that down!
    O sweet VITULLIA! Nature made thee sweet!
    O kind VITULLIA! Truth hath the surest ground!
    I'll weep or laugh, so that our hearts may meet!"
      Love is not always merry, nor still weeping:
      A drop of each, Love's joys are sweets in sleeping.

    "Her name, in golden letters, on my breast I'll 'grave!
    Around my temples, in a garland wear!
    My Art shall be, her favour for to have!
    My Learning still her honour high to rear!
      My lips shall close but to her sacred name!
      My tongue be silent but to spread her fame!

    "In woods, groves, hills, VITULLIA'S name shall ring!
    In meadows, orchards, gardens, sweetest and fair!
    I'll learn the birds her name alone to sing!
    All quires shall chant it in a heavenly air!
      The Day shall be her Usher! Night, her Page!
      Heaven, her Palace! and this Earth, her Stage!

    "Virgin's pure chasteness, in her eyes shall be!
    Women, true love, from her true mind shall learn!
    Widows, their mourning in her face shall see!
    Children, their duty in her speech discern!
      And all of them in love with each, but I:
      Who fear her love, will make me fear to die!

    "My Orisons are still to please this creature!
    My Valour sleeps but when She is defended!
    My Wits still jaded but when I praise her feature!
    My Life is hers; in her begun and ended!
      O happy day wherein I wear not willow!
      Thrice blessed night, wherein her breast's my pillow!

    "I'll serve her, as the Mistress of all Pleasure!
    I'll love her, as the Goddess of my soul!
    I'll keep her, as the Jewel of all treasure!
    I'll live with her, yet out of LOVE'S control!
      That all may know, I will not from her part,
      I'll double lock her in my lips and heart!

    If e'er I sigh, it shall be for her pity!
    If e'er I mourn, her funeral draws near!
    If e'er I sing, her virtue is the ditty!
    If e'er I smile, her beauty is the sphere!
      All that I do, is that I may admire her!
      All that I wish, is that I still desire her!"

    But peace, DAIPHANTUS! Music is only sweet,
    When without discord. A consort makes a heaven.
    The ear is ravished when true voices meet.
    Odds, but in music, never makes things even.
      In voices' difference breeds a pleasant ditty,
      In Love, a difference brings a scornful pity.

    Whose was the tongue, EURIALÆ defended?
    Whose was the wit, URANIA did praise?
    Whose were the lips, ARTESIA'S voice commended?
    Whose was the heart loved all? all crowned with bays?
      "Sure 'twas myself! What did I? O I tremble!
      Yet I'll not weep! Wise men may love dissemble.

    "Fie, no! Fond Love hath ever his reward!
    A sea of tears! a world of sighs and groans!
    Ah me! VITULLIA will have no regard
    To ease my grief, and cure me of my moans;
      If once her ear should hearken to that voice,
      Relates my fortunes in Love's fickle choice.

    But now, I will, their worth with hers declare,
    That Truth by Error may have her true being;
    Things good are lessened by the thing that's rare.
    Beauty increaseth by a blackness seeing.
      Whoso is fair and chaste, they, sure, are best!
      Such is VITULLIA! such are all the rest!

    "But she is fair, and chaste, and wise." What then,
    So are they all, without a difference!
    "She's fair, chaste, wise, and kind, yes, to all men."
    The rest are so! Number makes Excellence.
      "She's fair, chaste, wise, kind, rich, yet humble."
      They three, her equal! Virtue can never stumble.

    "VITULLIA is the sun; they stars of night!"
    Yet night is the bosom wherein the sun doth rest.
    "The moon herself borrows of the sun's light,"
    All by the stars take counsel to be blest.
      The day's the sun, yet Cupid can it blind;
      The stars at night, Sleep cures the troubled mind.

    "She is a rose, the fairer, so the sweeter!
    She is a lute, whose belly tunes the music!
    She is my prose, yet makes me speak all metre!
    She is my life, yet sickens me with physic!
      She is a virgin, that makes her a jewel!
      She will not love me, therein She is cruel!

    "EURIALÆ is like Sleep when one is weary
    URANIA is like a golden Slumber.
    ARTESIA'S voice, like Dreams that make men merry.
    VITULLIA, like a Bed, all these encumber.
      1. Sleep, 2. Slumber, 3. Dreams upon a 4. Bed are best;
      First, Second, Third, but in the Fourth is blest.

    "O but VITULLIA, what? She's wondrous pretty!
    O I, and what? so is She very fair!
    O yes, and what? She's like herself most witty!
    And yet, what is She? She is all but air!
      What can earth be, but earth? So we are all!
      Peace, then, my Muse! Opinion oft doth fall!

    "EURIALÆ, I honour for humility!
    URANIA, I reverence for her wit!
    ARTESIA, I adore for true agility!
    Three Graces for the goddesses most fit.
      Each of these gifts are blessed in their faces,
      O, what's VITULLIA, who hath all these Graces?"

    She is but a Lady! So are all the rest.
    As pure, as sweet, as modest, yea as loyal;
    Yes, She's the Shadow (shadows are the least!),
    Which tells the Hour of Virtue by her dial.
      By her, men see there is on earth a heaven!
      By them, men know her virtues are matched even!

    In praising all, much time he vainly spent,
    Yet thought none worthy but VITULLIA;
    Then called to mind, he could not well repent
    The love he bare the wise URANIA.
      EURIALÆ, ARTESIA, all, such beauties had,
      Which as they pleased him, made him well nigh mad.

    EURIALÆ, her beauty, his eyesight harmed!
    URANIA, her wit, his tongue incensed!
    ARTESIA, her voice, his ears had charmed!
    Thus poor DAIPHANTUS was, with love tormented.
      VITULLIA'S beauty, as he did impart,
      The others' virtues vanquishèd his heart.

    At length, he grew as in an ecstasy
    'Twixt Love and Love, Whose beauty was the truer?
    His thoughts thus diverse, as in a lunacy,
    He starts and stares, to see Whose was the purer?
      Oft treads a maze, runs, suddenly then stays,
      Thus with himself, himself makes many frays.

    Now with his fingers, like a barber snaps!
    Plays with the fire-pan, as it were a lute!
    Unties his shoe-strings! Then his lips, he laps!
    Whistles awhile, and thinks it is a flute!
      At length, a glass presents it to his sight,
      Where well he acts fond Love in Passions right.

    His chin he strokes! swears "beardless men kiss best!"
    His lips anoints, says "Ladies use such fashions!"
    Spits on his napkin, terms that "the bathing jest."
    Then on the dust, describes the Courtiers' Passion.
      Then humble calls, "Though they do still aspire;
      Ladies then fall, when Lords rise by desire."

    Then straddling goes, says, "Frenchmen fear no bears!"
    Vows "he will travel to the Siege of Brest!"
    Swears, "Captains, they do all against the hair!"
    Protests "Tobacco is a smoke-dried jest!"
      Takes up his pen for a tobacco pipe,
      Thus all besmeared, each lip, the other wipe.

    His breath, he thinks the smoke! his tongue, a coal!
    Then runs for bottle-ale to quench his thirst;
    Runs to his ink-pot, drinks! then stops the hole!
    And thus grows madder than he was at first.
      TASSO he finds, by that of HAMLET thinks
      Terms him a madman, then of his inkhorn drinks!

    Calls players "fools! The Fool, he judgeth wiseth,
    Will learn them action out of Chaucer's _Pander_,
    Proves of their poets bawds, even in the highest,
    Then drinks a health! and swears it is no slander."
      Puts off his clothes! his shirt he only wears!
      Much like mad HAMLET, thus, as Passion tears!

    "Who calls me forth, from my distracted thought?
    O Cerberus! if thou? I prithee speak!
    Revenge, if thou? I was thy rival ought!
    In purple gores, I'll make the ghosts to reek!
      VITULLIA! O VITULLIA, be thou still!
      I'll have revenge, or harrow up my will!

    "I'll fallow up the wrinkles of the earth!
    Go down to hell, and knock at PLUTO'S gate!
    I'll turn the hills to valleys! make a dearth
    Of virtuous honour to eternal Fate!
      I'll beat the winds, and make the tides keep back!
      Reign in the sea, that lovers have no wrack!

    "Yes, tell the Earth, 'It is a murderer!
    Hath slain VITULLIA!' O VITULLIA'S dead!
    I'll count blind CUPID for a conjurer,
    And with wild horses will I rend his head!
      I, with a pickaxe, will pluck out his brains!
      Laugh at this boy! ease lovers of much pains!

    "O then, I'll fly! I'll swim! yet stay, and then
    I'll ride the moon, and make the clouds my horse!
    Make me a ladder of the heads of men,
    Climb up to heaven! Yes, my tongue will force
      To gods and angels! O, I'll never end,
      Till for VITULLIA, all my cries I spend!

    "Then I, like a Spirit of pure Innocence,
    I'll be all white! and yet behold I'll cry
    'Revenge!' O lovers! this my sufference;
    Or else for love, for love, a soul must die!
      EURIALÆ! URANIA! ARTESIA! so!--"
      Heart rent in sunder, with these words of woe.

    "But soft, here comes! Who comes? and not calls out
    Of rape and murder, love and villainy?
    Stay, wretched man! Who runs? doth never doubt
    It is thy soul! thy Saint! thy deity!
      Then call the birds to ring a mourning Knell,
      For mad DAIPHANTUS, who doth love so well!

    "O sing a song, parted in parcels three,
    I'll bear the burden still of all your grief;
    Who is all Woe, can tune his misery
    To discontents; but not to his relief.
      O kiss her! kiss her! And yet do not do so!
      They bring some joy, but with short joys, long woe!

    Upon his knees, "O goddesses behold
    A caitiff wretch bemoaning his mishap!
    If ever pity were hired without gold,
    Lament DAIPHANTUS, once in Fortune's lap!
      Lament DAIPHANTUS, whose good deeds now slumber!
      Lament a lover, whose woe no tongue can number!

    "My woes--" There did he stay, fell to the ground,
    Rightly divided into blood and tears,
    As if those words had given a mortal wound,
    So lay he foaming, with the weight of cares.
      Who this had seen, and seeing had not wept,
      Their hearts were, sure, from crosses ever kept!

    The Ladies all, who late from hunting came,
    Untimely came to view this Map of Sorrow.
    Surely all wept! and sooth it was no shame,
    For, from his grief, the world might truly borrow:
      As he lay speechless grovelling, all undressed;
      So they stood weeping, Silence was their best.

    ISMENIO with these Ladies bare a part,
    And much bemoaned him, though he knew not why;
    But kind compassion struck him to the heart,
    To see him mad. Much better see one die!
      Thus walks ISMENIO, and yet oft did pause,
      At length, a writing made him know the cause.

    He read, till words, like thunder, pierced his heart;
    He sighed, till Sorrow seemed itself to mourn;
    He wept till tears like ysacles [_icicles_] did part,
    He pitied so, that pity, hate did scorn.
      He read to sigh, and weep for pity's sake;
      The less he read, the less his heart did quake.

    At length resolved, he up the writing takes
    And to the Ladies travails as with child;
    The birth was Love, such love as discord makes,
    The midwife Patience; thus in words full mild,
      He writ with tears that which with blood was writ;
      The more he read, the more they pitied it.

    They look upon DAIPHANTUS, he not seeing:
    And wondered at him, but his sense was parted.
    They loved him much, though little was his being,
    And sought to cure him, though he was faint-hearted,
      ISMENIO thus, with speed resolves to ease him;
      By a sweet song, his sister should appease him!

    ISMENIO was resolved he would be eased,
    And was resolved of no means but by Music,
    Which is so heavenly that it hath released
    The danger oft, not to be cured by physic.
      Her tongue and hand thus married together,
      Could not but please him, who so loved either.

    But first before his madness were allayed,
    They offered incense at DIANA'S shrine,
    And much besought her, now to be apaid;
    Which was soon granted to these saints divine:
      Yet so, that mad DAIPHANTUS must agree
      Never to love, but live in chastity.

    Thus they adjured him, by the gods on high,
    Never henceforth to shoot with CUPID'S quiver!
    Nor love to feign: for there's no remedy,
    If once relapsed, then was he mad for ever!
      Tortured DAIPHANTUS, now a sign did make;
      And kind ISMENIO this did undertake.

    Then 'gan ARTESIA to play upon her lute,
    Whose voice sang sweetly, now a mourning ditty;
    LOVE her admired, though he that loved were mute,
    CUPID himself feared he should sue for pity.
      O wondrous virtue! Words spoken are but wind;
      But sung to Prick Song, they are joys divine!

    I heard her sing, but still methought I dreamed.
    I heard her play, but I methought did sleep.
    The Day and Night, till now, were never weaned.
    VENUS and DIAN ravished, both did weep.
      They which each hated, now agreed to say
      This was the goddess both of night and day.

    My heart and ears, so ravished with the voice
    I still forgot, what still I heard her sing:
    The tune, surely, of Sonnets, this was all the choice.
    Poets do keep it as a charming thing.
      What think you of the joys that DAIPHANTUS had,
      When for such music, I would still be mad!

    The birds came chirping to the windows round,
    And so stood still, as if they ravished were;
    Beasts forth the forest came, brought with the sound;
    The lion laid him down as if in fear.
      The fishes in fresh rivers swam to shore;
      Yea, had not Nature stayed them, had done more.

    This was a sight, whose eyes had never seen;
    This was a voice, such music ne'er was heard;
    This Paradise was it, where who had been,
    Might well have thought of hell, and not afeard.
      Sure, hell itself was heaven, in this sphere,
      Madmen, wild beasts, and all here tamèd were.

    Like as a king, his chair of state ascendeth,
    Being newly made a god upon the earth,
    In state amounts, till step by step he endeth,
    Thinks it to heaven a true-ascending birth.
      So hies DAIPHANTUS, on his legs and feet,
      As if DAIPHANTUS now some god should meet.

    He looks upon himself, not without wonder.
    He wonders at himself, what he might be.
    He laughs unto himself: thinks he's aslumber.
    He weeps unto himself, himself to see.
      And sure to hear and see what he had done
      Might make him swear but now the world begun.

    Fully revived, at last ARTESIA ceased,
    When birds and beasts so hideous noise did make,
    That almost all turned fury, fear was the least;
    Yea, such a fear as forced them cry and quake;
      Till that DAIPHANTUS, more of reason had
      Than they which moaned him, lately being mad.

    He with more joy than words could well declare,
    And with more words than his new tongue could tell,
    Did strive to speak (such was his love and care
    Thus to be thankful); but yet knew not well
      Whether his tongue (not tuned unto his heart),
      Or modest silence, would best act his part?

    But speak he will! Then give attentive ear
    To hear him tell a woful lover's story!
    His hands and eyes to heaven up did he rear,
    Grief taught him speech, though he to speak were sorry.
      But whatsoever be a Lover's Passion,
      DAIPHANTUS speaks his, in a mourning fashion.

    As o'er the mountains walks the wandering soul,
    Seeking for rest in his unresting spirit,
    So good DAIPHANTUS, thinking to enrol
    Himself in grace, by telling of Love's merit
      Was so distracted, how he should commend it,
      Where he began, he wished still to end it.

    "EURIALÆ, my eyes are hers in right!
    URANIA, my tongue is as her due!
    ARTESIA, my ears to her I 'dite!
    My heart to each! and yet my heart to you,
      To you, VITULLIA! to you, and all the rest,
      Who once me cursed, now to make me blest!

    "1 Beauty and 2 Wit, did 1 wound and 2 pierce my heart,
    3 Music and 4 Favour, 3 gained and 4 kept it sure:
    Love led by Fancy to the 4 last I part,
    Love led by Reason to the 1 first is truer.
      1 Beauty and 2 Wit first conquered, made me yield,
      3 Music and 4 Favour rescued got the field.

    "To 2 Wit and 1 Beauty, my first love I give!
    3 Music and 4 Favours, my second love have gained!
    All made me mad, and all did me relieve,
    Though one recured me, when I was sustained.
      Thus, troth to say, to All I love did owe;
      Therefore to All my love I ever vow!"

    Thus to the first 1 and 2, his right hand he did tender:
    His left hand to the 3 and 4; last most lovingly 4.
    His tongue kind thanks, first to the last did render,
    The whiles his looks were bent indifferently.
      Thus he salutes All: and to increase his blisses,
      From lip to lip, each Lady now he kisses.

    ISMENIO in humble wise salutes he,
    With gracious language he returns his heart,
    His words so sweetly to his tongue now suits he,
    As what he speaks shew Learning with good Art.
      ISMENIO pleased DAIPHANTUS, DAIPHANTUS All;
      _When love gains love for love, this Love we call!_

    URANIA now bethought what was protested
    By young ISMENIO at DIANA'S shrine,
    Conjured DAIPHANTUS that, no more he jested
    With Love or Fancy! for they were Divine:
      And if he did, that there they all would pray
      He still might live in love, both night and day!

    This grieved him much (but folly 'twere to grieve!)
    His now obedience shewed his own free will.
    He swore "he would not love, in shew, achieve!
    But live a virgin, chaste and spotless still.
      Which said, such music suddenly delighted,
      As all were ravished, and yet all affrighted.

    Here parted all, not without joy and sadness.
    Some wept, some smiled; a world it was to hear them!
    Both springs here met. Woe here was clothed with gladness.
    Heaven was their comfort. It alone did cheer them.
      DAIPHANTUS from these springs, some fruit did gather.
      Experience is an infant, though an ancient father!

    "Sweet Lady! know the Soul looks through our eyesights!
    Content lives not in shews or beauty seeing!
    Peace, not from number, nor strength in high spirits!
    Joy dies with Virtue, yet lives in Virtue's being!
      Beauty is masked, where Virtue is not hidden!
      Man still desires that fruit, he's most forbidden!

    "Jewels, for virtue, not for beauty prized!
    What's seldom seen breeds wonder, we admire it!
    King's lines are rare, and therefore well advised.
    Wise men, not often talk, Fools still desire it.
      Women are books! Kept close, they hold much treasure;
      Unclasped, sweet ills! Most woe lies hid in pleasure.

    "Who studies Arts alike, can he prove Doctor?
    Who surfeits, hardly lives! drunkards recover!
    Whose will's his law, that conscience needs no Proctor!
    When men turn beasts, look there for brutish lovers!
      Those eyes are pore-blind, look equally on any
      Though't be a virtue to hinder one by many.

    "Who gains by travel, lose Lordships for their Manors,
    Must TARQUIN ravish some? Hell on that glory!
    Whose life's in healths, death soonest gains those banners!
    Lust still is punished, though Treason write the story!
      A rolling eye, a globe, new worlds discover!
      Who still wheels round is but a damnèd lover.

    "Doth Faith and Troth lie bathing? Is Lust, pleasure?
    Can commons be as sweet as land enclosed?
    Then virgin sin may well be counted pleasure!
    Where such lords rule, who lives not ill-disposed!
      True Love's a Phœnix, but One until it dies:
      Lust is a Cockatrice in all, but in her eyes."

    Here did he end more blessed than his wishes.
    (Fame's at the high, when Love indites the Story)
    The private life brings with it heavenly blisses.
    Sweet Contemplation much increaseth glory.
      I'll leave him to the learning of Love's spell!
      "Better part friends, that follow fiends to hell!"

    ISMENIO, with VITULLIA went together,
    Perhaps both wounded with blind CUPID'S dart;
    Yet durst they not relate their love to either,
    Love if once pitied, pierceth to the heart:
      But, sure, VITULLIA is so fair a mark,
      CUPID would court her, though but by the dark.

    ARTESIA, she must go, the more She's grieved,
    To churlish STRYMON, her adopted Mate;
    CUPID, though blind, yet pitied and relieved
    This modest Lady with some happy fate.
      For what but Virtue, which doth all good nourish,
      Could brook her fortunes, much less love and cherish.

    EURIALÆ, with good URANIA stayed,
    Where Virtue dwells, they only had their being;
    Beauty and Wit still fear, are not dismayed,
    For where they dwell, Love ever will be prying.
      These two were one. All good, each could impart.
      One was their fortune, and one was their heart.

    Beauty and Virtue were true friends to either.
    Heaven is the sphere where all men seek for glory.
    Earth is the grave where sinners join together.
    Hell keeps the book, enrols each lustful story.
      Live as we will, Death makes, of all conclusion:
      Die then to live! or life is thy confusion.

    Beauty and Wit in these, fed on Affection.
    Labour and Industry were their twins of life.
    Love and True Bounty were in their subjection,
    Their bodies, with their spirits, had no strife.
      Such were these two, as grace did them defend:
      Such are these two, as with these two I end.

FINIS.

    _Non Amori sed Virtuti._



_The Passionate Man's Pilgrimage._

Supposed to be written by one at the point of death.


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    Give me my Scalop Shell of quiet,
    My Staff of faith to walk upon,
    My Scrip of joy, immortal diet!
    My Bottle of salvation,
    My Gown of glory, hope's true gage,
    And thus I'll take my Pilgrimage!

    Blood must be my body's balmer,
    No other balm will there be given!
    Whilst my Soul, like a white Palmer,
    Travels to the land of heaven,
    Over the silver mountains,
    Where spring the nectar fountains:
    And there I'll kiss
    The bowl of bliss,
    And drink my eternal fill
    On every milken hill!
    My Soul will be a dry before;
    But, after it, will ne'er thirst more!

    And by the happy blissful way,
    More peaceful pilgrims I shall see
    That have shook off their gowns of clay,
    And go apparelled fresh like me.
    I'll bring them first
    To slake their thirst,
    And then to taste those nectar suckets
    At the clear wells
    Where sweetness dwells,
    Drawn up by Saints in crystal buckets.

    And when our bottles and all we,
    Are filled with immortality,
    Then the holy paths we'll travel,
    Strewed with rubies thick as gravel,
    Ceilings of diamonds, sapphire floors,
    High walls of coral, and pearl bowers.

    From thence, to Heaven's bribeless Hall,
    Where no corrupted voices brawl.
    No conscience molten into gold;
    Nor forged accusers bought and sold.
    No cause deferred, nor vain spent journey;
    For there, CHRIST is the King's Attorney,
    Who pleads for all without degrees;
    And he hath angels, but no fees!
    When the grand twelve million Jury,
    Of our sins and sinful fury,
    'Gainst our souls, black verdicts give:
    CHRIST pleads his death, and then we live!
    Be thou, my speaker, taintless Pleader!
    Unblotted Lawyer! true Proceeder!
    Thou movest salvation, even for alms!
    Not with a bribèd lawyer's palms.

    And this is my eternal Plea,
    To Him that made heaven, earth, and sea;
    Seeing my flesh must die so soon,
    And want a head to dine next noon;
    Just at the stroke, when my veins start and spread,
    Set on my Soul, an everlasting head!
    Then am I ready, like a Palmer fit
    To tread those blest paths, which before I writ.

FINIS.



MICHAEL DRAYTON.

_Odes._

[1606, and 1619.]


_To the Reader._

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Odes I have called these, the first of my few Poems; which how happy
soever they prove, yet Criticism itself cannot say, That the name is
wrongfully usurped. For (not to begin with Definitions, against the
Rule of Oratory; nor _ab ovo_, against the Prescript of Poetry in a
poetical argument: but somewhat only to season thy palate with a slight
description) an Ode is known to have been properly a Song moduled to
the ancient harp: and neither too short-breathed, as hastening to the
end; nor composed of [the] longest verses, as unfit for the sudden
turns and lofty tricks with which APOLLO used to menage it.

They are, as the Learned say, divers:

Some transcendently lofty; and far more high than the Epic, commonly
called the Heroic, Poem--witness those of the inimitable PINDARUS
consecrated to the glory and renown of such as returned in triumph
from [the Games at] Olympus, Elis, Isthmus, or the like.

Others, among the Greeks, are amorous, soft, and made for chambers; as
others for theatres: as were ANACREON'S, the very delicacies of the
Grecian ERATO; which Muse seemed to have been the Minion of that Teian
old man, which composed them.

Of a mixed kind were HORACE'S. And [we] may truly therefore call these
mixed; whatsoever else are mine: little partaking of the high dialect
of the first

    Though we be _all_ to seek
    Of PINDAR, that great Greek,

nor altogether of ANACREON; the Arguments being amorous, moral, or what
else the Muse pleaseth.

To write much in this kind neither know I how it will relish: nor,
in so doing, can I but injuriously presuppose ignorance or sloth in
thee; or draw censure upon myself for sinning against the decorum
of a Preface, by reading a Lecture, where it is enough to sum the
points. New they are, and the work of Playing Hours: but what other
commendation is theirs, and whether inherent in the subject, must be
thine to judge.

       *       *       *       *       *

But to act the Go-Between of my Poems and thy applause, is neither my
modesty nor confidence: that, oftener than once, have acknowledged
thee, kind; and do not doubt hereafter to do somewhat in which I shall
not fear thee, just. And would, at this time, also gladly let thee
understand what I think, above the rest, of the last Ode of the number;
or, if thou wilt, Ballad in my book. For both the great Master of
Italian rymes PETRARCH, and our CHAUCER, and others of the Upper House
of the Muses, have thought their Canzons honoured in the title of a
_Ballad:_ which for that I labour to meet truly therein with the old
English garb, I hope as ably to justify as the learned COLIN CLOUT his
_Roundelay_.

Thus requesting thee, in thy better judgment, to correct such faults as
have escaped in the printing; I bid thee farewell.

    [M. DRAYTON.]



_ODES._

[1606.]


ODE I.

_To Himself, and the Harp._

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    And why not I, as he
    That's greatest, if as free,
      (In sundry strains that strive,
    Since there so many be),
      Th' old Lyric kind revive?

    I will, yea; and I may:
    Who shall oppose my way?
      For what is he alone,
    That of himself can say,
      He's Heir of Helicon.

    APOLLO and the Nine
    Forbid no man their shrine,
      That cometh with hands pure;
    Else, they be so divine,
      They will not him endure.

    For they be such coy things;
    That they care not for Kings,
      And dare let them know it:
    Nor may he touch their Springs
      That is not born a Poet.

[Sidenote: PYRENÆUS, King of Phocis attempting to ravish the Muses.]

    The Phocean it did prove,
    Whom when foul lust did move
      Those Maids, unchaste to make;
    Fell as with them he strove,
      His neck and justly brake.

    That instrument ne'er heard,
    Struck by the skilful Bard,
      It strongly to awake;
    But it th' infernals scared,
      And made Olympus quake.

[Sidenote: I Samuel xvi.]

    As those prophetic strings,
    Whose sounds with fiery wings
      Drave fiends from their abode;
    Touched by the best of Kings,
      That sang the holy Ode.

[Sidenote: ORPHEUS the Thracian Poet. _Caput, Hebre, lyramque excipis,
&c._ OVID. _Metam._ xi.]

    So his, which women slew:
    And it int' Hebrus threw;
      Such sounds yet forth it sent,
    The banks to weep that drew,
      As down the stream it went.

[Sidenote: MERCURY, inventor of the harp, as HORACE. Ode 10, Lib. I.,
_curvæque lyræ parentem_.]

    That by the tortoise shell,
    To MAYA'S son it fell,
      The most thereof not doubt:
    But sure some Power did dwell
      In him who found it out.

[Sidenote: Thebes feigned to have been raised by music.]

    The wildest of the field,
    And air, with rivers t' yield,
      Which moved; that sturdy glebes,
    And mossy oaks could wield,
      To raise the piles of Thebes.

    And diversely though strung,
    So anciently We sung
      To it; that now scarce known,
    If first it did belong
      To Greece, or if our own.

[Sidenote: The ancient British Priests, so called of their abode in
woods.]

    The Druids embrued
    With gore, on altars rude
      With sacrifices crowned,
    In hollow woods bedewed,
      Adored the trembling sound.

[Sidenote: PINDAR, Prince of the Greek Lyrics, of whom HORACE,
_PINDARUM quisquis studet, &c._ Ode 2, Lib. IV.]

    Though we be _all_ to seek
    Of PINDAR, that great Greek,
      To finger it aright;
    The soul with power to strike:
      His hand retained such might.

[Sidenote: HORACE, first of the Romans in that kind.]

    Or him that Rome did grace,
    Whose Airs we all embrace:
      That scarcely found his peer;
    Nor giveth PHŒBUS place,
      For strokes divinely clear.

[Sidenote: The Irish Harp.]

    The Irish I admire,
    And still cleave to that Lyre
      As our Music's mother:
    And think, till I expire,
      APOLLO'S such another.

    As Britons that so long
    Have held this antique Song;
      And let all our carpers
    Forbear their fame to wrong:
      Th'are right skilful harpers.

[Sidenote: SOOWTHERN, an English Lyric. [His _PANDORA_ was published in
1584.]]

    SOOWTHERN, I long thee spare;
    Yet wish thee well to fare,
      Who me pleasedst greatly:
    As first, therefore more rare,
      Handling thy harp neatly.

    To those that with despite
    Shall term these Numbers slight;
      Tell them, Their judgment's blind!
    Much erring from the right.
      It is a noble kind.

[Sidenote: An old English Rhymer.]

    Nor is 't the Verse doth make,
    That giveth, or doth take:
      'Tis possible to climb,
    To kindle, or to slake;
      Although in SKELTON'S rhyme.



ODE 2.

_To the New Year._


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    Rich statue double faced!
    With marble temples graced,
      To raise thy godhead higher;
    In flames where, altars shining,
    Before thy Priests divining,
      Do od'rous fumes expire.

    Great JANUS, I thy pleasure,
    With all the Thespian treasure,
      Do seriously pursue:
    To th' passed year returning,
    As though the Old adjourning;
      Yet bringing in the New.

    Thy ancient Vigils yearly,
    I have observèd clearly;
      Thy Feasts yet smoking be!
    Since all thy store abroad is;
    Give something to my goddess,
      As hath been used by thee!

    Give her th' Eoan Brightness!
    Winged with that subtle lightness
      That doth transpierce the air;
    The Roses of the Morning!
    The rising heaven adorning,
      To mesh with flames of hair;

    Those ceaseless Sounds, above all,
    Made by those orbs that move all;
      And ever swelling there:
    Wrapped up in Numbers flowing,
    Them actually bestowing
      For jewels at her ear.

    O rapture great and holy,
    Do thou transport me wholly
      So well her form to vary!
    That I aloft may bear her
    Where as I will insphere her
      In regions high and starry.

    And in my choice Composures,
    The soft and easy Closures
      So amorously shall meet,
    That every lively Ceasure
    Shall tread a perfect measure,
      Set on so equal feet.

    That spray to fame so fert'le,
    The lover-crowning myrtle,
      In wreaths of mixèd boughs;
    Within whose shades are dwelling
    Those beauties most excelling,
      Enthroned upon her brows.

    Those parallels so even,
    Drawn on the face of heaven,
      That curious Art supposes;
    Direct those gems, whose clearness
    Far off amaze by nearness,
      Each globe such fire encloses.

    Her bosom full of blisses,
    By Nature made for kisses;
      So pure and wondrous clear:
    Where as a thousand Graces
    Behold their lovely faces,
      As they are bathing there.

    O thou self-little Blindness!
    The kindness of unkindness,
      Yet one of those Divine:
    Thy Brands to me were lever,
    Thy Fascia, and thy Quiver,
      And thou this Quill of mine.

    This heart so freshly bleeding,
    Upon its own self feeding;
      Whose wounds still dropping be:
    O Love, thyself confounding,
    Her coldness so abounding,
      And yet such heat in me.

    Yet, if I be inspirèd,
    I'll leave thee so admirèd
      To all that shall succeed;
    That were they more than many,
    'Mongst all there is not any
      That Time so oft shall read.

    Nor adamant ingravèd,
    That hath been choicely savèd,
      IDEA'S name outwears:
    So large a dower as this is;
    The greatest often misses,
      The diadem that bears.



ODE 3.

[_TO CUPID._]


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    Maidens, why spare ye?
    Or whether not dare ye
      Correct the blind Shooter?'
    "Because wanton VENUS,
    So oft that doth pain us,
      Is her son's tutor.

    "Now in the Spring,
    He proveth his wing;
      The field is his Bower:
    And as the small bee,
    About flyeth he,
      From flower to flower.

    "And wantonly roves
    Abroad in the groves,
      And in the air hovers;
    Which when it him deweth,
    His feathers he meweth
      In sighs of true Lovers.

    "And since doomed by Fate
    (That well knew his hate)
      That he should be blind;
    For very despite,
    Our eyes be his White:
      So wayward his kind!

    "If his shafts losing
    (Ill his mark choosing)
      Or his bow broken;
    The moan VENUS maketh,
    And care that she taketh,
      Cannot be spoken.

    "To VULCAN commending
    Her love; and straight sending
      Her doves and her sparrows,
    With kisses, unto him:
    And all but to woo him
      To make her son arrows.

    "Telling what he hath done;
    Saith she,'Right mine own son!'
      In her arms she him closes.
    Sweets on him fans,
    Laid in down of her swans;
      His sheets, leaves of roses.

    "And feeds him with kisses;
    Which oft when he misses,
      He ever is froward.
    The mother's o'erjoying
    Makes, by much coying,
      The child so untoward."

    _Yet in a fine net,
    That a spider set,
      The Maidens had caught him.
    Had she not been near him,
    And chancèd to hear him;
      More good they had taught him!_



_To my worthy friend Master JOHN SAVAGE of the Inner Temple._

ODE 4.


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    Upon this sinful earth,
      If Man can happy be,
    And higher than his birth,
      Friend, take him thus of me:

    Whom promise not deceives,
      That he the breach should rue;
    Nor constant reason leaves
      Opinion to pursue.

    To raise his mean estate,
      That soothes no Wanton's sin:
    Doth that preferment hate,
      That virtue doth not win

    Nor bravery doth admire:
      Nor doth more love profess
    To that he doth desire,
      Than that he doth possess.

    Loose humour nor to please,
      That neither spares nor spends;
    But by discretion weighs
      What is to needful ends.

    To him deserving not,
      Not yielding: nor doth hold
    What is not his: doing what
      He ought, not what he could.

    Whom the base tyrants' will
      So much could never awe
    As him, for good or ill,
      From honesty to draw.

    Whose constancy doth rise
      'Bove undeservèd spite;
    Whose valuers to despise
      That most doth him delight.

    That early leave doth take
      Of th' World, though to his pain,
    For Virtue's only sake;
      And not till need constrain.

    No man can be so free,
      Though in imperial seat;
    Nor eminent: as he
      That deemeth nothing great.



ODE 5.

[_An Amouret Anacreontic._]


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    Most good! most fair!
    Or thing as rare!
    To call you's lost;
    For all the cost
    Words can bestow
    So poorly show
    Upon your praise,
    That all the ways
    Sense hath, come short.
    Whereby Report
    Falls them under:
    That when Wonder
    More hath seized;
    Yet not pleased
    That it, in kind,
    Nothing can find,
    You to express.
    Nevertheless
    As by globes small
    This mighty ALL
    Is shewed, though far
    From life; each star
    A World being:
    So we seeing
    You, like as that,
    Only trust what
    Art doth us teach.
    And when I reach
    At Moral Things,
    And that my strings
    Gravely should strike;
    Straight some mislike
    Blotteth mine Ode;
    As, with the Load,
    The Steel we touch:
    Forced ne'er so much;
    Yet still removes
    To that it loves,
    Till there it stays.
    So to your praise
    I turn ever:
    And though never
    From you moving;
    Happy so loving.



ODE 6.

[_Love's Conquest._]


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      Wer 't granted me to choose,
    How I would end my days,
      Since I this life must lose;
    It should be in your praise:
    For there are no Bays
      Can be set above You.

      S'impossibly I love You;
    And for You sit so high
      (Whence none may remove You)
    In my clear Poesy,
    That I oft deny
      You so ample merit.

      The freedom of my spirit
    Maintaining, still, my cause;
      Your sex not to inherit,
    Urging the Salic Laws:
    But your virtue draws
      From me every due.

      Thus still You me pursue,
    That nowhere I can dwell;
      By fear made just to You,
    Who naturally rebel;
    Of You that excel
      That should I still endite.

      Yet will You want some rite.
    That lost in your high praise,
      I wander to and fro;
    As seeing sundry ways:
    Yet which the right not know
      To get out of this Maze.



ODE 7.

[_An Ode written in the Peak._]


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    This while we are abroad,
      Shall we not touch our Lyre?
    Shall we not sing an Ode?
      Shall that holy fire,
    In us that strongly glowed,
      In this cold air expire?

    Long since the Summer laid
      Her lusty bravery down;
    The Autumn half is weighed,
      And BOREAS 'gins to frown:
    Since now I did behold
      Great BRUTE'S first builded town.

    Though in the utmost Peak,
      A while we do remain;
    Amongst the mountains bleak,
      Exposed to sleet and rain:
    No sport our hours shall break,
      To exercise our vein.

    What though bright PHŒBUS' beams
      Refresh the southern ground;
    And though the princely Thames
      With beauteous Nymphs abound;
    And by old Camber's streams
      Be many wonders found:

    Yet many rivers clear
      Here glide in silver swathes;
    And what of all most dear,
      Buxton's delicious baths,
    Strong ale, and noble cheer,
      T'assuage breem Winter's scathes.

    Those grim and horrid caves,
      Whose looks affright the day;
    Wherein nice Nature saves
      What she would not bewray:
    Our better leisure craves,
      And doth invite our Lay.

    In places far, or near,
      Or famous, or obscure;
    Where wholesome is the air,
      Or where the most impure;
    All times, and everywhere,
      The Muse is still in ure.



ODE 8.


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        Sing we the Rose!
    Than which no flower there grows
          Is sweeter;
        And aptly her compare
    With what in that is rare:
        A parallel none meeter.

        Or made posies,
    Of this that encloses
        Such blisses:
    That naturally flusheth,
        As she blusheth
    When she is robbed of kisses.

        Or if strewed,
    When with the morning dewed;
        Or stilling;
    Or how to sense exposed:
    All which in her enclosed,
    Each place with sweetness filling.

        That most renowned
    By Nature richly crowned
        With yellow;
    Of that delicious lair:
    And as pure her hair,
    Unto the same the fellow.

        Fearing of harm;
    Nature that flower doth arm
        From danger:
    The touch gives her offence,
    But with reverence
    Unto herself, a stranger.

        The red, or white,
    Or mixed, the sense delight,
        Beholding,
    In her complexion:
    All which perfection,
    Such harmony infolding,

        That divided,
    Ere it was decided
        Which most pure,
    Began the grievous War
    Of YORK and LANCASTER,
    That did many years endure.

        Conflicts as great
    As were in all that heat,
        I sustain:
    By her, as many hearts
    As men on either parts,
    That with her eyes hath slain.

        The Primrose flower,
    The first of FLORA'S bower
        Is placed:
    So is She first, as best:
    Though excellent the rest;
    All gracing, by none graced.



ODE 9.

[_A Skeltoniad._]


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    The Muse should be sprightly;
    Yet not handling lightly
    Things grave: as much loath
    Things that be slight, to cloathe
    Curiously. To retain
    The Comeliness in mean
    Is true Knowledge and Wit.
    Nor me forced rage doth fit,
    That I thereto should lack
    Tobacco, or need Sack;
    Which to the colder brain
    Is the true Hippocrene.
    Nor did I ever care
    For Great Fools, nor them spare.
    Virtue, though neglected,
    Is not so dejected
    As vilely to descend
    To low baseness, their end:
    Neither each rhyming slave
    Deserves the name to have
    Of Poet. So, the rabble
    Of Fools, for the table,
    That have their jests by heart,
    As an Actor his part,
    Might assume them chairs
    Amongst the Muses' heirs.
    Parnassus is not clomb
    By every such Mome:
    Up whose steep side who swerves,
    It behoves t'have strong nerves.
    My resolution such
    How _well_, and not how _much_,
    To write. Thus do I fare
    Like some few good, that care
    (The evil sort among)
    How _well_ to live, and not how _long_.



ODE 10.

[_His Defence against the idle Critic._]


[Illustration]

    The Ryme nor mars, nor makes;
    Nor addeth it, nor takes,
      From that which we propose:
    Things imaginary
    Do so strangely vary
      That quickly we them lose.

    And what's quickly begot,
    As soon again is not;
      This do I truly know.
    Yea, and what's born with pain;
    That, Sense doth long'st retain,
      Gone with a greater flow.

    Yet this Critic so stern,
    (But whom, none must discern
      Nor perfectly have seeing)
    Strangely lays about him,
    As nothing without him
      Were worthy of being,

    That I myself betray
    To that most public way;
      Where the World's old bawd
    Custom, that doth humour,
    And by idle rumour,
      Her dotages applaud.

    That whilst she still prefers
    Those that be wholly hers,
      Madness and Ignorance;
    I creep behind the Time,
    From spertling with their crime;
      And glad too with my chance.

    O wretched World the while,
    When the evil most vile
      Beareth the fairest face;
    And inconstant lightness,
    With a scornful slightness,
      The best things doth disgrace!

    Whilst this strange knowing beast,
    Man; of himself the least,
      His envy declaring,
    Makes Virtue to descend,
    Her title to defend
      Against him; much preparing.

    Yet these me not delude,
    Nor from my place extrude,
      By their resolvèd hate;
    Their vileness that do know:
    Which to myself I show,
      To keep above my fate.



ODE 11.

_To the Virginian Voyage._


[Illustration]

    You brave heroic minds,
    Worthy your country's name,
      That Honour still pursue;
      Go and subdue!
    Whilst loitering hinds
      Lurk here at home with shame.

    Britans, you stay too long;
    Quickly aboard bestow you!
      And with a merry gale
      Swell your stretched sail!
    With vows as strong
    As the winds that blow you.

    Your course securely steer,
    West-and-by-South forth keep!
      Rocks, Lee-shores, nor Shoals,
      When EOLUS scowls,
    You need not fear!
    So absolute the deep.

    And cheerfully at sea,
    Success you still entice,
      To get the pearl and gold;
      And ours to hold,
    Virginia,
    Earth's only Paradise.

    Where Nature hath in store
    Fowl, venison, and fish:
      And the fruitful soil;
      Without your toil,
    Three harvests more,
    All greater than your wish.

    And the ambitious vine
    Crowns, with his purple mass,
      The cedar reaching high
      To kiss the sky.
    The cypress, pine,
    And useful sassafras.

    To whose, the Golden Age
    Still Nature's laws doth give:
      No other cares that tend,
      But them to defend
    From winter's age,
    That long there doth not live.

    When as the luscious smell
    Of that delicious land,
      Above the seas that flows,
      The clear wind throws,
    Your hearts to swell,
    Approaching the dear strand.

    In kenning of the shore
    (Thanks to GOD first given!)
      O you, the happiest men,
      Be frolic then!
    Let cannons roar!
    Frightening the wide heaven.

    And in regions far,
    Such heroes bring ye forth
      As those from whom We came!
      And plant our name
    Under that Star
    Not known unto our North!

    And as there plenty grows
    Of laurel everywhere,
      APOLLO'S sacred tree;
      You it may see
    A Poet's brows
    To crown, that may sing there.

    Thy _Voyages_ attend,
    Industrious HAKLUYT!
      Whose reading shall inflame
      Men to seek fame;
    And much commend
    To after Times thy wit.



ODE 12.

_To the Cambro-Britans and their Harp, his Ballad of Agincourt._

    [Besides this Ballad: MICHAEL DRAYTON published, in 1627, a much
    longer Poem upon this celebrated Battle.]


[Illustration]

    Fair stood the wind for France,
    When we our sails advance;
    Nor now to prove our chance
        Longer will tarry.
    But putting to the main;
    At Caux, the mouth of Seine,
    With all his martial train
        Landed King HARRY.

    And taking many a fort
    Furnished in warlike sort,
    Marcheth towards Agincourt
        In happy hour;
    Skirmishing, day by day,
    With those that stopped his way,
    Where the French General lay
        With all his Power.

    Which, in his height of pride,
    King HENRY to deride;
    His ransom to provide,
        To the King sending.
    Which he neglects the while,
    As from a nation vile;
    Yet, with an angry smile,
        Their fall portending.

    And turning to his men,
    Quoth our brave HENRY then:
    "Though they to one be ten
        Be not amazèd!
    Yet have we well begun:
    Battles so bravely won
    Have ever to the sun
        By Fame been raised!"

    "And for myself," quoth he,
    "This my full rest shall be:
    England ne'er mourn for me,
        Nor more esteem me!
    Victor I will remain,
    Or on this earth lie slain:
    Never shall She sustain
        Loss to redeem me!

    "Poitiers and Cressy tell,
    When most their pride did swell,
    Under our swords they fell.
        No less our skill is,
    Than when our Grandsire great,
    Claiming the regal seat,
    By many a warlike feat
        Lopped the French lillies."

    The Duke of YORK so dread
    The eager Vanward led;
    With the Main, HENRY sped
        Amongst his henchmen:
    EXETER had the Rear,
    A braver man not there!
    O Lord, how hot they were
        On the false Frenchmen!

    They now to fight are gone;
    Armour on armour shone;
    Drum now to drum did groan:
        To hear, was wonder.
    That, with cries they make,
    The very earth did shake;
    Trumpet, to trumpet spake;
        Thunder, to thunder.

    Well it thine age became,
    O noble ERPINGHAM!
    Which didst the signal aim
        To our hid forces:
    When, from a meadow by,
    Like a storm suddenly,
    The English Archery
        Stuck the French horses.

    With Spanish yew so strong;
    Arrows a cloth-yard long,
    That like to serpents stung,
        Piercing the weather.
    None from his fellow starts;
    But, playing manly parts,
    And like true English hearts,
        Stuck close together.

    When down their bows they threw;
    And forth their bilbowes [_swords_] drew
    And on the French they flew:
        Not one was tardy.
    Arms were from the shoulders sent
    Scalps to the teeth were rent,
    Down the French peasants went:
        Our men were hardy.

    This while our noble King,
    His broad sword brandishing,
    Down the French host did ding
        As to o'erwhelm it.
    And many a deep wound lent;
    His arms with blood besprent,
    And many a cruel dent
        Bruisèd his helmet.

    GLOUCESTER that Duke so good,
    Next of the royal blood,
    For famous England stood
        With his brave brother.
    CLARENCE, in steel so bright,
    Though but a Maiden Knight;
    Yet in that furious fight,
        Scarce such another!

    WARWICK, in blood did wade;
    OXFORD, the foe invade,
    And cruel slaughter made,
        Still as they ran up.
    SUFFOLK his axe did ply;
    BEAUMONT and WILLOUGHBY
    Bare them right doughtily:
        FERRERS, and FANHOPE.

    Upon Saint CRISPIN'S Day,
    Fought was this noble Fray;
    Which Fame did not delay
        To England to carry.
    O when shall English men
    With such acts fill a pen?
    Or England breed again
        Such a King HARRY?

FINIS.



PREFACE TO THE ADDITIONAL ODES OF 1619.

_To the worthy Knight, and my noble friend, Sir HENRY GOODERE, a
Gentleman of His Majesty's Privy Chamber._


[Illustration]

    These Lyric pieces, short, and few,
    Most worthy Sir, I send to you;
      To read them be not weary!
    They may become JOHN HEWES his lyre,
    Which oft, at Polesworth,[12] by the fire,
      Hath made us gravely merry.

    Believe it, he must have the trick
    Of Ryming, with Invention quick,
      That should do Lyrics well:
    But how I have done in this kind,
    Though in myself I cannot find,
      Your judgment best can tell.

    Th' old British Bards (upon their harps
    For falling Flats, and rising Sharps,
      That curiously were strung)
    To stir their Youth to warlike rage,
    Or their wild fury to assuage,
      In these loose Numbers sung.

    No more I, for fools' censure pass,
    Than for the braying of an ass;
      Nor once mine ear will lend them:
    If you but please to take in gree
    These _Odes_, sufficient 'tis to me:
      Your liking can commend them.

    Yours,

    MICHAEL DRAYTON.

FOOTNOTE:

[Footnote 12: In Warwickshire.]



WITH OTHER LYRIC POESIES.

_To his Valentine._


[Illustration]

    Muse, bid the Morn awake!
      Sad Winter now declines,
    Each bird doth choose a Make;
      This day's Saint VALENTINE'S.
    For that good Bishop's sake
    Get up, and let us see
    What Beauty it shall be
      That Fortune us assigns!

    But, lo, in happy hour,
      The place wherein she lies;
    In yonder climbing Tower,
      Gilt by the glitt'ring Rise.
    O, JOVE, that in a shower
    (As once that Thunderer did,
    When he in drops lay hid)
      That I could her surprise!

    Her canopy I'll draw,
      With spangled plumes bedight:
    No mortal ever saw
      So ravishing a sight;
    That it the Gods might awe,
    And pow'rfully transpierce
    The globy Universe,
      Outshooting every light.

    My lips I'll softly lay
      Upon her heavenly cheek,
    Dyed like the dawning day,
      As polished ivory sleek;
    And in her ear I'll say:
    "O thou bright Morning Star!
    'Tis I, that come so far,
      My Valentine to seek.

    "Each little bird, this tide,
      Doth choose her lovèd pheere;
    Which constantly abide
      In wedlock all the year,
    As Nature is their guide;
    So may we Two be true
    This year, nor change for new;
      As turtles coupled were.

    "The sparrow, swan, the dove,
      Though VENUS' birds they be;
    Yet are they not for love,
      So absolute as we!
    For reason us doth move;
    But they by billing woo.
    Then try what we can do!
      To whom each sense is free.

    "Which we have more than they,
      By livelier organs swayed;
    Our Appetite each way
      More by our Sense obeyed.
    Our Passions to display,
    This season us doth fit;
    Then let us follow it,
      As Nature us doth lead!

    "One kiss in two let's breathe!
      Confounded with the touch,
    But half words let us speak!
      Our lips employed so much,
    Until we both grow weak:
    With sweetness of thy breath,
    O smother me to death!
      Long let our joys be such!

    "Let's laugh at them that choose
      Their Valentines by lot;
    To wear their names that use,
      Whom idly they have got."
    Saint VALENTINE, befriend!
    We thus this Morn may spend:
      Else, Muse, awake her not!



_The Heart._


[Illustration]

    If thus we needs must go;
    What shall our one Heart do,
    This One made of our Two?

    Madam, two Hearts we brake;
    And from them both did take
    The best, one Heart to make.

    Half this is of your Heart,
    Mine in the other part;
    Joined by an equal Art.

    Were it cemented, or sewn;
    By shreds or pieces known,
    We might each find our own.

    But 'tis dissolved and fixed;
    And with such cunning mixed,
    No diff'rence that betwixt.

    But how shall we agree,
    By whom it kept shall be:
    Whether by you or me?

    It cannot two breasts fill;
    One must be heart-less still,
    Until the other will.

    It came to me to-day:
    When I willed it to say,
    With Whether would it stay?

    It told me, "In your breast,
    Where it might hope to rest:
    For if it were my guest,

    "For certainty, it knew
    That I would still anew
    Be sending it to you!"

    Never, I think, had two
    Such work, so much, to do:
    A Unity to woo!

    Yours was so cold and chaste:
    Whilst mine with zeal did waste;
    Like Fire with Water placed.

    How did my Heart intreat!
    How pant! How did it beat,
    Till it could give yours heat!

    Till to that temper brought,
    Through our perfection wrought,
    That blessing either's thought.

    In such a height it lies
    From this base World's dull eyes;
    That Heaven it not envies.

    All that this Earth can show.
    Our Heart shall not once know!
    For it's too vile and low.



_The Sacrifice to APOLLO._


[Illustration]

    Priests of APOLLO, sacred be the room
    For this learned meeting! Let no barbarous groom,
          How brave soe'er he be,
          Attempt to enter!
          But of the Muses free,
          None here may venture!
    This for the Delphian Prophets is prepared:
    The profane Vulgar are from hence debarred!

    And since the Feast so happily begins;
    Call up those fair Nine, with their violins!
          They are begot by JOVE.
          Then let us place them
          Where no clown in may shove,
          That may disgrace them:
    But let them near to young APOLLO sit;
    So shall his foot-pace overflow with wit.

    Where be the Graces? Where be those fair Three?
    In any hand, they may not absent be!
          They to the Gods are dear:
          And they can humbly
          Teach us, ourselves to bear,
          And do things comely.
    They, and the Muses, rise both from one stem:
    They grace the Muses; and the Muses, them.

    Bring forth your flagons, filled with sparkling wine
    (Whereon swollen BACCHUS, crownèd with a vine,
          Is graven); and fill out!
          It well bestowing
          To every man about,
          In goblets flowing!
    Let not a man drink, but in draughts profound!
    To our god PHŒBUS, let the Health go round!

    Let your Jests fly at large; yet therewithal
    See they be Salt, but yet not mixed with Gall!
          Not tending to disgrace:
          But fairly given,
          Becoming well the place,
          Modest and even,
    That they, with tickling pleasure, may provoke
    Laughter in him on whom the Jest is broke.

    Or if the deeds of Heroes ye rehearse:
    Let them be sung in so well-ordered Verse,
          That each word have its weight,
          Yet run with pleasure!
          Holding one stately height
          In so brave measure
    That they may make the stiffest storm seem weak;
    And damp JOVE'S thunder, when it loud'st doth speak.

    And if ye list to exercise your vein,
    Or in the Sock, or in the Buskined strain;
          Let Art and Nature go
          One with the other!
          Yet so, that Art may show
          Nature her mother:
    The thick-brained audience lively to awake,
    Till with shrill claps the Theatre do shake.

    Sing Hymns to BACCHUS then, with hands upreared!
    Offer to JOVE, who most is to be feared!
          From him the Muse we have.
          From him proceedeth
          More than we dare to crave.
          'Tis he that feedeth
    Them, whom the World would starve. Then let the lyre
    Sound! whilst his altars endless flames expire.



_To his Rival._


[Illustration]

        Her loved I most,
        By thee that's lost,
    Though she were won with leisure;
        She was my gain:
        But to my pain,
    Thou spoilest me of my treasure

        The ship full fraught
        With gold, far sought,
    Though ne'er so wisely helmèd,
        May suffer wrack
        In sailing back,
    By tempest overwhelmèd.

        But She, good Sir!
        Did not prefer
    You, for that I was ranging:
        But for that She
        Found faith in me,
    And She loved to be changing.

        Therefore boast not
        Your happy lot;
    Be silent now you have her!
        The time I knew
        She slighted you,
    When I was in her favour.

        None stands so fast
        But may be cast
    By Fortune, and disgracèd:
        Once did I wear
        Her garter there,
    Where you her glove have placèd.

        I had the vow
        That thou hast now,
    And glances to discover
        Her love to me;
        And She to thee,
    Reads but old lessons over.

        She hath no smile
        That can beguile;
    But, as my thought, I know it:
        Yea to a hair,
        Both when, and where,
    And how, she will bestow it.

        What now is thine
        Was only mine,
    And first to me was given;
        Thou laugh'st at me!
        I laugh at thee!
    And thus we two are even.

        But I'll not mourn,
        But stay my turn;
    The wind may come about, Sir!
        And once again
        May bring me in;
    And help to bear you out, Sir!



_The Crier._


[Illustration]

    Good folk, for gold or hire,
    But help me to a Crier!
    For my poor Heart is run astray
    After two Eyes, that passed this way.

        Oh yes! O yes! O yes!
        If there be any man,
        In town or country, can
        Bring me my Heart again;
        I'll please him for his pain.

    And by these marks, I will you show
    That only I this Heart do owe [_own_]:
        It is a wounded Heart,
        Wherein yet sticks the dart.
    Every piece sore hurt throughout it:
    Faith and Troth writ round about it.
    It was a tame Heart, and a dear;
        And never used to roam:
    But having got this haunt, I fear
        'Twill hardly stay at home

    For God's sake, walking by the way,
        If you my Heart do see;
    Either impound it for a Stray.
        Or send it back to me!



_To his coy Love._

A Canzonet.


[Illustration]

    I pray thee leave! Love me no more!
      Call home the heart you gave me!
    I but in vain that Saint adore
      That can, but will not, save me.
    These poor half kisses kill me quite!
      Was ever man thus servèd?
    Amidst an ocean of delight,
      For pleasure to be starvèd.

    Show me no more those snowy breasts
      With azure riverets branchèd!
    Where whilst mine Eye with plenty feeds,
      Yet is my thirst not staunchèd.
    O TANTALUS, thy pains ne'er tell!
      By me thou art prevented:
    'Tis _nothing_ to be plagued in Hell;
      But, _thus_, in Heaven, tormented!

    Clip me no more in those dear arms;
      Nor thy "Life's Comfort" call me:
    O these are but too powerful charms;
      And do but more enthrall me.
    But see how patient I am grown,
      In all this coil about thee!
    Come, nice Thing, let thy heart alone!
      I cannot live without thee!



_A Hymn to his Lady's Birth-place._


[Sidenote: Coventry finely walled.]

[Illustration]

    Coventry, that dost adorn
    The country [_County_] wherein I was born:
    Yet therein lies not thy praise;
    Why I should crown thy Towers with bays?
    'Tis not thy Wall, me to thee weds;
    Thy Ports; nor thy proud Pyramids;

    Nor thy trophies of the Boar:
    But that She which I adore,
    (Which scarce Goodness's self can pair)
    First there breathing, blest thy air.

[Sidenote: The shoulder-bone of a Boar of mighty bigness.]

    IDEA; in which name I hide
    Her, in my heart deified.
    For what good, Man's mind can see;
    Only her ideas be:
    She, in whom the Virtues came
    In Woman's shape, and took her name.
    She so far past imitation
    As (but Nature our creation
    Could not alter) she had aimed
    More than Woman to have framed.
    She whose truly written story,
    To thy poor name shall add more glory,
    Than if it should have been thy chance
    T'have bred our Kings that conquered France.

[Sidenote: Two famous Pilgrimages: one in Norfolk, the other in Kent.]

    Had she been born the former Age,
    That house had been a Pilgrimage;
    And reputed more Divine
    Than Walsingham, or BECKET's Shrine.

[Sidenote: GODIVA, Duke LEOFRIC'S wife, who obtained the freedom of the
city of her husband, by riding through it naked.]

    That Princess, to whom thou dost owe
    Thy Freedom (whose clear blushing snow
    The envious sun saw; when as she
    Naked rode to make thee free),
    Was but her type: as to foretell
    Thou shouldst bring forth One should excel
    Her bounty; by whom thou shouldst have
    More Honour, than she Freedom gave.

[Sidenote: Queen ELIZABETH.]

    And that great Queen, which but of late
    Ruled this land in peace and State,
    Had not been; but Heaven had sworn
    A Maid should reign when She was born.

    Of thy streets, which thou hold'st best,
    And most frequent of the rest;

[Sidenote: A noted street in Coventry.]

[Sidenote: His Mistress's birthday.]

    Happy _Mich Park!_ Every year,
    On the Fourth of August there,
    Let thy Maids, from FLORA'S bowers,
    With their choice and daintiest flowers
    Deck thee up! and from their store,
    With brave garlands crown that door!

    The old man passing by that way,
    To his son, in time, shall say:
    "There was that Lady born: which
    Long to after Ages shall be sung."
    Who, unawares being passed by,
    Back to that house shall cast his eye;
    Speaking my verses as he goes,
    And with a sigh shut every Close.

    Dear City! travelling by thee,
    When thy rising Spires I see,
    Destined her Place of Birth;
    Yet methinks the very earth
    Hallowed is, so far as I
    Can thee possibly descry.
    Then thou, dwelling in this place,
    (Hearing some rude hind disgrace
    Thy city, with some scurvy thing
    Which some Jester forth did bring)
    Speak these Lines, where thou dost come,
    And strike the slave for ever dumb.

[Illustration]

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[Edinburgh: T. and A. CONSTABLE, Printers to His Majesty]

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    | P.18. 'aad' changed to 'and' in stanza #53.                    |
    | P.80. Sidenote: 'sensative' changed to 'sensitive'.            |
    | P.82. Sidenote: 'Unerstanding' changed to 'Understanding'.     |
    | P.110. 'Astrea' changed to 'Astræ' in Hymn II.                 |
    | Fixed various punctuation.                                     |
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